Fair and much cooler. 56°
at 6 a.m. I walked to town after 2
p.m., made several purchases, got some clabber from Emma Spencer again.
John bro’t me and my things, home, in his car. Mamie, Lucile and
Clary came along, also Maud Brinn. Let Mamie have my druggett.
[A druggett is a coarse
woolen fabric felted or woven, self-colored or printed one side.]
Fair and colder. 52°
at 6 a.m. The day has been pleasant. This
is nothing worth recording.
Fair and warmer. This is the day for the “Legalized “Primary for National
and State officers. I had not registered, and did not go to town today.
After taking my bath, there was rain, thunder and lightning. It is now 7-43
& raining hard. A sharp stroke of lightning near here while writing
this. A regular thunder storm.
Fair. 68° at 5-30 a.m. I walked to Sunday School; on the way, I stopt at
C. Swindell’s and Alec Berry’s; then to S.S. After this I went to the
Christian Church, for the first time in a year, I think. I heard their
pastor, Mr. Smith, preach on “The Two Covenants”. I went with
C. A. Jones,
to his home, for dinner. I left about 5-30 p.m. and started home. I stopt
at Bro. Alec Berry’s again, to tell them that I would not spend the night
with them as I promised this morning. Leaving there I resumed my walk
toward home. Dan L. Berry drove his horse out of the lot (his wife having
just driven in from a ride) to bring me home, and I surely appreciated it.
Mr. Mann had returned home before my return.
Fair, Nothing to record. Pleasant day.
Fair. A light rain fell at 2 p.m. and after. Mr. Albin Swindell bro’t me
some butter his wife sent. Thanks!
Fair and pleasant. Nothing to record.
More or less cloudy, all day. Nothing else.
Fair. Took off another hen – ten black chicks.
Fair. Walked to town and back. Got caught in a shower of rain before I got
home. Took my bath and shave, this aft.. Mr. Claud Bonner kindly bro’t my 2
pkgs. from town. One a suit of clothes for which I had my measure
taken Apr. 14th, q.v. [stands
for the phrase quod vide: "on this (matter) go see"]
It is a present to me from
friends in Swan Quarter. I do not know, yet, who I am under obligations to
for it. Would like to thank them.
Fair. I walked to town to S. S. Services by the pastor, R. R. Grant. His
family (5) and I took dinner at Mr. Charles A. Jones. I went with him to
Rose Bay and conducted service, there, for him. Grant brot. me home in his
car. Elizabeth and Minnie, and other children came, also. I wore my new,
black, suit, today. Circumstances are such that I almost wish I had not
given my measure for them. My impression was that the suit was to be a
present from brethren who appreciated my services in the S. S. and the
Church. The day has been quite warm. It is now (9-10 p.m.) thundering,
lightning and raining.
Cloudy, and some rain, today. Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Columbus (Lum)
Cahoon, and little Heywood, came up to see me this evening, about
Glad to see them. I understand there have been ugly things occurring in
town (Swan Qr) this morning. Tom Long, (a lawyer) cut Mr. W. T. Berry
[William Timothy Berry] in
two places, having bought the knife and made the threat that he would use it
on Mr. Berry or Rev. R. R. Grant. Dr Dave Taylor,
of Washington, N. C. was called: He came and pronounced him seriously
injured. Dr Windley says he
is not. I hear they will take Bro. Berry to the Hospital, tomorrow, in
Washington. I hope he will soon be well.
Fair. Some sprinkling during the day. I am told that Bro. Tim
taken to the Hospital, today.
Fair. 62°.at 5-30 a.m. Rode to town with
Mr. Will Watson, as far as
his house. Went to attend a Preachers’ Meeting, but it had been called in,
on account of the recent trouble in town. I ate dinner at Mr. A. Berry’s,
and rode a part the way home, with Mrs. Carlos Berry, in the auto-car. Mrs.
Lupton and daughter along, also.
Partly and mostly cloudy, increasingly.
Cloudy. Rained last night. Rode to town with Henry Green (col)
[colored] he had to have his mule shod. I ate dinner at Mamie’s and
around there for me, and he brot. me home. I found a hen off with 6
chicks. She stole her nest over ditch.
8-20 a.m. Clearing off after heavy rains just before day. I rec’d a photo
of my dear, sweet little darling, Mildred Thompson (5 yrs. old), this
morning. I am so glad to get it. Standing beside her is her little
8-50 a.m. Mamie and family, (as pre-arranged) came about 10-05, a.m. and I
got in the car with them, and we went to Cecil Harris’ to spend the day. I
think we all enjoyed it. Had a splendid, common sense dinner. Grant came
by Harris’ about 3 p.m., and I stopt him and got in his car, and we went
to the Lake School House where he conducted service. Three other men in the
car with us. I got back home about 6-30, found Mr. Mann here. He went to
town with John, my son-in-law. No rain today.
Fair today. Nothing to record here.
Fair. No mail came, this morning. the cause not known to me at 8-7,
a.m. Later, found the mail boat. The mail boat was burned in
Rose Bay. Crew and passengers were saved, only. Did not get in,
last night. I walked to town, and was hot and tired. Had my hair
cut. Dr Windley kindly offered to
bring me home, and I gladly accepted. His car is a new one “Paige”, seven
passenger; it is a splendid car, too.
Fair. I wrote a long letter to Dr Windley,
yesterday, about his spiritual interests. Hope it will bear good
fruit. It was about 11 p.m. when I
got thru copying it – 2 copies from the corrected original. I sent it to
him by mail, this m. I kept one copy of it for myself.
Fair. Heavy rain about midnight, with thunder, lightning and wind. Had my
sitting room and kitchen scoured, this morning. Am rather expecting Neppie, this
P.M. Nearly 10 P.M. and I have not seen her. Am disappointed.
Fair and cool. 60°
at 6 a.m. Nothing to record.
Fair warmer. Pickt nearly a qt. bucket full of blackberries, this m. –
11-12, and stewed ‘em. were good, too.
Somewhat cloudy. Mr. Erwin Williams came to see about his goats; after
feeding them he kindly took me to our S. S. in S. Qr. Had 24 in class, this
m. Took dinner with Dan Berry and wife, her brother’s wife and little son
are visiting her. I went to see Mamie, but the house was locked. I then
went to see Mrs. Tim Berry and Miss Lucy. Bro. Berry was to leave the
Hospital today, with his son-in-law, Clyde Smith, of Pantego, N.C. I walked
home in a light rain – had my umbrella. Mr. Mann was still here. Did up my
chores, and made some cocoa for my supper: had light-bread and stewed
Cloudy. Rained early, this m. Nothing to record.
Fair. About 2 p.m., I rode to town with Mr. Cecil T. Harris. I have had
a spell of weakness all day: got up feeling weak. I went to see
got two of my cups. I then went to see Bro. Tim Berry who got back home
from the Hospital, last evening. He is very much better, glad to say.
Grant met me there; and he brot. me home in his car. I had sent him a note
asking that favor. His 3 girls and Mollie Swindell came with us. I showed
Grant a letter I am very much interested in, and he spoke in high times of
Partly cloud: Fair most of the day: partly cloudy this evening.
Fair. I walked to town, starting at 2-04, and carried fifteen eggs. The
rocking chair, ordered through Howard & Berry came on the gas-boat Mot. I
went around to Mamie's and they bro’t me home in their car. It is raining,
now. 8-38 P.M.- a thunder storm and lightning. The day has been quite
Cloudy, rainy, stormy, thunder, lightning at and before 10-45 a.m. Last
night, lightning struck the “New Swindell Hotel, and shocked several
persons, I am told. There has been no sunshine, I think.
1st Sat. Fair.
Mrs. Staton Howard [Sheila Tunnell] sent me some vegetables this m. - beans, squash and
cucumbers. Am cooking them now, (2-20) the first I even tried to cook. Am
going by the cook-book.
Fair and warm day. Walked to S. School Went to see Bro. Tim Berry:
right much better. Took dinner with Bro. C. A. Jones again. Stopt,
on my way home, at Bro. Alec. Berry’s, and at Joe Rayburn’s.
Miss Annie Watson
and Mildred Mann came and spent the day here at the farm, in place of
Mann who had business elsewhere, today.
Fair. I pickt nearly a qt. of Blackberries this m’g. Wrote a letter to
C. L. Read, P.E. in ref. to R. R. Grant, P. C. The latter came by just
as I finished writing it. He kindly gave me some fruit he bro’t. from
4th Tuesday - Fourth
of July –Independence
Day. I walked to Mr. Joe Swindell’s, taking my new dress coat to get
S. to shorten the sleeves. She will change it. I then walked to
Mr. Milton Credle’s gate and opened it for two young ladies, of Sladesville, to drive
through. Behind them was Miss Lillian Watson (and two little sisters)
driving. She invited me to ride to town with her. I gladly accepted and
rode as far as her home, and walked up town; but she offered to carry me
on. I attended the trial that has been looked forward to by the whole
county with much interest – that of Thos. S. Long, (Lawyer) and W. T. Berry
an honored citizen. It was tried in the Recorder’s Court - Chas. Carter,
presiding. The C.H. [Courthouse] was crowded to hear the trial, by the citizens
from various parts of the co.. The judgment of the court was “Guilty as
to Long: Not guilty as to Berry”. I ate dinner at
Mamie’s. Albert Cartright kindly consented to bring me home in his car and he wasn’t long
about it. I appreciated it, too.
Fair. Letter from Rev. C. L. Read, P. E. inviting me to go to the Dist.
Conf. at Stantonsburg. Cannot go. Grant came up, in his car, with
Rev. W. P. Constable, Mrs. G. [Grant] and Miss Annie Watson, telling me he expected me to
preach for him at Swan Quarter, next Sunday, in his absence at the District
Fair, early; clouding and cooler, later. District Conf. to convene in
Stantonsburg, today. Would like to be there. Walked to town this
afternoon. Mr. Isaiah Credle bro’t. me back.
Fair and much cooler – 61°
at 6 a.m.
Fair and warm. Rode in a wagon – Mr. Cahoon’s, to Mr. Joe Swindell’s, to
get my coat. Got it and walked back.
Partly cloudy: warm. John Berry came, in his automobile,
to take me to church. I conducted my class, then conducted the 11 o’clock service;
then went with Bro. Alec Berry to his home for dinner. Went to see
and she and John brot. me home in the car. Several girls came
Partly cloudy. Nothing special, today.
Fair and warm. 80° at 5:30 a.m. All quiet.
Fair and warm again. Nothing to record.
Fair, and partly cloudy later. Neppie
on the boat, today; and John brot. her and his family out to see me. They
stayed about an hour. She looks very thin. Says she is to be back to
Morganton about Septem. 6th.
Mostly cloudy, today. A light sprinkle about noon. Rode to town with –
Topping (col.), carried a rooster to Mamie to prepare for me when she and
Neppie come out to spend the day with me. I rode most of the way back with
Caleb Holloway (col.) Neppie went out bathing.
Fair and warm. No incident to record, today.
Fair, this m. Walked
nearly about half way to Sunday School, rode in
car back to the ‘turn of the road’, then back to town. Neppie was in my
class at S. S. Dinner with her at Mamie’s. Met some of the children from
the Orphan Home, and the two managers of the Singing Class – Mr. Ray Funderburke and Miss
Lessie Perry. Went to see a sick man – Ephron
Spencer. John brot. me, Mamie, Neppie and Lucile
& Chas., out in his
car. They are to spend the day with me, here, next Tuesday, D.V.
Fair. Pleasant night early, increasingly warm. Bro. Grant came out to see
me this m., and bro’t. with him, in his car, Bro. _____ Harris, George Brown, and
Grady Credle. I was baking a cup-cake. Grant handed me a check for $23.40
- a collection taken up for me at the Dist. Conf. at Stantonsburg, by Rev.
Charles L. Read, P. E. I am truly thankful, and pray God’s rich
blessing upon Bro. Read and all contributing. He is good to me.
Fair and cooler. 70° at 5-50 a.m.
Neppie, Mamie and hir two
children, Lucile + Charles, came, this morning. Albert Cartwright brot.
them in his car. John Berry and “John Madison”, came later in his car.
They all spent the day with me. John made screens for three windows.
Cartwright did not spend the day; he returned at once.
Rainy, today, and it is needed. Torrential rain and floods in the western
part of our State: loss of property and damage to crops, reaches into the
millions. Railway bridges washed away; Mills destroyed, several lives lost,
and traffic, on many lines, suspended: some trains marooned; and suffering
is predicted. God
Fair. I rode to town with Mr. Loyd Weston, and his little son
Blair”. Spent the day with Mamie and Neppie. John brot us all and
Weston out to our place. I went with Grant to see Ephron Spencer. He came
to Mamie’s to meet Neppie. He and I treated each other to ice cream.
Neppie drove the car that brot. us out here, today; and drove back.
Rained last night and this morning and it is still threatening. Rains and
showers thru the day.
Inclement. Nothing worth recording, today.
23d Sun. Raining. No
prospect, now (7-20) of leaving for S. S. or Church service; the first time
since I began here, last Sept. 10-30 still here held in by the rain,
but it is lightning up –“Rain before 7, stop before eleven”. I cannot
stay here for dinner, as I have none. I must go out and find one in a
hospitable home. 4-50 P.M. I walked to Bro. Louis Swindell’s – ½ way to
town, and ate dinner with him and his wife. On the way back, I had the good
fortune to ride home, with Mr. Tom Lee. Good! It has not rained since I
left home. Had pleasant time.
The first part of the morning indicated clearing; but later it began to
rain, and has since been showery. It is raining now – 9-55, P.M. It is bed
Cloudy with just a little sunshine.
Cloudy again. Rode to town with a young man – Hodges. Grant asked me if I
did not want to go out to the Pumping Station; and I gladly accepted a ride
in his car. With us were Mr. Polie Spencer, and uncle of Mrs. Grant, and
Mr. S.S. Mann [Samuel Spencer Mann]. Got back home at 12-55,
P.M. I had been wanting to go out
there, sometime. There has been more or less rain all the afternoon.
Fair. An unpleasantness with my washer woman, this m. was settled by my
apologizing. She had sent my clothes back. She sent for them again, by her
Fair. Some clouds. Light rain this evening- 6+.
Cloudy. Rode to town with Tillman (col) and walked back. I had to rest
awhile, and then lay on the bed.
Cloudy, but the sun is trying to shine thru. I hope it will have a clear
track, today. Started afoot to town, but about a ¼+ down the road Mr. Will Swindell stopt his car and took me in town. Attended S. S. Had 25 in my
class. Went to Bro. Jones with him; but took dinner at the
Harris Hotel. About 5 P.M. Bro. Harris brot. me home in his (?) car. Found
here. He went back with them. The day has been fairly pleasant. There has
been no rain.
Cloudy all day. Grant came to see me this aft.
Cloudy yet. Wilbur Swindell came, in a buggy, to feed his hogs; he kindly
took me and 2 ker. cans to town; and he will bring them back at noon, he
said. I went to our parsonage and got three cantaloupes, as the P. C. told
me to do. I walked back as far as J.C. Swindell’s (after stopping at
Isaiah Credle’s where I got some tomatoes.). Mr. Charlie Harris came along
and brot. me home in his buggy. Thanks. I got home before 10
a.m. It is thick cloudy at 3 P.M. and looks stormy. Some rain this evening. For
some cause Wilbur did not bring my cans back. Mr. Tom Jennette stalled his
car just above the house; he came and got our shovel and some blocks, and
finally they got off. There were three of them.
It is cloudy, yet. I rode to town with Mr. Lawrence Spencer. Dem.
Con. [Democratic Convention] in town, and a big crowd. I ate dinner at
Mamie’s. Grant brot.
me back in his car. Rev. J. P. Bross, of Fairfield was along, also. They
came in to hear me read a letter I had written to Mr. J. Bush Leigh,
Elizabeth City, in regard to the Grant-Spencer & Berry-Long Cases.
appreciated the letter.
Fair. Sunning my clothes, mattress, &c. [etc.] Many of the clothes were mildewed
on act. [account] of the long rainy spell. Several small boys came this
After they left, Myrtle and Margaret Swindell and Heywood Cahoon came in.
Partly cloudy and hot. No rain, today.
Partly fair. My boy, Weston, my only living son is 23 years of age today.
I do not know where he is. I rode to town with a Mr. Rose. He also brot.
me back. I went to see Mamie a few minutes. It is hot, today. It is!
Fair. John Berry and family came for me, and we spent the day at
Weston’s (except John who went to his father’s for dinner) The most of us
went to Soule’s Church and heard a strong sermon by Rev. John P. Bross; his
subject was “Has a Man a Right to Sin?” Rev. Mr. Henderlite, a Presbyterian,
preached in the school House in front of Mrs. Weston’s. I attended. We
took supper at Mr. John Berry’s, Sr. Brac Weston took me to their store and
gave me 3 pr. of socks. Neppie has been there for more than two weeks with
Fair. The day has been quite warm. Nothing else.
Fair. This is Neppie’s
She is 21 years of age, and therefore free from my authority. I gave her a
present – 21¢ . I rode in town with
Bro. W. J. Harris, in his car. Ate
dinner with Neppie at Mamie’s. Bro. Grant kindly brot. me home in his car.
9th Wed. Fair
I raked the yard this m. Showery about night.
Fairing off, probably. Hot. Nothing to record.
Mostly cloudy. Hot again. 1 P.M. – A heavy rain is falling now.
Thunder and lightning. Fair at 5-30.
Partly fair. No mail this m. – boat broke down, so I learned. Mr. Albin
Swindell bro’t. me some fresh beef. I cooked it, and it was just fine
enough for anybody. Tender? Yes, sir!
Fair. I rode to town with Mr. Claude Bonner. Service by the Pastor
-Grant. Dinner at Mr. W. Tim Berry’s, as Neppie was there. I went around
to Grant’s, to Mr. Charles A. Jones and to the “New Swindell Hotel”. While
at the Hotel a heavy cloud arose, followed by a hard blow and rain. Mr. Swindell told me I was “interned”, and so had to stay for supper.
Elbert Midgett kindly brot. me home, in his car; and several children at the Hotel
also came for the ride. I found Mr. Mann had locked up and gone home. I
was to hold service tonight, as G. [Grant] had to go to Sladesville, but the
weather was too inclement, and we had no service.
Fair and cool, early. I rode to town in Mr. John Roberts’ car, and back
again in the same. I went to see Mamie and Neppie: took them some of the
bread-pudding I made today, as I thought it was very good. So did Neppie.
Mostly cloudy. Neppie came this m. to spend the day with me. She made some
chocolate candy for me. In the evening, Mamie, John, Lucile, Charles, and
Mrs. Charles Brinn came out after Neppie. They stayed a short while and
left. There was some light sprinkles of rain. Cloudy about all day.
A heavy shower before seven a.m., since then it has been fair. Rained again
between 6 and 7 P.M.
Fair. Nothing of interest to record today. Fair.
Fair and cool. Rode to town, with Harry Swindell in a wagon. Went to
Mamie’s: rode back, in a wagon with a spring-seat, with Sam Neil (col.).
'Cool' wind this morning.
Fair and cool. Mrs. Dan L. Berry and Miss Hollowell drove up and called me
just to speak: that’s all.
7 A.M. and cloudy. I walked to town to Sunday School, but was very tired when I
got there. There is a series of meetings held in the Baptist Church,
conducted by Rev. Alexander Midler, of Red Sprs. He attended my class.
I attended his service – 11 A.M. Mr. Mann invited me to dinner at his
house, as both Bros. Mills and Hines (Pastor) were to be there.
I gladly accepted, and they had a good dinner. I attended a men’s
meeting at 4 P.M. after which Willie Credle, Co. Supt. of Ed. bro’t. me home in his car, arriving
at about 5.10.
Fair. Rode to town with, (I think he said) Will Stevens of Rose Bay, or
somewhere up that way. I had the barber to cut my hair: went around to
Mamie’s, then to the meeting in the Baptist Church. Back to Mamie’s for
dinner, as Neppie is there and is to go to Washington in the morning. From
there she will, after some visiting, go back to the School for the Deaf,
this time as a teacher. She and the whole of Mamie’s family came with me,
in John’s car. Neppie was driving. They spent a while and then left.
Fair and warmer. I know nothing else to say.
Fair again. John told me that Neppie got off, for Washington yesterday.
When will I see her again? There is lightning in front of the house, I
think N.W. by North.
Not right fair, today; but the sun shines. This P.M., I rode with Herman Swindell as far as
Mr. Joe Swindell’s. I bo't 6 eggs, and walked back.
Herman brot. me a package of Crisco I sent to Washington for. It is cloudy
and thundering this afternoon. Roads are dusty.
Increasing cloudiness. Fairing this p.m.
Heavy showers after midnight, and in a let up, I got up, emptied a
water-barrel, and it filled before I got up again. Had a late breakfast.
It has been fair this afternoon. Nothing special to write about.
Fair. It was right cool before day. I walked to Sunday School: attended service at
the Baptist Church; ate dinner with Rev. H. B. Hines. After dinner,
John Berry and Mamie & the children drove up, inquired where I was, and I
got in the car with them, and we went to see John’s Mother who was sick. We
had watermelons there. We went to Mrs. Etta Weston’s (Mamie’s Aunt) stayed
a few minutes, and then went back to Mr. Berry’s, and then John brot. me
home. I found Mr. Mann had been here, by the chairs being not as I left
them. The day has been pleasant.
Partly fair, and pleasant. 1-6 P.M.. increasing cloudiness, and thundering,
and lightening in the North. 1-10, it is raining. Cloudy the remainder of
Rainy. Mr. Joe Swindell came to feed his pigs, and came in and spent a
while with me. At 11-15, a hard rain is falling. Rainy off and on through
the day more or less.
Cloudy. Mr. Joe Swindell came, and after a hard chasing, took his last
remaining sow and pigs. Hope they will not bring them back. Now if
Erwin Williams would get his goats away, I would be very thankful that a
large part of my annoyances was gone. I need more of the Grace of God to
help me be more patient and forbearing. I rode to town with Mr. Carol
Spencer and his brother Walter, in C’s [Carol] car. Went to see
about the situation I am in about the new suit of clothes, I supposed were a
present to me; but up to this time, no payment has been made; or had not
been last week when the merchant, A. B. Berry, told me so. I have been
asked how much I could pay on them – “Think of that! For a present to
me. Not one cent, Sir! Brother W. J. Harris got the loan of
Dr. Plum Swindell’s Ford car, and kindly brot. me back home. It is now (12-42)
raining again. The water is higher than I have seen it, here. It is
standing in the lot, overflow ditches, and water running across the road in
front of this house, and apparently still rising. At 12-50 the sun is
shining. There has been no further rain.
Fair and cool. Rode to town, and back, with Mr. Wilson Swindell. Went to
see Mamie, the first stop. Nothing else.