Amos Claycomb’s October 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.

Tuesday, October 1, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
We threshed to-day getting done about four o’clock.
I had to go down to the pasture after two cows after supper to-night.

Wednesday, October 2, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day only pretty cold.
I walked home from school to-night.
I got a jack-knife through the mail to-day that I sent tobacco tags for.

Thursday, October 3, 1901
It has been cloudy almost all day and pretty cold.
I went to a lecture to-night at the school house by Prof. H. Buller on American Literature.

Friday, October 4, 1901
It has been a nice day.  There was heavy frost last night.
I went out in the cornfield and picked up sweet corn missed by the binder.
Nellie went to a party to-night.

Saturday, October 5, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I have been working in the cornfield picking up sweet corn ears.
I went up to Grandma’s after Nell right after dinner.

Sunday, October 6, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I went to Sunday-school and then went up to Grandma’s for dinner.We take milk to three customers now.  Papa gets half and George and I get a fourth of the money.

Monday, October 7, 1901
It has been cloudy almost all day.
The water of the creek is so bad that I have to bring all the cattle home because the factories at DeKalb put acid in it.

Tuesday, October 8, 1901
It has been raining since about three o’clock and was cloudy the rest of the day.
I rode the pony to school this morning because I had to go up town and got home too late to ride with the rest.

Wednesday, October 9, 1901
It has been cloudy or raining all day.
Edd took the cows for me this morning.
Nellie went to a wedding this afternoon and staid up to Grandma’s to-night.

Thursday, October 10, 1901
It has been very nice to-day though there was a thick fog this morning.
We have a very sick horse in the barn and Papa has had a doctor for it two or three times.

Friday, October 11, 1901
It has been cloudy or raining all day.
George went to a party to-night.
Louise did not have any school in her room to-day.  She staid up to Grandma’s to-night.

Saturday, October 12, 1901
It has been cloudy or raining all day.
I picked up sweet-corn all the morning but George and Edward and I went to to a football game this P.M. when Elgin Academy H. S. beat Syc High School 27 to 0.

Sunday, October 13, 1901
It has been cloudy almost all day.
I went to Sunday-school.
Grandma Townsend and Grandpa Pierce came out here to dinner because their cook went to Chicago.

Monday, October 14, 1901
It has been cloudy almost all day.
I helped a little with the washing this morning before school.
I had a hair cut after school to-night.
We had a small bonfire before supper.

Tuesday, October 15, 1901
It has been cloudy almost all day.  It is raining a little now about eight o’clock.
I picked a little popcorn after school.
Nellie staid up to Grandma’s to-night.

Wednesday, October 16, 1901
It has been cloudy and cold all day.
I helped take two horses down to the pasture this morning when I took the cows.
I got me a pair of mittens after school.

Thursday, October 17, 1901
It has been cloudy and cold all day.
I went to a lecture to-night and after that I went to see a show.
Papa started for Monmouth to-night to stay about a week.

Friday, October 18, 1901
It has been a fairly nice day.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s last night.  Grandma went into chicago this morning.

Saturday, October 19, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I went into Chicago this morning with Louise to meet Grandma.
I got a pair of long pants and also a fine over-coat.

Sunday, October 20, 1901
It has been a very nice day but there was a heavy frost last night.
I went to Sunday-school and wore my long pants.
Louise went over to DeKalb with another girl this afternoon.

Monday, October 21, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I helped with the washing a little before school.
We began picking field corn Saturday and have about 30 acres to pick.

Tuesday, October 22, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
Eleanor staid up town to-night to take her music lesson.
I whipped a carpet a little after I got home from school to-night.

Wednesday, October 23, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
Louise staid up to Grandma’s to-night.
I had to chase some steers out of a pasture and while doing that the horses got out and I had a hard time getting them back.

Thursday, October 24, 1901
It has been a nice day today.
I went up town for a little while after supper.
Papa came home from Monmouth this morning.
We will have no school to-morrow.

Friday, October 25, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I picked popcorn most of the morning.
Grant Arnold came out to visit us for two or three and brought Mr. Wright with him who went back to-night.

Saturday, October 26, 1901
It rained a little this morning but has been nice this afternoon.
I picked popcorn most of the afternoon.
Grant brought a Victor talking machine with him and we keep it running most of the time.

Sunday, October 27, 1901
It has been a nice day but pretty cold.
Grant Arnold went home to-night.
I went both to church and to Sunday-school.
Louise went over to DeKalb this afternoon with a friend.

Monday, October 28, 1901
It has been nice to-day only cloudy.
Louise staid home from school to-day because she was sick and George had no school.
I helped with the washing a little while before school.

Tuesday, October 29, 1901
It has been a very nice day to-day.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s to take her music lesson.
Papa went up town to-night.

Wednesday, October 30, 1901
It has been nice all day only it clouded up a little to-night.
Papa bought some cattle of Henry Groves and I helped drive them home.
The wind is blowing very hard now.

Thursday, October 31, 1901
It rained all the morning but cleared off this afternoon.
I went to a dancing party to-night with Louise and had a very good time.

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2 Responses to Amos Claycomb’s October 1901 Diary

  1. Tine says:

    How lovely that you kept these!!!

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