May 14, 1937

Fri., 14  Helen comes from New York to see me.

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May 13, 1937–no entry

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May 12, 1937–no entry

No entry today

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May 11, 1937

Tues., 11  Morning devotion. I slept late. Dumas washes & irons. Henrietta comes. Sun shines beautiful warm day. Dr. calls. Clean up the room with the vacuum cleaner and I am mad.

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May 10, 1937

Mon., 10   Morning devotions. Rainy and cold. Doctor calls. Mr. Hagar calls.

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May 9, 1937

Sun., 9   Sunday is beautiful. Ben came and spent the day. He staid with me right along and fixed the ariel so I can have morning devotions. Doctor went away and didn’t call. This is Mother’s birthday and Henrietta, Karl & Warner take geraniums to her grave.

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May 8, 1937

All of the remaining posts are in handwriting other than Ella’s, with spelling and punctuation as is..

 

Sat., 8   Anna send a present for mother’s day. Hen and Karl call and bring me things for mother’s day. Dr. Adams from Burlington comes to see me.

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May 2, 1937

May 2-7–there are no entries in the diary.  

But here are some rhymes by Larry Jackson that I found in another box at the Sheldon archives, handwritten on pieces of paper— I don’t know a thing about him, or what his poems were doing in the box!

 

Jingle, jingle Jack,

a copper down a crack

Twenty men with all their wives

with sticks & picks & pocket knives

digging for their very lives 

to get the copper back.

 

 

Our little Pat

was chasing the cat

and kicking the kitten about.

When Mother said, “Quit”

He run off to sit

on top of the woodpile & pout.

But a sly little grin

soon slid down his chin

and let all his sulkiness out.

 

 

The King had a platter

of brisket and batter

The Prince had a Wellington bun.

The Queen had a rose

to put to her nose

as soon as the dinner was done.

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May 1, 1937

Sat., 1  (This is inother writing—and different from the person who has been occasionally doing it. From now till the end of the diary, the handwritings are not Ella’s. There are no posts for the following week.) 

I am pretty sick and have a nurse Mrs. Taft of north Ferrisburgh. No one writes for me for a week.

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April 30, 1937

Fri., 30   Get dressed with some trouble(?)  Morning devotions. Dumas does the work cleans the shed & Grace gets dinner. Henrietta comes. Poor old Grace  (illegible patch)  Dr. P comes

This is the last entry in Ella Fisher’s own handwriting.

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April 29, 1937

Thurs., 29   Morning devotions. Mrs. Chamberlain cleans hall  ?   dining room  Frances ailing. Grace attends luncheon with(?) the Penwomen at Hotel Vt. Have a severe attack(?)  of  ?  ?  ?  Suffer a lot of pain. Letters from  ?   & Anna. Grace reads the papers.

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April 28, 1937

Wed., 28    Morning devotions. Dumas & Frances clean the old pantry. I go for a walk & George helps me back. Write Helen & Kathleen reads 2 hours to me  (4 illegible lines)

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April 27, 1937

Tues., 27   Dumas washes & irons   ?   come to mend my clothes that are falling to pieces. She also takes care of my feet & any more  ?   ?     Grace to supper at Karl’s.

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April 26, 1937

Mon., 26  Morning devotions. D.S. Time. Write Gertrude then a short  ?   rest but do not sleep. Betty reads to me P.M. Grace on clean-up Com.  ?    ?    ?    get a walk out of doors my first lovely spring day.

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April 25, 1937

Sun., 25   (illegible line—and her writing is worsening, if that’s possible!)  Dr. Sockman  ?  ?   the last one until Nov. Chicken dinner  (the rest is mostly all written over itself, just these few words legible) 

Grace attend    

  E.S.P.       

  She reads to me   

    Bob puts up one of my screens     

   Everyone is      

  Ella      

   funeral

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April 24, 1937

Sat., 24   Dr.  ?  ?   Walton gives his last talk. He is a congregational preacher in Brooklyn. Write Anna. No  ?   ?   to-day. Betty reads to me P.M. & Grace reads the paper.  (illegible line) for Ella ?  a little 5 year old  ?  child sends me some hepaticas(?) Grace goes to the State School evening.

 

Sometimes Betty is spelled with a “y” and sometimes with an “ie.” 

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April 20, 21, 22, 23, 1937

Tues., 20   Morning devotions. Dumas washes & irons. Ben & Ann come. Ben goes relic hunting. Goes after Henrietta who comes for a visit. Frances gets dinner. Grace reads the papers & goes to a Com. in the evening.

Wed., 21   Morning devotions. Sunshine & shadow on the floor. Dumas cleans dining room cupboard cellar ways &  ?  closet. Frances has to go for P.M. to get a permanent wave. Dumas does the rest. Miss   ?   calls. Letter from Helen.  Guess I am  ?    to  ?  

Thurs., 22   Morning devotions. Mrs. Chamberlain & Frances clean the front room & my room which  ?   ?   night. I shall be so thankful it’s all over & I can go back to normal or(?) something

Fri., 23   ?   washing & ironing  (2 illegible lines) Letters from Anna, Gertrude, Helena (illegible line) dies at  ?

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April 19, 1937

Mon., 19   Morning devotions. Frances here. Bettie comes back to read & we begin the Mohawk book which is interesting, Grace reads the papers.

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April 18, 1937

Sun., 18   A dark morning. Connie calls on his flying trip to Vt. Radio perfect(?) at 10 Write Gertrude. Grace does not attend church Earl   ?   calls on business also Mr. Eldred(?)  Grace attends choir rehearsal. What is worship(?)

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April 17, 1937

Sat., 17   Dr. Walton talks. Write Anna. Mrs. Chamberlain cleaning upstairs. Frances gets dinner. Mrs. C. irons   ?   curtains in my room & finishes cleaning. Grace reads the papers & Kathleen finishes the Kentucky(?) book. Bright sunshine then clouds. Connie expected(?) on the a.m. train. Warner  ?    All is well.

 

I believe “Connie” is Anna’s son Conrad.

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April 16, 1937

Fri., 16   Morning devotions. Mrs. ?  cleaning chambers. Mine is torn up tonight.  ?    ?   ?  & his new vacuum cleaner takes a lot of time. Tuttle takes him down. Grace reads the dailies. Grace gets dinner very good. A day of sunshine. George carries ?   ?  home.  ?  & Grace go to Karl’s  ?  ?   to N.Y.

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April 15, 1937

Thurs.. 15   (Other writing)   Morning devotions. Mrs. Chamberlain comes to clean. I wrote to Helen. Henrietta & Karl come to dinner. I wrote to Hindley. We sorted letters & papers and cleaned out waste baskets.

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April 14, 1937

Wed., 14   (Other writing)   Morning devotions. Dumas & Frances clean the attic—also clean Grace’s and my closets. Letter from Helen. The books came. Grace went to Middlebury to meet Mrs. Witherell. Bull pouts and green peas for dinner.

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April 13, 1937

Tues., 13   Morning devotions. Dumas washes & irons. Frances dinner (sic) Sleep an hour before dinner. Letter from Helen. Mr. Bennett(?) calls  I work in the balsam to while the afternoon away all(?) power(?) all knowledge (illegible lines) Redeemer. Letter from Hattie.

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April 12, 1937

Mon., 12   Morning ?  ?  A bright snowy day. Grace & Bob go to Midd working on gardens &  ?   ?   Kathleen reading Pilgrim’s Progress. Mr. Hager calls P.M. No news is good news so the children all all right.

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April 11, 1937

Sun., 11   (Other writing)   Three sermons today, Dr. Sockman, Montreal and Dr. Fosdick. Check $1.20 from McAuliffe. I write Helen & Bernice Graham. Frances got a chicken dinner—Grace attended service & sang a duet with Fred Flagg—she went to choir rehearsal in the evening. She read to me from “This Week”—cool and cloudy—we talked with Ben.

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April 10, 1937

Sat., 10   (Other writing)  Dr. Walton talked this morning. Ground was white with snow but it all melted before night. Write to Gertrude. Received a letter from Sister Helen. Kathleen reads from Pilgrim’s Progress this P.M. Frances gets a good dinner.

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April 9, 1937

Fri., 9   Morning devotions. Dark rainy day & some snow.   ?  Anna & Mr. Hager. Grace reads the papers & Kathleen reads from Pilgrim’s Progress before dinner(?) Letter from Gertrude. Supper over & the day is gone. (2 illegible lines).  I could help! Be of some use yet!

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April 8, 1937

Thurs., 8   Morning devotions. Not much sunshine. Write Mary Ross but do not send it. Letters from Anna & Bess Hafer. Henrietta comes & we work on the Otter poem (illegible line) comes to see Grace she reads to me after supper.

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April 7, 1937

Wed., 7   Morning devotions. Wrote Helen & Jack, who has a broken leg. A good letter (illegible line) attend the D.A.R, at the Stevens House (illegible line) Everyone is so nice and friendly (much illegible) I go even though I have to set (sic) very still. A good day out of doors & Frances dries(?) the clothes.

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April 6, 1937

Tues., 6   (Other writing)  Morning devotions. Dumas washes after dinner. Frances comes a little after ten. I wrote Virginia. Kathleen reads this afternoon. Henrietta goes to Burlington for dental work.  Letter from Helen. She found Dr. Sockman’s church & liked it very much. Snow is nearly gone. Showers.

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April 5, 1937

Mon., 5  Morning devotions. A dark day and drear(?)  Write Anna & Dr. & Mrs. Collins. Bettie goes on her travels & Catherine  ?  ?  reads to me. The book is a joint effort to  ?  “To Have and to Hold” but is a flat failure. (illegible line)  I cannot get the right beginning for The Otter. It must come.

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April 4, 1937

Sun., 4   Dr. Sockman talks at 10. Part of a sermon from Waterbury(?)  Grace attends church. Geo. Buck & Juliet(?) call. Part of a sermon from Montreal. Write Gertrude. A nap after dinner & a sermon at 4 P.M. Grace reads to me and attends rehearsal at night. Sunshine. A good day.

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April 2, 1937

Fri., 2   (Other writing)  Morning devotions. I wrote Caroline. Sent a book to Bess Hafer and one to Bernice Graham. Betty reads in afternoon.

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April 1, 1937

Thurs., 1  (Other writing)  Morning devotions. Dumas stayed until 11 A.M. Frances back again. Henrietta & Karl came for dinner. Henrietta & I worked on poems. She wrote to Bernice Graham for me.

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March 31, 1937

Wed., 31   (Other writing–punctuation sic.)  Morning devotions another sunny day. Dumas does the washing and housework Frances does not come. Write Sister Helen. Letters from Mrs. Hafer and Bernice Graham. Grace gets dinner and reads to me.

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March 30, 1937

Tues., 30   (Other writing)  Morning devotions. Wrote to Mrs. Taylor. Mrs. Witherell and her daughter-in-law and her grandchild Nancy, called in the afternoon. Bright sunny day. Mr. Pease, Mrs. Witherell and Grace decided on a design for a bookplate for the State D.A.R.  Frances went home sick.

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March 29, 1936

Mon., 29   (Other writing–punctuation sic.)   Morning devotions. Wrote to Gertrude, cards from Dr. Collins & Helena a letter from Helen. Harold Daigneault cleans the kitchen stove. Frances cleans up after it. I get a fine concert from N.C. at 4 P.M. college students.

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March 28, 1937

Sun., 28   Easter Service from Arizona. One from San Francisco. Dr. Sockman at 10 a.m. (illegible line) Tuttle gets dinner. Grace attends church. Tuttle gets dinner (sic) Fosdick at 4 P.M. Grace & Bob doing funeral pieces & so this Easter day has gone with the past(?—or “rest”) 

 (At last, here’s something about Dr. Sockman:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Washington_Sockman) and some of the sermons are available, sort of:  http://catalog.gcah.org/publicdata/gcah3592.htm)

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March 27, 1937

Sat., 27   Morning devotions. Marion  ?  dies  funeral Easter flowers keep Grace & her helpers busy. Frances helps me out  Write Helen & Anna. Letters and cards for Easter. Poem Easter Day (illegible line)  seems to be good. No sunshine. I get thru(?) day very(?) well.

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March 26, 1937

Fri., 26  Morning devotions. Work on Otter River. Letter from Anna & card from Jane Sargeant. Go after dinner to the annual museum meeting at Gussie Norton’s with enrietta (sic)  Enjoy it very much & meet some of old friends  ?  ?  goes to the Penwomen’s meet at Bristol Inn.  ?  ?   sends for   (sic)

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March 25, 1937

Thurs., 25  (Other writing)  Morning devotions. Henrietta and Karl came to dinner. Henrietta typed a poem for me. A card from  June Sargeant. Henrietta went to meet Warner’s train returning from New York. Charlie Beach died this morning. Very cold—stormy.

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March 24, 1937

Wed., 24   (Other writing)  Morning devotions. A card from Caroline and one from Warner. Betty read to me (sic) in the afternoon. Grace went to a rehearsal in the afternoon.

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March 23, 1937

Tues., 23   (Other writing)   Morning devotions. Dumas does the washing—a lovely spring day. The doctor called & I keep still all day. Grace goes to Burlington in the new truck. She has a letter from Mrs. Witherell—also letters come from Helen and Driftwind.

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March 22, 1937

Mon., 22   (Other writing)  Morning devotions. Betty read (sic) to me. I had indigestion in the evening. Dr. Phelps came. A letter from Virginia.

 

Ella writes “Bettie” but this mysterious other person writes “Betty.” Maybe Betty writes and Ella spells her name wrong?

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March 21, 1937

Sun., 21   Still snowing(?)  Dr. Sockman talks. Karl & H come, stay until 4 p.m.   ?   Anna & send  ?  ?  Enterprise.

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March 20, 1937

Sat., 20   Dr. Walton talks(?)  Write Gertrude. Bettie reads to me. Grace returns at 4 P.M. after a wonderful visit. She brings me(?) a sweet reminder of the flower show & reads papers   ?  ?  glad she is home. Letters from Hindley, Helen & Anna.

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March 19, 1937

Fri., 19   Morning devotions. Write Helen. Henrietta comes  ?  and she reads to me the terrible disaster in Texas. Blowing up a school & hundreds are killed.   Room(?)  ?  Letters from Helen & Gertrude.  (3 illegible lines)

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March 18, 1937

Thurs., 18   Get the prayer. Dumas comes to work and of course we send her home. Write Virginia. Sometimes(?)  ?  not describe in words. Bettie reads in the P.M.  No sunshine. None this week.

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March 17, 1937

Wed., 17   Morning devotions. Anna works(?) on poems. Grace reads the papers & Anna reads at night. Then Grace goes to N.Y. flower(?) show and Anna goes with her on the 10 o’clock train. Bob takes them to the Station. So all good things have to end in  ?   ?  

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May 15-21–no entries

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