My grandfather, Amos Claycomb, kept diaries for most of his life. The earliest I have is his 1900 diary when he was 14 years old.
He switched from small bound diaries to desk calendars. He wrote less than he had earlier – of course, the temperature and some weather notes, and his main task on the farm.
In September 1958, he was 72 years old, and made the trip from Wayne, Nebraska to Tucson, Arizona for his fraternity reunion. It’s briefly noted on the calendar.
His next entries were on the 8th and 15th of October 1958 – both medical in nature.
Those were his last entries. From now on Grandma (Ruth Bressler Claycomb) wrote on the desk calendar. It’s very touching – and a little difficult to read. She didn’t leave much in writing, a few letters and this calendar. Warning for the family: Get the tissues handy.
John Helen & boys came this eve. John is the oldest son; his family lives in Wisconsin.
John Helen & boys left this P.M.
Took Amos to Hospital before 7 A.M. Paralysis set in.
Took Amos to Meth[odist] Hosp. in Omaha. John Bressler took me down. Dr. Benthack showed x-ray picture of vertebrae disintegrated. John Bressler is Ruth’s brother.
Amos no better and nothing to do. John B[ressler] went home and Helen [his wife] came down to Omaha about 6 P.M.
Amos the same – Helen & I came home in the P.M. Called Barbara – John Frank & Richard called. Barbara, John, Frank, and Richard are their children who live outside of Nebraska. Their son George lives on the farm with them.
John pick Richard up in Sioux City.
John Richard to Omaha and Amos came home to hospital here.
John met Frank in Sioux Falls, S.D.
John left at 4:17 A.M. for Minden. Not sure of the place name. There is a Minden Nebraska, but not sure why John would be going that direction. Any ideas of what place it could be? Windam?
Frank left for Ames. Richard left & met in Sioux City. Frank is going to Ames because his son, Tom, is at Iowa State College for his freshman year.
Frank returned from Ames P.M.
John Helen & boys arrived about 6 P.M.
George took Frank to Omaha to catch is plane. Met Barbara on her arrival.
George and I took Barbara to Omaha to take plane for L.A. Storm warnings. Barbara’s plane late.
George picked Tom up on No. 20 in eve. Tom is Frank’s son.
George Tom & I for Thanksgiving – sent oysters to Amos but he didn’t eat them. The family will recognize this is a very serious event. Grandpa loved oysters that were a special dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Part 2 is here.
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Donna, Regarding the location in the Nov 3rd entry. We lived in Windom, Minnesota for the last part of my kindergarten year and first part of my 1st grade year. I don’t think that would be the location because that should be a year earlier than I was in those grades. My memory also says we were on the farm when Amos died though my memory is sketchy.
Bob, maybe he was checking it out or something. That makes more sense than the other places. Thanks. I know you were kind of young, but do you remember any of those trips?