The following is a copy of the diaries that WILLIAM THOMAS SMITH made from 1884 through 1900. We dont know when Tom Smith and his parents came to Berthoud. Judging by an 1884 diary (the earliest we have found) they were here at that time, living together. He homesteaded the 160-acre farm Northeast of Berthoud, Colorado but we have no date of his first working the place. The 1884 diary starts with him visiting in Indiana from January 16 to February 21. He began to plow sod on April 7, but there is nothing to indicate that it was the first sod he had plowed. From the diaries it is not certain which house is mentioned in certain building stages, but it seems that houses were in a couple locations before a house was built at the present site on the farm. Nine children were born there and both parents died there. The farm is now owned and farmed by a son, Herbert Smith.
1884 16 JAN Went to Logonsport and returned 25 Went to Logansport, bought harness and expressed it to Roann 10 Feb Went to Roann to church, then to W H Blacks 19 Left Roann for home, 1 ticket $40.15. Stopped at Peru overnight via Council Bluffs, Cheyanne to Berthoud, arrived Feb 21 7 Apr Plowed sod afternoon 17 Went to Berthoud after fruit trees 20 Went to Sunnyside to preaching 2 Jun Finished shingling and siding house 12 Worked on ditch from lake, finished 13th and began irrigating 16 Put box in dyke 24 Jul Put a foundation under house 9 Aug Shut water out of lake after some wheat and barley was cut 12-15 Cut wheat, oats, barley, millet 16-18 Hauled barley, wheat 19-26 Stacked barley, wheat, millet, oats 29 Began irrigating for wheat and finished Sep 4 8 Sep Started plowing for wheat and finished Sep 15 17 Finished leveling and started drilling wheat and finished the 20th 24 Sowed wheat he got from east 25 Looked for a machine to thresh 26-30 Threshed wheat, barley, oats 7 Oct Dug potatoes and irrigated wheat 30 Hauled in load of corn 31 Husked corn 20 Nov Worked on coal house 24 Took Mother to Risleys 1885 1 Jan Hauled Barley to Berthoud, T T Hill hauled one load 40 sacks 2 Hauled barley, James hauled with 2 teames, Hills team took 8 sacks 3 Went to Loveland in morning & to Longmont in afternoon. Mother fell in morning & broke her arm, stayed all night at T A Turners 4 Went to Isaac Runyans? & came home till noon, went to church at night 5 Salted straw stacks & cleaned out stables, Dr Cole came late in afternoon 6 Hauled 2 loads of maneur in morning & went to Berthoud in afternoon, sent off my brand to have it recorded cost $1.00 7 Went to Berthoud in morning settled with Joe Osborn $22, & with mahona & .. $11., Guy Johnson came in afternoon 8 Went to mountains after post & poles, got home after night 9 Drove young mare in morning & went to Bicharlas? afternoon. & got Curtices? post-Bar commenced on stable 10 Butchered one hog in morning & went to Berthoud afternoon 11 Went to Sunnyside to preaching 12 Bought 2 calves of W M Mann $10 each, brought them home and fetch in the old mare & colt & worked on stable afternoon, borrowed $50 of Amanda Smith 13 Boarded up the ends of stable 14 Went to Berthoud in morning & then to Loveland after timber 15 Sided up the stable, (let boar go to McIntyer) 16 Went to Phill Stewarts in morning & covered stable & put in mangers (20 below zero) 17 Hauled one llb of water & went to Berthoud 18 At home all day 19 Went to Sam Pya? in morning to look at some calves then to McLothlans & then home, got branding iron 20 In morning went to B B Torbes? & then started to Clarks & turned back, bought 12 bushels of seed wheat at 60 cts a bu $7.20 & went to Berthoud 21 Helped Phill Stewart shell corn till noon & worked around home afternoon 22 Berry Forbess & I shelled corn till noon & C B miller shelled afternoon & fetched one load home, paid for shelling $3.00 23 Helped L D Allen to shell corn all day 24 Helped L D Allen to shell corn, Lou Woodberry came 25 Stayed at home, Him Lee came afternoon 26 Hauled some shueks? & some corn from BB Forbess in moring & went to Erie afternoon for coal 27 Fetched load of coal from Erie, got home at night paid $2.00 28 Went to Berry Forbesses in morning & took a Load of corn & barley to Berthoud afternoon to get choped 29 Went to Longmont 30 Went to Berthoud after chop feed 31 Drove cate in forenoon and went to con? Clarkes after seed wheat afternoon 1 Feb At home till noon & went to Sunday School afternoon 2 Went to Loveland to ditch meeting 3 Went to mountains after lumber & got 322 feet & some slabs 4 Came home from mountains 5 Nailed roof on stable & branded calves & colts 6 Went to Berthoud in morning & plowed some in afternoon, De France came up 7 Plowed some with young mare 8 At home all day, Peter Frantz? & wife came over & C R Skimer & wife came 9 Calf died in the evening 10 Hauled dead calf away in morning & made feed box afternoon 11 Went to Tom Barrs 12 Piled out 3 loads of slabs & got one load of strips & boards 13 Came from the mountains with strips & boards 14 Took harrow to Berthoud to get one sec ironed & 40 teeth sharpened 15 Birthday, at home 16 Hauled manure, 6 loads & shucked corn afternoon 17 Worked on stable in morning & went to Berthoud afternoon & got my harrow 18 Painted harrow in morning & went to Berthoud afternoon & to Loveland at night 19 Hauled 6 loads of manure & 1 barrel of water 20 Went to Hughes & Lees in morning & to B Forbess? after shucks & hauled maneur afternoon, bought a calf of Lee for $10. 21 Went to Berthoud in morning & husked corn afternoon 22 Went to Sunnyside to preaching & sunday school 23 Worked on lake fence, set it back on the line 24 Stretched wire north of lake & one wire south of lake in forenoon & drug the wire away afternoon, heffer with the bull 25 Went to Berthoud in morning & vitrioled? wheat afternoon 26 Went to T P Barrs 27 Hauled out 2 loads of slabs & strips & got one load of wood 28 Come home with wood 1 Mar Drove to the widow Sewarts? in morning and evening 2 Went to Berthoud in morning and then to Loveland 3 Went to Longmont and then to Berthoud and home 4 Husked corn till noon and surveyed ditch and branded heifer and calf after noon 5 Built hen house in fore noon and went to Dr Millers after noon 6 Went to Berthoud with feed and then after wood. Bought a calf for $40.00 7 Went to Berthoud after chop? in fore noon and to Beasons after noon 8 Went to Lenarterly? meeting at Highland Lake and to Beasons for dinner 9 Made cavner? for harrow and plowed some in morning and leveled corn ground and harrowed in afternoon. Son? lost his pigs 10 Plowed till noon and harrowed after noon in corn ground 11 Plowed all day 12 Plowed 3 rounds and commenced raining. Plowed some after noon 13 Plowed all day 14 Plowed till noon. Leveled ground after noon and went to A Beesons after instrument. Paid $20.00 15 Went to Sunnyside to Sunday school 16 Drilled wheat 17 Finished drilling 13 1/2acres of wheat and plowed after noon 18 Plowed all day 19 Plowed and Harrowed 20 Plowed all day and harrowed till noon 21 Plowed some in fore noon and after noon 22 Went to Sunnyside to Preaching 23 Went to Bery Forbeese? in morning and to Allens. Got 2 points sharpened. Leveled top of nole? and plowed after noon 24 Leveled ground and drilled wheat 25 Plowed all day. Young sow hurt her back 26 Plowed for wheat in Barley ground 27 Went to Berthoud in morning and got names on road petition after noon 28 Went to Longmont. Borrowed $30. Bought clover and Timothy seed 29 Stayed at home 30 Plowed and harrowed 31 Plowed in millet ground. Went to see Richards 1 Apr Plowed all day 2 Plowed all day 3 Plowed. Went to T.T.? hills after plow point 4 Plowed all day 5 Went to Johnsons 6 Drilled wheat and clover seed 7 Drilled in morning and harrowed after noon 8 Harrowed in fore noon and harrowed garden after noon 9 Went to Berthoud fore noon and after scraper at Lus? after noon 10 Scraped some in handy ditch till noon and hauled post from around lake and took colts on creek after noon 11 Went to Loveland in morning and took the old mare on the creek after noon 12 Went to Sunnyside to Preaching and to Kirbys for dinner 13 Drove heiffer to Pullians in morning and drilled oats after noon 14 Finnished drilling oats and barley and harrowed oats once 15 Went to Longmont and bought shoes and socks and dindigs? 16 Surveyed ditches in winter wheat in fore noon and made thina? after noon 17 Went to Richards in fore noon and butchered one hog after noon 18 Cut up hog and made sausage till noon and took sausage grinder home and scraped on lake ditch after noon 19 At home till noon and went to Weavers after noon 20 Shoveled on ditch till noon and plowed on ditch in Broots? field after noon 21 Made division box for lake ditch. Killed 2 ducks 22 Went to Berthoud and after noon covered wagon shed 23 16 inches of snow fell. Went to Berthoud after noon and got some coal 24 Washed quilts till noon and oiled harness after noon 25 Washed quilts till noon and went to Berthoud after noon 26 Went to Sunnyside in morning and to F.H. Stewarts after noon 27 Went after J.T.? Stewarts corn sheller and shelled corn 28 Took corn and barley to Berthoud to have ground and stopped at Lees for dinner. Shelled some more corn 29 Shelled 300 lbs of seed corn for Ves Lee?. Killed one duck after noon 30 Went to Berthoud in morning after chop and plowed some after noon and dug some post holes. Heiffer with C 1 May Plowed for C.B. Miller 2 Plowed for C.B. Miller 3 Went to Sunnyside to Preaching. Y.W. Fesler? and wife came for dinner 4 Plowed for corn. Young heiffer with calf 5 Went to Berthoud after noon. Took 16 1/2 dox of eggs 6 Fixed fence in morning and worked grapevine after noon 7 Chored 8 Went to Berthoud in morning and hunted cattle after noon 9 Fixed fence till noon and went to Bunyans after noon 10 At Bunyans all day and night 11 Went to Longmont from Bunyans and from Yint? to Berthoud and home 12 Surveyed for David Weaver 13 Finished surveying for Weaver in morning and broke sod for H.D. Hughes after noon 14 Broke sod 15 Finished breaking sod till 8 oclock. Went to Berthoud after noon and after seed oats to drishes? on creek 16 Plowed all day. Young cow had calf 17 At home all day 18 Plowed all day and finished 19 Marked out corn ground and sowed oats and millet. Sold one side meat to B. Wygal? $1.98 20 Harrowed all day 21 Plowed garden till noon and went to Berthoud after noon. Insured house and horses, wagons and harnes $500 ? 22 Went to Greeley and returned in after noon with B.Y. Forbess 23 Hunted colts and calf, found all. At Lees 24 Went to Sunnyside to Sunday school and Preaching 25 Worked on ditch in Knotts field with team. T A 26 Worked on ditch with team till noon and put fence cross Handy after noon. Old sow had calf 27 Shoveled some on ditch in fore noon and planted some potatoes after noon on H.D. Hughes place 28 Surveyed in fore noon for A.A. Knott and hauled straw on dyke after noon 29 Plowed garden till noon and went to Berthoud after noon 30 Went to Longmont Dicoratifon ? dry 31 Went to Sunnyside. G.W. Tesler preached 1 Jun Commenced irrigating winter wheat 2 Irrigated 3 Irrigated 4 Irrigated 5 Irrigated 6 Finished irrigating winter wheat and also spring wheat with clover and took young mare to Mcleorres? and stayed at Runyans? all night 7 Went to Sunday school to church and to Runyans for dinner and thence home after noon 8 Went to Berthoud in morning and surveyed ditch for David Weaver 9 Cut grass in yard till noon and went to B.F. Forbesses?. Surveyed ditches in field 10 Plowed out ditches till noon and plowed in garden after noon. Will Runyan was hear for dinner 11 Surveyed for Wm Runyan and co. 12 Irrigated wheat 13 Went to Berthoud in morning and irrigated after noon 14 Went to Sunnyside to preaching and H mayes? and S Kirny? was baptized. Johnsons was hear for dinner 15 Irrigated 16 Took calves to H.D. Hughes and went to Berthoud. Irrigated. Hankins took dinner 17 Irrigated 18 Irrigated 19 Irrigated. Hankins took dinner 20 Finished irrigated barly oats A? in morning and rode down on creek after noon. Emma Lee came in after noon 21 Went to Sunnyside to preaching. Took Emma Lee home after noon 22 Put bridge over Strykers ditch and went to Berthoud after coal till noon and irrigated garden after noon 23 Made frame for flowers till noon and plowed ditches shut after noon 24 Went to Berthoud in morning after Mahans? folks. Harrowed corn after noon and took the folks to town 25 Surveyed ditches for fintons till noon and helped Jake Welty to rais horse after noon 26 Took cows on creek and got Puilians? Buul 27 Went to Longmont 28 Went to P.S. Frantys 29 Went to Hughes after some chickens in fore noon and put wire arround calf pasture after noon 30 Plowed garden 1 Jul Started to McLeories? and could not cross creek. Went to Longmont and home 2 Hoed in gardon 3 Hoed in garden 4 Went to Longmont and to McCories after mare and thence to church. Stayed at Hygiene all night. Mare took horse 5 Went to church and to Runyans for dinner and thence home 6 Irrigated clover and wheat 7 Looked after mare and colts and went to Berthoud. Courrier and wife and Mary Shoemaker came in morning 8 Went to Berthoud. Pullian came after bull 9 Commenced to irriagte late oats 10 Irrigated oats 11 Finished irrigating oats and went to Berthoud after noon. Bought one 6 galon jar 12 Went to sunnyside, Harry preached 13 Set up reaper 14 Went to Loveland in morning and took Ida Shilenbergar? to Ullerys. Irrigated garden 15 Repaired reaper and went after some millet to Jake Weltys 16 Look after yearling. Went to Berthoud. Had young mare shoed in front (.50cts) 17 Chopped weeds in corn 18 Went toLongmont after repairs for reaper 19 Went to Berthoud in morning and to Sunnyside. Tesler preached. Winger came for dinner 20 Cut wheat. Jake commenced at 9 oclock and quit at 5. 3/4 day 21 Cut wheat. Jake worke a full day 22 Cut wheat. Jake all day 23 Cut wheat till noon and went to Berthoud after noon and to Urays?. Grant died at 8:30AM. Jake till noon 24 Plowed ditches full till noon and cut wheat on ditch bank after noon 25 Sowed turnip seeds and went to Bill Finches 26 Went to Ullerys 27 Fined? to stack wheat till noon and stacked 2 loads after noon. Jake commenced at 3 oclock 28 Stacked all day. Jake helped with horse 29 Stacked wheat till 4 oclock. Jake helped with horse 30 Stacked wheat all day. Jake and horse 31 Stacked wheat finished after supper. Jake and horse 1 Aug Went to Berthoud and to Pullians till noon and went on the creek after noon 2 Went to Sunday school at Sunnyside to preaching 3 Took cows on creek and went to Berthoud. Young cow and her calf with calf 4 Cut oats till noon and some wheat after noon 5 Went to B.J. Forbess and got 600ft of lumber and hauled some manure 6 Hauled manure till noon and cut wheat after noon 7 Cut wheat for Jake Welty. He furnished one horse 2/3 day 8 Cut wheat for Jake Welty till noon and for me after noon. Horse all day and he 1/2 day 9 Went to Sunnyside. Prestons and Harry was hear for dinner 10 Cut wheatr and 2 rounds of barley. Jake and horse all day 11 Finished cutting barley and finished cutting wheat. Went to Berthoud after twine. Jake and horse 12 Cut oats and millet till 5 and cut wheat for Jake Welty after supper. Put in bridge for Knott. Jake 2/3 and horse all day 13 Cut wheat for Jake Welty till noon and stacked wheat for me after noon. Jake 1/2 and horse all day 14 Stacked wheat for me till 10 oclock and cut wheat for Jake after noon. Jake 1/2 and horse all day 15 Cut wheat for Jake all day. Horse all day 16 Went to Sunnyside. Fesler preached in morning and Wanock? at night 17 Cut wheat for Jake Welty 18 Cut wheat for Jake till noon and stacked for him after noon with team 19 Stacked for Jake with team all day 20 Stacked for Jake till 9 oclock and stacked for me till 5 oclock 21 Raked fall wheat stubble till noon and went to Loveland after noon 22 Raked wheat till noon and stacked after noon. Jake helped 23 Went to Sunnyside and to Berthoud after noon 24 Finished stacking wheat at night. Jake all day 25 Went to Berthoud and then to Loveland 26 Raked stubble till noon and cut millet after noon. Jake helped 1/2 day 27 Went to Pullians after calf and did not find him. Jake raked stubble after noon till supper 28 Cut millet and raked stubble till noon and stacked wheat for Jake after noon 29 Stacked for Jake all day 30 Went to Wnigers?. Alf Osborns house burned 31 Stacked oats for me till 3 oclock and stacked wheat for Jake till night 1 AUG Went to Berthoud and stacked for Jake after noon 2 Cut oats for Jake till 3 oclock and stacked wheat till night 3 Stacked wheat for Jake all day and finished 4 Hauled one load of rakings and went to Berthoud till noon. Plowed out ditches and helped haul rakings. Jake worked 2/3 day with hors 5 Irrigated all day 6 Went to H D Hughes 7 Put yoke on heifer and went ot Berthoud till noon and irrigated after noon 8 Irrigated 9 Finished irrigating stubble 10 Helped Jake to stock millet till noon with ? horse and cut oats for him after noon 11 Cut oats for Jake till noon and went to Pulliamsafter calf and wheat 12 Went to S Wilsons in morning and also in evening and fetched the heifer home. Vitrioled wheat and sowed till noon and plowed some after noon 13 Went to Sunnyside to sunday school. Griff and Rosa Zweck and Ella Turner came 14 Went to Tom Barrs after poles and post and cut them all but 8 15 Came from Mountains 16 Cut oats for Jake till 10 oclock ? horse and plowed after noon. Old cow with Bill 17 Worked on granery. C B Miller plowed 18 Cut oats till noon and went to Berthoud after coal. Jake helped from 8 oclock till noon with horse.C B M plowed 19 Went to Longmont and to cornunion meeting. Went to town at night 20 Went to church and to Runyans for dinner 21 4 baptized. Went to district meet and to town and home 22 Went to B T Forbesses after lumber and worked on granery. Red cow with bull 23 Worked on granrie and went to Berthoud 24 Worked on granery and went to Berthoud after sacks to thresh pyec? Machine came at night. Sam Wilson plowed after noon 25 Thrached 124 of defiance off of 7 3/4 acres. Sam Wilson plowed nearly all day 26 Finished threshing wheat and oats till noon and went to Berthoud after noon. Had my grain insured 27 Went to St Vrain church and to Hygiene for dinner 28 Plowed and cut corn and went to Berthoud after flour 29 Hauled 2 loads of oats 30 Went to Loveland in fory noon and cut corn after noon 1 Oct Cut corn till noon and hunted for yearling after noon 2 Plowed all day 3 Worked roads 4 Went to Hughes? after noon. Teacher commenced to board 5 Hauled wheat for Sam Wilson 6 Hauled wheat for Sam Wilson and paid Pulliam for seed wheat and calf pasture 7 Stacked oats till noon, Hill furnished one hand and I worked for Hill after noon 8 Irrigated till noon and worked for T T Hill after noon 9 Stacked corn fodder till noon and millet after noon, 3/4 day, Jake helped. I helped Jake with team 1/4 day 10 Went to Longmont and had some picture taken. Went to church after noon and to J R Masons at night 11 Went to church and to Rynyans for dinner and then home 12 Helped Jake to thresh with team and took one load to Berthoud 13 Took one load to Beathoud till noon and plowed oats ground after noon 14 Plowed all day. Jake plowed with team 15 Sowed wheat and harrowed 16 Irrigated timothy till noon and hunted heifer and colts after noon 17 Went to Berthoud in morning 18 Went to Sunnyside. no preaching or Sunday school 19 Plowed millet ground. Fesders? came to hunt 20 Plowed till noon and hauled oats for Fintons after noon $1.50 21 Went to TP Barrs after slabs. Got horses shod in front 22 Came from mountains 23 Plowed till noon and went to Hughes after potatoes 24 Went to Longmont. Took wheat and got flour sacks 25 Went to Sunnyside, no preaching 26 Run colts in pasture and plowed 27 Plowed 28 Plowed 29 Went to Erie after coal, got 2800lbs $3.50 30 Came from Erie with coal 31 Went to Berthoud after noon. Emma Lee came home with me 1 Nov At home all day. Sam Caywood came after noon 2 Hunted calf hr? morning and put roof on coal house after noon 3 Filled sacks with wheat in morning and went to Berthoud after noon 4 Went to Longmont and took wheat and got flour and coal 5 At home, snowed all day 6 Went to Berthoud in morning. Got plow points. Nat came from Oregon 7 Went to Longmont and to church and to T A Turners at night 8 At church and went to Turners for dinner 9 Hauled 2 loads of wheat to Berthoud. One scaled 57 and the other 55 lbs 10 Hauled one load of wheat to Berthoud and hauled some coal for Makan and Rowen 11 Hauled 17 sacks of wheat to Berthoud till noon. Settled with Jake Welty 12 Settled with Sam Wilson, he owes me $4.75. Paid Sam Rye $53.40. Worked on hen house 13 Helped T T Hill to thresh 14 Went to Berthoud in morning and settled with W L Finton $10.00. Went to C R Skinners 15 Went to Sunnyside to preaching. Fisler Preached. Newton Glick and Peter Frantz for dinner 16 Went to Hygine to the sale 17 Went to T P Bars after slabs 18 Fetched load of slabs 19 Went to T P Barrs and loaded up with alabs and slats and 14 post and 1 pole 20 Came from mountians 21 Husked corn and worked on hen house 22 Went to Sunnyside . Harry preached in forenoon and Vananchen? at night 23 Went to Longmont and to Sunnyside at night 24 Went to T P Bars after wood and got one pole 25 Came from Bars with wood 26 Fixed coal house wall 27 Finished hen house 28 Went to longmont, got buggie paint 29 Went to Sunnyside to W B Quarterly meeting 30 Went to Barrs after wood 1 Dec Fetched wood from Barrs and hauled 1 deer for fisher to Berthoud 2 Set post around coral 3 Washed buggie and painted sliegh 4 Painted buggie 5 Went to Loveland till noon and plowed for dike after noon 6 Went to Sunnyside, Harry? preached 7 Plowed at lake till noon 8 Scraped on dike 9 Scraped on dike 10 Scraped on dike 11 Scraped on dike till 12 Went to Longmont and to church. Forney? preached. House burned in town. Went to Leedys. Got $20.00 of Mahan and Rowen 13 Went to church and Bunyans 14 Came home, stoped in Longmont 15 Scraped on dyke 16 Scraped on dyke 17 Scraped on dyke till noon and took some wheat to Berthoud after noon but could not sell it and I left it at P Turners over night 18 Took some wheat to Longmont. Got 70 cts 19 Went to Longmont and to church at night and to Frank Bashors at night. Young heiffer had calf 20 Went to Sunnyside, Fesler preached 21 Scraped on dyke. Went to Berthoud at night to preaching. T A Turner came home with me 22 Went to Berthoud till noon and worked in shed after noon 23 Went to Stewarts and Prestons and Allens and fixed fence after noon 24 Went to C B Millers and to Berthoud at night 25 Went to Ullerys? and took John Forney to Longmont 26 Hauled manure till noon and butchered one hog after noon 27 Went to St Vrain church and to Runyans for dinner and stayed at McLeorys all night 28 Went to Longmont and thence mome 29 Hauled manure 30 Went to Emersons coal bank and back to P S Frantzs till night 31 Got home till noon and made feed boxer after noon Other entries in back of diary... Loaned to W H SMith Nov 17 1885 $17.00 I worked for Jake 5 1/2 days, one horse for Jake 7 1/2 days Jake worked for me 17 1/2 days, one horse for me 15 2/3 days. Diference in favor of Jake 11 3/4 days and horse 8 3/4 days Owe to W H Smith on plow $12 Let Jake Welty have 1235 lbs of barley for twice the amount of corn 1886 3 Jan Amanda took Mary Willimson to Uringers school house, Pa came from mountains 6 Got corn from S Wilson for 65cts per cwt 7 23deg below zero 8 Sold I N Stewart 50 bu of wheat at 70 cts a bushel 9 Pd $13.75 in Greeley for taxes: $10 for last 1885 assessment on 4 shares of ditch stock 2 Feb Went to Berthoud on horseback in morning, drove in sleigh to Loveland in PM 6 Went to Longmont and had lake and ditch chartered 9 Went to Boulder with hog and butter-hog at 3 1/2cts per lb; butter 20cts. Stayed all night at V W McCorys 10 On way home got sack of sugar (100lbs) at Berthoud for $8.75 13 Mar Sowed blue grass seed in pasture 16 Plowed sod 19 Cost 5cts per 100lbs to get seed wheat screened in Berthoud 29 May Home supply dyke broke 26 July Went to Berthoud and bought lots. Nov 6 paid Peter Turner for 2 lots 21 Aug Started cistern; finished walling and put in bottom Nov 24. Cemented 25th, washed Dec 6th and 7th 5 Nov Hauled two loads of wheat to Berthoud at 95cts per hundred weight-$22.65? 22 Bought 4 tons of hay from B F Forbes for $5 per ton 13 Dec Bought champion mower with Jake Welty-$16.25 each 1887 18 Jan Worked at cistern platform; laid a wall to cistern Feb 21 25 Sold oats at $1.00 per cwt 16 Feb Sold wheat at $1.00 per cwt 12 Apr Got a setting of turkey eggs from Mrs. Lee 23 Set out some fruit trees 30 Stuck cottonwoods in Handy ditch 4 May Pumped water out of cistern and filled it at night 12 Potatoes to george Mason-88lbs for $1.32 19 Rented 6 shares of Handy Ditch Stock at $5.00 per share 20 Worked out road tax 12 Jun Went to Lakeview school to church 16 Sold 6 calves for $88.00 20 Bought 2 colts for $70.00 and traded 2 mares for top buggy 21 Sold 1 calf for $10 to Jake 29 Mother went to Hendershatts? 12 Jul Boght 1 set harness for $28.00 12 Aug Matt Barr and family arrived at Berthoud 6 Oct Cleaned cistern and filled it; white washed house 23 Went to Mrs George Wilsons funeral 8 Nov Clerked at election for $2.50 21 Lers? Crow funeral 8 Dec 20 sacks of wheat to Longmont at $1.40 per cwt 1888 6,7 Jan 14degress below zero 10 Received back on taxes $13.20 13 Blizzard began to blow from NE 14-18 18 below 0 15 33 below 16 14 below 3 Feb Went to Lyceum at Sunnyside; 264 feet of flume broke down over dry creek 6 Attended Ditch meeting; pd $4.00 as 1/3 int on assessment of ditch stock 16 Bought set single harness for $10.00; spool of wire and staples $5.70; 15yds calica at 7cts per yd, $1.05 18 Hauled 2 loads of stone to headgate 22 Burned 2 straw stacks 20 Mar Filled cistern 30 Plowed with 3 horses for first time 11 Apr Pa and Mothers 50th wedding anniversary: 65 persons present 19 Plowed with Sulky till 3 oclock and horses ran away and broke plow: set out strawberries 24 sold John Lee Sulky plow for $8.00; set out fruit trees 8 May Some frost 18 Went to Greeley with H F Stewart and B F Forbess to make proof of my claim 19 Make proof of claim and took stage to LaSalle for the east. Left Lasalle at 10:10AM. Left Julesburg at 4PM 20 Arrived at C. Bluffs at 8:30AM. Left at 9AM 22 Arrived at North Manchester 2:30AM and went to Roann (IND) overnight (Apparently went there for a church meeting); visted around Roann, Logansport, Peru, etc, for 5 weeks 1 Aug Left Logansport for Virginia; arrived at Huntington at dark next day and at Roanoke Late the next day. Visited in Virginia until Oct 23. Went to see these people: Norman Kesler; Anthony Kesler; Oty Wrays; Woodfin? Kesler; Ezra Ray; Dave Peters; Robert Bush; Aunt Judy Showalter; Abram Barnhart; Johnathan Peters; Harvey Peters; Samuel Peters; Flory; Mrs Adkins; Riley Frontz; James Montgomery; Stephen Boon; Stover girls; George Barnhart; Tuck Perdue; Jube Doren; Seth Kesler; Tas Abshir; Aunt Matilda Powell; Aunt Rachel Overfelt; George Johnson; Wm R Johnson; Otes Wright; Wm Luray; Josephine Meadow; Cousin Thomas Smith; Aly Wright; Thomas Richardson; Irwin Wray; Joe Wray; Thomas Taylor, Ote Kesler, George H Boon, Mrs Marth Boon. (Stirred a lot of Apple butter!) 23 Oct Left Roanoke Va and arrived at Logansport, Ind Oct 25 26 Bought set of harness for $32.00 27 Bought suit of clothes and hat for $22.25 29 Packed barrel of fruit to send home by express. Left Logansport for home. Ticket cost $32.15. 31 Stopped at Gardon City, Kansas overnight with brother N H Smith 2 Nov Arrived in Denver and on to Berthoud (ticket $2.10). Express on fruit $12.25 16 Went to Berthoud, got 14yds calico for $1.14 26 Went to Loveland to Mary Ann Lake ditch meeting. Bargained for 3 shares of ditch stock of Frank Goodwin 8 Dec Gave $180.00 note to H B Harter for 3 shares of ditch stock 12 Bought sack of flour for $3.00 (100lbs) 19 Sold calf for 6cts a pound $6.00 1889 1 Jan Came from mountains with load of wood. Sun in eclipse 4P.M. 2 Moulded butter till noon, shucked corn after noon 3 Drove to Greeley and paid my Tax for 1888 $6.65. Took Petition for road 4 Went to Berthoud in Buggie. Pa went to mountains and took 10 lbs of butter to Berthoud. Richard Wilson came in evening and stayed over night 5 Went to S. Wilsons and to Berthoud 7 Went to Berthoud in morning. Chored after noon. Mother went to Matt Barrs in morning 8 Butchered one hog. Chored. Went by Matt Barr for salt 9 Shucked some corn & C & C 10 Drove to Longmont 11 Helped to wash till noon. Husked some corn after noon 12 Went to S. Wilsons and to Berthoud till noon. Husked corn and chored 13 J. R. Ullery and wife came on visit 14 Went to Berthoud in morning 15 Husked some corn 16 Went to Berthoud and took 8 lbs of butter. Husked some corn after noon. Fly lost colt in morning 17 Took coyote chase. Jake Welty and John Stryker returned from Iowa 18 Hauled 2 loads of straw in morning. Drove to Berthoud after noon 19 Husked corn till noon and drove to Berthoud after noon. Took 7 doz eggs at 20cts per doz $1.40 20 Wrote a letter to VA 21 Went to Berthoud and sent for Vitalizer. Went to Strykers at night 22 Went to lake where Ben and Sherman Hicks were cutting ice 23 Went to Berthoud in morning and worked at headgate some in afternoon 24 Drove to Berthoud till noon and went to S. Wilsons after noon. (he not at home) Went to Jake Weltys at night, Jake got his back hurt with corn. Wrote letter to W.T. Smith (Wyatt) 25 Went to see how Jake was in morning early and chored 26 Drove to Berthoud till noon in buggie. Made brake blocks after noon for wagon 28 Went to S. Wilsons in morning. Set one post at lake in afternoon. Mrs Lee and Emma paid us a visit 29 Went to Berthoud in morning. Helped George Lee to kill one hog in afternoon 30 Helped to wash till noon. Fixed some fence at lake after noon. Scraped some dirt in lake ditch 31 Hauled one load of ice for S. Wilson till noon 1 Feb Rode to Berthoud and home till noon. Husked some corn after noon. Hughs and Weidman Law Suit 2 Hauled 2 small loads of straw till noon. Drove to Berthoud after noon and got box Vitalizer 3 Drove to Berthoud to preaching in fore noon and to Sunnyside in afternoon 4 George Lee and Matt Barr came 5 Went to Berthoud till noon, Joseph Weidsman came after noon 6 Went to Berthoud after noon and got some flour and graham 7 Drove corn to Berthoud and received cash $10.00 weight 1134 Went to S. Wilsons afternoon and to Strykers. Wrote letter to Da? Smith & to Hotchkiss, Rose Zweck came and got medicine for Mrs Knott $1.25 8 Went to S. Wilsons in morning and to Berthoud. Mrs Hughs and Mrs Skinner and Mrs Stewart and Mrs Preston came 9 Went to Berthoud after noon and paid for flour which I bought on the 6th $3.15 10 Uncle Larkin came for dinner and Griffin stayed overnight 11 Went to Loveland in morning and got road viewer notices and posted them. Moved some corn in granery after noon 12 Went to S. Wilson in morning and Berthoud after noon 13 Went to Hans Petersons in morning and traded horses and harrowed some after noon. Picked up some cuckle-burrs 14 Drove to Berthoud in morning and plowed some in afternoon. A.H. De France came and made arrangements concerning lake and road. Got 100 bushels of wheat for 4 acres of ground 16 Walked to Berthoud. Martindale paid me in full for cow. Sent Patson and Shoesker bal on account. Sent deed to De France for 4 acres of land in lake on N E corner 19 Two viewers came. Stryker and Hughes took dinner 20 Went to Berthoud 2 times. Took some corn and had it ground for meal 21 Went to Longmont and got some coal $3.05. Got a stick of hard wood 50cts 22 Done some work in stable till noon. Patched some sacks after noon and wrote W.H. Smith letter 23 Went to Berthoud with Fred Bein. Received my boots from VA 24 M W Barr and family came. Wrote letter to C 25 Hauled some straw to stable till noon and hauled 10 sacks of wheat to Berthoud after noon from A.H. De Frances 26 Hauled 2 loads of wheat to Berthoud 27 Drove to Quincey Williamsons and got 10 sacks of Blounts no. 10 wheat at $1.15 per bushel. Fetched chop home 28 Drove to Berthoud and got my 10 sacks of seed wheat till noon an plowed after noon. Got 50cts worth of vitriol 1 Mar Harrowed nearly all day 2 Finished harrowing below lake ditch and cultivated some across E end of potatoe patch 3 Wrote letter to Thos. Abshire 4 Drove to Longmont and had 2 points pointed and sharpened and got 2 bits 5 Got C.E. Carpenters drill and commenced to drill about 11 oclock. May Preston got bottle of medicine 6 Drilled wheat all day. Mrs Stryker for dinner 7 Drilled wheat all day and finished below lake ditch 23 3/4 acres, Kate and Bertie Johnson came at night 8 Drove to C.E. Carpenters and got 20 bushels of wheat at $1.10 per bushel. Harrowed after noon 9 Drilled 8 1/4 acres wheat and hauled in some straw for bedding 10 Drove to St Vrain to church and to Keslers for dinner and to Peter Turners for supper 11 Harrowed wheat in potatoe ground and for wheat next to pasture 12 Drove to Berthoud after vitriol and after noon cultivated corn ground 13 Cultivated till noon and drilled after noon 14 Finished drilling fallow ground till 3oclock when it commenced to rain, 11 3/4 acres, 43 3/4 acres 15 Took drill home in morning and harrowed the rest of the day with 2 till noon and 3 after noon 16 Finnished harrowing till noon and went to Berthoud after noon 17 Some water run out of lake. Wrote letter to C 18 Plowed and harrowed 19 Went to Berthoud till noon and got some seed wheat harrowed after noon 20 Harrowed till noon and went to J.B. Bashors after noon 21 Went to Prestons in morning and then to Berthoud 22 Went to S. Wilsons in morning and to Berthoud after noon Paid Enoch Williamson balance on seed wheat $12.50 23 Went to Berthoud till noon and took alfalfa seed to Berry Forbess and then to Loveland. Samuel Wilson gave me note and Chattle mortage on 110 acres of wheat and 3 head of steers and one hores 24 Went to Sunyside after noon 25 Drove to Longmont and borrowed $4.00 of D. Mahany? to Oct 1st, 89 at 15% for S. Wilson 26 Rode to Berthoud till noon and plowed some after noon 27 Plowed with three horses 28 Took 2 points to Uncle L. (Larkin) to have sharpened. Plowed some after noon 29 Plowed till noon and butchered 2 hogs till 3 oclock and plowed some till night. R. B. Forbess bought one hog 165# 30 Plowed all day. Received a pair of boots from Amanda 31 Went to Sunnyside in morning. Fesler preached. Drove to Ullerys after noon 1 April Plowed. Let Grif have check for $35.00 2 Plowed all day. T.P. Barr came at night 3 Plowed till noon and took plow shares and had them sharpened 4 Plowed all day 5 Plowed all day 6 Drove to Longmont and then to church and went to see Mrs Leedy and went to Bunyans to stay over night 7 Drove to church and took dinner with Ben Miller and drove to the "Home" to social meeting and stay overnight 8 Returned home till ten oclock and plowed some after noon. Filled cistern 9 Plowed all day. Raked weeds out of ditch at noon 10 Plowed all day. Shoveled in the lake ditch some at noon, Set (looks like picture of bird) 11 Went to Berthoud in morning and finished plowing for wheat in afternoon and harrowed some till night. Had one share sharpened 12 Finished harrowing till night 13 Drove to Berthoud till noon and got Jakes drill after noon and drilled till night 14 At home all day. Uncle Larken and Ben Hicks and Chal Wray was here 15 Drilled wheat all day 16 Finished drilling wheat till 3 oclock 21 3/4 and harrowed till night 17 Finished harrowing till 3 oclock and fixed fence at De France lake 18 Drove to Berthoud in morning and plowed lake ditch and garden and harrowed some in orchard after noon 19 Went to mountains with Pa and came back to Tom Barrs and stayed over night 20 Came from mountains and Topsy got sick. Stoped at Challs for dinner 21 Went to Berthoud to preaching, Bishop Weaver preached. Came to Newells for dinner and then went to Baptiziing 22 Went to Berthoud with S. Wilson till noon and cleaned out lake ditch after noon 23 Shoveled on dyke in field till noon 24 Shoveled on dyke till 10 oclock and turned water on garden and irrigated fruit trees 25 Finished irrigating garden till 8 oclock and drove to Berthoud till noon and white washed kitchen after noon. Kate droped colt at night 26 Cleaned out ditch through lake till noon and irrigated some alfalfa after noon 27 Irrigated alfalfa till noon. Drove to Berthoud after noon 28 Went to preaching at Sunnyside. Fesler and wife came for dinner. Went to Mulls after noon 29 Went to and cleaned out headgate and ditch. Let Jake have some potatoes for lime. Went to H.F. Stewarts after noon James Lee's wife died at 12 1/2 in the morning 30 Went to H.F. Stewarts and got his corn sheller. Shelled corn till 4 oclock and took sheller home 1 May Went to Jim Lees and to Berthoud. Sold H.W. Barr 280# of potatoes $1.40 2 Sacked some corn and worked around fruit trees 3 Drove to Berthoud with some corn and had it choped 90cts, Went to Strykers and got setting of eggs and set hen 4 Rode Kate to Berthoud in forenoon and washed buggie after noon 5 Visited P.S. Frantzer? 6 Worked the road at Newells. Pa come from mountains 7 Fenced off some pasture at stable and sacked up one sack of potatoes till noon and shoveled on ditch in Knotts after noon 8 Helped Pa and Edda Peterson drive cattle as far as on Bald mountain 9 Surveyed ditches for Frank Dodge and Pete Anderson, paid $2.50 11 Shoveled with Jake on ditch in Knotts field 12 Drove to John Nelsons. They not at home. Came back as far as Dave Whites and stayed till afternoon 13 Went to Berthoud with some potatoes for J.A. Bowen. Mother went to C. Wrays also. Jake came and sacked some potatoes after noon 14 Sacked potatoes till noon and went to Berthoud after noon. Posted notices on road. Got sack of alfalfa seed of J.B. Bashor 15 Cultivated timothy and plowed garden 16 Got Jakes drill and drilled alfalfa seed till noon and harrowed it after noon 17 Shoveled on ditch in Knotts field till noon and planted some garden after noon. Paid Jake $12.50 as balance of $50.00 for ditch through Knotts field 18 Sprouted potatoes for Jake in morning and went to Berthoud after noon 19 Went to Sunnyside, Fesler preached. Uncle Larkin and P.S. Frances and M.W. Barr came with us 20 Rode Kate to Berthoud till noon. Sorted potatoes after noon. James Lee came and got some potatoes 200#-.90cts. Got some cabbage plants of Mary Barr and set them out in evening 21 Went to P.S. Frantzes? and got some rose seedling potatoes, Mother went to Hendershotts 22 Cleaned out cellar till noon and ground ax after noon. Mrs Frank Dodge came and got some potatoes 23 Drove to Berthoud till noon and surveyed ditches after noon. John Stryker carried staff for .50cts 24 Plowed and A'd out ditches till noon and with road viewers after noon 25 Shoveled with Jake on ditch till noon and went to Berthoud after noon 26 Went to Church on St Vrain and to T.A. Turners for dinner and to Pella Sunday school after noon, thence home 27 Cleaned out ditches with team till noon and shoveled some after noon 28 Plowed orchard in morning and shoveled on ditches after noon 29 Surveyed ditches for Jacob Welty till noon and cut some potatoes and went to S. Wilsons after noon 30 Drove to Longmont and home till noon and commenced to irrigate after noon 31 Irrigated all day 1 June Went to Berthoud till noon and irrigated after noon 2 Went to Sunnyside in morning and Armstrong's school house after noon and stoped at Ullerys 3 Irrigated. Pa came from mountains with Sam Monroe and wife 4 Irrigated below lake ditch 5 Irrigated below lake ditch. Pa went back to mountains 6 Finished irrigating early wheat below lake ditch 7 Planted some potatoes in morning. Sold J.C. Shull 170# for 85cts. Commenced to irrigate late wheat at noon 8 Irrigated some 9 At home all day 10 Went to Berthoud till noon and commenced to irrigate again after noon 11 Irrigated till noon and surviyed 3 ditches for Sant Hull and irrigated the balance of the day 12 Irrigated all day. Mrs Lee came on visit. pd .50cts 13 Finished irrigating wheat 14 Drove to Longmont and bought file and 1 1/2 gal machine oil etc 15 Made water wheel for to turn grinding stone 16 At home all day, A Mr Shay and wife, and wife's father and mother Shafers came on visit. Uncle Larkin stayed overnight. Wrote to C 17 Went to Berthoud till noon and to S. Wilsons after noon and hoed some in garden after noon 18 Hoed in garden and cut 2 swaths of hay with mower. Pa came from mountains 19 Mowed yard till noon and plowed ditches shut after noon 20 Irrigated alfalfa in timothy patch 21 Finished irrigating alfalfa in morning and went to Berthoud after noon 22 Went to Longmont and to F.A. Turners over night 23 Went to church and to Ben Millers for dinner thence home 24 Cut alfalfa till noon and went to Berthoud after noon and bought Royal hay rake for $39.50. Pa went to mountans 25 Raked and shocked some hay 26 Finished raking hay till noon and shocked after noon. M.W. Barr worked till 5 oclock 27 Hauled in hay. M.W. Barr commenced at 8 oclock and worked till night 28 Stacked one load of hay and washed buggie till noon. Hoed some in garden and caught 3 fish after noon 29 Irrigated alfalfa till 3 oclock and went to Berthoud 30 Went to Sunnyside, Fesler preached. G.W. Keirnes and lady gave us a call after noon 1 July Finished irrigating alfalfa till 6 oclock and tried to hive some bees 2 Went to Cronks till noon. Bred K and chored after noon 3 Helped M.W. Barr stack hay all day 4 Helped M.W. Barr stack hay till noon 5 Irrigated and plowed garden after I came from Berthoud, Shafter and wife came after noon. Bred "D" 6 Went to John Lees and got spring wagon. Drove to church meeting. Took dinner at Hipners? and went to Bunyan overnight 7 Went to church and S.S., J.B. Bashor preached. Drove to John Barnhart for dinner thence home 8 Hoed some in garden till noon and took Shafers home after noon 9 Planted out beets and chored till noon. Shut off water at night at ditch 10 Drove to Loveland and thence to Berthoud till noon. Cut down weeds along lake ditch after noon 11 Mowed some weeds in fore noon. Uncle Larken and cousin Mary Lacy? came at 10 oclock and stayed over night 12 Drove to Loveland thence Berthoud and had Topsy shod in front 13 Mowed some weeds in field and yard 14 At home till noon and went to Ullerys after noon and stopped at John Lees awhile 15 Hoed potatoes till noon and cut wild oats out of wheat after noon 16 Cut wild oats out of wheat till noon and went to Berthoud after noon and got wagon reach 17 Cut wild oats out of wheat in morning and mowed some weeds in orchard after supper 18 Went to Wilsons and plowed garden in morning and cut some wild oats after noon after the rain. Bred Topsy 19 Mowed timothey patch 20 Cut some wild oats till noon and went to Berthoud after noon and got some twine 21 At home till noon, went to Joseph Bashors after noon 22 Raked hay and chored till noon & hauled in hay after noon 23 Got S. Wilsons harvester and commenced to cut wheat 24 Shocked wheat till noon and cut some after noon 25 Shocked wheat till noon and went to Berthoud after noon, James Craven came to help harvest 26 Cut wheat. James Craven commenced work 27 Cut wheat 28 Went to Sunnyside. Fesler preached. Knoll and family and Shafers came for dinner 29 Went to Berthoud two times and cut some wheat. Smokey 30 Cut wheat all day 31 Cut wheat till noon and fixed machine. Flour 2.50 1 Aug Finished cutting early wheat till 5 oclock, 50 lbs twine 9.00 2 Commenced to stack wheat and went to Berthoud after supper. J.D. Wray arrived from Ind 3 Stacked wheat till noon. Settled with Jim Craven $8.75 4 At home till after noon and went to Berthoud and Sunnyside after noon 5 Stacked wheat. J.D. Wray commenced work 6 Stacked wheat till noon and cut wheat after noon 7 Finished cutting wheat at 5 oclock 8 Shocked some wheat and went to Berthoud 9 Mowed some wheat and waited on Joe Wray. Dr Liggitt came in afternoon to see Joe Wray 10 Went to Berthoud for Medicine. Dr Liggitt came after noon 11 At home all day waiting on Joe Wray 12 Went to Berthoud early in moring and to Loveland late in evening for Dr Southerland. Joe got worse at 3 PM, up all night, Dr Liggitt came at 5:30 PM 13 Waiting on Joe Wray. Slept some at noon. Dr Liggitt came at 9:50 AM and in evening. Pa came from mountains 14 Dr Liggitt came 2 times. Went to Berthoud and got some oil for lamp and some lemons 15 Dr Liggitt came one time 16 Wrote card to Oaty Wray. Dr Liggitt came at noon 17 Finished shocking wheat in morning and went to Berthoud after noon. Dr Liggitt came after noon 18 Waited on J D Wray. Dr Liggitt came after noon the 11th time. Uncle Larkin came and stayed over night 19 Waited on J.D. Wray. Dr Liggitt came after rain was over. Mattie Turner went home 20 In house till after noon. Cut alfalfa after noon 21 Hauled wheat till 5 oclock and went to Berthoud for medicine etc. Dr Liggitt came in morning 22 Stacked wheat till noon and raked hay after noon. Jno? Barnhart and wife here for dinner 23 Stacked wheat all day 24 Stacked wheat till noon and stacked hay after noon and went to Berthoud after supp and got some coal 25 Went to Sunnyside, D.H. Weaver preached and came with us for dinner and Shafers came also 26 Finished stacking hay till noon and stacked wheat after noon 27 Stacked wheat all day. Matt Barr helped stack after noon with team and hand? 28 Stacked wheat with two teams 29 Stacked with two teams 30 Stacked with two teams 31 Drove to Longmont in buggie and to Berthoud. Got 1/2 sk flour $1.25 1 Sep Note to Joseph Weidaman due on the 20th. At home all day 2 Went to Berthoud and Geo Cronks. Bred (fly). Took mother to Berthoud to go to Kansas 3 Put out washing and wrote letter till noon. Wrote some for alarion? after noon 4 Irrigated some alfalfa and chored 5 Went to M.W. Barrs till noon and fixed harness after noon 6 Chored till noon, drove to Ullerys after noon. Newton Glick and company of 11 came and stayed over night. Pulliams cow had calf 7 Chored. Churned after noon 8 At home all day, John Styker and M.W. Barr came after noon 9 Drove to Berthoud and got some bran and chops. Went to Parker and Wilsons after noon 10 Chored till noon. Drove to Berthoud after noon with J.D. Wray 11 Stacked wheat with Wm Preston till noon and moved bed after noon 12 Fixed calf pen till noon and set up wheat at stacks after noon and pulled some beans 13 Chored till noon and drove to Berthoud and to Chalmon Wrays after noon 14 Pa came from mountains 15 Drove to church on St Vrain and home after night meeting. J.S. Flory preached 16 Cut alfalfa seed and went to Berthoud after noon 17 Chored till noon and worked at wheat stacks after noon 18 Drove to Longmont and got some coal $2.70 19 Turned water in cistern and cut kraut. Pa went to mountains 20 Raked alfalfa seed till noon and finished making kraut. Scrubed kitchen and went to Berthoud 21 Cleaned house and threshed beans till noon and helped Stryker thresh after noon 22 Went to Sunnyside in morning and to C. Wrays after noon 23 Helped Stryker thresh till noon and hauled 25 sacks after noon 24 Haulded 27 sacks for Stryker till noon and fixed granery after noon 25 Hauled in some alfalfa seed 26 Hauled in some alfalfa seed and went to Berthoud after noon 27 Drove to Loveland and went to C. Wrays after noon and got some grapes and canned some 28 Canned grapes till noon and went to Berthoud and got some sacks 29 Went to P S Frantze? on visit 30 Went to Berthoud in morning after coal and in afternoon after sacks. Commenced to thresh at 3 oclock 1 Oct Helped at threshing. 8 acre 437, 23 acre 1138, 13 acre 371, 21 acre 794 2 Finished threshing at 12 oclock 2760 bushel and took one load of wheat to Berthoud. D. Leedy and H. Bashor stayed overnight 3 John Stryker took 25 sacks of wheat to Berthoud and Griffin took 17 sacks and I took 20 sks. F.J. Crone stayed overnight 4 Washed some and painted buggie pole 5 Sacked wheat at stackes till noon and went to Berthoud after noon 6 Went to Berthoud in morning and to Sunnyside after noon 7 Hauled wheat to Berthoud, Bran and chop 8 Went to Longmont and bought a Studebaker wagon $85.00 and duster 9 Mowed alfalfa at stable and went to Berthoud 10 Hauled 2 loads of wheat to Berthoud 11 Hauled 2 loads of wheat to Berthoud 12 Went to Longmont and then to church to Lovefeast and to T.A. Turners overnight 13 Went to church and thence to S.S. Bashors Stayed at the "home" over night 14 Left S.S. Bashor for Longmont and came home till noon and hauled one load of wheat to Berthoud 15 Hauled wheat to Berthoud and Peterson hauled with 2 teams (119 sacks) 16 Took one load of wheat to Berthoud and Peterson took 3 loads 75 sks 17 Hauled wheat. Peterson sent one team with 2 loads 18 Hauled with 2 teams and Peterson with one team. Had one tire cut on old wagon 19 Hauled 4 loads of wheat to Berthoud 20 Went to Sunnyside, D.H. Weaver preached. Wrote to J.S. Flory and Aunt Judy Sowallen 21 Took one load of wheat to Berthoud and hauled in some alfalfa seed 22 Hauled in some alfalfa seed and raked hay till noon and hauled in one load of hay and some screenings after noon and raked up some wheat at 8 acre setting. Pa went to mountains with Petersons meat 23 Went to J.B. Lees after fanning mill and cleaned some wheat 24 Cleaned some wheat till noon and went to Berthoud after noon. Pa came home from mountains, Pulliams came with C 25 Washed till noon and hauled in some hay after noon 26 Went to Longmont and got some coal. 1000 for $1.80, 2 shirts $2.50, 100 cartridges $2.25, feed $4.50 27 Went to St Vrain church and to J.W. Jones for dinner 28 Went to Loveland till noon and raked up wheat after noon 29 Went to Petersons after wiping stick for shot gun. Killed one duck and done some washing 30 Went to Berthoud till noon and hauled some straw to granery after noon. Settled with D.O. Osborn, M.W. Barr, R.L. Liggett and Richerson and Starkey, paid $60 for J.D. Wray 31 Wrote letter to C.K. till noon and hunted ducks after noon and got 2 and killed a hawk 1 Nov Worked at wagon shed till noon and hunted some after noon 2 Hauled straw till noon and went to Berthoud after noon 3 Wrote to mother and Aims?. At home all day 4 Hauled straw till noon and went to Berthoud after noon 5 Clerked at election $2.50 6 Took Ballot box to Greeley. Got to Greeley at 10-20 and at home at sundown, $7.10 7 J.D.W. and I cleaned some wheat 8 Hunted till noon and cleaned wheat afer noon. Pa took sick at night, J.D. Wray helped M.W. Barr gather corn 9 Chored around house all day and put fruit in cellar, cleaned beans and c 10 At home all day, C.W. Stryker and S. Wilson came in afternoon 11 Borded up cow shed and chored 12 Went to Berthoud after noon 13 Scrubed and cleaned house 14 Drove to Berthoud till noon and hauled some straw after noon to cow shed and hen house 15 Hunted till noon and chored afer noon 16 Went to Berthoud till noon after mother and went to Berthoud again after noon. Paid $4.50 for J.D. Wray to J.W. Turrel druggist 17 Went to Sunnyside to preaching and went to P.S. Frantzs after noon 18 J. and J.D. Wray went to Longment and got some coal 1600lb and chop 620lb 19 Started to plow some but froze too much, chored and a? 20 Washed till noon and chored after noon, killed jack rabbit 21 Went to S. Wilson and bought 2 steers and one cow for $34.00. Went to Berthoud after noon, let J.D. Wray have .85cts 22 Fenced alfalfa till noon and chored and hunted some after noon. Lyceum organized at Sunnyside 23 Oiled buggie harness till noon and chored after noon 24 J.D. Wray and I went to J.R. Uillerys 25 Plowed in pasture field. Shot greenhead drake at DeFrance lake in morning 26 Drove to Berthoud till noon and tried to plow some after. Went to S. Wilsons 27 Took one load of wheat to Berthoud for S. Wilson and plowed after noon 28 Took 2 loads of wheat to Berthoud to Peterson Ed and Emory? 29 Hauled 2 loads of wheat for Edward Peterson 30 Drove to Longmont. Stayed at G.W. Feslers overnight 1 Dec Drove to church and to D.H. Weavers for dinner and to Sam Feslers at social meeting at night thence home 2 Hauled 4 loads of wheat for S.Wilson 3 Hauled 4 loads of wheat for Edward Peterson 4 Haulded 4 loads of wheat for Peterson 5 Haulded 2 loads of wheat for Peterson till noon and one load for self after noon 6 Hauled 4 loads of wheat for self 7 Drove to Loveland and to Berthoud till noon and to Longmont after noon. Stayed at J.W. Jones overnight 8 Drove to church and to G.W. Feslers for dinner thence home. Had some photoes taken with the crowd 9 Hauled 4 loads of wheat for Edward Peterson 10 Hauled 4 loads of wheat to Berthoud for Edward Peterson 11 Plowed with 2 teams. Pa came from mountains with Wm Miller 12 Commenced plowing with 3 horses and plowed with 2 teams. Settled with S. Wilson 13 Went to S. Wilsons in morning and plowed the remainder of the day. Mother went to L.D. Allens 14 Plowed till noon and went to Berthoud after noon, got some chop 385 lbs 15 At home all day, Knoll and family came 16 Plowed all day, J.C.H. Winger here for dinner 17 Plowed all day, S. Wilson came in morning 18 Plowed all day 19 Plowed all day 20 Drove to Berthoud till noon and plowed after noon, went to Sunnyside to Lyceum at night. Griffin staid overnight 21 Plowed till noon and went to J.B. Bashors and to Berthoud after noon 22 At home all day, May Stryker and Estlla Stewart and Hary Preston came after noon 23 Drove to Longmont and got some coal and other things, borrowed 75 dollars 24 Drove to Berthoud and had 2 points sharpened. Went to Ed Petersons and got 26 sacks of oats. Butchered calf after noon. Uncle Larkin and Mary and family came after noon 25 Went to P.S. Frantzes 26 Plowed all day 27 Plowed all day 28 Plowed till noon and scattered straw after noon 29 At home all day. J.D. Wray went to Berthoud after noon 30 Hauled manure till noon and drove to church after noon. stayed at B.F. Mitters? overnight 31 Drove to Longmont and to church at night. Stayed at Weavers overnight 1890 1 Jan Bought hog for 5cts per lb 22 Got small jag of hay from J B Basher 24-25 Very, very windy-blown off wagon rack and straw shed. Freight run off track south of Berthoud 29 Threshed alfalfa seed 7 Feb Went to Berthoud-got 5 2x4's-12ft long-80cts 19 Went to Longmont and bought Buckey Drill for $60 cash 1 Mar Had photos taken at Berthoud 26 Gave order to Jones and Latsham for Buckeye Binder 7 Apr Walked to Loveland and took train to Greeley to attend court 11 Excused from jury duty at 10:50 and returned home afternoon 12 Plowed some in garden and planted peas 16 May Sold 8 cattle for $90 27 Jun Bought mower for $65-traded in old mower for $12, cost $53 30 Let Wilson have cultivator to use 27 Jul Borrowed smoker and took some honey out of hive 26 Aug Started granery-finished Sept 2 and threshers came at night 3 Sep Threshed all crop of wheat, oats, barley; wheat 1660bu, oats 331bu, barley 332 bu 19 Went to Berthoud and gave Wm Edson papers for my land, Buckeys binder came to Berthoud from Eaton for me-freight $3.50 3 Oct Made fence across lake after noon 8 Drove to Loveland and paid assessment on ditch stock and had stock transferred to W.M. Eidson with land 14 Moved to Berthoud and helped to move Wm Eidson to my place 2 Dec Left Berthoud for McPherson Kans where he paid for college lots he had bought and visited college and library. Looked over town in general 7 Left McPherson and arrived in Roanoke Va 11 Dec 12 Bought suit for $21.50 and shirt for $1.00. Arrived at Boon's Mill at dark, stayed over night with Steve Kesler 28 Went to W H Smiths place 1891 Jan At W H Smiths most of time during month 2 Feb Went to Rocky Mount to get marrige licence 10 Married (Minnie Blanch Smith) at 9:20 oclock and started for Roanoke at 9:50. Stayed overnight 11 Had pictures taken in a group 12 Left Roanoke 13 Arrived at Logonsport Ind 18 Left Logonsport for Berthoud. Two tickets cost $66.80 21 Arrived at Berthoud 13 Mar Received group (picture). Had it framed Mar 16 for $1.40 23 Received marriage certificate 12 Apr Minnie and I went to P S Frantz?. (first time her name has been mentioned in the diaries) 19 Took walk to Turners lake with Minnie 13-23 May Plowed for Millet 3 Jun Make some garden on the Henderson farm 9 Drove to Longmont and borrowed some money. Sent $50 to W H Smith in Va 14 Worked on streets 23 Eugene Smith came on train 24 Plowed out some ditches in wheat and team ran away 26 Sep Old mare died, Sep 28 her cold died, Sept 30 young mare died 14 Oct Gave Wm M Eidson deed for the N E 4, Sw 8, T4n?, R68W and took trust deed for same 15 Surveyed ditch for town lake 26 W M Eidson gave up the farm (same farm WTW had before) 30 Moved one load to ranch 2 Nov Moved two loads to ranch 3 Moved two loads, and cow and 2 colts? to ranch. Minnie came to 23 Filled sistern 26 Took Minnie to Berthoud and had one of her teeth pulled 7 Dec Brought 6 stands of bees from Berthoud 12 Drove to Berthoud and got a fore quarter of beef from B O Hudson? for 4 1/2cts per lb=#3.33 23 Went to Loveland and had ditch stock transferred back 29 Eugine brought mother down to stay with Minnie 31 Minnie took sick. Had Dr Sutherland come at night. (apparently WTW's parents had lived with him on the ranch while he was still single and his mother kept house for him and lived with them in town after marriage but continued to live in town when Eidson gave up the farm. Also, he apparently farmed on someone elses place the past year) 1892 1 Jan Baby boy (Hugh Marion Smith) born in morning, Eugene took Dr Sutherland to Loveland 14 Killed two hogs 15 Worked at lard and ground sousage meat 16 Dr Cole came out and pulled one tooth for Minnie, and 3 for me $3.50 22 Sold 14 chickens for $3.50, 6 lbs of butter for $1.20 17 Feb Filled bed ticks with straw 19 Received goods from Montgomery Ward and Co 2 Apr Drove to Longmont and bought plow for $52 20 Put some snow in cistern 7 May Minnie went to Berthoud to have tooth pulled. cow ate two much alfalfa and died 12 Bought 2 turkeys for $2.00 31 Began to break sod in lake bed 3 Jun Minnie drove to Berthoud and stayed overnight 24 Set turkey hen 26 N H (Smith)? and fameily came to Berthoud on 7PM train 2 Jul Went to Berthoud and N H and family and Amanda came home with us 23 Drove to Longmont-bought twine 100# $11.50 8 Aug Got after fish thieves at night 9 Hired Able Henderson to work for $1.50 per day 6 Sep Went to coal bank and got 1 ton for $2.25 17 Drove to Berthoud with 22 dozen eggs at 18cts per doz 23 Dec Got from E J Stockwell 312# beardless barley at 1 1/2cts per lb 25 Drove to Berthoud after mother to stay awhile. Hugh is sick (Hugh is the baby born Jan 1. First mention of him, and has never mentioned that he was named) 27 Made cradle till noon for Hugh 1893 18 Jan First daughter came in the would tonight at 8PM (Lucy Lavonia Smith) 13 Feb Received patent for land 15 Helped wash and iron. Thirty eight years old today 1 Mar Made deed to Wilson for ditch 2 Got 16 yards of muslim for $1.00 5 Frank Early got some tobacco cure 23 Made hotbed for seeds 1 Apr Drove to St Vrain church and to Longmont and back to S A Forbess to stay overnight. Left Hugh with mother. Nancy J's tombstone was put up in afternoon 13 Cleaned out cistern 10 May Minnie drove to Berthoud after 4 oclock 11 Minnie drove to Nats PM 23 Filled cistern 28 Effie (Smith, Minnies Sister) arrived on 7:05 train 5 Jun Heavy frost 1 Jul Pa got thrown out of the wagon on the way to the mountains and got hurt 2 At home till 4 0clock and drove to Loveland to see Pa. Pa (Mark Smith) died at half past 5 oclock 3 Drove to Longmont and thence to the church. Pa was buried at 5 oclock 6 Bought 100 cabbage plants for 50cts 26 Sep First frost 13,14 Oct Moved mothers household goods to farm 15 Mother started to Roana Ind 16 T M Richard moved in my house in Berthoud 29 Nov Sent $4.75 to Kansas to pay taxes (4 lots) and to give to sufferers 11 Dec Jake Welty gave me deed for lake, road and ditch 13 Butchered 3 hogs 16 Gave H F Stewart deed for ditch 21 Drove to Berthoud and bought ditch stock afternoon 25 Put up ice house 1894 1 Jan Rented some land to W H Laycook? 6 Attended annual meeting of Handy Ditch Company at Berthoud 7,10-11 Hauled ice 12 Got 144 ft of lumber for $2.69 14 Feb Went to Berthoud and got pair of overshoes and dress for Minnie 17 Mother arrived at Berthoud at night. 1 Mar Mother went home with Nat 14 Mother and Effie came 16 Sold cow to Holmbeck for $25.00 23 Bought 1 bottle of horn preventor 75cts 16 Apr Mother took sick 17 Went to Jake Weltys and got some ear corn to give mother a sweat 23 May Set out some tomato plants 28 Rented out house in Berthoud for one year for $5.00 per mo. 7 Jun Our third child born AM (Wyatt Captain Smith) 13 Drove to Berthoud and to Ullerys to rent water 16 Got 60 in of water of DeFrance 3o'clock 18 Got 100 in of water of DeFrance afternoon 6 Jul Dug and took to Berthoud 35# potatoes @ 2 1/2cts pr lb 28 Took mother to Berthoud to go to Kansas. Returned July 29 15 Sep Bought one pig of Jake Robert for $4.00 27 Bought two sows of J H Roberts for $21 30 Lost fine sow I got of J H Roberts 1 Oct Drove to Berthoud and brought sow home 3-4 Hauled cane to Mill. Lost sow 7 Big frost and freeze 26 Got 493 potato sacks 5 Nov Hauled 4 loads of spuds to Berthoud @ 55cts per cwt 12 Drove to Berthoud and took 11 o'clock train to Greeley as jurer 16 Chose on Wyatt Bros vs Doke on land case 17 Decided in favor of defendent 20 Attending court on shooting scrape 21 Up all night, could not agree 23 Came home from Greeley 7 Dec Hauled one load of boulders from Big Thompson. Broke wagon tongue. Had wagon tongue put in for $1.00 11 Started to grout cellar 17 Helped Nat Hill on hog and bought one half (112#)@ 6cts a lb 27 Effie (Smith) and John Stryker were married 1895 1 Jan Finnished grouting cellar 10 Put 2 loads ice in ice cellar and 1 in cistern 24 Finished plastering cellar 28 Whitewashed cellar 30 Put floor in cellar 6 Feb Move to cellar 8 At Berthoud get some timber to move house on 11 Pried up house 12 Went to Berthoud to get some chains to move house with 13 Moved both houses 20 Leveled house 21 Pried up house and moved it 2 feet south 22 Moved house over ice 26 Plastered up patches in house 2 Mar Whitewashed house 29 Very stormy, worst of season 3 Apr Bought 2 pigs of Mrs Frantz for $3 5 Dust storm from N.W. 10 Killed one hog and took ham and shoulders to Berthoud at 5cts per lb 24 Minnie went after pigs to Mrs Frantz. Set out cherries, mulberries, plum trees 25 Set out Grannie Christian Apple trees 29 Finished drilling wheat, 57 acres in all 7 May Minnie began to spray fruit trees 30 Jul Gave order to Geo Basher for tombstone for Pa's grave $18.00 29 Sep Drove to Loveland and got 600 bricks for cistern $4.20 2 Oct Hauled 300 bricks for cistern $2.10 7 Drove to Loveland and got 3 barrels cement, 2 barrels lime, 172 feet lumber for $15.85 11 Went after Henry Carcrow to make cistern 19 Finished cistern 9 Nov Drove to coal mine, got 3000# coal for $2.60 17 Put pump in cistern 1 Dec Minnie and Hugh went to Effie's 1896 18 Mar Traded hay with Jake Welty and got 140# clover seed for difference 19 Minnie and mother went to F A Beins afternoon to carpet rag tacking 25 Killed 7 ducks and 3 muskrats before breakfast 27 At whitehouse mine got 3000# coal for $1.85 29 Baby (Wyatt) got kicked by Bird and his underjaw was broken. Dr McCarty attended him 4 Apr Minnie drove Kate to buggy and took Captain (Wyatt) to the Doctor and had new bandage put on his head 8 Killed 3 ducks and 2 muskrats 11 Drove to Berthoud afternoon with Captain and had the bandage reset 16 Sold 7 hogs to W J Putney of Loveland. Weighed 1489#-$44.67 bought pair gum boots for $3.00 18 Drove to Berthoud with the baby and took some meat-2 hams and shoulders-weighed 80#, got 6cts per lb-$4.80 23 Got plum trees and grape vines from Greely nursery $10.00 25 Drove to Berthoud with Captain (Wyatt) 27 Planted in garden some raspberries, strawberries, grape vines, 2 rows of potatoes and some sweetcorn and beens 1 May Got 2 sacks of flour at $1.75 per cwt 2 Drove to Longmont and got pair of shoes $1.75, one shovel $1.25, 65# seed corn $1.30, one skillet 25cts 4 Elected treasure of Sunnyside School Board for 1 year 8 Worked at filling well P.M. 10 One hog died last night 13 Veal calf to J V Stryker for Rickey-140# at 7 1/2cts-$10.50 16 Bought water of Handy Ditch Co on 3 shares 19 Drove to W R Thorntons tree claim and got some small black Locust. (Seemed to survey ditches for nearly everyone in community for fees) Interest was 10%? 3 Jun Began to lay foundations for house. O F Hendron does the stone work 8 W L Mills began working on house 17 Sold veal calf for $7.50 21 Drove to the Home Supply ditch dam with Minnie and children 22 Received some sweet potato slips from VA. 1 Jul Began to work at old part of house, tore roof and plastering off of old house 6 Put boxing on old part of house and some rafters up 7 Put sheeting on old house 13 Drove to Berthoud and got a McCormack binder and set it up 15 At Berthoud got some finishing lumber for stairway 18 At Berthoud got 24 boards of flooring and one of poplor for steps. Settled with Joe Gaughnour (hired hand)-owe him $116.25 due Nov 18, 1896 at 10% 27 Hired Elias Bugby for $1.00 a day 1 Aug Elias Bugby quit work 4 Had house, horses, etc insured in amount of $1000.00 31 George Barkans came to build floors. Hired Pat Longan for one month-$24.00 and keep. His horse on pasture 8 Sep Began to lath upstairs 14 Began to side house 17 Boxed in under kitchen floor 1 Oct Began to plaster house 5 P H Longan guit work-1 month, 5 days 7 Carried "mud" to finish plastering upstairs over new part 13 Mixed and carried morter for plastering big room upstairs 15 Helped stir apple butter 11 Nov Began to plaster west room 21 Drove to Berthoud and got Hugh a pair of shoes $1.10 23 Drove to Boulder with 31 turkeys for N H Smith 363# at 8cts $29.05 24 Stopped in Longmont on way home, bought kitchen lamp for 65cts and lantern for 50cts 25 Butchered old cow and took her to Loveland, 313lbs 28 14 deg. below zero. Drove to Berthoud with load of wheat, sold at $1.10 per cwt 14 Dec Covered cellar with dirt 18 Drove to Berthoud and got the 3 boxed sent from Montgomery Wards 25 Water came down Handy ditch-ran some in cistern 28 Got express package from Montgomery Ward 29 Began to dig well at stable 31 Struck water at 7 1/2 feet 1897 1 Jan Our 4th child born A.M. (Joseph Hoyt Smith) 2 Drove to Whitehouse coal mine and got 3000# coal $2.30 9 Coyote hunt in foothills with others, killed 12 in roundup 14-15 Hauled ice 16 2 killed on coyote hunt 21 Began to wall well 26 Sawed and fitted boards upstairs 30 Hog hurt my crippled ankle at night 2 Feb Butchered 3 hogs, took 2 to C M Tilton and kept one 4 Took 14 shoats? to W W Wolf at Boulder-1680# at 3cts, $50.40 5 Stopped overnight with N H (Smith) and bought of him 1 cheese, dried apples, prunes etc $3.00 7 Mattie Turner and F A Mathews married 11 Put shelves in press in bedroom 15 42nd birthday Wm T W Smith 24 Bought fanncy mill for $38.00. to be paid in 2 installment. Jan 24, 1898 and Jan 24 1899 without interest 27 In Berthoud got Minnie one pr shoes at Golden Rule $1.75 9 Mar Eugene (Smith) began to work 22 Drove to Berthoud with 26 chickens @ 5 1/2cts per lb 31 Blew down coal house last night 1 Apr Made well platform 19 At Berthoud got Hugh suit of clothes 21 Set out plums and grapes from S S Basher 10 Jun Hail north and east-both ditches broke at hills 22 Traded Longan a pig for 2 days work 18 Jul Began to build coal house 31 Drove to Berthoud with Minnie and children. Got stacker from Peterson 9 Aug Got middle finger nail torn off with binder chain at dusk 4 Sep Sole Kate (horse) to Chas Tieman for $12.00 10 Subscribed for Field and Farm 13 Point sharpend -25cts each 4 Oct Finished stacking 3rd crop of hay 6 Hauled one load of cane to mill and 1 for each of next 3 days 12 Hauled one load of wheat for J V Stryker. Took barrel to put molases in 15 Moved old house about 4 feet north 19 Picked 7 barrels of apples 20 Had lightning rods put on house and put in black mare and colt at $65.00 and owe $45.00 yet. Due Nov 1, 1898 27 Took barley to Berthoud to chop and brought molases home 11 Nov Hugh broke his thumb with 40-02 Winchester rifle shell 24 Picked turkeys 27 Drove to Berthoud and got coat $1.50, overshoes $1.35, gloves 75cts, shoes for mother $1.50 29 Drove to Berthoud and sent order for messengers and Bible; Minnies shoes half soled? 50cts 14 Dec Bought spring wagon for $100.00 on one and two years term Memoranda: Trees of SS Bashor Plums $2.40 Grapes 3.00 6 Silver Prunes ) 6 Potcet prunes ) 6 Italian " ) 9 Peach Plums ) $5.00 1 Damson ) 4 Greengage ) 5 Coos Golden Drop) Grapes: 21 Concord 5 Red 5 White 5 Blue 1898 5 Jan W T Bronson machine come and threshed some 6 Finished threshing, my entire crop was 1643 bu 8 Put up ice for a few days 14 Drove to coal mine and got load of coal to put over ice 2 loads next week for same purpose 22 Minnie and Hugh walked to Mr Akers 23 Minnine and Hugh walked to Mr Grieps 28 Went on coyote hunt 4 Feb Joined the coyote hunters 21 Hired Noah Laprad for 9 months; 7 @ $20 and 2 at $25 month 28 Drove to Berthoud and got bedroom set of G W Johnson for $15.00 6 Mar Effie, Will and Pearl came (Effie had gone to Va Dec 9) from Va 14 Noah Laprad left this morning 18 Killed 3 mallard ducks 21 Hugh started to school this morning. Hired Ralph Sneed @ $20.00 per mo. till harvest/ $25 through harvest; $20 for the remainder of the time 1 Apr Paid off Ralph Sneed 5 Filled cistern 18 Rented mountain place to N S Collins till fall for $15.00. Hatcher Richardson began to work 23 Brought out Hatchers trunk 27 Got through with Hatcher PM 29 Took load of oats to Berthoud for 85cts per cwt 5 May Cut and planted willow cuttings north of stable 6 Set out some cottonwood sprouts 7 Moved old house north to make tool shed of it 13 Plowed garden and attended last day of school at Sunnyside PM 23 Planted some sugar cane seed 31 Minnie got some tomato plants of George Collins-60cts per 100 2 Aug-1 Sep Worked at granary (note.Nearly half the days between June 14 and Aug 9 Hatcher Richardson "helped") 3 Jul Took trip to Supply Dam 17 Aug Jim Donly began to work 6-17 Sep Stacked grain 6 Oct Fixed poles for straw shed 7-10 Hauled grain to machine for threching 18 Drove to Loveland and got 1200 lath, 3 bbls lime, 5lbs nails, and 2 bu of hair 20 Griffin worked on house untill Oct 29; During that time window was put in kitchen; register was put overhead in kitchen, and kitchen was plasted 30 Lucy and I went to Knolls for visit (first time she has been mentioned since birth) 8 Nov Clerked at election 9 Took ballot box to Greeley on train 24 Went to Loveland and got refters and shingles for granery 4 Dec Attended preaching at Sunnyside and baptism at the Thompson-Minnie was baptized 25 Went to J V Stryker to get some corn to give mother a sweat 26 Drove to Davis coal mine and got 2000lb coal for $1.75 27 Eld. Levi Whisler brought Fred Weiderman and anointed mother NO 1899 DIARY 1900 20 Jan Drove to Berthoud and got Wyatt a pair of shoes for $1.40 and then he was Captain) 26 Worked at making drag to lease ground 2 Feb Attended John Olsons sale and bought a Dene Stacker and rake at $96.40 (or $86.40) 7 Fixed sheep pen 28 Burned straw stacks 3, 7-11, 14-15, 18 Mar lambs born; lost one 13 Minnie, Lucy and Joe went to Sandersons (first time Joe has been mentioned since birth) 22 Chicken dealer came to stay overnight-sold 24 chickens at 7cts per lbs-$7.63 28 Took one hog to Berthoud-$4.20 per cwt-$10.54. Bought one breaking plow $18.00. Haircut 25cts 31 Bought 2 rabbits for $3.00 9, 11, 13-14, 16, 19-20, 23-24 Apr more lambs; one froze Apr 11 Several twin pairs 26 Plowed sod and made come garden 30 W H Smith, Callie, and Lura came on 6:30 train 3 May W H Smith started working for me 7 Got 3 sprayers from J A Everitt 30 Had sheep sheared at 6cts each, 48 head 2 Jun Bought hay rake for $32.00 and ice cream freezer for $1.50 6 Took 56lb meat to May and Pulluck in evening at 10cts a lb 18 Lightning struck C Wray 16 Mail carrier C V S (C V Stryker) started on new route today 11 Aug Minnie, Hugh and Lucy went to Boulder 23?Sep Drove to Berthoud and ordered 25 fruit trees 22 Finished threshing 688 bu wheat, 199 bu barley, 74 bu oats 9 Oct Contracted for 525 lambs 11 Went to Berthoud and gave note for $1260 for lambs 18 Mother was anourted at night 21 Brought sheep from Berthoud 22 Had Dr J B Clymer come to see mother 1-2 Nov Dipped sheep for Bein Grip and me 16 Tore down old stable 26-27 Worked at moving old house A cure for Cholera in traveling. (in hand writing of Minnie B Smith, Use the following for all fowls and also hogs: 5cts worth of Coperas; 10cts worth of Sulphuric Acid, dissolve Coperas in one gallon water and add acid. Bottle for use. Put enough in dough to taste a little sour. Can also be put in water for the fowls or pigs. It is a splendid tonic. Chinese Laundry Polish (also in her handwriting) To one ounce of best starch add enough cold water to make a smooth, thick paste. Then add a pint of boiling water, having dissolved in it one tablespoon of white sugar and one of salt. When boiling, add a lump of paraffine the size of half a nutmeg, and a tablespoon of gum arabic water. Let it boil a half hour then strain. To make Gum Arabic water; Dissolve 2 ounces gum arabic in half pint boiling water. Strain and bottle for use.
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