Journal of Adolph G. Rosengarten, Jr. - March
- 12° temp. at 7:00 AM but greatly increasing during day.
- Clear & quiye cold. Still pleanty of snow on the ground & frost in it.
- Cornelia Cuyler Newlin's engagement to E.B. Op' E Borgerhoff annaounced today and we had a dinner for them here.
- About six inches of snow fell in early AM & continuing till noon. Many traces of snow a weak later.
- The engagement of Nicholas Newlin to Margaret Elizabeth Rudd announced.
- A.G.R. Jr. & V.S.R. returned from Carambola Porch in St. Croix.
- Warmer at last. Snow melting.
- Quite warm temp. at 5:00 PM was 50°. Snow pretty much gone. Lawn got an application of lime.
- Rain until 4:30 PM, when it changed to snow & continued into the night.
- Very cold, 8° at 7:00 AM.
- Spinelli Brothers finished dry wall on Brooke Road to driveway & to E. of spruce clump. The fill & grading this week. Also blew out two stumps this area.
- A.G.R. Jr. caterer at The Rabbit.
- Very warm. Some of the muich removed from hardy border.
- Snow beginning early AM reached 8-10" by night fall. Cold wave followed.
- A.G.R. Jr. catere at The Rabbit: twenty-five for lunch & fourteen for dinner.
- 12" to 14" snow fell in preceding 36 hours: heaviest of the winter.
- Beginning 7:00 AM 5" snow bringing total this winter to 48".
- Considerable thaw, yesterday & today.
- On orders received from IIIrd Corps. AGR Jr. inducted as 1st Lieut. Infantry Army of the U.S. (N.G.U.S.) and left for Indian town Gap, Penna. for duty with 11th Infantry. J.N.R. moved to Chanticleer and proceeded to close this house.
- A.G.R. Jr. the catere at The Rabbit w/ thirty-two for dinner.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. sailed from N.Y. on S.S. Constitution for Naples, Mr. Bells there, thence to Greece, the Aegean, Turkey, Paris & home.
- David Le Roy-Lewis here for weekend.
- Snow practically gone, ground having been covered since February 1st.
- A.G.R. Jr. completed satisfactory BN Cmdrs & Staff Officers Course (3 months) at Ft. Benning, GA. We left Atlanta in PM & flew early next AM via Eastern Air Lines to Philadelphia.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. returned from 3 days at Oakland. Shooting poor.
- Temperature today reached 71°, warmest on record for day.
- Andorra Nurseries arrived with two trucks of trees & shrubs; see p. 370 for details. John & Bertha Murlastits left today.
- Lawn given an application of lime, followed in a week by Waysides organic fertilizer. Rate of lime 100lbs to 1000 sq. ft., of fertilizer 50lbs. to 1000 sq. ft.
- Clearing in part on Brooke Road & some fencing done on 2-3/4 acres.
- Snow began at 6:30. 8/9" by nightfall. Very heavy winds, many trees damaged.
- A.G.R. Jr. & JNR returned from 5 days at Oakland w/ Christine & Ray Hayworth.
- Snow flurries: James O'Brien able to do some out door work.
- Some melting during the week of snow which has been on the ground since Jan 19th, but patches left in many places.
- Hilmer & Agnes Gierhaug entered our employ today. Started flats in house.
- Coldest day of the winter. 9° at 6:30 AM.
- Bickers' crew here this week transplanting: esp. spruce area of old drive.
- Snowstorm about 3 in.
- 22° at 7:15 AM. Frost is still in the ground to an estimated depth of 24in. in exposed areas.
- Cold & still too much snow to do any outside work.
- 4"-6" of snow fell during night & it was 20° at 6:45 AM. Tho it has been cold since 1st March, winter geneally has been a mild one.
- Some melting, but cold in early morning.
- Temp at 9:00 AM was 18°. Warmed up during day and two Austrian pines transplanted, one to bank above stream, east of drive (above proposed laurel) and the other to replace dead White Pine behind garage.
- Warmest day of year, 63° at 4:00 PM.
- A.G.R. Jr. took oath of office of Captain, Army of U.S. at Camp Pendleton, Va.
- We moved out of Minder House while addition of library etc. being put up. Temporarily at Chanticleer & later to "Kinterra" on Church Road.
- Snow storm from 11 AM til 2:30 PM March 11th; about 4 in.
- Warm and cloudy turning to rain about 3:00 PM. Some signs of Spring: skunk cabbage up 2 to 3 in; Maple buds slsightly swollen and red; tulips and iris up about a inch.
- Approx. 50lbs of Wayside's organic fertilizer dug into hardy border. Past week was very warm & some buds, e.g. the lilacs are quite green.
- Henry Farrow & Sons started gutting inside of Minder House in process of adding and altering it.
- At 7:00 AM temp. was 10°.
- Warm rain washing away all the snow except very few places.
- Woke up to find 2 in. wet snow on ground.
- AGR Jr. & J.N.R. celebrated J.N.R.'s birthday as AGR Jr. was home on 5 days leave.
- Conway & "Toodles" Olmstead of Chicago spent week end.
- Planting N. side of house dug out, preparatory to extending walk from door to porch.
- Bickers' crew began much transplanting: incl. more space for Cedrus atlanticagl., spruce to Harrison line etc.
- Orton P. Jackson & Emily Penrose Goodman married today at St. Martin's Chapel. Reception for about 325 at Chanticleer afterward. 10 cases of champagne confirmed.
- To New York w/ Walter & Helen West for weekend. Saw "Tiny Alice" & Lou.
- Melting. Warmer.
- To N.Y. saw "Blythe Spirit"
- A.G.R. Jr. returned from a week at Manasota Beach with Walter & Helen West.
- Sunday. J.N.R. & I uncovered flower bed in new garden.
- Snow storm started at 9:00 AM & continued for 48 hrs.: depth about 10"-12".
- Spinalli dynamited out stumps created by Hazel in Brooke Road swamp.
- We moved into "Kinterra", which we leased for a year.
- Two Austrian pines on Brooke Road planted, one to replace the one which died.
- Forsythia at gate moved to point in front of electric light pole nearest Brooke Road. First outdoor work this spring done on 14th. Record of 76°temp.
- A.G.R. Jr. home on first weekend from Camp.
- First 15 days this month, coldest on record during 312 hours. Temperature rose above freezing in only 11 of them. All of March 3" snow still on ground.
- Nini Borgerhoff, 3 daughters, Led & Tad Kidawa for lunch: joint birthday.
- Nini & Jennie B, Led & Tad K., Margaret & Tommy N. for birthday dinner.
- J.N.R. 24 years old today.
- Temp 75°, equalling record for the day: Laurel bed above stream prepared. J.N.R.'s 25 years old & Ledlie 21 years. So Newlin family to dinner.
- Snow. Not many signs of spring. Ground reported to be frozen.
- Very warm, early spring. Hepburns came to dinner.
- Mulch partially removed from hardy border, etc.
- J.N.R.'s 46 birthday: Nature's present was snow in morning, turning to rain & back to sleat & snow at dusk. Led & Tad Kidawa could not get here for dinner.
- Hendron began extending pipe N. of Drive & filling in spare ditch. Grating later.
- J.N.R. age 70.
- Warm. Frost mostly out of the ground. Miscellaneous work.
- Signs of spring: Lawns getting green. Maple buds increasingly red and trace of green in willows: tulips and daffodils in some places show perceptibly.
- Warmer, with some melting of Sunday's snow.
- Grass seed in cutting garden sewn today. During the following week Luther Walton reseeded bare spots in lawn.
- A.G.R. Jr. caterer at The Rabbit, with twenty for dinner a la francaise.
- Demolition of part of Minder House & all of garage, preperatory to new library & new kitchen etc. Wings, begun by Henry Farrow & Sons.
- Warm, turning cold about 3:00 PM.
- Michael Pomante started building wall of Jan's garden today.
- Michael Pomante here for first day of season. Showers all day.
- AGR Jr. & J.N.R. to N.Y. today, returning late on the nineteenth.
- Replaced planting on N. & E. side of the house with yew (repandans) & juniper sargenti; Ilex crenata; Andromeda japonica and Andromeda floribunda; Tsuga diversifolia. In the area by the stream we put in the rhododendron, catesbaei, Ilex glabra; also two red birch to replace the two that died.
- Saw Blue-bird at breakfast time.
- Another snow storm
- A.G.R. Jr. returned from Florida after a week with the Wests.
- James O'Brien planted three rhododendrons & pink gogwood on bank above stream.
- J.N.R. & A.G.R. Jr. to NY.
- A "new blizzard": Snow ended early afternoon. Depth 17 inches. Followed by cold.
- Beginning at 3:00 PM. Snow, which continued off & on till 21st. Depth average 25", worst snow since 1909. As we were at the West's for dinner. We had to stay till 22nd.
- Palm Sunday 9° at 7 AM, record cold for his day since 1876.
- 10 Hemlocks running from pantry window & screening the garage planted.
- J.N.R. and A.G.R. Jr. to N.Y. returning Sat. the 21st late in the evening.
- Very cold for last three days. Snow on the ground & temp at 6:30 AM was 18°.
- 4/5" snow beginning about 8:00 AM. Stopped at 4:30 & turned very cold.
- End of a very cold winter! Damage to cherry laurel, fire thorn, Cedrus & Barford Holly particularly noticeable: Mag. Scared. ??
- Two Austrian Pines, in line with Oliver's planted.
- Returned from N.Y. Michael appeared at noon looking for work.
- Michael Aherne, late of the British Army, came to work today. He got sick in June & was succeeded by his son Denis, an unemployed electrician.
- First daffodils in flower.
- Twenty floribunda & twenty-four hybrid roses planted in sunken, or new, garden.
- Waldon Nurseries (E. Starr III) began tree & shrub planting. Sporadic there after.
- End of second cold winter: Snowfall about 50", second highest on record.
- Huge bolt of lightning struck white pine near house & garage. Burglar alarm & TV out.
- Michael Pomante & merry crew of Italian masons & helpers finished Jan's wall today. Jan & I went to N.Y. on annual pilgrimage.
- Snow of 3/15/37 all gone.
- Lawn fertilized with a 5-10-5 commercial fertilizer.
- J.N.R. and AGR Jr. went to New York, returning on the 23rd. We saw the Lunts in O Mistress Mine.
- Abandonning our car because West's drive unplowed. We got home by train. On 19th & 20th rainfall of over 2" in form of wet snow. Trees heavily damaged. Snow 30".
- Janet & I went to N.Y.. Four Austrian pines on Brooke Road planted.
- The first ten days of the month were very cold. Then it turned warm and since the 19th has been very warm. Excess to date 124° since 1st of month.
- Terrace ending in "dry" wall on N. side of house completed, including seeding by Spinelli Brothers. Planting at E. end remains to be done.
- Osmanthus & laurel to Water Wheel area today.
- Two inch snow fall.
- Warm. Signs of Spring: burberry sprouting, maples distinctly red, grass quite green.
- AGR Jr. & J.N.R. to New York. Patsy planted about 50 mertensia plants in swamp to fill in gaps.
- Average temp. today & yesterday were 24°. Exceeding cold.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. to New York on engagement anniversary weekend.
- Cedrus atlantica glauca. West's 25 anniv. present near bridge. 7 white pines on N.W. slope & 5 red twig dogwood N. of stream.
- First good rain in March: about 1/2 in. at 4:30 PM rain began 1:30 PM.
- Snow melted during day. Cold tonight.
- Michael started cleaning up stream & banks. James worked in garden.
- Warm. Patsy uncovered the flower beds.
- Four spruce trees on Brooke Road put in today.
- Replanting of red maple & shrub W. of drive & S. of Brooke Road. 3 Elaeagnus to replace hemlocks N. of drive.
- Bickers w/ truck & winch began moving boulders to rock garden: S. of stream.
- Arie Peter Krayo returned as a gardner.
- Four more hemlocks planted by gate on Brooke Road.
- Mulch removed from hardy border.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. to N.Y. for anniversary weekend. Saw Ethel Merman in "Call me Madam".
- Shrubs moved up from nursery to screen library wing from back door.
- Ten Laurel on bank above stream planted today.
- Michael Pomante worked today the first time this year. Replanted hemlocks at gate into line and moved two next stone wall.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. to N.Y.
- Mandes completed extension of walk N. side of house from front door to porch.
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