Sunday June 20th Have been to meeting all day Mother
went this afternoon and returned home Mr Sanger
of Dover preached Since meeting have been to
Alsons with Edwin & wife & Oakes Angier.
Called at Mr Pools Was treated with strawberries
& ice cream at Alsons and with lemonade
at Mr Pools Frank went to a sing at Cohassett
Father gave me quite a lecture on cooking stoves
says we have had a dozen and we have had four
No Mr. Whitwell at church today. Instead, Rev. Ralph Sanger of the First Church of Dover led the service. Dr. Sanger was an older minister in the area, having graduated from Harvard in 1808, a year before Evelina was born. He had spent his entire ministerial life in Dover where he was well regarded. He also served several terms in the Massachusetts Legislature and was the chaplain for the Massachusetts State Senate.
After church came an afternoon of sweet sensations. Strawberries, ice cream and lemonade were served at two different homes where Evelina, Oakes Angier, and the young Gilmore couple called. The fresh fruit was a seasonal treat, and the ice cream and lemonade no doubt delightful as well.
Not all was sweet at home, however. Old Oliver got cross with his daughter-in-law and gave Evelina “quite a lecture” about her cooking stove. She was about to get a new one in her kitchen, certainly with her husband’s approval, but her father-in-law had no patience for it. He didn’t see the need to update the kitchen equipment. We might remember that Oliver had grown up watching his own mother cook over a hearth, a style of cooking that had served for generations. And here was his daughter-in-law planning to install another stove under his roof.
Even the little bit of rain that fell around sunrise didn’t cheer Old Oliver up.