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McDonough Co., Illinois: 1884

Jan 1 1884 At home all day. Terrible snow storm.
Jan 2 Very cold. Went to Chester. Got coal stove coal and cradle.
Jan 3 Went to grandmother. Got her wood.
Jan 4 John Peel here last nite. Jim took Lydia to Wmefields to dance.
Jan 5 Took 3 sacks corn to mill. Got 27 bu. coal. Came near freezing.
Jan 6 Chopped stove wood. Went town. 34 degrees below zero last night.
Jan 7 Sunday. Good sleighing 12 below zero. Mrs. Chartie here.
Jan 8 Took load white corn to valley mill. Got .50 bu.
Jan 9 Went got wood for grandmother.
Jan 10 Cut wood for mother. Lydia quit work.
Jan 11 Took load white corn to mill. Turned cold.
Jan 12 Hattie went to her grandmas. I went to town to grandmothers.
Jan 13 8 below zero. Made hominy. Churned, baked mince pies.
Jan 14 Sunday. Went to Clays in sled. Nice day. Thawed and spoiled sledding.
Jan 15 Cloudy and dull. Hattie and I washed. Sold pen corn to McCord for 110.00
Jan 16 Chopped wood. Dressed 4 chickens. Helped Hattie.
Jan 17 Sunday. Thawing. Wills here in evening.
Jan 18 Damp. Hattie tacked comfort. I chopped wood.
Jan 19 I and Hattie washed. Rained. Very chilly.
Jan 20 Chilly South wind. Took white corn to Chester. Got 50 cts bu.
Jan 21 Cold N wind. Chopped wood for grandmother. Hattie went to Shaws.
Jan 22 Went to Mr. Locks funeral. Hattie went to Hies. Cold wind.
Jan 23 Went to Cedar Creek to church meeting. The first time Estilla goes to church.
Jan 24 Sunday. Light skirt snow. At home all day.
Jan 25 Nice warm day. Hattie washed. I spaded ditch.
Jan 26 I and Jim went to timber sawed wood. Mr. Alexander buried. Roads muddy.
Jan 27 Very cold and rough. Willie helped had coffee.
Jan 28 2 below zero. Thawed trees west of house. Very cold.
Jan 29 Down to Zero. Made rails. Hauled along fence.
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Mar 1, 1884 Snowed all day. I rested most of day.
Mar 2 Sunday snowed all day. Went to Wills on sled.
Mar 3 Hattie washed. I went to Jay Huffs sale. Cold.
Mar 4 I and Hattie went to Chester. Took last load white corn. First time for Estilla to town.
Mar 5 Went and cool forenoon, snowed. Sawed wood afternoon. Very cold.
Mar 6 Went sawed wood in timber. Very cold.
Mar 7 Sawed wood for grandmother. Hattie went to her grandmas.
Mar 8 Went town on sled. Bought saw.
Mar 9 Wills and mother came on sled.
Mar 10 Chilly south wind. Went to town on horseback. Jim helped Will saw.
Mar 11 Went and sawed wood for mother.
Mar 12 Sawed wood in timber. Eat dinner at grandmothers.
Mar 13 Very warm day. Hung meat. Hattie washed. I hauled corn.
Mar 14 My birthday. Hattie gave me a gold collar button and a splendid supper. Sawed wood.
Mar 15 Went sawed and split wood. Nice and warm. Roads drying.
Mar 16 Sunday nice and warm. At home all day.
Mar 17 Misted rain. Commenced to smoke meat. Tore down corn pens. Stilla weigh 15 lbs at 3 mos.
Mar 18 Cloudy and dull. Went to Chester in buggy.
Mar 19 Dull and cloudy. Smoked meat. Went hunting. Harriet and Mrs. Jones here.
Mar 20 Hattie washed. I went to mothers. Sold corn at 50 cts bu and he hauls it.
Mar 21 Dull and cloudy. Jimmy smoked meat.
Mar 22 Went to grandmothers. Cut cherry trees.
Mar 23 Sunday nice and clear. Home all day.
Mar 24 Went to town forenoon. Hung gates. Put hay in barn in evening.
Mar 25 Hard rain last nite. Went to work on grandmothers fence. Got wet.
Mar 26 Clear and nice. Hattie washed. I and Jimmy reset fence. West of brush.
Mar 27 Went and fixed fence for grandmother. Ate dinner at mothers.
Mar 28 Reset fence west of grove. Cloudy and dull.
Mar 29 Went town. Took 7 lbs butter. Got cylinder for stalk cutter. To convention in eve. Hattie and Jim went to Elm in eve.
Mar 30 Sunday. S. S. Convention at Elm. S. Davis and wife, J. beam, Mr. Welch all here for dinner.
Mar 31 Cut stalks. Laid willows. Too wet to work.
Apr 1, 1884 Hard rain last night. Went to election, to mothers and to grandmothers.
Apr 2 Charlie Lathan married last nite at home. Jimmie chopped wood.
Apr 3 Froze hard. Worked floss to wagon. Went town. Cut stalks.
Apr 4 Went town afternoon. Got new carpet. Nice and warm.
Apr 5 Cut stalks. Made soap. Made garden. Sowed oats afternoon.
Apr 6 Sunday I and Jimmy went to Wills in buggy. Worked Floss. Nice and warm.
Apr 7 Snowing. Hauled 2 loads manure. Sowed oats.
Apr 8 Cold and chilly. Spit snow. Sowed oats.
Apr 9 Finished sowing oats. Cloudy and dull.
Apr 10 Finished harrowing in oats.
Apr 11 Plowed garden, potato patch. Leona and mother came.
Apr 12 Cut stalks. Drizzed rain. Went to grandmothers. Hauled 5 loads wood.
Apr 13 Goggy and dull. Went to Ellas, then to Violas in eve.
Apr 14 High wind. Got home at noon. Jimmy cut corn stalks.
Apr 15 Cut stalks in morn. Set out raspberries and strawberries.
Apr 16 Finished cutting stalks. Mother here. Hattie washed. Nice and warm.
Apr 17 Commenced to plow for corn. Went to town to paint. Hattie went to her grandmas.
Apr 18 Painted blinds forenoon. Plowed afternoon.
Apr 19 Ploughed forenoon. Jimmie run off. Finished 1st coat on blinds. Rainy.
Apr 20 High N. E. wind. Harlie and Andy Shaw, Sam Keithley here. Cold, 34 degrees.
Apr 21 Cold high N. E. wind. Went to town plowed.
Apr 22 Nice day. Hattie washed. I plowed for corn.
Apr 23 Nice and warm. Plowed. Floras colt came.
Apr 24 Nice and warm. I plowed for corn.
Apr 25 Very nice and warm. Plowed.
Apr 26 High S wind. Jimmy went town. Got letter from Lafe.
Apr 27 Sunday nice day. Went to Elm, then to Ceder to meeting.
Apr 28 Plowed for corn. Very hard days work.
Apr 29 Finished plowing for corn. Went to Chester in afternoon.
Apr 30 Jimmie cultivated. I cut my finger. Hattie washed.
May 1, 1884 Rained last nite. Harrowed and crossed off sod.
May 2 Rained. Took Flora to Houston Norman.
May 3 Jimmy harrowed east place. I planted. Hattie set out 51 cabbage plants.
May 4 Sunday. Cloudy and dull. Hard rain.
May 5 Went and harrowed some in Slough. Too wet. Finished house first coat.
May 6 Went to mothers. Took Floss to Grigsby.
May 7 Hattie washed. I finished marking east place and planted some. Hot.
May 8 Plowed thicket.
May 9 Finished planting corn. Very fine corn weather. Mrs. J. here.
May 10 Harrowed sod corn twice. Weaned Sulla.
May 11 Sun. all day at home. Cloudy and dull.
May 12 Went town. Got nursing bottle for Estilla.
May 13 Fine rain last nite. Painted porch.
May 14 Jimmy rolled and harrowed. Nice and warm.
May 15 Put down new carpet and cleaned house.
May 16 Clear and fine. Cleaned out cellar. Went town got 300 sweet potato plants. Hattie went to Kittys.
May 17 Nice and warm. Hoed potatoes.
May 18 Sprinkled rain. Jakes Clays, Mrs Charlie, Orphy Null here in evening.
May 19 Marked colts. Hattie washed. Nice rain.
May 21 Replanted corn in forenoon.
May 22 Fine Rain last nite. Went to mothers. Nice for corn.
May 23 Rained last night. Hoed. Got seed corn.
May 24 I and Jimmy replanted corn on 20. Fine day.
May 25 Sunday went to Beds. They were not home. Went to Wills.
May 26 Finished replanting corn forenoon. I kept Ruby. Hattie & Jim went to Chester.
May 27 Plowed corn on south. Jimmy hoed. Hattie washed.
May 28 Plowed corn on east place. Nice weather.
May 29 Plowed corn. Will & mother went to Chester.
May 30 Finished plowing corn over 1st time. Uncle Johns here.
May 31 Went to Chester forenoon. Dry & Dusty. Then to Wills & town in evening.
Jun 1, 1884 At home all day. Clay & Harriet here. Rained.
Jun 2 Rained nice shower. Set out 150 sweet potato plants.
Jun 3 Worked on road. Warm & fine. Nice shower at night.
Jun 4 Finished working roads. Sprinkled rain. Dull & misty.
Jun 5 Began to plow corn 2nd time. Plowed sod. Red heefer had calf at dark.
Jun 6 Hattie washed. I plowed corn on east piece. Red cow died at dark.
Jun 7 Skinned cow & took 2 hops to town. Very hot. Viola & Mort came. Killed 38 rats.
Jun 8 Hard rain this morn. Went to mothers.
Jun 9 Rained last nite & all today. Wind from north.
Jun 10 I and Hattie washed. Jimmy plowed milk weeds. I plowed in evening.
Jun 11 Mr. Adams shot himself. I plowed. Jake, Harlie & Mrs. J. here. Nice day.
Jun 12 Very hot. Plowed corn. Fine corn weather.
Jun 13 Finished plowing corn over 2nd time. Went to Chester. Got pump.
Jun 14 Plowed sod 3rd time. Fine day to work. N. E. wind.
Jun 15 Sunday went to Mr. Adams funeral. Cloudy dull.
Jun 16 Plowed corn on east piece 3rd time. Fine corn weather.
Jun 17 Plowed corn. The very best of corn weather.
Jun 18 Finished plowing corn 3rd time. Went to town in evening by mothers.
Jun 19 Fine rain last nite. Went to Chester. 85 degrees. Hot.
Jun 20 Plowed Sod 4th time. Hattie washed. Very hot.
Jun 21 Set posts for grapes. Clay got load corn. Rained. Went to town.
Jun 22 Sunday Wills & mother here. Baptism at Cedar Creek.
Jun 23 Plowed corn. Had raspberries getting ripe. Very hot & fine.
Jun 24 Jimmy plowed corn. I went to Stambaugh. Rained.
Jun 25 Plowed corn. Nice & cool. Good day to work.
Jun 26 Finished corn 4th time. Commenced on sod 5th time.
Jun 27 Went to Chester forenoon. Finished sod P. M.
Jun 28 Went fixed fence for mother. Last of strawberries. Sowed turnips.
Jun 29 Sunday I went to Cedar forenoon. I and Hattie both went to S. S. convention in eve.
Jun 30 Jimmy plowed corn. I mowed in orchard. Very hot 90 deg.
Jul 1, 1884 Jim plowed. I went to McComb got Osborn mower.
Jul 2 I went to town on Flora. Fine rain. Cut hedge. Jim plowed.
Jul 3 Finished plowing corn. Sprinkled rain. Cut hedge.
Jul 4 Went to Chester to celebration. Nice day.
Jul 5 Cut hay in orchard. Hauled in barn in eve.
Jul 6 Went to Beds. They were not home. I went to Elms. Hattie stopped at her Mas.
Jul 7 Commenced to cut hay. Thundering in west, looks like rain.
Jul 8 Cut hay in morn. Cool & fine. Put hay rack up Will helped.
Jul 9 Cut hay in morn. Hauled in 3 loads. Finished cutting in eve.
Jul 10 Hauled 6 loads hay. Got done. Will helped.
Jul 11 Cut grass for Will.
Jul 12 Went to Chester forenoon. Got grindstone.
Jul 13 Sunday went to grandmothers in eve. Nice day.
Jul 14 Cut grass for Will forenoon. Cut for Hie in eve.
Jul 15 Cloudy & dull. Helped Will with his hay.
Jul 16 Finished cutting in Hie forenoon. Commenced on my oats.
Jul 17 Rained last nite. We traded share for corn with Hie. Hattie at Maws.
Jul 18 Hal & Hie cut 2 rounds in oats. Looked like rain. Cleared off at noon.
Jul 19 Finished cutting oats. Nice day for harvesting.
Jul 20 Sunday at home. Took buggy ride in eve.
Jul 21 Took load corn to Chester forenoon. Hauled 5 loads manure.
Jul 22 Hauled 4 loads manure. Very hot. 92 deg.
Jul 23 Mowed west Slace. Hauled 2 loads manure.
Jul 24 Hauled 5 loads manure. Went to town in eve.
Jul 25 Hattie washed. I plowed yard. Fixed wire by east fence. Jimmy run off.
Jul 26 Took corn & apples to Chester. Hard wind and rain.
Jul 27 Sunday went to Wills. Cloudy & dull.
Jul 28 Went to see thrashers forenoon. Cut apples. Went got tile.
Jul 29 Hattie washed, then went to Hals. I went to get hands to thrash.
Jul 30 Helped Will thrash. Hilman & Jay Ferrie stayed here all night.
Jul 31 Thrashed my oats. Had 665 bu. off 15 acres. Engaged 500 bu at 25 cts. bu. Took load to town.
Aug 1, 1884 I hauled 4 loads oats to town. Very warm. Got tile.
Aug 2 Hauled 3 loads oats, got 2 of tile. Harlie helped fence.
Aug 3 Sunday had a splendid rain last nite at home all day.
Aug 4 Hauled 2 loads oats. Finished hauling. Cool & fine.
Aug 5 Plowed on stuble. Nice day. Hattie washed. Cool of nights.
Aug 6 Plowed forenoon. Mowed weeds east afternoon.
Aug 7 Helped Lathams thrash. Cool of nights.
Aug 8 Went to McComb. Forepans show there. Paid for mower.
Aug 9 Plowed forenoon. Mowed weeds on pasture afternoon.
Aug 10 Sunday Hal here a few minutes. Nice day.
Aug 11 Plowed forenoon. Made 8 gal chrout. Went to Chester in evening.
Aug 12 Hattie washed. I plowed in morn. Cut weeds in thicket in eve.
Aug 13 Cut weeds in thicket. Very warm.
Aug 14 Finished cutting brush.
Aug 15 Helped C. thrash.
Aug 16 Helped Hie thrash. Nice & warm.
Aug 17 Sunday raining this morning.
Aug 18 Helped Hie thrash forenoon. Went to Chester with Will. Rained.
Aug 19 Estella very sick all day. Very hot 90 deg.
Aug 20 Helped Hattie wash. Burned off thicket.
Aug 21 Sy Fisher & Sammy Hungate commenced to tile. I went to town.
Aug 22 Plowed forenoon. Got 190 tile. Very hot.
Aug 23 Plowed forenoon. Helped fill up tile ditch. They got done.
Aug 24 Sunday at home. Went to Wills in eve. Tried to tend my own business.
Aug 25 Mowed sough forenoon. Helped Hattie nite.
Aug 26 Went to Miners picnic in afternoon. Learned lesson.
Aug 27 Helped Geo. Keithley thrash. Got plow sharp.
Aug 28 Mowed weeds around corn. Hard rain all nite. Got watermelons plowed afternoon.
Aug 29 Rained last night. Plowed in afternoon. Cool and fine.
Aug 30 Plowed all day. Cool & fine. Ella & Hebe here.
Aug 31 Sunday Hebes & Will here. Estella commenced to vomit was sick.
Sep 1, 1884 Plowed forenoon. Cool & nice Indian Summer.
Sep 2 Cool & nice. Helped Will Null thrash forenoon. Took oats to town.
Sep 3 Plowed forenoon. Went to Chester afternoon. Hot.
Sep 4 Estella very sick all night very hot. 90 deg. I went to McComb to see Dr. Harrison.
Sep 5 Hattie washed 90 deg. Hot. Harriet & Tilly here. Estella slept most of day.
Sep 6 Plowed in slough forenoon. Very hot 92 deg.
Sep 7 Sunday home all day. Herb Shaw, Cora Ellie, Garry here all day.
Sep 8 Finished plowing thicket slough. 90 deg. Mrs. Jones here.
Sep 9 Took 3 sacks potatoes forenoon. Hauled rails & very hot.
Sep 10 Went to Chester in wagon. Got barrel salt.
Sep 11 I and Hattie washed. Stella very sick. Hal here.
Sep 12 Estella got worse all nite. Harriet & lots here. Hal went for doctor.
Sep 13 Doctor stayed all nite last night. Estella a little better.
Sep 14 Sunday Estella is better. Harley & George, mother Wills, Garry & Deby all here.
Sep 15 Estella is better. Very hot. Sowed timothy seed. Hung 125 seed corn. Aunt Betsy wood here.
Sep 16 Hard rain. Hattie washed. Geo & Harlie here. Hung corn. Corded wood.
Sep 17 Made soup. Cool & fine. Hung seed corn. Gathered Hazel nuts. Kitty here.
Sep 18 Took tile to town. Filled up straw bed.
Sep 19 Went to McComb with Wills to reunion. Wind blew up & rained.
Sep 20 Lulas colt came. Viola & Mort came at night. I went to town. Hauled manure around apple trees. Came back & got load of wood.
Sep 21 Sunday went to grandmothers. Aunt Catherine there. Warm.
Sep 22 Went to W. C. Hainline then to town. Very warm.
Sep 23 Grandmother, Aunt Catherine, Elizabeth here. Rained most all day.
Sep 24 Went to Wills. Came back by Mrs. J. Warm & fine.
Sep 25 Washed forenoon. Went to Chester afternoon.
Sep 26 Rained most all day. Fixed sewing machine.
Sep 27 Made 5 gal crout. Took Lula to gregshy.
Sep 28 Sunday rained forenoon. Convention at Rock Creek. Clear afternoon at home.
Sep 29 Made watermelon preserves. Cut hedge.
Sep 30 Went to mothers. 80 deg. She wasn’t home.
Oct 1, 1884 Cut hedge. Rained got wet. Helped Hattie sew.
Oct 2 Hattie washed & I shelled white corn. Clear.
Oct 3 Estella very sick. Sent for Dr. by Geo. Keithley.
Oct 4 Stella better. Went to Valey Hill with niece. Corn heavy. Rained in eve.
Oct 5 Sun. Harret, Effie Curtis here.
Oct 6 Stella better. Hattie washed.
Oct 7 Cut thistles. Will here, rained most of day.
Oct 8 Dug sweet potatoes and some irish. Speckled heifer to red bull. Rained creek bank full.
Oct 9 Went buggy riding. First frost this year.
Oct 10 Measured line between I and Stambaugh. Dug irish potatoes.
Oct 11 Hauled stove wood. Put hay in barn. Went got potatoes.
Oct 12 Sunday foggy. Went to mothers and to Grace Sapington Burgsen.
Oct 13 Went to grandmothers to big dinner. 55 there.
Oct 14 Made bottom in wagon. Hattie washed fine.
Oct 15 Wills went to Chester. Took butter. I husked corn. Cut stove wood.
Oct 16 Jimmy came. Husked part load corn. Sawed trees.
Oct 17 Husked 2 loads corn. I went to town. Mother here. Sold Sols note.
Oct 18 Husked 80 bu. corn. Have had a nice week. Indian summer.
Oct 19 Sunday went to Tom Hainlines. Aunt Catherine there. Nice day.
Oct 20 Gathered, husked corn. Went and got load of stove wood.
Oct 21 Rained all day. Bought 3 hogs of Bell Crow. Jim went to G.
Oct 22 Hattie washed. Made hog trough. Killed hog. Cold.
Oct 23 Husked 2 loads corn. Froze the 1st time this year. Took mother meat.
Oct 24 Cool and chilly. Husked 1 load corn. Went to Chester. Got coal.
Oct 25 Got 4 loads corn. Clear & fine. Jim went to meeting at night.
Oct 26 Sunday raining all day at home.
Oct 27 Washed. I went to Wills & to mothers.
Oct 28 Husked 3 loads corn. I & Hattie went to town. Hattie got a hat.
Oct 29 Got 4 loads corn. Frosty in morn.
Oct 30 Got 3 loads corn.
Oct 31 Got 2 loads corn. Killed hog. Fine weather.
Nov 1, 1884 Now have 30 loads corn husked. Got 2 more today. Went to Chester. Got overcoat & cap.
Nov 2 Sunday went to Beds. Clear & fine.
Nov 3 Husked 3 loads corn. Rained in eve.
Nov 4 Went to election. Moved stove. Husked 1 load of corn.
Nov 5 Husked 3 loads corn. Clear.
Nov 6 Husked 2 loads & snapped. Went to Chester & changed overcoat.
Nov 7 Husked 2 loads corn & snapped one.
Nov 8 Husked 2 loads corn. Went to Violas in afternoon.
Nov 9 Went to Ellas Sunday. Came home in eve. Fine warm weather.
Nov 10 Husked 2 loads, snapped 2, finished gathering corn.
Nov 11 Went to Wills & mothers. Then to town. Clear & fine.
Nov 12 Went & hauled wood for grandmother. Hattie went to Hies.
Nov 13 Hattie washed. Clear & fine. I went to town.
Nov 14 Helped Will gather corn. Clear & fine.
Nov 15 Helped Will finish gathering corn.
Nov 16 Sunday clear & warm. Went to mothers.
Nov 17 Hauled manure. Misted from N. E. Plowed garden. Hie & Jase here.
Nov 18 Went to Chester. Got coal. Hal put 3 colts in my field. Roads good.
Nov 19 Butchered hog. Cut trees. Made sausage.
Nov 20 Hattie washed forenoon. I went to town in evening. Hattie to Mrs. Jones.
Nov 21 Sawed wood forenoon. Took claves to mother afternoon.
Nov 22 Rained all day.
Nov 23 Sunday Harlie & Geo. Here. Turned cold. High wind with some snow.
Nov 24 14 deg. Above zero. Cold & sawed wood.
Nov 25 Went to town. Snow & misted.
Nov 26 Cut wood. Will & mother here.
Nov 27 Thanksgiving. Went to Wills & to town.
Nov 28 Hattie washed & churned. Burned brush.
Nov 29 Snowed all day. Jimmy went to mothers.
Nov 30 Sunday home all day. Killed 12 rabbits & 1 quail.