Monday, August 29, 2016

Amanuensis Monday, 2016 August 29: J.P.McPherson's Diary, April 1 through June 30, 1855

Diary entries for April 1 through June 30, 1855

APRIL, 1855
James P. McPherson Diary,
Entries for April 1 through
April 28, 1855

1st Sun. At W. Hendersons, J. McCaugheys & M. L. Curtis.
2nd Mon. Hauling Straw from Morrisons – At Hendersons for waggon rack
3rd Tues. At Town Meeting. Elected Town Clerk.
4th Wed. Recd. Compendium of Census from Ben. C. Eastman. Recd letter from Wm Davidson, Rockford Ill. Hauling rails.
5th Thurs. Qualified Messers McCord, North & Halverson. Walked to Poor House in the evening.
6th Fri. At Madison with Messers Dow & Layton.
7th Sat. DO DO Returned to Poor house.
8th Sun. Returned home.
9th Mon. Laying up fence. At Beats for Potatoes & wheat
10th Tues. DO DO At Shumway and H. Lewis. Qualified Gilbert Oleson.
11th Wed. DO DO
12th Thurs. DO DO Took Mrs. Wallace affidavit. Raining – handled grubing hoe
13th Fri. DO DO assisted by Mr. Morrison. Posted letters to A. Adamson, W. Davidson, G. .B. Smiith, J. P. Attwood, & Wm. Menzie.
14th Sat. Ploughing forenoon. At Poor house afternoon.
15th Sun. At Ivor Thorsons to see cows for Poor house.
16th Mon. Ploughing. Bargained with Ivor Thorson for cows, agreeing to give him a yoke of steers and 7 dollars for 2 cows for poor house. Bot. Heifer calf for $4.
17th Tues. I. Thorson Brot. Calf and took cows to P. house. Ploughing and making drag.
18th Wed. Laying up fence, assisted forenoon by Mr. Morrison. Recd. letters from G. B. Smith & Judge Attwood. Working at drag afternoon.
19th Thurs. Ploughing.
20th Fri. PO PO Posted letter enclosing $2, to W. C. Bryant & Co.
21st Sat. Making out tax lists, with Malone & Halverson.
22nd Sun. At home. Paid Miles 13 cents for postage in advance on E. Post.
23rd Mon. Ploughing. Qualified John I.. Berge for Justice of the Peace.
24th Tues. Working at drag forenoon – Ploughing afternoon. Billy at Mt. Vernon.
25th Wed. (“Sowed &” lined out //JGH) draging. Laying up fence.
26th Thurs. Sowed & draging wheat
27th Fri. DO DO Posted letter to L Ingalsby.
28th Sat. DO DO
29th Sun. At Miles & home.
30th Mon. Sowing & draging wheat on breaking.

MAY, 1855
1st Tues. DO DO At Poor house with J. Blowers.
2nd Wed. Raining. Cut pants for Billy, Jim & Jabez.
3rd Thurs. Sowing & draging wheat on breaking. Drew Mortgage for Nash.
4th Fri. Recd. $20, from L.Ingalsby on Note, which paid to Mr. McCaughey. Posted letters to F. H. Firman & John Beath. Sowing wheat.
5th Sat. Sowing & draging wheat.
6th Sun. Sheep had a Buck Lamb. Helped Beard to pull his cow out of Stevensons marsh. At Housels in the afternoon.
7th Mon. Sowing & draging wheat.
8th Tues. DO DO forenoon. Ploughing afternoon.
9th Wed. Ploughing. Planted Potatoes.
10th Thurs. DO Planted Potatoes.
11th Fri. DO (“At Beards for Potatoes” lined out //JGH) Wm. Cairncross and family arrived.
12th Sat. PLoughing. At Beards for Potatoes.
13th Sun. At Wm. Cairncross.
14th Mon. Ploughing forenoon. Cleaning up grain afternoon.
15th Tues. DO Afternoon. DO forenoon.
16th Wed. Sowed oats. At Mass' Store forenoon. Recd letter from Wm. Davidson. W. Cairncross Ploughing for me.
17th Thurs. Sowing oats. Measured D. Beat for coat. Visited by S. Lamont, W. Menzie, Yesterday visited by S. Shumway & W. Henderson. Planted Potatoes & Sowed onions.
18th Fri. Sowing oats. Visited by Mrs. Wallace. Stewart Cairncross ploughing yesterday and today. Posted letter to F. H. Firman.
19th Sat. Finished draging oats. S. Cairncross finished ploughing before noon. At Lamonts with grist and at Beats for potatoes.
20th Sun. At Home.
21st Mon. Draging & Planting corn & Potatoes.
22nd Tues. DO DO
23rd Wed. Planting corn forenoon. Made out road notices for Mr. McLean. Visited by Mr. & Mrs. Picket, afternoon.
24th Thurs. Planting corn.
25th Fri. Planting Potatoes. Sowed carrots, Beats, Parsnips & Peas.
26th Sat. Draging and Planting Potatoes on new breaking east of wheat.
27th Sun. At Oleys & Lamonts.
28th Mon. At Madison, with Lamonts, Cairncross & J. Edi. Billy took Jim Blowers to the Poor House.
29th Tues. Planting Potatoes. Sowed Peas. Got home grist. (“30th Wed. Sheared Sheep.” lined out //JGH) Recd. Notice of Stray horses from A. Malone. Mary at Morrisons P.M.
30th Wed. Sheared 5 sheep. Sowed Salad – planted Melons yesterday.
31st Thurs. Helping W. Cairncross to lay up brush fence.

JUNE, 1855
1st Fri. At the Valley House, Cross Plains. Raining all day. Stopt all night with T Blackburn. Commenced to take Census. Posted letters to L. Ingalsby and Land office.
2nd Sat. At Valley House with Messers Douglas & Wright. Took Cnsus in N.E. quarter of town.
3rd Sun. At home. Visited by Messers Connor & McCaughey and Mr____. ( (JPMcPherson’s line //JGH)
4th Mon. Fixing fence. Sheared 4 Sheep.
5th Tues. Fixing fence. Cut vest for Geo. Searle. Drew Mortgage for J. Bunnell. Planted top onions. Visited by Mrs. Morrison & Blake.
6th Wed. Planted Beans and Cucumbers & Set out Cabbage. Recd Town Plat from Land Office.
7th Thurs. Clearing for breakings & fixing fence. Girded trees.
8th Fri. At Madison. Making report to County Judge of proceedings on claims against estate of R Wright.
9th Sat. Planting beans and clearing for breaking.
10th Sun. Visited by Mr. & Mrs. Brown. Married Robert Craig and Mrs. Wallace. Went to home with the party to Mr. Craigs.
11th Mon. John Oley commenced to break for me. Self and boys clearing for breaking
12th Tues. DO DO Visited by L. Ingalsby.
13th Wed. John Oley finished breaking afternoon.
14th Thurs. Making coat for D. Beat. Visited by Mr. North and Ivor Thorson. Boys planting corn on the sod. Paid Mrs,. McCoughey $57.
15th Fri. Sewing. Boys planting corn. Posted letters to Argus, Patriot & Journal, Madison.
16th Sat. Finished D. Beats Coat. Boys planting corn. Visited by Wm. Beard & Messers Thomas & Miles.
17th Sun. Mr. Beat got his coat. At Mr. Miles.
18th Mon. At Mount Vernon. Took census of Village.
19th Tues. At Wista with Evor Thorson. Stopt at E. Terrys

20th Wed. At Ole Andersons with Evor Thorson. Demanded E. T.s boy, which O.A. refused to give up except upon payment of $900, or $150 per year for his support. Rode to Shullsburgh and engaged L. P. Higbee, Esq., to Sue out writ of Habeaus Corpus. Received letter from H & R. Radcliff.
21st Thurs. Obtained a writ of Habias Corpus which I served on O. Anderson. Stopt all night in Wista.
22nd Fri. Rode to Shullsburgh. Returned & answer to writ of Habias Corpus made before Judge Marvin, who adjourned the case 2 weeks. Rode to Wista where me stopt all night.
23rd Sat. Returned home.
24th Sun. At home. Visited by Mrs. Morrison & daughters.
25th Mon. Working on the road.
26th Tues. Hoeing corn. At Mass's Store
27th Wed. DO DO & weeding garden.
28th Thurs. At E. Thorsons, Guston Thomsons, & T. Bentleys taking census and Subpoening witnesses.
29th Fri. Posted letters to R. Radcliff. Hoeing corn.
30th Sat. Hoeing corn forenoon – At M. L. Curtis' afternoon.

End of diary entries for April 1 through  
June 30, 1855

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 © Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Face From the Past, 2016 August 26: An Orphan Photo of an Unknown Baby in Corvallis, Oregon

This charming baby photograph is sadly unknown.  I love everything about this photo;  the eyes which must have been blue; the well brushed blonde hair; the very nice looking outfit (wish that I knew the color);  the little shoes; the bit of lace showing below the outfit; and even the blanket or shawl on which the babe is "sitting."  Even the photographer's name, D. G. Graham, and the city where he worked,  intrigue me.  However, none of these things bring me any closer to knowing more about this sweet babe.  The only Keyes kin that might have had a baby in Corvallis would be Margaret Keyes Newton and her husband Abiathar Barrett Newton.  Or it could be a visiting relative's child, or a child of a friend.

If any one recognizes this baby from Corvallis, please contact me via the email address in the CONTACT button at the upper right of this blog.   

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Amanuensis Monday (Addendum) 2016 August 22: J.P.McPherson's Diary, January 1 through March 31, 1855


In 1855, the family of James P. McPherson and family increased by one, with the birth on 27 January, of Mary Jane McPherson. The family was still living in the small log cabin he built in 1850. James P. McPherson was 38 years of age and would turned 39 late in the year, on 14 November. Mary turned 33 just three days after the birth of baby Mary Jane. The new baby then made a family of eight; the parents, and six children, William, age 12; James, age 10; Jabez, age 8; Anne, age 5; and Elizabeth, age 3, and newborn Mary Jane. 

As you may remember, the boys all had their mother's maiden name of Burns as their middle name.  Anne's middle name was Adamson, the last name of her aunt and uncle, Anne and Thomas Adamson.  Elizabeth Spink McPherson was named after her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Spink of Arbroath, Scotland.  Her maternal grandmother's first name was also Elizabeth (Elizabeth Horrock Burns).  Baby Mary Jane carried the name of her mother as well as of her great grandmother Mary Burn(s), who had lived in Lancashire, England.

Winter in Wisconsin is cold and snowy, so it is not surprising that much of James P.'s time around the farm was devoted to chopping wood and hauling wood, which included fire wood and rails for fencing. As we have seen in the past year, McPherson's income had increased well past the barter only stage. He also paid Weise and William Morich $11.75 for finishing a 1000 rails. Then he used, at least, some of the rails to fix a fence around the hay.

He also fixed his sled. It would seem that this would be an ox-drawn sled by which he could haul wood in the snow. In addition to hauling wood and rails, he also hauled ice for himself and Mr. Morrison.

His livestock increased, as Cow Bass had a heifer calf, and the first lamb was born of his sheep that he brought home from the Poor Farm. At the first of February, he also killed, butchered, and salted a 120 lb. hog. As we have seen before, he was helped in this endeavor by his neighbor, Thomas Miles.

His wife Mary was ill on 11 January. In fact she was so ill that James P. went to Dr. Rowley, but he was not home. A few days later, on 14 January, Mrs. Morrison and Mrs. Miles visited. Two days later, James P. again went to see Dr. Rowley. Then on 27 January, “about 7 o'clock in the evening,” Mary had a daughter.

Our diary writer, tacked on the news of a daughter's birth after noting that he had haul wood with Mr. Morrison, and before he wrote that he had Qualified Wheeler and Flick as appraisers of R. Menzies's land. He also paid Salamanson's daughter in the amount of $1.34. Although, he did not say why he paid her, it would seem likely, with Mary being ill and pregnant, they hired Salamanson's daughter help Mary with the household chores and children, especially the two younger girls, Anne and Elizabeth.

On 19 February, James P. noted that he was at home, and they had the “first” visit from Dr. Rowley. James P. tended to be spare with his words, so when he wrote first visit, he was drawing attention to the incident. He might have been impressed that Dr. Rowley visited, but I think it more likely that he was indicating that Dr. Rowley did not follow up with his patients like James P. thought he should. Putting feelings into a diary entry is not something that I usually do, but here the first visit sounded odd.

On the 31st, McPherson wrote that “Mrs. Wallace delivered of a baby.” An odd notation, in that there had been no mention of Mrs. Wallace, or a Mr. Wallace. Perhaps Mary assisted in the delivery, or perhaps there was some other reason this birth was mentioned.

Even through the snowy winter, Springdale folks found time to visit one another. During this quarter, more couples visited the McPhersons than in the past; these included, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lamount, Mr. and Mrs. John Beat, Mr. and Mrs. James Beard, Mr. and Mrs. Furman Housel. Other visitors included Mrs. McGregor, Mrs. Morrison, and David Bright. James P. McPherson often visited these same folks, and after the birth of baby Mary Jane, Mary McPherson visited the Miles family.

As for his sewing endeavors, McPherson also made a vest for himself, cut a coat for Billy, made a jacket for Jabez, and cut a jacket for James. In addition, he sewed for a number of his neighbors and friends; vests for Thomas Miles, William Beats (which he had to alter), and pants & vest for R. Lamount.


On a personal level, he received and posted a several letters to Alexander and William Cairncross, and Anne Adamson. He also received a letter late in March from Alexander Cairncross, Jr.

He also wrote and received several letters relating to County and Poor Farm business; to and from J. P. Walker, Ben C. Eastman, W. R. Taylor, Mr. Dow, and Senator Giles. He also sent letters to Layton, Mallette, D. Williams, E. Richardson, J. Beath and C. Watkins. At this time, there is no indication of the intent of these letters. James P. also wrote to “Cronkite, NY” on Ivor Thoreson's request to inquire about of land.


During this quarter, McPherson still wore several “community hats;” Town Clerk, Justice of the Peace, Superintendent for the County Poor Farm, and Assistance Clerk of the County Board of Supervisors.

He started out the year, 2 January, by stopping over night at the Poor house on his way to Madison. When in Madison, he spent the next four days, “attending to Poor house business” and acting as assistant Clerk of the County Board of Supervisors. He left Madison on 7 January, a Sunday, and “stopt” at the Poor house at noon, while on his way home.

The next week, 16 January, he met Mr. W.R. Taylor and Mr. Dow at the Poor house. He left the next day around 10 AM and went to Mass's store. He also “paid Samuel Lamount $24 on account of Pork for Poor house.”

The diary also reflects that James P. was busy with Poor house business during the second and third weeks of February. He was in Madison and stopped at the Poor house on the way to and or from. He met twice with W. R. Taylor and Mr. Dow. The diary reflected that on 17 February “bound out children.In that era “bound out” meant that orphan children or children whose parents were unable to care for them, were apprenticed or “bound out” for a trade or as a “servant.” The person taking on the children as an apprentice or servant were to provide for their shelter, food and clothing. The children were to obey the person until the age of 21, which was the end of the apprenticeship or job as servant.
On 3 March, McPherson “bot” a yoke of oxen from I. Thorenson for the Poor Farm. Later that month, on 19 March, he stopped at the Poor house when he went on to Madison. He also took in the theatre on that night in Madison. He was also at the Poor house and Madison on 19 March when it was very snowy and then again on 23 March.

James P.'s position as assistant County Clerk also consumed a significant portion of his time. He was in Madison from 2 January through 6 January, during which time he was acting in his position as assistant Clerk of the County Board of Supervisors.

Between 14 March and 25 March, a great amount of McPherson's time was spent on an issue of trespass upon county lands. It is not clear whether this activity was related to his position as Superintendent of the Poor or his position as assistant Clerk of the County Board of Supervisors, or both. However, based on the folks involved, it appears that the trespass may have been on the County's Poor Farm lands. The situation came to the fore on 14 March when he went to Madison and “called upon Mr. Brill and Mr. Taylor, in reference to Tresspassers on County land.” The next day he tried to meet with Mr. Brill, who was away, but did meet with Mr. Brill on 16 March. He then consulted with W. H. Orton, District Attorney on prosecution.

Mr. Orton drew up a complaint “to which I made affidavit before Squire Braley.” McPherson then took the warrant to the Sheriff. Then on 20 March he was at the county land with Mr. Brill, C. Ulmars, and Kanouses. They found a “German hauling wood off of the land.” It appears that the “German” thought the land was his because on 21 March, James P. “engaged Mr. Drake to survey county land, and Mr. Brill and German to assist on Saturday first.” He then took out a warrant against Abram Wolfe (the “German”???). He later met with Mr. Menzies and German who had been trespassing (possibly using his friend Menzies as a translator????).

On 24 March, McPherson is again at County land with Mr. Drake and “Messers Gallagher and C. Ulmars.” When he was in Madison on the 25 and 26 of March, he attended the trial of Wallbridge. He left Madison at 8 pm. and said that he walked all the way back to Springdale, which was at least twenty miles.

Also during this first quarter of 1855, McPherson performed the following tasks;
    Drew up Chattel Mortgage for John Bartell;
    Drew up road Petition and notices for J. Connor;
    Qualified S. Wheeler and J. Flick as appraisers of R. Menzies  property;
    Made out remonstrance from Mr. Lyle against Alteration of ridge road;
    Writing for Axium Malone; and
    Writing to Cronkite about land for Ivor Thoreson.
    In addition, he wrote notes about the history of Springdale for Mr.Teeney.

McPherson's community and political activities for this first quarter of 1855 ended when he returned from from Madison and on 27 March, attended the town meeting at M. L. Curtis. His diary had this cryptic notation, “Whigs and pretended Democrats made nominations of town officers.” The next day he was “writing the minutes of the Town Meeting, etc.”


Anne Adamson
John Bartwell
James P. Beard
Salome (Newell)Beard
David Beat
James Beat
William Beat
Henry Boland
J. Beath
Anthony Bright
David Bright
Richard Blackburn
Alexander Cairncross
Alexander Cairncross, Jr.
William Cairncross & wife
Hall Chase Chandler
J. Connor
M. L. Curtis
Mr. Dow
J. Flick
James Lyle
Senator Giles
Furman Housel & wife
Samuel Lamount
R. Lamount
D. McDonald
Mrs. McGregor
Billy McPherson
Jabez McPherson
James McPherson
Christian Morich
Axium Malone

William Menzies
Thomas B. Miles
Miles (wife)
Morrison & wife
William Morich
W. A Orton (Dane Co. Dist. Atty)
D. Pickett
E. Richardson
Dr. Rowley
J. Salamanson & daughter
S. Shumway
W. R. Taylor
H. A. Teeney
Ivor Thoreson
C. Ulmars
J. P. Walker
Mrs. Wallace
C. Watkins
D. Williams
Abram Wolfe

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 © Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications

Monday, August 22, 2016

Amanuensis Monday, 2016 August 22: J.P.McPherson's Diary, January 1 through March 31, 1855

Diary entries for January 1 through March 31, 1855

Diary of James P. McPherson,
January 1 through March 31, 1855

Courtesy of the Margaret Burns McPherson Burmeister
Family Archives

1st Mon. At Mount Vernon forenoon. At Mr. Miles, P.M. & evening.
2nd Tues. Hauling wood. Started for Madison. Stopt at Poor house all night.
3rd to 6th At Madison, acting as assistant Clerk of County Board of Supervisors, and attending to Poor house business.
7th Sun. Left Madison. Stopt at Poor house at noon. Rode home with Dd Bright.
8th Mon. At Hendersons for waggon – hauling wood.
9th Tues. Hauling wood for Morrison forenoon. At Mount Vernon, afternoon, with Mr. & Mrs. Miles.
10th Wed. Chopping and Splitting rails.
11th Thurs. DO DO Mary sick all night
12th Fri. At Dr. Rowleys forenoon – did not find him.
13th Sat. Making vest for Self.
14th Sun. At home. Visited by Mrs Morrison & Miles.
15th Mon. Splitting rails and hauling wood till noon when it began to snow.
16th Tues. At Poor house with Messers Dow & Taylor. Called upon Dr. Rowley in the evening.
17th Wed. Left Poor house at 10 o'clock A.M. At Mass's Store. Paid S. Lamont $29, on acct. – of Pork for Poor house. Recd letter from Cairncross.
18th Thurs. Cut coat for Billy.
19th Fri. Sewing. Hauling wood. Posted letters to Layton and Cairncross.
20th Sat. Chopping. Hauling wood & rails. Drew Chattel Mortgage for John Bartell. Wiese & Wm. Morich finished 1000 rails for me for which I paid them $11.25.
21st Sun. Very Stormy – Snowing with high winds and cold.
22nd Mon. Hauling rails.
23rd Tues. DO DO Paid $1.34 to J. Salamanson Daughter.
24th Wed. Drew road Petition and notices for J. Connor. Iver Thoreson requested me to write to New York about land.
25th Thurs. Hauling rails, fixing fence round hay
26th Fri. Made Jacket for Jabez. Posted letter to Cronkite, N.Y.
27th Sat. Hauling wood for Self and Morrison. Mary had a daughter about 7 o'clock evening.
27th Sat. Qualified S. Wheeler and J. Flick, as appraisers of R. Menzies property.
28th Sun. At home. Visited by Mrs. McGregor & Mr. & Mrs. Beard.
29th Mon. At C. Morich's, Marquarett's (“&” lined out //JGH) H. Bolands and Chandlers. Made out remonstrance for Mr Lyle against Alteration of ridge road.
30th Tues. Hauled rails and ice.
31st Wed. DO DO and wood for Self and Morrison.

1st Thurs. DO DO
2nd Fri. Killed hog weighing 120 lbs, assisted by Mr. Miles. Writing for Malone.
3rd Sat. Salted hog, etc.
4th Sun. At home. Visited by Mr. & Mrs. Lamont & Malone.
5th Mon. Fixing Sled. Very cold.
6th Tues. DO DO Left for Madison afternoon. Stopt at Poor house all night.
7th Wed. Rode into Madison with D. Picket. Met with Messers Taylor and Dow on Poor house business. At Theatre in the evening. Posted letter to Cairncross.
8th Thurs. At Madison with Messers Dow & Taylor.
9th Fri; DO DO
10th Sat. DO Mr. DO Posted letters to Mallette, D. Williams and E. Richardson. Sent letters to J. Beath, and C. Watkins. Returned home.
11th Sun. At home. At Miles in the evening.
12th Mon. Cut vest for Mr. Miles.
13th Tues. Cut vest for Wm. Beat. Hauled wood.
14th Wed. Working about the house – no mail.
15th Thurs. Hauled wood. Visited by S. Lamont. Mail came today.
16th Fri. At Madison & Poor house. Posted letter to J. P. Walker & B. C. Eastman.
17th Sat. DO DO Bound out Children. Returned home in the evening.
18th Sun. At home. Visited by J. Beat, Beards, and Mr. & Mrs. Housel.
19th Mon. At home. First visit from Dr. Rowley.
20th Tues. At Mr. Housels for (bottom of page not shown in photocopy //JGH)
21st Wed. Recd letters from A., W. & Mrs. Cairncross. Visited by J. Connor. Cleaning wheat.
22nd Thurs. Started for Wheeler & Galts Mill with Mr. Beard.
23rd Fri. Returned home form Mill. Cow Bass had a heifer calf. Posted letters to Taylor, Dow, and Senator Giles.
24th Sat. At Poor Farm for my sheep, 9 in number.
25th Sun. At home. These last 4 days very cold.
26th Mon. Hauled wood – Sewing.
27th Tues. Sewing at W. Beats Vest.
28th Wed. DO DO Recd. letters from Taylor, Dow, Giles and W. Cairncross.

MARCH, 1855
1st Thurs. Hauled wood. At Ivor Thorsons & Blackburns.
2nd Fri. Posted letter to W. R. Taylor. Hauled wood. Barnet, Brink commenced suit against D. Bright.
3rd Sat. Finished and took home Wm. Beats vest. .Bot. Yoke of oxen from I. Thorson for Poor Farm.
4th Sun. At home. Mary at Miles. First lamb came. Made out notes of Town History for H. A. Tenney.
5th Mon. Hauled wood forenoon. Started for Madison afternoon – water very high – got wet between Lamonts and Menzies and returned home.
6th Tues. Doing very little all day.
7th Wed. Issued warrant for Dd & Anthony Bright on complaint of Barnet, Brink. Suit between the above parties removed from before me to Squire Shumway, and decided against Brink on defective process.
8th Thurs. Working about the house
9th Fri. At Poor Farm & Madison – road heavy.
10th Sat. At Madison. Stopt all night with G. Bjornson.
11th Sun. Returned home. Called at D. Beats.
12th Mon. Hauling wood.
13th Tues. Altered Wm. Beats vest and cut Jacket for James.
14th Wed. Went to Madison with D. & J. Beat, and J. Morrison. Called upon Mr. Brill, with Mr. Taylor, in referance to Tresspassers on County land. Stopt with Mr. Taylor all night.
15th Thurs. Called upon Mr. Brill who was from home. Made arrangements to meet with him tomorrow morning.
16th Fri. At County land with Mr. Brill. Consulted W. H. Orton, Dist. Atty on prosecution.
17th Sat. Mr. Orton drew complaint, to which I made affidavit before Squire Braley. Took out warrant which I placed in hands of Sheriff.
18th Sun. At home.
19th Mon. At Poor house and Madison. Very stormy day. At Theatre in the evening.
20th Tues. At County land, Ulmars, Kanouses & with Mr. Brill. Found a German hauling wood off the land.
21st Wed. Engage Mr. Drake to Survey Co. land, and Mr. Brill & German to assist on Saturday first. Took out warrant against Abram Wolfe. Met with Mr. Menzies and German who had been trespassing. Returned home in the evening with D. McDonald. Recd. letters from A. Adamson & A. Cairncross, junior.
22nd Thurs. At Mt. Vernon with D. Beat and J. Morison.
23rd Fri. At Poor house and Madison.
24th Sat. At Co. Land with Mr. Drake and at Mr. Gallaghers & C. Ulmars.
25th Sun. In Madison
26th Mon. In Madison at trial of Wallbridge. Left Madison for home at 8 P.M. Walked all the way.
27th Tues. At meeting of Town Board at M. L. Curtis'. Whigs and pretended Democracts made nominations of town officers.
28th Wed. Writing Minutes of Town Board, etc. Recd letter from A. Adamson.
29th Thurs. Cut Pants and vest for R. Lamont. Writing.
30th Fri. Hauling rails assisted by S. Lamont. Posted letter to W. R. Taylor.
31st Sat. Hauling rails assisted by S. Lamont. Mrs. Wallace delivered of a daughter.

End of diary entries for January 1 through  
March 31, 1855

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 © Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications