April 21, 1852

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Examples of 19th c. lunch pails*

1852

Wednesday April 21st  It still continues to rain through not as

hard as yesterday  Have been to work on

Susans dresses altering them  Went with

Mrs S Ames to the store  Susan has carried

her dinner to school three days and thinks

it something nice  Swept my chamber and put

it in order

The heavy rain of the past two days wasn’t giving up easily. Old Oliver wrote that “it raind considerable last night + the wind blew hard and it is cloudy + rainy this morning + the water is verry high.”**

Despite the weather, the Ames women continued many of their usual routines: sewing, of course, and housework, but errands, too. Evelina and her sister-in-law Sarah Lothrop Ames went to the company store in the village. Little Susie Ames went to school, as she had even during the worst part of the storm. Instead of coming home for dinner in the middle of those rainy days, however, she carried her meal to school and ate there.  No school cafeteria or hot lunch program in those days! She thought it “something nice” to stay at school for the midday meal.

Courtesy of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian

** Oliver Ames, Journal, Stonehill College Archives, Arnold Tofias Collection

3 thoughts on “April 21, 1852

  1. Hi – any chance you could remove my name for the next 20 days (until May 13) as I will be in Spain and worry about email clogging? If too difficult, don’t worry. Thanks. Won’t have access to emails anyway.

    Caroline Ames McCoy mccoytwice@windstream.net 575-354-5808

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  2. Hi Caroline. I can’t find a way to stop sending the blog to you, unless you ask for it. I think that you will need to discontinue following evelinaames.com, as I don’t have the power to “unfriend” you, as it were. WordPress isn’t set up the way FB is. Have a great time in Spain, by the way!

  3. No school lunch program in Las Vegas, NV in 1948 when I was going to school either. We carried our lunch in lunchboxes, as well, not quite as pretty as these however.

    Caroline Ames McCoy mccoytwice@windstream.net 575-354-5808

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