Aaron D Hoyer Diary
Originally transcribed by Jessie Burkholder Peckenpaugh
preserving the original spellings and punctuation.
Transcribed for the Harrison County Iowa USGenWeb
by his descendant John Burkholder (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Monday Jan. 1, 1883 - Frank & I want to W. & got the Bay horses shod & got plank to make a sled. Louis went to school for the first time this winter.
Tuesday Jan. 2 - Frank & I cut & split about - cord of wood that was left from last years hauling. It was very cold this morning.
Wednesday Jan. 3 - Frank brought - cord of oak wood from Farnsworth timber. I went to W. with C.J. Tuttle. It was cold today.
Thursday Jan. 4 - Frank brought - cord of oak wood. I fixed up the corn sheller but I do not know yet how it works as I have not tried it. It snowed near all day.
Friday Jan. 5 - Frank brought - cord of oak wood. I washed a little and churned butter. Fine day.
Saturday Jan. 6 - Frank brought - cord of Oak wood. I went to W. I came home with Wm. Burkholder. The Post Master promised to write to see if the money was received at Lebonon, Oregon.
Sunday Jan. 7 - It snowed all day & is cold. We all staid in the house all day.
Monday Jan. 8 - The snow drifted very much. Frank & I built a sled in the house. It was too disagreeable outside. I did not finish it. The girls did not go to school.
Tuesday Jan. 9 - It snowed & blowed near all day. Frank & I went down to Giles. Daisy droped a heifer calf at 8 this evening.
Wednesday Jan. 10 - It snowed & blowed all day & drifted the snow so the roads are near impassable. I and Frank went to W. Got home early.
Thursday Jan.11 - It was cold today. I finished the sled. Thermometer 10 below.
Friday Jan. 12 - Marm & I was visiting at C.J. Tuttles. Frank shot 5 rabbits.
Saturday Jan. 13 - Louis & I went to W. I subscribed anew for the Homestead and the Register. Mr. Damery went with us to town. The road from here to Collins is not very good on account of the snow drifts.
Sunday Jan. 14 - Frank & the girls were to S.S. Geo. DeJean was here to supper.
Monday Jan. 15 - I went to Dunlap with Geo. DeJean. I helped G. Chapman to fix up our old sled so Giles can haul corn tomorrow for Geo. DeJean. He is going to shell his corn tomorrow if nice day.
Tuesday Jan. 16 - Frank hauled 46 bus. corn to Dunlap for Geo. DeJean. I chored around. It snowed all afternoon & evening.
Wednesday Jan. 17 - Frank hauled corn for Geo. DeJean. It snowed some today.
Thursday Jan. 18 - Frank hauled 46 & 34/ bus. corn to Dunlap for Geo. DeJean. It snowed near all day. Frank got the buck saw filed, 30c. Wrote a letter to Ferd about that money order I sent Dec. 4 last. I heard nothing of it as yet.
Friday Jan. 19 - This was a cold day. The snow drifted very much. The thermometer was 20 degrees below zero this morning & is 10 below zero this evening at 9 P.M.
Saturday Jan. 20 - Still very cold. Thermometer is 26 below zero. Frank started to W. but came back again. The snow drifted so he could not get along very well.
Sunday Jan. 21 - It was very cold today. 24 below & the snow drifted very much.
Monday Jan. 22 - Frank went to W. with C. Tuttle. They had to shovel a good bit of snow to get to town. I got Ferd's letter with half of the note. We washed a little today.
Tuesday Jan 23 - Frank & I went to Woodbine & to the Mill for flour & c. meal. I got the $10.00 from J. DeCou he subscribed to the road damages. Sent a letter to Ferd.
Wednesday Jan. 24 - It is warmer today & this evening it is snowing again.
Thursday Jan. 25 - This is a fine day but still a little cold. We butchered a pig. G.L. Chapman was here all afternoon & took supper with us.
Friday Jan. 26 - This was a fine day. Thermometer is 20 below zero. Frank & I brought a load of hay for beding. The snow was very deep in some places.
Saturday Jan. 27 - Frank & I went to Woodbine. The day was fine & warm.
Sunday Jan. 28 - The boys & girls were to S.S. I was over to Deuel's this evening. Today was warm & fine.
Monday Jan. 29 - Frank brought - cord of Oak wood. I went to W. with Mr. Deuel & looked at a mare of Mr. Clark's which he is asking $125 for
Tuesday Jan. 30 - It snowed and blew all day & all last night. This was a rough day. C. Tuttle was here this evening.
Wednesday Jan. 31 - Frank brought - cord of Oak wood. I went to Woodbine & bought a mare (Arabian) from Mr. Clark for $125.
Thursday Feb. 1, 1883 - Frank brought - cord Oak wood. It snowed all day and was cold and disagreeable.
Friday Feb. 2 - It snowed all day and was very cold, 10 below zero. Frank was down to C. Tuttles this afternoon. Bertha was over at McMillens overnight.
Saturday Feb. 3 - It snowed all day terrible & drifted the snow very much. Thermometer is 12 below zero.
Sunday Feb. 4 - This was a fine day but very cold. The thermometer this morning was 26 below zero, this evening 12 below zero.
Monday Feb. 5 - Frank & I put a couple of loads of hay in the barn, we then shoveled snow on the road to Woodbine with E. & L. Deuel, Damery and others. There was a good bit of snow to shovel. We took Clarks bridle & saddle along.
Tuesday Feb. 6 - Frank & I sawed & split wood & chored around. It is snowing again this evening but today was a fine day.
Wednesday Feb. 7 - Frank & I brought - cord Oak wood. I sawed some wood & chored around. This was a fine day.
Thursday Feb. 8 - Frank & I went to W. & got Dr. Edwards to come & see Marm who is very sick again. Dr. E. thinks he can help her.
Friday Feb. 9 - Marm was very sick. Frank brought the Doctor in a hurry. Mr. & Mrs. Burkholder were here to see Marm.
Saturday Feb. 10 - Marm is better today. Frank went to W. for the mail & to the Mill for flour. Giles Chapman was here to see Marm.
Sunday Feb. 11 - Marm is getting better. Mr. C.J. Tuttle & wife, Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Reiff, May Burkholder, L.L. & E. Deuel were here today to see how Marm is.
Monday Feb. 12 - Frank brought - Oak wood. Geo. DeJean was here to see how Marm is getting along. She rested well today.
Tuesday Feb. 13 - Frank brought two loads (one cord) Oak wood. I went to W. to see the Doctor. I then went to Geo. DeJean & bought a cow & paid him $25.00 for her. Mrs. Damery was here.
Wednesday Feb. 14 - I rained near all night & the snow is melting fast. Louis went to school yesterday. Louis staid at home with Marm today. Got a Postal card from Ferd K. It was warm and cloudy all day.
Thursday Feb. 15 - Frank & I cut wood. It is very warm & thawing fast.
Friday Feb. 16 - It was very cold again & snowing & blowing. The thermometer 8 below zero. C. Tuttle was here about three hours.
Saturday Feb. 17 - Frank & I went to W. I was to see the Doctor. This was a fine day but pretty cold. John Tracy took my assessment.
Sunday Feb. 18 - Louis & the girls were to S.S. Frank was over to Deuels. I staid at home all day.
Monday Feb. 19 - The boys brought the cow home from Geo. DeJean. May Burkholder was here and Marm hired her for the summer. C. Tuttle was here this evening.
Tuesday Feb. 20 - Frank went to the timber but got no wood. He brought timber to make a stalk rake. Dr. E. was here to see Marm. I washed the woolen clothes today.
Wednesday Feb. 21 - Frank & I washed the rest of the clothes. This was the last day of the winter term of school. It snowed about - in. of snow today.
Thursday Feb. 22 - I went to Logan to pay my taxes, came home at 9 P.M. Mrs. Tuttle was here sewing this afternoon. Chas. came for her this evening. Both took supper here.
Friday Feb. 23 - Geo. DeJean & family, C. Tuttle & I.A. DeCou were here this afternoon. It is raining this evening.
Saturday Feb. 24 - Frank went to W. for the mail. I cleaned out the cow & calf sheds, churned butter & swept the rooms.
Sunday Feb. 25 - The girls were to S.S. Louis & I staid at home. C. Tuttle was here. He brought us 3 doz. eggs at 25c a doz.
Monday Feb. 26 - Frank & Louis helped shovel the snow to open the road so Mr. Yeisley could bring his pile driver in to the creek. I was up to see Geo. Reiff for seed wheat. He was not at home.
Tuesday Feb. 27 - Frank went to the timber with some others for three spiles for the new bridge. I was down to see them start the new bridge.
Wednesday Feb. 28 - Frank & I went to Woodbine. Mr. Deuel brought our harrow home. He got it last fall to harrow out his potatoes.
Thursday Mar. 1, 1883 - The boys put hay in the barn this afternoon & C.J. Tuttle & I worked at making a stalk rake. Frank & I brought 35 bus. wheat for seed from G.E. Reiff at 85c. per bu.
Friday Mar. 2 - C. Tuttle & I worked on the stalk rake. Frank was to woodbine. We used Mr. Deuel's two in. Auger.
Saturday Mar. 3 - I worked on the stalk rake all day. C.J. Tuttle helped - day. Frank was over at the river for ducks but got none. Louis mulched the fruit trees.
Sunday Mar. 4 - We all staid at home. Frank was over to Deuels. Mr. Deuel & Ed was here last evening.
Monday Mar. 5 - It rained a little today & is sleeting. I wrote to A. Gottwalt. Mr. Knapp, Mr. DeCou & Mr. Burrows were here this afternoon. I went with them to the school meeting in our school house where we elected H. DeCou Director of this District.
Tuesday Mar. 6 - Chas. Tuttle & I worked for awhile on the stalk rake but it was cold so we went to Woodbine for bolts & Iron for the rake.
Wednesday Mar. 7 - Frank helped C. Tuttle hew his pole & brought it up to break our stalks. I worked on the stalk rake. The boys brought straw.
Thursday Mar. 8 - The boys broke stalks 2 hours this morning. I worked on the rake awhile this morning. This afternoon I went down to see the bridge builders.
Friday Mar. 9 - Frank husked two loads of corn for L.L. Deuel, at one dollar a load, two dollars for today. I worked a little on the rake. Louis & I washed this forenoon but it was too windy to hang it out.
Saturday Mar. 10 - I went to Dunlap with G.L. Chapman. Frank went to W. for the mail. Louis was guning.
Sunday Mar. 11 - Frank & I was over to Mr. Deuels this evening. Bertha was to S.S. Marm took an Emetic this morning.
Monday Mar. 12 - The boys broke stalks this morning for a couple of hours. Frank husked a load of corn for Mr. Deuel. I went with Giles & Mr. Yount to the Township Meeting. The boys were over to the river guning this evening. Mr. Lowery was here this evening looking for his bull.
Tuesday Mar. 13 - Frank harrowed half a day & broke some stalks, it was very warm. He changed horses to drag. Each team used about two hours.
Wednesday Mar. 14 - Frank harrowed, I seeded until noon. Louis harrowed & Frank seeded this afternoon. We sowed 13 bus. wheat on 8 acre, finished sowing breaking.
Thursday Mar. 15 - The boys broke stalks this morning & went guning this afternoon. I churned butter & fixed some fence.
Friday Mar. 16 - The boys were guning all day. I was down to Giles. Geo. DeJean, Giles & I went down to see the new bridge, which is finished& the Valley bridge is being repaired. Mr. Damery come for the stalk cutter. May B. was here.
Saturday Mar. 17 - Frank & I went to Woodbine. I paid Farnsworth in full to date & got carpet warp. Mrs. DeJean was here. There was an awful wreck on the R. Road, two men killed & one scalded, a great many hogs & cattle killed & crippled.
Sunday Mar. 18 - We all staid at home. It is cold & windy. Thermometer 8 above zero. C.J. Tuttle & Sam Nash were here this afternoon.
Monday Mar. 19 - I was down to see Giles about his chickens. Frank took the rags & warp for carpet down to Mrs. Cox. Frank went to Woodbine. I went up to G.E. Reiff. The boys brought 3 doz. chickens from Giles. Calf chilled to death - Fan.
Tuesday Mar. 20 - I was down to Giles & paid him $9.00 for 3 doz. chickens. The boys & I was to a surprise party at Giles Chapmans.
Wednesday Mar. 21 - Another calf chilled to death last night. It snowed near all night. We washed & churned butter & sorted out about 4 bus. of frozen potatoes.
Thursday Mar. 22 - The boys & I put up a fence in the hog lot to divide the sows from the barrows. Mr. Deuel & C.J. Tuttle were here this evening.
Friday Mar. 23 - The boys broke the rest of the stalks this morning. Frank & I went to Woodbine. I paid G.E.R for 35 bus. wheat, $29.75. Davis boys were here this evening.
Saturday Mar. 24 - It is cold & cloudy so we can not sow wheat. The boys went gunning. I cleaned up the house.
Sunday Mar. 25 - C.J. Tuttle & wife were here all day. It snowed a little last night.
Monday Mar. 26 - I took a heavy cold. The boys went gunning & got 4 ducks. Frank was to town. Dr. Cox was here.
Tuesday Mar. 27 - It snowed about 2 inches last night. Chas. Sales was here to buy two cows but we could not agree.
Wednesday Mar. 28 - It is still cold & cloudy. Can do nothing as yet.
Thursday Mar. 29 - It is still cold & cloudy. John Yount was here to dinner. Louis went gunning. The boys piled up the wood.
Friday Mar. 30 - Frank & Louis went to Woodbine. C. J. Tuttle fetched two loads of straw. I weighed 70 lbs. ear corn then I shelled it. Got 12 lbs cobs & 57 - lbs shelled corn.
Saturday Mar. 31 - The boys tried to harrow but it is too much frozen, so they both went over to the river for ducks. They got three.
Sunday Apr. 1, 1883 - The girls were down to S.S.
Monday Apr. 2 - Frank seeded 8 acres wheat, Louis harrowed it. Frank was to town today & brought the plows. May B. came this morning. Snowed last night.
Tuesday Apr. 3 - The boys finished harrowing the wheat for the third time. This afternoon we raked stalks. Mr. & Mrs. Towne were here today to try to sell us a book.
Wednesday Apr. 4 - We finished burning stalks & sowed about 4 acres of wheat. We cultivate it in. C.J. Tuttle got our breaking plow yesterday. It snowed last night.
Thursday Apr. 5 - We finished sowing & harrowing our wheat at 2 o'clock, then the boys went over to the river to see if they could shoot some ducks. We cleaned out the manure in the cow shed.
Friday Apr. 6 - It snowed in the morning. We can do nothing in the fields. We killed a pig & commenced some hog pens. Old Mr. Deuel & Chas. Sales were here. Sales wanted to buy our shoats, we did not sell.
Saturday Apr. 7 - Louis & I finished the hog pens & Frank went to W. & when he came back he took another team to D. Cox & brought 17 yds. carpet they weaved for us.
Sunday Apr. 8 - The little girls went to S.S. Frank was over to Davis boys & Louis was up to Lowreys. C.J. Tuttle & his father was here. They took some corn along to plant.
Monday Apr. 9 - We burned & raked stalks. I made pickle for the pork. Frank plowed some here at the house & we planted a few rows of potatoes. Damery & Burkholder sowed their wheat today.
Tuesday Apr. 10 - We sowed & cultivated about 8 acres of oats. It was very windy. G.E. Reiff stoped sowing on account of the wind.
Wednesday Apr. 11 - The boys harrowed the oats& last piece of wheat, finished at noon. The boys raked & burned stalks until 4 o'clock when it rained, so they had to stop. I went to Woodbine this afternoon. Got a letter from Ferd.
Thursday Apr. 12 - We raked & burned stalks all day. Mr. Cowell set the Prairie grass on fire. It run north to the road in front of our house. We staid up to watch it on account of our buildings & stacks.
Friday Apr. 13 - The boys each raked stalks half a day. We planted currants, gooseberries, & fourteen fruit & about two dozen Catalpa trees. About half past five o'clock this evening there came a terrible wind storm, hailed & rained. It blew terrible, the air was thick with corn stalks & dirt, so thick that we could see nothing else. Spottie droped a calf.
Saturday Apr. 14 - It rained near all last night. The boys commenced to plow this afternoon. I made a single tree to the riding cultivator. It is still very windy.
Sunday Apr. 15 - missing
Monday Apr. 16 - The boys plowed all day except Frank. He helped to plant trees a couple of hours. We plowed them in (Catalpa). A Mr. Baker was here to buy a cow but did not decide which one he would take. He says he will come again.
Tuesday Apr. 17 - The boys & I were up to G.E. Reiffs, with others to surprise him on his birthday. Mr. Deuel came to work at the closet. Mr. Baker came and bought the DeJean heifer for $35.00. I helped him take her home. The boys are burning stalks this morning.
Wednesday Apr. 18 - The boys plowed all day. Mr. Deuel finished the closet at noon, 1 - days, $3.00. I planted Catalpa trees. Giles Chapman was here this afternoon.
Thursday Apr. 19 - The boys raked the rest of the stalks. F. & I went to town. Louis plowed.
Friday Apr. 20 - The boys plowed all day. I finished planting Catalpa trees. I then went to W. with C.J. Tuttle, he brought a hay rake home.
Saturday Apr. 21 - The boys plowed until 5 o'clock P.M. It then rained and hailed very large hail stones. C.J. Tuttle got 5 bus. corn today. He owes me $1.62 on it.
Sunday Apr. 22 - Frank & the girls were to S.S. Mr. Geo. Reiff & family & Sam Nash were here to supper. May had to go home, her mother is sick. I paid her in full. There passed north of us a cyclone. It done a good bit of damage, 6 o'clock last evening.
Monday Apr. 23 - The boys plowed from 10 A.M. all day. I helped in the house & cut potatoes for planting. It was a cold day.
Tuesday Apr. 24 - It froze last night, thick ice on the water trough. The boys plowed all day. I worked in the house & chored. I was over to Burkholders this evening.
Wednesday Apr 25 - The boys plowed all day. I filled up the horse stalls & cut potatoes & worked in the house.
Thursday Apr. 26 - Louis plowed - day & harrowed - day. Frank did the same. I churned, cut potatoes and worked around the house.
Friday Apr. 27 - Louis harrowed all day. Frank & I planted near an acre potatoes. Then Frank plowed a little before coming home. I chored & churned.
Saturday Apr. 28 - Frank plowed until 3 o'clock then he went to town & Mill. I swept the carpet & cleaned up the house & chored. Louis harrowed until four & then he plowed a little before coming home. The boys went fishing this evening with Sam & Burkholder boys.
Sunday Apr. 29 - Frank & the girls were to S.S. I was in bed until noon polticing my lame back.
Monday Apr. 30 - It rained all day. The boys went fishing and got nothing. I shelled corn for seed by hand which is a sore fingered job. Elmer Cowell was here for butter.
Tuesday May 1, 1883 - The boys plowed all day except an hour that it rained, they sprouted potatoes in that hour. I shelled corn for seed & made a couple of small pig troughs & chored & churned. Lottie droped a heifer calf.
Wednesday May 2 - Louis plowed all day. Frank plowed until noon & marked in the afternoon. I sprouted potatoes.
Thursday May 3 - It rained a good bit last night. It was too wet to do anything. This afternoon they plowed. It was cold and cloudy all day. Geo. DeJean brought 3 bus. corn for seed. I went with him for his grapling hook.
Friday May 4 - Frank plowed until noon, then he marked in the afternoon. Louis plowed & harrowed all day. Geo. Reiff got 2 bus. corn for seed. Paid $1.25.
Saturday May 5 - Frank marked all day, then he went to town for the mail. Louis harrowed all day. I went to Dunlap with G. DeJean.
Sunday May 6 - Frank was the only one that went to S.S. The rest of us staid home.
Monday May 7 - Frank went to W. I went to T. Kellogs for school books. This afternoon we commenced to plant corn but it rained hard after we planted about two rows so we had to quit. May Burkholder came again this morning.
Tuesday May 8 - It rained near all night last night & near all day. The boys went guning in the rain. I painted the new closet.
Wednesday May 9 - It was too wet to plant corn so the boys worked in the garden until 4 P.M. then they planted corn a couple of hours. This evening it is threatening to rain.
Thursday May 10 - It was cold & wet near all day. The boys planted awhile this evening. Amos Reiff came this evening from Reading. Mr. Deuel was here this afternoon. I sprouted the rest of the potatoes.
Friday May 11 - Mr. Reiff & I went to Woodbine. The boys planted corn all day. They broke the handle of the planter. Amos made one. I chored.
Saturday May 12 - The boys planted all day. Mr. Reiff & I went over to Kellogs for books then to Morton to see his new check rower.
Sunday May 13 - It rained last night & near all day & is raining now, 9 P.M. We were over at Deuels.
Monday May 14 - It was too wet to plant today. Amos Reiff & I went over to Mr. Burkholders to get some bacon to put on my hand. I hurt it at a barb wire & it is very sore. Deuel's cow droped a bull calf.
Tuesday May 15 - The boys finished planting the lower piece of corn, if we do not have to plant over. Amos & I went to Woodbine a foot for mail.
Wednesday May 16 - The boys harrowed the upper piece & marked part of it. Amos & I was up to see Geo. Reiff & family.
Thursday May 17 - It rained last night and all day today & is raining now, 9 P.M. Mr. Deuel & the boys were guning in the rain. Mr. Deuel paid me $2.50 for service of Bull & offered me the calf for $7.50. Sam Nash was here.
Friday May 18 - The boys finished marking at noon, then planted all afternoon. Amos & I went to town, he got two letters. I got a strap.
Saturday May 19 - The boys planted corn all day. Amos & I shelled corn, buried a hog that died a piging & chored around. After supper Amos & I went over to Isaac DeCou to see his hogs & cattle. It was cloudy & cold all day. H. Reiff bought a planter & check rower. I bought Deuel's calf for $7.50.
Sunday May 20 - Frank & the girls were to S.S. Daniel Howorth & C. Sales were here. C. True got 10 bus. corn, $6.00. G. Reiff & wife were here this morning.
Monday May 21 - The boys finished planting corn at 9 A.M. Amos reiff left this morning. I took him to the Depot. Deuel went along. Dan Howorth got 13 bus. seed corn, 7.80. Deuel was here.
Tuesday May 22 - The boys harrowed all day. I stapled the wire up that was loose along the roads. Deuel & I went over to Mortons to see that new check rower but it does not work.
Wednesday May 23 - The boys finished harrowing at 5 P.M. I fixed a gate & put fresh pickle on the meat, shelled corn & chored around.
Thursday May 24 - It rained hard last night & this morning. Mr. Burling got 6 bus. corn $3.60. Frank was to town. We done nothing today.
Friday May 25 - It rained this morning. We done nothing all day. The boys went up to G. Reiffs this evening.
Saturday May 26 - Frank & the girls went to town. Louis went fishing. I staid home with Marm.
Sunday May 27 - The boys & girls were in S.S. Mr. Eccleston & Giles were here to dinner. Sam, Elmer & John were here. I was over to Deuels & Burkholders.
Monday May 28 - It rained all night & again today. The boys planted corn by hand until the rain stoped them.
Tuesday May 29 - Frank went to W., then the boys both planted beans. Mr. Burkholder brought a harrow to harrow his plowed ground.
Wednesday May 30 - The boys & May went to Dunlap. I staid home with Marm. Gem broke his nose ring.
Thursday May 31 - Louis & Frank planted about two acres with corn that was washed out. I sold four heifers to Mr. Roup through Wm. Mathis at $70.00. I got $20 on acct. I went to W.
Friday June 1, 1883 - Frank worked on the road with team 5 hours & I worked 4 hours. It rained since 2 P.M. & it is still raining, 9 P.M. I churned.
Saturday June 2 - It rained hard all night. Took near all the bridges off. Burkholder, C. Tuttle, Deuel & I wanted to go to town but could not get there. Mr. Honaker & his Bay team and wagon went down in the creek with the bridge at Collins. H. was bruised some on the head, otherwise no damage except the bridge which is gone. Twelve of us played ball this forenoon. We lost seven pigs in the storm.
Sunday June 3 - The girls were to S.S. The Davis boys were here visiting & stayed to supper. Elmer Colwell & his sister were here this evening. Our corn is washed out bad with the heavy rain.
Monday June 4 - Frank worked seven hours with a team & I worked five hours. Wm. Burkholder's best mare got the main cord of one of her hind legs cut off with a road straper so we had to kill her. Deuel & Mr. Damery & I buried her. It rained a good bit today. Deuel killed Burkholder's dos & we buried him with the mare. We got up a subscription for Burk. to help pay the loss of his mare.
Tuesday June 5 - Frank worked on the road with a team all day & I the same without a team. It rained a little today.
Wednesday June 6 - Frank & Louis planted about two acres over again. I went to W., sold 3 bus. wheat & one bu. corn that I wanted to exchange at the Mill but coud not. Frank worked for Mr. Deuel with a team. Another sow died pigging. I planted sweet corn (by hand) over again that washed out.
Thursday June 7 - Frank worked for Deuel all day. Louis cultivated potatoes. After dinner he commenced to cultivate corn. This was a fine day.
Friday June 8 - It rained last night & all day today. We done nothing. The Morris sow got 9 pigs today, all nice. Colwell & Yount's boys were here to dinner. I was over to Deuels.
Saturday June 9 - Frank, Deuel & I went to W. When we came back the boys planted beans. I went over to Deuels this evening, then Deuel, Sam Nash & I went down to Wm. Burkholders & gave him $99.27, collected for him. I sold a yearling steer to I.A. DeCou for $22.50.
Sunday June 10 - Frank & the girls went to S.S. Louis went up to Lowreys. I staid with Marm.
Monday June 11 - I. DeCou & C. Chauncy brought the steer DeCou bought. I helped Mr. Vore take the heifer to W. I was paid in full. Frank & Louis cultivated corn all day.
Tuesday June 12 - Frank & I each took 15 head of hog, wt.3890 lbs. at $5.90 per cwt. The boys cultivated this afternoon. Louis 3 hours, Frank 7 hours. I planted some beans.
Wednesday June 13 - The boys cultivated all day. It was a fine day. I chored around & churned.
Thursday June 14 - The boys cultivated corn all day. F. cultivated potatoes, the early ones. Miss Colwell is here to supper & is going to stay all night. I put in the glass that was broke by the hail. Finished the south piece of corn for the first time through. It looks nice & clean.
Friday June 15 - It rained last night. The boys cultivated from 11 A.M. all day. I hoed some of the young trees.
Saturday June 16 - The boys cultivated all day. I went to Woodbine for the mail. S. Nash was here this evening. Very warm today.
Sunday June 17 - The girls were to S.S. Frank went to Dunlap with S. Nash. It rained off & on all day.
Monday June 18 - It rained last night. The boys cultivated from 10 A.M. all day.
Tuesday June 19 - Frank cultivated Deuels potatoes. Louis finished the corn the first time through & our potatoes the 2nd time. Louis & I fetched a calf from Ecclestons I bought at $9.00.
Wednesday June 20 - It rained hard until noon. The boys played ball this afternoon.
Thursday June 21 - It was too wet so the boys waited. Frank went to W. Louis broke his cultivator so he used Frank's this afternoon. I repaired Louis's cultivator. We have a sick sow, do not know what ails her.
Friday June 22 - It rained this morning. The boys cultivated all afternoon. It is raining now, 8 - P.M. It was very warm today.
Saturday June 23 - It rained this morning. Frank & I went to W. & Mill. The boys both cultivated all afternoon.
Sunday June 24 - It rained lively again this morning. Frank & the girls were in S.S. Louis took the Arabian Mare up to Mr. Graves. She took the horse.
Monday June 25 - The boys cultivated all day. Frank broke a casting on his cultivator. I went to W. to get one. It cost 50c. Frank went down in the Valley this evening.
Tuesday June 26 - The boys cultivated all day. Louis broke his cultivator just about 6 o'clock P.M. I had Topsy, the grey mare, up to T. Graves to the horse.
Wednesday June 27 - I fixed Louis cultivator so he went to work at 7 A.M. They both cultivated all day& I hewed an axletree for Louis cultivator out of a large stick of four ft. wood.
Thursday June 28 - The boys cultivated all day. I was very sick with a sick headache. I vomited and strained a good bit.
Friday June 29 - The boys finished cultivating the 2nd time at 10 A.M. Louis, Marm & I went to Woodbine this afternoon. Frank & May went to school to see the end of the spring term.
Saturday June 30 - Frank & I each too a load of corn to Dunlap for L. Eccleston, one 45 bus., & 43 52/56 bus. Louis & I buried a large hog that died (Tama). Elmer Colwell & sister were here last evening. Very warm, 92 in the shade.
Sunday July 1, 1883 - The boys & girls were to S.S. I staid at home with Marm.
Monday July 2 - Frank & I each took a load of wheat to Dally's Mill, 56 10/60 bus. I was paid for 47 bus. at 80c. per bu., the 9 10/60 I had left to exchange for flour. The boys cultivated 70 rows. Louis had to go to W. to get a clamp made for his cultivator. He twisted one off.
Tuesday July 3 - The boys cultivated all day. I made a water trough for the calves & mowed weeds off around the house.
Wednesday July 4 - The boys & girls went to Woodbine to the celebration. I stayed home with Marm. It rained hard. The boys got wet on the way home.
Thursday July 5 - The boys cultivated from 9 A.M. all day. I made wire screens at four windows. Wm. Burkholder got a wagon box full of hay. I churned butter.
Friday July 6 - It rained off & on all day but the boys finished cultivating the south piece of corn, we do not intend to cultivate this north piece any more as it is so late.
Saturday July 7 - Frank cultivated the potatoes & hoed the melons & beans. Louis & I went to Woodbine. We picked 4 quarts of currants at J. Monroes. I paid 25c. for them.
Sunday July 8 - The boys went up to Graves. I was up to see Geo. DeJean. No one went to S.S. today.
Monday July 9 - I took 5 hogs, wt. 1070 lbs., at $4.75 cwt., $50.84. I then went to Dunlap & paid $50.00, the interest due to Aug. 1st, 1883. Frank cultivated potatoes for Deuel. Louis poisoned the potatoes & hoed the Catalpa trees & mulched the fruit trees & hoed beans. I hoed the currants & gooseberries this evening.
Tuesday July 10 - It rained today. The boys worked in the garden. I mowed the grass & weeds off around the house & mulched the trees with it. C. Tuttle got a jag of hay.
Wednesday July 11 - I went to W., sold corn to F. Butler. I went to see about shelling & help.
Thursday July 12 - I went to W. for a barrel salt & mowed weeds off around the house & mulched trees. I was up to G. Reiff to get him to haul corn when I shell, which will be on Monday if it does not storm.
Friday July, 13 - I painted two baskets & churn stand. The boys & I fixed the road near our house, that was washed out pretty bad. It rained a little today. The boys took the wheelbarrow & fixed the approach at the bridge.
Saturday July 14 - Frank & I went to Dunlap. We stopped on the way to tell to haul corn on Monday. We tried to trade Prince on a buggy.
Sunday July 15 - Frank & the girls was to S.S. It rained some today. Marm was down to C.J. Tuttles visiting. Louis was over to Monroes.
Monday July 16 - It rained & blew heavy last night. We commenced shelling at 9 - A.M. I was in town near all day. It was a fine day
Tuesday July 17 - We finished shelling at 10 - A.M. I was in town near all day. I sold 1441 19/56 bus. corn at 32c. per bu.,$475.00. Louis went to haul corn for Deacon Chapman. Louis came home at 8 - P.M. He hauled 45 20/56 bushels. Frank & the girls went down to Colwells.
Wednesday July 18 - I went up to DeJean & brought the harvester, he came along & helped to put it together & fix it up where we wanted it. The boys cleaned up the yard & hauled the husks & dirt from the shelling corn in the hog lot.
Thursday July 19 - Louis & I went to W. I got a loan of $250 at 8% annual interest & after dinner I went to Dunlap. I sent a draft to N.Y. for $1002.00 to pay off the Mortgage for $1000.00 and $2.00 expence for sending.
Friday July 20 - Frank & I went to Dunlap & traded Bay horse (Prince) on a Moline buggy. I gave $25.00 to boot. Louis & I then went to W. & to the Mill. Got 300 wt. flour.
Saturday July 21 - We all were down to Younts to the S.S. Picnic & enjoyed ourselves very much. When we came home we had to bury a large sow that died during the day from the heat.
Sunday July 22 - The girls were to S.S. The boys were visiting over to Davis. Mr. Burkholder & family were here this evening.
Monday July 23 - The boys & I built a tempory shed to put away the buggy out of the sun. We also fixed a little at the Harvester which makes it ready to start work with.
Tuesday July 24 - Marm, Bertie & I went to G.L. Chapmans visiting in Dunlap. The boys castrated some of our pigs. W.H. Burkholder castrated a calf.
Wednesday July 25 - The girls & I went to W. Afternoon the boys & I cut three times around the piece of wheat on the breaking. It was very hot but a little breeze.
Thursday July 26 - We cut the piece of wheat that we cut around yesterday. C. Tuttle & Frank bound & Louis shocked, I drove. It rained a little at noon & after we were done this evening we got a nice rain.
Friday July 27 - We commenced cutting the oats at noon. This was a pleasant day, not so warm. - day cutting.
Saturday July 28 - We cut out oats today & cut three times around the south piece of wheat & shocked all the oats. It was very warm today. Our wheat & oats are very good & heavy.
Sunday July 29 - The girls were in S.S. Harris Eccleston was here all afternoon. It rained near all day. I took umbrellas to S. School for the girls.
Monday July 30 - It was too wet to cut wheat so C. Tuttle & I went to W. & we went up to Wm. Tuttle, from there, home.
Tuesday July 31 - We cut wheat all day. Frank & C. Tuttle bound & Louis shocked it. I drove the team.
Wednesday Aug. 1, 1883 - We cut wheat until 2 - P.M. which finished our harvesting for this year. The boys shocked it up & I went to Woodbine.
Thursday Aug. 2 - Frank & I went to Dunlap. We brought twine & oil along for G.E. Reiff. I took it up to R's house. I went to W. after dinner. I paid C.J. Tuttle & his father in full. I received the mortgage by mail.
Friday Aug. 3 - The boys gathered some of the wheat that was left on the steep hill. I & the girls went to W. I brought some lumber for a hen house.
Saturday Aug. 4 - I & the boys worked at the hen house. Frank went to W. to sell his beans. Louis & I worked at the hen house until supper was ready. Four young men were here to get our threshing.
Sunday Aug. 5 - The girls were to S.S. Davis boys were here. After supper the girls, Marm & I went riding in the buggy. We stopped at Burkholders. Mr. Burk. is sick.
Monday Aug. 6 - I & the boys worked at the hen house all day. Mr. Damery was here to loan our screwdriver.
Tuesday Aug. 7 - I went up to J. Tuttles to see Yount about his threshing for us. Marm, the girls, May & Louis went to W. this evening. Frank was out with his gun while we were gone. Some one with his family was here and found the house locked up. Chas. Tuttle said he thought it was Isaac DeCou, at least he said it looked like DeCou's team.
Wednesday Aug. 8 - I took down the old hen house & this afternoon Marm & I went up to G.E. Reiffs & brought the girls home. The boys went fishing. Put two cows for H. Yount.
Thursday Aug. 9 - Frank & I each hauled a load of corn to Dunlap, 93 12/56 bus. at 34 c. a bu. My team worked on the power until noon, $1.25 in all, $4.05. Release & Abstract.
Friday Aug. 10 - I tried to get help together to thresh but could not, so Mr. Yount & I went to Woodbine. Mr. Burkholder & I went to see a lot of thoroughbred Poland China pigs at W. Hupps. They are nice. He sells them at $25.00 for males and $20.00 for females.
Saturday Aug. 11 - We threshed 235 bus. of wheat until 4 P.M. o'clock, when it rained heavy so we done nothing more today.
Sunday Aug. 12 - The boys & girls were to S.S., then we all went over to Burkholders. It is raining a little this evening.
Monday Aug. 13 - Frank & I with two teams took 168 20/60 bus. to John Dally at the Mill, sold for 75c. per bu., $126.25. Dally did not give me any money. Said he will pay me on Thursday next. Mr. Colwell got four & a half bus. of wheat at 75c. per bu. He will pay or work for it at some future time. Frank went to W. this evening.
Tuesday Aug. 14 - It was cold & cloudy all day. I do not think we can thresh tomorrow. Frank was guning this afternoon. I was over to Damerys. C.J. Tuttle brought our mail. Put a cow for C.J. Tuttle.
Wednesday Aug. 15 - It is still very cloudy. The boys went guning & got six chickens. Mr. Yount got one of our wagons to bring corn from Woodbine.
Thursday Aug. 16 - We threshed from 10 - A.M. to 7 P.M., 97 bus. wheat & 308 bus. oats. Wm. Burkholder got 10 bus oats which he will return when he threshes. This was a fine day.
Friday Aug. 17 - We finished threshing 10 A.M. 144 bus. oats, then Frank went to G.E. Reiff to help stack with a team & Louis went to Lowery to help thresh. They worked until 6 o'clock P.M. when it rained hard.
Saturday Aug. 18 - It rained heavy last night. Frank & S. Nash went to Dunlap. I got a 14 in. plow from A.D. Jones on cr. The boys went guning this eve. I eat dinner at G.L. Chapmans. He paid me $4.05 he owed me.
Sunday Aug. 19 - This was a fine day. I washed the buggy & buried 5 F. pups. Mike McMillen came last evening & stayed all day. I was down to Younts and paid him $30.15 for threshing wheat, 332 bus., oats 452 bus.
Monday Aug. 20 - I took 38 bus. wheat to Dally, sold at 70c. per bu. $26.60 & I sold a cow to Sam Holmes for $30.00. Frank with team, helped G. Reiff to stack & Louis helped Mr. Lowrey to thresh, both this afternoon.
Tuesday Aug. 21 - Louis worked at Lowreys all day. Frank & I hauled out manure all day, 12 loads on a piece over in front of Deuels.
Wednesday Aug. 22 - Louis worked at Lowreys until near noon & then he helped Walter Kellog until sundown. Frank & I hauled manure until 4 P.M. We then castrated a boar & a lot of pigs. C.J. Tuttle helped us. It is cool this evening.
Thursday Aug. 23 - Frank, Sam Nash & I went to D. Frank & Sam each bought a breach loading shot gun for $36.00 a piece. I paid $25.00, the boys paid the balance. We had frost this morning. Kellog paid Louis in full, $1.50.
Friday Aug. 24 - We hauled out manure, finished it at 4 - P.M. I then went to Dunlap. Mrs. C. Reiff & children were here all afternoon, staid to supper. I then took them home in the buggy.
Saturday Aug. 25 - The boys with each a team helped Wm. Burkholder to thresh all day. I went to town with Mr. Tuttle. S. Winter gave me my insurance note today. Nash was here this evening. I owe Burk. $2.00 on change.
Sunday Aug. 26 - Marm, the girls & I drove down to Evans but they were not at home. We came home & after supper we drove over to Peter Campbells. The girls were to Sunday School.
Monday Aug. 27 - The boys & I (without teams) helped Mr. Damery to thresh. Finished at noon. The boys each with a team helped G. DeJean to thresh this afternoon. This makes Damery & us even on change.
Tuesday Aug. 28 - The boys finished at DeJeans at 3 P.M. They then went gunning & shot four chickens. 1 - days for DeJean with two teams.
Wednesday Aug. 29 - The boys commenced fall plowing. I cleaned up where we stacked hay. Plowed all day.
Thursday Aug. 30 - The boys plowed all day. I churned butter & cleaned manure up in the cow yard.
Friday Aug. 31 - We all went to the Soldiers Reunion at Woodbine.
Saturday Sept. 1, 1883 - We hauled the old hay out on the straw stack. I went to W. this afternoon. The boys went gunning & got nothing.
Sunday Sept. 2 - The boys, Bertha & May went down to McMillens in the buggy. I & Mr. Deuel went over to Kellogs for school books, but he did not have the ones we wanted. Sam Nash loaned our saddle to go to Dunlap.
Monday Sept. 3 - We commenced making hay. At 6 P.M. Frank broke the mower. Frank shot four chickens.
Tuesday Sept. 4 - Frank mowed & Louis raked & I bunched.
Wednesday Sept. 5 - I went to Woodbine, got the mower fixed. The boys hauled up 7 loads of hay. I raked & bunched some hay.
Thursday Sept. 6 - The boys hauled up 6 loads but it was very windy. Could do but little at it so Frank mowed some more& Louis raked & I bunched. I was over to J. Monroe, got a bu. of apples, $1.00.
Friday Sept. 7 - They boys hauled up 7 loads of hay, two on the stack & 5 on the mow in the barn.
Saturday Sept. 8 - The boys hauled up 2 loads of hay. We then nailed battens on the roof of the hen house. The girls & I then went to W. We were all down visiting at Colwells. Came home at 10 - P.M.
Sunday Sept. 9 - Marm, Millie & Louis were to S.S. May & Bertha had headaches. I was over at Deuels & Damerys this forenoon and this evening Mr. Deuel & I went down to J. Monroe. Mr. Damery & Deuel were here this evening. We all eat watermelon.
Monday Sept. 10 - The boys hauled up 3 loads which finishes our haying for this fall, eight loads in the barn, 17 loads in the stack. I & Deuel went to Dunlap this morning. I fixed up the road in front of the house.
Tuesday Sept. 11 - Frank & I brought two loads of sand, 50c. & two loads (1600) brick.
Wednesday Sept. 12 - Louis & I brought two loads (1600) brick. Paid $19.20 for 3200. The boys then plowed this afternoon. A sow got a litter of five pigs this evening.
Thursday Sept. 13 - It rained near all night & today. It was showery near all day. I went to Woodbine. Louis plowed a little. Frank was sick with diuretic complaint. We shoveled the wheat around to keep it from spoiling.
Friday Sept. 14 - Louis plowed all day. Frank plowed this afternoon. I was up to G. Reiffs to see Deuel. I cut off a lot of corn for the hogs.
Saturday Sept. 15 - The boys plowed awhile this morning, when the rain drove them in. It rained all day & is still raining 8 P.M. C.J. Tuttle brought our mail. S. Nash was here, he was guning. Our boys were over to the river with their guns. Two sows piged, having nine together.
Sunday Sept. 16 - The boys & girls were to S.S. I was over to Deuels. Chas. Davis was here. We got seven more pigs.
Monday Sept. 17 - Louis plowed all day. Frank plowed until noon. Him & I went to Woodbine.
Tuesday Sept. 18 - The boys plowed all day. Deuel brought his workbench & tools. Geo. Reiff & family, Burkholders, Damery, J. Yount, E. Colwell & his sister were here last evening to compliment Marm on her birthday. I worked on the foundation of the corn crib.
Wednesday Sept. 19 - Frank & I went to W. I got the R.F. wagon tongue fixed. I brought 6 bus, lime. F. brought a load of lumber. Afternoon the boys each brought a load of lumber.
Thursday Sept. 20 - The boys each with a team helped Mr. Deuel to put up his hay. Finished at 2 P.M. Deuel & I then went to W. & brought a load of lumber. I got home at 8 P.M.
Friday Sept. 21 - It rained when we got up this morning & is still raining 8 P.M. Frank & Louis went guning. F. shot two prairie chickens. They were over to the river but got no ducks. Mr. Deuel was with them. I wrote a letter to Amos Reiff today. C.J. Tuttle got out sulky plow on Tuesday to plow his breaking. Millie was sick & staid home from school today.
Saturday Sept. 22 - It rained near all day today, still Mr. Deuel & I run off six bus. of lime for the corn cribs. Sam Nash & the boys went guning & got two chickens. We worked from 8 - A.M. to 3 - P.M. at the lime.
Sunday Sept. 23 - It rained until noon. There was no S.S. I was over to Deuels.
Monday Sept. 24 - We picked a row of potatoes along the west side of pasture fence. Then we hauled two loads of manure. The boys plowed the rest of the day. I done the chores & put the potatoes away.
Tuesday Sept. 25 - Mr. Deuel & I worked at the brick foundations of corn cribs. Frank went down to Colwells for tomatoes & a broom & he went over to J. Monroe for a bu. of apples. Louis plowed all day.
Wednesday Sept. 26 - Mr. Deuel, Louis & I worked at the foundation all day. Frank plowed all day.
Thursday Sept. 27 - Mr. Deuel, Louis & I worked at the foundation until noon. Then Frank & I went to W., each for a load of lumber. Louis pulled beans. Mr. Deuel worked all day. I sent Ferd & A. Reiff a letter.
Friday Sept. 28 - Mr. Deuel & I worked all day at the cribs. The boys each brought a load of lumber. In the afternoon they helped raise the frame. Geo. DeJean was here & got $ 2.66 for road tax.
Saturday Sept. 29 - Mr. Deuel & I worked at the cribs all day. The boys helped us some. Frank was to W. for some boards, mail & groceries. It rained a little.
Sunday Sept. 30 - Marm, the girls & I was down to visit Evans. Frank was to S.S. Louis was over to Davis.
Monday Oct. 1, 1883 - Deuel & I worked until 5 P.M., when it rained. The boys pounded out their beans & snaped corn. Cold rain.
Tuesday Oct. 2 - This morning is fine. We all worked at cribs until 5 o'clock, then Mr. Deuel & the boys went to Dunlap. I was at G. DeJeans.
Wednesday Oct. 3 - Mr. Deuel & I shingled on the cribs all day. It was cold & cloudy today.
Thursday Oct. 4 - It rained all day. The boys went guning over to the river. Frank got two ducks. Elmer, J. Yount & Sam were here.
Friday Oct. 5 - It rained some this morning. Mr. Burk, the boys & I went to Woodbine. We brought white lead & oil for to paint the house and got rollers & track for the doors for the crib& groceries.
Saturday Oct. 6 - Mr. Deuel & I finished shingling, the boys helped. The boys washed the buggy. Frank was to the mill.
Sunday Oct. 7 - The girls were to S.S. Kellog & Davis boys were here to dinner. Frank & D. Ferguson were here this evening.
Monday Oct. 8 - Mr. Deuel & I worked at the corn cribs all day. The boys helped G.E. Reiff to thresh all day with one team.
Tuesday Oct. 9 - Deuel & I worked at the cribs until 2 o'clock. We then went to the Election. The boys helped with one team. Finished at 5 o'clock P.M.
Wednesday Oct. 10 - I worked all day at the cribs. The boys hauled ground in the wagon to house & at 4 P.M. Frank went to W. for a keg of nails. Mr. Deuel had a team of ours to plow out some potatoes to try a new potato digger.
Thursday Oct. 11 - The boys each hauled a load of corn to Woodbine for G. Reiff. It rained so they had to stop shelling. Mr. Deuel worked half a day. I worked all day at the cribs.
Friday Oct. 12 - Frank & Louis each hauled a load of corn to W. for G. Reiff. I worked at the cribs until noon & the afternoon I worked at the shed for the Harvester.
Saturday Oct. 13 - I went to W. for groceries & a few boards. Frank went to Dunlap. Louis helped Colwell to thresh. I fixed a place in the west crib to put the Harvester in. I got $50.00 from Kiblers, I had on deposit there.
Sunday Oct. 14 - May & I went down to Pasleys to see about a girl to come when May leaves us. I was up to G. DeJeans to settle our threshing exchange. I took Sam Nash & the boys over to Davis. Tomorrow morning our boys are going to Little Sioux with a party, guning for ducks to the Little Sioux River.
Monday Oct. 15 - I painted the double doors at the Wagon house & I took the old hay off from the old hovel & took down the poles.
Tuesday Oct. 16 - I worked at the hog shed a little. Fixed up the north side of the stable. The horses kicked off some of the boards, chored. It is cold and raining this evening.
Wednesday Oct. 17 - It rained last night & all day today. I worked - day in the corn cribs.
Thursday Oct. 18 - I worked at the corn cribs - day & done all the chores, cleaned out the calf shed. This was a fine day, had the horses out in the pasture lot. Burkholder boys were here this evening.
Friday Oct. 19 - I worked at the housings on the doors of the new cribs & finished them. Louis came home at 9 A.M., he was at Davis. He helped me at the hog pens this afternoon. Fine day.
Saturday Oct. 20 - Louis & I worked at the hog pen until noon, then Marm, the girls & I went to the mill & Woodbine. Frank came home at 2 P.M. Miss Colwell, Miss Arnold, Harry & John Yount were here this evening.
Sunday Oct. 21 - The boys were to S.S. The girls & Marm staid at home. I was over to Deuels & paid him in full for working on the cribs. I was down to C.J. Tuttles for dinner.
Monday Oct. 22 - The boys took out potatoes. I & the little girls sorted them. May came home this morning. She went over to Willow on Sat.
Tuesday Oct. 23 - The boys finished gathering our potatoes. This evening we put 60 bus. in the cellar. It was cloudy all day.
Wednesday Oct. 24 - It was raining & cloudy all day. The boys & I worked on at the buggy shed & hog pens near all day. The boys pull up their beets.
Thursday Oct. 25 - I rebuilt the walls around the cellar windows. I then took 16 - bus of potatoes for S. Kibler, sold at 35c. per bu. The boys husked a load of corn this afternoon.
Friday Oct. 26 - Frank hauled two loads of corn to J. Monroe. I took 10 bus. potatoes to Lou Bond & took 15 bus. to J.R. Burkholder. Was paid for both 35c. per bu., $8.75.
Saturday Oct 27 - Frank took a load of corn to Monroe & made a door for the buggy shed & I closed up the front of the Harvester shed. This evening I took a load of corn which made 100 bus. for Mr. Monroe, he paid me $30.00 in full for 100 bus. The boys picked and hung up in the Wagon shed a lot of seed corn. It is raining this evening and cold.
Sunday Oct. 28 - Louis went to S.S. There was preaching in the School House. I was at Burks all afternoon. Rainy all day.
Monday Oct. 29 - The boys hauled in dirt to grade up around the corn cribs. I finished the buggy shed. This afternoon Marm, the girls, May & I went to Dunlap I paid to Prichard Jones $18.00 for a plow.
Tuesday Oct. 30 - The boys husked two loads of corn. I put up eight wires across the new cribs to keep them from spreading & I sawed boards for to shut up the doors in the cribs. There is four doors to them. This was a fine day.
Wednesday Oct. 31 - The boys husked two loads of corn. I wheeled in 8 barrows of sand in the hen house & sawed twenty posts from the Box Elder poles that was on the old hovel.
Thursday Nov. 1, 1883 - The boys husked three loads of corn. I went to Dunlap & bought two scoop end boards. I settled with Geo. Reiff, he paid me $2.75 which squares us up.
Friday Nov. 2 - The boys husked four loads of corn. I fixed up the cistern top. Mr. Colwell & family were here this evening. We settled for the threshing & he paid me for the wheat he got.
Saturday Nov. 3 - The boys snaped a load of corn to pick seed corn from the 90 day yellow dent. I put frames on the cellar windows to put doors on. Frank & I were to W. We took a bundle of shingles back. The boys shot four chickens this evening.
Sunday Nov. 4 - I went and brought Nettie Paslay, who is going to work for us. Mrs. Burkholder is sick so they sent for May to come home. The boys & girls were in S.S. I was over to Burks this evening. I paid May $30.00 in full. Frank went over to Davis this evening.
Monday Nov. 5 - It rained last evening so we did not husk. I made two doors for the cellar windows & put two lights in the stable window.
Tuesday Nov. 6 - The boys husked three loads of corn. Frank went to Dunlap. This evening the boys & Nettie went to a party at Younts. I finished the doors at the cellar windows and fixed the window and boarded up the N. & S. ends of the stable. Walter & Clarance Kellog, John Yount, Elmer Colwell & Sam Nash were here last evening.
Wednesday Nov. 7 - The boys husked 2 - loads of corn. I cleaned out the cow & calf sheds & worked at a gate at the cow yard. Frank & I killed a pig. Walter Kellog was here this evening but would not stay to supper.
Thursday Nov. 8 - The boys husked three loads of corn. Frank went to Dunlap & from there to a party over to Kellogs. I finished the gate at the cow lot & set posts to move fence farther east to make room to drive around the new cribs.
Friday Nov. 9 - The boys husked two loads of corn. Louis broke off the tongue of his wagon. Frank helped Walter Kellog this afternoon. I started to make a boar pen, then I fixed the tongue in Louis wagon. It looks for rain.
Saturday Nov. 10 - The boys husked two loads of corn. I went to town and got a wagon tongue made. I took 12 bus. corn to J. Monroe.
Sunday Nov. 11 - I took Nettie home. The girls went along. We went over to Honakers to see after a girl. I do not know yet whether we can get her or not. The boys were to S.S. It is cold.
Monday Nov. 12 - The boys husked four loads of corn. I worked at a boar pen & done the chores. Very windy & warm. East crib at barn 2 loads.
Tuesday Nov. 13 - The boys husked four loads of corn. I set 26 posts, fixed 5 Catalpa trees so they will not freeze. It is very windy & very cold. Thermometer 24. East crib at barn 2 loads.
Wednesday Nov. 14 - The boys husked 4 loads, crib at barn 2 loads. It is very cold & very windy. I done nothing but chored. 6 degrees above.
Thursday Nov. 15 - The boys husked one load together. East crib one load. They each took a load of shelled corn to W. I made two gates for the hog lot. It was cold today, 4 above.
Friday Nov. 16 - The boys husked 3 loads, three loads in the old crib. I fixed a place to shell corn in the feed entry. Cold, 12 above.
Saturday Nov. 17 - A man ( book agent) staid all night. The boys husked three loads of corn. 3 loads in the old crib, fine warm day, 30 above.
Sunday Nov. 18 - I was away for a girl but did not get her. The boys & girls were to S.S. This was a fine warm day. I was over to Burks this evening.
Monday Nov. 19 - The boys husked three loads of corn. 3 loads in old crib. This was a warm & cloudy day. I finished the boar pen & put in four sows to wean their pigs.
Tuesday Nov. 20 - The boys husked three loads of corn, 3 loads in the old crib. This was a cold, damp, cloudy day.
Wednesday Nov. 21 - The boys husked three and a half loads of corn. 1 - loads in old crib. This was a cold, damp, cloudy day. Some of the neighbors did not husk on acct. of the dampness. I washed today.
Thursday Nov. 22 - Frank & I went to town for groceries and the mail. The boys each husked four rows, 2 loads in afternoon. The weather is very damp & foggy.
Friday Nov. 23 - The boys husked three loads. Louis finished the south piece of corn which was a poor piece in quantity & quality. This was a fine day.
Saturday Nov. 24 - The boys husked four loads. I went out at 3 P.M. & helped Louis out early. Annie Gilchrist was here visiting our little girls.
Sunday Nov. 25 - Frank & the girls were to S.S. Marm was down to C.J. Tuttles I was to G. DeJeans. Louis was to town & stoped in at J. Monroes. Pretty cold this eve.
Monday Nov. 26 - The boys husked four loads of corn. I put straw in the hog pens & calf pen. Today was cold.
Tuesday Nov. 27 - The boys husked four loads of corn. I did not feel well but done the chores.
Wednesday Nov. 28 - The boys husked three loads of corn. I did not feel well. Washed today & chored. It was a fine day.
Thursday Nov. 29 - The boys husked four big loads. I helped some. This was a very fine warm day.
Friday Nov. 30 - The boys husked four loads and Burks boys husked two loads, $1.50, which makes six loads for today. G.L. Chapman was here & got a load of cobs I owed Mr. Eccleston. The day was very fine.
Saturday Dec. 1, 1883 - The boys husked four loads corn. Mr. Deuel, Frank & I went to Dunlap. Came home at 10 P.M. Fine day.
Sunday Dec. 2 - The boys & girls were to S.S. This afternoon Marm & I went to Honakers to see after a girl to do house work but did not get her. The day was fine. Mr. Deuel got our saddle again to go see his brother Ed.
Monday Dec. 3 - The boys husked four loads of corn. I baked bread & worked in the house all day. A fine day.
Tuesday Dec. 4 - The boys husked four loads & Mr. Burk. husked 7/8 of a day, ($1.31). He husked about 7 rows. I cooked pumpkin butter & done the chores as usual. This was a very fine day. Clarence Kellog was here to supper. The boys, Elmer & Sam went to a party over at Peters.
Wednesday Dec. 5 - The boys husked four loads. Mr. Burk husked one load. Burk & I settled after measuring the hay ground. He cut grass for himself & some for me. I fall in his debt 91c., which I owe him as I had no change to pay him.
Thursday Dec. 6 - It rained last night. The boys husked two loads of corn, then it rained near all afternoon & is still raining 7 P.M. Frank & Louis were guning but got nothing.
Friday Dec. 7 - The boys husked 3 - loads of corn. I went to the Mill for flour& cornmeal. I worked in the house all day. Marm is not feeling well as usual. This was a cloudy & cold day. It rained last night a good bit.
Saturday Dec. 8 - The boys husked three loads. Frank & I went to Woodbine. I worked in the house & chored.
Sunday Dec. 9 - Louis & the girls were to S.S. I stayed home all day with Marm.
Monday Dec. 10 - The boys husked four loads of corn. I washed & chored. I turned the cattle in the stalks awhile this afternoon.
Tuesday Dec. 11 - The boys husked three loads of corn. I was down to Tuttles. Deuel came while I was there. The weather is very fine & warm.
Wednesday Dec. 12 - The boys husked two loads which finishes our husking this year. The dogs was after our hogs last night. Frank & I got up & Frank shot at them. It was 12 o'clock when we came in. Two pigs is bit so bad I think they will die.
Thursday Dec. 13 - The boys went guning & got nothing. I rendered lard & worked in the house all day. Fine day & warm.
Friday Dec. 14 - The boys & I went to Woodbine today. Was cold & clear. I sent a letter to Dr. Beaver.
Saturday Dec. 15 - The boys & I filled the barn with hay. This afternoon Sam Nash & the boys went guning & got nothing. I was down to Tuttles this evening. It is cold & cloudy.
Sunday Dec. 16 - The boys & girls were to S.S. I staid home all day. Last night we had a little snow, the first of the season. There is none to be seen now, 7 o'clock P. M.
Monday Dec. 17 - It snowed quite a bit last night. Frank went guning this morning. This afternoon Frank husked for Deuel & Louis husked for Colwell.
Tuesday Dec. 18 - The boys each husked - of a day. Frank for Deuel & Louis for Colwell. Today was cold. Thermometer at zero this morning. I churned butter today. Wrote to Ferd.
Wednesday Dec. 19 - The boys husked all day. Frank for Deuel, Louis for Colwell. I shelled some corn & done the chores. It was cold all day, 2 above zero.
Thursday Dec. 20 - Frank - a day which finished Deuels husking, Louis husked all day which finishes Colwells husking. It snowed near all day, this is the first snow that lays for this winter. The boys went down to Colwells this evening. I wrote to A. Reiff & Jake Wingert.
Friday Dec. 21 - Marm, Louis & I went to Woodbine. The day was fine. Frank went guning & got a couple of birds.
Saturday Dec. 22 - Elmer, Sam & Frank went to Dunlap. It was cold & windy & snowed a little during the day.
Sunday Dec. 23 - The boys & girls were to S.S. & this evening Frank & Louis were up to Lowreys. Sam Nash was here & staid all night & left this morning.
Monday Dec. 24 - I churned & then went to town, stoped at the Mill for flour & bran. Frank & Louis helped to fix up a Christmas tree down at the Schoolhouse. The boys & girls went down to the Schoolhouse this evening.
Tuesday Dec. 25 - Frank & Louis were to Dunlap. Marm, the girls & I staid home. The weather was nice.
Wednesday Dec. 26 - Louis & I went to Woodbine. Louis got a guitar, price $12.00, cost $8.00. This was a disagreeable day, snowing & blowing all day.
Thursday Dec. 27 - This was a cold morning & day. The thermometer stood at 14 below zero. I was down to Tuttles & Colwells. Elmer & Bert were here this evening.
Friday Dec. 28 - Louis, Deuel & I went to Woodbine. This was a warm & pleasant day. Frank was guning & got one rabbit & one quail.
Saturday Dec. 29 - Louis & I took 38 bus. wheat to M.& K., Woodbine, at 72c. per bu., $27.36. Frank was to Dunlap. Louis was down to Hupp's farm to see some thoroughbred boars.
Sunday Dec. 30 - The boys & girls were to S.S. I was over to Deuels & staid to supper.
Monday Dec. 31 - It was cold. Thermometer 2 above zero. I churned butter & worked around the house all day. Deuel & his brother Ed were here this evening.