Starting a New Life in a New Town is Hard for an Old Man

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.


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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