Love Lost: E.A.H. </3 Frank (07/15/1854 - 12/03/1854)
On July 15, 1854 when Frank Kimball first shares the story of his life with us, he is just 23 years old.
The Family home is at Contoocook village in New Hampshire. Here live Asa Kimball, and his wife Hannah Little Kimball with the children. Levi, Warren, Frank, George, Charles and sister Mary.
Saturday, July 15th 1854
Settled with Williams
Floyd Reeds 27.93
Express Bills on chest .62
Fare to Boston .25
Fishing hooks 1.50
Pine Apples .60
Fare to Contoocook 2.15
Left Jamaica Plains at seven o clock and reached Contoocookville at half past three P.M.
Went fishing in the river.
Frank is most considerate of the other members of the family, this time bringing cloth for a pair of pants for his youngest brother, Charles. Mr. MoLean will make them for $0.90. (Tues. July 18, '54)
"got cloth for a pair of pants for Charles, 3.25"
He does carpentry work of all types and the day after his return is busy in the shop completing a bird's eye maple desk, and a chest.
...lovely in the morning.
-July 19, 1854
The hottest day of the seasons.
-July 20, 1854
...lovely all day but very warm.
July 22, 1854
...lovely and sunny this morning.
July 23, 1854
Sunday was spent at Meeting and in the evening "I had an invite to a sing with Mary and Levi."
After an early morning fish he went to his father's new farm for cherries and black berries. While there decided it would be a nice place for a home so arranged to purchase a piece of land from his father getting 1/2 acre for $100.
"Finished the day by playing on my base viol." July 26, 1854
Charles, like the other boys is interested in carpentry so Frank "made an agreement with Charles to take him on as apprentice to the carpentry trade on these conditions: to give him 2 terms at some high school and all the winter district school till he is 21. Two suits of clothes and a chest of tools. Am to receive $50.00 in cash (presumably from his father) and all of Charles' labor." July 31, 1854
He becomes engrossed in plans for his home, also contracted for 2 houses in the meantime doing odd jobs.
"Rode to Mrs. Chases' to get some work." These names were to become familiar in National City in later years. August 5, 1854.
Financial relations between members of the family are on a strictly business basis. "Mother paid back the 10 cents.", "Bought 2 sticks of timber from father, $0.50", "Loaned father $5.00 and sold him a set of bench planes for $5.00."
These are a few examples of their methods.
In getting material for the houses in the contract it is necessary to scour the country-side as good lumber is hard to find. Frank wants "clear" wood but mostly is is just "merchantable". "Bought 279 feet of clear chestnut boards for Mr. Richardsons' job, $5.58." "Measuring boards all day. Looked at Eben Morrill's "lumber" as he called boards that had no knots in them but were of all shapes. I told him I would not give him $10.00 per M. if they looked like that."
"Charles working now. Cleaned out the shop and picked up the rest of my lumber."
"Sent deed by Charles to be recorded 33 cents. Paid Chas. 10 cents for doing my errand." (Purchased land from father)
"Commenced, with Charles, shoveling much in George Jackmans' bog. Got 4 loads." August 9, 1854
"Started the "job" with Charles and father. Paid Asa Kimball $0.94 for 3/4 days work." August 14, 1854
"Paid George Kimball 18 cents for a corn broom and 2 cents for apples. Boots for Charles, $3.00. Confectionery, 8 cents. Frank is very fond of candy often spending anywhere from 2 cents to 8 cents a week on sweets. A year or so later he was "splurging 15 cents for chocolate." September 11, 1854
September 29, 1854 "On Sunday went to church and subscribed $2.00 towards the preacher. Enjoyed a good "sing" in the evening." Singing was a morale booster for Frank Kimball and his mist anticipated pleasure-aside from a magazine that was to go Though life with him "Bought my Scientific American. 50 cents"
"A most unfortunate accident happened on the work. Father cut my wrist badly. Dr. Stinson sewed it up. 50 cents"
He's afraid he will not be able to work on the house so will spend the morning trimming apple trees on the Jackman place.
"On Monday commenced reading "Fashion and Fancy" by Mrs. Ann Stephens."
"Wrote to E.A.H. at Jamaica Plains." There is a tinge of anxiety in his references to E.A.H. She isn't writing as often as he wishes but he mails his letter then "picked apples at Davis' and brought two barrels of those that fell off the tree for a shilling."
Settled with father for my board and Charles', $1.25 each. In the evening played 4 games of Checquers. Lost none." October 15, 1854
"Charles is painting blinds for Dr. Simpson." This probably paid for sewing his wrist. That was the way they paid many of their bills.
Oct.22nd Levi, May and I have been to Warner to a meeting. Carried by Base Viol and played all day long."
"Have not received a letter from E.A.H. lately. Had a Paring Bee here last night, 15 or 20 persons. Good work. Good time."
We think of people in a small town as going to bed quite early but this was not Frank Kimball's program. Usually he stayed up until 12 1/2 or 1 in the morning yet was up at dawn working in the shop. No more swims now. It is October and getting pretty cold.
"Mr. Perkins wants me to boss his job at Concord. Will look it over. Charles will work with me." October 30, 1854
"Two offers of work. Concord job pays $1.75 a day. Ward and Walker offer the same money. Can hardly choose."
"Bought an overcoat for $6.00 then changed for a better one. Paid $2.00 more."
"Settled with Asa Kimball to date $6.00. Settled with George Kimball to date $16.95."
Whenever Frank begins to "settle up" there is always a change ahead.
"8th November I have picked up my tools and am almost ready to go to Concord."
November 10, "Charles and I are now working for H.E. Perkins, Esq."
They just started to work when "Charles went home on the 3 o'clock train. So cold he could not work. I paid his fare. Shall board at the Pavilion House."
Charles comes back and the entries in the diary are the same for a number of days, "Working with Charles, as usual," or simply, "On the work."
"Went to a clam supper. Levi is coming to work with me too." So the brothers followed Frank as he developed new interests.
I've thought of thee, beloved one
But must think of thee no more.
I have loved thee well and fondly
But the sunny dream is o'er.
'Tis past. I'll not upbraid thee
With my faded hopes--but yet
Something in this crushed heart whispers
That thou canst not me forget."
Don't worry about Frank, he'll find his "beloved one". As far as I can tell though, E.A.H. is never mentioned again. It seems like he went to see her at one point in November, but unfortunately for us, maybe fortunately for them, the details of whatever happened between the two are forever lost.