Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wadsworth Diary - Feb 19, 1858

Very Pleasant & Cold in morn 1 below zero Hazy in afternoon, began to snow in eve. Helped Jos load a car of his oak lumber ( 2 ½ Hours) for J.M. Baker. We winnowed our corn & c. Father came home from Boston & Milton. I settled with him in eve. Abbies (?) Father paid & got hay for the Aunt Stone place $591.00

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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