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1869 Diary of Luman Putnam of Granville
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1854 Diary and Introduction. Also access to many more LumanPutnam Diaries

Luman Putnam Jerusha Bailey, his first wife
L. Putnam’s Diary

Granville Centre

Penn’a.
Part One

Friday, January 1, 1869

Snow storm commenced at an early hour in the morning and continued through the day and evening, making another deep snow. Weather mild.

Azor and Eliza coming down to Benjamin’s in the morning to go with him and Lurenda to McKee’s in Leroy, he had his team hitched up & taking us all into his sleigh, proceeded onward through the snow and storm, leaving wife and me at our home, they only calling a few minutes. Mr. Gilman came in to see me.

Saturday, January 2, 1869

Most of the day cloudy and the weather a little colder than yesterday. A little more snow towards night.

Remained in the house through the day, spending a part of the time with my books and newspapers. Harvey and Lizzie went away with Volney and his wife, to visit at Allen Woodin’s. Lincoln called and received $25.71, his portion of money in my hands belonging to the estate. Benjamin & Azor and their folks called, on their way home from Franklin.

Sunday, January 3, 1869

The day partially fair and the weather considerably warmer. Snow very much reduced by the thaw.

Got ready in the morning and went up to the Center to attend meeting, but being too early went in to spend the time with Lydia. Met Mr. Ross there, and at the proper time he went into meeting with me. Although Br. Hurlburt was expected he failed to attend, and the meeting was carried on by Br. Levi Taylor, assisted by others.

Monday, January 4, 1869

Most of the day fair and pleasant. Weather continues warm and the snow was reduced considerably.

Spent a considerable portion of the day about the house according to my common custom. Afternoon went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune and the Courier, called on Mr. Bruce and Lydia a spell as usual, and then returned. Towards night went with wife and Harvey and Lizzie up to Valentine’s for visit, wife and I remaining over night.

Tuesday, January 5, 1869

Most of the day cloudy, and the thaw continues. A rain commenced in the night and closed this morning.

We remained at Valentine’s until after dinner. He having been engaged with his business out of doors, we spent our time in visiting with Polly Ann. Afternoon Valentine took us up to Luther’s on his sleigh. We found Luther and Sally at home and spent the remainder of the day with them, remaining over night.

Wednesday, January 6, 1869

The day fair and pleasant and the weather some colder, thawing but little and keeping the sleighing tolerably good.

We continued our visit with Luther and Sally thro the day; intending, however to have gone over, in the afternoon to visit at Tommy’s but when getting ready to go Tom, and his wife came in to Luther’s, she spending the afternoon with us, and he going away to the blacksmith’s in the windfall. We staid at Luther’s again.

Thursday, January 7, 1869

Fair weather continues. Day warm for the season, and the snow is rapidly disappearing.

We continued our visit at Luther’s till afternoon and then with him and Sally, we went over to Tommy’s, to make him and Altheda a visit. We remained there till towards night when Luther and Sally departed for home, and I with wife walked up the hill to make a visit at Delight’s where we spent the night.

Friday, January 8, 1869

The day mostly fair and the weather continues warm; sleighing almost spoiled & bare ground beginning to appear in the fields.

Remained with Delight till after breakfast and then we walked back to Luther’s, finding him and Sally ready to come down our way with a sleigh. We got in and rode with them down to Bruce’s and made a visit there. Called at P.O. & got the Reporter and a letter from Mr. Atkins. After tea Luther came down & brot us home.

Saturday, January 9, 1869

Day cloudy and the weather continues warm. Afternoon and evening rainy. The snow disappearing and the streams are rapidly swelling.

Remained about the house through the entire day and evening, not going out for any purpose except to drive the cattle out of the door yard and house lot. Spent a considerable part of the time a reading, bestowing a portion also in the care of little Albert when claims are imperative.

Sunday, January 10, 1869

High water in the streams. Weather a little colder than it has been for several days. Clear and cloudy, with several light flurries of snow.

Went up to the Centre before the hour of meeting and called on Wallace. At the hour of meeting Wallace attended with me. Br. Hurlburt being present, delivered a discourse. Elon came over in the course of the afternoon and spent some time with me. At night Amanda came over and staid all the evening.

Monday, January 11, 1869

Stormy day. Commenced in the morning with snow, changed in the afternoon to sleet, and at night to rain but it all did not amount to very much.

Staid about the house, engaged with my reading principally, until the middle of the day, then walked up to the Centre, calling on Harriet until the time for the mail to come in, then went to the P.O. and got the Tribune and the Courier, called a short time on Lydia & then came home.

Tuesday, January 12, 1869

Rain changed to snow in the night, and at 8 o’clock in the morning had fallen 6 inches deep. Day cloudy and the weather colder.

Spent the day as most of my time is spent – about the house, engaged with my books and newspapers, and in attending to my little grandson. Chopped some wood, in the afternoon, for the use of my fire in the Library, and brought it in to the closet. Mr. Gilman came in and spent the evening with me.

Wednesday, January 13, 1869

Day fair and the weather quite moderate, the sun shining out quite warm in the middle of the day, reducing the snow considerably.

Attended to my customary employments about the house during the fore part of the day; about noon went up to Volney’s to carry Albert, wife and Lizzie going there for an afternoon visit, returned home and remained till middle of the afternoon, then went back to tea and at night brought Albert home.

Thursday, January 14, 1869

The weather continues fair and quite mild for the season. Sleighing is excellent now but cannot continue long unless the weather changes soon.

Remain at or about home as usual, and most of the time in the house. Spent the forenoon with my books and newspapers, & my little grandson. Went up to the Centre in the middle of the day, called at the P.O. and got the Tribune, and then at Mr. Bruce’s where I spent some time.

Friday, January 15, 1869

Cloudy through the day, and rained a little. The thaw continued through the last night and has not abated yet. Sleighing begins to fail.

Staid about the house during the forenoon, doing nothing more than common. Afternoon went up to the election for township officers, called at the P.O., mailed a letter I had written to the Tribune Association for an Almanac, received the Reporter and a letter from George Harris’ wife, put in my vote at the polls, and came down the road with Elon & Alva.

Saturday, January 16, 1869

Another fair and pleasant day. Weather a little cooler which checked the thaw some but has not been sufficient to arrest it.

Remained about the house during the forenoon employed in my usual manner. Afternoon went up to the Centre, calling at the P.O., and also at Mr. Bruce’s and at Wallace’s. After my return chopped and brought in some wood for the Library, and read some in Shakspeare.

Sunday, January 17, 1869

A freezing night succeeded by a cool, cloudy day with a little sprinkling of snow in the afternoon. No thawing today.

Went up to the Centre to meeting in the forenoon, meeting Stephen and his wife in the

on their way to Franklin. Did not make any calls before or after the meeting. Br. Hurlburt being in attendence delivered a discourse. After my return from meeting remained about the house.

Monday, January 18, 1869

Another cool, & cloudy day. Snow began to fall in the early morning, very slowly, and continued through the day.

Spent the forenoon in the house engaged with my books as usual. In the afternoon went up to the P.O. to get my mail matter. Received the Tribune and the Courier and a letter from Benham and the Governor’s Message from Mr. Webb. Chopped and brot in some wood.

Tuesday, January 19, 1869

Day cloudy and still snowing a very little, and the weather is sufficiently cool to stop the progress of the thaw and save the sleighing.

Remained about the house again to day and continued my reading the works of the great English poet, Shakspeare, devoting a part of my attention to the care of Albert. Did not go abroad to day at all. My watch having stopped running, started it again with kerosene. Chopped a little more wood.

Wednesday, January 20, 1869

Fore part of the day cloudy and still and the latter part broken; with some light squalls of snow occasionally. The weather mild.

Remained at the house through the day, spending the principal part of the time with Shakspeare’s historical plays and with English history. In the afternoon, Mr. Bunyan having called, spent a couple of hours in very pleasant chat with him. After his departure, chopped some more wood for the Library.

Thursday, January 21, 1869

The day fair and pleasant, the weather mild and agreeable, and the sleighing considerably impaired by a recommencement of the thaw.

Remained about the house until towards night, & then went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune, making no other calls. Employed in the forenoon with Shakspeare, in the afternoon, chatting with Elon who had made a call. Amanda & Lucella were to help wife at quilting. Luman came and staid over night.

Friday, January 22, 1869

Day fair and pleasant, opening mild as usual, but growing colder, especially towards night.

Spent the forenoon and a part of the afternoon about the house as usual, reading and taking care of little Albert. Luman continued with us till towards night, then started for Troy, taking his ma along as far as Burton’s, and me as far as Long’s mill, whence I walked up to Azor’s.

Saturday, January 23, 1869

A very freezing night, the coldest of the season, so far. The day fair, and became much warmer, thawing some before night.

According to arrangement, Harvey and Lizzie, with Volney and Laura came up here to visit at Azor’s. In the afternoon, rode with Harvey and Volney and Azor down to the village. Called to see Mr. Redington. Towards night Harvey and his company departed for home. I remained over.

Sunday, January 24, 1869

Day fair and pleasant, and the weather continues moderate and agreeable. Thawed some.

Went with Azor & Eliza to attend meeting in the village at the baptist meeting house. It was conducted by Elder Sheardown and others. While Azor was tarrying at the Sunday school went to view the ruins of the town, caused by the great fire that occured after midnight. Went down again towards night and saw Luman.

Monday, January 25, 1869

Principal part of the day fair, the weather cold in the morning, but grew milder towards night.

Remained at Azor’s towards the middle of the day, then departed and walked down to Benjamin’s, arriving at his house about dinner time. In the evening he and Lucien went to attend the Good Templar’s lodge, and Henry Hickok, wife and others came in and spent the evening.

Tuesday, January 26, 1869

A cold, freezing night. The day not very cold, but not warm enough to thaw any. Weather continues fair and pleasant.

I intended to have gone on from here to Luther’s today, on my way towards home; but yielding to the request of Benjamin and Lurenda to stay another day, I concluded to remain. Spent my time indoors, exclusively almost, reading some and talking more.

Wednesday, January 27, 1869

Another cold night, succeeded by a pretty sharp morning. Day fair till towards night when it became cloudy. Weather more mild at night. Eclipse of the moon was seen through the intervening clouds.

Departed from Benjamin’s a little while after breakfast, on my way towards home by the way of Luther’s, intending to stop with him until tomorrow. Walked along moderately and arrived at his house in about two hours.

Thursday, January 28, 1869

Some sunshine, but most of the day cloudy. The weather quite mild; thawing considerably.

Staid with Luther and Sally till some time after breakfast, then went down to Valentine’s and staid with them till after dinner, then came down to the Centre, called at the P.O. and got the Tribune, called a short time at Mr. Bruce’s and went in to the harness shop a moment and then came home.

Friday, January 29, 1869

Morning foggy, the day fair till towards might, and the weather quite warm for the time, of the year. The sleighing is quite poor.

Spent my time, till towards night, about the house, employed as usual with my books and newspapers, and with the little boy. Late in the day, went up to the Centre, called at the P.O. and got the Reporter, stopped a little while with Helen, and made a short call at Orson’s.

Saturday, January 30, 1869

Thunder shower in the night; a little sunshine in the afternoon and remainder of the day cloudy. The weather continues warm & the sleighing is spoiled.

Did not go away from home till towards night & then walked down to Samuel’s, but he not being at home, returned very soon. Chopped and brought in a little wood and employed the remainder of the time in reading and in taking care of Albert.

Sunday, January 31, 1869

Day cloudy with very little sunshine and the weather considerably colder, thawing but very little.

Went up to the Centre in the morning, a little before the hour for meeting, calling in at Wallace’s. He got ready & attended meeting with me. Br. Hurlburt was present and delivered a discourse. After meeting, at the solicitation of Wallace, called there again & took dinner with them. Tommy & his wife, & Bruce’s folks were there. Elon here in the evening

Monday, February 1, 1869

The forenoon cloudy and cold, not thawing any. The afternoon was fair and pleasant; and, being warmer, the snow melted again.

Staid about the house till the middle of the day being engaged in my usual employments, then went up to the Centre and calling at the P.O., received a letter from Geo. Brigham, inclosing one also from Amy, which came in the mail of Saturday. Recd the Tribune & Courier. Called at Mr. Bruce’s.

Tuesday, February 2, 1869

The day cloudy and weather cool, not thawing any. At night there were indications of a snow storm near at hand.

Read my newspapers in the morning, and towards noon went with wife and Lizzie over to Amanda’s to help them carry Albert. Visited there till towards night, employing a part of my time reading in a volume of Saxe’s poems. Harvey came with his buggy and brot the women home.

Wednesday, February 3, 1869

Snow fell about 2 inches in the course of the night, day cloudy and rainy.

Spent the fore part of the day about the house, doing nothing more than common except to make a bottle of ink from a compound which Benham gave me. Mr. Penny from Waverly came with an assistant, & brot me a set of Marble for my father’s grave. After dinner went up with them to the ground and had them set. Gave him my note for $25. in 3 months. Called on Lydia.

Thursday, February 4, 1869

Heavy snow storm in the night and early morning. Day cloudy, windy, and cold. The snow has been very considerably drifted in some places.

Remained about the house through the day. Spent a considerable portion of my time reading, – and the remainder, mostly, with the little boy. Split some wood for the Library and brought it in, to the closet, towards night.

Friday, February 5, 1869

The forenoon cloudy and somewhat windy. The afternoon fair and pleasant. Weather rather cold, thawing but little.

Remained about the house till some time in the afternoon, then went up to the Centre, calling at the P.O. for my mail matter but getting only the Reporter, and stopped a short time at Mr. Bruce’s to see his Tribune not having received mine. Spent some time in the forenoon reading Shakspeare.

Saturday, February 6, 1869

Day fair and pleasant, the sun shining brightly, and the weather quite mild and agreeable.

Staid about the house through the day and evening, employed a considerable portion of the time at my writing table in the Library, besides visiting some, and devoting a part of my time to the little boy as usual. Put up the Reporter of Feb. 4th & directed to Geo. Brigham, & Reporter of Jan 25th directed to Clark A. Wilcox. Wrote a long letter to Mr. Atkins and copied the same into my letter book. Luman came & spent the afternoon with us, going to Templar’s lodge at night. Mary was here in the afternoon.

Sunday, February 7, 1869

Another splendid day, weather very similar to that of yesterday, bright, mild, and agreeable. Attended meeting

Attended meeting at the Centre in the forenoon. The meeting was carried on by Br. Levi Taylor. Went up to the Centre before the hour for meeting and called at Mr. Bruce’s and also at the P.O. to deliver my letter and the newspapers I had prepared for sending in the mail. After meeting went down to Sam’s to get some medicine.

Monday, February 8, 1869

Cloudy through the day and the weather continues quite mild, thawing some, especially in the afternoon.

Wrote a letter to Lydia Caywood, copied it into the letter memorandum, and in the afternoon carried it up to the P.O., delivered it there and received the Tribune and the Courier, then called a little while on Lydia, an on my return made Harriet a short call. Julius called here in the forenoon and made a considerable stay.

Tuesday, February 9, 1869

Another cloudy day, and the weather continues mild and grows warmer, thawing considerably.

Employed at the writing table again today, till afternoon. Wrote a long letter to Mrs. Emeline Harris and copied it into the memorandum book, and then went down to Robert’s for a visit, wife and Lizzie having gone down there in the forenoon. There were several other women there also. Towards night Harvey came with sleigh and brought us home. Sent letter to P.O. by Sara Gilman.

Wednesday, February 10, 1869

Another cloudy day. The weather continues warm and springlike the snow disappearing and the sleighing becoming very poor along the valley road.

Continued my business of letter writing through the day except at short intervals to rest and to take care of little Albert. Wrote a long letter to George Brigham and copied it into the memoraum of correspondence. In the evening commenced writing a letter to Benham Andrus, and also to copy it. Had no company.

Thursday, February 11, 1869

The day has been fair, and soft, mild weather continues. The sleighing along the main Road is spoiled.

Finished writing and copying a letter to Benham, & also wrote one to Hon. U. Mercur which I copied and then the three letters and delivered them at the P.O. Brought some stamps and received the Tribune and called at Mr. Bruce’s and looked it over. Staid them and took dinner with them, and then came home and prepared some wood for night.

Friday, February 12, 1869

Another fair, warm day. The snow is rapidly disappearing. The road is beginning to be muddy in some places.

Spent the forenoon in the Library, reading some and writing some, after which, went up to the Centre, calling at the P.O. & receiving the Tribune and then on Helen a little while before returning home. Found Amanda and Lucella here, visited with them a part of the time, and spent a considerable portion of the afternoon taking care of Albert. Harvey went to Troy with grist to mill.

Saturday, February 13, 1869

Another fair day and the weather quite warm. The little streams are high, the fields begin to be bare, and mud will the order of the day unless the weather changes.

Remained about the house through the day, and a considerable portion of it at the writing table. Wrote a very long letter to Mrs. Amy Brigham, and copied the same into the memorandum of correspondence. When not engaged at the writing table, spent some time with little Albert.

Sunday, February 14, 1869

A considerable portion of the day, but the weather continues warm, the thaw progresses, and the water and the mud make travelling not very pleasant.

Got ready and went up to the Centre a little before the hour for meeting, called a short time at Mr. Bruce’s, delivered my letter for Mrs. Brigham at the P.O., and went into meeting. Br. Hurlburt failed to fill his appointment, and the meeting was conducted and carried on by Br. Levi Taylor who was assisted by Mr. Larcum.

Monday, February 15, 1869

The night rainy, morning cloudy, foggy, and warm, middle of the day fair, afternoon was cloudy again, raining some. The water in the creek is very high & the snow almost gone.

Remained at home through the entire. Was intending to go up to the P.O. but Harvey anticipated me & brought me the Tribune and the Courier. Spent some time in the afternoon looking them over and reading them. Spent some time at the writing table, and as usual, had to devote some time and attention to my little grandson.

Tuesday, February 16, 1869

Cloudy through the day with snow falling, enough to whiten the ground. The weather some colder, enough to check the progress of the thaw but not sufficient to freeze up the mud.

Spent a considerable portion of the day at the writing table again to day. Finished a long letter to Nathaniel A. Waters, which I had commenced yesterday, and copied the same into the memorandum book. Sent the letter up to the P.O. by Harvey who went up to the Centre in the evening. Spent some time reading the Tribune, and in the evening chatting with Mr. Gilman who came in.

Wednesday, February 17, 1869

The forenoon cloudy and the afternoon fair. The weather continues cool, but thaws notwithstanding, and the roads continue quite muddy.

Remained about the house till some time in the afternoon, engaged the most of the time, in reading, in attention to the little boy, and in chopping and bringing into the Library, some wood. Towards night went up to the Centre, with the intention of going up to Mr. Bunyan’s; called at Bruce’s and at the store where meeting Mr. Chubbuck, and learning that he was going to Mr. Bunyan’s; concluded to postpone my visit.

Thursday, February 18, 1869

Most of the day fair. North west wind brisk and cold. Some clouds in the morning, accompanied with squalls.

The morning hours were spent at home, employed with books and the baby. Towards noon went over and made Amanda a call, stopping at Robert’s for my cane, left there last week. Went from Amanda’s up to the Centre, called at the P.O. and got the Tribune, and also a letter from Benham, and also made a short call on Mr. Bruce and Lydia.

Friday, February 19, 1869

Morning partially cloudy with heavy squalls of snow. Afternoon more fair and the weather more agreeable.

Got ready and went up to the Centre with wife, to attend the funeral of Orrin Sayles’ wife. We called at Mr. Bruce’s till the procession came. Br. Greenlaugh was the preacher. Received at the P.O. the Reporter and a letter from Br. Brigham. Wife stopped again with Lydia and I went home with Mr. Bunyan and staid over night.We called with Mr. Innes on the way and took supper or dinner.

Saturday, February 20, 1869

Morning frozen, cold and squally. Afternoon cloudy, but the weather more mild, so that it thawed a little.

A little while after breakfast; started from Mr. Bunyan’s for Leroy to attend Br. Greenlaugh’s meeting. Went Br. Harvey Holcomb’s and took dinner, and then attended the afternoon meeting. Br. Greenlaugh being sick, Br. Churchill spoke and at the close received the confession of eight persons, there having been seven before. In the evening attended again from Br. Harvey’s. Br. Greenlaugh spoke. Went home with Harvey and staid.

Sunday, February 21, 1869

Froze a little in the night and the day was mostly cloudy, but the weather was quite mild so that the road became quite muddy.

Attended meeting in the morning at half past ten, Br. Ames from Smithfield having been sent for, occupied the stand and at the close went to the water and immersed twenty one persons who were received into the church. Took dinner with Electa, and then went in to hear Mr. Ballard talk a little. Attended the meeting again in the evening and heard Br. Greenlaugh. Two made confession. Staid at Electa’s.

Monday, February 22, 1869

Cloudy through the day snowing a little at intervals, and the weather sufficiently cold to arrest the progress of the thaw.

In the morning before breakfast, called at Br. Samuel’s grocery and saw Br. Greenlaugh there, and after breakfast started for home, calling to see Br. Churchill on the way, who is quite unwell, came on down to the Centre and called at Mr. Bruce’s; went into the P.O. and waited for the mail; got the Tribune and the Courier, and then came home and looked them over. In the evening went over and spent an hour or two at Elon’s.

Tuesday, February 23, 1869

The forenoon cloudy, and and also pretty cold. Afternoon partially fair with heavy south west wind and several squalls of snow.

Waited at home until towards noon and then started for Leroy again to attend the meeting. Called at Br. Churchill’s and took dinner and then proceeded over to the afternoon meeting. Br. Greenlaugh preached and after meeting immersed eleven persons. Went home with Orator, attended meeting at eve & wife having come, we staid with Electa.

Wednesday, February 24, 1869

Weather quite cold with brisk wind from the southwest accompanied in the afternoon with heavy squalls of snow.

Went with Orator up to see some brethren at Alba to get leave for Br. Greenlaugh to remain with us over next Sunday. Called on Br. Willson who went with us to see Br. Manley but he was away from home. Returned with Br. Wilson to dinner. We then called on Br. Lewis & then went to Canton. I called a short time on Stockwell, & then we returned to Leroy & heard Br. G. in the ?? We staid with Amanda Hartmann.

Thursday, February 25, 1869

Day fair and pleasant and the weather becoming considerably more moderate, thawing some.

Attended meeting in the afternoon, and witnessed the immersion of nine persons by Br. Greenlaugh. Took supper with Amanda and attended meeting again in the evening. Br. Greenlaugh delivered a discourse, and after the meeting we accepted the invitation of Br. Harvey and went up to his house to stay.

Friday, February 26, 1869

Morning cold, blustering and stormy. Afternoon pleasant, warm, and fair, snow melting rapidly.

We staid at Harvey’s till after dinner, then went down to the afternoon meeting, at the conclusion of which we went over and took tea with Br. Samuel Bailey, Br. Churchill & Lura being there. We attended meeting again in the evening, and heard Br. Greenlaugh again. After the meeting was concluded we rode home with Br. Orator and enjoyed his hospitality for the night.

Saturday, February 27, 1869

The weather continues to be changeable and fitful, but was somewhat colder to day than common.

We remained at Orator’s till after dinner and then went over to attend the afternoon meeting. After the meeting we went to the water where Br. Greenlaugh immersed Five persons. Wife took supper with Amanda Hartman & I with Br. Harvey. We attended the evening meeting and heard Br. Greenlaugh again, after which we went home with Albert and staid with Electa again.

Sunday, February 28, 1869

Cold night, freezing considerably. Most of the day fair but it continues cold, thawing but very little.

We attended meeting in the forenoon with Electa & her family. Br. Churchill delivered a discourse and gave the right hand of fellowship to 23 new members, 19 of them recent converts, & 4 from other denominations. After meeting we went back to Electa’s, and after tea I rode home with Alva, wife remaining, expecting Harvey to come after her.

Monday, March 1, 1869

The weather continues considerably cold, not thawing much, if any. The day was partially cloudy. Afternoon fair.

Spent the morning at home, in the middle of the day went to the Centre, called on Lydia then at the P.O. & got the Tribune and a letter from Mr. Atkins, went over to Leroy & attended meeting again, Br. Greenlaugh immersing 4 persons, went with wife to Deacon Knapp’s & took supper, Harvey came & took his ma home, I attending meeting again in the evening to hear Br. Greenlaugh, and then went home and staid with Br. Harvey.

Tuesday, March 2, 1869

The forenoon mostly cloudy and considerably cold, the afternoon being warmer and fair, the road becoming somewhat muddy.

Attended meeting in the forenoon and then went to the water & saw 2 persons immersed by Br. Greenlaugh. This series of meetings being now closed, started homeward, calling at Br. Churchill’s to dinner, and then came down to the Centre, got the Courier from the P.O., stopped a little while at Mr. Bruce’s and then came on home, arriving about the middle of the afternoon.

Wednesday, March 3, 1869

The day has been fair and pleasant, and the weather is considerably more mild thawing rapidly.

Remained at home all day not going away from the house at all. Spent some a small part of the time with the little boy and looked over the newspapers some, but spent the most of the time writing a long letter to Geo. Brigham, which I also copied into the memorandum book.

Thursday, March 4, 1869

The day mostly cloudy with very little sunshine. The weather was quite mild in the forenoon, thawing some, but was quite cold in the afternoon, freezing up again.

Remained at home till the middle of the day and spent my time in the usual way, then went up to the Centre, calling at the P.O. and delivering my letter to George and getting the Tribune; and then called a little while at Mr. Bruce’s & saw Lydia trying to learn to use their new knitting machine.

Friday, March 5, 1869

A cold freezing night. The day fair with the sun shining quite warm in the middle, and quite cold again at night.

Spent the principal portion of the time till about the middle of the afternoon, to day, in the Library, writing a long letter to my cousin Benham Andrus, which I also copied into the memorandum book, and just at night started to go to the P.O. but meeting Elon who informed me that that there was no mail to day I turned and came home again. Chopped and brot in some wood.

Saturday, March 6, 1869

A cold, blustering, freezing day with very little sunshine. The ground has become frozen hard again, and the road very rough.

Spent the forenoon about the house in the usual way. Afternoon went up to the Centre and delivered my letter to Benham, read in Elmira paper the inaugural of President Grant, took a list of the names of the Cabinet officers, made calls at Mr. Bruce’s at Wallace’s and at Orson’s, and then came home. Harvey went to Troy and bought me the Tribune almanac. West chimney burned.

Sunday, March 7, 1869

The day was mostly fair. The weather more moderate than yesterday, but is not very warm. But very little thawing.

Walked over to Leroy and attended meeting there. Br. Churchill, being unwell, was not in attendance and the meeting was conducted by Br. Greens. There was a large attendance, filling the seats. Returned home without making any calls. Found that Benjamin & Lurenda, with Mr. Black & Susan had called here and gone. At night Elon came over and spent the evening with me.

Monday, March 8, 1869

The weather continues moderately cold with very little thawing. The principal part of the day was fair.

Wrote a long letter to Mr. Atkins and copied the same into the memorandum. Rod. brot me from P.O. the Reporter & Ag. Report from Mr. Mercur. Harvey brot me from P.O. a letter from Rhoda A. Cook & Cong. Globe in 6 parts, also sent me by Mr. Mercur. Towards night got ready and started to go over to Benjamin’s on foot. Called at the P.O. and left my letter and got the Tribune on the way. Arrived before dark & staid over.

Tuesday, March 9, 1869

A moderately cold day, thawing but little, and only where the sun shone. Principal of the day was fair. Weather grew warmer towards night.

Intended to have gone with Benjamin’s folks up to Azor’s today, but hearing that Azor and Eliza had gone to Mansfield and would not return till tomorrow, we postponed our visit there. Remained with Benjamin’s folks through the day and over night, visiting with them and with Mr. And Mrs. Black, who are out from Missourie to visit their friends in this country.

Wednesday, March 10, 1869

A warm night, rain in the morning, continuing moderately through the day, with smart showers towards night. Roads very muddy.

Waited till towards night and then rode with Willis down to East Troy, going on from thence to Azor’s on foot in advance of the rest of the company. Arrived there and found the house locked, Azor not having returned. Waited till Benjamin and Mr. Black came improvised a ladder, mounted the roof of leanto, entered chamber window & opened the house. Azor arrived some after.

Thursday, March 11, 1869

Day partially fair and the weather, although somewhat cool, was in a thawing mood, and the roads continued very muddy.

After breakfast, Benjamin and his company went away, I remaining with Azor and Eliza. About the middle of the day went with Azor over to town, riding with Hiram. We went up into Ballard’s hall where Luman has just opened a velocipede school, and after this called into Delos’ office. Not waiting for Hiram we walked back, and I remained with them over night again.

Friday, March 12, 1869

A little snow fell in the night which disappeared in the course of the day. Weather cool, and day mostly fair.

After breakfast I walked over to the village again, spent another hour in Luman’s velocipede school, called again at Delos’ office, and then started homeward, Luman taking me along about three miles in a buggy. Called at Luther’s and made a little stay, taking supper there, came along and stopped a little while at Valentine’s rode with them down to the Centre, and attended concert in evening.

Saturday, March 13, 1869

Freezing night, day fair thawing considerably in the sun, with a cool wind prevailing through the day.

Spent the whole day about home, not going off the farm, and part of the time alone, Harvey going to Troy and wife and Lizzie going with him as far as Burton’s. Smiley came in the afternoon and staid with me till evening. Went with him over to Elon’s a little while in the afternoon. He attended the Templar’s meeting. Br. Rockwell called at night and staid over.

Sunday, March 14, 1869

Another fair day and the weather considerably warmer so that the mud on the main road is beginning to dry.

Br. Rockwell went up to Br. Levi’s after breakfast; Benjamin returned having staid at Mr. Bruce’s. Rode with him up to the Centre, he calling with me at Mr. Bruce’s and at the proper time he attended meeting with me, going home at the conclusion. Br. Hulburt preached. After meeting, Luman and Samuel Manley and brother came, and after supper Valentine and Volney came in. They all went away together.

Monday, March 15, 1869

Snow commenced falling in the night and continued through the morning, covering the ground to the depth of about four inches. Afternoon fair.

Spent the morning about the house. Towards noon went up to the Centre, made a call first at Wallace’s, then at Mr. Bruce’s and then went to the P.O. and waiting for the mail, received the Tribune and a letter from my old friend J. K. Pelton, enclosing pictures of himself and Mrs. Pelton. Towards night chopped some wood for the Library and brought it in.

Tuesday, March 16, 1869

A freezing night succeeded by a pleasant day. Weather mild but not sufficiently warm to take off all the snow.

Spent most of the time today in the house, trying to read some but dozing more. In the middle of the day went up to the Centre, calling at the store to get my cane I had left, and went in to see Lydia work with her knitting machine. Paid my postage at the P.O.; and walked down home in company with Elon.

Wednesday, March 17, 1869

The day fair and the weather moderately warm, thawing considerably, making fields bare and roads muddy.

Did not go up to the Centre today but remained at home and about the house, doing nothing in particular, but employing a portion of the time reading besides writing some and a part of the time with the little boy.

Thursday, March 18, 1869

Fair weather continued through the day till towards night, then became cloudy and snow began to fall.

Finished writing and copying a very long letter – one and a half sheets – to Rhoda A. Cook. In the afternoon went up to the Centre and delivered it at the P.O., received the Tribune and made a call at Mr. Bruce’s, then came home, looked the Tribune over and read some of the most important articles, then gave it up to Mr. Gilman.

Friday, March 19, 1869

Cloudy weather continues and cold weather too. Snow fell at intervals through the day and in the evening.

Remained about the house through the day, spending a portion of the forenoon in reading and also wrote some intending to take my customary trip to the Centre in the afternoon, but Harvey having been up there brought down the Reporter, so I did not go, but employed myself a spell with that.

Saturday, March 20, 1869

Principal part of the day cloudy and considerably cool not thawing any, and the snow remaining on the ground about four inches deep.

Spent another day at home, not going away from the house farther than the wood yard. Remained the principal part of the time in the Library reading some and writing. Towards night went out and chopped some wood for the Library and brought it into the closet.

Sunday, March 21, 1869

Day fair and pleasant but is not very warm, thawing a little only in places exposed to the rays of the sun, the fields remaining robed in white.

Got ready in the morning after breakfast and went up to the Centre in advance of the hour for meeting, calling in at Mr. Bruce’s till the proper time and then with him went into the meeting. Br. Levi Taylor conducted the exercises, assisted by some others.

Monday, March 22, 1869

Forenoon fair with cold south wind, thawing but little; afternoon cloudy, and in the evening brisk wind with snow falling.

Completed a very long letter (2 sheets & a piece) to Joseph K. Pelton of Vanduesenville Mass. including the copying of same, and also put a copy of the Reporter directed to him and them up to the Centre and delivered them to the Postmaster and got the Tribune and the Courier. Made calls at Mr. Bruce’s and Helen’s, and also called on Harriet. Came home and chopped some wood.

Tuesday, March 23, 1869

A cold freezing night and a little more snow. Morning cold and cloudy, remainder of the day fair, and thawed some in the afternoon where the sun shone.

Remained at home and about the house through the day. Spent most of the time in the forenoon reading. Afternoon wrote some and chopped a little more wood for the Library fire.

Wednesday, March 24, 1869

Freezing nights continue. Day fair and the weather moderate so that the road became muddy in the afternoon.

Remained about the house the most of the time employed as usual. About the middle of the day Benjamin and Lurenda came. He went down to Franklin leaving Lurenda at Elon’s. Went over towards night and helped her to come back here by carrying Susie. They brought the news of the attempt by a ruffian to take Luman’s life. A very narrow escape. Harvey went to see him. Azor and Eliza have taken him home with them.

Thursday, March 25, 1869

The entire day fair and quite pleasant, and the thaw progressed more rapidly than any day for some time past.

Lurenda and her children rode with Harvey over to Amanda’s, and then he took his ma up to Azor’s to see Luman. Went up to the Centre after finishing a letter to Br. Wells which I delivered to the post master, called on Lydia till the mail came got the Tribune and then started on foot for Azor’s, arrived in due season and found Luman pretty badly hurt, but improving. In the went down to Sam’s to get medicine.

Friday, March 26, 1869

The night warm, the morning rainy, and the entire day cloudy, raining most of the time through the forenoon.

Walked over to the village in the morning, called at Grant’s and got my watch, at the book store and got some stationary, at the P.O. for Azor’s mail matter, at Peck and Newbery’s to look at some goods, and at Luman’s stable to see about his affairs. Met Br. Shepard on the side walk but had but a few moments opportunity with him – Luman is considerably better today. Prospect very fair for recovery. Lurenda came up to see him.

Saturday, March 27, 1869

Another day fair and pleasant, and the weather is decidedly warmer and mud plenty.

Luman continues to gain. After breakfast he and I rode with Azor over to the village. Called at his office, and at the book store and bought a geography. Went to Delos’ office to find Azor and rode back with him. Luman did not come back till night.

Sunday, March 28, 1869

Principal part of the day fair, and the weather continues warm, thawing considerably. Clouded over in the afternoon and indications of a storm.

Remained with Azor’s through the day, Luman was not as well as he was yesterday. Having by accident hurt his head in the morning, he suffered considerable pain and inconvenience from it, in consequence. Had some visitors from the village call to see him.

Monday, March 29, 1869

A heavy rain storm commenced in the early morning and continued through the day, and, moderately thro. the evening: making the water in Sugar creek, very high.

Luman feels better again, to day. Dr. Chilson called in the afternoon & dressed his wounds. Spent the day indoors, employing a considerable portion of my time reading.

Tuesday, March 30, 1869

Another cloudy day. Wet weather continues and the streams are high. Had a little more rain in the course of the day.

Got ready after breakfast and started for home on foot. Called a little while at Isaac’s, at Wallace’s, at Bruce’s and at the P.O. Came home & found a letter from Mr. Atkins which was sent over here from Amanda’s on Thursday last by Lurenda after I had left.

Wednesday, March 31, 1869

Cloudy through the day and the weather is considerably colder. A considerable quantity of snow remaining yet in the woods, besides drifts in the fields.

Remained in the Library and about the house through the day, employed, most of the time with my newspapers and books, and with little Albert. Volney called in the forenoon and spent some time.

Thursday, April 1, 1869

The ground was slightly frozen this morning. Weather some warmer than yesterday, so that the roads are quite muddy again. Morning and evening cloudy, middle of the day fair.

Spent my time about the house today except two or three hours in the middle when I went up to the Centre, stopping with Mr. Bruce and Lydia until mail time, then went into the P.O. and on the arrival of the mail, got the Tribune and a long letter from Br. Wells which was mailed at Canton this morning.

Friday, April 2, 1869

Morning and evening cloudy with sunshine in the middle of the day. Weather continues tolerably warm. Rained a little in the course of last night, and some this afternoon and evening.

Staid at home untill about noon, then went up to the Centre, called at the P.O. and got the Reporter and then stopped a little while at Mr. Bruce’s. Came home and read the paper and then did some other reading. Luman brought his ma home in the evening. He did not come in.

Saturday, April 3, 1869

Cloudy, cold weather continues with snow flakes flying and the mud in the road partially frozen.

Remained about the house, employed as usual till towards noon, then went over and made Amanda a short visit, remaining with her till after dinner. Returning home found the Courier which Mr. Gilman had brought from the office. Percival called in the forenoon. Luman came in about bed time and had his horse put out.

Sunday, April 4, 1869

A fair frosty morning succeeded immediately by a squall of snow, and the character of the weather through the entire day has been decidedly unpleasant and squally.

Went over to Leroy to attend meeting there. Walked down the hill in company with Br. Churchill. The meeting was conducted by him and was well attended. Returned directly after the conclusion of the meeting and found Luman remaining here yet, but he departed soon after dinner for Troy again.

Monday, April 5, 1869

Another frosty morning which was followed by a fair day. The weather was tolerably warm, giving promise of spring by and by.

Remained about the house till towards the middle of the day, then went up to the Centre, calling a spell at Mr. Bruce’s and then at the P.O. till the mail came in, got the Tribune and then went on up the road to Garrison’s blacksmith shop and finding Tommy there with a wagon got in and rode with him up to Luther’s where I staid over the night.

Tuesday, April 6, 1869

Some frost this morning again, and a flurry of snow which whitened the ground, but it soon disappeared and a fine day followed.

Spent the morning chatting with Luther and reading and towards noon went with him up into a field where Thomas had commenced to break up for barley and into his sugarbush where a boy was boiling sap. We returned to the house to dinner, and spending the afternoon with him, went towards night down to Valentine’s and put up with them for the night.

Wednesday, April 7, 1869

A very little frost this morning only, and pleasant weather followed by clouds and flurries of snow till middle of the day. Afternoon fair and pleasant.

Chatted with Valentine a while after breakfast and then started homeward, calling at the store where I found Br. Greenlaugh, and others, waited there till the mail came in, called a few minutes on Mr. Bruce and then came home. Bought of Taylor a picture of the new President Gen. Grant. Spent the remainder of the day at home with wife and little Albert, Harvey and Lizzie having gone to Troy.

Thursday, April 8, 1869

Freezing night again, and a cool cloudy morning The weather grew some warmer in the course of the day, and the afternoon was partially fair.

Employed my time in the Library reading till towards noon, then went up to the Centre, calling first on Helen and staying there till time for the mail, then went over to the P.O. The mail failing to bring the Tribune, staid there some time to read the Elmira daily Advertiser.

Friday, April 9, 1869

A fair frosty morning immediately succeded by clouds and cold winds. Remainder of the day partially fair, and the weather continued raw & uncomfortable.

Spent the morning at the house in the usual manner and in the middle of the day spent an hour or two with my fishing tackle on the flat, and succeeded in catching a few little dace. Amanda and Lucella came over in the afternoon, Amanda remaining over night.

Saturday, April 10, 1869

The weather today has been so nearly similar to that of yesterday, that it is a difficult matter to point out any difference.

Amanda remained with us untill after dinner and then with her mother and Lizzie went up to Volney’s for a visit. Went along and carried Albert for them, and returned to try my luck again at fishing. Went out a little while and succeeded very well under the circumstances.

Sunday, April 11, 1869

Had the usual frosty morning opening fair, but unlike the several preceeding days the weather continued pleasant through the day, and was several degrees warmer.

Attended meeting at the Centre in the forenoon, going up in season to make a call at Mr. Bruce’s before the hour. Daniel attended with me. The meeting was conducted by Br. Levi Taylor, assisted by others, Br. Hurlbut making another disappointment.

Monday, April 12, 1869

Cool frosty nights & mornings continue. Weather not quite as cold as it has been of late, but still is not very warm. Most of the day has been fair, with a pretty brisk N.W. wind.

Remained about the house a spell in the morning & then went up to the P.O. to get my my mail matter. Received the Tribune and the Courier. Came home without making any other calls and after looking the papers over went out and caught a few little fish.

Tuesday, April 13, 1869

Same kind of frosty and fair morning that has been so common of late. Most of the day, after the early morning hours, has been cloudy with frequent flurries of snow, slight at first, but terminating in the afternoon with some pretty heavy squalls.

Spent the most of the time about the house , employed a part of the time with my books. Went out a short time to catch some fish but found it decidedly too cold and gave it up.

Wednesday, April 14, 1869

The weather to day has been so nearly similar to that of yesterday that the only difference to be noted is that there were not so many flurries of snow.

Remained about the house through the entire day not going out farther than the garden. Spent a part of my time in the Library reading a part with the family and in the care of Albert, and removed the contents of the old leach onto the garden. Harvey worked for L. D. Taylor.

Thursday, April 15, 1869

The morning opened with a heavy frost and fair weather as usual. The weather continued fair through the day and was some warmer and quite agreeable.

Spent the forenoon about the house as usual. After dinner went up to the Centre, calling at the P.O. for the Tribune and on Mr. Bruce a few minutes then came home & started out a fishing a little while. Wife went over to Amanda’s to warp a piece.

Friday, April 16, 1869

The morning brought a little frost and a few clouds, but both were soon dissipated and a very nice day followed which has been the warmest of the season.

Remained about the house until after dinner, and then I went up to the Centre, called at the P.O. and got the Reporter and a letter from Lydia Caywood. Called a short time at Mr. Bruce’s and then came home and went a fishing again. Mr. Gilman commenced planting onions, & Milford plowed over the creek.

Saturday, April 17, 1869

Morning cloudy but without any frost. The forenoon was rainy and the afternoon fair and pleasant. The weather continues moderately warm.

Continued my stay about the house through the entire day. Spent considerable time reading, besides taking care of Albert some and attending to some other matters. Azor and Eliza having been to visit Amanda, called in on their way home. Rec’d letter from Br. Brigham.

Sunday, April 18, 1869

Another very pleasant day opening fair and without frost or any unpleasant wind, and continuing fair and warm till the close.

Made preparation in the morning and walked over to Leroy to meeting, calling a little while at Br. Samuel Bailey’s until the hour of meeting. Br. Delmott was in attendance and delivered the discourse. Walked back with Br. Churchill and called and took dinner with him. Came on home and found Burton and Mary and Jennie here. Marion called.

Monday, April 19, 1869

Pleasant weather continues. Day fair and came in without frost, was moderately warm, and closed with a moderate shower of rain.

Started in the middle of the day to go and visit George and Amy. Stopped with Lydia at the Centre till the mail came in, then got the Tribune and the Courier, and also a letter from Rhoda Cook & went on up to Luther’s & from thence to the Summit, and along the R.R. to Laythan Andrus’ where I found them. Amy was in pretty good health but George was quite unwell. Staid there over night. Lost this diary on the way up.

Tuesday, April 20, 1869

Some clouds today and a heavy shower in the afternoon. The weather warm and quite agreeable.

Visited a spell after breakfast and then started off, concluding to go to Troy. Walked all the way and arrived at the village before noon. Called a short time Wallace is at work, and went over to Luman’s stable where I found him. After spending a short time with him, went up to Azor’s, where on account of the rain, I concluded to stay over night. Missed my diary and concluded it lost unless, I had left it at home.

Wednesday, April 21, 1869

The night was rainy, and the rain continued through the early morning. The weather has become considerably cooler.

Started to ride with Azor to town and met Luman on the hill with a buggy, who had started to take me home. Got in with him and rode down to Benjamin’s and from thence, with Lucien, to Griffin’s, and footed it home, calling at Lydia’s and the P.O. on the way. Not finding my diary at home, started off towards Alba to try to find it. From Luther’s rode with Mr. Bates to Windfall & went on afoot to Andrews’ again, but did not find it. Staid there over night.

Thursday, April 22, 1869

The day fair, and the weather has become much warmer than it was yesterday. A fine growing time for vegetables.

Started off in the morning after breakfast and pursued my former route a piece further, but not succeeding in finding my diary, gave it up for lost, and started homeward. Walked down the R.R. track to the Station at the Summit, and meeting Br. Palmer there, walked with him down to Luther’s, making a call there I took dinner with them, and some time after came on home, calling at the P.O. for the Tribune.

Friday, April 23, 1869

The day fair and pleasant, and the weather continues quite warm and agreeable. Grass continues to grow.

Spent the principal part of the forenoon about the house as usual employing a considerable portion of the time with my books and newspapers. Afternoon took my tackle & started off on the flat to try my luck again at fishing. Succeeded but indifferently.

Saturday, April 24, 1869

Day fair and pleasant and the weather agreeably warm, and is very favorable for farming operations, and for business generally.

Remained about the house during the forepart of the day, being very busily engaged in writing and copying a long letter to Mr. Atkins. After dinner carried the letter up to the P.O. Met Br. Streetor, there. Waited till the mail arrived, then went over and called on Lydia as usual.

Sunday, April 25, 1869

The principal part of the day fair and the weather continues warm and agreeable.

Attended meeting at the Centre in the forenoon and heard a discourse by Br. Streetor from the county of Washington, who is now holding a series of meeting in this place. Went up early and made a call at Mr. Bruce’s before the time for opening the meeting.

Monday, April 26, 1869

The day principally fair, the weather moderately warm, and continues quite favorable for putting in spring crops.

Tried my luck at angling again, with but indifferent success. Spent a portion of my time reading as usual and after dinner went up to the Centre, calling at the post office for the tribune, and a little while at Mr. Bruce’s was spent as usual.

Tuesday, April 27, 1869

Fair, pleasant weather seems to be the order of the day. Another very favorable day for the preparation of ground for the corn and potatoe crops.

Remained about the house during the day, and spent the greatest portion of the time with my books and newspapers. Devoted a small part of of the time, however, as usual, to the care of little Albert. Besides all this made a commencement of hoing out the strawberry plants that have been neglected the last two years, and have become overrun with grass and weeds.

Wednesday, April 28, 1869

Weather warm and the principal part of the day fair. Towards night there were clouds, and a little rain.

Worked a spell in the morning at digging the grass out of the strawberry bed, and then started off a fishing. Went down the creek as far as Sam’s east line, getting none but small ones. Immediately after my return, went up to see Mr. Penny who had called in my absence. Paid him $25. and took up my note, given for gravestones for my father, and due the 3rd of next month. Borrowed $9. of L.D. Taylor. Received a letter from Luman, and a package of papers from Daniel Bush.

Thursday, April 29, 1869

Rainy night, and rained a little in the morning also. Cleared off in the middle of the day, and afternoon fair. The weather became a little cooler towards the close.

Had several turns of working at the strawberry bed in the course of the day, making considerable progress. In addition to this, I spent considerable time in the Library reading. After dinner went up to the Centre and called at the P.O. for the Tribune but Mr. Gilman had taken it from the office. Called a little while on Lydia and found Abby and Helen there.

Friday, April 30, 1869

Morning fair and frosty. Day fair and pleasant but became partially cloudy at night. Weather not quite as warm as it was before the rain.

Worked at the strawberry bed, most of the forenoon, until it was completed. Luman called in the course of the forenoon, with Sam Manley, and paid me $10. He was at the Center last evening and attended the meeting. He went home and staid with Valentine. Owen and Harriet called in the morning. Gave some tobacco. Afternoon went up to the P.O. and got the Reporter. Paid L.D. Taylor $9., and sent $1.50 to Mr. Bunyan by Burton Baker.

Saturday, May 1, 1869

Morning cloudy and rainy. Clouds continued through the day, and rain till the middle, with snow intermingled. Weather quite cool and evening rainy again.

Remained about the house through the day. Chopped a little wood and wrote and copied a long letter to Lydia Caywood. Elon called in the forenoon, making a considerable stay, and towards night, Brs. Hurlburt and Streetor came in. Br. Hurlburt, engaged here as pastor, has moved his family to the Centre, and Br. Streetor, of Washington county, is, at present, employed here to preach and carry on a protracted meeting now in progress.

Sunday, May 2, 1869

Rainy night, rainy morning, and rainy day. It is decidedly a wet, disagreeable time with easterly wind. The weather continues cool and quite uncomfortable.

Went up to the Centre a little in advance of the hour for meeting and called in to Mr. Bruce’s a little while. Attended meeting and heard Br. Streetor preach and went down to the creek and saw him immerse a daughter of Br. Hezekiah Lament.

Monday, May 3, 1869

The weather continues cloudy and cold. Not much rain, but snow flakes appeared several times in the course of the day.

Remained about the house the day. Wrote a long letter to Mrs. R. A. Cook and copied it besides reading some and spending a part of the time with company. Br. Streetor came in the forenoon and took dinner with us. Towards night Wallace came and staid some time. Harvey brought the Tribune from the office and Milford received this diary from a man he did not know. Sent the letter to the P.O. by Sara who went up to the meeting.

Tuesday, May 4, 1869

Morning opened frosty & fair, but soon became cloudy, continuing so till near the middle of the day. Afternoon fair but quite windy. Weather continues cool.

Spent the forenoon about the house in the usual way, and after dinner started off to the creek a fishing. Br. Hurlburt overtook me in Volney’s woods and staid with me while I remained there. When I quit he came back with me to the house and remained with me till towards night. In the evening went up to the Centre and attended Br. Streetor’s meeting.
 
 

Wednesday, May 5, 1869

A little more frost this morning but not enough to do any harm in this section. Day fair with some floating clouds until afternoon, then quite cloudy, hiding the sun. Weather quite cool.

Staid about the house thro the entire day. Chopped and brought in to the Library a little wood, spent some time with the little boy, but most of the with my books and newspapers. Br. Streetor came to return some books he had borrowed, but made only a short stay. In the evening went up to the Centre, called on Mr. Bruce, and on Wallace, and attended meeting to hear Br. Streetor again.

Thursday, May 6, 1869

The morning opened frosty and fair again. Continued fair till afternoon, then cloudy the remainder of the day. Weather a little warmer.

Went out a fishing a little while in the morning, getting none but small ones. After dinner went up to the Centre and and got the Tribune and the Courier. Called at Bruce’s and at Wallace’s, came home and found Luman and Delos Rockwell who had called on their way from court. In the evening went up to the Centre to attend the meeting again and hear another discourse by Br. Streetor. Stopped a little while with Wallace again before meeting.

Friday, May 7, 1869

The morning partially cloudy, and clouds and sunshine alternated through the day. Weather continues a little warmer.

Started off a fishing in the morning, and went down the creek as far as Tom Pratt’s, not returning till after dinner. Got a pretty good mess of small ones. Harry Bailey took dinner with us. Hiram Rockwell and his wife made a call towards night. Attended meeting in the evening and heard another discourse by Br. Streetor.

Saturday, May 8, 1869

The morning opened fair & without frost. The day was mostly fair and the weather continues, as for two days back, only moderately warm.

Spent the forenoon about the house according to my common habit. After dinner went with wife up to the Centre and made a visit at Helen’s. Called at the P.O. and got the Courier. Attended meeting at 6 o’clock and heard Br. Streetor again, and went to the water and saw him immerse nine young persons; making fourteen in all.

Sunday, May 9, 1869

Morning cool, cloudy, and a little rainy. The rain ceased, the clouds disappeared, and the remainder of the day fair and some warmer.

Went with wife to the Centre in the morning, and attended meeting there. Heard Br. Streetor deliver a long discourse and saw him immerse one person. We met Azor and Eliza there, who came down with us after meeting. After supper they started for home and we went along with them as far as the Centre, stopping with a spell with Lydia. Went up into the grave yard a little while and then we attended the evening meeting and heard Br. Streetor again.

Monday, May 10, 1869

A very nice day – fair and pleasant and warm and a little smoky. It is decidedly the warmest weather of the month.

After breakfast started out a fishing. Went up as far as Levi’s meadow and returned home with a few little fish. Afternoon went up to the Centre, called at the P.O. & got the Tribune and then went in to Mr. Bruce’s and read it, remaining there to supper, and till meeting time. When the people assembled, went down to the water where two were immersed & then Br. Streetor preached again. Luman came with a stranger & staid.

Tuesday, May 11, 1869

The morning partially cloudy and the remainder of the day fair. The weather has become considerably warm and is quite dry and smoky.

Spent the morning about the house as usual. Towards noon tried my luck again with the fishing rod. Went down the creek a piece but did not succeed very well. Luman and Mr. Levis went away this morning soon after breakfast. At night went up to meeting again and heard Br. Streetor’s concluding discourse, he intending to go to Smithfield tomorrow. There were, in all, 18 persons immersed by him since he came here.

Wednesday, May 12, 1869

Dry warm weather continues. The day fair and quite pleasant.

Started up the road, soon after breakfast, called a short time on Lydia, from thence walked in company with J. H. Ross as far as Harrison’s, preceeding on to Valentine’s and stopping there till after dinner then went up to Luther’s, but they being absent, went over in the wood where Tom & others were getting out timber. Went to Tommy’s to supper, & when Luther & Sally got home, went there & staid with them over night.

Thursday, May 13, 1869

Morning opened fair but soon became cloudy succeeded by dashes of rain. Afternoon partially fair, and at night we had a heavy thunder shower accompanied by hail.

Helped Luther stake out the site for Tommy’s house, remaining with them until after dinner, reading and chatting, and started for home. Called at the P.O. on the way and got the Tribune, and then went into Mr. Bruce’s a little while and looked it over.

Friday, May 14, 1869

Rainy night, the day partially fair with a few moderate showers, and the weather continues warm.

Staid about the house until the latter part of the day dividing my time between my reading matter and the little boy. Towards night went down to the creek and tried to catch a few fish, but the water was too high and I gave it up. Harvey brought the Reporter from the post office.

Saturday, May 15, 1869

Warm weather continues yet. Morning partially cloudy, with cloudy intervals through the day; and a little dash of rain in the afternoon.

Remained about the house until in the afternoon, doing nothing of much consequence, except to hoe out the strawberries again, then walked up to the Centre calling at the post office, and also at Mr. Bruce’s a short time as usual.

Sunday, May 16, 1869

Principal part of the day cloudy. A thunder shower in the middle of the day, and several showers in the course of the afternoon.

Luman called in the morning and wife rode with him up to Azor’s. Percival also called. Went up with him to meeting at the Centre. Br. Hurlburt preached. Met Br. Brigham there. Called on Wallace before the hour of meeting, and after the close, with Br. Rockwell, walked home with Br. Levi Taylor, and remained with him till after tea.

Monday, May 17, 1869

Morning, and most of the day cloudy, especially the afternoon which was also a little rainy. The weather is some colder.

Spent the forenoon about home as usual, and made preparations to leave for a few days. In the middle of the day went up to the Centre, called a spell at Mr. Bruce’s, and then at the P.O. to get the Tribune and the Courier. Went on from thence up to Luther’s on my way to Troy, and they proposing to go with me tomorrow, concluded to stay with them over night.

Tuesday, May 18, 1869

Another cloudy day, but it passed over without any rain. The weather is considerably cool, indicating another frost.

Got up and made a fire in the morning, and put on the tea kettle before Luther and Sally left the bed. Read my newspapers until breakfast was ready, and after it , rode with Luther and Sally over to Smiley’s. After making a visit there, walked up to Azor’s where I found wife, and continued there over night.

Wednesday, May 19, 1869

The day cloudy and colder than yesterday, with a sprinkling of rain in the afternoon.

Went with wife and Azor and Eliza to visit George and Amy Brigham at Lathan Andrews’. Arriving there we found that George and Amy had departed and gone to Troy. We stopped and made our visit there, however; and towards we returned to Azor’s, and came by the way of the village where we made a short call on business.

Thursday, May 20, 1869

Most of the day was cloudy and dull, there being only short intervals of sunshine to cheer us. The weather continues cool.

Remained in the house reading sunday school books until near the middle of the day then walked over to the village and spent several hours at the several places where new buildings are in progress; at Luman’s livery stable; and at Mr. Oliver’s furniture factory, where I remained some time. Returned and continued my stay at Azor’s.

Friday, May 21, 1869

Morning opened partially fair but soon became cloudy and rainy. Rain fell moderately through the day. Weather a little warmer.

Remained at Azor’s till towards night, reading part of the time and visiting the remainder. Benjamin came with Lucella and Maria and spent a part of the afternoon and when they returned we went home with them according to a previous arrangement. We tarried with them over night.

Saturday, May 22, 1869

The morning opened again partially fair, and was followed by a nice fair day; the first we have had since the 12th of this month.

Spent the morning with Benjamin and Lurenda until some time after breakfast, and then we rode over home with Lucien who had business in the neighborhood. Lucella rode home with us, and meeting her mother here they spent the afternoon with us. Spent an hour or so fishing in the course of the afternoon, getting a few only.

Sunday, May 23, 1869

Morning fair and frosty; and was also a little smoky. The day was fair except some short intervals of clouds. The weather grew warmer as the day progressed.

Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon, calling a short time before the meeting hour at Mr. Bruce’s. Br. Hurlburt delivered a discourse. After meeting we called at Orson’s to see Isadore who is there. We also found Wm. Bates and Vesta there. We remained till after tea, & then came home.

Monday, May 24, 1869

Day fair and pleasant, but was a little smokey. Weather is warm and agreeable, and the ground is becoming dry again.

Started off a fishing in the morning soon after breakfast, but did not stay a great while. After dinner went up to the Post Office and got the Tribune and the Courier and then called in at Lydia’s where I spent some time at looking them over. Came home and spent some time with Albert.

Tuesday, May 25, 1869

Day fair, morning and evening, the middle partially cloudy. The weather continues to be quite warm and is growing warmer.

Went a fishing again in the morning soon after breakfast but did not get a very large mess. Spent the remainder of the day about the house, reading and taking my rest, when not engaged with my little grandson. In addition to all this I took to pieces my shotgun, cleaned it and put it in order.

Wednesday, May 26, 1869

Morning fair, middle of the day cloudy, a thunder shower soon afternoon which was succeeded by other showers, and the remainder of the afternoon cloudy. Weather continues warm.

Did not go abroad today or off the farm but remained in about the house. Did some reading at intervals, and also some tinkering including a pair of spectacles for my own use, constructed by putting together several parts found about the house.

Thursday, May 27, 1869

Most of the day cloudy, the latter part of the forenoon only being fair. The weather is not quite so warm since the rain.

Remained about the house till some time after dinner, and then took my fishing tackle and started off up the road, called at the post office and got the Tribune, went on up the creek as far as Mr. Mott’s west line, and fished along down the stream to Volney’s woods.

Friday, May 28, 1869

Cloudy through the entire day, with a sprinkling of rain in the middle. Considerable thunder and lightning late in the evening.

Staid about the house till towards noon and then started off up the road and kept on without calling until I arrived at Valentine’s, and calling there, took dinner with them. After spending an hour or two there I went on up to Luther’s and found Tom engaged digging his cellar. Helped Luther measure it out again, and staid with him over night.

Saturday, May 29, 1869

There were a few clouds remaining in the morning and they becoming dissipated soon the day was fair. The weather moderately warm.

Spent the morning at Luther’s reading his Elmira and Troy newspapers until until Volney came after me with a carriage. He wanted a note he had given to Luman which was locked up in the Library. Came home & gave him the note. Wife being over to Amanda’s, took Albert & carried him over there, had his hair cut at Robert’s, & kept him there till night.

Sunday, May 30, 1869

Most of the day cloudy with a sprinkling of rain in the forenoon. There was a little sunshine in the afternoon. Weather warm.

Attended meeting at the Centre in the forenoon in company with wife. Before the hour of meeting we called a little while on Lydia. Br. Hurlburt preached on the subject of worldly amusements. Benjamin and Lurenda came along at the close of meeting & made a short call on us before they returned.
 
 

Monday, May 31, 1869

Most of the day cloudy with a sprinkling of rain in the forenoon and a little more, attended with thunder, at night. A heavy shower last night.

In the morning, soon after breakfast, went down to Samuel’s to get some medicine and from there went to the creek and fished along down as far as Tom Pratt’s, catching a considerable number of small ones, but none of much size. Harvey brought the Tribune down from the office.

Tuesday, June 1, 1869

In the morning the sun rose clear and directly passed behind a cloud. Part of the day cloudy but no rain.

Did not go off the farm today but continued about the house and spent some time reading. In the afternoon Luther and Sally were here and made us a visit, remaining till nearly night.

Wednesday, June 2, 1869

The forenoon cloudy with some rain. The afternoon mostly fair. The weather continues warm.

In the forenoon went down on the flat and caught a considerable quantity of bullheads and a few other small fish. Helped wife dress them. Afternoon Burton & his folks came down, and Harvey being gone to Troy, Burton proposed to drive over to the great swamp run, if I would go, and see if we could get some trouts. We went but caught only a few.

Thursday, June 3, 1869

Morning fair and also the afternoon. A few clouds in the middle of the day. The weather continues warm.

Worked a spell in the morning at putting some newspaper articles into my scrapbook. In the middle of the day went up to the Centre, called at Orson’s and took dinner with Isadore and Jane, Orson and Harriet being away. After that went to the P.O. and got the Tribune, and then made a call at Mr. Bruce’s. Came home & hoed the strawberries again.

Friday, June 4, 1869

Day cloudy, except a few hours in the afternoon. The latter part of the day, and the evening were rainy.

Started off up the road in the morning after breakfast and went up to Philander’s fishing along that little stream for trout, but catching nothing but a few dace. Went from there across to Luther’s, took dinner there & examined Tom’s cellar & gave advice. Called at Valentine’s on my way home and at the P.O. where I found Luman & Harvey.

Saturday, June 5, 1869

Warm weather continues and vegetation coming forward rapidly. Day partially cloudy and a sprinkling of rain in the course of the forenoon.

Went out a fishing a little while in the forenoon, going only up to Levi’s meadow, and catching but few. Besides this, spent a part of my time reading and a part in taking care of Albert. Harvey brought the Courier from the post office. Fremont called in the middle of the day, being on his way to his mother’s from Bellefonte.

Sunday, June 6, 1869

Principal part of the day fair, and the weather, last evening, commenced to be a little cooler and continues.

Rode over to Leroy with Alva and attended meeting there, Br. Churchill being the preacher. Being early, called on Br. Samuel Bailey, before meeting, an hour or two, & also called there again after the close and took tea with them while waiting for Alva who, having put his team out at Sullivan’s, had gone there after meeting to get it.

Monday, June 7, 1869

The day was fair, but the weather was only moderately warm.

Started in the course of the forenoon to go to Troy, intending to stop with Luther over night. Went on to Valentine’s and stopped there for dinner, called at Luther’s & while there Br. Brigham came in and informed me that he and Amy would be at our house tomorrow night. In this case, concluded, after supper, to go on to Azor’s, arriving there a little before dark.

Tuesday, June 8, 1869

Weather to day about the same as yesterday, had a shower in the course of the last night. A little cooler to night.

Took breakfast with Azor and Eliza and then went over to the village, did a little business at Mitchell’s store, looked about town a spell and then started homeward, taking the R.R. track, and arrived at Luther’s before dinner time. After dinner stopped to see the work at Tom’s cellar, and Laythan Andrews & Amy coming along rode down with them. George & Amy staid with us.

Wednesday, June 9, 1869

A slight frost in the morning. Day partially cloudy, and also somewhat smoky. Weather only moderately warm.

David Sayles called in the morning and subpoenaed me to appear as a witness at Leroy, at 9 o’clock this morning. Went over there and returned in company with Elon and Robert. Called at Amanda’s on my way back & spent the afternoon, wife & Amy & Lizzie coming there for a visit. Towards night, took Albert and brought him home. George and Amy were guests again to night.

Thursday, June 10, 1869

Cloudy through the day except a short time at the close. Rained moderately in the morning till towards noon. Weather cool.

Went a fishing a short time in the middle of the day, & after that went up to the P.O. & got the Tribune, calling on Mr. Bruce a short time. George came there & walked home with me. Milford took wife and Amy up to Burton’s in the morning, they intending to spend the afternoon at Isaac’s. They rode down at night with Elon, who had been there with his folks also. George and Amy tarried with us over night again.

Friday, June 11, 1869

A considerable part of the day cloudy, with several sprinklings of rain and some thunder. Continues quite cool.

Remained about the house till afternoon and then went up to the P.O. and got the Reporter. After making a call at Mr. Bruce’s, went up to Isaac’s and got Amy’s knitting work that she had left there and carried it to her down at Julius’, where she and wife were visiting. I staid there to supper. When at the Centre, called to see Harriet who is sick.

Saturday, June 12, 1869

The day fair, and the weather warmer and considerably more favorable for corn.

Spent the morning in the Library, reading. About 10 o’clock Luman came, bringing my old schoolmate and friend, Joseph K. Pelton of Great Barrington, Mass., who has come here to visit me. After dinner, we walked up to the Centre calling at the post office, and then we went over to the Tannery & spent some time looking over the works, we then went into the grave yard & spent some time, after which we made a short call on Mr. Bruce and Lydia.

Sunday, June 13, 1869

The day was partially cloudy but passed over without anything more than a slight sprinkling of rain, and the weather is really considerably warmer.

Br. Brigham called in the morning, and lying down to rest, remained until meeting time, and then departed. Spent the day at home with my friend Pelton, enjoying his company very much. Luman called in the afternoon, having come down from Troy in company with Sam. Marley.

Monday, June 14, 1869

Morning cloudy with a sprinkling of rain towards noon. Afternoon fair with a moderate shower at night. Weather continues warm.

Started out with Mr. Pelton in the morning after breakfast, and went up to Luther’s, stopping a few minutes at Valentine’s on the way. Took dinner with Luther, and on our return we called & took supper with Valentine, calling a few minutes on Malving, & at the P.O. also. After our return, George made a short call on his way up the road.

Tuesday, June 15, 1869

The forenoon was fair, the afternoon was partially cloudy, and at night there was a sprinkling of rain again. Weather a little cooler.

Walked out again with Mr. Pelton, going over to Amanda’s where we made a short call, then we proceeded to Calvin’s where we remained and took dinner with him. After dinner we walked over to Mr. Bunyan’s and after having a pleasant little visit with him, we returned home.

Wednesday, June 16, 1869

The day partially cloudy with a moderate shower of rain towards noon. Weather not very warm.

Harvey got Volney’s light waggon and took Mr. Bunyan, Mr. Pelton and me over to Barclay to see the coal operations there, Mr. Bunyan coming down for the purpose in the morning. We went down to the foot of the plane and took dinner at different houses there. Mr. Pelton and I dined with Percival. We arrived at home at night, before dark.

Thursday, June 17, 1869

Day fair and the weather only moderately warm.

After breakfast Harvey hitched up and carried Mr. Pelton and me over the hill towards West Burlington. We then proceeded on foot, calling a short time on Hiram Stevens, and went on to Mr. Smiley’s at East Troy, arriving there to dinner. Benjamin and Lurenda were gone from home, but we remained there over night, they coming home at night in the evening.

Friday, June 18, 1869

Another fair day with the weather growing a little warmer. The ground is becoming quite dry.

In the morning after breakfast started off alone & walked up to Azor’s, leaving Mr. Pelton to ride there with Benjamin and Lurenda, they arriving there about half an hour after me. Benjamin and Lurenda returned in the afternoon, Mr. Pelton remained with me to finish our visit at Azor’s, staying there over night.

Saturday, June 19, 1869

The past night was very warm, and warm weather was the order of the day. Continued fair and dry.

Walked with Mr. Pelton over to the village after breakfast, did some errands there, called on a number of friends and acquaintances and among them Br. Shepard, returned to Azor’s to dinner, after which, Azor came down with his carriage and brought us home, he returning soon after. Called at the P.O. and got the Reporter.

Sunday, June 20, 1869

Day partially cloudy with some light showers in the afternoon. The weather is quite warm, especially towards night.

Did not attend meeting today but remained at home with Mr. Pelton. Spent the day in conversation and in reading. Picked some strawberries off my plat, for tea, the first of the season. Benjamin came over at night and tarried intending to go with us to Towanda tomorrow.

Monday, June 21, 1869

Principal part of the day cloudy with a little rain in the afternoon and evening. The weather continues warm.

After breakfast, started with Mr. Pelton for Towanda, he being homewards bound. We rode with Benjamin to Greenwood, he going back to his brother’s, and we walked to Monroeton, called a short time on Cranmer, & then took the cars to town. Went to upper station, took leave of Mr. Pelton, went back to Greenwood on cars, walked to Thomas’, & rode home with Benjamin.

Tuesday, June 22, 1869

The morning cloudy and rainy, the remainder of the day was partially fair, and the weather continues warm.

Went out a spell in the morning and tried to catch some fish, but made out very poorly. Went up to the post office, soon after noon, and got the Tribune and the Courier. Called on Lydia and spent some time, and also made a call at Orson’s on my way home. Harvey and Lizzie went to Troy. He paid me $48. interest money. Amanda and Lucella were here.

Wednesday, June 23, 1869

The weather continues warm. Day fair with the exception of a small shower of rain early in the afternoon.

After breakfast went over to Amanda’s and paid her $47., the last of the money remaining in my hands belonging to the estate; then came home and repaired my fishing rod and spent some time reading; got ready to go a fishing but Lydia having come for a visit, gave it up and spent the afternoon with her. Mr. Bruce came in towards night and spent a short time. Br. Brigham came at night & staid over.

Thursday, June 24, 1869

The day fair and warm. Nothing further to note in regard to the weather.

Elon called in the morning after breakfast and invited me to go over the mountain with him a fishing. Got ready in a hurry and started, Br. Brigham departing at the same time. We left the horses and waggon at Christopher Smith’s & went off west to Pine-Swamp Run, fished down that stream to the Schrader, down that to the sawmill, dressed our trouts prepared our lodging place in the woods and put up for the night.

Friday, June 25, 1869

Morning cloudy with a little rain. Remainder of the day partially fair and the weather moderately warm.

Went out in the early morning and caught a few trouts, then took our breakfast, and went up the creek again, fishing over the same ground we did yesterday with indifferent success, then returned to our camping ground again & ate our dinner, then picked up our duds & took the road to Smith’s, and then we hitched up our team & started homewards, arrived safe but very much fatigued.

Saturday, June 26, 1869

The day cloudy and the afternoon rainy at intervals. The weather considerably warm, and the showers were extremely moderate.

Spent some time in the forenoon reading the newspapers and went out and gathered the strawberries. After dinner took my fishing tackle and went down to the creek, but succeeding very poorly, returned to the house. Elon came over and spent an hour or two with me towards night.

Sunday, June 27, 1869

Principal part of the day was cloudy with several little dashes of rain. The weather has been very warm.

Got ready early and went up to the Centre, calling on Wallace a spell before the hour for public worship. Attended meeting and heard Br. Hulburt deliver a discourse. At the conclusion of the meeting walked down home in company with Elon.

Monday, June 28, 1869

Heavy thunder shower in the early morning, remainder of the day partially cloudy with some light showers of rain in the afternoon.

Started out a fishing immediately after breakfast and went down as far as Tom Pratt’s, getting none but small ones. Afternoon went up to the Centre, called on Levi, went to the P.O. and got the Tribune and the Courier, stopped a short time with Lydia and returned. Levi called at night to see me about going to Gettisburg.

Tuesday, June 29, 1869

The day fair and passed off without any rain, and the weather continues considerably warm.

Went up to Levi’s immediately after breakfast & rode with him up to the Summit and from thence to Troy where I bought some cloathing of Jewell and Pomeroy. We returned by way of the Summit, calling at Luther’s on the way. Went up to the Centre again towards night, calling at the P.O. & at Mr. Bruce’s.

Wednesday, June 30, 1869

Morning cloudy and the forenoon rainy. The afternoon was fair and the weather warm.

Started at 4 o’clock in the morning for the Summit with Levi Taylor & Luther, on an excursion to Gettysburg, to attend the dedication of the Soldier’s Monument lately erected in the Cemetery there. Harvey went with us to the Depot. Paid $9.85 for excursion tickets and started on the morning train, arriving at Gettysburg at 5 P.M. and put up at a private house. After supper we walked out to the Soldier’s Cemetry and beheld their graves, & the Monument to be dedicated tomorrow. Rec’d letter from Benham in the morning, at the Summit.

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 03 December 2010
By Joyce M. Tice
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