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George D. Bourne Diary 1873

Diary: George D. Bourne
Township: West Burlington, Bradford County PA
Year: 1873
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DIARY OF GEO. D. BOURNE

1873

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

Typed By: Pat Smith Raymond

Jan. 1, 1873 – Go by cars to Addison from Corning dinner at the American House. Go by Stage from Addison to WoodHull arrive at Uncles at 4 pm. Fare on Stage 4/ each find them all well. Extra good sleighing. Thus commences the new year visiting. Trusting it may prove prosprous & pleasant.

Jan. 2 – Visit with Uncle. Go to Wood-Hull. See Harry Pultz (sp?) or --?--. Like the appearance of the place.

Jan. 3 – Visit with Uncle. Uncle takes us to Addison, take cars to Corning. Visit Glass Works. --?—Agency of B. W. Payne & Sons to Sell engines. Put up at Dickinson House.

Jan. 4 – Go by cars to Elmira from there to Ulster. Father meets us there, arrive Home at 8:00 PM. We had a pleasant time, form many pleasant acquaintances.

Jan. 5

Jan. 6 – Work in Mill ½. Go to Towanda. Philetus Campbell married to Miss S. Jane Schouten.

Jan. 7

Jan. 8 – Work in Mill. S. W. Paynes Foundry & Store burned last night. No particulars.

Jan. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Jan. 17 – At Election vote against Lisence. Majority against Lisence in this County about 2200.

Jan. 18, 19

Jan. 20 – Otis Burlingame broke his leg a few days since.

Jan. 21 – Marcus Dibble broke his leg today. Clarence Ford & Miss Alice Brown married in Church. General invitation given.

Jan. 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

Jan. 30 – Thermometer at 31 deg. Below zero. Coldest day I ever remember of.

Jan. 31

Feb. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Feb. 10 – Rev. Z. Lane died, Gov. Gerey (sp?) died. Jacob Morley very sick. Mrs. M. S. Dibble very sick

Feb. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Feb. 22 – Went to Towanda take shingle mill. Isadore has tooth filled. Order "Circular Mill" of Means & Rockwell.

Feb. 23, 24

Feb. 25 – Carrie’s Birth Day 3 years old

Feb. 26, 27, 28

March 1, 2, 3, 4

March 5 – Sell my house and lot at Burlington to Monroe Ayers for $400.00 payable $100.00 per year from March 7 – 1874

March 6

March 7 – Sign writing with J. M. Ayers for a house & lot. Sold on the 5 1873

March – 8, 9, 10

March 11 – Old Mrs. Capt. Philips died a few days since.

March 12

March 13 – Edgar Dibble married to a Miss Mitchell. James Dibble married to a Miss Berdie yesterday eve.

March 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

March 28 – Wm. P. Forrest buried today

March 29 – Bennet French buried today

March 30 – Hear that Mrs. E. V. Nichols is not expected to live.

March 31

April 1, 2

April 3 – At Smithfield Center see Harry & Walter Pierce in regard to money promised the first of June 1873.

April 4 – Report that Edwin Blakeslee is not expected to live with the Small Pox

April 5, 6 – Report that Edwin Blakeslee is dead, later report that he is not.

April 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

April 22 – Father gone to Towanda also Thad & Edgar & wives go to Towanda, also Tompkins goes to Troy. Snows all day.

April 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

May 1—Run Engine, Commence to sort out 10 percent of all the money I receive.

May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

May 13 – Saw ½ day, run engine, set out orchard south east of house. Buy of A. E. Child 1 B.W. Raymand movement & 14 oz silver --?—watch, price $82.50 less 5 percent $78.40 for cash. (This entry has been written up both sides, and can’t read the rest of it).

May 14 – Run engine, Charlie Riggs here on business.

May 15, 16

May 17 – Run engine, Old Mrs. Kingsley died this am.

May 18 – All at the funeral of Mrs. Kingsley Smithfield. Sermon by C. C. Corss.

May 19 – At Troy to get re cut files

May 20 – Father at Ulster to see John McQueen in regard to shingles. Contracts for all we can make till the first of Oct. 1873. No. 1 at 5.00 delivered, No 2 at 4.00 delivered.

May 21, 22, 23

May 24 – Mrs. P. Campbell very sick with Typhoid fever.

May 25

May 26 – Dig ditch to get water for engine. Phileties Campbells wife died. See Jan. 6.

May 27 – We all are at the funeral of Mrs. P. Campbell at Christian Church Smithfield. Alex Lane preached from James 4-14. Very warm

May 28 – J. Maynard sick with cold

May 29, 30

May 31 – All at Towanda get photographs of Mrs. Bourne, Carrie & Self. Price $2.50 per doz.

June 1, 2

June 3 – Run engine. P. Hall’s & Mr. Wakeleys barn burned very dry & windy. Several fires running in woods.

June 4 – Run engine. Subscribe for 1 copy of Hitchcocks complete analysis of the Holy Bible the agent gave of 75 cents leaving the Moracco Bound at $8.00 to be delivered in September next.

June 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

July 1, 2, 3

July 4 – Mow yard & C Find 4 hens nests with 71 eggs.

July 5, 6

July 7 – Joseph Morehouse died.

July 8

July 9 – Our folks at Morehouse funeral

July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

July 22 – Fix to start Circular Saw Mill

July 23, 24, 25 – Work on Curcular

July 26 – Start Circular saw, runs very good. Birthday 29 years old. This has been a very short year. The first Birth Day I have not worked in hay or harvest since I was 10 years old.

July 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Aug. 1, 2, 3

Aug. 4 – Choring, hands at Towanda at circus

Aug. 5 – All at Uncle Sam’l Riggs visiting

Aug. 6 – Go with Uncle Sam’l Riggs to WmsPort. See the sawmills probably they are as large as any in the U. S.

Aug. 7 – Come home from Sam’l Riggs

Aug. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Aug. 14 – Buy cow of J. C. Tompkins, price $45.00

Aug. 15

Aug. 16 – At Elmira, NY enquiring wholesale price of groceries, think of starting a grocery. T. Maynard along. A pleasant time.

Aug. 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Aug. 25 – Fix books, G. S. Bournes & D. Bourne & Sons Books kept in an day book & Ledger Badly mixed trying to make them plain.

Aug. 26 – Fix Books

Aug. 27 – At Towanda, Mrs. Bourne & Carry along get silk dress

Aug. 28, 29, 30, 31

Sept. 1

Sept. 2 – Thad Maynard gets hurt with a piece of hemlock --?--getting top of circular saw.

Sept. 3, 4

Sept. 5 – At Elmira, NY buying goods for grocery.

Sept. 6, 7, 8

Sept. 9 – Charles Riggs of East Canton here on business

Sept. 10 – Receive goods from Wellsburg (sp?) of Father

Sept. 11, 12, 13, 14

Sept. 15 – Take Father to Troy, Start at 3 AM he is drawn as an U. S. Juror at WmsPort, Pa.

Sept. 16, 17, 18, 19

Sept. 20 – Run engine ½. Father gets home from WmsPort, draw lumber for grocery ½

Sept. 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

Sept. 29 – Perry (sp?) W. Nichols died.

Sept. 30

Oct. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Oct. 8 – Joseph Hilton died.

Oct. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Oct. 17 – Hear of the death of Theresa Parker who died last August

Oct. 18, 19, 20, 21

Oct. 22 – Mrs. Alanson Campbell died.

Oct. 23 – Our folks at funeral

Oct. 24, 25, 26

Oct. 27 – Run engine until 1:30 am. Go to Troy as juror drawn on case Common=Wealth vs 2 boys for girdling fruit trees. Put up at Troy House.

Oct. 28 – Charge of Judge at 9 am out until 3 pm fail to agree. Drawn on case Milles vs McNaut

Oct. 29 – Verdict for defendant.

Oct. 30 – Get excused for today go to Elmira to buy goods.

Oct. 31 – Come home, court adjourned.

Nov. 1, 2, 3, 4

Nov. 5 – Run engine ½ go with Wm. Riggs from Troy, Pa to Corning, NY. Fare from Troy to Elmira 90 cents, Fare from Elmira to Corning 55 cents, fare from Corning to Mansfield $1.05. Put up at the Dickinson House.

Nov. 6 – Go from Corning to Elkland, from Elkland to Mansfield, Stop at Tioga, see W. B. Mead of Elkland in regard to doors, sash and blinds, also C. M. Putsman Tioga & S. R. Deckir, Mansfield. Shall probably deal with L. R. D. Order 15 13 X 26 windows. Fare from Lawrenceville to Elkland 40 cents, fare from Lawrenceville to Corning 55 cents, Fare from Lawrenceville to Mansfield 55 cents. Stay at Mansfield over night.

Nov. 7 – Leave Mansfield at 8:10 am, leave Corning at 2.5 PM, leave Elmira at 4:15 PM, arrive in Troy at 5:40 PM. Walk home in the rain as usual. Get home at 10 PM. Total expence $10.00.

Nov. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

Nov. 24 – Work in Grocery. Fredric Whitehead died. A very fine man and will be much missed.

Nov. 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Dec. 1 – At Elmira, NY buying samples of Builders Hardware. Snows all day. T. Maynard along.

Dec. 2 – Work on house for D. Bourne

Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Dec. 9 – Work for D. Bourne ½. Put 4 lightes windows in house ½. Size 13 X 26.

Dec. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Dec. 22 – Take Father & Mother to Ulster going on a visit to his folks, also see regard to signing a note.

Dec. 23, 24

Dec. 25 – Albert Bourne here visiting

Dec. 26

Dec. 27 – Father & Mother arrive home. Central Hotel and Barn burned at Burlington, Pa.

Dec. 28, 29, 30, 31

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