Zadoc Long's Journal, 1845-46
Source: Alfred Cole and Charles F. Whitman, A History of Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine (Buckfield, Me.: [s.n.], 1915).
[p. 491]1845.Jan. 19—Clear, cold weather. Good sleighing. We have had no religious meeting in the village of late. The Universalists ran themselves out last summer, by dividing into two parties—the Thomes party and the Canfield party and by contentions for the ascendancy till it might be said they were consumed in their own fiery conflicts. Heaven grant us a better state of things.
Jan. 22—A dancing school is kept in the village under the charge of Elisha Buck.
Jan. 28—Summer-like weather.
Feb. 2—The coledst [sic] weather we have had. For 48 hours it has been almost insufferable.
Feb. 3—The cold continues and increases.[p. 492]Feb. 27—Warm. Snow running. A Temperance dinner party at Paris Hill.
Mar. 1—Mr. Geo. F. Emery addresses the people here upon the subject of Temperance. The Temperance folks are divided into two parties—the moral suasionists and the legal suasionists.
Mar. 3—Annual town meeting. All the nominations are made with reference to Temperance and Anti-Temperance.
Mar. 30—A meeting was held in the village yesterday to choose a committee to survey a route from Mechanic Falls through this village to Rumford Point for the great Railway in contemplation from Portland to Montreal. Charters have been granted from our State Legislature and Canada. The books are opened for taking up the stock. The expense of the railway is estimated at $5,000,000.
Apr. 13—My son, Zadoc, takes great interest in his Latin lessons. Carroll Loring recites to me in English Grammar and James Jewett in reading and spelling.
June 22, Sunday—Mr. Tenney from Ellsworth—a talented sermonizer, preaches at Union Chapel.
July 1—A severe drouth, cloudy and cold. We have a fire in the sitting room and the stores in the village keep fires as in January.
July 4—Delightful morning. The boys are firing the swivel.
July 22—Drouth severe. Blueberries ripe.
Aug. 2—Sold a strip of my field on the north side 6 rods long to Wm. Cresey containing about 1½ acres for $226.
Sept. 1—Mr. Foster commenced a High School in the village.
Sept. 27—Have just finished digging potatoes. Carried about 100 bushels to the Starch Factory and received 12½c per bushel. The crop this fall bad everywhere in this quarter. Not a quarter crop of sound potatoes will be saved.
Nov. 6—Very pleasant—no frost. The grass springing up anew since the rain and gives the ground a spring-like appearance.
Nov. 17—Very fine weather. Mr. Brown gone to Boston to get the office of Supt. of Mass. Gen'l Hospital.
Dec. 7, Sunday—Attended meeting at Union Chapel. Heard John Allen called "Camp Meeting John."
Dec. 15—Miss Mary Brown married and moved to Bangor.
Dec. 18—Albert D. White has sold his tannery and land to Josiah W. Whitten and Alexander Robinson for $2000—the same property I sold him for $1800.1846.Jan. 1—Clear, cool weather. Fine sleighing.
Jan. 22—Extremely cold and blustering. My son, John Davis, had both ears frozen when coming home from school.
Mar. 27—We have had a great rain. Hall's bridge carried away by the freshet.
Apr. 10—We are all topsy turvy, making arrangements to move to Portland. I have let my house and garden to Mr. Ferdinand Warren for[p. 493]$75 a year. He to pay one-half the taxes. I have let my field adjoining my house to E. Atwood & Co.
Apr. 22—Mr. Benjamin Bean buried. Funeral at Union Chapel.
Apr. 27—Started with my family for Portland.
Aug. 26—We have concluded to move back to our old place in B.
Sept. 10—Arrived in Buckfield.
Sept. 21—Commenced keeping house again in Buckfield.
Oct. 11—That oft mentioned character, "the oldest inhabitant," does not remember so pleasant and so productive a season as this.
Nov. 11—The Fall elections everywhere turn out favorable to the Whigs. New Hampshire sets the example by a thorough change. Maine next has given almost a death blow to Locofocoism—the Whigs having prevented the election of Governor by the people.
Dec. 1—Thanksgiving. Fine winter weather.