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The Journals of Arthur A. Carr — Part II

Jan 1, 1943:   Without having planned it so I find that my large journal which for a decade has taken whatever my pen might translate of our life and thoughts is now at the turn of the year complete. Thus I can begin this new book on New Year’s Day. It has been a quiet day for the Streetroad Carrs. Having attended Midnight meeting at the Church I went back to bed after putting on the laying house lights at 6 a.m. Thus it was mid-morning before we were aster. I have spent most of the day getting figures of 1942 together for income tax purposes. No sunshine most of these days. Scattering snow all day.

Jan 18:   Ages ago the soldier made his fond farewells and went away to war leaving his family and neighbors in comparative peace to live much as they did before unless they happened to live on or near a place chosen for a field of battle or line of march. In this war the same fond farewells are said but the similarity ends there. Often now the soldier goes to a place of security and plenty, while his family behind are rationed, restricted, taxed, bonded and worked to the bone. Total war it is, of a truth. I attended a Exec. Com. Meeting of the Hospital this morning and this pm cleaned up the saleable cabbage to go in the morning…. Storm most of the day – a hard granular snow.

Mar. 5… Mahatma Gandhi has just completed a well press agented (?)  fast of 21 days duration.  ( A protest against British action in India)>  We Americans are just beginning our rationing of many foods.  There in lies the point to the above current cartoon.  March winds howled today.   Uncle Walt is rebuilding the Barton house on the corner across the road.  He plans to remove the porch, paint, repair and eliminate an addition which has existed on the N.E.  corner of the house.

Apr.7: ..The Grange Hall just down the road burned between 2 and three o’clock this morning.

April 19 — Some 168 years ago today great things transpired around Boston, Mass.  I am using the new book “Paul Revere and the world he lived IN” as a “pick up and lay down” copy right now.  It is not only interesting but in these troubled times in (?) in that it shows early America at war and more disorganized and self seeking that is the case now.  Warm rain starting tonight.  Started off the garden season today by getting the peas sowed.  Chickens are doing fine —

Hubbard Hen

May 7: .. What a call we have for poultry. Meat is difficult to obtain so everyone is looking for un-rationed poultry. I am dressing off the pen of Hubbards at the rate of 12 to 15 per week. We get 39 cents per lb from the customer.

Jun 14: .. Flag day exercises tonight in Ti with a meeting of the Society for the Pres. Of Indian Lore… Ray Fadden of the Mohawks at Hogansburg was made a member of the council.

Nov. 29 .. I had hoped that someday I might pick up 700 eggs in one day. Saturday I did that. They are laying near that every day. Luckily I have whole grain from last summer so I only have to by mash when it is so difficult to obtain feed. Prices of feed are not as high as they might be on an uncontrolled market but are sufficiently high. 3.55 per cwt for laying mash.

Dec 10: ….The committee of the trustees of the Methodist Church which has the matter of rebuilding the sanctuary of the church under advisement met last night.  We drew up certain recommendations to be gone over by the whole board of Trustees and presented to the Official Board.