June 21, 1933

Wed., 21   Morning devotions. Letter from Ann Story & a card from Mrs. Johnson. Ann Story has selected “Whispering Pines” in Castleton for the meeting place of the Chapter. Mary Ross & Grace go to Middlebury with Wilma. Lillian Emerson calls. Write Ruth & Ben. We have an electric storm about 8-30 in the evening. Sharp lightning & quite a little rain. It was more severe in Burlington & along the Lake front, doing a lot of damage & plunging the city in darkness.

 

The “Ann Story” Ella mentioned was–and is– a D.A.R. Chapter. The woman herself was an early settler of the area. For more:  http://www.annstorydar.org/our-history.html

 

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June 20, 1933

Tues., 20   Morning devotions quite unintelligible. A beautiful Day. Dumas washes & irons. After that works in the kitchen pantry, cleaning 3 shelves. Write Ruth. Letters from Ben & Miss Hinman. Ralph & Bernadine with their oldest daughter call. He is interested in the work of the D.A.R. marking the Seth Warner Highway & donates an unsolicited $5.00. That puts courage into me tho I am very discouraged about Ruth.

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June 19, 1933

Mon., 19   Morning devotions. A German minister who does not speak plain. Strawberry shortcake for dinner. The clouds roll away. We do need rain. Henrietta comes, we call on Mrs. Henry Fisher & Cynthia. Card from Mrs. Pliny Norton. I write cards to the Regents of the postponement of the meeting.

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June 18, 1933

Sun., 18   Cool & cloudy. A little rain now and then. Have chicken broilers for dinner. Grace attends church. A quiet Sunday. A dear little hummingbird comes & sits on the clothes line. They have a nest close by, but it is too tiny to find. Write Anna,, Gertrude, Miss Hinman & Daniel Smythe. Cards to Shoreham & Miss Ellis. Letter from Gertrude. Lillian Lewis takes Grace to ride.

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June 17, 1933

Sat., 17   Get the morning devotions. Dumas cleans the shed & works in other places. Claudette does the dinner dishes & clears out the rooms. Letters from Ann Story Chapter & Anna. Write Ann Story.

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June 16, 1933

Fri., 16   No morning devotions. Only static. Claudette, our new girl, begins work. I rest except getting dinner. Work on Duco puzzle Grace brought from Burlington. The air is a little cool. It looked so like rain this morning, but the clouds rolled away. We do need rain.

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June 15, 1933

Thurs., 15   No devotions but static. Get dinner but do little else. Dumas cleans the cellar way & nearly finishes the kitchen. Does the ironing. Grace & I attend the D.A.R. meeting at Eva Meigs. A cool afternoon with doors & windows wide & drafts running up and down my spine. I nearly freeze. We take Mrs. Herrick & Mrs. Thorne. 16 present.

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June 14, 1933

Wed., 14   Cannot hear the morning devotions for static. Do the morning work, dinner, etc.  Letter from Mrs. Johnson & Miss Ellis, which I ans. (sic.) Cool & cloudy. Have a little fire. My poor bird is drooping. Something ails one of his eyes. I give the cage a thorough cleaning. Wilma comes for Grace. The Alumni Banquet is to-night. Henrietta has Ruth Stafford as her guest. She is one of the class of 4 that graduated in 1883. Dan Rogers, Arthur Norton & Mrs. Brooks are the others. All living. All here.

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June 13, 1933

Tues., 13   Morning devotions spoiled by static. Dumas washes. I do the morning work. Leonard Blakely comes for 1 o-clock. He & Dumas spend the afternoon in the cellar. I hope it feels better. Letters from D.A.R. Regents at Shoreham & Manchester. Letter from (sic)

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June 12, 1933

Mon., 12   Another day of sunshine. We need rain. The lawns are turned brown. Go over the proof sheets again. Kate Dalrymple calls to tell me about Hattie. Tuttle brings some pike for dinner. Sort papers. Write Walter Coates. Do the morning work & the after-dinner work. Grace goes to the “Dog-team Tavern” after supper.

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June 11, 1933

Sun., 11   A very hot day. Grace attends church. I write Stanton Muzzy, Mrs. Johnson, Miss Ellis & Anna. Tuttle takes Grace and me out to Henrietta’s after supper. Have a visit with Karl’s mother.

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June 10, 1933

Sat., 10   Morning devotions. Dumas does the work. Stanton Muzzy brings the printed proofs of “The New Sketch Book.” A very hot day. Mr. Day, Mr. & Mrs. Hagar, Grace and her old S.S. class go to Spruce Lodge for supper. I have a little visit with Mrs. Hagar. Tuttle & I go to a movie and see Mary Pickford in “Secrets.”  It is a good play. The town is filled with cars.

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June 9, 1933

Fri., 9   Morning devotions. Very poor.  Do the morning work, get the dinner. Cut some flowers to carry to Cynthia. When Henrietta comes it is so hot we decide not to go. A little child, 6 years old at Ferrisburg Center, run over & instantly killed. Henrietta goes to the parents. They cannot be comforted. The truck driver not to blame. Henrietta stays to supper. Letters from Poultney & Brandon.

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June 8, 1933

Thurs., 8   Morning devotions, static garbled. Do the morning work & get the dinner. Grace does the dinner dishes because I went to sleep. Go to the Movie “Rasputin” done by the Barremores (sic.)    A hot day.

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June 7, 1933

Wed., 7   Morning devotions spoiled by static. A lovely rain at night (which is hectic. mine.) (sic.)  It helps the gardens. Grace sends a box of peonies to Ruth. Tuttle goes after Dumas to do the work. Write to Poultney Regent in ans. to hers. Write Mary Ellis. Letter from Ben & one not favorable from Concord. Keeping still as possible.

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June 6, 1933

Tues., 6   Morning devotions. Dumas washes & irons & does the other work. I stagger around & get a plain dinner. I am dizzy & half blind. I take Grace’s medicine, which is very severe. Finish the Chapter letters & write Walter Coates. Send for two more copies of “Harvest.” Letter from Ben. So early to bed.

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June 5, 1933

Mon., 5   A typical June day. Warm. Morning devotions. Make a custard pie for dessert. Do as little as possible and get along. Write some of the letters to the Chapters as requested by the State Regent. Letters from Helen & Hattie. Helen is in N.Y. for the Columbia graduation where she gets her degree as Bachelor of Science. Receive “Harvest,” an anthology of poetry by Walter Coates.

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June 4, 1933

Sun., 4   A beautiful day, typical of June. Walk in the garden. See the two hummingbirds. They have a nest nearby. The Locusts in blossom are very sweet. Write Anna & Gertrude. Finish the bird sketch for Cummings. Ice cream & cake for dessert. An easy day. Go out to Henrietta’s & return her hat. She shows me some of the bird nests around her lovely old house.

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June 3, 1933

Sat., 3   Morning devotions in part. Do no work today except to get dinner. Type on “A Trip in Birdland.” Write to Ben. I want to write but do not know how. Finish Helen’s letter. Dumas doing the work. Send poems to Geo. Trainer & Tryout. Clean burdock that Mr. Otis digs. Commence on it. Mother’s remedy. Miss Goodere comes to give me a treatment. Pay her $6.00 to date. Showers, which helps the garden. Ice cream & cake for desert. I do not cook.

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June 2, 1933

Fri., 2   A beautiful day. I try to take things easy. Gussie Norton sends a car for me at 11-15. Mrs. Pliny Norton & Mrs. H.O. Fisher come from Addison & we go in the Norton car to Lincoln Inn to meet with the State Regent at a “Dutch Treat” called a Banquet. (?)  (The question mark is Ella’s.)  Marking the Seth Warner Memorial Highway comes before the meeting. Miss Leach stops here on her way home and has supper with Grace. Begin a letter to Helen. Feeling quite all in.

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June 1, 1933

Thurs., 1   No devotions, only static. Do the morning work. Letters from Helen & Ben. Henrietta comes to dinner. Make a strawberry shortcake. I fail to understand how Ben can get into such a state of mind. Perhaps it is the strain of last year. 

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May 31, 1933

Wed., 31   Morning devotions. Grace busy with customers. I am feeling miserable & must get away from it. Mrs. Cotey & Mrs. Lucien Warner call. I have a visit with the latter on genealogy. Carlton Bristol buried to-day. Go to Henrietta’s a moment after supper. Stop on our way home for Miss Goodere who gives me a treatment. I am so tired to-night.

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May 30, 1933

Tues., 30   Morning devotions spoiled by static. Dumas washes. A damp day, but she irons. Finish the D.A.R. letters & one to Mrs. Johnson. Decoration Day & very quiet. Have a nice ride in the afternoon on the Lake Shore road thru Panton & home via New Haven Junction. Carlton Bristol dies. Letter from Sister Helen. Write Gertrude. Put a little time into jig-saw, loaned by Claire Goodere. No rain.

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May 29, 1933

Mon., 29   Morning devotions. A beautiful day. Have a call from Stanton Muzzy. Write letters to the Regents of the Chapters nearest the Seth Warner Highway. Henrietta comes in the afternoon with Mother Field We go to the cemetery & put flowers on the graves. The little flags are planted for to-morrow. then we drive to the Gage Cemetery where Austin Booth is working to keep it in trim. Henrietta brings me home via the crossroads & the State School. I have a treatment in the evening. Not much good. Meet Dr. Collins.

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May 28, 1933

Sun., 28   A beautiful day of sunshine. Cool north wind. Grace attends S.S. Get very tired. I begin to realize I am a back number, losing my grip on life. I shall have to get another grip or I shall not be able to stay. Customers in the afternoon. Grace goes to a picnic in Booth’s lot at 7 o’clock. I write Hattie, Ruth, Ben & Anna. Wrap a small box for Ruth.

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May 27, 1933

Sat., 27   Morning devotions. Cloudy & damp. A little rain last night. Dumas does the work, some clcaning up & the ironing. Not so lame to-day. Sort MS. Write Elizabeth Davenport & Walter McGovern.

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May 26, 1933

Fri., 26   Morning devotions. Mist & clouds but warm. Letters from Hattie & Anna. Hattie sends a love gift (sic) for the graves. A box of beautiful lillies (sic) of the valley. I arrange them in 3 bunches while my tears fall over them. Henrietta takes me to the cemetery. We place them on the graves. Have a visit from Mrs. MacIntire in the car. Henrietta stays to supper & attends the Grange. Miss Goodere comes & gives me a preliminary treatment. It is all sprung on me unawares. Write Helen, Ben & Stanton Muzzy.

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May 25, 1933

Thurs., 25   Morning devotions. Another beautiful day. Dumas cleans the kitchen & dining room windows. We wash the curtains & put them back. Grace has a full busy day. I make a custard pie for dinner.

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May 24, 1933

Wed., 24   No devotions because of static. Cloudy morning. Charlie comes to finish the door & put up a curtain. I wash the curtains in the east kitchen window. Spend a few minutes finishing the jig-saw which is very attractive picture finished. Get dinner & then have a chance to go to St. Albans. Find them well. The trip is more tiring than it ever has been. Stop a moment at Muzzy’s. Letter from Maxwell Orr that “Ripples” is dead, returning my subscription which I turn over to Muzzy. Wilma does the dinner dishes. Her last day with Grace. The afternoon is beautiful, so is the country.

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May 23 1933

Tues., 23   Morning devotions. Another lovely day. Dumas washes. Letter from Helen. Finish my letter to Gertrude. Write Stanton Muzzy. Have a call from Lulu Durand & her sister. She is having 2 weeks vacation, but Edgar is not taking one this year.

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May 22, 1933

Mon., 22   A lovely day. No devotions. Static. Charlie Ruscoe makes a new casing & fits a glass door at the south veranda. He eats dinner with us. Stanton Muzzy calls. I buy some books of him. He takes home a MS. to examine. Grace goes to Basin Harbor with Otis after dinner. He is planning to leave us to work for Anna Bristol, whose husband is a wretch. Letter from Gertrude. I  begin an answer.

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May 21, 1933

Sun., 21   A very lovely day after the pouring rain. A lovely cat-bird sits on the topmost branch of the pear tree, in place of the mocking bird. I hope he decides to stay. Tuttle brings a jig-saw & I burn the dinner meat. Write Anna. Grace has callers & the church people eat their supper in Booth’s lot & drive away my bird. Henrietta & her mother Field call. She brings in 3 of the girls from the Ball family. She brings me a gift of 3 cakes of soap, her Mother’s Day gift. Tuttle gives me a ride to Mutton Hill.

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May 20, 1933

Sat., 20   Morning devotions. Forest & Field Club have the May breakfast at Karl’s. Rain begins to fall about 10 o’clock & keeps it up all day. Dumas cleans the sitting room, washes & gets the curtains back, which freshens the room. Get my Sketch-Book MS. reader (sic) for a publisher. Write Ruth, Ben & Hattie. Hear a catbird sing at night. Make a rhubarb pie for to-morrow, a strawberry shortcake for to-day. Letter from Anna.

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May 19, 1933

Fri., 19   Morning devotions & I get them fairly well. Housework & dinner. I write Mary Tracy & Stanton Muzzy. I am so disappointed about St. Albans. I thought we’d surely go. I look over a book MS. and decide I will have it brought out if it is not too expensive. Find typing makes me very tired. Grace comes at noon. I do the dinner work & go on with the MS. Farm bureau meet at the Robinsons to-night. they kindly over (sic) to come after me, but I am better off at home.

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May 18, 1933

Thurs., 18   Have my feet treated by Louise Manning. A warm day. Get some of the morning devotions. Dumas on the job. Get dinner. Grace goes to Poultney on the noon train. Henrietta takes me to Midd. Karl goes along. I go to Louise Manning & have my feet treated. She knows how. Grace is with the Prudens to-night.

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May 17, 1933

Wed., 17  No devotions. Housework & dinner & dishes. Work on  scrap books. After supper Grace goes to the P.O. & beauty parlor. Tuttle takes her down & I go along. We go out to Henrietta’s. Lottie & her mother Laura Sessions call a few minutes. A very lovely day.

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May 15, 1933

Tues., 16   No devotions. Dumas does the work & washes windows. Ham & greens for dinner. Feeling ill & blue. Get geraniums for Mother’s grave. Henrietta & I go to Lakeview, postponed from May 9, her birthday. Mrs. Porter & Ellen ride to B (sic) & Henrietta takes them to Mary Fletcher, where Ellen’s husband, Philip Rider, is very ill. She goes after them & brings them home. We call on Stanton Muzzy, who is remarkable. Grace with Otis & a truck load of plants spends the day in Middlebury. Feel better to-night.

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May 14, 1933

Mon., 15   No devotions. Do the morning work. A beautiful box of chocolates from Helen. Letters from Helen and Ben, who has returned from a trip to Concord. He finds Ruth much improved. A call from Faith Devine, who takes the poem on Robinson to read on Friday night. Dig & clean dandelions for to-morrow’s dinner. Write Mrs. Manning & Helen Simonds.

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May 14, 1933

Sun., 14   A very lovely day. Get a chicken dinner. Walter Coates, wife & daughter & Silvia Bliss come to eat it. Grace helps me out & Dumas comes at 10 o’clock, so everything goes all right. Cars come & go all day. Cynthia calls & Lillian Lewis brings me a box containing a doz of her famous doughnuts, half a layer cake & a box of maple fudge. This is the centenary of Rowland Robinson’s birth. Their home is filled all day with people from everywhere. Charlie Bennett’s widow calls on Tuttle. He is too  sick to eat dinner. Write Anna. Black clouds at night.

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May 13, 1933

Sat., 13   No devotions. Rain last night & misty to-day. Dumas helping out. I make 3 pies & cook a chicken. Grace has a lot of customers. A high wind. Bull-pouts for dinner. Certainly feel logy.  Greetings from Helen & Anna. Letter from Gertrude with a snap shot of herself & the children. Ans (sic) her letter. Write Helen, Ruth & Dr. Dolloff. Letter from Ben. He returns my check. He & Jeanette go to Concord. A little visit with Miss Vidato.

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May 12, 1933

Fri., 12   No devotions. Custard for dessert. Corned beef hash for dinner. Henrietta comes to dinner. Brings dandelions to clean. Magazines from Mrs. Paine. A Mother’s-day gift from Helen of 6 knives & forks of stainless steel. A letter from Dr. Dolloff. My letters to Ruth have been sent to North Carolina.

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May 11, 1933

Thurs., 11   Static prevents the devotions. The sun shines to-day & it is warmer. I go on sorting letters, papers & magazines. Finish a letter to Helen.  Write Hattie & Amy Rice, Susie’s girl. Wilma works until noon for Grace, who seems to have a full day. She goes down town after dinner but does not stay.

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May 10, 1933

Wed., 10   Morning devotions. Rain last night. Clouds to-day. Quite cool. Letter from Ben, which I answer. Wilma comes & Grace goes down town with her. She gets me stamps & stamped envelopes.

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May 9, 1933

Tues., 9   Morning devotions. Dumas washes. I help on the ironing while she sweeps 2 chambers. Clouds look like rain. Letter from Helen. Henrietta comes out late. Grace goes with Otis to Brandon with a truck load of plants. George looks after things here. Send Hindley a note on Rose Thorpe who wrote “Curfew Must Not Ring To-night.” This is Mother’s birthday but I do not feel well enough to go.

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May 8, 1933

Mon., 8   Morning devotions. Continue sorting letters. Write Walter Coates, Mrs. O.H. Coolidge & Berenice Tuttle. Wash wool underwear & stockings. Keep busy, almost too busy.

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May 7, 1933

Sun., 7   Another lovely day. A little cool. Grace attends church. I get dinner. Look over the papers. Sort letters. Tuttle gives me a ride, N.H. Junction over Thompson’s Boulevard to Reef Bridge. To Middlebury via Quaker Village, over the Twin Bridges & home on the State road. I love every bit of it—the beautiful out-of-doors.

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May 5, 1933

Fri., 5   Morning devotions. A beautiful day, a little cool. Make our first rhubarb pie, which turns out all right. Henrietta comes to dinner, stays until 3 o’clock. She has incubator chickens to the number of 270 in the brooder, and cannot stay longer. I finish ironing my bed curtains & tack up the white post curtains Grace goes to the Lake, Lovers Lane is under a foot of water. Callers at night—Kate Dalrymple & a lady missionary from Japan and Rowland & Elizabeth Robinson. A little late to bed.

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May 4, 1933

Thurs., 4   No morning devotions. Do the morning work. The dinner dandelion greens our first. Do the dinner work & iron my bed curtains until I get tired. Letter from Helen, which I answer. Mrs. Stephen Noonan & Casper Sears buried this afternoon. Grace has been busy on pieces for both funerals. The sunset to-night has no clouds. Quite cool, north wind to-day.

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May 3, 1933

Wed., 3   Start advocating for a marker. Morning devotions. Clean & dig dandelions. It is warm enough so I sit on the porch to look over dandelions. Do the morning work. Mr. Day promises to bring some cream & does not, so we do not have dessert. Grace & I go in a taxi to D.A.R. at Gussie Norton’s. Rhoda Farrand meeting with us. Mrs. Johnson State Regent & Mrs. Kitridge vice President Gen (Past) are with us. Mrs. Sessions comes. We go in a drenching rain. Water everywhere & colder. Have an enjoyable meeting & nice refreshments.

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May 2, 1933

Tues., 2   Morning devotions. Another lovely day. I make a cup pudding for dinner. Dumas cleans up my bed & mattress, washes the curtains, etc. Charlie Ruscoe takes away the storm windows & puts on the screens. Our D.A.R. hold a card party this afternoon & evening.

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