December 15, 1933

Fri., 15  Morning devotions. A cold night. Cloudy & snow falling. No letters for me. I finish the table pad. Work a little pasting booklets. Write a few cards in the evening. My cold continues but I think it will be better tomorrow. Do quite a bit of washing. Ruth helps everywhere. Grace busy with her Xmas work.

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December 14, 1033

Thurs., 14  Morning devotions. I am “under the weather” with a cold but glad that I did not stay in bed. Crotchet halfway around the table pad. Ruth insists on doing nearly everything. Grace also has a cold. She goes down street after dinner. 8 below and cold. Work on Christmas letters in the evening

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DECEMBER 13, 1933

Wed., 13  Morning devotions. Cloudy morning. Snowing at noon. A fine snow falls the rest of the day and as dark closes in. Henrietta comes to dinner. I make a raspberry pie. Make a small balsam pillow which I take to Sister Helen in the hospital. Henrietta & I go to see her. We are allowed but 10 minutes. She is very weak. Ralph & Helena came yesterday. They come to the hospital to see us. We come directly home, but I am taking a terrible cold.

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December 12, 1933

Tues., 12   Morning devotions. The sun is shining very bright. It is 8 below zero. As yesterday the clouds obscure the sun and it is cold and gloomy. I start in on booklets. Finish Anna’s letter. Christmas candies come from Sears & Roebuck. Bad news from Sister Helen that she’s having severe heart attacks & her doctor has sent for Ralph. Mrs. Dejo (?) comes in to shake hands.

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December 11, 1933

Mon., 11   Morning devotions. Sun shines but the clouds overshadow it and it is not only

(blank line sic)

I must have gone to sleep as I often do when writing. It is cold!  Cold!  The warmest place & the quietest is in bed, tho it is quite a chore to get there. Finish the tidy I have builded for Anna. I do not suppose she’ll appreciate it these hard times when people rather have a good dinner than a piece of fancy work.

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DECEMBER 10, 1933

Sun., 10   A cold night. The sun comes out & shines on the beautiful frosted sitting-room window. Ruth does most of the work. Grace attend (sic) church & S.S. Goes down at night with Mr. Day. I write Hattie, Gertrude & Helen. Get an after dinner nap. Read “Bonfire” by Dorothy Canfield. 

 

(In this article are a couple of quotes from the book:  https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/vermonters-are-rethinking-dorothy-canfield-fishers-legacy/Content?oid=6353534)

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December 9, 1933

Sat., 9   Morning devotions. Cold north wind. Dumas doing the work. Letters from Helen, Gertrude & Anna. Mrs. Bingham sends her car for us at 3 p.m. We stop at Midd Inn & take in Mrs. Jarvis who keeps us waiting while she dresses. Mrs. Bingham has a lovely home on Daniel Chipman Park. (Note: according to an old real estate map of Midd., she was most likely Jessica Bingham at 292 Chipman Park.)   I give her a copy of “Green Mtn. Echoes.” Mrs Jarvis monoplizes conversation. Mrs. Band Ann (?!) take us over the house. It is very attractive. Then her car brings us home. Ruth does not care to go.

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December 8, 1933

Fri., 8   Morning devotions. Ruth does the work. I sit still most of the time. Make some small scrap books for Kurn Hattin. How I wish Ruth could have good nourishing food.

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December 7, 1933

Thurs., 7   Morning devotions. The same kind of day as yesterday. Make a custard pie for dinner. Grace goes to Burlingotn with Marie Warner. Goes to the hospital to see Helen. Dr. & Mrs. Collins call. Lawrence comes to fix the oven. Crotchet a block. Look over old M.S.

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December 6, 1933

Wed., 6   Morning devotions. Rain in the night & a morning so dark we have to work by electricity. Look over spinach. Make an old fashioned apple pie. Lawrence puts in a new bed piece in the electric oven which is no good.  Karl & Henrietta come to dinner. Tuttle goes to Midd after dinner. D.A.R. meeting at Mrs. Herrick’s. Henrietta takes Grace down, then takes me for a ride. We go to the cemetery. Poor boy, how still he lies! We cross the new bridge, take the road to Reef Bridge and home by N.H. Junction. Letter from sister. She is still in Mary Fletcher Hospital.

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December 5, 1933

Tues., 5   Morning devotions. Cold, cloudy. Dumas washes. The clothes dry slowly. She irons most of them. i do a little of all kinds. NO letters but adds  (sic)

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December 4, 1933

Mon., 4   Morning devotions. Snowing. After a time, the sun comes out. The snow melts & is gone. I have the privilege of washing the dinner dishes which seems good. I enjoy it. Ruth goes down town after dinner. I crotchet a mat. Mrs. Porter & a Ryder girl call. She buys a book. They bring Grace some butternuts. They carry home some magazines.

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December 3, 1933

Sun., 3   Cold abating, tho I am not feeling good. Dark. Rain in the air. Grace attends church & S.S.  Ruth helping everywhere. Three rugs from No. Adams. Ream of paper from Tuttle Co. Wings (?) & American Poetry Journal. Write Ben, Gertrude, Anna & Sister Helen. A good prayer from Montreal & the Fosdick Sermon at at 5 P.M. Grace goes with Day to choir rehearsal.

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December 2, 1933

Sat., 2   Morning devotions. A severe cold from somewhere starts in at 5-30. A dark morning. Henrietta takes Grace to Midd. The Penwomen have a 1 o’clock luncheon with Mrs. Haller. Of course I cannot go. Dumas clearning out for Sunday. Go early to bed. Work a little on crotchet. Letters from Ben, Anna, Gertrude & Editor Melton. Also his book of poems, which are good. Feeling punk.

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December 1, 1933

Fri., 1   Morning devotions. An uneventful day. Very quiet here. Do a little braiding on a mat & a little crotchet. Clear & quite cool. Make an apple pie. Have difficulty in baking it. The moon comes up full & round and looks in at me thru the veranda door.

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November 30, 1933

Thurs., 30   Morning devotions. Type what I’ve written on Col. Seth Warner. We go out to Karl’s & have a Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey and all the good things Henrietta could think of. A wonderful dinner. Quite a little rain fell during the night & the road is a little soft. Tuttle goes home and Henrietta brings me home. A wild wind is blowing that almost takes the car off the road. Henreitta takes home the goldfish that have been frozen into the pool. Letters from Helen & C.W. Smith.

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November 29, 1933

Wed., 29   Morning devotions. Ruth does the morning work. Grace working in the greenhouse part of the day. I braid rags & crotchet. Mrs. Bingham, daughter and Ann, with an old friend of Ruth’s, come for tea. She brings me a copy of Dorothy Canfield’s latest book, “Bonfire,” which I am delighted to have. Also she invites me to her house some day next week, to tea. Letters from Tuttle Co., and Stanton Muzzy. A check from the latter.

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November 28, 1933

Tues., 28   Morning devotions. I begin work on a braided chair cover. Also crotchet.

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November 27, 1933

Mon., 27   Morning devotions. A bitter north wind. Snow in the night. Send an add (sic) to the Enterprise and books to Warner.

10 New Sketch Book

10                         paper

12 Castles in Memory

These are to sell for $1.00

                           and   .50

Not feeling well to-day. Ruth at the helm. Finish tidy, etc.

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November 26, 1933

Sun., 26   Warmer. Grace attends church & S.S. Ruth & I get dinner. Letter from Anna. Write her & Gertrude. Send letter & poem to Wightman Melton. Rowland Robinson comes to trade with Grace. Tuttle takes Ruth & me to Midd. We find the Marker set, on road 30 Seth Warner Memorial Highway. We return by Quaker Village. Rowland stays until we return. It was so late we did not go to the Cemetery where one year ago to-day we laid my boy to rest. It was bitter cold, a day never to be forgotten. 

 

(More about Seth Warner: http://www.warnersregiment.org/Warner%20Bios.html)

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November 25, 1933

Sat., 25   Morning devotions. A Baptist clergyman. Dumas sweeping, etc., etc.  The Binghams take Grace to Burlington to dinner. She goes to the hospital to see Aunt Helen. Ruth helping. Finish wheels for my tidy. Write Walter Coates, Tuttle Co., Stanton Muzzy & William Warner.

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November 24, 1933

Fri., 24   Morning devotions. Raw south wind all day. Look over spinach. Henrietta comes to dinner. Warner fillls the woodbox before school. Grace & Henrietta go up in Booth’s woods for partridge berries. Crotchet a wheel & learn to make tassels. What can we do? Are we going to see Ruth fade before our eyes? What can we do?

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November 23, 1933

Thurs., 23   Morning devotions. Keeping quiet, which Ruth makes easy because she is so helpful & sees to everything. Mend a little, crotchet a wheel. Write Ben, who has but one warm room in his big new house. Write Sister Helen, who is back in the hospital. Write Mrs. Stewart, who has helped so much on the marker. It is just a year to-day that the bad news reached me that Ashton had gone. We have the great blessing of Ruth’s return & look hopefully to her complete return to health and happiness.

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November 21, 1933

Tues., 21   Morning devotions, plain. Dumas washes in the kitchen for the first time & our first 2 week’s wash. Henrietta comes at noon. She takes Grace & me to a luncheon at the Hoyts. We have a nice meeting except Grace Bosworth seems to think she runs the whole thing. Lucy Dana reads my poem in today’s Rutland Herald. “Share No Vermont,” but Grace Bosworth gives me no opportunity to speak. Letter from Ben. Magazines from Mrs. Paine.

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November 20, 1933

Mon., 20   Morning devotions. Sunshine, clear & cold. No letters. Tuttle goes to Bristol. Crotchet a wheel. Work a little on the Marker poem. A clear sunset, a new moon in the west, accompanied by a beautiful star. I return Walter Bristol’s check for $40.00, which he paid last Sept.

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November 19, 1933

Sun., 19   No devotions, just the Fosdick sermon at night. A very clear, beautiful morning, quite cool. Clouds afternoon. The Binghams brought Grace home & took her to church with the daughter Jessica, after which they bring her home. Ruth helping get the dinner & clear it away. The Binghams gave Grace a birthday supper, cake with candle’s (sic) & gifts last night. Write Hattie & Anna, also sending out to Anita Brown, David Brown, Clarkson Co. $5.89  (sic)

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November 18, 1933

Sat., 18  Morning devotions. Dumas comes & Charlie comes so the windows get washed & the storm windows put on. Letters from Gertrude & Anna. My kitchen desk in the window gets cleaned out. Mend a little. Crotchet a wheel. The Binghams come for Grace. She goes home with them to stay all night. Write Gertrude.

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November 17, 1933

Fri., 17   Morning devotions. As the clergyman did not arrive, the choir said the Lord’s Prayer. Cup pudding for dinner. A piercing south wind rages through the crevices. I wrap in a blanket & sit next the cook stove (sic) trying to keep warm. I hope the girls do not take cold. A letter from Helen who thinks she has Grip. Type my views on the Wilans (sic) Parkway to Hindley. Crotchet. Cannot sew. It is too cold & dark to sew anything. The Editor comes.

 

The proposed Parkway was a very, very close call for Vermont. 

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November 16, 1933

Thurs., 16   Morning devotions. This is Grace’s birthday. It is 2 below zero. I write a “thank you” to George Warner & a letter to William Warner. Grace invites Mrs. Bingham, Jessica & Ann to tea, which goes very well.

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November 15, 1933

Wed., 15   Morning devotions. Make a cherry pie. Wash underwear. Letters from Mrs. Hafer telling of her husband’s death last February. She is now in Montana. Letter from Mrs. Witherell. Our Marker is finished and in Middlebury ready to set. We better postpone the unveiling until Spring. Henrietta comes to dinner. She takes Grace & me to the D.A.R. at Gussie Norton’s, then goes back to stay with Ruth. We have a pleasant meeting. Write Mrs. Hafer.

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November 14, 1933

Tues., 14   Morning devotions. A day of wind & snow. Dumas washing windows & wiping chamber floors. Mrs. Bingham, daughter & Maid Anne call. They are very pleasant to meet. Mend stockings. New ones come from Sears & Roebuck. Letters from Helen & Hattie.

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November 13, 1933

Mon., 13   Morning devotions. Send cards to Dumas & Mrs. Witherell, letter to Anna. Bozart comes today and has a review of “The Sketch book,” The day is very dark & I work on scrapbooks in the afternoon by artificial light. Crotchet. The cat gets a chicken bone in its throat & Ruth gets it out. Of the whole crowd she is the only one brave enough to get it out.

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November 12, 1933

Sun., 12   Cold raw wind. We have a chicken dinner whith Ruth helps me get. Grace attends church & S.S. Write Anna & Caroline. Look over the Sunday papers. Charlie Ruscoe comes to put on the storm end of the porch. He has no spare time in the week. The clouds roll away & the sky is a beautiful blue.

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November 11, 1933

Sat., 11   Morning devotions. Letters from Anna & Gertrude. A thin blanket of snow on the ground. Dumas cleaning up. I mend a little & crotchet a little. Driftwind. My poem “Armistice Day” in Rutland Herald. I did not think it worth publishing but it heads the column. It reads as same as the others. Write Ben & Gertrude. Mrs. Bingham takes Grace to Burlingto to dinner & a Movie.

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November 10, 1933

Fri., 10  Another snow storm. Morning devotions consisting of a prayer. Hitler, talking from Germany, takes 10 off the 15 minutes for devotions. Wash stockings. Mend a little. Crotchet a little. Make out an order to Sears & Roebuck. Not feeling well, which I lay to the mushrooms we had yesterday for dinner. We have scallops to-day & one of Florida Myers blueberry pies. Grace goes downtown. Snowing & dark. Cold out of doors. George goes on a vacation at noon.

 

I’ve not been able to find anything about this radio address from Germany.

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November 9, 1933

Thurs., 9   Morning devotions. Mend, crotchet, etc. Grace goes in the evening with the Hagars to Middlebury.

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November 8, 1933

Wed., 8   Morning devotions. We spend a lot of time getting the clothes dry. A heavy north wind. Make a custard pie. A check from George Warner for $10.00 toward our Marker. It just pays the bill & I send it onto Mrs. Witherell. It is so late and cold that it seems best to postpone our unveiling until spring. Letter from Ben. Grace attends the covered-dish supper at the church after which is a Musicale.

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November 7, 1933

Tues., 7   Morning devotions. Dumas washes. Getting dinner with Ruth’s help. Damp & stormy so the bulk of the clothes are left in pans. Mend & crotchet. Mrs. Witherell calls. Henrietta comes for a short visit. Ruth gets her fur coat & other things from N.Y. Grace goes home with the Binghams for the night. Yellow cat is better & hungry.

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November 6, 1933

Mon., 6   Morning devotions. Fordyce Bristol comes to fix the Radio. Danyow’s man comes to fix the pump. Send “Armistice Day” to Hindley. Letter from Gertrude, which I answer. Also from Stanton Muzzy. The yellow cat has been poisoned & cannot eat. Work on poems, crotchet, etc.

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November 5, 1933

Sun., 5   Cold north wind. Sky clear & sun shining diversified with with (sic) clouds. Good fires in the house. Read the papers. Write Ben, Hattie, Helen, Anna & Mrs. Witherell. A letter from Shirley Farr, in answer to mine, written middle of Sept. asking her co-operation in the work of the Marker. I send it on to Mrs. W. (Witherell, I’m sure.) Fosdick on the Radio. I do not get it all, but the rest do sitting in other rooms, so I must be losing on my hearing.

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November 4, 1933

Sat., 4   Morning devotions over the new Radio, as Tuttle is returning the other in exchange. Dumas washing windows. Grace goes to Burlington with the Binghams. The clouds roll away. The sun sets clear & the night is cold. Mend a little. Ruth helps out on Tuttle’s black socks. Crotchet a wheel. Florida Myers pie for dinner. Very good.  Mrs. Bingham sends me some Cottage cheese from the U.V.M. Agricultural dept.

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November 3, 1933

Fri., 3  Morning devotions. Dark & cloudy. Put a pocket on a morning dress. Settle 3 accts. The Guild, H.C. Herrick & Wayland Bristol, church subscription. Letters from Sister Helen, Dr. Melton. Ruth Collins Chase comes at 4 o’clock P.M.  Ruth, Grace & I go to her nice little home in Hawkins Bay. We get there just before dark falls & get a view of the Lake. We have Tea and she shows us over the house the nursery & the baby. Then she brings us home. Too much Tea upsets me & I am glad to go to bed.

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November 2, 1933

Thurs., 2   Morning devotions. Grace gone for the day to Thompson’s Point on garden work. Finish crotchet tidy for easy chair. Fix a morning dress. Charlie Caine buried to-day. A large funeral. Go out-of-doors a short time. Hazy but pleasant. Tuttle takes us to a Movie. Ruth does not feel like going. She whittles the kindling for the morning fire as we always used to do. Karl & Henrietta go to Burlington.

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November 1, 1933

Wed., 1   Morning devotions. Henrietta comes to dinner & walks home. Letter from Hattie and “The Tryout.” Grace gets home to dinner. Mr. Conant of New Haven (Alice Langdon’s father) is dead. Mend a little & turn & fold the damp clothes. Write Mr. Smith editor of The Tryout. A clear cool day. Take a short walk the cat & I.

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October 31, 1933

Tues., 31   Morning devotions. Clouds & haze. Dumas washes. I do the morning work and get dinner. Tuttle takes Grace & me to a luncheon given by the Pen-women at Wildwood. An enjoyable meeting. A hearty feed, with Halloween candles, trimming & favors. Grace goes to Midd with Mrs. Riley. Stays with Mrs. Bingham. Get home after candlelight. Ruth at home, so dead tired. She looks like a ghost. Letter from C.W. Smith of the “Tryout.”

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October 30, 1933

Mon., 30   Morning devotions. Do the morning work. Sort papers & get dinner. Grace goes to the hair dresser’s. Charlie Caisse passes out after a prolonged illness. Letter from Ben. Type a poem to M.F.D. in VerseCraft. Grace prepares a box lunch for two & goes to a Halloween social at the church. Make an apron & crotchet a little. Four packages come for Ruth.

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October 29, 1933

Sun., 29   Cool & cloudy. I get a chicken dinner & Tuttle & I eat ours at the kitchen table. Grace attends church & S.S. & when she comes home with Mary Ross I have their dinner laid out in the dining room & the table dolled up a bit. I write Helen Simonds & Gertrude. Tuttle gives me a ride around the New Haven River, across Bristol Flats & then the scenic drive that leads into the Village around the foothills. Mary stays into the evneing & Grace goes a way with her down the road.

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October 28, 1933

Sat., 28   Morning devotions. Clear with cool north wind. Edna Ball comes to solicit for the Children’s Aid. I gave to that last July. Letter from Anna. Write George Warner, Ruth & Anna. Make a custard pie fo dinner & an apple pie for tomorrow. Bertha Lewis comes to see Grace & I, (sic) going out to the greenhouse have a little visit with young Mrs. Lewis & Mrs. Wheeler. Clean & cook a chicken.

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October 27, 1933

Fri., 27   Morning devotions. Clouds & cool wind. Henrietta & I go to Burlington. We go to Mary Fletcher & see sister Helen. I feel so sorry that she must be shut up in this little room. It doesn’t look bright ahead. We have dinner at the Coffee Shoppe. Do a little 10¢ shopping. Stop on So. Union to speak to Clarissa. I do not see her as she has a sick child but Lena comes out to speak to me. We stop at Stanton Muzzy’s for a few minutes. All is well at home.

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October 26, 1933

Thurs., 26   Morning devotions. A clear day. That’s when the sun shines. Finish my purple slip Grace goes to Burlington. Rides up with the Watermans & home with the Hansons (State School.) She visits Helen at Mary Fletcher. Put dinner for 2 on the kitchen table. Letter from Caroline & the “Vermonter.” Read the papers etc. Finish the ironing. Cat gets a mouse in the new Pantry.

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