March 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.
February 28, 1900 - [John] It has been warmer today. We went to Clarks' with logs. I broke my peavey.
March 1, 1900 - [John] It has snowed and rained all day. The little peddler was here this morning.
March 2, 1894. [John] It was overcast all day, but it did not rain. I was to home all day.
March 3, 1894 - [John] I went to the Ctr and bought a bedstead for Myra and went to West Buxton in the afternoon.
March 4, 1900 - [John] It has been warm today. We had a little girl born today at eight o'clock P.M.
- "little girl" - The Foss's younger daughter, Annie Evelyn Foss, born March 4, 1900
- Nell - perhaps a family member or friend who came to help with the Foss's newborn daughter Annie Evelyn Foss. The entry of April 1, 1900 notes that John took Nell home.
- Clark - presumably the establishment of lumber dealer Charles Franklin Clark (1844-1917)
- Belle - John's wife Isabelle A. (Huff) Foss, who had a baby two days earlier
- Cecil - possibly Cecil Leighton Haley, who would marry Eva Mahala Smith in 1903
- Coen Smith - presumably store owner Constine D. Smith (1851-1917)
March 10, 1900 - [John] It has been warm today. We began logging today on mine.
March 11, 1900 - [John] I went up to had's and over to James Benson's. Elmer West was down today.
- Had - possibly Had Smith or Hod Smith
- James Benson - James Benson (1863-1917); worked for and with John Foss many times; husband of Maud (Nelson) Benson
- Elmer West - perhaps Elmer Frank West (1883-1951) of Waterboro, Maine
March 13, 1900 - [John] Commenced on Cecil today. It has been warmer today.
March 14, 1900 - [John] It has been warm today. I have been two times with logs.
March 15, 1900 - [John] It has been pleasant today. We have got done on Cecil's. It commenced to snow at seven o'clock tonight.
March 16, 1900 - [John] It has rained all day and cleared up tonight and is cold.
March 17, 1900 - [John] Everything is covered with ice. The fields look like a pond of ice. We went to Clarks' this morning with logs, had hard work to keep in the road.
March 18, 1900 - [John] Have been over to Benson today. Burt Bradbury came up and got two boxes of butter.
- Benson - perhaps the home of James Benson or his brother Jeremiah Benson or the home of their parents, Joseph L. Benson, perhaps deceased by this time, and Olive (Gilpatrick) Benson), who would die later this month.
- Burt Bradbury - perhaps Burt Allen Bradbury (1877-1949)
March 20, 1900 - [John] It has been very warm today. The snow has gone very fast. It is getting bare in the road. We finished logging today.
March 21, 1900 - [John] It has been cold today. We went to the center and got our shingles.
March 22, 1900 - [John] It has been warmer today. I have been drawing manure to the Mason place. Myra went, too.
- Mason place - a farm of fields and timber that John Foss either leased or took care of
- Myra - John's older daughter Myra Helene Foss, born in 1892
March 23, 1900 - [John] We have been up and got our logs back today and have left them to Charles Hally [presumably Haley] to turn in.
- Charles Hally - presumably Charles E. Haley (1857-1939)
- W. B. Deering - presumably William Brooks Deering
- Olive Benson - Olive (Gilpatrick) Benson (1828-1900), widow of Joseph L. Benson]
- Ceas - presumably Cecil Leighton Haley
- Warren - several possibilities, but presumably related to Charles Elmer Warren and Frank Warren, who are named in other entries in the diaries.
- Dollie - perhaps a draft horse
- 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.
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