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George D. Bourne Diary 1866

Diary: George D. Bourne
Township: West Burlington, Bradford County PA
Year: 1866
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DIARY OF GEO. D. BOURNE

1866

COPIED FROM ORIGINAL DIARIES LOCATED AT THE BRADFORD COUNTY LIBRARY, BURLINGTON, PA

Typed By: Pat Smith Raymond

The Civil War is over, and from this year on I will only type up entries that have names or information other than day to day entries such as "Worked at the Mill" or "Farming".

Jan. 1 – School closed visit at Uncle Charles Rigg’s at Smithfield Center. Nothing of importance going on there. Warm wind in the South. Boys Band out Seranading.

Jan. 2 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 43 Scholars . Wind in the South warm. Pay 65 cents for this diary. Bought of C. W. Cranmer get along well in School today.

Jan 3 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 44 Scholars warm wind in the South roads mudy. Receive one letter from R. Crittenden SS Missionary of Bradford County.

Jan 4 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 45 Scholars. Cold wind in the north one visitor Miss Sarah Royse one half day.

Jan. 5 – Teach School at Burlington have 46 Scholars. Speaking pieces & Compositions Visitors Mrs. A. McKean and Mrs. S. Hill. Miss Helen Heath buy one fur for $3 of Long __?__.

Jan. 6, 7, 8 –

Jan. 9 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 45 Scholars. Warmer to day wind in the north get along well in School to day pay 10 cents for molasses Candy of Long.

Jan. 10 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 45 Scholars hard keeping the house warm with one Stove the house being nearly 24 X 50 ft. which makes the School noisy, warmer (24 X 60)

Jan. 11, 12 –

Jan. 13 – Chore around barn and making out School reports. Receive pay for first month of School of S. H. Hill am’t of order $30.70. Pay Father in work 35.31. Note 13.81, Cash 28.70 for an US Compound interest note 107.52 ammount due on note 30.00. Amt of note $100. Amt of int. $7.52.

Jan. 14, 15, 16 –

Jan. 17 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 44 Scholars. Warmer wind in the South. Visitor Miss Ida Morley length 2 hours get along well in School to day.

Jan. 18 –

Jan. 19 – Teach School have 49 Scholars. Speaking pieces and papers. Visitors Mrs. A. McKean, Miss Belle ???, Miss Sophia Dilts, Miss Addie Burger (?). in the evening attend a donation for A. I. DuBois at B. Boro appointed Secretary have my hat Stolen. Give $1 Donation Stay over night at James Wheats.

Jan. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 –

Jan. 25 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 49 Scholars wind in the South. In the evening attend a Donation on the Turnpike for Rev. Wm. Heskel give $1.00 get a church letter from the M. E. Church in Smithfield. Receive $1 of Mother.

Jan. 26 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 49 Scholars wind in the north, warm. News of Oil Being found at Sylvania Bradford Co. Penna the story is that there is a flowing well there Good.

Jan. 27, 28, --

Jan. 29 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 48 Scholars warm wind in the South. School noisy to day pay Dr. Sweeney 10 cents for cough candy. One new Scholar to day pay 10 cents.

Jan. 30 –

Jan. 31 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 43 Scholars warm wind in the South. Receive Miss Margaret McAfee’s photograph by mail. Myron Ballard’s wife Died yesterday funeral tomorrow at the old church.

Feb. 1 –

Feb. 2 – Teach School at Burlington Boro, 50 Scholars. Compositions & Declamations. Visitor Mrs. S. H. :Hill ½ day. Receive of S. H. Hill Treasurer of B. Boro $26. Pay father $21 on the note bought on January 13th. Cold.

Feb. 3 – Old Mr (Mrs?) Weed Died on January 31th. Story of finding Oil at Alby, Bradford Co., Penna.

Feb. 4 – Attend Church at Burlington Boro at 10 ½. Rev. R. Crittenden talks to the children. At 7 Rev. J. A. DuBois preaches. Join the M. E. Church at Burlington Boro by letter. Severely cold wind in the north.

Feb. 5 –

Feb. 6 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 48 Scholars. Visitor Mr. Sickley. Father makes out a deed for Uncle Amos Bourne of 50 ackers of land in York State for $400. Sent by mail today.

Feb. 7

Feb. 8 – Teach School at Burlington Boro ½ day in the forenoon Dismiss Because there was no wood.—have 46 Scholars. Warm – wind in the South

Feb. 9 – Teach School at Burlington Boro ½ day in the afternoon no wood a Smart Set of Directors I think have 33 Scholars. Warm wind in the South. Pay 24 cents for Postage Stamps. School goes today.

Feb. 10, 11, 12, 13

Feb. 14 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 40 Scholars. Raines warm wind in the South pay Father $1 on note. Valentines Day. Boys write lots of them. I send one to County Penna.

Feb. 15 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 43 Scholars very cold wind in the north. Receive one valentine mailed at Milar Bradford Co. Penna. Very lovely.

Feb. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Feb. 25 – Attend Sunday School & Church at Burlington Boro. The funeral sermon of James Wheats Son (George) preached by Rev. DeBois he was a Brother of Albert Wheat my Substitute. See Diary of 1864. Very Cold.

Feb. 26

Feb. 27 – Teach School at Burlington Boro have 49 Scholars very noisy to day receive one letter & Photograph from Geo. L. Easterbrook wind in the north pleasant overhead under foot mudy.

Feb. 28

Mar. 1, 2

Mar. 3 – Chore around house in forenoon commence at noon and Saw Shingles for S. S. Kellogg till midnight at $2 per day. Very pleasant today. Make a cube block to explain cube root in School.

Mar. 4, 5,

Mar. 6 – Receive one letter from Jay McAfee yesterday get along quite well in School to day. Father quite unwell.

Mar. 7,

Mar. 8 – Henry Phelps of Smithfield buried today. He died yesterday of consumption.

Mar. 9 – Father finishes paying up my Substitute note given to Albert Wheat am’t of note and intr. Pays today $225.00 ($1025.00)

Mar. 10, 11, 12, 13,

Mar. 14 – School closes today have 53 Scholars. Warm School clous 40 to 50 visitors in. Receive of Abram Morley on Schooling $43, leaving $17 due have not had any trouble this school. Secure order for 4th month $30.00

Mar. 15 – Start on a visit to Havana. Miss the train at Troy go up to Elmira on a freight at 4 pm. Stay over night at Elmira at a tavern near the canal (CC Smith Prop) warm expences for the day $1.60.

Mar. 16 – Go up to Havana on a train at 7 am. Find Wesley Smith, look around the town go to the Peoples Colledg (?) a fine building. In the evening attend Church at Watkins at the head of Seneca Lake. Expenses for today $1.25.

Mar. 17 – Buy of C. W. Smith on credit cloth and trimmings for an over-coat pair pants & vest for $32.00. Come to Elmira at 1:30 am. Start for Troy at 5:30 pm. Walk home very cold and rough expenses for the day $3.02. Clothes 32.00

Mar. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.

Mar. 23 – S. S. Kellogg __?__ to one day’s work Sawing Shingles $2.00 receive $17.00 of Abram Morley which finishes paying me for teaching School at Burlington Boro for 4 months at $30 per month.

Mar. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28.

Mar. 29 – Work for Father drawing wood up to house in the evening have a Shugar eat, go to Burlington and get Miss Isadore A. Wheat, have a pleasant visit and a good time eating Sugar.

Mar. 30 – Work for Father getting wood cold wind in the north feel quite sleepy from Shugar eat. A total eclipse of the moon commencing at 9:30 pm and ending at 12:30 am. Enjoy looking at it with my Telescope. Wm. Ballards Barn Burned today at 11 pm.

Mar. 31, April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Apr. 9 – S. S. Kellogg __?__ one days work sawing Shingles from noon til midnight also work ½ day for Father in the forenoon. Warm. Fathers __?__ patent Loom was set up to day. Noticed durther on $2.00.

April 10 – The Loom is not Started yet calculate to weave Some tomorrow. $2.00

April 11 – Austin Miner of Smithfield Died last week.

April 12 – Talk of making Looms

April 13 – Work at fixing a Shop to build Looms in. Am to Build 6 at $25.00 a piece and furnish every thing. Give my time to build a Shop Father furnish the rest.

Apr. 14, 15

Apr. 16 – Father commences fixing the Sawmill. Mill moved to west by frost.

Apr. 17, 18,

April 19 – Work on Shop for Building Looms. Father sells 2 looms today as soon as they can be made, promised in 4 weeks. Farmers sowing oats today.

April 20, 21

April 22 – Attend Church at Burlington Boro preaching by Rev. DuBois. 15 Baptized, 6 y Sprinkling, 5 by Pouring and 4 by immersion. A very pleasant day a large turnout give the preacher 25 cents collection.

April 23, 24,

April 25 – Finish working on Shop for Building Looms. Number of days on Shop 10 ½ at .77 per day $8.08. Size of Shop 18 X 22 6 ½ feet between joints. Shingled roof.

April 26, 27

April 28 –Receive of Father 1.42 cents on looms. Go to Towanda. Buy of Codding & Russel for Looms $4.48. Photographs of G. Wood $1.00, Diarys & acct Book for re writing old Diarys $2.00, Tools $1.75. Sundries 30 Castings for looms to be ready May 5th at 6/apiece (Can’t read last line)

April 29, 30, May 1

May 2 – Work a little getting out timber for Looms. Write 3 letters enquiring price of Headles, Reeds and Shuttles. Henry Hills Steam-mill Burned yesterday. Pay 40 cents for postage stamps.

May 3, 4

May 5 – Go to Towanda buy for Loom of Codding & Russel $3.21 Strings and Straps $1.50 Castings $4.50 Tools $2.60. 2 Photo 50 cents, __?__ 63 cents, pair fine Boots $6.50, receive of Father $1.10. Total rec’d $1.10 Paid $19.44, cleaning watch $1.25.

May 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

May 12 – Work ½ day in Shop. Go to Burlington pay C. D. Ross $4.00 for making pair of pants and vest, 30 cents for hat 20 cents for Linen Collar.

May 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

May 26 – Work at turning in mill for Looms. Warm receive of Father checks to am’t of $63.37 for loom’s and $1.23 cash. Check for seeds $10.50, for Shuttle (12) $23.00. Harness frames 864 Heddle (8) $17.14, flat wire 1.52 Bobbins 1.13. stain 450 feet lumber. Can’t read rest.

May 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, June 1

June 2 – Work at Staining Loom in the evening take Hester and Isadore to a concert on the Turnpike in Smithfield, admittance 50 cents. Warm wind in the South – home at 12:30.

June 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

June 9 – Hear that Geo. Usher of Smithfield was married a few days ago. Go it Geo.

June 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

June 15 – Deacon Farwell of Smithfield buried.

June 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

June 21 – Work in shop on looms, warm wind in the north finish 2 looms today. 3 more left. A great plenty of them at $25.00 apiece.

June 22 – Work at painting in house for S. T. Riggs ¾ day. Warm wind in the south. School closes at West Burlington receive one letter from Codding and Russel.

June 23 – Work in shop on looms. Warm wind in South. One loom taken to R. Crowell Smithfield, Bradford County, Penna.

June 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

June 29 – Work in Shop on looms. Warm wind in South. Sell $16.00 in gold for $1.42 ½=$22.80.

June 30, July 1, 2, 3

July 4 – At Towanda. Take Miss Wheat. Festival Ball-play. Is warm with thunder showers. Wind in the south. Expenses for the day $2.18 a pleasant time.

July 5 – Notice to stop grinding posted in the mill. Joel McAfee & wife here.

July 6 – Take the saw-mill of Father to run from one to five years. See article of agreement (Date wrong see the 7th)

July 7 – Take the Saw and Shingle-mill of Father today instead of the 6th. (See the 6th above)

July 8 – Miss Melissa Conkins (?) of Burlington and Rastus Mitchell of Smithfield buried on the 6th.

July 9 – Trying a new mowing-machine. Bought of Henry Peet Price $120.00 takes a loom at $50.00 on it.

July 10, 11, 12

July 13 – Lee’s Birthday 7 years old.

July 14, 15

July 16 – Work at mowing with machine at Alanson Campbells. Very warm wind in the South. Mow 4 ackers from 10 o’clock am

July 17, 18

July 19 – Work at mowing machine and mowing at D. Campbells in Smithfield.

July 20, 21, 22, 23

July 24 – Work at mowing with machine at Campbells and Morleys.

July 25

July 26 – Birthday 22 years old receive of Father a note of $150.00 for work.

July 27, 28

July 29 – Philandar Longs wife died and ?? Dickinsons daughter

July 30 – Folks gone to Mrs. Longs funeral held at the house in Burlington Boro

July 31, Aug. 1,

Aug. 2 – See a notice in the Bradford Reporter of the death of Chancy M. Riggs on the 22nd of East Canton.

Aug. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Aug. 15 – Pay 39 cents for Stamp and envelops one letter to Hosea Bourne.

Aug. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Aug. 22 – Work at cradling oats for M. Burlingame (Day and ½ in oats)

Aug.23 – Bradford Co S. School (Union) picnic at Mountain Lake Smithfield Brass Band there.

Aug. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

Aug. 30 – One letter from Miss Wheat who is attending School at Waverly

Aug. 31, Sept. 1, 2, 3, 4,

Sept. 5 – One letter from Grand-pa Bourne. The fall term of School commences at Towanda.

Sept. 6, 7, 8

Sept. 9 – Attend Sunday School. Sermon by Rev. E. Sweet, new preacher, G. DuBois stationed at Horseheads, NY

Sept. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 6, 27, 28, 29 30

Oct. 1, 2

Oct. 3 – Receive one letter from Miss Wheat.

Oct. 4, 5

Oct. 6 – Work for D. Bourne digging potatoes let job to Burlingame of drawing Saw-logs to mill at $1.50 per m Scaled at the mill. Burlingame to help cut the rest of the down timber free of charge.

Oct. 7, 8

Oct. 9 – Gone to Election Gen John W. Geery (?) running for governor. U. S. Mercur for Congress. Expenses 28 cents. Write one letter to Miss Wheat.

Oct. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

Oct. 24 – Work in the Saw-mill. Father gets 1 horse price $200.00 5 years old.

Oct. 25, 26, 27, 28

Oct. 29 – Work on rail-road with Burlingame ¾ of the day.

Oct. 30 – Albert Newell of Ulster died last week.

Oct. 31, Nov. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Nov. 14 – At Alfred Riggs to raisin of Barn in afternoon

Nov. 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

Nov. 29 – National & State Thanksgiving day.

Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Dec. 7 – Let house to Kellogg till first of April 1867 witness N. Burliname. Martin Foss(?) wife buried.

Dec. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Dec. 17 – Old Mrs. Blackwell died

Dec. 18 – Cold wind in the north out sleigh-riding in the evening.

Dec. 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

Dec. 28 – Wm. Mead’s wife died (questionable spelling but think it is Mead)

Dec. 29, 30, 31

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