Nov. The family finds a new home.

Hi Nancy,  Thank you for calling today with the news from NH.  I will give you the updates from here on the farm before the diary from now on so if you are in a hurry you can keep up with my progress here.  Today I fried green tomatoes and now have them in the freezer on a cookie sheet.  When they are frozen I will put them into freezer bags and keep them for this winter.  I got four meals fried today.  Norman had to fix his tractor.  One of the parts came out and bent so he is getting that back in.  It is a part on the lawn mower attachment.  I wish he would just junk that and get a new riding lawn mower and have the tractor just a tractor, then he would not get caught up on the stumps.  Oh, well that is his problem and I will keep my nose out of it.  I called Shirley and told her about Skipper.  She will send a card also.  Guess that is all for now.  Love Carol

Nov.1, 1908  Sun.  Cold  All stayed at Home   Glenns face is sore whare he fell  It looks as so we should have to stay here in the Ark

Nov. 2  Mon.  Cold  Ernest in store  Dora & Hattie gone to East Harrisville    Glens face is very sore whare he fell on the ground

Nov. 3  Tues.  Plesant   Ernest in store   I have beenup to vote and voted for Bryan   good news   we are a going to move to the Brick House.

This is the house they moved into.  The center of town was all built around the lake.  This is the canal that feeds the water into the mill which powered the mill.  The lake was used for drinking water and a place to put all the sewage, that is why there was so much typhoid fever in the town.  This pratice conintued into the 50’s.  Many people drank sping water or dug their own wells which helped alot.  The people all swam in the lake believing the sand in the lake would clean the water because it was swift moving.   Now the lake is clean and no longer a dumping ground.

Nov. 4  Wed.  Cold   Ernest in store   We moved to day   Ernest done the work.  Knowlton gone into Mrs Stratons      House belongs to the Church.

Nov. 5.  Thurs.  Cold   Ernest in store    Ernest went to East Harrisville with Groc   got it fixed up around our new Home so it looks as though we might live

Nov. 6  Fri.  Fri.  Cold  Ernest in store   Ernest delivers Goods to day   Glen bank up the steps   got it fixed up around the house in good shape

Nov. 7  Sat.  Cloudy   Wrnest & Dora went to Keene to do some Trading   got the Boys some over coats  carpet for room  stair carpet   Dora a Hat  many other things

Nov. 8  sun.  cloudy  All stayed at Home   there was a meeting but did not Know of it till it was to late to go.

Nov. 9  Mon.  Plesant   Ernest in store   Herman did not go to school   not feeling well   I repared out side door latch so it will shut

Nov. 10  Tues.  Warm  Ernest in store   Herman went to school this morning    Hattie Knowlton went to Keene to day   going to stay all night.

Nov. 11  Wed.  Cloudy   Ernest is store   Layed the Carpet in front room    it looks good  set up coal stove

Nov. 12  Thurs.  cloudy   Ernest in store   Glenn gone home to day    he has had a good time- he wanted  a job to work but could not get one    Dora & mys=Self put down the stair carpet   done a good job

Nov. 13  Fri.  Cold   Ernest in store   Ernest delivers Grocs to day   dora making her a Knight dress

Nov. 14  Sat.  Cloudy   Ernest in store   I went out cauling for the first time since I was Sick    went to John Farwells & Rob McCall B Shop   Mrs McCall was gon

Nov. 15  Sun. Plesant  It snowed last Night  2 inches   we all stayed home   Angie got a sore hand  drinking water is all denid up in this Place

Nov. 16  Mon.  Plesant   Ernest in store  Molton is back from Haverhill   all well  sais the folks are all well

Nov. 17  Tues.   Snow Squalls  Ernest in store   Molton went out to Keene to day    stayes with us to Night

Nov. 18  Wed.  Plesant  Ernest in store    had a few snow squalls   the rest of the time plesant    Molton went to Boston this morning   Dora not well to Night    had the Dr

Nov. 19  Thurs.  cloudy   Ernest in store   snow squalls all day   Ernest went to East Harrisville with groc   Dora not very well to day   I am some same to day

Nov. 20  Fri.  Plesant   Ernest in store   school finished this quarter to day   Dora feels a little better but not well

Nov. 21  Sat.  Plesant   Ernest in store    The roads are muddy   Dr Burns went a Rabit Hunting  d0 not know he made out    Dora is some better   does some work

Nov. 22  Sun.  Plesant   Ernest & Boys went to church  said they had a good sermon

Nov. 23  Mon.  Plesant   Ernest in store   very nice day    Ernest delivering good

Nov. 24  Plesant   Ernest in store   very fine day   I wrote to M A Meader    times dull   it is enough to make a man home sick

Nov. 25  Cloudy   Ernest in store   Dora is making ready for Thanksgiving    it very much like rain

Nov. 26  Thurs.  Cloudy   Ernest in store    Thanksgiving day   had a good dinner    duck, 1 chicken and things to eat with them   to many to tell   the Durnants Girls eat with us

Nov. 27  Fri.  Plesant   Drnest in store   Martha Woody made us a call    she is going to Keene to Night    I raked up the door yard    it looks like spring

Nov. 28  Sat.  Plesant   Ernest in store   not much going on    ground as dry as in summer    no rain

Nov. 29  Sun.  Plesant  Ernest   Dora  & the Boy went to church    Angie my Self stayed at Home    Marth Woods stayed at her home     here in this House   gone back to day whare she at work

Nov. 30  Mon.  Cloudy   Ernest in store    Dora wash to day   big one got done at 9 oc   I done some of the House work   washed dishes   made Beds & Swept all of the rooms

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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2 Responses to Nov. The family finds a new home.

  1. It worked Carol and thanks. Loved the picture of the Harrisville house! Did you know that Mom and I lived in the attic one summer when I was about 3 yrs. old? Think I told you, Mom worked in the telephone office with Louise Bergeron. I remember being taken up via a step ladder and Mom was so afraid I would fall down the hole that was open in the floor. That is the summer Mrs. Deselets, can’t spell it , took such good care of me. I have a picture of her holding me in her arms. Tell me again who TUT was? I can see him now with his wicker chair tipped back against the brick wall of the house outside.smoking his pipe. I was a bit afraid of him for no reason.
    thanks for the memories Carol!!!!!!!!
    Love you, Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, I did know you lived in that room over the kitchen but I didn’t know when. The stairs to the room was a dark, no lights closed in stairs from behind the kitchen up to that room. They were very steep but they were stairs not a ladder. That is the room that the family lived in during the teens when Auntie rented out all the rooms. She ran a rooming house and had lots of people living there, some just came for meals. Here table must have been full at each meal. Tut was Seldon Tuttle who lived in the front bedroom beyond the living room. He was one of her boarders that lived there for years. He took Web’s room after Web died in 1917. He lived there until he died somewhere in the 50’s I think. He used to sit outside to chew his tobacco cause Auntie would not let him chew in the house. He used to sit for hours and play cards and his cards had big dark brown stains on the corners from his tobacco chewing. He was a scary guy but just because he was old and didn’t talk much. He didn’t dislike kids but he had no great interest in them either so he came off as scary. I would love a copy of the picture of Mrs. Dislets. Auntie spoke of her often in her diary. She lived up next to the old school house. Her husband was the janitor of the school when I was a student there. Her daughter, Mrs. Rogers lived in the bigger house there on the corner of school hill just below her parents house. Thanks for filling in that bit of history for me. I had no idea you remembered living there. I do remember playing telephone operator so we must have visited you mother at work once in a while. Have a great day. Carol

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