Transcription of Tom Brown's 1871 Diary
Berlin Township, Steele County, Minnesota
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1871 - Tom Brown's Diary
January 1 Sunday
We went to meeting Elder Bronson preached Charles came back as far as Mussars and stopped We went to meeting again in the evening Elder Perkins Preached.
January 2 Monday
I cleaned out the shed today Elder Bronson came here this after noon and visited the school We had a meeting down to this school house in the evening. The dogs chased our cattle while we were in the school house.
January 3 Tuesday
We found that one of the cows broke her leg last night we supposed when the dogs were chasing her. So we got Lewis Burns to come over here and help me butcher it I afterwards went up to D T Gordons after a pig for L. Burns and took it over to his house. Mrs Mussar came over here to day.
January 4 Wednesday
Mrs Mussar came over here today & washed for mother. We all went over there in the evening.
January 5 Thursday
Very cold I went to Geneva and got my Horses shod I paid Shad $5.00 to day.
January 6 Friday
I cut a little wood in the fore noon in the afternoon I drew 2 loads of wood. Charles, John & Fred went over to Mr Mussars this evening.
January 7 Saturday
Stormy this morning Mr. Porter Sheldon & wife made us a visit today. He bought a fore quarter of Beef at 5 cts per pound and we are to take our hay in Norway oats at $1.50 per bushel. John and Fred went over to Mr. Culvers to see Verna as he has been gone 6 years.
January 8 Sunday
Charles went to Owatonna with Alice Mussar I went to Quarterly meeting down to Lemond I paid .50 cts today towards paying the presiding elder. Charles is 26 years old to day.
January 9 Monday
We cleaned up a load of wheat at noon in the evening we went over to the other School house to a singing school but the Teacher did not arrive Mr. Melvin came here to night.
January 10 Tuesday
Very warm it melted most all the snow off Mr. Melvin stopped here last night to collect Taxes. I went to Owatonna today & sold 30 bushels of wheat at .96 cts per bushel Received 28.80 to day I bought $3.95 worth of goods at Auction I spent in all $12.65 to day Bought at Kellys on credit $3.20 I took Mr. Sheldons beef to him to day.
January 11 Wednesday
It rained to day Mr. D. T. Gordon & wife & Mr. Kinney and wife made us a visit. I went in the woods & chopped & piled wood in the forenoon. Mrs. Mussar also came here.
January 12 Thursday
It snowed all day I drew wood for the school house & for the house. I fixed the cutter and went up to Duanes and Dwight Gordons with it. Mrs. Mussar stayed here last night and all day.
January 13 Friday
I cleaned out the shed I hitched up Jessie on the cutter and led him over the bars and he started with it and struck a stump and broke the thills out. Mrs. Mussar went home tonight.
January 14 Saturday
Josiah Hemingways folks came here to day also Elder Perkins & wife, Ella Hemingway staid here tonight.
January 15 Sunday
We went to meeting & S. School. Elder Bronson preached in the morning. Mother & I staid to Mr. Foxes until evening meeting Elder Perkins preached this evening.
January 16 Monday
I went over to Calvin Hemingways and sold him a fore quarter of Beef 61 1/2 lbs at 5 cts per pound. The School from the other Neighborhood came up here to visit Charles's school this afternoon. We cleaned up a load of wheat this morning
January 17 Tuesday
Cold. I went to Owatonna with a load of wheat. Stored 40 2/3 bushels. I spent $10.18 besides $15.08 Personal property tax. I received 2.40 cts for a Cow hide It is Frederick Browns Birthday he is 14 yrs old.
January 18 Wednesday
Cold. I cleaned up a load of wheat in the evening
January 19 Thursday
I went to Owatonna with a load of wheat. Stored 48 1/6 bushels & spent $1.05 25 cts was for James Chase Catarrh Snuff & sold a load of wheat for Fox 21 1/2 bus at $1.00 per bushel. The beef I let Porter Sheldon have weighed 72 lbs. at 5 cts per pound I got 5 1/2 bushels of Norway Oats at $1.50 per bushel. I took Mr. Mussar 72 lbs of Beef to day at 6 1/2 cts per lb
January 20 Friday
John & I cleaned up a load of wheat Old Mr. Fredenburg & Ro Fredenburg came here to day after a couple cattle which came here last summer they paid me $2.00 for keeping them I went with mother over to Elder Perkins's a visiting.
January 21 Saturday
Charles went to Owatonna with a load of wheat Stored 43 bushels. I worked on the cutter. I let Charles have $3.00 this morning.
January 22 Sunday
Stormy We went to meeting & I went again in the evening.
January 23 Monday
I went to the Dane Blacksmiths with the cutter he charged 50 cts for fixing it. Mrs. Skinner & Maud came home with me. Mother went up to Duane Gordon's visiting. The boys cleaned up a load of wheat this evening.
January 24 Tuesday
I went to Owatonna with a load of wheat. Stored 30 1/6 bushels. I spent $1.02 to day. Mrs. Skinner staid here all day. Charles let me have $1.25 to day.
January 25 Wednesday
I chopped wood in the A.M. Mr. Skinner came here to day after Mrs. S-r There was 4 couple came here to night and surprised us Miss Warner, Miss Cusick, Miss Steele, Miss Cheney, Mr. Charles Babitt Mr. Frank Steele, Mr. Soelan Woodward, & Mr. Burke Sage
January 26 Thursday
I cut some wood for the school house & drew it up and drew some up for my house. We went to a prayer meeting in the evening
January 27 Friday
I put a shoe on the sled and then cleaned the shed. I took mother up to Dwight Gordon's in the forenoon Charles and I went up to Mr. Gordon's and spent the evening.
January 28 Saturday
Charles & I fixed the calf stable and cleaned it out. Mr. Culvers folks came here to day and made us a visit also Mrs. D. T. Gordon. We all went to a sining school over to Mr. John Culvers in the evening. We cleaned up a load of wheat after we got back,
January 29 Sunday
I went to meeting & Sunday school in the day and to meeting in the evening. Markus Samuelson paid me .70 cts for corn he got here last fall
January 30 Monday
I went to Owatonna with a load of wheat Stored 37 5/6 bushels I spent $1.25 to day. I stopped to Mr. Greys when I came home
January 31 Tuesday
I went up to the Norwegian settlement after a hired girl but got none Mr. Mussars folks came her to day.
February 1 Wednesday
I chopped some wood to draw up to the house. I went over to Mr Barretts and got Julia Barrett. Mrs J. D. Gordon came here to day. Mr Hugh Murray and Mr Sheldon an In's Agent came here and took supper We went to a Cheese Factory meeting in the evening over to the other school house
February 2 Thursday
I chopped and drew up some wood for the house and cleaned up a lot of wheat be hind the mill. Charles and Julia and the other boys went to meeting in the evening We cleaned up a load of wheat after they got back. It is my birth day to day age 24 yrs
February 3 Friday
Very Pleasant I went to Owatonna with a load of wheat Stored 34 1/2 bushels I spent $1.15 cts to day.
February 4 Saturday
Very pleasant Mr Fox & his wife and Hall and wife came here to day and visited. We all went to a sining school up to D. T. Gordons in the evening coming back we run horses with Charley Reynolds and beat him.
February 5 Sunday
Charles, Julia and I went to meeting Elder Richardson from Waseca preached. Charles and I went to Mr. Culvers and took tea and staid until evening meeting.
February 6 Monday
I drew wood for the house. I went up to Duane Gordon and borrowed 13 lbs of salt. Julia & I went to singing school in the evening with D.T. Gordons folks.
February 7 Tuesday
Mother and I went over to Mr Greys and made a visit
February 8 Wednesday
Stormy. One of the scholars broke the dasher to the pump and I fixed that.
February 9 Thursday
I cleaned out the cow shed to day.
February 10 Friday
We went to a Sunday school singing school over to Mr. Sages.
February 11 Saturday
Mother, Charles & I went over to Calvin Hemingways a visiting. Charles had a spelling school in the evening.
February 12 Sunday
We went to meeting, then went over to Porter Sheldons and stayed until eveing meeting.
February 13 Monday
I got a load of ice, took mother up to D.T. Gordons so as she could visit with Chases folks John & I cleaned up a load of wheat. John, Julia Charley Gordon & I went to a singing school this evening.
February 14 Tuesday
I went to Owatonna with a load of wheat Stored 30 1/2 bushels I let Mills have storage tickets 71.16 bushel of wheat as security for $40.00 to be paid in a week. I bought Leather and Trimmings for a harness paid $32.50 for it. I traded $1.35 I spent in a $33.85 to day Charles gave me 50 cts to day
February 15 Wednesday
I chopped wood all day for the school house. We went to a cheese factory meeting in the evening did not get back until 1 oclock We took Julia Barrett home paid her $4.00 for 2 weeks work.
February 16 Thursday
John & I started for Austin with the Pork and a little roll butter. We stopped to Robert J. Cochranes to night. It is Johns birthday he is 19 yrs old I got the forward shoes set on Jessie
February 17 Friday
Stormy & Blustering We went to Austin and sold 1242 lbs of pork at 7 1/4 cts per lb I received $90.05 for pork I sold 49 lbs of Butter at 20 cts per lb received $9.80 for Butter I received $99.85 to day I spent 25 cts we came back to Mr Cochranes
February 18 Saturday
We got home about 3 oclock to day I settled up with Mr Schar paid him $2.65 I went to a cheese meeting in the evening I bought an ax helve of Mr Buckley for 30 cts I paid in all $2.95
February 19 Sunday
We went to meeting and Sabbath school
February 20 Monday
It snowed about 6 inches very light snow. I drew 1 1/2 cords of school wood. I helped Mr Mussar clean up a load of wheat. I then got the Butter Tubs ready and loaded them
February 21 Tuesday
I went to Owatonna with the Butter. I paid Mills $40.00 borrowed money with 25 cts interest. I spent in all 60 cts to day
February 22 Wednesday
I went up to Duane Gordons to have him sign an order for the money on the School house wood. Albert Farnsworth brought us 20 bushels of Norway Oats we traded him a saddle, Bridle and martingals for 8 bushels. We now owe him $15 dollars I went over to Lewis Burns he paid me $24.00 for school house wood. We went to a cheese factory meeting in the evening
February 23 Thursday
I went to Owatonna with D. T. Gordon and Mr Fox I started home afoot I got a chance to ride 6 miles with a German It commenced raining and blowing so I stopped to a Dutch mans over night. I spent 50 cts to day
February 24 Friday
I got up in the morning and went to Mr P. G. Sheldons and took breakfast I staid there awhile got home at noon. We all went over to Mr Raljah Sheldons to a singing school. Mother went up to Duane Gordons and staid in the evening. It is Jefferson D. Browns Birthday he is 9 yrs old.
February 25 Saturday
Charles went to Owatonna I let Charles have $80.90 this morning he borrowed $300.00 of Mr Grey
February 26 Sunday
We went to Sunday School in the A.M. We went to meeting in the evening.
February 27 Monday
I commenced chopping the summer wood. I took mother over to Mrs. Banks's she is very sick. I came home and drew some straw to put under the sheds. I went over to singing school in the evening.
February 28 Tuesday
I chopped a little wood. Mr. Greys folks came here to day and made us a visit I went to singing school in the evening. Mr Charley Gordon & Miss Viola Sheldon was married to day
March 1 Wednesday
I chopped wood for the house in the evening we went to a Cheese factory meeting.
March 2 Thursday
I chopped and drew up wood. We went to meeting in the evening. Mother went over to Mrs Banks to see how she was. I took Mrs Gordon home from Mrs Banks's.
March 3 Friday
Pleasant It is the last day of Charles's school We had visitors to day Mrs Sage & family & Old Mrs Bettschen. We went to a singing school up to Mr Coverts this Evening.
March 4 Saturday
We went up to Mr Kinneys visiting to day
March 5 Sunday
We went to meeting Charles went home with Charles Babbitt We all went to a Sunday school Concert in the evening. Mr Grey paid me 20 cts for a sunday school paper.
March 6 Monday
I drew out 4 loads of manure. We went to a singing school in the evening. We paid Al Farnsworth all up for his oats.
March 7 Tuesday
I went to Owatonna Stored 19 1/6 of wheat and drew back 924 ft. of lumber for the cheese factory. I spent $1.85 cts to day I did not get back until 12 o'clock the roads was very bad and muddy I bought a Bridle bit for James Chase paid 50 cts for it.
March 8 Wednesday
Foggy. Charles went over to Harrold Nelsons to see Anna Howen to see if she would come here and work. We shelled some seed corn We sold a couple loads of Hay to a man in Lemond, he is going to make a drag for us.
March 9 Thursday
Very Blustering We drew some straw under the shed
March 10 Friday
I went over to Mussars after the harness to go to drawing wood I got on a load and broke one of the Trace buckles. Charles went down to Skinners this morning after a hired girl got a girl for $1.00 per week. Vena Culver & Coverts children came here to night on their way up to Duane Gordons to a sing it being bad going there was no sing spent the evening here
March 11 Saturday
Charles & I drew up some wood John & Fred went over to Culvers. I went over to Mussars in the evening James Chase came home with me and staid all night.
March 12 Sunday
We went to meeting & Sunday school. In the evening we went to meeting
March 13 Monday
I went to Owatonna after a load of lumber for the Cheese factory I brought up 736 ft I bought some iron for a Drag paid $3.27 cts for it I traded to Donaldsons $130.20 cts which was for Mussar I spent $4.82 cts to day
March 14 Tuesday
Rainy Town meeting day only 20 votes polled only one ticket We went to a concert in the evening the last night of the singing school Mr Phips played on the Clarionet, and the Bettschens on their violins I paid 25 cts towards the singing school We had a very good time this evening
March 15 Wednesday
Rainy by spells, Mother & Charles went over to Finches. I went over to Lewis Burns's then went from there over to Finches
March 16 Thursday
We drew some straw to put under the sheds drew up some wood I chopped some, Charles & John went to meeting in the evening.
March 17 Friday
Pleasant in the A. M. in the P. M. it rained some. We chopped some wood & drew some wood up to the house. John went a visiting did not get back to day
March 18 Saturday
We went over to Josiah Hemingways visiting. Mr Porter Sheldon & wife went over to Hemingways with us We had a very good visit. John staid to Mr Coverts last night We cleaned up 6 bags of wheat this evening to take to the mill
March 19 Sunday
We went to Sunday School to day. There was no preaching. Mother went over to Mussars and staid until we came back from S. S.
March 20 Monday
Charles went to Owatonna to day took 13 bushels of wheat to mill. I chopped wood for the house.
March 21 Tuesday
Charles got back from Owatonna. Mr Robson came and got the rest of his hay I let him take the iron for the Drag as he said he would take it over to the Blacksmiths. Charles brought the carpenters up to work on the Cheese factory.
March 22 Wednesday
John commenced work for us to day. John & I drew wood all day. Lewis Burns came over here this evening. We sold Peter Bettschen $7.00 worth of hay for which he is to work any time in harvest for us when he is not to work in his own grain.
March 23 Thursday
Charles, Mother, Jeff & I went over to Porter Sheldons visiting. Cal Hemingway, J. Hemingway, & Coverts folks were all over there. We stopped to Prayer meeting this evening Emma & Etta Sheldon came home with us.
March 24 Friday
I got up this morning un well went back to bed and staid all day. Charles went down to work on the Cheese factory laying the foundation he did not get back to night. Mary Mussar came here and staid all night.
March 25 Saturday
I felt quite well to day helped do the chars and chopped some wood. Mary Mussar & the Sheldon girls went up to Mrs Kinney Charles got back from the other neighborhood.
March 26 Sunday
We went to meeting in the evening. Elder Wheeden preached he preached a good sermon. It was his first sermon in this neighborhood.
March 27 Monday
Charles started to O-a this morning with 13 bags of wheat he got within 5 miles of town and he left his load to Mr Bryans and came home as the roads were very bad. We finished chopping all of the wood that was up to the house.
March 28 Tuesday
Charles went down to Lemond after a Harrow. Mrs Mussar came over here to day. John & I drew wood all day.
March 29 Wednesday
Mr Ralpah Sheldons folks came here to day, also Mr J. D. Gordons folks. I chopped wood all of the forenoon. We have 7 new milch cows
March 30 Thursday
We chopped a little wood Charles got of Lewis Burns for school services $48.92 to day. Hugh Murray came here to day for seed wheat we let him have 19 2/3 bushels to day for which he is to pay us the market price in Owatonna when we want to sell it No 1 wheat We cleaned up 8 bags of wheat to take to Owatonna We went to prayer meeting over to the other Neighborhood in the evening. I heard frogs for the first time this year
March 31 Friday
Charles went to Owatonna to day. Hugh Murray came here to day after some more wheat he got 20 1/3 bushels. Just enough to make out 40 bushels in all We chopped some wood and sharpened some crotches and stakes I received 10 cts. Clinton Hemingway came here to day after seed wheat I did not tell him whether we could spare it or not.
April 1 Saturday
Charles painted the drag, John and I went over to the school section and drew some stones of from the plowing. We went to quarterly meeting in the afternoon.
April 2 Sunday
Rainy, they held the meeting in the cheese factory. It was not all shingled so it was quite disagreeable. We went to meeting in the evening, I spent eleven 11cts today.
April 3 Monday
Charles painted the sleighs horse rake, etc. John and I drew manure in the forenoon, in the afternoon I went over to Mr. Loomis's after some barley I bought 12 bushels at 62 cts per bushel $7.48. Mother and Anna Gordon went with me over to Mr. Kings.
I plowed all day, John drew manure, Charles painted some of the things over again and cleaned up some wheat. I went to a meeting to see about moving the Burying ground.
Charles, John and Fred went to Owatoma; we got a suit of clothes for John at $14.00. Lord sold 285 bushels of wheat for us at $1.10 per bushel it came to $313.50. Charles paid Hale $208.00 and lord $110.98. Mr. Rulifson came over here, I traded Flora for a horse and gave a note of $40.00. Mussar borrowed some oats of us today, Edward Grey borrowed 18 bushels of wheat.
Charles plowed in the forenoon. John, Fred and I drew stones and stumps off from the school section all day. Charles put in 3 acres of wheat on the school land.
I dragged about 3 acres in the morning. Then the boys came over and we finished drawing stones in the forenoon. Charles drilled all day I dragged all afternoon.
Charles Drilled all day and I dragged after drawing out all the old corn stocks. We finished putting in 18 acres tonight it turned very cold towards night.
Charles & Jeff went to S. School and the rest stayed at home. In the evening we all went to a Baptist Sunday school Concert and had a very good time. Charles went to Mr. Fox's so as to get to Owatonna tomorrow.
It commenced snowing this morning and snowed hard all day. Charles went to Owatonna afoot this afternoon through the storm. It snowed about 4 inches.
I plowed all day and the boys drew manure. Charles did not get back today.
I plowed all day and the boys drew manure. Mrs. Mussar and Alice came over here today. I took them home at night, Charles got back from Owatoma to night, he rode up with Mr. Kinney.
I plowed about 3/4 of the day. Josiah Hemingway came here today. I let him have 10 bushels of wheat for which he is to pay us in the fall and make good the price. I cleaned up the screening around the mill. Charles drew manure in the A.M. In the afternoon he went up to the Norwegian settlement to see if he could buy some cows, he bought 2 cows for $67.50, he brought one of them home with him.
Charles and I went to Owatoma to see about our lawsuit with J.H. Abbott. It did not come off today as he put it off until the next term of court. We sold 26 bushels of wheat at $1.12 1/2. cts per bush and 17 1/2 bush at $1.14 per bushel. He received $43.15 for wheat today. I spent $1.60 today.
We commenced sowing Norway oats, we sowed about 9 acres, I let Stella Grey have 15 bushels of wheat for his brother Ed Grey.
Pleasant, we went to meeting and Sunday School. Ellen Hemingway went home today. Charles and mother went to meeting this evening.
I drilled all day. I finished sowing the Norway Oats 15 acres in all. I sowed 8 acres today. Charles went after the other cow, got back about 2 oclock. Mr. Irwin Armstrong came here with a horse and took dinner he is a going to stop here this season.
Charles drilled in the forenoon finished sowing the barley 6 1/4 acres, John, Fred and I drew roots and stones off from the Breaking in the forenoon. In the afternoon I Drilled put in 5 1/8 acres of wheat. Stella Grey came here with Mr. Cheney after some seed wheat he said part was for him and part for his Brother he said he would turn his in towards the money we are owing his Brother, or else he would sell some wheat and get the money. We let him have 20 Bushels We sowed about 9 1/2 acres to day. Charles sold Old Bill to Stella Grey.
We had a heavy shower of rain last night. We sowed grain most all day sowed about 6 acres of wheat We commenced slowing on the other side of the creek. It rained a little most all the afternoon.
Showery. It is too wet to sow to day so Charles fixed fence on the other side of the lake. Fred & I drew rails for a cow yard in the forenoon In the afternoon we commenced making the fence. John did not work to day. Mother went over to Mussars with Mrs J. D. Gordon, Mrs. D. T. Gordon, and Mrs Edward Kinney.
It snowed last night just enough to cover the ground. Kit had a colt last night. Fred & I finished drawing the rails for the cow yard in the forenoon in the after noon we took the top off from the calf pen. Drew the timothy hay on to the meadow and drew some stakes and crotches around the fence and drew up some crotches so as to sharpen them when we got time drew out a couple loads of manure from around the house.
I drilled all day and put in most 11 acres of wheat. Flora came back so we put her into the harness and dragged in what I sowed.
Mother & I took our hired girl home to see her folks and then went down to Mr Skinners. We got home between 5 & 6 oclock Charles & I went down to the evening meeting Elder Wheedon preached.
I put in 3 1/2 acres in the forenoon. Charles went down to Capt. Grinaugar to get some Odessa wheat he got 16 bushels at 1.25 per bushel. It rained in the afternoon so we cleaned up the wheat Charles got so as to take out the oats. Sheriff Toker and Dept. Sheriff Hanks stopped here to night on track off a thief. John did not work much to day as he does not feel well Mr. Armstrong stopped here with horse and took dinner.
I sharpened crotches and fixed the pump in the forenoon. In the afternoon I dragged, and Charles fixed fence in the A.M. in the P. M. he Drilled finished on the other side of the creek. Hanks paid Charles 1.25 for stopping here. There was a gentleman and Lady stopped and took dinner and fed horse for which mother received .65 cts
Rainy all the forenoon In the afternoon Charles fixed fence some. We drew out 16 loads of manure to day. Mrs Musker and Mrs Hector Hastings came here to day
Rainy most all day towards night we drew out 5 loads of manure Charles was gone all day up to Duane Gordons He fixed some fence on his way home. I bought a half a bushel of beans of L. Barns. I only paid him 50 cts towards them as that was all the money I had with me.
Charles sowed about 7 acres of wheat. I drew out a few loads of manure and cleaned the stumps of from the plowing in the forenoon. In the P.M. I dragged the breaking crossways. Charles went down to the Cheese factory with Anna Henry & Mira to practice for the concert he drove Charley Gordons team down. Mr Reese got 12 cwt[?] of hay for which he is to pay us $8.50.
Charles Drilled all day and I dragged all day. Mrs and Mr Skinner came her to night to make a visit
I went to meeting Class meeting and the Sunday schools. Mother and Mrs. Skinners folks went up to Mr Muirs a little while In the evening We all went to a S School concert in the Cheese factory I paid 15 cts for missionary society
May 1 Monday
Charles drilled on the old place all day In the forenoon I drew stones off from the field and dragged a little I dragged all the P.M. Mr. Rowland came here and got a half a ton of hay he paid us $5.00 and is coming again after 1/2 a ton more. Mr Skinners folks went home this morning I let him have 12 quarts of seed corn and he brought us 25 lbs of meal Armstrong came here this after noon.
May 2 Tuesday
The town held an election to see whether the Railroad bonds should be paid or not. Rainy all day. We did not work much to day. I went over to Lewis & Jim Burns with Armstrong to see their colts he left here this P. M.
May 3 Wednesday
Rainy and disagreeable Charles & I went to plowing after 10 oclock and plowed the rest of the day. John made a gate for the cow yard in the forenoon in the afternoon he and Fred took 83 bushels of oats from the railbin and carried them into the granary
Charles drilled all day, I plowed a little in the morning then I went to dragging and dragged all day. Stella Grey came over here and got 3 cwt of hay but did not pay for it today as he had no money.
Charles finished sowing the wheat about 10 oclock today and I finished dragging before I came up for dinner. Charles and I plowed the field in the afternoon. Duane Gordon went to Owatonna today. Charles went up to Duane to do their Chars, as most all their folks are sick.
John and I plowed all day. Charles went up to Duane Gordons to do some chars as Duane is down to Owatonna. He took Duanes horse and went down to the Cheese Factory as the Stock holders met to make the bylaws.
I went to S. School Mother went over with us and stopped to Mr. Culver's until evening meeting. I went to meeting in the evening, Elder Wheedon preached.
I plowed a little in the morning. Charles & I went over to Buckleys after some Horse mane Oats. Charles Steele paid us 6 bushels of oats for hay Buckley got of us. I plowed in the afternoon & Charles sowed oats. Charles Steele paid me $3.50 for some hay. Mr Armstrong came here this afternoon.
I plowed in the forenoon and rolled a little Charles drilled in the forenoon in the afternoon. I finished sowing the oats and John rolled. Charles loaded up a load of hay to take to town.
Charles went to O-a, John commended to work for Duane Gordon for a few days, as they are all sick I finished rolling the oats ground in the forenoon, in the afternoon Fred and I drew manure
Fred and I drew 22 loads of manure today, Charles got back from O-a this evening.
I drew manure & Charles plowed the garden and planted it.
I drew manure in the forenoon in the after noon I went over to the Cheese Factory to pass laws for the Patrons.
I went to meeting & Sunday school I went over to Mr Ed. Greys after meeting.
I plowed and dragged for corn. Charles planted the sugar cane and some corn. Mr. Armstrong came here to night. Elder Wheedon called on us this afternoon.
I went to Owatoma, took 12 2/3 bushels of wheat and stored it. I brought up 800 ft. of lumber for Mr Grey. I spent $13.35 to day, Charles and the other boys planted corn. I brought up our milk cans.
I plowed up the old cow yard and dragged it in the forenoon. In the P.M. I sowed some Mangel Wurtzel seed and planted the melons and rolled the corn ground. Charles went over to Greys and paid him $180.00, or one hundred and eighty dollars. Mr. Loveland stopped here tonight.
Charles rolled all day and I drew manure. Loveland paid his bill in crockery.
Charles rolled all day & I drew manure Mr. P.J. Sheldon an Insurance Agent stopped here to night and we insured $1700.00 worth of livestock against lightning and fire, costing us $11.80.
Mr. Sheldon left here this morning before breakfast. The boys went a fishing this morning and evening and caught 35 fish. It was showery to day. we spread manure in the morning, moved the hogs and drew manure the rest of the day. Charles rolled in the afternoon. I sold Mr. Kinney a $1.00 worth of hay.
I went to Sunday School in the morning, in the afternoon we went over to meeting. Elder Wheedon preached after meeting he baptized Mr. Culver and wife and Mira Gordon.
Charles went over to the cheese factory this morning it started this morning. I drew manure all day and Charles rolled. Three young men with their ladies came up to here and put out their horses they had three span and three carriages I received $1.00 today Mr Armstrong came here this afternoon. John had the tooth ache in the afternoon.
I drew manure all day. Charles rolled part of the day in the afternoon he went up in the Norwegian settlement after a loom in the evening we cleaned up a load of wheat to take to mill
Charles went to O-a to mill. 22 bushels John went over to John Barns to help him raise his house higher I fixed the milk cans and drew out manure It rained some this P. M.
Charles and John with a team worked on the road all day I drew manure. In the afternoon Jim Chase came here and helped me so that we could get our chars done up early and all go fishing. We went down to the lake at half an hour before sundown John and I went around after the boat an old leaky thing and went out a little ways, when the boat sank and we Jumped out and poor Johnny got caught in his fish hook and we could not get him out and so he drowned he was 19 yrs 3 months and 9 days old, We did not get him out until 11 oclock tonight
There was quite a number of people came here to day Mr Mussar went to Owatonna after a coffin this morning got back about 5 oclock to night. Mr Grey & Fox watched to night
The funeral sermon was preached to day by Rev. A. G. Perkins, there was a large number of people there, after the service, we went to the burying ground and deposited his remains.
I went to Baptist S. S. in the forenoon. I went up to Mr Culvers and took dinner and staid until the meeting at 4 oclock Elder Richardson preached
I fixed fence all day Charles with team worked on the road all day
Freddy & I fixed fence & Charles with team worked on the road all day
We cleaned up the last of our wheat this A. M. Mrs Gordon and Elder Perkins and his wife came here visiting to day In the P. M. I fixed the spring and Charles worked in the corn with a Drill
I went to Owatonna Stored 33-5/6 bushels of wheat. I got Mothers Draft. I cashed $71.00 I paid the interest on the school land $55.42 I spent 1.40 to day
I worked in the corn all day with a Drill Fred and Charles hoed corn Our hired girl went away today we paid her all up which was $11.50
I fixed fence all day. Charles & Fred hoed corn in the forenoon, in the afternoon Charles went after a hired girl. Alice and Mary Mussar came here this afternoon visiting. Mr. Skinners folks came here this evening, We had a little shower to night.
I went to S. School Mr. Skinners folks went home this afternoon.
I went over to Rulifsons got back about noon. Charles went after a hired girl and hired one for $1.50 per week for all summer Mr Armstrong came here to night Mrs Mussar made us a visit and staid here to night.
I fixed the calf pen and hoed the Mangel Wurtzel. Charles went over to visit Alice Mussar's school this A.M. of course he had to take Anna Gordon with him.
We hoed in the Sugar Cane, Charles, Freddy and Jeff went over to the other neighborhood this evening to meet to see about getting up a concert of cows Charles had to take Anna Gordon along and while there C. H. Brown & Lady was elected as committee. A pump peddlar came along and stopped here over night.
I plowed most all day through the sugar cane and corn towards night we scoured the Breaking plow. I charged the pump man $1.00 and took it in Yankee Notions, 60 cts the hired girl took.
Charles and I with team worked on the road over in Mr. Foxes road district. Miss Rilla Hemingway came home with us to stay a day or two.
I went down to Geneva to get the breaking plough fixed I paid $1.00 for a coal chisel and for fixing the plow I took the old wagon wheels down to get the tire set but had to leave them there. A gentlemen looking state land stopped here this noon and is going to stop over Sunday.
I went to meeting and Sunday school. Rilla Hemingway went home when we went to S. S. I paid 30 cts toward Sunday school papers. The pump man that took dinner with us two or three weeks ago come along to day.
We got our pump fixed this morning, a new barrel and bucket which cost us $4.50. I charged him $1.75 for keeping and paid him 1.00 and now owe him $1.75. I found out his name this morning (the gentleman from St. Paul.) which was McCormick he paid Charles $3.00 for stopping and choosing him some land. We commenced Breaking for Mr. Kinney at $3.50 per acre and wait until he raises the first crop on it. We went down to the Cheese factory in the evening to see about boarding the cheese maker and hire more help We hired Gilbert Anderson at $8.00 per month and board Sawyer Boards him for 2.50 per week and Fox Boards Cheney for 2.75.
Charles & mother went to Owatonna Charles sold what wheat he had down there at $1.09 per bushel 46 1/2 bushels. He bought an Advance Reaper & Mower at $215.00 paying half in a year from now and the other two yrs. from now. I plowed out corn in the forenoon In the afternoon I went over to Cal Hemingways after a breaking plow of Charley Steeles
We broke all day. I received 50 cts for wheat of Mr Hugh Murray We used Mr. Steeles plow
Charles Reynolds came after Steele's plow as he has bought it so we use our plow We broke all day.
We broke all day. We had quite a shower towards night Mrs Philo lawyer & her mother made mother a visit to day. Freddy & Jeffy went over to visit Miss Mussar's school
We broke this forenoon in the afternoon we went to a ball play down by the Cheese factory. I went over to Calvin Hemingway's to supper and the other boys came home and done the chars. I came back to the cheese factory and stayed awhile in the evening and came home with D. T. Gordon.
I went to the Sabbath schools.
We broke until 1 oclock then I went to Geneva to get the plow sharpened and the wagon wheels We owe Shad $2.50 now. They cut the first cheese today.
We broke all day. Mr. Bortchard stopped here to night. he is around buying cattle.
Jeffy and I went over to Mr. Rulifson's. It rained quite hard to day. Charles & Fred went to breaking but rained so they had to stop.
I plowed up the old track in the A.M. In the P.M. we broke. Mr. Barretts folks came here to day on a visit.
We broke all day. It was quite showery It rained all night last night.
Fred & I broke all day. Charles went to Breaking with me in the morning and had to go home to help set up a Reaper. I went down to the Cheese Factory in the evening.
I went to both Sabbath schools and meeting I came back and had a nap. Fred & Mother went home with Lena Oleson as she was sick so she could not work.
We broke all day Mr Armstrong came here the last time.
Charles went to O-a I bought of Mr Nickerson 40 bushels of oats at 40 cts per bushel. Mr Mussar paid me $2.80 for outs he borrowed of us this Spring.
We broke all day. We also cleaned out the well towards night.
We put the pump in the well and went to Breaking.
We broke all day
We broke in the forenoon We subscribed for the Saint Paul Pioneer for one year the agent for the paper stopped here to dinner charged him 40 cts for dinner and horse to oats. I plowed out corn in the afternoon Two Jew peddlers stopped here to night going to stop over Sunday I hired Clinton Hemingway and team 1 month in harvest for $52.50
I went to both S. S. and meeting. Elder Perkins Preached on Baptism he baptized 10 persons 5 were immersed and five with water poured on. Brother Charles was one of the number. Mr Holmes from Geneva came here to night. I paid 10 cts towards sending a delegate to Saint Paul at the Sabbath School convention. I also let Clinton Hemingway have $5.00
I went to Owatonna to get some things to sell on the Fourth I spent $12.90 for the Fourth. I also spent 3.70 besides 50 cts which I spent for Rilla Hemingway. I spent in all $16.60 I also spent 10 cts for lemonade
Holmes & I put up our stand and sold all day I received about 15.25. I paid 60 cts to day.
We picked up things in the forenoon In the afternoon we went to Breaking.
We finished breaking for Mr Kinney and then went to plowing in the corn
I went over to the Norwegian settlement to get some of their grain to cut. I am to cut for Ole Torgerson 25 acres of wheat, & Jim Torgerson 30 acres, and for another 35 acres at 1.00 per acre and furnish bundle oats for Horses We tried the new mower to day
Charles Jeff & I went to the Circus in Owatonna I spent in all 1.67. Hugh Murray paid me 28 cts for wheat he got here this spring.
I stayed at home to watch cattle. In the evening we all went to Sunday School Concert. Morarty came and got a steer we sold him he paid me $25.00
We commenced haying. Charles went after a hired girl and found one which he is going after tomorrow. D T Gordon came here and bought 10 bushels of oats at 40 cts per bushel, he paid me $4.00.
I mowed in the A.M. with the mower, the other boys put up hay. Charles went after the hired girl in the P.M. and Fred & I put up hay. Charles mowed some when he got back.
I mowed hay all day, Charles and Fred put up hay.
I mowed part of the A.M. and broke a casting to the mower but nothing serious. I fixed the mower and went to mowing in the P.M. until it looked like rain. I then helped the boys put up hayrack in the forenoon.
I mowed hay all day, Charles rigged up the old McCormick reaper ready for running in the forenoon, in the afternoon he put up hay. Fred put up hay all day.
I reaped the barley today, when I got most done I hurt my hand. I caught it in the reel chain and took it up on the wheel. Charles and Fred put up hay all day. I went over to Peter Bettechen's to see Chris and then went over to the cheese factory and came home with D. T. Gordon.
I went to a meeting held by Free Methodists. They carried on to a great rate.
We drew 14 loads of hay today, Mr. Mussar helped us 1/2 day this afternoon.
We drew 17 loads of hay today. Mr. Mussar helped all day. I went over to Sage's after some oats I bought of Rulifson. I got 30 1/2 bushels at 40 cts per bushel.
We drew 16 loads of hay. Mr. Mussar helped all day. Clinton Hemingway commenced work here this afternoon for 1 month with team at 52 1/2 dollars. I mowed hay this afternoon.
I mowed hay all day. Mr. Mussar worked all day mowing barley. Charles put up hay in the afternoon.
I mowed all day. The boys finished drawing the barley, 13 loads in all and drew 5 loads of hay. Mr. Mussar worked here 1/2 day. D.J. Gordon borrowed a bag of oats this morning.
We drew hay with two teams, drew 21 loads. Mr. Mussar worked all day raking and bunching hay.
I stayed at home today to watch cattle.
It rained last night and all the morning. I went over to the school section to fix the fence. It rained very hard this noon. In the afternoon I went over to the Norwegian settlement to see about reaping their grain. I went over to Cal Hemingway's in the evening.
Fred, Charles and I worked for Mr. Mussar, binding all day.
I worked in the hay field spreading out hay that got wet in the forenoon. In the afternoon we drew 9 loads of hay. Fred and Charles worked for Mussar in the forenoon.
We commenced cutting wheat on the other side of the lake. Mr. Mussar worked in the afternoon.
We stocked up all the wheat we had cut. It commenced raining in the afternoon, Mr. Mussar worked about 3/4 of a day. Clinton Hemingway cut oats for Mussar, Charles went over to Charles Heeles to see if he could borrow some oats, he borrowed 10 bags full.
We went over to the Bettechen about 9 oclock and worked until noon. In the afternoon I went to Owatonna to see Stowers. I bought a curry comb and brush for Clinton Hemingway, paid $1.05 for it. I spent 40 cts for hores and crackers. I spent in all $1.45.
I went to Sunday School I then went up to Mr. Culver's and took dinner and staid most all the P.M.
Clinton reaped for M in the forenoon. I went over to Mussars put and put in a new guard and tightened some more. In the afternoon Clinton and I went over to the Norwegians to take over the reaper. I went over to Rasick to see if I could get his little boy to ride a horse. I came back and went over to Mussar's and made out 1/2 days work.
I worked for Mussar all day. Charles cut in the Norway oats.
We bound all the Norway oats that Charles cut. We had quite a shower of rain tonight. Christopher Bettschen and Mr. Mussar worked all day.
We cut 8 acres of wheat and bound most of it. We did not commence work very early this morning an account of the rain. Last night C. Bettschen worked for us today, Mr. Mussar worked for us today.
Charles and I worked all day for Mussar, Fred drove on the reaper.
I bound over on the school land, Charles finished cutting Mussars grain. Fred left home this morning on account of Charles scolding so much at him. Charles went down to Charles Steeles after some oats and only got 3 bushels.
I went over to Mussar's in the P.M. In the A.M. I staid at home to watch cattle.
It rained last night and this morning. Charles went over to Mussars after the reaper, he got back about 10 oclock. We took the horse off because the sickle would not run. In the P.M. we cut 7 acres of wheat across the creek and bound most all of it. Fred got back this afternoon. Mr. Mussar and Willie, Chris Bettschen and Peter Bettschen worked here in the P.M.
We cut wheat on the other side of the creek. Peter and Chris, Mr. Mussar and Willie all worked today.
We finished the wheat on the other side of the creek. Peter, Chris and Willie worked all day. Our hired girl left today, I paid her $4.00, Charles had gone down to the Cheese factory this evening. Mrs. Mussar came over here and staid all day, she milked 8 cows tonight.
We finished cutting the Norway oats in the A.M. In the P.M.we commenced cutting the Odessa wheat and bunching it without binding, then cut some oats. Chris Bettschen worked here all day. Mr. Mussar 3/4 day, Willie Mussar all day.
I and Mr. Mussar stacked wheat all day on the other side of the lake, stacked 9 loads. Chris Bettschen, Mussar, Willie, worked all day, Peter Bettschen 1/2 day. Mussars oxen worked all day, Clinton Hemingway finished cutting for the Norwegians.
We finished stacking on the other side of the lake. Mussar, Willie and oxen worked all day. Chris Bettschen and Peter worked all day, he stacked 7 loads of Norway oats.
I went over to Sunday School and got there too late. I then went over to Coverts. We had a heavy shower of rain tonight.
We finished cutting all the wheat on this place. I fenced around the stack on the other side of the lake. Mussar worked all day.
We cut wheat on the old place. Mr. Mussar came over this morning and worked a little and then went home to set his wheat over. Clinton Hemingway plowed all day.
Clinton worked with team all day for Mussar stacking. We finished cutting the grain. we then went to bunching it up. Elva Sage & Alice Mussar came here this afternoon.
Clinton worked with team all day for Mussar stacking. Charles and I drew 13 loads of Norway oats. Fred plowed some after binding a few oats.
We finished drawing the Norway oats. We drew 15 loads of oats and 6 loads of wheat. Clinton Hemingways time was up this noon.
We drew 16 loads of wheat today. It was very windy so we could hardly stack. Mr. Mussar would in the P.M.
I went after a cow that did not come home last night. I received 80 cts today from Lewis Burns for a calf skin.
It was quite windy today, we stacked 18 loads of wheat. Mr. Mussar worked all day.
It rained a little last night. We stacked 16 loads of wheat, finished drawing from the old place. Mr. Mussar worked all day.
We finished drawing the loose grain dust, 21 loads. Mr. Mussar worked all day.
We drew 7 loads of wheat and 15 oats making 22. Mr. Mussar worked all day. Mrs. Lewis Burns came here visiting this P.M.
We finished stacking grain this A.M., drew 17 loads of oats in the P.M. I mowed some grass to put on the stacks and topped them off. Charles set up the mower in the P.M. We had 15-9 loads of wheat and oats and 13 of barley making 172 loads.
I borrowed 20 bags of oats of Clinton Hemingway. We weighed them, they weighed 51 2/3 bushels bag and all. I raked after I got back. I went over to Mr. Cusicks and got Mary Ann Cusick to come work for us.
Mary Ann Cusick, mother Charles, Jeff and I went to quarterly meeting over by Mr. Rulifsons. We went to Mr. Sloans and took dinner. I paid 30 cts towards the contribution.
I went to Geneva with the plows. It rained so I went to Roswell Heaths and took dinner, I spend 30 cts for a broom. Charles mowed all day.
Very windy, Jeffy and I went after the cold down to Hartys. I raked some hay and made some fence around the stacks. Charles mowed all day.
Very windy, I raked hay in the A.M. in the P.M. I helped drive off some cattle we sold to Morarty, I then came back and went to raking hay. I received $ 111.10 for cattle. Mrs. Sheldon is going to stay here to night. Charles mowed all day.
I raked and put up hay all day. Charles mowed all day, Mrs. Josiah Hemingway made a short call today.
I raked and put up hay all day. Charles mowed in the P.M., in the A.M. he put up hay. Mrs. Covert made mother a visit and stay all night tonight.
Charles mowed a little in the morning and then we put up hay and drew a load up to the horse stable, drew the beans up to the granary.
I went to meeting and Sunday school. Mr. Mussar and his wife came home with us. I then went over to Mr. Sages after Mary Ann Cusick who went there after meeting.
I fixed a hog pen for the hogs in the A.M., in the P.M. I went after a hired man. It rained this morning and heavy wind this A.M. Charles mowed most all day. I sold 6 crotches for a shed for $1.50.
I drew 3 loads of hay in the A.M. before it rained then we had a very heavy shower. We put the reapers under the shed and then I went to Geneva after the plows. I paid Shad 4.00 for blacksmithing. I mailed 2 letters, paid the postage on one of them.
I plowed a little and raked some hay in the A.M., in the P.M. I drew 3 loads of hay Charles mowed and put hay.
Very windy, I drew 6 loads of hay Charles mowed and put up hay. Elva Sage and Mary Gussar came here today and going to stay all night. Charles went down to the cheese factory to a cheese meeting but was disappointed, as the meeting is tomorrow night.
Very Very windy, I drew 3 loads of hay in the forenoon, in the P.M. I raked and bunched the hay that Charles mowed in the A.M. Charles mowed about 3/4 of a day and then drew 2 loads of hay. I drew a load of hay this evening making 6 loads in all today. I paid Clinton Hemingway $25.00 this morning. Charles has gone down to the cheese factory.
Charles got 3 bags of wheat from W. Scram for the use of old Bill last fall he also borrowed 7 bags of wheat to take to mill. I cut corn in the A.M. in the P.M. I sold $7.25 worth of hay to some movers who camped down on the bank of the lake. Mr. D.T. Gordon and wife got back tonight.
I went to S, S. and got there late. Mary Cusick and I went over to Summit to Sunday school and meeting. We went up to Mr. Cusicks to supper. We got back in the evening. There is a man going to stop here tonight.
Pleasant, we drew 10 loads of hay today.
Pleasant, we drew 14 loads of hay today. We did our job of threshing to Walter Muir as follows 2 cts for oats bound wheat and 4 1/4 for loose wheat.
We drew 14 loads of hay today. Mrs. David Bettschen came here today and going to say all night.
It rained this A.M., in the morning we cleaned up about 22 bushels of wheat to take to mill. I went over to P. Bettschens after the colt. We drew 4 loads of hay this afternoon. Charles took Mrs. Bettschen home this A.M. Mrs. J.D. Gordon came here this afternoon.
We drew 8 loads of hay today it was quite wet this A.M. Fred and Jeff husked corn as the cattle were getting in all the time.
Charles and I drew 10 loads of hay.
I went to Sunday school and meeting. Elder Perkins preached his farewell sermon. Rilla Hemingway came home with us today. I paid 45 cts towards Sunday school papers and superannuated preachers.
I mowed all day. Charles went to Owatonna to mill and took 22 bushels of wheat, mother went down to Hector Hurtings.
I raked hay in the A.M. in the P.M. I mowed. Charles went over to Mr. Greys mother went over to Mrs. Sheldon.
Charles finished cutting hay, I went to Owatonna I got 11 bushels of wheat of Stella Grey towards 20 bushels he got of us last spring I stored 11 bushels of wheat. I spent $4.27 today.
We drew 3 loads of sugar cane up to D.T. Gordon. I bunched up some hay that Charles raked up yesterday.
In the A.M. we stripped sugar cane. In the P.M. we drew 6 loads of hay.
We drew 17 loads of hay finished haying. Mr. Mussar worked for us all day.
I staid at home all day. Charles and the rest went to meeting in the other neighborhood and over to Summit. We went to a Free Methodist meeting in the evening over near Rulifsons.
I worked in the sugar cane until 2 oclock then went up to Duane Gordons to thresh. They threshed 363 bushels of oats Charles and I worked for Duane Gordon thresh.
Charles and I worked all day for J.D. Gordon threshing.
Fred and I helped D.J. Gordon thresh all day.
Fred and I helped E. Kinney thresh all day.
Fred and I helped D.J. Gordon and E Kinney thresh all day and Charles and team drew grain part of the A.M.
I husked and picked corn all day. Charles and Fred made molasses I went up to Gordons in the evening and boiled down molasses and Charles and D.T. Gordon went to a cheese meeting.
I went to meeting and Sunday school in the evening I went to hear Elder Ladew preach.
We all husked corn all day and went to a cheese meeting in the evening. Elected Mr. Rulifson salesman.
We husked corn all day. An agent of Mr. Buxtons stopped here overnight.
I helped John Burns thresh all day. Charles and Fred worked molasses all day. Burtons agent stopped here again tonight the boys finished husking the corn.
I was sick in the A.M. in the P.M. I drew up some longs for foundation to an oat bin with Mr. Mussar and oxen fixed the granary some ?.
I went over to help L. Burns thresh and the machine had not got there yet so I went over to Jim Burns and helped him two or three hours I helped L. Burns in the P.M. in the evening we had to fight fire it burnt up about 3/4 of a mile of fence for us. Charles, Fred and two teams helped Mussar in the P.M. of fawning mill. Peddler stopped here tonight. Charles finished making molasses this forenoon.
Charles with one team helped Mussar thresh 3/4 of day. Fred helped L. Burns thresh all day. I went up to see Muir up to Bricks but we had gone home so I went up there in the A.M. in the P.M. I helped D.J. Gordon on our oat bin.
I staid at home all day to keep the cattle away from the wheat stacks I received $3.00 from Mr. Martin.
It rained last night a little Charles went over to Mussars to help thresh but the threshers did not come so he measured the ground we reapt last night. I fixed the granary.
We dug some potatoes and covered them and tinkered around in the A.M. In the P.M. Chas, Fred and I with two teams helped Mussar thresh.
Charles, Fred and I helped Mussar thresh until about 11 o'clock with two teams. In the P.M. we threshed Mussar with his man. G. Gordon and George Hammond and team and Mr. Kinney and Gilbert Johnson all worked 1/2 day. We received news that Chicago was all burnt up.
We threshed all day Mussar and his man, G. Gordon, G. Hammond and team. Kinney and Gilbert Johnson worked all day.
We threshed all day. Mussar and man G. Gordon, B. Hammond with team Kinney and B. Johnson worked all day, G. Hammond finished working for D. Gordon. This noon and commenced work for us this P.M. at six shillings a day.
Mr. Mussar and man Kinney and Gilbert Johnson Lewis Burns with his team and George Hammond worked 1/2 day then it commenced raining and snowing. Mr. Sheldon and Vena Culver staid here all night.
We went to meeting and heard the new preacher, Elder Liscomb preach.
We threshed all day, Gilbert Johnson 3/4 day, Mussar and his man all day, John Burns and his team all day, George Hammond all day, Lewis Burns hired man all day.
We finished threshing about 9 oclock this morning. George H. G. Mussar helped this morning. We had 756 bushels of wheat 1,112 bush of oats and 178 1/2 of barley. We cleaned up a load of wheat to take to Owatonna and put-out a half mile of fence which took fire.
Wheat-$30.24, Oats $22.24, Barley $5.35, Total-$57.83
Charles and Mary Ann Cusick went to Owatonna this morning. I worked for D.T. Gordon plowing to pay for what work he has done for us.
We fixed fence around the house and hay stacks.
Charles and I settled up, I took Mr. Foxes oats home. We cleaned up a load of grain.
Charles and I went to Owatonna with a load of wheat. Hickman drew up a written statement of the agreement made between Charles and I, he charged 1.00 I spent 75 cts for dinner and horse keeping.
I went to meeting and heard Elder Wheedon and Elder Liscomb preach.
I left home, took 7 bags of wheat home to William Scram which we borrowed of him. I took ad job of drawing 200 bushels of wheat for Mr. Schaefer at $3.00 for every 40 bushels, I drew and he furnishes oats for my horses and board myself.
I went to Owatonna with a load of wheat for Schaefer, 44 1/6 bushels I bought, 24 bags to Lords for $10.00. I staid at home tonight.
I went over to L. Burns after my wagon box, I then went over to Mr. Rulifsons and cleaned up a load of wheat. I then went to Geneva to get my horses shoed, but did not for Shad was so busy.
I went to Geneva and got my horses shoed cost me $3.00.
I went to Owatonna with a load of wheat for Schaefer. 41 1/8 bushels. I run in debt to Lords for Buffalo coat. Horseblankets, cloth for shirts about $28.00 I paid 70 cts to Winship for stopping twice. 20 for Calomel Schaefer paid me 2.00 this morning. I spent 90 cts today.
I went to Owatonna with 43 1/3 bush of wheat for Schaefer I sold 138 1/2 bush of wheat for bal Hemingway let oat 99 cts per bush. I spent 35 cts for horses and dinner. I had 5 1/2 bushels oats of Schaefer this week.
I staid at home all day. I fed 5 bushels of oats this week of my own.
I went over to Rulifsons early this morning and cleaned up a load of wheat and went [Òover toÓ is wrote but crossed out] Owatonna took 43 1/2 bushels for Schaefer I spent 70 cts today. I came to Josiah Hemingways tonight.
I went over to Cusicks with J. Hemingway to make out a Chattel mortgage on his wheat. I let him have 25 cts. In the afternoon we went to threshing, I helped him thresh.
I helped J. Hemingway thresh all day.
I helped J. Hemingway thresh until half past one then I helped him cover the granary then went over to J. Smiths after his Jamming mill, I helped him clean up 2 loads of wheat, got through loading about 12 o'clock.
I went to Owatonna with 43 20/60 bushels of wheat for J. Hemingway. J. Hemingway paid me $1.00 today. I came over to Rulifsons and cleaned up a load of wheat.
I went to Owatonna with 43 1/2 bushels of wheat for Schaefer I spend 35.00 today I came home tonight and saw Aunt Parthenia. I fed 1 1/2 bushels of oats of Schaefers.
I staid at home all day, I fed 3 bushels of my oats this week.
I worked all day with team for Mr. Fox at $ 2.00 per day.
Election day, I drew 2 loads of sand for Cal Hemingway I took his wagon home after having it to go to Owatonna 5 trips at 50 cts per trip he pays me $1.25 for drawing sand.
Rainy, I worked for Mr. Fox plowing in the A.M., in the afternoon I helped pitch on manure and let my team stand in the stable.
I helped do the chars to Mr. Foxes. It rained all day, Mr. D. Chase and wife came here tonight and staid all night.
I plowed all day for Mr. Fox. He killed hogs today.
I plowed in the A.M. In the afternoon I went up to Hayes blacksmith shop with the plow to get a point put on it, he charged 50 cts, I went to a debating school over by Rulifsons in the evening, Mr. Schaefer paid me for drawing wheat $15.70 I paid $1.00 to Cal Hemingway for making my shirts.
I went home in the morning, got my trunk , went to S. S. meeting. Class meeting in the daytime, in the evening we went to hear Elder La Due preach. It commenced raining this evening.
It rained and snowed all day. Mr. Fox went over to Mr. Rulifsons to plaster his house. I done the chars and helped Mr. Fox in the P.M. bank up the shed. I went over to Mr. Sheldon after Rilla Hemingway.
I plowed all day with my team. Mr. Fox went over to Theodore Sheldons to plaster.
Mr. Fox went over to Rulifsons and Fergusons to plaster. I blanked up her house for Mr. Fox.
I helped clean up some wheat to take to mill. I went over to P.G. Sheldons after a tumbling rod. Mr. and Mrs. Fox went to Owatonna this noon. In the afternoon I drew out manure with the oxen.
I drew out manure and banked up the shed with the oxen. Mr. Fox got home tonight.
I went over to Sawyers and Leander Barretts after a plow in the morning. I plowed the rest of the day.
I went to Baptist Sunday school and our Sunday school and prayer meeting in the evening.
We worked around the shed making mangers and banking up sheds. We cleaned up 10 bags of wheat to take to Owatonna.
Mr. Fox and I went to Owatonna today with 21 2/6 bushels of wheat, I payed Lord $10.00, traded with John $4.00. The going was very bad we broke an axletree out of Mr. Foxes wagon.
Very cold, I helped Mr. Fox draw 2 loads of straw from the other side the creek. We all went to a Donation this evening up to Duane Gordons. I paid 50 cts to Mrs. Sheldon for the fire sufferers I signed 2.00 for Elder Liscomb and 50 cts for Missionary purpose.
I helped Mr. Fox draw two loads of straw and 2 loads of manure. We went to prayer meeting in the evening.
I helped Mr. Fox dig out his well and fix it, put in the pump. I paid 50 cts today for my name cut on tin.
I helped draw 2 loads of straw and a load of wood.
I went to Sunday school meeting, Clays meeting, and prayer meeting to day.
I went home this P.M. I helped Charles clean up 2 loads of wheat. I got my pants that Aunt Parthenia made.
I helped Mr. Fox draw a load of straw. We picked over some pepper and spice in the A.M. Mr. J. Hemingway came over here and wanted me to draw a load of wheat to Owatonna for him. I went over there towards night, I helped him clean up a load of wheat in the evening.
I went to Owatonna with wheat for J. Hemingway, took 330 bush, Mrs. J. Hemingway and Clinton Hemingway went to town with me.
I went to Mr. Foxes from J. Hemingways this morning. I helped him kill 4 hogs, I cleaned up a load of wheat in the evening with S. J. Nelson, J. Hemingway paid me 4.00 today for drawing 2 loads of grain to Owatonna.
I went to Owatonna for Mr. Fox, took 34 bushels of wheat. I received of Mr. Fox $2.80 today. I paid Rice 42.00 for Mr. Fox to apply on mortgage.
I helped Mr. Sage thresh. I went to the Lyceum in the evening, I paid $.125 to Bal Hemingway the balance for the use of his wagon.
I went home this afternoon. I fed one bush of oats today. I fed one bushel of my oats this week, I paid Aunt Parthenia $1.00 for lining horses blankets and making plants.
I went to Owatonna on the Grand Jury. I spent 10 cts for apples.
I was on jury all day, paid 85 cts for a knife.
I went on jury all day, we got through tonight. I received $9.00 for services, I paid $2.70 to Winship for stopping there while on jury. I drove out as far as J. Hemingways and stopped all night.
I went to Geneva to get my horses shoed. I paid him for shoeing before I paid Shad $6.35 today. J. Hemingway and wife went with me.
Mifs Hattie Perkins, Mrs. J. Hemingway, Mrs. Ida Brown and Mrs. Hellen Allen and myself came over to see mother and the rest of the folks. We went back in the evening. Charles went to Owatonna today.
I helped J. Hemingway draw up his corn in the shock. In the evening Mifs Perkins, Ella Hemingway and I went home, Mifs Perkins was quite sick with the headache this evening.
We visited all day with our folks, staid all night. I fed 6 bushels of my oats this week.
We came back to J. Hemingways this A.M. We husked corn all day, cleaned up a load of wheat in the evening.
Miss Perkins, Mrs. Hemingway, and I went to Owatonna with wheat. I sold 19 bushels at $1.02 per bushel and took 4 bags to mill. I went to the barber's and got shaved and hair cut, paid 35 cts. I paid J. Hemingway taxes, 2.58, and hotel bill 85 cts, sold $3.00 worth of chickens. I gave my note to Lord Bros. for 31.65, payable 4 months from date.
J. Hemingway and I cleaned up a lot of oats to take over to the feed mill, drew up a load of corn from the field. Raljah Sheldon and wife and Charles Gordon and wife came over here today. I spent 5 cts today.
We loaded up 2 loads of feed and took them over to the cheese factory. Mrs. Hemingway went over with us we took dinner to P.G. Sheldon's, afterwards we went down to Mr. Rulifsons
I helped J. Hemingway kill 2 hogs. It stormed quite hard most all day.
J. and I went after the grist over to the Cheese factory. It was very blustering all day. We cut up the hogs, fixed a bin for the feed. I let J. Hemingway have $2.00 to pay for his feed.
I drove over to Mattuces after the mail. George Hemingway came over to Josiah's today. I fed 2 bushels of my oats this week.
Miss Perkins, J. Hemingway and I went to Owatonna, I spent $1.40 today. I got a string of Bells at Hanewells for $5.00 but did not pay for them.
It is an awful day today. J. Hemingway and I went over to the Norwegians to see if he could get a boy to do the chars this winter.
I went home today, Mrs. Hemingway and Miss Hattie Perkins went with me. I stopped to Foxes and found that he owes me $13.25 but he did not pay me today. Charles paid me 55 cts today. I got 10 bushels of my oats to take with me to the Pinery.
Jo and I drove all over Berlin after a man to come and do chars but got none. Fox paid me for my work $12.95. We took dinner to Rulfisons, he paid me 50 cts for a bag that he borrowed of me and did not bring it back.
It stormed very hard this A.M., Miss Hattie Perkins and I went to Owatonna after Christmas presents. I got my photograph taken, 8 in number cost $2.00. I spent $10.40 today.
I and Miss H. Perkins drove over to Mattuces after the mail this afternoon. In the afternoon Jo and I went over to Johnson's to see Gilbert but he had gone to Owatonna.
We went to meeting today.
We went over to Sage's today visiting. We went to the Christmas tree in the evening.
Mother, Charles and Aunt Parthenia came over to J. Hemingways visiting. J. Gilbert and I went to Geneva to see James Jones.
We started for the pinery this morning, got as far as Kasson tonight.
We got as far as Eyota today. I paid 1.50 for stopping in Kasson.
We took dinner in Plainview, cost me 50 cents. We drove as far as Minneiska tonight. My bill in Eyota was $1.50, spent in all 2.00.
I paid my bill this morning which was $1.10, took dinner in Winona which was 20 cts. making in all 1.50. We got as far as Galesville.
I paid my bill this morning which was 90 cts. We took dinner to Morrills, paid 30 cts making in all 1.20 today. We got to Humbird this evening.