|Old team track crane, Mt Holly, NJ - Up until a year or so ago, the platform in the rear was still used as a team track by a local lumber yard. This is the end of the line, which originally extended out to Ft Dix and then to the ocean.|
|Add some cable and apply some PB Blaster and we should be good to go. Was is Alexander that used to make a similar HO kit?|
5/11/1808 - A very stormy & rainy day. The furnace teams idle. The Furnace made a Puff. No damage done. (A puff was apparently some sort of irregularity, maybe a problem with the burden, but a concern and potentially dangerous)
5/18/1808 - Finished hauling from Kelly's whart. Report says James McGilligan made a violent attempt on the chastity of Miss Durky Trusty, ye African.
6/3/1808 - A very sultry day. Put the new stampers into N.E. mill. Excellent coal coming in.
7/7/1808 - Good iron. Furnace working easier.
7/14/1808 - The Sloop arrived. Teams hauling from Leeks.
8/13/1808 - Sleeve to Furnace Wheel gudgeon broke.
8/15/1808 - Jacob Williamson done little work this day. Slept most of the afternoon on the shop bench
11/23/1808 - Issac Cramer's team hauled Moulding sand in forenoon. J. Bodine's team hauled 2 lds. Shells and 1 ton iron
1/4/1809 - Frost stopped furnace wheel several times.
1/7/1809 - Ore teams hauled hay. Blew the furnace out at 8 o'clock p.m. All hands drunk.
4/20/1809 - At 25m. past 2 o'clock P.M. put the Furnace in blast, Delaney & Cox fillers, Hedger putting in the ore & Donaghau banksman.
5/3/1809 - Teams hauled ore in forenoon. Corn in afternoon. Stewarts team got off the Bridge at the Furnace Wheel. Not much injury sustained
7/12/1809 - Metal high in furnace. Hughes lost some castings.
7/30/1809 - Molders returned from the Beach. J. Ventling drunk and eating eggs at the Slitting Mill. Josh Townsend wanting to fight J. Williamson. Furnace boiled & the metal consolidated in the gutter
1/22/1810 - Williamson drunk as a lark
6/3/1810 - This morning about 3 o'clcok a fire broke out in the Bellows House & with the greatest difficulty it was got under. The roof & rafters all burnt up & destroyed & with great difficulty the Bellows were saved. Men went to work & the Furnace began to blow before Sunset
8/11/1810 - Moses Gaskill cut off his finger working at the Stamping Mill
12/6/1810 - The men begin to complain of beef. They want Pork.
12/21/1810 - Rain. Furnace made very bad Iron owing to the wet weather.
4/28/1811 - Jacob Emons went to the Bucks and got very drunk and coming up stopped at meeting to get his sins forgiven him.
6/25/1811 - Milligan & Camp carting iron. They stopped at Bucks. From the juice of the Bucks keg Joseph got intoxicated and let his horse run away.
7/4/1811 - Independence. May the name of Washington be immortal and the Federal constitution may it never fail.
10/8/1811 - Election at Bodine's Men went and gave in their mite and all retd. sober. Edward Rutter off a drinking. It was reported that he got drunk on cheese.
11/18/1811 - Mr & Mrs Evans went to hear a divine oration at the Bank. Furnace made a great Emission of ore and coal about 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
2/18/1812 - Teams carting ore from Sassafras. Jane Hamilton conceived and brot forth a son. Mrs. Core put to bed. Women are all very fruitful, multiply, and replenish.
4/20/1812 - Men chiefly training at Bodine's (War of 1812)
5/13/1812 - Report say Jno. Williams whipped his wife and started for Hanover Furnace
5/25/1812 - James McEntire brought his daughter home from the Half Moon for fear her morals would be corrupted
7/2/1812 - Phebe Craig made a general muster and brot. forth a daughter. Furnace working very stiff
7/11/1812 - A great battle ensued this day among the Irish
9/17/1812 - Jane Hamilton was this day tried by the Synod of her church. The crime alleged against her was for using spiritual Liquor, but acquitted.
4/12/1813 - William Gibbs & R. Booy filling the furnace. Wm. Mick's widow arrived here in pursuit of J. Mick who she says has knocked her up
6/2/1813 - Great conflagration. The Furnace and Warehouse was this day entirely consumed, but fortunately no lives lost. John Craig got very much burnt.
8/11/1813 - Furnace went in blast
9/15/1813 - Mosquitoes very thick
12/1/1813 - A fleet consisting of four sail flat bottom vessels arrived loaded with oyster shells
7/30/1814 - Solomon Truax & E. Hambleton was married this evening. Had a great time, ended of kissing the Bride & other some taking gates off the hinges and throwing them in the woods, and some to quarrelling
and on and on. There is a lot more to this diary than what I've posted, and a lot of serious iron making going on and hard work by all. But I've always thought this diary was neat in that it gives a more human perspective on the enterprise. The drunkeness was obviously a serious enough concern for the diary writer as I would say those type of entries account for maybe 25% of the total.