Amos Claycomb’s June 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.

Saturday, June 1, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I helped drive some cattle this morning and also played ball for a little while.  I pulled mustard a little this afternoon and then went up town and got my hair cut.

Sunday, June 2, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I went to Sunday-school.
I have slept most of the afternoon.
Louise, George and Edward went to the exercises at the church to-night.

Monday, June 3, 1901
It has been a very nice day to-day.
Papa went into Chicago this morning and came back to-night.
I pulled mustard for about an hour and a half to-night after school.

Tuesday, June 4, 1901
It has been nice but very warm to-day.
Papa went into Chicago again to-day.
George and I pulled mustard after school and also to eight o’clock after we had milked.

Wednesday, June 5, 1901
It has been raining almost all day.
It is George’s birthday to-day.  He is twelve years old.
It is still raining hard at nine o’clock.

Thursday, June 6, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I went to a ball game this afternoon where the Sycamore team defeated the Dixon Colledge and a very good game by the score 9 to 3.

Friday, June 7, 1901
It has been a nice day but colder than usual.
I pulled mustard after school to-night.
Louise has got a friend out here to stay all night with her.

Saturday, June 8, 1901
It has been a nice day only pretty cold.
I played ball around home this forenoon.
I pulled mustard until four o’clock this afternoon and then rode the pony up town for a while.

Sunday, June 9, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I went to church and to Sunday school.
I drove Mrs. Hill and Louise up to Grandma’s where I staid while they went to church and then drove them home.

Monday, June 10, 1901
It commenced with raining very hard for a little while this morning but has been nice the rest of the day only very warm.
I played ball around home with George a little while after supper.

Tuesday, June 11, 1901
It has been a nice day only very warm.
Papa went into Chicago to-day.
George, Edward and I pulled some mustard to-night until it got dark after supper.

Wednesday, June 12, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
George, Edward and I pulled mustard after we got home from school to-night.
School is to close to-morrow and I will go in the high school.

Thursday, June 13, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
This was the last day of school and I was promoted to 1st year in High School.  Eleanor is in 2nd year; Louise is eighth grade; George is seventh and Edward is third grade.

Friday, June 14, 1901
It sprinkled a little to-day but has been nice the rest of the time.
I went to a ball game this afternoon when Sycamore played the Uni of Illinois.  The Uni players forfeited the game because of the umpire decision on second base.

Saturday, June 15, 1901
It has been a fine day.
I hoed corn this morning.
I went to a ball game at DeKalb this afternoon when the DeKalb team beat the Gunthers of Chicago by the score of 9 to 3.

Sunday, June 16, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I went to Sunday-school.
It sprinkled a little while the sun was shinning this afternoon.
I have read the papers most of the afternoon.

Monday, June 17, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
This morning I helped with the washing and then helped drive some cattle from the Coolidge farm to town.
I pulled mustard most of the afternoon.

Tuesday, June 18, 1901
It was nice this forenoon but it has rained a little this afternoon.
I began picking strawberries this morning for a neighbor of ours and earned $1.02 stopping at noon.
Papa went into Chicago this afternoon.

Wednesday, June 19, 1901
It has been a nice day only it rained a little this afternoon.
I picked berries for three hours and one half this morning but only earned 56 cents.
I went up town and I played ball this afternoon.

Thursday, June 20, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I picked berries most of the forenoon and earned $.66.
I pulled mustard some of the afternoon.
George went out in the pea-field this morning.

Friday, June 21, 1901
It has been a nice day only very hot.
I picked berries this morning and earned 72 cents.
I went down to the ballpark and played ball in the afternoon.

Saturday, June 22, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I picked berries this morning and earned 84 cents.
Uncle Will, Aunt Mary and Jane came out from Chicago to-night.
I went over to DeKalb this afternoon and saw the DeKalb team shut out Sycamore in a fine game by the score of 2 to 0.

Sunday, June 23, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I went to Sunday school.
Aunt Mary, Uncle Will and the baby with Bessie Crum and her three little girls came out and staid all the afternoon.

Monday, June 24, 1901
It has been a nice day only very hot because it was 104° in the sun.
I picked strawberries all day earning $2.090 from half past six to five.  The berries are 2¢ a quart.

Tuesday, June 25, 1901
It has been a nice day only a little cloudy this afternoon.
I picked berries until 9 o’clock earning 58¢.
I picked a few cherries and mulberries this afternoon.

Wednesday, June 26, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I went to a Sunday school picnic at St. Charles to-day and had a good time.
Both the Methodist and Universalist churches joined in the picnic.

Thursday, June 27, 1901
It was nice this forenoon but it rained a little towards night.
I picked strawberries all the forenoon but only earned 60¢.
I picked cherries to can here at home most of the afternoon.

Friday, June 28, 1901
It has been a very nice day only the wind has been blowing hard.
I went up town this morning and bought me a new pair of shoes.
I played ball a little while this afternoon up town.

Saturday, June 29, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I picked berries all this forenoon and until about 2 o’clock this afternoon and earned $.94.
I went to a ball game this afternoon where the Sycamore beat DeKalb 11 to 1.

Sunday, June 30, 1901
It has been a nice day only the wind has been blowing hard.
I went to Sunday school.
The last week is said to have been the hottest week in a good many years.

 

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