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Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

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Diary Theodore and Nellie March 1905

February 28, 2019

We continue the diary of Theodore and Nellie, son Gene and daughter Eva. Gene is married and lives close by in another house.  The family information is in the January post. I will link it here. There is a short post above the diary for January.

January https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/how-do-we...

February https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/new-diary/

Theodore is writing this diary

February 28th Aunt Jane was 85 years old Feb 5th. Gene drew stone today. I did chores, split wood and Nell and I went up to Dan's.  Aunt Jane is sick, don't believe she will get up. J D Lewis was here and I ordered 10# Wellington late potatoes and 5 bushels T.C. oats H E recommends sowing not a mere than 2 bushels to the acre. 

Wednesday March 1, 1905

Gene drew stone and I split wood.

March 2,

Gene drew wood for Delmeter and I split wood.

March 3, Gene drew wood for Delmeter in a.m. He did not work in P.M.  He is not very well I am not either but I went after Eva in P.M and split wood in a.m.

March 4, 

I covered old couch. Gene went to town in P.M. and I got 1/2 ton phosphate and ordered ?? Fifield. I got some grain ground and bought some.  Eva is (Staying) Dr. Sumner. Went up to see Aunt Jane and stopped in to see Eva. 

Sunday March 5

We all went to S.S. Bro Miller preached. 

March 6

I helped wash and done chores I & Gene split some wood in a.m. and in P.M. he went to town carried Eva up got me 1,000 lbs coal and himself 1200#  He got stuff to blister Maud's Spavin of Dr. Craik.  Paid .50 for it. We put it on tonight. 

( I did some research and found an article from 1897 and learned a spavin is a condition a horse can get on a bone or bog. This blister is an old remedy they put on the horse to help or cure this condition.)

March 7

I went up to see Aunt June. Gene helped Lula wash and we split wood in P.M.

March 8, 1905 Wednesday Heme and John Hammon came at night to go to Dan's Auction

March 9

We went to auction. Gene, Nell and I went to help Hannah, There was 5 or 4 hundred people there. They sold a lot of old stuff. The hay grain stick and some tools. one team. Leon and Eunie came and she stayed and Heme and John stayed too.

March 10 

We split wood in a.m. and p.m. I went up to Dan's. Eunie and Nell went to see Aunt Jane. She is no worse.  I got 1 Bu of Burpees Earlies potatoes and paid him #1.00 for them I went after Eva.

Saturday March 11

Lula is sick and Gene was at home with her. I split wood and carried Eunice to Norwood in P.M. to take the train home.

Sunday March 12, 1905

I did chores and all but L went to S.S.. ? took Eva up town at night.

March 13

Gene and I split wood.

March 14 Gene and I split wood. Lula is Better and she and N (Nellie) went to town in P.M.

March 15

Gene and I split wood.

March 16

Bought 11 Bushels of Beauty's best, 50 per bushel, potatoes for me and 1 for Gene of Twin Ellises 1/2 bushel of Early play also and he gave me a few of a late variety. do not know the name. Nell and I went out to Lottie's in P.M.

March 17 I had a Fever last night and was not able to go home today. Lottie has a nice baby. It has been fine weather for several days. Thawed a little today.

Saturday March 18

It thawed all night and we came home in a.m. brought Eva. It rained most all of the P.M. I am very poorly yet. This is the first thaw to amount to anything since the first day of January.

Sunday Marcy 19

It rained most all night and the roads are almost impassible today. Aunt Jane is worse and Nell has been up there most all day. Eva is going to stay there tonight. 

Monday March 20,

It froze last night some. Gene to Eva up to school in P.M. I am poorly. Lula is up to Dans. Aunt Jane is failing.

March 21,

I helped about chores and some. Fixed cutter tiller. Rev Cody, Prohibition county organizer came and is going to stay all night. Mary Jane Martin came to Dan's today. 

March 22

I gave Rev Cody $2.00 as Pro. work and .10 for paper for 1 year. He gets $6.50 as salary beside they have 150. will pay his expenses for 1 year. I split some wood, Gene did too. Nell & Lula went to Dan's. Aunt Jane is failing. Lula is to stay all night.

March 23

Nell and I went to town in a.m. and in P.M. Gene and I broke roads to Potsdam. We got quite a lot of help and had to shovel considerable. It is warm thaws every day. 

Friday, March 24, 1905

Gene and I shoveled a ample of hours on our hill. did chores and C and G and Lavent to town in P.M. got Eva. Aunt Jane died at 3:20 P.M. They sent for Nell and went up at night.

March 25

Gene and I took our traries up for Dan to use. did chores and C Osier came here and cliped the three horses. Charged me $3.00. Eva helped Hannah and dug grave for Aunt Jane in P.M.

March 26,

There was no S.S. as Aunt Jane's funeral was at 2:30. Bro Williams preaching. Tom Leonard and 2 ladies sung. There was not many there. The roads are so bad they could not use herse. Dan Hanna, Will and May Butler came here to tea I went for them and carried them home.

March 27

We took buckets to woods and painted some on buggy. Gene helped Bula awhile. She is sick. Eva drove to school. It rained most of the P.M. Eva went with a buggy today as the snow is going fast. 

Tuesday, March 28, 1905

Eva drove today as she is to be at home the rest of the week except Thursday P.M. We washed buckets, split wood in a.m. and it rained in P.M. some so Gene and I worked on a cupboards for him in his kitchen. It has thawed every day for over a week but is not sugar weather. ( He is talking about sap time) 34 in shade to 72 in sun.

Wednesday March 29

We finished Genes cupboard in a.m. in P.M. tapped part of the trees. It has been very warm. The snow is going fast and seems like the last of April.

Thursday March 30

We finished tapping. It is a little cooler. The heat has been so great in the southern part of the state. That men have been frustrated by it. It went up to 90 in shade in one place. Eva went up to Exams. 

Friday March 31 1905

We gathered and boiled what sap there was a freeze a little last night. 

I will continue this diary the first of April. If you are using a computer I have a small area that says Donna's diary posts and you can click on that to see all the diaries that have been posted so far if you need to catch up.

Grandma Donna

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