Aaron D Hoyer Diary
Originally transcribed by Jessie Burkholder Peckenpaugh
preserving the original spellings and punctuation.
Transcribed for the Harrison County Iowa USGenWeb
by his descendant John Burkholder (email email@example.com).
Monday Jan 1, 1900 � Louis went to town to start his apprenticeship with F.M. Smith. Ma & I staid at home & chored around.
Tuesday Jan. 2 � Ma & I were to town. We took dinner with Bertha. We looked at several houses that are for sale. We think we like the one opposite Herb best for the price. It was late when we got home. We stoped a minute at Millie's.
Wednesday Jan. 3 � Mr. Johnson and Herb were here this morning to see the place and about the town property. Dave Yeager was here and put a pump in our cistern & took the one out and took it to town to keep for us until we want to use it.
Thursday Jan. 4 � I was to town. Ma staid at Millie's until came back. We took dinner & supper at Jesse's. This was another fine day. I was with Johnson awhile this afternoon.
Friday Jan. 5 � Ma was over helping Millie. She has the threshermen there hulling clover. I cleaned out the stable & hen house. Mr. Hahn took his hay away. McWilliams sold his to M. Gilchrist & his men took it away today. Mr. Joe Johnson had a Mr. Broderick here to look at the farm.
Saturday Jan. 6 � I was to town this afternoon. Ma staid at home. I stoped at Millie's. Jesse is sick with (I think) Pluricy. Millie thinks it's lumbago. I took some live fish in to F.M. Smith & Louis.
Sunday Jan. 7 � Louis came home last evening at 10 o'clock. I drove over to W.H. Burk but he was not at home. I then drove over to Jesse. He is some better. They called Dr. Cole, he says it is lumbago. Ada McKinnnie is there again. I took dinner with them. I went to preaching at S.H. Louis was there too. Louis left about six o'clock to walk to town.
Monday Jan. 8 � Mr. Teal & Frank fetched the disc and seven hives of bees and four empty hives and the extractor and box & glass cover to render the wax. Mrs. Campbell & Mrs. Jones were here visiting today.
Tuesday Jan. 9 � It rained last night and was very damp all day. I took the wash to town and stoped at Millie's for a jar of milk. The roads are very muddy & hard wheeling. Jesse is considerable better.
Wednesday Jan. 10 � This was a cold cloudy day. We was at home all day except this evening before supper. We were down to Carriers for awhile. Amy was there too.
Thursday Jan. 11 � Ma & I were to town. We took dinner with Bertha. We also stoped at Millie's. Jesse is worse again. Mr. Grimes had a man out to see the farm. This was a very pleasant day but muddy wheeling.
Friday Jan. 12 � Mr. Johnson had a Mr. O'neal here to look at the farm and Mr. Landee had a Mr. Shearer from Red Oak to look at the farm with a view of buying. Fred Carrier cut up some old stuff for fire wood this forenoon. He came about 9 o'clock.
Saturday Jan. 13 � Ma & I were to town. Bertha & Harold came home with us. Louis came early this evening. Mr. Love brought Mr. Shearer out again this morning. he wants to buy our farm but he has not got enough money to pay down so he went home and expects to be back next week. The deed to the property I bought is here but not the abstract title, so we must wait until next week. Carrier cut wood this afternoon.
Sunday Jan. 14 � Herb came out this morning. We had an Oyster dinner. I wish Jesse & Millie could have been here. Herb & Bertha went home about five o'clock this evening. Louis is going to stay until tomorrow morning. This was another fine warm day.
Monday Jan. 15 � I took Louis to town this morning. I stoped at Millie's & took dinner there. I took some sweet potatoes in to Mr. Poland.
Tuesday Jan. 16 � I fixed up the feed boxes in the horse stable. Ma & I were up to visit with Amy. Mr. Burkholder was there. Mrs. Prior & Mrs. Carrier came too.
Wednesday Jan. 17 � We were home all day. Fred Carrier choped wood all day. It was nine o'clock when he came. His wife came with him & visited with Ma all day. There was a man here from Shelby Co., Mr. Gardner, also several from Mills Co., one named Cox that likes the farm. Mr. Ellis was here this evening to rent the farm for next year but I would not rent yet as I want to sell.
Thursday Jan. 18 � I was to town today and paid to the Peoples Bank of Woodbine four hundred & fifty two 18/100 dollars for notes & Mortgages on property in Woodbine I bought from Wm. Brown. Ma was at Millie's today.
Friday Jan. 19 � We staid at home today. I was down to see Jack to have him fetch a chicken coop out from town. Herb was here & took an order from Ma for some groceries. Mr. Burk. came over with Herb & staid while Herb was here. Herb took about half a bushel of potatoes along.
Saturday Jan. 20 � Ma & I were to town. Jesse, Millie, Mr. Burkholder, Ma & I all took dinner at Herb's as it is Bertha's birthday. Louis came home with us so we all went to the box supper at the school house. They sold 21 boxes and realized $9.10.
Sunday Jan. 21 � Louis & Ma was to S.S. I staid at home. This was a very fine day.
Monday Jan. 22 � Louis left early, he rode in with Jack. He took half a dozen pullets in, sold to Champ Selleck. Herb stoped here and fed his team & got his dinner. He was out taking orders for groceries. I was down to Meadows and got � gallon milk. He will take vinegar for it.
Tuesday Jan. 23 � I was over & fetched Millie to spend the day with Ma. Mr. & Mrs. Meadows & the girls were here visiting today. I was also over for Mr. Burkholder but he was not at home. Fred Carrier choped wood this afternoon. Mrs. Damery & Carrie were also to be here but Mrs. Damery is not well.
Wednesday Jan. 24 � A Mr. Smith from Mills Co. was here to look over the farm. He likes it but wants to look around to see if he can suite himself better. I was to town and settled in full & paid by check $340.82 to Johnson for the brown property in Woodbine. While I was gone to town, Mr. Gardner & family were here to look at the house etc. I do not know whether they will buy or not. Louis came home with me, he wants to take some chickens in with him tomorro morning.
Thursday Jan. 25 � Louis went to town with Jack and took a coop of 10 chickens & a bed for Bertha. Ma & I were at home all day. There was no one here today.
Friday Jan. 26 � I was to town. Ma stoped at Mrs. Carrie DeCou. When I came back we staid at DeCou's for supper. L. & G. were offered $35.00 an acre for our farm, but I declined to take it.
Saturday Jan. 27 � I was to town. Louis came home with me. Jack Meadows fetched an old chicken coop he bought. It is very cold this evening.
Sunday Jan. 28 � Mr. & Mrs. Reiff & family were here visiting last night and stayed until near midnight. We staid at home all day as it is very cold. 10 below zero this morn.
Monday Jan. 29 � We were at home all day. I was down to meadows foe � gallon of milk.
Tuesday Jan. 30 � It was very cold today. We were at home all day. Fred Reiff was here to invite us to visit with them on Thursday next. I sawed some short boards to make a walk at our town house.
Wednesday Jan. 31 � It was very cold again today. The thermometer was 10 below zero near all day. Mr. Ellis & one of his relatives & Carrie Damery was here to invite us over to visit with them tomorro.
Thursday Feb. 1, 1900 � We were visiting at Reiffs today by invitation. Mr. & Mrs. & Frank Teal & Mrs. Kinne & Lulu were there also. Dr. Manchester was here and bought four pullets & took them home with him. This was a fine day, not cold.
Friday Feb. 2 � Ma & I were to town, we took dinner at Bertha's. The day was fine. We stoped at Millie's on the way coming & going.
Saturday Feb. 3 � I was to town. Louis came home with me. We stoped at Millie's. I also stoped there going in & I also stoped at Bertha's. Mr. & Mrs. Gardener were here while I was gone to town. They raised their offer a little for the farm.
Sunday Feb. 4 � Jesse & Millie was here to dinner. Louis was to S.S. and down to see Jack Meadows but there was no one at home. He was also up to Reiffs today.
Monday Feb. 5 � Louis went to town with Jack. He took six pullets in, sold to Mr. Copeland. James Love was here. I went with him to town and sold our farm to Lorren G. Gardener and received two hundred dollars on act., the balance to be paid when deed is given on March 7th, when we give him posession of the property. Jesse was here and got a load of sawdust. I took some potatoes in to Herb.
Tuesday Feb. 6 � I was in town today. I stoped awhile at Millie's on my way home. I sent to Logan for an abstract title to the farm. I was also to see Johnston about Mae Etheran's rent that lives in our home.
Wednesday Feb. 7 � We were at home all day. It was windy & turned cold toward night and snowed some this evening. There was no one here today.
Thursday Feb. 8 � It snowed heavy last night & drifted fearfully. It blew the snow into the barn, covered the floor from end to end & blew the snow into the cob house & is very windy & cold. There is a lot of snow in the cribs & wagon shed, in fact snow everywhere.
Friday Feb. 9 � Some person took away from the yard the sleigh & slat fencing today. He did not come to the house to let us know, we were at home all day, the cut is blocked up with drifted snow. Who ever it was that fetched them came up through Jack's field and took them out that way.
Saturday Feb. 10 � I was to town. I saw John Chambers. He told me he was in the bank & paid for the sleigh & slat fencing etc. Louis came home with me. We stoped at Millie's and got some milk. Jack Meadows, Fred Carrier & his brother drove a team with a wagon up & down the road north of our house to break the road out.
Sunday Feb. 11 � There was none of us to S.S. as the roads were not good so we all stayed home. The snow melted fast today, but still great piles of drifted snow at many places.
Monday Feb. 12 � I took Louis to town today. My subscription to the Twiner has run out with the last weeks copy. Louis ordered it stoped today. I took a bu. of potatoes to Bertha & stoped with Millie on my way home. Therm. 4 below zero.
Tuesday Feb. 13 � It snowed very fine near all day & is cold, 2 below zero this morning. We staid at home all day.
Wednesday Feb. 14 � It snowed fast near all day. It is a heavy fall of snow, but very calm & no drifts as yet. I cleaned a path to the barn & hen house & wagon shed where the buggy is kept now, also to the house & privy and to the wood pile. The rooster that took a few days ago, died this morning.
Thursday Feb. 15 � It was pretty cold for the last few days, 14 below zero this morning but very calm. In town the therm. was 30 below. Jack was here today, he shot a rabbit under our crib. The yellow cat was sitting at the south end & Jack fired from the north end & shot the rabbit & the cat with the same shot. E. Barnhart came today & got the old planter he bought at the sale. 12 below.
Friday Feb. 16 � This was a fine day but very cold, 14 below zero. No one was here today.
Saturday Feb. 17 � It was not as cold as the last two days. Therm. 8 below. I was in town today & brought Louis home with me. We stoped at Millie's on our way home.
Sunday Feb. 18 � Louis, Ma & I were at meeting at Schoolhouse. Mr. Lily preached. We stoped quite awhile at Damerys. John Yount & family were there.
Monday Feb. 19 � I took Louis to town & brought Bertha & Harold home with me. We stoped at Millie's both ways & got a little milk. I was to see Mr. Brower about my glasses. Mr. Haas fetched another load of sawdust & paid me for both loads. Mr. Jones & Jack Meadows hauled hay from the stacks on the meadow. Jesse filed his icehouse. J.H. Tuttle got another load of cobs.
Tuesday Feb. 20 � J.H. Tuttle got another load of cobs this morning & bought Louis heavy boots for 50�. Jack & Jones came again for hay, they took the last away this evening. Ma & Bertha & Harold was over to Damerys this afternoon and I was to Mr. Burkholders. It was very cloudy & colder this evening.
Wednesday Feb. 21 � J.H. Tuttle got another load of cobs this morning. Paul & Fred Reiff fetched the shreder to be put up for sale when Mr. Reiff has his sale of farm stock. I was to town today & stoped awhile with Millie coming home. It was warm today. The snow is melting fast.
Thursday Feb. 22 � I was to town today to get some medicine for Harold, he has the dioreha. While I was to town three men (sent by Mr. Gardner) with three teams unloaded some farm implements & put two teams in our barn & with the other team went to Woodbine.
Friday Feb. 23 � J.H. Tuttle got another load of cobs. One of the boys came to attend their horses this afternoon. I was at home all day. It is cold & windy today. A man from the Bluffs asked after Jones & Stewart, threshmen.
Saturday Feb. 24 � Gardners boys left here about 11 o'clock. It was very cold today & very windy. I was to town this afternoon. Louis did not come home with me. He said he would go out with Jesse & stay there overnight. We are to go over to Jesse's to dinner tomorro. Herb is coming out too. I got some porous plasters for Ma.
Sunday Feb. 25 � Ma took sick last evening & was in pain near all night but is better today. We were going over to Millie's to dinner but a Ma could not go I drove over & told them & Herb came over with a team & fetched Bertha & Harold. Louis was there last night so he staid there to dinner & then came home.
Monday Feb. 26 � J.H. Tuttle got another load of cobs. Jack Meadows was here & got five cow chains. Dr. Cole was here to see Ma. She is very sick with Pluricy. Louis staid here on act. of Ma sickness. He was over to Millie's & phoned Dr. Cole & then went up to Reiffs.
Tuesday Feb. 27 � J.H. Tuttle took part of a load of brick to town. Louis was to town, him & Herb proped up the joists in the stable in town. Jesse & Millie were here & young Guyett & his sister were here this evening. Jesse Damery was here to inquire about Ma. She is geting better. Chas. Nichol's boys came for the ladder that he bought at our sale.
Wednesday Feb. 28 � J.H. Tuttle took a load of brick to town today. Louis was to town. Him & Herb used sulfur to fumigate the house in town. Mrs. Yount was here near all day while Mr. Yount went to town, they took supper with us. Charles Damery was here to inquire about Ma.
Thursday Mar. 1, 1900 � Jack & Will Chauncey each took a load of hay to town, one they put in our barn the other Louis sold to Jim Love. Louis went over to help them pack the hay in the barn. Annie Damery was here to inquire after Ma. Jesse & his hired men were here & took some things over to their house.
Friday Mar. 2 � Louis packed some jars of fruit & Jellies for moving. Gardners boys brought two loads of goods today. I gave them some hay to feed their horses tonight. I was down to Meadows for butter. This was a very fine day.
Saturday Mar. 3 � Louis was to town. J.H. Tuttle took another load of brick to town for us. Ma is geting better. She dressed after dinner & sat up until bedtime.
Sunday Mar. 4 � Louis was over to Millie's and to meeting at the school house, Mr. Lillie preached. Jesse & Millie with Eliza came over this afternoon & they took a load of things over to their house. It is snowing a little this evening.
Monday Mar. 5 � Louis took me up to George Reiff's sale. The day was not very nice but they got good prices for their stock. Ma is improving.
Tuesday Mar. 6 � I took Ma over to Millie and then I went to town after dinner & stoped at the house until the boys came back with their load of household goods. Jack Meadows, Fred Carrier, Bert Prior, Frank Teal each brought a load. This was a nice day but very muddy. Louis was out & helped them load & then took some small things in the buggy.
Wednesday Mar. 7 � Meadows, Prior, Carrier & Tuttle each brought a load. Louis brought the big clock & small things in the buggy. This afternoon Mr. & Mrs. Gardner settled for the farm. They paid me all except the Mortgage of fifteen hundred dollars and the accrued interest which they assumed. Louis brought Ma in to Bertha. She expects to stay there until we have the carpets & furniture in place & the house warmed well. I staid at Herb's last night & took meals with them & expect to stay there tonight.
Thursday Mar. 8 � Meadows & Carrier each brought another load today & F. Teal brought the hens & some other things. Bertha helped to fix up one room this morning. She could not leave Ma this afternoon but Louis came & helped this afternoon. I can't do much, I am too lame. This was another nice day.
Friday Mar. 9 � Louis & Bertha worked in the house setting things to right. I am so lame I can't get around much.
Saturday Mar. 10 � Louis & I were out to the farm. Fred Carrier brought in the Early Ohio potatoes, bone cutter & two oak poles. There are about 35 bushels of G.D. potatoes there yet which J.H. Tuttle agreed to take in pay for hauling. Fred Carrier is to have the Milk safe for hauling the last load to town.
Sunday Mar. 11 � I staid at Bertha's with Ma, she is not well enough to go up to our house. Louis & Herb were to church this evening.
Monday Mar. 12 � Louis & I put up a piece of chicken fence to keep the hens in the yard & worked some in the house.
Tuesday Mar. 13 � Ma is geting better. She can be up and about but not able to go up to the house yet. I am not feeling well and cannot go out of the house. We are still at Bertha's.
Wednesday Mar. 14 � I am worse, they sent for Dr. Cole. He says I have LaGrippe which will keep me in bed awhile and in the house for some time.
Thursday Mar. 22 � I have been sick since Mar. 13th so we are here at Bertha's yet, but we are going up to the house this evening as we are both so much better that we think we are able to go home to our own home. Did not write in diary between Mar. 14 and 22 on acct. being sick.
Friday Mar. 23 � We came to the house yesterday and Louis is helping fix up the house so that we can live here. Everything is piled up in the bedrooms so it will take some work to straighten things out. I had Tom Clark here to build a cob house. J.H. Tuttle brought a load of cobs. He had to wait awhile until we finished the floor to put the cobs in. We did not quite finish the cob house, but got it closed up and the roof on & all except one door and some inside work that I intend to do.
Saturday Mar. 24 � J.H. Tuttle brought another load of cobs. He got them from Ed Page. Jim owed me two loads for some that he got from me during the winter. There was a fine drisling rain near all day. I did not go out much today.
Sunday Mar. 25 � Bertha, Harold, Herb, Mr. & Mrs. Reiff and Paul were here today. The time did not seem long to us.
Monday Mar. 26 � I was downtown all afternoon and voted for city officers. Jesse & Millie came this evening. I went downtown with Jesse. It was late when they left for home.
Tuesday Mar. 27 � It rained some today. I washed the buggy, which was a disagreeable job as it was cold and damp. I should not have done it until I would feel better but hope it will not hurt me.
Wednesday Mar. 28 � We had intended to go out to Harrison Younts to the Missionary meeting today but it rained heavy last night and is cold & drizzling today so we staid home. I was down to the post office and brought some bread to Bertha's, had a little fun with Harold and then went home. Jack Mefferd was here to see me about building a house for us.
Thursday Mar. 29 � F.M. came in on the noon train. Came up with Louis after dinner. Bertha, Harold & Herb came up too. Herb phoned out to Millie that Frank was here so Jesse came in for Frank long after dark. Frank was too tired so did not go out with him. Mr. & Mrs. Reiff was here until late this evening. We had a very good visit all together this evening.
Friday Mar. 30 � Frank & I were out and visited a while with Millie & Jesse. We came home in time for diner. Louis, Bertha & Harold took dinner with us. Frank left in the 2:20 train. Ma went with Mrs. Reiff to Church this evening. Arthur Deuel was here today.
Saturday Mar. 31 � I worked at the cob house, then I went downtown at three o'clock. Ma was out too. Frank came back from M.V. this evening. Mrs. Donaldson came over but Ma had gone to town. Millie came this evening.
Sunday April 1, 1900 � Millie staid overnight. Jess went home last night & came in this evening for Millie. Herb, Bertha & Harold was here also Louis. Frank went away in the 2:20 train.
Monday April 2 � I was downtown twice today & got Harold's picture. Ma is not well. She was in bed near all day. She felt good this morning but about 9 o'clock she got sick. I was over to Reiffs & got a little mustard to make a plaster for her. Mrs. Harshbarger & Mrs. Reiff was here.
Tuesday April 3 � I was downtown & got some hardware for the closet. A.B. Deuel came this evening & worked at the closet about an hour & a half. N. Donaldson & wife & Mrs. Reiff were here this evening. Mrs. Kellogg & Bertha were here today.
Wednesday April 4 � I was downtown this morning. Ma is not well, she is down some during the day. Bertha & Harold went with Mrs. Reiff out to Younts to the Missionary meeting. I went with Louis to Kibler Bros. He got himself some clothing.
Thursday April 5 � Ma was over to Reiffs last evening. I was downtown & stoped at Reiffs & came home with Ma. I run around today to see different houses & builders.
Friday April 6 � I was downtown this morning. This afternoon I took Ma down to Bertha with the buggy. I then went to Deuels shop & took the stuff home for the closet so Arthur need not carry it up. I then fetched Ma & brought Harold & then took him back in the buggy. He enjoyed it very much. Arthur Deuel finished the closet this evening. It was late when he left. We had lunch before he went home. He charged me $1.25 for making the closet. Ma was over to Donaldsons this evening. The well diggers came at 4 o'clock and started the well. Theodore Warren does the well work.
Saturday April 7 � Ma was feeling pretty good this morning. She cooked breakfast. I helped her wash the dishes. I then shoveled the ground away from the house that was banked to keep out the cold during the winter. Just as i had finished Ma took sick. Mrs. Reiff came over & I went for the Doctor. Dr. Cole was in & came up immediately. Mrs. Kiger, Amy, Mrs. Damery & Besse were here. Bertha & Herb were here to supper. Louis was here. They worked at the well all day.
Sunday April 8 � Bertha & Harold was here all night. Louis came up this morning, they were here to dinner & supper. Herb, Bertha & Harold were out to Millie's. Ma is better but can't be up.
Monday April 9 � Ma got up this morning but she is weak & can do nothing. Mable Rugg came over and cleaned up the rooms for us. Miss Peckham & Mrs. Rugg came here visiting with Ma. The well men worked all day. I was downtown to see about geting the pump ready for them.
Tuesday April 10 � Ma is better, was able to be up a great part of the day. The men finished the well this afternoon, it seems to work well & plenty of water. They dug 27 ft. deep then bored & put down a point, which is 59 ft. deep. I paid Mr. Warren $29.75 for doing the work. I furnished the pump and all the material. Mrs. Reiff & Paul were here this evening.
Wednesday April 11 � It is still cold & raw. I was downtown, paid the lumber yard for the well & for the coal & lime we got last week. Ma is feeling pretty well but can't do much of anything.
Thursday April 12 � It snowed some last night and is cold. Mr. Wade was here to see if he could get our house to build. He made a plan of a house to see how I would like it.
Friday April 13 � I painted N. side of cob house and made a box for two hen nests. I then went out to Millie's after diner. Took Ma down to Bertha's before I went to Millie's & brought her home when I came back. Louis planted onions.
Saturday April 14 � I painted the cob house until I run out of paint then went downtown for vinitian red & some other things. It commenced to rain & rained all evening. F.M. came this evening.
Sunday April 15 � It rained considerable last night & this morning. Herb and Bertha & Harold & Louis were here this afternoon & staid to supper. Herb did not feel well and ate nothing. Ma went to church with Louis this evening. F.M. & I staid home.
Monday April 16 � It rained heavy this evening and some during the day. Ma was downtown today. She came home before the heavy rain. Mr. & Mrs. Wade was here this evening with a plan for a new house. Mr. Reiff was here this evening.
Tuesday April 17 � Chine & Herman came at noon. We didn't expect them until tomorro. Louis, Herb & two others went out to Jesse's guning for jacksnipe. Louis brought home six. The gun he had did not work well at all. Cloudy & wet.
Wednesday April 18 � I went over to and left word at Mr. Warrens house that our new well would give no water, that he should attend to it as soon as he could, Herman went with me. N.A. Donaldson planted potatoes on our lot today. I helped him. Herb, Bertha & Harold was here to supper.
Thursday April 19 � Frank came this evening. I had Topsy out & took Herman & Harold riding around town. Warren was here & examined the pump. He says he thinks it is wrong in the lower valve & says he will attend to it as soon as he can.
Friday April 20 � Chine, Herman & Ma drove out to see Millie today. Ed Pace was here to see about moving our house over on the middle lot. He wants $25.00 to move it. F.M. left this morning on the 8:20 train. This was a fine day bit looks this evening as is it would rain soon. I worked some in the cob house today. I finished painting it yesterday.
Saturday April 21 � I was downtown twice today. Ma, Chine & Herman were down also. Mrs. Reiff & Lula were here awhile. There was a great many people in town today as usual on Saturday. The day was fine.
Sunday April 22 � Herb, Bertha, Harold & Louis were here to dinner. Louis, Chine & Herman were out to Millie's this afternoon.
Monday April 23 � I rained last night & some today. I raked the garden some before it will be planted.
Tuesday April 24 � I had Topsy out to take the wash down to Logans. It is very muddy. We were all downtown this afternoon. We took supper with Bertha. I put a partition in the cob house to keep coal & cobs separate.
Wednesday April 25 � Ma & Chine were downtown and bought a mattress, springs & groceries. It commenced to rain just as they got home. A.B. Deuel was here this evening to talk house plans.
Thursday April 26 � It rained a good bit last night & a little showery this forenoon. Chine & Herman left this afternoon with the 2:20 train to M. Valley. I got a suit of clothes at Kibler Bros. for $7.50. Mrs. Donaldson was here this eve.
Friday April 27 � Theo. Warren came to fix the well he put down as the pump would not work. He also fixed the pump at the house we live in. It rained this evening again. I was downtown.
Saturday April 28 � It rained again last night. I was downtown today. Ma was over to Reiffs this afternoon.
Sunday April 29 � Louis & I were out to Millie's and to Meeting at Pleasant Valley S.H. Bertha, Herb & Harold were here to dinner and supper. We took 72 eggs out to Millie to set under hens.
Monday April 30 � This was a nice day. I was downtown to get a painter to paint the house, Mr. Seeley promised to come tomorro. Reiffs got their piano today from Chicago.
Tuesday May 1, 1900 � I wheeled manure on the garden where we are going to plant our celery. Mr. Seeley came about 10 o'clock & commenced to paint. Ma & I were over to Reiffs this evening.
Wednesday May 2 � Mr. Seeley came a little late & finished the first coat on the house. There was a pretty heavy frost this morning.
Thursday May 3 � Seeley was here this morning to paint but I would not let him as i think the paint is not dry enough to put on the next coat. Ma & I were visiting over at Teals today. Ma & I were to Bertha's this evening. Louis was there too.
Friday May 4 � I cleaned out the hen house & painted the roosts with Lee's lice killer and washed the buggy. Berkley sent up the paint for the house. Art Deuel was here this evening & left me the bill for the lumber for the new house. I dug up two of the dead apple trees. There are two more to dig up as they are all dead but the cherry trees are all right.
Saturday May 5 � F. Seeley painted all day & took dinner with us. I left a bill for the lumber for the new house at each lumber firm in Woodbine to get their figures on the bill. Ma & I took supper at Bertha's. Harry & Amy were there also.
Sunday May 6 � It rained last night & some today. Louis, Bertha, Herbert & Harold were here to dinner. Ma was to church.
Monday May 7 � It rained very little last night. Seeley came to work at eight o'clock this morning & painted until three when it commenced to rain and rained all evening. Seeley took dinner with us today. Mr. Seagrove brought a cord of wood.
Tuesday May 8 � F. Seeley painted all day. I was downtown & got the figures from the lumber men. Quinns was $621.25 and M. & K. was 611.50. I filled up around the new well platform. Mrs. Reiff was here this afternoon. Bertha & Minnie Reiff were initiated in lodge this evening. Ma & I stayed at B's all night to take care of Harold. Mrs. Johns & Mrs. Smith called this afternoon.
Wednesday May 9 � Frank Seely finished the house at two o'clock. He made forty four hours at the work. I paid him in Berkley's store. I also paid for the paint & oil etc. I paid Wes Kibler for the suit got there. I drove downtown to exercise the horse. This was a very fine day. I also paid Geo. Mathews for � ton of coal. Finished painting. Set 4 hens last evening.
Thursday May 10 � Ma & I were at Millie's today. Louis was up this morning, hoed a little in the garden and helped me put the buggy toung up in the hay mow. We took 72 eggs out to Millie to set under hens.
Friday May 11 � I wheeled manure on the celery patch again today. I saw Art & got the bill of lumber from him, he got from Michagan, it was $595.00, not enough difference to bother with. Mr. Page had a stroke of paralisis last night & is unconcious.
Saturday May 12 � This was a warm & very windy day. Ma & I was downtown, took supper with Bertha. Mr. Page is not expected to live overnight, is still unconcious & cannot take any nourishment.
Sunday May 13 � Louis, Ma & I were out to Millie's to P.V. Sunday School. They had ice cream which was very good. Herb & Bertha was at Harry's & Ma & I were at Harrison's. 3 sets of eggs to Millie.
Monday May 14 � This morning Ma felt bad and was in bed until near noon so neither of us were away. Louis was here twice today.
Tuesday May 15 � Ma is feeling pretty good now. I worked in the barn all afternoon so neither of us were away today. Louis came for the dash lantern this evening after we were in bed.
Wednesday May 16 � This was my birthday. We were both downtown today and this evening we had a sociable among ourselves on account of my birthday. Jesse, Millie & baby, Herbert, Bertha & Harold and Louis were here. Ma got several boxes of strawberries and Millie brought cream so we had strawberries and cream and cake. We had a nice evening together.
Thursday May 17 � I was downtown & had a talk with Mr. Haas on investing some money. Ma was down to the Sunday School Convention. I was also to see Art Deuel about the plan of the house. Art was here this evening.
Friday May 18 � I changed the organ box in the barn & was downtown & took the house plan over to Art Deuel & drove Topsy around to exercise her.
Saturday May 19 � I was out to Millie's this morning & was downtown etc. Took Harold riding with Topsy around town. I took Ma down, she was at W.H. DeCou's. Mrs. DeCou gave her a lot of flower plants. This was a nice cool day.
Sunday May 20 � Ma & I were out at Meadows visiting. We then went to S.S. Louis was there, we came home together. Herb, Bertha & Harold were also out to S.S. We all stoped at the farm for awhile. Herb & I were over to Art Deuels this evening.
Monday May 21 � I was over with Art Deuel until he finished the lumber bill. I took them to Quinn & M. &.K. lumber yards. Art brought the screen frames this evening. Ma & Mrs. Reiff were out to visit Mrs. Pugsley. She has been sick for some time.
Tuesday May 22 � Art Deuel with two men, Rugg & Harper came & fitted in the screens and laid & staked off the foundation of the house. They worked until noon. I painted the screen frames & I sprinkled the garden this evening.
Wednesday May 23 � Mr. Prose commenced to dig the sellar of the new house. Ma & I were downtown to see the parade of the Ft. Dodge Manufactories & Jobbers Association. They stoped here on their way to Omaha on the I.C. Road. Jesse & Millie went to the Blind Boone concert this evening. They left Elsie here with us until they came home. It rained some this evening.
Thursday May 24 � Wm. Prose worked all day at the sellar & slacked lime. I was downtown for lime & see about morter box & sand sive etc. Ma & Bertha & Harold were out riding this afternoon.
Friday May 25 � Wm. Prose worked all day. J. Cox & Mr. Swain work at sellar wall this afternoon. R. Welch tended them. Art Deuel made a window frame for sellar window. We got four loads of ground for filling at 10� a load from Art Deuel & three loads of sand from LaSourd.
Saturday May 26 � The bricklayers could not work today as we can get no lime in town. I sent to Logan for two barrels by Paul Reiff this morning. He came with it at 8 o'clock this evening. Then Wm. Prose & I slacked it. It took us 50 minits to slack it.
Sunday May 27 � Louis came up after church with Ma. We then hitched up Topsy to go out to Millie's. Chas. Stevens came for Louis to hive a swarm of Bees. We drove down & Louis worked at the bees so long that Ma & I went without him. We were meeting at P.V.S.H. Mr. Lillie preached. Dinner at Jesse's.
Monday May 28 � The Masons finished the foundation at half past three this afternoon. I paid Cox, Swain and Welch. Prose worked all day. I took the wash down to Legans. I paid Herb in full. This was a very warm day.
Tuesday May 29 � I was out to Millie's & to the Mill for flour. The last we had to get from our wheat we left there. We sent three settings of eggs to Kauffman in Reading, Penn. It rained a little last night.
Wednesday May 30 � This is Decoration day & the town was full of people. I put up the window screens this morning. Jesse & Millie were here to dinner. Louis came up, he, Jesse & Millie were here to supper. We planned a place for the little chicks. It rained a little last evening.
Thursday May 31 � We were both home all day except I was downtown to see if they found the Williams boy that fell in the river & was drowned. They have not found him yet. I got the lumber bill from M. & K. today. They made a copy of it.
Friday June 1, 1900 � It rained heavy and the wind was heavy too last night. Mr. Deuel hauled seven loads of ground on lot No. 2. Ma & I was downtown this evening. I paid Deuel for the screens and ground and I paid Wm. Prose one dollar. I still owe him sixty five cents as I had no more change to pay him in full.
Saturday June 2 � This was a fine day. Ma & I were down town and took a ride. Bertha, Ma & Harold were out riding this afternoon. Louis slept here last night. We got up early and Louis spaded a patch in the garden for celery. Ma & I took supper at Bertha's.
Sunday June 3 � Louis was here this morning. Ma & I were out to visit with Mrs. Damery. Arthur Deuel & his Mother and his family visited there also. Louis was here to supper this evening. Fine day.
Monday June 4 � This was a fine day. I took Harold out riding. Mrs. I.A. DeCou was here. Ma took the buggy, Mrs. DeCou and her went out to the greenhouse and then drove downtown to see old Mrs. Evens and Mrs. Deuel. I straightened out some of the old bed springs which is a tough job, they are so very hard. I got a few moth balls from F.M. Smith to put in with the buggy robe and other woolens.
Tuesday June 5 � Ma did not feel well. I packed the buggy robe and Louis overcoat and we put new sink in the kitchen. This evening we went over to Reiffs, the 1900 Normal class have a picnic on Reiff's lawn. They are having a good time. Louis came, we then came home with him.
Wednesday June 6 � Louis stayed here last night. We got up at four o'clock this morning and set out about 100 celery plants. Ma, Mrs. Reiff, Bertha & Harold drove out to Millie's with Topsy to the Missionary meeting. Ma came home feeling very sick. We went to bed early. It was very warm today.
Thursday June 7 � It was very warm again today. Mrs. W.H. DeCou & Bertha & Harold were here this afternoon. I took Harold out riding. I was down to Art's shop & down to M. & K.'s lumber yard. Ma is not feeling well this evening.
Friday June 8 � It is very warm, not much wind stiring today. I went down to M. & K. lumber yard with Art. We got a load of finishing lumber for the door & window jams. I was down to see the Doctor for Ma. She can scarcely get around.
Saturday June 9 � Ma is a little better. The day was warm. I was down to see the Doctor and was up to Art's shop. I paid J.S. Vanscoy $37.50 for 5000 brick delivered to where we are building a new house. We had a very heavy shower and very heavy wind this evening at about (9) nine o'clock. Bertha, Harold, Millie & baby were here. Herbert came up after the rain. Louis came before Herb got here. Louis & Millie are going to stay all night. Art told me the wages of the carpenters were Sam Harper, $2.50, F. Rugg, $2.00, March Willis $2.00 per day.
Sunday June 10 � This was a fine day after the rain last evening. Herb, Bertha & Harold came up. Jesse came in time for dinner. We all enjoyed it very much. Harold Reiff & Lula & baby were here this afternoon. We all took lunch then the boys & girls went home.
Monday June 11 � This was a fine cool day. Art & his men worked on the Calender building. I took the wash down town. Louis was here awhile. Ma don't seem much better this evening. Yesterday she seemed much better. I left my buggy seat at DeCou's. Art said he would send it back to the buggy firm as it is not what it ought to be. Herb was here awhile this afternoon, he then went over to see the ball game between the Persia team & Woodbine team. It is cool this evening.
Tuesday June 12 � Ma had a bad night last night, she had very severe pain all night. I fetched Dr. Cole at five o'clock & Mrs. Reiff came over this morning. Mrs. Damery & Bessie were here, Mrs. Donaldson was here. Herb, Bertha Harold & Louis were here to supper. Louis is going to stay all night. I was down to see the Doctor this evening. It is raining a little this evening.
Wednesday June 13 � This was a very fine day. Ma is some better but has a great deal of pain. I was down to see the Doctor, he changed the medicine a little so that we don't have to give so many kind of medicine. I was out to Millie's for butter & took some tomato & cabbage plants out to her. Bertha was here all day. Louis was down to the Methodist church to hear the Jubilee Singers, (colored singers from Canida). Louis says it was fine.
Thursday June 14 � Ma rested better last night. The Doctor was here today. Mrs. Peckham was here today. Mrs. Isaac and Carrie DeCou were here this evening. Jesse & Millie & baby were here also this evening. Mrs. A.C. Gilchrist was here today. Louis planted some tomato plants today. And slacked the lime that was left from the foundation work. This was a fine day and very cool last night. Therm. 44 at 5 A.M.
Friday June 15 � Ma rest better but has a great deal of pain and has to get up often which is very painful. Miss Peckham, Mrs. Grossbeck, Mrs. Reiff, Mrs. Wm. Tuttle & Mrs. Hobert were here today. I was downtown to see the Doctor. Bertha was here all day.
Saturday June 16 � Bertha was here all night. She wanted to go home at 11 o'clock but it rained heavy, so Louis took her & Harold home in the buggy. Jesse and Millie were here with Elsa this evening. Reily Rodgers hauled a bit lot of scantling and joists today, (three loads). Louis planted some celery plants this evening.
Sunday June 17 � This was a cool cloudy day. Dr. Cole was here today. Herb, Bertha & Harold, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Kinner were here today, also Mrs. Rugg.
Monday June 18 � Art & three carpenters commenced the building this morning. I was down to see the Doctor this evening. Herb was here this evening, he was down to Omaha today. Mrs. Reiff was here this evening. Ma is much better this evening. Louis hoed in the garden some today. This was a fine day. Carpenters are M. Willis, S. Harper, F. Rugg and Art Deuel.
Tuesday June 19 � Art & three carpenters worked at the house all day. Fred Deuel worked this afternoon, driving nail in sheeting. Ma is improving, she slept well last night and quite a bit today. I was downtown twice today.
Wednesday June 20 � A.B. Deuel, Willis, Harper, Rugg & F. Deuel worked at the new house all day. Herb was out helping to stack Mrs. Kagens clover hay. I was out to see him about the tin for the roof and gutters for the new house. I was also downtown twice. Once to see the Doctor as Ma is not as well as she was yesterday and the day before. Rev. Mr. Fry was here this evening to see how Ma is geting on. Herb stoped here on his way home from haying.
Thursday June 21 � A.B. Deuel, Willis, Harper, Rugg & F. Deuel worked at the new house all day. It rained quite awhile today but no wind. Rev. Mr. Lillie, Mrs. Reiff, Mrs. Page, Mrs. Rugg & Herbert called to see Ma. She is some better today & she would not get those severe pains. Louis was downtown this evening. The house is about all covered with the sheeting now. Herb was here and took Art away, I think to see about the tin for the gutter & deck. They brought some of the frames up today.
Friday June 22 � A.B. Deuel, Harper, Willis & Rugg worked at the house today. Ma is improving but still has great pain but not so frequent. Louis is still here helping. Millie & Elsa, Mrs. Reiff, Miss Peckham, Miss Willis were here today to see Ma. Louis was down to the choir practice this evening. Herbert was here s short time this afternoon.
Saturday June 23 � A.B. Deuel, Harper, Willis & Rugg worked at the house all day. Ma is resting easier today. I got eighty-five dollars out of the bank to pay the carpenters as follows � A.B. Deuel $47.00, F. Rugg $12.00, M. Willis $12.00, S. Harper $10.50, F. Deuel $2.50, all in full to this date included. Mrs. Yount, Amy and the children, Millie, Bertha, Herbert & Harold and Jesse were here. Ella Peckham brought a bouquet & Charley Reiff brought a bouquet.
Sunday June 24 � It was warm today. Ma rested pretty well today. Mr. & Mrs. Reiff, Paul, Harold, Herb, Bertha & Harold, & Rev. Mr. Graham, Mrs. I.A. DeCou, Mrs. Donaldson were here today. Louis thinks he will go to the store tomorro morning.
Monday June 25 � Louis went to the shop this morning. Ma slept well from 10 to 3:30 last night. It was very warm today. Mrs. Donaldson worked here until after dinner. Bertha was here this afternoon. Herb came to supper. Carpenters work all day on the house.
Tuesday June 26 � It was very warm today. Louis comes up after closing the store and stays all night then goes back in the morning. Three carpenters and Fred Deuel worked at the house. Mrs. Donaldson, Mrs. Reiff, Lottie, Mrs. Rugg, Bertha & Harold were here. Herb stoped awhile on his way home. He was in the country, out on the Soldier.
Wednesday June 27 � Three carpenters worked all day. Art Deuel done the tin work on the gutters & deck. Fred Deuel worked half a day. Rugg commenced to work at half past six this morning. Mrs. Reiff, Mrs. Donaldson, Bertha & Harold were here today. It rained quite a little bit this morning but did not stop the workmen.
Thursday June 28 � The three carpenters worked all day. Fred Deuel shingled all day. They finished shingleing this evening, except the bay windows & porches. Dr. Cole was here today. Miss Peckham, Mrs. S.J. Tuttle, Mrs. Donaldson, Bertha & Harold were here today. Wm. Tuttle commenced priming at noon today. I was downtown this evening. Ma feels better.
Friday June 29 � The carpenters & Fred worked all day. It rained a little this morning at four o'clock. Mrs. Donaldson in the house near all day. Mrs. Reiff, Mrs. Deuel were here today. Wm. Tuttle was here and painted some. I do not know how much time he made. Ma had a great deal of pain all day off and on. It looks for rain this evening.
Saturday June 30 � It was clear and cool all day. The carpenters & Fred Deuel worked all day. Art worked late this evening. Ma had a very bad day, very much pain. The Doctor was here twice today, he had to give her hyperdermic injections three times to quiet her, the pain was so severe. Mrs. Teal, Mrs. Reiff, Grace were here today. Mrs. Reiff came over three times. She was downtown to look for a woman for us. I paid the men, working at the house, in full up to tonight. Louis went away this evening to try to get Mrs. John Lyon to help us in the housework & help take care of Ma. Miss Grossbeck was here this evening. I was down to see if we could get Miss Packard.
Sunday July 1, 1900 � This was a fine day. Ma rested pretty well. Jesse, Millie & the baby were here, also Herbert, Bertha & Harold, and Mrs. Reiff and Minnie were here. Louis was here all day& every night since Monday. Dr. Cole was here quite awhile today.
Monday July 2 � Ma rested pretty well today. Mrs. John Lyon came this morning to help us out. Mrs. Reiff, Mrs. Donaldson, Mrs. VanSiekel, Mrs. Shaw, Rev. Mr. Snook were here today. A.B. Deuel worked until noon. Rugg & Willis worked all day. This was a very warm day. Mrs. F.M. Smith was here this evening.
Tuesday July 3 � Mrs. Van Sickle & Mrs. Shaw was here this eve. This was a very warm day. Drs. O'Connor and Cole were here and consulted together quite awhile and Dr. Cole came back again at 9:30 P.M. Ma rested better after the Doctors got through. Art worked on the roof late tonight. Work all day.
Wednesday July 4 � Mrs. Reiff was here while the Drs. worked with Ma yesterday. As this was a holiday there was no work done at the new house. Jesse, Millie & Elsie, Bertha & Harold, Frank, Chine & Herman were here today. Also Mrs. Reiff, Mrs. I.A. DeCou & Mrs. VanSickle. Frank and his family went home this evening. Dr. Cole was here this morning. This day was very quiet as the town did not celebrate the fourth.
Thursday July 5 � The carpenters worked all day. Ma Rested well last night. She was up very little during the night. Mrs. Reiff was here & some of the neighboring women asked after her but did not come in the house as we thought it best not to. Mrs. Lyon went down home while Mrs. Reiff was here.
Friday July 6 � Ma rested very well last night. The Doctor was here. The carpenters worked. It commenced to rain about three o'clock & rained heavy and it hailed a good bit, hail stones near as large as small hens eggs and a good many of them. Mrs. Lyon went home this evening as her husband has taken sick. It is warm this evening after the rain but it looks as if we would get more rain tonight. Doctor Cole was here this evening. Ma is having more pain this evening. Louis was out to Teals this forenoon. They were going to extract honey but Frank did not feel well so they did not extract. Louis brought some Slippery Elm bark home for Ma.
Saturday July 7 � Ma rested pretty well last night but today she has considerable pain. I paid the carpenters in full including today and got 25 lbs. Ocher, 12 lbs. W. lead & three gallons linseed oil from Berkley. Mrs. Reiff, Mrs. Donaldson and Bertha & Harold & Rodgers little girl were here awhile this evening. There was sold today a number of Oregon horses at auction today. I was told they brought twelve to twenty six dollars apiece. Mrs. Lyon went home this evening.
Sunday July 8 � Ma did not rest quite as well last night. Drs. Cole, O'Connor were here this afternoon and relieved her by washing out the bladder. They done the same when they came together last Tuesday. We all think Ma is improving but it goes very slow. Mrs. Reiff, Mrs. Donaldson & Millie were present and helped the Doctors. Some of the neighbors call occasionally to inquire after Ma. Jesse, Herb & Bertha and the Children were here also. Mrs. Lyon called this evening. She will come again tomorro morning.
Monday July 9 � Ma rested well last night and feels better but still has great pain but not so often nor not so great as last week. The carpenters worked all day. Mrs. Carrie DeCou was here today. Mrs. VanSickle was here and brought a very nice bouquet. I was downtown this evening.
Tuesday July 10 � Ida Pickard came this morning to work for us at two dollars a week. Mrs. John Lyon was here today to instruct Ida how to take care of Ma. She left this evening. I paid her $5.00, five dollars in full for her services. Mrs. Shaw, Mrs. VanSickle and Minnie Reiff were here. Reno's Circus was here and gave two performances, afternoon & evening. They put up their tents on the ball ground east of our house.
Wednesday July 11 � Ma is improving. Mrs. Donaldson was here. I prime painted some on the new house. The carpenters worked all day.
Thursday July 12 � Ma is doing well but cannot be up yet. Mrs. VanSickle, Maud Humphrey were here this evening. I ordered two regesters for the new house through Herb, one to cost $1.25, the other $2.00. Louis comes up every evening and stays all night and goes to the store after breakfast. The carpenters worked all day. Ordered bbl. lime & lath from M. & K.
Friday July 13 � Mr. Prose commenced to lath early this morning. Doctors Cole & O'Connor were here again with Ma. Carpenters worked all day. I painted some. Mrs. Reiff, Mrs. Donaldson, Mrs. VanSickle, Mrs. Rugg and Mrs. Shaw were here today. Louis was here while the Doctors were here. They came at nine o'clock this morning.
Saturday July 14 � Ma is geting along fine but cannot be up. The carpenters worked all day. Mrs. Damery, Mrs. L.L. Deuel, Mrs. Chas. Davis, Mrs. John Yount, Mrs. Reiff & Grace were here today. I painted some today. Mr. Prose lathed all day, he has his boy helping him.
Sunday July 15 � Ma is feeling better. Ida was down home. Louis was here all day. Mrs. VanSickle & Mrs. Shaw were here. It rained all afternoon.
Monday July 16 � It rained all last night and a good bit today. Mr. Prose and his boy lathed all day. The carpenters worked until sometime this afternoon. I was over to Reiffs this evening. George & I made a plan for a barn, cob bin, coal bin, coal bin, grain bin and two rooms for hens. John Cox commenced to work on the chimney flues. Peter McGlaughlin helped him. Mrs. Reiff & Mrs. Donaldson were here today.
Tuesday July 17 � The carpenters did not work today. Art was here part of the time this morning. He painted the tin on the hips of the roof. John Cox and Peter McGlaughlin put up the chimney and the piers under the porches and commenced to cement the cellar. Mrs. Pickard & Mrs. T.P. Kellogg were here today & Donaldson's girls brought flowers. Bertha & Harold came up with me in the buggy.
Wednesday July 18 � Art and Marsh were here to work two hours. I was down to see Mr. Baker, he will commence plastering our house Friday next. I was also down to M. & K. for a bid on our lumber bill. They figured it at $180.00. Mrs. Mills, Mrs. VanSickle, Mrs. Kemmish, Mrs. Rugg, little Ella Peckham brought flowers today. Ida went home this evening for awhile. J. Cox finished cementing the sellar at three o'clock.
Thursday July 19 � Ma is improving. She sat in the rocking chair awhile today. I cleaned out the shavings and rubish to be ready for the plastering. It rained about all afternoon. Mr. Prose was here to measure the lathing, he makes it 660 yards. Ida was downtown this evening. Ida's brother and cousin from Omaha were here and Maud Humphrey was here also.
Friday July 20 � Mr. Baker and S. Dunlap came at one o'clock and done some plastering upstairs this afternoon, Art and Ellis worked this afternoon, they put in the door frames and other things. Drs. Cole and O'Connor were here again this afternoon. Minnie Reiff, Maud Humphrey, and Mrs. VanSickle were here. Mrs. Donaldson was here and helped the Doctors with Ma. Mrs. Pickard was here this afternoon. We phoned down for Louis, he came up and helped the Doctors.
Saturday July 21 � Mr. Baker and his man worked all day. I was out to the Mill. I took Harold with me, he enjoys it very much. I got 100 lbs of cracked corn, paid 85� for it. I met A.B. Deuel at the bank and paid him in full to date and I gave him H. Willis money for him to give it to Willis. Mrs. Reiff was here this evening. This was a pleasant day. Mrs. Houghtailing was here to see Ma.
Sunday July 22 � Louis, Herb, Bertha & Harold went out to a party at Millie's last evening. they came home this evening. Ma is geting better, she sit up awhile yesterday and today.
Monday July 23 � Mr. Baker and his man, Wm. Dunlap, worked all day and have nearly finished the brown plaster up stairs. It rained all day and at intervals very heavy. I was down town to see the doctor and get lemons.
Tuesday July 24 � Elwain Baker & Wm. Dunlap worked all day, they finished upstairs at noon today. Mrs. Reiff and Lula and Mrs. Donaldson were here today. A.B. Deuel worked about two hours today. I was downtown this evening just before supper. Fred Reiff worked around here six hours. He helped me dig the foundation for the new barn & mowed weeds.
Wednesday July 25 � Ma is still geting better. She was up and dressed but lie on the bed the greater part of the time. John Cox and John Williams laid the foundation for the barn. They done it in about four hours. I dug the foundation. Mrs. VanSickle, Mrs. Reiff, Bertha & Harold & Mable Rugg were here. I was downtown with the buggy for Bertha. Baker & Dunlap worked all day.
Thursday July 26 � Fred Reiff helped me dig a privy vault for the new house, he worked five hours & a half. Mr. Baker finished with the brown coat at about five o'clock. Bertha, Millie, Mrs. Lyon, Mrs. Rugg and Mrs. Donaldson were here today. Ida went downtown this evening. M. & K. sent several loads of lumber for the barn.
Friday July 27 � Peter McLaughlin run off 5 � barrels of lime for white coat. A.B. Deuel, M. Willis and Fred Deuel commenced at the new barn this morning. They worked all day at it. Fred Reiff & I finished the cesspool. Fred worked eight hours. Mrs. VanSickle, Miss Peckham, Minnie and Lotta Reiff were here today. Ida was downtown today, and also awhile this evening. Mr. Clark was here and offered to dig a fifty barrel cistern and furnish all the material and warrant good work & material for ten dollars.
Saturday July 28 � The carpenters worked all day on the barn. Mrs. Jesse Burkholder and William Burkholder were here to see Ma, also Mrs. Pickard. I worked some in the new barn at the manger. I was downtown awhile today. Ida was downtown today also in the evening.
Sunday July 29 � This was a fine day. Mr. & Mrs. Reiff, Herb, Bertha & Harold were here. Herb cut my hair. Louis was here all day too.
Monday July 30 � The carpenters worked at the barn today but it was eight o'clock before they commenced work as the tools were locked in Arthur's box and he did not get here until eight o'clock. I worked at the barn today. Mr. Lasaurd was here, his bill for the sand is thirteen yards at $1.25 per yard, $16.25. I had no money with me so I did not pay him. Geo. Reiff gave me a couple of pieces of old oak bridge plank to put in the manger in the new barn.
Tuesday July 31 � Mr. Clark & Ed Holeton commenced digging a cistern for us at noon. Carpenters worked all day at the barn. Ma was not so well today as the last few days. Bertha and Mrs. Reiff were here today. Dan Dunlap commenced to put on white coat at noon. Carpenters worked all day.
Wednesday Aug. 1, 1900 � The carpenters worked part of the day at the barn. A.B. put up the posts on the front porch this afternoon and Marsh put in the window screens. The boys nailed shingles and finished the roof this afternoon. The plasterers worked all day. Dan Dunlap cemented the cistern this afternoon. Mrs. VanSickle and Mrs. Rugg and Lotta Reiff were here today. Bertha, Mrs. Reiff & Harold were out to John Chambers to the Missionary meeting. I was down this evening for the laundry, butter & 6 P nails for the barn doors.
Thursday Aug. 2 � Carpenters worked all day at the barn. Chas. Damery was here to get Art to go out for to get at work at their house but he could not go yet. The plasterers worked all day. Mrs. Reiff & Mrs. Pickard were here. Mrs. Rugg was here a minute or two. I was down town to get Mr. Lemon to paint the barn.
Friday Aug. 3 � The carpenters worked all day. The plasterers finished the putty coat about three o'clock this afternoon. He figured it out to measure 660 yds. at 8� per yard, $52.80. I paid him in the W.S. Bank. Drs. Cole and O'Connor were here again together & washed out the bladder again. This is the fourth time it was washed out. Mrs. Reiff and Louis was here to help. Mr. Lemon painted eight hours at the barn today.
Saturday Aug. 4 � The carpenters worked all day at the barn. Mr. Lemon finished priming the barn at 3 � o'clock. Mrs. Reiff and Millie were here this evening. I worked at the barn all day. The weather is fine but very warm. Ma is geting better slowly. Millie, Jesse & baby were here this evening.
Sunday Aug. 5 � Louis, Herb, Bertha & Harold were here to dinner. They were out to Gardners & stoped at Millie's this afternoon. Ida was down home so Ma & I were alone.
Monday Aug. 6 � I was downtown awhile this morning. Arthur was here and took measurement of the rooms to work out the caseings at his shop, ready to put them on when they are brought here. Mrs. VanSickle and Mrs. Reiff were here this evening. I cleaned off the floors upstairs. The plasterers splashed the mortor all over the floors. It was an ugly job to get it off. I paid Art for the work done on the barn and for the screens at the windows at the house. In all ($20.00 paid last week) $53.35. The barn is very near finished.
Tuesday Aug. 7 � I finished cleaning out the rooms, gethered some of the offalls and scantling, etc. The carpenters worked in the shop geting out casing. I took the wash down to Legan's and was to the shop. Bertha & Harold and Millie & Nellie were here. Louis & I were down to the ice cream festival.
Wednesday Aug. 8 � Ma is troubled very much with her stomach, no passage since last Saturday. I was down to see the Doctor but he was out in the country so I did not see him. Louis & I waited for him until it got late.
Thursday Aug. 9 � I was out to the Mill and got a sack of flour. I took Harold with me. Herb & Bertha went to Dow City to a picnic & left Harold with us. This afternoon Ed Holeton hauled nine loads of ground around the barn, two at the house at 15� a load, $1.35.
Friday Aug. 10 � The carpenters finished the work at the shop and brought up a large load of dressed casing stairway and other stuff for finishing and it was a little after six o'clock when they got it all in the house. Herb had Topsy today to go over west of the Willow, he came back at about six o'clock this evening. I finished shoveling ground at the barn at noon. I was down at Art's shop near all afternoon. It was very warm.
Saturday Aug. 11 � Dr. Cole was here & relieved Ma of bowel trouble. The men worked all day except F. Rugg, he worked half a day. Jesse, Millie & the baby were here to supper. Jesse was to the picnic at Logan. I paid the men in full today.
Sunday Aug. 12 � There was no one here today except Maud Humphrey. It rained very heavy today & flooded everything. Louis & Ida could hardly get home through the mud & water.
Monday Aug. 13 � It rained a good bit last night. Ida was downtown for sugar. Herb brought it up. The carpenters worked at the house. Rugg worked half a day, the others all day. Mrs. Reiff was here near all afternoon.
Tuesday Aug. 14 � It rained hard and the wind blew hard last night. The rain run in at one of the windows that the wind blew out of its place. Mrs. Reiff, Mrs. VanSickle were here today. I sand papered some of the hard pine finish. The carpenters worked all day.
Wednesday Aug. 15 � It rained during the night very hard & it done a good bit of damage to the railroad and elsewhere. The carpenters worked all day. They put up the stairs this afternoon. Drs. Cole & O'Connor were here this afternoon to wash it out again. Herb, Bertha, Harold & Louis were here, they all stayed to supper. Mrs. Pickard was here this afternoon. I was downtown for the wash and white lead and yellow orchre. Ida went over to VanSickles to a party this evening.
Thursday Aug. 16 � It rained last night and a little today. I was told there was eleven inches of rain fell since last Saturday. The carpenters worked all day. Wm. Tuttle painted up stairs until noon. He did not come this afternoon. Ma is geting along pretty good. She was over to see the house this afternoon.
Friday Aug. 17 � It was very warm today. Art Deuel worked this afternoon. Wm. Tuttle worked all day. Mrs. Reiff and Mrs. Willet was here today. I was downtown & ordered paint, oil, putty & hard oil for finishing. I helped Tuttle to rub the doors with sand paper.
Saturday Aug. 18 � Art Deuel worked all day. Wm. Tuttle worked all day. Dan Dunlap built a filter in the cistern today for which he charged one dollar. Mrs. VanSickle was here quite awhile last evening. Jesse & Millie were here this evening late. Ida went downtown with one of VanSickel's boys. The filler was put on the hard pine in the house today. Art fitted and hung doors today. I was downtown and paid J.S. VanScoy in full for brick received and paid Art Deuel sixteen dollars, eight each for M. Willis and F. Rugg, which he said he would give them this evening. This was a pleasant day.
Sunday Aug. 19 � It was very warn today. I was down to Deuel's shop. Art worked in the shop today. Willis helped him this afternoon. Henry DeCou and his wife stoped here awhile this evening. Mrs. Kinner, Bertha, Herb & Harold were here today.
Monday Aug. 20 � A.B. Deuel worked all day, he worked an hour late this evening but came an hour late this morning. Ma was over to Reiffs this evening. Mrs. Rugg was here while Ma was gone over to Reiffs. Wm. Tuttle worked all day.
Tuesday Aug. 21 � Art and his men went out to Mrs. Damerys after working here about an hour this morning. Wm. Tuttle worked all day. Mrs. Reiff was here awhile this afternoon. It rained a little today.
Wednesday Aug. 22 � Art worked all day except two hours we were downtown. Wm. Tuttle worked all day. I was downtown for the wash and some hardware. Mr. VanSickel brought up a lot of carpet patterns. Louis came up to see them, we did not buy yet. Art & I looked at some room moulding. We got 84 ft. at VanSickels at 2 � cts. per foot.
Thursday Aug. 23 � Art worked all day except about two hours that we were downtown. M. Willis worked about four hours this afternoon and Wm. Tuttle worked all day. I was out to Millie's this afternoon. I just got home in time to get put of a very heavy rain. Mrs. Reiff was here today.
Friday Aug. 24 � Art and Willis worked in the shop all day. Wm. Tuttle worked all day in the house. Ma and I were down to look at some samples of carpet and furniture.
Saturday Aug. 25 � Art and Willis worked all day in the shop at the closet and the front porch and steps. I paid the carpenters in full up to this evening. Wm. Tuttle worked until noon. This evening he came and oiled the kitchen floor. He was at it about two hours. I paid him twenty dollars on act. Bertha, Ma and I were down to VanSickels and to Evans to see about carpets and furniture. Millie came in the store while we were there. She brought us a pound of butter. It was late when we got home. Ma stoped in at Reiffs. We took supper with Bertha.
Sunday Aug. 26 � Ida & her Mother went to Dunlap with Maud Humphrey last evening. Ma & I took dinner at Bertha's. We were at Reiffs this afternoon. Ida came home this evening.
Monday Aug. 27 � Art, Willis & Fred worked at the shop until noon. Willis & Art came with the closet and hand rail to porch about three o'clock. They worked until evening here. Fred Reiff worked here this afternoon, five hours. Tom Tracy hauled eight loads of black ground today on lot of the new house. Wm. Tuttle worked all day. Mrs. Carrie DeCou was here this afternoon.
Tuesday Aug. 28 � Art & Willis worked in the house all day. Fred Reiff worked half a day. Mrs. Peckham was here today. H. VanSickel measured the rooms for the carpet. I had given him the measurements yesterday. T. Tracy hauled eight loads of ground. Miss Peckham was here.
Wednesday Aug. 29 � H. Willis worked all day. Wm. Tuttle worked until noon. T. Tracy hauled two loads of ground.
Thursday Aug. 30 � Willis worked all day. Wm. Tuttle worked all day.
Friday Aug. 31 � Willis worked all day. Wm. Tuttle worked until noon. Willis worked in the old house two hours this evening, fixing the doors & windows. Art & I were down to the shop & downtown & lumber yard. Got some lumber for a porch at the old house.
Saturday Sept. 1, 1900 � Art worked eight hours. Willis worked all day. They finished their work at the house and barn. Wm. Tuttle worked eight hours. I was with the workmen all day, they made a small porch & fixed up the sellar steps at house No. one. Today's work is to be charged to house No. one. Millie came in with Jesse and staid with Bertha all the evening. Ma is gaining strength and is feeling better.
Sunday Sept. 2 � This was a very fine day. Herb, Bertha and J. Smith and wife were to Persia today. They came home at 10 o'clock this evening. We had Harold all day. Doctors Cole & O'Connor were here today. Jesse, Millie & baby were here this afternoon. George Reiff was over to look through the house this morning.
Monday Sept. 3 � Wm. Tuttle worked all day. We commenced to move into the new house today. Mrs. Pickard helped us & Louis & Ida. Mr. VanSickel brought the carpet but it was cut wrong for one of the rooms so he had to send for another piece to make it fit the room. He also sent up the furniture. I had a good bit of running to do today. Mrs. Reiff and Lula was here to see the new house. Wm. Tuttle worked some in house No. one. We are going to sleep in the new house tonight for the first time.
Tuesday Sept. 4 � We slept well last night. Wm. Tuttle worked all day, about half the time in the house No. one. Mr. Lemon worked about (8) eight hours. He was late this morning & at noon he worked at the old house and Tuttle worked part of the time at the old house. John Mefford brought us a load of hay for which I paid him $5.85. Mr. Pickard helped us all day. Mr. Shaw helped Louis to carry the stoves over. John Philips came this morning from Philadelphia, Pa.
Wednesday Sept. 5 � Wm. Tuttle worked all day. Some at the old house. Mr. Lemon worked all day at the old house. John Philips from Philadelphia, Pa. is here visiting with his sister Mrs. Reiff. Mrs. Pickard was here. I paid her two dollars for helping Ida clean up and help move.
Thursday Sept. 6 � Wm. Tuttle papered in the old house & painted front room. The rest of the day he worked at new house. Mr. Lemon worked all day in the old house. John Philips was here for awhile and looked over the house, he said it is well finished and looks well. Ma & I were downtown together & ordered some new furniture. We took dinner with Herb and Bertha. I drove out to see Mr. Lotspiech this evening. Ma went with me. I was downtown late for lead & oil for the barn as Tuttle thinks they will finish tomorro. Geo. Young put up the conductors to new house as Art was away and could not do it.
Friday Sept. 7 � Wm. Tuttle worked all day. Mr. Lemon worked all day; half a day on old house, the rest on the new house and new barn. Ma & I were out at Millie's visiting, we took dinner with them. Warren VanSickel and Louis put down the new carpet in the dining room and Louis and Ida put down the carpet in the spare room. I took Louis downtown in the buggy and took some apples to Bertha that we got from Jesse and some watermelons.
Saturday Sept. 8 � Mr. Lemon worked all day at the barn. I was down & settled with Mathews & Kling. Paid them $815.39 in full to date. Also Canefield & Young in full. Art Deuel did not have time to settle. Ma & I were downtown this evening, we stoped at Reiffs awhile. Bertha & Harold was with us.
Sunday Sept. 9 � Ma and I stayed at home. Herb and Bertha were here to dinner and supper. Ma & I were over to Reiffs. They had ice cream. Mrs. Reiff is not well this evening. Ida went carriage riding with a young man this evening.
Monday Sept. 10 � Mr. Lemon worked until noon when he finished. I paid him in full $7.35. Mrs. Philips came this morning. Ma & I were over at Reiffs to see her. Ma & I staid at home this evening. Ida went over to VanSickels. Louis came home late this evening.
Tuesday Sept. 11 � It rained and the wind blew heavy and blew the rain under one of the north windows, a little also on the north side of the deck. It rained until about 10 o'clock. Ma & I were over to Reiffs and took supper with them. Mrs. Reiff is a little better this evening. I painted the privy today. Jesse & Millie were here this evening. Herb moved this afternoon.
Wednesday Sept. 12 � I was downtown and bought a carpet sweeper at Canfields for $2.50 and a rug for the sliding doors, $2.00. I was out to Millie's, I took Harold with me. Donaldson came home this afternoon. Ma & I was downtown after I came home from Millies. We were over to Reiffs this evening. I went with Mr. Philips and Paul to a lecture on liberty, held in a tent downtown. He showed stereoptcon views with one moving picture, the funeral of the victims of the war ship Main.
Thursday Sept. 13 � I was puttering around at different kinds of work today. Mrs. Philips, Mrs. Reiff, Charley, Herb, Bertha, Harold & Louis took supper with us. This was a very fine day. Herb went to M. Valley this evening with the band to a Republican Rally. Herb is a member of the Woodbine band. Ma was over to Reiffs this evening. Mr. Philips & George went to Omaha this morning. Mr. Lillie is using our barn to house his buggy just now as the wind blew his away on last Tuesday.
Friday Sept. 14 Edwin DeCou was here this morning. Ida went home on account of a sore finger. The Doctor told her not to put her hand in water so she went home. I worked at the coal and cob house openings so I can close then when I put coal & cobs in. It rained a good bit this forenoon. We were over to Reiffs this evening. I was downtown to a democrat meeting with George R. and Ed Page. They organized a Democratic Club. Herb paid one month rent $7.00.
Saturday Sept. 15 � It was very cool today but no frost as yet this fall. I was downtown this afternoon. Ida was here awhile this afternoon, her sore finger is no better yet. Ma is feeling pretty well but does very little work.
Sunday Sept. 16 � Jesse, Millie, Herb, Bertha, & Harold took dinner with us. Lin Mathews was here this afternoon & helped us to eat a couple of mellens. Ma & the girls were over to Reiffs. Louis, Ma & I were to a lecture (the fall of Babylon) in the Baptist Church which was full of people. Mr. Swartz, the lecturer, done his subject justice.
Monday Sept. 17 � There was a heavy frost this morning. I was downtown to see Alfred Hopkins about building a fence around our lots in Woodbine. He sold his fence machine to Mr. Stout so he could not build it. Ida came back to work this morning. Mrs. Pickard was here today. Ma, Bertha, Harold & I were over to Reiffs this evening. The men from Dennison commenced work puting down Wm. Cromies cement paving. They have a great many to put down in Woodbine.
Tuesday Sept. 18 � It rained near all day. Mr. & Mrs. Philips left this morning. They are very nice people, we enjoyed their visit very much. Mr. VanSickel & Chas. Tuttle put some of our new shades up for the windows in the front rooms. They were too short so he has to send for longer ones. I was down to the depo to see the Philips off. The train was late a couple of hours.
Wednesday Sept. 19 � It rained this morning. I took the wash down to Legan's. Bertha, Harold & I were out to Millie's this afternoon. We got some apples. Ma & I were over to Reiffs this evening and stoped in with Bertha awhile when we came back from Reiffs.
Thursday Sept. 20 � This was a fine cool day. I paid Art Deuel & M. Wilis for work done in building house & barn. I also paid J.A. Boise Co. in full to date. Mrs. Reiff was here to supper then Ma went home with her. I went over afterward. We spent the evening there. Ma & I were out riding in the buggy.
Friday Sept. 21 � This was a fine day. Mr. Cromie is having a cement sidewalk laid around his store corner. I was downtown. Jesse, Millie, Mrs. John Yount, Fred carrier & his wife, Jack Meadows and J.H. Tuttle were down to Logan as witnesses. Mrs. Reiff & Ma went out to Damerys this afternoon.
Saturday Sept. 22 � It rained all forenoon. I was in the house near all day. Was downtown this evening with Jesse, Millie & baby was at Bertha's until we came back. Ma was over at Reiffs awhile today.
Sunday Sept. 23 � Bertha, Herb & Harold went out with Jesse last night. Ma & I went out this morning. We had turtle soup for dinner. After dinner we all ( except the children) went to S.S. They had a large Sunday school today. It rained just a s I got the horse out away and all evening so that Louis kept from going to church this evening.
Monday Sept. 24 � It rained a good bit during the night and a little this morning. Mrs. Reiff was here with Ma quit awhike this morning as Ma is sick with Pluresy. Dr. Cole was here & left some medicine and said we should apply hot applycations. Mr Donaldson mowed & shocked the foxtail on the potatoe patch.
Tuesday Sept. 25 � Ma is better today. Tom Tacy hauled twelve loads of black ground around the house. I done the leveling. Lotta Reiff was here this evening and also M. Humprey. Harold was with me near all day. Louis was up this afternoon & helped m some. Mrs. VanSickel was here awhile today. It rained quite fast this evening.
Wednesday Sept. 26 � This was a cold cloudy day. they hauled five loads of ground. Louis came up & helped me level the ground. Warren Van Sickle came & out up the rest of the shades.
Thursday Sept. 27 � I was down and settled with VanSickle & son and paid them in full, $112.29. It is still cloudy & cold. Miss Peckham, Bessie Damery & Effie Kirkham were here today. Dr. Cole was down to Omaha so I did not see him.
Friday Sept. 28 � I worked around the barn a little this morning. After dinner I was out to Millie's. I had Harold with me. I brought half a bushel of apples home with me.
Saturday Sept. 29 � This was a fine day but Ma cannot be up yet. Though she is geting better. Dr. Cole was here and Louis & Bertha helped him to attend to Ma. Mrs. Reiff and Carrie Damery were here. Mrs. VanSickle, Ada McKiney & Minnie were here also. I was downtown to see about the price of coal.
Sunday Sept. 30 � We all staid at home today. Herb, Bertha & Harold and Louis were here to dinner and supper. Paul Reiff was here today. Ethyl Donaldson took sick yesterday and is very sick today. The attending Doctor (O'Conner) says she has hyford Fevor.
Monday Oct. 1, 1900 � Ma is much better today but it rained and is very damp so she staid in bed. Louis went to M. Valley to the fair & he said he would go to West Point to see Harry Wingert. I braided a leather watch chain for Fred Reiff and gave it to him today.
Tuesday Oct. 2 � Tom Tacy hauled eight loads of ground today. I took the clothes to Legans and then worked at ground leveling & spreading all day. Paul had our wheelbarrow near all day.
Wednesday Oct. 3 � It rained heavy showers several times during the day. I nailed battens on Bertha's cob house. Millie, baby & Ada were here today. Mrs. Kinner, Mrs. Rogers & her children were here this evening. Ma is so she can be up and around again.
Thursday Oct. 4 � I finished nailing battens on cob house. I was downtown for the wash. I took Harold with me. Mrs. Damery and Millie and Mrs. Reiff were here today. I put a little ground in the cob house, also in front of the stable today.
Friday Oct. 5 � Mr. Reiff is diging a cesspool and is going to put in a bath. I am not feeling well today, so I done nothing. Ma is feeling pretty well today. Louis is not back yet.
Saturday Oct. 6 � It rained some this morning and was pretty cool day. Louis came home last evening. Harry was very glad to see him. He is geting along pretty well but his eye site is not very good. The Faust Brothers finished the cement walk around the Post Office this evening. They finished Wm. Cromies and Giddings walk last week.
Sunday Oct. 7 � Ma & I were over to Reiffs today. Paul was here visiting with Louis. Ida was down home until late this evening. Ma got supper for us for the first time since she was sick.
Monday Oct. 8 � Louis sold two pullets and one cockerel to Owen Farnsworth for two dollars. Ma, Harold and I were out to Millie's to dinner today. This was a very fine day. There was a heavy frost this morning. Herb sold a Monarch steel range to VanSickle today. I brought a few apples home that I gathered off the ground under the trees. They are geting very scarce out there.
Tuesday Oct. 9 � N.A. Donaldson dug the potatoes today and hauled some manure on our lots. I made a pair of trestles and one dropboard for the hen house. We also hauled the foxtail hay in the barn for beding. Ma & I were downtown this afternoon and bought lace curtains & portier for the double doors.
Wednesday Oct. 10 � Donaldson plowed the ground & harrowed it and hauled a load of posts from H. Wilsey's harness shop. I paid him eight cents apiece for the posts. We also set some posts for the chicken yard. Bertha left a bed rail fall on her foot, she is hurt so bad she can do nothing & is very painfull. The band went with the Bryan Club to the rally at Mo. Valley, as Herb plays in the band he went with them.
Thursday Oct. 11 � I was downtown and got the promise of the ground they dug off of the sidewalk at the National Bank and J.J. Weiss. I then went up to get T. Tacy to haul it up. He hauled eight loads. I paid him $1.60 for hauling it. Geo. Reiff got our wheelbarrow to use at diging his well. He used it last week for his cesspool & ditch for his bathroom. We are having fine weather now. I made another pair of trestles & drop board for the hen house. Ma, Bertha & Harold were out riding this afternoon.
Friday Oct. 12 � This was a nice day. Ma was out riding downtown. She brought Mrs. J.R. Burkholder to see Bertha and took her home again. I worked around leveling up & made a small plain bench. Mrs. Pickard was here today.
Saturday Oct. 13 � This was a very fine day. They decorated two hay wagons very nice for the ladies of the Bryon Club to ride on in the rally. There was a large delegation from Mo. Valley, Logan and Dunlap. There was a very large turnout. Everything went off in good order but a great deal of noise as is usual at political rallys. Wm. Burkholder and Wm. Yeager had their teams in Herb's barn. Millie & baby are here. Amy & children & Harry were here.
Sunday Oct. 14 � Millie was here over night. Louis took her out after dinner. Ma & I were home all day, as the doctor was here. Louis came in time for church.
Monday Oct. 15 � I made a commode out of a good box, then went out to Millie's for the lamps but they were not there. We cannot find them. I wanted to put them up. Ma was downtown this afternoon, called at Mrs. DeCou & Mrs. Tuttle. Herb paid five dollars on account of rent to Nov. 12th.
Tuesday Oct. 16 � This was a fine day. I put the hanging lamp and the side lamp up and cut some wood and started to make a board walk to the barn. Louis put some celery in the sellar and buried some where it grew. Mr. Teal & Grace were here this afternoon.
Wednesday Oct. 17 � Ma, Bertha & Harold were out riding this afternoon. I worked at the board walk in the lot. George Reiff is sick, I was over to see him. I was downtown & brought the wash. Frank Rugg was over to get me to bring Mable home from school. She is teaching in the country. But I did not go as Ma had Topsy out.
Thursday Oct. 18 � I took Mable Rugg out to her school this morning. I worked at the Board walk and was downtown. Ma was out riding this afternoon. She brought Mrs. Bennet up to see our new house. She enjoyed the ride very much. Mrs. Chas. Hushaw was here today. N.A. Donaldson was down in Cass towns. He brought Anderson's fence machien home with him. He expects to make fence for us around the yards. Ma & I were over to Reiffs this evening. George is better but Mrs. Reiff is worse.
Friday Oct. 19 � N.A. Donaldson commenced making fence this morning. I helped him some, I got so lame in the back that I am not much good to help. Miss Ida Vining was here to try to sell book. I was downtown awhile.
Saturday Oct. 20 � N.A. Donaldson worked at the fence until noon. He had to go out and husk corn for feed. I was downtown and paid Mathews in full to date. I gave Henry a check for $38.00. Millie was here awhile this afternoon also Mrs. Reiff and Lula.
Sunday Oct. 21 � It rained during last night and all day. We were home all day. I have a lame back. I took a sweat in our cabinet for the first time, I like it very much. It is raining this evening. Herb gave me the other two dollars rent.
Monday Oct. 22 � It rained during the night and all day today. N.A. Donaldson brought me 15 bushels of ear corn that he husked Saturday afternoon. I was downtown awhile this afternoon. I am geting better of my lame back but cannot get around very well yet. F.M. Smith went to Chicago this evening. He took one of his boys with him. I took my watch chain down to get it mounted.
Tuesday Oct. 23 � It was too damp to do anything until noon. Donaldson & I worked at the fence all this afternoon.
Wednesday Oct. 24 � Donaldson & I worked all day at the fence and the large gates. Ma & I were downtown together. Mrs. Mills was here when Ma was away. I was downtown this evening for bolts.
Thursday Oct. 25 � Donaldson worked all day at the fence. I helped him. Ma, Bertha & Harold were out to Millie's today.
Friday Oct. 26 � Donaldson & I worked at the fence and finished weaving the outside. We have the posts to set between the straining posts and two small gates to make and the large gate at the back end of the lots to finish. I got four posts from G.E. Reiff & two from Donaldson.
Saturday Oct. 27 � It rained last night, everything wet & muddy. N.A. Donaldson worked until noon which finished all the fence except the stable yard at Herb's. But Nell must go at husking and he has not gathered all his potatoes yet. I will have to get someone to do it as I am not able to do it. W.H. Burkholder put his team in the barn. He went to Logan to the rally.
Sunday Oct. 28 � W.H. Burkholder stoped with Herb last night, his horses in the red barn. He went to Logan to the Bryan rally. Herb, Bertha, Harold & W.H. took dinner with us. It rained heavy last night. The people from the rally had a great time geting home. Herb, Jesse, Harry Yount & others staid in Herb's store until four o'clock until it let up enough to go home. Bert went home this evening.
Monday Oct. 29 � I made a large gate for west of the barn and a short piece of board fence. I was downtown for hinges, nails and get the fence machien fixed. It rained all day and the farmers say the down corn is about all sprouting on the ear.
Tuesday Oct. 30 � It rained last night and all day today and is very wet. George Reiff is building a large addition to his new barn to keep his wagon and buggies in. I done nothing today. Herb, Bertha and Ida went to a box supper in the lodge room this evening.
Wednesday Oct. 31 � It rained all day and was a very disagreeable day. I sit in the house near all day, though went downtown awhile. The sun set clear this evening.
Thursday Nov. 1, 1900 � It was some cloudy until noon when the sun came out fine. Ma went with Mrs. Reiff to a Missionary meeting at Lawyer Johns. I puttered around the yard.
Friday Nov. 2 � This was a fine day. I laid a piece of board walk from the pump north. Ma & I were downtown to see about geting a new cook stove. I left the chickens and Topsy out in the yard this afternoon.
Saturday Nov. 3 � This was a fine day. I worked a little at the walk. Was downtown all afternoon. Millie, Jesse & baby were here this evening. Ma & Mrs. Reiff were downtown together this afternoon. Herb wrote to Omaha for the prices of the Monarch cook ranges.
Sunday Nov. 4 � Mr. & Mrs. Yount were here to dinner and supper. Mr. Yount took Leon out home, I went with him, he left his team in Harold's stable until they came from church this evening. Herb, Bertha & Harold were out to Jesse's today. This was a fine day.
Monday Nov. 5 � This was a lovely day. I worked a little at the board walk & made a slide bolt out of wood for two of the hen house doors inside. Ma & I were down to see the Rep. Rally, it was a good one, the town was full of people from all the surrounding towns. They had four bands & a drum corps. Bertha & Harold were down also. It looked as if every person were out. Jesse, Millie, baby, Ada, Harry & Amy & Opal were here after the parade. Jesse put his team in my barn. Ida was covered with oatmeal when she came home.
Tuesday Nov. 6 � This is election day, not much work for me. I was downtown a good part of the day. The election passed off quietly.
Wednesday Nov. 7 � McKinley is elected beyond a doubt. Ma & Bertha & Harold were over to Reiffs this afternoon to the Missionary meeting. Louis was here & took a picture of the house & barn. Herb brought home two horses that he traded for. I had to vacate his barn. We put Topsy & buggy in the new barn. I finished the board walk out to the barn & around the house to the front gate.
Thursday Nov. 8 � I made some bolts of wood for the two hen house doors & put the old Pennsylvania lock on the third door. It was pretty cold today, 20 above zero.
Friday Nov. 9 � It is pretty cold and threatning to snow. I was downtown awhile. Herb brought his buggy, wagon & harness up that they got in trade as part pay for the store goods from O.G. Poe. Herb & I made a fence around his barn yard of the chicken netting.
Saturday Nov. 10 � This was a cold disagreeable day. It snowed a little and rained a little. I cleaned up the wood a little as I thought it would snow. I was downtown twice today.
Sunday Nov. 11 � Ma, Bertha and Harold were out to Chauncey's this afternoon. I was over to Donaldsons a while. Louis, Bertha & Ma were to a lecture by Prof. Ott in the Methodist Church this evening.
Monday Nov. 12 � I sawed a little wood. Bertha, Harold & Ma were out to see Mrs. Damery this afternoon. Mrs. Damery is very sick but is a little better today. I was downtown awhile this afternoon. This was a very fine day.
Tuesday Nov. 13 � This was a cold raw day, it snowed a very little but the wind blew hard. Louis bought a suit of clothes and an overcoat and I a pair of pants. I sawed up a few of the old fence posts for fire wood. Herb was at making fence, setting posts yesterday and today, for a Mr. Sample who is going to build north of us.
Wednesday Nov.14 � It was cold today. I was downtown awhile. Paid Kibler Bros. for my pants & shoes. I gave Louis twenty five dollars to pay for his suit & overcoat. Art Deuel asked me in to see the house he built at the corner north of the school house. It is a very nice little house with hard maple floors in parlor & hall. Ma was downtown this afternoon with Mrs. Reiff.
Thursday Nov. 15 � This was a nice day but a little cold. I choped up some old stuff that was brought from the farm for firewood (that is kindling wood). I was downtown awhile. I took the hook off of the door at Topsy's manger and put a wooden slide bolt on, which is better and stronger. I also put up self feeders for grit in the hen house.
Friday Nov. 16 � This was a cold raw cloudy day, it looked as if it would snow. I was downtown awhile today.
Saturday Nov. 17 � This was a very cloudy, misty rainy, cold day. Has been cloudy but not much rain for the past week. I was downtown today. Mrs. Damery has been very sick for near two weeks but is geting better now.
Sunday Nov. 18 � This was another cold damp, misty day. Ma & I staid at home near all day except I was over to Donaldsons for milk. We can get no more fro Reiffs. Their cow is going dry.
Monday Nov. 19 � This was another cold cloudy and damp day. It rained a little. I was downtown awhile. Herb cut his left thumb pretty bad with the saw this afternoon. He was working at Sample's fence. He went to the doctor.
Tuesday Nov. 20 � This was another cold, cloudy damp day. I took the wash down & brought Louis back. He took a couple pictures of the house. We all stood on the front porch. The Doctor dressed Herb's thumb & said he should not disturb it for a few days. Mrs. Reiff was here this evening.
Wednesday Nov. 21 � It snowed quite a bit last night. I swept the snow off the walks before breakfast. Ma was over to Reiffs and Millie was here for a few minutes this afternoon. This was the first day the sun shone for a couple of weeks. Ma was all over the neighborhood to get someone to serve us with milk. Got milk from Mrs. Mills.
Thursday Nov. 22 � This was a fine day, but cool. I was downtown twice. I choped a little wood. Mrs. Pickard was here this afternoon. Ma went over to Reiffs this evening.
Friday Nov. 23 � This was a cloudy cool day. I was downtown. Ma was over to Reiffs. I was down to see the foot ball game but they were so long in starting the game I went downtown again. Ida was at the ball game until they finished. I took Louis's books down to the store for him as this is quire practice evening.
Saturday Nov. 24 � It snowed a good bit last night. Ida swept the snow off the board walk & I swept it off the side walk in front of ours and Bertha's lots and for a space to feed the chickens. Ma, Bertha & Harold were downtown this afternoon. I was downtown also.
Sunday Nov. 25 � Louis & I were out to Millie's to dinner, then went over to Teals where we visited until church time. Ma went to church with Mrs. Reiff to the Methodist church this morning. Herb, Bertha & Harold were here to dinner.
Monday Nov. 26 � This was a fine day. Ma & I were downtown in the buggy. After we came back we went out again to give Harold a ride.
Tuesday Nov. 27 � This was a fine warn day. I was downtown. Ma & Harold was over to Reiffs. Herb & Bertha went to the lodge this evening & left Harold with Ma & I. Herb was at a turkey shoot this afternoon & got a fine gobler.
Wednesday Nov. 28 � This was a fine day. I was downtown, Ma went with me, she went to see the Doctor as she does not feel as well as usual. He changed her medicine. Millie came this evening to stay and spend Thanksgiving. We expect Frank, Chine & Herman tomorro to dinner.
Thursday Nov. 29 � This was a very nice day. Frank, Chine & Herman, Millie & Elsie, Herbert, Harold & Louis were here to dinner and Jesse came in time for supper. Millie & Elsie were overnight & went home with Jesse this evening. Blair Kenion was here too.
Friday Nov. 30 � Frank, Chine & Herman went home in the early train this morning. Ma, Bertha, Harold and Mrs. Reiff were out at Page's this afternoon. They had their sale today. I was downtown twice this morning & got bran, cracked corn and a little shorts. Herb helped Jesse Mortsen to thresh corn today. Ma & I were over to Donaldsons this evening.
Saturday Dec. 1, 1900 � Ma & I were over to Mrs. O.L. Michel funeral. She had a very large funeral. Ida also went. I was to see the Doctor. This was a nice day but colder than the last few days. Herb paid his rent for November.
Sunday Dec. 2 � Ma & I were out to Gardners visiting. We stoped near an hour at Damery's. Mrs. Damery was up awhile today. Herb, Bertha and Harold were visiting with John Yount today. Louis staid at home. Herb, Bertha and Harold took supper with us.
Monday Dec. 3 � Herb went out to haul water to John Yount's traction engine where they are threshing corn. I was to town. Ma, Bertha & Harold were downtown, they were to see Mrs. Pickard. Ida goes downtown every evening or in the afternoon. We are having very nice weather now.
Tuesday Dec. 4 � I was downtown, took the wash down and took Harold out riding. Mrs. Reiff was here this evening. This was a nice day.
Wednesday Dec. 5 � This was a fine day. The Missionary meeting was to be held here today, but no person came but Mrs. Reiff and Mrs. Eugene Kinne. Bertha took dinner & supper with us.
Thursday Dec. 6 � This was a disagreeable day, it snowed & rained near all afternoon. I was downtown for the clothes, I took Harold with me. We were downtown twice before the storm. They put Donaldson's house in place this noon.
Friday Dec. 7 � This was a fine day. Ma & I were out to Millie's to dinner. We stoped awhile at Chas. Davis. Mr. Warren was here and fixed our pump, the lower valve leaked and let the water out. They worked an hour.
Saturday Dec. 8 � This was a fine day. I was downtown and Bertha, Ma and Harold were downtown too. There was a great many people in town this afternoon. Herb, Bertha & Harold took supper with us.
Sunday Dec. 9 � I was over to Donaldson's & Reiff's awhile. Louis printed some pictures.
Monday Dec. 10 � This is another fine day. I was downtown awhile today. Bertha & Harold took dinner with us. I put on the storm doors.
Tuesday Dec. 11 � I was downtown awhile. Harold & I were over to see how Mr. Donaldson is geting along with his building. Minnie Reiff was here awhile this evening. Maud was here this afternoon. This was a fine day.
Wednesday Dec. 12 � I was downtown with Harold, we walked. Mrs. Wm. Tuttle was here this afternoon. Bertha, Ma & Harold were over to Reiffs this evening. This was a very nice day. Herb is with the bridge gang.
Thursday Dec. 13 � This was another fine day. Ma & Bertha were over to Reiffs & downtown and Harold and I were out & took apart some of the old slat fence for kindling. We then went over to Donaldson's building. Herb came home this evening. Mrs. Pickard was here.
Friday Dec. 14 � This was a nice day. Ma was over to Reiffs, Mrs. Reiff is sick again. Mrs. Pickard was here today. Ma, Bertha & Harold were downtown. I took a piece of old slat fence apart & made kindling out of the slats.
Saturday Dec. 15 � It was cloudy all day. Ma & I were out to Millie's to dinner. They butchered & I helped to cut up the fat for lard. We went downtown before we came home.
Sunday Dec. 16 � Jesse, Millie & Elsie were here all day. Paul and Fred were here also. Of course Bertha, Herbert and Harold were here too. Ma & the girls were over to Reiff's awhile. Mrs. Reiff is not much better today.
Monday Dec. 17 � I went out and brought Millie & Elsie to town. Jesse was in for a load of corn. Millie went out with him. Ma was downtown too. Herb paid the rent for the month of Jan. 1901. Doctor gave Ma a new prescription.
Tuesday Dec. 18 � I changed the latch at the big board gate, it would not work. I was downtown with Harold. Ma was downtown too.
Wednesday Dec. 19 � I build a feed chest in the feed entry in the barn, and was downtown for the wash, but it was not dry yet so had to come home without it. Ma was downtown this afternoon. This was a very nice warm day.
Thursday Dec. 20 � Ma and I went out to Millie's early this morning and came home at five o'clock this evening. This was a lovely day.
Friday Dec. 21 � I was downtown & sent a few Christmas presents to folks in Reading. Ma, Bertha and Harold were downtown this afternoon. Herb was guning this afternoon. He got two rabbits, he gave one to Mrs. Reiff. She is geting better. Ma & I were over to Reiffs this evening.
Saturday Dec. 22 � Herb was lathing at Donaldson's house. I helped him this forenoon some. Ma was downtown, she got home just before it rained fast. She stoped and got Louis umbrella. It then commenced to snow and by night fall there was a regular blizzard raging which kept up until we went to bed.
Sunday Dec. 23 � It was still blowing when we got up this morning. The snow drifted very much and is cold. The wind is sharp & cuting.
Monday Dec. 24 � Ma was over to Reiffs awhile today. Mrs. Reiff is getting better. I went with Mr. Reiff to the Presbyterian Church to see the exercises. We were over to Reiffs to see the tree and presents. They were all very nice. Jesse stoped awhile this evening.
Tuesday Dec. 25 � Frank, Chine and Herman came up in the 8:30 train. Herb got team & buggy from Geo. Reiff so we all went out to Jesse's to spend Christmas. There was Harry Yount and family, Wm. Yeager and family, Herbert Burkholder and family, F.M. Hoyer and family, A.D. Hoyer and wife and a fine time we had. The boys were out with their guns and got twelve rabbits and twenty two quail and they enjoyed it very much. It snowed a good bit today. Blair brought Harold and Bertha home as we could not all ride in the two buggies.
Wednesday Dec. 26 � Chine and Herman went home in the three o'clock train this afternoon. I took them down to the train in the buggy. I got three bushels of damaged wheat from DeCou Bros. at thirty cents a bushel, for the hens.
Thursday Dec. 27 � I was down to see the Doctor today but he was out of town. Today was cold and windy.
Friday Dec. 28 � Herb went to a turkey shoot at Farnsworths. He took Bertha and Harold to J. Younts and stoped for them when he came back. He got three turkeys and one goose. I was downtown twice. I bought two barn latches. They are both the boss latch. And I got 17 lbs. lard at .10� a lb. Mrs. Reiff was here today.
Saturday Dec. 29 � I was downtown this morning. I put two latches on barn doors. I was at Jack Bartholomew's sale. He had a lot of stuff to sell, also a lot of horses and a couple of cows.
Sunday Dec. 30 � Herb and Bertha and Harold went out to Harry's this morning. It commenced to snow and blow about noon and is snowing and blowing still when we went to bed. Herb & Bertha came home early. He brought five rabbits home. Mrs. Reiff and Minnie were here this afternoon. Ten degrees above zero. Doctor Cole was here this morning.
Monday Dec. 31 � I was downtown twice. Today was pretty cold, two degrees above zero at seven o'clock this morning. Mrs. Wm. Tuttle was here. This evening we were all over to Reiffs to watch the old year go out and the new year come in. It also ended the nineteenth century and is the beginning of the twentieth century, which we will never see again. At Reiffs were Bertha, Herbert and Harold, Ida and Charles Hansen, Ma, Louis and I Thermometer was two degrees above at seven o'clock this morning.
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