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).
Tuesday Jan. 1, 1889 � Louis & I shelled corn & fixed Louis's Guitar case & cleaned out the stables & watched the eclipse of the sun.
Wednesday Jan. 2 � Louis was to town & brought a small box with a tin can in it, from D.A. Yoder, Reading, Pa. I am on the sick list again with a very bad cold. H. Burk., J. Yount were here this evening practicing music. Nellie DeCou, Misses Ford & Markham came with the boys.
Thursday Jan. 3 � I was in the house all day. Louis & the girls went to the Lyceum.
Friday Jan. 4 � I am much better but still keep in the house. Bertha went over to visit the school. Ma went to visit with Mrs. Tuttle. Louis went over to W.H. DeCou & to town.
Saturday Jan. 5 � Louis hauled out manure. I was in the house all day as it is damp & looks for rain. Louis went to town this evening.
Sunday Jan. 6 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Chas. Smith was here visiting near all day.
Monday Jan. 7 � Louis was to town with Tuttle. I was out awhile this afternoon.
Tuesday Jan. 8 � Mr. & Mrs. Yount were here visiting today. Damery had a white cow here.
Wednesday Jan. 9 � Louis was to Younts last night to practice music. Louella DeJean was here visiting Bertha. Louis was to town.
Thursday Jan. 10 � Louis cleaned out the stables & shelled corn. I was out a little today. Bertha washed. I helped a little. Louis and the girls went to the Lyceum.
Friday Jan. 11 � Louis was to town today. I was out awhile today & chored some. Louis went over to W.H. DeCou's to practice music with the boys.
Saturday Jan. 12 � Louis & the girls were to Dunlap to have their pictures taken as the last negatives were broken. I.A. DeCou was here to go with us to the Alliance. I was out awhile & done some chores this afternoon.
Sunday Jan. 13 � Louis & Millie were to S.S. H. Burk. came home with Louis & staid to supper & spent the evening with us. I done some of the chores.
Monday Jan. 14 � It snowed a little & then turned into rain, but did not rain much. Louis was to town today. I helped to do the chores. Lula Reiff came home with Millie & stays over night.
Tuesday Jan. 15 � It rained all night & near all day. C. J. Tuttle was here & visited a long time. Lula R. & Millie were to school although it is very slippery.
Wednesday Jan. 16 � It was quite warm this morning. The snow & ice are all gone but this evening it snows again & is growing colder. Geo. Reiff & Wm. Burk. were here this eve. to see if I were going to Logan to the Co. Alliance.
Thursday Jan. 17 � Louis was to town today. I helped to do the chores & started to make a new milk closet. Louis & the girls went down to the Lyceum.
Friday Jan. 18 � Ma was down to see Mrs. Tuttle. They have a girl baby. Louis was down to see Charley. I worked a little at the milk closet & chored.
Saturday Jan. 19 � Louis & I went to town with C.J. Tuttle to hear N.B. Ashley lecture on Farmers Alliance work. We came back with G. Reiff. Louis went to town tonight to see the Indian show.
Sunday Jan. 20 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Mr. Chauncey. P.A. DeCou's brother-in-law was here this evening.
Monday Jan. 21 � Louis cleaned out the stables and broke the wheelborrow wheel, then shelled corn & then got his hand caught & squeezed one of his fingers pretty badly.
Tuesday Jan. 22 � Louis & I fixed up the fence at the gate the colts broke off the post. Frost is about 12 in deep. L. & M. went to Nichols dance tonight.
Wednesday Jan. 23 � Louis was to town. I struck my finger with the hammer & it is very sore. Yesterday Louis got his finger caught in the corn sheller & it too is also very sore.
Thursday Jan. 24 � Ma & Louis were to Dunlap to have Ma's picture taken. Chas. Nichols was here near all afternoon. Louis & the girls went to the Lyceum.
Friday Jan. 25 � Louis was to Dunlap to fetch the negatives to send to Frank. I was working at the milk closet & helped to do the chores.
Saturday Jan. 26 � Louis was to the Alliance Bertha was down to Tuttles to fetch the mail. I helped Louis to chore & shell corn. I gave the milk closet a coat of paint.
Sunday Jan. 27 � It snowed & blowed all night& part of today & is cold. None of us were to S.S.
Monday Jan. 28 � Louis was to Woodbine to send Frank the negatives we had taken in Dunlap. I cleaned some oats & fixed a partition in the horse stalls. Mr. Kirkham was here awhile today.
Tuesday Jan. 29 � We broke the wheelborrow wheel again. I fixed it & cleaned some oats. Louis shelled corn & chored around.
Wednesday Jan. 30 � I was over to I.A. DeCou. Louis was to town. I.A. DeCou was here and got a sack full of ears of seed corn. J.R. Burk. was here to buy our fat cattle. Jess offered us $90.00 for two steers & a cow.
Thursday Jan. 31 � Louis was to town today. I cleaned oats & chored around. Louis & the girls went to the Lyceum. Nellie & Amy were to supper & went with our girls.
Friday Feb. 1, 1889 � We worked all day to get a costume ready for Louis so he went to the Masquerade this evening & I was down to Kirkhams with Wm. Burk. to do Alliance work.
Saturday Feb. 2 � I finished the milk closet, chored & churned. I was down to C.J. Tuttle for the mail. He gave me a check for eight dollars for Bull service for 4 calves.
Sunday Feb. 3 � Louis was to S.S. Millie is not able to go out yet, but is better. Ma had a bad headache.
Monday Feb. 4 � Louis was to town and Mill. Bought two sacks of flour at $2.75. W.H. DeCou was here this evening & bought out yearling steers for $80.00. It snowed a little & is very windy.
Tuesday Feb. 5 � Louis was to town & paid a note to Kibler Bros. for $25.00 & 50 cents interest on same. I was down to Kirkhams with Wm. Burk. to work on Constitution & By-laws for County Alliance.
Wednesday Feb. 6 � I cleaned some oats & chored around. It is cold 15 below zero.
Thursday Feb. 7 � This was a very fine warm day. Louis & I were to the Lyceum. The girls were not well enough to go. Louis mulched the fruit trees.
Friday Feb. 8 � It snowed a little today. I was down to Kirkhams & C.J. Tuttle. There were neither of them at home. I cleaned some oats. Louis was over to DeCou's.
Saturday Feb. 9 � Louis & I were to the Alliance. I was also down to see Mr. Kirkham. This was a very fine day. I paid 10� Alliance dues today.
Sunday Feb. 10 � Louis & Millie were to S.S. I was up to see Mrs. DeJean. She is much better today. I called at Tuttles & got two dozen eggs.
Monday Feb. 11 � Louis was to town & I cleaned a few bus. of oats. Fine day.
Tuesday Feb. 12 � Ma & I washed today. Louis separated the hogs & mulched some of the fruit trees. Millie was over to W.H. DeCou's last night.
Wednesday Feb. 13 � W.H. DeCou sent me a check for $80.00 & the boys tried to take the four head of yearlings & had to leave them here as they could not drive them away. Jake Weiss was here & offered us $90.00 for two steers & a cow, all fat butcher stock. Did not accept his offer. Louis was to town. Mat McKean came this afternoon.
Thursday Feb. 14 � I was to town & sold two fat steers & one cow to J.J. Weiss, the butcher for $90.00. Louis & I helped DeCou to drive over four head of yearlings. Louis & Millie went over to the Lyceum this evening. C.J. Tuttle was here today.
Friday Feb. 15 � J.J. Weiss sent for the cattle he bought, we helped to drive them over the bridge. Mat went home today. Louis went to town with C.J. Tuttle It rained a little yesterday & today but not much.
Saturday Feb. 16 � I was down to Tuttles & Younts. C.J. Tuttle had two cows here, only one was served. It snowed today & last night.
Sunday Feb. 17 � C.J. Tuttle had a cow served this morning. Louis & Bertha was to S.S. I was over to Deuels to see Herbert. He is sick with Inflamitory Rheumatism. Herbert Burk. was here to supper.
Monday Feb. 18 � Louis & I were to town and bought Timothy & Clover seed. I got my watch & is warrented for a year. Cost $1.50.
Tuesday Feb. 19 � Louis was to town today. I chored around the barn. This evening Miss Ford, Frank & Nellie DeCou, Herbert, Jesse & Amy Burkholder came. The boys practiced music on their instruments.
Wednesday Feb. 20 � Louis done all the chores. I sewed on the machine all day. This was a fine day. Cold.
Thursday Feb. 21 � Louis was down to John Hall's sale. C.J. Tuttle went with them. Mr. Lowrey's horses & mules was up in our house yard today. They broke down the gate that leads in from the pasture. Louis & the girls went to the Lyceum this evening.
Friday Feb. 22 � This was a cold day. Louis walked to town for the mail. I choped two holes & set two fence posts where Lowrey's horses broke down. We stufed the cellar windows with straw this evening. They were not closed up this winter as it was mild so until now.
Saturday Feb. 23 � I was down to see Mr. Kirkham & Nichols. This afternoon Kirkham, Louis & I were down to the Alliance. There was no meeting.
Sunday Feb. 24 � We all staid at home today.
Monday Feb. 25 � Louis had a very bad cold. I was down to Kirkhams and qualified as Township Trustee. The hogs killed one of the sows that we turned over in the other yard.
Tuesday Feb. 26 � Louis & I went to town. I paid Mathews & Kling twenty dollars on acct. of lumber bill. I came home with C.J. Tuttle.
Wednesday Feb. 27 � I was over to Burkholders this morning. Louis hauled out two loads of manure. C. Tuttle brought our wagon box & single tree home. I made a gate in place of the one Lowrey's horses broke down.
Thursday Feb. 28 � Millie has the measles. Dr. Edwards was here. I was down to Logan to County Alliance, had no meeting as Scarlet Fever is there and quarantine would not allow us to meet. Louis cut stalks part of today & one load of manure. Paid 75� for medicine to Dr. Edwards.
Friday Mar. 1, 1889 � Louis hauled out two loads of manure & finished cutting the stalks on the upper piece next to Reiff's line.
Saturday Mar. 2 � Louis was to town this afternoon. Louis forked the manure away from the hog sheds. This evening we went to town again, got a Mandoline through F.M. Smith, $30.00.
Sunday Mar. 3 � Chas. Nichols brought the beef I promised to buy. He killed it Feb. 21st I did not like to take it but I did to save hard feelings. Tuttle was up to ask after Millie.
Monday Mar. 4 � I was to town to take the mandolin back as it was cracked. I stoped at Reiffs & Burks on my road home. Louis & I was to the school meeting. Mr. Kirkham was re-elected Sub Director. Louis sowed some clover with the seeder. I disced a couple of hours.
Tuesday Mar. 5 � I was up to Reiffs & got 13 bushels of Rye, paid 35� a bu. for it. Bertha went with me this afternoon. I.A. DeCou & wife were here They stayed to tea. He got another bu. of corn for seed, paid me 25� a bu. for it.
Wednesday Mar. 6 � This morning I went to town to see the Dr. & get � bu. clover seed. I cut stalks this afternoon. Louis worked at the Rye piece. Disced & seeded.
Thursday Mar. 7 � Louis was up to J. Tuttles and brought a calf, we pay $5.00 for it in July next. C.J. Tuttle & I were in town to attend the Co. Alliance meeting. Louis disced the Rye this afternoon but did not finish.
Friday Mar. 8 � Louis tried to disc but it was much too frozen. He was over to see H. Burk. Four of them have the Measles at Burks. I was in the house all day with a very bad cold.
Saturday Mar. 9 � Bertha is very full of Measles & her face is much swollen as was Millie's also. Millie is getting on fine but does not go out yet. Louis was to town. C.J. Tuttle was here to tell us Mrs. DeJean will be buried today at 11 A.M. Louis finished discing Rye this afternoon. It is still frozen some.
Sunday Mar. 10 � We all staid at home today. John Yount was here this evening. Bertha is geting better slowly.
Monday Mar. 11 � Louis sowed clover seed & harrowed. I was to town & brought Louis Mandolin. I forgot about Township Meeting. Bertha is getting better. I cut stalks � day.
Tuesday Mar. 12 � Louis sowed Timothy & harrowed. I cut stalks about � day. A pedler (Mr. Burns from Sioux City) had dinner & feed for his horse.
Wednesday Mar. 13 � I cut up the beef & put it in salt. Louis finished on the Rye & sowed Timothy seed on the old pasture. I cut stalks from 10 A.M. until 6 P.M. Dan Howarth was here awhile today.
Thursday Mar. 14 � I cut stalks until noon & went to town to see the Dr. about Millie. Louis sowed Timothy. He went over to Burks this evening.
Friday Mar. 15 � He put the colts in the stable last night when he came home. It rained & froze as it fell. We done nothing today.
Saturday Mar. 16 � It rained a little last night, but freezes as it falls. Louis went up to Mill & to town. I helped Ma in the house. The girls are not up yet but get along fine.
Sunday Mar. 17 � Herbert Burk. was here all day. It rained a little. When he left to go home we gave him an old umbrella. Bertha was up awhile but Millie was not.
Monday Mar. 18 � We washed today. Louis finished sowing the Timothy. The girls are getting along nicely.
Tuesday Mar. 19 � Louis was to the timber & brought 25 Oak posts from Nelson Donaldson at 8� apiece. I cleaned some oats & was over to Burkholders. Lewis Burk is very sick & is also Mrs. Burk. with Pneumonia. Amy is also sick in bed yet, effects of Measles. Damery's children are all sick with the Measles. Reiffs children are all better.
Wednesday Mar. 20 � I was to Burks. all night. Lewis is not expected to live. Louis brought another load of posts (30) I cut stalks about � a day today.
Thursday Mar. 21 � Whitey droped a heifer calf last night. Louis & I each brought a load of posts, 55 in the two loads. Lewis Burkholder died at 5 � this evening. I cut stalks two hours. I helped to lay out L. Burk., then came home.
Friday Mar. 22 - We hauled out two loads of manure then went to Lewis Burks. funeral & went to W. for the mail. I was over to Burks. & Damerys this eve.
Saturday Mar. 23 � I brought a load of posts (25) from Donaldson's. Louis raked stalks and burned them.
Sunday Mar. 24 � Mr. Kirkham was here, also John Yount & Herbert Burk., the latter staid to supper. Geo. Reiff was here awhile. Henry DeCou sent a man to hire. We are going to try him. A litter of four pigs.
Monday Mar. 25 � Louis raked & burned stalks & I brought 20 posts, the last which makes 150 posts in all that we got from Nelson Donaldson. Will Henry, from Webster County, Iowa, commenced to work today at $16.00 per month, hired for one month. I was down to Kirkham this evening.
Tuesday Mar. 26 � A German stoped here all night. Got supper & breakfast. He is looking for work. Louis seeded oats & Will run the disc. John Yount was here this evening.
Wednesday Mar. 27 � Louis seeded oats. Will run the disc. We put Dep on the disc with three old horses. I took Ma over to Burks. after dinner. She walked home.
Thursday Mar. 28 � Louis finished seeding oats at noon. Will run the disc all day with the four horses. Louis cut stalks about half the afternoon. Willie Damery died today. We washed today. A litter of four pigs.
Friday Mar. 29 � Louis & I was to Willie Damery's funeral. Will disced all day. Finished this evening.
Saturday Mar. 30 � I was to town with C.J. Tuttle & Louis cut stalks until noon and then went to the Alliance, but was no meeting. Will harrowed near all day. He helped Louis with two cows that droped calves. This evening sent for Will's clothes. Shy & Gypsy each droped a bull calf.
Sunday Mar. 31 � We staid home all day. This evening was down to Tuttles & Kirkhams. Louis went away this evening after doing the chores.
Monday April 1, 1889 � Will finished harrowing the oats at noon, he then raked & burned stalks & Louis cut stalks. The Trustees met at Kirkham's where I was 12 hours as one of them, equalizing assessments & other work.
Tuesday April 2 � Will cut stalks all day. Louis hauled out two loads of manure & chored around. Mr. Norton, Wm. Probasco & I as Trustees were down to view a fence that is not on the line between Steve Moore & L. Mefford.
Wednesday April 3 � I finished cuting stalks at 11 A.M. Louis & Will set posts for the new pasture. I was over to see how Mrs. Burk. is. Mr. Burk. told me she is worse again.
Thursday April 4 � Will raked stalks. Louis worked at the fence. I helped awhile but could not do much. The boys burned stalks this evening. Finished at 10 P.M. John Hooks stoped here on his way to Kirkhams.
Friday April 5 � Louis & Will both worked at the pasture fence. I washed & hung up the beef to dry off a little to smoke it. Mr. Norton, J. Hooks & Steve Moore were here about a bridge that must be moved in Hooks road district. Morton & I as Trustees ordered a survey to be made to establish a stake to put in the bridge that is to be moved. It was ordered that Morton go to Persia and bring up Mr. Snyder to make the survey needed.
Saturday April 6 � Louis had a lame arm & could do but little work today. Will worked at the pasture fence all day. Louis was to town to see the Doctor about Ma. She has pain in her teeth for several days. I was down to Kirkhams. Louis brought some medicine for Ma.
Sunday April 7 � Louis was to town twice for the Doctor. The second time he got him. Dr. drawed three teeth for Ma. H. Burkholder & John Yount was here to supper. The girls were to S.S. Nice day.
Monday April 8 � Will sprouted potatoes until noon. Louis took Millie to school. This is the first day of the spring term of school. Afternoon the boys finished the pasture fence. It rained last night & some today.
Tuesday April 9 � Louis was to town to see the Dr. about his arm which was sprained somehow. He plowed a little this evening. Will sprouted potatoes until noon, then he hauled five loads of manure.
Wednesday April 10 � Will hauled manure until after dinner, 7 loads & then plowed until 6 P.M. Louis was to town again & got another plow sharpened.
Thursday April 11 � It rained last night. Will plowed all day. Louis was up to Reiffs to see about Alliance work. This afternoon he worked in the berry patch. At 6 � P.M. it rained heavy.
Friday April 12 � It rained heavy last night & near all night. It is very wet this morning. Will & Louis cut potatoes for planting & plowed & harrowed three of four harrows for a hedge in front of the house along the road. I washed today.
Saturday April 13 � Louis & Will cut some potatoes and then went to planting them. I went to town with C.J. Tuttle & brought beef he smoked for us. Cool & cloudy all day.
Sunday April 14 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. This was a fine day.
Monday April 15 � Will & Louis planted potatoes. I was over to Burkholders twice today. Mrs. Burkholder died at 8:15 this evening. Louis & I were to town tonight to get J.R. Burk. to come out to Wm.
Tuesday April 16 � Will & Louis finished planting potatoes at noon. Will plowed this afternoon & Louis helped C.J. Tuttle to plant potatoes.
Wednesday April 17 � Will plowed all day. Louis & I was to Mrs. Burkholder's funeral. She had a very large funeral. It rained some today & a good bit of rain last evening.
Thursday April 18 � Will plowed all day. Louis, Yount, Ed Kinney & DeJean helped finish up Burk's oats. I was to town this afternoon & sold a load of hogs.
Friday April 19 � Will plowed all day. I took a load of hogs (6 head) in to J.R. Burk., 1540 lbs. at $4.25. Louis worked in the garden. This afternoon Ma, bertha & I were to town.
Saturday April 20 � Will plowed all day. Louis scoured his plow & plowed a couple hours& then at 4 P.M. him & I went to town.
Sunday April 21 � Louis, the girls & Ma were to S.S. J. Yount came home with them & staid to supper & spent the evening.
Monday April 22 � Will plowed all day & Louis plowed part of the forenoon & part of the afternoon. Ma & Bertha were up to Reiffs this afternoon. I took them up after dinner & brought them at 5 � P.M. I planted Russian Mulberries this afternoon.
Tuesday April 23 � Louis was to town & Mill last evening. He came home late. Will & Louis plowed all day. I planted Russian Mulberries.
Wednesday April 24 � Will plowed all day. Louis plowed near all day, then disced a little on the fall plowing. I finished the planting of Russian Mulberry trees and chored around.
Thursday April 25 � Will finished plowing at 3 P.M., then commenced to harrow. Louis run the disc on the fall plowing. We burnt off the meadow this evening. Mr. Lowrey & his men helped us to keep the fire out of his grove.
Friday April 26 � It rained until very near noon. The boys sprouted potatoes & got down corn for seed. Mr. Lowrey was here with his horse to breed F. Did no good.
Saturday April 27 � Will harrowed all day. Louis worked at the seed corn & chored until noon. I was to town in the forenoon. After dinner Louis & I went to the Alliance. We meet next at the P.V. Schoolhouse. We put dehorning liquid on four of our calves to try it.
Sunday April 28 � They were all to S.S except Will & I. H. Burk., J. Yount & A. Deuel were here.
Monday April 29 � Will disced all day on the fall plowing. Louis got ready & planted some. I went to Dunlap with Reiff & brought some extras for planter.
Tuesday April 30 � Will disced all day. Louis & I were to town & got the planter fixed. It would not work. I was over to I.A. DeCou & paid him $35.00 on acct. of interest. Topsy foaled last night.
Wednesday May 1, 1889 � Louis planted corn all day & Will harrowed all day. I washed & churned & chored around. Topsy's colt died this evening. It lived three days. I buried it this evening.
Thursday May 2 � Will Henry left this morning. I paid him $20.00 in full. Louis planted all day. He finished the lower piece at 4 P.M. I fixed fence & chored around. I buried Topsy's colt last night.
Friday May 3 � Louis planted corn all day. I was to town & Mill. I fixed two hog troughs & chored.
Saturday May 4 � Louis planted all day. I chored & went to town after dinner. The girls went with me as far as Reiffs. Wm. Burk. went with me to town.
Sunday May 5 � All but Ma were to Meeting. Mr. DeLar preached Lewis Burkholder's funeral sermon.
Monday May 6 � Louis finished planting at noon today. I droped for C.J. Tuttle this afternoon & Louis harrowed. Frank came home this evening. I was over to Burks. this eve.
Tuesday May 7 � Wm. Burk. helped Louis to plant our sweet corn & beans, then Louis went over to start him planting with our check rower. I took Topsy up & bred her to Probasco's big horse. H. DeCou got two bus. seed corn. G. Reiff got a bu. I was to Lowreys with Flora but no good.
Wednesday May 8 � Louis harrowed all day. I took Frank to town this morning & fetched him this evening.
Thursday May 9 � It rained last night & near all day today. Louis & I fixed the hog fence at the run and was caught in the rain & got wet.
Friday May 10 � I took Frank to the train this morning. After dinner I droped corn a couple of hours for C.J. Tuttle. Louis harrowed near all day & finished the lower piece at 6 � P.M.
Saturday May 11 � I took 1630 lbs., seven head of hogs to Burk., at 4�, $65.20. Louis worked in the garden. I went to town again this afternoon. L. & I was to the Alliance at our Schoolhouse.
Sunday May 12 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. I was sick all day. J. Yount was here with DeJean's colt.
Monday May 13 � I was over to I.A. DeCou to see if we could find the Government stake. C.J. Tuttle chained across the two sections east & west. I then covered our hedge plants with brush to keep the little off them & helped Louis to do the chores.
Tuesday May 14 � I was over to I.A. DeCou again. He did not know where the stake was so we got L.L. Deuel to show us where it is. I then took Flora up to Lowrey and after dinner Lowrey & I chained across the two sections again, East & West on the road in front of our house there is about four and a half rods short some where between the government stakes of sections eight & nine. I offered to divide the loss with him but he would not agree with anything, not even to a new survey. He wants me to leave it as it is.
Wednesday May 15 � It rained nice last night and a little today. I was to town & took Capt. Nagen's chain back. I took some of the irons off the old wagon box. Mr. Yount was here this evening for awhile.
Thursday May 16 � I worked at a new wagon box near all day. Louis worked in the garden & helped me a little. C.J. Tuttle was here quite a while. It was cloudy near all day and this evening it was raining.
Friday May 17 � Louis was down to Younts & got a few tomato plants & planted them. I worked some at the new wagon box. John & Harry Yount, Jesse Burk. & Louis went fishing this evening.
Saturday May 18 � I churned this morning. The girls, Ma & I were to town this afternoon. Wm. Burkholder brought the planter & check rower home this evening. He finished this afternoon.
Sunday May 19 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. I was down to see how his sick horse was. She is al right again. It rained some today.
Monday May 20 � I washed this morning and this afternoon I took Flora over to Chas. Davis & bred her to Lowrey's horse. Louis cultivated some this forenoon & this afternoon he harrowed on the south piece.
Tuesday May 21 � I was up to Probasco's with Topsy & then went to Dunlap & looked at some cultivators. Stoped at Probasco's and took dinner with them & then went out & looked at the colts. He has a large number of them. Paid for the colt that died, am to have the next one for nothing, $20.00. Louis harrowed until noon, then cultivated this afternoon.
Wednesday May 22 � Louis cultivated all day & I worked at the wagon box & chored around. Janie, a heifer calf.
Thursday May 23 � C.J. Tuttle sent me up to James Tuttle for his wife to help in the house as his wife & baby are sick. Bertha went to town with Minnie to stay until Saturday. Louis cultivated all day. I chored & was down to Kirkhams.
Friday May 24 � Louis cultivated all day. I looked for a man to cultivate corn for C.J. Tuttle. I was to town this afternoon. I helped to do the chores.
Saturday May 25 � Louis cultivated until noon. I worked at the new wagon box. We were both to the Alliance Henry DeCou brought Millie home. C.J. Tuttle brought Bertha home from town, where she had been since Thurs.
Sunday May 26 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Herb Burk. was here to dinner.
Monday May 27 � Louis cultivated all day. I fixed fence & painted the new wagon box. Louis & I were down to the Alliance meeting. Ordered & paid for 50 lbs. twine at 16 � � per lb. & 5 gals Kerosene at 70� for five gallon can.
Tuesday May 28 � Berry droped a calf this morning. I took Topsy up to Probasco and bred her to DeBillie. Louis cultivated all day, finished the south piece the first time & some of the potatoes. It is raining this evening & is cold. Chas. Nichols bred his grade cow this eve.
Wednesday May 29 � Louis cultivated near all day. We wrote some letters & papers to August Post & I went to town & got a draft at the Commercial Bank. Sent it off for twine, oil & State dues.
Thursday May 30 � Louis cultivated all day. I fixed fence near all day. We used chemical dehorner on six calves. C.J. Tuttle borrowed a cultivator shield. He broke his.
Friday May 31 � Louis cultivated all day. I fixed fence, shelled corn & cored in general. Louis went over to the boys to practice.
Saturday June 1, 1889 � Louis cultivated all day. I painted the R.F. wagon. The girls were out riding this evening.
Sunday June 2 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. It is still too cool at night & very dry.
Monday June 3 � Louis cultivated all day & I washed this forenoon. This afternoon I was to town, got two sacks of flour at Kibler's.
Tuesday June 4 � I took Flora down to Lowreys. I then went with Mr. Morton down to look after the bridge, got signers to the petition between sections 27 & 28. I was down to Kirkhams & Tuttles this evening. Louis cultivated all day. Mr. Jordan was here today.
Wednesday June 5 � Louis cultivated all day. I & Morton was to Logan in the interest of Road District No. 3. Had a meeting at Kirkhams this evening.
Thursday June 6 � Louis cultivated all day. I worked at a top box for the wagon.
Friday June 7 � It rained fine last night. It is to wet to cultivate this morning. I done nothing.
Saturday June 8 � It rained last night & this forenoon. Louis went to town this afternoon. I am not so well so I do not go out much in the rain. I churned & I took the H.L. Oil to Deuel, Tracy & G.E. Reiff this evening.
Sunday June 9 � All were to S.S. except me. C. Kellogg & his hired man were here quite a while.
Monday June 10 � Louis cultivated all day. Had several small showers of rain today. I painted the running gear of the R.F. wagon & fixed Flora's stall. Dell is swelled under the jaw this eve.
Tuesday June 11 � Louis cultivated all day. I was up to Probasco & to town with bertha & Ma, then took Flora up to Lowrey. Louis went over to the P.V. School House to practice music with the boys.
Wednesday June 12 � Louis cultivated all day. I churned & washed & chored around the yard & stables.
Thursday June 13 � Louis cultivated all day. Mrs. Reiff & Mrs. James Tuttle were here visiting. I didn't do much today but chore.
Friday June 14 � Louis cultivated until 10 A.M. We then went to town & got the binder twine. I was down to Tuttles & Kirkhams this eve.
Saturday June 15 � Louis cultivated until noon. It rained heavy after dinner. The girls went over to Burks. They are going to surprise Amy. I took three bales of twine to Younts, Wm. Burk. was with me & stayed here until near night as it rained very heavy after we got home from Younts. The girls did not come this eve. as it is still raining heavy, 10 P.M.
Sunday June 16 � No one was to S.S. It rained last night.
Monday June 17 � Pretty wet but Louis cultivated all day, but started late this morning. I fixed the fence down at the run to keep the hogs in the pasture, shelled corn & chored around. W.H. DeCou was here to know when we are going to shell our corn. He wants some of it.
Tuesday June 18 � I was up to Probasco with Topsy & Dell. Louis cultivated all day. I was up to Lowreys. He was not at home. A pedler, Simon Rosenbaum stops here this evening for the night. I weighed Topsy & Dell, 1060 lbs. & 980 lbs. respectively.
Wednesday June 19 � Louis cultivated all day. This afternoon he cultivated the potatoes. I striped the running gear of wagon & made a top box & cut a lot of corn out of the potatoes & chored.
Thursday June 20 � It rained heavy last night & near all day. I was sick in the house today.
Friday June 21 � It was too wet to cultivate today so Louis was to town. I was in the house all day. C. Nichols has a cow served this eve.
Saturday June 22 � Louis planted cucumber seed and hoed Morning-Glories until noon. This afternoon he cultivated & fixed up the riding cultivator & went out & tried it awhile. We both came in early as Louis broke something at his cultivator & I had to fix something at the rider.
Sunday June 23 � Louis, Ma & the girls were to S.S. & were down to Tuttles to see how the baby is geting. I was at home all day. I chored & shelled corn.
Monday June 24 � It rained until noon. Louis was over to Deuels near all day. I worked at the wagon box & done chores. Louis is over to Deuels this evening. J. Yount & J. Tuttle was here.
Tuesday June 25 � Louis went to town this morning. I took Topsy to Probasco & bred Dep to his large horse. I cultivated awhile this afternoon to try the rider. Tuttles baby died last night.
Wednesday June 26 � I was at Tuttles all night last night. We were all to the funeral. Louis, the girls & I stopped at W.H. DeCou's and had supper with good Ice Cream & lemonade to top off on.
Thursday June 27 � Louis cultivated all day & I cultivated half a day, chored the rest of the time.
Friday June 28 � Louis & I cultivated all day. I done the chores except the milking. Louis cultivated later than I did.
Saturday June 29 � Louis cultivated all day & finished for the second time through. I cultivated from 5 o'clock A.M. until 10 � A.M. I then went to Kirkham's house with S.W. Morton but K. was not at home. After dinner Morton & I went to the Alliance Meeting. Cherry was served this morning.
Sunday June 30 � There was none to S.S. Belle & Kate Boustead were visiting until night, they then went to Tuttles where Kate works. Janey was served this morning.
Monday July 1, 1889 � Louis & I both cultivated all day. Louis & the girls were over to W.H. DeCou to a party goten up to surprise Frank DeCou. Very hot today.
Tuesday July 2 � Louis & I both cultivated all day. Done a big days work. Was cool all day.
Wednesday July 3 � Louis & I cultivated all day. The corn is very big for this time of year.
Thursday July 4 � Louis & the girls went to the celebration early. I cultivated until noon & then took Topsy & rode to the celebration. Louis came home to do the milking & then went to town again. The girls stayed at W.H. DeCou's.
Friday July 5 � Louis hoed some in the potato patch & chored around. I finished the wagon box, shelled corn & chored around. I was also to town & Mil. This evening I was down to see Kirkham about some Trustee business.
Saturday July 6 � Louis hoed some in the potato patch. I fixed hog fence. Afternoon Louis & I both worked at a new hog fence. It was very hot. The girls were to Reiffs this afternoon.
Sunday July 7 � I was over to Morton & down to Wm. Probasco to tell them of the Trustees. Louis & the girls were to S.S. The girls went horse-back riding. Amy Burk. was here visiting.
Monday July 8 � It rained off & on all day, some very heavy thunder showers. I churned & ground the ax & helped around the house.
Tuesday July 9 � I picked weeds out of the hedge row in front of the house until noon & helped Louis to get Mr. Lowrey's cattle out of our hog pasture & fix the fence. After dinner I went to a meeting of the Trustees at Mr. Kirkham's house. Was there seven hours. Louis finished picking weeds out of the Russian Mulberry trees. I received a check for $5.50 dollars from Town Clerk for time spent at Trustee Meetings.
Wednesday July 10 � I washed, Louis cultivated the sweet corn & potatoes. Louis & I were to town this evening. We sold our corn to R. Yeibley at 23� per bu. with � the advance. I mowed weeds on the road 1 � hours.
Thursday July 11 � I was over to Fergusons to get them to shell for us. I then went around to get haulers. I then went to town. I got $10.00 from R Yeibley & Son. Louis worked on the road on the hill in front of our house two hours.
Friday July 12 � We shelled corn all day. We took 25 loads to town, had 13 teams in the morning & 12 afternoon. Wm. Burk took Dep to Probasco. Did not take.
Saturday July 13 � We finished shelling at 9 � A.M. Took four loads in. Two went to W.H. DeCou, 108 bus. I was at the county Alliance meeting for awhile. Settled with Yeibley, 1474 Bus. at 23�, $239.05. Louis was to town this eve. Got caught in the rain. Wm. Burk. worked 1 � days at cobs.
Sunday July 14 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Nellie & Frank DeCou were here to dinner. Frank came back & spent the evening.
Monday July 15 � Louis mowed, raked & bunched the oats around the outside of our oat field. I churned & chored around some then I went to town & sold hogs. C.J. Tuttle got one of our horses to cut oats. It was too green to cut yet.
Tuesday July 16 � Louis & I each took hogs to town. Sold to J.R. Burkholder at $3.65, 7 head, 1690 lbs., $61.65. C. Nichols & Kirkham each had a cow served this morning. It rained near all day.
Wednesday July 17 � We reshocked the hay oats & put binder together. Commenced to cut at 3 P.M. He cut nine rows around, worked late. It was very hot today. I was over to Wm. Brewsters this evening. Lee Williams rode lead horse.
Thursday July 18 � It rained & blew very heavy last night. A good bit of the corn is blown down. I was over to get Willis Towne to shock oats. I was also to Woodbine. Tom Lewis came about 9 � A.M. & commenced to shock. They cut oats this afternoon. I was over to tell Willis not to come.
Friday July 19 � Louis cut oats & Tom Lewis shocked & Lee Williams rode the lead horses all day. I chored.
Saturday July 20 � The boys cut oats until 4 o'clock which finished cuting. I was to town for the mail. I paid Tom Lewis $2.50 in full. Worked 2 � days at schocking.
Sunday July 21 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. They drove up to Reiffs for a ride.
Monday July 22 � Louis & I hauled out manure on the pasture. Tom Lewis came at noon. Him & Louis put hay in the barn & hauled out manure. I was to see Levi Stewart this evening but he was not at home.
Tuesday July 23 � It rained all night & is too wet to do anything. Louis & Tom were to town to see Cecil. He can't come to thresh before next week so we are going to stack. I was over to Towne's & both Willis & George are going to help stack. I was also over to Furgusons & paid Frank twenty-three dollars for shelling 1574 Bus. of corn. 1325 bus. at 1 � cents & 250 bus. at 1 � cents per bu.
Wednesday July 24 � Louis & Tom hauled out manure. At noon we found the colts broke down the fence between Lowrey's & our pasture. Dot & Nick are both cut very bad. We put on wagon grease as we had nothing else at the time.
Thursday July 25 � Willis & Geo. Towne & Tom Lewis helped us stack oats. We commenced at 9 � A.M. & worked until 3 P.M. when it rained pretty heavy & is still raining, 9 P.M.
Friday July 26 � Louis & Tom worked at the strawberries & small fruit which is very weedy. Bertha, Millie & I were to town this afternoon.
Saturday July 27 � We stacked all day, finished at 6 � P.M. I paid Willis & Geo. Towne $2.50 & $1.50 respectively & gave Tom Lewis $2.00 which leaves me in his debt $2.00 for the want of change. This was a fine day.
Sunday July 28 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Geo. DeJean was here quite a while.
Monday July 29 � We washed the colts sores & dressed them. We then put a fence around oat stacks. After dinner we hauled up the oats we cut for hay & stacked it in the yard.
Tuesday July 30 � Louis threshed at Geo. DeJeans � of a day, came home at 5 P.M. Ma & I was to town and stoped at the Mill for corn meal. Nellie DeCou was here this evening.
Wednesday July 31 � Louis & I each took a load of hay to town, One for Mr. Deputy, 1670 lbs. $3.35. One for Dr. Buxton, 2140 lbs., $4.28. We also put some spoiled hay in the Catalpa Grove for mulch. It rained very little this evening.
Thursday Aug. 1, 1889 � Louis & I each took a load of hay to town, one for S.B. Kibler, 1630 lbs., $3.26, one 2090 lbs., $4.20 for J.R. Burkholder. This was a fine day.
Friday Aug. 2 � Louis & I each took a small load of hay to town, one 1550 lbs. for Clark March to be paid for next week & one 1320 lbs., for S. Winter, $2.65. Sold all we could spare. I received a check from W.H. DeCou for $25.00 for 108 22/ bus. of corn at 23� per bu.
Saturday Aug. 3 � Louis hoed mellons & cucumbers & dug potatoes. I cleaned out the stables & chored around. W then hauled old hay to mulch the apple trees I then went to W. & Louis hauled out manure. I paid Mathews & Kling $30.57 in full to date & C. Reed & Co. $12.70 in full to date.
Sunday Aug. 4 � Louis & I washed the wounds of Dot & Nick. It took us two and a half hours. Louis & the girls were to S.S. Ma, the girls & I were out buggy riding this eve.
Monday Aug. 5 � Louis hauled out loads of manure & I mulched Catalpa trees. Louis & the girls went over to W.H. DeCou's.
Tuesday Aug. 6 � Louis & I hauled out manure all day. This afternoon Misses DeJean, Watkins, Kinney & Reiff were here visiting with our girls. W. & D. stayed to supper.
Wednesday Aug. 7 � It rained near all day. We mulched the fruit trees & Louis fixed the fence to keep the small pigs in. C.J. Tuttle was here today.
Thursday Aug. 8 � Louis fixed up the buggy shed to keep out the hens. I was to town the forenoon & this afternoon Louis & I both worked on the road 4 � hours, at the small bridge between Kirkham's fields.
Friday Aug. 9 � We were all down to Reiffs at the Ice Cream Festival last night, it rained some. We came home at 2 o'clock in the morning. Today Louis & I worked on the road, Louis with team, I worked on the bridge. I settled with the Road Supervisor & paid him 85� cash road tax & he owes me $1.57 for overwork.
Saturday Aug. 10 � Louis hauled out manure. I was to town & brought home a patented hay rack for which I gave $10.00 & 40� freight & some lumber, one dollar & 10�.
Sunday Aug. 11 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Louis drove Dep to the buggy.
Monday Aug. 12 � Louis hauled out manure until 5 P.M. when it rained so that we had to quit. I always helped him to load & cleaned up the manure that was scattered.
Tuesday Aug. 13 � Louis hauled out manure. I helped Millie to wash. I was not well so staid in the house all afternoon.
Wednesday Aug. 14 � Louis finished hauling manure at noon. After dinner Louis dug potatoes & I scoured the sulky plow with a brick. Millie was over to DeCou's. They want her to go to Magnolia with them tomorrow. Louis took her over in the buggy.
Thursday Aug. 15 � We got ready to plow. Louis & I both plowed about a good half a day. A.D. Jones was here & Chas. Nichols was here & paid me eight dollars on acct. He owes me a balance of $1.10 & the hauling of two loads of corn to town.
Friday Aug. 16 � Louis plowed all day. I was up to Dunlap to a called meeting to organize a creamery. They started one at $.00 a share to raise $3500.00 to start with. A man can take all the shares he wants and has a vote for each share he has paid up.
Saturday Aug. 17 � We both got out to plow very late this morning. I was down & helped C.J. Tuttle at a sick cow so I didn't get to plowing, after 10 o'clock. Louis plowed until after 5 P.M. Bertha & I were to town this afternoon Louis is going to W. tonight.
Sunday Aug. 18 � All were to S.S. but me. An Indian, Yellow Smoke's son was here today. I gave him a quarter of a dollar.
Monday Aug. 19 � Louis & I plowed all day. Herb Burk. was here this evening Louis went with him to see the boys about going to Mo Valley to the Circus.
Tuesday Aug. 20 � It rained when we got up. We went to plow at 10 o'clock & mad two rounds when it rained heavy. We both got wet. We went out again at 3 o'clock & plowed until six o'clock.
Wednesday Aug. 21 � Younts boys, H. Burk. & Louis went to the Mo valley to the Circus. I plowed until noon, then I & the girls went to town. An Agent for road grader was here to sell this Township a $225.00 road grader. Pearl Kibler came home with us.
Thursday Aug. 22 � Louis plowed awhile this morning. He had to stop to drive Lowrey's cattle out of our pasture. I was to W. & got a plow sharpened this morning. Louis & I worked at the fence between Lowrey's & our pasture until near night.
Friday Aug. 23 � Louis & I worked at the fence until near noon. Louis plowed & I took the girls to town as Pearl had to go home.
Saturday Aug. 24 � Louis & I plowed all day. Millie was visiting with the Kibler girls & came home with C.J. Tuttle. Bertha went to town & came home with Tuttle.
(No note of Sunday 25th)
Monday Aug. 26 � It rained a little this morning so we did not go to plow until 10 o'clock, plowed until six P.M. H. Burk. & Nellie DeCou came this evening & Louis & the girls went with them over to Mrs. Damery's to visit and make a little music.
Tuesday Aug. 27 � Louis & I plowed until 3 P.M. when we finished. I got some green corn for the pigs & Louis dug a few potatoes. Jesse Tuttle stoped here awhile on his way to C.J. Tuttle from James Tuttles.
Wednesday Aug. 28 � Louis helped W.H. DeCou to put up Millet � of a day. I was to town. After dinner I went with Mr. Traynor to see Morton and Probasco about buying a Road Grader. We had quite a discussion but did not buy it as Morton thought it should fill dirt from the top to the bottom of our hills. Traynor took dinner & fed his horses here.
Thursday Aug. 29 � Louis & I fixed up to get ready to thresh tomorrow. I was to town this afternoon. The girls went with me as far as W.H. DeCou's.The girls & I took supper with DeCous.
Friday Aug. 30 � We threshed from 8 A.M. to 3 � P.M., got 750 bus. nice oats. We then cleaned up the scattered oats & cut green corn for the pigs.
Saturday Aug. 31 � Louis & I fixed up the fence that we had to take down to thresh & fenced in the straw stack. After dinner we went to the Alliance.
Sunday Sept. 1, 1889 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. This evening they went up to Dunlap to the Catholic Church.
Monday Sept. 2 � Louis & I were to town & after dinner we went over to Mortons to a Citizens Meeting to start a Creamery, there was $1190.00 subscribed, shares $1000 each. I did not subscribe, Louis neither, Mat came this evening to help us make hay.
Tuesday Sept. 3 � Louis & Mat snaped a load of corn. Then Louis mowed Foxtail of the potatoes & Mat picked out corn for seed. It looks very much for rain. They raked the Foxtail & put it along the fence under the trees.
Wednesday Sept. 4 � Louis cut grass for about an hour then it rained heavy until about 4 P.M. Mat gathered a row of potatoes before the rain. Louis & Mat went over to DeCous & went to town with them. They came home at 7 P.M.
Thursday Sept. 5 � Louis cut grass from 10 A.M. until night. Mat hauled out manure & raked & bunched some hay. Ma, Bertha & I were to town.
Friday Sept. 6 � The boys & I cut raked & bunched & hauled up two loads, one we hauled up after supper. The wind was very troublesome & the gophers have made mowing very bad.
Saturday Sept. 7 � We hauled up two loads then M. went to rake what I cut last evening, so we could bunch before dinner. I was to town and the boys brought up two loads before supper.
Sunday Sept. 8 � Louis & the girls were down at the Center School House at the S.S. Convention for the Township. Mat went over to Loyers.
Monday Sept. 9 � Louis & Mat with one team threshed at Geo. Reiffs all day, finished late. I snaped corn for feed & chored around all day. Mr. Kirkham & C.J. Tuttle were here to tell us when to come to help thresh.
Tuesday Sept. 10 � We brought up three loads on the stack & 1 � in the barn. Mat & Louis with a team threshed at C.J. Tuttles this afternoon & this evening the boys went to town. I gave Mat 50�.
Wednesday Sept. 11 � Mat & Louis & I helped Mr. Kirkham � a day with one team. Mat & I hauled up 1 � loads of hay and put it in the barn. Louis cut grass. Mat dug a few potatoes. It rained heavy this eve.
Thursday Sept. 12 � The boys snaped corn and picked out some for seed, raked & cocked some of the hay & gathered some of the potatoes. i was to town. The girls were up to Reiffs.
Friday Sept. 13 � The boys hauled up two loads of hay. Put in barn. I cut grass all day & I raked some. The boys bunched it up. It looks for rain this evening. Chas. Nichols was here to ask for help for threshing tomorrow.
Saturday Sept 14 � It rained last night. The boys went down to Nichols. Mat stayed and helped them thresh � day & Louis came home & chored around until Mat came home then they both went with C.J. Tuttle to town & Mat went home. It rained again this evening.
Sunday Sept. 15 � The girls were to S.S. Louis raked some of the hay that was down in the rain & I bunched it up. Louis & the girls went to town to church this evening. Mat came back this afternoon.
Monday Sept. 16 � The boys hauled up four loads of hay, put it in the second stack. I mowed & shocked. The boys raked & shocked.
Tuesday Sept. 17 � The boys hauled up two loads of hay. It was so windy they stoped & snaped corn for seed. I was to town. I cut & raked some & the boys bunched it this afternoon.
Wednesday Sept. 18 � The boys hauled up 4 � loads of hay, one load in the second stack, 3 � in the barn. I was over to Probasco's sale & Millie & I washed a large wash in the forenoon. Ma visited at James Tuttles. Ma, C.J. & I took supper at J. T's. We had a special meeting this evening to discuss the picnic.
Thursday Sept. 19 � The boys hauled up 4 loads of hay, three in barn, one in small stack. I was to town & Mill for meal.
Friday Sept. 20 � The boys hauled up two loads of hay & finished about 3 P.M., then got ready for digging potatoes. I took 24 bus. corn to Dally. Sold at 22�. Mr. Damery rode home with me. He came home from Colorado looking better.
Saturday Sept. 21 � Mat & I was to Logan, came home late. I sold George, $95.00 & Cub, $65.00, to the Weeks Brothers. We staid in Woodbine to the Delegate Convention to get a ride home. It rained some.
Sunday Sept. 22 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Ma & I were visiting at the Burkholders. The Yeagers were there.
Monday Sept. 23 � Mat & Louis helped Lowrey to thresh all day. I was down to Logan & brought our buggy home with the old horses.
Tuesday Sept. 24 � Louis & Mat threshed at Lowreys about a quarter of a day & then they snaped & picked seed corn. I was up to Reiffs to tell him to fix his fence as our cattle were in his corn. I was up to Younts & got � bu. tomatoes.
Wednesday Sept. 25 � Mat & Louis hauled corn for Mr. Lowrey, but Louis had to bring his horses home. Topsy was to lame to pull. He took C.J. Tuttles team & took that load to town. Mat hauled two loads, he came home late, 9 P.M. Which makes three loads for today.
Thursday Sept. 26 � Mat hauled a load of corn for Mr. Lowrey. Louis helped W.H. DeCou to thresh. This afternoon Mat & I hitched up Dep & Nick, the colts & drove over to Morton & fetched out wagon from C.J. Tuttle. They drove first rate.
Friday Sept. 27 � Mat & Louis snaped a load of corn. Mat picked seed out of it. Louis wet over to Knapps & helped him thresh in W.H. DeCou's place. Mat & I were to town with the colts. We were all down to the Alliance meeting.
Saturday Sept. 28 � Mat & Louis dug potatoes until noon, then Mat & I went to W. The girls went with us as far as McKinneys. Wm. Burk. went with Mat & I to town. Mat went home. Louis & the girls were to DeJeans.
Sunday Sept. 29 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Mat came back this afternoon. I was sick, did not go out of the house.
Monday Sept. 30 � Mat helped I.A. DeCou to thresh. Louis went to W.H. DeCou to fetch his cattle home. Wm. Evans came to see me about a sick woman that he thought needed assistance. I went over & got Mr. Morton, then we got Mr. Kirkham & went to see this woman but she refused assistance, saying she did not need any. I spent ten hours looking up this matter.
Tuesday Oct. 1 1889 � Mat & Louis finished the potatoes. We only got about 15 bus. from about an acre. They also pulled up the beans & threshed them, about a bushel. I helped some in the house then I went to Woodbine. Mat went home to go to the Mo. Valley fair.
Wednesday Oct. 2 � I was to town this morning. We all then went to the Alliance picnic. I did not feel well all day so could not enjoy myself. Louis & the girls went riding with Herbert, Nellie & Miss Stearns.
Thursday Oct. 3 � Louis helped Younts thresh this afternoon, � a day. I was to town to see if the coal came. Louis, H Burk. Miss Stearns, Nellie, & our girls went horse back riding last evening.
Friday Oct. 4 � Louis helped Burkholders to thresh all day. I was to town to see if the coal came. Mat came home with me. He has a lame arm. Louis & the girls, Herbert & Jesse went to Watkins to a dance.
Saturday Oct. 5 � The boys picked a little seed corn then drove the colts. They bitted Dell & took her over to DeCous & weighed her. Nick, 1140, Dep, 1060, Dell 980. Ma & I were to town with the wagon.
Sunday Oct. 6 � Frank came home this afternoon. He traded his Photography Galery for 160 acres of land & a team and buggy. The girls went to church with J. Yount & H. Burk.
Monday Oct. 7 � Louis was to town to see if the coal had come, Mat husked a little corn. I was at the Center Schoolhouse at t Trustee Meeting to settle with the Road Supervisors.
Tuesday Oct. 8 � Mat & Louis each husked a small load of corn. Frank drove his colts to town. Ma & Bertha went with him. Jake Weiss was here. I sold him four cows & two yearling heifers off the grass for $92.00. The boys threshed at Younts this afternoon with one team.
Wednesday Oct. 9 � I took in two hogs, 740 lbs., at $3.60 to J.J. Weiss & Mat helped Seppica to drive in six cows, sold to Weiss for $92.00. Louis husked corn. Mat & Louis husked this afternoon. I was over to see Morton & Reiffs.
Thursday Oct. 10 � Mat & Louis with one team was to help Yount to thresh all day. I was to Logan to the Insurance Annual Meeting. I paid Kiblers $100.00 on act.
Friday Oct. 11 � The boys & I took our cattle down to Nichols and got eight of them dehorned, then Mat & I drove Dot with Dep for awhile. Louis & Mat husked this afternoon. Frank & I were to town this afternoon. Louis, J. Yount & H. Burk. went to town this evening.
Saturday Oct. 12 � Mat husked until noon. I helped him. Louis husked all day. I took Frank to the train with his team, to go to Logan Louis & the girls went over to W.H. DeCou's to practice music.
Sunday Oct. 13 � Louis, Herbert & the girls went down to Center School House to S.S. Frank & Mat came home this evening. Ma & I was to S.S. with Frank's team.
Monday Oct. 14 � Louis husked 12 rows. Mat & I husked 16 rows. Frank was to town. I received an Official Letter from Sec. Rusk of Washington.
Tuesday Oct. 15 � Mat & Louis husked all day. I was to Logan to County Alliance meeting. Reiff, Kinney, Tracy & Burk. were there. It rained a little this evening.
Wednesday Oct. 16 � I was up to tell Gilchrist where his stray steer is. Mat & I husked 16 rows, Louis 12.
Thursday Oct. 17 � Mat & I husked 16 rows, Louis husked 12 rows. Frank was to town. C.J. Tuttle was here this eve. awhile. W.H. DeCou & family, H. Burk. & the school teacher were here until late.
Friday Oct. 18 � Mat is pretty lame in the hand. He went home this morning. Louis husked 12 rows. Frank & I were to town.
Saturday Oct. 19 � Louis & I husked 5 rows together & then went to Ed Porter's funeral. It was the largest funeral I saw in Iowa Frank, the girls & Ma was in town today.
Sunday Oct. 20 � Louis took Frank to town. The girls were to S.S. Frank DeCou & H. Burk were here visiting. L. went over to DeCou's this evening.
Monday Oct. 21 � Mat came home last night. Louis husked 8 rows on the south piece. got two large loads. Mat & I husked 18 rows. Frank went guning down on the bottoms with Beldin this morning.
Tuesday Oct. 22 � Louis husked 8 rows on the south piece. Mat & I husked until noon. A Mr. Newman was here with Mr. Clark to sell some merchandise for $85.00, which I did not want. Then Frank & I went to town. Mat & I husked 14 rows on the N. piece
Wednesday Oct. 23 � Louis husked 8 rows on the lower piece. They make a good big load. Mat & I husked 11 rows on the upper piece which finished it & 4 rows on the South piece. Mat went to town this eve.
Thursday Oct. 24 � The boys each husked 8 rows. I helped to wash. After dinner Frank & I went to town.
Friday Oct. 25 � Louis & I husked 8 rows before dinner. Mat husked 4. Frank & I went to town with the old team for coal but the car has not come yet. Louis & mat with one wagon husked 6 rows this afternoon.
Saturday Oct. 26 � Louis & I husked 6 rows before dinner, mat 8 rows all day. I was to town & brought 2620 lbs. coal. Louis was to the alliance this afternoon. Amy is here tonight.
Sunday Oct. 27 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. I was over to Burks.
Monday Oct. 28 � Burk. hauled one load 2060 lbs., I hauled two loads & got in all 8280 lbs at $3.25 per ton, $13.45. The boys with one team husked 12 rows. I paid $8.50 for H. Younts coal. Paid on act. of threshing to Younts $8.50.
Tuesday Oct. 29 � Louis husked 10 rows. Mat & I husked 10 rows, then went to town. He got a suit ($13.50) of clothes at Kiblers. I got a coat & vest ($13.00) & an overcoat ($20.00) they sent for to Chicago.
Wednesday Oct. 30 � Louis husked 8 rows. Mat & I husked 6 before dinner. Mat husked 4 rows & Frank & I were to town this afternoon. It rained slow near all day.
Thursday Oct. 31 � It rained last night & is wet this morning so the boys each husked 4 rows this afternoon, too wet this forenoon. Frank was to town & brought a new dresser for the east room. It is raining fast now 9 � P.M.
Friday Nov. 1, 1889 � It snowed last night & rained & snowed all day. there is a good bit of soft snow on the ground. C.J. Tuttle & J. Yount were here today.
Saturday Nov. 2 � It was too wet & muddy to husk. Mat went home. Frank & Louis went to town, took Mat along. I went to Woodbine with Mr. Burkholder. Amy was here this afternoon and John Yount was here this evening.
Sunday Nov. 3 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. John Yount was here to dinner. Herb Burk. was here to supper. Bertha went down to Meeting with J. Yount, Herb & Nellie.
Monday Nov. 4 � Louis husked 4 rows. I washed. After dinner frank & I went to town. Mat came this evening.
Tuesday Nov. 5 � Louis husked 4 rows in forenoon. Mat husked 4 rows in afternoon. I was judge of the election, Louis & Mat was both to the polls & voted.
Wednesday Nov. 6 � I was at the election poles near all night. At 4 O'clock I left there with the poll book & took it to Logan & gave it to Will Stern, Deputy Auditor. I came to W. on the 11 o'clock train & came home with Deuel & Morton. The boys husked 15 rows, L. 8 & M. 7.
Thursday Nov. 7 � Louis & Frank husked 16 rows, Mat husked 7. I was to town for the mail.
Friday Nov. 8 � Louis & Frank husked 8 rows before dinner. Louis husked 4 rows after dinner. Mat & I husked 13 rows. Frank was to town & received mail that started him this evening for Osceola, Nebr.
Saturday Nov. 9 � Louis & Mat husked 9 rows which finished husking for this fall. Ma, Millie & I was to town. Mat & Louis went to town & brought a barrel of coal oil for the Alliance.
Sunday Nov. 10 � Amy, Herbert & their father, Ma, the girls & I were to visit Will Yeagers. We had a fine day. Mat & Louis cleaned the chimneys as the fires would not burn. Louis & Bertha went to church this eve.
Monday Nov. 11 � We measured out the coal oil to Reiff, Kinney, Burk, DeJean, Tuttle & our own. Louis husked for W.H. DeCou this afternoon. I was to town for the mail.
Tuesday Nov. 12 � Ma, the girls & I was to town to have the girls measured for a coat each. Louis husked all day for DeCou. I cleaned out the stables & done the chores.
Wednesday Nov. 13 � Louis husked all day for W.H. DeCou. I wheeled the manure from Gem's stall. I carried old hay in to the hogs pens & raked it up around the stacks & Yard.
Thursday Nov. 14 � Louis husked all day for W. H. DeCou. I was to town for the mail. Burk. went along. I took Tuttles mail down.
Friday Nov. 15 - Louis husked all day for W. H. DeCou. I chored around the yard.
Saturday Nov. 16 � Louis husked all day for W.H. DeCou. I chored around & was to town. Louis & the girls went over to W.H. DeCous this evening.
Sunday Nov. 17 � Mike & Lewis McMillen were to dinner & went with Louis & the girls to S.S.
Monday Nov. 18 � Louis husked all day for W.H. DeCou. I washed & chored around.
Tuesday Nov. 19 � Louis husked all day for W.H. DeCou. I chored & went to town. J. Yount went along. I bought Louis & I each a watch from F.M. Smith.
Wednesday Nov. 20 � Louis husked all day for W.H. DeCou. I chored & was to town. F. DeCou, H. Burk., Nellie DeCou & Miss Sterns were here this evening.
Thursday Nov. 21 � Louis husked all day for W.H. DeCou. Frank came home today. I chored around. They finished husking at DeCou's.
Friday Nov. 22 � Frank left early this morning. Louis took him to the Depot. I went with W.H. DeCou down to V. Peckenpaugh where we each bought a boar pig for six dollars. We came home late.
Saturday Nov. 23 � Louis & Ma went to town. The girls went over to W.H. DeCou's. I chored around. This evening after supper Louis went over to DeCous to bring the girls home.
Sunday Nov. 24 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Ma & I staid at home.
Monday Nov. 25 � I drove Frank's team to Logan Mr. Kirkham went with me. Louis was to town. Old Flora was fast down in the creek. Louis had hard work to get her out.
Tuesday Nov. 26 � I helped Millie to wash. Louis chored around. I was over to Mortons to see them hull Clover & got some signers to a petition to Congress for a National law. It snowed quite lively today.
Wednesday Nov. 27 � Louis was to town. I was in the house all day, not feeling very well. It snowed a little bit last night.
Thursday Nov. 28 � This was a fine day but cold. W.H. DeCou & family were here to a Thanksgiving dinner. We all enjoyed their visit.
Friday Nov. 29 � We done nothing but chored. A fine day.
Saturday Nov. 30 � Louis & I were to town. I got a good number of signers to Petition to Congress, Ma & the girls were up to visit at Reiffs. Lewis McMillen & his mother came this evening visiting.
Sunday Dec. 1, 1889 � Herbert & Jesse Burkholder were here. They all except me were to S.S. The McMillens started for home after they came from S.S. This was a very fine day. I was down to Tuttles & Kirkhams.
Monday Dec. 2 � I went to town and to the neighbors to get them to sign the Petition to Congress. Louis worked around the yard.
Tuesday Dec. 3 � Louis & I set posts for a new hog shed. After dinner Bertha & I went to town.
Wednesday Dec. 4 � I worked at the fence & hog shed. Louis was to town & brought 660 ft. boards for hog shed.
Thursday Dec. 5 � Louis & I worked at the hog shed near all day. This was another damp cloudy warm day. Louis & the girls went to the Lyceum. This is the first this fall.
Friday Dec. 6 � Louis cleaned out the stables & helped me at the hog shed & fence. It was cloudy all day but not cold.
Saturday Dec. 7 � I made fence along the rode in front of the corn cribs. Louis was to town. Minnie & Lulu Reiff and Helen Kinney were here to work on their quilts.
Sunday Dec. 8 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. & went with Herbert & Amy to town to church.
Monday Dec. 9 � I washed. Louis got the stalk cutter ready. Afternoon I cut stalks & Louis started to plow.
Tuesday Dec. 10 � I broke off the toung of butter yesterday. I put the toung of the old harvester in & then cut stalks in afternoon & finished about 4 � P.M. Louis plowed.
Wednesday Dec. 11 � Louis plowed & Ma & I were to town & down to Tuttles. The Old Gent is pretty sick. I was at Tuttles this evening until 10 o'clock.
Thursday Dec. 12 � I was to town. C.J. Tuttle went along. Louis plowed all day. The girls & Louis went to the Lyceum. A very pleasant day.
Friday Dec. 13 � I sit up with Old Mr. Tuttle last night. He is getting much better. Louis finished plowing west of the house. Louis & I were to the Alliance Meeting this evening. this was a fine day.
Saturday Dec. 14 � I was down to see Mr. Tuttle. He is not so well this morning. After dinner Louis & I went to town. The girls were up to Reiffs at the Sewing Society Meeting. this evening H. Burk. & Amy came over.
Sunday Dec. 15 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. I was down to Tuttles. The Old Man is not much better today. This evening Louis, the girls were up to Gilchrists & other neighbors to collect Christmas tree.
Monday Dec. 16 � Louis & John Yount took the S.S. organ to F.M. Smith to tune & clean it. I shelled corn & chored.
Tuesday Dec. 17 � I was up with Mr. Tuttle all night with Wm. Burkholder. Louis & the girls were over to W.H. DeCou's with others to practice music & recitations for Xmas.
Wednesday Dec. 18 � Louis & Ma were to town & brought out the organ to the school house. I was down to Tuttles twice today. I shelled corn & chored.
Thursday Dec. 19 � It rained a little today. This evening it is snowing some. We cleaned out the stables & carried in some straw. The girls & Louis went to the Lyceum this evening. I was down to Tuttles.
Friday Dec. 20 � This is a cloudy damp day. Louis & the girls went to town with the rest of the committee to buy things for the Xmas tree.
Saturday Dec. 21 � Louis & I was to town. Miss Alice Ford came out with Louis. I came out with C.J. Tuttle. I was down to see how Mr. Tuttle is getting along this morning. Tuttle broke the evener to his buggy in town.
Sunday Dec. 22 � Louis took Miss Ford home after dinner. The girls were to S.S. H. Burk. & Amy were here this evening until late.
Monday Dec. 23 � I washed, Ma helped. Louis, H. Burk. & J. Yount were down to Will Yeagers shooting for ducks & turkeys. Louis got one turkey & three ducks. This evening Louis, the girls Amy & Herbert went over to DeCou's to fix up for the Xmas tree.
Tuesday Dec. 24 � Louis was over to the School house to fix up the Xmas tree. I done the chores. This evening we all went over to see the Xmas tree & the fun. We all enjoyed it very much.
Wednesday Dec. 25 � This was a Merry Xmas. We were all over to W.H. DeCou's to a turkey dinner. We all enjoyed ourselves very much. The day was nice & warm.
Thursday Dec. 26 � Louis & Frank DeCou was to Dunlap. Louis got a wisdom tooth drawn. I was to Woodbine.
Friday Dec. 27 � I was down to Tuttles near all day. The old gent is very weak. Louis fixed up a fence in stack yard. I.A. DeCou was here this eve. & took Bertha home with him.
Saturday Dec. 28 � I was at Tuttles all night. I sit up in company with Geo. E. Reiff. Mr. Tuttle seems to be sinking fast. Louis & I were to Woodbine this afternoon. It thundered & lightninged this eve.
Sunday Dec. 29 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. I was down to Tuttles today. The old man is not any better yet. Bertha was home awhile this evening, then went over to I.A. DeCou's again. Herbert Burkholder took her over. Today was pretty cold. 12 above zero.
Monday Dec. 30 � I was down to Tuttles. Mr. Tuttle is no better. Seems to be growing weaker. Mr. DeCou brought Bertha home this evening. John Yount was here today. I cut my finger today so i can scarcely write.
Tuesday Dec. 31 � I was down to Tuttles this afternoon. Mr. Tuttle is very weak. Louis & I were to town & Mill. Brought two sacks of Bran. This evening a party came to have a good time before the old year is gone. Herbert & Amy Burk., Frank & Nellie DeCou, John Yount & Miss Stearns.
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