Sunday Eve Jan 3
It has been very cold all day. This has been our aniversary. Mr & Mrs Demott & their children were here to dinner, we had roast Antelope fried Buffalo Meat & Potatoes sucotash warm Biscuit & butter & Molasses cookies. not very much of a dinner but pretty good for Kansas
wish every one had as good. I have taught school three weeks and expect to commence again in the morning & hope it will be warmer. Christmas and New Years came on Thursday
and you know that is always the teachers day so I took them and had two days to do house-work generally in and now that Christmas and New Years are over I think the children will learn better. I rec'd a paper from Jennie stating what they are doing there for the Kansas sufferers. I long to have summer come or Spring at least, for we are haveing considerable snow which keeps the cattle from pastureing and a good many are out & nearly out of fuel now. We have a plenty
for ours but if the neighbors cattle are like to starve, will have to divide with them, when if there was no snow they could get their liveing on the Prairie.
Will took this diary to town yesterday to mail it but forgot it so I will fill some of the blank paper. I rec'd the other one you sent and have commenced to write in it & am much obliged if is quite a tax on one, but I suppose I should miss one.
Jan 12, 1875
I will now write a little more. last Friday was the worst day I have ever seen in Kansas I started for school and got ? way & stopped to warm, & Will went on and built a fire at the school house for fear some of the children might come & expect to find a fire & nearly freeze but no one came & we went back home.
We have had steady cold weather for two weeks and to day has been a very cold blustering day. Through the middle of the day it was dangerous for a person
to get far from the house it was almost equal to Old Chautauqua it was so cold the children had to keep close to the stove most all day. I am getting along nicely with my school and will be glad when it is warmer weather so the children can keep their seats better. it hardly seems like school where they have to be huddled up around the stove so. we are getting along as well as the generality of people I guess have enough to eat & wear & a warm house good bed & bed clothes
to keep us warm and that is about all any one can have. Aid is still comeing in slowly some shoes old clothes & some Provisions. we all hope to have good crops another year & if we do not do not know what we will do then ?go west I suppose?
Jennie said you had to move in the spring. Let us know where you expect to go I wish this was a good enough country to advise people to come to but at present I advise all to keep away. we expect to try living here another year & if we
can not make a liveing we shall surely have to leave. don't worry about us as long as we keep well we will get along some way, as my book is about full I will close & hope you will have a good time reading it through this year while I am writing another. if you know how I miss them to refer too I dont believe you would want me to send them
Ever Yours Sue