1 October 1873 Wednesday
Cold frosty morning. Ther 28
I am not able to work. Charles is getting in corn alone.
3 Rainy and warm
Charles at work on the cider mill at [neighbor] George M. Slack and husking some at home.
Charles and GMS with our oxen & cart went to S Hutchinson and got & brot to GMS a machine of 1 horse power for making cider.
Below: Farmyard horse-powered cider press, 20th century.
9 Another fine pleasant warm day. Charles has dug and brot into the cellar about 50 bushels potatoes. GMS helped dig 3 hours this a.m. GMS paid Mrs. Brown for 17 ½ lbs butter $5.25 30 c per lb.
10 A most delightful pleasant day & quite warm–I am getting in the beets from the well lot. Charles went gunning p.m. with H Booth.
11 October 1873 Saturday. And still another fine warm pleasant day.
Charles finished digging the potatoes. Dug 35 bushels this forenoon picked them up and brot them to the house at noon.
P.M. he went with GM Slack to the old Center Meetinghouse Graveyard and helped clear off the brush briers from yard with others that met them there for that purpose.
I went to the Plain this a.m. to Knapps [grist] mill & to Cushmans [blacksmith] shop and got my horse shod foreward & paid 35 cents. Went the Norwich & Hanover RR Station and got at the ex office from John B & James W. Brown of Lowell a package.
P.M. I pulled carrots & beets in the garden
Below: Steam-powered locomotive pulling into Lewiston Station where Charles picked up a package from his sons in Lowell, MA (obviously not October!).
14 A Pleasant warm day–
Charles with GMS went to Sharon hills and gathered a lot of butternuts.
I am dragging bush to secure the Israel Brook in its place– [now called the Charles Brown Brook]
20 Warm and rains all day and much water has fallen. Rained all last night and the ground is soaked to the full and the streams are full banks…a flood will ensue if the rain continues much longer. Charles has been husking and attending to his cider mill business. I am mending Mary’s shoes.
21 The weather is warm–a hard shower of rain fill the latter part of last night accompanied by heavy wind. Cleared off this forenoon and has been warm and pleasant today. I have been mending shoes. Charles husked corn & gathered a few bushells apples from the scattering trees in the woods.
Below: Butter Nut
22 October 1873 Wednesday
A fair warm day. Charles is at work at his cider mill today making cider.
I put up a barrel potatoes and one of butternuts & delivered them at the Norwich & Hanover RR Station to be carried to Lowell Mss by freight and directed to James W. Brown
28 October 1873 Tuesday
Pleasant and cool wind clouds often passing over.
Charles was sick all last night and was frequently up from his bed puking & purging. He is better this morning and is attending to his cider works at the mill and C Stratton is helping him.
29 Very cool, most part sunshine.
Charles & C Stratton making cider. I am carrying vegetables into the cellar
31 Cloudy and cold and rainy afternoon. I went to Ex office at the RR Depot and got a horse harness sent by son James of Lowell. C making cider.