Monday, January 19, 2009

January 19 through 22, 1886

As always, click on the picture to enlarge for easier reading of original. Feel free to contact me with corrections, additional information, or comments.

Temperatures begin to appear next to the dates printed in the diary. (actually I just noticed a couple of earlier dates that have temperature entries)

On Wednesday the 20th, Jen gets a dress cut --- is this another dress, or is Henry repeating information from Saturday - the 16th ---- or is she picking up the dress? Sarah gets a hat - $2.00. Not inexpensive! Omar gets grist - cow feed - from Lyons Mill --- a second mill - previously they went to Red Mill. Dad suggests that Lyon's Mill may have been on the Blodgett place - just up the hill a bit from their place?

Note at end of the entry for the 19th --- "Wednesday's happenings" ... matching note at end of the entry for the 20th indicates that the information was reversed. I can't figure out why Henry writes "Mother Goose" after "Wednesday's happenings" Anyone out there got any theories? "Wednesday's happenings" sounds like it could be a Mother Goose line, but I can't find anything on Google.

On Tuesday, Hattie (Henry's daughter) and little Florence are there visiting. Florence is Henry and Sarah's granddaughter. Also visiting is Mrs. S.H. Ingraham - relative of Hattie and Harmon - can't find any info on exact relationship. Frank Marsh and wife are there too - quite a party for a Tuesday. Omar takes Nora Lawton riding till 10PM ;-)

On Thursday Sarah makes her dress, with help from Aunt Jane (not sure who this is) who came home with them from Naples on Wednesday. Aunt Jane makes button holes. This is confirmation that Miss Arnold measures and cuts fabric, and the actual sewing is completed at home. Omar and Jen shovel the road --- no plowing service I guess!

Dress making and button hole making continue on Friday. They go to a Grange fundraiser. Omar and Jen go to something at high point. Can anybody figure out that word? Looks like "surprise" to me, but that doesn't make much sense?? There is a High Point Hill, and a High Point Cliff listed as 2 of 31 Mountain Peaks and Summits in Ontario County, NY. Location Center: 42.6459°N 77.4447°W Elevation at center: 2,159 feet (658 meters) 1.8 miles from Naples, so it is in the neighborhood! Google maps puts High Point northwest of Naples.... the Olney's live about the same distance south of Naples. That puts High Point closer than Bloods (Atlanta) and they have made that trip several times already this year! Now ..... what is that word "s ----- at high point" ???????


Sequana said...

Just looks like
Si..rial - I'll have to do some more comparing of letters. But maybe that will get "surprise" out of your mind.....*S*

Sequana said...

could that 4th letter be a "g?"

"sing" something?

amarkel58 said...

As far as the Mother Goose thing...I'm pretty sure that's not from any of the poems; my initial inclination was to believe it was some sort of expression you said to unjinx yourself when you'd done something backwards (something along the lines of turning around three times if you put a shirt on backwards, that sort of thing). But I posed the question over on the message board at the sur la lune fairy tale site....if anyone is going to know, I bet it'll be someone in that community! Of course, if it's a regionalism, as is entirely possible, we'll have to hope someone from western NY?Finger Lakes is reading there...

Louise's Son-in-law said...

On the Mother Goose thing, I like Anne's theory. I've sent an e-mail to The Mother Goose Society to see if the person running that page has any info?

Sequana is definitely right about the second letter being an "i". I'm trying to figure out if there is a way to google things with "wild card" letters --- like Si**rial*, but no luck so far.

amarkel58 said...

well, so far I've gotten one reply to my query over at sur la lune, which I copy here:

The best I can think of is a reference to the old Mother Goose rhyme:

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go.
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child born on the Sabbath Day
Is fair and wise and good and gay.

A mishap on a Wednesday would be consistent with "Wednesday's child is full of woe."


the "Wednesday's child" thing had briefly crossed my mind, but it seemed a stretch. I checked my OED too, just in case, but nothing yet!