For Christmas Amos received several ‘reminders’ – these are the diaries he kept. The family must have recognized his penchant for keeping diaries.
Thursday, December 1, 1910
Up town this a.m. after mail.
Friday, December 2, 1910
Took some maize and maize heads over to Mr. Ballow’s after dinner and ground it in his mill.
Saturday, December 3, 1910
Sunday, December 4, 1910
Staid around the house all day except for going after the mail this a.m. Very dusty with a strong wind from the south-west.
Monday, December 5, 1910
Drove to Bush after dinner and played cards most of the p.m. and after supper with Bert.
Tuesday, December 6, 1910
Drove to Wildorado after the mail this a.m. and drove a wagon to Bush after dinner to get some maize of Harker. Bought calf of Armstrong for $17.
Wednesday, December 7, 1910
Helped drive Arthur’s bronc over to Ballow’s after a cart this afternoon.
Thursday, December 8, 1910
Rode over to Gray’s ranch this afternoon with Arthur. He rode his bronc for the first time.
Friday, December 9, 1910
Saturday, December 10, 1910
Took train to Amarillo from Bushland this noon and came back tonight.
Sunday, December 11, 1910
Staid home all day. Cloudy with a north wind blowing.
Monday, December 12, 1910
Tuesday, December 13, 1910
Wednesday, December 14, 1910
Cloudy all day and it sprinkled a little this afternoon. Bought two Hereford heifer calves of Nicolson this morning and Arthur and I rode to Wildorado after them this afternoon.
Thursday, December 15, 1910
Got some new records for the talking machine this morning and took them all over to Bushland this afternoon but only staid a short time.
Friday, December 16, 1910
Rode horseback all day around the country to look for some cheap calves but didn’t find any.
Saturday, December 17, 1910
Went to Amarillo on the train this noon and came back tonight. Staid up at Bush for a while.
Sunday, December 18, 1910
Staid home all day.
Monday, December 19, 1910
Drove up town this forenoon after the mail. Ground some maize grain and heads over at Ballow’s after dinner.
Tuesday, December 20, 1910
Norvell came out last night and started to change the stairway in the house today as it was too steep.
Wednesday, December 21, 1910
Helped carpenter all day.
Thursday, December 22, 1910
Friday, December 23, 1910
Ditto. Norman drove to Amarillo and I cooked dinner.
Saturday, December 24, 1910
About finished the entrance way to the kitchen door today.
Sunday, December 25, 1910
Norvell went home this forenoon and I drove the pony over to Harker’s for dinner and staid there until late tonight. For presents I got $50 from father, neckties from Nell, candy from Louise, a cigar sent from Edward, handkerchiefs from George, a book from Aunt George and several reminders.
Monday, December 26, 1910
Drove wagon to Wil- this a.m. and got some coal and lumber. Cloudy with a cold south wind blowing all day.
Tuesday, December 27, 1910
Wednesday, December 28, 1910
Rode over to Harker’s after dinner.
Thursday, December 29, 1910
Drove team over to Bush after some maize this p.m. but wasn’t able to get it.
Friday, December 30, 1910
Strong wind from the south blowing all day and staid in the house most of the time.
Saturday, December 31, 1910
Went to Amarillo this noon on the train from Bushland and came back tonight. Played cards at Harker’s until midnight.
So what was the present for which he spent $45 on Dec. 16? This month he doesn’t go to any dances or movies, or take any ladies driving (though the weather probably factors into the lack of driving). Is he totally smitten with Ruth and thus not entertaining anyone else? Eagerly awaiting further installments (though I suppose I could go read the hard copy we have sitting on the bookshelf, but it’s more fun to read just a bit at a time on a weekly basis; thanks for posting these).
Kathy, I love that you read these even closer than I do! Almost every month I want him to give more details!! I think he had to watch his social life a little because Harkers were there and would be watching out for Ruth’s interests. Also had to save his money.