Journal of Adolph G. Rosengarten, Jr. - August
- Temp. for July - Excess 95°; rain fall 2.18 in.
- J.N.R. & A.G.R. Jr. off for weekend at Saranac with Packards.
- Rainfall for July 2.60 in.; Excess since Jan. 1st 0.58. Excess temp. for month 31 deg.
- Rainfall for July 6.52: Excess since 1/1/38 4.34 in.. Excess temp. for month 30 deg.
- A very wet month: rainfall 8.23": Excsss for year .86.
- End of six weeks of drought. Six inches of rain since July 29th.
- New composition roof on garage completed & work on roof of Chanticleer under way.
- Christopher Woods & wife Judy moved into 820 Church Road.
- A.G.R. Jr. & V.S.R. returned from Edgartown via Watch Hill & Fishkill N.Y.
- Rainfall for July, 9 inches.
- J.N.R. & A.G.R. Jr. left for N.E. Harbor for a week with the Jacksons, then to Chatham for a week. Two days with the Ashtons at Jamestown, R.I. & returned home on 18th Aug.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. returned after six days of bad weather. New York (after Rahway), Bissells at Wakefield & Weinings at Bedford.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. returned from Bissells at Wickford (one night). Chatham with Wests (six nights) & two in N.Y. very heavy rain.
- A.G.R. Jr. & V.S.R. returned from Edgartown after spending the weekend with Hope Lloyd at Watch Hill.
- James O'Brien had planted part of bar berry on west line.
- Lawn sprayed with Sodium Chlorate to kill "fall grass".
- To New York for the night. Thence to Chatham with the Wests until Aug. 15th. From Chatham to Island Pond, to see Borgerhoffs & home on 18th.
- Returned after Merck meeting July 25. 3 day Jackson & 3 days Burke.
- Returned, via Bissells at Wickford, R.I. after six days with Wests at Chatham.
- A.G.R., C.P.R., & E.P.R. left for Europe on S.S. Bremen. Three shrubs moved to area around last electric light pole.
- Denis Aherne discharged and "Patsy" Antrilli employed in his stead.
- 3-1/4" of rain fell in the last 48 hours. No drought this year.
- Roast beef for dinner, for first time, which A.R. Jr. carved.
- J.N.R. & A.G.R. Jr. left for Chatham, Mass. where we shared a suite in a cottage with Walter & Helen West.
- Returned from Chatham. No relief from drought, which has continued since May.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. to N.Y. enroute to Oyster Harbor Club, returning via Litchfield, Conn. & Bedford Hills, N.Y. on Aug. 19th.
- Cool. Temp. at 8:00 AM was 60°.
- House cleaning of tool sheds continues.
- Wm K. Doyle Inc. completed contract to regrade & reseed (1) the area just west of porch & (2) the area east of drive just abov ethe stream.
- Henry W. Farrow & Campbell, with back hoe as heavy equipment, replaced old valve & put new one in dam breast of pond. Ivymoor's poor & probaby dishonest workmanship plainly revealed.
- Returned after 6 days with the Wests at Chatham & 1 with Bissells.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. left today for Chatham, Cape Cod Mass. While there we had as guests R.S. Rush, Carl & Priscilla Weinig, the Kidawas & the Wests.
- Farrow & Mandes completed the Spring House: work began in May.
- A.G.R. Jr. returned from North Haven, Chatham & Wickford.
- A.G.R. Jr. & V.S.R. returned from Manchester, Mass. York Harbor and North East H.
- AGR Jr. & J.N.R. left today on vacation at Dronley House Watch Hill R.I. until 12th, then with Wests at Chatham Bars Inn until 26th when C.P.R. came. Back to Dronley House on the 30th & returned home Tues. Sept. 3rd.
- W/ Farrow, Doyle & Unk Willing electric lights etc. at Minder House established.
- Pond filled by early PM "Junior Varsity" grading feeder line from stream.
- Beginning at 3:00 PM, & continuing for 16 hrs. hurricane Belle brought 2" rain.
- To form Meadow Garden into a rectangle of manageable size; margin mowed.
- Sharp thunder storm at night.
- While we were away, John C. Lee of Devon repainted third floor hall, bedroom & bath. An excellent job. Luther Dalton spread spent mushroom soil & reseeded areas of lawn S. of the house.
- Progress at Minder House to date: all partition walls, tiling of roof began, new drive excavated, & retaining walls laid out.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. left on S.S. Liberté: England, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany & France, staying the last four weeks in Paris. While there Peter & Hilary Bell stayed with us for a week.
- Farrow & Sons completed new doors to porch from living room. George Roberts was the architect. Actually work had begun July 11th.
- A.G.R. Jr. returned from N.E. Barone completed resurfacing the drive.
- J.N.R.'s garden, S.W. corner of place cleared and partly graded by James O'Brien & A.R. Jr. today.
- English hurdle spruce installed on Stuart line, from S. corner to creek.
- A.G.R. JR. left today for Chatham Bars Inn, returning Wed. Sept. 3rd. While there Tad & Led Kidawa & Jack & Peggy Murphy visited us. Distance up via Route 202, N.Y., New Haven, Middletown, Conn. & Providence was 389 mi. Distance back via Newport - Jamestown Ferry, New London & N.Y. 383 mi.
- Ground finally dry enough to work. Henry & Bruce grading S. left of drive & S. of stream & depression in new rose garden etc.
- Anniversary of our return from abroad. Rain all day, in spite of which A.R. Jr. moved two hemlocks into Jan's garden.
- Two beds in cutting garden (below rose garden) and a lily bed beyond, laid out, graded & seeded. Another bed in each area planned for spring.
- A.G.R. Jr. "total hip operation" in Bryn Mawr Hospital.
- Excavation from Penny's house brought over to grade the lawn N.W. of house. A bigger mouthful bitten off than could readily be chewed.
- J.N.R. & AGR Jr. returned from vacation at Watch Hill & Chatham. During our absence, kitchen & pantry were repainted: new linoleum laid in kitchen & pantry & 3rd floor bath room.
- Returned home PM, Lattice work over terrace installed. While we were away, Kent Hughes worked on grading various areas.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. to North East Harbor, via Boston. Stayed w/ E.P. J. & returned 21st.
- Excavation used to fill in the swamp.
- J.N.R. & A.G.R. Jr. left at 9:00 AM for Provincetown, Mass. & Squattec, P.Q.
- At 7:00 PM while we were eating dinner, the unconditional surrender of Japan was announced. We both cried.
- J.N.R. & A.G.R. Jr. returned from holiday. Dish washer & new cabinets were installed in kitchen. Part of 3rd floor (all of the wood work), our bed & bat rooms, kitchen & pantry were repainted & floor of upstairs study sanded down(to remove red paint) as well as other florrs redone. But Wm C. Binns, painter, not finished. Surface drain in drive on Brooke Road completed.
- Pa. Hort. Society's Bi-Centennial Symposium. Eighty & members began tour at 5:00 PM, cocktails 6:30; dinner at 7:30 & lecture at 8:15. Short storm
- Arrived at Provincetown; greeted by Dr. & Mrs. N. Whose guests we were for two weeks. The Wests stayed with us for 10 days. The Goodmans overnight.
- We returned today to Chanticleer from Chatham, Mass. where we had two pleasant weeks; the first with Dr. & Mrs. Newlin & the second with Helen and Walter West.
- A.G.R. Jr. departed for the Inf. Replacement Training Center at Camp Blanding, Florida.
- Tom & Bin Warner removed frames of greenhouse at 786 to be used in Vermont. Spoil used to form terrace below spillway from pond.
- Excellent corn, lima beans, cabbage, and tomatoes from A.G.R.'s garden.
- J.N.R & A.G.R. Jr. left at 10:00 AM for W. Falmouth, Mass. (Cape Cod) where we stayed for two pleasant weeks with Helen & Walter West.
- The replastering finished but the carpentry work - incl. two doors from living room to porch, the pantry sink & the new radiators nor the painting done.
- Nine clematis, & various, planted at bath & tea houses "Chanticleer".
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. returned on Q.E.2, having left J.F.K. by B.A. on Aug. 5th. "Glyndebourne" with Le Roy-Lears & Sub. w/ Kay Wimble.
- Rainfall for August, so far, 3.50 in. Much rain during past week.
- During our absence, James O'Brien smooth-coated our bathroom, which J. Lee painted. Brick walk from front door to drive commenced.
- AGR Jr & JNR to London with C.P.R. for a week.
- Returned home, Weinigs & Wests stayed with us. While away John C.Lee painted spare room & bath, kitchen, pantry & back hall: Barr put in new spigots in spare bath, tied in from grate trap to sewer system.
- Another rainy Sunday. Rainfall excessive but after drought of 1957 it will help.
- Two Forsythia, top of steps to drive, moved to corner of court, over J.N.R.'s objection.
- During our absence, Francis O'Brien vice James who was plastering, dug in soy beans planted in strip by barberry hedge & leveled off fill from Penny's house put in swamp.
- By contract Spinelli completed regrading & reseeding cutting garden, but no rain for two weeks. Much effort in lawn around house & Luther Dalton eradicating Muhlenberg grass here & at Chanticleer.
- While away, Spinelli enlarged parking area, widened upper part of drive & resurfaced it as far down as bridge. John C. Leerepainted our bath room & retouched sills etc. as well as a new coat in laundry.
- Very heavy rains this PM. (2 1/2 in.). Bridge over 252 at Wright's collapsed, so Brooke Road will be closed for sometime. Heavier floods to N.W.
- We motored home from Island Pond, Vt. (Borgerhoffs). 520 miles in 12 hrs.
- Addition to Chanticleer's garage of two bays for gasoline powered machinery, conversion of apt. to an office, renovation of greenhouse & installation of new furncae, oil tank etc. Completed by Farrow & Sons.
- Cleaned up around the place.
- Roy Jones repainted kitchen & pantry. Henry Farrow recessed the radiatorsin our bed room, installed new doors etc, unfinished this day.
- Farrow & Mandes finished the walls of the cutting garden below the rose garden: designed by Howard Kurdler & J.N.R. Grading remains to be done.
- Cold. 55° at 7:30 AM.
- We returned from our vacation. During our absence, new linoleum laid in kitchen & pantry & 3rd floor bath room. Kitchen, & pantry got new coat of paint.
- Elisabeth Guerard Borgerhoff born at Princeton, N.J.
- Two areas on lawn (one below cutting garden & other North West of crouquet court) graded, raked, & seeded.
- A.G.R. Jr. and Nini Borgerhoff in Brandon, Vt to see Ledlie perform.
- Returned from Chatham but stayed at Chanticleer.
- John & Peggy Murphy, Chicago, here over night, enroute home.
- The five Borgerhoffs for lunch.
- Farrow & Sons began work on enlarged door, new steps & new over head cover at Chanticleer.
- While we were away, John P. Hallahan built laundry where the coal bin used to be. Maids room repainted. Run off lines from down spouts put in as old ones ran to French Drains which had filled up.
- Twenty-first birthday (delayed) for Jane Borgerhoff. Guests included her mother & two sisters, six Newlins & two Kidawas.
- Iron railing on new steps (see July 17th) installed.
- Dr. & Mrs. N returned today from a short trip to France.
- Barone & Co. grading & reseeding the new garden; finished on 25th.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. sailed on S.S. France to S. hampton. First weekend with Bells at Thirsk, then in London w/ Douglases & to Paris for 4 days. See Oct. 3.
- Mandes completed fore-court at Chanticleer occording to plans by L.F. Sims, A.I.A.
- Two Austrian Pines, behind the garage planted today.
- Owing to the stinks of all French "functionaries". C.P.R.'s arrival by air from Monte Carlo at 54 Bvd. Flandrin, delayed till 2:00 AM. She stayed till 28 Aug.
- Area South of Cedar trees graded & seeded.
- New cutting garden, W. of "Rose Garden" completed & seeded.
- Grading west of cutting garden & south o ffolly finished & seeded by David Hennessy. Brings up last years work but more may remain.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. sailed to France on Queen Mary. We met Helen & Walter West at Bordeaux & motored with them through N.W. Spain, Portugal (3 days with Bells at Salema, Algarve) & ended at Rabat, Marve.
- Lawn around house raked, cut close and raked again to remove as much fall grass as possible, prepatory to apply Arsenate of feed & fertilizer.
- Between 8:00 AM & midnight a rainfall of 1.75 in. alleviated the worst drought in the eighty-five years of weather bureau records.
-In the 36 hrs preceeding 2:00 PM, 2 1/4" of rain. A very wet summer.
- Replanting of beds at 786 Church Road with ground covers began. Also pruning of big yews in front of house continued.
- J.N.R. w/ unexplained stomach attack to B.M. Hospital. Returned AM 29 Aug. no explanation.
- Not yet positive to determine extent of damage from drought to trees & lawn, & shrubs. Without the artisian well & pump at Chanticleer we would be almost out of business.
- Work lately has consisted in forming swales to take flooding rains off the drive.
- Bickers here with crew transplanting various evergreen a/c new drive & garden.
- Bair, with a large back hoe & bull dozer, began work on pond.
- Elisabeth Borgerhoff's twenty-first birthday: Nini & Fanny, the 6 Newlins, the 2 Kidawas & the 2 R's here for dinner. Party a success, though severe thunder storm (4" of rain in 8hrs) ended 27 rainless days.
- Emil & Emma Schreiber left our employ because of Emil's illness.
- Minder House addition progress. Plastering of 3rd floor began today.
- Mandes & Co. finished fore-court at Chanticleer a/c plan of L.F. Sims: granite curb, fla gstone edge & areas of Belgium block.
- Mandes demolished foundations of greenhouse at 786 Church Road & built retaining wall for "platform" below pond: foundation used as fill.
- Two yews, one spreading, the other cuspidata, planted next to brick wall of court.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. sailed on Q. Elizabeth, Cabin Class, and arrived London 2nd Sept. Went to Bell's at Thirsk. Yorks over weekend 7 Sept. and inter alia, shot grouse, partridge, & attended Lady Ropner's dance. To Paris on Sept. 15th.
- In 36 hrs. preceeding 7 AM, eight inches of rain. A record.
- Four Ilex crenata planted by Bickers on Brooke Road, N. of Entrance.
- After night in N.Y. A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. flew to London: returned Sept. 26 of '78.
- Meadow garden created with weed killer.
- A.G.R. Jr. & V.S.R. on Sept. 7th returned home on Q.E.2 landed Oct. 2nd
- Cold: 50° at 7:00 AM, J.N.R. & I left at 9:00 AM on motor trip to Gaspe, P.A. meeting Helen and Walter West in Quebec. They left us at Boston.
- Mandes completed removing edging & built two small platforms at 786 Church Road. Now greenhouse is gone, area to be lawn.
- J.N.R. & A.G.R. Jr. returned from the West but stayed at Chanticleer for two weeks.
- Rainfall for month 3.23 in. Excess temp. for month 118 deg.: since Jan 1st '38, 490 deg.
- Deficiency for month 83°, since Jan. 1st 478°; rainfall for month 7.87 in. Excess since Jan. 1st 2.68 in.
- The hottest & wettest August on record. Rainfall for month 9 1/2", yet defeciency for year is 3 1/4". Excess temp. for month, 134° & for year 546°.
- E.B.O. & Nini Borgerhoff and "The three girls" to Kinterra for lunch.
- Between 9:00 AM & 6:00 PM 2" rain, see entry of 2 Sept.
- About 2:00 AM, 1" rain. Washing out much of newly seeded new garden.
- Rainfall for month 7": Excess since Jan. 1st 2" rain. First wet summer in five years.
- Tho defeciency for August was 1.66" Excess since 1st of year was 8.23".
- A very hot & dry month w/ only 0.80".
- Rainfall for Aug. 3.3": Excess for year 7".
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