Category Archives: Wesley Merritt Randall

These are full transcripts from my Great Grandather’s diaries, kept from around 1956 on. All his entries will be entered under this category, so you can sort by it and only see these entries. I plan to adjust the post date so that they will be tagged on the actual diary days. It may take awhile!

Bonne fete

Happy birthday to Irene Laurianne Poisson, Bryan's great-grandmother. Irene was born 3 January 1917, the oldest of seven children of Wilfred Joseph and Laura Anne Marie (Ouellette) Poisson.  Irene grew up in Livermore Falls where she attended St. Rose Catholic school through the 8th grade.  Her parents and ancestors came from Province Quebec.  Irene carried on the family's French-Canadian traditions, many of which we celebrate today.  My personal favorite is tortiere (meat pie) at the holidays.  Irene and her sisters would speak French while preparing the Thanksgiving meal.  Grammie Irene died in 1982 but we still remember her on this special day.  Happy birthday, Grammie, or as they say in Quebec, Bonne fete!

Also posted in Geneology

January 3, 1958

Temp 6:00 +7° Clear & Cold
Temp 4:30 +12° Nice Winter Day
Temp 10:00 +4°
Put clutch in TD9 – Disc
put in wrong had to do it twice.
Played scrabble with Irene & Tom in Eve
My Birthday 43 yrs old got one
card from Cox & Janet. The old
folks gave me a carton of Camels.

January 2, 1958

+28° at 5:30, worked on new lift truck
Welded diff, trans & clutch in Tnt.
Loader. Temp at 4:00 P.M. +19° Cold
and Light wind from West mostly
sunny all day. Didn’t do nawthing
This eve, cox was over & talked
Temp 10:00 +14°

January 1, 1958

Just home from New Years party at Legion Hall,
Had a real good time. Temp at 2:00 A.M.
+34° raining. Tommy all ready to
set beaver traps, not to enthused over
the rain. Still raining & temp +38° at
11:30 A.M., some snow with rain earlier.
+39° – 3:30 P.M., no rain after 1:30. Watched
football on T.V. most all afternoon
+36° at 9:00 P.M. hasn’t cleared yet.

December 31, 1957

Temp 26° above at
5:30 A.M. Emile & I went to Dix-
field this morning and put the A.C.
tractor chain together 1 link.
3″ snow on ground, warm nice day.
Lots of deer tracks up there.
+31° at 5:00 P.M.

December 30, 1957

+10° at 5:30 A.M. Clear as a bell. Partly
Cloudy & cool all day. Worked on Int Loader clutch
most of the day. +28° at 5:00 P.M. 10:00 P.M. +30°. A
Few flakes of snow in air. Worked on door for the
little building this eve.

December 29, 1957

+29° at 7:30 A.M. Snowing large flakes.
About 1″ on ground, coming from the West. Snow
stopped at 12:00 Noon, Temp +33° about 4″ damp snow.
Mild this P.M. Sun set red. Temp 5:00 P.M. +33°
Plowed out Colby 1-1/2 hours to date. Put nobby tires
on car this P.M. Made trap tags for Tom this eve.
Temp at 10:15 +18° Clear + Cold

December 28, 1957

+22° at 6:30 A.M. Went rabbiting
with Tom. Got 1. +38° at 11:00 A.M. Starting to
cloud up. +30° at 5:00 P.M. Sawed pine this P.M. (mill)
still no snow on ground. +32° at 10:00 P.M. Light clouds

December 27, 1957

+38° at 5:30 A.M. – +33° at 4:30 P.M.
Partly Cloudy all day & windy. Worked on loader
most of day. Sun set red. 10:45 P.M. +28°. Nothing
done this eve