Amos Claycomb’s August 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. 

Thursday, August 1, 1901
It has been cloudy most of the time to-day.
I have hoed corn almost all day hoeing nearly seven acres.  George went up to Grandma’s to stay all night.
Louise started for a visit to Monmouth this morning.

Friday, August 2, 1901
It has been a very nice day to-day.
I hoed corn all this forenoon.
I slept all the afternoon and went up to Grandma’s to-night and played cards.

Saturday, August 3, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
We finished slacking our vats this morning.
It drizzled a little bit about noon.
I went to a ball game this afternoon where Sycamore beat the DeKalb by the
score of 5 to 0.

Sunday, August 4, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I did not go to Sunday school.
Frederick and Pierce were out here this afternoon.
Papa went up to Grandma’s to-night.

Monday, August 5, 1901
I helped with the washing all the morning.
I has been a nice day and the nights are very cool.
I went down to the ballpark this afternoon and down town to-night.

Tuesday, August 6, 1901
It has been a very nice day to-day.
I mowed the lawn a little this forenoon.
Some boys came out this afternoon and we [played] ball and hide and seek.
I went up to Grandma’s to-night.

Wednesday, August 7, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I staid home all forenoon but went up to Grandma’s this afternoon and again to-night.
Aunt Jennie, Papa, George, Marion, Fred, and Pierce drove out to a farm west of town this morning.

Thursday, August 8, 1901
It has been nice to-day only a little cloudy part of the time.
I hoed corn most of the afternoon.
Aunt Jennie, Marion, Frederick and Pierce started for home this morning.

Friday, August 9, 1901
It was cloudy this morning and commenced raining about three o’clock this afternoon.
I hoed corn all morning.
Papa bought the Tine [Tyne] farm to day which is near ours.  It contains 175 acres and he paid $100 an acre.

Saturday, August 10, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I hoed corn all the morning and went up town for a little while this afternoon.
Papa went to Aurora to see a ball game.
Papa bought the farm yesterday of Henry Groves.

Sunday, August 11, 1901
It was cloudy almost all day.
Charles T. came out this morning and staid all day.
The Sycamore  ball team went to Aurora yesterday.  Syc. got beat in a close game 2 to 1.  Batterie Lundgren and J. Hughes for Syc. and Price and Reading for Aurora.

Monday, August 12, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I helped with the washing this morning and hoed corn this afternoon.
Papa does not take possession of his new farm until Nov. 1.

Tuesday, August 13, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I hoed corn all this forenoon and all afternoon.
I went up town for a little while to-night.
I bought enough tags to-night to send for my rifle.  I have got 1800 tags now.

Wednesday, August 14, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I hoed corn all this morning and most of the afternoon.  Papa gave me a dollar for hoeing.
I helped drive 21 cattle home to-night that Papa had bought.

Thursday, August 15, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I went up town this morning and sent my tags that I am going to get my rifle for.
I went to a ball game this afternoon when Sycamore played Kewanee and beat
them 13 to 5.

Friday, August 16, 1901
It was nice this forenoon and cloudy this afternoon.
I hoed corn all day.
George resurrected a stomach complaint this morning when he found we had to hoe corn.

Saturday, August 17, 1901
It has been cloudy all day and has sprinkled once or twice.
I have hoed corn all day.
Papa paid me a half a dollar to-night for working all the time yesterday and to-day.

Sunday, August 18, 1901
It rained hard last night and sprinkled a little this morning.  It has been cloudy all day.
I went up town after a paper this morning.
Charles Townsend was out to dinner.

Monday, August 19, 1901
It was cloudy this morning but cleared up and was nice this afternoon.
I have hoed corn all day.
I went up town for a little while to-night.
We began plowing on the new farm to-day.

Tuesday, August 20, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I helped drive some cattle out east of town this morning.
I hoed a little corn this [afternoon] and then then went up town to see a ball game.
I helped drive some new cattle home to-night.

Wednesday, August 21, 1901
It was cloudy this forenoon and it rained for a little while this afternoon.
I went to a ball game this afternoon when Sycamore shut out the Union Giants by the score 3 to 0.  The battery for Syc. was Lundgren and Hughes.

Thursday, August 22, 1901
It has been raining most all the time to-day.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning.
I have been in the house reading almost all day.

Friday, August 23, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I staid home all the forenoon.
I went up town for a little while this afternoon and got my shoes fixed.
The roads are drying very fast.

Saturday, August 24, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I mowed some velvet weeds in the stubble west of the grove this morning.
George and I hoed velvet weed in the corn on the new farm the rest of the day.

Sunday, August 25, 1901
It has been cloudy almost all day to-day.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and then got a paper.
George has been sick with a headache all day.

Monday, August 26, 1901
It sprinkled a little this morning but has been nice the rest of the time.
Mrs. Hill came home to-night.
My rifle that I sent tags for came this morning.
I helped wash this morning and hoed corn this afternoon.

Tuesday, August 27, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I helped Ma Dennis thresh almost all day culling bands.
I shot my rifle at marks a little this afternoon, but can’t hit a barn.
I went up town to-night.

Wednesday, August 28, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I took the pony up town this morning and had her front feet shod.
George and I finished hoeing corn this afternoon and then we dug some potatoes.

Thursday, August 29, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I went up to the factory this morning to get a load of husks and then brought them home and helped unload them.
I went out in the woods with George after wild grapes and hunted along the creek with my rifle this afternoon.

Friday, August 30, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.Eleanor and Edward came home fromMaine to-day and Louise came home from Galesburg.
Papa went into Chicago this morning and I took the milk to the factory.

Saturday, August 31, 1901
It has been a nice day only there has been a cold north wind blowing.
To-day was Farmer’s Picnic Day.I staid home all the forenoon and went to a ball game this afternoon where Cedar Rapids beat Sycamore 7 to 4.

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