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Journal of Adolph G. Rosengarten, Jr. - February

February 1st

1934


- Heavy snow fell. Lasted until March 5th.

1960


- J.W. Bickers began transplanting to make room for new garden. Some laurel is fill in planting at entrance but most material is nursery.

1966


- Pantaleone Antrilli entered our employ as a gardner: three days per week.

1970


- James & Amy Fear entered our employ.

1975


- Nini Borgerhoff, two daughters & three Princeton professors fere for the night after attending "The Doll's House" at the Univ. of Penna.

1980


- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. returned Oakland where we had Teen, Ray Hayworth: 2 good days only.
February 2nd

1934


- George & Anita; Chas & Rita; Penny & Sam: Sherry & Porter from State Store, Brandy XXX de Luge; Wagner # 7.

1935


- Thaw, but still pleanty of snow.

1961


- At 7 AM it was -5°; 15 consecutive day when max temp. never above 32°.

1979


- A.G.R. Jr. & JNR returned from Oakland: five days with Ray and Teen Hayworth: 22 Quail R's & 16 Hayworths.
February 3rd

1955


- At 6:30 AM it was 0°; this was coldest day since 1948.

1961


- Cold continues w/ defeciency since Jan. 1st -311°. Snow beginning about 11:30 AM.
February 4th

1934


- Still snow. No work done.

1936


- A.G.R. Jr. returned from Saranac. A heavy rain which did not clear off the snow enough & where it froze later made the driveway very bad.

1939


- At 12:05 AM today. J.N.R. & A.G.R. Jr. sailed on S.S. Statendam for a cruise in the West Indies. We touched at Puerto Rico, Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad, La Quirna (Venezuela), Curcoa, Colon, Jamaica, & Havana.

1961


- Snow stopped at 1:30 PM w/ fall of 11-12". For first time in 17 days temp. above 32°.

1982


- Janet Newlin Rosengarten died at the age of 71.
February 5th

1971


- After four days in Criminal Division Common Pleas, on his retrial, Charles E. Godfrey plead guilty.
February 6th

1978


- A blizzard which began 10:00 PM on 5th and continued until 8:00 AM on 7th, dropped 14" to 18" of snow. Worst in 30 years.
February 7th

1934


- Still cold: snow and ice on ground.

1937


- Still warm. Dug drainage ditch, on Stewart line from stream toward road.

1967


- The second blizzard of the winter began at 3:00 AM about a foot of snow, very cold.

1969


- A.G.R. Jr. submitted to the Hist. Dept. U. of Pa. his thesis for a Ph. D.
February 8th

1936


- Skiing on Montgomery's Hill. Slow.

1969


- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. to Princeton to see Nini Borgerhoff's new house

1970


- Pantaleone Antrilli entered our employ as a gardner: three days per week.

1978


- Departure of A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. to Oakland: delayed from 7th by blizzard.
February 9th

1934


- Coldest day I have ever known. At 12:005 AM the temp. was 8° below zero; at 7:00 AM it was 18° below zero.

1936


- More snow.

1960


- Mandes & Co. (under suppervision of Farrow) began demolishing old walls to make way for new garden. Work stopped w/ snow of Feb. 15th.

1974


- Dinner of 22 at Chanticleer for David & Cynthia Le Roy-Leurs.
February 10th

1934


- Some what warmer; after two weeks of frost. Ice from swimming pool about 9" thick.

1935


- Light snow, but some thaw during day.

1937


- Christine Penrose Goodman born at 7:45 AM.

1964


- A.G.R. Jr. given The Main Line Award at the Wayne Lions Club Charter Night Dinner at the Old Covered Wagon Inn, Strafford,Penna.

1968


- A.G.R. Jr. returned (via Hertz Drive it a/c railroad strike) from Oakland. H.R.N. Jr. at ux. where there too: they had 32 quail, I had 70.

1973


- A.G.R. Jr. from Oakland w/ John & Basil Heath. Escaped from worst blizzard in S.C. in a hundred years, but brought back 68 quail.

1984


- A.G.R. Jr. returned from Oakland after two weeks: HRM Jr. at ux first week, Teen & Ray second week. My swan song. Poorest shooting ever: 12 quail.
February 11th

1962


- -1° at 7:00 AM. A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. flew to Oakland Club for 4 days shooting.

1967


- A.G.R. Jr. returned from Oakland: Weather was bad all three days there.

1979


- 0° at 7:30 AM. David Le Roy-Leurs here & off to Oakland in AM.

1983


- Worst blizzard on record: 23" of snow.
February 12th

1938


- Saturday: Rainy, so that the furniture got waxed with Jackson's "Patina"; occupying us over the week-end.

1944


- J.N.R. motored home in a blizzard from Washington D.C. accompanied by Ensign Cornelia C. Newlin. The A.G.R. Jrs. said good-bye to one another at 15th and L St. Washington at about 7:30 AM, Dolph jumped in a cab and departed in the darkness for the air-port and parts unknown. Telephone call later that evening revealed he was in New York for the night, presumeably grounded by bad weather. (Entered by J.N.R.)

1948


- First thaw of any consequence since Xmas 1947.

1961


- 1" snow bringing total this winter to 49". record of 55.4" of winter 1898/99 still stands.

1966


- A.G.R. Jr. returned from 5 days at Oakland: good shooting.

1978


- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. returned from Oakland: fair shooting but thoroughly enjoyed having Ray & Teen Hayworth with us there.
February 13th

1934


- Continues cold; snow flurries last night. J.N.R. & I go on a restricted wagon tomorrow, being Ash Wednesday.

1936


- Coldest winter since 1917. Twenty-sixth consecutive day that there has been snow on the ground and since first of year, there have been twenty-one days during which temperatures remained below freezing.

1950


- Spinelli Bros. breaking up boulders in pile on Brooke Road this week by air drill & dynamite.

1967


- 0° at 6:30 AM. Much snow still on ground.

1978


- Early snow changed to rain in PM & the following ice storm did great damage to trees & shrubs.

1983


- A.G.R. Jr. returned from Oakland. One day late a/c snow. After week with Teen & Ray Hayworth. Shooting poor & only 10 quail.

February 14th

1936


- Some thawing in afternoon, but it turned cold when the sun set.

1937


- Weather continues about normal, which is quite warm. Compared to last year.

1951


- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. to Oakland Club Pineville, S.C. with Cookes.

1966


- Heavy rain today but much snow from Jan. 29th still on ground.
February 15th

1936


- Temperature defeciency since Feb. 1st to date is 144 deg & since Jan 1st, 220 deg.

1944


- Cable from Adolph as follows: "A.P.O. 887. Love Adolph" gave proof of his safe arrival in the British Isles.(Entered by J.N.R.)

1946


- AGR Jr & JNR left hurridly for Palm Beach, Fla. on account of the illness of A.G.R., Returned Feb 25th, '46.

1949


- Highest temp. today, 73°, a record for the day. Very warm weather continues.

1987


- A.G.R. Jr. & V.S.R. to St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
February 16th

1935


- Clear warmish day. JAmes O'Brien & I piled wood that had been cut this winter.

1937


- Wet snow, about 2" in all, fell today. First real snow of the year.

1958


- 16" snow reported is to be the heaviest since 1922. Work to come.

1963


- A.G.R. Jr. to Oakland for four days quail shooting.

1974


- After a week at Oakland w/ David Le Roy-Leurs, who flew to St. Kitts on 15th, JNR & AGR Jr. returned with 45 quail.

1979


- A.G.R. Jr. returned fromOakland. Poor shooting with only 15 quail.
February 17th

1934


- Snow still on ground, though there has been some melting. Richard reports that the frost has penetrated 8 inches into the ground.

1958


- At 6:30 AM, it was 0°.
February 18th

1973


- Pipes in third floor bathroom at Chanticleer burst early AM, Living room flooded & damage extensive.

1979


- At 7:30 AM, -10°.
February 19th

1934


- Beginning at noon. A wet snow fell. Depth at 6 PM about 5"-6".

1943


- A.G.R. Jr. & JNR home on ten day leave from C.B.S. Ft. Monroe, Va.

1949


- We have spent the most recent week-ends untangling the tangles on new area.

1961


- A.G.R. Jr., J.N.R., H.R.N. Jr. to OAkland Club for five days. It rained some part of each. Shooting fair & we returned with 32 birds.

1963


- Snow, about 6". Some still on ground on March 6th.

1979


- Very heavy snow storm: 16+"
February 20th

1938


- Excess temp. since first of the month 125°; defeciency since Jan. 1st 2.22 in. Started to snow at 7:00 AM & fell until 2:30 PM to depth of 8-10 in. Spent PM clearing off drive: it warmed up during the afternoon & melted some.

1947


- Snow beginning at noon reached a depth of 12 in. by 10 AM the 21st.
February 21st

1957


- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. to Chicago to stay with Murphy's till Feb. 24th.

1958


- Height of cold spell which followed snow of 16th Feb. Defeciency since Feb 1st 172°.
February 22nd

1934


- Warm; some melting but plenty of snow left, particularly in the drifts. Rain in the PM, turning to snow toward midnight.

1935


- PRior to this morning, the snow af Jan 24th was still on ground where it had drifted. Starting at 9:00 AM, wet snow fell till 7:30 PM. Depth 3 to 4 in.

1936


- Clear with cold North wind. Average temp 23°. Slight thaw in direct sunlight. Defeciency of temp. since Feb 1st, 207°, since Jan 1st, 286°.

1937


- Clear, cool, but neither snow nor frost on or in the ground. J.N.R. & I to Andorra Nurseries.

1939


- We returned from the West Indies on a bitterly cold & windy day. Which was a severe change from the tropics.

1943


- A.G.R. Jr. commissioned Major A.U.S.

1969


- A.G.R. Jr. (with Hank & Tanna Nielson) returned from Oakland: 90 quail.
February 23rd

1953


- During this week, Upper Bank Nurseries planted large hemlock on Brooke Road W. of sruce. Swamp magnolia below poplar to E. of that point: moved laurel from bed by stream to road just E of drive: two yews on bank W. of drive & three white pines N.W. of house in woods w/ two cherry laurel in front.

1979


- Jennifer, born Nov. 3rd 1979, arrived from Knoxville, Tenn. "Pembroke Welsh Corgie"
February 24th

1934


- Very cold.

1935


- Moderate thaw of snow that fell. Washington's Birthday.

1936


- Slight thaw.

1977


- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. returned after 4 days at Oakland with Ray & Teen Hayworth. A/C extreme cold, poor shooting: A.G.R Jr. w/ achillies tendon trouble.
February 25th

1934


- Temp. 12°; at 11:00 AM it began to snow, continuing throughout the day.

1957


- 3 truck loads of top soil added below lower stone wall of "New Garden" to level area designed for 3 new cutting beds.

1970


- Am. Hawthorne (Cratagegus cordata) planted below new rose beds: & Ky. Coffee tree at Rush's house.
February 26th

1934


- Snow continued. Official depth 7.4"

1935


- Rain, quickly changing to sleet, & later to snow in early evening.

1936


- Thaw continued yesterday & today. Roads now clear but pleanty of snow still on ground.
February 27th

1936


- Geo. D. Rosengarten, Ph. D. buried today. He died Feb 23rd after a long illness.

1965


- A.G.R. returned 9:30 PM from 4 days at Oakland: two splendid & two poor. 24 quail (plus 8 to Gadsdin)
February 28th

1934


- End of the coldest month on record. Defeciency for month 328°. Precipitation ?, Snowfall 18.1"

1935


- Defeciency of temp. 23°; precipitation 3.12in.

1937


- Excess temp. for month 57°: since Jan 1st 337°: precipitation since Feb 1st 1.66in.

1938


- Packard Convertible Six bought today; turned in the Buick. Excess for month 92°; precipitation 6.02in.

1939


- Excess temp. for month 148°; precipitation 6.02in.

1940


- AGR Jr. returned from hospital.

1961


- Despite cold & snow in first 15 days. Excess temp. for month 11°: Def. for year 241°

1963


- Third coldest Feb. in XX Century & sixth since records kept. Defeciency since Feb 1st 193°, for year 339°

1966


- First wet month in past fourteen: Excess rainfall since 1:1:66 1 inch.

1968


- Samantha Waring Goodman born in New York, N.Y.
February 29th

1936


- Much melting, the strem unusually high. End of a very unpleasant month: temperature defeciency since the first 185 deg. and since Jan 1st 264 deg. Precipitation 3.46in.

1940


- Still snow on ground, but melting. Temp. excess since Feb 1st 23°: defeciency since Jan 1st 193°. Defeciency of rainfall since Jan 1st '40 2.87 in.

1948


- A real old fashioned winter with much snow on the ground. Temp. for month was just average but defeciency since 1st Jan - 151°.

1952


- Upper Bank Nurseries completed, as far as the culvert from Harrison's pond, the dry wall along Brooke Road.

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