Amos Claycomb’s April 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.

Monday, Apr 1, 1901
It has been a nice day.
Our spring vacation begins today and will last for a week.
I helped with the washing, beat a carpet and piled some wood this forenoon.
I took a day off and played this afternoon.

Tuesday, Apr 2, 1901
It snowed until about the middle of the afternoon but melted as fast as it fell.
I went up to Grandma’s this forenoon for a little while and have been reading most of the afternoon.

Wednesday, Apr 3, 1901
It has been a very nice day today.
I whipped carpets most of the morning and this afternoon I went down town on the pony.
Eleanor went to a dance tonight and is going to stay up to Grandma’s.

Thursday, Apr 4, 1901
It has been a very nice day today.
I whipped carpets for a while this morning and then went up town after Eleanor.  I staid home and whipped one carpet this afternoon.

Friday, Apr 5, 1901
It has been cloudy or raining all day.
I whipped a rug for a little while this morning and then played ball around home for a little while.  Some boys came out this afternoon to play in the barn.

Saturday, Apr 6, 1901
It has been cloudy all day.
I took a horse about two miles west to another farm this morning.  I went up town this afternoon.
George and Edward went to a party this afternoon.

Sunday, Apr 7, 1901
It has been both cloudy and shiny today.
I went both to church and to Sunday school.
Papa is a Knight Templar and went to a banquet with Louise and Eleanor.

Monday, Apr 8, 1901
It has been very nice today.
I went to school and walked home.
Papa, Eleanor and Mrs. Hill went to an entertainment up to the Swedish church tonight.

Tuesday, Apr 9, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I went to a supper at the Universalist Church tonight.
The roads are getting better now and are not very muddy.
Louise staid up to Grandma’s tonight.

Wednesday, Apr 10, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I walked home from school tonight.
Eleanor is going to stay up to Grandma’s tonight.
I helped whip a carpet today.

Thursday, Apr 11, 1901
It has been a nice day today.
George and I burned most of the dead grass east of the house tonight.
Grandma and Eleanor went into Chicago today and are going to get me a hat and cap.

Friday, Apr 12, 1901
It has been cloudy all day and it has been raining a little.
Grandma brought me a nice hat and a cap from Chicago.
I have been raking the yard this afternoon.

Saturday, Apr 13, 1901
It has been both cloudy and shiny today.
I helped drive some cattle from the Wood farm to the Stockyards this morning.
This afternoon I got a load of oats from the Coolidge farm.

Sunday, Apr 14, 1901
It has been cloudy almost all day.
I went to church and to Sunday school.  This afternoon I went up to Grandma’s to see Aunt Mary’s baby christened.  Her name is Jane Tapper.

Monday, Apr 15, 1901
It has been a nice day today but it rained a little last night.
I walked home from school tonight.
Uncle Will, Aunt Mary and the baby went back to Chicago this morning.

Tuesday, Apr 16, 1901
It has been cloudy or raining all day.
James Branen was elected mayor of Sycamore over D. A. Syme today carrying all the wards by a large majority.

Wednesday, Apr 17, 1901
It has been partly cloudy and partly fair today but colder than yesterday.
I played hid and seek after dark with George and Edward tonight.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s tonight.

Thursday, Apr 18, 1901
It has been both cloudy and bright today.
A cow kicked me in the eye and about knocked me out tonight.
I played hide and seek again tonight.

Friday, Apr 19, 1901
It has been a nice day today only a little cold and ice formed last night.
I played ball a little this afternoon.
Tonight I went to an entertainment at the school in which Edward took part.

Saturday, Apr 20, 1901
It has been a nice day but there was a cold north wind blowing.
Louise went into Chicago today and came back tonight.
I played ball a little this afternoon.

Sunday, Apr 21, 1901
It has been windy and cold all day.
I went both to church and to Sunday school.
It is Louise’s birthday today.  She is 14 years old.
The roads are very smooth and nice now.

Monday, Apr 22, 1901
It has been cloudy all day and has sprinkled a little.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s tonight.
We drive to school every day now except once in a while.

Tuesday, Apr 23, 1901
It has been partly cloudy and partly shiny today.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s tonight again.
I am saving tobacco tags now and I am going to send off for a rifle.

Wednesday, Apr 24, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I walked home from school tonight.
Papa hired a new man today that came over from Sweden Saturday and can’t speak a word of English.

Thursday, Apr 25, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
We did not have any school this afternoon and I walked home from Grandma’s after dinner.  I then went up and played ball for a while.
Friday, Apr 26, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I did not have any school today.  I whipped a carpet a little this morning and this afternoon I went down town and played ball.

Saturday, Apr 27, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
Papa went to Chicago this morning and came back tonight.
I played ball down to the ballpark this afternoon.  George and Edward went fishing.

Sunday, Apr 28, 1901
It has been very nice today.
I went to Church and Sunday school this morning.
I helped a man drive some steers down town this afternoon on the pony.

Monday, Apr 29, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I helped a little with the washing this morning.  I played home a little around home tonight.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s.

Tuesday, Apr 30, 1901
It has been cloudy part of the day but nice the rest
I got me a pair of slippers to wear in the house to-night.
The roads are getting very dusty now.

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1 Response to Amos Claycomb’s April 1901 Diary

  1. artstylelove says:

    That’s so awesome! What a wonderful link to the past…

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