April 1895

April 1895

1 Mon
Mostly clear and cool with a NW wind. Samuel Boone went up to L.H. Fulton’s this afternoon. F A. Blackden went away early this morning out to Keay’s to work. Len Bartley came up this morning. Part of the family came to my place and part to Harden’s on a visit. They went home this afternoon. Mac Fulton and sister here tonight. Cornelius Ryder called here this afternoon. Signs of a storm soon.

Note: (Oliver Keay, a harness maker, came to Mars Hill in 1860. It was said that he made the best horse collars to be obtained north of Bangor. Lumbermen were pleased to get a collar made by Mr. Keay. Mr. Keay was a member of the school committee and superintendent of schools several times. He was moderator of many annual and special town meetings. His son Gilbert, lived on the place at Keay’s Corner until his death. Dr. Elizabeth Keay went south to live, and Mary, another daughter married Coleman York. Other children were: Freeman, Benjamin, Oliver, Addison and Frank.)

2 Tue
Some clouds and quite warm this morning with the wind from the north west. I let L.H. Fulton have my mare today for $40.00. C.N. Delate here today. I paid him $4.25 and took up my note. Mack Fulton and sister here last night. Mac took my wife to see Mrs. Bridges dead body this morning. They all went to the funeral today except myself and wife. Signs of a storm soon. Samuel Boone here tonight.

3 Wed
A soft snow storm all day from the north. Samuel Boone left here this morning to go to J.W. Fulton’s. L.H. Fulton called in today. It is still snowing at nine o’clock. J.W. Fulton called in this evening.
So ends the day.

4 Thu
Cloudy and dull with a SW wind. It snowed yesterday and last night 4 or 5 inches of snow. The selectmen came here today to take the valuation. Samuel Boone came here this afternoon
and stopped awhile. He took tea and left for home on the Tobique, Victoria County, N.B. L.H. Fulton called in this afternoon awhile.

5 Fri
Mostly clear this morning. The wind from the NW quite cold. We was home all day. Asa Cookson and wife from West Ridge called here today and took dinner and then went down behind the hill and was going to Robinson’s Mills. L.H. Fulton went over to the river this afternoon to get his mare from Cornelius Ryder but did not find her.

6 Sat
Clear and cold with a NW wind. We was home all day but L.H. Fulton had quite a time with Cornelius Ryder about his mare. He brought my pung and harness over this morning but left
the mare. Harden went right over to Burnses and took her out of the barn and brought her home. F.A. Blackden got home tonight. Mrs. James Hutchinson called in today and L.H. Fulton.

7 Sun
Clear and cool with a NW wind. We was home all day except Mrs. F.A. Blackden went to meeting in the afternoon. Mrs. Mirty Booker called in today and L.H. Fulton called in a couple of times today. So ends the day and we go to rest and thank the Lord for his mercys toward us.

8 Mon
Cloudy and cool with a NE wind. Signs of rain. Myself and L.H. Fulton drove out to Mars Hill Station with double team. We took out some eggs and I done my trading at York & Luce’s.
It commenced to rain about nine o’clock but slackd again till about five in the evening and raining a good jog now at bed time. Very bad traveling in mud and plenty of bare ground and plenty of water. So ends the day.

9 Tue
Cool with a SE rain in the night and most all day. Rained quite moderate in the fournoon. In the afternoon it rained very heavy. The water running over the snow and under the snow. It is disappearing fast. F.A. Blackden came home this evening. Orpha Hutchinson came today to bid us good-bye. She was a going to start to Lowell.

[Lowell was a booming mill town and many single young ladies traveled to Lowell Massachussettes to work in the mills.- S. Orpha later married Arthur Brown of Lowell MA.

Bride Name: HUTCHINSON ORPHA
Bride Town/State: MARS HILL, ME
Groom Name: BROWN ARTHUR
Groom Town/State: LOWELL, MA
Date of Marriage: Wednesday September 30, 1896

10 Wed
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. It rained in the evening from the SE but before morning the wind came ’round to the NW and snowed and blowed a gale all day and still blowing at bed time. Myself and wife was home all day but F.A. Blackden and wife made a visit to the widow Giberson. L.H. Fulton called in this morning. Not much traveling today.

11 Thu
Mostly clear with a NW wind. We was home all day. J.W. Fulton called in this morning. L.H. Fulton went to Knoxford, Carleton County, this afternoon. I mended a boot for Manzer Hallett. F.A. Blackden was splitting wood part of the afternoon. Alvin and Elijah Giberson came and borrowed my hand sled.

12 Fri
Some clouds and cold with a SE wind. Signs of a storm soon. We was home all day. H.H. Bartley was here today. I sold him my mare for forty dollars. $40.00 at 9 per cent interest till paid. L.H. Fulton and wife and Ephraim Lawrence and Len Bartley and son called today. B.F. Pierce called today taking the number of scholars. F.A. Blackden and wife was away all day on business.

13 Sat
Quite a cold snow storm all the fournoon. It commenced to rain about noon and rained quite heavy all the afternoon and still raining at bed time. The wind from the SE all the time. We was home all day. Ephraim Lawrence got dinner here today and left for Knoxford. F.A. Blackden out to Blaine with L.H. Fulton today. I sent a letter to Mrs. B.F. Jones by him on business of mine.

14 Sun
Cloudy and cool with a SE wind. It looked quite stormy till late in the afternoon. It cleared up a little but still there is signs of a storm soon. We was home all day except Perry O. Cox called in. Mrs. F.A. Blackden went to meeting in the afternoon. So ends Easter Sabbath.

15 Mon
Cloudy and cold with a NE wind. We was home all day. It rained and snowed both in the night but slacked away through the day but very cold heavy wind and signs of more storm. Jack Tweedie called in this afternoon and took tea. I had not seen him for twenty-five or thirty years. It was quite a treat to see one of our old neighbors after 25 or 30 years.

16 Tue
Some clouds with a cool NE wind. We was home all day. Eli Fletcher was here today with medicine to sell. J.W. Fulton called in to let us know how Mrs. Adaline Murray was today. She was sick. Myself and F.A. Blackden built a sheep yard today. R. Irvin called in to look at my calf he wanted to buy from me.

17 Wed
Some clouds but quite warm with wind. We was home all day. Myself and wife I mean. F.A. Blackden walked out to Blaine and back today. Mrs. Everitts girl was here to get her shoe mended today. Signs of a storm soon I think. So ends the day.

18 Thu
Candy today the first (written at top of page)
Clear and warm with a NE wind. We was home all day. I was caring for my stock. Fred was splitting wood the most of the day. He went to L.H. Fulton’s sugar camp and got some candy for us a little while. Ben Wiggins gave us five dishes of candy today. Two Arabian peddlers called here today. Mrs. MacKelson was here today begging something. We gave her what we could spare.

19 Fri
Some clouds and warm with a NW wind. We was home all day. Eveyln Tapley and Edith MacDonald called in this morning awhile on their way to Straight’s. L.H. Fulton went to John Bartley’s today on business. F.A. Blackden gathered his sap this afternoon. He was splitting wood part of the day. We took the banking away from the house in the afternoon.

20 Sat
A mistake in turning the page (part of Saturday’s activities listed on Friday in error)

21 Sun
Mostly clear with a SW wind and quite warm. Temperature registering from 30 to 102 degrees in the sun. We was home all day. L.H. Fulton and wife drove down to James Murray’s and to R. Bell’s but their main arraint (errand) was to visit as they were both sick. They drove down a horse and wagon. The snow getting pretty well off out of the fields and roads. So ends the day.

22 Mon
Quite cloudy and cold with a SE wind and very cold at that. Almost a gale and commenced to rain bout 4 o’clock. Myself and wife was home all day. F.A. Blackden and wife took horse and carriage and drove down to James Murray’s. They were both sick. Stella went to do some washing for her. J.W. Fulton called in this evening a few minutes.

23 Tue
Cloudy and cold with a NE wind and some rain till the afternoon. It came on quite a cold snow from the NW. We was home all day. F.A. Blackden was splitting wood the most of the day. L.H. Fulton called in awhile and J.W. Fulton called in.

24 Wed
James Murray died today (written at top of page)
Cloudy and cold with a NE wind. A very cold wind and signs of a storm. We was home all day doing my chores and tending my stock. F.A. Blackden done quite a job in my orchard cutting up bushes and he painted the double wagon and split some wood. Mrs. F.A. Blackden helped to clean up the School House today. L.H. Fulton called in. Collin’s camp burnt tonight.

25 Thu
We set out our bees (written at top of page)
Some clouds with a cool NW wind. We was home all day except F.A. Blackden. He was helping Alvin Giberson today. James Murray died last night and Mrs. Stella Blackden went down there tonight with Mr. Edw. Farr from West Ridge. We set out our bees today. James Murray had been sick and helpless for a year or two and died the 24th of April 1895.

26 Fri
Clear with a cold NW wind. Myself and wife was home all day. F.A. Blackden was working for Alvin Giberson today sawing wood. Mrs. F.A. Blackden came home tonight from Mrs. Adaline Murray’s. She was down helping her in the death of her husband who is to be buried tomorrow. Mirty Booker called today and Hellen Hutchinson called in at noon today.

27 Sat
Clear and cool with a NW wind. Myself and wife was home all day. F.A. Blackden and wife and L.H. Fulton and wife went to the funeral of James Murray of Mars Hill out at the Hall. This is a very pleasant night. Mrs. Maude Hutchinson and Miss Hellen Hutchinson made us a call this evening. So ends the day.

28 Sun
Clear and warm with NW wind. Myself and wife was home all day. Mr. Isaac Straight, Birt Tapley and wife, Mrs. James Giberson and daughter, Frank Blackden, L.H. Fulton, Edith MacDonald, Hellen Hutchinson and Perry Cox all called in here today. Birt Tapley and wife and F.A. Blackden and wife called up to see Murray Shaws wife this afternoon.

29 Mon
Some clouds and cool with a SE wind. We was all home today excepting Fred A. Blackden. He was helping Harden to put up his shed today. W.W. Larrabee and his son, Charles, and Frank was here to tea today. Mrs. James Kearney called here this evening to buy some onions. Birt Tapley and wife was here this evening to fill a couple of bed ticks with straw.

30 Tue
A moderate coll NE rain all the fournoon. We commenced to clean up the house. Moved both stoves, took out the work bench out of the kitchen and gave it a general cleaning up. I lost a nice old sheep in the night. L.H. brought the two sleds down to put under cover for the summer. F.A. Blackden went over tonight to his brother Frank’s to help him a day or two.

So Ends the Month of April

 

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