1873

Auburn, Kansas
Aug. 30th, 1873 - Farmers met at 3 o'clock. Called to order. B. Cook elected chairman, P.P Kenney sec. Reading of the constitution of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry. Adjourned. 30 minutes.

1874

Thurs., Jan. 1st - A Happy New Year to all. How time flies. May we commence this new year with new resolutions to live nearer to God than we have ever done before. Wind South. Warm and pleasant as a July day. Went to the chapter in the evening.

Fri., Jan. 2nd - Took a load of corn to Judson's. Took Mother Dickson home. Geo. and John Johnston brought the oxen home this evening. Wind from the South.

Sat., Jan. 3rd - Wind changed to the N.W. in the afternoon. Grew cold very fast. Snowing at sundown. Jennie up today ___ time.

Sun., Jan. 4th - Terrible storm last night. Snow fell to the depth of four inches probably on the level, but it lay in drifts. Went to church in the evening. Mrs. Shepardson.

Mon., Jan. 5th - Wind from the South. Jim brought Mother Dickson up this morning. I went to church in the evening.

Tues., Jan. 6th - Wind N.W. I worked about the stable and took a load of corn to Charles Kenester. Went to church.

Wed., Jan. 7th - Took Mother Dickson home. Butchered a hog for them. Wind from the South.

Thurs., Jan. 8th - Worked at the stable fixing a place for the chickens. Hauled out feed for the cattle, &c.

Fri., Jan. 9th - Went to Topeka today. Mollie came home with me in the evening. Wind North but not cold.

Sat., Jan. 10th - I went to Burlingame in the afternoon to see Geo. Coppleton in regard to some horses. Wind from the North but not cold.

Sun., Jan. 11th - Nice day. John and Helen was over today. Alex called in the evening. Wind getting in the E.

Mon., Jan. 12th - Wind from the S.E. Got a load of wood, fed, &c.

Tues., Jan. 13th - Wind in the North today. Cold. I was quite sick all day. Jerome came over to go to work May quite unwell.

Wed., Jan. 14th - Wind in the North and quite cold. Went to town today and got my horses shod.

Thurs., Jan. 15th - Last night the coldest of the season. May quite sick. Sent for Dr. Wood. Got up a load of wood, &c.

Fri., Jan. 16th - Softening up a little. Wind from the South. Dr. Wood remained here last night. I took a load of corn to Dyche. 25 lbs.

Sat., Jan. 17th - Wind from the South and very soft. Looks like rain. Took a load of corn to Dyche. 25 lbs. Jerome went home to Silver Lake.

Sun., Jan. 18th - Quite cold. Wind from the North West. No company. Stayed at home all day.

Mon., Jan. 19th - Still cloudy and quite cold. Wind N.W. in the morning. Went slowly around to the North East. I pulled corn today. Prater came over and got a load of corn. Jerome came back.

Tues., Jan. 20th - Rained a little during the night and froze as it fell. Rained a little most of the day. Done nothing but feed the stock.

Wed., Jan. 21st - Rained some during the night. All the frost of the grass and trees gone this morning. Wind in the South till evening when it went N.W.

Thurs., Jan. 22nd - Rained some last night and sleet covers everything this morning to the depth of ¾ of an inch. Misting and freezing all day. Cut wood in the timber. Wind from the North.

Fri., Jan. 23rd - Cleared up in the night. Wind from the South but thawing very little. Cut wood in the timber most of the day. Ira Hyde came over and got a load of corn. 14 lbs.

Sat., Jan. 24th - Wind from the South and thawing a little. Cut wood in the forenoon. In the afternoon I hauled up two loads of wood. Jerome went home.

Sun., Jan. 25th - Wind from the South. Most of the ice went off today. Imgrund and Lady was here today, also Jim and Lizzie. Went to church this evening.

Mon., Jan. 26th - Wind South and still thawing. Tom, Dave, Straum, and Jakie was husking corn today. Went to church in the evening. Mrs. Shephardson.

Tues., Jan. 27th - Killed a hog this morning. Harvey Stephens came along in time to help me. Dallas, Burwash, and Harvey each got a load of corn. Tom, Dave, Kinehelo, Bayliss, Straum, and Jakie husking corn. I went to church in the evening. Weather warm.

Wed., Jan. 28th - Dallas and Stees each got a load of corn. Had Prater in addition to yesterday's crew. I went to town to help in regard to the Grange supper.

Thurs., Jan. 29th - Ira Hyde got a load of corn. Warm and muddy. Same crew husking corn as yesterday. Went to church in the evening. Took a load of corn to Dyche's. Sow had 8 pigs.

Fri., Jan. 30th - Quite cold. Wind. N.W. Hauled in a load of corn to Kenester's and one in the crib. Went to church in the evening.

Sat., Jan. 31st - Took a load of corn to Lee. Commenced snowing at noon. By dusk 6 inches of snow.

Sun., Feb.1st - No company today. Weather pleasant and thawing. Went to church in the evening.

Mon., Feb. 2nd - Done nothing today but feed the stock. Weather pleasant, thawing a little. I went to church in the evening.

Tues., Feb. 3rd - Fed the stock and that was about all. Not very cold. Thawing a little. Went to church in the evening. Jerome and Ann came over today.

Wed., Feb. 4th - Quite cool today. Had a prayer meeting at my house today and we had a glorious good time. Went to church in the evening. Snowing a little when I came home.

Thurs., Feb. 5th - Snowed all day. Went to church in the evening. Ann went home with Jerome. Wind from the North East.

Fri., Feb. 6th - Snowing at ten o'clock last night but clear this morning, with fifteen inches of snow on the ground. Wind West.

Sat., Feb. 7th - Wind from the South and quite pleasant. Clear and thawing. Took Jennie to town in the afternoon. Stayed for Grange.

Sun., Feb. 8th - Sun arose clear, but soon clouded up. Commenced snowing about noon. Snowed hard for a couple of hours (two inches) then cleared up. Wind N.W. Went over to town in the evening and brought Jennie and the babies home.

Mon., Feb. 9th - Quite cold. Did not thaw very much. Done nothing but feed the stock, do chores, &c. Went to church.

Tues., Feb. 10th - Wind from the South. Thawed considerable. Went to church in the evening.

Wed., Feb. 11th - Thawing considerable today. Went to church in the evening. Kinehelo cut wood for me today. Lizzie was here today.

Thurs., Feb. 12th - Went to prayer meeting at 11 o'clock. Did not go to church in the evening. Warm and thawing till noon when the wind got in the North and it commenced freezing.

Fri., Feb. 13th - Wind from the North but not very cold. Thawing some. Went to church in the evening.

Sat., Feb. 14th - Went to Topeka today. Wind from the South. Thawing. Snow going very fast. Creek's up so I could not get home. Stayed all night in town.

Sun., Feb. 15th - Got home this morning before breakfast. Took the buggy home to Allen Blandon's. Quite cold. Wind North. Cloudy. Heavy fog. Cleared up about noon and got quite warm. Snow melting fast. Sam Morhan was here last night and today. Went to church in the evening.

Mon., Feb. 16th - Quite warm today. I hauled in two loads of corn and fed the stock. Jerome hauled stone.

Tues., Feb. 17th - Fixed up for butchering today in the forenoon. In the afternoon I killed 5 hogs, Jim Dickson and Will Fox helping me. Will and Alma was over today. Jerome hauled stone. Went to church.

Wed., Feb. 18th - I cut up the hogs today. Jerome got one hog weighing 135 lbs. Jerome hauled stone.

Thurs., Feb. 19th - Went over to the sixmile today for sausage grinder. Bell was alone. Quite cold.

Fri., Feb. 20th - Hauled up wood today. Weather quite warm. Went to church in the evening.

Sat., Feb. 21st - Snowed today and last night to the depth of two inches. Done nothing but feed the stock, &c.

Sun., Feb. 22nd - Jennie and I went down to Jim's today for dinner. Quite cold. Wind N.W. and snowing.

Mon., Feb. 23rd - Quite cold. Wind N.W. Went to the eleven o'clock prayer meeting.

Tues., Feb. 24th - Very cold. Brother Shepherdson was over today. We went to Jim and Slusser's.

Wed., Feb. 25th - Quite cold. Went to church. Helen came home with Jim in the sleigh.

Thurs., Feb. 26th - Jennie and I went to church with Jim. Helen stayed with the babies.

Fri., Feb. 27th - Warm today. Roads very muddy. Helen went home this evening. Went to church with Jim.

Sat., Feb. 28th - Quite warm today. Roads very muddy. I took the team and went over to a prayer meeting at Bush school house. Jim's folks went along.

Sun., Mar. 1st - A beautiful day. I went to Auburn to church in the morning. In the evening I went to the Prairie Centre school house to church.

Mon., Mar. 2nd - Cut a little wood, done my chores, and went to Burlingame. Nice warm day. Straun and Jakie corn. Went to church Prairie Centre evening.

Tues., Mar. 3rd - Cut wood, fed, &c. Went to Lodge. Quite cold. Wind N.W. Went to Lodge.

Wed., Mar. 4th - Quite cold this morning. Cut wood, fixed fence, hauled manure, &c. Went to prayer meeting at town in the evening.

Thurs., Mar. 5th - Weather pleasant. Warm and muddy. Hauled manure in the forenoon. In the afternoon I went to the sixmile. Went to church in the evening, to the Prairie Centre school house. Bro. Rogers came home with me.

Fri., Mar. 6th - Wind North and West. Rained, thundered, and blowed. Done nothing but the chores. Snowed a little. ½ inch.

Sat., Mar. 7th - Fed, cut wood, &c. in the forenoon. In the afternoon took a load of corn to Dyche. Went to Grange.

Sun., Mar. 8th - Went to church this morning, M.E. Wind in the North and quite chilly. Went to church with Jim and Mother.

Mon., Mar. 9th - Wind South. Warm and pleasant. Hauled manure on the garden. Went to town in the evening.

Tues., Mar. 10th - Quite cold. Wind North West. Fed the cattle. Went to prayer meeting at Allen Blandon's. Quite a good turnout.

Wed., Mar. 11th - Wind in the North. Quite cold. Went to prayer meeting in the evening. Hauled manure on the garden.

Thurs., Mar. 12th - Wind in the North East. Quite cool. Went up to Ingrun's for Allie and over to Spangler's for her colt.

Fri., Mar. 13th - Jim and I went to Topeka today with my team. Wind N.E. and quite cold. Got home at eleven o'clock at night.

Sat., Mar. 14th - Cloudy this morning and misting. Wind South East. Went to the Grange in the evening. So dark and wet that I remained in town all night.

Sun., Mar. 15th - Came home from town this morning before breakfast. Raining a little at times during the day. Went in the evening to church at Bush's school house.

Mon., Mar. 16th - Raining this morning. Went to town to attend Matie Smith's funeral . It was so late I came home before the sermon. Poor Matie, cut off so early, just when she was getting ready to live. Truly, "in the midst of life we are in death." May we all be prepared when our time comes to cross the dark river is my prayer. Wind South East.

Tues., Mar. 17th - Wind from the North but clear and pleasant.

Wed., Mar. 18th - Wind South and misting rain. Went to prayer meeting in the evening. Jim Anderson commenced working for me today by the month. Went to prayer meeting in the evening.

Thurs., Mar. 19th - I went to the Sixmile today. Jim cut wood at the woodpile today. Wind from the North. Quite cool.

Fri., Mar. 20th - I ploughed the garden. Set out currants and gooseberries. Jim cut wood at the house. Weather pleasant. Jim broke stalks.

Sat., Mar. 21st - I went up to Binder's to get some rhubarb plants. Planted them in the afternoon and took Jennie and the babies to town. Jim broke corn stalks all day.

Sun., Mar. 22nd - Nice day but cool. Went to town. Met Mother, Bell, & Jane coming over to my house. Brought Jennie home. John Mongoul and Jerome came over in the afternoon.

Mon., Mar. 23rd - Wind North and cold. I fixed up fence. Jim broke cornstalks in the forenoon. In the afternoon he ploughed on the hill near the house.

Tues., Mar. 24th - Wind in the South but quite cold. Froze hard last night for the season. Jim tried to break the cornstalks and the wheat but they pulled up by the roots. He hauled wood in the forenoon and I mended harness. In the afternoon we both ploughed for corn.

Wed., Mar. 25th - Wind from the South. Quite warm. Cloudy, looking like rain. Jim and I ploughed for corn all day. I went to church (prayer meeting) in the evening.

Thurs., Mar. 26th - Wind from the North and quite cold. Jim and I ploughed in the west field.

Fri., Mar. 27th - Wind from the North West and snowing. Snow fell to the depth of four inches. Stopped snowing about noon. Jim and I ploughed in the afternoon.

Sat., Mar. 28th - Thawed a little today. Jim and I ploughed till five o'clock, then we took a hog over to Thompson's. Went to the Grange. Wind South.

Sun., Mar. 29th - Thawing some, but cool. Snow all gone by noon. Lizzie, Mollie, and Jane were over today. I went to church in the evening. Lone Rock.

Mon., Mar. 30th - Went to sow wheat for Allen Blandon today. Commenced raining about 10 o'clock. Moore's bro. ploughed for me awhile. I sowed wheat.

Tues., Mar. 31st - Snowing this morning. Kept at it till noon. Very bad weather for stock. Done nothing today but attend to the stock. Wind blowing strong from the N.W. and quite cold.

Wed., Apr. 1st - Attended to the stock. Took Gray and his traps up to his cabin. Jim built a pen for the poor cattle and calves.

Thurs., Apr. 2nd - Fed the stock, &c. in the forenoon. In the afternoon I sowed wheat for Allen Blandon. Jim worked on a drain for the cellar. Wind from the North in the morning, gradually worked by the West to the South.

Fri., Apr. 3rd - Wind blowing strong from the South. Jim and I ploughed all day.

Sat., Apr. 4th - Wind North. Not very cold. Jim ploughed all day. I ploughed in the forenoon. In the afternoon I skinned a cow, done up odd jobs, &c. Rained a little.

Sun., Apr. 5th - Chilly wind from the North. Went to church at eleven o'clock. Ann came over. Snowed a little.

Mon., Apr. 6th - Jim ploughed all day. I went over to Esq. Butts to get some papers fixed up for Ann. Took Gray's team home in the afternoon and went to the sixmile.

Tues., Apr. 7th - Jim ploughed. I went to election. Got some trees at Stees. Wind from the North and quite cold.

Wed., Apr. 8th - Wind still North and N.E. Jim ploughed I went with Jim Dickson up to the _____'s sale. Bought a chair (8.00), table (4.50), and ______ (1.05).

Thurs., Apr. 9th - Jim ploughed most of the day in the orchard. Put up a clothes pole. Built a smokehouse. Wind South.

Fri., Apr. 10th - Hurrah, wind from the South. Jim hauled manure. I planted potatoes and onions. Nice day. Cool in the morning and frosty but soon grew warm.

Sat., Apr. 11th - Wind from the South. Pleasant. Went to Ingrum's this forenoon to get some strawberry plants. In the afternoon I took Mother's cattle home. Jim ploughed in the forenoon. In the afternoon he set out strawberry plants, cut wood, &c.

Sun., Apr. 12th - Wind from the South but not very warm. Went to Sunday school in the morning. Got dinner at Jim Dickson's.

Mon., Apr. 13th - Raining this morning. I went to Topeka with Ann and Fleck. Jim ploughed in the afternoon. Wind North.

Tues., Apr. 14th - Wind from the North. Quite cool. I went to Clark's today for trees. I got 100 apple trees, 10 E. Richmond cherries, 8 budded peaches, and 1800 hedge plants. Whole bill 17.20. Paid $5.20 and gave my note for sixty days for $12.00. Jim ploughed. Bartholomew Imgrund hauled my trees home.

Wed., Apr. 15th - Quite cool. Wind from the North. Jim and I set out trees. Went to prayer meeting in the evening. Cloudy, looking like rain.

Thurs., Apr. 16th - Jim and I worked in the orchard all day setting out trees. Wind from the North.

Fri., Apr. 17th - Jim went to town to haul manure on the garden for Father Dickson. I worked in the orchard. Wind North.

Sat., Apr. 18th - Jim ploughed. I went with Ann to Butts to help her make a deed. In the afternoon I worked on the orchard. Wind North East. Looking like rain.

Sun., Apr. 19th - Raining this morning. Wind North and quite cold. Rained nearly all day.

Mon., Apr. 20th - Wind N.W. Quite cool. Rained some last night. Jim and I worked on a ditch for draining the cellar.

Tues., Apr. 21st - Wind from the North. Quite cool. I went to town in the forenoon. Rained most of the day. Jim ploughed a while in the morning.

Wed., Apr. 22nd - Jim and I went to town this morning. Stayed till noon. I got some cherry and peach trees. Worked on the cellar drain in the afternoon.

Thurs., Apr. 23rd - Jim worked on the cellar drain till noon and then went to ploughing. I helped Harvey Stephens measure off a piece of land that I bought of Joanna Blandon. Mother was over today. Harvey, John Walker, Anderson here for dinner. Wind from every quarter, mostly from the South.

Fri., Apr. 24th - Wind from the South. Hunted Old Reuben till ten o'clock, then set out trees the rest of the day. Jim ploughed.

Sat., Apr. 25th - Jim ploughed in the forenoon. In the afternoon he repaired harness. I took Jennie to Thompson's.

Sun., Apr. 26th - Went to church and Sunday school this morning, then went up to Thompson's for dinner and to bring Jennie and the babies home. Windy. Quite cool.

Mon., Apr. 27th - I went down town this morning to plough the garden at home. Jim was sick. Done little or nothing. Wind North. Quite cool.

Tues., Apr. 28th - Worked in the orchard today, setting out trees. Jim ploughed. Went to town.

Wed., Apr. 29th - I cut corn stalks in the forenoon and Jim ploughed. In the afternoon I ploughed and Allie and Jim cut stalks.

Thurs., Apr. 30th - I set out hedge plants and Jim ploughed. Wind strong from the South.

Fri., May. 1st - Finished the hedge by noon. In the afternoon I ploughed with the colts and gelded two horses for Hodge. Jim ploughed in the forenoon and harrowed in the afternoon.

Sat., May 2nd - I harrowed in the forenoon and planted some garden seeds and sowed a little alfalfa seed in the afternoon sent to me by S. A. Palmer from California. Jim ploughed.

Sun., May 3rd - Raining a little this morning. Went to church and Sunday school.

Mon., May 4th - I worked the colts two ___ the drag (all day). Jim ploughed. Gelded a colt at the sixmile.

Tues., May 5th - I harrowed all day. Jim worked the corn. Weather pleasant.

Wed., May 6th - harrowed all day. Jim ploughed ____ then went to marking out for corn. Wind North.

Thurs., May 7th - Jennie, Eekie, and I went to Topeka . ___[bottom half of line cut off]

Fri., May 8th - Jim and I planted corn today with the two horse planter. Wind South. Very strong. Gelded two 2 year-olds for Harris.

Sat., May 9th - Jim and I planted corn (very windy). Gelded two colts, Snider & Robinson.

Sun., May 10th - Nice day. Went to the Union church. No company.

Mon., May 11th - Jim and I planted corn. Gelded a 5 year old for Vestal Cook.

Tues., May 12th - Jim and I got through planting the bottom ground about one o'clock. Jim went to ploughing and I went to harrowing. Mrs. Thompson and Helen came over today. Helen stayed here.

Wed., May 13th - Jim ploughed and I harrowed on the hill. Rained in the evening. Eugene Roberts was struck by lightning today. Sardine was killed instantly. I think Eugene will get well.

Thurs., May 14th - I went up to see Eugene this morning but they had taken him to town. Jim fixed up fence a little and cut wood a little. I took Helen to town in the afternoon. Jennie went along. Rained in the forenoon.

Fri., May 15th - Rained hard last night. Mollie and Lizzie was here all night. Jim hauled rails in the forenoon and finished ploughing in the afternoon. I worked at building fence, &c.

Sat., May 16th - Jim marked out the hill for planting. I harrowed till noon then planted potatoes.

Sun., May 17th - I went to Sunday school this morning, then hunted up Reuben who got loose in the night. Found him at Imgrunds.

Mon., May 18th - George Gibson helped me plant corn all day on the hill.

Tues. May 19th - Douglas Meltior [?] commenced work for me to day at $16.00 per month. We finished planting corn. Mother came over this evening.

Wed., May 20th - Douglas helped Jim plant corn till noon, then he cut the corn stalks off the wheat. I finished planting potatoes.

Thurs., May 21st - D. ploughed corn. I trimmed hedge and made garden.

Fri., May 22nd - Douglas ploughed corn. I set out some hedge plants. Hoed the apple grafts and small fruit in the forenoon. In the afternoon I hauled wood.

Sat., May 23rd - D. ploughed corn. I hauled stone till five o'clock then went to Imgrund's to geld a colt.

Sun., May 24th - Bro. Brockway was here last night. No company today. All hands stayed at home. Weather quite warm.

Mon., May 25th - D. ploughed corn in the forenoon and replanted corn in the afternoon. I hauled stone all day. Quite warm.

Tues., May 26th - D. replanted corn. I hauled stone.

Wed., May 27th - I hauled stone. D. finished ploughing corn.

Thurs., May 28th - D. ploughed corn. I hauled stone all day.

Fri., May 29th - I hauled stone. D. ploughed corn.

Sat., May 30th - D. ploughed corn. I hauled stone.

Sun., May 31st - I went to Sunday school. ___took dinner at ___ [bottom half of line cut]

Mon., June 1st - Douglas and I ploughed corn all day. Weather cloudy and warm.

Tues., June 2nd - Rained last night. I worked around the house. D pulled rye out of the wheat.

Wed., June 3rd - D. ploughed corn all day. I ploughed till noon then went into the orchard with a Diamond plough Fixing up the trees.

Thurs., June 4th - D. ploughed corn and I ____ all day. John Markham took young ____.

Fri., June 5th - Had a fine rain last night. Douglas took Pigeon and Allie to town and got them shod, and I worked around the house in the forenoon. In the afternoon we both ploughed corn.

Sat., June 6th - D. and I ploughed corn. VanDerlip was up here hunting horses. Found them. Stayed all night with me.

Sun., June 7th - I went to Sunday school this morning. VanDerlip stayed all night with me.

Mon., June 8th - D. and I ploughed corn on the hill. Old Nellie had a colt today. I hoed trees.

Tues., June 9th - D. ploughed corn. I went to Topeka. Took 41 lbs. of butter - 10 cts., $4.10. Cloudy.

Wed., June 10th - I worked on the trees and garden all day. D. ploughed corn. Fleck was here.

Thurs., June 11th - D. ploughed corn. I hauled stone. Weather quite cool.

Fri., June 12th - D. ploughed and I hauled stone.

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