A FARMER'S DIARY
by CHARLES HENRY
Submitted by Max B Cushman
From Book #1 - dated at Annawan, Illinois.
01 Lydia Bur & I went to Kewanee I took Mr Bowen a load of kindling wood
bought 6 bu of potatoes. Jack commenced harrowing to plant corn.
02 I planted potatoes in the forenoon Jack finished harrowing down the 80. In the
afternoon I plowed & Jack commenced to plant Jack went to the Maypole dance in Annawan at night.
03 (website note: no entry in what we
received for this date)
04 Jack planted corn in the forenoon I plowed it rained in the afternoon we fixed
05 I took Mrs M. & Reava over to Kewanee, came home by Fathers got snme butter
& pieplant Jack went home. Lydia & Bur was down to Rocky's
06 I plowed & Jack planted corn. John F. was here to see if he could get a
load of corn.
07 I plowed & Jack finished planting on the 80 & planted the 10 acre
08 Jack commenced planting on the 20, I finished plowing.
09 I harrowed & Jack finished planting today.
10 Jack harrowed & I finished planting potatoes, planted the squash seed too.
Turned very cold at night.
11 Jack finished harrowing in the fore noon & we all went to Kewanee inthe
afternoon I ordered me a suit of clothes at Johnsons for $33
12 Sunday We stayed at home all day Father & Mother was over.
13 I went to Annawan & ordered a car to ship my hogs, went to Mineral &
sold 3200 bu of corn in the afternoon I went over to Courie to see when they could come & shell my
14 Modest Ben & Jim R Helped haul my hogs to town John W hauled one load in
the afternoon I shipped 65. Ella came over
15 Jack & I hauled corn to Annawan for Modest It rained all the afternoon John
16 Jack & I built fence in the forenoon. Jack went after a load of coal After
dinner, Irve Heape bought two shoats of me. Lydia & Ella went to Kewanee. John brought over a load at
17 Jack & Ella went to Annawan after meat & butter. The shellers came out
& shoveled, got draft for my hogs amt $609.03.
18 Shelled corn all day Ed & Will McC shoveled John hauled 3 loads
19 We took Ella home & then went to Aunt Sallies for dinner.
20 Jack John & I hauled 3 loads of corn for Hugh Warnick & 6 loads for
Shaw. Went to look at my corn & found I would have to plant 30 acres over.
21 Jack commenced planting corn I harrowed and cultivated. John W. hauled two
loads of corn to Mineral.
22 Jack finished planting at noon I cultivated & John hauled corn. He went
home at night.
23 I hauled two loads in the fornoon John came back and Kimerling sent a team we
took four loads in afternoon. Jack cultivated all day.
24 John & I hauled corn We finished hauling there was all together 3526 bu,
got a draft on bank for $1593.22
25 I went to Kewanee paid Bowen his rent $1205.25 paid Whitening's note and left
$700 in the First National Bank got my suit and paid $33.00 for them paid Jack $70.00 that I borrowed of him. Money
left at bank was from the hogs & corn.
26 Sunday Jack went home, we went down to Rockyfellows. Addie & Al come out
27 I went over to Fathers took him two pigs dug a ditch so the colts would get
water. Jack plowed corn.
28 We plowed corn all day
29 I got two shirts & 3 pr. socks for Jack $1.25 We plowed corn, Lydia &
Bur went to Kewanee her Mother & Rena went to New York.
30 Today is decoration day I did not go any where John Emma & the children
came over Lydia went with them up to Fairview. Jack went to Annawan in the afternoon.
31 We plowed corn all day.