Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday October 21, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, October 21, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Oct 21, 1889 Very cold and windy night. The men suffered with cold and could not sleep. They turned out about 4 o'clock the moon coming [?] caused them to think it day light. Soon after the team came for the Collins luggage the man who [refused?] Eastman the [?] horns which they jointly got on South Twin. The teamster said he would be back for us at 7. I turned out shortly after the men who built up a good fire to warm themselves. Eastman dreamed the camp was inundated and shouted to me and got up and rushed out to see the extent of the disaster. We had an early breakfast and got all packed by 7 but the team did not come until after 9. We left Powers at 11, cold as winter but bright and a N. wind and lunched at Shad pond from which place we ran down to Medway in 2 1/2 hours, running most of the rapids and we only walked around Ledge Falls and [Roekabema?]. The run down was very exhilarating as the river was high and the water strong. Found a letter from Sara and one from Alice. Mr. Kimball cashed a check for $100 for me. We had a good supper and did considerable packing. I paid Tim Reid for taking our traps in to the carry 2 days and bring us and our luggage from Mattawamkeag $11. Royal and Alva went home 3 or 4 miles below and are to come tomorrow at 9 or 10 to take us to Matta. in canoes. Dan came over and we asked him up to my room where I paid him. I gave him my pruning knife and my satchel I bought here and Eastman gave him a half dollar and a good cigar which with one he gave me we smoked together when he went home across the river. I had a good bath and had a fire made in my room and went to bed well tired.

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