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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Zadoc Long's Journal, 1841

Source: Alfred Cole and Charles F. Whitman, A History of Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine (Buckfield, Me.: [s.n.], 1915). Notes in parentheses are Cole and Whitman's.
[p. 485]
1841.
Jan. 7—An old-fashioned January thaw.

Jan. 9—Exhibition of Buckfield Village choir at Union Chapel.

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Jan. 18—A sudden change in the weather from warm to cold and the roads are frozen into one solid sheet of glare ice.

Jan. 26—Met last evening with several persons of the village for conference with Mr. Cyril Pearl upon his request to discuss the subject of putting in operation the High School.

Feb. 5—Total eclipse of the moon.

Feb. 17—Mr. Barnabas Perry, 76 years old, died last evening.

Feb. 19—There has not been a day since about the middle of Nov. when the roads have been impassable with sleighs. The best winter for travelling and business since my remembrance.

Feb. 25—Went into the school in the afternoon which is under the instruction of Thomas Chase. He attended school under my tuition when he was a boy and is one of the best teachers in town.

Mar. 1—Our High School commences under charge of Mr. Cyril Pearl with about 50 pupils—a majority of which are from other towns.

Mar. 7—Severe northeast snow storm. Funeral of Mr. Sam. Buck's oldest son appointed at Union Chapel but the storm has made it next to impossible to attend.

Mar. 14—People breaking track. Went in the afternoon to hear a funeral sermon by Mr. Pearl for Sam. Buck's son.

Mar. 23—Violent rain. 75 pupils attend the village High School and Lyceum—chiefly from other towns. We have a private school besides in the village, so there are now more than 100 attending school in this place.

Apr. 7—Heard the robins for the first time this season.

Apr. 8—We have just received the melancholy news of President Harrison's death.

Apr. 21—Snow storm in the morning. Rain in the afternoon. Mr. Butterfield murdered his wife and 2 children in Sumner.

Apr. 25—Mr. Pearl preaches at Union Chapel. Sabbath School commenced.

Apr. 28—Mr. Brown set out 2 little roots of trees called Trees of Heaven—one on each side of the path in my front yard.

Apr. 29—Martin birds singing bravely.

May 3—Ground in the morning covered with snow, followed by cold rain and wind. Nothing done towards my spring's work. The season behind about a fortnight.

May 14—National Fast Day. Mr. Jordan after close of the examination gave an address appropriate to the day. At 6 o'clock the pupils had an exhibition at Union Chapel. Some 25 or 30 young men displayed their talents in speaking and did honor to themselves.

May 30—Pleasant weather. William Cole very sick with lung fever. Funeral sermon in the afternoon at Union Chapel by Mr. Thomes for Nathan Atwood.

May 31—Second term of High School commenced this morning. Apple trees blossoming. Never did vegetation progress more rapidly.

June 1—House raised for Mr. Pearl on land I bought of Samuel F. Brown.

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June 2—Violent gale in the afternoon. The frame of Mr. Pearl's house partly boarded, blown down.

June 6—Another house frame raised for Mr. Pearl.

July 4—Bright and beautiful morning. The vegetable world in a most flourishing state.

July 5—William Cole died about noon. He was the wealthiest man in town—a good citizen.

July 31—Very warm and dry. One of the sharpest drouths ever known here. Corn and potatoes suffering much.

Aug. 7—The drouth continues. People look sober.

Aug. 9—Dr. Comstock started for Mass. to practice his profession in Wentham [sic].

Aug. 11—Col. Charles Andrews delivered an address before the Lyceum. Dr. Coolidge moved into the village this week.

Aug. 14—The drouth continues. The 2d term of the High School closed to-day with some over 40 pupils.

Aug. 16—The deep water springs failing.

Aug. 28—The drouth continues.

Aug. 30—Rain, rain, rain. It has been 63 days since the drouth commenced. During that time we have had only 2 or 3 slight showers.

Sept. 1—Appraised William Cole's estate—the largest ever appraised in this town—amount $27,520.91.

Sept. 6—Fall term of the High School commences.

Sept. 29—Regimental muster at Hebron.

Oct. 2—Cool. The first frost of the season.

Oct. 26—Bro. Thomas died to-day.

Nov. 2—Uncommonly fine weather, no frost. One of the female pupils of the High School absconded. The people in no little excitement about it.

Nov. 6—Warm and rainy. The girl found in Gilead, 50 miles from here, where Mr. Albert D. White overtook her. She went to the Androscoggin river and jumped in and he plunged in after her in great hazard of his own life, for she was in water 40 feet deep. He succeeded in bringing her to the shore and she is now at home. It is a singular case of love sick derangement. She is only 16 years old, very well educated and a member of a respectable Congregationalist Church.

Nov. 7—The Washingtonian Temperance Society organized with 100 members. The cause of Temperance never looked so well in this town. The young men of leading influence are engaged in it and some of the hardest cases of confirmed drunkeness reformed, at least have pledged themselves to abstain from drinking.

Nov. 10—Contributed towards making up a sum for Mr. A. D. White in testimony of his late prompt persevering and hazardous services in rescuing the girl from suicide and restoring her to her parents.

Nov. 29—The Washingtonian Temperance Society meet at the Upper village this stormy evening. They are adding to their numbers daily. Glorious work.

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Dec. 12—Very fine and sunny. Ground bare and open. Attended meeting. Mr. Thomes preached a good sermon.

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