Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday March 17, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 17, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Mar 17, 1890 Down town and had my beard trimmed and learned some of the gossip of the town at the barbers shop. The Cornell Steam boat Co. have sold out the freight and passenger business to the Ronier & Tremper Co. Mrs. Sheffield and her daughter and Carrie called. They were delighted with the place. Mrs. S. was from Utica and remembers Will Dutton and she thought she had heard Gertrudes name. They returned to N. Y. today. I saw Cantine down town. He told me that Gill the P. M. had applied for a free delivery and a better office. Cantine had got a P. O. inspector to come here and it was shown him we were fully entitled to it both by population and revenue. He says Cornell is opposed to it and that some of the business men are fearing people must come in from the outlying districts to trade if their want is delivered to them. There is public spirit. The question club met at our house. Only Sev. Bel. and Ella Forsyth, John Forsyth and his wife and Mr. Van Slyke came. Mrs. Reed was invited and attended but Mr. Reed did not come. The subject was Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was a dark and windy night but Tom had their horses driven into the Carriage house and the two drivers came up to the house. It went off very well although the attendance was so meagre. This is St. Patricks day and we had dinner early so that Katie could go to a ball.

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