Mary B. Brooke, 1899

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Commenced cutting Ice Dec 29 -

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January. 1899.

[left margin: Sun. 1. Clear. Cold.] New Years morning was bright, clear and beautiful. Cousin Mary and Charlie left right after breakfast. Father and Mother were invited to Mr. Ed. Gilpine to dine, but it was so cold. No track broken thru' the snow, and so much to tend at home they gave it out. Hot water pipe froze and broke - No one here all day. The stars were grand at night. Arion, Sirious, Prueyors, Mars, and what I suppose is the the sickle in Leo, so brilliant, and different from the warm soft summer constillations [constellations] that Mrs. Pilling and I learned to watch and know.

[left margin: Mon. 2. Clear. Cold.] The coldest morning this winter. The ther- mometer 3 above here. But 10 below in Bleve. 9 at Della Brooke, and 6 at Brooke Meadow. Agnes washed. George went home to visit for a month, and Newman came in his place. In the morn. Wm, I and Aunt Patti called a few minutes after dinner. The men were out in the woods. Ms. Joe Hortton and Mr. Hiram Hobbs called to see Father and the cattle. Quiet evening. Jarvis children came to telephone for Mr. Diel.

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January. 1899.

June 3. Partly sunny. warmer

Men cutting ice 3 1/2 inches Thick. Father went to Mt. Olney with 1 1/2 dozen chickens, to Olney and the [?] - Uncle Jim came to dinner. Cousin Henry Russell slightly better. Harriet came in the afternoon to help with the ironing. Cousin Henry Miller and Frank Hallwell called for the butter worker [?] Rife Dingley of Maine very ill with pneumonia. I enjoyed a repeat of hot boiled potatoes and jam in the kitchen - in the evening.

Wedn. 4 Cloudy rained.

Got up expecting to go to Brookeville, but found Anna could not come, so I did not go. Father and men hauled ice 3 1/2 in. Lonny [?] came for me to telephone to Olney for him Margaret called in the afternoon - took me to Church Hill - Father, Mother and I went on, called at Olney - went with them to the Oyster supper - for the[indecipherable] of the new Catholic Church. Dr. Andrews telephoned for Aunt Eliza to drive to Rockville to nurse his wife, but of course [?] she was not well enough yet.

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