October 23, 1932

Sun., 23   Get a memorial service from Schenectady for Dr. Edward Everett Neale Prof in Union College, who dropped dead on the Campus last Aug. One thing he stressed that it is better to be a rolling stone and keep bright & clean than to stay in the same old position until the moss covers the stone. Grace attends church & goes with Mrs. Fish and Prudence to a service in the Chapel of Midd. College. Get a chicken dinner. Write Gertrude, Anna & Sister Helen. Send poem “Falling Leaves” & Campaign Song to Hindley. Also the latter to the Enterprise.

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October 22, 1932

Sat., 22  Morning devotions. A full busy day. Make an apple pie for to-morrow. Clean a chicken. Cook marmalade & put into 29 half pint jars, wash and label them. Letters from Gertrude & Anna. Get tired, but Tuttle takes Grace & me to a movie in the evening, which I enjoy & get rested.

 

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October 21, 1932

Fri., 21  Morning devotions. Clouds & a little rain. Grace brings in the clothes. I prepare the ingredients for fig filling, which is quite a little work. Write a letter to Mrs. Haller of Midd, enclosing a “revised edition” of the small poem I wrote for her. Grace goes down town.

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October 20, 1032

Thurs., 20  Morning devotions. Make a custard pie. Look over chapter history. Dumas hangs the clothes & irons most of them. Karl & Henrietta come to dinner. After, Grace, Henrietta & I go down with Tuttle to the D.A.R. meeting held with Mary Ross. A good attendance & a pleasant friendly meeting. Miss Hindman of Midd. and Cornwall attend. I read the church history. The Dramatic Society hold a pantomime behind a curtain in the next room. The last play I am interested in. Letter from Sister Helen. O my poor, poor daughter!

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October 19, 1932

Wed., 19  Morning devotions. We get most of it. Make a cherry pie. Type “Lost summer” for Verse Craft. Attend the Missionary meeting at Mrs. Hagar’s. A full meeting. A cloudy misty day. 62 years ago to-day was my wedding day.

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October 18, 1932

Tues., 18  Morning devotions. Dumas washes but cannot hang the clothes as it rains all day. Have a choking spell at noon. How can I avoid them?  Penwomen meet with Mrs. Carrol Langdon. An enthusiastic meeting, very nice refreshments. Mr. Tuttle takes us both ways. Mrs. Hoyt happens to be home for 24 hours, so attends the meeting. My poem to Mrs. Haller:

“As far above us in the ether

You so proudly soar

Can you see our lesser lights

Glimming along the shore?”

(Over the Sea of Accomplishment)

 

Letters from Hattie & Helen. Grace goes to Frank Warner’s in the evening.

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October 17, 1932

Mon., 17  Morning devotions. Gussie Norton, Mrs. Don Norton & her mother, Mrs. Piper, are morning callers. They come to look at the Crossman School work.

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October 16, 1932

Sun., 16   Cold better, having fought it. Grace takes a S.S. class. I put dinner on the kitchen table & wash the dishes. Ben & family, Henrietta & Warner come in on their way to a picnic in the foothills. Mrs. Jones comes for Grace & Mrs. Brown comes in for a little visit with me. She asks the loan of “Poems on Trees.” Write Gertrude, Helen & Anna. A beautiful day out of doors. A little cool.

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October 15, 1932

Sat., 15  Get the devotions better this morning. It is a clear lovely day, a little cool. Do the morning work and get dinner. Have a ride after the dishes. A short visit with Mrs. Chapman of Middlebury.  Make soap & have a real success. Make an apple pie & a crust to fill. Rather a full day & taking a desperate cold.

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October 14, 1932

Fri., 14  Morning static. Helen getting ready for her journey. She goes to Buffalo at noon, on the first lap of her journey to Pasadena. Grace goes to Brandon. Mrs. Cotey treats my aching feet. I think she made a poor job of it. This is Ashton’s birthday.

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October 13, 1932

Thurs., 13   Morning devotions.  Poor.  Dumas helping. Grace frosts the cakes. Helen makes the sandwiches. I do a little of everything and nothing.  Our card party comes afternoon.

Mrs. Brownell,

Mrs. Goodere, whom I entertain,

“      Jones,

“      Benton,

“       Brown,

Clara Goodere,

Mary Ross,

Henrietta, who brings cottage cheese and a card table.  Having foot trouble again.  George picks up the pears that have gathered themselves.  Cold.  It is really work to entertain, but many hands make light work.

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October 11, 1932

Tues. 11  No devotions on act. (sic) of static.  Rain and wind in the morning, shifting to the north.  Dumas washes and clothes get dry.  Helen & I iron and Dumas sweeps chambers.  Poetry magazine sample copy.  Letter & Portland Me paper from Helen, who has written from there as she atteded a Library convention.  Write Ashton a birthday letter.

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October 10, 1932

Mon. 10  Morning devotions.  Poor service.  Grace gets up early and makes funeral pieces for Russel Bristol’s funeral.  He is buried to-day.  Henrietta takes Helen & me to ride, we go to Weybridge Monument via Quaker Village and return by Lemon Fair, then home on the Waltham River Road.  Finish Helen’s letter and send “Children’s Aid” $5.00.  A nice day out.  Verse Craft.

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October 9, 1932

Sun., 9  Grace attends church. I get a chicken dinner. Henrietta is invited to the State School as Miss Gagnon’s guest. She stays to dinner & supper. Karl goes after her & eats his frugal supper at at (sic) our kitchen table. I write Gertrude & begin a letter to Helen. We get a sermon from Montreal. A good day.

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October 8, 1932

Sat., 8  Morning devotions spoiled by static. A cool day. Make one apple pie. Try to clear out the dining room. Fish chowder for dinner. Mrs. Tinkam & her mother Mrs. Richmond call just as we get ready to go to Mary Ross’ to a tea party. They leave about 4-30 and Tuttle takes us down to the tea party with Mary Ross. Clean & cook a chicken for to-morrow.

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October 9, 1932

Fri., 7   Morning devotions spoiled by static. Clouds slowly clear away. Mrs. Andrews comes for the afternoon. As she cannot stay to supper I make a cup of tea. She & Helen pick up some pears. Charlie Ruscoe comes & picks up pears. They lie thick under the trees in the garden. Grace comes in from Bennington after dark.

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October 5, 1932

Wed., 5  Morning devotions interrupted by static. Rain all day. Tuttle still under the weather. Make two prune pies. Get dinner. Helen irons & I finish it while she gets her after dinner nap. Grace goes down town. I write Anna.

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October 4, 1932

Tues., 4  Morning devotions. Dumas washes. Cleans out kitchen, porch & bathroom. Clothes dry. Henrietta comes for dinner & the afternoon. She forgets the eggs & we go out after them. Sister Helen comes in Mrs. Arms’s car. Mrs. Arms, Mrs. Crane & Mrs. Bailey. I have a little visit with them. Mrs. Arms appeals to my sympathy as she has been a great sufferer and still must be. We visit late, looking at old photographs & other things. Letters from Hattie, Helen & Anna.

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October 3, 1932

Mon. 3  Morning devotions, imperfect, from N.Y.  Letter from Elizabeth Davenport about Ruth, who claimed her as her mother.  Tuttle tells me things I did not know, and the children did know and kept from me, regarding Ruth’s journey into N.H. I do not have a good day.  Make a cake which Grace takes to the Forest and Field Club, which meets to-night at Rowland Robinsons’s, where she is one of the hostesses.

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October 2, 1932

Sun. 2  Clouds and some rain.  Grace attends church & goes to the S. S. as Mrs. John Donnelly’s dinner guest.  She stays there to hear a lecture by Dr. Grenfell.  We have a quiet day at home, eating a simple dinner on the kitchen table.  I finish reading “The Good Earth.”  A sordid, unhealthy book, among a lewd strata of heathen Chinese.  Write Gertrude, Hattie & Helen.

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October 1, 1932

Sat., Oct 1  Morning devotions. Alvin goes early to Pittsfield. I have a choking spell in the morning.  Make a custard pie for dinner and an apple pie for to-morrow.  Letter from Gertrude.  Send “Fear” to August Lenniger.  Grace goes to Midd at noon.

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September 30, 1932

Fri., 30  Morning devotions injured by static. A heavy frost last night our hardest one.  Cool. Alvin comes on as we are picking up the supper table. Tuttle feeling very miserable.

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September 29, 1932

Thurs., 29  Static ruins the morning devotions. Henrietta comes to dinner. She picks some of the grapes. A storm of wind & rain all nigtht. Mrs. Arms comes for Helen (sister) who goes to Burlington.

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September 28, 1932

Fri., 28  Get the morning devotions at 8-15 from N.Y. Quite a rain but clears by noon. Get dinner, put away clothes, etc. Go up attic searching for lost blank books. Warner comes after school to stay all night.

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September 27, 1932

Thurs., 27  Get the morning devotions from N.Y. at 8 o’clock. Make a custard pie & spoil it in baking. Dumas washes & the clothes get nearly dry, even tho it is cold, raw and some rain. We do not go to St. Albans. Letters from Helen, Anna & Elizabeth Davenport who inquires about Ruth. I answer her letter. Helen does most of the ironing I look over mineral specimens from the attic.

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September 26, 1932

Mon., 26  Devotions at 8 o’clock from N.Y. spoiled by static. Sort papers & correct old M.S.  Get a dinner from the remnants in the ice box.  Up in the attic I collect a few clippings & sort them.

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September 25, 1932

Sun., 25  No devotions. Chicken dinner. Grace attends church. Karl & family call on their way to Weybridge. Karl & family call & they all go together on a picnic. Forest & Field club park their cars & take their picnic up into the Booth pasture. Ben goes back to St. Albans & Karl & Henrietta join the F.F. (sic) in Booth’s lot. Miss Longan of S.S. comes in to wait for them to take her home.

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September 24, 1932

Sat., 24  No devotions but screaming static. Make 2 apple pies, get dinner, etc. Letter from Helen. Grace & Aunt Helen go with Wilma to the Loomis place. They get me a bushel of McIntosh apples. Type the story entitled “Fear.”  Clean a chicken & put it cooking for to-morrow.

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September 23, 1932

Fri., 23  Morning devotions from N.Y. at 7:00. A foggy morning & a chill in the air. Henrietta comes. She          (blank sic) helps me carry out the spoiled tomatoes I was at such pains to can. We glean a few currants. We dig a row of onions. I read in “The Good Earth” by Pearl Buck. If that is a true picture of Chinese life I cannot be too thankful for a birthplace & a shelter in the U.S.A.

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September 22, 1932

Thurs., 22  Devotions come on at 7 o’clock from N.Y. Rather a nasty deal. A foggy morning but no rain. Helen comes at night. Mrs. & Miss Crane, Mrs. Bailey & Mrs. Arms call. They came thru Starksboro & stopped for a chicken pie dinner at New Haven Street. Cool.

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September 21, 1932

Wed., 21  No devotions. Make a Florentine pudding for dinner. Grace comes just as we get thru. Do a little more stocking mending. Letter from Gertrude.  Tuttle gets a bushel of McIntosh apples of the Loomis estate.

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September 20, 1932

Tues., 20  No morning devotions. A nice day. Dumas washes. Mrs. Arms comes for Helen at 9 A.M.  She goes to Burlington. Tuttle takes Grace & me to Middlebury after dinner. Grace stays & we come home via Quaker Village. Still a nice day.

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September 19. 1932

Mon., 19  No devotions. Cool. A frost in sections. Make a custard pie & burn the top of it. Mrs. Andrews comes to dinner, stays all the afternoon. Answer a letter from Mrs. Owen who used “Parade of the Motor Dead” in her editorial column. Grace is not well. A call from Henrietta.

 

A very curious title. 

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September 18, 1932

Sun., 18  A sermon from Montreal. Grace & Helen attend church. I get dinner which is ready when they come home. Cool. Write Helen, Anna, Amy Rice, Susie Heald’s daughter.

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September 16, 1932

Fri., 16  Morning devotions. Clouds but no rain. Make an apple pie. Henrietta comes for Helen & me. We enjoy a nice dinner. Lie down after dinner. I sleep two hours. Then Henrietta takes us to the Orvis cemetery, the Quaker yard and we go out as far as our old home on the Monkton road, then she brings us home. Helen finishes the Chapter block.

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September 15, 1932

Thurs., 15   Morning devotions.  Make an apple pie. Get dinner for Ben and Henrietta. Ben is installing something for Karl & works there all day. Iron a little & Helen irons. She is working on a block for Seth Warner Chapter.

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September 14, 1932

Wed., 14   Morning devotions. Some clouds which look like rain but it doesn’t rain. Work thru the morning. Miss Miles comes to dinner. The Palmers call, bring Miss Susan Parker & take her back, also Miss Miles. Henrietta calls. Forest & Field have a corn roast on the river bank to-night. Grace does not attend.

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September 13, 1932

Tues., 13  Morning devotions. A beautiful day. Dumas washes & clothes dry fine. An unfavorable report from Dr. Dolloff on Ruth’s condition. Grace & I go to the Town Hall & vote. Stanley Wilson for Governor, William Wills for Lieut. “ (sic), Noble Sanford for Sheriff, Walter Bristol for Legislature. This is poor Ruth’s birthday.

 

Stanley Wilson was the Vermont governor who signed the “Act for Human Betterment by Voluntary Sterilization,”  which includes this statement:  “Henceforth it shall be the policy of the state to prevent procreation of idiots, imbecils, feeble-minded or insane persons.” Two doctors had to agree on the diagnosis, and people had to sign a paper agreeing to their own sterilization, which the state would pay for. A very shameful piece of Vermont history.

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September 12, 1932

Mon., 12  Morning devotions.  These are lovely days. Get Tuttle some dinner & he takes Grace, Helen & me to Bristol Inn where we meet the Penwomen & have a Banquet. Mrs. Thompson Seton is the main speaker. Others are Mrs. Hoyt, Grace Bosworth, Mr. Sleeper, Mrs. Oppenheim. Write Walter Coates, Gertrude and Anna.

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September 11, 1932

Sun., 11  Get dinner. Grace attends church. Ben & family stop on their way to the Cottage. Helen & Ralph come on the noon train. Ben comes for Ralph and Grace, takes them to the cottage & brings them back on his way to St. Albans. Ralph goes on the 10-20 to New York. A full day.

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September 10, 1932

Sat., 10  Morning devotions. Helen goes on the morning bus to Pittsfield. Grace goes down town. I process 10 cans tomatoes, get dinner, etc. Accept an invitation to go with Grace to the Winterbotham place on Arnold’s Bay.  A lovely house full of lovely things, a lovely hostess takes me around & serves tea. The chambers are beautiful, each with an immaculate bathroom. The windows overlook the broad lake. Walter & Mrs. Coates call while we are gone. They attended the Writers’ meeting in Goshen. I wanted to go but had to give it up.

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September 9, 1932

Fri., 9  Morning devotions. Make an apple pie, get dinner, etc. Helen getting ready to go back. Cut & look over sage. Henrietta comes in the evening while Karl goes to a meeting in Midd. Cool.

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September 8, 1932

Thurs., 8  Morning devotions. Letters from Ben & Gertrude. Stella Manchester comes to see Helen. Henrietta & Mother Field come for a call. Weather growing cool.

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September 7, 1932

Wed., 7  Morning devotions. Henrietta takes Grace, Helen & me to Burlington. I shop a little. Thankful to have something to shop with. We have dinner together at the coffee shop, Sherwood Hotel. The girls go about their errands & Henrietta & I hunt up Mrs. Roland Lewis at 14 Grant St. where we have a delightful call. Then we wait for Helen on Dr. Taggart’s parking space, a busy corner where I watch the traffic, pedestrians & the children just out of the school for 45 wonderful minutes. We get home about 5 just in advance of Tuttle. Receive a call from Elsie Gaines & Mrs. Wright Hoyt. Grace comes on the last train. A cool night.

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September 6, 1932

Tues., 6  Morning devotions.  Dumas washes & irons with Helen’s help. Grace stages a picnic at which Mrs. Hagar & daughters & Edith McGovern attend. Mildred Tabor & children call, Mend a little. Get a boiled dinner. Karl and Henrietta go to Midd.

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September 5, 1932

Mon., 5  Morning devotions. Finish the small play entitled “Meadow-view Sewing Circle.” A meeting of the dramatic Com. in the evening. The Watermans attend & Julie is made chairman of the Com. in my place.

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September 4, 1932

Sun., 4    No devotions, but nearly 2 sermons. Grace attends church. Helen goes to the cemetery. I get dinner. Hash, brown bread, corn, etc. & blackberry pie. Clouds & a shower. I write a small play. Mary Ross comes to supper.

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September 3, 1932

Sat., 3  A cool night.   Morning devotions. Helen does the dishes. I get most of the dinner. Tuttle brings some lovely corn for dinner. Fix a dress & put it on. But read “Stepping Heavenward” by Elizabeth Prentiss, who also wrote “More Love to Thee.” It is a very lovely book.

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September 2, 1932

Fri., 2    Morning devotions. A sunshiny day. I pick & process 10 cans of tomatoes. Helen gets the dinner. I make 2 blackberry pies. Also write & type a short article on the eclipse & the way we passed the afternoon. Grace goes with the Sleepers to the Musicale given by the Hoyts at Bristol Inn this evening at 8-15.

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September 1, 1932

Thurs., 1    Morning devotions. Cloudy morning with rain from last night’s thunder shower. Develops into a hot sunny day. We leave at 9-30, Tuttle, Grace, Helen & I. We pick up Henrietta at the corner. We go to Burlington, Waterbury, Waitsfield, Richmond, over Hancock Mt. thru “The Gulf” to Rochester. Have dinner at the Parker House. A good dinner. Then we go on to Goshen, Forestdale, Lake Dunmore, MIddlebury & so home. Warner is at Middlebury to-night with his calf.

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