A FARMER'S DIARY
by CHARLES HENRY CUSHMAN
Submitted by Max B Cushman
From Book #1 - dated at Annawan, Illinois.
01 Ed came back this
morning we worked at oats all day it misted all day, and rained hard at night
Johnnie came and told me Father was taken sick over to town so he & I went over home to hear how we
was Mother is sick too.
02 Rung the hogs and Jack Ed & I went to town and voted in forenoon after
dinner we worked at oats. Johnnie stopped at night on his way home from town and said Father was very sick with the
gripe and not able to come home yet.
03 Worked at oats all day
04 We all worked at oats
05 Finished sowing and cultivating
oats, Ed hauled out dressing and I cut stalks in the afternoon Jack
harrowed, Lydia and her Mother went over to see Vesta she has a little
boy, he was born March 30th
06 Jack finished harrowing Ed went home in the morning I borrowed $10 of Jack to
pay Ed owe him $1.00 now. Lydia Bur and I went to Kewanee, came back by Fathers, I stayed all night.
07 Lydia came over after me, we came home after dinner, Father is some better
08 Ed came back this morning we all worked at the pasture fence in the morning
untill it rained then we shelled seed corn;. The sheriff came after us to go to Cambridge tomorrow. Jack went home
at night and Billie came back with him and stayed all night, I got $60 to Jack.
09 We went to
Cambridge did not get home untill 11 o'clock, the Jury had not give in
their verdict yet.
10 Worked at the pasture fence in
morning. Ed cut stalks in after noon, Martha came up after Ed at
11 Jack ploughed up the patch for potatoes Ed cut stalks, and I finished fixing
the pasture fence, Jack & I went to Annawan in the afternoon sent a letter to Dunham paid Barker $2.67 the
account that on the book.
12 Jack and Ed ploughed down on the
20 I fixed the tile between Messmion and me, helped Lydia put the carpet
down in the after noon, Father came over at night.
13 Went to Kewanee got $100 at the bank brought Will and Nell home with
14 Ella and Annie came over, Lydia and
I took Will and Nell home in the evening, came home by Fathers, Mother was there alone.
15 Jack & Ed ploughed I went to Annawan and brought a man out to fix the
windmill opump. Took him back in the afternoon.
16 Ed & Jack finished ploughing on the 20 in the forenoon I made a little
garden In the afternoon I cut stalks on the 80 & Jack ploughed.
17 Ed Lydia & I went over to
Fathers to build fence stayed all night Jack ploughed.
18 Finished the fence and got home at noon. I cut stalks in the
19 Cut stalks and ploughed all
20 Cut stalks & ploughed Ed went home at noon.
21 Sunday stayed at home all day rained a little.
potatoes Jack took a load of oats to town. 36 bu at .28 per bu. Cut stalks in
afternoon Jack & Ed plowed.
23 We went to Cambridge with Jim and Mrs R I paid my fine. Went through the Jail
saw Arkland & Ellis. Jack was sick in afternoon. He did not work.
24 Jack & Ed plowed all
day I cut stalks. Lydia went
to town in the forenoon.
25 Ed & Jack plowed I cut stalks Lydia went to Geneseo with Al & Addie
Fitskee to have teeth pulled.
26 I finished cutting stalks Jack & Ed plowed in the fornoon. It rained all
27 Jack & Ed
plowed I tinkered around.
Lydia went to town & took Mother down to Aunt Kates to stay over Sunday.
28 Jack went home, Bur Lydia & I went over home in after noon.
29 Ed came back this
morning he & Jack plowed in the fornoon. Jack & I took the colts over to pasture. Ed
30 We all hauled manure all day. Ed went home I paid him $20. All I owe