A FARMER'S DIARY
by CHARLES HENRY
submitted by Max
January thru March 1901
01 Took one load of Corn to Dewy then took a load to Irves and Ground it for the
Cattle, nice day wind South west
02 Hauled two loads of Corn to Dewy Humphrey hauled some Hay from here, he is to
pay me $22.50 for the East stack Mr Bellis came and got a sow and six pigs he paid me ten and owes me ten
03 Hauled two loads and Rocky one of Corn to Dewey Lydia came Home nice
04 Hauled two loads of Corn and Jim Rocky hauled one nice day John Williams went
to Winnies and came back here at night and then he went to Church got groceries at Barkers and paid for them
05 Took Johns home and stopped in Kewanee at Wills nice day Old Mr Parker buried
06 Sunday stayed at Home all day misted some
07 Hauled two loads Corn to Dewy George Pearl came and got his seed corn and
settled for it. I went and got 29 bu Coal of Gruey didnt pay for it he is to take $12.00 worth of Hay and I pay for
my Coal out of it nice day Mrs Rocky here
08 Hauled two loads Corn to Dewy Bellows paid me $10.00 balance on Sow and pigs
Rocky hauled one load of Corn Coles house burned turned Colder at night misted some during the day
09 Hauled two loads Corn to Dewy and Rocky one load C.Eyer bought 3 pigs for 18.00
didnt pay for them coming for them tomorrow Mother here rained and snowed Lydia to town
10 Hauled two loads of Corn to Dewy Rocky one load nice day C.Eyer got three
11 Hauled two loads Corn to Dewy nice day. Hogs are 5 cts
12 Hauled two loads Corn Rocky one nice day
13 Sunday nice day
14 Hauled two loads Corn to Dewy nice day thawing all day mud 4 inches deep at
night got a letter from Ella saw Sigh Dow as he got off of train and had a chat with him
15 Helped Irve haul Hogs nice day sold Jim and Bill to young Ross for $200.00 I am
to keep them a week he didn't pay any thing down
16 Froze up too hard to haul Corn Shutes Boys came and got a load of Hay for Truey
nice day but windy J.Rocky came and got his Buggy. Lydia got a letter from Ad
17 Clear and windy Froze hard and rough
18 Hauled load of Corn to town Mrs Mumford came nice day
19 Hauled load of Corn to town Allen came and got two heifers and paid $65.00 for
them nice day sold my Oats to Furguson for 22 cts.
20 Sunday Ross came and got Jim and Bill and said he would pay me for them next
Saturday I sold him 8 shoes for 1.00 Irve and Vesta came Mrs Mumford went Home Irves want some potatoes I gave Irve
Old Jimietta he is going to take what Corn I have to spare He is going to let me have his team to haul with until I
21 Hauled load of Oats to town Irve brought team and got old Jimietta I paid young
Weden 30 cts that I owed the old man C.Quart moved some things up here nice day got Irves team shod in front paid
Odeman 80 cts for shoeing.
22 Hauled load of Oats to town, came home and Mr Bowen and N.Cushman here Irve
hauled 3 loads Corn and I hauled one to him nice day Mr. Bowen is going to lend me money to pay my farm in Iowa at
5 1/2 per ct on as long time as I want
23 Hauled 3 loads Corn to Irve he hauled one nice muddy day Burr quit
24 Went to town rode with C. Eyer sent a leter to Price in Iowa I settled wth Dewy
and paid a note at Barkers and paid Book acct at Fitzkees of 75 cts and paid Taxes Cold day put Colts in Barn at
night left $355.65 at Bank got leter from Ella
25 Stayed at Home Horse buyer here nice day
26 Went to town paid Fick for grinding got groceries paid for them Lydia went to
town with Mrs Rocky I got a letter from Mr Price of Earlham, Iowa snowed last night and some today
27 Sunday We all went to Rockys for Dinner nice day
28 I got a load of Coal and settled with Gruey he paid me 7.60 Burr went to town
29 Took 25 bu Corn to Fathers he paid me 32 cts per bu Burr went and stayed Irve
here C.Quart put some Oats in Granery nice day
30 We went to Kewanee Lydia and Eugene stayed at Wills Cold day I got some
Overalls and Overshoes paid for them John Archer paid me 25 cts August Rick left a road receipt, Quarts hauled load
Oats in barn
31 Did chores forenoon went to town with Fred Coune after noon nice
01 Went to Irves and ground some Corn nice day sharp wind Mr Bliss Buried in
02 Went to Kewanee got Lydia and Boys nice day snowed some after noon
03 Sunday snowed all day nice and warm
04 Went to Irves Jim Wed nice day lots of snow in some roads and none in
05 Went to town got sled fixed and saw Holzinger about note and got Eds note to
get a signer saw Ross about money said he would pay Saturday nice day
06 Went to Winnies they were not at Home then went to town Irves here, C.Quart
hauled Corn here I sold him $13.00 worth of Hay
07 Went to Kewanee took some furniture over to Mrs. Mumford nice day sleighing
getting bad in places saw Van and Owen Cushman
08 Irve came and we drove the Brown mare it snowed most all day Irve got 7 bu
potatoes, we figured up our account and he owes me $130.70
09 P.Heaps here after money for Church nice day lots of snow went to town
P.Humphrey paid me $22.50 for Hay
10 Sunday we stayed at Home all day snowed some
11 We all went to town nice day C.Eyer paid me 18.00 for pigs paid for all we got
in town wrote to Ed Ross about pay for team
12 Went to Stones sale Winnie came and got Hedge posts and paid me all he owed me
nice day Maud sold for 86.00 and young mare sold for 150.00
13 Went to town and to Aunt Kates got letter from Clara nice day
14 Went to Eds paid him 3.25 and left note
for him to get a sign Mother and Lyde here Mr Bowen here I paid him 50.00 and gave him a certificate for 100.00 at
Union National Bank that makes 150.00 paid on this last rent
15 Went to town nice day
16 Hauled some Corn and Oats and got 22.50 for them Paid little Pete 9.00 for his
work and his brothers too nice day G. Humphry finished hauling his hay from here
17 Sunday Ed's and Will's came over and brought some Oysters nice day Ralph
Schmidt was here and I paid him $2.00 for use of Cow and made us square rained some in morning I sold Ed a Horse
Collar for 50 cts
18 Went to town settled with Holzinger and got a Draught on Chicago Bank for
$22.00 and some Dollars nice day Sleighing gone most of the way
19 I went to Kewanee paid Mr Bowen $823.00 that makes us square paid the Bank
$10.00 for Clem Cushman I got Draught at Bank for $1317.00 got money for Ed's note of $71.50 am to pay it to
Holzinger Cold day Chas and Ella came
20 Charlie, Bur and I went to Annawan. Awful cold day Irve Crosby was
21 Charlie and Ella went home, took Nell with them. Lydia, Bur and I went to
Annawan and to Aunt Kates to have Milak fix dress
22 Lydia & I went to Kewanee. Made out mortgage for Bowen. Her Mother came
home with us the weather is awful cold.
23 Took crib home to Pettitts and got a jag of coal.
24 Went over to Fathers. Lyde and Dace was there too Mother gave us some canned
fruit. Jack was here when we got home.
25 Jack and I took pigs over to Irves in morning. I took load of corn to town in
afternoon and Jack took the buggie down to bring Ella out, Millie came home with them and stayed all night. Jack
went to Cowies to have him help us move have got nearly every thing packed ready to start.
26 We moved the house hold goods today and packed them in car. Jack, Bur and I
stayed all night at Irves.
27 Took the stock to town this morning and started for Iowa about noon. Got to
Rock Island at night Jack went with me. J.Rockafellow, F.Corve, Winnie, Irve and A.Clark helped me move. Lydia and
the boys went to Rockafellows to stay until Fri. 28 Pulled from DesMoines
to Earlham and stayed here all night
01 Moved out to farm, Mont and two other men helped. Paid one $1.00 and the other
$2.00 nice day. Lydia went to Annawan and stayed all night to Billy McDermonds.
02 Went to Earlhlam after Lydia. Ethel Phelps came with her. nice day thawing
fast. we all went to Monts and then Jack and Bur came over to the place
03 We all went home, nice day we straightened things around so we could stay
04 Hired Hunter to haul load of coal nice day
05 Went to sale toward Winterset terrible windy day
06 All stayed at home F.Jenkins here. I Paid him for mail box and hay.
07 Jack and I went to Dexter nice day
08 Went to sale at Pitzer bought a horse for $66. nice day.
09 Took Ethel to Earlham. I paid Price $9.00 for corn raining &
10 Sunday Snowed and blowed hard all day
11 Nice day thawed all day. Went to Neff's and spoke for some wheat.
12 Implement man here. I went to Dexter and
paid for farm. Jack helped set Telegraph poles nice day.
13 Flemings sale today. Mrs Mount died. Very stormy day.
14 Jack & Burr went to Earlham for Dr. for Eugene. He has Pneumonia. Wetrich
here nice day.
15 Jack went home today I paid him $1.00 for digging holes for telegraph poles. Dr
was here to see Eugene. Miss Waltzer here. Nice day.
16 Went to Earlham bought wagon, Harrow, Cultivator and stirring Plow for $112.
paid cash. Paid the Dr. $6.50 nice day.
17 Sunday Nice warm day. Some snow on ground yet. Mrs Wetrich and daughter and
Miss Lake was here.
18 Mont went by to Dexter, said his little girl was sick. I went to Earlham and
got wagon and tools. Roads awful bad, but nice over head.
19 Went to Wetrich's ground ax and trimmed some trees in yard snowed and blew
hard. Put plow together. Neffs brought a doz chickens. I paid them $4.00 for them.
20 Still blowing and snowing hard. Broke some wood in the cellar.
21 We all went to Dexter and done some trading. Got a letter from Mr. Bowen, Ed
Mapes and Mrs Rockafellow. Ans both of mine and sent one to Jack. Nice day but terrible muddy. Hear that Charlie
Quarts baby had died. Saw Chas Stanton in Dexter today.
22 Tinkered around and done chores. Nice day
23 Tore down fence and tinkered around. Rained some after noon, Mary got through
work. paid her $1.60 chopped wood.
24 Sunday Rained some. Bright rainbow at night. Bur went to Lakes.
25 Went to Wetrich and got 1 bu of potatoes did not pay for them took some posts
out around five acre corn patch. rained all day
26 Tore down fence and rolled wire up. Went to Neffs and got 23 bu of wheat at .70
cents per bu. paid him all but 1.10 hauled posts Mary Waliper here. Cloudy and rained some.
27 Hauled posts. Fruit agent here from Mount Arbor nurseries I ordered $12.70
worth of fruit trees and bushes to be delivered about the 20th of April Cloudy all day.
28 Went to Earlham got groceries paid for them bargained for buggie at 6.00 nice
29 Burr and I went to Monts took Buggie Honme I got a Cow and 3 pigs at Mont for
10.00 didnt pay for them Frank Jinkins here got five Hedge posts for 1.00 Walter here got bl onions snowed 4
30 Young Fleming here and got some slough Hay in Barn I sold him Big Hedge on
South side of land for $35.00 didnt pay for it nice day snow melting cleaned Cellar