THE COOPER FAMILY DIARY – 1940

Thirteen year-old Carleton Samuel Cooper got a five-year diary for Christmas 1939. In it he describes activities around his home on the Green Hill Road in Cooper. He still lives in this home. After a few months, he stopped writing and his mother Corice (Creamer) Cooper took up the task. Carleton, Corice and his father Sam lived in a somewhat isolated place; see map. Carleton’s four sisters were older; Mildred was living in Milltown and married to Foster Higgins; Effie was married to Theodore Scott, Scotty, and lived near Honeydale, NB; Eva married Roland Perkins and lived on a farm between the Airline and Spearin roads in Alexander; and Leota lived in Bolton, Mass., married to her first husband, Bill Laws.

Identification of others, if known, will be given within or after each entry, but only the first time the name appears. This issue has three months of the diary. The editor made only a few grammatical or spelling changes.

Corice, Carleton and Sam Cooper by their new 1940 Chevy coupe
 

JANUARY - 1940

  1. I’m sick with the asthma. Genevieve and Sherman came down and we put 18 puzzles together. Genevieve and Sherman were children of Nelson and Leota Flood, who ran the store/post office.

  2. It was cold today. George and Carroll came over and broke the road. I’m still sick with the asthma. George and Carroll Flood, father and son, likely used a pair of horses pulling a sled with a log set crossways between the runners. Rock walls lined the road to the store so snow would drift deep no matter how the wind blew.

  3. I have still got the asthma. Mamma churned, Daddy hauled out cordwood. We had 19 lbs. of butter

  4. I still got the asthma. The wind is blowing the snow sky high. It is cold out tonight.

  5. I have still got the asthma. I have had it for 9 days. Daddy hauled out cordwood. It has been good out.

  6. I have still got the asthma. Daddy got his operator’s license. Mamma did her Saturday work.

  7. It was cold last night. I still got the asthma. Mamma and Daddy are well.

  8. I kept house today while Daddy and Mamma went to the store. I still got the asthma.

  9. I went outdoors. It was the first time I have been out for 12 days, but I still got the asthma.

  10. The telephone men were here. I still got the asthma, but not very bad. I hauled wood.

  11. We went to Woodland. I drove; the roads were all ice. The car turned around on me. I could not hold her. This family went to Woodland where they peddled butter, buttermilk, eggs, etc. from door to door, mostly to regular customers.

  12. Mamma and I went hunting; we did not get anything.

  13. I went hunting and shot a weasel, he was 11½ in. long. He was white all but the tip of his tail that was black.

  14. I went over to George’s and played with the twins. Dyer and Carroll were over a little while. George Flood’s twin sons were Rolfe and Ralph. Dyer Crosby was a son of Coburn and Yola.

  15. It was raining awfully hard. Mamma washed. We are all well.

  16. Mamma and I went up to the store. Genevieve gave me her turtle. We are all well.

  17. It has been awfully cold out; it was 8 below this morning. It was 22 below in Charlotte.

  18. I have got the asthma. It has been cold. Mamma and daddy are both well.

  19. Charles Brown’s store burnt; they lost everything. I still got the asthma. The store and post office were next to the Alexander Grange Hall.

  20. I went up to the store and got the mail. I got a box from Effie. I still got the asthma, but not very bad.

  21. We have a new bossie. He is red. I call him Johnnie Bull. We are all well.

  22. I cut wood today and hauled it up to the house. I went over to play with the twins this afternoon. Carleton had a set of bobsleds that his dog pulled.

  23. The wind is blowing the snow sky high. We are all well. I played with my bobsleds.

  24. Mamma and Daddy went to Ralph Howe’s funeral. The twins came over and we kept house. We filled our icehouse; it took 90 cakes. Ralph Howe was a neighbor, lived on the North Union Road.

  25. We went to Woodland. I stayed up to the Alexander School. We are all well. Cedar School on Gooch Hill

  26. We went to Calais. I stayed up to Mildred’s. We had a new fender put on our car. Remember that trip to Woodland on the 11th ? Now we know the results when Carleton “could not hold her.”

  27. Sherman came down and we hauled wood on my bobsleds.

  28. We went over to the garage, took the car and went up the road. I drove. See map for location of the Garage. As stated, the town road drifted so badly, Sam had a garage at this site so they could get out to take their butter to Woodland. To get there, they would go by foot or by horse power through the woods and the Watson field. Variations of this way took Carleton to visit the twins or to school.

  29. We are all well. I went hunting, but did not get anything.

  30. Daddy hauled out cordwood. I went hunting and got a rabbit. Mamma has a cold.

  31. I went hunting and got a rabbit. I busted my thumb open and it pains awful.

 

FEBRUARY - 1940

  1. I went to the store and got the mail. Daddy has got a cold.

  2. I played with my bobsleds and went down to the woods where Charlie is working. Charlie Moholland of Princeton was one on many men who worked for area farmers. He lived in a camp near Cooper’s house and took his meals with them.

  3. Sherman was down; we cut logs for my camp.

  4. We stayed home and I played with my bobsleds.

  5. I went hunting and got a rabbit. I went over and played with the twins this afternoon.

  6. Joyce and Jane were over this afternoon. I sold Charlie a rabbit.

  7. The telephone men were here. Charlie and I went up to the store.

  8. We went to Woodland. I stayed at the Alexander School.

  9. I went over to George’s and stayed to dinner (noon meal) and played with the twins. I got a rabbit.

  10. Sherman came down and we cut logs for my camp.

  11. It is raining awful hard. We are all well.

  12. I helped Daddy haul out wood. Bubbles (Carleton’s dog) was sick this morning but is all right now.

  13. Mamma and I went up to the store and got the mail.

  14. I went over to George’s and played with the twins. I went hunting and got a rabbit.

  15. Doris, Raymond, Paul and Maxine were down last night. I went over and played with the twins. Paul and Maxine were two of Doris and Raymond Flood’s children.

  16. We are all well. I fixed my bobsleds body.

  17. Sherman came down and we played with my bobsleds.

  18. I went up to Sherman’s. We played and made ice cream

  19. We went to my sister Eva’s and Arlene. We are all well. Eva’s daughter Arlene was married to Lawrence McArthur. Arlene was Carleton’s niece.

  20. It is snowing awful hard and the wind is blowing. I went up to the store and got the mail.

  21. Mamma and Daddy churned. I plowed snow. We are all well.

  22. We went to Woodland and the roads were good. I drove.

  23. I went up to the store and got the mail. Daddy and I broke out the road over to the garage.

  24. We went up to Sherman’s birthday party. There were 26 there and we had a good time.

  25. Effie, Theodore, Mildred, Madeline and Muriel were out and had dinner with us. Madeline was Mildred’s daughter, another niece.

  26. I am sick with the asthma. I have had it for 3 days.

  27. I am still sick with the asthma. Mamma and Daddy churned.

  28. I am sick with the asthma. Daddy and mamma are well

  29. I still got the asthma. Charlie went up to the store.

 

MARCH - 1940

  1. I’m still sick with the asthma. Effie called up today. (on the telephone)

  2. I still have the asthma. Daddy went over to Coburn’s

  3. I still got the asthma. Genevieve and Sherman were down yesterday.

  4. I still got the asthma. School started today, but I did not go.

  5. I got the asthma, but feel a little better.

  6. I still got the asthma, but not very bad.

  7. We went to Woodland. I drove all the way.

  8. We went to Calais; I drove all the way.

  9. Uncle Hord came here. We are all well. Horace Creamer was Corice’s twin brother.

  10. Sister and Theodore came out last night.

  11. I went to school today.

  12. I went to school. We are all well.

  13. I went to school.

  14. I went to school.

  15. I went to school.

  16. I went to school.

  17. Sherman was down.

  18. I went up to the store. Sherman and Bernard came down. Bernard was another child of Doris and Raymond Flood’s.

  19. I am sick with the asthma.

  20. I am sick with the asthma.

  21. I am sick with the asthma. Mamma churned.

  22. Mamma and daddy went to Woodland. I stayed home and kept house.

  23. We had a bad storm. Leota and Bill called up last night (on the phone)

  24. The wind is blowing the snow; it is a wild day out.

25 – 29 are blank. Carleton’s mother Corice kept the diary starting on the 30th.

  1. Effie and Theodore came out.

  2. Effie and Theodore went home. Carleton had the horse and went over to the schoolhouse with them.