May 1891

1 Fri
Some clouds and warm with a SE wind. I was home all day. Harden and Fred finished chopping some trees today.

2 Sat
Cloudy and warm with a SW wind. I was home all day. Harden and Fred went over on West Ridge to bring Fred’s cow over.

3 Sun
Cloudy and cool with a SW wind. I was home all day. Signs of rain. G.W. Fulton and wife here to dinner.

4 Mon
Cloudy and cold with a SW wind. Some snow and some rain. Israel Tracy here today to dinner. Cow with him. (Israel Tracy, age 74, was born July 6,1817. Israel married Jemima Jones, October 25th, 1843. Jemima was born Feb. 7th, 1819. They had 6 boys and 2 girls, all of Knoxford)

5 Tues
Cold with a SW snow storm this forenoon. We finished hauling our wood this afternoon and commenced hauling manure.

6 Wed
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. Mrs. James Rundlett came after Fred to saw wood. (Arvilla F. (Blackden) Rundlett, age 35, Fred’s older sister. James and Arvilla had a son, Amos, age 14, who would later study law under John W. Kelley and was admitted to the bar in 1909. Amos would live with his aunt and uncle, Mr. And Mrs. Owen E. Blackden, in Dexter for several years)

7 Thur
Cloudy and cold with a NE wind. I was home all day. T. Bartley went home. (Thomas Bartley, age 70, of Knoxford. Annie (Bartley) Fulton’s father.)

8 Fri
Cloudy and cool with a SW wind. Froze quite hard. Commenced to plow for the first below the barn. Fred came home.

9 Sat
Clear and warm with a NW wind. Harden and Fred was plowing all day for peas and oats.

10 Sun
Cloudy and cool with a South wind. Harden and Fred up to Straight’s. R. Bell and wife, Levi Cookson, Irene Blackden, Amos Rundlett on a visit today. (Levi Cookson was probably a brother to Fred A. Blackden’s mother, who was Lydia Whiting (Cookson) Blackden, born in Greenfield, Maine Mar. 18, 1835. Irene was Fred’s younger sister, all living on the West Ridge)

11 Mon
Cloudy and cool with a NE wind and some rain. Harden and Fred plowed an acre of land over where we sawed our wood.

12 Tues
Clear and warm with a NE wind. I was home all day. Harden and Fred went down and worked for R. Bell today with horses. Fred’s cow calved.

13 Wed
Some clouds and cool with a NE wind. We sowed and harrowed in six bushels of peas and oats and bushels of clear oats for the first.

14 Thur
Clear and cold with a NW wind. I trimmed my apple and plum trees today. Old man Fletcher here. Got the checkerberry paid up.

15 Fri
Clear and cold with a SE wind. W.W. Larrabee here to tea this evening. I went to McDonald’s today for a turkey.

16 Sat
A cold SE rain storm all day. Mr. Blackden and wife here to dinner. Fred and Stella went with them to F. Glidden’s little girl’s funeral. (Mr. Napoleon Bonapart Blackden, born in Madison, Maine on March 5th, 1823. Wife, Lydia (Cookson) Blackden). [The child who died was Annie Glidden. She was born June 1885 and was almost six years old at the time of her death.]

17 Sun
Cold with a NW wind and rain about all day. Steady rain now about 36 hours. Rain. Rain. Fred and Stella got home from the funeral.

18 Mon
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. I went to Rey’s and sold him 397 eggs for $3.97. One cent per egg.

19 Tues
Cloudy and cool with a West wind. Harden and Fred was hauling rocks and plowing. I moved my garden fence.

20 Wed
Clear and warm with a SE wind. I put up my garden fence today. Fred and Harden plowing and hauling rocks.

21 Thur
Warm with a NE wind. Some clouds and foggy in the forenoon. We was cutting seed.

22 Fri
Cloudy and cold with a North wind. We plowed our garden in the forenoon. In the afternoon we planted half an acre of potatoes for the first this Spring.

23 Sat
Clear and cold with a NW wind. We was planting potatoes all day. Mr. Blackden and wife, Eli Fletcher and wife here to dinner.

24 Sun
Some clouds and warm with a SE wind. Dr. Syphers and G.W. Fulton called today.

25 Mon
Some clouds and warm with a SE wind. We finished planting two acres of potatoes today and sheared our sheep.

26Cloudy and warm with a SE wind in the forenoon. In the afternoon the wind from the NW brought rain.

27
Clear and cool with a NW wind. I had manure hauled on potato ground below the barn today.
28
Cloudy and warm with a West wind. I put my piece of potatoes in today below the barn. Sowed 9 1/2 bushels of oats this afternoon.

29
Clear and warm with a SE wind. We planted my potatoes in front of the house. Burnt the foller today. Eli Fletcher here.

30
Some clouds and warm with a West wind. We finished sowing oats and planting potatoes this afternoon on old land. Four acres of potatoes.

31
Clear and warm with a West wind. Myself and wife went out this morning and called to W. Shaw’s and took dinner at W.W. Larrabee’s and tea at G.W. Fulton’s. Called to R. Bell’s and came home.

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