Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday June 8, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 8, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, June 8, 1886 I fixed a chair for Sara this forenoon and picked some peas. After dinner I picked the strawberries and then had the team harnessed and took my father, Sara and Mrs. Hoysradt out for a ride to Kingston and a short distance out on the Hurley road. Have been studying the map of our property and thinking of a plan by which lots could be sold in our garden running back 100 feet and if necessary a narrow street in the rear if ever needed. I think our property on the hill very valuable and as people want choice places they will have to come here in the near future. John Mc Causland asked Girard what we would take for a lot 100 feet wide South of our house running from Chestnut to Holmes St. Girard does not know what object he had in making the inquiry. He and I attended a school meeting this evening to consider a proposition to enlarge No. 7 school house. A large number of people were present and $6000 were voted to build a wing 48 ft to the west of the present building, to be raised by tax and to cover a period of five years. Woolsey told Girard he met Sam Coykendall at the Nest lately and told him there were only two places in town for him to buy, ours and the OReilly place. He said to him you will have to get out from where you are. "I know it was the reply" If I can only hang on I feel sure he will buy of us sooner or later. Thinking over these possibilities I have felt more hopeful today, which has been one of the loveliest of days. I looked a long time at the little portrait of dear Gertrude which hangs over my mantel-piece this morning. It seemed to have something of her sweet expression and brought her vividly before me.

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