The Journals of Mary and Eva Jeffery 1926, 1927


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The Journals of Mary and Eva Jeffery

Lauretta, Prince Edward Island, 1926
5 mi NW of Alberton - Lot 3

PREFACE

The following document has been transcribed from the original journals of Mary and Eva Jeffery, daughters of John "Spurgeon" and Dorcas (Collicutt) Jeffery of Lauretta, Prince Edward Island. Spurgeon was a successful farmer and building hauler.

The journals cover subjects such as the weather, church attendance, the visiting from home to home of neighbours and friends; annual planting and harvesting of crops; and all their routine daily chores.

Please forgive my errors if there be any, as I did my best to interpret the original handwritten journals from their original notebooks. There are five journals in total, they are as follows: #1-1926; #2-1927; #3-1929-30; #4-1937-41; #5-1942-46.

Carter W. Jeffery
January 1999

FAMILY GENEALOGY

John "Spurgeon" Jeffery, born on April 20, 1863, baptized May 26, 1873, Alma, PEI, son of Stephen Emmanuel Jeffery and Maria Fields. Occupation farmer and building hauler. Spurgeon married on July 11, 1885 to Dorcas Collicutt, daughter of John Collicutt and Elizabeth Cox of Lot 7. Dorcas was born on September 17, 1854 at Lot 7, PEI. She was baptized on July 27, 1871 at home in Lot 7. Dorcas was the sister of Jane, who was Spurgeon’s step-mother. Spurgeon died on October 21, 1938 as a result of an accident moving a building in St. Louis. He was buried on October 23, 1938 at Holy Trinity Anglican, Alma, PEI. Dorcas died on February 6, 1944 at home in Alma, PEI. Buried on February 8, 1944 at Holy Trinity Anglican, Alma, PEI. Spurgeon and Dorcas had six children:

Elizabeth Jane Jeffery, born on June 2, 1887, baptized on June 5, 1887 at St. Peters Anglican, Alberton, PEI. Buried on June 9, 1887, Holy Trinity Anglican, Alma, PEI. First burial in Holy Trinity cemetery.

Mary Louise Jeffery, born on March 15, 1889, died on August 01, 1930, buried on August 3, 1930 at Holy Trinity Anglican, Alma, PEI. Mary was co-author with her sister Eva of these Journals.

Hannah Jeffery, born on August 20, 1891, baptized on February 12, 1892, St. Peter’s Anglican, Alberton, PEI. Died May 1898, buried on May 27, 1898 at Holy Trinity Anglican, Alma, PEI.

Eva Jeffery, born March 28, 1893, baptized June 28, 1893, St. Peter’s Anglican, Alberton, PEI. Eva co-authored these journals with sister Mary. Eva and brother George carried on the family farm after their parents died – into 1970s. Eva died February 7, 1981, O’Leary, buried at Holy Trinity Anglican, Alma. Interesting her 1st cousin Evie Collicutt was born in 1893.

George Jeffery, born July 22, 1896, baptized August 1, 1897, St. Peter’s Anglican, Alberton, PEI. George and sister Eva carried on the family farm after their parents died. George died December 27, 1978, O’Leary, and buried December 29, 1978, Holy Trinity Anglican, Alma, PEI.

Abigail Jeffery, born August 6, 1898, baptized September 11, 1898, St. Peter’s Anglican, Alberton, PEI. She died on October 3, 1911 and was buried the next day at Holy Trinity Anglican, Alma, PEI.

Spurgeon often told of the times after he and his wife were married, they had little money and lived in a tiny house where they used stumps for chairs. He and Dorcas would go out and work repairing fences to make money. Together they established themselves a large farming operation and building hauling business which became successful and known throughout the Island for moving houses, barns, churches, bank safes, etc.

Spurgeon and Dorcas had their 6-bedroom "Island Ell Style Farmhouse" built in 1912-13 for a cost of approximately $1200. It was built on the Klondike (or Bonas) Road in Lauretta, just off the Centerline Road. Around 1930 they moved the farm, up the road to the east, to the top of the hill on the Centerline Road in Alma, across from Jim Dunbars, they bought the property from the Yeo family. Mabel Jeffery Barnett (dtr. of Louis Jeffery) remembers the house going by their place – she thought she about 5-years-old. It was said they moved all buildings including a small apple orchard. John Cannon said that they had joined two old barns to make one with a new roof and built a new horse barn between the old barns and the house.

Moving the Homestead - on Kerras Jeffery's Backroad Folk Art Special Projects Page

On the morning of the October 21st, 1938 Spurgeon saw Etta Costain (of St. Lawrence) in St. Louis, he was buying a new pair of boots. He told her that he was moving his last building that day and that he was going to retire from hauling buildings. He was doing work for Fred Peters and was using a horse that he wasn’t use to. During the process of carrying out the work the horse got excited and out of control. Spurgeon got his head caught between the rope and the capsun. He died eight hours later at home, he was 75-years-old.

Following the death of their father George and Eva carried on the operations of their father’s 300-acre farm until the early 1970’s. The building hauling equipment and jacks were often borrowed by people wanting to move their own buildings thereafter until the early 1970’s.

Eva and George were avid supporters of their church. Eva played the organ at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Alma and assumed the job of treasurer following her father’s death in 1938 and continued with this job until her death. On that early January day that Eva fell and broke her hip she was hosting the annual church meeting at her house. She died a month later.

Following George’s death Eva decided that the farm should stay in the Jeffery name and willed it to brothers Robert and Randy Jeffery.

PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THE JOURNALS

Beginning New Year 1926

Today the first day of the New Year 1926, fine but a little cold. We had 8 visitors, 5 for dinner and 7 for supper, namely Stephen McNeill and his mother and Selby and David, Bessie and Richard and Tanton and Harry McLean called in evening.

January 2

A little light snow in morning, nice and fine in afternoon. Had 1 visitor, Mrs. Parmenas Currie.

January 3

Blustry and cold, fine in evening, had one visitor, Parmenas Currie.

January 4

Fine, little cold had 2 men chopping wood in the woods all day, had 1 visitor Mrs. James Smith.

January 5

Fine in morning, turned to rain and sleet in afternoon. Had 2 men chopping wood in the woods all day. Henry Perry and Edmond Gaudet. Henry came to his breakfast. Had 3 visitors, the Rawleigh man, and Frank Barbour for eggs, and James Platts was here and had dinner.

January 6

Soft, mild day, some rain and snow.

January 7

Fine mild in morning, turned very cold and blustry in afternoon. Had Henry hauling out wood all day, he came to his breakfast.

January 8

Very cold and windy had Henry cutting wood in the woods all day. He came to his breakfast.

January 9

Fine day fairly mild, light fall of snow in evening. Had Henry and Edmond cutting wood in the woods all day. Henry came to his breakfast. Jim Dunbar and his wife and Daisy came in the evening.

January 10

Fine and mild, 1 visitor Parmenas Currie.

January 11

Fine fairly mild, had Henry hauling out wood all day. He came to his breakfast. Howard Clark was here and took down a couple of runners. Father went up to Jim Platts.

January 12

Snowed a light fall of snow all day.

January 13

Fine mild. Had 1 visitor Reigh Currie. Was down to Davids for a little while.

January 14

Fine mild day, started to storm at night.

January 15

Blustry day quite a snow storm. Dad finished working at Jim Platts and came home today at noon.

January 16

Little cold and blustry. Henry was here and got some flour.

January 17

Snowed all day.

January 18

Fine and mild. Bad roads. We went to corner in evening.

January 19

Soft day, rained hard everything slush. Frank was here for the eggs and Louis was here and got some turnips and Henry came to, and Reigh brought over a cherry tree.

January 20

Fine day snowed all afternoon. George McInnes was here and Henry got a half bushel of Potatoes. Mini was married.

January 21

Snowed all afternoon and quite heavy in evening. Henry was here cutting wood in woods all day through on McLeans.

January 22

Snowed all day, started to drift in eve, quite a blizzard all night. Was to St. Louis in morning.

January 23

Cold blustry. Louis was here in morning. Henry was here in eve and had his supper and got some money.

January 24

Fine day, little blustry in evening. Parmenas was here and Bona and wife in eve.

January 25

Cold blustry. Henry was here for his breakfast, not fit to work.

January 26

Fine day. Henry was here cutting wood in woods all day.

January 27

Snowed heavy all day, about a foot. Henry was here and had his breakfast, not fit to work in woods.

January 28

Fine mild all day, turned quite a blizzard in eve. Henry was here and got some flour. Right Currie was here in eve.

January 29

Quite a wild snow storm, drifting all day.

January 30

Fine but cold, breaking roads.

January 31

Fine clear day, little cold. Parmenas was here.

February 1

Cold windy day, looked like storm.

February 2

Snowed and drifted all day.

February 3

Fine clear day. Was invited to Bonas dance.

February 4

Fine in morning, turned storm towards afternoon, quite a blizzard in evening and all night. Bessie was here and had her supper.

February 5

Wild storm all day. Louis was here and had supper.

February 6

Fine day. Henry got some flour and potatoes.

February 7

Snowed a little and turned blustry in evening. Jack Warrens kids was here for loaf of bread.

February 8

Cold day and a little blustry. Henry and Louis was here cutting wood all day, at door.

February 9

Very cold and blustry. Henry and Louis had their dinner here, was not fit to work sawing wood.

February 10

Fine but cold, raw wind, started to storm in eve, quite a wild storm all night. Henry and Louis was here all day and finished sawing wood at door.

February 11

Wild storm all day. Louis was here and got his milk.

February 12

Drifting and storming all morning, turned fine towards evening. Louis was here and Cyrus Perry.

February 13

Fine mild day. Edmond Gaudet and Joe Chaisson was here and had their dinner.

February 14

Fine day, but cloudy. Parmenas was here. George and I was down to Davids in evening and had lunch.

February 15

Stormy and drifting all day. Louis was here and got his milk.

February 16

Light snow falling all day. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs, and Louis was here for milk.

February 17

Drifting in morning, turned fine and mild in eve. Louis was here for milk.

February 18

Fine mild day. Bessie was here in eve, and Paul Gaudet and Reigh Currie, and Gordon for milk.

February 19

Stormed and drifting all morning till 2 o’clock then turned to rain a little, turned cold towards 12 o’clock. Louis was here and cut Dads hair and had supper.

February 20

Wild, drifting all day. Andrew was here and got a pound of butter and Louis was here for milk.

February 21

Terrible windy and very cold. Louis was here for milk.

February 22

Pretty cold and windy in morning, turned warmer towards evening. Parmenas was here and Gordon for milk.

February 23

Very fine clear day, but frosty. Louis was here for milk.

February 24

Fine clear day. Thrashed in afternoon and John Smith and Roy and Louis and Henry and Jim Kinch. Henry had his dinner here and Lot Smiths boy and Ot Smith girl was here for a pound of butter. I was down to Davids in afternoon and had supper.

February 25

Fine day, turned rain in evening. Finished thrashing at noon, had John Smith and 2 boys and Louis and Jim Kinch, John Doucett was here and had his dinner, and Gussie was here.

February 26

Snowed some through the night, turned to rain in morning, did not rain very much soft all day. Stephen McNeill was here and got some oats. Henry was here and Louis and Gordon for milk. Dad was to Alberton.

February 27

Fine in morning till 3 o’clock started to snow, looks like storm. Mrs. Currie was here and Louis brought a load of mud for hens.

February 28

Fine day.

March 1

Fine day. Louis was here and got 1 pound of butter and they were to St. Louis in afternoon.

March 2

Fine in morning, started to storm in afternoon was quite a storm. Henry was here hauling out manure all day till tea time.

March 3

Henry was here forenoon hauling out manure, started to snow about 9 o’clock, snowed heavy all day. Frank Barbour was here for eggs and paid rebate cheque.

March 4

Drifted all day and snowed a little too.

March 5

Fine in afternoon, snowed some in morning. Henry was here hauling manure all day.

March 6

Fine clear day. Henry was here hauling manure all day. Reigh Currie came in evening.

March 7

Fine in morning, started to snow in evening, snowed heavy all night. George McInnes and wife was here in afternoon and had tea.

March 8

Rained quite a lot and quite soft. Bona was here in afternoon. Started to shovel on railroad again was the whole week at it, finished up Saturday night for good.

March 9

Fine day, cloudy in eve.

March 10

Fine clear day. Howard Dunbar was married. Earl Kinch and Philip Perry and Louis was here.

March 11

Snowed some, and drifted, quite blustry.

March 12

Snowed a little, fine in eve.

March 13

Fine clear day. Was to Alberton and down to Jim Dunbars in eve, 3 of us had lunch.

March 14

Fine clear day. Mother and Dad and Mary was down to Davids in afternoon and had supper. Howard Dunbar and wife called here.

March 15

Fine clear day, a little drifting and rain, wind. Thrashed hay seed in afternoon, had John Smith and the boy and Louis and Jim Kinch. Henry was here in evening. Henry left for Bedeque the next morning.

March 16

Dad went down to Howard Clarks in morning and started to work hauling factories. Frank Barbour was here for eggs and had dinner. I was down to Davids in evening. Ike Lewis was here and got some oats, Louis was with him.

March 17

Fine clear day, foggy in morning. Reigh Currie was here in eve. Bens had the reception for Howard. Roach O’Brien and Joe Mallet was here and paid 5 dollars he owed.

March 18

Snowed all day.

March 19

Fine day little cold. Bessie was here and had supper, David brought her up, and Lloyd called here.

March 20

Snowed nearly all day, fine lovely evening. Dad came home from Howard Clarks after dinner only worked half day.

March 21

Fine clear day.

March 22

Fine warm day, thawed a lot. Dad went back to Howard Clarks again in morning. John Doucett and son was here and had dinner and got nearly 75 bushels of oats, he paid for all but 25 bushels and 5 pounds at 55 = $ 13.83. I was down to Davids in afternoon and had supper. George was out and ordered fertilizer. Mary went out as far as the post office.

March 23

Fine day, thawed a lot, looks dark like rain. Albert O’Brien was here in morning and got some bag strings. Finished hooking mat and put scrap one in.

March 24

Rained nearly all day. Dad came home after dinner from Howard Clarks, finished. Crown took sick.

March 25

Soft, mild. Roads not fit to take a load on. Andrew Kinch here.

March 26

Mild soft day. Ot Smiths girl and Calvins boy was here.

March 27

Colder and snowed and drifted.

March 28

Colder and drifting some. Bona was here.

March 29

Cold and drifting went to Alberton. Louis was here.

March 30

Fine, little milder. Hauled home gear from Howard Clarks. MacAdulff brought up a load.

March 31

Fine mil day, thawed a lot. Was down to Davids for a little while in afternoon. Ch. Barnett was here for butter.

April 1

Fine in morning, started to storm about noon, snowed all afternoon. Train did not get up till next day. Frank Barbour was here for eggs and had dinner.

April 2

Snowed some and drifted in morning, fined up in afternoon. Parmenas was here and Roy Duggan brought up turkey.

April 3

Fine mild day, thawed a lot. Mrs. Currie was here. Duggan came after turkey. We were out to corner in evening.

April 4

Fine in morning, started to snow in afternoon, quite a wild storm. They were through to Anns in morning. Stormed all night, quite a heavy fall of snow.

April 5

Drifting all day. Hauling lumber to saw mill through on McLeans.

April 6

Drifting and cold. Hauling lumber. Louis was here for meat. Went to St. Louis in eve and got some bags to haul potatoes, highest price for potatoes $2.25 for whites, $1.75.

April 7

Drifting and cold in morning till noon, milder down, quite mild in eve. Peter Burke was here. Gass looking about putting in a telephone. Bagging up potatoes all day. Train blocked since Monday 5th.

April 8

Hauling potatoes all day. Fine day till eve, look like rain. Rawleigh man was here. Bob-tail turkey.

April 9

Silver thaw, quite a heavy crust, fine day but raw wind. Finished hauling potatoes, got $1.90 for reds, $1.50 for blues, $2.2. for whites. I was down to Davids for a few minutes in afternoon. Wallace Donald and wife and Mary Jane was here in eve. And Ot Smiths kids for butter. Trains were blocked all week, first move today, Friday this week.

April 10

Snowed and drifted wild in forenoon, fine in eve.

April 11

Stormy and drifting all day, and quite cold. Was out to church in afternoon. Had Spriggs and Alton Rayner for supper.

April 12

Drifting nearly all day and quite cold. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Train blocked again. Dance at Alma School. Melvin McAusland and Heber Hardy was here in eve and Louis.

April 13

Fine day, thawed a little, raw wind. Bessie was here and had supper, and Bona called and Ot Smith and Calvins boy for butter. David came up after Bess and Gallant for seed but did not get any. Train got through again, got mail today. Martin Hustler was here for seed but did not get any.

April 14

Spriggs and Alvin Web was here and had dinner. Fine day, thawed a lot. Eva went down to Daves in afternoon. Parmenas was here in eve.

April 15

Fine till eve, then it rained and snowed, a very cold night. Eva went down to Daves and stayed all night, Bess is sick.

April 16

Very cold till eve, a little milder. Mother and George went down to Daves in evening. Leo McInnes was here with is powders.

April 17

Mild but cloudy. Robert Bearisto was here for wheat. Mrs. James Smith was here and got a pound of butter for Calvins and had dinner. Bona called in eve. Rain a little shower in eve. Father went to Alberton to a church meeting.

April 18

Fine mild day, thawed a lot. I got home from Daves to dinner and stayed till after supper, went down to Daves in eve again. Reigh Currie was here in eve.

April 19

Fine day, thawing a lot. Melvina Kinch and Pearl Cannon was here in eve.

April 20

Big storm. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Bad storm, can’t see the gate by times. Louis was here in eve.

April 21

Stormed all night till noon, today breaking roads, train stuck. Eva is down to Daves ever since Sunday eve. Mother and Father was down to Daves this eve, Eva did not come home yet. Jim Myres was here for some oats.

April 22

Fine day. Father went to Alberton in morning. Cloudy looks like storm. Roy Duggan was up with turkey. Train got through. Parmenas was here in eve.

April 23

Fine day thawing a lot. Train got through again. Got mail today, first since Tuesday. Roy Duggan came for turkey and brought up another one.

April 24

Fine day, thawing a lot, very warm. Father started for Halifax. Stephen McNeill was in and got 3 pounds of butter. Roy Duggan came up for turkey.

April 25

Cold day, little rain. Bona was here in morning. I got home from Daves today about 3 o’clock.

April 26

Fine day, thawing a lot. Bona was here with turkey.

April 27

Fine but cold and cloudy. Louis was here for some flax seed.

April 28

Fine day, thawing a lot. David and Bessie was up and Louis was here and had supper. They were back shoveling the roads.

April 29

Rained all afternoon, stopped raining, but foggy since, flooded with water. David was up. Louis was here and had supper, they were shoveling on roads. Turkey laid first egg.

April 30

Damp, foggy. Bona and Birt Smith was here. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Father got home from Halifax.

May 1

Fine day, thawed a lot. Stephen McNeill was here and got 5 pounds of butter. Birt Smith was here.

May 2

Fine day, little cool in evening. Parmenas and Bona was here in afternoon.

May 3

Fine warm day, thawing rapid, very soft sleighing yet. Somebody for hay seed. Jim Dunbar and wife and Daisy was up and brought a turkey. Eva went down to Davids and stayed all night.

May 4

Foggy in morning, cloudy in afternoon. Father went down to Daves. Jim brought up 2 more turkeys and took one home. Bona was here and to 40 pounds of coal and Howard Dunbar was here. Old turkey laid first egg. Reigh was here in eve.

May 5

Fine day, thawing rapid. Father wen to saw mill and got the corner. Jim came and took the 2 turkeys home, Bobtail laid first egg.

May 6

Fine day, thawing rapid. John Smith was here to get them to shovel on the road. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Mother and Father went to ST. Louis. Bona was here and got some coal. Richard was here and stayed all night.

May 7

Cool day, cloudy. Cloudy windy in eve. Eva came home from Daves about 3 o’clock. Jim brought up another turkey.

May 8

Snowed in night until noon, rained hard all afternoon.

May 9

Rained all night, rain a little to day. Cloudy all day. Eva went down to Daves in morning on sleigh.

May 10

Cool cloudy day. Went down and cut Daves wood up. Shoveling snow on roads. Ben Smiths boy was here. Augustin was here. Saw first wagon pass today.

May 11

Rained hard last night. Rained all day today, cold.

May 12

Snowed all day. Parmenas was here. Eva came home from Daves. David brought her up.

May 13

Fine day. Mrs. Joe Kinch was here and had supper and Paul Gaudett was here and Stephen McNeill was here for butter.

May 14

Fine day, high wind, drying up fine. Stanford was here for oats. Earl Kinch was here for tire tubes.

May 15

Peter Myres was here and got some oats. George Ellis was here for oats. Hot day like summer.

May 16

Fine warm day. Stephen Jeffery was here and Burnetta, father too him to O’Leary.

May 17

Heran was here for oats. Stanford was here and Stephen for oats. Jack Warrens was here for shorts. Harry Barbour was here for eggs. Fine day until evening, a little rain.

May 18

Rain last night, rain to day. Martin Kinches wife was here for to get some knitting done. Went to St. Louis with oats. Louis was here in eve. We were over to Bonas in eve.

May 19

Fine day. Mother and George went to St. Louis. Simon Myres was here and got 4 bushels of wheat. Peter Chaisson was here for wheat. Alvie was here and got some oats. Reigh Currie was here in eve.

May 20

Rain quite hard to day. Herons boy was here for wheat. Richards was here and got 4 bushels of wheat.

May 21

Cold windy day, mild down in eve. Set turkey eggs under hen. Earl Kinch was here for a rake.

May 22

Fine day. Scraping roads. Jim brought up a turkey. Howard was here in eve.

May 23

Fine till eve, then rained hard, claps of thunder. Was down to Daves in eve. Went through to Amos. Parmenas was here.

May 24

Rain and foggy all day. Father and Mother went to St. Louis. Dave was up and cleaned some wheat. Joe Wedge was up and got some oats. Bona was here and got some coal.

May 25

Rain and fog all day. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Hauled fertilizer from Alma. Father went to St. Louis and got money for potatoes.

May 26

Rain and foggy. Louis was here in eve. David was up and got 20 pounds of oats.

May 27

Cold day. Jim brought up turkey. Peter Chaisson was here and got oats and wheat. Andrew Kinch was here. Father and Eva went to St. Louis and ordered paper and took back some paper we got from Eatons. Hauling fertilizer from ST. Louis.

May 28

Cool day. Hauling fertilizer from ST. Louis. Louis was here. Jake Costain and son was here for 2 settings of eggs. Charlie Gaudett was here and got 40 bushels of oats and paid $12.00, down was up $10 yet price 55 ¢. Set turkey. Bessie and David was up.

May 29

Cool, windy day. Joe Vincent was here and got 2 bushels of wheat. Butler was here with fish. Jim came up for turkey. Fidel Martin was here and got some oats.

May 30

Fine warm day. Elvin Boulter and Burnett was here for dinner and went to O’Leary in afternoon. Went down to Daves in eve.

June 1

Fine day, high winds. Father went through to Anns and put her potatoes in. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs.

June 2

Little rain in morning, fine in afternoon. Father and Eva went to St. Louis and got paper for Parlour. Louis was here in morning seeing about lambs. Roy Duggan was here for wheat. Alex Gillis was here to get a house hauled. Duggans boys were here and got 2 bushels of wheat.

June 3

Fine day, high wind. Papered Parlour. Robert Bearisto was here and got 6 bushels of wheat. Louis was here for the shears. Bona was here and got some more coal. Buryneatt came here this eve.

June 4

Buryneatt was here all night, went to Alberton this morning. Louis was here for trace. Fine day, high wind. Omer Kinch was here for oats, he got 17 bushels. Mother went down to Daves. First car past in the road to day. Jim Costain was here for oats.

June 5

Fine day. Jim Kinches kids was here with the bags. Mrs. Jim Smith was here. Jennie Currie was here for pork. Louis was here for a pound of butter.

June 6

Cool day, cloudy. Went to church. Was in to Daves. Parmenas was here. A little showery rain.

June 7

Rain last night, rain to day. Jim Costain was here with bags for oats. Bona was here for coal. Jim Costain called and paid for oats. Naiji Heron was here and girl for oats last night.

June 8

Little rain in morning, high wind in afternoon, fine and bright. Jim Costains boy was here for oats last night.

June 9

Fine windy day. Set turkey. Bernard was here for wheat. Eva went down to Daves after supper. Mrs. Joe Wedge and boy was here for 16 bushels oats. Harry Barbour was here for the eggs. Louis was here for some oats.

June 10

Fine day. Louis was here and took home his oats. Young Adams was here with cod fish. Mother was over to Bonas and Minuses.

June 11

Fine day. Louis was here and got the light harrows. Father went through to Lilas with a few bushels of potatoes. Burynett came here this eve.

June 12

Fine day. Burynett stayed all night and to dinner. Today Fred and Frank Peters was here with a car, for to get a building hauled. Eva went down to Daves in afternoon and had supper.

June 13

Fine day, little shower of rain in eve. Was down to Daves in eve.

June 14

Fine day. John Herons was down with some fresh mackerel. Allie Marchbank was here for to get the carden mill hauled.

June 15

Fine day. Bona was here for potatoe poison. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs. Eva went down to Daves. David was up and got 9 bushels oats.

June 16

Fine warm day. Sowing oats. Eva went to the corner, and went in to Daves and had supper. Butler was here with some mackeral. Omer Kinch was here for oats. Earl Kinch was here for to get a lend of a horse.

June 17

Fine hot day. Mother and Father went to St. Louis. Peters was here and got a load of skids. Eva went down to Daves and stayed till after supper. John Mountain and wife was here last night.

June 18

Fine windy day. Peters is here for runners. Working up garden today. McCormick man was here with fish and got his dinner. Mother and George went to Alberton. Louis was here for harrows. Got 10 little turkeys out, fed them first time at 5 o’clock. Tanton and wife and little boy here this eve in a car.

June 19

Fine in morn, quite windy till 3 o’clock, started to rain. Finished farming, all but turnips. Andrew Kinch was here and got 16 bushels more oats. Harry McLain was here and Heber Hardy and Minnie Sentner was here in a car. Mother and Father and George were out with the car for the first time to the corner and into Daves.

June 20

Cold windy day. Burynett was here to dinner and we took him to O’Leary. We all went and stayed to church.

June 21

Cold day. Louis was here with telephone post and sheared sheep. Omer Kinch was here. Father started to haul buildings he was hauling for Fred Peters, all day. Father and Mother went through to Harry McLains this eve and to Anns.

June 22

Cold windy day, little rain. Drilled up garden. Finished at Fred Peters to day, got home after supper. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Harry McLain and Roach O’Brien was here for the runners.

June 23

Fine warm day. Father went through to McLains to haul house. Mrs. Parmenas Currie was here. Louis was here. Eva went down to Daves. George was at Daves yesterday forenoon and to day forenoon, ploughing.

June 24

Heavy rain to day. Was to Alberton to the wedding. Stanford was here looking for his coat.

June 25

Fine hot day. Telephone men was here, and Louis and Ellen Kinch was here. Eva was down to Daves.

June 26

Fine warm day. Harry McLain was here for tallow.
$ 15 from Fred Peters $ 20 - Tyne Valley
$ 50 at McLains $ 30 - George Clark
$ 58 at Heber Hardys $ 7 - Hauling School, Elmsdale

June 27

Rain last night, little cloudy forenoon. Fine in afternoon. Louis was here in noon. Eva was down to Daves in eve.

June 28

Rain in morning, little thunder. Louis was here. Was over to Ottos with 2 cows.

June 29

Fine windy day. Finished at McLains at noon. Was to school examination. An old clock cleaner was here. Was away with a cow. Heber Hardy and young Arthur was here for skids and sticks. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Father was to St. Louis with car. Thunder squall this eve.

June 30

Thunder squall all night. Ed Olivers kids was here with fish. George went to mill with grist. Heavy thunder squall. Louis was here. Eva went down to Daves and had supper.

July 1

Fine day. Me and Mother was down to Jims. Heber Hardy and Father came home and got runners and had dinner.

July 2

Fine day. Watkins man was here. George went to grist mill. Heavy shower in eve.

July 3

Fine, a little thunder and a little rain at 3 o’clock. John Mountain was here and got some sticks for to haul his house. Eva went down to Daves this eve. Got 41 turkeys out. Milvina Kinch was here and paid $20 on oats. Heavy squall to night at 10 o’clock.

July 4

Fine day, cool wind. Burynett was here to tea. We took him to O’Leary. 2 frenchmen was here to get a building hauled.

July 5

Fine day. Louis was here and got 2 bushels of oats. Eva and mother was down to Joe Dunbars all afternoon. Bernard tin smith was here for cattle.

July 6

1 turkey died. Otto Smith was here and got 7 bushels and 21 pounds oats. High wind, gale. Bona was here looking for his geese. Eddie Gaudett is helping at the manure to day. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. James Lutterals son was here to get a barn lifted. Went through to Harry McLains and got a 3 year old colt.

July 7

Fine day, little windy. Took cow away. Rawleigh man was here. Eva went down to Daves. Burynett was here this eve. Eddie Gaudett was here hauling out manure.

July 8

Fine day. Burynett stayed all night and till after dinner to day. He went through to Cannons and young Cannon brought him out here. Fish peddler was here. Young Dalton was here to get barn hauled. Took cow away. Ed Gaudett was here to day again. Father came home this eve and went to Jack Mountains for to tell him to haul the gear.

July 9

Fine hot day. Mildred McLellan was here for some butter paper. Eva and Jack Smiths wife went out to clean the church and had dinner at McNeills and supper at Daves. Mrs. Ellen Kinch was here this eve. Father came home at 5 o’clock, had supper. Ed Gaudett was here to day.

July 10

Cool cloudy, started to rain about 10 o’clock. Young Harry Lewis was here for to get barn hauled and had his dinner. Fred McRay was here. Ed Gaudett was here all day again hauling out manure, 5 days this week.

July 11

Rained hard all morning, cleared up in afternoon, but damp all day. Gillis was here in eve. Dalton was to church in morning at 8 o’clock. Parmenas was here.

July 12

Fine day. Father went to Tyne Valley to haul church. Mrs. Jim Smith was here and Frank Callaghan for oats. Ed Gaudett was here this afternoon hauling out manure.

July 13

Fine warm day. Finished in Tyne Valley and got home at 2 o’clock. Ed Gaudett was here hauling out manure. Was out to John Mountains to get him to haul gear. Jack Gordon was here and got a bag of oats.

July 14

Fred McRae was here and we got a new sedan car. Fish peddler was here. Ed Gaudett was here all day.

July 15

Coughlin and Reads looking for horse. Fish peddler was here. Stephen McNeill was here with meat. Frank Douggie was here with Bonas turkey. Ed Gaudett was here all day.

July 17

Fine day. Mary and Mother was out to Donalds and had supper. George Clark was here, brought father home from Hills River. Ed Gaudett finished here, 11 ½ days. Fish peddler here.

July 18

Fine day. Burynett was here had dinner. We took him to O’Leary and we were through to O’Leary and down to Everett Collicutts. Mrs. Hardy and George was here in eve and Peter and Con O’Brien. Cloudy, looks like thunder squall.

July 19

Rainy misty cold day. Father went to George Clarks this morning. Jack McLellan and Mildred was here for ice.

July 20

Fine day. Went to Alberton this afternoon in new car. Called to see Jack Mountains house. Was out to church meeting in eve and brought Burynett in, and he stayed all night.

July 21

Rained all day. Took Burynett to station this morning. Tanton and Richard and O’Meara was here and had dinner. Dad was working at George Hardys and got home after supper.

July 22

Fine day. Heavy squall in eve.

July 23

Fine day. Mrs. Jim Smith was here to dinner. Rain hard last night. Fish peddler here this eve. Eva went down to Daves this eve. Jim O’Brien was here.

July 24

Fine day, cloudy. Went to the carding mill with wool. Stephen McNeill was here for to get his potatoes sprayed, George went out and sprayed them.

July 25

Fine day. We were all up to Abraham Collicutts to day, and called to Anns on our way home and left her 2 dresses. Father and Mother went to Daves this eve.

July 26

Fine day. Baking of picnic.

July 27

Fine day. Went to picnic.

July 28

Fine day, very hot. Was out to Annie Barbours. George was spraying potatoes for Wallaces and Jack Mountains. Alvie and Dave Gordon here. Father went out to Harry Lewis’ for to haul barn. Mary McNeill was in here to day.

July 29

Fine day. Eva went down to Daves. Ed Gaudett here working.

July 30

Fine day. Joe Dunbar was here and another man. Augustine McLellan was here and Howard Dunbar for to get his potatoes sprayed.

July 31

Fine day, hot. George was down to Bens spraying the potatoes and to John Kinches. Frank Peters was here in eve.

August 1

Fine day. Was to church. Burynett was here to tea. We took him to O’Leary and called into Jim Hardys for a few minutes. 19 turkeys left.

August 2

Fine day. We were to Tignish. The telephone men were here digging post holes. Edmond Gaudett was here to day. Parmenas was here, Ray McInnes was here, Ramsay Hardy and wife was here.

August 3

Foggy in morn, fine in afternoon. Little rain in eve. Howard Dunbar and wife was here. Ed Gaudett here 4 days. Parmenas was here.

August 4

Fine day. George was down and sprayed Bens potatoes. Ed is here. Burynett called here last night. Fine day.

August 5

Fine day.

August 6

Fine day. Hauling hay. Gass and Grady was here and put in telephone.

August 7

Telephone men was here and put up wires.

August 8

Rain last night, rain hard to day. Parmenas was here.

August 9

Rain last night, rain all day. Only 15 turkeys left. First talk on phone. Murphy boy was here and got a ½ bushel potatoes. Otto Smith was here and got some oats.

August 10

Fine day. Two car loads of telephone men and their wives and kids.

August 11

Jim Dunbars wife and Daisy was here this afternoon. Mother and George went and got the roals. An old lame man was here last night, going on crutches. Frank was here for eggs.

August 12

Fine day. Jack Mountains wife and kid was here and got some oats. Mother was over to Jim Smiths. Took cow away.

August 13

We were to carding mill and got our other pack of roals. Fine, looks like rain. Rain in eve.

August 14

Little rain, fine in afternoon. Me and Mother was down to Daves. Took Bess for a little drive as far as John Kinches corner.

August 15

Fine day. Was to church. Burynett was here to dinner. We took him to O’Leary. Mrs. Foley, Ray Collicutt was here and wife and kids to dinner and supper.

August 16

Fine day. Finished cutting hay. Only 9 turkeys left. Wallace Donald was here to get sprayer.

August 17

Rain this morning, cloudy this afternoon. John Kinch was here and had dinner.

August 18

Fine windy cold day. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. We were out to Palmer Road picnic. Howard got a new car.

August 19

Fine cold day. We were out to Jack Barbours and Rays.

August 20

Cold windy day. Eva went to the corner and to Daves.

August 21

Fine day. Went and got some lumber sawed. Went to Harry Lewis’ and got a load of skids.

August 22

Fine day. Was to Alberton and Kildare and heard Rev. J.A. Winfield preach.

August 23

Fine day. Jim Dunbar and Joes wife and kids was here and got 1 gallon gas and Eva went with them picking berries. Bradford Costain and wife and kid and Ann and Jim Costain was here.

August 24

High wind. Mrs. Bona McLellan was here for the ice cream freezer. Rain hard all day, rain tonight. Parmenas was here in eve.

August 25

Rain a little to day. Eva went to the corner and to Daves.

August 26

Little cloudy in morn. Bonas kids brought home the freezer.

August 27

Fine day. Rug man was here. Joe Dunbar was here and Parmenas was here for plough fixtures.

August 28

Cool, cloudy day.

August 29

Thunder shower in afternoon. We were all up to Ray Collicutts and to Luther Crossmans.

August 30

Little rain. Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. Jim Dunbar was here and Mrs. Herb and Mrs. Champion and Blanche Champion and Mrs. Winfield.

August 31

Little rain.

September 1

Cloudy. Frank Barbour was here for eggs and got 7 yards knitting.

September 2

Rain in morning. Mildred McLellan was here for some aspirin tablets for Calvin Lewis.

September 3

Calvins boy was here for more tablets. Hester Warren and Doris McLellan was here for spreader. Book came here for Ed Gaudett.

September 4

Fine day. Mrs. Joe Dunbar was here and Bob Fitzgerald and boy.

September 5

Fine. Was to church. Burynett was here to tea. We took him to O’Leary and brought him back and he stayed all night.

September 6

Burynett had breakfast and dinner and went home. Fine day, little cloudy, rain in eve.

September 7

Rain all night, half to day. Turned fine in afternoon. Howard and Lloyd Dunbar was here at noon. Eva went to Sackville this morning.

September 8

Fine day.

September 9

Fine cloudy day. Fish peddler here with fresh herring. Backed car into wagon, took up the hens. Howard Dunbar was here with meat.

September 10

Rain last night, little cloudy in morn, fine in afternoon. Nell and Bob brought in Burynett.

September 11

Fine day. Burynett came here last night, stayed all night, left this morning. Jim Dunbars wife and Daisy up with freezer. Kids were looking for cattle.

September 12

Fine day, cloudy. We were all up to Everett Collicutts.

September 13

Rain last night, rain all day to day, high wind. About 3 o’clock Eva got home from Sackville.

September 14

Fine day, little cold. Was through and voted to day, all of us.

[This was a federal election. The Womens Franchise Act of 1918 permitted all women citizens aged 21 and over to vote in federal elections after January 1919. The Election of 1921 was the first in which women voted].

September 15

Fine day.

September 16

Rain to day. Nettie was here.

September 17

Fine day. Cut first grain. Ray Currie here in eve.

September 18

Fine hot day. Mrs. Parmenas Currie was here.

September 19

Fine day. Burynett was here for dinner. We took him to O’Leary church. We all went to Bethel Church to a Oath Fellows Service and Charlie Ellis to tea.

September 20

Fine day. Heron boy here for oats. We were down to Jim Dunbars. There was a man around buying geese.

September 21

Cold day, thunder and lightning last night. Mother and Father was to St. Louis. Father was down to Daves to cut his wheat.

September 22

Cold and cloudy. Came for the geese to day. Nettie and Lottie Foley was here to tea. John Patraet came for the geese.

September 23

Cold windy day. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Mother was down to Daves.

September 24

Cloudy in morn, rain hard in afternoon.

September 25

Foggy in morn, fine and warm in afternoon. Father went to Alberton and brought home cast of gasoline. Eva went to Daves. Cloudy, looks like rain.

September 26

Rain lightly last night. Cold, windy to day. Fine in eve.

September 27

Fine day.

September 28

Fine day. Hauling grain. Louis was here forenoon and Jim Kinch in the afternoon.

September 29

Fine day.

September 30

Fine day. Hauling in grain. Louis was here and got a bushel of oats.

October 1

Cold day, hail. Hauling in grain. Jim Kinch here helping.

October 2

Cold windy day. Finished cutting grain. Frank called with the hen money.

October 3

Fine day. Mr. and Mrs. Holmes and Mrs. Champion and Mrs. Windsor was here to tea. They went to O’Leary.

October 4

Fine day.

October 5

Fine day. Mother and Father went to St. Louis and got a bag of sugar and potato baskets. Mr. and Mrs. Augustine Holland was here tonight, they stayed all night.

October 6

They left this morning and took 2 O’Brien boys down with them. Fine day. Hauling in grain.

October 7

Rain hard last night. Rain this morning till 2 o’clock.

October 8

Fine cloudy day. We were all up to the school fair. Brought Ann down and she had tea here and we took her through to Lilas. Started the digging.

October 9

Rain, misty day. Dug a few potatoes to day . Parmenas was here this eve.

October 10

Rain last night. Father went to Kildare this morning to haul church.

October 11

Cold windy day. Digging potatoes, we have 5 french men.

October 12

Misty, little rain. Digging forenoon. Ray Currie was here.

October 13

Cool, cloudy day. Digging to day. Mother went over to Jim Smiths. Two girls to get work digging potatoes. Augustine McLellan was here this eve.

October 14

Cold rain. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Bonas kids was here for Franks change.

October 15

Fine day. Finished digging. Thunder squall this eve.

October 16

Cold windy. Harrowed potatoe patch to day. Mother was over to Bonas. Stephen McNeill was here for cow.

October 17

Cool cloudy day. Holmes was here to dinner. We took him to O’Leary. Seen people hauling in grain. Parmenas was here this eve.

October 18

Rain hard last night, everything in a flood. Cold windy day, sunshine in afternoon. Father went to St. Louis. Louis was here this evening and got the plough.

October 19

Cold windy. Stacking grain. Two Indians here selling baskets this morning.

October 20

Fine day. Ploughing to day. Stephen McNeill was here with meat. We were over to Netties this eve.

October 21

Cold rainy day. Father went to the corner and got a horse shod. We went to Alberton this evening to a church meeting.

October 22

Fine cold day. Kennedy was here and Jim Dunbar buying potatoes. Eva went to the corner and to Daves and had tea.

October 23

Cool cloudy day. Was down to Daves to take in his oats, but he did not take them in. Went to Dock Road for a load of hauling great. Mother and George went to ST. Louis.

October 24

Fine day. Father went over to Jim Smiths. A Gaudett and Pyis Christopher was here for to get building hauled.

October 25

Rain hard last night. Rain to day all day. Father went to the corner to Black Smith Shop.

October 26

Cold windy day. Louis was here and got 25 pounds of flour. Father went getting church money. Jim Dunbar was up with the bags.

October 27

Cold windy. Jim Dunbar was up this morning seeing about the potatoes. Bagging up potatoes to day.

October 28

Cold windy day. Looks like storm. Stephen McNeill was here with meat.

October 29

Cold cloudy day. Hauling potatoes to car, 300 bushels of reds.

October 30

Fine day. Bagging white potatoes. Mrs. Martin Kinch brought up yarn. George and Mother was to St. Louis and got a parcel from Eatons.

October 31

Rain and misty all day. Holmes was here to dinner. Father took him to O’Leary. Bona was here this morning. We were out to church. Father was to George Clarks.

November 1

Fine cool day. Father was down to Jim Dunbars and got some more bags. Father and Eva went to Alberton to church meeting.

November 2

Cool cloudy day. Hauling potatoes to car. Christophers here for hauling gear. Father went to ST. Louis.

November 3

Fine day. Stephen McNeill here with meat. Mrs. Jim Smith was here. Father went down to Christophers, stayed all night. Mother was down to Joe Dunbars to Institute Meeting.

November 4

Rain. Father came home this morning.

November 5

Fine day. Jim Dunbar came up with money for the potatoes $500.00. Started digging turnips.

November 6

Snow last night, ground white. Mother was over to Jim Smiths to tell them about George being very low. Louis brought home the plough. Jim Platts came here this eve.

November 7

Cold day. Was to church to day. Parmenas was here this eve.

November 8

Foggy damp day. Digging turnips. Dave came up and got Jims to plough. Ray Currie brought home the basket of oats. Dave brought home Jim.

November 9

Cold foggy day. Mrs. Martin Kinch came for knitting. Took up the lamb. Digging turnips this afternoon. Father went to St. Louis looking for thrashers. Mrs. Ellen Kinch brought over the yarn.

November 10

Rainy day. Thrashed 1 stack. Stephen McNeill was here with meat.

November 11

Cold day, freezing. Ed Gaudett was here ¾ day working. Father went over to Bonas seeing about some wood.

November 12

Cold day. Ray Currie was here. Stephen McNeill brought in his road cart. Father went out to Christophers to haul barn. George went to Jims and got bushel apples. Eva went to Daves.

November 13

Cold day. George and Mother was to St. Louis. Father came home from Christophers. Mr. and Mrs. Sears came here this eve, stayed till 4 o’clock.

November 14

Cold day.

November 15

Cold day. Sears left here this morning. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs. Thrashing half day, clover seed. Mother and Mrs. Sears was down to Daves for a little while and then Dad took her to Lot 7.

November 16

Soft mild day, quite windy. Joe Dunbars wife and Keir was here all afternoon and Howard had supper. Joe Wedge was here looking for oats.

November 17

Soft mild day. Martin Kinch kids was here for knitting and Jack Murphys for knitting too.

November 18

Soft mild day. Finished ploughing the turnip patch, done ploughing for this year.

November 19

Soft mild day.

November 20

Rained some. Fine in afternoon. Bona had his wood sale. George and Dad was over and got quarter acre, $15. Mrs. Ed Oliver was here and got 3 pounds butter. Bonas kids selling candy.

November 21

Cold raw day. Was to church in meeting. Holmes and Leavetta was here to dinner. Minus in here in evening.

November 22

Fine day, ground frozen.

November 23

Fine day, frozen hard, raw wind. Holmes was here all night, came at 7 o’clock and left in morning and went through to Cannons.

November 24

Cold raw wind, looks like storm. George went for grist.

November 25

Cold raw wind, quite cold. George was to the shore for a load of sand. Howard was her trying to sell radio.

November 26

Fine day. Thrashing a stack. Charlie Gaudett was here and payed a bill on oats.

November 27

Little rain to day. Mrs. Parmenas Currie was here and Mildred Dunbar. Flossie Burke here selling cards. Charlie Mountain was here looking for goose. George went down to the river and got a load of mud for the hens.

November 28

Cold day. Mother and Father went down to Daves.

November 29

Cold day. Father went to Tignish to work. Mother and George went to St. Louis. Mrs. Jim Smith was here.

November 30

Rain last night, fine soft day. Father came home from Tignish. Parmenas was here this eve.

December 1

Bona was here for a gallon of gas. Rain dirty day. Moris O’Brien was here for to get a sweater knit.

December 2

Dirty, snowy day.

December 3

Cold, snow. Father went to Tignish to haul house.

December 4

Snow a little to day, quite a big storm. Father got home from Tignish, half past 6. Frank Barbour here for eggs.

December 5

Stormy day, no church.

December 6

Father went to Tignish. Started to storm, wild this afternoon and night.

December 7

Wild storm last night. Cold drifting to day. Tom Hockins died last night. Father did not get home. Frank O’Brien was here for to get his sweater knit. Eva and George went to corner and mailed order to Eatons. Ray Currie was here.

December 8

Snow to day. Father came home. Jim and Hattie came up and got their gander.

December 9

Snow to day. Killing chickens and geese. Mrs. Joe Kinch and Omer was here for butter.

December 10

Fine mild day. Soft the foul. Eva went down to Daves. Father went to Alberton.

December 11

Fine mild day. George was to the corner for nails. Joe Dunbar was here collecting for the Bible Society. Started to snow in eve.

December 12

Wild drifting day. Parmenas was here.

December 13

Fine warm day. Father went to Tignish for some hauling gear. Killed some chickens to bottle.

December 14

Fine day. Father went to Tignish for runners. Gass was here looking after phone. Got 1 doz. eggs.

December 15

Fine warm day. Mrs. Moris Fitzgerald was here for to get some knitting done. Father went looking for thrashing crowd.

December 16

Snowing, drifting. Could not thrash. Ed Gaudett and Joe Arsenault and Jim Kinch and Jack Smiths 2 boys was here.

December 17

Fine day. Jack Smiths 2 boys was here, did not thrash. Father went to Tignish. Eva and George went to St. Louis and shipped the goose.

December 18

Snowed to day, a little drift. Mrs. Albert O’Brien was here for her knitting, her and Frank.

December 19

Cold drifting day. Bona was here this morning. Ray Currie was here this eve.

December 20

Fine day, little cold. Cutting wood in the woods. Father went looking for thrashing crowd.

December 21

Fine day. Thrashing, Jim Kinch, 2 Duggan boys and Ed and Joe Arsenault.

December 22

Cleaning up tailons. Ed and Joe here cutting in woods. After dinner Eva went down to Daves.

December 23

Fine day, little cold windy. Thrashing, Duggan boys, Joe, Ed, Jim Kinch. Eva and George went out to school, Santy Clause there.

December 24

Fine warm day. Thrashing in front of barn. Eva and George went to Alberton. Ed and Joe here.

December 25

Little squally in morning, a little flurries of snow. Wind south west, turned fine and mild till eve, then wind came north west and quite a bluster, then came out quite fine again, bitter cold. Eva and George went to Daves. Elizabeth and Stanford and Selby was here to Christmas. Parmenas was here in eve.

December 26

Fine in morning, little wind north west, snow flurries all day. Mother and Father went through to Anns and called at George McInnes.

December 27

Wind north west, snow flurries in morn till afternoon, then fairly cloudy, raw wind. Fairly cold in eve, started to snow after dark. Mother was over to Jim Smiths. Ed and Joe here.

December 28

Misted rain all forenoon, wind south west, cleared up and came in north west, quite cold all night. Ray Currie here for blocks.

December 29

Cold windy day, but fine and clear, wind north west, very cold night. Parmenas was here with the blocks. Eva and George went to the corner and mailed an order to Eatons.

December 30

Cold day, very cold to night.

December 31

Fine clear all day, then clouded up and started to snow a little at night. Birt Ramsay was here this eve. Jim Dunbar and Daisy here in eve.


The Journals of Mary and Eva Jeffery

Lauretta, Prince Edward Island, 1927
5 mi NW of Alberton - Lot 3

PREFACE

The following has been transcribed from the original journals of Mary and Eva Jeffery, daughters of John "Spurgeon" and Dorcas (Collicutt) Jeffery of Lauretta, Prince Edward Island. Spurgeon was a successful farmer and building hauler.

The journals cover subjects such as the weather, church attendance, the visiting from home to home of neighbours and friends; annual planting and harvesting of crops; and all their routine daily chores.

Please forgive my errors if there be any, as I did my best to interpret the original handwritten journals from their original notebooks. There are five journals in total, they are as follows: #1-1926; #2-1927; #3-1929-30; #4-1937-41; #5-1942-46.

Carter W. Jeffery
January 1999

PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THE JOURNALS

Beginning New Year 1927

January 1

Fine in morning, started to snow about 9 o’clock snowed thick all day, then turned to sleet, wind north east. Mary, mother and dad was down to David’s and had supper. George was out to the corner and got mail. Got 1 doz. 3 eggs to day. Didn’t get any telephone calls or call up anyone to day. Made 10 prints of butter.

January 2

Rain in the morning, then turned to soft snow, didn’t snow much. Bona and wife was here a while this eve.

January 3

Fine clear, cold quite cold wind, south west. Joe Dunbar was here to day and got 2 doz. Eggs. They went out to church, getting lumber that was there. Hens laid 1 do. 8 eggs. Went back for Ed Gaudett to work in woods this eve, but he didn’t come out with him. Joe Dunbar’s wife called us up on phone to day, first call in the new year.

January 4

Fine cold day, wind north west all day till eve, then came in south west, little frosty. Ed Gaudett was here working all day in woods through on McLanes, came in morning and stayed all night. Reigh Currie was here in eve and Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Dance in school house tonight. McLanes called us on the phone to day.

January 5

Rained hard all day, wind south east. Jerome Gaudett was married to day. Took Ed home this morning after breakfast. George went to the corner to get horse shod.

January 6

Fine clear day, quite mild. George went for grist, and got horse shod. Dad went through to Ann’s with load of straw.

January 7

Fine clear day, quite cold, keen in morning, turned milder in eve. Few specks of snow falling. Dad went to Tignish for gear and to Barnetts. The Raleighs man was here to day. Mother and George was to St. Louis.

January 9

Fine clear day. Richard and Holmes was here to tea. We all went to church in eve.

January 10

Light fall of snow, and a little blustry, turned fine in eve. Carl Weeks was here collecting Insurance and Joe Dunbars here for eggs and Howard and wife was here this eve. Had 3 telephone calls, Joe and Howard and Bess called up, she got her phone in today.

January 11

Fine all day till eve, but cold raw wind. Started to storm at dark, quite a wild storm all night. Got 1 telephone call to day. Bonas wife and me were to St. Louis and got parcel from Eatons.

January 12

Little blustry in morning, turned fine in afternoon, nice clear night. Hens laid 2 doz. 4 eggs.

January 13

Fine day, fairly mild. Dad went to Summerside today, and Eva went down to Davids in eve and stayed till train came in. Tom Cannon’s boy here with 3 dollars for ministers salary. I called up on telephone from Dave’s to here.

January 14

Wind south west, quite a warm wind, thawed a lot. Finished cutting wood through on McLanes. Bess called on phone.

January 15

Stormy day, rain in the morning, turned to little snow and sleet then to rain. Silver thaw very icy.

January 16

Fine in morning then a little snow and hail, everything icy, great crust. Bess called up on the phone to day. Dad went over to Louis’.

January 17

Fine clear day, little blustry. Brought home circulator from St. Louis this morning and set it up. Got 1 ton coal. Had one ring central called up.

January 18

Fine clear day. Great roads. Dad was out to church meeting. Eva was down to Daves. Had 4 telephone calls today, Irwin Hardy and Jims and Emma and Dad called up from Daves. Mother and Mary and Dad went down to Jims.

January 19

Cloudy day, wind east. Irwin Hardy was here today seeing about getting building hauled. Central called up today for Irwin Hardy. Frank was here for eggs.

January 20

Fine day, but cloudy. Parmenas was here in eve. Had 1 telephone call. Mom called up the Baker for menus about salting beef.

January 21

Fine day, but raw wind. Gass called us up about telephone to day. Finished through on McLanes, hauling lumber.

January 22

Rained most all day, till eve, then a shift wind and little bluster. Reigh Currie was getting us to call up doctor about Menuses foot fixed up. Telephoned today ourselves. High wind tonight. Mim called on phone.

January 23

Fine clear day, little frosty. Great roads. Was to church this morning. Had Holmes and Richard to dinner. Had 1 telephone call today, Mrs. George McInnes. Louis was here this eve.

January 24

Fine clear day, little frosty, raw wind. Dad went to Alberton this afternoon and to the river this morning with Irwin Hardy looking at home he was going to haul. Had 1 telephone call today. Gass called up about telephone. McRae from Tignish here this afternoon about getting building hauled, and had supper.

January 25

Fine day. Was sawing up wood at door. Had Louis and Ed Gaudett all day. 3 telephone calls today, Irwin Hardy twice. And McRae from Tignish was getting quilt today.

January 26

Fine clear day, but frosty and full wind, coldest of winter. Finished sawing wood today at dinner time. Had 2 telephone calls today. Jims wife and Bess finished quilting another quilt.

January 27

Fine clear day, but quite cold. Dad went to Mick O’Briens and got 2 sticks for poles. Had 1 telephone call today, Mim.

January 28

Fine clear day, turned milder. Dad went to Tignish to see about hauling building and had his dinner at Pearly Haywoods. Had 2 telephone calls today, Pearly Haywood and Bess Jeffery from Alberton. Had dance in our school tonight. Bess and Sellick boy and girl was here and put horse in, we were all down, took 3 pies.

January 29

Rainy all day. Dad went out to Ed Wells to get engine fixed. 1 Telephone call, Jims.

January 30

Fine warm day, just like a day in April. Dad and mother went through to get George McInnes and to Ann’s. Minus was here in eve.

January 31

Fine day, fairly mild. Ed Gaudett and brother was here for wood and George Ellis and Paul Gaudett for oats. Reigh Currie was here in eve. Mother and George was to St. Louis. 1 telephone call, Bens.

February 1

Cold windy day. Bennett Kelly was here looking for cattle. Frank Barbour was here for eggs and paid rebate cheque 41.47. Minus called up on phone and Joe Dunbar. Jim Kinch was here and Duggan boys.

February 2

Little snow and blustry. Thrashing, Jim Kinch, Duggan boys and Ed and Joe. Parmenas was here.

February 3

Cold last night, and cold today. Finished thrashing. Joe Doyle was here looking for hay seed. Jims called up on phone.

February 4

Cold blustry day. Father was up to Mrs. Currie’s funeral. Eva and George went out to the post office.

February 5

Cold day. Murphy girl and Shields girl here selling post cards. Hester and Mildred here for bran. Fine clear eve.

February 6

Fine day. Father and mother through to Miminegash church. Me, Eva and George was down to Daves in afternoon.

February 7

Snow last night, cold drifting today. Father went through to Anns with a load of straw and some potatoes.

February 8

Little cold, blustry. Eva and father was to the corner and trimmed the church lamps. George was over to Bonas with pipe couplin. Burt Ramsay was here this eve.

February 9

Fine clear day. Father was to ST. Louis and up to the Peter Road looking for fence stakes. Carl came from Tignish to Bonas.

February 10

Fine day. Father went for fence stakes. Father and mother and Eva went up to egg circle meeting in Elmsdale.

February 11

Fine day. Parmenas was here this eve. Father went to Elmsdale farms meeting. Frank McLellan came home this eve.

February 12

Snowing to day. Frank Barbour was here for eggs.

February 13

Cold blustry day. Dick and Holmes was here to tea. Buried Will Simmonds.

February 14

Fine cloudy, cold. Jim Dunbars and Hattie Ellis was here this eve.

February 15

Snow all day.

February 16

Cold, blustry day. Fin in eve. Eva went over and got Milvina to cut her hair. We were down to Bens to night. Reigh Currie was here.

February 17

Fine day, cloudy in eve. We were out to Dave Barbours to a social for the Ladys Aid.

February 18

Snow last night, rain to day. Two men here for to get building hauled. Took down the school wood, went to mill with load logs. Frank McLellan and Bona and Annie and Parmenas was here to night.

February 19

Cold day. Ed Gaudett was here and got 3 lbs. Butter. Ed, Charlie Gaudett boy was out and got 8 bushes potatoes.

February 20

Cold windy day.

February 21

Snow last night, hail and snow to day.

February 22

Find day, few specks of snow. Father was to Tignish to day looking at building to haul.

February 23

Fine day. Frank Barbour was here for eggs, 15 dozen. Father went to St. Louis and Eva went to Daves.

February 24

Fine day. Father and mother went to St. Louis and into Daves.

February 25

Little snow. Father went to the saw mill and through to John Rixes for to get some fence stakes.

February 26

Cold cloudy day. Father and mother was to Alberton. Bonas kids was here for telephone book.

February 27

Started to storm last night, quite wild to day. Little finer in eve.

February 28

Louis went for the doctor last night, got home this morning, bad roads [ Louis’ wife Annie Jane Cannon gave birth to their 5th child, William Edward Jeffery]. Breaking roads today. Parmenas was here tonight.

March 1

Fine bright day. Jim called up on phone wanting mother and father to go down.

March 2

Fine in morn, started to snow a little at noon. Fine in eve.

March 3

Fairly fine in morn, but cold raw wind, north east. Started to snow about 10 o’clock, quite a blizzard rest of day. About the worst this winter. Bona here in eve.

March 4

Stormy today, little finer in eve. Breaking roads. Jim Kinchs kids here for butter.

March 5

Fine day. Father was back to Bill Callaghans was as far as Daves with the colt.

March 6

Fine day, thawing. Mother and father went through to Anns. We were down to Daves this eve.

March 7

Fine day. Jim Dunbar and Avard Harris and Melvin Ellis was here this morning looking for a horse.

March 8

Raining hard this eve. Mick Ellsworth was here for some oats.

March 9

Rain last night, fine today. Parmenas was here this eve. Cold tonight. Jim Kinches was here for butter.

March 10

Cold windy day, thawing around Barn.

March 11

Fine day. Eva and George to Alberton. Father went through to mill and to Anns and brought out her turkey. Abraham Collicutt and Reigh Currie was here to dinner. Father was to Bonas. Mother was down to Jims to see Mrs. Ellis. Father was to St. Louis.

March 12

Fine day. Father was through to mill for skids. Jim Kinchs kids was here for a pound of butter. Leigh Weeks was here looking for to buy a horse. Reigh Currie was here in eve.

March 13

Cold cloudy day. Few specks rain. Richard and Holmes was here to tea. We were all out to Church.

March 14

Silver thaw last night, cold, cloudy today. Rawleigh man was here. Fred McRae was here. Parmenas was here. Father went to St. Louis.

March 15

Cool day, thawing. Mrs. Jim Smith was here. Father was over to Bonas with his fertilizer bill.

March 16

Father went to Alberton and to Ramsay Hardy and George McInnes was here looking for oats. Richard was here for timothy seed. Fine day thawing.

March 17

Find day, thawing.

March 18

Cold cloudy day. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Peter and Frank was here bagging. Earl Kinch was here for butter.

March 19

Rain last night, fine bright day. George was to the grist mill. Mary was out to the corner with him. Father was to St. Louis. Fred Bowness called to look at car.

March 20

Fine day. Parmenas was here in eve.

March 21

Fine day, thawing. Two french men got 10 bushels wheat here this morning. Another frenchman was here for oats, but did not get any.

March 22

Snow last night, snowing all day, quite heavy. Louis was here to dinner.

March 23

Fine day. John Doyle was here and got hay seed. Emmett Shea was here for oats. Mother and Father was through to Anns, and took through the turkey and hens.

March 24

Fine day, cloudy. Fred Gaudett was here for his hay see and had dinner. Father and Eva went collecting church money. Charlie Gaudett was here for wheat and oats. Father was to Elmsdale to the institute meeting.

March 25

Fine day. Clair was here looking for oats and had dinner.

March 26

Cold blustry day. Joe Arsenault was here for some potatoes. John Smith was here with the church money. Father went out with some wood for the church.

March 27

Fine day, quite cold. Train did not get up till 4 o’clock this morning. Holmes and Dick was here to dinner. Father was to Louis’ in eve.

March 28

Fine warm day. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Bonas brought over the turkey. Henderson here for wheat 4 bushels 23 pounds.

March 29

Fine warm day. George went for grist. Me, Eva and George went up to Elmsdale to concert. Mother was over to Minis and Parmenas.

March 30

Fine day, thawing. Martin Hustler was here and got oats and wheat, stayed to dinner.

March 31

Snowing all day, soft snow.

April 1

Soft, cloudy day. Omer brought over Bonas turkey and came after him. John Perry was here and got some oats.

April 2

Fine day, froze hard last night. Peter Callaghan was here for wheat. Louis was here for milk.

April 3

Fine day. Parmenas was here in eve. Father over to Louis’ and Bonas’.

April 4

Fine day. Father through to Anns and around by St. Louis. Eva was down to Daves. Howard and Jim and Sadie was up here last night. Martin Hustler was here for oats.

April 5

Fine day. Joe Trembly and Joe Dunbar here getting seed. Richard here looking for wheat. George Knox here looking for wheat. Out to Fred Rennie’s for bags, bagging potatoes.

April 6

Rain to day. Frank Barbour here for the eggs. Hauled out 100 bushels of white potatoes to Fred Rennies. Mother and Eva and Father was down to Jim Dunbars to Institute meeting.

April 7

Fine day, thawing fast. Con O’Brien was here for oats. Father was to Alberton.

April 8

Snow storm, quite mild. Louis was here for butcher knife.

April 9

Fine day, cold. Louis was here got 1 pound of butter. Father through to the saw mill. Father and mother was to St. Louis. Jims got phone fixed.

April 10

Cold day. Parmenas was here this eve.

April 11

Cold blustry day. Father through to the saw mill and to Anns with some potatoes.

April 12

Find day. Ed Johnson was here and boy for hay seed and Con O’Brien for oats. Father through to the saw mill getting lumber sawed. Mrs. Joe Dunbar and her father was here this afternoon. Burt Ramsay and Harry Adams was here for to buy a horse. John Murphy and boy was here for hay seed.

April 13

Cold windy day. Hauling home lumber. Bona was here with turkey. Bill Perry was here for oats. Jim Dunbars wife and Daisy was here this eve.

April 14

Cold day. George Knox was here for wheat. Louis was here and got a load of straw. Eva and George wen to the corner and in to Daves.

April 15

Fine day. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs. George went to the corner for mail.

April 16

Fine day. Father went to Alberton. Omer and Jack McLellan was here with turkey and got ice cream freezer. Earl Kinch was here for butter. Father was to the shop with waggon for to get repaired. He went to St. Louis for bags for to sell potatoes.

April 17

Fine warm day, thawing fast. Big turkey laid first egg. We were all to church. Dick and Holmes did not come into dinner, they went back to Alberton. Bona was here this eve. Father was over to Louis this eve.

April 18

Fine day. Bagging up potatoes. Herb Currie was here looking to buy a horse. Bennett Kelly was here for to telephone James McKenna about a sick girl. Nelson’s wife and Gordon was here looking for wheat. Little white turkey laid egg. Omer was here with freezer and got the level and brought home the level. Louis was here for 1 pound of butter. Mailed a letter to Sears.

April 19

Fine warm day. Martin Kinch was here with turkey. Shoveling on the road. Martin came for turkey. First waggon today. Albert O’Brien was here for oats. Earl Kinch was here.

April 20

Cool, cloudy day. Father and George went to Albert O’Briens sale. Father went to St. Louis. Mother was over to Bonas. Bob-tailed turkey laid first eggs. Some lady here on horse back. Some fellow called after sale. Rain quite heavy shower, thunder.

April 21

Fine day. Father and mother was out to see Charlie Mountain, and into see Daves. Earl Kinch was here for 1 pound of butter. Parmenas was here this eve. Father over to Louis’.

April 22

Fine day. Elaire Chassion was here. Eva and George went out to Charlie Mountains funeral.

April 23

Fine day, cloudy. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs. Father went to St. Louis and got the parcel from Eatons, he went to the shop for the old waggon.

April 24

Cool day, rain last night, rain till noon to day, cold tonight.

April 25

Cold in morn, warm in afternoon. Mrs. Parmenas Currie was here. Father went through to Tim Costains and got a little pig and to Anns. Eva and George went to the corner and mailed back the two hats.

April 26

Cool, cloudy day. Father was to St. Louis. Alfred O’Brien was here looking to buy a colt and a woman [here].

April 27

Fine day, cloudy, started to rain about 9 o’clock. Father was over to Louis’.

April 28

Rain all day and snowing, some rain all night. Gordon was here for 1 pound of butter.

April 29

Rain this morning. Fine in afternoon. Father went to Alberton. Sentner boy was here with fresh herring.

April 30

Fine day. Father was out fixing up the graves. Earl and Lester Kinch was here for butter. Elaire was here for potatoes. Father was over to Louis’ in eve.

May 1

Fine warm day. We were all out to church in afternoon. Old turkey laid egg.

May 2

Little snow. Father was to St. Louis and mailed for 80 chickens. Louis was here and got a load of straw.

May 3

Fine day. Augustine and Parmenas was here. Eva and George went to the corner and got some bags from Fred Rennie for to take some potatoes.

May 4

Cold day. Bagging potatoes took out the potatoes to Fred’s. Gordon was here for 1 pound of butter.

May 5

Fine day. Father went through to Anns, fixing up bridge. Herb Currie was here and brought young Bill.

May 6

Rain last night, misty today. Father went to St. Louis. Father and George was out to church fixing up the fence and cutting wood. They went to the station looking for the chickens but they did not come. Mother was over to Bonas for to see the chickens.

May 7

Fine day, little cool this afternoon. Went for a little drive in roadcart. George went to the station looking for the chickens.

May 8

Fine day. Drying up fine. Eva was down to Daves in eve.

May 9

Fine cool day. Father was to Alberton. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Jim Kinch was here with road bills.

May 10

Fine day, cloudy. Father went to Anns, getting her potatoe patch ready. Louis was here for wheat. Eva and George went to St. Louis for the mirror. Mrs. Jim Smith was here. Little rain.

May 11

Louis was here for wheat. Peter O’Brien was here for 1 pound of butter. Rain last night.

May 12

Cold foggy day. John Callaghan was here for to buy a horse. Dragging road. Pat McIntyre was here for oats.

May 13

Rain all day. Mother and Father was to St. Louis.

May 14

Cold day. Father went to St. Louis for a coat. Mrs. Ellen Kinch was here for 1 pound of butter. Parmenas was here this eve. Mother and father was down to Bens.

May 15

Fine cool day. We were all to church this morning. Dick and Holmes was here to dinner. Father was over to Parmenas’. A. Arsenault and Gallant was here looking to buy the colt.

May 16

Fine day. Father was through o Anns putting out manure for her potatoes. Tim Conway was here for hay seed. Gordon was here for a pound of butter. Arbing was here and bought colt. Kinches boy was here and got 2 pounds of butter.

May 17

Rain hard last night, fine part of to day, rain hard this eve. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs. Started the harrow last night. Father and mother went to St. Louis.

May 18

Rain to day, fine in afternoon.

May 19

Cloudy in morn. Father went to Alberton and to Gordon Hardys.

May 20

Father was through planting Ann’s potatoes. Jim Costain was here seeing about his oats. Fine day.

May 21

Cold windy day. A fish peddler was here looking to buy a horse, had dinner.

May 22

Fine cool day, cloudy. Parmenas was here this eve.

May 23

Cool day, rain last night. Set turkey hen 2 turkey set and 21 eggs under hens. Charlie Gaudett was here and got 6 bushels of wheat.

May 24

Fine cool day. Father went through to Anns, putting in her grain. Martin Kinches wife was here with knitting. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs. Me and Eva was over to Bonas seeing the chickens.

May 25

Fine day. Jim Kinch was here and got 5 bushels of wheat. Eva went to the corner to mail an order to Eatons and in to Daves.

May 26

Rain hard last night, rain to day. Father was to Alberton and bought home the car batteries.

May 27

Rain to day. Little white turkey died last night. Hauled home fertilizer this morn. Set 2 turkeys yesterday.

May 28

Rain and misty to day. Father and mother went to St. Louis. Father went to St. Louis for cast. Mother went to Mrs. Ellen Kinches. Earl Kinch was here for 1 pound of butter. Father was over to Louis’.

May 29

Rain last night, fine and cool to day.

May 30

Fine warm day. Peter Richards was here for oats. Charlie Gaudett was here and got 40 bushels of oats. Leo McInnes was here. Russell Callaghan was here and got oats. Louis was here for oats. Mary was over to Parmenas’. Joe Arsenault station master was here and got 4 pounds of butter. Jim Costain was here for oats.

May 31

Fine day but cloudy, looked like rain. Sowing oats for the first, sowed wheat yesterday for the first. Martin Kinches boy was here for knitting 58¢ worth. 7 little turkeys out. Frank Kinch and Omer Kinch was here for potatoes for Bona.

June 1

Rain last night, rain to day.

June 2

Cold day. Cutting seed.

June 3

Fine day. Peter Buote was here for oats. Cutting seed.

June 4

Fine windy day, drying up fine. Sowing grain.

June 5

Rainy misty day, high winds. Holmes was here to supper. Father was over to Louis’.

June 6

Rain hard last night, rain hard fore noon, everything afloat. Father was to St. Louis. Parmenas was here this eve.

June 7

Fine day. Will Perry was here for oats. George was to Freds with 35 pounds of butter. Jim Barbour was here for hay seed. Father was to St. Louis and to Tignish and took grist to the mill.

June 8

Fine day. 21 turkeys out for the first time this eve. Joe Arsenault was here of butter.

June 9

Rain little to day. Howard Clark was here with car.

June 10

Fine day. Planting potatoes to day. Rain this eve.

June 11

Little squall last night. Mother down to Daves. Fine day to plant potatoes. Chaisson here for oats. Mother went over to Jim Smiths. Mrs. Ellen Kinch was here to tea. Fine warm eve. Fred McLesland was here this eve.

June 12

Fine day. We were all through to Anns, took her coat and hat.

June 13

Fine day, little shower last night. Joe Wedge and boy was here for potatoes and oats. Louis and boy was here for potatoes and oats. Louis was here looking after the calf. 13 more little turkeys out yesterday. Fred Bowness was here this eve.

June 14

Fine warm day. Frank was here for eggs. Joe Arsenault and wife and kids was here this eve for butter.

June 15

Fine day.

June 16

Fine day. Father and Eva was up to Fred MacAuslands this eve. Mother was over to Minises. Jim McIntyre was here for jack crew.

June 17

Fine warm day. Fred MacAuslands boys was here for the hauling peg. Me and Mother and Father was to St. Louis in the car. Mother was over to Minis’.

June 18

Fine warm day. MacAusland was here again for the runners. Jim McIntyre was here with the jack and got the calf mill. Vina Kinch was here and got the ice cream freezer.

June 19

Fine day. Holmes was here to tea.

June 20

Fine day. Father was to Alberton and got the car cleaned, he was to St. Louis. Fellow here selling mackerel. Me and Father was out to the corner getting horse shod. Mailed order to Eatons. Minis was here and got the calf.

June 21

Fine day. Me and Eva and father and George was to Alberton this eve and got pump. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs.

June 22

Find day. Father went up to MacAuslands to move his house. Henry White was here selling mackerel. Louis was here for bushel of oats.

June 23

Shower rain this morning, fine warm day. Hudson Gordon and Blanchard was here. Got 57 turkeys out. Augustine McLellan was here.

June 24

Fine day. Father got home form McAuslands.

June 25

Fine day, windy. We all went through and voted. Got 54 turkeys left. Jack Adams was here selling meat.

June 26

Cold windy day. Parmenas was here. Looks like rain, rain hard all day and night.

June 27

Fine day. Father was to Alberton. Crowd here hauling gear for to haul the churches.

June 28

Father went to work at the churches. Frank was here for the eggs. Louis is here shearing the sheep. Eva went out to scrub the church. Here hauling more gear. Brad and Stella and Ann Costain and Kid was here to tea. A fellow here for to get building hauled. Gass here fixing the phone.

June 29

Fine day. Hauling more gear. Were all around collecting minister’s salary. Everett Sentner was here selling fish.

June 30

Gordon was here for 1 pound of butter. Fine day. Mrs. Jim Smith was here to tea. Eva was down to Daves.

July 1

Fine hot day. We were all to Alberton to the races. We were at Holmes and Adds. Father came home from Gordon Hardys. Louis was here and got roaler and brought it home.

July 2

Fine day.

July 3

Fine. Holmes was here to tea. We were all out to church.

July 4

The Bishop and Arch Deacon White was here to tea, and Holmes. We were all out to Church.

July 5

Fine day, cold wind. Telephone man here fixing up phone. Frank Barbour was here for eggs. Joe Dunbar and wife was here in car for to get their house lifted and Keir. Louis was here for 50 cents worth of oats. George working on the road.

July 6

Fine day. Ben Dunbars wife and Jim was up here. George was on the road half day, him and mother was to St. Louis. Took cow away to night and last night.

July 7

Was to Alberton getting my teeth tilled. Rain in afternoon. Father came home.

July 8

Rain all night, rain till noon to day. Father came home, could not work at Churches.

July 9

Was to Alberton to day getting teeth filled. Mrs. Parmenas Currie was here this afternoon.

July 10

Fine day. We were all up to Abe Collicutts. Jim Wallace was here and Ed Gaudett and Jim Hardy and another car.

July 11

Fine day. Mr. and Mrs. Will Brennan was here this eve. We went to Alberton, getting teeth filled and in to Daves and seen Stephen. Joe Bernard started to work here.

July 12

Fine hot day. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs.

July 13

Fine day. Mother was down to Joe Dunbars. Car here. Father came home to night. Parmenas was here.

July 14

Rain this morn, thunder, lightning. 34 turkeys left.

July 15

Fine day. Adams was here selling fish.

July 16

Rain last night, rain to day. Mother was over to Mrs. Ellen Kinches yesterday. 33 turkeys left.

July 17

Fine day, shower in eve. Stephen, Bess and Dave and Min was here to day. Holmes was here to dinner. Martin Hustler and a Perry and Sheas and Will Gaudetts. Mother and Father and Eva and George was through to Anns. We were all to church.

July 18

Cool windy, cloudy day.

July 19

Were all to Alberton to Dentist. Frank was here for the eggs. 30 turkeys left.

July 20

Rain to day. We were to Alberton to Dentist Purdyes again. 26 turkeys left. Louis was here with the cart.

July 21

Fine day. Abe, Zelpha and Annie Currie and Herald McWilliams was here to dinner. We were over to see Louis’ dead baby [William Edward Jeffery died of pneumonia, aged 5 months]. Eva went down to Daves. Mrs. Ellen Kinch was here. Holmes and wife was here this eve.

July 22

Fine day. Was over to Louis’ to the funeral.

July 23

Mrs. Jim Smith and Mrs. Jacob Birt and Spurgeon Leard was here this eve and family. Heavy shower of rain.

July 24

Cloudy, rain hard this afternoon. 25 turkeys left. Parmenas was here this afternoon.

July 25

Fine day, heavy shower in eve. George Ellis and Joe Wedge was here this morn.

July 26

Fine day. George away spraying potatoes in Alberton. Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Holland was here to day. Me and Mother was down to Jims. Gaudett from Tignish was here this eve.

July 27

Fine hot day. We were all out to the Barn opening. Hudson Gordon was here in the eve.

July 28

Rain to day. George was out to John Adams spraying his potatoes. He was at A.E. Arthurs yesterday. Rain to day.

July 29

Shower of rain in eve, thunder. Annie Costain and Alfred Smith was here to day, we took her through.

July 30

Fine day. Gaudett here for to get his barn hauled. Father up to Will Gaudetts lifting his house.

July 31

Fine day. We were all to Alberton church, opening Presbyterian Church and to West Devon to Alf Daltons.

August 1

Fine day, cloudy. Father out to Jim McIntyres hauling house. WE were to Alberton to Purdyes getting my teeth filled. Eva went in to Jim MacNeils.

August 2

Rain this morn. Frank was here for eggs.

August 3

Fine day. 13 turkeys left. Me and Mother was down to Ben Dunbars.

August 4

Fine day. Mrs. Tom Barbour and Neil and wife and Annie Barbour here.

August 5

Fine day. Father went down to Ed Wells with mower. Alberton burnt out this morning, Morris Store and the English Church. Me, Eva and father was to Summerside this eve, left at 10 to 3 and was back at half past 8. Heavy thunder squall, out in it all.

August 6

Fine day. Father went to grist mill. 2 men brought up mower and potatoe digger in auto truck this morn. Me and mother was down to Daves this afternoon.

August 7

Fine day. We were all through to Anns in morn and to church in afternoon. Holmes and Arthur MacEwen and family was here to tea. We were to Alberton in eve to see the fire. Parmenas was here. Jim McIntyre was here.

August 8

Fine day. Cutting hay.

August 9

Rain all day. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs. Perry here selling meat.

August 10

Fine day, rain all night. Father went to Martin Hustlers to raise house.

August 11

Fine day. Hauling in hay.

August 12

Fine day, shower in eve, thunder. A man here with car seeing about school children. Thunder shower in eve.

August 13

Cool cloudy day. Father went to Ed Gaudetts for mower. Gillian here for potatoes and another man and kids. Joe Bernard is 28 days to day, he got 26 dollars. Thunder squall in eve.

August 14

Annie MacNeil and Gladys was here to day. Mother and father was through to Anns. Eva and George took them down to Daves in eve.

August 15

Rain to day, hard all day.

August 16

Fine day. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs. Joe Bernard is here to day. Zena Dunbar and Tom and Magg and her man and Jim Platts was here this eve.

August 17

Fine day. Shower in eve.

August 18

Fine day. Father was out to Fred Rennies. Me and Eva and George was out to the ice cream social this eve.

August 19

Fine day. Will MacCormack was here for oats.

August 20

Fine day. Mother and Father went to Carding Mill and to John Hopgoods.

August 21

Fine day. We were all to church and Holmes and Selby came in to dinner.

August 22

Fine day. Tom O’Brien was here and got jack crew.

August 23

Fine day. Hauling in hay. Mrs. Squarebriggs and Sofie was here to get George to spray their potatoes.

August 24

Rain in afternoon. Terrible rain at night, swept away the mill dam at Gordons. We were all out to Donalds to a farwell party for Mrs. Donalds.

August 25

Frank Barbour was here for the eggs. We were to Alberton this morn. George went out to Squarebriggs to spray potatoes. Jim Dunbar and B. Ellis was here this eve.

August 26

Fine day. George is out to Larkins spraying potatoes. Stanford here with meat. Mr. and Mrs. Hudson Gordon was here this eve.

August 27

Fine day. Burton here for to get vault moved. Me and mother was down to Jack Toms. Joe Bernard is here 38 days.

August 28

Fine day. Ading and John Murry and sister and young John Murray from St. Eleanors was here to tea. WE were up to Cape Wolfe and through by O’Leary and called in to Heber Ellis’ and in to John Murrays.

August 29

Fine day. Ben Profitt was here for capson to move the vault, father went to Palmer Road with him. George went to George Marchbanks to spray potatoes. Joe Bernard is here 38 days.

August 30

Rain last eve, fine day. Father went to Alberton.

August 31

Fine day. We were down to the church picnic. Father in Alberton.

September 1

Fine cool day. Me and Eva down to Yeo’s place. Frank Barbour here for the eggs.

September 2

Fine day. Me and Eva and George was to Alberton.

September 3

Fine day. Mrs. Ellen Kinch was here for fly blower. Father was out to MacArthurs for twine.

September 4

Little thunder shower in eve. Holmes was here to tea. We were all to church.

September 5

Fine cool day. Two mat buyers was here, we sold 2 mats. Started to cut grain Saturday.

September 6

Fine day. Me and Mother was down to Daves. Allan Hardy was here this eve and boy and a McArthur boy and a french man.

September 7

Little rain to day.

September 8

Cold rainy day. Father went to Palmer Road to move some buildings.

September 9

Cool windy day. Arsenault fellow here selling brushes. Hudson Gordon here. Emerson Hardy here with jack screws.

September 10

Fine day. John Gaudetts boy here for oats. Nettie Kinch and Hudson Gordon and wife was here.

September 11

Rain to day. Heavy rain to night.

September 12

Fine cool day. Father to Palmer Road, he went to Alberton for runners.

September 13

Fine day. WE were up to John Camerons funeral. Holmes was here to tea.

September 14

Fine day. 7 turkeys left. Mrs. Currie was here.

September 15

Fine day. Frank Barbour here for eggs.

September 16

Cold windy day. Me and Eva over to Netts in eve.

September 17

Fine day. Mother and Me to Alberton and to Jane Barbours.

September 18

Fine day. We were all to Summerside to Adinas Murray's funeral. Parmenas was here this eve.

September 19

Rain all day.

September 20

Rain hard all night. Father was to Summerside today. Little rain to day. Louis was here ploughing.

September 21

Fine day, warm and muggy. Father was out H. Gordons. Tom Keefe and son was here setting up potatoe digger.

September 22

Fine day. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs. Omer Kinch was here for the plough. Mother and Father and Eva was to St. Louis and took back some buns and tomatoes and shipped Mary 9 dozen eggs.

September 23

Fine day, cloudy and rain last night heavy. Was out to corner and mailed order to Eatons and auto knitter. Father was to Alberton.

September 24

Fine day. Louis here ploughing. Father was around looking for church money. Mrs. Jim Smith was here and to Hudson Gordons.

September 25

Fine day. Digging potatoes.

September 26

Fine day digging potatoes. 5 turkeys left.

September 27

Fine warm day. Hauling in grain. Two fellows here with core selling machinery. Joe Arsenault here helping at grain.

September 28

Fine day. Cutting and hauling in grain, stacking.

September 29

Fine day.

September 30

Crowd here digging. Frank here for the eggs. Rain to night.

October 1

Fine day. John Patrick was here for the geese.

October 2

Fine day. We were through to Miminegash Church. Parmenas and Bona and John Smith was here this eve. Eva down to Daves.

October 3

Mother was over to Bonas. Amos Adams was here. Sold the geese this morn 60 got $15. Morris Myres was here this eve. Stanford was here with meat.

October 4

Cool windy day. Finished cutting grain. Rain this eve.

October 5

Fine day. Finished cutting hay to day. Tom Keefe and son was here.

October 6

Fine day.

October 7

A car here at 2 o’clock in morn. Fine day. All of Bonas here this eve.

October 8

Rain last night, rain this morn, fine in afternoon. Father was out to Hudson Gordons yesterday. Mother was over to Parmenas’. Father was to St. Louis. Father was to Black Smith shop this morn.

October 9

Fine day. Nell and Bob Bearisto was here with church money. Father was over to Louis’.

October 10

Rain all night cold windy to day. Stanford was here with meat. Mildred MacLellan was here with level.

October 11

Fine day, rain hard last night. Joe Dunbars wife and Add Dunbar was here today and Jim came up for them. Father was to St. Louis.

October 12

Fine cool day. We were to the exhibition and took Joe Dunbars wife and brought up Minis wife and Jim Currie. Father is back to Morris Myers hauling house.

October 13

Fine windy day. George took the lambs to ST. Louis. Harry Lewis was here to dinner, he is buying cattle.

October 14

Rain hard to day and last night. Frank Barbour was here for the eggs. George MacInnes and wife and boy was here for to get some knitting done.

October 15

Fine day, foggy in morn. Two men here buying geese paying 1.40. Mother was over to Bonas. Father went to St. Louis, loading runners for Will Brennan. A man by the name of Brace here for to clean the organ and clocks, had dinner here.

October 16

Fine day. Holmes here to dinner. Parmenas here this eve.

October 17

Foggy and misty day. Father out to Will Brennans moving barn.

October 18

Misty day. Father went through and brought out Ann Costain. Me and George was out to corner and mailed order to Eatons. Guss MacLellan was here.

October 19

Little misty, rain. Mat buyers here, sold 4 matts. Jim and Stanford here seeing the heifer.

October 20

Rain hard last night and rain to day.

October 21

Mother over to Jim Kinches. Rain hard last night misty to day.

October 22

Rain hard last night, misty to day. Stanford here for heifer.

October 23

Fine day.

October 24

Showerie weather. Nettie was here to tea. Stanford here with meat. Filling horses teeth. Mr. Nelson here, stayed all night.

October 25

Fine day. Holmes was here.

October 26

Fine cool day. Eva mailed for coat. Mother was over to Bonas.

October 27

Mother over to Jim Smiths. Fine day. Moving hen house. We went over to Netts.

October 28

Little Rain. Eva down to Daves. Mrs. Parmenas Currie here.

October 29

Rain hard last night, rain to day. Mother was over to Jim Smiths to tell them about Mrs. Wilfred Smiths funeral.

October 30

Rain hard all night, now to day. Parmenas Currie was here this eve.

November 1

Cold day.

November 2

Fine day. Me and Mother down to Jims.

November 3

Fine day. Eva and Mother down to Joe Dunbars. Father and George through to Walter’s sale.

November 4

Fine windy day. Mrs. Ellen Kinch here. Father to shore for posts.

November 5

Rainy day. Was to shore for posts.

November 6

Rain last night, rain to day. No church.

November 7

Fine day. Calvin’s kids here and Ada Duggan selling perfume and salve. Mrs. Jim Smith here. Eva and George to corner and mailed back coat.

November 8

Cold windy day. George to corner for oil. Parmenas was here this eve.

November 9

Cold windy day. William here for ram.

November 10

Father and Amos was through to old house. Father was to Jack Smiths paying taxes. Abe Collicutt was here to dinner. Spend for groceries, $11.00.

November 11

Cold windy day. Annie was over to Jim Smiths.

November 12

Rain last night. Father was to Elmsdale for bags, bagging up potatoes. Jim Kinch brought home scales.

November 13

Cold windy day.

November 14

George went to Elmsdale with potatoes.

November 15

Rain to day. Took up potatoes.

November 16

Foggy day. Father went to Hudson Gordons.

November 17

Fine day. Father was to Summerside with deed. Eva was down to Daves.

November 18

Rain. Father went to shore for sand and shingles.

November 19

Fine day.

November 20

Cold day. We were all to church. Holmes came up with Earl and got stuck. Father had to haul Will Leavitt out.

November 21

Fine day. Me and Mother and Father was down to Bens. Father got some potatoes from Bonas. He was out to Hudson Gordons.

November 22

Rain misty day. Sold the pig. They went through to Tom Cannons looking at horse.

November 23

First snow, rain, froze hard to night. Through to Jack McPhearsons sale.

November 24

Froze hard last night. George got horse shod. Father went to Dymonds for barley. Archie Barbour here for eggs. Mrs. Currie was here.

November 25

Fine day.

November 26

Rain. Birt Smith collecting school money.

November 27

Rain. Bona and Annie here. Guy over to Louis.

November 28

Fine cold. Joe Arsenault here for butter. Mother and Guy to St. Louis.

November 29

Snow, rain. Parmenas Currie here.

November 30

George and Eva to Alberton.

December 1

Father out to Hudson Gordons. Jim Myers was here in morn. Cold to night.

December 2

Eva and George to corner to mail order to Eatons.

December 3.

Snow last night heavy. Brought up Jack Toms hen house.

Beginning the New Year 1927:

  • Edmond Gaudett got 1 bag flour for work - $4.00
  • Got horse shod - .80
  • Sold 26 pounds butter 33 cents at Callaghans spent all in goods - 8.58
  • Got stuff at drug store - .75
  • Got stuff from Raleigh man to amount - 2.05
  • Milk cheque - 21.00
  • Paid on ministers salary - 10.00
  • Paid membership fee on bull - 1.00
  • Paid insurance on barn - 12.00
  • Joe Dunbar got 4 dozen eggs - 2.00
  • Paid on cow John Smith - 5.00
  • Spent at Callaghans - .60
  • Paid cash in Summerside - 10.00
  • Paid for coal - 5.70
  • Paid for stove pipe - 1.05
  • Paid for horse showing - .28
  • Batteries for engine - 2.50
  • 2 sticks of skids - 2.00
  • 2 boxes meloids - .50
  • Entrance fee to get into dance at school - .25
  • Paid Louis for cutting wood - 1.90
  • Sent to Holmans - 48.10
  • Spent in all at Summerside about - 70.00
  • Paid for thrashing to Jim Kinch - 1.50
  • 2 Duggan boys 1.25 each - 2.50
  • Joe Arsenault 3 pounds butter 35¢ pound - 1.05
  • Sent to Garrets for mats - 1.50
  • Sent to Simpsons 69 cents 8 cents postage - .77
  • Spent at St. Louis for groceries - 4.50
  • Ed Gaudett got 8 bushels potatoes at 50¢ - 4.00
  • Was to social at Barbours spent - .75
  • Spent at Callaghans - 1.32
  • Spent at Callaghans - .42
  • Fixing saw - .75
  • Groceries at Alberton - 3.54
  • Telephone bill - 4.50
  • 1 box meloids - .25
  • paid for cedar sticks got $5.00 worth, $3.00 due in balance paid - 2.00
  • got hair cut – dad - .35
  • sold 21 prints of butter 35¢ - 7.35
  • rebate cheque 41.41
  • spent at Callaghans for groceries (oatmeal) - 1.30
  • Jim Kinches 4 pounds butter 35¢ - 1.40
  • 2 bushels oats to Alyward 60¢ - 1.20
  • 4 pounds butter to Jim Kinches - 1.40
  • Spent in Alberton - 1.15
  • Got for knitting - 2.70
  • George got hair cut - .35
  • Jim Kinches got 1 pound of butter - .35
  • Got from Raleigh man goods for - 3.50
  • Calvin’s got 1 pound butter - .35
  • Got for Timothy seed from Joe Richards - 25.00
  • Got 2 little books for church in Alberton - .30
  • Jim Kinches got 4 pounds of butter - 1.40
  • Paid to Callaghans - .25
  • Frenchman got 5 bushels wheat - (@) $1.85 - 9.25
  • Another Frenchman got 5 bushels wheat (@) $1.85 - 9.25
  • John Doyle got 2 bushels Timothy seed - 10.00
  • Fred Gaudett got Timothy seed for - 10.00
  • Spent on book - .17
  • Paid on ministers salary - 10.00
  • Hendersons got 4 bushels 23 pounds wheat (@) $1.85 - 8.10
  • Doucett got 3 bushels and 1 peck wheat (@) $1.85 - 6.00
  • Martin got wheat and oats for - 13.75
  • Spent at concert at Elmsdale - .75
  • Paid at Fred Rennies for dye and soap - .90
  • Sold potatoes (100lbs. Cobblers) April 6 at 70 cents bushel - 70.35
  • Spent at institute meeting - .45
  • Gave Melvina Kinch for cutting hair - .25
  • Spent at Callaghans - .70
  • Amos Costain 8 bushels oats - 5.00
  • Ed Johnston got 5 bushels timothy seed - 25.00
  • Con O’Brien got 15 bushels 5 pounds oats - 11.35
  • Jack Murphy got 3 bushels timothy seed - 15.00
  • Paid for sawing lumber - 16.00
  • Got for mill belt that he sold to Maurice Fitzgerald - 5.00
  • Sent order to Eatons April 14 - 38.52
  • George Knox got 6 bushels 9 pounds wheat - 11.35
  • Waggon arms - 6.25
  • 2 bags bran 2.20 each Morris - 4.40
  • 4 bags bran 2.15 each Callaghans - 8.60
  • sold 51 bushels potatoes 25¢ April 18, Callaghans blue - 12.75
  • Albert O’Brien got 4 bushels oats (@) 75 - 3.00
  • Paid Bona for potatoe seed treatment - 1.15
  • Sold calf skin to Callaghans - .50
  • Louis Jeffery got 1 pound butter - .35
  • Dad got watch fixed spring - 1.00
  • Paid Alvie for fixing light waggon - 3.00
  • Got soap and oil at Callaghans - .65
  • Got paint at Freds - 3.00
  • Got paint at Alberton for waggon - 3.50
  • Sent to Eatons commission and all 20.18, 20.23
  • Paid Fred for paper - .70
  • Sold 28 ½ bushels potatoes 35 May 4th - 8.92
  • Got 1 pair of boots at Callaghans - 3.50
  • Paid for fertilizer - 104.00
  • Herb Currie got horse May 5th - 120.00
  • Arbing got horse May 16th - 120.00
  • Sent order to Eatons postage 17¢ order 17.59, 17.76
  • Send order to Simpsons 13.66 postage 12¢, 13.78
  • Paid for car batteries $4.00 and bag of bran $2.15 - 6.15
  • Paid for car licence - 18.00
  • Soap and lye - .35
  • 3 gallons gas and butter color - 1.30
  • meat from Stanford - .48
  • rubber boots - 3.90
  • bag flour - 4.40
  • fixing boots - .70
  • All Exhibition - 1.00
  • Oatmeal and lemons at Callaghans - 1.20
  • Hauling Maurice Myers house - 21.00
  • Knitting for George McInnes wife - .18
  • Paid Jack Smith for cow - 5.00
  • Sent to Eastons - 35.36
  • Milk cheque - 40.00
  • Can of seperator oil - 1.00
  • Ted Hunter paid for hauling runners - 12.00
  • Sold heifer to Stanford - 30.00
  • Sold lambs - 41.55
  • Sold 4 mats Oct. 19 - 6.00
  • Sent to auto knitter for needles - 1.00
  • Got for Raleigh man - 3.75
  • Got from Bill Brennan for hauling house - 30.00
  • Sent to Holmans for coat - 30.18
  • Spent to Alberton for groceries - 1.00
  • Paid for cedar posts - 17.50
  • Paid for ram - 25.00
  • Sold our ram - 15.00
  • Oil at Freds - .70
  • Filling Mary’s tooth - 3.00
  • Train fare and vinegar and soap - .95
  • Bag flour 5.20 and paid Jack for hauling milk - 8.20
  • Fish and shingles - 2.20
  • Telephone bill - 4.95
  • Paid insurance policy - 97.90
  • Got 2 baskets - .80
  • Milk cheque - 97.00
  • Money for old hens - 17.70
  • Hauling bank vault - 35.00
  • Spent in Alberton at church picnic - 1.15
  • Got potatoe digger $150.00 and mower $105.00 - 255.00
  • Got mower knife - 5.00
  • Raising Ed Alyward - 10.00
  • 10 pounds sugar at Freds - .80
  • gave Mary Jane Donalds - 2.25
  • George got at Marchbanks for spraying - 12.00
  • Raising Hopgoods house - 10.00
  • Spraying Ralph Squarebriggs potatoes - 5.00
  • Fixing sprayer - .50
  • Dad gave to church picnic - 2.00
  • 2 bales of twine - 12.00
  • sold 2 mats 3.00 each - 6.00
  • Louis was here 2 half days ½ day on Jack - 3.00
  • Toms and half on our own place - 1.50
  • Sold 2 gallons of gas to Holmes - .60
  • Spent at barn opening - 2.15
  • Dock church - 145.00
  • Forsyeths - 40.00
  • Jack Adams spraying - 4.00
  • Sold wool 60 pounds August 1st - 13.65
  • Raising Jim McIntyre's house - 14.00
  • Got 2 mackeral - .20
  • Hauling Fred MacAuslands house - 6.00
  • Moving church - 35.00
  • Cask of gasoline - 13.50
  • Cleaning car - 4.50
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