Margaret Armstrong Anderson's Diary 1912-13
Margaret Armstrong Anderson, wife of William Anderson, was the daughter
of George Armstrong (1825-1901) and Margaret Stewart (1825-1860). She married
William Anderson in approximately 1873. William was the son of
James Anderson and Mary (Molly) Henderson, who owned
a store on the Rockburn Road at Anderson's Corners.
In about 1912, Margaret and William Anderson moved from Corbin QC, to a farm at the bottom of the Gore road. The farm probably belonged to William's father, James, prior to their move there. The farm was about 1/2 mile east of the farm that belonged to Bill Henderson's grandparents. Bill's dad called Margaret "Aunt Mag" and as a young boy went to visit and learn to play the piano there.
The transcription of Margaret's diary, offering a glimpse of life in Huntingdon County in the early years of the last century, was kindly provided by Bill Henderson.
01 High wind, no snow, wagons out yet, wrote to Elmer today, Mr Burke got 21/2 of fresh eggs to day, got 45 cents a doz for them.
02 Snowing, A. gone to Archie's, got card from Libbie, card from Proper Parcel at Hemmingford.
03 Fine day, Ralph came to day to work, got hand bag and silk handkerchief from Carrie. Mr. Proper held them for duty, 51 cents, although they were poster duty in London on 13 of December, 1911.
04 Clear and frosty, A. and Ralph in the bush.
05 Fine day, no sleighing, A. and Ralph in the bush, Willis came for hay on wagon, F. Beattie took milk to Hemmingford factory to day, very cold to night.
06 Bitter cold and high wind, Austin and Ralph gone to shop this afternoon, no mail to night, train did not get up from Montreal until one a.m.
07 Sunday, Austin and Ralph went to Church, very cold, no sleighing, Austin away to night, wrote Ken and Walter.
08 Cold and high wind, got letters from Elmer and Bell and Laura to night.
09 Cold, high winds and snow, Ralph and Austin in bush.
10 Very frosty, Ralph here this afternoon, milk went to factory.
11 Cold, no snow, Ralph and Austin gone to dance to night at Mccombs, got letter from Nettie
12 Clear and cold, no snow yet, Austin left for ball at Howick, Mr and Mrs Cantlo Ferns spent the evening.
13 Bitter cold, 21 below zero this morning, Pa breaking cedars today, got letter from Mary, Mr Alexander Sadler died on the 12th.
14 Cold, went to Church in wagon, A. Sadler buried to day, Austin away to night, Getting milder.
15 Snowing to day, Pa gone to Ed Cowans for beef, Ralph here this afternoon, got letter from Wilbert.
16 Snowing and cold, Willis out to day, Austin drawing wood, Pa gone to Hemmingford with seven dozen eggs, got 45 cents per dozen.
17 Mild, turns to rain, Austin drawing wood till noon, got letter from Lizzie to night, Austin gone to dance at H. Sayers to night, Mrs Robert Macombs got a stroke to night
18 Mild light snow, Pa gone for oil and took cream and eggs to Mrs Horn. Mr Brown is going to lecture in Knok Church tomorrow night. Willie Orrs birthday, 17 Years old to day, writing to Walter Reeves to night.
19 Mild, rain in morning, light snow in afternoon, got papers from Mr Corbin and letter from Walter.
20 Fine day, Austin got Prince shod at Havelock, Willis out to day for load of hay and wood, last day for W, Stewart to draw the milk to factory. Fine day, going to church,
21 Fine day, going to church, Austin took Topsy away to night
22 Fine and cold, Austin went to Havelock, baked to day and washed the floor over, feel very tired to night, got calendar from Walter, no mail to night, engine broke down
23 Snowing, going to the Gore to day, Austin taking load of wood to Henry ,had tea with Frieda, and stayed at Lizzies all night
24 Bought house and farm from Bill Patenaude to day, got home to night, got letter from Ken.
25 Very cold, took milk to Hemmingford in morning, Austin gone to Sayers to get sleighs shod, 18 below to night.
26 Convention at Hemmingford, Austin and Willis gone, wrote to Ken today, wrote to Walter Anderson, 24 below zero this morning, Austin gone to dance at Robert McKees to night, Willis gone to Bennies, 33 below zero to night.
27 Very cold, A. gone to Hemmingford with load of wood for John Ryan, 10 below Zero, telephone paid, $6.50
28 Sunday, went to church, Mr McAlister preached to day, 16 below zero, A away to night.
29 Snowing, washed to day, Mrs McDermid died in hospital after operation at 5 oclock this evening.
30 Austin gone to sale at Sherrington, took Fred Gordon along, wrote to Elmer to day.
31 Austin and Pa went to Hemmingford with milk to day, snowing and cold, windrises and drifting snow in piles.
01 Cold and blustery, Willis came out to day for load of wood, Austin away to night.
02 Fine day, went to Mrs Mcdarmids funeral, A. went to Fred Gordons to help saw wood. Ralph and Austin gone to club meeting at Nichols.
03 Pa went to Hemmingford with pulp wood, Ed Kenny some better.
04 Very stormy, roads drifted full, R. and Austin gone to church, took colt, Austin away to night, took Prince, very stormy night.
05 Cold day, J. Ryan helping A. to saw pickets, Pa swamping pulp wood, took milk toFactory to day, got sample package of medicine from McNeil to night,, Willis cameto night.
06 Nice day, Willis gone home, Austin gone to Hemmingford with load of pulp for J.R. A. got present to day for Lilly McDowell wedding.
07 Fine day, Austin took two loads of pulp wood for Johnie, Willis came out.
08 Cold and blustery, Austin took sleigh pole over to Henry Sayers this morning, gone to Lilly McDowell marriage this evening, very cold and stormy.
09 Fine clear day, very cold, Ralph here this afternoon helping A. to saw pickets, Got letter from Wilby, Willis came to night.
10 Pa went to Hemmingford with milk and to bank, Willis took one horse and cutter and went home, high winds and bitter cold, 20 below zero, got phone from Oscar Pettis, no mail to night.
11 Sunday, very cold, 20 below zero, did not go to church, Austin went away at noon took colt, hasn't come home to night.
12 Went to St Chrysostome and passed deed on the house and farm from Patenaude To us, Lizzie Baskin taken to hospital to day for operation Appendicitis, doctors Operated at 10 oclock to night, Mr Rousseau came for tea to night, got a card From Ken.
13 Cold day, Austin went to Hemmingford with Ralph, Ralph here this evening ,Lizzie Baskin doing well.
14 Fine day, Ralph and A. drawing out wood, John Ryan rented his farm on Monday 12th of feb to Provest.
15 Pa gone to Hemmingford with milk, R. and A. drawing out wood until noon, Austin Sawing wood at Tom Orrs this afternoon, moved over here to night, Willie Hutichison is here to night, got letter from K and W Gruer, came for pedigreesto day, got photos from Ken, Wal, and Olive.
16 Sawing all day, Ralph here, got telephone stating William Anderson was dead, funeral at 2.00 oclock tomorrow.
17 Fine day, light snow falling, sawing wood, Ralph and Austin helping Pa, did not get to William Anderson's funeral, phone from Mrs Bennie, Willis has grippe, Mr and Mrs Albert Baskin came up to night.
18 Sacrament Sunday, went to church, Austin away to night, fine day.
19 Rain this morning, Walter Bennie and Jerry came to load Willises Piano, Mr Burke and H. Provest came to help load, Walter gone with load, Austin went away this morning, took Prince, washed to day, Willie Hutchison and A. came to night.
20 Fine day, W. and A. gone to saw at Jerry dwyers, Wm gone to factory with milk, got Letter from Nettie.
21 Snowing, Austin and Willie sawing, Pa gone with posts, wrote to Nettie.
22 Drifting, cold and stormy, worst storm of the year, no mail to night.
23 Very cold, and fierce storm, no mail, Dave Gordon gone to Hemmingford, brought mail.
24 Fine day, Austin sawing at Archies, Pa went to Hemmingford with load of wood to Harness maker, got card from Libbie to night.
25 Sunday, my 55th birthday, Austin gone to church, fine day, Austin away to night.
26 Phone from Mrs Bennie, Pa gone to Hemmingford with milk, Austin gone to saw, fine day Got letter from Carrie to night, snowing hard.
27 Snowing, heaviest snow fall of season, no mail, I am writing to Ken to day the 27th, Mary, Willis, Libbie, and Wendall came to night, Cantlo and Johnie came in to night.
28 Terrible storm, Willis and Mary here to night, no mail, Willis and Pa gone to John Ryans.
29 Breaking out roads, Mrs Crawford died this morning, Mrs D.K.Gordon gone home this afternoon, very bad roads, Willis and Mary gone to Stewarts at Hemmingford this afternoon, Libbie and Wendall here, Nettie came home to night, M. and W. went to Bennies to night.
01 Fine day but cold, got head ache this morning, Austin and Nettie went to club meeting at Robsons
02 Cold day, Austin at home, Pa took milk to Hemmingford, Austin went with him.
03 Went to church, bad roads, A. away to night.
04 Pa took wood to Jim McDowell, washed to day, Ed, Lilly and Dave came up to night, Nettie took Austin to work.
05 Fine day, Pa gone to Gore with first load of moving, did not go for mail to night, done all chores, Austin away sawing this week.
06 Fine day, William got back late to night, 20 below zero this morning.
07 Fine day, Pa took milk to factory and load of wood in afternoon to McDowell, Willis came out to day, stayed overnight, mild to night.
08 Fine day, Pa gone to Hemmingford with pickets this afternoon.
09 Blustry, Pa took load of wood to Mcdowell, Austin came home to night.
10 Sunday, fine day, Austin and Ralph gone to church, Austin away to night.
11 Fine day, washed and baked to day, Willis came out for a load.
12 Fine day, Pa gone to Hemmingford with milk, wrote to Carrie and posted it at Hemmingford, got 9 hens and two ducks, paid $6 dollars for them from Eusebe.
13 Big snow storm, Willis got cow from R.Brownlees, stayed all night.
14 Pa gone with Willis to R. Brownlees for cow this morning, Austin gone away with old mare, Willis gone home with two cows.
15 Snow and rain, Papering the dining room, Nettie stayed with Mrs Denault to night, John Ryan called to night.
16 Austin helping John Ryan to prepare for sale, finished papering to day, Austin away walking to night, Pa got a bag of oats from J.Ryan to night, very fine day.
17 Fine sunny morning, no service in Robson church, Mr Brown conducting William Wilson's funeral at 2 oclock to day, Cantlo and Pearl called to day.
18 Pa went with milk to day, Austin at J.Ryans, Nettie washed to day and ironed clothes, I went to say good bye to Mrs Ryan to night.
19 Mary and Willis did not come to day, high water, John Ryans sale to day, Bought his black team, paid $200. dollars for one and $140. for the other, and three head of cow cattle, sale bill. $581. dollars .
20 Cold wind, high water and bad roads, Austin bringing his truck from Ryans.
21 Cold and snowing, Andrew Glen came for load of pickets and went back the same day, got letter from Mary to night, no mail to Franklin to day on account of high water.
22 Fine day, Austin took load of hay to Hemmingford for John Ryan, Pa gone to Chrysostome with load of pickets, broke down on north road and had to get Denaults sleighs, sold pickets to Mr Brown, Dave and Bertha family came to night, Willis came to night.
23 Fine day, Willis gone home, Austin gone to Willises this afternoon, Mr and Mrs E. Cowan came down to night, Pa took load of wood down to Ed Cowan.
24 Snowing heavily, Pa gone to church, turns cold.
25 Cold, Austin got home from Willises, Pa gone to Gore with load, Eva and Maggie Glen came out, Austin sold last ton of Willises hay to day to J.Fevrau for $16 dollars a ton, very tired to night.
26 Fine and cold, good sleighing, Maggie and Eva Glen went home, Willis came out to night.
27 Fine day, taking piano away to day and young cattle, Austin took buckets to bush.
28 Raining, Willis cant take load, clearing up in evening, Willis and Pa gathered first run of sap, Austin away with Frank to night.
29 Raining, snow going fast, high water.
30 Willis and Pa took a load, roads breaking up, Walter came out to night, he is looking fine, got first syrup to day, Aurther Glode boiled down.
31 Cloudy and cool, Austin doing the chores and Willises heifer and Ryans ran up to school house, he went on horseback and got them, not going to church to day, Mary and Willis came out to day and went to Bennies to night, snowing to night.
01 Walter went to city this morning, Mary phoned up to day,,Bell telephone in operation to day, snowing hard to night, washed to day, ,stopped sending milk to Hemmingford factory to day.
02 Heavy snow fall, good sleighing, Cantlo and Pearl moving to Huntingdon to day, Austin gone to Hemmingford for feed, sent Forester money to Hemmingford to day, Willis and Pa gone out to night, Frank Young died last night at 7.00 oclock
03 Snow storm, good sleighing, Willis and Austin gone to Hemmingford and bought a new range, Austin away to night.
04 Fine day, Willis and Pa gone with load, Nettie and I going to Mary's this afternoon, roads very bad.
05 Good Friday, Went to the Gore this morning, set up stove and bed and cleaned up kitchen, came back to Mary's in afternoon, came home in evening, the water was dangerously high along the Franklin road, Nettie drove Fred and Frank and got through safely, thanks to good stearing.
06 Fine day, ice breaking up in river to day, high water, Aurthur Glode here boiling syrup and doing chores.
07 Easter Sunday, fine day, ice all gone off river here, water high and high wind, cold and very dark, Austin away to night, snowing and freesing.
08 Cold and windy, water falling in river, Arthur in bush with Austin to day, churned and baked bread to day, got letter from Mary, Pa paid $25.50 insurance to day on place at Gore, took the money we had in the bank to pay for it.
09 Fine day, sap not running, Austin and Ralph gone to Hemmingford, Arthur splitting wood, Nettie and I doing chores, turns cold and snow falling.
10 Fine day, frost last night, good run of sap to day.
11 Good run of sap to day, done chores and sugared off to day.
12 Fine day, good sap run, Mr and Mrs Bennie Roberts came up to day, Austin is boiling to night, got letter from Carrie.
13 Fine but cold, sap running very good, ED Cowan came to see sick cow, got letter from Mary.
14 Sunday, cold and sap run until noon and rain came on, Austin did not go to bush to day, Ed Cowan came up this morning to see cow, did not get to church, Austin away to night.
15 Rain this morning, Austin went to shop with Frank, Aurthur in shanty, 7 little pigs to day.
16 Fine day, cleaning shed, Nettie cleaned the blue cupboard, Willis came out to night.
17 Big loss of life on Titanic White Star Liner, Willis taking his centuery plant home to day, Austin gone to Hemmingford with sugar, sold $12.40 worth to Fisher Bros, Boiling down syrup on stove, Austin and Ralph gone to McMullins sale, Ralph, Austin and Aurthur in shanty to night.
18 Raining to day, Austin and Aurthur in shanty, Nettie and I cleaned the pantry and done the chores, Austin away to night , took gray colt.
19 Frost coming out and grass growing but cloudy and cool, rained all last night, Aurthur here, news in Star says 161 souls lost when the Titanic sunk at sea April,15.1912.
20 Frose hard last night, fine day, Austin gone to Hemmingford with syrup, Aurthur in bush, Willie Orr and Austin away to night, drove Fred.
21 Sunday, fine day, went to church to day, Austin away to night.
22 Fine, light showers, A. trying to place the ram (pump) in river to day, put buckets away to day,.
23 Rain last night, snowing hard to day, Austin away to night.
24 Cool and cloudy, went to Ed Cowans, light shower, Austin away to shop at Havelock, sent letter and sugar to Carrie to day.
25 Fine day, Austin and Privo raising of stable, Walter Seed's brought Libbie up to day, Libbie cleaned the shed, Austin away to night.
26 Fine but cool, Gracie and Ira visits Libbie, Austin gone to Havelock.
27 High wind, Austin gone off driving team to day, Ralph gone to, went over to Mooer town, wnt to Ed and Maggie's Cowans to night.
28 High wind and cold, Austin gone to church, took team, I did not go, Libbie has gone to Mr Burkes, Austin away to night, Mrs D.K.Gordon and sister Grace visited us to night, a cold clear night.
29 Fine but cold, froze hard last night, Austin away with Ralph to Frank Young sale, Nettie, Libbie and I went to Hemmingford, Nettie got her hat.
30 Fine and warm, Austin ploughing and Aurthur is fencing, Nettie is putting wood in shed, Austin took calf to Hemmingford to day, got $5.00 for it.
01 Fine and warm, piling wood in shed, Austin gone to Hemmingford to night, I fixed fence along canal to day.
02 Fine day, piling wood and cleaning up lawn.
03 Fine day, Mrs Saul died this A.M. at 10.00 oclock, piling wood, Pa and Erle came for cows.
04 Fine day, Pa and Erle gone with cows, Nettie and Libbie gone after them with express wagon and things, Austin and Aurthur gone to St Chrysostome and bought a buggy, paid $90 dollars for it sometime.
05 Sunday, went to Mrs Sauls funeral, Austin away to night, I am alone, Fred and Mrs Gordon just came to visit.
06 Rained this morning, Fred came over, Austin and Aurthur gone to Hemmingford for seed oats, Ralph came for Buggy, no letters to night.
07 Fine morning, Austin harrowing, Aurthur fixing fence, churning and washing to day, William came for pig to day, Walter was out Sunday May 5th , took measure for two rooms.
08 Fine and warm, thunderstorm in afternoon, William McComb brought pasturers to day, cleaned up outside kitchen, Willis called to night, had a new horse, Austin away to night.
09 Fine with light showers, Nettie came out.
10 Washing and packing a load.
11 Started to Gore with load, took Frank and Prince.
12 Sunday, very lonesome, cold and dull.
13 Cleaned attic and door yard, Bill called.
14 Cleaned kitchen and went to Mary's, very cold.
15 Came from Mary's, painted windows, Lizzie and Annie called to day,.
16 Cold, cleaned roon up stairs.
17 Painted bedroom up stairs, Lizzie and Annie called, rained all day.
18 Cold, rained all day.
19 Sunday, went out home to day, called at Evas, very cold.
20 Cold rain and snow, washed to day, went to Ed Cowans this evening.
21 Cold and rain, Austin,Nettie and I went to the Gore, Austin took load.
22 Austin gone home, painted bedroom ceiling, raining and cold, chickens out to day, sent papers to Elmer.
23 Dull and cold, Nettie went with Eva and Andrew to night.
24 Rain and thunder, very warm, Lizzie helping me to paper to day, got room all done, Mr McClatchie fixing furnace.
25 Warm, painting room, took pipes down and washed floors over, Annie, Mabel and Samuel called to night.
26 Sunday, fine day, Pa gone to Mary's for Nettie, Topsy got colt, had McCormac V.S. with her, Joe and Mrs McWhinnie called.
27 Fine day, mare some better this morning, Topsy and colt alright, Nettie and Frieda gone for drive, painting windows black.
28 Terrible thunderstorm.
29 Heavy rain, fields flooded, painting parlor to day.
30 Raining this morning, wrote to Austin to day.
31 Cold rain, taking off paper and cleaning walls, Willis and Mary came up to day.
(Note) At the end of the diary, notes appear noting the following, May 1912, Left Austin on place, two milk cows, one beef cow, two yearlings, three young pigs and one ready to butcher, 28 hens, team of horses, five boxes of bees, including all the farm implements and tools to work the place.
01 Fine day but cool, painting and washing windows.
02 Sunday, not going to church, called to see Freida to day.
03 Fine day, painting and putting in garden seeds to day, rained this evening.
04 Working in garden, Wilbert and Nettie gone to Ormstown.
05 Cool and windy, painting parlor ceiling 3rd coat, Tim fixing verandah, Nettie taking off wall paper.
06 Painted sitting room.
07 Fine day, very cool, Tim painting front verandah, McClatchie putting in sink and basin, Samuel Henderson here ploughing.
08 Nettie gone to Mary's, planting potatoes, Robert Mills called last night, wrote to Carrie to day.
09 Sunday, gone out home, roads good.
10 Austin left for camp at Farnham this AM, Fred kicked and leg broken, had to be shot at Hemmingford.
11 Nettie gone back to Gore to day, telephone out of service.
12 Raining, first day of stock show at Ormstown, got papers from London.
13 Fred Gordon planting Austin's corn to day, letter from Carrie to day.
14 Warmer to day, washing and planting some corn, wrote to Carrie and Elmer, Mrs Cowan and Mildred called this evening.
15 Planted sweet corn to day, raining and cold.
16 Sunday, raining and cold, Mr and Mrs Dave Gordon came this evening.
17 Washed to day, Mr and Mrs Curran came for tea this evening.
18 Fine but cool, lost Libbies guinea hen this am.
19 Fine day, painted water pipes and washed to day, sent telephone money with Mr Denault to Hemmingford, Willis came out to night.
20 Cool, Willis gone back this am.
21 Fine day, got swarm of bees, first this season, Bennie and Eliza came to day.
22 Went to Mrs Currans this afternoon.
23 Sunday, fine day, Mr and Mrs Ed Cowan came up this evening
24 Fine day, road work begun to day, got two quarts strawberries.
25 Fine, got two quarts strawberries, Austin got from camp.
26 Light showers.
27 Working on roads, got letter from Elmer.
28 Cleaned house to day, Austin gone to St Chrysostome.
29 Austin and Aurther gone to Hemmingford and to Cascadens with Jock.
30 Went to church to day, Sacrament Sunday, Austin joined to day, Pa sold Prince, got $165.00.
01 Ball game at Havelock, Austin gone to Havelock, got beat.
02 Very warm, Austin sewing Buckwheat, Austin gone to social on hill.
03 Fine and warm, Austin gone to picnic on Robson street.
04 Austin gone to concert at Hemmingford.
05 Went to the Gore with Aurther, very warm.
06 Went to Ormstown and got tooth out, Aurther gone home, Bill, Lizzie, Mary and Tom called.
07 Very warm, Albert and Mrs Baskin and family called for tea to day.
08 Very warm.
09 Very warm, painting to day.
10 Very warm.
11 Very warm, Painting verandah.
12 Very warm.
13 Very warm, Lizzie calls this evening.
14 Very warm, Willis and Wendall up, Andrew and Eva here, Nettie gone home with them.
15 Very warm, washed, thunder storm, not much rain.
16 Painting bedroom upstairs to day, cool and dry.
17 Painting and cleaning up stairs, Stewart came down to day with currents.
18 Warm, washing woodwork in dining room, paid McClatchie $30.00 to day, Freida came up to day.
19 Cool, painting kitchen, Erle brought 3 squares of honey this am.
20 Cleaning stair steps and hall, Lizzie and Annie and Mabel and Samuel called to night.
21 Sunday, raining and cool, not feeling well to day, Walter came up to day, Harold Henderson and wife came down to night.
22 Fine and cool.
23 Fine day, painting stairs, Austin and Aurther came down to day.
24 Austin moving hay.
25 Austin finished cutting with machine and drew in 5 loads.
26 Austin and Aurther went home to day.
27 Fine and cool, Pa and Nettie gone to Franklin, got letter from Harry.
28 Sunday, fine and cool, not going to church.
29 Raining, Pa gone to get Topsy shod.
30 Hanging shades on windows to day, fine day, washing ceiling upstairs.
31 Cool and fine.
01 Fine day, went for berries.
02 Shower, Willis and Mary and family came up to day, painting in hall.
03 Rained, Wilby gone to Mrs Adems funeral and bought a horse, Bill called to day.
04 Another lonesome Sunday, rained this afternoon.
05 Washing to day.
06 Eva and Maggie Glen came up to day for berries and got pail full, tired to night.
07 Painted hall ceiling, went to Lizzies in evening, old Harper called to day.
08 Nettie gone for berries this a.m.
09 Rained, got letter from Walter.
10 Rained, Nettie gone to Frank Boyls, Freida and cousin called to night, Pa told boys to go out of orchard to night.
11 Thunder storm and heavy rain.
13 Fine day, painting dining room and ceiling.
14 Fine, Nettie and Ellen went to the lines, got nice lot of berried to day.
15 Went for berries in forenoon, laid oilcloth on hall in afternoon.
16 Went to Ormstown, fine day, called at Mary's.
17 Fine day, Eva Glen and Mr Elliott came up to day, did not go to church.
18 Fine and cool.
19 Fine and cool, going out home, taking off Duchess apples before going.
20 Washing and cleaning up, Austin gone to Montreal with H.Sayers, Aurther got sore hand.
21 Austin helping Tom Orr to thrash this afternoon, light showers, Austin gone away to night.
22 Came home to day, Austin told me if I stayed out there he would leave, so came home, Willis and Mary came for cows this evening, Nettie went back with them.
23 Rained this morning, painting kitchen and making preserves to day, Nettie and Libby came up to night.
24 Rained to day, Annie and Mabel called to night.
25 Sunday, lonesome day, went to see Tom and Wilby this evening, they got hurt by team and binder.
26 Sent Forrester dues to Hemmingford to day, Lizzie visited us this afternoon.
27 Fine day, Mary and Willis came up, Willis worked in ditch.
28 Fine, got celler window painted and fixed.
29 Fine, going to Mary's to stay while she is in Cowansville.
30 Ilda staying at Mary's with me, she is ill and not able to go to work.
31 Fine day, Ilda no better.
01 Sunday, raining, Nettie and Eva came down to day.
02 Light rain, Ilda feeling better, Willis and Mary got home at 12 oclock to night, had a fine visit.
03 Raining, came home with Wilby, Libbie started to school to day.
04 Fine day, Eva and Nettie gone to Glens this p.m.
05 Wilby and Freida gone to St Louis show, staying with Mrs Harland, rained to day.
06 Nettie came home to day, cleaning kitchen, stairs and baking.
07 Got letter from Ken, he won a scholarship, dull and warm.
08 Sunday, did not go to church, fine day.
09 Went to Ormstown for paint and wallpaper.
10 Papering room up stairs, packing apples, dull and cloudy, St Martin show to day, rained this afternoon, big thunderstorm to night.
11 Fine day, Nettie gone to Mary's, putting oil cloth on sitting room.
12 Pa at Bill's thrashing, Nettie and Ellen gone to lines.
13 Fine day, got telephone yesterday that Mrs McFee died, went to Huntingdon show to day.
14 Fine day, put down oilcloth and fixed up spare room.
15 Sunday, Warren and Lyda Winter came up to day, rained this evening, writing to Ken to night.
16 Washed to day and picked apples, trimmed apple trees this p.m.
17 Fine day, Mr Cogland packed 12 barrels of St Lawrence apples to day, Havelock show to day, did not get to it.
18 Rained, light showers this a.m. Andrew Rutherford taking our apples to Ormstown to day, rained, did not go.
19 Andrew Rutherford took apples, cleaned up apple trees, raining again this evening.
20 Raining hard to day, baking bread.
21 Painting the woodwork in kitchen, got bad cold.
22 Sunday, did not go to church.
24 Went to Ormstown, got oilcloth for sitting room, rained all the way, roads very bad, sent order to Eatons.
25 Hattie and Harold Henderson and his wife came down this afternoon for tea, rained this a.m.
26 Rained this a.m., Mr and Mrs William Graham called this evening, rained all day again.
27 Drawing wood from Mr Patinenaude to day, fine day.
28 Fine day, Nettie gone to Mary's, Walter coming out to night, picking apples.
29 Sunday, rained hard this a.m., snowing heavely this afternoon, Walter and I went up to Hatties this evening.
30 Walter gone to city this a.m., Nettie at Mary's to day, raining
01 Mary's birthday, fixing horse stable, made catsup today, sent forester dues to night.
02 Hard frost last night, cold to day, got letter from Elmer.
03 Fine day, sunshine to day.
04 Fine, went to Ormstown for Eaton parcel, Mary, Libbie and Wendell came up this p.m.
05 Fine day, Mrs Glen and daughter came up to day, got corn in this evening.
06 Sunday, not going to church, fine day, went down to Mary's this p.m..
07 Picking and packing apples.
08 Went to McGarigle sale.
09 William gone to James Anderson funeral, rained this p.m., packing apples.
10 Digging potatoes and packing apples, Willis up to day.
11 Went to Peter Reeds sale, fine day.
12 Went to Montreal to day, rained hard, Mary got L.and W. pictures taken.
13 Came up to day, fine day,.
14 Fine day, Nettie gone to Glens, painting my bed room.
15 Heavy frost this a.m., fine day, D.T.McClarns wedding day, Pa gone to Andrew Rutherfords packing barrels of apples for Ellen Geraghty, Robbie and Nellie called.
17 Fine day, sent money to bank to pay John Ryans note.
18 Fine day, getting in wood.
19 Getting sand for cistern, got letter from Carrie.
20 Sunday, fine day, went to Lizzies this evening, did not go to church.
21 Heavy white frost last night, fine day, wrote to Carrie to day.
22 Mary and Mrs R.Pettis came to visit, fine day.
23 Fine and warm, cleaning up barn yard.
24 Mr Pollick building cistern to day.
25 Raining, Willis came up with brick and cement, Mr Pollick and Tim here.
26 Pollick and Tim got done with cistern at noon.
27 Cool, not going to church.
28 Fine, putting on cellar windows and getting wood in and plastering around windows.
29 Fine day, sent barrel of apples to Mrs J.Rice, Lizzie and Bill came to night.
30 Making apple jelly, high wind to day, Roy took old gray and colt on Mon 29th.
31 Went to Mrs Glens to day.
01 High wind, Nettie and I got dresses from Jacob Perol to day, he is here overnight.
02 Very cold, Eva and Mr Elliot here, put on double door to day.
03 Wilby gone to town, cold, not going to church.
04 Going to Hemmingford to day, fine day, hard frost last night.
05 Fine day, Pa and Austin drawing in corn.
06 Went to Hemmingford, Austin gone to get Jim shod.
07 Raining heavy all day, Austin away to night, pouring down rain.
08 Came home to day, high water, brought big flow.
09 Cold, churned and packed butter.
10 Sunday, not going to church.
11 Fine day, Nettie washed, A.Anderson invited us to the ladies Aid.
12 Fine day, going out to Corbin to day.
13 Raining, Austin gone to Havelock.
14 Austin gone to St Chrysostome, got sale bills out to day.
15 Heavy snow fall last night, bad roads, Oyster supper at Lorne Samples.
16 Austin gone to clear up after Oyster supper, cold and snowing, got letter from Walter to night.
17 Sunday, Mr Browns last sermon, Austin away to night.
18 Austin took sale bills down to day, working at sugar shanty andgetting potatoes and apples into cellar to day.
19 Washing to day.
20 Hard frost, Austin birthday, 22 years to day.
21 Cleaning stove and pipes, fine and warm.
22 Fine day, Austin,Aurthur and Harold in the bush, roofing shanty to day.
23 Fine day, Lester, Flossie, Mildred and Edna came up for tea this evening.
24 Sunday, Mr Patterson preached, Mrs D. Gordon and Jean came this p.m. and stayed for tea, Fred and Lizzie came to night, heavy snow to night.
25 Still snowing, trees are broken with weight of snow, Austin gone to Chrysostome with Ralph.
26 Cold and windy, Austin gone to Hemmingford with wood for McClatchie, Sam Barr died to day.
27 Cold, Sleighs are out to day, Austin gone to Havelock, washed and churned to day.
28 Fine day, Austin and Ralph gone to Hemmingford.
29 Austin and Ralph butchered to day.
30 Getting meat away and making head, Austin gone to Hemmingford, McNeil skipped out with $36.000 dollars.
01 Sunday, fine day, Austin gone to church, and away to night.
02 Austin gone to Havelock, thawing fast to day and wagons are running, went to Mrs Denaults to day.
03 Fine day but cold, washing to night.
04 Fine day, Austin gone to St Chrysostome.
05 Nettie came out to day, a very fine day.
06 Came out home to day, very high wind, tree across road.
07 Clear and cold, got letter from Norman on our way home yesterday, churning this a.m., Freida came up this evening.
08 Sunday, snowing, turns cold.
09 Very cold and bad roads.
10 Nice day, gone to Ormstown and out home with Austin, no sleighing.
11 Light snow, went to Mrs Goties with dress to day, Austin gone to Hemmingford, John Fiddas came over to night.
12 Cold and high wind.
13 Washing, Austin gone to Fred Gordons, chopping bee.
14 Clear and cold, Austin gone to St Chrysostome.
15 Sunday, Willie Orr helping Austin write invitations for reception.
16 Very cold, Aurthur took Austin to the train this a.m., baking, Mrs D.Gordon came over this p.m.
17 Baking, very fine day.
18 Austin married to night at 5 oclock, Walter drove them to Centerville to train, rained heavy on his way home.
19 Walter gone back to city.
20 Fine but cold, Nettie and Eva came out to Corbin in buggy, Reception for Carrie and Austin coming home, 85 took lunch, Good time club presented them with Dining room set of extension table and chair and Mr Blair, a parlor table, Mrs Dave Gordon kindly lent her organ for the night, had a fine time, all left at 5 a.m. in the morning.
21 Nettie and I came home to day, a bitter cold day.
22 Sunday, fine but cold, did not go to church.
23 Cold, Nettie gone to Glens, going to Howick to Xmas tree.
24 Baking and churning to day, Nettie came home to day, fine day but cold, Freida and Wilbert give nice Xmas present of Candies, got broach from Hi Henderson to night and two linen towels from Winnipeg from Laura, and silk Handkerchief from London England.
25 Christmas day, Walter came up from city to day, Austin and Johnie Boyle came up this p.m., Roy McWhinnie married to day.
26 Putting wood in shed, very fine day.
27 Snowing, went to Ormstown, bought cutter from Hugh Chambers to day, paid $30.00.
28 High wind, Freida came up this evening, got letter from Carrie at home.
29 Sunday, nice day, did not go to church.
30 Fine day.
31 Went to Lines to day, Austin and Carrie came to night, got three Ostrich feathers from Carrie in to night mail.
01 Mary, Willis, Libbie and Wendell came up to day, Austin and Carrie started for home at 3 oclock this p.m., Wilis left after dark, have not got New Years letter from Elmer yet, very fine day, good wheeling, very lonesome for first night of year.
02 Pa went to Ormstown, Tim brought 1/2 ton of Bran, posted letter to Carrie to day.
03 Raining very hard, got my hands poisoned, cut ivy from Austin's window, night of his reception, stopped raining and high wind.
04 Fine day, light snow falling, no mail here since Thursday the 2nd, wheeling is fine, no sleighing yet.
05 Sunday, fine but cold, Wilbert and Freida gone to church, Andrew and Eva Glen came up for tea and Nettie went home with them.
06 Washed and baked bread, Gordon brought wood, Aurthur and Bella came down to night.
07 Cold and snow, good sleighing, got letter from Carrie and Austin to night, and book from Emma Hay, Stanley A.called.
08 Fine day, Willis came up to day and brought iron bed, Ilda Winter came up to day.
09 Fine day, went to Freida's to night.
10 Fine day, went to Ormstown, called at Mary's, Ilda visited at Ellen Figsby's to day.
11 Raining, Freida and baby came up to night, no letters to night.
12 Sunday, stormy, did not go to church.
13 Fine day, Patenaude starting the mill to day.
14 Fine day, Ilda gone to Jane Hendersons to visit, Gordon called.
15 Lovely day, Tom Knowels visited and stayed for tea, Eddie Simpson had tea, Helen Geraghty visited with Ilda this p.m.
16 Ilda and I went to Jane's to day to ladies Aid meeting.
17 Rained, snow gone and wagons out, Ilda gone to visit Helen Geraghty.
18 Rained to day, Ilda gone to Willies to day, Jane,Fred,and Ilda came in evening.
19 Sunday, Sleighing to day, did not go to church.
20 Went to Aurthur's to night, Pa,Ilda and I.
21 Fine day, no sleighing.
22 Ilda and I went to the Lady's Mission at Miss Hannah Grahams to day, Lizzie and Bill came to night.
23 Went to Mrs Abe Rutherfords funeral to day, no snow, raining to night, got letter from Carrie to night.
24 Fine day, Ilda went home to day, taking paper off room upstairs.
25 Finished taking off paper, baked and waxed, no snow, fine day, got letter from Elmer.
26 Sunday, did not go to church, went to Lizzies to night.
27 No snow, cold wind, got letter from Carrie.
28 Washed in forenoon, went to Mary's in afternoon, very cold day, got Dan shod, roads are icy, no snow yet.
29 Very cold, Willie Crutchfield married to day.
30 Fine wheeling, got letter from Walter, churned all day.
31 High wind, no snow.
01 Fine and cold, no snow, Freida and Marion up to night.
02 Sunday, wrote to Carrie in London, did not go to church, high wind, no snow.
03 Fine day, no snow.
04 Fine day, no snow.
05 High wind, no snow, dust blowing on roads, piling in wood for furnace.
06 High wind, light snow.
07 Colg, high wind, no snow, Willis brought Nettie home to day.
08 Fine day, no snow.
09 Very cold, no snow, did not go to church.
10 Wind and cold, no snow, Willis came up, drew hay down from Aurthur's.
11 Fine day, milder, sending in for rural mail in to night's mail, Nettie gone up to Helen Geraghty's.
12 Very cold, no snow, Pa helped A.Rutherford to cut wood to day.
13 Clear and cold.
14 Milder, no snow, Mary and Kenneth came.
15 Snowing to day and cold.
16 Sunday, not at church.
17 Fine, light snow, went to see Annie to day, took Lizzie along.
18 Fine day, Willis came up with hay.
19 Fine day.
20 Fine day, snow gone.
21 Waggons running, automobile passed here to day, finished washing of paper up stairs.
22 Snowing to day.
23 Sunday, not at church, good sleighing.
24 Fine day, clear and cold, sent order to Eaton's.
25 Fine day, Nettie went to Glens, my birthday, got letter from Laura abd card from Libbie.
26 Fine sunny day.
27 Fine day, Mission meeting at R.Neely's, I could not get to it, Robert Picard killed by train on 25th, painted bed room upstairs to day.
01 Earle Henderson's birthday, went to Lizzies.
02 Fine day, did not go to church.
03 Blustry, papered bedroom.
04 Fine cold day, went to Renolds Boyds.
05 Fine day, Mission at Mrs McCartney's, did not go.
06 Eva and Maggie Glen came up to day, got very stormy, got papers from Carrie.
07 Fine, but cold.
08 Fine, Pa gone to Ormstown, took Ellen, paid Robbie note to day,
09 Sunday, snowing, Pa gone home with Libbie.
10 Fine, J.McArdle and Ken called, Bill, Lizzie, Samuel, Annie and Mabel called.
11 Fine, good sleighing, Willis came up with hay, Robbie Anderson collected for Rabidoux.
12 Fine day.
13 Fine, Freida gone to city, Nettie gone to Ellen's, A.Glen here to night.
14 High winds, snow gone, Pa and Burns to Ormstown.
15 High wind and rain, Tim and Burns gone by train to Huntingdon.
16 Sunday, not at church.
17 Cold, Wilbert gone to city, Nettie staying with Mrs Harland to night.
18 Fine day, putting wood in cellar, got letter from Ken.
19 Fine warm day, sap running well, good wheeling.
20 Raining, Stanley Bryson called to day.
21 Good Friday, Provest caught in mill shaft to day, William Mcgarigle called to day, rained this p.m.
(Note) On this page of entries for March 1913, the following is written.
Died Dec 18th,1911, Kutusoff Nicholson McFee of operation for appendicitis in London England, Native of St Chrysostome,Quebec, Born April 22,1851.
(Note) The first name of this man are sufficiently unusual as to suggest that he might have been the child of an army family, Kustov the Russian General of 1912 fame, and Nichoson who served with distinction during the Indian Muteny, are possible namesakes.
Note: There are no more consecutive entries beyond this date, however on separate slips of paper, there are a few more items relating to events widely separated in point of time. These are listed below.
November 28,1913 Heavy soft snowfall to day, taxes on lot in Regina $2.80
December 31,1913 Ross christened to day, I did not get to the ceremony.
January 12,1914 Got letter from Carrie Reeves to day, answered on the 13th.
Feburary 18,1914 Austin down to day to see about selling the place, (on the other side of page), Austin out to day about selling place.
March 04,1914 Pa and Willis gone to Chrysostome to pass deed to Provost, the Corbin place is sold to day, price,$3200 and 50, $1700 and 50 payable to Austin, the balance, $ 1500 to his father.
March 10,1914 Auction sale paid deed, 7/0 note also1/0.
April 23,1924 Went with Austin to St Chrysostome to give W.Provost a paid up discharg of the farm at Corbin.
, balance paid $1250 Cost od discharge to J.E.Derome N.P. $12.50 cents, also two will copies, $2.00 each, $4.00