Thursday Jan. 1st
Having invited father’s folks over to take dinner with us, and father, mother, George, Em. and Frank having responded to the invitation and remaining until evening, as a matter of course the time was spent in social converse, spoiling a large quantity of pop corn which had been prepared for the occasion, and in discussing the dinner
Had brother Ed. help me and worked at sawing and splitting wood. In the evening went to the Lyceum and was chief disputant on the affirmative of “Resolved that poverty tends more to develop the character than riches.” The affirmative got the question. Got home about 10:30 oclock.
Jan. Saturday, 3
Worked all day at sawing and splitting wood. Had Ed to help me.
Attended Church at 11 a.m. & listened to an instructive sermon by Mr. Bracken on the subject of “The fullness of Christ’s Salvation” from Col. 2:10. “And ye are complete in him.” Got home at 1:30 P.M. Immediately after the benediction a previous announcement having been made that I would tender my resignation as Supt. of the Sab. school, the question was taken up and thouroughly discussed after which an entire new set of officers were elected for the ensuing year consisting of Sam’l Hebrew, sr. for Supt., W. I. Thomas assistant Supt. and S.R. Guthrie Treasurer and Secretary.
Went to Stockton on official and other business, spending several hours during the day at the residence of Rev. F. E. Sherman, the Cong. Minister, who invited me to dinner and supper with him at his boarding place, Mrs. M. J. Patterson’s. After supper accompanied him to prayr meeting and still later returned to his house where I remained all night, passing a very pleasant evening in social chat and examining many of the books of his library. Mr. Sherman has a residence of his own but being an unmarried man gets his meals at Mrs. Patterson’s.
Took breakfast with Mr. Sherman at his boarding place and returning with him to his house remained there until nearly eleven oclock passing the time as last evening. Then went down town and shortly after formed the acquaintance of A. M. King, Co. Com. elect of the 2nd dist.
and Nat. Mullin, our Recorder of Deeds elect. Mr. Mullin and I were invited to dinner by A. L. Patchin, Co. Atty. which invitation we accepted. The P.M. was spent in attending to miscellaneous business. Started home in time to arrive here about 5 oclock P.M. In the evening we had a select singing social at our house and had a very pleasant time.
Jan. Wednesday, 7.
Spent the time until about 10:30 a.m. in writing and the remainder of the day in splitting wood.
Spent the a.m. in writing and reading and in the P.M. went over to father’s not getting home until about sunset.
Had Ed. and Frank help me and we gathered six loads of our corn that was yet standing in the field which nearly completed the job. In the evening attended the Lyceum and spoke on the Neg. of “Resolved that the signs of the times point to the downfall of the U.S. government.” The Neg. won the question. Got home at 10 oclock
Spent all day in working hard at little odd jobs of all sorts, spending the greater part of the a.m. in fixing up a place in one of the dugouts in which to put wheat and in removing from the granary at the stable about 30 bushels of wheat to the place prepared.
Having been quite sick all last night I remained at home with the children and let Rachel attend Sab school, not feeling like going myself. Spent a greater portion of the day in reading.
Worked nearly all day at splitting wood, spending a small portion of the time in reading.
On account of the disagreeableness of the weather caused by a very high wind being the order of the day, the time was spent almost entirely in reading with the exception of from 1 oclock until 2:30 which time was spent in making a trip to the postoffice. In the evening we attended a singing social at the residence of our newly married neighbor, Sam A. Hebrew, a half mile south. Got home at 9:30 P.M.
Spent the day principally in reading.
Spent almost the entire day in reading and writing.
Spent the day in reading and writing and in the evening attended the literary society and debated on the affirmative of “Resolved, That man gains more information by travel than by reading.” The question was decided in favor of the negative. Got home about 10:30 oclock.
Spent the time until 3:30 p.m. in husking a portion of the corn we “snapped” last week, and then went up to Rockport, getting home about 5 oclock
Jan. Sunday 18
Attended Sab. school at 11 a.m. after which we went to father’s where we remained until evening and attended church at 7 oclock at the school house. Dr Albright of Smith Center being present as well as Mr. Bracken the former officiated instead of the latter and preached a very able and instructive discourse from the 14, 15 and 16 verses of the 3d Chapter of St. John. We got home about 9 oclock at night.
Spent the a.m. in reading and writing and the P.M. in husking corn.
Did not do much of anything until 11 a.m. but spent the time from then till 3 P.M. in husking corn and about an hour later we got ready and went over northwest about a mile and a half to the residence of James Hebrew, sr where we took supper and our weekly singing social being appointed for there we remained until after it was over and got home at 10 oclock.
The time from 11 a.m. till 4 P.M. was spent in husking corn and the remaining portions of the day were spent in reading.
In company with Sam A. Hebrew and wife we went down the creek about six miles to the residence of Sam’l Smelcer and participated in the exercises attending the celebration of the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Pratt who were married at Tyringham, Mass. Jan. 22, 1830. There were about 40 guests present and a general social time was enjoyed by all. Got home about 5 oclock P.M.
Spent nearly all day in husking corn, and nearly completed the job. Did not attend the literary society on account of the thing about having run into the ground, there being too much “society” and not enough “literacy.”
Jan. Saturday 24
Went to Stockton to attend to the business of being sworn to my testimony in behalf of my right in final proof of homestead entry No 2350 dated March 30, 1874 on the N.W. quarter of Sec 10, Town 6 of Range 18 Rooks Co. Kan. H.E. Williams and Jas. A. Hebrew being my witnesses. After attending other business got home about 6 P.M.
Attended S.S. at 11 oclock and got home at 1:30 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading.
Went over to Mr. R. Guthrie’s in the A.M. about 10 oclock and from there went to father’s and from there home about 1 oclock P.M. spending the remainder of the day principally in reading.
Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28
The weather being quite cold and disagreeable both days the time was spent principally within doors, reading.
It still being very disagreeable without the time was consumed in reading and making scrap book.
Went to Stockton to get affidavit of pub. of final proof notice, preparatory to perfecting said proof next week, and to make arrangements for securing a loan of $300 by mortgage on our homestead. Got home about 6 P.M.
Jan. Saturday 31
Went up to Rockport about 10:30 and getting home at 12:15 had dinner and went to the school house at 2 P.M. to meet with the other members of the Tp. Board, W.C. Sanford, Treas. and A.G. Muir, Clerk. The Board allowed bills to the amount of $74.50 and adjourned about 4:30 P.M. Went over to father’s from the school house and remained there until about six oclock when I came home accompanied by brother George and found Mr. Bracken here who had put up his team preparatory to sojourning with us for the night.
Sunday, Feb. 1st 1880.
Attend church at 11 a.m. listening to a good sermon from Acts 20:31 – “Therefore watch, and remember that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” After the sermon, participated in our S.S. exercises after which we went over to father’s and took dinner, -- Mr. Bracken also taking dinner there. Got home about 4:30 oclock.
Brother George and I went down to Kirwin and I attended to the business of completing final proof on my homestead and recd. final reciever’s receipt from the U.S. land office. Got home about 5 P.M. (Rail road in Kirwin at last) (E.J. Donnell stayed all night C.H.Bonds)
Feb. 1880 Tuesday 3d
Today being election day for township officers and for voting on a $4000 proposition for bonds to build a court house, said election to be held at the residence of A.G. Muir, the usual place of holding elections, about 5 miles S.E. of here, and being Tp. Trustee and by virtue of said office, one of the Judges of election, and the polls having to be opened at the hour of 10 oclock A.M. in accordance with Sec. 7, Chapter 110 of the Revised Statutes of 1879, I repaired to the place of holding elections shortly before ten oclock and found on arriving that the polls had already been opened and the judges were receiving votes. Said board consisting of W.C. Sanford, Wm. F. Titus and A.J. Muir, as judges and A. G. Muir and J. P. Shirley as clerks.
As neither of the “board” were the proper election officers, and as its organization had been completed so early in the morning that there were not sufficient men there from which to form a board without putting two of the Muir family on, and two of their particular “friends,” (Sanford and Shirley) and A.G. Muir being his own candidate for Trustee on the Bailey-Smith ticket against S.R. Guthrie the straight Rep. Man, and, from the complexion of the case, believing that there was “something rotten in Denmark,” I walked into the room and demanded to know by what authority they had formed themselves into an election board and were recieving votes, letting them know at the same time if they carried the returns of their “board” to Stockton when the county
Commissioners came to canvass the vote of Farmington Tp. the returns would be thrown out on the score of the board having been illegally formed by unqualified persons previous to the hour established by law. Previous to my arrival I presume they were very much gratified to think that they would have everything their own way and to make surely doubly sure the bogus “board” had deposited each man his own ballot in the box, as had also one Chas. H. Miller, who was candidate last fall on the “Sorehead” ticket for Sheriff and who was working might and main for the election of Muir for Trustee. No other votes had been cast. J. A. Southard one of the justices and a member of the board arrived before I did and the “board” being in session before he got there, he as a natural consequence got no seat
thereon and perhaps thinking that they calculated to carry their scheme out on the “Mississippi plan,” he went home in high dudgeon even refusing to vote. Mr. Southard had gone home before my arrival. Such however was not my intention (although perhaps it might be said I was in “high dudgeon”) for I calculated to see the matter out if it took all day. So after making the demand and assertion above recorded A. G. Muir said he had consulted with the County Atty, A. L. Patchin, who told him that the polls must be opened at 8 a.m. instead of 10. I told him that Patchin had no authority to give any such advise, and having a copy of the revised Statutes of 1879 along with one I produced the section and chapter above referred to and by my
request the law on the subject was read by W. I. Thomas to the crowd of people assembled within the house. The effect was sensational! Muir tried to shield himself by saying that as a bond election was combined with the township election it would change the time to 8 oclock. Laf. C. Smith, lawyer, former Co. Clerk and general political dead beat agreed with Muir as did also our angel of purity and political reform, J. A. Bailey. By a reference to Sec. 5 of Chap. 12 of the revised Statutes it was found that bond elections must be governed by the “rules and regulations prescribed by law for holding elections in any such county, city or township and that “such election shall be conducted by the officers or persons provided by law.”
Here their game was blocked again as the “board” was illegally formed throughout and they were all willing, yea anxious that the board should be reorganized a step which I did not feel like taking as Muir and his clique had considered themselves competent to carry things through without any aid from the proper election officers. So I held off for about half an hour before I consented to take a seat on the board and reorganize it. In the meantime Smith Bailey and Muir had become very anxious to have a new board formed, which was then done consisting of W.C. Sanford, W. F. Titus and myself as judges and H. E. Williams and A. G. Muir clerks. The ballot box being opened & the six votes cast being thrown out. The whole blame in the matter attaches to Muir who had undoubtedly put up
the game for a big “beat,” as on last Friday, knowing his duplicity but thinking he could be trusted that far I had allowed him to carry home the blank poll books from Stockton and on Saturday at the township meeting I had told him expressly that under the new law the polls would not be opened until 10 oclock and that previous to that time I would be on hand and seeing Mr. Southard yesterday in Kirwin he said that he also would be there about nine oclock and fulfilled his promise by being there at that time. Muir was determined to be elected Trustee at all hazards so yesterday he got a large number of tickets printed with his name on for that office and having a number of fellows of
of last fall “Sorehead” notoriety, to work for him and scatter his tickets through the crowd he was elected over Guthrie. No other events worthy of mention transpired during the day and I left for home at 8:30 p.m. getting home at 10 oclock
Feb. Wednesday, 4.
Spent almost all day in reading
Spent the day in reading and writing.
Spent the day principally in reading
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about 6 P.M.
Remained at home to take care of the children while Rachel attended S. S. spending the time in reading and writing a little
Monday 9, Tuesday, 10 Wednesday, 11, Thursday 12, Friday 13 Saturday 14,
Spent almost the entire time of each day in reading, writing and study. Having the Gen. Statutes of Kan for 1868 and all the Session Laws from 1870 to 1879, both inclusive, by far the greater part of the past six days was spent in making a complete revision of the entire code of Kansas laws, which was done by marking all the amended and repealed laws of the whole code and transferring to the Statutes of 1868 references to all the State laws as they now appear in the Compiled Laws of 1879.
Did the above work as a pastime and also that I might have a compendium of the laws as they now are without going to the expense of purchasing a copy of the Revised Laws of 1879.
Feb. Sunday 15, 1880
Attended Sab school at 11 a.m. and Rachel going down to H. E. Williams I went over to father’s and staid there until 5 P.M. when I came home to do up the work and brother Ed. being here to take care of the children, we got supper and then I returned to the school house to attend church. Mr. Bracken took for his text the first 13 verses of the 25th chapter of Matthew, the account of the parable of the ten virgins and showed it to be our imperative duty to keep our lamps trimmed in continual burning prepared to meet the Lord when ever he shall call us. Met Rachel again and came home with her arriving about 9:30 oclock
Cut wood until 1 P.M. and did not do much of anything the remainder of the day.
Rachel and I went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about 5 P.M.
Spent all day in sawing, hauling and splitting wood.
Split wood until 10 a.m. then went to Rockport after the mail and got home at 11:30. Until 1 P.M. was spent in reading when we were very much surprised to see brother John and his wife and little boy who had just arrived from Illinois; getting to Kirwin last night they were brought out here by a livery team. We knew they were coming out but supposed they would not come until tomorrow and Geo was going down after them.
Feb. Friday 20
Brother John and I having gone over to father’s last evening and they learning of John’s arrival were very much surprised as a matter of course so today, Father, Mother, Geo. and Frank came over to spend the day with us and John desiring to secure some land in this vicinity if possible,
father, Geo. Frank and I went over south east about two miles with him to look at an 80 acre tract of vacant government land and he being satisfied with it we returned home, spending the remainder of the day in conversation.
Tomorrow being Rachel’s birthday and it being Sabbath and not suitable for the occasion, and she being desirous of giving a dinner to the members of her Sab. school class as a birthday fete, all the members thereof found their way to our house, as did also several others of the little ones of the neighborhood, After indulging in some singing the children enjoyed themselves for some time at play and then came dinner at 1:30 oclock after which the children all amused themselves as best they knew how until time to go home, which was about 4 or 5 oclock P.M. There were 21 children present, ranging from 3 years to 13, being as follows:
Ida, Linda and Ada Guthrie; Willie, Zallie and Flora Messinger; Lizzie and Nora Barker; Arwilda and Jimmie Noonan; Willis and Hughie Duff; Minnie and Lillie Lovell; Frank Bartholomew, Irvin Winchester, Flora Mellon, Myrtie Southard, Zelda Tuttle, Adelle Myers and Nettie Cramer. My time during the day was spent in and about the house. John started early in the morning for Kirwin as spoken of yesterday in company with George and Mary, his wife, having gone over to fathers they will remain there tonight.
Attended Sab. school at the usual hour and got home at 2 P.M. John and Mary having returned shortly before we started to Sab. S. we left the children in their care.
In the evening Rachel, John and I went down to the frame school house, 5 miles down the creek, in company with Mr. Mellon and wife to attend meeting, which was conducted by Rev A. B. Conwell of Kirwin, Methodist who took for his sermon a text from the 12 verse of the 9 chap of 1st Corinthians, in regard to the hinderance of preaching the gospel. Got home at about 9:30 oclock.
Feb. Monday, 23.
John having secured a “Filing” on the W ½ of the S.W. ¼ of Sec 14 Town 6, Range 18, he and I went over there about 10 oclock a.m. and worked until 3 P.M. at starting a house for him; we digging down about 18 inches in the front and two feet at the back of the house, he calculating to build a stone wall on top of the sides of the excavated part, and make it 12 x 17 on the inside.
After getting home did not do much of anything the reminder of the day.
Spent the day in knocking about at this that and the other and not much after all. Having rented 8 acres to John for the purpose of sowing wheat thereon he went over to fathers and getting his team commenced plowing the ground this afternoon.
Worked at making a road to lead from the house out to the section line road in a southwesterly direction, and in digging down some banks along a “draw” so that I could go up and down from and to the plowed land adjoining.
Feb. Thursday 26
Worked at digging down banks, as spoken of yesterday in the a.m. and in the P.M. went over to fathers and helped brother George quarry rock at the Messinger quarry close to father’s house, Came home about sunset and going up to Rockport got back about an hour later
The weather being very cold and somewhat stormy the day was spent entirely within doors reading.
Spent the day in reading.
Went over to the school house at 11 a.m. to attend meeting but Mr Bracken not coming for some unknown cause, we held S. S. about 11:30 which completed the services of the day. Mother not being well Rachel and I went from the school house to see her & staying there sometime got home about 3 P.M.
Monday, March 1st 1880
Had John help me in the a.m. at sawing wood and the P.M. was spent by myself in splitting the wood sawed during the a.m.
Rachel, John and I went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about 5 oclock P.M. (Mortgage)
Brother George calculating to go to Kirwin after a load of corn and John and I desiring to go down with him on business, went over to father’s about 6:30 a.m. and making the journey there and return got home about 6:30 P.M.
March, Thursday 4, Friday 5.
Spent both days knocking about at this, that and the other, spending a greater part of the time in repairing the stable and making a new door therefor.
Saturday, 6, 1800
Brother Ed and I went to Stockton on various business and while there I purchased a span of light draught horses of Ballentine and Buchman for the sum of $105 in cash. Got home about 6 P.M.
Attended Sab. school at 11 a.m. and got home about 1 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading.
March 1880) Monday 8
Spent the a.m. in knocking about at little odd jobs and in the P.M. worked for brother John at opening a stone quarry a mile and a half east of here on Jas. A. Hebrew’s place.
Spent the a.m. principally in reading and in the P.M. finished John’s plowing that he has been at sometime, on our place, that he is going to put into wheat.
Worked all day sawing wood for father on J. A. Hebrew’s place. In the evening went over to O. P. Coy’s, as one of school board to hire as teacher for the summer term of school, Miss Hattie Markham. Succeeded and got home about 10:30 oclock P.M.
March Thursday 11
Worked nearly all day at leveling or digging down banks along a “draw” as spoken of on the 25 ultim.
Friday 12, Saturday 13
Owing to the extreme inclemency of the weather of both days the time was passed almost exclusively within doors, reading.
The weather being still very unpleasant we did not attend Sab school, but in the evening Rachel and I attended Church and listened to a very instructive sermon by Mr. Bracken on the “Perseverence of the Saints” from Philippians 1st chap. and 6 verse
Owing to the continued inclemency of the weather and not feeling very well otherwise spent the time in reading & writing
John, George, Em and I went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about 5 oclock P.M., while in town I purchased a set of double harness of Fellible for the sum of $30.
Went to Rockport after the mail at 9 a.m. and getting home at 10:30 oclock went over to father’s shortly after and worked for George at helping to saw up some of the rock which he has been quarrying for Guthrie.
March Thursday 18.
Went to Stockton to buy a wagon and not seeing any that suited me I returned without making a purchase, getting home about 5 oclock P.M.
Went over to Theodore Allen’s in the morning about 10 oclock and borrowing his wagon hitched our new team up for the first time and taking Rachel and the children went over to father’s where we remained until after dinner when we went down to Sam’l Hebrew’s sr, where we spent the afternoon and got home about 6 oclock in the evening.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home at 6 P.M.
Attended Sab school at the usual hour of 11 oclock a.m. and stopping awhile at fathers got home at 2 P.M., spending the remainder of the day in reading.
Worked in the a.m. at hauling stone and dirt with which to bank up around our well and in the P.M. made a good platform covering to the same, having had John to assist me in the a.m. and father in the P.M.
March, Tuesday 23d
Spent the day in putting a floor in our granary and fixing it up otherwise.
Spent the time at knocking about at this that and the other and did not do much of anything after all.
Thursday 25, Friday 26
Spent both days in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts
Spent the time until 2 P.M. principally in reading and then we went over to the school house to attend preparatory services as we intend to hold communion tomorrow. Mr. Bracken preached on the subject of holiness and took for his text the 14 verse of the 12 chap. of Hebrews. Got home about 4:30 oclock – Mr. Bracken coming with us to stay all night
Attend Sab school at 10 a.m., at which hour it is to be held hereafter. After sab school listened to a very instructive sermon from Mr. Bracken taken from the brief text comprehended in the 35 verse of the 11 chap. of John – “Jesus wept” – after which communion services were participated in and Mrs. Harriet Southard united with the church on profession of faith at a meeting of the session directly afterward. Got home about 2 oclock P.M.
Worked at digging down banks at a draw in the a.m. and in the p.m. directly after dinner a prairie fire having got out over south East about 1 ½ miles and a brisk S.E. wind being the order of the day I started for the scene of action. The fire came to the creek and crossed as thouh no creek was there and went on away to the northward with a horse race speed. Worked until about 5 P.M. when the 30 or 40 persons engaged in the fight had whipped the fire out of the county.
March – Tuesday 30 – 1880
Went up to Rockport at 10 a.m. and getting home an hour later spent the remainder of the day principally in reading, not feeling just first class over our fire fight of yesterday afternoon.
Plowed the ground, planted and covered a bushel of potatoes in the a.m. and spent the P.M. in plowing more ground for potatoes and early corn.
Thursday, April 1st, 1880.
Went to Rockport about 9 a.m. after the mail and some medicine for a sick horse, and got home an hour later, spending the time until noon principally in reading. In the P.M. went out on a trip through the neighborhood to see what sum we could get subscribed for the support of the Bow Creek Presbyterian church for the year 1880. Called at the residences of H. E. Williams, D. A. Duff, J. A. Hebrew, J. A. Southard, M.J. Beck and O.P. Coy. Succeeded well and got home at 6 P.M.
Spent the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts being busy all day, and still not accomplishing much.
April – Saturday 3 – 1880
Went to Kirwin after a load of corn and to attend to other business and got home about 8 P.M.
Attended S.S. at 10 a.m. and got home at 1 p.m. spending the time thereafter as usual.
Worked all day at planting out apple trees, bushes, shrubs, flowers, &c, &c
Knocked about at a little of everything
Worked all day at plowing and harrowing a piece of ground on which to plant potatoes, early corn and melons
Spent the a.m. in replowing and reharrowing a portion of the ground spoken of yesterday to have it in better condition for planting to potatoes, and in the P.M. took Rachel and the boys out for a little ride – going up to Rockport and from there to Jacob Shell’s and then back home shortly before sunset.
Spent the day running about here and there, doing this, that and the other and not much after all.
Went to Stockton to mill and to attend to other miscellaneous business and got home about 5 oclock P.M.
April – Sunday 11 – 1880
Attended Sab school at 10 a.m. and got home about 1 P.M., spent the remainder of the day in reading and in the evening attended church and listened to an unusually interesting sermon by Mr. Bracken on the subject of “excuses made by persons for not uniting themselves with the church,” he taking for his text the 9 and 10 verses of the 10 chapter of Romans. Got home at 10 oclock
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home at 6 oclock P.M.
Brother George and I went to Kirwin after a load of corn apiece and got home about 7 P.M.
April – Wednesday 14 – 1880
Spent the day in knocking about at a little of everything, getting through in time to retire at a reasonable hour,
Owing to the disagreeableness of the weather spent the day in reading & writing.
Spent the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts. In the evening Mr C. H. Ellis of Lockport, N.Y. a representative of the Heikes Nurseries of Dayton Ohio called upon us in a business capacity and put up for the night. Mr Ellis is a genial well informed gentleman and a Presbyterian Church member.
April – Saturday 17 – 1880
Went to Stockton to buy a wagon and to attend to other business and got home about 6 P.M.
Attended S.S. at 10 a.m. and returned home at 12 spending the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Worked in the a.m. at plowing some furrows along the side of a piece of ground in order that I could burn the stubble and weeds off of it to get it in readiness for plowing for corn planting, at which business (plowing) I worked in the P.M.
April Tuesday 20
Plowed in the a.m. and in the P.M. knocked about at this that and the other until 3 oclock when I went up to Rockport after the mail and got home about an hour later.
In the evening we went down to Mr. H. E. Williams to practice on several pieces of music to be sung at the county Sab. school picnic at Stockton on the 7th of next month, got home about 11:30 at night.
Wed. 21, Thurs. 22, Frid. 23, Sat. 24.
Spent each day at plowing.
April – Sunday 25 – 1880
Not feeling very well spent the entire day at home in reading and rest.
Spent the day knocking about at a little of everything.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about 5 P.M.
Went to Rockport in the morning to get a plow sharpened and did not get home until nearly noon. Worked in the P.M. at mulching our apple trees. In the evening we went down to Elmer Stroup to practice our music for the S.S. picnic of the 7 prox. Had a very pleasant time as there were quite a number out and got home at midnight
Thurs. 29, Friday, 30.
Plowed both days.
May – Saturday 1st – 1880,
Attended Sab school at 10 a.m. and after school remained a short time to practice our music for the picnic getting home about 1 oclock. Spent the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Plowed all day, finishing my spring plowing for corn, having now in readiness for planting when it rains, about 16 acres of ground. Sent to H.R. Lucore’s cattle herd today one red yearling hiefer with nearly round hole through right ear, white belly, white heart in face, and also white on tip of tail and I believe small white blotch on right hind foot just above the hoof.
May, 1880. Tuesday, 4
Spent the a.m. in reading and writing and in the P.M. after hauling up a load of wood went up to Rockport after the mail getting home about 5 oclock and about half an hour later a heavy soaking thunder shower came up from the N.W. drenching the earth completely. As no moisture of any importance had been precipitated either in the form of rain or snow since Nov. 11, 1879 the rain of this evening was a godsend indeed as thousands of acres of wheat in western Kansas have already been destroyed by the extremely prolonged drouth. As a consequence of the continued dry weather many people were getting the blues badly and the chronic croakers were all proclaiming the
droughtyest drought that ever struck Kansas. People west of us on the extreme frontier were commencing to turn their faces toward the land of the rising sun. The rain seemed to be quite general and not merely local and it is to be hoped that it was universal, at least throughout western Kan. that, if for no other reason, the tongues of the croakers, grumblers and fretters may be enabled to take a rest. A stagnation of the mercantile interests of the county had also set in which it is also to be hoped has been completely averted by today’s refreshing rainfall and the succeeding precipitations which we hope to see follow
Spent the day planting potatoes and making garden.
May 1880 Thursday, 6.
Worked until 4 P.M. at making garden and then went to work at harrowing my corn ground to get it in readiness for planting soon as possible.
Harrowed all day. Today being the day set for our county S.S. picnic we as a matter of course had made all due preparations for going but on account of the disagreeableness of the weather in the morning, we backed out entirely and were thus denied the anticipated pleasure
Spent all day in harrowing.
Spent the time until 2 P.M. in reading, principally, and going over to the school house attended S.S. at three oclock and church at 4. Mr Bracken preached a forcible sermon on the impossibility of those being confounded who at all times and under all circumstances put their trust in the living God, taking for his text the first clause of the 27th verse of the 33d chap of Deuteronomy – The eternal God is thy refuge,” Got home at 6 P.M.
Finished harrowing at 10:30 a.m. and borrowing Sam A. Hebrew’s corn marker worked in the afternoon at marking out my corn ground.
May – Tuesday, 11 – 1880
Worked all day at marking out corn ground, finishing the job of marking out 16 acres, both ways, at 6 P.M. Had father and brother John plant while I marked. They planted 11 acres during the day.
Worked until 9 oclock a.m. at planting corn when I was attacked with a severe cramping in the stomach which continued without abatement until about noon when I felt somewhat relieved. Remained in bed until toward night when I got up a short time but felt very weak and debilitated. Father planted corn for me in the a.m. and 1 ¼ acres which he did not finish, John & George came over in the evening and finished.
Still not feeling able to work spent the a.m. in reading and writing and at 1 P.M. went up to Rockport after the mail and getting home about an hour later spent a portion of the time in planting pop corn and water melons and the remainder in reading.
Not being very strong yet spent the day in knocking about at this that and the other and did not do much after all, especially in the P.M. on account of the rainstorms.
Commenced breaking prairie sod, working all day thereat, preparing ground on which to plant rice corn.
May – Sunday 16 – 1880
Attended Sab. School at the usual hour of 10 oclock a.m. and returned home at 12:30 oclock, spending the remainder of the day principally in reading.
Monday 17, Tuesday 18.
Worked both days for brother John breaking prairie over on his claim 1½ miles S.E. of here.
Broke prairie, at home, in the a.m. and in the P.M. until three oclock worked at planting rice corn when a rain came up and stopped work for the remainder of the day.
Plowed, as above, in the a.m. and planted rice corn in the P.M. till about three oclock and then plowed again the remainder of the day.
Spent all day at working hard at little odd jobs of all sorts including such as plowing awhile in the morning, hoeing potatoes, planting rice corn &c, &c, &c.
Went up to Rockport on miscellaneous business at 9 oclock a.m. and getting home at 11, spent the remainder of the day in reading and working in the garden, alternately. Mr Bracken came along about sunset and put up with us for the night.
May – Sunday 23 – 1880
Attended S.S. at the usual hour of 10 a.m. and church an hour later; Mr Bracken taking for his text the first clause of the 130 verse of the 119 Psalm – “The entrance of thy words giveth light.”
Got home at 2 P.M. and spent the remainder of the day principally in reading.
Went to Stockton in the morning, on miscellaneous business, with S.R. Guthrie whom I met over at fathers according to previous agreement, and District Court being in session and the judge believing that the 18 men drawn on the regular panel of the petit jury would be insufficient to form juries on the large number of cases pending before said court, ordered the Sheriff to select 10 additional men to serve on
the regular panel and without controversy notwithstanding excuses I was notified to appear at the court room at 1:30 P.M. and not leave the same unless excused by the Judge. A few minutes before my encounter with the sheriff I had the pleasure of meeting my old friend and former official associate; Judge Holt, with whom I had a very pleasant chat. Shortly thereafter I met Rev. F. E. Sherman who invited me to take dinner with him at Mrs. M. J. Patterson’s, his boarding place, which kind invitation I accepted. At 1:30 went to the court room but was not required to sit on a jury as a panel was formed without calling on me, so I passed the P.M. as a spectator listening to the evidence and argument in the cases of the State vs. L.P.Burchfield and the State vs Wm Mundy. Took sup. at Newell’s restaurant and put up for the night at Mrs. Patterson’s.
May – Tuesday 25 – 1880
At 8:30 went to the court house and being called upon to sit as a juror on the case of the State vs Lewis Parker was excused by the defense for the reason that I knew too much about the facts in the case. Messrs Geo. Choute & C.G. Mickel who are also jurymen and are likewise stopping at Mrs Patterson’s I find to be good, sociable, christian gentlemen. They are from Sugar Loaf Tp. Spent the day in court and about town. During the day met, and had pleasant conversations with A. Saxey, of Osborne, who is a candidate for dist. Judge, and Thos. Beaumont, a prominent attorney of Graham county. Stockton has just become a city of the 3d class and the town council has licensed two of the Devil’s man traps to deal out liquid damnation to the base cravers of alcoholic beverages and the result was that at 2 oclock this afternoon I saw more drunken men on main street than I ever saw before, at one time in my life.
Going to the court room at 8:30 was impaneled on a jury to try the issues in the case of Joseph Dickson vs John and Mary E.W. Reid, wherein the plaintiff claimed damages to the amount of $80 from the Defendants through there neglect to properly harvest 40 acres of wheat on said plaintiff’s land, the Reid’s having rented the ground of Dickson who was to receive one half of the crop. The case was completed at 4 P.M. resulting in a verdict of $40 damage to the plaintiff.
After looking about town awhile, went to supper and in the evening another jury being in the box and my presence not being required at the court room, I attended prayer meeting at the school house. King Bacchus held another grand festival today disgraceful in the extreme.
(Visit with F.E. Sherman & Shaw to the Jail to see old Parker the noted criminal at 5 P.M.)
May – Thursday 27 – 1880
Went to the court room in the morning and was at once impaneled on a jury to try the issues in the case of Mary E.W. Ried, vs John Kenworthy, the same being an action of trespass wherein the plaintiff charged the defendant with chopping down and hauling away a large amount of timber from her premises, claiming damages to the amount of $100. The case occupied all day and went to the jury about 8:30 P.M. and from the law and evidence it was clearly established that the defendant had purchased the timber and paid for the same, and as a consequence the jury after being out 10 or 15 minutes returned a verdict of no cause for action on the part of the plaintiff.
Immediately thereafter went to the school house to hear Rev Mrs. Emma Perkam preach but when I arrived services were about at a close.
Went to the court room as usual in the morning, but as no jury was impaneled on any case during the day, the time was spent in court and about town conversing with friends and acquaintances. About 5 P.M. met Wm N. Boggs, whose acquaintance I formed night before last at the prayer meeting through an introduction of J. H. Mitchell, who seemed to be quite anxious to know “how the people feel over your way” in regard to a candidate for the office of Co. Sup. of Pub. Inst. at the approaching fall election. As Mr. Boggs is at present teaching the Stockton public school and is a professional teacher, comment is unnecessary. Shortly after I met Judge Holt in the postoffice with whom I had quite a chat on politics in general, and
also in regard to the Judge’s present political aspirations. During the conversation he declared positively that he was not a candidate for reelection this fall from the fact that the duties incumbent upon him as such officer were more arduous than he desired to bear, and declared that he was sick of public life, that his home interests were not properly managed in his absence, and that the business requires a great portion of his time to be spent away from his family, which state of affairs taken altogether were anything but desirable. That he is not a candidate for Congress he also stated, first from the fact it is very improbable that he could be nominated and, second he desires to see the present incumbent, Hon John A. Anderson, reelected this fall.
In the evening went again to the school house to hear Mrs Peckam preach. She took for her text the last clause of the 1st verse of the 18 chap of Luke – “Men ought always to pray and not to faint.” Her demeanor was not very forcible but her exhortation was candid and earnest.
About one half of the jury was dismissed from further attendance upon this term of the Dist. Court, about 9 oclock A.M. and I being one of the dismissed started home with Mr. Guthrie, who had been in town over night, at about 10:30 oclock and arrived here at 1 P.M., and spent the remainder of the day principally in reading, being well pleased with my weeks sojourn in the county seat (with the exception of witnessing such a great amount of drunkenness) acting in the capacity of petit juror.
May – Sunday 30 – 1880
Attended S.S. at 10 a.m. as usual and returned at 1, and about 3 was taken with a very violent attack of sick headache lasting until night when it about ceased.
Still not feeling very well spent all day in reading and writing.
Tuesday, June 1st 1880
Went down to J. A. Hebrew’s in the morning on some school business and from there went to the school house to pay the school an official visit. Remained from the time school took up in the morning until recess, and found Miss Hattie Markham our teacher to be one of the most proficient teachers that I have ever met. Came home and after dinner went up to Rockport and getting back about 3 P.M. spent the remainder of the day working in the garden.
Cut and hauled up a load of wood in the a.m. and spent the p.m. in knocking about at a little of everything.
June, Thursday, 3. 1880
One of our horses having quite a sore shoulder and not wishing to work her for several days I went out in quest of one to take her place, going to Theo. Allen’s, O.P. Coy’s, J. A. Hebrew’s & fathers but did not succeed in getting a horse so returned home about noon, and did not do much of anything the remainder of the day owing to the high winds & threatening rain.
Went over to father’s in the morning and getting his cultivator worked all day at cultivating corn, horse’s shoulder being rather bad but still able to work.
Mercury 105 in the shade from two to four P.M.
Owing to the high wind and it being disagreeably chilly and rainy did not do much of anything in the a.m. but in the P.M. worked a plowing ground on which to sow millet.
Attended S.S. at 10 oclock and preaching by Rev. W. I. Thomas at 11, Mr. T. took for his text the two first verses of the 11th chap of Hebrews, delineating the Christian race and preached a very instructive sermon. Got home at 1:15 and spent the remainder of the day in reading and writing.
Continued plowing all day on millet ground
June – Tuesday, 8. – 1880.
Worked till 10 oclock at harrowing the ground plowed yesterday & Saturday and spent the remainder of the day in plowing.
Wednesday, 9. 1880
Birth-day: Age 28. Plowed in the A.M. and harrowed in the P.M. having plowed 5 acres since Sat. noon and harrowed it over twice, the ground is now ready for sowing on the millet seed which will be done as soon as it rains & not before then.
Friday 11 & Saturday 12
Cultivated corn. Extremely heavy soaking rain Saturday evening.
Attended S.S. at the usual hour of 10 a.m. and got home at 12:30 oclock, spending the remainder of the day in reading.
Cultivated a small piece of ground in the A.M., (which had been sown last fall to wheat but was killed out) on which to sow millet and in the P.M. worked at harrowing in millet on the ground prepared last week. Had father sow it,
Finished putting in my millet about 2:30 P.M. and spent the remainder of the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.
June – Wednesday 16 – 1880
Worked in the a.m. at hoeing and cultivating corn, potatoes and melons & spent the P.M. in planting 2 ½ acres of sod corn on that amount of ground which I hired brother George to break for me, which he did yesterday and today.
Thurs. 17, Friday 18 & Sat. 19
Cultivated corn each day, it taking that time to go once over our 16 acre field of corn. On Thursday evening we were called upon by A. L. Robinson of Ash Rock Tp, Census Enumerator for the territory comprised in Farmington & Ash Rock Tp’s, who remained with us all night and having made such arrangements also staid with us the following night. I went to Rockport on Sat eve at 8 oclock and got home an hour & a half later.
Attended S.S. at the usual hour of 10 a.m. and at 11 listened to a sermon by Mr Bracken who took for his text the 1st verse of the 3d chap. of Proverbs. “My son forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments.” After church went over to father’s where we took dinner and got home at 4 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading, as usual.
In the morning went down to J. A. Hebrew’s to see about getting the Hebrew boys to cut our wheat crop, which I expect will be ripe sometime next week, but they being up at Rockport I returned home and went over northwest about two miles to Mack Marshall’s to buy some pigs, but he was not at home so I went from there to Rockport where I saw the Hebrew boys who agreed to cut my 27 acres of wheat for 75 cts per acre with the header. Got home at 1 P.M. and after partaking of dinner and spending an hour in reading worked the rest of the day at hoeing in the garden. Mr. Robinson again put up with us all night.
June – Tuesday 22 – 1880
Spent the time until 3:30 P.M. at working in the garden but it being rainy the remainder of the day the time was spent in reading. Mr. Robinson having completed this portion of his census work left us for good this morning. During his stay of three nights with us I find him to be a good sociable, companionable, christian man.
Went over to father’s in the morning and hauled from there a load of wood and poles for brother John up to his place and then went down to C.C. Foote’s timber and hauled him up another load of wood &c, &c, getting home at noon. Worked till 3 P.M. at breaking some ground on the hillside N.W.of the house on which to plant trees next year, and the remainder of the day did not do much of anything.
Spent the a.m. in cutting some large weeds out of our wheat, and in the P.M. at two oclock went to Rockport, getting home about 4, spending the remainder of the day in reading.
Cut weeds until10 a.m. and from then till noon plowed as on the 23d and in the P.M. went over to the school house where I met with J. M. Mellon, Director, & J. A. Hebrew, Treasurer, to pay our school an official Dist. Board visit. Remained until recess and were very much gratified at the progress Miss Markham is making with the school house. Then we adjourned to the outside of the school house where we held a board meeting looking toward the raising of the deficit in the teacher’s salary. Got home at 4:30 and plowed from then till supper time
June – Saturday 26 – 1880
Cut weeds out of the wheat in the a.m. and in the P.M. at 1:30 went up to Rockport after some groceries and the mail and getting home at 3:30, hauled up a load of wood, after which the day was about completed.
Attended S.S. at the usual hour of 10 a.m. and got home at 1 oclock spending the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Monday 28, Tuesday 29
Cultivated corn both days
Cultivated corn in the a.m. but was prevented from working thereat in the P.M. until about 5 oclock on account of the rain, at which time I again went to cultivating.
July – Thursday 1st, - 1880.
Finished cultivating corn for the season, in the a.m. and in the P.M. Rachel, Em, and Georgie & Elbert and I went up to Rockport and got home at 5:30 which wound up the proceedings of the day
Having a rather serious bilious attack and general weakness remained in bed nearly all day, not eating anything until about 5 P.M. when I felt a great deal better.
Quite sick again from 1 a.m. until about 7 with acute pains in the stomach, when I felt somewhat better again. At 11 I went up to Rockport, horseback to see Dr. Fuller getting home at half past 12. After dinner hauled up from the creek a small load of wood and from 4 oclock till night plowed on the side hill north west of the house as on the 23d ult.
July – Sunday, 4 – 1880
Spent the time until 2:30 P.M. in reading, &c, &c, and then went over to the school house to attend S.S. at 3, it being changed to that hour on account of Mr. Bracken’s appointment being at 4 oclock. On account of high water on the North Solomon Mr. B. could not meet with us. Got home at 5 P.M.
Plowed all day on the hillside for trees.
Our wheat crop of 27 acres being ripe and having engaged the Hebrew boys to cut it with their header, Bill and Sam came along in the morning and we got to work thereat. Had Mr. Mellon and brother John each run a header box while I did the stacking. Cut during the day 18 acres.
Plowed hillside in the a.m. and cut weeds out of the wheat in the P.M.
D. A. Duff and Bill Hebrew came along this morning and we went at it to cut the remainder of our wheat. Had bros. John & George run the wagons while I stacked, on account of several machine delays did not get through until about 3 P.M. Shortly after getting through I took one of the header wagons down to Jas. A. Hebrews, which completed the day In the evening went up to Rockport after the mail and received a card from Father Montgomery of Farmington, Ill dated the 5th inst. informing us that himself and wife would make us a visit in the course of two or three weeks.
July – Friday, 9 – 1880
Helped brother John in the A.M. at working on the completion of a small sod house which he is building on his claim and into which he proposes to move in a few days, working thereafter on a more commodious stone house which is now under process of construction. In the P.M. worked at and finished the hillside plowing, previously spoken of which was comenced on the 23d ult.
Had brother George help me and spent nearly all day in covering our four wheat ricks (each30 feet in length, 8 foot base & 10 feet high) with willows 6 to 8 feet long which we cut at the creek and weighting the same down with heavy stones and wires.
Attended S.S. at 10 a.m. and got home at 12:30 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading and rest. Rachel and the boys did not go on account of her being well.
Went over to fathers and cut weeds out of his wheat in the a.m. and then coming home spent the P.M. cutting weeds in the garden and other places.
Spent the a.m. in doing a small amount of breaking on the hill east of the house and after dinner went up to Rockport to take up some mail and getting back at 3 oclock cut weeds out of a patch of sweet & pop corn the rest of the day.
July – Wednesday, 14 – 1880
Went to Stockton to mill and to attend to other miscellaneous business, and while there received notice of my appointment as a member of the Rooks Co. Republican Central Committee from Farmington Tp. by A. L. Patchin, Chairman of said committee got home about 7 oclock in the evening.
Worked in the a.m. at replowing a hedge row broken on the west line of our place, last year, from the N.W. corner 60 rods south, also plowing to cultivate, a row of trees 50 rods long on the N. side of the orchard & doing a little breaking on the hill E. of the house In the P.M. worked for father, running a header box to cut his wheat. Cut 11 acres & finished about 6 oclock.
Went over to father’s in the morning to remove brother John’s household effects from there up to his place as he now has his house ready for habitation, but a slow rain being the order of the a.m. did not do anything until after dinner when the rains having ceased proceeded to the business in question and hauling two loads thereof which completed the job got home at 5 P.M.
Worked until 10 a.m. at finishing the breaking on the hillside east of the house and then went up to Rockport after the mail and got home at noon. Had a late dinner and at 3 P.M. attended church at the school house, Mr. Bracken preaching the preparatory communion service and taking for his text the first clause of the 12 verse of the 6th chap. of First Timothy. After the sermon the church session met and after a short session took a recess until after communion tomorrow. Got home at 5 P.M.
July – Sunday, 18 – 1880
Attended S.S. at 10 a.m. and church at 11, after listening to an able discourse from Mr Bracken delivered from a text taken from the 2nd clause of the 16th verse of the 3d chap of First Timothy – “God was manifest in the flesh,” participated in communion services and the session meeting again after a short meeting adjourned. Got home at 1:15 P.M. spending the rest of the day as usual until 5 P.M. when Rachel & I and the two little boys took a wagon ride up south about two miles on the prairie being gone until 6:30 oclock.
Commenced plowing on a 36 acre piece of ground on which I expect to sow fall wheat. Worked thereat during the day.
Plowed as above and in the evening at 8 oclock went up to Rockport after the mail and got home an hour later.
Went to Stockton with George & Em. on miscellaneous business. Called on Rev F. E. Sherman with whom I took dinner. Got home at 7 P.M.
Plowed in the a.m. and in the p.m. helped brother john harvest the 8 acres of spring wheat sown on our place. Drove team to header box.
July – Saturday, 24 – 1880
Went to Rockport in the morning to get a plow sharpened and to attend to other business but on account of having to wait a long time on my work at the blacksmith shop did not get home until 1:30 p.m. Had dinner shortly afterward and then plowed the remainder of the day.
Attended S.S. at the usual hour of 10 a.m. and got home at 1 p.m. spending the remainder of the day in reading.
On account of the ground being too dry quit plowing at 11 a.m. and after dinner went up to Rockport on miscellaneous business getting home at 4 p.m. spending the remainder of the day at hoeing in the garden.
Spent the day at a little of every thing, such as hoeing in the garden, cutting and hauling wood and knocking about at numberless other odd chores preparatory to making an early start for Kirwin tomorrow morning to meet Father & Mother Montgomery who are to arrive there on the noon train from the east.
In accordance with arrangements of yesterday, Rachel, Georgie and I started for Kirwin at 6 oclock a.m. arriving there at 10:30. About an hour later we went to the depot and in a short time the western bound express brought in our visitors with whom we started for home shortly after noon and got here at 5 oclock
July – Friday 30 – 1800
Father Montgomery and I spent the a.m. in social chat and in walking about over the farm viewing its many points of excellence.
Father & mother having come over to take dinner with us the P.M. was spent in social visiting by all hands.
Having taken quite sick yesterday evening from an overdose of Greenbackism administered by father Montgomery, did not get about much until after dinner when he and I took a trip up to Rockport getting home at three oclock passing the remainder of the day in reading and social conversation.
Sunday, August 1, 1880
We all attended Sab school at 3 P.M. and listened to a very good sermon at 4 oclock by Mr. Bracken who took for his text the last clause of the 18th verse of the 1st chap. of Collossians –“ That in all things he might have the preeminence.” (In the morning father M. and I took a walk over to fathers and returned about noon). Mr. Bracken came home with us and staid all night.
Mr. Montgomery, brother George & I went to Stockton on miscellaneous business, paying a visit to the high bluffs south of town above the mill. Got home at 6:30 P.M. While in Stockton today was appointed trustee of this (Farmington) township to serve until its next election in Feb. Gave bonds & took official oath.
Aug. – Tuesday 3d – 1880
Mr. M. and I took a walk over W. and S.W. about a mile to visit some peculiar limestone formations and got home about noon, spending the time from then until about 8 P.M. in reading &c, &c, &c. and then went over to brother John’s to look about a little and got home about 5:30 oclock.
Mr. & Mrs. M. and Rachel, and the little boys, and myself all went over to father’s about 9:30 a.m. spending the day there and when ready to come home, went around by John’s to take him and Mary home getting back about 5 P.M.
Spent the time until 3 P.M. principally in reading when Mr. Montgomery and I took a walk up to Rockport after the mail and got home about 5 oclock.
Spent the day in reading & social conversation, Mr M. and I taking a walk over to father’s about two oclock getting home at 6.
At 8:30 a.m. Mr. & Mrs. Montgomery, Mother, George, Em, Rachel and I started on an excursion up to the Sugar Loaf mound after grapes. Got there about 11 oclock, climbed to the top of the mound, obtaining thereby a magnificent view of the county. Came down, ate our lunch, and went to grape picking. After gathering about two bushels thereof we set out south to the divide road on which we came east making a tour of inspection getting home at 6 p.m. having had a very pleasant time.
Aug. – Sunday, 8 – 1880
Attended Sab. school alone at 10 a.m. getting home about noon, none of the rest of the folks going on account of one of our horses being sick which prevented us from taking the team. Said sick horse died shortly after sunset which [fast] leaves us without a team until another horse can be obtained.
Worked all day for J. M. Mellon stacking wheat on his timber claim one mile south of here, said wheat being cut with a header.
Went down to J. A. Hebrew’s in the morning to see about buying a horse and got home at noon spending the P.M. in knocking about at a little of everything.
Spent the time until about noon in reading and social chat with Mr. Montgomery when father, mother and George came over accompanied by brother Elias of Louisville who arrived at father’s last night on a two weeks visit. Had dinner at 2 P.M. after which father, Mr. M., Elias, George, and I went up to Rockport on miscellaneous business and got home at 6 oclock P.M.
Went to Sam Hebrew’s in the morning to see him about cutting our millet and from there went to Theodore Allen’s to see about getting a hay rack and he not being at home I went to Mr O. P. Coy’s where he was and went from there to J. A. Hebrews and bought a horse, getting home about noon. In the P.M. at 2 oclock Mr M. and I attended the dist. school meeting which continued in session until about 5 oclock. From the school house we went to father’s where Mrs. M. and Rachel & the little boys were and after partaking of supper got home about 6:30 P.M.
Aug. Friday 13 1880
Commenced cutting off corn for fodder in the morning, working thereat until 10 oclock when I went up to Sam Hebrew’s and getting his horse hay rake went to raking the millet hay cut yesterday, continuing until noon. In the p.m. Mr. Montgomery, brother George and I hauled in hay
Mr. M. & I hauled in hay until noon when Elias and George coming over we four went up to Rockport to attend the Tp caucus to send delegates to the Co Con. to send a del. to the State Con.
Acted as Secretary of said caucus and was chosen a del. to attend to the Co. Con. to meet in Stockton one week from today. got home about 4 p.m. spending the remainder of the day in hauling in hay.
We all attended Sab. school at 10 a.m. and meeting at 11; Mr Bracken taking for his text the 30th verse of the 12th chap of Matthew – “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” After calling at father’s about half an hour to eat watermelons we came home about 2 oclock being accompanied by Elias, George & Em.
Worked all day at cutting off corn fodder
Mr Montgomery, Elias, George and I went to Kirwin to attend the Judicial Convention & to see to other business. Convention had failed to make a nomination when we left which was about 4:30 oclock P.M. Got home at 10 oclock at night –
Aug – Wednesday 18 – 1880
Cut off corn fodder until 10 a.m. and then hauled up some wood; after dinner raked up the remainder of our millet hay which Sam Hebrew cut yesterday, which took until about four oclock. Did not do much of anything from then until evening when Mr M. and I went to work and hauled in three loads of hay which took until after 10 oclock at night – finishing up the job of hay cutting for 1880
Cut corn fodder until 10 a.m. & then Mr. and Mrs. M. Rachel & I went down to H. E. Williams on a visit where we remained until about 5 and then came home. In the evening Mr. & Mrs. M. Rachel, Em, Elias, George & I all met up at brother John’s to spend the evening. Bade Elias adieu before leaving John’s as he will return to Louisville tomorrow, Geo calculating to take him to Stockton in the morning. Got home at 10 P.M.
Cut off corn fodder until 11 a.m. and spent the P.M. in chopping wood & knocking about at other little odd jobs. In the evening after sunset resumed cutting off corn working thereat until nearly eleven oclock, the fodder then being damp and the moon at its full the work was very pleasant,
Mr. & Mrs M., Rachel & I went to Stockton. They to hear the sights and hear the sounds & I to attend as a delegate to the Co. Convention as spoken of last Saturday; which Con was held at 2 P.M. after which a meeting of the Co. Cen. Com. was held for the purpose of setting time for Co. Con for nominating Co officers I being the Farmington Tp member of said Committee. Got home at 7 P.M.
Aug. Sunday, 22. 1880.
Father M. & I attended S.S. at 10 a.m. getting home at one P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading & rest.
Having made all due preparations and the Cummings Bros. as threshers having arrived last evening (having set the machine Sat. afternoon) calculated to go to threshing early this morning but on account of the rain of last night we were unable to do anything until after dinner so the a.m. was spent at not much of anything. After dinner we went to work, threashing out our entire crop of 240 bushels. My duty it was to work at transfering the grain from the machine to the granary and a hard afternoon’s work I had of it too.
Brother John having some wheat also stacked with mine we got it threshed out about nine oclock & a half hour later Mr. M. and I went up to Rockport after the mail getting home shortly before noon. Did not do much of anything in the P.M. several heavy rains being the order of the day from 3 P.M. until night.
It being very wet & muddy did not do anything until 10 a.m. when Mr Montgomery and I went over south about three miles to look at some land he thought some of buying. Made no purchase’s and got home at 1:30 p.m. shortly after which a rain came up which kept us all within doors the remainder of the day.
Aug – Thursday 26 – 1880
Father and Mother Montgomery having visited with us as long as their return tickets would allow them, according to previous arrangements – I started to Kirwin with them at 8 oclock a.m. Going by fathers, Em accompanied us to Kirwin at which place we arrived about one oclock P.M. Remained in town until 4 oclock attending to business and looking about and having bade the folks farewell Em & I started for home, getting here about 7:30 oclock P.M.
Resumed fall plowing, working thereat in the a.m. but a rain being the order of the P.M. the time was passed within doors at reading and in rest.
Aug. – Saturday, 28. – 1880.
Plowed until 11 a.m. and then went up to Rockport after the mail, getting home at 1 P.M., after partaking of a late dinner spent the remainder of the day in plowing.
Spent the time in reading and rest until 3 P.M. when we attended Sab. school and listened an hour later to an excellent sermon by Mr Bracken from the second clause of the 14 verse of the 4th chap. of James – “For what is your life.” Got home at 6:30 oclock
Monday, 30. & Tuesday, 31,
Spent both days in plowing.
Sept. Wednesday 1st 1880
Plowed as above
It having rained last night and being very wet did not do much of anything until 9 a.m. when I commenced to sow wheat spending the remainder of the day thereat, having now in readiness for harrowing in 14 acres.
Helped J. M. Mellon to do his threashing in the a.m. and helped father at the same business in the P.M., finishing up the job and getting home at 4 oclock, spending the remainder of the day at harrowing in wheat.
Worked until 3 P.M. at harrowing in wheat and then went over to father’s taking in Mr Mellon on the way, and brother George accompanying us we went over to Stockton to hear a speach by the Hon. John A. Anderson on the political issues of the day. Got there at about 6 oclock and shortly after was invited by A. L. Patchin to supper, after which we went to the Randall house where I had the pleasure of getting an introduction to Mr. Anderson. Remained in the hotel parlor about 10 minutes during which time Mr. Patchin asked Mr. Anderson if he would leave town tomorrow on his way up into Graham Co., to which Mr. A. replied in a very earnest tone: “No sir; I have a very good
friend above who prefers that I should not travel tomorrow.” At 8 oclock listened to the speach which was a good one & a forcible argument on the side of Republican doctrine & Rep. rule. We started home at 11 oclock and got here 2½ hours later, well pleased with the trip.
Went over to the school house at 10 a.m. to attend Sab. school but there being a camp meeting down the creek about 4 or 5 miles the S.S. seemed to have been almost entirely absorbed, there not being more than about a half dozen persons out; as a consequence no school was held. Got home at noon. About 5 P.M. Rachel & I went over to John Barkers & remained there about an hour there little 18 months old daughter having died last night. From there went over to fathers & from there home at 7 oclock.
Worked at harrowing until 9 oclock and then went over to Mr. Barker’s and from there went down to the Hebrew graveyard to assist in digging a grave for the little one spoken of yesterday. Finished the work about 1 P.M. and then went to D. A. Duff’s, close by, and got a bite of dinner. At 2 oclock the funeral procession arrived and a short service consisting of singing, and reading & prayer by Sam’l Hebrew sr., was had, the little one whose spirit had gone to God was consigned in her clayey form to her everlasting resting place.
We got home about 4 oclock, Mrs. H. E. Williams coming with us to stay all night. Continued harrowing the remainder of the day.
Sept. Tuesday, 7. 1880
Finished harrowing in the 14 acres of wheat sown last week, in the a.m. and directly after dinner went up to Rockport on miscellaneous business and getting home an hour and a half later hauled up some wood from the creek and then going out to the field plowed a short time which wound up the day.
Shortly before dark, Dr E. J. Donnell, M.C. Revelle & J.C. Denney of Stockton drove up and after putting their team away they came in and all partook of a hearty supper after which I accompanied them over to the school house to attend a meeting called for the purpose of organizing a Garfield & Arthur club. There were not a great many people out but still we had a most excellent meeting & listened to some good speaches. The ringing address
of Dr Donnells was one of the most effective political speeches I have every heard. After the speaking, a club was organized with a selection of the following officers, Pres. Dr H. J. Fuller; Vice Pres., S. R. Guthrie; Treasurer, E. Bartholomew; Sec’y, Sam A. Hebrew, The meeting then adjourned & I got home about 11 oclock.
Wed. 8, Thurs. 9 and Frid. 10
Plowed each day.
Plowed in the a.m. & worked in the P.M. at harrowing up into piles some of the weeds on the ground plowed during the week.
Went to the school house to attend S.S. at 10 a.m. but from the same reason as last sabbath there was no school held so I returned about noon & at 1 P.M. Rachel & I leaving the little boys here with brother Ed who had come up we went down to the camp meeting, got there for the 3 oclock service by D. Strout which was rather weak, got home at 6 oclock P.M.
Sept. – 1880
Monday 13, Tuesday 14, & Wednesday 15.
Plowed each day. On Tuesday evening attended the first regular meeting of our Garfield & Arthur club, at the school house. A goodly number was present but there being no speakers from Stockton present the session was spent in attending to routine business and to listening to the reading of several articles on political subjects and to a short address by W.I. Thomas. Next meeting to be held on the 21st at Ira Farnsworth’s place, two miles south of here.
Worked all day at harrowing weeds up into piles on the ground I have been recently plowing there being too many on the ground to properly put in wheat.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home at 6 p.m.
Spent the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts and not much of anything after all.
Attended Sab. School at the usual hour of 10 a.m. and went from there to father’s where I remained sometime, getting home at 2:30 oclock P.M. spending the remainder of the day as usual.
Cut off corn fodder in the a.m. & W. I. Thomas & Mrs. Williams being here on a social call spent the P.M. until 4 oclock in visiting with them & they then going away worked the remainder of the day at binding into bundles & hauling in the fodder cut during the forenoon.
Sept. – Tuesday, 21. – 1880
A rain storm being the order of the day the time was spent almost entirely with in doors at reading and writing.
Went to Stockton on horseback to attend to miscellaneous business and while in town met & had pleasant chats with Hon A. L. Patchin our efficient Co. Atty. who received the nomination last week for State senator from this the 35th dist., Co Treasurer M. M.Stewart, and Dr. E. J. Donnell Got home at 4 P.M.
Sowed wheat in the a.m. and spent the P.M. at harrowing in the same.
Worked all day very hard at harrowing in wheat, completing harrowing over both ways the eleven acres sown yesterday.
Having been notified several days ago by Jas. Richardson our Road Overseer that my services would be required in the capacity of working out my poll tax on the public highway, I worked thereat a half mile N.E. of here until about 4:00 P.M. when a rain came up stopping further work.
Sunday, 26, 1880
Did not attend Sab. school but went up to Rockport after the mail at 11 a.m. getting home at 12. About 4 oclock we went over to father’s and got home about sunset.
Sept. Monday 27 1880
Spent the day in plowing, sowing & harrowing in wheat.
Worked at plowing until 10 a.m. & spent the remainder of the day at harrowing in wheat finishing up a patch of 4 acres commenced on yesterday morning.
In the evening attended the meeting of our Garfield & Arthur club up in the center of the Tp on the S.W. corner of section 15 at the unoccupied house of John Farnsworth, also the Tp caucus to send delegates to the Co Con. to be held in Stockton next Sat. Dr H. J. Fuller & myself were chosen as delegates to said Convention. After the caucus listened to a political speech by J.C. Denney & also some remarks by Dr Fuller. Got home at 10 oclock P.M.
Worked at plowing, sowing and harrowing in wheat
Plowed until 3 P.M. and harrowed the remainder of the day.
Friday, October, 1st 1880,
Worked at plowing, sowing, and harrowing in wheat.
At 10 a.m. started to Stockton to attend the Republican county convention taking Rachel and the little boys along as far as brother John’s where I left them and John going with me we left his place about 10:20 oclock and after getting on the road about a mile or two
it resumed raining again (it having rained very heavily at 8 a.m.) and continued to rain heavily until we got about to town when it ceased; having along an over coat & umbrella I kept comfortably dry. Got to town at noon and after taking a grist of wheat down to the mill which I had with me returned to town and was immediately invited by J.W. Callender to take dinner with him at the Randall house. After spending about an hour in talking with various persons on the claims & qualifications of the several candidates for nomination at the convention, went to Stewart’s hall where the convention was to be held and after a temporary organization was effected by the selection John Reid for Chairman and T. C. McBreen as secretary, was appointed on the committee to report on permanent organization & order of business
acted as chairman of said committee, & the committee on credentials reporting with our committee the convention without further delay proceeded to put in nomination the following named gentleman. For Representative, -- Dr E. J. Donnell For County Attorney, -- Chas. W. Smith For Probate Judge, -- John C. Denney For Clerk of the Dist Court, -- J.W. Callender For Supt of Pub. Inst. J.B. Clark and after appointing a central committee for the ensuing year the convention adjourned about 5:30 oclock, Started for home at 6 and got here at 8:30
Sunday, Oct. 3.
Attended sab. school at the usual hour of 10 a.m. going afterward to father’s where I remained until about 2 P.M. when I came home, spending the remainder of the day principally in reading.
Oct. – Monday, 4—1880
Worked at cutting off corn fodder in the a.m. finishing that kind of business for the year & in the P.M. sowed 3 acres of wheat which also finished up my winter wheat sowing for the fall of 1880. Toward evening hauled up a load of fodder.
Worked at plowing in the wheat sown yesterday & also hauled in a load of cornfodder in the morning & one in the evening. In the evening attended our Garfield & Arthur club at the same place it was held last Tuesday night & got home about 11 oclock P.M.
Hauled in two loads of fodder, one in the morning & one in the evening and spent the remainder of the day in plowing with the exception of about an hour just before noon which time was spent in harrowing.
Hauled in a load of cornfodder in the morning & finished finished plowing in the wheat sown Monday, at 10:30 a.m. spending the remainder of the day at harrowing which finished putting in our crop of 36 acres.
Went to Stockton in the morning to attend to some political matters, in connection with securing speakers for our Garfield & Arthur club next Tuesday evening & to attend to other business, getting home at 3 p.m. at 4 Rachel & I went down to H.E. Williams on an errand & there being no one at home we returned at once, got home at 6:30 oclock.
Oct. – Saturday, 9th – 1880
Spent the a.m. in knocking about at a little of everything and at 1 oclock P.M. J.M. Mellon, T.T. Allen, brothers George & Ed. and I went to Stockton to hear Gov. St. John deliver a political address but were disappointed as he failed to put in an appearance. However we listened to two good speeches by Hon. A.L. Patchin and L. F. Edgers of Hays City. Got home at 11:30 P.M.
Attended Sab School at the usual hour & got home about one oclock spending the remainder of the day principally in reading.
It being rainy and disagreeable without almost the entire day was spent within doors at reading.
Worked until 10 a.m. at replowing the hillside N.W. of the house which I broke plowed during the summer getting it in readiness for planting to trees in the spring. Spent the remainder of the day at hauling up corn fodder & in the evening attended the weekly meeting of our G. & A. club over south 4 miles at the Buschman school house & listened to addresses from Hon. A.L. Patchin & J.W. Callender getting home at 11 oclock P.M.
Oct. – Wednesday 13 – 1880
On account of it being rainy spent nearly all day in reading with the exception hauling up from the creek a small load of wood about 3 P.M. in the evening went up to Rockport to listen to speeches by Laf. Smith & J.B. Clark on the political issues of the day but they not coming the evening was spent in a free discussion of politics by the Reps. & Greenbackers also discussing the two proposed amend,ts to our State constitution. Got home at 10:30 oclock.
Hauled out manure until 10:30 & from then till 3 P.M. plowed on a piece of ground containing about 2 acres which I want to sow to early millet in the spring. Then R. & I went down to H.E. Williams after a couple of pigs & got home at 5:30
A rain & snow storm being the order of the day I passed the entire time within doors principally in reading.
On account of the disagreeableness of the weather did not do anything without until 10:30 a.m. when I resumed plowing on the land commenced Thursday working thereat until about 4:30 P.M. & spent the remainder of the day in knocking about at other little nick nacks of all sorts.
Sunday, 17, 1880.
Attended Sab. school at the usual hour of 10 a.m. and got home at 1 P.M. spending the remainder of the day principally in reading.
October. – Monday, 18. – 1880
Went to Stockton to attend to political and other affairs, & got home at 3 P.M. Later in the evening Laf. Smith & J. C. Denney came to our house & after partaking of supper & Geo & Ed coming along we all went up to Rockport to attend a political meeting under charge of the town former gentlemen & got home at 10;30 oclock
Hauled up a load of fodder in the morning & then finished the plowing commenced on the before noon & in the P.M. commenced plowing on a 5 acre piece of ground on which I intend to sow spring wheat, working about two hours thereat and spending the remainder of the time in knocking about at other odd jobs.
Spent the a.m. hauling in fodder, hauling out manure & plowing a little and the afternoon was spent in plowing on the hillside N.W. of the house.
Hauled in corn fodder until about 10 a.m. & from then till noon plowed on the hillside, finishing the job and the weather being inclement in the P.M. did not do much of anything until 3:30 oclock when I hauled up a load of wood and immediately thereafter went up to Rockport after the mail & got home just at sunset.
Hauled in fodder & husked corn in the a.m. & in the P.M. plowed on the piece of ground spoken of on the 19th.
Oct. – Saturday 23, -- 1880
Went to Stockton to mill & to attend to other miscellaneous business & got home at 6:00 P.M.
Spent the time until 3 P.M. in reading & rest and at that time went over to the school house & listened to an excellent sermon at 4 oclock, by Mr. Bracken, on the temperance question, he taking for his text the 13th and 21st verses of the 14 Chapter of Romans. Mr. B. having been east on a visit had not preached at this point until today, since Aug. 29. Got home at 6 oclock.
Plowed same as Friday afternoon.
Gathered rice corn till 9 a.m. & from then till noon plowed. In the P.M. went over to father’s & there meeting with S.R. Guthrie, J.M. Mellon brothers George & Ed we all started from there about three oclock for Stockton to participate in the grand Rep. rally there in the evening. Got there about sunset & shortly after took part in its torchlight procession & afterward listened to one of the best political speeches that I ever heard by Judge Holt, also E.J. Turner of Sheridan Co. Got home at 11:30 well pleased with our trip
Oct. – Wednesday, 27. – 1880
Hauled in corn fodder until 10 a.m. & from then till noon gathered rice corn & spent the P.M. at plowing.
Finished plowing in the a.m. the 5 acres of ground spoken of above & having a late dinner got to work at 3 P.M. & plowed the remainder of the day on a truck patch containing about an acre & a half
Finished plowing the truck patch at noon & in the P.M. at 1 oclock went up to Rockport to see about getting some of the boys out tonight at the school house to our last political fandango for the campaign of 1880. Got home at 3 P.M. & then went over to fathers & from there went over to Theodore Allen’s to rally the boys out in that direction & got home at 4:30 oclock. In the evening Dr E.J. Donnell our candidate for Representative & Chas. W. Smith, candidate for Co. Atty. called at our house & after partaking of supper I went with them over to the schoolhouse & listened to an excellent speech by Donnell & a sound argument by Mr Smith. A good crowd was in attendance. Got home at 11:30 oclock.
Oct. – Saturday 30 – 1880
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and while the had the pleasure of meeting and holding pleasant conversations with Hon. A. L. Patchin our candidate for State Senator, Dr E.J. Donnell, Co Treasurer, M.M. Stewart (at whose house by invitation I took dinner) J.C. Denney, candidate for Prob Judge, Laf. Smith, Chairman Rep. Cen. Com., Jay Fisler & others. Got home at 4 P.M. afterward hauling up a load of wood which finished the business of the day.
Attended Sab. School at 10 a.m. and got home about 1:30 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Nov. – Monday, 1st – 1880
Went to Stockton to get the election Poll books for tomorrow’s election and to attend to other business & got home at 4 P.M. which completed the labors of the day
About 8 a.m. went over south two miles to John Farnsworth’s place to attend the election and being Tp Trustee acted in the capacity of Judge of election, Chas. H. Buschman and C.H. Buschman being the other two judges and S.R. Guthrie and Sam A. Hebrew the clerks. 60 votes were cast by 6 P.M. at which time the polls were closed, and I being selected to make the returns to the county clerk at Stockton and the vote being counted by 8 oclock I & Dr H.J. Fuller went home with C.H. Miller where we took supper and immediately thereafter
Mr. Miller, Dr. Fuller and myself started for Stockton, getting there about 10:30 oclock. Republican head quarters was located at the court house (Ecker building) in front of which a number of glass torch lights were burning. In a moment I was on the inside & handing a copy of the Farmington vote to Laf. C. Smith, chairman Cen. Com. he jumped onto a chair and read the result of our vote to the crowd of excited men & anxious candidates who filled the house. We having given a clear majority of 30 to the whole Republican ticket, Mr. Smith proposed three cheers for Farmington which were given with a vim that seemed to make the very rafters tremble. Farmington was the first Tp to make returns, in the county. Shortly after, Miller Fuller & I were take to a neighboring restaurant by Mr Smith & given a midnight lunch, after which we all returned to the court house to await further returns
Nov. – Wednesday, 3 – 1880
Mr Smith having requested Dr. Fuller & I to keep a full report of the returns as they came in from the various Tps., we complied with his request, until about 10 a.m., (having been up all night.) when we were relieved by T.C. McBreen of the Record. By noon the returns were about all in and we were assured that the whole Rep. Co ticket had been elected over the Greenbacks – Democratic Fusion ticket with the exception of Dr. E. J. Donnell whom we found to be defeated by one A.B. Montgomery by about 65 or 70 majority. In the defeat of Donnell Rooks Co has met with a misfortune indeed as Donnell is undoubtedly one of its ablest men in western Kansas, he being a graduate of Dartmouth College N.H., and as a consequence he is a ripe scholar, a polished gentleman, a Zealous Christian man and an active
worker in the cause of temperance. On the other hand Montgomery is a man of small experience, little learning, weak influence, only with the lower classes, a back-slidden Baptist, a confirmed spiritualist & a man whose mouth is sealed on the temperance question. If these things be true in regard to each man’s character & standing the reader will at once inquire why Donnell was defeated while Montgomery was elected! The answer is at hand. Donnell is a resident of Stockton, his property is located there and as a consequence all his interests are there. Stockton is the county seat, Montgomery lives south of the river in Twin Mound Tp. in the Plainville country. His interests are there, Plainville wants the county seat and is opposed to Stockton, Stockton men, and Stockton institutions. The south side of the river holds the balance of power in voting, hence Montgomery’s election and Donnell’s defeat. As a consequence
of yesterday’s election stirring up sectonal strifes and jealousies a county seat war is beyond question in the near future. Besides the above causes the opposition headed by W. T. Donnell, (brother of E.J. and chairman of the Rooks Co. Dem. Cen. Com.) T.T.Tillotson and H.A. Hart (Fusion candidate for probate Judge) resorted to the lowest, meanest and most contemptible calumny imaginable, to defeat E.J., going so far as to assert by bogus affidavits, (that were exhibited at out of the way precincts in the county) that Dr E.J. Donnell had been carried into the hotel at Stockton on a recent occasion, dead drunk! While at the same time everybody in the county that is acquainted with Donnell know that there is not a more strict temperance disciple to be found in the land.
At one P.M. I started home arriving at 3 oclock feeling blue as indigo over the defeat of our worthy Donnell knowing that Rooks Co will be the same as unrepresented in the Legislature this winter.
Nov. – Thursday 4 – 1880
The weather being very chilly & disagreeable spent the day within doors principally in reading.
Spent the day in knocking about at a little of everything & not much after all.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and while there learned of the complete triumph of Republican principles in the election of Garfield & Arthur the whole state ticket, election of C. A. Smith for Dist. Judge & my old friend A.L Patchin for state Senator for the 35th dist. Got home at 3 P.M. and immediately went over to the school house to attend preparatory communion services listening to a short sermon by Mr. Bracken, getting home shortly after sunset
Attended Church at 11 a.m. (sab school being dispensed with for today) and heard a good & instructive sermon by Mr. Bracken from the 1st clause of the 37 verse of the 18 chap. of John and the 17th verse of the 17 chap. of John –“Pilate said unto him, what is truth?” “Sanctify them through the truth, thy word is truth.” Participated in communion services after the sermon and got home at 2 oclock spending the remainder of the day in reading, singing and rest.
Worked in the a.m. at making a pig pen & in the P.M. went over southwest 3½ miles to C.H. Buschman’s after some turnips & getting home at 3:30 spent the rest of the day in hauling in some rice corn and hauling up a load of wood.
Nov – Tuesday, 9. – 1880
Owing to the extreme inclemency and disagreeableness of the weather spent the entire day within doors principally in reading.
Spent the a.m. within doors reading & chopped wood awhile in the P.M. & at 4 oclock took a load of corn fodder over to brother John’s which he had cut here last Sept.
Spent the day knocking about at a little of everything.
Worked all day at opening a public road on my north line so that I can turn the road to that place instead of having it run 50 rods south of the proper place
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business & while there learned that the temperance amendment to our state constitution had been carried by a good majority at the recent election, which news was extremely gratifying to me. Also met Senator-elect A.L. Patchin, Dr E. J. Donnell & other with whom I had pleasant conversations. Got home at 5 oclock PM.
On account of the inclemency of the weather did not attend Sab. school but spent all day at home in reading, singing & rest.
Went over southwest about 6 miles to see old K.H. Buschman about selling him some wheat & got home at noon & in the P.M. went over to father’s after a grist of wheat that Ed. brought from Stockton Saturday & after getting home hauled up some wood.
Nov. – Tuesday, 16. – 1880
The weather being excessively cold for the season remained in the house all day with the exception of what time it took me to go over to S.R. Guthrie’s on an errand.
Had brother Ed help me & worked all day at gathering corn, hauling in four loads.
Went up to Sam. A. Hebrew’s in the morning & getting home shortly thereafter Ed. and I went up to Rockport & got home at 11:30 spending the remainder of the day in gathering corn. In the evening S R Guthrie & wife & Sam Hebrew & wife made us a pleasant social call
Had brother John help me & spent the day in gathering corn.
Had John help me & worked all day at sawing & splitting fire wood.
Spent the time until 3 P.M. principally in reading & then went over to the school house & attended Sab. school & at 4 oclock listened to a short sermon by Mr. Bracken from the text comprising the 17th verse of the 22nd chap of Revelation. Got home about 5 oclock, Mr. Bracken coming with me & staying all night at our house.
Mr. Bracken went away about 10 a.m. after which the remainder of the day was spent in knocking about at a little of everything.
Nov. – Tuesday 23d – 1880
Had John help me & worked until 3 P.M. at sawing & splitting wood and then taking Rachel & the little boys went down to C.C. Foote’s on an evening visit. Mr. Foote having returned on the 12th inst. from Colorado where he has been working for the past 2½ years. Spent a very pleasant afternoon & evening & got home at 10:30 oclock in a snow storm.
Owing to the inclemency of the weather spent the entire day within doors reading &c, &c, &c.
At 10 a.m. went to Rockport after the mail & got home at 11:30 & spent the remainder of the day in doing not much of anything
Spent the a.m. in reading and the P.M. in splitting & hauling wood.
Had John help me & worked until 3:30 P.M. at sawing & splitting wood & then went up to Rockport after the mail & got home at sunset.
Attended Sab. school at 11 a.m. & got home about one oclock P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading & rest.
Spent the a.m. in splitting wood and in the P.M. passed most of the time within doors, reading.
Nov. – Tuesday 30th – 1880
Hauled in a load of corn fodder from the field in the morning & then took Rachel over to fathers where I left her & went over to S.R. Guthrie’s on some business & from there came home about 1 P.M. & going up to Rockport after the mail got home again about three oclock & shortly after went to father’s after Rachel & got home about sunset.
Wednesday, December 1st 1880
Hauled in a load of fodder in the morning & worked from then until 3 P.M. at hauling & piling up the wood cut during the past ten days and from 3 oclock until night worked at splitting wood. In the evening Mrs. J. A. Southard, Mr & Mrs. Sam. A. Hebrew gave us a call & we passed a very pleasant evening investigating hickory nuts, hazel nuts and pop corn.
Did not do much of anything until about 11 a.m. when I hauled up a load of wood after which I hauled in from the field a load of rice corn & went to threashing it out, working thereat the remainder of the day.
Was busy all day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.
Went to Stockton to mill & to attend to other business & got home at 4 P.M.
Attended Church at 11 a.m. listening to a good sermon by Mr. Bracken on the subject of Thanksgiving from the 21st and 22nd verses of the 107th Psalm. Immediately thereafter participated in our Sab. school exercises & got home at 1:30 P.M.
Dec. – Monday, 6th – 1880
In the a.m. finished the pig pen commenced the 8th of last month & in the P.M. had Ed help me & worked at sawing wood until 3:30 oclock and spent the remainder of the day in knocking about at other odd jobs.
Tuesday, 7 – Spent the a.m. in splitting wood and from noon until 2 oclock worked at puttying in window lights & then partaking of a late dinner went up to Rockport after the mail at 3 oclock & got home shortly before sunset.
Wednesday, 8 – Spent nearly all day at chopping and hauling up wood.
Thursday, 9 -- Spent the time until 11 a.m. in knocking about at a little of everything & from then until 2 P.M. worked at husking a portion of the corn which we snapped and threw onto a pile last month, and at that time Ed. came over to inform us that father, who has been bedfast since the 1st of September with a complicated liver & kidney disease, had grown very suddenly worse & I went over at once & found him in excessive pain & agony. We went at once for Dr H. J. Fuller but he did not arrive until 6 p.m., pronouncing the cause of the pain the effect of taking cold which settled on the bowels. I came home at sunset & then went over again after dark and stayed until about 9 oclock when I returned, father being much better.
Dec. Friday, 10 – went over to fathers in the morning to see him & remained until noon, he being still easier than he was last night. Came home & spent the P.M. in husking corn.
Sat. 11th – Husked corn until 3 P.M. & then went to Rockport after the mail & got home shortly before sunset.
Sunday, 12 – Went to the school house at 11 a.m. & listened to quite an instructive discourse by Rev. W. I. Thomas, delivered especially to the young folks, from the 7th verse of the 119th Psalm. Immediately thereafter participated in our S.S. exercises & then went again to see father (having also called a few minutes just before church) and found him in a very low condition, it seeming that the feeble, flickering light could burn but very few days at the most. Got home at 1:30 P.M.
Monday, 13 – Husked corn until about 1:30 oclock & spent the remainder of the day in putting away the corn husked during the past several days and thrown on the ground.
Tuesday, 14 – Husked corn until 10:30 a.m. & then went up to Rockport on miscellaneous business and getting home at noon spent the P.M. in husking corn again.
Wednesday, 15 – Husked corn in the a.m. & in the p.m. spent about an hour & a half in gathering corn out of the field & the remainder of the day was spent in putting away the corn, husked yesterday and today
Dec. Thursday, 16th Went to Stockton to take over some wheat to sell and to attend to other business and got home abut 4 oclock P.M. without any incident worthy of mention.
Friday, 17 – Owning to the inclemency of the weather did not do anything until 11 a.m. at which time I started on horseback ride of 7 miles down the creek to Den. Cummings to pay our threshing bill of $8.33 contracted last Aug. Stopped awhile at father’s both going down & coming back and he seems to be much better than last Sab. Got home at 3:30 oclock P.M.
Saturday, 18. Had brother Ed. help me and worked all day at putting a pasteboard ceiling in our house, not completing the job.
Sunday, 19 – Attended Sab. school at 11 a.m. & getting home at 1 P.M. spent the remainder of the day principally in reading & in the evening went again to the school house & listened to a very instructive sermon by Mr. Bracken from the 13 and 14 verses of the 3d chap. of Philippians. Got home at 8:30 oclock.
Monday, 20 – Went to Stockton with J.M. Mellon, to attend to miscellaneous business and got home about 5 oclock P.M.
Tuesday, 21 – Worked until 1 oclock P.M. at completing the job of ceiling the house, and at that time Ed came over & we went up to Rockport, a half hour later, on various business & got home shortly before sunset.
Dec. Wednesday 22 – Spent all day at hauling out manure, corn stalks & other rubbish from about the stable.
Thursday, 23 – Finished hauling out manure in the a.m. & in the afternoon gathered a small load of corn which finished our corn gathering for 1880. At 4 P.M. went up the creek about 2 miles to J. F. Stroup’s cedar bluffs to get some cedar out of which to make a Christmas tree for our little boys. Got home at dark.
Friday, 24 – Spent the day in knocking about at not much of anything.
Saturday, 25 – Having prepared our Christmas tree for our little boys, last night, and loaded it down with good things, previously procured, we were prepared to give them a good surprise & a good treat which they enjoyed greatly during the day. At 11 a.m. I went to father’s & found him worse again. After remaining about an hour, went over to John’s where I staid quite awhile taking dinner & getting home at 3 oclock. John & Mary came over shortly after I got home & staid until after dark. We had supper at 4 oclock, Brother Ed who was here nearly all day. Spent the day rather pleasantly.
Sunday 26 – Attended Sab. school at 11 a.m. & getting home at 1 P.M. spent the remainder of the day principally in reading.
Monday 27 – Worked from 11 a.m. till 3 P.M. at cutting wood & spent the fore and after part of the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.
Tuesday, 28 – Owing to a snow storm being the order of the day spent the time within doors, reading, &c.
Wednesday, 29. It being extremely cold, -8 degrees below zero at sunrise – spent the day about as yesterday. In the evening Mr. & Mrs. Sam Hebrew gave us a call.
Thursday, 30. Did not do much of anything until 11 a.m. when Mr. & Mrs. H.E. Williams came here on a visit so the remainder of the day was spent in visiting and social chat, they going home at sunset.
Dec 31, 1880 – Friday – Went over to fathers at 10 a.m. & returned at noon, going immediately to Rockport after the mail & getting home about an hour later, spent the remainder of the day in reading.
Having kept a daily record of the number of visitors, callers & sojourners entertained I find that the average number for each month during the year has been 90 making a grand total for the year of 1081.
Having also kept a like record of the number of meals furnished to persons not of our own family I find the monthly average to be 65, footing up 783 for the year.
Amount of produce raised on farm for the year has been as follows. Wheat 285 bu. = $212. Corn 150 bu. $38, Rice Corn 12 bu. = $3, Millet hay 6 tons = $24. Corn fodder 145 shocks $20. Onions 2 bu. $3 making a total of $300, notwithstanding the report that crops in western Kan for 1880 were an entire failure.