Amos Claycomb’s November 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.

Friday, November 1, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
Aunt Alta came to make us a visit last night.
George went to a party last night.
Papa [will] take possession of his new farm tomorrow.

Saturday, November 2, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning.
I then went down to the new farm to work and also this afternoon.

Sunday, November 3, 1901
It rained most of the forenoon and turned very cold this afternoon.
The water is frozen on the top of the ground and the wind is blowing very hard.
Grandma and Uncle Fred went to Galesburg at noon.

Monday, November 4, 1901
It has been so cold to-day that I had to wear my overcoat to school and the water is frozen hard.
It snowed a little last night.  I was late to school this morning.

Tuesday, November 5, 1901
It has been a nice day only very cold.
I had to go down to the pasture to get some horses before school and down to the new place for cows after school.
Nell staid up to Grandma’s to-night.

Wednesday, November 6, 1901
It has been cloudy and the wind has been blowing very hard all day.
We sold most of our old chickens to-night.
We have taken almost all the screens off the house now.

Thursday, November 7, 1901
It has been a fairly nice day.
I walked home from school tonight.
Papa is taking most of the corn down to the other place now because we are going to feed stock there this winter.

Friday, November 8, 1901
It has been a nice day only cold.
I went to a dance to-night and danced some square dances but didn’t tackle the round dances.
I walked home after the dance.

Saturday, November 9, 1901
It has been a fair day only very cold.
I took the milk to the factory this morning and then transferred some potatoes.
I went to a football game this afternoon when Syc. beat Rochelle 11 to 6.

Sunday, November 10, 1901
It has been cold and the wind has been blowing very hard.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning.
I went to Sunday school but staid in the house all the afternoon.

Monday, November 11, 1901
It has been cloudy or raining and the wind has been blowing all the time.
Grandma gave me a nice new umbrella to-day.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s tonight.

Tuesday, November 12, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
Eleanor went into Chicago with some friends to see the play “Ben Hur” to-night.
I took a carpenter home just before supper to-night.

Wednesday, November 13, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
George andLouise went to a show to-night and Louise is going to stay up to Grandma’s
Eleanor is going to the same show and also will stay at Grandma’s.

Thursday, November 14, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day only a little cold.
Louise and I went to a lecture given at the High School Building to-night.
Grandma went into Chicago this noon.

Friday, November 15, 1901
It has been snowing almost all day but has not amounted to anything at all.
Grandma came home to-night with Aunt Mary and the baby.
Papa went up town to-night.

Saturday, November 16, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I went up town for a little while this morning.
I helped Papa tear all the fence down in front of the house and down to the walnut trees.

Sunday, November 17, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I went to Sunday school.
Uncle Will, Aunt Mary and Jane came out from Chicago last night.
Mrs. Hill, Eleanor and Louise went to church to-night.

Monday, November 18, 1901
It has been cloudy all day but was fairly warm.
I began wearing long pants to-day for all the time.
Uncle Will went home this morning but Aunt Mary will stay till Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 19, 1901
It has been cloudy all day to-day.
Papa and the hired man have been cutting down trees and trimming others.  He has cut down most of the walnut trees and a few of the maple trees.

Wednesday, November 20, 1901
It has been a very nice day.  The wind has not been blowing for three days and we had to pump water for the stock this morning.
Aunt Mary went back to Chicago at noon.

Thursday, November 21, 1901
It has been a fair day to-day.
I went to a lecture to-night with Mrs. Hill that was given at the High School.
Papa is laying a stone walk from the east porch to the fence.

Friday, November 22, 1901
It rained all forenoon and snowed all the afternoon and is snowing a little now.
I got me a new pair of boots to-day.
The snow is melting very fast now.

Saturday, November 23, 1901
It has been a nice day only the snow has all melted and it is very muddy.
I took the milk to the factory this morning.
I went to a football game this afternoon when Syc. played DeKalb and neither side scored.

Sunday, November 24, 1901
It has been raining or snowing almost all day.
I took the milk to the factory this morning.
I did not go to Sunday school because it was snowing.

Monday, November 25, 1901
It has been cloudy all day and is getting very cold to-night.
Papa went to a party tonight.
The roads are very muddy now and are freezing hard.

Tuesday, November 26, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I walked home from school tonight.
After supper I walked up town and had a hair-cut and then walked home.

Wednesday, November 27, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I walked part of the way home from school.
George went to a party.
Papa has got a very bad cold and is almost sick.

Thursday, November 28, 1901
It has been nice to-day only it is getting very cold.
Our hired man went away this morning.
We all went to Grandma’s for dinner.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning.

Friday, November 29, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I took the milk up this morning and then went up town and got me a new suit.
I then went up to grandma’s and brought Uncle will out here to dinner.

Saturday, November 30, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and then went up to Grandma’s for a while.
Uncle Will and Aunt Mary went home last night.

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