Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday January 25, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 25, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Jan 25, 1888 I heard the sleigh drive up for Sara this morning about 6.30. The house was so warm we thought it must have moderated but the moment she opened the door she found it very cold. Shortly after 7 oclock the mercury showed 9 below zero, but the house was more comfortable than it was been any morning since the extreme weather. While I was at breakfast Downing came in having come up on the train reaching Kingston at 7. He saw Sara at the station who was to take that same train. Downing and I went down town after breakfast and after attending to some errands we got a horse and cutter and drove out to Aunt Katrines Lake house by the brick yards and the river road. It was a bright, sparkling morning and crowds of men and horses were at work on the ice getting it into the ice houses. We came back by the Saugerties road and had lunch at 1 o'clock. A little after 3 we went over to the slide and rode until it closed at 5. Downing had never tobogganed before and enjoyed it greatly. We remained and had two or three rides after hours with Wm. Crispell on a steel shod toboggan which is not permitted when others are riding. We had dinner at 6 and Downing walked up to the station to take the 7 45 train. It began to snow at dusk and was snowing hard. I went over to Girards to see if they were going over to the toboggan carnival tonight but he thought the storm would prevent it.

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