Amos Claycomb’s December 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, December 1, 1901
It has been cloudy almost all day.
I took the milk up this morning.
I went to Sunday-school.
The ground is very dry now.
I milk three cows every night and morning.

Monday, December 2, 1901
It has been a nice day.
Papa’s new man began working for us to-day.  He stays over to the new farm and [keeps] a team of ours at that barn.

Tuesday, December 3, 1901
It has been cloudy nearly all day and has been snowing every once in a while but has not amounted to anything yet.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s to take her music lesson to-night.

Wednesday, December 4, 1901
It has been cloudy nearly all the time to-day.
The roads are very good now for this time of year.
Grandma went into Chicago this morning.

Thursday, December 5, 1901
It has been cloudy and very cold all day.
To-day is the second anniversary of Uncle Will and Aunt Mary’s wedding.
The ice is frozen over the creek now.

Friday, December 6, 1901
It has been cloudy all day.
I went to a supper down to the Universalist Church to-night and then went to a dance.
Louise went with me to both.

Saturday, December 7, 1901
It has been cloudy all day.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and hauled some cedar posts out to the new farm this afternoon.
I walked up town and back after supper.

Sunday, December 8, 1901
It has been snowing nearly all day and there is a little left.
Eleanor, Louise and I went to Sunday school.
The snow is melting and the roads are muddy.

Monday, December 9, 1901
It has been cloudy nearly all day.
I helped with the washing a little before school this morning.
Papa went down town tonight.
It is freezing hard outdoors now.

Tuesday, December 10, 1901
It has been cloudy nearly all day.
Dr. Nast of Lombard University was at Grandma’s for dinner to-day.
I took Mrs. Hill down town and stayed there for a little while to-night.

Wednesday, December 11, 1901
It has been a very nice day and the sun has been shining all the time.
Papa went into Chicago this morning.
The snow melts fast in the day time, but it freezes hard at night.

Thursday, December 12, 1901
It has been cloudy all day and has been raining most of the afternoon.
I went to a lecture tonight at the High School.  Nell went to a dance at the Opera House.

Friday, December 13, 1901
It commenced raining this morning but began snowing a little before noon and has snowed hard all the afternoon.  Now the wind is blowing hard and the snow is drifting.  The roads were muddy until to-night when they are freezing up.

Saturday, December 14, 1901
It has been very cold all day being ten degrees below zero this morning.
I took the milk up to the customers this morning.
The snow does not melt but there is not enough for sleighing.

Sunday, December 15, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day only very cold being 11º below about seven o’clock this morning.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning.
I went to Sunday-school at noon.

Monday, December 16, 1901
It has been cloudy and cold all day and has been snowing a little.
Louise went skating down to the creek after school and is to stay up to Grandma’s all night.

Tuesday, December 17, 1901
It has been a nice day only cold and is getting a good deal colder tonight.
I went to an entertainment up to the Congr. Church after supper tonight.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s to take her music lesson.

Wednesday, December 18, 1901.
It has been a nice day to-day but is getting very cold tonight.
Grandma came home from Chicago yesterday and brought about a ton of Christmas presents with her.

Thursday, December 19, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
Louise staid up to Grandma’s all night so that she could go skating.
Some sleighs and bobs go around now but it is very poor sleighing.

Friday, December 20, 1901
It has been a nice day but very cold being about 16º below this morning.
Grandma went into Chicago this morning.
Papa went down town to-night.

Saturday, December 21, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I helped bank some snow around the foundation of the house this morning.
I went to a basketball game at the school house this afternoon when only girls of the High School played.

Sunday, December 22, 1901
It has been partly fair and partly cloudy all day but a good deal warmer than usual.
I took the milk to the customers and then took Nell to church.  At noon I went to Sunday-school.

Monday, December 23, 1901
It has been a very nice day.
I walked up town after supper to-night and bought some Christmas presents.
I went up to Grandma’s to see Uncle Will, Aunt Mary and Jane who are going home tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 24, 1901
It has been a nice day.
All the rest went to the church entertainment tonight but me and I staid home because I have a bad cold.
Grandpa Pierce and Grandma T. started for Galesburg this morning.

Wednesday, December 25, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.  It snowed a little last night but most of it melted.
I got quite a lot of presents.  Some of these are a neck scarf, two books, a knife, $2.25 in money and some other things.

Thursday, December 26, 1901
It has been a very nice day only it snowed a little this afternoon.
I have staid home all day but went up town after supper.
Nell went to a dance to-night.

Friday, December 27, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and then went up to Grandma’s and brought Eleanor home.
I went out hunting rabbits this afternoon but did not get anything.

Saturday, December 28, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I took the milk to the factory this morning.
Louise went to Chicago this morning to visit Aunt Mary and Papa went to Iowa tonight.
I went up town after supper tonight.

Sunday, December 29, 1901
It has been cloudy all day and is getting colder.
I went to Sunday-school.
George and I do all the chores now that Papa is gone.
The snow is still staying here.

Monday, December 30, 1901
It has been a fairly nice day but cloudy part of the time.
George took the milk up the the factory this morning and I helped with the washing.  We get along with the chores all right.

Tuesday, December 31, 1901
It has been a nice day to-day.
I took the milk up to the customers this morning and George went up to Charles Townsend’s to stay for dinner.
I went to a sociable at the Congregational Church and staid up till twelve o’clock and walked home.

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