Sunday Dec 24 Cool Sunny thawed but little I was at home all day Holden is about the same Mag & the Children went to Church & to see Holden I am feeling poorly with a Cold & I have a small but sore boil under my right arm that nearly makes me sick our Children found many presents this morning & were happy the girls got Skates books &c & the boys books toys blox [blocks] &c I got fine shirt neck ties & collars & Mother got nice China fruit dish & a silver $ & other trinkets from the girls & boys
Saturday December 23rd 1899 freeze & frosty in the morning but nice I hitched to the old buggy & took Mrs Evans & 2 girls to her mothers Old Mrs. Sigler road midling & thawing fast we rcd box from Hattie & one from Nora Christmas gifts Nora Sent me a nice black tie I now have about 5 or 6 new ties that have never worn I was down town PM & Eve we all went to the Rink to M E [Methodist Episcopal] Christmas tree & it was the worst Jam & Noisest Christmas tree I was ever at no order no enforcement Could hear very little of the program after the first 2 or 3 pieces & the longer the worse I was jammed in the SE corner & couldn’t get out was real glad when it was over & we could come home after all the rest had gone to bed Mother & I fixed the Christmas presents for the Children
Saturday Sept 23 An Extra fine Cool fall like day & Mag has a bad headache we are all invited to Hulls to Bell & Ralphs infair [affair] all went but Mag & I & Vic he tended to his laundry & then went down on his wheel [possibly a bicycle]  & told Maude that Mother was better so her & Otto Klokenteger drove my team & Carriage back & we arrived Safe about 1 pm & had a real good dinner & good visit & Rach gave us a mess of green corn & we came home & Roy hitched to my old buggy & took Harriet & Nora & their husbands home with him Jap Green came this Eve from Keota
 Bicycles were a popular mode of transportation at this time.
Friday Sept 22 Muddy & wet in the morning it rained a light nice rain till about 11 AM when Martin Scranton & his children went home in the Eve it had dried off & Nora & Harriet & their husbands took my team & Carriage & went for a ride Mrs Smith called PM I sawed & split some wood
Thursday September 21st 1899 Thirty four years ago to day Mag & I went to Washington in my two horse wagon with a board for Spring seat & were married by Judge B F Brown Alice Leighton Wolf & Sister Amanda & E Bradford went along & to day our daughter Bell was married to Ralph B Hull only relatives were present a most delightful day & all went off well W A Schwimley performed the marriage Ceremony & Willard Deyoe prayed & we had a fine dinner & the young folks got Several fine & appropriate presents Mother & I gave one hundred dollars in gold which I drew from the bank this morning I have taken five more Shares of Stock in the Wellman Savings bank & now have ten Shares worth $140,00 a share Rach Hull & Wife went home Early most of our guests Stayed later & Holden & Laura spent the Evening Jap went home about 9 in the Eve & left Sylvia & baby here Martin Scranton girl & boy will Stay all night
Wednesday Sept 20 An Extra fine Sunny Cool fall day Roys hand Frank brought one load of hay & the barn is nearly full Vic helped me mow it away Nora & Allie came on the 10-26 train this AM & little Max & he has improved wonderful & can walk Harriet & I met them at the train we had a big rooster for dinner & a boiled beef heart Willard DeYoe also Came across from Keota & he took our Organ all apart & Cleaned it & it now Sounds as nice as new PM Allie & I went down & got his & Noras trunk I bought 3 big watermellons for 25c & ½ bu Sweet potatos for 35c I got 3 lbs butter 54c Jap Green came in the Evening & he played second on the organ & I fiddled
Tuesday Sept 19 A real nice warm fall like day My boil under my arm is about the same Roys hands brought me 2 loads of hay & Vic helped me mow it away I was down town awhile & ordered oranges bananas celery & butter for the wedding I went with H G Moore to his house to see improvements he is making on his barn Our folks are busy fixing for the wedding