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George D. Bourne Diary 1874

Diary: George D. Bourne
Township: West Burlington, Bradford County PA
Year: 1874
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DIARY OF GEO. D. BOURNE

1874

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

Typed By: Pat Smith Raymond

Jan. 1, 1874 – Finish books – the last year has been prosperous financially and spiritually. Oh! For Grace & Wisdom for the year to come.

Jan. 2, 3,

Jan. 4 – Willard Maynard & Loisa Forrest married.

Jan. 5 – Dickinsons Steam Mill burned down. False(sp?) Mill all right.

Jan. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Jan. 12 – Stephen Styles very sick – he’s in the last stages of consumption.

Jan. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 – Run Engine

Jan. 30 – At Towanda, Isadore has 1 tooth filled. Very cold.

Jan. 31 – Fix sled

Feb. 1

Feb. 2 – Fix heater pipes. Charley Riggs calls. Old Mrs. Dubert died.

Feb. 3 – John Schoutens wife died.

Feb. 4 – Run engine to grind and mend Bob Sled. Newton Styles died.

Feb. 5 – Help cut log roads. Mrs. Wilcox died.

Feb. 6 – Eva Brigham buried. Subscribe for the NY Times

Feb. 7 – Baptist Church & Bullocks store burned at East Smithfield PA

Feb. 8, 9, 10

Feb. 11 – Run Engine the "Blow off" Pipe blew off and scalded me some, pump up by hand.

Feb. 12

Feb. 13 – Attending a donation at A. O. Scotts for Rev. Howe. Furnish tea & coffee.

Feb. 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

March 13 – Pack Engine – the piston & cut off has run over 14 months.

March 14 – Buy 1 Grey Mare of I. A. Morley for $125.00. Give my note due the first day of next July for same age of mare 4 years next July.

March 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21,

March 22 – Old Mr. Soper known as Squire Soper who held the office of J. P. 25 years, died aged about 90.

March 23, 24, 25, 26,

March 27 – Have father trade the little grey mare for a black colt 3 year next Aug. Give $20 to boot.

March 28

March 29 – All attend church at Smithfield – preaching by C. L. Howe – Muddy

March 30

March 31 – Mr. Josephus Campbell very sick

April 1 – Fix Heater Pipe, Josephus Campbell died, Mrs. Benj. Nichols died.

April 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

April 15 – Cut Willows, Mrs. Mortimer Knapp died.

April 16 – Cut Willows – Bucly (sp?) Whitehead died

April 17

April 18 – Receive Church Letters from Burlington – Gd Trans??? Pastor

April 19 – Church Sunday School and Class Meetings at Smithfield – J. McAffee little girl buried (Turnpike)

April 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

April 25 – Snows all day. Hay & Grain very scarce.

April 26, 27, 28

April 29 – Very cold and snowy. Build fence – Hay $15.00, Feed $2.00 to $2.25 per hundred

April 30

May 1 – At Towanda, drive. Cold, Deposit $50.00 in first National Bank

May 2

May 3 – All attend Quarterly meeting on the Turnpike preaching by Rev. Williams Springfield. Hand in Church letters from Burlington

May 4 , 5, 6, 7,

May 8 – Plant potatoes & sow oats

May 9, 10, 11, 12

May 13 – All visiting at Horace Keelers, a pleasant visit. Saw Denton Loomas (sp?) . Saw trees in California/Utah 19 ft diam.

May 14 – Father and Mother start to see Uncle Amos Bourne who is very sick. Take cars at Wellsburg, NY

May 15 – Our folks arrive home Uncle Amos very sick with Bilous fever.

May 16

May 17 – All attend Church Sunday School & Class Meeting Smithfield, Elected Ass’t Supt.

May 18 – Father & Ophelia start for John Smiths (Wesley Father) gets home

May 19, 20, 21

May 22 – All at Troy – Rec’d by Express 1 telescope price $14.00, 1 Becks(sp?) Microscope Universal No 6027 with 3d Eye Piece & ???? tube, price $46.75 and 1 Suit of clothes at 24.50 buy telescope & C of J. W. Queen & Co. 924 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.

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

May 31 – All at Church Sunday School & Class Meeting, preaching by C. S. F. Howe. (From now on I will not type the fact that they went to church unless something changes)

June 1, 2, 3

June 4 – Hear that Mr. Dildine & wife and 2 hired men were run over with the cars at Wellsburg, NY. Mr. Dildine was killed and the 3 others not expected to live. --???—

June 5 – Mrs. Dildine died from the axcident yesterday, the 2 others dangerous, the funeral for Mr. And Mrs. Geo Dildine was at East Smithfield today.

June 6 – See C. B. Brigham in regard to shed at East Smithfield

June 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

June 13 – Hoeing potatoes. Find 2 of the Colorado Potato Bug – Examine under my microscope.

June 14 – All attend church – Childrens Sabbath – 3 Baptized 2 by imersion.

June 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

June 22 – Work on House, Hear that Geo Schouten was married to a lady from York State

June 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

June 29 – At Ulster, get new Buggy. Price $150.00, Pay $109.06, Made for G. M. Vosburg (sp?)

June 30

July 1, 2, 3

July 4 – All at Cellebration at Smithfield – a pleasant time.

July 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

July 11 --- Haying & quarterly meeting at Smithfield, Rain, Elected one of the Stewards

July 12 – All at Quarterly meeting at Smithfield, preaching by J. E. Hermans PE

July 13 – Work in hay, Mr. Geo Schouten and Miss Phebe Clisitan (sp?) of German, Chenango Co, married. Entered him at time of Framing certificate March 27, 1875

July 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

July 23 – Elder Sherdown of Troy died, a Baptist Minister , a very fine man.

July 24, 25

July 26 – All at Church at Smithfield, Preaching by C. L. F. Howe, Birthday 30 years old, how fast time flies.

July 27 – Mow out fences and we call on Francis Woods folks – who are not at home

July 28 – Choring – rainy, get ready to go visiting Jay McAffee of Ridgebury, broke off by rain.

July 29 – Choring & after berries, rainy

July 30 – All at Jay McAffee visiting, Jay not at home, leave Isadore & Carrie and go to Elmira, NY. Return and visit in the evening, a very pleasant time.

July 31 – Work on Book case. Chester E. Campbell and a Miss Heacock of East Troy married.

Aug. 1, 2

Aug. 3 – At Ulster to see John McQueen on money matters, also go to Towanda. Cool

Aug. 4 – Work on desk

Aug. 5 – Work on desk and visit with Uncle Alfred Riggs and wife, and cousin Joel McAffee and wife. A very pleasant visit

Aug. 6, 7

Aug. 8 – Framing pictures for Mrs. L. Langford

Aug. 9 – Mr. Thomas Scott died.

Aug. 10 – Hear of the death of Mr. Philo Hagerman’s father who was murdered by an couple of men in Consequense of a dog fight. (See Aug. 16)

Aug. 11, 12, 13

Aug. 14 – At Burlington to see in regard to waggon box and pick 18 quarts of Black Berrys.

Aug. 15

Aug. 16 – Patterson taken for killing old Mr. Hagerman – on the 10 – Langwell cleared before the Justice

Aug. 17 – Picking Black Berrys, Mrs. Fletcher died aged about 95 years.

Aug. 18 – Work on clearing out road laid out last Spring a year ago.

Aug. 19 – Dig early potatoes. All at Camp Meeting at J. V. Ballards, Troy township. Rev. J. V. Lowell & wife called.

Aug. 20 – Picked 12 qts of Black Berrys

Aug. 21 – At Ulster to see McQueen, at Athens to see Blood in regard to top frame to saw, take dinner with Geo. L. Easterbrooks. Rains.

Aug. 22 – at Camp Meeting

Aug. 23 – All at Camp Meeting, preaching by Rev. Transne (sp?) of Burlington & Lemon of Troy, a very large crowd say 1000 teams (?)

Aug. 24 – Pull stumps on road. Camp meeting closes have had a pleasant time.

Aug. 25, 26, 27, 28

Aug. 29 – We attend picnic on Mt. Pisgah delegations from Burlington, Smithfield, Springfield, Troy & Smithfield Band, not a good day to look with glasses on account of smoke. Several buying lots at $5.00 per acker. Some talk of an US Signal Station, some claim it to be the highest land in the state – Height 1200 feet.

Aug. 30, 31

Sept. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Sept. 9 – H. P. Mead & Mrs. S. S. Benjaman married

Sept. 10 – W. H. Thompson & Miss Lillie Tracy married.

Sept. 11 – Mr. & Mrs. Horace Keeler here visiting.

Sept. 12 – Run engine and fight fire till 1 oclock the 13= with A. O. Scott on Langfords Hill.

Sept. 13, 14, 15

Sept. 16 – Cousins Mr. & Mrs. Millard at fathers visiting – Rains all day

Sept. 17 – Bro & Sister Wesley Smith & Hester arrive home from the south with family.

Sept. 18 – Visit with cousins Thomas & Sarah Millard who come here this forenoon, rains, Hester & Wesley here this evening.

Sept. 19 -- Cousin Thomas Millard & self go to Towanda. Shown through the new jail by dept Sherriff Vanfleet. Had a pleasant time.

Sept. 20 – Rains, cousins go to fathers this forenoon. Creek highest of the season

Sept. 21 – At Smithfield, cousin Thomas Millard along, their baby not feeling well

Sept. 22 – Take cousins Thomas & Sarah Millard to Ulster. Start at 4:15 am, arrive 6:30, see them on the train at 7:30 get home at 10.

Sept. 23 – Wsley & Hester & family here visiting, stay over night

Sept. 24 – All visiting at home and at Uncle Alfred & Charles Riggs. I attend official meeting at Smithfield

Sept. 25 – Trying to collect salary for preacher (Rev. Howe) get cash $1.00

Sept. 26, 27

Sept. 28 – Father takes Wesley & Hester & family to Ulster to go to Mr. John Smith’s. Expect to start South next Tuesday, one week.

Sept. 29 – Help on threshing machine, I have 10 bushels oats.

Sept. 30 – Help J. C. Tompkins plain – Mr. Thomkins plains off the fore finger on his left hand to knuckle, nearly cuts off his thumb.

Oct. 1 – Buy one cow coming 6 years old next spring for $35.00.

Oct. 2, 3, 4

Oct. 5 – At Towanda, sell 1 tub Butter for 36 cents per lb. This makes over $49.00 worth of butter sold from 1 cow this far this summer.

Oct. 6 – Choring and talk with J. C. Tompkins in regard to buying 50 acres land joining fathers south line. He offered it for $40.00 per acre or $30.00 ($3000?) to take all east of creek.

Oct. 7 – Agree with j. C. Tompkins for 50 acres of land at $40.00 per acre also see Job Morley who agrees to release his claim if the obligations are made payable to him and paid in one payment at the end of 3 years at 6 per cent interest. Rains all day.

Oct. 8, 9

Oct. 10 – Help survey land agreed for on the 7 inst. With C. C. Corss surveyor & J. C. Thompkins & Ross.

Oct. 11 – All at the Presbyterian Church East Smithfield, preaching by Rev. Nason, Rev. C. T. F. Howe at conference.

Oct. 12 – Finish surveying. Plot to be sent by mail.

Oct. 13 – Mrs. Sam’l Williams died very sudenly about this time. Mr. Williams used to make axes at Burlington.

Oct. 14 – Eri Williams and a Miss Robinson married.

Oct. 15 – At Burlington in forenoon, afternoon at Smithfield and see Mr. A. E. Child in regard to exchanging my watch case for an open one.

Oct. 16 – Gather apples in afternoon, get 15 bushels. Father gives them to us.

Oct. 17 – Gather apples – get 10 bushels.

Oct. 18 – All at Church & Sunday School Preaching by Rev. D. Crow. Rev. C. T. F. Howe goes to Casnovia, NY—Also married by Rev. D. Crow in the Church, Mr. Joseph Vankirk and Miss Allie Kingsley.

Oct. 19

Oct. 20 – Perry Decker and a Miss Williams married.

Oct. 21 – Isadore & Carrie at Mr. R. Luthers visiting.

Oct. 22 – Receive deed of J. C. Tompkins for land agreed for on the 7= and surveyed on the 10=, 12=. Date of Deed Oct. 12=1874

Oct. 23 – Received release of Job Morley & A. J. Morley on land bought of J. C. Tompkins-give my note to J. C. Tompkins ??? Morley for $1990.00. Date of note Oct. 12=1874, payable in 3 years at 6 per cent

Oct. 24 – Make milk rack & move stove into Middle Room. Let Meritt Wood have ??? $140.00 dollars, also 60.00 dollars.

Oct. 25

Oct. 26 – Upon looking over deed, rec’d on the 22, find no length of line & C – to have a new deed.

Oct. 27 – Fix clothes room – Receive new deed dated on the 26=

Oct. 28 – Pay M. Wood $160.00. Come home by the way of Smithfield, help on cellar in afternoon

Oct. 29 – Jack Pierce of Smithfield died A.E. 95 years.

Oct. 30 – Go after C. C. Corss has to attend funeral of Pierce. Exchange (yesterday) my Hunter case for a open case flat glass with A. E. Child.

Oct. 31

Nov. 1, 2,

Nov. 3 – Gone to election. Mr. Palmer and Miss Emma Marvin married in Church.

Nov. 4, 5

Nov. 6 – Run circular saw. Election returns indicate Democrat gains Penna, 13,000 Democratic, NY 30,000 Democratic and nearly all of the "Western States". Dem Congressman Powell 13 Dist., Dem. State Senator from Brad. Co. elected.

Nov. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Nov. 16 – Siding on house ½ day and meet Brs. Scott, Partridge, Keeler & Palmer as committee to apportian the pastors salary for this year at the parsonage at Smithfield.

Nov. 17, 18, 19, 20

Nov. 21 – Build cow shed north side barn - Mrs. J. V. Rice died.

Nov. 22

Nov. 23 – At Troy, trade my coal stove to S. W. Payne for 2 wood stoves, give 18.00 to boot.

Nov. 24 – Set up stoves & split posts. Send down deed & release from Tompkins & Morleys, Fees 1.85 and .80 c. Find that Morleys have entered note gave to Tompkins No. 602-Dec. Term

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

Dec. 1 – Cleaning around mill. Thermometer at zero. Cousin C. E. Riggs of East Canton stays with us one night.

Dec. 2 – Francis Wood & family here visiting. Warm

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

Dec. 9 – Split posts – Split 300 with 1 hand (or help of 1 man)—have sold 208 lb. Butter this season made from 1 cow beside making enough to use for winter—Rec’d in carp for the ??? $65.67 this was all the cow we had and what we used not counted.

Dec. 10 – Split posts & help W. A. Shoemaker in putting in a set of wooden cogs for grist mill.

Dec. 11, 12

Dec. 13 – All at Smithfield Church S. School, Preaching by Rev. D. Crow, Raise $65.00 to finish paying for organ, gave on it $5.00. Cold

Dec. 14, 15

Dec. 16 – We all visit at Mr. Chancy Campbells. Mr. & Mrs. Jos Vankirk also there. Cold.

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

Dec. 25 – Isadore’s Father & mother here visiting

Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29

Dec. 30 – All go to C. E. Riggs, East Canton. Roads very rough and very cold

Dec. 31 – Come to Uncle Sam’l J. Riggs Granville Summit in evening go to the Windfall to a New Years arch. A very pleasant time – Very cold

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