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      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 napagrappa@yahoo.com).

Further Reference: Aaron Hoyer Biography -- Hoyer family -- Hoyer house


This page covers 1902 -- Index for each Year -- Next Page: 1903

Wednesday Jan. 1, 1902 � I was downtown. Ma and Millie were over to Reiffs this afternoon. This was a very nice warm day for the first of January.

Thursday Jan. 2 � It was colder today but fine weather. I was at home all day. Mrs. F. Deputy was here this afternoon. Millie was over to Reiffs.

Friday Jan. 3 � Louis is again thinking of going back to Reading to visit. I was downtown & saw W.H. DeCou to get a pass for Louis to Chicago. Wm. Burkholder was here to dinner.

Saturday Jan. 4 � I was downtown again today. Louis is going tomorro morning with DeCou. He is going with cattle.

Sunday Jan. 5 � Louis left home for Reading, Pa. a little after five this morning. Ma and I were out to Gardner's to dinner. The bride and groom were there and a great many of the neighbors. We enjoyed our visit very much and the day was very nice.

Monday Jan. 6 � Mrs. Reiff was here near all day. Mr. Burkholder was here to dinner also. I was downtown twice today. Ma was over to Ruggs and to Pickards but neither of them were home. Bessie Damery was here awhile.

Tuesday Jan. 7 � Mr. Burkholder and I were over to Portsmouth with his team and my buggy. We went over in three hours, got there at one o'clock. Mr. Bell went up to their upper farm for corn so we did not see him today. Herb went out and told him we were here to settle our deal.

Wednesday Jan. 8 � Walter Bell and his wife came to town this morning so we settled up our business. I got my deed to the property, lot one and two block three in Portsmouth. We met Gid Halley there and I had him insure the house and Herb's furniture and other contents of the house in the Hawkeye Company. We then started for Woodbine at half past two o'clock and arrived home at half past six this evening. The roads were heavy, we had to walk the horses near all the way. Ma was over to Reiffs. They invited us to take supper with them and Mr. Burkholder will stay with us over night.

Thursday Jan. 9 � Mr. Burkholder and I went downtown after breakfast. Burk did not come back with me.

Friday Jan. 10 � Jesse was in today and brought us two lbs. butter. I went downtown with him. Ma was down to call on Mrs. I.A. DeCou.

Saturday Jan. 11 � I was downtown twice today. Ma was down to see Mrs. F.M. Smith but she was not at home. We got a letter form Louis from Reading, Pa.

Sunday Jan. 12 � We were at home all day. Mr. and Mrs. Reiff were here this afternoon. J.R. Burkholder was here this afternoon to see if any of the Burks from the country were here. He got a telegram that his cousin died in Marshalltown.

Monday Jan. 13 � Ma and I were out to Millie's. I was downtown this evening. Frank Deputy gave me a check for the rent to Feb. 12, 1902. Will Evens is here. I tried to see him but he had gone to his father this evening. I may get down to see him tomorro morning. We stoped at the Mill coming home and got a sack of flour.

Tuesday Jan. 14 � F.M. was up again. Ma and I were down town to see him. Ed Page was here this evening and rented out house north of ours at eight dollars per month fro one year from March next. Mrs. Deputy was here this evening. I cleaned out the hen house.

Wednesday Jan. 15 � I painted the walls of the S.E. Bedroom. Miss E. Patrick, Mrs. Reiff and Minnie were here this afternoon. I was downtown awhile this evening.

Thursday Jan. 16 � This was another warm day. I was down town twice today. Ma was down to Tuttles and to A.C. Gilchrists.

Friday Jan. 17 � Ma and I were out to Millie's today. We had intended to go to Younts but one of Mrs. Riggs children is sick there with pneumonia, so we did not go up there. I was downtown this evening and stoped awhile at Reiffs as Ma was there.

Saturday Jan. 18 � I roasted and made something like postum to use instead of coffee. I was out to the Mill and got two sacks of bran. I was downtown. Mrs. Lula Page was here, also Mrs. L.P. Kellogg.

Sunday Jan. 19 � Ma and I were over to Reiffs. George and I went down to see how I.D. Hull was geting along with his broken leg. From there we went to A.C. Gilchrist as he was brought from Nebraska hurt by them upseting of a load of hay on which he was riding. Mr. Hull was hurt the same way.

Monday Jan. 20 � It snowed near all day. We have a pretty good fall of snow. I painted the ceiling of Louis room, the second coat and I was downtown too. Ma was over to Deputys this evening. Miss Gardner and Miss Donaldson were here. They brought Ma's spectacles that she had left at Gardners when we were visiting there.

Tuesday Jan. 21 � Frank came up today but did not do as well as the days before. I was downtown near all day. This evening Ma and I were to church. Otis Shinn, Gid Haley's assisstant brought the insurance policy of the house in Portsmouth.

Wednesday Jan. 22 � I finished painting the walls of Louis room, the second coat. I helped Ed Page put boards in the old hen house to put corn in and fix the door so that it would open and close easier and fixed the door so that he can lock it. I was downtown this evening.

Thursday Jan. 23 � This was a fine day. I worked at the red barn awhile this forenoon. I was downtown, was at a gas meeting. Mr. Chas. Schroeder gave us a talk on the ascetelena gas. Ma was over to Reiffs this evening.

Friday Jan. 24 � I painted the boarder on in the S.E. room upstairs. I was downtown. I cleaned out the stable. It is colder today, two above this morning at 8 A.M.

Saturday Jan. 25 � It snowed a little last night and all day today. i was downtown in all the storm and it was an awful storm.

Sunday Jan. 26 � I had a great deal of snow to shovel and it was very cold. I was downtown for the mail. 24 below.

Monday Jan. 27 � This was a fine day but very cold. I got some old bridge lumber from Paul Reiff to fix up the red barn. It is broken up and pretty bad inside so I worked in it awhile, but it was too cold to stay at it long. I do not know yet what the plank will cost me. The Flori Culture Club met here this afternoon. There were present Mrs. Wm. Tuttle, Mrs. Haas, Mrs. Zimmer, Mrs. Sample, Mrs. A.E. DeCou, Mrs. Wilis, Mrs. L.P. Kellogg, Mrs. Reiff, Mrs. Frank Deputy. They were here all afternoon.

Tuesday Jan. 28 � This was a cold raw day. Frank was up but he done no business. I was downtown awhile and worked in the red barn awhile. Ma was over to Reiffs this afternoon, there was a prayer meeting held there.

Wednesday Jan. 29 � It snowed very heavy last night and snowed fine near all day. I worked in the red barn today. Fred Reiff was with me for awhile after school. Ma was over to Reiffs.

Thursday Jan. 30 � I worked in the red barn near all day and finished it. Fred brought our mail.

Friday Jan. 31 � I took cold while working in the barn so I am not very well. Ma was over to Reiffs and downtown. George Reiff has taken cold and is sick. They got our cabinet to give him a good sweat. We got another letter from Louis, he is enjoying himself.

Saturday Feb. 1, 1902 � I am not much better. i took a sweat this evening. I was in the house all day, except while doing the few chores I have to do. Millie came this afternoon.

Sunday Feb. 2 � I am much better but still cough and sneeze some. Millie stayed here until this evening. Jesse was here to dinner. They went home at four o'clock together. Elsie was very lively all day.

Monday Feb. 3 � This was a very windy day. The snow being very light, it drifted a good deal today. Ma was over to Reiffs. I was at home all day.

Tuesday Feb. 4 � I was down to see F.M. He did not do much today as it was pretty cold all day.

Wednesday Feb. 5 � It was not so cold today. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner was here to dinner today. I was downtown. The �World� did not come today.

Thursday Feb. 6 � This was a cold day. I was downtown. Ma was down to C.J. Tuttles and L.P. Kelloggs. There was a one armed man here to sell a patented Mop Stick with brush attached to it for one dollar which I thought too expensive.

Friday Feb. 7 � It was cold today and snowed a little. I was downtown. Ma and Mrs. Deptuy were over to Bennets and Pursells and to Ruggs this afternoon. We got a letter form Louis saying he will be home next week.

Feb. 8 � I was downtown. Ma was out calling at Riggs, Mills and Pickards and she was downtown.

Sunday Feb. 9 � Ma was to church this morning. This afternoon we were at Thomas R. Berkley's funeral. While we were away Millie and Elsie came.

Monday Feb. 10 � I was downtown and Ma was out to Sample's at a Meeting of the Florist Society. Millie got supper ready by the time Ma got home.

Tuesday Feb. 11 � It snowed a good bit last night. I was downtown. F.M. did not come today. Ma and Millie were downtown this afternoon. I stayed home with Elsie.

Wednesday Feb. 12 � I was downtown. Ma and Elsie were over to Mills this afternoon for a dress pattern for Elsie. This was a warm day. It thawed some.

Thursday Feb. 13 � This was a pleasant day. Ma and Elsie were over to Reiffs this afternoon. Ma and I were to the funeral of Mrs. Frank Bennet. Millie and Elsie staid at home.

Friday Feb. 14 � I was downtown. Ma, Millie and Elsie were downtown. Louis is expected home tomorro.

Saturday Feb. 15 � I was downtown twice today and this evening. I was down at the depot at the ten o'clock train but Louis did not come. Mrs. Jackson, Miss Ethel and Mrs. Porter were here, also Mrs. Pickard.

Sunday Feb. 16 � I was downtown twice today but I was too late to get the mail. I was over to Reiffs all afternoon.

Monday Feb. 17 � I was downtown this morning. Ma and Millie was downtown. I staid at home with Elsie. Tom Tacy brought a small load of cinders from the Mill.

Tuesday Feb. 18 � F.M. is up today. I was with him near all day. He took our silver plated forks with him. They are going to have a set out for company. I was at the Institute this evening. It was very interesting. Ma and Millie were over to Reiff's this afternoon. We got a letter from Louis today. Jesse took Millie and Elsie home this evening.

Wednesday Feb. 19 � Louis said in his letter he is going to leave Reading, the 18th, that was yesterday. I was down to the Institute meeting. Ma was to Marion Gilchrists baby's funeral. She then went to the Institute. Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Yount were here to supper. We all went together to the Institute meeting this evening.

Thursday Feb. 20 � This was the last day of the Institute. Mr. Heston (Agreecola) stayed through all the Meetings. This afternoon meeting, the papers read were all very good. We got a postal from Louis saying that he did not leave Reading on the 18th as he had written us, on account of so much snow that he was afraid he would be caught and held in it in the Allighanies where the most trouble with the heavy snow is. Frank Deputy bought John Persell's house yesterday. He thinks he can move in the fore part of next week.

Friday Feb. 21 � I was downtown twice today. I was over to Reiffs visiting this evening. Ma staid at home on account of it being too wet and sloppy.

Saturday Feb. 22 � I was downtown and saw Jesse. He said Elsie has the Whooping cough. We got a letter from Louis in which he says he will be in Woodbine on Sunday (tomorro). Mrs. Deputy and Johnnie were here this evening.

Sunday Feb. 23 � Mrs. Reiff was here this morning and Fred R. was here this afternoon. Louis did not come.

Monday Feb. 24 � Louis came home this morning. They carried him through Mo. Valley so he stayed with F.M. and came up this morning. I was downtown and met Louis at Smiths' Jewelery Store and came home with him. After dinner we went down again and Ma went to the Floral Meeting at Mrs. A.E. DeCou's.

Tuesday Feb. 25 � F.M. came up last evening. We all chatted until we found it was geting late, very near midnight. Louis went down to the store to commence his duties again. F.M. went home this evening. F.A. Deputy finished moving today and paid me three 50/100 dollars balance of rent in full to date. Mrs. Reiff was here today.

Wednesday Feb. 26 � This was a very nice day but muddy. Ed Page moved in today and paid one months rent. I was downtown this morning. The frost is going out of the ground nicely but it is too early yet as March is usually a severe month.

Thursday Feb. 27 � This was a calm misty damp day. I was at home all day. Ed Page helped Eugene Kinney to move his goods to the car at Dunlap.

Friday Feb. 28 � It snowed and blew all day, a regular blizzard. I was downtown this afternoon in all the storm. The snow melted near as fast as it fell.

Saturday March 1, 1902 � It snowed and blew all night and is cold this morning. Drifted a good deal and is frozen which makes the roads bad for those that have to move. It blew a gale all day and snowed off and on all day. I was down to Howorth's Brothers opening. They had a man from Omaha with a harp to make music this afternoon and this evening. The store was full while I was there. It is still blowing and drifting, 8 o'clock P.M.

Sunday March 2 � We were home all day. Jesse, Millie and Elsie came in this morning and stayed until four o'clock. Ma and I were over to Pages this evening. Mr. & Mrs. Gene McKinney were there, also Mr. & Mrs. Reiff and Paul and Fred.

Monday March 3 � This was a nice day. Mrs. Reiff was here also Rev. E. Hill and his wife. I was downtown.

Tuesday March 4 � F.M. came up late this forenoon as the train was very late, ma, Mrs. Reiff, Ed Page and others were down to the I.C. Depot to see Gene Kinney and family off. They are going to locate out in Washington about 80 miles west of Spokane. (Spokekane). Mrs. Rugg was here today.

Wednesday March 5 � I was downtown and had a long talk with Mr. Wilson about our gas plant. he is agent for Gasolene Gas Company. This is a fine day. I wrote a letter to Lemon Buch in Reading, Pa.

Thursday March 6 � This was a fine day. I was downtown. Ma was at a Womans Aid Society at L.W. White's. Topsy and the chickens were out today. I did not shut the gate right. I went over to see Frank Rugg, he has a gathering in one of his ears which is very painful.

Friday March 7 � This was a fine day. I was downtown. Ma and I were over to Reiff's this evening. Ma was over to Deputy's and over to Mills this afternoon.

Saturday March 8 � I was downtown three times today. The report this evening that Mr. Hillard is ousted. The Jury was out only fifteen minutes. Jesse was here while I was away.

Sunday March 9 � Cloudy and warm today. Mr. and Mrs. Page, Minnie and Paul Reiff were here to dinner. Mrs. Reiff, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. DeCou, Charley Hanson and Ida Pickard were here this afternoon. We enjoyed their visit very much. I was home all day. Ma went to church with Mrs. Reiff this evening.

Monday March 10 � It rained quite a bit during today. Frank M. came up this evening. I was downtown today. Mr. Lotspiech came to town this evening with his team and wagon and took Mr. Haas, Dr. Robbins, J. Johns, S.L. Berkley and myself out to his house to show us his gas machien and fixtures. He explained all about his machien and his daughter treated us to some very fine apples, then brought us all home again. The night was very dark and very muddy.

Tuesday March 11 � I was downtown twice today. F.M. took a picture of the interior of Howorths Bros. Store. A nice day but a little cloudy. Geo. Reiff resigned his office as County Supervisor. Ma was over with Lula awhile.

Wednesday March 12 � I was downtown near all day. Mrs. Reiff was here awhile today and Lula run in for awhile.

Thursday March 13 � I was downtown this evening. Ma went with Mrs. Reiff to the Aid Society at Livingstons. It rained a very little today.

Friday March 14 � This was a very windy day, a regular gale from the south, warm and clear. I was downtown. Ma was over to Reiffs this afternoon. This evening we were down to the Opery House to a Presbyterian Sociable and enjoyed ourselves very much.

Saturday March 15 � The wind changed to the north and got very cold and a strong wind. It rained a little this morning, then turned to snow which made it disagreeable. We had a meeting of the Stockholders of the W. L. & H. Co. this evening to decide on the kind of gas plant to be put in and adjourned without a dicision, to meet again on Wednesday next. J. Pugsley took out electric bell away to fix. It would not work.

Sunday March 16 � The wind blew strong during the night and snowed this morning and cold all day and snowed off and on during the day. Louis went to the post office. Cliff Mathews was here to dinner & visited us all afternoon. Fred and Charley Reiff was here this afternoon.

Monday March 17 � It snowed some last night but there is very little snow on the ground. It is very cold, the wind is very sharp. Thermometer two degrees above zero, six o'clock this morning. I was down to the primary meeting this evening but it was so crowded in the small hall I left before it was half over.

Tuesday March 18 � F.M. came but did not do much business. He came up to the house and took dinner with us. W.H. Burkholder was here and took dinner with us. I was downtown near all day. The weather was fair but a little cold. Minnie R. was here visiting with Ma quite awhile. Geo. H. Kibler and Chas. Reed were nominated for Mayor last night. This will be a hot election for the Mayorality. We got 3130 lbs. Ill. coal at Quinns at $4.80 per ton.

Wednesday March 19 � Ma and I was to old Mr. Mendenhall's funeral. Ma went with Mrs. Reiff. I was down to a gas meeting. Mr. Wilson of the Gasolene Co. and Mr. Bethwith and Mr. Slater of the Acetelene Co., they explained the merits of each of their plants but we did not come to a definite conclusion. It was eleven o'clock when I got home.

Thursday March 20 � This was a dreary cloudy damp day. I was at home all day. Ma was at Pages this afternoon.

Friday March 21 � I was downtown awhile. Mrs. F. Deputy came over for awhile. Mr. and Mrs. D. were over to Bennets this afternoon.

Saturday March 22 � I worked in the house until noon. After dinner I went downtown. Ma had a headache and staid at home. Gas Co. had a meeting and adjourned until Tuesday eve. next.

Sunday March 23 � I took a pain in my left lung this morning so I took a sweat bath in the cabinet. Mr. and Mrs. Reiff were here this afternoon. Irene was over this evening. Her Mother came over for her but she did not want to go home. I am better this evening but still have some pain when I move about.

Monday March 24 � It rained a very little this evening. Mr Sol Deputy came for the wash, he visited with me quite awhile, then Mr. Harrison came and talked about the merits of the Gasolene and Acetylene Gas plants. He was here over two hours and said he hoped I would get better so as to be able to come to the Gas meeting tomorro evening. I was worse again today but am better again this evening.

Tuesday March 25 � I was downtown this afternoon. F.M. was here to dinner. Ma got $8.25 from Reading. The Stockholders had a meeting and voted to decide what kind of plane we should put in, the vote stood thirteen for Gasolene and six for Acetylene so we will put in a Gasolene plant.

Wednesday March 26 � It rained a good bit last night and a little this evening. The wind blew hard all day. I was in the house all day. I am not quite rid of the pain but am much better. Mr. Deputy brought the clothes and sit down awhile.

Thursday March 27 � Ed Page paid his rent to April 26th today. I was downtown. This was a fine day. I was down to see C.J. Tuttle's new house. it is not finished. I stoped awhile with Geo. Kibler on my way home. I was not in the Kibler's house.

Friday March 28 � This was a fine day but it rained a little last night and it commenced to rain at five o'clock this evening and is geting windy and colder. Ma took a sweat this evening. I was downtown this eve.

Saturday March 29 � This was a fine day. I was downtown. Millie, Elsie and Jesse were here to dinner and supper. I wrote to W.H. Compton about the renewal f the paper.

Sunday March 30 � This was a cold windy day. It snowed off and on all day but there was none on the ground, it melted as fast as it fell. Ma and I were over to Reiffs this afternoon. Louis came and stayed quite awhile then we came home together. Ma and Louis went to church this evening. I staid at home.

Monday March 31 � I was downtown three times today. The City election was held today, it was late when I got home. Ma was in bed. I staid until the votes were counted. C.W. Reed was elected Mayor by thirty-six majority over G.W. Kibler. Ma was over to Lula's visiting.

Tuesday April 1, 1902 � F.M. came today but did not do much work, he took dinner with us. Ma was downtown. She was at the Galery and at Mrs. W.H. DeCous, Mrs. Gardners and Reiffs.

Wednesday April 2 � This was a fine day but cold to work in the garden. I was downtown with Topsy. I drove her out o the Mill and around as she was not hitched up this winter. I was downtown awhile this evening.

Thursday April 3 � Ma and I were out to Millie's. I was downtown this evening and had a talk with a man from the Klondike.

Friday April 4 � This was a fine day, cloudy until afternoon then cleared off nicely. I was downtown twice.

Saturday April 5 � This afternoon it rained a little bit, the wind blew sharp for awhile, otherwise it was a fine day. Louis sowed some timothy and clover seeds on lot No. 3. I was downtown. Ma, Mrs. Reiff and Minnie were to Mrs. Hillis funeral.

Sunday April 6 � Ma was over to Pages this afternoon. I was over to Reiffs. Today was somewhat cloudy.

Monday April 7 � I raked the oat stubble off the lot No. 3 and Louis sowed it to Timothy and clover. I mulched the currants and gooseberries with the rakings. Ma was out calling this afternoon.

Tuesday April 8 � F.M. came up this morning but did nothing. It was cloudy all day. Cold and disagreeable.

Wednesday April 9 � It rained all night and rained some this morning, then cleared off nicely. Jarve Poe brought in twelve Linden trees and planted them on the sidewalk where the others died. Ma has the headache this evening.

Thursday April 10 � It rained a little this morning then cleared off. Ma was down to McNortons to the flower meeting. Young Detweiler was here to look at our chickens. He is quite a chicken fancier.

Friday April 11 � I was down to Logan as a witness in the case of Reed & Cole vs. J.B. Lowrey. We all came home this evening and must go down again tomorro. It was rather late this afternoon when the trial commenced. I was down to Gardeners this evening.

Saturday April 12 � Mr. Gardner went to take the train for Logan. We met Mr. Lowrey there. He said he got information by telephone that he could keep all his witnesses here. He said for to go to the I.C. depot and wait for a message to tell us what to do. He came up on the next train and told us the case was settled or extended to the August term but he thought it would not be called up again. Jesse, Elsie and Millie were here this afternoon and took dinner with us.

Sunday April 13 � This was a fine day but the weather was too cold and dry for grass and small grain. Ma and I were to church. This afternoon C.J. Tuttle were over to see the new water works. They have commenced to dig a large well but have everything ready and are waiting for the large iron circle for the bottom of the wall. We also walked over to the new brick yard. They make the brick with a machien.

Monday April 14 � The I.O. of O.F. had a large parade and dedicated their new hall. They have a very fine building and hall. They turned out very strong and looked fine with their two bands. I was out to Younts for rose bushes and stoped at Burkholders and took dinner with them and got a sack of flour at the Mill. I was downtown to see about some fence but they have not got the DeKolb which I like best.

Tuesday April 15 � F.M. came up and took dinner with us. I was downtown. I measured off and set stakes to make a fence between us and Ed Page.

Wednesday April 16 � I was downtown to look for fence but got none. I set up seven posts and was pretty lame, so I quit. I was down to City Hall this evening to the appeal meeting. They left my assessment as it was. Took off a hen with fourteen chicks.

Thursday April 17 � I set the rest of the posts and put in the two braces and wired them tight. I was not downtown.

Friday April 18 � I was downtown and listened to the lawyers plea in the liquor case tried before C.W. Reed. Ed Page helped me string the wire on the posts. I have to wait for the streachor to tighten it. Three hens set this evening.

Saturday April 19 � This was a fine day but the nights is too cold for to start the small grain and the pastures. Jesse, Millie and Elsie were here all afternoon. They took supper with us. I was downtown. Mr. Gardner and Laura were here this afternoon also Miss Peckham. Mr. Lowrey is circulating a petition for signers to investigate the works of the ousted County Supervisors, which includes G.E. Reiff.

Sunday April 20 � I was home near all day. I visited with C.J. Tuttle this evening until 9 o'clock. Ma was to church. Louis was out with the buggy this afternoon.

Monday April 21 � I was downtown awhile. Herb, Bertha and the children came toward evening. I put his team in the barn and turned Topsy out in the yard. It was very warm today and this evening.

Tuesday April 22 � F.M. came up today and took dinner with us. Herb and Bertha went down to frank and had the children's picture taken. This was a very windy day. The town was full of dust. Mrs. Hillis was buried today. Dr. Hillis, her son, preached the funeral sermon.

Wednesday April 23 � Herb and family went out calling on some of their friends and their aunt Sarah Burkholder. Jesse brought me a load of straw from Harry Yount. Some of Reiffs were over this evening.

Thursday April 24 � Bertha and Mrs. Page were downtown this evening. I was down with Harold. Herb was downtown somewhere too. Mrs. Reiff was over this evening. It was late when we went to bed. I gave Herb fifteen dollars to pay the balance of the cost of the cistern, well and pump, pipe, etc. on the house in Portsmouth.

Friday April 25 � Herb and family left ten o'clock to go out to Jesse's. They expect to take dinner there and then drive home. It was cloudy all day and this evening it is raining & the wind is blowing a regular hurricane. I hope they got home before the storm as this is an awfull storm to be out in. Louis brought a Mr. Hart home with him to stay here all night.

Saturday April 26 � This was a fine day. Jesse, Millie and Elsie were here this afternoon. They took supper with us. I was downtown. Ed Page paid his rent today.

Sunday April 27 � It rained a very little this morning early. Ma and I were out to Burkholders. Louis printed and washed a lot of pictures.

Monday April 28 � H.C. Harshbarger and C.D. Stevens and their families left for Idaho where they intend to settle. I was downtown to see them off, but was too late. The train just left.

Tuesday April 29 � F.M. Came up, he took dinner with us. I took up the carpet in the sitting room to clean house.

Wednesday April 30 � Mrs. Pickard cleaned house for us today and Mrs. Duesler whiped the carpets and put them down. I was out to nursery at Lotspeich and got a N.W. Greening apple tree and planted it. I drove downtown for paper to put under the carpet. Geo. Kibler told me that the Gas Co. let the contract to build our gas plant. I saw Mr. Harrison and the inventor today and they told me they thought the contract would be let today.

Thursday May 1 � Mrs. Pickard cleaned house all day. I was downtown, this was a fine day but very windy.

Friday May 2 � I was downtown. It was very windy and dusty on the streets.

Saturday May 3 � I was downtown with Geo. Reiff. He sold Maud and Stell at auction for $83.00, by Mr. Tupper, he also sold Mrs. Mendenhall's furniture. She is going away. Jesse, Millie and Elsie were here awhile this evening. Ma and I then drove out awhile. I stoped and visited with Carry DeCou.

Sunday May 4 � It rained quite awhile today. Mr. and Mrs. Reiff were here all afternoon. Louis mounted a lot of pictures in an album for Uncle Joseph, which he will send to him this week.

Monday May 5 � It rained slow and nicely all day and until we went to bed, which does a great deal of good as it was very dry and dusty. i was not downtown today. Louis set a hen at noon today.

Tuesday May 6 � F.M. came up today. He took dinner with us. It was cloudy until near noon. I was downtown twice today. This afternoon was nice but cool.

Wednesday May 7 � I built a coop for little chicks to keep the rats from them at night. Ma was downtown and while she was gone Mrs. Lowrey, Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. L.P. Kellogg were here to see her. F.M. Smith commenced to dig sellar for his new store building.

Thursday May 8 � I finished the hen coop except painting the roof. Ma and I were both at home all day.

Friday May 9 � I was out to the Mill and got two bus. wheat for hens and fourty lbs. of bran for the horse. Ma and I drove downtown this evening. I was also out to see how they are geting along with the town well. Mrs. Bennet across the street was here this evening.

Saturday May 10 � Jesse, Millie and Elsie were here this afternoon and stayed to supper. I was downtown and rode back with Jesse. I was downtown this evening awhile.

Sunday May 11 � Ma and I were home all day. Mr. John Snyder, wife and boys were here this afternoon. Miss Ethel Pattieson came with Louis and stayed until it was time to go to the Endeavor. In going down sellar Ma spilled milk all over her dress. She thinks it is spoiled for good.

Monday May 12 � Ged Halley's Clerk, Otis Shinn, paid me one 90/100 dollars for damage done to Portsmouth house, shingles blown off, expence of puting them on again. Insured in Hawkeye Insurance Company. Ma and I were out riding. We stoped at Carrie DeCou's to inquire after Robert. We also stoped at Wm. Tuttles.

Tuesday May 13 � It rained slowly and very fine near all day. F.M. came but did no business. He was here to dinner. Jarve Poe planted a tree in front of our house this evening and it is a nice one.

Wednesday May 14 � It rained a good bit today. Mrs. F.M. Smith was here, also Mrs. Reiff. Mrs. Pickard cleaned house this afternoon and I gave her 50�.

Thursday May 15 � Mrs. Pickard worked this morning instead of yesterday which is a mistake in yesterday diary. Erve Rosenberger helped me stretch the fence between Page and us. It rained considerable while we were at it. It cleared off this afternoon.

Friday May 16 � I made a gate at the end of the new fence. Ma and I were out riding. Ma and Mrs. Wm. Tuttle planted flowers in the park this evening. This was a nice warm day.

Saturday May 17 � I hung the gate this morning. Minnie Reiff was here. Ma paid her for making her dress. Mr. Burkholder brought Millie and Elsie but they went home early as it looked as if we would get a very heavy rain. We got a good smart shower before they went home. I was out to the Mill and got a sack of flour. I stoped on the way to take a look at the town well. They are geting down pretty well with it. Jesse came after Mr. Burk. and Millie left. Mr. Cory gave me a lot of grass he mowed on his lawn.

Sunday May 18 � Louis was out riding this afternoon. Ma and I were out riding this evening. This was a pleasant day. Ma took Lula Page and children out riding after we came back.

Monday May 19 � It rained sharp this evening. I was downtown today awhile. Deputy fetched the clothes.

Tuesday May 20 � F.M. came and took dinner with us. I was out to Zimmer's for sweet potato plants but they wanted thirty cents so I went down to Howorth Bros. and got them for twenty five cents per hundred. I was downtown this evening. Louis and I planted one hundred and fifty five S.P. plants this evening and some colilieflowers and some cole rabbi. I got another fifty S.P. plants.

Wednesday May 21 � Louis planted two hundred sweet potato plants in all. Mrs. Pickard cleaned house for us today. I was downtown. It rained hard this evening.

Thursday May 22 � It was cloudy all day but no rain. Ma was down to see Mrs. Porter. I was downtown.

Friday May 23 � I was downtown for corks and then I bottled the wine, and rinsed the kegs and cleaned the cellar. It rained last night and this evening was very cloudy and look as if we would get a terable shower but it went around us.

Saturday May 24 � It rained this morning when i got up. I was downtown. Mr. Burk. brought us a pound of butter. Jesse, Millie and Elsie came in this evening and took supper with us. It rained heavy just before Jesse and Millie went home. I was downtown after supper for mail.

Sunday May 25 � This was a nice day. Louis was out riding. Ma was to church this morning. I was at home all day. Mrs. Reiff was here this afternoon.

Monday May 26 � Ed Page paid rent, eight dollars up to the 26th of June. I put some chicken neting on the east side of the barn yard to keep the small chickens from geting out in the neighbors garden. I raked the S.P. ridges today.

Tuesday May 27 � F.M. came up today and took dinner with us. I raked the S. potato ridges and put neting on the west side of the barn yard, a narrow piece about a foot wide, around the bottom of the fence to keep the half gown chickens in. Mrs. Blackman and Mrs. Rugg were here this afternoon, when they were gone, Mrs. Kellogg, Mrs. Williams and Mrs. J.B. Lowrey came. Ma had a good visit with them all. I bought a clean clipper lawn mower at Canfield & Youngs for eight dollars but did not pay for it. He said try it, if it did not work to bring it back.

Wednesday May 28 � We spaded a piece of ground for tomatoes. Ma and I were out to Millie's today. I was downtown this evening. Ma was over to Reiffs. There was a nice organ on wheels with a nice pony hitched t it in town this evening, playing on the street.

Thursday May 29 � This was a fine day. I mowed lawn and worked in the garden. I paid for the lawn mower today.

Friday May 30 � This was a fine day for the Decoration, cloudy and cool. Mr. Burkholder, Jesse, Millie and Elsie were here to dinner. We had bullheads for dinner. I was downtown awhile this morning and out to the cemetary with Elsie and Jesse. Louis planted the tomato plants this evening. P. and F. Reiff plowed and ridged a piece on Ed Page's garden to plant sweet potatoes tomorro.

Saturday May 31 � It was cloudy again all day. I worked around the house, mowing grass and hoeing. Moped the kitchen floor and swept two rooms, then I went downtown. There was a man here to sell us a Bible Scroll. It was a nice and handy Bible reference but we did not buy one. He sells them at $5.75 and $7.75 according to the binding. The work is all the same.

Sunday June 1, 1902 � Louis was out riding. Ma and I were home all day.

Monday June 2 � Jesse and Millie were here to dinner. They were over to visit in Portsmouth. Herb is very sick with the mumps. Jesse phoned over to Will Evens to inquire after Herb. He is better today, he slept during the night and is resting well today. Louis went with Smith's boys fishing this afternoon. They got a string of fish but most of them were small. Smith boys got them all. Mrs. Reiff was here this morning and Mrs. Pickard and Ida were here this evening.

Tuesday June 3 � F.M. came up today and took dinner with us. Ma gave him a pail full of strawberries to take along home. I was downtown twice today, but we heard nothing from Portsmouth. Ma was over to Reiffs awhile today. A. Torrey's men staked off a foundation for J. Grimes house this afternoon.

Wednesday June 4 � Ethel came up with Louis last evening. We watered the strawberries. I was out to Jesse for a bee hive to hive a swarm that Louis got on Ed's cherry tree. Mr. Deputy brought the wash. I paid him $1.00. Ma picked a good many strawberries today. Ed hauled out the first load of bricks from Canfield & Cromie's kiln today. It rained a little this evening.

Thursday June 5 � It rained all day today. A nice weting for everything growing. I whitewashed the hen house and gave it a good cleaning but did not get it finished. i was downtown awhile. Mrs. Frank Deputy was here this afternoon. Ma and I was over to Ruggs last evening. Little Frank was stung on the foot by a bee and his leg was very much swolen up to the knee. I took over to him a section of honey which pleased him very much. Louis hived a swarm last evening that had settled on one of Page's cherry trees.

Friday June 6 � I finished whitewashing the hen house today, it looks well and smells good in there. Mr. Burkholder was here and took dinner with us. I was downtown and bought me a light hat. Ma picked a good many berries today. This was a fine day.

Saturday June 7 � It rained all day. I was downtown awhile this afternoon. I mowed the north side of the lawn.

Sunday June 8 � Jesse, Millie and Elsie were to dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Reiff and Lula were here this afternoon. This was a fine day. Louis printed some pictures.

Monday June 9 � I was downtown to see John Cox. He came up this evening, then he went to see Honeker's sellar. John measured it off and said it would tale 1535 bricks to wall it up. The rats have worked in it bad. Then Ma and I went out riding, we stoped at Wm. Tuttles quite awhile. I was in also to Geo. Young about geting a larger lawn mower.

Tuesday June 10 � F.M. came up in the one o'clock train and went back in the three thirty train. I was downtown and exchanged mower for a larger one. Mr. Burkholder came in with Millie and Elsie. They took dinner with us and took a pail of strawberries with them and Frank took one too. It was very warm today. I hoed in the garden this evening.

Wednesday June 11 � The S. & H. Co. distributed the pipe around town today and will commence to dig the trenches soon. I hoed the tomatoes today. I was downtown. F.M. Smith's iron front came today, so they can go on with their building again. They were kept back several days for the want of them.

Thursday June 12 � I was out to Millie's to take some strawberries out. She wants to preserve them. I hoed the S. potato plants until the rain stoped me. It rained very hard and washed a good deal at some places. And it hailed a little. I was downtown after the rain.

Friday June 13 � Wm. Tuttle came with his tool on the dray at nine o'clock and soon commenced to paper the parlor. He worked all day. I helped him all I could. He took dinner and supper with us.

Saturday June 14 � William came at half past six this morning. He finished the sitting room about two o'clock, then went at the bedroom down stairs. It was late when he finished it. (about half past eight) It rained hard after he left. We had quite a time geting things fixed so we could go to bed. Everything was piled up in different places. The rain coming so sudden made it worse as we had the beding, rugs and other things out on the line and some on the porch.

Sunday June 15 � We fixed up our room so that we can get around. Jesse, Millie and Elsie came in and took dinner with us. Ma and I were to church this evening

Monday June 16 � I was out to the Mill for flour. I mowed some with the mower. It rained a little this evening. I hoed the sweet potatoes. Louis hoed the tomatoes. . Tuesday June 17 � F.M. came up this morning, he took dinner with us. Mr. Teal was here to dinner. I went to the train with him. They commenced to put the concrete foundation for the Gaslight building. Swain and Dunlap are doing the work. They are busy digging the ditches along the streets for the pipe which will be about two and a half feet under the ground.

Wednesday June 18 � It rained a heavy shower last night and was cloudy all day and was very damp. It rained a little this evening. I was downtown this afternoon and rode home with Gid Hawley.

Thursday June 19 � It rained last night and off and on all day today. And is very muddy. I was down for the mail. I had quite a time to get the little chickens in out of the wet.

Friday June 20 � It rained until near noon. Then cleared off cold. This evening it was so cold that some people thought it would frost tonight. I was downtown. F.M. came up this evening and went to the Normal Commencement exercises. Gov. Cummings came and gave a talk to the graduates. F.M. says he spoke very well. He liked it but it was too cold in the tent to enjoy it very much.

Saturday June 21 � F.M. took a negative of the graduates this morning. It was very cool today. The therm. registered fourty this morning. I was downtown today. Mr. Burkholder brought to butter for Pages and us. Dr. Miller Harshbarger came with Louis this evening, is going to stay over night.

Sunday June 22 � This was a rainy day. Miller Harshbarger was here all day. He took breakfast and dinner with us and Louis went up to Gene Selleck's this evening.

Monday June 23 � I took Ma down to the train to see the Snyder family off. They are going out to Colorado. Then we drove to Tuttles and got Mrs. Tuttle, then drove to Kelloggs to the flower meeting. I scrubbed and oiled the kitchen floor this evening. It rained a little this evening.

Tuesday June 24 � F.M. came up and brought Chine and Herman with him. Ma, Chine and Herman were out riding this evening. I was downtown and got a hundred pound sack of sugar at five ($5.00) dollars. Ma paid for it with her money as I had none in my pocket. She wanted it because sugar would go higher in price soon.

Wednesday June 25 � Chine, Herman and Ma drove out to Millie's this morning. They went home this evening. Ma and Mrs. F.M. Smith drove out this evening and staid downtown to hear the band music, I was there too. Then Louis took the buggy and took a ride. This was a nice cool day.

Thursday June 26 � I was downtown to get some prussian blew to color paint. I then painted the kitchen. This was a nice day but very cool. It rained about half an hour early this morning.

Friday June 27 � It rained some this morning and is very cool. I finished first coat on the wall and second coat on the ceiling in the kitchen.

Saturday June 28 � It is still cloudy and very damp and cool. Jesse, Millie and Elsie were here and took supper with us. I was downtown twice today. E. Page paid the rent for July.

Sunday June 29 � This was a cold rainy day. It rained all day and pretty hard most of the time. Thometer registered at about fifty degrees for the past week.

Monday June 30 � This was a nice cool day. Ma and I were down to shop together. I got a light coat and pants. She got a pair of shoes and some other thing. It rained some today. Mrs. Reiff was here.

Tuesday July 1, 1902 � F.M. came today but did not do much. I painted in the kitchen some this afternoon. Mr. Burkholder brought three pounds of butter. It rained some today.

Wednesday July 2 � It rained very heavy last night, about 1 � inches of water fell. I finished painting the kitchen at noon. I also took down the stove pipe and cleaned them out, also the stove, which was a dirty job. Jesse, Millie and Elsie came this evening.

Thursday July 3 � It rained heavy again last night but not so heavy as the night before. Jesse and his father came in today to see the foot race between Lee Cromie and a stranger. I was told they run for five hundred dollars a side. Ma canned thirteen quarts of cherries today. I cleaned the kitchen, put up the stove and put things in their place again. The kitchen looks nice after painting it. Ma was downtown this evening.

Friday July 4 � This was a fair day but the crowd at the picnic ground was not so large as at other times. As it was very cloudy and threatening to rain. The boys made a great deal of noise and let a great deal of firecrackers off on main street this evening. The city authorities had the main street roped off for the fun and fireworks. Jesse and family did not go home tonight as it was too threatening for rain.

Saturday July 5 � Jesse and family went home at about four o'clock this morning. It rained heavy about midnight. There was about an inch and a half of water fell last nights rain.

Sunday July 6 � It rained and the wind blew very heavy last evening and during the night. An inch and three quarters, the river is out of it's banks. The DeCou Bros had to take their cattle and hogs out of the feed yards. They had to haul the hogs out in wagons through the water up to the horses bellies. They had to put four horses to each wagon to pull ordinary load of hogs. The trains are all very late on account of washouts.

Monday July 7 � It rained again this forenoon, clear this afternoon. Ma and I were down to Gardners this evening. George Honniker is going to move Mrs. Foltzs house today.

Tuesday July 8 � F.M. came up but did not make any negatives. It rained off and on all day. The R.R. trains are detained so frank stays with us tonight. Everything is wet and soggy, no one can come to town from the east on account of high water.

Wednesday July 9 � Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Reiff were going to leave for the east last night but there was no trains so they left this morning. F.M. left too for the Valley. It rained a good bit today again. I run around a good bit to get a man to work in the sellar in the Weare street property.

Thursday July 10 � George Clark dug off the walls of the sellar and slacked lime until noon, then Mr. Baker came and worked laying brick. Clark worked all day and Baker half a day. This was a nice day, the first nice day for weeks.

Friday July 11 � Elwane Baker and George Clark worked at the Weare Street house all day. I was with them. I took some apples home from there. There was three trees, two of them full of apples. They are Dutchess apples.

Saturday July 12 � It thundered, lightninged and rained last night. The men finished the brick work and the plastering. Now I must do some carpenter work and have the well cleaned and a new floor on it. Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Chapman were here to Dinner. Ma and I were out riding this evening.

Sunday July 13 � This was a fine day. Louis was out riding this afternoon. Ma and I walked over to the Weare Street house to close it up as it looks for rain this evening. I was over there to see March Willis to get him to do some carpenter work in the Weare Street house but cannot get him.

Monday July 14 � It rained some last night. Everything is wet again. Marshall Willis worked at the Lillie house this afternoon. I paid him 25/100 dollars for the half day. I also paid George Clark $6.50 for his work in full. It was very warm today.

Tuesday July 15 � F.M. was up today but Ma and I did not get to see him as he was only in town a couple of hours. I was over to the Ely street house but it was so warm I could not do much, so i went downtown awhile then came home. Therm. 94 in the shade. They are geting along fine with the gas plant. They are puting the machinery.

Wednesday July 16 � It was very warm today. I tore the paper off the kitchen wall and plastered the broken places, which were many. And I mowed the weeds in the yard. I was downtown awhile this evening to look for wall paper and hear the band music.

Thursday July 17 � This was a very warn day. I mowed part of the Ely St. lot. Mr. Tabor papered this afternoon. It rained very heavy this evening and is raining now 10 P.M.

Friday July 18 � Mr. Tabor finished papering about five o'clock. I paid him three dollars in full. I brought home with me a basket of apples from the Ely Street lot. I also mowed weeds there. It rained some today and is very mucky cloudy weather.

Saturday July 19 � John S. Knapp went to see our Normal Street property to buy if it suits him. He was here this noon but we could not agree on the price as he wanted lots No. two and three, buildings and �appertinances� for two thousand dollars which we would not take. I had waited for him too long for the Ely Street house as I missed geting a good tenant by promising to wait until for him to decide. So that leaves the Ely Street house not rented. The P. Gas Co. tried two lights on main street. They were nice bright lights. They lit them about nine P.M.

Sunday July 20 � It rained some last night, also a heavy shower today. Ma and I were home all day.

Monday July 21 � This was a nice day but damp. I cleaned up over at the Ely St. house. Roy Sneeley did not rent the house. W. Mendenhall took the stuff away that he bought from Geo. Honaker that he had left at the Ely St. property. F.M. came this evening. Him and I were downtown together this evening.

Tuesday July 22 � I run about a good bit today looking for a tenant for the Ely St. house. F.M. went home on the three o'clock train. I was downtown this evening late, as Ma and I were out riding.

Wednesday July 23 � This was a fine day. The gas lamps on the street corners were lit up for the first time tonight. They are a brilliant light. Rodgers Mill is not runing and have no flour so I got a sack of the Merit & Son flour.

Thursday July 24 � This was a fine day. Lula, Minnie, Ma and I were over to show Lula the Ely Street house. She says she will rent it and will move over into it, as it suits them better than the No. one on Normal Street. Ma and I then drove downtown. Louis rode home with us.

Friday July 25 � This was a very warm day. It rained this evening. Ma and I were out riding and got home just before the rain. It must have hailed somewhere as it turned so cool. It was raining yet when we went to bed at 9 o'clock.

Saturday July 26 � I took some cabbage down to Kibler & Sons. Ed Page and I fumigated the Ely Street house. Ed rented it at nine dollars per month. I made a lathe screen in front of the privy door to keep the hot sun off. Ed Page paid the first months rent for the Ely Street house. He is going to move next week. I was downtown awhile this evening.

Sunday July 27 � We were at home all day. It was a little cloudy but no rain. The street lights are fine.

Monday July 28 � We got a letter from Uncle Sax stating that Aunt Anna is very sick, that we should come to Reading as soon as we can. So we intend to go tonight if we can.

Thursday Oct. 30 � Ma and I left Woodbine for Reading, Pa. July 28th and got back to Woodbine today at two o'clock. We left Aunt Anna and Uncle Joseph in good health. Anna improved right along after we got there. We enjoyed ourselves very much with relatives and old friends and neighbors.

Friday Oct. 31 � Ma and I cleaned up a little around the house and I was downtown.

Saturday Nov. 1, 1902 � I cleaned out the hen house and helped Ma in the kitchen. Ida Pickard worked here this afternoon. Mrs. Reiff and Minnie were here this afternoon.

Sunday Nov. 2 � Ma and I were out to Millie's all day and were over to Reiffs this evening.

Monday Nov. 3 � I was downtown all afternoon. Ida worked here this afternoon. I paid her a dollar for today and Saturday. F.M. came up this evening.

Tuesday Nov. 4 � I was downtown near all day as today is election. F.M. left in the 3:15 train.

Wednesday Nov. 5 � I cleaned up the garden and burned the trash and choped a little wood and cleaned out the flues and pipe and put it up through the ceiling. I had to go downtown for an elbow. Mrs. Porter and Ethel were here this afternoon. Everything in the kitchen was topsy-turvy and no fire in any of the rooms.

Thursday Nov. 6 � I raked the manure together on a heap and cleaned the hen coops and yard. Ma and I were out to Millie's. The day was very fine.

Friday Nov. 7 � I choped up a lot of wood and put it in the cob house, and helped Ma in the house.

Saturday Nov. 8 � I swept up stairs, moped the kitchen floor, cleaned out the hen house. I was downtown this afternoon. Jesse, Millie, Elsie and baby was here. Ma kept the baby here while Jesse and Millie went downtown shoping. Ma and I were over to Reiffs this evening.

Sunday Nov. 9 � This was a cold damp day but no rain. Ethel was here to supper and visited until nine o'clock.

Monday Nov. 10 � Ida was here this afternoon, cleaned house and blacked the heating stove. I was downtown.

Tuesday Nov. 11 � F.M. came up but he has a cloudy day which is bad for his business. We set up the heating stove. I was downtown with Frank a good while.

Wednesday Nov. 12 � It is still very cloudy but no rain. I was downtown for bones for the chickens.

Thursday Nov. 13 � This was a pretty fair day. Ma was downtown with Mrs. Reiff, calling. I was downtown awhile. Mr. Ruben Yiesley died this morning early.

Friday Nov. 14 � It rained when I got up this morning. After breakfast it turned into snow and snowed quite fast for awhile. And this afternoon it cleared off nice but colder. Ma and I were down to Mr. Yiesley's funeral. There was a large turnout at the house.

Saturday Nov. 15 � It snowed and rained today, was a chilly raw day. There was very few farmers in town. I dressed two cockerels which makes (6) six since we came home from Reading, Pa.

Sunday Nov. 16 � This was another cloudy day. Ma and I were at home all day. Louis was to church.

Monday Nov. 17 � Cloudy day. I was downtown and ordered seven storm sashes at Quinn's lumber yard for which I am to pay seventeen 50/100 dollars. There was a gas meeting. I was down to it.

Tuesday Nov. 18 � F.M. was up and done a pretty good business. I went to the depot with him. Ma and Mrs. Reiff were down to see Frank and they called at other places. Mrs. Reiff was here this evening. Charley came over to see her home. Cloudy all day. No rain.

Wednesday Nov. 19 � I cleaned the sellar today and filled five bottles of wine. The tomato wine we do not like it as well as the other wine. It has a queer taste. Cloudy all day, no rain.

Thursday Nov. 20 � I was downtown this afternoon. I did not feel well this morning so I did nothing. Ma was over to Reiffs this evening. I went over with the lantern to escort her home. It was cloudy all day. No rain.

Friday Nov. 21 � It was cloudy all day, but no rain.

Saturday Nov. 22 � This was a fine warm day, the first for a long time. Frank Rugg fit in and hung the storm sash. I cleaned them with amonia and whiting. I also painted the cot springs which were rusty. I was downtown for sash bolts for the storm sash.

Sunday Nov. 23 � We were over to Reiffs this afternoon. Harold came home last night and goes back to Omaha tomorro morning. Mr. and Mrs. Donaldson were here to supper and spent the evening visiting. This was a fine day.

Monday Nov. 24 � Frank Rugg finished the work here by puting in the storm windows and screen sash bolts, so that we can fasten them inside. I was out to Millie's this afternoon and brought a sack of ear corn and stoped at the Mill and got a sack of flour.

Tuesday Nov. 25 � F.M. came up today but did not do much biz-, he was here to supper as he missed his train. I paid for the storm sash $17.50 today. It was colder this evening and looks as if it would snow before morning. I put the storm doors on this evening.

Wednesday Nov. 26 � This was a very windy and cold unpleasant day. I stuffed the air windows under porches to keep the wind out. And I made a wooden latch at the large gate going into the chicken yard that Jesse broke last summer.

Thursday Nov. 27 � This was thanksgiving day. Ethel was here all the afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner were here this evening until half past ten o'clock. A very fine day.

Friday Nov. 28 � Ma and I were out to Millie's. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner were there too. They (the Gardners) are going to move to Missouri next week.

Saturday Nov. 29 � It sowed a good bit last night and today the sun shone brightly. But not so warm as to take away the snow. Mr. and Mrs. Reiff came from Missouri this evening. I was downtown today.

Sunday Nov. 30 � Ma, Louis and I were out to N.A. Donaldsons visiting. We were there to dinner. Fine day.

Monday Dec. 1, 1902 � I put a small window in the privy door. It was too dark in there. I was not downtown. Mr. Reiff was over a little while. Jesse, Millie and the children were here. They came in to take the baby to the doctor but he says it is nothing serious. They feel better now about it and so do we.

Tuesday Dec. 2 � It rained during the night and today until noon. It then turned to snow and colder. It snowed until we went to bed. F.M. was here to dinner but did no business. Mrs. Gardner was here to dinner.

Wednesday Dec. 3 � It snowed and blew some during last night but the day was fair and cold. We started a fire in the heating stove this evening for the first time this fall. It is getting colder.

Thursday Dec. 4 � The thermometer registered two below zero this morning. I was downtown for some things.

Friday Dec. 5 � This was a very day. I was downtown. It was warm.

Saturday Dec. 6 � It snowed again last night and today until after dinner. Quite a heavy fall of snow but no wind so it is not drifted any yet and is still very cloudy but not cold. I was downtown awhile.

Sunday Dec. 7 � This was a cold cloudy day. The wind blew a little this afternoon and drifted the snow some. The thermometer was ten below zero this morning at seven o'clock. Ma was over to Reiffs this afternoon.

Monday Dec. 8 � This was a cold raw day. I was downtown. The Floricultural Society met there this afternoon. Mrs. Reiff was here this evening until ten o'clock. The Mrs. Kellogg, A.E. DeCou, Will Tuttle, Willis here to meeting. 0 to 2 below.

Tuesday Dec. 9 � F.M. was up today but done no business. I was downtown. Ma and Mrs. Reiff were downtown. Ma stoped at Lula's coming home.

Wednesday Dec. 10 � This was a somewhat cloudy cold day. We all were to see the passion play give through moving pictures in the A.M. Church.

Thursday Dec. 11 � I was down town. I put the bone cutter in the hen house. I took lunch down to Louis. Mr. Smith was out in the country to a funeral of old Mr. Holeton. We were to church to see the moving pictures. They were not as good as I have seen before.

Friday Dec. 12 � I was out sleighing with G.E. Reiff this forenoon. Jesse was here and brought me two sacks of corn. He also brought us some honey. He is going to shell next week when I will get a small load of shelled corn.

Saturday Dec. 13 � I swept two rooms and moped the kitchen floor then went downtown. Warm and nice today.

Sunday Dec. 14 � We were going out to Millie's but just as we were ready, it commenced to snow and snowed all day. So we were home all day. 5 inches of snow fell.

Monday Dec. 15 � It snowed a little near all day and is geting colder this evening. I was downtown awhile.

Tuesday Dec. 16 � F.M. was up today and done a fair business. This was a very fine day. The sleighing is excellent. Ma and I were downtown.

Wednesday Dec. 17 � I was downtown. Mr. Tupper, the delivery man, took my demijohn with three gallons of kerosene to the house and on the back porch there accidently broke it and spilled the three gallons on the porch. I then bought a five gallon can, got it filled. Mr. Tupper paid for the oil he spilled.

Thursday Dec. 18 � I cleaned out the hen house and then I found that the new oil can leaked so I went down town and got another one.

Friday Dec. 19 � I helped Ma in the house until two o'clock. Then I went downtown. It rained all evening, from four o'clock until we went to bed, 1 in. rain.

Saturday Dec. 20 � It rained a good bit last night and near all day today and is raining this evening. The snow is going fast and makes it very wet and slushy. Very bad walking. I took L.B. supper down to the store this evening.

Sunday Dec. 21 � We were at home all day. Ethel and Paul Reiff were here visiting and staid to supper.

Monday Dec. 22 � It was cloudy all day but not cold. I took Louis supper down. Ma got a Christmas present from sister Anna.

Tuesday Dec. 23 � I was not downtown today but Ma and I was down this evening. The gas lights were not lit this evening for want of gasoline. Page's baby boy born.

Wednesday Dec. 24 � This was a fine day but windy and cold. Jesse brought me 31 04/ bushels of shelled corn at 35� per bushel. 6 above at 7 A.M.

Thursday Dec. 25 � Frank, Chine, Herman, Jesse, Millie and children were here and spent Christmas with us. We had a good time. Thermometer registered two above zero. Ethel was here too & we had a good time.

Friday Dec. 26 � Chine, Frank and Herman staid overnight. Frank had been down to the depot to go home last evening but the train was very late so he came back and staid. He went home in the early train. Chine and Herman went home in the three o'clock train. Millie, Jesse and children went home last night.

Saturday Dec. 27 � I was downtown. Ma was over to visit Mrs. Page. I stoped at Reiffs and played Crokono with Paul and Mr. Reiff.

Sunday Dec. 28 � It was cloudy all day and snowed a very little. Ma was to church this morning. I was at home all day. Pages little baby died this afternoon at three o'clock.

Monday Dec. 29 � Ma and I were to Page's baby's funeral. It was cold and windy and snowed a very little. I was downtown. A letter from Frank says Chine is sick.

Tuesday Dec. 30 � F.M. was up today, he says Chine is better but was very sick. He went away in the two o'clock train on account of Chine being sick. He had some business today but not much as he was not here long.

Wednesday Dec. 31 � This was a fine day. Ma and I were out to Millie's. This evening Mr. and Mrs. Reiff and Paul and Charlie came over and brought the Crocono board along so we had a fine time until eleven o'clock.

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