Amos Claycomb’s November 1910 Diary

Life is changing for my grandfather in late 1910.  He has met the woman he will marry and makes some rather cryptic entries.  One on the 17th:  Ruth Bressler.  Did this mean he had made a decision here?  And then there are the mysterious ledger entries – I think around cards and cribbage – on the 19th, a loss is a donation to science and a gain is luck.  

Tuesday, November 1, 1910
Hauled feed today with Arthur.

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Wednesday, November 2, 1910
Hauled feed all day.

Thursday, November 3, 1910
Picked up heads of maize all day as it was too windy to haul feed.

Friday, November 4, 1910
Picked up heads this a.m.

Saturday, November 5, 1910
Snowed last night but melted off today.
Played cards at Harker’s tonight.

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Sunday, November 6, 1910
Harker family and Armstrong over this p.m.

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Monday, November 7, 1910
Hauled and stacked maize all day with Arthur.

Tuesday, November 8, 1910
Finished stacking maize today.  Got around 70 tons off of about 125 acres at a rough guess.  Some was headed well but it was also poor in spots.

Wednesday, November 9, 1910
Drove into Amarillo this p.m. with Ruth Bressler.  Harkers went along in their buggy.  Staid to see a couple of moving pictures show after supper and then drove back home.

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Thursday,  November 10, 1910
Started to haul and stack kaffir corn today but it is pretty dry and shatters badly.  Got up four loads.

Friday, November 11, 1910
Hauled kaffir today.

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Saturday, November 12, 1910
Hauled kaffir this a.m. and picked up maize heads after dinner.  Played cards at Harker’s tonight.

Sunday, November 13, 1910
Went hunting quail with Ruth B. and the Harkers after dinner and drove her back to Bush.  No quail.

Monday, November 14, 1910
Arthur started to drill in my wheat today.  I picked up maize heads after dinner.

Tuesday, November 15, 1910
Arthur drilled wheat all day.

Wednesday, November 16, 1910
Arthur drilled this a.m. while I drove to Bush after some more wheat to be sent out on the train from Amarillo but the train didn’t come today at all.  Saw eight coyotes on my way to Bush this a.m.

Thursday, November 17, 1910
Drove to Bush after the wheat again this a.m. but train didn’t reach there until dark, tonight.  Ruth Bressler.

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Friday, November 18, 1910
Foggy and damp this a.m.  Finished drilling in wheat this p.m. and I took the drill back to Paine’s.  Put in exactly 50 acres of wheat using about 2/3 bu. of seed to the acre.

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Saturday, November 19, 1910
Took train to Amarillo from Bush this noon.  Played cards at Harker’s when I got back and staid there all night as pony broke loose.

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Sunday, November 20, 1910
Rode Harker’s horse home this morning and found pony.  Took her back to Bush and staid there for dinner.  Went quail hunting this p.m. with Ruth and the others.

Monday, November 21, 1910
Finished hauling and stacking kaffir corn roughness today.  Got about 25 tons off of about 75 acres.  Not headed at all but good enough feed.

Tuesday, November 22, 1910
Hauled loose roughness today which we were not able to haul with the bundles.

Wednesday, November 23, 1910
Drove pony to Amarillo with Ruth today to see the “Goddess of Liberty” tonight and drove back to Bush after the show and staid there all night.  Mr. and Mrs. Harker drove in.

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Thursday, November 24, 1910
Ate dinner at Bush.  Drove pony to Amarillo with Ruth and attended formal dance given by the Elks tonight.  Harkers also present.  Staid at hotel tonight.

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Friday, November 25, 1910
Drove home this a.m. and picked up maize heads this p.m.

Saturday, November 26, 1910
Started to build fence around the wheat ground today and got all of the posts in.

Sunday, November 27, 1910
Drove over to Bush after dinner and staid there for supper.

Monday, November 28, 1910
Ruth started home today and I went to Am- with her and the Harkers.  Came back tonight.

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Tuesday, November 29, 1910
Finished putting a fence around my wheat land today and tore out my old pasture fence which gives me most of Sec. 8 for pasture.

Wednesday, November 30, 1910
Went up town after the mail this a.m. and worked around the barn this afternoon.

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1910 nov 30 snow in town

1910 Nov 30 Snow in town [probably Wildorado, Texas].


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