December 1896

1 Tue
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind in the morning. Myself and wife went up to J.W. Fulton’s to dinner in the afternoon. The wind came round to the NW very cold.

2 Wed
Some clouds and cold with a NW wind. Fred had a full party helping him to thrash today. Harden was thrashing his oats in the afternoon. Fred had 63 bushels of wheat.

3 Thur
Some clouds and cold with a NW wind. Harden was getting his oats thrashed today. Two hundred bushels of oats but not done yet. Will finish tomorrow.

4 Fri
Clear and cold with a NW wind. Harden finished his oats this forenoon, three hundred bushels. Fred commenced and thrashed out seventy bushels of his oats in the afternoon.

5 Sat
Clear and cold with a NW wind. The weather was very changeable all through the day. Sometimes snowing and sometimes fair. Fred finished today.

6 Sun
Cloudy and cold with a SE snowstorm all day. W.W. Larrabee and wife went home today after being with us most of the week while Harden and Fred was thrashing.

7 Mon
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. R.L. Bell was here to dinner. Fred and Richard and Robert McKelvery was all working at the wood today but all for themselves.

8 Tues
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. Harden got Fred to help to dress a hog this morning and then sold it to him in the afternoon.

9 Wed
Cold with a SE snowstorm. Commenced In the night and snowed heavy all day. My wife was to a quilting to Harden’s today and then drove out to Blaine.

10 Thur
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. Cloudy and foggy all day but did not storm much. Harden got his straw all hauled up this afternoon. R.L. Bell helped him.

11 Fri
Some clouds and cold with a SW wind. It fell about a foot of snow this last storm. Fred had three men helping him today to thrash Aheran’s grain.

12 Sat
Cloudy and cold with a SW wind. It looked quite stormy all day but did not storm. Fred had Harden with him all day cutting and hauling up wood for Mrs. Lorency.

13 Sun
Cloudy and foggy with a warm SW wind. We had lots of visitors today. Floyd Glidden and wife, Edward Lockhard and son, Mr. Hersom from Easton and Charles Chandler of Blaine.

14 Mon
Clear and cold with a NW wind. Fred finished John A. Aheran’s grain this forenoon. Sawed wood for R.L. Bell till night then went over to Floyd Glidden’s and got a sheep.

15 Tues
Some clouds and cold with a NW wind. Fred got hurt pretty bad today sawing with Horse Power for R.L. Bell. Richard and Harden came in tonight to see how he was.

16 Wed
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. Signs of a storm soon. R.L. Bell, Robert McKelvery, L.H. Fulton and F.A. Blackden was sawing and hauling wood today. Cold weather.

17
Some clouds and cold with a NW wind. Fred went up to Hersom’s in Easton today. Harden went out to Mars Hill Village with Sam Fulton to sell apples.

(Note: Sam Fulton was Harden’s brother-in-law from Knoxford, N.S. The rolling hills of Knoxford was ideal for growing good apple orchards and many of the residents there depended on the apple crop as added income. Sam would depend on Harden to introduce him to the Mars Hill merchants for his sales.)

18
Clear and cold with a NW wind. We was home all day. Fred was shoeing a horse for Shep Hallett today. Harden went out to haul wood for Elder Foster.

(Note: Shep Hallett lived North of the Fulton homestead. Around the turn of the century, Mr. Hallett gave or sold the citizens of Mars Hill the land and house to be used for a school. The Fulton School, which was a log cabin building, was no longer safe to use for educational purpose. The Hallett building is still standing and is presently owned by Hilda Bridges. My grandfather, Fay Fulton, went to this school. It was used temporarily until the town was able to build a suitable structure on the Fulton property, located at the corner of the old Hawksley Road. This building is still standing today and was the educational center of my father’s learning. It is presently owned by Richard Mahan.-    R.F.)

19
A heavy SE snowstorm. It commenced about midnight and snowed heavy till about noon from the SE then the wind came round to the NW and blew a gale.

20
Some clouds and cold with a NW wind. Very cold all day. Merty Cox called in this afternoon. Fred went up to Easton to Hersom’s this afternoon.

21
Clear and cold with a NW wind. R.L. Bell came up and got one load of wood. Fred went over to Adams Mill and got his grist and came back and then went to Easton.

22
Clear and cold with a NW wind. We was home all day, only Fred, he was up to Easton at Hersom’s sawing wood. Harden was out hauling grain for Orin Wing.

23 Wed
Clear and cold with a NW wind. We was preparing to go out to W.W. Larrabee’s this afternoon but got disappointed. Fred is still away up to Hersom’s sawing wood.

24
Clear and cold with a NW wind. The temperature registering from 6 degrees below zero to 38 degrees above in the sun at noon. Fred is still away up to Edward Hersom’s sawing wood for him. Harden is to work for Orin Wing. Crismas Eve. (Note: Spelled according to grandfather’s writing.)

25
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. The temperature registering from six degrees below zero to 38 degrees above in the sun. Fred came home today. R.L. Bell and wife here today. Harden and wife and family went to Knoxford today.

26
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. We was home all day. It snowed and blowed very heavy from the NW. Fred moved the wood saw down to John Aheran’s.

27
Clear and cold with a NW wind. We was home the most of the day. Fred was away the most of the evening. The weather is still very cold.

28
F.A. Blackden brought us down to W.W. Larrabee’s and stayed there day and night and had a good time of it visiting to different places and tracking round.

29
Quite cloudy and cold with a NW wind. We stayed at W.W. Larrabee’s. I traveled up to York & Luce’s and done some trading. In the afternoon I went up to Dr. A.J. Fulton’s and got a tooth pulled.

30
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. I tracked round in the forenoon. In the afternoon I called in to Arthur Hutchinson’s and got introduction to John Hutchinson and wife. Had a pleasant time there.

31
Clear and cold with a NW wind. The temperature running very low. I was round the most of the day choring round the house. This closes December. Still at W.W. Larrabee’s. The old year is past and gone.

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