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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
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1882 Diary of Mary Gates WOOD of Sullivan Township

The 1882 Diary of 

Mary Gates WOOD of Sullivan (age17)

Photo: Mary Gates WOOD
Township: Sullivan Township, Tioga County PA
Sanitarium Hill
Year: est. 1882
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Transcribed by Nancy WOOD Farnum
Annotated by Joyce M. Tice
Nancy WOOD Farnum sent the photo at left
of Mary Gates WOOD and Nelson HOLLY.
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DIARY OF MARY GATES WOOD (HOLLY)
JANUARY – DECEMBER, 1882
Transcribed February 2001 by Nancy WOOD Farnum
Annotated by Joyce M. Tice of Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project

Note from Nancy - Mary Gates WOOD (later Holly) (1865-1957) was my great-grandmother.  She kept this diary in her 16th and 17th years while living with her parents in Elk Run, Pennsylvania.  The “Nelson” she refers to constantly was Nelson Holly, whom she married in 1884.  While this may not have been her only diary, it is the only one to survive in our family. It is written in pencil and in ink. Unfortunately, much of the ink has bled through the pages of the day book for 1880 that she used, making parts of the diary illegible.  I have reproduced her spelling, grammar and punctuation whenever possible.

Note from Joyce M. Tice - Mary Gates WOOD was daughter of Emma DOTY and Solomon Lemuel WOOD (Called Lem). She lived on the Wood homestead on Sanitarium Hill in Sullivan Township. Her siblings living at the time were Frank, Welland (Wellie), Norton, (Later Mayor of Elmira),  Ernest, Lelia, and baby Kate. All but Frank were younger than Mary so she took on a great deal of household responsibility as you will see. I have annotated some of the entries to clarify people mentioned and their relationship to Mary. I may add more clarification as time permits.
 
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 1882  Stayed at home all day and Nelson and I went to Chandlersberg to singing school at night. Had a first-rate time.
  Chandlersburg is the earliest name given to the area now called Elk Run or Bungy
MONDAY, JANUARY 2 Stayed at home. ironed some this afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Bardwell come to night about dark. The teacher is here to night. Grandpa is 80 years old.
  The Bardwells were neighbors on Sanitarium Hill, where Mary lived. Grandpa is Solomon L. WOOD, widower of Lydia GATES. Solomon died 1887. He and Lydia  were Sullivan township pioneers as newlyweds.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 3 Stayed from school again. Ironed some more to day. Mrs. Margery Smith was buried to day. Very cold and cloudy
  Margery GENOUNG, wife of Arad Smith of Elk Run.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4 Been to school to day. Come home and helped get supper and wash the dishes and basted the hem in a sheet. Very cold.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 Had company at school this afternoon. Tommy Hulslander, Fred Richmond and Bert Strange. Very cold.
  These are all men of the Elk Run area neighborhoods
FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 Spoke pieces at school this afternoon. Miss Nora Jennings was at school all day. Warmer today and rained a little.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 Mr. and Mrs. Palmer. Mr and Mrs. Eaton. And Mr. and Mrs. Baker were here this afternoon. Pa and Ma have gone up to J. W. Holly’s this eve.
  Mary WOOD was Mary Gates WOOD Aunt and she was married to Joseph W. HOLLY. They lived next door.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8  Stayed at home all day. Mrs. Sally Smith was buried to day. Our folks went to the funeral. George King was here to dinner.
  Sally (Surname Unknown) was widow of Joshua Smith and one of the earliest settlers of the area, hjjaving migrated from Hector NY
MONDAY, JANUARY 9 Stayed at home while Ma washed. Ironed the colored clothes this afternoon and folded the white clothes this eve. 
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 Been to school today. Had a review in arithmetic and my paper was marked 100%. Snowing hard tonight.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 Been to school About 3 inches of snow fell last night. Quite cold and wind blows hard to night
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 Been to school of course. Pa and Nelson have been drawing wood. Pleasant
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 Stayed at home today because it snowed this morning Helped Ma make bread & cookies & pies Frank and Nelson have gone to B (Bradford?)
  Frank WOOD was Mary's brother.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Stayed at home all day. Pa & Ma went to Mansfield. Nelson went to have his horse shod and went to Mainesberg to church.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 Frank has gone to B. Stayed at home again Pa. And Ma went down to Uncle Levi’s today. Rose and Levi were there
  Almira (Mira) WOOD was also Mary's aunt, and she was married to Levi ROBLYER. They livwed on the Sullivan-Rutland border.
MONDAY, JANUARY 16 Stayed at home today. Pa and Ma did the washing. Katie is one year old today. Quite warm and thawed some and to night some snow.
  Kate WOOD was Mary's young sister.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 Stayed at home and helped iron. Mr. A. M. Nelson (?) and wife and Mr. H. C. Wright and wife were here this afternoon. Quite cold.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 Been to school today. Nelson has bought a new cutter. and has gone to take a ride to night.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 Nelson went and took Fie and I to school this morning. Pa has been to Troy to mill today he got me a new pair of shoes. Sleighing poor
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 Stayed at home all day. Went down to E. R. Mudge’s to singing school with Nelson in the evening, had a nice sleigh-ride and a spendid time generally.
  Edgar R. Mudge, brother of Menzo
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 Stayed at home and helped do the work. The boys have been splitting and sawing wood. Rained some and thawed.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 Have had to stay at home all day because the wind blowed so. I wanted to go to church to night awful bad.
MONDAY, JANUARY 23 Stayed at home. Pa. And Ma did the washing. I ironed a little this afternoon. The thermometer has not been above zero today. 10 degrees below to night
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 Stayed at home because it was so cold. Ironed some more this afternoon. Thermometer 20 degrees below zero this morning.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25 Been to school Got clear up to the head of the spelling class and did 7 examples. Frank and Nelson have gone to a debating school to night
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 Lelia is 3 years old today Stayed at home. Pa went to Troy; and Ma, & Ernest went down to Freeman’s with Uncle Wilson’s folk. Rained some, and thawing all the time.
  Ernest is also a brother of Mary. Uncle Wilson is the J. W. HOLLY previously mentioned, husband of Mary WOOD. Freeman WELCH is the first husband of Ruth HOLLY, the daughter of Mary WOOD and J. W. HOLLY, therefore first cousin of Mary Gates WOOD. Ruth Holly's second husband was Menzo MUDGE.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 Stayed at home of course. Pa and Ma went up to Wilmont’s to night but they were not at home. The snow is all gone.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 Stayed at home. Ma and Pa have gone down to John. San’s (?) this evening. Cloudy. Nelson has been to C. (?)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 Nelson and I have been to C. to church. It was quite cold and the wind blowed very hard, but we had a good time as usual.
MONDAY, JANUARY 30 Stayed at home. Pa and Ma did the washing and went down to B. C. Smith’s in the evening Nelson went to C. to have his horse shod.
  Byron C. SMITH
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 One month of the N. Y. Been to school. I commenced at the foot of the spelling class and left off head. Nelson has been after a load of lath. It has snowed hard all day.
   
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Stayed at home all day. Deal has been here sewing yesterday & today. Nelson and Frank & Willie have gone to the Debate to night. Middling good sleighing
  Wellie, or Wellington., is another of Mary's brothers.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Elder Mansfield was here to dinner. Went to school this P. M. and Mattie & I came down to Mr. Watkins’s tonight. Ella Lawrence is here also. Clear all day and warm
  Amos MANSFIELD founded the Rutland Hill M. E. Church
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Came to school this morning with Mr. Watkins We had a good time and lots of fun last night Norton is 8 years old to day Pleasant and warm
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Stayed at home all day Pa and Ma went to Austinville this afternoon. Snowed almost all day. Roll butter was 30 cts a pound to day.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Stayed at home all day and Nelson and I went to Lawrence Corners to meeting in the evening. The sleighing is cold, and also good, and we had a splendid time.
MONDAY, February 6 Stayed at home and Pa and Ma did the washing. I ironed part of the colored clothes this afternoon and folded the white ones this evening. Pleasantly cold
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Been to school today. Got clear up next to the head. Nelson has been to Lamb’s Creek to day. The snow is going very fast. Warm.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Stayed at home because it was so wet. Ma has been up to J. W. Holly’s this P. M. helping Eda (?) tie. Willie is 18 years old today.
  Mary Eda HOLLY is another of Mary Gates WOOD's first cousins, sister of Ruth HOLLY.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Stayed at home, of course. Mended my dress this evening. Nelson went to Austinville this afternoon. Cloudy all day and rains to night.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Frank and Josie and Nelson & I went to a party at C. Smith’s this evening. A very pleasant evening. Frank is 19 today. About 40 at the party
  Frank WOOD is Mary's brother, and Josie is his wife, Jospehine DANN.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Stayed at home today Retired at 2:30 a.m. and arose at 7 a.m. I am not at all sleepy today. (Note: The last line has been crayoned out.)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Nelson and I went to Chandlersburgh to church this afternoon and he and Frank have gone to singing school to night.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Stayed at home. Pa and Ma did the washing to day and went up to Wilmont Baker’s this evening. Rained nearly all the time today and it is awful muddy.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Stayed at home. Pa went to Troy to day. Nelson and Frank have commence tapping the sugar bush today. Tapped 176 trees.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Stayed at home. Our folks finished tapping today Nelson has gone to Mansfield as a lawsuit witness. Nellie Strange was buried today. Pleasant.
  Nellie STRANGE died at age 16. See Gray Valley Cemetery
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Stayed at home and helped do the work. We sugared off the first batch this afternoon it is very nice. Cloudy all day and rains a little
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Stayed at home and made six pies in the forenoon. And helped make 6 loaves of bread and sugar off twice. Leina (?) and Herbert came up to night
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Stayed at home and helped do the work, we sugared once today. We have made about 109 pounds now and sold it for 15 to 18 cents per pound. Cold. 
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Stayed at home all day. Herbert and Leina were here to dinner. Nelson has gone to church tonight. Cloudy and squally all day.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20  (in ink) Stayed at home Pa and Ma did the washing. Nelson has drawed 8 logs to the sawmill to day. Cloudy all day and rains tonight.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Stayed at home and ironed. Pa and Nelson have been to Town meeting, and Pa went on to Mansfield. Cloudy and rains some today & snows to night
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Stayed at home. Our folks cut and drawed 8 logs to the sawmill. Mr & Mrs. Bradley Edgetons were here today. We had a real good visit. Cold.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Helped Ma clean the pantry this forenoon. Lizzie Watkins and Mattie Card are here to stay all night with me. Cloudy and snows a little. Our folks are drawing logs.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Stayed at home and made seven pies and a half this afternoon. Ma made six loaves of bread and some cake. Pa and the boys have been drawing logs today.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Stayed at home. Ma and Nelson went to Austinville this afternoon. Frank went to have the horses shod and to the last day of (?) school. Pa has been to the sawmill.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Frank and Josie and Nelson and I went down to H. L. Roblyer’s today. Uncle Levi and Aunt Myra had gone over to (?) but Herbert & Lena were there and we had a splendid time
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Stayed at home and did the work this forenoon and ironed the colored clothes this afternoon. Eda has been here a little while tonight. Very pleasant
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Helped iron today and sugar off twice. Ma has gone down to Rufus Whitlocks tonight & Pa was going there from the sawmill. Pleasant & (?)
   
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 Stayed at home and helped sugar off twice and made some cake. School was out to day. It rained hard all day
THURSDAY, MARCH 2 Staying at home & working seems to be my business. Ma and Frank went to Troy to day and carried the sugar. Pa has been to the sawmill all day. Very pleasant.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3 Stayed at home today. And Nelson & I went to (?) to a concert to night. We had a good time of course & got home at 11:45 P.M. Pleasant and wind
SATURDAY, MARCH 4 Stayed at home I woke up(?) with an awful (rest illegible)
SUNDAY, MARCH 5 Stayed at home all day. I feel better today than yesterday but not very well yet. Nelson has been to take Esther and Fie down to (Amelia’s?)
MONDAY, MARCH 6 Stayed at home all day. Ma and Nellie did the washing this forenoon & I did the housework and helped Ma put up 5 gals of maple syrup. Rainy.
TUESDAY, MARCH 7 Stayed at home and did the ironing and helped do the rest of the work and sugar off (illegible) up 2 gallons (illegible)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 Stayed at home today and helped sugar off 4 times. Uncle Jim and Mel came this afternoon. We all went to the debate this evening but Ma & the babies
THURSDAY, MARCH 9 Stayed at home. A. M. Wilson and family came to bring Esther home and were here to dinner. Uncle and Mel went home this morning. Rainy.
FRIDAY, MARCH 10 Stayed at home and made some jelly cake and some sugar cookies. Ma went up to help Eda (illegible)
SATURDAY, MARCH 11 Stayed at home and helped sugar off 4 times. Mrs. Welch and Bertha and Ruth and Freeman were here this afternoon. Cloudy and awful muddy.
  Mary McCONNELL, wife of William WELCH was mother of Bertha and Freeman. Freeman was married to Mary's cousin, Ruth HOLLY.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12 Stayed at home all day and went up to J. W. Holly’s a little while this evening. It has been a dull, dark day. Rained and snowed
MONDAY, MARCH 13 Stayed at home and did the housework and finished an apron for (Eda?). Ma and Willie did the washing (illegible)
TUESDAY, MARCH 14 Stayed at home and done most of the ironing and helped do the rest of the work and sugar off twice. The boys drawed logs this forenoon. Cloudy and cold.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 Stayed at home. I intended to go over to Sanford’s this afternoon but it snowed. Pa and Ma have been making a rug. Cloudy and squally all day.
THURSDAY, MARCH 16 Stayed at home and helped make the (bed?) and patched socks and worked a little on my motto (illegible) Cloudy and cold.
FRIDAY, MARCH 17 Stayed at home in the forenoon and went over to Sanford’s this afternoon; had a good visit but did not get home until dark. I worked five letters on my motto.
SATURDAY, MARCH 18 Stayed at home and made seven pies and a half and helped do the rest of the work. Esther and Fie were here to dinner. Cloudy all day & I (illegible) tonight
SUNDAY, MARCH 19 Stayed at home all day not because I (illegible) to but because I had to. I’ve got the false (?) measles I feel awful. Pleasant.
MONDAY, MARCH 20 Stayed at home and did the work this forenoon and ironed the colored clothes this afternoon. My throat is awful sore and I look like gloryation (sic)
TUESDAY, MARCH 21 Stayed at home and help iron and sugar off (?) times. I feel awfully tonight, Have taken some hot drops and am going to bed. My face is awful big.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 Sick in bed all day but feel a little better at night. Frank has been to C. today. Cloudy and cold.
THURSDAY, MARCH 23 Stay at home of course. I feel a good deal better today, would feel better yet if I didn’t itch so. Worked some on my motto this afternoon. Pleasant.
FRIDAY, MARCH 24 Helped some about the work. Pa and Ma went up to J. W. Holly’s this evening. I feel nearly well to night (?) and would if my knee (illegible).
SATURDAY, MARCH 25 Stayed at home and helped put up 6 ½ gallons of molasses and did the rest of the work. Pleasant but very cold. 8 above 0.
SUNDAY, MARCH 26 Stayed at home all day. Frank and Nelson went to the Burgh to Sunday School this afternoon and to singing school tonight. Very pleasant.
MONDAY, MARCH 27 Stayed at home and did the work this forenoon and ironed part of the colored clothes this afternoon. We had a very hard thunder shower to night. Warm
TUESDAY, MARCH 28 Did part of the ironing and helped sugar off 3 times. Pa went to Austinville this afternoon and got me a calico dress.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 Helped sugar off twice and make about 4 gals. Molasses. Ma cut and fitted my dress today. I finished the ironing. Pleasant. & the wind blow
THURSDAY, MARCH 30 Stayed at home and helped do the work and make about 8 gallons of molasses. Nelson has been to see the doctor today he has got an awful cold. Pleasant & warm.
FRIDAY, MARCH 31 Stayed at home and helped sugar off (?) times and made eight pies. Jos (?) folks have worked (illegible) sugar bush all day (?). Pleasant.
   
SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Stayed at home and helped sugar off twice and do the rest of the work. Pa and the boys went too Pickle Hill and brought home four cows. Warm.
SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Stayed at home all day and went with Nelson to singing school in the evening. Pleasant and squally by turns.
MONDAY, APRIL 3 Stayed at home and did most of the work and ironed this afternoon. I am “sweet “seventeen” today. I feel like an old woman tonight.
TUESDAY, APRIL 4 Stayed at home and finished the ironing and helped do the rest of the work. Nelson sowed the wheat today. Cloudy all day and rains tonight
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 Stayed at home and helped do the work. (Illegible) W. B. Gerald were here today. We had a good visit. Cloudy and warm (?)
THURSDAY, APRIL 6 Stayed at home and made some cake and did the rest of the work. Mr. and Mrs. T. (?) Wood were here this afternoon Cloudy and wind blows
FRIDAY, APRIL 7 Stayed at home and did the work. Pa and Ma went to Mansfield and to Freeman’s to dinner today. They got me a dress. Pleasant and warm.
SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Stayed at home and helped do the work. I don’t feel well at all today my teeth and head ache so.
SUNDAY, APRIL 9 Stayed at home of course Herbert and Leina were here to dinner. Nelson and Frank went to church and to singing school. Today is Easter. Pleasant.
MONDAY, APRIL 10 Stayed at home and helped do the work and iron the colored clothes. Cold and stormy all day. They had to churn to night.
TUESDAY, APRIL 11 Helped do the work. Nelson went up to Uncle Wilson’s this afternoon. My toothache aches just awfully
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 Laid on the lounge all day. My tooth ached all night and my ear too. I guess I should have went crazy if it hadn’t got any better.
THURSDAY, APRIL 13 Staid at home all day and helped take up the carpet made some cake and some biscuits and ironed some. Cloudy and cold. I’m tired
FRIDAY, APRIL 14 We went to Troy with Pa and had my tooth out. It hurt awfully but feels better now. Cold and cloudy all day
SATURDAY, APRIL 15 Stayed at home all day and helped do the work. Ma made some dried pumpkin pies The men have been sawing lumber.
SUNDAY, APRIL 16 Stayed at home all day. Frank went to Painter Run and got Mel . They have all gone to singing school tonight. Pleasant and cold.
MONDAY, APRIL 17 Did the work and ironed part of the colored clothes. The men tore down the boy’s bedroom today. Warm.
TUESDAY, APRIL 18 Staid at home and helped do the work and finished the ironing Ma made soap today and the men moved the old kitchen. Warm
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 Worked hard all day. The men tore out the cellar kitchen. I expect we shall have a new house soon. Rains in the afternoon and evening
THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Worked hard all day of course. Mr. and Mrs. Richmond and 3 children were here this afternoon Pleasant and cool.
FRIDAY, APRIL 21 Staid at home and helped make 9 loaves of bread and made 3 cakes this afternoon. Pa and Ma went to Austinville with a tub of butter.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Helped take up the carpet in the kitchen and make 8 pies and Ma made some ginger cookies. Pleasant and cold.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23 Staid at home all day. Uncle Levi and Aunt Mira were here to dinner The boys all went to church and singing school
MONDAY, APRIL 24 Did the work and got dinner for 14 this forenoon and ironed part of the colored clothes this afternoon and folded the white ones this eve.
TUESDAY, APRIL 25 Staid at home and did the housework and made some cake and Ma finished the ironing. Pleasant and cool.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 Staid at home and helped make 8 loaves of bread and do the rest of the work. Cloudy and cold
THURSDAY, APRIL 27 Staid at home and helped do the work Ma made ten pies. Pa went to Troy yesterday and got some lime Cloudy and rainy.
FRIDAY, APRIL 28 Staid at home today and helped do the work and bake eight loaves of bread.Rainy and cold. The men are digging the cellar and laying the wall
SUNDAY, APRIL 30 Staid at home and Levi and Rose and Uncle Levi and Aunt Mira were here today. I went down to singing school tonight with the boys. Pleasant and warm.
   
MONDAY, MAY 1 Staid at home and helped do the work. Deal is going to help us this week. We baked seven loaves of bread. There are only 17 now to cook for. Pleasant.
  Cordelia DOTY, called Deal. Was aunt to Mary. Deal and Mary's mother, Emma DOTY were sisters. Deal was divorced from Reuben SMITH.
TUESDAY, MAY 2 Helped do the work. Deal ironed a little. Our folks have been clearing out the south room and bedrooms to day. Cold.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 Made eight loaves of the poorest bread I ever saw. We only baked 4 loaves and shall try and use up the rest for something.
THURSDAY, MAY 4 Helped do the work. Made 10 pies and two loaves of good bread. we had pancakes for breakfast and biscuits for dinner. I went up to Uncle Wilson’s to night.
FRIDAY, MAY 5 Helped do the work. We baked seven loaves of bread and Ma made some cake. Pleasant and warmer.
SATURDAY, MAY 6 Ma and I made seven loaves of bread did the mopping and made some jelly cake but it was not very good. Pleasant and quite warm.
SUNDAY, MAY 7 Staid at home and had to work most all the time. Katie has been sick all day. The boys went to church and singing school. Mari (?) and Eda were here to dinner
MONDAY, MAY 8 Did the work in the fore noon and ironed part of the colored clothes in the afternoon. Pleasant in the fore noon and rains tonight
TUESDAY, MAY 9 Helped make seven loaves of bread and made 9 pies. Deal finished the ironing. Ma worked over a tub of butter and Pa & Wallie went to Austinville
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Helped do the work. Ma made some cake and cut out my aprons. Rains this afternoon and very hard to night. The wind blows too.
THURSDAY, MAY 11 Helped make seven loaves of bread and do the rest of the work. Rains most of the time to day.
FRIDAY, MAY 12 Helped Ma clean the pantry and do the rest of the work. None of the workmen were here today because it rained so hard. Cold.
SATURDAY, MAY 13 Made eleven pies and helped do the rest of the work. Pa and Ma went to Austinville this afternoon with a tub of butter. Stormy & cold.
SUNDAY, MAY 14 Staid at home and helped do the work and read some. It has been a dull dark rainy day. The mud is awful.
MONDAY, MAY 15 Staid at home and made some ginger cookies. Ma made 9 loaves of bread and 4 cakes. Frank & Wallie went to Troy to mill. Pleasant & warm.
TUESDAY, MAY 16 Staid at home and helped do the work. Ma and Deal did the washing and deal ironed the colored clothes & I folded the white ones. Pleasant
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 Helped finish the ironing and do the rest of the work. The carpenters came back tonight. Pleasant and warm. 
THURSDAY, MAY 18 Staid at home and made seven loaves of bread and helped do the rest of the work. The men put on part of the sills to day.
FRIDAY, MAY 19 Made seven pies and helped do the rest of the work. Ma made some cream cake. The men raised part of the new house today.
SATURDAY, MAY 20 Helped mak seven loaves of bread and do the rest of the work. Ma made some cookies Warm and pleasant
SUNDAY, MAY 21 Staid at home and done the work. Pa Ma & Uncle Jim went to Painter Run today. Howard & Frank went to church. Pleasant.
MONDAY, MAY 22 Ma and Deal did the washing and Pa and Uncle Jim went to Troy. Squally all day and rains hard to night. Warm.
TUESDAY, MAY 23 Staid at home and helped do the work and ironed part of the colored clothes this afternoon. I baked 8 loaves.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 Helped do the work and some more of the ironing. Ma made 8 pies. We had greens for dinner. They finished the cellar wall tonight
THURSDAY, MAY 25 Helped make eight loaves of bread and do the rest of the work. Ma finished the ironing. Pa & the boys went to Austinville. Rainy.
FRIDAY, MAY 26 Helped do the housework. Ma made four cakes. We had corn and beans for dinner and it was very good. Pleasant
SATURDAY, MAY 27 Helped make eight loaves of bread and 13 pies and do the rest of the work. Cloudy all day and rained some to night.
SUNDAY, MAY 28 Went with Pa to Chandlersburgh. I went to church with Josie but the minister didn’t come because it rained so hard I suppose.
MONDAY, MAY 29 Ma and Deal did the washing and I did the housework and got dinner. Pleasant and warm.
TUESDAY, MAY 30 Ironed the colored clothes this afternoon. The white clothes are on the grass. Ma made 4 cakes today. Pleasant and warm.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 Staid at home and made 7 loaves of bread & done the rest of the work. Pa and Ma went to Troy A. M. Wilson and H. H. Wright were here to dinner
   
THURSDAY, JUNE 1 Made nine pies and helped do the rest of the work. Folded the white clothes this evening. Rained some this morning
FRIDAY, JUNE 2 Helped make eight loaves of bread and do the ironing and the housework. We had greens for dinner. Pleasant and cool.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Helped do the work and made some cake. Ma trimmed my hat this afternoon. I like it very much. Very warm and cloudy. Rained some
SUNDAY, JUNE 4 Staid at home all day & did the work and took care of the children. Pa and Ma & Ernest went down to Uncle Ame’s. Pleasant.
MONDAY, JUNE 5 Made seven loaves of bread and did the rest of the work. Mr. and Mrs. Watson and Minnie and D. were here a little while this afternoon Cloudy and quite cold.
TUESDAY, JUNE 6 Ironed part of the colored clothes this forenoon and went over to Sanford Smith’s this afternoon. Had a spendid visit. Warm and pleasant.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 Helped do the work and made three cakes and some biscuits. We had chicken for dinner. Warm and pleasant
THURSDAY, JUNE 8 Helped make seven loaves of bread and do the ironing. Ma made four pies The men have been putting down the floors today.
FRIDAY, JUNE 9 Staid at home and made eight pies and helped do the rest of the work. Pleasant and warm.
SATURDAY, JUNE 10 Helped at home and made some cream cake this afternoon. Ma did the mopping.
SUNDAY, JUNE 11 Went with Nelson to Chandlersburgh to church and had a good time of course. Pleasant and rather cool. I wore my new hat and hoops.
MONDAY, JUNE 12 Helped do the work and I made some cake. Mel and Aunt Amelia were here to day. Ma & Deal did the washing. Pleasant and warm.
  (Note: Blank until June 18)
SUNDAY, JUNE 18 Staid at home all day. Pa and Ma went too Roseville to Mr. Watson’s to dinner. Went upon the graveyard to night. Pleasant and warm.
MONDAY, JUNE 19 Ma did the washing and I did the housework. The schoolteacher, Lelia Drake, is here tonight. Cloudy and rains some
TUESDAY, JUNE 20 Ironed part of the colored clothes. We baked nine loaves of bread to day. Miss Drake and I went up to Esther’s house to sleep.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 Helped do the housework and baked 3 cakes. We had greens for dinner. Pleasant and very warm.
THURSDAY, JUNE 22 Helped do the housework and mended some shirts Ma hung up the clothes. Very warm and pleasant.
FRIDAY, JUNE 23 Helped bake seven loaves of bread and some cake. Carrie was over here this afternoon. We had a splendid visit. Very hot and pleasant.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24 Made eight pies and helped do the rest of the work. Ma did the mopping. Pleasant and very warm.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25 Went with Nelson to church to day and with Pa to Roseville tonight. Had a very pleasant time. Pleasant and very warm.
MONDAY, JUNE 26 Ma did the washing and I did the housework and ironed a few of the colored clothes this afternoon and folded the white ones this evening.
TUESDAY, JUNE 27 Helped do the housework and make eight loaves of bread and three cakes and finish the ironing Deal sewed for us this afternoon. Very warm.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 Deal cut and fitted my dress this forenoon and I made seven pies. Very warm.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29 Ma and Deal worked on my dress.
FRIDAY, JUNE 30 Helped do the work and baked nine loaves of bread. Rained since this afternoon and very hard tonight. I am going over to Deal’s to sleep.
   
SATURDAY, JULY 1 Helped do the housework and baked some cream cake. Ma has got the toothache very bad. My dress is done
SUNDAY, JULY 2 Frank & Josie & Nelson and I went over too Trumans to day. We had a splendid time of course We stopped to Levi’s when we came back . Cool.
MONDAY, JULY 3 Ma and Deal did the washing and I did the housework. We had a veal pot-pie for dinner. Rained very hard this afternoon and evening
TUESDAY, JULY 4 Helped do the work and bake eight loaves of bread. Rained very hard all day and night. Nice time to celebrate.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 5 Helped Ma make cookies and 9 pies and 4 cakes and do the housework. Rained hard all day and night. Cool and damp.
THURSDAY, JULY 6 Helped do the ironing and the rest of the work. The white clothes had been on the line since Monday. Cloudy and rained a little.
FRIDAY, JULY 7 Helped make 7 loaves of bread and do the rest of the work. Frank went to Troy today. The horses ran away & hurt him some and broke the wagon.
SATURDAY, July 8 Helped make 7 pies and some cake and do the rest of the work Aunt Amelia & Bert came up today. Frank’s face is scratched badly & his wrist is lame.
SUNDAY, JULY 9 Staid at home all day and went over to church with Nelson in the evening. Had a very pleasant time. Very warm and pleasant.
MONDAY, JULY 10 Ma and Wellie did the washing and I did the housework. Frank went and took Uncle Jim and Howard home today.
TUESDAY, JULY 11 Ma and I did the ironing and baked seven loaves of bread. Charles Pierce is here putting on lath.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Helped do the housework and make a jelly cake but it was not very good. Ma has gone up to help take care of Mrs. Baker, she is very sick
THURSDAY, JULY 13 Staid at home and helped do the work. Mrs. Wheeler called here this afternoon. Pleasant and very warm
FRIDAY, JULY 14 Helped do the work and bake seven loaves of bread. Ma went up to Mr. Baker’s a little while tonight. Mrs. Baker is better.
SATURDAY, JULY 15 Made eight pies & Ma made some cocoanut cake Mrs. Morrison was here this afternoon. Pa and Wellie and Norton went to Troy. Corrie and Flora were here tonight.
  Cora SMITH (1869-1943) was my (JMT) great grandmother. Flora was her short-lived little sister, Florence (1879-1884). They were children of Polly COMFORT and Deke SMITH.
SUNDAY, JULY 16 Staid at home and had the toothache all day. Pa & Ma went over to Levi’s. Cora and Frankie were here tonight. Pleasant & warm.
MONDAY, JULY 17 Ma and Deal did the washing and I did the housework. Our folks commenced haying today. They got one load in before it rained. Cloudy.
TUESDAY, JULY 18 Ma and I have done the ironing and baked 5 loaves of bread and some biscuits. Rainy all day. Miss Drake was here last night.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 Made six pies and Ma made some cake. Frank went to Troy this forenoon after some lime. Pleasant
THURSDAY, JULY 20 Helped can 4 quarts of cherries and do the rest of the work. Also one can of currants. Ma has got the toothache awfully. Pleasant.
FRIDAY, JULY 21 Helped make seven loaves of bread and some cream cake and do the rest of the work. Pleasant and cool.
SATURDAY, JULY 22 Helped do the housework and make six pies and can 3 quarts of cherries. Pleasant and cool.
SUNDAY, JULY 23 Staid at home all day and went to church with Nelson in the evening. Josie was here a little while tonight & she & Frank went to church too.
MONDAY, JULY 24 Ma and Deal did the washing and I did the housework and helped can one quart of berries and pit and preserve 3 quarts of cherries.
TUESDAY, JULY 25 Ma and I did the ironing and the housework. The beds and pillows we have been having renovated came home to day
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 Helped make 7 loaves of bread and 3 cakes and do the rest of the work and can 3 quarts of cherries and two of currants Very warm.
THURSDAY, JULY 27 Helped can eleven quarts of cherries and two of raspberries. We had a very hard shower this afternoon. Awful hot.
FRIDAY, JULY 28 Made seven pies this forenoon and helped can 3 quarts of berries and make a shortcake for supper. Deal has been sewing
SATURDAY, JULY 29 Made six loaves of bread and some biscuits and helped do the rest of the work.
SUNDAY, JULY 30 Staid at home all day and did the work. Pa and Ma and Lelia went down to Uncle Ame’s today. Del and Orson called a few minutes to night.
MONDAY, JULY 31 Ma and Pa did the washing Annie Davis and Stella Barden called this morning Pleasant & very warm
   
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 Staid at home and ironed the colored clothes and did the rest of the work Pa and Ma went to Troy. Frank & Nelson went and got 24 qts of raspberries
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 Helped make seven loaves of bread and iron the white clothes. Pa has been to Mansfield to day and Nelson to Austinville. Rainy.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 3 Helped do the work and make three cakes. Esther came home tonight because Fie is sick Pleasant.
  Esther HOLLY, widow of Daniel DOTY, was mother of Sophia (Fie) Doty (b. 1870) and Willie DOTY(1872-1878 - deceased at time of this diary)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Helped do the work this forenoon and Lelia and I went up to Wilmots this afternoon. Very warm and pleasant.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Helped bake nine pies and seven loaves of bread and Ma made some cream cake but it was not very good.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 Staid at home all day Uncle Levi & Aunt Mira were here & Pa & Wellie went to Painter Run. Rained hard tonight
MONDAY, AUGUST 7 Ma did the washing and I went to Troy with Pa this afternoon and had 2 teeth filled. Uncle Jim & Howard came back today.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 Ironed the colored clothes and helped do the rest of the work.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 Helped bake nine loaves of bread and iron the white clothes
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 Helped do the work. Ma went up to Esther’s to supper.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 Baked six pies and did the rest of the work Pa went to Troy and got 16 doves to day
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Made seven loaves of bread and Ma made some cake Mel & Frank went to the picnic this afternoon
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 Staid at home all day Pa & Ma & Norton & Ernie went to Painter Run. Frank and Howard went to quarterly meeting. Cloudy.
MONDAY, AUGUST 14 Ma and Wellie did the washing and I ironed a little and did the rest of the work. Pa went to Mansfield Pleasant & very warm
TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 Helped do the ironing and bake eight loaves of bread and do the rest of the work. We had peas for dinner
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 Helped do the work Esther is helping Ma make her dress. They have cut & fitted it today. A very hard shower tonight.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 Helped do the work Pa went to Troy after the sash doors. Esther helped again today. Cloudy & cool and rained a little.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 Helped make eight loaves of bread and 8 pies. Uncle Jim & Howard have gone for good. Glory.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 Helped do the housework and make some cake. Ma did the mopping. Pa and the boys are painting
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 Went to C to church. and to Mr. Dan’s to dinner and over here in the evening. Had a splendid time of course.
MONDAY, AUGUST 21 Ma and Esther did the washing and I did the housework and ironed a little Pleasant and warm.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 Helped make seven loaves of bread and do the rest of the work and iron some. Ma & Esther are sewing on Lelia’s dress.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 Make eight pies & some tarts & Ma made some cake Aunt Mary & Ruth were here this afternoon. Pa went to Troy. Rainy.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 Helped do the work. John Wilson and his wife were here this afternoon. The men went to reap for Wilmot
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Made seven loaves of bread and some cake Ma colored carpet rags to day. Red Blue Green and yellow. Pleasant.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Helped do the work and make seven pies and some tarts. Ma colored black and brown to day. Rains hard to night
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 Staid at home all day. Mira & Charlie and Eda were here a little while tonight Rained hard all day.
  Mira HOLLY (d. of Mary WOOD & J. W. HOLLY), Charles SANDERS, her husband, Eda, her sister.
MONDAY, AUGUST 28 Did the housework and tied the warp across one end of the bedroom carpet Pleasant and warm.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 Ma & Wellie did the washing and I did the housework and folded the clothes tonight.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30 Pa and Ma went to Troy and I baked 3 cakes and ironed all of the clothes. Ma iced my cake to night
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31 Went with Nelson to Roseville to the picnic but it rained so we all went down to Mort’s We had a real good time Cloudy and rainy.
   
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Helped do the housework. And move the dishes. We ate supper in the new house to night. Pleasant and very warm.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Helped make 6 loaves of bread and nine pies and some cake. Ma did the mopping and the cellar work.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Staid at home all day and Pa & Ma went and got Gusta Benson to help us this week. Nelson & Gusta & I went to church but the preacher didn’t come
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Ma & Gusta did the washing and I got dinner for the thrashers and helped get supper. Rainy this afternoon.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Ma & Frank & Gusta went after blackberries and got about a bushel. Gusta didn’t come back. Her mother was sick
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Helped do the ironing and make five pies. Ma canned 9 qts of berries & made 31/2 gallons of jam. Warm and pleasant
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Helped do the housework and make some cake. Deal helped to day and she & Ma put down the bedroom carpet up stairs
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Helped do the work and went over to S. G. Smith to a sociable. Had a quite good time. Nelson & I walked over.
  Sanford Gaylord SMITH
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Helped do the work and made seven pies. Ma did the mopping & finished the curtains. Pa went to Austinville. Pleasant
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Staid at home all day and did the work. Pa & Ma & Katie went down to Uncle Lew’s to day. Pleasant and cool.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Ma and Deal did the washing and we got carpet rags this afternoon. Rained hard all day.
  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 -- FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 are blank.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Staid at home and baked 6 loaves of good bread and did the rest of the work. Pa & Ma went & took the carpet to Troy
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Frank & Josie & Nelson & I all went over to Charlie’s to day. We had a good time of course. Got home at 10’15. Pleasant & cool.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Ma and Deal did the washing. And I did the housework. Dr. Barden was here to dinner. Folded the clothes to night. Pleasant.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Did most of the ironing and helped do the rest of the work. Ma packed a tub of butter. and made some fried cakes
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Staid at home and helped do the work. We had chicken for dinner and some cold to take to the fair.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Frank & I staid at home and the rest all went to the Fair. They got home about nine o’clock and said they had a good time.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Frank and Josie and Nelson and I went to the Fair and had a splendid time. Warm and pleasant.
  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 -- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 are blank.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 Staid at home all day and Nelson and I went to church in the evening. We had a good time of course. Deal warped.
  MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 and TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 are blank.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Pa went and took Deal & Grace to Troy. Wilmot & Jane were here this evening The men all went to Roseville
  Grace SMITH (1867-1949) was daughter of Cordela DOTY and Reuben SMITH (Divorced) Deal's illegitimate daughter, Alice (called Allie), born 1876, is not mentioned in the diary as far as I can see, although Deal is mentioned frequently.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Helped do the work and patched Ernest’s pants. Ma went over to Grandma’s to supper because they had company. Cold and cloudy.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Deal & Grace helped sew to day. Ma & I made 9 pies & 4 loaves of bread. Ma & Pa & the boys went over to Mr. Jame’s. Cold.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Helped do the work the forenoon. & Frank & I went over to Levi tonight. Pleasant & cold Im going to sleep with Rose
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Came over to Uncle Ame’s this morning and home this afternoon. We had a very good visit. Pleasant but cold.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Pa & Ma did the washing and went to Austinville this afternoon. I did the housework and blacked both stoves.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Helped do the ironing and the rest of the work. Pa & Ma went to Election. The men killed a pig this morning
  Pa could vote and Ma couldn't
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Helped do the housework. Ma sewed the carpet together. I patched Frank’s coat to night.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Helped Pa & Ma put down the carpet in my room and hang the curtains. It looks real nice, I think.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Baked seven pies and helped do the rest of the work Gertie & Lena Baker were here this afternoon
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Helped do the housework and get dinner for the threshers. Ma made some scrapple. Wellie has gone down to Uncle Ame’s.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Staid at home all day. Herbert came out after Deal tonight Eda was here a little while Nelson went to church tonight
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Pa and Ma did the washing and made the stair carpet and put it down. Rained hard this P.M.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 The first snow fell last night just enough to see. Eda was here this afternoon. I ironed part of the colored clothes Cold and squally.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Went over to S. G. Smith’s this afternoon. Had a very good time. Pa & Ma are up to Wilmot’s this evening.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Staid at home all day Carrie came over tonight. & Nelson took us both to Mr. Jenning’s to a sociable.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Helped do the work Mrs. Whitlock & Lottie were here this afternoon. Pa & Ma have gone down to Mort’s. Eda is sick Squally and nasty.
  Abbie SMITH was wife of Rufus WHITLOCK.She was daughter of Eunice Northrup WILSON and Rufus SMITH. Lottie HYATT was her adopted daughter (Also natural niece of her husband)
  Eda HOLLY was married to Mort CRIPPEN
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Made eight pies and helped do the rest of the work. I had a splendid time at the sociable (unreadable) the other night
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Went to church with Frank to day. We nearly froze. Uncle Wilson & Aunt Mary & Ella were here to night
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Pa and Ma did the washing & Ma made a new bed tick and changed some feathers Ernest went over to Freeman’s with Uncle.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Did some of the ironing. Pa & Ma went to Austinville this afternoon and got the cloth for my new coat.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Finished the ironing Pa went to Mansfield to carry away the hog. Ma cut out my coat and fitted it
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Did the housework and sewed a little. Pa and Wilmot started for Corning this morning.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Baked six loaves of bread and did the rest of the work. Ma finished my coat to night
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Helped do the work Ma made some fried cakes. Pa got home to night. He brought a set of silver knives & forks
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Staid at home all day It has snowed ever since nine o’clock this morning. I intended to go to church but I didn’t
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Pa & Ma did the washing and I did the housework and made some cake. Cloudy & cold. The boys drawed wood on sleds.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Did the housework and made seven pies Pa went to Troy to mill. Ma and Leelia went up to Aunt Mary
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Did the housework and most of the ironing. Pa put up the shelves in the bay window.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Did the housework and made some jelly cake. We had oysters for Thanksgiving dinner to day Grace helped sew Cold, and fair sleighing
   
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 Helped bake six loaves of bread today and some biscuits. Aunt Mary and Ruth were here this afternoon.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Helped do the housework and made some jelly cake Pa & the boys went to Troy. Nelson went away today. Fie was here to dinner.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 Staid at home all day. Haven’t enjoyed myself much. O dear me. I don’t know what to do.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 Did the housework. Pa & Ma did the washing. I knit some on my mitten tonight.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Pa & Ma went down to A. M. Wilson’s to day Mel came up tonight. Rains a little tonight I ironed some today
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Pa & Ma went down to Mr. Watson’s this afternoon. Nelson was here a little while this afternoon. We had a good talk.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 Helped do the work.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 Helped do the work. It has been very cold all day and the wind blowed awfully.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Mr. & Mrs. Watson Minnie and the children were here to day. I went home with them. Cold and cloudy.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 Minnie and I went to the Baptist Church to Sunday School & to the M. E. Church to Quarterly Meeting Frank came after me
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 Helped do the housework. Ma & Frank did the washing.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 Ma & Frank went to Troy. I did the housework & baked seven loaves of bread.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Ma & I did the ironing and made some cookies and sweetened biscuits. Pa & Frank helped Wilmot butcher
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 Leelia & I went up to see Mira this afternoon. I finished the picture frame I have been making for Ma.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 Pa & Ma went down to Uncle Jim McConnell’s to day. I did the work and made 3 cakes. Cold & windy
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 Helped do the housework and made 8 pies. Ma trimmed her hat this afternoon. Cold squally
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 Staid at all day Uncle Levi & Aunt Mira were here to day Herbert brought Deal home & was here to dinner. Cold & cloudy.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18 Pa & Ma did the washing and I did the housework and sewed some. Pleasant.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19 Pa & Esther and I went to Troy to get her new stove. Cold & cloudy most of the time.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Helped do the ironing and the rest of the work. The men butchered 4 pigs and a cow today. Cold and windy
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 Helped do the work. Ma tried out the lard today.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 Ma & Pa went to Mansfield and I made some cake and 5 loaves of bread. Cool and foggy. rains some
SATUDAY, DECEMBER 23 Helped do the work and made six pies.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 Menzo Mudge Stella Welch and Nelson & I went with Orson Williams & Della Richmond to Troy to be married. We had a splendid time. Cloudy.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 25 Did the work. Pa & Ma & Leelia went down to A. M. Wilson’s. Nelson & I & the boys went to the Christmas tree.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26 Did the house work Pa & Ma went to Henry Blood’s this afternoon. Snowed some this afternoon.
  Henry BLOOD was a storekeeper in Roseville
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27 Helped do the ironing Pa went to Troy and he and Ma went up to Wilmot’s in the evening.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 Helped do the housework and sewed a little Frank went to Troy with a load of apples.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 Helped do the housework & bake 5 loaves of bread. Mr & Mrs. H. D. Wood and Annie were here to day. Ma made the scrapple to day.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 Pa & Ma went too Austinville this afternoon. I made six apples pies and some cream cake. Cold and cloudy.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 Pa & Ma & Katie went down to Uncle Levi’s. Nelson was here to dinner. We had a good time as usual.
   
  Note: A few miscellaneous accounts are scattered through the last pages of the day book.
  Feb. 7. Bo’t of J. S. Murdaugh. 5 lbs. Tea @ .50
  Jan. 19 1 pair of shoes $1.75
  ? 28 8 yes Pts. .64
  The very last page is scribbled in pencil, obviously the work of a young child pretending to write. 

MARY Gates WOOD
Shown here much later with husband
Nelson HOLLY
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Published On Tri-Counties Site On 03/16/2001
By Joyce M. Tice
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