Amos Claycomb’s February 1902 Diary

My Grandfather kept diaries most of his life.  This is from his 1902 journal when he was 16 and living in Sycamore, Illinois.  I post a month each Monday.

Saturday, February 1, 1902
It has been snowing almost all day but this snow has not amounted to very much.
I took the milk up to the customers this morning and then got some groceries.
I rode up town this afternoon and got a hair cut and then walked home.

Sunday, February 2, 1902
It has been a clear day but very cold with a strong north-west wind.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning.
I went to Sunday school at noon.

Monday, February 3, 1902
It has been cloudy all day and snowing part of the time.  It was very cold this morning with a sharp north-west wind.

Tuesday, February 4, 1902
It has been cloudy all day and very cold.  It was 10º below zero this morning and the thermometer was sheltered from a strong north west wind which was and is still blowing.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s tonight to take her music lesson.

Wednesday, February 5, 1902
It has been cloudy all day and has been snowing a little.

Thursday, February 6, 1902
It has been cloudy nearly all day.
I went to a lecture tonight given by Prof. Butler at the Auditorium and the Waterman Hall.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s all night so that she could go to a dance.

photo of diary page for February 6 1902Friday, February 7, 1902
It has been clear all day but very cold with a strong northwest wind blowing.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s tonight for supper and is coming home with Papa.
Postero die,
I went to a sleighing party Friday night over to DeKalb and had a very good time.  Lousie went with us and we got home about twelve o’clock.

Saturday, February 8, 1902
It has been a fair day only it has been very cold.
I went hunting rabbits this morning but did not get any.
I went with Louise to a Basket Ball Game between the Sycamore and DeKalb High School teams.

Sunday, February 9, 1902
It has been cloudy almost all day and has been snowing most of the time.
I went down to Leinear’s right after breakfast to get some meat.  I walked both ways.
I went to Sunday-school at noon.

Monday, February 10, 1902
It has been cloudy all day and snowing most of the time.
Eleanor is going to play at a musical given at the Waterman Hall and Papa and Mrs. Hill went up to see her.
We go to school in the sleigh now but the sleighing is not very good.

Tuesday, February 11, 1902
It has been snowing most all day and it is getting to be fairly good sleighing now.
I milked nine cows today both this morning and tonight, three and six respectively.
George nearly not help [sic] with the chores tonight because he went up town to a sociable so I did nearly all of them.
Eleanor staid up town tonight to take her music lesson.

photo of diary page for February 11 and 12 1902Wednesday, February 12, 1902
It has been a very nice day today.
I walked most of the way home after school tonight.

Thursday, February 13, 1902
It has been a very nice day to-day.
I walked home after school and then after supper I walked up town and back again.
Papa went up town after supper.

Friday, February 14, 1902
It has been a nice day today.
I went to a dance tonight and brought Louise home with me.  Louise staid up to Grandma’s for supper.  Grandma came home from Chicago to-night where she has been for two days.
The snow has melted quite a little and the sleighing is not very good.

Saturday, February 15, 1902
It has been a very nice day.  The snow has melted so much that only a few sleighs can go.
I have staid home all day.
George took the milk up to the customers this morning.

Sunday, February 16, 1902
It has been cloudy all day and has been snowing most of the afternoon.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning.
Papa had a picture taken this morning.
I went to Sunday-school.
Mrs. Hill went up to grandma’s for dinner today and I went up to bring her home about four o’clock.
Louise went to Irma Hall’s for dinner today and then went to Y. P. C. A. (I think) with Eleanor who is to lead tonight.
The snow that has fallen today is very fine and does not amount to very much.

Monday, February 17, 1902
It has been a nice day but cooler than usual.
We went to school in the buggy today because there was not enough snow for the sleigh.

Tuesday, February 18, 1902
It has been a very nice day today.

Wednesday, February 19, 1902
It has been a very nice day today.
I got excused at half past two from school and went over to DeKalb on the train to see the basket ball game between Sycamore and DeKalb high schools.  The former won in a well-played game by a score of 25 to 19.  After that I ate supper with the other boys and got home about half-past seven.  I then took Louise who went over with some other girls up to Grandma’s and walked home from there.
We all went over to Nellie Wild’s for dinner today because Grandma had a thimble party at her house.
I made a mistake tonight and wrote on the page for Friday instead of that for Wednesday.

Thursday, February 20, 1902
It has been a very nice day today but clouded up a little tonight.
Papa went to New Lebanon with Uncle Fred this morning and has not come back yet about nine o’clock.
Aunt Mary Tapper and Jane came out from Chicago this afternoon and will stay to a party tomorrow night which Grandma will give for young people as the one yesterday was only for women.
The roads thaw quite a little more in the daytime but freeze up hard at night.

photo of diary pages for February 20 and 21 1902Friday, February 21, 1902
It has been a nice day and the roads have thawed quite a good deal but always freeze hard at night.
Papa and Eleanor went to a party at Grandma’s tonight and George went along to tend door.
Louise, Edna, and Mrs. Hill went up to the Baptist Church tonight to an entertainment.  Edward and I are the only ones home here tonight and I have been studying Latin most of the time tonight.
I milked seven cows counting three this morning and four tonight.
Uncle Will came out from Chicago tonight in time for Grandma’s party which is mostly for young people.

Saturday, February 22, 1902
It has been a nice day although cloudy part of the time.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and then went to Grandma’s and stayed until nearly noon.
I went to a basket ball game up at the Gothic Hall this afternoon when the Syc. boys played the Elgin High School team.  The former beat by a score of 41 to 13.  I walked up to the game but caught a ride coming back.  All of [sic] three of the score gotten by Elgin were gotten from fouls made from Syc. players.

Sunday, February 23, 1902
It has been one of the best days today that we have had this year being just like spring.
I took the milk up to the customers this morning.  I went to Sunday-school.
This afternoon Uncle Will, Aunt Mary and Jane came out for a visit of about an hour.
Edward staid up to Grandma’s for dinner.

Monday, February 24, 1902
It has been a very nice day today.
Papa went to Iowa tonight and I took him up to the train and then staid up town for a little while.
Uncle Will, Aunt Mary and Jane went back to Chicago this noon.

Tuesday, February 25, 1902
It has been a very nice day.
George and I got up at half- past five this morning because we had to do all the chores as Papa was not here.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s tonight to take her music lesson.

Wednesday, February 26, 1902
It has been a fair day but not as nice as were the three preceding days.  The roads are very muddy now all over except between Mr. Stephen’s and our house where the road is almost as nice as it is in summer.  In the morning the roads are always frozen hard but they thaw out in the daytime.

Thursday, February 27, 1902
It rained all of last night and has been raining most of the time today.  The roads are very muddy now and are hard to get through.

Friday, February 28, 1902
It rained all of all night and has been raining all day today.  The roads are very muddy compelling the horses to walk most of the way.

photo a boy's February 1902 ledger

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