1942 - COOPER FAMILY DIARY HIGHLIGHTS - 1944

Those living at the Cooper homestead during the years 1942 – 44 were Sam (1878 – 1963), his wife Corice (Creamer) (1887 – 1962) and their son Carleton. Carleton’s sisters were older and married. Eva was married to Roland Perkins and lived in Alexander. Eva’s children were Arlene, Fletcher, Ivan, Donald, Carl and Melva. Arlene was married to Lawrence McArthur and lived in Alexander with their baby daughter Virginia. Effie and her husband Theodore Scott lived on Tower Hill, NB. Mildred was married to Foster Higgins and they and their daughter Madeline lived in Milltown. Leota was married to Bill Laws and lived in Massachusetts. We will try to identify the others mentioned in these entries as we come to them.



Sam with Theodore Scott at the wheel and load of hay from South Princeton

This is the last planned visit with the Cooper family through this diary. Corice made the entries printed

here. The 1940 diary was printed as written. The 1941 diary was edited to omit most references to health and weather. It is important to read of the routine in the lives in past years; that helps understand what live was like in that time and place. If we reread the 1940 and 1941 diaries day by day we soon see the routine. Washing and churning and selling the farm products was done weekly. Cutting wood and bushes, farming, blueberrying and putting up food was done seasonally. Visiting family and neighbors was almost a daily affair as were the numerous visits to their home. Those of us who keep a diary in this new millennium also have many routine activities in our lives.

The Cooper Family Diary for 1942 through 1944 has been severely edited. Almost everything printed here was not described in the earlier diaries. These entries tell of new people and events with only an occasional mention of a routine activity. We thank Carleton for making pictures and the five–year-diary available and for his help in identifying the characters.

1942

February 24 - Carleton went up to Sherman’s birthday party. Sherman Flood, Nelson’s and Leota’s son, was born in 1928.

March 1 - Alfred Sherman was down.

March 5 - Sold a pig to Harvey Meader for $25.00. Harvey Meader sold farm equipment in Machias.

March 15 – Carleton and Bernard were up to Alexander to Mrs. Aylward’s funeral. She was Evelyn Ann Findley. Her husband Charles had died on September 10, 1941. They sold Socony gas and had a store in their house at the Four Corners in Alexander. Her sister Grace lived with them.

April 6 – The wood machine was here.

May 15 – Carleton went over to Charles Cousins. Charles Cousins lived on the Pokey Road in Alexander.

May 19 – This is Carleton’s birthday. Carleton was born in 1926.

May 26 – Annie Sullivan is here. Annie owned the Sullivan farm. See issue for a story about Annie’s Friendship Quilt.

May 27 – We had a party at Annie Sullivan’s; we all had a good time.

May 28 – Raymond and Doris Flood and (daughter) Maxine and myself went to the graveyard.

May 31 – Hellard Sennett and Harold Clark were here. It is Sam’s birthday.

June 2 – Carleton went peeling bark.

June 18 – Dale (and Marjorie Crosby) have a baby boy. Rodney was their second son.

June 27 – Arlene’s baby was born. This child was named Reta.

July 21 - Went up to Raymond (Flood’s) and got gas.

August 8 – Carleton down to Mildred (Higgins’) cottage (on Meddybemps Lake)

September 13 – Sam and I had a picnic over to Fay McArthur’s (in Alexander).

September 24 – Sold the pig, $31.00

October 16 – Sam, Mrs. Leland, Blanche (Howe), Shirley (Howe, Ralph’s daughter) and myself went over to Ralph Sadler’s time. He just got married. Ethel and Fred Clark were there. Ralph had married Vina Grant of Portland on the tenth of the month. Fred (1891 – 1966) and Ethel (Dodge)(1900 – 1976) Clark lived on Middle Ridge.

October 20 – Sam went to Calais and paid Eddie’s fine, $14.70. Eddie often went to Calais on Saturday night. Sometimes he had too much to drink and was jailed for public intoxication. At times he could pay his fine, at other times he would just stay in jail and occasionally someone would pay his fine to get him home because there was work to be done.

October 29 – Sam and myself went to Mrs. Knowles funeral. Lucy Knowles died October 27th. She was a daughter of George Washington and Sarah (Rand) Bohanon and the wife of Addison Knowles. Lucy was 82 and her death was reported by her son Earl. Lucy and Addison lived at 89 Arm Road, where their grandson Carroll Niles recently lived.

October 30 - Sam, Yola and myself went to Jennie Knowles funeral. Jennie (Henderson) Knowles died on October 30. She was 49 years, 10 months and 16 days old. Her death was reported by her husband, Earl Knowles. They had lived at corner of Arm and Cooper Roads in Alexander.

October 3 – Nelson Flood spread the dressing.

November 8 – The Sullivan boys came. Richard, Ed and Francis were nephews of Annie; they came from their homes in Massachusetts to hunt and stayed in her house.

December 13 – Sam and I went over to Fred Niles with the washing machine. Corice has been washing by hand because her machine is broken. Fred Niles repaired cars and other things in his garage near his home on the Arm Road in Alexander.

December 17 – Olive Flood had her school time, Carleton and Bernard went. This would be the Christmas program. See issue 129, page 7 for a description of the Christmas program at Cedar School in Alexander in 1947 put on by teacher Marilyn Gillespie’s scholars..

1943

January 24 – They plowed us out, Lyman had a big truck out from Calais and 3 men helped him. Lyman Strout of Alexander.

January 27 - Eddie is working up to Raymond Flood’s. He boards here.

January 28 - Carleton had X-ray pictures taken of his teeth.

February 8 - I took out a $25.00 bond for Carleton.

February 20 - Sold Billie cow to Earl Varnum for $125.00. Earl Varnum had a big dairy farm on the Airline in Alexander.

February 24 - Papa and myself went to the Grange Hall for sugar. This was during WWII when sugar, along with gas and many other products were rationed.

March 14 - Carleton and Bernard went skiing

March 24 – Carleton went to Portland with Roland and Eva. This was a visit to friends and relatives who had moved to Portland to work in the shipyard.

April 7 – Barbara called up to wish me happy birthday. Roland broke his leg in two places.

April 14 – Carleton came home from Portland, been there for 3 weeks.

April 18 – The cow had a calf; it is deaf.

April 27 – Sam is having his wood sawed. Raymond Flood is sawing it.

May 9 – Sam and I went to Meddybemps to get seed potatoes from Eddie Niles. The Niles family lived on Green Hill, Eddie was a brother of Fred the mechanic.

May 13 – Walter Henderson, the blacksmith in Alexander, had a shock. We went to see him.

May 14 – Carleton helped Raymond saw wood for Jack Dudley. Jack Dudley lived in Calais and had a wood furnace. He was married to Coburn and Yola Crosby’s daughter, Audrey.

May 16 – Sam and myself bought 16 chicks from Syvilla Dodge. Syvilla (Sennett (1910 – 1984) was married to Nathan (1898 – 1976) Dodge, they lived on the East Ridge Road.

May 23 – Sam got the James boys to shoe the horse

June 4 – Eddie hauled (gravel) on the road up to Grove (Ridge).

June 20 – Yola, Olive, Sam and myself went to Mrs. Cousins funeral, it rained. Etta Flood (1899 – 1943) Cousins was the widow of Clarence Cousins who had died in 1939.

June 23 – Paul Flood died. Paul Dexter Flood (1928 - 1943), son of Doris and Raymond had been operated on for appendicitis about a year earlier, and he suffered from rheumatic fever. He had attended North Union Sunday School, Alexander Grange and Alexander 4-H .

July 22 – Olive Flood was over to supper. George came and got her at night.

July 27 – Bernard was here, the White boy, too. Probably Calvin or Charlie White.

August 29 – Had dinner down by the Dead Stream Bridge.

September 7 - We went to Everett (1865 – 1943) Dodge’s funeral.

September 18 – Allen Howe died. He (1916 - 1943) was the son of Lee and Mildred (Morton) Howe.

September 20 – Olive Flood died today. Olivia Edgerly (1906 - 1943) and George Flood (1894 – 1977) had married on August 29, 1942. Olive had spent her adult years as a teacher, most recently at Cooper’s North Union School and boarding at Coburn and Yola Crosby’s place. George had been a widow since 1935 when his first wife and mother of his children, Mary R. Buck (1891 – 1935) had died. Neighbors had offered to take in the younger Flood children, but George wanted to keep the family together.

September 22 Mildred Dwelley died today at Princeton.

October 3 – Fred Watson was here for dinner. Fred was Annie Flood’s brother. Annie Watson first married a Johnson from Robbinston and then married Arthur Flood

October 10 – Sam, Carleton and myself went out to Effie’s. She had a lovely dinner. We have been married 41 years.

October 15 – Sam, Carleton, Effie and myself went to Lubec to get some fish.

October 22 – CSC got a bird dog.

November 15 – We went to Etta Cousins funeral, Coburn and Yola went with us. It snowed. Etta (1899 – 1943) was the widow of Clarence. She was a daughter of Lincoln and Lizzie Flood whose place was across the road from Raymond Flood’s.

November 19 – Raymond thrashed our beans, we had 5 bushels.

November 20 – Ben Perkins was here today, so was Everett Gillespie. Ben, son of Maynard and Mabel (Flood) Perkins was raised down the road from the Cooper place. His sister Bessie married Robert Gillespie and Everett was one of their sons. The Perkins place was gone by 1940.

November 23 – We had a snow and ice storm. The telephones were out.

November 25 – Carleton helped Bernard take a load of wood to the mill for Royce Cousins. Royce was the older son of Clarence and Etta Cousins.

November 27 – Carleton shot a 9 point buck.

December 22 – Carleton trimmed the Christmas tree.

December 24 – We had our Christmas tree. Fletcher went to the Army.

1944

January 8 – Carleton is working on the truck with Bernard. This truck may have needed fixing on occasion, but here we likely have the truck hauling pulpwood to Woodland or firewood. This is the first of many entries about working on the truck.

January 18 - Clara Frost walked up and stayed all day. Clara (Gardner) was Earl Frost’s wife, They lived on West Ridge. I don’t remember of Clara ever driving, and she always walked.

January 21 - Carleton went over and got Ethel Clark to come and work. (Ethel came every few days for a couple weeks as Corice was feeling poorly. Corice improved after visiting Dr. Bunker in Calais.)

January 27 - Russell Flood got back He looks good. He went away again on February 3rd.

February 6 - Carleton went to Calais with Bernard to see Russell’s picture in the movie.

February 14 – Sam and myself went up to Herb’s birthday party Herb (1882 – 1950) and Maude (Howe) (1883 – 1952) Lowe lived up the Green Hill Road in Alexander.

March 1 – Eva came down. Carleton and myself took her to the train in Charlotte. Likely to go to Massachusetts to visit sister her Leota

March 13 - I put up carrots, apples and cranberries

March 15 – Sam and myself and Annie Flood and Mrs. Leland went to Izzetta Batron’s funeral. Annie (1869 – 1963) Flood was Arthur’s widow and Nelson’s mother. She lived with Nelson. Maria (1870 – 1948) Leland, widow of William, lived on the North Union Road near Dead Stream. Izetta (Love) Batron was Eddie’s mother.

March 19 – The setting room chimney burned out. Harry Grant was here. Harry was from Milltown. He like Eddie Batron and Charlie Moholland worked out as a hired man.

March 20 – Carleton is cutting green pulpwood. Green pulp was spruce or fir that was not peeled.

April 4 – Sam went to get some men to work on the wood machine

April 20 – We burned the blueberry land on the west side of the house.

May 16 – Went to Princeton to see Dr. Jacobs.

May 20 – CSC had to sign up for the Army.

May 21 – Sam, Annie Flood, Mrs. Lehan, Mildred Howe and myself went to Mrs. Johnson’s funeral.

May 29 – Carleton on truck with Bernard hauling wood to Eastport. Usually the cordwood that Sam produced went to a wood yard in Eastport. The yard was near the railroad station, a cold windy place in winter. A man named Bunny Scott owned and ran the wood yard. Bunny would come out of his warm little office, point to where the wood was to be piled, comment about the cold wind, take a little nip from a bottle he carried in the pocket of his great coat and go back inside while Bernard and Carleton unloaded the truck. The truck would haul about 3 cords of this 4-foot wood. Some wood was sold in Woodland and Calais. Lyman Strout also trucked wood for Sam.

June 1 – Carleton went to Calais with Bernard, he had to sign up for the Army.

June 14 – Carleton went to Portland to be examined for the Army. Fred Niles took him to Machias

June 15 – Carleton got rejected from the Army.

June 18 – Sam, Leota and myself went to Church in Cooper. Church services were held at the Grange Hall and possibly Walter Lyons of Milltown was behind the pulpit.

June 22 – Carleton got his car.

June 25 – Sam and myself went to Crawford Church. That building still stands on the Airline and still is used for religious services.

July 1 – Carleton bought a new suit.

July 3 – Sam and I went to Germies reception, there were 106 there. German Prisoners of War were brought to Woodland by train on their way to the POW camp on Indian Township. These POWs worked in the woods while our men were off to war. Carleton hauled pulp from an operation near Wheel Hill above Woodland. The POWs had cut the wood, hauled it out with horses, and men like Carleton trucked it to Woodland and loaded it into boxcars. Carleton remembers one German teamster who was especially kind to his team, and another who gave Carleton a Hersey bar, something that couldn’t be bought in the stores during wartime.

July 5 – Carleton had 11 teeth out; Dr. Miner did the work. Was that Dr. Walter Miner or his son Dr. John Miner, the dentist?

July 7 – Went up to Alvin Carlow’s; Belle is home. They lived at the top of Gooch Hill in Alexander.

July 16 – Joe Lord and family were here. Joe and Althea Lord lived on the Arm Road in Crawford. Their family would be Gordon, Lawrence and Gloria.

July 23 – Mrs. Lindsay Clarke and two children were here for dinner. Lindsay’s wife was Mildred (Frost) and her daughters were Melva, Irene and Phyllis.

August 24 – Sam, Eddie and myself went to the horse trot in St. Stephen.

September 1 – Royce Cousins was here.

September 6 – I am painting the house.

September 9 – Eddie spread the lime. Mel Hunnewell bought 5 cords wood from Sam, $75.00. Mel lived on the South Princeton Road in Alexander.

September 23 – The cows got out.

September 25 – Went to Machias, saw Uncle Frank Day.

October 6 – Dale Crosby killed a calf for us.

October 20 – Raymond, Doris, Maxine, Sam and myself went to Portland. Many local people had moved to Portland to work in the shipyard or other war related industry. Those who stayed back home would go down to visit them.

October 26 – Sam went to see Orris and Marian Cousins. Orris and Marian (Dwelley) Cousins were living on the Pokey Road in Alexander, same site different house.

November 3 – Roland Clark and Carl were here hunting. He stayed at camp.

November 12 – Lee Howe (1888 – 1944) of Grove Ridge died.

November 30 – We took Effie to St. Stephen and had dinner at Burns Restaurant.