Ida Mae (McIntosh) Gardinier Diary 1893 - Canastota, Madison Co., NY Transcribed by Mary Ann (Gardinier) Hoffmann Jul-Sep 2003 Webpage by Cliff Lamere Sep-Oct 2003
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This diary provides some insight into the horizons available to a young, relatively uneducated wife in a late nineteenth century small town (Canastota, Madison County, NY).
Each page of this single year diary contained three successive dates, each date followed by six blank lines on which Mae wrote her 1893 experiences. Following December 31 were sections called Memoranda, Addresses, and Engagements and a flyleaf (see note at beginning of that section).
In the transcription below, comments of Ida Mae are shown with ( ); comments of the transcriber are shown with [ ] except where they are accompanied by CWL, my initials.
-- Cliff Lamere
Ida Mae McIntosh, born September 14, 1870, probably in Gloversville, N. Y., was one of the older children of a family of three sisters and two brothers. Before 1890, she married Myron E. Gardinier and spent the rest of her life in Canastota, N.Y., where she enjoyed the company of a circle of friends and neighbors and perhaps some relatives. Her firstborn son, Ray W. Gardinier, died June 3, 1890 at the age of 28 days. Lynn E., the second son, died October 9, 1891 as an infant. In April 1893, Myron and Mae took a 22-month-old boy, George, for whom they received adoption papers August 31, 1893. Nothing further has been discovered about this child. The only child to survive them was Olen, born August 11, 1895. Mae herself met a tragic end in a kitchen fire on July 15, 1899, at the age of 28. She is buried in the Gardinier plot, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Canastota, N. Y.
-- Mary Ann (Gardinier) Hoffmann
Myron built three houses on the east side of South Main Street (544, 542, and 538) at the southern edge of the village of Canastota, NY. He probably learned carpentry from his father John who was also a carpenter. A brother became a contractor and builder of houses in Auburn, NY. Ida Mae lived in 544 and 542.
South Main proceeds north from Route 5 (Seneca Turnpike). “Downstreet”, as mentioned in the diary, is further north around the canal and railroad tracks. Beyond that is the muck, which extends to Oneida Lake.
The sale of a house is discussed in the diary (Jan. 28, Feb. 2, 11, Mar. 4). I am fairly sure that it was 544 South Main St. that they were selling at that time, having recently moved from it into the newly built 542 South Main St. Between 544 and Rt. 5, there are still no other houses on that (east) side of the street or across the street.
In Aug 2003, the house at 542 South Main St. was a blue color. When I was young, it and 544 were both white. After building them, Myron built 538 South Main St., next lot north (to the left in the photos below), where he and second wife Pearl eventually lived. South of Rt. 5 was all hilly farmland at that time (malls, etc., now) except for the two cemeteries. Mount Pleasant Cemetery is at the end of Mount Pleasant Street, which extends a short distance south from Rt. 5, directly opposite South Main Street. Lenox Rural Cemetery is a bit to the west, also south of the highway.
-- Mary Ann (Gardinier) Hoffmann
Click on the
thumbnail photo to see a full-sized photo of each house.
This is to the left of 544 whose garage can be seen in the photo.
This is on the same side of the street to the left (north) of 542.
Ida Mae did not live in this house.
I went to Sunday School with Myron to day. It stormed to day
Myron took his dinner to day Mr. Vreeland came to see me about
taking a machine
I went down street today. I guessed at this day
Bertha came this afternoon. We went downtown to gether [get her?]
I was taken sick with Rheumatism to day. at half past seven oclock.
Bertha ironed for me to day. the fire in the kitchen went out in the
The doctor was to see me to day Myron stayed to home this
Myron went down to get Mrs. Dennison she was not at home.
Bertha went home this morning had to wait one hour for the train
May Greenfield was with me
Mrs. Goldener came to day and went up to C. Browns, first instead of
coming here. Mrs. Castle was up here
Mrs. Goldener made a salt pie for dinner Mary came at 4 to day
I set up one hour Clara Vibbard was here
I was dressed
Myron went down as far as Pfl[ei]gers [illegible] with Mary tonight
Myron got dinner today. all alone
Mrs. Jurden came to see me to day
Mrs. Johnson came to see me to day
Mrs. Lunn. was up here to day. Lillian was here, also. Mary went
home a little while
Mary baked bread
Mary baked beans for dinner.
Mary baked a lemon Jell cake to day from a new receipt [sic].
Hiram Betsinger was here to day and took our little kitty home with
Julia and Edna were here. Edna took her doll home that I made her.
Nellie Johnston. Anna and Lillian Shultes were up, here. Mary
finished my slippers.
It snowed and blowed
Lillian Shultes was here today. I went out to day for the first.
Myron brought my diary home to night. and I have set down all I
could remember. I went out twice
The contract was to be drawn up to day for the old place at 10
oclock he did not come. I begun my rug yesterday.
It is thawing and raining Mr. Westbury was buried today
I began doing my own work. it is very pleasant. No body came to see
me to day.
Very nice weather Nobody came to see me today.
Cloudy and warm. I baked bread for the first time since I was sick.
Mary and Anna was here. Minnie Dunn also
Aunt Irene came at ten oclock this morning and stayed all night. The
man came to day to draw the contract for the house Hodges is the
It is raining and the wind blows. We had a hard storm. Charlie ---k
It is quite pleasant. Aunt Irene and I had a quarrel I told her
what I thought of her lying.
We went up to Julians and had a lovely time. It is clear and cold.
There was a baptism at the church tonight
It is storming Irene is here yet we had another quarrel I
had beans for dinner.
Aunt Irene went home. The wind is still blowing.
I was taken very sick again and Myron went up and got Mary for
me. I got better towards night.
Mary washed for me to day it is very pleasant Myron and I
have both got a cold. I ordered my tea, coffee and peper. $15.
Anna Shultes came this morning Mary was taken sick and had to
go home. the wind blows very hard.
It is just like a spring day. Myron is going to give me $10 dollars
when he sells the place
It is very pleasant I am very unhappy Myron tries to make me
unhappy calling me names
It is snowing Myron has gone down street.
Myron has gone up to Hats. I am very unhappy. Anna washed got
through before noon I got three valentines
It is dark and cloudy. I sent Bertha's present today Eugene
Barlow was here today.
It is snowing I had a headache to day
It is very cold. Mr. Nash was buried to day. His text was 2
It is snowing
Myron is cross and angry because I asked him for a book. Myron is
good to me when I am good
It is storming Mary Shultes promised to come here this morning
and did not come Myron took his dinner I am lonesome.
Mary came at 8 oclock. It is a very pleasant day
Very stormy Myron took his dinner.
Myron took his dinner again
It is very stormy. Anna went to council to night. Myron says he
could do better sewing than I can he is mad when I laugh
Myron brought me some candy home to night Father's house
burned down to night Myron is awful good to me.
It is storming I walked over to the old house the first I have
been out since the 8th of this month. Gordon is over to Claras.
Myron has gone to the village he brought me some candy. It has
been very pleasant The S.L. quartet is here tonight.
It is raining. Anna has gone to Syracuse. Myron has got a cold.
I have got two dresses Myron sent by Anna and got them in
Syracuse. Mrs. Castle was up. I was sick again.
It was pleasant but the wind was hard.
Anna and I cleaned the bedroom and the sitting room.
I have got a terrible head ache and I am so weak Mr. Hodges
came today and paid for the house, Clara is here to night.
It is quite pleasant. May Greenfield was here to night It began to
storm at night.
Anna washed and the clothes line fell down. Myron brought my
handbag home to night.
I am working for the factory. Anna went home to night. [The factory is
Watson Wagon Co. which opened 1893 in Canastota. Her
worked there for many years.]
It is a beautiful day I walked over to Greenfield's. Fannie Petrie
was buried Monday afternoon
It is raining The tea man brought my pepper coffee and tea and
Very pleasant weather.
I went down to Mrs. Castles and staid all day. It rained at night.
Clara staid here all night.
It is dark and lousy.
I have cut 3 thousand 7 hundred pieces. We washed this morning. I
am not feeling well to night
Anna went home to night. Myron is mad at me. Clara was here. I am
Nothing of any count today.
Mrs. Vibbard was up this afternoon
Very pleasant I walked up to Mrs. Nash had a nice time.
I have been working pretty hard for me. It is very pleasant
We went over to Clara's and Will and Julia were down.
Anna and I went down street for the first time.
Mrs. Tabor came this afternoon to make Clara's dress.
It is quite pleasant.
Clara got a letter from Gordon I am all tired out.
Clara washed this morning Mary came to help me Gordon came
I had a bad spell baked 8 wedding cakes.
Clara was married today. It is very pleasant to day We all had a
Bertha Mansburys baby was born at ˝ past ten last night
Clara and Gordon came back this morning from Onieda
I went to see Bertha's baby and up to Mrs. Shultes
Myron put down the bedroom carpet. I cleaned the room this
afternoon. It is raining.
It is pleasant weather
Myron took his dinner I am lonesome without him
Mr. and Mrs. Castle was up and took dinner with us.
I washed alone for the first time since I was sick.
The wind blows very hard
The Sewing Society met here had a nice time. Very pleasant
Pleasant day. I went down street to get my hat trimmed
Myron and I called on Mrs. Hodges people had a nice time.
We went up to Julias. and to see Hat.
I bought a new corset. of a lady.
I went over to see Mrs. Hodges
Myron and I went to Syracuse and got the baby
Mrs. Hinman and Susie were over to see me and the baby.
I did not go to the festival Myron went and got me some syrup.
It is Snowing and is quite cold. I did [?]
Miles came to see us to day. Julia and Will were down to see us.
I took the baby over to see Mrs. Hodges this morning
I left the baby up to Hatties While we went to fathers funeral
I went to Sewing Society and took Georgie
We had a very hard rain and wind storm
It was a lovely day. Mrs. Jurden came and helped me make some
baby clothes for George
Myron and I took the baby over to Mrs. Hodges our jar of batter
came last night
We went up to Aunt Irene's with George.
I took the baby up to Julia's
Mrs. Jim Wells and her little boy was here Mrs. Charlie Tabor was
here after wards. I have got a hard cold.
A very nice day. Mrs. Castle was here
I have been sick all day with a cold.
I took the baby up to Hat's.
I went up to Mrs. Jurdens with Georgie
We took the baby to meeting but I had to bring him out Mrs.
Hodges was over
It rained this morning Myron took his dinner.
Myron came home to dinner to day.
I went over to see Mrs. Hinman It was so nice and warm
It is raining the creek was overflowed this morning.
The milk boy lost a ticket under the steps and Myron found it when
he came home to dinner
I went down street and got the baby a bonnet. I paid 90 cts
Myron has just told me that he did not care what became of me
he did not like me any more
Myron and I took the baby downstreet and I got my Wrap. $4.00.
Roscoe got 8 pounds of pork and I told him to let it go on the
Myron planted 5 rows of potatoes to night for the first
Roscoe got 8 pounds and 11 ounces of pork he paid for the 8
pounds and the 11 oz went on the ploughing
I took baby out for a ride Myron does not feel very well.
Myron was sick and staid at home all day Baby is full of fun.
I was baptised to night It is raining
I went calling with the baby
It has rained all day
I went to Sewing society at Mrs. Watsons with baby he was real
we had a hard rain storm.
It is a lovely day
I don't know nothing
We went to meeting in the morning
I cleaned my sitting room to day We all went to the village at
I done up my pineapples to day
I washed this morning Rile killed his calf to night
We went up to aunt Irenes to supper.
School let out this noon till after deceration.
It is very rainy.
I went to meeting Myron took care of baby and got dinner
I washed It is very pleasant
There was six women came in here to get out of the thunder shower
there was a nice parade
I went to Society to Mrs. G. Dunn's And we all [word missing] to
the show in the evening
It is quite pleasant.
Julia Taylor came down here and I went down with her she had 5
It is very Warm
We went to meeting baby was good all the time
Julia and I went down to have teeth pulled I had one and she had
It is rainy Nobody came today.
I went up to Hats
It is very pleasant
I went to have my tooth pulled Mrs. Jurden went with me it
hurt me awful
I have been very busy my face is very sore.
Myron has got a hard cold aunt Irenes house was sold yesterday
I am very sick with congested sore throat Myron staid at home
this afternoon Fannie Jaquay came.
The doctor was here twice yesterday. Mrs. Hodgs called this
I am better Mrs. Hinman and Susie and Mr. Hinman came in this
Lena was here 3 times It rained a little Baby has got a cold.
Myron has one also.
I went up to hatties with the Baby.
Georgies birthday. Myron bought him a pair of shoes and a rubber
Will and Julia were down to dinner we all went riding
I washed we went down street in the evening
Mrs. Tabor came to make my dress this morning.
Mrs Castle came to spend the day
I went down street and left baby with Miss Tabor
Mrs. Tabors sister came to day so she could not work for me
I went up to Hats to day I canned 4 cans of straw berries
Myron went meeting [sic] I staid at home with baby
I have got a hard headache
I was down to Mrs. George Dunns to Society
Mrs. Wilson spent the day with me
I went up to Cora Jurdens to dinner we went down to see a boat
Nettie came today
Nettie and I went up to Aunt Irenes
We washed It rained
We all went down to the lake had a good time [prob. Oneida Lake -CWL]
Mrs. Tabor and Mrs Jurden both came to work today
Nettie took baby down street
Nettie went up to aunt Irenes
Very busy times
We all went to meeting
We done a big washing
Mrs. Tabor finished my blue dress to night
Cora Jurden was up to tea the ladies aid Society met here 2.
We went up to Julias to day and down street in the evening
Nettie and I are both sick
We had a thunder shower Nettie, baby, and I went up to Hats
We went to the cemetry
I canned red rasberries to day
Ironing on the list.
Roscoe went to the picnic I baked his cake
We down to hear the band play [sic]
We all went walking.
Hattie took me riding this afternoon.
I had a big ironing to day.
Nettie stayed all night with Lena.
We all went down street Myron got my new trunk
I went to the village to get some presents for our folks
Nettie and I went home. George was good all the way.
I am having a nice time
Mother and I went to the cemetry and put a boquet on ma's grave.
We stayd at home to day
I took tea with Lottie Maxfield
There was 17 here in all to night
I start for home this morning
I was sick with a head ache all day
We went to Hatties
I done a large washing and went over to Mrs. Hinmans in afternoon
I begun my new calico dress.
I went up to Anna Shultes it was very warm.
I was up to Hats she is not very well
I called on Mrs. Clark
It has rained some this afternoon we went down to hear the band
Hat and Rile was down for the first time in over a year
Georgie went riding with Mr. Hodges.
I was up to Cora Jurdens took Ruby and Georgie along.
I was over to Hodges
I called on Mrs. Osborne I had a letter from Nettie
I called on Nellie Johnson. She is better
Myron took his dinner I got my work all done at half past ten
We had chicken for dinner I went to meeting Myron got dinner
We staid all night to Hats paid for chickens and butter.
Done up black berries got stung by a bumble bee
I went to Ladies aid Society
We had a very hard storm our cellar had water in it
Hat was taken sick today and sent for me
Hat is worse
We had a thunder shower big storm in Utica and Rome.
Hat whipped Lena.
It rained and the wind blowed
I came home from Hats and done up my plums Myron went elder
berriing to night.
I am going to have cabbage for dinner We got our papers for
I went down street with George today.
I was sick all day Hat came down to see me.
Myron took his dinner I did not wash
I went up to Cora Jurdens
I washed and went to Ladies Aid Society at the Ministers
We had a terrible storm
I canned some pears We bought them of the Minister
I don't feel very well
We went up to Mrs. Wells I have got a hard head ache
I have washed and canned fruit.
Hat made my new night dress this afternoon.
I went over to Mrs. Hinmans Myron brought the babys wheel
Cora Jurden came and took tea with us We went to meeting.
It rained and hailed, this morning
Raining again I cleaned upstairs
I went to meeting Myron took care of George
Washing got my new slippers to night
I went up to Hats paid for the butter and eggs done up my
Went to Aid Society at Mrs. George Dunns
Went down to Mrs. Hodgsons Pickled my pears.
Rained all day
Myron George and I took a lovely ride
It rained I did not wash I did not go to the village to night
Myron took his dinner I washed
I was up to Julia's this morning
I was up to Hats this after noon helped her make Chili Sauce
I am sick Hat came down and helped me. Gertie & Susie came to
I feel better It is a lovely day
I am sick Myron got breakfast
I cleaned my bedroom this morning
Gertie and Susie were here this afternoon
Sewing society here One came it rained so hard
I went over to Mrs. Hodges and got some butter milk
Myron sprained his wrist this morning staid at home this
Myrons wrist is awful bad Will Taylor brought our butter last
I went down to the village this evening with Myron
I staid all alone while Myron went to Trustee meeting.
I fell off the back stoop this morning
Myron got Anna Shultes to come and do the work.
Hattie came down to see me to night
Anna went home to night I am better
Susie came over to spend the evening with me
I washed to day
I was over to Dr Taylors with Lena to get her vaccinated he
Gertie Susie and I went Riding
Nellie Johnson died at half past six last night
I was to Hats
Myron and I went to the funeral the text. To live is Christ to die
I did not wash.
I washed Susie was here
I went to Coras and Mrs Castles
I am not very well Mr. Hodges was here
It is raining
We had a few flakes of snow
It is awful cold Myron went to meeting Hat was down this
Mrs Ira Watkins died to day at two o'clock.
I was up to Cora's to day
Jennie Stockhams funeral this afternoon Myron and I went
Mrs. Watkins was buried this morning.
It is rainy and cold Myron and I went up to Hatties this evening
Fannie was here
I have done a big days work am awful tired
Will and Julia were down to spend Myrons birthday with him
I have got a hard cold and Myron has got one too. I picked out my
Hattie is making Lena a new dress
Hattie was down here this afternoon.
I took care of Hat's children while she went down street
Georgies Father came to see him to day.
I went down to get my new hat
I went to meeting Myron took care of Georgie
I did not wash Mrs Hinman was over
Julia and the children were down
I went up to Hats.
We are having a big snow storm for the first
A beautiful day. Mr and Mrs. Hinman spent the evening here.
Myron got some celery from George Dungee.
I went over to Hodges
I called on Mrs. Betsinger I washed also
I let the man take my knives and forks
Rained all day Rile killed their pigs today
I got some spare rib of Hat 5 3/4 pounds
I was up to Hats this afternoon
We had clam soup for dinner Hinman got soft water here
Lena was down here to supper and stayed with me while Myron went
I done a big washing Myron began taking his dinner got a new
I was up to Hatties all day She came home with me
I was sick last night
I was up to Hatties to day
We killed our pig Mr. Van Dyke helped Myron he weighed 158
It is very stormy
I took Hats Spare rib home
It is the coldest day we have had
It is real warm I went up to Julia Taylors.
I was over to Hinmans and spent the afternoon.
I was up to Hats to day
I did not go anywhere to day.
Will Taylor came down and took us up there for dinner and brought
us home in the evening
It is cold I did not wash Nobody came yet Myron got our
new lamp to night
I washed Georgie fell and hurt his head. I went up to Hats
I went down street Hinmans took care of Georgie
Myron came home to dinner I was awful glad.
It is snowing real hard
It is raining the snow had all gone.
Lena and Roscoe were here this evening while Myron went down
Hattie was down here this afternoon
I done my washing
Mrs. Jurden came here but I was not at home
Mrs. Hinman came over a little while
We took the presents up to the children to night
I have got a headache to day
I got some lovely presents We had chicken for dinner
Mrs. Castle came and staid to dinner. the children was down in the
I washed and finished Georgie coat.
I commenced my skirt up to Hats
I finished my skirt it is pretty. Hat was down this morning
Myron took his dinner I washed and Ironed
Very pleasant day We spent last evening over to Hinmans had a
[At this point the diary year ends, but there were 8 more pages containing
information. There were 6 unnumbered, lined pages with pre-printed
an odd order)and a flyleaf of two blank pages. -CWL]
My father gave me one dollar for Christmas to spend for myself I bought a
Sept. 14th. 1894, Myron gave me a
very pretty watch chain for my birthday
present. [This must have been written a year later than the diary.]
unknown. The entry was underlined and overlined.]
J. H. Elmore
Mrs. Florence Hills, 100T
East Genesee St
George was born 17th of June 1891.
I paid 50 cts on my corset
April 10th 1893
Mrs. W. H. Cagwin
I sent the rest to her in a letter
[In Myron's handwriting]
March 4, 1893
Two month after Date I promise to Pay Mae Gardinier
Ten dollars for value Received M. E. Gardinier
Due May 4 [see entries: Jan 28, Feb. 2, 11, Mar. 4]
Mrs. Myron Gardinier
[Signature; but in Myron's handwriting. This may have been added
after Mae's death in 1899.]
[illegible - recipe for something]
(Newspaper unknown - probably Canastota Bee Journal)
"Mrs. Myron E. Gardinier
As a result of the frightful burns sustained by Mrs. Myron E. Gardinier, of Canastota, last Monday morning, the unfortunate woman died the same evening. Mrs. Gardinier was 29 years of age and leaves besides her husband, one son, two brothers, two sisters and both parents. Funeral services were held from her late home at 2 o’clock, Wednesday, the Rev. C. E. Babcock officiating. Interment was made in Mt. Pleasant cemetery."
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