Amos Claycomb’s November 1911 Diary

On the 17th Amos sells 100 tons of grain – doesn’t that seem like a lot?  I’ve double-checked his entry and that’s what it says.  But I don’t find an entry in the ledger for the $400 that he should have gotten.  Maybe there was some trading going on here.

Wednesday, November 1, 1911
Started to shock feed this morning but a norther with rain came up and stopped us.  It rained, sleeted and snowed all day.

Thursday, November 2, 1911
Snowed last night and most of the time today and has turned off cold tonight with 3-4 inches of snow on the level.  Rode pony up after the mail this p.m.

Friday, November 3, 1911
Cloudy all day and drizzled part of the time but warm enough to melt part of the snow.  Drove over to Bushland and stayed at Harker’s all day.

Saturday, November 4, 1911
Clear most of the day and most of the snow has melted.  Mended grain sacks with Norman for a while this p.m. and then rode pony up after the mail.

Sunday, November 5, 1911
Rained a little last night but cleared off this forenoon.  Rode pony over to Yeager’s this morning and brought back a calf I bought of him.
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Monday, November 6, 1911
Arthur and I picked up heads for a while this a.m. and then started to shock the maize which has been on the ground through the three snow storms and is beginning to mold on the under side of the bundles.
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Tuesday, November 7, 1911
Finished the maize this p.m. and shocked kaffir for a while just before night.

Wednesday, November 8, 1911
Shocked kaffir all day.

Thursday, November 9, 1911
Shocked kaffir till noon.  I finished cutting the 2+ acres of kaffir left standing this afternoon and Arthur picked up maize heads.

Friday, November 10, 1911
Hauled a couple of loads of feed up to the barn this a.m. and picked up maize heads this p.m.
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Saturday, November 11, 1911
Took train to Amarillo this noon and came back tonight.  Brought back my riding boots which I had made by McLaughlin.  A strong south-west wind blew till nearly noon and its then switched to the north and got so cold that it is freezing hard tonight.
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Sunday, November 12, 1911
Staid around the house most of the day.  Clear and cold this morning but it warmed up a little during the day.

Monday, November 13, 1911
Picked up maize heads today.

Tuesday, November 14, 1911
Arthur picked up heads all day.  I rode pony over to the Gray ranch this a.m. and picked up heads after dinner.

Wednesday, November 15, 1911
Started to haul sorghum and stack it in the stack yard this morning.

Thursday, November 16, 1911
Stacked sorghum this a.m. but picked up heads this p.m. on account of the wind.

Friday, November 17, 1911
Stacked sorghum all  day.  Sold 100 tons of  kaffir and maize to Mr. Gray this p.m. at $4 a ton in the field.

Saturday, November 18, 1911
Stacked sorghum all day.  Drove up town just before supper to send a telegram concerning a land trade.
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Sunday, November 19, 1911
Rode pony over to Bushland this a.m. to engage help for threshing.
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Monday, November 20, 1911
Hauled and stacked maize all day.  Finished out sorghum stack this a.m. making total of about 35 tons.

Tuesday, November 21, 1911
Hauled and stacked maize all day.

Wednesday, November 22, 1911
Hauled and stacked maize this a.m.  Arthur picked up heads this a.m. while I rode around the country getting help to thresh.

Thursday, November 23, 1911
Hauled and stacked maize most of the day.

Friday, November 24, 1911
Men came this morning ready to help thresh but the machine did not show up and the men helped me finish stacking my maize and they hauled up three loads of kaffir which I stacked.

Saturday, November 25, 1911
Started to thresh my kaffir this a.m. but the machine gave trouble all day and we only threshed about75 bushels off of about 10 acres.

Sunday, November 26, 1911
Sold the rest of my kaffir in the field to Ballew today at $3.50 and $4 a ton and then rode down to the Gray ranch and sold some more maize @ $4.  Then rode pony over to Bush- after some help.

Monday, November 27, 1911
Norther with drifting snow started last night.  Snow lasted till about noon and the wind all day.  Drove pony up town this p.m.
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Tuesday, November 28, 1911
Hard norther all day and staid home.

Wednesday, November 29, 1911
Drove team to Wildorado this a.m. and brought back a load of coal.  Drove pony to Amarillo this p.m. and staid at the Amarillo hotel tonight.

Thursday, November 30, 1911
Ate dinner at the McKnight’s.  Went to the Elk’s formal dance tonight with Bess Wheatly.  Cabbed with Bill Monning and Miss Gallagher.
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