The Diary of Lewis Wainwright

Part 1

January 1887

Sat. 1 Fair weather but cold. ten degrees below zero. Went down to Morseville to my sisterís and staid all night. had the sick headache

Sun. 2 Weather fair but cold. 14 degrees below zero. Was at my sisters till after dinner then Jim brought me home. Went to church in the evening. Heard a sermon by elder Davies.

Mon. 3 Weather fair but cold. twenty-two degrees below zero. Hauled manure in the afternoon. Went down to Ed Eaustice for the evening to a oyster supper.

Tues. 4 It has been snowing all day, but it cleared off this evening. Helped drive cattle to M. Hicks and went to Warren and Nora and went to church at night.

Wed. 5 Weather fair but cold. fourteen degrees below zero. Went after a lode of wood in the forenoon and hauled straw in the afternoon.

Thur. 6 weather fair but cold. 4 below zero. It has been below zero all day. Hauled two load of wood and went over to the corner and got a new ax handle. Henry Richards and Charley Stanton were here in the evening.

Fri. 7 Weather fair but cold. 30 degrees below zero. Went over to Jr. Richardís in the forenoon & hauled manure in the afternoon.

Sat. 8 Weather snow in the forenoon. Four in the afternoon. Cut wood in the forenoon and hauled in the afternoon. Went to the Licium [Lincicum?] in the evening. 4 above zero.

Sun. 9 Weather fair. 4 above zero. Went to church in the morning at Chelsea. Went to Bawdenís to dinner and to Nigerville to church and to church in the evening at Chelsea.

Mon. 10 Weather fair but cold. 22 below zero. Chopped and ta??? Load of wood from Henry Bates.

Tues. 11 Weather fair but cold. chopped and hauled wood from Henry Bates. 8 below zero this morning.

Wed. 12 Weather fair. 23 above zero this morning. Chopped and hauled wood today and done Dick Eaustces chores this evening.

Thur. 13 Weather fair all day till night then it snowy. Hauled one load of hogs for John West to Nora in forenoon and cut and hauled wood in the afternoon. Went to meeting in the evening. Done chores Eaustice.

Fri. 14 weather stormy. Snowed all day till evening then cleared up. Chopped and hauled wood and sacked oats in the evening.

Sat. 15 Weather stormy in the forenoon. Fair in the afternoon. Hauled oats to Nora. Noel Basinger came here in evening and we went to the littery in the evening.

Sun. 16 Weather cloudy. Went to church in the morning and stayed to Sunday school and went to church in the evening.

Mon. 17 Weather cold. wind blowing hard & snow drifting. Hauled one load of oats to Nora and went over to Gobelís in the evening. Wind still blowing hard still below zero this morning.

Tues. 18 Weather fair but cold. 4 below zero. Broke the pond over to Gobelís in the forenoon and sorted potatoes in the afternoon.

Wed. 19 Weather cloudy part of the day. Hauled two loads of oats to Nora. Mr. Basinger and Rathbone & ladies were here to dinner.

Thur. 20 Weather cloudy. Thawing in the morning and cold in afternoon. Went to Lena and went home with Noel Baysinger and went down to Mr. Shultz in the evening. Stayed at Baysingerís all night.

Fri. 21 Weather 2 below zero. Fair in the forenoon cloudy in the afternoon rain in the evening. Visiting at Baysingerís. Went to west point in the forenoon and to Rathburn in the evening. Party busted in the evening.

Sat. 22 Weather stormy rained all day. Left Noel Baysingerís in the morning. Came to west point and took the train and went to Warren and walked home. Got went walking through the slush and rain.

Sun. 23 Weather frozen in the night. it snowed most all day. The snow drifted cleared of in the evening. Stayed home all day. Mr. Medcalf was here for dinner.

Mon. 24 Weather fair cloudy in the afternoon. 8 below zero this morning. Was hauling hay and straw all day. Went down and settled up with Loren Shaw in the morning.

Tues. 25 Weather cloudy snow in the evening. Went over to the store in the forenoon and to school at reases [recess?] and stayed until noon. Helped to fix pump in the afternoon.

Wed. 26 Weather fair. Went to Warren to look for work did not get any and got on the cars and came to Galena and stayed all night at Hagie hotel.

Thur. 27 Weather fair all day. Staid at Galena all day left there at night. came to Savanna stayed at Westfallís all night. saw Clyde Bray. Went to see the gail had a good time in general. Savanna Ill.

Fri. 28 Weather fair. Enjoyed myself rode around town on the dray. Have not got any work yet. Savanna Ill.

Sat. 29 Weather fair all day. Went and visited the round houses to look for work but failed to get any. Went to the expert skaters in the evening. Savanna Ill.

Sun. 30 Weather fair but cold snowed in the evening. Went over to Sabula in the afternoon. Savanna Ill.

Mon. 31 Weather fair snowed in the evening. Helped Clyde split wood in the forenoon. Went uptown in the afternoon. Weather cloudy. Savanna Ill.

February 1887

Tues. 1 Weather cloudy. Went up to Charley Morrisí in the morning with Clyde and we went to the roundhouse and watched the men wipe the engines. Savanna Ill.

Wed. 2 Weather cloudy. Left Savanna in the morning on the eight oíclock. arrived at one pm. Had dinner at restaurant. Rode home with Simons. Got a silk handkerchief for a present Mrs. John Westfall.

Thur. 3 Weather fair all day. Hauled hay all day for father.

Fri. 4 Weather cloudy all day. Went over to Gables in the afternoon. Had a good bath in the forenoon.

Sat. 5 Weather cloudy all day. Snowed a little in the evening. Hauled manure in the forenoon and three loads in the afternoon. Cut Victorís hair then went down to Breedís and cut Nelsonís hair and to liteary.

Sun. 6 Weather fine rain all day. Went to church in the morning Ira Dur. Came down here for dinner. Went to church in the evening Chelsea.

Mon. 7 Weather stormy rain all day. Went over to John Richards and cut his & Georgeís hair. Staid all night.

Tues. 8 Weather story in the morning. Cleared off in forenoon. Cut Frankieís hair. Came home in the forenoon.

Wed. 9 Weather fair. Went to Warren to see about work. Went to liteary in the evening to Pitcherville.

Thur. 10 Weather cloudy rain in the evening. Hauled manure in the forenoon two loads in the afternoon and went over to the store.

Fri. 11 Weather wind blowing hard all day. Snow drifting hard all day. Went over to the store in the afternoon.

Sat. 12 Weather fair all day. Hauled corn in the forenoon and straw in the afternoon. Went to liteary in the evening. John Covington stayed all night.

Sun. 13 Weather fair all day. Went to church in the evening. Sunday school in the morning. Sat with Fan Kiplinger in the evening.

Mon. 14 Weather misty and rainy all day. Went to town in the forenoon and over to Wesely Bondís in the afternoon to do chores. Stayed there all night.

Tues. 15 Weather fair all day. Hauled manure all day for Wesley Bond and went down to John Richards in the evening to a rag be. Had a good time.

Wed. 16 Weather fair. Done add jobs all day such as cutting wood and hauling fodder.

Thur. 17 Weather cloudy and stormed in the after. Had the sick headache all day. Rained all day.

Fri. 18 Weather cloudy all day. Snowed in the afternoon. Went to Warren in the forenoon on business.

Sat. 19 Weather fair. Sawed wood in the afternoon. Went to the liteary in the evening.

Sun. 20 Weather fair. Went to church in the morning and evening. Bawden was at our house for dinner. We went over to Chance Clayís and took supper.

Mon. 21 Weather stormy snowed. Hauled manure all day.

Tues. 22 Weather cloudy in the forenoon clear in the afternoon. Cut wood in the afternoon and a little in the forenoon.

Wed. 23 Weather cloudy all day. Snowed at night. sawed wood all day.

Thur. 24 Weather fair all day. Sawed wood all day.

Fri. 25 Weather cloudy all day. Sawed wood all day. Chopped wood.

Sat. 26 Weather stormy rained in the morning . it turned to snow. Snowed and blowed hard all day. Sawed wood in the forenoon. Ground feed in the afternoon.

Sun. 27 Weather fair all day. Came home in the morning. Went to Sunday school in the morning and to church in the evening.

Mon. 28 Weather fair all day. Went to Freeport to look for work. Came home the same night.

March 1887

Tues. 1 Weather fair all day. Cut wood in the forenoon and hauled corn fodder in the afternoon.

Wed. 2 Weather fair all day. Cut wood in the forenoon and hauled in the afternoon.

Thur. 3 Weather cloudy all day. Hauled wood in the forenoon and cut in the afternoon.

Fri. 4 Weather cloudy all day. Cut wood all day. Went down to Richards in the evening and went over to the store to look for Henry.

Sat. 5 Weather cloudy all day. Done odd jobs all day. Went over to liteary in the evening.

Sun. 6 Weather cloudy part of the day. Went to church in the morning and went home with Al Bawden for dinner. Went to Nigerville to church and went to church in the evening.

Mon. 7 Weather fair all day. Cut wood all day. Went over to the store with Henry Richards.

Tues. 8 Weather fair all day. Cut wood all day.

Wed. 9 Weather cloudy in the forenoon. hauled fodder in the forenoon. Cut wood in the afternoon. Went to a party with Fan Kiplinger.

Thur. 10 Weather fair all day. Cut wood. Went to meeting in the evening.

Fri. 11 Weather fair all day. Cut wood in the forenoon and butchered in the afternoon. Went over to Nigerville in the evening to temperance meeting.

Sat. 12 Weather fair all day. Cut wood in the forenoon and husked corn in the afternoon.

Sun. 13 Weather fair all day. Came to church in morning and evening. Stayed home all night.

Mon. 14 Weather fair in the forenoon cloudy in the afternoon. Hauled corn fodder in the forenoon. Sawed wood in the afternoon.

Tues. 15 Weather cloudy in forenoon clear in afternoon. Sawed wood all day.

Wed. 16 Weather fair all day. Split wood all day. Went down to Kiplingerís in the evening and cut Oliverís hair.

Thur. 17 Weather fair. Split wood in the forenoon. Chopped in the afternoon.

Fri. 18 Weather fair. Sawed wood all day. Went over to the store in the evening with Henry Richards and stopped in there as we came back.

Sat. 19 Weather fair. Split wood all day. Went over to the liteary in the evening from there home. Got through work for Wesley Bond.

Sun. 20 Weather stormy snowing all day. Went to church in the morning.

Mon. 21 Weather cloudy in forenoon fair in afternoon. Had sick headache all day.

Tues. 22 Weather fair. Cut hair in forenoon. Sawed wood in afternoon and went over to the store. Two of Daviesís kids and Charley and Amy hair.

Wed. 23 Weather cloudy part of the day. Went over to Wesley Bondís the morning to work but he did not want no one. We went down to Richards and cut hair. cut a little wood hauled manure in the afternoon.

Thur. 24 Weather fair. Hauled manure all day.

Fri. 25 Weather fair. Cut wood in the forenoon and fixed fence in the afternoon.

Sat. 26 Weather fair all day till night. snowed all night. came down to work for Scott for twenty $ a month for 8 months.

Sun. 27 Weather snowing in the morning. Fire. The Hotel and Frazerís store and Huntís building burned down. Fought fire like a cus.

Mon. 28 Weather fair. Nickter [?] went home today. Shoveled snow and helped kill a beef. Started to work for Robert Scott at $20 a month for 8 months.

Tues. 29 Weather fair but cold twenty below zero. Helped kill a beef.

Wed. 30 Weather fair. Went to Galena today.

Thur. 31 Weather fair all day. Fixed up the slaughter house.

April 1887

Fri. 1 Weather fair. Done odd jobs all day.

Sat. 2 Weather fair. Piled up manure and helped kill a beef.

Sun. 3 Weather fair. Went to church in the morning and Sunday school and church in the evening.

Mon. 4 Weather fair.

Tues. 5 Weather fair. Done odd jobs all day.

Wed. 6 Weather fair. Building fence all day.

Thur. 7 Weather fair. Hauling rock.

Fri. 8 Weather fair all day. Fixed fence all day.

Sat. 9 Weather fair all day. Hauled manure in forenoon. Fixed fence in afternoon.

Sun. 10 Weather stormy rain part of the day. Went to church in forenoon and evening.

Mon. 11 Weather fair all day. Hauled manure all day.

Tues. 12 Weather fair all day. Hauled manure all day.

Wed. 13 Weather fair all day. Hauled manure all day.

Thur. 14 Weather fair all day. Went out on Rush Creek with Mr. Scott in the forenoon and over to Armitage after a cow. Fri. 15 Weather cloudy. A little rain. Fixed fence.

Sat. 16 Weather fair all day. Hauled manure all day.

Sun. 17 Weather fair all day. Wrote a letter to Willie and one to mother. Went to Sunday school and church in the evening.

Mon. 18 Weather fair all day. Hauled manure all day.

Tues. 19 Weather fair all day. Hauled manure all day.

Wed. 20 Weather fair all day. Hauled manure all day. Went and heard Cowwell lecture in the evening.

Thur. 21 Weather cloudy part of the day rained at night. hauled manure in forenoon. Went after a calf in the afternoon. Butchered in the evening.

Fri. 22 Weather cloudy with rain showers and windy. Dragged meadow and hauled off brush.

Sat. 23 Weather cloudy and windy. Hauled manure all day. Froze in the night. received $5.00 for work from Scott to pay for shoes.

Sun. 24 Weather stormy in the forenoon. Snow in the afternoon. Had sick headache all day. Froze at night.

Mon. 25 Weather fair all day. Hauled manure all day. Butchered sheep in the evening. Froze in the night.

Tues. 26 Weather fair all day. Rain in the night. plowed in the forenoon. Planted potatoes in the afternoon.

Wed. 27 Weather fair in forenoon cloudy in afternoon and rain in evening. Planted potatoes in morning then plowed till noon. Plowed till three Oíclock then went after cow.

Thur. 28 Weather fair all day. Plowed all day. Killed a beef in the evening.

Fri. 29 Weather fair all day. Plowed and dragged in forenoon. Peddled meat in afternoon in Irish Hollow.

Sat. 30 Weather fair all day. Dragged in forenoon. Marked off in afternoon.

May 1887

Sun. 1 Weather fair all day. Went down to the new bridge with Frank Armitage. Went to church in evening. Rain at night.

Mon. 2 Weather fair all day. Plowed the garden in forenoon. Plowed in field in afternoon.

Tues. 3 Weather fair all day. Went over farm Irish Hollow in forenoon. Plowed in afternoon.

Wed. 4 Weather cloudy all day. Hauled manure in forenoon three loads and plowed the rest of the day.

Thur. 5 Weather rain all day. Cleaned meat box and fixed up slaughter house and butchered.

Fri. 6 Weather rain all day. Plowed in forenoon. Peddled meat in afternoon.

Sat. 7 Weather fair all day. Plowed and dragged in forenoon. Marked off in afternoon.

Sun. 8 Weather fair all day. Went up the river with Milton Lewis and had a good swim. Nothing going on here today.

Mon. 9 Weather fair and hot 96 in shade. Plowed in forenoon and went out to Ots [Atz] after calf in the afternoon. Rain in the night.

Tues. 10 Weather fair all day. Went over in Irish Hollow in forenoon and plowed a little. Dragged in afternoon.

Wed. 11 Weather fair all day. Dragged in forenoon and marked off in afternoon and went swimming.

Thur. 12 Weather fair all day. Marked off in forenoon. Planted in afternoon and butchered.

Fri. 13 Weather fair all day. Planted in forenoon and smoothed in afternoon.

Sat. 14 Weather fair in forenoon rain in afternoon. Went peddling meat in forenoon.

Sun. 15 Weather fair all day. Went swimming in the morning and wrote letter to Willie. Went to Sunday school and church in the afternoon.

Mon. 16 Weather fair in the forenoon rain in the afternoon. Dragged in the fore. Smoothed in the afternoon. Killed a beef in the evening.

Tues. 17 Weather fair all day. Went over in Irish Hollow in the forenoon. Out east in the afternoon. Got a letter from home.

Wed. 18 Weather fair all day. Tended to the shop in forenoon. Hoed corn in the afternoon.

Thur. 19 Weather fair all day. Cleaned out the shop in forenoon and plowed corn in afternoon. Went swimming.

Fri. 20 Weather fair all day. Plowed corn in forenoon and part of afternoon. Went out to Fred Ots [Atz] after a calf.

Sat. 21 Weather fair all day went peddling in forenoon. Cleaned the buggy in afternoon.

Sun. 22 Weather rain in morning clear the rest of the day. Went over to Armitageís and went swimming.

Mon. 23 Weather fair all day. Went over on Rush creek after calves in forenoon. Hauling a load of posts in the afternoon and hoed. Got a sack of oats off Armitage. Butchered two calves. Had a runnout.

Tues. 24 Weather fair all day. Peddled meat in forenoon. Over to Irish Hollow in afternoon. Finished planting potatoes. Killed a sheep.

Wed. 25 Weather fair all day. Plowed corn all day. Butchered sheep in evening.

Thur. 26 Weather fair all day. Plowed corn all day. Butchered a beef in the evening.

Fri. 27 Weather fair all day. Plowed corn in the forenoon and potatoes in the afternoon. Went swimming in the evening.

Sat. 28 Weather fair all day. Went peddling meat in the forenoon and plowed corn in the afternoon.

Sun. 29 Weather fair in forenoon rain in afternoon. Went swimming.

Mon. 30 Weather showers all day. Tended shop in forenoon. Butchered calf in afternoon.

Tues. 31 Weather showery all day. Went peddling meat in forenoon and over to Armitageís in afternoon after a cow and butchered.

June 1887

Wed. 1 Weather cloudy. Went over to Irish Hollow in forenoon. Cut grass and hoed potatoes in afternoon.

Thur. 2 Weather fair all day. Tended shop in forenoon and cr????ed it out. Fixed fence and hoed corn in afternoon.

Fri. 3 Weather fair all day. Went peddling in forenoon and plowed corn and went over to Armitageís after a calf in afternoon and butchered.

Sat. 4 Weather fair all day. Peddled meat in forenoon and went home in afternoon. Received $5.00 for work from Scott. Lost half day.

Sun. 5 Weather fair part of the day. Rain in forenoon. Went to church at Chelsea. Came home in evening.

Mon. 6 Weather fair all day. Tended shop and butchered a beef and got bean poles and went swimming.

Tues. 7 Weather fair all day. Went peddling meat in forenoon and plowed corn in afternoon.

Wed. 8 Weather fair all day. Plowed corn all day and swimming in the evening.

Thur. 9 Weather fair all day. Plowed corn and potatoes in the forenoon and thinned out corn in the afternoon.

Fri. 10 Weather fair all day. Went peddling meat in the forenoon and thinned corn in the afternoon. Killed a beef in evening.

Sat. 11 Weather fair all day. Went peddling meat in forenoon and plowed corn in afternoon.

Sun. 12 Weather fair all day. Went swimming in the forenoon. Lounged around the rest of the day.

Mon. 13 Weather fair all day. Pounded rock for S?? Clegg. Had the sick headache in the afternoon. Killed calf. Got pair shoes Robisons. 1.75.

Tues. 14 Weather fair all day. Peddled meat in forenoon and plowed corn in afternoon.

Wed. 15 Weather fair all day. Plowed corn all day. Killed calf in the evening and went swimming.

Thur. 16 Weather fair all day. Slaked lime and mu??? Mot??? In forenoon. Plowed corn and killed beef in afternoon.

Fri. 17 Weather fair all day. Peddled meat in the forenoon. Pulled corn in the afternoon and went to the festival in the evening.

Sat. 18 Weather fair in forenoon rain in afternoon. Peddled meat in forenoon and hauled water in afternoon from river.

Sun. 19 Weather fair all day. Went swimming in the forenoon and Sunday school and church in the afternoon.

Mon. 20 Weather thunder showers all day. Done odd jobs in the forenoon and hoed potatoes in the afternoon and killed a beef.

Tues. 21 Weather fair all day. Went peddling meat in forenoon and hoed potatoes in afternoon.

Wed. 22 Weather fair all day. Hoed weeds and hauled water in forenoon. Done odd jobs in afternoon.

Thur. 23 Weather fair all day. Plowed corn all day and killed beef in evening.

Fri. 24 Weather fair all day. Went peddling in forenoon and plowed corn in afternoon.

Sat. 25 Weather fair all day. Went peddling in forenoon and plowed corn in afternoon.

Sun. 26 Weather fair all day. Went over to the tunnel in afternoon.

Mon. 27 Weather fair all day. Killed sheep in the morning and hoed corn all day and killed beef in the evening.

Tues. 28 Weather fair all day. Went peddling in the forenoon and hoed corn in the afternoon. Went swimming.

Wed. 29 Weather cloudy most of the day. Tended shop in forenoon and hauled water in the afternoon and the night.

Thur. 30 Weather fair all day. Helped S. Clegg wheel dirt around his house and butchered in the evening.