The Journals of Annabelle Johnson 1936

The Journals of
Annabelle Johnson


January 1, 1936 – Wednesday – Fine.  Alfred and Arthur cleaned the school house.  I made a  windbreaker for Scott.  Elmer lost one of his  team of horses – he went into the lake.

January 2, 1936 – Thursday – Cold this a.m.  14 below zero.  I was out to see the Doctor.  He said my Blood pressure was up to 70.

January 3, 1936 – Friday – milder.  Snow in forenoon, turned to rain this p.m.  Made two aprons.  Mart got a new horse today – met him in Greenfield.

January 4, 1936 – Saturday – snow almost all gone.  Homer came home in forenoon.  Ester and Priscilla down to Mart’s in afternoon.  Mary Ellen died last night. (Mrs Ed Noyes)

January 5, 1936 – Sunday – rained then snowed.  Alfred,  Homer  and  David went down to church.  Mr. Raynor up, but no church.

January 6, 1936 – Monday – Fine.  Washed and got the clothes dried.

January 7, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine.  David took Jip and went out to the woods with Mart.  Put a quilt in today.

January 8, 1936 – Wednesday – cold wind.  Killed the beef.  Willie and Emma over to dinner.  Churned.  Mart moved to the camp at the lake.

January 9, 1936 – Thursday – Fine  and warm.   Alfred took the hide and a quarter of beef down for D.F. Creelman.  Took the quilt out.

January 10, 1936 – Friday – Rained by afternoon,  and a high wind in evening.  Alfred getting wood.  Baked bread and made pickle for the beef.

January 11, 1936 – Saturday – Fine.  Homer came home in forenoon.  The water is out at the oak stump.   Men working in afternoon to clear a channel.

January 12, 1936 – Sunday – Fine.  David came home in forenoon.   No church.  Read and slept most of the day.

January 13, 1936 – Monday – Cloudy.  Did not wash – only the woolen underwear.  Lloyd Dickie is a little better.  Very sick yesterday with Scarlet Fever.

January 14, 1936 – Tuesday – A squally day.  Ester and Priscilla down to Mart’s today.  Gordon got his ankle cut this p.m.  Doctor put two stitches in it.

January 15, 1936 – Wednesday – Fine.  Washed today and made mincemeat in afternoon.  Alfred worked at Mart’s on the brow.

January 16, 1936 – Thursday – a big storm – rain and wind.  Homer came home and they took the car with the mail.  He went back in the evening.

January 17, 1936 – Friday – Fine.   High wind blowing.  Baked bread.  David brought Jip home this p.m.

January 18, 1936 – Saturday.  The road icy and the water out at the oak stump.

January 19, 1936 – Sunday – Some snow in the night.  Was to church.  Mr Raynor’s text was “Our Father which art in Heaven”.

January 20, 1936 – Monday.  Quite a lot of snow fell last night.  Alfred was down at the oak stump trying to get the ice cleared. I went to Mart’s.

January 21, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine.  King George of England died last night.   Washed today.   Cold and windy.

January 22, 1936 – Wednesday – Cold morning.  10 below zero.  Read a book and knit.  Alfred cutting wood.  Gordon went back to work this morning.

January 23, 1936 – Thursday – Dirty day – a lot of soft snow.   Baked four mince pies.

January 24, 1936 – Friday – cold windy day.   Finished a pair of socks and a pair of pillow cases.

January 25, 1936 – Saturday – Fine but cold and windy.  Baked bread and did some other cooking.  Gordon went to the village with Herman with the car.

January 26, 1936 – Sunday – Fine.  No church.  David went back to the woods in the afternoon – Homer, in the evening.

January 27, 1936 – Monday – Fine.  Washed.  The clothes dried fine.  Ester, Priscilla and Lelia down to Father’s this afternoon.

January 28, 1936 – Tuesday – A big snowstorm.  Snowed and blowed all day.  Alfred went to Cross Roads.  Didn’t get any mail.  Jack Taylor did not come.

January 29, 1936 – Wednesday – blowing some.  Alfred breaking roads in afternoon.  Myra Blaikie very sick today – some better tonight.

January 30, 1936 – Thursday.  Snowing and blowing – filling the track up.  Six o’clock when Alfred got home with the mail.

January 31, 1936 – Friday – Finer.  This is my birthday.  Got quite a few calls on the telephone.  Ester and Priscilla made me a cake.

February 1, 1936 – Saturday.  Baked bread.  The boys are home to-night.  Mr and Mrs Mac Graham have a son.  Both doing well. – born Jan 31.

February 2, 1936 – Sunday – Stormy and cold – a rough day.  No church.  The roads are so bad.  Homer wore snowshoes back to work.

February 3, 1936 – Monday – Fine.  Pretty cold.  Washed.  Alfred down over the road as far as Willie’s in afternoon.  Not many drifts.

February 4, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine and 10 below zero.  Sent nine and three-quarter dozen of eggs       to D.F. Creelman.  Eggs are twenty-five cents [a dozen].  Got some groceries.

February 5, 1936 – Wednesday – cold.  Alfred mended Queen’s rug.  I did some mending and knitting.

February 6, 1936 – Thursday – Cold.   Roads are heavy.  Bob Nichols came up with Alfred today.  Awful cold wind today.

February 7, 1936 – Friday – cold.  18 below zero.  Alfred down helping on the brow at Mart’s.

February 8, 1936 – Saturday – Fine.  A lot of white frost this morning.  Gladys and Ina here to dinner.  The boys home tonight.

February 9, 1936 – Sunday – nice and fine.  Had a letter from Ina.  Mr and Mrs Gayton have a son (January 31).

February 10, 1936 – Monday – Stormy in morning.  A lovely fine afternoon.   Alfred down working at the brow at Mart’s.

February 11, 1936 – Tuesday – Squally and snowy.  Washed  this morning but did not put them out.

February 12, 1936 – Wednesday – Cold day.  Alfred out to see Geordie’s folk in the woods in afternoon.  Got the clothes dried today.

February 13, 1936 – Thursday – cold.  Ester ironed this morning.  Her and Priscilla over to Willie’s with mail.

February 14, 1936 – Friday – cold and windy.  Alfred out to Mart’s woods today.  I was reading a book and knitting.

February 15, 1936 – Saturday – fine.  Pretty cold.   Alfred over to D.F. Creelman’s.  Had ten dozen eggs over – 22 cents a dozen.  Done cleaning and cooking.

February 16, 1936 – Sunday – Fine.  I wasn’t to church.  The rest were down.  Had lantern slides in the schoolhouse.

February 17, 1936 – Monday – Fine day.  Washed.  Ester and Priscilla down to Mart’s a few minutes in afternoon.

February 18, 1936 – Tuesday – Rained today.  A boy born to Mr and Mrs Ervin Graham this a.m.  I was down to see the Doctor this morning.

February 19, 1936 – Wednesday – Windy day, after the thunder last night.  Baked bread.  Alfred down to the schoolhouse with a load of wood.

February 20, 1936 – Thursday – Not so cold.  A daughter born to Mr and Mrs Bob MacKay last night.  Ester is doing some sewing.

February 21, 1936 – Friday – snowing.  Quite a stormy day.  Ester has some cold.   Did not do much – read and knit some.  Ester finished her suit.

February 22, 1936 – Saturday – another snow storm this afternoon.  Baked pies and biscuits.  The boys all came home in evening.

February 23, 1936 – Sunday – finer today.  Sid Kennedy here to dinner.  David and Homer went back in the asfternoon.

February 24, 1936 – Monday – fine.  Washed.  Ester has quite a bad cold.  Alfred cut wood in afternoon.

February 25, 1936 – Tuesday – fine.  Alfred over to Lloyd Johnson’s today with telephone money – also to D.F. Creelman’s.  Eggs 22 cents a dozen.

February 26, 1936 – Wednesday – Soft day.  Alfred cutting wood.  Had the Annual Congregational meeting in evening.

February 27, 1936 – Thursday – fine.  Alfred over to Geordie’s with sled in morning.  Jack Taylor driving mail with car this week.

February 28, 1936 – Friday – Soft day.  Rained last night.  Alfred and I down to see Min.  Alfred out to David’s woods in afternoon.

February 29, 1936 – Saturday – fine.  Ester, Gordon and Priscilla spent the week-end in Upper Stewiacke.  A boy born to Mr and Mrs Earle Kennedy.

March 1, 1936 – Sunday – Fine but cold.  David was home to dinner.  Alfred went to church.

March 2, 1936 – Monday – Fine but cold.  15 below zero at 7 o’clock.  Washed and got the clothes dried.   Priscilla’s birthday – Ena was over.

March 3, 1936 – Tuesday – Soft and foggy today.  Read some and knit.  Getting lazier every day.

March 4, 1936 – Wednesday.  A sleet over everything this forenoon.  Alfred cutting wood.

March 5, 1936 – Thursday – Warm.  Thawed a lot today.  Lelia and baby here today.

March 6, 1936 – Friday – rained this morning.  Colder in afternoon.  I was down and helped Alfred cut a tree down.

March 7, 1936 – Fine.  Done the cleaning and some cooking.  Pie Social at Springside this evening.

March 8, 1936 – Sunday – fine.  David went back to the woods in afternoon.  Homer is going to work through the woods in the morning.

March 9, 1936 – Monday – Cold morning.  15 below zero, but soon got warmer.  Washed and clothes dried fine.

March 10, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine.  Alfred has some cold.  Rained and Homer did not go to the woods.  He drove the mail.

March 11, 1936 – Fine and warm.  Ester, Priscilla and I down to Lower Burnside.  At Bible Class in evening.

March 12, 1936 – Thursday – Fine and warm.  Ester and Priscilla came home.  The sleighing is done.  The boys are all out of the woods.

March 13, 1936 – Friday – Rained all the forenoon.  The men cut some wood in afternoon.

March 14, 1936 – Saturday – Fine and warm.  Homer and Gordon out to the lake today.  Brought home four trout.   Alfred at D.F. Creelman’s.  Eggs are 22 cents a dozen.

March 15, 1936 – Sunday – Fine.  No church – so many people have German  Measles.  Over to Geordie’s brow for a walk in afternoon.

March 16, 1936 – Monday – dark and warm.  Snow going fast.  Homer to the village for flour and feed.  Roads bad.  Gordon driving.

March 17, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine.  Very warm for time of year.  Homer, David and Gordon up the brook rolling in logs.

March 18, 1936 – Wednesday – Fine and warm.  The boys driving on the Off Brook.  Sewing at my dress.

March 19, 1936 – Thursday – warm.  Rained in evening.  Alfred with the mail.  The roads are bad.  Finished my dress.  Opened the Driving Camp today.

March 20, 1936 – Friday – Warm.  Alfred on the brook today.  Down to the bridge a while watching the logs going down. Cy here tonight.  Walter’s dam blowed this morning.

March 21, 1936 – Saturday – Warm.  Rained in the afternoon.  Baked bread and cleaned up the house. Rolling in Mart’s logs today.

March 22, 1936 – Sunday – Warm.  Some showers.  Down to Mart’s all day.  Doctor Buntain up to see Christy.  She has an attack of asthma.  Gordon heard frogs tonight.

March 23, 1936 – Monday – Dark and cloudy.  Down at Mart’s today.  Christy better.  Driving on both brooks today.  Charlie Graham here tonight.

March 24, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine.  The wind cold this morning.  Finished rolling in Mart’s logs.  Ester down at Mart’s helping  Lelia.  Saw a lot of robins this morning.

March 25, 1936 – Wednesday – Cold and windy.  Boys driving on Off Brook.  Finished rolling in Geordie’s logs.  Alfred cutting posts and rails.

March 26, 1936 – Thursday – Gordon and Elmer out to the Meadow Dam.  Sewed in a mat this p.m.

March 27, 1936 – Friday – Fine.  Alfred took Charlie home today.  Gordon not on the brook – not very well.

March 28, 1936 – Saturday – rainy day and windy.  Donald and Olin picked may-flowers.  Priscilla got two pansies.  The Drive is down to Bill’s.

March 29, 1936 – Sunday – Windy and cold.  Down to church today.  Had the car.  The text was Col. 1: 19-20.  Subject – The Cross.  Two calves born this morning.

March 30, 1936 – Monday – a lovely fine day.  Very warm for the time of year.  Washed,  and baked brown bread.  Gordon out to the dam in the a.m.

March 31, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine but windy.  A thunder shower in the evening.  Ester and Priscilla down to Mart’s in afternoon.

April 1, 1936 – Wednesday – Fine. Lelia went home today. Murray was up a few minutes.  Norman MacKay here all night.

April 2, 1936 – Thursday – Fine.  Hooking at the mat.  The Rawleigh man here today.

April 3, 1936 – Friday – Homer not on the Drive today.  Not feeling well.  They cut a few sticks of wood.  Sent 9 dozen eggs to the camp.

April 4, 1936 – Saturday – Fine, but cold in the evening.

April 5, 1936 – Sunday – Cold.  A high wind.  Was at church.  The subject today – “The conquest of the Cross”. Nellie here to supper.

April 6, 1936 – Monday – Cold and windy.  Washed.  Edward MacKenzie and Charlie Graham here today.  Boys are driving.

April 7, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine and warm.  Baked bread, cake and cookies.  Took the mat out.  Rained last night – better driving water.

April 8, 1936 – Wednesday – snowing.  Ground white with snow.  Put off the Aid [meeting] till tomorrow.

April 9, 1936 – Thursday – Cold morning but nice and fine.  Aid here today – not many here.

April 10, 1936 – Friday – Fine.  Went for a drive in the afternoon.  Called at Willie’s and Nelsie’s.

April 11, 1936 – Saturday – Fine but windy.  Ester and Priscilla drove the mail.  Alfred finished hauling wood.   Got 2 pigs tonight.

April 12, 1936 – Sunday – Dirty day.  Spitting snow.  To Springside to church.  Easter Sunday.  The subject of the sermon was :The Cross Triumphant”.

April 13, 1936 – Monday – squally.  Did not do much.  Was sick in the night – vomitting.  Feeling better.  Three men buried in the mine at Moose River last night.

April 14, 1936 – Tuesday – snowy, nasty day.  Homer came home in forenoon.  The Drive went into the river today.

April 15, 1936 – Wendesday – still snowy.  Washed. Put the clothes out after supper.  Homer, Ester and Priscilla  went down to the village.

April 16, 1936 – Thursday – Went to the village with the mail.  The wood-saw here this afternoon.  Olin stayed all night.

April 17, 1936 – Friday – Windy.  Sawing wood.  Finished by dinner time.

April 18, 1936 – Saturday – Done the cleaning and some baking.  Ester and Priscilla came home today.

April 19, 1936 – Sunday – fine.  Was to church.  The text was “Give us this day our daily bread”.  Min and Grant here to dinner.

April 20, 1936 – Monday – Not very fine.  Washed in forenoon.  Sold two calves to Isnor and Clyde Reynolds.  Bought our fertilizer.  Over to Lew Fulton’s for supper and Elwood’s all night.

April 21, 1936 – Tuesday – fine morning.  Colder in p.m.  At Bev’s for dinner.  Out to Tom’s and at Den’s all night.  Rained in evening.

April 22, 1936 – Wednesday – Windy and cold.  Homer took Grant,  Elwood,  and James Dunbar to Pictou.  We came home in forenoon.

April 23, 1936 – Thursday – fine.  Sawing wood at  George MacKay’s.  The three men entombed at Moose River, rescued at 1a.m.   Two living and well.

April 24, 1936 – Friday – squally and dirty.  The men finished splitting the wood.  Went to the village in the afternoon.  Took Min and Alice.

April 25, 1936 – Saturday – the  ground white with snow.  Gordon came up today.  Mrs Jeff Cox died today in Springfield , Mass.

April 26, 1936 – Sunday – cold and windy.  Rained towards night.  Went out MacKenzie’s road and got some may-flowers.  Homer and Gordon went to the village.

April 27, 1936 – Monday – Cold morning but fine.  Washed today.  Cy here to dinner.  Ena over in the afternoon.  Set a hen tonight.

April 28, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine.  Ester and Alice out to the Doctor.  I was out to Lloyd’s with telephone money.  Post Office Inspector around today.

April 29, 1936 – Wednesday – not very fine. Ester making a jacket for Marie.  The men hewing some sticks for sills.

April 30, 1936 – Thursday – squally.  Went to the village.  Looked at the Sale at Mrs Fulton’s.   Marie here to dinner – also John G. Crockett.

May 1, 1936 – Friday – warm day.  Was working at the old house,  putting in a sill.  Cleaned house in the afternoon.  Cooked some rhubarb.

May 2, 1936 – Saturday – very warm.  Washed some bed clothes this morning.  Men working at the old house.  Got the sill placed.

May 3, 1936 – Sunday – fine.  Rally Day in Sunday School.  Went to Springside in evening to Lantern Slides on China.

May 4, 1936 – Monday – wet day.  Started for Eastville in the morning.  Spring broke in the car.  At Father’s to dinner.  Went to Andrew’s in p.m.

May 5, 1936 – Tuesday – wet in morning.  Cleared in afternoon – but cold.  Alfred’s birthday.  Mart and Christy here to supper.

May 6, 1936 – Wednesday – cold and windy.  Washed a big washing , and cleaned the boy’s room.  Down to practice in evening.

May 7, 1936 – Thursday – Fine.  The men picking stones.  Finished cleaning upstairs and the hall.

May 8, 1936 – Friday – Fine.  Amanda and Alec here to dinner.  Went to a Pie Social in evening.  Made $49.50.  Got along good.

May 9, 1936 – Saturday – raining.   Went to the village.   Ester and Priscilla staying down for the week-end.  Alfred and I to Mart’s for supper – his birthday.

May 10, 1936 – Sunday – Fine.  Went to Sunday School.   This is Mother’s Day.  Had a nice card from Byron.

May 11, 1936 – Monday.  Washed.  The boys were hauling manure.  Down to John Deyarmond’s to see Jeff Cox a few minutes in evening.

May 12, 1936 – Tuesday – rained.  Ester and Priscilla came back today.   Alfred was down to see about the Church Insurance.

May 13, 1936 – Wednesday – Cleaned house today.  Finished the pantry and did the old house.  Went to the play  “The Eyes Of Love”  at Springside.

May 14, 1936 – Wet day.  Aid at Mrs Murray Graham’s.  Quite a lot there,.

May 15, 1936 – Friday – Fine.  Went to Truro.  Paid C.F.Cox’s bill,  also the Doctors.  Went to the show  “Captain January”.  Got home about 7:30.

May 16, 1936 – Saturday – Dirty day.  Done some cooking.  Alfred and Homer and Ester to the village in evening.

May 17, 1936 – Cold.  The ground white with snow this morning.  To church and Sunday School.   Boys went to C.E. [Christian Endeavour] at Springside this evening.

May 18, 1936 – Monday – Nice and warm.    Washed and worked out of doors some.   Made a rock garden and got  the chicken fence put up.

May 19, 1936 – Tuesday – Down to the village and got a setting of eggs.

May 20, 1936 – Wednesday.  Whitened the ceiling and painted the woodwork in the bedroom.  Homer working at the car.

May 21, 1936 – Thursday – Fine but cold.  Papered the bedroom today.  Homer took a party to Milford to a meeting in the evening.

May 22, 1936 – Friday – A cold windy day.  Down to the schoolhouse to an Empire Day entertainment.  Cleaned the room today.

May 23, 1936 – Saturday – fine.  An awful hard frost – 8 degrees of frost.  Alfred at schoolhouse to a Trustees meeting.  Ester and Priscilla down to Mart’s

May 24, 1936 – Sunday – fine.  Was at Sunday School.  Not many there.

May 25, 1936 – Monday – fine.  Washed and done some gardening.  Sowed oats today and got in part of the mangles.  David at Mart’s.

May 26, 1936 – Fine.  Did some odd jobs.  Finishing house-cleaning.  Had a letter from Julia today.

May 27, 1936 – Wednesday

May 28, 1936 – Thursday – rained today.  Ester and Priscilla went down to Murray’s in the mail.  David came home from Mart’s.

May 29, 1936 – Friday – done some mending.

May 30, 1936 – Saturday – Cleaned up the house.  Ester and Priscilla came home in the mail.  Went to the village in evening.

May 31, 1936 – Sunday – To church and Sunday School.  Mr Raynor’s text was……

June 1, 1936 – Washed and got beds fixed up for the boys.  Planted some potatoes in afternoon.  Killed a veal for our own use.

June 2, 1936 – Tuesday – fine.  Byron and family arrived at Mrs Kennedy’s about 11 o’clock.  We went down and Byron and Roy came up in the evening.

June 3, 1936 – Wednesday – Fine.  Planted the turnips.  Byron and Roy here.  Arnold came up and Byron went to Mr and Mrs Alex Brenton’s golden wedding anniversary.

June 4, 1936 – Thursday – fine.   Homer went down to get Byron and Ina.  They went to a dance at Middle Stewiacke.  Father and Mrs G.  here to supper.

June 5, 1936 – Friday – a dark day.  A little rain.  Called at Elwood’s, Lew’s,  and  Hallie Brown’s.  At Andrew’s to supper.  Aunt Jessie is failing.

June 6, 1936 – Saturday – warm.  Planted the corn.   Byron and Ina down to see Min.  They went to the village in the evening.

June 7, 1936 – Sunday – very warm.  To church and Sunday School.  Byron and Ina had Roy and Arnold baptized today.  Mr and Mrs Kennedy here to supper.

June 8, 1936 – Monday.  Washed and cleaned the house up.  Sowed the buckwheat.

June 9, 1936 – Tuesday – fine.  Byron and Ina and Roy came up with the mail.  The men were cutting some logs.  Byron and Alfred fishing tonight.

June 10, 1936 – Wednesday – fine.  Byron and Ina here today.  We all did some sleeping.  Down to a concert at Springside.

June 11, 1936 – Thursday – Byron went down to Father’s.  Ina, Ester and Priscilla down to the village.  Had ice-cream at W.D. Kennedy’s.

June 12, 1936 – Friday – shingling the old house – got it finished.  Byron at Mart’s for dinner.  Took him to the village in the evening.

June 13, 1936 – Saturday – fine.  Pretty hot.  Ester and Priscilla went to the village.  Byron left for USA about 8 a.m.  Roy came home with us.

June 14, 1936 – Sunday – hot day.  Was to Sunday School.   Geordie’s car got burnt last night.

June 15, 1936 – Monday – Washed and got some clothes ironed.  Working at the old barn.  David took a load of logs to Crocker’s.

June 16, 1936 – Tuesday – raining.  Fine growing weather.  Homer and David went down and got some jacks to fix the barn.

June 17, 1936 – Wednesday – wet and cold this morning.  Aid at Mart’s this afternoon.  Allen went home tonight.

June 18, 1936 – Thursday – down to the village.  Ester and Priscilla came home.  Roy stayed down at W.D. Kennedy’s.

June 19, 1936 – Friday – fine.  Ester made a dress for Priscilla.  Went to the reception for Viola and Fred Fisher.  A nice time.

June 20, 1936 – Saturday – fine.  Was down to the village and over to see the farm Gordon has bought.  Had our supper at the house.

June 21, 1936 – Sunday – Some rain.  To church and Sunday School.  Mr Raynor’s text was  “I come not to bring peace, but a sword”.

June 22, 1936 – Monday – washed.  Set out cabbage plants.

June 23, 1936 – Tuesday.  Baked bread,  and got the ironing done.   The men are hoeing at the turnips.

June 24, 1936 – Wednesday.  Collecting telephone bills.  At Mrs Tom Graham’s birthday party in afternoon.  Sowed the wet piece on the interval.

June 25, 1936 – Thursday – Wet.  Ester and Homer down to the village with the mail.

June 26, 1936 – Friday.  Wet.  Down to the Aid at Springside.   Ina and Arnold came up today.  Alfred and Father called on Robert Rutherford.

June 27, 1936 – Saturday – cool day.  Ester, Ina and Priscilla picking wild strawberries.

June 28, 1936 – Sunday – cool and dark.  Went to Sunday School in afternoon.  Had fruit salad for supper.

June 29, 1936 – Washed this forenoon.   Ina,  Ester,  Roy,and Priscilla down to Mart’s in afternoon.  Showers in afternoon.

June 30, 1936 – Tuesday – cool these days.  The men are hoeing.  Not getting many strawberries.  Walter Mosher here in afternoon.

Ju;y 1, 1936 – Wednesday – Went over to Musquodoboit in afternoon.  Was at Allister’s to supper.  Ina called to see Mr. Sid Hamilton.

July 2, 1936 – Thursday – fine.  Ina and Homer went to the village with the mail.  The boys have some colds.

July 3, 1936 – Friday – fine.  Warmer today.   Homer took Walter and Lyman in to Truro today.  Ina, Roy and I over to Willie’s in evening.

July 4, 1936 – Saturday – Fine.  Thunder storm in evening.  Min here in afternoon.  Went to see Aunt Jessie a few minutes.   Ina and children went to the village.

July 5, 1936 – Sunday – Damp day.  To Sunday School and church.  Mr Raynor’s text was  “Take my yoke upon you”.

July 6, 1936 – Monday – Washed and got some of the clothes ironed.   Ester and Priscilla went to Harry Johnson’s in evening.    We took them out.

July 7, 1936 – Tuesday – Shower in afternoon.  Donald  Graham,  Paul and Marguerite Johnson here to supper.  We took them down.

July 8, 1936 – Wednesday – A thunder storm today.  Alfred has a sore hip.  Homer tinkering at the car.  David went to Edmund Miller’s.

July 9, 1936 – Fine.  Cut a piece of hay that had weed in it.   Over to Geordie’s to supper.   Had a feed of strawberries.

July 10, 1936 – Friday – fine.  Down to Mart’s in morning.    Fixed some flowers for Mrs C. McMullin’s funeral today.

July 11, 1936 – Saturday – fine.  The men hauled up some wood.

July 12, 1936 – Sunday – Fine.   Down to Springside to Communion.   The text was “This do in remembrance of me”.

July 13, 1936 – Monday – fine.  Cut some hay and got it raked up.  Washed,   and picked some gooseberries.

July 14, 1936 – Tuesday – Dark and cloudy.  Ironed,  and finished picking the gooseberries.

July 15, 1936 – Wednesday – Dark day.  Mrs. J. Crockett, Eastville, buried this forenoon.  She was 88 years old.  Preserved the gooseberries.

July 16, 1936 – Thursday – fine.  Down to the village with mail.  Brought Roy up.   Picked some red currants in afternoon.

July 17, 1936 – Friday – fine.   Put in three load of hay.  Homer to a damce at Grant Cox’s.  Julia called from Truro about 9 p.m.

July 18, 1936 – Saturday – fine.  Cleaned up the house.  Down to the village and to Eastville in the evening.  Julia got home.  Aunt Jessie very weak.

July 19, 1936 – Sunday.  Wet day.  No church or Sunday School.  Homer and Ina to Eastville in evening.  Father and Mrs G. came home with them.

July 20, 1936 – Monday.  Not a very good hay day.   Washed this morning.

July 21, 1936 – Tuesday.  Making hay.  Put in 4 loads.  Went to the village in evening to the Scottish Concert.  Roy and Ina stayed down.

July 22, 1936 – Wednesday.  Fine hay day.  Aunt Jessie very low today.  Alfred and I went up in the evening.

July 23, 1936 – Thursday – fine.   Aunt jessie passed away at 3:30 a.m.  She went very easy.  We came home in the early morning.

July 24, 1936 – Friday – Dark and cloudy.  Made a wreath of pansies.  Was to the funeral in the afternoon.  Homer one of the pall bearers.

July 25, 1936 – Saturday – Some heavy rain today.  Alfred went to Riversdale for an Eaton’s parcel.  The gang all home tonight.

July 26, 1936 – Sunday – Wet in the morning.  Clear in the afternoon. To church and Sunday School.  The sermon was on “Overcoming our handicaps”.

July 27, 1936 – Monday – Fine.  Washed.  Picked peas for supper tomorrow.  Picked some currants.

July 28, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine.  Julia and Rhoda came up with the mail.  Mrs Hamilton and Stella here for supper.  Willie and Emma over.

July 29, 1936 – Wednesday – Fine.  Finished haying.  Went fishing in the forenoon.  Called to see Eva.  Julia and Rhoda down to Mart’s in the p.m.

July 30, 1936 – Thursday.  Dark day.   Went to the village at mail time.  At Father’s for supper.   Called at E.B. Deyarmond’s.

July 31, 1936 – Friday – fine.  Alfred went to Truro to uncle Robert MacKay’s funeral.  Mr and Mrs Raynor called.

August 1, 1936 – Saturday – fine.  Alfred worked in the garden , and I done some cooking and cleaning.  All the family home tonight.

August 2, 1936 – Sunday – A thunder storm towards night.  To church and Sunday School.  Min here to supper.  Priscilla did not go back.

August 3, 1936 – Monday – Fine.  Washed and  ironed.  Also churned.  Pretty hot day.

August 4, 1936 – Tuesday – A thunder shower in afternoon.   Quilted the Aid quilt in the schoolhouse this afternoon.

August 5, 1936 – Wednesday – Fine day.  Homer went down to Den’s and got a load of hay.  Killed 14 chickens and 5 fowl.  Mr Sid Hamilton’s funeral [today].

August 6, 1936 – Thursday.  Went to the village with chickens.   They brought $12.50.

August 7, 1936 – Friday.  Wet this morning.  We went to Musquodoboit.  Ester, Ina, Roy and Julia went with us. We were to Middle Musquodoboit in the afternoon.

August 8, 1936 – Saturday.  Lots of cleaning and cooking to do today.  Ester, Gordon and Ina here for the week-end.

August 9, 1936 – Sunday.  Fine.  Was to church and Sunday School today.  Rev. William Bayers spoke today.  The folks went back tonight.

August 10, 1936 – Monday.  Homer went up to work on the Landsdown road.  Washed.  We went to Eastville in the afternoon.

August 11, 1936 – Tuesday.  Fine.  Mr and mrs W.D.Kennedy,  Ina,  Roy,  Arnold,  Mrs Lew Brenton,  Donald,  Mr and Mrs Ingham,  Mrs Kent,  Douglas and Rita here today.

August 12, 1936 – Wednesday.  Fine.  Baked bread and done the ironing.  Julia leaves for the west this morning.

August 13, 1936 – Thursday – fine.  Went to the village.  Got a bag of sugar,  oats,  and middlings.  Was up to see Nellie.  She is going to the USA tomorrow.

August 14, 1936 – Friday.  Baked a cake.  Homer came home for supper and went to a dance.

August 15, 1936 – Saturday.  Fine.  A cattle show at Cross Roads.  David went.  Rained towards night.  Had a card form Julia from Montreal.

August 16, 1936 – Sunday.  Dark and muggy.  A big rain in the night.   The oats are down bad.  Was to L.W. Hamilton’s funeral in the P.M.

August 17, 1936 – Monday.  A thunder storm in the morning. Homer went on the roads.   Washed and churned, and baked some cookies.

August 18, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine.  Cleaned up the house.  Jack, Mary, Ina and the boys came up in the afternoon.

August 19, 1936 – Wednesday.  Fine and cool.  Killed 14 chickens today. Mary, Jack, Ina and the boys visiting at Mart’s.

August 20, 1936 – Thursday.  Showers in the a.m.  Jack, Mary, Ina and David fishing.  Caught 72 trout.  Father and Mrs G. here to supper.

August 21, 1936 – Friday.  Fine.  Jack and Mary went fishing this a.m.   Went home in afternoon.  Canning peas today.

August 22, 1936 – Saturday – done the cleaning and some cooking.  Went down to Grant’s in afternoon.

August 23, 1936 – Sunday.  Rained in the afternoon.  No Sunday School.  Arnold coughing – has the Whooping Cough, I guess.

August 24, 1936 – Monday.  Rained most all day.  We washed in forenoon and put the clothes on the grass.  Alfred and Ina went to Bev’s.

August 25, 1936 – Tuesday.  Showery.  Over to Green Hill and Pictou.  Came back by Truro.  Had a nice time.

August 26, 1936 – Wednesday.  Fine.  Alfred went to Stewiacke – took Den.  Went to Mr Arthur Johnson’s funeral in afternoon.  Washed and ironed.

August 27, 1936 – Thursday – fine.  The men were mowing oars on the interval by hand.  Canning beans and done some ironing.

August 28, 1936 – Friday – fine.  Baked cookies and bread in the morning.  Down to Pembrook collecting Telephone Bills.  At Melvin’s for supper.

August 29, 1936 – Saturday – fine.   Mowing around the oats,  and some laid-down places. To the village and to Lloyd Johnson.s.  Threshing at Lloyd’s.

August 30, 1936 – Sunday – raining.   Did not have Sunday School today.

August 31, 1936 – Monday.  Not very fine.  Went down to the village in the Cream Truck.  Arnold is coughing pretty bad.

September 1, 1936 – Finer.  Washed and ironed.  Homer over to Springside helping to shingle the barn at the manse..

September 2, 1936 – Wednesday – fine.  Elmer up and cut the oats.   David helping Mart turn oats.  Homer over to Musquodoboit in afternoon.

September 3, 1936 – Thursday – fine in forenoon.  Put in a load of oats.   Rained later.  Ina, the boys, Jack and Mary left for USA this a.m.  Ester home.

September 4, 1936 – Friday – Cloudy.  Alfred, Homer and David over to Lew Fulton’s cutting oats.   Done some preserving and made pickles.

September 5, 1936 – Saturday.  Fine.  Mart carted oats in the afternoon.  Ester and Priscilla went to the village.  Grant lost a cow today.

September 6, 1936 – Sunday – Fine.   Was to Sunday School and church.  Mr Raynor’s text was  “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour.”.

September 7, 1936 – Monday.  Squally and wet.  Mart’s folks went to Green Hill.  Washed and put the clothes on the grass.

September 8, 1936 – Tuesday.  Wet.  Ester and Priscilla came home.  Making pickles and chow.

September 9, 1936 – Wednesday – rainy and wet.  Killed chickens today and made choke-cherry jelly.

September 10, 1936 – Thursday – wet.   Down to the village.  The chickens weighed 5 pounds each.  Down to Grant’s in evening.

September 11, 1936 – Friday – fine.   Turned the oats.  Mart put in three load.  School Fair in Upper Stewiacke today.

September 12, 1936 – Saturday – Rainy and dark.  Murray,Lelia and Lorne here to supper. Down to the village in the evening.

September 13, 1936 – Sunday – fine.  Was to Sunday School in afternoon.  Took Gordon down to Cross Roads in evening.

September 14, 1936 – Monday – Fine but cold.  Put in some of the oats.  Washed and made some mince meat.

September 15, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine.  Finished putting in oats.  Hard frost this morning.   Made chow today.

September 16, 1936 – Wednesday – Dark and cloudy.  Alfred raked the rakings up,  and mowed the barley.  David went to Eastville this morning.

September 17, 1936 – Thursday – Showers.  Ester and Priscilla went up to Eastville today.

September 18, 1936 – Friday – fine.  Put in the rakings.

September 19, 1936 – Saturday.  A big rain storm and quite a high wind in the night. Ester, Priscilla, Gordon and David came home tonight.

Serptember 20, 1936 – Sunday – Fine.  Church in the forenoon in Burnside.   I have a bad cough so did not go.   The Hutchinson’s over in afternoon.

September 21, 1936 – Monday – Fine.  Washed and ironed.  Put in the buckwheat..  Had two loads.  Put them on the scaflod over the barn floor.

September 22, 1936 – Tuesday – digging potatoes.

September 23, 1936 – Wednesday – lovely fine day.  Put in the barley.  Dug some potatoes and picked apples.  Down to J.W. Deyarmond’s  50th Anniversary.

September 24, 1936 – Thursday – Not so fine.  digging potatoes.  It rained about three o’clock. Down to the village with the mail.

September 25, 1936 – Friday.  Wet day.  Went to Truro.  Alfred and Ester got their glasses changed.  Charlie Blaikie had an operation this morning.

September 26, 1936 – Saturday – Fine.  Down tothe village.  Got a barrell of apples from Clyde.  Paid $3.00 for them.  David and Gordon home tonight.

September 27, 1936 – Sunday – not very fine.  Quite cool.  Down to Sunday School.  Homer and Gordon went away after supper.

September 28, 1936 – Monday.  Rained hard in forenoon.  Alfred, Homer and I went to the village and up to Andrew’s in afternoon.

September 29, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine.  Washed in forenoon.  Ester and Priscilla went down to Grant’s with mail.  Homer and David went to work at the dam.

September 30, 1936 – Wednesday – Fine.  Got some of the beans in.  Digging potatoes.

October 1, 1936 – Thursday – Some rain.  Got the potatoes wet.  Went with mail.  Ester and Priscilla came home today.

October 2, 1936 – Friday – fine.  Alfred finished digging potatoes.  Have a fine crop.  Ester went down to Lloyd Johnson’s for a few days.

October 3, 1936 – Saturday – fine.  Went to the village and did some shopping.  Baked bread and rolls.  Boys came home from the dam.

October 4, 1936 – Sunday – fine.  Went to church and Sunday School.  Quite a turn-out of people.

October 5, 1936 – monday – not very fine.  Homer went down to work with the thresher at Allen’s.   Alfred , Hazel and Betty Lee [Graham] arrived.

October 6, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine.  Men finished pulling mangles.  Picked the apples.  Went with Alfred with the mail.

October 7, 1936 – Wednesday – Fine.  Thresher at George MacKay’s today.

October 8, 1936 – Thursday – Wet morning.  I went down and helped Christy a while at dinner time.

October 9, 1936 – Friday – fine.  Thresher moved up after dinner.  Ester down and helped Christy a while.  Olin Brown here tonight.

October 10, 1936 – Saturday – Rained hard in evening.  Finished threshing about 2:30 p.m.  Had a fine lot of oats,  buckwherat,  and barley.

October 11, 1936 – Sunday – Cleared off pretty good.  Alfred, Hazel, Betty Lee, and Min here to dinner.

October 12, 1936 – Monday – Fine.  Awfully windy.  Down to see the bear they got at David’s this morning.  A big fellow.  Washed and ironed.

October 13, 1936 – Tuesday – Dug the non-rot potatoes.  Had 30 pounds.  Cold and windy day.

October 14, 1936 – Wednesday – Cold and windy.  Down to Grant’s to dinner to see Alfred and Hazel.  Pulled the carrots when we came home.

October 15, 1936 – Thursday – Cold.  Down to the village with mail.  Alfred fixed up the buckwheat straw.  Willie got a load.

October 16, 1936 – Friday – Warm and cloudy.  Two fellows here to dinner – Agents for Halifax Star.  Alfred burning at the brush.

October 17, 1936 – Saturday – warm.  A high wind in afternoon.  Ester and Priscilla down tothe village.   Alfred clearing up and burning brush.

October 18, 1936 – Sunday – A terrible wind and rain storm in the night.   Took Mary to hospital in the night.  Homer and I went down.

October 19, 1936 – Monday – Fine.  Alvin Deyarmond cut his foot bad.  Took him to the hospital.  He lost his big toe and the ball of his foot.

October 20, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine.  The Rawleigh man here all night last night.   Homer and David in too.  Ester  and Priscilla came home today.

October 21, 1936 – Wednesday – Fine.  Cleaned some house.  The flies are bad.  Mary is improving.  Grant came home today.

October 22, 1936 – Thursday – Fine.  Nice and warm.  Made some calls for telephone bills.  Hawes went out to the dam today.

October 23, 1936 – Friday – some rain.  Alfed went out to the dam to hew today.  Min in to Truro.  Mary is improving.

October 24, 1936 – Saturday – wet in afternoon.   I went down and collected some telephone bills.  Seymour and Mildred here to supper.

October 25, 1936 – Sunday – Fine.  To Sunday School and church.  Blackie Dean and Ena here to supper.  Jack and his boys to Moose River.

October 26, 1936 – Monday – not very fine.  We washed and put a quilt in.  Jack Crockett here to dinner.  Took feather beds in to Truro.

October 27, 1936 – Tuesday – finer.  Quilted all day.  Baked bread and churned.  The wind is blowing hard and cold.

October 28, 1936 – Wednesday – Cold wind.  Not so high.  Alfred, Homer and Bev went to Truro.  Min helped finish Hazel’s quilt.

October 29, 1936 – Thursday – Not so cold.  Father and Mrs James came up with the mail.  Down to Mart’s in evening.

October 30, 1936 – Friday – Fine.  Seymour and Mildred left for home this morning.  Mr and Mrs James A. Graham down to Mart’s in afternoon.

October 31, 1936 – Saturday – down to the village with mail.   Jack took the boys to Truro tonight.   The folks went home today.

November 1, 1936 – Sunday – Communion at Springside.  The text was “This do in remembrance of me.”.  At Grant’s for dinner.

November 2, 1936 – Monday – Not very fine.  Washed.  The clothes dried some.  Pulling turnips – a good crop.  Baked bread.

November 3, 1936 – Tuesday – wet and dirty.  Down to the village with mail.  In to see Gordon.  He has the measles.

November 4, 1936 – Wednesday.  Dark and wet.  Stsrted to plow today.

November 5, 1936 – Thursday.  Wet.  Ester and Priscilla down with mail.  Mrs Tom Graham very sick with pneumonia.

November 6, 1936 – Friday – Fine.  Homer,  Min,  and I went to Truro in afternoon to see Mary.  Homer to a Social Evening at Springside.

November 7, 1936 – Saturday – fine.   Putting in turnips.  Gordon came up today.  Priscilla has a bad cough.

November 8, 1936 – Sunday – cloudy and warm.   Jack and Ernie Crockett here all night last night.  David went back to the woods.

November 9, 1936 – Monday – dark.   Washed but clothes did not dry.  Pulling turnips in afternoon.

November 10, 1936 – Tuesday – Fine.  The clothes dried.  Baked bread and churned.  Gordon went down to the village.

November 11, 1936 – Wednesday – wet and cold.  Went to the village to the [Remembrance day] service.  At Abe Bentley’s to dinner.  Called at Andrew’s in afternoon.

November 12, 1936 – Thutrsday – nice and warm.  Homer went with the mail.   Ester and I made saurkraut in afternoon.

November 13, 1936 – Friday – dark day.   I cleaned the pantry.  Homer was plowing.  Alfred dug the parsnips.

November 14, 1936 – Saturday – fine.  Done some cleaning and baking.   Ester down to see Mary with the mail.  To the village in evening.

November 15, 1936 – Sunday – very wet and a thunder storm about noon.   To church in afternoon.  The text was  “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil’.

November 16, 1936 – Monday – fine.  Washed and clothes dried good.   Homer was working on the roads – sidefalling.  Alfred  was fixing at the barn.

November 17, 1936 – Tuesday – cold.   Some snow.  Alfred on the roads working.  I called on the neighbours.

November 18, 1936 – Wednesday – cold.  Homer and I went to Musquodoboit.  We took the buckwheat to the mill.  Good wheeling – but very cold night.

November 19, 1936 – Thursday – cold.  Took the chickens to the village.  Went to Springside to a Pie Social.  The car went over the bank at S.     No one hurt.

November 20, 1936 – Friday – milder.   Homer went down and got the car and brought it home.   Nothing hurt.  Putting out manure in p.m.

November 21, 1936 – Saturday – warmer.   Ester and Priscilla went to the village.  Down to Grant’s in evening.  Awful foggy coming home.

November 22, 1936 – Sunday – warm and foggy.  Donald here in afternoon.

November 23, 1936 – Monday – wet day.   Washed but did not put the clothes out. George MacKay here to dinner.

November 24, 1936 – Tuesday – finer.  The clothes dried pretty good .  I put a quilt in.  Ester and Priscilla came up with the mail.

November 25, 1936 – Wednesday – was plowing.  Down to Aid at Allen Deyarmond’s in afternoon.  Quite a lot there.

November 26, 1936 – Thursday – a very wet day.   Ester and Priscilla went to the village.   I was down to Mel MacKay’s with the mail.

November 27, 1936 – Friday – dark.  David and Homer went to work with Gordon.  Got Jip shod, and Alfred got Gordon’s mare.  Took the quilt out.

November 28, 1936 – Saturday – co;der.  Freezing pretty hard at night.  Alfred drove the mail with the horse.  Homer and David came home tonight.

November 29, 1936 – Sunday – snowed and rained in forenoon.  Finer in p.m.  Was to church.  Mary here to supper.   Grant and Morris here a while.

November 30, 1936 – Monday – fine.   I washed and got the clothes dried.  Alfred plowed some this forenoon.

December 1, 1936 – Tuesday – quite cold.  The roads are rough.  Alfred got Queen shod.  I cleaned the separator room and ironed the clothes.

December 2, 1936 – Wednesday – washed the curtains and cleaned my bedroom.  A nice day.

December 3, 1936 – Thursday – an awful rain and wind storm.   Alfred left home with the mail in the worst of it.  It was late when he got home.

December 4, 1936 – Friday – cloudy with squalls.   Churned this morning and done some cleaning at the room.   Father’s birthday.  We were down in the evening.

December 5, 1936 – Saturday – some colder.  I cleaned the kitchen and finished up the room.  Baked bread.  All the family came home tonight.

December 6, 1936 – Sunday – fine day.  Down to Springside to Mrs Tom Graham’s funeral.  She died on Friday.  Had been in bed almost ten months.

December 7, 1936 – Monday – High wind and rain storm.  Washed,  and started my star cushion-top.

December 8, 1936 – Tuesday – colder.  Froze some in the night. King Edward is about to give up his throne for Mrs Simpson’s sake.

December 9, 1936 – Wednesday – a lovely day.   I was out roaming around in the woods in the afternoon,  gathering evergreens.  Alfred yarded a few logs.

December 10, 1936 – Thursday – a raw day.   Aid at Cyrus Graham’s.  I went down when Alfred went with the mail.  Nice Aid.  Came up with Willie’s.

December 11, 1936 – Friday – stormy day.  Rained all day.  I was working at the cushion top.  Alfred shod Queen and done other chores.

December 12, 1936 – Saturday – still raining.  The boys came up in forenoon.  Roads bad,  Water out so mail could not get up.

December 13, 1936 – Sunday.  Stormed bad in afternoon and rained hard all the evening.  Down to church.  Only a few there.

December 14, 1936 – Monday – finer.  Washed but did not dry much.  Left clothes out all night.    Alfred out to where Mart is working.

December 15, 1936 – Tuesday – Dark and snowing some.  Got my parcel ready and sent to Byron.  Sewed in afternoon.  Made 4 dustcaps and a nightshirt.

December 16, 1936 – Wednesday – a very fine day.   Alfred started cutting wood.  I ironed, baked biscuits and pies, and swept the upstairs and halls.

December 17, 1936 – Thursday – rained.  I went down with Alfred to Father’s.  Fixed his pants.  Rained all the time we were away.

December 18, 1936 – Friday

December 19, 1936 – Saturday – made a mistake.  left a day out, so am a day ahead till Friday, December 20.  Bought a horse from Mel MacKay today.

December 20, 1936 – Saturday – A lovely fine day.  Went to the village.  Down with mail to Cross Roads.   Made calls and did some shopping.  Came back with the mail.  Priscilla came home with the boys.

December 21, 1936 – Sunday – dark.  Was to church.  Mr Raynor’s subject was  “What do we mean by Christmas?’  Splendid sermon.  A bad storm in the evening.

December 22, 1936 – Monday – washed.  Alfred over and helped Willie kill his beef.  David here in afternoon    – fixing the sleds.

December 23, 1936 – Tuesday – cold and fine.  Alfred had heavy mail.   Down to Christmas Tree at the church.  Mr Robert Rutherford’s funeral today.

December 24, 1936 – Wednesday – fine.  Alfred cutting some bushes.  I baked cakes and cookies.

December 25, 1936 – Friday.  Fine day.  Down to Father’s to dinner.Called at Geordie’s and Den’s in afternoon.  Gordon came up in afternoon.

December 26, 1936 – Saturday – fine.  Pretty cold.  Homer drove mail with the car.  Alfred collecting telephone bills.  Ester and Gordon went down to the village.  Down to Grant’s to supper.

December 27, 1936 – Sunday – dark and cloudy.  Did not go to church.  Not feeling well.  The rest went.  Homer and David went down to the village tonight.

December 28, 1936 – Monday – washed but did not get clothes dried.  Rained in afternoon.  Wrote three letters – to Amanda, Mrs J.W. Johnson, and to Byron.

December 29, 1936 – Tuesday – Finer.  A good breeze.  The clothes dried and I ironed them.   Laura and Walter here to dinner.  Ena called in afternoon – Percy in evening.

December 30, 1936 – Wednesday – Fine.  Alfred cutting wood.  I sewed at my dress.

December 31, 1936 – Thursday – wet day.  Alfred got Dan shod and took the telephone money over to Lloyd’s .  I am making a dress for myself.