Transcribed by Kimberli Faulkner Hull © Chasing Light Media
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March 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 March 1901, Friday
Mama & I went down street this morning & got me a new coat, half fitting box, dark gray in color.
2 March 1901, Saturday
Rainy & cloudy
Helped Mama this morning. Stanley came home to-night. Played whist & cribbage, He, Ben, Bert & I. Ben got laid off today.
3 March 1901, Sunday
Isabelle came up this afternoon & she & Bert went to church to-night. Stanley had to go to work today, but he came home to-night.
4 March 1901, Monday
It rained this morning but cleared up this afternoon. Papa was to sick to go to work. Stanley went back this morning.
5 March 1901, Tuesday
Rain & Fair
Went with Ethelle after after school & intended to go up to her house, but she had to take a poem overt to Leonie Dores & she asked us to come down & stay so we went up to Ethelle’s & asked her mother & then came down to Leonie’s & played cards with she & Harry Robbins. Bert came home this morning and went to the theatre this afternoon.
6 March 1901, Wednesday
After school to-night I went skating with Ethelle but as Lottie got in on Baby Bush. Mrs. Chandler came over for Ethelle & would not let her skate on Big Bush. Mama is sick with the grip. I guess it will be the last skate we will get this year. Papa went to work today.
7 March 1901, Thursday
It froze so hard last night that Ethelle & I were going skating after school to-night I had to go Walkers so I went & then came home & got my skates then went to Bush found only Russell D. & Arthur Childs their with skates & the 2 Chandler boy without. They went home & got theres & then Harry Robbins came over at 5.30. Ethelle came she had to stay after school. She went home & got her skates & we stayed quite awhile & had a good time. This skate will be the last I am sure.
8 March 1901, Friday
9 March 1901, Saturday
Stanley came home tonight. We played cards. Helped Ma & read Moods.
10 March 1901, Sunday
Finished Moods today it is fine but the heroine marries the wrong one.
11 March 1901, Monday
It poured in torrents all day so I didn’t go to school.
Bennie & Stanley went up to Boston as Ben is going to work in the same place.
12 March 1901, Tuesday
Nothing particular done, said or heard to-day.
13 March 1901, Wednesday
Emma came over this noon & stayed to dinner Bert & I went down to Fannies.
14 March 1901, Thursday
Rainy It rained some to-day Read “Work.” Bert went down street & bought us both a bag. Walked over the hill with Bert, Ethelle & Leonie.
15 March 1901, Friday
Anna Brennan walked up my way tonight & then walked down the back road & a little way down the avenue. I met Papa & walked back with him. Finished “Work” by L.M.A. both that & Mood’s is fine but in Moods Sylvia married Geoffrey Moore instead of Adam Warrick & in “Work,” David dies when I wanted him to live.
16 March 1901, Saturday
Helped Ma to-day. Bert & I went over to Walkers for meat & then to Isabelle Brassells to get her to stay up here all night. Stanley & Bennie were at home when we got back. Isabelle lent me a book called,” All for Love of a Fair Face” by Laura J. Libby.
17 March 1901, Sunday
It has been lovely all day. Isabelle, Bert & I went up to the river and out in to William’s Meadow & up all the points on peninsula’s round the swimming hole. Belle went home tonight & Bert & she are going to church tonight. Stanley & Bennie went back tonight.
18 March 1901, Monday
It rained hard all day & so I didn’t go to school.
19 March 1901, Tuesday
Went down to the new house in front of Alice Perkins & played with Sophie & she, Dick Brassell & Earl Hope were there part of the time.
20 March 1901, Wednesday
Went over to Ethel Chandler’s to-night. Bertha R. went too.
21 March 1901, Thursday
It looked rainy when I started for school so I wore my mackintosh. It began to pour in the middle of the forenoon & kept on right up till 6 o’clock. I didn’t go this afternoon.
22 March 1901, Friday
My paper went to the office. It was a Arithmetic.
23 March 1901, Saturday
Helped Ma this morning. Bertie went down street this afternoon & I walked down with her to the Cattle-show gate and then over to Ethel’s for her to come over, but she was waiting for Leonie after awhile she came & we started. When we got here we went over to the woods & found some skunk’s cabbage, then we wandered around & ended up in back of Henshaw’s and saw C. Whitely & J. Hill flying kites & then came home again & played parcheesi & cards then Bert (who had come home in the meantime) & I walked home with Ethelle & Leonie.
24 March 1901, Sunday
John & Emma came this morning and stayed till.
25 March 1901, Monday
Bert went to work for Miss Roebuck at the millinery trade today.
26 March 1901, Tuesday
Went over to Leonie Dore’s this noon to take her a book that she forgot & went again, also Ethel after school.
27 March 1901, Wednesday
Woke up this morning & found my neck hurt like the dickens it was so bad that I didn’t go to school.
28 March 1901, Thursday
Still at home my neck is quite bad yet
29 March 1901, Friday
I am at home today on account of my neck.
If I had been to school I would have got out for two week April vacation
30 March 1901, Saturday
Ethel Chandler came over this morning to find out whether I could go to the theatre, she stayed about 10 minutes. Stanley & Bennie came home to-night.
31 March 1901, Sunday
Read different things nearly all day. The boys went back to-night.
Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, transcriber and compiler, “May L. Crawshaw 1901 Diary, March 1901 with Transcription” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/may-l-crawshaw-diary-march-1901/ : published 2021); May L. Crawshaw, Diary for 1901, March 1901 entries (Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, 1901); privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.