October 1895

1 Tue
Cloudy and cold with a SW wind. We was home all day. Some little cold showers of rain through the day. Harden and Fred dug potatoes alone in fournoon. In the afternoon, two men from the Province, two Gees, came here and hired. They hauled in one load put in the barn floor and one load to Harden’s all sorted.

[Note: Adaline and Robert McKelvery was married today (October 1, 1895) Whether Robert and Martha was aware of the marriage is not known. Births and marriages was not on grandfather’s list of priorities. He believed in Eccl. 7:1]

2 Wed
Cloudy and cool with a SE wind. F.A. Blackden went to work this morning to cultivate some potatoes this morning in order to make it easier to dig. He had some trouble with his horse and got his jawbone cracked. Harden and the two hired men was digging all day. Fred went out with a load of 14 bbs to William Young’s in the afternoon.

3 Thu
Cloudy and cool with a NW wind. Harden took a load of factory potatoes out this fournoon to Websters for Fred. Dr. A. J. Fulton came here to see his mother and give her some medicine. Dr. J. H. Syphers called this afternoon for old acquaintance sake and we was glad to see him. We had a few moments of pleasant talk before leaving.

Note: Dr. James Houlton Syphers (1837 – 1915), Civil War Veteran, was called to the home of Fred and Stella Blackden on November 1, 1888 and brought Edythe Clayton Blackden into the world. Edythe told her children, “I never liked the man because of that.”

4 Fri
Clear and cold with a North wind. Harden took both of the men to help him dig today and Fred took a load of his potatoes out to B.F. Pierce today. He came home and got his dinner and he took in the afternoon some buckwheat to get ground for his hogs. Clear and cold tonight.

5 Sat
Clear and cold with a NW wind. We was home all day. I was choring and boiling hog feed and Harden and Fred and their two men was digging potatoes all day. Fred hauled up 14 bbls to the house tonight to take to the station on Monday morning. Fred took the two Gees out on their road aways.

6 Sun
Clear and cold with a NW wind. Myself and wife was home all day. Fred and wife went over to James Rundlett’s to see his father and mother this morning. Frank Blackden’s wife and two children was here awhile. Mat Hutchinson’s son called. W.W. Larrabee and wife was here to tea.

Note: George Frank Blackden was married to Emily F. Smith. Emily had recently lost a child April 12, 1895. The infant daughter is buried in the Pierce Cemetery, located on the Fort Road in Mars Hill, Maine.

7 Mon
Some Clouds and warm with a SE wind. We was to work in the potatoes all day. Harden took two loads, 30 bbls, to the factory today for me. F.A. Blackden and his three men was digging and picking up all day. I got my crab apples mostly taken care of today and put in the cellar. I was choring all day. I thrashed out and cleaned up some beans.

8 Tue
Cloudy and warm with a SE wind. Signs of rain in the morning. Fred took out a load this morning to William Young and one in the afternoon to the factory. Harden and the three men was digging potatoes till it came on rain about three o’clock. The wind came around to the northwest with a heavy shower about three o’clock.

9 Wed
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. We was home all day. Harden and Fred and the three men was digging and hauling potatoes all day. They hauled forty bbls in to the barn floor and then they took up 15 bbls to take to the factory in the morning if all is well. I hope the weather may be good but it is quite cold tonight.

10 Thu
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. The ground was froze very hard this morning. Harden took a load to the factory this morning and 12 bbls of good ones up home. They put a lit in the barn floor. Len Bartley came up this morning with his boys and dug 18 bbls and went home. James Craig called today and Mrs. Everitt.

11 Fri
Some clouds and cold with a NW wind. The ground was froze very hard. They did not try to dig any potatoes. We had 60 or 80 bbls in the barn floor so they hauled out 45 bbls to the station and sold them for the money the best they could do. Fred broke John Aharen’s wagon in taking out one load.

12 Sat
Cloudy and cool with a SE wind. Signs of rain in the morning and it commenced to rain about noon. Harden and Fred’s party dug potatoes in the fournoon and settled with their three men in the afternoon and they went home, two Gees and a Demerchant. There is two Arabian peddlers here tonight. It is very rainy looking here tonight. Irven’s boys began to dig their potatoes here today.

13 Sun
Cloudy and warm with a SE wind The temperature registering from 50 to 76 degrees above zero. Myself and wife was home all day. The two Arabian peddlers here yet. Mrs. Adaline McKelvery, Richard Bell and wife and John Bartley and Perry O. Cox and J.W. Fulton and L.H. Fulton and wife and J.W. Fulton’s three hired men and Fred and wife drove down to Bell’s. It commenced to rain tonight since dark.

Note: In the midst of harvest, tired men and ladies gathered at the home of Richard and Dolly Bell’s to celebrate the recent marriage of their own, Adaline, who lost her husband, James Murray, on April 24th, of this year.

14 Mon
Cold with a NE rain in the night and most of the fournoon but still cloudy and very cold with a heavy wind. Harden took a load of 12 bbls of the factory potatoes and left them for himself. Them two Arabian peddlers left here this morning. Fred swapped the old double wagon with the Smith boys today for their buckboard and he rigged it up for them when they got ready to go home.

15 Tue
Cloudy and cold with a North wind. F.A. Blackden took me out a load today of 14 bbls and sold them for $7.00. The ground froze pretty hard. In the afternoon it clouded and all signs of a storm. I took a pail of apples to Mrs. Stephen Giberson and Mrs. James Giberson came here this evening and I gave her a pail full. Frank Larrabee came here tonight.

16 Wed
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. It came a little flurry of snow in the night and two or three times to day but nothing to hurt. L.H. Fulton took out a load of 15 bbs of Early Rose to William Young and sold for $7.50. Signs of a storm. G. Webster called to see Fred. Ephraim Lawrence called here today and took his dinner and left. Frank Larrabee went home this morning.

Note: George Webster was the brother of Louisa (Webster) Fulton, who married Ephraim Jones Fulton and resided in Cass Lake, Minnesota.

17 Thu
A cold SE rain this morning. It cleared up in the afternoon to the northwest very heavy and cold. L.H. Fulton took me out a load of potatoes to William Young today. H.H. Bartley came today and took up his notes and paid me cash $26.00. Harden paid me in cash $4.00 and left a balance in with Young of $3.40.

18 Fri
Clear and cold with a NW wind. The ground was froze very hard and a very cold heavy wind all day and still clear and cold and a great many potatoes froze in the ground that has not been dug yet. L.H. Fulton and F.A. Blackden took each of them a load today. They give to the men for sake of having a factory built in Mars Hill.

19 Sat
Mostly clear with a SE wind. The ground was froze hard this morning but got quite soft in the afternoon so Harden and Fred went to digging potatoes in the afternoon and dug seven or eight bbls. F.A. Blackden and wife drove out to Blaine in the evening and came home about half after eight. Pretty cold night.

20 Sun
Mostly clear and cold with a NW wind. We was home the most of the day. Fred and wife went up to J.W. Fulton’s. Fred came home but Stella stayed there on account of sickness. Quite pleasant this evening. The first wild geese heard from this season was today.

Note: On account of sickness meant that Evelyn (Fulton) Tapley was in labor and with Stella’s help gave birth to her first son, Truman Tapley, born October 20, 1895 and would die in July of 1976 at the age of 81 years. Other children born to Birt and Evelyn Tapley would be Florence and Eugene.

21 Mon
Mostly clear with a SE wind. The ground was froze quite hard this morning but got quite soft in the afternoon so Harden and Fred went to digging potatoes in the afternoon. Fred and wife drove out to Blaine in the evening. I made a mistake. Harden and Fred dug potatoes all day with two hired men. Done a good job digging and hauled in 30 bbls in the barn floor.

22 Tue
Some clouds and cold with a SE wind. Myself and Fred drove out to Blaine this morning in single wagon but pretty ruff and hubby. We done quite a trade and got home a little after eleven. Fred drove back with a load of 15 bbls to Lon York’s and Harden took a load of 15 bbls to the factory in the morning.

23 Wed
Cloudy and cool with a NW wind. There was some little rain in the night from the southeast but the wind came around before morning from the northwest. The sun came out in the afternoon. The four hands dug and picked up thirty bbls and hauled two to the factory. There was a man called here today by the name of Sherman. He was around repairing sewing machines.

24 Thu
Finished hauling potatoes (written at top of page) Cloudy and cool with a NW wind. We was home all day Harden and Fred finished digging their potatoes today and hauled one load to the factory and has one load to haul in the morning. They had George Smith and Jonathan Worth helping them two or three days. I have 62 bbls in the cellar of the Dakotas to haul yet when the sign comes right.

25 Fri
Cloudy and cool with a SE wind. Signs of rain. Very cloudy all day and commenced to rain about two or three o’clock and rained sometime but very moderate. The wind came around to the northwest and cleared off quite cold. Fred took his last load to the factory this morning and sold for thirty cents per bbl. Jonathan Worth here tonight. There is a cold west wind tonight or rather northwest.

26 Sat
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. There is a very cold NW wind tonight and like to freeze very hard. L.H. Fulton took two loads of his own potatoes to the factory today. Fred and wife drove to blaine this afternoon and done some trading. The two hired men, George Smith and Jonathan Worth, started home this afternoon. Fred was banking the house this fournoon.

27 Sun
Cloudy and cool with a SE wind. We was home all day. Signs of a storm. Quite cloudy and nearly snowed once but cleared off in the afternoon and the sun came out quite warm. F.A. Blackden and wife and daughter went to Mr.  Straights in the afternoon on a visit and Mrs. Dorothy Bell came up and stayed with us in the afternoon till after tea. Len Bartley and wife called.

28 Mon
Cold with a SE rain the most of the day. We was home all day but Fred went out with a load of potatoes for Birt Tapley. Fred turned down the plum trees today. The wind blowed tonight heavy from the southwest. Alden Sylvester and Ed Sylvester called this evening to see Fred. So ends the day.

29 Tue
Cloudy and cool with a SW wind. The ground was in good condition for digging potatoes. Fred helped Harden to finish digging his potatoes this fournoon and they both went out and took a load of potatoes apiece for Jim and Birt Tapley this afternoon to the factory. Mrs. Lawrence and daughter came in this evening inviting us to a Ploughing Bee.

30 Wed
Cloudy and cold with a SW wind. We was home all day. Fred ploughed all the fournoon but the ground was froze pretty hard in the morning and it did not get out of the ground all day. Harden took a load of potatoes to the factory. Part of a load for himself and part for Jim and Birt Tapley. It snowed a little today. Just a reminder of what we may expect soon. Fred banked the house in the afternoon.

31 Thu
Clear and cold with a SE wind. The ground was froze very hard. We was home all day. Fred went to ploughing in the afternoon over the brook. Harden went down to Robinson’s Mill with a load of buckwheat. It clouded in the afternoon and looked as if it might snow and still looks like it now at bedtime but it may blow over.

So Ends the Month of October

[Stella Blanche Fulton was the youngest of twelve children born to Robert and Martha (Jones) Fulton. She was a remarkable lady in every respect. Devoted wife, midwife, teacher, poet, journalist and lived a christian life, setting a good example for her children who loved and respected her. Stella was born in Greenfield, N.B., Canada January 10, 1864. She married Fred Allen Blackden in Easton, December 24, 1887. She died April 22, 1954 in Gray, Maine, at the
home of her daughter, Edythe.]

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