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February 22, 2024

1859 was a tough year in Warren Ct. Homer loses his Pa to illness, himself too sick at the time to see his father before his death, or to attend the funeral.

Varying from Lung Fever (pnumonia)  to Bilious Attacks (headaches and vomiting). There was even one case of St Vitas Dance (chorea). 12 named townspeople fell gravely ill.

His sister Lucy is taken ill for 4 weeks. Although Willow bark tea may have been administered for her fever, or laudanum to ease her stomach pains, the only medicines recorded were blackberry wine and brandy. Her recovery took another 3 weeks. When she does, the first thing she does is head for her melodeon!

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Lucy Curtiss Strong

February 15, 2024

An interesting aspect of Homer’s diaries, aside from recording the weather, was his input of emotion in recording the events of the day.

“Spent the night with Augustine, much to Homer’s [Sackett] annoyance -sorry!”

“Seymour  came up to visit, good- Frank S left soon after, better.”

“Alice didn’t wait for papers -pshaw!”

These feelings were not limited to local events. When the Lecompton Constitution (to grant the Kansas territory statehood with a provision to allow slavery) was killed in Congress. Our future Civil War soldier writes“Good!!”

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February 8, 2024

One may wonder what all the interest is about these old diaries. They open a window in to the past and challenge our perceptions about how our ancesters lived.

We often think of our forebearers as “all work and no play”, but as Homer S. Curtiss shares in the lingo of the day:

“Didn’t do much, just hived around the house”

He is also frequently the only member of his household to go to church. He records “not even the minister showed up” — it’s left to the deacons to lead the flock.

Homer wasn’t particularly spiritual, but church gave him the opportunity to interact with  girls he was not related to such as “B.E.B”  -Blue Eyed Beauty, who was visiting Swift relations for the summer. (Spoiler alert, he makes a fool of himself at a summer picnic, she goes home in the fall and does not become his wife.)

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February 1, 2024
Who is willing to try and bring this historic hairstyle back en vogue?
Meet Franklyn A. Curtis. Homer’s 2nd oldest 1/2 brother who set up his homestead at what is now 55 Reed Rd. His relationship with his youngest brother was more amicable than the relationship between Charles Henry and Homer S. He even went to visit Homer after he was wounded on the battlefield in Alexandria in 1864 as seen by this pass donated by his daughter.
His daughter Lucy Sackett Curtiss wrote the book on Warren’s history from 1750-1950 following the history of the town and church.
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January 25, 2024
Meet Charles Henry Curtiss (1819-1901), or “Hen” as his half brother Homer called him. He is 22 years older than his youngest brother, and he and his wife Jenette Cole are listed as living in the next household from Pa’s on Town Hill Rd. Hen’s mother, Erastus’ 1st wife, was Harriet Tanner.
Hen and Homer had a tumultuous relationship at best, with the younger always poking and prodding the elder to get a reaction and he usually did. #WarrenCt #WarrenCtHistoricalSociety #siblings #siblingrivalry #brotherproblems 

   

January 18, 2024
Today we meet Homer’s Ma.
Joanna Sturtevant (1803-1883) was 34 years old at the time of her 1st marriage to Erastus Curtis.  And 38 years old at the time of her 1st child’s birth.  According to her then 17 year old’s diary, her primary activities were doing the wash and tending to sick family members. But Joanna was always looking to enhance her children’s education, buying 2nd hand books and musical instruments from anyone offering.
She spent $70 on a Melodeon for daughter Lucy, and had a thriving side hustle making cheese, which she sold to the general stores.  The WHS is also proud to house her personal notebook in which all her friends wrote poems and personal sentiments therein.
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January 11, 2024
Today we meet “Pa”.
Homer’s father, Erastus Curtis, (1788-1859) who lived on Town Hill Rd. Along with being a share holder in an iron company, he raised cattle in a field over on “City Hill”
Thanks to Homer’s diary, we know this ambrotype  was taken on Oct 14th 1858. He was 69 years old.
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January 4, 2024
The diaries of Homer S. Curtiss have been on my “to read” list for a while now, what I wish I had known was the 1st diary was written in 1858, when he was 17 years old,
A voracious reader, and youngest son (his oldest brother being 22 years his senior) his largest concerns are getting the next Atlantic Monthly, and meeting girls.
[this photograph is with his wife Alice circa 1870]
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