Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday October 27, 1881

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, October 27, 1881, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday Oct. 27- The wind has continued to blow a gale all day. We slept cold last night. This morning the ice was thick in the water pail and the rocks on the shore have been covered with ice all day. Katahdin is white with snow half way down. A middle-aged man came along down the lake through the woods this afternoon and stopped at our camp, a Mr. Weymouth. He has six horses and a number of men wind-bound about three miles below here. He is a lumberman and has all these men to pay while they are lying still. He looked anxious. He was a shrewd, earnest looking man of perhaps 55 years of age. I asked him to have a lunch and Royal made him a good cup of tea, gave him some hot bread which he was baking, some beans and cold corned beef which he ate with a relish. I enjoyed talking with him and when he left he asked us to stop at his camp if we came near him. The spot where we are encamped is the site of an old lumber camp of 50 years ago at least. We can trace by the decayed and mossy logs the foundations of two buildings nearly 30 feet long, probably the camp and the hovel as they call the stable.

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