June 23, 1932

Thurs., 23  Morning devotions.  Grace getting ready for a trip to Concord. Ben comes at 8-30. He & Grace leave at 9 o’clock. Write cousin Fay. Letters from Anna & Sister Helen, also Earl Kelley. Wilma sweeps & dusts the living room. Henrietta comes late in the afternoon & stays to supper. I mend nearly all day.  Cool. Clouds & some rain. No business. Ben & Grace get home at 10 P.M. they found Ruth in bed. She has delusions but on the whole is a good patient & we are hopeful that she will come out all right.

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June 22, 1932

Wed., 22   Morning devotions.   Get dinner. Fix a smock for Grace & do other mending. Send pension check to the Bank, notice to the P.M.  Send for a road map. Send check to Lillian Ainsworth.  (in the Accounts in the back of the diary, the map was 15 cents)  Clouds blow over that seem to threaten rain. Send check $5.00 to Mayland Bristol, on church subscription. Write Wightman Melton of VerseCraft a letter of thanks. These days are gloomy days. I wish it were not so. Tuttle takes Grace & me out to Karl’s for a call after supper. He has had a poor day.

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June 21, 1932

Tues., 21  Morning devotions.  Dumas washes & together we do the ironing. Clouds hang dark all day with an occasional sprinkle of rain. Write Lulu & Edgar & Uncle Bill. Dark & bedtime come early. This is the first day of summer & the longest of the year. The roses are beautiful & the vines have sprays of soft pink & white. Poor, poor Ruth!

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June 20, 1932

Mon., 20  Morning devotions.  Wilma comes to help. I type most of a story, “The Lure of Home.” A warm day. Write August Lenniger. Strawberry shortcake for dinner.

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June 18, 1932

Sat., 18  Morning devotions.  A warm day in the sun. Grace has many customers. Make a rhubarb pie. Strawberry shortcake for dinner. Housework & dishes. A little mending. Lovely on the porch in the morning & I do some of the work there. We go to Henrietta’s for supper. Letters from Gertrude & Ben. Poor, poor Ruth! She must go through still more & the end is not yet.

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June 17, 1932

Fri., 17  Morning devotions.  A nice day. Housework and dinner. Finish the ironing & keep busy. Write Walter Davenport in answer to his invitation to attend N.A.P.A. at Montpelier. Attend the dedication of an elm tree on McDonough Park. To Gussie Norton for her services as State Regent of the D.A.R.  Shirley Farr does the presenting & I read the poem written for the occasion. Mrs. Dan Donnelly comes for Grace & me. She also takes Mrs. Herrick & Mrs. Thorne. We go to Gussie Norton’s for light refreshments.

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June 16, 1932

Thurs., 16  Morning devotions. A cloudy day. Get dinner with a strawberry shortcake. Dumas irons & puts up curtains, does dishes, etc. I help on the ironing. Feeling tired after yesterday. Henrietta comes. She has attended Helen Cowles Bennett funeral at N.H. Street. She brings Ruth’s heavy baggage from the garage. She and Grace take most of it upstairs. Type poem “Elm Tree.”  The Bennetts call on Henrietta.

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June 15, 1932

Wed., 15   Morning devotions. A hot day. Marie Warner comes for me at 10 o’clock. I go to Frank’s old home & the Seth Warner place where I was born. Jack Gough drives & Mrs. Vander Hought, Miss Lindeman and Jennie White go with me. Frank’s house is an ideal place to spend a summer, looking out on the Lake, with everything convenient inside. We go to Panton Corner & return by the Webster school house & Lovers Lane. Home at 11-50. Get a hash dinner. Write Anna & Ruth Collins. Chad also, Dr. & Mrs. Collins. Renew my Editor Subscription & pay N.A.P.A. dues. Have my long neglected feet manicured.

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June 14, 1932

Tues., 14  Rainy morning. Morning devotions.  Dumas washes, clothes dry. Grace & I attend a D.A.R. meeting with Miss Vidito at the State School. Tuttle furnishes transportation and we take in Mrs. Herrick.  Miss Hewitt of Castleton Normal talks, also Mrs. Vander Hought. Election of officers & Grace is Regent. Christen my summer silk gown & like it. Write Ben. Grace sends flowers to Gertrude.

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June 13, 1932

Mon., 13  Morning devotions.  Sort papers. Do the morning work. Write Helen & Gertrude. Finish my summer silk.

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June 12, 1932

Sun., 12  No devotions. Part of a service from Montreal. The machine broke down & silence ensued. Get a chicken dinner. The Coteys come for an afternoon call. Fred’s wife & young Austin Booth’s wife & Mrs. Will, Mrs. Vander Hought, Miss Lindeman & Jennie White come after them about 9 o’clock. Grace & I do up the supper work.

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June 11, 1932

Sat., 11  Morning devotions. A beautiful day & quite warm. Letters from Helen, Gertrude & Anna. Also  from Phillis (sic) Fergus. Dumas cleans up for Sunday. I make a rhubarb pie, get dinner & sew on my dress. Fit a collar of my own manufacture. Grace, Henrietta & Mrs. Jones go to Burlington. They buy a silver pitcher for the Forest & Field club, to be presented to Rowland & Mrs. Robinson at their silver wedding to-night. Grace attends. Mrs. Fremont Fisher calls & we take her home. Strawberry shortcake.

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June 10, 1932

Fri., 10  Morning devotions. Quiet. Do the work and get dinnner.

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June 9, 1932

Thurs., 9  Morning devotions. Cloudy & chill. Too dark to sew on black. I do sew a little. Driftwind. Make a squash pie for dinner. Work on a poem, which Grace says isn’t good. It is so discouraging to be able to do nothing fine or fit.

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June 8, 1932

Wed., 8  Morning devotions.  Morning work and dinner. Strawberry shortcake.  Henrietta comes early & stays all day. Karl at Middlebury court on jury. I mend a little. Letter from sister Helen. Ben comes on his way home. Leaves Ruth’s car in the garage & takes his own. Ruth is stopping in the State Hospital at Concord, N.H.

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June 7, 1932

Tues., 7  Morning devotions. Do the morning work and get dinner. Dumas washes. “Catchy” weather but the clothes get dry enough to iron. She begins the ironing & I finish it. Ben stops to dinner on his way to Ruth, who is in Nashua, N.H. & has sent him a telephone message to come.

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June 6, 1932

Mon., 6  Morning devotions.  Sort papers. Morning work & dinner. Make the sleeves to my summer silk.

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June 5, 1932

Sun., 5  Letter from Anna. Get a chicken dinner with dumplings & strawberry shortcake. Get tired. Grace attends church. Have a ride, a short call on Hattie Taylor, who tells me Addie has lost her pension. Write Ruth, Helen, Ben & Gertrude. The Hagers call. Grace goes with them to look at the roadsides. A small thunder shower at night.

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June 4, 1932

Sat., 4  Morning devotions.  Rained in the night. Grace goes with Mr. Otis to Burlington. Make 2 dried apple pies. Do the morning work. Do little else except the dinner. Clean & cook a chicken for to-morrow. A letter from Frank Frost which I answer. A poor disjointed letter that tells me too surely that his mind is nearly gone.

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June 3, 1932

Fri., 3  Morning devotions. Rain last night. Henrietta comes to dinner. Bake bread & strawberry shortcake. Send a song poem to Phyllis Fergus. Dig some dandelions & look them over. During the process Mr. Hager calls.

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June 2, 1932

Thurs., 2  Morning devotions. Another fine day. We go to St. Albans after dinner. Find them well & all right. It is a beautiful country & the new Packard rides easy. It cannot go as we planned. A package from Ruth to Mr. Tuttle contains her electric toaster, 5 1/2 yds. of purple sateen, intended for me, a stone from the Dead Sea and a Testament with Tuttle’s name written in it. Poor, poor daughter!

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June 1, 1932

Wed., 1  Morning devotions.  Getting ready to go to Saratoga. It is a lovely day. Henrietta plans to take me. Mrs. Goodale calls. A letter from Hattie tells me that they went to Speculator this morning. Glad of the letter. Seems a little hard to give up without twinges of disappointment. We go out to Henrietta’s after supper. She, too, had her grip ready to go. The D.A.R. have a Bridge party at Mrs. Waterman’s to-night. Grace attends.

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May 31, 1932

Tues., 31  Morning devotions.  George & Frances do not get downstairs until after Mr. Tuttle goes. They have breakfast at the kitchen table. Dumas washes & clothes get dry. There are clouds & sprinkles of rain. I do most of the ironing & some mending. Dumas finishes Tuttle’s room. Make a rhubarb pie.

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May 30, 1932

Mon., 30  Morning devotions.  Memorial Day. Grace very busy all day. William Wills calls, also Ed. Haye’s son, Will, grown to be a wrinkled, grey-headed man. He also was a neighbor. Henrietta takes me to the cemetery. We put flowers on the graves. Others are in the cemetery with flowers for their graves. Then we go to N.H. & put a bouquet of flowers on Ben & Debbie’s graves. There is no water there & we had none. George & Frances stop for the night. Write Gertrude.

 

And here is a photo of Grace in her herb garden, courtesy of the Vergennes Historical Society.  

 

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May 29, 1932

Sun., 29  Get downstairs a little late. Grace has a letter from Ruth who says Helen is there to visit her. Do the morning work. Get the sermon from Montreal. Karl & family come to dinner. Get dinner. Get a reed.  (?—I expect she means “ride”)

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May 28, 1932

Sat., 28  Morning devotions.  Dumas helping out. She is growing old. I make a rhubarb pie & bake it too long. Ride in the new car after dinner. George & Frances come into supper. She is keeping house for him in Albany while Helena is still in East Aurora. Ride after dinner. Letter from Helen who has gone to N.Y.

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May 27, 1932

Fri., 27  Morning devotions.  Make a tapioca pudding & have a lot of trouble. Get a dinner of pulse, that is beets & dandelions. Get a ride to Ethel’s & run in to see her a minute. She came from the Hospital Sunday, is in bed but has the prospect of better health as time goes on. Tuttle goes to Burlington & comes home in a new Packard. I get another ride to No. Ferrisburg at night Grace goes to the Lake & is busy all day (punctuation sic)  A thunder shower & a deluge of rain. Letter from Ben, which I answer.

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May 26, 1932

Thurs., 26  Morning devotions. Do the morning work. Finish the ironing except the dresses, which I leave for Dumas. Get dinner, which is good. Letters from Hattie, Helen & sister Helen, also a nice letter from Kurn Hattin. A call from Henrietta and the Hoyts. A bit of mending between.

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May 25, 1932

Wed., 25  Morning devotions.  A summer day. Grace goes with Mr. Otis to Burlington, working in the Holt garden. Meantime the friend of the aged Mrs. Driscoll come (sic) for her funeral pieces & George makes them. Tuttle takes me out to Henrietta’s. She gives me a bunch of white lilacs. Her lilacs are beautiful & this is Lilac day. Do part of the ironing. Dig dandelions & clean them. Ansswer Ruth’s letter. Package from Sear, Roebuck (sic)

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May 24, 1932

Tues., 24  Morning devotions.  Dumas washes.  A lovely day & the clothes get dry. I do the morning dishes & get dinner. After dinner Grace goes out to see Mrs. Hoyt. Letters from Helen & Mrs. Taylor of Richford. Mend a little.

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May 23, 1932

Mon., 23  Morning devotions.  Grace goes to Burlington with Otis & a car full of plants to lay out a garden for the Holts. I sort Sunday papers & do a little more cleaning in the Pantry. Work a little on a coat mending it for Ben.

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May 22, 1932

Sun., 22  Cooler. Grace busy all day. Get a chicken dinner & strawberry shortcake. Do the indoor work. Get a ride after dinner over Reef Bridge via New Haven Junction & home by Addison Corner. The air is very clear & the country beautiful. The road winds between orchards white with bloom. Karl & Henrietta go to St. Albans & have dinner with Ben. Write Ruth, Helen, Gertrude & Anna. My heart is heavy with sorrow.

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May 21, 1932

Sat., 21  Morning devotions.  A gentle rain in the morning & several showers during the day. Dumas helping. Make a rhubarb pie. Otis has dinner with us. Clean & cook a chicken. Letters from Helen, Gertrude & Anna. Ruth sends me her lovely crystal necklace which I shall put away & keep for her when she comes home. Poor, poor Ruth! Claribel Marshall Clark calls to sew on a  button. Henrietta calls.

 

 

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May 20, 1932

Fri., 20  Morning devotions.  Make 2 pies of dried apples & plums. Henrietta comes to dinner.

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May 19, 1932

Thurs., 19  Morning devotions.  How fair is the blank page before it is written on, so if we might not deface the day with our unworthy record, how satisfactory it would be. Do a little more cleaning in the Pantry. Round & round in a circle my thought comes back to poor Ruth & her terrible illness & the fact that she turns against her friends who want so much to help her. Mrs. Baker calls.

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May 18, 1932

Wed., 18  Morning devotions.  Grace returns the dainty bedspread Ruth selected because I cannot afford to have it.  Poor, poor Ruth!  Write Helen. Clean 2 upper pantry sleves. Sew a little but my finger will not keep a thimble on. Write “Aunt Jennie” Burke. Bertha Lewis comes for Grace & takes her up to Mt. Philo. Have a caller in the little girl next door. Seems a nice child.

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May 17, 1932

Tues., 17  Write Ben. Some things Ruth selected come from McCutcheon.  Morning devotions.  Dumas washes & irons. I mend on stockings. Mrs. Chapman of Midd. calls. She comes in to see me & finds her pretty lost pin on me that I found on the ground 2 years ago. I am glad she found it altho I loved it. Nor do I want her things or anothing else that belongs to another. “Take heed & beward of covetousness.”  It is greed that overcomes so many weak humans. A change in the weather. Cooler but no rain. We do need rain.

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May 16, 1932

Mon., 16  Morning devotions.  Another warm day. Sort papers & magazines. Write Anna & Gertrude. Type a poem for Hindley.

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May 15, 1932

Sun., 15  Quite warm. Grace goes with Lillian Lewis to Lake Dunmore, Karl & family go with the Deans on a picnic. There is no service in our church. Mr. Hagar in Montpelier attending a Convention. Letters from Gertrude & Anna. Grace has one from Ruth. I write Ruth, but Henrietta & family come in the evening & I do not write the other children. Also received a letter from “Aunt Jennie Burke,” a lovely letter which I will answer soon. Howard comes in the evening & we buy a pike of him. Have a nice ride to Bristol & Monkton ridge. A big fire in the Adirondacks. Very dry, no rain.

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May 14, 1932

Sat., 14  Morning devotions. Sunshine hazy. Have the doors open. Make a first rhubarb pie of the season & a custard pie for dinner. Ben & son come late, just as I am clearing the food away. Letters from Ruth & Gertrude. Just do the housework. That is all.

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May 13, 1932

Fri., 13  Morning devotions. Another summer-like day. Henrietta comes to dinner. Takes me out to the Middlebury district where I used to live. The cedars Mother & Father set out are still there. The willows Uncle William set out, one over at our place, the other at Grandfather’s, are still there. Very old but still sturdy. Not very good news from N.Y., and we who care most, are helpless to do a thing.

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May 12, 1932

Thurs., 12  Morning devotions.  A lovely day. Make a strawberry shortcake for dinner. Also have bullpouts caught this afternoon in Lake Champlain. Go with Tuttle through Panton & Addison after dinner. A most wonderful country since it is new. The trees are soft & feathery, just leaving out (sic). After a sleepless night, Lillian Emerson & a young woman call. On their way from Richford to Rutland. She visited Ben’s grave & ordered flowers for Memorial Day.

 

This Ben is, I think, an uncle.

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May 11, 1932

Wed., 11  Morning devotions.  Another fine day. Cut my summer silk. I’ll have my hands full to get it to-gether and fitted. Letters from Lou & Alvin. Write to Alvin. It is good of him. There is a Mission meeting this afternoon, but we do not go. Bad times comes too (sic) quick some days & this is one of them.

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May 10, 1932

Tues., 10  Morning devotions.  Dumas washes & gets in the clothes. A good day & we really get the long delayed trip to St. Albans. Henrietta goes with us but Grace spends the day laying out a garden in Burlington. We go to Ben’s barn & see his chickens, between 500 & 600 of them. Have a little visit with them & get home a little after 5 o’clock. A lovely trip. Howard takes off the storm windows. Letter from Saratoga.

A friend recently found these tributes to Grace Fisher in a bulletin from the Vergennes Garden Club:

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May 9, 1932

Mon., 9   Morning devotions.  A lovely day. Henrietta takes me to Mother’s grave. She plants some geraniums, one on Abe’s grave. We stop at Colodny’s for luxuries. A letter from Ruth comes like a bombshell into the peace of this quiet place. Dear God, how little we know what is in store for us. I had so hoped that this terrible thing would not touch us again. Tuttle gets in touch with Jack. I write sister Helen & Anna. Mocking bird has left us unless he returns.

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May 8, 1932

Sun., 8  A nice day. We are invited to Karl’s to dinner and go. Mr. & Mrs. Chapman are buried to-day in one grave in the Gage cemetery. Karl is a bearer. Funeral at 4 P.M. Write the Bulletin. Lillian Lewis, father & Mother (Goodsel) take us to Bristol for a ride. Grace is busy nearly all day. Mocking bird is here.

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May 7, 1932

Sat., 7  Morning devotions.  A heavy fog this morning, which clears. Bird still here, but I think he’s letting the blue birds have the box in the tree. He doesn’t want any bird around but himself. Letter from Anna, also a lovely Mother’s Day greeting, and from Helen, which is enough. Letter from Gertrude. “Ripples” and “the Editor.” Grace has quite a day. Make 2 pies & do the downstairs work. Bristol’s man draws an immense load of manure from Herbert Burroughs farm—a gift to Grace.

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May 6, 1932

Fri., 6  Morning devotions.  A lovely sunny day. Charles Chapman, whose wife was to be buried to-day died last night. Do the regular work, but not so very much at that. Two packages come from Helen for Mother’s Day. An electric flat iron & an aluminum cozy to heat tea water.  Why will she do it?

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May 5, 1932

Thurs., 5  Morning devotions.  Mocking bird is patroling the premises & driving away other birds. Get dinner. A nice sunny day but north wind a little cool. Henrietta comes out to dinner, washes her car & takes me down town. I buy a hat at 1.00 and some binding ribbon, also take a picture to be framed. Grace & Otis go to Burlington.

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May 4, 1932

Wed., 4  Morning devotions.  Dumas. She cleans my closet, the bath room, etc.  I put things back, sew a little. The mocking-bird with us. He drives away all the summer birds, who want to nest around us. Three small English sparrows come to feed. I do not know if they are building, but think not. Mr. Chas. Chapman very sick. D.A.R. meet to-day at Mrs. Derrick’s. Grace & I do not attend.

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