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Diary, 1881.

Kept by E. Bartholomew,

Rockport, Kan.

 

January – Saturday 1st =  A happy New Year to you all.  Spent the time until about 11:30 a.m. in reading and writing and then went up to Rockport after the mail and to attend to other business and getting back about an hour later spent the remainder of the day in reading

 

Sunday, 2nd = Attended church at 11 a.m. and listened to a good sermon by Mr. Bracken from Acts 4:12  Immediately after the Sermon participated in our Sab. school exercises and today being the time set for our annual election of Sab. school officers and after considerable talk on the

 

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subject I was finally elected to the office of Supt. against my desires as it was my wish to see Hr. Hebrew continued in that office for at least another year.  W. I. Thomas was re-elected Assistant Supt. & S. R. Guthrie was re-elected to the combined office of Sec’y & Treas.  After Sab. school I went over to see father a short time & found him in a very feeble condition, he having been sinking and growing gradually weaker every day for the past three weeks, without any hope whatever of ultimate recovery.  Got home at 2 oclock p.m. spending the remainder of the day principally in reading.  During the afternoon and evening I experienced a dull & heavy depression of spirits, a singular & strange presentiment or foreboding of coming evil which I could not shake off or rid myself of, but which seemed to grow stronger as the evening passed.

 

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Jan. 1881

 

Monday, 3 = After going to bed last night the feelings spoken of yesterday evening seemed to increase, every little noise startling me in a most singular manner, making the night pass in fitful dreaming; dreaming among other things that I was wading through much deep water which came up to my neck.

 

Shortly before 5 oclock in the morning Rachel awoke me desiring that I should get up & make the fire, she having passed a sleepless night in anticipation of the near approach of a certain event whereby the probabilities were that another human being would be ushered into the world.  A few moments later brother Ed. came over in great haste telling us that father was much worse and not expected to live but a short time, and desired me to go over at once, but owing to the peculiar state of

 

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affairs I could not go.  After daylight I went after Mrs. J. M. Mellon and Mrs. Jacob Shell to come and see to matters, and at about 8:30 oclock brother Frank came over to let us know that our father had forever passed from this stage of action about an hour previous; desiring that I should return home with him if possible; but still I could not go.  At 9 oclock the announcement was made that a daughter had been born to our household!  A father’s death at 7:30 oclock and the birth of a daughter at 9 oclock!!  Is it a wonder that my spirit travailed and groaned within me yesterday & last night? Verily not.  About 10:30 oclock went over to father’s where I met several of the neighbors with whom arrangements were made for the funeral to take place from the school house at one oclock tomorrow, the sermon to be preached by Mr.

 

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Bracken.  Got home again about noon or shortly after, and spent the remainder of the day in and about the house, taking Mrs. Shell home about sunset & going from there over to father’s I got mother & had her come and stay all night with us that she might have the rest and quiet which she so much needs.

 

Tuesday, 4 = Spent the time until nearly noon in and about the house and then took mother and little George to the place which was once our father’s dwelling place, to pay the last sad rites to the departed.  Mr. Bracken was unable to be with us so Mr. Thomas was secured to conduct the services.  Owing to unavoidable delays the funeral did not take place until three oclock when the sad cortege moved from the dwelling to the school house, a few rods away, and the services were

 

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opened by the singing of the hymn entitled “He Leadeth Me” followed by the reading of the 14th chap. of John.  After a short prayer another hymn was sung and a short sermon preached from the 11th chap. of Ecclesiastes, and while the singing of “Go bury thy Sorrow,” was in progress, an opportunity was given all who desired, to take a last look at the inanimate form of our father lying at rest in the coffin before us.  Gathered there as mourners around the bier were our widowed mother, sister Emma, brothers John, Ed. and Frank, John’s wife, little Georgie & myself.  Brothers Elias and George were not with us, they being in the eastern part of the State.

 

Unbidden tears filled my eyes and refused to be restrained when with heartfelt sorrow I gazed upon that emaciated face which was reposing in the cold embrace of death before me, when I thought of the four weary months of suffering which

 

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he had to endure, unsupported by the precious consolations and promises of God’s word to bear him up & soothe his pathway to the tomb, making the journey across the dark river of death a pleasure and not a dark uncertainty.  And again, how my heart was moved with sorrow to think that never more in life would I behold that form whose image I bear, and who was the author of my being and physical nature!

 

As my memory reverts to the days of my childhood and a thousand incidents recur to my mind wherein “father” was the principal character the feelings of sympathetic sorrow and regret are deepened when I think that he who was the subject of these recollections has passed away to his eternal rest.  Even the memories and recollections of maturer years cause the heart-strings to vibrate with pain and sadness when are called

 

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to mind many of his words, deeds and actions, especially those of the last year or two, as they are more vividly impressed upon us.  His coming here to establish a home for himself in his old age and his incessant toil to that end, his desires and many plans for beautifying and making pleasant his home in the west.  All these and many more painful and touching memories rise up before me and cause me to sorrow to think that all these things have forever passed from the shores of time!

 

Immediately after the last hymn was sung the procession made ready & started on its journey to the Hebrew graveyard about 2 miles down the creek & after arriving Mr. Thomas read the 53, 54 & 55 verses of the 15th chap. of 1st Cor. which was followed by prayer by Sam’l Hebrew, sr. the coffin having previously been lowered to the depths of the grave just as the sun was sinking beneath the western horizon.

 

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The grave was soon filled up, the earth closed over all that was mortal of our father, and he was sleeping his last, long sleep beneath the clods of the valley, there to remain until the Angel whose right it is, standing with one foot upon the sea and the other upon the land shall swear by Him that liveth forever and ever that time shall be no more.  The day was pleasant and a large number of friends & neighbors were present to pay their last respects to him who had passed from time to eternity.

 

All being now over we wended our way in sadness home, getting back to father’s place at 5 oclock, and I getting home about 15 minutes later, Mary, John’s wife, coming home with me to stay all night with Rachel, Mrs Mellon having staid with her during the day.

 

A brief family history will be found recorded on the following page.

 

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Jan.

 

Wednesday, 5 = A very severe snow storm being the order of the day the time was spent entirely within doors, reading and taking care of the children.

 

Thursday, 6 – Spent the time until 11 a.m. principally in writing when Ed came over and we both went up to Rockport on various errands and getting home at noon I spent the P.M. in reading.  Ed brought Em over to take care of Rachel a week or two & took Mary home, she having been here since Tuesday evening

 

Friday, 7 and Saturday, 8 – A snow storm being the order of both days the time was spent almost exclusively within doors, reading and writing.

 

Sunday, 9  It being intensely cold – 22 deg. below zero at sunrise –spent the day at home in reading and rest.

 

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Monday, 10.  Spent the day in knocking about at a little of everything and not much after all.

 

Tuesday, 11 = Went up to Rockport at 9:30 a.m. after the mail and remained there quite awhile indulging in social chat with some of the neighbors and got home about noon.  Spent the P.M. in reading the papers.

 

Wednesday, 12 = Went up south two miles in the morning to see John Farnsworth about holding the election of the 1st prox. at his house, and after securing said privilege went from there to John Allen’s on some business and from there went to brother John’s and not finding any of them at home, I returned home at noon & John & Mary, Mother, Ed, Frank, Mrs. Mellon & Flora, Mrs. Jacob Shell and Mrs. Wm Tuttle & several of her children here the P.M. was spent in social visiting.

 

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Jan. 1881.

 

Thursday, 13th = About 10:30 oclock a.m. went up to Rockport with J. M. Mellon to meet with Dr. H. J. Fuller as a township central committee to make arrangements for holding a caucus for nominating men to fill the various Tp office’s to be voted for at the election of the 1st proximo.  Arranged for holding caucus on the 22nd at 2 P.M.  Got home at one oclock P.M. and proceeded at once to settle up & audit the accounts for 1880 of the two road overseers of this township – J. W. Hastings & Jas. Richardson – who having been previously notified to appear at my residence for that purpose.  Spent nearly all afternoon in attending to said settlements & in social chat

 

Friday, 14 = Spent all day in reading and writing.

 

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Saturday 15 = Spent the time until about 10:30 a.m. in reading & writing and then Ed. coming over we both went up to Rockport after the mail & to attend to other business & getting home about an hour later I spent the remainder of the day principally in reading.

 

Sunday, 16 = Attend S.S. at 11 a.m. acting for the first time in the capacity of Supt. since the first Sabbath of 1880.  Had a very pleasant little school of 19.  Got home at about 1 P.M. being accompanied by Mr W. I. Thomas who passed the afternoon with us & in the evening accompanied me to church where we heard a good sermon by Mr. Bracken on the Personality and work of the Holy Spirit.  He took no text but read for our instruction the 1st chap of Ephesians & a part of the 16th chap. of John.  Got home at nine oclock.

 

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Jan. 1881

 

Monday, 17 = Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business & got home at 5 P.M.

 

Tuesday, 18 = Went over to mother’s on an errand in the morning and getting home at 10 oclock went up to Rockport after the mail, shortly after, and returning at 11:30 spent the remainder of the day principally in reading

 

Wednesday 19 = Spent the time until 1 P.M. in reading & then went over to John Allen’s and spent several hours in pleasant chat with him & got home at 4 oclock.

 

Thursday 20 & Friday 21 = The weather being quite disagreeable without spent both days almost exclusively in reading & writing.

 

Saturday 22 = Same as above. (snowstorm)

 

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Sunday, 23 = Attended Sab. school at 11 a.m. and getting home about 1 P.M. spent the remainder of the day in reading & rest

 

Monday, 24 = Went up to Rockport at 9:30 a.m. after the mail and there meeting several neighbors I spent several hours discussing current topics, politics, the temperance question and other subjects getting home at 2:30 P.M. and having gotten quite a number of papers spent the remainder of the day in reading.

 

Tuesday, 25 = Spent the time until 10 a.m. in reading the papers when Dr. H. J. Fuller of Rockport called & the time until nearly 1 P.M. was spent in social chat & conversation on our township matters when we went out south to John Farnsworths to see what was

 

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going to be done at a kind of a second attempt at holding a township caucus as the one of last Saturday was rather poorly attended.  Went & participated in some of the deliberations of the caucus which was of about the same character as the one held at Rockport on Saturday – namely, pretty much of a farce.  Got home at 2:30 oclock & spent the remainder of the day principally in reading.  In the evening attended a social party & supper at Sam A. Hebrews, getting home at midnight.

 

Wednesday, 26 = Spent nearly all day in reading.  Read “Ten Nights in a Bar room” and a portion of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”  Had as callers during the day Frank Lovell, wife & two daughters, Mrs. J. A. Southard & Mrs Sam A. Hebrew.

 

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Thursday, 27.  Spent the morning in writing, going to Rockport after the mail at 9:45 & getting back two hours later spent the remainder of the day in reading the papers.  Mrs. Jas. A. Hebrew was here as a visitor during the day.

 

Friday 28 = Went over to mother’s in the morning on an errand & while there met Mr. & Mr. O. P. Coy who with mother came over when I came home & spent the day in social visiting.

 

Saturday, 29 = Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business & while there had the pleasure of meeting J. B. Clarke our new Co Supt of schools with whom I had a pleasant chat.  Took dinner at Geo. A. Bartons.  Got home at 4:30 P.M. & immediately went to Rockport after the mail getting home an hour later.

 

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Sun = 30, = Mr. Bracken having come to our house late last evening to stay all night we spent a very pleasant evening in social conversation & at 10:30 a.m. today we repaired to the school house & listened to a good sermon from the 1st clause of the 52 chap. of Isa. “Awake, awake put on thy strength, O Zion!”  After services participated in our sab. school exercises & got home at 2 P.M. spending the rest of the day in reading.

 

Monday 31 = Spent the time until 11 a.m. in reading when Dr H. J. Fuller came along & I went with him to Stockton.  Took dinner with Rev. F. E. Sherman & at 2 P.M. attended Prayer meeting at the old Stewart & Kent billiard hall there being a protracted meeting in progress in town, with a two oclock Prayer meeting held each day.  We got home at 5:30 P.M. the doctor stopping to take supper with us & our little girl being quite sick he left some medicine for her & gave other directions for her treatment.

 

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Tuesday, February 1st, 1881.

 

Today being township election day I went to the place of holding elections (John Farnsworth’s) and being Tp. Trustee acted in the capacity of Judge of election not getting home until 7:30 P.M. and found our little one still worse & I being quite sick myself until about 2:30 at night Rachel sat up all night.

Wednesday, 2nd =  The baby still being no better I went to Rockport at 10 a.m. to see the doctor & get some medicine & having to wait on him some time got home at noon, spending the remainder of the day principally in reading and in the evening went over & got mother to come over to stay all night with & help take care of the baby.

 

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Feb.

 

Thursday 3 =  Went to Stockton to carry in the elections returns of last Tuesday’s election & remaining in town but a short time got home at 1:30 oclock P.M.  Shortly after hauled up a load of wood and still later took mother over home our little one being considerably better.

 

Friday, 4 =  Spent the day principally in reading with the exception of from 10 to 12 oclock which time was occupied in going down to C. C. Foote’s to see him about getting some timber for firewood.

 

Saturday, 5 = The weather being damp, foggy, rainy & muddy the time was spent wholly within doors, reading.  A portion of the time being spent on “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” & the remainder on the newspapers.

 

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Sunday, 6 =  A heavy snow storm being the order of the entire day the time was spent exclusively within doors at reading & in rest.

 

Monday, 7 =  Went rabbit hunting shortly after breakfast & got home at 2:30 P.M. having killed two Jack and two common rabbits & the snow being about 8 inches deep I felt like passing the remainder of the day in rest which was accordingly done.

 

Tuesday, 8 & Wednesday 9 =  Spent both days almost exclusively within doors, reading & writing.

 

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Feb.

 

Thursday 10 =  At 10 a.m. went over to brother John’s after a small load of wood & he & Mary coming home with me John & I went up to Rockport after the mail & to attend to other business & getting home about 2 P.M. spent the remainder of the time until 4:30 oclock in social conversation when I took them home returning shortly after sunset.

 

Friday 11 and Sat. 12 =  The weather being cold & stormy spent both days exclusively in reading & writing.

 

Sunday, 13 =  Went over to the school house to attend sab. school but owing to the deep snow & coldness of the weather only two persons beside myself came so no school was held.  Got home at noon & in the evening returned again to the school house to attend church but from same cause Mr. Bracken did not come so no services were held.  Got home about 9 oclock.

 

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Monday, 14 =  A violent snowstorm being the order of the day the time was spent wholly within doors, principally in reading.

 

Tuesday, 15 =  Went over to mother’s at 11:30 a.m. on an errand and from there went to John’s after another small load of wood and got home at 1:30 P.M.  Shortly after went hunting & killed two Jack rabbits which wound up the proceedings of the day.

 

Wednesday 16 =  Went over to mothers at ten oclock & getting Ed. & Frank to come over with me we went hunting about noon & were gone until 4 P.M. when we returned with 5 rabbits as the trophies of the chase.

 

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Feb.

 

Thursday 17 =  Went up to Rockport at 10 a.m. after the mail and getting home at noon hauled in shortly thereafter a load of corn fodder and a little wood from the creek, & at 3 P.M. went hunting, being gone nearly two hours, killing one Jack rabbit.

 

Friday 18 =  Did not do much of anything in the a.m. but at half past twelve oclock I took Rachel and the children over to mother’s on a visit and got home about 5 oclock.

 

Saturday 19 =  Spent the a.m. in reading and writing & the P.M. in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts, taking Rachel & the children up to Sam A Hebrew’s where we spent a portion of the afternoon and the evening in social visiting, getting home about 7:30 oclock

 

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Sunday 20 =  Georgie & I went over to the school house at 11 a.m. to attend sab. school but there being only four or five persons out no school was held.  Got home at 1 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading and rest.

 

Monday, 21 =  Spent the a.m. in cutting wood & in the p.m. took Rachel and the children & going over to brother John’s spent the remainder of the day there in visiting, getting home shortly before sunset.

 

Tuesday 22 =  Spent the time until 1:30 P.M. in splitting wood & reading and then going to Rockport after the mail got home about an hour later and having received no mail for the past two of any importance the remainder of the day was spent in reading.

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Feb.  Wednesday 23 =  Spent the a.m. in reading & then going over to brother John’s on an errand did not get home until about 3:30 P.M. not doing much of anything the remainder of the day.

 

Thursday, 24 =  John came over & he and I went up to Rockport on miscellaneous business about 10 a.m. and got home shortly after noon & the ground being extremely wet and muddy the rest of the day was spent almost exclusively within doors reading.

 

Friday, 25 =  Hauled in a load of cornfodder in the morning &: at 9 a.m. went over to mother’s on an errand & getting home about noon spent about two hours in cutting wood & the remainder of the day did not do much of anything.

 

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Saturday 26 =  The weather being blustery and chilly spent almost the entire day in reading.

 

Sunday, 27 =  On account of the high water in all the streams there was neither church services nor Sab. school held so the day was spent at home in reading and rest.

 

Monday 28 =  Hauled in a load of corn fodder in the morning & S.R. Guthrie calling about 11 a.m. spent sometime in social chat with him and went over to mothers about noon on an errand & got home at 3 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in writing.

 

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Tuesday, March 1st 1881.

 

Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home at 3 P.M. not doing much of anything the remainder of the day.

 

Wednesday 2 =  Took Rachel and the children over to S. R. Guthrie’s at 10:30 a.m. where we spent the time until 3 P.M. in social visiting when a snow squall came up causing us to depart speedily for home where we arrived a half hour later.

 

Thursday, 3 =  Had brother John help me & worked all day down at C.C. Foote’s chopping & sawing into firewood a tree that I bought of him about a month ago.

 

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Friday 4 =  John & I worked all day at sawing wood as spoken of yesterday while Ed & Frank hauled the wood home for me there being 7 or 8 good loads thereof in the tree.

 

Saturday 5 =  Worked hard all day at splitting and cording up a portion of the wood sawed yesterday and the day before.

Sunday 6 =  Attended Sab. school at 11 a.m. and getting home at half past 12 oclock spent the remainder of the day as usual – in reading & rest.

 

Monday 7 =  Took Rachel & the children & went over east two miles to O. P. Coy’s on a visit, at 10 a.m. spending the day in social chat & getting home at 4:30 P.M.

 

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March 1881

 

Tuesday 8 =  Went to Stockton to take a grist of wheat to mill and to attend to other business and the roads being very muddy did not get home until about 6:30 oclock P.M.

 

Wednesday, 9 =  Took Rachel & the children & went over northeast about three miles to Frank Lovell’s where we spent the day in social visiting, getting home about 5 oclock P.M.

 

Thursday, 10 =  Took Rachel and the children and went down to H. E. Williams at 10 oclock a.m. where we spent the day in social visiting getting home about 5 oclock P.M.

 

Friday, 11 =  Worked nearly all day at splitting and cording up a portion of the wood sawed last week.

 

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Saturday 12 =  Worked nearly all day at splitting & cording up wood

 

Sunday, 13 =  Attended Sabbath School at the usual hour of 11 oclock & getting home at 1 P.M. spent the remainder of the day in reading & in the evening went over to the school house again and listened to a very instructive sermon by Mr. Bracken from the 27th verse of the 10th chap. of Luke, getting home at about 9:15 oclock

 

Monday 14 =  Did not do much of anything in the a.m. but spent the P.M. in sawing & splitting wood having gone over to mother’s after the crosscut saw about noon & had brother John help me do the sawing.

 

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March 1881

 

Tuesday 15 =  Went up to Rockport about 9:30 a.m. after the mail & getting home about an hour later spent the remainder of the day principally in reading.

 

Wednesday, 16 =  Went to Stockton to mill & to attend to other business & got home about 5 oclock P.M.

 

Thursday 17 =  A snow storm being the order of the a.m. the time was passed in reading & in the P.M. went over to Theodore Allen’s where I spent the afternoon in social chat getting home at 4:30 oclock.

 

Friday 18, and Saturday 19 – It being exceedingly muddy without & not not having any very urgent business to attend to, both days were spent mostly within doors, reading, writing & amusing the children.

 

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Sabbath 20th =  Attended S.S. at the usual hour of 11 a.m. & getting home at one oclock spent the remainder of the day in reading and rest, Rachel & the children went to S.S. with me.

 

Monday, 21,  Took Rachel & the children & went over to M. J. Beck’s about 2 ½ miles southeast, at 10 a.m. on a social visit spending the day thus and getting home at 4:30 P.M.

 

Tuesday, 22.  Went up to Rockport after the mail at 9:30 a.m. & getting home at 10:30 spent the time until noon in reading & in the P.M. went down to C.C. Foote’s & got a small load of wood, getting home at 5 oclock which completed the business of the day.

 

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March 1881

 

Wednesday 23, Took Rachel and the children & being accompanied by Mr. & Mrs. Sam A. Hebrew went over to mother’s & getting her we all went down to J. A. Southard’s where we spent the day in social visiting, getting home at 5:30 P.M.

 

Thursday, 24 =  Sam Hebrew & I went over to Stockton on miscellaneous business & got home at 4 oclock P.M.  While there met Senator Patchin, Co Clerk Mitchell, Judge Denney, Atty Smith, Com. Shorthill & others with whom I had social chat.

 

Friday 25 =  Went to Stockton to mill and to attend to other business & got home at 5 P.M.

 

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Saturday, 26 =  Spent the a.m. in working at making a large box for holding ground horse feed, and in the P.M. at 2 oclock we all went over to the school house and listened to a very instructive & refreshing sermon at three oclock, by Mr. Bracken from the last clause of the 8 verse of the 5th chap Eph.  Today being preparatory communion service day.  After the sermon the church session met & received into the church on profession of faith Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Stroup, after which the session took a recess until tomorrow.  Got home about 6 oclock & immediately thereafter went up to Rockport after the mail, getting back about an hour later.

 

Monday, 28 =  Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business & got home at 6 oclock P.M.

 

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Sunday 27, 1881

 

Attended Sab. school at 10 a.m. (also had Lizzie baptized) and church services at 11, participating in the sacramental exercises immediately after the sermon which was preached from the 14 and 15 verses of the 3d chap. of John.  The church session then met again but no further business coming before it, it was closed with prayer, we then went to mothers where we took dinner & at three oclock went up to brother John’s to attend a little neighborhood prayer meeting, which has been in progress at his house for several sundays, & got home about 5:30 oclock P.M.

 

(Monday 28 =  see above)

 

Tuesday, 29 =  Spent the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts, among other things getting my breaking plow in running order for immediate use.

 

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Wednesday 30, & Thursday 31, =  Worked both days at breaking prairie sod N.W. of the house on the low bottom land.

 

April, Friday 1st 1881

 

Owing to the very hard freeze of last night did not do much of anything in the a.m. but in the P.M. resumed breaking on the low bottom land east on the house working thereat the remainder of the day.

 

Sat. 2nd =  Worked all day at breaking as above

 

Sunday, 3d  Attended S.S. at 11 a.m. and after stopping an hour at mothers got home at 2 oclock spending the remainder of the day in reading & writing.

 

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Monday, 4 =  Owing again to the very hard freeze of last night did not do much of anything until about 10:30 a.m. but spent the rest of the day in breaking prairie as above.

 

Tues. 5, and Wed. 6 =  Worked both days over at brother John’s breaking prairie for him.

 

Thursday, 7 =  Did not do anything until about 9 a.m. on account of the inclemency of the weather but the remainder of the day was spent at breaking as spoken of on the 1st inst.

 

Friday, 8 =  Owing to another freeze last night did not do anything until nearly 10 oclock, spending the time from then till noon in plowing as yesterday and in the afternoon resumed breaking for John.

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Saturday, 9 =  Worked at breaking prairie for John.

 

Sunday 10 =  Spent the time until three P.M. in reading & rest & then went over to the school house and participated in our S.S. exercises immediately after which the unusually large congregation already assembled, listened to a good sermon by Mr. Bracken preached from the 5th 6th & 7th verses of the 1st chap. of 2nd Peter.  Got home at 5:45 oclock

 

Monday, 11.  The weather being chilly & very disagreeable did not do any team work but at 9 a.m. went down the creek about 1½ miles to Mrs. Johnsons place to get about a 1000 Cottonwood cuttings for planting out in a few days, got home about 1 P.M. not doing much of anything the rest of the day.

 

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Apr.  Tuesday 12 =  Owing to a snow storm last night & this morning being the order of events & it being very cold & disagreeable the time was spent within doors, reading, &c &c with the exception of from 2 to 4 oclock P.M. which time was spent down at the creek in pulling up young cottonwood trees for planting in a hedgerow 60 rods long running south from the N.W. corner of our place.

 

Wednesday 13 =  Worked until about 4 P.M. in planting out the trees spoken of yesterday & from then till night worked at breaking prairie on the S.E. part of the place, striking out a ten acre land.

 

Thurs. 14 & Frid. 15 =  Worked both days at breaking prairie over at brother John’s.

 

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Saturday, 16 =  Finished breaking prairie for John at noon having broken 8 acres, & coming home after dinner worked in the afternoon at planting on the hillside N.W. of the house quite a number of Walnuts, Hickory nuts and burr oak acorns.

 

Sunday 17 =  Attended S.S. at 10 a.m. & after stopping an hour at mother’s got home about 1 oclock P.M. spending the remainder of the day as usual.

 

Monday 18 =  Worked all day at making garden with Rachel’s assistance.

 

Tuesday, 19 =  Went to Kirwin with Sam. A. Hebrew & his father on miscellaneous business & got home at 7 oclock P.M.

 

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April 1881

 

Wednesday 20 =  Spent the day at planting about an acre & a half of cottonwood cuttings on the hillside N.W. of the house, dropping them into the furrow and plowing them entirely under.

 

Thursday, 21 =  Owing to the inclemency of the weather & general muddiness caused by the rain of yesterday evening & last night did not do much of anything in the a.m. but spent the P.M. in breaking on a five acre lot in the N.W. corner of the farm on which my purpose is to plant forest trees next summer.

 

Friday 22 =  Worked all day for Jas. A. Hebrew at helping to build a fence to enclose a pasture on his place & C.C. Foote’s, the pasture including land on both places.

 

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Saturday 23 =  Spent the time until 10 a.m. at planting potatoes & peas & then went up to Rockport after the mail & while there saw the ruins of the postoffice & store which fell a prey to the incendiary’s torch yesterday morning about daylight; no insurance, loss claimed to be about $1300.  Got home at noon & spent the remainder of the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts and about sunset took severely sick with one of those acute cramping pains in the abdomen, to which I am subject, which prostrated me at once causing me to pass the entire night in the most excrutiating pains accompanied with vomiting and violent wretchings at short intervals nearly all night.

 

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Saturday 24 =  Remained in bed all day being very sore & weak; was able to sit up in the rocking chair a short time in the evening after dark.

 

Monday 25 =  Got up & dressed in the morning but did not get about much until after dinner when I hitched the horses up & took Rachel & the children over to mothers where we passed the afternoon getting home about 6 P.M.

 

Tuesday 26 =  Went to Stockton to mill & to attend to other business & got home at 7 oclock P.M.

 

Wednesday, 27 =  Took a horseback ride in the morning on several errands to the neighborhood going first to Sam. Hebrews & from there to John Allen’s, thence to mothers & from there to C.C. Foote’s, thence to S.R. Guthrie’s & from there up to old Jas. Hebrews & thence home at 11:30 spending the P.M. in doing a little of everything.

 

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Thursday, 28 =  Went to Stockton to attend to some business at the Bank & while in town was invited to dinner by Senator Patchin which invitation I accepted and spent a very pleasant hour at his house in conversation with himself & family.  Got home at 4 oclock P.M. & shortly after went up to Rockport after the mail & got home about half an hour before sunset.

 

Friday, 29 =  Worked all day at breaking prairie on the 10 acre land mentioned on the 13th inst.  Mrs. Theo. Bracken came to our house on a two or three days visit in the morning from O. P. Coys calculating to visit about here until Mr. B. returns from  the Pres., at Minneapolis

 

Saturday 30 =  Plowed as above in the a.m. but in the P.M. did no work, the weather being very hot.  At 4 oclock Mr & Mrs C.C. Foote come up on a visit remaining until night

 

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Sunday, May 1st 1881 –

 

Attended Sab. school at 10 oclock a.m. & got home at half past 12 oclock spending the remainder of the day in reading, writing and rest.  Mrs. Bracken & her little boy went over to S.S. with us & went home with Mr. Guthries folks.

 

Monday, 2 =  Broke prairie in the a.m. but the P.M. being rainy did not, as a matter of fact do much of anything, spending the time within doors.

 

Tuesday, 3 =  Went over to brother John’s in the morning & worked all day at plowing for him.

 

Wednesday, 4 =  Spent the time until 9 a.m. in sowing about 2 acres of millet & from then till noon broke prairie & in the P.M. harrowed in the millet sown in the morning & also harrowed a piece of ground on which to plant early corn.

 

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Thursday, 5 =  Went over to John’s in the morning & harrowed the ground which I plowed day before yesterday & coming home about 10 oclock a.m. worked the remainder of the day at harrowing corn ground for myself.

 

Friday, 6 =  Finished harrowing at 9 a.m. & then went to marking out the ground preparatory to planting working thereat until noon but the P.M. being rainy nothing was done until about 4 oclock & from then till night the time was spent in breaking prairie

 

Sat. 7 =  Finished marking corn ground at 10:30 & from then till noon plowed as above, & until 3 P.M. planted corn & melons, & a rain coming up stopped work for the day.  Went Rockport for the mail at 5 & got home at 6 oclock.

 

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May

 

Sunday, 8 =  Our cow having broken loose last night as did also Sam Hebrew’s we both spent the time till noon in looking over the country everywhere for them, finally finding them at D. Catterson’s.  In the P.M. at 3 oclock attended Sab. school and at 4 listened to a sermon by Mr. Bracken from 1st Cor. 2:2.  Got home about 5:30 oclock.

 

Mr. Bracken having been chosen as a delegate to the Presbyterian General Assembly which meets at Buffalo N.Y. this month, by the recent meeting of the Presbytery at Minneapolis, he will start for that place this week and will remain until sometime in June and as a matter of course we will be deprived of his ministerial services until after his return.

 

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Monday, 9 =  Worked in the a.m. at breaking on the piece of land mentioned on the 21st ult. & spent the P.M. in planting corn on the same land.

 

Tuesday 10 =  Worked all day at planting sod corn, planting about 4 acres.

 

Wednesday 11 =  Worked at plowing up about two acres of our winter wheat which had been winter killed, calculating to plant corn thereon.

 

Thursday, 12 =  Plowed about an hour in the morning & then took Rachel & the children over to mothers while I went on down to Jas. A. Hebrew’s after some seed corn & returning to mothers took dinner there & came home at three oclock spending the remainder of the day in marking out the ground & planting a half acre of sorghum.

 

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May.

 

Friday, 13 =  Marked out corn ground with cultivator until 9:30 a.m. & then planted corn awhile after which I went over to get brother Frank to plant corn for me and got home at noon.  Frank & I spent the afternoon in planting corn.

 

Saturday, 14 =  Marked out corn ground until about 3 P.M. and spent the remainder of the day in planting corn, assisting Frank.

 

Sunday 15 =  Attended Sab. school at 10 a.m. getting home at 0:15 P.M. & spending the remainder of the day in reading & rest.

 

Monday 16 =  Marked out corn ground about an hour in the morning which finished the job & planted corn from then till 3:30 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.

 

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Tuesday, 17 =  Only having marked out the ground with a cultivator as spoken of on the 13th & not having plowed it previously, I began this morning to cultivate thoroughly the 15 acres of ground planted as above stated, working thereat in the a.m. & spending the P.M. in harrowing the ground cultivated durin the the forenoon.

 

Wednesday, 18 =  Worked all day at cultivating as above

 

Thursday 19 =  A rain storm being the order of the entire day the time was spent exclusively within doors at reading, writing and playing with the children

 

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May 1881

 

Friday 20 =  Broke prairie in the a.m. on the 5 acre piece of land to be put into trees next spring & in the P.M. finished cultivating corn ground as spoken of on the 17th.

 

Saturday 21 =  Got up very early & went to harrowing the corn ground which I finished cultivating yesterday, at 4 oclock working thereat until 6:30 when I came in, took breakfast, & immediately went over to mothers & went to Stockton with Ed. and Frank on miscellaneous business & got home at 4 oclock spending the remainder of the day in harrowing corn as in the morning.

 

Sunday 22 =  Attended S.S. at 10 a.m. and getting home at 0:30 oclock spent the remainder of the day in reading and rest.

 

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Monday 23 =  Finished harrowing the corn ground in the a.m. & spent the P.M. in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts, among other things going over to mothers & from there to Jas A. Hebrew’s on some errands.

 

Tuesday 24 =  Resumed prairie breaking on the 10 acre piece of land spoken of on the 29th ult., working thereat until 5 p.m. & spending the rest of the day in planting rice corn on a portion of the land plowed during the day.

 

Wed. 25, Thurs. 26, & Friday 27, Worked each day at breaking prairie as above.

 

Sat. 28 =  Finished the above breaking at 10 a.m. when I stopped work & at 1:30 P.M. went to Rockport & got home at 4 oclock not doing much of anything the remainder of the day.

 

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Sunday 29 =  A rain storm being the order of nearly the entire day the time was spent at home in reading & rest.

 

Monday, 30 & Tuesday, 31 =  Worked both days at breaking on my 5 acre timber lot as previously spoken of finishing up the job.

 

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June – Wednesday 1st 1881

 

Worked in the a.m. at doing several odd jobs & spent the P.M. in planting rice corn which finished up our corn planting for 1881.

 

Thursday 2 =  Worked until 4 P.M. at plowing ground on which to sow millet & then went up to Rockport after the mail & stopping there some time did not get home until sunset.

 

Friday 3 =  Worked all day at cultivating corn.

 

Sat. 4 =  Worked all day at odd jobs of all sorts at this, that and the other, a little of everything and not much after all.

 

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Sunday, 5 =  Attended S.S. at 10 a.m. & immediately thereafter participated in our half hour prayer meeting, a service announced two weeks ago & to be held each sabbath following Sab. school when there is no preaching.

 

Monday, 6 =  Went to Stockton to mill and to attend to other business.  While in town met Rev. F. E. Sherman on the street & on invitation went with him to his residence where I spent about two hours very pleasantly & profitably in conversation on religious & other topics.  Got home at 6:30 oclock P.M.

 

Tuesday 7 =  Worked all day at plowing ground on which to sow millet.

 

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Wednesday, 8 =  Went over to mothers in the morning & sowed 6 acres of millet, getting home at 11 oclock & spending the P.M. in cultivating corn

 

Thursday, 9 =  Birthday!  Age 29.  Worked all day at cultivating corn

 

Friday, 10 =  Spent the a.m. at plowing, sowing & harrowing in millet & in the P.M. went over to the school house where I met S. R. Guthrie & Jas. A. Hebrew the other two members of the school board & we spent the afternoon in visiting the school officially being well pleased with the progress Miss Markham is making with her school, got home at 5:30 oclock.

 

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Saturday, 11 =  Went to Stockton to get the grist of wheat taken over last Monday and to attend to a large amount of miscellaneous business and got home about 6:30 P.M.  While in town met & held pleasant conversations with Senator Patchin, Judge Denney, Co. Clerk Mitchell, Rev. F. E.  Sherman and others.  In the evening went over to the school house & listened to a very weak disconnected & illogical discourse the subject of “The creation as it was, as it is and as it will be.” by one Daniel Fike of Greenfield Tp, this county.

Sunday 12 =  Attended S.S. at 10 a.m. & after the exercises closed, the above Mr. Fike was on hand again & “inflicted” on us another of his unorthodox soul sleeping discourses.  Got home at 1 P.M. spending remainder of day in reading & rest.

 

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Mond. 13, Tues. 14, Wednes. 15, Thurs 16, Frid. 17, & Sat. 18.

 

Worked each day at cultivating corn.  On Monday evening after quitting work went up to Rockport after some groceries & on Friday morning before comencing work took Miss Hattie Markham, our school teacher over to the school house, she having come up the evening before & staid all night.  Quit work for the week on Saturday about 2:30 oclock & Ed. & I went up to Rockport on a little business about 4 P.M. & got home about 7 oclock.

 

Sunday 19 =  Attended Sab. school at 10 a.m. & at 11 listened to an excellent sermon by Mr. Bracken, he having just returned from Buffalo N.Y.  His text was Rom. 1=16.  Got home at 3 oclock, we having stopped at mothers & took dinner.

 

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Monday 20 =  Having had very few idle moments in the past three months, I spent today almost entirely in rest.

 

Tuesday 21 =  Went up to Rockport on miscellaneous business at 8 oclock a.m. & getting home at 10 spent the time until noon in reading & in the P.M. worked at plowing & cultivating some trees & about 5 oclock went to sowing millet & sowed 3¼ acres before night, which completed the day’s work.

 

Wednesday 22 =  Worked until about 3:30 P.M. at harrowing in millet & did not do much of anything the remainder of the day.

 

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Thursday 23 =  Worked all day at taking the old roof off and putting a new roof on the dugout which I made in the fall of 1876 and which has been used since that time for a general storehouse for everything

 

Friday 24 & Sat. 25 =  Worked both days as above completing the Job in good style.

 

Sunday 26 =  Attended S.S. at the usual hour of 10 a.m. and prayer meeting immediately thereafter & got home at half past 12 oclock spending the remainder of the day in reading and rest. (Comet

 

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Monday 27 =  Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business very early in the morning & got home at 1 P.M. spending the time until 5:30 oclock in knocking about at little odd jobs & then I took Rachel and the children & went over to brother John’s & from there went to mothers & from there we came home, shortly after sunset.

 

Tuesday = 28 =  Cultivated corn in the a.m. & the weather being very hot, I spent the P.M. principally in reading.

 

Wednesday = 20 =  Went down to C.C. Foote’s in the morning & he just having returned from a month’s visit to Colorado, stopped with him awhile when we went down to Mr. Samuel Hebrew’s sr. & from there went to Jas. A Hebrews timber claim where the boys were at work heading grain

 

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& after staying there a short time and securing their promise to commence cutting our grain tomorrow afternoon I returned to old Mr Hebrews where I spent an hour or so in pleasant conversation with Mr Foote & after partaking of dinner came up to mothers & stopping there awhile went over to John’s & then came home at three oclock & spent the remainder of the day in knocking about at a little of everything.

 

Thursday, 30 =  Went up to Rockport after the mail &c &c at 8 oclock a.m. & getting home at 10 spent the remainder of the day until 5 oclock in knocking about at odd jobs of all sorts & from then till night worked at cutting & putting up our wheat.  Had Ed. John & Frank help.

 

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Friday July 1st 1881

 

Worked at putting up wheat after the header all day, cutting about 25 acres.

 

Saturday 2 =  Finished cutting wheat about 8 oclock a.m. not doing much of anything the remainder of the day until noon but in the P.M. worked over at mothers stacking wheat.  In the evening Geo. A. Barton of Stockton, S.S. missionary, came to our house & put up for the night, he having come over for the purpose of organizing a Sab. school at Rockport tomorrow at 10 oclock a.m.

 

Sunday, 3 =  Accompanied Mr. Barton to Rockport where he succeeded in organizing a Sab. school

 

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at 10 oclock a.m.  Got home again about half past 12 oclock and at 3 P.M. attended our own S.S. at the school house, Mr. Barton going with us to visit our school.  At 4 P.M. listened to an instructive discourse by Mr. Bracken on the subject of the revised version of the New Testament.  At the close of the services we learned from Mr. Bracken the startling intelligence of the attempted assassination of President Garfield which sent a thrill of sorrow & profound regret to the hearts of those who were present as the wounds received it was believed would prove fatal in a short time.  Mr. Bracken, wife & three children came home with us and put up for the night.  Mr. Barton returned home to Stockton after church services.

 

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Monday 4 =  At 7:30 A.M. Mr. Bracken & family left us & we at once started to Stockton to attend the celebration to be given there today.  We took Georgie along but left Elbert & Lizzie with mother.  We got to Stockton about 10 oclock a.m. remaining until about 6:30 P.M. when we started for home, arriving about 9 oclock.  The weather was fine and the concourse of people assembled was the largest ever seen in Rooks county.  Calvin Reasoner and R.S. Osborne of Osborne county were the speakers of the day.  A Washington dispatch of 8 a.m. stated that the Pres. was failing fast & could not survive until night but a later dispatch which came to hand late in the afternoon stated that he was resting

 

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easier with very faint hopes of recovery.  On account of the sad state of affairs at Washington a general sadness pervaded the assembly in general and went far toward marring the otherwise pleasant occasion.  While in town met and held pleasant conversations with the following named gentlemen.  A.L. Patchin, J.H. Mitchell, M.J. Coolbaugh A.J. Davis, W.H. Barnes, S.S. Boggs, Rev. F.E.Sherman, Geo. A. Barton and a large number of others, and but for the above stated cause the occasion would have been a most enjoyable one indeed.

 

Tuesday, 5 =  Worked all day at mothers stacking wheat.

 

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Wednesday 6 =  Worked over at mothers helping at stacking wheat for brother John (he having sown 8½ acres there ) until about 10 oclock a.m. & then went up to his place where we worked till noon which finished up all our harvesting for the year 1881.  The P.M. being exceedingly hot did not do anything.  Learned about noon of the death of Isaac Pearce last night at 10 oclock who lived about 3½ miles N.E. of here & who was one of the first settlers of Bow creek.

 

Thursday, 7 =  Attended Mr. Pearce’s funeral at 10 a.m. at the residence of his son-in-law Frank Lovell and listened to a very instructive sermon by old father Cummings.  On our return we stopped at C.C. Foote’s, took dinner & stayed till late in the P.M. when we came home.

 

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Friday 8 =  Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business & got home at 8 P.M.

 

Saturday 9 =  Spent the day in knocking about at a little of everything & not much of anything after all.

 

Sunday, 10 =  Attended S.S. at 10 and prayer meeting at 11 a.m.  Got home at 1 P.M. & spent the remainder of the day in reading & rest.

 

Monday 11 =  Not feeling very well did not do much of anything all, spending a portion of the time in reading & writing

 

Tuesday = 12 = Went to Stockton after some corn & to attend to other business & got home at sunset.

 

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Wednesday 13 =  Spent the day in doing a little of not much of anything.

 

Thursday 14 =  Went up to Rockport after the mail at 8:30 oclock & getting home an hour later spent the remainder of the day in reading, writing & rest.

 

Friday 15 =  Took Rachel and the children & went down the creek about 3 miles, in the morning to the Pearce pond & spent the time until one or two P.M. in fishing & having caught a good “mess” we went from there over to J. A. Southard’s where we spent the remainder of the day in social visiting, getting home about 8 oclock in the evening.

 

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Saturday 16 =  Went up to Rockport on miscellaneous business at 8 a.m. & getting home an hour later spent the time until noon in reading and after dinner racked up a small patch of millet hay which I had Sam Hebrew cut yesterday P.M. which took me about an hour after which the remainder of the day until evening was spent in reading, principally & then Ed. & I hauled in the hay.

 

Sunday 17 =  Attended S.S. at 10 a.m. & at 11 listened to a sermon by Mr. Bracken from Psalm 97- 1-2.  We then took dinner at mothers as did also Mr. B. getting home at 3 P.M. spending the remainder of the day as usual in reading & rest.

 

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Monday 18 =  Spent the day in knocking about at a little of everything & not much after all.

 

Tuesday, 19 =  Spent the a.m. in hoeing weeds out of the garden & the afternoon was spent in trying to keep cool, it being one of the hottest days I ever saw the mercury getting up to 106 averaging fully 100 from sunrise till sunset.

 

Wednesday, 10 =  Spent the day in working out my poll tax on the section line west of our place, under James Hebrew, sr. Road-overseer.  Today was I believe the hottest day that I ever saw the mercury standing at 111 in the shade & 122 in the

 

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sunshine, & as a brisk S.W. wind was blowing the greater part of the day the consequence was that the corn crop was almost annihilated, being scorched badly.

 

Thursday 21 =  Went to Rockport after the mail at 8:30 oclock & getting home an hour later spent the time until noon in reading & at 2 oclock went over to mothers on an errand & got home at 5 oclock which wound up the proceedings of the day.

 

Friday 22 =  Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business & while in town met & held pleasant conversations with Senator Patchin, Judge Denney, Co. Clerk Mitchell, Register Mullen, Sup Clark & others.  Got home about 7 P.M.

 

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Saturday 23 =  Went up to Rockport after the mail at 8 a.m. & getting home at 10:30 oclock spent the remainder of the day principally in reading.

 

Sunday 24 =  Attended S.S. and prayer meeting at 10 and 11 a.m. & getting home at 1 P.M. spent the remainder of the day as usual.

 

Monday = 25 =  Worked until 10 a.m. at making a crossing on the creek near the N.E. corner of our place to be used as a shorter road when going down the creek.  Sam A. Hebrew helped thereat for an interest in the road.  Spent the remainder of the day in scraping down some banks up south of the house a short distance.

 

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Tuesday 26 =  It being wet and rainy spent the time until about 3 P.M. within doors reading &c, and worked the remainder of the day at sowing & harrowing in two or three patches of turnips.

 

Wednesday 27 =  Spent the a.m. in hoeing & mowing weeds about the place & the P.M. in hauling out manure from the stable to the field.

 

Thursday, 28 =  Finished hauling out manure in the a.m. & in the P.M. went over to Johns & finding no one at home went from there to mother’s & thence home going up to Rockport after the mail about three oclock & got home at 5

 

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Friday 29 =  Worked in the a.m. at mowing weeds about the farm & in the P.M. at 2 oclock attended our township caucus, at Farnsworth’s the usual place of holding such meetings, & was there chosen to attend the county convention, tomorrow, in Stockton which convention meets for the purpose of choosing 9 delegates to attend the Judicial convention which meets at Millbrook Graham Co. Aug. 17, 1881.  C.C. Foote was also chosen a delegate.  Got home at 4 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in knocking about at several little odd jobs.  A heavy soaking rain fell this morning about sunrise which was one of the greatest blessing imaginable to western Kansas as a few days more of dry weather would have completely ruined the corn crop.

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Sat. 30 =  Went to Stockton to attend the county convention and to attend to quite an amount of other business not getting home until 7:30 oclock P. M.

 

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July = Sunday 31st  Attended the Rockport Sab. school at 10 a.m. as vice president of Farmington Tp for the county S.S. Association, said school being superintended by J. L. Barnes.  Found the attendance small, about 12 or 15, & rather poorly managed, principally on account of the school being held in a very small & poorly arranged room.  Got home about 1 oclock after having listened to a loud sounding harangue by old Father Strout of Ash Rock Tp which he demominated preaching.  At 3 P.M. attended our own S.S. after which we had the pleasure of listening to a good sermon by Mr. Bracken from 1st Tim. 2:5 an unusually large number of people were out at both S.S. and meeting.  Got home about 6 oclock.

 

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Aug. Monday 1st =  Commenced plowing ground on which to sow winter wheat, working thereat all day.  All plowing done in the future for some time to come will be of the same character unless otherwise specified

 

Tuesday 2 =  Plowed in the a.m. and C.C. Foote & wife, H.E. Williams & wife, Mrs. D. A. Duff and Mrs. Wm. Belford of Kirwin and 7 or 8 children included having come here on a visit about 10:30 oclock I spent the time after dinner until 4:30 in social visiting & the folks going home at that time the remainder of the day was spent in plowing

 

Wednesday 3 =  Plowed as above.  Rachel had for visitors today Mrs O. P. Coy, Mrs J.J. Beck, Mrs. John Sheibley, Mrs. Sam. A Hebrew and mother

 

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Thursday 4 =  Plowed, and in the evening we went down to D.A. Duffs to attend a social party & ice cream supper.  After spending a moderately pleasant time came home between 12 and 1 oclock at night.

 

Friday 5 =  Plowed, and in the evening in company with Sam. A. Hebrew & wife we went down to H.E. Williams to attend another ice cream party.  Had a very good time & starting home about 11:30 oclock we came as far as J. A. Southards where we stopped for the night [thing] that if we went further we would be caught in a rain storm, one heavy rain having fallen at about 9 oclock.

 

Saturday 6 =  Came home about 6:15 oclock this morning.  Spent the day in plowing.

 

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Aug. Sunday 7 =  Attended Sab. school & prayer meeting at the usual hours of 10 and 11 a.m. & getting home at 1 oclock P.M. passed the remainder of the day in reading & rest.

 

Monday, 8, Tuesday, 9, & Wednes. 10 =  Plowed each successive day.

 

Thursday 11 =  Plowed in the a.m. and in the P.M. at 2 oclock attended our annual school meeting at the school house, acting as clerk of meeting.  Got home at 5:30 oclock.

 

Friday 12 =  Plowed in the a.m. and spent the P.M. in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.

 

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Saturday 13 =  Plowed in the a.m. and in the P.M. went over to the school house and at 3 oclock listened to an excellent sermon by Mr. Bracken from 2nd Cor. 7:1.  After the sermon, met with the Church Session & W.E. Thomas & Mrs. D. A. Duff coming before the session were admitted into the church. Got home at 6 oclock.

 

Sunday, 14 =  Attended S.S. at 10 oclock & meeting at 11.  Mr Bracken spoke from a mixed text as follows = Isa. 53:5, Mat. 1:21, Heb. 9:28.  After the sermon participated in our communion services getting home at 2 oclock & spending the remainder of the day as usual.

 

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Aug. Monday 15 =  Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business & while there met & held pleasant conversations with Rev. F. E. Sherman, Hon A. L. Patchin, Treas. M.M. Stewart and others.  Got home at 6 P.M.

 

Tuesday 16 =  Worked in the a.m. at cutting off corn fodder and spent the P.M. in mowing weeds.

 

Wednesday = 17 =  Jas. Hebrew, sr. Sam. A. Hebrew, wife & child, Rachel the children & myself started out on a plumming expedition at 7 oclock a.m. and went over about a half mile N.W. of Stockton where we passed the day very pleasantly.  Sam & I went up into town a few minutes about 11 oclock after some little nick nacks.  We gathered about 3 bu. of plums & got home at 6:30 P.M.

 

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Thursday 18 =  Spent the day in working hard at knocking about at a half dozen kinds of labor.

 

Friday 19 & Sat. 20 =  Worked both days at plowing, a heavy rain having fallen Wed. evening which fitted the ground in fine condition for such work.

 

Sunday 21 =  Attended Sab. school and prayer meeting at the usual hours of 10 & 11 a.m. and after stopping a short time at mother’s, got home at 2 oclock P.M. spending the remainder of the day as usual – in reading & rest.

 

Monday, 22 Tues, 23 & Wed. 24th  Plowed each day.  Finished plowing 4 wheat Tuesday at 4 P.M. & then continued on plowing wheat stubble ground on which to plant corn next year.  (Rev. Sherman & Miss Markham called Wed.)

 

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Aug. Thursday 25 =  Went to Rockport in the morning after the mail & from there went up south about three miles to John Q Dawe’s to see at what time the Cummings boys would be along to do our threshing & getting their promise to be here some time Saturday I come home at noon & spent the afternoon in plowing.

 

Friday 26 =  Plowed till 4 P.M. & from then until evening worked at hauling up a load of wood from down at the creek.

 

Saturday 27 =  Sumner Southard and his mother, Sam A. Hebrew & wife, Rachel, the children & myself went over on the S. Fork 3 miles west of Stockton after grapes & plums & after getting a goodly number or quantity went down to Stockton where we stayed about half an hour & after gathering a few more plums a short distance N.W. of town we came home, getting here at 6 oclock having had a good time

 

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Sunday 28 =  Went up to Rockport to attend sab. school at 10 a.m. but J. L. Barnes the supt. being the subject of a scandal case originating last week & he not being present & the school all having refused to come out no services were held so I came home at noon & at 3 P.M. attended our own S.S. & at 4 oclock listened to a good sermon by Mr. Bracken from John 3:14,15.  After the sermon Mr. B. announced to the congregation that the probabilities were that his labors on this field would come to a close in October as he was about to accept a thrice repeated call from the Presbyterian church of Iowa.  Got home at 6 oclock.

 

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Monday 29 =  Spent the a.m. at knocking about at not much of anything but as the threshers arrived at noon the P.M. was spent in taking care of the wheat as it came from the machine.

 

Tuesday 30th =  Finished threshing at 8 a.m., only getting 151 bu. from 31½ acres of ground.  Went immediately over to mothers and spent the remainder of the day there helping to thresh  Got done at 5 P.M. & while on the road home met A.J. Davis of Stockton, candidate for C. Clerk who came home with me & then we went down to C.C. Foote’s to see him on political matters, & got back home again at 7 oclock, Mr. Davis staying all night with us.  I find him to be a very genial man & one whose chances for nomination are very good.

 

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Wednesday 31st  Worked all day for S.R. Guthrie, threshing, getting home at 6 P.M.  Mr Davis went with me to Guthries & from there to Rockport & thence on west.

 

Sept. – Thursday 1st - 1881

 

Did not do much of anything in the a.m. but worked in the P.M. for J. M. Mellon cutting off corn fodder.

 

Friday 2nd =  Spent the day principally in reading with the exception going to Rockport after the mail at 3 P.M. & getting home about an hour & a half later.

 

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Sept. 1881

 

Saturday 3d  Cut off corn fodder in the a.m. & in the P.M. did not do much of anything.  Sam Hebrew & wife came down in the evening to eat watermelons with us & we had a very pleasant time.

 

Sunday 4 =  Attended Sab. school & Prayer meeting at the usual time & place & getting home at 1:30 oclock spent the remainder of the day in reading & rest.

 

Monday 5 =  Went over to mother’s in the morning & from there down to C.C. Foote’s to have a talk on county politics & got home at 11 oclock.  Cut off corn in the P.M. until 3:30 oclock when a rain coming up stopped work for the remainder of the day.

 

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Tuesday 6 =  A Rainstorm being the order of the day the time was spent almost exclusively within doors, reading, writing, eating watermelons & quarrelling with the children

 

Wednesday, 7 =  Today still being wet and muddy the time was spent about as yesterday

 

Thursday 8 =  Worked all day at cutting off cornfodder

 

Friday 9 =  Cut corn fodder in the a.m. & in the P.M. attended our Tp. caucus & was chosen in company with Geo. T. Granger and C.C. Foote as a delegate to the county Con. to be held at Stockton on the 17th inst.  Got home about 4 P.M.

 

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Sept., Sat. 10 =  Plowed in the a.m. and spent the P.M. in knocking about at little odd jobs, among other things going up to Sam. Hebrews after his fanning mill to clean up some wheat to take to mill & some to sell.  Received a letter from brother Elias of Louisville stating that he was married to a Miss Bessie Bain of that town, on the 28 ult.  Long may he wave!  His third attempt to commit matrimony has proven successful & we all hope he will be happier as a married man than a dried up old batchelor.

 

Sunday, 11 =  Attended Sab. school & church at the usual hours & listened to a most excellent sermon by Mr. Bracken, from Deut. 4=39.  Mr. Bracken, wife & children took dinner at mothers as did we also.  Got home at 4:30 oclock.

 

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Monday 12 =  Went to Stockton to take over a load of wheat to sell & to take a grist to mill & to attend to a large amount of miscellaneous business.  While in town had the pleasure of meeting and holding pleasant conversations with Rev. F.E. Sherman, Judge Denney, Clerk Mitchell, Treasurer Stewart, Superintendant Clark, Surveyor Boggs Attorney Smith, Dr. E.J. Donnell and a number of others.

 

Got home at 9 oclock in the evening.

 

Tuesday 13 =  Cut off cornfodder in the a.m. & in the P.M. worked about 2 hours raking up some hay I had Sam Hebrew cut during the forenoon & spent the remainder of the day cutting off corn again.

 

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Wednesday 14 =  Worked at tying up & hauling in cornfodder until 10 a.m. 7 worked the remainder of the day plowing – backsetting sod – on the low bottom land east of the house

 

Thursday 15 =  Plowed as above.

 

Friday 16 =  The weather being quite chilly & disagreeable did not do much of anything until 9:30 oclock at which time I resumed plowing wheat stubble ground, working thereat until 4 P.M. & at 4:30 went up to Rockport after the mail getting home about an hour later which finished the business of the day.

 

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Saturday 17 =  Went to Stockton to attend the county convention as a delegate, and while in town had the pleasure, as is always the case on such occasions, meeting a large number of friends and acquaintances from all over the county, with many of whom I had pleasant chats & genial hand-shakings.  Convention met at 2 P.M. at the new court house and after a temporary organization was effected committees on credentials and permanent organization & order of business were appointed a recess of half an hour was taken to allow time for report of committees.  I was a member of the committee on credentials & acted as secretary of the same.  D.H. Budd was then made permanent chairman & W. I. Thomas secretary.  The convention then proceeded to

 

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business and nominated in a short space of time the following ticket for support at the Nov. election.

 

For Treasurer, M.M. Stewart

“ Sheriff, M.P. Isenburg

“ Clerk, A.J. Davis

“ Register, Ben. Hill

“ Surveyor, S.S. Boggs

“ Coroner, T.C. McBreen

 

All elements & factions worked harmoniously together and each candidate after receiving a majority of the votes cast also received the unanimous nomination of acclamation.  At close of convention I was appointed a member of the Co. Cen. Com. to represent Farmington Tp and was selected Secy. of said committee to serve for the ensuing year.  Got home at 8:30 oclock in the evening.

 

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Sept. 1881

 

Sunday 18 =  Attended Sab school and prayer meeting at the usual hours of 10 and 11 a.m. and getting home at 1 P.M. spent the remainder of the day in reading & rest.

 

Monday, 19 =  Worked at stacking hay.  Had Theo. Allen help me.

 

Tuesday 20 =  Hauled in cornfodder in the a.m. and plowed in the P.M. for Theodore Allen

 

Wednesday 21 =  Plowed in the a.m. on the low bottom land N.W. of the house and in the P.M. went over to mothers on an errand and while there learned the sad news of President

 

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Garfield’s death which took place at 10:35 P.M. Monday.  Came home & spent the remainder of the day in running through the fanning mill a load of wheat to take to Stockton (tomorrow

 

Thursday 22 =  Went to Stockton to take over a load of wheat and to attend to other business & got home at 8 oclock in the evening.  Got a newspaper while in town containing full particulars of the President’s lamentable death.

 

Friday 23 =  Hauled in a load of corn fodder in the morning & spent the remainder of the day plowing as on the 21st.

 

Saturday 24 =  Spent the day at hauling cornfodder, getting up wood & gathering rice corn.

 

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Sept. 1881

 

Sunday 25 =  Spent the time until 3 P.M. in reading, writing and rest.  And at that hour attended Sab. school and immediately thereafter listened to Mr. Bracken’s last sermon at this place as he intends to start in a few days for Birmingham, Van Buren Co., Iowa, to which church he has has had three calls during the past year, the latter of which he says he has considered it his duty to accept.  His text was 2nd Cor. 13-11-“Finally brethren, farewell.  Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”  A large congregation was present.  At the close of the sermon a general handshaking was indulged in & we all bade Mr. Bracken farewell, perhaps never again to meet him in the flesh.  Got home at 6 oclock.

 

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Monday 26 =  Hauled in a load of cornfodder in the morning & then went to plowing a ten-acre piece of land near the S.E. corner of the place, on which to sow wheat, working thereat the remainder of the day.

 

Tuesday, 27 =  Hauled in fodder in the a.m. and plowed as above in the P.M.

 

Wednesday 28 =  Plowed

 

Thursday, 29 =  On account of the heavy rains of last night & this morning did no work until 11 a.m., working from then till 2:30 P.M. at cleaning up about 3 bu. of wheat with fanning mill, & then went over to mother’s after some seed wheat and getting back at 5 oclock spent the remainder of the day at sowing wheat on a 5 acre piece of land on which I had corn this year & from which I removed the stalks

 

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Sept. – Oct. 1881

 

Friday, 30 =  Finished the above wheat sowing early in the morning & then tried to cultivate it in but the ground being too wet, went to gathering rice corn & worked thereat till noon, spending the P.M. in plowing.

 

Saturday, Oct. 1st =  Went to Stockton to meet with the Rooks Co. Cen. Com. & to attend to other business & got home about 8 oclock in the evening.

 

Sunday, 2 =  Went to Rockport at 8:30 a.m. to see if our S.S. quarterlies for 4th qr. of 1881 had come & getting home an hour later attended S.S. at the usual hour & from there went down to see Mr. Foote, he being quite sick.  Got home at 2 P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading & rest.

 

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Monday 3 =  Cultivated in the five acres of wheat sown last Thurs. and Frid. which took until 3 P.M.  Worked the remainder of the day at harrowing the same

 

Tuesday 4 =  Finished harrowing at 10 a.m. and from then till noon, plowed, but the P.M. being rainy the time was spent within doors reading & writing.

 

Wednesday, 5 =  Attended S.R. Guthrie’s stock sale & getting home about 3 P.M. went shortly after down to see Mr. Foote again and found him very low and not expected to live through the night.  As a consequence of which I remained with several other of the neighbors to watch by his bedside during the night.  He had been unable to speak since about 10 a.m. his disease is diabetes in its worst form a cure of which is said to be impossible.

 

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Oct 1881

 

Thursday 6 =  Came home at 4 oclock this morning and after taking a short sleep & partaking of a light breakfast, Rachel & I went down to Mr. Foote’s again, finding him growing rapidly weaker.  We came home at noon.  Spent the P.M. in plowing and at 7 oclock in the evening we returned again to Mr. Foote’s and found him dead, he having passed away an hour previously.  About 9:30 oclock S.R. Guthrie & I went to Stockton after a coffin and other necessary articles getting there about 11 oclock & remained in town several hours while things were being gotten in readiness for our return.

 

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Friday 7 =  We got back at 4 a.m. and shortly after, I came home and about 8 a.m. went up to Rockport & from there up to N. Jerby’s to inform them of Mr. Foote’s death and getting home at 9:30 oclock went over to mother’s after Rachel & the children & after partaking of dinner we came home & getting ready, all went down to Mr. Footes to attend the funeral at 3 oclock.  Rev. F.E. Sherman preached the sermon.  A large number of friends and acquaintances were present to pay the last tribute to the departed.  The interment took place at the Hebrew graveyard just at sunset.  Got home at 7 oclock.  Thus has gone to his final rest a valued personal friend, a man of an eventful career and a checkered life, cut down in the prime of middle life in the 49th year of his age.

 

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Oct. 1881

 

Saturday 8 =  Plowed.

 

Sunday 9 =  Attended Sab. School & prayer meeting at the usual hours of 10 & 11 a.m. & getting home at 1 P.M. spent the remainder of the day in reading, writing and rest.

 

Monday 10 =  Plowed all day, finishing the 10 acre field, commenced on the 26 ult.

 

Tuesday, 11 =  Sowed wheat in the a.m. and harrowed it in in the P.M.

 

Wednesday 12 =  Sowed & harrowd alternately until 4 P.M. when I finished wheat sowing for 1881.  Continued harrowing the remainder of the day.

 

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Thursday 13 =  Harrowed all day.

 

Friday 14 =  Finished harrowing in the above spoken of 10 acres of wheat at 10 oclock a.m. & immediately thereafter went to Stockton, on miscellaneous business & especially to do all that I could in preparing papers praying for the removal of Jas. T. Stroup the Rockport postmaster.  Got home at 7 oclock P.M.

 

Saturday 15 =  Plowed for Theodore Allen, ground on which to sow wheat.

 

Sunday 16 =  The weather being rainy & disagreeable the day was spent at home, reading, writing & in rest.

 

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Oct 1881

 

Monday 17 =  Plowed for Theodore Allen

 

Tuesday 18 =  Went to Stockton today again to complete the preparation of papers relating to the postoffice matter spoken of on the 14th inst.  While in town had the pleasure of meeting & forming the acquaintance of Hon. W.H. Pratt candidate for Dist. Judge.  Got home at 6 oclock in the evening.

 

Wednesday = 19 =  Hauled up corn fodder until 10 a.m. & from then till noon plowed on the 5 acres broken last spring on the low bottom on the N.W. corner of the place, on which to plant timber.  Plowed in the P.M. for Theodore Allen.

 

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Thursday 20 =  Plowed as yesterday forenoon.

 

Friday 21 =  Plowed until 3:30 P.M. & then took Rachel & the children over to mothers on a little visit and got home about sunset.

 

Saturday 22 =  Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business, taking over a grist of wheat, 14 ½ bu., to French’s mill 2 miles east of town.  While in town accepted the kind invitation of County Treas. Stewart to dinner at his house & immediately thereafter met with the central committee to transact business relating to the coming Nov. election.  Being delayed somewhat did not get home until 8:30 oclock in the evening.

 

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Oct 1881

 

Sunday = 23 =  Attended S.S. at the usual hour & stopping awhile at mothers got home at 2 P.M. spending the remainder of the day principally in reading.

 

Monday 24 =  Worked at fixing our pump until about 10:30 a.m. & from then until about 4 oclock harrowed on the ground plowed last week & then went up the creek to D. Catterson’s place & worked till sunset gathering ash seeds to plant on the ground which I am preparing.

 

Tuesday 25 =  Finished the above harrowing in the a.m. & spent the P.M. in marking the ground out calculating to plant the seeds tomorrow.

 

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Wednesday 26 =  Spent the a.m. in drilling in by hand & covering with an “ironer” two acres of ash seeds, and in the P.M. finished plastering the dugout which I left uncompleted last summer.

 

Thursday 27 =  Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home about 5:30 P.M.

 

Friday, 28 =  Drilled & covered a half acre of hackberry seeds in the a.m. & hauled fodder in the P.M.

 

Saturday 29 =  Worked until 3:30 P.M. at plowing, finishing up the plowing of my 5-acre timber lot calculating to plant the remainder to cottonwood trees in the spring.  At 4 oclock went over to John’s on an errand & got home at 6 oclock

 

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 Oct. 1881

 

Sunday 30 =  Attended Sab. school at the usual hour & stopping awhile at mother’s taking dinner, got home about three oclock & spent the remainder of the day in reading.

 

Monday, 31 =  Went to Stockton on miscellaneous & while in town had the pleasure of meeting the Hon. John A. Anderson, our representative in congress, with whom I had quite a pleasant chat and among other things settling definitely with him & Senator Patchin the business of ousting old Stroup out of the Rockport P.O. & appointing Sam A. Hebrew in his stead as previously spoken of on the 14th inst.  Also held pleasant chats with a number of our prominent county men on county politics & got home at 6 P.M.

 

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Tuesday, Nov. 1st 1881 =  Went over to brother John’s in the morning after some pigs which I bought of him yesterday & getting back at 10 oclock worked from then till noon building a pen for them.  Spent the P.M. in knocking about at other little odd jobs.

 

Wednesday 2nd =  Plowed in the a.m. ground on which to plant corn next year, & after dinner went over to Theodore Allen’s on an errand getting home at 2:30 oclock.  did not do much of anything the remainder of the day

 

Thursday 3d  Plowed as above.

 

Nov.

 

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Friday, 4th =  Plowed until about 2:30 P.M. & spent the remainder of the day in getting up some wood & knocking about at other little “chores.”

 

Saturday 5 =  Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home at 6 oclock P.M.

 

Sunday 6th =  Attended Sab. school at 11 a.m. (the hour of meeting having been changed from 10 oclock last Sabbath) & getting home at 1 oclock P.M. spent the rest of the day in reading & in the evening we went again to the school house & listened to an excellent sermon by Rev. J. H. Hunter of Whitfield, Graham Co. Kan. from 2nd Chron. 15:2, last clause.  Mr. Hunter with his son came home with us & stayed all night.

 

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Monday 7 =  Mr. Hunter & son left us, for home, about 9 oclock this morning.  We all passed a very agreeable, pleasant & profitable evening & morning with them & will never cease to foster kindly recollections of their sojourn beneath our roof.  After their departure spent the remainder of the day in plowing.

 

Tuesday 8 =  Attended the election at the usual place of voting & being called on to act as one of the Judges of election spent the entire day there & in the evening after the ballots were counted I went to Stockton in company with J. W. Callender, & carried in the returns.  Staying all night at the headquarters of the Republican central committee helping to tabulate

 

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the election returns on their arrival from the several townships, the returns arriving from 20 out of the 21 Tps. in the county during the night which returns assured the election of the entire Rep. ticket by good majorities.

 

Shortly after arriving in town in the evening went with Mr. Callender to the Methodist church to attend a church festival & oyster supper & had a very pleasant time.

 

Wednesday 9 =  Spent the a.m. in settling up and paying off all the bills contracted by the central committee as campaign expenses & after attending to some other miscellaneous business came home with Sam Hebrew & his father, getting here about 5 oclock P.M.

 

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Thursday 10 =  On account of not having had any sleep since Monday night got up very late this morning & the weather being rather unpleasant did not get about to do anything until about 11 a.m. when I went down to Mrs C.C. Foote’s & buying a tree of her for firewood cut it down & hauled home a load getting here at 3:30 oclock in the midst of a brisk Snow storm, which continued the remainder of the day & into the night preventing further work for the day.

 

Friday 11 =  Did nothing until 11 oclock a.m. when I went out hunting about an hour killing a jack rabbit & two quails.  Ceased snowing about 8:30 oclock having deposited 4 inches of snow.

 

Spent the P.M. principally in reading

 

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Nov. 1881

 

Sat. = 12 =  Spent the day in & about the house reading & knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts.

 

Sunday 13 =  Attended Sab. school at the hour of 11 a.m. & getting home at one oclock spent the remainder of the day as usual.

 

Monday = 14 =  Plowed.

 

Tuesday = 15 =  Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business, taking Rachel & the children along to get pictures of the latter taken & being delayed somewhat got home at 7:30 P.M.  (Mortgaged place for $450.)

 

Wednesday 16 =  Worked in the a.m. for J. T. Allen at putting a sod roof on his new house & came home at noon & went down to Mrs. Foote’s & got a load of wood in the P.M.

 

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Thursday 17 =  The weather being quite cold & ground frozen somewhat did not do much of anything in the a.m. but Plowed in the P.M.

 

Friday 18 =  The weather being still colder the day was spent almost entirely within doors reading, writing &c.

 

Saturday 19 =  Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business and got home at 5 oclock P.M.

 

Sunday 20 =  Attended Sab. school at the usual hour of 11 a.m. and getting home at half past 12 oclock spent the remainder of the day in reading and rest.

 

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Nov. 1881

 

Monday 21 =  Spent the day in cutting & hauling up wood from Mrs. Foote’s

 

Tuesday 22 =  Knocked about at little odd jobs until 10 oclock & from then till noon gathered corn & in the afternoon plowed for John Allen over S.E. about a mile & a half.

 

Wednesday 23 =  The weather being quite cold & disagreeable spent the day in & about the house knocking about at a little of everything.

 

Thursday 24 =  Went to Stockton on miscellaneous business & while in town rec’d an invitation to dinner by Hon A. L. Patchin which was accepted.  Rec’d $450 less com. of $27 from mortgage the same being executed on the 15th inst.  Also paid of mortgage of $326.20 (including int) got home at 5 oclock.

 

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Friday 25 =  Worked at gathering & husking corn.

 

Saturday 26 =  Plowed for John Allen.

 

Sunday 27 =  Attended Sabbath school at 11 a.m. & got home about 1 oclock P.M. spending the remainder of the day in reading & rest.

 

Monday 28 =  Plowed for John Allen.

 

Tuesday 29 =  Sam Hebrew, T.T. Allen & I went over to the S. Fork 3 miles west of Stockton after young cottonwood trees & getting several thousand we then went down to town & after staying about half an hour, came home where we arrived about 5 oclock.

 

Wednesday 30 =  Spent the time in and about the house knocking around at a little of everything.

 

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Thursday, Dec. 1st 1881 =  Did not do much of anything until 11 oclock & then went down to Mrs. Foote’s after a load of wood & getting home at 2 P.M. & after partaking of a late dinner worked the remainder of the day at harrowing the ground on which I expect to plant the trees obtained day before yesterday.

 

Friday 2nd =  Plowed for John Allen

 

Saturday 3d =  Gathered corn in the a.m. & plowed in the P.M. for as above.

 

Sunday 4 =  Attended S.S. at 11 a.m. & stopping awhile at mothers got home at 4 oclock in the evening went to the school house again to hear Rev. Mr Hunter but he not coming we held a short prayer meeting & came home about 9 oclock.

 

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Dec. Monday 5 & Tuesday 6 =  Spent both days in plowing for John Allen

 

Wednesday 7 =  Had Theo. Allen help me & worked all day at repairing & remodeling our chicken house.

 

Thursday 8 =  Gathered corn in the a.m. & Plowed in the P.M. for J. Allen

 

Friday, 9th & Sat. 10th =  Plowed both days for John Allen, finishing up the job of plowing 13 acres commenced on the 22nd ult.

 

Sunday 11 =  Attended Sab. school at the usual hour of 11 a.m. and getting home at 1 P.M. spent the remainder of the day in reading and writing.

 

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Monday 12 =  Spent the a.m. busily knocking about at a little of everything and in the P.M. worked at hauling in cornfodder.

 

Tuesday 13 =  Hauled up a load of wood from Mrs. Foote’s in the a.m. and in the P.M. worked at gathering corn.

 

Wednesday 14 =  Spent the a.m. in running through the fanning mill about 30 bu. of wheat and in the P.M. went down to Mrs. Foote’s after another load of wood

 

Thursday 15 =  Went to Stockton to mill and to attend to considerable business & got home about 6 oclock P.M.

 

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Dec. Friday 16 =  Went down to Mrs. Foote’s in the a.m. after a load of wood & gathered corn in the P.M.

 

Sat. 17 =  Plowed in the a.m. & Rev. J. H. Hunter of Graham county coming here just before dinner he stopped with us during the afternoon & the time was spent very pleasantly in social conversation until 4 oclock when he took his leave & went down to old Mr. Hebrew’s to pass the night, he calculating to preach for us tomorrow at 11 a.m.

 

Sunday 18 =  Attended Church at 11 a.m. & listened to a most excellent sermon by Mr. Hunter from Ex.=32-26.  Participated in our Sab school exercises immediately afterward and got home at 2 oclock P.M.

 

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spending the remainder of the day in rest and in the evening repaired again to the school house & had the good pleasure of hearing another soul-inspiring sermon by Mr. Hunter from Prov. 23-26, 1st clause.  Got home at 8 oclock, Mr. Hunter coming with us to pass the night.

 

Monday = 19 =  Mr. Hunter left us for home about 9:30 a.m.  The weather being rainy & muddy the time was passed almost exclusively within doors, reading, painting and writing.

 

Tuesday 20 & Wed. 21 =  Owing to the inclemency of the weather passed the time almost exclusively within doors, reading, writing &c &c &c.

 

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Thursday 22 =  Spent the day in knocking about at a little of everything, among other things, going on an errand over to Theo. Allen’s in the a.m. & on another up to Sam Hebrew’s in the afternoon.

 

Friday 23 =  Went to Stockton after the grist taken over last week & to attend to quite an amount of other miscellaneous & got home about 6 oclock P.M.

 

Sat 24 =  Having gotten a cedar bough over near Stockton yesterday spent the greater part of the forenoon in manufacturing said bough into a Christmas tree for the benefit of the children & about noon went over & got mother to come over with me to spend the remainder

 

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of the day and the night and then went up to Sam Hebrews to take George & Elbert up there to stay while Santa Claus came to fill the Christmas tree, & brought Mrs Hebrew home with me and after fixing the tree up nicely (or assisting thereat) went up & brought Sam & the boys down & after partaking of supper the tree was displayed to view which was a big thing for Geo. & Eb. but rather faintly appreciated by Lizzie and Beulah.  Pop corn & plenty of apples made the evening pass pleasantly to all of us & will be a green spot in our memories in years to come.

 

Sab. 25 =  Attended S.S. at 11 a.m. & got home at 1 P.M. & having quite a severe head ache the remainder of the day was spent rather quietly, reading very little.

 

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Monday 26 =  Spent the in knocking about at little odd jobs of all sorts, among other things went down to Mrs. Foote’s on an errand in the a.m. & getting home at 11 a.m. spent a portion of the P.M. in getting ready to butcher a hog tomorrow.

 

Tuesday 27 =  Had John help me & butchered a hog in the a.m. & spent the P.M. in reading &c. &c.

 

Wed = 28 =  Went over to Theodore Allen’s in the morning where the time till nearly noon was spent in social chat  Then came home & after dinner hauled a load of sand from the creek up to Allen’s which finished the business of the day.

 

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Thursday 29 =  Spent the forenoon in gathering a small load of corn & spent the afternoon within doors painting flowers for a floral album

 

Friday 30 =  Spent the a.m. in finishing gathering our corn & spent the P.M. in reading, painting &c, &c.

 

Sat. 31st  Spent the day mostly within doors, reading, writing &c, &c.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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