Diary of Elam Bartholomew 1879
Elam Bartholomew. Stockton, Kansas
Born in Strasburg, Lancaster county Pa, Wednesday June 9, 1852
Wednesday, January 1, 1879.
A happy New Year to all,
This Diary is a present from our friend Mr. Milo Wilson of Kankakee Illinois, who was boarding with us, last September. In a recent letter to us he states that he will probably sell his homestead in this vicinity and not come west in the spring as was his intention when he left here last fall.
A year with its toils and vexations, likewise its joys and comforts has passed into eternity, leaving a train of events behind that the traces of time cannot obliterate from our memories many things have transpired that we can rejoice over while others have occurred that cause us regret. And thus we ever find it the gold and the dross are never perfectly separated.
Another year has dawned upon us but what it has in store for us none but the Infinite and the Eternal can tell.
A snowstorm being the order of the day the time was passed in reading and writing.
Thursday, January 2, 1879.
Spent almost the entire day in preparing a summary report of the state of the weather for the past twelve months, for publication in the Stockton News, compiled from my Meteorological Record for 1878.
Friday, January 3, 1879.
Spent the day in reading & writing
?That which is in the boy or girl will come out in the blossoming of years, if the light and heat and moisture eminating from the spirit of letters and literature impregnate the soul in its early dawn.?
R. C. Story
Winfield Kansas 1878
Saturday, January 4, 1879.
Went up to the Rockport postoffice after the mail, at half past nine oclock A.M. and the mail not having yet arrived from Stockton waited until past noon for it and it not coming I came home at one oclock P.M. and spent the remainder of the day in cutting firewood.
Sunday, January 5, 1879.
Went down to Mr. Foote's to attend Sabbath school but the weather being very cold no one ventured out but myself so no school was held. Returned home at one oclock P.M. and not having gotten the mail yesterday, went directly up to the postoffice and got home at two oclock, spending the remainder of the day principally in reading
Monday, January 6, 1879.
Went to Stockton to attend to official and other business and not calculating to return home to-night went to watch at the sick bed of Geo. W. Patterson our ex-probate Judge and remained there all night.
I had the pleasure of meeting the Rev. F. E. Sherman at Mr. Patterson's , at which place he is boarding. He is the Congregational Minister and has lately arrived here from the east. He seems to be a very social, congenial and scholary man, he being a graduate of the Class of 1873 at Amherst Mass. and also a graduate of the Theological school of New Haven, Con.
Tuesday, January 7, 1879.
Left Mr. Patterson's at about 8 A.M. spending the time until afternoon in attending to business as yesterday coming home at half past 3 P.M. Having been appointed, today, by the board of County Commissioners, to act in the capacity of School Examiner on the county school board for the ensuing year.
Wednesday, January 8, 1879.
Chopped wood and knocked about at other little odd jobs till half past 11 oclock and then went up to the P.O. getting home at 1 oclock P.M. After remaining at home a few minutes went down to Mr. Foote's on an errand and got home at four oclock spending the remainder of the day in reading and cutting wood.
Thursday, January 9, 1879.
Spent nearly all day in writing letters and went up to the P.O. at 5 oclock in the evening, getting home about an hour later.
Recieved a letter from brother George (in Illinois) informing us of the death of brother John's little five months old Alice. And thus it ever is: ?in the midst of life we are in death,? and although the parents hearts may be grieved at the loss of their little, and only one, yet knowing that she is better off than any of us where she now is, and that she will never have to meet the buffetings and vexations of this cold and unfeeling world, we know that the parents, being of the Master's children, can say from their hearts, even in their sorrow, - ?The Lord's will not ours, be done.?
Friday, January 10, 1879.
Spent the day in reading and chopping wood, alternately.
Saturday, January 11, 1879.
Spent the time until about half past 11 oclock A.M. in knocking about at little odd chores of different sorts, and at that time went up to the postoffice and getting home about an hour later we went down to Mr. Foote's to attend preparatory communion services at two oclock, by our minister, the Rev. T. Bracken. After meeting Mr. Bracken came home with me to stay all night while Rachel and the little boys remained all night at Mr. Foote's. We got home at 5 oclock in the evening and there being no one else to officiate I had to act as chief cook.
Sunday, January 12, 1879.
Got up and prepared breakfast by half past eight oclock and spending the time in social chat till about ten when we went down to Mr. Foote's again to hold and attend communion services at 11 oclock. After singing, and the reading of a chapter by the minister, we had our little boy, Elbert, baptized, taking upon ourselves vows to bring and train him up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. After the sermon, partook of and assisted in the capacity of an Elder in administering the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. After which, Rachel and the boys accompanying me we came home, arriving at 2 P.M.
Monday, January 13, 1879.
Went to Stockton to attend to official business and my term of office as Clerk of the District Court of Rooks county ceasing with this day I wound up my official career as such and turned all books and papers appertaining to said office, over to J. W. Newell, my successor in office. Got home shortly after sunset.
Tuesday, January 14, 1879.
Did not do much of anything until half past eleven oclock A.M. when I went up to the postoffice and getting back about forty minutes later spent the time until two P.M. in reading and then went down to Mr. Foote's and getting one of Jas. Hebrew's teams came home at four oclock and taking Rachel and the little boys, started down to Mr. Foote's again about five oclock, where we were joined by Mrs. Foote, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Hebrew, Mr. Wm Coy and Misses Kate and Frankie Coy, whence we all proceeded down to Mr. Samuel Hebrew's to attend a necktie festival given for the benefit of Rev. Bracken our minister, and Rev A.B. Conwell the Methodist minister having charge of the Bow Creek Methodist Church. Neckties were sold at 25 cts per piece, thirty seven numbers being sold, yielding a revenue of $9.25 which was equally divided between the two above named reverened gentlemen. About 80 persons were present and a general good time was indulged in by all hands. We started home about midnight arriving all right about an hour later leaving a large number of the younger folks to enjoy themselves awhile longer in plays, singing and other amusements. And there endeth our annual Necktie festival for the year 1879.
Wednesday, January 15, 1879.
Went down to Mr. Foote's, to return the team obtained yesterday, at ten oclock and did not get home until two oclock P.M. Spent the remainder of the day in reading.
Thursday, January 16, 1879.
Spent almost the entire day in reading.
Friday, January 17, 1879.
Spent the day principally in reading and writing.
Saturday, January 18, 1879.
Spent the day in chopping wood with the exception of from three till four oclock P.M. which time was consumed in going to and returning from the postoffice.
Sunday, January 19, 1879.
At home all day, being quite sick all day with a headache and very bad cold
Monday, January 20, 1879
Still being quite sick passed nearly all day within doors, reading a very little.
Tuesday, January 21, 1879.
Being somewhat better today went down to Mr. Foote's on an errand, at 10 oclock A.M., and getting home about noon went up to the postoffice at half past 12 and getting home about an hour later spent the remainder of the day in knocking about at a little of everything but principally in getting ready for a grand social party which we are expecting to give to our neighbors tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 22, 1879.
According to previous calculations and expectation our company all arrived in accordance with invitations previously sent out, and a good social commingling and neighborly chat and gossip was indulged in until half past two oclock P.M. when dinner was served, lasting until half past four oclock, after which some singing was indulged in by the lovers of the Polyhyennian art and shortly afterward the happy party came to a final close about dark and the guests repaired to to their several homes, all having enjoyed themselves immensely as far as heard from The names of the guests present are as follows: Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Hebrew, sr., Mr. & Mrs. O. P. Coy, Mr & Mrs. Jacob Shell, Mr. & Mrs. Jas. Hebrew, sr. Mr & Mrs. H. E. Williams Mr. & Mrs. Wm Tuttle, Mr. & Mrs J. A. Barker, Mr. & Mrs. D. A. Duff Mr. & Mrs. Andy Jackson Mr. & Mrs. John Shiebley Mr. & Mrs. Jas. Hebrew, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Watson, Mrs. C. C. Foote, Mrs. J. A. Southard, Mrs. Mary Messinger; Misses, Mary Hebrew, Kate Coy, Ola Southard and Frankie Coy and Wm. Coy and Sam Shell, also eight children belonging to different of the above named couples.
Thursday, January 23, 1879.
Spent the entire day in reading and writing
?Brighter suns dispense serener light
And milder moons imparidice the night.?
Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear;
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
Friday, January 24, 1879.
Mr. John M. Mellon of Crete Neb. whom I located on Government land in our immediate neighborhood the 29th of last May and who came here again in Oct. last and put up a small house and returned to Nebraska after his family, returned here day before yesterday evening. Went with him this morning down the creek about three miles to Mr. Pearces after a load of straw and one of his (Mellon's) horses getting sick we did not get home till three oclock P.M. Spent the remainder of the day principally in reading.
Saturday, January 25, 1879.
Went to Stockton on business and getting home at three oclock P.M. went up to the postoffice and got home an hour later spending the remainder of the day in reading.
Ground unfrozen and farmers commencing to plow for spring seeding.
Sunday, January 26, 1879.
Attended Church at 11 oclock A.M. at Mr. Foote's and got home at 1 oclock spending the remainder of the day in reading.
?We must all learn the bitter lesson that all earth's sweetest music has sad minor strains, and often harsh notes of discord.?
Monday, January 27, 1879.
Spent the day in knocking about at a little of everything so to speak, and in the evening went down to Mr Foote's to attend a meeting called for the purpose of inquiring into the feasibility of organizing a school district in this neighborhood as the territory in which we are residing is destitute of such an institution. Decided to request the Co. Supt. Of Pub. Inst. to call a meeting for the election of school officers so that a dist. may be organized at once. Got home at half past 10 oclock.
Tuesday, January 28, 1879.
Went down to Jas. Hebrew's in the morning after a team to commence plowing with, calculating to begin to plow for spring seeding although not calculating to seed until in March. Got home at 11 oclock and spent the remainder of the day in plowing.
Wednesday, January 29, 1879.
Spent all day in plowing.
Thursday, January 30, 1879.
Plowed in the A.M. but a rain being the order of the P.M. the time was spent within doors mostly in reading.
Friday, January 31, 1879.
A snow storm being the order of the entire day the time was spent in reading and writing.
Ground frozen solid again and further plowing at present prevented
Saturday, February 1, 1879.
Went down to Jas. Hebrews about 10 oclock A.M. to return the team obtained last Tuesday, and got home at 11 oclock and about 12 went up to the postoffice and getting home about an hour later spent the remainder of the day in reading
Sunday, February 2, 1879.
At home all day.
Monday, February 3, 1879.
Spent nearly all day writing working at copying, rewriting and revising my Meteorological Record for 1878
Tuesday, February 4, 1879.
Spent the day the same as yesterday.
Wednesday, February 5, 1879.
Went up to the postoffice at nine oclock A.M. and getting back 40 minutes later spent the remainder of the day in reading and writing. Writing at the same as yesterday. In the evening 20 or more of the young folks of our neighborhood came in upon us and held a singing social which broke up about half past 10 oclock.
Thursday, February 6, 1879.
Spent the day in reading and writing finishing the revision of my Meteorological Record late in the afternoon.
Friday, February 7, 1879.
Spent the day in chopping wood and knocking about at other little chores of various sorts.
Saturday, February 8, 1879.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about sunset.
Sunday, February 9, 1879.
Went up to the postoffice about 8 A.M. and getting home about half an hour later let Rachel go down to Mr. Foote's to Church while I stayed at home to mind the children.
Monday, February 10, 1879.
Spent the day mostly in reading and writing
?I feel it when I sorrow most,
I count it true what e'er befall
`Tis better to have loved, and lost,
Than never to have loved at all.?
Tuesday, February 11, 1879.
Spent the time about as yesterday and about sunset went up to the postoffice and got home about an hour later
Wednesday, February 12, 1879.
Spent the day mostly in reading and in the evening attended a social singing party at Mr. Jacob Shell's.
Thursday, February 13, 1879.
Spent the day mostly in reading and study
Friday, February 14, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in knocking about at a little of everything and in the P.M. had Mr. Mellon help me butcher a hog.
Saturday, February 15, 1879.
Spent the day until 2 P.M. principally in chopping wood but a snow storm being the order of the remainder of the day I did not as a matter of course do much of anything. In the evening about sunset went up to the postoffice and got home about an hour later.
Sunday, February 16, 1879.
At home all day.
Monday, February 17, 1879.
It being very muddy the time was spent almost entirely within doors at reading.
Tuesday, February 18, 1879.
Although it was extremely muddy today the time was spent in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.
Wednesday, February 19, 1879.
Went up to the postoffice about ten oclock A.M. and getting home an hour later spent the remainder of the day principally in reading and writing and in the evening we went down to Mr. Foote's to attend a singing social and got home at half past 11 oclock at night.
Thursday, February 20, 1879.
Spent the time until 3 oclock P.M. in reading and writing and then went up to the postoffice and got home about an hour later spending the remainder of the day in reading.
Friday, February 21, 1879.
Went down to Mr. Samuel Hebrew sr's in the morning and getting home at noon spent the P.M. in chopping and hauling up wood.
Saturday, February 22, 1879.
Went to Stockton on business connected with the office of Township Trustee, and to carry to the Co. Supt. of Pub. Inst. our petition of Jan. 27 requesting the organization of a school dist. in this locality. Petition granted and notices of formation sent out to be posted in the new dist. 10 days after which notices calling a meeting for the election of officers will be likewise posted. Got home about six oclock P.M. and going up to the postoffice after the mail got home about an hour later.
Sunday, February 23, 1879.
We went down to Mr. Foote's to attend Church and the minister not coming a Sab school was organized to continue throughout the summer. Very reluctantly I was compelled to take the superintendency thereof by a unanimous vote, Theodore Allen being chosen Assistant Supt. Sam'l Hebrew sr. Treasurer, and Wm. Coy Secretary. Afterward we went on down to Mr H. E. Williams where we staid the remainder of the day and got home at seven oclock in the evening.
Monday, February 24, 1879.
Went down to Mr. Foote's in the morning and getting one of Jas. Hebrew's teams came home and the ground having thawed out again sufficiently to plow, I finished plowing my wheat ground in the A.M. and in the P.M. harrowed it over once to get it in readiness for sowing as soon as possible
Tuesday, February 25, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in plowing a garden spot and general truck patch and the afternoon being very cold and the ground freezing up solid again the time was spent within doors principally in reading.
Wednesday, February 26, 1879.
Went down to Mr. Foote's in the morning to return the team to Jas. Hebrew which I obtained Monday not having any more use for it at present as the ground has again frozen up, preventing plowing and harrowing. Remained to chat awhile and got home about one oclock P.M. and as the weather was rather disagreeable the remainder of the day was spent principally in reading and writing.
Thursday, February 27, 1879.
Spent the time until 10 A.M. in writing and then went up to the postoffice and getting home at noon spent the P.M. in reading.
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man and writing an exact man. Bacon
Friday, February 28, 1879.
This is the record for Mch. 1st
Went over north about a mile and a half to Mr. Ed Roberts to attend the funeral of his little three year old daughter who died yesterday with the diptheria, at 11 A.M. yesterday and the minister failing to come, assisted in conducting a short service after which we repaired to the Hebrew cemetery where the remains were consigned to their everlasting resting place about 2 P.M. Came home at three oclock and at half past five went up to the postoffice and got home about 40 minutes later. See next page
Saturday, March 1, 1879.
In recording the events of today they have been written on the wrong page. Being written under date of Feb. 28th when it should have been March 1st.
Spent the time until 9 A.M. in sowing wheat and spent the time from then till noon principally in reading and in the afternoon harrowed in the wheat sown in the forenoon finishing up the job about sunset.
Sunday, March 2, 1879.
Attended our Sabbath school down at Mr. Foote's at 10 oclock A.M. as per organization of last Sab. and got home at 1 oclock P.M.
Monday, March 3, 1879.
In the morning went to Stockton to attend the meeting of the Assessors of Rooks county for the purpose of agreeing upon a uniform basis of taxation of personal property. After meeting with John Russell of Stockton Tp., H. P. Hard of Lowell, Ben. St Clair of Paradise and D. J. Moore of Bow Creek, myself representing Farmington, and agreeing upon a basis of assessment, and discussing other topics in connection with our offices, and attending to some other miscellaneous business, came home, arriving shortly before sunset.
Tuesday, March 4, 1879.
Commenced assessing, this morning, the Personal and Real property of the citizens of this township, taking in on the first day's work the property of John M. Mellon, C. C. Foote, J. A. Southard, O. P. Coy, Ira Farnsworth, John Farnsworth, John Allen and Theodore Allen, and returning home about sunset.
Had dinner at J. A. Southard's. Size of Farmington Township 6 by 12 miles, embracing Town 6 Range 17 & Town 6 Range 18
Wednesday, March 5, 1879.
Assessed today the property of Jas. A. Hebrew, D. N. Catterson, Mary M. Messinger, Jacob Shell, Wm. Tuttle, Sam T. Shell, B. A. Jackson and S. R. Guthrie, Got home at four oclock P.M. and going up to the postoffice got home at sunset and shortly afterward went over to Mr. O. P. Coy's to attend a singing social and got back at 11 P.M.
Had dinner at Jacob Shell's
Thursday, March 6, 1879.
Today assessed the property of J. B. Warren, Wm. Catterson, Thos. Catterson, Jas. T. Stroup, F. A. Stroup, E. S. Stroup, Wes. Groves, J. G. Warmica, J. A. Bailey, and Isaac Wilcoxson. Got home at 4 P.M. and spent the remainder of the day in reading and writing.
Had dinner at J. T. Stroup's.
Friday, March 7, 1879.
Today assessed the property of James Hebrew, Sam A. Hebrew, Annie Noonan, Newton Wells, A. R. Park, C. E. Ralston, Elisha Buckner, C. C. Watkins, Frank Wright, K. H. Buschmann, sr, H. Buschmann, Jr. and John Potter, getting home at 5 oclock P.M.
Went without dinner today.
Saturday, March 8, 1879.
Today assessed the property of C. H. Buschman, Henry Hale, John T. Dawes, Henry Ray, R. T. Pearson, Chas. H. Buschman, L. W. Buschman, Allen Bunce, Chas. Sander, Henry Sander, John W. Brooks, J. W. Granger, I. B. Terry, F. D. Granger and C. H. Eaton.
Got home shortly after sunset and at 7 oclock went up to the postoffice, getting back an hour later. Had dinner at L. W. Buschman's.
Sunday, March 9, 1879.
We went down to Mr. Foote's and participated in the exercises of our Sab. school at the usual hour of 10 A.M. and at 11 listened to an excellent sermon by Rev. Bracken preached from the 30th verse of the 16th Chapter of the Acts. Got home at one oclock P.M.
Monday, March 10, 1879.
Today assessed the property of Dallas McLaughlin, John F. Sheibley, William Coy, Aaron Whillans, A. G. Hayner, J. H. Rule, N. W. Myers, and John A. Barker, getting home at 4 oclock P.M. and spending the remainder of the day in writing.
Had dinner at Aaron Whillans.
Tuesday, March 11, 1879.
Today assessed the property of Davis Catterson, Samuel Catterson, Nicholas Jerby, Florian Jerby, J. B. Privett, Mrs. Sarah Privett and W. C. Privett, getting home at 4 oclock P.M. and spending the remainder of the day in reading.
Had dinner at Nicholas Jerby's.
Wednesday, March 12, 1879.
Having finished the assessment of the western half of the Township embracing Town 6, Range 18, commenced this morning on Town 6, Range 17 and assessed the property of A. G. Muir, W. Albright, sr. W. Albright, Jr. Laf. C. Smith, W. B. Kent, Edward Faulhaber, T. P. Considine, Daniel Leech, E. W. Reynolds, J. P. Lamb, A. T. McDonald, Oliver Browning, W. J. Brumit. Had dinner at Laf Smith's and put up for the night at G. W. Shepherd's
Thursday, March 13, 1879.
Today assessed the property of G. W. Shepherd, S. O. Roberts Orin Lester, A. L. Mitchell, F. D. Mitchell, J. C. Grindstaff George Curtis, Alexander Hughes, C. E. Chamberlain, J. W. Chamberlain, Fritz Pflock, and W. C. Sanford, getting home at 5 oclock P.M.
Had dinner at George Curtis's
Friday, March 14, 1879.
Spent the time until 10 A.M. in reading and then went up to the postoffice, getting home an hour later and again resumed reading until 2 P.M. when I went down to Mr. Foote's to attend the first meeting of School Dist. No. 34 of Rooks Co, for the purpose of choosing officers for a school board J. M. Mellon being elected Director, S. R. Guthrie Clerk and Jas. A. Hebrew, Treasurer. Agreed to erect a sod school house Apr. 4 for temporary purposes and a permanent stone building in Sept. or Oct. next.
Got home about sunset.
Saturday, March 15, 1879.
Went to Stockton on official business connected with the office of Tp Trustee and got home at 5 oclock P.M. Still later went to the postoffice and recieved a letter from brother George of Farmington, Ill. informing us of the fact that father, mother, himself, Emma, Ed. and Frank, which constitutes the whole family, would start for this place on Monday the 17th inst. to make it their future residence and desired me to meet them at Hays City on their arrival.
Sunday, March 16, 1879.
We attended Sabbath school at Mr. Foote's at the usual hour of 10 oclock A.M. and got home at half past 12 oclock.
Monday, March 17, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in chopping wood and in the P.M. went down to Mr. Cyrus Robbins, about 5 miles N. E. of here, to get one Jas. Hebrew's teams with which to start for Hays City tomorrow morning after our folks. Got home shortly before sunset.
Tuesday, March 18, 1879.
Went up to the postoffice at 9 A.M. to see if any other intelligence had arrived in regard to our folks starting for Kansas, and got home again at half past ten and at 11 started for Hays City, getting to Stockton at 1 P.M. and stopping an hour again resumed my journey, passing through Plainville at about half past four oclock and got to the Saline river at sunset, putting up for the night at the Davis ranch.
Wednesday, March 19, 1879.
Started at half past 6 oclock this morning and met father, mother, Em. and Frank about 5 miles on this side of Hays, coming over with a livery team and I then took them in charge and let the livery team return again to Hays and we turned and started for home getting to Plainville at noon and stopping for dinner about an hour again resumed our journey, passing through Stockton about three oclock and got home shortly before sunset. Geo. and Ed. coming with a chartered car had not arrived and will not for several days.
Thursday, March 20, 1879.
Went over S.E. about a mile to Mr. John Allen's with father to look over the country and seek a location. From there we went down to Mr. Foote's and remaining there about an hour came home about two oclock P.M. having come to the conclusion to contest the Homestead now held by F. M. Rowland who has abandoned said homestead for a period of over 6 months, Said claim being the N.W. ? of sec. 11, Town 6, Range 18. Spent the remainder of the day in reading and social chat.
Friday, March 21, 1879.
Went to Kirwin and securing the services of Clift and Lewis as attorneys, proceeded to get out contest papers on the land mentioned yesterday, said contest to come off on the 25th day of April. Got home shortly after sunset.
Saturday, March 22, 1879.
Went over onto sec. 11, in the morning, with father to assist him in establishing a residence upon the land which he is contesting by laying a foundation for a house upon the same and got home about 10 oclock A.M. spending the remainder of the day principally in reading.
Sunday, March 23, 1879.
Attended Sabbath school and church at the usual place and at the usual hours and got home about one oclock P.M.
Father, in company with Mr. J. M. Mellon, started to Hays City this morning for the purpose of meeting George and Ed and to bring over two loads of their goods Mr. Mellon to bring one load and father having shipped a team and wagon with his other goods, calculates to bring over another load.
Monday, March 24, 1879.
Resumed assessing again this morning taking in as the day's work the property of Nelson Smelcer, David Gibbons, George Whyte, Sam'l J. Porter, John R. Warson, A.D. Knapp, Edril Snodgrass, Phillip Lesberance, Henry Rickets, Mary Miller and J. R. Johnson, putting up for the night at Geo. W. Brumit's. Went without dinner today.
Tuesday, March 25, 1879.
Today assessed the property of Geo. W. Brumit, John Brumit, Thad. Fox, G. T. Chandler, J. F. Stark, John H. Slater, Romulus Downing, Wm. A. Conger, Jas. H. Teachman, Margaret Teachman, Wash. Snow, John. M. Godsell, Isaac Coy, Wm. H.H. Tanneyhill, Jay Cunningham, John W. Shirley, J. P. Shirley and Jas. W. Shirley.
Had dinner at J. H. Teachman's and put up for the night at John W. Shirley's.
Wednesday, March 26, 1879.
Today assessed the property of W. H. Strayer, Samuel Myers, Chas. Forsberg, John Forsberg, Geo. W. Bartlett, Wm. Cope, James Ireland, Wm. Askren, Samuel Askren and Jacob Trask, getting home shortly before sunset, having completed my assessment visits to the residents of this Township.
Had dinner at Geo. W. Bartlett's.
Met George and Ed on my return this evening, they having arrived with father and Mr. Mellon who returned yesterday evening.
Thursday, March 27, 1879.
Spent the day in systematically arranging the list of residents of this Township in the Assessors Record book
Friday, March 28, 1879.
Spent the day in recording, alphabetically, the names and a statement of the personal property of each person assessed as recorded in the past three or four weeks, finishing up all business connected with the assessment for 1879 with the exception of carrying the returns to Stockton. Had Rachel assist me in my labors today
Saturday, March 29, 1879.
Went to Stockton to assist the County Supt. of Pub. Inst. in conducting a teacher's examination, and to assist the Probate Judge in examining the County Treasurer's books as kept for the past three months. After finishing up all business got home about dark.
Sunday, March 30, 1879.
Attended Sabbath school at the usual place at 10 oclock A.M. and got home at noon. Rachel, George, Em. & Frank accompanying me.
Monday, March 31, 1879.
George and I started to Hays City this morning after another load of Father's household goods, passing through Stockton about 10 oclock A.M., arriving at Plainville shortly after noon, where we stopped for dinner, and to feed our horses. Resumed our journey at about 1 oclock, crossing the Saline river about 3, and arriving in Hays at sunset, where as a matter of course we put up for the night having driven 50 miles during the day.
Tuesday, April 1, 1879.
Loaded our wagon up this morning and after looking about a short time started for home at 11 oclock A.M. recrossing the Saline about 4 oclock and arriving at Plainville about dark, where we put up for the night.
Wednesday, April 2, 1879.
Resumed our homeward journey quite early in the morning, arriving in Stockton about noon, where we stopped about an hour getting home at 3 oclock P.M. spending the remainder of the day in knocking about at a little of everything.
Thursday, April 3, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in writing and in the P.M. quarried rock for father over east about a mile
Friday, April 4, 1879.
Met with others of this school district according to agreement of March 14 for the purpose of erecting a school house, working at the same all day and got the building up about three feet in highth. Persons working at the school house today were, J. M. Mellon, Jas. A. Hebrew, J. A. Barker, Sam. Shelby, Geo. Bartholomew, and Geo. W. Bartholomew
Saturday, April 5, 1879.
Having failed to find all the persons liable to taxation in this township, when I wound up my assessment visits as recorded Mar. 26th, I went out S.E. about 6 miles taking in on the rout the property of C. H. Winchester, G. H. Livingston, William Beaty, and Louis Byerley, getting home at noon, and spent the P.M. in cutting wood
Sunday, April 6, 1879.
Mother, Rachel, George, Em., Frank and myself all attended Sabbath School and Church at the usual hours and at the usual place and got home at 1 oclock P.M.
Monday, April 7, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in making garden and in the P.M. Rachel, Em. and I went to Stockton, I going for the purpose of making my assessment returns to the Co. Clerk and for the purpose of presenting my bill for the same to the board of Co. Commissioners. We got home about dark
Tuesday, April 8, 1879.
Today being set for resuming work on the school house I spent the day in working thereat.
Persons working today on the school house were, J. M. Mellon, S. R. Guthrie, Jas. A. Hebrew, Wm. Hebrew, Wm. Coy, B. A. Jackson, Chas. Allen, M. J. Beck, Geo. W. Bartholomew, Ed. Bartholomew, and Sumner Southard
Wednesday, April 9, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in helping to haul up from Mr. Pearce's and Mr. Duff's to ridge logs for the school house and the day being very windy and disagreeable the P.M. was spent within doors, reading. Persons assisting at getting up the above logs were J. M. Mellon, Jas. A. Hebrew, Wm. Hebrew, Sumner Southard, Geo. W. Bartholomew, and Ed. Bartholomew
Thursday, April 10, 1879.
Spent the A.M. principally in reading and in the P.M. quarried stone for father over on his claim.
Friday, April 11, 1879.
Spent the day in making garden
Saturday, April 12, 1879.
Planted potatoes in the A.M. and in the P.M. went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about dark.
Sunday, April 13, 1879.
George, Em, Rachel, Frank and I attended Sabbath school at the usual place and at the usual hour, getting home at noon.
We left little George and Elbert with mother while we were gone.
Monday, April 14, 1879.
The weather being quite inclement the time until 3 oclock P.M. was spent principally in reading and the remainder of the day in cutting wood.
Tuesday, April 15, 1879.
Worked for Jas. A. Hebrew at planting out young cottonwood trees on his timber claim over N.E. of here about 5 miles and stayed all night at C. C. Foote's
Wednesday, April 16, 1879.
Worked today for the same as yesterday and we having run out of trees we commenced planting cottonwood slips or cuttings spending the day at the same, and got home about dark.
Thursday, April 17, 1879.
Worked for Jas. Hebrew at planting cuttings on this timber claim and staid all night at his house
Friday, April 18, 1879.
Worked the same as yesterday and got home shortly after sunset.
Saturday, April 19, 1879.
Spent the time until 10 A.M. in making garden and the Rev. Mr. Bracken, our minister, calling at that time the time until 2 P.M. was spent in social conversation when he, George, Em, Rachel and I went down to Mr. Foote's, our usual place of holding divine services, for the purpose of attending preparatory services as tomorrow is to be communion Sabbath. After services a session of the church officers was held and M. J. Beck brother George and sister Em. were admitted by letter as full members of the church.
Sunday, April 20, 1879.
Attended Sab. school and Church at the usual place and at the usual hours and directly after the sermon partook of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper and immediately thereafter again met with the Church Session to attend to some little business and to select a Treasurer and Church Clerk as to appoint an elder to attend the approaching meeting of the Presbytery at Hays City on the 24th inst. Mr. [I.] Hebrew being chosen to attend said meeting and to act as Church Treasurer while I was chosen as Clerk
Monday, April 21, 1879.
Went to Stockton, accompanied by Rachel, George and Em, to attend to miscellaneous business of all sorts and got home at 5 oclock P.M.
Tuesday, April 22, 1879.
Spent the day in knocking about at a little of everything and not much of anything after all.
Wednesday April 23, 1879
Spent the day about as yesterday.
Thursday, April 24, 1879
Went down to Mr. Foote's in the morning to see Jas Hebrew on some little business and got home at 10 oclock A.M. spending the time until about 2 P.M. principally in writing and then went up to the postoffice and got back at four oclock spending the remainder of the day in reading.
Friday, April 25, 1879.
Went to Kirwin in company with George, and Jas. Hebrew and Hiram Shell to attend the contest commenced on the 21st of last month and it being an ex parte case its continuance did not exceed five minutes. After looking about over town awhile started home arriving here shortly after sunset.
Saturday, April 26, 1879.
Went to Stockton to attend the teacher's examination as one of the examiners and got home about sunset. The persons applying for certificates today were J. J. Johnson, D. F. Knode, Miss. Kate Coy, Miss Emma Skirvin and Miss. Georgia Frisbie, the former obtaining a first grade certificate and the latter failing to obtain any whatever while the remainder obtained second grade certificates.
Sunday, April 27, 1879.
Attended Sab. school as usual and got home at noon, spending the remainder of the day principally in reading and in the evening attended meeting at Mr. Jacob Shell's, by the Rev [Amiard] and almost exactly at the hour of 9 oclock just about the closing of the sermon a rolling, shaking sensation was experienced by all and it seemed as though the roof of the house was about to fall in when a great rush was made for the door and a portion of the people got out very much frightened while the remainder stayed within. The cause of alarm was a rather severe though not disasterous shock of earthquake which seemed to go to the southwestward.
Monday, April 28, 1879.
Went down to Mr. Foote's in the morning to see Jas. Hebrew about some little business connected with my work for him of last fall and got home at 10 A.M. spending the time until noon in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts and in the P.M. worked at mulching my potatoes
Tuesday, April 29, 1879.
Work having been resumed on the school house the day was spent thereat
Wednesday, April 30, 1879.
The weather being very wet and muddy the time was either spent in reading or knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.
Thursday, May 1, 1879.
Spent the day in working on the school house
Friday, May 2, 1879.
Spent also today at working on the school house and we about completed the job, calculating to have school commence next week.
Saturday, May 3, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in making garden and in the P.M. worked at breaking prairie.
Sunday, May 4, 1879.
Attended Sab school and church at the usual place and at the usual hours and got home at one oclock P.M. Mr. Bracken, wife and their three children came home with us and took dinner starting for home at three oclock
Monday, May 5, 1879.
Went down to Jas. Hebrew's in the morning and got one of his teams and a plow with which to break 20 acres of prairie sod. Got home and commenced work about nine oclock A.M. spending the remainder of the day at breaking prairie.
Tuesday, May 6, 1879.
Plowed all day
Wednesday, May 7, 1879.
Plowed in the A.M. and planted corn in the P.M. Had Ed. plow in my place
Thursday, May 8, 1879
Plowed all day
Friday, May 9, 1879.
One of the horses being sick this morning did not plow today but spent the time in planting corn.
Saturday, May 10, 1879.
Plowed all day, having plowed during the week about eight acres of prairie sod.
Sunday, May 11, 1879.
Attended Sabbath School for the first time at our new sod school house at the usual hour of 10 oclock A.M. and got home at half past 12 oclock spending the remainder of the day principally in reading.
Monday, May 12, 1879.
Tuesday, May 13, 1879.
Wednesday, May 14, 1879.
Thursday, May 15, 1879.
Friday, May 16, 1879.
Saturday, May 17, 1879.
Plowed all day, and having had rather uneaven ground to break and having several trivial stoppages in the work during the week from several light rains and the team not being very strong only plowed about 6 ? acres.
Recieved notice today of my election to the office of Assistant Secretary of the Rooks Co. Sab. School organization and selection as Vice President for Farmington Tp. Recieved said notice from Rev. F. E. Sherman the county Secretary
Sunday, May 18, 1879.
Attended Sabbath School at ten oclock at the school house and got home at noon spending the afternoon principally in reading. No church today on account of the appointments at this place being changed to every two weeks from the 25th instant.
Monday, May 19, 1879.
Tuesday, May 20, 1879.
Plowed in the A.M. and went to Stockton in the P.M. getting home shortly after sunset. Had Ed. plow in the afternoon in my place.
Wednesday, May 21, 1879.
Thursday, May 22, 1879.
Friday, May 23, 1879.
Finished plowing the 20 acres commenced on the 5th inst, at about 5 P.M. and returned the team to Hebrew's, getting home about sunset, having plowed during the week about 6 acres.
Saturday, May 24, 1879.
Went to Stockton to attend the Teacher's Examination and returned home about dark. At the examination there were four applicants for certificates, as follows: Mrs. Fannie Olsen, Miss Lydia A. Hoskins, Miss Sarah Green and Miss Georgia Frisbie, the former obtaining a first grade certificate and the other three obtaining second grades of the lowest possible order.
Rachel went with me today and spent the time in visiting with Mrs. A. L. Patchins, the Co Attorney's wife and Mrs. Patterson the widow of the late Judge Patterson. She also came to the school house and remained during part of the examination.
Sunday, May 25, 1879.
Attended Sab. School and Church at the school house at the usual hours of 10 and 11 oclock and got home at 1 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Church services rechanged again and will be continued as heretofore every two weeks from the 1st Sab. in June when nothing transpires to prevent said services
Monday, May 26, 1879.
Spent the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all kinds.
Tuesday, May 27, 1879.
Spent the day principally at working and hoeing in the garden
Wednesday, May 28, 1879.
Worked all day in the garden.
Thursday, May 29, 1879.
Spent the A.M. at working in the garden and in the P.M. went over to father's place and worked for him at helping to dig a well
Friday, May 30, 1879.
Went to Stockton in company with George, Rachel and Em to attend a Sabbath School and Temperance picnic to be held in Jos. McNulty's grove adjoining town, got there about half past 10 A.M. and participated in the exercises of the occasion until almost 2 P.M. when the exercises were brought to a very abrupt termination on account of a very heavy thunder and hail storm being the order of the day. Quite a number of the people were caught in the storm before being able to secure shelter, getting one of the most thourough drenchings, muddings and peltings with hail possible to imagine! One or two buildings were blown down and scores of window glass broken by the hail.
The exercises consisted of vocal & instrumental music, singing address by each the Hon. Joel Holt and a Mr. Arbuckle of Ellis. The exercises were about over when the storm set in. Got home shortly before sunset.
Saturday, May 31, 1879.
The weather being very inclement, nearly all day, the time was passed almost exclusively in reading and writing.
Sunday, June 1, 1879.
Attended Sab. School and church at the usual place and at the usual hours and got home about half past 1 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Monday, June 2, 1879.
Worked over at father's place at helping to dig his well.
Tuesday, June 3, 1879.
Spent the day in hoeing in the garden
Wednesday, June 4, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts and in the P.M. worked at father's well.
Thursday, June 5, 1879.
Being quite ill in the A.M. spent the time mostly in bed, but being somewhat better in the P.M. worked at making a cage or frame to be covered with mosquito bar to be used as a covering for Georgie and Elbert during the summer as a protection against disturbance from the flies during their peaceful day slumbers.
Friday, June 6, 1879.
Feeling somewhat worse again today did not do much of anything with the exception of reading a little.
Saturday, June 7, 1879.
Still being considerably under the weather did very little manual labor spending the time principally in reading.
Sunday, June 8, 1879.
Attended Sab. School at 10 oclock A.M. and got home at noon spending the P.M. principally in reading.
Monday, June 9, 1879.
Spent the greater part of the A.M. in making a long bench to be used as a seat in the school house and in the P.M. worked again at helping at father's well.
Birth-day: Age, 27 years: Found under my plate at breakfast a pair of fine socks as a birthday present from Rachel!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, June 10, 1879.
Worked all day at father's well.
Wednesday, June 11, 1879.
Worked at the well in the A.M. and spent P.M. until three oclock in reading when Rachel and Georgie accompanied me down to the creek and we spent the remainder of the day in fishing with very limited success however.
Thursday, June 12, 1879.
Worked at the well in the A.M. but the P.M. being rainy and threatening rain the time was spent in reading and working in the garden
Friday, June 13, 1879.
Spent the A.M. principally in reading and in the P.M. worked at father's well.
Saturday, June 14, 1879.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about 5 oclock P.M.
Sunday, June 15, 1879.
Attended Sab. School at the school house at the usual hour and got home at noon spending the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Monday, June 16, 1879.
Spent the day in reading and writing. The writing being done in preparing a list of questions to be used at the Teacher's Examinations held on the fourth Saturday of each month. Said list having been prepared at the request of the Co. Supt. of Pub. Inst.
Tuesday, June 17, 1879.
Spent the day in reading and writing and knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.
Wednesday, June 18, 1879.
Commenced harvesting rye with father and Ed / raking and binding after myself cradling but the wind being quite brisk we did not do much!
Thursday, June 19, 1879.
Cradled rye until about 4 oclock P.M. when it became rainy, stopping work for the remainder of the day so the time was spent principally in reading!
Friday, June 20, 1879.
Owing to the very heavy rainfall of last night did not do much of anything in the A.M. but in the P.M. finished cutting my rye.
Saturday, June 21, 1879.
Spent the day in knocking about at a little of everything; among other things spending two or three hours in going through my winter wheat clipping out the scattering bunches of rye therein, and about half past 10 oclock A.M. Rachel, Georgie and I went down to Mr. Foote's about half an hour and saw a new arrival in the family of Jas. A. Hebrew in the shape of a bouncing baby girl. Got home at noon.
Sunday, June 22, 1879.
Attended Sab. School at the usual hour and the streams being too high for Mr. Bracken to fill his appointment at this place, Elder Sam'l Hebrew read a discourse from a Dr. Ramsey delivered from Ezekiel 37 Chap. on the ?resurrection of dry bones,? Got home at 1 P.M. spending the remainder of the day as usual in reading and rest.
Large numbers of grasshoppers flying in a northerly and northwesterly direction.
Monday, June 23, 1879.
Commenced cutting wheat and worked thereat until about 5 P.M. when the wind got too high to work longer so we ceased work for the day.
Tuesday, June 24, 1879.
It still being too windy to cut wheat the day was spent in hoeing in the garden.
`Tis pleasure sweet without alloy,
To mingle mid these scenes of joy.
But brightest Joys will take their flight
And oft we sayeth fond good night
Wednesday, June 25, 1879.
Spent the day in cradling wheat having George and Ed. to do the raking and binding. George ?played out? about 10 oclock A.M. and Ed. was left to do the raking and binding alone the remainder of the day.
Thursday, June 26, 1879.
Spent the day in cradling wheat and had father and Ed rake and bind after me
Friday, June 27, 1879.
Spent the day as yesterday having father and Ed work in the same capacity
Saturday, June 28, 1879.
George and I cradled, and raked and bound wheat alternately in the A.M. with Ed. raking and binding without change, and in the P.M. Geo. Ed. and I went over to father's place and Geo. and I cradling alternately cut ? of an acre of a new variety of barley the seed of which George got in Hays City this spring, raking the same into bunches and letting it lie on the ground. Got home about 5 P.M. and spent the remainder of the day at cutting wheat as in the A.M.
Sunday, June 29, 1879.
Attended Sab. School at the usual hour of 10 oclock and the exercises for the day being a review of the last quarter's lessons a longer time than usual was passed in study and research so that we did not get home until 1 oclock P.M. Rachel being sick missed attending Sab School today for the first time this season.
Monday, June 30, 1879.
Spent the day in cradling, raking and binding wheat, finishing up for the season my winter wheat crop. Had Geo. help me in the A.M. and in the P.M. both Geo and Ed. helped me.
Tuesday, July 1, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in writing and in the P.M. worked over at father's helping at his well.
Wednesday, July 2, 1879.
Worked for father at his well and we having dug 33 feet and bored nearly 30 more and then finding no signs of water he has about come to the conclusion to start another well at some other point on his farm
Thursday, July 3, 1879.
Commenced cutting our spring wheat and had Geo. and Ed. help me Ed. raking and binding alternately with me.
Friday, July 4, 1879.
Rachel, George, Frank and I went to Stockton to celebrate the ?Glorious Fourth,? in an appropriate style - A very large crowd of people was in attendance and as the day was all that the most fastidious could wish an excellent time was enjoyed by all participants attending the festivities of the occasion, Started home shortly after sunset and arrived safely at half past 10 P.M.
We left Georgie and Elbert at home with mother.
Spent the day in cradling, raking and binding wheat. Had Geo. help me about half the day and Ed. about an hour.
Sunday, July 6, 1879.
Spent the time until 3 P.M. in reading and then attend Sab. school and an hour later listened to a sermon by the Rev. Bracken, who changed his appointment from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. on account of holding communion services in the A.M. at the Church in Phillipsburg. The next regular appointment coming two weeks from today at 11 A.M. when communion will be held here with preparatory services at 4 P.M. Sat. previous. Got home at 6 P.M.
Monday, July 7, 1879.
Finished our harvest cutting of 1879 at noon having Geo to do the cradling and father and I the raking, binding and shocking. Owing to the fact that the weather was excessively hot did not do much of anything in the P.M. with the exception of knocking about at some little odd chores
Tuesday, July 8, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in knocking about at this, that and the other, but principally in getting ready to go to stacking grain. In the P.M. went over to Father's with himself and Geo. to further prospect for water and seeking in two different spots and boring two holes to the depth of 15 and 6 feet and striking shale in the former and limestone in the latter we gave up the search and returned home shortly before sunset.
Wednesday, July 9, 1879.
Had George to help me and we spent the day in stacking wheat
Thursday, July 10, 1879.
Stacked wheat in the A.M. but the wind being rather high for the business, spent the time until 4 P.M. in reading and writing and then resumed stacking again finishing the wheat stacking for the season.
Friday, July 11, 1879.
Went over to father's in the morning to cut wheat and after merely getting started we came to the conclusion that the wheat was too green to cut so we returned and went to stacking rye, finishing up the job about 5 P.M. which completed our harvesting for 1879.
Saturday, July 12, 1879.
Worked over at father's at Cradling, raking and binding wheat.
Sunday, July 13, 1879.
Attended Sab. School at the usual hour of 10 oclock A.M. and from there went down to Mr. Hugh Williams in company with Mother and Rachel and after partaking of dinner and spending a short time in singing we went to attend meeting at the Hebrew school house, five miles below here, at 4 P.M. Listened to a good and instructive sermon by the Rev. Mr Conwell, Methodist of Kirwin and got home about sunset.
Monday, July 14, 1879.
Worked for Father at Cradling, raking and binding wheat.
Tuesday, July 15, 1879.
Spent the day as yesterday
Wednesday, July 16, 1879.
Spent the day as yesterday.
Thursday, July 17, 1879.
Finished cutting father's wheat in the A.M. and spent the P.M. principally in writing taking a little recreation from the arduous labors of the past month.
Friday, July 18, 1879.
Spent the day in helping to stack father's wheat, finishing the job with the exception of about two loads
Saturday, July 19, 1879.
Spent the time until 4 P.M. in reading and writing and then attended church services at the schoolhouse as spoken of last Sab. Got home at 6:30 oclock.
Em. went to Stockton this evening to work for Mrs. M. J. Patterson to remain there two or three weeks.
Sunday, July 20, 1879.
Attended Sab. school and Church at the usual hours of 10 and 11 oclock A.M. and after the sermon participated in the exercises of celebrating the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. Got home about 1:30 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Monday, July 21, 1879.
Spent almost the entire day in writing letters.
?Between male and female, says a modern writer, there is a difference of kind only not degree. Man is strong, woman is beautiful; man is daring and confident, woman is diffident and unassuming; man is great in action, woman in suffering; man shines abroad, woman at home; man talks to convince, woman to persuade; man has a rugged heart, woman a soft and tender one; man prevents misery; woman relieves; man has science, woman taste; man has judgement, woman sensibility; man is a being of justice, woman an angel of mercy. These comparative characteristics represent man as the head, woman as the heart; or, man the intellect, woman the affections. And in so doing we submit that no position derogatory to woman is involved,?
Tuesday, July 22, 1879.
Spent part of the time in the A.M. in cutting weeds out of the corn and the remainder of the time in reading. In the P.M. worked over at Father's helping to bore for water as he has not yet succeeded in obtaining that desirable article.
Wednesday, July 23, 1879.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home at 3 oclock P.M. not doing much of anything the remainder of the day
Thursday, July 24, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in reading and writing and in the P.M. went over to Father's place and spent the time in seeing them boring for water and plowing but not doing much of anything myself.
Friday, July 25, 1879.
Spent all day in reading and writing and about sunset took quite sick being unable to eat any supper or sleep scarcely any during the entire night.
Saturday, July 26, 1879.
Quite sick all day, being confined to bed most of the time, eating no breakfast, but a light dinner and supper having been partaken of, felt considerable better in the evening, at which moment I am penning these words.
Sunday, July 27, 1879.
Feeling quite well this morning attended Sab school at 10 A.M. at the school house and got home at noon.
About the close of Sab. school took quite severe cramping pains in the chest, being scarcely able to navigate when we reached home, going directly to bed and remaining there the rest of the day without partaking of and dinner or supper, suffering considerably at times during the afternoon but being far better late in the evening, having taken two doses of spirits of camphor, one dose of ginger tea and about 10 grains of cayenne pepper in three tablespoonfulls of Port wine; the latter giving almost instantaneous relief.
Monday, July 28, 1879.
Considerable better today but still not able to do much of anything so the time was spent in reading and writing.
Tuesday, July 29, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in reading and writing and in the P.M. went over to father's place to see them dig well and from there went down to Jas. Hebrews after a stone saw to be used in cutting stone for a granary but not getting one returned to father's and from there came home about sunset.
Wednesday, July 30, 1879.
Spent the day in working over at father's boring for water, he having struck rock in the well in which he was digging yesterday. Late in the P.M. we found water beyond a doubt on the east side of the farm at a depth of about 16 feet.
Thursday, July 31, 1879.
Spent the day in knocking about at a little of everything and not much after all
Friday, August 1, 1879.
Spent the greater part of the day in working at laying up the stone work on a granary.
Saturday, August 2, 1879.
Did not do much of anything in the A.M. but spent the P.M. at working on the granary.
Sunday, August 3, 1879.
Spent the time until 3 P.M. in reading and rest and then attended Sab. school and Church at the school house, the former being held at 3 oclock P.M. instead of 10 A.M. as usual on account of having sab. school and Church in conjunction as Mr. Bracken's appointment earlier in the day on account of holding morning services at the church in Phillipsburgh
Monday, August 4, 1879.
Spent the day in working at the granary.
Tuesday, August 5, 1879.
Spent the day in working out one day of my poll tax on the roads two miles east of here under J. M. Mellon, Road Overseer.
Wednesday, August 6, 1879.
In the A.M. worked for father at helping to finish digging and beginning to wall his well, he having obtained an abundance of water at the place spoken of July 30th. In the P.M. worked at the granary.
Thursday, August 7, 1879.
Worked for father in the A.M. at helping to wall his well and in the P.M. hauled up quite a quantity of sand and native lime for the purpose of plastering my granary.
Friday, August 8, 1879.
Spent the day in working at the granary.
Worked at the granary all day, completing the job plastering and all
At noon we were happily surprised at recieving a visit from brother Elias of Louisville, Pottawatomie Co. this state he having not visited us since Jan. 1877 and not having met any of the other folks for over eleven years as he left Illinois in the spring of 1868 He will perhaps remain with us about two weeks before returning to Louisville. Em came home in company with Elias she having quit work at Mrs. Pattersons.
Sunday, August 10, 1879.
Elias, George, Frank, Rachel, Em. and I attended sabbath school at 10 A.M. and got home at 12:30 spending the remainder of the day in reading & rest.
Monday, August 11, 1879.
Father, Elias, Rachel, Em and I went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about sunset.
Em remained in Stockton where she will be engaged for some time in performing house work at the residence of Mr. G. T. Granger
Tuesday, August 12, 1879.
Spent the A.M. principally in reading and in the P.M. Elias and I took a walk up to Rockport after the mail and after spending an hour or so in playing croquet came home where we arrived shortly before sunset.
Wednesday, August 13, 1879.
Rachel being quite sick and not feeling very well myself the time was spent mostly within doors waiting on her, taking care of the children and in reading.
Thursday, August 14, 1879.
The weather being very wet did not do much of anything in the A.M. but in the P.M. attended the Annual Dist. School meeting at 2 P.M., at the school house and was elected to the office of Dist. Clerk for a term of three years. Got home about sunset.
Friday, August 15, 1879.
Did not do much of anything all day with the exception of read some and walk about with Elias a portion of the time.
Saturday, August 16, 1879.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business in company with Elias and George and got home about sunset, Em coming home with us calculating to remain at home for several days
Sunday, August 17, 1879.
Attended Sab. School and church at the usual hours of 10 & 11 A.M. and got home at 1 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading and rest
Monday, August 18, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in making preparations to do our threashing and in the P.M. the machine having arrived we went to work and completed the job about sunset, my part of the job being to carry the grain from the machine to the bin which was an exceedingly hard row to hoe, yield from 13 ? acres: Wheat 124 bu. Rye 32 bu. the small grain crop being considerably lighter than usual throughout the country.
Tuesday, August 19, 1879.
Went over to see Mr. B. A. Jackson on some business, in the morning, and coming around by Mr. S. R. Guthrie's got home at noon and some pump men coming along immediately after dinner I made a purchase and spent the afternoon principally in helping to get the pump in running order and in cleaning out the well
Wednesday, August 20, 1879.
Spent the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.
Elias left us this morning for his old stomping ground Louisville
Em also returned to Stockton to work.
Thursday, August 21, 1879.
Went down to Mr. H. E. Williams to help Mr. Mellon and him to do their threashing Mr Mellon having rented ground of Williams. Got home about 7 P.M.
Friday, August 22, 1879.
Spent the day in knocking about at a little of everything being busy all day but at night can scarcely see what I have accomplished.
Saturday, August 23, 1879.
Went to Stockton to act in the capacity of school examiner and there being but one applicant, Mr. F. M. Case, the Supt. turned the examination business over to me and getting through early got home about 6 P.M.
(?Population of U.S. about 1,000,000, 000, but not certain?) F.M. Case
Sunday, August 24, 1879.
Attended Sab. school at the usual hour and got home at 12:30 spending the remainder of the day in reading.
Monday, August 25, 1879.
Worked for J. M. Mellon at helping to haul in and stack hay.
Tuesday, August 26, 1879.
Worked at helping Mr Mellon with his hay in the A.M. and did not do much of anything in the P.M.
Wednesday, August 27,1879.
Spent the day in cutting off corn fodder
Thursday, August 28, 1879.
At the annual school meeting on the 14th instant it was agreed by the school board and other parties present that for the improvement and comfort of the school house it should be plastered, so in accordance with the above facts S. R.Guthrie, Sam Shell, O. P. Coy, and myself and George and Ed spent the day in working thereat but having a good many difficulties to surmount we only about half finished the job
Attended a singing social at Sam'l Hebrew's sr. in the evening.
Friday, August 29, 1879.
Cut corn all day finishing all that I shall cut for this season, having cut 64 shocks.
Saturday, August 30, 1879.
Cut corn fodder all day for father.
Sunday, August 31, 1879.
Attended Sab. school and Church at the usual hours of 10 and 11 oclock A.M. and got home at 1:30 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading and rest.
Monday, September 1, 1879.
Ed and I went down to Jas. Hebrew's to work for him at cutting off corn fodder, working down on his timber claim about 5 miles N.E. of here.
Tuesday, September 2, 1879.
Worked for Jas. Hebrew at cutting off corn
Wednesday, September 3, 1879.
Worked same as yesterday and came home late in the evening.
Thursday, September 4, 1879.
Worked for Father at helping to build his sod house in the A.M. and in the P.M. worked at putting up some hay in piles in the field after it having been raked up. Mr. S. R. Guthrie cut the hay yesterday afternoon and brother George raked it up this afternoon.
In the evening Rachel, George and I went down to H. E. Williams to attend a singing social and supper
Friday, September 5, 1879.
Spent the day in knocking about at a little of everything and not much of anything after all.
Spent the day in stacking our hay finishing up shortly before sunset.
Sunday, September 7, 1879.
Attended Sab. School at the usual hour and got home about 12:30 oclock spending the remainder of the day as usual
Monday, September 8, 1879.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about 7 P.M.
Tuesday, September 9, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in mowing some grass with which to top out my haystack which required a better top to make it turn water well, and in the P.M. did not do much of anything.
Wednesday, September 10, 1879.
Worked for Jas. Hebrew at digging a well
Thursday, September 11, 1879.
Did not do much of anything in the A.M. but in the P.M. at 2 oclock Rachel, George and I went down to Mr Samuel Hebrew's, sr., to witness the marriage ceremony performed by Rev. Theo Bracken on behalf of Elmer S. Stroup and Mary E. Hebrew.
Got there a few minutes before the performance of the ceremony and about half an hour later had the pleasure of sitting down to a moust bountiful and sumptuous repast to which I, at least, for one, succeeded in doing ample justice. There were 65 or 70 persons present and all went away satisfied fully as far as the replenishing of the inner man was concerned. Jas. and Wm. Hebrew were very much opposed to their sister uniting in marriage with a member of the Stroup family, owing principally to their dislike of his parents and as a consequence of former threats about 5 oclock P.M. after doing all manner of deviltry, including cursing their father and mother in the most indecent terms in presence of the assembled company (which state of things had continued since last evening, the minister and his wife being then present including several of the neighbor women) Wm Hebrew (being upheld by his brother Jas.) went in to the room where Mr Stroup and his newly made bride were sitting and taking hold of him pulled him out into the yard and demanded in the most insolent
and provoking language the immediate handing over of a ?ten dollar bill.? The excitement at this stage of the affair arose to fever heat on all quarters and much was the hurrying and running to and fro to see what would be the outcome of the fracas. Bill being a wild devil-may-care sort of a chap and Stroup being rather of a timid nature allowed himself to be bulldozed out of the above stated sum when he was let return into the house and molested no further. Shortly thereafter several of the boys started for Kirwin for the purpose of spending the extorted money in the way most gratifying to their tastes. All agree in saying that the action of Jas & Wm Hebrew in the above affair has been the most degrading & disgraceful occurrence that has ever transpired in this community lowering their social standing to the lowest notch in the eyes of everybody, thereby grieving & wounding the hearts of their parents & sister to the very core.
Got home shortly after sunset.
Friday, September 12, 1879.
Mr. Bracken & wife having come home with us from Mr. Hebrew's yesterday evening, the time until 11 A.M. was spent in social converse when Mr Bracken & wife, George, Rachel, Em and I all repaired to the residence of J. T. Stroup of Rockport to attend the infair dinner. We all had a very pleasant time and got home about sunset.
Saturday, September 13, 1879.
Em having come home Thursday forenoon to attend the wedding, George and I went with her to Stockton in the morning as she had to return soon as possible.
After attending to what business we had and looking around awhile we came home getting here about 5 oclock P.M.
Sunday, September 14, 1879.
Attended Sab School and Church at the usual hours and getting home at half past one oclock spent the remainder of the day in recreation and rest.
Monday, September 15, 1879.
Being ?laid up? with a sore hand occasioned by the disruption of a small patch of cuticle which was done last Wednesday while digging in Jas Hebrew's well and which had caught cold somehow and very much inflamed and painful the time was spent mostly in reading.
Tuesday, September 16, 1879.
On account of the sore hand the time was spent principally in reading.
Wednesday, September 17, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in reading and my hand being somewhat better today spent the P.M. in gathering in garden truck and knocking about at other little odd jobs
Thursday, September 18, 1879.
Spent nearly all day in reading and writing.
Friday, September 19, 1879.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home at sunset
Saturday, September 20, 1879.
George and I went to Kirwin to take down some of my wheat and to get some lumber to cover fathers house which they expect to be ready to move into in the course of two or three weeks.
Sunday, September 21, 1879.
Attended Sab. school at 10 A.M. and got home at 1 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading.
Monday, September 22, 1879.
Spent the day in making a new door and dove frame for our house as the old one had become somewhat dilapidated.
Tuesday, September 23, 1879.
Father, George, Ed. and I went down to Isaac Pearces to get a log to be used as a ridge pole to father's sod house, and got home at 2 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts
Wednesday, September 24, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in working at taking up our potatoes and in the P.M. went over to father's to help them put the ridge log on their house and getting home at 3:30 oclock spent the remainder of the day in finishing the job of taking up and putting away the potatoes; there being about 25 bushel.
Thursday, September 25, 1879.
Having been selected as a representative, by the Bow Creek Pres. Church, to the Presbytery of Solomon and also to the Synod of Kan., to be held at Salina, the former Sep. 30th and the latter Oct. 2nd, and having made all due preparations had brother Geo. start with me at 6 a.m. for Kirwin where we arrived at 10 oclock, and meeting there our minister, Rev. Theo. Bracken, according to previous arrangements, (he being accompanied by his wife and three little boys) we set out on our journey for Salina, a distance of about 135 miles from Kirwin, traveling in Mr. Bracken's democrat buggy.
We stopped about 2 miles west of Cedarville, after passing over into Smith Co., and while our team was feeding, partook of a dinner lunch and starting on again passed through Cedarville at 1:30 P.M. and going on about 2 miles further came to where the workmen on the Cen. Branch U.P.R.R. were busily engaged in laying track on the previously constructed road bed. How odd indeed it seemed to see the iron horse attached to the construction train, standing at the very end of the track, with his head pointing toward the land of the setting sun, seemingly eager to plunge farther and farther into the trackless wilds of the untrodden west! [Was] odd I say it seemed when I took into consideration the fact that in Oct 1875 when I last traveled over this same valley the western terminus of the railroad was at Waterville, 150 miles east of Kirwin.
We passed through Gaylord at 3 P.M., Harlan at 5 P.M. and passing over into Osborne Co. arrived in Bethany at 7:30 and not being able to secure lodging there went on about 2 miles S. E. and put up for the night at the residence of C. F. Layman a prominent citizen and extensive farmer in those parts.
Friday, September 26, 1879.
Returned our journey at 6:30 a.m. without incident worthy of mention and passed the new and enterprising little village of Downs at 9:30 and arrived in Cawker City at 11 oclock and only stopping a few minutes went on about 4 miles east of Cawker where we stopped at a farm house again while our team was feeding, partook of our second and last dinner lunch as the victuals which we took along became exhausted at this point. Again resuming our journey we passed through the little town of Glen Elder about 2 P.M. and Solomon Rapids at 4, arriving in Beloit about 5:30 and going to the Avenue House put up for the night.
We found Beloit to be a large, prosperous, energetic and enterprising town of about 2500 inhabitants; I was very much impressed with the size of the place, the many fine buildings it contains and its fine location as a business center its rapidity of growth during the past year is said to be very extraordinary.
After supper I took a walk down to the large flouring mill and also took a view of the iron bridge spanning the Solomon river, and after looking about town an hour or so returned to the hotel and indited the above writing.
Saturday, September 27, 1879.
Got up at 6 a.m. and taking a morning walk down to the depot saw the eastern bound express arrive and depart, and returning to the hotel ate breakfast, paid my bill and Mr. Bracken having some business to attend to the time was spent in looking about town until 9:30 oclock when we again pushed onward and after getting on the road about a mile we discovered that Mr. Bracken had repaid my hotel bill of $1.50 through the landlord's stupidity or through his propensities to lie, as he told Mr. B. it had not been paid although it was, paid and marked so. As a consequence, we then and there held a large and enthusiastic indignation meeting, consisting of Mr. Bracken and myself, and very decided resolutions passed unanimously, that a committee of two be appointed to waken up the [pure] mind of that landlord and convince him of the errors of his ways when we make our return trip, which will be about the 8th of next month, after which the meeting adjourned and continuing on our way passed through Asherville about 11 oclock at which point we met the railroad hands working on the Solomon valley branch of the Kan. Pacific R.R. which is to reach Beloit sometime this fall. Passing over into Cloud Co. we arrived at the residence of the Rev Newton Bracken (the father of our minister) at about 1 oclock P.M. and not calculating to travel any farther for the day we prepared to take a rest but after eating dinner Mr. Reed Bracken, a brother to Theo., coming along, Theo. and I accompanied him down to the little town of Glasco, a distance of 3 miles, where we met two other brothers to Theo. namely, Robert and Frank and not having any other mode of passing the time away we went to the town school house and witnessed the proceedings of the primary meeting of the Republican Electors of Solomon Tp. Cloud Co., in choosing delegates to the county convention to be held in Concordia on the 30th inst. Got back to Mr. Bracken's about dark where we met the Rev H.F. Albright of Smith Center, the minister who officiated in the organization of our church last October, who was also on his way to the meeting of the Presbytery and Synod at Salina. As a consequence of relationship and fellowship we all passed the night under the hospitable roof of the Rev. Newton Bracken.
Sunday, September 28, 1879.
Rev. Newton Bracken, who has charge of the Glasco and Delphos churches, having gone to Delphos yesterday afternoon for the purpose of holding preparatory services with a view to holding communion there today at 11 a.m. Rev. Theo. B., Rev. Albright and I started for that point about eight oclock, the distance being about 11 miles. Shortly before we got to Glasco a heavy rain came up and driving into town we waited there sometime until the abatement of the rain somewhat and as the weather had a very unsettled appearance we turned and went back to the Bracken's; by this time the weather looked somewhat fairer and as there was a load of Mr. Bracken's folks, including Theo's family ready to start for Glasco to attend Methodist meeting, we got out of the buggy and taking wagon passage with them got on the road about a mile when it commenced to rain again so we turned back the second time and the day more or less rainy through the time was passed in conversation, singing and in listening to scripture instructions from Dr. Albright.
Monday, September 29, 1879.
Mrs. Theo. Bracken calculating to remain a her father-in-law's with the children until our return from Salina, Rev. Newton B., Rev. H.F. Albright, Rev. Theo. B. and I resumed the journey Salinaward at 8:30 a.m. in Theo's buggy, passing through Glasco about an hour later and crossing over into Ottawa Co. arrived in Delphos at noon and putting our team up at the livery stable were invited to dinner at Jas. Clark's, one of the elders in the Presbyterian Church. At this place we saw numberless evidences of the distructive character of the cyclone which destroyed about one half of the 60 buildings composing the town on the 10th day of last June. We found rather an odd but perhaps a very advisable practice in vogue among the citizens of the town which was that the principal part of the people had made little dugouts or caves near their homes that they might fly thither in case of the appearance of another tornado; we were told that many of the people, during the latter part of the season, would fly to their little dugouts whenever a little thunder shower came up. continuing on our way after dinner we came to a point several miles southeast of Delphos where another cyclone had passed through the county several days previous to the one spoken of above which also did a great amount of damage in the distruction of property. At a point where the storm crossed the Solomon river a great many large trees were completely twisted off while numbers of others were stripped clean of every limb and branch. We arrived at Minneapolis the Co. seat of Ottawa Co about 6:30 P.M. and put up for the night at the Truesdell House only traveled about 24 miles during the day which was owing to the very bad state of the roads, caused by the recent heavy rainfalls.
Tuesday, September 30, 1879.
Arose at 6:30 a.m. and after partaking of breakfast spent the time until 8:30 in looking over the town which is quite a business place and exhibits considerable enterprise, having a population of abut 1100 inhabitants. At 8:30 we set out on the home stretch for Salina, a distance of about 25 miles. About 2 miles S. W. of Minneapolis we came to the celebrated rock city of Ottawa county of which mention is made on page 66 of the First Biennial Rept of the State Board of Ag. The ?city? being some rods from the roadside my curiosity prompted me to jump from the buggy and proceed to an examination of the city which I pronounce unhesitatingly to be one of the most striking and curious freaks of nature that I have ever seen. The buggy having passed on while I was busily engaged in satisfying my curiosity, I had to run and walk about a mile and a half before catching up again. At noon we stopped and fed our horses at a farm house but went without dinner ourselves. Passing over into Saline Co. we crossed the Saline river shortly after 4 P.M. and arrived in Salina at 5. Going to the Pres. Church we met Rev. W. A. Simkins the pastor who gave Dr Albright and I an introductory card to Mr. Thos. White who resides on the outskirts of town at the N.E. side his house being built on the bank of the Smoky Hill river. Mr. Bracken and his father were given quarters in another portion of the town. Dr Albright & I took the team out to Mr White's, put them up and after supper returned to church at 7:30 the time of the meeting of the Presbytery. Rev. Horace Bushnell, retiring moderator preached the opening sermon, after which Rev. Newton Bracken was chosen Mod. for this session of the Presby and after the election of two temporary clerks the Pres'y adjourned to meet at 8:30 tomorrow a.m. Met elder Joel Holt of Beloit, & wife, our dist. Judge and after forming the casual acquaintance of quite a number of Ministers & Elders the Dr and I wended our way to our lodging place.
Wednesday, October 1, 1879.
Passing through the business part of town on our way to the church this morning we formed it to be a well laid out and finely located town, being a large prosperous and thrifty business center of about 3500 inhabitants.
Arrived at the church at 8:30 and participated in the deliberations of the Presbytery during the entire day until 9:00 P.M. taking dinner and supper in the mean time, as a matter of course, at Mr. White's. During the day formed the acquaintance of of a large number of Ministers and Elders. The A.M. was spent in unimportant routing business. Listened during the greater part of the P.M. to the ordination exercises connected with examination of W. C. Scott, licentiate under the care of the Solomon Presbytery, who is the Stated Supply of the Bennington and Culver Churches of Ottawa county.
In the evening at 7:30 listened to a very instructive sermon by Mr. Scott, after which he was regularly ordained to the ministry in accordance with the customs of the Pres. Church. Immediately after Mr. Scott's examination and previous to the adjournment for supper we had the pleasure of hearing a very interesting account of the work done by Prof. C. H. Bagley of Abilene, during the past six months as colporteur of the Presbytery of Solomon. Mr. Bagley visited our section of the county in Rooks and Phillips counties in Aug.
After adjournment in the evening met and formed the acquaintance of Col. Wm. A. Phillips, one of the first settlers of Saline Co., a wealthy and prominent citizen of Salina, a member of the Pres. church and ex-Congressman of the First Cong. Dist. of Kan.
Thursday, October 2, 1879.
The day passed almost without incident worthy of mention the time being mostly spent in listening to the report of committees and other routine business.
The Presbytery adjourned at 4 P.M. and selected the place of holding the next meeting at Concordia on the 4th Thursday of April, 1880.
In pursuance of previous announcement the Synod of Kansas convened in the Presbyterian church of Salina at 7:30 P.M. and was opened by a sermon from Rev. S. N. St. John of Troy, the retiring Moderator, after which the roll was called by the Clerk and an adjournment was taken until 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Friday, October 3, 1879.
In the morning before reaching the Church met Judge Holt with whom I had a very pleasant chat. Also met and became acquainted with Rev. Wm. Bishop, D.D. a prominent man of Salina and Co. Supt. of Pub. Inst. of Saline county.
After the election of Rev. W. C. Porter of Ft. Scott as Moderator and the choosing of two temporary clerks, the Synod proceeded to business of a miscellaneous character. About 10 a.m. listened to an interesting account of the working of the American Bible Cociety in Kansas, by J. I. Thompson, of Topeka, who is State Supt. for said cociety in this State.
On account of Mr & Mrs. White going to be from home during the day we were given a card calling for one dinner and supper at the Whitman restaurant and as a consequence acted accordingly.
At 2 P.M. had the pleasure of listening to a very interesting report of the progress of Presbyterianism in Kan. for the past year, by Rev. Dr. Timothy Hill of Kan. Cy. who is the Synodical Missionary for the Synod of Kan. Still later a very spirited discussion arose on the subject of the proper observance of the Sabbath.
The evening session was occupied by Rev. W. H. Claggett of St. Louis in a lecture of the subject of modern Spiritualism. His arguments were all drawn from Holy Writ and were conclusive in every respect as far as the agency of the Devil is connected with this so called Spiritualism.
Saturday, October 4, 1879.
Went to the Church at 8:30 A.M. to attend the last days session of the Synod; the first business of the day being the selection of a place for holding the next Synod, which on a vote, was decided in favor of Atchison. About an hour was then spent in discussing the importance of a quarter diligence being exercised by the Ministry in presenting to the churches the claims of the several Presbyterian Boards of charity. After this subject became exhausted the advisability of locating a Presbyterian College for the Synod of Kan. was discussed and it was decided that the question was premature and as Salina, Emporia, Marion Centre and Peabody had each offered the sum of $20,000 for its location, no decision was arrived at and the question of location was put off until next year. From 2:30 to 9:00 P.M. the time was spent in discussing the Sab school interests of Kansas, which subject was taken charge of by Rev. Jas. H. Worden of Princeton N.J. who is general Supt. of the Pres. Sab school interests of the U.S. At the evening session addresses were made by Revs J. H. Platter of Winfield, W. N. Page of Leavenworth and Dr Robt Irwin of St. Louis, followed by an address of about one hour by Mr. Worden whom I am free to say is the most powerful speaker I have ever heard in the pulpit. His address was deep, ringing effective and sound to the core. The Synod closed its labors and made a final adjournment at 5:30 oclock P.M.
Sunday, October 5, 1879.
As Pres. services were held in all the Protestant churches of Salina and as Dr. Chas. F. Massey of Leavenworth was announced to preach in the Methodist church I repaired thither at 11 oclock A.M. as I was somewhat desirous of hearing him again, having heard him preach quite a number of times at Blue Rapids during my sojourn at that place during the summer of 1875.
After dinner at 2:30 P.M. attended the Synodical Communion services at the Pres. church, said services being conducted by Rev. Dr. Cruikshank, of Highland University, Rev. Dr. Irwin of St. Louis and Rev. D. M. Moore of Hutchinson, Kan., assisted by four elders from different parts of the State.
In the evening at 7:30 oclock we listened to a rather weak address by Rev. J. H. Platter, of Winfield, on the subject of Foreign Missions. Dr W. N. Page of Leavenworth followed with a deep, earnest and strong address on the subject the Ministerial Relief Fund which created a good impression and was well received. Next came an able address by Dr. Hill of Kan. Cy. which was
listened to with marked attention throughout. He gave a short sketch of the history of Presbyterianism west of the Mississippi river and quite a full account of its progress in Kan. from its two small churches in 1856 to its 271 in 1879. His subject was Home Missions Services then closed and we all repaired to our several lodging places calculating to bid Salina adieu in the morning and all start for our homes.
Monday, October 6, 1879.
Our sojourn in Salina as representatives to the Presbytery of Solomon and the Synod of Kansas having come to a close and having made all necessary preparations, Dr. Albright and I arose early in the morning and bidding Mr. White's family good bye after breakfast we drove up to where Mr. Bracken and his father were staying and getting them aboard at 7:30 A.M. we set out on our homeward bound Journey. We arrived at Minneapolis at 1 o lock P.M. where we stopped for refreshments, and resuming our travels again at 3 oclock we passed through Delphos at sunset and going 2 ? miles north thereof put up for the night at the residence of Geo. N. Nichols, one of the Elders in the Pres. Church of Delphos. Mr. Nichols is a well to do farmer in those parts, has everything nice about him and we found him to be a whole-souled, corteous and entertaining man. He and his wife being musicians they entertained our party with quite a variety of vocal and instrumental music, and as a consequence of their sociability we passed a very pleasant night beneath their hospitable roof.
Tuesday, October 7, 1879.
We left the Nichols place about 8:30 A.M. passing through Glasco about 11 oclock and reached Newton Bracken's place at noon where we put up for the day
Dr Albright left us at this point and taking his own horse and buggy started at once for his home in Smith Centre. I spent the afternoon principally in reading and writing.
Wednesday, October 8, 1879.
At 8 A.M. Mr and Mrs. Bracken, their three little boys and myself, which constituted our original starting party, bade adieu to old Mr. Bracken's family and continued our homeward journey, passing through Asherville about 10 oclock and arrived in Beloit at noon. On account of being in a great hurry we only tarried a few minutes and as a matter of course failed to carry out the resolutions passed on the 27th ult in regard to the double hotel bill.
In accordance with an invitation recieved at Salina last week we drove northwest of town about a mile to the residence of Judge Joel Holt where we stopped for dinner. The Judge was absent on Judicial business in Smith Co. but we were entertained in the most hospitable manner by Mrs. Holt whom we found to be a kind, generous, corteous, motherly woman wholly devoid of all aristocratic pride and affectation.
About 2 oclock P.M. we departed from the Judge's abode and again turned our faces toward the land of the setting sun. We passed through Solomon Rapids about 3:30 oclock and Glen Elder at 5, arriving in Cawker City at 7:30 where we stopped for the night, putting up at the Whitney House.
Thursday, October 9, 1879.
We left Cawker City at 8 A.M. passing Downs about 9:30 and reaching Bethany at 11:30 stopped there about an hour for dinner and pushing on passed through Harlan about 2:30 and Gaylord at 4:30 arriving at Cedarville at 6 P.M. putting up for the night at the Wilson House.
Friday, October 10, 1879.
Leaving Cedarville at 7:30 A.M. we arrived in Kirwin at 9:30 where I dissolved partnership with Mr. Bracken who proceeded immediately on his journey to Phillipsburg while I was left to paddle my own canoe and get home the best way I could. After waiting about an hour and failing to find any one from our locality in town I set out for home afoot and getting and getting to the residence of Mr. Wm. Ward, an old acquaintance, 6 miles southwest of Kirwin about noon, took dinner there and at 2 oclock P.M. resumed my foot journey and reached home about sunset, being well pleased with the sights seen and the information obtained during my 15 day's trip to Salina.
Saturday, October 11, 1879.
Spent almost the entire day in reading and writing, not caring about doing much of anything else on account of feeling rather sore over my tramp of yesterday.
Sunday, October 12, 1879.
Attended Sab. school at the usual hour and immediately after listened to a very instructive and well delivered sermon by Rev. S. N. St. John of Troy, Kan., the same minister who preached the opening sermon of the Synod at Salina on the 2nd instant. Got home at 1:30 P.M. and spent the remainder of the day in reading.
Monday, October 13, 1879.
Having about 3 ? acres of Egyptian or Rice Corn to gather commenced work on it this morning by cutting the heads or ears off and throwing them in piles on the ground.
Spent the entire day thereat, having Rachel help me in the afternoon.
Tuesday, October 14, 1879.
Rachel and I worked all day at the rice corn same as yesterday
Wednesday, October 15, 1879.
Worked in the A.M. same as yesterday and in the P.M. had George and Ed. help us and we hauled in four large loads of the corn which took until nearly night.
Thursday, October 16, 1879.
We finished gathering the rice corn at noon and in the afternoon I worked at cutting off and throwing on piles to be burnt the stalks of the Rice corn as I calculate to sow millet on the ground next season and do not want the stalks to bother. In the evening Geo. and Ed. helped me haul in a load more of the corn leaving out yet about another load.
Friday, October 17, 1879.
Spent the entire day as yesterday afternoon, leaving about a half day's work yet to be done at cutting stalks. Geo. and Ed. helped haul in the remaining load of corn just before dinner which made 6 large loads, making of the corn in the ear about 300 bushels from 3 ? acres of ground.
Saturday, October 18, 1879.
Spent the day in quarrying stone with which to wall up the front of our stable
Sunday, October 19, 1879.
Attended Sab. school at the usual hour and the session being very much lengthened out did not get home until 1:30 P.M. Spent the remainder of the day in reading, as usual.
Our Sab. school having been requested to sing two or three pieces at the approaching county S. S. convention, the subject was discussed and we resolved to attend as per request of the Co. Sec'y, and appointed next Tuesday evening as the time of our first meeting for practice and the Residence of E.S. Stroup, as the place of such meeting
Monday, October 20, 1879.
Rachel, Georgie and I went to Stockton and having considerable business to attend to and the political pot being in a very high state of ebbullution and meeting quite a number of prominent politicians as a matter of course had to spend several hours discussing political questions. Was invited to dinner at M.M. Stewarts, the Rep. Candidate of Co. Treasurer. When we arrived home which was about 7 P.M. we found John Shaw our efficient and popular Co. Sheriff there who is also a candidate for reelection to the same office again this fall. He was on his way to the N.W. part of the Co to summon jurors and remained with us during the night.
Tuesday, October 21, 1879.
Spent the day in threshing out and cleaning up rice corn
In the evening George and I went down to Elmer Stroup's to practice our part in the Co. S.S. Con. Had a very pleasant time and got home at 11:30 P.M.
Wednesday, October 22, 1879.
The weather being too windy to work at the business of yesterday the time was spent mostly in reading and writing
Thursday, October 23, 1879.
Went up to Rockport about 9 A.M. and getting home at 11 spent the remainder of the day in threshing out rice corn.
Friday, October 24, 1879.
Went over to father's place in the morning and remained there until noon not doing much of anything, then came home and spent the P.M. principally in cutting wood.
Saturday, October 25, 1879.
Ed and I went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about 6 P.M. Em coming along with us; she will stay until next week and the return to Mr Granger's at Stockton.
As today was the 4th Sat of Oct. and the 4th Sat. of each month being the day set apart for holding teachers examinations I went to town to act as one of the examiners but no applicants being present desiring certificates, no work was done in that line.
As the day of election comes nearer the political issues of the day become very animated and as a consequence thereof Stockton was boiling over with politics and politicians and being somewhat of a politician myself, though rather in a passive form, had pleasant conversations with I. H. Mitchell Co. Clk, John Shaw, Sheriff, A. L. Patchin's Co. Atty. S.S. Boggs Co. Surveyor, and M. M. Stewart, Candidate for Treasurer.
In accordance with announcement in Stockton News and other previous arrangements Dr. E. J. Donnell and C.W. Smith of the Stockton News came over from town with us in the evening in a buggy and after partaking of supper at our house we repaired to the school house and listened to able discourses upon the political issues of the day from both of the above named gentlemen. L.C. Smith, Sorehead, also spoke but made a bad fizzle. Willis Reed of Iowa Tp also spoke in favor of straight-Rep. Got home at 11:30 Mrs Reed, Donnell, Shaw & Smith returning to Stockton.
Sunday, October 26, 1879.
Spent the time until 3 P.M. principally in reading and then attended Sab. School and at 4 oclock listened to an able sermon from Mr. Bracken on the subject of the Home and Foreign missionary work of the churches. From there we went down to Mr. H.E. Williams, (Rachel, Geo. Em & I) to farther practice the music to be sung at the County S.S. Con. of next month. Got home at 10:30 oclock. Another meeting was appointed at our house for Thursday evening of this week.
Monday, October 27, 1879.
Spent nearly all A.M. in making a bin in which to put my rice corn when threshed and spent the P.M. in threshing and cleaning up rice corn.
Tuesday, October 28, 1879.
Worked at threshing rice corn
Wednesday, October 29, 1879.
Worked at threshing rice corn about 9 A.M. was called on by D. J. Moore, Trustee of Bow Creek Tp. and E.F. White of the same Tp; the latter named man being a candidate for the office of Register of Deeds on the ticket of Sorehead or Bolters faction of the regular Rep Co. Con. of the 4th inst. Spent about 30 minutes in conversation with them, in which time I let them know in a very point blank manner that I am a full blood Rep. And believe everything that leads from the true Rep. Party leads directly into the detestable ranks of the Democracy. In consequence of which I told them that I could give the nominees of their faction no support whatever and would use my influence toward the election of the straight Rep ticket (Being disgusted they departed.)
Thursday, October 30, 1879.
Spent nearly all day in putting away our potatoes and other late garden vegetables.
In the evening several of the young folks of our Sab. School collected at our house in accordance with arrangement of last Sab evening, for the purpose of practicing music for the S. S. Convention.
Friday, October 31, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in knocking about at at little of everything and in the P.M. worked at threshing rice corn.
Saturday, November 1, 1879.
Went to Stockton to take over a grist of wheat and to attend to other miscellaneous business. As Dist. Court was in session I went to the court room as a spectator and court adjourning for dinner a few minutes after my arrival, I had the pleasure of meeting the Hon. Joel Holt who immediately invited me to dinner with him at the Randall House which courtesy I graciously accepted, forming the acquaintance of G.W. Arbuckle, temperance lecturer from Ellis, who, with the assistance of his daughter as vocalist, is doing what he can for the tearing down of the detestable kingdom of King Alcohol in Stockton. Mr. Arbuckle labored with the Stockton people the latter part of last May and addressed the S. S. picnic on the 30th of that month. Also formed the acquaintance of C.C. Woods, banker of Stockton and Col. D. G. Johnson recently of Troy Kan who is one of our most stable attys Got home at 4:45 P.M. and brother Geo. and I went up to the Rockport P.O. to listen to political speeches from Dr E.J. Donnell, Willis Reed and Commissioner Eli Sherman of the straight Rep. ticket and Laf. C. Smith and Jeff Bailey as Sorehead Rep's robates, the latter parties coming out worsted in the affray. Got home a few minutes past midnight.
Sunday, November 2, 1879.
Went over to the school house and it not yet having been supplied with a stove and the weather being too cold to do without fire we repaired to father's house, which is only a few rods distant form the school house, and as the house is completed and ready for habitation and a stove being there we started a fire and bringing some seats from the school house held Sab. school there and after the Sab school exercises were over we listened to a very able discourse by Rev. W. I. Thomas, Campbelite, a brother to our friend Mrs. H. E. Williams. After services a short time was spent in practicing our music for the Co. S. S. Convention of the 6th instant. Got home at 1:30 P.M. spending the remainder of the day as usual for Sab. afternoons.
Monday, November 3, 1879.
Not having worked out but one day of my poll tax for 1879, today was spent in that business at working on the roads about one and a half miles north east of here; under the supervision of J.M. Mellon, Roadoverseer who also had S. R. Guthrie, J. A. Barker and J. A. Hebrew working at the same place.
Father's folks having completed their house and having gotten all things in readiness for moving will leave us tomorrow and try life once more in their own house. They remained with us just 7 ? months.
Tuesday, November 4, 1879.
Brother George and I attended the county election over at Geo. Muir's and I being Tp. Trustee acted as one of the judges while Geo. occupied the position of clerk.
As there were three political tickets in the field this year and politics having reached far through the impetus caused by the eastern elections of Sep. & Oct. and the local issues being quite important the political pot boiled harder and the contest for supremacy was fiercer than every before in the history of the county.
At the Co. Convention held on the 4th of Oct. the Rep's nominated the following men to be voted on at the ensuing election, Treasurer, M. M. Stewart, County Clerk, J. H. Mitchell; Coroner, John Hill.
The Sorehead Reps who bolted from the above convention put in nomination the following ticket which we hope to gloriously ?scoop? Treas. J. W. Larimer, Co. Clk, J. J. Johnson; Sheriff, C. H. Miller; Sur. [Mulfase] Recorder, E. F. White; Coroner, W. H. Barnes. Following is the Democrat ticket, Treas. Jim Smith, Clerk, W. B. Lecompte, Sheriff John Russell; Surveyor, L. F. Mullamey; Recorder C. Shutts; Coroner, Travis Bulis: Com. 2nd Dist. Rep. A.M. King, Sorehead, Jeff Bailey, Democratic, H. L. [Skirvin].
Wednesday, November 5, 1879.
Spent the day in sawing out stone with which to wall up the front of my stable In the evening about sunset Rev. J. E. Young the minister who preached in our house during last summer came along on his way to the S.S. Convention in Stockton tomorrow. After supper we went over to father's and Geo & Em accompanying us we all went down to Mr Williams according to arrangement of last Sab. to make final preparations for attending the S.S. convention. There were very few out and we learned that this was the mater with one and that with the other and as a consequence could not go tomorrow and as a matter of course we were compelled to give up our part in the singing which after the time and labor spent was a decided vexation at least to me if to no one else Got home about 11 oclock.
Thursday, November 6, 1879.
Brother George came over early in the morning and he and I in company with Mr. Young went to Stockton to attend the Rooks Co S.S. convention as per calculations of several weeks ago. Convention was to meet at 9:30 A.M. but on account of the hall not being in readiness the business of the meeting did not commence until 11 oclock A.M. being Assistant Secy of the Association it devolved on me to occupy the secretary's desk and take the minutes of the meeting
Took dinner at A. L. Patchin's and participated in the exercises of the convention during the P.M. taking supper at the residence of Mrs. McNeeley. After Supper listened to a good address from Rev R. B. Foster of Osborne Cy. on the Subject The S.S. the right arm of the Church, after which the convention adjourned to meet on the 1st Wednesday in May 1889 and continue two days. Geo and I spent the night under the hospitable roof of Mrs McNeeley
Friday, November 7, 1879.
Remained in town until about 11:30 A.M. when we came home (arriving about 2:30 P.M.) Spent the remainder of the day in knocking about at burying some potatoes & turnips
As the Co. Commissioners were canvassing the vote of Tuesday today we had the gratification of learning that the straight Rep. Ticket was elected throughout and as a consequence the Sorehead Reps.(?) and Democrats recieved a severe rebuke for their presumption, especially was this the case with Laf. Smith, J. W. Larimer, candidate for Treas. on Sorehead) Joe McNulty, and Jeff Bailey, the latter of whom was his own candidate for Commissioner of the 2nd Com. Dist.
Saturday, November 8, 1879.
Chopped wood in the A.M. and spent the P.M. principally in writing.
Sunday, November 9, 1879.
Attended Sab. school at the usual hour of 10 A.M. and expected to hear a sermon by Mr. Bracken but from some unknown cause he did not get around so after S.S. we went from the schoolhouse to fathers where we remained until about 3 P.M. and then came home.
Monday, November 10, 1879.
Spent the day in sawing rock for the stable
Tuesday, November 11, 1879.
Went to Stockton in company with Mr Mellon and brother George after a [bit] of fruit trees ordered last summer. Got our trees and starting home about 2:30 P.M. a rain set in and before reaching home we all got a thorough ducking
Wednesday, November 12, 1879.
It being very muddy and disagreeable under foot did not do much of anything in the A.M. but put away my fruit trees, not calculating to set them out until spring, so I dug a pit in which to bury them covering them up completely with dirt. Have 50 trees all apple and have 5 each of the following varieties, buried in the pit commencing at the north side to wit. First Red Astracem; 2nd Wine Sap; 3d Marden's Blush, 4th Early Harvest; 5th Ben Davis; 6th Rambo; 7th English Russet; 8th Willow Twig; 9th Jonathan, 10 Famuse;
Shortly after dinner Rev. F. C. Sherman Congregational minister of Stockton and Geo. R. Barton of the same place called at our house and desiring dinner were accommodated They remained an hour or two and after they went away I did not do much of anything the remainder of the day.
Thursday, November 13, 1879.
Spent the day in sawing out stone for the stable, about completing the job.
Got up very early in the morning and hitching up father's team (which he is yet keeping in our stable) hauled in two loads of corn fodder by about sunrise when Ed. came over after the team and I went along over with him and went to work at the stone quarry as above.
Friday, November 14, 1879.
Worked at knocking about at a little of everything, spending the greater part of the day in squaring up the rocks which I have hauled up for the stable.
Ed having stayed all night with us I had him help me haul in two loads of fodder before he took the team over home
Saturday, November 15, 1879.
Finished sawing out rock for the stable in the A.M. and in the P.M. worked for father at helping to saw out stone for his stable.
Ed having stayed again last night I had him help me haul in a load of fodder before we went over to father's
Sunday, November 16, 1879.
Attended Sab school at the school house at the usual hour and got home at about 1 P.M. and spent the remainder of the day principally in reading.
Monday, November 17, 1879.
Spent the forenoon at hauling in the remainder of our cornfodder and in the P.M. cut wood. Had Frank help me with the fodder he having come over just about the time I got the horses hitched up.
Tuesday, November 18, 1879.
Commenced work at walling up the stable as per calculations and spent the day thereat.
Wednesday, November 19, 1879.
Spent the day same as yesterday and have about one day's work yet to do to complete the job.
Thursday, November 20, 1879.
Worked for Jas. Hebrew at helping on his house, he not having done anything thereat since last fall when I worked there before at the same business
Friday, November 21, 1879.
Same as yesterday.
Saturday, November 22, 1879.
Same as yesterday.
Sunday, November 23, 1879.
Attended S.S. at the usual hour and we were again disappointed in not having Mr. Bracken to preach for us, some cause not known to us preventing him from coming over from Phillipsburg. Got home about 1 P.M. and spent the remainder of the day principally in reading.
Monday, November 24, 1879.
Spent the time in working at walling up the stable and in finishing up the granary which I worked on last summer
Tuesday, November 25, 1879.
Spent the time in knocking about at a little of everything in the A.M. and in the P.M. went over to the stone quarry to get out several more stones to finish the stable not having got out enough when last at work.
Wednesday, November 26, 1879.
Finished work on the stable shortly after dinner and spent the remainder of the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of different sorts
Thursday, November 27, 1879.
Spent the day in company with several of the neighbors in finishing up the job of plastering the school house.
Friday, November 28, 1879.
On account of the weather being quite cold and disagreeable the day was spent in reading and writing.
Saturday, November 29, 1879.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about sunset. In the evening we went to the school house to attend the Literary Society which has been organized there, said organization having taken place last Sat. evening. A constitution and by laws were adopted and the name of The Adelphian Literary Association was selected as the name for our society. The exercises of the society are to be Debate on selected question, Essays, Select Reading, music, Declamations, Dialogues and reading of the Society Paper. The question for discussion was Resolved that Negro emigration to the State of Kan. is detrimental to the best interests of the State, and being left to three Judges for decision was decided in favor of the negative on which side I spoke.
Sunday, November 30, 1879.
Went to the school house at the usual hour of 10 oclock to attend S.S. but the people being about one hour behind time no S.S. was held but place was given to Mr. Bracken who preached at 11 oclock On account of the shortness of the days and the approaching cold weather it was decided to abandon the S.S. only on such Sabbath days as no other services are held and then hold the S.S. at 11 oclock instead of 10 as has been our custom during the past Summer Got home at 1 P.M. and spent the remainder of the day principally in reading.
Monday, December 1, 1879.
Went over to father's in the morning and from there went with him and George down to D. A. Duff's after a ridge log for father's stable and after taking dinner at father's came home and spent the P.M. in knocking about at little odd jobs about the house
Tuesday, December 2, 1879.
Spent the A.M. in plowing a fire guard on the south line of our place about 40 rods in length from the S.E. corner and plowing a portion of our garden to have it in readiness for early spring planting and spent the P.M. about the same as yesterday P.M. Late in the evening Mr & Mrs. Theo Bracken and their three little boys came on a visit and put up with us for the night.
Wednesday, December 3, 1879.
Mr. Bracken and family going away at 9 oclock A.M. I went with them as far as fathers and from there went down to Jas. Hebrews to get some sacks in which to take some rye to Stockton tomorrow got home about noon spending the time from then until 3 P.M. in reading when I resumed plowing on the garden at which I worked the remainder of the day.
Thursday, December 4, 1879.
Went to Stockton to take over a load of rye and to attend to other business of a miscellaneous character and got home at 7 oclock in the evening.
Friday, December 5, 1879.
Went over to fathers and helped them put the ridge log on their stable in the A.M., and in the P.M. worked at plowing the garden.
In the evening attended the second meeting of our literary society and spoke on the affirmation of the question, ?Resolved, That the works of Nature alone are sufficient to demonstrate the existence of a Supreme Being.? But our side was beaten in a very shabby manner through the blabbings of W. I. Thomas who allowed our side no chance whatever to make an argument but managed to cut us off with about 20 or 25 minutes while his side occupied the floor nearly one hour.
Got home at 10 oclock P.M.
Saturday, December 6, 1879.
Finished plowing the garden by 9 oclock A.M. and from there till noon worked at cutting wood. In the P.M. at 2 oclock attended preparatory communion services at the school house and after the sermon by Mr Bracken met in the church session with him and Mr. Hebrew and the only business before the session being the recieving into the church Mrs. Helen Coy, we adjourned to meet tomorrow after church to attend to any other business that may come up
Got home at 5 oclock and after supper returned to the school house and met in committee with Sam Shell and W. I. Thomas for the purpose of revising the constitution and by laws of our Literary society. Got home about nine oclock.
Sunday, December 7, 1879.
Attended Church at the hour of 11 oclock A.M. and immediately after the sermon participated in the sacramental services. No other business coming before the Session today nothing was left to be done but to adjourn. We got home about 1:15 and passed the remainder of the day in reading.
Monday, December 8, 1879.
The weather being quite disagreeable the time was spent almost exclusively in reading and writing
Tuesday, December 9, 1879.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about dark.
Wednesday, December 10, 1879.
The weather being quite cold spent the A.M. in reading and the principal part of the P.M. in cutting and hauling up wood.
Thursday, December 11, 1879.
Spent the day in reading and writing.
Friday, December 12, 1879.
Spent the day in reading and writing and in the evening attend our literary society and while the meeting was in progress one Bill Stockman a noted ?harem scarem? of this vicinity put a quantity of dry bark into the stove, while a roaring fire was already in progress, which heated the stove pipe red hot and caused the roof of the house to take fire on the inside and no water being at hand the fire spread rapidly and the sod school house which has cost us so much time, labor and vexation, was soon reduced to a wreck. I remained at the school house doing what I could with others to save a portion of the roofing until quite a late hour getting home about 11 P.M.
Saturday, December 13, 1879.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about sunset.
Sunday, December 14, 1879.
On account of having no place in which to hold Sab. school we remained at home all day spending the time mostly in reading.
Monday, December 15, 1879.
Spent the day principally in chopping wood.
Tuesday, December 16, 1879.
Went to Stockton to send notice to U.S. Land Office at Kirwin of my intention of making final proof in support of my claim to the N.W. ? of Sec. 10 Town 6, Range 18 taken as a Homestead March 30 1874, and to attend to other business. Got home about 4 P.M.
Wednesday, December 17, 1879.
Spent the A.M. principally in reading and in the afternoon went down to Jas. Hebrews to secure him as a witness to my final homestead proof and after stopping there about an hour went on down to Samuel Hebrew, sr's to leave $6.20 for the Cummings brothers which amount was due them on threshing bill of last Aug. Got home shortly after sunset.
Thursday, December 18, 1879.
Went up to Rockport in the morning and got home shortly before noon. In the P.M. went over to work at helping to recover the school house but when I arrived on the scene of action the work which had been in progress since yesterday was about completed so as a matter course nothing was left for me to do but return home where I arrived at 3 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading.
Friday, December 19, 1879.
The weather being very cold the time was spent almost entirely within doors reading and writing.
Saturday, December 20, 1879.
Spent nearly all day in reading and writing.
Sunday, December 21, 1879.
Spent the day at home in reading and Mr. Bracken coming to our house about dark we put up his team and after he partook of his evening repast he and I walked over to the school house where Mr. B. preached his usual fortnightly sermon to quite a large congregation, the time of holding services being changed from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. for today.
Mr. Bracken returned again with me and passed the night with us.
Monday, December 22, 1879.
Mr. Bracken started for home about 10 oclock A.M. and the weather being quite cold I spent the time almost exclusively in reading and writing.
Tuesday, December 23, 1879.
Today being the coldest day of the season so far, the time was spent almost exclusively within doors trying to keep the stove warm
Wednesday, December 24, 1879.
Rev. H. F. Albright of Smith Center who is surveying the church ground in Stockton, at present, with a view of organizing a Presbyterian church there, came to neighbor S. R. Guthrie's Monday evening on his way home and remained there over night and the weather getting extremely cold he was compelled to lay over a day or two and he and Mr Guthrie coming to our house about 11 A.M. the time was spent very pleasantly until 3 P.M. in social chat when Mr Guthrie returned home and Mr. Albright remained with us all night.
Thursday, December 25, 1879.
Dr. Albright departed for his home in Smith Center at 7 A.M. and there being no dinners or anything of that sort to attend to anywhere we passed the day at home, occupying my time principally in reading and writing, passing withal a rather dryer Christmas than usual.
Friday, December 26, 1879.
Spent the day in helping Rachel at house cleaning and in the evening attended the Literary Society and spoke on the negative of ?Resolved, That the reading of fictitious literature is injurious and our side of the question carried the day.
Saturday, December 27, 1879.
Went to Stockton to assist the County Supt. of Pub. Inst. in conducting a teachers examination, the following named persons being applicants, J. W. Noyce, S.B. Davenport, Miss Mattie Tarter, Miss Lizzie Beman and Miss I.M. Tillotson. Got home about 6 P.M.
Sunday, December 28, 1879.
Attend Sab School at 11 A.M. and got home about 2 oclock passing the remainder of the day in reading.
Monday, December 29, 1879.
Spent the day in pottering about at a little of everything, helping Rachel with her house work part of the time and chopping wood the remainder of the time.
Tuesday, December 30, 1879.
Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about 4 P.M.
Wednesday, December 31, 1879.
Everything and not much of anything.
Procrastination is the thief of time. Young
Death loves a shining mark. Young
Tired nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep. Young
Between two worlds life hovers like a star upon the horizon's verge. Byron
All went merry as a marriage bell. Byron.
Where youth and pleasure meet to chase the glowing hours with flying feet. Byron.
A gilded halo hovering round decay. Byron.
`Tis distance lends enchantment to the view. (Campbell
Like Angel's visits, few and far between. (Campbell
Coming events cast their shadows before. (Campbell.
None but the brave deserve the fair. (Dryden
Sweet is pleasure after pain. ?
Delays are dangerous. ?
To err, is human, to forgive, divine. Pope.
Variety is the very spice of life Cowper.
Even his failings leaned to virtue's side. (Goldsmith
Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast. Congreve.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. (Congreve
Man proposes but God disposes. Kempis
Of two evils, choose the least Kempis
Better late than never. Tusser
Christmas comes but once a year Tusser
The stone that is rolling can gather no moss. Tusser
Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn. Burns.
Nursing her wrath to keep it warm. Burns
The end must justify the means. Prior.
Bread is the staff of life Dean
Necessity is the mother of invention. Farguhar
While there's life, there's hope. Gay.
Over the hills and far away Gay.
God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb Sterne
A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Keats
God helps them who help themselves. Franklin.
Westward the course of empire takes its way. (Berkley.
To point a moral or adorn a tale. Johnson
A flower of meekness on a stem of grace. Montgomery
The multitude are always in the wrong. (Earl of Roscommon
When Greek meets Greek then comes the tug of war. Lee
A sea of upturned faces. Webster
And thereby hangs a tale. Shakespeare.
The smallest worm will turn when trodden on. Shakespeare.
Frailty, thy name is woman. Shakespeare.
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick. Solomon
Be sure that you are right and then go ahead Crockett.
Entire page not transcribed. It lists the daily visitor count. Totals are Jan. 78, Feb. 108, Mar. 144, April 98, May 88, June, 68, July 111, Aug, 120, Sept. 73, Oct. 75, Nov. 65, Dec. 53.
Entire page not transcribed. It lists the meals furnished to persons not family in 1880.
Totals are Jan. 45, Feb. 90, Mar. 151, Apr. 41, May 38, June 35, July 90, August, 185, Sept. 29, Oct. 34, Nov. 25, Dec. 20.
Amount and value of grain sold in 1879.
? 20 ?11.55 6.05
Dec. 4Rye28 ?.4011.40
Jan. 16Wheat4 ?95 4.00
Mar. 9 ?890 7.20
Mar. 30 ?31.00 3.00
Jan. 16Rice Corn?2.00 .50
Feb. 25 ? ?12.00 2.00
Mar. 9 ? ??2.00 .50
? 17 ? ?1/82.00 .25
? 20 ? ? 12.00 2.00
? 25 ? ??2.00 .50
29 ? ??2.00 1.00
Apr. 1 ? ??2.00 .50
? 12 ? ?62.0012.00
? 24Total Rice corn sold to May 1st11.50 1.50
2716 7/8 bushels worth $32.05/10061.8010.80
May 11/42.00 .50
Amount and value of garden produce marketed during the fall of 1879
Aug. 11Onions1 3/51.20
? 11Potatoes1 ?1.00
? 11Beets1 ? .65
? 23Onions1 5/61.80
? 23Potatoes1 ?1.30
? 30 ? ? .60
? 8 ?65.15
? 30 ?? 50
Oct. 20 ?43.70
Nov. 5Potatoes2 ?1.90
3Rice Corn1/8 .25
? 12? 50
? 15 1/8 25
? 231/8 25
? 26 610.80
? 27? 50
June 91/8 25
Amount of Produce sold from the crop of 1880
Wheat 160 bu. at 76 cts per bu Value 122.00
Onions 80 lbs at 3 cts per lb. Value $2.40
Amount of Wheat milled and sown from the crop of 1880
Aug 25Milled4 bu.
? 31Sowed4 ?
Sep. 2Sowed9 ?
? 23Sowed15 ?
? 27Sowed6 ?
? 29Sowed4 ?
Oct. 1Sowed2 ?
? 2Milled6 ?
? 4Sowed4 ?
Nov. 6Milled10 ?
March 16Milled10 ?
June 6Milled8 ?
Total amount of Winter Wheat sown 44 bu.
Total amount of Spring Wheat (1881) sown 8 bu.
Total amount Milled 40 bu.
Amount of Wheat sold from the crop of 1880
When SoldWhere SoldNo. of Bu.Price per Bu.Value
Aug 27At Home6.754.50
Sep. 1At Home2.751.50
? 8At Home10.757.50
? 9At Home15.7511.25
? 17At Stockton12.759.00
? 18At Home10.757.50
? 20At Home3.752.25
? 22At Home4.753.00
Oct. 13At Home7.755.25
? 20At Home20.7515.00
? 26At Home33.7524.75
Nov. 1At Home2.751.50
? 12At Home8.756.00
? 19At Home4.753.00
? 30At Home5.753.75
Dec. 16At Stockton11.758.25
Amount of Flour obtained for consumption in family for the year commencing Sept. 1st 1880 and ending Sept. 1st 1881.
DateNumber of Pounds.No of Bu. obtained from.
Amount of Butter sold during 1880
AmountPrice Per PoundValue
Oct. 95 ? lbs12 ?.70
Dec 144 ?15.64