THE COOPER FAMILY DIARY - 1941

This diary was kept by Corice (Creamer) Cooper. Sam and Corice Cooper and their son Carleton lived off the Green Hill Road in Cooper, 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 the north side of the Airline on Bailey Hill 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, however we have omitted most notations about weather and health.


Corice and Sam ready to go to town

JANUARY 1941

1. It is lovely out. We churned. Effie is not very well. Carleton did not go to school. Papa and Eddie are cutting wood. Readers should remember the picture on the cover of our last issue that showed the great pile of wood beside the potato field. This wood would be sold during the following fall. Eddie Batron of East Ridge Cooper was the hired man who was living with the Coopers at this time.

2. Sam Carleton and myself went to Woodland. Effie kept house. Eddie cut wood. Scottie moved out. Raymond Frost was up. Sam paid his taxes.

3. Sam and Eddie are cutting wood. Sam, Carleton, Effie and myself went to Calais. Effie stayed out with Mildred. Eddie kept house.

4. Carleton is not very well. Eddie hauled up some wood. It snowed. We have plates for the car, number 9176.

5. Still snowing real hard. Eddie went home. Lyman (Strout) Paul and Harvard Dwelley were down and plowed out the road.

6. I washed. Carleton has a toothache. Eddie is over in the woods. George (Flood) is hauling out his wood with a truck. This must be a new way to get wood out, replacing the horse.

7. Eddie is hauling up wood. I made cookies. Effie came home.

8. Sam, Carleton, Effie and myself all went to Eva’s and Arlene’s. Eddie stayed to the store.

9. We are all OK. Sam and Eddie are cutting cord wood.

10. Effie, Carleton, Sam and myself all went to Verna’s. Hattie (Howe), Josie (Leighton), Etta (Cousins), and Maud (Lowe) were there. Theodore came out. Carleton remembers his Aunt Verna cooking the best biscuits served with homemade butter and buttermilk.

11. Effie and Theodore went home. Sherman was down; he and Carleton had dinner in his camp. It is just lovely out.

12. It is snowing. Eddie went home for today.

13. I washed. Lyman plowed out the road. Papa and Carleton are playing cards. Eddie is down cutting wood.

14. It is 13 below. Sam, Carleton and Eddie are playing cards.

15. It is 10 below. Eddie is churning.

16. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Woodland and to Mildred’s. It was a lovely ride. Eddie kept house.

17. Sam, Carleton, Eddie and myself went over to Mrs. Leland’s and played cards. It rained and is awful icy. Tried Carleton’s puff.

18. Papa, Carleton and Eddie hauled up wood. I did my Saturday work. Eddie went up to the store.

19. Eddie has gone home for the day. Carleton, Sam and myself went over to Coburn’s and to the store.

20. I washed. Eddie and Sam are cutting wood. Today is Maud Lowe’s birthday.

21. Sam, Carleton and Eddie took the car up to the store, had no trouble. I cooked some apples.

22. I churned 28 pounds. Carleton cut some cordwood. Sam and myself went up to the store. Eddie hauled up some wood.

23. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Eva’s this afternoon. Lyman plowed us out. The road is real good.

24. Sam, Carleton and Eddie hauled up wood. Den Palmeter died. Denison Palmeter was a teacher, born (in 1861) and buried in Cooper; he had lived much of his adult life in Calais.

25. Sam, Carleton and Eddie hauled out wood. I did the Saturday work. Harold and Ben Perkins were here.

26. This is Annie Flood’s birthday. Carleton had the car up to the store. Eddie went home for the day.

27. It was 12 below. I washed. Sam and Eddie cut cordwood.

28. Sam, Carleton and Eddie are down in the woods. Carleton and Eddie took the car and went to the store.

29. It is snowing a little. Nelson Flood brought the ice down, 59 cakes. They were 15 x 15 x 18 inches. Sherman was down.

30. Carleton went out to Mildred’s. Sam and myself went to Woodland. The roads are good. We went to Calais after Carleton.

31. Lyman (Strout) and Roy Carlow were here for dinner. George Flood was here. Carleton went up to Arlene’s. Sam, Eddie and myself also went to Arlene’s.


FEBRUARY 1941

  1. Paid Nelson $3.50 for ice. He brought down a load of hay, $16.00. George Flood broke the road down to the Perkins’ place. Sherman and Paul Flood and Foster Carlow were down here.

  2. Sherman, Paul, Foster and Carleton all had dinner down to Carleton’s camp. It is snowing.

  3. Eddie is cutting wood.

  4. Sam, Carleton and myself went over to Mrs.. Leland’s, to George Flood’s for a fan, to store and got a letter from Effie. The road was not very good.

  5. I churned 26 pounds butter. Eddie is cutting wood. Carleton is down to his camp.

  6. Carleton went to the store on snowshoes. Eddie and Papa are cutting wood. I made two sheets.

  7. Sherman and Carleton had dinner at Carleton’s camp. Horace Keen was here after his dog.

  8. Carleton and Papa took the car over to the garage. George Flood broke this road out with his truck.

  9. This is Yola Crosby’s birthday. Carleton has gone to the store. Eddie did not come home.

  10. I washed. Carleton and Sherman went over to the mill pond skating. George Flood is hauling up wood from the Perkins place. The mill pond was behind the North Union School.

  11. Carleton went up to Sherman’s for dinner. Got letters from Helen and Effie. Helen was another of Corice’s sisters; she lived in British Columbia.

  12. We filled the lights. Eddie came home. (Carbide gas system)

  13. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Woodland. Eddie hauled out wood. Got letters from Effie and Leota.

  14. Arlene and baby came down for a few days. Sam and myself went up to Herb’s birthday party. There were 23 there. Carleton stayed home with Arlene. Herb Lowe

  15. Effie called up. Lawrence McArthur, Arlene’s husband came down and stayed all night. Carleton went up and got the mail.

  16. Lawrence went home. Eddie went home for the day. Carleton had a good time with the baby.

  17. Eddie came home tonight. Arlene is still here.

  18. Carleton and Arlene went up to the store. Mrs. Lane is real sick. Lawrence came and took Arlene and baby home. Mrs. Lane was Eliza (Strout) Lane, Yola (Lane) Crosby’s mother.

  19. Carleton and Eddie went up to the store with the car. Sam and Eddie cut cordwood. I churned 25 pounds butter. The red cow had a bossie.

  20. Carleton has got the asthma. Sam and myself have colds. Nelson brought down ice. Carleton took the car and got the mail.

  21. Carleton has got the asthma. Eddie has gone up to the store.

  22. Carleton has got the asthma. Mr. Beals was here. Genevieve was down. Eddie is hauling out wood.

  23. Darrell Frost and Bernard Flood came down and got Carleton. They went to the store and to George Flood’s. Carleton still has the asthma. My cold is not any better.

  24. Effie called; she has been to the doctor. Eddie was to the store.

  25. Madeline’s pup was run over today. Papa, myself and Carleton went out to Mildred’s & got Effie. She stayed all night.

  26. Effie went back to Mildred’s. Eddie is cutting wood and I churned 29 pounds butter.

  27. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Woodland, then down to Mildred’s and got Effie. We called to Arlene’s and up to Eva’s. Eddie had the work done when we got home.

  28. Effie is better and so is Carleton. Eddie is cutting wood. The road is better. Doris, Maxine, Paul, Bernard Flood and Darrell Frost were here.

MARCH 1941

  1. Effie, Carleton, Sam and myself went to Calais. I got a new coat. We saw Mildred and Eva. It was a good day.

  2. Sam, Carleton and myself went over to Hattie Howe’s and to the store.

  3. I washed. Carleton began school. Papa took him in the car. Eddie came home tonight.

  4. Carleton went to school. It is snowing.

  5. We churned 32 pounds butter. Carleton went to school. Sam and myself over to Hattie Howe’s. Eddie and Carleton to the store.

  6. I made 2 aprons. Carleton went to school and Eddie went to the store.

  7. Carleton went all this week to school. Hattie Howe moved away. Hattie’s husband Ralph had died in January 1940. She sold the farm to Dale and Margie (Frost) Crosby. Dale was the older son of Coburn and Yola Crosby.

  8. Carleton went to Bernard’s and to the store. He took the car over to the garage. Eddie and Sam hauled up wood.

  9. Ralph and Rolfe were over and had dinner down at Carleton’s camp. It is snowing. Eddie went home.

  10. I washed. Carleton did not go to school. Eddie came home. Still snowing.

  11. Carleton went to school with the horse. Sam has a headache. Eddie cut wood.

  12. We are having a big snowstorm. The road is full. No school today. I Churned 32½ pounds butter. No mail.

  13. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Woodland, had a good time. Went over to the garage with the horse. Eddie picked over potatoes.

  14. Mrs. Lane died. Carleton went to school; Eddie took him over with the horse. Went to the store, got some grain.

  15. Sam, Carleton and myself went to the garage, washed the car, went to the store. Sherman was down. Effie called up.

  16. Sam and myself went to Mrs. Lane’s funeral. Bernard Flood and Darrell Frost had dinner down in Carleton’s camp.

  17. I washed. Eddie went to the store. It snowed real hard.

  18. Carleton did not go to school. Eddie cut wood.

  19. I churned 32½ pounds butter. Eddie cut wood. Carleton did not go to school.

  20. Carleton has got the measles and is real sick. Eddie cut wood.

  21. Carleton better. Eddie went to the store.

  22. Carleton better. Eddie cut wood. Effie called up.

  23. Eddie did not come home.

  24. Carleton is over the measles. I washed and began house cleaning. Eddie hauled out wood.

  25. I cleaned upstairs. Eddie cut wood. It is snowing, but real warm.

  26. We churned 30½ pounds butter.

  27. Carleton, Sam and myself went to Woodland. We saw Arlene and Baby. Eddie is cutting wood.

  28. Effie and Theodore came home.

  29. Effie and Theodore still here. Eddie went up to the store. It snowed.

  30. Joyce Crosby died. Lillian and Red Lawler and boys were here. It is Madeline Higgins’ birthday. Effie and Theodore went home. Carleton went to Alexander. Coburn and Joyce got hit down to the Grange Hall last night. Billy Clark, son of Fred and Ethel, had also been to Grange. It was snowing hard when the accident happened.

  31. Carleton, Sam and myself went down to the Town Meeting; they had none. Then we went to Calais and sold a pig. Town meeting was likely cancelled because of the accident that killed Joyce and injured Coburn.