Monday, September 7, 2009

September 8 thru 11, 1886

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Wednesday - September 8, 1886 - Leicester Fox stops by to pick up 4 bushels of wheat for James Avery. Henry goes to Bloods, and gets 710 pounds of coal from VanWie for $1.24 - about $3.70 per ton! I would have thought they would have heated entirely with wood which would be "free" on their land, but coal would have been better for a longer lasting fire with less care. Sarah goes to Naples and gets molasses, kerosene oil, and something else I'm not sure of? D.D.Clark buys 2 bushels of Peaches at 75 cents a bushel, 20 pounds of butter, and he pays off the balance owed on the berries from last month. Henry also sells a half bushel of peaches to William Borden and wife.

Don's note: I noticed in the ledger pages that Henry sent his brother Robert $10 in currency as balance due on a watch and chain, on the 7th. According to the ledger, he bought a watch and chain, and some gold spectacles from Robert for $25 - a goodly sum. He also paid Charles Olney (his nephew) 89 cents for a gold pen while in Mansfield last week.

Thursday - September 9, 1886 -- They clear out the barn to get ready for the threshing crew to come, and then go to the Weld Family reunion at W.E. Welds place. Henry reports fair attendance, and "all seemed to enjoy themselves". This would be sort of a beginning of our current day Hill Reunion..... Weld being Sarah's mother's family, and the Hill reunion is descendants of Sarah Hill Olney. They see Foster Roberts and his wife Huldah - Huldah is Sarah's aunt - her mother's sister. They see a "goodly number of other relatives". Remarks were made by Augustus Weld - Sarah's uncle -- younger brother of Sarah's mother, and brother of Huldah.

Friday - September 10, 1886 -- They do some more preparation for the threshing crew, and they arrive around noon, and thresh grain all afternoon. A bunch of folks come to visit.... Charles Conley brings Uncle Foster Roberts and Hulda to visit. Julia Drake brings a cousin to visit - Iness Hubbell, and Hannah Conley comes by and towards evening Eber and Ellen Weld (Ellen is Henry's younger sister) come by. While all this was going on, the threshing crew got out 230 bushels of barley.

Saturday - September 11, 1886 -- Henry checks the clover hay, and finds it a bit wet, but not too bad. The corn is ripening "nicely", and the pumpkins are also doing well. Henry takes Uncle Roberts and Huldah and their daughter to Bloods, and while there, picks up Elder Hibbard at the train. The threshing crew finishes their work and leaves after dinner (noon meal). They end up with 336 bushels of Barley, 225 bushels of Oats, and 83 bushels of wheat.

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