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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 1903 -- Index for each Year -- Next Page: 1904

Thursday January 1, 1903 - This was another very nice day. I was downtown awhile.

Friday Jan. 2 � This was a nice warm day, a little cloudy. Ma was over to Reiffs and Page's. I was at home all day.

Saturday, Jan. 3 - This was a fine day. I was downtown this afternoon. We were all over to Mrs. Porter to supper and played Parcheese all evening.

Sunday, Jan. 4 - This was a nice dry. Ma and I were at home all day.

Monday, Jan 5 - This was a fine day. Ma was down to Kellogg to the Floricultural Meeting. I was downtown this afternoon. I bought two bushels of slightly damaged wheat for the hens.

Tuesday, Jan. 6 - F. M. was up and done some business. I was downtown twice today. Ma and Mrs. Riff were downtown. The day was nice but the wind commenced to blow strong from the north west this evening.

Wednesday, Jan. 7 - The wind blew very heavy all night and snowed a little and this morning snowed quite fast and snowed in gusts all day. The wind was furious all day and still very hard when I went to bed at eleven o'clock P. M.

Thursday, Jan. 8 - 8 above at 7 A M - This was a fine winter day. Ma was out calling this afternoon. I was downtown this forenoon and got a sack of DeCou & Co. flour. They have a new miller and new rolls.

Friday Jan. 9 - 6 above - This was nice cold today. I was downtown and Ma was at home all day.

Saturdays Jan. 10 - I was downtown this forenoon for butter. It snowed a little today and is colder this evening. Our hens are laying pretty good now for as cold as it is. We have fourty now young and old all together.

Sunday, Jan. 11 � 2 above - It snowed a little today and I think it would have snowed more if it had not been so cold. Ma and I were home all day.

Monday, Jan. 12 - 4 below - I was downtown twice today. It was very cold, the wind was sharp.

Tuesday, Jan. 13 - F. M. was up and done a pretty good business Ma and I were downtown. This was a very nice warm day, thawed some. Ma and I were over to Reiffs this evening.

Wednesday, Jan. 14 - This was a fine day still thawing. I was downtown. Mrs. Reiff was here awhile.

Thursday, Jan. 15 - Another very nice day. I cleaned out the hen house. I was downtown this evening. Ida Pickard and Mrs. Holbruck were here.

Friday, Jan. 16 - This was a nice day. I was downtown this evening and traded three doz. eggs for apples. Eggs twenty cents a dozen and the apples one dollar a bushel.

Saturday, Jan. 17 - This was another nice day. I was downtown this afternoon and also awhile this evening. Jesse brought Millie and the children in, they expect to stay with us awhile.

Sunday, Jan. 18 - N. A. Donaldson and wife were here to dinner. They are going to start for Canada next Wednesday.

Monday, Jan. 19 - I was downtown twice today. This was a very nice day. Ma was over to Reiffs awhile today. Millie and children are still with us and the boy baby is very good.

Tuesday, Jan. 20 - F. M. was up, done pretty fair business. Ma sent a chicken down with him as Herman is so very fond of them. Mrs. Reiff was over this afternoon. I was downtown. Charlie brought back the corn they borrowed. I took some pictures down to Deuels for F. M. I stoped to see George Duval's new house. It is just about finished. It is a pretty neat planed little house.

Wednesday, Jan. 21 - This was a nice day. I was down town.

Thursday, Jan. 22 - This was a nice day. I was downtown twice looking for a carpenter to fix the roof of the Ely street house. The wind of the sixth of this month blew off a lot of shingles. Frank Hushaw said he would fix it. I ordered a bale of shingles taken up and nails.

Friday, Jan. 23 - I was downtown twice today. Frank Hushaw repaired the roof on the Ely St. house. Ma, Millie and the children were over to Reiffs this afternoon. I cleaned out the stable.

Saturday, Jan. 24 - I was down town. Jesse was in town but did not come up to the house.

Sunday, Jan. 25 - It was cloudy near all day but warm. Jesse came in this evening to see if Millie wanted to go home but she is going to stay yet a while. Paul Reiff was over awhile this afternoon.

Monday, Jan. 26 - F. M. came up this morning. Millie and Ma was down to the galery and got the baby's picture taken. F. M came up to supper and is going to stay the night.

Tuesday, Jan. 27 - F. M. was here over night. He went home this afternoon and expects to come up again tornorro. I paid Quinn & Co. for the shingles I got last week.

Wednesday, Jan. 28 - F. M. came up at one o'clock. I was downtown. Mr. Robbins asked me what I would take for the Ely street house. Frank was here to supper and is going to stay over night.

Thursday, Jan. 29 - F. M. staid over night and went back this afternoon. I was downtown. It was pretty cold today and windy. Charley Coe was killed in a R. R. wreck.

Friday, Jan. 30 - F. M. was up today. This was a nice day. Charley Coe was buried today.

Saturday, Jan. 31 - F. M. was up today and done a pretty good business. There were a great many people in town. There was an auction at Blotchy's store. W. H. Burkholder was here to dinner.

Sunday, February 1, 1903 - It was cloudy all day. Mr. and Mrs. Reiff and Minnie were over this afternoon. Jesse came in this evening and took Millie & the children with him home. She was here two weeks. We had a good visit from her and the children and enjoyed it.

Monday, Febr. 2 - It was colder today. Mrs. Robbins was here. Ethel was here awhile and Mr. Burkholder was here to get a few things that Millie forgot when she left.

Tuesday, Febr. 3 - Jesse brought me a load of straw for two dollars. It blew a good bit before Jesse came and after he was gone it blowed and snowed hard and kept going until we sent to bed. A regular blizzard all day.

Wednesday, Febr. 4 - This morning was nice, cold and windy. I was at home all day.

Thursday, Febr. 5 - This was a fine day, not very cold after the sun got up a way. I was downtown and Ma was over to Reiffs this afternoon. Ma was invited to go sleighing with the Ladies Aid Society tomorro. Invitation came from Mrs. Mills.

Friday, Feb. 6 - This was a raw cloudy day. It commenced to snow after dinner until we to bed. I am not feeling well. I took cold somehow, so I took a sweat bath this evening.

Saturday, Feb. 7 - I am some better today but do not go out much, was not downtown yesterday nor today.

Sunday, Febr. 8 - I am still sick but better. I only go out to feed and for a few coal. I took another sweat bath this evening.

Monday, Feb. 9 - I was at home all day. Ma was out calling. Mrs. Reiff went with her. They called at Snyders, Mrs. I. A. DeCou, Mrs. Porter. This was a nice warm day.

Tuesday, Feb. 10 - F. M. was up and done a fair business. I was downtown twice. I took eight doz. eggs to Kibler & Sons, thirteen sents a doz. Reiffs' do not know yet where they will go to.

Wednesday, Feb. 11 - This was a nice day but a little cold. I was downtown. Ma was over to Reiffs'.

Thursday, Feb. 12 - It was cloudy all day and cold. It snowed quite fast and thick for a little while. I was downtown twice today. Reiffs' whole family and Ed, Lula and their children were here they played games until late. Ethel Patrick was here too. We all enjoyed the evening fine.

Friday, Feb. 13 - This was a nice day. Ma was calling over at Groesbecks and at Corys's. I was at home all day.

Saturday, Feb. 14 - I was downtown. It snowed a little today. Jesse asked for the use of our refrigerator. It was colder today. 6 above 7 A.M.

Sunday, Feb. 15 - This was a cold and windy day. It snowed a little last night. We were going over to Reiffs' this evening but they were not at home. Ma went over ahead of me and came back and said they were not at home so we went no place.

Monday Feb. 16 - 10 below 7 A.M. - This was a cold day. I went out doors only when I had to for fuel or feeding. Reiffs are moving today. Mr. Reiff bought Mrs. Foltz house at the west end of Williams street. Ma was over to Reiffs this morning.

Tuesday Feb. 17 - This was a very cold day. F. M. was up but went home early. I was downtown. 12 below 7 A. M.

Wednesday, Feb. 18 - It was pretty cold today but clear. I was downtown for a while. Reiffs finished moving except the horses and wagons. They expect to leave them until they get a barn built. 12 below 7 A. M.

Thursday, Feb. 19 - It was not so cold today but cloudy. I was down town awhile this morning.

Friday, Feb. 20 - It snowed a little last night but was warm and clear all day. It thawed some today. Louis went out with his camera and went as far as Millies where he took dinner. He then rode to town with Mr. Burkholder. He walked out to Millie's. I was at home with Ma all day. She is geting better. I gave her a sweat bath last evening and this evening.

Saturday, Feb. 21 - This was a very fine day. I was downtown. Jesse and his father were in town.
Jesse had a piece of ice fall on his leg which he thinks cracked the bone. He is very lame but walks with out a cane or crutch. He was helping to fill Jeff Watkins ice house. Louis went to Dunlap and bought a cockerel from Dr. Manchester and brought him home.

Sunday Feb.22 - This was a very nice day but very muddy walk out. The street in front of our house is covered all over with water. Mr. and Mrs. Reiff were here this afternoon.

Monday, Feb. 23 - This was a fine day but very muddy roads. Ed Page told Ma that he bought a house and will move next week. F. M. wrote me to try to get him a girl to work in the house but I could not get him one as they will not go out to work as servents. Chine is very sick. Louis went down to Franks this morning.

Tuesday, Feb. 24 - Louis came up in Franks place as he can not leave Chine. Louis done what business there was to do but there was no one came to have their pictures taken, but several were there that got their pictures that were finished. I rented the Ely street house to George W. Jackson, the man that sold his house to Ed Page. There are quite a number of men looking for houses to rent.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 - I was downtown today. Herb, Bertha and the children came this evening. Louis went down to Frank this morning. Mrs. Porter & Mrs. Clark were here this afternoon.

Thursday, Feb. 26 - This was a cloudy damp day and this evening it is raining. Herb and I settled so that the cistern and repairs on the house he lives in is settled and paid. He paid me a balance of eleven dollars and seventy four cents, which pays his rent up to January first 1903. He started for home after dinner. Bertha and the children are going to stay with us awhile. We got a letter from Louis. He says Chine is geting better.

Friday, Feb. 27 - This was a raw damp day. It rained a little this evening. The wind changed it comes from the Northwest and blowing hard when we went to bed. I was downtown.

Saturday, Feb. 28 - It snowed a little during the night and blew heavy. I was downtown, got a load of Sheridan Coal at Quinns'. It was very windy all day and cold. Jesse told me he was going to move on the Hoyer farm next Tuesday. Louis came home this evening. He was at F. M.'s near all week but was down to Omaha one day.

Sunday, March 1, 1903 - This was a fine day. Mrs. Reiff, Florence and Charlie were here awhile after church. Bertha Ma and I were at home all day. It is very muddy to walk out.

Monday, March 2 - Louis went to Omaha this morning to go to College to study optics. Harold and I were downtown. Ma, Bertha and the children went out to Reiffs this afternoon. I cleaned two rooms and moped the kitchen floor, done my chores out doors, I then went out to Reiffs. We took supper with them. I carried Hazel home. It was pretty muddy.

Tuesday, March 3 - F. M. was up today and done some business. Chine is getting better but can not be up yet. They have help in the house now so Frank can attend to his business. I was downtown twice today. Mrs. Mills was here this afternoon. I paid for the coal I got the other day.

Wednesday, March 4 - This was a cloudy damp dreary day but warm. I was downtown this afternoon.

Thursday, March 5 - This was another dreary cloudy damp day. I was downtown. Ma and Bertha was downtown this afternoon. Bertha was over to Lula's this evening before supper.

Friday, March 6 - I was downtown a while for the mall. Louis came home from Omaha this evening. This was a cloudy damp day.

Saturday, March 7 - This was a fine day. I was downtown, Jesse and Mr. Burkholder were here, Bertha and Hazel went out to Jesse with Mr. Burk. and Harold went with Jesse and Blair on the wagon, they took our bed lounge with them. Jesse bought it for $3.00. Bertha and the children are going to visit at Millies few days. Mr. Reiff put his horses in the red barn as Mr. Browning wants to use his barn.

Sunday, March 8 - This was a fine day. Ma and I were at hone all day. Louis was to church this morning and evening.

Monday March 9 - This was a fine day. I took Ma down to Wm. Tuttle with the buggy, the Flower Meeting was held there. I also brought her back again in the buggy. We had a little rain shower early this morning.

Tuesday, March 10 - I was downtown trying to get a paper hanger to paper a couple of rooms in the Ely St. house. I finally got the promise from F. Seeley to do the work. I ordered the paper at Berkleys. F. M. was up but done no business as today was very cloudy and damp. Ethel was here.

Wednesday, March 11 - Frank Seeley papered two rooms in the Ely St. house but did not quite finish. I got a letter from Louis. I sent him a draft for fifty-five dollars, he says be is going to buy an occulists case. Mrs. Reiff was here today. A fine day.

Thursday, March 12 - Frank Seeley finished papering this afternoon. I paid him $2.60 and paid Berkley $1.75 for the paper. It looks nice and is good paper. Mrs. Porter and Ethel were here visiting this afternoon and took supper with us. I was downtown this afternoon.

Friday, March 13 - Blair brought Bertha and the children in from Millies. I was downtown. Louis came home this evening. He and I were to see the Deestrick School play in the Opera house by our home talent.

Saturday March, 14 - I was downtown this afternoon. Jesse was not in town today but I saw Mr. Burkholder. Louis tested my eyes and says the glasses I got from Mr. Brower are all right. Ida was here this afternoon.

Sunday, March 15 - Louis and Ethel drove out to Millie's. Harold & I took a long walk and we were over to Reiffs visited there awhile. It was cloudy all day, but warm. The frost is near all out of the ground.

Monday, March 16 � This was a cloudy damp day. Herb came this afternoon. He gave me a recept for the taxes for 1902 on the Portsmouth property which he had paid and the balance in cash to pay his rent for the month of January 1903. I gave him a recept for it.

Tuesday, March 17 � F. M. was up today he says Chine is better. Herb and the children and Bertha left here this morning. They are going to stay at Harry Younts a couple of days and then go home. Louis sent Bertha a pair of spectacle bows but they were the wrong size so she could not use them. Ma was down town to see Frank and call in to Mrs. Snyders and Mrs. Mills on her way home. I washed the dinner dishes and moped the kitchen floor while she was downtown.

Wednesday, March 18 - This was a nice warm day. Ma was out to Reiffs. I was downtown. It rained a little last night.

Thursday, March 19 - It rained a little last night. I took three and a half doz. eggs to Howorth Bros. It turned cold this afternoon and is unpleasant this evening. Looks and feels as if it would snow tonight. The last two weeks was warm and took the frost out on top, so some people dug a little garden and planted some. 14 above.

Friday March 20 - This was a nice day but pretty cold, it snowed a little last night. I was downtown. Ma was at home all day. She took a severe cold somehow and does not feel well.

Saturday, March 21 - This was nice March day. I was downtown. Mrs. Reiff and Florence were here this afternoon. Mr. Reiff, Paul and Fred were loading the wagons with dirt front of Brownings house. Joe Marshall hauled it out to fill up around Reiff house and barn. Louis came home on the one o'clock train.

Sunday, March 22 - It snowed a little last night and this morning. Fred Reiff was here awhile and Mrs. Wm. Tuttle was here quite awhile visiting with Ma. I was downtown. Ethel and Louis came up awhile morning before they went to church.

Monday, March 23 - This was a cold blustering day. Snowed in squalls off and on all day. I was downtown, The Floricultural Society met here. Mrs. Haas, Tuttle, Ziemer, Sample, Osler were here at the meeting. George Reiff finished hauling ground out to his barn today at noon.

Tuesday, March 24 � F. M. was up today but he done very little business, I was downtown. This was a fine day.

Wednesday, March 25 - This was a very nice warm day. I was downtown, Mrs. Porter and Ethel were here this evening. I received a notice that there was ten shares of the W. H. & L. Company for sale. The stockholders have the right to buy before they can be sold to outsiders according to the constitution of the company.

Thursday, March 26 - I set a hen this morning with fifteen eggs, It snowed a good deal last night and was pretty cold this morning but the sun came out bright and took the snow near all off before night and is very muddy. I was downtown.

Friday, March 27 - This was a fine day but very muddy. The snow is all gone except on the shady side of buildings. I was downtown awhile, Ma was over to Reiffs this afternoon. Mr. Barret was here this evening late, for the chickens he bought last Friday but he did not get them as it was so late. He said he would come again Saturday, or Monday.

Saturday, March 28 - This was a very nice day. I was downtown. Blair was here. He took some jars of fruit and three big pictures out to Millie she had stored here. Louis came home in the six o'clock train this evening. Louis and I separated the hens again for Mr. Barret, if he comes for them they will be ready for him, Mr. Clark got two doz. eggs.

Sunday, March 29 - This was another fine day. Louis was to church and he was out this afternoon, Ma was out to Reiffs' this afternoon. I was at home all day.

Monday, March 30 - It was cloudy near all day and rained a very little not enough to wet the sidewalk. I was downtown and voted, this is the day for the spring election. There was only one ticket to vote for three men for councilmen and no opposition. Louis left this afternoon in the four o'clock train for Portsmouth to try his hand at optical work. He took tools along to mend and clean watches and see if he can get any work to do. Herb tended to advertising the town.

Tuesday, March 31- This was a warm fair day. F. M. was up Herman came with him. Jesse, Millie, and the children came in, Millie got a tooth pulled and two filled. She was troubled with toothache so she bad the decayed one pulled and others fixed. I paid Jesse for the load of straw be brought me March 21st. Jesse and I were down to the train to see Frank and Herman off. Ma was at home all day. It is clouding up again this evening and looks as if it wants to rain again.

Wednesday, April 1 - This was a nice warm day. We got a letter from Louis stating Herb as the small-pox. I was downtown and got me a pair of rubber shoes. Ma was over to Porters, Mrs. Lowrey and Mrs. Williams.

Thursday, April 2 - This was a cold raw cloudy day. I was downtown. I saw Wm. Yeager and wife. I told them about Herb, so they would not go over as they are quarantined.

Friday, April 3 - I hitched up Topsy and drove her around town. I took Ma over to Reiffs. They are going somewhere together. I was downtown this evening. George Lewis spoke to me about coming to look at our house in refference to buying it. Ma and Mrs. Reiff was out to Shorrelts and to see Mrs. Rice.

Saturday, April 4 - This was a nice day. I was downtown with the horse & buggy. Ma was to call on Mrs. Barnum and Mrs. Marshall Moore. Mr. Burkholder was here this afternoon. Mr. George Lewis came here towards evening to see our house as he wants to buy one. He was told we wanted to sell ours, he did not say whether it suited him or not but said he would see me again. He looked at a number of houses but did not say whether any of them suited him or not. Ed Adams told him about ours being for sale.

Sunday, April 5 - This was a very windy day but clear. Ma and I drove out to Jesse's and took dinner with them. Mr. Burkholder came there this afternoon. We had a good visit together. Jesse gave me an old grindstone which I brought along home. Louis came home in the six o'clock train & was in the house when we came home.

Monday, April 6 - This was another windy day. I was downtown twice. Saw Dr. Dewel, he came up to see our chickens, he wanted half a dozen, but said he would see me again about them, before he was out of the yard, Fred Reiff bought a dozen, all we want to sell now so that lets Doctor out. Louis raked the sweet potato bed level to sow with white clover.

Tuesday, April 7 - F. M. came up in the nine o'clock train. Louis worked yesterday and today on work he brought from Portsmouth. He does the work in Smiths store. I was downtown twice today. Mrs. DeCou and Mrs. Kellogg were here when Ma was downtown.

Wednesday, April 8 - This was another fine day. I was downtown and got some grass seed to sow some of our garden to grass as I am not able to work it. Ma was to Mrs. Deputy's funeral. Louis set out six rhubarb plants we got from Miss Peckham. He then hitched up Topsy and went out riding.

Thursday, April 9 - This was a fine day. I was downtown twice. Louis sowed and raked in grass seeds. Ma & I was out riding this afternoon. I set three hens borrowed from F. Rugg. I brought home a new stove great from Canfield & Young, but have not tried yet whether it will fit the range.

Friday, April 10 - It rained during the night. I hung the grindstone that Jesse gave me and bought a crank for it. Louis and I planted a few early rose potatoes this evening.

Saturday, April 11 - There was a very heavy dew this morning. Ma and I swept and dusted the rooms downstairs aid moped up the kitchen floor. Ma and I drove downtown, saw Mr. Burkholder, Herb is geting along nicely and will soon be out again if the others do not take the deseace.

Sunday, April 12 - It was cloudy all day but did not rain. Ma and I were at home all day. Louis and Ethel were here this afternoon. Bessie Howorth Blackman was buried this afternoon. She had a very large funeral, leaves a baby about a week old.

Monday April 13 - Mrs. Porter and Ethel were here to supper and spent the evening with us.

Tuesday, April 14 - This was a fair day but too cold. F. M. was up but did very little business. I was downtown and paid for half a ton coal I got yesterday. Frank went home this evening on a freight. Louis is working in F. M. Smiths store this week.

Wednesday, April 15 - Ma and I drove downtown this afternoon. She got herself a nice new dress. We then drove out to Reiffs awhile. This was a fair cool day.

Thursday, April 16 - This was a fine day. The Flouriculthrist had meeting here this afternoon. Mrs. Mallery, Reiff, Robbins, Matthews, Reed, Mills, Porter were here. I was around town looking for a man and team to haul ground to fill up side walk at the Ely street house, but did not get one.

Friday, April 17 - This was a fine day. I helped Dr. Robbins to tear up his plank walk in front of his house. Mr. Sweet hauled twenty loads of ground on the walk to bring it up to grade. Dr. and I tore up my walk and I took out some of the spikes so that we can use them again. I will have to fill up some too, on our side walk. I then went downtown to see about geting a man to haul ground on our side. They are so busy just now it is hard to get any one to haul ground. Eleven chickens took off today.

Saturday, April 18 - I was working over in Ely Street near all day. Tom Binnel hauled eight loads of ground to grade up the side walk. We took out tow box elder tress on the side walk. Got letter from Herb, he is out again but the children both took it. I saw Mr. Burkholder and told him about the folks in Portsmouth. It rained a little last night.

Sunday April 19 - It rained some during the night and showery today. Louis was going to go out with Topsy but it was too damp for him. Ma and I were at home all day. I did not feel well so I took a sweat. It is very cloudy this evening.

Monday April 20 - It rained a good bit last night and this morning but was nice this afternoon. I planted a couple of woodbine vines that I got over at the Ely Street house. Mrs. Riggel and Mrs. Deputy were here this afternoon. Louis was to hear the lecture in opery house.

Tuesday, April 21 - F. M. was up today and done some business. I was out to Mr. Lotspich and bought two apple trees and planted them as soon as I got home with them. One Golden Grimes and the other a Johnathan. I was down town this afternoon. Louis drove out in the country this afternoon.

Wednesday, April 22 - This was a nice day but windy. I finished the grindstone. It works all right. I ground the hatchet and ground some at the ax, which is very dull. I was downtown.

Thursday, April 23 - This was a very windy day. Ma and I were out to Millie's visiting. Mr. Burkholder was there. We had a good visit together. We stopped awhile with Mrs. Damery on our way home. I got an old wringer from Jesse. I am going to try end make a roller to press the juice out of the rhubarb to make wine this fall.

Friday, April 24 - This was a very gloomy cold day. I was at home all day. Was down to the post office this evening. Louis went to Castano, Iowa yesterday to see about a location to start into business.

Saturday, April 25 - This was a nice day but rather cool. Ma and I were downtown and drove around town some. I paid Tom Binnel for hauling eight loads of ground on the side walk at Ely Street house. Louis came home from Castano this morning. He thinks it would be a pretty good town to start his business in as there is no compitition in or around the place.

Sunday, April 26 - This was a nice day but very windy. Ma and I were visiting at Harry Younts today. May Yeager, Carrie, Mr. and Mrs. Yount and Mr. Burkholder were there to dinner.

Monday April 27 - I took Louis over to Portsmouth with Topsy. It rained some on the way. We stoped at Wm. Yeagers while it rained the hardest and took dinner with them. We went along fine. It was just nice to travel as it was not so windy and dusty.

Tuesday April 28 - F. M. did not come up today. I left at Portsmouth after dinner as it rained this morning. It rained a little on the way. I stoped a little while with Wm. Yeager. He was plowing along the road. I got home before six o' clock and just in time as it rained hard when I was at home awhile.

Wednesday, April 29 - It rained heavy during the night and some this forenoon. It commenced to snow at about five o'clock and snowed all evening.

Thursday, April 30 - A heavy fall of snow this morning and very cold. Thermometer down to twenty-six at six A. M. I was down town for the mail.

Friday, May 1 - There was a heavy frost again this morning. I think the fruit is frozen so that we will get next to no fruit this year. I was downtown.

Saturday, May 2 - This was a cold raw day until evening. The wind changed and got warmer. I put the chicks in coops, fourty one in all from four settings. Freeze again this morning.

Sunday, May 3 - It was cold again today but not so cold as the past week. Frost again this morning with little ice in the horse bucket. Ma and I were home all day.

Monday, May 4 - This was a very nice day. I was downtown this afternoon. I ground the ax and the hatchet and worked at an old clothes wringer to make a press for to press out the juice of rhubarb for making wine this next fall. Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Nicklen were here this afternoon.

Tuesday, May 5 - The day was nice until about five this evening. It then rained prety heavy until sundown. It cleared off then this evening. It is bright moonlight. F. M. was up today. Ethel was up this evening. Ma and I was over to Reiffs' & down town this afternoon.

Wednesday, May 6 - This was a fine day. Ma and I were out riding. I drove down at train time and brought Louis up. We were out to Reiffs' but did not get out of the buggy. Reiffs' walk will be finished this evening then they will commence on Dr. Robbins and ours. I was down to see Dr. Cole about Ma, he is going to come up tomorro. I got two prescriptions from him today and had them filled at Berkley's.

Thursday, May 7 - Dr. Cole was here to attend Ma. Louis came home last evening. He done pretty fair in his work but not as well as I expected he would this time. I was down town awhile. I spaded out considerable dandeline plants. Mrs. I. A. DeCou was here this afternoon.

Friday, May 8 - Today was some cloudy and a couple of little showers. Ma is better. I was downtown. Louis end Ethel drove out to Millies' this afternoon.

Saturday, May 9 - Louis has taken a cold and has a sore throat and is very hoarse. I was downtown. Jesse, Millie & the children were here about an hour this evening. A storm arose and they left for home in a hurry but I do not think they more than half way home before the rain came. It rained here very heavy and all the evening it rained steady quite fast. Swain and Cox staked down the 2 X 4 scantlin on Dr. Robbins and our sidewalk on Ely street to put down a cement walk.

Sunday, May 10 - It rained near all day. It let up awhile this afternoon. Louis and Ethel were here to supper. It rained quite fine when they left this evening.

Monday, May 11 - It rained during the night and was raining when I got up this morning. It rained off and on all day. We spaded out dandelion between showers. Our lawn was nearly covered with them.

Tuesday, May 12 - Louis end I settled up and squared accounts. I paid him seven hundred dollars which makes us even to date. It was a wet rainy day and very muddy. I was down and visited with Frank. He done no business today. F.M. Smith went to Omaha and Louis is in the store until he comes back.

Wednesday, May 13 - It cleared off before noon after being rainy for several days. Cox and Swain worked at Robbins' walk this afternoon. Mr. Hart was here to supper.

Thursday, May 14 - This was a fine day. They worked at Robbins walk until noon but did not quite finish it so after dinner they finished it in about an hour. Then they worked at ours and made almost half of ours. I took water down to Dr. Cole and stoped with the cement mixers until they quit work this eve.

Friday, May 15 - They finished our walk at noon, then they went to W. H. DeCou. I was downtown this afternoon.

Saturday, May 16 - Louis and I went over to Ely Street and poured water over the side walk as John Cox told us to do, he said that would keep it from checking. Ethel, Millie, Jesse and the children were here to supper. We had a nice time.

Sunday, May 17 - It rained last night and some this morning. Ma and I were home all day. Louis and Ethel were out to Millies this afternoon.

Monday, May 18 - It was cloudy the greater part of today. I was downtown this afternoon for awhile. I mowed considerable grass with the sythe to get rid of the dandeline on lot No. three south of the house. Topsy is geting all she wants.

Tuesday May 19 - F. M. was up and done a fair business. Today was fair. I leveled off the ground on both sides of the side walk at Ely Street house and smothed it off and brought one of the tree trunks that I took out over there. Ma was over to Reiffs' this evening. I was downtown and had a visit with Frank then went back to my work. Louis & Ethel went riding this afternoon.

Wednesday, May 20 - This was a fine day but towards evening it clouded up and threatened rain.

Thursday, May 21 - This was a fine day. Mrs. Pickard and Ida were here and cleaned house for us. They got through at five o'clock. I was downtown a while. Frank came up this afternoon and brought Herman with him. They left in the nine o'clock train. It rained shortly after they left. Louis went with then to the train.

Friday, May 22 - It rained a good bit and very heavy during last night. I was downtown to see the Dr. on account of Ma. Louis drove out after Jesse to give him his fishing pole. He caught up to him beyond Jim Monroe's. It rained very heavy again this evening until we went to bed, it also blew very heavy it moved our chicken coops but did not upset them.

Saturday, May 23 - The little chickens are all right this morning but I was afraid they would be blown away. It rolled the feeding coop across the yard up against the board fence and broke it some. We got a letter from Uncle saying that Anna is very sick again. Ma and I were riding this afternoon. Louis and Ethel were riding out in the country this evening. Louis was down to see Frank this afternoon.

Sunday, May 24 - Ma and I were at home all day. Louis and Ethel were out to Millies. They were up to Harrys so they drove up there.

Monday, May 25 - It rained last night and this morning, it cleared off about ten o'clock so Louis left for Portsmouth at half past twelve o'clock. It was very warm this afternoon but this evening it clouded up again and I think it will rain tonight. Ethel was here this afternoon.

Tuesday, May 26 - It rained a good deal last night and very heavy today. The river is up out of its banks. F. M. was up but did no business. I was down to see him this afternoon. The wind broke one of our plum trees off at the ground.

Wednesday, May 27 - It rained this morning. I was downtown for awhile this afternoon. Louis came home at five o'clock this evening. Topsy stood the trip first rate.

Thursday, May 28 - It rained again today. The river is out of its banks again. Louis leaves for Reading in the nine o'clock train east this evening on account sister Anna being sick. I went down to the depot to see Louis off.

Friday, May 29 - It rained all day steady. I was downtown for the mail. The river is out all over, the water is near up to the N. W. depot.

Saturday, May 30 - It seems to have rained all night and today. It rained near all day but not so heavy as yesterday. We got a postal from Louis, he arrived at Chicago all right. The decoration of soldiers graves was postponed on account of the rain and muddy roads but services were held in the baptist church which was filled to overfloing. I had my best shoes half soled today as the soles were so thin that I could not walk well in them. Ma is geting better with her swelled gums and they do not pain her so much but are still quite sore. The water is very high all along the river and creeks. No one can get to Woodbine from the east side of the river.

Sunday May 31 - It rained a good bit last night and near all day. Today we were at home all day except for a little while it took me to go down to the post office. It looks very bad for the crops as it is very cold for this time of the year. The thermometer registered about fourty four for several days.

Monday, June 1, 1903 - It rained all day. I was not downtown today.

Tuesday, June 2 - F. M. did not come to Woodbine today as it was too wet and muddy to do any business. I was downtown and to take Mrs. Kelloggs glasses to her house. Carrie DeCou and Ethel were here. Louis wrote to tell us that Anna was (blank) Ethel got a letter too she read hers to us. They were about the same only one gave a description of his trip, the cenerrv and so forth. It is still cloudy and wet but not much rain today.

Wednesday, June 3 - This was a nice day, the first for a long time. I was downtown. There was a lot of people in town considering the bad roads and high water.

Thursday, June 4 - It rained some today, one pretty brisk shower. Mrs. Rugg was here this afternoon.

Friday, June 5 - We had a shower today. I was downtown before the rain. They were working at Grimes cement walk today. Ma and I were downtown this evening to hear the band concert on main street. There was quite a crowd there.

Saturday, June 6 - This was a nice day. They finished Grimes cement walks this evening. I was downtown.

Sunday, June 7 - It was fair today. Ma and I went over to Reiffs but there was no one at home. We then stoped at Hawley's and enjoyed a good visit with them. It clouded up this evening very black but it went around us so we got no rain.

Monday, June 8 - This was a fair day except a heavy shower right after dinner. I cleaned out both hen houses. I took eight wheel barrows full of dirt and fine straw out. I am going to whitewash them. We got a letter from Louis stating that Anna was some better. Ma had a terrible headache this afternoon.

Tuesday, June 9 - F. M. came up. He has the promise for the pictures of the graduating class. He took supper with us. It rained two good heavy showers. I finished white washing the hen house.

Wednesday, June 10 - This was a fine day. Ma was over to Reiffs. George Reiff came back from Idaho last evening. I swept and cleaned three rooms today and was downtown awhile.

Thursday, June 11 - This was a fine day. I was downtown. Ma was over W. H. DeCous at the Aid Society Meet. Several speeded their horses.

Friday, June 12 - This was a fine day. I drove up to Zimmers and got fifty sweet potato plants and planted them this evening. Ma was over to Ruggs this evening. There was a crowd of men out here to see them speed their horses.

Saturday, June 13 - This was a fine day. I was downtown. Mrs. Oviat and baby were here this afternoon. I hoed the garden and planted woodbine.

Sunday, June 14 - Ma and I were out to Millies today. We stoped awhile with Ethel on our way home.

Monday, June 15 - This was a fine day. I was downtown twice. Herb, Bertha and the children came this afternoon. Herb bought through F. M. Smith a graphaphone, he came to get it. They stoped at Millies for dinner.

Tuesday, June 16 - Herb and family left at three o'clock. We had a good visit together F. M. was here to supper. Ma & I were to the play this evening. They played the Strange Marriage.

Wednesday, June 17 - This was a nice day. I was downtown for paint. I painted the front porch one coat. They run the grader over normal street again this evening. It was only about a week since they run the grader over it before.

Thursday, June 18 - This was a fine day but towards evening it clouded up and thundered and lightening with wind, rain and hail. Jesse, Millie and the children came just before the storm. It rained very heavy for about an hour. They went home after the rain. They took supper with us. I was downtown with the buggy before the rain.

Friday, June 19 � I was downtown. F. M came up to take the negatives for the graduates, also for the cadetts. He will stay until tomorro. He went downtown this evening.

Saturday, June 20 - F. M. took supper with us last evening and breakfast this morning. He got up early this morning. I was downtown after dinner but did not get to talk to Frank as he was too busy.

Sunday, June 21 - It rained near all day. I was down to the P. 0. in the rain.

Monday, June 22 - This was a fine day. I painted the frames of the family portraits and was downtown twice. I got another roller turned at Peltons shop. He charged me twenty five cents for turning the pair. Ma was over to call on Mrs. Porter and Ethel but they were not at home. She set with Mrs. Wilson awhile then went over to see Mrs. Burkholder but she was not at home. Then Ma came home.

Tuesday, June 23 - P. M. came up today and took dinner with us. He said he would go home in two o'clock train. This evening he came up again and left for nine o'clock train. I finished the rolls for squeesing rhubarb but am not sure it will work.

Wednesday, June 24 - I was downtown. Ethel was up to pick berries but she came late. Ma had picked them. We missed today's World.

Thursday, June 25 - It rained very heavy early this morning, the street in front of our house was deep with water from fence to fence. The delivery man had to wade in the water half way in to the house.

Friday, June 26 - It rained again last night. Mr. Bennet had to take the brick out of his well and rebrick it as it caved partly on account of so much wet weather. I was down to the P. 0. but did not get a N. Y. World today. I helped Mr. Corry a little at J. Grimes fence.

Saturday, June 27 - This was a fine day. I was downtown. I planted a small piece of celery this evening.

Sunday, June 28 - This was a fine warm day. Mrs. Porter and Ethel were here this afternoon and took supper with us. Ma and I were over to Reiffs this evening.

Monday, June 29 - It rained a good shower this morning. I finished painting the front porch at noon. I was downtown this afternoon.

Tuesday, June 30 - It rained a shower this morning early. Mrs. Damery and Annie was here visiting all day. Mrs. Reiff was here also. Then this evening Mrs. Damery and Ma went with Mrs. Reiff home and took supper there, then Mrs. Damery and Annie drove down to John Smith where they intend to stay over night. Ray Smith came up to see if they were here as they had supper waiting for them. It is very warm this evening.

Wednesday, July 1, 1903 - This was fine day. I was downtown. I was over sitting on the porch with Mr. Bennet. Mr. Reiff was there too. I rode out to the ball ground behind John Smiths Stalion.

Thursday, July 2 - This was a fine day. Mrs. Riggel and children went away in this mornings train to visit with her folks. I took them to the train in the buggy. I painted the back porch first coat today. Jesse and Harry were here, they took the refrigerator and canned goods away.

Friday, July 3 � It rained last night but today was nice. Ma is not well at all. I was down for Doctor Cole. He came up about six o'clock this evening with a wash medicine. W. H. Burkholder was here ad got the freezer.

Saturday, July 4 - Ma was sick in bed all day. She got up and sit at the window to see the rockets and fire works that went up all around town.

Sunday, July 5 - Ma is better but can do nothing yet. We were out buggy riding. We stoped at Reiffs this evening. We drove around until nine o'clock this evening.

Monday, July 6 - Ma is much better today. I painted the back porch the second coat today. I was downtown today. We drove out again this evening. Stoped quite awhile at L. P. Kelloggs, got home after nine o'clock. Is a beautiful Moonlight evening.

Tuesday, July 7 - This was a fine day but very warm. I was downtown. F. M. was up today. I visited with him. He done some business. Jesse and Millie and the children came to town to the band concert but did not get out of the buggy here at the house. I hoed the garden.

Wednesday, July 8 - It was very warm today. Ma and I were out riding this evening. Ma is much better. 94 degrees in the shade.

Thursday, July 9 - This was a very warm day. Ma and I were out riding this evening. We stoped awhile at Reiffs.

Friday, July 10 - It rained a little this morning and cloudy near all day. Ma and I drove out to Millies after five o'clock. Took supper with them and got home near ten o'clock. L. W. White gave me the grade of my side walk. I helped him.

Saturday, July 11 - This was a pleasant warm day. The farmers tell us the corn never grew faster than the last three or four days. Ma does not feel well enough to go out riding this evening.

Sunday, July 12 - Ma is worse again. The Doctor was here and came again in a couple of hours. It rained a very little today, but was not so warm as the last few days. Mrs. Rugg was here awhile this afternoon. Ethel was here this evening.

Monday, July 13 - This was a nice day until toward evening it rained. Mrs. Rug was here this afternoon. I was downtown to see the Doctor. I pulled the weeds and grass out from between the currant and gooseberry bushes.

Tuesday, July 14 - This was a fine day. Mrs. Rugg, Mrs. Reiff and Mrs. Farnsworth were here today. Ma was up some today and feels better. I was downtown and mowed the grass and weeds along the side walk in front of the lots on Normal street. A ball game was played this afternoon. The usual horse speeding went on Normal street this evening. F. M. was up today but was not well pleased as he did no business.

Wednesday, July 15 � This was a nice day, not so very warm. I was downtown. The horse trainers are troting their horses on Normal Street every evening. Mrs. Bennett was here this evening. I hoed the sweet potatoes this evening.

Thursday, July 16 - This was a fine day. They are geting along fine with the new Catholic Church. The roof is shingled and they are working on the steple. Ma and I were out riding this evening. We were to call Mr. and Mrs. Knapp and Reiffs. While Ma stoped at Reiffs I took Lula and children home. We got home after nine o'clock.

Friday, July 17 - It rained pretty heavy early this morning and during the forenoon. The river is out again this evening. The water was all over the street again in front of our house.

Saturday, July 18 - Jesse was here this morning. I was downtown. Ma, Mrs. Porter and Ethel were out riding this evening.

Sunday, July 19 - This was a fine day. I took Ma to church and home again in the buggy. Mrs. Porter and Ethel were here this afternoon.

Monday, July 20 - This was a fine day. Ma and I were out riding. Ma stoped at Mrs. A. E. DeCou but she was not at home. Then she stoped at Mrs. I. A. DeCou about an hour. I went up to the town well, they are going to dig it deeper to get rid of the mud. There is plenty of water. They are going to put in a lot of crushed rock to keep the mud from being pumped up. I then fetched Ma, then she went to Miss Hillas stoped a while then we went home. Mr. & Mrs. Reiff, Grace and Florence were here this evening.

Tuesday, July 21 - It rained last night quite heavy, but today was fine. F. M. was up to the house with Herb, he came over with a Portsmouth man and settled with me for his rent and paid up to the first of August. Dr. Cole was here twice and we attended to Ma again. She did not have so much pain as either time before. There was a shooting match here at Woodbine which brought a lot of men from other places.

Wednesday, July 22 - I was downtown twice today. Jesse brought butter but did not stay but a moment, the boys had a game of base ball this afternoon with the Portsmouth boys but I did not hear who beat. I was down to see how the Haas building was progressing, they have the foundation and part of the frame up.

Thursday July 23 - This was a nice day. I was downtown. We got a letter from Louis, he wants to come home and Aunt Anna will not come with him. I wrote to him and Unce about Anna's coming to visit us.

Friday, July 24 - This was a fine day. I was downtown. Mrs. Porter and Ethel were out riding with Ma this evening.

Saturday, July 25 - Ma and I were down to the flower show. We drank a glass of punch and eat a piece of cake. We were at Mrs. Porters' this evening to supper. After supper Ma and I took a ride. I brought Ethel from the store in the buggy, and tied Topsy in front while we eat supper.

Sunday, July 26 - This was a fine day but very warm. Ethel was here but left early to go to endeaver. Ma and Mrs. Porter were out riding this evening.

Monday, July 27 - It was very warm today. Mr. & Mrs. Teal were up from Logan and took dinner with us. It was very warm this evening, so we stayed at. Mr. and Mrs. Reiff were here this afternoon. R. Shadel died today.

Tuesday, July 28 - This was a very warm day. I was downtown, had a talk with F. M. I took the buggy to bring Chine from the depot but she did not come. Mrs. Porter, Ma and I were out riding this evening. It rained after we got home.

Wednesday, July 29 - It rained heavy last night. I intended to go out to Wm. Yeagers today to celebrate W. H. Burkholders birthday, but the muddy roads kept us from going. Topsy did not eat grass or corn and acted queer but did not seem to be sick. I was downtown. We got a letter from Louis, he says he is coming home soon.

Thursday, July 30 - This was a fine day cooler, very cool this morning. George Clark and Mr. Corry pumped out the water and cleaned out the well at No. one house. I made a new floor on it, the whole cost was three dollars and seventy five cents. The Commercial Club of Omaha visited Woodbine. They stayed only twenty five minutes. Ma, Mrs. Reiff and I drove downtown to see them, they had a band with them. Our band was out to receive them. Mr. Dunlap from Des Moines is here visiting.

Friday, July 31 - Ma and I drove out to Jesse and took dinner with them. This was a nice cool day but looks for rain this evening.

Saturday, August 1, 1903 - I was downtown near all afternoon. Jesse, Millie and the children were here to supper. Ma had the headache very badly.

Sunday, August 2 - This was a very warm day. We were at home all day.

Monday, August 3 - It rained and the wind was very heavy last night with some hail. It rained, some people say five inches, the river is all over the bottoms again, some say higher than ever before. The water was hirer in the street than any time since we live here. I cut the rhubarb and presed two gal. of juice and was down for sugar.

Tuesday, August 4 - I was very busy today grinding juice out of rhubarb and making wine. F. M. came up to the house as I did not come down as usual. I was downtown for more sugar and hose to use for the fermentation.

Wednesday, August 5 - We finished up the wine and cleaned up the kitchen and utencils. I was downtown for the mail. Mrs. Browning called this afternoon and visited quite awhile with Ma. It rained a little this morning. Made twenty three gal. wine.

Thursday, August 6 - This was a fine day and cool for this time of the year. I worked in the garden, every thing is full of weeds. Ma and I rode downtown called at Pickards.

Friday, August 7 - It rained again today. Ida worked here half a day. Mrs. Deputy was here this forenoon. The rain hurried her home. I was downtown for the mail.

Saturday, August 8 - It rained some today and hailed a very little too. I was downtown. Ma started to go over to Reiffs but the rain drove her back from the corner at Ruggs. I pulled weeds and cleaned the strawberry bed. I was down to the I. C. depot to see the special with the G. A. R. aboard pass.

Sunday, August 9 - It rained a good bit today in several showers and hailed a very little. Ma and I were over to Reiffs. I had to go home from there to close the window on account of the rain and wind. Ma came home between two showers. Mrs. Porter and Ethel were here this evening.

Monday, August 10 - This was a cool damp day. I pulled weeds in garden Ma was down to C. J. Tuttles, Mrs. Porter's and to Mrs. Deputy and to P. O. I was down to P. O. this morning. Tom Binnel hauled four loads dirt on pavement.

Tuesday, August 11 - I was downtown twice today. Heard nothing from Louis. Today was cool and cloudy most of the day.

Wednesday, August 12 - It rained again heavy today. I was downtown three times today. I got a telegram from Louis saying he will be at home tomorro.

Thursday, August 13 - I drove down to the I. C. depot and brought Anna up to the house. Louis and Anna came without Uncle. Ma took her out buggy riding this afternoon. Mrs. Reiff and Florence were here this evening.

Friday, August 14 - It was cloudy near all day. I was downtown. Ma and Anna was out riding this afternoon.

Saturday, August 15 - It rained very heavy again this morning. The water was all over the street and sidewalk again. We made a box for the music box to ship it to New York to get it fixed. Louis got a new comb for it but we could not adjust it so it would play the tunes right. I did not go downtown today. Louis was downtown twice.

Sunday, August 16 - This was another cloudy damp day. I was over visiting with Gid Hawley this afternoon. Ma and Anna walked out this evening. EtheI was here this afternoon.

Monday, August 17 - This was a nice warm day. L. W. White made another survey and gets our sidewalk ten inches higher then the other survey. Ma and Anna were out riding this afternoon. Louis end Ethel went out riding this evening after supper.

Tuesday, August 18 - It rained this afternoon and stoped Binnel from hauling ground. He hauled four loads this afternoon and four loads last week. F. M. was here to see Aunt Anna. It rained soon after he left. Stoped Binnel from hauling ground.

Wednesday, August 19 - It rained during the night. Today was very warm. Binnel hauled five loads of ground today. Mr. and Mrs. Knapp were here and Mrs. Carrie DeCou was here but Anna & Ma was out riding so she did not see then. They got home while the Knapps were here. We had a nice little visit together. Louis and Ethel were out riding this evening. Louis was out to Millies today. He went out with Wm. Suddic.

Thursday August 20 - This was a nice warm day. Louis took Anna out for a long ride in the country. Mrs. Art DeCou was here. Ma was over to Mrs. Porters at the Aid Society. Binnel hauled eighteen loads ground which makes thirty one loads in all under the walk we are going to put down. Mrs. Art DeCou was here this afternoon.

Friday, August 21 - This was a fine day. Chine and Herman came up at noon. Ma, Anna, Chine and Herman were out riding this afternoon. Louis end I drove out to the mill to see how they repaired the road there. It was done by donation work.

Saturday, August 22 - This was a fine day. We had a light shower after dinner. Jesse, Millie and children were here to supper. We had a good visit together. Anna is much better. I went downtown with Jesse.

Sunday, August 23 - F. M. came up and took dinner with us. Mrs. Porter and Ethel was here also. We had a good time and all enjoyed it very much. Frank and his family went home in the three o'clock train. Elmer Riggle is packing up his household goods to ship it to Masedonia Pottowatomi County where he is going to reside. He does not leave to leave Woodbine but got out of a job here.



Monday, August 24 - This was a nice day. Mr. Riggel left this evening. He paid me three dollars balance of rent. Anna, Ma and I were out to Watkins this afternoon. Jesse Harry Yeager Henderson and their families were fishing opposite Watkins in the Bayou. We did not go down to the river, so we did not get any of their fun and pleasure but had a nice call on Mrs. Watkins and dauters. It rained this evening.

Tuesday, August 25 - We had quite a heavy shower last evening.. Frank came up to Woodbine again today. I had a good deal of work to clean up in and around the house that Riggel moved out of so I did not get down to see Frank.

Wednesday, August 26 - It rained heavy last night and rained all day. The river is out of its banks again. The street was full of water again but the filling up of our sidewalk kept it out in the street. It did not get on our walk, but was all over Ruggs again.

Thursday, August 27 - It rained last night again and today, until after noon and cloudy and wet until we went to bed. Mr. Stephen Crow tried to walk home and was brought back with the dray. He is very old but smart for his great age. He fell in the water, he stayed at Berkleys over night.

Friday, August 28 - Today was pretty fair but sprinkled a very little. I was downtown. Ma and Anna was downtown for a walk. Louis was to Westside to look up a location.

Saturday, August 29 - This was a nice day. I was downtown but it was too muddy to go out riding. Ma and Anna went downtown. We were all over to Rieffs to a reception given to Harold and his wife. They and Paul came up from Omaha last evening. There was a large number of friends of the family there. I should say about fifty people were there and we enjoyed ourselves very much and left about twelve o'clock.

Sunday, August 30 - This was another fine day but not too cool for the ripening of the crops of corn. Louis, Anna and Ethel were riding out in the country this evening. Harold Reiff and his wife were here this afternoon. They intended to have their pictures taken. A group of the whole Reiff family as F. M. Hoyer promised to come up from Mo. Valley to take a negative.

Monday, August 31 - This was a fine day. I was downtown. Louis was up to Westside to see about a location to start into business. Ma and Anna were out riding this afternoon. They drove up as far as J. M. Tracy's. Then Louis and Ethel drove out after supper. Frank Deputy rented house No. 1 for eight dollars per month. He will move in tomorro.

Tuesday, September 1, 1903 - F. M. was up today. Ma and Anna drove down to see him. They then took a drive. I was downtown. Frank Deputy moved into our house No. 1 today and paid a months rent in advance. Mrs. Rugg was here this evening.

Wednesday, Sept. 2 - This was a fine day. Ma and Anna went down to Mo. Valley to visit with Chine. I was at home all day. Louis and Ethel went out riding this evening. Jesse was in today but we did not see him.

Thursday, Sept. 3 - We expected Ma and Anna home this evening but they did not come. Louis was at the depot for them with the buggy. I was at home all day. Girl baby born this morning - Bertha-

Friday, September 4 - Louis and H. C. Ford went to Westside this morning and came back this afternoon. Louis thinks of locating at Westside. I was down to the depot to meet Ma and Anna but they did not come. We got a note from Herb saying they have another girl baby born yesterday morning at six o'clock. Mother and baby doing well.



Saturday, September 5 - John Cox, W. D. Swain and their help, N. Legan and S. Lumley worked at the cement walk until the rain drove them off at four o'clock. Ma and Anna came home at six o'clock. I was down with buggy and brought them up to the house.

Sunday, September 6 - This was a fine day. Louis and Ethel drove out to Jesse this evening. Ma and Anna staid at home. I was over at Hawleys this evening.

Monday, September 7 - The men finished our side walk at four o'clock this afternoon. They then went out to the ball game. There was a large crowd there as they had the band there. I was downtown this evening.

Tuesday, September 8 - F. M. was up today. Ma and Anna were out in the buggy this afternoon. I was downtown. I told F. Rugg where he could get ground so he got one load this evening.

Wednesday, September 9 - It rained a little early this morning. Rugg got some ground this forenoon but it rained all afternoon so nothing was done.

Thursday, September 10 - We cleaned out the stove pipe and flews this morning. Rugg got some more ground. I leveled it for him. Louis took Ma and Annie out to Millie's this afternoon, they staid there and Louis came back with the buggy. After supper he and Ethel drove out awhile.

Friday, September 11 - The sun shone bright this morning but about nine o'clock it commenced to rain so Rugg only got three loads of ground but I think he has enough to put the walk on. It cleared off this afternoon. I was downtown and left a check for Cox end Swain to pay for the cement walk.

Saturday, September 12 - It rained steady during the night and up to ten o'clock this forenoon, then cleared off nice. After dinner it rained again very heavy.

Sunday, September 13 - It rained all day and is raining as I go to bed. Ma and Anna is still out at Millies.

Monday, September 14 - It rained during the night and was cloudy and drizisling all day. I was downtown awhile. Louis was down to Omaha today.

Tuesday, September 15 for Wednesday error - There was a frost this morning, the first for this fall. The day was nice but this evening it rained heavy again. Ma and Anna came home with Jesse this afternoon. I washed and cleaned fifty eight bottles for bottling the wine I made six weeks ago.

Wednesday, September 16 - I was cloudy and damp all day. I made a mistake in writing todays yesterday so this writing is for yesterday.

Thursday, September 17 - We had a little frost this morning but the day was but cool.

Friday, September 18 - I paid Mr. Arnold for the coal. This was a fine day very pleasant. Ma and Anna were out with Topsy. I bottled off some of the wine. Mrs. Mills was here after Ma and Anna left to go riding. Louis went to Westside this morning.

Saturday, September 19 - This was a very nice day. I scrubed the floor of the sellar and was downtown to see Frank Deputy. He is going to move in a house he has traded in on his store goods. Louis done his first job in Westside today.

Sunday, Sept. 20 - Louis came home this morning and found Anna in one of her worst moods. He has opened up a jewelery and watch store in Westside and thinks it a good place to start in business for himself. We all wish him success. Ma and Anna were out walking this afternoon. Louis and Ethel were out riding this evening. I was over to Reiffs this afternoon. I stoped at Hawleys awhile.

Monday, September 21 - This was a fine day. Louis went to Westside this morning. Anna took a long walk out about a mile above Lotspeech's farm, when she came back her and Ma took a drive. I was downtown twice today.

Tuesday, September 22 - Walter Minsey rented house No 1 and paid eight dollars which pays rent up to Oct. 31st 1903. F. Deputy bought Minseys house so they just changed residences, they expect to move this week sometime. I raised the front gate to swing over the raised walk. Jesse, Millie and the children came in at noon. Jesse was down to Logan to see the ball game between Persia and Woodbine teams. Persia won eight to one in favor of Persia. I took down the fence in front of Ely street lot.

Wednesday, Sept. 23 - This was a fine day, cool and dry. I was downtown with the buggy and brought two bushels of corn and a sack full of wheat. Ma and Anna were out walking this afternoon. F. Bennet hauled the old side walk plank and the old fence posts and wire from the Ely street house. I took up the fence as they said they would rather have no fence in front of the house.

Thursday, September 24 - Anna, Ma and I left for Portsmouth at 9:15 this morning. We stoped at Wm. Yeagers to dinner and visited until 2 P. M. Got to Bertha's at four this evening.

Friday, September 25 - At Portsmouth --

Saturday, September 26 - We left Portsmouth at nine o'clock this morning in a cold cloudy and misty rain after leaving town. It rained faster so we stoped and put the curtains on the top and rain apron over the robe and went on. It soon stoped raining but was cold riding. We stoped again at Wm. Yeagers while there it rained again but not enough to make the road slipery. We got to Woodbine at five o'clock all right. Old Topsy done very well.

Sunday, September 27 - This was a fine day. Mr. and Mrs. Reiff were here visiting this evening. We were at home all day.

Monday, September 28 - This -was a nice day. I was downtown. I go away very little as I do not like to leave Anna and Ma alone.

Tuesday, September 29 - This was a fine day but towards evening it clouded up and rained a very little before we went to bed. F. M. was up but I did not get to see him, he was only here a couple, of hours.

Wednesday, September 30 - It rained some today. I was over to the Ely St, house and painted inside this afternoon. I was downtown this evening for the mail.

Thursday, October 1 - 1903 - It rained near all day. I did no painting today. I was downtown for the mail.

Friday, October 2 - This was a very warm day. I was downtown this forenoon. This afternoon I painted the kitchen at Ely Street house. Anna was downtown today and is better than she was since we came home from Berthas'.

Saturday, October 3 - It rained last night and some this forenoon. I finished painting the three rooms in Ely St. house this afternoon. I was downtown and paid Tom Binnel for the ground he hauled on our sidewalk.

Sunday, October 4 - This was nice day. Jesse, Millie and children were here to dinner. Louis came home this morning. Mrs. Stephen Crow was buried today, I was to the funeral. Louis and Ethel were out riding, they spent the evening with us.

Monday, October 5 - This was a fine day. Dr. Cole was here with his wash medicine. Mrs. Porter, Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Blackman and Mrs. Garner were here today. I was downtown.

Tuesday, October 6 - It rained during the night, and showery with some hail near all day. F. M. was up awhile but did not come up to the house. Anna don't seem to get much better.

Wednesday, October 7 - It was very windy and pretty cold today. I made a walk from the sidewalk into the house No. 1. I was downtown for mail.

Thursday, October 8 - This was a nice cool day. I was downtown and got a wire stretcher from W. Minsey to raise the fence where we made cement walk, as we fill up we have to raise the fence. Mrs. Minsey was over to see Ma this afternoon. Ma is better again but is worying about Anna. Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Tuttle were here.

Friday, October 9 - This was a fine day. I worked at raising the fence until noon. After dinner we went out to Millies'. We got home in time to feed the hens before dark.

Saturday, October 10 - I finished the fence at noon, I was downtown all afternoon. Jesse was here, he got some celery and sweet potatoes.

Sunday, October 11 - We had a couple of small showers today. I was down to Tuttles this after noon. Ma received a letter today from Uncle stating that he would soon get married and the news upset Anna again. She goes on terrible crying all the time.

Monday, October 12 - It rained a little this morning but I dug the potatoes on lot No. 1 and got two bushels of good and a peck of small ones to cook for the chickens. I was downtown this evening. I got a letter from Louis. Mrs. Reiff was here this afternoon. Anna was pretty good.

Tuesday, October 13 - F. M. came up at noon and he was up to supper this evening. I was downtown all afternoon. Ma and Anna was down to both Tuttles this afternoon. I cut the grass around the walks today.

Wednesday, October 14 - This was a fine day. I was downtown. I mowed the lawn today and think it will be the last mowing for this fall. Anna, Ma and I were over to Reiffs, staid to supper and spent the evening with them.

Thursday, October 15 - This was a fine cool day. I was downtown. Got three letters two from Uncle and one from Mrs. Shadel all from Reading, Pa.

Friday, October 16 - This was a fine cool day. Anna's box came by Adam's express. I was downtown. I dug up and put in the cellar the beets.

Saturday, October 17 - This was a fine cool day. I was downtown this afternoon. I saw W. H. Burkholder, he had just come from Portsmouth. He says they are all well over there except Bertha. She is not well she is very weak and still has an ugly cough. Jesse was hauling hogs to town for Mr. Campbell.

Sunday, October 18 - Louis came home this morning. Ethel and he was out in the country with the buggy this afternoon. They spent the evening with us. I was down to the postoffice at noon.

Monday, October 19 - I took up carpet up stairs and whiped it. After dinner Ma, Anna and I drove out to Millies. I was downtown this evening.

Tuesday, October 20 - F. M. was up today. He was here to supper. Mrs. Lowrey, Mrs. Damery and Annie were here. Also Mrs. McNorton. I was downtown all the afternoon. Mrs. Williams was also here.

Wednesday, October 21 - This was a very fine warm day. We took up the carpet in the siting room and whiped it and took up the paper and cleaned it and moped up the floor and cleaned the pictures and all. Anna was good and helped us very much. I was down to the post office this evening.

Thursday, October 22 - This was a fine day but cooler. I took tools and an oak plank over to Ely Street and made a step at the back porch and I painted the storm windows on one side. I was down to the post office.

Friday, October 23 - This was a fine day. I sawed and split up all the old rotten sidewalk plank into stove wood. Anna, Millie and I were out to Damerys' this afternoon. Mr. Damery died yesterday.

Saturday, October 24 - This was a fine day. Mr. Damerys' body arrived here at one o'clock today and was taken out to his late home and will be buried tomorro at 10 A.M. from the home. I was downtown this afternoon.

Sunday, October 25 - This was a fine day. I was out to Mr. Damerys' funeral. Ma and Anna would not go along so I got Mr. Rugg to go along. There were a great many people there and was a long procession of vehicles. Ma and Anna were out towards evening. Mr. & Mrs. Reiff were here this evening. Anna was very good today.

Monday, October 26 - This was a fine day. Ma and Anna were out riding this afternoon. I drove downtown & on my way back I took Gid Hawley home. Mrs. Cherry was here this afternoon. Louis went to Chicago today.

Tuesday, October 27 - This was a fine day. I painted the other side of the storm windows. Mrs. Berkley was here this afternoon also Mrs. Reiff. F. M. was here to supper. He brought us a fine Mallard duck. We got a letter from Louis this evening from Chicago.

Wednesday, October 28 - This was a fine day. I was downtown twice today. Ethel came and hitched Topsy to the buggy and her, Anna and Mrs. Porter took a ride. Anna seemed to enjoy it very much. Ma & Anna were out calling this afternoon. F.M. was here overnight as he could get no train last night.

Thursday, October 29 - This was a fine day. I was downtown.

Friday, October 30 - We intended to go to Logan today but it looked so much for rain but did not rain until after supper and is raining as we go to bed.

Saturday, October 31 - It rained a little during the night and was cloudy all day. I was downtown three times today. F. M. was up today but did not see him. Anna was downtown twice today. She is geting along fine the last week past. It is raining this evening. The Mayor appointed a lot off extra police for tonight to keep order on account of being hallowene. Frank came up in the one o'clock train and went back in the two o'clock train so I was told.

Sunday November 1 , 1903 - This was a warm damp day with rain this evening. Mr. and Mrs. Reiff were here this afternoon and Ethel was here with Louis this evening. Louis came from Westside this morning.

Monday, November 2 - This was a wet day. It rained a good deal. Mr. Hawkins hauled five loads of ground in front of our sidewalk. I was downtown this evening to a gas stock holders meeting. We elected officers and heard the report read. The chair appointed and auditing committe etc.

Tuesday, November 3 - This was a fine day. The election was very quiet. F. M. was up today to take a negative of the basket ball team of girls. He did not come up to the house. Hawkins brought eight loads this afternoon.

Wednesday, November 4 - This was a fine day but got cooler toward night. Mr. Hawkins brought sixteen loads of ground today, which I think will be enough when I get it all leveled off. I worked at the walk near all day. Ma & Anna were out calling this afternoon. The election went republican for all the County Candidates.

Thursday, November 5 - This was a fine day but cool. I finished the leveling of side walk end set three hitch posts. I was downtown to settle for hauling the dirt but he has more loads than I have so he wants to see my tally sheet and compare them. Mrs. C. J. Tuttle was here this afternoon. Ma and Anna went with her over to Reiffs. They called in to Mrs. Rugg on their way home.

Friday, November 6 - The thermometer regestered twenty four this morning at seven o'clock. I was downtown today. Mrs. Mintsey was here this afternoon. I did not find Hawkins today.

Saturday, November 7 - This was a nice cool day. I was downtown this afternoon. Anna was all right for the last two weeks but today she is worse again. We are very much troubled about her. Mrs. Mincey was here.

Sunday, November 8 - It was pretty cold today. We were at home all day except I was down for the mail. Anna was very bad today. It was awful how she went on.

Monday, November 9 - I was at home all day. Anna was down to post office twice this evening but is not good.

Tuesday, November 10 - F. M. was up today, he went back again on two o'clock train. I was downtown twice today. It clouded up this afternoon and looks as if we would get a storm.

Wednesday November 11 - This was a very fine day. Anna, Ma and I were out to Millie's this afternoon. We got two pounds of butter and gave her fifty cents so the next pound is paid for.

Thursday, November 12 - This was a fine day. I hoed the strawberry patch and filled up the hen house and cleaned it out. The hole I dug for the dirt I put old stove pipe, tin cans and trash in. Mrs. Chas. Hanson was here this afternoon and also Miss Peckham.

Friday, November 13 - It snowed this morning pretty fast, the first snow for this winter but by three o'clock it was all gone, left nothing but mud. This evening was nice and warm. Ma was down to the flower show this afternoon. Anna and I staid home. I was downtown this evening.

Saturday, November 14 - This was a fine day but clouded up this afternoon. I put the pipe of the kitchen stove up through to the second floor, and cleaned the stove pipe and chimneys. I was downtown.

Sunday, November 15 - Louis came home this morning. The day was cloudy and misty and damp. Louis and Ethel spent the evening with us.

Monday, November 16 - Louis left this morning. It was cold and windy all day. Annie was down to the post office and got a box package from the P.O. and a letter from Uncle which eased her mind very much.

Tuesday, November 17 - 10 degrees above - It was cold all day. F. M. did not come to W. I was downtown and got a pair of wool shoes $1.50, with leather soles and a pair of over shoes $1.25 at K & S paid Mr. Shepard for them $2.75. F. Rugg helped me get the storm sash down off of the barn up stairs. I put them in and took the screens out. It was a very cold job.

Wednesday, November 18 - 8 degrees above - It was cold today. I was downtown and got a pair of pants for which I am to pay $1.75 if they suit me. Mrs. Rugg was here this afternoon.

Thursday, November 19 - 8 degrees above - This was a nice day. I was downtown and paid for the pair of pants I got yesterday. Mrs. Reiff was here this afternoon. Anna went downtown with her. Ma was over to Bennets.

Friday, November 20 - This was a pleasant day. I was downtown with the buggy. Ma and Anna was over to Minsey. I was over to see Mr. Farnsworth. He has been sick again.

Saturday, November 21 - I was downtown all afternoon, this was a fine day.

Sunday, November 22 - This was a fine warm day. I was down to C. J. Tuttles. Mrs. Reiff and Fred were here while I was away. Ma and Anna were to church this evening.

Monday, November 23 - This was a fine day. I was downtown twice.

Tuesday, November 24 - It snowed a little last night. And today it snowed all day and this evening there is a heavy snow on the ground. I was downtown to look for mail. Got a letter from Bertha.

Wednesday, November 25 - Today was a warm cloudy day. I was downtown. Got a letter for Anna from Uncle. The snow has melted considerable today.

Thursday, November 26 - It was very cloudy day but no snow or rain. Jesse, Millie and I were to Mrs. J. R. Burkholders funeral. Ma and Anna took care of Millies children while they were gone.

Friday, November 27 - It was cloudy again today but warm. The sun shown for awhile today. I was downtown this afternoon. Bert Howorths house took fire last night and damaged by fire and water about five hundred dollars worth. Ma and Anna were down to William Tuttles this afternoon.

Saturday, November 28 - I was downtown. The day was nice.

Sunday, November 29 - Louis came this morning. Ethel came and spent the evening with us. The day was nice.

Monday, November 30 - This was a cloudy day. Just at dark it commenced to snow. I was downtown.

Tuesday, December 1 - It did not snow much. The day was fine. I was downtown twice. Ma and Anna was out calling Deputys, McNortons and Miss Peckhams.

Wednesday, December 2 - This was a clear cold windy day. I was downtown. Anna got a letter from Uncle.

Thursday, December 3 - This was a cloudy windy day not very cold. I was downtown. Ma was over to Mills. The aid society met there this afternoon. Mintsey paid his rent today.

Friday, December 4 - This was a cloudy and cold day. I was downtown.

Saturday, December 5 - This was a nice clear but cold day. I was downtown twice. Ma and Anna was out calling this afternoon.

Sunday, December 6 - This was a very fine clear warm day. Anna, Ma and I were out to Millies but they were not at home. Sam came at noon, Ma and Anna got dinner. We all ate dinner visiting until three o'clock, then we drove home.

Monday, December 7 - This was a fine day. I was downtown. Ma and Anna were out riding this afternoon.

Tuesday, December 8 - It snowed a little off and on all day but very little on the ground. I was downtown. I saw Jesse and his father. Jesse finished husking on Thursday last.

Wednesday December 9 - It snowed a couple of inches last night and snowed some and blew hard all day a regular Blizzard. I was downtown.

Thursday, December 10 - 2 degrees above - It snowed a good bit today and was cold this morning. Two degrees above zero. I was downtown.

Friday, December 11 - It was warm again today. The sleighing is near gone again. Anna did not come down stairs until two o'clock and is very much troubled and cried a great deal. I was down to the P. O. twice. J. P. Evens died this morning and I was told will be buried tomorro.

Saturday, December 12 - 4 degrees above - This was a very cold sharp windy day. I was downtown awhile. Anna worries a great deal and crys a great deal.

Sunday, December 13 - Louis came at noon, his train was five hours late. Ethel and he spent the evening with us. The day was fine but cold.

Monday, December 14 - This morning was very cold, four degrees below zero, Anna is not well at all today. Mr. and Mrs. Bennet were here this afternoon and this evening.

Tuesday, December 15 - It was not so cold today. Jesse, Millie and the children were here to dinner and Ethel was here all afternoon. Mrs. Bennet was here awhile too. I was down town with Jesse. Anna is very much better today.

Wednesday, December 16 - This was a warm cloudy day. I was downtown for the mail.

Thursday, December 17 - This was a nice warm winter day. I was downtown for the mail.

Friday, December 18 - This was a warm cloudy misty day. I was down to the P. O, twice. It is very quiet.

Saturday, December 19 - This was a fine day. Jesse, Millie and the children were here all afternoon. Ethel was here and staid to supper and spent part of the evening with us. I was downtown.

Sunday, December 20 - This was a nice warm clear day. I was down to the post office. Ma was to church. I was over to Reiffs awhile. Mr. and Mrs. were not at home.

Monday, December 21 - This was a fine warm day. I was downtown.

Tuesday, December 22 - This was a very nice clear warm day. I was downtown twice. Anna and Ma was downtown this afternoon. This was the first time Anna was away from the house for two weeks.

Wednesday, December 23 - This was a very fine warm calm day, just like spring weather. I was downtown twice, Anna and Ma were downtown. Jesse was here to dinner. He brought me a small load of corn at thirty five cents a bushel, fourteen bushels, lacking ten pounds.

Thursday, December 24 - This was a fine day. I was downtown and Anna and Ma was downtown this afternoon. There were a great many buggies on the street and the stores were full of people.

Friday, December 25 - It blew up cold during the night and today was very windy and cold this evening. The thermometer was down to zero this evening. We had intended to go out to spend Christmas with Millie but it was too cold and windy. I was down for the mail.

Saturday, December 26 - It was much warmer again today quite pleasant. I was downtown. Jesse brought us some butter he did not know how much so I did not pay him for it. Ma was over to Rieffs this afternoon. Anna staid at home alone.

Sunday, December 27 - This was a fine warm day. Louis came home early this morning. Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Porter and Ethel were here to dinner and spent the day, with us. We enjoyed their visit very much. Ethel was here to supper and spent the evening with us. Louis and Ethel were over at Reiffs awhile.

Monday, December 28 - This was a fine day. I was downtown. Anna seems quite well again.

Tuesday, December 29 - Today was a little colder but a nice day. I was downtown. Anna was down to the post office and baker for bunns.

Wednesday, December 30 - It was cold this morning. Twelve above zero. I was downtown three times today. Mrs. F.M. Smith was here this afternoon.

Thursday, December 31 - This was a very fine clear warm day. Jesse hauled cobs to town for Fred Carrier. I had a talk with him. There was a good many people in town. Annie cried again this evening. We were going to go out to Millies today but Ma was not well enough to ride out so we staid at home. I was downtown twice today.

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