Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday September 27, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 27, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Sept 27, 1888 Sara, Edith Cook, Marian and I went down to Pokeepsie today by the little boat arriving there after noon. We went to the rail road station and had lunch and then went up to the Wilkinsons. The Major was at home and free for the afternoon. We crossed the river and went up to the hill to where the steam shovel is at work in a long deep cut, to see its operation. We returned by the West end of the bridge and saw the men putting in the last span of the iron trestle which connects the land work with the bridge. The bridge is continuous across the river now. They are laying the ties, painting it and taking away the last of the false work. When we crossed to the other side we went in to see Ike Wood who forty years ago worked for us on the rail road at Fishkill. He did not know me and I think when I told him who I was he was confused. We came back in the 4.30 boat and Julia came as far as Esopus with us where she took the return boat. A letter came from Lucy tonight telling us of Joes arrival and John & Jamies return. J. T. was quiet and tractable but John was fearfully bored with him. She and Sedgwick are to start for here on the 29th and I understood that Gertrude and Joe are to come then also. Will he stop here? There is no telling. I will be away.

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