Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday October 22, 1878

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Tuesday, October 22, 1878, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

My father and I were obliged to meet the City Surveyor, the Street Committee of the Common Council and the property owners regarding the disputed line of Holmes St. where the curb is being laid on our side. All evidence goes to show that the owners on the south side have encroached on the street and now in order to get a street of sufficient width they wish us to yield on our side. Dussel an obstinate and ignorant man was the only impracticable one. He demanded a certain width of street which would encroach 1 ft. 6 in beyond where the curb is now being laid. With my fathers approval I proposed that we would give 9 inches if Dussel and those on the other side would make the same concession. Flynn, and Childs thought it the best way to settle it as did Canfield but as Dussel maintained his obstinate demand to have us give it all. I left them and told them they might accept that or have a commission appointed by the court to locate the street. This afternoon when we drove by we saw that the stakes had been placed according to our offer. We drove up to High Falls today. Left here a few minutes before 1 and went up by Creek Locks in two hours. Mrs. Sawyer, my Father, Gussie and I in our wagon and Andrews and Lucy in a separate wagon. It has been one of the lovliest of autumn days and we had a charming ride. Gertrude was in my thoughts constantly. She was with me in August the last time I was there on that delightful excursion which she so much enjoyed. Sara came home this evening and brought me a sweet sisterly letter from Alice, who grows to be so like Gertrude in her affections. I had a letter today from Beard and one from Hicks [preceding four words appear to be crossed out] and Sara brought one from Mrs. Booth to Mary and Gussie had an earnest and characteristic one from Eastman.

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