Amos Claycomb’s January 1902 Diary

Photo of Amos Claycomb's 1902 Diary and pen

My Grandfather kept diaries most of his life.  I post a month each Monday.

In January 1902 Amos Claycomb will turn 16.  He lives with his father, Frank Erwin Claycomb, and his siblings, Eleanor, Louise, George, and Edward in Sycamore, Illinois.  His mother, Anna Sarah Townsend Claycomb, died in 1892 when Amos was 6 years old.
His grandmother  Townsend is Eleanor Pierce Townsend – her husband Amos Townsend died in 1887.  The Claycomb grandparents, Sarah Goddard Claycomb and George W. Claycomb live in Monmouth, Illinois.  Young Amos’ aunt Mary Tapper and Uncle Will Tapper live in Chicago.

Wednesday, January 1, 1902
It has been cloudy nearly all day and a strong south west wind has started up tonight.
I went to a concert given at the Methodist Church tonight.
George and Edward took the milk up to the factory this morning.

Thursday, January 2, 1902
It has been a fair day only the wind has been blowing very hard.
I took the milk up to the customers this morning and then helped beat two rugs.
Eleanor went up to a supper tonight given by Dan Wild to his Sunday school class.

Friday, January 3, 1902
It has been a nice day to-day.
Mrs. Ostrum who is grandma’s housekeeper and Angie Allen came out here to dinner to-day.
Louise came home from Chicago where she has been visiting, this afternoon and I went up to Grandma’s after her.
She and I went to a dance tonight at Wilkin’s Hall and got home about half past two.

Diary pages from January 2nd and 3rd 1902

Saturday, January 4, 1902
It has been a very nice day.
George took the milk up to the customers this morning.
I rode up town this afternoon and then walked home.
Eleanor, Louise and Edward also went up town this afternoon.

Sunday, January 5, 1902
It has been cloudy nearly all day and there have been a few snow flurries this afternoon.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning.
I went to Sunday school at noon.

Monday, January 6, 1902
It has been a very nice day.
I started in going to school again this morning.
George and I got up about half past five in order to get the chores done in time to go to school.
The roads melted quite a little today.

Tuesday, January 7, 1902
It has been a very nice day and the roads have melted a good deal.
Eleanor went to Dan Wild’s for dinner and staid up to Grandma’s all night to take her music lesson.

Wednesday, January 8, 1902
It has been very nice again today.
Louise went skating after school and is going to stay up to Grandma’s all night.
George and Edward went to a show at the Opera House.
Mrs. Hill went up to visit grandma’s housekeeper and staid for dinner.
Eleanor went over to Dan Wild’s for dinner.

Thursday, January 9, 1902
It has been very warm and more like spring than winter.
I milked six cows today and seven yesterday.  As Papa is not here George and I get up about half past five to do the chores in the morning.

Friday, January 10, 1902
It has been cloudy nearly all day and the wind has been blowing hard.
The roads are very rough now.
I milked seven cows today.

Saturday, January 11, 1902
It has been colder than usual today and a cold east wind has been blowing.
I went up town after papa, who came home this morning about six o’clock.
I took the milk up to the factory.
I went to a Basketball game this afternoon when the Sycamore High School girls played the girls of the Normal school in DeKalb but got beat by a score of 33 to 1.

Sunday, January 12, 1902
It has been very windy all day.
I took the milk up to the customers this morning and then got a paper.
I went to Sunday school at noon.
I have been reading most of the afternoon.

Monday, January 13, 1902
It has been a nice day but has not melted any.
Eleanor went to a party tonight and will stay up to Grandma’s all night.

Tuesday, January 14, 1902
It has been a nice day today.
Papa went to a party up town tonight.
After supper I went to Grandma’s after Louise who went skating after school and then popped some corn when I got home.
Eleanor also went to a party tonight.

Wednesday, January 15, 1902
It has been a nice day but clouded up tonight.
Papa went to another party tonight at Uncle George Wild’s.
The roads are very smooth now and it does not melt very much in the daytime.
There is very good skating on the creek but I have not been skating this winter.

Thursday, January 16, 1902
It has been a very nice day.
I walked home after school tonight.
Louise went skating after school for a little while

Friday, January 17, 1902
It has been cloudy almost all day with a strong south wind blowing.
I went to a dance with Louise tonight at Wilkins Hall and got home about three o’clock.
Louise staid up to Grandma’s all night and went home earlier.
I went to a basket-ball game at the school-house just before I went to the dance.  Only the boys in the High School played and the score was 18 to 10.

Saturday, January 18, 1902
It has been a nice day all day and very warm for this time of year.
I slept most of the forenoon and staid at home all day.

Sunday, January 19, 1902
It has been a very nice day to-day.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and went to Sunday school at noon.
Papa went up to Dan Wild’s for dinner and Mrs. Ostrum who stays up to Grandma’s came out here.

Monday, January 20, 1902
It was cloudy all this morning and began snowing at noon.  Now about half past nine it has almost stopped and there is three or four inches of snow on the ground.

Tuesday, January 21, 1902
It has been cloudy all day.  It snowed a little last night and drifted a good deal.
I walked home from school this afternoon.
Papa, Eleanor and Louise went to a dance tonight given by Elinor Witch.

Wednesday, January 22, 1902
It has been cloudy nearly all day.
After supper tonight I went up to the Universalist Church after Mrs. Hill who staid up there for supper.  When I went up town the sky was clear but when I came back it was getting very foggy.
I walked home after school tonight.
As the people are going to build a new court house DeKalb wanted to have it built over there and raised quite a row.  The Supervisors met here today and decided that it should be build in Sycamore where the old one was.

Thursday, January 23, 1902
It has been cloudy all day and is getting very cold tonight.  It snowed a little this morning between nine and ten o’clock but this [did] not amount to much.

Diary page from January 24, 1902Friday, January 24, 1902
It has been partly cloudy and partly clear today but nice all the time.
Grandma T. came home tonight and brought with her Uncle Will, Aunt Mary and Jane.
Papa went up town to a party tonight.
Postero Die
Uncle Will did not come, but will come tomorrow.

Saturday, January 25, 1902
It has been a fairly nice day.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and then went down to Grandma’s to see Aunt Mary and Jane.
I went up town again this afternoon and took some laundry.
Uncle Will came tonight.
Eleanor went to a party this afternoon.

Sunday, January 26, 1902
It has been cloudy and very cold all day.
I took the milk up to the customers and then went down to Grandma’s to see Uncle Will.
I went to Sunday-school at noon.
It is blowing very hard and is very cold now.
Papa went up town tonight.

Monday, January 27, 1902
It has been very cold all day.  It was 11º below zero this morning at six o’clock and 6º below tonight at six.
I walked home after school tonight.
Papa, Eleanor and Mrs. Hill went to a musical given at the Waterman Hall tonight.
Uncle Will, Aunt Mary and the baby went back to Chicago this afternoon.

Tuesday, January 28, 1902
It has been a nice day but very cold.  It was 11º below this morning but as there was no wind it seemed a good deal warmer than yesterday.
I walked home after school tonight.
Papa went up town after supper.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s all night to take her music lesson.

Wednesday, January 29, 1902
It has been cloudy most of the time today and has been snowing a little.
It is my birthday today and I am sixteen years old.  I got a stick pin and a book from Grandma and $2.10 in money and some other little things.
Some boys and girls came out after supper and surprised me.  I had a very nice time and I think all the rest did.  We played games for a while and then danced or played cards until supper.  They went home about half past eleven.

Thursday, January 30, 1902
It has been cloudy all day and has been snowing part of the time.
Grandma went into Chicago today and took Eleanor with her.  We took eleanor up to the train as we went to school.
There is enough snow now for sleighing but it is not very good.

Friday, January 31, 1902
It has been cloudy most of the time today and has been snowing a little.
Grandma came back from Chicago last night and brought me two pairs of underwear, a sweater and a necktie.

 Amos Claycomb's January 1902 ledger
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One Response to Amos Claycomb’s January 1902 Diary

  1. How marvelous that you have these, simply marvelous. Love the handwriting and the look of the journals. Did I tell you how marvelous? Such a treasue.

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