Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday April 24, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 24, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Apr 24, 1890 We have had a very refreshing, gentle spring rain today which will be very advantageous to our garden. Tom has the garden all spaded now and pretty well planted, except corn, pumpkins etc. Today he put up a trellis and planted Lima beans. We have had radishes twice from our little hot bed. I greatly enjoy the garden and shall miss it when the time comes that we have none. Sara went to see Mrs. Schreyrer today and told her that we would rent this house for three months furnished, with the garden planted and a man to take care of it, for $1000. She seemed to think it would be a larger house than they would want and more than they would care to pay and thought that my house would be what they would want. We talked of that and came to the conclusion we would have to buy so much to furnish it and spend so much to put it in decent order that it would not pay. I dont want to do any thing to the house until I use it myself as our stay here is so very uncertain. It does not seem wise to spend any money here or one my place until we know what we are to do. Girard had an interview with Alderman [Niebee?] today about our assessment on Holmes St. He affects to believe it is a just assessment and asked Girard what he would take for property there and he answered ten dollars a foot. He said he would buy at that price and he said, you can have it. He knew he would not take it. Girard met Hauck the brewer soon after and he spoke about that property. Girard said I have just sold a lot. He was surprised and asked, at what price? He replied ten dollars a foot. "I will give you twenty["] he said. All right Girard replied, it is yours. How much do you want. He said a hundred feet South from O'Reillys property. He said it would not join on OReilly as we had reserved 10 ft right of way there etc. I am inclined to think this is a plan to get us to fix a price on our property so as to oppose us in any attempted reduction of our assessment, but Girard thinks Hauck wants to buy there and I told him to sell the whole (about 290) ft. for $6000 and to take less if he could not get that. He says they paid 22 dollars a foot for what they have there. Little Girard and Charlie are trying to have a garden over at their house but they have no tools to work with--an old broken spade and a borrowed hoe. I tried to buy them a spade today but they had none at the hardware store. They ought to be encouraged in such work.

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