MRS. ORIE A. PEASE 1873 BITTERSWEET HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY BY A HARDWORKING NEWLYWED WOMAN WHO INHERITS THE BABY OF HER DEAR DEAD SISTER-IN-LAW
New Hampshire 1873 Good Manuscript
On offer is the original handwritten bittersweet diary of a new bride Mrs. Orie A. Pease who was married on August 15th 1872. Mrs. Pease [b. April 13th] writes about her days whether they are days of sweet cozy love with her sweet husband [b. April 12th] or days of illness for herself, loved ones or neighbors. Most days whether cold or windy she keeps up cheerily about her happy times on Sundays when they can be together alone enjoying a quiet evening eating popcorn balls and molasses candy. The year for the most part wears on well though the chores never end and there are many illnesses and deaths: Arlie Bigger, falls through the ice and drowns, then Orie is pall bearer for Mrs. Norton just to name two. But then late in the fall matters turn even more tragic: On Saturday, November 1 she learns that her sister-in-law Sadie is dying. Sadie dies shortly afterward, and left her newborn baby to our young bride. She writes about the sadness of seeing the dead face of dear Sadie. Other snippets include: going to St. Elmo reading room, seeing the Swiss Bell Ringers, Brother Fred who we had not seen for 6 years came home. We also discover that Orie has a shop, there is a Cooley's store, the Congregational Festival is June 13 1873, the new Presbyterian Church inauguration was on May 18th 1873, Jake Walters buried their child 12.23 etc., etc. While the location is not specifically noted research suggests this couple lived in New Hampshire and she references Brooks, Creston, the French colony, Kalen's and McGage's. Mrs Pease also writes of Sally Werners, Miss Mcnair, Miss Baker, Ida Graham, Mrs. King, Mrs. Davenport Cooper, Miss Herron, Mrs. Shaw, Mrs. Rolland, Dr. Rawson, Charly Gould ["passed us but we did not speak"], Mrs. Chapin, Mr. Cooley, Mrs. Bergan, Mrs. Sherman and Rev. Berry. Description: 5.3 x 8.4 cm. Small leather diary with closure flap, all pages filled with clear handwriting. Very good.