Queen of the Prairie
Thursday 6th Worked in the garden a short time and
about nine went to the shovel shops with Hannah
and her sister They spent the afternoon here and
Augusta. Edwin came to tea Mr Brown,
Olivers room mate, came to night. We ladies rode
to Mr Clapps, bought Queen of the Prairie for 37 cts
Warm sunshine sent Evelina outdoors for much of the day. She gardened after breakfast, then broke away at nine a.m. to go over to the shovel shops with her niece, Hannah Lincoln Gilmore, and Hannah’s sister, Sarah Lincoln. What were the ladies doing at the factory? Evelina wouldn’t have gone there on her own volition.
The Lincoln sisters, originally from Hingham, spent much of the day with Evelina. They were joined by Augusta Pool Gilmore, whose husband Edwin Williams Gilmore later came to tea. “We ladies” traveled to the home of Lucius Clapp, another fine gardener with plants to sell, where Evelina purchased a Filipendula rubra, or Queen of the Prairie. Clapp was a well-respected citizen of Stoughton, described by a contemporary historian as “one of the representative farmers of this progressive age.” *
Oliver (3), meanwhile, was briefly home from Brown University. His roommate, a Mr. Brown, came to North Easton for a visit. It was a full table at tea time.
* D. Hamilton Hurd, History of Norfolk County, Massachusetts, pp. 424-425