1st Mon. Borrowed 5 Bushels of wheat from McGregor which Morrison and Billy took to mill. Fixing floors.
2nd Tues. Fixing floors forenoon. A. C.(Cairncross) thrashing for McGregor after 11 o'clock. Self thrashing for Housel after dinner.
3rd Wed. Thrashing for Housel.
4th Thurs. A. Cairncross thrashing for Housel in the morning. Had my grain thrashed, assisted by Housel, Morrison, McGregors, Cairncross, and R. Lamont – Cairncross & Lamonts Horses. Wheat 85 ½ bushels – Oats 160 bshls.
5th Fri. At Primrose. Mrs. Cairncross arrived.
6th Sat. At Baers Tavern – Cross Plains. G. .P. Thomson nominated for Assembly.
7th Sun. At Cairncross.
8th Mon. At Madison with T. Adamson.
9th Tues. Hunting sheep forenoon. At E. Thorson afternoon. T. Adamson digging Potatoes.
10th Wed. Hunting sheep forenoon. Cleaned grist for Cairncross. T.A. At Potatoes.
11th Thurs. Digging Potatoes.
12th Fri. DO DO
13th Sat. At Store forenoon. Hauled Potatoes afternoon.
14th Sun. At Wm. Hendersons
15th Mon. At Housels raising. T.A. at Potatoes.
16th Tues. At Madison on Poor House business
17th Wed. DO DO At Poor House all night.
18th Thurs. T. Adamson at Cairncross's raising. Returned home at noon.
19th Fri. Hauling & husking corn.
20th Sat. At Black Earth at Republican Convention. Posted letter to Supervisors of town of Richland.
21st Sun. Returned home at noon. Visited by Wm. Cairncross, wife & Mother.
23rd Tues. Self and T. Adamson husking corn for D. Beat.
24th Wed. DO DO & Billy husking corn for D. Beat.
25th Thurs. Husking and hauling corn.
26th Fri. Cleaning Stable & hauling corn stalks.
27th Sat. Chinking and muding stable and cleaning oats.
28th Sun. At Mt. Vernon and Cairncross's. T.A. At Beats.
29th Mon. At Madison with oats.
30th Tues. Husking corn & digging potatoes. T. Adamson went to Poor House.
31st Wed. Sewing forenoon. Thrashing for S. Lamont afternoon.
1st Thurs. Thrashing for S. Lamont.
2nd Fri. DO DO in the morning. Cleaning grist.
3rd Sat. At Mill forenoon. Thatching Stable afternoon.
4th Sun. At Poor House. Mrs. Pickett died.
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5th Mon. Cut coat for Mr. Gaynes.
6th Tues. At Election.
7th Wed. At Mill for grist which yielded only 29 pounds to the bushel. At Mr. Gaynes.
8th Thurs. Cut coat for (“Mr. Gaynes” lined out //JGH) Lamonts boys.
9th Fri. Fixing Stable
10th Sat. Working around home.
11th Sun. At A. Browns.
12th Mon. Fixing Stable forenoon – at Poor House afternoon.
13th Tues. At Madison on County Poor business till Saturday
24th Inst. On Friday the 23rd was reelected County Superintendant of the Poor for three years from the 1st day of January next.
25th Sun. At home. Visited by C. Olson.
26th Mon. DO doing but little.
27th Tues. At Poor House.
28th Wed. Doing chores. Working at Tax list.
29th Thurs. Killed 3 hogs, assisted by Mr. Housel.
30th Fri. Took 2 hogs weighing 327 pounds to the Poor House.
1st Sat. Working at tax list. Took E. Thorson's acknowledgement of contract between him and Andrew Henderson. At Mr. Norths.
2nd Sun. At home.
3rd Mon. Correcting as far as possible the gross errors made in the assessment role by Mr. North.
4th Tues. Working at tax list.
5th Wed. DO DO
6th Thurs. DO DO
7th Fri. DO DO
8th Sat. DO DO
9th Sun At home
10th Mon. Working at tax list
11th Tues. DO DO Drew Mortgage for Abram jacket.
12th Wed. Finished and took tax list to Town Treasurer.
13th Thurs. Writing and doing chores.
14th Fri. Fixing fence round grain crib. Posted letter to Geo. Dow.
15th Sat. Doing chores. Drew and took acknowledgement of Mortgage for John McDonald.
16th Sun. At S. Lamonts
17th Mon. Fixing fence.
18th Tues. Working at S. Lamonts coat.
19th Wed. DO DO Drew Deed and Mortgage for T. O'Neill and Oley Thomson. Recd. letter from Wm. Davidson.
20th Thurs. Took Mr. O'Neill & Thomsons acknowledgement of deed and Mortgage.
21st Fri. At Madison with S. Lamont. Posted to W. Davidson.
22nd Sat. Cut 3 coats and 3 vests for J. McCaughey.
23rd Sun. At home.
24th Mon. Fixing yoke. Working at Lamonts coats.
25th Tues. Working at Lamonts coats.
26th Wed. Finished Lamonts Coat. Recd. letter from Judge Dow.
27th Thurs. Fixing fence round hay.
28th Fri. Cutting and hauling fire wood.
29th Sat. Skinned Bull which died during the night. Working at boys coats.
30th Sun. At Home.
31st Mon. Made bedstead for children.
End of diary entries for October 1 through
December 30, 1855
December 30, 1855
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