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George D. Bourne Diary 1880

Diary: George D. Bourne
Township: West Burlington, Bradford County PA
Year: 1880
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DIARY OF GEO. D. BOURNE

1880

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

Typed By: Pat Smith Raymond

January 1, 1880 – All at the gathering of the Riggs family at A. Riggs’s. Nearly all present, a good time. Elected Secretary to prepare minutes for the next meeting and keep a record of births & deaths, etc. In the evening we children make a surprise for mother, the whole family present & Uncle Samuel Riggs & wife a pleasant time.

Jan. 2 – Work in mill & visit with Wesley & Hester.

Jan. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Jan. 18 – Self & Carrie at Church, Sunday School and funeral of Mrs. Farnsworth (Ulysses Farnsworth’s mother)

Jan. 19, 20, 21, 22

Jan. 23 – Jacob Fletcher’s daughter buried.

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

Jan. 30 – Visit with Rev. J. R. Drake & wife, in evening we attend a surprise party at J. C. Tompkinson’s. A pleasant visit.

Jan. 31

Feb. 1

Feb. 2 – Talk with W. S. Riggs in regard to starting a Sash, door & blind factory.

Feb. 3, 4, 5

Feb. 6 – Lartus (sp?) Langford & family here for an evening visit.

Feb. 7, 8, 9, 10

Feb. 11 – Edwin Weed & wife here visiting.

Feb. 12, 13

Feb. 14 – Mrs. Sloan Ross here visiting.

Feb. 15

Feb. 16 – At Smithfield in evening to Quarterly meeting. Elected Trustee of M. E. Church in place of C. B. Brigham resigned.

Feb. 17 – At Election and meet School Directors—visit West Burlington school.

Feb. 18 – J. C. Tompkinson moved to Smithfield. Lewis Hima (Hinea?sp) moved into the Tompkins house.

Feb. 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

Feb. 24 – At Perry Harknesses and Mill City looking up acts. And lumber.

Feb. 25, 26, 27

Feb. 28 – Meet School Directors near Geo. Steels to locate and sell school house. Sold fer #240.

Feb. 29

Mar. 1 – At Andrew Stantons to see in regard to lumbar.

Mar. 2 – Get stone out of creek for foundation to factory.

Mar. 3 – Lay foundation for factory.

Mar. 4, 5

Mar. 6 – Work in mill and on frame to factory.

Mar. 7, 8

Mar. 9 – Old Mrs. Pease died, about 93 years old.

Mar. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

Mar. 20 – Hesters husband died this morning.

Mar. 21 – Hear of the death of C. W. Smith. Making arrangements to go to funeral.

Mar. 22 – Self & Isadore go with Clarence & Ophelia to the funeral, and return same day.

Mar. 23 – Return from funeral at 2 AM this morning. Feel very lonesome today.

Mar. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

Mar. 29 – W. L. Riggs starts fer Philadelphia to buy machinery fer Door, Sash & Blind Factory.

Mar. 30, 31

Apr. 1,

Apr. 2 – At Troy with W. L. Rigg. Order line shaft of the Enterprise Manf. Co. See agreement on file.

Apr. 3

Apr. 4 – May Effie Riggs died, daughter of A. B. & L. Riggs A.E. 4 m. 17 days

Apr. 5, 6

Apr. 7 – Work on factory and buy fer factory of Mrs. Wm. Pierce #44.07 pine lumber. Pay fer hauling same 4.00. 598 ft at #18.00 = 10.76, 2776 ft. at #12.00 = 33.31 = 44.07

Apr. 8

Apr. 9 -- Simon McArty died

Apr. 10 – Work on factory and Raise Same by a "Bee" Raising. Men work well. Raise same in 2 ½ hours. Size 36 X 46 feet, 18 foot posts, 4 bends (sp?)

Apr. 11, 12, 13

Apr. 14 – John Chamberline died. Relative of James H. Wells. Mrs. (J. B.) White died.

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

Apr. 28 – Wm. Riggs moves into mill house.

Apr. 29 – Father and self at Towanda to see in regard to Pomeroy remaining judgment.

Apr. 30

May 1 – Receive machinery fer factory.

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

May 23 – All at Smithfield at Church, Sunday School & Class Meeting also at funeral of Stephen Beach. Fight fire some very day.

May 24, 25, 26

May 27 – Self & Isadore at Owego, NY to attend funeral of Mrs. A. ?. Wheat. Start at 4 AM, return at 10 PM. Wm. A. Campbell buried to day. Funeral at 5 PM. Dead from effects of doctoring a cow.

May 28, 29, 30, 31

June 1 – Nora Maynard died.

June 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

June 7 – Meet School Board. Take seat on Board elected for 3 years. Appointed Secretary and Treasurer. A. C. Blackwell called for Sensus Report. Report total value of lumber manf. in ?? during part year was #9000.00, and that our hens laid during part year 40 doz. Eggs and our cow made 3 firkins Butter.

June 8

June 9 – See Director, could not legally hold Secretary and Treasurer on School Board. Father appointed in my place.

June 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

June 15 – Work on house for Maynard.

June 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

June 24 – Work on house for Maynard and go with W. L. Riggs to John Storks & Wm. Henry Pierces and Smithfield center – looking for lumber. Delbert Riggs hurts his eye.

June 25, 26

June 27 – All at Church & Sunday School. Mrs. Tompkins came home to fix Isadore dress next week.

June 28

June 29 – Fix kiln to dry doors in forenoon, also at Wm. Henry Pierces to count lumber. Buy 3000 feet at #25.00/m

June 30

July 1, 2

July 3 – Miss Mary Smith married to a Mr. Crawford. She was one of my S. School schollars.

July 4, 5

July 6 – Isadore at Ophelias, self at Towanda, Pa. Sell microscope for #25.00. Buy 1 field glass for 12.00.

July 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

July 16 – Eye rather sore. Rev. J. R. Drake and wife here visiting.

July 17 – Isadore & self with W. L. Riggs & wife at Old Church, Burlington to Annual Meeting. Stop at the poor house and see them make brick. They have a brick machine and make from 13 to 16,000 per day.

July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

July 24 – All on Pisgah a pleasant time. Lee learning to telegraph by signal light from Pisgah.

July 25,

July 26 – Work in mill. Birth Day 36 year old.

July 27, 28, 29, 30

July 31 – At Towanda. Delber Riggs along to see in regard to his eyes.

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

Aug. 13 – Jefferson Henry died.

Aug. 14, 15, 16

Aug. 17 – At John Storch’s to buy lumber for Bourne & Riggs.

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

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

Sept. 9 – Isadore at Towanda with W. L. Riggs & wife to have teeth filled.

Sept. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Sept. 16 – W. L. Riggs decides to go to Philadelphia to see his brother who has to have his eye taken out, operation to be performed on next Saturday. Charge for same #110.00

Sept. 17 – Buy of C. J. Ellis, Towanda, Pa, full set Appletons Cyclopedia, 16 volums at 6.00 per vol., 1 index at 6.00 per vol. = 102.00 Pay 1 set ??? Cyclopedia at 10.00 on same and case 87.00 and receive discount of 5.00.

Sept. 18, 19, 20

Sept. 21 – All go to visit Uncle Samuel Riggs. I go to Williamsport to see in regard to lumber fer Sash & Blinds. Return to S. L. Riggs at 11 PM.

Sept. 22 – Return home, 4 Vols of Appletons Annual Cyclopedia left here to have one year to pay for same at 5.00 each. Vols fer 1876-7-8-9.

Sept. 23

Sept. 24 – Go to Wyalusing for lumber, buy 1 carload.

Sept. 25 – Visiting with Rev. D. Crow & wife and S. S. Webster 7 wife.

Sept. 26 – Take Rev. D. Crow & wife to Smithfield, preaching by D. Crow. Delber Riggs return home from Phila. Feeling well. His eye better.

Sept. 27 – Mrs. H. S. Kingsley buried.

Sept. 28, 29, 30

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

Oct. 15 – All at Towanda to see Uncle Tom’s Cabin played.

Oct. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

Oct 28 – Sell out my interest in Sash and Blind factory to W. L. Riggs fer $207. Receive note for same due in 2 years.

Oct 29, 30

Oct. 31 – Rev. J. L. King new preacher present.

Nov. 1

Nov. 2 – At Election, Presidential & Co. Republican nominees James A. Garfield and Chester Arthur, Democratic Maj. Gen. W. S. Hancock and Wm. H. English. Meet the School Board. Clarence & Ophelia moves up.

Nov. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Nov. 11 – All at the Riggs gathering at D. Bournes.

Nov. 12 – Work in mill. Hester stays with us tonight.

Nov. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Nov. 22 – The Republican Candidates Garfield & Aurther are elected as President & Vice President by a handsome majority.

Nov. 23 – At Leroy Stantons looking at lumber.

Nov. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

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

Dec. 8 – William McKean buried.

Dec. 9, 10, 11, 12

Dec. 13 – Mrs. Ora Forrest died.

Dec. 14 – Isadore & self at Troy with Clarence & Mrs. W. L. Riggs. Call at the Poor House. Mr. H. O. Burns & Miss Ella H. Lomax married.

Dec. 15 – Work in shop on desks. Mr. John L. Durfey & Miss Fannie L. Prince married.

Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Dec. 31 – Work on desks & post books. Have made during year - #500.00. Thermometer 18 below zero.

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