Dec. 1, 1906 Sat. Cloudy I banked up the celler windows and put in windows so it will be warmer I guess not very cold to day (The houses in 1906 did not have insolation as ours today do so the wind would blow across the floor. To stop this a frame was put around the house about a foot or so high and filled with hay to stop the wind from blowing into the house. This was called “banking the house”. Some houses had storm windows that could be put on in the winter. I remember as a child the wind coming off the lake and the curtins standing right out straight from the windows on cold windy days. My mother tacked blankets up on the windows when it got really bad.)
Dec. 2 Sun. Cloudy Windy & cold 16 below zero Ernest Dora Guy & Herman went to church Angie & my self stayed at Home very cold day
Dec. 3 Mon. Cloudy snowed in the morning washed this morning but did not hang out the cloths Guy – Herman went to school this morning for the first time in Harrisville
This is the school the boys attended. I graduated from this same school many years later. There were two rooms. The lower floor had a large class room where one teacher had the first four grades. The right hand side where you see the windows there was a long hall with a boys room and a girls room and at the end a book room. The same on the top floor only the upper four grades were taught there.
Dec. 4 Tues. Plesant Cold all day blo good man sawed up wood pile Dora hung out her cloths to day to stormey yesterday Mr Farwell & wife went to Boston to day
(This is the station where Ernest picked up the freight for the store and where they caught the passenger train to Keene or Boston.)
Dec. 5 Wed. Cloudy split wood and put it in the shed it has moderated good botum for sleighing all we want is snow then business goes on
Dec. 6 Thur. Storm snow in the morning then rain hard all day. Dora sick to day litlle better to night I am House maid I can do it up in good shape
Dec. 7 Fri Cloudy Cold & windy cold day to be out Dora Angie & Web went over to call on Mrs Farwell but she was not at home.
Dec. 8 Sat. Cold all well at home Clara Clark is here with us to night going back Monday 15 below zero no sleighing
Dec. 9 Sun. Cloudy It is Slipery going little snow to cover the ice We all went to meeting but Dora & Angie not but a little way to go Clark is with us to Night going home tomorrow
This is the church that they attended. They lived in a tenament house next to this church. Later the house burnt down and Walter Luoma built his house on the lot and Ernest and family moved into the brick house next to that. The house was owned by the Church. They lived there until Dora died.
Dec. 10 Mon. Stormy Snowed all day Clarabel gone Home to Lynn snow Plenty for sleighing It looks as though it might turn to rain got the Hens to day
Dec. 11 Tues Plesant Wash day Plesant Ernest got one rooster 10 Hens 65 cts for Hens 1.00 for rooster we have been reping the Pen or House
Dec. 12 Wed. Plesant all at Home Ernest is at work in Store I am taking care of one rooster & ten Hens hard work to do it– laye 2 eggs to day
This is the store that Ernest worked in. It sits in the center of town, at the top of the hill. The store is on the ground floor with an apartment above and the Town Hall, called Winn’s Hall, in the back and upstairs . The back and down stairs was the store room for the store. All Town activities were held here such as graduations, dances, town meetings. Patty Winn and I used to play paper dolls there we had dolls we cut out from the catologs and each bench was a different house.
Dec. 13 Thur. Cloudy no sun to day Hen’s 1 egg big deal it looks like rain Dora went down to the Mill got some specimens going to send them to M A Meader
This is the mill where most everyone in the town worked. Most of the houses in the town were owned by the mill.
Dec. 14 Fri. Cloudy all at Home Ernest at work in store Dora to work doing House work I tend the Hens Boys go to school Angie is about her work talking about Hens
Dec. 15 Cloudy all at Home to day It rains I am afraid we shal loss the snow it is very nice sleighing Hens do not lay I shal have to get them out and runn them up and down the road perhaps that will start them laying
Dec. 16. Sun. Ernest Dora & Boys went to church Boys went to sunday school Angie and my self stayed at Home good sleighing rain does not take snow all up
Dec. 17 Mon. Cloudy Wash day. all well Hens do not lay an egg good sleighing wants a little more snow good bottom Cutting ice here
Dec. 18 Tues. Plesant Cold the North wind blowds all are welll Boys go to school Dora ironed I chores fed the Hens Ernest to the store
Dec. 19. Wed. Plesant Ernest at work in store Boys go to school I have been rep hen pen making it warmer wood about gone get some more soon
Dec. 20 Thur. Cloudy Snowed very little Ernest had a load wood hauled to day huling ice off that Lake Hens no lay
Dec. 21 Fri. Cloudy Ernest work in store Dora Angie Mrs Carrel gone to school the Scholars have Xmas Trees I take care of the House
Dec. 22 Sat. Cloudy Ernest dora Mrs Carrol & Mrs. Farwell went to Keene to day I took care of the House got dinner done up the work Children out sliding Hen layed an egg.
Dec. 23 Sun. cloudy Boys went to Sunday school Ernest Guy Herman & My self went to church Dora & Angie stayed at Home good sleighing
Dec. 24 Mon. Cloudy Wash day got done earley I helped my part I sawed and spilt wood and helped do the washing Dora got the Head ache
Dec. 25 Tues. Stormy Blustering day bad night to be out Xmas come and gone I sawed and split good enough to burn Children a good time Playing with thare games they got at Xmas I thinking of home up in Haverhill
Dec. 26 Wed. cloudy Boys go to school I help do the chores sunday school Xmas Tree at the vestry for the Sunday School children.
This is the vestry where many of the church functions were held. This is just three doors down from the church and on the same canal. The water on the side of the vestry was a favorite swimming spot for many many years. When I was little we would swim here and dive for coins people would throw into the water.
Dec. 27 Thur. Cloudy all well- Boys go to school- Ernest in the store- warmer to night looks like snow Mr Farwell went to East Harrisville with goods Mrs Farwell went with him to Long Pond
Dec. 28 Fri. Cloudy Warmer Dora & Angie went Sleigh rebend with Ernest delivering goods through his rout I am at Home taking care of Hens got one egg
Dec. 29 Sat. Cloudy Warm Ernest gone up to Haverhill I thawed out the wast Pipe to the sink took me most all day I sawed & split wood the rest of the day
Dec. 30 Sun. Cloudy all at Home but Ernest supper a 3 o clock Mrs Carrol & Ethel took supper with us Mr Carrol and the 3 little girls went to the Loging Camp it looks like rain
Dec. 31 Mon. Rain rain all day I sawed wood and split for my chore it looks as though we should loose all of the snow
2012 Monday and I spent the day cooking. I made a good casserole with 6 small kohlrobi, 6 good sized tomatoes, 1 onion, 1 cup cheese. It came out good and I have enough for tomorrow as well. Norman did some more burning. I had hoped to cook my apples today but I have no am too lazy today. Maybe tomorrow. Shirley – I am putting mother’s poems on a page for her memories. I have included the ones from Claude E. Rockwood as they were in her envelope and I liked them. You may want to check them out.