Lucy Netta Moon Diary
The diary of Lucy Brunetta Nettie Gudgeon Moon for the years 1890-1899 includes regular entries for the first years of the diary becoming less frequent in the later years. Lucy Moon recounts activities of her daily life including social interactions, her children, various activities of her church, and health matters of their family as well as others related to her husband's career as a physician or doctor in general practice.
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"October 1st, The day dawned cloudy but though the clouds darkened the sun they were of the pleasant autumn variety. I arose and prepared breakfast as Maude is at Midland City trying to get her first class in music. After breakfast an agent called with a carpet sweeper. Just before dinner Lieut. Hamsner Sr. came in as he was on pension business after my husband. We invited him to dine with us. Had roast beef and sweet potatoes in the oven. By buying bread and celery our dinner was good enough. Just after he left us, Uncle Ben Baker from Greenfield came. He left on the 4 o'clock train. Maude returned on the train. Minnie and Carrie Loyd and Mrs. Bone called to spend the evening. Emma Sayres and I went to the prayer meeting. What a good meeting we had! It seemed there was nothing between me and heaven. At the close of the meeting a terrible rain fell which caused the water to run over our shoe tops as we crossed the streets. The stars were shining when we went to church. Ernest came from his business (Bates Grocery) and brought us umbrellas so we got home with wet feet only."
"October 5th, This is Carl's birthday and a very rainy one it is. He is twelve today. I prepare a little extra for dinner or supper on each birthday and sometimes permit them to invite a few friends. He invited Clarence Westcot and Will Carol today. Our dinner consisted of fried chicken, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pies, chocolate cake, pickles and jellies. We attended church though it was raining . . ."
"October 11th, A lovely day in the forenoon. In the afternoon it became cloudy. Maude took Mrs. Hinmam to the cemetery also to Mrs. Stultz's. I felt too tired to go to ride. In the evening the Loyd girls and Lida Sayre's came to write with 'Planchette' (I didn't know this but a Planchette is a small board with castors usually in a heart shape and used for automatic writing usually having to do with seances). It refused to write for me 'because I am a Christian.' There is something very curious in a 'Planchette'. I confess I do not understand it."
"October 18th, . . . Maude went up town in the afternoon and got a letter from Stella Harvey. Poor girl she is so homesick teaching school in a country schoolhouse. How well I remember my own feelings when I took my first school. It was during the war of the rebellion. The country was divided into 'Butternuts' and 'Yankees'. The Butternuts sympathized with the South. It was a very different matter to govern a school then. Every school teacher needed to be a General. That is twenty eight years ago. That old feeling still exists only the old terms are dropped. They exist now in party terms of 'Democrat' and 'Republican.'"
"November 4th, A beautiful day and election day. Had our first born lived until now he would be 21 today and would have cast his first vote. But though we still miss him I can not but think how happy and peaceful Heaven must be contrasted with the noisy political strife and warfare of this world. In Heaven we will all be of one mind, a perfect agreement in all things . . ."
"November 6th, A very beautiful day. I felt like resting this morning and letting the work go. Maude has done the washing and ironing this week for the first time in her life. Our children are all good to help. I went one square and a half to Mrs. Toland's to our Missionary Society this afternoon and then went to the church to vote whether women should be admitted to General Conference or no. I voted for it, for men are forcing women to do many things they do not really desire to do because they (the men) are so slack concerning the Lord's work. If any church sends a woman to conference she ought to have the privilege of membership when she gets there." (On the first of December she sprains her foot and nearly faints from the pain)
"December 31st, Dark, cloudy and raining as hard as it can pour. Maude went to Cincinnati this morning for the first time alone. Miss Deakin of the 'Deaconess Home' will meet her at the depot. She will visit first at the 'Home' and then will visit Agnes Powers. I made up her blue cashmere with steel gray plus vest, medici collar and cuffs. Looked real nice. Her hat is such a fine long napped beaver with seven black feathers and a bird on it. We would not be so extravagant if we paid money for these things but a doctor's wife must take millinery or nothing for their bill. Some of the feathers I have had for a long time. I have lost all desire for such things. I hope her friends in Cincinnati will not think her over dressed in her millinery . . ."
"January 2nd, Still gloomy. We were shocked today by the death of the Hon. Leo Weltz, a friend of my father's in my early childhood. He was at one time employed as botanist under the Emperor of Germany. His loss will be felt in many countries besides our own for there are but horticulturists equal to him in knowledge." (It's about this time that she starts skipping weeks at a time)
"February 29th, Almost two months have gone since my last entry in my diary. In that time I have made my dress with black velvet collar, cuffs and vest and plain skirt and gathered waist. In January (the second week) the children, one after another had 'Catarrhal fever.' I only went to church one night during the week of prayer. Our protracted meeting was continued from the first week in January until the eighth of February. We had such good meetings. I attended every night that I could . . ." (She stops writing about March 7th and doesn't write all spring and summer of this year)
"A year has passed since I commenced this journal. After spring work came I did not take time to write. The principal events of the year to this time were the death and burial of my sister-in-law. Milton Moon's wife. She came from Lebanon the 14th of April with such hopes of being cured. But ovarian tumors had advanced. So far there was no help for her. Milton came on the 24th. Sallie died April 29th and was buried May 1st. It seemed sad for Milton and Harry to go home alone . . ."
"January 1st, My nephew John Belleville came. We were so glad to see him. He is a very good poet. He went away on the 4th. Maude came home on the 5th. She formed the acquaintance of one Mr. Henderson S. Cox while there with whom she corresponds. She bought herself a pair of gray kid gloves, and each of us pair of overshoes for 19 cents a pair. She bought herself a plaid cloth dress for 28 cents yet at Broomhall's. She made it Princess style. She was invited to a New Years Ball but prepared going to Cincinnati. She was also invited to a 'Dove Party' at Miss Kearny Grantham's. She wore her blue cashmere . . ."
"March. Synopsis of 1892 from March. My health was very poor. We have had our church painted and frescoed at an expense of $600. Having meeting in the lower room is very hard work for our pastor Bro. Lane and too close for us invalids. I had to leave church every time I went. We had only just got the church finished when a cyclone almost ruined it. It struck the town about 3:30 o'clock on the afternoon of May 5th, and swept trees and houses before it. The two younger boys were in the schoolhouse. I was greatly frightened on account of them but was not frightened at the storm. But the merciful God saved us all . . ."
". . . In June we bought the lot between us and the (colored) M. E. Church from Philip Sockman. In September we were made glad by a visit from Brother Will's widow. We like here so much. I was sick when she came but got well enough to go to Sabine with her. We also visited Cousin Amanda. We were invited to tea at Mrs. Chevenger's called at Mrs. Sayres. Mrs. R. S. Sayres kindly took her carriage and drove through the cemetery and all over the town. She stayed with us three weeks. Dr. Dwight Stevenson kindly escorted her to the boat at Cincinnati. He seems very attentive to Maud. Aunt Hattie predicts he will be my one son-in-law. The change of administration, the unsettled state of the tariff question caused such hard times among the poor . . ."
"Synopsis of 1894. We have had a very mild winter 93' and 94. In February Mr. Sanderson bought the Wert House furniture and went to keeping hotel which threw Maude out of employment. But my heath is so poor I need her at home. We sold our lot on Lincoln St. to Clarence Hinman; this squares his lot and ours. He paid us $400. Dr. gave me $10.00. I spent a part of it for clothes; then Ernest gave me enough ($4.00) to put with what I had left and bought a handsome dressing case (oak) . . . We could not entertain any of the ministers at our house. Ernest paid the board of our Bro. Deputy. Aunt Mary and Brother Darius Moon and wife visited here during conference. Bro. Lease and wife and Bro. Ketcham called during conference. It was the last time they saw sister Mary. She grew rapidly worse from June until death came to her release December 4th, 1894. Elder Pearne and Brother Lane administered the sacrament to her in October. She was very happy at that time and was willing to die. She requested to be buried in a plain black coffin, a linen shroud and one white flower in her hand. Our neighbors were so kind to us by their aid. Her wishes were carried out. Death must have been a happy release to her after lying in bed a helpless cripple for 34 years and confined to her chair ten years previous to that. We miss her very much as we have had the car of her for twenty two years . . ."
". . . Papa is still trying to practice medicine. My health is still very poor although I am getting fleshy. I hope to have strength sometime . . . I have had another sick spell of what seems to be 'Winter Flux.' These attacks come regular every three months. I scarcely know whether they are due to my age or whether they are the premonition of some bowel trouble but the former I presume. I was forty nine the 3rd of Feb. I was too sick to eat so Maude postponed my dinner until the next week . . . March. I have set by the fire the most of this winter (since sister Mary's death) unable to do much but a little embroidery . . . May. During the holidays Dwight Stevenson presented Maude with a solitaire diamond ring. When she showed it to me I knew she had decided on her choice of husband. It made me feel sad but I felt it was for the best as my health is very poor and we are growing old. She would stay with me but she is working too hard. I do not want her to break down at home and then marry as Dr. Stevenson is so tired of boarding. I think it best for them to marry and get settled while I am able to help her. 'We know not what may come.' June. This month has been all taken up with preparations for the wedding which took place on the 27th of June. Maude was married in white taffeta silk with white shoes and gloves. She had a large bouquet of brides roses. Mamie Nichols was her brides maid. She wore pale pink dotted Swiss with pink shoes, ribbons and roses. There were forty guests invited. We employed Pearl Cole as caterer so I had but very little trouble with the wedding supper . . . They were married by lamplight . . ." (more on the wedding. Lucy gets very sick in November.)
"May. Nothing eventful happened that I remember but this month. I decided to visit Maude. It had been several years since I had been in Hamilton Co. but most things looked familiar, especially the hills and rivers. I have a love for the Ohio River woven through all my life as it is . . ." (This year in September her first grand-baby is born. They name her Mary Brunetta Stevenson. There is only a brief entry (couple of pages) for 1897 and then on to the next year)
"I wish I could open this date feeling well but life has become a burden to me on account of intense suffering. While able to go about the house and wait on myself and do the cooking and dish washing, for which I am thankful, still I never have a minutes ease . . ."
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