May 1896

1 Fri
Mostly clear and cold with a NE wind. We was home all day. Fred drove out to the bridge and back. Frank Larrabee came home with him. Adaline McKelvery here.

2
Clear and cold with a NE wind. We was home all day. C.N. Delate was here settling up his phosphate bill with Harden and Fred. He waits till Fall.

3
Some clouds and warm with a NW wind. We was home all day. Fred and wife and daughter went over today to see his Father and Mother.

4
Cloudy and cold with a NE wind. Very cold and cloudy all day and rained some in the night and some today and still looks like rain tonight or snow. It’s cold like snow.

5
Cloudy and very cold with an East wind. We was home all day. It was very cloudy and cold enough for snow but it came on a very cold rain the most of the afternoon.

6
Some clouds and cold with a NE wind. We was home all day. Fred finished his foller In the forenoon and Harden got Fred to help him plow in the afternoon to plow his new land stubble.

7
Clear and cold with a NW wind. Wife was to a quilting to Mahan’s this afternoon. Harden finished plowing his new land stubble this afternoon and plowed for Fred.

8
Some clouds and cool with a NE wind. Quite cloudy in the afternoon. Signs of a storm. John D. Lindsey here tonight. Harden was plowing for Fred all day. (Note: John Lindsey was married to Robert’s 3rd born child, Mary Ann Fulton, born November 9,1844. John and mary was united in marriage May 23,1864.)

9
Cloudy and warm with a NE wind. Harden was plowing down by the brook this forenoon. Then Fred helped Harden in the afternoon. John Lindsey left here for home this morning.

10
Cloudy and warm with a NW wind. We was home all day. The day was very warm. Harden and Annie drove down to R.L. Bell’s today on a visit. It was quite stormy looking today.

11
Quite cloudy and cool with a NE wind. We had Evelyn Tapley here today helping clean up the house. Quite dull and rainy looking tonight.

12
Clear and cold with a NW wind. Fred sowed 4 bushels of wheat yesterday for the first. We was all home today. Fred was picking rocks all day off his wheat ground.

13
Clear and cold with a NW wind. We was home all day. Fred finished hauling the rocks off his wheat ground today and harrowed some over the brook.

14
Clear and cold with a NW wind. We was home all day. Mrs. John Mahan was up here today. Fred was harrowing today over the brook. It was a nice fire day. (Note: ‘fire day’ meaning a good time to burn last years tops and stubble)

15
Clear cool with a NW wind. We went up to Harden’s and took dinner today. Harden and Fred set their foller this afternoon and got a nice burn. Fred went down to R. Bell’s tonight with some hay.

16
Clear and warm with a West wind. Very warm day. John Bartley called here today. Fred got Harden to help to kill his hog today. Harden and Fred drove out to Blaine tonight.
(Note: John E. Bartley was the firstborn of Thomas & Jane (Spittle) Bartley of Wicklow,N.B. John married Abigail E. Fulton, 4th born of Robert & Martha Fulton, September 24, 1868. John and Abigail (Abba) resided and farmed in Beaconsfield, N.B.)

17
Mostly clear and warm in the forenoon. Edward McKelvery was here to dinner. Dr. A.J. Fulton and wife here to tea. Signs of another storm.

18
Some clouds and cool with a SE wind. We was home all day. Fred harrowed over his wheat after it was seeded down and got Wiggins’ roller and rolled it down.

19
Cloudy and cold with a NE wind. We was home all day. A very cold day. Fred was sowing and harrowing and shearing sheep and choring all day.

20
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. We was home all day. Fred was cutting seed potatoes. John Lindsey here to tea. Len Bartley and wife called. (Note: Len Bartley, given name of Lorenzo, and his wife Matilda. Len was the younger brother of John Bartley and the elder brothers of Harden’s wife, Annie (Bartley) Fulton, my great grandmother.)

21 Thu
Quite cool with a South wind but clear. A great fire day. We was home all day. Harden drove out to get the doctor today. She was quite poorly. Very smokey.

22 Fri
Cloudy and quite cold with a SE wind. We was home all day. Fred and Harden was planting potatoes today the most of the day. Signs of rain.

23
Clear and cold with a NW wind. Harden and Fred was planting potatoes the most of the day. After supper they took the double team and took out the yearling heifer to pay taxes.

24
Some clouds and cool with a SE wind. W.W. Larrabee and wife here to dinner. R. Bell and wife here to tea with two children. Fred was away.
(Note: Although not mentioned in diary, William and Alice (Fulton) Larrabee and Richard and Dolly (Fulton) Bell was no doubt visiting the Fulton homestead to celebrate their brothers 38th birthday. Harden was born May 23,1858, in Wicklow, N.B.)

25
Clear and cold with SE wind. We was home all day. Fred planting potatoes. Signs of rain soon and much needed. I mended George Hallett’s boots today.

26
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. I went up to Harden’s and helped set up his stoves. It began to rain at noon. I helped to cut potatoes till noon and took dinner. Fred went to Presque Isle today.

27
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. We was cleaning up the house and moving the cupboard out of the kitchen. Fred paid Mahan some on oats and took out a load of moveables for Hutchinson.

28
Some clouds and cool with a NW wind. We was home all day. Fred helped Harden to finish planting his potatoes today. Fred went up to Craig’s for potatoes.

29
Cold with a SE wind and rain all day. We was home all day. Still looks like more rain about bedtime. Wind still out of NE about bedtime. Fred was to work in the cellar.

30
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind. Some showers through the day. Fred had L.H. Fulton and Birt Tapley and Jim Rundlett helping to put a sill under the house.

31 Sun
Cloudy and cold with a NE wind. Thundered and lightening in the night. Looked very rainy in the forenoon. It began to rain heavy in the afternoon. Young Sylvester and LeRoy Bell and Urban Bell and young Boynton and another boy here today.
(Note: Urbie was 12 and LeRoy was 15 years old. They were most likely fishing the deep holes that run through the Fulton homestead. Guizaquit Brook.)

And so Ends the Month of May

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