April 20th, 1873, Sunday

Rather pleasant. Mother and Father spent the day here. Mother is troubled for breath quite bad. We have had a very backward spring after a terrible cold winter. Eugene is going to sow wheat tomorrow. We have had two pretty hard thundershowers this spring. I read in the paper that in Mississippi and Iowa they … Continue reading April 20th, 1873, Sunday


January 19th, 1866, Friday

I helped May Swan yesterday and this forenoon. The thrashers were there thrashing clover seed. They broke down about noon and have now gone to Richmond. They could have finished in about 2 hours longer. I rode down as far as the school house with Ade. Called to see Miss Johnson a few moments. She … Continue reading January 19th, 1866, Friday

January 7th, 1866, Sunday Forenoon

New Year’s Day was pleasant and warm. Had a nice time at Uncle Jesse’s, and a good time in the evening at the dance, quite a crowd there. Mattie Stone and Billy Rotnour were married that evening. They were married by Fay at Stone’s. Mat wore a blue silk. Frank Mead and Emma Colby from … Continue reading January 7th, 1866, Sunday Forenoon


November 17th, 1865, Friday

We spent the evening over to Swans’s (by we, I mean John, Soph, May and I). Had a game of cards. Adin Swan and I played against May and Mrs. Sherman (Gene Swan came home with me). Mrs. Frothingham and Mrs. Weeks were here to dinner yesterday. I’ve been keeping house, the rest were husking, … Continue reading November 17th, 1865, Friday


November 10th, 1865, Friday

Mother and Sophronia are out husking corn. They get 75 cts a day. May and I do the house work. Yesterday May and Mrs. Sherman went down to see Anna Smith (Swan). She has not got settled yet. She and George Smith were papering. Mr. King’s folks left here Monday 6th for Uncle Jesse’s. They … Continue reading November 10th, 1865, Friday


September 17th, 1865, Sunday

It has been showery all day. We girls have been down to Uncle Jesse’s this afternoon. While we were gone Eugene Swan called. Wednesday 13th Mrs. Sherman and I went down to Ringwood to Swans’s. It rained in the afternoon and evening so we had to stay all night. Came home early Thursday morning. Anna … Continue reading September 17th, 1865, Sunday


September 10th, 1865, Sunday

Father and Mother went up to Geneva and Springfield yesterday. Last night May and I dressed up in men’s clothes and fooled Father. I had quite a long conversation with him and, he never mistrusted but what I was a man. Last Wednesday May, Sophronia and I went down to Swan’s in Ringwood. I expect … Continue reading September 10th, 1865, Sunday