Amos Claycomb’s May 1910 Diary

My grandfather, Amos Claycomb, in May 1910 is farming in Wildorado, Texas.  He sees Halley’s comet for the first time.  Several days are spent tacking canvas on the house walls to prepare them for papering.  

Sunday, May 1, 1910
Took Arabel G. out driving this p.m.

Monday, May 2, 1910
Norther blowing so cold today that we did not try to work.

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Tuesday, May 3, 1910
Started to rain at noon and is still misting tonight.  Rode pony up town after the mail right after dinner.

Wednesday, May 4, 1910
Rainy and misting all day.  Homer and I tacked canvas on the walls of the living room today.

Thursday, May 5, 1910
It rained hard for a short time last night and was cloudy till noon.  Homer worked up town this p.m. for another man.  I tack on canvas all day to be ready for papering.

Friday, May 6, 1910
Planted all day while Homer worked up town.  Finished the kaffir corn and started on maize about the middle of the forenoon.

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Saturday, May 7, 1910
Homer planted maize all day while I cleaned some seed.

Sunday, May 8, 1910
Homer and I took both the black mares over to Womble’s this forenoon.  See May 16.

Monday, May 9, 1910
Drove into Amarillo this p.m. with Mrs. Barger.  Attended Elk lodge tonight.

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Tuesday, May 10, 1910
Staid in town all day.

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Wednesday, May 11, 1910
Drove home this p.m. and brought Doc True to look at a horse of Russell’s and then drove him back to Bushland to the train.

Thursday, May 12, 1910
Homer planted all day.

Friday, May 13, 1910
Rained most all of last night and was too wet to work in the field today.

Saturday, May 14, 1910
Misty and rainy all day.  Homer and I tacked canvas in the hall way all the a.m. and rode up town this p.m.  Rode pony over to Harker’s for supper and then played cards.

Sunday, May 15, 1910
It rained hard with hail last night and water is standing all around barn and house this a.m.  Rode pony up town this p.m. for a short time.

Monday, May 16, 1910
Norther blowing this morning and it has turned cold.  Homer took mares over to Womble’s again today.

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Tuesday, May 17, 1910
Homer planted maize today.

Wednesday, May 18, 1910
It sprinkled for a while this morning and Homer didn’t start to plant until 9 a.m.

Thursday, May 19, 1910
Drove pony into town – Am- this p.m. and had her shod.  Spent evening with Bill Monning.

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Friday, May 20, 1910
In Amarillo all day.  Spent evening with Bill M. and friend.

Saturday, May 21, 1910
Ditto.  Evening not quite as profitable.

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Sunday, May 22, 1910
Cold norther with a misty rain blowing this a.m.  Drove home from Amarillo this p.m. and slept most of the day.

Monday, May 23, 1910
Drove pony up town this a.m. after the mail.  Worked on machinery shed with Homer this p.m. as the planter is broken just now.  Saw Halley’s comet tonight for the first time.

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Tuesday, May 24, 1910
Worked on machinery shed this p.m. with Homer.  Drove to Wildo- tonight with Armstrong and called at Goodman’s.

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Wednesday, May 25, 1910
Homer started to plant again today.  Found a blue weed patch in the oat field this a.m. and worked on it for a while this p.m.  Very hot today with a two minute shower this p.m.

Thursday, May 26, 1910
Pulled blue weeds all the a.m.  Drilled some sorghum plates for the planter this p.m.

Friday, May 27, 1910
Homer finished planting maize this a.m. and then started on the sorghum.  Rode pony up town after supper and called on Clara N. for a little while.

Saturday, May 28, 1910
Homer planted all day.  Drove pony over to Bush after supper and played cards.

Sunday, May 29, 1910
Staid around the house all day.

Monday, May 30, 1910
Worked on screens for the house most of the day.  Homer still planting.  Planted a few melon, cucumber, pumpkin and squash seed in the north end of the Indian corn field this a.m.

Tuesday, May 31, 1910
Worked on screens all day.  It has been very warm for the last few days.  Thermometer goes up to 90 – 100 every p.m. with very little wind.


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