June 13, 1898

Monday June 13  Cloudy & looks much like rain  I got the girls to help take my old Moline wagon bed in to the barn & I took it apart to put a new bottom & side in it but it soon quit sprinkling rain & I went to Wellman & took dinner at Amandas  I worked around my building all day  Holden finished the privy by 10-30 & I helped him some & then helped him carry his tools home & paid him one $  Albert Taylor came to see me about Carpenter work

June 12, 1898

Sunday June 12  Cloudy & looks much like rain  the boys & I salted the cattle & 2 colts in the E pasture  after noon it cleared off nice & cooler & seems as tho we may have better weather  wind light S SW  I send $1 renewal for National tribune & Headleys 2 vols great Rebellion[1]  also sent my address on gov card to agriculture dept so I will get reports

[1] Headley, J. T. The Great Rebellion; A History of the Civil War in the United States, published by the National Tribune, Washington, D. C., 1898

June 11, 1898

Saturday June 11th 1898  Cloudy warm & looked much like rain & did rain a little  Harve & I went to Wellman  he took a load of stone & we got lumber for a privy at Wishards  I paid $3,00 & Harve loaded the lumber to my lots & Came home & trimmed hedge  I sent letter to Mag  also sent a draft to E J C Bealer Cedar Rapids for $10,85 for a carload of stone on which freight was $12,04  weight 31000  I took dinner at Amandas  PM Holden helped me build a privy west of barn  got it nearly done  I paid J S Ferguson $15 by chk & he went to Washington  I got home at dusk quite tired  Harve has worked 5 days this week 238 in all & drew $51,50

June 7, 1898

Tuesday June 7  Warm thunder & looks & feels much like rain & about 2-30 PM it rained a real hard shower & wet things up generally  I went to Keota PM & got cash on 2 milk chks first $6,17 & the 2nd $20,04 total $26,21  I drew from Founders Savings bank all I had there $125,00 & 2,00 interest  Vic went along & we called to see how Harriet got along   home at noon & PM I took Mag to Wellman  Nellie & Joe went along  soon after we got there it rained quite hard  Our bank cellar got 3 feet of water & at 5-30 I took Mag to depot & bought her a ticket for Omaha Nebr $10,15 & She will go to David City to see Nora  we came home & found chores mostly done  my buggy horses cushions & blankets & all got real wet  I deposited $134,00 in the Wellman Savings bank.

June 6, 1898

Monday June 6  A warm growing day partly cloudy  I went to Wellman in the buggy & Harve hauled down a load of well rock in the wagon to level up the cellar wall  I saw Holden about building me a privy on my lots  I hauled my cellar window frames from Ruf Whetstines new house & put them in my barn  home at 10 am & wil built a pen in the shade for nine fating pigs  hoed some in the garden & other bush patches  about 3-30 PM Dave Cole came hungry & we gave him to eat & fed his poor blind horse  he had his out door camera along & took a picture of our house & a family group & went his way to Washington  I took my doc colt to Roy to work  he jumps out of the pasture & is not satisfied anywhere  I took Supper at Roys & cora gave me a big dish of nice Strawberries for my supper  I appreciated them much  we hitched the colt up with old Mae & Roy brought us home

June 5, 1898

Sunday June 5th 1898  A most beautiful warm growing sunny day  I layed long in bed & rested for I was tired my bush patches are all doing well & in good fix  we have 10 little calves & 38 little pigs  we had our Joe Adams [1] strawberries for dinner

[1] I couldn’t find a variety of strawberry named Joe Adams, but there were a couple men by that name that lived in Washington County, Iowa at this time.

May 31, 1898

Tuesday May 31 partly cloudy & looks much like rain rained in the Evening PM I went to Wellman found my Stone Masons at work Met 2 men Wilson & guest from Washington coming to my house to see me on fence & plumbing business they went back to Wellman with me & we talked awhile & I showed them about the kind of plumbing goods I wanted & they will send me prices I got caught in the rain just before I got home I lent Jim horse to Willard to drive to Richland