“Rained very hard this morning from about 6 0”clock until about 9. Has not rained much since that time. I went up town this forenoon to do some errands. This afternoon I made a beetle and we finish sawing the big wood except two or three logs”
Households had different beaters, paddles, and bats - some of them known as beetles - for purposes from tenderising meat to working butter to beating the dirt out of clothes.