Days on the
Family Farm

From the Golden Age through
the Great Depression

By Carrie A. Meyer
U of MN Press, 2007


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From cryptic entries such as these below, Days on the Family Farm was crafted. Check here for periodic updates or follow along at MayDavisDiary on Twitter.

As of January 2018, we took up May's Diary in 1918, a century ago when the United States was involved with World War I and a record-setting winter beset the heartland. [Previously we were posting diary entries from the Great Depression.]

April 1918

4-1-1918 A beautiful still day.  Rena wash.  Elmo and Mr. McLarty clean up their seed wheat.  Then Elmo pulverize & sow it.

4-2-1918 A fine morning so Rena start to clean dining room.  Elmo finish wheat piece & start to pulverise N of house for oats.  Also take Mama & McLartys down to vote.  Mr Holmnes won road commissioner by 49 votes.  Grow very windy before noon & light shower about 4 PM. 

4-3-1918 29o above at 7AM.  Elmo pulverize for oats & help put down carpet at night.  Rena finish cleaning dining room.  Mrs Bengston called in PM.  Also Russell & Stanley with pony.  Very windy, NW.  Partly cloudy.

4-4-1918 33o above at 7:30 AM.  Mrs McL take mama to Gleaners at Mrs Brown’s & we keep children.  Elmo sow oats & pulverize.  Put section of drag on behind pulverizer & use 5 horses. Frozen about 2 in in ground last night.

4-5-1918  Nice day, get cloudy some toward’s night.  cool SW wind.  Elmo & ma go R in AM.  Beulah here in AM & her pony untie itself & draw buggy into barn.  Uncle Chas Green died at 7:30 this evening.  Elmo sow & pulverize in PM.   

4-6-1918 40o above at 7:30 AM.  Cloudy, chilly, SE wind.  Begin to rain about 1 and rain gently all PM.  Elmo have to stop pulverizing about middle of PM.  McLarty’s new car brought out from town in PM.

4-7-1918  (Sunday) Cleared off last night, windy & colder, especially in PM.  Rena call at McLarty’s and Elmo & I go to Starr’s in PM & then across to McL for jar.

4-8-1918 30o above at 7AM.  Clod, windy, NW turn to NE in PM.  Partly cloudy.  Elmo & I go to Uncle Chas Green’s funeral (2PM). Leave mama & Rena in R.  Elmo & mama wear fur coats.  Real cold & windy. 

4-9-1918 30o above at 7AM.  Windy, cold.  Ground frozen so can’t pulverize till about noon.  Elmo sow & do odd jobs in AM.  Pulverize in PM.  Rena wash.  I not up till noon. 

4-10-1918  26o above at 7AM.  Windy, NE.  Elmo draw out 5 loads manure in AM.  Mend spreader, etc. In PM, pulverize.  Mrs McL & children here in PM.  Mat Ralston here for War Chest cards in eve.

4-11-1918 33o above at 7AM.  Bernice bring spring beauties and blood root.  Rena & Elmo drag oat field. Rena & Mrs McLarty & children go to woods and find flowers.  Harper’s grocer agent her yesterday PM.

4-12-1918 40o above at 8AM.  Fine day, cool enough for winter coat to ride in.  Elmo draw manure in AM & in PM we all go to Liberty Loan Parade.  Mama stay down at Florence’s.  We take Aunt Agnes in & all but Elmo go to Aunt Alice’s to see parade.  Annetta & Emily here to supper. 

4-13-1918 Lovely day, tho cool.  Mrs McLarty stop on way from R in PM.  Elmo draw 2 loads manure & then plow where seeding not good.  We go to CV at eve.

4-14-1918 (Sunday) Some warmer, pleasant.  Elmo go to C. Pickens in AM & to Bert Popham’s funeral in PM.  Rena & I wait in auto during funeral & then we all go to Belv, call at Asa’s. McLartys go to her mother’s & bring home a pup.

4-15-1918 Pleasant, but windy.  Rena wash.  Elmo finish sowing oats.  Mrs McLarty bring pup over in PM. Mama have her teeth out. 

4-16-1918 Elmo sow barley at 10A.  Rain enough to lay dust last night.  Jennie Breckenridge call to sell Liberty Bonds in PM.  Mostly sunny.

4-17-1918  Cloudy, wind NE.  Begin to rain about 8:30AM.  Elmo finish sowing barley & then go R in buggy.  Dig horseradish.  Rain gently much of day.  Clean in kitchen.

4-18-1918 Mrs McLarty & children here in PM.  Elmo pulverize barley in AM & take small load hay & oats to R in PM.  Finish cleaning kitchen & clean hall. 

4-19-1918  Elmo go Rockford & work on auto at garage fixing brakes.  Bring mama & Carrie home with him. Very windy & cold.

4-20-1918 34o about noon.  cloudy, NE wind.  Snow flakes, sleet & rain.  Elmo seed some grass seed in AM & go CV in PM.

4-21-1918 (Sunday) Cold, rainy AM.  Cloudy all day.  Rena go to McLarty’s in PM.  Mrs Watson died at 6AM. 

4-22-1918 Rena wash.  Cleared last night.  Mama & Carrie tie Belgian quilt.  Elmo get up old scattering wood.

4-23-1918 Rain & snow both fall in AM.  Clear PM.  Elmo drag barley till sotrm stop him.  He & mama go to funeral in PM & then he finish dragging.  Go to show at night.  Take Picken boys.  Mrs McLarty & children here in PM & help tie Belgian quilt.

4-24-1918 Ground froze little last night.  We all go R in AM.  Mama  stay to go to Aunt Emma’s surprise tomorrow with “lady aunts.”  Carrie stay down too.  Roads rough.  Elmo start to plant early potatoes in PM. 

4-25-1918 Cold, cloudy.  Elmo plant more early potatoes in AM.  He & I go to school with notice of Liberty Loan Rally & to McLarty’s.  Rena wash outside of windows.  McLarty, Edwin Molander, Barkley’s man & CK help saw wood in PM.  Rain a little at eve.

4-26-1918 Some warmer, sun shine most of PM.  Elmo finish planting early potatoes & then go R with oats.  J Watson here asking for “job.”  We all go to Town Hall to rally in eve.  Mr Carpenter, Bruce Garrett & Mr Reynolds speak & 3 soldier boys & Florence Carpenter sing.

4-27-1918 Cloudy all morning.  PM sunny part of time & warmer.  I go with Elmo about neighborhood on Liberty Loan business.  McLarty’s take Rena to CV in PM.  J Watson here again.  Cloud over at night.

4-28-1918 (Sunday) Rained last night & also this AM.  Cold, windy PM.  Sun break thru clouds in PM.  Mama come down from Roscoe on 2 PM car & Elmo  meet her at Fitch's.  Mr McLarty go down with him.  Rena & I stay at McLarty’s in PM.

4-29-1918 Rained again last night & some in AM.  Mr Taylor here to buy bond in morn & then we go to J Lake’s.  Then Elmo go to R with pigs.  Cold, NE wind. 

4-30-1918 Rain mixed with some snow fell most of AM.  Elmo & I out in buggy on Liberty Loan business until 1:30PM.  Cold.



March 1918

3-1-1918 20o above at 7AM.  Still & sunny.  Elmo unload coal & take grist to R.  Thaw quite a little thru day.  Taylors go to R in auto. 

3-2-1918 37o above at 7AM.  West wind. Sunny.  E to R in buggy to trial about "Puss"

3-3-1918 (Sunday) 35o above at 7AM.  Nice day.  Fred Davis walk out from R in morning and Elmo take him to State Rd in PM and he walk back & Elmo go to CV. 

3-4-1918 37o above at 7AM.  Rained little from SE last night & cloudy over ½ of day.  Sometimes the sun out & seem very spring-like.  Roads real muddy. Elmo take barley to R.  Starr help move Prindles.  Edwin Holmes begin to cut wood at "20"

3-5-1918 36o above at 7AM.  Foggy.  56o above at noon.  Sunny & nice after morning fog & then cloud up in late PM & wind turn N.  Elmo take milk to R.  Starr stop in on way home from taking loose hay to R.  Roads very muddy.

3-6-1918 25o above at 7AM.  Cloudy.  Elmo drive to “20” to see how man cut wood & husk 1 row corn in AM.  Mr McLarty help him husk in PM.

3-7-1918 22o above at 7AM.  Partly cloudy.  Mrs Frigast walk up, clean my bedroom (take up carpet).  Pete come for he about 4PM.  Starr sell pigs to Popham for $16.  Elmo take barley to R.  McLarty’s drive in on way from Bel with lining for Belgian quilt.

3-8-1918 38o above at 8AM.  48o at 10AM.  Still partly cloudy.  Froze last night.  Wind turn to east and grow chilly & more cloudy towards eve.  Elmo go to Aunt Harriet's burial in PM & then to R for Rena.

3-9-1918 34o above at 10AM.  Windy, E &S.  Snowed little last night & then rained hard & froze some.

3-10-1918 (Sunday) 19o above at 8AM.  Sunny, rather breezy. I go outdoors as far as pig pen.

3-11-1918 28o above at 6:30AM.  Rena wash.  Mrs McLarty & Irving Brown help Elmo take pigs to R.  Starr take his pigs to CV.  Hear of Anna Faulkner’s little son, a week old last Sat.

3-12-1918 43o at 8AM.  Cloudy morn.  Flock of blackbirds in our elm.  Elmo take little hay & oats to C McKee.  Roads very muddy.  Ther reach 60o in PM.  Elmo has seen bluebirds & robins.   Weighed today.  I - 88#, Mama 90, Elmo 187.5, Rena 174.

3-13-1918 32o above at 7AM.  Only reached 36o thru day.  Rain hard at times.  Thunder.  Rena move into man's room.  Fix up her’s for man.  Elmo take milk to R.

3-14-1918 32o at 7AM.  Shower about 6AM.  Rena clean mama’s room in AM.  Mrs McLarty & children here in PM & Elmo go to Poole’s sale with Mr McL.  Turn cooler & hail & sleet some & then snow fast all thru middle of day.

3-15-1918 Snow melt some.  Elmo husk 3 rows corn, fields so muddy wheels slip.  Rena finish cleaning upstairs. 

3-16-1918 Ground frozen in AM, but get very muddy as sun thaw.  Elmo & mama go R in buggy.  Mrs McLarty & children here in PM & she & Rena tie another little Belgian quilt.  Frigasts bring wash in AM.

3-17-1918 (Sunday) 58o above about noon.  Nice day.  Joe here to dinner on way home, after being at Camp Grant with Walter on Sat.  Rena call on Mrs McLarty in PM. 

3-18-1918 56o at 10AM.  Sunny, still.  Rena wash.  Mama go to Mc Larty’s in PM.  Elmo go CV.  Very windy, dry roads fast.

3-19-1918 56o at 6PM.  Hazy like fall.  Edwin Holmnes help husk.

3-20-1918 42o above at 7AM.  A lovely day.  Hazy.  Mrs McLarty with children take mama to Starr’s in PM.  Elmo take milk to R & get seed barley from F Reid in PM.  Children say violet plants up. 

3-21-1918 46o above at 6:30AM.  Baby boy at Kleckners.  Mrs Brown call & mama go with her to McLarty’s.  Elmo husk.  Sun look like a red ball thru the haze.  Starr in to use telephone in morn.

3-22-1918 36o above at 6:30AM.  Mr McLarty help husk in AM & they finish at noon.  In PM he help clean oats.  Mrs McL children & Miss McLarty here in PM & help sew Belgian quilt.  Just a dash of rain about 5:30 AM & clouds clear during AM.  N.E. wind.

3-23-1918 28o above at 6:30 AM.  Elmo help Mr McLarty clean oats.  Walter & Franklin drive in with pony in AM.  In PM, Elmo & Rena go R in buggy.  Frost last night.  Easterly wind.

3-24-1918 (Sunday) Froze little last night.  We go for short auto ride in PM to N end bridge & towards Roscoe, back thru Harlem  21.1 mi.  Roads good.

3-25-1918 36o above at 6:30AM.  Nice day.  Rena wash.  Elmo go R with grist.  Mama go to McLarty’s in PM.

3-26-1918 28o above at 6:30AM.  Few drops rain last eve.  Chilly outdoors.  Cloudy AM.  Clear before noon.  Iron AM & began on sitting-room in PM.  Elmo take milk in AM to R & oats in PM.

3-27-1918 28o above at 6:30 AM.  Elmo help take ashes out of cellar & Rena clean that in AM & then clean in sitting room in PM.  Both she & mama at McLarty’s in PM.  Elmo take oats to R.

3-28-1918 33o above at 6:30 AM.  Lovely day.  Elmo help put down sitting room carpet and then take hay to R.  Finish sitting room in AM.  McLarty children here in PM while their folks go to Belv.  Starr with Emily & Stanley here for fanning mill in PM.

3-29-1918 Find day, get little cloudy at late PM.  Elmo get up last of stalks & plow little at 10Am in AM.  Go to R Reid’s to help fill silo in PM. 

3-30-1918 38o above at 6:30 AM.  Mrs McLarty & children here in PM.  Picken boys here at eve, when they leave we turn clock ahead 1 hr.

3-31-1918 (Sunday) Russell & Stanley & Willis Seeley here in morn.  70o in PM in Rockford.  We take Rena to N End bridge for 8 o’clock car to Beloit, mama to church. We start for Durand, have blow out & come back to R for new tire & then go to Harrison & east past Mamie Pratt’s home.  Call on Carrie, get mama & Rena at N. Bridge.  Very windy in PM & light shower before we get home, lay dust


February 1918

2-1-1918 17o below at 7AM.  Sunny & still.  Wind blow at eve.  Elmo take straw to R.  Elmo get my red galatea dress mama give Christmas from stab. [stet]

2-2-1918 2o below at 8AM.  Sunny & still.  Groundhog surely see his shadow today.  Elmo go R with hay.

2-3-1918 (Sunday) Windy & drifting roads full again.  Mr Prindle [milkman] stuck by school bridge & Mr McLarty help him out.  Starr & Walter up in AM.

2-4-1918 18o below at 7:30AM.  West wind.  Elmo take hay & C Kleckner take straw to R.  C tip over on st car track & freeze his nose.  New calf.

2-5-1918  4o below at 7:30AM.  SE wind.  Snow some in AM & drift all day.  Starr bring Mrs Frigast up in morn & Mr F & Mr Taft come for her in PM.  Make as much as 15½ qts mincemeat, can 14 qts.  Elmo do chores & late PM plow out roads.

2-6-1918 28o above at 7:30AM.  Clear 33o above at noon.  Thaw so we get a pan of water from porch.  Elmo take hay R and roads cut in a good deal. Rained a little last night.

2-7-1918 20o above at 8AM.  White frost.  Cloudy part of day.  Elmo say roads better as it not thaw, he take hay.  Carrie tell us of Mr & Mrs Carpenter's golden wedding last eve.  24o above at noon.

2-8-1918 33o above at 7:30AM.  Very foggy until late PM & then rain from NW.  Thunder & lighten some in evening.  Elmo take oats to R.  Roads cut up a good deal.  34o above at noon.  Begin to make icicles on windows at eve.  Elmo get our mail at school house.

2-9-1918 24o above at 7:30AM.  Snowed ½ inch or so last night & cloudy this morning.  Elmo take grist to R.  Mrs McLarty & children here in PM while Mr M in R.

2-10-1918 (Sunday) 28o above at 8AM, 34o above at 1PM.  Nice day. Starr's all go to McFarland's in PM and stop here on way home.

2-11-1918 34o above at 8AM.  42o above at 11:30.  SW breeze, snowy.  Thaw much.  Elmo take oats to R.  Mr McLarty in to telephone in morn.  Cloud up later in day & begin to rain about 4PM.  Mama finish her 5th sweater. 

2-12-1918 36o above at 7:30AM.  Rain all last night, quite a bit of bare ground about house.  2 ft water at our corner.  Mr Molander get stuck in it.  Mr McLarty help him out.  Elmo go down & open up our field to school house.  Later take milk to corner at W Ralston’s & Bengston take it R. 

2-13-1918  30o above at 7AM.  Frost last night.  W Ralston go part way to R with milkman, who get stuck at our corner. Mr McLarty & Elmo go to help there & Mr. Prindle says he draw no more milk.  Elmo take little jag of oats to R.

2-14-1918  40o above 7:30 AM.  S wind. W. McF take our milk to R.  48o above at 11AM.  Elmo drive to Picken’s in AM & to CV in PM.  Roads bad.  Begin to rain about 5PM. Snow going fast.  No mail.

2-15-1918  10o above at 8AM.  18 above at 10AM.  Sunny morn, NW wind.  Rained till bedtime, turn to snow during night.  ½ inch or so.  Elmo meet mailman at school & take some to C Picken’s & get milkcan at McFarland's.

2-16-1918 20o above at 7:30 AM.  Elmo take small load oats to R.  Roads good, best they’ve been of late. 

2-17-1918  (Sunday) 3o above at 8AM.  Sunny.

2-18-1918 Warmer, SE wind. Elmo take milk to R, home about 1 PM.  Husk some in PM.   Starr & Maggie take Mama to R in sled.  Walter come to stay while she gone & Emily & Stanley for day. 

2-19-1918 Begin to rain last night & do so at times thru day.  Very foggy.  Pete bring Mrs Frigast here for day.  Starr in in AM.  Elmo ½ sick all day.  Walter go to school.

2-20-1918 Clear, cold.  NW wind, 3o above at 7AM.  Elmo go R in buggy for mama & Walter stay with me till children came from school.  Mr McLarty in to telephone in morn & Elmo give him little phone to put up. 

2-21-1918 6o below at 7AM.  Elmo go R with oats in wagon, still go thru fields.  Mrs McLarty & children walk over in PM.  Get little phone connected up, but not fixed just right yet.

2-22-1918 10o above at 7AM.  28o above at 11 AM.  Sunny & still.  Elmo go R with oats.  Roads frozen so as to hold up.

2-23-1918  Warmer, roads thaw.  Elmo go R with milk.  Starr take hay to R on wagon and get stuck in snow & have to plough & shovel out. 

2-24-1918  (Sunday) 38o above at 7AM.  52o above about noon.  Beautiful day.  Elmo at McLarty's to see phone and now it all right.  Starr & Joe here in AM.

2-25-1918 40o above at 7AM. 1st egg of 1918.  Rain hard at times and about 3PM snow, get colder in PM & freeze before dark.  Elmo do odd jobs.  Mailman get around to our box.

2-26-1918 19o above at 7AM.  Mama walked over to McLarty’s in PM.  We got an egg.  Elmo take hay to R.  Get up some stalks from mama’s for cows & pick 2 rows of corn in AM.  Thaw enough to make roads sticky.

2-27-1918 31o above at 7AM.  Elmo & Bowser got a 15# coon at 4AM. Get last of corn stalks from mama’s.  Then take straw to R. Children in to ask us to buy War Stamps.

2-28-1918 32o above at 7AM.  Thaw a little in AM. Snowed about 1 ½ inch last night, but ground not frozen beneath.  Elmo fix fence in AM.  Go to Marteson’s, Holmnes & CV in PM in buggy.  Get some cooler in PM.



January 1918

1-1-1918 8o above at 7AM.  Cloudy & begin to snow about 8:30AM & snow fast from 3 till most dark. We all go to Starr's before dinner.  Elmo take washing to Mrs Frigast.

1-2-1918 20o above at 8AM.  22o above at noon, cloudy, NE wind & begin to snow again before 8, but soon stop & sun out before noon.  Elmo get stalks, do chores, dress chick & about 11 AM go out to pick corn.  Still has about 8A in field.  In PM, he get down sled.

1-3-1918 10o above at 9:30AM.  Elmo take baled straw to R.  Mama not go to Gleaners' at Mrs R Picken's, as so cold few go from country. 

1-4-1918 14o above at 7AM.  Nice, bright day.  Pick 3 rows corn in AM and get 850# coal at CV in PM on sled

1-5-1918 18o above at 8AM.  30o above at 2PM.  E wind.  Sun out very little.  Elmo take oats to R.  Few flakes of snow in PM & more after dark. 

1-6-1918 (Sunday) Awoke to a regular blizzard, which lasted all day.  Snow & blowing from east.

1-7-1918 18o above at 4PM.  N wind blow snow most of day.  Elmo help milkman to “5-points”  E & W roads badly drifted, so they go in fields in many places.  No mail.  No school.

1-8-1918 13o above about 10AM.  Clear & still.  Elmo take oats to R.  Picken boys here at eve.  Starr & Russell up with beef in AM.  Mr Nichols [mailman] get out as far as W McFarland’s.  We get no mail.  School began.

1-9-1918 5o below at 7AM.  Clear & still.  Mrs Frigast work here all day. Can 3 pints beef.  Elmo take oats to R.  Mail carrier get around to our box about 4PM.  But McLarty’s meet him & bring us our mail on way home from R. 

1-10-1918 6o above at 7:30AM.  Sunny most of day.  Still.  Starr & Maggie go R.  Elmo take small load baled hay to R.  We hear Aunt Harriet very low.  We get mail in our box.

1-11-1918 2o above at 7:30AM.  1o below at 4PM.  Snowed an inch or more last night & keep at it all day.  Very fine & NW wind drift it.  Starr bring up can & old mail from school when he get children.  We get no today’s mail.

1-12-1918 8o below at 8AM.  Fine snow come down almost all day and W wind drift it badly.  Now N & S roads fill up.  Neighbors have to help milkman.  He leave his team here & E take his load to A. Marsh's, then others take it.  Starr up this far & get stalks on way home, tip over. Milkman not get back here till dark. No mail.

1-13-1918 (Sunday) 6o below at 8AM.  Bright, but wind blow some later in day. Neighbors again help Mr. Prindle [the milkman, who picks up the milk].  Elmo & Mr McLarty dig out by school (between school and bridge).  Elmo only go far as McF corner.  Use plow and make good track.

1-14-1918 6o above at 9AM.  Bright, still.  Aunt Harriet died at 5AM. Elmo go R, take small load of hay. No mail, Elmo bought a Chicago paper.

1-15-1918 11o below at 7:30AM.  Sunny, still.  Elmo take small load hay to R.  Mr Nichols get to our box just before dark & Mr McLarty meet him & get our mail & bring up.

1-16-1918 0o at 7:30AM.  Bright & still.  Elmo go to Aunt Harriet's funeral (they leave body in vault). Then to Mr N Watkin’s.  Annetta, Molanders & Bernice call in on way home from school.  Mr Nichols leave mail in our box at 4:30. 

1-17-1918 10o above at 7:30AM.  Snowed little last night & one squall this AM.  Sunny at times.  Later.  There were several squalls thru day.  Elmo take oats to R.  Grow colder in PM.  Bring home soft coal.

1-18-1918 14o below at 8AM.  Little cloudy.  Elmo take hay to town.  5PM when Mr Nichols get to our box.  10o above about 12.  All factories & H.S. close for 4 days on account of coal shortage.

1-19-1918 10o below at 7:30AM.  3o above about noon.  Elmo take hay to R and meet shredder men at Bank and then have trial about "Puss" before justice.  [See 1917, "Puss" killed by interurban.] Mr McLarty have Mrs & children here in PM.

1-20-1918 (Sunday) 11o below at 7:30AM.  14o above at 1:30PM. Elmo make road to "20" and get first stalks from there. Starr’s (all but Walter & Franklin) here in PM.

1-21-1918 10o above at 7:30AM.  Cloudy. General holiday through-out cities in 28 states on account of coal shortage.  Elmo home doing up extra chores, etc.  Begin to snow about 8AM and look as tho we might have storm, but not last long & sun shine out part of day.

1-22-1918  14o above at 8:30AM.  Mrs Frigast work here all day.  Elmo take hay to R.  Nice day, but cold, NW breeze.  Got colder in PM.  8o above 1PM.

1-23-1918  11o below at 7AM.  6o above at 11AM.  Cloudy, few flakes snow in AM.  Elmo get pig from Starr’s in AM.  Take grist to R in PM.  Regular blizzard in PM, from S.  Make roads heavy pulling home & Elmo not home till after 7 o’clock.

1-24-1918 11o above at 8AM.  Cloudy most of day, snow little at eve.  Elmo take hay to R after dinner.  School boys climb on load & it tip over by Lakes’ gate. Starr here in morning.  18o above at 11AM.

1-25-1918 30o above at 7:30AM.  Snowed some last night.  NW wind.  Elmo help ChasK plow out ¼ line road before going to R with hay.  Lightened in NW about 5AM.  Starr leave Emily & Stanley here while he go up to school.  Mr Grow’s girl have scarlet fever. Heidenreichs about all well of scarlet fever.  Mr Nichols leave our mail at school house box & Elmo get it on way from R.

1-26-1918  10o above at 7:30AM.  Snow & blow all day from NW.  Elmo open silo as it is getting too much snow to get stalks & he has 7 left over home & 17 shocks on “20” is all.  No mail.

1-27-1918 (Sunday) Elmo plowed out road as far as Nelson’s.  Catch up with milkman.  It drift some in PM. Cloudy.

1-28-1918 Snowed last night again.  Elmo plow out road to school.  Starr stop in on way back from school.  Say he get stuck twice before getting up here.  Roads drifted full.  Elmo go CV in PM.  Roads very full.  Snow fast about an hr in AM.  PM sunny & still.  14o above at 10AM.  9o above at 4PM.  Mrs McLarty bring up mail from school house.  Meet man.

1-29-1918  4o below at 8AM.  Partly cloudy in PM.  Still Elmo take straw to R.  Roads quite good.  Mr McLarty meet Mr Nichols at school house & get our mail & leave in box. 

1-30-1918  2o below at 7:30AM.  Partly cloudy & snow in late PM.  Colder in PM.  Elmo take hay to R.  Mrs McLarty & children spend PM here.


December 1937

12-1-1937  Partly cloudy, chilly.  Grow some warmer.  E go for meat etc, in AM, Annetta call.  E go R in PM.

12-2-1937  E help CK shred till 2 PM.  Then go CV.  Joan in after school.  Mr Olson come w/ rent. Hendricks here at eve.  A nice day.

12-3-1937  Cloudy, chilly but not so cold. E get up 3 loads of beans.  Have early dinner & go R, I to Fitch’s.  Rain, or mist all PM.

12-4-1937 Much colder.  E go R.  At eve we take Esther home & go on downtown.  It snowed a trifle at eve.

12-5-1937 (Sunday)  Cold, about 8o above thru day.  Cloudy.  We go to tell Henry Lake he is wanted for pall bearer at Lester Lake’s funeral. 

12-6-1937 0o  in morn.  Sunny most of day.  E go R & to funeral.  Joan here after school. J & Marian in later. 

12-7-1937 Mostly cloudy, cold & snow enough to make ground white. E & I go to election & then to Walter’s. Then I home & E to Belv.  Afternoon E clean clock & get up 3 loads of beans. 

12-8-1937 10o  above, but seem colder for strong NW wind, blow snow, llittle more fall, sun out by 9.  E go R.

12-9-1937  1o  below 0 in morn.  W. wind. Sunny.  E not make wood clock go, so fix iron one.  In PM.  In PM, we leave Esther at Price’s & go R.  I to Florence’s.  Come home by CV.  Not cold in car, but very cold day.

12-10-1937  Thermometer a little below 0 in morn.  Sunny.  E take off truck radiator & take to Belv. Marie go to hospital last night & Robert Stanley born 4:30 AM. 

12-11-1937 Clear still morn. Still cold. E get up some beans, tho he turn cattle into cornfield N. of house.  So cold they had been in for several days.  In PM put radiator on truck; and late PM go R.

12-12-1937 (Sunday) 14o above 0 in morn.  Cloudy early & late.  Nice day. We go R about 11:45, E get dinner & then we go to Sodaman’s to hear of Mable Green who had an operation for appendicitis last Tues night.  Get Esther on way home. 

12-13-1937 Cloudy, chilly, begin to snow from SE about 9AM. E go CV for coal.  Floyd R call.  Soap agent, too.  Then E go R.  Stop snowing soon after 12 & E take cattle to creek.  Joan & Marian in. Not cold.

12-14-1937 Mild.  Cloudy, some sleet & snow in PM.  Slippery.  E get up beans, take cattle to creek.  Go CV. In PM go to sale & on to Belv. 

12-15-1937 24o above at 9AM.  Ice over everything, tho thaw off.  Icicles from windows & rain a little thru middle of day.  Cloudy. 14o above 0 in morn

12-16-1937 Still icy & foggy in PM.  Cloudy all day.  Joe in.  Also Mr & Mrs John Lake.  E go R. Joan in after school, her parents stop for her.

12-17-1937 The same still, cloudy weather, tho mill turned to W. E go up as it [windmill] broke yesterday. But unable to fix.  Go R about 10:30 AM.  Joan just in a min.

12-18-1937 Another same icy, cloudy morn.  E fix new gas engine to pump water.  In PM he take Esther home & go downtown. 

12-19-1937 (Sunday) Quite warm & cloudy.  Begin to snow in early AM, about 2 in. fell. We go to Whittles in PM and then get Esther.  Centennial young people come out to sing carols at eve. 

12-20-1937 Sun out some this PM for a change.  Colder. We go R for most of day.  Leave Esther at Price’s.  I to Fitch’s. 

12-21-1937 Wind last night swept most snow away.  Some sunshine this morn, but early PM a dark cloud spread over sky.  E go Belv in PM, John have chicken-pox.  Joan in a few minutes.  Ice melting from trees at eve & dropping off.

12-22-1937 Partly cloudy early, sun out soon after 9AM.  E go R.  J in.

12-23-1937 4o below 0.  Sunshine, but get cloudy late PM. Little engine refuses to go, so man came out & at last take back & fix.  E go to Belv in PM.  Annetta call in AM.   E feel badly & we not get to school entertainment. 

12-24-1937 A sort of mixed rain & snow during night make very slippery.  32o at 6 AM.  Cloudy.  Sun out a little. All Starr’s but John (who has chickenpox) here in PM. 

12-25-1937 12o above 0 at 7AM.  Cloudy.  We start for Durand about 10AM, leave Esther in R, & take Florence & Mabel w/ us.  Sun out later & a good day.  Home before 6PM.  Car not start when coming home, so we change battery in R.

12-26-1937 (Sunday) Good still day.  E get dinner at Bishop’s, then electricman come.  E go to Harry Johnson’s a min, then for Esther late PM. 

12-27-1937 Cloudy, SE breeze, chilly but not cold.  E go to Floyd’s.  E go R in PM.  Thaw quite a bit.  Fog all PM.

12-28-1937 Still not much cold.  Sunny & thaw but still slippery walking as freeze towards night.  E go to Fred Davis in PM & CV, Belv in AM.  Martha, Willis & Bobby here in eve. Annetta, Emily, & John in PM.  Carleton Larson in selling stock food. 

12-29-1937 Same cloudy, warmish day.  Still icy in much of country.  E go R in PM & I stop at Mr Shaw’s. 

12-30-1937 Another similar day.  Cap [Captain] lying down in stall & E go R for medicine.  Maynard leave Emily & John here in PM & Emily wash my hair. 

12-31-1937 Did not freeze last night, rain some.  Still slippery in yard where ice not melted.  2 men come at eve & leave electric material, here for supper & then go R.  E go R in PM.  Cap die at eve.  Very foggy in AM, but nice & sunny in PM.  Wind come up during PM & grow colder.