January 16, 1933

Mon., 16   Morning devotions. A perfectly gorgeous day. Type “A Picture,” work at a number of things. Letter from Harriet Chapman. Death of William Shangraw (Uncle Bill) who has been a great sufferer for a long time. Grace makes funeral pieces till noon. Goes to Middlebury to attend Susan Parker’s funeral in the afternoon. Write Mrs. Paine a thank you. She sent me a beautiful bunch of dried flowers for a winter boquet (sic). Send a line to William Scott, a note of sympathy to the Shangraw family.

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January 15, 1933

Sun., 15    A fine sermon from Montreal on the unpardonable sin, which may be defined as the neglect of conscience our inward Monitor, until we cease to hear its admonitions. Karl & Henrietta & Warner, also Grace, attend Church & come to dinner. Write Gertrude. A sermon from Fosdick which comes in so poorly that I lose a lot of it. We have the puzzle “Wild Horses,” which is a hard one.

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January 14, 1933

Sat., 14   Morning devotions.  Dumas comes to do the housework.  I make a mince pie, a lemon shell, applesauce & cottage cheese. Copy poem “Not there.”  Send it to the Rutland Herald & two to Ripples. Hope they will be satisfactory. Lillian Lewis calls. Write Helen. Read the death of Susan Parker.

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January 13, 1933

Fri., 13  Morning devotions.   Make a warm apple pie for dinner, at which we have smelt. A beautiful sunny day. Letter from Wightman Melton inviting me to contribute to another book of tree poems, which I answer. Tuttle takes me to Midd & return.  And my poem “Elm Tree” to Melton and hope he will like it. Mrs. Goodale walks up to see us. She’s quite excited over Marjorie Phelps condition. Grace attends the Botany class & brings home a new puzzle.

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January 12, 1933

Thurs., 12   Morning devotions. Get a sewing bag for the little girl next door. Make a dozen tea-bags. Wind up tangled string all the evening. Grace goes to Middlebury with the Hagars in the evening. Prof Kingsley of the College gives them an interesting talk of which Grace tells me a little.

“Little deeds of kindess,

Little words of love,

Make our earth an Eden,

Like the Heaven above.”

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January 11, 1933

Wed., 11   Morning devotions injured by static. Henrietta comes for dinner & a little visit. Grace goes to the Mission meeting at Mrs. Wendell’s. We have the remains of Sunday dinner. Letter from Fay Warner & a box of magazines from Mrs. Paine. A box comes from daughter Helen for my birthday which she wrote me not to open until the 29th so I did not even see the outside of it.

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January 10, 1933

Tues., 10   Morning devotions. Dumas doing the work. Make a custard pie for dinner. Do a bit of mending. Answer Mrs. Owen’s letter. A heavy wind comes up from the south. I love these clean white pages. It seems a pity to mark them up. We finish putting the jig-saw puzzle together. Ruth Collins Chase calls on us. She is living at the Stevens House & walked up. Letters from Helen & Anna. Billy has whooping cough. Mrs. DeWitt Parker buried to-day.

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January 9, 1933

Mon., 9    Morning devotions spoiled with static. Wash underwear & stockings. It is snowing. Grace has work come in on funeral flowers. Belle Parker Clark comes for a spray. This diary, which I like very much, came in this noon with Mr. Tuttle. I spend some time writing it up from notes made on scraps of paper. Have a letter from Mrs. Owen in which she tells me something of herself. She’s 87 and I am glad to know more about her. Write Anna, as I’m feeling worried about her. Grace goes to the annual church meeting this evening. A beautiful snow storm.

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January 8, 1933

Sun., 8  Grace attends church. Karl has a bad cough, trail of the Grip. They do not attend church but come to dinner. We have a chicken dinner with biscuit and a fruit pudding, for which Henrietta brings the cream. Sunshine, but a raw north wind. Chickadees come to feed. Send my delayed letter to Emma MacKenzie at Long Beach, Calif.  Write Jeanette & Helen. Fosdick broadcast at 5 P.M. but static is bad. Mary Ross calls. Mrs. DeWitt Parker dies at her home in Waltham. Grace goes to rehearsal in the evening.

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January 7, 1933

Sat., 7  Morning devotions. Make a tapioca pudding for dinner & a steamed fruit to-morrow’s dinner (sic).  Dumas doing the housework, also finishes the ironing. Letters from Gertrude, Jeanette & Mrs. Paine. Calvin Coolidge is brought home to Plymouth for burial on Saturday afternoon. (http://www.robinsonlibrary.com/america/unitedstates/20th/1923/coolidge/death.ht)m  So was Ashton, only 6 weeks ago to-day. Wash the supper dishes & write Gertrude in the evening.

“Little deeds of kindness

Little words of love

Make our earth an Eden

Like the Heaven above.”

 

And here is Ashton’s obituary:

 

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January 6, 1933

Fri., 6  Morning devotions. Sunshine, but wind blows a gale in the morning. Do the work and get dinner. Tuttle goes to New Haven St. & takes me along. I sit in the car & read the paper, the story of the life and death of Calvin Coolidge. Mrs. L. Shackett on her way to the P.O. stops for a visit. Tuttle looking up records in the unheated town hall. Grace goes down street in the morning & again at night to Mrs. Benton’s where Miss Kitridge has a botany class. A half dozen men digging a ditch to drain the road, work given them to keep the wolf from the door.

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January 5, 1932

Thurs., 5   Morning devotions. The news flashed to every corner of the globe that Calvin Coolidge, Vermont’s greatest son, died in his Northhampton home. He is 60 years old, the age of my boy, Ashton. Three boys drowned in Dead Creek, in Addison, where they rescued a girl who skated through thin ice. Some sunshine to-day. Miss Gagnon, teacher at V.I.S., calls on Grace. Henrietta & Warner come to dinner. Iron until I am tired.

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January 4, 1933

Wed., 4    Morning devotions. Find many ways to fill in time until noon. Tuttle goes to Middlebury & Grace attend (sic) a D.A.R. meeting at the Stevens House. Marie Warner goes to Midd. with Tuttle. Nancy McCuen, leading hostess of the meeting, is ill with Gripp (sic) and I decide that it is wiser for me to stay at home. Sew a little trying to fix Grace’s new dress & iron until I am tired. Letter from Ben, which I answer. Write Fay Warner & Mrs. I. E. Warner. Letter from Lillian Emerson.

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January 3, 1933

Tues., 3    Morning devotions. A raw south wind. Dumas washes & the clothes get dry enough to be brought in. A letter from Mrs. Taylor of Richford, my twin. Also a letter from Sister Helen. I finish the letter I am writing her. There is little to say. The dark falls early. The dining room window is still filled with Helen’s generous gift to me.

 

There is something about this entry that is poetic, I think.

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January 2, 1933

Mon., 2   Morning devotions. The usual work and dinner, which I get early as Helen starts for New Britain on the noon train. I do not like to see her go. So many noons they have come & gone—the children of the house. So many thoughts come crawling into my mind that I would like to give expression to, but find words inadequate. I expect these clean white pages will have many a blot, but I would like to put a clean record on them. Write Hattie.

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January 1, 1933

Sun., 1   New Year’s Day. A clean white sheet lies before us, as we turn the leaf from the old year. I wish to quote here the words I read in the bottom of a silken bag belonging to Mother when I was a girl.

“Count that day lost,

Whose low descending sun

Views from thy hand

No worthy action done.”

6 below zero. Grace, Karl, Henrietta & Warner attend church & come to dinner. Daughter Helen is with us. A sermon at night, Text:  “What is that to thee?  Follow thou me.”  The grip is country wide. Many are ill with it.

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December 31, 1932

Sat., 31    Morning devotions. Make a mock cherry pie for dinner to-morrow. Get to-day’s dinner. Package comes from Abernathy’s containing outing, outing nightdresses and hair nets. Dumas doing the work. Wilma helps Grace in her book keeping. Reading Wilbert Snow’s book. This is the last day of the old year. I will be glad to turn the leaf, for the New Year’s sheet is clean & white and the old year’s sheet is stained with tears. We hear Big Ben in London, striking 12 midnight, at 7 o’clock.

Some of the NOTES in the back:

~A poem of mine is in Stanton Muzzy’s book just issued, called “Poems from the Heart of Vermont.”

~Calvin Coolidge dies in Northhampton. Drops dead in his home. This happens in 1933, but I assume she recorded this here because she didn’t yet have her new diary. 

ADDRESSES indicate that Ella’s granddaughter Pearl (Mrs. Remick), who is Ashton’s daughter, lives in Saratoga.  Gertrude is in Ferndale, Michigan. Ella’s daughter Helen is in NYC.

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December 30, 1932

Fri., 30    Morning devotions that help. Feed the cat & give the bird fresh sand. Get dinner, etc. Helen goes down street after dinner. Rain. I write Dr. Dolloff (note:  Ruth’s doctor) & Amy Rice. Mend a very little. I hope to get into normal some day.

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December 29, 1932

Thurs., 29    Morning devotions. A nice day. Grace goes on the bus to Burlington. The road is so icy that it is blocked with cars across it that cannot be moved out of the way, so the bus has to detour. Mrs. Alice Wright comes for a spray which George makes. Their hired man is dead. She has Grip. A lot of people are still down with it.

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December 28, 1932

Wed., 28    Morning devotions.  Make an apple pie. Henrietta comes for the day. Mary Ross sends the pudding she made for our Christmas dinner which she expected to eat with us, when she came down the Grip & could not come. Hattie Taylor calls while Lee goes after feed. Grace is invited to supper at Hagars and they come after her.  Letters from Hattie & Gertrude.

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December 27, 1932

Tues., 27    Morning devotions. Wash stockings, underwear & napkins. A nice day. Tuttle gives me a ride to Middlebury. Have a letter from Maud Stevens, a great surprise as I have not heard from her in many years. Addie Birkett, who has been an invalid many years living at Elmer Birkett’s, dies this morning.

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December 26, 1932

Mon., 26   Morning devotions. Visiting & picking up. Ben comes to dinner. Warmed over turkey. Ben brings me the book, “Green Mt. Boys ride.” He goes toward night. It will be dark when he gets home. The days are very short. Henrietta comes afternoon. A nice sunset & a hope to match it that to-morrow will be fair.

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December 25, 1932

Sun., 25    Clouds. Sleep late. Henrietta, Karl & Warner come to dinner. Henrietta brings the turkey (Tuttle’s purchase) cooked & ready for the table. We have a good filling dinner, but it is the saddest Christmas I have ever known. I have received many gifts. It is Karl’s first venture since he was stricken with grip. Mr. Hagar calls & Grace goes out to help sing the street carols. Write Gertrude. Tuttle finds an immense rat dead, under the kitchen stairway.

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December 24, 1932

Sat., 24    Make 2 mince pies. Static is bad at morning devotions. Henrietta helps Dumas with the ironing. We   ~~~  (sic)  Because I do not get the idea quick enough I lose it.  A warmer day & snow leaving. Still the cards come in. Grace goes down in the evening to help trim the Christmas tree for the Town children. We open the Christmas boxes & are well remembered.

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December 23, 1932

Fri., 23    Morning devotions spoiled with static. Make a custard pie for dinner. Visit nearly all day. Write up Christmas cards. Henrietta & I go with Tuttle to the cemetery with wreaths for the graves. We go in a blinding snowstorm. The chickadees come. Write nearly all the belated Christmas cards.

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December 22, 1932

Thurs., 22    Morning devotions. A most beautiful day. I get out on the porch & hang up the first suet. It is the first lovely day since my illness. Jennie White is brought home for burial with service in the M.E. church. I go into the church. The casket stands by the door. She looks very lovely, with lillies (sic) of the valley on her breast. Tuttle takes me for a ride. Frank Warner brings George & Karl Warner & their sister, Mabel Brown, for a call. Helen comes from Concord. Grace sings at the funeral, “Jesus Saviour, Pilot me.”

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December 21, 1932

Wed., 21    Morning devotions.  Marie Warner & Elaine Beach come to see Grace, asking her to sing at Jennie White’s funeral.

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December 20, 1932

Tues., 20    Morning devotions.  Dumas washes, mops kitchen. Henrietta calls with Mrs. Porter & a Ryder girl. She brings Gertrude’s Christmas box. Pack a box for Anna. Dumas washes. Jennie White dies of shock this morning. She is at rest.

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December 19, 1932

Mon., 19    Morning devotions. Pack a few gifts for Gertrude. Write Hattie. Try to make it helpful.

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December 18, 1932

Sun., 18   Most of a sermon from Montreal and part of Fosdick’s at night. The static is very bad to-night. Grace, Karl, Warner & Henrietta attend Church & come to dinner. Grace goes down at night.

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December 17, 1932

Sat., 17   A cold morning. 15 below. Dumas does the work. I make a small custard pie for dinner & a cherry pie for to-morrow. Keep about & think I have a fairly good day. I am listening to hear his voice, my absent Boy.

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December 16, 1932

Fri., 16    Morning devotions injured by static. O, my poor, poor Boy! Just to see you once more!  Letters from Pruden, card from Miss Miles. Do a little mending.

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December 15, 1932

Thurs., 15   Morning devotions. Not a very good night as my cough bothers me. Henrietta comes to dinner & Tuttle & I take her home. Wind north & growing cold. Oh, how heavy my heart is! Write Lou.

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December 14, 1932

Wed., 14    Morning devotions almost drowned with static. Talk with Henrietta.  She has the program for the Mission meeting this afternoon at Gussie Norton’s. Grace & I do not go. She is too busy with Christmas work and I do not dare go out in this bitter wind as I still have a cold & cough. Hem 8 kitchen towels & 4 dish clothes for my Christmas packages. Write notes in the evening. Sit in the dining room.

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December 13, 1932

Tues., 13   Morning devotions. Dumas doing the regular work & finishing up dusty chambers & stairways. A raw south wind. Letters from Helen & Hattie. I write Helen & some notes to sympathizing friends. Made some lemon-verbena bags. Give one to Miss Leach, who comes just at night.

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December 12, 1932

Mon., 12    Morning devotions. Sorting papers & writing notes. Get dinner & washing dishes. George Torry ill with Grip. His brother comes in his place. My poor, poor Boy! Have I seen you for the last time on earth? To part like this, my poor Boy!

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December 11, 1932

Sun., 11  Get part of a good sermon from Montreal. Cold. The air full of snow. Inertia is what ails me to-day. Get dinner. Karl, Warner & Henrietta come to dinner. Inertia, or being in a rut & satisfied to stay there from long habit was what ailed the cripple in the porch of the pool of Bethsaida. “Wilt thou be made whole?”

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December 10, 1932

Sat., 10   Morning devotions. Make a custard pie & an apple pie. Dumas comes to help out. I am glad of her for I do not feel good. Tuttle takes me to the cemetery. Nothing has touched the flowers, not even the wind. Letters from Anna & Gertrude.

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December 9, 1932

Fri., 9  Morning devotions. Do the morning work, get dinner, etc. A good deal of cold & cough left. Write Arthur Norton, the Gees, Mrs. Richmond. Sort & burn letters. Grace attends a card party at Ruth Benton’s.

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December 8, 1932

Thurs., 8    Morning devotions spoiled with static. Write “His Vision.” My lost boy! How am I ever to stop grieving? And I don’t want to stop! I love my boy and the memories of his childhood & his life are constantly with me. Henrietta comes at 11-30. Tuttle gives us a ride. Mrs. Hagar comes to see me.

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December 7, 1932

Wed., 7   Morning devotions. Not feeling very well. Write Ben, Mrs. Davenport & send a clipping to Hindley. Also an order to Sears & Roebuck. Also my photograph to Mrs. Taylor in Richford. Sunny morning & clouds over at night.

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December 6, 1932

Tues., 6  Morning devotions. I am dressed and eat breakfast down stairs. Letter from Helen. Dumas washes. I get dinner. Iron a little & Dumas almost finishes it. A very dark day. Henrietta comes a little while. Write Helen.

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December 5, 1932

Mon., 5   In bed still. Lucille leaves us to-night. The bed is getting tired.

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December 4, 1932

Sun., 4  Still in bed & too listless to care that I lose Montreal sermon and Fosdick. Grace attends church. Henrietta comes to get dinner, as Lucille stays but a short time in the morning. Karl & Warner come to dinner. A letter from Hattie. She says Ashton loved me, which is such a comfort.

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December 3, 1932

Sat., 3   Glad to stay in bed. Letter from Anna. A call from Mrs. Brown. Later a call from Mr. Hagar. These days must be given me to recuperate so I will not call them lost.  Dumas comes unexpectedly & does not find work to last the day out. I will try to see to it in future that she does not come unless I tell her to.

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December 2, 1932

Fri., 2   Stay in bed & Lucille comes to take care of me. Letter from Anna. Not much to put on this page when one lies in bed.

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December 1, 1932

Thurs., 1  Morning devotions. Fighting a terrible cold with no results. Letter from Alvin. Write May Goodere & Claire, Ruth Benton & the Hagars in answer to their notes of condolence. A hazy day, beautiful sunlit day. Send “Parade of the Motor Dead” to a Boston syndicate with the hope that they find it acceptable. The doctor comes to cure me.

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November 30, 1932

Wed., 30  Morning devotions. Grace & Henrietta go with Otis to Buck Mt. for green things. They take their dinner & I put dinner for two on the kitchen table. Mrs. Andrews calls. I write Gertrude & Helen & I have such a cold that I cannot keep busy as I want to in order not to brood.

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November 29, 1932

Tues., 29  Morning devotions. Anna goes at 7-45 on the bus for Pittsfield. Dumas does the work & washes all the extra bed & table linen. Tuttle takes Grace & me to N.H. Street where the Green Mt. Branch of American Penwomen meet with Lucy Dana. We have a good meeting. I give a short resumé of my literary beginnings & read a number of poems. Mrs. Curtain & Mrs.  “  (sic) each buy a copy of “Castles in Memory.”  Letters from Helen, Amy Sue (and her picture) Mrs. Richmond Mrs. and others.

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November 26, 1932

Sat., 26   Morning devotions.  Make a custard pie, a plate of cottage cheese in little balls and a chicken pie. Ben comes to dinner. Wilma takes care of the children at Henrietta’s. Anna, Grace, Ben, Tuttle & I go in one car to Champlain Bridge to meet the funeral car bringing Ashton, Hattie, Pearl, Rem & Jack with other friends & Helen, Karl & Henrietta in their car. Kate Dalrymple, Mrs. Noyes & others in Kate’s car go to the Bridge with us. We go to the Prospect cemetery. They open the coffin for me & I take a last look at my dear boy’s face. Beautiful flowers. We get dinner for the Saratoga people & Lucille Wood helps out. Quite a few friends at the grave.

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