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1858 Diary of Luman Putnam of Granville
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1854 Diary and Introduction. Also access to many more LumanPutnam Diaries

Luman Putnam Jerusha Bailey, his first wife

1858

January

Friday, 1

Weather fair and thawed considerably in the course of the day. Snow nearly gone. Detached the south part of the house from the other, prepared and placed the levers, and tried with the family to mount it but needing more help, gave it up until help can be obtained. George called in the evening.

Saturday, 2

Weather fair and cool, in the forenoon thawing some. Got some help from the Corners in the morning & moved the building about three feet, & in the afternoon with the boys, worked at raising it. Amanda came in the forenoon & in the evening, Alanson & the Doctor came for a New Years visit.

Sunday, 3

Weather fair & pleasant, continuing quite moderate, freezing some in the night & thawing in the day time. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon, which was conducted by Br. Brigham, & Br. Hiram Reynolds. In the afternoon Erastus came in and remained with us till towards night.

Monday, 4

Weather fair & pleasant and continues quite warm for this season of the year. Worked a spell in the morning, with the boys at raising the old house, & then worked some at the cellar wall. Luman hauled a load of Boards fro C&F from their mill to the R.R. Amanda came in the afternoon, & at night Alanson came to help her hone. Jeff. & Geo. came in some.

Tuesday, 5

Principal part of the day cloudy & continues warm. Some indications of a storm. Worked in the forenoon with the boys at raising the house. In the afternoon, put down some boards over the space for a temporary floor. Luman went down to the mill & brought up a load of Boards for Cleveland and Fleming.

Wednesday, 6

About six inches of snow fell in the course of the night, which affords the first prospect for sleighing we have had this season. Weather cloudy & hazy through the day. Continues warm. Worked a little at various points about the house. Mr. Bunyan called a short time in the middle of the day. In the afternoon Luman shifted the load of Boards from the waggon to the sleigh & hauled it to the R.R.

Thursday, 7

Weather fair & quite cool. Thawed a very little in the middle of the day. Worked about t he south portion of the house - boarded up & covered the space temporarily, & worked a little at the cellar wall. Luman hauled wood for Percival Bailey. Had the company of George & Alanson in the evening.

Saturday,8

Cold freezing night. Wind changed to the south, & the day cloudy; but much more moderate than for two days past. Finished the stairs to the south chamber, & regulated matters & things about the house and wood house generally. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Mr. Phillips form the mill to the R.R. Alanson called in the afternoon. Received a letter from Mr. Atkins.

Sunday, 10

Weather fair, & remarkably mild & pleasant for the time of the year. Sleighing about spoiled. Elon called in the morning. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon, which was conducted by Br. Brigham & Br. Ross. After meeting Br. Rockwell Spaulding returned with us & remained till after tea. Family attended meeting in the evening.

Monday, 11

Commenced raining in the night, rained considerably in the course of the day. Weather warm, snow has disappeared, water high in the streams, & the mud deep. Worked at completing draft & making patterns for cornice, & piled some wood in the woodhouse. Boys chopped some, threshed some & worked some in the cellar. Elon & George called in the course of the day.

Tuesday, 12

Morning cloudy, balance of the day fair. Weather continues very mild. Frost out of the ground. Put a helm in ax in the morning & then made commencement to prepare materials for the upper front cornice. The boys, after grinding their axes, went over the creek & worked through the day at chopping some stove wood for present use.

Wednesday, 13

Weather fair with south wind & is some cooler than for several days past. Worked a little at dressing stuff for cornice. Had calls from Br. Rockwell, Alanson, Samuel, Heman, & Luther and Sally. Samuel & Heman staid overnight. The Boys hauled two loads of wood in the forenoon, & chopped over the creek in the afternoon.

Thursday, 14

Weather fair. Ground frozen in the morning & at night quite muddy. Worked at dressing stuff for cornice, & spent considerable time with company. Heman came again in the afternoon, with John, Valentine came in, & Mr. Bunyan made two calls. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Phillips, from the mill to the R.R. & Harvey dug a little in the cellar besides doing chores. Amanda came in the evening.

Friday, 15

Day cloudy & cold. Afternoon squally & evening rainy. Worked as yesterday, at dressing stuff for the front cornice. Afer supper went up & voted at the township election, returning immediately. George called twice in the course of the day. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Phillips, from the mill to the R.R. Harvey attended to the chores, dug a little in the cellar, & at night went over to Amandas to attend to Alansons affairs, he being on the election board, was detained there.

Saturday, 16

Rained through the night & continued nearly through the day. Weather warm & plenty of water & mud. Spent the forenoon with Elon who came in to see me. Alanson also called a short time. Worked a little at dressing stuff for cornice. Const. Spalding called & left notice of my appointment as Arbitrator, to attend at Troy on the 28th. Boys dug a little in the cellar.

Sunday, 17

Froze some in the morning, day cloudy & somewhat cooler. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon; discourse by Br. Churchill. Geo. & Amy came in & spent some time with us in the afternoon, & at night Dr. Drake & Amanda called & staid through the evening. They spoke of seeing a very great light last evening, at some distance toward the river.

Monday 18

Day cloudy & cool. Ground continues slightly frozen. Did but little work on account of company. Elon came in & spent the forenoon with me, & after dinner Mr. Bunyan came & spent the afternoon & evening, & Orrin Westgate was here in the evening. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Phillips from the mill to the R.R. Harvey dug a little & did chores.

Tuesday, 19

Weather cloudy & cool similar to yesterday. Afternoon somewhat squally. Having no company tried to work some today, & finished dressing stuff for the front cornice. Luman hauled a load of Boards from the mill to the R.R. for Mr. Phillips. Harvey’s business as usual. Spent the evening alone the family all being absent at different places in the neighborhood.

Wednesday, 20

Weather fair & pleasant, & very mild for the time of year. Put up a scaffold on the front & made preparations for putting on the cornice. Luman got the mare shod in the morning, & hauled a load of Boards for Mr. Phillips, from the mill to the R.R. Harvey employed as usual. Mr. Bunyan called in the afternoon & spent the evening with us.

Thursday, 21

Freezing night, day fair, warm, and remarkable pleasant. Commenced setting the cornice, in front of the main building. Had no visitors today except Amanda who called in the middle of the day, & again in the evening. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Phillips, from the mill to the R.R. Harvey's employment, the same as for several days past.

Friday, 22

Morning cloudy, soon came off fair, & the day continued very mild and pleasant. Put some rough boards on the upper part of the front & put three courses of shingles on the roof. Br. Reynolds called in the middle of the day & staid till in the evening. Luman hauled a load of Boards from the mill to the R.R. for Phillips.

Saturday, 23

Weather fair, with a very chilly south wind. Grew milder towards night. Worked at shingling the front of the main roof. Br. Wells came in the middle of the day, & staid till night. Harrison Ross also called to see me. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Phillips, from the mill to the R.R. At night went up to Mary’s with a surprise party.

Sunday, 24

Weather continues fair. Froze during the night, day warm & almost summer like. Br. Wells came early in the morning & took breakfast with us, after which he proceeded to LeRoy. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon. – discourse by Br. Champney. Jefferson called & spent the evening with me. Luman & the girls attended Br. McDougall’s meeting at the Huddle. Valentine called in the afternoon.

Monday, 25

Rained a little in the course of the night, morning cloudy, balance of the day fair, & remarably warm. Worked at shingling the front side of the main roof & had a first rate day for the business. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Mr. Phillips from the mill to the R.R. Harvey dug a little in the cellar, besides choring.

Tuesday, 26

Rained again the latter part of the night, morning lowry, afternoon showery & weather continues warm. Worked at shingling, & finished the front side of the main roof except the ends, which are left till the cornice is put on. The boys were employed at hauling stones for the cellar wall. Ground clear of frost.

Wednesday, 27

Morning cloudy & cooler. The afternoon showery, with a squall towards night. Worked at shingling the backside of the main roof – a part of it that had been left. Boys hauled stones for the cellar wall. Elon & George called in the evening. After they left, went down to Julius’ & got some envelopes & stamps, & prepared a letter to send for Ma. Ag with envelope for seeds.

Thursday, 28

Froze a little towards morning, weather cloudy & cool. Started in the morning & walked to Troy, attended the arbitration between Hortok(?) & Hagar, closed at night, & tarried over with Dr. Drake. Mailed my letter there, to the publisher of the "American Agriculturist. Had the boys employed at hauling some wood.

Friday, 29

Weather continues to grow colder & ground considerably frozen. Day cloudy & a very little snow falling. Started from Troy after breakfast in the morning, & walked home. Being very tired & sore, remained idle the balance of the day. Boy worked at threshing some oats. Jefferson called & spent the evening with us.

Saturday, 30

Weather fair a portion of the day only; & continues cold, with considerable wind from the north west. Commenced putting the frieze on the front of the house, bu not having recovered from my lameness, & the weather being so uncomfortable, I did but very little work. George called & spent some time with me in the course of the day. The boys employed a threshing oats, & doing chores.

Sunday, 31

Weather fair & continues cold and winter like. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon, which was conducted by Brs. Reynolds & Ross. Returning, found Samuel at the house, who remained till after tea. Erastus called in the afternoon & the doctor & Amanda called & spent the evening with us.

February

Monday, 1

Morning frosty & fair, forenoon pleasant & warm, afternoon cloudy & colder, with a storm of sleet from the east commencing at, & continuing through the evening. Worked at putting frieze & bed moulding on the front. Had calls in the course of the day from Alanson, Erastes, & Robert Shedden. The boys continued to work at threshing oats.

Tuesday, 2

Storm continued through the night, morning foggy & cloudy & warm through the day. Commenced dressing the stuff for the raking cornice to be used on the east end of the main building, & put up a temporary board partition in the cellar. Uncle Churchill called upon us a short time, and Samuel came in & took dinner with us. Boys employed at threshing oats.

Wednesday, 3

Forepart of the day cloudy & some colder with a slight sprinkling of snow, & the latter part more pleasant. Went with wife & Amanda, & Luther & Sally in a sleigh, to Stephen Landon’s for visit, returning at night. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Phillips from mill to R.R. Alanson called & spent the evening.

Thursday, 4

Morning fair & day pleasant & warm. Became cloudy towards night. Worked again at preparing materials for the cornice on the east end of the house. Uncle Churchill called & did some tinkering. Samuel & Roby came just at night, & Alanson again in the evening. Boys chopped stove wood over the creek.

Friday, 5

Weather fair & considerably colder than yesterday. Employed in the fore noon at dressing stuff for cornice. Afternoon did not feel very well. Luman got the horses shod in the forenoon & hauled a load of Boards for Phillips, from the mill in the afternoon. Erastus called in the morning, Alanson, soon after, & George & Jefferson in the evening.

Saturday, 6

Weather fair & similar to yesterday. Worked at putting returns onto the east end. Had calls from Calvin & George in the forenoon. Luman hauled load of Boards for Phillips from home to the R.R. & brought another up from the mill. In the evening attended a surprise party at Luther’s. Received a letter from Rhoda A. Bailey of Conn.

Sunday, 7

Weather cloudy & moderately cold. Some indications of a storm. Did not attend meeting today being quite lame with rheumatism. Wife went & staid to the evening meeting. George made a call in the afternoon, & Alanson came in towards night. Gave him a certificate of character, he intending to go away.

Monday, 8

Cloudy the principal part of the day. Snowed a little in the morning & weather some colder. Finished the returns on the east end of the house & commenced putting on the raking cornice. Luman hauled two loads of Boards for Phillips to the R.R. taking one of them from the mill. Heman called on us a short time in the forenoon. He was married in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 9

Morning cloudy with cool south wind. In the afternoon a storm of snow & sleet, continuing through the evening. Worked at setting cornice, till driven off by the storm. Luman hauled for Phillips, two loads of Boards from the mill & onto the R.R. – Erastus called in the morning, & Samuel was here in the middle of the day.

Wednesday, 10

Storm changed to rain in the night, & wind to the west in the morning. Day cold squally & blustering. Worked a little at the cornice. Luman hauled two loads of Boards for Phillips to the R.R. & one from the mill – Amanda came over in the forenoon & brot a stray dog. In the evening George came in & made a short stay.

Thursday, 11

Very cold night, & continued cold through the day. Weather fair & not so windy as yesterday. Got out the bed mouldings, finished the cornice at the east end, put on the shingles, & took down the scaffolds. Luman hauled two loads of Boards for Mr. Phillips, from the & one of them to the R.R. George called & spent some time this afternoon, & Amanda came at night.

Friday, 12

Weather fair & continues cold, but some more moderate than yesterday – Worked at various matters. Boarded up some of the window openings, and commenced to get out some stuff for window frames. Luman hauled two loads of Boards to the R.R. & one from the mill, for Mr. Phillips.

Saturday, 13

Weather similar to yesterday. Snowed some in the evening. Worked some at window frames, & went down to the Corners & over to Amanda’s, calling at Mott’s. Luman hauled two loads of Boards for Phillips from the mill, taking one of them to the R.R. Paid Noah Clark $1. Valentine with Volney & his wife called in the evening.

Sunday, 14

Snowed some through the night & also a little in the course of the day. Weather continues cold & winterlike. There being no meeting at the Huddle today, remained at home till afternoon, &, the doctor & Amanda having come over here in a sleigh, at their solicitation, wife & I rode home with them & took supper, when he brought us back again.

Monday, 15

Day fair, weather cold and freezing. Worked at window frames part of the time. Finished two. Luman got the horses shod in the forenoon, & int eh afternoon went down tot he mill and brought up a load of Boards for Phillips on the sleigh. George made us a call in the evening.

Tuesday, 16

Day cloudy & rough. Snowed some & continues cold. Night still colder. Employed a selecting & dressing stuff for window frames. Luman hauled two loads of Boards to the R.R. for Mr. Phillips, & took ???? of them from the mill. In the evening commenced writing a letter to Mr. Myer of the State Senate. Mr. Pomeroy called & paid $48. for Smith. I paid him $8.

Wednesday, 17

Forepart of the day cloudy and blustering, latter part fair & more pleasant but continues quite cold. Finished my communications to Mr. Myer & copied it, & towards night walked over to Mr. Bunyan’s & left it with him to be mailed at LeRoy. Spent the evening there & returned. Luman hauled two loads of Boards for Phillips from the mill taking one to the R.R.

Thursday, 18

Morning cloudy, balance of the day fair. Weather continues cold, but more moderate in the evening. Worked at selecting & preparing stuff for window frames. Luman hauled to the R.R. a load of Boards he had on the sleigh & the load that was left on the waggon for Mr. Phillips.

Friday, 19

Weather continues cold. Snowed a little in the forenoon, & more in the afternoon. Worked at dressing stuff for window frames. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Mr. Phillips from the mill to the R.R. on the waggon. In the evening John Bush called & staid some time, he being at work at Mott’s house.

Saturday, 20

Snowed in the night & in the morning, cleared off in the middle of the day, & afternoon fair. Weather more moderate. Snow about 6 inches in depth. Worked at preparing stuff for window frames. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Phillips from the mill to the R.R. Harvey, besides doing chores, chopped some over the creek. In the evening family all attended meeting at the Huddle, I remaing at home alone.

Sunday, 21

Weather clear & cloudy & considerably more moderate. Thawed a little. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon. Discourse by Br. McDougall. Paid him $2.50 the balance of my subscription. In the evening the family all attended meeting there agian, I remaining at home.

Monday, 22

Morning cloudy, balance of the day fair. Continues moderate. Employed at dressing stuff for window frames. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Mr. Phillips from the mill to the R.R. & then he hauled a load of wood from over the creek. Harrison Ross called to see me. Wife attended meeting in the forenoon & all the family in the evening.

Tuesday, 23

Night cold, morning cloudy & day fair & pleasant. Worked at getting out casing for windows. Luman hauled two loads of Boards for Mr. Phillips from the mill & went with one of them to the R.R. Mr. Barnes called. Paid him $7.21 for Co & St taxes & sent by him $25 to Montange’s at Towanda. In the evening Hezekiah called a short time on his way to the meeting at the Huddle. Luman went with him.

Wednesday, 24

Very freezing night, morning cold, day fair, & the latter part warmer, thawing considerably.

Continued my work of dressing window casings. Luman hauled two loads of Boards for Mr. Phillps to the R.R. taking one of them from the mill. Harrison Ross called in the middle of the day, & Martin Wilcox at night, stayin in the evening. Family attended meeting.

Thursday, 25

Part of the day cloudy & weather much more mild than for some time past. Sleighing spoiled. Dressed some window casings & commenced laying out the frames. Wrote & copied another letter to Mr. Myer. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Mr. Phillips from the mill to the R.R. In the forenoon Br. McDougall called. Family all attended meeting in the evening.

Friday, 26

Morning cloudy & snowed a very little, soon cleared off & the day fair and pleasant. Worked at laying out & framing windows. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Mr. Phillips from the mill to the R.R. on the waggon. Sent my letter to Mr. Myer by Luman to Harrison Ross to be mailed by him according to arrangement. In the evening the family all attended meeting leaving me alone as usual.

Saturday, 27

Weather fair, pleasant & warm. Snow nearly gone. Put some rough boards on the upper front & put in tow window frames. Luman hauled a load of Boards fro Phillips from mil to R.R. H. Ross called in the morning & delivered one letter from Mr. Myer. George & Alanson called in course of the day. Alolphus towards night & Benjamin in the evening. Wife attended meeting afternoon & evening.

Sunday, 28

Weather continues fair & is quite warm Began to rain at night, continued through the evening & ended with a little snow. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon & heard a discourse by Br. McDougall. After meeting Br. Champney came down & took supper with us. Some of the children attended meeting in the evening.

March

Monday, 1

Morning fair & warm & snow rapidly disappeared, leaving the fields nearly bare again. Towards night grew colder & snowed a little. Made some preparations for putting roof on the front porch. Finished two more window frames designed for the chambers of the front wing. Luman hauled some stove wood from over the creek in the forenoon, & in the afternoon brought up a load of Boards from the mill for Mr. Phillips.

Tuesday, 2

Cold stormy night & cold blustering day. spent the forenoon with Elon who called soon after breakfast, & in the afternoon did nothing more than to put the window frames in the gables of the front wings. Luman hauled load of Boards for Phillips from home to the R.R. Harvey skinned a calf.

Wednesday, 3

Cold night, mild & pleasant morning, latter part of the day cold & squally. Went to the steam mill in the forenoon & spent the afternoon with company. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Phillips from mill to R.R. Br. Wells called & tarried overnight. Samuel came & spent some time & Harrison Ross also called in the afternoon.

Thursday, 4

Another cold night, & the weather continued cold & blustering through the day with a little snow falling at intervals. Wrote another letter to Mr. Myer in the forenoon & sent it to the Summit by Luman to be mailed. In the afternoon made a draft of Cornice for the front stoop. Luman hauled a load of Boards from mill to R.R. for Phillips. Mr. Stiles called, – paid him $1.00. Br. Wells remains with us.

Friday, 5

Weather fair, quite cold & attended with considerable wind. In the morning Chas Ross called on me for axes. Went down to the steam mill in the forenoon. Borrowed $5. of Robert & $5 of Br. Wells – who remains with us – & in the afternoon went up to Luther’s. Returning called & paid Ross $13.63 in full. Luman hauled load of Boards for Phillips from mill to R.R. —

Saturday, 6

Weather continues fair, & is more moderate than yesterday. Started out in the morning ro find some fodder for my cattle. Called at Drake’s & sent by Alanson some errand, to Troy. Stopped at Jim Gee’s & went on to Dan Wilcox & agreed with him to keep my young cattle. Called at Br. Rockwell’s on my return. Luman a load of Boards for Phillips from mill to R.R. Br. Wells remains.

Sunday, 7

The weather continues pleasant & is only moderately cold, thawing a little in the middle of the day. Being quite lame and sore in consequence of my travelling the two preceeding days, I did not attend meeting today but remained in my chair, almost constantly during the day & evening. Br. Wells went over to the Doctor’s in the afternoon & remained there over night.

Monday, 8

Morning cloudy, & latter part of the day fair. Weather quite warm in the middle of the day. Put up a scaffold and framed & put on the rafters to the front porch. Boys, in the morning drove the young cattle to Daniel Wilcox’s to be kept. Luman hauled a load of Boards for C. & H.from mill to R.R. Br. Wells remains. Br. Hubill called & took dinner.

Tuesday, 9

Weather clear & cloudy & considerably colder than yesterday. Commenced getting out, & putting on the cornice of the front porch. Received notice to attend another lawsuit at Troy, as arbitrator, on thursday the 22d of April. Luman hauled a load of Boards for C. & H. from their mill to the R.R. Br. Wells continues with us.

Wednesday, 10

Day fair & pleasant & much warmer than yesterday. Thawed considerably in the course of the day. Worked at dressing & putting on the cornice to the front porch. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Mr. Phillips from the mill to the R.R. Br. Wells went away towards night to James Gee’s & remained. In the evening went to see George a little while. He is quite sick.

Thursday, 11

Principal part of the day fair and weather continues warm. Boarded the roof of the front porch & commenced putting on the shingles. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Phillips, from the mill to the R.R. Br. Wells returned in the morning. Old Br. Reynolds called in the middle of the day.

Friday, 12

Freezing night, & the day pleasant and warm. Put on the conductors at the junction of the roof with the wings & shingled come. Luman hauled a load of Boards for C. & F. from their mill to the R.R. Br. Wells departed after dinner, for LeRoy. Towards night, Harrison & Erastus called.

Saturday, 13

Froze some during the night. Day fair & pleasant. Weather continues warm. Called to see Brigham in the morning who is very unwell. Finished the roof of the front porch. Luman hauled a load of Boards for C. & F. from their mill to the R.R. In the afternoon Mr. Barnes & Daniel Smith called to engage me to do some writing. In the eve. went, with others to surprise party at Mr. Bunyan’s.

Sunday, 14

Day cloudy with a sprinkling of rain in the morning & weather a little colder. Attended meeting in the forenoon at the Huddle Br. Miller discoursing, Br. Spalding also being present. After meeting 8 persons were immersed, from the Windfall. Returning called to see Br. Brigham who is some better.

Monday, 15

Forenoon cloudy – Afternoon rainy, & weather quite warm. Worked a little at the house – hewed & framed a post for the front porch & posted some accounts for Griffin; who called for that purpose in the afternoon. Luman hauled from the mill a load of Boards for C. & F. & got of them some horse feed at Taylor’s –

Tuesday, 16

Principal part of the day fair and weather continues warm & springlike. Frost is rapidly coming out of the ground & the singing of Blue Birds – harbingers of spring – is heard in the fields. Hewed & put in the other post, & dressed & put on the frieze to the front porch. In the evening, posted accounts for Griffin. The boys went over to Martin Wilcox’s & got a load of straw in the forenoon. Jefferson made a call towards night.

Wednesday, 17

Weather fair & continues to grow warmer. Posted accounts for Griffin the forepart of the da; made & put in the bed mould to the cornice of the front porch, & latter part of the day & evening wrote a contract & counterpart for Mr. Barnes. Called just at night to see George. Boys worked over the creek, chopping & sawing stove wood.

Thursday, 18

High wind during the night, from the south, day fair & not quite so warm as yesterday. Worked at taking down an old partition wall & putting in some new studs between the sitting & dining rooms. Mary Putnam called in the afternoon. The Boys employed the principal part of the day at digging in the cellar.

Friday, 19

Froze slightly in the night, day fair, & continues warm. Worked at rough boarding the front, under the porch. Luman hauled to the R.R. a load of Boards fro C. & F. which he brought from the mill on monday last. In the evening he went to invite Mr. Bunyan & his family to a party at Dr. Drake’s tomorrow night. George called a short time in the middle of the day.

Saturday, 20

Weather continues fair & warm, as for several days past. Finished & put in the hall window frames. Luman hauled up a load of Boards for C. & F. from their mill. Harvey brought the young cattle home from Daniel Wilcox’s, & in the afternoon, with Luman, drove them up to Luther’s. Valentine called. At night Mr. Bunyan & his wife, with others called, with whom we went to a surprise party at Dr. Drake’s.

Sunday, 21

Rained a little in the course of the night. Weather through the day continued fair & is not quite so warm. The afternoon quite windy. Remained at home during the day – Harvey & Mary only attending meeting. Luman went home with Silas Bunyan last night. Valentine & Volney called in the afternoon. George came in towards night. Drake & Amanda called in the evening.

Monday, 22

Froze a little in the course of the night, day fair & pleasant, but not quite as warm as several preceding days. Finished & put in two window frames to the sitting room. Luman went with the team to Troy for Abe Mott to ge some iron &c. Returned at night. Samuel called in the forenoon. In the evening Daniel Wilcox & Samuel Rockwell came to have an article of agreement written. Mr. Godard called & took away his dog.

Tuesday, 23

Weather continues similar to yesterday – freezing some in the night & day fair & pleasant. Finished & put two window frames into front of the library. Luman hauled load of Boards for C. & F. from home to the R.R. & brought up another from their mill. Old brother Reynolds made a short call in the forenoon.

Wednesday, 24

Fair weather continues. Day quite pleasant & warm. Commenced working at the kitchen again. Dressed some boards & put up some more of the ceiling. Luman went up to the R.R. with a load of Boards for C. & F. & hauled another load up from their mill. George called in the middle of the day.

Thursday, 25

Forenoon fair, afternoon cloudy & a little rain & then came off pleasant again. Weather continues moderately warm continued to work at the ceiling of the kitchen. Luman hauled a load of Boards from home to the R.R. & in the afternoon brought up another from the mill. Alanson called in the forenoon, & Samuel also came in. In the evening wife went to see the sick at Elon’s.

Friday, 26

Rained some in the night. Day fair & moderately warm. Worked at the ceiling of the kitchen. Luman hauled up from home the load of Boards to the R.R. for C. & F. in the forenoon, & in the afternoon brought up another load from the mill. Orrin Westgate called in the afternoon, & again in the evening.

Saturday, 27

Weather cloudy with a sprinkling of rain in the afternoon, & a slight fall of sleet & snow in the evening. Worked at the ceiling of kitchen. Luman hauled from home the load of Boards for C. & F. & brought up another from the mill. Roby called to get some buter. In the evening received a very large surprise party.

Sunday, 28

Weather cloudy & moderately cool. A few flakes of snow falling in the forenoon. The ground being wet & my boots very poor, I did not go out to meeting today. George called in the morning & took breakfast with us. After meeting Luman went with Lurenda to Luther’s. Harvey brought Mary home from Leroy. In the evening the Doctor & Amanda called.

Monday, 29

Day clear & cloudy, & weather quite mild & agreeable. Put in some partition studs & put up some partition boards. Luman hauled load of Boards to R.R. & another from the fill for C. & F. – Heman called to get note endorsed. Wife went to see Hezekiah in the afternoon, & staid all night. He is very sick.

Tuesday, 30

Day fair, very pleasant, & warm. Worked a little at digging in the cellar, & some at laying the wall. Luman went up to the R.R. with load of Boards for C. & F. & in the afternoon hauled up another load from the mill. Jack. called to engage some hlep with team sometime this week. Erastus also made a call.

Wednesday, 31

Da fair & warm & weather remarkable pleasant & agreeable. Worked at laying wall on the east end of the front cellar. Luman hauled for C. & F. load of Boards from home to the R.R. & brought another from their mill at night. Luther cam in late in the evenign, & lodged here, & took breakfast wit us in the morning. Went with others to Mary’s in the evening to eat some warm sugar.

April

Thursday, 1

Weather through the day similar to that of yesterday & several preceeding days. Worked at cellar wall same as yesterday. Luman went to the R.R. with load of Boards for C. & F. in the forenoon & brought home 4 ½ Bu. corn. In the afternoon he commenced plowing for spring wheat east of the house. Samuel called in the forenoon.

Friday, 2

Weather fair, warm & remarkably fine for the season of the year. – Employed as yesterday at the cellar wall at the east end of the front cellar. Luman worked with team for Jack. at hauling manure. Harvey worked at repairing fences along the road. Mr. Wilcox called to buy some butter. Wife went down to Kiah’s at night to help there.

Saturday, 3

Another very fine day. Weather continues fair & warm. Finis. the east wall of the cellar to the bottom of the windows. Spent some time at Elon’s to see some pine stumps extracted. In the evening called on Patchen to engage a pair of shoes, & went over to see Bunyan & found he was absent. Luman plowed for spring wheat. Valentine called & staid overnight.

Sunday, 4

Fair & pleasant weather continues. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon, Br. Champney being the speaker & again in the evening & heard Br. McDougall. Geo. Johnson & his wife – being in attendece at the Methodist meeting at the Corners – called & took tea with us. Towards night Br. Churchill called to have a letter of commendations written for sister Phebe Rockwell & others.

Monday, 5

Rained some in the night. Morning fair & some part of the day cloudy. Continues warm. Worked some at the west wall of the cellar. Boys hauled manure onto the ground for spring wheat east of the house. Louard Upham called to hire Lurenda to teach Br. McDougall to summon ne as a witness at Canton. Mr. Bunyan called in the evening.

Tuesday, 6

Weather cloudy & considerably colder with some flakes of snow flying – Worked at the west wall of the cellar including the stairway outside. The boys finished manuring the ground east of the house, & at night Luman went over to Bunyan’s to get two bushels of spring wheat to sow. Amanda came in the afternoon, Valentine also came & staid till night, Samuel came in the evening & staid over night.

Wednesday, 7

Weather fair & cool. Sowed the spring wheat, worked some at the cellar wall, & towards night went down to the steam mill. Luman cragged in the wheat & towards night went down to the mill & brought up a load of Boards for Cleaveland & Fleming. Robert called in the morning. Harvey repaired some fence.

Thursday, 8

Weather cloudy & continues cool. Rained some in the afternoon. Worked in the forenoon at digging for outside cellar stairs. Did not do much in the afternoon. Luman hauled the load of Boards for C. & F. to the R.R. in the forenoon, & in the afternoon went down to the mill & brought up another load. He got an order for 10 Bu. oats.

Friday, 9

Rained the latter part of the night & in the morning. Cleared of & day fair & warm. Had some pork stolen in the night, put a lock on the cellar door in the morning. Went over to see Barna Turner & engaged him to keep the young cattle a short time. Called & took dinner at Amanda’s. Luman went to the R.R. with load of Boards for C. & F. went to Godards & got 10 bu. oats, & then commenced to plow the cherry field.

Saturday, 10

Day fair & weather pleasant. Continues warm. Worked some a the stair way wall, & stairs at the west end of the cellar. Went up to the Huddle & got Tribune & down to the Corners & paid Robert $5. Luman plowed the cherry field. Harvey brought the young cattle from Luther’s & with Luman took them over to Barna Turner’s to be kept.

Sunday, 11

Morning cloudy – commenced raining towards noon & continued moderately through the day & evening. Remained at home during the day. Some of the family attended meeting at the Huddle. George called in the morning. The Doctor & Amanda came in the afternoon & during their stay Calvin came in.

Monday, 12

Rainy night, forenoon cloudy, commencing to rain again about noon & continued through the afternoon & evening. Worked a little in the forenoon at the cellar stairway & stairs. Boys hauled manure onto the cherry field in the forenoon in the afternoon went to mill and attended to matters at the barn. Samuel called in the morning & took breakfast with us. George called in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 13

Northeast storm continues. Rained in the forenoon, & cloudy through the day. Walked up to the Depot & took the cars for Canton to attend lawsuit as witness. Heard of the great fire at Troy. Took dinner at Br. E. Rockwell’s & suit having been continued at night walked back with Br. Smith to Alba & enjoyed his company & hospitality for the night.

Wednesday, 14

Weather warmer, & quite pleasant & agreeable after the rain. Took my breakfast with Br. Smith & made several calls about there & towards noon took the cars for Granville. Walked from the station down to Luther’s, got some dinner there & proceeded home calling at the Huddle & getting a pair of shoes of Mr. Patchin. Jack called in the evening.

Thursday, 15

A considerable part of the day cloudy & not so warm as yesterday. Clear at night. Worked a little at cellar stairway in the forenoon & spent the afternoon with Bunyan who called at noon & went away in the evening. Luman hauled a load of Boards to the R.R. for C. & F. which he brought from the mill yesterday, & in the afternoon he went down to the mill & brought up another load, driving the horses. Erastus called in the evening.

Friday, 16

Weather fair & warm. Worked at stairway some & finished the stairs outside of the cellar. Luman hauled with three horses the load of Boards for C. & F. to the R.R. & at night went down to the mill & brought up another load. Elon made a call in the morning, & in the afternoon Loren Leonard came in.

Saturday, 17

Weather continues warm & fair, & is very pleasant & agreeable. Worked some at dressing some corner stones for the faced wall, & arranged some other matters about the house. Luman hauled the load of Boards for C. & F. to the R.R. & then went over to Mr. Smith’s & got ___ Bu. oats on the account of C. & F. & scraped away some earth that had been thrown out of cellar.

Sunday, 18

Warm weather continues, principal part of the day fair, but cloudy towards night. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon & heard Br. Champney, & in the afternoon & heard Br. McDougall. John & Emily came home & took tea with us in the interval between services. Eliza & Mary are sick with the measles. Jack & Letty came in towards night. Valentine called in the morning. Samuel also called. Spent the evening at Dr. Drake’s.

Monday, 19

Morning cloudy & day rainy, continuing through the evening. Commenced making window frames for the cellar. Boys hauled manure in the forenoon, & in the afternoon Luman went up to Luther’s & got a little hay. Cherry brought a calf. She is very feeble. Erastus & Loren called towards night. Samuel called in the afternoon, & came in the evening & staid all night.

Tuesday, 20

Cloudy during the day with considerable rain. Not feeling very well, did nothing more than to assist in taking care of the cow & matters in the barn. Elon called in the morning, & Barna Turner came in. Br. Wells called in the afternoon & remained. Boys hauled some timber for fence posts, & & got some rye straw of Sam. Rockwell. Eliza quite sick, Mary getting better.

Wednesday, 21

Cleared off in the morning and a fair day followed. Continued to do nothing except to take care of the cow. The boys went up to Samuel Rockwell’s in the forenoon & got another load of straw, & in the afternoon they went to Barna Turner’s & got half a ton of hay. Br. Wells remains with us. Samuel called in the middle of the day. Loren Leonard here in the evening.

Thursday, 22

Weather fair & moderately warm, with brisk south wind. Rode to Troy with Luman who went with the team. Bought 8 Bu. lime(?) of Paine which Luman brought home, with some oats fro Drake. Attended the Arbitration & adjourned to 9th June. Rode home with B. Saxton as far as Luther’s & walked from thence. Called at Drake’s in the evening, Br. Wells returned with me.

Friday, 23

Cloudy & some cooler with a very little rain. Made preparation & commenced laying wall in mortar(?) at the cellar stairs. Did bu little except attending to the corn. The boys hauled manure onto the cherry field, preparing it for a crop of oats. Samuel called in the afternoon. Br. Wells remains with us. Eliza getting better.

Saturday, 24

Wind changed to the west & the weather cold & squally. Attended to the cow, & worked a little more at the cellar wall. The boys hauled manure in the forenoon, & in the afternoon Luman got horse shod & then went with the team to haul some timbers for Jack. Drake. Br. Wells continues his visit. Valentine called in the morning. Samuel came in again this afternoon.

Sunday, 25

Weather partially cloudy & continues quite cool. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon & heard a discourse by Br. Wells. In the afternoon attended the funeral of Percival’s child at the meeting house at which Br. Wells also was the officiating minister. Eliza’s health continues to improve.

Monday, 26

Froze considerably last night. Morning fair succeeded by clouds, & weather cold. Worked some at the cellar wall at the stairway. The boys hauled manure on to the cherry field. Valentine called in the morning. Br. Wells returned in the afternoon, he having staid at Elon’s last night. George called at night.

Tuesday, 27

Another freezing night. Day fair & not as cold as several days past. Early in the morning the bell was tolled & we soon heard of the death of Jane Wilcox. She is to be buried tomorrow. Worked a little at dressing stones & laying wall. The boys hauled manure in the forenoon, & in the afternoon worked at plowing & grading the lawn. Br. Wells went over to Drake’s in the morning, & has not returned.

Wednesday, 28

Froze but little during the night, day fair & moderately cool. Worked some at the cellar wall in the forenoon & Luman plowed over the creek. In the afternoon we attended Jane’s funeral at the meeting house, Br. Wells officiating. After the funeral Valentine & Volney with their wives called & made us a visit – Valentine & his wife remaining in the evening.

Thursday, 29

Weather fair & considerably more warm. Cloudy towards night & rained some in the evening. Worked at dressing stones & laying wall. Luman plowed in the forenoon & Harvey in the afternoon over the creek. A son of Mr. Sage from Standing Stone, called & took dinner. Heman called in the afternoon & presented me two pipes.

Friday, 30

Warm night, thunder in the morning, & the day fair & warm. Employed the same as yesterday. Harvey plowed some over the creek – Luman being unwell – having the measles coming on. Jack called & spent some time in the forenoon. In the afternoon Eliza & Viletta came for a visit. Towards night Amanda made a call.

May

Saturday, 1

Principal part of the day fair with occasional sprinklings of rain. Weather continues warm & evening rainy. Worked at the cellar digging some & laying wall. Harvey plowed some over the creek & went up to the mill & got some horse feed. Elon called in the forenoon, George in the afternoon, & Valentine came in towards night.

Sunday, 2

Day fair & the weather somewhat cooler. Did not attend meeting today in consequence of Luman’s sickness. He has been considerably worse today, having a high fever. Went over & called on Dr. Drake to come & see him. Amanda came with him. He appears to be more comfortable tonight.

Monday, 3

Fair weather continues, & not as cool as yesterday. Walked sown to the steam mill & returned in the forenoon, worked at the cellar wall a little & posted some accounts for Griffin, in the afternoon. Luman some better but remains in bed. Harvey worked at plowing over the creek. Paid Mr. Barnes $9.00, in an order obtained from Mr. Tidd some time since.

Tuesday, 4

Day fair & moderately warm. Evening rainy. Posted accounts for Griffin in the forenoon & spent some time with Mr. Bunyan who made a call. In the afternoon worked a little at the wall. Harvey finished plowing over the creek, & plowed the garden. Luman is getting better of the measles. Rec. by Valentine a copy of "Legislative Documents for 1857, from Towanda. Jeff. called at night.

Wednesday, 5

Rainy through the night & continued to rain through the day moderately, & in the evening copiously. Attended the funeral of Daniel Wilcox’s infant child, at the meeting house. Br. Wells spoke on the occasion. Spent the residue of the day in the house. Luman continues to recover slowly, being able to sit up a part of the time.

Thursday, 6

Weather continues warm, & we had Another rainy night. Day cloudy with some light showers. Worked a part of the time at the cellar wall – laying up the south west corner. Luman continues to gain – walked out as far as the barn. Harvey hauled a few slabs for fencing, & attended to the chores. Valentine called in the forenoon. Elon made a call in the afternoon.

Friday, 7

More rain in the course of the night. Day fair & some cooler. Worked part of the day aat the cellar wall. Luman walked out to the neighbor’s. Stephan & Fiche called in the afternoon & took tea with us. Mr. Tidd paid $7.00. Lost a two year old heifer that had been sick. Elon called called towards night. Br. Wells came at night & put up with us.

Saturday, 8

Day fair, quite warm & very pleasant. Dug a little in the cellar, worked some at the brick, picked up some stones in the field to be hauled for the cellar wall, & planted a few peas in the garden. Luman went away somewhere with the colt & did not return. Harvey worked some at fence. Br. Wells continued with us.

Sunday, 9

Fair warm weather continues. Thunder shower towards night & evening cloudy. Attended meeting at the Huddle expecting to hear Br. Spalding, but he failed to come. Meeting conducted by Charles Ross, the bishops also being absent. Luman has not return yet. Br. Wells remains with us but did not attend meeting today.

Monday, 10

Fore part of the day fair – latter part cloudy with indications of rain. Sowed the cherry field to oats in the forenoon, & made a window frame & put in to the west end of the cellar, in the afternoon. Harvey dragged the oats. Br. Wells worked some in the garden. Luman returned in the afternoon. Mr. Godard called in the morning and George in the evening.

Tuesday, 11

Day cloudy & rainy with heavy thundershowers about sunset, continuing through the evening. Did nothing in the forenoon & dug a little in the cellar in the afternoon. Harvey worked a little at repairing fence. Samuel called in the morning & spent the forenoon. George came in also. Br. Wells in the afternoon went over to Drake’s & did not return.

Wednesday, 12

Morning cloudy with a little rain. Latter part of the day fair & weather not so warm. Streams much swollen. Worked principal part of the day at making window frames for the cellar. The boys worked at repairing fence & splitting & sharpening some fence posts. Br. Wells returned from the Doctor’s in the afternoon. George made a call towards night.

Thursday, 13

Day fair, warm, & pleasant. Worked part of the time at dressing & fitting stones for the front, & southeast corner of cellar wall. Made a bed in the dooryard & planted some Morning Glories. Luman hauled a load of boards from the steam mill for fencing. Br. Wells worked some in the garden. Jim Gee in the morning, called & paid Eliza & Br. Wells.

Friday, 14

Day cloudy and the forenoon rainy. Weather some cooler. Worked some in the forenoon at the cellar window frames. Cut my finger with a chisel. Boys manured, plowed, & planted with potatoes, the lower garden. Br. Wells worked some in the garden in the afternoon. Lurenda came home at night from her school.

Saturday, 15

A long shower commencing early in the morning, attended with thunder; & another very heavy thunder shower in the afternoon, causing another freshet. Balance of the day fair. Helped the boys some at making a line of board fence between the house lot & lane, worked some at dressing & fitting stones for the cellar wall, & finished & put in another window frame for the cellar. Alanson called. Paid him 50 cents. Got a calf of Jacks.

Sunday, 16

Weather fair & is again a little cooler. Remained at home during the day. In the afternoon Br. Champney called & soon after Br. Rockwell came in; the Doctor and Amanda came next, then Edward & then Mr. Upham with his daughter called for Lurenda; & finally Br. McDougall made a call.

Monday, 17

Rain in the morning with thunder, cloudy through the day & quite cool, & rain again in the evening. Went to Troy with Eliza. Paid Paine $2.46 Traded with Long to the amount of $4.27 & also for Eliza $4.32. Aunt Eliza went with us. Returning called & took tea at Luther’s. Boys made board fence. Rec. a N. Paper from J. R. Drake of Minn.

Tuesday, 18

Forepart of the day lowry with some rain, latter part fair & weather not so cold as yesterday. Worked part of the day at excavating cellar. Luman went down to Cleaveland & Flemming’s mill & got 1000 feet of sample boards for fencing & 2000 shingles for Luther. The road being so bad he brought home only a part of his load. Harvy sowed some grass seed on the cherry field. Harrison Ross & Samuel Rockwell made a call.

Wednesday, 19

Day passed off without any rain & was fair till towards night. Dug some in the cellar, & helped the boys shore the fences & some stones by the road west of the barn, in order to plow the ground, & to make a board fence there. The boys got some posts & commenced to set them & to plow there for corn. Br. Wells returned having been absent since monday. Br. Rockwell called & castrated the lambs.

Thursday, 20

Morning fair & balance of the day showery. Worked a part of the day with Br. Wells at excavating the cellar and assisted Harvey a little at making board fence west of the barn. Luman finished breaking up that piece of ground between the showers. Geo. Johnson & Brigham called in the forenoon Johnson remaining till after dinner. George & Amy called in the eve.

Friday, 21

Day fair & weather not very warm. Worked with Br. Wells in the forenoon & part of the afternoon at excavating for the cellar. Completed the western half. Towards night we shelled some corn. After scraping away some earth thrown out of the cellar, Luman went down to Fleming & Cleaveland’s & got some more fence boards & brought up the shingles he had left, took them up to Luther’s & brought home some sand. Harvey worked at fences.

Saturday, 22

Day fair & moderately cool. Worked in the forenoon at the cellar wall – layed up the south east corner. In the afternoon went with wife & Br. Wells to LeRoy & staid over night at Marlin’s. Carried some skins to Mott to be dressed on shares. Boys prepared the ground west of the barn, & in the afternoon with the help of Erastus they planted it with corn.

Sunday, 23

Forenoon fair with south wind. Afternoon cloudy with a little rain. Attended meeting at LeRoy & heard a discourse by Br. Wells, having called on John a short time in the morning. After Meeting took tea at Marlin’s & then returned home, bringing Br. Wells’s things. Elon called in the afternoon & George in the evening. Eliza started to Elmira.

Monday, 24

Morning rainy and the afternoon fair. Weather considerably warmer. Spent the forenoon in repairing a wheel barrow, borrowed of Erastus, & in making preparations to use it in the cellar. In the afternoon worked with Br. Wells at excavating. The boys worked at making & repairing farm roads west of the house. Jack called in the morning, Roby in the afternoon, & Erastus & Loren in the evening. Loren staid over night.

Tuesday, 25

Forenoon cloudy, wind north; afternoon, south wind & steady rain. Sowed some oats in the forenoon, over the creek & in the afternoon worked with Br. Wells at excavating. Luman plowed for Jack. in the forenoon & afternoon dragged the oats in the rain. Harvey worked at fence. Took Roby’s cow into pasture. Reeder Brigham called in the evening.

Wednesday, 26

Rained through the night & considerable portion of the day, causing another Freshet. Worked with Br. Wells & finished excavating the cellar. The boys worked at making a board fence west of the garden. Br. Champney & his son called in the afternoon. Eliza returned form Elmira having been there to employ a Dentist. Brown heifer brought a calf.

Thursday, 27

Weather continues cloudy, with a little morn rain. Wind in the south east. Weather some cooler. Resumed my work at the cellar wall. Br. Wells planted some in the garden. The boys went over the creek in the forenoon and repaired some brush fence. In the afternoon they went over there with the team & split Y hauled over a load of fence posts. Orrin Westgate called & staid overnight.

Friday, 28

Morning cloudy. Cleared off in the forenoon & balance of the day fair. Employed at building the faced wall at west end of the cellar – same as yesterday. Luman went with team & plowed part of the forenoon for Jack. & then hauled on some manure & plowed the ground in front of the house. Harvey commenced making a fence east of the oats in the cherry field.

Saturday, 29

Forenoon fair with south wind. Afternoon cloudy & evening rainy. Finished the wall at the west end of the cellar. Br. Wells worked some in the garden. Luman worked at ridging ground for corn over the creek. Harvey finished setting the posts for fence on the east side of the cherry field.

Sunday, 30

Wind changed to the north west & the day fair & pleasant. Towards night the weather became rather cool. Continued at home during the day. Jefferson & Reeder Brigham were here, & in the afternoon Lathan Andrus called. At the close of the afternoon meting Lurenda in company with some young people from Sugar Creek came in & remained a short time only.

Monday, 31

Fore part of the day fair, & the latter part cloudy, with a heavy thunder shower in the afternoon. Worked on the cellar wall, on the front of the house. Br. Wells planted some more peas in the garden. Luman finished the ridging for corn in the forenoon & Harvey worked at fence. In the afternoon they planted corn till the shower.

June

Tuesday, 1

Morning cloudy, cleared of fair & weather warm. Worked part of the day at the front cellar wall. Luman went to the Steam mill in the morning, & then with Harvey, assisted by Erastus & Jabez Avery, finished planting the corn over the creek, & commenced planting beans in front of the house. Mr. Bunyan & Harrison Ross called. A son of Mr. Sage from Monroe also called.

Wednesday, 2

Weather fair, warm & quite warm & summerlike. Worked the principal part of the day at dressing stones & laying the front wall. The boys plowed a piece of ground east of the waggon house & planted it with potatoes. Towards night Luman went down to the Steam Mill. Br. Wells planted some beans in front of the house. In the afternoon Geo. called, Towards John Tice, & in the evening, Edward. Eliza went to Alba.

Thursday, 3

Weather fair, pleasant & warm through the day. Worked at dressing stones & laying the front cellar wall & towards night went over to Bunyan’s returning about midnight. Wife watched with Mrs. Arnout who is sick. The boys planted corn for Julius. Br. Wells planted a few beans in front of the house.

Friday, 4

Weather warm & fair through the the day. In the evening a long thunder shower. Worked at the wall till towards night & then rode with Drake to the Windfall & attended a meeting, having to return in the rain. The boys hauled manure on the flat for potatoes, having Jeff. to help them in the forenoon. Elon called early in the morning.

Saturday, 5

Day warm & pleasant until towards night, when it became cloudy with a slight sprinkling of rain – Worked some at the front wall & spent some time reading. Boys finished hauling manure on the flat & in the afternoon Luman went with the team & plowed for Jabe. Elon called in the morning & George in the afternoon. Rec. from Mr. Grow a copy of Patent office Report for 1857.

Sunday, 6

Weather continues warm – forenoon fair & heavy showers in the afternoon. Having been broken of my rest considerably of late, I remained about the house during the day & slept a portion of the time. Towards night Lurenda came in with Loren Leonard & his sister & staid a short time only.

Monday, 7

Another day has passed without any rain. Weather pleasant & continues quite warm. Finished the front wall of the cellar. Boys put up some fence & got horse shod in the forenoon & in the afternoon Luman plowed potato ground & Harvey planted for Jabe. Br. Wells bushed some peas in the garden. Jim Gee called in the morning & Elon after.

Tuesday, 8

Morning cloudy & cool` & balance of the day clear & warm. Alanson called in the morning & I went with him to the Huddle to attend the election concerning our township affairs. Staid till afternoon when Br. Champney returned with me to dinner, then went back & staid till the conclusion. In the evening George & Elon called. Luman finished the plowing of potato ground on the flat & spent the rest of the day at the Huddle.

Wednesday, 9

Clouds, in the morning, indicating rain, soon cleared off & the day fair & very warm. Wrote a letter to E. R. Myer in the morning, & then went with wife to Benjamin Saxton’s. Proceeded with him to Troy to attend an arbitration found the suit discontinued & returned to his house, & after tea, came home with wife. Boys planted corn for Drake.

Thursday, 10

Weather continues quite warm & day fair except a light shower in the afternoon. Commenced laying the faced wall at the east end of the cellar. Luman worked for Drake with team till afternoon & then with Harvey commenced planting potatoes on the flat. Br. Wells worked some in the garden. Harrison Ross & Philander called in the afternoon.

Friday, 11

Commencement of rain early in the morning, & rain continued to fall, with slight intermissions during the day. Worked a very little at the eastern wall of the cellar. Finished writing a letter to Mr. Atkins. The boys did nothing more than chores in consequence of the rain. George called in the middle of the day & spent some time. Erastus called in the afternoon. Rained incessantly through the evening.

Saturday, 12

Rainy night & continued to rain through the day. Water very high in the streams. On account of the rain & wet did not try to do any work. Went down to the P.O. in the morning & had letter mailed. Valentine called in the afternoon. Jim Gee in the morning & Elon at night. C. N. Sayles also called to engage pasture for his cow.

Sunday, 13

Cleared off in the forenoon & the day fair until towards night. No meeting at the Huddle on account of quarterly meeting at LeRoy. Did not attend on account of the recent rain & bad travelling. George called in the morning & Br. Champney soon after. Went over to Drake’s in the afternoon. Wife & Br. Wells also went over there.

Monday, 14

Day cloudy & cooler, but passed off without any rain. Evening clear. Continued my work at the eastern wall of the cellar. Luman hauled a load of lumber for Luther from Fleming & Cleaveland’s mill, to his house. Harvey being unwell did not do much. Br. Wells hoed some in the garden & at night went away to be gone several day. Mr. Bunyan called in the forenoon & George & Amy in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 15

Day fair & moderately warm. Worked at dressing stones & laying the eastern cellar wall. The boys, in the forenoon, with Jabe to help them finished planting potatoes on the flat. In the afternoon Luman hauled a load of siding from Fleming & Cleaveland’s mill. Harvey repaired fence. At night wife went to watch with Mrs. Arnout.

Wednesday, 16

Another fair day & weather continues moderately warm. Business same as yesterday. Boys worked on the road with the team, plow & scraper. Mr. Newman called & left me an Arbitrations notice to attend at Canton July 1st. Brother Thompson & his wife of Smithfield made a call. Attended meeting in the evening & heard him preach.

Thursday, 17

Fair weather continues. Day quite warm. Commenced to make a partition in the cellar for a milk room. Prepared the foundation & put up the studs, & put in a door frame. The boys worked on the road with the team & scraper. Br. Wells returned at night from his visit at Canton. His son Henry came with him & in the evening he played on the melodeon. Young people from Elon’s came in to hear.

Friday, 18

Weather continues fair, warm & pleasant. Worked at the partition in the cellar. The boys worked with the team &c. on the road & finished paying the road tax in the afternoon. Henry Wells remains here with his father. At night Lurenda came home with Mr. Smith and Miss Upham, who remained with us over night.

Saturday, 19

Weather very warm & continues fair. Spent principal part of the day with company. Boys plowed some potatoes in the garden and Luman went up to the depot & brought home Eliza & Miss Palmer. Valentine & came in the afternoon. Visitors of yesterday remain. Henry Wells made for me a drawing of an outside view of the house which I design to send to Mr. Atkins.

Sunday, 20

This day completes a week in in which there has been no rain. The weather quie warm. Remained at home with company. Several of the young people attended meeting. In the Afternoon Lurenda with her company departed & Luman went to take Eliza & Miss Palmer to Alba. Soon after they left, Joseph Wells cam to see his father & brother. They remained over night.

Monday, 21

Forenoon fair, afternoon several light showers. Weather very warm. Finished the partition & the cellar wall around the milk room. Luman hauled a load of boards for Barnes from the mill to the R.R. & plowed some corn west of the barn. Henry & Joseph Wells departed in the morning, for Canton.

Tuesday, 22

Weather fair & continues quite warm. Vegetation progresses rapidly. Repaired some fence at the head of the lane, & commenced building a pier in the cellar to support the sill, & for a foundation for a stove chimney. The Boys hoed the corn west of the barn & sheared a part of the sheep. Br. Wells hoed some in the garden.

Wednesday, 23

Principal part of the day fair, with southerly wind. Latter part of the day some cooler. Put tools in order, made a door for the mild room, cased and hung it. The boys went over the creek worked at the corn there cultivating & hoeing it. Br. Wells spent a considerable portion of the day in the garden hoeing beans &c. Mr. Bunyan called & took supper with us.

Thursday, 24

Forenoon fair & warm, afternoon showery, with a remarkably heavy thunder shower towards night. Put latch on the mild room door & fixed the windows temporarily. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Mr. Barnes from his mill to the R.R. & brought home some sand from Luther’s. Harvey hoed corn in the forenoon. Wife attended the funeral of Mrs. Arnout.

Friday, 25

Day fair & warm. Clouds with thunder in the afternoon, but passed off without any rain. Worked at the pier in the cellar. Luman hauled two loads of Boards for Barnes from the mill & one to the R.R. He brought to the mill from Luther’s, some corn in the ear to be measured when shelled. In the afternoon, Mr. Bunyan & Harrison called.

Saturday, 26

Weather fair & extremely warm. Considerable thunder in the afternoon but no shower here. Worked at the pier & chimney in the cellar. Went down to the P.O. & got my papers. Received a letter from E. R. Myer. Luman went up to the R.R. with load of Boards for Barnes. In the afternoon he went to the mill with Harvey & shelled some corn & then they went over the creek to hoeing. Br. Wells went over to Bunyan’s.

Sunday, 27

Weather continues extremely warm. In the afternoon considerable thunder with a moderate shower. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon which was conducted by Br. Ross. In the afternoon the young cattle having come through on to the flat, had to go over & attend to them. Dr. Drake and Amandy came over and took tea with us.

Monday, 28

Weather fair through the day and continues very warm. Worked in the forenoon over the creek with Harvey making some fence to keep the cattle off the flat. In the afternoon finished the pier & chimney in the cellar & cleaned out the milk room, & Harvey hoed corn. Luman commenced plowing over the creek for Buckwheat. George called in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 29

Day fair & weather continues extremely warm. Removed the temporary partition between the old & new cellar, cleaned out the old cellar, & worked at grading the bottom of the new one adjoining the old. The boys worked over the creek – Luman finished plowing that field for buckwheat & Harvey hoed corn. John Bush called towards night & obtained my signature to a note as surety.

Wednesday, 30

Weather continues fair & warm with a moderate breeze from the north. Wrote a letter to Alfred Bailey & finished grading the cellar bottom in the forenoon & sowed two & a half bushels of Buckwheat over the creek in the afternoon. Luman dragged, & Harvey finfished hoeing the corn & commenced hoeing the potatoes below the road.

July

Thursday, 1

Weather continues warm & the middle of the day cloudy. Walked to the depot in the morning, taking breakfast, on the way, at Luther’s; proceeded by the express to Canton – riding in the car with Gov. Riede & lady – called at Stockwell’s, finished and mailed letter to Alfred Bailey, & took dinner there, arbitration adjourned took tea with Br. McDougall & returned by express.

Friday, 2

Forenoon fair, rained some in the afternoon & evening. Weather very warm. Went over the creek to find some timber for hewing, & spent the balance of the day about the house doing but very little. Luman spent the day somewhere away from home, & Harvey went to Troy to attend the celebration of independence. Br. Wells worked some in the garden. Lurenda came home.

Saturday, 3

Weather warm with a slight shower in the forenoon & a heavy shower at night, which continued in the evening. Attended a picnic with family at Harrison Ross’ where we met a considerable number of friends convened in honor of our national birthday. Spent the day very agreeably in a free & easy manner, & returned to our houses in good season. Br. Wells went home with Martin.

Sunday, 4

Day fair, & weather continues very warm Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon in company with Luce(?) Clos(?) Darias delivered the discourse assisted in the exercises by Br. Reynolds. In the afternoon Br. Brigham called & spent some time with us. Lurenda went with Erastus to Canton.

Monday, 5

Weather fair & not quite as warm as it has been for sometime previously. Went down to the Steam Mill with Luman & got some boards for Luther & some for a waggon box. In the afternoon, made preparation for putting in frame for outside cellar door. Luman went up to Luther’s with boards & brought home some seenet(?) . Harvey hoed beans. Mr. Seward of Smithfield called to see me.

Tuesday, 6

Weather fair & warm as usual. Made and put in the outside cellar door frame. Went to the Huddle & engaged Sayles to make a box for the waggon. Luman worked over the creek repairing brush fence next the flat. Harvey went to Towanda for Valentine to take home Mr. Eaton’s horse & carriage. Br. Wells hoed some beans.

Wednesday, 7

Weather continues fair & warm. Made some mortar & worked part of the day at building up the corner of the faced wall at the junction of the leanto with front building. Luman commenced plowing for buckwheat on Mr. Fowler’s land, to be sowed on shares. Harvey hoed corn west of the barn. Br. Wells hoed some beans.

Thursday, 8

Fair day & quite warm. Weather favorable for vegatation. Worked as yesterday at the cellar wall on the west side of the rear cellar. Luman worked at Fowler’s plowing for buckwheat. Harvey worked for Jim Gee hoeing corn. Br. Wells hoed a little in the garden. In the evening several young people came in to hear him perform on the Melodeon.

Friday, 9

Weather continues fair & is very warm & sultry. Vegetation begins to suffer for want of moisture. Worked at the cellar wall on the west side of the leanto. Luman continued plowing at Fowler’s for buckwheat. Harvey plowed a little corn with the colt, & hoed some. Br. Wells hoed some in the garden &c.

Saturday, 10

Most of the day fair. In the afternoon a little sprinkling of rain. Finished the wall west of the leanto. Luman finished plowing for buckwheat at Fowler’s. Harvey plowed & hoe corn west of the barn. Rec. letter from Mr. Atkins. Br. Wells worked at his writing & in the garden. At night his son Henry came.

Sunday, 11

Fore part of the day fair & sultry. Afternoon cloudy with showers & considerable thunder. At the atmosphere much cooler. No meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon, in consequence of a grove(?) meeting at the Windfall appointed by Br. Miller. Br. Wells & Henry went to the Huddle in the afternoon to attend Br. McDougall’s appointment, but he did not appear in consequence of the rain.

Monday, 12

A portion of the day cloudy with showers in the afternoon, succeeded b a rainy night. Commenced making the outside cellar door, & spent considerable time with Henry who drew a picture of the house & contiguous ground. The boys went over to Fowler’s, Luman sowed the buckwheat & Harvey dragged it once over. Towards night Br. Wells & Henry went over to Mr. Bunyan’s.

Tuesday, 13

Morning cloudy & rainy, & clouds prevailed through the principal part of the day. Worked some at the cellar door & spent some time in the fields repairing fence. In the afternoon Luman went to LeRoy with the team & got a load of brick of Harvey Holcomb, a part of which are for Luther. Towards night, went over to the Doctor’s calling a short time at Mott’s shop.

Wednesday, 14

Morning cloudy & in the afternoon another thunder shower. Went up to Taylor’s and got a pair of butts, finished & hung the cellar door & put on the latch, did some writing for Mr. Griffin, & Br. Wells having returned – went with him towards night & spent some time at Drake’s – taking tea there. Luman went over to Fowler’s with the team & finished dragging in the buckwheat. Harvey worked some at repairing fence & chopping wood at the door.

Thursday, 15

Day fair & pleasant. Remarkably fine growing season for vegetation. Filed & put a handsaw in order in the forenoon & in the afternoon made some mortar & commenced finishing up the north wall of the new cellar. Luman went up to Luther’s with 200 brick & brought home some sand in the forenoon & afternoon cultivated corn over the creek. Harvey plowed potatoes.

Friday, 16

Another fair day & weather quite warm. Worked the principal part of the day at the wall – same as in the afternoon yesterday. At noon went up to Jim Gee’s and got $9 on acct. of Eliza’s order. Luman cultivated corn in the forenoon, & in the afternoon went to Troy, to pa acc’t. at Long’s & get some salt, flour, & groceries. Harvey finished plowing the potatoes on the flat & hoed some.

Saturday, 17

Forenoon fair, afternoon partially cloudy & evening rainy. Worked part of the day at the wall. Luman returned in the morning with Lurenda & Miss Calkins. The boys with Jim Gee & his boy hoed potatoes on the flat in the forenoon, & in the afternoon they worked at nothing in particular. Eliza came home in the forenoon by favor of Mr. Lilley. Had several visitors in th afternoon, & the Doctor came over towards night & took tea with us.

Sunday, 18

The morning rainy & balance of the day fair. Remained at home during the day – devoting a part of the time to reading, & the balance to conversation & rest. Luman having procured a light waggon, started about the middle of the day, to carry the girls to their schools – Lurenda to Sugar Creek, & Eliza to Alba.

Monday, 19

Weather fair during the day & was quite warm. Worked a portion of the day at the cellar wall. Luman went up to Taylor’s in the morning & got a hoe & then with Harvey worked at hoeing potatoes on the flat. Wife went down to Pratt’s after raspberries. Br. Wells worked in the garden.

Tuesday, 20

The weather continues fair & pleasant, but not quite so warm. Finished up the cellar walls on the west & north & commenced laying up the angle in front, at the junction of the front building with the west wing. The boys finished hoeing the potatoes on the flat, & commenced hoeing corn over the creek. Br. Wells employed a part of his time in the garden.

Wednesday, 21

Morning cool, day fair, afternoon warm & thunder clouds in the evening. Made two window frames for the cellar & repaired some fence. The worked at the corn over the creek – cultivating & hoeing.. Br. Wells went away towards night & did not return. In the morning Sasce(?) called early & remained to breakfast. Elon also called a short time in the morning.

Thursday, 22

Morning fair & pleasant, succeeded by clouds in the forenoon, indicating rain. Afternoon fair. Worked a little at various matters about the house, & not much at anything in particular. Luman worked at haying for Abe Mott. Harvey worked at cultivating & hoeing corn over the creek. Wife went down to Pratt’s after raspberries. Elon called in the afternoon.

Friday, 23

Morning partially cloudy & somewhat cool. Weather through the day pleasant & agreeable. Made arrangements for the room(?) stairs to the south chamber & commenced putting them up, in order to remove the old ones & make room for the west hall. The boys finished working the corn with the cultivator & hoed the balance of the day. Wife went away again with Pop after raspberries.

Saturday, 24

Morning fair & cool. Day pleasant & agreeable. Finished making the south chamber stairs & removed the old ones & some other of the old work to make room for the west hall. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Phillips from the mill to the R.R., & brought home from Luther’s a box of sand. Harvey finished hoeing the corn.

Sunday, 25

Another cool morning, weather fair, & the afternoon considerably warm. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the afternoon with Br. Wells & heard a discourse by Br. McDougall. Returning, found Dr. Drake & Amanda at the house waiting for us. In the evening Lurenda & Miss Cathin with Orrin Westgate called a short time.

Monday, 26

Weather grows warmer, day fair & dry with some indications of rain. Having obtained a supply of sand for mortar, resumed the building of the faced wall to the cellar, in front of the west wing. Went up to the Huddle & paid Mr. Patchin 75 cts. Spent some time with Br. McDougall, who called & took tea with us. The boys worked the principal part of the day at repairing fence over the creek, along side of the corn.

Tuesday, 27

Weather continues warm & dry with some signs of rain. Worked at the wall & completed the south corner of the western wing. The boys commenced mowing the meadow north of the house. In the afternoon they raked a part of the hay & put up fifteen cocks. Br. Brigham called in the afternoon.

Wednesday, 28

Very dry – all the indications of rain having failed. Day fair & warm. Continued my work at masonry & finished south wall under the west wing. The boys continued their work at haying, mowing in the forenoon, & raking & cocking the hay in the afternoon, & at night mowing a little more which was left in the swath. Br. Wells assisted some at raking.

Thursday, 29

Rained some in the morning attended with thunder. Cleared off in the forenoon & balance of the day was fair. Worked at taking down & removing the door & other work adjoining the south room & commenced casing a door way into the bedroom back. Boys got the waggon rigged, mowed some, raked some, & hauled two loads into the waggon house. George & Mr. Stockwell called.

Friday, 30

Had a very warm night. Another thunder shower in the morning & forenoon rainy. Afternoon fair. Finished casing, & hung the bedroom door & commenced a door for the closet under the stairs. Went over the creek & called at Drakes. Boys mowed a little, hauled a load of rails over the creek to repair the line fence, & towards night they hauled in another load of hay.

Saturday, 31

Forepart of the day was partially cloudy, latter part more fair. Finished the closet door & hung it, repaired the grain cradle, worked some at other matters, & spent some time with Mr. Bunyan, who called towards night. The boys with Br. Wells finished getting in the hay from the orchard meadow – hauling in three loads.

August

Sunday, 1

Weather appears to have become settled again, being fair and pleasant, with a prospect of becoming very dry. The girls did not come home. Luman went over to West Burlington & attended quarterly meeting at the new methodist meeting house. Harvey attended meeting at the Huddle. Towards night the Doctor & Amanda came over & took tea.

Monday, 2

Rain commenced falling early in the morning & continued, moderately, till night. Commenced removing the old work & preparing the south rooms for plastering. Put in a trimmer sill between that room & the hall & laid a little piece of the hall? floor. The boys ground their scythes, & attended to the chores; Luman went on to Baxter hill & paid N. W. Clark $1.

Tuesday, 3

Morning cloudy & the rain began again to fall & continued without abatement till the middle of the day. Afternoon showery. Continued my work in the south part of of the house. Finished the closet under the stairs, put in some studs &c. The boys mowed some weeds about the barn & spent some time about the neighborhood.

Wednesday, 4

Morning & forenoon cloudy, shower in the middle of the day, afternoon fair & very warm with a heavy thunder shower towards night. Put in partition studs between the south room & hall & commenced putting on the base on south room. The boys commenced mowing below the barn & cradled the wheat below the road. Drake & Amanda called in the evening.

Thursday, 5

Morning opened, & day continued fair. Worked some at putting on the base in south room & casing about the stairs. Mrs. White & Lucino(?) with Mr. Griffin called here to settle. The boys mowed some more & spread it out, cut the rest of the wheat & raked some. wife & Mary attended funeral of Annabel’s child.

Friday, 6

Another fine fair day. Weather moderately warm. Finished casing the stair way & selected some lumber for window frames for the south part(?) of the house. The boys finished raking the wheat & hauled in two loads of hay. Br. Wells assisted. The girls returned from their schools with company.

Saturday, 7

Weather continues fine & fair. Worked in the forenoon at dressing the stuff for window frames, & in the afternoon with, Br. Wells helped Luman rake & haul in two loads of hay. Harvey mowed with Luman in the forenoon, & in the afternoon he did not work much in consequence of a badly swelled ancle. Our company of young ladies remains with the addition of two young gentleman.

Sunday, 8

The weather continues very fine & pleasant. Attended meeting in the afternoon & heard Br. McDougall . Luman went away in the afternoon with Eliza & Misses Wilson & Manley to Alba. Towards night Mr. Adius(?) Calkin called for his sister & daughter to Lurenda. Harvey’s ancle continues badly swelled.

Monday, 9

Day fair & weather very pleasant & warm. Commenced laying out & framing the window frames for the south part of the house. Luman worked for Franklin Taylor at haying. Harvey lay by in consequence of his swelled ancle, it appearing, however, to be a little better.

Tuesday, 10

The weather continues fair & warm & the ground is becoming very dry. Finished six window frames in the forenoon, & in the afternoon after going over the creek to see the cattle, made an opening in the wall at the foot of the stairs & inserted a window frame. Luman worked for Frank again at his haying. Harvey’s foot is getting better.

Wednesday, 11

Day fair till towards night, when a moderate thunder shower occured. Weather very warm. Inserted a window frame in the near bedroom of the front building, cased it, & studded the wall on that side for lathing. The boys both worked for Frank. today, Luman at mowing & Harvey at cradling oats on the flat. Elon called at evening.

Thursday, 12

Rained some in the night, forenoon cloudy & afternoon fair. Worked at the bedroom putting up board ceiling & studding the walls. Luman hauled a load of boards for Mr. Phillips from the mill to the R.R. – Harvey went up to Josiah Gilberts & got a bull in the morning, & cradled some oats. Elon called in the morning.

Friday, 13

Morning fair, cloudy some in the course of the day, but did not rain. Finished putting up the ceiling, & putting on the base in the bedrooms & made it ready for lathing & plastering the wall. Harvey hauled a load of Boards fro Mr. Phillips from the mill to the R.R. & brought me some scantling for rafters & Luman finished cradling the oats in cherry field, & mowed some.

Saturday, 14

Day fair & pleasant. The weather moderately warm. Put in the window at the foot of the stairs in the west hall & cased it. The boys raked & hauled in the oats from the cherry field & mowed & hauled in a load of hay. Mr. Bunyan called & spent some time with me in the afternoon.

Sunday, 15

Weather fair & pleasant through the day. Remained at home until afternoon, & then, with wife & Br. Wells, went over to Dr. Drake’s & took tea with them. Remained there till towards night. The girls remaining at their schools we had no company.

Monday, 16

Weather very warm & day fair, with indications of shower in the afternoon. Worked at the south room. Took out the east wall & put in the studs & window frames. In the afternoon pitched on a load of hay in the meadow. The boys mowed & hauled into the barn, two loads of ha. Br. Wells started in the afternoon for Franklin, on his way to Towanda.

Tuesday, 17

Day fair & warm. Thunder cloud passed over at the north. Took out the south wall of the south room & put in studs & window frame. Boys mowed & hauled two loads of hay into the barn. Mr. Cleaveland called. Newell Phinney also. A gentleman came to deliver a county map for which I had subscribed. Heard that Mrs. Bunyan is very sick.

Wednesday, 18

Warm pleasant weather continues Smart thunder shower in the afternoon & rained again in the evening. Went over to Drake’s in the morning to hear from Mrs. Bunyan. Worked some at the back(?) of south room & went in the afternoon to see Drake fallow burn. Boys mowed mowed. They went after dinner to help Drake burn his fallow – Wife went in the morning with Amanda to see Mr. Bunyan & spent the day there.

Thursday, 19

Morning cloudy & cool. Weather continued lowry & cold through the day. Worked some at dressing & putting on casings to the windows in the south room. In the forenoon Luman went down to the sash factory & brought up a load of boards from the steam mill & took them to the R.R. in the afternoon. Harvey went over the creek to see about the young cattle & to repair some fence. Evening clear.

Friday, 20

Morning clear with a slight frost. Day pleasant & fair. Worked some at the south room& finished putting on the base. The boys worked at mowing & getting in hay. Amanda being here in the afternoon, the Doctor came over towards night & took tea with us. Agreed to go to Troy with him tomorrow.

Saturday, 21

Weather fair & moderately warm through the day, & getting very dry. Rode to Troy with the Doctor & went to see Stephen Peirce. Paid him $40. & gave him a due bill for $292.12 which is the balance of my land debt. The boys with Valentine worked at haying. They hauled into the barn three loads.

Sunday, 22

Weather warm & fair till afternoon, when after a shower the weather was cooler. Wife went to meeting at Huddle in the forenoon, & remained at home. Br. McDougall’s appointment for the afternoon was attended in the Windfall. Amanda Shepard returned with wife from meeting & stopped with us till after tea. Elon & Sarah called.

Monday, 23

Part of the day cloudy & the weather quite cool. Heard of frost in some places. Worked some about the house in the forenoon & in the afternoon went with Harvey down to the sash factory & got some sash for the widows in the south room & front Bedroom. Boys mowed in the forenoon. Amanda Shepard called & staid over night.

Tuesday, 24

Weather warmer, & the day pleasant & fair. Fitted in the window sash in the south room, made some putty & commenced setting the glass. The boys worked in the meadow at the haying. They mowed some in the forenoon & in the afternoon they raked & hauled into the barn & calfshed three loads of hay.

Wednesday, 25

Weather continues fair & the day is considerably warm. Finished setting the glass & made it ready for lathing and plastering the walls & building the chimney. The boys continued to work at haying. They mowed some in the forenoon, & in the afternoon – having Eaton to help – they mowed till towards night, & then raked & hauled one load of hay into the barn.

Thursday, 26

Principal part of the day fair, some clouds at intervals, with strong indications of rain. Spent the principal part of the day in preparing & putting up a timber in the hall over the principal doorway; commencing the front, & main parts of the house. The boys with Valentine & Eaton finished the mowing, & raked & hauled in five loads of hay. Eliza came home at night.

Friday, 27

Day very cloudy, rained considerably in the morning, some in the afternoon, & more in the evening. Worked about the west hall; cased the angle put in a piece of the base under the back window & put up some frame work above the front door way. Br. Wells returned in the morning from Towanda. Amanda Shepard at night & wife went with her to the Corners.

Saturday, 28

Rainy night, day cloudy, rained some in the forenoon & considerable in the afternoon, winding off with a thunder shower. Went up to see Jim Gee in the morning & did but little work in the course of the day. The boys worked on the road down by Barnes’ in the forenoon to pay Add. Bailey’s tax, & in the afternoon they ground & put their axes in order. Sent by Harry Bailey to Troy to get 12 lbs shingle nails.

Sunday, 29

Weather fair in the morning, & somewhat cloudy in the afternoon & growing cooler. Br. Wells & some of the family attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon. I remained at home till afternoon – Amanda being here; at her request – I, with wife & Br. Wells went home with her and took tea.

Monday, 30

Principal part of the day cloudy & the weather warmer again. Went over the creek with the boys & worked at scoring & hewing some timber for sills, plate & other parts of the west leanto. The boys hauled the timber home, towards night. Br. Wells, in the morning, started to Troy, to make some purchases.

Tuesday, 31

The weather continues cloudy the same as yesterday. Worked part of the day at the frame. Laid out & framed the Plate. Spent some time with Mr. Bunyan who called in the middle of the day. Luman worked for Valentine loging for Volney. Harvey went with teams to plow for his uncle Julius. Br. Wells returned in the morning.

September

Wednesday, 1

Principal part of the day fair & the weather very warm. Put up the Plate in the morning & worked at framing a cross Beam & taking off a part of the old roof. Went with Harvey in the morning & got some lath at the corners. Luman worked for Valentine again. Harvey worked at the hay – got in one load. Br. Wells worked at lathing the south room.

Thursday, 2

Thunder in the morning with a little shower. Balance of the day fair. Put in the cross Beam & framed & put some Joists over the Hall. The boys mowed some oats over the creek & raked them with a Horse Rake & hauled in the last of the hay. They spent the afternoon looking for a heifer strayed. Br. Wells worked at lathing.

Friday, 3

Morning warm & cloudy, some rain in the middle of the day, & fair weather towards night. Framed & spliced in a sill in the front of the Hall, & counterhung(?) and laid out the long sill for the rear of the leanto. The boys hauled in the oats from over the creek. In the afternoon Luman went to Albert’s see Eliza, & Harvey hauled some wood. Br. Wells finished the lathing of south room & started for Canton to attend the yearly meeting there.

Saturday, 4

Shower in the night, morning warm & fair. Day pleasant growing cooler towards the close. Framed the long sill for the Leanto & put it into the frame. Luman attended to varous matters about the house & farm. Harvey went with the team to work for Julius. At 4 o’clock went to Delegate election.

Sunday, 5

Weather fair & pleasant through the day but some cooler than yesterday. Remained at home during the forenoon, & in the afternoon went with wife over to Drake’s they having sent for us to come. Luman went in the afternoon to Canton, & attended meeting there in the evening, & heard Br. Challers.

Monday, 6

The weather continues fair & pleasant, & is remarkably warm for the time of year. Worked at framing & putting rafters onto the Leanto. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Mr. Phillips from the mill to the R. Road. Harvey commenced cutting up the corn. He cut the piece west of the barn.

Tuesday, 7

Weather continues fair & very warm. Did not feel very well & worked but little. Finished putting on the rafters. Wife went with a company to Troy after blackberries. Eliza returned home having concluded her school. Luman hauled a load of Boards for for Phillips from mill to R.R. Harvey bound & put up the corn west of the barn.

Wednesday, 8

Fair & warm – similar to the weather of the past four days. Finished taking off the old roof of the Leanto, put in the studs & a part of the joists. Luman hauled two loads of Boards from the mill & one to the R.R. for Mr. Phillips. Harvey finished putting up the corn west of the barn & repaired the yard fence. Br. Wells returned late in the evening.

Thursday, 9

The weather continues fair & pleasant, & is extremely warm for the season of the year. Worked at the Leanto. Finished framing and putting in the joists & put on the roof boards. Luman went up to the R.R. with load of Boards for Phillips & brought up another from the mill. Br. Wells commenced lathing bed room. Harvey repaired fence over the creek. In the afternoon Oscar called to engage to plaster.

Friday, 10

Very warm night & morning & weather continues fair. Worked in the forenoon at preparing a conductor for the unction of the roof with the wall. In the afternoon attended the Teachers Association at the Meeting House. Luman hauled load of Boards to the R.R. & went to Troy. Lurenda came with Mr. Upham & wife who were here to dinner.

Saturday, 11

Shower late last evening & rained some in the night. Weather fair through the day & some cooler. Attended the Association in the forenoon, & in the afternoon went with Br. Wells over to Drake’s, & to the P.O. Rec. a card of invitation to attend with wife at Mr. Bunyan’s on wednesday next. Luman hauled load of lumber for Mr. Griffin.

Sunday, 12

Day fair & very pleasant. Weather only moderately warm. Went with wife & Eliza, and Br. Wells to LeRoy & attended meeting there – Br. Wells having an appointment to preach there. After our return Dr. Drake & Amanda came over & made a short stay. Jefferson made a call in the afternoon. Edward went at night with his carriage & took Lurenda back to her school.

Monday, 13

A very little frost in the morning to be seen. Day fair & quite warm. Dressed out the other conductor for the roof & boarded the wall above the north end of the Leanto. Erastus called in the morning & Luman went with team & plowed for the doctor. Harvey commenced cutting the corn over the creek. Br. Wells finished lathing the bed room.

Tuesday, 14

A little frost scare in some places. Day fair & pleasant. Went in the morning to see Jim Gee calling at Drake’s on my return. Commenced shingling the Leanto, Boys worked at the corn over the creek. Br. Wells pulled & stacked the beans. Br. Churchill called towards night for Lura, who was here on a visit.

Wednesday, 15

Morning cloudy with strong indications of rain. Rain commenced falling in the middle of the day & continued till towards night. Went with wife in company with the doctor & Amanda to Bunyan’s to attend his daughter’s wedding. Br. Wells officiated. The boys hauled the corn west of the barn, into the calf stable, & worked some at the corn over the creek.

Thursday, 16

Rainy night & rain continued to fall till the middle of the day. Did but little work int eh course of the day. Valentine called & spent some time. Jim Gee called at night & paid $11. on Eliza’s school order. Br. Wells returned in the afternoon. Br. Champney also made a call in the afternoon.

Friday, 17

Weather fair but not very warm. Worked some at preparing the back door for the hall. Luman went to Troy to pay a note given for Co. map but could not find it. He pd. Long the amount due him & got some shingle nails. Sold Valentine a cow for $15. 10th April next. Harvey finished cutting the corn.

Saturday, 18

A slight frost in the morning. Day pleasant & fair. Finished the door for the rear end of the west Hall and cased & hung it. In the afternoon went down to the P.O. & got my papers. Luman worked over the creek at the corn & commenced cradling the buckwheat. Harvey worked for Jim Gee. Lurenda having finished her school came home in company with Byron Smith & Miss Spear.

Sunday, 19

Day fair and pleasant, and weather warm. Br. Wells & the girls attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon & afternoon. Amanda having sent for us I went with wife over there in the afternoon. Mr. Bunyan & his wife were there. Heard of the death of Acksah Ross.

Saturday, 25

Frost in the morning, fair & the middle of the day warm. Cool at night. Worked about the Hall in the forenoon, & in the afternoon rode the colt to Troy, sold a head of young cattle to Pomeroy, Rec. $110., left $4. with Esq. Pierce to pay note for Co. Map, & pd. L. D. Taylor $25. Boys hauled corn from over the creek & raked some buckwheat.

Sunday, 26

Frost in the morning again & weather similar to yesterday – Being lame in consequence of riding to Troy on horseback yesterday, remained about the house during the day. Mr. & Mrs. Upham called in the afternoon a short time, and towards night the Doctor & Amanda came over.

Monday, 27

Morning frosty, day fair & pleasant. Put up some partition studs & laid the closet floor. Spent a considerable portion of the afternoon with Br. Rockwell & his wife who called for a visit. Let them have a few bushels of apples. Luman went to carry the girls to Depot, they being on their way to Canton to attend the Institute. Boys finished hauling off the corn.

Tuesday, 28

Frosty morning, fair day & weather growing warmer. Worked some at regulating partition studs & commenced laying the floor in the west Hall. Luman went over to mr. Fowler’s & cradled the buckwheat. Harvey commenced plowing over the creek for rye. Pomeroy’s called & took away the cattle. Cut apples in the eve.

Wednesday, 29

Morning fair, latter part of the day partially cloudy. Worked at laying floor in the west Hall. Luman plowed over the creek. Harvey went over to Mr. Fowler’s & raked the buckwheat. In the evening we cut apples. George called a short time in the afternoon. Cut apples in the evening.

Thursday, 30

Weather pleasant, with some clouds, indicating rain. Getting quite warm again. Smart shower of hail & rain at sunset with a large amount of heavy lightning & thunder. Worked at casing door between the hall & sitting room. Harvey finished plowing for rye over the creek. Luman went up to the Huddle & got two & a half bushels of rye of Luman Taylor to sow. In the evening we cut apples.

October

Friday, 1

Heavy thunder shower with high wind in the night. Cloudy & considerable rain through the day. Finished the west Hall, except the front door case. Cut apples in the evening. The boys husked some corn. Drake & Amanda came over & got some apples. Barna Turner called. George came to make a paring machine.

Saturday, 2

Morning clear, day fair & weather not quite so warm. Worked at closet; cased the door & put in the base. Cut apples in the evening. Luman went down to Fleming’s & got some lath boards, & a few shingles, & went over to Crofut’s & got some rye. Lurenda returned from Canton. L. White called & got 10 bushels apples.

Sunday, 3

Weather similar to yesterday except that it growing some warmer. Remained at home during the day with wife, the rest of the family except Harvey being away to meeting at the Huddle morning & evening. Eliza returned from Canton, having stopped at Alba. Orrin Westgate came home with Luman & staid overnight.

Monday, 4

Forepart of the day fair & latter part cloudy with indications of rain. Dressed stuff & boarded the outside wall of Leanto. Luman sowed the rye over the creek and Harvey dragged. Heman called in the morning to borrow some tools. In the evening we cut apples.

Tuesday, 5

Rained some in the night. Day fair & pleasant. Went to Canton to attend Arbitration. Luman went along with team to get a load of lime. We took dinner with John Griffin & fed the team there. Bought 20 Bu. lime of Spalding for 18 cts per bu. & Luman returned with it. Arbitration adjourned 3 weeks. Took tea with Br. Rockwell, & returned in the evening on the cars.

Wednesday, 6

Weather continues about the same as yesterday. Worked part of the day at putting on lathe in the Hall. Finished the west wall & commenced in the closet. Assisted in putting out apples to dry, which were cut last evening at a bee. Luman went to the Steam mill with the team & got a load of Boards to case about the house. Harvey husked some corn & attended to the chores. In the evening we cut apples.

Thursday, 7

The weather continues fair and moderately warm. Worked part of the day at putting on lath. Finished the closet. The Boys worked about the barn husking some & attending to other matters. Mr. Ferguson’s son called to engage some apples. Mr. Fitch & his son called soon after. In the evening we went – all hands – to an Apple bee at Drakes. Wild geese flew.

Friday, 8

Weather much colder, cloudy, and with high wind. Commenced lathing the ceiling of the Hall. Spent some time in the forenoon with the boys gathering apples. Luman took 20 Bu. to the Depot in the afternoon & received for them $10. of Mr. Ferguson. Jack called to see me about going to Troy. In the evening we cut apples.

Saturday, 9

Forenoon cloudy with a slight sprinkling of rain. Afternoon fair & cool. Worked the principal part of the day at lathing the ceiling of the west Hall. Luman husked corn at the barn. Harvey husked corn in the forenoon & in the afternoon he helped Brigham thresh Buckwheat. Br. Wells returned from Canton towards night. Paid him the money I had borrowed. In the evening we cut apples.

Sunday, 10

Principal part of the day fair & weather moderately warm. Remained at home during the day. In the afternoon sister Eliza came in & remained till after supper. Towards night Jack & Letty made a call & in the course of the afternoon a number of young people came in.

Monday, 11

Cloudy during the day except a short interval of sunshine about the middle. Finished lathing the ceiling of the Hall & put bands onto the window & closet doorway in the bedroom. Boys hauled some wood & some corn to the house in the forenoon & afternoon hauled in two loads of buckwheat & threshed one. Cut apples in the evening.

Tuesday, 12

Day cloudy with occasionally a little springling of rain. Went down to the Corners in the morning, & worked a part of the day at hewing & framing sleepers for the Bedroom, Spent a short time at the election & paid Mr. Patchins $5.50. The boys threshed a load of Buckwheat, cleaned up & carried to mill five bushels, & spent some time at the Huddle. In the eve Amanda came over & cut apples with us.

Wednesday, 13

Rained in the night & considerably in the forenoon. Afternoon fair & warm. Worked at removing the old floor in the Bedroom, cut gains? & put in the new Sleepers & commenced laying the floor. Jim Gee called & paid $28. on Eliza’s school order. The boys husked some corn & brought the grist from the mill. Evening showery. cut apples in the evening as usual.

Thursday, 14

Weather warm in the morning & pleasant. Grew cooler. George called in the morning to have me go to Troy with him. Went up & pd Piras(?)$43. Paine $5. Long $6. got some oil & paint, some nails & glass &c for the house & called at the factory & got the rolls. Luman went to the steam mill & got 500 feet boards & 1000 lath at Barns’. John Bush called in the eve. Cut apples in the evening.

Friday, 15

Morning cloudy & cool and dull weather prevailed through the principal part of the day. Evening clear so that we had a view of the comet which is passing away to the south. Finished laying the bedroom floor, & commenced putting up studs for the partitions. Luman hauled a load of Boards for Fleming & Cleaveland, from their mill to the R.R. & Harvey husked corn a part of the day. Br. Wells saved some garden seeds. Elon called in the morn. Cut apples in the eve.

Saturday, 16

Hard frost in the morning. Forenoon fair & pleasant, afternoon cloudy & dull. finished putting up the partition studs around the Bedroom & commenced casing the door. Br. Wells worked at lathing. The boys hauled a load of corn to the house & a load of wood & in the afternoon with Eaton they hauled & threshed buckwheat. In the evening George & Amy with Mr. Spalding came in.

Sunday, 17

Weather fair, warm & very pleasant. Wife & family attended meeting at the Huddle, I remaining at home. Mary Putnam came home with wife from meeting & Isaac also called & remained with us to tea. In the evening the family attended meeting again at the Huddle to hear Br. McDougall, Harvey & I remaining.

Monday, 18

The weather continues fair and warm. Worked part of the day at the west Bedroom. Finished casing the door & towards night went over to Drakes – wife being there – & took supper with them. Br. Wells worked at lathing the Bed room. The boys finished hauling the Buckwheat from over the creek & Luman hauled a load of Boards for Fleming & Cleaveland.

Tuesday, 19

Weather fair warm and pleasant. Worked at dressing & putting the base on, in the Bedroom. Br. Wells worked at priming some sash & some other painting. Luman hauled Buckwheat over to Mr. Fowler’s. Harvey Dug some potatoes below the road & brought them to the house.

Wednesday, 20

Weather fair & warm, the same as yesterday. Worked at laying a part of the floor in the sitting room. Br. Wells primed some more sash & commenced painting the cornice. Luman hauled two loads of Boards for L. D. Taylor from the steam mill & one of them to the R.R. Harvey dug a few potatoes below the road.

Thursday, 21

The weather continues remarkably warm & pleasant for the time of the year. Put down a little more floor in the Sitting Room & commenced making & putting up the doorcase for the closet adjoining. Br. Wells painted some & lathed the sitting room stairway. Luman went up to the R.R. with load of Boards for Taylor.

Friday, 22

Weather fair, warm & pleasant. Worked at partitioning the closet from the meal room & the stairs, finished the door case to the closet, & in the evening set the glass for the Bedroom windows. Br. Wells worked at painting cornice & window frames. The boys repaired the Barn roof & gathered some apples which Luman took to the Depot & sold for $10.

Saturday, 23

Weather continues fair & remarkably warm & pleasant. Finished the closet & painted the the upper front cornice. Br. Wells lathed the closet. The boys finished digging the potatoes by the road & commenced on the flat. They hauled up about fourteen bushels. Br. Rogers called towards night, but tarried only a few minutes. he preached at the Huddle.

Sunday, 24

Morning cloudy with considerable wind, indicating rain. Weather considerably cooler. A little rain & ???? in the afternoon. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon & heard Br. Rogers. In the afternoon, went with wife & Br. Wells over to Dr. Drake’s, by Amanda’s request, & took supper there. We returned in the evening.

Monday, 25

Weather fair & pleasant but not quite as warm as for several days past. Worked at putting up the ceiling & walls of the meal room. Br. Wells primed window sash. Towards night he went up to Mr. Bunyan’s. The boys worked at digging potatoes after hauling a load of wood. They hauled up 20 Bu.

Tuesday, 26

Heavy frost in the morning. Day fair & pleasant. Worked with Mr. Bunyan who came down with Br. Wells in the morning to assist me in putting in the Venitian doorcase in the west Hall. The boys finished digging potatoes & hauled them to the house at night. Silas came in the evening, to have his father go home.

Wednesday, 27

Another severe frost in the morning, followed by a pleasant day. Finished the meal room in the morning, & when Mr. Bunyan came, worked with him at the door case. Br. Wells worked at lathing the ceiling of the Bedroom, & painted the cellar door. Luman hauled a load of sand from Luther’s & Harvey threshed some beans.

Thursday, 28

Morning frosty & cold, day fair & pleasant. Worked with Mr. Bunyan at the Venician Door Case & finished the outside & put it in its place. Br. Wells finished lathing the Bedroom. Luman hauled a load of sand from the Depot. Harvey threshed beans & attended to chores. Mr. Bunyan went home after supper.

Friday, 29

Rained some in the night & also in the morning. Day lowry. Worked at dressing & putting on the inside casings for the Hall door. Br. Wells finished the lathing round it. Boys cleaned up the Beans, & hauled a load of wood. Luman went to Leroy to get some hair for mortar.

Saturday, 30

Rainy night, cleared off in the morning, clouds & sunshine alternated through the day with occasional light showers of rain, & weather much warmer. Put in the sills, & pannels under the side lights in the Hall, & fitted in some window sash. Luman hauled two loads of sand from Luther’s.

Sunday, 31

Principal part of the day cloudy & dull with a little sprinkling of rain in the afternoon. Weather continues warm. Remained at home during the day, the girls only attending meeting in the forenoon. Br. Wells attended in the evening to hear Br. McDougall. Jefferson & Jerusha called in the afternoon.

November

Monday, 1

Weather warm, fair & pleasant. Oscar Saxton came to do some mason work. Helped him fix mortar beds & put in the leads around the panels under the side lights, & took down the old chimney in the south part of the house. the boys worked with Oscar making mortar. In the evening went up to the Huddle & bought some fish.

Tuesday, 2

Weather hazy in the morning, afternoon fair. Not so warm as yesterday. Removed a cupboard & part of door case in the shoe shop, & made an opening the floor & ceiling below it for the new chimney, & put on the base around it, in the room below. Oscar commenced the chimney at the ground floor & built it up into the chamber. The boys tended mason & cleaned out the well.

Wednesday, 3

A rain storm from the east commenced in the night & continued through the day. Weather quite cool. Worked at several things about the house to get ready for plastering. Oscar built the chimney up to the roof and then commenced the plastering. The boys worked at tending mason & the chores.

Thursday, 4

Rained through the night and some in the forenoon. Cloudy through the day. Worked at putting up a board wall in the kitchen around the chimney place. Oscar worked at plastering in the forenoon & in the afternoon prepared the foundation for the fireplace & chimney in the Sitting room. The boys worked as usual at tending mason. Attended a party at Drake’s in the evening.

Friday, 5

Weather continues warm & cloudy with a little sunshine in the middle of the day. Finished boarding around the chimney & worked some at the door case between the sitting room & kitchen. Oscar & Luman went over to Horace Stone’s in LeRoy, with the team and got a load of stone for building the fireplace in the Sitting room. Ira? Greenleaf called at night & put up with us.

Saturday, 6

The weather continues cloudy & dull & moderately warm. Finished the door case begun yesterday & commenced another between the kitchen & dining room. Oscar worked at dressing stones & commenced building the fireplace in the sitting room. The boys assisted Oscar & hauled some stones from the field.

Sunday, 7

Very little change in the weather, it remaining about the same as for some days past. Remained at home through the day, not attending meeting. Erastus & Manville? called in the afternoon, also Jefferson & Mr. Johnson. At night sent Roby’s cow home, she being so unruly that we cannot keep her in pasture any longer.

Monday, 8

Forenoon cloudy & warm, & the afternoon rainy attended with considerable snow. Finished the doorcase commenced on saturday & set up a stove in the south room. Oscar finished the plastering of the south room & floated the Hall. The boys tended mason, went to mill, hauled some more stones, & a load of wood. In the evening went over to engage Drake’s team to haul a load of brick tomorrow.

Tuesday, 9

The weather continues dull & lowry. rained late in the evening. Commenced putting up a board partition wall in the kitchen next the dining room. Oscar finished the plastering of the two bedroom & closets. Harvey tended. Luman commenced his majority today. He went with John to Troy & brought home 2 loads of brick. Br. Wells painted the south room.

Wednesday, 10

Ground covered with snow in the morning. Fair in the forenoon, afternoon cloudy. Worked at the partition wall same as yesterday. Oscar worked at dressing stones & building the fireplace. The boys tended & assisted him. Br. Wells cleaned out & painted the bedroom & closets. Went down to Mott’s in the morning & got a bar prepared for a mantel.

Thursday, 11

Night clear, cloudy through the day, & the weather cool. Finished the east wall of the kitchen, made openings in the wall for stove pipe & made two thimbles to be inserted in the chimney. Oscar put on the mantel & worked at the chimney. The boys tended mason and attended to the chores. Lurenda & Eliza went to Troy with Brighams having one of our horses.

Friday, 12

Weather fair & pleasant. Cool at night. Worked at the chimney in the forenoon, & in the afternoon furred out & lathed over the fireplace & did some other work. Oscar finished the plastering in the Hall in the forenoon & in the afternoon worked on the chimney. The boys tended mason & found & brought from the upper Steam Mill a pig that had strayed.

Saturday, 13

Weather cloudy, cold, & somewhat rainy a portion of the day. High wind through the night. Made a platform for the stove in the south room & did various little jobs about the house. Oscar completed the western chimney in the main building. The boys tended mason & attended to some other matter about the diggins.

Sunday, 14

Principal part of the day fair. The weather calm & quite cool. The ground slightly frozen. Remained about the house during the day with the family. Eliza only attending meeting. Harvey went with a horse to bring Mary home from her father’s on the mountains, she having spent a few days there on a visit. Orr. Westgate called also George & Amy.

Monday, 15

Ground white with snow in the morning. Principal part of the day cloudy, weather cold & wintry. Rode to Troy with Barna Turner & Alanson got some nails, door trimmings, & other things at Pomeroy’s, paid Mr. Pierce $20. & $4. to Long; & agreed with Mr. Paine for a cooking stove. The boys cut & hauled some wood.

Tuesday, 16

Day cloudy with brisk north west wind. Weather cold & freezing. Worked some at putting up a rough partition in the wood house chamber. Boarded up a part of the cellar windows. The boys moved & repaired the pen & shut up the hogs, & did something towards embanking the outside of the cellar wall. Br. Wells went over to Bunyan’s on a visit.

Wednesday, 17

Weather fair & not so cold as yesterday. Completed the partition in the wood house chamber & cased & hung a door in it. The boys worked some at embanking the cellar wall & attended to some other matters about the house & barn. Br. Champney & his wife came for a visit, & also Valentine, his wife & mother, & Volney’s wife & Amanda. George called in the evening.

Thursday, 18

Day fair till towards night, & the weather much more moderate. Put in some partition studs& commenced the door cases on the east side of the sitting room. The boys husked some corn at the barn, cut some wood at the door, & attended to "matters & things in general". Mr. Bunyan called & spent some time.

Friday, 19

A little snow on the ground in the morning & a little more fell in the course of the forenoon. Afternoon more pleasant. Worked a little more at the door cases, & closed up the east side of the sitting room temporarily. Regulated the joists & put in a course of bridging. The boys ground their axes & chopped some wood at the door besides attending to the chores generally. Br. Wells returned.

Saturday, 20

Weather quite pleasant through the day, & moderately warm in the middle. Went to Troy with Luman & bought a cooking Stove of Mr. Paine Price $24., got a few articles at Pomeroy’s store, besides a suit of clothes for Luman, returned at night& set up the stove in the new kitchen. Br. Wells commenced lathing the ceiling of the sitting room.

Sunday, 21

Weather moderate, cloudy & snow fell slowly through the day, but melted immediately. Br. Rogers called in the morning a few minutes. Attended meeting at the Huddle in the forenoon & heard Br. Rogers discourse. he spoke again in the evening, but I did not attend.

Monday, 22

the weather continues moderate & cloudy, & snow fell in the evening. Put in another course of bridging over the sitting room, put in the studs over the windows, & put in the clothes hooksin the bedroom closet. Luman hauled a load of boards F. & C. from their mill to R.R. Br. Wells worked at lathing ceiling of Sitting Room.

Tuesday, 23

Snow a foot deep in the morning & continued to fall until afternoon. Weather quite moderate. Worked at putting the studs under the windows in the sitting room & helped some about putting on some lath. Br. Wells finished lathing the ceiling & commenced on the walls. Mr. & Mrs. Bunyan came for a visit & the doctor & Amanda also came. They went away in the evening.

Wednesday, 24

Thawed through the night & the weather cloudy & moderate through the day. Commenced getting out some flooring for the sitting room, & assisted Br. Wells some who worked at, & completed the lathing of that room. The boys threshed a few oats. Ephriam Case called to notify me of a further adjournment of his suit.

Thursday, 25

Weather cold & windy, much of the snow remaining on the ground. Principal part of the day cloudy. Worked at dressing flooring for the sitting room. The boys worked some at threshing & got some wood, besides attending to several other matters. In the evening I posted Mr. Griffin’s account with Sylvester Taylor.

Friday, 26

The weather continued very much the same as yesterday. Took out the old floor in the sitting room, framed & put in the sleepers, & commenced laying the new floor. Luman went with the team & sleigh to carry Br. Wells to his school in Leroy, in the afternoon having hauled some wood in the forenoon. The Doctor & Amanda called a short time in the forepart of the evening, & later Griffin called.

Saturday, 27

Weather continues cloudy, cold & wintry. Worked till afternoon at laying floor. Bunyan called & staid till in the evening. Luman hauled a load of boards for F. & C. from the mill & Harvey went with it to the R.R. Used the waggon. Recived a letter from T. J. Strait from Williamsport & also one from S. A. Shepard of Illinois enclosing one to his brother Silas.

Sunday, 28

Cloudy through the day & snow fell a considerable portion of the time. Weather cold. Remained at home during the day. Towards night Lurenda returned from her uncle Samuel’s she having gone down there yesterday with Orrin Westgate. Orrin staid with us over night. In the evening Edward Bailey made a call.

Monday, 29

The weather some more pleasant than for several days. Thawed some. Finished laying the floor & commenced casing the windows of the sitting room. Eliza went, in the morning, with Orrin Westgate, to West Burlington, to commence a winter school there. Luman, in the forenoon, hauled a load of Boards for F. & C. from their mill, & Harvey went with it in the afternoon to the R.R. They used the sleigh.

Tuesday, 30

Day fair, considerable wind and thawed a little in the middle of the day. Finished casing one window & commenced the other. Luman hauled a load of Boards for F. & C. from their mill in the forenoon & went to Troy in the afternoon with Chauncey Bailey. Harvey started with the load for the R.R., & broke down above Marcus Ayres’ & left it. Drake & Amanda called towards night.

December

Wednesday, 1

Weather fair & pleasant. Thawed considerable in the course of the day. Finished casing the windows in the sitting room & in the evening did some writing for Daniel Wilcox & Samuel Rockwell, who called for that purpose. Luman hauled a load of Boards from the Steam Mill to the R.R. for Luman Taylor & took up the load that Harvey left yesterday.

Thursday, 2

The weather cloudy & moderately cold. Thawed a little in the middle of the day. Worked at selecting & dressing some timber for doors. The boys, having Mr. Pratt to assist, butchered the hogs. Oscar Saxton called a short time in the afternoon, & a short time after after Valentine came in. Neuman Bailey came in & spent a part of the evening. Warmer in the evening & commenced thawing again.

Friday, 3

Weather cloudy & quite moderate. Thaw continued from last evening through the day. Worked at making doors. The boys hauled some wood from over the creek & Harvey & his mother cut up & salted the pork. Daniel Wilcox called in the course of the day for his deed to Samuel Rockwell, which he had left here. At night the snow almost gone.

Saturday, 4

Weather cloudy & rainy through the day. Froze some in the morning. Put two doors together finished one for the sitting room next the west hall, & hung it & put on the latch. The boys did nothing more than chores. Bunyan called & spent some time in the evening. Considerable young company. Luman brought Eliza home.

Sunday, 5

Weather more fair & thaw continues. Fields bare & the ground quite muddy. Remained at home through the day & the family likewise, except that Luman took Eliza back to her school, & at night Lurenda having been sent for – departed to the place where she taught last summer, to commence her winter school tomorrow. Mrs. Brigham called in the evening.

Monday, 6

The weather fair & pleasant through the day. Continues warm. Worked in the forenoon at finishing & hanging a door, opening from the Sitting Room into the Kitchen. In the afternoon put in some thresholds & sawed some timber for more doors. The boys cleared out the wood yard west of the house & commenced making a bridge over the stream at the entrance from the lane.

Tuesday, 7

Day cloudy & weather moderate. Storm of rain & sleet commenced before noon & continued till night. Worked at finishing a part of the cellar wall, in front of the west Hall, that had been left. The boys hauled stones to fill round their bridge, till driven off by the storm. They then shelled some corn & carried it to the mill. George called a short time in the forenoon.

Wednesday, 8

Forepart of the day cloudy & warm latter part clear & colder. Finished the cellar wall, laid the hearth in the Sitting room, & put in some cellar windows. The boys hauled some more stones to fill around the bridge west of the house, dug & hauled away some earth north of the house to make a roadway around it, & plowed dug a new watercourse farther back.

Thursday, 9

Clouds & sunshine alternately. The weather very cold & freezing. Worked some at dressing timber for doors. Set up a stove & made a fire in the cellar & tinkered about there some to keep out the frost. Luman hauled a load of goods, for the steam mill & Harvey fixed up a bin in the cellar to put the potatoes in. Erastus called.

Friday, 10

The weather fair & continues quite cold, but a little more moderate than yesterday. Worked at laying out & framing a couple of doors. The boys repaired their axes, went over the creek & chopped & hauled home a couple loads of wood. They brought home a few planks, that Luman had taken off a load of Fleming’s. Amanda called.

Saturday, 11

Weather continues fair & is more moderate than it was yesterday. Finished a door to open from the Kitchen into the Dining Room, hunt it & put on the latch. The boys hauled some dry pine wood, & in the afternoon Luman went down to the Steam Mill & hauled up a load of Boards for Taylor. Br. Wells came in the forenoon & staid with us.

Sunday, 12

Weather continues moderate & fair. Cloudy towards night. Staid at home with Br. Wells in the forenoon, & in the afternoon went with him & wife to Drake’s. At night Br. Wells departed for his school in LeRoy, & returning we called a short time at Eliza’s. Orrin Westgate came in the evening & staid.

Monday, 13

Weather quite moderate, morning cloudy, & we had considerable rain in the course of the day. Worked at finishing a door to open from the Sitting Room into the front Hall. Luman went with Orrin Westgate & Perry Dodge(?) to Springfield to catch some thieves. Harvey attended to chores & got the horses shod. Samuel Rockwell called.

Tuesday, 14

The weather continues warm & rainy, & the road is getting very muddy. Made the door case & hung the door I finished yesterday. Luman went away to work a spell for Marcus Ayres, on his job in Troy. Harvey went up to the R.R. with a part of the load of Boards for Taylor. Br. Rockwell called.

Wednesday, 15

The weather continues mild & is more pleasant. Worked at dressing some timber for doors. Harvey went to the R.R. with the residue of the load of Boards for Taylor. Wife went along with him as far as Valentine’s, to make a visit there.

Thursday, 16

Weather continues warm & the day quite pleasant. Roads very muddy. Worked at laying out & framing some doors. Harvey, after doing the chores, went down to Fleming’s mill & brought up a load of Boards for them, to be taken to the R.R. tomorrow.

Friday, 17

Clouds & sunshine with flakes of snow falling in the forenoon, & the afternoon cloudy & considerably cold. Finished a door for the Bed Room next the Sitting Room, hung it, put on the latch, & put in the threshold. Harvey went up to the R.R. with the load of Boards for F. & C. which he brought up yesterday.

Saturday, 18

Principal part of the day cloudy & the weather cold. Finished & hung the closet door adjoining the Sitting room, put on the latch, & put down the threshold. Posted some accounts for Griffin & assisted him in settling with T. L. Woodin & J. Curtis. Harvey chopped some wood over the creek & worked some about the house. Luman returned in the evening.

Sunday, 19

Weather fair till towards the close when we had a little dash of snow. Considerably cold. Remained indoors during the day. In the afternoon the doctor & Amanda called & remained till after tea. Solon Saxton & Charles Kenyon came in & after supper Luman departed with them, on his way to work.

Monday, 20

Weather similar to yesterday with the exception that is was much warmer, & we had rain in the evening instead of snow. Getting muddy again. Worked some at sawing some lumber for outside doors, & various other matters., & did but little in the aggregate. Harvey hauled a load of Boards for F. & C. from their mill to the R.R. Dr. Drake called in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 21

Rainy night, & continued to rain through the day & evening. Weather quite warm. Worked at dressing timber for doors & preparing some for another door case between the Sitting and Dining rooms. Harvey threshed a few oats & attended to the chores at the Barn & House. George called a short time in the forenoon.

Wednesday, 22

The wind blew briskly through the night, day fair & considerably colder than yesterday. Framed a door & put it together, & posted some accounts for Griffin. Harvey hauled a load of wood from over the creek in the forenoon, & in the afternoon he went sown & hauled a load of Boards for C. & F. from their mill, to be taken to the R.R. tomorrow.

Thursday, 23

Weather fair & pleasant & mild through the day. Made & put in the door case between the Sitting & Dining rooms, & finished & hung the door. In the evening posted Mr. Griffin’s account with Mr. Monroe & assisted in their settlement, they having called for that purpose. Harvey hauled load of Boards to the R.R. for C. & F. & in the afternoon brought up another from their mill. John Bush called in the evening.

Friday, 24

Day fair, & the weather considerably colder than yesterday. Framed & put together a door front of the west Hall. Harvey went up to the R.R. with the load of Boards for F. & C. which he brought up yesterday & in the afternoon he went over to West Burlington & brought Eliza home. Lurenda also came home.

Saturday, 25

Weather continues fair & is more moderate. Finished, fitted, & hung the Hall door in the forenoon, & spent the afternoon with company. The Doctor & Amanda, Alanson & his wife, Luther & Sally, sister Eliza & some young people came in in the afternoon to keep Christmas. Luman cam home. Harvey hauled some wood in the forenoon.

Sunday, 26

Forepart of the day fair & the weather mild. Afternoon & evening cloudy. Spent the day at home, a part of the family only attending meeting in the forenoon. In the afternoon Ezra Loomis & his wife came & staid rill night. They attended meeting at the Huddle in the evening. The girls rode with them home, in order to resume their schools tomorrow. Luman also departed for his work.

Monday, 27

The weather continues pleasant & quite moderate for the time of year. Made preparations & commenced dressing boards & laying the floor for the bed room in the chamber over the sitting room. Harvey chopped some wood at the house in the forenoon, & in the afternoon he hauled up a load of board for F. & C.

Tuesday, 28

Weather clear and cloudy & is some colder than it was yesterday. Worked at dressing flooring & laying the Bed Room floor, commenced yesterday. Harvey hauled up the load of Boards for F. & C. to the R.R. in the forenoon & in the afternoon her brought up a load from the Steam mill for Luman Taylor. Laythan called.

Wednesday, 29

Forenoon cloudy, afternoon & evening snowy. Storm from the east. Weather not very cold. Finished the Bed Room floor and commenced the base of the Sitting Room. Put on the plinth. Harvey hauled the load of Boards for Luman Taylor to the R.R. in the forenoon; & in the afternoon he hauled some wood & took a bobsled to his uncle Harry’s to be repaired. George called.

Thursday, 30

Weather continues cloudy and cold. A little more snow fell in the course of the day. Worked at and finished the base in the Sitting Room. Harvey hauled a little more wood & attended to getting the bobsled repaired at his uncle Harry’s, besides doing the chores. Alanson called towards night.

Friday, 31

Weather in the forenoon cold with with blustering, eastern wind. Afternoon & evening mild, & thawing thru the night. Commenced dressing stuff & putting up the dado in the sitting room, & worked at in the forenoon. In the afternoon Mr. Bunyan & Br. Champney having called I spent the time with them. Mr. Bunyan staid in the evening. Harvey got the bobsled home and got some horse shoeing doen, in the forenoon, & in the afternoon – the sleighing having become poor – he went with the waggon & brought up a load of Boards from the Steam Mill for Luman Taylor to be taken to the R.R. tomorrow. Luman came home at night & went away again somewhere. George called in the afternoon.

Bradford County PA
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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 04 December 2010
By Joyce M. Tice
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