May 1895

–May 1895

1 Wed
Clear and cold with a NW wind. We was home all day. We was cleaning the house again
today for the summer. I sent out 13 1/2 doz of eggs to York & Luce today by L.H. Fulton.
Mr. Sewall Pierce called on us today and took dinner and fed his team. F.A. Blackden
came home tonight from the West Ridge.

2 Thu
Some clouds and cool with a NW wind. We was home all day cleaning up and repairing
the house for summer. L.H. Fulton began to plough (plow) over the brook today for the
first this spring. F.A. Blackden brought home a horse tonight that he bought from Mrs. B.F.
Jones. I lent my horse collar today to Wilbert Giberson. Alvin Giberson brought my harrow
home today.

3 Fri
Some clouds and warm with a SW wind. We was home all day except F.A. Blackden. He
went out to work for Will Wilson today. We was still to work cleaning up for the summer.
L.H. Fulton was at his second days ploughing today across the brook. A tin peddler called
here this morning. Some signs of rain today. So ends the day.

4 Sat
Cloudy and quite warm in the morning but in the afternoon the wind blew very cold from
the NE. The temperature settled down pretty fast and rained some . F.A. Blackden was
away all day. The rest of us was home all day. J.W. Fulton called in this evening two or
three hours. Our women finished our house cleaning today according to custom the first of May. So ends the day and so ends the week.

5 Sun
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. Myself and wife was home all day. F.A. Blackden and
wife went over on West Ridge today and home again tonight. L.H. Fulton and wife and
family here this afternoon. Very cloudy and stormy looking tonight rain. So ends this
Sabbath Day.

6 Mon
Mostly clear with a SE wind and very warm. We was home all day. F.A. Blackden painted
his single wagon today in the fournoon and in the afternoon he was trimming up the
orchard some. I was tending my stock. Twin lambs today. Mrs. Hutchinson called here
today and Mrs. L.H. Fulton.

7 Tue
Clear and warm with a SE wind in the fournoon but came ’round to the NW in the after-
noon. Myself and wife took dinner at L.H. Fulton’s today. Robert Irvin and Al Syphers
called here today. Stephen Giberson came here this morning and got a half ton of hay
from F.A. Blackden. L.H. Fulton had his foller burnt today. Burnt clear to the Hawksley’s
Road. It made a great fire.

8 Wed
Mostly clear in the fournoon and very warm. The temperature registering from 60 to 96
degrees above zero in the afternoon. The wind was from the SW and we had some very
heavy thunder showers with heavy wind, thunder and lightning. We was home all day. Old man Blackden and wife and James Rundlet and wife came here today and they are staying all night. L.H. Fulton and F.A. Blackden commenced to break up for potatoes today.

9 Thu
Some clouds and very warm with a NW wind. We was home all day. We had Mr. Blackden and wife and James Rundlet and wife till after dinner. They went home in the afternoon. Harden and Fred was ploughing all day for potatoes. Joshua Jones came here in the afternoon after some plums.

10 Fri
Some clouds with a NW wind. We was home all day. F.A. Blackden and L.H. Fulton was
ploughing all day for potatoes on Green Sword over the brook. There was a tin peddler
here today and Birt Tapley called this evening.

11 Sat
Some clouds with a SE wind. Mrs. Ida Smith, Bessy Wilson, Mrs. Maude Hutchinson and Mrs. L. McCormick called here today. I put four bbls of potatoes out of the cellar in the
shed today. Harden and Fred went today after a load of potatoes. They brought home
ten bbls tonight for seed.

12 Sun
Cloudy and cool with a SE wind. Quite heavy showers of rain in the afternoon from the SW. Our plum trees are most all out in blossom. We was home all day. James Rundlet and a son and daughter of Glidden’s was here today. L.H. Fulton went to Knoxford and back today.

13 Mon
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. Some heavy rain in the night. Dull and cloudy all the
fournoon. It came on heavy cold rain from the NW and rained heavy all the afternoon. L.H.
Fulton sheared my sheep in the fournoon. Harden and F.A. Blackden went down to Knoxford in the afternoon. There is a very cold wind tonight.

14 Tue
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. We was home all day. L.H. Fulton went out to Keay’s and brought home six bbls of Super Phosphate today. F.A. Blackden was cutting seed
potatoes the most of the day. We sowed 2 1/2 bushels of oats for the first. John Hersom
called to buy wool at 12 cents per pound. We washed our wool today and put it out to dry.

15 Wed
Cloudy and cold with a NE wind all day. It rained some in the afternoon with the temperature registering from 40 to 50 degrees above zero. We was home all day. Harden and Fred sowed and harrowed in 8 1/2 bushels of oats and cut some seed potatoes. Mr. Isaac Straight called in with maple sugar to sell. We bought 4 lbs of maple for a treat.
It is still a very cold wind and cloudy tonight.

16 Thu
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. It is cold enough to ware (wear) a big coat and rained nearly half the day very cold. We was home all day. L.H. Fulton and F.A. Blackden was ploughing the most of the day. Still at bedtime its raining. My wife is picking her wool over and Mrs. Stella B. Blackden cleaning up and white washing today.

17 Fri
Some clouds and cold with a NW wind. We was home all day. Harden and Fred was ploughing and harrowing and hauling rocks all day. I was caring for my stock and choring all day. Alvin Giberson called in tonight and paid me and Fred some money for hay. The women was picking over wool and cleaning for spring.

18 Sat
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. Signs of rain all day. Harden and Fred was harrowing
all day. Fred drove out to Blaine this evening to get some medicine for his child that was sick. I sent out a box of eggs, 14 doz, to York and Luce. The weather still looks rainy.

19 Sun
Some clouds with a cold SE wind. We was home all day. There was a heavy frost this morning. We had lots of company here today. L.H. Fulton and wife and two children, Richard Bell and wife and little girl, James Rundlet and N. Blackden and wife. Heavy frost this morning likely will kill the blossoms on the plum trees. So ends the day.

20 Mon
Some clouds with a cold SE wind. Signs of rain. We was home all day. Zola Gray and
husband, Mr. Boothabay, was up and gave us a call this afternoon. Mr. Boothabay is quite
a nice looking man. Harden and Fred was all day picking rocks off of their potato ground.
The wagon pole broke and they did not get quite done.

21 Tue
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. A very cold heavy wind all day and still blowing at bed
time. We was home all day. Harden and Fred harrowed over five acres of potato ground
today and Fred made and put in a nice double wagon pole for Hutchinson, cut a lot of
potatoes and helped to weigh out 500 of hay for Elijah Giberson and raked out near
an acre ready for dropping in the morning.

22 Wed
Cloudy and cold with a NE wind. We was home all day cutting seed potatoes and planting
all day. L.H. Fulton and F.A. Blackden had Alvin Giberson with the team. They put in three
acres today for the first start. Likely if they can plant they will put in two or three more
tomorrow. So ends the day.

23 Thu
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. L.H. Fulton was harrowing in his oats today. Fred A.
Blackden was helping Alvin Giberson today. B.F. Pierce called in here today on business of importance. There was a woman peddler here today. Fred took his mother and Stella down to do the laundry this evening.

24 Fri
Some clouds and cold with a NE wind. Quite a snow squall this morning but soon cleared up but a very cold wind all day. I was cutting potato seed the most of the day. Harden and Fred A. Blackden finished up tonight planting five acres over the brook. I called up to Mrs. James Giberson’s this evening and got $1.35 on some hay.

25 Sat
Some clouds and cool with a SE wind. Me and Stella B. Blackden drove out to Mars Hill Village this morning and done some trading and back by ten o’clock. Harden and F.A. Blackden hauled what manure they needed on the 2 1/2 acres of potato ground here below my orchard in the fournoon and Fred worked for Alvin Giberson in the afternoon. Harden ploughed some of the ground.

26 Sun
Cloudy and cool with a SE wind. L.H. Fulton went down to Knoxford today and brought
his wife home. F.A. Blackden took his father and mother home today over on West Ridge.
Myself and wife was home all day. Mrs. Stella B. Blackden went to meeting this afternoon.

27 Mon
Very cloudy and foggy this morning. Signs of rain with a SE wind. We was home all day.
B.F. Pierce called here today. L.H. Fulton and F.A. Blackden was ploughing and harrowing
their potato ground today. It came on rain about five o’clock this evening quite heavy. So
ends the day.

28 Tue
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. We was home all day. It rained some in the night and was quite rainy this fournoon but cleared off in the afternoon. Harden and Fred was to work in their foller till supper time then Fred harrowed potato ground till dark. Alma Giberson and Alzena Giberson called in this evening awhile. So ends the day.

29 Wed
Very thickly clouded this morning and rained a little with the wind from the NW but cleared off nice in the afternoon. Myself and wife paid Mrs. James Giberson a visit this afternoon. J. Hersom called to buy wood. Harden and Fred planted ten bbls of potatoes. J.W. Fulton got my grindstone and two inch auger and rip saw tonight.

30 Thu
Cloudy and cool with a SE wind. We was home all day. L.H. Fulton and F.A. Blackden was
planting potatoes all day. I was choring all day. I had a bad cold. Fred drove out to Blaine
this evening and got himself a nice pair of shoes. Harden and Fred finished planting below
the orchard here today.

31 Fri
Clear and warm with a NW wind. We was home all day. L.H. Fulton finished planting his potatoes today and ploughed his garden and mine. Wilbert Giberson came and got three hundred of hay from me tonight. My sow had a litter of pigs ten days over her time. Had eight and lost one. Had them today.

So Ends the Month of May

Visitations of Blackden’s & Rundlett’s to the Fulton Farm

Napoleon Bonapart Blackden was born March 05, 1823 in Madison, Maine. He was 72 years old on his May 19th visit to the Fulton place. He was the father of Fred Allen
Blackden, Stella (Fulton) Blackden’s husband. Napoleon died July 4th, 1897, in Dexter, Maine. This was just a few days before my great great grandfather, Robert Murphy Fulton would die also on July 17th, 1897.

Napoleon was married to Lydia Whitney Cookson, born March 18, 1835, in Greenfield, Maine, the daughter of Abram and Lydia Cookson. Lydia died August 01, 1920 in Mars Hill, Maine. James Charles Rundlett, born in 1853, was the son-in-law of Napoleon & Lydia Blackden. James married Arvilla Frances Blackden, who was born April 13, 1856. Arvilla was a sister to Fred Blackden.

James and Arvilla had a son, Amos Sawyer Rundlett, born May 19, 1877, in Mars Hill. Amos studied law under the guidance of John W. Kelley and was admitted to the bar in 1909.
Amos lived in Dexter several years with his aunt and uncle, Mr. And Mrs. Owen Erastus Blackden. Owen was a brother to Fred Allen Blackden. Amos died August 22, 1945. –R.

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