DECEMBER 01 THURSDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 25. Pleasant. Before dinner, I signed an endorsement for a Reliance policy on E. A. Mallory & Sons for George C. Stevens & Sons written by them when they represented the Reliance, changing same to firm name of E. A. Mallory & Sons, Inc. I delivered same. I called at the bank about my note of $100 due today. I paid it. Then, Mr. Beeman being with me, we drove up to Mr. Corbulon’s fruit store on Patch Street and delivered his policy and collected, then delivered a furniture policy to Clarence Nelson, bookkeeper at Roger’s Silverplate Shop. From there, we drove over to Sarah Austin’s store and dwelling on White Street to see if the store had been removed that a reduced insurance rate may be given it. After dinner, I walked downtown and gave the bank a check to pay the note and went to Meeker’s Hat Shop to find Bert Hitchcock. Not finding him, I went to his home on Maple Avenue, and his mother gave me his policy for transfer or cancellation. Then I called at the silver plate shop for Nelson’s policy, then came home about 4 PM. George and Sarah were with again in the evening. Mrs. Virginia McKnight called this evening to say that Arthur Durgie had resumed work, being disabled for one week only. DECEMBER 02 FRIDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 30. Hazy with the appearance of snow but neither storm nor sunshine. I was kept busy all the forenoon doing insurance correspondence with the Connecticut Insurance Company regarding the Targett & Siemon new laundry risk, making Agricultural report and notifying Standard Accident of Arthur Durgie’s one week disability claim. After dinner, George Olmstead called to arrange for unoccupancy for two or three months which he expects to be away from home. About 4 PM, I went downtown and got Davis Knapp’s PO order for $5.40 cashed and arranged with E. Pancirole for renewal of the Italian Co-operative Grocery Provision Company. George and Sarah came over again in the evening. DECEMBER 03 SATURDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 20. Colder. Sent by early morning mail a dunning letter for $10.00 to the estate of John Wixtead. The day being cloudy, chilly and cold with an indication of snow, I stayed in the office all day except about 4 PM when I went hastily downtown for Sunday marketing. Just before going, Mrs. Lucy Haines called as she promised and said that she had decided to let Mr. Budd do her insurance at Brewster. I therefore at once cancelled her insurance in the Connecticut Fire Insurance Company covering her barn, etc. In the PM, I burned rubbish in my yard. Discussion with George as to the Sun liability with Rundle & White on Wildman’s broker policy with us when Wildman neglect to pay. 2 ½ pounds of coffee and ½ pounds of tea came today which brother George ordered from New York. 15 pounds came in the same shipment from Dr. Sunderland which George delivered, but the doctor not being in, he did not collect. He with Sarah spent the evening with us again. When they went home, I wrote a letter to A. J. Hoyt, US pension agent at Boston making inquiry as to whether a pension voucher issued on Sunday would be legal. DECEMBER 04 SUNDAY - Mercury at 7 AM – 24. Hazy, cloudy, cold and unpleasant. Not a moment’s sunshine or not a drop of rain or a flake of snow. A beautiful red in the west at sunset thought the sun never shone. Lottie and Julia Hirsch came after Sunday School and stayed in the PM. I received by mail a voucher to sign for new life insurance renewals which I signed and also mailed with it to Schiffer, agent at New Haven; also my new fire insurance account to the Connecticut Fire Insurance Company in Hartford. Mary dictated a letter which I wrote for her to Clara Watkins at Hartford requesting her to come and make us a two or three week visit over the holidays. We called on brother George in the evening. On the way, we called on Dr. Sunderland. He gave a check for George to pay for his 15 pounds of coffee which came yesterday. Notwithstanding clouds and threatening of storm, it became clear about sundown and a beautiful starlit evening. DECEMBER 05 MONDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 14. Clear until after daylight when it became cloudy and about 2:30PM, it began snowing and continued through the day. It being Pension day, we were very busy. After dinner, Mr. Beeman rode with me to make vouchers for the cripples, lame and lazy and old widows. We were caught in a snowstorm before our return. Rachel Dickenson, a widow of the Revolutionary War, lies at the point of death. I took her signature by X mark at her bedside. She will probably never sign another voucher. J. L. Day came early in the evening and made his voucher. He will make an application for an increase under the old age order, he being 65 years old, which will give him now $8.00 instead of $6.00. It ceased snowing at bedtime, about 9 o’clock. DECEMBER 06 TUESDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 14. A beautiful sunshine morning. The cleaning of the paths was the first thing on order this morning. George finished them when he came from Bethel. James Martin called about 9 AM, of course to borrow something on the strength of his pension to come in a few days. I allowed him a small amount. I delivered to E. Pancirole on the Italian Co-operative Grocery and Provision Company for which he paid me. In the PM, George drove Gip to the blacksmith shop and left her there to be shod while I went down to Dr. Clark’s for his statement as to the treatment of Arthur Durgie’s finger which was hurt and for which he makes a claim for one week’s disability to the Standard Accident Insurance Company of Detroit, after which I went to Gage’s shop for Gip. She having been shod, I drove home. After which, I went up to Fancher’s shop and had Durgie sign and execute his proof of claim to the accident insurance company. George and Sarah came over for the evening. He got shopped and went to Mallory’s shop for the first time in about a week. W. H. Merritt came in the PM and made his pension papers; Elias Osborne came this evening. DECEMBER 07 WEDNESDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – Sunshine at intervals during the day. Most of the time however, squally looking clouds prevailed. Between 8 and 9 AM, I went up to Fancher’s shop and got his eyewitness statement as to the hurt Arthur Durgie received for which he is making a claim. I mailed the proof of said claim today to Loomis & Nettleton, agents to the accident insurance company. James Martin came in the morning to borrow on his pension check which will come in a few days. After dinner, I drove over to Beaverbrook to see about furniture insurance of Eliza Hoddinott which she has moved from John Street in the city to her son John Hoddinott’s at Beaverbrook and stored them in an outbuilding. I cancelled the policy. After I returned, I delivered a policy to Joseph Pond on White Street and collected the premium of $30.48. Peter Hardwick called in the evening and made his pension voucher which I completed and mailed. I received a check from cashier Schiffer for my commissions on the second quarter of John Watkins life insurance which he mailed to New Haven. DECEMBER 08 THURSDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 28. Fire alarm 32 struck last night about 10 o’clock for a fire in the 5 & 10 cent store which is pretty well burned out. A little before daylight this morning, it began snowing moderately. Before dinner, I went up to the Union Shop and arranged for a renewal of sand paper stock for Charles Croft and before I left I took an order for a $500 furniture policy for Joseph Gauche at 72 Elm Street. S. W. Bradley brought the two bushels of potatoes to George Purdy which I had engaged of him. In the evening, William Bedient came in with two other members of the painters union to make an oath in a funeral benefit claim in the loss of life of the wife of one of the parties. About 8: 30 in the evening, after executing papers for Bedient and others, I went up to Dr. Sunderland’s with the duplicate of his life insurance examination by Dr. Clark on December 29, 1898 for his record as to a family record, etc. in contemplation for an application for new insurance. DECEMBER 09 FRIDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 18. Pleasant; received my pension check this morning. Mr. Beeman received his last night. He came in and paid me the $2.00 he borrowed of me. A postal by mail this morning, from Col. Saul Gregory to come up to his place and make out his pension voucher for him, he being unable to come down. George and Mr. Beeman drove up there and attended to it. A fire last night about 10 o’clock destroyed a house owned by John Walsh on the west end of Highland Avenue. Another call for the firemen about 9 o’clock this morning on Cherry Street. A chimney fire in a house occupied by James Newton insured by us in the Greenwich Insurance Company on furniture. A small damage will come to us from it. I immediately notified the Commercial Union, the reinsurers of the Greenwich Insurance Company. After dinner, I mailed up and mailed the Sun account for November, enclosing the cancelled Bert Hitchcock policy. I called at the Turner Machine Shop with the tools policy for Henry Biddescombe. I called on William Lyon at the Renfield Wholesale Store on Rose Street to try and write him up for life insurance but could not. On returning, called on Mr. Daragan to insure more on his stock if possible; he will wait for an inventory to ascertain the amount wanted. At 5:20 PM, the postman brought pension checks for Fred Bevans, Charles Bevans, Joel Bates and John Cree. During the evening. Fred Bevans called and I cashed his check. George and Sarah were over in the evening. Fannie also called. DECEMBER 10 SATURDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 14. Cloudy with indications of snow in the morning. About 3 PM, it commenced snowing gently and continued through the day and evening. I went downtown in the forenoon ad made a deposit in the bank. I saw Herbert Wildman and got another good promise for the $100 he owes me on the Rundle & White insurance. I saw Mortimer Rundle in the bank regarding it; he was surprised that Wildman had not paid me. Joel Bates called in the morning and I cashed his pension check for him. In the PM, I got a check for $57.00 of Jake Hartz on account. George Nelson called about 5:20 PM to see about $1.50 due him for transfer to a lower rated location. Clarence Wilson called in the PM and paid $3.00 on account of furniture insurance. DECEMBER 11 SUNDAY - Mercury at 7 AM – 5; at noon – 24. Pleasant and very cold; the coldest we have had yet this winter. The water pipe to our sink froze for the first time but it was easily started however with a little warm water. About 10 AM, Frank Hart called and for his wife, Celia Hart paid $3.00 on house rent which he promised to pay yesterday, there being now $1.00 balance due. Grandchildren Lottie and Julia Hirsch came from Sunday School and were with us to dinner. In the PM, I mailed our November account to the Reliance Insurance Company and enclosed a check for the August balance. In the evening, we went over to George Purdy’s, prior to which I called at Charles Sherwood’s to see how old Mrs. Dickenson was, as she is not expected to live day to day as she is 93 years old. While at George’s, I cashed his pension check for $18.00, deducting the $10.00 he owes me for money borrowed to pay his rent on December 1. MONDAY DECEMBER 12 - Mercury at 6 AM – 10. Not entirely clear yet not stormy in the morning. Later, there began to be flurries of snow which continued more or less all day without more than 2 inches of snow. Mrs. Hawley borrowed 50 cents of me this morning. George and I drove over to Mrs. McDermott’s on West Wooster Street and arranged for the renewal of her little store building, then to Lake Avenue and renewed W. H. Jones and Mrs. Catherine Ryan. I then left George at the office and drove over to 11 James Street and renewed Mrs. Susanna Taylor. After dinner, I rested in the office until 3 o’clock and then went over to White Street and renewed William Charles and brother; then took a car at West Wooster Street to renew for Frank Andrews. James Martin called this morning for his pension check, but it had not yet arrived. It snowed steady all evening. DECEMBER 13 TUESDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 25. It snowed all last night and still at it at 10 AM with 20 inches of snow. As yet no wind accompanying the storm and the snow lies pretty and level. Before dinner, I put on my hip boots and went downtown and left Mrs. Emma Taylor’s policy at the Union Savings bank; also one on the pipe organ at the 1st Congregational Church with Mr. Rundle and received his order for payment on Rev. Reynolds, the church treasurer. James Martin called in the forenoon for his pension check, but it had not come. About 3:30 PM, I went into the street and got G. Rundle’s order on Perry Reynolds, the treasurer of the 1st Eccliastical Society for the premium on the church organ insurance cashed. I then called on William Conklin, engineer at the Turner Machine Shop and got $2.00 on account of his insurance. DECEMBER 14 WEDNESDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 6 above. Another very cold morning. When George arrived at 8:30, we finished digging out snow and got the sleigh out from upstairs in the barn. James Martin called again to get his pension check, but was disappointed as it had not arrived. I let him have another dollar on same, making it $4.00 advanced on same. Before dinner, I went downtown and called on Wagner Brothers, clothiers on White Street for $1,000 insurance by word of J. Hartz. They did not deal today, but promised to consider it. I received by morning mail forms from Lewis Reed wishing us to write $750 on the shop of P. Young & Sons. I wrote back on the forms “Please Excuse Us.” Ruth Waterman called after dinner with her voucher returned for correction; George omitted the date on the first. I supplied the want and remailed the voucher. About 4 PM, I delivered the Shaffer Brothers policy and collected same. Also $5.00 on account of Fred Seymour. About 5 PM, the postman delivered the pension check for James Martin. DECEMBER 15 THURSDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 4 below. The coldest morning yet this winter. James Martin called for his pension check. I cashed it for him. I delivered Frank Andrew’s policy to Mrs. E. Mallory, mortgagor. I got another bottle of Liprozine on account of insurance of James Doran. I called again to see Charles Watts about renewing policy on his barn. Not being able to see him, we wrote the policy and sent it to him by mail. After dinner, Mr. Beeman went with me (our first sleigh ride) and I collected from Mrs. Emma Taylor the $7.00 balance of her account. I called at William Charles Brothers, the corner of White Street and Ives Street to deliver a policy. He being undecided about accepting it, I promised to hold it open for his acceptance until next Monday. From there, we drove to Bell’s Lane off River Street to see a Mr. Repoli for furniture insurance; we did not find him at home. We went later and found him. I secured a policy of $500 on furniture for a 5 year term. I also delivered a policy to William Jarvis on his store. I found him sick; his son promised to send a check tomorrow. After tea, I went up to Dr. Sunderland’s to see how he is. Yesterday he was sick n bed. He is better, having been out attending to his patients today. He wants 5 lbs. more coffee. From there I went over to brother George’s on Montgomery Street and gave the order. Charles Betts called in the evening and paid $4.50 the first half of the rent. DECEMBER 16 FRIDAY – Mercury at 6 AM – 25. A $5.00 check from Standard Accident Insurance Company for one week of disability for Arthur Durgie was received this morning from Loomis & Nettleton, state agents at New Haven. I delivered the same before dinner and cashed it for Mr. Durgie. I also received notice from the Pension Bureau that an old age pension had been granted to Andrew Bell; I drove up there and told him, after which and before noon, I drove over to Clarence Morgan’s with Mr. Beeman for him to pay for a tone of coal and for myself to tell Clarence to finish putting in my coal. After dinner, Charles Watts called to say that he had received his policy on his barn and will in a few days’ pay on the same. Charles Bevans called while I was out for his pension check; George delivered it to him. After dinner, Robert Chambers called and endorsed a blank note for me to use in the bank for such amount as I may need for discount about January 1st. I gave him calendars for the New Year -1905. While doing my barn work about 5 PM, George Brush called for two Agricultural calendars. Following that, Mrs. David Hoyt called and paid me a $2.00 fee for the age increase of David’s pension. About 3 PM, I carried Mary down to Dr. Oley’s for eye treatment. While away, Nellie Johnson left a note on my desk to call tomorrow at her place of business at 209 Main Street. Mrs. James Newton called just before tea to see if I had heard from the insurance company about her damage. Fannie Hirsch and Sonya Lyon called about 8:45 in the evening. DECEMBER 17 SATURDAY - Mercury at 6 AM- 2. Letter this morning from W. Furness, special agent of Commercial Union Company, re-insurers of Greenwich Insurance Company, asking for more particular description of the James Newton damage. I went over there and looked up the matter and then wrote Special Agent Furness and recommended a half damage on the value of the carpet - $6.00 and the value of a child’s dress - $1.00. See letter of this date. I then went down and made a deposit in the bank. I called on Nellie Johnson as requested yesterday by a note left on my desk. She wanted to know about her pension voucher received with her last check. Arthur Barnum delivered before dinner 10 bushels of oats I ordered yesterday. In the evening, Charles Watts called and paid me the insurance on his barn. Also Clarence Wilson called and paid me the balance due on his furniture insurance. Mary is having another attack of her liver problem which nearly prostrated her. Minnie Wilberg’s rent is overlooked; she supposed it had been paid. DECEMBER 18 SUNDAY – Mercury at 7 AM – 25. The day has been pleasant though about 4 inches of snow fell during the night. Mary is still feeling badly though around and still doing her work. Mrs. Hawley came over and helped her make a chicken pot pie for dinner. Lottie and Julia Hirsch came from Sunday School and took dinner with us returning home about 4:30 PM. I mailed a check for the August balance to the Agricultural Insurance Company. I shoveled all the paths this forenoon and went to the post office at noon. I felt pretty tired the remainder of the day. George and Sarah spent the evening with us. I wrote the Watkins family for Mary and George mailed it as they returned home. A beautiful moonlit night. DECEMBER 19 MONDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 10. A hazy frosty morning without sunshine. Received by mail from W. Furness, Special Agent of the Commercial Union, and a short proof of loss of James Newton loss under Greenwich policy No. 2668093 reinsured for us to make up and refer to him. Before dinner, I drove over to 14 James Street and delivered a policy transferred thereto for Charles Small and gave to his wife, $1.42 returned premium for lesser rate in this location. From there I drove up to Lake Avenue to see if Andrew Bell had received pension papers from Boston in the matter of age increase allowed him. He has not yet received them. Mary received a letter from M. Delos Thomas from Bridgeport. In the PM, I went up to Dr. Sunderland’s for a bottle of lame back medicine for Mrs. Hawley. From there, I went to the Foster Brothers’ shop and delivered a furniture policy to William Elwell. From there to William Charles & Brothers’ Fruit Store on White Street to deliver a policy. They put me off until next Monday the 26th. Received a check from Charles Hallstead for $2.00 for his barn. Mrs. Ella Smith sent her husband Arthur Smith and her policy for endorsed permit for other insurance. Nathan Hoy called for a large agent’s calendar. DECEMBER 20 TUESDAY – Mercury at 6 AM – 22. A beautiful morning. About 9 AM, I called on James Newton at Cherry Street to see why he did not call last night and sign proof papers for his loss. I arranged to see him tonight. I then with Mr. Beeman (taking Mary over to Sarah’s as we went), went to Frank Verra’s at 169 Main Street to deliver a furniture policy. I received a letter from the Sun Insurance Company asking for the September balance, which I mailed to them by check in the PM. I then called at the Foster Brothers’’ shop and received a check for $5.00 from Wilbur Elwell in payment for furniture insurance. Then over to Clark’s Box Shop with an agent’s calendar for John Coyne. I stopped at Hugh Allen’s store and met Mary and Sarah there. Jake Hartz stopped me near Spiro’s clothing store and took me to task for George dunning them for a broker policy on his account. I pacified him and he promised to pay before January 1st. About 4 PM, I wrote a letter for Mary to Clara Watkins in which she enclosed a dollar for a Christmas present. About 8 o’clock in the evening, I went over to Cherry Street thinking to get James Newton’s signature on loss proof. I did not succeed as he had not yet arrived home. DECEMBER 21 WEDNESDAY – Mercury at 6 AM – I arose at 5 AM thinking to catch Mr. Newton as he took the freight train to Norwalk (of which he is conductor) to sign the proof of loss, but he did not stop. George and Lill made me a Christmas present of two night shirts. I slept in one of them last night for the first time. They are very nice and comfortable. About 10 AM, I with Mr. Beeman drove down to Frank Verra’s and received from Ms. Verra an order for renewal of their furniture insurance policy. I then delivered one to William Repoli at the barber shop on White Street. I also went to the Union Shop to see Joseph Gancher as to his policy already written. We then came home and I let Beeman take the horse and give his wife a sleigh ride out to Fry’s corner for an errand and then to go to the Dewey Inn for me to see the brick chimney Mr. Bradley, the owner said he had built at our request. He found it all right. I wrote a dunning letter to Arthur Dibble at Bethel and also mailed a calendar to him. In the PM, I took Mary up to Mrs. Raymond’s. I then delivered a policy to Mrs. Frank Verra on furniture and she paid me $2.00 on account. We also drove out to Clarence Morgan’s to have him bring me some furnace coal if possible tomorrow morning. Fannie called just at night and took tea with us. George and Sarah came in the evening and brought 2 ½ pounds of coffee from New York. Also five pounds for Dr. Sunderland which I sent up and delivered and collected for same. I gave George a check to send to Mrs. Kimball to pay a bill to her for coffee, etc. About 8:30 in the evening, on his way home from his train, Mr. Frank Newton called and signed a proof of loss under the Greenwich Insurance Company, reinsured in the Commercial Union. I mailed the proof before retiring. Charles Dean called in the evening to notify me that Frank Oeztel had sold his grocery to his wife Adelia Dean and to change the policy. DECEMBER 22 THURSDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 4 below. Mr. Beeman rode with me to arrange the Oetzel policy, then we got an express box for Beeman at the Express Office. I called on Sunderland’s shop with agent calendars. We then called on Byron Dexter’s house on Pleasant Street about a renewal on his house but, he being sick, I did not see him. Clarence Morgan brought me 1 ½ tons of furnace call this morning. After dinner, a son of Henry Supple called to have us insure a house near Lime Kiln above the Iron Works at Brookfield. About 4 PM, I harnessed and drove over to Frank Oetzel’s to arrange assignment of the store policy to Adelia Dean. He not being home, I took Mrs. Robert Haskins and daughter home on Hoyt Street, giving them their first sleigh ride. In the evening, I went over to Orchard Street to collect the balance from Mrs. Jennie Townsend, but could not as she was not at home. Mrs. Hawley presented me with a pair of home knit mittens. DECEMBER 23 FRIDAY – Mercury at 6 AM – 35. The snow has melted fast today. In the morning, I drove over to Frank Oetzel’s store on Liberty Street and made over his store policy to his mother-in-law, Mrs. Adelia Dean. I then drove to Brookfield and made up a policy to Henry Supple’ farm just at Lime Kiln just above the Iron Works in the amount of $1,000. On my return, I stopped at Robert Jones, hoping to collect. He was not at home but is expected to return tomorrow and will see me next week. I arrive home a little before 1 PM. After dinner, I made up the daily report and George took it for mailing. Stephen Pierans called about 2 PM and I settled with him for the November rents. At 4:30 PM, after doing my barn work, I went into the street trying to collect. I did not succeed but got a promise from Mr. Daragan for January 2nd. On my way home in front of Warner’s store, I found a pair of spectacles minus the glass. A postal this evening from Andrew Bell that the papers from his pension increase had come. DECEMBER 24 SATURDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 40. Soft and the snow is getting away fast. Without a cold change we will lose our sleighing. After George arrived from Bethel, we rode up to Andrew Bell’s on Lake Avenue to care for his pension increase recently allowed - $10.00 – for age 68. A new certificate was sent and the old one ordered returned with the voucher. I mailed the old papers to Boston. I wrote Henry Supple at Brookfield to see if I left my fountain pen there yesterday. I also made an application at the bank for a loan about January 1st. It has grown cold since morning and the thaw has turned to freezing. After dinner, Mr. Beeman rode with me to do a little shopping for Sunday and Christmas. George and Sarah came over to spend the evening with us. We gave them a large lamp and I received an umbrella. This PM, Mrs. Stuart from Bethel came to borrow money to buy a watch for a Christmas present for her daughter. Not being financially fixed to do so, I declined. DECEMBER 25 SUNDAY – Mercury at 7 AM – 15. Christmas Day. Cloudy all day with the appearance and feel of snow. We rose about 7:30 AM. Mary attended church in the morning. I went to the Post Office and to get the paper at noon. After dinner, I bound by entry in the Register a policy in agency for Byron Dexter on 40 Pleasant Street occupied by himself and one for Charles Cary on furniture in Dr.Oley’s house at 135 Main Street. I found my fountain pen today in my room which I thought I left at Henry Supple’s in Brookfield on Friday and wrote to them to save it for me. I wrote to them again to say that I had found it. It commenced snowing at 4 PM and was still at it when we retired at 9 PM. After doing my barn work today, I called on Mr. Hickok who has taken to his bed and will probably never be any better. DECEMBER 26 MONDAY – Mercury at 6 AM – 20.It snowed moderately during last night giving us a topping of snow. I made paths to the barn, privy, office and to the driveway. George arrived from Bethel around 8:30 AM. I sent him up to Carol Rider’s to ascertain if Byron Dexter’s policy which expired yesterday was still payable to the Union Savings Bank. Rider was not at home. Later, I saw L. L. Hubbell, the teller. He said the policy should be made payable to the bank. I had a controversy with William Charles & Brothers, corner of Ives and White Street about taking the policy I wrote for them. I left them without settling the matter. We were notified this morning of a small loss of George Bard of 48 ½ Balmforth Avenue under Sun policy No. 678530 originating from the kerosene lamp and Christmas decorations last night about 7:30. We notified the Company that the damage would not exceed $25. We took Christmas dinner with brother George on Montgomery Street. After dinner, I called on Frank Seymour and collected a $5.43 balance on a policy expiring today at 19 Elm Street in Perry’s block. I arranged for the renewal of the same. I then went home to do the barn work, fed Gip, and then returned to George’s to spend the evening. DECEMBER 27 TUESDAY- Mercury at 6 AM – 34. I commenced raining before morning with signs of losing our snow and consequently our sleighing. I delivered and collected premium of William Charles & Brothers by changing the date of the policy from December 14 to December 24. We renewed on the 14th without orders and they declined taking it on account of the high rate of premium. I today however persuaded them to be insured on condition that the policy be dated as of today. I then made a deposit on the bank and left the policy of Byron Dexter at the bank as mortgagor. In the PM, I sent a check for $23.72 to the Equitable Company for George and myself due on the 29th. Lottie Hirsch came up and spent the afternoon with us. I wrote to the Connecticut Fire Insurance Company to change the date of the Charles Brothers’ policy, explaining the matter. About 6 PM, Mrs. Hickok called to me across the street to assist her to get old Mr. Hickok back in bed. Being out of his head, he imagined he was obliged to move and attempted to get up and dress himself. The bandages on his sore leg were partly torn off and he was bleeding profusely. I sat by him until they could send for his son, William. DECEMBER 28 WEDNESDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 48. Warm and foggy this morning. About 9 o’clock it cleared up with the wind northwesterly and growing colder. After breakfast, I cut a new tin bottom and with the help of George, we riveted it to the bottom of the ash pan. About 10 o’clock, George went with me in the sleigh and arranged fort the renewal of Morelock & Husk Machine Works and 19 Summit Street for Peter Beradi. By the morning mail, I received a letter form Estelle White in reference to James Shelby’s insurance on piano at New Milford.; also a draft for the James Newton loss in the amount of $7.00 from W. Furness, special agent of the Union, reinsurers of the Greenwich. Rufus Rice, the soldier and pensioner, died about 7:30 this morning died this morning of apoplexy at Byron Dexter’s where he was caring for Mr. Dexter as a nurse. In the PM, I sleigh rode Mary don to Dr. Oley’s office for her to consult him about her eyes. Then I dove up to Mallory’s shop and delivered to Clifford Sturgis the Edwin Whaley policy now owned by Mr. Sturgis and his wife, the daughter of Mr. Whaley, now deceased. From there, we drove to Rufus Rice’s to ascertain about his death. As we started from there, the bits to Gypsy’s bridle broke in her mouth and very fortunate it was that they did not break while driving fast or downhill. I used the hitch strap put around her neck, then passing same around her nose, I led her home with Mary riding alone. In the evening, I went over to Mr. Newton’s on Cherry Street to have him receipt for the draft of $7.00 from the Commercial Union, but he was not yet at home. DECEMBER 29 – THURSDAY – Mercury at 6 AM – 20. Pleasant. Slept well last night and did not rise until 6:30. William Phillips, an old fire insurance customer called for a calendar. I started to go downtown and met Davis Monroe coming to pay his insurance. I returned with him. As he departed, he, by mistake, took my mittens, but a little later, returned them. I then started again for the street and arranged with K. Come for renewal of his furniture insurance policy on January 1st. I saw John Vail’s grandson and he drove up home with me for calendars. Lewis Orton called after dinner for a calendar. I then went up to Willard’s shop and arranged with Mr. Regan for a policy on the life of his mother. I went to their home on Foster Street and took their application. From there, I went down to Dr. Clark’s to arrange for the examination, but did not find him. In the evening, I wrote and sent a check for the September balance to the Reliance Insurance Company, and for the first time in my life sent a check without money in the bank to cover it to the Agricultural Insurance Company and other balances, but I have arranged for money to be there by the time the checks are returned on next Tuesday, January 3rd. DECEMBER 30 FRIDAY – Mercury at 6 AM – 25. Cloudy with the appearance of snow early this morning. It soon, however, came off clear and pleasant. I got up at 5 AM and opened and lighted my office, thinking that possibly James Newton, who goes by about 5:30 to take his freight train as conductor would see that I was open and would call and sign the receipt for a draft to pay his loss; he did not, however, call. After breakfast at about 8:30 I went down to 5 Foster Street and got a specimen of Ann Regan’s urine and took down to Dr. Clark and arranged for her further examination to be made at noon, while I was there. We drove up to Millard’s Hat Factory just before noon and got the particulars of Michael Regan as to being the beneficiary of his mother Ann Regan. One hind foot was off Gip’s foot this morning and while I was attending to the examination of Ann Regan, George went to Gages shop and had it put back and also had the other hind one reset. About 5 PM, Rufus Reed came in and paid the quarterly premium du today in the Equitable. I immediately made the check and mailed it to W. Schiffer the agent at New Haven. Rufus Rice was buried this PM at 2 o’clock. George mailed Ann Regan’s application after dinner to G. W. VanFleet, manager at New Haven. Received this morning from the Sun, a short form proof of loss for the case of George Bard. DECEMBER 31 SATURDAY - Mercury at 6 AM – 30. Pleasant. I made up the Connecticut December account and enclosed check for the October balance and, being too late for the mail at the Post Office, I went to the railroad station and gave it to the mailman for the train. I received this morning another short form proof of loss for the Bard loss from Arthur Hatch, special agent, with orders to adjust. Mr. Wixtead called in the PM and settled for his insurance. I delivered a policy to K. L. Comes. Jennie Bratton send word in the evening that they had moved to 29 Stevens Street. Harry Gray also called and settled his insurance. James Newton also called about 9 o’clock on his way home from his belated freight train and signed his receipt for payment of loss in amount of $7.00 and endorsed the draft and I cashed it for him. George and Sarah spent the evening with us.
Purdy, Horace, 1835-1909. “Horace Purdy Journal December 1904 Entry.” Horace Purdy Journals, MS 044. WCSU Archives, 9 July 2019. Accessed on the Web: 22 July 2019.
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