Amos Claycomb’s Grades University of Illinois Urbana

atc grade scanThis is a fine little folder of the grades received by Amos Claycomb at the University of Illinois.  He graduated in 1909.  Please note this should be left on file in the Registrar’s office when not in use by the student.  A duplicate will cost fifteen cents.



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Amos Claycomb’s December 1909 Diary

My grandfather, Amos Claycomb, is farming in Wildorado, Texas, near Amarillo in 1909.  He goes to town (Wildorado) for his mail and some supplies – he sometimes walks, sometimes rides the pony, and occasionally takes the train.  In December he hires Homer Russell and his family to work on the place with him.  I would love to know more about the Russells.

Wednesday, December 1, 1909
Came into Amarillo tonight on the train.  Went to a show with Bill Monning and slept in Dr. Hanson’s office all night.

Thursday, December 2, 1909
Did some business in town this a.m. and came back to Wil- on the 10 a.m. train.  Tore down some fence around an old corral with Harry Mooman this p.m.

Friday, December 3, 1909
Worked around the place all day.  There is still quite a little snow on the ground and it is melting rather slowly.  Russell, whom I have hired to work here for the next year is moving his household goods over each man.  He will be here with his wife, child and widowed sister.  Am paying him $40 a month and dividing profits on cows and chickens with them.

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Saturday, December 4, 1909
A norther came up again today and it has been much colder with a light snow all day.  Rode the pony to town this p.m. to get the mail and some groceries.  Called on Clara N. this p.m.

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Sunday, December 5, 1909
Staid around the house all day reading and playing cards with Harry Mooman.  Clara N., Arabel G., Joe Brewer and Carrol M. came out on horseback for supper tonight.

Monday, December 6, 1909
Cold today and I staid in the house most of the time.

Tuesday, December 7, 1909
Temp about 4° above this a.m.  Drove the team into town this p.m. and brought back some gasoline and other things.

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Wednesday, December 8, 1909
Rode pony to town this p.m. and left her there while I went to Amarillo on the train.  Saw “The Time, the Place and the Girl” tonight with Carrol M.  The troupe didn’t arrive till late and the show started about 11:30 and ended about two.  Slept with Dr. Hanson tonight.

Thursday, December 9, 1909
Bought a few things this a.m. and then came back to Wildorado on the train.  Worked around the place this p.m.

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Friday, December 10, 1909
Painted on the barn this a.m.  Drove the team to town this p.m. and brought back some fence boards for a corral.  Hayward finished putting the first coat on the house today except for the trimmings.  Color is a lead color.  Much warmer than usual and the snow is nearly gone.

Saturday, December 11, 1909
Drove up town after lumber this a.m.  Helped around the place this p.m.

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Sunday, December 12, 1909
Helped Haywood make a concrete roller for the plow this a.m.
Painted on the barn all the afternoon.  Called on Clara N. tonight.  Haywood left this p.m. as he is going to leave town.

Monday, December 13, 1909
Russell came over this a.m. and we have been working on a corral all day.  I drove to town this a.m. and got a load of posts.

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Tuesday, December 14, 1909
Worked on the corral all day and it is finished except for a couple of gates.  It started to snow again tonight and is much colder.  Rode the pony to town this p.m. after the mail and she got away from me up there and gave me a good half hour chase.

Wednesday, December 15, 1909
Put in the gates of the corral today and then worked this p.m. on a chicken house just south of the corral.

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Thursday, December 16, 1909
Rode the pony up town this p.m. while Harry finished painting the barn for the second time.

Friday, December 17, 1909
A norther with snow started last night and has been going all day.  Snow is fine and doesn’t amount to much.  Russell and family moved in today to stay and they started the cooking tonight.

Saturday, December 18, 1909
Has been snowing most of the day.  Russell has been hauling stuff from his place over here.

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Tuesday, December 21, 1909
Came home at 10 a.m. and getting a few things.  Staid in the house most of the afternoon.

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Wednesday, December 22, 1909
Nothing doing.

Thursday, December 23, 1909
Worked around the house most of the day.  Called on Clara N. tonight.

Friday, December 24, 1909
Rode the pony up town this p.m.

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Saturday, December 25, 1909
Painted on the house this a.m. for a while.  Rode pony up town this p.m. and right back.

Sunday, December 26, 1909
Finished putting first coat of paint on the house today.  Rode over to Bushland with Arabel and Lucile G. this p.m. on horseback.

Monday, December 27, 1909
Drove up town this p.m. after some lumber.

Tuesday, December 28, 1909
Built shed in the corral today with Homer and Harry.  Snow is almost all off of the ground now but it is frozen most of the time.

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Wednesday, December 29, 1909
Worked all day building fence around the buildings.

Thursday, December 30, 1909
Painted on the house all the a.m.  Drove up town this p.m. after some lumber.

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Friday, December 31, 1909
Thermometer around 60° all day.  Have been building a woven wire fence around the buildings.  Took train to Vega at 5 p.m. where I ate supper and danced in the new hotel.  Went with the people from Bushland.

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Amos Claycomb’s November 1909 Diary

In November 1909 Amos is finishing the barn and building his house in Wildorado, Texas.  His ledger entries grow as his expenses rise.  This month his train shipment arrives and includes new fangled equipment – a gasoline plow.  This tractor takes much of his attention over the next few months.  Amos is 23 years old.  I post a month’s worth of his diaries every Monday.  

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Monday, November 1, 1909
Worked on the barn all day.  Put on sheeting and some of the shingles.

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Tuesday, November 2, 1909
Worked on barn all day.  Shingles and inside work.  The carpenters killed a coyote on the way to work this a.m. with their dogs and I got his skin.

Wednesday, November 3, 1909
Worked on barn all day.  Ate supper at Goodman’s tonight with several of the other fellows.

Thursday, November 4, 1909
Worked on barn.  Put on the bats.  Went to Amarillo on evening train and stayed with Dr. Hanson tonight.

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Friday, November 5, 1909
Came back this a.m.  Helped Nicolson haul some maize out to the place this p.m. which I had bought from him at $8 a ton.

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Saturday, November 6, 1909
Helped Haywood lay a concrete foundation for my house today.

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Sunday, November 7, 1909
Went out quail hunting today with Frost and Moreland to the brakes north-west of town.  Moreland got eight.  Frost two and I got one.  A norther came up this a.m. and it is much colder today.

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Monday, November 8, 1909
Started work on my house today.

Tuesday, November 9, 1909
Worked on the house till noon when my car came from the North.  In it were my gasoline plow, three horses, two Jersey cows with calves, 13 chickens, corn, oats, hay, machinery and household effects.  Rompf came with it and we took a load out to the place this p.m.  I slept in the barn tonight.

Wednesday, November 10, 1909
Hooked my team up to the wagon this a.m. and drove to town and got another load out of the car and brought out here.  Am living in the barn now and Rompf and I are doing our own cooking.

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Thursday, November 11, 1909
Mr. Leavitt – inventor of my gasoline plow came today and we unloaded the car and brought it out to the place.  Mr. Leavitt is staying with us in the barn.

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Friday, November 12, 1909
We plowed a fire furrow around the buildings this a.m. and went around the old wheat ground and the plow worked well in both.  We drove to town about noon to get some gasoline and came back after dinner and plowed some more.  Am learning to run the plow.

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Saturday, November 13, 1909
It snowed last night which made it so soft today that we couldn’t plow.  I drove Leavitt and Rompf to town this p.m. and brought back a load of lumber.  Rode the pony to town tonight and called on Clara N.  Staid out here alone tonight.

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Sunday, November 14, 1909
Cloudy, windy and cold all day.  Staid out here all day and did my own cooking.

Monday, November 15, 1909
Too rainy to plow.  Went up town this p.m. after a load of lumber.

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Tuesday, November 16, 1909
Plowed most of the afternoon.  Am learning to run the plow.
Rode the pony to town tonight to telegraph for a sprocket wheel.

Wednesday, November 17, 1909
Plowed most of the afternoon.  Drove “Belle” to town this a.m. to get Mr. Smith who manufactures this plow.

Thursday, November 18, 1909
Plowed from 11 till about 5 p.m. today and turned over about six acres.

Friday, November 19, 1909
Smith and Leavitt went home today noon and I took lessons on starting the plow etc this morning.  Drove the team to town this p.m. after lumber.

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Saturday, November 20, 1909
Rompf and I started the plow this a.m. but a worn piece of casting broke before we had gone half a mile.  Rompf went to Amarillo this p.m. to get it fixed and I went in town after lumber.  Played forty-two with several others at Arabel G.’s tonight.

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Sunday, November 21, 1909
Staid out at the place all alone today.

Monday, November 22, 1909
Worked around the house this a.m. and then went up town after a load of lumber.

Tuesday, November 23, 1909
Went up town after lumber this a.m. and brought back Harry Mooman who is to run the gasoline plow for a while.   He is sent here by the Smith Mfg. Co. who pay half of his expenses.

Wednesday, November 24, 1909
Started to paint the windmill today and helped on the house this p.m.

Thursday, November 25, 1909
Thanksgiving.  Moved the stove in the house and cooked the first meal there this noon.  Rode the pony to Mr. Meeks’ tonight and after supper played forty-two with Mac Womble vs him and Mr. Phillips.

Friday, November 26, 1909
Staid at Mr. Meeks’ last night and rode home this a.m. by the way of town where I got a couple of pipe-wrenches to fix the plow.  Very heavy fog this a.m.

Saturday, November 27, 1909
Drove up town after lumber this a.m.  Moved all my stuff from the barn to the house this p.m. and slept in the house tonight for the first time.  The house is now complete except for a little inside work on the doors and windows.

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Sunday, November 28, 1909
A norther with snow started last night and a blizzard has been on all day.  Ferd, Mooman and I have staid around the stove nearly all day.  The snow is drifting badly and is about four feet high in front of the house.

Monday, November 29, 1909
Snowed most of the time today with the wind still from the north.  Drove the team up town this p.m. to take Ferd to the depot as he started for home today.  The daily train got stuck in a snow drift and was about 9 hours late.

Tuesday, November 30, 1909
Staid in the house most of the a.m.  Jim Gouldy came out and staid for dinner and I rode the pony back to town with him where I took some pictures of the outfit that is digging the well for the railroad and of the snow drifts in town.

Amos Claycomb’s October 1909 Diary

My grandfather kept diaries for most of his life.  In October 1909 he is beginning to farm in Wildorado, Texas, near Amarillo.  Excerpts from his ledger are added to his diary entries.  I try to post a month every Monday.

Friday, October 1, 1909
Nothing doing.

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Saturday, October 2, 1909
Potter came out to see me today on the noon train.  Went duck hunting this p.m. with him and Moreland but didn’t get anything.  We all play tennis for a while after supper and then went down to Goodman’s.

Sunday, October 3, 1909
Potter and I rode horseback out in the brakes this a.m.  This p.m. Arabel and I drove Potter half way to Amarillo and he walked the rest of the way in.  Took Arabel to and from church tonight but didn’t go myself.

Monday, October 4, 1909
Attended M.W.A. lodge tonight.

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Tuesday, October 5, 1909
Played forty-two here at the hotel with some of the fellows tonight.

Wednesday, October 6, 1909
Went to church with Arabel tonight.

Thursday, October 7, 1909
It rained a little last night and a cold norther is blowing today so that fires are almost necessary.

Friday, October 8, 1909
Nothing doing.

Saturday, October 9, 1909
Rode out to the section this a.m.  Took Arabel over to Clara N.’s tonight where we played forty-two.

Sunday, October 10, 1909
Went out driving with Arabel this p.m. and took her to church tonight.

Monday, October 11, 1909
Went to Vega with Moreland today to see some carpenters.   Drove over to Ontario.  Cold norther came up suddenly this p.m.

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Tuesday, October 12, 1909
Took Arabel to church tonight.

Wednesday, October 13, 1909
Went into Amarillo tonight.  Called on Maudie M.  Staid with Potter over night.

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Thursday, October 14, 1909
Did a little business in town this a.m. and came home on the 10 a.m. train.  Rode horseback out in the brakes with Arabel and two other couples and ate our dinner there.  Took Arabel to church tonight.

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Friday, October 15, 1909
Helped Nicolson shock feed all day.

Saturday, October 16, 1909
Shocked feed all day.  Took Arabel to church tonight.

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Sunday, October 17, 1909
It started to rain this p.m. and is raining hard tonight.

Monday, October 18, 1909
Drizzling all day.  Have played forty-two most of the time.

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Tuesday, October 19, 1909
Weather clearer this p.m.

Wednesday, October 20, 1909
Nothing doing.

Thursday, October 21, 1909

Friday, October 22, 1909
Played forty-two down at Goodman’s tonight with Arabel, Clara and Joe .

Saturday, October 23, 1909
Duck hunting this p.m. but duck are so wild that we couldn’t get close enough to shoot.

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Sunday, October 24, 1909
Took Arabel to church tonight.

Monday, October 25, 1909
Helped Nicolson haul some lumber out to my place this p.m
Attended M.W.A. lodge tonight.

Tuesday, October 26, 1909
Helped haul brick and lumber out to the place this a.m.

Wednesday, October 27, 1909
Played forty-two down at Clara’s tonight with the others.

Thursday, October 28, 1909
Started to build the barn on my place today.  Mr. Phillips is head boss and Mac Womble and I are helping.  We laid the foundation and sills today and cut out other pieces.  Had two chases after coyotes this a.m. – four in one bunch and two in the other but they were too fast.

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Wildorado, Texas – Photograph taken in the 1940’s of the property owned earlier by Amos Claycomb. The road in front of the house is Route 66, now the north access road along I-40, about 3 1/2 miles east of Wildorado. The house burned in 1955. When I-40 was built in 1964, 220 feet were taken off the property, so house site now lies under the highway.

Friday, October 29, 1909
Worked on the barn all day.  Am riding a livery horse out there and back.

Saturday, October 30, 1909
Worked on the barn all day, on the boxing and floor and sheeting.

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Sunday, October 31, 1909
Helped make candy at Arabel’s this p.m. with Lucile, Clara and Carrol.  Played forty-two there tonight.



Amos Claycomb’s September 1909 Diary

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Came back to Wildorado this a..m. and brot. Hanson with me.  Drove him out to the section this p.m. and played tennis tonight.

Thursday, September 2, 1909
Rode out to the breaks this a.m. with Hanson and killed a snake called a coach-whip.  Played ball most of the p.m.  Hanson went back to Amarillo tonight.

Friday, September 3, 1909
Helped Nic- haul in a load of sand this a.m.  Played tennis tonight with Arabel against Moreland and Lucile.

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Saturday, September 4, 1909
Started to drive to Tascosa right after dinner with Nicolson, Rollins and two other fellows.  Killed a rattler with seven rattles and a button and also some rabbits and prairie-dogs.
It commenced to rain soon after we started and lasted till we reached there – 28 miles – about 7:30 p.m.  We camped in an empty house tonight and cooked our own supper.

Sunday, September 5, 1909
Ate breakfast and dinner in Tascosa and started home about 2 p.m.  Killed several rabbits, prairie-dogs and three quail.
Ate supper at a deserted house on the Gray ranch tonight and slept on the floor.  Passed “Boot Hill” where between twenty and thirty men are buried who were killed in saloon brawls etc here a few years ago.  Also the Canadian river which is very dangerous to cross because of its quick sand.

Monday, September 6, 1909
Drove back to Wildorado this a.m. in a round-about way thru the breaks and saw several antelope.  Came into Amarillo tonight on the train with Moreland and we took Arabel, Lucile and Ethel Edwards out to Glenwood Park.

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Tuesday, September 7, 1909
Came back to Wil- this a.m.

Wednesday, September 8, 1909
Rode out to the section this a.m. and fixed the fence all around.  Also looked over Section 33.  Came into Amarillo tonight.

Thursday, September 9, 1909
Back to Wil- this a.m.  Leased Section 33 for next year and have what crop we can make on condition that we plow the whole section and put up a fence on the east side which we can take back when lease expires – Nov. 1, 1910 – unless owner wishes to pay $75 for it.

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Friday, September 10, 1909
Played tennis tonight with Arabel and against Moreland and Clara N.   After this we went out hunting water-melons.  Drove over to Neely’s ranch this p.m. with Pete G. and we rode two horses back.

Saturday, September 11, 1909
Played tennis for a while tonight.

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Sunday, September 12, 1909
Rode horseback over in the breaks this p.m. with Arabel, Clara and Moreland.  We all went to church tonight.

Monday, September 13, 1909
Played tennis for a while tonight and then attended the M.W. lodge.

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Tuesday, September 14, 1909
Came into Amarillo tonight.  Staid with Dr. Hanson.

Wednesday, September 15, 1909
In Amarillo all day.  Came out to Wildorado tonight in a machine with Albert Richards and a couple of other fellows.  We did the 22 miles in just 41 minutes.

Thursday, September 16, 1909
Played ball this p.m.

Friday, September 17, 1909
Rode out to the place this a.m. and looked after the wind-mill and hunted prairie-dogs for a while.

Saturday, September 18, 1909
Went duck hunting this p.m. with six other fellows.   Had only my rifle but got a teal by accident.

Sunday, September 19, 1909
Church this a.m.

Monday, September 20, 1909
Came into Amarillo tonight.  Saw “The Alaskan” at the Opera House with Monning.  Slept with Dr. Hanson.

Tuesday, September 21, 1909
Bought a Winchester pump shot-gun in Amarillo this a.m. and came back at 10 o’clock.  Played tennis with Arabel and against Moreland and Clara tonight.

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Wednesday, September 22, 1909
Went duck hunting this p.m. with Frost and Landers but we didn’t get close enough to get any.  Called at Goodmans tonight with Joe and Carrol.

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Thursday, September 23, 1909
Played baseball tennis and football after supper tonight.

Friday, September 24, 1909
Rode out to the section this p.m. and tore some fence down.
Played tennis for a while tonight and then went over to Goodman’s and played forty-two.

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Saturday, September 25, 1909
Played tennis for a while tonight.

Sunday, September 26, 1909
Played tennis for a couple of hours this p.m.  Went to church tonight with Arabel.

Monday, September 27, 1909
Came into Amarillo tonight.  Staid with Dr. Hanson.

Tuesday, September 28, 1909
Met Uncle Fred T. this morning and staid with him until his train left at noon.  Saw the vaudeville at the “Texas Grand” tonight.

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Wednesday, September 29, 1909
Came back to Wildorado on the train this a.m.  Attended party given by Arabel G. tonight.

Thursday, September 30, 1909
Nothing special doing.

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Amos Claycomb’s August 1909 Diary

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Went out to see a baptising this p.m. in a lake about a mile west of town.  Rode out on a hand-car with Rompf and two other fellows.

Monday, August 2, 1909
Played tennis tonight.

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Tuesday, August 3, 1909
Rode over to Bushland this a.m. to telephone to Amarillo for some well material.  Saw big rattler in the road but left it alone.  Went to party given by Mrs. Williams.  Saw my first rainbow made by the full moon tonight after a shower.  Was in the north-west.

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Wednesday, August 4, 1909
Nothing special doing.

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Friday, August 6, 1909
Rode out to the ranch this a.m. and measured the land which the header had gone over.  Was about 79 acres with 15 acres left standing which we are having cut with a binder.  Played golf for a short time tonight.  Took hand-car ride afterwards with Clara N., the Goodman girls and with Joe B. and Moreland.

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Saturday, August 7, 1909
Moved over to the hotel this p.m. because the boarding house was getting too crowded.  Played second base in a practice game here this p.m.  Played tennis tonight.

Sunday, August 8, 1909
Went to Sunday school this a.m.   Played tennis tonight.

Monday, August 9, 1909
Played ball this p.m.  Tennis tonight with Moreland and with Arabel and Lucile G.  Was taken into the Modern Woodmen of America afterwards with several others as a charter member of a camp which was established here tonight.

Tuesday, August 10, 1909
Played tennis tonight for a while and then went to lodge.

Wednesday, August 11, 1909
Rode out to the Gray ranch with Nickolson this a.m. and helped him load some sand.  Staid out there for dinner and helped round-up and cut out some cattle this p.m. on one of their cow-ponies.  Staid at the ranch all night.

Thursday, August 12, 1909
Drove into town this a.m.  Played tennis tonight with Arabel and with Lucile and Moreland.

Friday, August 13, 1909
It rained pretty hard here in town last night but did not cover much territory.  Played tennis tonight.

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Saturday, August 14, 1909
Played first base in a ball game between Wildorado and Vega in the former place this p.m.  In five times at bat I got three hits, a walk and a fan-out.  They beat us 6-3.  I got two runs and knocked in the other.  Played tennis for a while tonight and then went for a hand-car ride with about ten others.

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Sunday, August 15, 1909
Have read and slept most of the day.  It rained hard here for about an hour this afternoon.

Monday, August 16, 1909
Attended lodge of the M.W. A. tonight.

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Tuesday, August 17, 1909
Drove out to our ranch this p.m. with Rompf and looked over the windmill which has just been finished.  It is 283 feet deep.  Water was struck at 207 feet but the man had to go to the rest of the way to get thru the quick sand.

Wednesday, August 18, 1909
Drove out to the Gouldy ranch this p.m. with Pete and Charlie.  Shot one jack-rabbit.  Played baseball after supper tonight.

Thursday, August 19, 1909
Played tennis tonight.

Friday, August 20, 1909
Went hunting over in the “Breaks” this p.m. with Ed Gaver but all we got was two rabbits.

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Saturday, August 21, 1909
Played ball for a while this p.m. and tennis tonight with Arabel and with Moreland and Lucile.  Ferd started home this p.m.

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Sunday, August 22, 1909
Nothing doing.

Monday, August 23, 1909
Rode a horse out to the section today and looked at the wind-mill.  Took ride on the jigger wagon with Pete, Arabel, Lucile and Opal H. this p.m.  Attended M.W. A. lodge tonight.

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Tuesday, August 24, 1909
Helped unload a half a car of cement with Pete Gouldy this p.m.  Went horseback riding with Arabel and two other couples tonight.

Wednesday, August 25, 1909
Went hunting “wild goats” this p.m. with Nicolson and Moreland and we got one.  Got back about 8:00 and went to see Arabel and Lucile with Moreland.

Thursday, August 26, 1909
Played ball for a while this p.m.

Friday, August 27, 1909
Started to thresh our wheat this a.m. and finished about 8:30 tonight.  Have been hauling the wheat to town.  Sold the first 156 bushels at $1.005 and the last 146 1\3 bushels for $1.01.
Am storing about 85 bushels for seed at Mr. Ballow’s ranch.  54 sacks.

Saturday, August 28, 1909
Helped Nicolson haul a load of my wheat this a.m.  Played tennis tonight with Arabel against Lucile and Moreland.

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Sunday, August 29, 1909
Played ball most of the morning.  Drove seven miles south of Wildorado to attend church tonight with Arabel, Lucile and Moreland.

Monday, August 30, 1909
Rode out to the section to see the windmill this a.m.  Came into Amarillo on the train this p.m. and attended the Amarillo Commanders tonight after taking an examination.

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Tuesday, August 31, 1909
Attended to some business this a.m.  Played billiards most of the p.m. and attended a vaudeville tonight with Potter and Hanson.

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Amos Claycomb’s July 1909 Diary

In January 1909 Amos recorded in his diary that his father had bought land for him in Texas.  Now in July 1909, he has returned to his family home in Sycamore, Illinois after graduating from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  At the end of the month he is traveling to Texas to see his land near Wildorado, just west of Amarillo.

Thursday, July 1, 1909
Got home from Chicago about noon and hoed corn all the p.m  Drove to Genoa in a machine tonight with Murphy, Maynard and Morgan.

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Friday, July 2, 1909
Hoed corn all day.  Attended Blue Lodge tonight.

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Saturday, July 3, 1909
Picked cherries for a while this morning.  Called on Hazel Mc. tonight.

Sunday, July 4, 1909
Went over to DeKalb with Tip Collis this p.m. and saw DeKalb beat the colored Illinois Giants by score of 10 – 2 in a rotten game.

Monday, July 5, 1909
Went up town both this morning and afternoon.  Was out to the Electric Park to a dance for a short time tonight.

Tuesday, July 6, 1909
Father, Ferd Rompf and I came into Chicago at noon and at 6 p.m. Rompf and I left on the Santa Fe for Amarillo Texas.  We are on the private car of the Reed and Allen Land Co.

Wednesday, July 7, 1909
Rode today thru Missouri and Kansas where there were bad flood on accounts of heavy rains. Left Kansas City about noon.

Thursday, July 8, 1909
Rode thru Oklahoma and the northern part of Texas today.
Reached Amarillo about five o’clock.  Staid at the Elmhirst Hotel. Pouring rain all night.

Friday, July 9, 1909
Hung around Amarillo all day trying to get acquainted.  Played a few games of billiards tonight at the “Owls.”

Saturday, July 10, 1909
Came out to Wildorado at 1 p.m. and reached here about 2:30.  Drove four miles west to get a man to dig a well on our section.

Sunday, July 11, 1909
Ferd and I drove out to our section this p.m. and looked over our wheat – 90 acres – and 40 acres of corn which does not amount to much because of the dry weather this Spring.  Came back to town and then drove 3 1\2 miles E. to look at a half section which I am thinking of buying.

Monday, July 12, 1909
Rode out to the section this p.m. to fix a plow.

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Tuesday, July 13, 1909
Plowed corn all day.  Shot a couple of prairie dogs during the noon hour.

Wednesday, July 14, 1909
Plowed corn all day.

Thursday, July 15, 1909
It rained last night so we staid at home today.

Friday, July 16, 1909
Drove out in the country today looking for a header for our wheat.  Went to Bush and north and east of that place.

Saturday, July 17, 1909
Nothing doing today.  Man started to sink a well on our land today.

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Sunday, July 18, 1909
Staid around town all day.  Played tennis for a while tonight.

Monday, July 19, 1909
Walked out to our land today with Rompf but caught a ride back.
Played tennis after supper.

Tuesday, July 20, 1909
Nothing doing.

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Wednesday, July 21, 1909

Thursday, July 22, 1909
Drove out to Gray’s ranch this a.m. with Ferd and watched the cow-boys cut certain cattle out of a bunch which they intend to brand.

Friday, July 23, 1909
Walked out to the Gray ranch this a.m. with Ferd.  I staid there for dinner and worked from one p.m. till 7:30.  There were two cow-boys on horses who roped the calves and dragged them up to the fire and then there were two to follow each of these to throw and hold the calves while they were being branded and marked.  This was my job.  Walked home after supper.  Gray boys from Chicago arrived while we were working.  One is a Phi Delt.

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Postcard he sent to his father a few days later. Amos is on the right holding the calf’s leg.

He also had a copy of this photo with the note on the back, “Gray Ranch – 20,000 acres – Wildorado, Texas.”

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Saturday, July 24, 1909

Hung around the house all day and took it easy trying to recover from yesterday’s work.

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The area around Wildorado and Amarillo was developed by the railroads and the cattle ranches.  The Frying Pan Ranch and The XIT Ranch are among the better known ranches. The Frying Pan Ranch originally had 95 sections of land purchased by Joseph Glidden and Henry Sanborn.  Glidden, from the DeKalb Illinois area was responsible for the introduction of barbed wire to the cattle ranches.   Glidden’s son-in-law, Mr. William H. Bush, eventually owned the Frying Pan Ranch.  He gave part of the ranch along the railroad for the establishment of a town nearby – Bushland was named for him.

Sunday, July 25, 1909
Nothing doing.  It rained here fairly hard tonight.

Monday, July 26, 1909
Played tennis tonight with Moreland, Brewer and Rompf.

Tuesday, July 27, 1909
Drove into Amarillo this a.m. with Nicholson.  Went [with] Monning, a Phi Delt who lives here, after dinner, and went out to the auto races with him.  Went calling at the Booer residence with the Gray boys tonight and met Miss Booer and Miss Anderson.  We all then went out to Glenwood Park and danced.

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Wednesday, July 28, 1909
Did a little business around town this a.m.  Ate dinner with Monning at his home and then went out to the races with him.
Went out to Glenwood Park tonight with the Gray boys, Masten and Hallahan.

Thursday, July 29, 1909
Came back to Wildorado today on the one p.m. train.

Friday, July 30, 1909
Helped stack our wheat today after it was cut with the header.  We finished our 90 acres tonight after having been on it for 3 days.  Staid over to Mr. Paine’s tonight.

Saturday, July 31, 1909
Helped Mr. Paine stack oats for a couple of hours this a.m.
As his stuff was so light that he could stack it himself, I walked back to town.  Did the 5 1\2 miles in less than 1 1\2 hours and the last 3 miles in just 40 minutes.  Played ball this p.m. and tennis tonight.

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Amos Claycomb’s June 1909 Diary

atc 060309Tuesday, June 1, 1909
Played in ball game this p.m. between upper classmen and lower classmen in the house.  Former won 13 – 2.  Played center, first and second base.  Called on Helen J. tonight.

Wednesday, June 2, 1909
Studied this p.m. and tonight.  Attended short meeting of a bowling committee at the Phi Gam house right after supper.

Thursday, June 3, 1909
Went out to country club with Alice Riley for dinner and staid for the dance.  Louise sailed from New York for Europe today.

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Studied this p.m. and tonight.  Classes ended today.

Saturday, June 5, 1909
Took final exams in “History of Philosphy” and “The Money Market” this a.m.  Took final exam in Accountancy this p.m.   “Unc” Harding gave the Senior Class a theater party at the “Walker” tonight and afterwards we ate lunch at McCormick’s.

Sunday, June 6, 1909
Attended dinner given to the Senior class by Mr. and Mrs. Swigart at their home this noon.  Studied all this afternoon and tonight.

Monday, June 7, 1909
Took final exam in “Education 2” this a.m.  Called on Alice R. tonight and we went to the Walker.

Tuesday, June 8, 1909
Studied off and on today and tonight.

Wednesday, June 9, 1909
Took final in “Economics 11” today.  Went down town this p.m. and then to the Walker with Billy May.  Played cards for a while tonight.

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Thursday, June 10, 1909
Nothing special doing today.

Friday, June 11, 1909
Spent part of the a.m. in packing up.  Played billiards this p.m. with Herbie Juul.

Saturday, June 12, 1909
Came into Chi- this a.m. with Helen Jordan.   Ate dinner with Uncle Will Tapper at the “Hamilton Club.”  Saw matinee at the “Troc” this p.m. and saw “The Sins of Society” at McVicketts after supper.

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Went out to Lincoln Park this a.m. for a couple of hours.  Saw Chicago win from Boston in a rotten game 9 – 7 this  p.m. at the West Side Park.  Saw Mabel Barnson in the “Blue Mouse” after supper.

Monday, June 14, 1909
Got back in Champaign early this a.m. and went to the “Class Day” exercises at 10 a.m.  Ten of the fellows are having a house-party at the house but I have not a girl.  Took Alice R. down to a bank concert on the campus this p.m.  Took Mrs. Swigart to watch the “Senior Ball” for a while tonight.

Tuesday, June 15, 1909
House-party bunch kept me up all of last night and so I slept a little this a.m.  Went out driving with Alice R., Goat Reynolds, Buzz Ward, Beardsley and Miss Moffatt this p.m.  Father and Uncle Will came down tonight.

Wednesday, June 16, 1909
Attended the “Commencement Address” and received my degree of “Bachelor of Arts” and my diploma this morning.  Took father and Uncle Will out driving this p.m. and showed them the town.  We all started home at 6:10 and father and I reach Syc- about one o’clock.

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Thursday, June 17, 1909
Slept most of the morning and went up town this p.m.  Attended “Commencement Address” for the High School this evening when father distributed the diplomas.

Friday, June 18, 1909
Pulled mustard out of the oats all day.  Attended stated meeting of the Blue Lodge tonight.  After this I went up to an Alumni dance for a while.

Saturday, June 19, 1909
Drove over to the Wickstrom farm with father this a.m.  Planted pumpkin seed all the p.m.  Attended dance given by the Park’s family tonight.

Sunday, June 20, 1909
Went to church this a.m. with father.  Also with him over to DeKalb this p.m. to see a ball game between Sterling & DeKalb which broke up in a row when Sterling left the field because of some rotten umpiring in favor of DeKalb.  Staid home tonight.

Monday, June 21, 1909
Attended Commandery meeting tonight.

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Hoed corn all day.  Started for Valeria, Iowa tonight with father to see the farm out there which belongs to the Townsend estate.

Wednesday, June 23, 1909
Reached Valeria at six this a.m. and drove out to the farm which is eight miles away.  Drove over the farm – 1100 acres – this forenoon, ate dinner there, walked around this p.m. and drove back to town about three.  Took train to Marshalltown and ate supper there and then took a sleeper home on the Great Western.

Thursday, June 24, 1909
Got home about ten a.m.   Hoed corn this p.m.  Went up town tonight.

Friday, June 25, 1909
Hoed corn all the forenoon.  Went up town this p.m.  Staid home tonight.

Saturday, June 26, 1909
Hoed corn this morning and plowed this p.m.

Sunday, June 27, 1909
Went over to DeKalb with George this p.m. and saw DeKalb beat the White Rocks of Chicago 4 – 1.

Monday, June 28, 1909
Plowed corn all day.  Played cards up at the Commercial Club for a while tonight.

Tuesday, June 29, 1909
Drove over to Maple Park in Rob Graham’s machine to look at some horses with father and Rompf.  Went over to DeKalb to a band concert after supper with Maynard and Murphy.

Wednesday, June 30, 1909
Came into Chicago this a.m.  Saw “The Candy Shop” at the “Studebaker” this p.m. and took Alice R. to see “The Blue Mouse” at the “Ganick” tonight.  Ate a lunch at Rector’s after the show.

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Amos Claycomb’s May 1909 Diary

atc 050209Saturday, May 1, 1909
Saw game between Wisconsin and the varsity this p.m. which the latter won in twelve innings by a score of 2 – 1.

Sunday, May 2, 1909
Walked over to Urbana this a.m. and had my picture taken.  Called at Swiggarts’ this p.m.

Monday, May 3, 1909
Fraternity meeting tonight.  Initiated Earl Rathburn.  Called on Gert Humphrey at the Theta house this p.m.

Tuesday, May 4, 1909
Played ball for a while this afternoon.  Called on Helen J. tonight and went to the “Walker” with Hardman and Marion M.

Wednesday, May 5, 1909
Have studied all day and tonight.

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Big hail storm this p.m. but little wind so that no damage was done.

Friday, May 7, 1909
Played in match game against the Sigma Nu team this p.m.  Was in center and got no chances there.  In two times up I fanned once and then went out short to first.  They beat us 12 – 3 in five innings.  Wrote long essay on “Standard Oil Company” tonight.

Saturday, May 8, 1909
Started to rain about noon and has [not] quit yet.  Studied down in the library this p.m.  Played cards with Pope over at Lindgren’s tonight.

Sunday, May 9, 1909
Called at Mrs. Busey’s for a short time this p.m. with Alashire and Conrad.  Then went over to A. Riley’s and staid there for supper and tonight.

Monday, May 10, 1909
Called on Gert Humphrey for a few minutes at the Theta house this a.m.  Fraternity meeting tonight.

Tuesday, May 11, 1909
Attended dinner given to the Seniors of the Fraternity at the University Club by Mr. and Mrs. Rutt tonight.  Then went to their home and played cards for a while.

Wednesday, May 12, 1909
Saw Chicago win from the varsity this p.m. by score of 3 – 1 in a poorly played game.

Thursday, May 13, 1909
Played ball for a while this p.m.  Called on Helen J. tonight.

Friday, May 14, 1909
Senior – Junior party tonight.

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Saturday, May 15, 1909
Played center in match game with the Kappa Sigs this p.m. which we won by a score of 6 – 3.  In four times up I fanned, got a walk & scored, fanned and hit a fly to first.  Took Helen J. to a fraternity dance at the Elks’ Aud. tonight.

Sunday, May 16, 1909
Called at Riley’s and Swigarts’ this p.m.  Ate lunch at the latter place.


Amos’ nickname was Skeets. He wrote this in one of his books.

Monday, May 17, 1909
Fraternity meeting tonight.  Afterwards got Ida M. from Theta house and went to see the “Walker.”

Tuesday, May 18, 1909
Played in game between the 2nd and 3rd floors of the house this p.m.   The third beat us by score of 20 – 12.

Wednesday, May 19, 1909
Watched the Hazelton and competitive drill for a while this p.m.  Played a couple of games with Wolk McKee after supper.

Thursday, May 20, 1909
Attended the May Pole exercises tonight which were given on Illinois Field by some of the girls.

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Friday, May 21, 1901
Took Helen J. to see track meet between Wisconsin and Illinois which we won by a score of    to   .   Afterwards saw a ballgame between Chicago and the varsity which we won by a score of 7 – 2.  Many high school kids and visitors are arriving today.  Up town with Frank Hardman tonight.

Saturday, May 22, 1909
Watched the Interscholastic track meet this a.m. which University High of Chicago won.  Saw the varsity win from Minnesota this p.m. by a score of 15 – 0.  Circus tonight.  After this a short meeting with the Northwestern Phi Delts.  Paul Taylor down from there.

Sunday, May 23, 1909
Took Taylor over to call at Swigarts’ and Riley’s this p.m.  Staid home tonight.

Monday, May 24, 1909
Nothing doing.  Fraternity meeting tonight.

Tuesday, May 25, 1909
Took Helen J. to “Trolley Day” dance up at Illinois Hall tonight.

atc 052709Wednesday, May 26, 1909
Nothing doing.  Rained most of the day.

Thursday, May 27, 1909
Senior reception given by the faculty of the L. & A. School in the “Women’s Building” this p.m.  Went with Billy May.  Took Helen J. out to the Country Club for dinner and danced for a while afterwards.

Friday, May 28, 1909
Played ball for a short time this p.m.  Went to the Walker after supper with Bubbles.

Saturday, May 29, 1909
Saw the varsity beat Purdue in a very good game this p.m by a score of 5 – 0.  Went up town with Bubbles with a suit-case after supper.

Sunday, May 30, 1909
Ate dinner down at the Beardsley Hotel this noon where Mr. and Mrs. Lindgren gave a dinner to the Seniors.  Called at Mrs. Swigarts’ after dinner.

Monday, May 31, 1909
Fraternity meeting tonight.  Called at Theta house afterwards for Alice R. and then went to the Walker.

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Amos Claycomb’s April 1909 Diary

atc 040109Thursday, April 1, 1909
Saw game between Milwaukee and the varsity this p.m. which former won by Score of 4 – 3.  Studied tonight.

Friday, April 2, 1909
Rained a little this p.m. but we played ball for a short time in the park.  Read and finished “Peter” tonight.

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Came to Bloomington tonight and called on Lucile Hodge.  Went to see the vaudeville at the “Castle.”  Staid at the Illinois Hotel tonight.

Sunday, April 4, 1909
Came back from Bloomington today by way of Decatur on the interurban.  Got here about two o’clock.

Monday, April 5, 1909
Saw game between Milwaukee and the Varsity this p.m.  Former won 6 – 0.  Fraternity meeting tonight.

Tuesday, April 6, 1909
Took A. Riley to see game between Milwaukee and varsity this p.m.  Game was stopped end of 5th inning because of rain.  Ill 6 – Mil. 1.  Went over to Illinois Theater tonight with Meek and Clemmons and saw “The Broken Idol.”

Wednesday, April 7, 1909
Milwaukee 8 – Illinois 2 this p.m.  Studied tonight.

Thursday, April 8, 1909
Started home at 1:20 this p.m. and left Chicago at 6:30.

Friday, April 9, 1909
Worked this a.m. down on the other place.  Went up town this p.m. and played billiards for a while.  Attended a smoker at the Commercial Club tonight.

Saturday, April 10, 1909
Had a tooth filled this a.m. and then played a couple of games of billiards.  Worked down at the other place this p.m.  Played billiards tonight.

Sunday, April 11, 1909
Went to church with the Knights Templars this a.m. at the Congregational.  Then took Eleanor up to the lodge room where a banquet was served by Eastern Star ladies.  Father took Louise.

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Monday, April 12, 1909
Started into Chicago at 8:25.  Ate dinner at the Tip Top Inn with Burch, Kimbell, Conrad, Towndrow and Johnson.  After this we went to see a show at the “Folk.”  Left for Champaign at 5:50.

Tuesday, April 13, 1909
Started school again this a.m.

Wednesday, April 14, 1909
Played ball for a while this p.m.

Thursday, April 15, 1909
Played center in a practice game with the Sigma Chi team this p.m.

Friday, April 16, 1909
Played ball part of the afternoon.  Saw swimming meet between the varsity and the Univ. of Penn. tonight.   The swimming meet was won by Penn but the varsity won the water polo atc 041709game 4 – 0.

Saturday, April 17, 1909
Played ball for a couple of hours this p.m. and then saw the varsity beat Milliken College 22 – 0 in a baseball game.  Took Alice R. to a fraternity dance out at Crystal Lake tonight.

Sunday, April 18, 1909
Called at Riley’s and Swigart’s this p.m.  Studied tonight.

Monday, April 19, 1909
Played practice game with the Kappa Sigs this p.m. which we won.  Fraternity meeting tonight.  Went down to the Walker with Beardsley after the meeting.

Tuesday, April 20, 1909
Played ball for a while this afternoon.  Studied tonight.

Wednesday, April 21, 1909
Played center in practice game with the Zeta ___  this p.m. which we won.  Got a fan-out, foul out, hit and walk in four times up.

Thursday, April 22, 1909
Played center field in match fraternity game with the Betas this p.m. which they won by score of 7 – 5.  In three times up I knocked a fly to the pitcher, one to the left fielder and a foul to 3rd base.  Got one chance in the field.  Played bridge after supper with Alice R. and with Walter and Edna Riley.

Friday, April 23, 1909
Started for Galesburg at 11:29.  Missed connections in Peoria and then went around by Abbington.  Got in Galesburg at 7:15 and went up to Aunt Jennie’s.  Went to the Phi Delt Annual out at Lombard with Ine Webster and had a fine time.

Jennie is Amos’ maternal aunt who married Charles Webster.  The Townsend family ties to this area date back to Amos’ maternal grandmother, Eleanor Pierce Townsend.  Townsends lived in Malta in DeKalb county.  Eleanor was very active in the Universalist Church statewide, including time as a trustee at Lombard College, a Universalist school in Galesburg.  Of her children, at least Frederick and Anna attended Lombard.  Jennie may have also, but in any case she married Charles Webster from Galesburg.  Eleanor’s daughter, Mary, Amos’ aunt, married Will Tapper.  The other daughter, Georgia, married Capt. John Yates.  I do not know who Ine Webster is, perhaps a cousin.

Saturday, April 24, 1909
Went out to Lombard this a.m. and visited with the fellows.  Went automobiling for a while after supper and then played bridge with Marion against Ine and Fred.  Uncle Will Tapper, Lorena, Jane, Mary and Barbara came here to visit for a week today.

Sunday, April 25, 1909
Went over to Monmouth today and ate dinner with Grandma Claycomb.  George, who is a Phi Delt at Lombard, went with me.  Came back on 1:30 car and saw part of ballgame between Galesburg and Quincy which was rotten.  Then went up to Ine’s for a while.

Amos’ paternal grandparents, George Washington Claycomb and Sarah Goddard Claycomb came from Kentucky and Indiana to Monmouth in Warren county, Illinois about 1836.  Amos’ father, Frank Erwin Claycomb, was born in Warren county.  Monmouth is about 20 miles from Galesburg where the Townsend family was active.  Frank Claycomb met Anna Sarah Townsend and married her on December 27, 1882 in Sycamore near the Townsend home, but they set up their home in Warren county.  Their first 3 children, Eleanor, Amos, and Louise, were born in Cameron in Warren county.  The family then moved to DeKalb county.  In 1889 George was born in Sycamore and Edward was born there in 1892.  Amos’ mother, Anna, died shortly after Edward’s birth, when Amos was 6 years old.

Monday, April 26, 1909
Started for Cham- at 10 a.m. and arrived at 2:40.  Fraternity meeting tonight.

atc 042909Tuesday, April 27, 1909
Nothing doing.

Wednesday, April 28, 1909
Saw the varsity win from Arkansas today by score of 3 – 2 in very good game.  Took Alice R. to see “A Stubborn Cinderella” over at the Illinois tonight.

Thursday, April 29, 1909
Played in match fraternity game against the Phi Gams this p.m. which they won by score of    –   .  In two times up I grounded out both times to first.  Got four out of five chances in the field.  Saw “Barnum & Bailey’s Circus” tonight with Billy May.  Rained very hard.

Friday, April 30, 1909
Attended “Senior Stag” tonight which was given in Hessel Hall.  Was nominated for “Homliest Man” in Class but lost to Sparks.

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