Sunday, February 12, 2012

Wadsworth Diary - Feb 12, 1858

Oops, I posted Jan 12, 1858 instead of Feb 12, 1858
Very Pleasant very warm & windy Staid in store some & in house some with Wm. & c. in fournoon. Helped Jos & Father load a car of oak & ash. Put up 10 Bushels Potatoes for Clarry. Joseph went to Bellingham & to wood lot. 
Written upside down: Started for the sing about 8 ¼ O’clock but went to writing school.
Here is Feb 12, 1858

Very pleasant & cold 3 above zero at sunrise Jos masured boards in fournoon Father & Mother went to Uncle Richs to see Grandmother. She is some better. I staid in store some, split some birch wood & c. Sent a paper to Lorrinda.

In the 1850s, on a busy working farm in the southern part of Franklin, a man named George Wadsworth started writing in a journal about everyday events. When he filled that journal, he bought another, and filled that up too. Two dozen journals, and 27 years later, he had written about almost everything that can happen in a small New England town. His words were lost to history until 1986, when town resident Gail Lembo came across some of the journals at a yard sale. 

From the Franklin Historical Museum website  

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