This very interesting daily journal kept by Joseph DeGolia of Harrison County has been transcribed and provided by Karen Griffin, whose great-great grandmother, Elinor, was Joseph's older sister. Karen was able to acquire the journal and other family items through an estate sale. Entries in brackets are Karen's.
[These are extracts from a journal kept by Joseph DeGolia from June 1893 to June 1906. He and his wife Sarah lived on a farm in Sugar Creek Township for over 30 years. On 9 March 1901 they rented out the farm and moved to Gallatin, and on 5 May 1904 they moved from Gallatin to Bancroft. Most of the entries seem to deal with people they knew while living in Sugar Creek township.]
13 August Attend meeting at Grove Newman Preach Old Father McCamron Reported dead
28 September Put potatoes in cellar. Mrs Peter Dorney dies 6 am
30 September Go to Bancroft Pleasant. Attend funeral Mrs. D.
10 December At home flurry of snow Loyd Roy [Ray?] dies 6 am
16 December Grange Election. Rileys child very sick
23 December Post Meeting. Rileys child dies Warm Shower at night
20 January Foggy and warm No grange Patti Nutter dies
19 February Cold and froze solid. Go to Bancroft Father Tuthill very poorly. Palsy. insensible
27 February Bro. G. B. Tuthill dies with paralicis
28 February Attend burial of Bro. G. B. Tuthill. Bad roads. Warm
20 March Lydia Ray dies 9 a m Plant potatoes. rains
21 March Funeral Pilot Grove church. Sermon by R. O. Newman. Subject Faith Hope and the resurrection. 1st Corinthians Chapt 15
29,30 March Warmer. Death of Jas Land
31 March Burial of Land by G.A.R. at Scotland.
6 May Mrs Esther Pratt dies aged 73
7 May Funeral Mrs E. P. Sermon Jas Wood. Text. For I Know my Redeemer liveth.
26 May Go to B. R. [probably Blue Ridge] Mary Kelley dead quite warm.
27 May Burial Mary Kelley. Sunday School afternoon.
23 September Attend funeral of D. B. Hill at Pilot Grove Ch.
10 January Real warm. Pratt & wife Green & Fanny attend S C Grange. Reported death of Mrs Ellie Lowe of Denver
18 January John Payne burried.
4 March Funeral of Miss Bell Fair. Snow 1 inch deep & cold.
12 March Haul manure. Go to Shaffers. Ford's boy died
20 March Mrs Higgins dies
March we may record as unusual in events. Much sickness with grippe accompanied with fevers and other complications--of death--Miss Bell Fair Old Mrs Higgins Henry Fords boy Mrs Terry Mrs Geo. Lierly Mrs Griffeth Mrs Provance John Terry's child
27 April Mrs Puckett buried. Post meeting.
3 May Divide meadow for pasture. Heavy rain at night James Hendricks buried at Hill G.Y.
6 May Heavy rain before day. Go to Jamesport. Mrs Gibson dies.
17 May Go to B. R. Much replanting Hear of Wm Taggarts death
2 January Mrs Ray dies 4 P.M. Kidney complaint
3 January Mrs Ray buried at B.R. very cold
4 January Cosey dies 10 P.M. LaGrippe & Scroffula
7 January To Bethany annual insurance meeting. Cosy buried
1 February Go to Bancroft. Roads bad. Effort at Black to get right of way. Andrus calls. Hear of Elsina Hills death at Denver.
4 February Boy of Carter buried at Pilot Grove
30 November Fair & cold Mrs John Dorney dies.
3 December Attend funeral of Mrs John Dorney
9 March J W King of Trenton dies 4 am. Bad roads
16 May Sup. absent J. Welden buried at B.R. cemetery G. W. Maryfield preaches
2 June McCulloch dies in morning. Get coffin.
3 June Burial at Koon Creek J. G. Miller officiating
8 June Attend burial of Mrs John Markey
20 June Motes girl buried G. W. Hill Spends day. S.S. poor attendance Good interest
14 August Kelley sick. Oram better. Rec. letter E. Doughty [Joseph's sister].
19 August E. C. Kelley dies 4 am.
21 March Mrs Nelson Wiley buried J. G. Miller preaches good discourse.
7 June Mrs Julia Towns operated on for tumor
8 June Mrs Towns dies 7 am. Very warm and rainy
10 June Mrs Towns buried Rev James Poe conducting service Text Rev. 14-13. BR Bap Church
12 February Go to P.O. Not so cold. Prices child dies
17 February Mrs Ford & Miss Nicholson die & Mrs Stookey
19 February Funerals of deaths of 17th Revd Willis preach night
9 March Damp and dries Slowly Chas. Christopher dies
11 March Heavy rain. Go to Gilman. Christopher buried. Colder
17 May Wife goes to Coffey John Hendrick burried
18 July Netherton baby dies. Extremely warm
24-25 July Hay. Moses Browns baby buried
20 August S.S. Funeral Services of Mary Conner by Rev. Poe
11 September Attend funeral Mrs Kowen Blue Ridge
2 October Julia Christipher dies 1 AM
4 October Funeral Julia Christopher. Fanny leaves [daughter-in-law].
3 January L M Bush brought from Oklahoma and buried at B.R.
9 April Thomas Neal dies 3 am. Wind E & cold
10 April Attend funeral. Catholic church Cold E wind
22 April Lierly dies from drink & buried
5 December Tag lambs Hear of death of Mrs Bush
6 December Attend funeral Mrs L M Bush Rev Poe 2d Timy 3-7
4 April Fair and warm Carrar Kicked & Killed by horse
6 April Attend funeral. Cold north wind
15 April Rev Maryfield & Gore dinner. Funeral Mrs Sage 2 PM
30 April Hear C. D. Knight's death.
1 May Letter of Condolence to Mrs Knight. Mrs Terry & Mrs M Haines dinner
31 May Bell tolls for Mrs Witt. Comd foundation for house
1 June Mrs Witt buried at Union Grove
15 June Death of Lou Stevens Mercury 92
16 June S.S. & preaching. Stevens buried
18 June Caraway Killed by train. Write Green & Poe
9 July Heat 106 Mrs Harris dies. Hot wind SW
28 July 88 [probably the temperature] Good rain night & morng Steve McCrae drowned.
16 August Go to Harrison Co. Hot & dusty. Mrs Lynn dies. reasonable good crops considering drouth.
27 August funeral Mrs Sheets
16 September Drizzly rain & cooler Doct McFarland dead
17 September 48 [probably the temperature] Cold McFarland buried. Court continues
4 January Moderating Mrs Day dies.
15 February Number of callers. Miss Harris dies
16 February Funeral Miss Harris Bro Gore officiating
28 February Mrs Man buried. Snow 4 PM Roads in town muddy
28 July Attend funeral M. G. Netherton Gson big rain last night
12 August Cool. Cloudy Hear of Mrs Crockets death
15 August Rain 3 am Old Mrs Adams dies
30 December Fair & Warmer Mr Roberts dies
6 January Cloudy to fair. Flora Mills dies this morning
10 January Cold NW wind Snow at night. G Weld dies
29 January Turns cold W NW Mr Roney dies Sudenly 10 am
30 January Fair & pleasant. Attend funeral. Fisher dies
31 January Fair and warmer Mr Henry dies 2-30 PM
2 February Fair & cold. Mr Henry buried. Storm brewing
15 March Funeral Mr Mead McManaway & Smith officiating
19 March Cold N W rain Muddy again Mrs Hamilton buried - Donation to Pastor McManaway
26 March Cloudy. South wind Ex Sheriff Johnson dies 4 PM
28 March Funeral Bro Johnson Text Gal 6-1-2 McManaway
19 April S.S. & Preaching Mrs Brown died last night
20 April Attend funeral Mrs Brown. Cold north wind
29 September Hamilton dies. Rain. last mess of green beans
23 October Heavy frost. Mrs Darneal funeral
11 November Venable Kills Mrs Ida Aston. Whiskey & jealousy
12 November Venable Kills himself - Riot in Saloon
17 February Sleating. Dark. Hanna burial.
28 March Mrs Gates dies. Cloudy to fair and cool
30 March Heavy rain morning. Mrs Gates buried.
20 April Funeral W. E. Harbaugh.
8 May Lewis Ward buried. Rain & bad roads.
15 May Saulsbery dead. Forson and family come
29 June Paint yard fence Harris dies 9 am
5 August Frank B Weldon dies in hay field. Warm
7 August No meetings Funeral of Weldon at B Ridge
1 October Luella Haines dies 1 P.M. Isaac Haines mother.
2 October Judson & wife comes Attend burial. Fair day
14 November Go to Gilman & Forsons. Miss Gibson buried.
22 March [Mr.] Gwinn dies 8-30 PM. Move hen house
23 March Gwinn funeral. Rev Kerry Prayer & Song
2 April All day rain Mrs Thompson dies
4 April Funeral Mrs Thompson Jaspr Netherton officiates
11 August Attend funeral Mrs Jourden Gilman
2 October To Gilman with Brown Young Duncans death
5 October Dunkin buried the 5 Fair and warm
16 October To Gil. Stove flue committe Mrs Tom Scott buried
5 January Cary Hendricks dies Warm Snow packing
19 January Wes Gililan dies 10 AM Snow melting
14 February At home 12 M Froze Solid Mrs Sullivan dies 12 M
15 16 February Miss Witt Burried at Union Grove
20 May Mary Haines dies 11-40 AM Meeting at G
21 May Funeral Mary Haines Rev Jas Poe officiating Text Rev 14-13 many attending
19 May Walter Davison & Hattie Haines married at night.
25 September Judson [DeGolia] married to Miss West [Fannie Ethel West] 40 present
5 February John Oram married to Jesse Shaffer
26 February M. E. Haines married to Stelly E. Terry.
10 September Marriage of R. E. Harbaugh & Fanny E. DeGolia 12.30 PM. James Poe officiating & leave for Jamesport & Liberty Mo.
25 October W. O. Black & Miss Pain married at night house packed G. W. Marifield officiating.
8 September Cut wood in morning Mercury 97 1 PM Grand Son born [Eugene DeGolia Forson]
2 December Born Grand Son. Son of J. U. DeGolia at Salem Mo. [Judson West DeGolia]
25 December Dinner at E. B. Pratts Geoa [Georgiana DeGolia Forson] & Fanny [Fanny DeGolia Harbaugh] go to Judsons. Judsons baby dies 9 P.M., buried 26th 10 am at AHAMGyard.
4 February Grand daughter Harbaugh born 4th 5 P.M. [Juanita Ethel Harbaugh]
10 August Wife goes to Judsons. Daughter born.
12 August Haul blocks. Wife returns. Child dies 9.30 PM
11 December Heavy wind & snow from N.W. Daughter born to Wm Green.
27 November Rec letter from Harbaugh birth of son morning of 26th [David Newton Harbaugh]
3 October Warm. Birth of boy of R. L. & Fanny Harbaugh. [Robert Earl Harbaugh]
13 June Wife goes to Forsons Twins born Boy & Girl [Earl A. & Pearl E. Forson]
7 January Son born to J. U. DeGolia 7 AM. [Joseph Franklin DeGolia]
30 March Organize Missionary Baptist Church at School house. Charter members -- Rosana Parker, Della Parker, Rose Parker, Cappie Parker, George Maryfield & wife Laura Maryfield, Joseph DeGolia and wife Sarah DeGolia, W. P. Haines & wife Luela Haines, Hattie Haines, Osie Haines, Charles Brown & wife Julia Brown, Lellia Kern.
31 March Ellis Harper preaches at School house preaching by Rev Harper Text 3d Chapt John 5th Verse.
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