Amos Claycomb’s February 1911 Diary

February 1911 was an important month in the lives of my grandparents.  Amos had traveled from where he was living in Texas to his hometown, Sycamore, Illinois.  Ruth Bressler came to visit and meet the family.  And then Amos traveled to her hometown, Wayne, Nebraska, to meet her family.  

Wednesday, February 1, 1911
Went over to DeKalb after dinner and had the other side of my nose fixed.

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Thursday, February 2, 1911
Went over to DeKalb this a.m. but came home right away.  Went over again after supper and staid all night at a hotel.

Friday, February 3, 1911
Met Ruth this morning when she arrived about six o’clock.  Came right over home and staid here most of the day.  Louise, Dutch, Ruth and I went up to a dance at Pierce’s Hall about 9:30 and came home at 11:30.

Saturday, February 4, 1911
Staid home most of the day but saw the vaudeville at DeKalb tonight with Ruth, Louise and Dutch.

Sunday, February 5, 1911
Whole family went up to Eleanor’s for dinner.  Blizzard started this p.m. which stopped the cars and we had to come home in a hack.

Monday, February 6, 1911
Louise, Ruth, Dutch and I went into Chicago this a.m. and came out at 11:15 p.m.  Saw the New York Hippodrome this p.m. at the Auditorium and David Warfield in “The Return of Peter Grimm” tonight at the Blackstone.

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Tuesday, February 7, 1911
Went over to DeKalb this a.m.  Staid in house all day but went up to Dan Wild’s after supper for Ruth and Louise who had been there for a card party.

Wednesday, February 8, 1911
Ruth went up to Eleanor’s to a bridge party this p.m. and I went up town.  Staid home tonight.

Thursday, February 9, 1911
Took Ruth’s trunk up to the depot this a.m.  Took her over to DeKalb on the 7:30 car tonight and she took the 7:45 train west.  Dutch left tonight for Boise.

Friday, February 10, 1911
Went up town this p.m. but staid home tonight.

Saturday, February 11, 1911
Up town this p.m.  Home tonight.

Sunday, February 12, 1911
Went over to DeKalb this a.m. to see doctor for the last time.  Called at Uncle Fred’s, Gates’ and Dan Wild’s after dinner and ate lunch at Eleanor’s.

Monday, February 13, 1911
Up town both this morning and afternoon.  Left DeKalb at 7:45 tonight for Wayne.

Tuesday, February 14, 1911
Reached Sioux City at 8:15 a.m.   Staid there until 4:35 p.m. when I left for Wayne getting there about seven.  Met by Ruth at the train and went up to the Bressler’s.

Bressler home, Wayne, Nebraska, about 1916.

Bressler home, Wayne, Nebraska, about 1916.

Wednesday, February 15, 1911
In Wayne all day.

Thursday, February 16, 1911
In Wayne all day.  Fire tonight.

Friday, February 17, 1911
Left for Lincoln this a.m. with Ruth and stopped a couple of hours in Omaha.  Reached Lincoln about 3:30.  Took Ruth out to the Tri Delt house and came back to the Lincoln Hotel.  Took Ruth to the Tri Delt annual at the Lincoln tonight.

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Saturday, February 18, 1911
Took Ruth to the Lincoln for lunch and to see “Polly of the Circus” this p.m. at the Oliver theater.  Talked with her a few minutes after their banquet and started for Texas at 1 a.m. on the Burlington.

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Sunday, February 19, 1911
Reached Kansas City this a.m. and left there late at about 10:40.  Snow blowing a blizzard all day.   Ate dinner at Topeka and supper at Wellington.

Monday, February 20, 1911
Reached Amarillo about 11 a.m. and staid there until 7:30 tonight.  Got off at Bush and staid there all night with Harkers.

Tuesday, February 21, 1911
Koot drove me home from Bush this forenoon and staid for dinner.  Drove the mares to Wildorado after dinner for my baggage.  Snowing all day.

Wednesday, February 22, 1911
Norman went to Amarillo on train today to get a tooth fixed.  Am feeding fodder to the horses and calves now as the ground is covered with snow.

Thursday, February 23, 1911
Rode pony up town this a.m. after the mail.  Worked around the place this afternoon.

Friday, February 24, 1911
Took train into Amarillo from Bushland this noon and came back tonight.  Staid at Harker’s all night.

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Saturday, February 25, 1911
Harker came out home to dinner with me.  After dinner we drove to Wildorado and then back to Bushland.

Sunday, February 26, 1911
Staid at Harker’s last night.  Traded him a fat sow of mine and $5 for two calves.

Monday, February 27, 1911
Drizzled all day.

Tuesday, February 28, 1911
Norther with snow started last night and has been on all day.  Am keeping part of the horses in the barn and am feeding the rest of the stock in the pasture.

Cast of Characters:
“Dutch” – I think this is Amos’ brother George.  He lived in Boise.  His children had nicknames, although I can’t remember his son Ralph’s, but his son Edward was called ‘Pete’ and his son George was called ‘Goob’ – lovely.
Dan Wild:  Eleanor Townsend’s nephew, son of Sarah Pierce and George Wild.
Louise and Eleanor: Amos’ sisters.
Uncle Fred:  Fred Townsend, brother of Amos’ mother, Anna Sarah.
Harkers:  Ruth Bressler’s sister Maud and her husband, O.A. Harker, who lived near Amos in Texas.



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