Amos Claycomb’s May 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.

Thursday, May 1, 1902
It has been cloudy all day and it commenced raining about five o’clock tonight.
Uncle Charlie, Aunt Jennie, Uncle Will, Aunty Mary and Jane were out here to supper tonight.

Friday, May 2, 1902
It has been a very nice day.
I went to an entertainment tonight given by the students of the High School House which was very good.  Ruby Graham came out after the show to stay all night with Louise.
I began taking the cows to pasture but as I have only four cows to drive it was not very hard work.

Saturday, May 3, 1902
It has been cloudy all day and it rained a little this afternoon.
I took the milk to the factory this morning and then worked for a while after which I played ball with George.  I went to a ballgame this afternoon when Syc. H. S. played the DeKalb H. S. team but were beaten in a very interesting game by a score of 12 to 11.

Sunday, May 4, 1902
It has been cloudy all day and has been raining most of the time.
Papa went into Chicago this morning.
I took the cows before breakfast and then I took the milk up to the factory after breakfast.  I went to Sunday school at noon.

Monday, May 5, 1902
It has been cloudy all day and it commenced raining after supper tonight.
After school I went down to a ball game for a little while between the Bloomer Girls and the Sycamore Crescents.  The latter won by a score of 13 to 8.
I went to a leap year dance tonight at Ward’s Opera House with Louise and came home a little early.

Tuesday, May 6, 1902
It has been cloudy all day and raining most of the time.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s tonight to take her music lesson and Papa went up town after supper.  It is Papa’s birthday today and he is forty five years old.

Wednesday, May 7, 1902
It has been a very nice day.
George and I played ball around home for a little while after school.  I started to mow the lawn after supper but did not get very much done.

Thursday, May 8, 1902
It has been a very nice day today.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s tonight to go to a dance.  I finished mowing the lawn after school tonight.

[Amos put the May 9th entry on the May 10th page and then had to put the 10th on page for the 9th – and marked them both “mistake.” I put them in date order here.]

Friday, May 9, 1902
It has been a nice day today only quite a little colder than usual.
We all went to a concert tonight at the Opera House given in order to get funds for a big baseball team.  The participants were almost all noted musicians among who were Mr. Willett, Signor Lansone, of Chicago and Mr. Lewis and Miss Hopkins of Sycamore.
Mistake.  This is for Fri. May 9.

Saturday, May 10, 1902
Mistake.  This is for Saturday May 10.
It has been cloudy and cold all day.  It rained all the forenoon but stopped about noon.
Mrs. Hill came home from her visit this afternoon and Papa started for Iowa tonight with Uncle Fred.  I took him up to the train after supper and staid up town for a little while.  I staid home all the forenoon but went up town for a little while this afternoon.

Sunday, May 11, 1902
It has been a very nice day.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and went to Sunday School at noon.
I went up town after supper tonight to get Louise who went to church.  She had gone out riding with another girl this afternoon and had staid up to go to church.

Monday, May 12, 1902
It has been nice all day until tonight when it clouded up and looks very much like rain.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning before school and George took the cows.
Grandma Townsend went into Chicago this forenoon.

Tuesday, May 13, 1902
It rained very hard last night and has been partly cloudy and partly nice today.
Papa came home from Iowa this morning and I took the horse and buggy up town for him and went to school.  Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s tonight to take her music lesson.

Wednesday, May 14, 1902
It has been a fairly nice day but it is getting very cold tonight.  A few days ago there was a violent volcano eruption down in the West Indies and over 30,000 thousand [sic] people were killed, the whole town of St. Pierre on the island of Martinique being wiped off of the earth.  The volcano is still erupting as are also a few other volcanoes in those islands.

Thursday, May 15, 1902
It has been cloudy and a good deal colder than usual today.
Grandma got home from Chicago last night.  Papa went up town after supper tonight.

Friday, May 16, 1902
It has been a very nice day.
I went to a ballgame after school this afternoon between the Syc. H. S. team and the DeKalb Normal Second team.  The former won by a score of 18 to 5.
Louise staid up to a friend’s house tonight.

Saturday, May 17, 1902
It has been a fairly nice day.
I mowed the lawn and then hoed weeds around the house the rest of the forenoon.  I slept most of the afternoon and have not gone up town today.

Sunday, May 18, 1902
It rained very hard last night and has been very hot today.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and then went up to Grandma’s for a little while.  I came home in time to take Eleanor to church and then went to Sunday school.  Uncle Will, Aunt Mary and Jane came out this afternoon and staid to supper.

Monday, May 19, 1902
It has been partly cloudy and partly nice today and it rained for a few minutes at noon.
Edward had a headache and did not go to school this afternoon.  The corn is just beginning to come up now.

Tuesday, May 20, 1902
It has been a nice day today only very warm.
Grandma and Grandpa Claycomb came tonight for a visit.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s tonight to take her music lesson.  Papa went up town after supper tonight.
Grandma Townsend went into Chicago this morning and came back tonight.

Wednesday, May 21, 1902
It has been partly fair and partly cloudy today and it rained for a few minutes at about half-past ten.
I walked home after school tonight.

Thursday, May 22, 1902
It rained quite a little last night but has been very nice today.
Grandpa took us to school this morning and I walked home tonight.  We only have two cows to milk now and I milk one of them.

Friday, May 23, 1902
It rained very hard last night and has been raining most of the time today.
I played ball with George tonight for a little while before supper.
It is still raining very hard at half-past nine.

Saturday, May 24, 1902
It has been cloudy nearly all day and it rained very hard for a few minutes about supper time.
I took the cows and then took the milk up to the factory this morning.
I played ball this afternoon with George all the time.

Sunday, May 25, 1902
It has been a very nice day today.
Grandpa and Grandma Claycomb, Papa and Mrs. Hill went up to Grandma Townsend’s for dinner this noon.  I went to Sunday school.

Monday, May 26, 1902
It was fairly nice this forenoon but clouded up this afternoon and sprinkled a little about supper time.
Grandpa took us to school this morning and I walked home after school tonight.

Tuesday, May 27, 1902
It has been a very nice day but colder than usual.
Eleanor staid up to Grandma’s to take her piano lesson and Papa went up town to take his singing lesson.  Grandma Townsend went into Chicago this morning.  I walked home after school tonight.

Wednesday, May 28, 1902
It has been a nice day today only cloudy part of the time.
I planted popcorn for a little while after school tonight and then after supper until it got dark.
Papa went up town after supper tonight.

Thursday, May 29, 1902
It has been a very nice day.
I took a horse over to the Wood farm this morning and did not come home before school.
Grandma Claycomb, Louise and Mrs. Hill went up to a musical given at the Waterman Hall tonight to hear Eleanor who is going to play.
I planted popcorn for a little while after school tonight.

Friday, May 30, 1902
It has been partly cloudy and partly nice today.
Grandpa and Grandma Claycomb started home today and Papa went into Chicago with them and has staid all day.
I went to a ballgame this afternoon when the Sycamore Crescents played the State Bank of Chicago team and beat them in a rather poorly played game by a score of 12 to 3.
Louise had Ruby Graham out here for dinner today.
I took the cows, helped wash a buggy and then planted a little popcorn this morning.
Mrs. Hill and Eleanor went out driving around town this afternoon.

Saturday, May 31, 1902
It has been cloudy nearly all day and sprinkled a little just after supper.
I played ball around home nearly all the forenoon.  I went to a ballgame this afternoon where the Syc. H. S. team played the DeKalb H. S. team and was defeated in an interesting but very loosely played game by a score of 13 to 11.  Batteries for Syc. Hammond, Hennigan and Love, for DeKalb  Wood and Cheny.
Grandmas Townsend started for Galesburg this morning.  Eleanor went out driving this afternoon with a friend.  Papa went up town after supper tonight.

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