1888 Diary of Emma B. Rowe

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Diary January 1, 1888 New Year

Sun.  Didn't go out anywhere it rained got up at 10 made some molasses candy went to bed 1/4 til 9.

Mon.  Worked until 4 went up to Mary H. in the evening got home a 1/2 til 9. Nell went out to Franklin this afternoon. went to bed at 10.

Tues.  Worked all day went up Mary J. win and I went up to Mary D. got home at 1/2 til 9 went to bed at 10.

Wed.  Worked all day didn't go out this eve. it snows. worked on my chair tidy went to bed at 10.

Thurs.  Worked all day, pay day got $6.00. Didn't go out tonight. Had a party to Mame's. Had a dance in the hall there were quite a lot from Laconia. Didn't go it is awful cold tonight. Went to bed at 10.

Fri.  Worked all day went up street got home at 1/4 til 9. Jim and Morace were up tonight. Went to bed at 9.

Sat.  Worked all day. Went up street with Abbie went with Morace got home 20 past 8. Went to bed at 9, Nell came tonight.

Sun.  Got up at 9. It snows cleared off cold. Went up to the room Abbie and I went to Mary D. and to prayer meeting got home 1/4 past 8 went to be at 9.

Mon.  Worked all day went to the Lodge got out at 9. Six (6) of us went sleighing had a good time got home after 10. ECS come home with me.

Tues. Worked all day went up street with Abbie. got home at 1/2 past 7, went to bed at 1/4 til 10.

Wed.  Worked all day went up street got home 1/2 past 7 went to bed at 1/4 past 8 --come down part way.

Thurs.  Worked all day Nell went to Franklin this morning. Pay day got $7.74 went up to Mary D. she made some Malaises candy got home at 1/2 past 9, went to bed at 1/2 til 10.

Fri.  Worked until 1/4 of 6. Went from the mill up to the post office helped do the work. Didn't go out tonight it rains, went to bed at  1/2 past 9.

Sat.  Worked til 3. Went up to Laconia with the girls, got back 1/4 til 8. Went up street to the room and painted four pictures. Got home 1/2 til 9, and painted a picture. Mame's stayed with me all night, went to bed at 11.

Sun. Got up at 9. We were going to Franklin but it rained, it cleared off cold. I wrote a letter to Nell. Mary and Jim were up the day to dinner, mother and I went up to Mary D. had some popcorn got hoe about 9 went to bed at 1/2 til 9.

Mon.  Worked all day. didn't go out tonight. Worked on my tidy, ironed some handkerchiefs went to bed at 1/2 til 9. Wrote a postal card to Nell didn't send it.

Tues.  Worked til 11 in the forenoon and 4 in the afternoon. Came home and got dinner. It snows hard. Made some sugar candy didn't have good luck. didn't go out tonight. Worked on my tidy and went to bed at 9.

Wed.  Worked until 1/2 til 10 in the forenoon and 1/2 til 3 in afternoon. It has been snowing hard all day. It has cleared of now. Helped get supper, finished my tidy before supper. Loafed some corn. Didn't go out, went to bed at 1/2 til 8.

Thurs..  Worked all day, came out at 5. Nell come this noon. Pay day got $8.31. Went up street up to Anna's eve. three (3) went up street. Got home at 1/4 of 9. Went into Maude went to bed at 1/2 til 9.

Fri.  Worked all day until 5, come home and built the fire it is awful cold tonight. The road is drifted. I have been out shoveling. Cleared the lamps. Got supper. Went up street up to the rooms we went up street got home about 8 went to at 1/2 til 9.

Sat.  Worked all day. It is awful cold today. Got supper. Went to the dance had a good time there was eight (8) from Tilton. Two (2) from Laconia. Went up after Abbie she would not go up with me. got home at 12.

Sun. Got up at 11. Helped do the work went up to Mary's. Nell was taken with the measles to day. Went to Anna's we went to meeting and lecture. got home at 1/2 til 8. Mary and Jim went up here most all the afternoon did come home with me. There was a lot to the meeting went to bed at 9.

Mon. Worked until 11 in the forenoon, got out at 5. Went to the lodge got home at 1/2 past 9, went to bed at 1/4 til 10. Went with Abbie and Anna. Mrs. McIntire was there.

Tues.  Worked until 3. Ironed some handkerchiefs. Got supper. Mame was here. Went up street got home at 7. Went to bed 1/4 past 8. Went up street to room, J.W. came up after me to go to past Tilton. I rode up with Anna and 2.

Wed. Worked until 4. Going to Clark's but couldn't get any team she came down and I went back with her. Got home about 8, went to bed at 9.

Thurs.  Worked in the forenoon. Worked about the house in the after. Mary was up here this afternoon.It was awful windy tonight. didn't get our money today. Ironed. Went to bed 1/4 pas 8.

Fri.  Didn't work this forenoon the road was so bad. Worked this afternoon went to the pose office from the Mill. Went up street went into Mame's, Mary and Jim were up all the we J.L. come up with me. Got home 1/2 past 7 they went home at 1/4 past 9, I went to bed 1/2 past 9.

Sat.  Worked in the forenoon. Got ready and went up to Anna's we went up to the store. I didn't go out this eve. Saw the saw the eclipse on the moon tonight. They were going to have a dance but it was to bad going. Got paid today $6.38. Went to bed at 1/2 til 9.

Sun.  Got up at 1/2 past 9, our chimney burnt out this morning. Made some candy. Went up to Mame's, then up to Anna's. I went to M.D. she wasn't there. We went to meeting. Got home after 8. Mame and Jim were here/ Went to bed 1/4 til 9.

Mon.  Worked until 1/4 past 5. Came home and got supper. My mosaic comes today. Well went to work this morning. Went to the Div. got home 5 of 10. J.W. came down with me, went to bed at 10. Went with A.V.A.

Tues.  Worked until 11 in the forenoon came home and built a fire. Got dinner. Come out at 4 in the afternoon. M.B. came in. I went up to M.D. she went there. Come back, went up to Abbie's. Got home after E. Didn't go out tonight. I read awhile. Went to bed at 9.

Wed.  Worked until 1/4 past 10. Worked the afternoon. Went up street to Anna's. We  went up and down. Got home at 8. Went to B.F. with the girls. Went up to the room. Went to bed at 9.

Thurs.  Worked all the forenoon, but not the after. Cleaned the front room out. Got ready and went up street to Anna's but wasn't there. Went to Mary's went to meeting in the eve. Got home most 9. Went to bed 1/2 past 9. We didn't work we didn't get our pay.

Fri.  Worked until 9, went into Mary's house, and built a fire. Went up street to Anna's we went up they came a piece with. Got my pay today $5.25, got home at 8, went to bed 1/2 past 8.

Sat.  Worked in the forenoon. It snowed, went up to the post office in the afternoon. Went to the dance with Abbie and Anna. It snowed. Got home at 12, there were a lot there.

Sun.  It is a fine day. Worked about the house and got ready. Jim and Mame came up, then Anna and Abbie. We went up street back to the room, then we went to meeting. Abbie and I walked awhile.  W.H. came down we walked around the ring got home at 10. Mame stayed up here tonight. Went to bed a little after 10.

Mon.  Worked until 5. Mame is up here playing on the organ. got ready and went to the Lodge with Abbie and Anna. Got home at 1/4 of 10, went to bed at 10. Had a good time.

Tues.  Worked until 1/4 past 11. Came home helped get dinner. Went in in the afternoon, got out at 2PM. It snows. C. Jones was buried today. Got in the wood, got supper. Went up street to meet Abbie. We walked up and down 2 or 3 times. Got home at 8, went to bed at 9.

Wed.  Worked until 1/4 til 4. Come home and tried on my boot. Went up street. Got home at 8, went to bed at 1/4 past 9.

Thurs. Come out at 20 of 12. Went in the the afternoon worked until 3. Washed the floor, pay day got $5.35, got supper, went to the dance there were a lot there. Got home at 1/4 past  1 went to bed.

Fri.  Worked until 4. Went to the post office with the girls. Went in to Mame's house built a fire. got supper, didn't go out tonight, went to bed 1/4 past 10.

Sat.  Didn't work today. Got up at 1/2 past 8. Sick today. done the work and got dinner. It snows today. John Mc and Mr. B and Jim and Mary were up tonight. Went to bed at 10.

Sun.   Got up at 9. It is a pleasant day. Nell is going to meeting. Jim and Mary and they were up to dinner and supper. Abbie and Anna were to see me this afternoon. Jim and Mame came up they went home at 9. Went to bed at 1/4 past 9. didn't go out today was sick most all day.

Mon.  got up at 1/2 past 10 was all broke out with the measles this morning. Mame came up in the afternoon. Went to bed at 1/4 of 8. didn't sleep very well.

Tues.  Got up at 8. Felt pretty well today. Nell and I played cards tonight. Mame was up in afternoon. Went to bed at 1/4 of 9.

Wed.  Got up at 9. Mame was up this forenoon. Nell and I played cards tonight. Went to bed at 1/2 past 8. Got a Valentine today.

Thurs.  Got up 1/2 past 8. Better today played cards this eve. with Nell she went to the lecture than mother and I played a game of everlasting had fun. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Fri.  got up at 10. Got my pay today $3.53. Nell and I played cards then she went to the dance. I was not well enough to go. I read awhile. Went to bed at 10. Went out to the front door today awhile Had a dance tonight was a lot there wanted to go.

Sat.  Got up at 1/2 past 8. Went up to the P.O. and in Mame nice day. Nell and I played cards tonight. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Sun.  got up a 9 nice day. Nell and I went to meeting this forenoon, went up to Anna's and Abbie's went in. Mary come at dinner. Dan D. is up this afternoon. Mame was up caught a mouse in the trap. Went to meeting, went into M_____. Got home at 10 til 9. Went to bed at 9.

Mon.  Worked this forenoon. H.S. buried this after. rained hard. Wanted to go. played cards this afternoon and made some molasses candy didn't have good luck. Played cards tonight. Went to be 1/2 past 8.

Tues. Worked until 1/2 past 5. Came home built a fire. Went to the lecture with the girls and Nell. There wasn't many there. Got home about 9. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Wed.  Worked until 1/4 past 5. Come and built the fire, got supper made fritters. Went to the prayer meeting with Abbie got home at 1/4 of 9. went up street first got a pair of rubbers. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Thurs.  Worked until 1/2 past 5. Come home Clara and Eva, and Mame. got ready and went to the lecture with Anna. Got home 1/4 past 9. B.B. and Anna came down to the corner with me. Went to bed at 10.

Fri.  got home at 1/4 past 5. Went up street to see Sir Wm. went up at eve going to meeting but I didn't care about going she went. Went to bed at 9.

Sat.  Didn't work this afternoon. It snows hard. didn't go out played cards awhile went to bed at 10.

Sun. got up at 1/4 past 9. It is warm today. Walter came down today, Clara went home. They stayed to dinner and Jim and Mame. Got ready. Nell and I went up street back to Mame's then we went to Children's meeting there to the lower house. Got home about 8, went to bed at 9.

Mon.  Worked until 11 in the forenoon. Susie N. and I got dinner and went up to the girls. Got out at 4 come home built the fire. Got supper, got ready. Went to the Div. with Wm., went up street, got home 1/4 past 9, went to bed 1/2 past 9.

Tues.  Came out at 11. Got dinner. got out a 1/2 past 3 went up to Abbie's went into Mame's. Abbie and I went to concert. Went to bed at 10.


Wed.  Worked until 1/2 past 11 in the forenoon and 3 in the after. Went to the show with Mame. Went to bed 1/4 past 10.

Thurs. Worked until 3. Got ready went up to Sue's we went to the hall. Wm. and I went to the show, we went to Anna's, had a dance. Got paid $7.91, home about 11.

Fri.  come out at 11. Went up to the market. got out a 4, built a fire, done the work. Went up street with Nell got pair of rubbers went into Wm. we went to see Anna, up and down 2 or 3 times. got home 1/4 til 9, went to bed.

Sat.  Worked this forenoon. N___ped do the work. It is a cold night. Nell and I went up street got home about 8 went into Mame's. Went to bed at 9.

Sun.  Got up 1/2 past 9. Went to Mrs. P. funeral. Wm. came down and stayed awhile. We went to meeting got home 1/4 past 8. went to bed at 9.

Mon.  Worked until 1/4 of 12 and 1/2 past 2 went up to Wm. got ready went to lodge with Abbie. Had a good time went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Tues.  Worked until 1/2 past 11. went in the afternoon worked till 2. Come home got ready went up to Mrs. D. she had company went to Anna's she wasn't there, went to Mrs. Pick's went in Mame's came home did some work. went up street Wm. went with me. Got home 1/4 to 8, went to bed 1/4 til 9.

Wed.  Worked until 1/4 of 12 and come out at 1/2 past 3. went up to the Post Office with Wm. from the mill come and done the work. Mame was up Mrs. Pick's. went up street twice went in Mame's got home at 1/4 of 9 went to bed 1/4 past 9.

Thurs.  Worked to 1/4 of 11, in the afternoon til 1/2 past 5. Come built the fire. Got supper. Went up street back to Wm. 's we went up and down. Went into Mame's. got home 1/2 past 8, went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Fri. Worked in the forenoon. Worked around the house in the after. Mame was up. Wm. was we went up street 2 or 3 times. We had a good time tonight. Got home at 1/4 til 8, went to bed at 1/4 past 9.

Sat.  Worked in the forenoon. Come out at 11. Helped get dinner, done the work, didn't feel very well today. Went to Mame's about 6 didn't get home til after 9. Was not a long while then met Abbie. Then went after Wm. we was on had a good time. Got paper. Went to bed 1/2 past 10.

Sun.  Got up at 10. Got ready, Wm. came down we went up to Mary D. came back had supper to Mary J. went into Mame's. Went to children's meeting then to the lower house was a lot there. It snows. W.D. come down. got home 1/4 of 9. Went to bed at 1/2 past 10.

Mon.  Come out at 11. Helped get dinner. Worked till 1/4 pf 6. came home got supper. It is a stormy night. Played cards tonight. went to bed at 10.

Tues.  Town Meeting. got up at 9. there is a lot of snow. Didn't go out today. Jim and Mame was up stayed awhile this eve. played card and dominoes. Made some molasses candy this afternoon had good luck, and pop corn. Went to bed at 9.

Wed.  Worked til 1/2 past 11. Come out at 1/2 past 4. Done the work. Got ready and went to meeting with Wm. there was a lot there had a good time coming home. Got home after 9. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Thurs. Worked till 1/4 past 10 and 1/2 past 4. Come built the fire done the work. Got paid today got $9.36. Nell and I went up to Anna's. Went to bed 1/2 past 8.

Fri.  Got out 1/2 past 11 and 1/2 past 4. Got ready went to meeting with Wm. there were a lot there. sat home after 9. Wm. came down we walked over the road. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Sat. Worked in the forenoon helped around the house. Washed handkerchiefs. It is windy today. went up street into Mame's. Went to bed at 1/2 past 8.

Sun.  Got up at 9.  Went to meeting in forenoon. Made some Molasses candy didn't have good luck. Wm. came we went up to Mrs. D.'s but she wasn't there back to Mame's. Went to children's meeting and to the lower house was a lot there. Went to bed at 9.

Mon.  Come out at 11 and worked all the afternoon. Wm. and I went to the lodge. got home about 9. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Tues. Worked all day. Didn't go out tonight it rained. Went to bed at 8.

Wed.  Worked until 5. It rains. Got out at 5, went to bed at 1/2 past 8.

Thurs. Worked til 1/2 past 5. Got supper. It is a fine day. Nell and I went up and Mame. I went in to Wm.'s we went up and down. Watched a couple. We all went into Mame's had some candy. got home about 9. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Fri.  Worked till 4 went into Mame's got her sack on went up street back and got supper. Went up street with Nell she went into Mame's and came back. Chas. C. was here stayed until 1/4 of 11. Went to bed at 11.

Sat. Didn't work today got up at 8. Done work. Nell went to Laconia, I got ready went up the sore into Mame's. Went to the entertainment house about 11 had a promenade. went to bed at 1/2 past 12.

Sun.  Got up 1/2 past 9. It is a nice day. Worked around the house. Got ready Wm. came down we went to Mrs. Dicy's and M. McIntire's. We went when the hill and the crust. Nell came today. we went to meeting on the hill got home about 9. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Mon.  Worked all day. It snows today. Went to the P.O. from the Mill. Popped some corn. Went to bed at 9.

Tues. Worked until 1/2 past 5. Come home built the fire got supper. Got ready went up street with Wm. had a good time. Got home 1/4 till 9, went to Jones'. Went to Bed 1/2 past 9.

Wed.  Worked until 1/2 past 4. Went up street with Mame. Went up street in the eve. with mother meet Wm. we went to meeting got home after 9. Went into Jones'. Went to bed 1/4 of 10.

Thurs. Worked in the forenoon. Made some molasses candy and popped some corn, didn't have any after. Mame came up I got ready went up street. Pay day got $10.43. Got ready Wm. and I went to meeting on the hill. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Fri. Worked this forenoon, didn't feel well this after. Wm. come down we went up street into Mary J. we come down to the house went into Sara's went up street in the eve. Went to bed 1/2 past 9.

Sat.  Didn't work today. Worked around the house. Went to the entertainment with Wm. had a promenade. W.D. came home with me we walked over to D. Went to bed 1/2 past 12.

Sun.  Easter. Got up 1/2 past 9. Went to meeting. Wm. came down we went up street. We went up to A's she wasn't there, then went to meeting on the hill. Went to bed at 1/4 of 10. Saw Mary J. Pipe today.

Mon.  Worked all day. Got ready went to the Div. with Wm. had a good time. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Tues. Worked till 1/2 past 4. Came home done some work washed 17 handkerchiefs. Didn't go out tonight went to bed at 1/4 till 10.

Wed. Worked until 1/2 past 4. Ironed handkerchiefs. Got ready went up street with Wm. had a good time. Got a paper. Went to bed at 1/4 of 10.

Thurs. Worked until 5. It rains today. Didn't go out tonight. went to bed at 1/4 past 8.

Fri. Worked until 4. Went up street got a pair of rubbers with Wm. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Sat. Worked in the forenoon worked around the house in the after. Went up to Mame's we went up street into Jones'. Wm. came down with us. We went back to the store 2 times. Nell and Wm. went to the ground party. Mr. B., mother, and I went up. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Sun.  Got up at 1/2 past 9. Nell is going to meeting in the evening. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Mon. Out this week. Got ready, went up street to walk. Went to ride with Mame. Went to the Lodge with Wm there was a lot. They had a supper, had a good time. Got done about 1/4 till 12 went to bed at 12. W.D. Came down with me.

Tuesday. got up at 1/2 past 9. Went up to walk with Wm. Went to see Mrs. D. went up there in the eve. it snows didn't stop. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Wed.  Got up at 1/2 past 9. Went down to corner got some meat for dinner. Pay day got $11.89 Went to meeting with Wm. and Mary Jones'. Went to bed at 10. Nell, Mame, and Jim went to ball.

Thurs.  Got up at 1/2 past 8. Frost day. Wm. came down. We went up about 2-3 times to M.D. went in the eve. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9. Nell came back today.

Fri.  Got up at 1/2 past8. Done the work. Went up to M.D. in the afternoon she gave me some slips. Came home got supper. We went to meeting. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Sat.  Got up at 9. done the work. It snows. Went up to store in eve. Went to bed at 10. Sleep in Nell's bed now.

Sun.  Got up at 9. Helped do the work. It is a nice day. Nell went to meeting. Wm. came down Mame and Jim, Wm. went up to M.D. went to meeting on hill. Went to bed 1/4 of 10.

Mon.  Worked until 5. got ready went to the lodge had a good time. Went to bed 1/2 past 9. Had a tooth ache, didn't go to sleep til after 11.

Tues. Worked until 3. Mame is up sewing. We went up to the store. Wm. and I went up in the eve. Went to bed at 10.

Wed. Worked until 4. We went to meeting wasn't any minister there. Wm. came down after me. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Thurs. Worked in the forenoon. got ready went to Wm. stayed there all the afternoon. Went up street about 5. Came home got supper. Mother, Mary went to Tilton. Nell and I went up street in the eve. We went with Wm. Wm. and I went to meeting on the hill. Went to bed at 10.

Fri.  Worked until 1/4 of 10 in the forenoon. I went up to the store with Wm. we went into Mary J. had bread and syrup leather aprons Nell came in too. Wm. came down with me 1/2 past 11 she had dinner here. Worked in the after till 5. I went up alone to meet Wm. Came home went to bed at 10.

Sat.  Worked in the afternoon. Worked hard around the house. Went up, came back, went up with Nell got Wm. Went to walk before dark. Was after dark, Wm. came up to get me. Had a good time tonight. Sewed on apron. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Sun. Got up at 1/2 past 8. Went up to Wm.'s we went to walk. went to meeting on the hill. Went to bed at 10.

Mon.  worked until 1/2 past 8. The rest didn't work. Nell and I went up street in the forenoon in then after went up to Wm.'s. Met Abbie and A_____ we 4 went down to Hann___ve, we were going to but did not have time. got ready went to the Div. out at recess. Went to bed at 10. We all went in Jones' at 9.

Tues. worked until 9. Went up with Sue to M.D. Mrs. York's with me. Out at 1/2 past 5. Nell and I went up street. Went to bed at 10.

Wed. Come out 1/2 past 10. went in the afternoon come out at 1/2 past 2.  Wm. come down we went up ____ was with us 4 we had a good time. Wm. and I was out this eve. had a good time. A.D. with us. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Thurs. Come out at 10, and 4. Pay day got $6.39. Mary and Nell and I were out the band played tonight. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Fri.  come out at 8 all out. Mame and I went riding in the forenoon. Wm and I was out. I went to Wm. in the after. Mame came we went to ride. Wm. and I were out this eve. a lot out. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Sat. Come out at 10. Mother and I went to Laconia this afternoon. Wm. and I were out the band played in the stand. Went to bed at 10.

Sun. got up 1/2 past 8. I went up to Wm. we went to walk, went to meeting. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Mon. Come out at 4. Went up street with Wm. Came home got ready and to the center had a good time. Wm came home with me. Went to bed at 1.

Tues. Come at 11. It rains today. Went up street this eve. Went to bed at 9.

Wed. Come out at 11 and 3. Went up street went to bed at 9.

Thurs. Come out at 10 and 1/2 past 3. Went up street with Wm. band played. Went to bed at 1/2 past 9.

Fri. Come out at 11 and 3. Mother and I went up tonight. Went to bed at 10.

Sat. didn't work this after. Fire at Akeleys.

Not much is known of Emma B. Rowe except what is within this partial 1888 diary of hers. She obviously worked at the Mill and the Post Office on occasions. Emma must have lived in the Village District area as she visited the stores frequently, and walked along the Main Street often. In 1889, she had a male child (see birth records), and a month later the child died (see death records). It is not known who the father of this child was but perhaps it was William as she speaks of him often towards the end of this diary. Anyone doing a family tree on Emma, the site would be excited to get some of the family history.

UPDATE: In the 1880 Census Emma B. is listed as a student at 9 years of age. Which means she was 17 at the time of this diary, and that she gave birth to her child at age 18. Her father was Jarvis B. Rowe who was 38 years old at the time of the census and working in the Cotton Mills. Mr. Rowe was born in N.H. Emma's mother was Hannah Rowe who is recorded to be 36 years old at this time, reported as keeping house, and her birth place was Ireland. Emma had two sisters Mary E., and Nellie (age 12). All three girls were attending school during 1880.