Researcher Dawn George has submitted a transcription of a diary from 1878 from her Great-great-great grandmother Clarissa Bennett.   Clarissa was married to Brice Cunningham.  While writing a good part of the diary she lived with her cousin Percilla Alstetter in Monroe Twp, Allen County.  Dawn may be contacted at Dawndragon026@aol.com

The diary covers the complete year of 1878 and a small portion of 1879, and graphically describes life in those times.  It is interesting reading whether you have ancestral names mentioned or not.  Much appreciation is offered to Dawn who performed the transcription.  Note that the words and sentences are presented as spelled by Clarissa Bennett Cunningham.

 

 

 

January 1, 1878 New Years Day  Tuesday

 

I visited me Jacob Lights school all day he treated us with candy after school I went home with Hallie Drew and took supper with them at night we all went over to Mr. Stauffers to the dance we danced till one oclock like a blind dog in a meat house we had a lively time you bet  John Drew took me there and fetched me home I got a letter from William Nixon nice day but some what cool

 

            To can fruit without the use of ceiling wax  Brice Cunningham

 

Wed the 2nd  At home I wrote a letter to William Nixon it snowed hard in the forenoon afternoon I ironed

 

            Receipt bought of Chas Whiting OakWood O

 

Thur the 3rd  at home I cut out Cathren and Annas dresses and sewed at them nice day  but a little cold

 

            And it will save fruit all right and I will

 

Fri the 4th  At home Lydey Newbright was here and Callie Roast From Dayton was here also I sewed some on the girls dresses it snowed some part of the day and middling cold

 

            For each one gallon

 

Sat the 5th  At home I finished the girls dresses cold day

 

Sun the 6th  John and Jake Letherman Perciller her children and I we all went down to Uncle Charley Bennetts in the big sled  William Lewis and Lizzie Miller Johnie Hofferbert Jakie Alstetter Frank Smith all came there and we had lots of fun at night Brice Cunningham stayed with me until 5 oclock nice day but  little cold

 

                        Guarentte every one of them per agr-

 

Mon the 7th  At home I cut me out three undergarments and partly made one of them clear day but cold

 

Tue the 8th  At home I sewed part of the day for myself  Ella Bennett was here in the afternoon I played on Brices fiddle for Ella like a bumblebee in a feather bed  Mrs. Kinsley died at night clear day but cold

 

Wed the 9th  At home I finished my fine chiney and ironed in the afternoon tolerable nice warm day

 

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January

 

Thur the 10th  In the morning I went over to Mr. Kinsleys his wife was buried I went to the house I did not go to the buring I came home at noon tolerable nice warm day but very muddy B

 

Fri the 11th  At home I finished Jake Lethermans socks and helped to do other work tolerable nice day Clara Bennett was here awhile

 

Sat the 12th  At home I baked bread pies cakes and scrubed and done other work nice day

 

Sun the 13th  At home.  In the evening Hallie Nanand John Drew was here to spend the eve  it snowed very hard part of the day  Brice stayed with me till 3 O

 

Mon the 14th  At home.  I made me a shimy and done the other work Perciller went to Lima and stayed all night Clara was here all day and night in the evening Ella and Lizzie Miller came down awhile to spend the eve we all danced a french four and Brice played his fiddle you bet we had a nice time you bet your boots John Drew Jake and John Letherman and the rest of us tore up old ned nice day but little cold

 

Tue the 15th  At home Perciller came home from Lima she fetched me a better frame William Nixon Clara  was here all day and night we done a little sewing for myself nice day

 

Wed the 16th  At home Clara  was here all day we made my coat at night we all went over to our schoolhouse to spelling Mary Ann Nancy and Dave Stull William Chester Hallie and John and Nannie Drew Jim Woods two girls Theodore Ramseys oldest girl they all stopped in for us we all went together and we had a nice time good sleighing  Brice came home with me nice day

 

Thur the 17th At home moste of the day I ran over to young Jake Alstetters a little while in afternoon when I came back I stoped in to Mary Ann Bennetts a little bit at night Mr. William Chester Mary Ann Nancy and Dave Stull we all went over to young Jakes we had a splendid dance Brice and Ceph Cunningham played the fiddle Brice took me to the dance and fetch me home we had a nice time you bet your stars I done nothing but a little housework nice warm day and night 

 

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January

 

Fri the 18th  At home I ironed in the afternoon and help to do a few other things nice beautiful day

 

Sat the 19th  At home I finished ironing and in the afternoon I scrubed and done some other work at night Brice stayed with me until 4 O at night it rained just tolerable like day

 

Sun the 20th  At home Percilla Myrs was here part of the day it rained moste all day and was very muddy

 

 Mon the 21st  At home I helped some with the house work and I sewed cloudy all day and very muddy

 

Tue the 22nd  At home I helped to do the house work it snowed a little and somewhat cold

 

Wed the 23rd  At home Perciller went to town and bought me a pair of shoes and payed out her own money and gave them to me $1.25 I sent 7 cts with her for a spool of thread and 5 cts for some writing paper which amounts to .12 cts I wrote a letter to Bell Kiser in the evening and I sewed a little for myself through the day I got a hair switch to make for Mrs. Snooks in Lima tolerable nice day but little cool

 

Thur the 24th  At home till noon, then I walked up to Cairo I wrote a letter to William Nixon and put two letters in the office which was 6 cts  I bought a spool of thread 7 cts, 13 cts in all nice clear day but the wind blowed very rain and was very muddy

 

Fri the 25th  At home I comenced to straten the hair for Mrs. Snooks switch Ella was here a while in the afternoon nice day but muddy

 

Sat the 26th  At home I stratened some hair and baked pies and scrubed and cleaned up a little it sleeted and rained a little all night nice day Brice stayed with me till day light

 

Sun the 27th  At home it sleeted and rained all day very hard

 

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February

 

Mon the 28th  At home I stratened some hair in forenoon and in the afternoon I cut out my calico dress and sewed some on it middling nice day but little cold Jake Letherman bought me a comb for a present .15 cts

 

Tue the 29th  At home I sewed on my dress all day tolerable nice day

 

Wed the 30th  At home I finished my dress fixed John Letherman a shirt at night Mr. William Chester Mary Ann Nancy and Dave Stull came in and took supper with us and Hallie and John Drew John and Jake Letherman and Brice Cunningham and I we all went to the dance and oyster supper to young Jake Alstetters  we danced until nearly four o’clock we had a nice time and a big crowd was there but – oh what a time we had coming home we waded snow knee deep it snowed with all the might that was in itt Brice took me there and home he presented me with a kerchief .20 cts Hallie Drew came in with us and she stayed till day light Brice and I sat up til day light nice warm day but a very cold cold night you bet it was

 

Thur the 31st  At home.  I finished stratening the hair for Mrs. Snooks switch and wove one strand it snowed very hard all day cold day Perciller gave me 5 cts.

 

February the 1st

 

Fri the 1st  At home I finished Mrs. Snooks hair switch it snowed nearly all day and very cold

 

Sat the 2nd  Groundhog day  I took Mrs. Snooks hair switch over to Mrs. Clingers in the afternoon .85 cts got the money down tolerable nice day but little cool  Brice stayed with me till 6 O morning  P.T.B.M.T.N.  Thank God

 

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February

 

Sun the 3rd  At home at John Letherman Clara Bennet, Perciller Petter Smith Cathren and Anna Brice  and I we all went to Columbus Grove to the big meeting in the big shed nice sleighing and a nice day we had a good time

 

Mon the 4th  At home in the afternoon I cut out Perciller  a calico dress and sewed some on it nice day but little cool

 

Tue the 5th  At home I sewed some on Percillers dress Clara was here in the afternoon at night there was a big sled load of us went to George Kinsleys spelling school at night the Lipsell school house 6 or 7 miles from here Mary and Scott Kinsley Jake Light – Charley Miller Mary Miller Clara and Ella Bennett Brice Cunningham and I we all went and had a nice time big crowd at the spelling nice day and night – I sent to town with Perciller and got me a fine comb cost .10 cts

 

Wed the 6th  At home I sewed some on Percillers dress all day at night Jake Light had a spelling at our school house Brice..B..took me to spelling and home again large crowd nice bright day – warm

 

Thur the 7th  At home I finished Percillers dress and fixed Jake Letherman a vest at night Brice took me a buggie ride we went to the grove  and went out west of town a piece and then came back in town and stayed at Mr. Stulls awhile then we came home had a nice time nice day and night little muddy

 

Fri the 8th  At home I finished fine drawrs and in the afternoon I ironed Mr. William Chester called in a while this afternoon it snowed and rained a little most all day a little cold

 

Sat the 9th  At home I baked bread pies scrubed and done other work in propation it snowed very hard in afternoon at night Brice stayed with me till 6 O morning

 

Sun the 10th  At home it snowed very hard all day the snow got pretty deep cold day and night Brice was there all day John Drew came over here and stayed all night

 

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February

 

Mon the 11th  At home I cut out my blue luster dress and sewed at itt Mr. Adam Miller fetched my pleeter home and he payed me .25 cts for the use of itt nice day and great good sleighing

 

Tue the 12th  At home I sewed all day on my luster dress I sent my shoe to the Grove with Petter Smith got it half soled costed me 20 cts it snowed very hard in the forenoon I got two hair switches to make Mr. Clingers went past here in a big sled and left them here Mrs. Cantenia and Mrs. Slussers both from Lima pretty good sleighing and a nice night  John Letherman took his Clara Bennett out a slay riding to night I bet they think they are in Glory Hallulahs calf pasture I got a letter from William Nixon and got his picture in itt  Charley Miller fetched it – payed (three) (3) cts to get it out of the office

 

Wed the 13th  At home I sewed a little on my luster dress and I ironed in the afternoon and baked bread and done other work in propation I wrote a note to James Nell one cent stamp Clara and Ella was here a little while nice day the snow thawed rite smart

 

Thur the 14th  At home Valentine day we butchered  Clara and Ella Peter and Manda Alstetter Uncle Charley Petter Smith Brice Cunningham and our folks was all here to help butcher oh what fun we did have its to be long remembered by us nice day  Lyda Sygler and Petter Niswanger was married may they be happy

 

Fri the 15th  At home I helped scower and scrub and clean up the grease nice day

 

Sat the 16th  At home I scrubed and helped with the Saturdays work nice day at night it rained very hard at night Brice stayed with me till 5 O’clock

 

Sun the 17th  At home all day lonesome and sleepy as usual I wrote a letter to William Nixon and sent him his old picture back to him  Aunt Callie Bennett was here and took dinner with us Brice was here all day also nice day but snowed a little in the evening and very muddy

 

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February

 

Mon the 18th  At home I done some pleeting on my dress at night Perciller, Cathren, Anna went to Cairo to meeting Petter Smith and I stayed home and keep the children Ceph Cunningham was here a little while at night nice day

 

Tue the 19th  At home I pleeted some on my dress in the evening I went up to Uncle Charleys and stayed all night nice day but very muddy Brice bought this memorandum book for me .50 cts and a pencil  5 cts he payed .55 cts in all

 

Wed the 20th  I came home from Uncle Charleys in the morning I sewed and pleeted on my dress nice day but very muddy at night Hallie and John Drew, Lewis Miller, Dave Stull and I walked up to Cairo to big meeting the Methodist had meeting it rained moste all night oh what a time we had wadeing home through the water and mud

 

Thur the 21st  At home in the forenoon I sewed and pleeted my dress in the afternoon I ironed it rained a little moste all day and was very muddy

 

Fri the 22nd  At home I sewed at my dress it rained hard moste all day and mud with out end

 

Sat the 23rd.  At home I peaced at my quilt and scrubed and done other work it snowed a little in the forenoon muddy I sent with Petter Smith and got two spools of thread 14 cts

 

Sun the 24th  At home Ella Bennett was here all day Clara was here a little while it snowed a little in the eve little cold day

 

Mon the 25th  At home I stratened the hair for Mrs. Cantenias switch it spit a little snow through the day tolerable cold day night

 

Tue the 26th  At home I wove at Mrs. Cantenias switch got dinner washed up the dishes I sent to town got .10 cts worth of shoe strings tolerable fair day but very mudd

 

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March

 

Wed the 27th  At home I got dinner washed up the dishes and finished Mrs. Cantenias hair switch Perciller went to Cairo and got my paper and picture $1.00 per year nice bright day but very muddy

 

Thur the 28th  At home I ironed in the afternoon at night Cathren, Anna, Nan Drew and I went over to our school house to practise our pieces for the last day of our school and as we came home we stopped in to Mr. Rummols a little while to borrow there lantern nice bright day very muddy

 

March the 1st 1878

 

Fri the 1st   At home I stratened some hair and fixed some things for me to wear to the last day of our school at night Brice put on a dress and my bregalies ad I dressed up in mens clothes and Jake Letherman sawed on the fiddle and we danced and tore up old ned and oh what fun we had its to be long remembered by us you bet nice day

 

Sat the 2nd  At home all day I helped to do the Saturdays work nice bright day but the wind blowed pretty hard at night Brice stayed with me till day light it rained nearly all night

 

Sun the 3rd  at home all day it rained moste all day Dave Stull, Jake Letherman and I blacked our faces and dressed up nubby and acted a fool  Peter Alstetter and Brice was here part of the day oh we had fun you bet your gizzard thas all

 

Mon the 4th  At home. Father came here and stayed all day and night in the morning it spit a little snow little cold and muddy I wove at Mrs. Slussers switch moste all day 

 

Tue the 5th  At home.  Father went home in the morning he gave me $1.00  Perciller went to the Grove in the afternoon and she bought me four yds of goods to make a sham skirt for my blue dress .32 cts is what it all costed I wove at the switch most the day at night Cathren Anna  and I went to school house to practise our

 

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March

 

Our pieces for the last day of our school nice beautiful day but muddy

 

Wed the 6th  at home I finished Mrs. Slussers hair switch it rained moste all day tolerable warm Clara Bennett was here moste all day and was here all night

 

Thur the 7th  I ironed in the forenoon and in the afternoon I went over to our schoolhouse to practise my pieces nice warm day

 

Fri the 8th  I went to the last day of our school Jake Light taught the school I sung two pieces and spoke a dialogue with Scott Kinsley  Ive dressed up very nubby and made the folks stretch their mouths a laughing had a nice time there were about 50 or 60 visitors we had a nice beautiful warm day

 

Sat the 9th  in the morning I took Mrs. Cantenias and Mrs. Slussers hair switches over to Mrs. Clingers and left them there Mrs. Clinger payed me .90 cts for Mrs. Cantenia but did not get pay for Mrs. Slussers switch then I went on up to Mrs. George Alstetters and got a hanging basket to make for her I was at home all afternoon I scrubed and done other work nice warm day

 

Sun the 10th I went over to Terzzie Millers all day I went in to Peter Niswengers a little while it rained some in the afternoon  Brice came home with me and stayed up with me till day light – nice warm day but very muddy.

 

Mon the 11th  I cut out Perciller a sun bonnet and made itt I hemmed two hand kerchiefs for Brice it rained some little part of the day

 

Tue the 12th  at home I ironed in the afternoon it rained some little

 

Wed the 13th  at home I sewed on my luster dress moste all day in the evening I went down to Uncle Charleys and stayed all night it rained part of the day

 

Thur the 14th  I came home from Uncle Charleys in the morn then I went back down there and Ella  and I went over to Mr. Rummels in the afternoon a visiting had a nice visit it rained a little through the day I sewed some on my dress

 

 

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March

 

Fri the 15th  t home I sewed some on my dress and mended up some of my clothes and made over me a bask and done some other work nice warm day

 

Sat the 16th  at home I scrubed and done other work in the afternoon I went over to Mrs. Clingers a little while and while I was over there Fesa Myers, Emma Criten, Mella Slusser came a little while Maggie Myrs sent me .50cts by Tesa for the use of my pleeter the wind blowed middling cold but nice day it rained moste all night Brice stayed with me til daylight.

 

Sun the 17th  at home all day Clara and Ella was here in the afternoon then Ella and I took a walk down to the railroad it rained some little through the day little cool

 

Mon the 18th  at home I finished my blue luster dress and in the afternoon I pieced on my delain quilt cloudy all day and a little cool

 

Tue the 19th  at home I cut out Perciller a calico dress in the morning and sewed all day on it nice warm day

 

Wed the 20th  at home I sewed at Percillers dress and  I ironed in the afternoon nice bright warm day

 

Thur the 21st at home I finished Percillers dress and sewed carpet rags in the evening it rained some little in the afternoon Ella was here all the afternoon

 

Fri the 22nd  I cut out Dannie two dresses in the morning and finished one of them done I walked up to Cairo in the afternoon I got .5 yards of muslin bleached .10cts and .50 cts it costed got a rushe .8cts got a white boe .25cts .83 cts is the whole amount I spent  Cate Rummel sent me .75cts for making her hair switch by Mrs. Stinogh Sylla Myrs fetched me over a switch to make for herself when I came home I stoped in to Alice Harpsters a little while nice beautiful warm day and so I believe that is all for this day good by

 

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March

 

Sat the 23rd at home I made Danie a dress and scrubed and done other work then I joined me a quilt nice warm day

                        Michael Wells  Abraham Light

 

Sun the 24th  at home it snowed some all day and tolerable cold day  Maggie Miller was here for diner

                        Wilford B. Cunningham   Abraham Light

 

Mon the 25th  at home I commenced Mrs. George Alstetters hanging basket and made part of it in the evening  Cathren and I walked over to Uncle Ben Slussers and stayed all night nice day little cool

                        L C Syler  Scott Harris  John Hood

 

Tues the 26th  we came home in the morning and as we came home we stoped in to Lydie Niswangers and Terzie Millers to warm Terzies was a moveing and tearing up old Jack – it snowed a little and was little cold I finished Mrs. Alstetters hanging basket I got a letter frome Bell Kiser yesterday Lizzie Miller and Maggie was here in the evening and fetched itt to me Cate Rummels  was married

 

                        George Best  Jas Wood  Samuel ?????

 

Wed the 27th  at home I went over to Mrs. George Alstetters in the morning I took her hanging basket to her got .15cts for making itt and got another one to make for her I finished piecing me a quilt in the forenoon and in the afternoon I ironed all the afternoon it rained some little through the day nice and warm Lizzie and Maggie Miller was here to spend the evening

 

                        Wilford B. Cunningham

Thur the 28th  at home I made Silla Myrs a small switch in the forenoon and got dinner washed up the dishes and helped to clean up the house Perciller white washed the room it rained most all day Old Felker was married.

 

Fri the 29th at home I cut out some quilt blocks peaced some on my quilt nice day

Fri the 29th at home I cut out some quilt blocks peaced some on my quilt nice warm day

 

Sat the 30th at home I peaced some on my quilt Father came hear from Sidney and stayed all night Brice came here in the evening a little while but did not stay it rained moste all the afternoon I sent my shoe to town got it fixed .20cts costed me

 

Sun the 31st Jake Letherman and I went down to Uncle Charleys in the morning and stayed all day Father was at our house moste all day it rained moste all day and little cool muddy

 

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April the 1st 1878

 

Mon the 1st  I walked down to Columbus Grove in the morning I stoped at Drews as I was going a little while I went down by myself I got 5 yds of muslin bleached .30 cts got 5 yds of dark calico .30cts 5 yds of pink calico .40 cts got 6 yds of blue calico .48 cts got 1 yd of ligt calico 3 cts this is all for quilt joinings and I got .25 cts worth of thread and got a T.F.B.T.A.P.  50 cts the whole amount costed me $2.15 that’s all as I came home Brice came with me and carried my things when I got home I partly joined one of my quilts nice beautiful warm day

 

Tue the 2nd  at home I finished joining my quilt in the forenoon in the afternoon I ironed nice beautiful warm day

 

Wed the 3rd  I comenced Mrs. George Alstetters hanging basket worked at it part of the day I went up there into George’s in the evening a little while Mrs. Drew came over and got me to cut and fit her a dress she took diner with us in the evening I cut out joining for my quilt and finished the border on another one nice warm day

 

Thur the 4th at home in the forenoon I done some mending for myself afternoon I joined me a quilt I bought three handkerchiefs .50cts I presented onto B.C .for the three got them from a peddler Sylla Myrs came after her hairswitch she payed me .10cts Ella was here a little while in the afternoon nice warm day Brice  came and stayed with me til daylight

 

Fri the 5th I went and visited Manda Alstetter all day I finished peacing one of my quilts I received $1.00 from Mrs. Slusser from Lima for making her hair switch Little Anna Clinger fetched it over to Manda’s to me nice beautiful day in the evening it sprinkled rain

 

Sat the 6th  at home  scrubed baked bread and sewed some on my quilt in the evening Ella and I went over to Kinsley and stayed all night had a nice visit nice beautiful warm day

 

Sun the 7th about noon Mary Kinsley and Ada, Ella and I came over to Jake Millers all the afternoon there were about 30 or 40 young folks there we had three swings up in the barn and oh

 

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 April

 

We had a lively time you bet your livers we had then in the evening I went home with Ella a little while Clara and Lizzie Miller came home with me and little while nice beautiful day

 

Mon the 8th I went up to Mrs. George Alstetters in the morning to get some more goods I’ve finished her hanging basket then I finished it down in the afternoon nice warm day

 

Tues the 9th at home I joined me a quilt Lizzie Miller was here all the afternoon she helped me at my quilt and Cathren and Perciller helped me on it also a little Bill Nye frome the Grove was here and in the evening Len Logan and Mr. John Cliver was here a little while it rained some moste of the day

 

Wed the 10th in the forenoon I comenced to join another quilt in the afternoon I ironed some baked bread got supper after supper I to Mrs. Geroge Alstetters hanging basket home when I came home it got dark on me and then I went on down to Manda Alstetters and stayed all night I didn’t get home nice warm day

 

Thur the 11th I came home in the morning Gusta, Callie, Lillie came home with me Manda, Pete, Willie, John Letherman went to Lima I finished joining my quilt done up some of the mornings work and finished the ironing all in the forenoon afternoon I went down to Mrs. George Alstetters and fixed new handles on the first basket  I made her she payed me .50cts for making her last basket I came home before supper and put the border on my quilt got it all done nice beautiful day but little windy

 

Fri the 12th I went over to Mrs. George Alstetters in the morning to sew I make her little Barbia a dress and a white bonnet was there all day and night it sprinkled a little rain but nice and warm

 

Sat the 13th was at Mrs. George Alstetters all day sewing I made her little Luisa a white bonnet and Barbia  a dress Mrs. Alstettes payed me .75cts for sewing in the evening I came home I wrote a letter to Brice and sent it to Cairo with George Alstetter in the morning nice beautiful warm day

 

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April

 

Sun the 14th  at home all day Clara and Ella was here moste all day in the evening John Drew came here a little while it sprinkled rain some through the day

 

Mon the 15th  in the forenoon I comenced to join my delain quilt and in the afternoon I walked up to Cairo I got two letters one from Brice and one from John Kiser middling cloudy day and windy but not cold

 

Tue the 16th I went down to Uncle Charleys in the forenoon I took diner with them then I came home and finished my quilt Anna Sigler was here a little while in the afternoon nice warm day at night I wrote a lette to Brice so no more at present

 

Wed the 17th at home I cut out Perciller a couple of sh-----?? Undergarments and made them done Mike Midlestutter and Jonas Shear was here a while to day Brice came here a little while in the evening when he went home I walked a little peace with him I sent Brices letter off to the office with Mr. G Hardsay nice warm day

 

Thur the 18th  I ironed in the forenoon and in the afternoon I stratened the hair for my switch I got a letter from Brice  Jake Miller fetched itt from Cairo in the evening Clara and Ella and Lizzie Miller Charley Miller Lewis Miller Maggie Miller Miss Carie Hesser Hallie Drew Nan Drew they were all here to spend the evening I played my acordion for them and we had a real entertaining evening it sprinkled a little bit of rain in the afternoon but nice and warm day

 

Fri the 19th  Good Friday at home I wove two strands for my switch in the evening John Drew was here a little while it sprinkled a little rain in the forenoon nice warm day

 

Sat the 20th in the forenoon I scrubed and scoured up and done the work in the afternoon John Leatherman Peter Smith Clara and I walked down to the Grove I bought me a coller .25cts John got Clara and his and my picture taken together at  Fruchys?? Clara and I wrode back home with Uncle John Slussers they came from after there carpet and we rode with them from the Grove I eat supper at Uncle Charleys then came home nice day bought John Leathermans trunk $2.00 in the evening I wrote a letter to Brice

 

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Easter Sunday April

 

Sun the 21st  at home in the forenoon out in the woods a forenoon Manda and Peter Alstetter  and their children was here  Uncle Charley and Aunt Caty Bennett was here Johnie Nass was here a little while in the afternoon and then in the afternoon I went down to big Sallie Cunninghams and she wasn’t at home Brice came there while I was there I gave Brice his letter and then we came over to Drews a little while then Mrs. Drew Nan and Merta Hannah Ramsy John Drew Brice and I we all went over by Len Logans in the woods there was some gypsys camped over there Isrel Logan and Charley Granvill was there and we had a lively time you bet then I came back around to the railroad and met Perciller then her and I went back to them gypsies a little while then we went in to Len Logans a little while to see there new house we then came home nice beautify day at night Perciller and I went overt to Drews a little while

 

Mon the 22nd I went down to Mrs. Fred Alstetters in the morning to sew I finished two shirts and partly made a pair of overhalls for Johnie Nass it rained very hard part of the day and was very warm

 

Tues the 23rd at Mrs. Alstetters I finished a pair of overhalls and made a pair of overalls for Johnie Nass made a bonnet for little Freddie and partly made a shirt for Johnie Nass it rained part of the day and very windy

 

Wed the 24th  at Mrs. Alstetters I finished Johnies shirt and made another one for him and made a waist for Johnie Alstetter sewed buttons on a pair of overhall for him and put buttons and button holes on little Fredies dress it rained very hard in the afternoon

 

Thur the 25th  at Mrs. Alstetters I made a waist for Johnie Nass mended two shirts and patched him a pair of socks I made a pair of pants for Johnie Alstetter in the afternoon then after supper I came home and stayed all night it rained very hard most of the day I got a letter from Brice  Peter Smith fetched it from Cairo

 

Fri the 26th  in the morning I went back to Mrs. Alstetters I finished putting buttons and button holes in two little dresses made a little sack made a sheet and finished a shirt for Charley and made a pair of pants for Mr. Alstetter it rained moste all day I took my music Down there and at night I played it for them had a real interesting evening of it

 

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May

 

Sat the 27that Mrs. Alstetters I made two pair of pants and a shirt for Charley in the evening I played my music for them we had lots of fun it sprinkled some rain through the day

 

Sun the 28th  Johnie Nass fetched me home in the spring wagon in the morning he gave me his picture Mrs. Alstetter payed me a $1.25 cts for this weeks sewing Cathren and I took a ramble around through the woods and over to the railroad it rained some little

 

Mon the 29th  at home I cut out Cathren and Annas sun bonnets and sewed some on them I got dinner washed up the dishes patched John Leathermans two pair of overhalls I bought Jake Letherman album I payed him .50cts for it it rained a little in the afternoon I wrote a letter to Brice

 

Tues the 30th  at home I ironed most all day Clara was here all the afternoon when she went home I went a peace with her at night Brice stayed with me til day light nice warm day

 

May the 1st

 

Wed the 1st at home I sewed some on the girls bonnetts at night Jake Leatherman Perciller and I had a regular cal-waller we had so much fun we didn’t know what to do with all of it Jake mad Perciller and me stand on our heads this is the last single night Jake has to live Bo hoo hoo hoo pour Jake good by in the evening it sprinkled a little rain nice warm day I turned my feet out to pasture

 

Thur the 2nd  I went down to Uncle Charleys in the morning to help cook for the wedners Jake Letherman and Ella Bennett was married Jake and Ella John Leatherman and Clara went down to Lima in the spring wagon to get the knot tied Aunt Caty and I was all alone all day when they got back we had there supper nearly ready in the afternoon I fixed Jake and Ella baby and it was a boy baby too? Oh but it was a fine toned boy you bet then I put it in there bed oh such a lot of fun we had over itt you never saw the like Aunt Caty and me almoste corked our selves over it when I made it and so did Jake and Ella they were real proud of itt to think they could own such a peace of property so soon at night the bellers came and had a big belling you bet after it was over we all went home it was a warm day but cloudy and windy at night it rained all night Peter Smith presented me with .27cts

 

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May

 

Fri the 3rd at home all day I finished Cathren and Annas sun bonnets and cut out them a calico dress sewed some on them it rained all day without ceasing I wrote a letter to John Cunningham at night

 

Sat the 4th I walked down to Mrs. Fred Alstetters a little while in the morning then I went on up to  Cairo a little while from there back home Pete Smith presented me with two pair of stocking thanks to him  I baked cake and pies and done other work in propation nice day

 

Sun the 5th  Perciller Aunt Caty Clara and I walked down to Dunkerd meeting to Hartmans school house in the morning after church we went home with Aunty Caty for dinner stayed there till four oclock we came home Clara and Ella come home with us a little while I then went over to Mr. Drews and stayed till bedtime Brice was there also and came home with me and stayed til day light + it rained several showers and hailed some all through the day gave me

 

Mon the 6th at home I sewed some on the girls dresses Ella Leatherman was here a little while Mr. Hitchcock was here for dinner Lizzie Miller was here nearly all the afternoon I made a letter for her to Jake Light nice warm day

 

Tues the 7th at home I sewed some on the girls dresses wrote two letters to Brice  and one to John Kiser  nice day in the evening it rained a little

 

Wed the 8th at home I finished the girls dresses it rained moste of the day

 

Thur the 9th I went over to Mrs. George Alstetters in the morning to sew I made George Alstetter  two pair of pants and little Johnie Alstetter  a pair of pants nice warm day it sprinkled rain a little

 

Fri the 10th  at Mrs. Alstetters  I partly made little Johnie a pair of pants cut out Mrs. Alstetter a dress and and polonaise and sewed some on itt it rained showers all day Cathren fetched my music over there at night I played it Mrs. Alstetter and George Johnie Barbia and I we danced and just tour around worse than dogs killing sheep oh my we had fun by the hole sale Mike fisher couldn’t do any thing but set and laugh at us I bet his sides shakes get in laughter at us the end it snowed some this day

 

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May

 

Sat the 11th I was at Mrs. Alstetters till after dinner I finished her dress and polonaise she payed me $1.00 for sewing for her I then came home and walked down to the Grove by my selfe I bought me a boult of bleached muslin 31 ½ yds .9 cts yd $2.80 cts bought me 12 yds of ticking for bed and filling I payed $2.40 cts  $5.20 cts in all then Sallie Cunningham  fat Sallie  I mean and I went into George Ganders a little while to see my little nephew Eddie Gander  then I rode out with Sallie and John Granger in the wagon I stopped in to old Mr. Cunninghams a little while then I walked frome there on home and when I got home I was some what tired with packing my goods nice day very warm and little cloudy at night Brice came stayed with me till day light X

 

Sun the 12th  at home in the forenoon Jake and Ella came and stayed for dinner Caty Cunningham and Nellie Granger was here for dinner after noon they all went home I sneaked in the trundle bed to sleep then Brice and Pete Smith came and pulled me out then Brice and I wen down to Uncle Charieys a little bit John and Clara Jake and Ella gone over to Jake Alstetters and then we followed them over there and we stayed and took supper we had a nice time nice day little cool

 

Mon the 13th  I went down to Fred Alstetters in the morning to sew as I went I went around by Cairo put a letter in the office to John Kiser I fixed over two dresses for Mrs. Alstetter  made Charley a shirt and Johnie Alstetter a pair of pants and peaced some on a quilt at night tolerable nice day some cloudy

 

Tue the 14th  at Mrs. Alstetters I partly made Fred a pair of pants made a fine shirt for Johnie Nass and cut out a calico shirt for him and partly made it for him and made two pair of drawrs for little Freddie nice day but little cool and cloudy

 

Wed the 5th at Mrs. Alstetters I finished Freds pants cut out Mrs. Alstetters a black luster dress and sewed some on itt made little Charley a couple pair of stockings in the evening I went stayed all night Clara was there all night nice day but the air was cool home I stoped in the office but got no news   LAST PART OF THIS DAY UNREADABLE

 

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May

 

Thur the 16th I went back to Mrs. Alstetters in the morning I got to ride a piece on the hand car with Old Ginny Mulckay I cut out Mrs. Alstetters black baste and partly made itt just tolerable fair day the air was bitter cool I got a letter frome Brice  Johnie Nass fetched it frome the office

 

Fri the 17th at Mrs. Alstetters I pleeted some and sewed at Mrs. Alstetters dress and made three pairs of stockings in the evening nice day

 

Sat the 18th  at Mrs. Alstetters  I finished Mrs. Alstetters  dress and made a pair of cuffs for Johnie Nass and then after supper I came home she payed me $1.25 cts and two yards of calico it rained some in the evening about supper time midling nice warm day was dark before I got home

 

Sun the 19th  at home all day Jake and Ella and Clara was here Hattie Drew was here a little while nice warm day and also John Drew  was here a little while in the evening

 

Mon the 20th  at home I made Anna Sigler  a hair switch and cut out Lillte Dannie  a dress nice warm day it rained  little into the afternoon

 

Tue the 21st at home I made me a underwaist and ironed moste all day got supper and done other things in general nice day

 

Wed the 22nd  at home I made my feather tick and got dinner and washed up the dishes scrubed cut out me some quilt patches then Charley Miller came after me to go down and get supper for his mother she got sick after supper I came home nice day

 

Thur the 23rd at home I straitened some hair and partly wove a strand for Julia Snider  it rained a little wee bit in afternoon warm day

 

Fri the 24th in the forenoon I wove a strand in Julias switch and afternoon I rode to the Grove with George Hartman I payed off .60 cts that I owed at days I rode back home with Henry Miller and big Sallie Cunningham I went into Sallie’s little while nice warm day  Miss Snodgrass   REST OF ENTRY UNREADABLE

 

 

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May

 

Sat the 25th At home I scrubed the house all over and made Dannie a dress wrote off a couple songs and done other things that’s toos tegious to mention Willie Sigler came after Annas (his sisters) hair switch he payed me .50cts for it nice day at night Brice came stayed till day light + Bill Miller was here a little while

 

Sun the 26th  Perciller and the children and I went down to Uncle Charleys stayed moste all day Clara came home with me and in the evening Dave Stull John Drew Hat Nan Miss Rena Snodgrass Lizzie Miller Mike Fisher Jakie Alstetter was here to spend the evening at night Lizzie Jakei and Mike came back again and I played my music and we danced French four Dave Stull was here for supper oh we had a big lively time you bet nice warm day

 

Mon the 27th  at home I finished Julia Sniders hair switch in the evening Clara and I walked down to Uncle John Slussers and stayed all night oh we had a good time and lots of fun nice warm day

 

Tue the 28th  at Uncle Johns and Jane Ella Clara and I went over to young Johnie Slussers awhile in the morning we went back to Uncle Johns and eat dinner then we went down to Serri Kessels a little while in the afternoon came back eat supper to Uncle Johns and Bill Slusser Ella Joe Garner Marry Gander Clara and I came down home in the spring wagon at night we all went to our school house to spelling Mr. Joe Nerwitz taught large crowd Brice came home with me stayed till four oclock + nice day I done nothing all day but play there dulcimer

 

Wed the 29th  at home in the morning I comenced to straten the hair for Lydie Newbrights switch then in the afternoon I ironed it sprinkled a little rain in the afternoon warm day

 

Thur the 30th  at home I stratend the hair for Mrs. Bodigers switch that lives in Lima got it all straitened and one strand wove it rained part of the day little cool

 

Fri the 31st  at home I finished Mrs. Bodigers switch Perciller took Julia Sniders switch home got $1.00 for it nice warm day

 

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June the 1st

 

Sat the 1st at home Perciller took Mrs. Bodigers switch over to Mrs. Clingers  I got $1.00 for ittl I scoured cleaned up scrubed all over baked bread and done other work in prepation Brice stayed with me til 3 oclock + nice warm day

 

Sun the 2nd  at home in the forenoon a sleeping after noon perciller the children Uncle Charley we all went over to Mr. Drews awhile then Hattie and I went down to Mr. Dave Stauffers a little while then we came home very warm day

 

Mon the 3rd  at home I cut out Percillers black luster dress and made it partly in the evening I stratened some hair for Lydie Newbrights switch ver nice warm day

 

Tue the 4th  At home I sewed all day on Percillers dress  in the evening I stratened some hair at night George Hutchison John Drew Hattie Drew came here till bed time we had so much fun nice day but windy

 

Wed the 5th  at home I sewed at Perciller dress all day in the evening Perciller and I went over to Drews and stayed till bed time Brice came there with his fiddle and we had some music and hoped a little had a lively time Brice came home with me nice day B

 

Thur the 6th  I finished Percillers black dress and partly cut and sewed on her a new calico dress in the evening I went down to Uncle Charley and stayed all night + Mary rummel got my pleeter payed me 25 cts for the use of itt nice warm day

 

Fri the 7th  came home in the morning sewed all day finished Percillers calico dress Clara Bennett came down here all the afternoon she trimmed up my hat at night Dan Leatherman came and stayed here all night It rained part of the night nice day

 

Sat the 8th  at home George Alstetters little Johnie was buried this afternoon it has rained moste all day with out ceasing George Hutchison and John Drew came and stayed for supper in the evening Pete Alstetter Sam Drew was here til bed time Brice came stayed till day light  X

 

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June

 

Sun the 9th at home all day Brice stayed for breakfast and dinner Clara and Dave Stull Pete Smith Dan Letherman Jake Letherman Nan Drew was here Dave Stull was here for diner and supper and stayed all night and so did Clara it rained some through the day

 

Mon the 10th at home I finished stratening the hair for Lyda Newbrights switch Ella and Jake was here Ella came in the afternoon it rained part of the day little cool

 

Tue the 11th at home I ironed in the forenoon afternoon I wove some on Lydas switch George Hutchison was here for dinner in the evening him and Hat Drew came over a little while nice day

 

Wed the 12th  at home I wove some on Lydas switch and straitened the hair for Julia Gander another switch nice day Lizzie Miller was here a little while got a letter from John Kiser

 

Thur the 13th  at home I finished Lydas switch and wove Julia Snider switch Perciller took them home in the afternoon but did not get the pay yet  Brice was here a little while in the morning at night thhe came back and we went over to States School house to Rena Snodgrass spelling  big crowd had nice time Brice came home with me stayed till half past 2 oclock nice day I cut out my white skirt in afternoon and sewed some at it Lizzie Miller Johnie Miller was here  little while in eve

 

Fri the 14th  at home I sewed at my white skirt in the evening John Leatherman + Presilla Mulcahey and I went to town I got (9) yrds of white stuff for for dress fifteen (15) cts pr yard dozen + a half of buttons (5) embroidery six (6) yds ½ pr yd one white shaee $2.00 white veil (1/14) yd at seventy (70) per yd $0.87 ½ ) cents one pr shoes two ($2.00)  Perciller paid for them shoes when I got here I cut out danny a dress a nice day but fearful almight hot all day  this is all for to day

 

                                                                        Lishie Bennett  W.C. O.

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June AD 1878

 

Sat 15th at home got up before breakfast + made danny a dress Perciller Jake and Ella went to Paulding and left me at home for to keep house scrubbed and scoured all over baked and jumped a round like a grass hopper in a timothy patch Claray came and stayed all night with me (or John rather) Brice  was here all night + rained some and was fearful hot

 

                                                            Lykie Bennett

                                                            West Cairo, Ohio

 

Sun the 16th at home all day Brice was here all day Clara was here Petter Smith Millie Alstetter was here Jake Ella Percilla came home nice day

 

Mon the 17th at home I sewed at my skirt Lizzie Miller was here a little while in the evening nice warm day

 

Tue the 18th at home I cut out my white dress and partly made it Clara came down and helped me make it I finished my white skirt done Perciller went  to the Grove and bought me 1 ¼ of embroidery to finished out my dress she payed it herself gave it to me .15cts nice warm day Miss Drew Hattie nan Merta John Drew George Hutchison all came here in the evening and stayed till bed time Clara was here all night had lots of fun nice day

 

Wed the 19th at home Clara was here till afternoon we finished my white dress and I sewed some on Cathren and Annas pink dresses Charley Miller slipped in on us oh we had a big time over the fixups he walked in as sly as and old fox nice day warm

 

Thur the 20th at home I sewed some on the little girls dresses good part of the day I went down to Uncle Charleys a little while in the forenoon Mag Slusser Sherilda Crabell and Lille Myrs came here a little while in the afternoon to catch items I guess it rained some through the day and rained moste all night

 

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June

 

Fir the 21st at home I sewed moste all day at the little girls dresses it rained moste all day and night this was the last day of our school Joe Neswits was the teacher

 

Sat the 22nd at home I  finished the girls dresses and in the afternoon I cut carpet rags for my self it rained all day without ceasing Brice stayed with me all night

 

Sun the 23rd at home Clara Jake Ella was here moste all day Brice was here all day in the evening Jakie Alstetter Lizzie Miller Maggie Jakie Eddie Miller was here a while nice day little cloudy

 

Mon the 24th I went over to Mrs. George Alstetters  to do some pleeting and sewing was there all day got .25cts for my work George Hutchison came here a little while in the morning to bid us a farewell shake he went home back to Toledo good by George come back soon don’t you cry fearful hot day

 

Tue the 25th at home I went down to Uncle Charley in the forenoon stayed and took diner with them I ironed in the afternoon miserable hot day Perciller went to town and got my hat $3.20 cts payed for it

 

Wed the 26th at home I finished my hair switch in the forenoon afternoon I cut carpet rags for my self and in the evening I peaced on my quilt at night Brice came and stayed with me a while it rained very hard in the evening and part of the night – very very hot day

 

Thur the 27th at home I cut out Brice a fine shirt and made itt done in the evening I peaced at my quilt John Drew was here awhile in the evening very warm day hot as lucifer

 

Fri the 28th at home I cut out me a pair of pillow slips and partly made them and peaced some on my quilt hot day

 

Sat the 29th  at home I finished my pillow slips and scrubed cleaned up and done other work in general Brice stayed with me all night very very warm day X

 

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July the 1st 1878

 

Sun the 30th Brice was here for breakfast then we went down to Uncle Charleys stayed all day Perciller and her family was there also Brice and I came home in the evening he stayed little while + then went home this has bin a very warm day scorching hot

 

July the 1st

 

Mon the 1st  at home in the forenoon I finished peacing my quilt in the afternoon Catherine and I walked up to Cairo to the post office but got nothing then we went on around to Fred Alstetters a little while then came on home stoped in to Petter Alstetters a little while very warm day very very warm I say

 

Tue the 2nd at home I sewed some carpet rags for Perciller in the forenoon afternoon I ironed in the afternoon Brice came here in the evening and stayed a while + he stoped had bin to Lima on bisness it rained moste all day without ceasing

 

Wed the 3rd I went down to Pete Alstetters a little while in the morning to see Clara then I went on down to Uncle Charleys a little while to see Ella and the rest of them on bisness it rained moste all day hard not very hard neither but just fussed Brice was here awhile

 

Thur the 4th  at home part of the day I scrubed and help to clean up and spread my self around like a brass monkey with its tail cut off at five or nearly that John Leatherman and Clara Bennett took Brice and me to Squire Hardrags to be joined in sacred matrimony oh may god bless and care for us and may our lives be long and happy until death shall call us up yonder with the sanctified in heaven this day is to be remembered untill death we had a happy time nice warm day in the forenoon and part of the afternoon was cloudy but turned out to be nice and clear the last of the day nice evening and lots of Bellers they belled us till some of them had to loll their tongs out for breath we had lots of fun you bet

 

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July 1878

 

Fri the 5th at home all day Brice went home in the morning and worked in the harvest field all day I washed at home all day that was the way we took our infair I scrubed in the forenoon cleaned up and made me a pair of pillow ticks in the afternoon I peaced at my delain quilt Clary Perciller Catheren Anna went over to Julia Sniders in the morning and picked cherries till two or three oclock and left me all alone to keepe house with the little boys nice beautiful warm bright day

                        Brice came home stayed all night X

 

Sat the 6th B in the morning Brice and I went over to Heneri Millers  Brice went in the harvest field and I stayed to Terses all day then Terzie and I went over to Father Cunninghams stayed for supper then the evening Brice and I went home with hens and stayed all night x nice warm day

 

Sun the 7th  Brice me Henry Terzie went to hunt raspberries we found a fue then went up to old Mr. Millers hens father for dinner had a nice time it rained some n the afternoon then Brice came home to father Cunninghams in the afternoon and stayed all night x very warm day

 

Mon the 8th Brice x went to town got $1.00 worth of sugar 6 jellie cups .50 cts for me I picked curent moste all forenoon afternoon I made 18 cups of jelly 9 cups for me and nine for old Dickey Cunningham  warm day it rained 3 or 4 hours

 

Tues the 9th at father cunninghams x in the afternoon I and Terzie went over to old Mrs. Logans and picked some goose berries I got too can part up Brice and I wrote a letter to John Kiser nice warm day

 

Wed the 10the  Big Sallie and I went down to Uncle Dan Slussers Johns in the buggie a visiting we took diner with them had lots of fun clubing the cherry trees and was doing a little of all kinds of meaness Sherilda Krabell came down there and made me go home with her for supper had a nice time down there Grannie Harris gave me a fat old rooster to take home I went to Father C s all night x nice warm day

 

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July 1878

 

Thur the 11th I went home to Percillers in the morning cut out dannie a dress and made itt in the afternoon Cathren and I went over to Mr. Hofferberts and picked a basket full of currents then we came home stoped in to Godfry Rummels a little while then came on home and then I went onn down to Father Cunninghams stayed all night it rained very hard all night +++

 

Fri the 12th it rained very hard part of the forenoon made high waters Brice and I came home to Percillers in the forenoon I caned up 7cans of currents and made two cups of jelly afternoon I peaced at my quilt Brice stayed all night x

 

Sat the 13th at Percillers I scrubed cleaned up in forenoon then afternoon I ironed all the afternoon nice day

 

Sun the 14th  at home all day Brice came in the morning stayed all day and night x Jake and Ella was here all day nice warm day

 

Mon the 15th I walked down to Mrs Fred Alstetters to get the trimings for to make her hanging basket got home before noon afternoon I peaced on my quilt Brice went home this morning very warm day in the the evening Perciller and I went down to Pete Alstetters to see there big girl baby it came home to day

 

Tue the 16th at home I ironed moste all day done a shashing big one then the rest of the day I peaced on my quilt Clara and Ella came down in the evening a little while Jake was here all day to work Brice came in the evening and stayed all night + warm day

 

Wed the 17th at home I made Mrs. Fred Alstetter  hanging basket at night I went down to Uncle Charleys and stayed all night very hot day

 

Thur the 18th  at home all day in the evening Brice and I went down to Uncle John Slussers in the spring wagon and stayed all night had a nice visit it rained pretty hard in the afternoon and very warm I sewed some on Percillers white skirt

 

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July 1878

 

Fri the 19th  we came home frome Uncle Johns in the morning then Brice went over onn home to his fathers then at night he came after me and we went over to Henry Millers stayed all night in the afternoon Perciller and I walked up to Fred Alstetters I took Mrs. Alstetters hanging basket home she payed me .52 cts for making itt then we went onn up to Cairo then frome there home again nice hot day

 

Sat the 20th  in the morning Henry Tersie Charley and Caty Cunningham Brice and me we went out to Oglaise County in spring wagon to Sam Ramseys and Ike Ramseys to pick black parries but did not get any worth while Brice and I took diner and supper to Ikes and at night we went down to Sams and stayed all night x we had lots of fun more than we knowed what to do with warm day

 

Sun the 21st we to breakfast and dinner with Sams had a lively time and a good visit after breakfast Brice and me went out to hunt berries got fue enough for a taste we went back to Ikes after diner gathered up our traps bundes basket and we all started for home came through Lima  saw a fue standing out gapping at us as though we were some yankey pumpkins we got out and came on home to perciller stayed all night Brice and me warm day

 

Mon the 22nd I went out in the morning to pick black beries got enough for two cans I went over to Aunt Bellsie Myrs little while after got the berries picked I stoped in to Mary Ann Bennetts eat a bite of diner there then came home caned up two cans of berries baked pies jumped round like a chicken with its head choped off in the evening I went over to Henry Millers stayed all night very and not so very warm day weather but warm enough any how Brice was there all night +

 

Tue the 23rd I came home in the morning stoped in to Sallie (big) Cunninghams little while came home caned up one can of goose berries made percilla fine shimy partly I cut out her shimy and fine pair of drawrs very warm day

 

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July 1878

 

Wed the 24th  at home I ironed all forenoon and part of the afternoon big ironing then I finished Percillers fine shimy and sewed little at my quilt prety tolerable warm day Brice came home stayed all night        

 

Thur the 25th at home I made Perciller a pair of fine drawrs in the forenoon afternoon I cut out me a pair of pillow slips and sewed some at them Ella Leatherman was here all the afternoon warm day I received .60cts frome Julie Snider for making her hair switch 5 cts coming to me yet Nan Drew fetched it over to me nice day

                        Jule Julie Snyder for making her switch

 

Fri the 26th at home I sewed at my pillow slips it rained hard moste all day Brice came home stayed all night

 

Sat the 27th  at home I finished my pillow slips and made me two sheets in the afternoon I ironed and in the evening I went over the Hen Millers stayed all night I stoped in to Sallies Big Sallie I mean a little while I waited for Brice then we went over to Hens and stayed all night warm like day

 

Sun the 28th in the morning Brice and I went to hunt black berries but did not get any came back stoped in to Big Sallies a little while went back to Hens I dressed up and then we went down the Ceph Cunninghams for dinner and stayed all night nice day and had a good visit

 

Mon the 29th  we were at Cephs all day Brice went over to Tom Williams made a potato masher and rolling pin I done nothing to mount to any thing it rained all day with out ceaseing this was Brices birth day 19 years old

 

Tues the 30th at Cephs done nothing only helped Sallie pick her ducks and take care of the babies nice day Brice and I came home stayed all night

 

Wed the 31st Brice and me went from perscilla allstetters to cephas D. Cunningham in the morning Ceph threashed I helped Sallie cook and tumbled around like a ????? it rained some little ones

 

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A spessimen of of my hand wrighting

 

            B Cunningham

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                                                                                                                        Dinner

                                                                                                 Rite + me wrote

                                                            Home a letter I kept house for little

                                                 We on she went to town

                                                Day but very warm

 

Sat 3 I tried for to keep still but couldent do it I got mad enough at it for to blister its little ass done up the morning work got diner and supper washed the dishes scrubed up cleand all over in the evening Brice and me went down to Big Sallie Cunninghams and stayed all night very warm day

 

Sun the 4th  Brice and me came down to Percillers in the morning but she wasnt to home we stayed here all day and night very warm

 

Mon the 5th  I was at percillers I finished her new calico bask and stratened the hair for Maggie Myrs switch in the evening I went over to Mrs. Siglers a little while to see if I could pick black berries and I went frome there on over to Father Cunninghams and stayed all night I went to see Brice he wasent very well very warm day it rained very hard a little while

 

Tue the 6th I went frome Fathers on over to Mrs. Siglers to pick black berries early in the morning Willie Sigler went with me to pick we rambled around and picked till noon but did not find many then I went back there and took diner with them then I started out by my selfe and picked some more very warm day I got home in the after noon bout 3 oclok

Brice came a little while in the evening he fetched me 6 cans

 

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August 1878

 

Wed the 7th at Percillers I caned up my black berries I had 4 cans I went down to Johnie Slussers in the afternoon to see about buying there old stove they wasent at home and so I went onn down to Uncle Dan Slussers and stayed all the afternoon and took supper with them I got my books and started for home I saw father there but hadent any thing to say to me as I came home I saw Ellen Slusser by the way and we had quite a little chat warm day the thrashers came to Percillers in the evening and thrashed some Brice came and stayed all night with us he helped to thrash

 

Thur the 8th at Percillers they thrashed all day Clara Ella and Aunt Caty was here to help cook I dident do nothing much in the evening after supper Brice and me went to pick black berries we got enough for two cans then we went down to big Sallies and caned my berries and stayed all night it rained some little in the evening very warm day

 

Fri the 9th  I came home to Percillers in the morning before I came home Brice and me went down to Father Cunninghams to see my table then I came home it rained at night Brice came and stayed all night nice day

 

Sat the 10th  we went down to Big Sallies in the morning got the big wagon went down to Percillers eat our diners then we went over to Johnie Slussers after our stove we bought their stove $3.75 cts payed for it then we came back and stoped to Uncle Charleys little while Aunt Caty gave me a crock full of grease and a skillet came to Percillers took some of my things fetched them to Big Sallies then we went to town got our furniture dishes groceries and some other things that is too legious to mention then we got back to Sallies and moved our things up her stairs nice day

 

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August 1878

 

Sun the 11th  at our home all day where we moved we cooked our own breakfast on Sallies stove then we fixed and set up a fue thing what we had to have nice day

 

Mon the 12th at home we went down to Percillers in the morning and got the rest of my things and I don’t know hardly what else I did do nice day

 

Tue the 13th  at home done a little of everything nice day

 

Wed the 14th at home done my work rained little

 

Thur the 15th at home done my work nice day

 

Fri the 16th at home baked bread and done other things nice day in the evening we went down to Percillers in the wagon and got my pig and she gave me a crock of lard and a ham bone

 

Sat the 17th  at home done my work nice day

 

Sun the 18th we was at home in the evening we went down to Cephs a little while then went to our mellon patch got couple mellons to eat came home nice day

 

Mon the 19th  at home done my work nice day

 

Tue the 20th  I caned up our pears 6 cans nice day

 

Wed the 21st at home I went down to Ceps little bit in the morning I came home and done my washing nice day

 

Thur the 22nd at home brighed at little of everything in the evening we went down to Percilles and stayed all night nice day I traded Sallie my old summer hat for Caty for .25cts half pound of feathers and gave her my old trunk for the other half pound feathers which make one pound and she gave me a young chicken to boot 14 cts for it

 

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August 1878

 

Fri the 23rd at home in the evening Brice me and Sallie went over to Uncle Charleys stayed all night they sent for us Ella Leatherman took very bad sick nice day I done my work

 

Sat the 24th I was at Uncle Charleys all day and night Brice went home to his fathers and helped them thrash then came back at night Ella was bad sick all day and night nice day

 

Sun the 25th  we was there awhile in the morning then we came home I got dinner in the afternoon we had company John Hood Terzie and Hen Miller and his two sisters after they went away we went back to Uncle Charleys in the evening stayed all night nice day it sprinkled a little rain

 

Mon the 26th  we came home this morning and I done my work nice day

 

Tues the 27th at home I fried my young chicken for breakfast nice day

 

Wed the 28th a home not very well and did not do very much nice day

 

Thur the 29th at home diden do very much quite under the weather nice day

 

Fri the 30th  at home not doing very much under the weather nice day

 

Sat the 31st at home done my scrubing baking and grunted around all day it rained moste all day

 

Sun the 1st day of september 1878 we was at home all day John Hood was here a while nice day

 

Mon the 2nd at home I washed and done my other work what I had to do it rained in the evening and at night

 

Tue the 3rd  at home Terzie Miller was here little while I done my work nice day

 

Wed the 4th at home I ironed and done my work nice day

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September 1878

 

Thur the 5th  Brice and I went to John Hoods he went to chop for Hitchcock and I went to visit Mrs. Hood we went at noon and got our dinner there and stayed for supper had a good visit nice day

 

Fri the 6th  I ran down to Percillers about 10 oclock and got my diner then run back home when I got home Mrs Sigler was here and she came up stairs and visited me a while nice day Brice choped for Hitchcock all day

 

Sat the 7th  at home I scrubed baked and done my other work in probation and not very well nice day we went over to Siglers little while in the evening

 

Sun the 8th  Brice and me went to Percillers about noon but did not find her to home we stole a couple bunches of her grapes and then went over to Drews awhile then I went home with Lib Reamsey for my diner she kiled a young fat cock for my diner I eat til couldent stuff no more Hat Drew was there with me and while we was eating Brice and John Drew came there after we eat we came back over to Percillers a little while and found her at home that time then we came home nice day

 

Mon the 9th  at home doing my work Bill Hitchcock was here to work at our house nice day

 

Tue the 10th at home I sewed a little for myself it rained some moste all day

 

Wed the 11th  at home I paired some apples for to dry Uncle Charley Bennett was here awhile fetched me a postal card frome Aunt Pollie Kiser it rained all day

 

Thur the 12th  at home doing my work nice day

 

Fri the 13th at home doing my work nice day

 

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September 1878

 

Sat the 14th at home done my work nice day

 

Sun the 15th at home we went back to the turnip patch and went to the mellon patch and eat our last mellons nice day

 

Mon the 16th at Mrs Siglers helping cook for thrashers all day it was a nice day

 

Tues the 17th  at home washed nice day but windy went to Uncle John Slussers in evening

 

Wed 18 came home from Uncle Johns about 9 am and caned my peaches hung out my wash nice day but awful hot

 

Thur 19th my birthday 24 yrs old a bout 10 am and oh what a spanking I got by Brice went to Mrs Siglers and sewed for her three fourths of the day very hot day to CKB

 

Fri 20 at Mrs Siglers and sewed ¾ day rained in after noon 2 or 3 hours CKC

 

Sat the 21st  at home I ironed and baked and done other work nice day

 

Sun the 22nd at home all day John Watkins wife and family was here to Sallies Dave Miller and his wife Hen and Terzzie Miller Aunt Caty Bennett Little Ella and Wes Cunningham was all here up stairs little while at night we went to Percillers and stayed all night nice beautiful day

 

Mon the 23rd we came home in the morning I went over to Mrs Siglers in the afternoon to sew I made me a pair of pillow slips it rained some in the afternoon

 

Tue the 24th we went over to Siglers in the morning and got 6 bushes of apples 10 cts bu done my house work thats all nice day we went to Percillers stayed all night

 

 

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September 1878

 

Wed the 25th I stayed at Percillers all day and sewed for her I made the little girls each of them a basque and finished me a pair of pillow slips I came home in the evening at night rained nice day John Watkins stayed all night with us

 

Thru the 26th I done my washing and a big on too nice beautiful day

 

Fri the 27th at home I done nothing much only grunted all day not very well nice day

 

Sat the 28th at home I ironed and baked and done other work in  propation nice day but it rained in afternoon

 

Sun the 29th at home moste all day we went down to Father Cunninghams little while in the afternoon at night went to Uncle Dan school house to meeting Brice me and Sallie nice day

 

Mon the 30th at home done my work pared apples to dry nice day

 

October the 1st 1878

 

Tue the 1st at home all day I patched all forenoon afternoon pared apples to dry all the afternoon nice day Levi and Milroy Close came and stayed all night with us nice day but windy sent to Aunt Catys and got some lard

 

Wed the 2nd at home Hitchcock came to work on the house Levi and Milroy was here for diner and supper and stayed all night Milroy dident stay all night – Levi did nice day I done my work

 

Thur the 3rd at home doing cooking and doing all kind of work Old Billy was here Levi and Milroy eat supper with us Levi stayed all night nice day

 

Fri the 4th at home I washed and done my house work Levi and Milroy went home this morning it rained some this morning

 

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October 1878

 

Sat the 5th at home I ironed and done other work in propation it rained moste all day but not very hard

 

Sun the 6th we was at home all day Brice and me and Sallie and all the children went down to the ditch a fishing caught a fue little fellers then him and I went and hunted black haws then came home got supper and wrote a letter to John Cunningham nice day

 

Mon the 7th at home all day doing my work

 

Tus 8th at home at work as usual

 

Weds 9th at home at work as usual

 

Thur 10th at home at work as usual

 

Fri 11 at home at work as usual

 

Sat 12 at home at work as usual

 

Sun 13th went to Uncle Charley Bennetts

 

Mon 14th at home cooking and spreading my self

 

Tue the 15 at home cooking

 

Wed the 16 sewing on Nel Granger dress

 

Thur 17 sewing on her dress

 

Fri 18 sewing at her dress and doing little of every thing

 

Sat 19th I washed out a fue things baked bread Bell Logan was here to see me a little while in afternoon

 

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Lishis print  October }{ Brices print October 1878

 

Sun the 20th we went over to Sam Drews Miss Drew had gone to Theadore Ramsews and so we followed her over there and stayed for diner nice day but the air was cool

 

Mon the 21st at home cooking Mary Jane Watkins was here all day and night I cut out Nan Cunninghams dress

 

Tue the 22nd at home doing my work Janie stayed all night

 

Wed the 23rd I went to Percillers and sewed on the old womans dress moste of the day Jane stayed all night

 

Thur the 24th  at home sewing and doing my work

 

Fri the 25 at home cooking sewing and doing most everything

 

Sat the 26th at home baked bread John Watkins stayed all night with us nice day

 

Sun the 27th I was at home Brice was to Ceps moste all day it snowed for the first time this year cold tolerable cold

 

Mon the 28th at home doing my work

 

Tue the 29th at home doing my work

 

Wed the 30th I went down to Percillers to sew on the old womans and made me a pair of pillow slips and she gave me a can of lard and a peace of meat nice day

 

Thur the 31st  at home tinkering at my work

 

Fri                    November the 1st

 

Fri the 1st at home doing my work

 

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Sat the 2nd  Sallie big Sallie I mean John Granger Brice and me went to town in afternoon I was in to Lib Kissels little while left my hair switch for her to sell then went to Aunt Sallie Moores little while then we came home I finished Brices comfort in the forenoon nice day little cool

 

Sun the 3rd at home nice day

 

Mon the 4th we moved in to our new house I done little of all kind of work nice day but the air was cool

 

Tue the 5th at home flying around at my work

 

Wed the 6th at home working as usual Clara and Ella Leatherman was here little while in the afternoon

 

Thur the 7th at home doing my work done an awful big washing

 

Fri the 8th  at home doing work ironed some in afternoon

 

Sat the 9th at home baked bread pies cleaned up ironed some

 

Sun the 10thj at home moste all day we went down to Papa Cunninghams a little while in the evening and took supper with them tolerable nice day

 

Mon the 11th  at home Perciller came to see me a little while in the afternoon it rained part of the day  mudy

 

Tue the 12th at home at work

 

Wed the 13th at home at work

 

Thur the 14 at home at work in the afternoon I went down to Big Sallies to sew on the old womans dress

 

Fri the 15th at home Bell Sutton eat diner with us nice day

 

 

 

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November

 

Sat the 16th at home head over heels in work baked pies and done a little of evry thing Levi Close was here for diner it rained moste of the day

 

Sun the 17th was at home all day Ella and Jake Leatherman was here Levi Close John Granger was here for diner tolerable nice day little cool and fearful muddy

 

Mon the 18th at home trudging around all day very mudy

 

Tue the 19th at home in bed all day sick Brice went after Doctor Morris

 

Wed the 20th sick in bed doing nothing but grunt

 

Thur the 21st in bed Bill Parmer our hand got done husking corn and left us Mrs. Howl was here little while in afternoon

 

Fri the 22nd in bed sick Mrs Howl and Enoch her little boy and Janie was here all day Janie washed for me all day payed her .50 cts for washing

 

Sat the 23rd in bed Janie stayed all day and done the Saturdays work Mrs. Sigler was here little while in afternoon midling nice day but mudy

 

Sun the 24th in bed moste of the day Mr Stauffer and his wife was her a while in the afternoon

 

Mon the 25th I stayed up all day and sewed a little Janie stayed to work

 

Tue the 26th up at work I fixed Brice couple shirts and drawers very muddy

 

Wed the 27 I finished the old womans dress and sent it home with Pap Cunningham that pays her for mine little chickens it rained all day

 

 

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November

 

Thur the 28 I bound Brices comfort Mrs. Repperd was here moste of the afternoon very muddy

 

Fri the 29th   I made Nel Granger an apron and comenced to make her a pair of fine drawers

 

Sat the 30th  I sewed a little at Nels drawrs and fixed Brice a pair of pants baked bread and tinkered around at work all day Brice and I went over to Mrs. Repperds a little while in afernoon our new neighbors very mudy we payed Janie Howell .50 cts for her weeks work she stayed all night with us

 

Sun the 1st day of December 1878

 

                        December

 

Sun the 1st Brice and I went down to his fathers moste all day was at home all day it snowed and sleeted moste all day cold day

 

Mon the 2nd I finished Nel Grangers drawers

 

Tue 3rd at home doing my work

 

Wed the 4th at home

 

Thur 5th at home

 

Fri 6th at home                          Nancy Johnsen

                                                Nancy Johnson

Sat the 7th we went down to Percillers and stayed all night tolerable cold

 

Sn the 8th  went to Pap Cunninghams part day sleeted all day this is a mistake  we went up to Jake Leathermans and stayed for diner that was my first meal Jake and Ella ever gave us we had a good lively time then we came home in the evening

 

 

 

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Mon the 9th at home at work

 

Tue 10th at home working

 

Wed 11th at home

 

Thur 12 Julia Repperd washed for me

 

Fri the 13th at home

 

Sat 14 we went to Percillers stayed all night

 

Sun 15 we went to Jake Leathermans for diner that was the first meal we ever eat in Jake and Ellas house

 

Mon 16 at home

 

Tue 17 at home

 

Wed 18 at home

 

Thur 19 at home

 

Fri 20 at home Mr. Hood and Sallie Hood was here to spend the eve

 

Sat the 21st  Brice me John Granger Sallie Cunningham Caty we went over to Uncle Dans in the sled to spene the evening pretty cold

 

Sun the 22nd at home all day

 

Mon 23rd  was at home

 

Tue 24 at home in the evening Cephs and us went over to Mose Suttons in big sled and stayed all night cold as greenland and lots of fun

 

 

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Wed the 25TH Christmas day we was at Moses till noon then came home Ceph and Sallie came in and took diner with us good sleighing and cold in the evening John Hood George Hood and Tilda Hood was here to spend the evening

 

Thur the 26th at home working as usual

 

Fri the 27th at home at work

 

Sat the 28th  at home at work Mrs. Drew and John Drew stoped in a little while to warm tolerable cool

 

Sun the 29th   we went down to Cephs Mose Suttons was all there the hole croud and part of Hoods and John Schisms and I don’t know who else was there but the house was almoste running over with folks we took diner with them tolerable cold good sleighing

 

Mon the 30th  I was at home done the work in the house scrubbed baked some pies and cakes Lish

 

Tues 31 I worked on a little of evry thing but that is a lye I never done evry thing in my live you know telling a lie on the last of a year is not half as bad as on the first and to day was the last day and it was not verry warm either any part of it the first thing you know this is all for this year so I bid you a adieu and a god speed fare well Clarry K Cunningham 2/12 miles south of Columbus Grove Ohio

 

 

 

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Whoopie New Years Good-i-e-e-e

 

AD 1879  1879

 

Wed 1 went to ?????? Biel-Orelant? With Ceph for dr Eakin done nelby??

 

Wed 1 at

 

Thur 2 at home

 

April 8 1879                                                                             6m   20  1882

Tue 8 to one ½ days sawing for Reppart                                   ditched in four noon and

& Palmer for Hen Miller                                                           halled bolts to

not paid                                                                                    town in after noone

not paid yet                                                                              Brice Wilford

aug 20 1897                                                                                                     cunningham

                                                                                                Brice Wilford Cunningham

                                                                                                Wilford B Cunningham

                                                                                                Lpishie?

 

Clarrissa Kerlistea   Cunningham Col Grove

First of the year New years AD 1879

 

Weds 1 I was at home all day working like a toe head

                        Brice went to town got me a new pair of shoes for a new years gift  price ninety cents $0.90 fishiell

 

A welcome new years

 

A welcome new years years

June 20th 1882 1882

                                                B W Cunningham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                                    Dave Howells Work

 

                                    March 1879

                                                            Days                          Price

March  12        to one days work at      1 day    choping            50 per day

            13        to one day work at       1 day    C                     50

            14        to one ½ days work at ½ day  C                           25

            15        to one days wor       at  1 day   C                     50 per day

Sund    16           Commercial cases at Lima June 1879

Mon     17        to one days wor at        1 day    C                     50

Tues     18        to one days work          1 day    C                     50

Weds   19        to one days work at      1 day    C                     50

Thur     20        for ¾ days work           ¾ day   C                         37 ½

Fri        21

Sat       22       

Sun      23   

Mon     24        to one days work          1 day    choping            50

Tues     25        to one days work          1 day    ditching 50

Thur     27        to thd 3/ forths work     ¾ day   ditching     37 ½

Friday  28        to one days work          1 day    ditching 50

Saturday 29      to one half days wrok   ½ day   ditching     25

Sunday 30        at home all day you be brice cunningham

Mon     31        to one days work all     1 day    ditching 50

                                    April 1879

Tues     1st        to three forths day work ¾ day ditching 50

Weds   2nd        to one days work          1          all kinds            50

Fri        4          to one day hawling manure 1     manure             50

Sat       5          to one days work          1          choping&burning  50

Mon     7          to one days work          1          clearing 50

Tues     8          to one days work          1          clearing 50

Weds   9          to one days work          1          clearing 50

Thur     10        to one days work          1          clearing 50

Fri        11        to one day work           1          clearing 50        24 ½ day

                        12 to 3 ½ days work for                                               10.75c

                        Cephas D. Cunningham                                                3 ½

 

REST OF PAGE MISSING

 

 

 

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Nov 29 AD 1879

 

Da  J. F. Drew for  Ca

 

28 to on ½ day                         Dec 4 to work ditching 1 day

            framing 50               5 to ditching           1

29 to       Do                50

            Dec 1st 1879

1 to      8 bu + 44 ? ?? 2.92

 

 

 

 

 

C. D. Cunningham Jr.

            Da                    Dec 4 1879                  Ca

Dec 4   ditching by me              ¾         Sat 20 one load of wood          65

4        ditching by JF Drew  ¾

Dec 5   ditching by me ½

       5   ditching by JF Drew      ½

5        ditching by Sam Drew ½

 

 

Saml  S. Srew Cerion???

            Da                    Dec 1878                     Ca

Sat 6  to corn one bu                33 1/3  Fri 5  to one days ditching         1.00

Weds 10 10 corn one bu          33 1/3

Weds 17 to born one bu           33 1/3

  Squared for ditching  BWC

 

Sat 20 to corn one bu               33 1/3

 

 

 

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