February 11, 1907

Monday February 11th a fine temperate day  I split Some wood  Commenced to Split up my Spring wood & I have a good big pile & must do most of it my Self as Vic is busy Early & late in the bank & Leslie with his Studdies &c has very little Spare time but by taking my time I feel able for it tho not as Strong as one year ago  I sent draft to Success Co NY for $3 for Success Magazine the Independent & Womans Home Companion  I drew $5 from the bank  Virg Bradford Called & I made out Statemt for him to Send to the Commissioner of Pensions to get blanks to draw additional pension under the McCumber bill

February 10, 1907

Sunday feb 10  Another fine Sunny thawing Cool NW wind  we went to Church AM  both boys invited to Dr Gardners to dinner  Mother & I ate dinner alone  had punkin & black berry pies  I have read much in 1st vol of Tarbels life of Lincoln recd lately & like it Much  Mother & I went again to Church in the Evening  Our hired girl went this Eve to work for Lyman Bradfords

February 9, 1907

Sat feb 9  Another fine day & the Snow went   Leslie Clerked for Shiller & I am Chore boy & all hands  I Split some Stove & grate wood  I drew $10 from the bank & paid our hired girl Zunie[1] $9 & She will quit for a while  Mrs. Joe England & Cora Carr called PM  I wrote & mailed a letter to Strong pension Atty in Washington DC & filled out blank for Extra Service pension  the McCumber bill[2] which passed the house this week & recd the Presidents Signature  I also wrote Commissioner of Pensions for a blank to use in getting pension by the same ruling  I was down to Roys barn a little while this PM  I bought 2 tickets to the first play in new opera feb 20  gave chk $2

[1] Probably Zunie Hoefort found in the 1900 U. S. Federal Census, English River, Washington County, Iowa, age 12

[2]  McCumber, Porter J. Remarks of Porter J. McCumber, Chairman of the Committee on Pensions…; WorldCat.org, http://tinyurl.com/zxev2km

Letter to the Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, D. C.
Letter to the Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, D. C.

February 8, 1907

Friday February 8th 1907  An Extra fine winter day  Clear Calm & Sunny  I cleaned my horses off good after turning them in the yard awhile & blanketed them  Leslie & I put Some furnace wood in the cellar  4 vols Life of Lincoln by I M Tarbl[1] that I sent for on trial came  I think I will keep them but they are too dear by ¼  Leslie took the team & went over North to E L Jones to a School Social

[1] Tarbell, Ida M., The Life of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln History Society, New York, 1902