Tuesday, August 20, 2019

December Entries in the 1899 Diary of John Foss & Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle", of West Hollis, Maine


December entries in the 1899 diary of John Foss (1860-1934) and Isabelle (Huff) Foss (1869-1929), "Belle", who farmed at West Hollis, Maine.  From the entries, it's plain to see that they were a hard working couple.

John and Belle, who married in 1890 at Hollis, Maine, had two daughters:

  1. Myra Helene Foss (1892-1976), who would marry George Woodbury McKenney 
  2. Annie Evelyn Foss (1900-1988), who would marry Lewis Isaac Woodman
From a collection of five of their diaries covering 1899, 1900, 1902-1904 and John's 1913 account book.  See an overview post that features:
  • family history of the Foss family
  • links to entries for the rest of January 1899 and other diaries from 1900, 1902, 1903 and 1904
  • an alphabetical list of surnames in the diary and an approximation of how many different people of that surname were mentioned in the diaries
  • an alphabetical list of individual people mentioned in the diaries, some countless times


The person making the entry is identified in brackets.  Throughout the diaries, John made occasional entries, but Belle made the majority of them. 

People mentioned in the entries below are identified or tentatively identified the first time they appear. If you have corrections, alternate identities or additional information on anyone mentioned,  please leave a comment or contact me directly.



 Thursday, November 30, 1899:  [Belle]  We were up home in the evening and Cecil Thanksgiving day.
  • Up home - presumably the home of Belle's parents George P. Huff and Sarah E. (Bean) Huff, but possibly the home of John's parents Silas Foss and Lucy H. (Bryant) Foss
  • Cecil - possibly Cecil Leighton Haley, who would marry Eva Mahala Smith in 1903
Friday, December 1, 1899:  [Belle]  A rainy day.  John had a bad cold, sick.

Saturday, December 2, 1899:  [Belle]  Myra up home.  John hauled hay from Mason barn.  H. Smith helped him.
  • Mason barn - usually called the "Mason place", a farm with fields and woodlot presumably leased by John Foss
  • H. Smith - possibly the "Had" Smith or "Hod" Smith who appears in other entries
Sunday, December 3, 1899:  [Belle]  We stayed in all day, up to Cecil's in evening.

Monday, December 4, 1899:  [Belle]  Cold rain and cleared off in afternoon.

Tuesday, December 5, 1899:  [Belle]  John put his brush around [presumably banking the house]


Wednesday, December 6, 1899:  [Belle]  John went to Ctr in forenoon. It snowed in afternoon.  John bought Sugar, 50 cts.

Thursday, December 7, 1899:  [Belle]  John began cutting timber today, B. Scribner's.
  • B. Scribner - perhaps Bradford Scribner (1845-1910) of Hollis and Waterboro
Friday, December 8, 1899:  [Belle]  John hauled manure.

Saturday, December 9, 1899:  [Belle]  Had the hog killed today. G. Hamilton.
  • G. Hamilton 
Sunday, December 10, 1899:  [Belle]  John had callers to see his oxen and cut up the pork.  Mrs. Foss went to meeting.
  • Mrs. Foss - presumably Lucy H. (Bryant) Foss (1837-1901), wife of Silas Foss and mother of Belle's husband John Foss.
Monday, December 11, 1899:  [Belle]  John in the woods. I went to Ctr.  F. Cole called in, bought the oxen when John got home.
  • F. Cole 


Tuesday, December 12, 1899:  [Belle]  Cloudy and rain in the afternoon.

Wednesday, December 13, 1899:  no entry

Thursday, December 14, 1899:  no entry

Friday, December 15, 1899:  [Belle]  Snow and rain crust.

Saturday, December 16, 1899:  [Belle]  John drove his oxen off this morning. Cecil went to take him back with Jere.
  • Cecil - presumably Cecil Leighton Haley, who would marry Eva Mahala Smith in 1903
  • Jere - John's draft horse
Sunday, December 17, 1899:  [Belle]  A Cloudy day.  Nora and Cecil here in forenoon. Snow in evening.
  • Nora - Belle's sister Lenora Asenath Huff, "Nora", who would marry Lewis Elmer Burnham in 1906


Monday, December 18, 1899:  [Belle]  Fogg.  John off looking for oxen.  George Swett went with him.
  • George Swett
Tuesday, December 19, 1899:  [Belle]  John is at home, went to Ctr, got things for Christmas.  Rain all the afternoon.

Wednesday, December 20, 1899:  [Belle]  John going after oxen today. H. Smith went with him.
  • H. Smith - possibly the Hod Smith or Had Smith who appears in other entries in the diaries
Thursday, December 21, 1899:  [Belle]  Up to Mason place.  John went after Dr. Fellows for Clara Linscott.
  • Mason place - a farm that John Foss either worked or leased
  • Dr. Fellows - presumably Dr. John A. Fellows of Hollis and Buxton
Friday, December 22, 1899:  [Belle]  John and I went to moderation.  Rained all the afternoon.

Saturday, December 23, 1899:  [Belle]  John at home.


Sunday, December 24, 1899:  [Belle]  A cloudy day.  Nora down.

Monday, December 25, 1899:  [Belle]  Fair and bright.  John gone up to Mason place cutting wood.  I went up to Mother's in afternoon.
  • Mother - Belle's mother Sarah E. (Bean) Huff (1841-1909)
Tuesday, December 26, 1899:  [Belle]  Today is 2 day of Christmas.  Sunshine, 18 above 9:15 AM.  It looks like snow.  John gone cutting wood.  A feb day.  [more words erased]

Wednesday, December 27, 1899:  [Belle]  John gone to Ctr.  A Cold morn.  12 above 0.  Fair and sunshine. A Mar day.  Sugar 50 cets, a tank of oil.  John went to Lodge.  A day for Mar.

Thursday, December 28, 1899:  [Belle]  A fair day.  John home cutting wood. April

Friday, December 29, 1899:  [Belle]  A fair Sunshiny day.  John up to his place cutting wood.  6 degrees above 0 this morn.  A May day.


Saturday, December 30, 1899:  [Belle]  A very cold day.  John hauled manure and wood.  A June day.

Sunday, December 31, 1899:  [Belle]  Cold down to 0 in morn.  John home all day.  A July day.

Monday, January 1, 1900:  [Belle]  A snow storm, cold and blowing.  John and Cecil gone to Will Deering's.  H. Smith & Cecil here this forenoon.
  • Will Deering - presumably William Brooks Deering
Again, if you have information to share on any of the people mentioned, including the Foss family itself, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

November Entries in the 1899 Diary of John Foss & Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle", of West Hollis, Maine


November entries in the 1899 diary of John Foss (1860-1934) and Isabelle (Huff) Foss (1869-1929), "Belle", who farmed at West Hollis, Maine.  From the entries, it's plain to see that they were a hard working couple.

John and Belle, who married in 1890 at Hollis, Maine, had two daughters:

  1. Myra Helene Foss (1892-1976), who would marry George Woodbury McKenney 
  2. Annie Evelyn Foss (1900-1988), who would marry Lewis Isaac Woodman
From a collection of five of their diaries covering 1899, 1900, 1902-1904 and John's 1913 account book.  See an overview post that features:
  • family history of the Foss family
  • links to entries for the rest of January 1899 and other diaries from 1900, 1902, 1903 and 1904
  • an alphabetical list of surnames in the diary and an approximation of how many different people of that surname were mentioned in the diaries
  • an alphabetical list of individual people mentioned in the diaries, some countless times


The person making the entry is identified in brackets.  Throughout the diaries, John made occasional entries, but Belle made the majority of them. 

People mentioned in the entries below are identified or tentatively identified the first time they appear. If you have corrections, alternate identities or additional information on anyone mentioned,  please leave a comment or contact me directly.

 

Tuesday, October 31, 1899:  [Belle]  John gone to plough for W. Gilpatric with oxen.
  • W. Gilpatrick - perhaps William Gilpatrick (1843-1920) of Hollis, Maine; and perhaps the Gilpatrick who had a woodlot John would later harvest
Wednesday, November 1, 1899:  [Belle]  Rain all day. John went to mill. John bought me and Myra boot of a traveling shoe dealer.
  • Myra - Belle's daughter Myra Helene Foss
Thursday, November 2, 1899:  [Belle]  John gone to plough for E. Tarbox.
  • E. Tarbox - possibly Edward A. Tarbox (1850-1920) of Hollis and Waterboro; husband of Jennie B. (Hooper) Tarbox
Friday, November 3, 1899:  [Belle]  John finished ploughing of E. Tarbox.

Saturday, November 4, 1899:  [Belle]  It rained all the forenoon.

Sunday, November 5, 1899:  [Belle]  John and I up to Mason Place.  Charles Haley come and payed John.
  • Mason place - presumably the Mason farm, where John worked in the fields and woods; he may have leased the farm
  • Charles Haley - possibly Charles E. Haley (1857-1939) of Hollis and Limington


Monday, November 6, 1899:  [Belle]  Town meeting. John bought a bbl flour.

Tuesday, November 7, 1899:  [Belle]  John going to plough for W. Benson.
  • W. Benson
Wednesday, November 8, 1899:  [Belle]  John helped Jim Benson plough.
  • Jim Benson - presumably James Benson, husband of Maud (Nelson) Benson
Thursday, November 9, 1899:  [Belle]  John picked up apples and went to Ctr.  Myra went to have her teeth out.
  • Myra - Belle's daughter, Myra Helene Foss, born in 1892
Friday, November 10, 1899:  [Belle]  John ploughing his old orchard today.

Saturday, November 11, 1899:  [Belle]  John went to moderation this forenoon, got his shirts.  It is snowing this afternoon for the first snowstorm.  I went up to school and come home with Myra.


Sunday, November 12, 1899:  [Belle]  Snow all the forenoon. Sun came out in afternoon and wind blew.

Monday, November 13, 1899:  [Belle]  John moved down the apples. It was a cold morn, 16 above zero.

Tuesday, November 14, 1899:  [Belle]  John gone to Ctr. We washed.  He went to mill in afternoon.  Sugar, 50 cts.

Wednesday, November 15, 1899:  [Belle]  Cold and cloudy. John cutting wood in woods.  Jim hauling.

Thursday, November 16, 1899:  [Belle]  I went down to Fluent's with butter. John hauled wood.
  • Fluent's - possibly the home of Hiram H. Fluent and wife Ella F. (Smith) Fluent; or Edwin Augustus Fluent or Edgar Roy Fluent
Friday, November 17, 1899:  [Belle]  John went and got cider made and corn ground.


Saturday, November 18, 1899:  [Belle]  John hauled wood. He has got 17 loads.

Sunday, November 19, 1899:  [Belle]  I went up home.

Monday, November 20, 1899:  [Belle]  John up cutting wood.

Tuesday, November 21, 1899:  [Belle]  John at home. Fanny Ricker and her mother here.
  • Fanny Ricker and her mother
Wednesday, November 22, 1899:  [Belle]  A rainy day.

Thursday, November 23, 1899:  no entry


Friday, November 24, 1899 - Tuesday, November 28, 1899:  no entries

Wednesday, November 29, 1899:  [Belle]  I went up to Smith and got Sugar, 25

  • Smith - presumably the store of Constine D. Smith (1851-1917)


 Thursday, November 30, 1899:  [Belle]  We were up home in the evening and Cecil Thanksgiving day.
  • Up home - presumably the home of Belle's parents George P. Huff and Sarah E. (Bean) Huff, but possibly the home of John's parents Silas Foss and Lucy H. (Bryant) Foss
  • Cecil - possibly Cecil Leighton Haley, who would marry Eva Mahala Smith in 1903
Friday, December 1, 1899:  [Belle]  A rainy day.  John had a bad cold, sick.

Saturday, December 2, 1899:  [Belle]  Myra up home.  John hauled hay from Mason barn.  H. Smith helped him.
  • Mason barn - usually called the "Mason place", a farm with fields and woodlot presumably leased by John Foss
  • H. Smith - possibly the "Had" Smith or "Hod" Smith who appears in other entries
Sunday, December 3, 1899:  [Belle]  We stayed in all day, up to Cecil's in evening.

Monday, December 4, 1899:  [Belle]  Cold rain and cleared off in afternoon.

Tuesday, December 5, 1899:  [Belle]  John put his brush around [presumably banking the house]


Again, if you have information to share on any of the people mentioned, including the Foss family itself, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

October Entries in the 1899 Diary of John Foss & Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle", of West Hollis, Maine


October entries in the 1899 diary of John Foss (1860-1934) and Isabelle (Huff) Foss (1869-1929), "Belle", who farmed at West Hollis, Maine.  From the entries, it's plain to see that they were a hard working couple.

John and Belle, who married in 1890 at Hollis, Maine, had two daughters:

  1. Myra Helene Foss (1892-1976), who would marry George Woodbury McKenney 
  2. Annie Evelyn Foss (1900-1988), who would marry Lewis Isaac Woodman
From a collection of five of their diaries covering 1899, 1900, 1902-1904 and John's 1913 account book.  See an overview post that features:
  • family history of the Foss family
  • links to entries for the rest of January 1899 and other diaries from 1900, 1902, 1903 and 1904
  • an alphabetical list of surnames in the diary and an approximation of how many different people of that surname were mentioned in the diaries
  • an alphabetical list of individual people mentioned in the diaries, some countless times


The person making the entry is identified in brackets.  Throughout the diaries, John made occasional entries, but Belle made the majority of them. 

People mentioned in the entries below are identified or tentatively identified the first time they appear. If you have corrections, alternate identities or additional information on anyone mentioned,  please leave a comment or contact me directly.



Sunday, October 1, 1899:  [Belle]  I went to Waterboro, Nora and Myra.  A cold cloudy day.
  • Nora - Belle's sister Leonora Asenath Huff, who would marry Lewis Elmer Burnham in 1906
  • Myra - Belle's daughter Myra Helene Foss, born in 1892
Monday, October 2, 1899:  [Belle]  A cold cloudy day, below freezing this morn.  John gone to Clark's for J. G.
  • Clark's - presumably the store of lumberman Charles Franklin Clark (1844-1917)
  • J. G. - presumably the Joseph Gilpatrick, mentioned in the next entry
Tuesday, October 3, 1899:  [Belle]  John gone to M Place, ploughing. Cold and cloudy.  Went to Clark's for Joe Gilpatric.
  • M place - presumably the Mason farm, where John worked in the fields and woods; he may have leased the farm
  • Joe Gilpatrick - possibly Joseph Henry Gilpatrick (1874-1924)
Wednesday, October 4, 1899:  [Belle]  John and I went to Ctr, got Sugar, 50 cts.

Thursday, October 5, 1899:  no entry

Friday, October 6, 1899:  [Belle]  John hauled Corn and husked.


Saturday, October 7, 1899:  [Belle]  John ploughed up in pasture.

Sunday, October 8, 1899:  [Belle]  A Cloudy day.

Monday, October 9, 1899:  [Belle]  A rainy day.  John got his oxen shod.

Tuesday, October 10, 1899:  [Belle]  John ploughing today.

Wednesday, October 11, 1899:  [Belle]  John up ploughing and harrowing.

Thursday, October 12, 1899:  [Belle]  John went to Ctr today.


Friday. October 13, 1899:  [Belle]  John ploughed.

Saturday, October 14, 1899:  [Belle]  John went up to Sawyer's Mountain.
  • Sawyer's Mountain - at 1213 feet, Sawyer's Mountain in Limerick and Limington was once used as a whale oil light for Portland harbor
Sunday, October 15, 1899:  [Belle]  We went down to __ [Rickers' ?]
  • Rickers ? - if what is written is actually Ricker, it's interesting to note that another entry in the 1899 diary mentions a Fanny Ricker 
Monday, October 16, 1899:  [Belle]  John ploughing.

Tuesday, October 17, 1899:  [Belle]  I went up to Will Smith and got some oil.  I bought brown Sugar, 22 cts.
  • Will Smith - perhaps blacksmith William A. Smith (1864-1939) sold oil at his shop
Wednesday, October 18, 1899:  [Belle]  A rainy day.


Thursday, October 19, 1899:  no entry

Friday, October 20, 1899:  [Belle]  Rain.

Saturday, October 21, 1899:  [Belle]  John went to Ctr, got Sugar, 50 cts.

Sunday, October 22, 1899:  [Belle]  John took us ride, we called to W. Deering's.
  • W. Deering - presumably William Brooks Deering 
Monday, October 23, 1899:  [Belle]  John harrowing new ground today.

Tuesday, October 24, 1899:  no entry


Wednesday, October 25, 1899:  [Belle]  John up to Mason place.  I went up to Mother's and stayed to dinner.
  • Mother - Belle's mother Sarah E. (Bean) Huff (1841-1909); Belle called her mother-in-law Mrs. Foss
Thursday, October 26, 1899:  no entry

Friday, October 27, 1899:  [Belle]  John and W. Clark gone to Saco with apples.  A rainy day.
  • W. Clark -  perhaps Walter Ellery Clark, son of lumberman Charles Franklin Clark
Saturday, October 28, 1899:  [Belle]  A rainy day.

Sunday, October 29, 1899:  [Belle]  I went up to Mother's.  It was a rainy day.

Monday, October 30, 1899:  [Belle]  John went to Ctr, got Jere shod.
  • Jere - presumably John's draft horse


Tuesday, October 31, 1899:  [Belle]  John gone to plough for W. Gilpatric with oxen.
  • W. Gilpatrick - perhaps William Gilpatrick (1843-1920) of Hollis, Maine; and perhaps the Gilpatrick who had a woodlot John would later harvest
Wednesday, November 1, 1899:  [Belle]  Rain all day. John went to mill. John bought me and Myra boot of a traveling shoe dealer.
  • Myra - Belle's daughter Myra Helene Foss
Thursday, November 2, 1899:  [Belle]  John gone to plough for E. Tarbox.
  • E. Tarbox - possibly Edward A. Tarbox (1850-1920) of Hollis and Waterboro; husband of Jennie B. (Hooper) Tarbox
Friday, November 3, 1899:  [Belle]  John finished ploughing of E. Tarbox.

Saturday, November 4, 1899:  [Belle]  It rained all the forenoon.

Sunday, November 5, 1899:  [Belle]  John and I up to Mason Place.  Charles Haley come and payed John.
  • Mason place - presumably the Mason farm, where John worked in the fields and woods; he may have leased the farm
  • Charles Haley - possibly Charles E. Haley (1857-1939) of Hollis and Limington

Again, if you have information to share on any of the people mentioned, including the Foss family itself, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

September Entries in the 1899 Diary of John Foss & Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle", of West Hollis, Maine


September entries in the 1899 diary of John Foss (1860-1934) and Isabelle (Huff) Foss (1869-1929), "Belle", who farmed at West Hollis, Maine.  From the entries, it's plain to see that they were a hard working couple.

John and Belle, who married in 1890 at Hollis, Maine, had two daughters:

  1. Myra Helene Foss (1892-1976), who would marry George Woodbury McKenney 
  2. Annie Evelyn Foss (1900-1988), who would marry Lewis Isaac Woodman
From a collection of five of their diaries covering 1899, 1900, 1902-1904 and John's 1913 account book.  See an overview post that features:
  • family history of the Foss family
  • links to entries for the rest of January 1899 and other diaries from 1900, 1902, 1903 and 1904
  • an alphabetical list of surnames in the diary and an approximation of how many different people of that surname were mentioned in the diaries
  • an alphabetical list of individual people mentioned in the diaries, some countless times


The person making the entry is identified in brackets.  Throughout the diaries, John made occasional entries, but Belle made the majority of them. 

People mentioned in the entries below are identified or tentatively identified the first time they appear. If you have corrections, alternate identities or additional information on anyone mentioned,  please leave a comment or contact me directly.



Friday, September 1, 1899:  [Belle]  John pulled beans today. A rainy night.

Saturday, September 2, 1899:  [Belle]  A good rain today.

Sunday, September 3, 1899:  [Belle]  A thunder shower at night. Ida Watson died this morning.  
  • Ida Watson - Ida (Deering) Watson (1860-1899), who died at Waterboro, Maine. on September 3, 1899, was the daughter of Ezekiel Deering and Abby (Brooks) Deering and the wife of Roscoe Gilbert Watson. The entry of September 6, 1899 mentions Ida's funeral.]
Monday, September 4, 1899:  [Belle]  John brought home his oxen today.

Tuesday, September 5, 1899:  [Belle]  He turned out the oxen and dug potatoes.

Wednesday, September 6, 1899:  [Belle]  I went to Ida Watson's funeral.  John got a load of sawdust.


Thursday, September 7, 1899:  [Belle]  John got Jere shod today.
  • Jere - presumably John's draft horse
Friday, September 8, 1899:  [Belle]  John mowed bushes in his ____ [pasture ?].

Saturday, September 9, 1899:  no entry

Sunday, September 10, 1899:  [Belle]  Will and Myra here for the first time.  Katie came over today.  Baxter Smith died today. 
  • Will and Myra
  • Katie - a few days later, an entry from Belle: I carried Katie to Waterboro today, the Mormon meeting.
  • Baxter Smith - Melville Baxter Smith (1845-1899), who died September 10, 1899 at Hollis, Maine, was the son of Clement M. Smith and Phoebe Blake (Whitney) Smith and the husband of Sarah Josephine Johnston.
Monday, September 11, 1899:  [Belle]  Katie and I went to post office.

Tuesday, September 12, 1899:  [Belle]  John sat up up to Smiths'
  • Smiths' - presumably the home of the recently deceased Melville Baxter Smith, mentioned above


Wednesday, September 13, 1899:  [Belle]  Baxter Smith's funeral today.

Thursday, September 14, 1899:  [Belle]  I carried Katie to Waterboro today, the Mormon meeting.

Friday, September 15, 1899:  [Belle]  I went to office and got Sugar, 50 cts.

Saturday, September 16, 1899:  [Belle]  Mrs. Foss went to Portland today.
  • Mrs. Foss - presumably Belle's mother-in-law Lucy H. (Bryant) Foss (1837-1901)
Sunday, September 17, 1899:  [Belle]  I went to meeting.

Monday, September 18, 1899:  [Belle]  We had a small husking. Partridge 50 cts, Sugar.


Tuesday, September 19, 1899:  [Belle]  John helped Cecil today and evening.
  • Cecil - possibly Cecil Leighton Haley or another Cecil
Wednesday, September 20, 1899:  [Belle]  A rainy day.  John husking.

Thursday, September 21, 1899:  [Belle]  John went to Ctr and we washed.

Friday, September 22, 1899:  [Belle]  A fair day. John got his apple cider made.

Saturday, September 23, 1899:  [Belle]  John hauled in corn and five of us husked in the evening.  Aaron Burnham's reception 
  • Aaron Burnham - presumably Hollis Center Postmaster Aaron B. Burnham (1841-1917), on the occasion of his 3rd marriage - to Martha F. Thomas - on September 17, 1899.
Sunday, September 24, 1899:  [Belle]  A cloudy day.  We stayed at home.


Monday, September 25, 1899:  [Belle]  A lousy day. John at home husking all day.  George Tarbox had his reception tonight. 
  • George Tarbox - presumably George Henry Tarbox (1856-1923) on the occasion of his marriage to second wife Marietta or Etta Davis on September 17, 1899
Tuesday, September 26, 1899:  [Belle]  A good rain.  John husking.

Wednesday, September 27, 1988:  [Belle]  Mrs. Foss got home today.  John hauled stuff for J. Gilpatric ___ [shed ?]
  • J. Gilpatric - possibly Joseph Googins Gilpatrick (1832-1908)
Thursday, September 28, 1899:  [Belle]  John went to Clark's for Joe. G.
  • Joe G. - presumably the Joe Gilpatric mentioned previously
  • Clark's - perhaps store of lumberman Charles Franklin Clark (1844-1917) 
Friday, September 29, 1899:  [Belle]  John went to Ctr for Joe.
  • Joe - perhaps the previously mentioned Joe Gilpatric
Saturday, September 30, 1899:  [Belle]  John finished good Apples up to the farm, 75 bushel.



Again, if you have information to share on any of the people mentioned, including the Foss family itself, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

August Entries in the 1899 Diary of John Foss & Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle", of West Hollis, Maine


August entries in the 1899 diary of John Foss (1860-1934) and Isabelle (Huff) Foss (1869-1929), "Belle", who farmed at West Hollis, Maine.  From the entries, it's plain to see that they were a hard working couple.

John and Belle, who married in 1890 at Hollis, Maine, had two daughters:

  1. Myra Helene Foss (1892-1976), who would marry George Woodbury McKenney 
  2. Annie Evelyn Foss (1900-1988), who would marry Lewis Isaac Woodman
From a collection of five of their diaries covering 1899, 1900, 1902-1904 and John's 1913 account book.  See an overview post that features:
  • family history of the Foss family
  • links to entries for the rest of January 1899 and other diaries from 1900, 1902, 1903 and 1904
  • an alphabetical list of surnames in the diary and an approximation of how many different people of that surname were mentioned in the diaries
  • an alphabetical list of individual people mentioned in the diaries, some countless times


The person making the entry is identified in brackets.  Throughout the diaries, John made occasional entries, but Belle made the majority of them. 

People mentioned in the entries below are identified or tentatively identified the first time they appear. If you have corrections, alternate identities or additional information on anyone mentioned,  please leave a comment or contact me directly.



 Thursday, July 27, 1899:  no entry

Friday, July 28, 1899:  [Belle]  I got Sugar, 50 cts.   Partrdge [presumably Partridge] brought Sugar 50
  • Partrdge - presumably either Partridge or Patridge - there was a family by the name of Partridge living in or near Hollis, Maine, during this time frame
Saturday, July 29, 1899:  no entry

Sunday, July 30, 1899:  [Belle]  John took us to ride in the evening.

Monday, July 31, 1899:  [Belle]  John got his book and the check came today.

Tuesday, August 1, 1899:  [Belle]  John went up Country looking up oxen.  Got his check cashed.



Wednesday, August 2, 1899:  [Belle]  I went blueberrieing. John cut bushes and raked his oats.

Thursday, August 3, 1899:  [Belle]  A rainy morn.  I washed.

Friday, August 4, 1899:  [Belle]  I went to Ctr, carried 6 qts blueberries, 7 cts qt.  John cut the Johnson meadow.
  • Johnson meadow - entries from this diary and later ones mention a Seth Johnson and an F. P. Johnson, who was perhaps Freedom P. Johnson.
Saturday, August 5, 1899:  [Belle]  John gone to Mason place.  Ed Tarbox.  George Chase insured the buildings.
  • Mason place - a farm that John Foss either worked at or leased
  • Ed Tarbox - presumably Edward A. Tarbox, husband of Jennie B. (Hooper) Tarbox
  • George Chase - perhaps George P. Chase (1851-1928) of Waterboro and Sanford, Maine; insurance agent
Sunday, August 6, 1899:   [Belle]  A fine morning.  John gone to see Frank Chadbourn oxen.  I went over to see Aunt Asenath in afternoon.
  • Frank Chadbourn - perhaps Franklin Albert Chadbourne (1866-1930) of Waterboro, Maine
  • Aunt Asenath Asenath S. (Huff) Holmes (1826-1902), wife of John Holmes and sister of Belle's father George P. Huff.  The Foss's 1902 diary notes Asenath's death and burial on May 24 and May 26, 1902.
Monday, August 7, 1899:  [Belle]  Veal 10-1/2 lbs. John bought.  B. Scribner.  John went hunting oxen again.
  • B. Scribner perhaps Bradford Scribner (1845-1910) of Hollis and Waterboro


Tuesday, August 8, 1899:  [Belle]  Up to Mason place cutting bushes.  Digging potatoes.

Wednesday, August 9, 1899:  [Belle]  I went to Ctr.

Thursday, August 10, 1899:  no entry

Friday, August 11, 1899:  no entry

Saturday, August 12, 1899:  [Belle]  John went to Clark's.  Got 16-1/4 lbs of pork.
  • Clark's - perhaps the store of lumber dealer Charles Franklin Clark (1844-1917) and Mary Abbie (York) Clark (1851-1910
Sunday, August 13, 1899:  [Belle]  A hot day.  The rest of the folks went to beach.  John and I went to ride.


Monday, August 14, 1899:  no entry

Tuesday, August 15, 1899:  [Belle]  John bought Mr. Fluent's oxen and went to Ctr, got bbl flour.
  • Mr. Fluent - perhaps Edwin Augustus Fluent or Edgar Roy Fluent or a relative
Wednesday, August 16, 1899:  no entry

Thursday, August 17, 1899:  [Belle]  A hot day.  84 in shade.  John mowing bushes.

Friday, August 18, 1899:  [Belle]  hot and dry. I was up home in the afternoon and evening.

Saturday, August 19, 1899:  [Belle]  hot, 90 in shade.  Little Nettie born today.
  • Little Nettie - presumably a child in the neighborhood or a calf born on the Foss farm.


Sunday, August 20, 1899:  [Belle]  84 in shade.

Monday, August 21, 1899:  [Belle]  82.  John pulling beans.  Mother was down in the afternoon.
  • MotherSarah E. (Bean) Huff (1841-1909), Belle's mother.  (Belle called her mother in law Mrs. Foss.)
Tuesday, August 22, 1899:  [Belle]  A dull day but little rain fell.

Wednesday, August 23, 1899:  [Belle]  Cloudy today. John bought a pig, 4 weeks old.

Thursday, August 24, 1899:  [Belle]  A rainy morning.  John gone on a  ___[tramp ?] in the storm.

Friday, August 25, 1899:  no entry


 Saturday, August 26, 1899:  [Belle]  Had company today, Boothbys. John got 10 lbs Sugar, 60.
  • Boothby - a common surname in York County, Maine
Sunday, August 27, 1899:  [Belle]  We went to ride in Waterboro.

Monday, August 28, 1899:  [Belle]  John began logging on the Clark lot today.
  • Clark lot - perhaps a woodlot owned by the previously mentioned Charles Franklin Clark
Tuesday, August 29, 1899:  [Belle]  John gone with logs.

Wednesday, August 30, 1899:  [Belle]  A trip today.

Thursday, August 31, 1899:  [Belle]  A trip today. A hot day.


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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

July Entries in the 1899 Diary of John Foss & Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle", of West Hollis, Maine


July entries in the 1899 diary of John Foss (1860-1934) and Isabelle (Huff) Foss (1869-1929), "Belle", who farmed at West Hollis, Maine.  From the entries, it's plain to see that they were a hard working couple.

John and Belle, who married in 1890 at Hollis, Maine, had two daughters:

  1. Myra Helene Foss (1892-1976), who would marry George Woodbury McKenney 
  2. Annie Evelyn Foss (1900-1988), who would marry Lewis Isaac Woodman
From a collection of five of their diaries covering 1899, 1900, 1902-1904 and John's 1913 account book.  See an overview post that features:
  • family history of the Foss family
  • links to entries for the rest of January 1899 and other diaries from 1900, 1902, 1903 and 1904
  • an alphabetical list of surnames in the diary and an approximation of how many different people of that surname were mentioned in the diaries
  • an alphabetical list of individual people mentioned in the diaries, some countless times


The person making the entry is identified in brackets.  Throughout the diaries, John made occasional entries, but Belle made the majority of them. 

People mentioned in the entries below are identified or tentatively identified the first time they appear. If you have corrections, alternate identities or additional information on anyone mentioned,  please leave a comment or contact me directly.



Tuesday, June 27, 1899 - Friday, June 30, 1899:  no entries

Saturday, July 1, 1899:  [Belle]  I went to Ctr. Sugar, 50 cts.  Sold qt blueberries 10 cts.

Sunday, July 2, 1899:  [Belle]  A hot day.  John hunted the axes up. [possibly oxen, but looks more like axes]



Monday, July 3, 1899:  [Belle]  John began haying, 90 in the shade.

Tuesday, July 4, 1899:  [Belle]  Very hot, 96 in the shade.

Wednesday, July 5, 1899:  no entry

Thursday, July 6, 1899:  [Belle]  3 qts blueberries, 30 cts.

Friday, July 7, 1899:  no entry

Saturday, July 8, 1899:  [Belle]  John bought Sugar, 25


Sunday, July 9, 1899:  no entry

Monday, July 10, 1899:  [Belle]  I went to Ctr, 11-1/2 qts, 1.15

Tuesday, July 11, 1899:  no entry

Wednesday, July 12, 1899:  [Belle]  A very bad shower.  Thunder, lightning, hail

Thursday, July 13, 1899:  no entry

Friday, July 14, 1899:  no entry 


Saturday, July 15, 1899:  [Belle]  I went to Ctr, got Sugar 50 cts.  Sold 7 qts blueberries, 70 

Sunday, July 16, 1899:  no entry

Monday, July 17, 1899:  no entry

Tuesday, July 18, 1899:  no entry

Wednesday, July 19, 1899:  [Belle]  Sold L. Burnham 8 qts berries, 80 cents
  • L. Burnham - possibly Lewis Elmer Burnham, future husband of Belle's sister Leonora Asenath Huff, "Nora"
Thursday, July 20, 1899:  no entry


Friday, July 21, 1899:  [Belle]  A fearful thunder shower.  Sam and Lill Jellerson was here tonight. John drove the oxen over to W. Deering's.
  • Sam and Lill Jellerson -  possibly Samuel W. Jellerson and sister Ida Lillian (Jellerson) Jellerson
  • W. Deering - possibly William Brooks Deering
Saturday, July 22, 1899:  [Belle]  John carried blueberries to Ctr. 8 qts, 7 ct.  Got my dishes.

Sunday, July 23, 1899:  [Belle]  John took us to ride in Limerick.  Engaged a pig of F. Ridlon.
  • F. Ridlon - Frank Ridlon, Francis Ridlon, Frederick Ridlon, F[?] Ridlon or someone who went by his middle name which started with F - several possibilities.
Monday, July 24, 1899:  no entry

Tuesday, July 25, 1899:  no entry

Wednesday, July 26, 1899:  [Belle]  Rain all the forenoon.


 Thursday, July 27, 1899:  no entry

Friday, July 28, 1899:  [Belle]  I got Sugar, 50 cts.   Partrdge [presumably Partridge] brought Sugar 50
  • Partrdge - presumably either Partridge or Patridge - there was a family by the name of Partridge living in or near Hollis, Maine, during this time frame
Saturday, July 29, 1899:  no entry

Sunday, July 30, 1899:  [Belle]  John took us to ride in the evening.

Monday, July 31, 1899:  [Belle]  John got his book and the check came today.

Tuesday, August 1, 1899:  [Belle]  John went up Country looking up oxen.  Got his check cashed.


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