Amos Claycomb’s August 1903 Diary

My Grandfather kept diaries most of his life.  I post a month each Monday.

atc 030801Saturday, August 1, 1903
It has been cloudy nearly all day and it sprinkled a little this forenoon.
I have been hoeing corn all day.
Louise came home from Chicago today where she has been visiting a friend for about a week.

Sunday, August 2, 1903
It has been a nice day only a little cloudy.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning but did not go to Sunday-School.
I went to a ballgame this afternoon between Maple Park and Kirkland at Groves’ Park.  The former beat by a score of 6 to 2.
Papa went into Chicago this morning and came back tonight.

Monday, August 3, 1903
It has been cloudy nearly all day and has sprinkled several different times.
I have hoed corn all day.

Tuesday, August 4, 1903
It rained a little last night and has been partly clear and partly cloudy today mostly the latter.
I hoed corn all day and after supper I rode up town on the cars and got a haircut.

Wednesday, August 5, 1903
It rained part of the forenoon today and was cloudy most of the afternoon.
I staid in the house most of the forenoon but this afternoon I hoed corn.
I went to a dance down at the park after supper and had a very nice time.

Thursday, August 6, 1903
It has been a nice day.
I have hoed corn all day.
Louise went over to DeKalb with some girls after supper.

Friday, August 7, 1903
It has been cloudy most of the time today.
I have hoed corn all day.

Saturday, August 8, 1903
It has been cloudy nearly all day.
I have hoed corn all day.
It sprinkled a little this morning.

Sunday, August 9, 1903
It has been partly cloudy and partly clear today.
I went to a ballgame this afternoon between Sycamore and the Marquettes at Groves’ park.  Sycamore won in fairly good game by a score of 14 to 4.  Batteries Syc.: J. Parker and Hughes; Marquettes: Koukalik and Rundle.  Gertenrick, the center-fielder for Sycamore made two singles, a double and a home run in five times at bat.

Monday, August 10, 1903
It has been partly cloudy and partly clear today.  I hoed corn all the morning.
This afternoon I went to the Chautauqua and hear W. J. Bryan, twice defeated democratic candidate for president.  His speech was very good.
I went to a ball game this afternoon and saw Sycamore beat the Marquettes in a good game by a score of 5 to 4.  Batteries for Syc, Black and Hughes: Marq. Callahan and Shrewbridge.

atc 030811Tuesday, August 11, 1903
It has been partly cloudy and partly nice today.  I have hoed corn all day.
I hoed twenty-five acres of corn and walked fifteen miles to do it but the corn was not very weedy.

Wednesday, August 12, 1903
It was sunny part of the forenoon but was cloudy and cold all the afternoon.
I hoed corn all day.
It was a little foggy early this morning.

Thursday, August 13, 1903
It rained a little last night and sprinkled a little this morning.  It was cloudy all the forenoon but cleared up a little this afternoon.
I hoed corn all the forenoon and this afternoon I hauled rye from the Wood Farm up to the elevater [sic].  They are threshing at the Wood Farm.

Friday, August 14, 1903
It has been partly cloudy and partly nice today.
I have hoed corn all day.

Saturday, August 15, 1903
It has been cloudy all day and it rained very hard this morning for a while.
I took the milk to the factory this morning.  This afternoon I went up to see the Doctor about having my left arm fixed which I broke 6 years ago last May 22.  It was set all right at first but I twisted it again and it was not set right the second time.  It is now so crooked that it bothers me to work and I wanted the doctor to fix it but he said the only way that I could do it any good was to keep working at it till I go [got?] it back but he said that it would never be entirely straight again.
Louise went to a picnic at Burlington today with some girls.

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Sunday, August 16, 1903
It has been a nice day today.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning but have staid home all the rest of the day.

Monday, August 17, 1903
It has been a very nice day and warmer than usual.
I have hoed corn all day.

Tuesday, August 18, 1903
It has been a nice day and it was very hot for a while this afternoon.
I hoed corn all day except for a little while after dinner when I helped drive some pigs down to the Groves’ farm.
Eleanor went into Chicago today but is coming out tonight.

Wednesday, August 19, 1903
It rained a little last night but has been nice today.
I hoed corn all day and after supper I rode up town on the pony.
Today Papa put some large stones down by the track for part of the walk and also from the east end of the porch to the horse-block.

atc 030820Thursday, August 20, 1903
It has been a very nice day only a little cloudy.
Papa went on an excursion to Madison, Wis. today.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and then helped drive two cows, which papa had sold, up through town from our pasture.
Right after dinner I helped a man get some oats and weigh them and then I hoed corn till night.
Eleanor is nineteen years old today.

Friday, August 21, 1903
It has been a nice day only partly cloudy.
I hoed corn all day and after supper I went to a dance down to the park and had a very good time.

Saturday, August 22, 1903
It sprinkled a little this morning and has been cloudy nearly all day.
I took the milk to the factory this morning and then helped around down at the other place for threshing.
We threshed from four till six this afternoon and got about 550 bu. of oats.
Harriet Avery of Galesburg came to visit Louise this afternoon.

Sunday, August 23, 1903
It has been partly cloudy and partly clear today.
I went to a ballgame this afternoon down to the park.  The Hinckley team beat the Maple Parks by a score of 7 to 4.

Monday, August 24, 1903
It has been cloudy nearly all day and it sprinkled three different times this afternoon.
We threshed all day and finished tonight.  We got about 2550 bu. of oats off of 65 acres.

Tuesday, August 25, 1903
It rained last night and has been cloudy most of the time today.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and then staid in the house most of the rest of the forenoon.  I hoed corn all of the afternoon.

Wednesday, August 26, 1903
It has been cloudy all day and has been raining most of the afternoon.
I hoed corn all the forenoon and helped pick sweet corn this afternoon until the rain stopped us.

Thursday, August 27, 1903
It rained all of last night and part of the forenoon and has been cloudy all the rest of the day.
I took the milk up to the factory but it was too wet to work any.
Aunt Georgie Yates and her children and George came home from Maine today but Grandma is to stay for a while longer.

Friday, August 28, 1903
It was cloudy all this forenoon it cleared up a little this afternoon and tonight at half past ten it is raining again.
Papa went to Chicago this morning.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and then helped pick sweetcorn the rest of the day.
I played cards with Louise and Harriet Avery for a while after supper.

Saturday, August 29, 1903
It has been cloudy and cold all day and has sprinkled two or three times.
I picked sweetcorn this forenoon but cut weeds in the corn all the afternoon.
I went to a dance down at the park tonight with Harriet and Louise and had a good time.

Sunday, August 30, 1903
It has been cloudy all day.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning.
Uncle Will, Aunt Jennie, Aunt Georgie, Fred Yates, Oscar Yates and Jane Tapper drove out this afternoon for a while.

Monday, August 31, 1903
It has been partly fair and partly cloudy today.
I started to go to school again today and am in the third year of H. S.  I take History, Latin (Cicero), Literature, and Chemistry.
Harriet Avery went home this morning.  George did not start to school today because his eyes are too sore.

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