[Elbert is helping her with washing by turning the tub.  She is still getting cards (and possibly money) from Mr. O’Neil. There is the second cryptograph or coded message in the entry of the 12th suggesting an amount of money she receives from Mr. O’Neil who is 71 yrs. old. 

There is an iconic photo of Easel Bilky Barrick gathering maple sap.  She would be Pa’s sister Jennie’s daughter Easel Bilky, married to Barrick.  But during March she travels to Lorain (or possibly Elyria) to be hospitalized and Nellie and Ellinor visit her there.  

Elinor also goes to the hospital to see a Dr. Wheatley “he says I full of gal stones,”   The usual doctor for the family is Dr. Smith.  Wheatley may be a hospital surgeon.  But later she calls a Dr. McGarvey and gets medicine from him. 

At this point Elinor is selling more eggs from the homestead chickens. 

Jobs are still not very secure or long lasting.  Frank goes to work at the ice plant.  He and Ruby and the children apparently visit the Gilmores who must live locally.  

[Mon. Mar. 1. 1915]  March.Mon.1.I did a two weeks wash  Elbert turned the tub. Tue.2.  got a letter from Mr. O’Neil & card from Easel saying she was on her way to hospital here.

1910, “Easel Bilky Barrick, 1910, Ohio”, [label on back]: “Easel Bilkey Barrick on farm at sugar bush, gathering maple sap”

[Wed. Mar. 3. 1915] Wed.3.  Nellie & I went to Hospital to see Easel

[Thrs. Mar. 4. 1915]  Thurs.4.  I went to hospital to see Dr. Wheatley he says I full of gal stones, see Easel, she getting well.  Elbert & Frank went to work at noon on boat at Plan’t 

[Fri. Mar. 5. 1915]  Fri.5.  Mended & did odds & ends today & went to bed before supper with sick nervous headache

[Sat. Mar. 6. 1915]  Sat.6. Nellie has a bad cold & sick today. 

[Sun. Mar. 7. 1915]  Sun.7.  Frank & Ruby & children went over to Gilmores & Frank goes to work firing at ice plant in the morn. 


[An article in Coal Age from December 1914 stated, “The Lorain Crystal Ice Co. has started the erection of a large storage plant for coal to hold 1200 tons. It will be completed by Jan. 1.
A Three-ton truck delivering ice for 72 cents a ton
(From December 1915 Refrigeration journal)
The December 1915 edition ofRefrigeration included a detailed article about the use of motor trucks by ice companies, with a paragraph devoted to the Lorain Crystal Ice Company. The article stated, “Valuable figures on the cost of using motor trucks in wholesale transfer work are furnished by the Lorain Crystal Ice Company of Lorain, O. This company supplies ice to the National Tube Company, one of the biggest industrial concerns in the state of Ohio, having about 10,000 employees and being a heavy consumer of ice seven months in the year. A three-ton truck is employed to haul ice exclusively from the artificial plant in Lorain to the plant of the National Tube Company on the opposite side of the town. This truck, placed in service on May 1, 1913, is hauling ice a distance of 3 1/2 to 5 miles and making from six to seven trips daily at a cost of 72 cents per ton, including repairs, depreciation, driver, helper, and all other legitimate charges. In the second year of service the cost of hauling was less than the first year.”(danieleblody.blogspot.com)]

[Mon. Mar. 8. 1915]  Mon.8.  Well, Nellie couldn’t go to school today & I have been feeling just terrible. Oh. Dee, Dee, Dee. 

[Tue. Mar. 9. 1915]  Tue.9.  Well, I called Dr. Mc. Garvey, Audrey went over to his office, and got me some medicine. 

[Wed. Mar. 10. 1915]  Wed.10. Dr. came over, thinks I’m getting along good but I’ve laid abed most all day, hope I feel better tomorrow  Oh, ho. Dee Dee.

[Thrs. Mar. 11. 1915]  Page 176.thurs.11.  Well I set up all day am tired. 

[Fri. Mar. 12. 1915] Fri.12. Feel dreadfully weak but have walked around some, received a letter from Mr. O’Neil LBC in it (check cryptograph)  

[Sat. Mar. 13. 1915]  Sat.13. [ listing days through Sat. 20.]  Well I feel a little Stronger have helped with the work. 

[Sun. Sun.21.1915]  Lucia Fletcher & Elsie was here today  Lucie is going to be Married some time this summer to Frank Wargo.

[Mon. Mar. 21. 1915]  Mon.22  [listing through Wed.31.]  Lucia & I were over town last week one day & it rained & we were wet to the hide.  We were over & called on Miss Baumgart.  Had several letters from the folks but don’t know when they are coming home  Ma wants to come so bad and I hope she come this summer.  Sold quite a lot of eggs


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