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).
Wednesday Jan. 1, 1890 � Old Mr. Tuttle died at 11 o'clock last night. I was at Tuttles near all day. Louis chored.
Thursday Jan. 2 � We were all down to Mr. Tuttles funeral except Millie. She was to school. It was cold today.
Friday Jan. 3 � Louis & I fixed up the garden fence. I was down to Kirkhams this afternoon. There was a meeting of the Trustees, Morton, Tracy & Dougal. A.W. Allison stoped here for the night. He is an agent for a horse Importer.
Saturday Jan. 4 � It rained some during the night & has been a disagreeable day. C.J. Tuttle brought the mail.
Sunday Jan. 5 � It snowed a little last night. We all stayed home today. It was unpleasant to be outdoors.
Monday Jan. 6 � This was a cold cloudy day. I chored & churned. Louis practiced music & chored.
Tuesday Jan. 7 � This was a nice day but very slippery under foot. I washed & chored. Louis cleaned out the stables. I commenced taking Hoods Sassarpurillie today.
Wednesday Jan. 8 � This was a fine day. I churned & mended some tin pans & one of the reflectors belonging to the school house. Old Mr. Ritts stoped on his way home.
Thursday Jan. 9 � Louis & I were to town & Mill & this evening we all were to the Lyceum.
Friday Jan. 10 � I was sick in the house all day. Louis trimed up some of the trees along the North fence.
Saturday Jan. 11 � It rained some last night. Louis was to town with C.J. Tuttle. I sold three yearling steers to I.A. DeCou for $66.00. It turned cold this evening. Louis & the girls went over to DeCous.
Sunday Jan. 12 � It snowed considerable last night& all day today & drifted some but is not very cold. J. Yount was here this afternoon & stayed to supper. Louis was over to DeCous.
Monday Jan. 13 � Nice & clear this morning. Louis is not feeling well today. He thinks he has an attack of La Grippe. We mended Bill's collar.
Tuesday Jan. 14 � Louis is feeling better today. we hitched Frank's horses to the sled & broke the road out and took Millie to school this afternoon.
Wednesday Jan. 15 � This was a cold day. We all stay at home. It snowed & drifted a good bit last night. At 10 P.M. thermometer 10 degrees below.
Thursday Jan. 16 � This was a cold day. Thermometer at some places was 24 below zero, ours was 16 below zero. Louis & I was to town. This evening Louis & the girls were to the Lyceum. Herbert Burk., John & Harry Yount are spending the evening here.
Friday Jan. 17 � Louis took Millie to school, on way back we took the mail down to Tuttles. This afternoon H. Burk & Louis went out sleighing. Herb brought Millie home from school.
Saturday Jan. 18 � Louis & I was to town & this evening Louis & the girls went over to DeCou's to practice Music.
Sunday Jan. 19 � It stormed a little today. Louis & the girls were over to S.S. but there was no one there. 4 below zero at 9 P.M.
Monday Jan. 20 � I was to town with the colts. Louis stayed at home & cleaned out the stables. I brought some new tools from Canfields for C.J. Tuttle. Gave them to Kirkham at the schoolhouse.
Tuesday Jan. 21 � Louis & I was to town. We took our hogs in, weighing 1005 lbs. at $3.30 per hundred. Sold to J.R. Burkholder. Mr. Allison was here today.
Wednesday Jan. 22 � Mr. & Mrs. Kirkham were here visiting today. Herbert burk. was here awhile this morning. It snowed some this evening.
Thursday Jan. 23 � I worked at fixing up the bob sled. Louis braided at the cattle whip. Louis & the girls went to the Lyceum this evening. This is a pleasant evening.
Friday Jan. 24 � Louis was to town. I did not feel well so did not go out much. The wind blew all day & drifted the snow considerably.
Saturday Jan. 25 � Louis went with H. Burk to the timber to get a toung for the sled. I & Ma was to town. It was very warm today. The snow melted very fast today.
Sunday Jan. 26 � Louis, the girls & I were to S.S. I was over to W.H. DeCou's & took dinner there & then went with them to S.S.
Monday Jan. 27 � I helped take DeCou's cattle to station & load them on cars. Louis hauled out three loads of manure.
Tuesday Jan. 28 � Louis was to town. I was on my way to Chicago with DeCou's cattle. Took $47.55 with me.
Wednesday Jan. 29 � Louis separated sows over by themselves & turned water away from the sheds. I arrived at Chicago at Stock Yards about 9 o'clock A.M. Louis was at Ed Gage & Lew DeJean's wedding this evening.
Thursday Jan. 30 � Louis hauled out three loads of manure. I run about in Chicago to see the sights. Isaac's sold for $4.00, Henry's sold for $3.85 & Bert's the same. Knapp's sold at different prices as a mixed lot.
Friday Jan. 31 � Louis chored around and peeled the bark of some poles we got from Burk to make sled toung. I was running around Chicago & seeing the sights. We left Chicago at 10:30 P.M.
Saturday Feb. 1, 1890 � We arrived at Woodbine at 4 o'clock. Louis was there with the team. Millie & Nellie DeCou was with him. Henry, Herb & I rode home with him. Herb took supper with us.
Sunday Feb. 2 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. I did not feel very well so stayed at home with Ma.
Monday Feb. 3 � I am very sick. They think I have La Grippe. Louis is making himself a box for his Mandolin. Louis & the girls went over to DeCou's this evening.
Tuesday Feb. 4 � Today was very warm & cloudy. I am still pretty sick. Louis worked at his box.
Wednesday Feb. 5 � Louis was to town. The box did not come. I am still kept in the house. Louis & the girls were over to DeCou's this evening.
Thursday Feb. 6 � Louis trimed some of the trees on the fence line along the road. I am geting better but have not been out yet. Louis & the girls went to the Lyceum this evening.
Friday Feb. 7 � This was a fine day but I think it is geting colder & very windy. Steve Smith was here & sold me some fruit trees & Ash trees to Amt. of $11.25 and an Atlas for $4.25.
Saturday Feb. 8 � Louis was to town & brought the mail & the scale I bought in Chicago. Herb Burk. came over this evening & him & Louis went over to Davis with their music being as S. Smith is here.
Sunday Feb. 9 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Herbert was here last night & took breakfast with us.
Monday Feb. 10 � This was a very fine day. Louis trimed up trees near all day along the road.
Tuesday Feb. 11 � Frank DeCou was here this morning. He went with Louis to town. I was in the house all day but feel pretty good but cough some.
Wednesday Feb. 12 � Frank DeCou & Louis were out guning for squirels but got none. G.E. Reiff was here and assessed our Personal.
Thursday Feb. 13 � Louis hauled out manure today. He took DeCou's gun home & brought Millie & Nellie home from school. This evening the girls, Louis & Herbert went over east to Lyceum.
Friday Feb. 14 � W.H. DeCou & John Yount were here. Louis hauled out some manure. I helped to load. Louis & I were to the Alliance.
Saturday Feb. 15 � Louis & I was to town. He sent petitions to Legislators. I am still very weak.
Sunday Feb. 16 � C.J. Tuttle & wife were visiting here today. Bertha & Millie were to S.S. Louis & Herbert were away with the team somewhere.
Monday Feb. 17 � We washed today. Louis & I hauled out six loads of manure. Louis & Herb went to town this evening to attend a creamery meeting. John Yount was here this eve.
Tuesday Feb. 18 � I was down to Kirkhams & Tuttles. J. Yount came up with me & took dinner with us. Louis was over to see Frank DeCou. He is laid up with a sprained foot.
Wednesday Feb. 19 � Ma & I were visiting ay I.A. DeCou's. Louis trimed some of the trees along the road. S. Smith came this evening to stay overnight.
Thursday Feb. 20 � S. Smith left late as it is cold this morning. We done nothing but chores. 6 below zero.
Friday Feb. 21 � Louis & I trimed trees along the road. The girls were to school as this is the last day of the term.
Saturday Feb. 22 � Louis & I was to town and was at the Creamery meeting. There was not much done.
Sunday Feb. 23 � Louis & Millie was to S.S.
Monday Feb. 24 � Louis trimed trees. I was over to Morton for clover seed. He was not at home. I was to see C.J. Tuttle. He is sick.
Tuesday Feb. 25 � It snowed & blowed all day. A regular blizzard.
Wednesday Feb. 26 � I.A. DeCou was here to have us keep his three head of cattle (he got from us) until grass.
Thursday Feb. 27 � Louis cleaned up the small spring clock. It is still very cold.
Friday Feb.28 � Louis went to town to take a letter mailed to Frank. I am still kept in the house but am much better. Louis went to Alliance.
Saturday Mar. 1, 1890 � Louis was to town today and fetched the lard, 104lbs. our weight. butchers wt. 105 �. This was a fine day but cold.
Sunday Mar. 2 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Frank DeCou, John Yount, Herb Burkholder are here spending the evening with us. Pleasant day.
Monday Mar. 3 � Louis & I were to the schoolhouse meeting. Wm. Burkholder was elected Sub-Director. Louis & John Yount were over to Burks. until a late hour.
Tuesday Mar. 4 � Herbert Burk. was here to help Louis drive Dot. She went pretty good. S. Smith was here & delivered the Atlas I subscribed for. Herb got our buggy to go to Logan.
Wednesday Mar. 5 � Louis took three loads of oats over in oat bin in the barn, then went to DeCous & brought Nellie over to go to Davis this evening.
Thursday Mar. 6 � Nellie & Amy was here over night as they came home late. Louis put about half a load oats over in the barn. That emptied the E. bin in the grainery. He then took the girls home. It is snowing thick & fast.
Friday Mar. 7 � Quite a heavy snow fell last night & yesterday. I left here today & went to Osceola, Nebr. to visit Frank & came back Mar. 12
Saturday Mar. 8 � Louis was to town today & went over to I.A. DeCou's. Drove Dot.
Sunday Mar. 9 � no report
Monday Mar. 10 � Louis was to town. Chored around.
Tuesday Mar. 11 � Louis went to P.A. DeCou's funeral. The girls were with Amy until they, the Burkholders & Louis came back from the funeral.
Wednesday Mar. 12 � Louis cleaned out the stables & fixed a place for brood sow.
Thursday Mar. 13 � I winnowed oats for seed. Louis chored around & then we went over to S.W. Mortons & brought 2 � bus. clover, $4.00, seed & 3 bus. of potatoes, 25�. It is blowing up much colder.
Friday Mar. 14 � Louis & I was in town. Took the sulky plow in to have a new lay put on. I cleaned oats for seed. Louis was to Alliance this eve.
Saturday Mar. 15 � Louis separated sows & trimed trees. I cleaned oats & after dinner I went to town with Mr. Kirkham. The Creamery Co. have made a start by electing all the officers.
Sunday Mar. 16 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. I was over to Damerys visiting.
Monday Mar. 17 � Louis & I were over to Burks. for wheat seed but he was not at home, so we brought a load of wood from the triming of the trees. After dinner Ma, Bertha & I went to town & Louis harrowed the wheat ground.
Tuesday Mar. 18 � I.A. DeCou was here & brought the three steers he bought some time ago. He also bought (Sir James) our bull for $45.0o & twenty-two head of shoats at $3.65 per hundred. Louis took the bull over. He weighed 1760 lbs. We were over to Burkholders & got 14 bus. wheat that we bought some time ago at 60� per bu. Settled with him In full & paid him.
Wednesday Mar. 19 � Louis & I hauled the shoats over to I.A. DeCou & hauled up three loads of wood from the triming of trees around the road. Louis sowed clover seed this afternoon.
Thursday Mar. 20 � Louis & I finished harrowing then sowed & disced on some of the wheat. I was to town this afternoon. I cleaned some wheat this forenoon. Ma & the girls were up at Reiffs & the girls were down to see Rose Honaker. I paid Kiblers the note I borrowed & $50.00 on the store bill note.
Friday Mar. 21 � Louis seeded & I cleaned wheat. Mr. Campbell & wife came & visited all afternoon. Louis quit work early. Mrs. Dugal had a runaway a little east of our house, but not much damage.
Saturday Mar. 22 � Louis sowed wheat & disced all day. I had a team on the power at Wm. Burkholders from 9 A.M. until 1 P.M. After dinner I hauled a load of corn (46 8/56 bus.) to W.H. DeCou. We received a telegram from Frank this evening. Shelled at Burkholders.
Sunday Mar. 23 � Geo. Evertts came late last night. Louis was in and met him at the train. He came for Frank's team. H. Burk., J. Yount, Amy & Miss Burk. were here this evening. The wind blew hard all day & is still blowing, 11 P.M.
Monday Mar. 24 � Louis sowed clover & harrowed all day. Evertts & I was to Dunlap. It rained a little and thundered today. A sow piged today and has 10 pigs, all smart.
Tuesday Mar. 25 � Louis could not do anything as the wind is very strong so we went to town. Ma & the girls stoped at W.H. DeCous. The young folks went to town to the show. Geo. Evertts thought it immence.
Wednesday Mar. 26 � C.J. Tuttle & Kirkham hauled their hay cock, $6.00 worth, about two tons each. I chored around. Louis finished the clover then cut a few stalks. Tuttle, Kirkham, Herb, Louis & I were to the show this evening.
Thursday Mar. 27 � It blowed & snowed all day. A regular Iowa blizzard.
Friday Mar. 28 � Louis was to town with C.J. Tuttle. I put a handle on the cattle whip.
Saturday Mar. 29 � Louis sowed the balance of the clover seed. I was to town with J. Yount. I paid Lodge dues and applied for a Demit.
Sunday Mar. 30 � John Yount was here all night & stayed & went with Louis & the girls to S.S.
Monday Mar. 31 � It snowed quite heavy again last night. Louis & I were to town & got a new spindle & box put on the buggy. Cost $1.75. We brought the Sulky home.
Tuesday April 1. 1890 � Louis cut wood & made L. DeCou a kite. I cleaned out the stables & chored around.
Wednesday April 2 � Louis was over to W.H. DeCou's. I was to Dunlap with I.A. DeCou. Mrs. I.A. DeCou and Mrs. Reiff was here & took supper with us. It is raining a little this evening.
Thursday April 3 � It rained during the night & all day, a slow soaking rain & is still raining, 10 P.M. Louis was up to Lowrey's today. He stayed to dinner.
Friday April 4 � Louis & I were to town for mail & garden seed. Paid for fixing up the planter& a new sulky plow lay. Bought a new garden rake. Nellie & Emilie DeCou were here this afternoon. This was a fine day.
Saturday April 5 � Louis run the disc over the blue grass pasture. I cleaned out the stables & choped some wood. Louis rode Dot over to W.H. DeCou to trim her hind feet as she did not like to stand. J. Yount came this eve. Louis & the girls went with him over to Burks.
Sunday April 6 � We were all down to C.J. Tuttles visiting. Louis & the girls & J. Yount went to town to meeting. Our pigs are doing well.
Monday April 7 � Louis sowed oats & run the disc alternate. I was over to the School House. The Board of Equalizers met there. Afternoon I cut stalks.
Tuesday April 8 � Louis seeded & run the disc & I cut stalks until 4 P.M., when it rained hard & is still raining 8 P.M.
Wednesday April 9 � Louis seeded & run the disc, I cut stalks until 4 P.M. when we had to put Dot & Topsy in the stable on account of sore shoulders. It was a very cold day.
Thursday April 10 � Louis seeded & disced all day. I went to Dunlap with W.R. Kirkham to get our fruit trees & berries we ordered from S.J. Smith, Agent for Minera Bros. of Cresent Nursery.
Friday April 11 � Ma & I were to town. I sent Frank $75.00. Louis cut stalks & seeded all day. L. & I were to Alliance.
Saturday April 12 � Louis disced all day. Ma & I were to town. I paid subscription to Courier to February 1891. Mr Kirkham was here and got some Gooseberry plants. 8 pigs.
Sunday April 13 � Louis was to town to mail a letter to F.M. He & the girls were to S.S. Another litter of 7 pigs. J. Yount & Amy were here to supper.
Monday April 14 � Louis & I finished discing & harrowing oats this afternoon. I chored around until dinner. Afternoon I cut stalks.
Tuesday April 15 � Louis harrowed oats. Finished at 5 P.M. I cut stalks all day.
Wednesday April 16 � Louis plowed until noon, then it took him near all afternoon to get the sulky plow to scour. I cut stalks all day. This was a fine day. Amy Burkholder was to supper. Louis went home with her.
Thursday April 17 � Ice was froze in the horse trough this morning but the day was warm. Louis plowed all day. I finished cutting stalks at 5 � P.M. Bred two sows today.
Friday April 18 � Louis plowed all day. I planted fruit tree until noon, then after dinner the girls, Ma & I went to town.
Saturday April 19 � Louis plowed all day. I was to town to get lay sharpened and Millie & I planted about one hundred White Ash trees in the Cottonwood grove.
Sunday April 20 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Bertha went with J. Yount & Amy Burk. to town to church.
Monday April 21 � Louis plowed all day. I chored around some & planted White Ash trees. Ma helped awhile.
Tuesday April 22 � Louis plowed near all day. I finished planting White Ash trees. It rained a little this morning.
Wednesday April 23 � Louis plowed until 4 � P.M. Him & I went to town after supper. I cleaned out the stables, shelled a couple of bus. seed corn and some for feed.
Thursday April 24 � Louis plowed all day. I was down to Tuttles & Kirkhams. Took their mail down. I shelled for seed & feed. It was cold today.
Friday April 25 � Flora died last night. Louis & I buried her this morning. He then plowed the rest of the day. I shelled seed corn. we were both at the Alliance.
Saturday April 26 � Louis worked at the berries until noon. Ma, the girls & I were to town, came home at 1 P.M. Then Louis plowed until six. Nice day but very warm.
Sunday April 27 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. We had the cattle on the meadow today. It was warm today.
Monday April 28 � Louis plowed all day. I mulched the raspberries & pruned them & mulched the fruit trees I planted this spring.
Tuesday April 29 � Louis plowed all day. I finished shelling seed corn & cleaned stables. Roany droped a bull calf this evening in the pasture. Mr. Kirkham was here.
Wednesday April 30 � Louis plowed all day. I was feeling bad so done nothing. Topsy foaled in the pasture this forenoon, a mare colt.
Thursday May 1, 1890 � Louis finished plowing at noon. We then went over to Mortons & got 12 bus. potatoes to plant & for eating. J. Yount was here awhile this evening.
Friday May 2 � Louis disced & harrowed a piece for potatoes. After dinner Louis & I went to town to get some blacksmithing done.
Saturday May 3 � Louis, Millie & I planted potatoes. Finished at 4 P.M. Bertha helped until noon. Louis & the girls went up to Younts, a surprise party for Harry, his birthday.
Sunday May 4 � It rained near all day & is a damp, cold day.
Monday May 5 � Louis harrowed all day. I fixed up & cleaned out the stables. A sheet of ice on the horse trough this morning. I was up to C.J. Tuttles to get him to help with his team.
Tuesday May 6 � Louis finished harrowing at 3 P.M. It rained smart about half an hour in all. We then took out the planter, stretched the wire & went one round.
Wednesday May 7 � Froze heavy last night. Horse trough covered with a sheet of ice. Louis planted all day. I fixed a corn marker to float the corn around & it does good work. Mr. Stockton was here today and paid for his dog. Damery paid for a calf, $2.00.
Thursday May 8 � Louis planted all day. I took Topsy up to Probasco's & bred her to his large horse. He asks $15.00 now instead of $20.00 as other years. I floated this afternoon. I was up to Jim Tuttles this evening to see if he will help us with a team tomorrow.
Friday May 9 � It rained when we got up so we did not get to work until 8 � A.M. Louis harrowed & floated until noon, then Louis went to discing fall plowing but the rain drove him in at 3 P.M. It rained & hailed heavy all evening.
Saturday May 10 � It rained last evening. Washed out a great deal of corn, done quite a damage. Louis & I was to town. We trimed the horses feet.
Sunday May 11 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. C.J. Tuttle was here. We settled up to date. He gave me a check for $2.60.
Monday May 12 � Louis & I set posts to make a new fence along the creek east of the hog pasture. After dinner Louis cultivated where the heavy rain washed & he planted a little. I made a pig trough and cleaned out the stables & chored Shy droped a bull calf.
Tuesday May 13 � Louis planted all day. I disced from 9 � A.M. to 6 P.M. At noon we castrated two calves & put Haufs chemical dehorner on them to dehorn them. It was cold today. Thermometer 36, 6 P.M.
Wednesday May 14 � Louis planted all day. I finished discing at 11 A.M. After dinner we went to town, got riding cultivator shovels sharpened. Bertha is painting the upper rooms. It looks for rain this eve.
Thursday May 15 � Louis finished planting about 11 o'clock. He then harrowed that which I disced. I fixed fence & painted the ceiling in the 3rd story rooms. W.H. DeCou was here to buy our corn. We did not sell it but sold him three packs of corn for 75�. Janie droped a heiffer calf.
Friday May 16 � Louis cultivated all day on the fall plowed planting. I cultivated until noon. I worked on the road this afternoon, on the bridge near our N.east corner. Kirkham helped.
Saturday May 17 � Louis & I cultivated until noon, it then rained some. After dinner I fixed fence at S.E. corner of the old pasture. I then cultivated & Louis harrowed until 5 P.M. when it rained again.
Sunday May 18 � Louis was to town for the mail. W.H. DeCou was here this evening.
Monday May 19 � I cultivated all day & Louis harrowed. We quit at 5 o'clock, then Louis went to town & I was up to up to Younts & done the chores.
Tuesday May 20 � It was showery & rained near all day a little. Louis could do but little. I was to Logan to the County Alliance but there was only 11 members. They did not do much as no officers being present.
Wednesday May 21 � Louis & I planted sweet corn& beans & Louis planted garden sass. Afternoon Louis harrowed & I worked at the fence the water washed out.
Thursday May 22 � Louis worked at the fence near all day. I was sick. Staid in the house until afternoon. I helped Louis a little. C.J. Tuttle was down with us awhile. It rained some this morning.
Friday May 23 � Louis & I worked at the fence all day & finished it at six o'clock. Misses Minnie Reiff & Honeker were here, staid to supper. Louis took them home in the buggy. Bertha & Millie went along.
Saturday May 24 � Louis was to town & planted some garden Sass. I painted on third story room. It rained heavy last night.
Sunday May 25 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. C.J. Tuttle was here awhile this evening.
Monday May 26 � Louis planted corn with a hand planter, borrowed from W.H. DeCou. I worked on the road at Honeker's bridge a half a day.
Tuesday May 27 � Louis Harrowed all day. I painted a border on the west room. After dinner I 3went to town. We put up four sows, each separate.
Wednesday May 28 � Louis harrowed all day. I painted a boarder on in the west room which finishes the painting. Three litters of pigs, one 9.7, one 8.6, one 4.3.
Thursday May 29 � Louis finished harrowing then planted with hand planter. I took Topsy up to Probasco. Afternoon I hauled two loads 92 bus. corn to W.H. DeCou for Ed Gage.
Friday May 30 � Louis planted corn all day with a hand planter. I planted peanuts, fixed riding cultivator & chored around.
Saturday May 31 � Louis commenced cultivating on S. piece. Ma & I were to town. It is raining this evening. I fixed the fence west of the house along road.
Sunday June 1, 1890 � It rained a good bit last night. The girls, Ma & Louis were to S.S. W.H. DeCou & family were here to supper.
Monday June 2 � Louis & I cultivated all day. I quit a little early & turned the cattle on the clover about twenty minutes. It clouded up & rained heavy before sun-set & is still raining 9 P.M.
Tuesday June 3 � It rained very heavy during the night & over flooded the bottoms & washed the upland farms terrible. Our fences on both side of hog pasture are gone out posts & all. Everything looks desolate. Our garden is ruined for this summer. Louis fixed fence & I worked on the road a half a day at Honeker's bridge. Lowrey's men helped. It rained again this evening. Near all the bridges are gone out and the roads are in very bad shape. We can do nothing in field.
Wednesday June 4 � It rained all night & some today. Louis & I finished the hog fence. I was down to Tuttles after dinner to work on the road but it rained so came home again.
Thursday June 5 � I worked on the road at the small bridge between Kirkham's fields this afternoon (half a day). It rained frequently. Louis was to town & brought me a pair of rubber boots.
Friday June 6 � Louis cleaned up the cellar and the hen house & worked in the garden. I worked on the road all day. Louis worked on the road this afternoon with a team at the bridge at our N.E. corner. This was a fine day. E. Morton, the Enumerator was here & took the census.
Saturday June 7 � Louis worked in the garden until noon. I cleaned out the stables & co. After dinner Louis & I went to town.
Sunday June 8 � Louis, Ma & the girls were to S.S. This was a fine day.
Monday June 9 � We tied up Berry's calf to wean him. Louis cultivated � of a day. I hoed Mulberry trees & cultivated corn in the afternoon. It rained a little this morning.
Tuesday June 10 � Louis & I cultivated all day. Louis cultivated the potatoes. It was warm today.
Wednesday June 11 � Louis cultivated all day, I until noon. I cleaned out the hen house & stables & drove for Louis to cultivate the garden.
Thursday June 12 � Louis cultivated all day, I until noon then Ma, Bertha & I went to town. We had to go by Kiefers to get to town. Deuels are planting corn today where it was washed out. Louis commenced to cultivate a second time on the S. piece.
Friday June 13 � Louis & I cultivated all day. It was very warm today.
Saturday June 14 � It rained very heavy last night. We lost 5 pigs. Louis & I worked on the road from 10 A.M. until 1 P.M. with a team & plow. Louis went to town and I hoed weeds in corn field. Ma & Mrs. Reiff was over to I.A. DeCou's to visit.
Sunday June 15 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Frank DeCou & Herbert Burkholder were here this evening.
Monday June 16 � It rained heavy again last night so we cannot cultivate. Louis worked on the hill front of our house. This evening he was over to E. Rankin & bred Dot to Rankin's horse. Eight dollars to issue with foal and ten dollars to stand & suck. C.J. Tuttle was here awhile.
Tuesday June 17 � Louis & I cultivated all day. Miss Sterns came with Millie to visit. She will stay until morning.
Wednesday June 18 � It rained heavy again this morning & during the night. Louis took the girls to school & then went to DeCou's & staid all day. I cultivated this afternoon.
Thursday June 19 � Louis & I cultivated until 11 A.M. when it rained, so we could do nothing. I was down to Tuttles and Louis was up to Younts & Nichols. It is still raining, 8 P.M.
Friday June 20 � Too wet. Louis & I were to town this forenoon. We both cultivated some this afternoon. It is very warm.
Saturday June 21 � I found Dot sick at 5 o'clock this morning. Louis & I worked at her then he brought W.H. DeCou. He dosed her three times then went home. Louis & I stay by her all the time. L. was to town to get some more medicine. She is no better tonight.
Sunday June 22 � Dot died this morning at 7 o'clock. Louis & I were with her all night. C.J. Tuttle helped to bury her this morning. Louis & the girls were to S.S.
Monday June 23 � It rained heavy last night. Louis took Millie to school & went over to DeCou's. He cultivated this afternoon and I mowed clover.
Tuesday June 24 � Louis cultivated until 5 P.M. & I mowed until noon then raked the clover & this evening Louis & I hauled it up. It got very late doing chores. One big load.
Wednesday June 25 � Louis & I cultivated all day. I on fall plowing & L. on spring & potatoes.
Thursday June 26 � Louis & I cultivated all day. I on fall & L. on spring.
Friday June 27 � Louis & I cultivated all day I am not feeling well for three or four days.
Saturday June 28 � I am worse. My throat is very sore & I feel worse. I took medicine last night & stayed in the house. Louis cultivated until noon then Ma, Bertha & him went to town. It is raining this evening.
Sunday June 29 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. C.J. Tuttle was here awhile this evening. It rained quite a bit last night.
Monday June 30 � It rained some last night. Louis went to cultivate 9 � o'clock until 6:15. I was in house but getting much better.
Tuesday July 1, 1890 � Louis & I cultivated all day. We finished the second time through. Very warm today.
Wednesday July 2 � Louis & I cultivated all day. This was a very hot day.
Thursday July 3 � Louis & I cultivated all day. I quit early to fix something at my cultivator.
Friday July 4 � Ma, the girls & Louis were to the Celebration at Woodbine. This evening Bertha & Louis went to town to see the fireworks. I cultivated all day. John Yount got four balls of binder twine to be returned.
Saturday July 5 � Louis & I cultivated about � of a day. It was windy but cool.
Sunday July 6 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Mr. & Mrs. Reiff were here to supper.
Monday July 7 � Louis & I cultivated until 3 � o'clock which finishes our corn for this season, it is laid by. The day was very hot, 102 in the shade. Louis has Dep over to E. Rankins but no one was at home.
Tuesday July 8 � Louis worked in the garden. I mowed weeds & chored around. Louis & I were to town this eve.
Wednesday July 9 � C.J. Tuttle helped Louis castrate 15 pigs. Louis & I worked on the road with a team this afternoon, � day at our N.E. corner & at G. DeJeans.
Thursday July 10 � Louis were over to see James Mann to see some bulls that he has for sale. We bought one. He is to bring him to Woodbine. It was late when we got home.
Friday July 11 � I hung a new grindstone I bought at Boies yesterday. Louis hoed in the garden.
Saturday July 12 � We took out the harvester & fixed some of the aprons and were to town.
Sunday July 13 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Mat came this afternoon on horseback.
Monday July 14 � We cut our wheat. Mat stayed & shocked it up. Henry Zeppich promised to shock for us but he did not come. We began at 8 A.M. & finished at 5 P.M.
Tuesday July 15 � Louis & I worked at weeding potatoes. I mowed weeds along the fence & oats. After dinner Louis & I went to town.
Wednesday July 16 � Louis upholstered the backs of the buggy seats and I worked at a pair of cushions for the buggy seats.
Thursday July 17 � Louis & I was to town. Louis fixed hog pasture fence. I worked at the buggy cushions.
Friday July 18 � It rained near all night. Louis scraped up manure in the cow yard between showers. At 3 o'clock it rained heavy & all evening.
Saturday July 19 � It rained off & on all day. Louis went to town & brought the bull as far as Dally's Mill. Left him there, he is very cross & wild. It was late when L. came home.
Sunday July 20 � Louis & I went over to W.H. DeCou with the lumber wagon. Tom Cain & H. Burk. went with Louis to fetch the bull I staid with DeCou until the boys came back. He gave the boys a great bit of trouble. He is very cross. Louis & the girls were to S.S.
Monday July 21 � It rained again this morning early. We did not cut grain. Lowrey & I. A. DeCou cut this afternoon. Louis was to town and Ma & the girls were up to Reiffs.
Tuesday July 22 � It rained again this morning. We were going to cut oats this afternoon but we thought it was too green & damp, so we let it go. I was over to I.A. DeCou & sold him our corn at 25� per bushel. Louis & Mat went fishing. Tuttle is cuting his oats this evening, so is DeCou & Lowrey. It is very warm & still today. No wind at all.
Wednesday July 23 � Louis commenced cutting at 8 A.M. Paul Reiff rides lead horses. Mat McKean shocks. I am not feeling well. Cut all day.
Thursday July 24 � Louis cut oats all day. Mat shocked & Paul rode. I am feeling a little better. I mulched the Mulberry trees. Mr. Kirkham was here to see about threshing. Lowrey's bull was over in our pasture.
Friday July 25 � The boys finished cutting oats at 9 � A.M. They then scraped up the manure in the cattle yard and hauled oats over in the bin in the barn & cut the Timothy for seed.
Saturday July 26 � Mat helped C.J. Tuttle haul oats half a day. Louis raked & bunched the Timothy. Louis & Mat with a team helped Kirkham to thresh about four hours. Ma, Bertha & I were to town. Bertha staid at S.B. Kiblers.
Sunday July 27 � Louis & Millie were to town to fetch Bertha. They were in church. After dinner we all went to S.S. Mr. Brown preached.
Monday July 28 � Mat cleaned out our well. I & Louis helped him. The water has failed. After dinner I & Mat went to see Yount about threshing. We then went to town. Louis looked for help to thresh.
Tuesday July 29 � We commenced to thresh at 8 A.M. & finished at 4 P.M. 83 bus. wheat, 447 bus. of oats & about four bus. of Timothy. Very dirty, do not know how much when clean.
Wednesday July 30 � Louis hauled out five loads of manure & chored around some. I took Mat to town.
Thursday July 31 � Louis worked around the bull & handled him some. He is geting so we can go to him. He will probably get gentle. I cleaned Timothy seed & made a sieve to do it with.
Friday Aug.1, 1890 � Louis hauled out ten loads of manure. I loaded for him. Reiff's girls & two girls of Mr. Willet were here this afternoon.
Saturday Aug. 2 � Mat came last evening, staid all night. We all were down to the Alliance picnic. Amy Burk. went along with us. I paid J. Mann for the bull calf. It rained heavy in town.
Sunday Aug. 3 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. It was very warm today.
Monday Aug. 4 � Louis hauled out nine loads of manure. Wm. Burk. & Kirkham were here. Shy was served. She is the first for Dennis.
Tuesday Aug. 5 � Louis helped Burk. to thresh. He commenced at 8 � A.M., finished at 4 P.M. I let Tuttle have mower to cut his Millet. Even on threshing.
Wednesday Aug. 6 � Louis hauled out four loads of manure. I mowed Foxtail for the garden & berry patch and hauled it in the Box Elder grove. It rained a very little.
Thursday Aug. 7 � Louis hauled four loads of manure. I helped to load three of them. I cut some more Foxtail. We mulched trees with it. I fixed the gate at calf pen. Louis helped C.J. Tuttle to haul in his Millet hay. Bertha & I was over to I.A. DeCou then went up to Fergusons to see about shelling our corn.
Friday Aug. 8 � Louis helped C.J. Tuttle until 10 � A.M. After dinner we hailed six loads of manure out. Chas. Nichols & Ed Gage were here to see about shelling. We served Janey this afternoon.
Saturday Aug. 9 � Louis & I hauled out six loads of manure. After dinner Ma, Louis & I went to town. Louis went up to Lowreys this evening.
Sunday Aug. 10 � Louis went with Austin Lowrey down to Mefferd's S.School. Ma, the girls & I were to S.S. I.A. DeCou sent Mat over for our wagon to haul hogs. Millie & Amy was out riding horse back.
Monday Aug. 11 � We fixed up around and got things ready to shell corn & hauled out four loads of manure. It looks for rain. The sheller was set up this eve.
Tuesday Aug. 12 � It rained a little this morning. We commenced to shell about 8 � o'clock but had to stop to fetch Ed Gage as he did not come on account of the rain. Frank & Nellie DeCou, H.Burk. & Etta Marks are here this evening.
Wednesday Aug. 13 � We finished shelling at 9 A.M., 1407 bus. Sold to I.A. DeCou 1207 bus. at 25� per bu., $301.75. This afternoon we hauled out five loads of manure, that finishes for this time. I settled with & paid C.J. Tuttle two dollars which makes us square to date.
Thursday Aug. 14 � We cleaned up, fixed fence & gathered apples. Took them over to DeCou's & made cider. We made about eight gallons.
Friday Aug. 15 � Louis & I hauled dirt in the bulls stable & worked around. Mr. & Mrs. DeCou, Mr. & Mrs. Pugsley & Lennie came over & stayed until night. Nellie was here since yesterday.
Saturday Aug. 16 � Louis & I were to town. I paid Kiblers, Reed & Co., Mathews & Kling sums mentioned in the cash act. of this date.
Sunday Aug. 17 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Frank came with him & staid to supper & spent the evening.
Monday Aug. 18 � Louis cut Mr. Kirkham's Millet & cut the weeds at the N.E. corner of our farm. I made feed boxes & manger in the bull stable.
Tuesday Aug. 19 � Louis chored around. I was up to see G. Reiff. Louis & I dug a couple of buckets of potatoes. I was up to Younts and paid John for threshing, $12.25.
Wednesday Aug. 20 � George Reiff & I left at 4 o'clock A.M. and drove to Neola then took the cars to Avoca & attended the Convention. Returned to Neola & drove to Beebeetown. Stoped with Mr. Snyder. Louis dehorned a calf today.
Thursday Aug. 21 � Reiff & I stayed with Mr. Snyder last night & drove to Logan to attend the County Alliance, then drove home, where I found F.M. Hoyer. He came home today.
Friday Aug. 22 � Louis, Frank, Ma & the girls were to town. F.M. Staid to take the train in the morning to go home. Mr. Damery was here near all afternoon.
Saturday Aug. 23 � I was to Dunlap this forenoon. After dinner Louis & I drove Dell with harness on over to DeCou's & weighed her, wt. 1180 lbs. Louis cut pigs for Damery.
Sunday Aug. 24 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. & on their way home the horses jumped & kicked so they broke the circle of the buggy toung. It rained last night.
Monday Aug. 25 � Louis & I were to town & Mill. We got the buggy fixed. It is raining some this evening.
Tuesday Aug. 26 � Louis & I plowed a little after rubing & fixing the sulky plow. Louis worked awhile with the colt to halter break it. I was up to see Gilchrist. Louis & I were over in the grove helping to fix up for the picnic tomorrow.
Wednesday Aug. 27 � We were all down to the S.S. picnic & enjoyed ourselves fine.
Thursday Aug. 28 � Louis helped Umphrey to thresh. They finished at one o'clock. Wm. Wright was here to dinner, he is selling Wind Mills & Scales.
Friday Aug. 29 � Louis helped Kirkham to haul up straw half a day which makes us even on exchange work. I & Bertha were to town. Louis & I were to the Alliance.
Saturday Aug. 30 � Louis helped W.H. DeCou to haul up Millet hay with a team all day. I chored around some. Louis & the girls were over to DeCou's this evening.
Sunday Aug. 31 � We were all to S.S. After S.S. I took Millie & Nellie to town where they are going to school this fall. Bertha & Etta marks went along to town & Ma went as far as DeCou's. Coming back we stayed there until dark. We had ice cream there. Herbert Burkholder & Mat were here this evening. We treated them to watermelon.
Monday Sept. 1, 1890 � Louis plowed about three quarters of a day. I was to town with C. Nichols. Took a braided watch chain to Smith to get it mounted.
Tuesday Sept. 2 � Louis plowed all day except about an hour when it rained. It was showery all day. I gathered some limbs of trees & cut them for fuel.
Wednesday Sept. 3 � It rained some this morning. Louis went to help G. Reiff to thresh but came home again & plowed some. After dinner he went up and helped Reiff to thresh. I chored around & cut wood.
Thursday Sept. 4 � Louis finished threshing at Reiffs about 10 o'clock. After dinner he went to mowing for hay. Mowed until 6 o'clock. Geo. DeJean & C.J. Tuttle were here. I chored around. Frank DeCou was here with a load of apples to sell. He went East.
Friday Sept. 5 � It was very wet this morning from dew & fog. Could do nothing until late. Louis cut & raked. I was to town for Millie & Nellie. Bertha went with me to town.
Saturday Sept. 6 � Louis & I shocked up hay until late noon. Louis then dug a bushel of potatoes. It was very windy all day.
Sunday Sept. 7 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Frank DeCou came home with them. After doing chores they all went to town to take the girls in to attend school tomorrow.
Monday Sept. 8 � I was up to DeJeans to get Geo. to help us hay. Louis & George brought up four loads, put it in hay shed. I mowed & raked a little. We did not go to the meadow until after 10 o'clock as it was too wet as it rained Saturday night & heavy dew this morning.
Tuesday Sept. 9 � Louis & George Hauled up four loads of hay in the hay shed & bunched up hay near all afternoon. I mowed & raked all day. I churned this morning. George went with C.J. Tuttle & others to the Rep. caucus this evening.
Wednesday Sept. 10 � George & Louis hauled up five loads in the barn. They took it up out of the windrow. Mr. Roper, he takes orders for a kit of tools. I ordered a vice & anvil & drill & three bits & reamer & hardee. Mr. Roper took dinner with us. Wm. Wright came here with a man who tried to sell me a buggy.
Thursday Sept. 11 � George & Louis hauled up six loads in a stack No. 1. Mr. roper came back & stayed all night with us. The men with the buggies were here again and took dinner with us. He tried to trade me a new buggy for my old one & pay the difference. It looks for rain this evening.
Friday Sept. 12 � It rained last night so we can do nothing at the hay. Louis & Bertha were to town. George went home this morning. I chored around.
Saturday Sept. 13 � Geo. came this morning but it was wet so we did not go to the hay until 10 � A.M. The man was here to fetch the buggy he left in our wagon shed. We could not agree on a trade. The boys hauled up one load of hay in stack No. 1. I mowed from 10 � A.M. until 7 P.M. which finished the mowing.
Sunday Sept. 14 � I raked hay this morning. Louis & the girls were to S.S. After choring Louis took Millie to town. Bertha went with them.
Monday Sept. 15 � Louis & Geo. DeJean hauled up two loads in stack No. 1 & three in the hay shed, five in all. I shocked hay & helped to put three loads in the shed.
Tuesday Sept. 16 � Louis & Geo. hauled five loads in stack No. 2 & one in hay shed. I helped until noon. After dinner Ma & I went to town.
Wednesday Sept. 17 � Geo. left off today to go Wheelers sale. Louis & I was up to see George's Road Cart. We have traded for it. Louis plowed this afternoon and I dug a few messes of potatoes & chored around.
Thursday Sept. 18 � George came early. They hauled up two loads in stack No.2. I mowed clover until 10 o'clock when it commenced to rain so that stoped us all. Louis went over to the river with Frank DeCou. He caught three large fish.
Friday Sept. 19 � Louis plowed this forenoon. I washed & churned. We snaped a load, three rows, of corn for hog feed. I was to town & brought the girls & two sacks of shorts.
Saturday Sept. 20 � Louis & I were down to a meeting at our School house last night. Noah N. Bowman (Iowa Candidate for Congress of the 9th District) made a speech. Louis went with Mr. Bowman to the A. picnic. He came back with G.E. Reiff. I mowed the clover seed but the wind blew considerable of it away. Geo. DeJean brought the Road Cart up that we traded for.
Sunday Sept. 21 � Louis & the girls went to S.S. Louis took Millie to town this evening. Bertha went along.
Monday Sept. 22 � Geo. DeJean helped Louis bring up two loads of hay in stack No. 2. He also helped to castrate some fall pigs. The hay is all up for this fall. The buggy Man was here again with three buggies. He wanted to trade today as I had offered to trade when he was here before, but we would not trade at all as we have changed our minds. He wanted $55.00 & our buggy for his buggy.
Tuesday Sept. 23 � Louis plowed until noon. Afternoon we dug potatoes. I put hang-dogs on the stacks. Afternoon I went to town. Bertha went along. Louis went over to School house to practice music with the boys.
Wednesday Sept. 24 � Louis plowed all day. I painted some at the cart, cleaned out the stables, churned & chored around.
Thursday Sept. 25 � Louis plowed near all day. We snaped three rows of corn for hog feed. I worked at the R. Cart.
Friday Sept. 26 � A heiffer droped a heiffer calf. Louis plowed about half a day in all. I was in town to fetch the girls. Bertha went along. I painted the R. Cart one coat.
Saturday Sept. 27 � I chored around until noon. My jaw is swelled. After dinner I went to town with Tuttle. Louis plowed near all day.
Sunday Sept. 28 � Last evening when I came home I was feeling very bad. I went to bed as soon as I could & took a good sweat. This morning I felt considerable better. Louis took Millie to town this eve. Bertha went along.
Monday Sept. 29 � Louis snaped a load of corn for feed. He plowed this afternoon. I cleaned out the stables & chored around & I sodered up 12 cans of tomatoes & churned.
Tuesday Sept 30 � Louis plowed all day. I washed this afternoon & painted the R. Cart this afternoon. W.H. DeCou brought Millie home. Bertha went home with them.
Wednesday Oct. 1, 1890 � Louis plowed which finished the oat stubble. After dinner Louis raked the weeds off the ground where we intend to plant potatoes next spring. We also pulled beans & threshed out some. This evening Louis & I went to town & took Millie along. She had a vacation yesterday on acct. of being Fair day to attend the Fair. Bertha came along with us. She was down to the M.V. Fair. The train was late.
Thursday Oct. 2 � Louis helped Deuel to thresh. They finished about 5 P.M. I rode around to the neighbors to tell them of a called Alliance meeting tomorrow evening.
Friday Oct. 3 � Louis & I husked a load of corn for feed. Louis helped Lowrey to thresh this afternoon. I was to town & brought Millie & Nellie home. Louis & I were down to the Alliance meeting. There were only four of us, no chorum.
Saturday Oct. 4 � Louis plowed on the N.E. Corner of the farm for a potatoe patch. We then threshed the rest of the beans.
Sunday Oct. 5 � Louis & the girls, Frank & Nellie DeCou were to Logan for the Mormon Camp Meeting. Mat was here.
Monday Oct. 6 � Louis & I husked a load of corn for feed. After dinner I took two loads (103 � bus.) of corn to I.A. DeCou, 35� per bu., $36.22. Louis helped Yount to thresh this afternoon, half a day.
Tuesday Oct. 7 � Louis helped Yount all day to thresh. I was to town & paid Reed & Co. $4.50 they loaned me to pay for the harness I bought. Ma was with me to town.
Wednesday Oct. 8 � Louis helped Yount to thresh one quarter of a day. After dinner we husked a load of corn for feed. Louis & Bertha went to town this evening. I was down to Tuttles today. He is going to commence to crib.
Thursday Oct. 9 � Louis went over to the Sioux River with Frank DeCou guning & fishing. I was down to Logan with W.H. DeCou to attend the Annual Insurance meeting. C.J. Tuttle done the chores.
Friday Oct. 10 � I chored around. Louis is gone fining & fishing on the Sioux.
Saturday Oct. 11 � Louis & Frank DeCou have not come home yet. I was to town with C.J. Tuttle It rained some today.
Sunday Oct. 12 � Louis came home about 2 P.M. He & the girls were to S.S., Mat was here to dinner. It rained a little today & last night.
Monday Oct. 13 � Louis took Millie to school. Mr. & Mrs. DeCou were here. I went to town with them. We changed their boarding place to Dan Lyons. I paid Dr. Giddings $12.00 for board to date. Louis husked a load of corn for feed.
Tuesday Oct. 14 � We dehorned three calves but do not know their age exactly. After dinner Louis & I husked over six rows. This evening we hitched Dep to the Road Cart for the first time.
Wednesday Oct. 15 � Louis dug potatoes all day. I washed & churned & after dinner I & Jim Tuttle went with Mr. Damery to Woodbine to witness his pension papers. It was late when chores were done.
Thursday Oct. 16 � Louis dug potatoes all day. I took Ma up to Boyers & fetched her this evening.
Friday Oct. 17 � Louis dug potatoes until 5 � P.M. then went to town & fetched Millie & Nellie DeCou & Mr. Bartholomew was here to dinner. I went to town with him. I husked four rows of corn in the morning. I got the vice, anvil & drill that I ordered some time ago.
Saturday Oct. 18 � Louis dug potatoes all day. I husked four rows this morning. Went to Thompson Baby's funeral this afternoon.
Sunday Oct. 19 � We were all to S.S. Mr. Grey preached at the School house.
Monday Oct. 20 � Louis dug potatoes all day. Bertha helped him this afternoon which finished them. He dug up the whole patch with the potatoe hook. I husked eight rows of corn.
Tuesday Oct. 21 � Louis husked three rows of corn. I was to Logan to the Co. Alliance meeting. W.H. DeCou, G. Reiff, W. Burkholder & I were there from our Alliance.
Wednesday Oct. 22 � Louis raked clover & I cleaned up the cribs this forenoon and after dinner we stacked some of the clover.
Thursday Oct. 23 � Louis & I finished stacking the clover at noon. Louis husked eight rows of corn & I brought a load (1870 lbs.) of coal at $4.00 per ton.
Friday Oct. 24 � I brought a load of coal (2260 lbs.) Louis husked sixteen rows of corn. Bertha drove to town to fetch Millie & Nellie home. Amy Burkholder went along.
Saturday Oct. 25 � Louis husked sixteen rows. I was to town for a load (1760 lbs.) of coal. I helped Louis to husk this afternoon.
Sunday Oct. 26 � Louis & Bertha were to town to church & him & the girls were to S.S.
Monday Oct. 27 � Louis husked sixteen rows & I husked eight. Bertha helped & I brought 1900 lbs. of coal. Louis, C.J. Tuttle & I were to town this eve. to hear N.H. Bowman speak on the political issues of the day in the Independent vein.
Tuesday Oct. 28 � Louis husked fourteen rows & I ten rows.
Wednesday Oct. 29 � Louis husked fourteen rows & I four rows. Ma & I went to town. Took Millie along to go to school. She did not feel well to go on Monday or Tuesday.
Thursday Oct. 30 � Louis & I put a load of straw on the clover stack to keep it dry. After dinner Louis husked eight rows & i husked eight rows. Bertha helped me. We also got (Dennis) our bull dehorned. Deuel done it.
Friday Oct. 31 � Louis husked fourteen rows & I four rows. I was to town to bring Millie. Ma & Bertha went along with me. I bought a pair of 5A boss stable horse blankets for four dollars and seventy-five cents. Louis & the girls drove over to DeCou's, from there to town, from there back again & over to Walter Kellogg where they had a dance. Frank & Nellie DeCou were with them.
Saturday Nov. 1, 1890 � Louis husked twelve rows & I husked ten rows. Bertha helped me this afternoon. It rained for a little while this evening.
Sunday Nov. 2 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. & meeting. Louis took Millie to town this evening. Bertha went along. They were in Babtist Church.
Monday Nov. 3 � Monday Nov. 3 � Louis husked six rows. After dinner he & Bertha went to town & had teeth filled, Louis three & Bertha four. Cost seven dollars. I husked eight rows all day.
Tuesday Nov. 4 � I was appointed Election Officer. Louis husked six rows. After dinner he went to the poles to vote. Bertha drove to town & brought Millie & Nellie along to a party at Reiffs.
Wednesday Nov. 5 � Louis husked twelve rows & I four after dinner. I did not get home until 5 � this morning. I slept until eleven. Corn goes about 3 bus. to the row up to today.
Thursday Nov. 6 � Louis husked twelve & I husked eight rows.
Friday Nov. 7 � Louis husked twelve & I four after dinner. Bertha & I were to town & brought Millie & Nellie home.
Saturday Nov. 8 � It snowed last night & until noon today, about 2 � inches deep. Afternoon it rained until sundown. I was to town with C.J. Tuttle. I paid Mrs. Lyons Millies board $6.50 in full.
Sunday Nov. 9 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Mat was here this evening. Geo. DeJean & Eddy were here to dinner. He got the anvil & vice I sold him.
Monday Nov. 10 � The ice is still hanging on the trees & corn stalks so we did not husk today. Louis & the girls were to town. Millie took her books in as she is not going to school this winter. I cut a hole through the ceiling in our room for a stove pipe register & made a bench for the anvil & vice.
Tuesday Nov. 11 � Still to ugly to husk. I am not feeling well. I staid in the house.
Wednesday Nov. 12 � Louis & Bertha husked 14 rows today. Ma, Millie & I were to town. The day was very fine.
Thursday Nov. 13 � Louis & Millie husked 14 rows. Bertha & I were to town this afternoon. Bertha got Dr. Edwards to draw a tooth for which I paid him fifty cents.
Friday Nov. 14 � Louis & Bertha husked twelve rows. I swept all the carpets & helped to wash. Cleaned out the stables.
Saturday Nov. 15 � Louis & the girls were to Younts to a party last night. It was very late when they came home. He husked twelve rows today. Ma, Bertha & I were to town. I got a drum made for Louis's room. Nellie DeCou was here this evening. She went home about sundown. I.A. DeCou was here this morning. He wanted to buy our corn but I did not sell to him.
Sunday Nov. 16 � Louis, Ma & the girls were to S.S. & Meeting. Etta & her sister were here to supper. Louis & the girls took them home.
Monday Nov. 17 � It rained last night. Is too wet to husk this morning. Mr. Morton was here to dinner. Louis husked four rows. Bertha & I husked four rows this afternoon.
Tuesday Nov. 18 � Louis & Millie husked sixteen rows & Bertha & I husked twelve rows. Today was very fine.
Wednesday Nov. 19 � Louis husked twelve rows & I & Millie husked twelve rows today.
Thursday Nov. 20 � Louis husked twelve rows & I husked twelve rows. Millie helped me this afternoon. We bred two sows today. Louis & the girls went down to Nichols to a party. Mr. Kirkham was here today.
Friday Nov. 21 � Louis husked ten rows & I husked twelve rows. Bertha helped me near all the time. We finished husking at 2 � P.M. Billy Wright was here awhile.
Saturday Nov. 22 � We all went to town early & stayed all day.
Sunday Nov. 23 � Louis & I were making fence around the yards. I took Ma down to the old lady Kinney. She is very sick. Louis went to town today.
Monday Nov. 24 � No entry
Tuesday Nov. 25 � Louis helped C.J. Tuttle to husk. They finished about 4 P.M. I finished the fence around the house & yard & hauled straw in the hog pens & stables & put away the stalk cutter & mower & plows.
Wednesday Nov. 26 � Louis worked at the fence about half a day. I was to town before supper. The girls were to Dunlap with Nellie DeCou.
Thursday Nov. 27 � Louis worked near all day making a trap to use at a shooting match. Today our boar got out. I set a couple of fence posts. The boys & girls around us came this evening and surprised Louis complete. They had a nice time.
Friday Nov. 28 � I finished making the fence & gate around the yard. Louis burnt cobs for the hogs. Louis, the girls, Nellie & Amy & I went to the Alliance. I paid for Louis & I dues up to date. Nellie & Amy came this afternoon.
Saturday Nov. 29 � Louis, Millie & I were to Mrs. Kinney's funeral. I was one of the pall bearers.
Sunday Nov. 30 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Herbert & Amy were here to supper. They, all the girls & boys went to town to church.
Monday Dec. 1, 1890 � Louis & I hauled out ten loads of manure. It is cold & cloudy this evening.
Tuesday Dec. 2 � Louis was to town & the Mill. I worked at the old sofa to fix it up. It snowed a little this forenoon. C.J. Tuttle was here.
Wednesday Dec. 3 � I went with C.J. Tuttle to True's sale. We were there near all day. It was pretty cold. Louis & F. DeCou were out with their guns but got nothing.
Thursday Dec. 4 � It snowed some today. Louis cut up some of the Cottonwood trees. I worked some at the sofa. Louis & the girls went up to Younts this evening. Mr. Kirkham was here.
Friday Dec. 5 � Louis chopped some wood & I worked at upholstering the sofa. Louis & the girls were to town this evening.
Saturday Dec. 6 � Louis chored around. I went to W. & sent $3.45 to renew the Youth's Comp. & Demorest Magazine through the P.M., S.S. Winter.
Sunday Dec. 7 � Louis & the girls were to S.S.
Monday Dec. 8 � I worked at the sofa & finished it. Afternoon I was to town with C.J. Tuttle. He bought a mare last Sat. She drives nice & is nine years old.
Tuesday Dec. 9 � I sent in a crop report today as follows:Acres Produced Corn 50 1450 bus. Wheat 6 83 � Oats 22 447 � Potatoes one 26 � Hay 24 26 tonWe done nothing but chored. Cherry did not come up this evening. We found her mired in the creek. C.J. Tuttle & Mr. Kirkham helped us get her out. We put a rope around her neck (as she was dehorned), hitched the team to it and drawed her up on the bank. She could not be got up on her feet so we covered her up with a lot of carpet & left her. I was to see her & gave her bran mash.
Wednesday Dec. 10 � Mr. & Mrs. Yount, Mr. & Mrs. C.J. Tuttle, Mr. & Mrs. Kirkham were here visiting all day. We men went down & helped the cow Cherry on her feet & brought her up in the cattle yard & fed her hay & oats.
Thursday Dec. 11 � The wind upset our straw stack. Louis & I hauled some of it in the east stable. This evening Louis went to town after he done the chores. I was down to see Yount about hulling our clover.
Friday Dec. 12 � Younts threshed our clover today. We had 7 � bus. uncleaned. They then run it through the Machine again which left us 2 � bus. cleaned clover. We commenced at 10 � A.M. and finished at 12 � P.M.
Saturday Dec. 13 � Louis, the girls & I were to the Alliance last night. Today I cleaned out the stables & yard. Louis & the girls were to town.
Sunday Dec. 14 � Louis, the girls & Ma were to S.S. and this evening Louis & the girls were to town to church.
Monday Dec. 15 � I took a heavy cold. I staid in the house all day. Louis was up & scattered some of the clover chaff. Louis & the girls were to W.H. DeCou's this evening.
Tuesday Dec. 16 � Louis finished scattering the clover chaff. He was to town this evening. I was in the house all day but am much better.
Wednesday Dec. 17 � Louis was over to I.A. DeCou's & borrowed some traps from Mr. Johnson & from Mr. Deuel. I was over to see Chas. Davis. He is digging a well. Mrs. I.A. DeCou & Mrs. Chauncey were here visiting. I.A. DeCou came this evening. Wanted to buy our steers. We could not agree as to the price.
Thursday Dec. 18 � Louis & I were over to Mortons & Jordans. After dinner Bertha, Ma & & I were to town. Amy went with us. Louis had Dell in harness this afternoon.
Friday Dec. 19 � Louis & I sorted beans & we had Dell hitched up to the Road Cart for the first time. She went well, gave us very little trouble. H. came over for awhile.
Saturday Dec. 20 � We had Dell hitched to the R. Cart again today. She went pretty good. Louis & Ma were to town this afternoon. I cleaned out the stables & chored some.
Sunday Dec. 21 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. H. Burk, Louis & I were over to D. Howarth's pasture to dig out a Swift, we think it is. The boys dug down about 7 ft. deep but did not get the animal. Louis & the girls were to town to meeting this eve.
Monday Dec. 22 � Louis was to town this morning. I was to Dunlap with H. Burk. this afternoon. Charlie Pitts, I.A. DeCou & Fred Jordan & wife were here today. I sold six head of yearling steers to I.A. DeCou for $140.00. He gave me a check for them. (6 head, wt. 4670 lbs.). Louis & the girls were over to the school house to practice music.
Tuesday Dec. 23 � I was to town, got a wheelbarrow and lumber for a closet. Louis was over to W.H. DeCou, then him & Herbert went down to Chas. Nichols to shoot for turkeys. Louis brought home one. Isaac was here this evening to tell us he wanted to fetch the steers he bought yesterday.
Wednesday Dec. 24 � Samy DeCou & couson came over to help us drive the cattle over. C.J. Tuttle helped until we got them past the crossing, then Louis & Herbert went to town. I put the wheelbarrow together and partly painted it.
Thursday Dec. 25 � I worked at making a milk closet for Ma awhile. Louis chored around some & him & Herbert practiced shooting. One of the steers we sold to DeCou came home this evening.
Friday Dec. 26 � Louis brought a load (600) brick from Dunlap yard. They cost ($7.) seven dollars a thousand. I finished Ma's milk closet. Louis, the girls & I were to the Alliance Meeting.
Saturday Dec. 27 � This morning when Louis went to the barn he found Nick sick. I got Burkholder over. He said it was his water. Louis thought it was Colic. We gave him Alows & ginger, then gave an oz. of Nitre, � oz. Buchn. In two hours we gave him another dose. In two hours more he let water & was better. I led him about slowly a long while which I think is good for him. I gave him 3 qts. of scalded oats & hay. He eats a little.
Sunday Dec. 28 � Louis & the girls were to S.S. Louis went to town to church this evening. I was over to Burks. & Damery's. Mrs. Damery is very sick.
Monday Dec. 29 � Louis & I each brought a load of brick (1000) from Dunlap yard. I was down to tell Wm. Brewster to come tomorrow to commence digging our well.
Tuesday Dec. 30 � Louis & I each brought a load of brick (1000). Wm. Brewster & George Hamilton came & commenced to dig the well at 9 � o'clock. Got 18 ft. deep. Quit at 5 P.M.
Wednesday Dec. 31 � Louis helped at the windlass. they were down about 34 ft. deep this evening. I took the dirt away with the road scraper. Afternoon I was to town.
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