Amos Claycomb’s November 1903 Diary

atc 110203Sunday, November 1, 1903
It has been a nice day only cloudy part of the time.
I took the customer’s milk up on foot this morning and have staid home the rest of the day.

Monday, November 2, 1903
It has been a nice day but cloudy part of the time.
Papa started today to built a new cement walk in front of the house.

Tuesday, November 3, 1903
It was very cloudy at first this morning but after this cleared up about noon the day was fair.
I went to the second of a series of six lectures given every two weeks at the Waterman Hall tonight.  They are on the native tribes of America and so far have been very good.

Wednesday, November 4, 1903
It was very foggy this morning and has been cloudy all day.
Aunt Alta and George went up to Grandma’s for supper tonight.

Thursday, November 5, 1903
It has been pretty cold today with a strong north-west wind and has been partly cloudy.

Friday, November 6, 1903
It has been partly cloudy and partly clear today and pretty cold.  Water froze fairly hard last night.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and have been beating carpets or cleaning the lawn all the rest of the day.

Saturday, November 7, 1903
It has been a very nice day only a little cool.
I walked to and from town this morning and took the customers’ milk.  I worked around the house most of the rest of the day and went up town for a little while after supper.

Sunday, November 8, 1903
It has been a very nice day.
I took the customers milk up on foot this morning.
Papa had our cement walk laid today because he could not get the men very well any other time before it gets cold.  The cement walk was laid in the front of the house and then a little by the back house and to the cistern.

Monday, November 9, 1903
It has been cloudy nearly all day and a high west wind has been blowing most of the time.
Aunt Alta went back home from her visit here this morning.
I bowled my first game tonight at the new bowling alley and got 117.

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Tuesday, November 10, 1903
It has been a nice day.
I walked to school but caught a ride home.
I made a new record, 118, while bowling tonight.

Wednesday, November 11, 1903
It rained hard last night and a little this morning.  A strong west wind blew this morning and it has been cloudy nearly all day.
I went to a concert at the Opera House tonight and after that bowled until twelve o’clock when I walked home.  I made a new record of 125.

Thursday, November 12, 1903
It has been partly cloudy and partly clear.
I bowled three games after school but wasn’t much good.

Friday, November 13, 1903
It has been partly cloudy and partly fair today but tonight at about half past nine it is sprinkling.
I bowled five games after school tonight.  My scores in order were 91; 104; 119; 123; 108.

Saturday, November 14, 1903
It has been partly cloudy and partly clear today.
I worked around home all day chopping kindling wood and picking popcorn but after supper I went up town and bowled three games making 110, 143, 169 in order.

Sunday, November 15, 1903
The sun shone for a little while this morning but it soon clouded up and has been cloudy the rest of the day.  A southwest wind has been blowing and it sprinkled a little after supper.
I walked to and from Sunday School.

atc 111603Monday, November 16, 1903
It has been cloudy and cold all day.  A strong northerly wind has been blowing and it has sprinkled two or three different times.
I brought a pair of ferrets home tonight that Papa bought to kill rats.

Tuesday, November 17, 1903
It has been partly cloudy and partly clear but very cold with a strong west wind all day.
I went to a lecture tonight at the Waterman Hall and also bowled some.  My highest scores were 140 and 135.
It snowed hard for a little while this morning but it melted as soon as it touched the ground.

Wednesday, November 18, 1903
It has been clear all day but very cold.
I bowled four games after school tonight.  Scores 108, 121, 128, 121.
Aunt Jennie came from Galesburg last night to see Grandma who is still sick a bed but a little better.

Thursday, November 19, 1903
It has been a nice day only pretty cold.
I bowled two games after school tonight.  Scores 124 and 132.

Friday, November 20, 1903
It has been partly clear and partly cloudy today.
I bowled six games after school tonight.  Scores:  108, 109, 127, 132, 144, 152 not in order.

Saturday, November 21, 1903
It has been cloudy most of the time today.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning and then chopped kindling wood until noon.
I walked up town this afternoon and bowled twice getting 119 and 147; then after supper I walked up again and bowled three times.  Scores: 99; 139; 140.

Sunday, November 22, 1903
It was clear and warm at first this morning but it soon clouded up and is pretty cold tonight.
I walked to take the customers’ milk this morning.
Uncle Charlie, Aunt Jennie, Uncle Will and Jane came out for a little while this afternoon.
A car killed or hurt or we had to kill a little pig that had gotten out this afternoon.

Monday, November 23, 1903
It has been cloudy nearly all day and a strong north-west wind blew this morning.
Walter and Jennie Walrod came out on the car tonight and they and Louise and I played cards for a while.

Tuesday, November 24, 1903
It has been cloudy most of the time today.
I bowled one game after school and got 125.
I went up town after supper to see the H.S. bowling team play three different teams.  They won the first two but lost the third to the Commercial Club.

Wednesday, November 25, 1903
It has been cloudy most of the day.
I went into Chicago this morning to see the football game tomorrow.  This afternoon I went to Powers’ Theatre and saw William Crane in “The Spenders” and tonight I saw the the Grand Opera House Richard Mansfield in “Old Heidelberg.”  Both were very good.
I staid at the Palmer House tonight but ate my dinner and supper at the Boston Oyster House.

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Thursday, November 26, 1903
In South Chicago today it snowed very hard, downtown there were a few flurries but in Sycamore it did not snow at all.
I went to the football game this afternoon at Marshal Field between U. of Michigan and U. of Chicago.  Michigan won by better all-around playing by a score of 28 to 0.
I went to McVicker’s Theatre and saw “Checkers” which is comic and very good.  At eleven o’clock I started home on the Great Western.

Friday, November 27, 1903
It has been cloudy nearly all day.
I walked up town this morning to take the customers’ milk but slept all of the afternoon.
I drove up after supper to see Grandma who is a little better.
Yesterday and the day before I bowled 18 games at Mussey’s between Dearborn and Clark Sts, some alone and some with other fellows, but the best that I got was 161.

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Saturday, November 28, 1903
It snowed quite a little last night and some this morning and has been cloudy the rest of the day.
I took the milk up to the factory this morning.
I helped drive some cattle on the pony this afternoon from the Groves farm down to the butcher’s on our other place.
I went up town on the car after supper and blowed four games.  Scores: 98, 132, 150, 139.

Sunday, November 29, 1903
It snowed most of the forenoon but it cleared up about noon and is getting colder tonight.  The wind has been in the north most of the day.
I walked to and from town to take the customers’ milk.  I only milk one cow now as we are drying the other up.

Monday, November 30, 1903
It has been a very nice day.
I bowled four games tonight getting 160, 111, 124.

[This month’s entries made me smile.  Once he discovered bowling, he hardly missed a day.]  

ATC 1903 ledger nov p1ATC 1903 ledger nov p2 Friday by Kim Klassen

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