The Diary of 15 year old West Centre student, Carolyn Rogers chronicles the life and times in New Fairfield during the year 1861. Her first entry relates her anguish over the loss of her 2 year old sister Emma on Christmas Day 1860.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 1861
"One week tonight since dear little Emma left us for the "Happy Land" of which she loved to sing. "O! blessed happy child to find the God of Heaven so near and kind."
Death of a young child was commonplace in New Fairfield during the 19th century when diseases like scarlet fever spread amongst the townspeople. The young and the very old were susceptible to losing their lives before the discovery of antibiotics.