Diary entries for October 1 through December 31, 1856End of diary entries for October 1 through
1st Wed. DO
2nd Thurs. At Madison at Agriculltural Society's Fair.
3rd Fri. Plowing
4th Sat. Finished plowing the breaking..
5th Sun. At home. Writing up Poor Farm books
6th Mon. Selling John L. Fosters Cattle at T. Thorson's
7th Tues. Plowing. Broke my own plough & MeGregors.
8th Wed. Fixing Sled. Boys digging potatoes. Brot home plows. Recd. letters from James Ross, J. N. Cook & Evening Post. At Poor House.
9th Thurs. Plowing forenoon. Trial between E. Spears and I. G. .Brader, afternoon. Examining School House.
10th Fri. At Waddel's negotiationg loan for C. Morich. Posted letters to Mineral Point with Moores and W. Henderson duplicates, to Commissioner of General Land Office in relation to Cairncross Patent, and to Geo. Dow.
11th Sat. At Madison with Cairncross on his loan business.
12th Sun. At home. Visited by Mrs. Cairncross, Housel, Stevens, Forsyth, Connor, McGaughey & C. Morich.
13th Mon. At Walter Waddells borrowing $300, for Christian Morich, and there delayed so that I could not attend the Senatorial Convention at Baers Taavern, Cross Plains.
14th Tues. Cleaned up 40 bushels of oats.
15th Wed. At Madison with Wm Carincross. Sold 40 bushels of Oats for 35 Cents per bushel. Recd. Geo. Moore's & Bathia Wallace Patents.
16th Thurs. Plowing. At P. Nash’s in the evening.
17th Fri. Plowing.
18th Sat. Putting up guide boards on highways.
19th Sun. At Housels, Lamonts, Cairncross’ & McGregors
20th Mon. Ploughing forenoon. – At Squire Shumways with Wm Menzies. Recd. note from Truman Shurman against H. Allen for Collection. Plowing after return from Village.
21st Tues. At Poor House at quarterly Meeting of Supts. Boys hauling wood.
22nd Wed. At Madison at Democratic Mass Meeting.
23rd Thurs. Plowed a little afternoon.
24th Fr. Very Stormy day – at Cairncross P.M.
25th Sat. (“At” lined out) Viewing road from corner of Sec. 16 westward.
26th Sun. At Mass store with Wm Cairncross
27th Mon. Measured the land which Mr. McGregor wishes to buy from me on the north side of the road and the land he wished to sell me on the south side of the road. Cleaning up oats. At Housels and Mitchells in the evening.
28th Tues. Working on the road forenoon – cleaning oats and wheat afternoon.
29th Wed. At Madison. Sold 59 bushels of oats at 33 cents and 30 bushels wheat at 63 cents. Paid note due to W. B. Jarvis, $87.44. Received letters from Lyman C. Draper, James Ross, & T. L. Hendricks, Commissioner of General Land office, in referance to the Patent for Wm Cairncross’ land. H. Barnes & D. K. Butler called at my place.
30th Thurs. Helped Cairncross to kill a cow forenoon. Fixing stable afternoon. At Lamonts and Mitchells in the evening. Snowing in the evening.
31st Fri. Fixing Stable. At Housels with Mr. Cook for two hogs for Poor House. Dan K. Butler called afternoon, went with him to Shanghae meeting in the evening at Mount Vernon.
1st Sat. Altering Badger Mill road. At Mr. ONeils forenoon. Fixing Stable afternoon. Bull with “Nan”.
2nd Sun. At Lamonts and Mitchells.
3rd Mon. At P. Nashs and Samuel Miles with C. Morich
4th Tues. At Presidential Election – 69 votes cast for Buchanan, 57 votes cast for Freemont.
5th Wed. At Lamonts forenoon: fixing cellar afternoon.
6th Thurs. Fixing cellar.
7th Fri. At Poor House for 10 bushels corn.
8th Sat. Altering road from Section 10 to Sec. 4.
9th Sun. Visited b y H. Crite and Sam. Whalley. Put up guide boards at Beards and Kelleys.
10th Mon. At John Beats and Poor House
11th Tues. At Madison attending Session of County Board of Supervisors till
(McPherson may have been in Madison until November 22)
22nd Sat. When I returned home with W. Cairncross.
23rd Sun. At home
24th Mon. At Hugh Stevens with Assessment Roll.
25th Tues. Attending to law suit for Peter Brennan before Squire Shumway.
26th Wed. Killed five hogs, assisted by J. Mitchell, W. Cairncross & J. McGregor. Sold one hog – 104 lbs to J. Mitchell for $4 per cwt and one – 90 lbs to Thos Adamson, same price.
27th Thurs. Attending to law suit for I. G. Brader vs Peter Bell, before Squire Shumway.
28th Fri. Raising Stable for Morrison. Visited by John Wagner. Engaged John Mitchell to keep School.
29th Sat. At Poor House.
30th Sun. Went into Madison. Recd. $200, from J. H. McAvoy, Dep. Co. Treasurer.
1st Mon. Left Madison by railroad at 7 o'clock morning for Chicago, where we arrived by Fond du Lac road a little after noon. At Norths Circus in the evening. Saw Robert Brand in Janesville. Left Chicago for Springfield by Alton and St. Louis R.R. at 11.15 P.M. arrived.
2nd Tues. At 9 o'clock A.M. Left for Jacksonville at 10 A.M. arrived at 1 P.M. Drove to Insane Hospital, got out Misses Seymour and Kelly and returned to the Hotel. Left for Springfield at 6.30 P.M. srrived 9 P.M. Left for Chicago at 10.45 P.M cold Stormy nights – arrived
3rd Wed. at 9 A.M. Found that the Milwaukie and Fond du Lac railroads were blocked up by the Storm. Called on John Philips Chairmaker. Stopt at Jervis House all night.
4th Thurs. Left for Milwaaukie at 10 A.M. arrived about 2 P.M. Left for Madison 4 P.M. srrived 10.30 P.M. Stopt at City Hotel.
5th Fri. Miss Seymours sister took charge of her. Hired James Cummings to take Winifred Kelly to Poor House where I stopt all night.
6th Sat. Writing at the Poor House till 4 P.M. Boot. Some goods at Mass's store.
7th Sun. At Home
8th Mon. At School House forenoon. Bot. lbs of Pork from Lars Stinson for Poor House.
9th Tues. Making clothes for Boys. (“At School House A.M.” lined out)
10th Wed. DO DO At School House A.M. At Mt. Vernon, with Laurence Smith in the evening.
11th Thurs. Making clothes for Boys. Drew papers for Andrew Paton.
12th Fri. Posted letter to John Cherry, Dayton. Making clothes for Boys.
13th Sat. At Mass' store taking acknowledgement of Mortgage from Mr. & Mrs. Patton. At Poor House for 5 bushels corn.
14th Sun. At John Mitchells
15th Mon. Working at home at clothing
16th Tues. DO DO Mary at Madison. Drew quit claim deed from Wm E. Thomson to A. Patton.
17th Wed. Working at clothing.
18th Thurs. DO DO
19th Fri. DO DO Posted letters to Harper Brothers and Luther Tucker & Son
20th Sat. DO DO
21st Sun. At Mass' Store
22nd Mon. Working at my coat.
23rd Tues. DO DO
24th Wed. At Town Treasurers. Recd. letters from Judge Dow and N. B. Van Slyke.
25th Thurs. Being tired after yesterdays walk did nothing but write a letter. At Spelling School with the Boys in the evening. Returned John Cherrys note to Wm Menzie.
26th Fri. Posted a letter to Judge Dow. Isssued 3 School District orders.
27th Sat. Working about the house. Chopping.
28th Sun. At Housels, John Edi's and Joseph Henderson. Brot. Home my buck Sheep from latters. Went to Poor House in the evening.
29th Mon. Went to Madison. Met with Messers Colladay and Huntington and commenced examination of County Treasurers books.
30th Tues. Examining County Treasurers books
31st Wed. DO DO day & night.
December 31, 1856
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