October 14, 1933

Sat., 14   Street light renewed. This is Ashton’s birthday, 61 years ago. Morning devotions. Dumas doing the work. I make a custard pie for dinner & an apple pie for tomorrow. Letter from Anna. Line from Stanton Muzzy. Grace making funeral pieces for     (blank)   . She attend (sic) D.A.R. meeting at the State School. Feeling miserable. Clean a fowl Otis brings after supper. Work on crotchet.

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October 13, 1933

Fri., 13   Morning devotions with detonations like thunder. A cool day. Get dinner but have a very quiet day. Helena, Mae-Frances & Mary Furgeson (sic) call. They tell me Sister Helen is in Mary Fletcher. Write Ben & Helen. Letter from Hattie. Ruth goes down town.

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October 12, 1933

Thurs., 12   Morning devotions. Grace goes with plants & Otis to Middlebury for the day and from there to a musical in Bristol in the evening. Write Stanton Muzzy and send “Here and There” to Hindley. Work on crotchet. Get dinner, etc. Ruth helps a lot. I would like to have her help if I was sure she wanted to do it Anna Barnard French & Marion Haight call. I thought she was ungrateful but people have different ways of showing their feelings and I guess she is grateful.

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October 11, 1933

Wed., 11   Morning devotions. Grace goes down with Tuttle on her way to Henrietta’s. Cloudy & cool. A message comes to me from Mrs. Witherell which is not satisfactory. I write her a letter. Sun comes out for the Mission meeting with Henrietta this afternoon. Write Mr. Thompson. A letter from Ben. He’s building a chimney in his new house. Mend a few stockings. Tuttle goes to Midd afternoon. Margary Phelps comes in for a handshake.

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October 10, 1933

Tues., 10   Morning devotions. Ruth goes out to Karl’s for the day. Make an apple pie. Dumas washes & irons. Rain in the morning but clears. Cool. Grace goes downtown & home with Tuttle. He takes her to the church for supper & I ride down. Karl & Henrietta with Ruth have supper at the church & bring Ruth home. They take a basket of dishes I packed & got ready.

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October 9, 1933

Mon., 9   Sort papers. Morning devotions. Otis working for Ruth.

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October 8, 1933

Sun., 8  No devotions, no sermon, but a quiet day of rest. Grace attends church & S.S. She has a few outdoor visitors. The Canadian comes to pick up apples. Write Helen & Anna.

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October 7, 1933

Sat., 7   Morning devotions. Make a cherry pie. Dumas doing the work. Ruth cuts down the syringa bush by the window. Cold & cloudy. Thick clouds like snow. Tuttle takes me to Middlebury & Louise Manning treat (sic) my crippled feet. Her house is unheated. I should think she’d freeze. I nearly froze. Finish poem & mail to Mrs. Kent. A letter from her & Helen.

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October 6, 1933

Fri., 6   Morning devotions. Make 2 prune pies. Have sword fish & baked onions for dinner. Begin the poem requested by Mrs. Lyman Kent. Mrs. Oppenheim is having a grand time with the leading authors of Vt. at her home to-day. A cold north wind is blowing to-day. Henrietta calls but I get little time for a visit with her Letters from Ralp (sic) & Mrs. Dealtha (?) Adams, who is Treas. of the Panton cemetery Association. I answer her letter & send my dues long overdue. Grace goes down town, P.M.

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October 5, 1933

Thurs., 5   Morning devotions. Mend some to-day. Mrs. Ketcham comes to try on Ruth’s dress.

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October 4, 1933

Wed., 4   Morning devotions. Make a lemon pie for dinner. This is rather a sad day. Mend all the time I get and work on crotchet in the evening. Letters from Sister Helen & Hattie.

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October 3, 1933

Tues., 3   Morning devotions. Dumas washes. I make an old-fashioned apple pie. Ruth pares the apples. Mrs. Ketcham comes to try on Ruth’s dress & takes home my winter coat to mend. After dinner, Grace & I go down with Tuttle. I buy a hat for $1.50. Take some cotton dresses on approval. Order shoes & rubbers of Herrick. We meet Mr. Nelson at the Stevens House. He takes us to Shoreham to Mrs. Witherell’s lovely home where we hold a comfab on the marker. Get home at 5-15.

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October 2, 1933

Mon., 2   Morning devotions. Do the usual morning work. A very beautiful day, cool. Greens, etc. for dinner. George Warner offers $10.00 toward our Memorial marker. Grace takes his message. I cut the remnants of the sage. Find a warm sunny corner just outside the woodshed door, where I sort it over. Sort the Sunday papers. Pension check comes to-day, $42.50. Grace goes to Rowland Robinson’s Forest & Field Club meet with Mrs. Tom Jones.

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October 1, 1933

Sun., 1   Sky full of dark clouds. Karl, Henrietta, Warner & Ruth go to St. Albans. Grace goes to church and stays to S.S. so Tuttle & I eat our dinner on the kitchen table. Give Grace hers at the same table when she gets home. Rain in the afternoon. The St. Albans visitors come home, 4 on a seat thru the rain. Tuttle gives me a litle ride. The wind & storm blows down half of the big greening appple tree by the road.

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September 30, 1933

Sat., 30   Morning devotions. Dumas doing the work. I mend a little, crotchet a little. Write some letters. One to Mrs. Witherell & Mrs. Coolidge. A most beautiful day. Sky clear, air fine. A good breeze blowing of pears & apples. Write Sister Helen. Letters from Anna & Gertrude.

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September 29, 1933

Fri., 29   Morning devotions. Ruth spends the forenoon downtown doing errands, etc. Get dinner. Grace washes the dinner dishes. Mrs. Andrews brings word that sister Helen is down with heart trouble at Mrs. Arms at 415 South Union. Write Ralph & C.W Smith. Ruth & Grace write Helen. Quite cool out. I pick a bouquet of nasturtions (sic) Tuttle not feeling well.

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September 28, 1933

Thurs., 28   Morning devotions. A nice sunny day but cool in the shade. Send a letter to Peter Nelson. Grace goes to Middlebury with Otis. Gets home after dinner. Ruth does the dinner dishes in a most efficient manner. Do some mending & study out a crotchet block. If I only had patience to be good, after such blessing & guidance as we have experienced.

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September 27, 1933

Wed., 27   Morning devotions. Ben goes to Long Point with Otis. Ruth goes down street with Tuttle. Henrietta comes at 11 o’clock, too tired to sit up. Ruth comes about 11:30 & Grace comes to dinner. Henrietta brings 2 doz eggs. We go to Brandon to a Com. meeting and take in Mrs. Stewart at Midd. Mrs. Billings attends the meeting. She wants things her way. I do not know why she should. Mrs. Stewart is a strong sensible soul & a great help to us. We get home about 5-15. Send Hindley back “Old Letters” revised.

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September 26, 1933

Tues., 26   Morning devotions and static. Dumas washes, mops, etc. I make a custard & apple pie. Ruth helps on the dinner. I get tired & Dumas washes the breakfast dishes. Ruth & I take a short walk. The place is loaded with pears & apples. Letters from the Guild & one from Hindley about “Old Letters,” which is as I want it to be.

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September 25, 1933

Mon., 25   Morning devotions.  Mrs. Ketcham works for Ruth. A good day, in which I get tired. Tuttle not feeling well. Work begins to-day on the new bridge proposed building at the Falls.

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September 24, 1933

Sun., 24   Get part of a sermon & prayer. Do the morning work. Get dinner with Ruth’s help. Grace attends church & S.S. Write Gertrude & Anna, Mrs. Witherell, note to Mrs. Thorne. Meantime, I get a ride to Midd, back by Quaker Village, Reef Bridge and Addison Corner. Ruth rides down to the corner with us, meets some people she knows, buys a paper & calls on Mrs. Hagar.

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September 23, 1933

Sat., 23  Helen’s birthday. 50. Make a custard pie for dinner & an apple pie for tomorrow. Morning devotions come clear. Ruth busy straightening out her belongings. Grace goes to Del Grella’s at the Lake. Dumas doing the Saturdays work. Letter from (continued after a line break)  Letters from Anna, Helen, Gertrude & Mrs. Taylor (my twin in Richford). Cool. “Driftwind” and “Blue Moon.” Also Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” from the Writer’s Guild. Sort books, sending some upstairs and some magazines up attic. Write Mrs. Taylor.

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September 22, 1933

Fri., 22   Morning devotions. Ruth goes down town with Tuttle and Robert Ketcham brings her home. He buys one of my books. Grace takes flowers to Dr. Phelps & I send one of my latest books. Letter from Sister Helen, which I answer. Write Stanton Muzzy. Mr. Hagar calls. Has a little visit with Ruth. I loan him my Sally Perkins scrap book.

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September 21, 1933

Thurs., 21   Morning devotions.  Ruth putting up plums. Get dinner. McCormick takes Ruth’s car to his garage. The Tryout comes from Haverhill. Send Helen a birthday greeting. An ovation is given Dr. Phelps at the opera House. 700 to 800 people attend. A purse of gold is given him. To-day concludes 40 years of active practice here and surrounding towns without a vacation. Grace comes late from Morrisville & does not attend.

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September 20, 1933

Wed., 20   Omit devotions. Grace goes to Morrisville with the Nortons to the D.A.R.. State Conference. We settle down to dinner getting & the duties of the day. Walk around the farm with Ruth. Rough traveling. Wet morning but clear. Cool. Have a visit with Ruth about old times. McCormick opens her trunk. She finds things in good shape.

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September 19, 1933

Tues., 19   Morning devotions abbreviated because of so much doing. Dumas washes, irons and does the upstairs & after dinner work. Henrietta takes me to Wildwood & to the Penwomen’s luncheon & business meeting after. Ruth busy around the farm. Mrs. Garland & Mrs. Shackett are hostesses.

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September 18, 1933

Mon., 18   Morning devotions omitted. Ben goes back to St Albans. Lena doing the work. Ruth busy with her personal belongings. Letters from Addie Stevens & Mrs. Chatterton. Mrs. Bingham & nurse come to lay out garden plans. She comes very late & having been invited to tea, stayed until 6 o’clock, which was a little disturbing all around. Henrietta comes in to see Ruth.

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September 17, 1933

Sun., 17   Red in the east this morning. Ben & Grace start for Concord at 6 o’clock A.M.  Karl, Henrietta & Warner come to dinner. Warner fills the woodbox. I get a little ride around the square after they go home. Ben brings Ruth home from Concord. It was a hard trip for him.

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September 16, 1933

Sat., 16  Morning devotions. Make a custard pie for dinner & a mince & apple for Sunday. Get dinner & Dumas does the dishes and the cleaning & dusting for Sunday. Grace goes with Wilma to the mink farm in Middlebury. Helen & I do our last visiting. She leaves on the afternoon train for Burlington. Ben comes after suppper. We have a little visit before bedtime. Write Anna & Henrietta.

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September 15, 1933

Fri., 15   Morning devotions. A good day. Tuttle takes Helen, Grace, Loraine Bristol & me to Basin Harbor. I give a report on the Seth Warner Memorial Highway & read poems on the Lake. We have a nice meeting, refreshments & an overheated room. Wayland Bristol brings us home. Cards from Ruth. I shall be so glad if she ever gets home. Write Helen.

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September 14, 1933

Thurs., 14   Morning devotions. Rain. Cool out of doors. Get dinner. Have a card from Ruth. What I would like to record here is so wonderful that I cannot write it. Write my report on the marker work. Letter from Mrs. Andrews. Helen takes a shampoo. Grace goes down town.

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September 13, 1933

Wed., 13   Morning devotions. Quite cool. Helen goes to Dr. Clark’s funeral in Burlington. Grace also goes to Burlington at noon. Letter from Lou. A message from Dr. Dolloff that we may come after Ruth which makes me so excited I do not know how to get dinner. Henrietta comes to dinner & stays until 4 P.M. Charlotte Leach calls. Two ladies call for a subscription to Ladies Home Journal from the “Social Union.” If I ever had a dollar—half a doz. sharks were after it. Write Lou. Write Shirley Farr & Mrs. Blanche (writing blurred a bit) for Mrs. Witherell.

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September 12, 1933

Tues., 12   Our first frost last night. Morning devotions. Dumas washes & does most of the ironing. She does the after dinner work. Grace goes for a corn roast, “Forest & Field Club,” with Mrs. Jones. A cool night. Helen & I and Grace when she comes look over some of the lovely foreign pictures I brought from abroad. The box comes from Ruth to Helen. I pick tomatoes. Letter from Helen. Her trip on Sunday was O.K. We have baked pickerel for dinner.

 

I think the Helen who is with Ella now is her sister, Helen Simonds, and that it’s daughter Helen Smith who returned to New Britain on Sunday. I may have mixed up the two of them during the past few weeks. It’s hard to keep track!

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September 11, 1933

Mon.,  11   Morning devotions. Pick up & sort Sunday papers. Letter from Mrs. Witherell, which I answer. Mrs. Andrews comes to dinner for a visit with Helen, who helps get dinner. Lena comes to do the dinner dishes. Very cold for Sept. North wind uncomfortable. Mrs. Andrews is crotcheting a bedspread & I start in on a sample block. Mrs. Beal brings Tuttle an immense piceral (sic) & a bass. I pay our taxes.  $103.94.

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September 10, 1933

Sun., 10   We are all up as usual. Helen starts for New Britain by Bus. Letters returned from Gertrude—mis-directed. Call from Anna Clark Jones. Mr. Jones comes in to shake hands. They cannot stay. Willard Carpenter & wife call on Grace. I get dinner. Grace attends church and S.S. which is resumed to-day. Write Gertrude & Anna. Also put checks into an envelope to pay my taxes.

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September 9, 1933

Sat., 9   Morning devotions. Rain last night. Dumas comes for a sweeping day. Make a custard, mince & apple pies,  one of each. Grace still making funeral pieces, these for Sam Preston, who died of shock & was ill but an hour. Taking a terrible cold. Hope I can get over it.Letter from Anna. Write Stanton Muzzy, also Anna________the Poetry Director.

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September 8, 1933

Fri., 8   Morning devotions. Get dinner. Nothing of note. Sam Preston’s sister-in-law comes for flowers. Henrietta makes a short call. Karl comes for drinking water for the Grange. Letter from Stanton Muzzy. Grace & Helen receive letters from Ruth.

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September 7, 1933

Thurs., 7   Morning devotions. Clouds and mists which the sun drives away. Helen & Henrietta go to Burlington. Grace makes flower pieces all day until the Binghams come for her for the Pettibone funeral. Sam Preston, our old neighbor & schoolmate, is dead. A poor man came to the door for a few flowers for his dead baby. Grace gives them to him. Check from Walter Bristol. Card from Caroline & a letter from Ginia. Tuttle takes Helen & I (sic) to St. Albans. We go over the new house.

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September 6, 1933

Wed., 6   Morning devotions. Cold dark and cloudy all day. Mend a dress & sew carpet rags. Finish a letter to Hattie. Make a cornstarch pudding for dinner with whipped cream for dessert. With the setting in of night comes rain. Grace making pieces for the Pettibone funeral. The widow can enjoy the freedom of the store & her business.

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September 5, 1933

Tues., 5   Morning devotions. Dumas washes & irons. Clouds roll away. Cool in the shade. Helen gets dinner. I tear up an old dress into carpet rags. Mrs. Arno (not sure of this name) brings Mrs. Bailey, Miss Kelton and a retired nurse, Miss Maurice. Receive a nice letter from Elbridge Warner containing a check for $5.00 for the Seth Warner marker. I answer his letter.

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September 4, 1933

Mon., 4   Morning devotions. Grace has a card from Ruth. Spend the morning cleaning greens, etc. Have a boiled dinner. Clouds but no rain. Mr. & Mrs. Bostwick of St. Albans come for Virginia and Barbara. It is quiet here to-night. Write Gertrude.

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September 3, 1933

Sun., 3   Clouds but no rain. A sermon comes in good from Montreal. Get a chicken dinner. The two Helen (sic) do the dinner work. I read in “Miss Bishop” by Bess Streeter Aldrich. Virginia & Barbara go to the Lake with Karl’s family. Come home at 5 P.M.Grace gets supper for them. Write Anna. A quiet day but no one attends church.

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September 2, 1933

Sat., 2  Morning devotions. Make an apple pie. Weather very fine. Letter from Anna. A new Radio from Sears & Roebuck. Lena leaves us for good. Henrietta takes Helen & I for a ride. We visit the cemetery, call on Cynthia. The undertaker has just put Mr. Foote into his casket. Grace sends her some flowers.We follow that road & find the Ezra Smith place. We go in. The people (Mr. & Mrs. Gibbs) are nice to us. The Jud Carpenter house next to them is a ruin. Tuttle gives Henrietta the old Radio, which Karl comes after.

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September 1, 1933

Fri., 1   Morning devotions drowned in static. Bertha Lewis tales Grace to
Twist-o-tthe-Hill to dinner. A very beautiful day. Sister & I sit in the sun on the South verandah. A lovely letter from Dr. Collins. Have my after-dinner nap. Helen comes on about 5 P.M. from N.Y.  Letter from Gertrude.

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August 29, 1933

Tues., 29   Morning devotions. Dumas washes & irons, mops, etc. Dr. Collins calls & buys a book. Stanton Muzzy sends more circulars. A very beautiful day. Cool in the shade. Sew up the old chair covers for carpet rags.

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August 26, 1933

 

Like Ella, I did some “transposing” of dates and left this one out. Sorry.

Sat., 26   This page for Sunday. Transpose. A hot day today, Sunday. Grace attends church. Helen & I stay home. I get dinner. Grace attends a celebration at the McIntosh place on Comfort Hill. A wooden  marker is placed on the site of the old house—the first settler in Vergennes. A hot day in the sun. Tuttle takes Helen & me to Champlain Bridge for a ride. We meet Wallace Foote.

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August 28, 1933

Mon., 28   Morning devotions. Cool and cloudy. Sort papers. Do a little washing, a little repairing. Helen goes to Burlington for a treatment for her ears. She goes & comes on the train. Write Walter Bristol & Elbridge Warner. Letter from Stanton Muzzy & a wonderful report from Concord that Ruth is improving fast.  We can’t be thankful enough.

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August 27, 1933

 

She transposed the pages for today and tomorrow, as she notes:

Sun., 27   This page for Saturday.  Morning devotions. Make an apple pie & fill a lemon pie. Henrietta & Karl here to dinner. They wash & Simonize their car until it shines better than new. Grace is re-forming the porch with Aunt Helen’s help, making new cushions, etc. Letter from Ben. Send Gertrude copy of the New Sketch Book. Write Anna & Caroline. Send her a book.

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August 25, 1933

Fri., 25   Morning devotions. Make an apple pie. Wash cushion covers. Helen working on Grace’s porch pillows. I stitch them on the machine. Clouds & some rain, the dying end of the terrible storm that has taken 42 lives and destroyed millions of dollars worth of property. Sweeping the Atantic coast & over Jersey & Penn.  My book review in the Enterprise is good.   

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August 24, 1933

Thurs., 24   Electricity cut off so we do not get the morning devotions. I make a custard pie. This is a rainy day. A very wonderful much needed rain. I do not understand what caused the brain storm, but I lost control. Unless I am more careful I shall come against the wall. I want to get more of my affairs into shape, lest I stand outside of “Reason’s Gate.” Sew a nightshirt into a ball of rags for weaving. Helen cuts the apples for to-morrow’s pie.

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