Amos Claycomb’s July 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, July 1, 1901
It was nice until noon when it commenced raining and has been raining showers.
I picked strawberries on shares to-day and got twelve boxes and I sold ten of them up town for a dollar.

Tuesday, July 2, 1901
It showered a little this forenoon but was nice this afternoon.
Papa began pulling up his hay to-day and I helped him a little this afternoon.
I picked some cherries this afternoon to sell up town.

Wednesday, July 3, 1901
It rained hard this morning but was nice this afternoon.
I went into Chicago at eleven o’clock to meet Aunt Jennie, Marian, Fred and Pierce with Grandma.  I went to the Chicago Opera House this afternoon.

Thursday, July 4, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I picked cherries and then went to a ball game up town of boys.  This afternoon Sycamore played the Warrens and beat them 16 to 1.
I went up town to-night to see the town’s celebration.

Friday, July 5, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I have picked cherries almost all day.
We sell the cherries up town for about 5¢ a quart.
The wind is blowing very hard now.

Saturday, July 6, 1901
It has been blowing hard but has been a nice day.
Grandma Townsend, Eleanor and Edward went into Chicago this afternoon.  They and Uncle Will and Aunt Mary will start for Maine to-morrow.
I picked cherries all of the forenoon.

Sunday, July 7, 1901
It has been a good deal colder than usual to-day.
I went to Sunday-school.
Grandma, Eleanor, Edward, Uncle Will and Aunt Mary started from Chicago for Maine this afternoon.

Monday, July 8, 1901
It has been a fine day.
I have helped with the washing and then with the having to-day.
Marian is out to stay at night with Louise.  Frederick, Pierce, and Charley Townsend were out to play this afternoon.

Tuesday, July 9, 1901
It has been a nice day but the wind was blowing hard.
Papa went into Chicago this afternoon.
I have helped with the hay all day driving the team out in the hay-field.

Wednesday, July 10, 1901
It has been a nice day only the wind has been blowing hard and it was hard to put up hay.
Mrs. Hill went home on a visit do-day.
I have helped with the hay all day and we put up seven loads.

Thursday, July 11, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I picked raspberries this morning but only earned 42¢.
I helped with the hay this afternoon.
It was 102º in the sun in Chicago yesterday.

Friday, July 12, 1901
It has been a nice day.
Aunt Jennie, Marian, Fred, Pierce, Papa, George and I went for a drive of ten miles towards Malta to see the farm where Aunt Jennie was born.
We finished with the hay to-day.

Saturday, July 13, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I went to an eleven inning ball game this afternoon in which Sycamore beat DeKalb 9 to 4.
The batteries were Lundgren and J. Hughes and Nedkins [?] and Crippen[…]

Sunday, July 14, 1901
It has been very hot to-day.  It has not rained for so long that everything is drying up.
I went to Sunday-school.
Marian, Frederick and Pierce came out this afternoon and Marian is going to stay all night.

Monday, July 15, 1901
It has been very hot.
I went to a party to-night that Louise gave up to Grandma’s and had a good time.
I picked berries this morning and went up town for a while this afternoon.

Tuesday, July 16, 1901
It has been cloudy part of the day but very hot the rest of the time.
I hoed weeds around the farm this morning.
This afternoon I took fresh water to the men working out in the oat field about every hour.

Wednesday, July 17, 1901
It has been cloudy almost all day and it commenced raining about 9 o’clock to-night.
I picked raspberries until 10 o’clock this morning and went up to Charles Townsend’s this afternoon.

Thursday, July 18, 1901
It has been very hot to-day.  It only sprinkled last night.
I took the milk to the factory this morning.  I hoed corn this forenoon and a little this afternoon and then played ball around home.

Friday, July 19, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I hoed corn most of the forenoon and staid around home all the afternoon.
The roads are very dusty now and the corn is drying up.

Saturday, July 20, 1901
It has been very hot to-day.
I picked berries until half past eight this morning and finished picking.
I went up town this afternoon and saw a fire in the west end and at night I went to a tent show.

Sunday, July 21, 1901
It has been awfully hot to-day.  The thermometer ranged from 102º to 107º.
I went to Sunday-school.
George went up to Grandma’s to dinner and Frederick was out here to supper.

Monday, July 22, 1901
It has been very hot.
I helped with the washing this morning and hoed a little corn this afternoon.
I went up town to-night and for 10¢ saw a man bite the head off of a live snake and then eat it.

Tuesday, July 23, 1901
It has been very hot to-day.
I hoed corn all this forenoon.
I slept until three o’clock this afternoon and then helped fix the granary’s platform.
I went up town to-night.

Wednesday, July 24, 1901
It rained a little this morning and poured for about an hour to-night.
I went to a picnic out to the Miller farm and had a fine time.  There were thirteen in the park counting two chaperones.

Thursday, July 25, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I hoed corn for a little while this morning and then went up town.
I went up town again this afternoon to see a parade and went to a dog and pony show to-night.

Friday, July 26, 1901
It has been a nice day only very hot.
I hoed corn all this morning and took a lay off this afternoon.
Fred and pierce were out this morning and Louise went to the Parke farm this afternoon.

Saturday, July 27, 1901
It has been nice to-day but the wind has been blowing hard.
I hoed corn this morning and went up town this afternoon.
I went to a small party […] to Grandma’s tonight consisting of 8 boys and girls.

Sunday, July 28, 1901
It was nice this forenoon but commenced raining at noon and rained all the afternoon.
I did not go to Sunday school to-day.
Papa went up to Grandma’s to-night to stay there a little while.

Monday, July 29, 1901
It was cloudy this forenoon but cleared up this afternoon.
I helped with the washing all morning.
I went to a ball game this afternoon where Sycamore played Bloomington and beat them 30 to 3 in a poor game.

Tuesday, July 30, 1901
It has been a nice day only a little cloudy.
I hoed corn most of the morning and some of the afternoon.
I played ball around home this afternoon with George.

Wednesday, July 31, 1901
It has been cloudy most of the time to-day.
I have hoed corn almost all day hoeing nearly seven acres.

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