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 email@example.com).
Tuesday Jan. 1, 1884 - It snowed last night & this morning, the wind blew cold from the north & was cold, the boys hauled straw to bed the hogs & horses. A.M. -4 below, P.M. 6 below.
Wednesday Jan. 2 - Frank & I went to W., was going to bring a boar pig home but could not get a box to put him in, so we came home without him. This was a cold clear day. A.M. -10 below - P.M. 2 above.
Thursday Jan. 3 - Frank & I went down to W. Hupp farm & brought a thoroughbred Boar which cost $25.00. We sold to Mr. Hupp a Bull calf for $25.00. It was very cold today. A.M. 10 below - P.M. 6 below.
Friday Jan. 4 - This was a very cold day. I washed. The boys helped some. Elmer was here all afternoon. A.M. -12 below - P.M. 22 below.
Saturday Jan. 5 - It was very cold last night & today. The boys & I all walked to town. I was down to Tuttles to take his mail down. A.M. -34 below - P.M. 10 below.
Sunday Jan. 6 - C.J. Tuttle was here about three hours today. Bertha was to S.S. Louis was up to Lowreys. Cloudy today. A.M. -10 below - P.M. 2 below.
Monday Jan. 7 - Frank was guning today & got three rabbits. Millie was not in school today. She has a cold. Louis & I was around the house all day. A.M. 10 below - P.M. 2 below.
Tuesday Jan. 8 - It snowed a little every night for the last week. Frank & Louis went to town this evening. Elmer Colwell & Clarence Kellog were here this evening to go along with the boys but they had gone already. A.M. 4 above - P.M. 8 above.
Wednesday Jan. 9 - Frank & I went to Dunlap. F. wanted to see a shooting match between Messrs. Amsden & Taylor. This was a fine day. A.M. 8 above - P.M. 32 above.
Thursday Jan. 10 - I washed today. The boys carried the water in & out for me. Today was pretty windy. At noon, 18 above - A.M., 10 above - P.M., 8 above.
Friday Jan. 11 - The boys went to town & got the Bay team shod. I made a sawbuck & spiked plank up between the horses in the stable. A.M. 8 below - P.M. 30 above.
Saturday Jan. 12 - I cleaned out the hog pens, the boys put straw in them, then went guning and I went to W. The boys got four rabbit. I subscribed for the Young People & renewed the Homestead.
Sunday Jan. 13 - Louis & the girls were to S.S. Frank was over to Deuels. I was home. A.M., 32 above - P.M., 40 above.
Monday Jan. 14 - Frank brought - cord of Hickory wood. I went to Dunlap & paid Jones $5.00 in full to date. Louis cut up the old wood. A.M., 20 above - P.M. 16 above.
Tuesday Jan. 15 - Frank brought - cord of Hickory wood. I put two handles in two axes & churned butter. Walt Kellog was here this afternoon. A.M., 2 above - P.M., 28 above.
Wednesday Jan. 16 - Louis brought - cord Hickory wood. Frank has taken a severe cold and can not be out. I went with Deuel to town. We got back at 9 P.M. A.M., 12 above - P.M., 26 above.
Thursday Jan. 17 - Louis brought - cord of wood. Frank's throat is very sore but I think he is getting better. I was over to Deuels and got some pills for him. A.M., 22 above - P.M. 40 above.
Friday Jan. 18 - It rained a little this morning & then snowed near all forenoon. Louis did not go for wood today. Frank is getting better slowly. A.M. 32 above - P.M. 14 above.
Saturday Jan. 19 - It was cold today, we done nothing. Isaac DeCou was here with a cow for service. Louis went to W. this evening to singing school. C.J. Tuttle was here a couple hours this morning. A.M. 6 below - P.M. 4 above.
Sunday Jan. 20 - Louis & the girls were to S.S. Frank is getting pretty good again but has not been out yet. A.M. 6 below - P.M. 4 above.
Monday Jan. 21 - Fan droped a heifer calf this morning. Louis & I worked at it quite a while to get it dry to keep it from chilling. Marm is not feeling well today. Elmer was here. C.J. Tuttle loaned one of our wagons to haul corn. A.M. 12 above - P.M. 32 above.
Tuesday Jan. 22 - Louis brought - cord of Hickory wood. I worked in the house & Frank sawed some wood & chored. A.M. 12 above - P.M. 32 above.
Wednesday Jan. 23 - This was a cold windy day. We all staid home & huged the stove. The girls were not to school today. A.M. 2 below - P.M. 6 below.
Thursday Jan. 24 - This was a cold day, we sit by the stove near all day & done nothing but the chores. A.M. 20 below - P.M. 6 below.
Friday Jan. 25 - I took up the carpet & shaked it. Frank & I went to Mill & town, we could not get flour as Dally can not grind on act. of low water. A.M. 8 above - P.M. 24 above.
Saturday Jan. 26 - Frank went to Dunlap. Louis split wood & I piled it up. Louis went to W. to singing school this evening. A.M. 20 above - P.M. 32 above.
Sunday Jan. 27 - It snowed some last night & a little this morning. We all staid at home all day. 34 above.
Monday Jan. 28 - The boys & I sawed & cut & raked up wood & I helped in the house. Today was damp & cloudy, but warm. This evening I cut out a couple of duck heads to make some coy ducks. A.M. 34 above - P.M. 32 above.
Tuesday Jan. 29 - The boys & I cut & piled up wood. I was over to Deuels, Damerys, & Burkholders. This was a warm & misty day. A.M. 32 above - P.M. 30 above.
Wednesday Jan. 30 - I helped in the house & made a new hole in the henhouse to let the hens in & out. The boys went guning & got nothing. Mr. Deuel was here & paid me $4.00 for husking that F. husked for him. Elmer C. was here this evening. 22 above.
Thursday Jan. 31 - Frank & I went to town. I got my watch, it was with the watch maker near all winter. This was a fine & pleasant day, but this evening it tried to snow a little. Mending my watch cost $2.00. 20 above.
Friday Feb. 1, 1884 - Frank brought - cord Hickory wood. Marm & I were up at G. DeJeans visiting, Louis staid at home. Frank went to town to see -Sam Lucas Theater- performance. I swept & churned butter. 38 above.
Saturday Feb. 2 - Frank & Louis chored around & F. made a couple of Coy ducks. I was up to Dunlap. Mr. Deuel bought a pair of mules. 44 above.
Sunday Feb. 3 - Frank & the girls were to S.S. I was over to Damerys. Mr. Dedrick was here to see our corn. He wants some for seed. Louis was home all day. I was down to C.J. Tuttles awhile this forenoon. 20 above.
Monday Feb. 4 - It snowed near all day & then hailed a little in the afternoon. With the snow we worked a little on the Coy ducks. 24 above.
Tuesday Feb. 5 - Frank took three hogs to town to get butchered. I washed, Louis cut wood. It rained last night & this morning it was very sleety. A.M. 8 above - P.M. 16 above.
Wednesday Feb. 6 - Louis & I went to town & brought the meat of the three hogs that we took in yesterday to have butchered. We got a new lard can, 50 lb. size. 8 above.
Thursday Feb. 7 - It snowed near all day. The boys, Marm & I cut up and rendered about one hundred pounds of lard. A.M. 6 below - P.M. 8 above.
Friday Feb. 8 - It snowed considerable last night. We rendered lard until noon when we finished. Mr. Deuel & Ed was here. John Yount was here this evening. A.M. 2 above - P.M. 8 above.
Saturday Feb. 9 - Frank was taken very sick last night. We put him in the east room this morning & sweated him well & put mustard on his breast. He seemed to be better this evening. Louis went to town to singing school this evening. A.M. 20 below - P.M. 2 above.
Sunday Feb. 10 - Frank is very bad with rheumatism. G. DeJean & family were here visiting after supper. I went to W. to see the doctor & got some medicine. A.M. 6 above - P.M. 12 above.
Monday Feb. 11 - Frank is worse this morning. It snowed near all day. I went to W. & brought Dr. Edwards. He says Frank has pneumonia with his rheumatism. A.M. 8 above - P.M. Zero.
Tuesday Feb. 12 - Frank is no better in his limbs but is better in his breast. I churned & pickled the meat. I boiled the brine well. It snowed some during the day & drifted a good bit. 10 below.
Wednesday Feb. 13 - I went to town for medicine for Frank. He is improving slowly. I met G.E. Reiff and L.L. Deuel & got $1.05 from each, the price of subscription for the Iowa State Register which I am to send for. This was a splendid day but cold. A.M. 10 below - P.M. Zero.
Thursday Feb. 14 - Frank is improving slowly but cannot help himself yet. This was a very fine day. I mended tin ware. A.M. 2 above - P.M. 20 above.
Friday Feb. 15 - I went to town twice today for medicine for F. Mr. Damery, C. Tuttle, & Ed & L.L. Deuel were here to see how Frank is. He is improving slowly. A.M. 14 above - P.M. 28 above.
Saturday Feb. 16 - Frank is improving slowly. I went to town for the mail & took the girls as far as Younts to give them a sleigh ride. A.M. 26 above - P.M. 36 above.
Sunday Feb. 17 - We all staid at home today with Frank. He is improving slowly, he bleeds at the nose all most every day. It snowed a little last night. A.M. 16 above - P.M. 14 above.
Monday Feb. 18 - Frank was much worse so I brought the Doctor this morning. Ed Deuel went to town for medicine. I was over to Burkholders to ask May to wash for us. A.M. 24 above - P.M. 36 above.
Tuesday Feb. 19 - Ed Deuel was here last night & slept here so if we wanted some one, he was at hand. May washed for us today. Mr. Burkholder was here a couple hours this morning. A.M. 2 above - P.M. 4 above.
Wednesday Feb. 20 - This was a fine day. Frank is very sick yet. E. Deuel was here again last night. L.L. Deuel, Mr. Damery, Mr. & Mrs. Colwell were to see F. I was in town to see the Doctor. A.M. 10 above - P.M. 32 above.
Thursday Feb. 21 - Ed Deuel was here all night again. L.L. Deuel made a screen frame to protect Frank from the heat of the stove. Frank is worse than yesterday. Mr. & Mrs. Lowery was here again to ask after Frank. A.M. 10 below - P.M.
Friday Feb. 22 - Frank rested pretty well last night but this morning he is not so good. Mr. Deuel, & Ed, Mr. Burk., Damery, & C. Tuttle were here. L.L. Deuel staid last night.
Saturday Feb. 23 - Ed Deuel was here last night. Frank had very much pain. I had to give him an Opiate. Elmer C. & Clarence Kellog were here to see Frank. I made butter & swept the house.
Sunday Feb. 24 - The girls were down to S.S. There was no school so they went in to McCoubreys. Ed Deuel was here last night. The Doctor came.
Monday Feb. 25 - Frank rested well last night but had very much pain the night before. I had to give him two of the opiates. The Doctor was here yesterday. Ed Deuel was here last night. This is a very fine warm day. 36 above.
Tuesday Feb. 26 - Ed Deuel was here again last night. Frank rested well last night but is still helpless. This was a fine warm day.
Wednesday Feb. 27 - It blew up cold during the night. Frank had a good bit of pain last night. We expected the Doctor yesterday but he did not come until this afternoon. He says Frank is much better although he is very sick yet. 8 above.
Thursday Feb. 28 - This is a fine morning but cold. Frank had a good bit of pain last night. 8 below.
Friday Feb. 29 - Frank rested very well last night. I went to town to see the Doctor & saw Mr. Lockwood. He seems to want my corn. Louis went to town to singing school but there was no meeting. I sent for C.J. Tuttle to help move Frank as he is sore on the back from being on his back so long, what is called bed sores. The sudden changes of weather is very hard on F.
Saturday March 1, 1884 - Frank rested pretty well last night. Mr. Lee Lockwood came this afternoon & bought 400 bushels of corn at 55c. a bu. with the privilege of taking two car loads more if it suits him. I went around to the neighbors to get them to haul corn Monday. I must have the corn on cars at one o'clock Tuesday, Mar. 4, 1884.
Sunday March 2 - Frank is resting pretty good today. I was to see Mr. Yount to haul corn for us. Elmer & May was here to see Frank.
Monday March 3 - The neighbors hauled 419 20/ bus. of ear corn (one car load), sold to Lee Lockwood, DesMoines, for seed at 55c. per bushel, $230.60. I was to town and settled for the corn.
Tuesday March 4 - The neighbors hauled another car load of ear corn for the same man at same price, 396 20/ bu., $217.95. Thos.Calender come & got 11 bus. for seed at $1.00 per bu., $11.00. I was to town and settled for the corn & got the money. I paid Kiebler Bros. $200.00 on acct. & Mathews & Kling $167.00 in full to date. Mr. Calender owes a balance of two dollars on his corn.
Wednesday March 5 - Louis & Ed Deuel filled the stable with hay. I cleaned up the wagon shed of scattered corn and shoveled corn up on a pile in east crib. May Burk. came for a week.
Thursday March 6 - It snowed last night & some today. I was to town & paid hardware bill in full. Mr. Boise gave me a good pocket knife. Very cold today. 2 above. Friday March 7 - It snowed considerable today. I was over to Deuels & paid him for hauling 113 40/60 bus. corn to W., $3.40. I was going to pay Damery but he wanted three bus. corn for seed, then we could it & the hauling together.
Saturday March 8 - It snowed this morning & snowed near every day this week. I was to town, was over to Deuel & Damery, I brought mail.
Sunday March 9 - I was over to Deuels, E. Colwell was here to see Frank. There has been no S. School for three or four Sundays past.
Monday March 10 - I went to see if I could get Mulvahills girl to work for us but could not get her as she is wanted at home. Louis sawed up some wood & cleaned out the stable & hog pens. It is raining fast this evening and look as if it was going to rain all night. Frank is improving slowly.
Tuesday March 11 - It snowed near all day. Mr. Deuel was here near all day. C.J. Tuttle was here this evening. Frank is much better but cannot sit up yet.
Wednesday March 12 - I went to town for the mail & groceries. I did not hear from Mr. Lee Lockwood as I expected. May went home. She was here a week for which I paid her $2.50. E. Colwell & W. Kellog was here to see Frank.
Thursday March 13 - Louis & I cut stalks with hoes near all day. C. Brewster brought 2 bus. corn for seed. Frank is still in bed but getting better. He has a good bit of pain yet.
Friday March 14 - Louis & I cut stalks with hoes until noon. Louis hands were very lame so he cut none in the afternoon. I cut a few rows in the afternoon.
Saturday March 15 - I cut stalks until noon. Louis cut until 3 P.M. I went to Dunlap in the afternoon & paid my tax, ($40.44) in Dunlap Bank & paid Colwell for hauling corn.
Sunday March 16 - Mr. Evans, Deuel, Wm. Burk., Davis boys, Elmer were today to see Frank. I went to W. this evening for medicine.
Monday March 17 - It was cold & cloudy all day. I was here & Louis cut four rows of corn stalks with the hoe & cleaned out the stables & brought straw for horses & hogs. It is raining now 9 P.M. Mr. Yount & J. Watson got two bus. of corn for seed. C.J. Tuttle was here. He sold his hogs at 6c. Mr. Tracy was here & assessed my personal. Burk. brought oats home he borrowed from me when we threshed.
Tuesday March 18 - I went to town with C.J. Tuttle. He took in 12 hogs, 2795 lbs. at 6 c., $167.70. Louis was guning & got two ducks. Very cloudy.
Wednesday March 19 - I took four hogs, 910 lbs. to Woodbine, $54.60. C. Tuttle took six, 1240 lbs. The roads are very bad. Mr. Damery got 1 bu. seed corn. Mr. Deuel picked it out for him. It is still very cloudy.
Thursday March 20 - I was to pay Geo. DeJean & Mr. Mungon but they both had gone to Dunlap. Elmer & C.J. Tuttle were here with Frank a good while. Very cloudy.
Friday March 21 - It rained last night & this morning. C.J. Tuttle was here to see about seed oats. I put some pork in pickle. It rained all day.
Saturday March 22 - I went to Dunlap. The roads are very muddy & bad going. Louis & Austin Lowrey were guning but they got nothing. It was cold & cloudy all day. Deuel & C.J. Tuttle were here this evening.
Sunday March 23 - Elmer Colwell & Walt Kellog were here to see Frank. I was up to G. Reiffs & paid him for hauling corn and for a quarter of beef. This was a fine day. Frank was down to supper for the first time since he was sick.
Monday March 24 - Mr. Deuel came over and cut eight pigs for us. C.J. Tuttle was here & bought 20 bus. oats to sow, at 35c. a bu. This was a cloudy day & looks for rain.
Tuesday March 25 - It rained heavy last night & near all day. Louis went to W. this evening. It cleared off this evening.
Wednesday March 26 - This was a very fine day. Louis & I picked a little seed corn. I was over at Knapps this evening to see him about a disc or Coulter harrow.
Thursday March 27 - Louis & I cut stalks with hoes. I was to see C.J. Tuttle but no one was at home. Mr. Yount & Mr. Watkins got four bus. corn for seed. It is raining this evening.
Friday March 28 - It rained last night. Louis & I went to D. & brought a Disc or wheel harrow. Paid $36.00. The price listed is $45.00. It is very cloudy this evening.
Saturday March 29 - Louis & I hauled out manure all day. It rained last night. We tried the disc. I went to W. with C. Tuttle.
Sunday March 30 - I went to Dunlap to see Wettengel. The disc harrow did not work right. The Wettengels both came & altered the hook to the lever & I think it will work better. Damery was here.
Monday March 31 - We hung up the meat & in the afternoon we hauled manure, it was too wet. Miss Lowrey was here to tell us of a girl. It rained heavy this evening. This is the worst spring for roads since we are out here.
Tuesday April 1, 1884 - I went over to Kellogs to see the woman Miss Lowrey told us about. She says she will come in two weeks at $1.50 per week. We hauled 3 loads manure. It rained again this evening. I paid G. DeJean & Mr. Mungon for hauling corn.
Wednesday April 2 - Louis & I went to W. to get a new plow & six bus. timothy seed to sow in the pasture lot. I plowed a bit then raked stalks & Louis & I burned them this evening.
Thursday April 3 - This morning there was a heavy frost so we could do nothing at the stalks. This afternoon I raked, Louis burned until night. C. J. Tuttle sowed 5 acres of wheat with our seeder. I had Tuttles rake.
Friday April 4 - This morning was fine so Louis seeded wheat & I worked the disc harrow. We sowed 20 bus. Damery was here for seeder.
Saturday April 5 - Louis sowed 11 bus. wheat. I cultivated with disc harrow. 31 bus. in all. Mr. Damery brought the seeder after dinner. I went to the Mill & to Evans to see about smoking our meat. Clarence Kellog was here. I hired him at $20.00 per month.
Sunday April 6 - I went to Dunlap to see Wettengel, Elmer Colwell. C. Kellog came to work for us at $20.00 per month. It rained and snowed a good bit all day.
Monday April 7 - It froze very hard last night & is cold today. Carte, Louis & I sowed 3 bus. timothy seed in our pasture lot & the boys took our meat to Evans to get it smoked. Clarence Kellog commenced.
Tuesday April 8 - It snowed again last night, the ground is white. We done nothing until noon. The boys then cultivated a little & then harrowed until evening. Louis went to W. this evening to singing school. C.J. Tuttle brought our mail.
Wednesday April 9 - It froze last night so we could not harrow our wheat. It snowed heavy today, the ground was white with snow. We hauled some manure & sprouted potatoes.
Thursday April 10 - It froze again last night. The boys hauled three loads of manure on the garden. They then finished the wheat. Louis had to go to Damerys for the seeder. We then commenced to sow oats at 3 P.M. It was cloudy all day.
Friday April 11 - Louis finished seeding oats at 4 P.M., then he went to harrowing. C. Kellog cultivated oats all day. Mr. Damery got ten bus. oats & C.J. Tuttle got 28 bus. all at 35c. per bu. It commences to rain fast at 6 P.M.
Saturday April 12 - The boys harrowed the oats. Clarence cultivated the rest of the oats. I went to town for the mail with C. Tuttles horse. It was cold & cloudy all day. Elmer C. was here this evening.
Sunday April 13 - Mr. C.J. Tuttle, Walter Kellog, E. Colwell & Chas. Davis were here all day. It is cold & cloudy.
Monday April 14 - It rained last night again. I went over to Kellogs & brought Mrs. Peabody, who commenced to work for us at one dollar & fifty cents a week. The boys finished harrowing the oats. Clarence plowed the garden & Louis cut stalks. They raked & burned what they cut.
Tuesday April 15 - I went to Dunlap & took the Rose disc harrow back, the boys planted about - bu. potatoes & plowed for corn this afternoon. It was cold & showery all day.
Wednesday April 16 - Clarence plowed until noon. Louis plowed until 10 A.M., he then cut stalks & Clarence raked them. Towards evening I cut stalks & Louis burned all that we had cut. Frank done the chores.
Thursday April 17 - It rained this morning. The boys went to plow at 9 A.M. & plowed until sunset. C. sales paid for 10 bus. potatoes. Mr. Damery paid $3.70 for oats & seeder in full.
Friday April 18 - Frank & I went to town to have a plow sharpened. C. Sales got his potatoes, 10 bus. It rained again last night. Frank Butler was killed yesterday in his elevator. We got cwt. flour.
Saturday April 19 - It rained all night & is cold. The boys plowed this afternoon. Louis brought the stalk cutter from Damerys this evening.
Sunday April 20 - I went to W. for the mail. Frank, Clarence & Louis went over to Kellogs. Spottie droped a heiffer calf. It is cold & cloudy. John Yount was here.
Monday April 21 - I brought a Ladow disc harrow from Dunlap. I paid $4.00 more than I did for the Rose disc. Louis cut stalks all day. Clarence planted currants, gooseberries & he helped me put the disc together & he raked & burned stalks this evening. I got my tax receipt today at the Dunlap bank.
Tuesday April 22 - Louis cut stalks all day. Clarence plowed some then raked & I cut stalks while Louis burned them. Frank was up at Geo. DeJeans.
Wednesday April 23 - Louis cut stalks all day. Clarence plowed & raked stalks. We burned all that we had cut & raked, this evening. Frank was over to Deuels today.
Thursday April 24 - Louis finished cutting stalks at four P.M. Frank & I burned them & Clarence raked them. They both plowed the rest of the time. Clarence broke a tooth out of C. Tuttles rake. Mr. Damery fetched the cutter this evening. This was a very fine day.
Friday April 25 - The boys plowed all day except a short time that it rained. It is raining a little just now, 9 P.M. Mrs. Tuttle got news of the death of her father. C.J. brought our mail today.
Saturday April 26 - Clarence plowed all day & Louis until noon, then Louis & I went to W. to get a plow sharpened & some groceries. It rained hard this evening & blew hard.
Sunday April 27 - This was a very fine day. Mr. L. Kellog with Lewis, his little boy, were here to dinner. They came over to see the little boys mother.
Monday April 28 - Louis plowed until 5 P.M. when it rained & is raining yet, 9 P.M. Clarence plowed until noon, Then Frank, the little girls & Marm went to W. & were caught in the rain. But I hope none of them will get sick. C. & I made a fence on the W. side of the hog yard.
Tuesday April 29 - Frank & I stuck stakes for a hog pasture fence. The boys plowed all day.
Wednesday April 30 - The boys plowed all day. I was sick all night with a sick headache. C.J. Tuttle got our disc to cut his sod to plant potatoes. I am not feeling very well this evening.
Thursday May 1, 1884 - This was a cold cloudy day. The boys plowed all day. Geo. Reiff got the disc to cultivate his breaking. It is cold enough to show ice in the horse trough this morning.
Friday May 2 - The boys finished the plowing at 4 P.M. They then put hay in the barn. Geo. Reiff brought the disc home this evening.
Saturday May 3 - It is cloudy this morning. Louis cultivated all day with the disc on the fall plowing. Clarence harrowed until 10 A.M. Then he & Frank & I got dinner & went to Dunlap where we put (Nancy) the spotty mare to Weed's Grey horse. (Arabian Mare to Weed's Grey Stallion, Star). Geo. Reiff planted corn this afternoon. Clarence & Frank went down to Colwells this evening.
Sunday May 4 - Frank & Clarence went over to Edsons for Mrs. Peabody's things, they stopped at Kellogs on their way. Elmer was here this evening.
Monday May 5 - First corn planted. Louis cultivated with the disc until noon then him & Frank planted corn until supper time. Clarence harrowed all day. It looks very much for rain this evening.
Tuesday May 6 - Frank & Louis finished planting the Pride of the North Corn at noon, 14 acres. Clarence harrowed all day & Louis harrowed all afternoon. I shelled seed corn & chored around. It rained this morning right smart.
Wednesday May 7 - The boys finished harrowing at noon. It rained a good bit this forenoon. The boys marked all afternoon. This is a pleasant evening.
Thursday May 8 - The boys finished marking at 5 P.M. They then commenced planting corn. The boys marked 1 - days at about 55 acres. We were going to burn off the meadow but did not do it on act. of the wind being in the wrong direction.
Friday May 9 - Clarence & Louis planted all day. Frank & I went to W. & brought 30 seeder posts & flour. This afternoon we furrowed out & planted potatoes. This was a fine day.
Saturday May 10 - Clarence & Louis planted all day. Frank & I finished planting potatoes. At 4 P.M. I then went to W. for mail & irons for the cultivator. We burned off the grass in the meadow but it did not burn well.
Sunday May 11 - It rained a little today. I fixed the planter guide, the boys broke it last night. Mrs. Peabody's little boy was here to supper.
Monday May 12 - Clarence & Louis planted all day. I took 27 bus. wheat to Dally. I got 70c. per bu., $18.90. Frank & shelled a load of corn to sell to the Miller. (Dally)
Tuesday May 13 - I hauled two loads of corn. Louis & Clarence finished planting at noon. They planted a few rows of beans, then they helped to shell corn.
Wednesday May 14 - We shelled another load of corn & I hauled it to the Mill for Dally, in all 119 10/ bus. at 35c. a bu. Clarence & Frank set 60 posts for the hog pasture & Louis commenced to harrow the corn at 4 P.M. Mr. Watkins brought 3 bus. corn for seed, in all 7 bus. at $1.00 per bu. Clarence left this evening & I paid him in full.
Thursday May 15 - Louis harrowed all day. Frank & I stretched one wire. Then Deacon Chapman & wife came to visit. At noon Topsy foaled a mare colt but it is deformed a bit.
Friday May 16 - Louis harrowed until noon. Frank & I worked at the fence. The colt is not able to get up without help. Think we will have to kill it.
Saturday May 17 - It rained this morning. Mrs. Peabody, Marm Bertie & I went to W. this afternoon.
Sunday May 18 - It rained last night. Frank was over at Davis. Clarence came over with Frank and took supper with us. Louis was up at Lowreys but they were not at home so he went over to Deuels. I was home all day. The colt seems to be getting weak.
Monday May 19 - I killed the colt this morning, & then I went to W. for three spools of wire & took one back. The boys put on two wires & run out three on the N. side. We had a great deal of trouble with the posts, the wire was so tight it would lift them out. I was also at Wm. Evans & brought our meat.
Tuesday May 20 - Frank plowed the rest of the garden & for beans and we worked at the hog fence. I cut my hand and had to quit work. It rained a little today.
Wednesday May 21 - The boys worked at the fence all day. Mr. Detrick on Kellog farm got 5 bus. corn for seed.
Thursday May 22 - It rained some today. Mr. belding was here to buy Gun, but he would not give enough for him. The boys finished the hog pasture fence.
Friday May 23 - Louis & I went to W. & took 98 lbs. of wire back. We bought an Adams Cultivator. Elmer was here this afternoon. We turned our hogs into the pasture today.
Saturday May 24 - Frank & I were to Dunlap & put Topsy (Grey Mare) to Drake's black horse. We also Nancy but she would not. I got half a doz. brooms from Mr. Colwell for $1.00. Frank & Louis went up to Lowreys this eve.
Sunday May 25 - This was a fine day. Elmer & L.L. & Ed Deuel were here. Mr. J. Prichard got 5 - bus. corn for seed, paid $5.50. Clarence & Frank drove out in the buggy this evening.
Monday May 26 - We hoed weeds this morning. The boys then went to fixing up a place for a crocquet ground. I sold 18 bus. of corn seed at $1.00 per bu. C. Tuttles heifer droped a calf.
Tuesday May 27 - I sold 18 bus. of corn for seed at 55c. per bu., shoveled up all together as it comes. The other at $1.00 is picked out for seed. The boys commenced to cultivate at noon today. It is getting very dry.
Wednesday May 28 - The boys finished the first time through the P. of the N. corn, about 15 acres. I put the planter away & helped Kellog at the corn. K. got three bus. at $1.00 per bu., $3.00. Louis went to W. this evening.
Thursday May 29 - The boys worked at the croquet ground this afternoon. Frank & I went to W. Millie & I washed the buggy this evening.
Friday May 30 - Frank hauled a load of corn to Dunlap for H. Yount, 41 bus. Mrs. Peabody, Marm, the girls & I went to Dunlap to see the Decoration. We stoped at Ecclestons, took our dinner there. Mr. Farnsworth was here when we were away. Louis stayed at home.
Saturday May 31 - I cleaned out the cow shed & cow yard. The boys cultivated until noon. I went to Woodbine with C. Tuttle. It rained heavy & hailed some this afternoon & is still raining 9 P.M.
Sunday June 1, 1884 - It rained heavy during the night. Today was fair but cool. We was home all day.
Monday June 2 - The boys cultivated all day. Elmer Colwell got half a bushel of corn for seed.
Tuesday June 3 - The boys cultivated all day. I sold the Bull to J. Farnsworth for $50.00, $30.00 worth of wood & $20.00 cash on the 24 of July '84.
Wednesday June 4 - The boys cultivated all day. I painted the screen door & screens for the cellar windows. Louis went to W. this evening.
Thursday June 5 - The boys cultivated all day. Wm. Burk. was here & got - bu. potatoes. Mr. true was here with him.
Friday June 6 - The boys finished the corn the first time through at noon today. I hoed the potatoes at the house. Then Louis & I went to the Mill at Woodbine. C. Tuttle got our hay rack.
Saturday June 7 - We mulched the grape vines & I went to W. It rained a little this afternoon. It was very warm today.
Sunday June 8 - Frank was up to Hydes & bought a bird pup 4 mos. old, a pointer. Mrs. Peabody went over to Kellogs. I drove her & brought her this eve. It rained this evening.
Monday June 9 - The boys started to cultivate the second time. I made a hog trough & sawed a coal oil barrel in two & shelled them full of corn to soak. Soak corn for hogs. This was a fine day but cool. Louis & I went to W. this evening.
Tuesday June 10 - The boys cultivated all day. I shelled corn to soak for the hogs & made a pen to feed the little pigs separate & made a screen for the south kitchen window. Mrs. Tuttle was here this evening. This was a fine day but cool.
Wednesday June 11 - The boys cultivated all day. I put new shades to the windows. Lou DeJean is here & is going to stay all night.
Thursday June 12 - The boys cultivated all day. Wm. Weed was here today with both his horses & Probasco's horse was here also. It was very warm.
Friday June 13 - It rained tremendous & blew fearful last night. It washed our corn very much & washed out our hog pasture fence on both sides where the creek runs through. It washed out near all the bridges on the different creeks, the one at Monroes, the one in Pleasant Valley and the one at H. Reiffs.
Saturday June 14 - Frank took Topsy to Dunlap. Topsy did not take horse. I went to W. this evening for mail. The day was fine & warm.
Sunday June 15 - This was a fine day. The calfs are sick, we turned them into the hog pasture. It is very cool this evening. Mr. Deuel, the boys & I played croquet.
Monday June 16 - It rained near all forenoon. I put a hoop on four - barrels & shelled them full of corn for the hogs. Louis was in W. this evening.
Tuesday June 17 - The boys cultivated all day. Dr. Edwards was here to see Marm. She is worse again. It rained a little at noon.
Wednesday June 18 - The boys finished at noon cultivating the second time through. I made a gate for the cow yard. C. Tuttle got our hay rack.
Thursday June 19 - I bored holes in the bottom of the W. crib to let in air & made a hog rack. The boys cultivated the garden & Catalpa trees. Louis went to town this noon.
Friday June 20 - This is a very warm day. Louis put Flora to Probasco's black horse. Flora (sorrel mare) took horse. Frank was at Kellogs this evening. Elmer & John Yount was here this evening. Another sow got 10 pigs this eve.
Saturday June 21 - Frank & I went to W., got the cultivator sharpened. I sold Jesse R. Burkholder 10 hogs at $4.50 per cwt. The boys went over to Kellogs to a picnic. It rained a little this evening. Mrs. Forney was buried today.
Sunday June 22 - This was a fine day. The boys, C. Kellog & Mr. Deuel went to visit J. Hall. They have not come home yet & is half ten o'clock & is cloudy & a dark night.
Monday June 23 - Frank & I each took a load of hogs (11 head) to W. to J.R. Burkholder at 4 -, $110.82. The boys cultivated a little this afternoon, seem it rained all around us this evening but none here.
Tuesday June 24 - The boys commenced to lay by our first planting last evening. They cultivated all day. It was very hot today.
Wednesday June 25 - The boys finished the first planting at 12 - A.M. We fried our hams & shoulders to keep them better as they were spoiling. Louis & I went to W. I sold 72 lbs. of bacon at 11c. per lb., $7.92. Clarence Kellog is here this evening.
Thursday June 26 - The boys cultivated all day. I finished frying our meat this afternoon. Our pigs are doing well but our hogs are not doing as well as I would like them to. Cool today.
Friday June 27 - The boys cultivated all day. Fine day.
Saturday June 28 - The boys cultivated all day. Frank broke his cultivator, so him & I went to W. & got it fixed and came home at 10 - P.M.
Sunday June 29 - Frank got a bird dog from C. Hyde & took it to Woodbine to Dr. Edwards. I was over to Deuels this evening & paid for 5 doz. eggs we had got.
Monday June 30 - The boys cultivated all day. This evening the wind blew very strong from the east, the air was black with dust & blew hay & straw all over & is raining fast now, 9 P.M.
Tuesday July 1, 1884 - The wind last evening blew the corn down so that we could not cultivate it. Louis, Mr. Deuel & I went to W. this afternoon and Mill for flour. Frank went over to Kellogs.
Wednesday July 2 - It rained heavy last night & the wind blew furiously for an hour, so we done nothing all day. I mowed some few weeds. Daisy droped a bull calf. The boys were down to Colwells.
Thursday July 3 - I mowed weeds near all day. The boys chored. I went to town for the mail & medicine for Marm. It rained again last night very heavy. A good bit of our small grain is down.
Friday July 4 - The boys were to Dunlap. The girls were to Geo. Reiffs. Mrs. Peabody, Marm & I staid at home. We had a very heavy wind again this evening.
Saturday July 5 - The boys cultivated - a day which finished our corn for this season. I shelled corn for over Sunday & mowed weeds. The boys & Elmer went to W. this evening.
Sunday July 6 - This was a fine day. We were all at home all day. This evening I was over at Deuels. Mrs. Peabody's little boy was here today.
Monday July 7 - I mowed weeds until noon. Then I painted the small water keg. This was a very hot day. The boys went down in the valley this evening.
Tuesday July 8 - This was a very hot day. Mrs. Peabody, the girls, Louis & I went to W. late this evening on act. of being so hot, at 2 P.M. - 104 in shade, 126 in sun.
Wednesday July 9 - I was down to C.J. Tuttles, took his mail down. After dinner I went up to Geo. DeJeans but he was not at home. I stoped awhile with John Yount & then I stoped with Mr. Colwell until near seven. Mr. McCoubrey was there. They were talking about going to Nebraska. The boys went off this evening.
Thursday July 10 - Frank Louis & I went to W. & got a hole drilled through the iron shaft of the harvester & some shopping. Elmer (iong) & Oley Lowrey were here when we got home.
Friday July 11 - The little girls & I went to the Mill & then to W. It looked for rain so we hurried home.
Saturday July 12 - We castrated two ruptured pigs. Frank & I went to W., came home at 11 P.M.
Sunday July 13 - I went to town to send for guard plates for the mower. I was down to C. Tuttles to take his mail down & brought his cradle along. C.J. Tuttle got one & a half bus. of oats. Tuttle & Deuel was here this afternoon.
Monday July 14 - I was up to Geo. DeJean & settled about my road tax, he owes me $1.44 over work. I owe $1.24 cash. I am to work on road front of our house & he will give me a receipt for it as over work. C.J. Tuttle & Deuel went to Dunlap for a Twine binder.
Tuesday July 15 - Frank & Louis worked on road all day plowing and scraping & I harrowed the road to break the lumps & smooth it off.
Wednesday July 16 - It rained heavy all day & is still raining 9 P.M. No wind all day which is good as the small grain would all be down. It was down a good bit as it is. I was over to Deuels & Tuttle was there Their binder works very well. Younts boys, E. Colwell & Van Slack were here this evening.
Thursday July 17 - It rained last night & considerable today. The boys went to W. this evening. Our oats are fit to cut. Friday July 18 - We cut the oats & wheat but not through between them. It was down very much & expect to lose a good deal of both. At 5 P.M. it blew & rained heavy & kept at it all evening. Tuttle & I settled & he paid me $5.00 which makes us square.
Saturday July 19 - It rained during the night. Too wet to cut grain. I went to W. to pay Kibler Bros. interest on note, $20.00 & get the mail. The boys went to W. this evening. This was a fine day. The boys were over to Isaac DeCou to help raise windmill frame.
Sunday July 20 - Frank went over to Kellogs to tell Clarence to come bind grain tomorrow.
Monday July 21 - We cut wheat all day. C. Kellog help to bind. We were bothered a good bit with the lodged grain. After quitting work it blew & rained some.
Tuesday July 22 - We cut wheat all day but commenced late on act. of the rain. It was too wet in the morning.
Wednesday July 23 - We cut wheat all day and finished all we could get with the harvester. It was a poor job of cutting on act. of being twisted up with the wind & rain & we had to leave some uncut.. It looks as it was going to rain tonight.
Thursday July 24 - It rained heavy last night, it was too wet to cut oats. The boys went to W. this morning. We cut oats this afternoon.
Friday July 25 - We cut oats all day but it was very hot, so we did not cut as much as we should have. The spotty mare was near petered out but the other two stood it first rate. 94 in the shade.
Saturday July 26 - We cut oats until 3 P.M. which finished our harvesting for this summer. C. Kellog earned ten dollars which I must owe him for awhile. Clarence & the boys went to W. this evening. It was petty warm today but not as hot as yesterday. Elmer was here to get me to come & cut grain for them on Monday.
Sunday July 27 - The girls were up to Geo. DeJeans to dinner. Mrs. Peabody was over to Kellogs & staid last night & until this evening. It rained today.
Monday July 28 - I cut wheat all day for Mr. Colwell & Louis bound with Elmer. Their grain is so ripe that they could hardly bind it. Frank was up to Dunlap, C. Kellog went along with him.
Tuesday July 29 - It rained last night. We went to cut oats at Colwells but it was too wet. We cut one round. It then rained again so we came home. It was showery all day. Mr. Lowrey's bull was in our pasture with our cows yesterday & today. Louis went up to tell him.
Wednesday July 30 - It rained last night & was showery all day, so we could do nothing. The boys were fishing awhile but got nothing.
Thursday July 31 - I cut oats all day for Mr. Colwell & Louis bound, which finished us for Colwell & for the season.
Friday Aug. 1, 1884 - We put the harvester away. The boys hauled out manure this afternoon.
Saturday Aug. 2 - The boys threshed at Geo. DeJeans all day. I went to W. with the mower guards to have new plates put on. The girls went along. Mr. L.D. Butler died this morning. Threshed at Geo. DeJeans.
Sunday Aug. 3 - I was over to Deuels & Damerys. After dinner Mr. & Mrs. Edson came & staid to supper. Louis came home at sundown, Frank did not come home until late.
Monday Aug. 4 - Frank & I went to town & brought lumber for a hay rack. This evening we each took four hogs & sold them to J. Burkholder at $4.80 per hundred, $71.52.
Tuesday Aug. 5 - We made a hay rack this forenoon & Frank went around the country for a man to pitch grain. This afternoon we put a stack. I loaded & the boys pitched, Louis on the wagon and Frank on the stack. Mr. Holeton stacked. He went home to bring his son-in-law.
Wednesday Aug. 6 - We stacked wheat all day. Frank pitched on stack, Mr. Holeton's son pitched on the wagon & Louis loaded. I shelled corn & carried water to soak it for the hogs. We put up three big stacks & a small one of wheat.
Thursday Aug. 7 - We stacked oats until 5 o'clock P.M. which finished our stacking. C. Tuttle helped us with his team today so we could finish as it looked for rain this morning. I paid the stacker & his son $7.00 & $2.00.
Friday Aug. 8 - We separated the sows & pened up six to fat. Marm, Louis & the girls & I went to Woodbine this afternoon. Frank went to Logan this morning. Fine day.
Saturday Aug. 9 - Louis & I hauled out manure & we washed the buggy. Frank did not come home yet but we expect him tonight. Mrs. Peabody went over to Kellogs this evening & Louis went up to Lowreys this evening.
Sunday Aug. 10 - The boys & I went up to Foxes & from there to Fergusons, where we eat dinner. I stoped at Mr. Campbells to see his new house. Marm & the girls were over to Deuels. Frank came home last night.
Monday Aug. 11 - We castrated 18 pigs & went to get Wm. Burk. to castrate a calf. Louis hauled out manure. Frank plowed some. Mr. Burk. came & castrated a calf for us. I went to W. with C.J. Tuttle. Four litters of pigs yesterday & today.
Tuesday Aug. 12 - It rained all day so we done nothing. Another litter of five pigs.
Wednesday Aug. 13 - The boys plowed all day. It was warm & cloudy.
Thursday Aug. 14 - The boys plowed until noon & then went to W. & got their plows sharpened. This evening they went to Colwells to a party.
Friday Aug. 15 - We shelled our corn today. Elmer Colwell helped Frank to shovel. Louis carried the cobs & I tended the shelled corn. We run it in the crib. We commenced 10:45 & finished 5 P.M. when it commenced to rain.
Saturday Aug. 16 - It rained near all day. We cleaned out the dirt from shelling in the wagon shed. I went to W. this evening. Got $10.00 on act. from J. Farnsworth. Frank went to Woodbine this evening.
Sunday Aug. 17 - It was very warm & sultry. Davis boys & C. Kellog were here near all day, the boys went over to J. Monroes & got some apples.
Monday Aug. 18 - Frank plowed all day. I hauled four loads of corn to Issac DeCou, Louis loaded them. I was to W. this evening to see the Doctor for Marm. She has so much pain in the stomach this while past.
Tuesday Aug. 19 - Frank plowed all day. I hauled four loads of corn to Isaac DeCou, Louis loaded it. In all so far 321 bushels. It rained some today.
Wednesday Aug. 20 - It rained until near noon. It was too wet to do anything. Louis & I went to Woodbine. The road is very muddy.
Thursday Aug. 21 - The boys plowed all day. I fixed the gate that leads to the cow lot. Annie Reiff was here all afternoon & staid to supper.
Friday Aug. 22 - I hauled two loads of corn to I.A. DeCou which finished & makes in all he got 415 35/ bushels at 38c. per bu. We hauled out manure & plowed - day. I.A. got 415 35/56 bus., $157.93.
Saturday Aug. 23 - Louis plowed all day & Frank plowed until noon. Frank, the girls & I went to W. I.A DeCou paid me for the 415 bus. of corn at 38c. C. Kellog came this evening & him & Frank went to Woodbine to skate. Austin Lowrey & their man were here this evening.
Sunday Aug. 24 - It rained last night & all day & is still raining at 8 - P.M. Clarence Kellog was here last night and staid until after supper this evening.
Monday Aug. 25 - It rained yesterday & last night, too wet to plow. Louis went to W. & took a lesson. They both plowed this afternoon. I gathered up a lot of wood in the hog lot & laying around and cut it up to burn in the cook stove.
Tuesday Aug. 26 - The boys plowed all day. I helped Mrs. Peabody to wash. Marm was down to visit at C.J. Tuttle.
Wednesday Aug. 27 - It rained fast until noon. The boys went guning this afternoon. C. Tuttle was here awhile this forenoon. We cooked apple butter today.
Thursday Aug. 28 - This was a very warm day. The boys helped H. DeCou to raise his wind mill & then they went to the timber for plums but got none but they brought some wild grapes. This evening the boys went up to Lowreys. John Yount was here this afternoon.
Friday Aug. 29 - The boys plowed until 10 A.M. which finishes until we have hayed & threshed. The boys & I went to W. this afternoon. I bought Carbolic acid for C.J. Tuttle.
Saturday Aug. 30 - The boys & I hauled dirt in the wagon shed from the road. This afternoon Frank & I brought the sewing machine stand for Mrs. Peabody & a bushel of apples.
Sunday Aug. 31 - I & Frank went to W. last evening for the 2nd time, Frank to skate & I to visit the Masonic Lodge. Wm. Evans was raised in the Charter Oak Lodge #401 last night. Mr. & Mrs. C.J. Tuttle was here visiting and staid to supper. Elmer was here awhile.
Monday Sept. 1, 1884 - The boys went over to McMillens guning. They came home at 6 - P.M. I had headache & pain in my eyes. C. Tuttle borrowed our bar.
Tuesday Sept. 2 - Frank mowed grass. Louis & I took out three rows of potatoes & then we went to W. with 4 - bus. & sold them for 30c. a bu. We staid until 10 - P.M.
Wednesday Sept. 3 - Frank mowed awhile & then broke the pittman. I went to W. & got it fixed. It rained a little at different times during the day & now looks for rain this evening.
Thursday Sept. 4 - Louis & Frank hauled up 9 loads hay, we put it in the barn as it looks for rain. I packed the hay in the barn. We did not cut any today on act. of threatening weather.
Friday Sept. 5 - It was very windy today, the boys snaped the first new corn for the hogs this season. I went to town for fruit jars. I was over at Deuels to see how the baby is. She is very sick. Frank went to Dunlap to skate this evening.
Saturday Sept. 6 - The boys & I worked on the road until near noon. This afternoon Frank & I went to W., took 8 16/ bus. of corn & sold to Gaylord for $2.70. The girls were ay Burks.
Sunday Sept. 7 - It was cloudy this morning. Marm, the girls & I went to G.E. Reiffs. They were to town. We met them and went back with them & staid until 9 - P.M. The boys were over to Davis.
Monday Sept. 8 - Frank mowed all day. Louis picked seed corn & raked hay this afternoon. I helped in the house. The wind blew very strong so we could not bunch the hay.
Tuesday Sept. 9 - It rained last night & a good bit of the hay down. We raked & bunched this afternoon. I helped Mrs. Peabody to wash this forenoon & I helped Marm to cook applebutter this afternoon awhile. Very windy.
Wednesday Sept. 10 - It rained last night, too wet, so the boys snaped a load of corn for feed. After dinner they hauled up seven loads of hay (one before dinner). I boiled applebutter & chored. C. Tuttle was here to see about hay.
Thursday Sept. 11 - The boys hauled up 8 loads of hay. I cut hay a while then I broke the pittman rod, went to W., got it fixed & cut hay a couple of hours. The boys went to W. this evening.
Friday Sept. 12 - The boys hauled up 6 loads of hay, 5 in stack & one in the barn. I cut hay for C.J. Tuttle & helped to cock up some. Now we have 30 loads of hay up in all, 11 in first & 9 in second stack & 10 in the barn.
Saturday Sept. 13 - We put up another large load of hay in the barn & one in the stable in the south end stall. This makes 32 loads of hay this fall in all, the boys with a team helped C.J. Tuttle to get up his hay & finished at 4 P.M.. I husked three rows of corn for feed.
Sunday Sept. 14 - It rained last night & near all day, hard this evening. John Yount & Elmer were to supper.
Monday Sept. 15 - I took Mrs. Peabody & her things over to Kellogs. She left & I paid her in full. The boys picked corn for seed and husked four rows (a Load) for feed. I tied the seed corn up & hung it up.
Tuesday Sept. 16 - The boys picked some more corn for seed. I washed but it rained a little & was very cloudy. I did not hang up the clothes. Frank & I went to W. & took five sacks of shelled corn, sold to Mr. Gaylord for 38 c. per bu., $3.45.
Wednesday Sept. 17 - The boys threshed for G.E. Reiff all day. I put wire & hung up the rest of the seed corn.
Thursday Sept. 18 - The boys threshed for G.E. Reiff until near noon. I husked one row of corn for feed. Afternoon Frank & I went to town. They planked the approach at the Boyer bridge so we had to go around to the Laird bridge. I got $10.00 from J. Farnsworth on act. of bull.
Friday Sept. 19 - The boys helped C.J. Tuttle to thresh - of a day. I helped Marm to bake bread & swept the house up stairs.
Saturday Sept. 20 - The boys went for hazelnuts & got about one bushel. I took up the kitchen carpet and shocked the dust out of it & swept the floor & made a box for Franks skates.
Sunday Sept. 21 - C.J. Tuttle brought the wagon home & paid me $10.00 on act. of haying & cutting. We called it six acres. The boys were over to Mr. Knapps & brought about 75 lbs. of grapes. The girls were down to meeting at the school house.
Monday Sept. 22 - I washed this morning. The boys & I went to town this evening. It was cloudy today but no rain. The boys got a new suit of clothes each.
Tuesday Sept. 23 - It rained all day & is raining yet 8 P.M. We boiled grape butter & I finished Frank's skate box.
Wednesday Sept. 24 - We baked & I made a lot of shelves in the cellar & boiled grape butter. Dr. Edwards was here to show us his colts. They are nice.
Thursday Sept. 25 - Frank & I went to W. & bought a pair of Sorrel colts (broke to harness) from Dr. L. Edwards at $260.00 for which I gave Spotty Mare & a note of $100.00 due Jan. 1, 1886, also a new harness from Gaylord for $34.00 on credit.
Friday Sept. 26 - Louis husked a load of corn for feed, 4 rows. Frank & I went to Dunlap. I worked the road with a spade this evening.
Saturday Sept. 27 - I churned butter, swept & chored around, this eve. I went to W. for mail. The boys got three ducks.
Sunday Sept. 28 - Louis & the girls were to S.S. C. Kellog was here to see the boys. I staid home.
Monday Sept. 29 - The boys husked 4 rows, a load of corn for feed. I washed this forenoon & went after a girl this afternoon, did not get her. I was down to Tuttles this evening. We got 10 bus. of oats of C.J.T.
Tuesday Sept. 30 - Mrs. Tuttle, Marm & I went to Woodbine, came home 6 P.M. Louis went to W. after we came back. Frank was guning.
Wednesday Oct. 1, 1884 - It rained all day, we done nothing. The boys were down in the valley. Mr. Deuel fetched his brackets.
Thursday Oct. 2 - I was sick in bed near all day with plurisy. Louis, Marm & Frank went to W. for mail. Geo. DeJean was here, I paid him cash tax $2.24.
Friday Oct. 3 - The boys dug potatoes until noon, they then husked a load of corn for feed. It rains this evening.
Saturday Oct. 4 - It rained all night. Too wet to do anything. Louis was to W. for the mail this evening. F. shot two ducks today.
Sunday Oct. 5 - Frank went off with the buggy to take a ride. I went over to Simpsons to see if I could get Ann to work for us. She is sick. G. Reiff & family & J. Adams were here to supper. Frank Knapp & J. Rigg were here today.
Monday Oct. 6 - The boys dug potatoes until noon. I was up to Bohners for a girl, did not get her. It rained some this afternoon. The boys went over to Knapps this evening.
Tuesday Oct. 7 - It rained last night & this forenoon. We washed & dried our clothes between the showers. Mrs. Tuttle was here all day working on a dress for Marm. The boys were guning.
Wednesday Oct. 8 - The boys husked a load (4 rows) of corn for feed. Frank, C. Kellog & I went to W. in the afternoon. Frank is going to the Sioux River next Sunday for ducks.
Thursday Oct. 9 - The boys picked 40 bus. potatoes. I helped in the house & sorted potatoes.
Friday Oct. 10 - I churned & then the boys & I went to Dunlap to see the races come off. Came home 6 - P.M. Marm was at Tuttles this afternoon.
Saturday Oct.11 - The boys gathered a load of potatoes. I sorted them this afternoon. I went to W. & brought the ladders & tools to paint the house. Frank is getting ready to go over on the Sioux.
Sunday Oct. 12 - Louis took Frank, Clarence Kellog & F. Knapp over to Riggs where they start from, for the Sioux River on a guning expedition. I was over to Simpsons to see the girl. They were not at home so I went to W. where I saw the whole family. Elmer & J. Yount were here today.
Monday Oct. 13 - I brought Nancy A. Simpson to work for us in the house. Louis husked a load, 4 rows, of corn today. This was a very fine warm day.
Tuesday Oct. 14 - I went to W. & brought Geo. Bartlett & Frank Seely & they both worked all day, (painters). Louis picked the potatoes at the house.
Wednesday Oct. 15 - Geo. Bartlett & F. Seely each painted all day. Louis gathered the rest of the potatoes & brought 10 bus. Oats from C. Tuttle. Marm & I went to W. & brought plates, cups & saucers & some more paint.
Thursday Oct. 16 - Bartlett & Seely worked all day. Louis & I took out the carpet, then Louis husked two rows of corn. C. Kellog & Frank came home this afternoon. Louis went to W. last evening to take a lesson. G. Bartlett went with him. Frank was over to Kellogs this evening with Clarence. Painters both worked today.
Friday Oct. 17 - Bartlet & Seely worked all day. Frank, C. Kellog & I went to W. I got paint to paint the roof of the house. Louis burned cobs in the hog lot for the hogs.
Saturday Oct. 18 - Frank & I each took a load of potatoes to S. Kibler - 10 - bus. to Geo. Kibler & 14 40/ to Dr. L. Edwards, 41 10/50 bus. at 50c. a bu. Frank & Louis then husked a load of corn after supper. Frank & I went to W. with the painters. They both worked all day. I paid Dr. Edwards (except note) in full & Kibler Bros. on act. $13.50.
Sunday Oct 19 - It was a very windy day. The girls were to S.S. The boys were to Kellogs S.S. I was very lame in the back. Frank went riding this evening.
Monday Oct. 20 - I fetched the painters. Frank & Louis husked 2 loads (small) of corn. It rained since noon, done nothing since noon. Charley T. brought the plow & horse home 3 P.M. Still raining at 8 P.M. Geo. Bartlet made five & half days, he went home this afternoon. $8.25.
Tuesday Oct. 21 - It was too wet this forenoon to do any thing. Frank went to W. for his rubber boots and this afternoon they each husked one small load of corn. Frank 5 rows & Louis 4. Frank Seely painted this afternoon & him & I put up some of the spouting. For painting the house Geo. Bartlet, $8.25 and Frank Seely $8.75, $17.00.
Wednesday Oct. 22 - Frank Seely helped me to finish putting up the spouting. I then took his tools to W. & brought flour & sugar. The boys husked, Frank 5 rows & Louis 4 rows.
Thursday Oct. 23 - The boys husked all day. Louis 8 rows, frank 10 rows, 4 small loads. I put 22 bus. potatoes in the seller & then went to W. C. Kellog was here to supper this evening.
Friday Oct. 24 - The boys each husked 8 rows, two small loads. I finished putting the potatoes in the seller & painted the wood box & done the chores. Clarence was here this afternoon, him & Frank went to Dunlap this evening.
Saturday Oct. 25 - Louis husked 6 rows, two small loads. Frank & I took hogs, 1315 lbs, to J.R. Burkholder, $52.60. It commenced to rain at 5 P.M. & is still raining at 8 o'clock P.M. Frank was over to shoot ducks but got none. The -Pride of the North- corn is all husked now.
Sunday Oct. 26 - It rained near all day. Mr. Lowrey & Austin were here this afternoon. I was in the house all day with a lame back.
Monday Oct. 27 - Frank & I went to W. Took 6 bus. potatoes to J. Burk., 50c. a bu. The boys each husked a load (4 rows) of corn. The first of the big patch.
Tuesday Oct. 28 - The boys each husked 10 rows (2 - loads), they got done early. Clarence K. was here & John Yount came to tell us the threshing machine would be here Friday noon. John took supper with us. The boys intended to go to W. to see the torch light procession but did not go. I painted the weather doors.
Wednesday Oct. 29 - Frank husked 4 rows (a small load) & then took the buggy & went to W. with a party of young folks. Louis husked 8 rows (two small loads). I was over to Damerys & Deuels this evening.
Thursday Oct. 30 - The boys husked all day. Frank 10 rows & Louis 8. I & Louis trimmed his teams feet.
Friday Oct. 31 - Frank husked 5 rows, a good load. Mrs. Tuttle, Marm & I went to W. this morning. At noon the threshers came & threshed 180 bus. of wheat. Mr. Yount & Mr. DeJean went home with their teams. George DeJean seemed to be very angry when he left. Mr. Stewart went with him but left his team.
Saturday Nov. 1, 1884 - It was 8 o'clock when we commenced work this morning. Geo. DeJean was late. We threshed 56 bus. of wheat & 456 bus. oats, finished at 2 P.M. Geo. Reiff & hand, Elmer Colwell & his father, C.J. Tuttle, Damery & J. Yount helped do all and Herbert Burk. helped today. Frank & I were to W. this evening. (Note: Herbert Burkholder, my grandfather, age 14 was probably served the noon meal by my grandmother Bertha Hoyer, age 12 that day - JB)
Sunday Nov. 2 - I was up to Geo. DeJeans & also at Deuels. Louis & the girls were to S.S. and meeting.
Monday Nov. 3 - Frank husked 10 rows, two loads corn. Louis helped Deuel & Damery to thresh. I put up a frame to put a stack of straw on for hog shelter. Frank, Louis, Nancy, Bertha, Millie & I went to W. to see the torch light Procession & to hear Maj. Lyman speak on the political issue.
Tuesday Nov. 4 - Frank husked 5 rows & Louis husked 6 rows. Frank & I went over to vote & when we came back the boys & I put some straw on the hog shed.
Wednesday Nov. 5 - Frank husked 10 rows, two loads, & Louis helped Wm. Burk. to thresh. They finished at noon. This afternoon Louis & I hauled straw on the hog shelter. I was over to Burks. to pay Yount for hauling corn & threshing. Paid in full.
Thursday Nov. 6 - Frank husked 10 rows & Louis 8 rows & I worked at the hog shelter. I went over to see how Mrs. Burk. is as she has been sick this week, but she is better. Mr & Mrs. C. Tuttle were here & spent the evening with us.
Friday Nov. 7 - Frank husked 10 rows & Louis husked 8 rows. I helped him so we got done early & then we hauled straw on the hog shelter. Frank went over to Kellogs this evening. John Yount was here for Louis to help him thresh tomorrow.
Saturday Nov. 8 - Frank husked 50 bus., he does not know how many rows he husked. Louis helped Yount to thresh all day. I went to Mill & town this afternoon. Nancy went home with her brother this evening, her Mother is sick so she does not know whether she will be back again or not.
Sunday Nov. 9 - The girls & I were over to Simpsons & paid Nancy her wages in full. Frank went over east this evening. Louis & the girls were to S.S.
Monday Nov. 10 - Frank husked two loads, 10 rows, Louis helped Yount until noon to finish threshing. This afternoon he husked 4 rows, I was to town & the Mill for meal. I was down to C. Tuttles this evening, settle with Tuttle for threshing, he owes me 50c. on threshing.
Tuesday Nov. 11 - Frank husked two loads & Louis two small loads & then Louis after supper went to town. I painted the granery one coat of light paint. This was a very pleasant warm day.
Wednesday Nov. 12 - Frank husked all day, Louis also, I helped in the house & done some of the chores.
Thursday Nov. 13 - Frank & Louis husked all day. I helped in the house & chored. E. Colwell was here this morning about 9 o'clock to get Louis to help thresh. He got McCoubrey instead of Louis.
Friday Nov. 14 - The boys husked all day. I worked in the house & done chores. Marm was down to visit the school today. The fall term ended.
Saturday Nov. 15 - F. 35 bus. The boys husked until three o'clock. They & I then went to town. C. Tuttle brought our mail.
Sunday Nov. 16 - Frank was over to C. Kellog & stoped at Mr. Campbells & got loan of one of his horses to pick corn with as one of ours has a sore neck. F. brought the horse this evening, the rest of us were home all day.
Monday Nov. 17 - Frank 50 bus., James one day. The boys husked all day. James Fabian commenced at noon at a dollar a day and board. I washed a large wash today & chored.
Tuesday Nov. 18 - F. 50 bus,, James one day. The boys husked all day. I made a calf pen in the cow shed & gathered a lot of wheat & pats out where we threshed, it was not cleaned up when we threshed.
Wednesday Nov. 19 - The boys husked all day. I went to town this afternoon. Louis & James went to W. this evening. Deuel got the loan of our wheelborrow. F. 50 bus., James 1 day.
Thursday Nov. 20 - The boys husked all day. I painted the body of our granery a coat of greenish yellow. Frank went over to Kellogs this evening. F. 50 bus., James 1 day.
Friday Nov. 21 - The boys husked all day. I painted the windows, doors & cornish pea green. I buried a pig that died a week ago. F. 50 bus., James 1 day.
Saturday Nov. 22 - It rained, Louis, James & I went to W. & before we got home it snowed & blew furious. Frank was guning, got a rabbit & a chicken.
Sunday Nov. 23 - It was very cold today. The girls was to S.S. Louis & I hauled in to the hogs, cows & horses. Frank went east this evening to Campbells & Kellogs. 2 above.
Monday Nov. 24 - The boys husked all day. I helped Louis & James this afternoon so we husked in all six big loads today. F. 50 bus., James 1 day. 10 above.
Tuesday Nov. 25 - The boys husked until 3 P.M. which finished our husking for this fall. I took James to Woodbine. Got grist at the Mill. F. 40 bus., James - day. Mr. Deuel husked a load of corn to pay back for Louis threshing.
Wednesday Nov. 26 - Louis brought - cord hard wood. Frank took Campbells horse home& went to Dunlap & got Millies shoes mending. I planted 20 Chestnuts today.
Thursday Nov. 27 - This was a fine day. The boys were guning, but got nothing. I buried two shoats that died & made a gate at the cattle yard & covered the grape vines.
Friday Nov. 28 - The boys each brought - cord hard wood. I took down the fence west of the hog lot. The boys went to Dunlap this evening.
Saturday Nov. 29 - We took down the old crib & this afternoon we were to Woodbine. I was down to Tuttles this evening.
Sunday Nov. 30 - The girls & Louis were down to S.S. There was preaching this evening. I was over to Deuels & Damerys I paid Mr. Damery 50c. on the threshing.
Monday Dec. 1, 1884 - I washed today, Louis cut up wood & Frank went to Dunlap to get the buggy fixed which he broke yesterday, (bent the axel). Louis went down to Colwells this evening.
Tuesday Dec. 2 - We put six more hogs in the fatening pen & mulched the Catalpa trees. The boys went to Woodbine this evening. This was a very warm & nice day.
Wednesday Dec. 3 - This was a very fine day. Louis cut wood & I cleaned up in the house & went to town in the afternoon. Frank went away with his gun & dog this morning& has not returned yet 8 P.M. C.J. Tuttle was here this evening.
Thursday Dec. 4 - I painted the vestibule & this afternoon C.J. Tuttle & I measured with a wire, the line from DeCou's to Lowrey's East line & we find our lines both wrong. Frank came home at noon, he was to Panama.
Friday Dec. 5 - This was a very fine day. Frank went over to Roaches to husk corn for them. Louis cut wood & I fixed the wagon box R.F. wagon. We baked bread & churned. Oley Lowrey was here visiting this afternoon.
Saturday Dec. 6 - It rained last night & is sleeting. Frank came home at noon. He was to town for mail.
Sunday Dec. 7 - I brought Nancy Simpson today. The girls were to S.S. The boys were home all day.
Monday Dec. 8 - Frank went over to Mr. Roach today to husk corn. Louis & I fixed up the hog pens & filled them with straw.
Tuesday Dec. 9 - Frank is over at Roaches yet. I went to Dunlap for meal. Louis was down at Tuttles all day. This was a very fine day.
Wednesday Dec. 10 - Frank is over at Roach yet. Marm & Bertha was down at Tuttles all day visiting. Louis & I killed & dressed a pig. The weather is very fine.
Thursday Dec. 11 - Frank is still east husking. Louis & I chored around the yard & gathered cobs. C. Tuttle brought the mail. Louis went up to Lowreys. Cloudy day.
Friday Dec. 12 - Louis & I fixed the straw stack so it will shelter the cattle against the cold winds. Frank is still off east husking. Louis went to W. this evening.
Saturday Dec. 13 - Frank came this evening. The girls & I were to W. this afternoon. Louis went down to Mr. Colwells to get some money owing us. It is snowing this evening.
Sunday Dec. 14 - We had quite a fall of snow last night. Today it was cloudy but not very cold. J. Yount was to supper this evening. Louis & the girls were to S.S.
Monday Dec. 15 - Frank, C. Kellog & I was to Woodbine. Louis was in to singing school.
Tuesday Dec. 16 - It is very cold. I took a cold, so I took a sweat & staid in bed until noon. Frank went home with Clarence.
Wednesday Dec. 17 - Frank & I each took a load (9 head) of hogs, 2800 lbs. at $4.75 - $98.33. Clarence went along. I paid Gaylord in full $42.90. It was cold today. Miss Colwell was here visiting. 5 below - 6 below.
Thursday Dec. 18 - I took another load of hogs (4 head), 1000 lbs. at $4.75, $34.50. Sold to J.R. Burk. Frank & Clarence went with me. Minnie & Lula Reiff was here today. Very cold. 20 below - 14 below.
Friday Dec. 19 - It was cold today. the boys hauled in straw for the hogs & horses & calfs. Clarence went home this evening. He was here all week. 10 below.
Saturday Dec. 20 - Louis & I separated the shoats & was to W. this afternoon for the mail. Frank went east to haul corn for Roach's. H. Roach & C. Kellog came home with him this evening. It is snowing now 8 P.M.
Sunday Dec. 21 - It snowed near all day. Frank took Clarence & Roach home with the buggy. Louis was to S.S. I was over to Damerys
Monday Dec. 22 - This was a very cold day. Frank walked to town with C. Kellog. I churned & helped do chores. 24 below 14 below.
Tuesday Dec. 23 - This was a pretty cold day. Louis & I went to town & bought a pair of sleigh runners for the buggy. 18 below 10 below.
Wednesday Dec. 24 - I made a sleigh runner to the set we bought, one being broken. Frank has been laid up yesterday & today with soreness on the breast. 26 below - 16 below.
Thursday Dec. 25 - Frank is better but has been at home all day. C. Kellog was here for him to go somewhere but F. could not go. I put a bolt through the runner of the buggy to keep them from splitting. 14 below - 8 below.
Friday Dec. 26 - I was down to Colwells. I helped him to load 5 hogs. The boys went over east to try the buggy runners. Zero - 8 above.
Saturday Dec. 27 - The buggy runners do not work very well, the boys do not like them. Elmer C. was here & paid me $6.75 in full of what they owe me.
Sunday Dec. 28 - There was an Indian C. here to supper last evening, a son of Yellow Smoke. The boys & Bertha were to S.S. Elmer was here. 24 above.
Monday Dec. 29 - It rained some last night & is sleety. Frank went to the Mill & W. Louis & I killed a hog & 6 chickens & dressed them. 14 above - 10 above.
Tuesday Dec. 30 - Frank went over to Kellogs & Louis went to W. with some chickens he cleaned & sold to Winter & Harris. It snowed & blew fearful all afternoon & evening. Frank did not come home. 4 above - 8 below.
Wednesday Dec. 31 - Frank came home at noon today. It snowed & blew last night so the roads are drifted very much with snow. 10 below - 14 below.