COOPER FAMILY DIARY - 1940


Sam, Corice and 14 year old Carleton Cooper were living on the Green Hill Road in Cooper, the same house where Carleton now lives. Below we find entries made by Corice in a five-year diary for the last three months of 1940. Corice’s married daughters are described in issue 132 and also in that issue is a map of the Green Hill Road neighborhood to help readers understand diary entries. Identification of others, if known, will be given within or after each entry, but only the first time the name appears.



Carleton and his sisters in 1952, Leota, Mildred, Effie and Eva

OCTOBER

  1. Carleton went to school. He is real well. We had teacher Florence (Carlow from Robbinston and) Cathelene Flood over for supper. Kathleen was one of George Flood’s daughters.

  2. Carleton went to school with his tractor. Foster (Higgins) was out with grain and flour. The tractor was a made-over Model A truck.

  3. Sam and I went to Woodland, the stores were all closed; Mr. Kent had died.

  4. We were all up to Lyman’s tonight. Carleton went to school all week. Slept good every night. Lyman Strout, a trucker, lived in Alexander; his wife was Doris Dwelley and their children were Winifred, Lois and Fern.

  5. Carleton went to Calais with Sherman. Sherman was the son of Nelson and Leota Flood.

  6. Sherman went to Lubec with Carleton, Sam and myself. Aunt Maud is real bad. Aunt Maud lived in Lubec. She was an old woman and after dinner would go up stairs and smoke her TD pipe. Sam and Corice would get dried fish when they visited her.

  7. I washed. Lyman came to haul the pulp. Carleton did not go to school. Papa bought a cow from Mr. Dudley. Ben Dudley, the carpenter, lived in Woodland.

  8. Carleton went to school. Lyman hauled pulp.

  9. Carleton went to school. I churned 33 pounds butter.

  10. Sam and I went to Princeton and then to Woodland. Carleton went to school. We have been married 38 years today.

  11. Carleton went to school. It is just lovely out. Eddie worked on the pulpwood. Eddie Batron of Cooper was working for and boarding with the Cooper family.

  12. Sam, Carleton, Eddie and myself all went to Calais. Eddie stayed out all night. Carleton has got the asthma.

  13. Carleton went to Sunday school. It is raining. Carleton, Sam and Corice all went to Verna Sadler’s Verna was Corice’s sister and she and Harry lived on the East Ridge Road.

  14. Coburn, Ervin, Eddie and Sam are digging potatoes. Carleton has got the asthma; he did not go to school. Coburn Crosby was a neighboring farmer; Irving Dodge was working for Coburn at the time and this was part of the trading of labor on farms at that time.

  15. I washed. Carleton still has the asthma. Eddie worked over to Coburn’s.

  16. We churned. Carleton put in a real bad night. Eddie is working over to Coburn’s, picking up potatoes.

  17. We killed 10 hens. Carleton, Sam and myself went to Woodland and Calais. Eddie working up to Raymond’s (Flood).

  18. Carleton had a bad night, but began to feel better after noon. Carleton was so sick with asthma that doctors in Boston had predicted he wouldn’t reach age 13. He slept on a narrow bed under the stairs near his parents’ room. He would waken in his father’s arms as his parents tried to stop the coughing and start his breathing. He would turn black at these times.

  19. Effie and Theodore came out tonight. Carleton is feeling better.

  20. Theodore went home; Effie stayed out.

  21. We washed. Carleton went to school. It snowed real hard this morning.

  22. We cleaned the kitchen. Eddie put the turnips in the barn.

  23. We churned 40 pounds butter.

  24. Sam, Effie and myself all went to Woodland, then took Effie down to Mildred’s.

  25. Carleton went to school all the week. He went over to Carroll Flood’s. Eddie went up to the store. Carroll was another of George Flood’s children.

  26. Carleton went out to Calais with Sherman. Sam, Eddie and myself went down to the Grange.

  27. Carleton went to Sunday school. Eddie went home for the day.

  28. I washed. Carleton went to school. Horace was down. Horace Creamer was Corice’s twin brother. Apparently he is back working at the Sullivan place.

  29. Carleton has got the asthma.

  30. I churned 40 pounds butter. Sam went over to Hattie Howe’s and filled the lights. Hattie was Ralph Howe’s widow. Readers will remember that Ralph died in January 1940. Shortly after this Hattie sold the place to Dale and Margie Crosby.

  31. Carleton still has the asthma. Papa is sick with a cold. Carleton and myself went to Woodland and Calais.


NOVEMBER

  1. Carleton is better. Carleton, Eddie and myself all dressed up and went over to the school play. Carleton got the prize.

  2. Sam worked on the road. Sherman was down and Carleton went to Calais with him. Lyman and his girls were here

  3. Horace was down. I went up and cooked some for him. Carleton went to Sunday school.

  4. I washed. Coburn was over and spread dressing.

  5. Coburn was here, also Tom Sullivan. Tom was Annie’s brother. Annie owned the Sullivan place. Tom had moved his family from Cooper to Massachusetts about 12 years earlier.

  6. Coburn was here. We all went to Ben Perkins and played cards. Carleton is OK. Ben Perkins had grown-up next door to the Coopers, down the road. He had married Eula Lowe from just up the road. They had a new house on the North Union Road.

  7. Sam went over to get Hattie Howe’s horse to plow. Carleton went to school. Sam and I went to Woodland.

  8. Carleton went to school. Sam worked on the road. Eddie plowed. The road was likely the Green Hill Road that is part in Cooper and part in Alexander. Working on the road was expected of residents and was part of their taxes.

  9. Sam worked on the road. Leota and Bill came. Sam, Carleton, Donnie, Eddie and myself went to Grange. Was Donnie Sam’s grandson, Donald Perkins?

  10. Sam, Carleton, Bill, Leota, Eva, Mildred and myself all went out to Effie’s. There were 14 for supper. It was a lovely day.

  11. Leota and Bill went back. Mr. and Mrs. Dodge were here. Eva, Melva, Carl, Arlene, Virginia, Eddie, Carleton, Sam and Corice were all here for dinner (14). Corice’s daughter Eva Perkins, Corice’s three grandchildren and Corice’s great- granddaughter Virginia McArthur.

  12. I washed. It is raining. Carleton did not go to school, not feeling well.

  13. Sam worked on the road. Eddie plowed with Ervin’s horse. Carleton has the asthma. Irving Dodge lived at Maria Leland place on the North Union Road; it was his horse.

  14. It is raining. Carleton and I went to Woodland.

  15. It rained real hard. Carleton is real sick with the asthma. Effie called up.

  16. It is still raining. Sam, Eddie and myself were up to Herb Lowe’s for a game of cards. Carleton went over to the store. Horace was down. Herb Lowe was a neighbor; his daughter Eula married Ben Perkins.

  17. Carleton is a lot better. Eddie went home for the day.

  18. I washed. Carleton went to school. Effie came home. Sam and myself went to Calais and got her.

  19. Carleton went to school. Eddie cut wood.

  20. Carleton went to school. We churned 38 pounds butter.

  21. Effie went up to Eva’s. Sam and myself went to Woodland. Carleton, Eddie, Sam and myself went up to Eva’s at night.

  22. We did up our Saturday work. Carleton and Eddie went up to the store.

  23. Sam, Carleton, Effie and myself went to Calais. Eddie cut wood and kept house. We all went to Grange.

  24. Carleton went over to the mill with Dyer. Eddie went home. It is snowing. Dyer was one of Coburn Crosby son. They went to the Stowell-MacGregor mill on Pocomoonshine Lake to get sawdust for animal bedding.

  25. I washed. Carleton went to school. Eddie cutting wood. Papa not very well.

  26. Carleton has got the asthma. I went up and helped Annie Flood tie out a puff. Carleton and Papa went up to the store. Annie Flood was Nelson’s mother. They had the store and Cedar Post Office.

  27. Carleton did not go to school. I churned 38 pounds butter. It is snowing.

  28. Carleton, Papa and myself went out to Mildred’s for the Thanksgiving dinner. It snowed quite hard. Eddie went home.

  29. Sam is hauling up wood. Carleton is down to his camp. Eddie has not come home. It is nice out.

  30. Eddie hauled up wood. Carleton was over to George Flood’s. Sam sawed wood. Horace was down.

 

DECEMBER

  1. It is snowing. Sam, Carleton, Eddie and myself all went up to the store and over to Josie’s. Josie Leighton lived on the North Union Road; she was another of Corice’s sisters.

  2. I washed. It is a real nice day. Carleton went to school. He is real well.

  3. Eddie sawed up some wood. Sam took Carleton to school with the car; he is real well.

  4. We churned. Eddie hauled up wood. Carleton went to school; Sam took him in the car.

  5. It is snowing real hard. Carleton went to school; Eddie took him over with the horse.

  6. Sam and I went to Woodland and Calais. Carleton went to school. Eddie sawed wood. We came home with the car. Note we came home with the car, we didn’t leave it in the garage where it normally was stored in winter and mud season.

  7. Carleton went over to George Flood’s. It is beginning to rain. Eddie and Sam hauled up wood.

  8. It rained all night, took off all the snow. Eddie went home for the day. Carleton went over to George Flood’s after his stove.

  9. I washed. Raymond Flood sawed wood. Harvard Dwelley, Russell (Flood) and Eddie helped him. Carleton did not go to school. Raymond Flood had a sawing machine. Here his son Russell as well as Harvard and Eddie helped run this dangerous machine.

  10. Carleton went to school. We all went up to Eva’s and called to Arlene’s.

  11. Carleton, Sam, Eddie, Florence (Carlow, the teacher) and myself all went over to Fred Clark’s; had a lovely time. We churned 31 pounds butter. Fred Clark lived on Middle or Grove Ridge.

  12. It was just lovely out. Carleton went to school. Scottie was here cutting cordwood.

  13. Eddie went up to get the horse shod. Carleton went up to Doris Flood’s; they all went up to the school play. Carleton is not very well. Eddie took the horse to Walter Henderson’s in Alexander. Doris was Raymond’s wife, and Bernard’s mother.

  14. Bernard Flood is down; they (Bernard and Carleton) had their dinner down in the camp.

  15. Eddie went home. Carleton, Sam and myself all went up to the store. Carleton has got the asthma.

  16. I washed. Carleton did not go to school; he has got the asthma. Eddie and Sam cut wood. We went out and got Effie.

  17. Carleton is not any better. Papa and Eddie are hauling up wood.

  18. I churned. Carleton has still got the asthma.

  19. Effie, Carleton, Sam and myself all went to Woodland and Calais, and over to the school play. It was good. That likely was the Christmas program.

  20. Carleton is better. Eddie hauled up wood. Effie and I cooked.

  21. Sam, Carleton, Effie and myself all went up to Arlene’s. Eddie cut wood.

  22. We had Sunday school. There were 15 here.

  23. We washed. Theodore came. Carleton is not very well. Dyer came over.

  24. It is nice and warm out, just a little snow. The car is still at home. Effie and Theodore were here for dinner.

  25. It is nice and warm out. Effie and Theodore were here for Christmas dinner. We are all well.

  26. Sam, Carleton, Effie and myself all went to Calais. Ben and Eula (Perkins) and baby (Barbara) were over.

  27. Lyman hauled out the pulp. Eddie is hauling out cordwood. Effie is home. Carleton and Papa went over to Coburn’s. Cordwood became wood for burning in the stove or furnace. Sam sold a lot of four-foot split cordwood.

  28. Scottie went to Calais. It rained. Carleton is not very well.

  29. Eddie went home. It is raining. Carleton is not very well. Effie has a big head.

  30. Rained hard most all day. Papa painted the bobsleds. I washed. School started, but Carleton was not able to go.

  31. Eddie came home. Effie is not very well. Carleton is better; went up to get the mail. Bubbles went with him. Bubbles was Carleton’s dog.