Amos Claycomb’s October 1911 Diary

Amos travelled to Illinois to look at land and see his family and to Nebraska to see Ruth.
He met a fraternity brother, Art Beardsley in Kansas City on the way.  A train starts a prairie fire on his land on the 17th.  It’s a very busy month.
Sunday, October 1, 1911
Started to Sycamore this a.m. taking the Rock Island to Chicago.  Went to El Reno and took a sleeper from there to Kansas City.
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Monday, October 2, 1911
Reached Kansas City about 8:45 a.m.   Went to a show this p.m. with Beardsley and took sleeper to Chicago at 6:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, October 3, 1911
Reached Chicago about noon as we were several hours late.  Visited Uncle Will Tapper for a while and took 4:35 train home.  Reached there a little after six.
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Wednesday, October 4, 1911
Staid in Sycamore all day and ate up at Eleanor’s tonight.

Thursday, October 5, 1911
Went over to Marengo this a.m. with father, Mr. Rompf and Mr. Gross.  Looked over farm which we are figuring on trading my Texas land for and came back to Syc- over the new interurban.
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Friday, October 6, 1911
Figured with the owner of the Marengo land all the morning but we couldn’t agree and the deal fell through.  Started for Wayne tonight on the Northwestern from DeKalb at 7:45.
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Saturday, October 7, 1911
Arrived Sioux City this a.m. and met Ruth when she arrived.  Left at 4:35 for Wayne and got there about seven tonight.
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Sunday, October 8, 1911
Staid in Wayne until 2:15 this p.m. when I left for Omaha.  Staid there until 10:45 tonight and then took the Burlington to Kansas City.  Went to the Orpheum for short time tonight.
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Monday, October 9, 1911
Left Kansas City at 8 a.m. and the Santa Fe and rode thru Kansas most of the day.  Ate dinner at Emporia and supper at Wellington, Kan.
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Tuesday, October 10, 1911
Reached Amarillo this morning and came out home at 4:20 this p.m.
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Wednesday, October 11, 1911
Cut maize all day while Norman shocked some kaffir he had cut while I was gone.  He cut kaffir every day last week and maize yesterday and today.  The maize is down pretty bad and most of the heads have fallen off.

Thursday, October 12, 1911
Ditto.

Friday, October 13, 1911
Ditto.  Very warm this week with little or no wind.

Saturday, October 14, 1911
Finished cutting maize about 2:30 p.m. and started on the kaffir corn again.

Sunday, October 15, 1911
Staid around the house most of the day and drove over to Harker’s tonight.  Cold norther most of the day.

Monday, October 16, 1911
Norman and I went over to Bushland this a.m. and brought back a couple of calves which I had bought of Bert, and branded them.  We picked up maize heads this p.m.
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Tuesday, October 17, 1911
Norman cut kaffir until he broke down this p.m. and I picked up heads.   The passenger train started a prairie fire on Sec. 11 tonight and Norman and I worked till 7:30 putting it out.  We swept it out with brooms but it burned about 150 acres of grass and a few shocks of feed.

Wednesday, October 18, 1911
Norman drove up town after some binder repairs this a.m. and we fixed up the binder before dinner.  Norman cut kaffir after dinner while I picked up heads.

Thursday, October 19, 1911
Norman cut kaffir today while I picked up heads.

Friday, October 20, 1911
Norman cut kaffir until noon and then we both worked on the heads this p.m.

Saturday, October 21, 1911
It started to rain last night but soon changed to snow which covered the ground this a.m.  Norman and I had to chase Ward’s cattle out of my sorghum this a.m. and then fix the fence and I fixed fence most of the p.m.

1910 feeding cattle from wagon

Feeding cattle, 1910. One of Amos Claycomb’s photos.

Sunday, October 22, 1911
Rode over in the Campbell pasture with Ballew, Putman, Meeks, Baldwin and Norman this p.m. to look at a bunch of cattle.  Came back by way of Bush- and stopped at Harker’s for a few minutes.

Monday, October 23, 1911
Both Arthur and I cut kaffir all day.  Norman used Ballew’s binder which I have rented.

Tuesday, October 24, 1911
Arthur broke down shortly after dinner but I cut all day.

Wednesday, October 25, 1911
I cut kaffir all day while Norman picked up heads.

Thursday, October 26, 1911
My machine broke this a.m. but got it fixed and started after dinner when I was stopped by a norther with rain which is still on tonight.
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Friday, October 27, 1911
Snow covered the ground this morning and it has been snowing, sleeting and raining all day.  Hauled a load of feed from the field this p.m. for the stock.

Saturday, October 28, 1911
Raining and sleeting nearly all day.  Took train to Amarillo this a.m. and staid with Arthur Mc- tonight.  Ordered a pair of riding boots today.
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Sunday, October 29, 1911
Took train out to Bushland this p.m. and staid all night with Harker.  Snow nearly all gone but it is still muddy.

Monday, October 30, 1911
Drove home this forenoon and rode pony to Wil- after the mail this p.m.  Norman took Harker’s boar back to him this p.m.  Clear most of the day but the ground is still very soft.
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Tuesday, October 31, 1911
Rode over to Bushland on pony this a.m. but only staid a short time.  Started to shock some feed this p.m. but it was too wet.
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