January 19 & 20, 1869

Jan 19th   Pleasant   Haul 2 loads of corn from Slocums about fifty bushels  Mart not at Home   Had 6 in side boards & 5 sacks

Jan 20   Haul 1 load corn from Slocums about 25 bu   He coaxed me out of one load  So I only got 75 bu   went to Smiths  Weavers  Ez  Pools trying to buy corn   got none   brought the Bull from Carris’s to keep him the rest of the winter


January 18, 1869

Jan 18   Went to Dayton   Start at five AM   got there before sunrise [1]  got horses shod   cost 1,75   Harness fixed for 25 cts   Came by Leightons   got a few Poles   got Home about Sundown   took 2 lbs 6 oz Butter & 8 Doz Eggs  25 for Butter & 20 for Eggs   took Breakfast with Tom & Dinner with All   I sent letter to McVey Heirs

[1] On this date in 1869, sunrise occurred at 7:30 a.m. (see:  http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneYear.php)

January 16, 1869

Jan 16th 1869   Haul load black oak from the river   2 rail cuts  6 posts & the rest wood   Sledding middling & I brought a heavy load   went to Ez Squires in the Eve   left Harvey [1] Home to see to the stock   Farris & wife came there & we had a house full

[1] Harvey Taylor Carr, Isaac’s oldest son from Isaac’s first marriage to Elizabeth Taylor.

January 2, 1869

Jan 2 1869   Moderate wind south & west   Holden & Ellen are Here  went to Slocums to pay $25 for corn bought a few days ago   He was not at Home so I left the money with Pool  got a big load of Post timber   it will make about 35 posts  the Sledding is real good  when I got Home I found Rache Hull & wife & Joshua Squire here visiting.

January 1, 1869

Jan. 1st 1869  A pleasant morning   a little snow & sleet on the ground made good sledding   we got up early   I went to Hughbanks for load of fodder   brought over 14 shucks   Mag & Ellen worked all day yesterday fixing for a New Years dinner.   All the folks from the Taylor House were there today   also Joe Farley & family, Al Morrow & lady & Jabez H   we had a good dinner & a first rate visit  we looked for Amanda & Ez but they failed to appear   Night we went to J. Mosiers to a first rate dance and a most Excellent Oyster Supper   Had 2 good fiddlers Bags & Thurman  a real good time   I am fatting 6 Head of Steers & 16 Hogs  they Eat between 3 & 4 shocks   10 Hills Square per day   I have contracted my Hogs 14 to Downing for 7,50 gross to be delivered in Washington between the 14th Feb & 14 March   I have bought 267 shocks corn of Hughbanks & 100 Shocks of Downing for 25 [–?–]  100 bu of Husked corn of Slocum for 25 cts per bu  I Have 24 ½ Head of cattle in all & 39 Hogs & 5 little pigs only about a week old  it keeps me busy to make 1 load from the timber   Henkles mill & do my chores  it snowed about 3 inches last night


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