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).
Thursday Jan, 1, 1885 - It is very cold this morning & in fact all day. Louis & I shoveled out a road through the cut in front of our house. Down the hill the snow is piled up high all along the road. 28 below - 24 below.
Friday Jan. 2 - I washed this morning& could hardly finish for I was very sick. I then went to bed with a fever. Louis went to W. this evening for a lesson.
Saturday Jan. 3 - I was in my room near all day & part of the time in bed, but much better. The boys went to town this afternoon. Louis churned butter. 16 above - 18 above.
Sunday Jan. 4 - The boys were sleighing. I am getting better but do not go out. The girls were home all day. 10 above - 34 above.
Monday Jan. 5 - Frank brought from Farnsworth - cord hickory wood. Louis chored around & staid indoors. It is raining now, 8 P.M. 20 above - 32 above.
Tuesday Jan. 6 - It sleeted & snowed last night. This morning is fine. The road from the house to the other road is drifted full. The boys shoveled near all day off & on.
Wednesday Jan. 7 - The boys were to Woodbine & I was in the house all day. The boys put straw in the hog pens.
Thursday Jan. 8 - This was a very warm day. Frank helped I.A. DeCou to haul ice & Louis went to W. this evening. I was out for a while today. 34 above - 48 above.
Friday Jan. 9 - Frank went to McMillens. Louis choped wood & I churned butter. Louis went to town this evening. 27 above - 22 above.
Saturday Jan. 10 - The day was fine & warm. I staid in all day. I am not well. Frank has not come home yet. Austin L. was here today. 24 above.
Sunday Jan. 11 - We all staid home today.
Monday Jan. 12 - I washed today. Louis carried the water in & out for me. Frank came home this afternoon from Mindon. He was gone since Friday morning. Louis went up to Lowreys this evening. It snowed a little today. 8 below - 6 below.
Tuesday Jan. 13 - It was cold today. We done nothing today. I was not out of the house today. The dogs killed four hogs last night. Louis caught them at it and shot one. 16 below - 8 below.
Wednesday Jan. 14 - It snowed last night & snowed a good bit today. The boys were to W. today. 6 above - 2 below.
Thursday Jan. 15 - It was cold today. Dr. Coyle's agent was here to sell medicine. Frank was over to Deuels. Minnie Reiff is here with the girls tonight. 6 below - 6 below.
Friday Jan. 16 - This was a cold day. The boys went to the timber & cut a load of wood ( hickory). Farnswoth's son said it was a dollar for the load, being as how the boys cut it. I churned & chored. The snow drifted a good bit today, the roads are drifted a good bit. 12 below - 12 below
Saturday Jan. 17 - Louis & I put straw in the hog sheds & the stable then we cut & sawed wood. Frank walked to town for the mail. 20 below - 14 below
Sunday Jan. 18 - Frank was over east. Louis was to S.S. The girls staid home with Marm & I. I cleaned snow out of the creek bank so the cows could get a drink. 20 below - 18 below.
Monday Jan. 19 - This was a very cold day. We choped wood & chored. Frank was to town. 24 below - 6 below
Tuesday Jan. 20 - Frank went to Farnsworth & brought - cord of hard wood. Louis & I worked at a sled. Louis walked to town this evening. 12 below - 4 above
Wednesday Jan. 21 - I worked at the sled. Frank choped & Louis helped me a little. Louis went to town on horseback this evening. 26 below - 20 below
Thursday Jan. 22 - I worked on the sled. Frank went to town for coupling irons for the -bobs-. Louis helped me a little. 14 below - 10 above
Friday Jan. 23 - I worked at the sled, the boys helped a little, we finished after dinner. Frank was over East & tried the new sled & Louis went to town this evening. 14 above - 20 above
Saturday Jan. 24 - The boys hauled straw for the hogs & horses. I churned, cleaned out the stove pipe & chored around the house. We choped some wood. Frank went over east this evening & Louis went to a debating society at Kellogs school house. 2 below - 10 above
Sunday Jan. 25 - Louis & the girls were to S.S. Frank went east this evening. 2 below 10 below
Monday Jan. 26 - I washed, Louis choped some wood & Frank went to town & the Mill for flour & meal. C. Kellog was here this afternoon. Took supper with us. F. went E. again. It is snowing 8 P.M. 2 below - 10 above
Tuesday Jan. 27 - I worked at my coon skins. Louis was over to Burks. Frank went over east this afternoon. The dogs were after our hogs again. 2 below - 20 below
Wednesday Jan. 28 - It snowed some last night & drifted some. Louis & I hauled straw in the hog pen, calf pen & stable. Frank cleaned out the stable & choped a little wood. C.J. Tuttle was here this evening. 4 below - 4 below
Thursday Jan. 29 - The boys was to Farnsworth timber & cut a load of hickory wood & I chored & cut wood & opened the creek for the cattle to drink. Louis went to town this evening to take a music lesson. 6 above - 24 above
Friday Jan. 30 - The boys were guning & got a rabbit. I went to W., I gave Geo. Kibler $3.00 for Nancy Simpson, a balance in full of her wages. The boys went up to Lowreys this evening. 12 above - 16 above
Saturday Jan. 31 - The boys were to the timber & brought a load of hard wood, cut it themselves. The girls & I was to town. This has been a warm day, the snow is going fast. The boys went over to Kellog school house to the debating society. 34 above
Sunday Feb. 1, 1885 - Frank & the girls went sleighing over to Roach's. Louis was to S.S. This was a fine day. 20 above
Monday Feb. 2 - The boys were to the timber & cut a load of hardwood. I churned butter & sawed wood & helped in the house. Frank was in this evening. Fan droped a heiffer calf. 34 above
Tuesday Feb. 3 - The boys choped wood, I helped a little. It was too soft to go to the timber today. The water run lively & the snow is going fast. It rained some today. 20 above
Wednesday Feb. 4 - The boys choped some wood. I worked in the house & painted the new sled. Cherry droped a claf today but it is dead from some cause or other. The boys went away this evening. 38 above
Thursday Feb. 5 - The boys filled the barn with hay. I piled up the wood that was sawed & split. It snowed some today. 14 above - 26 above
Friday Feb. 6 - This was another warm day. I churned & painted the sled another coat. The boys finished choping the wood. 28 above
Saturday Feb. 7 - It snowed all afternoon. Frank went to Woodbine for the mail. Louis went over to the Lycium. 4 above
Sunday Feb. 8 - It snowed a good bit today. Louis & the girls were to S.S. Frank went over east, he will stay all night. Zero
Monday Feb. 9 - This was a cold windy day. We huged the stove all day. It snowed some. Frank was over to Deuels. 20 below
Tuesday Feb. 10 - It was a very cold day. We sit around the stove all day. I dressed my coon skins. Elmer & John Yount were here this evening. 26 below - 12 below
Wednesday Feb. 11 - I churned butter & helped Marm work around the house. Frank went to W. for the mail. Louis went up to Lowreys this evening & Frank went east. 6 above
Thursday Feb. 12 - It was cold today. I was down to Tuttles but Chas. was not at home. I went to Deuels & staid there until evening. Frank went east this evening. 16 below - 10 below
Friday Feb. 13 - Mr. Kellog was here & took my assesment and census. We got a litter of three pigs today. Frank came home this evening. Louis went to W. this eve. to take a lesson. 4 below - 16 above
Saturday Feb. 14 - I churned & cleaned out the hog pens then put straw in all the hog pens & stable. Joun Yount was here this evening & this evening John Yount & John McCoubrey came up & went with Louis & Bertha over to the Lyceum. Bertha & Millie were up to Geo. Reiffs today. 2 below - 2 above
Sunday Feb. 15 - Louis was to S.S. & I was visiting with C.J. Tuttles & took dinner with them. Frank went away yesterday & came home this evening. It was cold today. 4 below - 14 below
Monday Feb. 16 - Louis walked to town today. I was over to Burks. but Wm. was not at home. I stoped at Deuels awhile. This was a fine day but cold. It is snowing about 1 - hours & is still snowing, 9 - P.M. 26 below - Zero
Tuesday Feb. 17 - It snowed near all night & is windy & snowing some today. Huged the stove all day. Zero - 2 below
Wednesday Feb. 18 - It is still cold. Louis & I went to town & Mill. The road is not very good for the sleigh or wagon. Frank chored. 14 below - 4 below
Thursday Feb. 19 - I washed today, Louis brought in the water for me & helped. Hubert Roche & two of his sisters were here to supper & spent the evening. 14 below - 14 below
Friday Feb. 20 - Frank went to W. Louis went over to Davis's & I staid home & wrote to Amos Reiff. 20 below - 8 below
Saturday Feb. 21 - I was to W. today & left corn at the Mill for meal. Frank was to Dunlap & him & Louis went over to Lyceum this evening. 10 below - 8 below
Sunday Feb. 22 - The girls were to S.S. Mr. & Mrs. Tuttle were here all afternoon & staid to supper. Frank was over east today. 14 below - 12 above
Monday Feb. 23 - Louis & I brought in straw for the hogs & horses. 10 above - 28 above
Tuesday Feb. 24 - I churned butter. Clarence, Will & Chas. Davis were here. Frank was to town. 14 above.
Wednesday Feb. 25 - Frank hauled two loads, 50 bus. corn to Mr. Baker at 22c. per bu. Clarence was here & went with the boys over to Davis this evening. 28 above - 24 above
Thursday Feb. 26 - This was a nice warm day. Dexter, one of the sorrel horses is lame in the right hind leg. He must have sliped & sprained it as they were out in the stalks yesterday. He is very lame today. 8 above - 32 above
Friday Feb. 27 - Louis took frank over to the Panama depot. He is going to Minden. Louis went over to Kellogs at a party. I done the chores. 20 above - 40 above
Saturday Feb. 28 - Louis & I was to town. We cleaned out the stable & brought in straw. Louis & Bertha was at the Lyceum. 44 above - 40 above
Sunday Mar. 1, 1885 - Louis & the girls were to S.S. The day was fine & warm but very Muddy. 44 above
Monday Mar. 2 - Louis cut off Cottonwood cuttings to stick this spring. I went to town. Dr. E. drawed two teeth for me. Louis & I were to the school meeting. L.L. Deuel was elected Sub. Director. 46 above.
Tuesday Mar. 3 - I churned & Louis worked on the Coy ducks. Frank came home at noon. We lost two litters of pigs today. Elmer C. was here this evening to try to get a boar but we have none for him.
Wednesday Mar. 4 - We got another litter pigs, (6) six, which seem to be all right. I was up to G.E. Reiffs this afternoon. It was nice & warm today. Dexter is all right again.
Thursday Mar. 5 - It snowed last night & until noon. Quite a lot of snow fell but is very wet. Frank was to W. today. 38 above
Friday Mar. 6 - We had some wind today. Snow all gone again but is frozen up again. We lost another litter of pigs today. Frank went over to Kellogs school this afternoon 24 above.
Saturday Mar. 7 - Louis & I went to W. & got 1 - bus. clover & 2 bus. timothy seed. Frank came home this afternoon. Frank & Louis went over to the Lyceum this evening.
Sunday Mar. 8 - Louis & Bertha was to S.S. & Frank was over to Kellogs. Louis was also over to Deuels. Marm is not feeling very well.
Monday Mar. 9 - Louis & I washed a big wash. Frank & I were over to the township meeting. G.L. Chapman was here while we were gone.
Tuesday Mar. 10 - I was over to I. A. DeCou & then went to town. The boys done nothing. I got a check of $68.00 form I.A. DeCou.
Wednesday Mar. 11 - I went to Logan & paid half of my taxes & paid Boise for the grass seeds. The boys were guning.
Thursday Mar. 12 - I took a heavy cold & was sick today. Louis sowed clover seed in the hog lot. Frank was over to Kellogs. Marm is not able to be about much so I have to keep in the house near all the time.
Friday Mar. 13 - Louis chored this morning& then seeded timothy with the seeder the same with the clover yesterday. Frank went to Woodbine, brought the harness& can lard. F. harrowed in the grass seed.
Saturday Mar. 14 - Frank went to Woodbine. He stoped at Collins & brought May Roache & took her home this evening. C.J. Tuttle was here today. He bought Deuel's interest in the binder. The boys went to the Lyceum this evening. We sowed timothy seed among the trees in the yard.
Sunday Mar. 15 - Louis & Millie were to S.S. Frank went over east. Dr. Edwards was here to see Marm. She is laid up again. I was to town for medicine this afternoon. C.J. Tuttle was here this A.M. We got a litter of 5 pigs today.
Monday Mar. 16 - Louis & C.J. Tuttle broke stalks from 4 until 10 A.M. Frank chored & I worked in the house. Marm feels better. Wm. Weed was here to supper. I paid him $8.00 for horse service (Nancy). 4 above - 10 above
Tuesday Mar. 17 - Frank went over east. I went to Dunlap. I.A. DeCou went along. I gave I.A. DeCou a note due in three months for $68.00. I bought a three horse evener for use on a toung (tongue), paid $4.50 for it. Frank & C.J. Tuttle broke stalks from 4 until 10 A.M.
Wednesday Mar. 18 - Frank took 31 bus. wheat to Dunlap & got 40c. a bus., $12.40. Louis helped Deuel on his barn this afternoon in return for his starting us in seeding clover. I worked in the house all day. We got another litter of pigs, (6), all right. We have in all, living, 20 pigs.
Thursday Mar. 19 - Frank took 20 - bushels wheat to Mathew & Kling, sold at 40c. - $8.20. Louis & I worked in the house. Lou baked bread & cakes. This evening Clarence K. and two of the Roche girls were here. F. went with them.
Friday Mar. 20 - It was pretty cold & very windy today. The boys were down to school as this was the last of the term. C. Kellog, two Roche girls, Miss Kellog & Miss Colwell the school teacher was here. I was down to the school house to a meeting but in Mistake as it is to be tomorrow night. Frank went over to Kellogs this evening, he took the party all over there with our team. Turned in 4 sows to Dan - Sows due July 20th.
Saturday Mar. 21 - I attended to Marm near all day. The boys done nothing but chores. I was down to the school house this evening.
Sunday Mar. 22 - I was over to Deuels about the School Marm. The girls went to S.S. Bertha was elected secretary. Frank went east a foot. Marm had a severe attack of chills & severe pain in her side & stomach but is resting easy now, 9 P.M.
Monday Mar. 23 - I carried the oats out of one bin in the other to make room to clean seed wheat. Louis brought Mr. McKinney's fanning mill. I churned butter today.
Tuesday Mar. 24 - We cleaned about 80 bus. of seed wheat, then the boys took the fanning mill home. I mended some tinware & fixed up the horse stalls in the stable. Frank went over east again this afternoon & is not home yet, 8 - P.M.
Wednesday Mar. 25 - The boys were guning today but got only one duck. I was to Woodbine & Mill. I paid $7.92 for 99 lbs. of lard. A fine day but very windy. The girls went over to Burks this evening. Thursday Mar. 26 - I washed a big wash, Louis helped. I set a post (the frost is neat 3 ft. deep) & fixed the fence that was broke down by three strange colts. The boys went east this evening.
Friday Mar. 27 - We baked bread. Louis got Tuttles rake & raked a few stalks when he broke the rake. I put a new oak beam in it & fixed it up first rate. H. Roche was here near all day & this evening Frank went with him to the depot at Woodbine, when he went to bring his sister who was down to Logan.
Saturday Mar. 28 - It was frozen a little this morning but Louis raked stalks from 10 A.M. until 2 - P.M. & burned them. Then it snowed heavy until near sun down. The boys went to W. with H. Roche this evening. I churned this evening.
Sunday Mar. 29 - Frank was away all night. Louis took the team east for F. The girls were to S.S. & I was down to Tuttles & fixed a horse stall that was kicked to pieces.
Monday Mar. 30 - The boys each brought a - cord of oak wood from Farnsworth's timber. The raked & burned stalks this afternoon. I shelled corn & done the chores. C.J. Tuttle was here this evening to see if he can have the seeder. Frank commenced to work today at twenty dollars ($20) a month.
Tuesday Mar. 31 - Louis raked stalks until 4 P.M. & then burned stalks. Frank seeded & I run the disc harrow. F. sowed 12 bus. wheat. Mr. Damery brought the stalk cutter (remainder of entry missing)
Wednesday April 1, 1885 - Frank finished seeding the wheat at noon. He sowed 23 - bus. of wheat in all. Louis & I went to W. for a bur that is to replace one that was lost off the disc, could get none. I was over to Isaac DeCous & got the loan of a bur until I can get one sent to me. C. Tuttle was along over to DeCous. Frank harrowed on the wheat this afternoon. I. DeCou sowed oats today.
Thursday April 2 - Frank finished harrowing the wheat at 4 P.P. Louis sawed wood & this afternoon he went guning & got two ducks. Frank went over east this evening.
Friday April 3 - Frank raked stalks & Louis cut stalks with the stalk cutter. I had to put some new bolts in the rake again. Miss Mat Roche was here to supper. The boys took the sorrel team & went over to Roches. I was down to Tuttles this evening.
Saturday April 4 - Frank cut stalks & finished at 5 P.M. Louis chored around until 2 - P.M., when he raked & burned stalks & finished at 5 P.M. Eva & May Roche came this evening & will stay over night. They wanted to see Mrs. Deuel who is not at home.
Sunday April 5 - Roches girls were here all night & took breakfast with us. Frank went home with them on foot. I was down to Evans & Farnsworths. Louis was home all day. Mr. Damery was here this eve.
Monday April 6 - The boys commenced to sow oats but it rained near all day, so they only sowed about 2 acres. I helped C.J. Tuttle to fix his well curb.
Tuesday April 7 - Frank sowed oats all day & finished at 5 P.M. Louis cultivated them with the disc. They both went to Woodbine this evening. They came home at 11 o'clock P.M.
Wednesday April 8 - It froze pretty hard last night. Louis hauled manure until & then run the disc over the oats until evening. Frank is sick so he done nothing today. I washed a large wash. I was over to Burks. this eve. 20 above
Thursday April 9 - There was a heavy fall of snow last night. I washed the woolen clothes today. Louis hauled manure. Frank & I went to W. this afternoon. I took Charley's mail down this evening. The white faced sow was put to the boar.
Friday April 10 - Louis run the disc until noon Frank harrowed on the oats this afternoon. I loaded manure all day. Frank hauled until noon, then Louis this afternoon. The wind blew very heavy at noon.
Saturday April 11 - Frank finished harrowing on the oats at noon. I went to W. this morning. The boys hauled manure & I went to W. this afternoon. We got a litter of 5 pigs.
Sunday April 12 - Frank went over east. Louis & the girls were to S.S. I went with Deuel & C. Tuttle over to the Slew where there is so much road work to do.
Monday April 13 - Frank commenced to plow this morning, plowed all day. Louis hauled manure until noon. I then went to W. with the sorrels. I was over to Deuels this evening. Louis rubed his plow with brick as it was put away without greasing it. Miss Eva Roche came here this evening to board with us. She is teaching in the Valley School house.
Tuesday April 14 - Frank plowed all day. Louis hauled manure until noon. C.J. Tuttle came up & helped to castrate our big boar, we then cut 10 small pigs. Louis started to plow but his plow would not scour, so he rubed it with brick again this evening. One of our cows (Fan) is missing this evening.
Wednesday April 15 - It rained during the night. Louis found the cow in Lowrey's pasture. Frank plowed this afternoon. Louis plowed the hog lot & set a lot of posts to divide it in two. We will plant trees in the one part of it. I was to W. this morning to see what they pay for hogs. I mailed three letters for C.J. Tuttle.
Thursday April 16 - It rained off & on all day. Frank harrowed & marked the hog lot to plant trees. I finished the fence.
Friday April 17 - Frank plowed & harrowed a patch for strawberries, then he plowed the rest of the day. Louis planted trees until noon & then he went over to Knapps & brought strawberry plants & a few raspberry plants. He & I planted what he brought. I was to town & Mill in the forenoon. Deuel was here this eve.
Saturday April 18 - Frank plowed all day. Louis went over to Knapps & I went down to Farnsworths. Then we finished planting strawberries & this afternoon we planted trees. I got them from Mr. Farnsworth & we planted some more in the hog lot. Frank & the girls went to W. this evening.
Sunday April 19 - The girls were to S.S. The boys & I was home all day.
Monday April 20 - I washed until noon. The boys gathered some young trees to plant in the hog lot. It rained until near noon. The boys plowed this afternoon & I planted trees. It rained, thundered & lightninged this evening.
Tuesday April 21 - It rained last night & today. I was to town this forenoon. The boys plowed this afternoon& I planted trees in the hog lot.
Wednesday April 22 - The boys plowed all day. I washed the woolen clothes & set five posts in front of the house along the road. We churned butter.
Thursday April 23 - The boys plowed until noon. I walked to town & sold 10 head of hogs to Burkholder. This afternoon Frank & I took them in. Two loads, $91.37.
Friday April 24 - The boys plowed all day. I fixed up the fence in front of the house. Cleaned out the hog pens & chored in general.
Saturday April 25 - It rained last night so it was a little wet this morning. The boys done nothing all day. Hubert Roche was here all day & I think this was the reason the boys did not plow. C.J. Tuttle brought me seven pickets to make a gate. He paid 21c. for them. Louis went to town this evening & Frank went with Hubert Roche over to his home.
Sunday April 26 - Louis & the girls were to S.S. Frank has not come back from Roaches yet, 9:45 P.M. This was a fine day.
Monday April 27 - The boys & I cut 14 bus. of potatoes until noon, then after dinner we planted until 5 - P.M. After supper F.M. took two of Roches girls home, they were here visiting. It is raining this evening.
Tuesday April 28 - The rain continued all night. The boys started to plow at 9 A.M. Topsy got sick. I got Burk. to come over. He gave her two doses of Golden Seal & Ginger. Two table spoons of ginger & one teaspoon Golden Seal to a dose in warm water. She is much better & I think she will be all right in the morning. Louis plowed all day, Frank - a day. We finished planting potatoes this eve.
Wednesday April 29 - Louis plowed until noon. Frank pitched the scattered straw up to the stack so Louis could plow closer. I set posts around the road, where they rotted off, until noon. It rained all afternoon. C. Tuttle got the disc.
Thursday April 30 - It rained all night & near all day today. The boys sprouted potatoes & cleaned up the cellar & I finished the gate for the front of the house & then I went over & set five more posts.
Friday May 1, 1885 - The boys finished our plowing for this spring. I went to town, C.J. Tuttle went along. The boys set posts along our east line of the pasture.
Saturday May 2 - The boys harrowed all day. I washed this forenoon & riped boards for a fence around the strawberry patch. C.J. Tuttle brought the disc home. C. Tuttle & Kirkham bought a planter & check rower.
Sunday May 3 - The girls were to S.S. F. was over to Kellogs & I was fishing & got a nice mess of suckers & catfish.
Monday May 4 - The boys planted corn all day. I run the disc over the fall plowing with the sorrels & Topsy. It is raining this evening.
Tuesday May 5 - The boys finished planting the east piece, about 21 acres, at noon. They harrowed on the west piece this afternoon. I run the disc until noon.
Wednesday May 6 - The boys finished harrowing at noon. They marked this afternoon. I worked at the fence around the strawberry bed. C. Kellogg got our disc to pulverize sod to plant corn on. It was pretty cold today.
Thursday May 7 - It was very cold today. the boys finished marking at two P.M. the Frank went to town & Mill. Louis & I brought in the posts that were replaced along the road. We shelled corn this evening. It is still very cold & windy. Kellogg's hired man brought the disc home this evening, $1.00. 25 above
Friday May 8 - It is very cold & windy today. The boys planted corn from 10 A.M. until 6 P.M. I worked at the B. fence. Wm. Burk. got 2 bus. corn for seed. He paid 75c. for it. He also got a sack of potatoes.
Saturday May 9 - The boys planted all day. It was much more pleasant today but still too cool for corn growing. Hubert Roche was here to dinner. I worked at the new fence. Louis went to town this evening.
Sunday May 10 - The girls & I were up to G.E. Reiffs. Frank was over east, he stopped at Kellogg's & put Topsy to the horse.
Monday May 11 - The boys planted all day. I worked at the new fence. A heiffer, Modess, dropped a heiffer calf.
Tuesday May 12 - The boys finished planting corn at 4 P.M. Marm, Mrs. Tuttle, Bertha & I went to Woodbine this afternoon. I worked at the new fence this forenoon. I brought flour from the Mill.
Wednesday May 13 - The boys harrowed all day. I finished the new fence & the two gates and I hoed the strawberries & chored.
Thursday May 14 - The boys finished the harrowing at 3 P.M. I washed & hoed the berries & worked at some posts, for a bridge over at Malone's corner, one & half hours as road work. The boys, Millie & the school teacher went to Woodbine this evening. Burk. got a bu. corn.
Friday May 15 - Frank tried to break prairie but his plow would not work, so the boys done nothing. I work on the road all day. Tuttle & I built a bridge over at Malones. C. sales & Malone's son helped. It rained a good bit but we made a day.
Saturday May 16 - Tuttle & I built another bridge & fixed up the one at my northeast corner, we worked all day. Frank was to Woodbine to see after a breaking plow but did not get one. The boys planted some in the garden today. It rained some today but we made a good day on the road. Hubert Roche & sister May came to visit.
Sunday May 17 - It rained hard & near all night. The Roaches left at 3 P.M. Eva went with them home. The girls was to S.S. I was down to Tuttles this evening until 10 o'clock.
Monday May 18 - I worked on the road all day & Louis worked two hours on the road. Frank was to town to get the breaking plow fixed. Our sorrel horses run away in the door yard & done a good bit of damage.
Tuesday May 19 - Louis & I worked on the road all day. Frank tried to break again but it would not work. Mrs. Tuttle was here to supper. It rains this evening again.
Wednesday May 20 - Louis & I worked on the road all day. Frank chored around the yard. The road past front of our house is now passable. Frank is over to Campbells this evening.
Thursday May 21 - I went to W. to see Burk. & sold a load of hogs to him, come home after dinner I took six in, they weighed 1250 lbs. at $3.40 per hundred. Frank & Louis chored around the yards. John Yount was here for the girls to go to town tonight, they did not go.
Friday May 22 - I hauled two loads wheat, 88 bus., to Dally at the Mill. Frank & C. Tuttle tried to work the breaker but it would not work. Louis harrowed for Tuttle while Charlie was with Frank. C. Sales bought four late fall pigs for seven dollars & paid four dollars on act. J.W Hupp was here to dinner & spent near all afternoon with me.
Saturday May 23 - I took the balance of the wheat to the Mill which makes 108 20/60 bus. in all, at 60c per bu., $65.00. Louis & I went to W. this evening. I paid Kibler Bros. eight dollars on act. of store bill. Frank went to Minden this morning. A sow got five pigs, only two alive.
Sunday May 24 - The girls were to S.S. Minnie, Lula Reiff and Amy Burk. were here to supper. Louis was fishing this afternoon, it rained this morning.
Monday May 25 - I washed a large wash this forenoon & Louis worked in the garden. Louis & I filled the barn with hay this afternoon. C. Sales got his pigs & paid three dollars which makes it paid in full. Frank came home this evening.
Tuesday May 26 - Louis hauled two loads of corn to Woodbine for Mr. Lowrey. Frank worked in the garden & berry patch. I helped in the house & filled up the holes in the stable. Frank & I went to W. this evening & took in the skating rink. I.A. DeCou & wife were here today. Isaac got a bushel of corn for seed of the Pride of the North kind.
Wednesday May 27 - We tried the breaker but could do nothing with it. Reiffs, Burks. children & Bessie Damery came to our house in the rain, all wet from school. It rained hard all afternoon & very heavy wind with it.
Thursday May 28 - It rained a good bit during the night. Reiff's children were here all night. The boys sprouted potatoes. I stuck in some Catalpa cuttings to see if they will grow, as it is late in the season.
Friday May 29 - Frank was over to Davis to see after a breaker. I painted the tubs for soaking corn. Louis fixed up the old harness.
Saturday May 30 - Frank, the girls & I was to Woodbine. Louis planted corn with a hoe for Mr. Kirkman & got a dollar for it. It rained this evening.
Sunday May 31 - The boys went down to McMillens to visit. The girls, Marm & I was down to visit C.J. Tuttle. Mr. Pitts came this evening.
Monday June 1, 1885 - The boys came home late soaking wet, they say they would have got home much sooner if they had not got lost in the dark. Pitts staid all night. I washed & the boys worked in the garden & this evening they started in to cultivate corn.
Tuesday June 2 - We bred Flora to W. Kellogg's horse. The boys cultivated all day & I fixed the corn sheller and chored & worked some in the strawberries. Collins fetched the disc today.
Wednesday June 3 - The boys cultivated all day. I painted the tubs for soaking corn in & pruned the Catalpa trees & some Boxelder trees. It is raining again this evening.
Thursday June 4 - It rained heavy during the night & this morning. The boys only cultivated three hours today. I put up the fly screens & churned butter.
Friday June 5 - The boys cultivated all day. I made a small piece of fence to turn the spring pigs out from a very small enclosure where they were put to wean. It is raining heavy & blowing furiously this evening, 9 P.M.
Saturday June 6 - It rained very heavy last night & washed considerably the approches at the bridges, near all washed out. The boys done nothing today. F.M. went east this evening. The new bridge fell down on act. of being washed out.
Sunday June 7 - It is still cloudy & looks for more rain. F.M. came home this evening. He staid at Davis all night. F.M. went east again today. The girls were to Sunday School.
Monday June 8 - This was a pretty cool day. The boys cultivated all day. I washed this afternoon & churned. Tuesday June 9 - The boys cultivated all day. I washed the woolen clothes today then I went a horse back to go to W. but only got as far as the Mill & turned back on act. of the water being so very high.
Wednesday June 10 - The boys finished cultivating the first time through at noon. Then they worked in the garden & cultivated the potatoes. I hoed all day at the berries. Eva was at home last night.
Thursday June 11 - The boys hoed in the garden & berry patch. I churned & made two new brake blocks for the buggy. Eva, Bertie, Louis & I were to W. Marm stoped at Reiffs.
Friday June 12 - It was very warm today. We done nothing much. We had a little rain with the heaviest wind storm I think that we experienced since we were in Iowa. It blew our well curb over and upset a large hay stack, broke off some of our trees both large & small. Bertha & I fixed up a little before going to bed. The boys are over to Davis. Calm now at 12 midnight.
Saturday June 13 - The boys came home this morning. Then they & I fixed up the gates that blew down & the hay stack, after dinner we all went to Dunlap & sit for our pictures. I paid eight dollars & am to have eight pictures 8- X 10- in size. Frank did not come home with us. Marm is not feeling very well. She went to bed with a severe headache as soon as we arrived home. Frank got some extra of himself taken cabinet size at some place. (Waitley)
Sunday June 14 - Frank went over to Roches today. This evening he went to Woodbine. The girls were to S.S. It rained heavy last night & looks as if we were going to have a big storm tonight, 9 P.M.
Monday June 15 - It rained & blew heavy last night, it blew off our two large doors at the barn & the well curb again & the board all around the yard & broke off a lot of trees, especially the young Catalpas. I churned today. Kellogg was here with his horse.
Tuesday June 16 - The boys tried cultivating but could do nothing so Louis & I went to Woodbine & afternoon the boys cultivated. In going to town we got into a mud hole & mired the horses & broke a single tree on the buggy.
Wednesday June 17 - The boys cultivated all day. I put in a brick foundation under the well curb & put a new floor on it.
Thursday June 18 - The boys cultivated all day. I finished the well curb & worked some at the hog pasture fence which recent rains damaged some.
Friday June 19 - It rained heavy this morning & until near noon. I washed this afternoon. Frank went to W. & Louis went fishing.
Saturday June 20 - The boys tried cultivating but it was too wet for good work so Frank & I went to Dunlap & Louis went to Woodbine. It rained heavy this evening. The boys & I were caught in the rain before we got home.
Sunday June 21 - It rained & blew during the night some & hailed a little. It was cool today. Louis & the girls were to S.S. Frank was at Kelloggs all night, came home at noon.
Monday June 22 - Frank cultivated from 10 A.M. until 6 P.M. & Louis from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. This evening Louis took Flora over to Kelloggs for service. I washed today.
Tuesday June 23 - The boys cultivated all day. It was very cloudy all day & cold, very poor growing weather.
Wednesday June 24 - The boys cultivated from 10 - to 6 - . It rained again this morning & was cloudy until just before sunset & is very cool. I churned.
Thursday June 25 - The boys finished the second time through, cultivating. I fixed the buggy seat that G. Reiff's horse tore out. The boys went to W.horse back this evening. This was a fine day.
Friday June 26 - Frank & I went to Dunlap to get C. shovels sharpened & we got our pictures. I got one framed. It was very warm today.
Saturday June 27 - Frank & I started early, each with a load of hogs, 12 head. 2615 lbs. at $3.25. This evening F. & I went to Woodbine.
Sunday June 28 - Louis & the girls were to S.S. & Frank was over east all day & has not come back yet 10 P.M. I was over at Deuels near all day.
Monday June 29 - Frank & I was to Woodbine & this evening I was over to Isaac DeCou's. The boys ringed the pigs. I contracted for a binder.
Tuesday June 30 - The boys cultivated all day. I churned & chored. I was over to our new school house site to see it let to the lowest bidder. C.J. Tuttle got it for L.L. Deuel at $800.00 complete, fence, outhouse & all.
Wednesday July 1, 1885 - The boys cultivated all day. I washed & chored. Wm. Burkholder got a ton of hay today at three dollars. He did not pay for it.
Thursday July 2 - Louis plowed corn all day, rank until noon. Marm, Bertha & I went to Woodbine. Mr. Wheeler was here to diner, (binder).
Friday July 3 - Frank went to W. horse back & to Dunlap in the cars, this is the last day of school for this term. The boys took Eva & two of her sisters home this evening. They were all to school.
Saturday July 4 - We all went to the celebration in Woodbine. I got my knee hurt last evening, which troubles me very much. I got some iodine, which Dr. Edwards told me to use on it.
Sunday July 5 - Frank came home last night. May & Nettie Roche came home with him & stayed until after dinner, then F. took them home. The day was fine until towards evening, it then rained quite smart.
Monday July 6 - Frank cultivated all day, Louis all afternoon. He then took Fan over to Davis to get served. I churned.
Tuesday July 7 - The boys finished cultivating corn for this season. I have been to Woodbine. Chas. Tuttle had our wagon & hog rack to haul hogs for I.A. DeCou. Shy droped a bull calf.
Wednesday July 8 - Frank & I were to Dunlap & brought lime & sand to build our chimney that the wind blew down this afternoon. Louis & I went to Woodbine with two teams & brought the Esterly binder. Litter pigs - 6
Thursday July 9 - I was to W. early to bring out Sam Erlewine. He built up our chimney that the wind blew down. The boys helped at the chimney. I took Sam & his tools & ladder in this evening. The day was fine. George, one of the sorrels, cut himself at the barbed wire, I stitched it up.
Friday July 10 - I churned butter & fixed up the wall east of the stoop & painted it. The boys hoed in the garden & strawberry bed. Frank went over east & Louis went over to Kelloggs with Flora, (horse).
Saturday July 11 - I was down to C.J. Tuttle this morning. Marm & I were to Woodbine & on our way home we stoped at Wm. Burks. staid till after 6 P.M., Burks boys were here signed a bond - C.J. Tuttle. I wrote & sent a bill to Insurance Co. for fixing the chimney.
Sunday July 12 - This was a fine day. W. & C. Kellogg & Herbert Burk were here. The boys were all over to the Bayou to bathe. The girls were to S.S. I & Marm were home all day.
Monday July 13 - I washed & churned. The boys worked in the strawberry patch half the day. Louis went to Woodbine this evening. Frank was over to I.A. DeCou this morning to help him hay but he did not want him until tomorrow.
Tuesday July 14 - Frank helped I.A. DeCou to put up hay all day. The girls & I were to W. Louis helped at the strawberry patch & chored. Eva & Nettie Roche came this afternoon.
Wednesday July 15 - Eva & Nettie were here all night & left 3 P.M. F. was over to DeCous until the rain drove him home - A.M. He went over again at 2 P.M. & worked until night.
Thursday July 16 - Frank worked over at DeCou's all day at haying. Louis & I started to put the binder together when Mr. Scott came to put it up. Louis & I helped him.
Friday July 17 - Frank worked for I.A. DeCou all day. David Scott, Louis & I worked at the binder until noon and finished putting it together. Then Louis & I shelled corn in the crib at the barn, about fifteen bushels. Churned. Mr. Lowrey was here to see our harvester. C. Tuttle was here to see our harvester.
Saturday July 18 - It rained smart last night. Frank finished at DeCou's last evening & got paid $4.15. Louis & I were to town. I got one hundred & thirty-two dollars from I.A. DeCou, which with $69.00 I had from him makes two hundred for which I (missing)
Sunday July 19 - The girls & Louis were to S.S. Frank went over east. Marm & I staid home.
Monday July 20 - J. Collins, Wm. Burkholder & I were down to appraise road damage on the McMillen road. Louis & Frank cleaned up & white washed the cellar & mulched the fruit trees.
Tuesday July 21 - It rained today all day & is still raining 9 P.M. I am afraid the small grain in general will suffer great damage. Frank was to W. today. C.J. Tuttle was here this morning& staid a good while. Our oats & wheat is very heavy but considerable of it is flat on the ground, on account of too much rain. Churned.
Wednesday July 22 - It rained near all day, we done nothing. I churned. The boys & girls went over to Roche's. C.J. was here.
Thursday July 23 - It rained all day again. We done nothing all day.
Friday July 24 - Today it did not rain but it was very sultry hot & cloudy. I sold 5 head of cattle, 3 cows & 2 calfs to Sam. Holms for $108.00, to be paid next week, on or before July 31st I was to W. to see S. Erlewine. He was out of town. I stopped to see Kinny's harvester work.
Saturday July 25 - It rained all day. Frank& I was to Dunlap. I bought a stove at Moores for $22 on cr. Deuel was here this evening.
Sunday July 26 - This was a fair day. John Yount was here to dinner. Frank went over east. Louis & the girls were to S.S. I cut down the weeds along the road so we can take out binder to the grain field.
Monday July 27 - We commenced to cut wheat at 9 A.M., at 11 A.M. we went from wheat to oats. Jess Burkholder rode the lead horses. We had five horses on this afternoon & three in the forenoon. Frank went home at 5 P.M. sick. Louis & I done the chores this evening. I gave Esterly Harvester Co. a note for $185 due Jan. 1st, '86, to be paid in Dunlap.
Tuesday July 28 - We cut grain all day, Jesse Burk. rode the lead horse. Frank shocked awhile today. He is better. It is very hot.
Wednesday July 29 - We cut grain all day. It was very hot, could not work steady on act. of the heat. Jesse Burk. rode the lead horse. C.J. Tuttle laid off today. Will cut tonight as it will be cooler.
Thursday July 30 - We cut oats until noon & then did not go out again until near 5 P.M. as it was very hot & the horses could not stand it. Jesse Burk. rode again & Herbert Burk. helped shock this evening & Louis drove the binder team. I had to stay at home as Marm is very sick again & cannot be about Wm. Burkholder brought a bale of twine & beef steak from town for us.
Friday July 31 - It rained heavy last night so we did not cut oats until 10 o'clock & worked until sundown. Jesse & Herbert Burk. helped again today. L.L. Deuel brought me 4 bars soap from K. Bros.
Saturday August 1, 1885 - We finished our harvest at 9 A.M., commenced at Burkholders at 10 A.M. May Burk., her father, Damery & I went to Woodbine. Sam Holms paid me $108.00 for the 5 cattle he got. I sent an affidavit to the Burlington Insurance Co. for $5.85. It rained very heavy this evening. Nettie Roche came here this afternoon.
Sunday August 2 - Louis cut grain for Burkholder this afternoon. It was too wet this morning. The girls were to S.S. Frank went over to Bowes to see about threshing.
Monday Aug. 3 - I washed a large wash. Frank was down to see Mulverhill, they say they will thresh for us next Monday if the weather keeps clear. Louis cut grain all day for Wm. Burkholder. Nettie Roche, Millie, Frank & I were to town this evening.
Tuesday Aug. 4 - Louis finished cutting for Burkholder at 4- P.m., 30 acres (so called). I was over to help Louis home with the machine. Frank mowed weeds.
Wednesday Aug. 5 - It rained heavy last night. Frank was over to Roche's all night & came home at noon. Louis & I went to W. & brought a 2x6x18 ft. on the buggy to fix the shed for to put the binder in. It rained this evening & is raining now, 9 P.M.
Thursday Aug. 6 - It rained heavy last night. The river is out of it's bank so we cannot haul our hogs to W. I sold them at $3.90 per hundred. Frank was in to see if we could take them in, but no.
Friday Aug. 7 - I washed today. The boys did nothing much, frank mowed weeds awhile, Louis helped me a little. Frank took the sorrels & went to a party & Louis went out this evening with his gun & dog.
Saturday Aug. 8 - It rained again last night. I started to go to Dunlap but the valley bridge is impassable, so I went to Woodbine, business was at a standstill on act. of Grant's funeral services.
Sunday Aug. 9 - Mr. Damery & I was down to C.J. Tuttles. The girls were to S.S. Frank was over east & Louis was up to Lowreys. This was a very fine day.
Monday Aug. 10 - I was to Dunlap & paid for the stove, twine, oil & boiler. Frank was down to Mulverhills to see about threshing. W. Kellogg & Davis boys were here this evening.
Tuesday Aug. 11 - It rained off & on all day. I churned butter. Done nothing all day.
Wednesday Aug. 12 - Louis helped Deuel stack near - a day. I was over to Deuels and Burks. I was to town.
Thursday Aug. 13 - The boys were guning. I mowed weeds. I brought a grist for C.J.T.
Friday Aug. 14 - Louis was down to mow Tuttle's Millet but mower would not work. Marm & I were to Woodbine & Mill.
Saturday Aug. 15 - Louis mowed C.J. Tuttle's Millet, about 3 acres. Frank done nothing all day. I churned butter.
Sunday Aug. 16 - Louis & the girls were to S.S. I was over to Deuels near all day, took dinner with them. Frank went over east this evening.
Monday Aug. 17 - The boys fixed up to get ready to thresh. I was to town & Mill & was around to let our help know about threshing. Was also to Collins at the suit between H. Reiff & J. Bowes.
Tuesday Aug. 18 - We worked around & got ready to thresh & got all our help together at two o'clock but the threshers did not come until 6 - P.M.
Wednesday Aug. 19 - We threshed 168 - bus. wheat & 392 bus. of oats. Tuttle, Deuel, Burk., Damery, Kirkham & J. Yount. Mulverhill does the threshing. Churned.
Thursday Aug. 20 - Threshed 336 bus. oats, done at 10 - A.M. The boys helped Wm. Burkholder this afternoon. I cleaned up & snaped the corn that we broke down in hauling in the grain. We have in all 168 - bus. wheat & 728 bus. oats. I was to W. and brought a bbl. Salt & flour from Mill.
Friday Aug. 21 - The boys finished threshing at Burkholders at noon, 11 - o'clock, one day in all. I was to Dunlap this morning & went to W. with Burk. this afternoon. Wheat is 35 to 50c. per bu.
Saturday Aug. 22 - I took a load 88 40/ bus., at 50c., sold to B. Jackson. Wm. Burkholder took two loads & got the same price. Frank & I went to W. with Burkholders. Burk. & I settled & he paid me in full.
Sunday Aug. 23 - Frank was over east. Louis & the girls were to S.S. & I was over to Wm. Burks. Geo. Reiff & J. Yount was there too.
Monday Aug. 24 - I hauled a load of hogs to Woodbine for Geo. Reiff. He had 8 teams & took in about 64 hogs. They were sick, he thinks, with the hog Cholera. It rained some today & the roads are pretty bad. The boys were guning. 5
Tuesday Aug. 25 - We took in three loads (15 head) of hogs, 3545 lbs, at $3.50, $124.07. Sold to J.R. Burkholder. We took the plows & had them sharpened. Nettie Roche came to visit.
Wednesday Aug. 26 - I took a load of wheat, 43 bus. at 50c., $21.00. The boys hauled out manure. Mr. Harris from Woodbine was here & went with the boys guning, (5). Mr. G. Reiff & family & Mr. & Mrs. Burkholder were here to supper. I paid note off, $185.00 for the binder.
Thursday Aug. 27 - Frank plowed some today. The first this fall, does not go good on act. of so much stubble where the grain was lodged. Louis hauled out manure. Bertha washed. I was sick with vomiting, but am better. Nettie R. is still here. It rained right smart last evening while the visitors were here.
Friday Aug. 28 - Frank plowed all day. Louis hauled manure, I helped him to load. Marm, the girls & Nettie Roche were down to C.J. Tuttles visiting this afternoon. We castrated Shy's calf & one pig.
Saturday Aug. 29 - Frank plowed about - of the day as it rained heavy last night. Louis hauled manure this afternoon & gathered some green corn for hogs.
Sunday Aug. 30 - Frank took Nettie home with sorrels & has not come back yet 9 - P.M. I was over to Burks. Mrs. Burk. fell out of the buggy this morning. Louis & the girls were to S.S.
Monday Aug. 31 - The boys both plowed all day. I washed & churned butter. C. Tuttle was here this evening. School term commenced.
Tuesday Sept. 1, 1885 - Frank & Louis plowed all day. I washed the woolens & collered clothes. Giles Chapman & family were here visiting. I was down with him & helped fix up some fence.
Wednesday Sept. 2 - Louis plowed all day. F.M. until noon, then he wanted to mow the weeds on the potatoes but could not. I then went to W. & ordered a piece of casting to the mower. I was up at Geo. Reiffs.
Thursday Sept. 3 - The boys with one team helped C.J. Tuttle to thresh. They got done about 4 - P.M. I snaped some corn for the hogs & cut some weed on the potato patch with the sythe. It rained a little today & is raining all this evening.
Friday Sept. 4 - It is too wet for threshing, so the boys went guning. I was to town, Deuel was along. Damery plowed. I got a bushel of hard coal to try, if they will burn in our new stove.
Saturday Sept. 5 - Frank took Fan to Davis's. The boys threshed at Deuels & Damerys. I brought a load of cobs from Davis & then Marm & I went to Woodbine.
Sunday Sept 6 - It rained this morning, was cloudy all day. The girls were to S.S. & Frank was east but came home early.
Monday Sept. 7 - Frank went to W. to get mower extra fixed. I shoveled the wheat in another bin & churned & worked in the house. Louis plowed about half a day. It rained today.
Tuesday Sept. 8 - It rained last night & this morning. The boys plowed about - of a day. I cut corn across the cornfield to make a road to haul hay from the meadow.
Wednesday Sept. 9 - It is still cold & cloudy. The boys plowed all day. I was over to Malones to see about seed corn & I cut weeds on the potatoes. Frank went hunting this evening. They quit early to go hunt.
Thursday Sept. 10 - Frank mowed until 4 P.M., he then broke the Pitman, so we raked & bunched what was mowed before noon. It looks very much for rain this evening.
Friday Sept. 11 - I rained heavy last night & this forenoon. The boys were over east this afternoon & eve.
Saturday Sept. 12 - Frank was to Minden. I was to Woodbine twice today. Louis & I snaped a load of corn, put loads of oats in the grainery. The boys raked & bunched what hay was left Thursday.
Sunday Sept. 13 - Louis & I was down to Judds place to see O.O. McHenry's bull he wants to sell. Marm, the girls & I were to dinner at Damerys. The girls were to S.S. C.J. Tuttle was here this evening.
Monday Sept. 14 - Frank lost the bur on the Pitman Journal. I went to W. & got it fixed so F. mowed about - a day. Herbert Burk. & Louis hauled up nine ((9) loads hay. I helped about the house. We penned up our pigs to wean them from the sow & keep them out of Tuttles corn.
Tuesday Sept. 15 - Frank mowed all day. Louis raked & helped Herbert to bunch. I bunched some & raked some & the boys hauled up 4 loads.
Wednesday Sept. 16 - The boys hauled up (7) seven loads of hay. Frank cut about half of C.J. Tuttles hay & then broke the pitman again, so we told Tuttle to get Deuel to cut the rest.
Thursday Sept. 17 - We hauled up 15 loads today with two teams. C.J. Tuttle got all his up, 15 loads in all. We have 19 loads in the big stack & 10 in the next one & 6 in the barn. Misses Eva & Isabelle Roche were here since yesterday noon visiting. They went home this afternoon. Herbert Burk. helped 4 days in hay.
Friday Sept. 18 - The boys hauled up 2 two loads of hay which makes us in all 38 loads, in the big stack 19loads, 10 in the next & 7 In barn & 2 in a small dudle. I washed some today. Mr. Deuel got two jags of big stuff to top out his stack. The boys with two teams finished plowing this evening at 5 o'clock.
Saturday Sept. 19 - The boys mowed some of the weeds on the potato patch this afternoon. They husked corn for feed. I was to W. this evening. I was over to Fergusons to see about shelling.
Sunday Sept. 20 - Marn & I was over to visit at Campbells and I was at Fergusons. The girls were to S.S. & Frank was away a horse back.
Monday Sept 21 - Frank is over helping I.A. DeCou haying. I was to W. Louis picked a little seed corn & put some oats in the grainery. This evening I was up at Gilchrists.
Tuesday Sept. 22 - The boys moved all of the oats into the grainery & picked seed corn. I washed & this afternoon I went to town. I fixed the harness (cockeye).
Wednesday Sept. 23 - The boys gathered seed corn. They got two hundred ears of white corn over at Dan Davis. Paid 80c. for it. I was to Woodbine again to see Butler but he as not got back yet. S. Morton was here to get our sulky plow but it does not suit him. I was down at new bridge this eve.
Thursday Sept. 24 - I was to town & sold corn to Butler for 28 - c. this afternoon. Frank, Louis & I with the big team worked on the road at the new bridge.
Friday Sept. 25 - I worked on the road at the new bridge all day until 5 P.M. I then went to town & called for the shellers for tomorrow. The boys husked corn for feed. Frank was over to Davis.
Saturday Sept. 26 - We shelled our corn & hauled it to W. to Butler, it got late, did not settle so we do not know how much corn we sold. Frank & I hauled & Louis attended at home. Davis two boys, C.J. Tuttle, Kirkham, Geo. Reiff, 2, Burkholder, 2, Lowrey, John Hooks, Fry & our two teams hauled the corn. Frys shelled it for 1 - c. a bu. Found all horses & men.
Sunday Sept. 27 - It rained some today. The girls & Louis were to S.S. Frank & I were home all day.
Monday Sept. 28 - I washed a weeks wash & after dinner I went to W. & settled with Butler for my corn. 1199 bus. at 28 - c. per bu., $341.71. Frank & Louis hauled cobs down to the house & hauled the husks & dirt out in the hog lot & burned them. It looks for rain.
Tuesday Sept. 29 - I took in four hogs, 1110 lbs., at $2.80 - $31.08, sold to J.R. Burkholder. I then went to Logan with A.P. Lathrop & paid taxes, $28.87. Came back with Cowan. Brought $31.60 road funds for W.J. Callender & $53.00 for L.L. Deuel, also road funds. The boys took weeds off the potato patch & brought in straw for litter.
Wednesday Sept. 30 - The boys filled up east side of corn crib. Marm & I was visiting at Lowreys this afternoon. Mr. Lowrey & I was over to Knapps to see Bows for L.'s threshing. Frank went to W.
Thursday Oct. 1, 1885 - Bertha, Marm & I went to Woodbine. The boys helped Lowrey thresh this afternoon. I was up to Geo. Reiffs this afternoon.
Friday Oct. 2 - The boys was at Lowreys all day threshing. I worked on the weeds on the potato patch. Marm & Bertha was down to Tuttles visiting. I took them down & back.
Saturday Oct. 3 - Frank went to Minden. Louis & I went with him over to Panama to the train. Then Louis went to Woodbine this evening. Today was pretty cool.
Sunday Oct. 4 - I was home all day. The girls were to S.S. Louis was visiting the neighbors. It was very cold this morning. Ice - inch on horse trough.
Monday Oct. 5 - I took a hog (210 lbs.) to town, sold to Sam Holms at 3 c., $6.30. Frank came home from Minden & him & Louis gathered potatoes this afternoon, 16 bus. in sellar & 5 in the crib. H. Burk. was here this evening.
Tuesday Oct. 6 - Louis & I were to Dunlap Fair. It was not much of a Fair but we enjoyed ourselves. Frank stayed at home.
Wednesday Oct. 7 - I washed & sorted potatoes. The boys gathered potatoes all day. 16 bus. in the sellar & 35 in the crib. It is cold & windy this evening.
Thursday Oct. 8 - The boys gathered potatoes all day, about 34 bus. in the crib. I churned & helped in the house all day.
Friday Oct. 9 - Louis & I was up to see some young thoroughbred bulls at L. Dunhams. Frank took a load of cobs to Davis that were borrowed. Mr. & Mrs. Gilchrist was here to supper. Frank went east.
Saturday Oct. 10 - Frank & I went to Woodbine, sold 33 bus. potatoes. Louis was up to Morgans to see a bull but did not see anyone on the place. We took a steer to Gilchrists that we sold.
Sunday Oct.11 - It rained last night & near all day today. Louis was over to Burks. Frank was over east. F. went east again this eve.
Monday Oct. 12 - It rained all day & is pretty cold. Frank came home at noon, he then took a load of potatoes to W. Louis went with Burk's boys & Late Green guning.
Tuesday Oct. 13 - This was a fine day. The boys were down to see if they could get Collin's bull but he was not at home. I sorted the rest of the potatoes. The boys husked a load of corn this afternoon. Frank was at Collins again this evening, did not get the bull.
Wednesday Oct. 14 - The boys husked two loads of corn, 12 rows. Marm & I were to visit at G.L. Chapmans, up to Dunlap. Giles was not at home. Frank took Topsy & rode over to Roches this evening. I bought the old March harvester from Moore.
Thursday Oct. 15 - The boys husked all day, 20 rows, 4 small loads. I planted five trees in the hog lot & helped in the house. C. Tuttle said some of our pigs were in his corn. I must look after it.
Friday Oct. 16 - The boys husked all day, 26 rows, 4 loads. Wm. Burk. was here this forenoon, we settled. I paid him $5.00, which makes us square. I was to W. this afternoon.
Saturday Oct. 17 - The boys husked until noon, then they went to woodbine with 18 - bus. potatoes, sold to S. Holmes at 25 c. per bu. I cut stalks all afternoon.
Sunday Oct. 18 - The girls were to S.S. Louis & H. Burk. were over at the river, Frank was over to the river too. He went to Roches this evening.
Monday Oct. 19 - Louis & I was over to E.L. Roberts sale, G.E. Reiff was there too. We did not buy anything. Everything sold high, except a thoroughbred bull sold for $38.00. Frank husked all day.
Tuesday Oct. 20 - Louis & Frank helped Yount to thresh. F. helped half a day & Louis all day. F.'s work squared Deuel & us on threshing. I cut stalks & finished all that are husked.
Wednesday Oct. 21 - The boys husked all day. I washed in the forenoon & went to town in the afternoon. Frank went over to Roches this evening.
Thursday Oct. 22 - The boys husked al day. I was to town & made arrangments with Wm. Cromie to ship 350 bus. corn. I was down to Tuttles & Kirkham to get them to haul corn.
Friday Oct. 23 - We shelled & sold 356 bus. corn to Wm. Cromie at 22c. per bus., $78.52. Frank took a load to town & then he husked until 4 - P.M. F. went out with his gun after chickens.
Saturday Oct. 24 - Frank husked all day. Louis went over & brought Davis's bull & served cherry & shy today. Louis then went out & husked a load of corn this afternoon. I helped him awhile this evening. I was over to see how Mrs. Burk. is & paid B. for hauling corn to town.
Sunday Oct. 25 - Louis & the girls were to S.S. Frank went over east this evening with team.
Monday Oct. 26 - The boys husked all day. I washed & chored.
Tuesday Oct. 27 - It rained all day so we sit in the house all day.
Wednesday Oct. 28 - The boys did not husk, too muddy. John Hall & C. McMillen were here to dinner. Mr. Garrison (Sheriff) was here this eve. The boys went to W. I was over to Burks.
Thursday Oct. 29 - The boys husked all day. I washed the bed clothes & some other clothes.
Friday Oct. 30 - The boys husked all day. I was in Logan all day attending to a law suit as witness in the McMillen road case. Stopped at Lusk House.
Saturday Oct. 31 - The boys husked all day. I was at Logan all day as a witness & came home this eve.
Sunday Nov. 1, 1885 - Wm. Burk. & I went over to see Mr. Blakeman & found out how the McMillen Road suit went. $108.00 damages for the Murtaugh girls. Frank went over to Roches.
Monday Nov. 2 - The boys husked all day. I churned & helped in the house. I helped Louis husk awhile this evening. F.M. went to Woodbine this evening.
Tuesday Nov. 3 - The boys husked until noon, then Marm, the girls & Louis went to Woodbine. Frank & I went & put in our votes, came back & husked two rows of corn before Louis got back.
Wednesday Nov. 4 - The boys husked all day. F.M. got done early, he went over to Davis. I was to town to see how the election went. I was told it is all Democratic.
Thursday Nov. 5 - The boys husked all day. I set some posts for a cattle shed. Mr. Kellogg was here all afternoon. I bought 8 - bushels apples at $1.00 a bu., $8.50. It is raining a little this evening.
Friday Nov. 6 - It rained near all day. Frank was to town & brought lumber for a cattle shed. Louis & I set the posts for a cattle shed.
Saturday Nov. 7 - The boys went out late to husk but they husked until sundown. I was to W. for the mail & churned.
Sunday Nov. 8 - Louis & the girls were to S.S. F.M. went over East. I staid home all day.
Monday Nov. 9 - The boys husked all day. I worked some on the cattle shed & helped in the house. Nettie & may Roche came this afternoon. Frank took the sorrels & went to Woodbine with Nettie & May this evening. Clarence Kellogg was here this evening.
Tuesday Nov. 10 - The boys husked all day. I worked all day on the cattle shed & finished it. Clarence Kellogg was here this evening.
Wednesday Nov. 11 - The boys husked all day. I was over to Kelloggs & after dinner I went to town & brought corn meal from the Mill. Frank, Louis, Nettie & May with others went over to surprise Davis this evening.
Thursday Nov. 12 - It snowed some early this morning. The boys husked all day. I carried some cobs in the old crib, churned & set a post at a gate & helped Louis husk about an hour this evening. The boys came home late last night or rather early this morning.
Friday Nov. 13 - Louis husked all day, I helped him 1 - hours. Frank quit at 4 P.M. & then went to another party. I washed today.
Saturday Nov. 14 - Frank came home late & did not go to husk until late. He husked two small loads & Louis husked two good loads with my help this afternoon, so L. & I went to W. this eve.
Sunday Nov. 15 - The girls were to S.S. Louis was over to Deuels & F.M. went over east.
Monday Nov. 16 - The boys husked all day. Louis broke his neck yoke so I made one & then helped him to husk his two big loads & then Louis took Davis bull home F.M. went to W. this evening.
Tuesday Nov. 17 - The boys husked all day. I helped Louis & then L. & I went to the Mill & W. for mail, flour & groceries. Marm went along to Burks.
Wednesday Nov. 18 - The boys husked all day. I helped Louis two hours then I went to W. for my watch. Nettie & May Roche came this evening.
Thursday Nov. 19 - The boys husked all, except F.M. took the Roche girls home at noon. I helped Louis this afternoon, it husked tough today.
Friday Nov. 20 - The boys & I husked all day. C.J. Tuttle got the loan of a singletree. He broke one of his. The boys went over to the Lyceum at Kelloggs school house.
Saturday Nov. 21- The boys husked all day. I was to town for the mail. It is raining this evening.
Sunday Nov. 22 - The girls were to S.S. Louis was over at Kelloggs & F.M. went over to Roches. Marm & I staid at home. Cloudy all day.
Monday Nov. 23 - The boys husked all day. I helped Louis a good bit. F.M. husked 14 rows L.B. & I 16 rows, west of the house.
Tuesday Nov. 24 - The boys husked all day. I fixed the old crib E. of the barn to fill with corn & part of it with cobs. I carried a lot of cobs in & done the chores. F.M. went over to Bronsons this eve. & Louis went down to Collins.
Friday Nov. 25 - The boys finished husking this morning at 8 o'clock & then they went to a shooting match at John Hooks place. I was to town & subscribed for the Youths Companion & Demorest. F.M. went over to Roches to husk. Louis went to the Lyceum.
Saturday Nov. 26 - I was in town today. Louis helped Damery husk this afternoon which makes us square on threshing change. The cows did not come in & it is very dark & Cloudy. F.M. is over at Roches husking yet.
Sunday Nov. 28 - Louis husked all day for Mr. Lowrey, 55 bus. at 3c. per bu. F.M. came home soon after dinner. He was to W. for the mail. Herbert Roche came with him.
Sunday Nov. 29 - The girls were to S.S. The boys went with Herbert R. guning but got nothing. Herbert & Frank went over this to Roches.
Monday Nov. 30 - Louis husked for Mr. Lowrey until noon, 25 bus. Then him & I went to W. & brought 1500 lbs. soft coal, 25c. per cwt, $3,75. This evening we fixed to put the coal away.
Tuesday Dec. 1, 1885 - Louis husked all day for Mr. Lowrey, 46 bus. I was down to Tuttles, up to Burks & over to the new school house & painted lard cans.
Wednesday Dec. 2 - Louis husked all day for Mr. Lowrey, 44 - bus. I washed a large wash, the girls helped.
Thursday Dec. 3 - Louis husked all day for Mr. Lowrey, 40 bus. I was to town for the mail & my watch.
Friday Dec. 4 - It blew a regular old fashioned blizzard & blew a large part of our hay away & tore our stacks all to pieces. It snowed a good bit today. 12 above
Saturday Dec. 5 - Louis & I was in town & brought 1410 lbs. of soft coal & F.M.'s box of photo goods.
Sunday Dec. 6 - The girls were to S.S. I was down to Tuttles, took mail down. Frank came home last evening. 6 above 2 above
Monday Dec. 7 - It snowed & blowed all day & is cold. The boys were to W. this afternoon. Zero
Tuesday Dec. 8 - It snowed all day but did not blow. This is a heavy snow fall. F.M. tried his camera but did not take. Zero - 4 above
Wednesday Dec. 9 - This was a fine day but cold & this is the heaviest snow fall in one day that we got since we came to Iowa. Frank took a negative of Louis playing on his guitar. F.M. & I were sleighing this afternoon to exercise the horses. The snow is deep & not broke yet as we were the only ones that were on the road since it snowed. 8 above - 4 above
Thursday Dec. 10 - This was a fine day. F.M. & Louis were to Dunlap & this evening Herb. Burk. & the boys went over to the Lyceum.
Friday Dec. 11 - This was a very nice day. I washed & churned & Marm baked. F.M took a negative of the buildings on our farm. Louis & the girls went to Geo. Reiffs this evening. 6 above
Saturday Dec. 12 - Frank & I went to W. & the Mill. The boys took another view of the buildings. 6 below - 8 above
Sunday Dec. 13 - The girls were to S.S. The boys were home all day for a wonder as they are always away on Sunday. 8 below
Monday Dec. 14 - Louis & I were to W. today & F.M. was guning & got six rabbits. A fine day. 4 below
Tuesday Dec. 15 - I was over & got some mortar from Mr. Deuel to patch a hole in a wall & then went up to H. Reiffs sale, from there I went to W. & got a drum for the stove pipe upstairs, paid $1.65 for it. F.M. was to Dunlap & Louis & H. Burk. were guning & got 3 rabbits
Wednesday Dec. 16 - I washed today. The boys took a couple of negatives of the farm buildings.
Thursday Dec. 17 - This was a fine day. The boys were to Dunlap & this evening they went over to the Lyceum.
Friday Dec. 18 - I fixed the grainery doors so they will slide easy & churned butter & baked. The boys went over to Roches this eve. The girls were down to Kirkhams & at Tuttles.
Saturday Dec. 19 - Louis & I were to Woodbine F.M. went tot Dunlap. I took the Grandfather clock in to get cleaned.
Sunday Dec. 20 - The girls were to S.S. Frank went over east this evening. It was very warm today.
Monday Dec. 21 - Louis went to town for L. oil. F.M. went to Dunlap this afternoon. Louis & I painted the kitchen walls one coat of oil paint.
Tuesday Dec. 22 - Louis & I gave the walls another coat of paint. May Roche came this afternoon & went with Louis to Woodbine this evening.
Wednesday Dec. 23 - Frank came home last night. We cut & bound a new carpet for the kitchen. F.M went to Panama this afternoon. Mat R. went with him. I churned this evening.
Thursday Dec. 24 - Frank came home this morning 10 A.M. Louis & I fixed up the large hay stack, the wind storm had upset it. This afternoon Louis & I went to Woodbine. I bought a splendid guitar for a Christmas present for Louis. Nettie R. came with Frank.
Friday Dec. 25 - This is Christmas and a very fine warm day. Frank, Louis & Nettie went over to Roches & this evening Louis came home alone. Ma, the girls & I staid at home.
Saturday Dec. 26 - I was to town for the mail & stopped at the new school house. The board met & accepted the building from the contractor. Frank came home this evening. The girls & I was up at Younts this evening to singing class.
Sunday Dec. 27 - The girls were to S.S. at Younts house. The boys were both home all day. I was over to the new school house this afternoon. There will be school tomorrow, the first in the new house.
Monday Dec. 28 - This was a drisling day. Louis took Frank to Dunlap & I was to Woodbine. I made a bench to stand the wash bind on to wash.
Tuesday Dec. 29 - It rained slowly near all day. I washed & made a bake board. Louis helped, I churned.
Wednesday Dec. 30 - We had a heavy snow last night. This evening Kirkham, Youny & boys Mrs. Burk. & boys & Amy were here to sing. It is soft & muddy this evening.
Thursday Dec. 31 - Cloudy & warm all day. Louis & I commenced to make a camera to take pictures. We think we can make one.