Amos Claycomb’s May 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.

Wednesday, May 1, 1901
It has been a nice day but very warm.
I whipped a carpet some this morning and after school to-night.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s all night and Louise went to a sociable up town.

Thursday, May 2, 1901
It has been raining this afternoon and also tonight.
I went to a ballgame this afternoon in which the Marquettes beat the Sycamores 3 to 1.  I did not have to pay because papa is on the ball board.

Friday, May 3, 1901
It has been a nice day but colder than usual.
Grandma and Grandpa Claycomb came out for a visit to-night.
I took a horse up town to-night and staid a little while.

Saturday, May 4, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I went out in the woods this morning and got some violets to transplant in our yard.
I went up town for a little while this afternoon.

Sunday, May 5, 1901
It was nice this forenoon but it clouded up and rained a little this afternoon.
It went out in the woods this forenoon.
I went to church and then we all went to Grandma’s for dinner.

Monday, May 6, 1901
It has both rained and shone to-day.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s tonight.
The trees are coming out very fast and the woods are covered in flowers.

Tuesday, May 7, 1901
It has been cloudy almost all day.
Grandpa took us to school this morning.
Grandma Townsend and Grandpa Pierce and Angie Allen were all out here to dinner to-day.

Wednesday, May 8, 1901
It has been cloudy all day and raining part of the time.
One of our horses died last night.
Eleanor staid to Grandma’s to practice a show she’s going to be in Friday night.

Thursday, May 9, 1901
It has been cloudy all day.
Grandpa, Grandma and Papa drove over to DeKalb this afternoon.
I played (…) ball a little this afternoon and mowed the lawn to-night.

Friday, May 10, 1901
It has been cloudy almost all day and it rained a little to-night.
Mrs. Hill, Grandma and Louise went to the entertainment that Eleanor is going to be in to-night.

Saturday, May 11, 1901
It has been colder than usual to-day.
I herded the stock an hour this forenoon and also this afternoon.
I played ball this forenoon and afternoon.
The leaves are almost all out now.

Sunday, May 12, 1901
It has been a nice day only there has been a cold north wind blowing.
I went to Sunday-school.
Mr. and Mrs. McNeas from Cal. made us a short visit this afternoon.

Monday, May 13, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
Grandma and Grandpa Claycomb went home to Monmouth this morning.
I played ball a little to-night and I also herded the stock for a while.

Tuesday, May 14, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I began taking the cows to-day and had the pony shod this morning.
I have been making garden to-night.  Aunt Georgia had a baby boy Monday.

Wednesday, May 15, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I set out some cabbage and tomato plants to-night.
I planted a little popcorn this afternoon.
After supper to-night I went up town after a horse.

Thursday, May 16, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I planted popcorn both this morning and to-night.
I went to a ball game in which Sycamore played Aurora and beat them 16 to 5.

Friday, May 17, 1901
It has been very nice to-day.
I planted corn a little after supper.
Eleanor, George and Louise went up to the church to a sociable and Louise is to stay at Grandma’s all night.

Saturday, May 18, 1901
It sprinkled a little this morning but has been nice the rest of the day.
I went over to DeKalb to a ball game in which the DeKalbs beat the Dixons 8 to 1.
Louise, George and Edward went to a circus up town this afternoon.

Sunday, May 19, 1901
It has been a nice day but the wind has been blowing hard.
I went to Sunday-school to-day.
Edward staid up to Grandma’s for dinner.
It is a good deal colder than yesterday.

Monday, May 20, 1901
It has been cloudy all day and raining most of the time.
I planted a little bit of a patch of popcorn for myself in the yard east of the house.

Tuesday, May 21, 1901
It has been raining almost all day.
George acted as pall-bearer to his friend Bert Christian who died Saturday night.
The rain to-day did a great deal of good to the corn.

Wednesday, May 22, 1901
It has been either cloudy or raining all day.
After supper to-night I went out to a farm east of town to help bring a cow in.
Papa and Edd S. went with me.

Thursday, May 23, 1901
It has been a very nice day and warmer than usual.
I am buying tobacco tags every day now to send away and get me a rifle.
I have 825 of them now.

Friday, May 24, 1901
It has been cloudy and cold to-day with a cold north wind blowing.
It is so cold that we have had a fire in the furnace all the time.
It has been misting most of the day.

Saturday, May 25, 1901
It has been a nice day but pretty cold.
I mowed the lawn this morning and then cut some weeds.
I played ball both this forenoon and this afternoon.

Sunday, May 26, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I went to Sunday-school.
I went out to the Wood farm and staid there a little while this afternoon.

Monday, May 27, 1901
It has been very nice to-day.
It clouded up a little this afternoon but did not rain.
I played ball a little to-night after school and also a little after supper to-night.

Tuesday, May 28, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
Papa went into Chicago this noon and is coming back to-night.
Eleanor and Louise went to a dance to-night.

Wednesday, May 29, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I played ball a little at home this afternoon after school.
Edward went out into the woods to get flowers this afternoon.
I went up town for a little while to-night.

Thursday, May 30, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I played ball all this forenoon.  This afternoon I went over to DeKalb to see their nine play the Eclipses of Chicago.  They beat them in a good game by the score of 5 to 0.

Friday, May 31, 1901
It began raining about six o’clock but was nice before.
I played ball for a little while after school to-night.
The Sycamore baseball team played the Elgin team at Elgin yesterday and beat them 6 to 4.

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