Amos Claycomb’s April 1911 Diary

This is an important month for Amos and Ruth.  He travels to Wayne and is there for the wedding of Ruth’s sister, Kate, to William von Seggern.  While in Wayne, he makes a major purchase on the 19th.  He makes no mention of it in his diary, only in the ledger.

Saturday, April 1, 1911
Plowed all day.

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Sunday, April 2, 1911
Drove pony after mail this a.m.  It rained and hailed for about an hour this p.m. and about 3 inches of water fell and it is raining and hailing again tonight.  One of my steer calves was killed by lightning during the storm and the hen house was blown 30 ft. and set down on part of the header which was not under the shed.

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Monday, April 3, 1911
Skinned yearling and rebuilt hen-house today.  Drove pony up town after the mail this p.m.  Norther most of the day and it is misting tonight.

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Tuesday, April 4, 1911
Took train to Amarillo this noon and came back tonight.

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Wednesday, April 5, 1911
Nothing doing.

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Thursday, April 6, 1911
Cleaned some threshed maize for seed today.

Friday, April 7, 1911
Started plowing again today with both plows.

Saturday, April 8, 1911
Plowed today and I plowed the fresh plowing this p.m.  Rode pony over to Bush tonight but came home early.

Sunday, April 9, 1911
Drove team to Wil- after some homco and the mail this a.m.  Drove them over to Bush- after dinner for some maize and kaffir seed.

Monday, April 10, 1911
Plowed all day.

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Tuesday, April 11, 1911
Plowed all day.

Wednesday, April 12, 1911
I rolled this a.m. with Norman plowing.  I took six plow points over to Ballew’s after dinner and he sharpened them for me.

Thursday, April 13, 1911
Rolled all day while Norman plowed.  A piece on the gang broke on the last round tonight.  Drove pony up to Harker’s after supper and staid there all night.

Friday, April 14, 1911
Took train to Amarillo after the repairs but had to send to Dallas for them.  Got some kaffir and shumac seed of Early.

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Saturday, April 15, 1911
Arthur plowed with the sulky today while I went after my seed at Wil-.  Rode pony over to Bush tonight.

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Sunday, April 16, 1911
Took train to Amarillo this noon with Bert and staid at the Elks all the p.m.   Took Santa Fe to Kansas City tonight.

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Monday, April 17, 1911
Reached K. C. about 6 p.m. and ate supper with Beardsley at the K.C. Athletic Club.  Took Burlington for Omaha at 10:40 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 18, 1911
Reached Omaha this morning and got to Wayne a little after six tonight.

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Wednesday, April 19, 1911
Out auto riding this p.m. with Ruth, Kate, Will and Fred Pile.

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1911 kate will signs, April 20, 1911
Saw Kate and Will married tonight.
[Kate Bressler, sister of Ruth Bressler, married William Von Seggern.
They settled in  Wayne, Nebraska.]

Friday, April 21, 1911
With Ruth most of the time today.

Saturday, April 22, 1911
Started home this morning.  Ate lunch with Mr. Combs at the Omaha Commercial Club.

Sunday, April 23, 1911
Rode thru Kansas all day.

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Monday, April 24, 1911
Reached Amarillo this a.m. and got out at Bush tonight and staid all night with Koot.  Heavy rain all over this country last night.

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Tuesday, April 25, 1911
Koot drove me home this a.m.  Too wet to do any work.

Wednesday, April 26, 1911
Rode pony after the mail this a.m.

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Thursday, April 27, 1911
Helped Armstrong load some kaffir and maize which I sold him this a.m.  Fixed fence with Arthur on Sec. 11 after dinner.

Friday, April 28, 1911
Arthur rolled some old plowing all day.  I rode pony after the mail this a.m. and over to Bush- after dinner.

Saturday, April 29, 1911
Arthur plowed all day.  I started to plant sorghum on the 40 acres east of the house on Sec. 8 and am double rowing it for feed.

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Sunday, April 30, 1911
Rode pony after the mail and did my washing this a.m.  Sharpened a plow point and then rode pony over to Harker’s and staid for supper.

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