Mon. June. 1: Showery. Worked for Pomeroy today. Jessie washed and had one caller Mrs. Phelps. We are going overtown tonight. I have got to feed the horses yet.
Tue. Jun. 2: Fair and cool. I baked bread apple pie and green currant pie this morning. My people were here today. After dinner I did my ironing. And after supper I went over street with Walter and took some flowers up to the cemetary. Walter worked for Geo. Pomeroy today.
Wed. Jun. 3: Fine. Took care of the horses this morning. Was about sick so did not work today. Pa and Ma and Prosco was down today. Edna and Ralph came today. I feel better will work tomorrow.
Thur. Jun. 4: Fine. Worked for Geo. Pomeroy all day. Got his wood about all split. He had a little colt born this morning. Jessie and Edna have been dress making today.
Fri. Jun. 5: Fine. Took care of the horses this morning. After breakfast I went over and got a team and Jessie and I took Edna and Ralph up to Father Hartwell’s. We stayed all day and had a fine time. Got home about 8:30. Will came home with us.
[At least he didn’t have to do milking chores morning and evening.]
Sat. June 6: Fine. Worked for Pomeroy. Drawed two loads of hay today. Jessie was about tired out from yesterday’s ride. I hired to Albert Squires today for haying at $2.00 per day.
[He contracted to help Albert Squires make hay, though he was still working for Pomeroy now; the haying would take place later.]
Sun. Jun. 7: Fine. Went over and did the chores this morning. Went to church and Sunday school. Went to sleep in afternoon. Went to Young People’s meeting tonight. Jessie could not stay to church we had to leave.
Mon. Jun. 8: Fine. Took care of the horses and chored around washed two wagons. Did not go back to feed the horses tonight. Set out the tomato plants. Ola came tonight to stay a few days.
Tue. Jun. 9: Fine. Worked for Pomeroy this forenoon. Worked for P. Beardsley in the afternoon. Are having a nice shower this evening. Something we need very much. Went over town this evening came back in rain.
[Not clear what he did for Mr. Beardsley, maybe chores of some kind.]
Wed. Jun. 10: Fine. Did not have any work for today. Father came down after Ola. I visited with him and split my wood got it all split.
Thurs. June 11: Fine. Worked on the corporation raking streets. He called me before breakfast. I had to hurry to get my breakfast and get to work. Rented my pasture to Willis today.
[The corporation must have been the city business that had the responsibility for public works. The streets would have been unpaved, so needed to be raked periodically to keep them smooth. Apparently the word was getting around that Walter DuMond was a hard worker and would do whatever was needed to earn a living. Apparently the house they rented had a pasture, so he could make a little more money sub-renting it.]
Fri. Jun. 12: Fine. Worked for the corporation this forenoon. Went boat riding in afternoon. Hoed in the garden tonight and carried some water too. Am going over town tonight.
Sat. Jun. 13: Fine. Father, Mother, Ola , James Edna and Ralph came today we had a very nice visit. James and I went frog hunting we got enough for breakfast. James and Edna will stay for a day.
[Frog legs for breakfast.]
Sun. Jun. 14: Fine. Didn’t get up until eight. Got our breakfast and set around and visited all day. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Northrup called this afternoon. We five walked up to the cemetary tonight. Looks like it might rain tonight.
Mon. Jun. 15: Rainy. Took James and Edna to Otego to the train. Taped my shoes and made Pa a razor handle and read a story. Jessie washed today.
Tues. Jun. 16: Fine. Built a hen park in forenoon. Worked for P. Beardsley in afternoon. Hoed in garden a while and planted some cucumber seed tonight. Went overtown and talked with Walter Whitbek tonight.
[A henhouse. Grandma did have her chicks she had hatched in the spring.]
Wed. Jun. 17: Fine. Worked for Walter Whitbeck today. Made two trips to Franklin Station got home about seven thirty tonight.
[Yet another employer. It sounds like Whitbeck ran a transportation service, and Grandpa drove people to the station to get the train.]
Thurs. June 18: Fine. Got up and worked on the hen yard. Went to the DuMond reunion. Bert Archer came in his auto. It broke right near the house. Pa came back with Burt and Leona came with us. They all stopped to supper with us. Had a pleasant day.
[The DuMond reunion still occurs every summer. There are lots of DuMonds in Delaware County still, as Grandpa’s ancestors were among the earliest settlers of the area, gradually in each generation moving further west across the Catskill mountains from the Hudson Valley where the original ancestor, Wallerand DuMond, settled in the 1600s. I remember going to the reunion once, and Grandma and Grandpa went whenever they could. It met near Walton. A car! But of course they often broke down.]
Fri. June 19: Fair and warm. Walter worked for Stanley Willis today. He got up and got his own breakfast. I didn’t feel good and layed abed till nine o’clock. I worked some on Ola’s and my waist that I had embroidered but my head ached so I had to give that up and go to bed. I started to meet Walter after seven tonight. He drove one of Willis’s horses down. He expect to work there tomorrow.
[I wonder when they became aware that Grandma was expecting. There would have been no pregnancy tests or even doctor appointments. Probably when she missed a couple of periods and began feeling sick the women in her family understood what was happening.]
Sat. Jun. 20: Fair. Walter worked for Stanley Willis again today. I finished Ola and my waist except the buttons and button holes. Papa and Ola drove the new horse down today after dinner, and Ola and I drove her up to the cemetary. After they went home at 4:30 Mrs. Phelps and I went strawberrying.
[They probably picked wild strawberries in the fields nearby. Wild strawberries are much smaller than those you plant, but also much sweeter.]
Sun. Jun. 21: Fine. Didn’t get up very early. Got ready and went to church and Sunday School. Had strawberry shortcake for dinner. Day Clark and wife called in afternoon. We went to evening service at the Congregational church. Rev. Marshland preached. I enjoyed it very much.
Mon. Jun.22: Fine. Hoed my potatoes. Throwed in my wood and mowed my dooryard sold the hay to Eaglston. Cleaned the spring.
[The grass in the yard was allowed to grow until it was tall enough to be cut for hay. Surely there was a path from the street to the front door.]
Tue. Jun. 23: Fine. Worked for Stan Miller. Finished our fence in forenoon. Worked in garden in the afternoon. Rode down with them at night.
[Yet another employer. He obviously had made it known that he was available to do odd jobs in town.]
Wed. Jun. 24: Showers. I went over with Mrs. Clark to the commencement exersize this forenoon and this afternoon I went over again. There was a hard thundershower in the afternoon and this evening Walter and I went over to a lecture given by Rev. Tucker of Walton.
Thurs. Jun. 25: Fair. Mama and Ola drove down today was here to dinner and supper. Walter worked for Backus and Scott Reid AM and after dinner he worked in the garden and raked up the door yard and carried the hay in the barn. I cut out his shirt this morning but didn’t do any sewing on it.
[Raked up the hay cut from the front yard. Every little bit helped.]
Fri. Jun. 26: Fair. Walter worked for Deleven today and took his dinner. I made his shirt today and stamped a little dress for working. I set up and sewed some after Walter went to bed. I heard today that Jesse Price was dead. Mrs. Miles called today.
[This is the first word that indicates Grandma was pregnant. She would have been about 4 months along by now, and she is working on a little dress. A dress would work for either a boy or a girl, as boys in those days wore dresses as babies (would have made diaper changing much easier).]
Sat. Jun. 27: Fine. Hoed potatoes for Deleven this forenoon, hoed garden and mowed lawn in afternoon. Pa came down and got us and we went home with him to stay all night.
Sun. Jun. 28: Fine. Been up to Father’s today had a fine visit we got home a little after eight. Everthing all right.
[He also pronounced the word “everthing” as well as “everbody” etc.]
Mon. Jun. 29: Changeable. Went up to Stan Miller’s and hoed potatoes. Came home and went overtown.
[The weather, that is, was changeable, probably alternating between sun and clouds/rain.]
Tues. Jun. 30: Fine. Worked for myself in garden today. Went over this morning and got Jessie a new tub and wringer a present from Mother. Just got my bicycle fixed.