December 1886

1 Wed
Cold with a SE rain storm. I drove out to Aaron’s and brought Stella home with me. I took dinner at Larrabee’s and called to Safford’s and got one gallon of oil. Hutchinson come here tonight with his machine to thrash our grain. The wind came round this afternoon to the NW and quite cold.

2 Thu
Clear and pleasant this morning with a SE wind. In the afternoon, about four o’clock, the wind    came round to the NE. Commenced snowing very heavy. Hutchinson was here thrashing all day.They thrashed 18 bushels of buckwheat, 40 bushels of wheat, and 70  bushels of oats. G. L.    Herrick, book agent, was here today from Easton. Warren Snow come and got his sheep away.

3 Fri
Some clouds and very cold and blustery with a NW wind. It came about six inches of snow in the    night and drifted very bad. Hutchinson went home today. Did not try to thrash. The night is very clear and cold. A good deal colder than any night this fall. Took a load of hay to Aaron.

4 Sat
Clear and cold with a NW wind blowing and drifting. Temp. is 4 above zero at bedtime. We put our bees in today. Arthur Hutchinson

and Jane came here today to thrash. It was so cold they    gave it up. J.W. Fulton and young Tucker and Allen Irven and Dell Nutter
was here today. Some signs of another storm.

5 Sun
Clear and cold with a NW wind. I was home all day. Harden and wife went down to Bell’s. Some signs of a storm tonight.
6 Mon
Clear and cold with a NW wind. We was thrashing all day. We finished today. Had 240 bushels of peas and oats and 70 bushels of buckwheat and 40 bushels of wheat. Hutchinson went home    tonight. J.W. Fulton, John Elkins, Mr. Straight and Howard Silsby all here today.

7 Tue
Clear and cold with a SW wind. Hutchinson moved his machine this morning and we got Judson Straight and put our straw all in today. Signs of an approaching storm tonight. William Hargrove  here today.

8 Wed
Some clouds and cool in the after part of the day. Snowed heavy in the forenoon from the NW.I was home all day. We moved our  stoves this forenoon. Harden went out to Silsby’s to help to saw wood today. John Boyd was here today.

9 Thu
Clear and cold with a NW wind. I harnessed up this morning and drove to Blaine. Took out four bags of oats. Got seven joints of  stove pipe at Jones. Called at Larrabee’s and got dinner. Got a letter from James E. Fulton. Got two gallons of molasses, five pounds of soda and one pair of overshoes at Jones. Paid in oats $2.83.

10 Fri
Cloudy and cool with a SE wind. Some signs of rain or snow. I harnessed up this morning to go to Bridgewater to get some money. Took Stella with me to Blaine. I drove down below Blaine and met G. Collins and I came back. We took dinner with Mrs. Frost. Called at Jones, to Way    Office and at Larrabee’s. Harden is away to John Elkins hauling wood today.

11 Sat
Cloudy and warm with a NW wind. The snow was melting all day. I was home all day. Harden was away hauling wood for John Elkins today. B. Hume was here today and Mr. Straight. Stella went with Jim and wife up to John Bartley’s this afternoon. The weather is very clear and fine this evening. R. M. Fulton   (Signature)

12 Sun
Some clouds and cold with a NW wind. Myself and wife drove over to John Lindsey’s this morning and took our dinner there. Stopped till two o’clock and drove home. J. Syphers was there. Harden and Perry went down to Knoxford this evening after a cow. Stella came home this evening from John Bartlett’s with Jim and wife. Howard Silsby here today.

13 Mon
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. I went to Blaine this morning and got a registered letter from    Bridgewater. Paid Hewitt $1.80 cts. Paid D. Smyth $4.15. Got a cup from Jones. Took my dinner    at Aaron’s and came home. Commenced to snow about noon and is still snowing at bedtime.Harden was helping Silsby saw wood today. Paid him up for ox work last Spring.

14 Tue
Cloudy and cold with a SE snow storm. It snowed about six inches with it clearing off in the afternoon from the NW. Quite clear and cold. I commenced to petition off a room in the chamber for a bedroom. Harden took the oxen and went over to Watson’s Mill with twenty bushels of wheat. He took 14 bushels of oats home this morning to Jonas Aheran that was borrowed in the Fall.

15 Wed
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. Commenced to snow in the afternoon. I was to work all day petitioning off a bedroom up chamber. Harden went out to work for D. Nutter today. J.W. Fulton here today. I got a letter from Brainard today from Mabell.

16 Thu
Cold with a NW snow storm and blowing and drifting all day. The worst storm that has been this    season. The roads are drifted up very bad. Mr. Yetten, the sewing machine agent, got storm. Stayed here today and is here tonight. Harden came home from Nutter’s this morning on account of the storm.

17 Fri
Clear and cold with a NW wind and drifting badly. The wind shifted to the SE this evening. Signs of a storm. Yetten left here this morning. Jim and Harden was out today breaking roads.

18 Sat
Cold with a SE snow storm all day and still snowing at bedtime. Harden went over to Watson Mill today and got his grist of 20 bushels of wheat. The first we got ground this Winter of wheat    and six bushels of oats, mashed, and peas.

19 Sun
Cloudy and quite warm with a SE wind. Came about six inches of snow in the night. Very bad roads. Signs of more storm. We was home all day. James Kearney was here today. The wind is round to the NW at bedtime again.

20 Mon
Clear and quite pleasant this morning with the wind from the SW. I was breaking roads all day.Harden went out to work for  Watson’s. Stella wrote to Hildred Gray and G.S. Herrick, of Easton,tonight. Jud Straight was here today.

21 Tue
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind and heavy white frost. Great signs of a storm. I harnessed up and went to Blaine this A.M. with the
mare and pung. Took some oats and paid Nutter for broom. Mailed letter to Herrick of Easton and one to Hill Gray and got one from
E.J. Fulton of Brainerd. Called to Joneses and got some rice and called to Aaron’s, called to Larrabee’s and got my dinner. To
H.W. Safford’s and paid him one dollar.

22 Wed
Cloudy and warm with a SE wind. I was home all day. Harden came home this evening from    Watson’s after helping them three days to
kill thirty five hogs. We heard this morning of the death of Douglas Shaw. James Kearney, Sr., Thomas H. More, the peddler, J.W.
Fultonk, John Elkins and Judson Straight was here today.

23 Thu
Clear and pleasant this morning with a West wind. I was home all day. Harden went away this morning to work for Dell Nutter. John
Elkins and Anna Hutchinson was here today. It clouded    up this evening and the wind came round to the SE and looks very much like
an approaching    storm.

24 Fri
Cloudy and cold with a SE snow storm till about four o’clock P.M. and then turned to rain and is raining at bedtime. Harden came
home this evening from D. Nutter’s. J.W. Fulton and Jud    Straight was here today.  R.M. Fulton   (Signature)

25 Sat
Cloudy and cool with a NW wind this morning. It rained heavy from the SE all night. D. Nutter here to dinner. Jim and Mary and
Evelyn, Elisha Shaw and Nancy Shaw, Douglas widow, here to supper. Harden took Straight some flour today. Some in the forenoon and
a load of hay in the afternoon. Hub Brown and Howard Lindsey called here this evening.

26 Sun
Cloudy and cold with a SW wind. Signs of a storm. I was home all day. Harden went up to the School House to meeting. Stella went
over to see Joseph McKay. James Kearney, Sr. John Bartlett and Adaline Murray got here this evening. It has commenced snowing at
bedtime from the South East.

27 Mon
Cloudy and cool with a SE wind. Signs of rain in the morning. It snowed some in the afternoon but cleared off in the evening from
the NW quite cold. John Bartley and Adaline Murray left    here for home this morning. Harden went out to work for Dell Nutter this
morning. We sent Perry after him in the evening. Anna was sick. Drove out and got Mrs. McDonald. J.W. Fulton here this evening.

28 Tue
Clear and cold with a NW wind. I was home all day choring. Harden was out working to Dell Nutter’s but came home tonight. A. J.
Fulton was here to dinner and Howard Lindsey today. Thomas H. More, the peddler, called here. David Smyth called here this
evening. Signs of another storm.

29 Wed
Clear and cold with a NW wind. I was home all day excepting I went down to John Aheran’s to see about Aaron’s hay. Harden come
home this evening from Nutter’s. Stella went over to Joseph McKay’s this afternoon. Temp. down to 18 deg. Below zero at bedtime or
nine o’clock.

30 Thu
Clear and cold with a West wind. Harden took a load of hay out to Aaron this morning. I was home all day. I sat and filed the
crosscut saw for Jim this morning. David Hartley, the peddler,    was here today to dinner. The temp. is 28 deg. Below zero now at
bedtime or at 9 o’clock in the evening. Sent out six bushels of oats to Smyth by Harden.

31 Fri
Cloudy and cold with a SW wind. Signs of a storm. I was home all day. Harden went out to work for D. Nutter today. Commenced
snowing this evening about 7 o’clock from the NE. J.W. Fulton was here today getting the saw filed. Temp. down to zero now at
bedtime.

And so ends the Month of December
and the Year of 1886

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