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:
- Myra Helene Foss (1892-1976), who would marry George Woodbury McKenney
- Annie Evelyn Foss (1900-1988), who would marry Lewis Isaac Woodman
- 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.
- 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
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
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
Saturday, December 9, 1899: [Belle] Had the hog killed today. G. Hamilton.
- G. Hamilton
- Mrs. Foss - presumably Lucy H. (Bryant) Foss (1837-1901), wife of Silas Foss and mother of Belle's husband John Foss.
- 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
- 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
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
- Mason place - a farm that John Foss either worked or leased
- Dr. Fellows - presumably Dr. John A. Fellows of Hollis and Buxton
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)
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.
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
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