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Grammar Bullard's 1906 Diary

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Sunday, November 22, 2020


My brother Randall found it in the back of a bureau a month ago. I have been learning about the life of my grandfather who I had never met ever since.
It meant a lot to me to see what he did and the daily progress that he made. William Bullard was a miller and he had a few men who worked for him in New Salem. He worked every day but Sunday unless the temperature was too cold for the machinery to work or the snow was too deep for the men to make it to the mill. Occasionally the machinery would break down and he would travel as far as Worcester, Mass to get a new part. Often he would buy a piece of property, clear the land, mill the lumber for the building of the house and then subdivide the land. He would keep half of the land for his four daughter’s inheritance and sell the other part of the property.
William was also the Sunday School Superintendent at the North New Salem Congregational Church. He would start the fire in the stove in the church every cold Sunday morning, and help instruct the children.
Grandfather Bullard was also the head of the school board. My grandmother Harriet was a teacher.at the New Salem Academy. Together they must have made quite a team. Harriet wanted her girls to go to college, so she started selling eggs.
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