COOPER FAMILY DAIRY - 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 in issue 136. 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 Bailey Hill in Alexander; and Leota lived in Bolton, Mass, married to her first husband, Bill Laws. Most others mentioned were identified in recent issues. Editor’s comments are in Italics.

Sam and Carleton head for the woods.

October 1941

  1. Sherman and Paul were here for dinner and then Carleton went hunting with them. They saw a big bear. Horace was down.

  2. Sam and myself went to Woodland and got Carleton a new gun. Eddie and Horace cut bushes. Was this new gun the one that led to the story about Horace salting his bullets? See issue 136, page 13.

  3. Eva was down. We went over to Verna’s for gas and to see Olive, the teacher. Olive Edgerly

  4. Sam, Horace, Eddie and myself went to Calais. Carleton stayed with Sherman.

  5. Eddie went home for the day. Horace was down and stayed for dinner. Carleton and Bernard went up to Alexander.

  6. I washed. Carleton has got the asthma. We went to Calais and brought Effie home.

  7. Effie ironed. Eddie pulled the carrots and beets.

  8. I churned. Effie and Carleton went up to Eva’s this afternoon. Eddie cut bushes. Sam put the squash upstairs.

  9. Sam and myself went to Woodland. Eddie dug potatoes. Carleton kept house.

  10. Horace was down. We cooked some meat and put it in jars. That was deer meat.

  11. Carleton and myself took Effie up to Eva’s. Carleton stayed up with Eva’s boys.

  12. Horace was down. Eddie went home for the day.

  13. I washed. They got all the potatoes out. Eddie went hunting. Carleton went to the show with Bernard.

  14. They pulled the turnips. Papa’s back aches. Yola, Coburn and Olive were over.

  15. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Calais. Carleton stayed out with Mildred. Eddie cut bushes on the road tax

  16. We killed 8 hens. Sam and myself went to Woodland. Eddie cut bushes on the Sullivan Road. Green Hill Road

  17. Everything is out of the garden. Eddie cut bushes on the road.

  18. Horace was here for dinner. Sam, Carleton, Raymond, Eddie and myself went to Grange.

  19. Eddie went home for the day. Carleton and myself took Raymond Ross out home. Carleton stayed out. Raymond was Bunk Ross’s son and lived in Milltown. Raymond and Carleton went hunting down back and got turned around. They found a big spruce tree with a sardine can at its base. After they came to that tree the third time, one climbed the tree, saw the fire tower and they soon found their way home.

  20. I washed and canned meat. Eddie pulled turnips down cellar. Lyman was here.

  21. Sam and Eddie cut bushes on the road. Sam, Eddie and myself went to Calais to the show. Carleton came home from Mildred’s.

  22. We churned 36 pounds butter. We went to Calais, Sam to the doctor.

  23. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Woodland, got 45 cents for butter. Eddie cleaned out the icehouse. That was a good price for a pound of butter in 1941. Sam and Corice had a special stamp for their butter.

  24. Horace put up my kitchen ceiling. Sam and Eddie cut bushes on the road.

  25. Carleton went to Calais with Bernard. Horace was down. Eddie and Sam worked on the Sullivan Road.

  26. Sam, Annie Flood, Mrs. Carlow and myself went to Lizzie Brown’s funeral. Sherman was here for dinner. Mrs. Carlow likely was Mary, wife of Alvin, who lived at the top of Gooch Hill in Alexander. Lizzie Brown was wife of Charlie Brown, the storeowner in Alexander.


MRS. CHARLES BROWN

The community was saddened by the death of Lizzie A., wife of Charles Brown, which occurred at her home on October 13 following a few days’ illness. She had been in failing health for several years but continued her household duties and kept a keen interest in her surroundings.

Mrs. Brown was born in Alexander on May 12, 1877, the daughter of the late Thomas and Emma Davis Frost. She married Mr. Brown 46 years ago and all during that time they have conducted a prosperous farm and store and for many years have kept the post office. In serving the public she has made a host of friends who regarded her as an outstanding woman with a sincere Christian character, exceptionally pleasing personality and an understanding friendship toward all with whom she met.

Funeral services were held on Sunday from the Alexander Methodist Church with the Rev. E. F. Tewksbury officiating. Organ music was played by Mrs. Edward Taylor. Mr. Taylor sang ‘Abide With Me.” The bearers were Leon Scribner, Earl and Lindsay Varnum, and Coolidge White. Burial was in the Alexander cemetery.

This obituary was in the November 19, 1941 issue of the Calais Advertiser and provided by member Al Churchill of Calais

  1. I washed. Carleton and myself went to Woodland, got the car fixed. Eddie cut wood.

  2. Sam, Carleton, Eddie, Olive Edgerly went to Crawford to church.

  3. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Calais. Eddie kept house. Raymond Ross came for 3 or 4 days.

  4. Sam and myself went to Woodland. Sam went over to Hattie Howe’s and filled the lights.

  5. Sam, Carleton, Myself, Eddie, Raymond Ross, Jane Crosby, Sherman and Genevieve all went to the Grange Hall and had a good time.

NOVEMBER 1941

  1. Carleton and Raymond went hunting. Eddie and Sam cut wood.

  2. Sam, Carleton and myself took Raymond Ross out home and had dinner with Mildred. Eddie went home for the day.

  3. Sam and Eddie worked on the road by Coburn’s. I washed. Horace was down. We filled the lights. Harl Jones and 2 men came hunting. They stayed in Carleton’s camp. Harland Jones was married to Corice’s sister, Nettie. They lived in Belfast.

  4. Sam and Eddie are working on the road. I cooked and ironed.

  5. Eddie worked on the road. Sam churned 32 pounds butter. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Calais.

  6. Sam and myself went to Woodland. Carleton stayed at the Alexander school. Lizzie Howe was here.

  7. Sam, Carleton, Eddie and myself went to Woodland and got the glass in the car. Harl and the hunters went home.

  8. Sam and Eddie cut wood. Carleton and myself went to Calais and got Effie. Carleton went to Calais with Sherman.

  9. Carleton and Effie went to Sunday school. Sherman came here for dinner. Sam, Effie and myself went over to Verna’s.

  10. I washed. Eddie cut wood. We all went up to get Les’s horse Les Worrell in Alexander

  11. Eddie began to plow.

  12. Carleton and Effie went up and got Eva, Melva and Carl. Sam, Effie, Carleton and myself went up to Sullivan’s.

  13. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Woodland. Effie kept house. Eddie plowed.

  14. Sam and myself cleaned out the furnace. Sam, Effie, Carleton, Eddie and myself went to a party at Howe’s. Florence Howe lived in the family homestead on Middle Ridge.

  15. Dyer was here. Carleton went to Grange with him. Coburn was over to help Sam with the cows.

  16. Sam, Carleton, Effie and myself went up to Eva’s for dinner; then we went to church in Crawford. Fletcher stayed all night down here.

  17. I washed. Eddie cut wood. Sam, Eddie and myself went up to Eva’s at night. Effie and Carleton stayed all night.

  18. Donnie, Carl, Ivan and, Fletcher were down here this morning. First snow.

  19. We churned 30 pounds butter. Sam and myself went to Lubec. Effie and Carleton kept house. Eddie cut wood.

  20. Horace was down for supper. Sam and myself went to Woodland. Effie stayed up to Eva’s. Carleton stayed to Sherman’s. (Sullivan hunters must have gone back to Mass)

  21. Horace was down. Carleton went up to Eva’s and stayed all night.

  22. Sam, Carleton, Effie and myself went to Calais. Effie stayed to Mildred’s. Carleton went to the pictures with Sherman.

  23. Bernard was down. Eddie went home for the day. Richard (Sullivan) and his wife and Horace were here.

  24. Harold Dwelley was here. I washed. Lyman hauled a load of gravel. Genevieve was operated on in Calais Hospital.

  25. Effie came home. Bernard was here. Horace was down.

  26. I churned 30 pounds butter. Horace was here. Carleton went to the store.

  27. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Woodland. Effie stayed up to Eva’s.

  28. Carleton went up to Bernard’s. Sam and Eddie cut wood. Horace was here for dinner.

  29. Horace and Sherman were here for dinner. Raymond Ross was here. Roy Gillespie was here, got a deer.

  30. Horace was here. The Batron family got Eddie for the day. Darrell Frost was here. Eva, Roland, Melva, and Ivan were here for dinner.

December 1941

  1. I washed. Eddie cut wood. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Woodland. Effie kept house.

  2. Olive Edgerly was over and stayed all night. Sam, Effie, Olive and myself went down to Earl Frost’s.

  3. We churned. Effie went to Yola’s and had supper with Olive. Eva and Edith Frost were here.

  4. Sam and myself went to Woodland. Effie stayed with Viola Perkins. Carleton stayed with Bernard.

  5. I whitewashed the kitchen. Effie did up my curtains. Carleton and Effie went to Etta Cousins.

  6. Carleton and myself took Effie to Calais to meet Theodore. Sam and Eddie kept house. Horace and James Keen were down.

  7. Horace and Sherman were here for dinner. It is snowing hard.

  8. I washed. Bernard was down. They got the truck going. Carleton took Bernard home in the truck.

  9. Horace was down. Sam, Horace and myself went to Calais. Carleton took the truck and went to Bernard’s.

  10. Carleton and Eddie cut wood. I churned 23 pounds butter. Effie called up from St. Stephen.

  11. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Woodland. Carleton stayed to Mildred’s. Eddie cut wood.

  12. Sam and Eddie cut wood. I cooked and did my Saturday work.

  13. Horace was down and killed the calf. Sam and myself went up for the mail. Eddie did not go to Calais.

  14. Sam and myself called up Leota in Massachusetts. Eddie went home for the day.

  15. I washed. Horace was down here for dinner. Eddie came home tonight.

  16. Sam, Horace and myself went up to Eva’s, got Melva, Madeline and Carleton. Arline and baby came home.

  17. I churned 23 pounds butter. George Flood thrashed the beans. Horace was here for dinner.

  18. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Woodland, took Melva and Madeline to Milltown. Effie and Theodore came back with us.

  19. Eddie cut wood. Horace was down. Carleton had the truck greased.

  20. Carleton went to the store with the truck. Theodore went up to Horace’s.

  21. Harry Grant and Horace were here.

  22. I washed. Horace was down.

  23. Sam, Carleton, Effie and Theodore went to Calais. Eva, Arline, baby, Donnie and Ivan were here.

  24. Sam, Carleton and myself took Effie and Theodore to Calais. We got the car serviced and paid the tax.

  25. Sam, Carleton and myself went to Grange. Horace went to Henry Keen’s. Arlene, Lawrence and baby were here for dinner.

  26. Eddie came back. Sherman was here for dinner. Horace was here for supper. Dyer was here.

  27. I washed. Horace was down. Carleton went to Lubec with Harvard and Sherman.

  28. Carleton went over to George Flood’s. Carleton and Eddie went up to the store.

  29. Horace was down all day. Sherman and Paul were here. Carleton went up to the store. Eddie went to Horace’s. Walter Strout was here.

Should any of our readers have a telephone and a time machine, and wish to contact some of the individuals mentioned in this diary, here are the numbers according to the Eastern Telephone Company.

Lindsay Clark 658-W3 Samuel Cooper 658-W2 Etta Cousins 658-W5 Coburn Crosby 658-W1 George Flood 658-M2 Nelson Flood 658-W4

Earl Frost 657-W4 Raymond Frost 657-M4 Florence Howe 657-W1

Clarence Johnson 657-M1 Henry Keene 657-W4 William Leland 658-M1

Herbert Lowe 658-M4 William Morton 657-W11 Minden Perkins 657-W12