March 1906

March 1  Thur.  Plesant  Cold day    sawed & split wood   Ernest Picked over Potatoes for market    Angie teeth ache and do it hard too

March 2.  Fri.  Plesant   Cold  Drnest Picking over Potatoes for market   I split a little wood   not doing very much

March 3.  Sat.   Cloudy  Rains to night   Ernest Been picking over Potatoes   I suhoed wood & read the Papers

March 4.  Sun.  cloudy   Ernest   Dora & Angie gone for a sleigh ride   the rest stay  at Home   good bottom for sleighting   Jim Easting & Sarah wwas up here to get Mr Crotcher for Mr Woodward   he is   lame

March 5.   Mon.  Plesant   Ernest   dora & Angie went to Woodsville to have some teeth pulled   She took gass   had out two –  she went through it good   I sawed wood & read book some   Leasbon called   was acquinted with Dora    every body hauling wood & Timber

March 6  Tues.  Plesant  Ernest & Will Upton gone to the bank to night  to IOOF Lodge    I went with Moses up to Kimball Place to get Harness   wood is coming in Town to day   will have to stop tomorrow  snow will all be gone

March 7  Wed.   Cloudy   I went over to Jesse    Had Connell to Dinner   Lazey Prescott was there    Angie had a Birth day Party   7 Girls was here   bad a good time

March 8   Thur.  Plesant   Ernest went to Fanney auldrich Furneral   he drove the Herse   Kinas Daughters has a fard havine    a good time   good crust   snow most all gone( Don’t understand this entry)

March 9   Cloudy  Elmer French is Hauling wood to the creamery  with 3 teams    I went over to the store   split home wood forenoon

March 10  Sat.  Plesant   I split wood finished all up no more to slit   French is Hauling wood to the creamery all most on bare ground   it is very nice warm weather for this time of year

March 11   Sun.  Plesant  All at Home  but Guy    he went to Sunday school   I walked around and viewed the Piepoles and wonders of the day

March 12  Mon.   Cloudy   Caucus to day  Democrats nomination D L Hawkins    Jonas Brown …Philips at the Corner   Democrats choose a commity to organise those party to meet the Fal Election

march 13  Tues   Plesant  Twon Election to day   Albert Kimbal Town Clerk   Selectman H.W Keys   C J Pike  D L Hawkins    Money for High ways  $7500

March 14  Wed. Plesant   Cold  I went over to Pikes Shop   some wood hauled in on wagons   rough going

March 15   Thur.Cloudy   snows afternoon   Ernest  Dora & Angie went out to Dora Fathers   Milton was here this forenoon   the Boys & Web kept House

March 16  Fri.   Cloudy   Ernest went to Woodsville     Wood is coming in to Town on wheels   snowed but not enough for sleighting

March 17  Sat.  Cloudy  Going to be a Electic Light Meeting at the Town Hall to night   Man from Bradford going to speak and going to tell what it will cost to put lights on the Streets

March 18   Sun.  Plesant  Ernest  Dora & Angie went out to his folks   Boys & my self stayed at Home   I am not feeling the very Best to day

March 19   Mon.  Cloudy   It has commenced to snow to night and the wind is in the North East & I think we are a going to get a good fall of snow    tell by tomorrow   drawing wood on wheels to day    loaded two big Bulls on the cars farm to day from the County     one weighed 1880 lbs

March 20    Tues.  Cloudy   Most every one is Hauling wood & Timber on sleds   Ora hauled Potatoes to Woodsville on sled

March 21   Wed.   Cloudy    ernest   Dora & Angie went out to Carles  Clark auction   I and the Boys kept House    every one is Hauling Timer & wood

March 22  Thur.  Plesant    all stayed at Home    Hauling wood    snow not all gone   Hauling timber from Clough woods on Pond Road

March 23   Fri.  Plesant  I took Ernest over to Newbury   he went to Lesbunon For a job    it looks favorable   dora went after him at night    Cold day   every body Hauling Logs & wood    I done the milking to night

March 24   Sat.  Cold  Cold morning  14 below    Hauling wood & Timber    snow is going    Mrs Lib Sleeper Died this morning   Pneumonia   was out sick but a few days    we shall all miss her   the Corp has lost a good member    I am sory for Heb but I know how to sympathise

March 25  Sun.  Plesant   All stayed at Home but the Boys went to Sunday School   I took a walk

March 26   Mon.  Cloudy   It looks like a storm    wind is in the south   good lot of hogs loaded on the Cars   4 good cows   number of calves   Paid for hogs 5 1/2

March 27   Tues.  Cloudy   Ernest & Herman gone over to East Haverhill    Ernest is going to settle with Will Wetherbe    marlin Meader loading Potatoes to go to Ryigate  50 cts per bus

March 28   Wed.  Plesant   Went to Lib Sleepers Funeral to day   Mr Easton Preached the sermon   Authur Farnham   Milo –   Torr-    Will – Upton   Frank Keyes  ware the Beares

March 29  Thur   Pklesant   I took a wolk over to Pikes this morning    no Hauling wood or Timber    Roads muddy

March 30  Fri.  Rain   Not much going to day   Mud is deep    not but little going with wagon

March 31  Sat   Cold  Went to Woodsville to Mrs George Bisbee Funeral   She was Buried at the Center   Very bad going   I got my shoes from Woodsville Paid .50

As you can see from the diary, times were very hard for the farmers in 1906.  Ernest is still only getting part time work here and there and as we know today that is hard for a man with a family.  But he will keep looking.

Today here we canned the few tomatoes we got from our garden.  We got three quarts of marinara sauce and one quart of tomato juice.   I spent most of the afternoon organizing my pictures.  Now I have them together as they should be.  I got two new albums and that helped a lot.  Tomorrow we will burn.  We burn all the paper and things that will burn.  We recycle all that can be recycled and compost all that will compost.  Things that don’t fall into one of these groups go to the land fill which costs 11 cents a pound.  We don’t put much there, it usually cost us about a dollar to a dollar and a half every six weeks.  Tomorrow we have the burning to do and will burn some brush at the same time.  We do all our burning in a burn barrel as we don’t want to take a chance of the fire getting away from us here in the woods.    Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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