Wayne Country Club Membership Card 1926

I didn’t know my grandfather, Amos Claycomb, was a member of the Wayne (Nebraska) Country Club.  Or that Wayne even had a country club in 1926.
atc cc membershipAnd then I notice on the reverse, that his was a social membership.  That makes a little more sense.  He was very social, and even athletic, but I never knew him to play golf.
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Sycamore Illinois School 1892

This damaged photo is from a school in Sycamore, Illinois, about 1892.  Some names can still be read.  And I can see my grandfather, Amos Claycomb, in the second row, 4th from the right.  Also on the photo, but not scanned:  “Prof A. J. Blanchard” and “Anna Tepson” who might be the teachers.
amos 1892 schoolThis is how I see the names:
Third row from top left to right are
1.  Ralph Horn
2.  Ernest Husberg
4.  Eddie Peterson
5.  Bert Stroberg
6.  Earl Van Galder
8.  Mable Hix
9.  Diana Harrington
10. Ruth Townsend

Bottom row left to right are
Roy Knights and Cecil Wyman…

Next to last row left to right are
___ Harmes; Max (Mary?) Librant; Bessie
… Hilda Anderson; ___; …Morris, Ethel Chatfield, Fran…

Fred Beckler, …Amos Claycomb [4th from right in 2nd row]


Grandpa’s Diary 1958 – Part 2

Part one is here.
201258George picked Tom up at Martin in Sioux City A.M.
Opened our gifts – Tom George & I.
251258251258bWent into hospital 10:30 A.M. and opened Amos’ gifts.  Difficult for him to talk but when the phone call came about 11:20 A.M. he did very well & enjoyed it.  Helen sent some dinner to him and he ate all the liver & oysters.  With him in P.M. & eve.
 The phone call was a conference call with all his children – quite an event for 1958.
261258Amos about the same.  Breathing difficult & speech some times.
Amos about the same but failing slowly.
Spent P.M with Amos and George came after me in eve when he asked for me.  Hard for him to talk.
291258b291258Nurse called about 11:20 A.M.  Amos had taken turn for worse but he was gone when George Tom & I got in.  They turned him on side after giving hypo and he was gone – quickly & [____].  Called all the children in P.M.  John came 7 P.M Monday eve.
301258Barbara & Roy arrived Omaha 7:30 P.M.  Richard 7:30 P.M.  John met them in Omaha.
  Barbara & her husband, Roy Davis, live in Los Angeles, California.  
311258b311258Frank arrived Omaha 7 A.M.  Harry Ellis Fisher brought him up.  Edward could not come on account of snow in K.C.  Had dinner over at John’s home and left from here for service at church at 2 P.M.  Flowers were beautiful and a nice service.  Margaret Olson played hymns & “Going Home.”  
Edward is Amos’ brother who lived in Kansas City, Missouri.
040159Jan. 4, 1959  Frank & George took Tom to Cushing Iowa – John Barbara Roy Richard & I went to Soo City with John – to meet Frank & George at Martin Hotel – John & Helen Bressler went too – dinner at the Normandie & John C. left for home 3 P.M.
060159Jan. 6, 1959  Frank Richard Barbara Roy & I take Frank & Richard to Omaha – leaving for home – Richard missed his plane but left at 1:30 P.M.  Frank at 12:15 P.M.  Roy drove home.  George’s man gone.   
I think George could not drive them to Omaha if his hired hand was gone.
080159Jan. 8, 1959 George Roy Barbara & I to Omaha – Barbara & Roy left at 11:30 A.M. for home.  George & I came back to an empty house.

Grandpa’s Diary 1958 – Part 1

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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.
atc last entryThose 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.
241058John Helen & boys came this eve.   John is the oldest son; his family lives in Wisconsin.
261058John Helen & boys left this P.M.
271058Took Amos to Hospital before 7 A.M.  Paralysis set in.
281058Took 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.
291058Amos no better and nothing to do.  John B[ressler] went home and Helen [his wife] came down to Omaha about 6 P.M.
301058Amos 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.
311058John pick Richard up in Sioux City.
011158John Richard to Omaha and Amos came home to hospital here.
021158John met Frank in Sioux Falls, S.D.
031158John 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?
051158Frank 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.
061158Frank returned from Ames P.M.
071158John Helen & boys arrived about 6 P.M.
091158George took Frank to Omaha to catch is plane.  Met Barbara on her arrival.
161158George and I took Barbara to Omaha to take plane for L.A.  Storm warnings.  Barbara’s plane late.
221158George picked Tom up on No. 20 in eve.
  Tom is Frank’s son.  
271158George 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.

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.



This is about 6″ x 16″
atc grade scan coll tilThis is part of it enlarged.atc grade scan det

Grandma on the Fence

I like this photo of my grandparents, Ruth and Amos Claycomb.   I think of my grandmother as a stout homebody, not really into outdoor things.  But of course, as a farmer’s wife, she would have been strong and capable.  And here she is at age 65, on a fence.  Makes me smile.  Good for you, Grandma!

Ruth and Amos Claycomb, Stanley Basin, Idaho, 1951.

Ruth and Amos Claycomb, Stanley Basin, Idaho, 1951.

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.


Amos Claycomb’s December 1911 Diary

On the 2nd the railroad paid damages for the fire started by a train in October.  Most of the month is busy selling off animals and supplies.

Friday, December 1, 1911
Drove home this p.m.

Saturday, December 2, 1911
Picked up maize heads all day with Norman.
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Sunday, December 3, 1911
Rode pony up after the mail this a.m. and over to Bushland after threshing help this p.m.
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Monday, December 4, 1911
Threshed maize this p.m. and got about 145 bushels.
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Tuesday, December 5, 1911
Finished threshing maize today getting a total of ___ bushels off of about 65 acres. [number not filled in]

Wednesday, December 6, 1911
Hauled some grain to Wil- this a.m. and helped Paine thresh after dinner.

Thursday, December 7, 1911
Helped Yeager thresh this a.m.  Gray started to haul kaffir this p.m.
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Friday, December 8, 1911
Cloudy and misty this p.m.  Helped Baldwin haul and stack feed this p.m. with Norman.

Saturday, December 9, 1911
Misty again this a.m. but helped Baldwin.  Picked up heads after dinner.
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Sunday, December 10, 1911
Rode pony over to Bush-  this a.m. and staid at Harker’s for dinner.

Monday, December 11, 1911
Arthur harrowed the plow plowing till noon and then double disced a small piece we did not get plowed.

Tuesday, December 12, 1911
Arthur harrowed and disced all day.  I went over to Bush- this p.m. and brought back Harker’s drill.
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Wednesday, December 13, 1911
Foggy with light snow today.
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Thursday, December 14, 1911
Worked around the barn all day.
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Friday, December 15, 1911
Arthur started drilling wheat this a.m.
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Saturday, December 16, 1911
Arthur drilled wheat all day.  Sold my mules today for $190.
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Sunday, December 17, 1911
Rode pony over to Bush- this a..m. and drove over to Faddis’ this p.m. after some wheat.
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Monday, December 18, 1911
Drizzling all day.  Too wet to drill.

Tuesday, December 19, 1911
Hard now last night and all day with north wind.

Wednesday, December 20, 1911
Snowed a little and drifted more today.  Sold Ballew all the rest of my cattle this a.m. for $325 – 6 yearling steers, 2 cows, 2 heifers and five calves.
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Thursday, December 21, 1911
Staid home all day.  Cloudy and melted very little.
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Friday, December 22, 1911
Rode up after the mail this a.m. and took three calves over to Ballew’s after dinner.  Sold 25 tons sorghum to Ballew today @ $5.
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Saturday, December 23, 1911
Took train to Am- today from Bush- and staid with Arthur Mc- tonight.
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Sunday, December 24, 1911
In Am- all day.  Came out home tonight.

Monday, December 25, 1911
Rode up after the mail this a.m. and staid home the rest of the day.  Misty all day.

Tuesday, December 26, 1911
Had to pull all the sucker rod of the wind-mill this a.m. and put in new leathers.  The upper joint of the rod was also broken.

Wednesday, December 27, 1911
Rode to Bush- this a.m. to take train to Amarillo but it was so late I came back home.
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Thursday, December 28, 1911
Rode up after the mail this a.m.  Norman killed his hogs today.

Friday, December 29, 1911
Rode after mail this a.m.  Cold norther most of the day.
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Saturday, December 30, 1911
Nothing doing.
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Sunday, December 31, 1911
Rode over to Harker’s this p.m. and staid there a few hours.