Elinor’s 1919 Diary Pages

[During 1919, Elinor’s sister Audrey and husband George have split up and Audrey has their child Martha and Audrey is using legal action to try to secure child support from George Carlisle, husband.  Also, during this year Frank Babcock comes into view and will eventually propose to and marry Elinor.  Prior to meeting Frank Babcock, Elinor seems to be being courted by Dan, who loans family members cash at times]

Thurs.Feb.26 [1919]  Spademan’s brought me two barrels of chicken feathers & I have sorted some of them, have got to finish tomorrrow.  Lillie sent me X’Mas card & handkerchief.  cold cloudy, spits with snow with sunchiining through sometimes.  South westerly wind.
Fri March.27.  South to west wind snow flurrys, little sunshine . I sorted 1 barrel of feathers, put them through a tub of cold water through the wringer   thru a tub of boiling water & then another cold wash.  began to get sick about 2 p.m. & when I finished the feathers at 4-30 I had to give it up sit down.  & then go to bed.  Fred & Ethel & Nellie & John  were here a little while after supper, Martha spent the after noon & evening with Nellie, Fred & Ethel  ate supper with Nellie & John. 
Sat.April.28. Heavy snow fall early this morning   Westerly wind snow flurrys all day.
Sat.29.May.  Light snow flury this morning cloudy all after noon westerly wind.  I was sick all Fri night got up feeling worse out Sat. got dinner & had cramp & back door trot & had to go to bed with chills sick all night & not feel able to work today. Nellie & John here this after noon & for lunch & then they & Audrey & Martha went to Church.  Audrey bought Gibsons organ & payed $6.00 for it.  
Mon June30  Cloudy all morn until 10-30 sun shinny all p.m. warm & thawed south to S.E.  Mon night beginning to rain heavy showers 9 p.m.
tue.July 31.  Dark and Cloudy  heavy mist wind S & S.w.  Heavy fog all after noon 4.p.m. rain evening colder I did Part the washing
June

Wed.1. August[1919] wet wind a little in N in morning. colder today with rain to heavy mist all day  Dark and Cloudy all day No company today.  every thing as usual & as dead as anything
Jan.Thurs.2.  Nice bright sunshine but cold all day  Two eggs.  I finished the washing today. 
Jan.Fri.3  Sunshiny but Oh so cold  I moped the floor and picked up & cleaned up & did some ironing.  two eggs.
Sat.4.Jan.  Oh so cold, but the sun shone bright & the wind is & has been in west & S.W.  I ironed & mended & sewed on buttons. 
Sun.5.  Haven’t felt very well today
Jan.Mon.6.  Not so well today, swepted & cooked the meals  about all.
Tues.7.  Did my general house work.
Wed.8.  Audrey, Martha & I went to Court to testify to George’s non-support  his brother Ernest wrote Audrey from France & told her that George was in elpasso Texas & that he is Superentendent of the Picific Ship building Co.  Nellie stayed here at the house while we were gone, Oh, but it made me tired.
Thurs.9.  I did my house work & sewed on my dress some. 
Fri.10.  I did the washing & feel about tired out.
Sat.11.  I baked 8 loaves of bread  3 graham  5 white.
Sun.12.  Finds me to ill to work or do anything. 
Mon.13.  Just cooked the meals & sewed some  Ethel Bonney, Fred’s wife. was here & spent the day & Nellie was home to.  Ethel brought some home made -S- sausage
Tue.14.  Nellie came with Martha to dinner  I have my dress most done today
Tue.15.  I did my house work & went to Prayer Meeting  Mrs Green called on me today  I like her
Thurs.16.  & I am 34 yrs. old today & Audrey gave me a pretty silk shirt waist & Dan wrote me a letter & I got it this morn.  Elbert went to work in the shipyard last Wed. morn. had to stay home sick on Fri. but, worked Sat & Sun Mon & Tue & Wed & today  he didnt work he has a cold.  & Frank is not working.  he has a cold.
Fri.17.  I washed today  Nellie came home for 1 hr.  this after noon  Mrs Nagy was here so long this morn I did not get my wash started untill after dinner  and finished at 5 oclock, my back hurts tonight.  Audrey & Nellie & John have gone to their Sun school class party tonight over to Mrs. ______  Elbert went to town all after noon & gone tonight  Martha & I are all alone.
Sat.18.  I have baked 4 loaves of graham & 5 loaves of white bread.
Feb.17.  Mrs. Mc Kenney died today
Feb    Elbert & Frank & Uncle Will were pall bearers with several others for Mrs. McKenney
Sat.22.  Audrey seriously ill fever 103 2/8
Sun.23.  fever 100 3/8  very weak
Mon.Feb.24.  Audrey’s “fever 100 3/8 very weak.  Mrs Bert Farayer died today. 
Tue.25.  Audrey fever still high am taking care of her day & night & trying out lord  Elbert & I both got lumbaygo

Wed 26.  Audrey don’t seem any better  Dr. seems as anxious as I do,  am doing all I can for her.  poor child. 

Thurs.27.  Everything going as they were yesterday.  Elbert hasn’t worked any since, well, before Audrey took sick

Fri. 28.  I sent a card to pa & Gertie for Audrey is sure in bad shape  

March 1. Sat.[1919]  I’m getting tired out.  Back so bad can hardley get up or down. 

March.Sun.2. Audrey’s better today  I thank God  My back most killing me & Elbert’s hurts him to.  I only did the cooking and took care of Audrey today.  

Mon.3. Audrey is better.  We have the lard most done & have got to put hot in brine.

Tue.4.  Audrey is gaining  Elbert is about the same & I feel no good, but working hard  Maybe I’ll workit off.

Wed.5.  Audrey sat up a few minutes today.  We have lard finished today & have some over 200 lbs as near as one can figure.  Elbert complains so bitterly of his back, I am sorry but don’t known  What to do for him, he is Dr. with Easton.

Thurs.6.  Audrey sat up half hr. & feels quite good  Hope nothing goes wrong nora she’s so anxious to get back to work.  

Fri.  Everything going fine with Audrey but Elbert don’t seem to mend.  

Sat.8.  Audrey up walking around. 

Sun.9.  A. getting better but me, I’m getting more lazy each day. 

Mon.[March]10. Tue.11 Wed. 12.  Thurs.13 Fri.14 Sat 15. Sun 16. Mon 17 Tue 18.[1919]  I believe Audrey started back to work  Tues. 18.

Well I sort of lost track of things  Martha lost three weeks of school had measles & had it hard. & I have had to care of her most of the time.  I think she started back to school on the ______

I have had to go to Nellie’s quite a lot for some days  she don’t feel so well.  Pa & Gertie came home_____

Clate & Easel & Aunt Jen & Earl D’s wife was here April 13.  Pa brought several gal. of Maple surrupe home to some for Fred, Frank & Nellie.  John ‘s half-sister died April 15.  I stayed with Nellie all day

I made pie plant pie gathered from the garden & done greens & sent to Nellie & pie. by John. 

Thur. April 17 [2019]  I stayed with Nellie all day.  They buried Johns sister today, his mother to C     eame to from Tenessee. 

Fri.18.  I’m so lazy  oh i’ts terrible.  Gertie washed today.  Elbert went to work 

April 7 Sat 19.  I only did what I had to do.  Gertie has been doing most of the cooking since she got home, but its me for odds & ends. & thats how I feel to.  

Sun.20.  I was going to Nellies to bake chicken pie, but took with that pain in my side & had to stay home all day.  John’s mother & C (E?) were with them today  Nellie don’t feel her best. 

Mon.21.  I feel week  I did a good big washing today, hope nellie don’t call.

Tue.22.  Nellie called 6-30.  I got right up and dressed & went , she called John back from the yard, I did her work up made her a cornstarch pie she wanted

April 22  so bad & got dinner we ate & did up the dishes & the Dr. Smith came & we left for the hospital a little after 3 oclock mountain time & at 4-30 Nellie was in bed made as comfortable as possible with a baby girl 6 3/4  lbs.   Little Ella Jane Harnish  she has a mop of dark brown hair  a round head, long eyelashes, very plump & short, & has slept good up till I left.

April.Wed.23.  Well I havent’t b een feeling very well & I came home with a sick head ach last night, it lasted all night, but I look after my incuba-tor & went up & saw Nellie & the baby  both good & getting along fine.  pa took me in a row boat up to the round-house bend & helped me up the hill, then I ask a man if I might ride with him down to the Nickle Plate & he said I could & so I did & I bought meat & macironi and a can of yellow stiing beans & can of salmon & slices minced ham & 1 lb niger toes & phoned home to Gertie  came with my rugbbers & an umberla for it rained and I wore Audreys new hat. 

[April 24-July 09 1919 Gap that seems to be summarized here]

Nellie took cold in her left breast & I brought her home on the 10th day  I worked hard day & night for a week with her, but she had to have her left breast lanced & I had the incubator to take care of, & oh such a time, after three weeks I was so tiered out I took cold, it settled on my lungs, I stayed in bed one day & thought I’d stay in bed the next, but the roof caught fire & I got up & helped put out the fire.  Gertie tried to climb up the roof on the dry shingle & roll off & hurt her back & yelled like a lunatic & then  She had to have the Dr. & laterr I took her to Dr Easton & she got able to work, the took cold & had guinsey & couldn’t do any thing for three weeks,  Audrey’s heart is feeling bad again but she has been working steady, I have been working hard to picking peas & beans & canning  washing up double blankets & comfor lovers.  I caned 1 qut of pea’s & picked 3 pks. & picked 1 1/2 by string beans & canned 10 quts. & 1 pt.  Nellie & John & Ella Jane or in ther own home doing well.  Fred has been sick for a mo with rehumatism.  I haven’t heard from Dan since May 25, 1919.  Mr Babcock came in for a visit one evening while Nellie was home & later he sent me a card.  Cousin Aubrey Breckenridge sent me a Card.  Cousin Francis Wheeler came home from France June 27. 1919.  Pa & the boys shingled the south side of roof July 5. 1919

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