David Blaikie
'Our feet may leave home but not our hearts'

The Journals of
Elmira Blaikie


January 1, 1905 - January 4, 1905 - no entries

January 5, 1905 -  Thursday.  Cold and frosty.  Another year has flown away into the quiet past.   A year that can never be recalled.   It is five years since this journal was begun, and it is not finished yet.  But there is much, much between its covers. Much of joy.  Much of sorrow. Much of pleasure.  Much of pain.  Mrs Bentley, spoken of before, died December 16, 1904, aged 85 years, 6 months, 1 day.  A ripened sheaf gathered home.   Mrs Mary Waddell of Upper Stewiacke Village died very suddenly on December  10, 1904.    Both her children were away at the time of her death.    Sister Edith Woodworth lost her little Claude Frederic on November 13.  He was only sick from 8 o'clock Saturday night until 3 o'clock Sabbath afternoon.  Pneumonia causing his death.  Thus they are called away - the young, the middle aged and the old.  Each one in the Master's time.  We had a Xmas tree for our little ones this year.   Mr Archibald preached us a very nice sermon on New Years day.  We like him very much.  Mr Fraser had left us this time last year, and we were feeling sad over it.  But this year, though we can never forget our dear old minister, yet we are content.   Mr Archibald is all we could wish.  We grow to love him more each time we meet him and hear him.  This is the Weekly Prayer Meeting evening.  The boys, Roy, Alden, Glenn and James Harris are at meeting.   This day has been busy in the mill.  Quite a lot of grain coming.   We had calls from Misses Julia, Cora and Etta Graham.   Julia is teaching at Nine Mile River, Hants County.  She is a nice girl.   A visit from Julia always does one good.  She is like a ray of sunlight indeed.   Well, I have not written for a long time.  Must try to do better in future.

January 6, 1905 - Friday.  Fine and cold.  22 degrees below zero this morning.  Continued cold all day.  No grinding came today.  Was making a pair of pants for Glenn.   Mrs Blaikie is being troubled with rheumatism lately.   Roy took his music lesson this afternoon.   Baby is rather troublesome lately.  He is getting teeth.

January 7, 1905 - January 14, 1905 - no entries

January 15, 1905 - Sabbath.  Cold and fine.  40 degrees below zero at Springside.   Miss Mattie Reynolds has been here since January 10, sewing.

January 16, 1905 - February 3, 1905 - no entries

February 4, 1905 -  Saturday.  Fine and cold.  20 degrees below zero this morning, but that is considered quite moderate this winter.   We have had some cold weather and rough storms in January.  Mattie Reynolds went home on January 21, 1905.  She did up a nice lot of sewing for us.   On January 24, a telegram came to James W. Deyarmond , from Boston, telling of the death of Eunice Deyarmond.  The remains to be in Truro on Thursday following.  Nothing more came to tell any particulars.   But it has been found that leaving Truro where  she was  nursing, Eunice went up to  Boston .  She entered the City Hospital, January 22.  The next morning, she underwent an operation for peritonitis; after which she only lived about two hours.  Neither Bert Deyarmond, her brother, nor Mrs Potter, her sister, saw her living.  She said nearly nothing in regard to her disease,  so that very few knew anything of it.  Possibly she did not know the serious nature of it herself.   It was very difficult to get the casket, containing all that was mortal of one who was lovable and winning to all, home, on account of the great depth of snow.  But finally, on Saturday afternoon, late, it was got over.   The funeral was held on Monday at 1 o'clock p.m. at the home.  Mr Archibald read suitable portions of scripture, 1 Cor. V,   Psa 39:4,  and Rev. 21st. , and spoke very feelingly.  In spite of the state of the roads, a considerable number attended the funeral.  She was laid at rest in the Lower Burnside cemetery.   Mr Abraham Newcombe of Upper Stewiacke Village died February 1st, aged 75 years.  Mrs Holmes Smith of Otter brook was burned so badly on Sabbath that she died on Monday, January 16.  She suffered greatly.  Mr Smith's hands were very badly burned too.  How much these sad warnings teach us to be prepared for the Master's summons.  "Be ye therefore ready also, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh".  But we should strive to live so closely to His presence  that it will be only a call and we will gladly obey the command to meet the face of Him "whom having not seen, we love".   These are busy days for me personally.  But glad happy ones too , for I am so well and this is the work my Master has given me to do, and shall I not joyfully do it for Him.  There are many pleasures for me too.  Letters from my dear ones.  Such pleasure in those letters.  Little bits of time to talk to the little children.  Visits and calls from the friends around us.  Oh, I cannot begin to ennumerate them all.    The hens began to lay about January 10, but they have not laid much yet. We are milking the little cow yet.

February 5, 1905 - Sabbath.  Fine and cold.  D.M., J.H., Roy, Alden, Glenn, Harry and I went to church from here.  Mr Archibald preached a nice sermon on  "Whosoever will confess me, before man, he will I also confess before my Father, which is in Heaven".  A fine sermon in preparation for Communion; it being Communion Sabbath on February 12.  Allen Deyarmond was ill in church.  Had a chill.  Uncle Charlie Graham had supper here.

February 6, 1905 - Monday.  Rather dark with snow in the evening.  Mercury 25 degrees below zero, I think, in the morning.   Children did not go to school.  It was to open again today.  We washed clothes.

February 7, 1905 - Dark.

February 8, 1905 - February 15, 1905 - no entries

February 16, 1905 - The largest storm of the winter, so far yet.  No mail today.  It was our regular mail day, Thursday too.

February 17, 1905 - Finer.  Breaking out the roads was the order of the day today.  The snow is very deep.  It is reported to be five feet in the woods some places.  I think  most of the lumbermen are out of the woods as the snow is getting too deep to work.

February 18, 1905 - Saturday.  Fine until afternoon, then quite squally.  The mail man went today and we got a good budget of mail to pay for our long wait.

February 19, 1905 - Sabbath.  Cold and fine.  38 degrees below zero.  No service in Stiles Church today.

February 20, 1905 - Monday.  Fine and cold this morning.  32 degrees below zero at P.S. Hamilton's this morning but the thermometer rose rapidly.  It is only 5 degrees below freezing tonight.  The forenoon was fine but the afternoon was gray and dark looking.  Not many about the mill.  A few men from the near neighbours in a little while.

February 21, 1905 - Tuesday.  Not cold all night.  Thermometer only about 8 degrees below freezing; and this was a lovely fine day.  Hay is pretty scarce in some places in Burnside; and flour is getting a little bit out.  But if the fine weather continues, all will come out well.  It will be all right however it is.  Wood is hard to get now, but the men cannot work at much else, so there is nothing they have to work at to prevent getting it  if it were not for the deep snow.  Mr Burchett dined with us today.  His hens lay well this winter.

February 22, 1905 - Wednesday.  Another fine day.  Thermometer just at zero this morning.  Did not thaw as much as yesterday.  Uncle Sam Johnson took dinner with us;  also Adam Wright.   Uncle Sam and D.M. took tea with us and Miss Proven.  Roy was down to take his music lesson.  Jack Graham started to Riversdale this morning - walking.  Uncle Charles Graham's team and Jack's are hauling hay.

February 23, 1905 - Thursday.  Another stormy day.  The mail did not go today, nor did it run last Thursday.  But today was not so severe as last day.  Allen Deyarmond and P.W. and Perley Graham were here to tea.   Allen was here to dinner and then went up and cut some wood for Mrs Fulton.

February 24, 1905 - Friday.  Another day of snow and hail with high winds.   The up along folks were breaking out the roads.   Jack Graham went to Riversdale on snowshoes Wednesday and got back today.   Stopped here to dinner on his way home. Tonight it is blowing and hailing or snowing.

February 25, 1905 - Saturday.  A soft morning.  A little rain but colder at night.   D.M. went to break out the road, and I went down as far as Samuel Deyarmond's with him.  "King" had a hard time getting through the drifts between home and Bradford Hamilton's road.

February 26, 1905 - Sabbath.  Quite soft and gray looking,  but not stormy. No service of any kind in Burnside.  D.M. and I went up to see Mrs Fulton a little while in the afternoon.

February 27, 1905 - Monday.  A rainy morning, but turning to snow about 11 a.m.   Colder in the afternoon.  Rather a monotonous day. Blowing tonight.

February 28, 1905 - Tuesday.  A fine day.  Cloudy tonight. P.S. Hamilton got our sled to go to the Village.  We washed clothes.

March 1, 1905 - Wednesday.  Snowy part of the day and some sunshine.  Some grinding came to the grist mill.  Messrs George Johnson, James William Johnson, Billy Brown and Fos Rutherford had grists here.  We heard today of the deaths last week of Mrs Flemming Marshall (nee Hattie V. Logan) and Harry Bates.  Mrs Marshall has been ill a long time.  Harry Bates died of heart failure from pneumonia.

March 2, 1905 - Thursday.  A fine day.  20 degrees below zero.  Pie Social at Springside.

March 3, 1905 - Friday.  18 degrees below zero this morning, but it was a fine day.  P.W. and Mrs P.W. Graham down this afternoon.  Alden went to Pembroke for the night.

March 4, 1905 - Saturday.  12 below zero.  But as yesterdsay, a fine day.  Quite a bit of grinding came to the mill. Alden and Chester came back.  D.M. and Charles Proven to the Village.

March 5, 1905 - Sabbath.  A fine day, but the wind was rather cold.  Mrs Blaikie kept Edie, Olive and Leonard for the others to go to church.  Mr Archibald preached a nice sermon from Cor. 5th chapter and last verse.

March 6, 1905 - Monday.  Snowy this morning.  Clear at night.  School began again.  Alden and Glenn went.  P.S. Hamilton and wife here this afternoon.

March 7, 1905 - Tuesday.  A fine day.  24 below zero this morning.  Flossie and the two boys went to school.

March 8, 1905 - Wednesday.  Rainy and soft, but the walking is not bad yet.  Roy was up to Bradford's to dinner.  Ethel, Annie and Robbie Deyarmond here.

March 9, 1905 - Thursday.  Quite a cloudy and yet a fine day.  Roy and I washed the clothes and Roy spilled a tub of water over the kitchen floor.  Uncle Charles Graham here to dinner.  Nothing doing much.

March 10, 1905 - Friday.  Rather rainy and soft.  Uncle George and Aunt Mary Deyarmond here to dinner.  Allen here too.  They were sort of arranging business for Bert Deyarmond who is in Providence, R.I.

March 11, 1905 - Saturday.  Dark clouds this forenoon but turned fine afterwards.  Cold and windy tonight.  James H. down to the Village.

March 12, 1905 - Sabbath.  Another fine day.  No church.  Alden, Glenn and I went up to see Mrs Fulton a while in the afternoon.

March 13, 1905 - Monday.  Fine.  Cold in the morning.  Washed clothes.  D.M. and Roy and Harry up to get a little wood for Mrs Fulton.

March 14, 1905 - Tuesday.  Fine and cold.  22 below zero.  Roy, Everett Deyarmond, Arch and J.T. Hamilton cutting wood for Mrs Fulton.

March 15, 1905 - Wednesday.  Fine and cold.  18 below zero.  D.M. went to the Village, and Baby and I went to Samuel Cox's in Pembroke.  We all came home about 10 p.m.

March 16, 1905 - Thursday.  Fine and cold.  12 below zero.  Papa came up from Wittenberg.  He had started yesterday, I think.

March 17, 1905 - Friday.  Fine as usual.  6 degrees below zero.  South winds these mornings, then they get round to the west.  Papa left this morning.  He intends going to Truro today and then home.   Mr and Mrs Samuel Deyarmond here to spend the day.

March 18, 1905 - Saturday.  Fine and thawing.  W.F.M.S. met in the school house.  Mrs B. and James Harris went up to Uncle James Johnson's this afternoon .

March 19, 1905 - Sabbath.  Soft.  Cloudy with a little rain.  Road getting soft.  Only 24 at service in Stiles Church this afternoon.

March 20, 1905 - Monday.  Colder this morning.  20 below freezing.  Cloudy this forenoon but fine afternoon.   Game Warden Cribb around Burnside looking for moosemeat.  Did not visit us however.  Messrs George and Lew Hamilton here to dinner.  Did not wash clothes.  Alden and Glenn both at home today.

March 21, 1905 - Tuesday.  Rather a cold morning, but a fine afternoon.  James Harris was down to Cross Roads and got the horse shod.  Mrs P.W. and Edward Graham and little Grant here to tea and P.W.down in the evening.  All the talk is moose now.

March 22, 1905 - Wednesday.  A fine day.  8 degrees below zero this morning though.

March 23, 1905 -  Thursday.  Fine again.  Not so cold this morning.

March 24, 1905 - Friday.  Fine.  Thawing.  This afternoon, D.M., Edith, Olive and I drove up to Uncle Sam Johnson's and stayed to tea.  Came home in the evening.  Bub got the pigs at Fos Rutherford's today.

March 25, 1905 - Saturday.  Pretty warm; thawing fast.  But it was rather cloudy.  Looks like rain tonight.  Annie Deyarmond spent the day with Flossie. Glenn was up with Allie Graham until mail time.  George Johnson (Cross Roads) was after his timber today.

March 26, 1905 - Sabbath.  Rather cloudy, but still thawing fast.  No service up here.

March 27, 1905 - Monday.  A warm foggy forenoon, but some sunshine and also some clouds this afternoon.  Mrs Charles Steward here to dinner.   Nessie and Stella Hamilton spent the afternoon with us.

March 28, 1905 - Tuesday.  Dark with rain and snow both today.   D.M. over at Uncle George Deyarmond's  this forenoon.  J.W. Deyarmond here to dinner, and called later in the afternoon.   Cyrus Graham and Arch Hamilton called.

March 29, 1905 - Wednesday.  fine day.  D.M. down to the Village this forenoon.  Roy took his music lesson at S. Cox's.  J.T. Hamilton here to dinner.

March 30, 1905 - Thursday.  A fine fine day.  Aloce Proven called this forenoon.  Alden and I washed the clothes.   Bub and D.M. and Roy and Alden tapped 22 trees this afternoon.   A dance at John A. Graham's, Pembroke, tonight.  Allen Deyarmond called.  He is on his way to Truro tonight.

March 31, 1905 - Friday.  Foggy this morning,a little rain, and cleared off fine tonight.  D.M. drove down to Pembroke this forenoon and he and I and Baby were at J.W. Deyarmond's to dinner.

April 1, 1905 - Saturday.  Dark with chilly wind.  Alden and I scrubbed the floor this morning.  Uncle Charles Graham here to dinner.  Flossie and I went to W.F.M.S. this afternoon.  Ethel and Jean Deyarmond here to tea.

April 2, 1905 - Sabbath.  Squally and cold.  Bub was not very well.  D.M., Flossie, Roy, Alden, Glenn and Harry and I were at church.  Mr Archibald preached a good sermon.  "And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch."

April 3, 1905 - Monday.  More squalls than yesterday and cold too.  Had toothache today.  We did not wash clothes.  James W. Deyarmond called this forenoon.  Bradford Hamilton was here a while in the afternoon.   He was telling us that P.S. Hamilton expects to move to Hugh MacKay's in Pembroke very soon now.  Was very sorry to hear of losing such good neighbors.

April 4, 1905 - Tuesday.  Rather dark this morning.  But it was a fine afternoon.  We washed the clothes this forenoon.  Lucy Graham spent the afternoon with us.

April 5, 1905 - Wednesday.  Cloudy with a wee bit of rain.  D.M. and I down to Stewiacke Village.  At C.D. Creelman'e to dinner.  Had a nice time.  Mr and Mrs W. MacKay and children here to tea.

April 6, 1905 - Thursday.  Dark with some rain.  Foggy too, but warm.  They started the saw mill today.  We were baking.

April 7, 1905 - Friday.  Rainy this forenoon, but not in the afternoon.  Began to boil sap but stopped on account of rain.  I was not feeling very well - taking cold.

April 8, 1905 - Saturday.  Pretty fine.  Bub and Roy were boiling sap.  I did not get up until almost dinner time.  Uncle Sam and Aunt Sara were visiting here.  James W. Deyarmond's baby, the ninth, was born this afternoon.

April 9, 1905 - Sabbath.  Pretty fine day.  No service in Burnside.  D.M. and I drove down to see Mrs J.W. Deyarmond.  She is quite as well as can be expected.   Mrs Wm. Crockett is nurse.  Allen Deyarmond was sitting up with his uncle William Deyarmond last night.  He, Uncle William, is pretty well worn out.

April 10, 1905 - Monday.  Quite fine this forenoon, darker in the afternoon.  Alden and I washed out the clothes.  Nothing of note ocurred today.  They didn't saw any.

April 11, 1905 - Tuesday.  A fine warm day.  Bub and Roy were boiling sap.  Mrs James Willie Johnson and two children, Paul and Annie, and little Bertha Graham were here to dinner.  Mrs E.B. Deyarmond, Karl and Raymond, called.  They sawed a little this afternoon.

April 12, 1905 - Wednesday.  Rather dark.  Misty in the evening.  D.M. and I were down at P.S. Hamilton's to tea, and came home early.

April 13, 1905 - Thursday.  Quite fine.  A hen died.

April 14, 1905 - Friday.  Cold wind.  A disagreeable dreary day.  Sawed some.  Allen Deyarmond here to tea.  He has a bad cold.

April 15, 1905 - Saturday.  Quite fine but cold.  D.M., Olive and I went up and had dinner at Charles Proven's today.  Got home about three o'clock.  Arch Hamilton, who had been away stream-driving, got hurt and came home tonight.  He don't seem to be seriously injured.  Mr Adam Fulton died April 13, 1905.  He has been sick about five years.  One by one our loved ones cross the river.  Soon, we too shall be called.

April 16, 1905 - Sabbath.  Some sunshine, but there was a cold wind.  D.M.,  J.H.,  Roy,  Alden,  Glenn,  and Florence up to church.  Mr Archibald stopped at P.S. Hamilton's to tea, he was over to see Arch.  Uncle Charlie was here to tea.

April 17, 1905 - Monday.  A squally day.  There was sunshine between the squalls however.  Alden and I washed the clothes.  Allen Deyarmond called in the forenoon.

April 18, 1905 - Tuesday.  Pretty fine.  Windy and cold.  Miss Taylor came down tonight.  D.M. has cold pretty badly.  Bub and Roy at the Viullage.

April 19, 1905 - Wednesday.  Finer and some warmer than yesterday, but the wind is still chilly.  Sap runs these days on account of the frost at night.  Quite a "sing" here these two evenings.  D.M. a little better.  Ethel and Annie Deyarmond  and Jane and Annie Graham here this evening.

April 20, 1905 - Thursday.  Quite fine.  The last day of school for this week.

April 21, 1905 - Friday.  Cloudy and quite cool tonight.  Wind north or north east.  D.M. and Grandma were away this afternoon.  D.M. to David Bentley's and Grandma to James W. Deyarmond's.  We washed the floor.

April 22, 1905 - Saturday - no further entry

April 23, 1905 - Sabbath.  Quite fine.  No service in Burnside.

April 24, 1905 - Monday.  A fine day.  D.M. and I had a trip to Upper Stewiacke Village.  Doctor Cox told me I had acute catarrh with neuralgia.  We were at Mr George Fulton's to dinner.  Mr William Deyarmond died today.  He has been ailing all winter.

April 25, 1905 - Tuesday.  Fine but cold at night.  We ironed today.  My foot and ankle had rhuematism in them today.   Roy repeated the Shorter Catechism to Uncle Sam Johnson without a mistake.

April 26, 1905 - Wednesday.  Rather cloudy.  Mr William Deyarmond was laid to rest in the River Burying Ground.  The funeral was held at Springside Church at 10:30.  Uncles Samuel and James Johnson had dinner with us today.

April 27, 1905 - Thursday.  Pretty fine.  A.A. Grant had his auction.  D.M., and J.H. were there.

April 28, 1905 - Friday.  Quite a fine day.  Alden swept the whole house.  I washed the clothes.

April 29, 1905 - Saturday.  Dark with a few drops of rain.  We baked bread and churned today.  Annie Deyarmond was here to dinner and tea.  Lucy and Annie Graham called tonight.  Bub boiled some sap today.  Probably the last of the season.

April 30, 1905 - Sabbath.  Quite a fine day.  Sabbath School began today.

May 1, 1905 - Monday.  Pretty fine this forenoon.  Alden and I washed the clothes.  After dinner D.M. and I went to the Village.  Saw the Doctor and got some medicine for rheumatism.  We got some cloth, hats for the girls etc.   It rained on us coming home and is wet tonight.

May 2, 1905 - Tuesday.  Ground covered lightly with snow this morning.  Harry did not go to school.

May 3, 1905 - Wednesday.  Fine and cool.  Mrs Blaikie spent the day at Charles Proven's.

May 4, 1905 - Thursday.  Fine.  A little shower in the morning, and still windy and cool in the afternoon.  Frost tonight.  Baked and churned.  Baby very troublesome.  Think his teeth bother him.

May 5, 1905 - Friday.  Quite fine.  Miss Taylor went home.

May 6, 1905 - Saturday.  Rather chilly these days. Did not scrub floors.  My rheumatism is pretty severe.  Cannot work very much.  Could not go to W.F.M.S. Flossie went up with Mrs P.S. Hamilton.

May 7, 1905 - Sabbath.  Showery this forenoon, not so bad in the afternoon.  D.M., Roy, Alden, Glenn and Flossie at Sabbath School, and J.H. also at church.

May 8, 1905 - Monday.  Pretty fine.  Roy and Alden washed the clothes.   I could not do so.  My hand (right one) was so sore.  Mary A. Deyarmond came down in the afternoon and is staying to help us.

May 9, 1905 - Tuesday.  Fine until toward night.  Getting a little showery.  D.M. and Roy went to the Village.  Misses Alice Proven and Jane Graham called this afternoon.  Jane stayed to tea.  Roy got a new suit of clothes.  Mary ironed and baked.

May 10, 1905 - Wednesday.  Rather cool and windy, with slight showers.  We were sewing at Olive's aprons this afternoon.  H. Graham Gammell here to tea.  My rheumatism is better now.

May 11, 1905 - Thursday.  Fine but cool.  Mary A. Deyarmond went up to see Mr and Mrs Bradford Hamilton this afternoon.  She returned and went down with Mrs P.S. Hamilton to spend the night.

May 12, 1905 - Friday.  Fine.  Lots of frost at night these nights.  And cool wind in the day time.  12 degrees below freezing the 12 or 13.  I forget which.

May 13, 1905 - Saturday.  Fine.

May 14, 1905 - Sabbath.  Fine.  They went to Sabbath School.

May 15, 1905 - Monday.  Pretty fine.  Jane washed.  She began work today.

May 16, 1905 - May 22, 1905 - no entries

May 23 , 1905 - Tuesday.  Was fine.  This is a cool spring, but it will get warmer before summer is over.   D.M. went to Lower Stewiacke on Monday May 22.  He intended going to Halifax today.  Allie, Perley and Elwood Graham are spending the day here. It is hard for me to remember if I don't think to write every night, so I must try not to neglect it.

May 24, 1905 - June 18, 1905 - no entries

June 19, 1905 - Monday.  A fine day.  June has been a lovely month for growth of all kinds.  Beautiful showers alternated with warm sunny days.  We planted our potatoes the 5th.  Martin Johnson put them in for us.  We sold "King" the 25th of May to John R. Cox.  Bought "Jerry" June 11th.    Charlie, Bessie and little Lloyd Blaikie were out June 4th to 13th to visit us.  They went back to Truro on Monday.  Mrs E.K. Noyes and Miss Maria J. Deyarmond visited us on Friday, June 16.  They are home from Woodsford, Maine, USA.  Edith Woodworth and little Grace visited us May 24 - 28.   Miss Minnie and Mr Henry Graham were here to dinner today.  Mrs Blaikie went down with them.

June 20, 1905 - July 3, 1905 - no entries

July 4, 1905 - Tuesday.  A fine day.  There is great growth this summer.  Great appearance of crops.  It seems as if I don't write in my journal very often now.  Many things have occurred since the last writing.  Mr George Fulton, Upper Stewiacke Village, died of heart failure on June 20.  Mr and Mrs Bradford Hamilton had a son born June 22.  Daniel.  Miss Maria J. Deyarmond and Mrs Edward K. Noyes ( nee Mary Ellen Hamilton) returned to Portland , Maine, 1367 Washington Avenue, on June 30.  Rev Mr Archibald baptized five children on Sabbath, July 2nd.  Sara Marjory and Ruth Gould, children of Mr and Mrs W. Graham;  Herman Francis Deyarmond (Mr and Mrs J.W.);  Eunice Eileen Mackay (Mr and Mrs Willie);  Elmer Bradley Johnson (Mr and Mrs Martin) .    Leonard Johnson, wife and baby of Truro were at church July 2nd.  School closed June 30.  Mr Leith Archibald of Springside has Burnside school.

July 5, 1905 - Wednesday.  Another fine day.  We ironed today.  Bub and Roy went out to Higgins bridge in SouthVale - they took a load of bridge stuff - Mr Sutherland is building a bridge there.  We have hauled stuff for their bridges - Reynolds', "Ned Tupper's", and Higgins.  John Power and son-in-law, Mr W. Lewis were here this afternoon.

July 6, 1905 - Thursday.  A fine day as usual.  We washed clothes again.   All the talk and work is the Minister's barn - building it.  Mr Alex Sample is the foreman of the work.  Burnside has done very well in providing logs.  Glenn went out or down to Uncle Charlie's this afternoon, after the unusual exertion of assisting with the washing this forenoon.

July 7, 1905 - Friday.  Fine as usual.  Quite a run at the mill this forenoon.  D.M. and I drove down to Upper Stewiacke Village; to H.T. Fulton's, Doctor Cox's,  then on to Otter Brook.  Dear old Otter Brook!  It is a pretty place.  Everything looks so green and fresh.

July 8. 1905 - Saturday.  Fine and hot.  88 degrees.  Mrs David Crocker and two boys here visiting.  Very hot.  Too hot to work, almost.

July 9, 1905 - Sabbath.  Fine and hot.  92 degrees.  D.M. and children at Sabbath School, all except Olive and Baby Leonard.

July10, 1905 - Monday.  Fine and pretty hot.  D.M. and Mrs B. left home for Truro this forenoon.  The boys were swimming etc when the mill was not running.

July 11, 1905 - Tuesday.  Not quite so hot.  But hot enough yet.  Flossie,  and Annie Deyarmond went to visit friends in Pembroke.  William Reynolds, Otter Brook, here.

July 12, 1905 - Wednesday.  Still hot.  D.M. returned from Truro today about 4 o'clock.   Ed hamilton was here to dinner. George MacKay intended starting for Shubenacadie where the Orange Walk is to take place this year.  D.M. brought "Glengarry School Days" home from Truro.

July 13, 1905 - Thursday.  Dark this morning, but it did not rain and was hot this afternoon.  We washed clothes and baked bread today.  The road machine was on the road over by the mill this p.m.  D.M. down with some lumber for the road - our part.  They are doing road-work this week.

July 14, 1905 - Friday.  Hot; one good shower this afternoon.  Mrs J.W. Deyarmond here today, also her baby, Herman Francis.  Mr McLauchlin, the colporteur here tonight.

July 15, 1905 - Saturday.  Warm and showery.  Thunder showers.  Mr McLauchlin went away this morning.  Alex Fulton here with a load of logs.

July 16, 1905 - Sabbath.  Fine and hot.  Rev. W. McDonald preached in place of Mr Archiblad, who is away.  All of us at church except Olive, Baby and I.

July 17, 1905 - Monday.  Hot.  We washed.  Ice Cream Social at Pembroke.

July 18, 1905 - Tuesday.  Hot and fine.  Ironed.  Jane and her mother down to the Upper Stewiacke Village this afternoon.  We baked bread.

July 19, 1905 - Wednesday.  Fine.  A small shower early this morning.  Bub and Roy started to Truro about 4 o'clock this morning.  We churned and made bitter yeast today.  Lewis Fulton called.  Also Chrissie Pearson.

July 20, 1905 - Thursday.  Fine and hot.  Alden and D.M. hoeing potatoes.  Sabbath School Convention in Upper Stewiacke Village.

July 21, 1905 - Friday.  Fine, not quite so hot.   Bub and Roy returned from Truro bringing 7 mattresses and 4 springs for our beds.

July 22, 1905 - Saturday.  Fine again.  The men-folk put the beds to rights.  It was quite a job.  We scrubbed and baked bread.  Miss J.M. Graham here to dinner.  Miss Jessie Brown and Mr Albert Deyarmond and Mr Allen Deyarmond called.  After tea, D.M., Olive, Baby Leonard and I drove up to the grave-yard and up to P.W. Grahams.

July 23, 1905 - Sabbath.  Fine.  All of us at Sabbath School except Harris (Bub).  He is almost laid aside with asthma.

July 24, 1905 - Monday.  Fine in the forenoon, but a few showers in the latter part of the afternoon and evening.  D.M., Baby and I went down to the Village with Roy, who left home to work at haying at John and Alex Fulton's.  This is the first of Roy's going away to work.  We all got our dinner at John Fulton's and we got home about 4 o'clock.

July 25, 1905 - Tuesday.  Darkish but not any rain to mention.  3 or 4 grists came today, but the water is too low, almost, to grind.  Mrs Ned Graham and Miss Julia Graham called in the afternoon.   Bub is back n bed with lumbago.

July 26, 1905 - Wednesday.  Hot and dark with two or three little showers.   D.M., Glenn and Harry  went over to L.W. Hamilton's after dinner.  Mrs Wm. Graham was down helping or making a dress for Olive.  She took it home to finish it.

July 27, 1905 - Thursday.  Cloudy, but quite fine.  Showers went round us, but did not fall here.  The girls, Bertha Deyarmond, Chrissie Pearson, Etta, Cora and Annie Graham were here a while this afternoon.

July 28, 1905 - no entry

July 29, 1905 - Saturday.  Fine, I guess.  I have not written until now (August 7).  Mrs J.M. Cox, South Branch, has a little daughter.  Roy came home.  He and Olin Graham drove up from Stewiacke Village.

July 30, 1905 - Sabbath.  Rather dark with one heavy shower.  All at Sabbath School except Bub, Olive, Baby Leonard Austin, and I.  Roy and Olin went back to their places tonight.  Would rather they waited until morning.

July 31, 1905 - Monday.  Rather dark.  Bub went to Truro.  D.M. took him up a piece.  Baby and I and D.M. at Martin Johnson's to tea.   Got home about dusk.  May Ogilvie died July 29, 1905.

August 1, 1905 - Tuesday.  Still rather dark.  Not much going on.  D.M. and the girls drove to the Village and got some things.

August 2, 1905 - Wednesday.  Dark but not showery.  D.M. and I drove out to South Branch, to Uncle Will Andrew's, and brought Berniece Fage up to make a visit.  She is my Aunt, Mrs Fage's daughter ,lives in Amherst, Cumberland County.  Got a piece of beef from Edson Cox.

August 3, 1905 - Thursday.  Pretty fine.  Bub got home.  He has asthma yet.

August 4, 1905 - Friday.  Fine.  Flossie and Berniece up to see Mrs P.W. Graham.  It was her birthday.  Jane and Annie Graham went to Pembroke to visit.

August 5, 1905 - Saturday.  A fine hay day.  W.F.M.S. met in the church.  Only 5 there.

August 6, 1905 - Sabbath.  Dark - showers at night.  My 35th birthday.  Had a lot of nice presents.  A Bible from Morrison ; "The Sky Pilot" from Alden; Candy from Flossie; a glass pitcher from Glenn;  Apron from Janie Webster; 2 handkerchiefs from Nettie Webster; collar from Clara Webster;  Sugar spoon from Mrs B.

August 7, 1905 - August 17, 1905 - no entries

August 18, 1905 - Friday.  Fine.  Frost for two or three nights now.  Mrs B. came home on Thursday, August 17.  The boys, Alden, Glenn and Harry, D.M. and Jane Graham went to Truro August 16, and Harris and Mrs B. came back from Riversdale with "Jerry" the next day.  Mr Archibald called yesterday.  He and Leith had been up to Mrs MacKay's getting a boarding place for Leith, as he is to teach here next term.  Roy came home from John Fulton's August 11.   Robbie Deyarmond is there.

August 19, 1905 - Saturday.  Fine.  D.M., the boys and Jane came home from Truro today.  Jane did not come here.  She stopped at home.

August 20, 1905 - Sabbath.  Dark.  Not much rain.   Mr Archibald was not able to preach on account of a whitlow on his finger.

August 21, 1905 - Monday.  Dark this forenoon, but a fine afternoon.  School opened with Mr Leith P. Archibald as teacher.

August 22, 1905 - Tuesday.  Dark this morning but a good hay day.  D.M. and I were down to the Village and got my skirt at Mattie Reynolds'.  We got home about 4:30.  Allen Deyarmond is here this evening.

August 23 - 26, 1905 - Wednesday to Saturday.  Fine and dry.  No rain yet.  Saturday, Mrs Potter and Mr and Mrs Deyarmond called.  It is D.M.'s birthday.  Alden and Glenn were over to Lew Hamilton's.  Mrs MacKay had a birthday celebration this afternoon.  Annie and Dannie Graham, Jean and Annie Deyarmond were here.

August 27, 1905 -Sabbath.  Dry.  Rather windy.   The mill pond is dry except a pool over at the other side.   This is a very droughty time.  Nothing is doing at all.  We were all at Sabbath School except Grandma, Baby and Bub.

August 28, 1905 - Monday.   Dry and a cold wind yet.  D.M. and I drove to the Village this forenoon.   Bub and Roy went to Truro.   Mrs Janet Deyarmond and Mrs P.W. Graham  and Bevie and baby Alfred were here to tea.

August 29, 1905 - Tuesday.  Dry again.  Not such a chilly day as yesterday.  Mrs B, Baby and I drove over and had dinner at Uncle George Deyarmond's.  Mrs Potter and Mr Potter are home.

August 30, 1905 - Wednesday.  Fine.  Smoky.  Eclipse of the sun, but not much signs of it here.   Alden went to meet Bub and Roy who have been to Truro.

August 31, 1905 - Thursday.  Fine most of the day.  A few drops of rain fell.   We had a letter from Aunt Maggie Fage.

September 1, 1905 - Friday.  Fine.  A cool breeze.  Roy and Jane went with Wood and Allie Graham to pick blueberries, but they didn't get many.

September 2, 1905 - Saturday.  A fine day.  We went to W.F.M.S. this afternoon.  Had 21 garments to send away to Trinidad to Miss Adella J. Archibald.

September 3, 1905 - September 4, 1905 - The top of the page containing these entries is torn off.

September 5, 1905 - Tuesday.  We had a great rain last night.  The mill pond which had been dry for some time, is filled, and the mill was running today.   The men, who are working for Alfred Dickie, on this brook, moved down to Uncle Sam Johnson's today or yesterday.  Jane, Roddie and Ruth Graham were here this afternoon.

September 6, 1905 - Wednesday.  Pretty fine.  Nothing important occurred.

September 7, 1905 - Thursday.  Fine.  We washed as usual.  David Graham of some part of New Brunswick here all night.

September 8, 1905 - Friday.  Fine.  Cool.  D.G. left.   Swept out the house.

September 9, 1905 - Saturday.  Frost last night.

September 10 , 1905 - September 28, 1905 -  Most of these entries are missing because of the page being torn.  The last part of the entry before September 29 reads as follows:

The boys and I are in the hall talking now.  Like Creelman had an auction today.    Roy and D.M. took a load of lumber down to the Branch bridge.

September 29, 1905 - Saturday.  Much the same as yesterday.  Cold wind, north and north east.    Ross Marshall called.   There is no trade in that quarter.  Not much grinding can be done as the water is too scarce.

October 1 - 7, 1905 - Saturday night again.   How swiftly the days fly.  No water to grind much yet.  No rain of any account has fallen.   On Sabbath, October 1st Rev Mr Archibald baptized 5 children in the Stiles Church.   Boyd Smith, son of Bradford and Alice Hamilton, aged 3 months, 9 days.  Alfred Cecil, son of Mr and Mrs P.W. Graham, aged 3 months, 25 days.   Edward Murray, son of Mr and Mrs C.E. Graham, aged 3 months, 17 days.   Leonard Austen Blaikie, aged 1 year, 3 months, 20 days.   Samuel Irvin, son of Mr and Mrs E.B. Deyarmond, aged 7 months, 21 days.       That evening, Messers John Lockhart and Wallace, of Dickie's men, had tea here.   The week did not amount to much as far as work is concerned.  I was trying to quilt.  Tuesday, T. Roy and J. MacKenzie of Westville, Pictou County were over after a load of laths.  They went back Wednesday morning.  Alden was sick on Friday.  This was Sacrament Saturday.  D.M., Roy, Bub, Glenn, Edith and I were down to Springside church.  Mrs B. had Agne this week.

October 7, 1905 - October 13, 1905 - no entries

October 14, 1905 - Saturday night.  A squally day.  There was a rainbow this morning.  The wind was chilly.  W.F.M.S. Auxillary society met in the Stiles Church today.  We had eleven members present.   [At this pont, some of the page is missing. The entry continues as follows: J.M.]   They finished digging potatoes today.  Had not much more than 12 Bu.

October 15, 1905 - October 20, 1905 - no entries

October 21, 1905 - Saturday night.  Another week has passed.  This week brought a change.  The weather has been wet.  Plenty of water to grind, but unless more water comes, it won't last long.   The Messrs Fisher of Bass River, Colchester County, N.S. were up October 19 - 20 to look at this mill.  They liked it very much.  I was up to see Minnie (Mrs P.W. Graham) on Monday.   Mrs B. was up to Uncle Jim's October 19 - 20.   She and I and Olive and Leonard were up at Wm. Graham's to spend the afternoon today.  Chester Graham here all night on Friday night.  Baked 15 loaves of bread this week.

October 22, 1905 - Ocxtober 27, 1905 - no entries

October 28, 1905 - Saturday again.  This has been a comparitively fine week.  The water is on the scarce side yet though.  The Messrs Fisher showed no sign this week.  Perhaps we may not hear from them again.   Had a letter from sister Edith.  She has had another little daughter added to her family.  Mr James Young was here yesterday.  Also Rev. Mr Archibald.    A Mr. Moore from New Brunswick is talking of purchasing the mill.     The work on the brook still goes on.  Mrs B. spent Thanksgiving Day with Mr and Miss Proven.   John A. Graham is logging for us now.  Mrs James A. Graham fell down cellar and hurt herself, but is better now.  Amanda Graham came home this week, and Mrs Frank Fulton (nee Nellie Johnson)  is at her father's for the winter, I guess.

October 29, 1905 - November 17, 1905 - no entries

November 18, 1905 - Saturday.  A cold windy day.  How the days do slip away.  Soon this year will be a thing of the past.  Emily H. Fraser, daughter of the Rev  D. Stiles Fraser, our former minister,  and John R. Cox of Eastville were married November 15.   Mattie Reynolds came here to sew on October 30, and went home November 11.    Alden and I went down to the Village on that day with her.  The "Brook men"  gave a party on November 13, at which a number of the residents of Burnside were present.  D.M., Roy, Glenn, Florence and I were there.  The cook, Mr J. Cole Hayward, and one of the others, Edward Votour, were here one evening.   Was up to call on Alice Proven today.  Got five and a quarter pounds of pork.

November 19, 1905 - December 31, 1905 - no entries