Horace Purdy Journal March 1904 Entry

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MARCH 01 TUESDAY - Mercury 32 above. Awoke this morning and found about 1 ½ inches of snow on the ground and cloudy still with a little snow in the air though not hard storming. I went over to John Parslow’s in the morning to arrange for renewal of his store policy; the increase of rate since a year ago of course was objected but he however had it renewed. In the PM, I wrote it up and in the evening, I delivered it. He not being in, I left it with his wife. In the PPM, William Popke called for me to sign a petition for a new hose carriage for the Jefferson Avenue Hose Company which I did. I found $8.00 in my old brown overcoat pocket and am puzzled to remember who put it there and who paid it to me. We have pretty much concluded that it is the house rent paid me on the 12th of February by A. Scheppeassi occupying No. 11 William Street as it was paid at their house on that day that she paid me and I was wearing that coat. MARCH 02 TUESDAY - Mercury 30 above. Lowery in the morning. Pleasant during the day and lowery again in the evening. I went downtown in the forenoon for the first time since last Saturday. I left two counterpanes at Targett & Simmons laundry and solicited insurance on their new laundry building which they are contemplating building. I saw our stamp clerk, Clark Howes regarding the high rate on Morlock & Husk and ascertained what must be done about the boiler and smokestack to get the rate reduced. I then called on them and we talked the matter over. They gave me a check for the policy recently written for them. At 2 P.M., I attended the funeral of Captain E. E. Wildman. On my return, I called at the D. G. Lowe factory to see Mr. ___ regarding the policy on the house of Louise ____ which she has just purchased. I received a check from S. E. Downs, treasurer of the Methodist Church Society for the policy on the parsonage and furniture. MARCH 03 WEDNESDAY - Mercury 35 above. I t began raining about daylight and continued more or less moderately during the day which had been warm and foggy. I have felt quite badly with the grippe and stayed in. I wrote and sent by mail a renewal policy to Caroline Gorman and Helen Purcell at new Fairfield. We made up the Connecticut Fire Insurance Company February report and mailed it. George took money and the bank book to make a deposit after dinner. MARCH 04 FRIDAY - Mercury 18 above. Pleasant and cool. Pension Day. The first old veteran to appear early this morning was Sheridan Morris. George drove up to Saul Gregory’s immediately after dinner and made his pension voucher. I had a scrap with Henry Veats because I would not advance him on his pension. He being already under the influence of drink, I would not give him money to become more intoxicated. He requested his pension certificate which I gave him and he left. While George was up to Saul Gregory’s I went over to 109 Liberty Street to Make Mrs. Foley’s voucher and then to 78 Town Hill Avenue to make Bridget Rooney’s. On my return home, I went to John Parslow’s and to James McCullum’s and to Rachel Dikeman at the home of Charles Johnson on 31 New Street. In response to a notice sent to her at Brookfield Center, Mrs. Hannah Weld called to see about her insurance. Received a check for Byron Dexter and J. Higson & Co.in payment for loss in amount of $12.41 which occurred January 18, 1904. MARCH 05 SATURDAY - Pleasant. George and Mr. Beeman started about 9 A.M. to go down to Cousin Edwin Mills to arrange for renewal of their fire insurance. Frank Sherwood called a few minutes after they started. On their return, they reported that they would write to Edith at Waterbury and wait for her reply. Before dinner, I went up to North Street and secured an $800 furniture policy for James Durbin. James Martin called in the P.M. and had his pension voucher made. In the forenoon, I bought a chicken at Marsioch’s market. Mary pronounced it spoiled and I returned it. George and Sarah came over in the evening. MARCH 06 SUNDAY - Mercury 30 above. Cloudy all day. Misty and at times a few flying flakes of snow but no real storm of either rain or snow. Lottie and Julia Hirsch came from Sunday School and took dinner with us. We stayed at home all day, but went over to Brother George’s in the evening. MARCH 07 MONDAY - Mercury 38 above. Warmer, misty and almost rain in the morning. It came near clearing away about 10 A.M. and I harnessed and drove over Wildman Street to see about collecting for insurance written last December for the East Danbury Progressive Club. I found William Lynch at Van Gall’s factory (he being headman of the club) and he said that they had concluded not to insure this year and not knowing that it was necessary to return the policy sent to them, they had retained it. He said that he would bring the matter up at their next meeting and possibly they would keep and pay for the policy. MARCH 08 TUESDAY - Mercury 38 above at 7 AM, 48 at noon. Pleasant. Edgar L. Wildman made an affidavit as to his lost pension voucher and requested a duplicate. Just before dinner, I went up to 10 Pleasant Street to get Mrs. Louise Dexter’s to sign an application for accrued pension and also for a widow’s pension. After dinner, I returned for two witnesses to sign where it was omitted but they were not in. I arranged for them to call at my office tomorrow morning. On my return, I found special agent Knox of the reliance waiting for me. After he left, Laura Boughey called for a statement regarding John Norris’ life insurance and Byron Dexter’s interest in the same. I went with her to Lawyer Davis’ office where the case was being investigated and made a statement regarding $400 paid by Mr. Dexter what was supposed to be for deferred premiums. I cleared up the matter by stating that the payment was to pay off a loan to John Norris by the American Loan and Deposit Company for which the policy was assigned to secure. This was done to clear the policy of all claims against it that it might be assigned clean to Byron Dexter which it was. MARCH 09 WEDNESDAY - Mercury 36 above. George and Mr. Beeman went to King Street this morning to see about renewing Philo Mead in the old George Wilkes place. He succeeded in doing so. Herbert Wildman called after dinner for forms to renew Edmund and Hannah Weld at Brookfield. He spent part of the PM with me. Mary and I spent the evening at Joe Merritt’s with Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. Mr. Rogers paid for furniture insurance. MARCH 10 THURSDAY - Mercury 18 above. George drove with me to take the train to go to Brookfield Junction at 9:05 A.M. and to leave the horse at D. Gage’s shop to be shod. I got left by the train. I returned to the blacksmith’s shop and got the horse after she was shod. Charles and Fred Bevans called and got their pension checks. Also Henry Veats; his had not yet arrived. Before dinner, I went with Mrs. John Germanetti (?) to show her (a prospective buyer) Edgar Wildman’s house on 43 Washington Avenue. After dinner, George took the bank book and made a deposit. I drove up to Lee Heights and arranged for the renewal of Mrs. Catherine Ryan and Clark Ferguson. I took Mrs. Fred Rogers with me and left her at Leon Rogers at 23 Willis Street. I then went down to William Hall’s blacksmith shop for my spindle buggy left there to have an axle mended. MARCH 11 FRIDAY - Mercury 30 above. Cloudy and about 9 A.M., it commenced raining gently and froze as it came making it very icy and dangerous getting about. I took the 9:15 train to Brookfield Junction to see Mrs. Wordin living near the station about the insurance of her property on Apr 4th, it being now insured in the Middlesex Mutual. I stayed in the office in the P.M. and did up some writing. Clarence Morgan came in and we looked up some accounts which had been running for about 3 years. Surprising as it may seem, we found while I was at Brookfield in the forenoon, Orrin Knox called to make an affidavit as to the marriage of Leonard Dexter to Frances Cosse on December 18, 1853, the same being necessary in Mrs. Dexter’s efforts in getting a pension. MARCH 12 SATURDAY - Mercury 20 above. Pleasant and cooler. A light flurry of snow last night which covered and disguised the ice making walking a very careful thing to do. Before noon, however, the ice gave way to the sun and the walking was quite sloppy. Mr. Johnson, so-in-law to Mrs. Dexter, called in the morning to see if I could go down to their farm and meet Mr. George Dexter who would also make an affidavit as to Mr. Dexter’s marriage. We could not today. After dinner I went to the Adams Express office with Policies # 2268107 to #2268149, inclusive, the same being 43 in number to be returned to the Greenwich Insurance Company, they having gone out of business by reinsuring in the Commercial Union of England. Sherwood Fanton called and paid for his insurance. William Phillips also called in the evening and paid $8.00 on account. Edgar Wildman called in the P.M. to see what I had done about selling his house on Washington Avenue; also as to receiving a duplicate pension voucher in lieu of one lost for his March pension. Soon after his departure, the postman, Mr. Owns called and left the duplicate voucher we were waiting for from Boston. MARCH 13 SUNDAY - Mercury 25 above. Pleasant and cool. E. W. Griffith called this morning with his pension voucher returned for correction of an error in not giving the residence of the Notary Public. H. H. Johnson called in the A.M. to see if George had come from Bethel to drive with him down to Dexter’s farm to take an affidavit of Leonard Dexter as to being present and witnessing the marriage of Leonard Dexter and France Cosse. George did not appear. Mary attended church in the morning. Lottie and Julia Hirsch came from Sunday School and took dinner with us. Mrs. Anne Miller, occupying the Pieran’s house at No. 9, died this morning at 3 o’clock. MARCH 14 MONDAY - Mercury 42 above. Pleasant in the morning. Edgar Wildman called this morning and had his pension voucher made out which I a few days ago received from Boston in lieu of one he lost. I went downtown in the forenoon and gave William Stillman a check for the church seat rent to April 1st and arranged to renew the same for another year. In the P.M., I went to the office of William Cable and had him type write two affidavit forms for me to be executed by Orrin Knox of this town and George Dexter of North Salem, New York, evidence of the marriage of Leonard Dexter and Frances Cosse in the matter of getting a widow’s pension for Mrs. Dexter. I called in the A.M. at William Stillman’s business office and delivered a furniture policy to Mrs. Lillian Pritchard. MARCH 15 TUESDAY - Mercury 30 above. About 2 inches of snow fell last night. It ceased about 8 A.M. Rufus Rice came in this morning and signed papers applying for an increase in pension. Just before dinner, I went over to see E. S. Fairchild to show him options under his ordinary life insurance policy of $3,000 at the expiration of 20 years on the 25th of this month but did not find him at home. I called down to Van Gall’s factory to see about renewal of Henry Borman’s policy which comes tomorrow, also to ascertain what the East Danbury Progressive Club had concluded to do about keeping up their insurance. They had concluded to drop it for the present, so said their treasure, W. H. Lynch. After dinner, I went up to Mrs. Leonard Dexter’s with an affidavit to be executed at North Salem, New York by George Dexter as a witness to Leonard Dexter’s marriage. They are to see that he properly executes the same and returns to me to be forwarded with other papers in Mrs. Dexter’s application for a widow’s pension. MARCH 16 WEDNESDAY - Mercury 32 above. A pleasant day. In the morning, I took a trolley car and went over to E. S. Fairchild’s and gave him a statement from the Equitable Life naming options at his disposal to select from in adjustment of his life policy at the expiration of 20 years. I then ordered coal of C. L. Morgan and came home by trolley and found Orrin Knox waiting to sign a new drawn up affidavit for him to sign in proof as an eyewitness of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Dexter. In the P.M., I made a deposit at the bank, made some purchases for the house and returned home. The city today has been mending a water break on the main water pipe at the corner of William and George Streets. I repaired the lock to the lower door for Mrs. Clark who occupies upstairs at No. 9 William Street. MARCH 17 THURSDAY - Mercury 16 above. Cool and pleasant. St. Patrick’s Day. Edgar Wildman called this morning for his pension check which came yesterday. He also took his certificate as he expects to go to the Soldiers’ Home at Noroton. In the P.M., I drove with Mr. Beeman and at Morlock & Husk’s Machine Shop had a part of Mrs. Clark’s lock repaired. We then drove to Grandview Avenue to collect of Mrs. McDonough but failed to do so. After which, I called on Mrs. John Allen to see if she had heard anything from her pension papers. She had not. I then came home and finished repairs to the lock. In the evening, I went up to Dr. Sunderland’s with Mary. MARCH 18 FRIDAY - Mercury 32 above. I awoke this morning to find it snowing. It continued to do so moderately with mingled rain until about noon. Later in the afternoon, it cleared away. I took the trolley car up to North Street to transfer Mrs. Sarah J. Bouton’s furniture policy to No. 66 North Street. After my return about 4:30 P.M., Mr. George Van Fleet from New Haven, agent from the Equitable, called on me. After a short visit, I went with him by trolley over to E. S. Fairchild’s as he is considering which option of several at his disposal he will select on his $3,000 policy. We had a pleasant call and suggested to him a continuous installment policy. As he is not contemplating any more life insurance at present, we left the matter for the present. Mr. Van Fleet left on the Highland Division train east and I returned home. The children of Mrs. Ann Miller moved her furniture, etc. out from No. 9 William Street this P.M. and in the evening they left the key at our office. George Dickens died last night at 12:30. MARCH 19 SATURDAY - Mercury 30 above. A bright morning. I drove over to Mrs. Woods and collected premium for insurance written Feb. 1st. From there, I went over to George Bradley’s at Beaverbrook and collected $1.50 from him and $2.00 from his father on a policy turned over to us by L. Treadwell. Then I drove up to see Mr. Fuller at James Jennings’s place but got nothing from him but partly arranged for some hay. I returned home in time for dinner. I broke my harness while at Mr. Fuller’s. I remained home in the P.M. and among other things done, I mended the broken harness. About 5 P.M., I gave Abram Tosi the key to No. 9 William Street which 1st floor apartment he has rented from April 1st. MARCH 20 SUNDAY - mercury 42 above. Warm and pleasant and somewhat windy. I went to the Post Office at noon from which I went and called on J. H. Ives to give him $.59, a return premium for cancellation of his Reliance Insurance policy on his store which he has given up. After dinner, I completed the Reliance report for February and enclosed the Ives policy also with the one not taken for the east Danbury progressive Club. Fanny and little George Martin, her baby came up and was with us to dinner. Before evening meeting, we went over and called on George and Sara who are still combatting their Grippe colds. We attended church in the evening. Dr. Wilson preached well to a small congregation. MARCH 21 MONDAY - mercury 30 above. Pleasant in the morning and until noon. Cloudy in the afternoon with threatening rain. I attended the funeral of George Dickens on Stevens Street at 1 P.M. where I met Frank Crofut of Boston who has been in Danbury recently taking care of his brother-in-law, Joel Foster. After the funeral, I went up to stamp clerk, A. H. Howe’s office to see about the rate of a plumber shop in Bethel which George contemplates insuring. Also to switch the Abram Tosi premium in the Turner building on Orchard Street taken by Reed for 1% when I wanted 1 ¼ % as per last known rate. I went over to W. H. Cable’s office and got $5.00 cash from him, the balance (less $.35) of his life insurance premium nearly two years ago. I then called on Frank Hartwell looking to get a business suit of clothes provided he will take some life insurance. We had a talk over it but did no business. I found to my surprise that he is carrying no life insurance at all. In the evening, I wrote to A. J. Hunt, U. S. business agent in Boston making an inquiry why Mrs. Bridget Rooney did not get her pension check for voucher used and forwarded on March 4th. I paid a $200.00 Note due today at the Danbury National Bank. In the evening, I called on Dr. Sunderland to get the name of the name of the person who told him he was a fool to pay a full year’s premium for Life insurance, but he would not inform me. Mrs. George Hartwell called in the P.M. while I was attending George Dickens’ funeral and paid $68.95 on account of insurance on mill inventory, etc. MARCH 22 TUESDAY - Mercury 34 above. Foggy with light rain at times during the day. We wrote the Edwin Mills policy today as covering from the 17th of March, Francis Lowny came in and had the $200 furniture policy cancelled as he is moving to New Jersey. We also cancelled the three month occupancy permit recently put on as he has rented the place to a tenant I went to the bank with a $150 deposit this P.M. I also went over to the R.R, Depot to see David Hoyt about the date of the death of his second wife. We hoisted the sleigh up in the barn this morning. MARCH 23 WEDNESDAY - Mercury 50 above. Pleasant and warm. I arranged for the renewal of Ada Sperry’s insurance this morning. I called at Mallory’s shop and saw Clifton Underhill about insurance. He had recently taken an endowment (?). He promised me to insure furniture. Davis Hoyt called at noon with some facts to finish hi papers ready to send to the Pension office. I received an affidavit from George Dexter at North Salem as to being a witness to the marriage of Leonard Dexter. A Mr. Miller, a special agent of the Equitable called in the P.M. We went over to Mr. Beeman’s in the evening to hear music by Mr. Tompkins on violin and Harley Beeman with banjo and Mrs. Beeman on piano. MARCH 24 THURSDAY - Mercury 50 above. A beautiful day. Before diner, I drove over Hull’s Hill with L. P. Treadwell to make the acquaintance of Thomas and Mary Dunn insured in the Conn. Fire Insurance Co. to be renewed on May 2. Also to enable Mr. Treadwell to collect a balance due, all of which we accomplished. I made another pension voucher for Bridget Rooney. The one made on MARCH 4 got lost at the Boston Post Office and another was sent. I also got the remaining facts from Byron Dexter as to the age of his mother as required in her pension claim and sent first application and affidavit for same to her attorney J. P. Crabbe & Co. at Washington, D. C. In the evening, I delivered a policy to Mrs. Ada Sperry, and then spent the evening at Edwin Rockwell’s at 24 Foster Street where George came with his talking machine to entertain them. MARCH 25 FRIDAY - Mercury 38 above. In response to orders from the Lafayette Fire Insurance Co., we this morning packed up for shipment by express all renewed policies and other supplies required in closing this agency on account of reinsuring in the national of Hartford made necessary by losses in the recent Baltimore fire. I walked considerably in the forenoon and became very tired, in consequence of which I stayed in the office in the P.M. Edith A. Mills from Waterbury, on her way home stopped at 4:30 and took a paid policy on their place in Starrs Plain. Peter M. Osborne also called and paid for policy issued last December on his furniture at Long Ridge. I felt so badly that I sent for Dr. Sunderland in the evening. MARCH 26 SATURDAY - Mercury 60 above. Warm and lowery but no rain to amount to anything. Notice came by Elmer Karl’s’ boy about 9 A.M. that the house of Lucy Harris just over the state line on the road to Brewster was burned this morning at 5:30. Total loss on the house and looks like the same for the furniture. George immediately took Mr. Beeman and drove over to look at the same. We mailed notice to the Connecticut Insurance Company this P.M. I have stayed in today. Mary and Mrs. Hawley did the Sunday marketing in the P.M. MARCH 27 SUNDAY - Mercury 30 above. Colder with feeling and appearance of snow in the morning. While it did not storm, there was but little sunshine. Lottie and Julia as usual came after Sunday school to dinner. After dinner, I went to Dr. Sunderland’s to get word as to examination of my water. He found an indication of a slight kidney affliction and gave me medicine for it. Later in the afternoon, I went over to Stevens Street to see how John Stevens was getting along with his accidental hurt for which I have him insured. After dinner, Mary went over to Balmforth Avenue to see Mrs. Raymond to see how old Grandma Bevins is who is not expected to live. Mary returned before meeting time and we with Mrs. Hawley went to hear Dr. R. S. Pardington of Bethel deliver a discourse or lecture on Mormonism. MARCH 28 MONDAY - Mercury 30 above. Little sunshine though not stormy. We wrote a furniture policy this morning for ___ Tosi at No. 9 William Street. Today being election in City for election of expiring number of Common Council only. I bought 10 bushels of oats of Mr. Barnum. The fire got out in the furnace and I had to kindle it in the P.M. Edwin Griffin died suddenly in his chair this evening. MARCH 29 TUESDAY - Mercury 22 above. I made a check this morning under date of yesterday and mailed it to the Equitable Life for premium on George’s and my own policies due today. Mr. G. Fitch, adjuster for The Connecticut Insurance Company came from Hartford, arriving on the 9:15 A.M. train and George drove him out to Elmer Keeler’s to settle with Mrs. Lucy Haines for the loss of her house which they did and he took the 11:37 train back to Hartford. While they were adjusting the loss, I went up to 19 Summit Street to see a small damage requiring paint and papering to one room. In the P.M., H. A. Wildman called and I gave him a check for the balance of the brokerage business for February. In the P.M. about 4 o’clock, I drove over to Germantown to arrange for the renewal of Adelaide Holton. She said she would call tomorrow afternoon and let me know. From there, I went over to Edgar Benedict’s and to Celia Purdy’s and arranged for the renewal of both. I then went up to Knapp’s Lane and took a diagram of the house where Joe Merritt has moved. Livio Tosi called in the evening and paid for his insurance on furniture; also for his April rent in advance. In the P.M., Elmer Keeler called with Mrs. Lucy Haines, thinking that Mr. Fitch, the Connecticut Insurance Company adjuster had taken advantage of them in settling for $300 on furniture when the policy called for $500 on their items. They were mistaken in the amount, $300 being correct. They went away satisfied. William F. Bradley came in the evening and had the mortgage interest in his policy changed from Elizabeth S. Benedict, now deceased changed to Mary S. Bradley. I sat up and worked in the office until nearly midnight making up endorsements on Greenwich policy, now Commercial Union by re-insurance for Joe Merritt and mailed the same to the Greenwich to have Commercial union sign the transfer, also notifying them of small smoke damage to Mrs. Hattie Bradley’s house on Summit Street. MARCH 30 WEDNESDAY - Mercury 30 above. A beautiful day. I did some about town driving and took Mrs. Bliven with me. Robert Chambers informed me that his Pleasant and Pearl Street house was sold to Emerson Ballard thus disappointing Thomas Scofield who thought to buy it. I took Edwin Griffith’s life Insurance policy in the Equitable and wrote the company notice of his death and requested death proof blanks to be sent to me. MARCH 31 THURSDAY - Mercury 35 above. Lowery this morning. I drove top Brookfield to see if the policy of Robert and Effie Jones in the New London County Mutual expires tomorrow. I ascertained that it expires on July 28. They paid me $5.58 for a policy written last September by the Connecticut Fire Insurance Company, same to expire in July when the one in New London is promised me to write under one policy, A little snow began to fly as I stared about 9 A.M. I returned about 11:30 in time for dinner. On my way home the storm became mixed with rain and fine hail. It increased and continued all afternoon. I attended the funeral of Edwin Griffith in the P.M., after which I went up to Dr. Sunderland’s office with a specimen of urine made by George Purdy to ascertain if he has kidney trouble. None however was indicated. The doctor spoke to me about an accident policy for his driver, Mr. Snyder. From there I went down to Mr. Daragan’s store to see about a policy on his block expiring tomorrow. After tea, Rufus Reed called and paid his life insurance premium which was due yesterday; also for one for his tools written last December.






Purdy, Horace, 1835-1909. “Horace Purdy Journal March 1904 Entry.” Horace Purdy Journals, MS 044. WCSU Archives, 9 July 2019. Accessed on the Web: 18 Nov. 2019.

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