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Elam Bartholomew Diary
Amounts Recd. in Cancellation at Rockport Postoffice Apr.1st 1895 to Aug. 31st 1905.
1895 =
$19.92
1896 =
45.10
1897 = 46.35
1898 = 51.12
1899 = 52.80
1900 = 49.53
1901 = 72.46
1902 = 86.40
1903 = 81 73
1904 = 71.67
1905 = 33.70
Total $610.78

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January, 1877.
Mon. 1st Having a holiday and not holding school, the day was spent in reading and writing.
In the evening a genuine surprise party occurred at our house when about 30 of our neighbors came in unheralded with baskets and buckets filled with New Years' eatables so we all enjoyed a good supper and a general good time all round in pleasant chat, games and amusements until one oclock at which time our guests departed to their several homes.
Tues. 2, Wed. 3, Th. 4, Fr. 5 In the school room each of these 4 days without variation.
On the 4th brother Elias of Louisville Ks. made us a call and staid all night with us on the 5th. He is here to comply with the homestead law so that his claim near here may not be contested for abandonment.
Sat. 6 Spent the day in knocking about at miscellaneous work. Brother Elias left today on his return to Louisville.
Sun. 7 Spent the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 8 At school.
Tu. 9 At school.
Wed. 10 At school.
Th. 11 At school.
Fr. 12 At school.
Sat. 13 Worked in the a.m. at hauling up wood and in the p.m. went down to Sam'l Hebrew's on an errand and came home at 5:30 oclock.

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Jan. 1877.
Sun. 14 A counterpart of the 7th.
Mon. 15 A most terrific snow storm being the order of the day I did not go to the school house but spent the day at home in reading and trying to keep the house warm.
Tu. 16, Wed. 17 There being no fuel at the school house each of these two days was spent at home in reading & writing.
Th. 18 In the school room again.
Frid. 19 At school.
Sat. 20 At school.
Sun. 21 Another counterpart of the 7th.
Mon. 22 At school.
Tu. 23 At school.
Wed. 24 Went to the school house in the morning and on the way there learned of the death, yesterday, of our young friend and neighbor John Kling (whose name is frequently mentioned in this diary) so I dismissed school and returned home and in the afternoon at 2 oclock we attended the funeral at Samuel Hebrew's (where the young man was boarding) which was conducted by a Rev. Mr. Jerrold of Kirwin. The interment was made in a newly proposed cemetery on the S. W. corner of Mr. Sam'l Hebrew's farm. Came home about 5:30 P.M. with a saddened heart as this was the first funeral of one of my young men friends that I have ever attended!

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Th. 25 At school.
Fr. 26 At school.
Sat. 27 At school.
Sun. 28 Still another part of the 7th inst.
Mon. 29 At school.
Tu. 30 At school.
Wed. 31 At school.
February, 1877.
Th. 1st At school.
Tu. 2 At school.
Sat. 3 Spent the day in knocking about at miscellaneous work.
Sun. 4 Spent the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 5 At school.
Tu. 6 At school.
Wed. 7 At school.
Th. 8 At school.
Fr. 9 At school.
Sat. 10 Made a trip to Stockton to attend to some business connected with my office of Clerk of the Dist. Court and while there appointed Henry M. Hill to act as my deputy during my absence. Came home about 5 oclock p.m.
Sun. 11 A counterpart of the 4th inst.
Mon. 12 At school.
Tu. 13 At school.
Wed. 14 At school.
Th. 15 At school.
Fr. 16 At school.

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Feb. & March, 1877
Sat. 17 A counterpart of the 3d inst.
Sun. 18 Another counterpart of the 4th inst.
Mon. 19 At school.
Tu. 20 At school.
Wed. 21 At school.
Th. 22 At school.
Fr. 23 At school.
Sat. 24 Another counterpart of the 3d inst.
Sun. 25 Still another counterpart of the 4th inst.
Mon. 26 At school.
Tu. 27 At school.
Wed. 28 At school.
March, 1877.
Th. 1st At school.
Fr. 2 Last day of school!
Sat. 3 The weather being very cold I spent the a.m. in reading but the p.m. being more moderate I worked at hauling wood up from the timber.
Sun. 4 Spent the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 5, Tues. 6 Spent each of these 2 days in knocking about at miscellaneous work.
Wed. 7 Spent the a.m. mostly in reading and in the p.m. with Rachel went down to Mr. Foote's where we remained until evening when we all went to D. A. Duff's to attend a social party,

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after which we returned to Foote's where we remained all night.
Th. 8 Came home at 9 a.m. and worked the remainder of the day at chopping wood.
Fr. 9 Went up to Rockport after the mail in the a.m. and knocked about a miscellaneous work in the p.m.
Sat. 10 Chopped wood all day.
Sun. 11 A counterpart of the 4th inst.
Mon. 12 Exactly the same as last Friday.
Tu. 13, Wed. 14 Worked both of these days at making an excavation for a milk-house.
Th. 15 Finished the excavating in the a.m. and worked in the p.m. at cutting logs for the part above ground and timber for the roof.
Fr. 16 Made a trip to Rockport after the mail and getting home at 11 a.m. spent the remainder of the day mostly in reading.
Sat. 17 Went down to D. A. Duffs in the morning on an errand where I spent the day in visiting and in knocking about with Mr. Duff at his work. Home at 4:30 p.m.
Sun. 18 Spent the a.m. in reading and in the p.m. we went down to D. A. Duff's on a short call and came home about 5 oclock.
Mon. 19 Went to Stockton to attend to some Tp. trustee business & came home at 5 oclock p.m.

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Mch. 1877
Tues. 20 As Tp. Trustee and overseer of the poor went to the home of Jacob Shell and Mrs. Mary Messinger to make arrangements for their maintenance by the county as they have applied to me for such aid. Came home at noon and spent the p.m. in reading.
Wed. 21 Went down to D. A. Duff's in the morning after some seed wheat but not being able to get all I needed, came home and went at once to J. A. Bailey's where I secured the remaining amount and came home at noon and having one of the neighbors do the sowing I worked at harrowing the wheat in.
Th. 22 Having employed one of the neighbors to finish my wheat harrowing I spent the a.m. in knocking about at not much of anything and the p.m. in chopping wood.
Fr. 23 The weather being very cold with a snow storm going most of the day the time was spent mostly in reading.
Sat. 24 Spent nearly the whole day in writing.
Sun. 25 Another counterpart of the 4th inst.
Mon. 26 Spent most of the day in planting potatoes.
Tu. 27 Knocked about at making garden and other miscellaneous work.
Wed. 28, Th. 29 Spent each of these two days in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts but nothing in particular.

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Mch. & April, 1877.
Fr. 30 Went up to Rockport after the mail in the a.m. and worked in the p.m. at quarrying rock to wall a well.
Sat. 31 Worked all day at quarrying rock as above.
April, 1877.
Sun. 1st Spent the day in reading and rest
Mon. 2 Same as March 31st.
Tu. 3, Wed. 4 Went down to C.C. Foote's where I worked each of these 2 days at making [pailing], railing and posts for an enclosure to the grave of our late lamented friend John Kling. Came home in the evening of both days.
Th. 5, Fr. 6 Spent each of these 2 days in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.
Sat. 7 Went down to Mr. Footes in the morning and with him went down to the new cemetery where we put up the enclosure mentioned on the 3d and 4th and getting back to Mr. Foote's at 2 p.m. worked the remainder of the day for him at repairing a wagon. Home at 6 oclock.
Sun. 8 A counterpart of the 1st inst.
Mon. 9 Went down to H. E. Williams after a wind-lass to do well digging and getting home at noon spent the p.m. at work in the well. Sam Shell assisted me.

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April, 1877.
Tues. 10 With help of Shell continued work all day on the well, about completing it.
Wed. 11 Miscellaneous work a little of everything.
Th. 12 Knocked about at miscellaneous work in the a.m. and worked in the p.m. at hauling up rock for walling the new well and for other purposes.
Fr. 13 Made a trip to the postoffice in the a.m. and worked in the p.m. at laying up a stone wall along the bank on the north side of the house.
Sat. 14 Finished the wall at 9 a.m. and worked the remainder of the day at sinking the well deeper.
Sun. 15 Another counterpart of the 1st inst.
Mon. 16, Tu. 17 Continued work on the well in the a.m. of both these days but the p.m. of each day being rainy did no work.
Wed. 18 Made a business errand down to C. C. Footes in the a.m. and a trip to the P.O. after the mail in the p.m. which occupied the day.
Th. 19 Spent the time in hauling rock for the well and logs for the milk-house until 2 p.m. and then went down to Mr. Foote's after a small load of lumber and came home about 5 oclock.
Fr. 20 Went up to the postoffice in the a.m. and getting home at noon spent the p.m. in work on the milk-house.

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Sat. 21 Worked at the well today finishing the walling thereof.
Sun. 22 A prairie fire from the south being the order of the day until 1 p.m. the fighting the same, with many others, about 2 miles east of here. Came home at 1 oclock and spent the remainder of the day in rest.
Mon. 23 Went up to the post office in the a.m. and getting back at noon spent the p.m. in knocking about at a little of everything.
Tu. 24 Made a business trip to Kirwin and returned about 6 oclock p.m.
Wed. 25 Miscellaneous work in the a.m. and an errand to C. C. Foote's in the p.m. Home at 6 oclock.
Th. 26 It being rainy all day the time was spent in reading and writing.
Fr. 27 Cold and rainy all day with a disagreeable northwest wind. Spent the day mostly in reading.
Sat. 28 Helped Rachel with work about the house until 3 p.m. and then made trip to the post office after the mail.
Many cattle perished from the severe storm of yesterday and day before!
Sun. 29 Still another counterpart of the 1st inst.
Mon. 30 Made a business trip to Stockton horse-back and came home at 5 oclock p.m.

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May, 1877.
Tues. 1st With Mrs. Mary C. Jerby assisted by Mrs. Sarah Privett and Mrs. Mary Messinger I was presented with a 10 lb. son and heir at 5 oclock this morning and thus dawns another era in my life history.
Spent the day at chore work in and about the house.
Wed. 2, Th. 3 Worked both of these days at assessing the property of the residents of this (Bow Creek) township. Came home each evening.
Fr. 4 Spent the day in manufacturing a home made lounge.
Sat. 5 Knocked about at miscellaneous carpentry jobs.
Sun. 6 Spent the day mostly in reading and rest.
Mon. 7 Spent the day up the creek assessing about 15 miles, stopping for the night with Co. Supt. Pub. Inst., Moses Adamson.
Tu. 8 Completed my assessing today and came home at 7 oclock p.m.
Wed. 9 Made a trip to Stockton to carry in my assessors returns and came home at 3:30 p.m.
Th. 10, Fr. 11, Sat. 12 Spent each of these three days in and about the house acting as ?chief cook and bottle washer? in house work!
Sun. 13 A counter part of last Sunday.

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Mon. 14 Went up to Rockport after the mail and returning at noon worked in the afternoon at making garden.
Tu. 15 Spent the a.m. in knocking about at a little of everything and the p.m. in breaking prairie sod.
Wed. 16 A counterpart of yesterday.
Th. 17 Worked at planting corn and cane on sod breaking with hand planter.
Fr. 18 It being rainy all day the time was spent mostly in reading.
Sat. 19 Miscellaneous work a little of everything.
Sun. 20 A counterpart of the 6th inst.
Mon. 21, Tu. 22 Spent these 2 days in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.
Wed. 23 Spent the a.m. in miscellaneous work and the p.m. in planting sod corn.
Th. 24 Planted corn as above, all day.
Fr. 25 A counterpart of the 18th.
Sat. 26 It still being very wet and disagreeable no outdoor work was done.
Sun. 27 Same as the 6th inst. with the exception of about an hour when we, Rachel, the new baby, George, and I went out for a walk over the farm and to view the high water in Bow Creek from the hill a half mile east of the house.

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May, 1877.
Mon. 28 Went to Stockton early in the morning to attend to my official duties as clerk at the May term of the Dist. Court, which was called at 9 a.m. by the sheriff but his honor, the Dist. Judge Joel Holt, not being present court adjourned until 9 a.m. tomorrow. Spent most of the day in attending to official business and put up for the night at the McNulty house.
Tu. 29 Judge Holt having come in last night court convened at 9 a.m. and continued in session throughout the day so I was kept busy in my official capacity. Past the night as last night.
Wed. 30, Th. 31 Continued in court work each of these 2 days without much variation.

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June, 1877.
Frid. 1st Continued in the court room all day and until 8 oclock in the evening at which time court adjourned for the term. Spent the night at the McNulty house as heretofore.
Sat. 2 Came home at noon and spent the p.m. in knocking about at not much of anything.
Sun. 3 Spent the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 4 Made a business trip to Stockton and while there was appointed by the county commissioners as one of the Teacher's Examining Board. Came home at 8 oclock p.m.
Tu. 5, Wed. 6 Spent each of these days in knocking about at all sorts of miscellaneous work.
Th. 7 Worked at hoeing in the garden.
Fr. 8 Went to the postoffice after the mail in the a.m. and the p.m. being cold and rainy the time was spent in reading.
Sat. 9 Birth Day: Age 25 years. Made business errands to C. C. Foote's and Wm Wisehart's in the a.m. and spent the p.m. at hoeing potatoes.
Sun. 10 A counterpart of the 3d inst.
Mon. 11 Miscellany in the a.m. and hoeing corn in the p.m.
Tu. 12 Worked for C. C. Foote at hoeing corn. Came home at 5 oclock, p.m.

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June, 1877.
Wed. 13 Worked at hoeing potatoes until 9 a.m. and the remainder of the day at finishing the milk-house mentioned under date of Apr. 19-20.
Th. 14 First Wedding Anniversary! Having a goodly number of callers and visitors the entire day was spent in helping to entertain our guests
Fr. 15 Knocked about at miscellaneous matters.
Sat. 16 As one of the teacher's examining board went to Stockton where I assisted in an examination. Came home at 7:30 p.m.
Sun. 17 W. E. Foster of Osborne City, a S. S. missionary for the American Sunday School Union of Philadelphia Pa., came in last evening after having canvassed the neighborhood somewhat and stopped with us for the night. At 10 oclock a.m. he organized a Sab. School at our house to be held at the same hour each Sab. I was chosen Supt. Spent the p.m. in reading and rest.
Mon. 18 Worked at plastering the milk-house.
Tu. 19 Spent the entire day in the capacity of baby nurse, Rachel being engaged at the wash-tub!
Wed. 20, Th. 21, Fr. 22 Spent each of these days in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts
and not much after all.

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Sat. 23 Knocked about at miscellaneous work.
Sun. 24 Participated in our Sab. School exercises at 10 a.m. and spent the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 25 Made a business trip to Kirwin and returned at 7:30 p.m.
Tu. 26, Wed. 27 Worked both of these days for neighbor N. Jerby at cradling, raking and binding rye. Mr. Jerby, J. A. Bailey, John Hastings and I expect to exchange work through harvest, running three cradles and sufficient additional force to rake, bind and shock the grain.
Th. 28 The a.m. being rainy did not do much of anything but in the p.m. worked for Mr. Jerby as above.
Fr. 29 Spent the a.m. in knocking about at a little of this, that and the other but in the p.m. worked for J. A. Bailey at cradling, raking and binding rye.
Sat. 30 Went to Stockton to assist in examining the county treasurers books for the past quarter and to attend to business connected with the clerk of the dist. court's office. Came home at 6 oclock p.m.

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July, 1877.
Sun. 1st A counterpart of June 24th.
Mon. 3 Worked for J. A. Bailey at cradling and binding rye in the a.m. and finishing that part of his harvest at noon, I came home and worked in the p.m. at cutting timber from which to build a pig pen.
Tu. 3 Worked for John Hastings at cradling and binding rye.
Wed. 4 Wife and I in company with Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Barker attended the national celebration at Kirwin and came home at 11 oclock at night.
Th. 5 Cradled and bound wheat for J. A. Bailey.
Fr. 6 Spent the day in knocking about at miscellaneous work.
Sat. 7 Worked at cutting and hauling poles from which to construct a pig pen.
Sun. 8 Participated in our S. S. exercises at 10 a.m. and in the p.m. at 3 oclock we attended the Sugar Loaf S. S., 5 miles west, and came home at 5:30 p.m. We rode up with the Privett family.
Mon. 9 Spent the day in knocking about at odd jobs of all sorts.
Tues. 10 Worked in the a.m. for J. A. Bailey at raking and binding wheat after the cradle & for N. Jerby in the p.m. at the same work.

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Wed. 11 Worked for N. Jerby at cradling, raking, binding and shocking wheat.
Thur. 12 Worked for J. A. Bailey today the same as for Jerby yesterday
Frid. 13 With the Bailey Hastings and Jerby forces worked at home today at helping to cut, bind and shock 5 acres of wheat.
Sat. 14 Worked in the wheat field today for John Hastings same as at home yesterday.
Sun. 15 Participated in our S. S. at 10 a.m. and spent the remainder of the day in reading, writing and rest.
Mon. 16 A counterpart of the 11th inst.
Tues. 17 The a.m. being rainy did not do much of anything but in the p.m. worked as above, for Mr. Jerby, in the wheat field.
Wed. 18 Another counterpart of the 11th inst.
Th. 19, Fri. 20 Worked these two days for Mr. Hastings at raking, binding and shocking wheat.
Sat. 21 Still another counterpart of the 11th inst.
Sun. 22 A counterpart of last Sunday.
Mon. 23 Spent the a.m. in knocking about at miscellaneous work and the p.m. with wife in visiting at C. C. Foote's.
Tu. 24 Went to Stockton on official business and came home at 7 oclock p.m.

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July, 1877.
Wed. 25 Light miscellaneous work.
Th. 26, Fr. 27, Sat. 28 Worked these three days at excavating for and hauling up timber from which to build a stable.
Sun. 29 A counterpart of the 15th inst.
Mon. 30, Tues. 31 Spent these 2 days at work on construction of the stable as indicated above.
August, 1877.
Wed. 1st, Thur. 2 Continued work each of these two days on construction of the stable.
Fr. 3, Sat. 4 The weather being rainy and wet these 2 days were spent mostly within doors reading and entertaining callers.
Sun. 5 Participated in our S. S. exercises at 10 a.m. and spent the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 6, Tues 7 Spent the forenoons of both these days in knocking about at miscellaneous work and the afternoons at work on the stable, as above.
Wed. 8 Continued work on the stable.
Thur. 9 Worked for Mrs. S. A. Privett at quarrying rock.
Fr. 10 Went up to Rockport after the mail in the a.m. and worked in the p.m. for Jacob Shell at stacking wheat.

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Sat. 11 The weather being very hot did not do much of anything all day. In the evening a number of the young folks of the community met at our house for a social sing.
Sun. 12 A counterpart of the 5th inst.
Mon. 13, Tues. 14, Wed. 15 Spent each of these three days in reading and knocking about at
light miscellaneous work.
Thur. 16 Quite sick all day with some sort of a bilious attack.
Frid. 17 Somewhat better yet not able to be about much. Mrs. J. A. Southard and daughter Ola and Mrs. C. C. Foote and daughter Kittie visited us several hours today.
Sat. 18 Went to Stockton on business and came home about 8 oclock p.m.
Sun. 19 Attended church services up the creek 2 ? miles at the old squire Davis house and listened to a good sermon by Rev. R. S. Osborne of Bull City. Took dinner at J. A. Bailey's and then came home and participated in our S. S. exercises at 3 oclock p.m.
Mon. 20 It being rainy spent the day mostly in reading and at work within doors.
Tues. 21 Knocked about at miscellaneous work until 3 p.m. and the remainder of the day worked for Jacob Shell helping thresh his wheat.

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August, 1877.
Wed. 22 Finished threshing for Mr. Shell at noon and spent the p.m. at home knocking about at miscellaneous work.
Th. 23 With wife and the baby went down to C. C. Foote's where we spent the day in social visiting coming home in the evening about sunset.
Fr. 24, Sat. 25 Spent each of these two days in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.
Sun. 26 Another counterpart of the 5th inst.
Mon. 27, Tues. 28 Each of these 2 days was spent same as the 24th and 25th.
Wed. 29 Worked for C. C. Foote at rebuilding and repairing a cattle corral.
Th. 30 Knocked about at miscellaneous work.
Fr. 31 Worked in the a.m. for Mrs. S. A. Privett at helping to put the large cottonwood ridge logs on the new stone dugout. In the p.m. Mr & Mrs. H. E. Williams and Miss Kittie Foote having called on us the time was spent in social visiting.

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September 1877.
Sat. 1st Light miscellaneous work.
Sun. 2 Participated in our S. S. exercises at 10 a.m. and spent the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 3 A counterpart of the 1st inst.
Tues. 4 Made a business trip to Stockton and came home at 7 oclock p.m.
Wed. 5 Another counterpart of the 1st inst.
Th. 6 With wife and little George attended a Sunday School picnic down the creek about 7 miles in Weaver & Warner's grove on the old Sayler place. Came home at 7 oclock pm.
First anniversary of ?Start for Kansas!?
Fr. 7 Worked in the a.m. at broadcast wheat sowing on ground previously plowed and had one of the neighbors, J. A. Bailey, harrow it in. Did not do much of anything in the p.m.
Sat. 8 Not being well and it being rainy the day was spent within doors.
Sun. 9 A counterpart of the 2nd inst.
Mon. 10 With wife and baby spent the day visiting at J. A. Bailey's.
Tu. 11 Resumed work on our stable, working thereat during the day.
Wed. 12 Made a business errand up west 3 ? miles to N. Jerby's & came home at noon spending the p.m. in miscellaneous work.

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Sept. 1877
Thur. 13 Worked nearly all day at digging potatoes.
Fr. 14, Sat. 15 Continued work each of these 2 days on our stable, nearly completing it.
Sun. 16 A counterpart of Aug. 19th except that I came home for dinner.
Mon. 17 Went up to Rockport after the mail in the a.m. and got home at noon. Worked in the p.m. at completing our stable.
Tu. 18 With wife and baby went down to C. C. Foote's where we visited until after dinner and then went on down to D. A. Duff's where we remained until after supper when I returned home but wife and baby went across the creek to J. A. Southard's where they staid all night.
Wed. 19 Worked for neighbor J. A. Barker at helping to roof his new stone dugout. In the evening went on down to Mr. Foote's where I met wife and we came home about 9 oclock.
Th. 20, Fr. 21, Sat. 22 Spent each of these 3 days in knocking about at light miscellaneous
work odd jobs of all sorts.
Sun. 23 Another counterpart of the 2nd inst.
Mon. 24 Worked all day at mowing prairie hay with scythe and raking and shocking the same!

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Tu. 25 The County Supt. Pub. Instruction, Moses Adamson, being here as a visitor nearly all day the time was spent in social chat.
Wed. 26, Th. 27 Spent each of these 2 days same as the 24th.
Fr. 28 Made a business errand up to J. A. Bailey's in the morning, and came home at noon worked in the hay field again as noted above.
Sat. 29 Went up to the Rockport postoffice at 10 a.m. where I attended a caucus to send delegates to the Republican convention to be held at Stockton Oct. 6 to nominate county officers. Acted as secretary of the caucus and was chosen as one of the delegates to the convention. From there went direct to Stockton with Co. Supt. Of Pub. Instruction, Moses Adamson, where at 2 p.m. assisted in the examination of 9 school teachers, I being one of the Board of county examiners. Came home at 9 oclock p.m.
Sab. 30 Participated in our Sab. School exercises at 10 a.m. closing the school for the season. Spent the p.m. in reading and rest.

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October, 1877.
Mon. 1st Made a trip to Stockton on official business and returned at 7 p.m.
Tu. 2 Spent the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.
Wed. 3 Spent nearly all day at gathering in all sorts of late garden truck preparatory to a prospective hard freeze tonight. Cold n. west wind.
Th. 4 Worked the same as yesterday. Very hard freeze last night killing all killable vegetation.
Fr. 5 Worked up at neighbor J. A. Bailey's through the day, helping him do his grain threshing wheat and rye.
Sat. 6 Went to Stockton as a delegate from this (Bow Creek) township to the county nominating convention. Came home at 7 oclock p.m.
Sab. 7 At home all day. At 11 a.m. listened to a sermon by Rev. Z. K. Allen, of Lowell, which was preached in our house.
Mon. 8 Did our wheat threshing today finishing at 3 p.m. and working the rest of the day at husking corn.
Tu. 9, Wed. 10, Th. 11 Spent each of these three days in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts nothing in particular but everything about the farm in general.

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Fr. 12 Went up to Rockport after the mail in the a.m. and returning at noon spent the p.m. in miscellaneous work.
Sat. 13 It being rainy nearly all day the time was spent mostly in reading.
Sab. 14 Spent the day in reading and rest. First anniversary of life in our own home!
Our living expenses for the 12 months ending today have been as follows for the articles enumerated, viz:
Flour, 630 lbs., $17.00; Cornmeal, 260 lbs., $4.00; Potatoes, 12 bu. $4.00; Pork, 70 lbs., $4.70; Dried fruit, $5.55; Sugar, 30 lbs., $4.00; Lard, 10 lbs., $1.25' Coffee, 6 lbs., 1.50; Beans, 25 lbs., 1.75; Salt, 1.00; Tea, 1.00; Coal oil, 5 gal., $2.25; Sundries $4.00; making a total for the year of even $54.00 or about $1.04 per week!
Mon. 15 A counterpart of the 13th.
Tu. 16 Knocked about at miscellaneous work, among other things making some mangers in the stable.
Wed. 17 Worked in the a.m. for neighbor Jacob Shell at stripping sorghum for molasses making and in the p.m. worked at clearing sorghum and other rubbish from a piece of land to be sown to rye, yet this fall.
Th. 18 Worked all day for Mr. Shell as noted above.

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Oct. 1877.
Fr. 19 A continuous rain being the order of the whole day the time was spent in reading and writing.
Sat. 20 It still being wet and very disagreeable the day was spent as yesterday.
Sab. 21 Reading & rest in the a.m. and in the p.m. took a Sabbath day stroll down to Friend C. C. Foote's and came home at 5 oclock.
Mon. 22 Made a trip to Stockton early in the morning to attend the October term of the District Court and officiate as clerk thereof. Judge Joel Holt of Beloit presided.
The docket was very slim so court adjourned for the term at 3 oclock p.m. Having considerable other business to attend to I remained in town over night putting up at the home of Sheriff John Russell.
Tu. 23 Remained in town all day attending to business connected with the clerk of the Dist. Court's office and put up for the night at the log Hotel owned by Joe McNulty.
Wed. 24 Finished my business at noon and came home at 3 oclock p.m. spending the rest of the day at miscellaneous work.
Th. 25 Spent the whole day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.
Fr. 26 Went to Rockport after the mail & getting home at 11 oclock spent the p.m. in miscellany.

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Sat. 27 Knocking about at miscellaneous work and sowing several acres of rye. In the evening with several of the neighbors went up south three miles to fight prairie fires, returning home at one oclock at night.
Sab. 28 Spent the day at home in reading & rest.
Mon. 29 Spent the day in knocking about at miscellaneous work.
Tu. 30 Worked for neighbor J. A. Barker at helping him in the building of his new stable.
Wed. 31 Worked for Mr. Barker in the a.m. at husking corn and in the p.m. at his stable again.

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Nov. 1877.
Thur. 1st The a.m. being rainy the time was spent within doors. In the p.m. worked for neighbor Barker at his stable.
Fri. 2 Went up to Rockport after the mail in the a.m. and worked again in the p.m. for Mr. Barker on his stable.
Sat. 3 Continued work for Mr. Barker in the a.m. on his stable and in the p.m. at helping him haul in hay and out of the shock.
Sab. 4 Spent the day at home as last Sab.
Mon. 5 Spent the day in knocking about at this, that and the other and in holding interviews with several candidates for county offices and others who seem to be very anxious about the election tomorrow. A. L. Patchin candidate for Co. Attorney and H. L. Dunham for coroner, on the Republican ticket and Tunis Bulis for the Democrats made calls.
Tues. 6 Attended the county election at the Rockport postoffice and acted as one of the judges of election. Came home at 8 oclock p.m.
Wed. 7 Worked at husking corn in the a.m. but the p.m. being rainy the time was spent in reading.
Thur. 8 The weather being disagreeably cold the day was spent in reading.

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Frid. 9 Spent the entire day, with many others, at fighting prairie fires and burning fire guards north of Bow Creek and over in the south edge of Phillips Co.
Sat. 10 Miscellaneous work.
Sab. 11 At home in the a.m. but in the p.m. with wife went up to neighbor J. A. Bailey's to visit the two John Hastings sick children, who, with their parents, are stopping at the Baileys for the present. Came home at 6 oclock.
Mon. 12 Knocked about at miscellaneous work.
Tu. 13 Worked all day at hauling up and stacking our prairie hay, finishing the job
Wed. 14 Spent the day knocking about busily at burying potatoes, beets, etc.
Th. 15, Fr. 16 Worked both of these days with wife at papering the house 2 rooms.
Sat. 17 Worked for neighbor Jacob Shell at helping to haul in and stack his prairie hay.
Sab. 18 Spent the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 19 A dull rainy day. Knocked about at little or nothing.
Tues. 20 A counterpart of yesterday. Did some interior house repairing.

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Nov. 1877.
Wed. 21 With a number of the other neighbors went to the home of J. W. Hastings, five miles west, where we proceeded to spend the day husking corn for him on account of long continued sickness in his family. Came home at 6 oclock p.m.
Th. 22 Spent the day in reading and writing.
Fr. 23 Went to Rockport after the mail in the a.m. and returning at noon worked in the p.m. at building a stone front to our stable.
Sat. 24 Worked today for neighbor J. A. Bailey at helping him to buil a cattle corral and a corn crib.
In the evening attended the first meeting of the ?Bow Creek Literary Society at the Saylor school house 6 miles down the creek. Was chosen as editor of the society ?paper? which will be known as the ?Ink Slinger?. Came home at 11:30 oclock.
Sab. 25 A counterpart of the 18th inst.
Mon. 26 Worked at completing the stone work as noted on the 23d.
Tues. 27 Not being well and the weather being very cold and disagreeable the time was spent closely within doors.
Wed. 28 Spent the a.m. as yesterday but in the p.m. got out and chopped and hauled up some fire-wood.

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Th. 29 Thanksgiving Day! Spent the day in reading. In the evening a neighborhood social singing party was held at our house.
Fr. 30 A little of this, that and the other and yet not much of anything. In the evening with wife attended our literary society as noted last Friday. Home at 11 oclock.
December, 1877.
Sat. 1st Spent the day in reading & writing.
Sab. 2 Spent the day at home in reading and rest.
Mon. 3, Tu. 4, Wed. 5 The weather being cold and disagreeable, each of these three days was
spent with little variation in reading and writing.
Th. 6 Made a trip to Stockton to mill and returned home at 6:30 p.m.
Fr. 7 With wife went down to the home of our good friend H. E. Williams where we spent the day in social visiting. From there we attended our literary society and came home at 11:30 p.m.
Sat. 8 Knocked about at odd jobs.
Sab. 9 A counterpart of the 2nd inst.

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Dec. 1877.
Mon. 10 Worked at cutting firewood for neighbor C. C. Foote.
Tu. 11 Worked at husking corn for neighbor Jacob Shell.
In the evening attended the organization of the Rockport Literary Society at the E. S. Stroup dugout 2 ? miles west. Home at 10:30 oclock. Was chosen secretary for the winter.
Wed. 12, Th. 13 Being ?under the weather? each of these two days the time was spent closely within doors. Did a little reading.
Fr. 14 With wife went down to neighbor D. A. Duff's where we spent the day in visiting. In the evening we attended the literary at the Saylor school house and came home at 11 oclock p.m.
Sat. 15 Knocked about at miscellaneous work. In the evening preaching services were held at our house conducted by Rev. Z. K. Allen of Lowell township
Sab. 16 Another counterpart of the 2nd inst.
Mon. 17 Knocking about at miscellaneous work.
Tu. 18 Worked in the a.m. at chopping wood and in the p.m. at doing some repairs on the house.
Wed. 19, Th. 20, Fr. 21, Sat. 22 An unusual continuous rain storm being the order of each of these 4 days the time was spent quite closely within doors mostly in reading and writing.

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Sab. 23 And yet another counterpart of the 2nd inst.
Mon. 24 Went up to Rockport in the a.m. after the mail and returning at noon spent the p.m. mostly in reading.
Tu. 25 With wife and baby went up to neighbor J. A. Bailey's where we had a Christmas dinner and spent the time in social visiting and returned home at 5:30 p.m. Still later we attended the Rockport literary society and came home at midnight.
Wed. 26 With the help of Mr. Bailey spent the greater part of the day in butchering two of our fat hogs.
Th. 27 Spent nearly all day with wife at finishing up the butchering business of yesterday.
Fr. 28 A counterpart of the 24th.
In the evening attended the Bow Creek literary society at Saylor, and came home at 11:30 oclock.
Sat. 29 Spent the day in reading and writing.
Sab. 30 And still one more counterpart of the 2nd inst.
Mon. 31 Started to Rockport after the mail & getting it at J. A. Baileys came home at noon accompanied by friend Isaac Wilcoxson so the p.m. was spent in social chat which ended the proceedings of yours truly for the year 1877.

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Jan. 1878
Tu. 1st With wife went down to neighbor C. C. Foote's in the forenoon and finding no one at home we returned as far as J. A. Barkers where we spent the rest of the day in social visiting and came home at 8 oclock p.m.
Wed. 2 Made a business trip to Stockton and came home at 5:30 p.m. Later I attended the Rockport Literary society, 2 ? miles west, and returned at 11 oclock p.m.
Th. 3 Spent the a.m. in reading and the p.m. in gathering our last load of corn of the 1877 crop.
Fr. 4 With wife went down, 3 miles east, to J. A. Southard's where we spent the day in social visiting from whence, in the evening, we went over to the Saylor school house to attend the Bow Creek literary Society. While wife went to pass the night at the H. E. Williams home I returned alone at midnight.
Sat. 5 Spent the a.m. in reading and the p.m. at helping to cut and haul fire-wood for neighbor Mrs. S. A. Privett.
Sab. 6 At home until noon and then went down to Mr. Williams after wife and after remaining there some time we came home at 5:30 p.m.
Mon. 7 Made an official business trip to Stockton as Clerk of the Dist. Court and returned at 6 oclock p.m.

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Tu. 8 Made another official trip to Stockton as yesterday and returning at 5:30 oclock later attended the Rockport literary and came home at 11 oclock.
Wed. 9 Had a little more corn to husk in addition to that mentioned on the 3d so got it out in the a.m. and worked at chopping wood in the p.m.
Th. 10 Went to Stockton to mill & came home at 5:30 p.m.
Fr. 11 Spent the time principally in reading until 2 p.m. at which time I made a trip up the creek 4 miles to N. Jerby's to get some wheat which I had previously purchased. Came home at 5 oclock and later attended the Bow Creek literary Society & returned at 11:30 oclock.
Sat. 12 Spent almost the entire day in reading.
Sab. 13 Spent the day at home in reading and rest
Mon. 14 Spent the day in making a trip to the postoffice and knocking about at miscellaneous work.
Tu. 15 Made a business trip to Stockton and returned at 5:30 p.m. In the evening attended the Rockport literary society and came home at 11 oclock.

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Jan. 1878.
Wed. 16 Worked at chopping wood and knocking about at odd jobs.
In the evening we attended a social neighborhood party at J. A. Barker's getting home at 11:30 oclock.
Th. 17 Mr. & Mrs. D. A. Duff, Mrs. Sam'l Hebrew and Mrs. H. E. Williams, our best neighbors, paid us a visit so the day was spent in social chat.
Fr. 18 Made a trip to the Rockport postoffice in the a.m. and spent the p.m. in reading and writing.
Sat. 19 Knocked about at miscellaneous work.
Sab. 20 A counterpart of the 13th inst.
Mon. 21 Spent the day at repair work on the interior of the house.
Tu. 22 Same as the 19th. In the evening attended the Rockport Literary returning home at 11:15 oclock.
Wed. 23 Spent the day in reading.
Th. 24 Knocked about at miscellany in the a.m. and in the p.m. with wife and baby George went down to neighbor D. A. Duff's where we attended a turkey supper and came home at one oclock at night.
Fr. 25 Knocked about here and there at miscellaneous work and in the evening attended the Bow Creek literary society at the Saylor school house. Home at 11:30.

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Sat. 26 Another miscellaneous knock-about day including some reading.
Sab. 27 Another counterpart of the 13th inst.
Mon. 28 Worked all day at chopping wood.
Tu. 29 It being very cold spent the day closely within doors at reading.
Wed. 30 In answer to a summons served last evening went to Stockton today as a witness for the state, in Justice J. L. Benson's court in the case of the State of Kansas against Wm. Wisehart. Put up for the night at the McNulty Log Hotel.
Th. 31 The case of yesterday closed at 10 a.m. today. The remainder of the day was spent in official business. Came home at 8 oclock p.m.

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Feb. 1878.
Fr. 1st Mrs. & Mr. C. C. Foote and Mrs. H. E. Williams called on us so the day was spent in social visiting. In the evening attended the Bow Creek Literary Society at Saylor school house and came home at 11:30 oclock.
Sat. 2 Worked for C. C. Foote at chopping wood.
Sab. 3 Spent the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 4 Made a trip to Stockton to mill and returned at 6 oclock p.m.
Tu. 5 Worked all day at wood chopping.
Wed. 6 Worked at hauling up wood from the timber.
Th. 7 Chopping and hauling up wood.
Frid. 8, Sat. 9 Owing to the inclemency of the weather spent each of these two days strictly within doors at reading, writing and little odd jobs of all sorts.
Sab. 10 A counterpart of the 3d inst.
Mon. 11 Worked all day at chopping and hauling up fire-wood.
Tu. 12 Same as yesterday. In the evening with wife and the baby went down to neighbor Sam'l Hebrew's where we attended a Necktie festival given for the benefit of Revs. Holman & Seville. About 80 persons were present. We came home at 12:30 oclock.

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Wed. 13 Took a grist of wheat to the mill at Stockton and getting there rather late put up for the night at the McNulty Hotel.
Th. 14 Came over from Stockton at 3 p.m. and spent the remainder of the day in reading.
Fr. 15 Spent the a.m. in reading & writing and in the p.m. with wife went down to neighbor Sam'l Hebrew's on a visit and from there attended the Bow Creek literary at Saylor and came home at 11 oclock.
Sat. 16 Spent the day in knocking about at this, that and the other and still not much after all.
Sab. 17 Another counterpart of the 3d inst.
Mon. 18 With wife went up to neighbor J. A. Baileys where we spent the day in social visiting, coming home at 5 oclock.
Tu. 19 Made a trip to Stockton to mill and returned at 6 oclock p.m.
Wed. 20 Weather stormy. Spent the day mostly in reading
Th. 21 Rather on the sick list so spent the day in trying to get well.
Fr. 22 Made a trip up to the Rockport postoffice in the a.m. and returning at 11 oclock spent the rest of the day in reading.

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Feb. 1878.
Sat. 23 Worked for neighbor C. C. Foote at chopping stove wood.
Sab. 24 Still another counterpart of the 3d inst.
Mon. 25 Aside from going to the postoffice for the mail spent the day in knocking about at miscellaneous work.
Tu. 26 Worked today at sowing spring wheat for neighbor Sam T. Shell.
Wed. 27 Knocked about at not much of anything all day.
Th. 28 Put in the day at making several picture frames and framing pictures.

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March 1878
Fr. 1st An exact counterpart of Feb. 22nd. More or less rainy all day.
Sat. 2 Weather still inclement. Spent the day almost entirely in reading.
Sab. 3 Spent the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 4, Tu. 5 Spent each of these two days in knocking about at miscellaneous work.
Wed. 6 Went down the creek about a mile & a half in the forenoon where I pulled up several hundred seedling cottonwood trees and returning at noon spent the p.m. in setting them out in various places about the farm.
In the evening went down to neighbor C. C. Foote's where we organized a singing class to meet at the various homes as circumstances would permit. Came home at 10:30 oclock.
Th. 7 Spent the day as yesterday at tree planting.
Fr. 8 Took quite sick with bilious attack last night and remained in bed all day.
Sat. 9 Somewhat better today but not able to do any work.
Sab. 10 A counterpart of the 3d inst.
Mon. 11 Worked for C. C. Foote in assisting at an addition to his house, in the a.m. & got 500 more cottonwood trees on the nearby sandbars and came home at 6 p.m.

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March, 1878.
Tu. 12 Went to Stockton to mill and returned at 6 oclock p.m.
Wed. 13 Worked in the a.m. until 9:30 oclock at sowing spring wheat and then took wife down to neighbor Foote's to assist in the wedding preparations for the event of tomorrow. Came home before noon and spent the p.m. in knocking about at miscellaneous work.
Th. 14 Worked in the a.m. at planting out trees as noted on the 6th and at 2 p.m. went down to Mr. Foote's again and at 4:30 oclock witnessed the marriage of Jas. A. Hebrew to Kittie Foote. Staid for the wedding supper & other festivities and with wife and baby came home at 11:30. Ceremony performed by Rev. Baker of N. Soloman.
Fr. 15 Knocked about at miscellaneous work in the a.m. and at noon with wife went down to neighbor Sam'l Hebrew's to attend the wedding infair dinner at 3 p.m. after which we spent the time in social visiting and singing and again came home at 11:30 oclock.
Sat. 16 Worked at making garden.
Sab. 17 Another counterpart of the 3d inst.
Mon. 18 A day of miscellaneous farm work.
Tu. 19 Spent the a.m. making garden and in setting out cottonwood trees and in the p.m. at building a small chicken house.

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Wed. 20 Spent today in finishing the chicken house.
Th. 21 Worked for neighbor J. A. Barker at chopping stove wood. In the evening with wife went down to H. E. Williams to attend a singing social. Came home at 12:30 oclock.
Fr. 22 After going to the postoffice and returning at 10:30 oclock spent the rest of the day in reading and writing.
In the evening, with wife, went down to the Saylor school house where we took part in an exhibition given by our literary society at the close of the winter session. We came home at 12 oclock.
Sat. 23 A counterpart of the 18th inst.
Sab. 24 And still another counterpart of the 3d inst.
Mon. 25 A day of miscellaneous knock-about.
Tu. 26 Our well having gone dry some time ago worked today on the digging of a new one.
Wed. 27 It being rainy all day the time was spent in reading and writing.
Th. 28 Continued work on the new well.
Fr. 29 A rainstorm being the order of the day the time was spent mostly in reading.
Sat. 30 Finished digging the well and partly walled it up in the a.m. and worked

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Mch & Apr. 1878
at planting potatoes in the p.m.
Sab. 31 And yet a final counterpart for the month of the 3d inst.
April
Mon. 1st Worked until 9 a.m. at planting potatoes and the rest of the day at continuing the walling up of the same.
Feb. 2 Continued the well walling in the a.m. and finished our potato planting in the p.m.
Wed. 3 Spent the day in making garden, completing the well wall and put a platform thereover.
Th. 4 Knocked about at odd farm jobs.
Fr. 5 Miscellaneous work in the a.m. and after dinner with wife went down to neighbor C. C. Foote's where we spent the p.m. visiting and attended a singing social there in the evening, returning home at 11:30 oclock.
Sat. 6 Worked for W. J. Hebrew, a half mile south, at helping him dig a well. In the evening wife and I attended a Blue Ribbon temperance meeting at the Rockport postoffice where we both signed the pledge to abstain from alcoholic liquors as a beverage. Came home at 10:30 oclock.

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Sab. 7 Spent the day at home in reading & rest.
Mon. 8 Knocked about at miscellaneous work.
Tu. 9 It being rainy spent the day in reading and writing.
Wed. 10 Making garden and miscellaneous work.
Th. 11 Another busy day of knock about.
Fr. 12 Same as yesterday.
Sat. 13 Made a business trip to Stockton & returned at 7 oclock p.m.
Sab. 14 A counterpart of the 7th inst.
Mon. 15 Went to Rockport after the mail and returning at 11 oclock spent the rest of the day in reading.
Tu. 16, Wed. 17, Th. 18 Aside from the ordinary chore duties spent each one of these three days
almost exclusively in reading.
Fr. 19 Made a trip to the postoffice and return at 11 a.m. & then spent the time in reading until 3 p.m. at which time with wife went down to neighbor C. C. Foote's where we visited and took supper & later participated in the singing social and came home at 11 oclock.
Sat. 20 Spent the day in garden making and wood chopping.
Sab. 21 Another counterpart of the 7th inst.

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April, 1878.
Mon. 22 Made trip to the postoffice, 2 miles west, and returning at noon spent the p.m. in reading.
Tu. 23 Worked all day at chopping wood and in the evening with a company of the neighbors went over south three or four miles to fight prairie fires and having succeeded in our work returned home at one oclock!
Wed. 24 Being pretty well done up from the prairie fire of last night spent the a.m. in rest and worked at wood chopping in the p.m.
Th. 25 Miscellaneous work odd jobs.
Fr. 26 Went to the postoffice in the morning and returning at 11 oclock spent the remainder of the day in reading.
In the evening with Rachel went down to neighbor C. C. Foote's to attend our singing social and while wife went home with Mrs. H. E. Williams for the night and then to go with her to Kirwin for a 2 days visit. Came home at 11:15 oclock.
Sat. 27 Spent the day mostly in reading. In the evening Rev. J. E. Young of Deer Creek, Phillips county drove in and put up with me for the night, calculating to preach in the neighborhood tomorrow.
Sab. 28 With Mr. Young went up to Rockport in the morning to the Isaac Wilcoxson place in whose house, at 11 oclock,

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Mr. Young held services and preached us a good sermon. About 15 people were present. After the services we proceeded to organize a Sab. School. I was chosen supt. The school is to meet at the Wilcoxson place each Sabbath at 10 oclock a.m. Came home with the minister at 2 p.m. and while he soon left for home I spent the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 29 Went down to neighbor Foote's in the morning to meet wife but she not having returned from Kirwin I came home at noon and spent the p.m. mostly in reading.
In the evening wife returned, having come up from the Williams with Ernest Thomas, Mrs. W's brother.
Tu. 30 Spent the day in knocking about at miscellaneous work and in reading and writing.

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May, 1878.
Wed. 1st Spent the day in reading and writing.
Th. 2 Made a trip to Stockton on official and other business and returned at 5 oclock p.m.
Fr. 3 Spent the day in garden making.
Sat. 4 Spent the time mostly within doors at helping wife with her housework.
Sab. 5 We attended Sab. School at 10 a.m. at the Wilcoxson place and returning as far as Mrs. S. A. Privett's stopped there for dinner and came home at 4 oclock p.m. In the evening attended services at the above mentioned place and listened to a rather back-woods sermon by Rev. Enyart of the North Soloman. Home at 10 oclock.
Mon. 6 Made a trip up to the postoffice and returning at 10 oclock spent the remainder of the day in reading.
Tu. 7, Wed. 8, Th. 9 Spent each of these three days at miscellaneous work and at assisting
wife in her housework.
Fr. 10 A day of miscellaneous knocking about and reading.
Sat. 11 A counterpart of yesterday
Sab. 12 Weather being rainy we held no S. S. today but held preaching services at 11 a.m., Rev. J. E. Young giving us another good sermon. Came home at 1 p.m. Mr. Young coming with us to pass the night.

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Mon. 13 made an errand up to J. A. Bailey's in the morning and returning at 11 oclock spent the remainder of the day in reading and garden making.
Tu. 14 Knocked about at miscellaneous work.
Wed. 15 Owing to the inclemency (rain) of the weather spent the day mostly in reading.
Th. 16 Made a business and official trip to Stockton and returned at 7 oclock p.m.
Fr. 17 Rev. J. E. Young, Cong'l minister staid with us again last night and the a.m. was spent in social chat and talking over church matters and in the p.m. with him went down the creek four or five miles interviewing several parties with reference to the organization of a Congregational church in the community. We made calls on C. C. Foote, J. A. Southard, H. E. Williams and Sam'l Hebrew, sr. but with little encouragement. We returned at 7 oclock, Mr. Young coming to pass the night with us.
Sat. 18 Knocked about at not much of anything in the a.m. and worked in the p.m. with the county surveyor and several others in laying out a county road on the section line on the north of our farm. I acted as chain carrier. Finished the job about 6 oclock.

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May 1878.
Sab. 19 Attended S. S. at Wilcoxson's at 3 p.m. and at 4 listened to another sermon by Rev. Enyart as noted on the 5th inst. Came home at 7 oclock.
Mon. 20 Made a trip to the postoffice in the morning and returning at 11 oclock worked the rest of the day at planting garden truck.
Tu. 21 Worked today at planting corn and sorghum.
Wed. 22 Worked at hoeing in the garden.
Th. 23 Hoed potatoes all day.
Fr. 24 Made several little neighborhood errands in the a.m. and worked in the p.m. at planting sod corn.
Sat. 25 Spent the day at planting corn, melons and squashes on newly broken sod ground.
Sab. 26 At home all day. At 11 a.m. Rev. J. E. Young preached a good sermon in our house which was crowded to its capacity. The weather being oppressively hot we did not attend S. S. in the afternoon.
Mon. 27 Went to Stockton early in the morning to officiate as Clerk of the Dist. Court, this being the regular spring term. The docket was light & all the cases were disposed of by 3 p.m. at which time court adjourned. Home at 7.

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Tu. 28 Spent the day in knocking about at miscellaneous work about the farm.
Wed. 29 Made an errand trip up to J. A. Bailey's in the morning and returned at 10 oclock & from then until noon I spent with one J. M. Mellon of Crete, Neb. in locating him on some unoccupied government land in the near vicinity to the east and south.
Worked in the p.m. at planting sod corn.
Th. 30, Fr. 31 Spent each of these two days with little variation at working in the garden.

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June 1878
Sat. 1st With wife and little George went down to neighbor H. E. Williams where we spent the day in social visiting. Wife and baby boy remained for the night but I came home at 7 oclock p.m.
Sab. 2 Attended S. S. at Wilcoxson's at 10 a.m. and returning at noon spent the p.m. in reading and writing.
Mon. 3 Made an official business trip to Stockton and returned at 7:30 p.m.
Tu. 4 Knocked about at odd jobs of all sorts.
Wed. 5 Worked at hoeing potatoes.
Th. 6 Being quite sick did no work today.
Fr. 7 Made a trip up to the postoffice in the morning and returning at eleven oclock spent the remainder of the day at work in the garden.
Sat. 8 Made a business and milling trip to Stockton and returned at 7:30 oclock p.m.
Sab. 9 Birth Day Age 26!
Rev. J. E. Young again conducted services at our house at 11 a.m. and after the sermon we had our little 13-months old boy, George, baptized, taking upon us the usual vows of the church to rear him in the ways of righteousness. At 3 p.m. we attended Sab. School at the

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usual place and returned home at 4:30 oclock.
Mon. 10 Knocked about at miscellaneous work and hoeing potatoes.
Tu. 11 Worked all day for neighbor J. A. Bailey at hoeing onions.
Wed. 12 Not feeling very well spent the day mostly in reading.
Th. 13 It being very wet and muddy spent the day within doors at reading and writing.
Fr. 14 2nd anniversary of our wedding day. Spent the day at working in the garden and in reading.
Sat. 15 Was called to Stockton early this morning on official business but not getting through therewith put up for the night at the McNulty house.
Sab. 16 It being very rainy and not being able to get home spent the day in town spending the time mostly in reading putting up for the night as above.
Mon. 17 Remained in town attending to official business until in the afternoon and returned home at 4 oclock.
Tu. 18 Returned to Stockton again on official business and came home at 7:30 oclock p.m.

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June 1878
Wed. 19 Spent the day in reading, writing and working in the garden.
Th. 20 Worked all day at hoeing in the garden.
Fr. 21 Went up to Rockport after the mail and returning at noon spent the p.m. at work in the garden.
Sat. 22 A counterpart of the 20th.
Sab. 23 At home all day. At 11 a.m. participated in a devotional service conducted by Rev. J. E. Young at our home. Our Sab. school has been discontinued through a lack of interest by those who should be most interested.
Mon. 24 With the assistance of several of our neighbors commenced the cutting of our winter wheat so the day was spent with the other harvesters, alternately, at cradling, raking, binding and shocking wheat.
Tues. 25, Wed. 26 Each of these two days was a counterpart of the 24th.
Th. 27 Having a 2-acre patch of rye the day was spent in working at helping in the cradling, raking, binding and shocking of it.
Frid. 28, Sat. 29 Worked each of these two days for neighbor J. A. Bailey at raking and binding rye after the cradle.

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Sab. 30 With wife and little George went down to the Saylor school house where at 10:30 a.m. we attended the M.E. quarterly meeting. We took dinner at H. E. Williams where we remained until toward evening and came home at 6 oclock.

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July, 1878
Mon. 1st Made a trip to Stockton on official business connected with Clerk of the District Court and came home at 7:30 p.m.
Tu. 2 Worked for neighbor J. A. Bailey at cradling, raking and binding rye.
Wed. 3 Resumed work on the harvesting of our winter wheat working through the day at cradling, raking, binding and shocking the same.
Thur. 4 With wife and baby George attended a good old Fourth celebration at Stockton where a large and enthusiastic crowd had gathered from all parts of the county. We came home at 7:30 p.m.
Fr. 5 Finished cutting our wheat in the a.m. and worked in the p.m. for neighbor J. B. Privett at cradling rye.
Sat. 6 Spent the a.m. in working for Privett at raking, binding and shocking rye and the p.m. in chopping stove wood and knocking about at odd jobs.
Sab. 7 Spent the day at home in reading and rest. In the evening we had religious services at our home and a good sermon was preached by Rev. Theo. Bracken of Phillipsburg.
Mon. 8 It being more or less rainy all day the time was spent mostly in reading.

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Tu. 9 With the help of neighbor J. A. Bailey worked all day at cradling, raking and binding our spring wheat.
Wed. 10 Worked all day as yesterday which finished our small grain harvest for 1878.
Th. 11, Fri. 12, Sat. 13 Worked each of these three days for neighbor J. A. Bailey at cradling,
raking, binding and shocking wheat.
Sab. 14 Spent the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 15 Cradled wheat all day for Mr. Bailey.
Tu. 16 Cradled, raked and bound wheat for Mr. Bailey.
Wed. 17 With Mr. Bailey's assistance spent the day at work stacking our wheat.
Th. 18 A counterpart of yesterday, finishing the job.
Frid. 19, Sat. 20 Worked each of these two days for Mr. Bailey at stacking rye and wheat.
Sab. 21 Spent the a.m. at home & in the p.m. with wife and baby went down to neighbors H. E. Williams for a call and returned home at 8 oclock.
Mon. 22 Knocked about at miscellaneous work.
Tu. 23 Made a business trip to Stockton and returned at 7 oclock p.m.

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July 1878
Wed. 24 Spent the day in knocking about at miscellaneous work and digging potatoes.
Thur. 25 Worked in the a.m. at hoeing in the garden but spent the p.m. mostly in reading.
Fri. 26 In the a.m. worked for W. J. Hebrew, on the next quarter section south, at excavating for a residence dugout and worked at garden hoeing in the p.m.
Sat. 27 Worked all day as yesterday a.m.
Sab. 28 Spent the day at home in reading and rest.
Mon. 29 Finished the Hebrew dugout excavating in the a.m. and spent the p.m. in knocking about at a little of everything including making observations on the nearly total solar eclipse at 3 oclock.
Tues. 30 Worked for Mrs. S. A. Privett, our near neighbor to the northwest, at helping to do their wheat threshing.
Wed. 31 Worked in the a.m. at the Hebrew dugout in getting it ready for the roof but not being well in the p.m. did little or nothing.

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Th. 1st Spent the day in quarrying rock for a small granary.
Fr. 2 Made an errand down to neighbor C. C. Foote's in the morning and returning at noon spent the p.m. mostly in reading.
Sat. 3 The weather being too excessively hot to do outdoor work the time was spend principally in reading.
Sab. 4 At home all day. At 11 a.m. we had church services and a sermon conducted by Rev. J. E. Young of Deer Creek.
Mon. 5 Spent the a.m. mostly in reading and in the p.m. with wife & baby went over to neighbor Jacob Shell's where we spent several hours in social visiting and returned home at 7 oclock.
Tu. 6 Attended the Township Republican caucus at the Rockport postoffice at 10 a.m. and acted as secretary of the same. Was elected a delegate to the County convention to be held at Stockton on the 10th inst. Came home at noon and in the p.m. went over southeast 2 miles to engage O.P. Coy to do some plowing for me. Came home at 6:30 oclock.
Wed. 7 Neighbors Mr. & Mrs. D. A. Duff and Mrs. H. E. Williams being with us for an all day visit the time was spent in social chat.

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Th. 8, Fri. 9 Spent each of these two days in knocking about at a little of everything but not much of anything.
Sat. 10 Went to Stockton where I attended as a delegate, the Republican county convention to nominate candidates for the November election.
Came home at 7:30 p.m.
Sab. 11 Spent the day in reading and rest until 3 p.m. & then went up to the Wilcoxson house, 2 miles west, where I attended church services conducted by Rev. Enyart of the North Soloman river. Came home at 6:30 oclock.
Mon. 12 Spent the day in knocking about at miscellaneous farm work.
Tu. 13 Spent the day at public road work.
Wed. 14, Th. 15 Spent each of these two days same as the 12th.
Fr. 16 Knocked about at miscellaneous work until 3 p.m. and having previously gotten my ground ready, by proxy, spent the rest of the day at broad-cast wheat sowing.
Sat. 17 Sowed wheat and rye until 2 p.m. and worked the remainder of the day at harrowing in wheat.
Sab. 18 Went up to the Wilcoxson place at 10 a.m. to try to get our Sab. school in running order again but so few were out that we quit short off. Came home at noon & spent the p.m. in reading and rest.

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Mon. 19 Knocked about at miscellaneous work until 10 a.m. but spent the reminder of the day at mowing ? of acre of millet, with the scythe.
Tu. 20 Worked in the a.m. at cutting weeds out of the corn and in the p.m. at shocking up the millet cut yesterday.
Wed. 21 Went to Stockton to attend, as clerk, a special session of the Dist. Court., Judge Joel Holt presiding. Remaining in town past the night at the Dane's House.
Th. 22 Spent the day in court attending to official business until 3 p.m. when the session adjourned. Past the night at the home of my friend, County Attorney A. L. Patchin.
Fr. 23 Came home at 9:30 a.m. and spent the remainder of the day mostly in reading and writing.
Sat. 24 Made an official and other business trip to Stockton and returned at 6:30 oclock p.m.
Sab. 25 spent the day at home in reading and rest.
Mon. 26 Spent the day at miscellaneous and garden work gathering in some ripened products.
Tu. 27 Acted in the capacity of chain carrier in assisting Co. Surveyor S. S. Boggs in resurveying Sec. 8, Town 6, Range 18.

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Wed. 28 Finished section 8 at noon and spent the p.m. chaining on section 5, same town and range.
Th. 29 Knocked about at miscellaneous work in the a.m., but in the p.m. assisted in the surveying of Sec. 10, Town 6 Range 18 acting as marker, setting corners.
Fr. 30 Finished marking on section 10 about 2 oclock p.m. and then went to chain carrying on Section 9 continuing the rest of the day.
Sat. 31 Finished chaining on Section 9 at 11 a.m. and then coming home spent the remainder of the day mostly in reading and writing.

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Sept. 1878
Sab 1st Spent the day at home. Participated in church services at 11 a.m. at our house, conducted by Rev. J. E. Young. Milo A. Wilson, a young school teacher of Kankakee Ill., who is looking for a homestead location, took up his abode with us today untill such time as he may satisfactorily locate himself.
Mon. 2 With Mr. Wilson spent the a.m. in measuring off some recently broken prairie sod and some other land on the farm and in the p.m. we took a tramp over south west about 4 miles to look at some homestead land and returned at 6:30 oclock.
Tu. 3 Made a business trip to Stockton and returning at 1 oclock p.m. spent the remainder of the day mostly in reading.
Wed. 4 Commenced work for neighbor J. A. Hebrew on the building of his new stone house.
Th. 5 Worked in the a.m. as yesterday but the p.m. being rainy no work was done.
Fr. 6 It being rainy all day the time was spent mostly in reading.
Sat. 7 A counterpart of the 4th inst.
Sab. 8 Spent the day at home in reading and rest.
Mon. 9 Mr. Wilson, as noted on the 1st inst., having homesteaded, last week, the quarter section of land adjoining us on

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the west, the same having been squatted on previously by one J. B. Privett, a minor, a bumble bee's nest was stirred up among that class of nearby citizens of anarchistic views who feel that might always precedes right, who met at the residence of the boy's mother, Mrs. S. A. Privett, and called Mr. Wilson onto the carpet for the purpose of forcing him to relinquish his claim to the land. With Mr. Wilson I went to the Privett place and after a long and somewhat acrimonious wrangle Mr. Wilson agreed to transfer his papers to other land, no threats of positive violence being made and thus the disgraceful fiasco ended. This occupied most of the forenoon. Spent the p.m. at work for Hebrew on the new stone house.
Tu. 10 Worked in the a.m. for Hebrew, as above and at noon Mr. Wilson coming down to where we w
ere at work he and I went up south and southwest several miles to look at more government land but finding none to suit we came home at 6:30 oclock.
Wed. 11, Th. 12 Worked each of these two days as on the 4th inst.
Frid. 13 With Mr. Wilson went over N.E. about 7 miles, into Phillips Co. to see a piece of land he has homesteaded returning home at 4 p.m. which ended the business of the day.

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Sat. 14 Milo A. Wilson left us early this morning on his return to his home at Kankakee, Ill., expecting to return here next spring.
Worked today at hauling up rock for the building of a small stone granary, completing the job.
Sab. 15 A counterpart of the 8th inst.
Mon. 16 Spent the a.m. in hauling up sand and native lime for my granary and in the p.m. made a business trip to Stockton and returned at 7:30 oclock.
Tu. 17 Worked in the a.m. for neighbor J. A. Barker at helping do his fall threshing of small grain and in the p.m. worked for neighbor Jacob Shell at the same business.
Wed. 18 Finished threshing at Shell's at 10 a.m. and having crushed one of my fingers quite badly while laying up some stone blocks at the Shell granary, I came home and spent the rest of the day from 10 oclock principally in reading.
Th. 19 My finger being too much out of whack for work the day was spent mostly in reading.
Fr. 20 Worked at mowing with scythe, prairie grass, for hay until 3 p.m. and the remainder of the day worked at stripping sorghum for Syrup manufacture.
Sat. 21 Spent the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.

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Sab. 22 At home all day. At 11 a.m. participated in church services conducted by Rev. Theo. Bracken at our home. A good sermon!
Mon. 23 A counterpart of the 21st inst.
Tues. 24 Knocked about at miscellaneous work in the a.m. and in the p.m. commenced the building of my little stone granary.
Wed. 25 Worked in the a.m. at stripping sorghum as on the 20th but spent the p.m. mostly in reading.

Th. 26 Worked all day at laying up stone on the granary.
Fr. 27 Made a business trip to Stockton and returned about 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 28 Miscellaneous work and a trip to the postoffice after the mail.
Sab. 29 Another counterpart of the 8th inst.
Mon. 30 A counterpart of the 26th inst.

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Oct., 1878.
Tu. 1st Finished the stone work on the granary in the a.m. and worked at husking corn in the p.m.
Wed. 2 An exact counterpart of Sept. 27th.
Th. 3, Fr. 4 Spent each of these two days in knocking about at all sorts of farm work, but very little of any one thing in particular.
Sat. 5 Worked at hauling up some prairie hay and in taking up potatoes.
Sab. 6 Spent the day at home in reading and rest.
Mon. 7 Made a trip to Stockton on official business and returned at 7 p.m. Grand stampede of settlers today and last night from the frontier counties caused by a reported Indian raid from the Indian Territory. All reports lacked positive confirmation. However, a militia company was formed and sworn in with Co. Clerk L. C. Smith for captain. It fell my lot to be one of the volunteers.
Tu. 8, Wed. 9 Spent each of these two days exactly as the 3d and 4th were spent.
Th. 10, Fr. 11 And again each of these two days was spent as the 3d and 4th insts.
Sat. 12 Made preparations to do our wheat and rye threshing today but an exceedingly high wind being the order of the day did little or no work all day.

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Sab. 13 Made a trip up to neighbor Bailey's after the mail in the morning and returning at 11 oclock spent the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 14 Got ready again this morning to commence our small grain threshing when a rather fierce prairie fire came in from the northwest so we all were compelled to let the threshing stand and go fight fire which we did until noon when we got it under control. In the p.m. started the threshing machine but broke a tumbling shaft knuckle about 3 oclock which put us out of business for the rest of the day.
Tu. 15 Finished our threshing at noon and worked in the p.m. at repairing and fixing up our stable.
Wed. 16, Th. 17 Worked each of these two days for neighbor J. A. Hebrew at excavating for a stable.
Fr. 18 A big day indeed, for both self and wife! At 8 a.m. became heir to an 11 ? lb. boy. At 11 went down to neighbor C. C. Foote's with Dr. H. F. Albright of Smith Center and Rev. Theo. Bracken of Phillipsburg who had called to see why I had failed to attend a duly called meeting at the Foote home for the purpose of organizing a Presbyterian church. When they learned of the circumstances causing my failure to show up I was duly excused. We then went on with the services and

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proceeded to organize the Bow Creek Presbyterian church with five charter members, as follows: Mr. Sam'l Hebrew, sr. Mrs. Jane Hebrew, Mrs. Kittie E. Hebrew, Mrs. Rachel I. Bartholomew, the latter joining by letter from the Farmington, Ill., Presbyterian church, and myself. To complete the organization I was duly elected, ordained and installed ruling elder! Came home at 2 oclock p.m. and spent the remainder of the day mostly in attending to matters about the house.
Confirmatory reports of the Indian raid which was done by a large band of the northern Cheyennes who had been removed to the Indian Territory, have been recieved and show that in the last days of Sept. and first days of October much damage to property and the killing of many settlers was the result especially in the counties of Sheridan, Decatur and Rawlins. In Decatur the murders and scalpings are said to aggregate about 18. (See Oct. 7)
Sat. 19 Spent the day at hauling up some firewood and in taking two loads of sorghum over to the Jacob Shell cane mill.
Sab. 20 At 11 a.m. attended the first Sabbath meeting of our new church at the home of neighbor C. C. Foote where services will be held for the present. Heard a good sermon by Mr. Bracken and returned home at 1 p.m. spending the rest of the day principally in reading.

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Mon. 21 Continued work for J. A. Hebrew at excavating for his stable, finishing the job. J. M. Mellon whom I located on government land in this community the 29th of last May drove in this evening to remain a week or two to put up a dug-out house & then to return to Neb. to bring out his family in the near future.
Tu. 22 Made a trip to Stockton on official and other business and returned at 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 23 Worked for J. A. Hebrew at helping on the walling up of his stable.
Th.24, Fr. 25 Worked each of these days for Hebrew at the stone work on his new house.
Sat. 26 Went to Stockton as a delegate to the Republican nominating county convention and came home at 7:30 p.m.
Sab. 27 Spent the day in reading and rest,
Mon. 28, Tu. 29, Wed. 30 Went to Stockton and spent each of these three days acting as clerk of the Dist. Court for the October term. Put up each night at the Stockton Hotel.
Th. 31 Court adjourned in the forenoon but having considerable unfinished official business to do I did not come home until 8 p.m.

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Fr. 1st With neighbor J. M. Mellon went down N.E. 3 ? miles to the Isaac Pearce place to get a ridge pole for his new dug-out house and returning home at 3 p.m. spent the rest of the day in knocking about at miscellaneous work.
Sat. 2 Worked for neighbor J. A. Hebrew at helping to build on his stone house. In the evening attended a political meeting at the Rockport postoffice and heard speeches by Laf. C. Smith, candidate for Representative, O.C.R. Randall for Co. Atty. and W.B. Lecompte for Clerk of the Dist. Court. Home at 10:30 oclock.
Sab. 3 Attended church at C. C. Foote's at 11 a.m. and heard a sermon by Rev. Bracken. Came home at 1:30 p.m. and spent the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Mon. 4 Worked in the a.m. for J. A. Hebrew at helping to dig a well and in the p.m. made a business trip to Stockton and returned at 7 oclock.
Tues. 5 Our township, Bow Creek, which was 6 x 21 miles in extent, having recently been divided into a 6 x 12 mile territory and named Farmington for Farmington, Ill. our old home town, and the place of holding the elections having been transferred from Rockport to the residence of A. G. Muir 5 ? miles southeast of here, I went over there early in the morning

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I attended the election and sat as one of the judges on the election board. Came home at 9 oclock p.m.
Wed. 6 Worked in the a.m. for J. A. Hebrew at cutting down some trees and cutting poles therefrom. Spent the p.m. at home mostly in taking up and caring for garden truck.
Th. 7 Wife and the children not being well spent nearly the whole day about the house attending to little odd jobs of all sorts.
Fr. 8 Having quite a severe attack of the neuralgia spent the day almost entirely within doors.
Sat. 9 A rain storm being the order of the entire day the time was spent almost exclusively in reading.
Sab. 10 Went down to C. C. Foote's in the a.m. to attend our church Sab. school which is to be held every two weeks but the weather being cold and sleety no school was held. Came home at noon and spent the p.m. in reading.
Mon. 11 Knocked about at odd jobs principally in fixing things up for cold weather.
Tu. 12 Did miscellaneous work in the a.m. but in the p.m. made a business trip to Stockton and returned

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at 6 oclock. Received today a certificate of election to the office of Trustee for this, Farmington township as a result of the election last week.
Wed. 13, Th. 14, Fr. 15, Sat. 16 Worked each of these four days with little variation for J. A. Hebrew on the stone work of his new house.
Sab. 17 Attended church as usual at the Foote home and heard a good sermon at 11 a.m. by Rev. Bracken who came home with me for dinner and remained for the afternoon, going down to Sam'l Hebrew sr's for the night.
Mon. 18, Tu. 19, Wed. 20, Th. 21, Fr. 22 Again spent each of these five days at stone work for J. A. Hebrew on his new house and also we did a little stone work on a new milk house which he is putting up.
Sat. 23 Knocked about at miscellaneous work in the a.m. and in the p.m. made an official and other business trip to Stockton and returned at 6 oclock.
Sab. 24 Attended Sab. School at Foote's at 10:30 a.m. and came home at 1:30 p.m., Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Williams coming with me and remaining until evening.
Mon. 25 Spent the day in knocking about at a little of everything working hard but not being able to see much done.

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Tues. 26, Wed. 27, Th. 28 Worked each of these three days for J. A. Hebrew at doing stone work on his new milk house. Thursday morning wife and our two little boys, George and Elbert, went down with me to C. C. Foote's where they remained for the day and also for the night.
Fr. 29 In the a.m. went up west 4 miles to neighbor Nicholas Jerby's to get a calf he has been herding for me the past summer. Came home at noon and spent the p.m. in knocking about at miscellaneous work.
Sat. 30 Worked in the a.m. for neighbor J. M. Mellon at helping to get his dugout ready for occupancy soon as possible. After dinner made a trip to the postoffice & returning at 2:30 oclock spent the remainder of the day mostly in reading.

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Sab. 1st Attended church services at Foote's at 11 a.m. and heard a good sermon by Rev. Bracken. Took dinner with the Foote's and with wife and the boys who have been visiting in that neighborhood since last Thursday came home about 5 oclock p.m.
Mon. 2, Tu. 3 Worked each of these two days for J. A. Hebrew as on Nov. 26, 27 & 28.
Wed. 4 Worked today for J. M. Mellon at finishing the excavating for his dugout house.
Th. 5, Fr. 6 Worked these two days at plastering, with mortar made from native lime and sand, the Mellon dugout but did not complete the job.
Sat. 7 Miscellaneous work in the a.m. and in the p.m. put a willow and sod roof on the dugout built last summer for W. J. Hebrew. See July 29th.
Sab. 8 Owing to the inclemency of the weather spent the day at home in reading and rest.
Mon. 9, Tu. 10, Wed. 11 Worked each of these three days for neighbor J. M. Mellon at quarrying rock about 1 ? miles southeast of here on a tract of rough unclaimed government land in Section 11.
Th. 12 Worked today at finishing the job noted on the 5th and 6th insts.

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Frid. 13 A severe snow storm being the order of the entire day the time was spent assisting Rachel at papering a portion of the house.
Sat. 14 Spent the day as yesterday. About 4:30 p.m. neighbor D. A. Duff of down the creek three miles drove in and requested that we all bundle up and go down with him to pass the night with his folks so we were soon in his big sled and away we went for the night.
Sab. 15 We went with the Duffs to the Foote place to attend church services but Mr. Bracken failed to come on account of bad roads I suppose, we turned the meeting into a Sabbath school after which we went back to Duffs and remained there until evening when Mr. Duff brought us home in his sled at 5:30 oclock.
Mon. 16 Made a trip up to the Rockport postoffice after the mail and returning at noon spent the p.m. in reading.
Tu. 17, Wed. 18 Spent each of these two days almost entirely in reading.
Th. 19 A good counterpart of the 16th.
Fri. 20 Spent the day principally in reading and writing.

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Sat. 21 Made a trip to Stockton on official business and other matters and returned at 5:30 p.m.
Sab. 22 Went down to the Foote place to attend S. S. at 10:30 a.m. but there being only four persons present no school was held. Came home at 12:30 oclock and spent the p.m. in reading and rest.
Mon. 23 Made an errand down to neighbor C. C. Footes in the forenoon where I took dinner and returned home at 2:30 oclock. Our good neighbors, Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Williams called at this time so the rest of the day was spent in social visiting with them.
Tu. 24 Spent the day in reading and knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts
Wed. 25 Spent the a.m. in reading and in the p.m. made social calls and errands at the homes of neighbors D. A. Duff and Sam'l Hebrew, sr., the latter being ill. In the evening with wife and the babies went down to C. C. Foote's where we enjoyed a good Christmas supper and returned home shortly after midnight.
Th. 26 Reading, chopping wood and miscellaneous knocking about.
Fr. 27 Made an official business trip to Stockton and returned at 5 oclock p.m.

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Sat. 28 Spent the day in reading and chopping wood.
Sab. 29 Went down to the Foote place to attend Sab. school at 10:30 a.m. but no one coming out I went on down to neighbor Sam'l Hebrew, sr's to call on him in his continued sickness. Remained about an hour and came home at 1:30 oclock spent the remainder of the day in reading & rest.
Mon. 30 Spent the day in reading, writing and study.
Tu. 31 Made a trip up to Rockport after the mail and returning at noon spent the p.m. in reading.
And thus endeth the more or less momentous year of our Lord 1878.





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