Amos Claycomb’s March 1901 Diary

My Grandfather kept diaries most of his life.  This is from his 1901 journal when he was 15 and living in Sycamore, Illinois.  I post a month each Monday.

Friday, Mar 1, 1901
It has been a very nice day and the snow is almost gone.
I staid up to Grandma’s last night.
Papa came home from Minnesota tonight.

Saturday, Mar 2, 1901
It has been a nice day.
Last night there was a surprise party on Nellie and it was a success.  There were twenty-four and they danced most of the time.  I danced my first dance which was a Virginia reel.
I went up town this forenoon.


Sunday, Mar 3, 1901
It has been blowing all day.
I went to Sunday school.

Monday, Mar 4, 1901
It snowed a little this morning and has been blowing hard all day.
We go to school in the buggy now because the snow is all melted.

Tuesday, Mar 5, 1901
It snowed a little this morning and the wind has been blowing very hard all day.  It has been very cold.

Wednesday, Mar 6, 1901
It has been very cold today.
I walked home from school tonight.
Papa went into Chicago this afternoon.

Thursday, Mar 7, 1901
It has been a nice day today.  The roads are melting and are getting muddy.

Friday, Mar 8, 1901
It has been cloudy or raining all day.
Saturday, Mar 9, 1901
It has been a nice day but colder than yesterday.
I rode the pony up town this afternoon for the first time this year.

Sunday, Mar 10, 1901
It has been raining all day and I have staid home all day.

Monday, Mar 11, 1901
It snowed a little last night but it has been nice today and the snow is melted.
I got a hair cut this afternoon.
I walked home from school tonight.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 1901
It has been nice but the wind has been blowing hard all day.
I walked home from school tonight.  I helped drive some steers up to the stock yards tonight.
We did not have school this morning because the engine broke down.

Wednesday, Mar 13, 1901
It rained a little while this morning and then turned to snow and has been snowing all day.

Thursday, Mar 14, 1901
It has been snowing all day but melting about as fast as it snowed.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s tonight.

Friday, Mar 15, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I walked home from school tonight.

Saturday, Mar 16, 1901
It has been a nice day today.
I went up town this afternoon on the pony.

Sunday, Mar 17, 1901
It has been a very nice day.  The roads are very muddy now.
I went to Sunday school today.

Monday, Mar 18, 1901
It has been nice but it sprinkled a little this afternoon.
I walked home from school tonight.

Tuesday, Mar 19, 1901
It has been raining most of the time today.
I walked home tonight in the rain but did not get very wet.
Edward staid up to Grandma’s tonight.

Wednesday, Mar 20, 1901
It has been snowing all day and is pretty cold.
I walked to school this morning and home tonight.
It is Edward’s birthday today.
Eleanor and Louise staid up to Grandma’s tonight.

Thursday, Mar 21, 1901
It snowed a little this morning but it cleared up about noon.
I went to a party tonight at the Universalist Church given by Mrs. Elinor Wild’s class of girls and I had a very nice time.

Friday, Mar 22, 1901
It has been a very nice day today.
I staid up to Grandma’s last night and walked home from school tonight.
Papa started to go to Monmouth this afternoon and Grandma went to Chicago this morning.

Saturday, Mar 23, 1901
It has been a nice day only it rained this afternoon.
Aunt Mary, Uncle Will and the baby came out from Chicago today.
Grandma brought me two charms for my birthday instead of the book because I didn’t like it.

Sunday, Mar 24, 1901
It has been raining almost all day.
I went up to Grandma’s this forenoon.  We boys went to Sunday school.
One of the charms that I got yesterday was a little baseball and the other was a locket to put a picture in.

Monday, Mar 25, 1901
It has been very changeable today first raining and then sprinkling.
I walked home from school tonight.
Uncle Will went back to the city this morning.

Tuesday, Mar 26, 1901
It has been cloudy all day and the roads are very muddy.
I have been piling wood both last night and tonight.
Papa came home from Monmouth tonight.
I walked home from school tonight.

Wednesday, Mar 27, 1901
It has been cloudy all day.
I piled wood for a while tonight.
Louise staid home from school today because she had a cold.
Uncle Will came out from Chicago today to take Aunt Mary home tomorrow.

Thursday, Mar 28, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I walked home tonight.
I piled the last of our wood with George.
Uncle Will went back but Aunt Mary staid here for a while longer.
The roads are still very bad.

Friday, Mar 29, 1901
It has been nice today but has burned colder tonight.
I walked home from school tonight.
I went to a social at the Universalist Church tonight and had a nice time.

Saturday, Mar 30, 1901
It snowed some last night and has been snowing all day.
I have not gone away from home all day.
Some boys were out here this morning and we had a big snowball fight.

Sunday, Mar 31, 1901
It has been a very nice day and the snow is almost all melted.
I went to Sunday school.
This afternoon I went out to the Wood farm and then up to see Grandma for she is sick.

 
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2 Responses to Amos Claycomb’s March 1901 Diary

  1. Danielle says:

    This is so awesome. I am ensconced in our family history right now…like you..I have been blessed with boxes and boxes of letters, diaries, photos….I am having so much fun documenting it all and placing it in our family history book (I have five volumes so far!!!). This is so cool.

    • I’m always looking for ways to ‘share the wealth’ – most of the younger generation in my family isn’t interested right now. This is one way I can share without getting the eye-rolling response. Someday some of them will care. I have to believe that!

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