Amos Claycomb’s September 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.

Sunday, September 1, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I went to Sunday-school.
I took the milk to the factory this morning.
We start going to school tomorrow morning.

Monday, September 2, 1901
It has been a nice day.
We began school this morning and I am in the first year of high school.
Eleanor is in the second year, Louise is in the eighth grade, George the seventh and Edward the seventh.

Tuesday, September 3, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
Papa went to into Chicago this afternoon.
I took a wagon up to the factory and got a load of husks before school this morning.

Wednesday, September 4, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I went up to the factory and brought a load of sweet corn cobs this morning.
We take two quarts of milk up to Mr. Toomis’s every morning now.

Thursday, September 5, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I went to a ball game after school where Sycamore played the Joliet Standards and beat them 10 to 2.  Batteries Sycamore: Lundgren and Hughes; Joliet Liebman and [ended here]

Friday, September 6, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I went up to the factory and brought home a load of sweet corn cobs.
President McKinley was shot twice by an anarchist this afternoon and may die.

Saturday, September 7, 1901
It was nice this forenoon but clouded up this afternoon.
I went hunting this afternoon and got a snipe along the creek
President McKinley is reported worse to-night.

Sunday, September 8, 1901
It has been cloudy all day and a cold wind has been blowing.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and went to Sunday-school.
President McKinley is about the same.

Monday, September 9, 1901
It rained this morning but a while and has been cloudy all day.
I helped dig a bushel of potatoes to-night.
Pres. McKinley is better to-day.

Tuesday, September 10, 1901
It has been cloudy and cold all day.
I have a very bad cold now.
President McKinley is out of danger now.  The many who shot him is named Czolgosz and is an anarchist.

Wednesday, September 11, 1901
It has been raining all day.
I went up to the factory and got a load of sweet corn cobs before school this morning.
Pres. McKinley is now out of danger.

Thursday, September 12, 1901
It has been cloudy or raining all day.
I am taking latin in the high school now and it is pretty hard.
Aunt Mary and Uncle Will came home last Monday.

Friday, September 13, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I picked some sweet corn in the wagon for the factory after school.
Pres. McKinley has had a relapse and is very bad.

Saturday, September 14, 1901
It was cloudy all morning but commenced raining at noon.
President McKinley died at two o’clock this morning.
I dug some potatoes and then went to a ball game this forenoon.

Sunday, September 15, 1901
It was nice this morning but clouded up this afternoon.
I went to Sunday-school.
This afternoon I went to a grove after hickory nuts and got about three fourths of a bushel.

Monday, September 16, 1901
It has been cloudy and cold all day.
Vice-president Roosevelt was sworn into office and is now the President.  He was out hunting when the president died thinking that he was getting well.

Tuesday, September 17, 1901
It has been cloudy with a cold wind blowing all day.
I went to an entertainment at the Methodist Church to-night.
Papa went into Chicago on the noon train.

Wednesday, September 18, 1901
It has been partly nice and partly cloudy to-day.  There was a small frost last night.
We finished picking sweet corn last night and are now cutting it with a machine.

Thursday, September 19, 1901
It has been cloudy or raining all day.
I went after hickory nuts this morning and dug six bushels of potatoes this afternoon.
President McKinley was buried this afternoon and all stores were closed.

Friday, September 20, 1901
It has been a fairly nice day.  It gets pretty cold now every night and we keep a fire in the furnace all the time.
I went up town after school tonight to get a cake of chocolate.

Saturday, September 21, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I went to a ball game this afternoon when the Marquelles played Sycamore and got beat 10 to 9.  Batteries Harley Parker and Shrewbridge and Bubser and Hughes respect.

Sunday, September 22, 1901
The wind has been blowing hard all day.
Grandma T. came home from Maine yesterday.
I went to Sunday school and then after hazel nuts this afternoon.
Papa, Eleanor, George and Edwards ate dinner at Grandma’s.

Monday, September 23, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I helped with the washing a little before school this morning.
Eleanor went to a party and staid up to Grandma’s to-night.

Tuesday, September 24, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I went after a few hickory nuts after school to-night.
Papa went up town tonight.  We have finished cutting sweet corn now.

Wednesday, September 25, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I took the milk to the factory before school this morning.
I went out after hickory nuts after school.

Thursday, September 26, 1901
It has been a nice day only a little cloudy.
Papa went up town tonight and […] went out riding.
I helped Papa bring a new cow home before school this morning.

Friday, September 27, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
After school George and I went out in the corn field and picked up a load of sweet corn ears that the machine didn’t get.

Saturday, September 28, 1901
It has been cloudy most all day.
I went hunting this afternoon but only got a wood-pecker.
Louise and two other girls went over to DeKalb this afternoon and had their pictures taken.

Sunday, September 29, 1901
It has been cloudy and cold all day.
I went to Sunday-school.
Uncle Will, Aunt Mary and the baby came out from Chicago last night and are going back to-morrow.

Monday, September 30, 1901
It has been a fairly nice day.
I helped with the washing a little before school.
I went after hickory nuts yesterday, but only got a few.

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3 Responses to Amos Claycomb’s September 1901 Diary

  1. Amazing that you have a family record of McKinley’s death and Roosevelt’s swearing in.

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