Amos Claycomb’s December 1903 Diary

atc 120103Tuesday, December 1, 1903
It was cloudy at first this morning but it soon cleared up and was fair the rest of the day.
I went to a lecture tonight at the Waterman Hall by Prof. Starr and after that I bowled two games getting 121 and 119.

Wednesday, December 2, 1903
The thermometer this morning was only 4º above zero but the air was so still that the cold was not felt very much.  It has been a little cloudy all day.
We began to play basketball in school tonight but only played a few minutes.

Thursday, December 3, 1903
It snowed a little last night and has been cloudy the greater part of the day.
I bowled three games after school but had an umpire so I had to be careful and only got 119, 90, 95.

Friday, December 4, 1903
It has been cloudy nearly all day and has snowed two or three times.
I went to a supper at the Universalist Church tonight.
I bowled five games of ten pins, getting 102; 119; 136; 140; 140, one game of four-back getting [illegible] and three of cock-tat getting 16; 22; 24.

Saturday, December 5, 1903
It has been cloudy and cold all day with a westerly wind.
I walked to take the customers’ milk up this morning but came right back.  I slept most of the afternoon.
We turned the stock in the corn-stalks today but still have about fifteen acres of corn to pick.

Sunday, December 6, 1903
It has been a very nice day and warmer than usual.
I walked up town this morning to take the customers’ milk but staid home all the rest of the day.

Monday, December 7, 1903
It has been cloudy nearly all day.
I went to a lecture after supper at the Waterman Hall.
I bowled five games today.  Scores 143; 124; 125; 138, 190.  The last is my highest so far.

Tuesday, December 8, 1903
It has been cloudy nearly all day and snowing most of the time but the snow was so light that it didn’t amount to much.
I went to a lecture tonight at the Opera House which was fair.  After this I bowled two games but got 88 and 106.

H.S.A.A. might stand for High School Athletic Association.  Any other ideas?

H.S.A.A. might stand for High School Athletic Association. Any other ideas?

Wednesday, December 9, 1903
It has been snowing nearly all day but the snow is very fine.
I went to an entertainment at the Opera House tonight given for the baseball team and it was very good.
I bowled three games of cock-tat after school.  Scores: 13, 17, 18 which are very poor.

Thursday, December 10, 1903
It has been a nice day only pretty cold.
I have basketball for a little while after school tonight.

Friday, December 11, 1903
It has been a nice day.
I bowled one game after school tonight and got 137.

Saturday, December 12, 1903
It snowed very hard last night and has been a blizzard all day with a strong north wind and the snow drifting.
I have staid home all day except that just before supper.  I walked down to the Grove’s place after the cow which had escaped from the barn-yard into the corn-field to get with the cattle that belong down there.

Sunday, December 13, 1903
The thermometer was 20º below zero this morning and it has been very cold all day being partly cloudy.
I walked up town this morning to take the customers’ milk and then most of the way back.

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Monday, December 14, 1903
The temperature was 8º below this morning and it has been cloudy most of the day.
I walked to school and part of the way home.
I played basketball for a while after school tonight.

Tuesday, December 15, 1903
It was 8º below again this morning and has been partly clear and partly cloudy today.  A light snow fell just after supper.
I went up to a lecture at the Waterman Hall tonight and then bowled a little.  Scores: 98, 122, 119, 113.

Wednesday, December 16, 1903
The temperature was 6º above this morning and it has been clear most of the day.
I played basketball after school tonight and then walked most of the way home.
I have taken the temperature for the last few mornings at about seven o’clock.

Thursday, December 17, 1903
At eight o’clock this morning the temperature was 10º below but it warmed up very much during the day.
I bowled two games after school getting 127 and 114.

Friday, December 18, 1903
The temperature was 10º above this morning and it has been cloudy most of the day.  The wind has been in the south and tonight it is raining a little but freezing on the ground.
I went to a party at Imo Hall’s tonight and had a very nice time.

Saturday, December 19, 1903
It has been cloudy all day and misting most of the time.
I took the milk up to the customers this morning and then bowled two games before noon.  Scores 153 and 147.  I bowled 3 games this afternoon and 4 after supper.  Scores:  116, 112, 150, 142, 124, 110, and for seven back 49.
I went to basketball games at the school between 1st and 2nd teams of boys and girls.  Both 1st teams won.

Sunday, December 20, 1903
It has been cloudy nearly all day but not very cold.
I took the customers’ milk up right after breakfast but have staid home the rest of the day.

Monday, December 21, 1903
It has been cloudy all day and not very cold.
I bowled two games after school tonight.  Scores: 133, 116.

Tuesday, December 22, 1903
The thermometer was 10º above this morning and it has been cloudy most of the day.
I bowled two games after school tonight but only got 112 and 90.
Papa bought a new cook-stove and set it up in the kitchen today.

Wednesday, December 23, 1903
It has been cloudy nearly [all] day but rather warm.
Eleanor came home from Lombard tonight and this morning Mrs. Hill and George went into Chicago to meet her.
I bowled two games after school getting 153 and 124.

Thursday, December 24, 1903
It has been a nice day.
I bowled three games after school getting 211, 113, 117.
I went up to a Christmas entertainment at the church after supper.

Friday, December 25, 1903
It snowed very hard until noon and then partially cleared up but the thermometer went down to nearly zero.
Grandma T., Uncle Will, Jane and Mary and the nurse came out here to dinner.
I went up town a little before six and bowled eight games.  Scores:  110, 113, 120, 97, 111, 121, 142, 130.
I went [won?] a $2 pair of bowling shoes today by getting second highest score, 211, in the last ten days.

ATC 122603Saturday, December 26, 1903
It was 11º below this morning and has been cloudy and cold most of the day with a strong west wind.
I bowled 5 games in all today getting 112, 117, 101, 121, 115.
For Christmas presents I got a diary from Grandma T, a stick-pin from Aunt Jennie, a real Indian war-club from Aunt Georgie, a bead watch-fob from Grandma C, a dollar each from Uncle Will and Grandma C., a book from Eleanor and Louise and some other little things.

Sunday, December 27, 1903
It was 26º above this morning and cloudy but when the clouds cleared away in the middle of the forenoon it began to get colder.
I walked up town and back this morning to take the customers milk and then to and from Sunday-School.

Monday, December 28, 1903
It has been cloudy nearly all day and snowing all the afternoon.
I bowled six games altogether today.  Scores:  148, 115, 115, 163, 111, 126.
I went to a private dance at the Opera House tonight with Eleanor and had a nice time.

Tuesday, December 29, 1903
It has been partly cloudy and partly clear and has been snowing a little today but the snow is fine and is drifted by a strong northerly wind.
I staid home all the forenoon but went up town this afternoon and bowled three games.  Scores:  153, 101, 101.

Wednesday, December 30, 1903
It has been partly cloudy today with a little snow and pretty cold.
I staid home all the forenoon but went up town this afternoon and bowled six games.  Scores: 139, 90, 129, 122, 127, 133.
Mrs. Amanda Wilson who used to work for us is visiting here tonight.  She now lives in Nebraska.

Thursday, December 31, 1903
It has been a very nice day.
I have bowled five games today.  Scores 174, 154, 145, 119, 126.  I went to a dance at the Opera House tonight but only had a fair time.
Yesterday afternoon at the matinee a fire in the new Iroquois theater in Chicago killed nearly 600 people.  Most of these were suffocated or trampled to death.

ATC 1903 ledger Dec p1

ATC 1903 ledger Dec p2

Friday by Kim Klassen

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