April 1886

1 Thur
Cloudy and warm with a SE wind and some rain. Snow running off very fast. No travelling with team. I was home all day wooding a wagon ex. Harden went to Mr. Straight’s. Jim was here this morning. (ex: axle)

2 Fri
Some clouds but quite pleasant with a West wind. We commenced today to saw up our summer’s wood. Quite squally this afternoon. James Kearney here to dinner today and Merty Cox made a call.

3 Sat
Cloudy and cold with a SW wind. Some squalls of snow and some sunshine. I went to Blaine with the gray mare. Roads very rough. Some bare ground on the roads. I called at Aaron’s. Went to Blaine and mailed a letter to Joe Smythe. Went to Joneses and done some trading. Came back and paid Mary McCormick $1.75 cts. Called to Larrabee’s and got notebook. Called to R. Bell’s and fed team and got my dinner. Got hundred of B. Meal and then started for home. Called at James Collins to see him about some peas and oats. Got home about four o’clock.

4 Sun
Clear and cold with a North wind. I was home all day. Harden and wife and Stella went down to Richard Bell’s in the morning and returned in the evening. Some signs of a storm. Zeb Cox was here today.

5 Mon
Clear and cool with a SW wind. It froze very hard in the morning. The Selectmen was here today taking the valuation. Mrs. Hutchinson and daughter, John Bartley, James W. Fulton, Anna Murray, Nelley Mahan, George Hutchinson, and Harvey Everitt here. We hauled six loads of wood with double team and sawed seventy eight blocks more. The two Selectmen was Hill and Blanchard.

6 Tues
Cloudy and cool with a North wind. We was sawing and hauling wood all day. Every appearance of a snow storm. Mrs. Cox was here today. Aaron came here today and took his dinner. Drove out to Oran Frost’s and came back. Put up his horse and took supper. Took his mother with him and started for home. I was speaking to Doctor Sypher as he was going to Fred Hawksley’s to see a sick child.

7 Wed
Cold with a NE snow storm all day. Home all day choring. I had quite a talk with Dr. Syphers on politics. He called me up in the road as he was passing. (No doubt Dr. Syphers was democrat as grandfather was devout Republican)

8 Thur
Cloudy and cool with a NW wind. Signs of a storm. Took my breakfast, harnessed up and started to Blaine with horse and sleigh. Called at Aaron’s. Then I went to Blaine and got the mail. Called to Joneses. Called to Aaron’s and got dinner. Took wife and brought her. Called to Mary McCormick. Called at Larrabee’s. Called to Safford’s office. Called at J.W. Fulton’s and then home at half past three.

9 Fri
Clear and cold with a NW wind. I was home all day. Harden took a load of hay out to Aaron and brought a load of sphalts home. Went to Aaron’s again at night with his wife and Stella to Aaron’s birthday party. I went to James Collins and bought six bushels of peas and oats. George Whittaker, peddler, here today. H. Delong and J.W. Fulton here. (Aaron Jones Fulton, born on April 9th, 1851, was 35 yrs old today)

10 Sat
Cloudy and cool with a NW wind. Some rain. We was hauling wood in the morning. I got a letter from Joseph Smyth. George Whittaker called looking for his lost trunk. Len Bartley, his wife and children came here and stopped all night. McGaw, the peddler, called in today. I went down to John Ahern’s and nailed up the barn. Harden and Stella went to the lodge tonight.

11 Sun
Cloudy and cool with a NW wind. I was home all day. Len Bartley and wife and three children here. Harden and wife and Stella went to Jim’s to dinner. Came back and started for home about two o’clock. James was here a spell in the afternoon. This is a clear and cold night and freezing very hard.

12 Mon
Cloudy and cool with a SE wind. Signs of a storm. We was sawing and splitting up wood part of the day. I harnessed up and took my wife up to Hutchinson’s in the morning. Came home and helped to saw wood till 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Harnessed up and went up to Hutchinson’s and took supper. Started home with my wife. Talked with John Ahern some and got home before dark. Got a good feast of maple sugar.

13 Tues
Cloudy with a SE wind. Foggy and raining in the forenoon. Cleared off in the afternoon. We was hauling wood in the forenoon. P.T. Blanchard was here to dinner on his way to George Yorks. Hatfield Delong called in. John Elkins was here making a washboard. James Murray is here tonight. This is a very pretty night. Clear and foggy. (Percival T. Blanchard operated a Saw Mill located at Kings Grove along with his brother, Gilbert Blanchard. Percival would have been 51 yrs old at this time.)

14 Wed
Clear and warm with a NW wind. I harnessed up this morning and took my wife, took some eggs and one bushel of potatoes to change with S. Richardson. Took my wife to John Lindsey’s. Went to Blaine and called to Safford’s. Called to Aaron’s, to Sypher’s and went on to Blaine. Went to the Post Office and mailed a letter to George. Got one from Ephraim with a check of forty dollars in it. Called to James Collins and paid him $1.50 cts. Went to J. Ramsay’s, to Valley’s, to Jones, to Safford’s and took dinner at Lindsey’s and came home. Saw Hume as I came home.

15 Thur
Cloudy with a NE wind. Some rain and snow in the forenoon. We was sawing wood. Harden harnessed up in the morning and took his mother down to Everitt’s on a visit. I went down in the afternoon and took my supper and came home. James Craig called here. Dell Nutter and Mrs. Ackerson to supper here this afternoon. J.W. Fulton was here.

16 Fri
Clear with a SE wind. We was hauling and splitting wood. Stella and Anna went up to Straight’s to get candy in the morning. Harden went up in the afternoon. I sent a letter to J.B. Weed today. Arvilla York was here. McGaw, the peddler, Mrs. Will Wilson and Mrs. Wain Shaw and George York was all here today. The snow is going off very fast. Weather clear and fine.

17 Sat
Clear and warm with a SE wind. We had our School Meeting today. John Mahan, Clerk, and John A. Hawksley, Agent, resulting in the turning out of the Lodge and all Religious meetings out of the School House. James Kearney, Jr. and Zeb Cox here today and James Murray here all night after school meeting. I stopped to Jim’s and took supper and then came home. I was looking at our bees today in Jim’s cellar.

18 Sun
Clear and warm with a NW wind. Home all day. James Murray left her for home this morning to the Valey Settlement, so called. J.W. Fulton, this evening, was here.

19 Mon
Clear and warm with a NW wind. We sought out our bee hives today. We was sawing wood the rest of the day. We sawed one hundred and twenty eight cuts about average of ten inches each. Snow running off very fast. Zeb Cox and John A. Hawksley and a young man by the name of Knap was here today.

20 Tues
Clear and warm with a SE wind. Will Larrabee came out today with horse and wagon, the first this Spring. We was sawing and hauling wood all day today. Hauled nine loads and sawed one hundred and twenty seven cuts. Judson Straight here today. Stella got a letter from Minnesota today from Maybell. (Mabell Geneva Fulton, daughter of Ephraim and Louise (Webster) Fulton, Mabell, born August 29, 1871, would have been 15 yrs old)
Mostly clear and warm with a SE wind. Signs of a storm. We was sawing and hauling wood all day. Fields getting quite bare. Nothing of any importance passed today.

21 Wed
Clear and cool with a NW wind. Froze quite hard. We was sawing and hauling wood. I wrote a letter to John R. Weed with a forty dollar check. Mrs. Frost here tonight. They are traveling tow with wagons.

22 Thur
Mostly clear and warm with a SW wind. Some signs of a storm. I put fills in our wagon in the morning and started for Blaine. Took my wife as far as Jim’s and went on. Called to Aaron’s, fed the team and got my dinner. Wrote my letter to J.R. Weed and went on to Blaine. Went to Joneses and got 3 gallons of molasses and 22 pounds of pork. Went to Post Office and mailed one letter to Knoxford and one to Weed. Started home and called to Aaron’s. Called to Smyth’s for buckboard. Called to Jim Collins and paid him one dollar.

23 Fri
Clear and cold with a NW wind. We was sawing wood all day. Finished all excepting about a half days sawing. Sot a goose today. Nothing unusual occurred today. (Sot? Not sure if the goose was ‘sought’ or ‘shot’ or ‘got’ or they ‘saw’ a goose)

24 Sat
Clear and cold with a North wind. Very cold wind all day. Some signs of a storm. We was home all day. James Craig, James W. Fulton, Judson Straight and Mary Hutchinson was here today. Had some very nice hymns sung and played on the organ.

25 Sun
Clear and cold with a NW wind. I took Stella out to Richardson’s with horse and wagon looking for a school. We finished sawing up our years wood today. Jim and wife was here to dinner today. The weather is still cold tonight.

26 Mon
Clear and cold with a West wind. We was chopping in our foller today. Old Mrs. Delong and Mr. Straight was here today. We lost two sheep today. Had one lamb living. The weather looks very clear and nice.

27 Tues
Clear and warm with a SE wind. We finished chopping foller today. Richard Bell brought Stella home tonight from getting school on West Ridge. Mrs. Hutchinson and Merty Cox here today. Some signs of a storm.

28 Wed
Some clouds and warm with a SE wind. We was sawing and splitting cedar today for the fence down by the spring and laid some of it up this evening. Will Larrabee called tonight and left a letter for Anna. Zeb Cox and J.W. Fulton here today. Harden went out to George York’s to help lift a cow. Some signs of a change in the weather.

29 Thur
Clear and cool with a NW wind. We was fencing all day. James Kearney and Mary Hutchinson here today. We had another lamb this morning. Stella was up to Hutchinson’s. All appearance of fine weather yet.

30 Fri
Clear and cool with a NW wind. We was fencing all day. James Kearney and Mary Hutchinson here today. We had another lamb this morning. Stella was up to Hutchinson’s. All appearance of fine weather yet.

So Ends the Month of April

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