Tuesday August 13, 1889
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 13, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Tuesday, Aug 13, 1889 When I went down the hill this morning I saw crape on the door of Palmer Canfields house and a man at Haucks brewery told me he died this morning about 7 o'clock. Dr Win. Crispell told me later that the paralysis affected his throat and he choked to death. I called at Girards office and his young man Fred told me he had just started for Fairview where the barn was burning on which he had an insurance. It burned to the ground with all the just gathered crops as well as a lot of Capt. Andersons furniture. John McEntee came for me about 3 o'clock and we drove out on the Sawkill road to get some "[?]" for bait. At the bridge we saw three or four boys catching them and we bought all they had, over a hundred. John spoke of another casualty in Rondout. A lawyer whom I do not know fell dead. We came home through Washington Avenue and Warren St. I was astonished at the number of new houses which have been and are being built. The city is growing rapidly and it made us both hopeful for our contemplated sale. I had a letter from Miss Nesmith from Lake Placid where she is having a most enjoyable experience. While John and I were away, Mrs. Wood, nee [Fide?] Penfield, her husband and a daughter 12 years old called. She was a most attractive person to me as a girl and after her marriage, while visiting here I made an attempt at painting her, but her time was limited and a dark thunderstorm came up, and of course I failed[.] That must have been more than twelve years ago for it was before her daughter was born. We had a slight shower in the late afternoon and rain in the night.
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