Monday, January 31, 2011

Big Storm!

“I took my Sleighs up town this morning to have the shoes put on.  When I came home I filed a saw form Mr. Holures and put the sleighs together.  Snowed a little last night.”
We are bracing for a big storm – Snow, Wind & Ice.  It got me thinking how dependent we are on electricity.  This storm would not phase our Girl (I am still waiting to find out her name), but it could devastate us.  If an ice storm knocks out the electricity we would not be able to heat our house.  We would have no lights, TV or computers (how could we live?).  I will let you know how things are going tomorrow.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


“I drove to Caledonia today to a set of sleigh shoes.  I found some and I went up town this afternoon to see about getting them fitted.  The sleighing is about all gone on the main road.  But it is colder today.”
Now we have a general location for our girl.  Caledonia New York is a small town located just southwest of Rochester.  That explains the crazy amount snow and extreme temperatures.  
Below, you will find some pictures of antique Sleighs that I have found.  Probably not exactly like the one she was using.  But cool to look at.  Can you imagine riding around in one of these when it is only 8 out?  Not just for fun, but because you needed to.
This is more of a passinger sleigh.  It sounds like her sleigh was more for hauling.

I just thought that this was a cool picture
My guess is that she was never able to haul this much wood at one time

Maybe she used a work sheigh this size?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Uncle Mushnick

Once again, our girl did not write anything on Sunday.  I will take this time to put up another picture.  This is Uncle Mushnick.  He is very interesting.  I am sure that I will be talking about him quite a bit in the upcoming months.


Friday, January 28, 2011

What a Weekend!

“I went to draw logs today.  I drew the Basswood 2 tree, 6 logs and two of the Elm logs.  One of my sleigh shoes broke and I had to come home without any wood.  Snow is thawing very much with the south wind.”

She is very businesslike.  It goes to show how much of life was about existing.  This was her Saturday… her weekend…


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cutting Wood With Will!

“I got Will Holmes to help me and we cut the basswood and elm logs on Ad Lawrence’s and brought home a load of top wood.  Quite a cold and raw day.”

Just another day of drudgery.  This woman obviously does not like to discuss emotions… Not a Girly Girl… Don’t you wonder if she really likes Will and what he looks like?


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Making Lumber!

”I went with the milk this morning.  After which I went with Ad Lawrence to look at some trees to cut for plank and boards.
I am to do the work and pay for sawing half and we each have half of the lumber.”

Not exactly like Home Depot and then out to luch is it!  She did not even mention the fact that she had to hitch up the horses.  We get mad when it is cold outside and we have to pump gas.
I guess life is not so bad!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

a mystery package

Once again, nothing new happening with our girl.  So I thought I would tell you about something interesting that happened to me.  Today, I received a package by parcel post.  It was a bit of a mystery as I had not ordered anything recently and my birthday is still over a month away... and there was no name with the return address.  First the good news... it was not ticking!  Now the better news... I opened up the box to find a number of  old salesmen's button samples with their buttons intact... and a note.  It was from an old friend who I had not spoken to for a number of years.  He had found my site on the internet and wanted to pass on his mother's old buttons... how cool is that?  Thank you, thank you thank you!  You know who you are!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Not much new today!

Nothing new in 1893 and not much new here.  If you are interested in some button information, check out my site

I have newsletters, buttons for sales and lots of other infromation!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cleaned up wheat!

“I helped wash this forenoon.  This afternoon I cleaned up 30-7# wheat to take to the mill for flour.”

Looks like we are going to be doing some baking.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Cold! Cold! Cold!

Another cold day!  I thought that I would post a picture of what it is like here today!

Northeast Ohio is beautiful but very cold in the winter.  Much like it was where our friend lived 117 years ago!  I hope that you are staying warm where you are located.


Friday, January 21, 2011

Mr. Van Densine

“I went for a load of coal this morning 2500#. Lettie and I went for a visit to Will Van Densine this afternoon.  Pleasant but still continues cold.”

My MY My, aren’t we the busy bee.  It is good to see our girl getting out on these cold winter days.  All work and no play leads to a very boring life.”


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Went To A Social!

“I went for another load of wood this morning.  I got home about one and after dinner I melted some snow for the cistern and fixed my Sleighs to take a load to the social tonight.  Lettie and I went to the social at Mr. Hasleton’s.  Storms a little but not a bad night.”

A much better day!  She went to a Friday night social.  However, she still needed to get wood, melt snow and fix the Sleigh before she could go.  Sounds like a pretty hard life!  I had by buy gas for the car and go to the store to buy food.  Not too hard in comparison.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Vintage Nude? Oh My!

“I went to the woods again today for wood.  Wind is in the west today and it is a little colder than yesterday.”

Alright, this is getting a little boring.  Let’s sex things up a bit.  How about a vintage nude picture!

Got you!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Going on a visit.

“I went up town this morning with milk.  Lettie and I went to Ad Lawrence’s this afternoon visiting.  Wind is in the south today and it has grown a little warmer.”

Well, at least she got out and did something more than go to the woods to get wood.   Maybe the warmer weather will continue and she will start doing more things.  If not, I am prepared with some old pictures to post and maybe a thought or two about buttons.

Monday, January 17, 2011

I need to expand this blog!

“I went up town this forenoon.  Went to the woods this afternoon for a load of wood.  Not quite so cold as yesterday.”

What can I say; hopefully tomorrow will be more interesting.  I think that I will try to start posting other things to keep this blog interesting.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Too cold for the woods!

“0  7 am   7⁰ Above 12   4⁰ 9 pm
Was so cold I did not go to the woods today.  Snow drifted considerable over Sunday.”

A long hard winter in 1893!  Let’s hope things warm up soon.  This woman needs to have more of a life.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Ohio Button Show

8 7 am  0⁰ 8 pm
Nothing going on in 1893, let's talk buttons!

Here is a poster that I put together with my button club.  If you want to learn about buttons, go to
Many of the buttons that I have collected are from 1893 and earlier.  It is a fun and inexpensive hobby.  Kind of like a treasure hunt... Check it out.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Jury Duty

“6 to 8 above all day
Went up town this morning.  Was drawn on jury in the case between Bryant & Chapman & C K Ward.  Did not get home until after four o’clock.
Is very cold again today.”
Jury duty on a Saturday, my how things have changed.  Things could be picking up In the near future!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Straw for the horses.

“8 above 7 am
I went to the woods this morning for a load of wood.  After dinner we put in a load of straw for the horses.”

And so life goes on, let’s see what tomorrow brings.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Coal instead of wood.

“6 above 7am, 11⁰ 6 pm
Went to the woods this forenoon for a load of wood.
Has been quite a good deal more mild today
We commenced burning coal in the kitchen today for a couple months.”

Can you imagine having to burn coal in the wood burner of your kitchen; the smell and the mess?  How would it affect the taste of the foods prepared in the kitchen?  Coal burns longer and hotter than wood.  So you do what you have to do.  They probably felt lucky that they could afford the coal.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

8 degrees above zero is more mild! Really?

I went up town this forenoon.  After dinner I went down to the woods and got a load of wood.
Is quite a good deal more mild tonight. This morning at 7 mercury stood at 1 below zero.  Tonight at 9 it is 8⁰ above.”
We are talking about the base elements of survival (not the comforts of life) here.  All efforts had to go into just getting through another day.  All other problems go away when you are cold!


Monday, January 10, 2011

A Tough Day!

"2 Above 7am, 2⁰ Below 12 pm, 4⁰ Below 4 pm
Cloudy Snow
Took a load of corn to mill this morning to be ground for feed.
Kept the stove warm this afternoon.
Went up 2⁰ from 4 to 6 pm.
Wind North west"
This entry tells me how much tougher life was over a hundred years ago.  Temperatures below zero and she had to go outside (not in a heated car) and get the corn to the mill.  Then she had to spend all afternoon making sure that the stove had enough wood to keep going.  Not just because they were cold, but to avoid freezing.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Another Load of Wood!

                                               “I helped about washing this forenoon.
                                      Went to the woods for a load of wood this afternoon.
                                           Wind South today and quite moderate weather.”
And so it goes.  Life in the late nineteenth century seems to be one of consistency and drudgery.  Although she still may be leaving out the good stuff.  She may be afraid to write anything good for fear that someday someone may read these.  What an absurd thought.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

More Wood! You've Got To Be Kidding Me!

                                             "Went for a load of wiid this forenoon."

Wow, that’s a real neck snapper.  It is so unexpected and so shocking!  Thank goodness, tomorrow’s her day of rest.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Subpoena

"Went up town this morning in answer to a subpoena as jury in a case between Chapman & Bryant & C. K. Ward.  Suit adjourned until Sat Jany 14 at 9 am.
John McPherson & wife came and spent the afternoon going home about half past four."
Ok, maybe now things are going to get a little interesting.  This sounds like it is a land case.  But who knows, it could be something more.  If you want, try to Google the names and see if anything pops up (remember this diary is from New York State).
Good Luck!  Let me know if you find anything.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Went for a load

"Went for a load this morning.  Got home about half past one.
Harnessed the colt and hitched him with the old bay horse and drove him around the yard.
Snowed all the afternoon."

Ok, so we are back to this again!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Meeting

"Went for a load of wood this forenoon.  Got home about 12.  Went to the meeting this afternoon."

Ok, here's my thought; there has to be a lot more going on than this.  She's leaving out a lot of stuff, a lot of good stuff.  I want the good stuff, you want the good stuff, we all want the good stuff.  I get it, the woods, the bobs, forenoon.  I don't know about you guys but this is starting to annoy me.
Let's grab a hold of something; the meeting.  I am going to say that this is a romantic meeting with her lover.  That's what I am talking about!   That's the good stuff! Now this is getting interesting!  Can't wait to see what happens next!

Monday, January 3, 2011

The bobs

"Pleasant, 10 to 15 above.
I went down to the woods this morning with the bobs.  Can draw quit a good load.  Road is quite icy.  After dinner we put in a load of straw for the horses."

What do you think the bobs are?  Sleds? Horses? Two friends named Bob?

Sunday, January 2, 2011


"Has grown colder and snowed some today.  I did not go to the woods today.  I went uptown this forenoon.
This afternoon I hitched up the three year old colt with the old bay horse."

Oddly enough, it has grown colder here as well.  At least she did not have to go into the woods.  Hopefully things will pick up or this will be a long five years!


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome to 2011... (let's keep our fingers crossed!!!!)

 I have come to find in my possession 5 diaries starting with the year of 1893 and ending in 1897.  I thought it would be interesting to some to post each day side by side with our own days.  I have not read very far ahead but I can tell you it was written by a woman who most likely was living on her own.  Most all of the pages seem to have been written on…and although not very exciting at times… it is an account of a life that was lived much like our own today and yet vastly different at the same time. 
Together let’s see what her story holds…..
     I love the way this diary closes!

     There are many pages at the beginning which contain interesting information for 1893.  These pages have the calandar for the year as well as astrological information... Very Cool!!!!

     And so the year starts...

                  "Has been a very rainy day.  We went to church however."

This is the first entry... Ok, so we are off to a slow start.  At least she did not spend the day watching football!  Interesting though, it's raining here too!  Last week, we were in the middle of a snowstorm and today it feels like spring... go figure!

I am off to a slow start too, eating, sleeping and watching too much football.  Let's try again tomorrow!!