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Oil painting d theMountain Street.farmby O.K. Damon


  Olive Vl/urnerKellogg Damon
                 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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TABLEOFCONTENTS                                          I

PHOTOGMPHS                                               2-5

     Weddirrgphotograph, 01,I 937...........................
                          May                           2
     PoplarHill Farm,circa 1950   ....,.                5
     OliveK. Danon,circq1982    .................       4
     TheDanron  family, circa 1995................-     J

Olive Kellogg & Alan Damon on May 01, 1937

TheDamon'sPoplar Hill Farm, circa 1950

0live K. [)smon, circu l9B2



l'hc I)uttrttnldmilY, circs 1995


Since readers
      the          ofthesememoirs    mightwonder                         I
                                                   how theycameabout, feel
thatI should  elaborate.  While I kepta diarysinceI wastwenty,the source    of
thrs writlrg is my memory. It was pleasurable      thinkingabouttlrese  things
during the effort that resultedin this writing, because find that I havehad a
veryhappylife, ftrll of friends,family, andactivities-

The reason this writingis so that I can share
            for                                       of
                                             elements my life with the
readers. wanted document
         I        to        whereI grewup, where lived,andsome
                                                  we                of
theinteresting       that     my
               events colored life. Ofcourse,    sincemy familyalways
                          I     to
did bringa smile my face, wanted share
                to                       some                  as
                                              ofthat infonnation well-

My son, Alan DamonJr. (Pete)encouraged to write thesernemoirs.l{e
pointsout that I havehada wonderfirl very full life, includinghardwork,
                           In          I
creativity, independence. retrospect,agree
          and                                 with my lovingson-

A wordofadvice thereader.
                to               don'tbeafraid try something you
                            Please            to           that
                      with. How do you klow, unless try? You rnight
rnightnot be successflrl

                                      Olive WamerKellogg Damon
                                       Ceho'c.u'a*   ,&-".a.^^ ;,.''*-"'-'
                                      June, 1999

                         THE EARLY YEARS

My father,      Edward
           Walter         Kelloggmamedmy mother,      ElinorBelleWamerat
her homeon MountainStreet Haydenr,rlle,       Massachus€tts January
                                                            on          01,
1908. Thcyspent their first few yearson my father'sfhmily homestead East
Fladley, Massachusetts  wherea sonwas bom. They spenta yearin another
      in                           was
house Hadleywlrerea daughter bom. Later,theymoved1oRockville,
Connecticut, wheremy fatherworkedon a frtritfann. I wasbont at homein
thaltown,along with anothcr         afld
                              brother another wasduringthistime
thalmy parents Emest EthclHoward. Thetwo youngcouples
              met         and                                      quickly
becarne longfriends.EmestandEtlrelraised        threesons.

C)urnexl movewasto MansionRoadin Wallingford       Conuecliculwheremy
falhcr workedon a fmit fann ownedby Mr. I{enry. One day while in the
orchard, falher
         rny     looked to seea rnanor thc othersideofthe f'erce.Tlrey
        up            and
walked to thefence started        talking.Theman's name  wasEhner Rose
who owned fannwith drepasture wasin.
             a                    he       'fheyhadfoLrr
                  evolved.I still correspond oneofthe Rosedaughters
lill longtriendship                          with
aswell asa dauglrter law.

Whileny fadrer rot workat ths Henryfann long,he took ajob at a nearby
Martin ftuit farmon CookHill. Theyprovided with a nicehouseand another
daughler bom. We wereall happytliere,andmy oldest
          was                                              brotherattended
the oneroomschoolnearby. Peaches     werethe majorcrop on the farm,and
wagon                    left
       loadsofpeaches for New llaven in the evening arrived time
                                                         and       in
for the storesto openin themoming. Mr. Martin decided buy a lnrck to
replace lrorses.He took nly fatherto New Haven shopfor a truck,and
        the                                         to
theysoon  found to theif liking. Thedealer
                 one                         told my fatherhow to drivethe
truck,gave   him a license, told him to driveit home. My falherdid so.

A f'ewyearslater,Nft. Martintold my fatherthathc wasno longcrneeded      on
the fam.  He setout to find a newhomefor his largefamily. He found a yellow
house with a bit of landanda bamin Yalesville, Connecticut.Whilemy father
drdnot havea  job, two neighbonhelped.Onegavehim winterwork harvesting
icefor hisretailicebusiness, another
                             and       gavernyfathera beautiftll brown
horsenarned   Ned and a suneywith a fringeon top. My motherhelpedmy

father harvestvegetables  from a plot besidethe house. He must havehad a
wagonbecause deliveredthem to stores. Only a few bad yearswere spent
here. We all had the flu and someof us would not havelived if my mother's
sisterBerthahadnot comedo$rr to carefor us. We alsohad scarletfever.

                       MOUNTAIN STREET

In 1918,my mothergot word that her motherhad died. This hastenedmy
parents leaveCorurecticut moveto MountainStreetin Haydenville,
       to                   and
Massachusetts.GrampWamerwtoteto saythatthe Wamerhomestead      next
door wasvacantand for sale, Grampwas bom in tlrat homestead, moved
nextdoorwhenhe got married.

Thc nextspringaflcr my grandrnother we movedto Ilaydenville.This
                                  in         and
newhomeof ourswastheoldesthouse Williamsburg Flaydenville.

'fhe house a story
            was        anda halfhighwith an ell reachilg        to
                                                          nearly thebam.
'l'hcrcwasa pdvy at theendof lhe ell. Therewasa largebam,a wagonshed,
anda henhouse.'fherewcreno modern      conveniences                    in
                                                     cxcepta telcphone a
wooden onlbewallin thedining
         box               wasa party wrthsixlamilies
rusing line. Our walerwaspurnped
       the                                                         usinga
                                      ftonra well underthe kitclren,
heavypump. Abovelhe pumpwasa shelfwhere          fouror live kerosenelamps
sct. Water  washeated a resenvoir theendof a woodbumingslove. 'fhere
                      in          at
wasa large  diningroorn,livingroornandbedroom.Therewasa pantryofftbe
dilrngroonr, thekilchcn
             and            wasfairsized.'l'here
                                               wcrcfour bedrooms   upstairs
thalwere heated.The livingroomwasclosed         offduring coldweather  and
a woodbuming                was
                chnnkstove setupin drediningroorn. Out the east      endof
tho (liningroomwasa narrow   porclr
                                  goingaround thenofthendofthe living

                           MAKING A LIWNG

Those   livinghere        us
                    before rnade   theirliving on fte smallfarmby workingout
doing carpentry     work andfarmingthe land. We started with my father
buying   eight ninemilk cowsanda flockof hens.We skirxnedthecream
               or                                                               off
pansof rnilk and|ny motlrerchumed cream butterandcottage
                                         the        to                    clteese.
Peoplc   fiom Haydcnville  wouldcallwith orders, rny mother
                                                 and               wouldpackage
butter,cottage    cheese, eggs.Oncea wcek,my father
                         irnd                                 wouldhitchNedto
the brrggy my mothcrandl,ouisesetout for Haydenville delivertheir
             and                                                   1o
produce.We wouldhavca largevegetable            garden, motherand us girls
wouldcan scveral      hundred  quadsof vegelablcs,     fntits,and lrerries.In the
bascurcut, kcpta birr     ol'potatocs, squash, lurnips, applcs.[n thecenter
ol' I laydenvillc, lhcrc was a storc(Sheehan's)   whcrcnot only lbod couldbe
bought, rnany
          but        othcrthings including shocs.  Every  Wednestlay  morning,   a
clcrkcirme Mounlain
             to                 to            and
                          Stfact takcordcn, theorder                         in
                                                              wasdclivercd the
allcmoon Theybouglrt      cggs                       witlr
                               liorn uswhichhelped our1goccry Whel    bill.
onool'uskiclswasfbrtunalc     cnough havca nickcl,we wouldordcra roll of
lozenges a bzrg lcmondrops. We wouldbe sureto bc waitittg the
            or        of                                                    fbr
alicnroon   delivcry.

Mothcrdid not rnake deliver      cream productslong. Our cream wassoon
separated callcd iurdwentto Northlladleyto rnake cream.We later
         and       fbr                                ice
added  morecowsanddclivered milk in Florcnce.A few yearslater,Dad
boughlthe Bradley downthe roada ways. It consisted several
                  lot                                   of       acres of
gpss landand a largepasture.l{ay was harvested the cowsgrazed
                                                 and                  the
pasnrre. us children
         As             grewolder,Dadsetout a couple   hundredstrawberry
plants.There werea lot ofpickersin thehouse.Afteran earlysupper   wl'tcnit
wascool,all ofus children                        Motherwouldcratethem
                          wentto pickstrawberries.
up- At theheightofthe scason,  therewouldbethreecrates,  nearlya hundred
quads. The next moming,Dad would deliverthem to Sheehan's        storein
llaydenville.Us kidsusedto compete seewho couldpick themostquats.
My brotherCharlie me that I couldn'tpick 50 quarts oneday,andwhile
                  bet                               in
it tookmethreedifferent  sessions,did pick 50 quans
                                  I                thal day.

Wc raised or hvopigsa 1'ear ourown use- Besides lramandbacon,
        one               for                       the
motherused makesausage. pigsategrainusually, we alsofed them
          to            The                      but
potatoes weretoo smallto go in thebin in thecellar. We setup a wood

bumingstovein the yardsothatwe couldboil the smallpotatoes
                                                         beforewe fed
thernto thepigs.

When a cow was pasther usefulness, was butchered family food. We
                                  she               for
tried to schedule lbr thewinter. While rny mothercannedsomeof the cow,
muchof it wascut up,packaged, buried in the snownearthe houseso that
we would preserve meatfor the winter.

Often timestherewas a lren that had startedto set and stoppedlaying. Such
hensprovidedthe family with a chickendinner.

SincetheWilliamsHousewouldbuy dressed  ducksand geese Thanksgiving
andChristmas  time,we wouldprovidethatproduct them.

Farmers not have havea lot ofcashin those
      did                                days.

                           THE BACON BAT

Bacon  Batshavelongbeen        ofthe past.WhenI waseightyears
                         thi.ngs                               old, they
provided people               for
                with an excuse cooking eating doors.Theymust
                                          and      out
havebeena forerumerofour currentcook outswith hamburgers hot dogs.
       with muchpleasure firstBacon
I recall                 my           Bat. It wouldtakeplaceon ournew
fann on MountainStreet.My parents thcir six children rnoved
                                     and               had         back
among                            and
        motlreranddad'sbrothers sisters rnother's
                                           and         father. I did not
knowwhata Bacon was,butallerlistcnilgto mother, decided wouldbe
                                                    I       it
firn. My cousinswouldbethcre,andourBaconBat waspliurned wlratwe
hoped  wouldbea nicedayin July

Whenthe dalcwls sel,mother on our woodon           crankphone    andcalled
lhnrily members tcllingthenrwhal food itcmsto bring.    'l'hc day beforethe
             tnadcdozcns parkcr
                         ol              rolls
                                 hottse anda big crockofbeans.Dacl
wouldgoto lhc rnarket I laydenville thebacon I amsurewe hadmeat
                      in           lbr          and
olherthan bacon.lhecooking           reqrrircd wc builda pi1srrrroundcd
                            I'acilities       that
with stonesaboutlwelvcinchcs high. A lire wasbuiltin thcpit with a rvirsrack
                        An            was
or top ofthe enclosurc. ironspidcr seton topol'thcrack.

At lastlhebig daycane. Guests urcludcd
                                     mother's           lris
                                             fatherGramp, sonsand
daLrghters, theirsrnall
           and           clrildren.Peoplearrived Fords,
                                                 in           and

Mcmbers thelarmladen
           left             downwith iterns food. We passed
                                             of                  between the
comcribandthenofi.h of thebam,wentlhrougha balwayinto a lanewith
a splitrailfenceon onesidewherepurple     violetsthrivedin themoistsoil. On
the otlrersidewasa barbed    wire fencetlratseparated landfrourGramps.
After a ten minutewalk, I saw a stately pinc treewith a picnictableand
benches   beneath.The lanebranched into a srnallpasture a sandy
                                       out                       and
bottom brook flowed nearby. The little childrengot excitedabout going
paddling. olderoneshelped
           The                   themgettheirshoes stockings With
                                                      and           off.
lots of laughter,theyllolickedandhada wonderfirl     time. I expect thatmore
than onewenthomewet. Blankcts       werespread on the grass thelittle
                                                 out              for
ones and many snapswere taken liorn an old Boxbrowniecanera. The
aftemoon   woreon withmorevisitinguntil it became           that
                                                    evident thelittle ones
weretiring. It wastine to trek backup the lane,andafterpleasant     farewells,
our suests for home.

                              UNCLE BERT

UncleBerl was not my Uncle. Shewas my belovedAunt Bertha. My mother
was responsible her becomingan aunt when shewas fifteen yearsold with
the birth ofmy brother. Unclc Beft wasthe lastofGramp's childrento be born,
and she was at loose endsand becamea tomboy. She preferredto spendher
time outdoors with the nren. From lhen on shewonld be called Uncle llert. not
"stufl" auntieBertha.

Mother was happy to be back among family nembers, especiallyliving next
doorto her youngsisterUncleBert. Soontherewas a well wom path between
the two houses. We girls were happy to be close to Uncle Berl and loved
nothingbetterthangoingup to her house.Our visitsgencrally           with a
snack. Shealwayshad somclhingplanncdfor us. She rnadeher own breadin
lhe wood bLrming                    it
                    stovc. Wc lovccl spread  with butter;tnd homemade
.ielly. Shelold us that il'wc pushcd
                                   the.jcllyalong,thenwc would havea gob
ofjelly on the last bilc.

When wild slrawbcrries  riponcd, would go up the roadto a plaocwherea
barbed wirc f-enccseparatcd road liom a ficld. Wc would roll under the
l'ence procecdLuderan appletrce inlo a palch ol wild slrawberrics. Wlren
our containcrs were lirll, wc went back to t.incleBert's. She would rnake
biscuitswhilc us girls got thc berricsroady. Soon,we would sit down to a
                       rne       to
simpletreatthat makes srnile this day.

On a lovclywarnrday in the Fall, UnclcBerl hada treatIinecl for us. She
calledrnotherto seeil'Alice and I could ride up to lhe grain rnill with lier and
ofcourse it was alright. Uncle FIarrywas oul ofcow grain. LtehitchedDolly
to dre spring wagon and hoistedAlice and me up onto tlre seat- Uncle Berl took
the reinsandawaywe went. Out ofthe yardanclup the road at a fast pacewith
the wind blowing in our faces. From MountainSteet, we tumed onto Adams
Road and continuedup the hill past all the farms. Then we headeddown
Gunstock}Iill onto Depot Road. Soon we reachedthe grain rnill, got loaded
and starled trip back home. When Uncle Llanlrannounced
            our                                                 that the weeds
in the uppercom lot were gettingaheadof hirn, Uncle Bert o{Ieredto do some
wecding. Alice and I were invited to go alongand we walked up to lhe com
field, taking rvith us a bottle of Uncle Bert's homemade  root beer. When we
needed to relax, we flopped down at the end of the field and refreshed
ourselves.  Uncle Bert rvasa beautifirlyoung lady with curly hair. When Aunt
Honey had to spendthe day in the hospitalto have her tonsils out, mother

stayed her. Sheasked
       with              UncleBertto chcckon us girlsat home. As we sat
in the kitchen,                                               and
                brotherDedecameto the door. He was laughing calling
UncleBert "angelfaoe"and"curly head". I tdedto keephim out by pushing
on the glass the door. My handwentthrough glass,
            in                            the      cutting a placeon my
wristshaped a fishhook-Dadwaslocated.He andUncleBerttookmeto
Dr. Wheeler'sin Haydenville.Uncle Bert staftedholdingme because      no
anesthesia available.ThedoctorkeptaskmgifI werefainting.I wasn't,
but UncleBeft was gettingcloseso shepassed overto dad. Only tlrree
stitches             and
        wereneeded, the cut wasmoretlranthreeinches      long.

All of Lrs knewthatif Gramp     wasin thehouse,  thenit meant thatwc must
stay ofhiswayandbe quiet.llcnrledtheroosl.Whenhewas lJnc]e
     oul                                                          out,
Bcrt wouldplaythc piano                                 and
                          andwc all wouldsinghymns old songs.We
wouldhave runofthe house. likcdto spend
             the                                   timcirrhcrlarge  upstairs
bedroom.  'l'hcrc                  iurd           with
                 wasa walkin closcl a cupboard shelves.         l'herc nust
lravcbecntwentycmptychocolate           on
                                  boxes lhc shclves.We wetc curious      to
knowwlrerc    thcycame      and
                       I'rorn dicln'l         to
                                       hesilalc askher. She   lold usthata
boy fiiendgavethemto herwhenshelaughtschool onc roomschools.

On oneFriday          in
              aftemoorr 1922,                  to
                              Unclellert scerncd lrc hoveringaround our
house morethanusual.At suppcr   1ime, lookus girlsup lo herhorrse
                                     she                           ald
fed us. She  wentbackdownto our housc camcbacklaterto put us to bed
at herhouse.Slre        to
                 retumed ourhouse                        she
                                   again. In themonring, told usthat
we hada new babybrother tookus to see
                          and              him. Baoklhen,mothers  spent
a weekin bedaftergivingbirh. UncleBertcarne                 lhe
                                               downto bathe babyon
thedining roomtable, asshe
                    and                   him,
                             wasdressing thebaby'sbladder      released.
It wentstraight in theairandcarne
               up                 downin UncleBert'sapronpocket.We
adored little brother.

My rnindretumsto whenwe wereveryyouugchildren      livingon CookHill in
Wallingford,          wheredadwasfumished houseandmanaged fruit
            Connecticut                      a                   a
fann. UncleBert camedown fbr a visit, and at the tine, my motherwas
boarding young
        a       manby thename Watson
                                of       Mo[ow who alsoworkedin the
orchards.On a pleasant duringharvest
                       day               time,he asked  UncleBert if she
would like to takea walk up in the orchard                    and
                                          with him. Sheagreed they
stadedout. After a while, they stopped Watson
                                       and        askedUnclc Bert if he
could kiss her. Shetumedaroutd quicklyiurdran all the way backto our

My family movedfrom thereto Yalesville. Therewas an epidemicof the flu
andwe couldnot geta nurseor a doctor. We were all bedridden,
Againsther parent'swishes,Uncle Berl camedolvn to carefor us. Shesaved
our lives.


In theConnecticut  Valleyin thefoothills
                                       ofthe Berkshire
                                                     mountailsin wcstem
Massaohrsetts, a town calledHaydenulle.l,eading
                lies                                nofiheasterly
                                                                fiom the
center               is
      ofHaydenville Mountain            and
                                 Street, dreroadleads Wlrately,
                                                        to         where
I now live. I livedon a farmon Mountain        as
                                          Street a chid.

Whiletheroadstillnrnsby several   stnlgglingfarrns. my day,it wasprinrarily
fanncoLrntry. hada oneroomschool
              We                          housc theneighbolhood. wasset
                                               in                 It
on a knollwith it's backto lhe east. l'heschool built in 1879 reDlace
                                              was             to         lhe
       school  builtby rny grandlather his lhther. Grarnp's
                                        and                  scven  children
         lhat        as
attended school wellasmeandrnysixlrrothcrs sistcrs. molhcr
                                                     and         My
in lawlauglrt thesclrool
              at                  shc
                            belbrc wasmarricd.

I recall cool,crispmoming Seplcrnber 1922 coincidcd
        a                                of     lhat           with thc lirst
dayofschoolafterour summer     hiatus. Sixtccnpupilsarrivcdcarly,eagcr    lbr
lhe social           so
           interaction irnpodant all agcs
                                to        ofpcoplc.Wrilc sorne walked
overa mile, livedwithir shouting   distancc               antl
                                            ol'thcschool, we wereable
to skiphorne dinncr(mid daynreal).Of coulse
              for                                thatgavous some   timc ftrr
sorne               as                    used
      iarnilychores well,andmy brotlrers to pump            into
                                                      water thetub for
the cowsduring noonbreak.Mostother          students brorrght dinner
                                                             their         to
school consisting                      in
                  ofsandwiches cake tin pails. Our teacher a young
                              and                              was
woman outofhighschool        herself, sheboarded
                                    zurd            with various families  in

On this day, afterthe teacher  had raisedthc flag in the schoolyard,we all
entered school
        the                the
                  tlrrough onlydoor. Therewasan enty way with shelves
on theIeftto storedinnerpailsanddrinking    water. Stra:ight
                                                          ahead  werehooks
for wraps. To the rightwasa roomfor thewinter'ssupplyof wood,provided
bythe fathers ofthe students. Bearingleft, oncentered large,
                                                      a      airy roomwith
lots of windows. A wood bumingstoveandteacher's         deskwerelocated     in
frontofdouble        and
               seats desks.There     weretwo large               one
                                                    blackboards, behind
the teacher and thc otheron dre southwall with a long benchundemeath.
Duringcoldweatheq ofthe olderpupilsarrived
                       one                         earlyandbuilt a fire in the
stove. In addition, washis or her dutyto keepthefloor swept.Thepayfor
all ofthis work was25 centsa week.

Sincetherewas no electricity,by four o'clock schoollet out becausc dusk had
settledin the \alley- We managedwithout the barest ofnecessities becausewe
had no knowledge                     oftoday's world. We didn't evenhave
                    ofthe conveniences
a crankpenoilsharpener. teaclrer
                           The      would let us usea jaokknife that shekept
in her desk. We would haveto raise our hand for penrission to shiupenour
pencil,and shewould lrandus the knife as we reached door. We sat on the
step whittling until we achievedthe desircdpoint. And plumbing was non
existent iD tlrosedays. Wlren we had to go, we would raise two fingers for
pennission. 'l'herewas an outsideprily that servedour leeds.

Two delightllrlFrenchboysattended school,
                                    the      andthe haclto walk tlre furthest
ofany ofthc pupils. Arlhrrrwas in the seventh eighthgrade. During rccess,
he wouldholdrnybrotlrcr sister lrisknecswhile sitlingon thc slcp My
young brothcr and sister were then in the first or secondgrade. 'l hc older
childrenwcre roughhousing lhe yard. His brolherwas atrout or cleven
                            in                                ten
andhad lost a leg bclowthe kneein an accidollscveral   ycarseilrlicr. lle got
around lwo cnrlchcs    verywcll irndcouldoul run anyorc. Ile was a happy-
go-hcky boy, and hc was alwayslaughingirnd havingfun.

'Ihe family lirflheslto thc northscntlbur boysthat worc a yearaparlin ages.
'l'heboyscarneli"oma vcry largefarnily. Acrossthe road liom their housewas
the Mountain StreetRcservoir,which still suppliesNorthamptonwith water
Fishwere(and still are) abundant the reservoir, fishing was (ald still is)
                                  in              but
away for ftrtureuse. Each fall, lhe fatherofllrese boys boughttlrenra pair of
lelt boots to wear to school. The boots consisted  ofknee high felt and antle
rubberboots. The rubberbootwas left in the cntry way during the day and put
on beforegoing home. By spring,a foul odor penneated schoolloom.

Our teacherhad to be readyfor emergencies.She copedwith the challenge.
Shewasreadywhen a student   askedher to comeseewhat was crawling on his
desktop. One glancetold lier that it was a headlice that had fallen out ofthe
boy's hair. She had to nofifu all the mothers. Soon there was a run on fine
tooth combsand solt(ions that would kill the nits.

School opened at nine and closed at four. By ten thirty, we had become
restless,and it was tirne for a fifteen minute recessin the school yard. At
twelve,lessons        for
               ceased dinner,resumingat one o'clock. l'he childrenate at
their desksunlessit was wam enoughto eat outside. Eachone had a cup of


Out teacher a wonderful
           was            person, sheplanned ofinteresting
                                 and           lots           things
for us to do. We lovedher. Shetaug.lrt to singand draw pictures.We
looked forward Friday
               to     aftemoons whenshe read poems.We wouldall try
to memorize poems.Onewas"TheVillage
            the                          Blacksrnith".
             in     and
books read class, oneofour favorites RobinHood. At tlreendof
      to                                 was
the book, Robin dicd. We all put our headson our desksand cried. We
celebrated Halloweenwith games the school
                               in          roomanddrewturkeys  when
Thanksgiving  neared.

Pafents youngcr
        iurd         brothers sisters
                             and        always altcmded Christrntrs
                                                       our          parly.
Therewas standing    roomorrly. A fathcrand son cut an evergreen and
installed in a liont corner the room. We wouldmakepaper
           it                of                                chains and
strunli popcorn clecorations, kerosene
                 lbr              and         larnpsprovidecl light. We
worrldsing Chrislmas    sorgs,nrakcrccitations, souretirnos woulti
                                                  and           wc
producea play. We drew namcsso that eachpupil would gcl a gill. A
leacher'sgrft to children might bc a wootlen pencil box. flach clrild
remembered    tcachcrwith a gift. Sanlagenerally                   It
                                                rnade appearance.was
a veryenjoyable    cvening.I remernber thc close ore party,
                                        at          of          oneof thc
grardmothers to leave
                rose         andherpanties downherlegs. Whenthey
reached shoes, reached
         lrer      she         dowr, pickedtbemup,andslid themdownthe
frontofher dress.

Befbre        iourlcenth
       liebmary                timewassetaside makeour valentines.
                        arrived,                to
                 a                    I
Therewas seldonr boughtone,however, did receive     one liom a boy. A
name been
      had    erased my name
                   and                       Teacher
                               wassubstituted.               lots
                                                      bought ofred
           paper a bit ofpaperlace.A carton
construction    and                         thathadbeencovered    with
wall paper brouglrt
          was                 and
                    fromhorne, we cuta slit in thetop so that$e could
slide lalentines thebox. Teacher
     the                           received
                                          soecial  valentilesfromeach

As near MemorialDay as possible,   teacher  marched doublefile to the
MountainStreet            very
                 Cemetery, closeto the school. We arrived     wearingour
Sunday                 jars
         bestwith mason containing   springflowers,lilies,lilacs,andprrk
            pickedon themourtail behindthe school.We entered
lady slippers                                                 throughthe
cemetery andgathered a group. We placed flowerson soldier's
          gate            into                   our
graves including Captain Jonathan Wamer's grave who was in the
Revolutionary War. Thenwe silentlyleft the cemetery walkedhome.

                                    endedat noon. Therewould be only
On thelastdayofschool in June,classes
oneor two graduates receivediplomas. We all filed out pastteacher'sdesk.
Shepassed graduates diplomas we all left for home. We all loved
           the         their        as
our teacher missed but we lookedforwardto thrce monthsoffreedom.
We couldnow startgoingbarefootfor the rest ofthe summer.

We leamed that one of the pupils, a stateboy, would soonbe retuming to
Boston. We wereall saddened thenews. He wouldnot be with us when
schoolopened the fall. I took it uponmyselfto seethatJoehad a happysend
off After gatheringall the kids in the neighborhood
                                                  together,I instructedJoe
to facethelineup, WhenI sard"go", the line marched            and
                                                    forward, eachone
stepped to Joeandplanted kisson his cheek.
        up                    a


Southof ourholne,nearthe MountainStreet    Cemetery, lived a youngcouple
thathada babynearlyeveryyear. Whentheirhouse               too
                                                   became small,they
movedup the roadto a largerhomeat the comerofAdams Road. Onecold
winternight,whiletlresmall boyswcreplaying withrnatches, house
                                                        the       bumed.
TheTownofficials found tlrern:urotherhomein Haydenville. MelvinandMay
Fuller                   just
      occLrpied house south
              thc                                           the
                                    ofus. Theylradmanaged Poor      Fann
in Northarrrpton hadbrought     tlrreewornenwith themandcared them.
May bouglrt stearner andtookliiendsfor ridesup in the hill towns. While
           a         car
driving there, diedat thewheel.

Across roadandup a ways,livcd WardShumway hisAunt Joe. Tlrey
      lhc                                      and
wereverylbndof uschildrcn.Whenaunt.locdied,Wardnarried Evelyn   who
was a nurse l'hcy hadlwo childrenwho attendcd MountainStreet
                                              lhe               onc
roomschoolhouse us. Evelyn
                  with           camc my rescrre
                                      to                  offa horse
                                                whcnI f'ell
andbrokcmy arrn. AlsowhenI hadto have tonsils sheslaid lhe
                                                   out,       in
hospital niglrtwith me. I wokeherup in thenightto askher"do theyhad
nny waterin this house".Afier thcy moved Norlhalrpton, oldercouple
      in           a     for
rnoved whornade horne Slate        children.

              lived      the                        ln
My grandfather across roadwitlr a sonanddaughter. 1923,     Uncle
Harrywishedto nlarryand Aunt Berlha(UncleBert)marricdandmovedto
North tladley. Crampleli to spend remaining
                                 his       yearswith his daughters.
UncleHarrymariedLouise  Dahnkeandtheyraised pair of twin boys,two
singleboys,anda daughter.


Justup the roada ways,thereis a roadto the left calledAdamsRoad. When
I wassmall,                            in
            therewereonly 3 houses thearea, thereare7 now. At the
1opof the hill to the right stooda very old housewhereMr Leeandgrandma
Leelived. Wedearly    loved  grandma Lee,butdidn't kiow Mr. Lee. Grandma
Leewasstout hada beautiful       head ol'whitehair. We lovedto cuddle to
her. Shedidn'tgctoutmuch,       except whenMr. Leetookherout in hisFord.
llc wouldget hercomfortable thecenter
                                in           ofthe backseatlor balance. He
thenwouldgetin, setthegasthrottle, out theclutch, andawaytheywould
go - nevcr            the
           touching brake       untilhc carnc a cross
                                              to        road. Grandma  l-ce
wouldtalk to mother the phonc
                        on           otten,               she
                                            andsomctimes wouldwanta
pound  ofmother's  buttcr-Oneor two ol'us girlswoulddcliverthe bt(ler. She
made most                raised
                               donuts, shewouldgiveus cachone,andshc
woulciscndsomchotnewith us. Whenl)edeglt his chores             donesome
momings, woulddriveuparrd        bringhcr downto spend daywith mother.
Mother  wouldbring rocking
                     a          chairinlothedining roomwhere  grandma  Lee
wouldsitall daynrending clothes.
                          our                      got
                                      Wren mother herwork done,shesat
with hcrandtheyvisiteduntil Dedetookherhomebeforcho sta(edafternoon
chores.We neverknewthenextlamilythatlivcdthere.
'lhe nexthouse wason the lell wheretheStanley   Nashlamily lived. fle was
well known Stubby. wasa li-iendly,
            as        He               outgoing whoalways
                                                man            made   time
to visit - evenwith us kids. Onetime, he told us an olI colorjoke, and of
course, did not understand.    Stanleyraised drovea large
                                            and              pair of white
oxen. Whenasked he wouldtakepart in a Town parade, never
                   if                                     he      refused.
He and his daughter                                     went with him to
                      Alice, who traineda pair of steers,
Countyagiculturalfairs. A younger   daughter otherinterests.

Justuptheroad,  stood old Adams
                      the          farmwhereMyron Adamslivedwith his
sonAllan,his daughter herhusband, a sonabout age. Amabelle
                                       and           my
kepta goodhouse, hadmanyotherinterests.Shemadeherown dresses      and
hatsto match. Shegot aroundin herown car,wrotepoetry,andleamedto paint
picturcs oils. I alsopainted we helped
        in                  and                 the
                                         organize Williamsburg  Brush
andPalette Club. We hadsimilar         and
                               interests, we spent lot of timetogether,
I                                                                           )',

    Armabelle a sonthattheynamed
              had                       Raymondandhe servedin World War II.
    After herfather,brother,andhusband    died, shesoldthe farm andbuilt a small
    houseat thefar endtheir land. I became  acquainted the Scottsthat bought
    the farm and I am still friendly with her. Her husbandpassed  away several

                      THE KELLOGG KIDS

Ourmother  wasa wondcrfulmotherlo herseven children.Nothingdisturbed
her, but dad was sometimestroubled,and he broughthis problems lrer.
Motherwasslmpathetic, shewouldbeatup an egg,milk, sngar, twoand
tablespoons dandelion  wine for him on occasion.Both thoughtthat this
concoction        him
           soothed andmadchirnforgcthis troubles.

Our rnailwasdelivered dayalong  with thedayold Gazette. looked
tbrwardto the Scars Mongomery  catalogues, whenall wcrefinished
witlrthcn,we uscd cut paper
                 to       dollsoutol them.

               ancl            the
Whenmy sister I werclretween agcsof | 0 & 14,wo {bundan addin a
rnagazinc gave
         lhat    vunplesofcosnetics,We knewInother
                                                 wouldnot approv€
             for    bu1        lbr
ol'ussending thcnr, wo serrl thcnr thcsly. We watched lhclrr
                                     on                  fbr
in the rnail, whentheycarne, wcnllo our rootn triedtheln on
                              wc               and         out
eaclrother.Whilewe were pleased theresults, werccareftll remove
                              with         we          to
cvcrylrace belbre       dou
                 cornirrg n stnirs.

lJverysumrner, mclnbers my fhrnilyhaveledup in the hill towuswhere
bluebenies liee for the picking. Oneday,UncleClarence
         were                                           pickedup Dad
anda couple                   for
           ofus kidsandheaded thehills in his ModelA Ford. We took
pailsandour lunch. Whenwe hadour parlslhll, we wanted pick more,but
we hadno nore pails.Afterscroungilg     in
                                  around thc trunk,we lounda pair of
kneehighnrbberboots. Thernenlookedat eachotherandpouredour pails into
oneofthe boots,andwe wentbackto picking.

                     peopledid a lot of walking. My sistenandI enjoyed
Back in our childhood,
taking long walks. Ihere was a stretch highwaynearthe center
                                      of                       ofTown
wheregrrlswith questionablereputations loitered.Whilethis areawasout of
bounds us,thatrouteprovided nicelongwalhng route. Oncewe took that
       for                    a
route,stopped hada littletalk, andturnedaround retraced steps.
              and                                 and         our

As youngkids,we usedto like to jump from a beam thehaybamto thehay
below. Wlen I was aboutten, sisterAlice andI decided slidedownliom

over tlte cows to hay in the heifer bam. I overlookeda nail protrudingfiom a
beam we hadto slideunder.I caught nail on tlreright sideofmy head,
andI lookedup to see pig tail caught thenail by the elastic.
                       rny                on

Duringthewintermonths, cowsremarhed their stantions (hebarn. The
                         the            in                in
only outsideactivitywasdrinkingwaterfromthetub. Oneday,several      oows
gotto pushingeach otheraround, suddenly cow ended
                              and          one              bottomsideup
in thehrbwith herfeetstichngshaight in thc air. lt took some
                                  up                         maneuvering
to getherout ofthere.

Whilemy sisters I walked  around pasture, pickedflowersandotlrer
                                 our        we
plantlife thatappealed us. BLrrdocks a vegetation burrsthatcling
                     to              arc        wilh
togother. look some
          We          homeandsaton thebulkhead       thc
                                               outside backdoor.
SisterAlice stucktogethcr six inch square burdocks, dropped on
                                         of       and      it
Honcy's  head.

Two ofour brothcr's         werelrvingandAllenPierce.
                      fricnds                         Allen'snickname
was"Cork Eye". He seerned   perpehrally lroublefor someminorinfraction.
I Iedidnothave             ard
                ajackknife tooka likingto Charlcy's  knife. Charley
notabout partwith it, butfinallya dealwasmade, "Cork Eye" ended
         to                                    and                  up
w-ith knife. Whilehc wenthonrchappy, soonheard
     the                                  we         thatwhilecrossing
a stonewall, he fell andrantheknit'ethrongh nose.

                               OAR ANIMALS

We became                           to
               very attached our mrmerous              animals. The first two that I
remember    wereour big brownlrorse,           Ncd, andSporty, little whiteterrier.
Dad droveNed from Yalesville,                          in
                                          Connecticut a surreywith liinge on top.
Sporrysaton the seatbeside            hilr all the way to our new homeon Mountain
Strcetin tlaydenville,       Massachusetts.       Once Spofiy arrivcd,he neverleft.
fleforewe boughta pair ofhorsesto do the fann work, Ned did all thatwork
and provided our transportation Dadbought second
                all                         until             a        handOverland
car. MotheroftcndroveNedto I laydenville delivor     to                      cheese,
andeggs.Littlcsister        usually a passcngcr, onedayLorisesuddcnly
                                       was               and
spokcup andsaid, smell  "l          Ned". Nedhadpassed       wind. Nedhada scrious
disease callcdblackwalcr we ncarlykrsthinr. Louiscsometimcs hirn
                                  and                                        f'cd
appleskins,andhe wouldpull themin with lrislips. Shcwas so smallin
relation Nedthatshccouldwalkrightundcr
         to                                              hinr. Wlren Ncd outlivcd lris
rusefllness, pastLrrcd alone a srnall
             Dad                             in         pirstulcweslo[thc trarn.Thc
menchecked himollcn,butonedayhc wasn'tthere. After huntinga while,
t hcy o u n d i r n c r di n l l teswa tn p .
     f      h d

Fanntamilicsalways oneor lrorc dogs. Some e usodtodrivecowsto
                    had                        r,vor
pasture tlremomings to roundthemup latein tlreday. I bestremernber
       in             and
PollyandBcauty,           longhaired
                 bothlarge,                            havinga dogof
                                     collies. I remernber
my ownwhenI wasa teenager.  Mrile I wasawayoneday,Dadranoverhim
in ouryard. He 1'eit badthathe hadMotherbreak newsto me.
                   so                             the

Catswereexpecled earntheirliving catching
                 to                      miceandrats. My sistersand
I had catsandkittensof our own. My sisters I dressed
                                         and          Krttensin doll
clothes bedded
       and       themdownin doll beds.Theyjustlaid there. Theyeither
enjoyed or it was easier do whatwasexpected them. Sometimes
        it                                  of                 they

We scldom rradepetsofcows. Therefunction  wasto nake milk andproduce
an incomefor the family. One cow was special, however" and shewas a
Gucmsey. wasmy brother
         She                 Dcde'spet,andwhenhe spoke name,
                                                        her      she
wouldlook his way. It wasa sadday when shewasreplaced left the farm.

Oneevening milkingtime,I decided wastime that I milked a cow. Brother
chose gentle for me. After getting tenpoundlardpail liorn thepantry
      a         one                    a
alongwith a tl eelegged stoolffom the stable, satdownon the right sideof
the cow. I seemed be getting
                    to         alongnicely,andthemilk wassplasl.ring into
the pail. I wasquiteproudof mysell Suddenly cow kickedandthe pail
spnurg leak. I got up quickly,gabbedthe stoolandpail, andmovedaway
while the milk wasrunningdownmy legsontothe floor. I stepped   overthe
gutterto yiew thedamage, brother
                         and          came rny rescue laughing me.
                                          to         -         at

Thebirthing           on
             ofanirnals thefarmwasa regularoccunence the menfolks,
butnot for thefernale
                    members thefamily. Sister
                             of               Alice andI decided was
about time we witnessed bifih of a calf. Whenwe heardtlrat ure was
expected,we got up our courage   and slartedfor the barn. We entered
cautiouslyto see tbal labor had begrin. We stood, huddled togelher,
occasionally glancing the event, lookingawaymostofthe tirne. When
                     at         but
theliontfeet ofthe calfcame view,we lumedandfledbackto thehouse.

We did notmake    pctsof ourpigs. Weall knewthateventually, wouldbe
cating them.Theywereconfined theirdarkpenundertlreold cidermill, and
thcy spenttheir tine eatingin orderto get fat. In the fall, duringpotato
hawesting tiure,thepigshada treat. Thc cropwasgraded, the largcones
werestored  awayin binsirr thecellarfor farnilyuse. Theruntswereboiledin
a tub seton a woodbumingstovein theyard,mixedwith grain,andfed to the

We always a flock ofhensthatsupplied with eggs eatandsell. The
                                           us          to
proceeds  fiom our eggsales  pardmuchof our gocery bill. The henswere
housed a lightandairyhouse    with a yardreachilg thebrook. ln thehouse
werenestsfor layingandroosts sleeping. smallopening
                                for          A               leading the
yardwasopen         tlie
              during dayandclosed nightsoasto discourage
                                       at                        predators.
Thebrookflowingsouth    ofthe henyardmadea niceplacefor geese ducks
kr swim. We always a dozenor so geese a gander
                    had                     and          with a topknoton
hishead.He waskingofthe flock andstrulted   around  proudly,with liis ladies
following. We alsohadfat white ducks,   Muscoly ducks, guinea
                                                       and         hens.

Thebabygeese               little
             wereadorable balls fluff andfollowed around.When
                                    of                us
they gew older,a groupwould surround   brotherCharliewhile he saton the
grass.He wouldspitup into the air anda goosewouldcatchit.

Muscor.yducksweredarkandhardy, andthey werenot fussy aboutwhat they
ate. They spentlots of time swimming,evenin cold weatherwhenthe brook
frozeover. Onenight,oneduckstayed long andftozeinto thebrook. ln the
mommg themenhadto chopher out. Both feetdroppedoff, and shespentthe
restofher life walkingaround her stubs.

Guinea hensweregood  watch dogs.Theyscreechedwhendisturbed when
        cametoo close. Theycouldfly shortdistances likedto roostin
trees. Theyroosted nightsin our redasaican
                                         appletreenorlh of the house.
MotherandDad'sbedroom    windowwasunderthattree. Onemorning,brother
Charliedecided rise early. He camedownthe stairsquietly,wentout the
northdooranddisturbed treefull of guinea
                       the               hens. Theystar-tedscreeching
ald wokeup Dad, just ashe hadplanned.


Crampwas larmingthe old homestead doorto wherehe was bom. My
parentsand us childrenwere living in the fust house. Gramp'syoungest
daughter sonHarrywereat honrewith him. SoonafterGrandma      diedin
Nineteeneighteen,uncleHarry wishedto marD/, GrampandBerthaleft.
Grampspent rcmailingyears
           his               with his daughters.

Arrnt L,ouisemadeUncle l{arry a goodwife. h a coupleyears,theywere
blessed with a pair oftwin boys. ^l-heir
                                      names  wereHarryand lirnest. They
lovcdtheirlittlc boys. Aunt Louiscwanted  wha(wasbestfor tlrcrn. Shchad
let thcirhairgrowlongintoa Dulchcut style.Thishatlbccnoutof style    fbr
scvcralyears, apparently
             but            Aunt Louiselikcdthestyle. Sheplarrned have
somc  pholographs ol'theboys, she
                   laken            and wanled frcsh
                                                 a      cut.

I lancicd        a         iurd      25     pcr
        nrysclfas barber, I charged cents cut. SinceI hadcut rny
brolhcr's                             girls
          hairantltwo littleneighborhood hairin thc past,   Aunt[,ouise
conlacled             if
          Mother see I wouldcut the 5 yearold twins' hair. l'lredealwas

Onc day I arrivedwith nry lrandclippers,scissors, comb. The twins
appeared, Aunl Louisesetme np with a stoolandoneofher largeaprons
to placearound subject. We readied
               the                            in
                                     ourselves the backroomoff the
kitchen, Aunt Louise
        and           wentbackin the kitchen closed door.
                                             and     the

Harryclirnbed on thestool   whileEmiesatclose watching. putthe apron
                                              by            I
around  Harryandsetto cuttmg gobs
                              big     ofblondhair, I gavethema "boy cut".
Emieseemed             but
              surprised happyaboutwhatwasgoingon. He told Harry that
he lookedgoodandcouldn'twait unfil his tum came.Harrykeptfeelhg his
hcadandasked    Emieifit lookedgood.Theyagreed theylookedgeat, and
weretalking laughing
             and          whenAunt Louiseopened door. Whenshesaw
the boys,shethrewher annsup and said"Ovie, whathaveyou doneto my
boys?" She could seethat the boys were happyand excited. They were
laughing askingMa how shelikedtheirhar qrt. After thinkingfor a few
minutes, wentalong      withdrem, nomore, wentto getnryfifty cents.
                                  said       and
I lcft with my moneyandmy tools,andI heardlaterthatPa likedwhat I had

                  AUNT LOAISE ENTERTAINS

By the rniddle Febnrary,
              of          Aunt Louise become
                                      had        restless aftera longcold
Winterbeing confuied tlrehouse
                     in         witb hersevenchildren. 'l-hechildren were
between ages                    and
                 ofhvo andeleven included pairof twin boys. Being
a good cookwith lots of experience, lradthe urgeto prepare servea
                                   she                        and
mealto company.

Since AurrtLouise's      was
                   house where     Grarnp     lris         it
                                         spent lasttlays, wasdecided
that it wouldbe appropriate haveGrarnp's
                            to              birthday   partyat tlre house.
Fanrily         were
        nrembers not allowed lorgetMarch7'r'.This gaveAunt Louise
           lo           to.
sornething looklorward Shedecided lhis wouldbe a goodexctselo
have sonre  papering painting
                   anrl        done.I wasavailable lrelpandIivedright
nextdoor. Whileshelradthechildren carelirr,shethouglrt wilh Iny
                                     to                       lhat
help, coulddo the.iob.Alier thelasts(ripo{ prnper hrrng, stepped
                                                    rvas       wc
backto survey work. We weresalisfierl.
              our                        Now lbr a lhorough          plan
llrernenu, lay in lhe foodsupply.AuntLouisc
          and                                  wouldlrereacly thebig
da v

When Sunday,   March 7'r'anived,Granp'ssix ohildren and their spouses
attended.         grandchildren theirboy or girlfriencls
                              and                      wereinviledto
shareGramp's  cake, be senred
                   lo              the
                              after nreal.Auntl-orrise every
                                                        had      one
     against wall in thedirring
statrd      the                roorn facing table
                                             the         the
                                                   where cakeset.
Slre    if
    asked sorneone wouldhelpcut lhe cake. I wasaboullo volunteerwhen
AuntLouise spoke andsaid"Ovie,willyou do thehonors cut thecake?"
                up                                  and
Therewasabsolute silencewhenI cut thefirst piece.

Aunt Louisestepped behind andtapped on the shoulder.I quickly
                   up         me           nre
lumed arourdto find her lalkingandlookingal a teawagonpiledl gtr with
nonperislrable of food. She    annourced il wasa slrower me. I was
                                        that           for
in shock I couldn't a word. When recovered,setto cullingthecake.
        and         say              I          I
Whilewe all enjoyed cake, made rourdsandthanked guests.
                    the       I     the                the         It
wasa complete         to
              surprise me- I hadbeen thedarkduringall theplanning,
andmy surprise just whatthefolkshadhopedfor. Of course, soonto
              was                                         my
be lrusbandAlan was there. We wereplanning get maniedsoon,but the
engagernent not beenannounced.


In thelatc20'sand30's,afterwe linished grade theMountainStreet
                                         8rh       at                     one
roon school,five of us    graduated  fiom SmithAgricultural  High Schoolin
Northampton.    Louiseand Herb attended    Williarnsburg High School. Only
Charlie Louise      wentfurtherwith theireducations.  Charlie graduated  from
Northarnpton   ComrnercialCollegc tookan officcjob at lntcmational
                                   and                                  Silver
Cornpany Floreuce. Louisetrainedto be a nurseat CooleyDickinson
lJospitalin Northanpton. BrotherDedercrnained horneworkingon the
larnilyfann. Sister Helen(Honey)graduated SmithSchool 1926 16
                                            from                in      at
years andshe
      old,         wentriglrtinto our UncleCliffKellogg'sdentist  officeasan
ollicegirl. Aftcr graduating,Alice andI stayed horne
                                               at       helpingrnother the
lann. Ilqrb,thcyoungesl,   attendcd               IIigh       tbr
                                    Williamsburg School a couple            ol'
years, thcnscttled our lhnnbelween
       and              on                   Ilaydenvillc Williarnsburg.
WhcnDcde                                        fann
              nramicd- tookovertheancestral on Mouotain
                      he                                           Strcct.

Whcn I startcd                I                        I
                     School, did not know whcthcr wouldbe ablcto
cornplete courso  because ofmy hearing                        l'evelwhen
                                        delicielcy.I hadscarlet
I wassixycars andlhc ilhress
             old,               scliouslyallbcted hcaring.I did managc
to graduate 1930,
          in      howcver,  with seven girlsandmorethanthirtyboys. The
classeswerescgegated   with respect gendcr, lhcrewasno socializing
                                    to        and
between boys thegirls.
        the     and

l)uring my four years SmithSchool, shldied
                       at              I        cooking,sewing,household
arts,childcars,adthmetic,        liistory,English, gyn zurd
                          scierce,               art,        nursing.My
lcastfavoritesubject  wasarithmetic, my favoritesubject
                                     and                  wasart. My an
lcacher gave me a lol of her time. She coached while illustrating
'lennyson'slrl/esa/ lheKing. I made desigrinto a largewall hanging
                                     a                             which
washung   overthefueplace thegrrls'practice
                           in                                 a
                                             cottage.I designed luncheon
setthat was soldto Modem Picilla for fifteendollars. I alsomadepillow
cases, I keptsome
      and              ofthem for personal use.

BrotherCharliestafled                              at
                       takingthe apfculturecoursc SmithSchool      whenI
started, he waskind enough takeme to the Freshman
        and                    to                          Reception.  My
rnotherhadmade a pretrybluedress theoccasion. girlswantcd
                  rne                   for              Us             to
dalce, but the boyswerereluctant.After all, we wereonly fourteenandfifteen
yearsold. CeorgeBlissdid askrne to danceandwe did. George's         father
became mayorof Northampton, he laterspoke our gmduation.
        the                       and               at

Aftergraduation, because             in
                         ofmy intercst art,I tooka conespondence course
in commercial It wasthefoundation
               art.                   ofthe evolutionofmanyotherforms
of at perfonned tlrrough my lil'e.At 87years I still find arl compelling,
                        out                  old,
andI still indulge       in
                   rnyself my art

When my sister,Alice,graduated yearlater,shereceived ten dollargold
                              a                     a
piece having mostwomanly
      for      the           qualities.Shewasan excellent
shedeserved hardwon awird. Whensheentered            she
                                               school, wasa slight
girl of only 78 pounds,but she endured, and gainedweight as well as
knowledge confi
           and     dencc.

Aller Louise          her
             finishcd inlemship Dickinsonlospilal, wentintoprivate
                                 at         I       she
nursing.        the          was
         Since deprcssion on,andjobs       wcrcscarce, AliceandI stayed
on at the lhrrr in orcler helumolherwilh herforrnidable
                        to                            chores.

AliccandLouise   bcgan  dating early.Honcy gone
                                            had      with two fellows,thcn
                 lhat rnaried.A corrplc
settlcd lhcrnan she
      on                                    yearsallergraduation, and
                                                                 I met
becanrc acquainlcd a yorrng
                  with          nranin a Dearby
                                              town. Flcwouldwriteto nte,
andonedayhe askcd     il'hc couldcallon rneoneSunday    aftemoon.  Brother
Charlie tookrre 1oa chrrrolr        in
                             service hislown. When suitor
                                                      thc            ure
                                                               asked if
hc corldlakenrehorne, told hiurthatrny brother  brought andlhat I hada
ridchomc.At thelime,I did notknowthatthiswasa social    "courtirrg"reqLrest.
Later, he would cometo seeme abouteveryolher Sulday. One summer
moming,  brothelCharlie methathe sawthismanwith another
                        told                                   girl. Whcn
he cameagain,I told lrim thal my brolhersand sisters steady
                                                        go         and ny
intentionswereto do so aswell. l-letold methathe played lield,andthat
he wasnevergoingto getmarried.I told him thatwe hadbetter seeeach
olherary longer.IIe never many,andafterserving WWII he studied
                          did                       in                 for
theministryandsettled his own churchin New Hampshire.

OneSunday, Kellogg
             the        girlsandtheirboyfriendsagreed meetat thetop of
thehill thatseparated two homes.Us girlsarrived
                    the                           first, andwhentheboys
camein sight,therewas an extra boy. It was Alice's boyfriendCliarles
Damon's   brotherAlan. He knewthat I wasgoingto be there, he wasall
dressed in his "courting"clothes.He wasgetting razzing
         up                                       a         frorntheother
boys. Ourbrothers werefriendlywith the Damon  boys,andtheyoftenvisited
eachother.Oneevering   whenthe Damon                           my
                                       boyswereat our house, brother
Charlie                me
         cane andasked ifI wouldlike to double   datewith Alan,his sister
Marge,andhim. I asked whatMot.her      thoughtaboutit, andhe saidthat she

saidit wouldbe all right. lt wasplamedthat Alanwonldborrowhis father's
caranddodredriving.Hc thought hewaited askfor theuseofthis father's
car until the day that he wantedit, thenhe would standa betterchance of
getting car. FIisplanfailed. Whilewe never thatparticular
       the                                     had                Alan
stafied walkoverwith theother    boyson SLrndays. day,we walkedover
thelane behndthebamwhere hadfamilypicnics.Therewasa picnictable
under bigold pinetrcc,andAlan carved initials(O.W.K.andA.W.D.)in
      a                                 our
thetnmkof theAee.We bothshared respective
                                    our                  maiden
                                                 motlrer's     name for
ourmiddle   narnes. MinewasWamer^ Alan'swasWells.

Theonly camera the lhnrilywas lloney's llox Brownie.'llhetirnecamelbr
Alanto se1 alone trainto New York City to visit his auntanduncle. He
            out       by
hadhoped    lllat he wouldbavccnough       to
                                     nronoy buy a camera.   ArrnlGrace
thorrglrt hc slrould
         that           havea newcarnera, shegavelrinrmoney buy one.
                                        so                  to
I Ie did,andwc used              so                no
                       thatcamcra lengthatwc could longer filnrfor

I)ad gavemc somcspacc   norlhol'lhe ltorrsL'for rockgarden.I enjoyed
flowers, stilldo. AIandugup a   "sw;rmp  pink"near horne carried
                                                  his    and
it overandplanted in nryrockgarden.

WhileAlanwasworking hisGrandfather, bought yellowroadster.
                        tbr              hc       a                   We
then began get arourd some. Alan, his brotherCharles, my brother
           to                                            and
Charlietooka tripto thc WhiteMountairs. l'hcytookpictures ofthe trip, ard
theyshowed                                      whenI sawonepicture.
            themto us later. I wasmightysurprised
It showedAlanandCharlie         on
                          sitting thebackofthe seatwith their feetup and
smoking cigars.I didn't knowthathe knew howto smoke.

We foundwaysto havef n in the winter. Groups us wouldgo skating
                                              of                   on
Fuller's     just downtheroad. We alsowenttobogganing Dickinson's
         Pond,                                          on
Hill in Whately.One Sunday,Alan hitched of thework horses a sleigh
                                       one                   1o
anddroveoverDepotRoadandAdamsRoadto ourfarmandvisited. I rode on
                                           fann so that he coulddo his
the sleighwith Alan backto his Grandfathcr's
chores, Alan drovemebackhomewhenhewasdone.

Aboutthetime Charles a car,his sisterMargewasin Mainefor the summer
waiting on tablesso that she could eam collegemoney.Charlesaskedhis
mother il she would likc to ride up to visit her, and of coursesheagreed.
Charlesasked Alan andme if we wouldlike to ridealonsin therumbleseat.

We IeftearlyoneSaturday    mominganddrovestcady,     stoppingonly for meals
and fuel. Wren evening           we
                          came, started    huntingfor a motelto stayfor the
night. Whenwe hadnot foundoneby eleven        o'clock,we gaveup andfound
an openpieceof gror.rnd  snrror.rnded trees.There
                                    by                                in
                                                    weretwo blankets the
car, and all four of us managed wrap ourselves
                                  to                 enough keepwarm.
Nothinghappened.     Mrs. Damonspentthe night sittingup in the liont seat
tryingto sleep.At dawn,we left for breakfast, laterwe founda deserted
beach where  we laid in the sr.rn got a little sleep.Later,we foundMarge,
hada visit,andleft for lrome.

BeforeAlanandCharles cars,
                         had    groupsoi'uswouldpile in Dede'sandRoy's
carsalrdtakeSunday   trips. Dedewouldhavchischores doncby nirreo'clock,
andthegirlswouklhave           put
                         already up lunch. We wouldollcn traveloverthe
MohawkTrail,to Mt. Grcylock, to olherscenic      places.Somctitnes  we
wouldgo to visit liicndsin Connccticut go to lhe seashorc

 Theyoung             wanting camp
           fblksslarted       a       ncarby.We owncd hillsidc
                                                     a        pasture
just downthercad,andwc decided buildtheciunpin thepashrre,
                                lo                         Work was
doneon Sundays wassupervised Charlesby       Damon.It wasa finecamp
with a nicefireplace. boyswouldcntertain thegirlswouldprepare
meals. MotherandDade|rteflained thc campaswell, ancl wouldbring
our families the oarnp evenaflcr we weremarried.

l loney ald Roy werethc lirst to bc narriedon June01, 1933at an outdoor
sewice otlr Mor rtainStreetholne.Dedcwasmarried or two
                                                   one            later.
I rnarriedAlanon May 0l, 193'1, Alicc andCharles
                               and                 wercmarried 1938.
Louisewasmarried 1939.


WhenAlanandI arrived our new (to us)1'arm
                       at                 house Poplar in West
                                                on      Hill
Whately May of 1937,    WilsieandMertieBardwell
                                              werethefirst neighbors
to  greetns. We hada closerelationship thernuntiltheydiedin the eady

I shouldrelatesome particulars
                             aboutAlan andme befbre cameto Poplar
llill. We both came liom large fanriliesand grew up in Haydcnville,
              on           5
                     about milcsapart.I grewupon Mountain          and
Alangrewup on MainRoad. WhenAlan'sgrammar      school  teacherasked the
pupilswhattheywanted do whelrtheyfinished
                     to                    school, AIan'srcplywasthat
lre wantedto "buy myselfa fann andgetrnyself wil'e". Thatisjusl whathe
did assoonashe turned twcntyonc

 We bothgradualed Snrith
                    fiom      AgricullruallighSchool Alan sludied
                                          I                       fannirg
 andI studied horrsehold Aftergraduation,tooka correspondence
                        arts.                  I                     course
 in commcrcial Alanhadstartcd
               art.                helping hisCirandf'athcr's lhnn at
                                            on                srnall
 the ageof twelve. Whenhe waseighteen, agreed be "boundoul" to his
                                           he       to
 gandfhther under provisions
                  the          ol'theOliverSrnithwill. Heworkedthereuntil
his twentyfirst birthday asked Crandfather a raiseso thathecould
                         and                      fbr
marryme. His Graldfather   refused, helelt andboardcd ourfarm. lJesides
                                   so                  at
the500dollars he hadsaved
               tfiat            liorn theOliverSmithwill, he workedat odd
jobs in the area. Since depression on,jobswerehardto find. At this
                        the            rvas
point,Alan ard I hadbcendatingfor several    years.

In theearly             Alanbcgan
           winterof 1936,          looking a fann. Whenheheard
                                          for                     that
the Ed Bardwellfarmin WestWhately    wasior sale, conlacted owner.
                                                 he         the
They set a dateto look overthe I'arm,
                                    and sincemy fatherhadbeenaround
fams all hislife,Dadwentwrthhim. Thefarmconsisted 127acres,
                                                    of         with 60
acresin cultivation the remainder pastures woodland.Besides
                   and              in         and                   a
largecow bam,therewereh,vo    tobacco bamsanda run downhouse  thathad
neverbeen  modernized. Alan likedthepotentialofwhat he saw.

Oncea dcalwassauck,thepeople    thatwererenting placemoved and
                                               the         out
Alan noved in with a hiredman. Thetwo menbatched andAlan paidthe
hired man 35 dollarsa monthplus his room and board. The rentershad

                    into        for
hznsformed stable housing chickens.Alan andthehiredmanbusied
themselves gettingthe barn readyfor the fourleencows that Alan hadbought
on time fiom Mr. Kentfield, using part of his savingsfor a dovn paynent.
Soon, cowsarrived a milk marketwas arranged, Alan was in business.
      the                                        and

Alan andI hadbeengoingtogetherfor several       years,and sincehe now hadhis
fam, he concluded he should
                     that             havea wife andhousekeeper. setthe
datefor ourweddingfor Saturday, first of May at 7:00 in the eve ing at my
homein Haydenville.We hireda photographer five o'clock to take wedding
pictures a family grouppicture. I would like to includea pictureftom this
day at the beginningof thesememoirs. Guestsbeganto arive before the
photogapher left. Noneofus atesupper night. I mademy goingaway
              had                             that
suit,andit was a pretty blue, wool suit. My sisterHoneymademy long white
wedding   dress.LaSalle's              the
                           fumished flowers.Bluehydrangeas         surrounded
thewedding    party. Sister Alice stoodup with me andAlan's brother   Charles
washis bestrnan. Those weremarried nextyear. Fashionable
                          hvo               the                      bouquets
at thattimewerelong stemmed      flowers. Mine wascalalilies, andmy Uncle Jim
LaSalle thattheysuited
         said                 me. We hada bride'scake, I got soinvolved
with the guests that I forgot to cut it.

After the service,several olderboys placedlogs in front of our goingawaycar,
but some the youngerboysremovedthem. Whenwe arrivedat the hotel in
          Massachusetts, removed corsage.He did not want it lmo\ n
Pittsfield,                Alan
thatwe wereon ourhonelanoon. nextmoming,we left lor NiagraFalls on
the Canadian   side. At the Canadiancustoms, man askedus wherewe were
bom. Alan replied"Northampton,     Massachusetts" so did I. I was actually
bom in Rockville, Comecticut. I was startled and flustered, so I lied.
Apparendy, customs
             the               did
                          agent not discovermy lie, andwe wereallowedto
enterCanada.After a dayof sightseeing, renteda room whereguests
                                         we                              were
takenin. A \ryoman us to our room andbecause
                     took                            therewas a flat roofright
underthewindow,sheadvised to keepthe window closed. Someone
                                us                                      might
comein. Before long, the room beganto gethot. Theradiatorwas goingfull
blast. We nearlysniothered. nextrnomingwe starledfor home. Alan was
getting anxiousto start plowing, ard I am surethat we were gettinglow on
fimdsandperhaps    spending  muchneeded  farm operating  money. We dropped
in on both setsofpments andthen headed our new life on PoplarHill.

My first priority was to make a comfortablehome for us. There were no
modemconveniences.     Our water was pipedfrom a springinto a banel in the

shed.Soon      Charles it ruming into a blacksinkin the enhl'waycalled
                       had                                               the
sinkroom.Wood buming stoveswereusedfor all ofour cookingand heating-
We did splurge      and boughta white homecomfortkitchencook stove. The
salesman we bouglttit from traveled
             that                                in
                                          around a horseandbuggywith a
replica  ofthe stove, manysales
                      and           weremade thelocalarea.Thestove
                                             in                          had
                     on                         us
a waterreservoir one end,and this supplied with our hot water. This
stove                          heat
      provided downstairs until coldweather
                  the                                 whenwe wouldsetup a
chuckstovein the liviug roorn. In tlrelate40's,we installed wood burning
ftlmace thebasernent. of our furniture
          in                                wassecond   hand,       the
                                                              except two
living roomchairsthatwe boughtwith wedding    present money. In addition,we
boughta bed,a living roomrug, anda sofaon timefrom Montgomcry         Ward.
We received     manyweddingpresents, I was givenlirur bridal showers.
Those slrowers        helped                        I       50
                            with kilchenequipment. receivcd dollars    fiom
Smith Charities a weddingendowrnent, I usedthat moneyto make
                    as                      and

Irr thosedays,moth€rslaughttheir daughters makepatchwork
                                         to                  quiltsand
otherarticles theirhomes.Whena tnanbecame
            fbr                             intercsted a younglady,
he wouldgivehera hope  chestwhichwasusually  quitefirllby thetimethey
were  married.Alangave a hopechest, by thelimc we wererraried, it
                      me             and

                          inside house
We did verylittlerenovnting    the    during firstyearbecause
                                            the              ofthe
considerable work required build the business was the fbrm. Alan
                           to                that
needed secure living for us, andour comfortwassecondary.
       to         a                                       BecauseI
couldnot stand darkg'eenpainton the wallsin the kitchen, wentabout
                the                                    I
papering themmyself. I alsomanaged get congolium on the kitchen
                                   to             laid

Becausewasaccustomedhavinga closerelationship neighbors,was
        I                to                        with           I
anxious meetthe new neighbors Poplarlhll. We werethe new young
       to                        on
couplein the neighborhood, the othershad lived therefor a long tune.
North of us, nearthe endof PoplarHill Road,liveda couple the nameof
Keyes. We neverdid meetthem. Theyrented old house
                                             the         ownedby Vic
Bardwell (nowCrisci).Nextto the southwastheBardwell  homestead.  Victor
haddieda fewyears  earlier, his widow (AuntJen)lived in themainhouse
(now Cooney).A youngcouplelived in the wing, andthe manran the farm for
AuntJen.Ontheeastsideofthe road,ournewfarmwasthenextplacesouth
ofthe Bardwellhomestead.  Opposite fannonthewestsideofthe roadwas

theLymanSanderson    place(nowDickinson).Lymanwouldhavebeen         alone
ifnot lor his daughter husband    Wilsonlivingwith hirn. Lymancontinued
makingdish mopsand clotheslineswith his daughter's     help until he died.
WhenLymandied,WilsieandMerl movedbacknextdoorto theirownhome
(nowFran   Torino& Nancy Talanian). TheRobandLil Atkin's house thewas
lasthouse beseen
           to      fromthe hill (nowPhelps).Thehouse          the
                                                        r-lider hill near
the bridge was occupiedby Nettie Lawrcnceand her two children(now
Talmage). old house
            Tlre                                 (
                        across way wasvacant nowNewlin).

We started first yearon Poplar
           our                 Hill lirll of hopeandyouthlulconfidence.
At theendol'theyear,        we
                    however, werea discouraged      young couple. Times
wcrehard.We hadthree        of
                      sources meager    income.Milk liom fburtccn cows,
two acres         (at
         oftobacco l2 cents pound), woodprotlucts
                            a          and               liom our fbrest.
Thc latter
         wasaccornplishedbctwecnchores    duringthewinter. Mr. Kentlield
held a sizeable         on                             and
               mortgage the lhlm and tlrc animals, meeting         those
payments verystrcssli"rl my young
         was            to          husband                    out
                                              Alan, Alanworkcd wlren
hc could,and he somchow            to
                          managed mcctlriscomnritmcnts, wasa  llc

Wc hadonlya pairof horses some   secondhandfhrmirnplcrnents.'Ihcsilo
hadto bereplaced the mainbarnneeded
               and                   considcrablework. With inf'erior
cquipment, sandwiched
          and           bctween therenovations, managed grow,
                               all             we         to
harvesl putup 8 acres
        and                        and
                       ofcom silage 50 tonsofhay lbr theanimals-I
raised largegarden, canned bulk of it for thecoming
      a                     the                      whter.

The milk that we madehadto be cooledin a largetank of waterin the milk
room. In order coolthewater,               ice
                             Alanharvested liom a ponddownthe lane
andfromanother   pondon the Vic Bardwcllfarm.

While Alan workedhardwith the rnanwork, I handled womanwork. I
mentioned garden             and
                      earlier, I handled thecookingandcleaning.We
usuallyhadmcnthatboarded    with us,andwhenI couldfind themoney,I would
makeimprovements the house. I recallwalkingdownthe laneto the old
JimmyNolanplace,    tumingleft,goingup a waysandthrough barway
                                                             a       into a
grownuppasture   where picked
                       I       blackberries. usedto makeandput upjams
andjellies from the berries. In thc fall, I pickedbittersweetalongthc stone
wallsthatstraddle lane.

               in       (1937)whenI losta premalure
We were saddened December                         babyboy. I

recovered quicklyandmadeanother   patchworkquiltthat winter. Alan anda
hired manworkedin the woodsbetween                           for
                                      cbores. I was tha:rkful the old
wooden  cranktelephone the walljust inside livingroorn. It gave a
                         on               thc                     me
wayto keep toLrch my mother Alan'smofter. We always
            in      with         and                          hadmany
dropin visitsliom farnilymembers, we seldom
                                and         nisseda Sunday   goingover
to Haydenville visitour folks.

Our second   yearon the farm wasrnuchlike the first until the Fall whenwe
started troublesone
        a               Winter. Wrile we hadincreased tobacco
                                                        our         acreage,
Alannecded                  and
              moreincom€ started       workingout filling otherfanner'ssilos.
Whilehe wasworking on oneof thejobs,I wasalone
                         out                                whena hurricane
stnrck.As I walched, gustofwind topple mrlberrytreein theyard. I had
                       a                  orrr
become   pregnanl                    put
                   again.'lhedoctor rneto bedbclore      Thanksgiving rvhere
Iremaincd   untilI camc  home  liom thehospital April 81r'. Maroh
                                               or            On            I
gave birthto a liltleredhairedboy. We namcd   him Alan Wellsl)arnonJr.,but
Ircwaslatcrnicknarned                  lost              has
                          l)ote.I ncarly rnylil'c. I)ctc always    bccnthe
light ol'our livcs. ThatWirter,between     ohores,Alan anda hirednnn cul
                                I          kr
lirnbcrlbr thcwalcrcompiury. wasunablc shoplilr babyclolhes, carne brrt
hornc a wellstocked             of
                         supply cverythingbaby
                                            a      wouldnccd.OLrr   lhmilies
supplicd imclthe
         them                 girls
                       Grange gave a babyslrower.l'lrenexlycar,
                                        rnc                              we
                       al           in                       and
hadourbabybaptizrd ourclrurch Whalely. Alan.joined, I lransferred
Iiom l Iaydenvillc.

The fannhouse   was stnrckby lightening  threedilitrent tinresuntil wc had
lightningrods installed.The first onehit the kilchenchinrney  and knocked
bricks offthat landed the slateroof. Slate brickslanded the porch
                      on                     and               on
roofand bounced tlre groundwherethreedogswerelaying. Two of them
stayed  around, Tom Dooleydisappeared did not returnuntil thenext
               but                          and
day. Thenextstrike  knocked thepolvetfromflreupstairs
                            out                            westbedroom   to
thegarage.Ihe third sfrikewasmorefrightening me. lt occurredwhcn Alan
was awayandPete    wasdoingthemilkingfor his father. lt stnlckthe milking
parlor,knocking all thepower. Thecharge
                out                          threwPetebackon the cement
steps behindthe cows, The titcupsblew off, and the cows righteouslyfled out
into theyard. Petewasslunned,  very weak,andfound it hard to breathe. Once
he was able10walk, he c:rme to the kitchenwhereI met hrm. I really
thought hewasdying.I managed gethim to sit down,andwhilehis feet
        that                        to
                  his          was
werestilltingling, breadring better.I callcdRogerBean, he came and
withinthree                       for
            mhutes.Rogerstayed a while,thenPetestarted        feelingbetter

andwentout androunded the cows.

It wasnot uncormnon famersto havemorethanonedog. This excerpt            is
aboLrtthreethatwe hadat a certaintime. They werenot confned, andenjoyed
following the horses   and tractorand otheraspects farm life. We had a
wonderful  bordercollienanedTomDooley wouldbringup thecows. Alan
wouldopen gates,
             the     and   'fom Dooleyknewenough herdthe cowsbackto
the barnin the evening.I hada brownbeagle dropped andneverleft.
                                                that        in
I narned Jiggctte. [e wasactiveuntil old agesetir. He hadbecome
         him                                                           dcaf,
andhe wasnrn overin lhe road. We alsohada Dobennan wasafiaidof
everyone nrc. Shespent lif'ehiding. We krew lhat Tom Dooleywas
growingvery old, but not yet readyfbr death. Oneday, as I went downthe
stcps irto thc garage, kxlkeddownto seehim layingthere. FIewasdead. I
           to     to
wasabout lcave takea trainto New York. Thenextday,Pete           ard I were
1olly to Copcnhagcn, lo Paris, lhcnto l-ondon.
                     then           and                 Whilein London. wc
mclJuliarWhately, lookhinroutto dirncral thelvy. Hc wasa desccnclcnt
oflhc manWhalcly named          aller andspentlime hercat our bicentennial
19 7 1 .

I ncverhelpcd  mrrchwith the business o1'the
                                     cnd       larrn. I did helpwith the
tobaccocrop in variousways as necessary, I did what I could. My
paramount was running housethe     andraisingPcte Onc year,howcver,
Alan offeredto pay mc l-orhelpingon the tobacco harvest. SinceI beoame
prettygood slripping
           a1                 I   35
                    tobacco,nrade dollars   thatsummer   workirg lbr my
hrrsband.used money Christmas
         I      lhe       for         prcsents.

Alal was fond ofhis horses nostalgic well. Whenhe bought first
                                           as                      the
tractorin Whately(1946), still kepthis horses.An old manthathadspent
his entire workingwith horses           by
                                  came thefarmoneday. We hadklown
thisuranfor manyyears, he wanleda placeto spend lastdaysworking
                         and                           his
with horses. granted request, tookhim in. Later,we did the same
               We        his        and
for GeorgeWhite, a old dairy farmerin his eighties    from Coleraine. In a
profound  f,vistoffate,oneofGeorge White'sgreat  grandsons,Steve Stalgefell
in with Alan andhasworkedwith A.lanfor over20 years. Stevecurrentlyhelps
us with manythings,   andin fact Stevetypedandsoftlyedited   thesememoirs.
I have asked to include
               him         somethingabout experience us,andhe has
                                           his           with
assured thathewill. Thatshould
        me                          follow this section.

       whilewe weremilking30 cows, put in a modem
ln 1948,                         we                      and
                                                 bathroom we

added woodbumingfumacein thebasemcnt.
       a                                        Apparently, Alan hadworked
hard enough makeour debtsmanageable. the farm did grow. Alan
              to                                And
wanted  morestockandhe was convinced      that he could makea good living for
us on the farm with his sweatandmuscle. Ultimately did. Soon,Alan
concluded he needed
           thal           morecom land,andbeingup to thetask,he cut 2.5
acres woods,
      of        sturnped bumed residue, pickedtherocksout so that
                        it,      the           and
hecouldcultivate land. Ofcourse workwaspcrformed
                  the                this                    between  chores,
cuttingtirnberfor sale,cuttingtimberfor the farm,cuttingcordwood sale,
cutting cordwood thefannhouse, workingoutside
                  for               and                  whenpossible.Pete
cancertainly remember  picking                     l
                              rocksonthePoplar lill Farm.Since bumed
theresidrre, hada hugcfire lhat bumedfbr weeks.Thatpicceof ground
            we                                                             is
stiffreferred as
             to    "T-HE
                       RURNI- Lof'.

Alan's wolk ethicald brrsiness  sclserccltriredmorelandto producernore
income.We rentcd landfromAlecMann,            and
                                      Judson, Cooney.I figurclhat we
rcnted      70       of
      irbout acres cornland. Alanwcntahead installed fancy
                                                   and       lhe
        milkingparlor 1968.Alan'sbusiness
                     in                              proved be accurale
                                             instincls    to
andlinancially,    lirllilling.

Ooingback1o 1942     whenmy sonAlanJunior      (Petc)wasthreeyears old, a
liiendolmine wanted see I wouldn't
                      to   if          eanrsomepin moneyat home. Afler
doing some research, dccided rnake
                     we        lo       sorncnotccards using
                                                      -     snrall pieces
of liroleum. We drewourdesign revcrse thclinoleum carved
                                  in         on           and         out
our design.I did all theprintingbetween rollersof rnywashing
                                         the                    rnachine.
We soldthemlbr fivecents  each.OurChristmas    cardsweremade this way for
several years. Later,I braided                                 and
                              nrgs,finished fiddlebackchairs, hada

In 1950,             a                 com
        Alanbought newmechanical cutter. After filling his own silo,
hewentaround             men's
              fillingother                   has
                                silos. Legend it thatAlan andtwo hired
menfilled28 silos 32 days year. Aboutthistime,EdDickinson first
                  in       that                                    (the
larnilyoverthe Hatfieldline) hired Alan to cut, mill" and stick 8.5 acresof
timberon his land. He usedthe materialto build chickenhouses. [n the
summer 1948, boughtour frst new car,a Chely, andI gotmy driver's
        of       we
license.Thenextyear,Alan bought first newtruck.

Backwhenwe still hadthehorses,   Alan anda coupleofmen wereloggingin
ourwoods   near JimmyNolanplace. Something
               the                            wentwrong,anda log fell
on Alan's leg,pinninghirnto the gound. Petewasthereandrushed help

him. Oneofthe menspoke andsaid"don't touchhim,he's dead"

Formany   years, Greenfield
                a           mandrovea green stocked
                                               van        with men'swork
clothes. He rnade roundsin outlyingdistricts.Theclothes       wereofgood
quality andfor years, Alan boughtall ofhis work clothes iiom him. On one
visit, he had a bundleof corduroy remnanls.I wanted   thatbundle,so Alan
boughtit lbr nre. I washappy. Now I couldmakelittle overalls rny little
nephews skirtsfor rny nieces Clristrnas.I hada foot treadle
          and                   for                                rnachine
thatAlanbought 2 dollars.Soon, added l0 dollarmotor. A few years
                 for               he        a
later, I boughtplaidflannelandnrade  shirtsfor the menin the farnily. There
wercno button  holemakers      so
                          tlren, I hadto rnake  aboutforty two buttonholes
by hand.

Uxtendcd          for
         vacations farrnfarnilios rarelytakeplacc. Anirnalshaveto be fed
and caredfor, and it is not easyto find responsible to lake over. For
scvcralycars wltcnPclcwitsin gramntar    school, threcandAlan'slolks
spcut                                       Phil
     l-abor in Maile rvithAlan'sbrolher andhisfamily.Or oneof
thcsctrips,Phil took us lo Camdcn  SlateParkwhercwc wcrc introduccd   to
lobster.Seeing live lobsters
              the                     ioto
                             droppcd boiling   wateraffectcdAlan so that
he couldn'1 then, andlevor did. Ol oneol'llrese
           eat                                       trips,we visilcdtlre
         oflhc Pines.I believe thisis in Rindgc,
{lathedral                     that                NewFlampshrrc.

Aboutthattimo,outdoor        wcrsbeing
                       rnovies            just
                                      shown offRt. 5 & l0 in South
l)ccrfield. Alan andPetewouldhustle chores thatwe couldgetto the
                                   the     so
dnvc in bcfolethe moviestarted.We mighthaveFrancis
                                                 Groverwith us, or
one0fPete's   cousins.

Orufamilyhadlotsof gatherings, manyof themwereon Poplar
                               and                            Hill. Alan
builta grrllacross roadwith pipeandwire grates.In the summer, would
                  the                                          he
barbecue  chickens farnilyget togethers usuallynumbered
                    for                 tliat                 arorurd 30
people.Formanyyears, hadthe Kelloggfarnilyfor Thanksgiving
                        we                                    dinnerand
theDamon                      dinner.For several
            familyfor Christmas                 years,Alal's parents and
cousin Russ  wouldcome              evenings.
                        overon Friday               Alan'smother my
                                              Neither              or
mother  drove,but therewasalways  someone bringthem.

In 1968, installed modem
       we         a          milkingparlor.Alanwasmilking50 cowsat the
time. Many peopletried to discourage from taking that expensive
                                     us                       step,but
we neverregretted investment.
                 the               Overthe years, leamed trustAlan's
                                                I        to
judgement respect business
         with         to          matters.

It has alwaysb€€nwell lcrown that larmerswho own their own farm hope,or
ratherexpect their sonwouldtakeaninterest thefarm,andfollow in their
               that                                  in
footsteps-More andmore,sonsall overthe counhyarefindingtheir calling
outside familyfarm. Our son,Pete,
         the                                 foundhis callingelsewhere.    Petedid
alwayshelp on the fann, evensunmerswhile he wasenrolled College       in         r'n
Boston. Whenhe wasat Northampton             High School, wasnot particularly
goodat matlrematics. Damon           lamilywasshong mathematics.
                                                         in               Alan said
thatPete  wo[ld never           lo
                       arnount anything.He spent         muchofhis tirnedrawing.
Upon    graduating  ftom Northamplon      fligh School, received prizefor
                                                          he           the
being best
       the      artist thebestaclorin the senior
                     afld                               class.We knewhe wanted
to firrther education ixt, sowc wentalong
           his           io                         with his wishes.I le passed his
entranca   exaln Massachusetts
                 at                            of                 ancl
                                    College Art in Boston, he entered            in
Septcrnber 1957.Llereceived Bnchclor
             ol'                      his            o{'Fine  Artsin 1961.ll€was
awarded one year sclrolarship BrooklynMuseurn Art which he
           a                           at                         of
cornplcted,lhen rcceivcd teaching
                              a           fcllowship PrallInstitutc Ncw York
                                                      at              in
City wherehs received Maslcr'sdegree. llc irnrnediatcly                  accepted a
posilion ixl artlcacher
          as               al (jcorgiiu CourlCollcgcirr Ncw Jerscy.Hc taught
in New Jerseylbr sevenycars, lhen lransf'ened a branchol'the City
             in                                   to
Univcrsity New York. Petocontinues lcachat the Ncw York City
'l'echnical  College,  and is ncaring    rctircrnert. Ile has also received     the
equivalent a Doctorate
            of              degree  liorrr thatinstitution.

ln 1974,  Alan dugout all lhe old peachlreeson lhe landthatwe boughtliom
Aurt Jen. Llepreparcd sitejust southofthe landthatwe soldto Wendell
Hay,andstarted builda |rewhouse.By | 979, re house rr:ady, I still
                to                                     was      and
live in thathousetoday. Alanpasscd                     in
                                     awayin thishouse Marchof 1999.

During the 1970's,  Alan's eyes beganto give him serioustrouble. We
discovered hehadcataracts, he eventually to havethe r rerroved.
          that                a:rd             had
The operations  wereonly partiallysuccessl andcontact
                                          l,            lenses various
glasses              for
       wererequired even     partialvision. Thedirt anddustof farming got
underthe coDtact  lenses, Alan couldnot seewell. This seriously
                         and                                       limited
Alan'sabilityto nrnthefarm,andwhenhishired                      to
                                             rnanlefl,hedecided sellthe
l-arm. A young man willr somefarmilg experience       was interested, and
eventually boughtthe farm. At the time, the farm was rnakinga good
income. We werernilking50 cows,andwe had30 headof youngstock. By
Juneof 1979,our newlrouse  wasreadyfor us andTomMahar boughtthe farm.
Petecame homeliom New York City in orderto helpus move. We couldn't
havemanaged    withouthrshelp. Themenuseda tractorto pull a low wagon

thatcarriedour householdgoods-Leaving farm after42 yearswastrot easy
for me, andI am surethatit wasnot easyfor Alan. I wasdisoriented, I
couldnotconcentrate anl,thing. onepoilrt,I said"l amnot leaving this
                               At                               -
is rny home". We left our whitewoodbumingkitchenstove. I didn't know
how I couldcooka mealwithoutthatstove.

There was still settlilg to do in our new house. I worked at it and knit
children'ssweaters churchmissions.I neverwasntuchofa knitteqbut I
needed             to
         something do. A friendintroduced to prcssed
                                                me         flowercards.She
knew thatI was at looseends. Sheasked why I didn't try makjngsome
mysell.I told hcr that I wouldn'tbc ablelo do that,but slrcleft me witlr some
supplies thatI could          ifI
                         start wanted Finally, picked
                                         to.        I       sorne  flowersand
madc  some          To              they
             carcls. my surprisc, all sold,andI w:s in thc cardbusrness.
Befbre                     io
        long I hadoutlets mostol'the New England             New York City;
Alcxandria,            ancl
             Virginia, Philadelphia,    Pennsylvania. Localcrafl lhirsgaverne
my bestsalcs. Manypcoplc          carne thehouse buycards, I am still
                                      1rl          to           arrd
scllingcards  aflcr l4  ycars.I figurc thal I have madc andsoldabout   38,000
cardssinceI started.Anotherindulgence lhe ar1world is nty paintings.I
startcd  painting pictures 1948,
                            in       and I figurethat I havenrade    aboutI50
paintings.  Some  ofmy paintings             rny
                                    decorate home, nrany on display
                                                      and       are
at lhe Town Meeting    roomin WhalelyCenter.

Aftcr moving ourrew home,
              into              Alan loundrnany  llringsto do. Henever  did
retire, in fact,hewentlogging theday he died. Oneofhis first projects
wasto conven building he hadused store
               a         that           to                inlo
                                               equipment a home. This
is thehome                by        that
            now occupied Minerth sitsdirectlyacross roadliom the
farmhouse.Alanalsosoldthebuilding behindthathouse Jolly,andthey
builta lovelyloghome thelot. Later,
                       on              Alanbuiltthchouse  directlyacrossthe
road from the formerWendellHay home. This is a beautifulhomewith a
fabulous viewofthe farmandtherollinglandscape Western
                                                 of          Massachusetts.
Several buildings theUniversity MassachusettsArnherst plainlybe
                  at             of               in          can
seen a clear
     on                      as
               day. As soon thehouse finished, wassoldto Dr. Allen
                                        was          it
Wamer, descendant my mother's
         a                             sideof ourfamily. Alan alsofinished
the largeareaover our two car garageinto an entertainment   area. Thereis a
largestone           on
           fireplace therearwall, natural  pinewalls,anda beautiful  cherry
floor. He built a largepinetablethat seats  sixteen people,andthe room is
tastefully          and
          decorated flrmished   with couclres other soft seating, Alother
project tlrebambehind house.It is a largebamthatis full oftools and
        was                the
thingsthatAlan usedin his dayto daylife. It contains well equipped
                                                       a              wood

shopandthe attic is well stockedwith prime lurnberthat Alan harvestedliom
ourownland. Alan alsobuilt us an opendeckin thebackyardthatoverlooks
bothof thereservoirs WestWhately.It is a wonderfi.rlplaceto sit andrellect
on one'slife andthenatural  beauty        in
                                  inherent Westem    Massachuselts.

Alanwouldalways timeto plantandcare a huge
                                         for             garden.The
gardenareasitsjust northof the lrouse we soldto Dr. Wamer. It wasa
community  garden thatAlan wouldmakesurethat all tlreneighbors a
                   in                                          had
good  supply    varieties
           o1'all       ofvegetables whenlheyripened.Manyneighbors
wouldlieezeor canthcir wintersupplyofvegetablesI'rom garden, we
                                                    the      and
did thesarne. bulk ofthe
             The           garden      was
                                  space swectcorn,but he alsoraised
morethat enough    tomatoes,cuotrmbers,
                                      squashes,beans, peppcrs,
bccls,carrots, lirccns.

lirorn lirrethat bouglrt fannirr I937,Alanwcntlo lhc woods
     the         wc          the                              culling
fircwood tinrber thewinter. lle conlinued do soalicrwe soldthe farm,
         and                                lo
andconlinued upto thedayhedietl. Whenwc soldtlre lhrm,we keptthe
land on the othcr sidc of JirnmyNolanBrook. Thcreis about 100acresof
woodland Alanirrd several
          drat                 hircdmenhavebeenworkingandnuduringfor
lhepasl62 ycars.I [nderstand several Alan's parttimehiredmenplan
                               that     of
kr conlinueAlan'scarefirl stewardship woodland thelitture.
                                     ofthe        into


 My name Steve
             is          Starge I becarne
                                  .                      with
                                                associated theDaron familyin 1979
just after they sold the farm. For somereason,Alan and I connecte4even
though was35 years junior. I worked
           I                   his                    with AlanwhenI could,andI was
involvedwith mostof his projects. We enjoyedworking together,andwe had
a knackfor makingevenvery hardwork fin. Much of our work wasin the
woods     loggng,andwe workedin thewoodsloggiug Fridayin lateMarch
ofthis   year(1999).Later evening, quietly
                                   that           Alan      passed away. I am soothed
by the notionthat he was ableto enjoylife right up until the moment his        of
death.WhileI amstillstmgghng                           with         il
                                            ernotionally hisdeath, is entirely fitting
      l              e           a
t h a t h ec \ e n l s r o l v e d stlr e ld id .

Olive asked to typeandgently
            me                                "rncmoirs" I was
                               edittheprcceding        and
happy to obligc- I claborated someof lhe iternswhcn I lhought it
appropriate, Olivcasked I generlla "supplernent" hcrnernoirs.
           ancl         lhat         this         to
ll is anhonor conl buto.

Obviously,  sinceI ltavcbccnaround Damon
                                   thc                        I
                                             fanily on Poplar lill lirl the
pirst20 years,I nccdto fbcusmy contribution this document Thcrc are
lilcrally hundreds storics  thal I couldrclatc,and should   onc beginto
philosophize  about       and
                     events cxperiences, this section
                                         lhcn              corrldgrowto
nany lrundreds ofpages.In an allempt to dctraclliom thc preceding
                                    not                              work
by Olive,andin zur        not                  I
                    altempt to borethereadcr, will try to be briel

My mind settles the notionof confidelce. Wlrenone reviewsOlive's
rnemoirs,her collidence is apparent. 'fhe last paragraphof her
INTRODUCTIONis an attemptto instill confidence tlre reader. And
consider confidence
          the            required moveto a run downfarmwhenoneis a
youngwomanin herearly20's. Withoutconfidence, yearsofhard work
ahead  ofher couldhavcbeen                 She
                             overwhelming. musthavesimplyknownthat
she would persevere, control of the siftration,      and raise her family.
lirrthermore, consider confidence
                      the                  to        in
                                    required engage herartistic  prrsuits.
Whoamong wouldlrave selfconfidence pailltpictures produce
             us            llre             to              or        the
wonderful   pressedfloral greeting
                                 cards?Ovie is a very remarkable  woman.
tleholdthe confidence hardwork demonstrated theyearsof work that
                       and                        by
resulted these
         in      Memoirs! Thewordremarkable an understatement.

WhataboutAlanDamon junior'sconfidence? thepreceding
                                       In              memoirs,  Ovie
brushed the malterof Pete
       on                followinshis own callinsirto the art world as

        to       on
opposed staying the farm. Consider selfdiscipline confidence
                                     the               and
requiredto move along with one's professional calling when so many
expectations pressures
           and         existed tied hin to a life on the iam. I have
cometo understand thoseexpeotations pressures innocent
                                       and           are         and
natural, in no waywercrnalicious, I suspect it required significant
       and                      but        that           a
amount ofconfidence order gaincontrolofhis destiny.Pete,I salute
                  in    to                                      your
            ofconfidencc, I wantyou to knowthatyou fatherwasvery
demonstration           and
proudofyou. He hada damngoodreason beproudofyou.

AlanDamon           was
              senior briruning                     I
                                   with confidence. havcwondered   about the
chicksn the egganalogy
          and                 with rcspect fanners confidence. only
                                          to         and            I)o
peoplewith anrpleconfidence      bcconre successful        or
                                                    fanners, do successful
lhnlcrs develop                out
                   conlidence ol'necessity?srrspect theanswer
                                                I        thal           lies
             in            llut
somcwhcrethenricldle. thelhotrernains Alanhadtheconlidence
                                              tlrat                       to
               he        lo
cloanytlrirrg wantcd do. My expericncc the manis replete
                                                 wilh                   with
cxanrples.   ll'sonrething       we
                          broke, fixcdit. II'we needcd               that
                                                          somelhing wc
      llot      rve              he
could buy, buillit. Wlren wantcd build house,
                                           10     a       hejusldid it. And
in lc)37,   whcnhe wanted buy a fannas a youn!!
                            to                       manin his carly20's, hc
        il.              lris
bought He controllcd universe         lhroughsheer  confidence.Ilejust knew
lhathecould anylhilg
               do          lhathe puthisrnind lo.

ln conclusion,wantto reporlthatmy association the Darnon
                                              with           lhnily has
rcsulled a heighlened      of            in
                     sense confidence mysclf. Alan selior seemed     to
havean ongoing profbuud need pass
                               to            qualities to others, I
                                     righteous       on           and
was fortunateenough to getirr the way ofsomeofthosc qualities.I am very
proud                wift
      ofny association Alan andbisfmnily,andI am confident I arn
a muchbetterandcomplete   person                        life
                                  because palhsthrough merged.

SinceAlan senior'sdeath3 months    ago,Pelehasnoved backandtakencharge.
[Intil recently, only sawPeteoccasionally      whenhe wou]dcorne visit his
parents, wenever theopportunity bccome
         and           had                 to          well acquainted. are
crmently          in                task
          engaged theunpleasant ofdealingwith estate           issues,
up and organizing                                 post
                     things,and olher necessary morlemmatters. As I
become        acqualnted Pete, see
         better            with     I    moreandmoreofhis father's    positive
qua.lities him. Quiet,unpretentious
          in                           intelligence noticeable, honorby
                                                    is           and
the bushel. It is still refreshing me to spend    time on PoplarHill with the
remarkable   Damonfamily.
                                        Stephen Stange
                                        Jlrne , 1999

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