March 14th Sunday Amelia & self went to hear
Willard Lothrop preach as he calls it
at this methodist meeting house but he
was not able to make out much We called
at Mr Torreys & Augustus’ at noon
Edwin & wife were here to supper but
went home before dark. Have read the
white Rover in Gleasons pictorial
With the factory shut or, in this case, with the carpenters away, Sunday was a quiet day in North Easton. This particular Sunday “was cloudy all day + in the evening + night there was considerable rain – wind north east.”* The Ames family usually went to church at a meeting house in Easton Center, but on this Sunday Evelina did something different.
Her family may have gone to the usual Unitarian service with Reverend Whitwell, but Evelina and her sister-in-law, Amelia Gilmore, stayed in the village and attended a service at the Methodist meeting house. This tiny church, since moved to another location, sat in an intersection of North Easton now known at The Rockery. So small was it that one visiting preacher declared he could “spit into the gallery from the pulpit.** Its intimate dimensions were just right for another session of Spiritualism with Willard Lothrop, who preached in his own personal way.
Evelina and Amelia may have been motivated to try to communicate with departed family members, but they came away disappointed. Lothrop failed “to make out much.” Although Lothrop and others in Easton continued to advocate for their belief, Evelina pulled away from it. This is her final entry on the topic of Spiritualism.
*Oliver Ames, Journal, Stonehill College Archives, Arnold Tofias Collection
**William L. Chaffin, Oakes Ames, Easton, early 20th c., p.3