Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday March 13, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 13, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Mar 13, 1886 I went home by 11 oclock train feeling very badly and have remained home all the week. Felt a little better on Sunday. My father came down stairs for the first time since last November and remained down all day. Monday I went out driving down town to attend to some business and went to see the recent slide at Terrys at Steep Rocks which carried away his house. He had only last week moved out of it into his new house on Union Av. Saw Mantustock who told me real estate was advancing and that there were no desirable lots to be had. The Methodist Church had sold a lot next their parsonage 100 ft deep for $75 a foot just what I offered Sam Coykendall our place for with the buildings on it and 500 feet deep. It goes far toward convincing me that he had some other reason for not buying it. I wrote to Nette Sterling while I was at home. Friday 19th it snowed very fast for a time and then ceased. In the night we had a violent storm with long continued thunder and lightning. Saturday Mary came up and Mr & Mrs. Cantine came and spent the evening with us. A very affectionate letter came from Laura to my father and a basket of fruit which she sent him for his birth-day and a beautiful box of flowers for him from Mrs. Crane and a letter from Mr. Sawyer. Sunday 21st my fathers 86th birth day anniversary John and Nannie sent him some flowers and Henry Dendney called to see him. He had the anniversary dinner at 5 o'clock. Girard was prevented from coming by one of his violent head aches. There were present, my father, Mary, Sara, Girards wife, Mrs. Davis, Mary Goetchins and myself. We had a delicious turkey and a bottle of wine from Portugal which Alice gave me. John & Nannie came up and spent the evening.

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