My family came to what is now Boulder, Colorado, arriving when Boulder was three months old. My Great-great-grandfather was Carson W. Arbuthnot and with him, he brought his four sons and a son-in-law. Since a little child I have loved the history of this beautiful mountain area, the legacy's of the Natives who were here when my family arrived, and the way our community has grown to what it is today. My blog is dedicated to seeking evidence of all that happened. The good, the bad and the ugly, I will share the evidence of what I find.

I also share Boulder County and Colorado History through entertaining storytelling. Dressed as one of my early Boulder County ancestors, I will make you laugh, smile and sometimes cry as I share the stories of the people who came before us and who established these communities that we enjoy today. Please visit my storytelling and events pages for information on performances.

Welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy your time here.

Donlyn Arbuthnot

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April 3, 1942 Diary

Friday, 93rd Day - 272 Days to Follow

Written by Margie Arbuthnot, Niwot, CO

A very nice day.
Dad harrowed the garden.
Dad and Don to Longmont to sign a birth certificate for Mrs. Deetor.
Carol Jane and Darold here this P.M. while Florence went to Boulder.
A heifer calf arrived today.  
I had a card from Dorothy today.  Robert is not very well.
And Leslie's folks are not well.

the farmers in this area did their part

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

April 2, 1942

Thursday, 92nd Days - 273 Days to Follow

Written by Margie Arbuthnot, Niwot, CO

A south wind today and not very warm.
Aunt Ione and I spent over an hour curling her hair.
We went to club this afternoon at Mrs. Bakers.
Had a very nice meeting.
Dad went to Niwot this P.M.
Chanaldene Burke reported quite sick.
Fire truck out to Mr. Swerengin's this P.M.

The Batchelder's Neighbor's Club meeting as reported by Helen Anderson.
Hostess:  Elsie Baker
Roll call:  My favorite recipe 
Discussion:  Sunday night supper

Oh how I wish I could know what the ladies said that their favorite recipe was as their names were called.

Monday, April 1, 2019

April 1, 1942 Diary

Wednesday, 91st Day - 274 Days to Follow

Written by Margie Arbuthnot, Niwot, CO

It has been cloudy most of today.
Dad plowed some garden this P.M.
Aunt Ione and I did some painting this A.M.
And sewed rags for a rug this P.M.

Grandma's rug making book.

A page from the inside of Grandma's book.
Another old rug making book.

The tools of rug making.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

March 31, 1942 Diary

Tuesday, 90th Day - 275 Days to Follow

Written by Margie Arbuthnot, Niwot, CO

Very nice day.
Finished the ironing.
Worked on the rug and mended this P.M.
Also made a new cover for the couch.
Dad finished drilling the wheat this P.M. 

Drilling Wheat

Saturday, March 30, 2019

March 30, 1942 Diary

Monday, 89th Day - 276 Days to Follow

Written by Margie Arbuthnot, Niwot, CO

A very nice day.  We washed this A.M.
Dad drilled wheat, Don worked on the Erickson farm.
He was not down until this evening.
The old cat had five kittens today.

Don Arbuthnot with the "old cat".

Friday, March 29, 2019

March 29 1942 Diary

Sunday, 88th Day - 277 Days to Follow

Written by Margie Arbuthnot

Real nice day.  We went to Marjorie's for dinner.  In the P.M. we went to the S & C Greenhouse and enjoyed a ride through Boulder.  I called on Aunt Kate then Marjorie brote me home.  Una was not feeling very good today.  We had a very good dinner and a very good day.
Don and family here for a little while this evening.
Wrote to Dorothy and Robert tonight.

There have been three generations of Arbuthnot's who have shopped at the Sturtz and Copeland Greenhouse in Boulder.  This is the business that Grandma is referring to in her diary today.  It was founded in 1928 and has been serving the community with the most wonderful flower arrangements, plants and landscaping products.  

When I was in High School, the greenhouses were located next to Boulder High School.  We would wonder through the pallets of flowers when ever we needed to destress, it always smelled wonderful!  The business is still open today, but has moved across town.  Click here to visit the Sturtz and Copeland Greenhouses.

March 28, 1942 Diary

Saturday, 87th Day - 278 Days to Follow

Written by Margie Arbuthnot

Another nice day, but rather cold.
Don drilled wheat in on Erickson place [where he and his wife live].
Doris and Mr. Woods came after the cows and pigs.
Took a calf to Longmont for Don to sell.
Loren H[ornbacker] here most of the day playing with Donnie.
Letter from Mass. and Nora saying that Bob Ereckson was in the hospital in Cheyenne.
Don and family here for supper so Don could harrow.  He worked until 9:30.
Another fresh heifer today.  Aunt Ione and I made more jelly.
Nora wrote that Nora was in the hospital.  
A tank of water delivered today at $1.50.

Click here to see International Harvester Disk Harrower in action.  What does it mean to harrow?  It means to break up the hard soil to prepare the land to be planted.