Transcribed by Kimberli Faulkner Hull © Chasing Light Media
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April entries from May L. Crawshaw’s 1901 diary (Mary Louisa “Maye” Crawshaw) are transcribed below the images. Under each entry is a section labeled, People mentioned, which lists people in the diary entry and, if applicable, their probable/possible identities.
1 April 1901, Monday
Cloudy & Rain
Mamma went down street. Bertie came home this noon with the headache & I took it upon myself to tell her to stay at home.
2 April 1901, Tuesday
Bertie didn’t go today. I came to East Taunton on the 9.15 electric. Read & tonight I went with Emma to a supper down at the church. Went over to Elsie’s Emma’s brother Warren’s wife, their baby is very cunning it laughs an awful lot.
3 April 1901, Wednesday
It has poured all day. Read a book called “Marvel” by M. Hungerford. There was some kind of a meeting here tonight to disband a society. There were only Mr. King, Andrew & David Dean, Johny, Emma & I played Tiddleywinks.
4 April 1901, Thursday
Finished reading “Marvel” & started a Young Girls Wooing by E. P. Roe. It is fine. I finished it after supper & began it after breakfast. Well I really started it yesterday afternoon as I read a couple of pages. I keep on the lines fine. Went over to Elsies
5 April 1901, Friday
Read Longfellow Poems. I don’t mean the whole book, but selections from different parts. Went over to Elsies.
6 April 1901, Saturday
Cloudy & Rain
I came home this morning before I came I went over to Elsie Kings. Bennie and Stanley came home.
7 April 1901, Sunday
Cloudy & Rain Went down to Isabel Brassell’s. While we were there we went down to Grace Davis’ and saw her baby. To think of Grace having a “kid” & Clara Horton is married. The boys went back to-night, but we not see them.
8 April 1901, Monday
The cloudiness & rain must have made a bargain or agreement with the weather man.
The rain never gives out.
Good things are making it stout. I helped mama and read.
9 April 1901, Tuesday
This rain seems to be interminable. It keeps on & on. Read.
10 April 1901, Wednesday
Rain & Cloudy
Helped Mama this morning. I kneaded the bread to-night the first I have done. Started “Lysbeth” a tale of the Dutch by H. Rider Haggard it is great.
11 April 1901, Thursday
Mama went down street this afternoon & I stayed & took care of the house. My & Mama’s bread came out well. Ma got me a library book called Miss Cayley’s adventures. Finished Lysbeth. It is grand.
12 April 1901, Friday
It had rained or been cloudy ever since the first day of April. But today makes up for it. Ethel C. & Leonie D. came over to see me this afternoon. Bert came home sick this noon so didn’t go to work this afternoon. Mama went to Kenyons this afternoon. Finished my library book. It is fine. Got the letter so I went to Ethels first & then to Fans. Ben & Stanley came home to-night.
13 April 1901, Saturday
This weather is great. Today is perfect, neither too hot or too cold and not a cloud to mar the perfect blue of the heavens. Ha! Ha! That is Anna B great way. She always puts ho! ho! and ha! ha! or something similar to begin or end or put in the middle of her notes. Went over to Ethel’s this P.M. just before I went I got a letter from T. Webster saying she wanted me to come down & stay all day I couldn’t because it was noon when I
14 April 1901, Sunday
I got up this morning with a face that felt very hot, the boys said my face was red, I look at myself and found it resembled a beet in color & that it was becoming swollen. Ma said it was poisoned. Boys went back to-night.
15 April 1901, Monday
Fair & Cloudy
Went back to school to-day. My face has resumed its natural color but is still puffy. Clouded up about noon. Mama went down street & got me a new old rose colored piece of good for waist dress, a library book called “Proverb Stories” by L.M.A. It is fine.
16 April 1901, Tuesday
It poured this morning, but I braved the storm Didn’t go this afternoon.
17 April 1901, Wednesday
Been cloudy all day. Came right home from school.
18 April 1901, Thursday
I think the weather man must have bought a lot of Cloudy & Rainy weather at a bargain sale we get so much of it.
19 April 1901, Friday
Rainy & Cloudy
Alice, Tom & May Lind came to-day. It is Lexington Days so I did not have to go to school.
20 April 1901, Saturday
Played with May Lind. Papa & Tom went to Attleboro this morning & Tom & Alice went to Providence this P.M. Stan & Ben came home tonight.
21 April 1901, Sunday
All the folks went back tonight with Stan & Ben.
22 April 1901, Monday
Went over to Leonie Dore’s tonight after school & then stayed all night.
23 April 1901, Tuesday
Ma went down street this afternoon.
24 April 1901, Wednesday
Poured at different times today. Bert didn’t go to work this afternoon.
25 April 1901, Thursday
Came home from school & read.
26 April 1901, Friday
Cloudy & Fair
Went over to Waler’s to get some meat & then to E. Chandlers. Leonie was with me. We played whist at Ethels. It was a clear sunset.
27 April 1901, Saturday
Lovely day. Pa don’t work Saturday now. He went down street to Mr. Kenyon’s this morning. I went over Ethelle’s this afternoon & we played whist. Bennie came home to night, but no Stanley, he had to work.
28 April 1901, Sunday
Bennie, Papa and I went walking up to the river this morning. Bert & Isabelle went to Sunday School. I went with Ethelle C. to the Baptist Church tonight. Met Bert when it was over & came home with she, Ethelle, Joe Wilbur & Clarence Robbins. The two latter came home with Bert & I.
29 April 1901, Monday
Nothing special today.
30 April 1901, Tuesday
Cloudy & Fair
It cleared up this afternoon. I am glad because it will be nice for the party. Went down to Fan Websters tonight after school.
Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, transcriber and compiler, “May L. Crawshaw 1901 Diary, April 1901 with Transcription” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/may-l-crawshaw-diary-april-1901/ : published 2021); May L. Crawshaw, Diary for 1901, April 1901 entries (Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, 1901); privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.