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Walker, Kansas: 1885

  [From Dec 1 to Feb 26, 1885 no records kept. The beginning:]
Feb 26, 1885 Took 4 loads of corn. Started to Ks. in evening.
Feb 27 Got to K. C. at 10 oclock in morning.
Feb 28 Got to Hays City at 3 oclock in eve.
Mar 1, 1885 Went to Walker on warm train. Very tired.
Mar 2 Went to Hays City.
Mar 3 Came to Walker this morning with loaded car.
Mar 4 Went to Gorham & looked at country.
Mar 5 Looked at country.
Mar 6 Worked colts. Went to Walker Creek.
Mar 7 Went to Mule east of here. Nice & warm.
Mar 8 Sunday at home. Went to Gorham in eve.
Mar 9 Made garden. I planted potatoes.
Mar 10 Went & got 225 lbs hay of Mr. Hall.
Mar 11 Went to Russell at nite. Got harrow.
Mar 12 Helped Mr. Hall thrash forenoon. Made garden. Burned trash.
Mar 13 Hauled hay forenoon. Commenced to build hen house afternoon.
Mar 14 Went & got 27 bu. oats forenoon. Worked on hen house.
Mar 15 Sunday at home all day. Clear & nice.
Mar 16 Went & got lumber & posts for corrall. Very cold.
Mar 17 Set posts for corrall & dug the well. Sold a mule.
Mar 18 Made trough. Fixed corralls. Plowed afternoon.
Mar 19 Plowed all day. Good day to work. Clear.
Mar 20 Plowed. Cold.
  No record again for a few days.
Apr 6, 1885 Worked on cave. Slept at Walker last nite.
Apr 7 Worked hard & moved in new house in evening.
Apr 8 Went to Gorham. Paid Mr. Gorham $50.00. Took Mr. Hules tools home.
Apr 9 Wadby came by, got Bill & Devteo paid me $200.00 and is to pay balance of $115.00 next Monday April 13, 1885.
Apr 10 Plowed yard south of house. High wind.
Apr 11 Went to Russell got Lister, Safe and Chairs.
Apr 12 Sunday at home all day. Warm & fine.
Apr 13 Finished papering house. Badby paid the $115.00.
Apr 14 Planted corn with lister, but it wouldn’t work.
Apr 15 Took lister back. Got another. Nice & warm.
Apr 16 Planted corn. Warm & fine.
Apr 17 Harrowed & planted corn. Hauled hay.
Apr 18 Went to Bradeys. Got corn & oats. Sowed millet in evening.
Apr 19 Fine rain last nite. At home all day.
Apr 20 Finished planting 10 acres corn. Made garden. Planted melons.
Apr 21 Went to Gorham. Got 50 posts set out 48.
Apr 22 Went & got 65 posts. Sharpened and set west of north line. Hattie washed. Clear and fine.
Apr 23 Floss colt came. Harrowed corn. Hattie went to Mrs. Clays. Shot chicken. Painted on house. Clear & nice.
Apr 24 Finished painting house forenoon. Took ladder home. Went to get pigs.
Apr 25 Made pig pen. Went got 2 pigs, 1 sow and 3 chicks. Went hunting got 4 ducks.
Apr 26 Sunday Dave Clay & I dug for badgers. Nice & warm.
Apr 27 Went to Gorham I and Hattie to get wire plauted.
Apr 28 Planted 6 acres corn with Flora & Lula.
Apr 29 Radfords children here last nite. Rained.
Apr 30 Hattie washed. I harrowed corn. Went to Walker.
May 1, 1885 Went to Walker. Plowed corn.
May 2 I and Hattie went to Walker. Bred Lula to his Clyde Horse.
May 3 Got letter from Johnson & Harriet. Very warm & nice.
May 4 Went to Walker & to Gorham. Got 6 balls wire. Got to harrow for Fagon.
May 5 Planted corn. Waly Fagon harrow afternoon.
May 6 Planted corn. Radford here. Nice fence wire.
May 7 Snowed forenoon. Waly helped with fence.
May 8 Finished fence. Colt got cut in wire last night.
May 9 Planted and harrowed corn forenoon. Went & got coal at Victoria.
May 10 Sunday at home. White frost. Mr. Fox & Mr. Hule & Wife here.
May 11 Finished planting corn. Sprinkled rain warm & dry.
May 12 Planted corn. Seed pumpkins. I went to Gorham in eve Stella went with me.
May 13 Took Lula to Grunts horse. Plowed corn with cultivator in eve.
May 14 Rained a little last nite. Set out cabbage plants. Plowed.
May 15 Got hay and plowed forenoon. Cooler at nite.
May 16 Misted rain forenoon. Very hot. Plowed in eve. Cooler.
May 17 Sunday at home all day. Dave Clay here. Warm.
May 18 Finished cultivating & harrowing 20 acre piece corn.
May 19 Fine rain last nite. Plowed corn for the first.
May 20 Finished plowing 100 acres of corn over for 1st time. Nice and warm.
May 21 Hattie washed. Went to Gorham then I to Grunts.
May 22 I loafed & hoed a little. Warm & dry.
May 23 Hoed set out cabbage plants. Droped corn for Dave in afternoon.
May 24 Hard rain last nite with wind. Fagan & wife here.
May 25 Plowed & sowed some seed. Nice growing day.
May 26 Finished sowing. Plowed.
May 27 Fine rain last nite.
May 28 Washed forenoon.
May 29 Damp & misty.
May 30 Worked hard in garden.
May 31 Sun. went to Mr. Hules visiting.
Jun 1, 1885 Plowed corn. 92 deg. Corn grows fast.
Jun 2 Finished 10 acres. 90 deg. Shower at noon.
Jun 3 Hot 90 deg. Went to Radfords in afternoon.
Jun 4 100 deg. Hoed garden. Hattie washed.
Jun 5 100 deg. Hot. Very dry corn doing well.
Jun 6 Hoed garden. Hattie washed. Very warm. 92 deg.
Jun 7 Sunday windy. N. W. Clay here. Went to Gorham.
Jun 8 Went to Gorham in forenoon. Plowed corn in eve.
Jun 9 Plowed 7 acres corn. Dry. Need rain bad.
Jun 10 Plowed corn afternoon. Dry windy & dusty.
Jun 11 Plowed corn forenoon. Dry & windy. 95 deg.
Jun 12 Hattie washed. Corn & everything wilted bad. Hot wind the first 100 deg. Weather.
Jun 13 Finished plowing 200 acres. 95 deg.
Jun 14 Sunday went riding, then to Mr. Fagons in evening. Hot wind.
Jun 15 Plowed 6 acre piece corn. Cool and fine. Wind N.
Jun 16 Went to Walker forenoon. Slept at noon. Warm.
Jun 17 Rained some this morn. Wind southeast.
Jun 18 Cloudy Dull wind southeast. Hattie washed.
Jun 19 Splendid rain this morn. Fearful hot. 100 deg.
Jun 20 Plowed corn. Commenced to lay by corn. Threatened rain in eve.
Jun 21 Went to meeting at school house. Radford and wife here.
Jun 22 Finished laying by 10 acres corn. Cool and fine to plow.
Jun 23 Misted rain forenoon. Plowed corn in eve. Cool
Jun 24 Hoed corn. Hot & dry.
Jun 25 Plowed corn. Very hot and good corn weather.
Jun 26 Plowed corn all day. Very hot.
Jun 27 Finished plowing corn at noon. Hot.
Jun 28 Sunday went to S. S. Cool. Misted in eve.
Jun 29 Hattie washed. I hoed garden.
Jun 30 Misting rain some. Got tomato plants.
Jul 1, 1885 Raining this morn. Wind from S. E. Dull & misty.
Jul 2 Real warm. Haton went to Fagons. I went to Gorham.
Jul 3 Helped cut wheat for Radford. Very hot.
Jul 4 Went to Big Creek to celebrate.
Jul 5 Sun. went to S. S. then to Mr. Radfords for dinner.
Jul 6 Cut wheat for Fagon. Very high wind.
Jul 7 Cut wheat for Fagon. Windy & rainy.
Jul 8 Cut wheat for Fagon. Finished. Windy.
Jul 9 Cut wheat for Mr. Radford. Cut 24 acres.
Jul 10 Hard rain and raining this morning. Went to Walker and killed 2 prairie dogs.
Jul 11 Misty. Helped Dave Clay harvest. Hattie washed.
Jul 12 Sun. at home. Went and got mail in eve.
Jul 13 Cut wheat for Clay threatened rain.
Jul 14 Cut wheat for Clay. Rained some.
Jul 15 Hattie washed. Plowed cane in forenoon. Went to Gorham in evening.
Jul 16 Made ventilator for oats. Plowed oats in afternoon. Hattie & Stella stayed in field all day.
Jul 17 Plowed all day. Cloudy. Rained last nite.
Jul 18 Plowed all day. Cloudy. Rained last nite.
Jul 18 Plowed all day. Nice weather, but warm.
Jul 19 Sunday went to S. S. Mr. Hule & wife here. Dave pulled my tooth.
Jul 20 Plowed. Very hot & dry. 102 deg. Good breeze and cool at nite.
Jul 21 Tried to dig & drown coyotes. Plowed forenoon.
Jul 22 Hattie washed forenoon. Foggy in morn. Plowed.
Jul 23 Cut millet forenoon. Cut oats afternoon. Hot.
Jul 24 Hard rain & showers most all day.
Jul 25 Rained. Killed 2 prairie chickens. Hauled load millet.
Jul 26 Sunday went to S. S. Cool nice breeze all day.
Jul 27 Clear & fine afternoon. Scattered oats in stacks.
Jul 28 Clear & fine all day. Scattered oats.
Jul 29 Stacked up oats. Clear & fine for hay.
Jul 30 Rained last nite. Went to walker got coal. Killed 3 prairie chickens.
Jul 31 Plowed ground. Hard & dry. Hattie washed.
Aug 1, 1885 Went to Russell. Hard rain in eve. Very hot.
Aug 2 Went to S. School. Cool & fine.
Aug 3 Plowed all day. Ground in fine fix. Cool.
Aug 4 Plowed. Cool and fine for work.
Aug 5 Plowed. Cool & fine for plowing.
Aug 6 Plowed. Very misty & foggy in morn. Hot day.
Aug 7 Plowed forenoon. Cut millet afternoon.
Aug 8 Put up millet. John Radford helped. Grant Burried.
Aug 9 Sun. at home all day. Cool at nites. Clear & fine.
Aug 10 Finished plowing 20 acre piece. Sowed turnips. Hattie dried corn.
Aug 11 Greased harness & Hattie went to Clays & sewed
Aug 12 Mowed weeds along corn with mower. Warm.
Aug 13 Cut 2 acres of millet for Mr. Radford. Hattie washed.
Aug 14 Cut 8 rounds cane before noon. Helped Mr. Radford thrash. Hard wind & some rain in eve.
Aug 15 Light rain last nite. Harrowed forenoon. Helped thrash in afternoon.
Aug 16 Sunday went to S. S. and meeting. Prof. Carrol preached. Hot.
Aug 17 Helped Fagon thrash forenoon. Put up corn in evening.
Aug 18 Cut hay at Mr. Halls forenoon. Put up corn afternoon.
Aug 19 Cut hay all day at Mr. Halls. Fine & cool.
Aug 20 Cut hay forenoon. Took up rock for slacks. Dug potatoes.
Aug 21 Stacked hay all day. John R. helped. Nice day.
Aug 22 Rained a little last night. Finished stacking hay.
Aug 23 Sun. at home all day. Very hot & dry. Rained in eve.
Aug 24 The heaviest rain this yr. 6 in. Went to Walker. Finished chicken coop.
Aug 25 Dull & misty. Loafed all day. Misty Cold.
Aug 26 Went to Gorham to get coal. Cool & nice. Cloe & Daney here.
Aug 27 Cut 12 shocks corn. Hattie washed. Cool.
Aug 28 Cut corn. Hattie went to Mrs. Clays and made me pair pants.
Aug 29 Cut corn forenoon. Went for Mrs. More afternoon. Hattie sick all nite.
Aug 30 Our boy (Roy) is born at 1 P. M. this afternoon Nice day.
Aug 31 Mrs. Radford stayed all nite & helped wash.
Sep 1, 1885 Had hail storm last nite. Went after plums.
Sep 2 Nora went home. I stayed in house. Killed 2 chickens.
Sep 3 I went to Russell. Mother came. Got home at 10 oclock at nite.
Sep 4 I and mother washed. Damp & misty.
Sep 5 Killed chicken & Jack rabbit. Misty cold & damp.
Sep 6 Sunday mother & I went up by Mrs. Rhodes place.
Sep 7 Rained forenoon went to Victoria. Hard rain and wind all nite.
Sep 8 Washed forenoon. Nice & clear. Got 4 bu. wheat 55 cts.
Sep 9 Took mother to Russell. She started home. Got 10 bu. wheat for 40 cts.
Sep 11 Harrowed 6 acres wheat. Cool & fine. Tried to drill. Raked corn.
Sep 12 Shucked corn. Washed. Went got 8 bu. wheat 55 ct.
Sep 13 Sun. at home all day. Nice day.
Sep 14 Drilled wheat in. Fine corn. Nice day.
Sep 15 Finished white corn. Nice & dry.
Sep 16 Drilled with Fagons-drill on fall plowing.
Sep 17 Drilled on plowing. Warm & fine.
Sep 18 Finished fall plowing. Commenced on oats stubble.
Sep 19 Finished oats stubble. Warm & fine weather.
Sep 20 Sun. Clay Davidson came.
Sep 21 I and Clay cleaned up wheat. Clay went home. I drilled.
Sep 22 Helped wash forenoon. Drilled afternoon. Warm.
Sep 23 Drilled wheat. Nice Indian summer. Warm.
Sep 24 Drilled wheat on weed up 6 acres. Warm but dry.
Sep 25 Got load corn. Went to Russell. Mort and Viola came.
Sep 26 Went up east. Looked at country.
Sep 27 Went to Victoria afternoon. Rained all nite.
Sep 28 Misty forenoon. Went to Gorham.
Sep 29 Hattie washed. Went Gorham for coal.
Sep 30 Plowed fire guard. Mr. Keith came. Looked at land.
Oct 1, 1885 Went & looked at land.
Oct 2 Went to hills & killed 7 chickens.
Oct 3 Hattie washed. Mort & I loafed.
Oct 4 Sunday home all day. 9 people here all day.
Oct 5 Drilled wheat. Bought land of Mr. Fagan. Paid $40.00 & trade. Nice & cool.
Oct 6 Finished drilling wheat. Nice & cool. Killed hog.
Oct 7 Mort and I made smoke house. Fine day.
Oct 8 Went to Hays. Got load lumber.
Oct 9 Mort & I built corn pens. Very windy.
Oct 10 Went to Gorham. Washed forenoon. Began to rain.
Oct 11 Sunday at home all day. Went up office at night.
Oct 12 Built privy. Dug potatoes. Burried potatoes.
Oct 13 Husked load corn. Went to Gorham in eve.
Oct 14 Viola & Mort started home. Hattie & I went to Gorham. Got 30 posts.
Oct 15 Hauled 135 posts from Gorham. Very warm.
Oct 16 Went to Hays. Got lumber for stable. Warm.
Oct 17 Worked on stable all day. Got part covered.
Oct 18 Sunday rained all nite. Bad on stock. Snowed all afternoon
Oct 19 Went to Gorham forenoon. Got nails. Worked on stable.
Oct 20 Set & drove posts out south of house. Snow melted.
Oct 21 Drove posts on north line. Worked hard. Nice.
Oct 22 Drove posts on east line & east pasture fence.
Oct 23 Put wire on fence. Wally Fagon helped.
Oct 24 Wally helped forenoon. Nice & warm.
Oct 25 Sunday clear & warm. Nicest of weather. Eve went riding in wagon.
Oct 26 Drove posts around pasture. Nice day.
Oct 27 Husked corn. Went to Gorham got lumber. Cold.
Oct 28 Worked on house. Lining it. Cold & chilly.
Oct 29 Worked on shed. Strips & stable. Went to Gorham. Cow died.
Oct 30 Skinned cow. Covered shed with cane. Bought cow of Grunt.
Oct 31 Went to Gorham. Got 31 posts 13 cts. 406 lb wire 4½cts. Burried turnips. Made gate.
Nov 1, 1885 Sun. clear & fine. At home all day.
Nov 2 Husked corn forenoon. Nice day.
Nov 3 Husked load of yellow corn. Went to election.
Nov 4 Husked 24 bu. corn. Took Fuller 25 ct. bu. Got white corn.
Nov 5 Papered house. Damp & misty cold.
Nov 6 Hattie washed. Cold W. wind. Went to Gorham. Got coal & wire. Pulled turnips.
Nov 7 Fixed wire on pasture fence. Roy now weighs 16 lbs.
Nov 8 Sunday froze last nite. Went to Mr. Keiths.
Nov 9 Nice & warm. Put wire on pasture fence.
Nov 10 Finished fence. Snapped & husked corn.
Nov 11 Gathered corn. Very warm. Nice day. Dry & nice.
Nov 12 Skeft snow. Colder wind. Gathered load of corn.
Nov 13 Got 2 loads of corn. Very warm & fine.
Nov 14 Killed hog in morn. Got load corn. Nice day.
Nov 15 Sunday at home all day. Am sick. Clear & fine.
Nov 16 Went to Gorham. Got $10.00 suit of clothes.
Nov 17 Started to Ill.
Nov 18 Got to McComb in morn. Went to Violas. They took me to mothers.
Nov 19 Went to Wills house. Went to town & dep $1200.00 in bank. Got $500.00 in cash.
Nov 21 At mothers last nite. Went with Wills to Chester. Took train for home in eve. Paid Mort Cover.
Nov 22 Got to Russell at night. Walked home.
Nov 23 Chored went to make deed, but Fuller gone.
Nov 24 Helped Mr. Keith move house. Made deed at night.
Nov 25 Husked 2 loads white corn. Clear & fine.
Nov 26 Husked 2 loads white corn. Rained and got wet.
Nov 27 Went to Gorham. Paid him all I owe. Made hen house.
Nov 28 Set out strawberries forenoon. Husked load corn in evening./
Nov 29 Sunday at home all day. Nice and warm. Set steel trap.
Nov 30 Caught badger. Got 2 loads corn. Nice day.
Dec 1, 1885 Husked 1 load corn & snapped 2. Have lane wisl.
Dec 2 Nice day. Husked 1 load corn.
Dec 3 Husked corn 2 loads. Warm.
Dec 4 Husked load corn. Terrible high wind from N.
Dec 5 Went to store. Got drafts from Mrs. P. for $278.50.
Dec 6 Sun. at home. Snowing all day.
Dec 7 Hattie washed. I went to Walker. Had $3.90 trade in.
Dec 8 Snowing. Got 29 bu. coal at Walker.
Dec 9 At home. Got hay & coal hauled.
Dec 10 Went to Hays City. Got lumber & sewing machine.
Dec 11 Covered corn crib. Hauled 3 shocks corn.
Dec 12 Snowing this morn. Sewed on machine.
Dec 13 Sun. at home all day.
Dec 14 Hattie washed. Hauled fodder.
Dec 15 Killed hog. Made sausage. Nice & clear.
Dec 16 Went & bought 2 cows $26.50 & $30.00.
Dec 17 I & Hattie went to Edels place.
Dec 18 Finished hauling fodder. Husked corn. Warm.
Dec 19 Sunday misting rain nearly all day.
Dec 20 Hattie washed. Went to Gorham. Look at land.
Dec 21 Worked hard. Nice & warm.
Dec 22 Husked 2 loads corn. Nice warm & clear.
Dec 23 Went to Walker. Made deed to Hattie share. Husked 2 loads corn.
Dec 24 Went to Walker. Got mail.
Dec 25 Clear Xmas. Warm & fine. Snapped 2 loads corn.
Dec 26 Snapped 2 loads corn. Damp south wind.
Dec 27 Sun. cloudy warm & dull. Went up past Wisner land.
Dec 28 Damp & misty. Finished gathering corn.
Dec 29 Went to Radfords. Let Keith have $150.00. Had whooping cough. Raining.
Dec 30 Hattie washed. I hauled manure. Bonfelt here.
Dec 31 Went to Bonfelts & Reddles. Warm. Hauled manure.