The End: Grandpa’s Diaries

box with diariesThere are two entries in the 1911 diary for January 1912; there is no 1912 diary to my knowledge. 

Tuesday, January 2, 1912
Snow thawed a little today.  Rode up town after the mail this p.m.

January 16, 1912
The snow is partly off the ground now so stock can graze a little.  Covered the ground 28 days.

box label

The label on the metal box that holds Amos Claycomb’s diaries

These are the ledger entries for January through February which includes the sale of the remaining property in Texas.  

Jan 1912 LedgFeb 1912 LedgAmos was moving to Illinois in preparation for his marriage to Ruth Bressler.  They married in Wayne, Nebraska on June 15, 1912.
1912 ATC RB marriage

They set up household on a rented farm in Marengo, Illinois where their first child, John Bressler Claycomb, was born, April 12, 1913.  They later moved to Electric Park Corners in Sycamore, Illinois.  Their son, Frank Erwin Claycomb, was born in his grandfather’s (Frank Erwin Claycomb) house in Sycamore on February 2, 1915.  The family then moved to Ruth’s hometown of Wayne, Nebraska.  George Edward Claycomb was born there December 4, 1916; Barbara Claycomb was born December 12, 1918 and Richard Townsend Claycomb was born October 19, 1922.

Amos Townsend Claycomb died in Wayne, December 29, 1958, age 72.
Ruth Bressler Claycomb died in Wayne also, October 29, 1972, age 86.
Both are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Wayne, Nebraska.

Just a thought:  Grandpa Claycomb rarely wrote more than 2 or 3 lines, but he wrote each day about the everyday things.  He rarely told us how he felt or what his goals were, but we still learn a lot about his life.  I’ve had many people tell me how lucky I am to have my Grandfather’s diaries.  And I am lucky.  Wouldn’t most people want to have this glimpse into their grandparent’s life?  And yet, do we record the everyday things in our lives – maybe just 2 or 3 lines a day?  Yet, wouldn’t our grandchildren love to have that record of our lives?  Please consider keeping some form of diary.  It is a wonderful gift – in the keeping and in the sharing.


7 thoughts on “The End: Grandpa’s Diaries

  1. Thanks, Donna, for posting these entries along with the photos and the ledger entries. Taken all together, they give a much more complete story than just the diaries alone (which I tried to read but it was just too dry). Your efforts are much appreciated.


    • You are my best reader! There are a few bits and pieces left. And I have more ledgers, but no diaries until the 40s or so and they are very skinny! Marriage did something to his writing! Thanks for all your comments.


    • There needs to be only one great-grandchild (who you perhaps never meet) who is The Genealogist of their generation. They will love you for it! I wish I knew what folks had for lunch or what they talked about over dinner.


  2. Donna,
    I have a small diary related to Great Great grandpa’s (I think) expenses dated 1821/22. I will send it with the rest I am gathering for you.




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