Amos Claycomb January 1900 Diary

In 1900 Amos Claycomb will turn 14.  He lives with his father, Frank Erwin Claycomb, and his siblings, Eleanor, Louise, George, and Edward in Sycamore, Illinois.  His mother, Anna Sarah Townsend Claycomb, had died in 1892 when Amos was 6 years old.
I will post a month from this diary each Monday.

Edward, Eleanor, Louise, Amos, and Edward Claycomb about 1898.

Monday, Jan 1, 1900
The weather is not so cold today as it has been.
I went skating today for the first time this winter.
Mrs. Hill made some candy this afternoon.
Today is Charles Townsend’s birthday.  Mary and Will came out tonight and stayed quite a long time.

Tuesday, Jan 2, 1900
It has been very nice today, but a little colder than it was yesterday.
Started to school after the vacation and got on all right.
It was 10º above zero this noon.  The wind was west and very strong.

Wednesday, Jan 3, 1900
It has been very nice today.  It was 20º above zero.
I sold 65 sparrows for Rob Dennis and got 10¢ for it.
There was a breakdown up town the wheel being broken off a buggy.
Grandma has been sick but is very much better today.

Thursday, Jan 4, 1900
The weather was nice and warm today, the thermometer being 40º.
I drove the horse up town in the morning instead of up to Grandma’s and forgot him at noon and had to go back after him.

Friday, Jan 5, 1900
It has been a very nice day today.  The thermometer was 50º above zero.
After school Louise, George and I went skating on the west creek.  I tumbled down somewhere near a hundred times.
Papa has almost got the grip and is very sick.

Saturday, Jan 6, 1900
It has been almost raining all day.  It was not really rain but something like a fog.
I peddled bills today and made a quarter.  After I got through peddling I went down to Frank Lossman’s and played goals down.  I finished reading the last of the Waverly novels today.

Sunday, Jan 7, 1900
It has been very nice today but it is getting colder tonight.
Uncle Will and Aunt Mary came out tonight and brought my new pair of skates which Grandma gave me for my birthday.
Some boys came out this afternoon and played for a while.

Monday, Jan 8, 1900
The weather has been very nice today the thermometer being 40º above zero.
Uncle Will and Aunt Mary went back to Riverside today.
Louise and I are taking the St. Nicolas magazine and our first number came today.

Tuesday, Jan 9, 1900
The weather has been cloudy and stormy all day today.  It has been raining all the afternoon.  At half past ten the thermometer was 43º above zero.
Our first daily paper The Time Herald came today.  It is the first this year.
I walk home almost every night now.

Wednesday, Jan 10, 1900
It has been very pleasant today only a little colder.  The thermometer was 36º above zero.
Mr. Tapper of Riverside died yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock.
There was a small fire up town today.
I milked six cows in all today.

Thursday, Jan 11, 1900
It has been very nice today only colder.  The thermometer was 32º above.
I went all over after sparrows tonight but did not get any.
I can’t think of much on schooldays so I’ll have to quit.

Friday, Jan 12, 1900
It has been a little colder today.  The thermometer was 32º above at noon but it is colder tonight.
I went skating this afternoon and fell in the water through the ice.  I left my overcoat down at the creek and George went after it.

Saturday, Jan 13, 1900
It has been very nice today.  It snowed last night and is snowing hard now.
Papa went into Chicago today.
I am going to the Ariel Ladies Sextet tonight.

Sunday, Jan 14, 1900
It has been getting warmer today.  The snow has almost melted.
After I had gone to Sunday school, I went up to Grandma’s to dinner.
Some boys came out this afternoon and we played games.
The snow last night was a good one.

Monday, Jan 15, 1900
It has been rainy and wet all day.  The thermometer was 35º above zero at noon.  The snow has almost all melted.
I went to school today and got on all right.

Tuesday, Jan 16, 1900
The weather has been very nice today.  The thermometer was 30º above.
We did not have school in our room today because it was too cold.
I went skating most of the forenoon but in the afternoon I came home and read.

Wednesday, Jan 17, 1900
It has been raining and freezing all day today.  The water froze on the roads and walks and made them very slippery.
There was no school in the new school today.
I went hunting sparrows up town today but did not get any.

Thursday, Jan 18, 1900
It has been raining all day.  The thermometer was 38º above zero.
The roads are very bad now.
I have been reading almost all day.
I had Amanda get me 2 lbs of dates because I did not go down town.

Friday, Jan 19, 1900
It has been very pleasant today, but the roads are very bad.  There is a thick fog coming on tonight.  The thermometer was 34º above at half past ten.
I had to go to school today and we are taking double lessons to make up for lost time.

Saturday, Jan 20, 1900
It has been very warm and nice today, but the roads are still muddy.
I went hunting up town and got one sparrow, and went this afternoon but did not get any.
Papa went to Chicago today and I got up at 4 o’clock this morning.

Sunday, Jan 21, 1900
It has been very nice today.
I hunted a little this morning but did not get any.
Navie Brown and Frank Stark came out this afternoon and we played hide and go seek.
Papa went up to Grandma’s tonight to see Aunt Mary.

Monday, Jan 22, 1900
The weather was warm and pleasant today.  The thermometer was 50º above at noon.
I got three tickets today for the show a week from tomorrow.
I have got to peddle bills for them.

Tuesday, Jan 23, 1900
It has been very nice today.  The ther. was 55º above at noon but it is colder tonight.
Papa bought a barrel of apples today.
The roads are not so bad now as they were.

Wednesday, Jan 24, 1900
It has been nice today.  The ther. was 45º above at noon.
I peddled bills tonight for a ticket at Mart.  I have got a very bad cold.
I can’t think of much to say on school days.

January 1900 Ledger

Thursday, Jan 25, 1900
It has been very cold today.  It was only 10º above.
Aunt Alta came tonight.
The roads are very bad.  George and I did all the chores tonight.  Aunt Mary Tapper came from Chicago today.

Friday, Jan 26, 1900
It has got a little warmer today.  It was 15º above at noon.
There is skating on the creek.
Aunt Mary Tapper went home.
Papa bought 4 new Plymouth Rock roosters today.

Saturday, Jan 27, 1900
It has been a little warmer today.  The wind is in the northwest.
I peddled bills for the last time today.
Aunt Alta made a lot of stuffed dates this forenoon.  We have eaten half of them tonight.

Sunday, Jan 28, 1900
The weather has been very cold today.  It was 9º below this morning.  The wind is still in the northwest.
Miss Frantz of Monmouth is here visiting today.
It was so cold we did not go to Sunday school.

Monday, Jan 29, 1900
It has been getting warmer today.  I was 10º above at noon.  There is a strong south wind.
It is my birthday today.
Aunt Alta made me a box of candy and I have just finished pulling some taffy.
Grandma has gone to Galesburg for a month.

Tuesday, Jan 30, 1900
It has been very cold today.  The ther. was 8º above.
I went to a show called Maro the Magician tonight.  He was very good.
Louise and Nellie staid up to Grandma’s tonight because it was so cold.  It is almost eleven o’clock now.

Wednesday, Jan 31, 1900
It has been very cold today.  It was 10º below this morning.
I walked to school this morning.
I can’t think of much to say when I go to school.

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7 Responses to Amos Claycomb January 1900 Diary

  1. Aspen says:

    I laughed about his leaving his horse and then another day, his overcoat and had to go back and get them… young boys haven’t changed much, have they ! Love the daily weather report and how he just doesn’t have much to say on school days ! Wonderful Read !

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  3. AncesTrees says:

    Just wondering, why was he hunting sparrows? I see in the ledger where he sold sparrow heads for 10 cents. Can’t imagine what you could do with a sparrow’s head. Forgive me if I missed something in previous posts.

    • I have no idea and he never goes into details like that. Ten cents seems like a lot of money for a sparrow’s head. If I ever find out, I’ll let you know.

      • Clint Cargile says:

        Sparrows can consume large amounts of corn and destroy crops. As a result, farmers would place a bounty on sparrows’ heads. So the heads themselves were worthless, but the bounty would have provided Amos with a little extra spending money.
        Incidentally, this practice probably did more harm than good. Sparrows also consume a lot of insects, many of which were more harmful to the crops than the birds were.

      • Thanks for that information – sounds like something they would do. Also the practice causing more harm than good resonates- we still do things like that.

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