October entries in the 1874 diary of Ida Isadore Reynolds (1860-1946) of Acton, Maine. Ida would marry John Jotham Shapleigh (1856-1923) in 1881.
This post also includes the pages in the back of the diary, including memoranda, cash account and notes, which list what Ida considered the most important events of the year.
Links to the months of September 1874 and November 1874 appear here and at the end of this post.
This diary is one of three known: 1873, 1874 and 1876. If a reader knows of the existence of any other diaries of Ida, please contact me.
See an overview post for a description of Ida's 1873, 1874 and 1876 diaries, which also contains combined alphabetical lists of surnames and people, with descriptive information where known.
Shown below are images and transcriptions of the entries and a description of the people mentioned, in order of appearance, first time only. Your comments noting errors and sharing information are requested.
Ida was the daughter of Jonathan Prescott Reynolds (1820-1899) and Rachel E. (Tupper) Reynolds (1833-1923), who were natives of Maine and Nova Scotia, respectively.
Other members of the Reynolds household, at times, were Ida's older brother Edward Everett Reynolds (1855-1945) and a Samuel/Sam/Sammy, presumably Ida's maternal cousin Samuel Muir Francis (1858-1928), son of Dr. Daniel Francis (1810-1867) and Christie Ann (Tupper) Francis (-1893).
In 1881 Ida married John Jotham Shapleigh (1856-1923), a native of Lebanon, Maine. After the death of their son Ernest in 1882, they moved to Rochester, New Hampshire, where they had a daughter Doris, born in 1898.
Although Ida's home was in Acton, Maine, it was on the border of Lebanon, Maine. As you can see from the image shown below, from Ida's 1873 diary, the Reynolds family got their mail through the North Lebanon, Maine, Post Office.
Below, the J. P. Reynolds farm along the southern border of Acton, Maine; with Lebanon, Maine, to the south; from an 1872 map of Acton, Maine, held by the Digital Maine Repository
While with the Deckers, Ida has been attending school, which is likely the reason for her prolonged stay.
Thursday, October 1, 1874: Fair. I went to School.
Friday, October 2, 1874: Fair. The folks went out for a ride. They had a nice time. I went to School.
Saturday, October 3, 1874: Fair. I went to School in the forenoon. Mary Ellen Berry came out.
Sunday, October 4, 1874: Fair. Emily and Cora and I, Walter and Everett went to Station 12 to see Uncle Decker. Henry Decker and Giles Tibbets came out. We had a very nice time in the evening. We Sung and played. They did not go away till most 10 o'clock. I like them both very much.
Monday, October 5, 1874: Fair. I went to School. Joel Hersom came.
Tuesday, October 6, 1874: Fair. I went to School. Got 100% in Arithmetic.
Wednesday, October 7, 1874: Fair. Went to School in forenoon. In afternoon went over to the city. Joel paid my fare.
Thursday, October 8, 1874: Fair. I went to school.
Friday, October 9, 1874: Fair. Went to School.
Saturday, October 10, 1874: Fair. Went to School in the forenoon.
Sunday, October 11, 1874: Fair. I went to Meeting. Had a good meeting.
Monday, October 12, 1874: Fair. Went to school.
Tuesday, October 13, 1874: Fair. I went to school.
Wednesday, October 14, 1874: Fair. Went to school in fore-noon.
Thursday, October 15, 1874: Fair. Went to school.
Friday, October 16, 1874: Fair. Went to school.
Saturday, October 17, 1874: Fair. Went to school. In the afternoon went to Orie's.
Sunday, October 18, 1874: Fair. Went to meeting.
Monday, October 19, 1874: Rainy. Went to School.
Tuesday, October 20, 1874: Dull. Went to school
Wednesday, October 21, 1874: Dull. Went to school
Thursday, October 22, 1874: Fair. Went to school.
Friday, October 23, 1874: Fair. Went to school.
Saturday, October 24, 1874: Fair. Went to school.
Sunday, October 25, 1874: Fair. I went to school.
Monday, October 26, 1874: Fair. Went to school.
Tuesday, October 27, 1874: Fair. Addie Tibbets came here. I like her very much. I went to school.
Wednesday, October 28, 1874: Fair. I went to school in the forenoon.
Thursday, October 29, 1874: Fair. I went to school.
Friday, October 30, 1874: Fair. I finished ___ nine stars and nine lights and I met Charlie Horton. I went to school.
Saturday, October 31, 1874: Fair. I went to school in the forenoon. In the afternoon I went over to Sarah Noyes' to make a call.
Sunday, November 1, 1874: Fair. Went to meeting.
People mentioned in order, first time only. Readers are requested to provide more information.
- Mary Ellen Berry - presumably of Boston, Massachusetts area
- Emily and Cora - Emily Jane (Prescott) Hersom (1843-1901) and daughter Cora Theodocia Hersom (1864-). Emily was the wife of Joel G. Hersom (1840-1900).
- Walter - Walter Curtis Decker (1855-1900), son of Nathaniel Curtis Decker (1828-1888) and Ida's paternal aunt Joanna Farnham (Reynolds) Decker (1825-1909)
- Uncle Decker - Nathaniel Curtis Decker (1828-1888), husband of Ida's paternal aunt Joanna Farnham (Reynolds) Decker (1825-1909)
- Henry Decker - J. Herbert Decker (1851-1920), son of William Collier Decker, a brother to Nathaniel Curtis Decker (1828-1888)
- Giles Tibbetts - Giles T. Tibbetts (1848-1931), son of Benjamin Franklin Tibbetts and Martha Lucilla Decker, who was a sister to Nathaniel Curtis Decker (1828-1888)
- Joel Hersom - Joel G. Hersom (1840-1900), son of Lucius Hersom and first wife Theodosia (Goodwin) Hersom (1804-1841). Lucius’ second wife was Martha Ann (Reynolds) Hersom, sister of Ida’s father Jonathan Prescott Reynolds. Joel was the husband of Emily Jane (Prescott) Hersom (1843-1901) and father of Cora Theodocia Hersom (1864-).
- Orie - possibly Orianna Maria Prescott (1848-1923) or her brother Oren Burbank Cheney Prescott 1850-1925), though he was usually called "Cheney"
- Addie Tibbetts - presumably Addie A. Tibbetts (1853-1885), daughter of Benjamin Franklin Tibbetts and Lucilla A. (Decker) Tibbetts, who was a sister to Nathaniel Curtis Decker (1828-1888)
- Charlie Horton - presumably related to Billy Horton, who apparently had a store near the Decker residence
- Sarah Noyes - presumably living in Boston, Massachusetts
If you have corrections to anything above or information to share on any of the people mentioned, please leave a comment or contact me directly.
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