Monday, February 28, 2011

A Party Tomorrow!

“I went up town this morning and then went to invite some company for tomorrow evening.  I worked a little while on the tool house.  Laid two courses of shingles.  Rained awhile this morning and has been quite windy.”

For some reason, this image came to mind when I read about our girl's party.  Hopefully, she will have something interesting to say about it tomorrow.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Button, Button Who's Got The Button?

“I finished boarding up the tool house this forenoon.  After dinner we harnessed up the colt and drove him awhile and then we put the roofing strips on the south side of the tool house.  Has been a beautiful day”

If you are into antique and vintage buttons, check out my site .  I have a whole array of beautiful buttons for sale.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Charm Strings

Nineteenth century folk lore states that a girl should acquire 999 buttons on a string.  When she added the thousandth button, she would meet her future husband.  Victorian Charm Strings were a fad of  the late 19th century (1860s—1900).  One version of the charm string has each friend and member of the family donate a button.  Another version states that gaining the thousandth button would doom the girl to spinsterhood.

All accounts follow similar rules for gathering the buttons:  no two buttons should be the same, they should be gifts from friends or family, they could be traded with others and they should never be bought.
While unfinished, the charm string was kept in plain view to inspire others to contribute buttons or to share stories of how the buttons were acquired.

To begin, a young girl would tie a large button, called a touch button, onto a long string.  She would continue stringing until she completed the string with her 1,000th button.  Original charm string from the late 19th century had a large quantity of very small and dainty glass buttons.  Some charm strings included meaningful amulets and tiny objects of personal association to the owner.  Charm strings with a thousand buttons are very rare.  In fact, most charm string were never finished.  Many strings were cut by family members or collectors looking for individual buttons for use in other projects.

As always, nothing going on on Sunday!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Working in the coal mines!

“Worked on tool house this forenoon.  Went to Causers this afternoon and got a load of coal off Collins & Gilbert. 2,440#.  This has been a beautiful day.”

Not a beautiful day here.  Very cold and snowy.  Up to a foot today.

Young Boys working in the Coal mine


Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Carriage Ride!

“I shoveled snow around the buildings until about 10 o’clock.  After dinner we harnessed the 2 year old colt and drove him with one of the old horses around the barn yard and I finished boarding up the east end of the tool house.  The snow that has fallen since last Friday is 15 – 16 inches deep.  Has been a beautiful “

Look at the rips on this horse - Wow!  I hope that he did not collapse during the carriage ride.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Drawing up wheat!

“I finished drawing wheat today.  Drew up 20 bags this forenoon and 10 bags after dinner.  The wheat amounted to 301 – 5/6 bush.  Has stormed a good deal again today.”

In case you were wondering, Drawing up is the act of hauling something by means of a hitch and cart.  In this picture a man has draws up some wheat in 1906


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Life is a grind!

An old mill in Franklinville North Carolina

Flour milling was one of the main activities in small towns throughout the 1800s

“Drew up the load of wheat this morning and cleaned up and drew two more today.  Stormed all the forenoon but this afternoon was clear and pleasant.  Not very cold.”

I have uploaded two pictures of old flour mills.  Although they are from North Carolina, they represent the type of mill our girl is talking about in her diary.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Uncle Charlie!

This is an interesting picture I found.  I call him Uncle Charlie.  I am going to pretend that he is a neighbor of our girl.  Or maybe he is a relative.  We will see.

“We cleaned up a load of wheat this forenoon and I went up with it after dinner and we cleaned up another after I came back.  Not quite as cold as yesterday.  Snowing quite a good deal tonight.”
I am still waiting for this to get good.  Maybe in another month or so when the temperatures warm up!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Great Storm of 1881

The Great Snow of 1881 one of the worst storms in recorded history

“Very cold day. 2⁰ below zero this morning and the wind flowing fiercely.  I went to mill with some corn for feed.  Snowed very hard yesterday afternoon and evening.”

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Dancing Lady

I thought I would give you a picture of a dancing lady.  Do you think that our girl secretly did this at night?


Friday, February 18, 2011

Selling Wheat

“Snowed Considerable in the night and has snowed some today, so that I did not work on the tool house at all.  I went up town this morning and Ad Lawrence came home with me to dinner.  After dinner, I took him up town and I sold our wheat to C. F. Prentice for .75 per bu about 300 bu.”  

Since it is still February, I thought some angels would still be in order


Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Old Sow Pigged

“I finished getting out the rafters today excepting one pair.  And put them up. The old sow pigged this afternoon.  Twelve pigs.”

“I finished putting on the rafters this morning and put the siding on the north side and most of the east end today.  A raw east wind has been blowing all day.”

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Knotty Hair

What is up with this hair?  Is it the style?  The girls look too serious for it to be a joke.

“I worked on the tool house today.  Putting on plates etc.”


Monday, February 14, 2011

A Valentine's Day Ride.

Going on a Valentine's day ride with my sweetie!  Although, she does not look so sure.

“I went up town this forenoon and got some roofing strips and some pine for doors.  This afternoon I went down to the woods and got some small trees for rafters.  Warm and pleasant today.”


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Two Sweet Little Valentines

Two Sweet little Valentines

“I went up town this morning and got some shingles and lumber of F C Rogers.  500 @ 3255 shingles 158 ft - Hemlock.  $11.00 per …  This afternoon I worked on the tool house.  Has been a beautiful day.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Pigs and Horses

Could this be our girl in front of her Tool House?  Looks like she making good progress!

“I got the posts in place and fixed a small yard for the pigs this forenoon.  This afternoon we put in some straw for the horses.  Pleasant and mild most of the day.”

Thursday, February 10, 2011


I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today!

“I laid the corner foundations and placed the sills for the tool house.  Has been a very windy day”

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Local Talent

...Scoping out the local talent...

“I worked at my framing this forenoon and got it about done.  This afternoon Lettie and I went up to Glen Coffey’s for a visit.  The weather is a good deal warmer today.  Raining a little tonight.”

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Tool House Starts To Go Up.

“I framed some of the timber today.  The weather has been very much colder and windy.”
It looks like the tool house is going up.
Framing a house in the early 1900s

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Dinner Party.

“I worked at the timbers today.  Lettie and I were invited to spend the evening at Mr. Strouts which we accepted.  Has been very windy today and is colder.”
Well finally, a sign of a social life.  However, she does not talk about the evening.  I wonder what happened?  Was it fun?  Was it interesting?  What did they do?
A Victorian Garden Party
I know that this is not a dinner party.  But I thought that it was an interesting picture.  Also, I can not wait for warmer weather.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Tool House!

“I helped some about washing this forenoon.  This afternoon I worked at hewing some timbers for Sills and posts for a tool house.  Rained part of the afternoon and evening.”
I hope that you enjoy the SuperBowl!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Valentine's Day Card for You

Since our girl did not write anything today, I thought that I would share a Victorian Valentine's Day card with you.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Enough of the weather talk!

“I went and finished drawing my wood this forenoon.  Has been a very cold day.  About 4 to 6⁰ above zero all day.  Clear most of the day.  Wind blew this forenoon but became very quiet this afternoon.”
Weather, Weather, Weather!  I am so tired of this woman talking about the weather.  There has to be more to her life.  What does she feel?  What does she think?  I find it hard to believe that she could spend five years just talking about the weather.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

I wonder what her house looks like?

“Took a load of wood to Ad this forenoon and got one for myself.  Rained early this morning and about 10 o’clock the wind rose and has blown terribly ever since.  Snowed very hard for a short time this afternoon.  Is quite a good deal colder tonight. 20 above zero."
Weather, weather, weather.  That is all she talks about.  What about the court case she was supposed to jury on?  what her neighbors?  What about gossip?  I am hoping that as the weather get warmer, she will be writing about more things.  In the meantime, below you will find an old picture of a farmhouse in upstate New York.

Maybe a bit larger than our Girl's, Maybe not!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Chopping Wood!

“I went and finished drawing the logs today and brought home some wood from the tops.  Considerable colder today.  Is freezing quite a good deal."

As for me, the ice storm was not too bad.  We did not lose electricity.  Yeah!
Below, you will find a photo of a woman chopping wood.  I can imagine our girl in a similar pose,