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).
Friday, Jan. 1 1897 � It was cloudy all day, damp & muddy. We done nothing but the chores. It is getting colder this evening, looks as if we were to get snow.
Sat., Jan. 2 � Louis & I butchered a small but very fat pig. After dinner, we both went to town. Last night the wind changed to the N.W. and froze up solid. The roads are in a terrible shape, so rough that teaming is almost impossible.
Sun., Jan. 3 � It was cold today and snowed near all day. The mercury is near zero this evening.
Mon., Jan. 4 � It was cold and very windy and cloudy all day but did not snow. The snow drifted a good bit.
Tues., Jan. 5 � This was a nice cold day. Herb, Bertha and Jesse were here to dinner. Bertha staid here. Mr. Burkholder, the boys and I were down to No. 4 S.H. to hear the debate on the question. Resolved that Douglas Township work the roads according to Sec. 986, Act of the Twentieth General Assembly. Louis, Herb and Jesse were guning awhile this afternoon. They got seven rabbits and Herb and Jesse got nine this forenoon.
Wed., Jan. 6 � Louis chored around and him and I ground corn and oats for feed. This was a fine day. Not cold.
Thurs., Jan. 7 � Louis was to town and to the mill. This was a fine day.
Fri., Jan. 8 � Louis and I shelled and ground corn and oats. Ed Rankin came and Louis went with him down to Yount's to shoot for turkeys. Louis got one, Ed got two. Bertha was here all day. Millie went with Jesse down to John Yount's this evening.
Sat., Jan. 9 � Louis chored around until noon. After dinner Louis and I went to town and brought a barrel of apples home, paid $2.00 for it.
Sun., Jan. 10 � Herb & Bertha were here to dinner. I was up to Reiff's this evening. Jesse was here this evening.
Mon., Jan. 11 � Father went to Logan as a grand juror. Mother and I went to town and took 28# of honey along. Millie went over to Burk's. We came home over the hills. Mother and Millie stopped at Burk's for supper. I came home, done the chores and went back over to Burk's and spent the evening. Herb and Jesse were here and ground their axes. (Louis)
Tues., Jan. 12 � After chores I churned, then hauled in straw and put some in the hog pens. It began to snow before I finished. It snowed and blowed hard from the east all day. Everything is full of snow. (Louis)
Wed., Jan. 13 � Herb, Jesse & Mr. Burk came over this morning. The boys wanted me to go hunting with them over to the river but I went to town for the mail and took butter along. I also got an order for a W.P. Rock cockerel from E.D. Williamson, Dow City, Ia., for one dollar. The Burk's came around this way this evening to take Bertha home. They reported having killed 14 rabbits. (Louis)
Thurs., Jan. 14 � I went to town. Millie went along as far as Burk's. Jess went along to town to see the doctor about his ear, which bothered him so he could not sleep all night. I came back by Burk's and got dinner there. Will Vining and Minnie Reiff were here this evening (Louis)
Fri., Jan. 15 � I chored around all day. Cut some clover hay and shelled some corn with Bettie on the power. Austin Lowrey and his wife and Miss Isam were here to spend the evening. They were here Monday evening when we were over to Burkholders. (Louis)
Sat., Jan. 16 � I went over to Burk's this morning for a butter jar. This afternoon I went to town. Mr. Burk and Jesse went along. Charley Arnold rode out with us to our corner. It rained quite a bit today and everything is mud and slush. (Louis)
Sun., Jan. 17 � I came home from Logan last night. The wind changed around to the N.W. and is pretty cold, all froze up solid again.
Mon., Jan. 18 � Louis chored around some, then him and I brought in a load of straw and put it in the hog shed, also some in the lower hen house.
Tues., Jan. 19 � Louis and I were to town this afternoon after choring around some.
Wed., Jan. 20 � We all went over to Burk's visiting to celebrate Bertha's birthday. Louis and Millie were to town. Louis shiped a cockerel to Dow City. Bred one of Herb's sows today.
Thurs., Jan. 21 � Louis and I shelled and ground oats and corn near all day. It was nice and warm.
Fri., Jan. 22 � Mrs. Yount, Mrs. Damery and Bertha were here visiting today. This evening Burk, Herb and Jesse came over and spent the evening with us. It was cold today.
Sat., Jan. 23 � Louis chored around until noon, he then went to town for the mail. I cleaned out the stables. It was very cold this evening, two degrees below.
Sun., Jan. 24 � This was a cold windy day, 10 below zero. Jesse was here to supper and staid the evening.
Mon., Jan. 25 � Louis and I worked at the ice house, geting out the sawdust. 18 degrees below. Sow piged, all froze.
Tues., Jan. 26 � Louis and I shelled corn and finished taking out the sawdust and old ice which was left over in the ice house from last summer. Herb and Bertha came over this evening for flour and butter. Louis went to the Lyceum this evening. 18 below zero at 7 P.M.
Wed., Jan. 27 � It was very cold today. Louis went over to Knapp's to see for a place to get ice. He then went to town for the mail. He ordered Evans to make us an Ice tongue.
Thurs., Jan. 28 � Louis went to town for the ice tongue. Millie, Ma, Bertha, Mrs. Yount and Mrs. Damery went with him to visit with Mrs. Reiff. Louis and Herb were over to Mr. Teal's to practice music with Frank Teal. It is moderating some. Therm. 8 below at 7 A.M.
Fri., Jan. 29 � Louis was to town to get the horses' shoes sharpened. Millie went with him. I made a self feeder for grit for the chickens.
Sat., Jan. 30 � Louis put straw in the hog pens and in stable and chored around and cut ice out of the tank. I was to town with Jesse Burk.
Sun., Jan. 31 � Herb and Bertha, John Yount and his family were here visiting. The weather is warm. It looks as if we were going to have a thaw.
Mon., Feb. 1 � This was a warm day. The ice melted so much so as to be covered with water, so there was nothing to do at puting up ice. Louis was down to see Bob. Ed Crow was here to hire to Louis for next summer's work. He was here to dinner. Herb was here. Bertha is not well, thinks she has La Gripp. Millie over with her.
Tues., Feb 2 � Bob came this morning but it is too warm to put up ice, so Bob and Louis went to town. Bob got his team shod. Bob and Louis went to the Lyceum. Ma went to Burk's.
Wed., Feb. 3 � Louis was to town. Herb and Jesse went with him. Ma was over to Damery's to a missionary meeting. I was over visiting with Mr. Burk.
Thurs., Feb. 4 � Louis and I shelled and ground corn and oats. It was warm and cloudy. Frank Teal and his sister were here this evening.
Fri., Feb. 5 � Louis went to town and brought J. L. Todd out. Millie and I was over to Burk's to dinner. Herb brought Bertha and Millie home. Bertha is going to stay a few days.
Sat., Feb. 6 � Mr. Todd was here over night. He scored Louis' chickens this morning. Louis took him to town. I went with them. Mr. Todd was down to J. Lyons and T. Morrow and scored their chickens yesterday. This afternoon he scored Profs. Kinney and Reeds' chickens.
Sun., Feb. 7 � Herb and Jesse came over to dinner. Jesse staid for the evening and Herb went home to do the chores. We had a good visit. We drank some of our good cider. The day was cloudy and warm. Looks as if it might rain or snow before morning.
Mon., Feb. 8 � Louis took a cow (Big Red) over to Knapp's and bred her to his Red Polled Bull. He walked back from there to town and brought the cow home on his way back. Herb was here to supper. Herb, Louis and Millie went over to Teal's to practice music. This was a warm muddy day.
Tues., Feb. 9 � We shelled some corn. We then took a two year old heiffer (that we are fatening) up to Reiff's and weighed her. She weighed 1070 lbs. Louis then started out to take a cow over to Knapp's. The school children were out a recess. They yelled and hollered and frightened the cow and made her mad. Louis could do nothing with her. Harold Reiff helped him. They got her tied up to a post. She was still very wild and cross. She would run at them. He came home without her, then Herb went down with Louis. They could do nothing with her so came home again. They went down again this evening and got her up to our gate. She went on East and now we don't know where she is. Louis and Millie went to the Lyceum at No. 4.
Wed., Feb. 10 � Louis was to town. Ma and I went with him as far as Wm. Chauncey's where we visited until he came from town. It is geting colder this evening. Bertha went home with Herb this afternoon.
Thurs., Feb 11 � Bob came early. We were late. They started for the first load if ice at 9 O'clock. They brought up from Knapp's three loads but did not unload the last one as it was 6 � P.M. when they got home with their last load.
Fri., Feb. 12 � Bob. Herb and Louis each brought two loads of ice but did not unload the last three loads as it got too late. Ma went with Mrs. Reiff and Mrs. Damery to a party up at Boyd's. It was warm today. J.M. Tracy was here to dinner and assessed us.
Sat., Feb. 13 � The boys finished putting in ice at 10 o'clock. The sawdust was too much frozen to put in so they quit. Louis went to town this afternoon. Neal Jefferson was here.
Sun., Feb. 14 � Millie was to S.S. Louis and Ma was over to Bertha's for dinner.
Mon. Feb. 15 � Louis was to town to take Weiss' ice saw home. Herb brought Bertha over, then the boys made ice cream. Frank Teal and his sister were here until a late hour this evening. Mr. Burk, Jesse and Herb were here also. We had plenty of music and a good time. This was a fine warm day.
Tues., Feb. 16 � Louis shelled and chored around. I am geting better. I was out awhile this afternoon, helped Louis a little puting sawdust in the ice house. Millie and Louis went to the Lyceum at No. 4 S.H. this evening.
Wed., Feb. 17 � Louis and I shelled some corn and ground the oil cake. Mrs. Reiff was here this afternoon visiting. The day was fine. Something is wrong with Dick. He won't eat.
Thurs., Feb. 18 � Louis went to Mill Valley to the H.C. Farmers Institute. Mr. Reiff came down. Him and I were down to Chamber's sale. Everything brought good prices. Mrs. Rankin visited with our folks while we men were at the sale.
Fri., Feb. 19 � Louis came back late last night. He rode out with Geo. Reiff. Herb done the chores while Louis was gone. I.A. DeCou was here to look at a heiffer we want to sell. He thinks she is in calf so we did not sell her. Louis cut down some of the maples east of the house. Louis went to town this evening. Dick has a swelled head and can't eat. We put him in the barn and gave him ground feed. We think he was kicked on the jaw by one of the other horses.
Sat., Feb. 20 � Mr. McCluskey was here to see the fat heiffer but did not buy her. Arthur Wright was here to hire for the summer work. Louis and I were to town this afternoon. Dick seems better but his jaw is swelled very much.
Sun., Feb. 21 � It snowed a good bit today. We staid at home. No S.S.
Mon., Feb. 22 � It snowed during last night so there is a heavy fall of snow on the ground today, but thawing some. Louis was to town with Herb and Jesse. Louis, Ma and Millie went over to No. 4 S.H. this evening.
Tues., Feb. 23 � Louis was to town and brought 1750 lbs. S. coal. He went to the Lyceum at No. 4 S.H. This was a fine day but cold.
Wed., Feb. 24 � Louis and I were to town. We took the heiffer in, sold to Frank McEwan at $3.30 per hun. wt. 1100 lbs.
Thurs., Feb. 25 � Louis left early for the train to go to a Director's Meeting of the H.C.A. Association. Bertha, Mr. Burk and Herb were here to supper. Jesse done our chores as Herb had to attend to some constable duties, which made him late geting here.
Fri., Feb. 26 � Louis came late last night. We received another letter from Mrs. Shadel. Anna is worse and Mother is not very well either. Louis went to town to mail a letter to Mrs. Shadel and Uncle Joseph. Burks came over with the bobsled. We all, except Ma, were down to the exercises at the closing of this term of school. It was very good.
Sat., Feb. 27 � Louis and I were to town. We got a litter of pigs but all but two chilled. It was pretty cold, 12 below zero.
Sun., Feb. 28 � Herb was here to dinner. There were none of us to S.S. Jesse came this evening.
Mon., Mar. 1 � Louis shelled some corn and chored around. I choped a little wood. Louis and I were down to the school meeting. Harrison Yount was elected School Director.
Tues., Mar. 2 � Louis chored around and burned cobs in the hog yard for the hogs. Ed DeJean was here to see if he could hire to Louis for the season, but he did not hire him. Louis went to the Lyceum.
Wed., Mar. 3 � Ma and I and Mrs. and Mrs. Reiff were over to Mr. E. Rankins visiting. The Ladies Missionary Society met there today. Louis chored around. Louis harnessed the colts and bitted them.
Thurs., Mar. 4 � It snowed some today, was a cold damp day. Louis shelled some corn.
Fri., Mar. 5 � Herb and Jesse was here last night late. They practiced music. Louis shelled corn. I was over to Herb to get doz. eggs. It snowed some last night. Bessie Damery was here. Jane droped a bull calf.
Sat., Mar 6 � Louis and Ma were to town, she had two teeth drawn. Louis took wheat to the mill. Louis and Millie were to the theater this evening in town. This was a cloudy and damp winter. It snowed and sleeted some last night.
Sun., Mar. 7 � We all staid at home today. Herb was here. Dick is geting better.
Mon., Mar. 8 � Louis had to take the chickens out of the house at the cob house on account of it being too damp. After dinner we shelled a load of corn. Louis and Millie went over to Teals this evening.
Tues. Mar. 9 � We put a load of straw in the hog pens this morning. Arthur Wright was here to hire to Louis for the summer work. Louis went to town this afternoon. Arthur went with him. Louis went over to the Lyceum this evening.
Wed., Mar. 10 � This was a fine day but very muddy. Millie was down to Yount's. Louis cut down a few more maples. Him and I winnowed some oats for seed. Noel's boy was here to hire with us.
Thurs., Mar. 11 � We winnowed some oats for seed. We blew hard so we blew about all the light ones out, which makes good heavy seed oats and clean. The oats is of the 1895 crop and after cleaning them, they weighed thirty-nine pounds per bushel.
Fri., Mar 12 � Louis went to town very early this morning. He stoped on his way and sent Herb over. We finished oats. We cleaned 100 bus. of 95 crop, wt. 39 lbs. and we cleaned a few of the '96 crop, which weighed when cleaned, 33 lbs. per bus. Mrs. Damery was here.
Sat., Mar. 13 � It snowed some this morning and is cold. Louis went to town with Herb. He took Bettie along. She lost a shoe. We had to have one put on. It snowed during the day. Quite a snowfall.
Sun., Mar. 14 � Louis went to town early this morning for the doctor for Bertha. Her babe was born at 11:25 A.M. Mrs. Damery was here from start to finish.
Mon., Mar. 15 � Louis and Reiff boys shelled Burk's corn, 537 bus. Herb was here this evening. Arthur Wright came at noon to help for his board until field work begins, then his wages, $12.00 a month, commence. We shelled some corn this evening and Arthur carried some poles out of the grove that Louis had cut.
Tues., Mar. 16 � Louis and Art were to town to get Arthur's trunk. They went to the Lyceum this evening. This is the last for this spring. Amy was here to see Bertha.
Wed., Mar. 17 � Louis was over to Herb's, they brought a sow over and bred her. Arthur and I winnowed out 93 bus. of wheat for seed. Louis and Millie went to a party this evening. The doctor was here this afternoon to see Bertha and the baby. Mr. Burkholder went to town for him. Mrs. Jack Meadows was here to see Bertha.
Thurs., Mar. 18 � Baby Carl died early this morning before the dr. got here. Louis went up to bring Lulu Reiff, as Ma is about sick and Millie got sick in the night. Mrs. Damery was up all night. Mr. and Mrs. Reiff came after dinner. Mrs. Damery dressed the baby and put it in the coffin and Mr. Reiff went with Mr. Burkholder and I to the cemetary. We buried the baby this evening.
Fri., Mar. 19 � It rained heavy last night, the Picayune is out of it's banks. Art and I shelled some corn by hand with the old sheller and they cut some wood.
Sat. Mar. 20 � Art was guning this morning and after dinner, Art, Lulu and Louis went to town. Herb was down to Yount's. Mrs. Damery was here for awhile this afternoon.
Sun., Mar. 21 � Amy and Mame were here today to see Bertha. Mr. Burk. was here to dinner. Jesse was here to supper. Louis was over to Teal's and got some books for to read to Bertha.
Mon., Mar. 22 � Bessie Damery was here to dinner. Louis and Herb went over to the river guning this evening and got three ducks. I sieved wheat to get out the mustard seed. It snowed last night.
Tues., Mar. 23 � It snowed again last night. The country looked white this morning but it is all gone again. Louis was training with the colts yesterday and today Art and I sieved some more wheat.
Wed., Mar. 24 � The boys turned the seed clover then Louis and I went to town and herb and Art went over to the river guning. Mrs. Yount was here, also Mrs. Austin Lowery and Miss Isam. Herb was here to supper.
Thurs., mar. 25 � The boys finished sieving wheat for seed. Louis fetched the power and sheller to shell tomorrow. Mat came just before dinner. I cleaned up the grainery to put shelled corn in. Harold Reiff was here to say that they wanted the sheller Saturday. Herb was here. He worked some on the road.
Fri., Mar. 26 � We shelled five big loads. At eleven o'clock we broke a sweep so that we had to quit. We wanted to shell one more load. Herb and Mat helped us. I was up to Reiff's all afternoon to make a new sweep in place of the one we broke.
Sat., Mar. 27 � Art went home this morning. Louis and I ground corn and oats. I went to town after dinner. Louis was going along but Paul Reiff came down and got Louis to help them shell corn.
Sun., Mar. 28 � Louis was to S.S. Mr. & Mrs. Reiff, Minnie and Lottie were here to see Bertha. Herb was here near all day. Art did not come yet.
Mon., Mar. 29 (Louis) � I took Father to town to train to Logan as Grand Juror. Art rode out with me. We carried wood out of the grove and cut it into stove wood. Took two hogs, wt. 540 lbs., sold to DeCou Bros. at $3.60, also paid I.C. DeCou one dollar we owed for a sack of oil cake.
Tues., Mar. 30 (Louis) � We turned seven young brood sows out in the pasture lot and four shoats into the north lot. We then drove the colts until noon. This afternoon I went to Younts and over to E. Gage to get the clover hulled. Ed was not at home so I went up to Younts again this evening. Mr. Yount saw Gage but he would not come and help until the wheat and oats are sown, so Mr. Yount and I agreed that if it did not storm to go at it with what help we could get tomorrow. I took two white P.R. Cockerels to Mrs. Yount at $1.25 for the two. The wind blew a regular gale all day.
Wed., Mar. 31 (Louis) � It was raining. I picked out some seed corn. Mr. Dunlap came over and bought a ton of hay for $2.50. He will get it as soon as the weather permits. I took the shoes off of Mark and Bettie. This afternoon it is still raining. I picked out some more corn for seed.
Thurs., April 1 (Louis) � This morning we put the seeder and drag together. I went out in the field to see how the ground is but it is too wet to work. This afternoon we drove the colts, Planter and Gypsy, for the first time to the wagon. We hitched them with Dep. Father came home this evening with Mrs. Chauncy
Fri., April 2 � We worked on the road al day with two teams and plow, east of the big cut.
Sat., April 3 � Art worked on the road on the hill at Dunlaps three hours. The rain stoped them. Art went to town this evening in the rain. Louis and I were to town. We each got a suit of clothes. Herb came over this evening.
Sun. April 4 � It rained near all day. Herb staid last night and all day today. Jesse came after dinner. Louis went away this evening.
Mon., April 5 � Louis was to town this afternoon. Art came home with Louis this evening. I was to town to Center S.H. to Trustees Meeting to equalize assessment and other business. The roads are fearful muddy and hard to get along. The boys done nothing today.
Tues., April 6 � Art plowed near all day and Louis has a good bit of trouble to get his plow to scour so that it goes very slow. It is still cloudy.
Wed., April 7 � Louis worked at the windmill and we ground wheat and corn for family use until noon. They plowed all afternoon. This afternoon the Missionary Meeting was held here. The Mrs. Reiff, Damery, Teal, Chauncy, Cresswell, and Miss Teal, Mrs. Yount and Mrs. Kieger.
Thurs., April 8 � Louis was to town this morning to send two baskets of eggs away. He plowed after he came back. Art plowed all day. I churned and helped Millie at the wash.
Fri., April 9 � Louis tried the disc but the ground was too wet. It will not work, so they both plowed. Art harrowed down stalks this afternoon. I was over to Herb's to take back some sugar we had borrowed. Herb and Frank Wright came over this evening to practice music. It rained last night.
Sat., April 10 � The boys plowed all day for wheat. Millie and I went to town with Herb. We took six W.P.R. Cockerels, sent to McKean to Logan. Herb got lumber to build him a henhouse. Art went home this evening.
Sun., April 11 � Louis fetched Miss Martin to work in the house until Bertha gets stronger. They all went home after dinner. It rained some today. Art came home at dusk this evening. Louis went away early this evening.
Mon., April 12 � It rained heavy during the night. The boys plowed until noon. It rained all afternoon so the boys picked out seed corn. Art cleaned out some of the east stables to put in Topsy when she foals. I was over to help Herb build a hen house but was stoped by rain.
Tues., April 13 � The boys finished plowing, then Art harrowed and Louis sowed wheat. Arthur left this evening without giving any notice. He said he could get more wages than he gets here. His brother came with a buggy to take him away. Millie was to Bertha's.
Wed., April 14 � Louis went down to get Mat McKean to work for us. They came home late as they stoped at Woodbine. Louis bought a three horse harrow of the DeCou Bros. for $15.00. He did not pay for it. I harrowed in what little wheat he had sown. Ma was over to Bertha's all day.
Thurs., April 15 � Topsy foaled last night, a mare colt. Mat commenced to work today at $15.00 per month. It took a good while to put the new harrow together as it was knocked down. Mat harrowed with four horses. He worked the colts. Louis was with him until noon. After dinner, Louis seeded, Mat harrowed alone. The colts worked all right.
Fri., April 16 � Louis finished seeding wheat at noon. Mat was too lame to harrow so he cut stalks and Louis harrowed with the same four horses in the afternoon. I turned clover until noon. I then went to look for help to thresh the clover. Mr. John Smith bought a ton of hay and took it home. Mr. Dunlap bought a ton some time ago.
Sat., April 17 � Mat, with team, helped H. Yount up with the separator and power. We hulled 11 � bus. of clover seed (mch. measure) this afternoon. Herb and Harold R. helped us and Mr. Dunlap and Mr. Burkholder helped Mr. Yount. The seed is pretty dirty as the wind blew considerable dirt in it. We had a nice day, clover dry.
Sun., April 18 � Herb and Bertha was here to dinner. They all were to S.S. except me. I took Mat to the train to go home. He got so lame he could hardly walk today. Jesse came this evening. Louis went away this evening.
Mon., April 19 � Louis harrowed on the wheat, finished at 4 o'clock. This is the third time, once before sewing and twice after. Louis then commenced sewing the clover seed on it and I went to see if I could get Wm. Brokoff to work for us. He is working at J.D. Kennedy's. I got back at 9 � P.M. The Thermometer was down to 24 degrees this morning. I run clover seed through the fan mill this forenoon.
Tues., April 20 � It rained heavy all day and is cold. I finished cleaning the clover seed, we got 8 � bus. of good seed out of the eleven and a half bus. machine measure. Louis was down to Jack Meadows this morning.
Wed., April 21 � Louis finished sowing clover seed a little after six P.M. I was to Mill and to town. Mr. Burkholder went with me. I brought Oscar Miesse along out to work for us at $15.00 per month. He harrowed from three o'clock until six with four horses with the big harrow. I carried seed to Louis and chored around and cleaned up under the faning mill which finished up the clover cleaning.
Thurs., April 22 � It rained heavy again last night, everything wet this morning. The boys went out and sowed oats and Oscar cultivated them in. I took Topsy to town and bred her to Bennet's horse. I got two prescriptions from Dr. Cole for Millie.
Fri., April 23 � It rained heavy again last night. The river is up again. Louis put the incubator in the sellar. The boys cultivated at the oats. Jesse was here this evening.
Sat., April 24 � It rained heavy again last night and after the boys worked an hour or two, the rain drove them in. After dinner, the boys went over to Howarth's pasture (where they saw wolves several times) to see if they could get some pups, but someone was ahead of them. I went to town with Herb and got two plows sharpened at Evan's shop. The roads are worse than I ever saw them before. Bertha and Rena Martin were here while we went to town.
Sun., April 25 � Herb and Bertha were here to dinner. They brought Rena Martin to stay and work for us awhile. Oscar went home last evening and came this evening in time to do chores. Louis went away before Oscar came so Oscar done the milking and finished up the chores.
Mon., April 26 � The boys worked at the oats and cut stalks all day. I went with Wm. Burk down in Farnsworth's timber for evergreens. We only got five, which Burk planted in his door yard.
Tues., Apr. 27 � Oscar harrowed the oats twice and finished, the just before six o'clock this evening, Louis cut stalks. I was to town with Burk and bought some beef and oil.
Wed., Apr. 28 � It rained all day, heavy sometimes, and cleared off just before sundown. The boys done nothing but the chores.
Thurs., Apr. 29 � Oscar plowed all day. Louis put up the fence along the pasture that was taken away last fall. I helped him. He then went to plow with the sulky.
Fri., Apr. 30 � Oscar plowed all day. Louis cut stalks after him and I fetched in a load of straw for beding.
Sat., May 1 � Oscar plowed all day. Louis cut stalks all day. Mr. Burk., Bertha, Ma and I were to town with our buggy and Burk's team. They were here to supper. Oscar went home this evening with Dep and the cart. This was a fine day but cold nights.
Sun., May 2 � Bertha and Herb were here to dinner. Rena, Ma and I up to Yount's then we were all to S.S. After S.S., Ma and I went over to Bertha's. Rena was at Damery's. Oscar came in time to do the chores. Louis left early.
Mon., May 3 � Oscar finished plowing, he then harrowed on the east piece to get it ready to plant. Louis put up the planter and worked at the bees and ground feed.
Tues., May 4 � Oscar finished harrowing, he then went to plowing on the west piece. Louis planted one round when he lost a bolt out of the planter. I was down to Wm. Probasco's as one of the appraisors. E. Rankin and S. Wilking were the others. We had to go to town to report. I brought Marshall Moore out to put a spring in the windmill. I took him home, which made it very late for me. Dell foaled this morning, a mare colt.
Wed., May 5 � The boys cleaned the tank. I fixed the planter while they cleaned out the tank. Then Louis planted and Oscar plowed. I set eight evergreens. Louis went away this evening. This was a fine warm day, but no wind, and the tank is empty as it was scrubbed out.
Thurs., May 6 � Louis planted all day and Oscar plowed all day. Ma and I were to town. We stoped awhile at Teal's on our way home. We also stoped at Bertha's. A fine day.
Fri., May 7 � Oscar plowed all day. Louis finished planting the east piece at six o'clock this evening. I cut some potatoes for planting. Mr. Burkholder and Bertha were here this afternoon. The wind blew to run the windmill fir the first time in three or four days, so we got out of water. We had to take all the horsed to the lower well to water since we scrubbed the tank.
Sat., May 8 � Oscar plowed until noon. Louis cut potatoes. They planted potatoes until the rain drove them in. Millie, Bertha, Mr. Burk and I were to town. It commenced to rain as we crossed the railroad, it just poured down, the water run in torrents. Oscar went to town in the rain.
Sun., May 9 � This was a fine day. The corn is not washed out any but it rained very heavy. Oscar came home in good time to do the chores this evening. Louis went away early this evening. Millie stayed with Bertha all night. Rena went over today. Bertha brought them home in the cart.
Mon., May 10 � Oscar harrowed the piece that is planted to corn. Louis finished planting the potatoes. I finished planting a second row of evergreens, north of the house. I.A. DeCou and an agent were here to try to sell me a McCormick Harvester. Louis and Millie went to town this evening. Rena took Topsy and cart and went home this afternoon. it rained a very little today.
Tues., May 11 � Oscar plowed and Louis finished cuting stalks. It rained so the boys had to quit work. Ma & Millie were down to Jack Meadow's visiting.
Wed., May 12 � Louis plowed and Oscar harrowed. It was showery and cold. Mr. John Smith fetched another ton of hay but will pay for it later. Ma was over to Bertha's near all day. I took Dell down to Smith's to try her to save a trip to town.
Thurs., May 13 � It was raining when we got up this morning and was cold and a little showery all day. Louis plowed until noon. Oscar harrowed until five o'clock, then plowed. Louis commenced to plant on the west piece. Afternoon I was to town and bred Dell to Bennett's horse. Today is three weeks for Topsy but she would not take. Frank and Grace Teal were here this evening to practice music.
Fri., May 14 � Oscar plowed all day. Louis packed eggs to send to Odebolt and wrote some letters. He planted this afternoon. I was to town to ship the eggs that Louis packed.
Sat., May 15 � Oscar plowed all day. Louis picked seed until dinner was ready. He then went out early and planted eight acres this afternoon. Ma, Millie, Rena and I were to town this afternoon.
Sun., May 16 � This is my birthday. We made ice cream. Mr. Burk, Herb, bertha and Jesse were here. The young folks all went to S.S.
Mon., May 17 � Oscar finished plowing and then he finished harrowing wheat he had plowed. Louis picked out seed corn until noon. He planted this afternoon. I helped some.
Tues., May 18 � Louis planted all day. Oscar cultivated the fall plowing after planting. Justin Rigg and Lew Osborn were here to sell a harvester.
Wed., May 19 � Oscar cultivated on the fall plowing all day. Louis finished planting at four o'clock. He then went to cultivate. Ma and Millie were over to Bertha's. Colt hide to tan.
Thurs., May 20 � The boys finished cultivating the fall plowing after planting. Oscar then harrowed and Louis made ridges to plant sweet potatoes. Ma and I were to town. Louis and Millie went over to Dunlap's this evening to practice singing.
Fri., May 21 � The boys both harrowed all day. Ma went with Herb and Bertha to town. Mr. Damery was here and bought eleven bus. potatoes. I gave him half a bu. of early rose in the bargain. Herb & Bertha were here to supper.
Sat., May 22 � Oscar harrowed all day. Louis and I were to town. We took three hogs, wt 980 lbs., sold to DeCou Bros. at $3.80. Oscar went to town early this evening. Louis and Millie went over to Teal's this evening.
Sun., May 23 � Herb, Bertha & Jesse were here to supper. Louis went away early. Oscar came and done the chores. The young folks were all to S.S.
Mon., May 24 � Louis was down to Sam Boone's for a load of gravel for the chickens. he also got a set of cultivator shovels sharpened. Oscar grubed out some of the dead trees in the catalpa grove.
Tues., May 25 � Oscar cultivated all day on the east piece of corn. Mr. Teal and Frank were here and ground corn on our grinder. They were here to dinner. We shelled and ground some for ourselves. Louis worked at the fish dam this afternoon.
Wed., May 26 � Louis and Oscar cultivated all day. The trustees were called to assess damages and view a fence by Mr. Kreiger, between the Haworth farm and the Atherton farm. We have to examine the case before we can decide it.
Thurs., May 27 � Oscar cultivated all day. Louis cultivated a couple of hours. He went to town with Herb and got four hundred sweet potato plants. He was also up to Reiff's for seed corn but got none. Frank and Grace Teal, Andy Noel & Dalton, Herb & Bertha were here this evening. We had fine music.
Fri., May 28 � Oscar cultivated all day. Louis and I shelled and ground corn and oats until noon. I was up to Dunlap to notify D. Haworth to be at the meeting of the Trustees. Lou planted sweet potatoes this evening. Millie & Louis went over to Damery's to practice this evening.
Sat., May 29 � Oscar finished cultivating the east piece. They then shelled corn. Oscar went to town this afternoon. Louis watered the strawberries and other plants, as it is getting very dry. We need rain bad. I was up to Kiger's at meeting of Trustees to divide a fence between Atherton and Howarth farms and adjust damages done Kiger by Lowrey's cattle. Ma & I was to town this afternoon.
Sun., May 30 � All the folks were to town to the Memorial Service except me. Grace Teal came home with them and Herb, Bertha & Miss T. were here to supper. The cattle were in the alfalfa so I had to make fence.
Mon., May 31 � The boys picked out seed and planted in with hand planter. Mr. Teal was here and got half a bu. of corn seed. I was to town to try the mares to Bennett's horse. Burk. went with me.
Tues., June 1 � The boys planted corn in at different places on the spring plowing on the east piece. They finished this evening. It rained some last night. I went with Herb down to see O.J. Hooks, the clerk, about some mistakes he made in Herb's road book. Ma, Millie & Bertha were down to Reiff's this afternoon. Louis took the hand planter back he had borrowed from Reiff and Teal.
Wed., June 2 � It rained some last night but not much. Louis took 16 bushels of potatoes to Kibler Bros., at 33 cents per bu. in trade. Oscar planted a lot of pumpkin and squash seed. The weather is cold and cloudy, corn is not growing much.
Thurs., June 3 � The boys planted potatoes and squash and butchered a pig. I was up to Dunlap brick yard. I took two settings of eggs for Mr. Kirkendale. Mr. Burkholder went with me. We were over to see B.F. Roberts fish pond. Louis and Millie went over to Teals this evening.
Fri., June 4 � Oscar cultivated on the west piece. Louis borrowed Reiff's kettle and sassage cutter. He rendered the lard and we put the meat down in lard and made a little sassage. Mr. & Mrs. Dunlap were here with the S.S. children to practice singing for Children's Day.
Sat., June 5 � Oscar went home this morning. He has a bad cold. He wants to get something for it. Louis made fence on the west side of the alfalfa patch. We then shelled a load of corn. After dinner he went down and helped to decorate the school room. I was to town this afternoon. Herb & Bertha were here to supper. It is still cool & dry, corn is not doing well in general.
Sun., June 6 � We were all down to S.S. The recitations and singing were fine and the decorations were splendid. There was a fine large arch covered with evergreens and flowers and mottoes and the walls covered with mottoes and flowers. Herbert and Bertha and Jesse were here to supper.
Mon., June 7 � It rained a little last night. Louis cultivated all day but got out late this morning. I, Ma & Millie were to town. We stoped to ask after Oscar. His mother said he was sick. I had Dell and Topsy to Bennett's and bred Topsy. This is the second time. Oscar came this evening.
Tues., June 8 � Louis and I took some mice out of the well and pumped out on the pasture all day. Ma & I were up to Reiff's to dinner and Mrs. Reiff then went along to Teal's where we stayed until after supper. The boys cultivated all day. They watered the strawberries.
Wed., June 9 � It rained a little last night. Oscar cultivated all day. Louis and I shelled and ground corn and oats until noon. Louis helped me to box a pig after dinner, which I took to town for Oscar for which he pays three dollars for. I got a bottle of Piso for Oscar. Louis cultivated this afternoon.
Thurs., June 10 � The boys cultivated all day except Louis had to drive the cattle out of the meadow and fix the fence. I was to town to bring Chine and Herman from the depot. Bertha, Herb and W.H. were here to supper. I renewed the insurance in both wind and fire and lightening today.
Fri., June 11 � Oscar cultivated all day. Louis went out late to cultivate. They finished the west piece the first time through and commenced on the east piece this evening.
Sat., June 12 � Oscar cultivated all day. Louis and I shelled corn until noon. I went to town after dinner and Louis ground corn and oats. Dunlap was here awhile today. Oscar went home this evening.
Sun., June 13 � The folks, all except me, started to go over to Herb's. They met Mr. & Mrs. Teal and came back with them, then Herb & Bertha came. Jesse came later.
Mon., June 14 � Oscar cultivated all day. Louis had to fix up fence again. Cattle got in the meadow. Louis and I hived a swarm of bees this afternoon. Jack Meadows was here this evening to see if he could get some ground cherry plants. Louis, Millie and Chine went to town this evening to the Normal commencement.
Tues., June 15 � Oscar cultivated until noon. Louis put iron bands around a bushel basket that is going to pieces. It commenced to rain at noon and rained all afternoon. Herb and Bertha were here for some cabbage plants, then took supper with us. Mr. Dunlap and Jack Meadows was here this afternoon. It was very warm today.
Wed., June 16 � Oscar cleaned the manure on a pile where the N. clover stack was. Louis was to town. After dinner, the boys made ice cream. Oscar then went to cultivating. Louis and the rest of us went up to Reiff's to a missionary supper. It was very warm today.
Thurs., June 17 � Louis divided another hive of bees this morning. They cultivated all day. Herb was here awhile, he worked on the road. S.W. Morton was here to dinner. He wanted to sell us a binder. He gave me $305.00 for the H.C. Mutual Insurance Asso., his assessment for several years ago. It was very warm today. Mr. Burkholder was here this evening.
Fri., June 18 � The Boys cultivated all day and finished the east piece the second time through. Herb and Bertha and Mr. & Mrs. Reiff were here to supper. Planter has got a sweenied shoulder. It is bad. He was up in the pasture so we knew nothing of it until last evening. This morning Louis took him up and put him on linement.
Sat., June 19 � Oscar cultivated all day. Louis hived a swarm of bees. This afternoon Louis was to town. I was to Logan and paid Mr. Cadwell Morton's assessment in Logan. The Dems. & Pops. held a convention to elect delegates.
Sun., June 20 � Ma, Chine, Bertha & I were up to Reiff's this evening. Louis was over to Wm. Smith's and got a couple of old hives. He went to town this evening.
Mon., June 21 � Oscar cultivated all day. Louis cultivated until three o'clock, then broke some thing at his cultivator. Ma, Millie, Chine and Bertha were up to see Amy. I was down to O.J. Hooks to a Trustee meeting to appoint a supervisor in Dis. No. 2 and other business, time eight hours.
Tues., June 22 � Oscar cultivated all day. Louis did not cultivate at all today. Chine went East today. Louis took her to the depot. Ma and Millie went with them. It rained last night.
Wed., June 23 � It rained this forenoon. The boys gathered manure on a pile and shelled corn. Louis cleaned the sweet potato vines and Oscar cultivated some this afternoon. Louis went to town.
Thurs., June 24 � Oscar cultivated all day. Louis went out at ten o'clock and cultivated until after six o'clock. It rained a little today but not enough to stop work.
Fri., June 25 � Oscar cultivated all day. I (Louis) went out at nine o'clock and cultivated until Mr. Burkholder called me in to help carry father in the house. He got kicked by C.W. Reed's stallion and was hurt very much, having three ribs on the right side crushed.
Sat., June 26 (Louis) � It rained all morning, starting at 5:30 A.M. Oscar went home with Herb and Mr. Burkholder, who went to town to take back the spring cot that was borrowed of M.A. Evans to bring father home on. Mr. Burkholder stayed all night.
Sun., June 27 (Louis) - Mr. H. Yount and John were here this morning to see father. This afternoon Jack Meadows, J.H. Tuttle, Mr. Damery, Mr. E. Rankin, wife and two girls, Jess Burkholder, Herb and Bertha were here. Mr. Burkholder stayed last night again. I was over to Teal's awhile this evening.
Mon., June 28 (Louis) � Oscar cultivated all day. I fixed fence and cultivated. Austin Lowrey and wife were here this evening. Mr. Burkholder stayed again last night. Dr. Cole was here today.
Tues., June 29 (Louis) � It rained this morning so we could not do much. Oscar hoed the melons. I led the colts some this afternoon. Mrs. Teal, Grace, Herb and Bertha were here this evening. Father is getting along first rate. I mowed some prairie alfalfa and clover today.
Wed., June 30 (Louis) I helped Millie to wash this morning and picked cherries this afternoon. Oscar cultivated all day. Jess Burkholder was here this evening. It rained this morning, not yesterday.
Thurs., July 1 (Louis) � Oscar cultivated all day. I hauled tree hogs off, sold to Blackman and Company for $3.00, weighed 830 lbs. I cultivated this afternoon. A swarm of bees came out this afternoon but went back again without settling.
Fri., July 2 (Louis) � I got a swarm of bees this morning. Oscar cultivated this morning and went home this afternoon. I picked cherries this afternoon. Herb and Bertha were here this afternoon.
Sat., July 3 (Louis) � Today we are going to celebrate at home. Herb, Bertha, Mr. Burkholder and Jess were here today. Father has had more pain than usual last night.
Sun., July 4 (Louis) � Herb and Bertha were here today. Jess stayed all night (last). Jess, Bertha and Millie went to Sunday School today. Mr. and Mrs. Reiff were here this afternoon. I took a swarm of bees out of DeCou hive and put them in a new one. They would not stay in the old one, also took off one super of honey.
Mon., July 5 (Louis) � I cultivated until 10:30 A.M. when I came in to hive a swarm of bees. I put them into a hive that had no queen. Oscar came just before noon. Oscar cultivated this afternoon. I hoed sweet potatoes and went to town.
Tues., July 6 (Louis) � Oscar cultivated all day. I cultivated and fixed the pasture fence again. We finished the first planting this morning, also the potatoes.
Wed., July 7 (Louis) � Oscar cultivated all day. I took a cow over to Knapp's but it didn't amount to anything. I then raked the hay I cut in the meadow and shocked it. At noon I went over to Herb's. I cultivated this afternoon. Mrs. Reiff, Mrs. Eugene Kinne and Bertha were here this afternoon. J.H. Tuttle was here this evening. Oscar went to town this evening. Father is getting better.
Thurs., July 8 (Louis) � Oscar and I cultivated all day. Bertha came this afternoon. Herb came over this evening, and as we were going to make ice cream, he went home, done his chores and brought Mr. Burkholder with him.
Fri., July 9 (Louis) � Oscar cultivated until four o'clock, when a storm came up the looked as though it would hail. I cultivated from 10 'clock until noon. This afternoon I went to town for Dr. Cole. Father has a cough that hurts him very much. Dr. Cole was here this afternoon and left some medicine for father's cough and for pain in his side.
Sat., Jul 10 (Louis) � It rained this morning so we could not do much. Oscar cut posts and would out of the catalpas. Herb and Bertha were here. They went to town. I changed the bees from a box to a hive and got stung on the face.
Sun., July 11 (Louis) � I went over to H. DeCou's place to take home some bee hives that I borrowed. This afternoon I went to Logan. Frank Teal went with me. Herb and Bertha were here today. G.E. Reiff. Mr. & Mrs. Kiser were here this evening. Jesse and Millie went to meeting this evening.
Mon., July 12 (Louis) � Oscar and I cultivated all day. We worked late and finished. Herb and Bertha were here this evening.
Tues., July 13 (Louis) � Oscar hauled manure from the stock yard to the pasture. I chored and worked in the garden. Father was outdoors for the first time today. Millie went with Burkholders for gooseberries to B's grove.
Wed., July 14 (Louis) � Oscar hoed the sweet potatoes and cabbage this morning and pulled weeds from the potatoes this afternoon. I worked at the bees, took off two supers from one hive and extracted this afternoon from another. Herb and Bertha were here to grind a mower knife. I took two bus. of potatoes over to Wm. Smith's.
Thurs., July 15 (Louis) � I mowed clover west of the house, finished at 5:30. Oscar pulled weeds in the potatoes and started to go to the alfalfa, but broke the rake wheel in trying to cross the creek. I went to town this evening to get the wheel fixed and bring Miss Teal from the train. We stopped at J.W. Yount's to a party. Millie went to the party with Jesse Burkholder.
Fri., July 16 � I am geting along fine. Louis was to town and brought the rake wheel. He then raked some of the clover. Some is too green yet. Oscar picked cherries, pulled weeds and chored around.
Sat., July 17 � The boys hauled up five loads of clover hay. While Louis was raking, Oscar pulled up the posts between the wheat and clover fields. Oscar went home this evening. Herb and Bertha were here this evening. Herb took the butter in to town for us.
Sun., July 18 � Herb, Bertha and Jesse were here today. They were to S.S. Louis tinkered around his bees near half the day. He made ice cream.
Mon., July 19 � The boys raked up the rest of the clover and hauled up one load. The rest is too green to haul up so the boys helped Herb this afternoon to get up his oat hay. They finished at 5 � P.M. Oscar went to town this evening. Louis, Millie, Herb and Bertha went over to Rankin's to a party.
Tues., July 20 � It rained last night and some this morning. Oscar mowed some weeds and Louis was to town and got twine from R. Yeisley. The young folks were up to Reiff's this evening to a missionary social.
Wed., July 21 � The boys got out the binder and got it ready for work after dinner. Louis commenced to cut wheat and Oscar shocked. Mr. Snook was here awhile today. Mr. Burkholder was here all afternoon. We had a good visit together.
Thurs., July 22 � The boys cut and shocked wheat all day but the binder bothered Louis considerable so he stoped and changed a small wheel in the knoter, it works much better now. I was out riding with Mr. Burkholder. We went down to see John Smith but he was so much better that he was gone to Woodbine. We then went up to Younts and had a little talk with the women. We then went over to Peter Campbell, no one was home there. We then came home.
Fri., July 23 � The boys cut and shocked wheat about two hours, when they were drove in by the rain. Louis sections of honey. Oscar was working around the barn. After dinner they went at the wheat again and worked until 7 PM. Mr. Burkholder was here this afternoon.
Sat., July 24 � It rained fast last night. It was late and damp when the boys went out to work. They finished the wheat at 5 P.M. They then shelled corn. Herb and Bertha were here. He brought some section boxes over and brought our mail.
Sun., July 25 � Jesse, Millie, Herb, Bertha, Harry, Amy and Mr. Burkholder all went down to Wm. Yeager's. Louis went away early. Mrs. Damery, Mrs. Evans and Jim Tuttle were here today.
Mon., July 26 � The boys cut and shocked oats all day. Herbert and Bertha were here this evening. This was a fine day. I walked down to where the boys were shocking oats near Reiff's line. Am geting better but it goes slow.
Tues., July 27 � The boys cut and shocked oats all day. Finished at 5 � o'clock. Herb helped to shock his afternoon. They put the harvester away this evening.
Wed., July 28 � Oscar hauled out manure all day. Louis churned and mowed weeds. After dinner he went to town. Oscar went to town before Louis came home this evening. Last day Oscar worked here.
Thurs., July 29 � Louis was to town this morning to see about selling corn, but did not sell any. This afternoon Herb helped Louis to haul up the rest of the clover hay.
Fri., July 30 � Oscar did not come yet. Louis went down to Cresswell to get a hand in Oscar's place but did not get him. Herb helped Louis to shell corn and haul out manure this afternoon. I went with Wm. Burk to town this afternoon to see the doctor. He thinks I am geting along fine.
Sat., July 31 � Louis fixed fence to keep in the little pigs and hauled out a load of manure, mowed weeds. After dinner he and Millie went to town. This was a very hot day. James and Wm. Tuttle were here for awhile to see me. The wind was very hot today.
Sun., Aug. 1 � Herb, Bertha & Jesse were here today. They were all to S.S. We had ice cream this evening.
Mon., Aug. 2 � Louis helped John Tuttle this morning to thresh. He went around to get help and this afternoon we threshed our wheat, 173 bushels. Harry Yount, E. DeJean, Cresswell, Chauncy, Baldwin, P. Reiff, Wm. Tuttle, Dunlap, Teal & Meadows helped. Pleasant day. It rained a very little this morning.
Tues., Aug. 3 � We threshed out oats, finished at noon, 418 bushels. Wm. helped Wm. Cresswell this afternoon until five o'clock, when it rained and it rained very heavy for about two hours. Louis came home very wet. Bertha was here all day. Herb helped � a day.
Wed., Aug. 4 � It sprinkled a little this morning and but very little sunshine today. Louis had to fix fence, the hogs got out again. He went to town this afternoon. Bertha was here today. Millie went home with her.
Thurs., Aug. 5 � Louis took six hogs to town, sold to DeCou Bros. at $3.35, wt. 1170 lbs., $39.20. It is still cloudy and damp with a little sprinkle during the day. Millie was to town with bertha to get her teeth fixed.
Fri., Aug. 6 � Louis worked at the fence until noon to keep the pigs in. After dinner, he dug a few messes of potatoes and sowed some turnip seed. He was down around the fish pond. He caught a good sized turtle in the pond. Jesse came this evening. the young folks all went to a party over at John Yount's this evening. It was damp and mucky all day.
Sat., Aug. 7 � Herb helped Louis castrate a lot of pigs, they then shelled corn until noon. After dinner, Louis got ready and went to town.
Sun., Aug. 8 � This was a very hot day. Bob Johnston was here near all day. He went with Louis down to Mefford S.S. to see if they would join us in our picnic. Herb and Bertha was here a few minutes. Jesse and Millie went to church to town this evening. Wm. Vert came this evening (rather late). He is going to commence to work for Louis tomorrow morning at twelve dollars a month until corn husking.
Mon., Aug. 9 � Louis hauled out manure, 3 loads. After dinner, he went to town. Wm. Vert hauled manure all day, 11 loads in all today. The boys went over to Strates (J.A. & D.C.) to see if we can use their cider press to make cider.
Tues., Aug. 10 � The boys gathered apples and took them over to Smith's and made cider. After dinner Will hauled out manure, 3 loads. Louis mowed grass, front of the house and weeds around the yard.
Wed., Aug. 11 � Millie took a bad cold and is not feeling well so Louis had to chore and help Ma. After dinner, they loaded hay out of the barn. Louis took it to town to Andy Shinn. Will hauled out 5 loads of manure. This evening Mrs. Quinn, Mrs. Cormany, and Minnie Reiff came. They brought some plums.
Thurs., Aug. 12 � Will hauled out manure. Louis took another load, 2230 lbs., of hay to S. Shinn. When he got back he scraped up manure and made a freezer of ice cream for the sociable at Chauncy's. Louis and Millie went to the sociable.
Fri., Aug. 13 � Louis went away this morning. Ma went with him down to Chauncy's. When they came home, the boys gathered apples to make cider but it rained heavy so they were drove in. This morning Will hauled out two loads of manure. They haled out on the oats stubble at the south end of the farm. Bertha was here all the afternoon. Herb came for her, they took supper with us.
Sat., Aug. 14 � The boys took Amy's organ home, as they moved into their new house some time ago. The boys then took some apples over to DeCou's and made cider. Louis and Ma then went to town and Will hauled out 3 loads of manure.
Sun., Aug. 15 � Mr. & Mrs. Teal, Frank & Grace Teal, Jesse, Herb & Bertha were here to dinner. We had a grand good turtle soup. The young folks were all to S.S. The young folks were up to Kiger's this evening.
Mon., Aug. 16 � The boys both helped thresh at Baldwin's this morning. Will hauled out two loads of manure. Louis set vinegar to start and cleaned up around the stack after toping it out with prairie hay. I was over to Burkholder's all day. I walked over and Mr. Burkholder brought me home in the buggy. This was a nice cool day.
Tues., Aug. 17 � Will hauled out manure. Louis was down to see McDunn about shelling our corn. It rained today quite sharp and steady for a couple of hours. I was to town with Wm. Burkholder. The sun shone nice and bright when we came home.
Wed., Aug. 18 � This was a nice day but somewhat cloudy. Will hauled out 3 loads of manure. Louis worked at the vinegar and chored around. Baldwins two year old child took sick very suddenly. Louis took Ma to town. Dunlap went for the doctor and Jack Meadows went over to see for Mr. Baldwin's mother. Louis and Millie went over to Mrs. Teals this evening. Louis brought the sheller from Reiff's.
Thurs., Aug. 19 � We all went to the Woodman's picnic except Ma. We had a nice time. The young folks went down to the poor farm lake from the picnic. Will came home and done the chores and went back to town again.
Fri., Aug. 20 � Will hauled out two loads of manure. Louis brought the power from Reiff's. They had to fix considerable at the sheller, the chains were twisted. When the got set up and ready to shell, it was near four o'clock. They shelled three (104 � 26/56 bus.) loads and took them over to DeCou. It commenced raining when the boys came back. Herb � a day with team.
Sat., Aug. 21 � It rained heavy during the night. The boys chored around and shelled corn for feed. After dinner, Louis and Ma went down to Baldwin's child's funeral. Will hauled out two loads of manure. Louis helped to put up the merry-go-round down on the picnic ground, he then went to town.
Sun., Aug. 22 � I was visiting with Mr. Burkholder and took dinner and supper with them. The young folks were to S.S. Will went home with Topsy and the cart. It was broke when he got home.
Mon., Aug. 23 � Louis helped Teals thresh this afternoon. They then shelled four loads, 212- 18/56 bus., and then took them over to I.A. DeCou. Will hauled out three loads of manure this forenoon. Wm. Burkolder was down to Farnsworth to see them work the Kitoelman fence machine. Herb � a day with team.
Tues., Aug. 24 � The boys shelled five loads of corn. They took four over to DeCou's and put one in the east crib for feed. Herb helped yesterday and today. Ma and Louis went to town this afternoon. DeCou got 572-22/56 bus. of shelled corn at eighteen cents per bu.
Wed., Aug. 25 � It rained last night. Louis dug some potatoes, fixed fence, got the wagon ready to haul off hogs tomorrow, took up the power and hauled it and the sheller in the stack yard. Will hauled out manure. Lottie and Grace Reiff and Bessie Damery, Herb & Bertha were here to supper.
Thurs., Aug. 26 � Louis hauled off a load of hogs and DeCou's man hauled a load, 14 head, wt. 2200 lbs. Sold for $3.70 per hundred, $81.40. Louis picked some apples for Dr. Poland. Will hauled out five loads of manure. Louis and I were to town. I paid the interest to Kibler Bros. Ma, Bertha and Millie went up with us to Teal's, where we all took supper. Fine warm day.
Fri., Aug. 27 � Louis went to town this morning to see about a ticket for Ma to go to Reading, Pa. Will hauled out two loads of manure this morning. After dinner he went to town to see his horse. Louis went down to help fix up the picnic grounds, build platform and put up seats and mow weeds.
Sat., Aug. 28 � Will did not come home last night. We were all down to the picnic. Will came there too. We had a nice time.
Sun., Aug. 29 � The young folks were to the meeting in the grove where we held our S.S. picnic. Mr. & Mrs. Reiff were here this afternoon. It rained a good bit last night. Miss Teal was here to supper.
Mon., Aug. 30 � Louis was to town to order a ticket to go to Harrisburg, Pa. Ma and I was over to Bertha's this morning. This afternoon we packed her trunk and got things ready for her trip. We all, that is Louis, Millie, Bertha, Herb, Mr. Burkholder, Mr. & Mrs. Reiff, Harold and Paul and I went to the depot to see her off. Will hauled out manure all day, four loads.
Tues., Aug. 31 � Will hauled out two loads of manure. Louis helped some in the house and picked some apples this afternoon. Will started to plow the stubble and Louis started to mow the hay. Bertha and Mr. Burk were here all day.
Wed., Sept. 1 � Will plowed until noon. Louis mowed until five o'clock when he broke the blade in the mower. Will racked and cocked hay this afternoon. Louis went over to Teal's this evening for molasses to put to vinegar. He got several gallons. It is scorched a little. It was very hot today.
Thurs., Sept. 2 � Louis was to town this morning to get the mower fixed. Wm. Burk went with him. Burk and Bertha were here all day. The boys worked in the meadow all day, except Louis absence in town this morning. It was very warm again today. This and yesterday were the hotest days for a long time.
Fri., Sept. 3 � The boys hauled up one load of hay. It was too windy so we built a basket on the rack then they brought two more loads up. All were put in the hay shed.
Sat., Sept. 4 � I was to town with Burk. The boys hauled up six loads and put them in the hay shed. Will went away this evening. Ma arrived in reading safe. Chas. Shutter was buried today.
Sun., Sept. 5 � Louis, Millie and I were at home all day. There was no S.S. today. Jesse came this evening. Millie and Jesse went to town after supper to attend church. Will did not come yet.
Mon., Sept. 6 � The boys worked in the meadow at the ay all day. I was over to Burk's. Herb took dinner with us. He brought a letter over from Reading. This is a warm day, good weather for haying.
Tues., Sept. 7 � I went to Logan as a G. Juror. Louis took me to the train and got the rake wheel and mower brace fixed. Will plowed some and shocked hay. Louis mowed this afternoon.
Wed., Sept. 8 � The boys hauled up hay, put in the shed five loads, which filled the shed.
Thurs., Sept. 9 � The boys cut and shocked all day.
Fri., Sept. 10 � The boys and Mr. Burkholder hauled up three loads in the barn before dinner. Then they built a stack on the meadow this afternoon.
Sat., Sept. 11 � The boys hauled up one load in the barn and snaped a load of corn (P of the N.) and dug some potatoes. Will raked hay this afternoon. Louis was in town, took me from the train.
Sun., Sept. 12 � There was no S.S.
Mon., Sept. 13 � Louis took me to the train. He then mowed all day. Will hauled out one load of manure, then went to raking and shocking.
Tues., Sept. 14 � Louis mowed all day. Will raked and shocked all day. Mr. Burkholder shocked this afternoon. I went with Herb down to O.J. Hooks.
Wed., Sept. 15 � The boys and Mr. Burkholder stacked on the meadow all day, and finished filling the barn. I went with Geo. Reiff down to Zarges to see about some road work and then I went up with him to Pherguson's, from there over to the line between Harrison and Shelby counties.
Thurs., Sept. 16 � It rained last night, too wet to hay. Louis dug some sweet and Irish potatoes and chored around. Will hauled out three loads of manure. This afternoon they worked at a fence around the straw stacks. Will went to town this evening. I let him have five dollars.
Fri., Sept. 17 � Louis picked seed corn all day. Will hauled up two loads of hay, raked and bunched. I was to town this morning to get the cart fixed. Afternoon I was out to get hands to work on the road at Henry Zarges to fill up a large washout in the road. I was to town this evening after I came home. Louis was over to Burk's to see if he can get Wm. to help put up hay tomorrow.
Sat., Sept. 18 � The boys worked at the hay until noon. After dinner, Mr. Burkholder helped them put up a stack on the meadow. There is a load or two of very weedy hay to take off yet, which will finish the haying. Millie and I were to town with the Burk's this afternoon.
Sun., Sept. 19 � Will went home last evening. The rest of us were to S.S. Herb and Bertha took dinner with us. Jesse took supper with us. Millie went riding with Jesse this evening.
Mon., Sept. 20 � I worked on the road with John and Will Earlewine at Henry Zarge's. Louis and Will threshed at Jack Meadow's this forenoon and Louis helped at Humphrey's this afternoon to thresh. Will hauled up hay this afternoon.
Tues., Sept. 21 � Louis worked at the bees and took off some honey (about 40 lbs.) but not much of it marketable. He also dug some sweet potatoes. Will brought up two loads of hay. He set fire to a pile of weeds and got away from him and burnt a good sized stack of hay. Louis and Will had quite a time of fighting the fire. Will is willing to pay for the hay. I worked on the road with Will and John Erlewine and W.W. Tuttle over at Zarge's corner. Louis was over to Teal's for tomatoes.
Wed., Sept. 22 � The boys worked at the fish pond this forenoon. After dinner, L.B. went to town and Will filled the holes in the stable horse stalls. I worked on the road at Zarge's with the Erlewine boys and Tuttle.
Thurs., Sept. 23 � Will snaped a load of corn, then brought the rake from the meadow. Louis mowed clover, they then picked out corn for feed. I worked on the road with John and Will Erlewine at Zarge's. We finished filling up the hole there at noon. We worked out county road for County Supervisor.
Fri., Sept. 24 � I was up to Dunlap and paid Mort Dally $1.25 in full to date. Louis took the red heiffer to Knapp's to breed her, he then took a load (32 � 30/ bus.) of wheat to the DeCou Bros., sold at 77 cents. Will worked his pole tax on the road east of the house on Hoyer Road.
Sat., Sept. 25 � Louis chored around and worked some on the fish dam, he then loaded the wagon with wheat and took it to DeCou Bros., 40 � 50/ bus. Will worked on the road to work his pole tax yesterday and today. I was to town with Burk. Will went to town this evening.
Sun., Sept. 26 � The young folks were to S.S. Herb, Bertha and Jesse were here to supper. Millie was up to Yount's and brought Lula Martin to help her clean house this coming week.
Mon., Sept. 27 � Louis took Mott over to Knapp's. he then mowed the alfalfa, then went up to get Reiff's lister. They then went to plowing and gather potatoes. Will raked and bunched op the clover, second crop for hay. He also brought in a load of straw for bedding. Mrs. Nichols was here for Lula Martin.
Tues., Sept. 28 � The boys hauled up the clover and alfalfa hay and brought up potatoes, about 28 bus. I was to town today for stovepipe and got a new suit of clothes for myself. Louis and will went to town this evening. Lula and Millie cleaned house today.
Wed., Sept. 29 � Louis and I took a fat cow in, sold to J.J. Weiss. Will done the chores and snaped a load of corn. After dinner, they gathered potatoes.
Thurs., Sept. 30 � The boys worked at the potatoes all day. Wm. Burkholder was here near all day. Millie took Lula Martin home. Millie and I went up to Amy's for butter, got two lbs. 25 cents.
Fri., Oct. 1 � The boys worked at the potatoes all day. Louis went over to the river for fish to put in the pond. Millie and I was to town. Mr. Burk and Bertha went with us.
Sat., Oct. 2 � Will husked corn until noon. He then went to town with me. Louis dug sweet potatoes. Will went to town again after supper.
Sun., Oct. 3 � Will came home last night sometime and went away again this morning. Louis, Millie and I were visiting over with the Burkholders. We had a fine dinner. John Yount, wife and children were there too. L. went away this evening.
Mon., Oct. 4 � Louis worked at the fence around the straw stacks. This afternoon Louis and went to town, took five bus. potatoes to M. & K. We brought 1940 lbs. coal. Will hooked out potatoes all day.
Tues., Oct. 5 � Will got kicked by Dick this morning, is pretty lame. Louis was to town for a load of coal and broke down in town, got two new spokes and bellows and had all the tires set. Coal wt. 1960 lbs.
Wed., Oct. 6 � Louis done the chores and unloaded the coal and snaped a load of corn and brought up the potatoes that Will had hooked out. I took Will to town. He went home until he is able to walk.
Thurs., Oct. 7 � After choring, Louis picked seed corn and finished the fence of the straw stacks. I was to town. Louis went to town this evening.
Fri., Oct. 8 � I called Louis at four o'clock to cover up the potatoes, as it looks for storm. It is much colder today. He took thirty bus. of potatoes to town, sold to different persons and brought 1730 lbs. coal home. Herb stoped here on his way home at noon today. He finished his road work today.
Sat., Oct 9 � Louis got 9 bus. Prolifics and 25 bus. Early Rose in the cave and took to town a load. I was to town with Mr. Burkholder. I paid Herb my road cash tax $2.03, also J.S. Knapp road cash tax $2.23. Mr. B. traded his old harness for a new set of harness.
Sun., Oct. 10 � It rained last night and off and on all day, slow and steady. Millie and Jesse were over to the school house but there was no one there so they went to Herb's.
Mon., Oct. 11 � Louis husked a load of corn and put in two window lights in the west window. Mr. Burkholder was here to dinner and visited half the afternoon. Louis was to town this evening and got a letter from Ma in Reading.
Tues., Oct. 12 � Louis went to Reiff's this morning and helped them to thresh until half past three, when they broke something at the threshing machine, so they had to quit until they get it fixed. I was over to Knapp's and to see Peter Campbell. I cleaned out the stables today. Herb helped for Louis.
Wed., Oct. 13 � Louis threshed at Reiff's all day. I picked the winter apples from two trees, got over half a barrel. The weather is hot and dry. Herb helped half a day for Louis.
Thurs., Oct. 14 � J.S. Knapp and I were to Logan to the H.C.M.I. Association. Elected President, F.F. Beeby, V.P. Geo. Pugsley. Sec. J.L. Cox, Treas. W. Millman, Director, Parks. Louis went to help finish the threshing this morning, but they had finished just as he got there, he then went to Cresswell's and got Dunlap's Windlas to take the brick out of the well at the house. Louis then fixed a wagon to husk and husked four rows of corn on the east piece.
Fri., Oct. 15 � Louis husked until noon. I was to town and brought pipe tongues and jack to take out the pump at the house. After dinner, we took out the pump and some of the brick. Mr. Burk helped Louis. Louis went away this evening
Sat., Oct. 16 � It rained last night and this morning so we did not work at the well. Louis brought up a load of pumpkins and husked a load of corn. I was to town and took in the butter and eggs. I took back the tools I borrowed from J.A. Boise to take out the pump.
Sun., Oct. 17 � It rained near all day. Herb and Bertha were here to dinner. Jesse came this evening. Will Vert was here today.
Mon., Oct. 18 � It rained steady until near noon. Louis took twelve bushels of potatoes to town. Will came home with Louis this evening.
Tues., Oct. 19 � Will husked thirty-six bus. of corn at 2 cts. per bus. Louis put away the vinegar and cleaned out the cribs. After dinner, Louis, Herb and Mr. Burk took brick out of the well at the house. I was over to Burk's for a hook to put on the end of a well rope. Millie went and brought Bertha over.
Wed., Oct. 20 � Louis, Herb and Mr. Burkholder worked at the well, finished taking out the brick at noon. After dinner, Herb and Louis commenced at the sistern. I took down the fence around the north chicken yard. Will brought in 17 bus. and left his wagon in the field this evening.
Thurs., Oct. 21 � Will brought in 23 bus. this noon and 14 this evening. I was to town this afternoon. Louis brought a load of sand this forenoon. This afternoon he helped Herb at the sistern and ditch; they brought in a load of straw for bedding the horses.
Fri., Oct. 22 � Will brought in 16 bus. this forenoon and 14 this afternoon. The boys, Herb, Will Tuttle and Louis dug in the ditch. Bessie Damery was here visiting with Millie. She took supper with us.
Sat., Oct. 23 � Louis and Wm. Tuttle worked in the ditch until noon. Louis and i were in town this afternoon. Will husked and brought in 40 bus. today. Will went to town this evening.
Sun., Oct. 24 � Will was away all day. Came in late this evening. Jesse was here to dinner. I was up to Reiff's. L. went to see Harry Yount about threshing.
Mon., Oct. 25 � Louis was to town and brought out 281 ft. of inch pipe line, cement, tools, etc. After dinner, he drove pipe through three pieces we had not dug. Will husked 13 bus. He left the wagon in the field. I was over to Herb's this evening. Louis and Millie went up to Kiger's this evening.
Tues., Oct. 26 � Herb threshed at Yount's in Louis' place. Louis sieved sand and dug ditch near the house. I was to town for the stop corks, they have not come yet, had to send to Omaha for them. Mat came this evening.
Wed., Oct. 27 � Louis and Mat dug out under the cistern, drove pipe and rounded out the bottom of the cistern. They then loaded up clover and took it down to Yount's to thresh. I was to Woodbine this morning and to Dunlap this evening. Burk was with me to both places. Herb helped to thresh today at Yount's.
Thurs., Oct. 28 � John Cox came at half past two o'clock to build the cistern. Lou and Mat worked at the pipeing. I was to town. Millie went with me. They went to work at the cistern and got pretty well started by the time I got back from town. Will husked. Herb helped Dunlap to thresh in Louis' place.
Fri., Oct. 29 � Louis and Mat tended John Cox. Herb brought a load of sand from Clark Marsh's sand bank. I was to town this evening to take Mat in, he wanted to go home. Will quit early and went with me to town, as he does not feel well.
Sat., Oct. 30 � Louis had to go to town for more cement to finish the cistern. Mat went with him to go home. Will went away this morning. I was down to Center to a Trustees meeting, six hours time. I was to town this evening and Louis took John Cox and his tools and morter box to town this evening. Millie and Jesse went down to John Yount's this evening.
Sun., Oct. 31 � Herbs were here to dinner and supper. Millie went with them to S.S. Louis and I staid at home. Jesse came this evening. It was cold and cloudy all day and this evening it is raining a little.
Mon., Nov. 1 � I was at Center S.H. to a Trustees meeting to settle with the supervisors and other business, 10 hours. Louis painted over the inside of the new cistern with cement and shoveled the dirt on the outside to cover the arch and neck, it makes quite a mound.
Tues., Nov. 2 � I was on the election board and was there all day. Louis worked at the water work all day except the time he spent going to vote.
Wed., Nov. 3 � I was all night at the counting of the votes and going to the depot. I was on the grand jury today. L. was to town to get pipe cut for the cistern pump and worked at the water work.
Thurs., Nov. 4 � We finished grand jury work and went home this evening. I got home at 10 � o'clock. Louis and Herb filled up the ditch.
Fri., Nov. 5 � Louis and I changed the tank and put it down the yard (farther) to the hydrant. Wm. Burk helped us to move it. Louis husked a load of corn this afternoon. I went to town with Mr. Burkholder. We brought a dozen fish home sent from the State Fish Hatchery and put them in our pond.
Sat., Nov. 6 � Louis husked all day, but got out late. I was to town and settled with J.A. Boise, but he made a mistake. I must see him again.
Sun., Nov. 7 � Jesse and Millie were to S.S. Mr. Poland preached. There was no S.S. except election of officers.
Mon., Nov. 8 � Louis plowed down the stubble to scour the plow before putting it away. He shut up three sows that are coming in. L. Husked this afternoon. I was up to Tuttles to see to get Willie to husk for us but he is going to husk for Damery.
Tues., Nov. 9 � Louis husked all day. I was to town and made a cover for the cistern and shoveled a little dirt on the cistern.
Wed., Nov. 10 � We put the pump in the cistern. I shoveled dirt around the cattle cistern and repiled the brick. Louis husked near all day.
Thurs., Nov. 11 � We dug up the tank hydrant. It was cloged up. We had quite a time to get it to work but the water runs all right mow. Tank run full in about four hours. Louis husked some corn today but he was at work around the yard quite a bit.
Fri., Nov. 12 � Louis husked corn all day. I cleaned out the stables and fixed the fence around the little pig pen, they all got out. I also made a clamp for the float rod in the cistern. We were all down to the school house to a chicken pie supper for the benefit of the home missions. Jesse was here and took Millie down.
Sat., Nov. 13 � Louis husked all day. I was to town. We fixed the float in the cistern and fixed the bolster on Louis' wagon.
Sun., Nov. 14 � Louis and Millie were to S.S. Herb and Bertha were here to dinner. Jesse and Millie were to town to church this evening.
Mon., Nov. 15 � Jack meadows came up this morning and husked 62 bus. of corn for us at two cents a bu. Louis husked all day. Ed Crow brought his trunk and things to stay and husk for us until we are done. I fixed the cistern cover with morter to keep out the mice and dirt and I shoveled the rest of the ground on the cistern arch.
Tues., Nov. 16 � Jack husked 63 bus. and Ed 63 bus. Lou husked all day. I moved wheat from east bin to the middle bin. This was a fine day, a little cold.
Wed., Nov. 17 � Jack husked 75 bus. and Ed husked 67 bus. Louis husked all day. I finished moving the wheat into the middle bin. I was to town today.
Thurs., Nov. 18 � Jack husked 65 bus., Ed husked 37 bus. until noon; he then went to town. I was to town this morning. Louis moved the wire from the east side to the west side of the E. corn field to turn in the cattle. They finished husking the east piece. I helped Louis at the fence this afternoon.
Fri., Nov. 19 � Louis husked all day. Jack husked 62 bus. and Ed husked 63 bus. I went around and stapled up the fences, then I turned out the cattle and horses at about two o'clock.
Sat., Nov. 20 � Jack husked 62 bus. and Ed 61 bus. Louis husked all day. I was to town this afternoon. I brought out Jack's watch and mail.
Sun., Nov. 21 � Herb and Bertha were here to dinner. Jesse was here to supper. They were all to S.S. except me.
Mon., Nov. 22 � Ed husked 66 bus. Louis husked all day. I churned and fixed a basket. Jack Meadows was here and ground eight bus. of corn and oats.
Tues., Nov. 23 � Ed husked 61 bus. Louis husked all day. This was a fine day fir husking.
Wed., Nov 24 � Ed husked 65 bus. Louis and I fixed up a slat crib to put the rest of the corn in. The cribs are full. Louis husked the rest of the day. I was to town.
Thurs., Nov. 25 � Ed husked 60 bus. Louis husked all day. We had an oyster dinner for Thanksgiving. It is very cloudy.
Fri., Nov. 26 � It snowed last night, so much so that the boys did not husk any today. Mr. Burk and Bertha came over. I was to town with Burk and Bertha visited with Millie until we came back. They took supper with us. Ed went down to his grandfather's just before dinner.
Sat., Nov. 27 � It is pretty cold this morning. Ed did not come back yet. Louis went out late but husked until sundown. I was to town. Herb and Bertha were here to supper. This was a nice day but cold.
Sun., Nov. 28 � It snowed a little today and it looks as if we would get more tonight. Ed came this evening. Jesse came this evening; they both came in time for supper. A calf died today.
Mon., Nov. 29 � Ed husked 65 bus. Louis husked all day. I was over to Bertha's this afternoon. This was a fine day.
Tues., Nov. 30 � Ed husked 43 bus. Louis husked until noon. He then went to the mill. Ed finished the husking for this fall at four o'clock. They then set the power to shell. I was over to Herb's for his chain.
Wed., Dec.1 � Ed, Louis and I shelled about (500) five hundred bus. of corn, put it in the east bin in the granery. Ed took a picture of the old clock and me. Mr. Snook was here to supper and Herb and Bertha were here this evening. Louis took Ed down to his grandfather's this evening.
Thurs., Dec. 2 � It snowed quite a bit last night. We have a mess of shelled corn husks, cobs, dirt and snow where we shelled yesterday. Louis and I cleaned up as well as we could and put the husker and shreder and a load of ear corn that was left in the wagon shed and chored around.
Fri., Dec. 3 � We were down to the S. house last night to an oyster supper. It was fine, chicken pie and all kinds of cake. The whole neighborhood was there and if it had not stormed it would have been very full. It was nice as it was. It snowed a good bit last night and snowed all day and is snowing yet at 7 P.M. I was in the house all day. Louis was out only to do the chores. I wrote three letters today.
Sat., Dec. 4 � It snowed until about nine o'clock this morning. Herb and Bertha came over today. Herb helped Louis take out the bobs and out the wagon box on them. Herb then went to town. After dinner, Millie, Lou, Bertha and I went to town. We forgot to take the butter along, the first time we forgot it.
Sun., Dec. 5 � We staid at home today. Jesse came over and took dinner with us. Millie, Jesse and Louis were to S.S.
Mon., Dec. 6 � The snow is going fast. Mr. Burk and I were to town. We had to pull on bare ground from Lowrey's to town. Louis chored around all day.
Tues., Dec. 7 � Louis burnt the steer that died. I mended four pair of mittens and churned. Jesse came this evening. They all went up to Amy's to practice music for Christmas.
Wed., Dec. 8 � Louis chored around until noon. Millie and Louis were to town this afternoon. Mr. Bennett and Chas. Reed were here to look at our horses to buy some. Louis went to No. Four S.H. to the Lyceum.
Thurs., Dec. 9 � Louis and I took two horses into town, sold to Chas. Reed and Bennett for $60.00. After we came home, Louis unloaded the load of corn that stands in the wagon shed to get ready to haul corn tomorrow.
Fri., Dec. 10 � It was cloudy all day. Louis took three small loads of S. corn over to I.A. DeCou's farm, 106 4/56 bus, at 18 cents, $19.08. Louis was over to Herb's to take his chains home. Jesse came to go to Lyceum but there was none.
Sat., Dec. 11 � Louis took a cow over to Knapp's and bred her. he was to town this afternoon. I put a new tongue in the box sled.
Sun., Dec. 12 � Jesse came over. Louis, Millie and Jesse were to S.S. Geo. Reiff was here this afternoon.
Mon., Dec. 13 � It snowed again last night. Louis was to town and ordered a feed steamer from Waterloo, Iowa, List price (30) thirty dollars. Sent $19.00, pd. 10 cents for draft. Bertha, Herb and Mr. Burk were here to dinner and supper. Jesse, Herb, Bertha, Millie and Louis went up to Amy's to sing.
Tues. Dec.14 � Louis chored around until noon. He then, after dinner, went with Mr. B. and Herb guning. Jesse, Harry and Kiger went with them. They got twenty-one rabbits. This was a fine day.
Wed., Dec. 15 � Louis was to town to see if the steamer had come. Jesse came over this evening. It blew heavy this evening and snowed some.
Thurs., Dec. 16 � This was a fine day but cold. Lou and Millie went over to Teal's to practice music. They expect Herb and Bertha to go with them.
Fri., Dec. 17 � It snowed a good bit last night. Louis was to town to see if the steamer had come. he says the sleighing is good. Bertha and Herb and Jesse came over this evening. They all went up to Harry's.
Sat., Dec 18 � Louis went to town. The steamer has not come yet.
Sun., Dec. 19 � It snowed quite a bit this afternoon. Millie and Jesse went up to Amy's. Louis and I were over to Burk's but there was no one at home so we came home again. Louis, Millie and Jesse were to S.S. It is still snowing 10 P.M.
Mon., Dec. 20 � Bertha was here this afternoon. Herb went to town with Louis, they staid to supper. The steamer has not come yet. This was a fine day. Sleighing is good.
Tues., Dec. 21 � The wind did not blow for several days so the water is too low in the cistern to run into the tank, so we had to pump water for the cattle and horses.
Wed., Dec. 22 � The wind has not blown for over a week, so we are near out of water. This was a fine day but calm and cold. Louis, Millie, Jesse and I were over to Dunlap's. There was a large crowd there geting ready for Christmas.
Thurs., Dec. 23 � We made candy for Christmas. Louis went to haul corn for Mr. Baldwin but they broke the sheller so he came home again. He then went to town. The steamer has not come yet.
Fri., Dec. 24 � The wind blew during the night and drifted the snow some, but we got some water in the cistern, which we needed. Louis and Millie were down to the school house to help fix up the Christmas tree. We were all down to see the children's exercises and the tree.
Sat., Dec. 25 � Millie and Jesse and I were down to Yeager's to spend Christmas. Herb, Bertha, Harry and Amy went too. I rode down with them. We had a nice visit and a very good dinner. The boys went out with their guns and got seven rabbits. The day was fine.
Sun., Dec. 26 � Herb, Bertha and Jesse were here. The young folks all were down to S.S. The day was fine. Millie and Jesse went to town to church this evening.
Mon., Dec. 27 � This was a fine day. Louis took the top cover off of the tank lid and put the other cover on the tank and tried to melt the ice out of it with an iron bucket that he built a fire in. The steamer has not come yet.
Tues., Dec. 28 � Louis was to town today but the steamer has not come yet. The day was fine.
Wed., Dec. 29 � Louis and I were to town today. We ordered four joints of 7 inch stove pipe made at Canfield's for the steamer, but the steamer has not come yet. It is very warm and looks as if we would get rain.
Thurs., Dec. 30 � It rained some last night and a little this morning. Louis was to town and he brought the steamer and pipe home with him. He also paid Reed and Cole bill - $20.15 � and the freight on the steamer, $1.40. It is a little colder this evening, but thawed all day.
Fri., Dec. 31 � Herb and Mr. Burkholder came over and helped Louis to take the steamer off from the wagon. He then fired her up to melt the ice out of the tank. This evening we have a large party here to watch the old year out and the new in, Wm. Smith and wife, Frank & Miss Teal, Harold, Paul, Minnie and Lulu Reiff, Wm. Tuttle and Miss Isom, Ed Page, Herb and Bertha and Jesse were here and we had a very nice time together. They all left to go home at half past one. Herb and Louis were up to Amy's and brought her organ to use at the gathering. Paul was here to help Louis to put the husker elevators and things away as they were too heavy and unhandy for one to put away; there ought to be three men to put them up.
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