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 skip back 20 years in May's Diary to a century ago when the United States was involved with World War I and a record-setting winter beset the heartland.

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. 


November 1937

11-1-1937 Showers early, make it better husking & men get about 6 loads out. Annetta & Anna call.  Get bittersweet.  At eve, E & H go to fire at Ed Brown’s.  Then E & I go CV.  A shower in PM & harder at eve.  Windy.

11-2-1937  Windy, sunny, cold wind, very strong.  Men get out a load corn & then E go R & H open up N. field.  About 2:30 they husk w/ machine again. Small box in machine worn out & E go R again. Get out little over load.  Joan in after school till her mother come for her. 

11-3-1937  Still sunny day.  Froze hard last night, but get warmer.  J in in AM.  Ruth Hested call.  Men fix machine & get out 2 loads in AM & in PM fix ditch & tractor & husk 2 loads.  At eve E & I go R.

11-4-1937 Partly cloudy, windy.  Men get out almost 4 loads. E & I go R at noon.  To CV late PM.  Joan here after school. Marian come for her.  J over for team. 

11-5-1937 Partly cloudy, cold, windy.  Mrs Hested come for bittersweet.  J over for team in PM.  Men get out 4 loads corn.  E go Belv late PM.  Marjorie bring Carolyn in. Cornfield S of barn husked.

11-6-1937 Nice day, tho some clouds.  J in for team.  H husk by hand in N. field & E fix fence around S. field.  In PM, men husk by hand 1st & then 3 loads by machine in N field. Man come for Elm trees.  At eve, E & I take Esther home & go downtown.

11-7-1937 (Sunday) Partly cloudy late & lighten at eve, but nice day.  H bring his mother & Anna to call in PM.  Then E & I to Seward, E get supper in R.  At eve Fred & Anne bring up mutton.  Hendricks call. 

11-8-1937  Rain before light, & light showers early AM.  Then clear off, windy.  Electrician estimate wiring.  Then E go for evergreens to Seward.  H do odd jobs.  Marian take me to Emily’s surprise.  Men husk 2 loads after 3 PM. E go  CV at eve. 

11-9-1937 A lovely day.  Furnace fire at eve. Men husk out 8 loads.  Big skunk came right up to house in PM.  At eve E & I leave Esther at Price’s while we go R, call at our house. 

11-10-1937 Another fine day.  Men husk 8 loads.  Annetta come for me, but Minnie Samuelson here for PM, so I got go.  E go CV at eve.  Turn cooler late PM.

11-11-1937 A fine morn.  Frost but not freeze much last night.   Men out to hunt pheasants.  A grand day, but dry to husk. Men get out 6 loads.  Annetta & her parents come to take me riding.  Stop in Marie’s, at Emily’s, at Marjories, to Belv & R.  At eve go R w/ E. 

11-12-1937 Fine, frosty morn.  Nice day, but dark clouds in W at sunset.  Men get 6 loads & 1 small one of corn. E go CV at eve.  Emily came & wash my hair in AM. 

11-13-1937 Thunder last night & rain little.  Nice morn, but grow cloudy late AM & windy, colder.  Men get 1 ½ loads corn & finish husking about 10 AM.  Then put away machinery etc.  Early supper & E take Esther home & go downtown.

11-14-1937 (Sunday) Chilly, windy, dashes of rain, snowing early so can see on ground, melt soon, cloudy all day & rain at times.  E get pheasant.  To Loves P for E’s dinner, to Emmanuel Larson’s then into cemetery, to Beloit, call on Marie, home for chores & supper, then for Esther. 

11-15-1937 Cloudy, freeze ice last night, chilly.  E put out trees & shrubs at lot & go downtown after dinner. 

11-16-1937 Still cold & freezing, cloudy.  H plow. E leave me at Starr’s while he go CV.  Then he go to lot & put out tulips and more shrubs.  In PM get up some beans so H can plow.  Mrs Rosene & Donald here in AM & to dinner.

11-17-1937 Mostly cloudy but fine clear eve.  Men get up beans in AM & H plow in PM.  E go R at eve. E & I go to PTA, Dr Gordon speak. 

11-18-1937 Awoke to snow, keep it up gently much of day. Men get 3 loads of dirt for lot & H split wood while E go with last load.  Joan in, J for her. 

11-19-1937 Much colder. 20o at morn, also PM.  Cloudy.  H split wood & do odd jobs.  E go R.  House well so low won’t pump water.

11-20-1937 16o above in morn.  Sunny.  Windy.  E put felt on storm windows & put up.  H split wood, etc.  E go R for furnace pipes, etc.  Then fix them.  Harry leave after dinner.  Minnie Samuelson call.

11-21-1937 (Sunday) Still cold, but sunny & still.  E take Esther to H Prices for day & then get honey from J. Burch.  In PM, we call on Fred Davis’ and take little ride.  Home for chores & supper.

11-22-1937 Nice bright morn, 18o above 0.  E go to Pickens, then to R.  Esther clean Harry’s room.  Car fail to start when E stop on way & Floyd R pull him to start, so he get it fixed & late home.  Take pictures of house.  Joan in after school. Grow warmer in PM.

11-23-1937 Rather chilly, but nice day.  E drive cattle to creek for water, as windmill not go.  Annetta & John call early.  Bring names to draw for Christmas.  E go w/ Frank Davis to see Geo Ralston.  In PM, E go R. 

11-24-1937 Chilly SW wind, warmer in PM.  Sunny.  J shred. E take chickens, etc to Florence, work on bath fixture leak, hag up seed corn, etc.

11-25-1937 (Thanksgiving) Nice day. We leave Esther at Price’s as we go to Florence’s for dinner.  At eve call for Esther & go in a while.

11-26-1937 Warmer – a frost in morn.  E to Belv & get corn planter repair.  Fix that & do chores.  A fine day.  Still and sunny.  Joan in.  Marie & Franklin, Marie’s mother & Frank in.

11-27-1937 Cloudy early & late, but sunny between.  Fog early.  Warm.  E go R, windmill break.   Minnie Samuelson here in PM.  At eve, it rain, quite warm.

11-28-1937 (Sunday) Rain turn to snow & ground white in morn.  Streets & some roads slippery.  Cold.  Martha & Bobby come over w/ Willis who fix mill.  At eve we take wash to Rosene’s & get Esther.  Annetta & Dicky bring  Christmas cards.

11-29-1937 Still cold.  About 4o above in morn.  E go to Camp Grant, Fairdale, Belv, etc. Joan here after school. 

11-30-1937 Still cold, but still & sunny. We leave Esther at Prices in AM & go R, I to Lois Shimmin store. 


October 1937

10-1-1937 Real warm, cloudy early.  Esther cleaning in sitting room.  E go to lot in AM.  H bunch beans around 10A piece.  In PM, both go to EMB’s to fill silo.  At eve E, Mabel & I go to house. 

10-2-1937 Fog early.  Cloudy all AM.  H go to EMB’s to fill in AM.  E to house.  Mabel to Hess’ in AM.  H pick up corn in PM & pile few beans.  At eve we go R & take Esther home, also Mabel.  Some cooler & windy in PM, and mostly cloudy.

10-3-1937 (Sunday) Cloudy 63o at 10AM.  Joe & Joan in in AM.  E & J fix binder.  In PM we go to bungalow & show to Browns.  Then call on Whittles.  Home for chores, then take wash to Rosene’s & get Esther.

10-4-1937 Another cloudy foggy day.  Men go to lot to work. Warm.

10-5-1937 Very warm, pleasant, only strong SW wind.  Marian & Marjorie here to & from Marie’s shower.  Joan after school.  Men at lot. At eve E & I go R.  J in at eve as corn binder break.

10-6-1937 Cloudy, W. wind.  Much colder.  Men at lot. Marie & Fr Jr bring Starr & Maggie here & shower gifts.  Joan here after school.  Mrs Hested & Ruth call. Fred, Emma & Ann bring meat & gingerbread at eve.  Mr. & Mrs Hendricks & Uveta here too, at eve.  Esther clean some in dining room. 

10-7-1937 Partly cloudy, 35o at 6 AM.  W. wind.  Men at lot. J in for Patsy. Marian in in AM.  At E & I to see house & then across to Joe’s to see about binder.

10-8-1937 32o at 5:30 AM.  Frost last night.  Bright, sunny until late PM.  Joe’s potato vines at last killed by frost.  Men at lot. At eve, E & I go to see Emmanuel Larson, then to R.

10-9-1937 Rain little last night & drizzle at times thru day.  Still cool.  Men at lot, but home for dinner.  Ceil a little in garage. 

10-10-1937 (Sunday) Rained quite a little in AM.  Nice by noon & PM.  We go to house & make fire, to Belv to see F. White, home for dinner.  Sodamans & Sweets call in PM then we all go to house.  Home for chores, then to CV to see Taylor & to R for Esther. 

10-11-1937 A fine day, warmer.  Men at lot.  J in for Patsy & finish cutting corn.  At eve we go R.  Sidewalks laid at lot.  Laundry tubs put in.  Annetta in. 

10-12-1937 Drizzle early, clear by middle AM.  Grow cooler, wind turn NW.  Men at house, but home for dinner.  Esther finish cleaning dining room.

10-13-1937 Frost kill our beans & tomato vines last night.  Cool today, but sunny.  Men at lot, but home for dinner.  E have to go back to lot at eve to let Olson’s in with their stove.

10-14-1937 Froze ice again & harder last night.  Bright, still cool day.  We all go to lot in AM & take Mrs Johnson to help wash windows. She stay for a while after dinner, & rest come home for dinner.  Then men return. J digging potatoes in PM, at eve E & I take Chas & Mary K to see house.

10-15-1937 Froze quite hard last night.  Clear, still nice day.  Men to lot, work on garage, ceiling east side & painting etc.  Home to dinner.  At eve E, Harry, & I go to Town Hall to Grange play.  Joan in after school & Marian come for her.

10-16-1937 Cloudy, chilly. Men go to lot.  Harry home to dinner. J bring potato digger in PM.  At eve E take Esther home & help Mr Olson put up curtain rods.  Sprinkle little late in day.

10-17-1937 (Sunday) Cloudy, sun peek out a min.  Rain most of PM & evening.  Willis & family here in morn & take truck to lot for Olson’s to use moving in house.  Then take me to Fitch’s.  E to see E Larson, to Florence’s to dinner.  In PM, Starr’s see house.  Ester come home w/ us. 

10-19-1937 Cloudy, rain at time, still, warm.  Harry go home, E go R w/ him & work at lot.  Put up clothesline pole, etc.  E go to CV to return some lumber late PM.  MaryJane, Gertrude & Francis call [Ralstons].  Clear off in PM, Warm.

10-20-1937 Partly sunny, quite warm.  Men fix tank in attic.  In PM dig potatoes, not a big crop.  Muddy.  At eve we leave Esther at Prices while we go R, call at Rosenes’s etc.

10-21-1937  Cloudy, chilly, sprinkle some.  Men finish dig potatoes in AM, get 15½ bu. Then E take digger to Starr’s.  E find 3 pumpkins & 3 little squash.  H plow & we go to R.  Julius [the bull] get out of pasture & J & H get him in. 

10-22-1937  Cloudy, chilly, mist & snow a little.  H plow.  E get 1 load gravel for garage, approach.  In go to cattle sale at Montgomery.  Buy 23 head white face steers.  Home before 6.  At eve we go CV. 

10-23-1937 32o in morn.  Froze ice.  Partly cloudy.  H plow. Wilt come w/ tractor fuel, etc.  E go R & CV, home to dinner.  Annetta call after dinner.  Myers brought steers about 3 AM.  E bed & fix straw stack, etc in PM.

10-24-1937 (Sunday) A nice day, warmer.  E go to see E Larson & Olson’s & get dinner in R.  Then he & I go for ride, call at Walter’s. 

10-25-1937 Cloudy, not cold.  E finish plow piece S of barn & H husk corn in AM.  Then they get out husker, & while H work at that, E go Belv to get rod straightened.  Work on machine rest of day. Emily & John bring Viola to call.  E go to J’s & CV at eve.

10-26-1937 Cloudy, but not much cold.  Nimtz boy come & men start to husk.  Machine before noon (get out two jags) also wagon wheel break.  While E go R, men put chunks in cellar, etc.  In PM, another break, but fix at home & get out 1 jag & 1 load corn.  E & I go R at eve.

10-27-1937 A fine sunny day.  Men husk 2 loads, then go to EMB’s to husking contest.  Mrs Samuelson died.  E & I go CV at eve. 

10-28-1937 A grand Indian Summer day.  Men husk a little & then F. Reid combine our beans.  160 bu from 9A. Roadmen dig out ditch in front of J’s & put 32 loads dirt in our barnyard & by windmill. H husk some by hand in PM.  Maynard in.  E & I go R at eve. 

10-29-1937 A lovely warm day.  Men go out to husk, soon break machine.  E to R then start fix machine.  Early dinner.  E & I to funeral [Mrs Samuelson] & later to Rachel’s wedding, to Halloween party at Hall at eve. 

10-30-1937 Another fine day.  Wash some windows on outside. Men husk, but machine bother & they get out only about 90 bu. Lose chain and E go R for new one.  E & I to R at eve. 

10-31-1937 (Sunday) Fine day but cool, strong wind. We go to Loves P for E’s dinner & then drive S. of town and come home by Emily’s & see her house.  At eve, Bertha & Ray Hardy call.


September 1937

9-1-1937 Still hot but look showery.  Rain lightly about 9:30 AM.  E & I go R, then to Durand & to see girl.  She have place for winter.  Boys out for squirrels, get pigeons.  H & Nimtz thresh.  In PM, E get load dirt by creek & draw to lot.  Starr’s see house.  Marie & Sonny in in PM.  Also Joan. At eve, Fr, Marie & Sonny come for saw. 

9-2-1937 Clear & warm, good breeze. E & H to thresh at Brown’s.  Boys out again to shoot.  E & I go to lot about 5PM & then find Miss Esther Larson who promise to come Sun even.  At eve E go to F. Davis’.

9-3-1937 Another hot day tho good breeze.  Look showery in PM. E go to Montgomery cattle sale.  H. thresh at Brown’s, finish.  Take machine to CK where is a little sweet clover & wheat to put thru.  At eve to R.  Good shower about 10:30 PM

9-4-1937 Cloudy & cooler.  Mist in morn.  H take day off.  E go R in AM.  Clear off by noon.  E home for dinner, but back to work at lot in PM.  Fords come for Viola who leave tonight. 

9-5-1937 (Sunday) Real cool all day, NE breeze.  E find newly charged battery no good so go CV & get new one. Then to Nimtz, no one home.  Down to R where E get dinner, then we call at Merle Vanghs.  He away, go home past Nimitz.  At eve we go w/ wash & get Miss [Esther] Larson from H Price’s.

9-6-1937 Clear & cool.  E breeze.  Men work at lot all day, home for dinner.  Merle call. J & Joan in.  August, Beulah & Mary in.  Esther start to clean pantry.

9-7-1937 Finish cleaning pantry.  Warmer, tho only 56o in morn.  Grow cloudy in PM.  Men work at lot in AM & thresh at CK’s in PM.  Joan in after school. E go to lot & for wash when thru threshing & after chores we go to CV.

9-8-1937 A clear, warm day.  E work at lot in AM.  H draw manure.  In PM clean timothy seed.  Annetta & Starr in.  Russell helping Stanley cut corn. E & I to lot at eve.  1st pumpkin pie.

9-9-1937 Nice day.  E work at lot etc.  Men get basement floor on.  Finish 2nd coat plaster.  H. haul manure.  Marjorie & baby call.  E go back to lot at eve.  Mrs McLarty burned.

9-10-1937 Cloudy & nice gentle rain early AM.  Turn cool after rain & light shower in PM.  E work at lot.  Get 1 load sand which he shovel on & 1 load gravel for garage, help lay foundation etc.  H take some bad silage out & go to help get binders out of co. shed.  Put thresher away.

9-11-1937 Fine & clear 52o at 5:30 AM. E & I go R in early AM.  After dinner, E draw 2 loads gravel & 1 sand for garage.  H draw manure.  Dark cloud come up, rain about 8:30, short shower. E & I take Esther home & go downtown.  E also get load dirt for garage floor. 

9-12-1937 (Sunday) Cool. Rain again last night.  Clear morn & all day.  E & I go CV in AM.  Stop at McLarty’s.  J & Joan in.  We go R about 1 PM, dinner and to lot.  Home to rest.  Mr & Mrs White call, also Russell, Marj & babe & Mrs EMB. After supper get Esther. [Esther also stays thru the week and has Sunday off, will not always mention her comings and goings. Often they drop her and pick her up at Price’s]

9-13-1937 41o in morn.  Cool, mostly clear.  E at lot, draw 5 loads dirt. H begin to plow for rye.  Marie & Fr Jr in, also Joe’s, clean some cupboards. E & I go CV at eve, see Tom Haley about fixing chimney. 

9-14-1937 SW wind, warmer, partly cloudy.  J in.  H plow.  E go CV & on to R.  Help Mr Haley & Emmanuel fix chimney on house, get 3 2nd hand doors (1 for garage & 2 for house basement) Hendricks & Mrs Martel call at eve.

9-15-1937 Cooler, clear early, then partly cloudy.  Real cold W. wind.  Clean rest of cupboard.  H help fill Floyd’s silo.  E help T. Haley put eaves trough on bungalow.  At eve he go R for groceries & we both go to PTA.

9-16-1937 38o in morn. Clear, still morn. Marie call in AM.  Clean in kitchen. Men go silo filling at Floyd’s.  Finish at 3:30 & move to CK’s & load some.  At eve, E & I go R.  Cool, partly cloudy thru day.

9-17-1937 Light frost last night.  Cloudy early AM, then SW wind blow clouds away. Men fill at CK’s.  Annetta call in PM, then MaryK & Myrtle. Grow warmer thru day. Mrs Spearing call. 1st grapes. 

9-18-1937  Edna, card shower.  Cool some clouds, windy. Men finish fill silo at CK.  E & I go R at eve.  Joan here in AM.

9-19-1937 (Sunday) Cool nice day.  Willis here in AM.  E & I have dinner w/ Florence, after ride bring her & Mabel here to supper.  Thad & Mary call at eve.  Then take Florence & Mabel & get Esther.

9-20-1937 Light frost last night, cool.  Nice day.  Men fill Larson’s silo.  At eve E go R.  Mr Larson come to say Ralph take E’s place tomorrow.  Emily & John bring Starr & Maggie here in AM.  Emily wash my hair.

9-21-1937 Warmer, fine clear summerlike.  H fill at F. Reid’s.  E go CV & R in AM. Cut corn in PM.  Leave to get binder from Joe’s.  Merle, his mother & brother here at eve.  Annetta in PM.  E & I go R at eve.

9-22-1937 Fine warm day.  E do odd jobs & go R in AM.  H go to Reid’s to fill.  Esther wash windows outside, finish cleaning hall & kitchen, etc.  E work on our binder a little in AM & at noon go for corn silo filler repair.  Men & filler came right after dinner & get mostly full.

9-23-1937 Finish filling silo at noon.  Then CK finish cutting patch of beans & E, H & [xtra?] shock them.  E go to help set up machine at Brown’s.  Very warm.  Hendricks bring Mrs Martell at eve.  Mr H go w/ E to house.  Fred D & family here also.  

9-24-1937 H help fill silo at Brown’s till noon, then rain stop work.  H do odd jobs.  E go to lot most of AM.  At Brown’s a little while, then back to R in PM.  Rain much of PM, gently, cooler.  Marian, Joe & Joan & Willis, Martha & Bobby in to see Mrs M.  At eve we take her to lot & then to Hendricks.

9-25-1937 [May’s B’day] Real cool, but mostly clear.  E at lot most of AM, then to Brown’s, but home to dinner, then back to lot. H help at Brown’s in AM.  Work in beans in PM. Annetta & Starr, Emily & John call in PM.  Bring card & flowers. Have 4 cards, glass dishes, candy, stationary & hose.  E & I go R at eve.  I go to see Beulah. 

9-26-1937 (Sunday) A nice day.  E & I to Florence’s.  I stay, he take Mr Swingle to house, etc.  Then E get dinner & I home for mine.  Then we call on Allie & then go to lot.  Home for chores. Thad & Mary call.

9-27-1937 Nice cool day.  E painting garage etc in R.  H plow for rye.  Esther clean my bedroom.  At eve, E & I go to McLarty’s & E take him to see house. 

9-28-1937 Cloudy, sprinkle during AM.  Esther clean bathroom & closet.  Mr Tavenner call.  H fill silo at Brown’s until noon.  Then rain so he come home.  Do odd jobs.  Not much rain.  I go to lot w/ E at eve.

9-29-1937 Quite warm. H fill at Brown’s, E work at lot.  Mr Swingle lay linoleum.  Mabel come at eve.  E take Joe’s to lot at eve.  H plow in PM.

9-30-1937 Warm, thunder little & sprinkle a trifle.  H sow rye by school.  Joe come for rye at noon.  E take Nimtz to help him on garage.  Mabel take long walk.  At eve E & Geo Brown go to lot. 


August 1937

8-1-1937 (Sunday)  Warm, clear.  Cows get in drilled corn. We go R about 2 – then to Durand.  Stop at CK’s on way home.

8-2-1937 Warm & close, some cloudy.  Men fix pasture fence. E go CV in AM & later to lot. T R again in PM.  H draw manure.   Several men in looking for work.  E go CV at eve & then to CK to thresher meeting.  Plan to start threshing at Floyd’s thurs morn.

8-3-1937 Quite cloudy, warm, few drops of rain. H draw manure.  E go R in AM & back in PM to draw 3 loads gravel.  At eve E & I go R. 

8-4-1937 Quite warm, breeze from W. Clear. E draw 2 loads sand & bring home some blocks from house in AM. H cut weeds etc.  In PM men go to Floyd’s to thresh.  At eve, E & I go to CV, then R for Florence.  Emily & John bring Starr & Maggie, Annetta & her friend to call in PM. 

8-5-1937 1st sweet corn. Very warm, clear. Florence & Viola went to “20” for berries, got 3 pts.  Men thresh at Floyd’s.  Joe thresh also.  Mollie Breezer call.  Also Mrs McLarty, Frances & Alice at eve.  E go R at eve.

8-6-1937 80o at 7AM. Clear.  Very warm.  E go CV in morn. Viola make 10 dishes apple jelly. Men thresh at Floyd’s. E get to lot middle PM a few min.  E, V & I take Florence home at eve. 

8-7-1937 Another clear, warm morn.  H thresh at Seele’s for Mr McLarty, as 4H Club day at Pec.  Our co not thresh. E go R & CV & Belv in AM on house business, late PM go to lot for blocks.  At eve E & I go R.  Has been oppressively warm.  On way to R stop to inquire of F. Reid.  He hurt & have concussion of brain. 

8-8-1937 (Sunday) A light shower early AM. E & I to Frank Davis’ in AM. Home for wash & on to R for dinner.  Then to Durand, cousins gone. Too warm for comfort.  Partly cloudy.  Back in R get lemonade & soda, to lot & stop to see another new house, etc. Then home, caught in shower.  Later a good shower.

8-9-1937 Very warm. Men go to lot. H pick up blocks & bring home at noon. Cut weeds in PM.  E kept busy running errands, seeing men, etc.  Bring Florence home w/ him.  At eve take CK to see house.  Annetta, Marian & Joan here in PM. 

8-10-1937 Warm. Florence go to woods, get over 2 qts berries.  Men thresh at Floyd’s  E & I  take Florence home at eve & get washing. 

8-11-1937 Warm, except when cloud up & blow in AM, few drops rain. Men thresh at Floyd’s (stop in AM to prepare for rain that not come) Then about 4PM shower to stop them.  At eve, E go to lot.

8-12-1937 Cloudy till about 8AM.  Men go to lot to level off lot where porch is to be.  At eve E & I go to Durand. 

8-13-1937 Warm, some clouds. Thresh at Floyd’s in morn & move to CK’s and thresh rest of day. E & H come home to fix rack while moving & E go to lot. Then here for dinner.  At eve we take V to F[rank] Davis & on to lot for paint (as lead stolen last night) then to Walter’s.

8-14-1937 Warm, mostly clear.  Men thresh at CK’s (move to other place in PM), E also go to lot at noon.  There meet Florence & Lee.  Annetta meet Helen in PM, bring her here after supper.  E go R in eve.

8-15-1937 (Sunday) A warm, rather windy day. E take Helen to bungalow, soon Joe’s over, in PM Sodaman’s & Sweets, Russell’s, & Walter’s, Emily’s & Annetta here.  Then Hendricks call & later Franklins.  E Larson also to see E. 

8-16-1937 E take Helen to train at Beloit about 7AM.  The E & H go to CK’s to thresh. E go at noon to R & get rye [brord?] out from under tongue.  At eve we go to lot and then get Florence.  101o in R.  Oppressively hot.  Cloud in west at eve.

8-17-1937 Nice shower about 4:45 AM.  E go R in morn.  H do odd jobs.  E back for dinner & then to R again & Florence go w/ him.  Joan here in AM, & she & Joe in PM.  Cloudy, sun out just a trifle (several light showers thruout day).  E & I go to see Fred White at eve.

8-18-1937 Clear & cooler.  Men go to lot leveling it off.  Tho CK had said they would not thresh, they did in PM.  Finish his & do barley at Larson’s. At eve E, V, & I go R.  Martha, Willis & Bobby here at eve.

8-19-1937 Light showers early & at noon.  Some machines thresh, but ours not.  Men work at lot. E bring Florence home w/ him at night.

8-20-1937 Heavy rain begin before light & last till around 8, then seem to clear, soon cloud over & drizzle before 12 & much of PM. Warm. Lay congloeum rug.  E gone all day.  H go R in AM. Weed some in PM.  At eve E, Florence & I take V to F. Davis & then go R.  Rain then lightly.

8-21-1937 Cool & cloudy. NE wind.  H doing odd jobs.  E gone to R to see what can be done for house.  Florence gone to woods for black berries.  H help E get load dirt by creek.  E take to lot & H mow lawn & cut weeks. At eve E & I take Florence home. 

8-22-1937 (Sunday) Real cool, partly cloudy.  J in & he & E go to lot.  Then we go to Starr’s to Lyford reunion.  At eve take wash to Mr Rosene’s & stop at Larson’s on way home. 

8-23-1937 Real cool, some cloudy. Men to Larson’s to thresh.  Grain wet & machine break twice so get little done.  E home about 4:15, go to lot.  Level off black dirt etc.  H come about 5 and cut weeds.  At eve E & I go to get Verne Nimtz to thresh tomorrow, then to R. 

8-24-1937 Fog early.  Begin to thresh about 9AM.  E go to lot in AM.  To thresh in PM til 4:30, then to lot & I go w/ him.  Harry home early enough to weed some potatoes as they finish threshing at Larson’s.  Annetta & Starr call in PM.

8-25-1937 Fog early. Men go to EMB’s to thresh, begin about 9.  E go to lot before coming home. Hendricks & Mrs McKay here at eve.  Very warm in sun.

8-26-1937 Nice morn. E & I go R early for peaches, etc.  H go thresh. E as soon as home, 8:20.  Machine get here from EMB’s about 4PM & begin to thresh 4:15.  CK tractor not work well, but they get barley by school out.  At eve E & I go R.  Cloudy in W. late PM. Can 13 qts peaches.

8-27-1937 Can 8 ½ qts peaches.  Fine morn, but warm. Men begin thresh w/ CK’s engine, but get Floyd’s and get really going at 9:30.  At eve E & I go to lot and then to CV.  Viola go to Joe’s to Grange.

8-28-1937 Another clear, warm day tho good breeze.  Men begin threshing about 8:30.  Floyd’s engine bother & have men come out to fix in PM.  E put his tractor on, Brown’s bring their tractor over & try at end. Finish before 5PM. Oats over 52 bu, barley 31 bu, Rye 13+.  E & I go R at eve.

8-29-1937 (Sunday) Clear & hot.  We go R for dinner & then I go into bungalow, home for PM.  Before chores, go to see Nimtz boy.  Mr & Mrs Shaw call at eve.

8-30-1937 Hot & clear. H & Nimtz boy thresh at Brown’s. School open. E at lot & downtown.  Home to dinner & back to R. Begin to plaster house. E, V & I go to lot at eve.

8-31-1937 84o at 9:20 AM, Clear. H & Nimtz thresh at Brown’s. E to work at lot.  At eve we take CK & Mary to see house.  1st coat plaster on. 


July 1937

7-1-1937 Cloudy early & sprinkle.  Then clear & warmer.  Mr White & son here.  H cultivate. E & I go R in AM. In PM, E get loads sand for lot & go CV.  At eve E & I go to see Mrs Johnson & Walters, Mrs Spearing & CV.  Fred Spearing hurt.  News from KS cousins coming Sat.

7-2-1937 Warm, partly cloudy.  Marie & Jr, Joan & Joe in.  Mr White here papering & painting.  E doing odd jobs. H cultivating. Tank in attic bother about leaking lately & E try to solder.

7-3-1937 Warmer, mostly clear.  E go CV early & work on tank in attic.  H cultivate. J in.  E go R before 12.  Kate & Geo & Puss & John drive in about 6PM. 

7-4-1937 (Sunday) We all go to Joe’s in AM, after Emily, John & Maynard visit w/ folks.  In PM Starr, Maggie & Stanley (who are here for dinner & eve) go w/ all of us to see rest of children & Kleckner’s a min.  A nice day, rather warm.  Rain little last night.

7-5-1937 Grand morn.  Folks leave about 8AM.  J's over & get their picture.  E cultivate beans in PM.  Late PM we go to Co Grange picnic & bring Florence & Mabel home & take them to R after supper.  Harry go home for day. Warm. 

7-6-1937 Real warm day.  Clear easterly breeze. E cultivate beans, go see Myers & to CV in AM.  He & I go R in PM.  See Beulah Otto.  H cultivate corn.  Get 1st raspberries.  3rd dinner of peas.  Myers come for heifers.  Starr & Stanley in. 

7-7-1937 92o at 2:30 PM. SW breeze.  Clear. E to Elgin in car & to Chicago, but cattle sold before he get there.  Mr White finish painting dining room, & 1 coat on sitting room & floor.  E home at 4:30PM.  Then cultivate beans & take rotary hoe home.  At eve E, Viola & I went to CV & on S. 

7-8-1937 Another hot day. H cultivate till noon, then men cut rye till about 3 & H. shock while E go R.  E get binder ready & paint sitting room floor in AM.  Mr & Mrs Taylor call at eve.  Then E & I go CV. 

7-9-1937 94o at 1 PM. Look some showery.  Rain trifle about 1:15. H cultivate until noon & then from 4 to 6.  E cut back swath of rye & shock rye in AM & men finish cutting it in PM.  Then E shock.  At eve, to CV. Now have 4 pts cherries canned. Peas getting dry.  Raspberries good for table. 

7-10-1937 Another hot day, tho good breeze.  Thunder at 1PM, look showery. Can 2 more pts cherries, 1st cabbage.  E & I go R in AM after E shock rye til 9:30.  Get rug.  And Viola dust and fix sitting room in PM.  E cultivate potatoes in PM.  H cultivate corn in AM, Cut hay in PM.  At eve E & I go Belv.

7-11-1937 (Sunday) Hot day.  E go CV for ice cream in PM. At eve we take wash to Rosenes.  Starr, Maggie, Annetta & Jr call in AM. Hendricks late PM.  Thunder & look showery.

7-12-1937 Hot AM, Thunder at noon. Cloudy, except early AM.  Cool S. wind blow up after 12.  E go R, cut grass etc in AM.  H cultivate.  Men get up 2 loads hay in PM.  Russell in at noon.  Mrs Wm Millar here in PM. E, V, & I go CV at eve.  Cool breeze.

7-13-1937 Quite cooler & cloudy till 9:45. Annetta call in AM & come for me after dinner to go home w/ her.  She & Starr bring me back about 4 PM.  Pretty hot again, look showery.  Ralph Larson here PM & men get up 3 loads hay.  H. cultivate in AM. E cut hay, go CV.  At eve he & I go R.  Carpenters begin bungalow. 

7-14-1937 Anna Reid died at 1:30 PM.  Pretty warm, light NW breeze.  Rained little last night. E go R & rake hay & H. cultivate for last time in AM.  Ralph come at noon.  Men get up 4 loads hay.  E & I go R at eve.  Can 1 qt of raspberries.  Belle & Fred Whittle here in PM.  Later Annetta in.

7-15-1937 A good breeze & some clouds after last nights bight rain. E drive to CV, help load cement & go on to lot in morn. Then Ralph Larson come & they go for hay.  H been cutting all morn.  Get in 4 loads hay.  At eve, V, E & I go to see Marjorie & babe. Lightening all around.

7-16-1937 Good breeze so not feel so hot, but mostly clear & wind blow hard at times.  Men get up 4 & piece loads hay. E go to Anna Reid’s funeral in PM.  E & I to CV at eve, get new rope for hay carrier.  Viola go to Hall to Grange w/ Joe’s.

7-17-1937 Wind blow up real cool from NW about 5 ‘clock & get cloudy.  8AM was 62o . Joe help & men get up 8 loads hay. (J take 1 home) Annetta, Emily, John & Joan in in PM.  Emily wash my hair.  At eve E & I go R. 

7-18-1937 (Sunday) – A nice day, not too warm.  CK here in AM.  We at Florences for dinner & PM.  Look some showery.

7-19-1937 Some warmer, Partly cloudy.  E fix binder canvas & then he & I go R.  H cut rest of hay (except patch left for seed & around barley field) In PM, E & H go to Belv to help Wilson load timbers for house.  Then cut barley by school.  At eve E & I go to Argyle. 

7-20-1937 E get 1 load sand in morn.  H rake hay, set up little barley.  Ralph help in AM.  J in AM as soon as able & rest of day.  Get up 6 loads hay.  Nice hay weather.  At eve E & I go to R, see where Hugo been laying cement blocks.  Joan over.

7-21-1937 Quite warm, quite clear.  E rake hay field & help J load to take home.  Then finish shocking barley that H had most done.  In PM cut rest of barley.  Very rusty.  E & I go CV at eve & on to lot in R.

7-22-1937 F White hurt in auto accident.  Quite warm, clear these days, except could in NW every eve.   E go to see Wilson about brick in CV & then to R to see Hugo Rutz at lot.  Then men cut back swath of barley & begin oats.  H. shock barley while E gone & both finish it in PM.  Back to lot in eve.

7-23-1937 Quite warm, look showery & rain little about 7PM.  Good SW breeze.  Men cut & shock oats.  E,V & I go CV at eve.

7-24-1937 Clear & warm. 84o at 9:30 AM.  E go CV in morn H shock oats.  E help shock & then they cut more oats (all but an acre or two that is too green) At eve E & I go R.

7-25-1937 (Sunday) Clouded over most of morning, sprinkle.  Then clear, quite warm thru day until 4 PM.  Cool NW wind blow up & rain quite hard for 15 min or so.  Continue cool.  E not feel well.  We ride about neighborhood & to Belv about noon.  Then to Florence at 4 o’clock, see lot, E Larson, & H Rutz.

7-26-1937 Clear, cool NW wind.  H shock oats.  E help till 10 then go to lot. E & I go R in PM, then E shock.  Hugo finish wall to house by putting extra row of blocks on.  At eve E go CV. 

7-27-1937 Warmer, clear. H shock.  E go to lot & help. Home about 3 PM. Carpenters working, big timber in place, begin to lay floor.  E shock some & then men begin to cut green oats, a little break on binder.  E & I go to Starr’s for repairs, not find, home & cut last oats.   At eve E & I to R, Florence some home w/ us.  Cloudy at eve.

7-28-1937 Clear SW wind.  E & I go Belv for binder repair. H shock. Then men cut hay for seed.  Florence & Viola go to woods, but berries not ripe.  Before noon, men put away machinery.  Then H. shock, finish.  E go R, take Florence home.  Then E & I go CV.

7-29-1937 H go R for AM.  Cut weeds & cultivate potatoes in PM.  E draw 2 loads sand & 2 of gravel to lot.  At eve, V, E, & I go R.  Clear until late PM.  Then sundog & clouds at sunset.

7-30-1937 E & I go R in AM.  I to Belle Davis w/ dress goods.  In PM, E get 1 load gravel. H draw manure.  At eve, E & I go R.

7-31-1937 Clear pretty warm.  H draw manure.  E do odd jobs, & then on couch till noon as dizzy.  In PM, go R. Ben Garrett mending barn roof.  At eve, we take Viola home.  Marjorie here with babe in PM


June 1937

6-1-1937 [cooler] Men plant potatoes, grind feed, fix planter for soybeans, etc.  Annetta, Marie, Sonny, Emily & John call.  V at J’s. 

6-2-1937 Grow some warmer, mostly cloudy. E go Belv in AM. Work on bean planter in PM, Harry work on bean ground.  At eve we take sitting hen to Franklin. 

6-3-1937 Warm, clear. E go R AM. Plant beans PM, Joan over for radishes.  We have radishes, lettuce & onions all week.  E & I go CV at eve.

6-4-1937 [cool] Cloudy sprinkle at times. Men plant beans, finish 10A.  E get cultivator shovels from Belv & H work on cultivator some.  Marie & Sonny over for hens at eve.  Joan in.

6-5-1937 Cool, cloudy until about 5PM. A late shower & then clear off. H cultivate & E plant in corn.  At eve, E go R.  Joan in in AM. Viola at J's w/ radishes.

6-6-1937 (Sunday) Around 60o all day, cold SE wind. Drive N.E. back to R for dinner.  Then to Roscoe cemetery, also Argyle Cemetery, to CV.  Hendricks here at eve.

6-7-1937 Cool, cloudy.  NE wind.  H cultivate.  E plant in corn.  Go CV at eve.

6-8-1937 [Cool] cloudy.  H cultivate E plant in corn & do odd jobs.  Joan bring pie plant.  E & I go to Loves Park.  Starr & Annetta call.  Light shower about 4AM.

6-9-1937 Cloudy, sprinkle once or twice, cold NE wind.  E plant more beans.  H go R for day off.  Joan over.  Mr Seele here at eve.  Plant more radishes. 

6-10-1937 44o in morn, clear.  Men work on bean ground, some coming up, few not planted yet.  E &  I take Viola to Belv in AM to see Dr for her foot hurt.  Came home by CV to see Mr Wilson.  Stop at Hardy’s for asparagus.  In PM, H cultivate.  E go R. E to gravel pit at eve. 

6-11-1937 60o in morn. Clear, nice day. Annetta, Emily & John in.  E do odd jobs, H cultivate.  Man put new batteries in phone.  E get tire (used) for truck in Belv & go to Merritts to have put on.  At eve, E & I take Viola to FDavis' but no Grange, so all go to CV.  Some clouds at eve.

6-12-1937 54o in morn. Clear.  E cultivate in AM and H finish plant soybeans & drag.  H cultivate in PM.  Mrs Rosene & Mabel here in AM.  Cloud up in PM.  E & I go R at eve.  Sprinkle on way home.  Quite warm.

6-13-1937 (Sunday)  Warm heavy showers about 4 in.  Creek on rampage.  E get stuck w/ truck when out viewing fields.  We go R, 1 PM, also to see Emmanuel Larson, to Belv. Myers come for pigs, late PM.  Then we drive to Caledonia. Heavy rain there. Showers in PM.  Look rainy all day.  Mary & CK here at eve.

6-14-1937 Cloudy early, rain trifle.  E go to Belv H. mow lawn.  Clear off in AM.  Warm.  E hoe in garden.  H go R in PM.  At eve the rest of us go R for Mabel. 

6-15-1937 Quite cloudy.  Warm.  H cultivate corn, tho some wet.  E hoe & weed garden and go R in PM. Beet greens for dinner.  E go CV at eve. Clear off at eve.

6-16-1937 54o in morn.  Grow cloudy & a gentle rain all PM & eve. H cultivate all AM.  E replant some beans where planter skipped.  Get grist.  Myrtle Dorn brought in lovely peonies & syringas after dinner.  H clean some in cellar & pick over potatoes.  E go Belv & get chicks in PM. 

6-17-1937  Rain all night, by morn wind changed form E to NW.  62o in morn.  Cloudy.  Men grind, do odd jobs, etc. We take Mabel home at eve.  Warmer & clear off during day.  H go R in AM

6-18-1937 61o in morn. 74o in PM.  Clear, N. wind.  Annetta here in AM.  Joan over twice. Use paints.  E go R after getting blueprints from CV.  H cut weeds.  In PM cultivate.  At eve H go to Argyle Church.  E take Viola to Frank D’s & on to CV.  Willis & Martha & babe here. 

6-19-1937  Sun peak out after a few drops of rain in morn.  Cloudy all AM.  H cultivate,  E hoe corn & garden, get late cabbage plants from CV & set out.  At eve Joe & Joan in E & I go R.  Warm.

6-20-1937 (Sunday) Very warm in sun.  Good breeze.  E & I home till 1 PM.  Go R & then S and past lake made near Kishwaukee Forest Preserve. See dam washed out & swimming pool spoiled.  Thru Mon Center & Kirkland and CV, home.  Look showery all day & rain a little in PM.  Mr McLarty & Harold bring flowers, Elsie call.

6-21-1937 76o at 10AM. Warm day. Clear.  Hard showers last night.  Beaver up to Bredzer mailbox.  Our creek booming.  Heavy wind & rains thru S. Wisc & N. Ill.  Raise Kish. River high. Men dig up sink drain. E at EV & we both at Belv & thru CV.  Emily & Maynard here at eve.  Man from Sears, Roebuck here in AM. 

6-22-1937 76o at 10AM. Clear.  H cultivate on high ground. Very warm in sun.  E cut brush on lot and fill up drain ditch.  In PM, V, E & I go R & E mow more on lot.  Joan in.  At eve we drive to Durand because Sodaman’s & Sweets had called while we gone. 

6-23-1937  Russell’s & Marjories daughter born before 2 AM. 59o in morn & S.E. breeze. Cloud up and thundering before 10, rain a little.  Clear PM.  Man from Sears Roebuck here.  Then E go see carpenter.  H. cultivate. Annetta, Emily & John call.  Marian & Joan also. E & I go CV at eve. 

6-24-1937 78o in morn. 94o at noon.  SW wind, sun hot. E & I go R in AM.  E & E Larson stake out lot for bungalow.  H. cultivate.  E cultivate garden potatoes at noon.  Then take grist to Argyle.  Then to CV & see Wilson.  Joan & Alice McL here in PM.  Also Anna L, Annetta & her parents.

6-25-1937 Hot. 84o at 6:30 AM.  No wind, clear.  Harry cultivate. E go to Belv. In AM.  Then hoe garden.  In PM cloud up, so hot let horses rest till about 3, then H cultivate till rain. Several heavy showers & strong wind.  Creek full again & over road. 

6-26-1937 A nice day.  74o middle AM.  Some cloudy at noon & sprinkle.  H mow lawn.  E to R AM.  H mow weeds.  E cultivate in PM.  At eve E & I go CV & ride S.

6-27-1937 (Sunday) Warm & some cloudy, but nice day.  E & I go to Macktown after dinner in R & see Durand cousins.  Later Florence Carpenter & Hazel Putnam [from Enoch branch of Davis family?] called.  Later Mr & Mrs White.

6-28-1937 A fine clear AM.  Not too warm.  PM threaten heavy showers, but rain very little her.  Go in streaks.  E get "hoe" & go over 10A beans.  H cultivate corn.  E & I go R in PM, get paper & paint for sitting & dining rooms & shades for bed & dining rooms. 

6-29-1937 57o in morn.  Clear, cool E. breeze.  H cultivate.  E draw gravel (7 loads gravel & 1 sand to lot).  At eve E & I go R.

6-30-1937 60o in morn. Clear.  Mr White come to paper. Get paper off sitting room & one coat paint on.  Joan here in PM & she & Joe over for supper as Mrs Pepper hurt & Marian there.  E draw sand & gravel.  At eve, E & I go R.  Some cloudy in PM.