April entries in the 1900 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.
The couple made use of a blank diary for 1894 to record their 1900 entries. Fortunately, the days match up.
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
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.
- Tarbox - perhaps James Blaisdell Tarbox (1841-1917) or a relative
- Joseph Gilpatric - perhaps Joseph Googins Gilpatrick (1832-1908) or Joseph Henry Gilpatrick (1874-1924)
- C. H. - possibly Cecil Leighton Haley
- James B. - presumably James Benson
April 3, 1900 - [John] It rained this morning and snowed some in the afternoon.
April 4, 1900 - [John] We have been cutting wood for C.H. It has been warm.
April 5, 1900 - [John] Have been cutting wood for C. H.
April 6, 1900 - [John] Have been cutting wood on the Mason place.
- Mason place - a farm and woodlot which John may have leased
April 8, 1900 - [John] It was pleasant. I went over to Johnson.
- Johnson - either the Johnson home or the woodlot, which John occasionally leased
April 10, 1900 - [John] We have been cutting wood today for C. H. It has been warm. Went to Clarks' and got sawdust in the morning, cut wood in the afternoon.
- Clark - presumably the business of lumber dealer Charles Franklin Smith (1844-1917)
April 12, 1900 - [John] Went to the center and got some grain.
April 13, 1900 - [John] Went up to Corn Smith and bought a barrel of flour and some meat.
- Corn Smith - presumably store owner Constine D. Smith (1851-1917)
- Len -
April 16, 1900 - [John] I have been grafting today.
April 17, 1900 - [John] Cut wood today. It rained in the afternoon.
April 18, 1900 - [John] Went up to Had's this forenoon. Cut wood in the afternoon.
- Had - possibly Had Smith or Hod Smith
- Frank Benson -
April 21, 1900 - [John] Went to Ctr in morning, got the horse shod and got some grain and went and got Dot shod in the afternoon.
- Dot - John's draft horse
April 22, 1900 - [John] Went up to the Mason place.
April 23, 1900 - [John] Helped Cecil saw wood. It rained some.
- Cecil - presumably Cecil Leighton Haley, but possibly Cecil Frank Clark
April 25, 1900 - [John] Plowed in the forenoon and went to Clarks'. The wind blowed. I settled up with C. F. Clark.
- C. F. Clark - lumber dealer Charles Franklin Clark (1844-1917)
April 27, 1900 - [John] Cut wood all day. It was cold.
- James Benson - James Benson worked occasionally for and with John; married Maud Nelson
- Mrs. Manson - either a Mrs. Manson as spelled, or perhaps Mrs. Mason, owner of the Mason place
- Elmer - possibly one of the following: postmaster Elmer E. Abbott; Lewis Elmer Burnham, if he went by his middle name; Elmer Haley; Elmer E. Tufts of Waterboro; Charles Elmer Warren
May 2, 1900 - [John] Went to center today, got some grain. Planted peas. Settled with Ceas
- Ceas - presumably Cecil Leighton Haley
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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