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George D. Bourne Diary 1869

Diary: George D. Bourne
Township: West Burlington, Bradford County PA
Year: 1869
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DIARY OF GEO. D. BOURNE

1869

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

Typed By: Pat Smith Raymond

NOTE: I am only typing up entries that have names or information other than day to day entries such as "Worked at the Mill" or "Farming".

Jan. 1 – Snows all day wind in the north. Work in the mill on fixing drag-saw and finish fixing books. So commences the new year, both of us in good Health for
Which we are thankful may the new year be a pleasant one for all.

Jan. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Jan. 14 – Dedication of new disciple Church Smithfield Center.

Jan. 15

Jan. 16 – Receive a notice of being elected Township Auditor for 3 years from date at the Election held yesterday.

Jan. 17 – Mrs. Joseph Morley died.

Jan. 18

Jan. 19 – Old Mrs. Satterly died

Jan. 20 – Isadore & I attend a donation at Burlington Boro for the Rev. F. M. Smith, pleasant time. Mrs. Edwin Blakeslee died.

Jan. 21

Jan. 22 – Isreal Philips Father died.

Jan. 23, 24

Jan. 25 – Hear that at 1 o’clock yesterday morning a fire was discovered in (??) store, Troy, Pa, which spread and burned all the buildings from Pomeroys new bank to school-house on Canton St. Loss covered, estimated at $150, 000.00. a heavy insurance.

Jan. 26 – Visiting at C. B. Riggs with Hester, Ophelia & Isadore.

Jan. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Feb. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Feb. 7 – Sunday School at Burlington Boro 3 anniversary Rev. R. Crittenden exhibits models of the ancient grist mills & altar of the tabernacle large turnout. Isadore at home with sore throat.

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

Feb. 17 – Attend my sisters Hester A. Bourne wedding. She was married to Chas W. Smith who is now of Elizabeth City, N. C. formerly of East Smithfield, Brad. Co., Pa. Married at 3 p.m. Start for North Carolina at 6 p.m. We all feel bad to see them start.

Feb. 18, 19

Feb. 20 – Hear from Hester who is in Philadelphia. Expect to start for Elizabeth City, N. C. on Monday to arrive there Tuesday morning.

Feb. 21, 22, 23, 24

Feb. 25 – Isadore & I go to Waverly, N.Y. to get our organ of Mason & Hamlins make (???). Send from N.Y. City by T. R. Beardsley. Price $170.00, Freight $4.40. Isadore calls at S. W. Millers. She gets quite cold going out.

Feb. 26, 27, 28

March 1, 2, 3

March 4 – Mrs. Captain Usher (?sp) died

March 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

March 27 – Mrs. Lingersel (?sp) of Owego here visiting Isadore great-aunt.

March 28, 29, 30, 31

April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

April 24 – Hear that P. B. Pratt was run over by the cars near Southport, N.Y. very badly cut to pieces, head cut into & neck and leg broken. Funeral tomorrow in Masonic order had his life inshured for $10,000.

April 25 – We go to the funeral of P. B. Pratt, buried with Masonic order, a large turn out of Masons and neighbors, pleasant.

April 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

May 10 – Union Pacific RR Completed. See account of (???) in new graded School Reader (Date of this Entry March 9, 1879)

May 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

June 1, 2, 3

June 4 – Work at making Rail Road and saw some (Several entries say same thing.

June 5, 6, 7, 8,

June 10 – Orren Campbell married to Miss Emma Califf

June 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

June 29 – Father gives me 1 swarm bees and buy 2 swarms mow for $6.00 goes for Honey-Bees.

June 30

July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

July 8 – Wesley & Hester arrive from the South. Start (??) for them & meet them nearly here. Caused by a mistake in writing when they would be in Troy.

July 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

July 26 – Birthday 25 years old

July 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Aug. 7 – Sun eclipsed 10/12 of it covered the largest astronomers say will occur in several years. Nearly dark at 5:15, ended about sunset

Aug. 8

Aug. 9 – Father, Wesley & Hester Lee & Ophelia and Isadore & myself go to Towanda and take the cars at Ulster a pleasant day. Get Photographs taken (group).

Aug. 10

Aug. 11 – Visiting Wesley & Hester start for North Carolina.

Aug. 12 – Catch 1 eel in the mud with my hands. Weight 4 lbs 1 oz the largest one I ever say. Offered one dollar for him on the spot.

Aug. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

Aug. 20 – Shaw & wife & mothers sister & Miss Balie (sp?) in for an evening visit.

Aug. 21

Aug. 22 – Sunday School & Church Rev. F. M. Smith preaches his farewell sermon Services lengthy.

Aug. 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

September 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Sept. 6 – At a mass meeting at Towanda speakers Gov. John W. Geesey (?sp), Hon G. A. Crow & others a large turn out.

Sept. 7, 8, 9

Sept. 10 – At Picnic at Burlington, Ulster Brass Band in att’d a good time.

Sept. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

Sept. 20 – (Hard to read, I’m putting … for words I can’t read) A RailRoad Smashs up at Athens Pa 2 Killed a Mr. Ashley running for …. .has legs & arms broken cause gravel train runs into the Express while taking on water.

Sept. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Sept. 27 – Pretend to work in mill. Call Dr. Cowell in says I am in danger of having a run of the Bilious fever and a hard one.

Sept. 28, 29

Sept. 30 – Sick – Uncle Alfred Riggs & wife at our house visiting. James Wheats Cooper Shop burned this morning have not heard many particulars yet. Caught from Burning Shavings.

Oct. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18.

Oct. 19 – Saw in mill in forenoon in afternoon go to Troy get Feathers Sent by C. W. Smith from Elizabeth City, N.C. Get home at 11 PM

Oct. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Oct. 25 – Hear that Mr. A. H. Seward died yesterday of Lock-Jaw caused by the cutting off ¼ of an inch off his thumb with a circular saw at Bloods Foundry Athens, PA. How frail the Thread of Life.

Oct. 26, 27, 28, 28, 30, 31

Nov. 1, 2

Nov. 3 – Go to Corning from Troy to see about Steam Works get price of B. W. Payne Corning and price (or Estimate) of a Blivin ..?.. Stay in Elmira over night.

Nov. 4 – Go to Waverly from Elmira. Walk Home from Ulster after 8 ½ o clock pm.

Nov. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Nov. 13 – Get Sled Crook (an ash tree dug up) from G. W. Langfords in forenoon in afternoon chore

Nov. 14,

Nov. 15 – Saw oak Root for sled Runners. Saw 8 ½ pair out of 1 root.

Nov. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

Nov. 30 – Father starts to see his father in NY state who is very sick goes with his own conveyance.

Dec. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

Dec. 29 – Francis Wood (Ward?) married.

Dec. 30, 31

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