Friday Nov 12th
We have cleaned the store room
and Franks chamber cleaned bottles
without number I spent most of
the forenoon about them Mr White
got me 18 cts work of corks
Have sewed none at all Scalded
over my ketchup & bottled it
It was time to put up the ketchup Evelina had made into glass bottles, so she went on a hunt today to pull old bottles out of the store room – and out of Frank Morton Ames’s room. Why did Frank have “bottles without number” in his chamber? The bottles were empty, presumably, but what had they contained? This was a temperance household, so Frank wouldn’t have been stashing bottles of alcohol under his cot unless he was prepared to face some serious consequences. Perhaps he took the occasional elixir (which often included alcohol as an ingredient) for his health.
The corks that Evelina obtained from Mr. White would have been imported, probably from Spain or Portugal. She used them to stop up the bottles of ketchup, perhaps dipping them first in wax to make them as airtight as possible.
Old Oliver reported that “it was cloudy this morning and it began to rain before noon wind southerly. it cleard of[f] about sun sett and there was an inch of rain fell”*
*Oliver Ames, Journal, Stonehill College Archives, Arnold Tofias Collection