Diary of A.L.J. 1938

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This page is a year's entries from the diary of Alice L. Jones, who was my father's mother. She kept a diary from 1909 into the 1970's. I have recovered 7 volumes of her effort and transcribed her very legible handwriting into these web pages. I have not corrected her word usage, abbreviations or spelling. Please send an email to jdj@mcanv.com if you would care to question or comment.

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Diary of Alice L. Jones

1938

Sat. Jan. 1st

Snowed about 8 in, 2° above. Everett went to Topsham in P.M. to stay over night. Mac in. June and Betty Gilman came home from Boston by Lewiston. Clark Townsend leased Pine Grove Station.

Sun. Jan. 2

Fair. I went to Stew’s in P.M. Ervin brot June home from her Boston trip. William and Bud and Otis spent most of day here. Wm. walked to Falls in P.M.

Mon. Jan 3rd

Good day. Ervin took June home to spend night. Win- and I went up to Rideout’s in eve. Will Arno passed away.

Tues. Jan. 4th

Partly cloudy, few flakes of snow in eve. mild.

Wed. Jan. 5th

Mostly fair. Ervin and June went to ride in eve.

Thurs. Jan. 6th

10° above, clear. I went to Stew’s and Allen’s in P.M. Ben went to Falls in P.M. John Dunn died after 4 wk's illness at Marcotte Home, Lewiston – age 78 years.

Fri. Jan. 7th

Rainy day. Ervin over in eve.

Sat. Jan 8th

Cloudy, Clearing in eve. Win- and Nettie here in P.M. June went away for week-end with Ervin in eve. Everett played at Purgatory.

Sun. Jan. 9th

10° above, clear. Everett went to work in P.M. Win – and I rode down as far as Byrus’ Hill. Merton and Otis over in P.M. Ervin brot June home in late eve.

Mon. Jan. 10

Ben took June to Mrs. Stetson’s with her luggage for week. Win- and Nettie called in eve.

Tues. Jan. 11

Zero, good day. Ben went to Falls and home by Center. Nettie and I went to Stew’s in eve. Bill spent the day here. Ev- took him home when he went to work at night.

Wed. Jan. 12

Good day, 2° above. Win- Rob and I went up to Lewis Young's (on Hervey place) in eve.

Thurs. Jan 13

Snowed about ¼ in. 16° above.

Fri. Jan. 14

Fair, cold. Win- and baby up in P.M. Everett Small and Ralph called in eve. Ervin over in eve. Ben went to Litchfield after scholars in P.M. Ev- stayed all night at station.

Sat. Jan. 15

Fair, cold. I went up to Coskery’s in P.M. June went skating in P.M. and went away with Ervin in eve. for week-end. Cal took Nettie, Winnie, Rob, Mac and me to Lewiston in eve. Went to C. M. G. Hospital to see Clara McDonald. Ev- and Marsh calf went fox hunting.

Sun. Jan. 16

2° above, cold. Ben took Win- , Mac and me to church. (Carl Small pastor) Win- and I went down to Brick House in P.M. to see improvements on barn. Merton and Otis over. Young folks all went to Pond skating. Nettie and Royce went to wedding of Paulina Rideout and Carl Routhier. Bill Lewis called with Wheeler car load. June came home in late eve.

Mon. Jan. 17

Fair, cold. June went back to Litchfield with Stewart’s. Ben went to W. Bowdoin to call U. S. Gypsum.

Tues. Jan. 18

8° below, clear. Ben worked 3-11 P.M. I went to Stew’s in eve. with Dad and Everett.

Wed. Jan. 19

4° below, clear. Ben went to mill – no work. I went to Stew’s in P.M.

Thurs. Jan. 20

7° above, clear. Ben worked 3-11 P.M. Mary Small’s birthday (18)

Fri. Jan. 21

Much milder. Ben worked. Fair. Everett and I went to birthday party for Mary Small in eve. June came in eve. She and Ervin stayed here in eve. Frieda Small came down from party with Ev- and me to call on June. Then Ev- took her home to Litchfield Plains. Winnie and baby up in P.M.

Sat. Jan. 22

Snowed a little during day and eve. Ervin came at noon and took June on week-end trip. Ev- played at Purgatory.

Sun. Jan. 23

Snowed some in A.M. about 4 in. altogether. Lester Rideout came down in P.M. Win. And I rode down with Ev- when he went to work. Ervin brot June home in night.

Mon. Jan. 24

Mostly fair. June went to Litchfield with Stew’s Everett hunted foxes part of day. with Marsh Metcalf’s dog.

Tues. Jan. 25

Heavy wind and rain. Ice went out in lower section of Androscoggin. Much damage. Funeral services for Bert Penley

Wed. Jan. 26

30° above, very mild. Harry Stew- split and blasted wood for us. Ben and I went to Litchfield. In P.M. to get June and boys. Frost coming out. Ervin and June went away and eve.

Thurs. Jan. 27

Nice day, cooler. Kinto spent the day here. Ben and Everett went to Falls in P.M. I went to Stew’s in late P.M. Ben took scholars up in A.M.

Fri. Jan. 28

2° above, clear. I went to Stew’s in late P.M. Ben took Mrs. Allen and Everett Small up to Grange Hall to Junior play of Academy, “Waiting at the Church”. Everett played with “Wild Cats” for dance. Ervin brot June home. Ralph called in eve.

Sat. Jan. 29

Fair, milder. Everett went fox hunting with Marsh Metcalf then went to work at 5 P.M. Stayed at station all night. June went skating in P.M. I went to Allen’s and Stew’s. Ervin took June away for week-end.

Sun. Jan. 30

Snowed few flakes in morn. Merton and Otis called in late P.M. Ervin brot June home in late eve. Win- and Cal went to C.M.G with Smalls to see Clara Wright.

Mon. Jan 31

Showery. June went to Litchfield with Stews. Win- and baby up in P.M. when Harry went to Litchfield.

Tues. Feb. 1st

Fair. 8° above. Ben, Dad and I went to Bill’s in P.M. Nettie and I went to Stew’s in eve.

Wed. Feb. 2nd

Fair, 6° above. Ben went to Falls in morn. He took Dad and me to Pine Grove Filling Station in P.M. Everett went to community social at Plains in eve. at Mary Chase’s also took Welch to West Gardiner.

Thurs. Feb. 3rd

Mild, snowed a little then rained in eve. I spent P.M. at Nettie’s. Lester Rideout down in A.M. June and Frieda Small walked down after school to see Mary Small. Came here to supper and Everett took them back in eve. Ralph called in P.M. Ben worked at mill.

Fri. Feb. 4th

Nice day. I went to Winnie’s in P.M. Ben worked. June came in P.M. Ervin over in eve.

Sat. Feb. 5th

Partly cloudy, 12° above. Everett spent day hunting with Marsh Metcalf. June went skating in A.M. and to Falls with Ervin at noon hour for week-end. Ben went to Purgatory when Ev- went to play. Dad, Winnie and I went up to Mrs. Coskery’s in P.M. to celebrate Kinto’s birthday. Winnie and Nettie spent the eve. with me.

Sun. Feb. 6th

April showers and fog. Everett and I went to church. Ben went to E. E. Buker’s. Merton spent the day with us. Ev- went to work at 5 P.M. I went to Stew’s in late P.M. Ervin brot June home in late eve.

Mon. Feb. 7th

Very mild, windy and colder in late P.M. Had bad chimney fire. Ben went to work in P.M. with Everett. Ev- took June, Mac and Bob to Litchfield in morn. Royce over twice to look at chimney. Win- and Cal called in eve.

Tues. Feb. 8th

Fair. I went to Stew’s in late P.M. Ben worked.

Wed. Feb. 9th

Mostly cloudy, snowed a few flakes in eve, mild. Dad, Nettie, Royce and I spent eve. at Stewarts, to celebrate Bob’s birthday (8th , Wed.) Ben worked. Nettie spent P.M. here sewing.

Thurs. Feb. 10

Fair, windy. Nettie spent P.M. here fitting dress. Ben went to Falls in P.M..

Fri. Feb. 11

Cold, fair, zero. Ben went to Litchfield in P.M. after scholars. Ervin and June went to ride in eve. Winnie and I went up to see Sade Rideout in eve.

Sat. Feb. 12

Partly cloudy, milder. I went to Stew’s for haircut in P.M. Ev- and Ben went to Topsham to go fox hunting with Marsh Metcalf in A.M. Ev- went to Litch- in eve to see Frieda Small. Win, Rob and I went to Allen’s to play “63” in eve. June went to Buker’s in A.M. She and Bud came back in P.M. They went away with Ervin for Wk-end.

Sun. Feb. 13

Very mild, cloudy. Ben took Win, Rob, Mac and me to church. In morn. Win, Nettie and I went over to Dad’s old meadow bars and home by Brick house to see new stable Ralph made for oxen. Merton called in late P.M. on way to Buker’s. Ervin brot June home in late eve.

Mon. Feb. 14

Snowed about 2 in. during night, a little sleet and rain in A.M.

Tues. Feb. 15

6° above, clear. Ben went to Litchfield in P.M. also Winnie, Baby and I.

Wed. Feb. 16

3° below, clear. I spent P.M. at Allen’s. Everett went to Litchfield in eve.

Thurs. Feb. 17

1° above zero, mostly clear. Ben, Dad and I went to Falls in P.M. I went to see Mrs. Smith and Hazel.

Fri. Feb. 18

Much milder, rained in P.M. Ben and Dad went to Falls in A.M. Lester Rideout down in A.M. I went up to Coskery’s in P.M. when Ben went after scholars. Ervin and June went to Falls after Edna to take her over to Center to Prize Speaking. Ben took Dick Frohock home in late P.M. Ben, Dad, Everett and I went to Center in eve. “Wild Cats” played for dance. Nettie went with Stewarts.

Sat. Feb. 19

Partly cloudy. June went to Brick house in P.M. I went to Stewart’s. Everett played at Purgatory. Ervin took June away in eve. for week-end.

Sun. Feb. 20

Mostly fair, colder in eve. Everett, Winnie, Mac and Forrest Rowe went up to church. I went to Stew’s in late P.M. Ervin brot June in eve.

Mon. Feb. 21

Fair. Ben took scholars to Litchfield. Ervin and June went to ride in eve.

Tues. Feb. 22

Fair. Kinto and Billy spent day here. June at home. Winnie up in P.M. Ervin over in eve. Ben worked. Mrs. Darling came to stay with Nettie while Royce went away to woods.

Wed. Feb. 23

Few flakes of snow came during night then faired off. Winnie and Harry up in P.M. June went to Litch- with Stewart’s. Ed. Parker of gray dies of pneumonia.

Thurs. Feb. 24

Began snowing in P.M. Everett stayed all night at Topsham to play at Grange Hall. I went to Stew’s in P.M. to sew on dress. Ben worked.

Fri. Feb. 25

Snowed a little nearly all day (4-5 in. altogether) Wm. walked up in A.M. to spend week-end. Ben, Dad, Wm. and I went to Litchfield to get June in late P.M. Ben worked. Wm., Mrs. Darling, Mrs. Allen and I spent eve. at Stewart’s. Ervin and June spent eve. at home.

Sat. Feb. 26

Fair. Ben worked. Winnie and I went up to Susie Small’s and Lester Rideout’s in P.M. Everett went to Litchfield to see Frieda. Ervin and June took Wm. to “Strand” in Lewiston. Brot him home then went to Wheeler’s for wk-end.

Sun. Feb. 27

Partly cloudy. Ben went to Bert Coombs’ then took Winnie, Mac, Bob and me to church. Merton and Otis over in P.M. Ervin brot June home in eve. Stewarts up in P.M. (Win and 3 boys) Began snowing in P.M. Clara McDonald very low.

Mon. Feb. 28

Snow continued all day and into night but light fall, heavy gale and colder at night. Everett took Dick Frohock home in eve. Got stuck near Percy Gowell’s so walked to Frohock’s for night. Ben worked but stayed at Frank Allen's.

Tues. Mar. 1st

Fair, zero. Ev- Ben and Dick arrived in A.M. Ev- took Dick to Falls and went to Topsham in A.M. Ben worked. Everett went to Litchfield in eve.

Wed. Mar 2nd

8° above, snowed few flakes. Ben worked. Winnie, Mac, Bob and I spent eve. at Allen’s. I went to Stew’s in P.M. I went to Coskery’s in morn.

Thurs. Mar. 3rd

12° below. Ben worked. Merton came in P.M. Stayed all night. Mrs. Darling and Nettie came over in eve.

Fri. Mar. 4th

Ben worked. Ev- went to Litchfield in eve. June and Ervin went out in eve. Fair, 16° above. I went to Stew’s in P.M.

Sat. Mar. 5th

Snowed a little then misty and rained a little. June went to Falls when Everett went to Purgatory in eve.

Sun. Mar. 6th

Fair. Ben and I went to church in morn. Win and I went up to Susie Small’s and Sade Rideout’s in P.M. Merton and Wm. H. came up from Falls to spend day. Bud went back to Clara's in P.M. Ervin brot June home in eve.

Mon. Mar. 7th

Nice day. Ben worked. Everett, Dad, June and I went to Town Meeting. Win- up in P.M. Ralph and Ervin here in eve.

Tues. Mar. 8th

Light squalls in A.M. Ev- took scholars to Litchfield. Ben worked.

Wed. Mar. 9th

Fair. Ben worked. Win- and Cal called in eve.

Thurs. Mar. 10

Fair. Ben worked. I went to Stew’s in P.M.

Fri. Mar. 11

Fair. Ben, Dad and I went to Litchfield after June after play rehearsal. Ervin and June went out in eve.

Sat. Mar. 12

Snowed a few flakes most of day. The “Wild Cats” played at Grange Hall. June went away with Ervin for week-end

Sun. Mar. 13

Ben took me to church. Merton and Otis over in P.M. Win- and I took little walk in P.M. Misty, wet. Ervin brot June home in eve. Ralph called in eve.

Mon. Mar. 14

Fair. Ben took scholars to Litchfield.

Tues. Mar. 15

Nice day. Everett went to see Freda in eve.

Wed. Mar. 16

Mostly cloudy. Began snowing in eve. Ben, Dad and I went to Wheeler’s in morn. Kinto and Billy spent the day with us. Ben yarded wood with oxen.

Thurs. Mar. 17

Snowed about 5 in., rained and sleeted. Ben and Dad went to Falls in A.M.

Fri. Mar. 18

Cloudy. Ben yarded wood. Ben and I went to Litchfield after scholars in P.M. Ralph, Ellery and Shorty Wheeler here in eve. June and I went to Stew’s in eve. Everett went to Litchfield. Ervin sick.

Sat. Mar 19

June went to Falls in morn. with Cal then to Lewiston and to Wheeler’s for week-end. Ev- played at Purgatory. I went to Stew’s in P.M. Calvin had an accident in eve. on Richmond Cor. road. Mostly fair.

Sun. Mar. 20

Light showers in P.M. Merton over in P.M. Win- and I called up to Rideout’s in P.M. Ben worked all day with oxen.

Mon. Mar. 21

Fair, roads breaking up. Ben and Ev- went to work in P.M. Ervin brot June over in late P.M. and took her to Litchfield. Vacation week but Seniors giving Play 3 times. Mail man walked. Ben and Ev- stayed in town.

Tues. Mar. 22

Fair, warm. Ben and Ev- came up in A.M. Got food and went back to town in A.M. Billy went to Gray.

Wed. Mar. 23

Fair, warm. Winnie, Nettie and I went to Sheloske’s in P.M. Seniors gave their play at Wales.

Thurs. Mar. 24

Fair, warm. Nettie and Mrs. Darling over in P.M. Winnie called in P.M. Seniors gave their play “Aunt Tillie Goes to Town” at Litchfield. Wild Cats played.

Fri. Mar. 25

Fair. Ben came up in A.M. and went back immediately. Winnie up in P.M.

Sat. Mar. 26

Cloudy, began snowing in P.M. Ben and Ev- came up in A.M. Ev- went right back. June walked over in P.M. from Wheeler’s and went right back to give their play at Richmond Cor. Grange Hall. Wm. H. found tubercular in school examination.

Sun. Mar. 27

Squally, about 4 in. of snow fell during Sat. and Sun., very mild. Winnie came up in A.M. to hear radio. I went to Stew’s in P.M. Ervin and June came in late P.M. (on foot).

Mon. Mar. 28

Fair. June and Stewart boys walked up to school.

Tues. Mar. 29

Fair. Ralph called in A.M. Ben went to work in P.M.

Wed. Mar. 30

Partly cloudy. Winnie, Mrs. Darling, Nettie and I went up to Mrs. Coskery’s in P.M.

Thurs. Mar. 31

Misty, rain in late P.M.

Fri. Apr. 1st

Fair. Winnie up in P.M. Ben came home in morn. June came home in P.M. Ervin came over in eve

Sat. Apr. 2nd

Fair, Everett and Clark Townsend came up to dinner and went back in P.M. Dad and I walked over part way with June after supper when she went to spend week-end at Wheeler’s. Winnie and Harry came up to spend eve. Snowed half inch in eve. Kinto called on her way to Stewart’s to spend day.

Sun. Apr. 3rd

Fair. Wm. and Billy spent day with us. Merton over in P.M. June and Ervin came over in eve. I went to Stew’s with them in eve. Mr. Bowman came to Litchfield to preach.

Mon. Apr. 4th

Several snow squalls, 22° in morn. Ben spent the P.M. at Lester’s June went to school.

Tues. Apr. 5th

Cold and windy, mostly fair. Mrs. Coskery down in P.M.

Wed. Apr. 6th

22°. Ralph called in morn. Mrs. Darling, Mrs. Allen, Win and little Harry went over to old cemetery by Bob Rideout place. Then they came here tea.

Thurs. Apr. 7th

Fair. Ben went to Falls in morn.

Fri. Apr. 8th

Cloudy. Began snowing in eve. Mrs. Croskery down in morn. Winnie called in A.M. also Merton. June came in P.M. and went home with Ervin in eve. to spend week-end. Roosevelt’s reorganization bill killed by house.

Sat. Apr. 9th

About 4 in. of snow in morn. rained most of day. Everett was up most of day.

Sun. Apr. 10

Fair, cold. Merton over in P.M. I went to Stew’s in late P.M. Ervin and June here to supper.

Mon. Apr. 11

Fair, 10° above. June went to school. Ben went to Falls with Royce to go to work at 3 P.M. Kinto called on her way to Stewart’s to spend the day. Winnie called.

Tues. Apr. 12

Mostly fair. April showers. Mrs. Young spent day at Stewart’s. Mrs. Darling, Nettie and I went down in P.M. Ralph called in eve.

Wed. Apr. 13

Partly cloudy. Mrs. Darling and Nettie spent P.M. here. Winnie, Harry and Kinto called in A.M. Everett came home. Got stuck in driveway.

Thurs. Apr. 14

Warm. Everett rode to Falls from Townsend place with Ralph’s saw mill crew and went from there to Topsham to work. I went to Stew’s in early morn.

Fri. Apr. 15

Rained most of day. Kinto called in A.M. on way to Stewart’s. She spent night there. Ben came about noon. June came home from Litchfield. Winnie up in eve. Ervin over in eve.

Sat. Apr. 16

Nice day. Wm. walked up in P.M. from Falls. Dad, Wm. and I walked over to pasture bars with June in eve. when she went to Wheeler’s for week-end.

Sun. Apr. 17

Partly cloudy, cold and windy. Wm. and I went to Stew’s in A.M.. Ev- rode up with Cal in A.M. as far as Jack’s saw mill camp. Wm. went back in P.M. when Ev- went to work. Ben went down thru the woods with him. Got stuck once. Mrs. Darling, Nettie, Winnie and I went out on walk in P.M. on Center Road. June and Ervin came in eve.

Mon. Apr. 18

Misty, little rain. June walked up to school and home again in P.M. Winnie up in P.M. Bill went to Burnham to work for L. Taylor for 2 weeks.

Tues. Apr. 19

Mostly fair, warm. Sade Rideout called in A.M. on her way to Stewart’s to spend day. June and I went down in P.M. Sara came here to supper then June and I walked up the hills with her. Ervin over in eve. Ralph called in eve. Ben went to Falls in A.M. to work.

Wed. Apr. 20

First (distant) thunder shower in early eve. Ev- came up to spend day. Ben and Everett went back to work in P.M. June went to school. Winnie up in eve.

Thurs. Apr. 21

Nice day. Kinto spent day here. Nettie and Winnie went to Sheloske’s. Wm. came up when Ben came from Falls. Ev- had dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Graves.

Fri. Apr. 22

Misty, little rain. Ben painted our front room. Wm. and I went to Stew’s in P.M. June stayed up to go to prize speaking at Cor. church. Cecil Small got first prize, Priscilla Kendrick, second and Lura Small, honorable mention.

Sat. Apr. 23

Fair, colder, frost. Everett came up for the day. Ed Buker here most of day. He went back with Everett in P.M. Wm. went home too.

Sun. Apr. 24

Good day. Cal took Winnie, me and boys over on Lincoln St. mayflowering in P.M. Merton called in A.M. and in P.M. June and Ervin came in eve. Ralph called in eve. Time went ahead one hour.

Mon. Apr. 25

34° - frost. Ben took June and boys to school, first time since mud season then he had oxen to haul manure. Everett went to Litchfield to practice with Ormand Welch – then to reception at new minister’s - Mr. Bowman’s.

Tues. Apr. 26

33°, fair, warmer. Ben and Ev- went to work together in morn.

Wed. Apr. 27

Fair, warmer. Ben worked. I went to Litch- Grange Hall to Base Ball entertainment. Cecil Small of Litch- operated on for appendicitis.

Thurs. Apr. 28

Fair, 85°. Cool in eve. 96° on back entry. Winnie up in morn. then Mrs. Coskery down, then Mr. Hulse and Frank Webber called. I went to Stew’s in eve. Ben worked.

Fri. Apr. 29

Cloudy and cold. Thundered all P.M. some rain. Ben worked. Everett went to Junior Prom in eve. Ervin brot June home after prom.

Sat. Apr. 30

Cloudy, cool. Ben worked. June walked over to Wheeler’s after supper to spend wk-end. Dad, Ben and I went to Purgatory with Everett in eve. Ben worked.

Sun. May 1st

Mostly cloudy, cool. Ben took Mac, Bob and me to church. Then went to Purgatory to get Mr. Ruzzell’s violin. Ervin brot June home in eve.

Mon. May 2nd

Fair, windy. Ben took June Bob and Mac to Litchfield. Winnie and I went down to Brick house in eve with Ben. Everett took Clark into Portland and brot his car back.

Tues. May 3rd

30°, fair windy. Ralph called in morn. Everett took Freda and folks to hospital (C.M.G) to see Cecil Small.

Wed. May 4th

32°, fair. I whitewashed Stewart’s kitchen in P.M. Mrs. Williams called on her. Two houses and old mill burned at Pottertown. Several fires in state.

Thurs. May 5th

Warmer, fair. Ben, Dad and I went to Falls in A.M. Everett played at Bowdoin Center Grange hall. Ben went with him. Ralph called in eve. Kinto down in P.M.

Fri. May 6th

Mostly cloudy. Ben sick with cold. Academy closed in P.M. for funeral services for Frank Smith. June walked home. She and Ervin went to ride in eve.

Sat. May 7th

Partly cloudy. June rode to Falls with Ev- small and Ralph to spend week-end there and at Wheeler’s. Dad went to Mr. Chase’s auction. Everett went to Freda’s in eve. Ben had to shoot our heifer.

Sun. May 8th

Nice day. Harry Stew- and Mac came up in A.M. to bury our heifer. I went to Center in P.M. to Mother’s Day service at church with Winnie and Mac. June and Ervin came in eve.

Mon. May 9th

Fair. Ben, Dad and