1908 was a hard year for Web and the whole family. The tenament house that they had lived in since moving to Harrisville burned down and the family had to move. They found temporary lodging at “The Ark” This was a rooming house down at the foot of Mill Hill. I was not the best place in town but at the time the only place. Web had started his diary but must have lost it in the move for the 1908 diary I have starts on Aug. 1. My brother told me about the fire so I assume he has the first half of the year. I don’t know if it is still around or not, it has been so long since anyone saw it. Anyways the family lost only things and went on with life. I will start now with the diary I do have.
Aug.1, 1908 Sat. Plesant Ernest in store Mr Scotts Family have gone to Vasilburb, Maine to work in Wooling Mill Ernest & Dora went to Keene Ernest bought him a suit of cloths $8.50 got me two pr draws & a diary
Aug. 2 Sun. Plesant Cool Boys went to church & Sunday School Ernest & dora gon for a walk I am going
Aug. 3 Mon. Plesant Ernest in the store I rep the stair steps Split wood Dora doing house work and making shirts for Boys Guy & Herman went a blueberring
Aug. 4 Tues. Cloudy Ernest in the store the Sunday school Scholars are going to Speak to Night I cannot go do not feel very well got cold the rest are all going
Aug. 5 Wed. cloudy Ernest in store they clared at the Sunday School Concert $14.75 Heavy thunder Storm this morning I am feeling a little better it looks like big storm coming
Aug. 6 Thurs. Rain Ernest in the store rained last big rain Ernest hauled down a load Boxes for wood it rained too hard for him go to East Harrisville
Ag. 7 Fri. Raw Ernest it the I am sick had the Doctor Predt had day I am feeling better fast ( Web must have been very sick as his hand writing was worse than ever and he had trouble keeping his thoughts straight. And the next day was even worse.)
Aug. 8 Sat. Cloudy Ernest in store(This is then crossed out and the word not written on top of it) Dora done the Ernest & Boys went to Church Doc was here
Aug. 9 Sunday Cloudy Ernest & Bouys went to church Angie went with them Dr was here twice ( The hand writing is different on this page and on the next month or more. He told Dora what to write and she wrote it for him until Oct. 15th so he was very sick for a long time.)
Aug. 10 Mon. Fair Ernest in store Layed a bed rested well had a good night last night. feel better but weak Mr Streeter called in this morn. Dr was here twice today.
Aug. 11 Tues. Showers Ernest in store. Layed abed not feeling very well. Mr Carroll went into see me. He has got his insurance $2300. dora takes care of me. Dr was here.
Aug. 12 Wed. Fair Ernest in store Dr was here. I feel about same. boys went blackberrying got five qts. Angie got me some flowers.
Aug. 13 Thur. Hot with showers Ernest in store went to East Harrisville. I layed abed about the same. Dr was here. Mr C called.
Aug. 14 Fri. Fair Ernest in store. I feel the same. I changed rooms so hot in my room. had a hard shower Dr was here.
Aug. 15 Sat. Fair Ernest in store. I feel bad had Dr Highland from Keene with Byrhs he charges $10 A very nice man.
Aug. 16 Sun. Fair Dr was here. I am about the same. The boys went to church. ernest helped take care of me.
Aug. 17 Mon. Rainy dr was here twice. Hattie Knowlton took care of me while Dora went to Keene. Had good care. I feel awful bad.
Aug. 18 Tues. Fair Ernest went to Boston. I am about the same. Uncle Mose came to see me today. Dr was here twice.
Aug. 19 Wed. Fair Ernest got home from Boston and in the store. I am about the same Dr was here twice.
Aug. 20 Thurs. Fair Ernest in store. He went to East Harrisville with Ernest today. Dr was here twice.
Aug. 21 Fri. Fair Ernest in store. Moses went home today. I had a nurse from Keene. Miss Shiney the Dr was here four times. I am kind hard my fever turned this morning.
Aug. 22 Sat. Rain Ernest in store. I am about the same. Lellie finished work for dora $1.00 Dr. was here twice.
Aug. 23 Sun. Fair The boys went to church. Mr Courad called. I did not see him. I was asleep. Dr. here twice.
Aug. 24 Mon. Fair Ernest in store. I am on the gain a little. Dora doing the work. Dr here twice.
Aug. 25 Tues. Fair Ernest in store. I am feeling a little better. Dr was here twice. Angie got the prize to the show.
Aug. 26 Wed. Fair Ernest in store. I feel a little better had a good night. Nurse did not go out. Dr was her only once.
Aug. 27 Thur. Fair & cold Ernest in store. I feel better. Dr was here only once.
Aug. 28 Fri. Fair Ernest in store. I am feeling some better. Dr here only once. Dora got her dresses from Mrs McComb very pretty.
Aug. 29 Sat. Fair Ernest in store went to East Harrisville with grocies. I feel pretty good. Dr here only once.
Aug. 30 Sun. Fair Boys went to church then Had dinner then boys went for walk with nurse. I feel better. Dr here only once.
Aug. 31 Mon. Fair Ernest in store. Miss Shimiy went home today paid her $32.50. Dr was here only once. Dora going to take care of me.
I got my tomatoes cooked yesterday – 1 quart sealed and waiting for the zucchini then I fried ten tomatoes. We ate some fresh and froze the rest for winter. Got three meals worth. It rained hard all day Monday and half day on Tuesday. We got 6 inches of rain in all. That is enough for the rest of the month, now we need some sun and the fall crop of squash, cabbage and brussell sprouts should grow like mad. Today we are going to the farmer’s market. All I need is to order tomato plants for spring but I do like to see the local farmers and see how they have made out this last two weeks. Have a great day.