Sat. Dec. 1st. It cleared off just after daylight W of N and clear and cool all day and a beautiful and pleasant day. Pa and Willie and I picked cotton all morn in Luckett field. Pa walked to Clara's and back in eve and Willie and Minnie drove Joe to Mrs. James' in eve. I threshed the tops of 2 pecan trees by Pa's room in eve and got about 2/3 of a pk and I packed and cut up some wood and milked.
Sun. 2nd. Nearly clear early in morn and a frost but a breeze from SE and cloudy after 10 in morn and rained some, slowly, late in night. Wiley went to his Pa's in morn and returned in eve and Rena and Bernice here all day. Pa and I packed and cut up some wood early in morn and I gathered nearly a pk of pecans by big road by 12 and Pa and I gathered nearly a 1/2 bu in orchard in eve and Bernice helped us some. Seymour and Buddy and Gordon here in eve. I milked in eve late and Willie returned from Mrs. James' at dusk and left Minnie there to stay a week.
Mon. 3rd. Dark cloudy all day, and drizzled and dropped rain all day from SE and from W or N of W late in eve and cool. We heard early in morn that Cohen's warehouse burned on yesterday morn and we lost Pa's bale of cotton and 1 of Willie's and mine. Pa and Wiley and Willie and I picked cotton most of day in Luckett field and finished all there but a little scraping on lower side. The cotton was nearly wet all day and we got wet some too all day. Wiley and Rena and baby dined here. Willie rode Joe to Seymour's late in eve and brought his mare mule home, and fed her, and put her in field at dark.
Tue. 4th. Cloudy and quite cool from W of N all morn and bright (after 12) all eve and clear late in eve and at night. Willie cleared up land by Luckett field in morn and some in eve and Pa finished scraping last of our cotton today. I caught 1 doz hens early in morn and carried them to Cohen's on cart (with Joe) at 8 3/4 in morn to 1 1/4 in eve and got 10 lbs of coffee (at 15cts) and 9 of meal and coal oil and matches. I packed and cut up some wood late in eve. Clara and Tigner here in eve and Rena and baby too.
Wed. 5th. Bright and cold early in morn - a slight freeze and white frost - but sun shined most of day and pleasant in sunshine after 10 in morn. Willie cleared land toward Luckett field in morn and I led Joe to cart to Seymour's early in morn and carried a molasses barrel and Bob F measured up 20 gal of syrup (which we are to pay 35 cts per gal for) and he gave us 5 gal. I got home at 10 1/2 and I hauled a load of wood from by Luckett field by 12 and Willie and I hauled a load from NW of Wiley's in eve and I shucked some corn for bread late in eve. I had a dull headache all day and night too.
Thu. 6th. Bright, and sun shined most of day - and a frost in morn - but pleasant after 9 in morn. Willie cleared toward Luckett field today and I shucked and shelled some bread corn early in morn and 3 of Cohen's wagons came and left here at 11 3/4 with the last 3 loads of our cotton. I rode Joe to Cohen's in eve and sold the 3 bales, weighing 1526, to Cohen at 9 1/2 cts. and the seed for $16.17 and Cohen paid me for the seed and gave me a due bill for the cotton money. I got home at 6 3/4.
Fri. 7th. Bright, but some clouds, and quite cool from NW and dry but sun shined most of day and pleasant in sunshine. Willie drove Joe to Mrs. James' in morn and brought Minnie home at dark (she had been out there since last Sat.). I shucked and shelled some bread corn in morn and some in eve and Pa and I gathered some pecans in morn and some in eve - about 1/2 bu in all. Rena and baby here all day and Wiley dined here too.
Sat. 8th. Bright, nearly clear, and a white frost in morn and a chilly breeze from NE but sun shined all day and pleasant in sunshine after 10 in morn. I led Joe to cart and carried 2 3/4 bu corn for us and 1 bu for Wiley to Primm place early in morn and I stopped at Seymour's and paid Bob F $7 for the molasses (20 gal) got on last Wed. I got home at 10 3/4. Bro. Cristler here at 12 to 2 1/2 and I gave him some potatoes and pecans. Willie rode Joe to town and back in eve and Pa walked to Clara's and back in eve. I gathered a few pecans in eve. Three wagons hauled last of Wiley's cotton to Cohen's and they ginned it today.
Sun. 9th. Bright and cold and dry from NW - a white frost in morn and a slight freeze - but pleasant in sunshine after 10 in morn. Willie and I walked to Wiley's early in morn and we put all of dry cattle in field (and milk cows too). Wiley and Rena and baby and Buddy and Gordon and Dixie and Ruby here most of day and B C and Lewis here too in eve.
Mon. 10th. Bright and cold and dry - a white frost in morn and a light freeze - but sun shined most of day and pleasant in sunshine. Willie and Wiley and I drove all of our calves and put them in Coon field early in morn and put cows in our field and I led Joe to cart to Cohen's and Wiley rode his Leggett horse there and we paid land note ($106.25). Wiley paid all of it and Cohen paid balance on Wiley's cotton to him and paid balance on Willie's and my cotton to me ($103.45) and I gave 60 dollars of it to Willie and he rode Gaulden to town and paid our taxes and church dues and Wiley went on to town and paid his debt too and he and Willie returned at 2 1/2 in eve. Rena and baby here all day. I got a bbl of flour at Cohen's and paid for it ($4.25) and got home at 12 and I hauled a cart load of wood from NW of Wiley's in eve.
Tue. 11th. Bright and cool and dry - frost in morn - a white one, but sun shined all day and calm and pleasant after 10 in morn. Wiley cleaned and oiled Pa's clock in morn. Willie was sick today and yesterday too, with headache and some little fever and he fired his clearing at back of our field in eve. I hauled 2 cart loads of wood from NW of Wiley's in morn and 2 in eve with Joe.
Wed. 12th. Cloudy and chilly from E in morn and dropped rain at 11 1/2 and began to rain slowly at 1 1/2 and lasted all eve and all night and hard part of night. Willie killed 3 squirrels in morn. I rode Joe to Cohen's in morn and carried some sewing and left there for Mrs. Ida Hunt and I got 8 yds of jeans and 3 prs of white wool socks for Pa and a pr of ready made jean pants for myself and paid for all. I returned at 11 1/2 and I cut up some wood just after dinner and took bbls of cotton seed from under shed at barn and put cart under shed. I milked and fed in a slow rain late in
Thu. 13th. Cloudy, and no sun, and quite cool, and misted rain most of day from E of N and ground very wet. Willie rode Joe to Clara's in morn and returned at 11 3/4. I walked to Wiley's in morn and he and I ran down and caught some old hens to sell and we tried to catch his old red rooster but he dodged us and Willie and Wiley and I caught him in eve. I caught 3 of our old hens too and put in coop to sell. I gathered about 1/2 pk of pecans in morn and in eve together.
Fri. 14th. Bright and quite cool in morn early but sun shined all day and pleasant after 10 in morn and calm. Pa walked to Clara's in morn and returned in eve. I drove Joe to cart to Cohen's in morn and carried 6 hens for us and 7 hens and 1 rooster for Wiley and I got 10 lbs of lard, and a ball of mattress twine, and 1/2 sk of salt for Wiley and I got 3 prs of socks and 3 yds of lowells and 1 sk of salt for us. I carried the salt to Wiley's and he and I divided it by weighing it. I got home at 1 1/2. Cousins Tom and Gus stopped here a little while in eve (on way to Lewis').
Sat. 15th. Bright and cool from N but pleasant in sunshine after 10 in morn. Willie drove Joe to town in morn and got some butter at Schaefer's which Mrs. James sent there for us and he paid our subscription to Woodville Republican (in advance) and he got an ax and handle for Pa and some other things and returned at 1 3/4 in eve. I cut some wood NW of Wiley's most of morn and I made 2 new lowell girths in eve for Willie and myself. Nellie and Minnie and Dean scoured and cleaned up house most of day.
Sun. 16th. Bright, nearly clear, and a little frost in morn - but pleasant after 9 in morn - and a calm and beautiful day. Wiley went to his Pa's in morn early and returned late in eve. I walked to Wiley's early in morn and Rena and baby came back with me. Willie and Minnie walked to B C's in morn and returned late in eve. Nellie and Rena and baby walked to Lewis' in eve. Bob Fugler here a little while in eve.
Mon. 17th. Bright, and cool and dry, and sun shined most of day, and warm in eve. Nellie and Rena and Bernice drove Bonnie and Wiley rode on horseback in morn and returned late in eve. Willie cleared in morn and I rode Joe to Cohen's in eve to see about renting land. I hauled 4 piling cart loads of wood from NW of Wiley's in morn (I cut the wood on last Sat morn) and I mended cart breeching and put Pa's new ax on a handle and cut up wood in eve.
Tue. 18th. Bright and cool in morn and warmer in eve and some dark clouds. Willie cleared toward Luckett field in morn and in eve too and Pa walked to Seymour's in morn and got our 2 cane knives and he cut down some stalks in orchard in morn and in eve too. I cut and hauled wood most of day from NW of Wiley's. I hauled 3 piling cart loads and 2 in eve (with Joe).
Wed. 19th. It rained slowly just before day and cloudy and a damp breeze from S all day and dropped and sprinkled rain some in morn and some in eve and a thundercloud blew up from NW at 4 in eve and we had a hard rain and some little hail and quit at 5 and turned cooler. Pa cut some corn stalks in orchard today and Wiley and Willie sawed and bolted some red oak timber for boards toward Luckett field in morn and in eve too. I packed a locust post from back of our field and fixed the 2 gates to garden by 10 in morn and some of fence between water gap and cow pen and brought a heavy sk of red oak bark from roadside of calf pasture and cut up some wood and drew some water for Aunt Margaret to wash with by 11 3/4. Clara here in morn awhile and Nellie cut out some dresses for her and Bob Fugler brought 3 dresses for Nellie to make for Ida's children in morn. I cut up some wood and walked to Wiley's and back for Nellie in eve. I had a dull headache all day but it left me in night.
Thu. 20th. It sprinkled and drizzled rain from NW at 4 to 6 in morn and cloudy and a cold wind from there all morn and cleared off in eve. Wiley and Willie and I hunted our hogs early in morn and I found them out N of orchard and tolled them in calf pasture and got 2 young sows in hog pen and we killed and dressed them by 12 and cut them up and salted them down in eve and made some sausage and left out good deal for lard. Wiley and Bernice here most of day. Nellie and Minnie and Aunt Margaret cooked cakes most of day.
Fri. 21st. Bright, nearly clear, and frost and a very slight freeze in morn - but wind from SW after 10 in morn and pleasant. Nellie and Minnie cooking most of day and Aunt Margaret cooked lard here. Willie and I went to Wiley's early in morn (I led Joe to cart and carried the big kettle) and we killed 2 young sows and dressed and cut them up and salted them down by 12 and Willie came on home and I dined there and I got home at 1 1/2. I worked the 2 forks of our road where it goes into big road with my hoe and caught 3 hens and put into pen for Charlie Paine. Pa walked to Clara's and back in eve.
Sat. 22nd. Some dark spots of clouds all morn and eve too, but sun shined part of time, and a damp SW wind all day, and began to rain in little showers at 4 in eve and lasted till 7 at night and quit. I drove Joe to buggy to town early in morn and got some little things for Nellie and Rena and I got a pr of pants for myself at Rothschild's ($2.50) and I came home by Cohen's by 1 3/4 in eve and I walked to Wiley's and back and milked cows in rain late in eve. Robert James came at 6 1/2 at night.
Sun. 23rd. Bright, and sun shined most of day, but dimly and cloudy some all day and a cool breeze from N or W of N. Robert James went home in morn and I walked to Wiley's field early in morn and saw Joe with Wiley's horses - he didn't come up in morn (I put him out on yesterday eve, first time). Wiley and Rena and baby here most of day and Nellie and Rena and baby and Wiley walked to Sims' in eve and I walked to Lewis' and back by 3 1/4 in eve. Willie Kaigler and wife and 2 children here in eve awhile. Pa walked to Clara's and back in eve.
Mon. 24th. Clear, and a little frost in morn, and a gentle breeze from W of N and pleasant in sunshine after 10 in morn. Wiley drove his Leggett horse to town and on to Mr. Kendrick's and brought Miss Adah to his house in eve to stay for a few days and Willie rode Joe fox hunting in morn and on to town and returned after sunset. I peeled some coconuts early in morn and I gathered up some pine knots in Sims' field and left them to haul on cart at 9 to 12. Robert James dined here. Nellie and Minnie and Aunt Margaret cooking most of day. Nellie went to Wiley's at dusk to stay all night.
Tue. 25th. Clear, and a slight freeze and a white frost in morn -but calm, and pleasant after 10 in morn. I walked to Wiley's and back by 9 1/4 and brought some goblets and eggs and milk and Wiley and Rena and baby and Miss Adah and B C and Dixie and Rubie and Seymour and Buddy here most of day. We had an eggnog and cakes at 11 and a nice dinner at 2 1/4. Lewis and West here awhile in eve and all went to Lewis' except Pa and myself at night to fiddle and returned at 10.
Wed. 26th. Bright, and a little frost in morn, but a damp breeze from SW all day and cloudy some and warmer in eve. Willie cleared toward Luckett field in morn and Pa cut stalks in orchard and I hauled 1 cart load of pine knots from our and Sims' fields and a load from toward Luckett's by 11 1/2 in morn and I hauled 2 cart loads of wood from NW of Wiley's in eve. Robert and Wiley and Mary James and Misses Em and Jennie Boatner came in eve early and Miss Mollie Tucker and Lewis' children here too and Buddy and Wiley fiddled some in eve and some at night till 9.
Thu. 27th. Cloudy, and a damp breeze from SW and thundered in NW most of morn, and began to rain in slow showers at 12 1/2 and lasted most of eve and night too. I worked road on S side of our calf pasture where the cave is most of morn and packed a sk of oak bark from back gate of calf pasture at 11 1/4 to 12. Pa cleaned up ground in orchard in morn and Willie and West and Robert and Willie James and Wiley went hunting in morn. Nellie and Rena and baby and Miss Adah K walked to Dixie's in morn and returned in rain late in eve. Nellie stayed at Wiley's at night. Mary James and Misses Em and Jennie Boatner here last night and again tonight.
Fri. 28th. It rained nearly all of last night and till after sunrise and dark cloudy and warm and began to mist rain again at 11 in morn and lasted most of eve and all night and wind was from NE all eve and night and quite cool. I walked to Wiley's in morn at 9 to 11 and again in eve and Nellie came back with me in eve. Robert and Willie and Mary James and Misses Em and Jennie Boatner went home in eve.
Sat. 29th. Dark cloudy and rained slowly all day and night too and a very cool wind from NE or N of E. It rained in little showers part of time and only dropped rain part of time. Willie rode Joe to Clara's in morn and returned late in eve. I walked to Wiley's in morn and Rena and Miss Adah came with me (and I packed Bernice) here at 9 3/4 in morn and Wiley came at 11. Wiley and I caught a black rooster and 2 pullets in eve and I helped him to carry them to his house and put them in a coop in eve. We owe the chickens to Wiley. I cut up wood and milked late in eve.
Sun. 30th. Dark cloudy and rained all last night and till 2 in eve today from SE till 11 1/2 in morn and blew up from N of W then and bright some late in eve and at night and cooler from W. Nellie walked to Wiley's in morn and returned late in eve. I walked to Wiley's at 1 to 3 in eve and Willie and Minnie there too in eve awhile. I cut up wood and milked late in eve.
Mon. 31st. Cloudy, but bright, and sun shined some little and chilly most of day. Wind from NE and began to rain slowly at dark and lasted all night. Wiley took Miss Adah K home in morn and went on to Clara's to dine and Pa and Minnie walked there too in morn and Willie rode Dan to Hill place, hunting a hand to hire by the year, and
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