Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday May 31, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 31, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, May 31, 1886 Mary and Marion left for N. Y. by the 7.40 train. Marion is going to Boston tomorrow to visit Alice. We miss Mary very much when she goes. It rained in the night but today has been cool with a breeze from the N. and a tempered sunshine, an ideal Decoration day. We got my father up and he, Sara and Dwightie and I drove over to the cemetery where Sara laid flowers on Maurices grave at the head of which Genl. Grant Post G. A. R. had set one of their flags marking a soldiers grave. People were thronging to the cemetery carrying flowers. Returning we left Dwightie at the house to see Tom mow the grass and we drove down the hill to leave Sara at John McEntees Nannie having sent for her. I drove down to Rondout with my father and mailed some letters. The post office was closed and also some of the stores but most of them were open. We drove around by Poukhockie, saw Ned Tomkins and came home by the Point road. There was a parade of the Grand Army posts and the 14 Separate Co. but we did not go to see it. I worked in the garden this afternoon putting up the cords for the Lima beans and dusting the potato vines with Paris green. I picked about a pint of strawberries from the bed. I called to see Griffiths about the roof of his house for Calvert and at his request wrote him this afternoon. Janette and I talked on Spiritualism this evening. I have felt depressed and troubled and have looked too far ahead today.

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