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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.

National Lead Company

(Photo caption:  Mill buildings at the MacIntyre Development, National Lead Company’s new mining project on the shore of Lake Sanford in New York’s Adirondack Mts., which is no producing ilmenite, a previously imported titanium ore, as well as magnetite iron ore.  Undertaken in the early summer of 1941, the mine was in operation one year later. )   Carr’s note:  Search of this record of several years past I am sure will reveal photo taken near the same spot as that pictured in the attached, “Tahawis” was then a silent wilderness.

Dec 30: .. Rarely do I go to the movies. Tonight was a rare occasion. The Phantom of the Opera played. It was beautiful. The signing was thrilling. The opera scenes made me hungry for the Metropolitan.

Jan. 3, 1944 .. Great news comes from the battle fronts. Russia is driving the Germans from her soil. Berlin lays wrecked and smoking from R.A.F. raids. The world is on edge waiting for the promised invasion from England.

Jan. 30 .. “Lore of an Adirondack Country” was presented to a small group at Headquarters House (Hancock House) by Carl Longeran. This is the first of the winter series of book reviews.

Feb 13….Two bits of history came to my notice today… first. A reference to Cheney’s Street house at Ti Street. I feel rather sure that this house was built by man named Cheney. In the memory of some of the older ones here a bar room was housed in an ell running north from the rear portion of the house. Thus Cheney’s Street House would seem to be this house… reference made about 1842. ..Second came in answer to a question which I put to Amos Blood at the Headquarters House this afternoon. He had been telling a Sun p.m. group of his boyhood here about 80 years ago. Afterwards I asked him about the tradition of treasure at Osman Rock. He claimed to know all about this but in presenting it I must mention the fact that a bit previous he had told of his father’s father coming to this country with Burgoyne (1777) and deserting into the wilderness of Vermont to later join Ethan Allen in the capture of Fort Ti, (1775) an event that occurred before the arrival of Burgoyne. With that I put down his version of the old story of Osman Rock.

During British occupation of the lake three British boats put up the creek that carries the water of Lake George down our valley into Lake Champlain. They were hiding a pursuing enemy craft and thinking that they would be captured they sank an oaken chest of gold with which the troops of the fort were to have been paid. This chest of gold was placed on the creek bottom near the rocks which borders the creek. The creek bottom being of soft mud the heavy chest settled into the ooze and could not be recovered by the British. Some many years ago a stranger came here and hiring men to help he proceeded to locate this chest with long iron rods shoved into the mud and with an augur to prove the find an oak chest when it was located. Having located the chest this stranger proceeded up the lake to Plattsburg (I think Amos said) and bought an old iron smoke stack. This he transported here and up ended it over the chest in the mud. Two men one of whom was Mike Cossey, went inside this tube or pumped the water and mud out while on the outside. On€ night when the mud was nearly down to the chest this stranger went down and retrieved the gold. He there upon disappeared leaving only the upended stack in the mud where it still is. Now on its side and under water…. This does not seem all plausible but that is as Amos says it was.

Apr. 13:  The fulfilment of the above has just taken place with out any particular difficulty.   …A & S (Adkins and Scotts) are selling the “Corner Market” to Frank McDonald, “Stub Stewart is soon to leave for the navy and we can get a fair price for it so it seems wise to unload.

Apr 14: Mt. Defiance Lodge #794 F. &A.M. has been the fortunate recipient of two legacies recently. Time will dim the memory of the situation set forth in one item the situation  as it is.  Therefor I will attempt here to concisely set it forth, that in the future one interested may know why things transpired as they did.  (Lengthy notes about the organization’s “Temple Fund” transactions and activities thereto.)

Apr 25.. Milton Grinnell started the freezer plant today.

June 11 .. W.P.B. (War Production Board) priorities are troubling me now. I have the freezer building ready but now to get govt. permission to install the machinery is the problem. .. went to Albany, Sat.. (met) with chief of priorities dept, asked a few questions and gave me a form to fill out and send to Utica Office.

Jun 16.. Permission to install refrigerating machinery.

Feb 19, 1945:  I ran across this excellent photo of L. H. Bailey in a John Deere advertising magazine.  He was one of the men at Cornell some 32 years ago who inspired me with increased love of the country and country life. He was then retired and an “old” ma to us….