General Histories of Coleman County, Texas

The Diary of Lindsey S. Millard

Kept between June 1, 1891 - Bellville, Texas and October 7, 1923 - Santa Anna, Texas

Book 1: June 1, 1891 - March 14, 1892
Book 2:  August 9, 1898 - May 15, 1900
Book 3:  January 12, 1914 - November 7, 1915
Book 4:  October 23, 1918 - October 7, 1923

Note from Ralph Terry, Historian  .....

From time to time, folks of Coleman County pass on to me, for lack of a better repository, old photographs, scrapbooks, diaries, and other memorabilia pertaining to Coleman County.  One diary was given to me, years ago, by the late Frances Griffin Pearce, was kept by Lindsey S. Millard.  This incomplete diary was made up of four volumes, recycled from the blank back pages other material … one being the back of an 1899 Coleman County Tax Receipt Book.  There are other writings of L. S. Millard, possibly other volumes of his diary, in the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, donated by Leona Bruce.  These items include:  "L. S. Millard Related, 1891 - 1919;" "L. S. Millard Related, 1905 - 1909 and undated;" and "Scrapbook Relating to L. S. Millard, 1887 - 1938 and undated."  I do not know what information is contained in these items.  Probably Leona Bruce acquired these items from Frances Pearce.

Time has never permitted me to abstract these volumes, but recently Carl Langford of Santa Anna volunteered to transcribe the diaries. 
These four volumes were written beginning in 1891 in Bellville, Texas through 1923 in Coleman County.  Mr. Millard moved to Coleman County and 1899, and purchased 100 acres about four miles northeast of Santa Anna from J. D. Smith.  L. S. Millard was born about 1860 in Arkansas, died in 1929 and is buried at Santa Anna Cemetery.  He never married.  Lindsey Millard and his mother are buried in unmarked graves in the Santa Anna Cemetery, lot Platt III, Block 23.  His brother, Samson A. Millard died in 1953.

According to Carl, “In his diary he describes numerous events and happenings in and around Santa Anna and Coleman County.  Items like, “when the first gas line was brought in, when the first telephones were installed, the first automobiles, first flying machine to fly over and land, oil wells, treasures and church records.”  He was up with all the moving around of people, the cemetery, a run-down on the weather and how all the crops were doing.  He also describes the severe drought, excess rains and flooding, invasion of grasshoppers and rabbits.  Lindsey was an avid book reader and read all kinds of book, papers and magazines.  He subscribed to at least 10 to 15 magazines at one time.  With all his reading, he had problem with spelling.  All words with double letters, he used only one of them and dropped the “e” in most of his words.  He was very harsh in his comments about the government and on the Catholic religion.  I think, he was for the Socialist Party, at this period of time.  He talks a lot about the government and union labor leader Eugene Debs (Gen Debs).  He kept up with all farming information that was available and disliked the government interfering with the farmer.”

Item noted in red have been added for clarity or additional information.

The Diary of Lindsey S. Millard

June 1, 1891 - Monday, last night Captain Foster a young lady of the Salvation Army preached to a crowed house in the ME Church house at Bellville.  She delivered a real good
talk, the lady’s had put flowers on the table for here and many came out.   A  collection was taken up for her.  She prayed and also Mrs Fanny Leary prayed.   The congration listen with silents.  Picked berries for wine and jelly. 

June 2 - Picked berries.  Clouds like it would rain, warm, went to town.  Mrs Mertin has not come home yet.

June 3 - Wed.  A warm morning.  Plowed potatoes and we need rain.  Ma and Samson taken some berrys to town to sell.  When Nancy com from school she brought from the Post Office, the Divine Love and Wisdom and Heaven and Hell by Emanuel Swedenborg, two nice Books Published by the American  Swedenborg printing  Society   20 cooper Union New York 1891.  They are nice volumes.

            Miss Rose came an spent part of the day with Ma and Mrs Mertin come home.

June 4 - Thur.  Dug the Irish potatoes. Cloudy, strong south wind.  Showers of rain around.  The potatoes are rotting. 

June 5 - Friday. South wind, cloudy with rain.  Finish digging the Irish potatoes.  The last back made more than the first.  We got them in before the rain.  It has been a month since we had rain and we need rain now.  Heavy thunder around like we would have plenty of rain.  I received the male and sent off a letter to Freedman and an so prostrate enlarged.  Male received postal card, Chicago Calender Co. 364 W. Adam’s St. Per ext. . California Farm ledger.

The Chicago Tribune Sunday 24- 40 pages.  The Dalles Weekly news June 4 and novel.  The agents blade, Clyde Ill 1891.  All from my ad in agents Harold Lum Smith.

June 6 - Saturday, A warm day.  Went to town.  Got the Times.  A party at Moriss at night.  The wether changed to a norther and lighting in the north.  A few young people gathered at Mr. Morrie to dance.  Eler Spence got up the party.  The two played banjo played the fiddle.  The young Ladys were there Miss George Spence, Louise Spence, Miss Bartoy, Miss Stoats, Miss Harisses, Miss Lyons, Mrs Mors danced.  The boys were Ben King, Bud and Flix Spence, Ben Bartoy.  Louie and Talies Martin. John Glenn.  Huchkins, Charley Stoats, Charley Adkins, Kit Bell, Jeff Lyons, Bill Lyons, myself and two strangers.  Lot small fry of boys and girls.  The norther blew up rain late at night. 

June 7 - Sunday 1891, Clear cool morning after the rain last night.  Went out to here Parson Schoak at 11 o’clock   In evening went to Cats Springs.  Crops need rain all along to the rode from Cats to Belleville.  The rode has been changed in the last few years and the old houses sum of them has been moved.   When I arrived on the ground the fence was lined with horse buggys, wagons and speaking was the order of the day.   I soon learned that our Belcher the Alliance lecture was up speaking.  He was dealing out good satfied occurence to the people and he had a crowded of batners the American flag was flying and a gyre catture banner stood by the stand.   Pictured with cotton corn flowers, tiumes and stock cowboys. After Mr Belchet was through speaking he was talking with Judge Blake with a few more gentlemen.   Present Judge Blake said, he had been judge for 10 years in Austin County.   That he worked for the interest of the county.  The talk was on farmers alliance, banking and property of Austin County.   Mr Belcher said, Austin County would up with any of the countys for good farmers. 

  Just then a cranky Dutchmen that was full of beer and could not talk United States asked Belcher if he spoke English, then he the crank let, into the alliance, at a good rate.

He was soon tired out and the men scatred and soon came back to talk on other subjects.

Mr. O. Cardock common of Sealy received 14 dollars in premiums at the fair.   The Cats Springs agriculture fair a good display of vegetables, corn and cotton and livestock, some fine horses,  female loveness, plenty of white dresses, gay ribbons in the children dance all smiling and trying to dance to the music.   1000 to 1500 hundred there.  Good many Bellville out.   Judge Blake, Wm. Lewis, Henry Mathews, Cherkomer Fritys ranch and many others.   Egg throwing at a Nigro, doll baby, walking cane, ice cream and beer sloon were in full blast.   All on Sunday.   Then I came home giting in time to hear Schoak preach, he will have service Monday night. 

June 8, 1891 - Monday.  Clear, hot.  Broke the middles out of my cotton.  Did not do much read and wrote some.

June 9 - Tuesday.  Warm, not well, some fog.  Therometer to 100 deg. in shade.  Copyed my diary off of 1876.   Went to church at night to hear Rev. Schoak and Captain Foster, the Salvation lady, she preached good sermon to us all.  Admonished the ladys to save the poor girls.

June 10 - Wed.  Rode out to Raph Spence to plow my garden.  Crops need rain bad.  The rabits, mule ear’d, are still cutting down corn.  They’re chinch bugs are over the country and they will hurt corn and cotton on Raph Place, At Bell and Louie Wetskracts place, ground was speckled with them.

June 11 - Thursday.  A hot day, very hot.  Went a bathing come back.   Read supplement to the Dallis News June 1891, the Bottle Imp, and The Phathom Rickshaw.   Thunder in distance, thunder heads or whit caps soon turn to dark black clouds and rain with thunder, none here yet.  The wind blew up brisk and we will get rain.  I hope.   A heavy rain, hail, and wind past by Kinneyville, Mr Brewer said he had a good rain.

June 12 - Friday.  A hot day.  Went to town.  Received a letter.  The Dallas News, Lady Home Journal and Yanke Blade.  Peoples magazine and Library, a Nigro man come on the up train.   Wash Jones leader, Petter Hering is still in Chicago negating with porter about his cotton picking machine he may stay all sumer.  a good many business houses are braking in the state 6 this week.   Corn crop are nearly lost.  Rain in south and west this evening, rain around but we did not git any.

June 13 - Saturday.  The grade closed last night at Bellville.   Prof. Trenkman will retire from teaching.  School Exhibition was exclent dancing and music after the school closed.
             Many of Austin Co. people out. 

June 14 - Students girls and boys received there parchment last night from Trenkman and Helmuth   Hot, a shower around.  A dance out at Fiffers to night.  Center hill, piney creek rose 1 ½ ft last Thursday from the good rain that fell up at Kennyville.  The ending or commencement of the school and dance was to late to go in the times, Mrs Englking died this morning.  H. Torch Photographer of Cat Springs will be at New Ulm.

June 15, 1891 - Rev. L. S. Kellis the Bappist divine of Houston preaches to night and Sunday.  Mrs. R. B. Price and Miss J. Bronssard representing the Houston Texas world were in town to day giting the history of Bellville and ad and biographers of the citizens.  The best black berries now ripe can be found on the water courses and wet places.   The common red ant sting___ ___large kind they have there nest in yards, field and on the sand.

They cover up their hole at night from 2 to 6 .  Stay out to cover up the hole then they hide out and open the hole in the morning.  Just like a clerk opening stores.

Austin county Notaries:  Following list of the notaries of Austin County for 6 year 1891.  John P. Bell of Bellville,  F. Michemehl of  Bellville, Thomas Sutton of Sealy, J. W., J. J. Walker, J. W. Lott of Sealy, W. C. San Felipe, J. H. Brownlee, of San Felipe,  G. T. Ross of San Felipe, W. B. White of Shelby,Wm. Hogemann,of New Ulm,  J. H. Fracher, Millheeim, Henry A, Fortmoner of Cat Springs.  August Finkler of Cat Springs, John B. Melton, _______, Joseph Mikeska of Wesley, Max Meissner of Industry: J. W. Foster of Blackhorn, D. N. Harris of Wallis,  J. E. Thompson of Kenneyville. From Bellville Times.

June 15, 1891 - Monday. Went to fork of creek.  Need rain up as far as Mr. Wm. Lees.  Mr. Sayner needs rain, corn is cut off.    Round by Mr. Lyons and Mr. Creekmoars, the old man and his wife and daughters has a good crop.  Fine rains fell.  Those along over to Remits and Mr. Bosman’s cotton and corn looks fine.  Mr. Creekmores are not well the little girl has been very sick.  At Mr. Bosman is fine and Miss Tennie had a sick spell.   From Nelsonville to Kenneyville crops are fine.   Crops not so well from Kenneyville to Bellville.  Mr Raskie had a fine mule killed by the train in Kenneyville.   Money scarce and times are dull.  A very few in town now. 

June 16 - Tuesday.   The hotest day this year registered 108 deg in tight house.  North wind with rain around, a heavy rain.

June 17 - North wind, the farmers are nearly up with there plowing. 

June 18 - A hot day.  Went to town.  No rain.  Robert come home from Corps Christi.  John Bethner  is riding (writing) to sumons witness jurors for July court. 

June 19 - South wind, light clouds.   Register 80 deg a.m.  today.   The Nigro’s emancipation day.  They will have a barbcue out at the Methodist Church west of town.  Gypsy pedder past by. The nirgos had a big barbcue and emancipation dinner.  Judge Orsterbout and Judge Blake spoke to them.  Dancing at night and the Nigros made merry all night.

June 20 - Saturday.  Hot day.

June 21 - Sunday. R. T. Sanders preached at Bellville at 11 and night.  Judge Osterbout of Belton, who formerly publish the Bellville Countrymen at this place he first made his advent here in 1851 now 40 years ago.    In 1870 having been appointed district Judge he moved to Belton before the war he was a strong democrat.   Since 1868 he has been a dicied Republican and maby he will run for governor.   Mrs Louise Engelking died at her home in Bellville at 6 o’clock in morning June 13 born in Milheim this county (Austin) 5 day of June A.D. 1855.  She was a daughter of Mr. Jas Longhammer and Mrs. Veleska Longhammer.  Her mother after her father’s death, being married to Mr. F. Drost who’s death only preceded her daughter a few months, beside her husband she leaves ten children.   Bellville grade schools new, Elected teachers & principles: R. B. Login, Miss E. Holyapfel 3rd & 4th grade, Miss Sue Thomas 1st & 2nd grade.  Jordan the fisherman put in his presence with fish from the Brazos River.  From the Austin County Times, June 20, 1891.

June 22 - Monday.  A hot cloudy morning, some rain, still dry.  Need rain nearly all over the county.

June 23 - Tuesday.  Went to Sealy from Mr. John Basmons.  He has a nice place on the prairie below Millheim.  Mr. Basman says over 500 bales of cotton is being helt by the farmers around Millheim and cotton is only 8 ½ cts a pound in New York.  Mr. & Mrs. Allen of Sealy was crazy and sent to he asylum to day at Austin. 

June 24 - Wednesday.  At home again.  Did not do any business, so hot.

June 25 - Thursday.  A hot day 120 degrees.  Rain, a good rain fell, reach down to Sealy along the river.  Heavy thunder storms and lightning.  I received a canvas picture out of the Express Office from N. M. Priedman and Company.   Marti_____- no a nice picture cost Express $1.00. in all $1.30 cts.  Robert went to Wallis.  The rain continued till night.

June 26 Friday. - Set out potatoes still warm day rain and thunder south of us.   Cloudy this evening.The drought is broken to late to save corn.  We set out potatoes.  Mr Bracy and family come home from a visit down in Montgomery Co. to there daughters.  At night we went out to see and hear Mr. C. T. Sanders preach at town.  Many were out to here him.    John P. Bell , John Lewis, James McLorne of Sealy, Mr. Wm. Frances.

June 27, 1891 - Saturday.  Went to town Judge Blake were at Mr P. Herings giting places for the teachers to board during the normal school at Bellville comence July 6, 1891.   Court will be in session then.  Mr. Bracy paid me $7.00 all on the timber for wood for 3 years.  

Mr. W. Brooks had a fine lot of melons at the Alience Store.  Tomalsom has a good price in the times to the farmers about trading other places in town.  When they have money in the Aliance store.    Mr. C. J. Sanders paid us a visit.  He is in the prime of life and is in earnest in preaching to the people.   Ma and Ellen and I went out to here him last night.   Act chapter 20, faith and repentance.  A few out to here the gospel.  Miss Capt. Foster the pretty Salvationist.  Will leave next week for someplace north.

June 28, 1891 - Sunday, Head ache. Did not get out.  C. T. Sanders preached at 11 a.m..  Went home on the down train.  Capt. Foster preached at night. 

June 29 - Monday. Miss Corey and Anne Fisher was over to see Ellen.    A heavy black cloud in the north in the evening with thunder.  Soon we had a good rain which lasted till night.  The drought is broken

June 30 - Tuesday.  I set out potatoes and a fine rain will make corn.  Rode out to Raph Spence to look at my corn.  The wind had blown it down some, but it had come out and will make something.   Mrs. Notles house the old carpenter house blown down off its blocks and she says that the mule eared rabits haven’t been so bad 20 years and now more of them.  Raph were seting out potatoes vines.

July 1 - Wednesday.  A hot day set out slips and Robert commence to cut grass.   Miss Capt. Foster of the Salvation Army preach to a full house, had experience meeting.  And 6 little girls to sing and recite verses of scripture.  This is her farewell sermon as she leaves for Kansas tomorow  2nd July.

July 2 - I finish seting out potatoes.  A hot morning.  I have been reading and writing, Someone received letter from Charley  Millard, Cedar Rapids Iowa.  June 2, 1891.  On Chicago Milwakee Co,. St. Paul RR.  A good rain fell before night with wind.  Our potatoes will grow.

July 3 - Friday.  The court takes a recess tell after the 4th of July.  Lovely and still.

July 4, 1891 - Saturday.  Cloudy with rain.  Robert left for Lexington, Lee county.  Peter Hering sent me the Chicago Times June 28, 1891.  Showers all day.  I put up flags.  The Up Passenger engine was decorated with flags.  As there were no celebration near.  Only a feast below Bellville.  A few people in town.  Stores closed and a shooting by Jo Rothemells.  Segrafrets proprites nigros in town thick   Pres Spence come down from Falls Co.   Bill Fisher is still here he came from Austin City.

July 5 - Sunday.  A north east wind, cool wether with rain last night.  Galveston had quite a storm.   Flooded the city and delayed the Up passenger.  The track over flow.

July 6 - Monday.    Judge Techmuller Court sent a white man and nigro to the pin for stealing and in the evening a nigro was up for stealing cattle and selling them to Grat Fisher.  The Summer Normal, comence in the evening at 2:30 tell 5:40 p.m.   Morning 8:30 a.m. to 13:30 p.m.  15 or 17.  Teachers present.  Prof. Sannon was at the head today layed off the program.

A good many people in town and more expected .  Both attendance at court and teachers.

July 7 - Tuesday.  Prof. Putman come town last night and some more teachers came in to attend the Sumer Normal School, 25 or 30 teachers come and visitors.  

The Program:  School management, Proctal & Arithmetic, Geography, Penmanship, Grammar,  Rival Governments, Physiology, Primary Reading, U.S. History.

All in one day; As they have 10 minutes recess between times and all git acquainted.  The 4 weeks tuition cost $7 with certificate $10 dollars.   Board $15 per month, books, taxes and ink cost more.  Prof. Common Watson and Putman are teachers and they know there work.  Dr. Losing, Mr. Chester and Judge Blake, Wm. Hargerty visited the school.  Mrs. Milton come up to see her Mother and Father.  School Schedule not copied.  Shows subjects and times.

July 8, 1891 Wednesday.  At the Summer Normal, Bellville the regular weeks program went through .   A few more teachers come in.  At court the murder case - Albright has the murder of Palm Hering, witnesses.

July 9, 1891 - Thursday, At the Normal going on nicely.  Mr. Rammon, Putman and Watson teachers, about 30 teachers atending now.  Dr. Broden lectured this evening on teaching.  Visitors, Mr Charley Glenn, Miss Josey Chesely, Mrs Sam Hill and a lady.

The lecture by Mr. Broden to the Normal.

   “The First Procedure of the mind in the elaboration of its knowledge is always analytical to proceeds from the indefinite to the definite.”

More on different governments of the world at different times.

July 10, 1891 - On the Albright case the jury has not decided yet.  The Stafford case came up but was postponed till the other jury decided the Albright case.  Town is crowed with the colored people, some camping out, some boarding.   Every boarding house is full.  The Sumer Normal, the same rate in.  Closed for the week.  A dirgram by Prof. Watson.   More schooling on a great many subjects.   Prof. Rammon closed early so the teachers could go home.  About the same as there were at the middle of the week.   Louis Hering is sick with fever.  A hot day.

July 11 - Saturday.  A cool morning.   At 12 o’clock the court had 11 jurors in the Hope and Stafford case and there was 200 people from Colorado Co. attending the court.  I received the Chicago Tribune July 5th from Petter Hering.

July 12 - Sunday.  Rev Kellis preached to a crowded house at 11 and that night to s crowed house.

July 13 - Monday - A hot day.  Didn’t go to the Normal School.  The Hope Case still on docket, at 4 o’clock in the evening Bro. Kellis met in conference with the Baptist Church
at Bellville and after prayer preceded to business.  Mrs. Bock was excluded and Mrs. Lewis by her own consent were dismissed and her name taken off the book.  And a deligate to were needed to go to union association.   And they was appointed to go.  Bro. Kellis left on the evening train for Alvin to organize a church below there. The segrate coach law went in to effect Monday.  The white and was on the cars for white folks and the nigros on the nigro coaches.  Several made mistake and went into the nigro coaches.

July 14 - The sumer normal is well atended.  More young ladyes than men atending.   At night the school had a lecture and musical entertainment at the school buildend lecture by Judge H. Teichmueller on education.  The house soon was a crowded and music by the third regiment Band.  Then Judge Teichmeuller spoke after a lengthy speech while he spoke many good words for the school.  Music by Miss Josey Chesely.  Then more music by the band.  All went home well pleased with the lecture and music.

July 15 - Wednesday.  I did not atend the normal.  Stayed at court.  Judge Teichmuller set on bench.  The Hope an Stafford case.  The lawyers examing the witness all day.  Money and sharp lawyers are working the case for a miss trial or a not guilty.  The case State verus Larkin and Marion Hope charge with the murder of R. E. and John Stafford at Columbus last July was called to trial July 10th 1891 on extraordinary array of legal talent as well as an unusably number of witnesses appeared.  The state is represented by Cap. J. C. Hutchinson of Houston.

Foard & Thompson District attorney Maynard of Columbus and Judge S. R. Blake and Hon Max Meisser of our local bar while the defense is looked after by M. F. Townsend and M. Kennon of Columbus.  J. C. Brown and Hon Jonathon Lane of La Grange and Bell & Shelburn and Chesley & Haggerty of Bellville.

July 16, 1891 - Thursday.  A hot day.  Rode out to Raph Spence to look at corn and melons.  Ralph has a fine lot of melons.  Also, his corn and cotton is looking well.  The wolves have been eating his water melons.  He will put out poison to kill them.  The campers comenced to move in and camp up at the Methodist camp ground near Alexander Spring some where there.   The 5,  Mr Hoods & Waltons, Mr. Ben King, and John Elek.  Presely Spence started out west on a trip today far out as San Antonio.   The Twelfth District Summer Normal School Bellville.

Prof Putman conductor, Jannon and Watson enrollment, Mr T. J. Hallman, Bellville, Miss Fannie McClusky, Breham, Miss Mary Bradbury, Nelensonville, Mrs Chas May, New Ulm, Miss Fannie Kennedy, Breham, Miss Sue Thomas Bellville, Mr. R. Resenbrecht, Peters PO., Mr. C. Gleistein, Kenneyville, Mr. C. Gruener, Cat Springs, Miss Eleanor Simmons, Industry, Mr. Wolf Dewall, Belleville, Miss Maggie Berner, San Felipe, Miss Annie Phillips, San Felipe, Miss Lula Gay, San Felipe, Miss Maud McKnight, Cockrin, Mr Otto Jremkmann, Peters, P.O,  Mr. Ad Knoche, Shelly, Miss Emma Meyer, Caldwell, Mr A. Matthias, Nelsonville, Miss Ninna Regenbrecht, Petters PO., Miss Ellen Tattenham;  Sempronius: Miss Hedwig Eredman New Ulm, Miss Lilla A. Howard, Sealy, Miss Roberta Cliett, San Felipe, Miss Adne Jentry, Brenham, Miss Mollie Shelburne, Nelsonville, Mr Theo Lauak, Wesley, Washington Co., Mr. Ed F. Jepnls, Industry, Miss Joan Brock, Sealy, Prof J. P. Patnam sent her by superintendent. Pritchett is a native of Texas, he received his academic education at Baylor University under Dr. Burlson his Normal training at Sam Houston.

July 17, 1891 - Friday.  The Hope Case, the attorney pleading this morning were Mr. Fennon.  Evening pleding by John P. Bell and another Lawyer.   Some rain a norther blew it off.  Most of the witness has gone home.  Plenty of water melons in town 5, 10, 15 cts apiece.

July 18 - Saturday.  The Hope case opened with Jonathan Lons pleading for Hope 8 hours.  By State Cap J. C. Hitchiner till then Judge Techmeuller read the law to the jury.   This evening the jury give in verdict of not guilty.  Hope is free in that case.   Thare was about 20 ladyes up to hear the case.  A hot day.  Several campers out at the Childress camp ground

July 19 - Sunday.  I went up to the camp meeting at Childress camp ground.  A large crowd out, 5 or 6 Methodist teachers.  Good service.  Rain in the morning caused the atendance to be slim

July 20 - Monday.  Plowed cotton

July 21 - Tuesday. Sick did not do anything.  Court adjourned Saturday.

July 22 - Wednesday.  Rain around.  Did not do any thing. Could not go to the lecture.

July 23 - Thursday.  A hot day. Rain around.  A good shower fell just before night.

July 24, 1891 - Friday.  Ma and  my self went up to the camp meeting.  A good crowd out and  campers.  We heard a good sermon.  A down pour of rain at 12.  No service in the evening.  Mrs Kenney was taken sick and Cap Kenney and the doctor was out for the evening.  Was cloudy and we came home.    Two men had ther hack up set in with 2  lodes of cole in the branch below our house.  So we had to go another rode to town.     Some men talking about the problem of renting and credit system.  Will be something when the farmer quit standing good for the renter and hires day and monthly labor and let them furnish themselves.

July 25 - Saturday.  At the camp meeting crowed same as yesterday.  Rain at 11.  Rev Godwin preached a good sermon, experance meeting.   Two were taken in the church.

July 26, 1891 - Sunday.  We arrived late at meeting.  The out side ground were crowed with buggies, horses wagons.  So I could hardly find a hitch in place.   People thare from all over the country.  The society people met in there best, young and old.  Many young ladies and young men and the elevated society were thare.  Rev Brooks baptized 9 children and 5 grown people in the church, sprinkled them and Mr. Wm. Francis joined.    The following Normal minsters in attendance.

Dr. Goodwin, Messers, Brooks, Shoak, Littlepage, and Tarrant.   Mr. W. H. Billingslea of Chappel Hill led in some of the group prayer meetings in the evening.  The order was the camp ground association meeting about 145 members and more names was put down.  Cost 1.00 to join the association is for to keep up the camp ground.   Mr Billingslea is sectary and Brooks president.   The old bard was elected and more officers elected.  The by laws was lost so they will form new ones in May 1892.   First Thursday will be a picknic on the camp grounds.   The meeting closed to night.    As, I come home, I did not hear the night sermon.

July 27, 1891 - Monday.  The campers are moving home.  The marriage of the old people W.W. Jennings of Bellville to marry Josey of Sealy was a surprise to all.  They have been attending the camp meeting.  The Sealy Advance give there ages 75, bride 65, he has passed his 68 year.  

Rev Losen give a lecture to the Normal School to night to a small audience on school.

July 28 - Tuesday.  Cotton opening some.  Farmers are picking and cuting tops for fodder.   I went around with my picture.   Cotton has shed off so that the crop is short.   Major Metye give the Normal School a talk and a large audience was out to here him.  The young folks furnished the music.   Many good things were said and the Major give a short history of the State and country free school and encourage the teachers of there good work.

July 29, 1891 - Wednesday.  

Aug  6 - Thursday.  Returned from Nap’s, Lee Co., Lexington.  A good rain fell from Gidding to Breham.  Left Nap and Robert at work on the Arkansas Rail rode.  A bad crop year all a round, a short crops.  Cotton opening and new cotton sold in the marker at 7 ½ cts a pound and the continued dry weather has caused the cotton to shed so that 8 or 20 acres to make one bale of cotton.  The Bole worm and cotton worm are in some fields above Kenney.  As corn crop is short the farmers sees nothing but hard times for mortgage and credit and no way to pay out.  As the farmers are picking new cotton is coming in wages paid is 25 to 50 cts a hundred pounds.  A good crop of melons this year.

Aug 8 - Saturday.   A fish fry at the Iron bridge.  Harley Spence and the neighbors, as Bill Spence has   come on a visit from Wilson County, Texas.  Cotton selling at 7 ½ cts at town.  A rain east of us today.  Some new cotton coming in.  Sent 3 letters off.

Aug 9 - Sunday.  Bro. Kellis preached at 11.  Rain in the evening.  At night service Kellis sermon was on God is love.  To a good crowd.  He Bro Kellis call the Baptist church and Dr. Gardner and wife were taken there, names taken off of the Baptist Church book.  And at night we receive ours back and the clerk was ordered to write here a letter.  To here at Fort Worth.  Mr Harri Bracy joined the Baptist church after service last night.

Aug 10 - Monday.  Bro. Kellis visited us and we had a nice time and we enjoyed his religious conversation.   He left on the down train for Sealy and home.  We wrote to the church letter and a letter for Mrs. Brack.   Mr Jesse O. Bryant and his bride was expected down to hom and a supper at Mr. Wilsons.

Aug 11 - Tuesday, Went out to Ralph Spence and got a lode of melons.  Shower around.  A nigro beral at the grave yard at 12 o’clock.    There melodions note flated on the air.  Rose and fell a long train of float and wagons following after the carps.

Aug 12 - Wednesday.   A hot dry day.  Planted Irish Potatoes.  Young Will Springfield come over with Louis Hering to hire the mare for his father to drive on his druming trip.  So hot I can’t do much.  I have so many paper to read that I can’t git to write as much as I would like.

Sept 13 - Sunday 1891.  The Bellville Wachenblatt an eight page German journal will appear next Thursday.  Mr. W. et Trenchmann Editor, he has a new Cranton power press, has arrived.

Nov 1, 1891.  We have had a pleasant dry fall the farmers have gathered nearly all there crops.   Some late cotton and corn in the field.  Crops short, cotton low 7 cts a pound, good and provisions high.  Petter Hering returned home from Chicago where he has been for 5 months at work on his cotton machine.   He had one made and tried it.  Picked some cotton and he showed me a model and apiece that picked cotton.  Two deaths last week in town, children to.   Apose Catholicism is every where now.  There geting to strong in America, the preast craft is deplarable at Council Bluff, Indiana a political organization was aganist the Roman Catholic Church.  It is so un-American to be a Catholic.  To sell ones belief to the preast, pope and the devil.  Why not be a free man, be a American free liberty loving American.  Why let a preast rule over you and know all your secrets to take advantage and let the devil of a pope in Rome Cardinels know all about yourself.  Be a free man, be a American. 

A case acured below Bellville Tex.  Lately a German sold his place Mr. H. H. to a German and he had to go to consult the preast and git the preast to come and look at the land before he could buy the land.   How egrant he was and the man had lost his American Liberty.  His independent manhood of free America if we every had any.  How un-American it is to be a Roman Catholic T. slave.    A good rain fell here Sunday evening.  Heavy thunder.  The rain past off before night.

Nov 14, 1891- Saturday.  Mr Clarence Cole and family moved from Mill Creek section to Breham section this week and Mr. H. Milton and family moved Thursday 12 down to section18 on Mill Creek.  Three wrecks on the Santa Fe rode this week one at Bellville, one at Sealy and one above Kenneyville.  No rain this week.  A norther and East wind.  Made fince.  Our well has gone dry nearly.  I take the following papers now, Dallis Weekly News.  Will be out next week.  The Austin County Times for 1891-92.  Houston Post 1891-92, Farm and Ranch 1891-92, Ladies Home Journal out next November.  The Christian Hearld 1891-92, Agents Hearld 1891-92, Foreign Mission Journal 1891-92, Singer Brothers magazine out for 1891.

Nov 20 - Friday.  Rain all night East wind, a cold norther and frost that killed vegetation.  The wind hanged around to south.    The pecans have nearly all been gethered.

Nov 24 - Tuesday.  Mr Sam Hill and Miss Eller Prouty married at the Episcopalen Church at 10 o’clock and left on the up train on a bridle trip.   The young people threw old shoes after them.   The Texas School Journal speaking of English as she taught it ought to be American as she is taught and teach the young people American and let English alone.

Nov 25 - I and Louie Mertian hauled cotton.   Mr McCleond is over from Montgomery county, Mr. Leads and Mrs Kitty Moris started for Montgomery Co. to, with a wagon and hack, where Mrs will live near Mr Leads.   I here that she will or is writing a book, a novel or history.  I don’t know.  She is a teacher and a singular women.  She has chacters right at home to write and put in a novel or history.  I have the Century Illustrated monthly magazine a American Historical Magazine.   A good book, the highest magazine in Literature.   The Republic of St. Louis Mo. Nov 20 1891 at hand a Democrat paper.  

Dec 1 to 4 and 5th - Saturday 1891.  Tramped over the Forkes of Mill Creek around Oke Hill and Nelson mill.   Mr Frank Willis died Sunday night and was buried Monday.  A few out at his burying.  Cold East wind.  The country is settled up with Bohomeons so most all the Americans have moved out to the uper counties.  The Sayners, Barns, Lees, Monley, Creekman, Thompsons, Doughters, Shelbern, and a few other families live there.  Now of  Americans most all Germans and Bohemians.  The Elbat Grove has been cut down since 1878 and ruined for a pear orchard.  The house changed.    A few old people left Brat burays.  Old man Lee. two daughters are all that is left.    Come home Thursday.  A dry north west wind.  Some fire out from the pasing train.  One in our field.  Mr Henry Milton is very sick.  The new Methodist preacher J. C. Moar arrived and I met him at Mr Petter Herings.   He is from Arkinsaw.  He is a very nice man, silent, medium hight, brown hair bright red mustache.  I have Lobar by Count Lyof Tolstar a Russian labor book and a novel Cleopatra by H. Rider Haggard a English author.

Dec 6, 1891 Sunday. -  A good norther blowing.  Rev. J.C. Moar the Methodist minster helt services in Bellville M.E. (Methodist Episcopal) church and a good crowd were out to here him.  Robert come down Saturday.

Dec. 11 - I finished my house.  Robert and Louie Mertin started to dig a well at Mrs. Mertins.  We received a letter from Charley W. Millard from Galveston, Texas.  They all will be home at Christmas.  Today has been cloudy and heavy rain comence to pour down.  East wind.  Mr Elex Glinn had a golden weden , he has been married for 50 years.  They had a fine time. 

Received many presents and $180 dollars in money.  He was sorrow that we were not ask.

Dec 12, 1891 - Saturday.   East wind rain all day.

Dec 12, 1891 - Sunday.  East wind Rain heavy clouds.   The Houston Post Dec 10, 1891 is before me 14 pages.  The Religious World a column why I am a Baptist following by
the denamation.  God save the King and god so will it.  A old stalwart Calvinistic.  I supose we could say God save the President, if God so will it.   We want State and Church separate and do keep it separate but comes the clash or Romanism and they try to force school, free school church and State all in one.  Finish reading, Cleopatra by H. Rider Haggard a novel of the ancient, a well woven tale of Egypt.   I am reading Labor by Count Lyof Tolster translated by Mary Cruger from the Russin Lowellis Legacy to his country century, Nov 1891.It is man who is sacred, it is his duties and opportunities, not his right that nowadays need reinforcement.  It is honor, justice, culture that makes liberty invaluable, if it means only freedom to be base and brutal.

Dec 16, 1891 - Wednesday.  A norther, cloudy, cool, the rain left plenty stock water.  Robert and I have been spliting and sawing.  Monday , I heard that the down passenger train on the Santa Fe  rode off and smashed up above Brenham.  Did not learn whether anyone was killed.  The trains are behind, the down train.

Dec 17 - Thursday.  A cloudy cold day.  Walked up the Santa Fe rode near Kenneyville some of the farmers had killed hogs and were making sausage, and some poor nigro did not have money to buy things for Christmas.  Money scarce did not do any business.  Received a paper, The Empire State Exchange.  Pruine Bros. Pub Eden Valley Erie County, N.Y. Sciences Mineralogy Geology.   Also received odds & Ends, Mount Vema, New York  Dec 1891.

Dec 18 - Friday.  We worked the rode our Boss Harman Weohest.  Hands on the rode were Lun and Ralph Spence, Harman Ukert. Dear Back.  Henry Wrincke, Don Wheat a nigro, and myself.  A clear day.  There are more black birds than usual.  They pass both ways to and from Flag Lake.  I received the Arrow, Cross Plains, Wisconsin.  Robert B. Fredrick Edt., also received tow packs of envelopes, card from the International Portrait Co., Tex. Dallis.

Dec 20 - Sunday.  A cloudy day.  Went out to here Rev. Moar preach services, slim.  He preached a good sermon.  A birthday dinner up at Kennyville our Sam Brewer and others from town went up to have a good time.  A Jew fiddler was knocked down last night at town by tramp and sheriff Glenn captured four and jailed them.   Mr. Guss Falk run them in a bar room at the station where Mr Glenn caught them.  The Jew was not much hurt.  The poor tramps were making fans and ointments out of white pine and selling them to night.  A good attendance out at church, Bro Moar did well.  A cool East wind, cloudy.

Dec 23, 1891.  A norther, a good rain fell Monday and Tuesday.  The clouds have cleared off and let the sun shine out.  The people are giting there Christmas goods and turkeys and Christmas trees.  The pine trees is worth cut down by the greedy people for Christmas trees and they don’t care who’s land they git them off of and destroy the trees the nice grove of pines are ruined.   I received Texas Historical and Biographical Magazine from Rev T. B. Link & Austin Texas Vol 7 no’s 1,2,3,4,5,6, from Jan to Dec 1891 a valuable Baptist History of Texas.  Well written and collected articles of history and Biography of early men and women of Texas.   Also a small paper Nation Al Reformer, St Louis Mo. 15 cts a year.  Mr. W.S. Morgan, Editor, E. L Green Manger.  An Alliance paper nice reading and a fine toned farmer Educator.  A paper that the trust don’t like.

Dec 24, 1891 - A very pleasant day.  Looking for the boys home.  People busy gitting Christmas trees and buying Christmas goodies.  Napoleon and Henry come at night.

Dec 25 - Christmas Day.  Cold and rainey day, soon cleared off with rain.  And we had a good dinner.  Turkey and other good things.  Charley did not git home for Christmas.

Dec 26 - Saturday.  Henry left for Novsota, all the Hering boys down home.  A good many town boys home for the holly days.  We had a very nice day.

Dec 27 - Sunday. A nice day.

Dec 28, 1891 - Justice of the piece court day L. L. Prouvity.  The poor nigros come up like slaves for to be tried and Lawyer Glenn walked around John P. Bell and Hon. Chesley come in ocasinly to see about a case.

Dec 29 - Tuesday. 1891.  Napoleon left for home.  A clear day.

Dec 30, 1891 - Wednesday.  A cloudy day.       At home working and studying.

Dec 31, 1891 - Thursday.  A strong South wind with rain.  The young Ladies of Bellville fixing up for the leap year ball, new year night.  I went to see Mr Maning about the Early
Baptist History of the Austin, County.  He had lent the old Baptist Church the book to Mr J. P. Arsth out at Belton.  I did not git to see Matt Kenney and speak to him.  Went to Mr. P. P. Hering.  Young Petters is at home.   Pastor Moar was there and we had a pleasant time, change about talk.  Mr. Tomey & Alexander and family moved in the McLeod place.

Jan 1, 1892 Friday.  A norther and rain last night.  Clear today.  A bright new year, cool.   As Rev C. J. Sanders preached at the Methodist Church Tuesday night Dec last, he said that the Baptist would have meeting at Sealy the fifth Sunday in January.

Jan 2 - 1892 Saturday.  A cool day received some papers through the male.  Town was crowded Mr Jordan the fish man had fish to sell in town, fine Buffalo and Cat.

Jan 3 - Sunday. 1892.  A white frost, south wind, and clear day.  Pastor Moar, M. E. (Methodist Episcopal) Church hold meeting to day.

Jan 4 - Monday.  We comenced to fix fence.  I and Robert were across the rail rode by Tom Jeferson, a old nigro.

Jan 5 - Tuesday.  Nearly finish fince, old Tom Jeff come out and stretch a wire around what he wanted and cleaned.  He showed me a rock he said was his old corner of his first five acres he bough after his freedom.   The corner was out side near his crib. 

Jan 6 - Wednesday.  Robert Louis Mertin help and me finish the fince.  A nigro child was buried Tuesday it was 10 years old.  The nigros prayed, sing, shouted.  A light norther blew up clear and cool.  District Court commenced Monday 4th.

Jan 7 - Thursday.  Court still in session.  Tried to buy cotton seed.  The cattle are poor.  Feed scarce.   A big frost last night.

Jan 8, 1892 Friday. Very warm at night.  A fine moon light night.  The young people had a party at Miss Louie Adkinson to night.  Mr. Guss Fisher is going to git married and Miss Gertis and her mother are making Miss Anna Barty a white wedding dress, entended thay will marie soon

Jan 9 - Saturday.  An norther come last night a blue smokey one.  Cool and cloudy.

Jan 11, 1892 - Monday.  A sun day.  We heard Charley Haman had shot himself on Saturday night at home with a pistol.  He was a black smith and he drink too much logear beer and his wife left himself.  She had come back to git a divorce but she did not need any.  He was buried to day.   I received my enlarged pictures.  Three pictures from the International Portrait Company, Dallis.  Mrs Noman was in Indian inke.  I received the minutes of the Fifty-first union Association at Navsota, August 14th, 15 th and 16th 1892 with the Navsota Baptist Church and I visited Mr Elex Glenn and family, both were well.  Mr Glenn said, that if the people had been so close and particular that they, the early setters, could never have got along and made such a grate state.

Jan 12, 1892 - Sleet, rain with thunder set in last night.  This morning ever thing is covered with ice.

Jan 13, 1892 - Wednesday.  A cold rain, sleet commenced on the 12th  and the thermonter fell 10 degrees below freezing.   Bad on stock.  Went to town to day.  Ice very where.  District Court still in secession.  The robner case for pregurotory if he gits convicted, 5 years in the pen is the lowest.  Bell and Shelbern was for the defendent. The case was still on at sun down.  About 10 o’clock this morning at the station a brakeman (Santa Fe Railway) by the name off John Decomer fell and the locking train ran over him and his leg was cut off and his foot crushed.  A coupling failed to catch and he sliped and fell on the ice.  This evening Dr. Stone and Thompson cut off his leg.  He was sent to the hospital at Galveston at night on the 12.   The passenger and freight engine partly jumped the track near the south switch at town a broken rail.  Mr Cohan, Sterno Clerk left on the up passenger for Houston, his mind was afected, his girl went back on him.  I expect so, it is said the Lodyes had a aid scoite dinner at Wilsons and Tart old store a few people in town.

Jan 14, 1892 - Thursday.   Cold, clear, sleet on the ground.  Robert left today up the rode.

Jan 15 - Friday 1892.  A white frost, the bigest frost we have had.  Ice on the ground and havs tops yet.  Mr Cohn had some trouble with his sweetheart, J. A. and he was so broke up about it that he left.  A clear day, still cold.

Jan 16 -Saturday 1892.  A cold cloudy day with East wind.  District Court closed.   Five prisoners will go to the penn. And 3 left in jail.

Jan 17 - Sunday.  East wind, cold rainy, stayed at home.  Several sick with the grip in the county.  Winter wether now.  We are in the midst of winter.  

Jan 18 - Monday.  Rain and a norther, light rain giting colder.  Went to town, very few people from the county in.   Received the Cosmopolitan and Illustrated monthly magazine Dec 1891 and Christian Hearld, Houston Post, so after coming home it was so cold that it began to freeze and sleet and continued all night. 

Jan 19 - Tuesday 1892.  Every thing covered in hominy sleet a blizzard very cold, the clouds drifted south, clear.  A still clear cold night.  Mr Thomas Alexander lost one of his oxen, it died.  Mrs Mertin is sick.  This is the hardist cold spell for several years.  We have had mild winters till this.  I received catalog of publication by the American Baptist Publication Society, St Louis, Mo.

Jan 20 - Wednesday.  The heavy sleet is on thawing.   A buring this morning over at the graveyard.  A nigro.   I suppose a very few people stir out. Over among the neighbors found a family of Catholics, the woman is Irish decent and she think the church is broad and free enough.  Anton Fisher, a German, said a old Catholic preast had been around baptizing babies for his members.   They love liberty enough but it is so un-American to be a Catholic and to be bound to a preast and pope.  The rebellion on the border and in Mexico will be a Catholic Church war.

Jan 21, 1892 - Thursday.  Milder.  Stayed all night at Mr Ralph Spences, Miss Louie Adkinson is geting along in years.  She has the parized of one arm.  Mrs Lyons is sick.  The sleet nearly all melted off, rain, East wind.   The Singer Sewing Machine man, Mr Flish from New Orleans come out to see alon__.   The machine he had 50 cts pieces silver for vest buttons.  He is taking back 57 dollars sewing machine that Mr Davis sold and received $5, 10, 25 dollars on them and takes them back and sells new ones to keep up trade of high priced sewing machines.   What are the farmers to raise cotton is no good.

Jan 22, 1892 - Heavy clouds, drizzly rain.  The sewing Machine agent for the Singer sewing machine Co. come and Ma paid him $22.50 to and got all the notes.  A young man in Texas has no chance to do business at all if he is single.  The law civil docket is so if he sign his name to a note he can be closed out if he can’t pay cash.  All but a horse and saddle and a few books.  It is a mean law  single man ought to be on equal with a married man.  It gives mean Lawyers a chance to blackmale and felch money and property out of there hands for a small note and ruin them.  They come up to the Justice Office like slaves and pay up, if not there property is taken and they are left to pay a big bill.   And cause hard feeling and the Justice is heard to say that he needed money or a new pair of shoes or that he would have enough money to rattle.  Married at the residents of the Brides Mother.  Wednesday evening Mr. Guss Fisher and Miss Anna Bartsy were bound by the holy tie of matrimony.  Justice L. L. Prouty officiating, The relatives and a few near friends were in attendance.   The Times Jan 17, 1892.

Jan 23, 1892 - Saturday.  A nice day, clear, cool.  Guss Metye could not git up steam to grind corn as he had let out all his water out of the Boiler.   A good many in town.  Mr Heron Cohen the Jew is still in Houston at the infirmary.   His insanity is light and he is improving. His true love did not run smooth

Jan 24, 1892 - Sunday.  A clear day. Went to Sunday School.  The report was in the times that Rev Moar would preach and a good many come out and was disappointed.  The
saloon open to day and was open last Sunday in defiance of the law.  The Grose Revolution is Mexico is on a stand still.  A Mexican officer will be shot at day light on the 25th, Monday morning for not capturing Grose   Had the Chilean War or America the United States will declare war with Chiley soon if things goes on.   We spent a pleasant day.  The Baptist may have a house of worship in Bellville, Yet.

Jan 25, 1892 - Monday.  A clear warm day.  Plowed some went to mill with corn and got my meal.  Mr G. Metye was grinding yellow corn for grits, a bushel.   Court to day.  Mr and Mrs Alexander come over to see there son Thomas Alexander, the old folks are giting old now.  Petter Hering and Louis Hering was out and Petter bored 6 mo of the People Library and Henty Georges book.  And we looked over my books to see what he could find that he liked and could read.

Jan 26 - Tuesday.  A clear day and a warm day.  The Trisman that died at the Station in the seed house Monday was buried to day at Bellville old grave yard.   Mr Hallhould has come back.  He is cripple with rheumatism and is stoping with Mr Horez Bracy.   Bro C. J. Sanders preach to night to a good crowd, gods word.  I got several Centuars and Harpers Library back, no. of Petter Hering to day.  When Bro Green Baptized our Pastor Bro. C. J. Sanders he said he felt like he had Baptized a minster.

Jan 27 - Wednesday.    A clear bright day.  Hauled manure and plowed the garden.

Jan 28 - Thursday.  Sister Ellen and I taken the train at Bellville for Sealy.  I soon Mr Fred Burrs he going to Edney Jackson Co., Texas to go in the drug business.   Then I met Bro Weaver from Independence and we soon got off at Sealy and met Bro Henry Menke and others.  We went over to the Baptist Church to prayer meeting.  Where had prayer and good singing led by Mr Henry Menke.  Who we were a signed homes with Bro R. T. Sanders.

Jan 29 - Friday.   A heavy cold fog lasted tell nearly 11 o’clock.  I met Charley Millard, he come up from Galveston. We were a signed a home with Bro C. F. Sanders and family.  Charley got work at night by A. Weaver.  Introductory sermon.

Jan 30, 1892 - Saturday.  How can our church best develop our young women.  A. Weaver and W. H. Kirkpatrick.  Why do Baptist restrict their communion to there own members.  W. E. Clarke, A.S. Pomdeater, Wm Chalhon, he was absent, had bought out the Sealy Advance.  The relation of the Sunday to the Church.  Wm. Thompson, absent J Sanders, J. V. Nyberg.  How are those who died in infancy saved?  A  Weaver, A. S. Poinderta.   The last were discusted Sunday.  A Friday night by Bro A. Weaver, 2 chapters in Acts.  Bro Alex Glenn.  Sister Leary and Mrs Stone come down from Bellville and S. S. Poindexter and family come up from Wallis and we had a refreshing meeting Sunday at 11 A Weaver preach at night.  A. S. Poindexter preach and we come home Monday morning Jan 7, 1892.   The Stockman meet at Austin.  Delegates were going up to attend.

Feb 2. 1892 - Tuesday.   Plowed and planted potatoes, Irish.  A hot day.  The jay birds and Red birds are singing arrival of spring.   Black birds have come back as thick as ever.  They changed there feeding ground up the Brazos River and more East.  The scissortail stayed here till near December before they left.  The Larks bunch during winter.

Feb 3 - Wednesday.  Plowed all day.  A warm day, cloudy some during the day.  Petter Hering brought most of my papers back.  Where he had been hunting up about the cotton picking.  Reckon he has invented one and other partes are trying to invent.

Feb 4, 1892 - Thursday.  A heavy fog during the fifth Sunday meeting at Sealy Bro A. Weaver preached Sunday at 11 and when he finish he layed before the people old Baylor University at Independence which is in the hands of the Catholic preast teaching nigro children orphans. 

Bro Weaver raised 40 dollars in money given by the Sealy people to git back Baylor University from the Catholics making infidle nigros 

A wreck on the Santa Fe at Mill creek a broken switch ditch engine and some rock cars.  The passenger delayed tell in the morning.   A warm day.  Mrs. W.E. Luhn was closed out by P. J. Willis of Galveston.  Albert Saft a Jew fooled her to give him three thousand dollars a year a steal, a shylock of a Jew.  Saft give up his entention of giting $3,000 a year if he did have it in writing and recorded Feb 4 Friday a heavy fog.

Plowed all day, worked the Feb 5, I rode Mr Harmon Wehost over seer his last time for 1891 next we will have a new over seer.

Feb 5 - Saturday.  A strong wind from the South, cloudy, the wind blew strong all day.   At night lighting in the North.  I bought Vol 12, No. 5 January 1892 of the Forum and Harpers new monthly magazine Feb 1892, no. 507.  The Farmers are speaking of planting corn soon and are giting suplies,  credit again.  Raise more cotton.   Mr Light is going to plant a few acres in castor beans.  Mr C. F. Helm has bought out the Luhn goods.

Feb 7 - Sunday.  A light norther.  Miss Lou Adkinson and Willie Plumer and Miss Nora Morris stayed all night with us.  A good rain fell last night.  Sunday School and services at the Methodist Church to day by Rev J. R. More.  Some men win land when they own it Tom Hutchins has bought the Stabers track north of us.  He has split rails and post.  Stoped up rode, Mr Lish Adkison the male rider’s wife presented him with twins some time back.

Feb 8 - Monday.  A pleasant bright day, norther, partly cloudy.  I and Louie Mertin went to town and bought groceries, flour, oil, potatoes.  We met many people.   R. F. Helmuth was having his goods hauled out to Cat Springs.  I hauled manure and bed out sweet potatoes.

Feb 9 - Tuesday.  A cool day, east wind, plowed broke up ground.

Feb 10, 1892 - Wednesday.  Cool, cleared off, nice day.  Robert come back.  The rode has cut down hands so he had to go.  Mrs G. Kisser come and stayed all day.  I plowed.  Mrs Guss Fisher is puting up house, a new house for his wife.  Mr Williams are doing the carpenter work.  The Black birds are as plentiful as ever.  While over head during the evening, just before sun down.  They pass in large dove’s, an string out miles long and while one part is overhead a black cloud can be seen 6 or 8 miles East going to rest in the big lake.

I received the Texas Historical and Biographical Magazine vol 2 No. 7 , Jan 1892, Pal monthly by Rev G. B. Link, Austin, Texas.   A valuable Historical Magazine of the Early Baptist in Texas, and the Churches.   And associations and Early days of Young Texas History a valuable collection of facts that would have been lost.   I could hardly do with out it now.   Bro Link has his up on a good thing.

Feb 11, 1892 - Thursday.  Plowed at home in the morning and in the evening plowed Mr Mett Kenny garden.  He has a nice lot of grape arbors.   Mr Ed Holkamp is having the chimey choped down in front of his house and trees set out.   Louis Hering brough go the book a telegraph tale.

Feb 13 - Saturday.  Heavy clouds, a strong south wind.  Did not plow much.  Went to town and traded with Mr, Jenninys silver ware for 2 books, one set knives and forks and one set of forks for Heros of the Dark Continent and Jayes Illustrated Circle of Knowledge and got 2 no. of Harper weekly Feb 1892.   A box car truks jumped the track at the depot. 

A good many people and wagons in town.  The Methodist is holding quarterly conference at Bellville.   The President Elder Brooks is down, attending meeting.  The Boys were out and caught tow opossums each had young early for breeding.  The grass is green, trees buding and peach trees blooming, warm days, cold nights, winds.

Feb 14, 1892 - Sunday.  Valentines, a clear warm day.  Elder Brooks preach and the Church taken sacrament.  He will preach to night.   Mr. George Cumings has resign.  He has helt the office since 1888.  Mr Ludwig of Sealy was appointed.   Mr G. C. Bethany and Miss Anna L. Demant were married at Mr C. F. Hellmuth last Wednesday at 7 o’clock.  Rev D. Schruapf preformed the Ceremony.   I received Onah Marriage Bells Neb., Oliver A. C. Raso Manger. Jan 28 the National Economist, a bass Alliance paper, a Political paper.   The Presiding Elder Brooks of the Methodist Church.  Preach a fine sermon from Matthew.  What constutes a Church an able Christians discourse , he preach Christ.  The Christ as he was a proment man.  He had a full house of Bellville, best society and Elder Brooks left doctrine behind and nearly preach Baptist doctrine in his morning sermon he said under the law he Christ died spiritually and descended in to Hell.  Which is Catholic doctrine, it may be so but I am not, see it from a Bible stand print.   Bro J. C. Moar will preach at Bellville the second instead of the first. 

Feb 15 - Monday.  A clear nice day.  Plowed.   Robert choped wood.  The down passenger was wrecked above Brenham Sunday by some body and the Extary never got her to
tell in the evening.

Feb 16 - Tuesday.  Clear cool a light norther since Sunday night.

Feb 17 - Wednesday. Cloudy warm a rain bow at sunrise.  Sent a letter to International Partrate Co. Dallis 40 cts, 6 cts order and postage.  Town dull no news.  The tramp that camped in the pine grove had 8 cans and cooked onions, potatoes, Coffee in the cans and made a plate out of an oil can and made soft pine fans.  They left for other parts.   Everything quit on the 19th.  The maskrade in town.  Sister Ellen left for Sealy to go with Carley at the Section.

Feb 18 - Thursday.  A cloudy warm day, a strong south wind, some rain.  Reading Harper new monthly magazine Feb 1892, the Dallas weekly news.  Feb 18, 1892, Sealy Advance.  Dear editor news are scare so I have much to writ you .  The Methodist quarterly conference closed Sunday.  The presiding Elder Brooks preached to a crowed house and pastor J. R. Moars had a good meeting.   The farmers are plowing and planting corn.  Some corn is up.  Irish potatoes are doing well.  Mr Light will plant several acres of castor beans and less cotton but very few farmers will change from last years crop.  Some parties went on a bear hunt from Bellville to the lower counties, Tramps have been plentiful around Bellville last week.  Mr George Chatham left for Temple Monday.   The wether is warm and grass is green and peach trees, plum, Elem, fig are puting out and blooming.  Bellville has taken a building spell several new houses is to be built during the year.  Mr John Sethney and Guss Fishers house is nearly finished.  George Massongill a nigro by the pines back off of our field at little piney bridge is building a small box house.

Feb 19, 1892 - Friday.  A cloudy warm day, strong disagreeable south wind with a slight sprinkle of rain.  Robert and myself planted corn.  Old man Alexander and wife pass by going home from a visit to se there daughters family both are married, Ralph and Lum Spence.  The rect pasenger  pass down, up on track agan.  Boused some from the run off above Brenham.  Mr Wm Vaswemkl, Johnson, Graff families went to town to see the maskrade.  The Elem, Pinske, Huny Locas, Plum, Fig, Peach, all are puting out leaves and blooms.  A few maskers on the streets.  A crowed in town from the country to see the mask parade.  I received 7 papers by male.  Austin County Times Houston Post, Western Boxt is, a Health Journal, Good Stories, Musick by the band.  The Times and Standard will consolidate come out next paper as one.  Heavy clouds heat oppressive to night, thermometer stand at 76 a high south wind lighting around.  Rain with a norther, between 10 and 18 with some hale.  Can a Catholic adherence to the Roman Catholic Church be a good Christian and observe all the rules of the people church, Also can he be a good American citizen.  I say no in both cases.  This United States being a free country and the person is not free as they are under the Prest and Pope and is not free citizen, it the church of Rome keeps one in France and cheat one out of ther rights and liberty, so un-American so is this land of Liberty.

Feb 20, 1892 - Saturday.  A light norther, a good rain and some hail last night, Piney up.  Me and Samson set out five trees, one Elm, one cotton wood, and three sycamore trees in front of the house.

Feb 21, 1892 - Sunday, Brought 4 Harpers Weekly and several other papers, among them the Missionary Dollar reporter.   Rev A. R. Griggs, Editor 329 Hall Street Dallas,

The Colored Baptist Missionary and Educational paper for the Texas Baptist Rangers to be held in Houston June 8 to 15th, 1892  Historical and to raise $25,000 dollars for missions.   A nice little paper.  North wind, cloudy. Methodist Sunday School in town.  The Nigros are digin a grave over at the old grave yard.   The Tramps that camp in the pine grove last week left a board with the tribes traveling names on it and I got the board here is the cipher Com. Brock, Cincinnati, Mike Rapsy, Pa Slym and Lark kid, Chicago, Red bound for South Texas.  The tramps singn, Transient Man, All ways on the bum, Never Work and never will, American Man of Leisure.

Feb 22 - 1892.  Washington Birth Day and Texas Arbor day.  A Partrait day of our Hero.  President first of United States.   A pick nick at the Camp ground about 50 people and a nice dinner.  The citizens of Bellville, Buckhorn and Sympranous met and planted out 50 or 60 trees.    I Planted out Irish potatoes.  Mr Petter Hering and Rev J. R. Moar.  A good dinner as could be set anywhere.  They enjoyed themselves.   To night 22 in memory of our first president George Washington.  At town Public  house, Prof. Loggins and his ladies teachers had a school enheartment all about Washington.  A crowded house.  Music, speechs, dialogs, marching, doll drill and father time and his daughters.  A patriot day in a splendid entertainment.  Prof and his school has the praise of the nice a fares.  Washington Portrate hung back of the stage, honor was paid to the Father of his Country and Liberty Hero of America.

Feb 23 - Tuesday.  Cloudy and clear, East wind.  Plowed today.  A way warm traveler came by going south to Sealy with a pack and gun.  He was brown as parchment.  A tramp and hardly to say a regular one ploding on his way.  He may not pass this way but once.

Feb 24, 1892 - Wednesday.  A warm day, a norther blew up in the evening.  Corn and cotton planted.   I got some sugar cane from Harmon Wehsest.  He had planted some corn August, W. was planting corn.  I worked on a harrow and maled a letter to Sealy Advance.  Mr Ben Granvill and Eb Saft had a fight at town.  I stoped in at Mr Harris Brace all were well.   Mr Hall Gould is still thare, he is very parley (paralyzed) it looks like he will never git well.   He told of his and Kit Wilsons early travels in West Texas, when he first started out.  And of a long travel he had with a lot of wild cow boys from Wyoming to New Mexico with a lot of pack horses and the talk changed to ware (war).   Mr Bracy told some tales of Mr T. W. Mathews keeping a diary all through the ware and that Mrs Pilley had a book of Mexico Times.  When Mr Piley was captured and he drew a white bean and tow (two) brothers , one drew a white one the other a black one. And the sickly one wanted to put him self for his brother but they would not exchange, so his brother we shot and he died soon after.

Feb 25 - Thursday.  Cool, partly clear.  Plowed.   Rob made cross fence.   Yesterday tow men were in town selling Pan American coffee of tea pot made of copper galvanised in front of Lohn & Granville, free coffee.   Petter Hering come over for awhile this evening and had a chat.  Holkcamp and Barder has sold out to Hargle and Miller Judges.   A quit a change.  Holkamp sold his house and he will move to Houston.  A Ren has made her nest in a gourd and 2 eggs layed the first of the week.   I received the Fireside Visitor from I. M. Johnson, Smithfield, Va.  Feb 1892, 20cts a year Vol no. 2.  Cotton is low, dry goods and grasses are higher than when cotton is a good price.

Feb 26 - Friday.  1892.  A cool east wind, cloudy.  Plowed at house.  A young tender foot from Conecut came out to West Texas to punch cattle on the planes in the panhandle,
and he was going to keep a diary.   He wrote in his book June 18 punching cattle next day June 19 punching cattle again and he lost his book the next day so he did not keep any more diary.  As books was scarce out west.   Mr. King is down at Corps Christie at the meeting of Greens Bregade, Mr Forqaker is with him.  They went from Fayett Co. , Tex.  Two trains lode of sand on flats went up the rode to day.  Two men pass tramping going opsit directions.

Feb 27, 1892 - Saturday.  Cloudy, East wind.  Hauled manure .  Went to mill.  Some men had a self packing cotton press atachment.  At town Wm. Sanders, patentee, Paris, Tex., agent selling the attachment come along and said it would mat up the cotton so bad that spiners could not uset.    A Methodist deciple said, I would go to the maskrade ball if I was a Baptist, some of members of both churches will be thare.   I am sorry to say, a hard thrust to come where it did. 

Some one has been throwing shafts at the Methodist lady.   A mask ball last night at town.  A German traveler was washing his clothes at pine grove at the knight of the rodes camp.  I don’t know any more news.   Mr Bigs is shiping ash wagon timber sawed to Brenham, And Mr. P. Hering is puting in a Culvert by Judges.  The fall campaign will be a busy one in Texas and the United States as the Governed and President election comes off this year., And third party is in the field.

 Feb 28 - Sunday 1892.   Bright and clear, a norther, cool.  No service only the pisco polen goen preachers went a visiting to M. C. Spences.  Nancy and Me and had a pleasant time.  Found all well.  John Spence had arisen on his finger.

Feb 29, 1892 A cool & cloudy day, norther.  Planted cane seed at the house, planted corn down in black land.  To wet to plant much.  Robert choped wood and droped corn.  Then went down on the rail rode and got on hand car and went to town with section hands. Looks like it would freeze again.  Mr Motty left for Camron Sunday to work. 

March 1 - Tuesday. 1892.  Clear, cool like a spring morning.  Three Chicago tramps pas going south well built young men.  Feb 27 Austin county teacher meet at the school house March 7 th.  Pastor C. T. Sanders preach at the Methodist Church to a good crowed subject Moses Choice, Hebrew.   Mrs Lee is up from Sealy with Bro C. T. Sanders.  She is stoping with Mrs F. L. Leary.    A good congregation out to hear a good sermon.  Uncle Tomes Log Cabin dramatic company played to night at the Opera House to night.  As we come from Church some of the Episcopalian said it couldn’t be said that they were not out to here preaching if thare was a play in town.  Planted corn.  Cool to night.  Mr Petter Hering left for Houston Sunday on business.

March 2 - Wednesday. 1892.  Pastor C. T. Sanders and Mr Lee left on the down train for Sealy.  And I got him to take the Sealy Advance a letter.  Uncle Tomes Log cabin company was not allowed to play at Hempstead the boys shot out the lights and they were run off from Brenham and Bryant would not let them play.  The people was afraid that they would steer up the nigos with the war time problem.  Mr Lum Spence says he worked on the Brazos River 3 years.   TH is place cleared 20 acres of land and let them have 7 bales of cotton all of his work 700 dollars and now Lawyers charge and Hy has 500 hundred dollars against him for neceris (necessaries) that he got while down there and he lived poor.  He will tell them to get if they ask him for it, he can’t hardly make a living.  And have charges aganist Raph 400 dollars on book for suplies got during bad years.  A perfect steal that is what credit is and swindle the poor farmers out of what they make.  A flat car loaded with rock broke down in the middle and was switched off at town.  The Farmers Aliance Store will change so Mr Takla can pay in April and outsiders of the Aliance can take stock.  Nigro, Garge Massingill tore down his house all but side room and is building to new part, it was old house.   Mr John Betheny and John Foster arested a Nigro boy at the old Nigros on the Bifer place, today.  I rocked off my corn.

March 4, 1892 - Friday.  Not well. East wind, cool cloudy.  Rob plowed and quit and left for Sealy to see if he could git work.  Little Mame Alexander birthday today and Ma and Nancy will go over when Nancy comes from school.  Mamie is 6 years old a nigro.  Bering at grave yard this evening.

March 6, 1892 - Sunday.  I sadled up the filey and rode through Bellville.  A light norther.  The farmers has most of there land broke up now.   And corn planted.  I pass the Nigro school house and church near Brandses.  And come to see Mr Wm Greens place, a large store house, Mr Green was at home.  He is a republican and says that if Hogg is elected or nominated the republicans will elect a governor.  On the end of the store was carved C.W.G. Hoetell go to Bellville.  Mr Green was not right well.  The Nigros were going to church so I left on the lane to Piney bridge.  I pass a lot of cordwood and a lake full of tile eye and come to Piney Bridge.  Piney is deep and low.  Cross over and went to the river up to Tom Pope old place and the old Pope house has fell down and the gin house is standing good, Yet pass on to Mr. Wm. Reeds house a high house off the ground.   John Jr Bell a malate nigro lives thare.  He has some bees and nice hogs.  Then after stoping thare a while I come up to the Back Field, where Exhran Allen use to run the farm his son runs it now, Pays $600 dollars a year & since Allen death two men were in a boat in the river a gravel shole where the river makes a bend, water worn rocks the Indians use to live up on the bank.  I found a arrow head and got some nice rocks to bring home.  Nearly all the land is broke up in the black field out on Flag Lake.  Mr Jackson lives.   John Abbnery two brothers both have corn up looking well.  Saturday a Primary Republican Nomination was left in town.  Cloudy to night, North wind.   Barbed wire every where with a plank new fence all over the state.  Mr Alex Myer showed me a green goods man confederate letter from a rage in New York.  A swindle and a thief to send out such letters for people to bit at and he sends them all over the Country.   Many different kind of early flowers in bloom on the river and low lands.

March 5 - Saturday 1892.  Henry Millard come home from Farmersville on the top last night.  Left for Brenham today.   Rain last night.  This morning two fisherman was in town selling fish, perch and Buffalo.  Had 2 or 3 hundred pound selling 8 or 10 cts pound.  Hewett Musettes were being advertized today.  Good many farmers in town, not buying much.  The roses comence blooming the last of February and March 1st .  A large Tuesday 7, Wednesday 2.  Man saw crains flying high.  One hawk, black tip wings going north.

March 7, 1892 - Cold, Cloudy, rain.  No work. and Robert covered up the Irish potatoes as it is gitting cold enough to freeze.  Samson covered up the plants in the garden, now.   I aranged my house and papers.  Henry laugh some prevision and worked on some poems.   The rain Saturday but a light shower fell east of Piney Creek.   A good rain west of Piney.

March 8 - Tuesday 1892.   Cool, clear day.  Have the head ache and did not do much, racked of cane, plowed some.  Petter Hering come and brought some books and papers, Sintifest American 1877 Polikouchka by Lyof Jolstor. Marcus Cheretius by Matthew Amath, Education J. A. Frand, American Jew.  Petter will leave for Houston tomorrow to take a position as a drug clerk.   I have written a letter to the Sealy Advance.  Will not git to send it to night, Cool north wind. Likely to frost to night

March 9 - Wednesday.  Clear a south wind, pleasant.  A long walk across from Bellville to Millkime.  Stop at Prof. C. J. Rinoke and had dinner.  Had a pleasant talk on law and politics.  The Hamstead and Mr Rinoke is teaching school at old Milheim where Mayor Metzes old school house in early days.  Where many of the boys received a education in Austin Co. then I come on to Sealy a 8 mile piece.   Met, Mr. Somerpein and found Mr J. W. Walker lawyer and went up town by Mr Larnes, drug store where I found Mr Calhon, Editor of Sealy Advance, he was busy giting out his paper and went home and was entertained by his nice wife.    He has the International Encylopida cost 60 dollars.

March 10 - Thursday. 1892.  A dry norther blew up last night.   The Post say in the North a raging blizzard and snow storm.  Mrs Calhon had a nice breakfast and we were off to business and no day for it at Sealy.  The men that has been cleaning fethers is leaving.  Thay cared away with them a 100 pounds of fethers, wether they bough them of got them by fraud, I don’t know.  Mr Garve Silliman hauled there plunder over to Hempstead.  The up passenger is late.  Sealy Advance comence out on Saturday, correspondence  must reach thare on Friday evening or Thursday from Bellville.  George W. Curtist director College Station Brazos Co. Tex.,

Mr Calhan give them to me No 19 and 18 bulletin from Texas Agriculture Experiment Station.   After visiting the Section house below Sealy.  Ellen and Charley were well and well pleased with the Mrs and Mr of the Section.  I come back to Sealy.  Bro C. T. Sanders would have me to go home and attend prayer meeting with him.   After supper we went out, the air was cool.  The meeting was led by C. T. Sanders and he made a nice talk.   Dr. Ed Magrader and Mr Runner made a talk and we had a prayerful meeting, a blessing.  Mr Runner is working for S.C. Taleman Co., Esier, N.Y. 

          I got one subscriber, Mr John Hill, San Felipe, Austin Co. Texas (20 cts). for one year, the National Reformer.  In 1838 Mrs Vergand Kembal and D____ Leporta Kemball com to Texas.  Mrs Kembal is living yet at Mr. John Hill’s

March 11, 1892 - Friday.  Old some frost in the northern part of the County, Also Ice.  After Staying with Bro C. T. Sanders all night I left for San Felipe pass through the old historical town, Meeting a gentleman, Mr Charley L. Williams and had a chat about the old town of San Felipe.   I learnt a good deal of interest and the mouth of the Brazos, that Galveston was giting beat for deep water.  Com on up to Mr. Hills and after talking on Texas History he give me a old Texas Almanac for the year 1859.  Most of it tore off but quit some history is left yet of interest.  The Mexican War was in ‘46 and in 1842  Mr. Cumings was not runing the water mill on Mill Creek when Mr. Hill John com to Texas and Cumings did not full fill his contract to clean out Mill Creek so boats could run from the Brazos River to the mill, But he kept his land maby war coming one changed the affares.  Stayed all night with Mr. John Bozman at Milheim.

March 12, 1892 - Saturday.  Cross Mill Creek on the lower bridge and come up to Bellville.  The Irish Potatoes and corn gardens was nip by the frost.  I stayed at Mr. Frety Veck and come to Bellville.  Nearly all the farmers have all there land broke for planting.  Bro. Napoleon named his boy Robert Napoleon , so he writes on the 10th  of Feb 1892.

March 13 - Sunday.  A nice warm day.  Mother, Nancy and I. went out to here Moar preach.  A good congregation out.  He preach a good sermon.  We went home with Mr. Jack Meyers and taken dinner and in the evening 2 or 3 o’clock.  We all went out on Buggy to here and see the Methodist Nigro preacher baptize 9 or 12 candidates.  Pastor D. E. Norwood, Methodist Church had a long black gown on and the water was damed to make it deep enough.  A large crowed both white and black had gathered to see the baptizing.  After a hymn was sung Rev Norwood ask good order of the crowd.   Hillard Meree waded in and sounded the depth.  Then the pastor walked in after performing part of the ordnance before he went in the water.  Then 6 men with white head dresses one at a time was led in and Baptized, put under.  All were called by name when dip under.  The women were dressing out under a tent and 6 dress in white come out and were led in and Baptized.  Lucy Standard, Anne Green, Hattie Dudly, Harrett Green, Emma Johnson, Anna Johnson, & very good order.  A few laugh as the women were Baptized and went out shouting.  Elder D. E. Norwood dismissed the crowd and we came home and Henry left for Galveston.

March 14, 1892 - Monday.  Planted corn.  Sent 3 letters off one to Napoleon, one National Reformer, one to Current Literature, Pul Co., New York.  A warm day.  Many geese going North and some brent, the mocking birds singing at night.  Late house martins flying about.

The End of 1891 and 1892   March 18, 1892   Friday

                             L. S. Millard    

 Bellville, Austin Co., Texas.     


Lindsey S. Millard
Book # 2

August 9, 1898 - May 15, 1900

August 9, 1898 - I atended the Methodist camp meeting.  Rain in the morning on the 8th.  The meeting closed on Home Creek in Mr Newman’s pasture.  Rev. McCorkel commenced a Baptist meeting at Copville on Saturday.

August 8, 1898 - Rain this morning.  The Methodist Camp Meeting closed this week on Home Creek in Mr. Newman’s pasture.  Bro. Mc Corkel comeced a protracted meeting at Copeville or Cleveland school house on Saturday. 

October 23, 1898 - Went to Santa Anna and received my male, visited the News Office, Mr Campbell was writing up the fair notes and hapinngs.  A dull day.  Business dull,
loding cotton seed and both gins a gining cotton most all that was going on.     I have been binding my stamp papers.  I have about 15 or 20 Stamp papers and lot of good Stamps many varieties, stamps from all over the world.

Dec 19, 1898 - Snow on the ground to day.  From the 9 of Dec. A good rain Saturday..

Dec 20 - I bored  J. W. Bouchnan’s surveying chain and went out 3 or 4 miles near Hearndon’s to measure off some land 100 acres of land with Mr J. D. Smith in the North part of his 6 acre pasture.  I will pay 100 dollars down and have the deed drawn so I git 50 acres if I don’t the other one hundred 4 years to pay it in, in all $200 dollars, varies wide and 19.00 long less.

January 2, 1899 - A cold day payed Mr J. D. Smith $100 dollars down for 50 acres of land and gave 2 notes 50 dollars each for the other 50 acres of land $200 for the one hundred acres of land Mr and Mrs J. D. Smith signed the deed and we went to Coleman.  The banks were all closed and as couldn’t git (stamp) check did not close the trade or finish the deed.  Bank and Post Office were closed.  Court was going on, on Sunday 1 was New Years day as our notes and deeds need Rev Stamps on them to make them legal.  I couldn’t leave my deed with the County Clk.

January 2, 1899 - A cold day payed Mr. J. D. Smith $100 dollars down for 5 acres of land, the north part of the Holden Rhodes track 640 acres. I git 100 leaves 540 acres.   And give 2  notes of $50 dollars each of the other 50 acres of land $100 dollars which makes $200 in all for 100 acres of land.  Went to Coleman with Mr. T. D. Smith Monday was a holley day with banks and Post Office.   Court House was going on.  On Sunday Jan 1 was a New Years was Holley day as our notes and deeds needed revenue stamps on them to make them legel.  So I could leave it in the County Clerks office.  Could not git them. *Back Note.

January 2, 1899 - In the Coleman Democrat office at Coleman, Mr. Warsaw Hunter let me look at som Menales papers from the Philipine Islands, 3 of them, The American Soldier, Isacc Russels Editor, The American Manila 1898, Fredom 1899. * Back Note.

 Jan 3, 1899 - At the Democrat office Coleman Mr Warson Hunter and Harry Hulort let me look over some Manila papers.  Philopon clords from young Woodard, the Coleman boy.  3 papers The American Soldier editor Issick Russels, The American D. J. Freeman.

January 7 - Moved down on Mr. J. D. Smith new pasture 4 miles east of Santa Anna, near Mr Herndons.  To comence braking land , puting in a field.

January 7, 1899 - Moved down on J. D. Smith new pasture 4 miles East of Santa Anna near Mr. Herndons, to broke land and to improve a new place. Note: Santa Anna, Texas
1899 - 4 nearly 5 miles North East.

January 24, 1899 - Have been here 2 weeks braking land.

January 27 - Friday.  A cold norther East wind.  This morning North to a snow storm in the evening stop plowing and made a fire and looked over some Stamps from Mr A. R. Mercer of East Liverpool, Ohio 237 5th St.  5 aprove sheets of stamps Numbers # 2, 3, 5,4, 1, 6.  Value $1.05, .86, .86, .64, . 1.30.   I did not buy any of Mr Mercers stamps and sent them to Mr Weber Chicago, Ill Jan 28, 1899 Saturday.

February 27, 1899 - Monday. Went to Santa Anna as Nancy is going too return to Temple Feb 28.  I wanted to see her before she left as a Sand storm raged all day Saturday 25.  Went up to Santa Anna, Nancy was going back to Temple.

Feb. 28, 1899 - I wanted to see her before she left.  A sand storm was ragin on Saturday.  Stayed late at night and com hom a foot.

March 1, 1899 - Wednesday Clear day have been braking land all during Jan - Feb when not too cold.  Nearly all broke

March 1, 1899 - Wednesday.  Clear day have been braking land.  January and February when not too cold have nearly all land broke now very dry.

.March 19, 1899 - Sunday.  Went up to the Mountain city.  A letter and lots of paper.  I will have to move my book out of  Mr Waffords house will owe him rent $1.50.  Henry received a Picture from Napoleon as a Arkansas hunter a good subject.

March 20, 1899 - Henry and Samson come down with some lumber, enough to build a small house 8 by 10 which I need bad as I have to move my books.  I put it on my new place and will move as soon as I can out of my tent.  We nearly finished to day.  High wind, very dry.  We need rain.  The lumber cost 8 dollars and a few cents, paid $7.25.

March 24, 1899 - Friday.  Finish braking my 5 acres of land on my hundred acres

March 27, 1899 - Monday.  The high norther that come up, cool Sunday 26. Clouded up last night . Cold some fine mist, cold all day to day.  No work done...

March 27, 1899 - Monday.  A cold cloudy day.  A light norther blew up Sunday.  Cool all day on Saturday 25.  We planted corn at Mr. J. D. Smith half day.  To day did not
 work nor did Mr. J. D. Smith come down.

March 28 - Monday.  A cold norther blew up Sunday with clouds.  Come over last night .  Cold to day.  Did not work.

March 30, 1899 - Commenced to plant corn.  Very dry and bad planting. , Henry hauled wood.

March 31 - Friday.  A cold norther, cloudy and disagreeable day, thunder with sleet, snow and rain.  Cleared off in the evening.  Did not do much of anything today.  Mr J. D. Smith come down.  A very good season in the ground.   I received 2 circulars No’s 17 and 27.   United States Department of Agriculture office of Rode Inquiry.  It is dificult to git anything of book from Washington now with out paying for it.  Here is a best of my Stamp papers and others that I take. 


    Baptist Standard                                  Houston Post Weekly                           Santa Anna News

    Coleman Democrat                        Magazine Texas Farm & Ranch                 McClares Magazine

Stamp Papers:

Mekeely Weekly Stamp News           The Lone Star Philatelist

The Texas Philatelist                            The Virginia Philatelist

The Evergreen State Philatelist             The Montropoletan Philatelist

The Lens                                             The Tri-Monthly Philatelist

The International Philatelist                   The Herald Exchange

Canada Stamp Papers                         The Stamp Reporter

The Montreal Philatelist                        The Philatelist Advocate

Mar. 31, 1899 - Friday.  Mrs Anna Philips died Last Monday wife of Mr S. H. Philips of Santa Anna.   Also Albert James Ashley died, a young man Born Aug 27, 1880, died
March 20, 1899.

April 1 - Saturday. Dry and windy.

April 2, 1899 - Sunday. Cloudy, Changeable.

April 3 - Monday.  Cold north wind, Cloudy

April 4 - Tuesday.  Finish planting corn and come cold and ??

April 5 - Wednesday. Cool, Cloudy, East Wind, some rain.

April 6 - Thursday. A north wind with cold rain come in the night and continued up in the day..

April 7 - Friday.  Wet, dug post holes after the rain.

April 8 - Saturday.  Draged off land.

April 9, 1899 - Sunday.  Went up to the Mountain City.  Bro Lee preach the dedicating Sermon.  A crowed house at the Baptist Church.  The Baptist Church is out of debt.

April 10 - Monday.  The 14 Friday fix fince , built string clear around new land.  Corn coming up.

April 14, 1899 - Friday.  Warm Cloudy some rain around

April 15, 1899 - Saturday.  Rain, wind from the East.

April 16 - Sunday.  A good rain this morning stoped at 10 or 11 in the morning.  Went to town and had lot of male.   Some small pox scare, Mr Ben Rothemel had been exposed while at Brownwood, but hope him and Family will escape.

April 17 - Monday.  Changeable all the week.  Harrowed off my land and Planted some corn, beans, melons, and Kaffer corn.

April 18 to 21st - Friday.  Rain, changeable, cold.  Mr J.D. Smith planted cotton Thursday.

April 22 - Saturday.  Very wet after the rain.  Have the fence up around our new land farm but not much planted owing to the new plowed land, being cloudy and dry and rough.

April 23 - Sunday.  A nice day did not git up in time to go to preaching.   We planted cotton from the 24th Monday to the 26th Wednesday.   We need more rain.  The trees and grass are giting and flowers are begaining to bloom, the woods are full of birds a signing and build nest.  The clouds cleared off to day with a north west wind.

April 27, 1899 to 30th - Sunday.  Cloudy wether no rain.

May 7 to 6, 1899 - Changeable winds, cloudy nearly all the week.  Nearly finish planting cotton during the last two weeks in April and May plowed out my corn.  We need rain on our new land to bring up our cotton.   To Day 7, 1899 early morning the best rain fell that has fell here this year com from South west, the creeks run a good rain the creek had fell one foot when I reach it and it was runing half banks.  The sun com out and every thing seems to be rejoicing now, the birds ia a singan and distant thunder brakes in from the departing rain.  I have more papers than I can read and work tow gethering stamps and litrature, relicks.  Mr W.P. Mitchell has a fine collection of relicks put up in nice stile in the depot of Santa Anna.   I wish I could sell the old place and I could remove my things from Austin County to here.  Hoping that I can make something this year so I can move them here and take care of them.

May 9, 1899 - Planted cotton, som cane.  The ground is good fix, A good season.   10th Wednesday a good rain fell 11th Thursday.  A good rain fell in the evening.  Mr J. D. Smith and Stablefield strengthen the tank dam in the pasture to keep it from braking over.  A season in the ground that will last and bring up every thing planted.

May 12 - Clear and warm but every thing is wet from the rain.

May 13 to 19 - Friday.  After the rain finish planting my cotton and corn, also Kaffer corn, also plowed out corn and som cotton and hoed the corn.   Moved on Friday to my new house and was sick.

May 20 and 21st - Sunday.  A good rain past west of Santa Anna down the Colorado, on Monday night.

May 22nd - A good rain with wind com up from the West to the North West.

May 23 - Tuesday. I fix up my house and Mr J. D. Smith com down with his two boys and choped cotton.  I have sorter goten things in shape now.   I have collected stamps and
 envelops of 99 issue or 98 ed and several others, also paper and books.

May 24, 1899 - Wednesday.  Before day this morning a good rain com up from the North west.  Too wet to work to day.  Worked with my books and around the house.  Got
too small a room for to have so much.  Mr J. D. Smith did not com down.  Clear to day, warm,.  As I could not do much work in the field today, altho my crop needs plowing and hoeing.

I received the Percorator for May, Canadian Philatelic Review April 25., Mekeel Weekly stamp new April 25.   All good stamp papers with lots of good news and notes of men and stamps ads where one can buy all kinds of stamps, of new isses from all Countries and about our own stamps, and stamp papers.  How I would like to git money enough to buy som good stamps and subscribe for 25 or 30 good stamp papers and other magazines and papers, but the whites mans Bardent has cut all off tell we can’t hardly live.

May 25, 1899 - Thursday to May 27 - Saturday. Cloudy nearly all the week.   Tow good rains this week.  Plowed over all the my corn and choped som cotton.  Went to town and as I received som papers and plows sharpened at Mr Dunwoly shop. 

 Mr Henry Holensworth and Curtis are giting there telephone, up in worken order, poles and wires all over town.   My male, The Baptist Standard May 25, Vol XI, No 21, Houston Dem-Weekly Post May 25 Vol 10 no 16.  The Metropolitan Philatelist Vol XI No 8, The Montreal Philatelist, The Montreal Philatelist Vol 1 May 1899 No 12., Pleasure and Profit for every body Vol 1 No 24.., The Coleman Democrat Vol 11, No 32., The Santa Anna News 13 year No 21., and 16,  Stamped envelopes canceled.  Crops are growen fine som grass. 

A very few people in town.  Nearly every body worken ther crops.

May 27. 1899 Saturday.  Cloudy, no rain.  A black mesurings worm infest the Musquet trees in grate numbers but do no damage.  And a small Louces has com by the thousands all among the trees.  I haven’t saw any damage as I think thay are harmless.   I have a old church history by Goodrich of how the Christians was perscuted over one hundred years ago in England.  How cruel people were and the money powers have comenced slavery, robery and wars.  And Percution again by oppressing the people, THE POOR.

May 28 - Sunday.  A nice day.  No preaching in Santa Anna.  Sunday school and prayer meetings.

May 29 - Monday.  Cloudy, rain at night with som hale and wind, Broke land, crops are growen fine now plenty of rain.

May 30  - Tuesday.  Cloudy and wet, cool.

May 31 - Wednesday.  Broke land and went up too Santa Anna with the horse and received my male.  Cotton choppin the order of the day only a few in town.

June 1, 1899 - Thursday.  Heavy clouds rain around last night.  Pleasant growen wether for crops.  Can not work fast enough, haven’t much time to read and do anything but chop cotton.

June 2 - Friday.  A high blustring south wind has cleared of clouds, warm day.

June 3 - Saturday.  Choped cotton went to town, very dull a few people in town not much trading.  Very quit most of farms a working in there crops.  Crops very good, but late.  Every thing at a low eb and people don’t greet you like they used to.

June 4 - Sunday.  Not feeling well stayed at home and read my papers and books and worked with my stamps.  A dull hard task if I could go like I once did but things is not like they once were.  Rode down to the Cedar Broke and found a few arrow points and som crinods grass, fine plenty of  timber.  The Cedar broke is very rough and the Chesley pasture is rough and rocky croping out with limestone all over.  Heavy cloud in north and west like we would have more rain to night.

June 5, 1899 - Monday.  Rain from the north, north west.  It must to have rain all night as this morning at day brake we has a good rain.  And has set in with heavy clouds and coming from the east.  No work in the field today.  Rain nearly all day, some showers poured down, the creeks are up. Found som pamphlets and read on different subjects,  the Mound Builder in 1874 report of Smith Senior Instule report and Studied and work with my stamps.

June 6, 1899 - Tuesday.  Rain nearly all night and today.  Up tell 12 in the morning.  Water every, a good season in the ground.  Went out on the creek and caught a young wolf. 
And found some 4 or 5 Ancient mounds and som arrow points, can’t do any thing today in the field.   I hope we will have som nice wether now.  No rain in the evening.

June 7, 1899 - Wednesday.  Field to wet to work went up to town.  Received my male and “g”.  Went out to Mrs Thornton’s and got a bushel of June corn.  Tryed to pay the Taxes on the old place.   Som were choping and plowing cotton.  The Telephone system from Brown, Coleman to Brownwood has reached Santa Anna and pass on.  Crops looks well but corn is Tasling low.  The worms have damaged cotton agradle (great deal) here.

June 8, 1899 - Thursday.  A cloudy morning, a little cool.  Choped cotton.  Mr Smith com down with his boys George and Searcy, he plowed up som grass land and the boys choped cotton.  The ground is wet in the field crop growen fine.  Set up the tent again.

June 9, 1899 - Friday.   Choped cotton.  Searcy and George Smith helped chop and Mr Smith choped around.  Cotton is a doing well now.  If I can git it choped and plowed out.  It is growing fast.  Som showers around, to day warm.

June 10 - Saturday 1899   A nice warm day .  Choped cotton.  Sercy Smith com down and I went a fishing.  He brough my male, the folowing Stamp papers.  The Virginia Philatelist June 3 numbers.  Stamp Talk for May No 1., Lone Star Philatelist Apr.   We went a fishing on the creek and caught a mess of fish.

June 11, 1899 - Sunday.   Stayed at home and read my papers.   As I went up to the Mountain City before night, saw and found Samson sick and , Henry crowed with work on the farm,   And couldn’t rose the money to pay the Taxes on the old place.  Oh. I don’t know what to do of what too become of us.  The State furnish no way to make money but Taxes are high and laws more direct and convescate all land that the taxes are not payed up.  It is enough to make one sick and tired.

June 12 - A fine warm day, choped cotton.  Searcy and George help , all day.

June 13 - Tuesday 1899.  Cloudy and looks like rain.  Choped cotton all day, no help nearly through choping now.   The black worms, I believe have all gone but the loucas are here yet, plenty of them.  The birds are nesting and smoks wolves and other varments rob them and catch the old birds.  Crops are growen nice, now.  And need plowing, if we don’t have rain to hender us.

June 14 - Wednesday 1899 - A rainey day.  Too much rain to work in the field.  Mr Smith and the boys com down and we read papers and history.  Still cloudy to night and looks like more rain, a sprinkle all day.

June 15 - Thursday.  Planted sorgum in the morning and choped cotton in the evening.  Heavy clouds, a good shower of rain fell in the evening.

June 16 - Friday.  Clouds hung over all night and showers have continued all day, set in to raining good at 12.  Heavy clouds tell night.

June 17, 1899 - Saturday.  The clouds cleared off and ground very wet.  Went up to Santa Anna and a few were in town from the Country, the farmers were glad to see the rain and we were having thare sweeps sharpened, so they could kill grass & weeds.  The Santa Anna News had been sold to Ab McElath of Coleman and he had moved down and brought out

Friday June 16.  now with a new head.   Crops are doing well and it hoped we will make a nice crop this year.

June 18, 1899 - Sunday.  Not well stayed at home.  A bright June day. Heavy dew, this morning.

June 19, 1899 - Monday.  Still not feeling well.  Choped cotton.  Mr J. D. Smith and boys com down and choped out cotton and plowed.  They brought my plows down from Mr
 Donawody Shop.   The bole worm has comenced on the cotton and the carless worm has caused several farmers to plant over.

The large black Locus and small ones are very plentiful, also a green worm is on the musquet trees since the black worms has web up.   Thare is a worm webing up and destroying the Algrette bushes eating up all the leaves and potato bugs, green bean worms, corn worms and a prickly pare worm boring in and destroying the pear leaves.   I haven’t time to study and find out there names now.

June 20 - Tuesday.  Clear days and bright moon.  Not well.  Mr J. D. Smith help plant som Junen corn.  Our crop is looking fine, corn tasling and silking, a good season in the ground.  We will be bless with a good crop this year.

June 21, 1899 - Wednesday.  Plowed corn and cotton went to Santa Anna got my male.  Ray Bouchman paid me 81.50.  All plowed for me.  And sent through 4.80 cts to Guss Rofish, Bellville to pay Taxes on our old place.  Such times, so trying on us.  I also got a lot of cancel stamps and envelopes at Mr Tyson’s as he let me have the waste paper.  I git some good stamps.

June 22 - Thursday.  Plowed cotton all day.  Warm clear pleasant day, the corless worm is still eating. The cotton crops are doing well now.

June 23, 1899 - Friday.  The hotest day this year.  Plowed cotton.  Mr Smith com down and planted cane and choped cane and cotton.

June 24, 1899 - Saturday.  Planted som June corn and plowed cotton.  A warm day, not much indication of rain.   Som clouds and cloudy a while during the day.

June 25 - Sunday.  A clear hot June day visited the Mountain City, no preaching.  Sunday School and Legue and Endevor.  A good many people stering around and crops are more forward than last year.  Roasten ears and vegetables.   Mr W. B. Mitchell had received a fine lot of sea schells from new state and was mounting them.  Mr Mitchell has a fine collection o relicks of all kinds as well as stamps.

June 26 - Monday.  Cloudy very broken.  Plowen cotton and at dinner looked over my collection of rock, Indian relicks.

June 27 - Tuesday.  Warm day. Plowed cotton.  Broken clouds, no rain.  Every thing a growing fine.  Crops looks promising.  Saw the first cotton bloom today.   The change in the wind to the East we may have rain.

June 28, 1899 - Wednesday.  A brisk east wind freighted with heavy clouds, som rain.  Went to the Mountain City got my male.  Born to Henry and Lilly Millard a girl.  A grate stir about as usual to wait on mother and babe.   Arler, the first girl did not know what to do about it. 

June 29 - Thursday.  As I com home in a sprinkle of rain last night.  I think it keep up all night, the wind shifted from North East to North, heavy clouds drifting, fine rain all day, today.   Plowed cotton.  Dr Mathews said word were set upon the wire that Temple and Lampassas had rain Tuesday. To day very cool.  This rain is good on corn.

June 30th Friday 1899 - Heavy clouds a fine rain all night last night and continues to day, North East wind.  My Library of Universal Historys in 8 volumes.  I have reach the 3 volume in reading.  Thay are fine history.  I have market them with 1,2,3 cent stamps acording to no. volume.

The rain stoped at 2 or 3 o’clock and the clouds broke and I went a relick hunting found several arrow points, crude hatchet and a round bolder that had been used in making weapons flints, arrow points.

July 1, 1899 Saturday.  Cloudy, Distant thunder.  The rain is not over yet.   A good shower fell at qq this morning.  Put a end to chopin cotton for a while.  A shower of rain from the South drove me in from the field, and it seems as if the rain is not over yet.  The corn or carless worm a black and brown worm is eating the cotton and I also saw potato bugs in the cotton on the leaves.   It looks like that I wouldent git don plowing and hoeing soon.  The showers com up so suddenly with som hale.  I have been writing letters and fixing up a package of arrow points to send to Mr J. C. Sawin Worcester Mass, May Street and a box of Fresh water shells to Canoday, and three good showers fell to day and I did not do much.

July 2, 1899  - Sunday.  A shower of rain pass to day.  As it was Sunday I went up to town and the trains late by wash outs.  This morning train was late and the night train com in
 the evening papers were late.  The Santa Anna News com out one sheet.  Good crops and the talk of bole worms and wars with low price with the farmer and high when he has to buy.  That corn would be 15 cts a bushel this year.   A fine prospect for a good crop.  I wrote a letter to Mr Jas A. Kinnedy, Hasting, Nebraska and put in the office Monday.

July 3, 1899 - As I had to go up to the Mountain City to git potato vines to set out sweet potatoes and as I com back at 12 a heavy down pour of rain drifted North and after geting drenni, set out my potato vines and then it was night, the field was mudy.

July 4th, 1899 - Tuesday.  A nice day, no rain and as Coleman was going to have a Barbicue I went up and thare was as large a crowd as I ever saw.  Som estimated them at 3 or 4 thousand people, at the lot of young people that were thare and a good dinner of 12 or 14 beves and sheep and loaf bread, coffe and pickles.  The Gun Club had a shoot I never heard the speaking or saw any thing only the people and dinner and the fine grove and heards creek, as it did not rain the people enjoyed themselves the best thay could.  Som had money and som didn’t.   Mr Alison of Cups neighborhood had the only lode of melons on the ground and they sold well.

July 5, 1899 - Wednesday.   Cloudy, some during the day, no rain.  Hoed cotton.  Crop growen nice and looks like corn will make a good crop.

July 6 - Thursday.  Choped cotton all day, Mr J. D. Smith com down and plowed som.

July 7 - Friday.  A nice day plowed cotton.  Crop is growing nice.  Corn will soon be in rosin year and if the season continues will have rosin years tell late fall.

July 8 - Saturday.  Planted cam seed and plowed cotton all day. No rain since Monday.  Corn and cotton growin fine.  The worms are disapearing, the Brazos river down at culvert and run down over plowed fields, from heavy rains last week or before the 4, June 30 and overflowed and ruined the crops and drowned many people nearly high as in 1885.

July 9, 1899 Sunday.  Clear fine morning a fine dew on grass, the birds are singing and nesting.  Crops a growing.  We will not raise 15 cents corn, it will be 40 or 50 cts a bushel.  I had no idea thare was such a flood south of here and so many death.  Crops ruined every thing sweep away by the high waters.  Town was dull the Baptist had meeting to cinti... all the week.  Lilly Brother had com to see here, from Sermsvill, he says the flood was awful.

July 10, 1899 - Monday.  The over flow in Southern Texas was on all the streams, Colorado and Brazos.  Crops, houses and stock went, people were drowned and bridges, rail rode tracks, swept away and 4 or 5 million dollars worth of damage.  and I can’t go down to see about any thing.  Plowed cotton to day.   The old wolves comenced to eat my first melon before thay git ripe.  Thay went in to one last night and bit another one and I poisoned one and streded it out so I would poison som of them.  Mr. J. D. Smith com down and plowed.  Showers around this evening.  Corn coming in rosin year now, if the wolves don’t take to it.   The White mans Burdent has begain to be felt by the Democrat Party over the United States and other mens sins has caused the Tax Law to be pass in Texas Land hunting and confiscate all lands that Taxes is not payed as the rich has been escaping from paying Taxes for 30 years, as the masses git poorer, the rich classes will have to pay more Taxes and bear the burdent of the government in reveneres

July 11, 1899 - Tuesday.  Finish plowing over my corn and cotton for the first time.  My melons vines and cotton spreading over the ground.  As it was hot and no rain the horse flys were bad and I did not plow much.  Mr. J. D. Smith com down and plowed.

July 12 - Wednesday.  A hot day.  Finish plowing over my crop today.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and plowed.  Read July 8 of Farm and Ranch.   It has lots of good reading and sound advice in it.

July 13th, 1899 - Thursday.  Chopped cotton all day.  A warm day.   Corn, cotton, cane and melons are growing fine, do is the grass.

July 14, 1899 - Friday.  No rain.  Choped cotton.  Mr Smith com down and plowed som.  The Baptist meeting at town still going on, and Mr Smith and family did not go on the
 creek to fish.  The wolves still eat my melons.  Thay eat them green, now.  Do not wate for them to get ripe. 

July 15th - Saturday.  Did no work.  Samson and Casper com down a fishing, And I went up to Santa Anna.  Crops are very good and the farmers were buying groceries, bacon,
 flour, Irish potatoes, coffe, sugar syirp at Mr M. Tysons as the Baptist meeting was being carried on.  Many people were in town.    I received my male and Tax receipt and a letter from Nancy today.   The telephone is used by a good many in town.  Quite som improvement for Santa Anna. 

July 16 - Sunday, 1899.   Of the World since Christ Birth, Bro. Boten Baptist preach Sunday at Santa Anna and a good audience greeted him to here., and several young people joined at the morning service.   Boten has had a good meeting.    A lode of melons in town.  Casper Landolf, Lillys brother leave Monday for home and we did not git rain but it looks like rain wood come.

July 17 - Monday.   Som showers of rain very light and hot days.

July 18 - Tuesday.  Choped cotton.  Hot wether, indiction of rain.  Clouds in the North and lightning.

July 19, 1899 - Wednesday.  Not well so did not work.  Mr Ray Bouchman told me that Brownwood had sent tow (two) car lodes of groceries and means to Bellville to help the flood sufers.

July 20, 1899 - Thursday.  A hot day, no rain.  Not being well went up to the Mountain City.  Bro Boten had closed his meeting som 40 joined and he Baptized 38 Tuesday over on Home Creek.I received my and as thare were som sickness in town. After staying a while at Henry’s and Mr Smith, I com home.  Corn is burning or drying out fast and cotton needs rain.

July 21st  - Friday.  Choped cotton and my melons are giting ripe the musk melons.   The Mislto was nearly all killed by the cold winter and the shoprell bushes, thay leave a black berry.

July 22, 1899 - Saturday.  Hot som clouds, thunder heads have hand north and west all the week out on the panhandle and Abilene County thay look like showers.  Very hot, choped cotton.

July 23, 1899 - Sunday.  A hot clear day. Registered 101 in shade.  At the close of the evening a shower of rain north east.  The Methodist are holding meetings at Cleveland and Salam.  Hot days.

July 23, 24 - Monday.  Rain from the north this morning tow showers did not do much.

July 25 - Tuesday.  Choped cotton, very hot.

July 26, 1899 - Wednesday.  Went to town and to the Post Office for my male.  A hot day.  Realy had been sick and Henry was up to Chins at work on Mr Chins new place.

July 27 - Thursday.  A hot day Samson and Bob and Will Mitchel com down a fishing.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and hauled post and braces.  Corn drying out fast.  Cotton suffering from hot dry wether., And the wolves have comenced to destroy all the melons. 

July 27, 1899 Thursday.  Hot scorcher, north east wind.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and we dug post holes.  Mr Crosly were down and was digin Mr Herndon’s cistern.  Mr Smith, Stublefield were down a looking after his cattle.

July 28, 1899 - Friday.  Not so hot as the wind com from the South and brought clouds.  We dug post holes and put up post.  Mr J. D. Smith and his tow boys.  The corn is giting dry fast and every thing needs rain.

July 29, 1899 - Saturday. 1899.  Helped Mr J. D. Smith move gate and fix fince on new lane.  The farmers are complaining of the dry wether.  Cotton is needing rain and cane are burning up and falling down.  Prospectors and movers every day passing.  Corn crop is good.

July 30, 1899 - Sunday.  A clear nice morning.  Visited the Mountain City went to the Baptist Church.  A good Sunday School.   After School was over Church Conference was called and after long talk of giting a pastor and having him live here, voting was taken and carried.  Then voting for Pastor the following names were voted on: Rev West 11, Rev Lee 11, Rev Barckly 24, Careoll 2, Burket 1, and  Rev Barckly carried and names was put down for Salary $2.27.50 cts. And the minster was to be notedfied of his call.

July 31 - Monday.  A dry warm day.  I and J. D. Smith and Searcy dug post holes and set post all day.  Hope we will finish on Tuesday so we can streach the wire.   The grass is
 very dry and the wether does not look like rain.   The wolves are bad after the melons.  I received a letter from Nap on Saturday, he is not satisfied with Arkensaw, as Eller don’t want to stay thare.

August 1st, 1899 - Tuesday.  Help J. D. Smith dig post holes and we have the post nearly all up.

August 2 - Wednesday.  A hot day.  Finish the post and let off 4 spools of barbed wire.  Mr. Smith brough my male here.  It is the first of August 1899 and nothing but work, no money in sight and can’t do anything, it looks like we will fall through during this dry wether.

August 3 - Thursday.  Build fence all day with Mr. J. D. Smith, streach wire.

August 4 - Friday.  A hot August day very dry and not being well did not do anything.  Tried to write som letters and read but slep most of the time.

August 5 - Saturday.  Still hot and dry.  The crops are burning up all over Texas.  Nearly all cotton has been cut short by hot dry winds and no sign of rain.  Farmers discuraged, no money and no work.

August 6 - Sunday. 1899.  A fine clear cool morning, a cool south wind.   As I had no where to go.  I went to the Mountain Sunday School and Service with Exdever and League among the Young people.   Mr. W. B. Mitchell had received a nice lot of stamps on aprovel one letter from Porta Rico sur charged.   Albert Wilson found a old beaten copper kittle at the head of a canion on the Colorado River and presented it to Mr Mitchel.    The kettle is very old and a relick of Spanish a few hundred years back.

August 7 - Monday.   Mr J. D. Smith com down after a lode of cane to make syrip.  Hot with scattering clouds.

August 8 - Tuesday.   Mr J. D. Smith and boys com down and got a lode of cane.   Dry and Hot.   Cotton has sheded the squares, the worst I have saw it and is ruining for the want of rain.   Cotton is opening now.   And peas, beans, punkins, cashows are runied and dying.  June corn is still standing green but need rain, melons vines are dying and the and boys are about to all the best ones.  Lightening in the north west.  Cotton is opening but is not grown full ripe boles.

August 9, 1899 - Wednesday.   Mr J. D. Smith com down and help dig on well.  We worked all day.

August 10 - Thursday.  The sun rose clear and cool.

August 11 - Friday.  Tried to build pig pen.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and cared a lode of cane up for molasses.   I went up to the Burg in the evening and got a lot of wire and some more stamps and envelopes.  Everybody says it is hot, a scorchin.

August 12, 1899 - Saturday.  A hot day, the wind is hot.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and we dug half day on well.   The Methodist Camp Meeting comenced this week in Mr Newman’s pasture and Henry Holensworth furnished the barded wire fince to the camp ground so he could phone to town.   Rev. S. Mody will hold the meeting.  I received, John A. Sealeer Deed Co. Catalogue and the Juniors Collector Vol 1, no. 5 August 5, 1899.   Jreymond Babrakek, Dayton, Texas Editor a letter from Babrack, receive 3 copies of the Virginia Philalelist for August.   Meakles Weekly stamp news, Houston Post and the Baptist Standard.  The hot wether reaches all over the state and is damaging cotton and late crops.

August 13 - Sunday 1899.  A cool morning, up too a hot day.   Stayed at home wrote and studied, too hot to ster around much.

August 14th , 1899 - Monday.  Another hot day Mr J. D. Smith com down and got a lode of cane.   Deed and I went up to the Mountain and went down and got 2 sow pigs of Samson.  It was late before I got home.   Mr Ben Rothemel and Wilson was talking about the dry hot wether and how short the cotton crop was, we ought to git 10 or 15 cts a pound.  Also about trouble and hard life under the present system of farming.

August 15 - Tuesday.   Mr J. D. Smith com down, we strip cane and the thermometer stood 105 in the shade.  A gradle (great deal) hotter than for the last 3 years.   Pigs are all right in a good pin and feed them melons and corn.

August 16 - Wednesday.  Hot days and nights.  Mr Smith help cut cane this morning and shok it this morning.  Hot days and nights.  Mr Smith found a cave on the Colorado and
 the Indians had buried thare dead in it and Mr Stout found bones, bead and 4 old butcher knives, two chisles, pice gun lock, lead pipe, a rock tobaco pipe and pice of ramrod.   Also a button, quiet a find.  Mr W. B. Mitchell will put it in his colection of relicks.

The Methodist Camp Meeting is going on.  A good many campers.   A good shower to day.  We worked on the well.  Found leaves and flowers and stimes in or beded in the clay at 12 ft below the bed of the creek.  Supose to have been deposited thare during the flood.  Clay called, sope stone.

August 17, 1899 - Thursday.  Today was awful hot day.  Cut cane.  My pigs got out and it was so hot one of them died when I got it back in the pin.  Mr. Smith and boys were sown and cared back a lode of cane.

August 18 - Friday.  Searcy and George Smith help haul a lode of cane to Mr Hall’s Mill at the public tank.

August 19 - Saturday.   A hot day.  Hauled a lode of cane and cut cane.  The meeting continues, a good many com and camped and a large crowd out.

August 20, 1899 - Sunday.  Town nearly deserted, people atending both Baptist and Methodist meeting at Cleveland.  The Prysbtrans commenced meetings in the Baptist Church at Santa Anna, Tex.   The telephone works all right on the barbed wire out to the camp meeting.

August 21 - Monday.  Hauled a of cane and Mr. J. D. Smith hauled a lode of wood to the sorgum mill.  The Methodist Camp Meeting broke last night and the campers com home.   The Prysbtrons will hold a meeting this week in Santa Anna Baptist Church house.    On Sunday, Me W. B. Mitchell showed me his stamps and books and he had good dinner.

August 22 - Tuesday.  Helped Mr Hall and Fletcher and Bury at sorgum mill.   Cut and hauled cane.

August 23 - Wednesday.  In the evening ground my cane with som of Mr Smiths.

August 24 - Thursday.  Hot and dry.  Cotton opening fast.  So all will be open and where picked thare won’t be much left to open.  Cotton is coming in.   Brought my molasses home and finish together, kaffer corn seed and made cotton sack.   Clouds around but no rain.

August 25, 1899 - Friday. Cut kaffer corn and tops.  Henry com down and got a lode of wood.  Gethered pop corn, both the kaffer corn and pop corn made a very good corn.

August 26, 1899 - Saturday.  Cut kaffer corn went to town in the evening and got my male.  Cotton is low and a few bales were coming in.   Hot and dry.  Mr Hollensworth were in town talking on Single Tax and the increase of crime, than men did not do any better but got worse.

August 27, 1899 - Sunday.   A nice cool, clear August morning, Went up to the Mountain City.  Rev Lewis, the Prysbtran preach to a full house.  His sermon was the Palm Tree and I stayed at Henry’s.  The dog was hot.  Out Baptist preacher com to preach at night.

August 28 - Monday.  Hot and changeable.  A few clouds.  Cut cane Kaffer corn and gethered pop corn.  A real small cyclone com along going west wherling so fast that it rored like thunder.  Wherliwind.   Sister Nancy has com back to Coleman.

August 29, 1899 - Tuesday.   To stay with Elen.

August 29, 1899 - went up to Santa Anna and drove down with the wagon hauled in cane tops, seed.  And  a lode of wood.  Received my male.   The cotton crop reported cut short by the dry wether and beyond all hope of fall crop.

August 30 - Wednesday.  A hot day.  Picked cotton with Searcy and George Smith.

August 31, 1899 -  Thursday.  A hot day and I picked cotton with George and Searcy Smith in Mr Smith’s cotton.   A blow from the south east com up at night.

September 1, 1899 - Friday.   We picked cotton and the day was hot and cloudy with east wind and the Bull bats went south in droves this morning.  A change in the wether to fall.  The year pass away fast when it gits hot wether and we drag along picken cotton.

September 2 - Saturday.  Picked cotton in the morning.  Heavy clouds, cool morning, look like rain but no rain com.  Walked up to the Mountain City and got my papers.
 Everything dull and cotton low.   Every body talking of hot dry wether and short cotton crop, if we git 5 or 6 bales off of 40 acres, we will be doing well.

September 3 - Sunday.   At home and reading and resting.  Did not go any where.

September 4 - Monday.  George and Searcy Smith help pick cotton.  Cotton pickes bad and we are giting the most of it as we go over.  Now all blooms sheded long ago.  No top crop one bale off of the whole pice is all it looks like we would git.

Sept. 5 - Tuesday.  We three picked cotton.  The bed of the wagon is nearly full and not half  bale on. Cotton short and bad to pick.

Sept. 6 - Wednesday.  Searcy and George help pick cotton.   A few scattered clouds pasing by. 

 Mr Cumings that lived in the Crump house North of the mountain has sold out and left.  I believe to Stockard.

Sept. 7, 1899 - Thursday.  Cotton still low and we have nerly a bale out of Mr J. D. Smiths cotton.  The cotton was better to pick than in the first picken.   J. and S. Smith help to day.  We want to fill our bale our on Friday.  Mr Stublefeld left on a Western trip to day.  To hunt school land to git a ranch for his cattle, as he has a nice bunch in Mr J. D. Smiths pasture, And the increase will bring more than farming.  It looks like we would come to mob law to prevent Morgages and gessin at the cotton crop that hanging is the only remedy is the way the Houston Post of Sept 4 has a letter in it to that affect and will it stop short of the Presedent if they com lay hands on such as our present man in office is nothing but a low down politican and a imperialist.  A tool in the hands of the moneyed men of the North and Europe.  He is nothing and cares nothing for the worken man of the United States.

Sept 8, 1899 - Friday.   S. and J. Smith and myself picked cotton.  Have 13 hundred out, nearly a bale.   Cotton is better and better picking.   On the charge of the moon or new moon the wether has changed to rain clouds in the West and North, lightening Southwest and North.  Some cooler wether today.   Hot at noon thermometer 100 in the house.

Sept 9 - Saturday.  A warm day. Picked cotton tell noon.   In the evening went up to Santa Anna, a good many people in town.  Cotton selling 5 and over.   Got a lot of male and com home.

Sept 10, 1899 - Sunday.  A warm morning.  Some rain around, don’t look much like rain now.   Stayed at home all day.  The heaven clouded up and shut out the sky and som rain fell but none to do more than cool the air.   Reading and looking at my stamps. 

Sept 11, 1899 - Monday.  No rain, only a shower and a norther to day.  Mr J. D. Smith hauled his bale of cotton off and we commenced picking in mine.  The wether is cooler now.  I wish, I could com out straight and pay up and git my things from Austin, County.

Sept 12 - Tuesday.  A norther, cooler.  Mr J. D. Smith and boys picked cotton to day, clear day

Sept 13 - Wednesday.   A hot day picked cotton.  Mr Smith and the boys hauled water and did not git to pick much cotton this morning.   Cotton boles com off so that it is slow picking

Sept. 14, 1899 - Thursday.  A hot day.  Whirle winds, we picked cotton didn’t git out the bale.  Mr J. D. Smith brought down my male and I have the news.

Sept 15 - Friday, the wether , som cooler and we picked cotton.  Got out nearly a bale.

Sept 16, 1899 - Saturday.  The gulf clouds drifted up this morning.  A pleasant morning.   Mr J. D. Smith and boys com down and we finish the bale of cotton.  Not much wind but enough so that if is not so hot.  Finish the bale of cotton and Mr Smith hauled it up to the gin.  Well som rain com up last night, with heavy thunder and lightening, a very good rain.

Sept 17, 1899 - Sunday.  Still cloudy looks like more rain, the clouds cleared off and in the evening it turned cool and I went up to the Mountain City and Henry had received my
 male.  Town as usual.  The rain was good, broke the drouth.  Water in holes.  Henry had all his cotton out 2 bales was all he made.

Sept 18, 1899 - Monday.  A clear day nice and cool.  Went to Santa Anna and sold my bale of cotton and payed up som dets and com home with som male.  The Democrat
 Coleman, Home and Farm, Meekles Weekly Stamp News Sept 21, The Perfarator for Sept.

As cotton is so low we don’t git anything for working, nothing to go on another year.

Sept 19 - Tuesday. Cool 60 degrees, picked cotton, a clear day and bright moon light nights.

Sept 20 - Wednesday.  A calm day. Picked cotton.  Gethered som corn.

Sept 21 - Thursday.  A pleasant day. Picked cotton. Clear day, cool most of the day.

Sept 22 - Friday.  A clear day, cool most of the day, fine wether to pick cotton.  Warm,  middle of the day.

Sept 23, 1899 - Saturday.  Clear, warm at 12.  Santa Anna has a Show and Lecture and cotton comes in all day, 6 ½ cts and selling fast.  Moley Baley show com in at 10 o’clock morning and put up tent.  Henry sick and as I had to com away the Santa Anna  com out blank on one side.  No news much, no explanation.

Sept 24, 1899 - Sunday.  Up at the Mountain.  Henry still sick.  Rev Barkley the Baptist preach for the Church to day.  A good crowd out.  The Moley Baley Show was atended enough to pay them well and the Mexicans had a big time and som shooting during the night.

Sept 25 - Monday.  North wind, clear, pleasant day. Picked cotton.

Sept 26. 1899 - Tuesday. Night , clear warm day, very calm in the morning.  Picked cotton and in the evening went to Santa Anna.  Henry still sick.  Went to the Post Office for my male.

Sept 27, 1899 - Wednesday.  Picked cotton, all day., A clear cool day.

Sept 28 - Thursday.  A clear day and warmer another.  Picked cotton.  No one com around.  Liked 14 rows finishing this side of patch.

Sept 29 - Friday.  A cool day, changeable, clear, change of the moon to dark nights.

Sept 30, 1899 - Saturday.   Warm South wind, clear finish on my cotton, the East wide of the patch.  Town crowded with Mexicans and they have picked out several fields of cotton north of the mountain.  Henry still sick.

October 1 - Sunday.  A cool morning som clouds Southeast wind.  Read and worked with my stamps.  Went to the Mountain City.  Henry still in bed.  A grate fraud was comitted over the wires on Dewes day and cotton sold at 9 cts and many buyers may loose.

October 2, 1899 - Monday.  Cool, close wether, picked cotton.  I git along so slow.

Oct 3, 1899 - Tuesday.  Picked cotton. A smokey to a cloudy day.  Went to Santa Anna and Henry is still sick and Samson left for Dallas Monday.  Sent off a letter and 2 postal cards.  Cotton a better price.

Oct 4, 1899 - Wednesday.   Picked cotton, a cool smokey day, cloudy at times, a norther blowing.

Mr J. D. Smith was down picken cotton.

Oct 5 - Thursday.   A cool norther cleared off the smoke.  I picked cotton.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and brought the wagon and picked and the cows got in.  Nearly frost.

Oct 6, 1899 - Friday.   A cool morning, warm noon, Picked cotton.

Oct 7, 1899 - Saturday.  Picked cotton. A clear day, warm.

Oct 8, 1899 - Sunday.  A cool hazy, clouds, a October morning or fall still.   The Sisertail birds are chirping around and going South.   Nancy is down and Henry is better.  Preaching in town and folks visiting and going on as usual.

Oct 9 - Monday.  Hauled off bale of cotton, weight 490 brought back seed.   Not much cotton in town.  Windy and dusty.  At night a shower com up as the clouds looked like rein all evening.   Receive som stamps from Collectors Supply Co.. Charlotte, Mich.

Oct 10 - Tuesday.  A pleasant day, fast passing clouds.  Picked cotton.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and hauled back a lode of wood.  No rain.

Oct 11 - Wednesday.  Picked Cotton.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and hauled a lode of green corn home, June corn. and Mr Stublefield were down;   No. A clear warm day.

October, 1899 12 – Thursday.  A clear, warm day.  Picked cotton.  No one com around.   To night clear, wind from South.

Oct 13, 1899 - Friday.  A h’day. Gulf clouds pasing all day.  Mr J. D. Smith and George com down and picked all day.  To night warm and still.

Oct 14 - Saturday:   went up to Santa Anna.  Not many farmers in town.  Call for my male got 2 Houston Post, Coleman Democrat, Baptist Standard, Publick Opinion, Catalog
 from H. H. Tammen Curis Co., Denver Colo., The Metropolitan Philately, The Allegheny Philatelist, and California Phil.  Also prospects of master peaces of the World Literature.

Oct 15 - Sunday.  Stayed at home and read papers and books.  High wind at sunset red banks of clouds with thunder heads stood in the north.

Oct 16 - Monday.  Rain , a wet cool day and was too wet to work.  Bright moon light nights.

Oct 17, 1899 - Tuesday.  The clouds cleared off and I grubed up som trees and picked som cotton.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and picked cotton.  The Clouds cleared off and we had a very good rain.  Ground and cotton was wet up till 12 o’clock.

Oct 18, 1899 - Wednesday.   Monday rain con as Mr Pink Barton Said we would have rain in 15 days.  This morning was cloudy South west wind and rain mist but 9 or 10 cleared off.  To night in South, cloudy, heavy banks with lightening.  Will be unfavorable for cotton picking.  Mr Smith had to go home.  He received a telegram that his Father-law was very sick, and he brought my male down, letter and papers.

Oct 19 - Thursday.  Cloudy and fair. Picked cotton.  Rain clouds South and East this evening and night.

Oct 20, 1899 - Friday.  A clear warm day.  Drifting clouds.  Picked cotton.

Oct 21 - Saturday.  A fine day.  Sunshine.  Picked cotton till noon.  Went to town and received my answers to my letters off from different houses.  And it is all money out and none coming in and how are we to make anything staying on the farm and rasing cotton and working all the year and have nothing when we com out to the end of the year, only a little corn and foder left.  Nothing to go on next year with out going in on credit and mortgage and com out next year with out anything.

Oct 22, 1899 - Sunday.  A nice Fall day with a good breeze. Strong Southeaster.  Went up to Santa Anna service at he Methodist by the presiding Elder, at the M.E. Church, the Baptist Church called a Pastor, Bro West was called and will be notified.    It is Strange People opose and so much against the young man or single man.  He is not alowed to own anything.  He is treated as a out cast by the law of the land and finger of scorn is pointed at him because  he don’t marry. 

The cry is all over the country to Tax Bachelors ruin him if he doesn’t git married.   At the same time Mothers, Fathers are crying out the Bachelor the young man. 

Thay don’t see that the young men and older ones that are single haven’t equal rights with the married men and thay are both Tax and robed through the Law of the State of Texas.   Have you considerd the young man today of our land and country about our Jails and Pententrys are filling up from crime of all shads.  Do you consider the Town and City Goverment that take up Young men when thay git without work and money and commit crime or don’t, thare are arested as vagrants cast in to prison and driven out on the rodes, farm and streets to work out fines fore no crime other than being poor and the general cry gas up, Tax the Young man.  The bachelor don’t you know he is over tax by our Laws now.   How about your Daughters of the land.  You are depriving them of friendship and husbands through out the land. 

Why do so many join the Army and go to die in foreign land.  It is because of oppression.  Thay can make a living for themselves let alone git a wife.   How can the present day labor buy a Farm and Support a wife.  Pay 10 percent Tax mortgage build a house with 2 rooms, a crib and fince, new land out in West Texas with 4 months growen wether.  The wolves eat up fowls and short crops land to clear and with out stock or tools, farm implements to make a crop with but a very few will git a wife and settle down and as the young ladies can’t all marrie doctors, lawyers, merchants, stockman, bankers where are your daughters to git husbands and escape being left or marrie som old widower with a house full of children that has a home.  

Where is the new woman on what light do she look on the coming man has she out striped him in a stride to take up the white mans place in baring his burdent and he is thrown in the back ground or in the rear of the on rushing train of progress rated as a $10.00 ten dollar man.  Has the woman been alured after riches and glorie till she goes by her self.  Where is to be our coming social homes like of old with and like our grand old mothers. 

Oct 23, 1899 - Monday.  Strong South wind, flying clouds. Picked cotton.  Have 3 bales nearly out.

Oct 24 - Tuesday.  Heavy clouds most all day, high blusty winds.  Picked cotton would be glad if I were through with my cotton. 

Oct 25 - Wednesday.  Strong South wind, cloudy, showery around.  Hauled off my 3 bales of cotton.  The gin is not runing much now as the cotton is nearly all gethered.  As I received my male and com home.  

Oct 26 - Thursday.  Cloudy fine rain in the morning.  Change to North east.  Rain all day and night.

Oct 27 - Friday.   A cloudy raine morning with norther.  Not much cold but a good rain.  Too wet to pick cotton.

Oct 28, 1899 - Saturday.  Cool morning, clear.  Plenty water in the creeks now.   After working around went to Santa Anna.  A good many farmers in town and the stores were crowded and a good sale going on.   Lin Philips com back and brought several curiosites.  Fine som arrow points and his grand fathers old arithmetic an writing and lent it to Mr Mitchell and Mr Mitchell was preparing to mount a Hawk that Mr Spencer had killed and give him. 

Oct 29, 1899 - Sunday.  Preaching in town.  Didn’t go up ti;; late.  The rain was general and over the county.  A pleasant clear day.   Heard that Samson was in Galveston.

Oct 30 - Monday.  A heavy dew in the morning.  Picked cotton.  A change in the wether clouds in strings like cold wether would come.  As heavy snow has fallen in the North and West and we haven’t all of our cotton out.

Oct 31 - Tuesday.  Went to town and got the wagon and brought som old tin a old tank cistirn of Mr. Tyson.  A change in the wether in the evening and som drops of rain.

Nov 1 - Wednesday.  South East wind and rain last night and this morning.  Change to a norther and rain in the evening.  Cold, fast traveling clouds.

Nov 2. 1899 - Thursday. Cloudy all night, cold, cleared off this morning.  Enough for the sun to shine, thin ice.

Nov 3, 1899 - Friday.  A white frost that kills cotton and cane very cold and clear.

Nov 4, 1899 - Saturday.  Cold, A white frost.   Went to town and got my male and met a few farmers a trading.  Cotton was up.  The was in South Africa and Philippines Islands still going on.  The Bares have got the best of the Britches and I hope thay will gain there Independence.

Nov 5 - Sunday.  Warmer, South wind, cloudy.  Went to see Major Lewis he has been sick som time but is better to day.  A Mrs Ford died in Santa Anna today. (Note from Carl Langford:  Edna Ford   Apr 19, 1892 - Nov. 5, 1899 wife of R. A. Ford buried Jordan Cemetery).  

Tom (husband) and Ellen were down with Mrs Pinrod and Miss Lee Thompson.

Nov 6 - Monday.  A cool cloudy day, South wind.  Picked cotton.

Nov 7, 1899 - Tuesday. South wind cloudy and cotton.  Misty in the morning.  Mr J. D Smith picked cotton.

Nov 8, 1899 - Wednesday.  Mr Smith and my self picked cotton.  Foggy morning and warm day.  Cloudy part of day.

Nov 9 - Thursday.  A fog in the morning, Cloudy up tell noon.  Mr J. D. Smith help me pick cotton nearly through with the patch of cotton.

Nov 10 - Friday.  A dew . Som clouds.  Mr J.D. Smith help me finish my cotton on his land and picked 8 rows on my patch.  A warm day.

Nov 11, 1899 - Saturday.  A bright clear day.  Mr J. D. Smith hauled off our bale of cotton, And this evening didn’t do much.

Nov 12, 1899 - Sunday.  A light fog in the morning with clouds.  Cleared off to a warm day.   As I atended Sunday School and Service.  Rev D. M. West preach a fine sermon to
 a good audance.  I received the minutes of the 24 annual secession of The Pecan Valley Association.  Left with the Brownwood Baptist Church August 18-21 at Brownwood, Texas.  And the Quarterly Sunday School Session.   Things are broke up in Santa Anna.

Nov 13, 1899 - Monday.  A cloudy morning, cleared off at 12 o’clock.  Picked cotton and gethered corn.  Mr J. D. Smith hauled two lodes of corn home today.  I got the St Louis Republic Sunday paper, full of pictures.

Nov 14, 1899 - Tuesday.  Warm and cloudy up till 1 o’clock.  Mr J. D. Smith hauled 2 lodes of corn.  I picked cotton.   Clear, bright moon to night.  Mr Baker boy run off and was lost and thay were out hunting him from Santa Anna.  I haven’t heard wether he was found or not to night

Nov 15, 1899 - Wednesday.  Warm morning. A thick cloud and fog com up after sun up.  Didn’t see any shooting stars.  To night is a clear bright night.  Picked cotton.

Nov 16, 1899 - Thursday.  Cloudy, cool part of the day.  Picked cotton.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and gethered som corn and hauled wood.  Mr Bakers boy was found and taken home.

Nov 17, 1899 - Friday.  Cloudy all day.  Look as if it would rain.  Picked cotton.  To night full moon.  Warm day.

Nov 18, 1899 - South wind. Cloudy looks like would rain.  Thunder and lighting North.  Heavy clouds all day.   Som rain, South wind.  As I up to Santa Anna after my male and got up early.  I didn’t do much.  I received 3 copies of the Virginia Philatelist.  The Baptist Standard, Coleman Democrat, Houston Post, Public Opnion, the collector, the Allgheny Philotelist, Meekeels Weekly Stamp News.  And a lot of Postage stamps.  Cotton was going up 8 cents in Liverpool, also a letter from N. B. M from Hot Springs that he had moved and had traded for a place in Hot Springs.

Nov 19, 1899 - Sunday.  Cloudy, Rain comenced last night and likes like to day would be a wet day.  The Baptist Standard Dallas, Texas Thursday 16 has the Baptist Convention report headed a worlds Beater.  The gratest Baptist Convention that ever met.  And two _____-store for the leadership, Dr Hoden leading the Church party, Dr. R. C. Buckner the Convention party and the Buckner side won.  The rain continued all day.  Before sunset it stop.  Changeable wind.  Reading and working with my stamps.   Put som on aprovel sheet.

Nov 20, 1899 - Monday.  Clouds cleared off and change to a warm day.   A good rain and I worked making my crib.  Mr J. D. Smith com down to work.  I nearly finish my crib.  To night boun Virgnia Philatelist 3 books.

Nov 21, 1899 - Tuesday.  A clear day.  Picked cotton.  Mr J. D. Smith com down to clear som land and brought my male.

Nov 22, 1899 - Wednesday.  Clear, warm.  Picking cotton.  The day was still and changeable.

Nov 23, 1899 - Thursday.  A changeable day from West to a light norther to East wind and rain.  Set in to rain all night.  Picked som cotton, the rain stoped me.

Nov 24, 1899 - Friday.  Rain all night.  East wind, heavy clouds, not much cold.  The rain stoped this evening but is turning cold.

Nov 25, 1899 - Saturday.  Clearing off but turning colder.  As it was a nice day.   Went up to Santa Anna.  A brisk norther got cool in the evening.  A good crowd was in town and of farmers.  Thay were not buying much.   Cotton was up and som selling.  To show how the farmers are pinch for money but few were buying apples and candy.   A Mr Favor an ex-convict were trying to sell his book of Texas Pententry and all seemed to poor to pay 50 cents for a copy and I couldn’t git a copy my self.

Nov 26, 1899 - Sunday.  Cloudy, cold, som rain.  Stoped at home and read my books and papers.

Nov 27, 1899 - Monday.  Sold our cotton.  Mr J. D. Smith and mine off mine and 3 of his, but rent and dets and gining taken nearly all of it.   Som find of gold and silver
            ore and cole.  A good many prospectars and a change all around with moving, renting, buying and selling land, mules and cattle.  New comers moving in and pasing on.

Nov 28, 1899 - Geethered lode of corn.  Mr J.D. Smith com down and hauled a lode of wood bark. Mr. Stublefield and Mr. Greer the rock mason were a looking for rock.
  A clear day, warm.

Nov 29, 1899 - Wednesday.  Hauled corn and cane.  R. D. McAnelly help me and I would be glad if I were through.  A clear day.

Nov 30, 1899 - Thursday.   A clear nice day. Picked cotton.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and caried a lode of wood home.  Thanksgiving Day.  I worked all day
 as I all ways do.  As I was too buissey to stop.  Trying to gether my crop.  So I can do something beside work in the crop all the time.  And Mr Stublefield wants to put his cattle in the field.

Dec 1, 1899 - Friday.  A cool norther last night.  Calmed down som.  Frost this morning.  Clear till night.  A few streeks of clouds, not much cool to night.  Picked cotton nearly through now.

Dec 2, 1899 - Saturday.  A clear nice day.  Hauled cane fodder and finish my cotton and hauled to town.  Mr Stublefield helping me got 18 dollars paided $4.45 for wire 1 spool of Mr. Gay.  And sold cotton to Mr. H. H. Brown.  Mr J. D. Smith brought down my male.  The Metropolitan Philatelist Nov 25, The Perforator, Nov., The Collector, Nov 20., The Houston Semi Weekly Post Nov 30., Coleman Democrat Dec 1., The Baptist Standard Nov 30., Santa Anna News Dec 1.    Success Sample copy Oct 14.    A norther blew up to night, rode Worken Day around town.

Dec 3, 1899 - Sunday.  A clear Day.  HIGH WIND.  At home tell late reading and writing.  Went over to the Cox place found new comers from Bell Co.   The wind blew quite a gale last night, but calmed down to day.

Dec 4, 1899 - Monday.  Frost, ice.  Mr Stublefield and R. D. com down and help put up the wire fince around my house and got two lodes cane and one of corn.  I sold R. D. Mc  the cane and traded Stublefield the corn and pasture for a yellow cow at 16 dollars, 35 cts a bushel for corn and rent for pastrage.

Dec 5, 1899 - Tuesday.   Frost and ice, cloud from the South, cool morning.  Went to Santa Anna.  Call at the P.O. for my male and went over to Mr Tyson, Citzen Bank and give him my note for

$10.35 due October 1900.  Henry had killed a hog and went to Mr Chambers to do som work.  Town dull.

Dec 6, 1899 - Wednesday.   A cool cloudy morning.  Rode up to Coleman and payed my Taxes $1.75.  50 cents for a Revenue Stamp an my Deed left it with R. V. Wood County Clerk.  Went to Mr Whites and found all well.  Ellen and Nancy were sewing and serving dinner.  Went over to the Coleman Democrat office and talked with the Editor, Mr Wm. Hubert.  All were bussiy seting type, for the weeks paper.  And found a photograph and a nice young lady assistance Miss Kate Wood of Brownwood.  The Court House vault is nearly finish.   Colman has a reading club and second hand magazines are cheap and snapshot cameras are sold at the Drug store on the corner.   I met 13 mover wagons goin  west 6 and one buggy where coming from Coleman.

Dec 7, 1899 - Thursday.  Rain all day from East.  Couldn’t leave home.  Stayed at hone and read.

Dec 8, 1899 - Friday.  South wind, rain all night and all day.  I bought 4 magazines while at Coleman,

The Centray, Frank Leshe, Popular Monthly, The Cosmopolitan, Harpers new monthly magazine, November members.

Dec 9, 1899 - Saturday.  Clear.  The two days rain has wet the field so Mr Stublefield put out his cattle and I am fixing to go down to Bellville hauling my hog and trunk up to Henrys.  Warm day.

     NO ENTRIES went to Bellville, Texas.

Jan 22, 1900 - Monday night.  I returned from Bellville after a month trip to Houston.  Bellville, Brenham, Somerville and Temple.  Ever since Dec 10, 1899.  I were away till Jan
 28, 1900.  Rain all the time nearly that I were gone.   Bellville has changed som but the people are the same, only strangers are many.  The American, Germans, and Nigros don’t make much progress.  Som are very poor and the flood last year ruined many.   I had a very pleasant time and was treated well but how time changes.  People many pass over the grate devide.

Jan 28, 1900 - Sunday.  A cold freeze with fine rain and have to stay at home and read and write.

Jan 29, 1900 - Monday.  Some snow fell Sunday, very cold weather, ice today.  Went to town and got my male.  The Knights of Phyths were having a grand time to night about 30 were going to join.

Jan 30, 1900 - Tuesday.  Mode single trees.  Mr J. D. Smith has nearly all of his old land broke. 

Mr Stublefield cattle tramps the ground while wet and it is giting hard.

Jan 31, 1900 - Wednesday.  Comenced  plowing.  Frosty morning.

Feb 1, 1900 - Thursday.  Plowed, warm and cloudy.  The Mexicans finished gruben for Mr Smith.  The clouds cleared off.  I finish reading Notra De Dame Paris and The Toilers of the Sea by Rictor Hugo, and lent the Notra De Dame De Paris to Mrs. J. D. Smith and commenced on 5 vol of Liberty of Universal History by Smith Clara.

Feb 2, 1900 - Friday.  Plowed.  Mr J. D. Smith broke land to day.  A moderate day.  Clear at night, a warm winter.

Feb 3, 1900 - Saturday.  A cool cloudy day.  I beded land.  Mr J. D. Smith and boys come down, he plowed and the boys burnt brush.

Feb 4, 1900 - Sunday.  Cloudy, cold day.  Rev White Cumblern Prysbtran preach at the Baptist Church.  News com that Goble were dead he was assanated in Kentucky.   Som sickness around Santa Anna.

Feb 5, 1900 - Monday.  As I have been beding land for corn and cotton for a crop this year.  The ground is moist and I hope we can make a good crop.

Feb 6, 1900 - Tuesday.  A fogg cloudy day  to rain.  In the evening beded land till the rain drove me in.  A good season in the ground.  I heard the red bird and chickadee singing to day, Warm.  The trees will soon bud out if som change don’t com soon.

Feb 7, 1900 - Wednesday.  On the evening of the 6th the rain com down and continued till today, still cloudy and wet.

Some Back Notes 1898

August 8, 1898 - Rain this morning.  The Methodist Camp Meeting closed this week on Home Creek in Mr. Newman’s pasture.  Bro. Mc Corkel comeced a protracted meeting at Copeville or Cleveland school house on Saturday.

October 23, 1898 - Went to Santa Anna got my male and went over to the News Office, Mr    Campbell was writing up the Fair nots and hapinings.  A dull day.  Som were loding cotton seed and both gins were gining.  I have been binding my stamp papers.  I have about 15 or 20 different papers and lots of good stamps.  Many varites of stamps.  And stamp hunting.  Stamps from all over the world.

December 19, 1898 - Snow on the ground to day.  From the 9 of Dec. A good rain Saturday .

            Saturday 16. Plenty of water. Plowed half day.  Monday 19, for Rev Corle.

January 2, 1899 - A cold day payed Mr. J. D. Smith $100 dollars down for 5 acres of land, the north part of the Holden Rhods track 640 acres. I git 100 leaves 540 acres.   And give 2  notes of $50 dollars each for the other 50 acres of land $100 dollars which makes $200 in all for 100 acres of land.  Went to Coleman with Mr. T. D. Smith Monday was a holley day with banks and Post Office.   Court House was going on.  On Sunday Jan 1 was a New Years was Holley day as our nots and deeds needed revenue stamps on them to make them legel.  So I could leave it in the County Clerks office.  Could not git them.

January 2, 1899 - In the Coleman Demecrat office at Coleman, Mr. Warsaw Hunter let me look at som Menales papers from the Philipine Islands, 3 of them, The American
    Soldier, Isacc Russels Editor, The American Manila 1898, Fredom 1899.

March 19, 1899 - Sunday. Went up to the Mountain City.  A letter and lots of papers.  I will have to move my books out of Mr. Wafords house, will owe him $1.50 rent.  Received a picture of Naps (Napoleon) Arkansas hunter a good picture.

March 20, 1899 - Monday.  Henry and Samson com down and put up, with som lumber and put up for me a room 8 by 10 feet house which I needed bad, on my new place an it will be a great help to me here.   A living in a tent.  Nearly finish the house today.  High winds dry.  We need rain.  The lumber cost $8.00 and a few cents, paid 7.25 on it.

February 7, 1900 - I believe we will have clear wether now.  As the wind has shifted to the West and clearing off.

Feb 8, 1900 - Thursday.  Burnt brush, a cold day.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and plowed.

Feb 9, 1900 - Friday.  Frost, ice, a cold East wind, cloudy and I went up to help Mr. J. D. Smith kill his hog.   Mrs J. D. Smith was very sick.  And we cleared and cut up the hog.  Henry had killed his to, hog.  Received my male And com home, just before night, The Literary Club met at Mrs Cardins all were ladies.

Feb 10, 1900 - Saturday.  A white frost.  A clear day.  Grub up Musquet trees.

Feb 11, 1900 - Sunday.  South wind, cleared off to a bright day.  Bro West preach for us a good sermon and Henry and Lilly joined the Baptist Church.  In the evening Conference met and granted letter to members that had moved off and atended to building a baptsy and fixing a flue to the Baptist Church.  A good many out from sickness in Santa Anna.

Feb 12, 1900 - Monday.  A clear cool day.  I plowed, beded land.

Feb 13, 1900 - Tuesday.  Clear cool frosty morning, Went up to Coleman.  Found all well and court in Session.  Payed my Taxes on my one hundred acre land.  Valentines, soon will be Valentines and no girl, no Valentine.  I brought several magazines.  A gentleman were in town reprinting Book Sindicate he will put a Library in Coleman of 5000 volumes and one can subscribe for 5 dollars for 5 years.  I bought 11 magazines from the News Stand at Coleman for 75 cents., The Reading Club has finished reading them, Thay are sold for 5 and 10 cts.  McClures Magazine Dec 99, Jan 1900., the Munsey Jan 1900., The Century Jan 1900. Scribers Magazine Dec 99., Jan 1900., Metropolitan Jan 1900, Dec 1899, Harpers Monthly  Jan 1900, The Cosmopolitan Jan 1900, Dec 1899.  A fine lot of reading and something to keep.

Feb 14, 1900 - Wednesday. Plowed to day. A fine clear day, warm and a norther blew up to day.  At night a small fly or white bug comes out of the ground and just above the ground, millions fly out during a warm evening.  Valentin’s Day and will I get a Valentine?

Feb 15, 1900 - Thursday - Cold and cloudy, north wind, didn’t do much.

Feb 16, 1900 - Friday. Cold, north wind som snow both days, cleared off and bright sun shine, Veary cold and freezing.  Too cold to work.

Feb 17, 1900 - Saturday.  Cold freezing wind all day.  Went to Santa Anna and got my male.  Still lots of sickness around, a few people in town.

Feb 18, 1900 - Sunday.  A clear day warmer west wind.  Stayed at home all day and read my history and papers.

Feb 19, 1900 - Monday.  Cold windy morning.  A very good day. Plowed.

Feb 20, 1900 - Tuesday.  Well the sun rose up behind a hazy cloud, the wind were in the West, sharp and brisk, As the day advanced the wind rose and fell and whiped in to a gale and sand storm, and blew down the tent and tore one end off. At noon the wind shift around to north, north west, still raging all day till sunset the sky is milky with the dust and I plowed all day. 

It was very disagreeable.  Mr. J. D. Smith com down and plowed .   Mrs Smith is som better.  

The messels is in town. And why don’t you write a book, I haven’t time to write and even to read what I have.  The rode is open and good books pay among the many the writers but few are good, most are of the easy going and write with many words and thars nothing when you read ther books.

Feb 21, 1900 - Wednesday.  A clear nice day, a light norther blowing.  Nearly finish plowing my five acres of land.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and plowed, he brought my papers.

Feb 22, 1900 - Thursday.  A cool bright morning.  A pleasant day clear wether.  Grubed up musquet trees.  Mr J. D. Smith co down and plowed all day.  Mrs Smith wasn’t so well to day.

Feb 23, 1900 - Friday.  A light norther blew up this morning with clouds and continued all day, giting cold in the middle of the evening.  Plowed and grubed up trees.  Mr Smith com down and plowed. He hauled a lode of wood home.  Mrs Smith som better.

Feb 24, 1900 - Saturday.  A nice clear day.  Went up to the Mountain City.  The Sunday School Institute and Mission rally Feb 24 and 25, had comenced a good many Preacher Baptist had arrived.  Bro D. M. Pastor, A. E. Baten, H. Q. Rendall, C.V. Casioll, Missionaries and several others pastors com and had a good meeting.

Feb 25, 1900 - Sunday.  A large crowd and good sermons and talk made.  Buissy all day and thare was good crowds out to here Rev J. M. Goddy and A. E. Baten.  They did not organize the Young Peoples Union.

Feb 26, 1900 - Monday.  A clear bright warm day.  Cleared land.  Mr. J. D. Smith com down and plowed.

Feb 27, 1900 - Tuesday.  A strong west wind changed to the North in the evening.  Cleared land.  Mr Stublefield taken all his cattle out of the field.

Feb 28, 1900 - Wednesday.  Cold and clear, a strong north wind and the wind continued high all night.  Grubed out musket trees to day.   And to night the North wind have calmed down and everything is still.  Mr. J.D. Smith com down and burnt brush and cleared land.  Here that Bro West and Baten both have the measels and are sick at Santa Anna.

March 1, 1900 - Thursday.  Cold frosty morning turned off to a warm day.  Went over in Cox and Chesley and Burks pasture up to the rock house too hunt for plow bay horse he had goten out.   Mr. J.D. Smith com down and plowed.  I cleared my land.

Mar 2, 1900 - Friday.  A warm day. Planted onions and plowed in new cleared land.   Mr. J. D. Smith com down and plowed.

Mar 3, 1900 - Saturday.  Cool and cloudy.  Plowed tell noon and went up to town.  After receiving my male and around town as a good many were in town.   Som corn planted.  The measles in town and no work for the poor and needy, and the laborer.

Mar 4, 1900 - Sunday.  A cloudy morning, cool South wind.  Reading my papers.  Stayed at home tell 12 and went to Santa Anna in the evening.  Didn’t reach thare in time to see the unvaling of Martins, Monument at Santa Anna Cemetery.   A large crow out and the band were along and Woodman of the World march up to ther lodge after the Services were over.   Thare was lots of wealth as well as poverty thare.   A cloudy, cool south wind during the day.

Mar 5, 1900 - Monday.  Still cloudy and cool. Plowed in the morning braking land in th evening.  I and Mr Smith planted som of his corn, the first we have planted.  The grass has began to shoot up the first of March.   Plenty of water this winter.  I received a letter and Madgrau book from New Orleans, La.

Mar 6, 1900 - Tuesday.  A cloudy and norther cool with som rain.  Did not plow or plant corn. Mr. Smith com down, but went back.   I schelled seed corn and worked with stamps and read book and magazines.

Mar 7, 1900 - Wednesday.  Planted corn.  Mr J.D. Smith com down in the evening.  Cleared land off.  The norther died out, south wind, clouds, cleared off.

Mar 8, 1900 - Thursday.   South wind, cloudy morning, cleared off at noon.  Planted corn for Mr. J.D. Smith along in the evening I cleared land.  Warm and the grass and weeds have comenced to com up.  The flyer buggs and buterflys have com out.

Mar 9, 1900 - Friday.  A clear warm day, a light clear norther blew about noon.  A few clouds.  Planted corn in the morning and went up to town for my papers.  Received som papers and letter from The Toledo Stamp Company and 12 Duchtory stamps Revneue, 98 mane...

Mr. J. D. Smith com down and planted and hauled a lode of wood home.

Mar 10, 1900 - Saturday.   A clear warm day. Plowed and planted som blackeyed peas and okery.

Mar 11, 1900 - Sunday.  a Clear bright spring day.  The mockinbird and other birds are singing.  Also the Whiperwill at night.  A I went up to here Bro West he had recovered from the measles and preach a good sermon.   In the evening the Baptist helt Conference and organized a Baptist Young People Union.   The algrett bushes comence blooming on the 1st of March and grass is giting green, now.

Mar 12, 1900 - Monday.  A clear warm still day.  Plowed and planted corn.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and plowed.

Mar 13, 1900 - Tuesday.  A clear bright day, very warm and growing wetter.  Planted corn all day on Mr. Smith land that I have rented.

Mar 14, 1900 - Wednesday.  A north wind blew up early this morning, cloudy turn cool and rainey. 

Mr. J. D. Smith com down and plowed in the morning.  I worked around the house dug a water hole.   I received a nice lot of Stamp hinges from the Nunundah Stamp & Pub. Co., Smethport, Penn.   A nice lot of Stamps.  As the rain set in and continued all evening. I worked with my Stamps, a finishing sticking stamps in a book for Wm. Robert Millard, Temple.   I have put over 500 stamps in the book from over the world, United States and foreign stamps.

Mar 15, 1900 - Thursday.  The rain continued late in the night and on top of it a 2 or 3 inch snow fell not very cold, which melted by 12 noon.  Still cloudy and north wind.  A good season in the ground now.   Working with my stamps and stamp book

Mar 16, 1900 - Friday.  A cold cloudy wet day.  Went up to Coleman.  I found a mudy town and a few farmers in and I went over to Barclay Martin, Newsdealers and bought 10 magazines.   St Nicholas Feb 1900, Dec 1899, The Argosy Feb 1900.  Were out of line of magazines.  Subscribed for. .....  

Went over to Mr Tom Whites, Hotel and found all well, Ellen and Nancy were sewing.  Mr. White had presented Ellen with a $10.00 picture too fine Nancy were fixing to go to Temple this month.   Here is the Magazines subscribed for: February

Harper’s, The Century, frank Leslie’s, The Cosmopolitan, McClure’s, Metropolitan. 

And as the Democrat office had attraction, Mr Wm. Hubert an Sons Editor.  I went up and met all four, the Father and three sons, Harrie, Rowan and Omer.  And Mr Cobb com in and talked awhile and I got the following papers:   Prospectus Redpalhs History of the World, Congressional Record Feb 13 and 22, Farm and Ranch Dec 2, Texas Trade review Dec 99, Texas Stock- Farmer Feb 1, 1900, Scientific American March 3, 1900, Spear time Study Feb 1900, Roby Banner No.3 “98, Texas Sandwitch April 1898, A fine lot of reading maters.

Mar 17, 1900 - Saturday.  A cold cloudy damp day, South East wind, rain misting at time.  Mr J. D. Smith and the boys com down and burnt brush.

Mar 18, 1900 - Sunday.  Cool cloudy morning.. South wind, no rain since the snow to amount to any thing.  Som young men were out with there dogs, hounds, and caught a wild cat and the dogs chased another one by on the hill and lost it.   In the evening a storm cloud was in the West and cloudy at sun down lighting southeast and north.  I received in my male. Public Opinion March 1, 1900, The Santa Anna News March 16, 1900, The Coleman Democrat Mar 15, 1900, Houston Semi-weekly Post Mar 15, 1900., Papers & Magazines, The Philatelic Chronicle Vol 1 no 5, Mar 5, 1900, The Allgheny Philatelist March 1900, vol6 no 4 up to 31, The Montreal Philatelist March 1900, The Metropolitan Philatelist Mar 10, 1900 vol 12, no 23.

Mar 19, 1900 - Monday.  Broke sod land.  A nice clear day west to north wind, calm down.  Grass is green and corn will be coming up now.  Mr. J. D. Smith com down and plowed.

Mar 20, 1900 - Tuesday.  A clear day broke sod and planted som Irish potatoes and beans.

Mar 21, 1900 - Wednesday.  A cold morning.  Cloudy and east wind. Plowed sod land.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and plowed.  Look like rain.

Mar 22, 1900 - Thursday.  A cloudy east wind changeable wether not cool as Wednesday.  Went to Santa Anna.  And got my male at the Post Office.  Very cool morning.  Not many in town and did not stay long. As thunder around and thretning rain. 

So I com home and the rain set in and north east wind and stoped work and Mr J. D. Smith went home.   I received the Simi Weekly Post, The Virginia Philotelist Vol 3 Mar 1900 no.7, Mekeel Weekly Stamps News March 22 whole no 481, vol 14.  and 150 foreign Stamps.  Constitution and Laws Sovereign Camp Woodsman of the World.   

Also, a letter from Samson, from New Orleans

Mar 23, 1900 - Friday.  A cloudy rainey day east wind, warm, At home in the morning, went out on the Cedar breaks in the evening.  Killed a pole cat and among the Cedars found several Indian arrow flints.  And saw panther tracks.  He and she panther and wolf tracks.  A misty evening and very damp.  The trees are puting out leaves and pasture is green and flowers a blooming. 

The birds are hunting nesting places.  And spring will be on us with warm wether and growing crops.   Corn is coming up now and we will early crop if no cold wether comes on to kill off early crops of fruit and field corn.   Missionaries are needed now in all lands.  And what do we do to send out and help the mission and missionaries.  I have been reading the Crisis of Missions or the voice out of the Cloud by Rev Arthur T. Person.  The world needs Missions and reform more Christians and more kindness of man to man.....

Mar 24, 1900 - Saturday.   The day open wet with fog and clouds which soon cleared off.  Hauled two lodes of wood and the people from Liberty were out on a wolf hunt with a pack of hounds and the wolves had to move out and the dogs would run out of Hering and come back.  Thay had a good hunt.  Received March 1900, The Philatelist Post vol 1, no 2, The Metropolitan Philatelist March 17 vol12, no 24.   Town was wet and good money in town.

Mar 25, 1900 - Sunday.   A clear day, west wind.  The birds are nesting and going north.  The Paridias an Scissortail com with many other small birds, last night.   The grass has grown up green and the oaks have put out buds.   Spring is here.  A new year is on its way and we are left behind.

In the evening thare were rain clouds in South, cool at night, rain and lightning , cloudy but did not reach here.   A young man Mr. Harris was ordained at the Baptist Church at Sunday evening by Bro West and others of Santa Anna Church.   Measles and colds around and a good many have them.

Mar 26, 1900 - Monday.   A mix day, cloudy, rain south, changeable winds.  Plowed and Mr J.D. Smith com down.

Mar 27, 1900 - Tuesday.    Warmer, fog and dew this morning.  Broke land and grubed up some trees.  Mr. J. D. Smith com down and plowed.  The wild onions and mustard is in bloom and with white and yelow blosoms. 

Mar 28, 1900 - Wednesday.   Change in the wether, a norther and cloudy.  Broke sod.  Mr J. D. Smith help me finish the land.  Cool at night.   Corn is coming up and looks well.

Mar 29, 1900 - Thursday.  Cool norther, cleared off the clouds.  Mr. J. D. Smith com down with cotton seed and we planted Kaffer corn, cane sorghm seed and cotton , all day.  A fine spring day.  Mr Smith brought down my male, stamp papers.  Nebraska Philatelist march, The Houston semi- weekly Post March 29, 1900.

Mar 30, 1900 - Friday.  A cool north east wind with clouds, sprinkle of rain at night and som colder.

Help Mr. J. D. Smith plant cotton all day. 

Mar 31, 1900 - Saturday.  A cloudy morning cold east wind.  Helped Mr Smith plant cotton half day.  Killed hog in the evening.

April 1, 1900 - Sunday.  A clear cool morning, west wind, A east wind to South blew all day, Saturday.  To day is a nice April day.   Tom B. White has anounced as Canadate for Public weigher of Coleman County to weigh cotton at Coleman town and he is convassing the county.   Nancy left this week for Temple, to stay a while.  I talked with several about the canadates that have com out for fall election.  Awaiting the canadates that have the primaries.  As I was up at the Mountain Town, I went over to the Post Office and got my male, som stamp papers and Houston Post, and Mr Allen Poe give me The Year Book of the Department of Agriculture 1898 a fine book and well filled with good articles on farming for the United States.   And som able writers have wrote the best of articles for the paper.

Among other papers.  The Ginner and Miller, Dallas, Texas march 1900, the Kansas City Weekly Journal march 29, 1900, and a lot of the St Louis Republic of 1900.

Apr 2, 1900 - Monday.  Plowed and planted Kaffer corn, pop corn, cotton seed, Blackeyed peas, black and white wax beans, English peas, water and musk melons.   Mr J. D. Smith com down and plowed.  A clear warm day, south wind.  Clouds settled in the north west.  Thare will soon be a change.  The gentleman has comenced to haul lumber to build his house in the pasture North of me, near Herndons.  Where Mr. Andy Kirkpatrick lives, Mr Wimberly   if his farm was good property but may not be able to hold the pasture land and loos all.

Apr 3, 1900 - Tuesday.  A warm day, south wind, hazy, clouds in the west.   The oaks are puting out leaves and many wild flowers are in bloom.  The earth is green again.   Planted cotton and sorghum. Corn and peas are coming up.  Broke land.  Mr J.D. Smith com down and hauled a lode of wood home.   Mr Wimberly with the help of Henry and another man got up the frame of his box house.   About a quarter of a mile north west of my house.

Apr 4, 1900 - Wednesday.  A strong south wind with clouds.  Plowed in the morning.  Went to Santa Anna in the evening, got my male The Houston Po, The Texas Baptist Standard, Mekeels Weekly Stamp News.   My picture of Mr Briggs and a lot of stamps and envelopes at Mr Tysons and Mr Tyson, give me The Purpose of Baptism by John Logan, Gatesville, Tex. a Christian Tract June 1899 address by Hon. Lamon J. Gage Secretary of the Treasure on the

out look.    The outlook is very glomey with the scarcity of money, wars, famines and bad laws with twist and combines and robers and thieves a halt of the government.  Jo Bear the white mans burdent.    The newest way to attain perfect health by a Lois P. Swaboda.  I bough a sweep 70cts, salt 10 cts, potatoes, beet seed 5 cts, 2 bolts.   A few in town and did not stay long enough to here news.   The wind still blowing from South, strong, it will com back from the north with rain.  The oaks and musquett trees have began to put out leaves.   The live oaks are sheding there leaves as new leaves put out.

April 5, 1900 - Thursday.  A strong blustry wind all night and today heavy clouds with rain showers.  Rain, misty with puffs of strong wind all day.   At night rain set in from south to east a good steady rain with thunder and lightning, brisk wind, a huricane like.

Apr 6, 1900 - Friday.  The storm and rain put a good season in the ground and di no damage here, left stock water.  Clearing off from the west.  Wet under foot and grass is green, the birds are singing happy.  I got the following Magazines and papers:

Congressional Record, Washington April 4, 1900, The Mexico Pioneer March 1900, the American Monthly Review of Reviews Feb 1900, Current Literature march 1900, Scriber Magazine March 1900, the Century March 1900, Harper’s March 1900, The Cosmopolitan March 1900, Metropolitan march 1900,   And Judge Rose give reports of Commission of Education ‘97-‘98,   U. S. Government report.  A nice lot of reading maters.   Wheat looking fine, cotton is coming up, som corn has been plowed out.  Wheat is up high dark and green.

Apr 11, 1900 - Wednesday.  As a norther blew up last night and being cold and not feeling well haven’t worked this morning.  While going to Coleman City on the 10th.  I stop at the little mountain where a branch crosses the Public rode.  Thare is a mound of rocks called Indian mound in Banters Pasture.  I found 5 pieces of flint ax and arrow head and scraper, also a grinder of the mound builders work for crushing or smashing ther food.   After I reach Coleman and had bought my magazines and went over to the hardware store.  A poor cripple com along a beggin, he was walking on crutches and he handed me a card on it was “ A Single Request” and Give him a Nickel here is the tramps Storey according to the Tramp man.

Will you help a crippled strange
When you meet one in distress?
While your life is kept from danger
Other souls are laid to rest
While you enjoy a happy life
Thare is nothing left for I,
but much Suffering and Strife
Perhaps untill I die
Please give what you can.

And Man, The hard man said after asking him a few questions the he the Tramp was only puting on as the tramp limped on his crutches over to the Court house.  I never saw anything more of him till I was on the rode home 2 miles or more from Coleman and I regonized the tramp on ahead walking on the rail rode with out his crutches and making good head way for Santa Anna when he saw me he limped again and I com up with him he wanted to barrow a match when I acosted with of his making quick time he hobled on with his crutches, was very lame then.   I received a card from Charlotte, North Carolina  April 4, 1900 from Samson he was going to Washington.

Apr 12, 1900 - Thursday.  Frost and ice bit down the corn and vegetables.   A clear warm day.  Helped Mr. J.D. Smith plant corn.  Our cotton planted before the rain may not com up.  The land is wet and opening with the middle broken leaves the land in bad shape, Our C....

Apr 13, 1900 - Friday.  A clear som what cool dew maybe som frost this morning.  Helped Mr. J.D. Smith plant cotton all day and   Mr Stublefield com also Mr. Wm. Day was down to Mr Wimberly to see about digin a tank.  My old cow has a calf and it is a yelow and a heffer.

Apr 14, 1900 - Saturday.  A cloudy day with South winds.  Mr J. D. Smith helped me plant cotton till noon.  In the evening I planted sweet potatoes, onions, and beets, and plowed.  Received the following papers, The Houston Post Apr 8 - 12, Santa Anna News Apr 13, The Philatelic Chronicle Apr 1900, The Montreal Philatelic Apr 1900, and  a letter from Sister,  Mary Millard, Temple.

Apr 15, 1900 - Sunday.  South wind, cloudy.  The clouds cleared off, a fine day, warm, the wind calm down at night, a bright night.  Stayed at home read papers and history and worked with my stamps.  The flowers are every where and the spring has made the world beautiful with flowers and birds.

Apr 16, 1900 - Monday.  A clear nice still day.  Planted cotton most of the day on my patch.   In the middle of the evening planted on Mr J. D. Smith patch.  Wind from west to north.  Mr Searcy Williams was visiting his sister Mrs Smith.  Mr Smith will have to plant his cotton over.

Apr 17, 1900 - Tuesday.  A clear warm day. Planted cotton for Mr. J. D. Smith in the morning and in the evening Mr J. D. Smith plowed out middles for me all evening.   And I drug out brush, planted cotton over and with melons and beans and plowed out corn.  A light norther all day, which calmed down at night.  The musquett trees are giting green and post oaks and live oak are in bloom.  The Prysbtarians people will hold meeting in the Methodist Church since several wanted to denie them the privilege of holding service in the Baptist Church House.  Mr Cobb and Brown with others wanted to close the doors to all.   Misses Stella Lewis, Buloh Sheilds, Gretude Austin went to San Antonia, Tex. from Santa Anna.  As most of our cotton is planted maybe will git a good stand now.  Our corn is coming out since the frost.

Apr 18, 1900 - Wednesday.  A cloudy cool day, South wind.  Plowed out my corn.  Mr Smith helped in the evening.  Help Mr Smith plant cotton, replant.  Not a pleasant day.

Apr 19, 1900 - Thursday.  A warm clear day, north wind.  Planted cane and plowed out pop corn.  In the evening went to town for my male.  The Bufflow Clover and other flowers with the green and yelow grass and flowers are a beautiful landscape.  Wheat are looking fine.  Cotton and corn is not doing so well, too cold.    Received a letter from Edward W. Heusinger, Secretary Treasurer, Texas Philatelic Association, Secretary of Treasure Texas Philatelic Assocation and  One from Editor Oppressive Rock Hill Co., Received 4 copys of the Oppressive, The Virginia Philatelist April.  The Philatelist West April, The Metropolitan Philatelist April 7, Mekeel weekly Stamp News April 19, The Perforator April 1900, Fredom Sea Breeze Flaroda March, April 28,11,1900.

Apr 20, 1900 - Friday.  Rain this morning north and east wind.  Swarm of Bees thay went off.  Went a relick hunting.  The world is beautiful with so many flowers and so green in many colors.  Reading and writing.  Went to see Mr Wimberlys new field and Mr Andy Kirkpatrick he was planting cotton.  Som rain tonight but cleared off.

Apr 21, 1900 - Saturday.  As we had rain on Friday.  To day was clear and bright.  I went up to town and got my male.  The mills did not run and I did not git any meal.  A good many in town and a few canidates

Apr 22, 1900 - Sunday.  Rain this morning.  Young Mr Auther Barker com over and we went a relick hunting down on Mud creek in the Cedar Breaks.  And found a few relicks.   A warm day cool at night.  Too cold for cotton.  I hope to see a change so our crops will grow.

Apr 23, 1900 - Monday. Showers of rain in the morning.  Mr J. D.. Smith com down and hauled wood.  I planted peas and corn and plowed out my garden.   Also went to Santa Anna to hear Prof. Cummings Lecture on Geology from Geneses the Creating if Man a good audence and Professor delivered a sound discourse on the making of the World.

I received a letter from Mr E. E. Reynolds Buchanna, Winschester Co., N. J.  And The Philatelic Post vol 1 , no 4, The Philatelic Advocate vol 8, no 4 Canada, Meekls Weekly Stamps new vol 4, no17.  Freedom, A journal of Realistic Gealisin vol 7, no4, Sea Breeze, Fla.   A Christian since journal free thinkers.  Devine healer and skeptick foxes more of infidelity or ones who reject God.    And such a light and live always by the mind, Mr C.C. Post the great writer seems to have been cared away with the doctrine.

Apr 24, 1900 - Tuesday.  West and South wind, the clouds com up and when Mr Smith com we wen to planting cotton.  The rain in the South soon com up and we had to stop.   Hale and rain changeable, rain till in the evening.  Mr Stublefield com down, a cold rain with hail.

We haven’t no cotton up yet,  And the rain continues the creeks were runing .  Mr. Wimberly and Arthur Barker com by thay saw a panther and the hounds run it off.  Mr. Wimberly, Arthur and myself went over to the Prairie Dog Town and the hounds slut caught two prairie dogs before thay could git in there holes.  We com back before night and I skined the dog and my cats eat the meat. 

This evening is clear, clouds have shifted South and the frogs are blating and happy.   Not much planting that we will do this week.  The young Lady’s looked so awful sweet at the Lecture last night.  State geoglist Dumble and his assistant, Cumings have been in Santa Anna for som time.   Stamp Collectors git a grat deal of pleasure out of studing stamps and reading stamp papers.  And giting a custom with stamp men and atending there meets and also exchanging stamps and papers all Literature pertaining to stamps.

Apr 25, 1900 - Wednesday.   A cloudy misty morning cleared off about 10 or 11 and in the evening a hale and thunder cloud in the north west.  As the field was too wet to work in, I have been replacing my books and papers.  Thay are heavy and bulkey and I haven’t room for all Have to fix them so thay will not git wet and to keep mice out of them.   Crops will be late with the cold rain.  It would be awful if we should not make any crops off cotton or corn this year.

            North wind the storm and rain passed over without hail, very cool and the sun com out before night.  Thunder in the distance, south, too cold for crops.

Apr 26, 1900 - Thursday.  A cloud com up from the south and soon cleared off and the bright sunshine and south wind will warm the air and make things grow.  The birds sing so sweet and happy.  Mr J.D.Smith com down and planed his cotton in front of his house.  I went up to town and received my male sent off 2 letters and went over to Henry’s.   The drilling out fit have loded 6 tanks, 1 engine and other tools to be shiped north.  Mr Mitchel has several pieces of core and other rock from the drill work taken out down on the river and other parts of the County.  Mr Mitchels collection is growing.  He has a ring made of a human bone.  I met Mr Wood of Coleman City.  He was out lecturing for office.

Apr 27, 1900 - Friday.  A cloudy morning South east winds, warm.  Plowed in my patch this morning.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and harrowed his land.  In the plowed tell the rain com up.  Planted 4 rows of pop corn.  A heavy rain from the East still continues and is the longest continued rain we have had this year.  No more work in the field this week.  Too much rain for farm work or any out door work.  An looks like the rain would continue all night.  Will ruin all cotton planted and all other plants, corn and crops. 

Apr 28, 1900 - Saturday.  A cloudy wet morning. North wind.  Read life of Napoleon Bonaparte of France.

Apr 29, 1900 - Sunday.  Cloudy, wet morning looks like more rain and to cool wether.  While up at town I talked with Mr Briggs and James Stephenson.  A Saturday on fredom an thr New Science of never die and other Spiritual Laws of the Universe that is agitating the minds of people.   Received in my male a letter from Mr L. T. Brodstone, Superior Neb.  Business manger of the Philatelic west and camera news, also 14 different Stamp papers.  Borrowed of Mr. Tyson, Natural Laws in the Spirtual World, by Henry Drummand a religious and Science work.  Sent a letter to Nancy 2 cts.  Henry’s little girl Arlera has got the measles.

Farmers and town people in town talking farming and politics.  Candidates in town.

Part of the day shunshine and part cloudy.  The trains were late and heavy rains all over the state has caused wash out and stoped all farming and put farming behind.  A good many out at the Exworth league and thay had a very good exercise.  A whole lot of young folks out.  And the young Ladies were out in full force.

Movers with 4 wagons were camp near the Publick tank.  Thay had com from the Cost Country.  Were a runing from the bole weavle.  With the circulating Library in Santa Anna and the School has a small Library and more books are bought.  Also a Library Club or 2 in town.  More interest are taken than has been in reading and study of good books.

Apr 30, 1900 - Monday.  Rain commenced last night and continued this morning and today looks like a cloudy rainy day for the rest of the day.   Mr J.D Smith com down and we put up wire and made a pasture for the horses and set som post, too wet to work or in the field.  Cloudy rain to night in the South, very still.

May 1, 1900 - Tuesday.  A norther and Cloudy cool morning.  The weeds have grown up and taken the pastures.  Went up to town and the farmers were plowing and planting cotton and cane.  Where the land was dry enough.  Wheat and oats are fine and weeds have taken the fields.  But we have som hope yet if the ceases now.   When all South Texas is under water and over flowed and all the crops ruined by heavy rains and over flowing of the streams.   A early spring and late crops.  No crops in many places.  Thare is many wild flowers here in bloom now.  The Bufflow clover, Texas Star, fox glove and many others and the world are beautiful now. The musquett has leaves nearly out in full, The algreata and other fruit have a good crop.  The clouds off and in the evening was bright and clear.  Mr J. D. Smith planted cotton at home and will be 2 days.  May is here and not all the crops planted yet, no garden.

May 2, 1900 - Wednesday.  In my male the Houston Post Apr 30, Fredom and 3 catalogues from Mr. P. K. Forey 26 Brownfield Street, Boston.  A still morning.   Scatering clouds, heavy dew.  Planted corn, cotton, melons and squash seed.  A warm day.   Mr Day and Mr Wimberly comence diging a tank near Mr. Wimberlys house.   Mr. J. D. Smith never com down.  The clouds gethered and at night lightning and thunder with wind and som rain pass by.  Rain to the West and North.

May 3, 1900 - Thursday. A cool cloudy morning with norther, cloudy cleared off, east wind, calmed down to a nice day, not too warm.  Plowed corn and planted June corn.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and planted cotton, all day.   Corn is growing fine and cotton is coming up, but not good.  The field is a mass of green weeds all over.   And if dry wether comes many may have hard work saving a crop or making one.   Henry Drummond Natural Law in the Spiritual World are fine and clear cut.  The threats on life and death the takes firm ground and handles his subject well from the Bible and religious.  Also timparal life of this world.

May 4, 1900 - Friday.  A cool morning.  Planted cotton all day.  A clear day.  Mr J. D. Smith com down and plowed corn.  Mr Day finished the tank for Mr. Wimberly.  Slow breeze and pleasant.

May 5, 1900 - Saturday.   A cool day, clouds cleared off and planted cotton.  Mr. J.D. Smith com down and plowed and his boys burnt brush.  Thay brought my male.  A letter, 8 stamp paper or 9.  The letter is from Mr. Henry A. Chapman, Rocky Hill Conn., He sent me 7 papers and his picture.  The adhesive and pictures are good and also stamps.

May 6, 1900 - Sunday.  A warm cloudy morning soon cleared off and was a hot day.  I and young Mr. Auther Barker went up and went to Church.  We taken dinner with Henry and in the evening went to the mountain.  Rain in the south, in the evening.  Wheat and oats are fine a have the rust some.  The Post Office was open in the evening and I got my male one letter and copy of the Humbodt Library of Science 64 Pift Ave., New York City.

May 7, 1900 - Monday.  A cloudy morning.  Have to plant som cotton seed.  This is my Birthday.

Planted cotton on my patch on Mr J. D. Smith land and in the morning.     In the evening   Mr  Smith planted in his patch and finish.  Then we planted a few rounds in our corn patches.   A still hot day.  A long line of thunder heads south and east lightning to night, we may have som rain any day now.

May 8, 1900 - Tuesday.   A clear warm day, plowed corn.  Mr  J. D. Smith finished plowing his corn this morning.  I finish plowing my corn this morning and plowed in my garden and planted cotton seed.   It is a bad out look for a stand in cotton and garden on account of the worms, as they have come.  A light north wind, Still to night.

May 9, 1900 - Wednesday.   A light  norther all day, a few clouds.  Plowed my garden, planted oker, beans, peas, Kaffer corn and cotton.   In the New land, had to plant over my garden and kaffer corn.  As I had no stand.  Mr J. D. Smith plowed his cotton .  To night som cooler in the wether.

May 10, 1900 - Thursday.  A clear day, cool morning.  Heavy dew on the weeds and grass.  Hope that I will finish planting cotton, Did not finish planting and Mr Smith did not git through.   Alight norther came down and still to night.  It is here the 10th of May and grass and weeds all over the field and not done planting.  A button thistle or dock weed with a thistle button flower is waist high all over, THE FIELD, now.  Thare is no locus or grass hoppers this year.  The land has comenced to git hard in places.

May 11, 1900 - Friday.   A clear morning, hoed corn and chopped weeds in the morning, Mr J.D. Smith and boys com down and plowed and burnt brush and hauled wood of new cleared land.   I went up to Santa Anna and stoped with Major Lewis, he has been busy with his Bees and crop.  New swarms and extracting honey.   Received my male.  The Houston post may 10, Santa Anna News may 11, 4 stamp papers, Mekeel Weekly stamp news May10, The Philatelic Chronicle May 1900, The Philatelic Post May, the Adhesne May 1900, Wheat has headed out cotton is up to a bad stand.  Storms and hale, rain and over flowers over Texas.  Last Sunday and Monday, doing grate damage to crops and houses.

May 12, 1900 - Saturday.  A cloudy, shifting day.  Choped out corn and kaffer corn.  Also Popcorn.  Mr J. D. Smith and boys com down and planted cotton.  To Night a cloud in the west is indications of rain.  The algeretter berries are a giting ripe, And several weeds and grass seed is ripeing.  Seems hard matter to git up a stand of cotton.

May 13, 1900 - Sunday.  A cloudy day.  Went up to Santa Anna and atended the Baptist Sunday School and preaching by Bro West, a good sermon on Daniel.   And the times of Political trouble with the coming State and Presidential elections.  Baptist Conference at night preaching.  Com home at night.

May14, 1900 - Monday.  Heavy clouds, som rain.  Choped corn, all fare noon, Mr J. D. Smith com down and went to work.   And Mr.  R. and S. com down and abused Mr Smith and beat him up with a wrench.  Then Mr Smith com up where I were all bloody and beat up and we went back to town and Mr J. D. Smith had his wounds dressed and made up papers.  Then went Mr Bouchman and Mr Brown the Justice as he was at Coleman I didn’t find him.  This has been a awful day many troubles Mountain High.  Ohs sorrow and woe is poor man.  All is vanity, Jo Bear the white mans Burdent.  Oh Man, What art tho only a weak sinful creature, full of trouble.  For a few days.

May 15, 1900 - Tuesday. Rain, the restart of the night to day.  Wet and cloudy.  The ground is very wet.  Choped weeds and planted som Kershous seed, not much wind.  The members of Santa Anna have held three conferences since Sunday evening to try Mr J. W. S. for slander and it has broken up the Church and caused hard feeling.  And I don’t know when if is going to end.  I am afraid it will cause a Law Suit or something worse.


Book  # 3

Jan 12, 1914 - Nov 7, 1915


January 12, 1914 - Monday.  Cloudy and cool raining in the evening, Plowed in the morning.

January 13, 1914 - Tuesday.  Wet and cold in the morning. Plowed in the evening.  The farmers are a plowing an puting there land in shape for another crop.  The clouds cleared off and fine wether.  Finish braking land up above the garden and come down by the orchard to plow.

January 14, - Wednesday.  A clear warm day. Plowed all day.  I received 10 papers.

January 15, - Thursday.  Clear and warm.  Hauled rock all day.  Cleared the field of rock and Mr Felix Smith said that Mr Wallis (M. M. Wallace - born Apr 22, 1883 - Platt I, block 25 Santa Anna) died and was buried on Wednesday, he was 80 years old.  I received the St Louis Republic Jan 12 106th year.  The Appeal to Reason Jan 10, no 945., La Follettes Weekly Woodson, Wis. Jan 3, 10th , The Semi Weekly Farm News Dallas, Tex no 25, vol 29,

The Literary Digest vol 48 no2 whole no 1238 Jan 3 & 10,  Missouri Valley Farmer Jan 15, 1914 24 years, no12, Topeka, Kansas.

The Woman’s World Feb 1914 vol 30202 Chicago.  Successful farming 1914 vol 13, DeMoines, Iowa, Philatelic Stamp News vol 4, no 4, Dec 1913.

Week of January 13 was a hot week up to Sunday 18, clear, cooler.  Mr Dick Todd put 6 cows on my oats, I have been plowing

January 19, 1914 - Monday a thin cloud cool west wind up to Tuesday 20.  A norther sprung up and cool nights.  I receive a lot of male.  Papers and magazines and som letters.

January 21, 1914 - Wednesday Clear and cool.  Plowed to day the ground is a giting hard.  Mr Ben Rothemel told me that Mr Wyatt Brooks had died and Mr Harrie Bracy, the early Settlers and Soldiers are a passing away.    Times are a changing and after passing and the fathers and mothers a going to the grate beyond and the younger generation a coming and a taken ther places.  Bellville don’t seem like the old place home any more, all has changed new faces in the places.

January 22, - Thursday.  Clear and warm.  Went up to Santa Anna, the town was dull, a few farmers in town, And town was very quite.  The farmers were a plowing and drilling in oats.  I bought 4 packs of garden seed 50 cts, turnips and beans of Andy Kirkpatrick.  The people are all at work, a giting there land in shape for another crop.

January 23 - Friday.  Clear most of the day, som clouds west and south.  North west wind.  Plowed all day.  At night lightning, could be seen flashing up South east of here.  The land are a geting dry.  Mr Dick Todd put 6 cows in on my oats.                

January 24 - Saturday.  Clear and warm.   Plowed in the morning.   Cool nights.  In the evening. Wrote letters on Jan 23, Friday 1914.  The cows and horses wondered about over the pasture and some broke out and went several miles from where they were pastured.  And no one knows why they do that.  Why on certain day want to wonder around.  What causes it som change in the worlds make up.

January 25, 1914 - Clear, warm and pleasant.  Went up to Santa Anna, people were a driving around and a visiting.  Sent off som letters and got my male.  And at night went over to the Baptist Church to her Bro Light and the members had Judson service as it was one hundred and two years since Judson went out to India as a Missionary.  The Methodist have move there old Church and will build a new one. 

January 26, 1914 - Monday.  Stayed at town and come home with Mr Campbell, his old mare had died and he had to haul her off.  Warm, cloudy in the evening.

February 1, 1914 -  Sunday.  A clear pleasant warm day.   Went over in the Advent neighborhood and the Advents were a digin a grave at there Church House as it was Monday with them, but no one was a workin.   All nearly com to the Burein funeral of Mr Qunn’s 9 year old daughter.  They live 6 miles this side of Coleman and thay had the hearse from Coleman, which cost him 15 dollars.  There was a good crowd out.  Services were helt in the Church.  The house was so full that I didn’t go in.  Poor little girl she has Past to her long home.  

Feb 2 - Monday.  Clear warm.  Built rock fince.  

Feb 3 - Tuesday. Worked on the rock fince and went over to Mr. Campbells. He and Smith are dun broken.

Feb 4 - Wednesday.  A norther and worked around, choped wood.  Som cooler, cloudy.  Snow in the North Friday, Saturday the last of January

Feb 5, 1914 - Thursday.  A heavy fog, thunder, cloudy warm.  The tig, El and algerett are in bloom.   The butterflys and mosqueter hows.  Dragon fly are out and som flowers are a blooming and the buds a busting on the peach trees.   Hauled rock to build wall.

Feb 6 - Friday.  A cold norther  cloudy. Frost cold all day.

Feb 7 - Saturday.  Clear cool norther all day.   Went up to Santa Anna, a crowd was thare of the Jaspers and a spruced up Yanke come in town in a automobile and comenced to talk to hold crowd and he soon showed Jewelry and razors and comence a given away and a selling till he got the crowd.  He then left with the money.

Feb 8 - Sunday.  A cold cloudy day. Stayed at home all day.  Was to cold to be out.

Feb 9 - Monday.  Cool Heavy clouds, South wind, with mosture like rain, No rain at night, cleared off.  Choped wood.   Mr Campbell come over and up the notes and morgaged on the Jack mule and a 50 dollar note.

Feb 10, 1914 - Tuesday.  A heavy fog, a norther, cleared it away.  Hauled wood and rock.  Clear and warmer.  Changeable wind.

Feb 11, 1914 Wednesday to 14 - Saturday.- Clear, cloudy sometimes cool.  Hauled rock, build wall.  To cool to do anything.

Feb 15 - Sunday.  Clear and warmer, a fine day.   Went up to Santa Anna Mountain to Mr. Robert Henderson.

Feb 19 - Thursday.  The Berwick shire News Dec 23 1913, a Scoh paper on the Tweeds River of Scotland a home paper 44 years old Established 1868 - no 2243, one penny, giving the news of the Scoh People and there way of seeing things with there queer ads and talk.

Feb 19 Thursday - a Tuesday 17 - A rain come up.  We hauled mood and rock and let Mr Campbell have paulera mule and I went up to town a Monday 15 and bought 25 planks at $5.45 cts to make a hog pen and we built a hog pen and put the sow in.  A Wednesday the wind changed to the North after the rain and clouded up last night, Som caller Mr Darnell sent me Signs of the Time Feb 10, 1914, vol 41, no5, Mountain View, Calif.   The first page are the Glode Fredom of the Year of Jubilee by Stephen Hashell.

Today cloudy and cool

Feb 20 - Friday - A cloudy cool day, didn’t do much. Heavy clouds and a norther.

Feb 21 - Saturday. Cloudy and fog, South wind, no rain.  The day cleared off, warmer.  Went to town.  A large crowd of farmers.  Went down in town in the evening.  Mr Ticer sold off some restrow things, Cheap dishes, boxes lamps, counter show case.   A colt was sold for 40 dollars.

Feb 22 Sunday.  A cloudy morning like it would rain.  A changeable blustery west wind, the clouds  partly cleared off.

March 4, 1914 - Wednesday.   A Monday was clear , warm and ah high west wind, Sunday clear warm  on Tuesday 3 was cloudy, a norther , cold some rain and a bad day last week in Feb was partly clear, cold cloudy, som rain, A Saturday, we planted onions sets, Irish potatoes, bean , peas.  The ground is dry and hard, to cold to plant anything yet.

Som one atacted Mr Campbell last week and he saved himself by the gate.  The heathean Beast, prowl at night seeking whom thay may devour. 

I received my blue finch 4 volumes.

March 6 - Wednesday Mr. Campbell help haul rock all day, today and he hauled in the evening the 5th  Tuesday.

March 7 - A norther cool didn’t work, clear.

March 8 - Sunday.  A fine day west wind, warm dry.  Went up to Mr Smiths and he drove up to Mr Orman and I went to Mr Bob Henderson and stayed a while, He showed me some pictures and money of England and give me a lot of Scots papers, The Berwichshire New Dec 2, 1914

March 9, 1914 - Monday.   The Berwickshire News the county news paper Duns Tuesday Jan 20, 1914 no 2.248 Established 1869, Scottish News for the Interest the Border land, A newsy paper in there strong way.

I have a copy of the Visitor vol XLVIII, March 1, 1914.  

 A Methodist Sunday School paper.   The Missouri Valley Farmer, March 1915,

The House Beautiful March 1914 vol 35 no 4, The American Homstead Lincoln, Neb March 1914, vol 31, no9,   La Falsettos weekly   Madison, Wis. March 1914, the Weekly Inter Ocean and Farmer, Chicago, Ill.  March 6, 1914 vol XLI., Farm and News Paper, The Literary Digest vol 48, March 7. 

I received a letter and acount of Prof Moorehead in preparation, The Indian a History, the Professor a banded his other book and will take up Indian History.

March 9, 1914- Monday. Clear and warmer, west wind.  The pipen com for the gas works and a lot of men and teams were at the cars and they comence unloading the car of pipe on the wagons.

Last night thare was two run away horses with buggies and a Miss Sherfield was hurt, north of the Mountain, very bad and thay brought her in to Dr. Sealy in a automoble.  Som sickness around, colds and fever.

March 10, 1914 - Tuesday.  Clear, warm , South to west wind around to North, Cloudy with a bristry norther, rain and thunder, to cooler dry, shell maybe.   And received my papers and books 10 volume.  Seeing Europe with Famous Authors elected by Francis W. Halsy.  From Funk & Wagner Company, New York and London, Blue back Fine set of 10 vol., nice pictures and print the latest of book art.  With the Literary Digest $3.50 cts, no more cost and I receive my Literary Digest every week. 

March 11 - Wednesday.  Clear , cool, a Norther all day.

March 18, 1914 - Wednesday.   Clear warm a south wind.  Drove up to Santa Anna.  Som farmers were a planting cotton and cane.  Others there land was two dry and cloudy to plant.  The gas pipe company had distributed there pipe over town, but haden’t comence a laying pipe yet.  Egg and chickens went down.    A good many in town and the lumber yards men were selling som high price lumber.  I bought $1.70 cts worth 60 feet and 50 cts of Mr Kirkpatrick store.

March 19 - Wednesday.  Clouds, cold, Som didn’t go to School.  Not enough rain to wet the ground much.  Cold at night, maybe the fruit will escape.

March 20, 1914 - Friday.  Cloudy, warmer, som frost.  Cleared up part of my house.  Books and papers and fix bed.  Have so many haven’t a place for them.   No school at Arbar School to day as the teacher M Baker went up to Coleman to a spell and debating match.

March 25, 1914 - Wednesday.  Clear and warm help Mr Campbell git out rock and help him in the evening on Tuesday 24th

March 26, 1914 - Thursday.  Cloudy, warm south wind.  Mr Campbell and Mr Felix Smith come over to help me work my fileys and the clouds comence to rain and a heavy rain fell with som hale the rain went east and rained at night and cleared off and before morning clouded up agan.

March 27 - Friday.  Fogg, misty rain.  A good season in the ground.  The creeks run and fill the tanks.  We can plant a crop now when the ground gets dry.  Most of the oats are killed.

March 29 - Sunday.  Partly cloudy, windy, som sunshine.  Stayed home nearly all day on

 Saturday 28.  Went up to Santa Anna to the show and gamblin out fit.  Thare were dozen or more hethens for the dollars.   Jeweler glass. Ware knives, ball cats and baby horses, fortune tellers, animal show, hobby horses, Old plantation nigros minstrel, all for the money.

March 30 - Monday.  A foggy heavy clouds and rain in the morning, some hail.  Filled up the creeks and stoped work.  J. put the Dun filey to Mr Felix Smiths horse and at night the Black filey to the horse, both taken him.

March 31 - Tuesday.  A heavy fog with rain and som hale, the creeks run and the fields are so wet we can’t plant this week.   Thare is something the matter with my cats, thay are sick.   A mockingbird come in the house during the rain.  The hale must have knocked it out of the tree.  The rain has pass and light has began to show in the West.  The are a singing and hen a cacklin and the thunder is rolen in the distance.  I have been a reading the International Socialist for April it fine, so many writers.  Short letters to the Papers with views full of Instruction the Prince of Merchants have to have ther day if it was not for our free press we would not have any freedom of speech.

April 1, Wednesday.

April 2, Thursday. - Rain and wher the creeks run and didn’t do any work.

April 3, Friday. - Wet cold.

April 4, Saturday. - Clear warmer, wet.  Found som arrow points and scrapers, the creek.

April 5, 1914 - Sunday.  A bright clear warm spring day.  Went over to Mr Priest him and wife were a lone, he said that thare was gas, oil and minerals on his and my place.  And that some day thay would be worked.  The oil men had been a trying to lease his land and that he wouldn’t seel till he got $50 dollars a acre.  That what he received for his land in Falls County.   The grass and Iatsm weeds and flowers are a coming.  I haven’t planted any crop yet.  As it has been too wet and cold.

April 6, 1914 - Monday.  Clear warm and sowed some oats, cane, pop corn in the orchard and broke land where my oats had frozen out.  The scissortail  bird come and the larks has gone North after staying here all winter and the king fishers pass going North at night.

April 7 - Tuesday.  A cool cloudy day a norther is a blowing.  Plowing disagreeable.  Not many work today.   Mr Smith had Dr Tyson put to see Jesse she is sick.

April 8 - Wednesday.  Cloudy, cold than Tuesday.  The norther as brisk as ever, colder.

I received vol 5, no 1 Jan-Feb Archaeologal Bulletin.   Mr L R. Stewards Dana Indians has resign as Sec - Treasurer and Mr A. J. Reynolds box 97 Ottawa, Kansas has taken charge again.   The Society needs money to run and good writers.  I received the Philatelic Journal of America March 1914 vol 24 no 9, Which is full of stamps, lore and ads of stamp dome.

 I received the Prospectus of the New Encyclopedia Britannica up to date full of Illustrations and reading on people that have Perches the Enc Brits a fine thing.  I have 4 encyclopedia   

universal knowledge 4 vol 1880 American Education and several Single volumes.  The lot of books cost about $160 dollars a set of 28 vol. Or more.    

April 11 - Saturday.  A norther com with clouds.  Turned colder.  Plowed and in the evening went over to John Campbell’s, he was a harrowing and stayed all night.  The clouds cleared off and come again and all Easter Sunday 12 was a rainey day.  And at night Sunday and it cleared off.

April 13, 1914 - Monday.  Clear and warmer and two wet to plow and plant.

April 14, 1914 - Tuesday, Cleared off, to wet to plow.  A good season in the ground, Done other work, as soon as the ground gits dry the farmers will comence a planting feed and cotton.

April 15 - Wednesday.  Comence planting corn both pop corn and Hickery King and more.

April 16 - Thursday to Saturday 18 - Planted maze, garden melons and cotton.  The ground are a geting warm and the grass and weeds are up.  Flowers in bloom and trees have put out.  While I were a braken land I had a visit of 50 or 100 ravens black they fed on grubs and stayed most all day and went on West.  The birds are a going North.  The Scissortail has come and the frogs and turtles have com back in the tanks.   Rain around Friday night 17th, and a norther.  A Saturday a cloud pass east.  A Sunday morning clear warm with a norther.  My old sow has 7 pigs, 4 black, 3 red ones, thare are a week old.  The farmers has been buissey planting crop here.

April 19, 1914 - I received Collectors Blue Book vol 1, no 4, 25 cts a year monthly 625 Pearl Street Camden N. J., Editor Business manger Thomas Burnet.   A well got nice newsy and all around Collectors Journal for March 1914.  I will have to subscribe.

April 19 - Sunday a fine clear warm day.  Stayed at home nearly all day.  In the evening went up to Mr Smiths, his daughter Lilly is very sick and Mrs and Mr Priest com in the evening.

April 20 - Monday.  Som rain plowed cloudy.

April 21 - Tuesday. Cloudy rain. Plowed.  Mr Smith had Dr. Tyson to see Lilley and she has been bad off.  Comenced Planting cotton.

April 22 - Wednesday. Planted cotton.  Crop is a coming up slow.  The nights to cold.  A Sunday night was cold.

April 23, 1914 - Thursday.  Planted som of my mortgage lifter, cotton.  Lilley Smith has been so sick that thay have had to set up with her and the neighbors have been a seten up.  The pick nick at town was not much the fire boys won the home cup at Santa Anna.

President Wilson has declared war on Herta Mexico and have went to fighten at Mexico at Vercruse and has ordered the ships thare all for greed and the money power.  4 has been kill and many wounded and April 23 the Americans have taken Vercruse after a good deal of fighting.  The Mexican Army left Vercruse.

April 24, 1914 - Cloudy day, rain north of here at night.  Lilley Smith very sick.  Planted cotton.

April 25 - Saturday.  Warm searing cloudy.  Broke land.  The farmers have been a rushing in there cotton and feed crop.  The ground is a giting dry and hard to brake.

April 26, 1914 - Sunday.  Clear and warm and pleasant.  Lilley Smith still very sick and the neighbors have been a seting up with her.  The mares are a having colts now.  And we cared our fileys  to Mr Smiths horses.

April 27 - Monday.  Heavy clouds a coming from the south and gethered black in the north and a good rain fell, so the farmers can finish-lowing.  Warmer wether everything is a growen now.

April 28 - Tuesday - 29 Wednesday - Cloudy and clear.

April 30 - Thursday.  Cloudy south wind a sprinkle of rain, Lilly Smith is worse Dr Holland, Sealy and Tyson all has been to see her.  The wether took more like rain.

May 1 - Friday.  I plowed.  Looks like rain.

May 2 - Saturday.  I worked som.  Need rain.  Wether moderate, sometimes cloudy,

May 3, 1914 - Sunday.  A fine warm day, flowers and birds and every enjoying spring wether.   The farmers a wishing for rain as crops are coming slow.   A good rain fell last Monday and come today a Sunday.  And last night Lilly Smith died at 10 o’clock and they went up to bury her at Santa Anna Cemetery.  Lillie Vickie Smith born 19 Feb 1906, died May 2, 1914, buried Platt II, block 102.   And we didn’t get to go as I was not well enough to go.  Samson started.              A good rain fell.  If we had warm wether to bring up our crop. 

Oats are a heading out but are thin.  The rains over Texas are heavy and over flows wash out a grate many drowning and crops ruined.  Heavy damage from heavy rains.

May 4, 1914 - Monday to Saturday. 9 May.  Plowed and plant maze.  The week, has been warm and a growen week, the oats and crop has com up and put out heads.  The farmers ate planting cotton and feed crop.  A Saturday, when I went up to Santa Anna was windy, som clouds and sunshine, a good sprinkle of farmers were at town buying and the pipe men were a laying gas pipe.  Thay had a big force at work, 8 hours a day.

May 10, 1914 - Sunday.  A pleasant morning, warm a south wind a blowing, some clouds.  A growing morning.  The War is still a going on in Mexico, 3 gangs a fighting with the Americans.  Thare the Mexicans are afraid the Americans will take Mexico and are a murddring robing and a driveing out all foreigners except the Japness.

May 11 - Monday.  A cloudy cool norther.  Harrowed cotton, maze.  We need rain.  My gray mare  found a horse colt on Sunday.

May 12 - Tuesday.  A norther, heavy clouds, cold for May.  So Cold heavy wether haven’t done much this week.

May 13 - Wednesday.  Cold cloudy.  We have a new rural male man, Since Williams left.

May 14 - Thursday.  Planted maze, choped corn and the wind a coming from the East, the worms and chic bugs are a eating up our cotton and oats is smutty and rust are taken the oats.  The farmers are not through a planting cotton.

May 15 - Friday. Cloudy, cool.  Fix lot fince.  Need wether on crops.  We need rain.

May 16 - Saturday.  A good ran came up in the morning and as we were a seting out potatoes and we didn’t git to world any the rest of the day.

May 17 - Sunday.  A cool day, cloudy, rain in the evening.  Went up to Mr.Rob Henderson and stayed

awhile and went on to town and stayed all night at Mr J. Campbell’s.  Rain during the night.

May18, 1914 - Monday.  Rain all the morning and good rains fell.  Mr Casey say so much rain has fell that little river is higher than last year and the farmers are behind, have no crops hardly.  Haven’t planted and have lost what thay have planted.

May 19, 1914 - Tuesday.  Cloudy and showers, warmer.  The papers say thare was a drop of 40 degrees last week.  No chance to work in the field.

May 20, 1914 - Wednesday.  Heavy clouds, rain, Southeast wind.   Taken my dun ware to Mr Smith horse she didn’t take him.  Then taken gray.  She taken him twice.  Rain set in at night and continued all night. 

May 21, 1914 - Thursday.  Thursday.  Heavy clouds, rain all morning and part of the evening, the clouds broke and the rain has stoped.  No work in the field this week.   Som cooler.  The rain is not over according to the forecast.

May 22 - Friday.  Cloudy, sun shone out.  Sold al of our pigs, except one a 3 dollars a pice.

May 23 - Saturday. Sunshine and clouds, warmer, no rain today.  Went to town the canadates were out and lots of people in town, I paid Mr W. J. Vencent $2.50 for the use of the Bare, the mares has lots of colts over the country.

May 24 - Sunday.  A sunshine, warm day.  Clouds, no rain.  Stayed at home all day, the Elles Campbell Evens boys come.

May 25 _ Monday.  Heavy clouds, South wind like it would rain. Field wet.  The farmers were a going to chop cotton.  Looks like rain.  The oats are fine and are a giting ripe, if the wether are fine, the binders will start this week.

May 26 -Tuesday.  Heavy clouds, west wind and thunder. Soon brought rain, rain nearly all day and all night and put up the creeks and made the field so wet we can’t do much in the field.

May 27 - Wednesday.  Cloudy warmer, rain this morning.  Went over to Mr Priest and fix my pitch fork and sye blade handle.  And home and tried my dun mare.  She wouldn’t take the horse.

May 28, 1914 - Thursday.  Warm, cloudy, no rain, sunshine, heavy cloudy.  The field are to wet to work.  Som farmers are a chopin cotton.  Som haven’t planted.  Went over to Mr Priest and help him and com back by Mr Ellis, he was a werring about the wet wether as he couldn’t work his crop

May 29, 1914 - Friday.  Heavy clouds.  Set out som potato slips. Choped som cotton.  Rain showers a  round.  Received big batch of mole wormer.  The field is to wet to work.  Oats will need cutting soon.

May 30 - Sunday.  Stayed home all day.  Ellis boys were here.  Field wet and Earl rode my black filey.

June 1, 1914 - Monday.  Heavy clouds, choped cotton and went over to Mr Campbell’s he had moved his folks out and was a choping cotton.

June 2, Tuesday.  Cloudy sunshine. Plowed cotton and garden and cut some oats.  My oats are ripe and need cuting.  We hoed and plowed all the week.

June 6 - Saturday.  Cut oats and choped gobers.  A cloudy day, south wind.  Grass a giting bad.  Crop need plowing.  No rain this week.

June 7 - Sunday.  Cloudy with blustry south winds, heavy clouds, rain north of here.  Looked like we would git more rain.  Flys are bad.  Crops are a growen now as the farmers plows and chops out.   Received a letter from Nap he says that the rains out in Gregg County has caused the creek bottoms to over flow till thay can’t be planted till late if at all.  Crops are very good out there.  I received a lot of male, this week, more than I can read.

June 8 - Monday.  Choped and mowed oats.

June 11 - Thursday.  A clear pleasant day.  Went up to Santa Anna.  Mr Will Swamn was a cuting my Oats.  And I and Mr John Campbell went up and bought of Mr Adams & Childers a baler mower, buck rack, bull rake at $2.96, $1.50 with 8 percent interest and brought them home, at night..

June 11 - Friday.  Plowed and worked at home.

June 12 - Saturday.  Mr Campbell comence a cuting on Friday and Mrs Campball niece died at Liberty  and thay went down there.  A Saturday we cut Mr Smith oats and mine.

June 13, 1914 - Sunday.  Finish my oats and went down and cut Mr Smith’s.  Sunshine and warm.

June 14 - Monday.  Cloudy, threating warm wether.  Finish cuting rancy oats, Johnson grass, millet.  And taken the mower over to Mr Campbells and I come home.  A shower of rain come up and Richard Smith didn’t git done and I had to wate for the rake.   When he brought the rake.  I finish the upper pice at night a heavy rain come up from the West and rained all night.

June 15, 1914 - Tuesday.  The rain all night up till 8 or 9 o’clock this morning.  The rain has stoped. Heavy clouds, wind.  A good rain fell.  Put a good season in the ground.
 Crops will make now.  June 16 to June 30, 1914 - Tuesday we have been a working and oats a baleing and haulin   We baled 700 bales of Alfalfa for Mr Will Swamn.

June 30 - Thursday. To July. - a baleing Alfalfa.

July 3 - Choped cotton and finish up my cotton.  We need rain bad, now.  A rain Friday north of Coleman.  The thrasher has com and gone.

July 4, 1914 - Sun shine and cloudy.  No rain   We baled hay after the Alfalfa for Barnet on the Jim Ned and come back and last week haled in my oats and Mr Ellises and went up to Santa Anna on Friday. .

July 17 - Saturday -  Went to Bangs to the picknic and speaking.  The Brownwood canadates were all out and they were 3 lady canadates spoke.  James L. Slayden and Slatar. 
 Canadates for Reprsentive at Washington.  Spoken nearly all day.  A big crowd, no dinner only as you bought it.  Some melons and bananas on the ground.  No fruit, as the freeze kill nearly all the fruit.  In the evening thare was a baseball game, for a noisey crowd.  Lemon soda stands.  A big bunch of autombeals were thare and a morticle with a adition to its red one.

July 18 - Sunday.  Clear hot dry day and we need rain bad.  Crop is a suffering, maze, cane a fallen down.   The farmers have comenced a cuting Maze.

July 19, 1914 - Monday.  Comence to cut my sun flowers and gethr the beans and peas, maze and fodder.  Hot dry wether.

July 20, 1914 - Tuesday.  Cut fodder, fix my wagon, oil wheels and cut sun flowers and fodder, gathered beans.   Mr. John Campbells son’s haywood horse was snake bit and is bad off.  Thay had Dr John Campbell of Santa Anna a doctoring the horse and Mr Campbell wanted to go down to Nicholsons to cut and bale hay, Johnson grass.

July 22 - Wednesday. Cut maze, hot and dry.

July 23 - Thursday.  Hot and dry, rain last night south of here.  And rain north of here this morning, cloudy and sunshine.  I have so many magazines and papers, books and other things.  I haven’t time to write all down.  Look like we would have some rain, so hot.

July 25 - Saturday.  Went up to Santa Anna to the Primary Election the town was full of farmers, at the Election a voting for the County Office canadates and State Canadates,
 Furgson and Ball were the Principal ones in the race for Governor.  The farmers had water melons in town and a raisin man was a selling raisins and thare lots of Election talk and voting went on for good, bad and no count canadates.

July 26, 1914 - Sunday.  Clear dry all the rain gone.  I stayed home all day.  Socialist speaking at the  house last night and the man was a preacher.   And a cripple, he went down on the Jim Ned to preach a Sunday.   Mr Bob Henderson come to see me, him and his wife.

July 27 - Monday.  Cooler wether.  Cut maze didn’t do much. 

As Samson (Millard) stayed up to town.

Barnett will soon comence to fill his Silo and will finish cuting this week on his cane.  Thay are going to have goats put in to tramp the cut cane.  Thay will be driven around, looks like the place would be to hot for them.

July 28 - Tuesday.  Clear dry, not so hot as have been.

July 29 - Wednesday.  Hot and dry, cut maze.  So hot didn’t do much.

July 30 - Thursday.  Hot som clouds, rains around.  Nor well and didn’t git to go to Glen Co. to the Socialist meeting.  A good many went from here.

July 31 - Friday.  Still hot and dry rains around, Not well enough to go or work.  July is out and I didn’t git my work all done.  Cotton are a throwen off.

August 1 - Saturday.  Hot.  At home all day.

Aug 2, 1914 - Sunday.  Hot, some clouds looks like rain.  At home all day, not well.  We need rain bad, the papers say that all Europe are about to go to War.  Don’t know wether to believe them, as thare is so much untruth in the newspapers.

Aug 3, 1914 - Monday.  Not so hot.  Hauled in all of my maze I had cut down.  And in the evening a good rain com and rain nearly all evening, which will do som good.  

Aug 4, 1914 - Tuesday.  Heavy clouds with rain, a good rain at night and during the day.  A good season in the ground.  The Burket had a good socilist meeting and a big crowd.  Apples and melons the farmers brought in and Mr Felix Smith brought a lode of apples back with him.

August 6, 1914 - Thursday.  Carried my sow to Mr Smith tomorrow.

Aug 7 - Friday Plowed land.  Planted beans, peas and corn.  Cloudy  

Aug 8 - Saturday.  Cloudy Heavy, Plowed , Planted corn, peas and Exepty.   Wheat, oats are a sprouting in the field.  Cotton is a opening and the War in Europe has put down
 cotton to 6 cents and the rail rodes and ships won’t haul any grain or cotton to Galveston.

Aug 9 - Sunday.  Heavy clouds, some rain , cool nights.  Crops has comence to gowen.  All papers are full of Europe War news.  And thare are perilous times.  The Catholic and big business are a pushing and crying for more war.  

Aug 10 - Monday.  Plowed in corn and peas.  Rain come before 12 o’clock and I didn’t plow any more till Tuesday.

Aug 11, 1914 - Tuesday.   Broke land and planted corn and maze.  Rain around.  Mr Smith comenced a puting up his crib.

Aug 12, 1914 - Wednesday.   Cloudy, sunshine.  Plowed in som cane up tell 12 o’clock.  Ellis had Will a cuting maze.  In the evening heavy clouds gathered in the west and a
 heavy rain come and continued all evening.  Started up and comence and continued all night.  An 3 hours heavy rain at and before day 13 August and continued up tell after 12 o’clock, 6 or 8 inches of rain must to have fallen .  The clouds looks like rain was over and would clear off.

I received no. 1, Philotelic West July 1914 63 vol full of collectors news about the Hobby of collection curos.  Mr Brodstone is a going to take a rest and let others run the West.

Aug 13 - Thursday.  Rain and heavy clouds.  To wet to work.

Aug 14 - Friday. More rain, heavy clouds, can’t plow crop.  A running and still down pour of rain.  Can’t tell how many inches has fell.  The pick nic at town was put off on account of so much rain.  The War still goes on in Europe and cotton down to nothing.  No business news. Cotton a coming in.  The newspapers are full of War News.  And the War corespondents are not alowed to send out news.  The ships are tied up and no one are alowed to go out from one county to another.

Aug 15, 1914 - Saturday.  Heavy clouds, rain today.  Has been a wet week.  The war and Eqnox change of the moon has brought on a wet spell.  My papers all are full, why the war was brought on and what for.   I have written a letter to the menace, Publishing Co., Aurora, Missouri for books.

Aug 16 - Sunday.  Cloudy sunshine, no rain, the ground wet and maze and oats a sprouting.  Oats a coming up in the field and on the stock.  No rain today.  Visit the Neighbors, talk crop and war

Aug 17 - Monday.  Cloudy, a heavy dew, Plowed wet.  Turned under the grass and cane seed.  The clouds, Showers comence at 12 o’clock.  When I come to the house.  I dream, a dream before I had heard that the war had started in all Europe.   I saw a flying in the air many eagles a seting up a looking West as floated East and a large fish then com a large lion a looking West, South and East very uneasy and after thay had pass, fire rain down from the heaven.  Clouds like swords.  Thare were other things pass in my dream that I can’t remember.  Them who can enterturpt this dream

Aug 18 - Tuesday.  Sunshine and clouds, no rain, heavy dew.  Plowed broke land and Samson and Will Ellis, Jack Glass Cork cut more maze tops today.  Mr Orman cut half day.  Thay cut two wagon lods, off more tops.

Aug 19, 1914 - Wednesday. Clear scatring cloud.. Plowed, Broke land.  All last week I plowed and gethered maze, no rain, turned under the grass.  The farmer are a loosing there fodder and grain, enough has been lost to pay rent.  Every thing are a growen and cotton is down to 5 cts.  While the war is going on in Europe.

Aug 21, 1914 - Friday.  Plowed and sowed millet.

Aug 22 - Saturday. Plowed and sowed turnips and Rutaboga and gethered maze.

Aug 23 - Sunday. A warm clear day.  The flys are bad on stock and I fix up to go down on Jim Ned and a heavy cloud com up from the north and west with rain at night.

Aug 24 - Monday.  Heavy showers all morning.  To wet to work and a heavy rain com up from the north about 10 o’clock.

Aug 25 - Tuesday.  Rain during the night and good showers early in the morning which made it to wet to plow or gether any crop out of the field.

Aug 26 - Wednesday.  Went up to Santa Anna to the picknic and carnival.  Thare was Animal shows, fairess wheel, hobby horses, and gambling dens, dolls, knives and glass ware, a knocking block and other things too git your money.  Lots of people in town , strangers and melons and peaches.  Aug 27 - Thursday.  Still wet to plow.  And Samson gethered corn.  Cloudy clear and hot rains around.

Aug 28 - Friday.  Plowed under the grass and Samson gethered pop corn, hot no rain.

Aug 29, 1914 - Saturday.  Clear bright day.  Went up to Santa Anna the rodes were dry and we got to town near 12 o’clock.   Went out to the Cemetery to Mothers grave and tried to fix it up.

Then went up in town, the people had began together and the Carnival show was still in town in the evening.   The farmers had a cotton and warehouse meeting.  The situation for the farmers looks gloomey for the farmers.  On account of the war in Europe and money men Wall Street and the money futures has put down cotton at 7 cts.

Aug 30, 1914 - Sunday.   Cloudy and clear not so hot.  No rain here today.  And Saturday rain last night, north of here lightning.  I received 10 books from the Menace Publishing Co. Aurora, Miss. on Romanism,  Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day,

Bales Campaign Speech on Political Romanism, Diaz the Dictator A story,  The Secret Instructions of the Jesuits,  The Church of Rome in American Politics, Senate Documents no 190,  Is the Pope to rule America,  American government the Priest in Absolution.

Sept. 4 Friday.  The wether been cloudy, sunshine, no rain.  The ground is a giting hard and the farmers have comence picken cotton and gethering maze.   Cotton 6 or 7 cts and only 27 a bale on account of the war.  To day is clear.

Sept 7 - Monday.  Clear.  Hauled maze. The ground is a geting dry and the worms are a eating the grass.  We hauled in the maze and comenced picking cotton.

Sept 8 - Tuesday.   Let Mr Campbell have my wagon to haul his cotton, as he has a bale out.

Sept 14 - Tuesday.  Clear, pleasant, dry and cotton picking is the order of the day.  Lots of cotton are a being gin.   Cotton 8 cts and Wall Street are a trying to force the merchants to close down on the farmers and make them sell at 5 cts.  While they can send the cotton over to Liverpool and git 121/2 cts and ruin the farmers.   Mr John Campbell paid me $50 dollars down on Jack and cotton is so low that I don’t know wether he can pay the balance this year and I have waited two years to get the money and build and we have to pay on the hay press 85 and 8 precent interest which will be here soon.

Sept 20 - Sunday.  A heavy rain com from the north.  Friday we baled 49 bales of Alfalfa for

Mr Barnet and the rain stoped us.  And this week has been cloudy and rain around.

Sept 22 - Tuesday.   Rain Around. A good rain fell north and south and a norther com with the heavy clouds.

Sept 23, 1914 - Wednesday.  A norther, the clouds cleared off without any more rain.  Maybe we will have a good week to pick cotton. 

October 18, 1914 - Sunday.  Cloudy some rain, warmer, a norther and frost and ice last week.  A black butter fly went forth on the Jim Ned.  Black butterflys by the hundreds and cranes were flying south.

Oct 19, 1914 - Monday.  Cloudy and sunshine.  Hauled fodder and picked cotton.

Oct 20 - Tuesday. A fog. Warmer.  Picked cotton.  Cotton down 6 to 7 cts on acount of the war in Europe and not much a selling.  New papers are full of war and cotton news.  The commercial world are a shiping food stuff and cotton to England.  And the farmers here can’t hardly live .  Money is hard to get.

Oct 23, 1914 - Friday.  Heavy clouds and a norther wind all day, rain, rain.  Cloudy  a Thursday and a heavy rain a Wednesday.  When I were a going to dig my potatoes, This will put back cotton picking and gethering feed crops.  Cotton is a selling at 5,6,7 cts below the cost of farming and gethering it.   I received the American Magazine Nov, McClure and Preview of reviews.  And Mr Bob Henderson give me copy of the Berwick shire News August 11, 1914.  

Lloyd’s Weekly News London Sunday Aug 9, 1914.  English Views and News about the great land of Belgium and France and the war goes on as brisk as ever.

Oct 30, 1914 - Friday. Cloudy, no rain, heavy dew and the ground are wet.  Pick cotton. To wet to dig potatoes.  Mr  J. Campbell has had my wagon this week a haling his hay and cotton and cotton had went down to 4 cts up to 7 cts.

Oct 31 - Saturday.  A lot of cotton in town.   Santa Anna has two big cotton yards.  Hay wood Campbell come back Mr Campbell is a going to take up the night watchman for Santa Anna.

And a Socialist speaker are in  town a speaking on Tuesday.

Nov 3 - Will be election Day.

Nov 7 - Saturday.   Rain and Sunday morning, Was cool. Cleared off.

Nov 8 - Sunday to 10, 11 - Clear cloudy rain on Wednesday night. 

Nov 12 - Thursday Cloudy wet and haven’t picked much cotton.  Dug som of my potatoes as the rain com once a week and sometimes twice.  We don’t git much done.

Nov 22, 1914 - Sunday Clear, partly cloudy, no rain.

Nov 23 - Monday.  Cloudy, pick cotton all day. Heavy clouds, changeable winds, rain at night and rain all day and night up to Wednesday 25th . Not doing anything or a going any where.  A wet thanks given and won’t have all our cotton out and not all of our oats plowed in.   The oats we have is up and a growing.  The election is over and the Democrats elected Furguson Governor, in other States the Socialist elected officers a good many offices.

Nov 29 - Sunday.  A pleasant warm day and Mr Ellis boys com and stayed in the evening.  Just a geting dry enough to git in the fields.  Can’t do much.  Continue rain nearly all last week.  The rode most impassable.

Nov 27 - Thursday. The block sow had 10 pigs and killed 4 by a laying on them.   So much rain couldn’t tend to them.

Nov 30 - Monday.  Clear morning, cloudy most of the warming clouds showed rain.  And I choped wood and picked cotton.

December 1, 1914 - A heavy rain com up from the North and 2 or 3 inches of rain fell.   A norther, wet week.  Can’t do much this week.  Now December and winter is here and no oats and wheat.   None to amount to much.  And the land to wet to plow.

Dec 2 - Wednesday.  Heavy clouds the wind in the north has comenced a raining, colder.   Writing to the Chronicles and World Works.

Dec 6, 1914 - Sunday.  Cold, cloudy, wet, som rain during the week.  Plowed in oats in the pasture and choped wood.

Dec 12, 1914 - Sunday.  A cold norther cleared off.  freezing.    The field has been to wet to go to plowing or sow any oats.   And we won’t git to sow any wheat.   My papers and magazines has run out.  And as cotton is no sale.  I can’t git money to renew.   Everything is at a stand blocked.  The banks has become raged-ass and commerce has stoped.  We have to give away our cotton. 

The war, Wall Street and the cotton spectators, manufactures quit buying and what is a runing wants to git cotton for nothing to make gun cotton and war material for the waring nations in Europe.  Things are dull, idle and gloomy.  Christmas a head.   As it is I will have to drop my Papers Magazines and Stamp Magazines, My West End Philatelic, Philadelphia Stamp News, Philatelist West and Stamp Journal and the Philatelist Journal of America. 

All will stop and I won’t git any stamp news.

Dec 18, 1914 - Friday.  Cloudy, heavy fog.  The week has been cold, cloudy, frosty.  Have picked som cotton, choped wood, fed stock, made fires and set by them.   Nearly all of my male has stoped.  Papers Magazines - git lots of letters about sets, papers, magazines.  Have no money this Christmas for anything.   Mr Ellis has been a selling his corn at 65 cts and cotton at 5 or 6 cts, 6 bales and cared off his 7.   Last he will have picked.  He will move back on the Menard as soon as he can give away what he has made.  A letter from Ellen, Temple.  Says times are tight thare.  People are a starving.  No work.  And winter are cold, wet, terable times.   The Europe wars are a making the whole world improvish for man to warm those awful times.  We read about are a coming to full fill prophesy.

Dec 20, 1914 - Sunday. The week has been frosty, cloudy, wet, cold, fog.  And a Norther not much,  Sunshine.  People have been a going plowing, haulen and a worken as Christmas and New Years is near to hand.  Renters a hunting a home and the merchants a hunting trade and the ones that owe them a groben.   Cotton stock.   Cotton a selling from 2 cents to 71/2 cents.  We pick cotton, choped wood, feed stock and keep warm and rad papers, magazines, books and write letters and here the people talk of the hard times and the War.  Som sickness, School closed for Holeyday and the teachers met at Coleman this week.  

Miss Jesse Kirkpatrick the teacher here has gone to Coleman.  Mrs Tray Evens has a girl baby, some wedens, and sickness and lots of cotton in the field.  And not much plowen done yet, may have to plant Oats over as the, bugs, rats, rabbits are a eating up oat and wheat.

Dec 24 - Thursday.  A cool rainey day.  Went up to Santa Anna Wednesday a cloudy fog and cool.  The farmers were our in force a buying groceries and Christmas.   The Post Office was chuch full of people a sending Christmas packages by Parsel Post and a big lot were a coming in.  A good deal of trade.   I didn’t buy any thing or git any money.  A so don’t buy any Christmas.  The rain cold and low price of cotton caused us an a many a one to go without any Christmas.   Some farmers has quit picken cotton and left it in the field.  I see that the nigros are here yet.  The San Angelo nigros has left and gone home for Christmas.  A bad time. A wet Christmas.

Dec 25 - Friday.  A cloudy cold day, wet and a bad day, at home most of the day.  Went up to Mr Smiths and thay had me to eat Turkey dinner.  And then went over to Mr Ellis’s they had been over to Mrs Priest to dinner.

Dec 26 - Saturday.  The clouds cleared off, a big frost and a big bright day.  We received some cake and a clock and cards from Ellen and the clock wouldn’t run.

Dec 27, 1914 - Sunday.  A cold cloudy day, southwest wind in spite of the wet.  And cotton panic, low price, people had Christmas, something to eat and war and received presents and give presents and went a visiting.

Petter Haring sent me 2 copys of Dec 9, Oct 29, Christian Herald an I receive the Literary Digest Dec 26, 1914, The Temple Tx Daily Telegram Dec 24 with the War news, Thew Appeal to Reason mo. 995, Dec 26, 1914, The Menace Aurors Dec 26, no 192.

Dec 31, 1914 - Thursday.  Clear, a white frost, ice.  The girls come to see us Smiths and Singletary and Archer little girls and taken Christmas.   Today is the last day in the old year.  And Friday will be January 1 , 1915. 

January 1, 1915 Friday.  A clear frosty day, New Years come clear and mild.  The farmers a pickin cotton. Another year grind set in.   The sick are some better and Christmas is over and cold wether still holds in the East.  A slaying the millions and wasting the Country.

Jan 3, 1915 - Sunday.   A rainy day at home.  Mr Campbell and Jesse Swan and Hubert was here. And talked of the War and crops.  Not so cold.  My gray mare died and I have no shelter, as lumber is so high and cotton is low.  The appeal is a hiting the big thieves and a showing up how the cotton raisers are hit hard in Oklahoma and all south.  A cotton panic and the merchants and land holders are a closing out mortgages and taken all stock.  I received a letter from Johnson Matthali & Thompson. Bellville, Texas Austin Co. about our old place, to late now.

Jan 4, 1915 - Monday.   Rainy, Cloudy, cleared off, wet.   Won’t git to do much.  War talk this week.

Have the Scientific American 1914, American Magazine Dec 1914, Christian Herald Dec 2, 1914, The Library Digest Jan 1, 1915, Worlds Works Jan 1915, Review of Reviews Jan 1915, Sunset Magazine Jan 1915, The West End Philatelist Dec 1914.

And I will have to dry my papers Magazines and book buying.  On account of the War.

Jan 6 - Wednesday.  A clear frosty morning.  Drove up to Santa Anna the rodes were ruff and muddy in places, a good crowd of farmers in town and some a looking for homes, some a moving to town and thare is lots of cotton to pick yet. In the fields the land is to wet to plow and pick.

Some rode were are most impassable.  Cotton a selling at 5,6,7 cents and people are nearly a starving and a hunting for homes.  The lower countries are so wet that the people can’t hardly walk to town.   A good deal of sickness and colds.  A big lot of moving, town houses full up with people a moving to town and more a wanting to move.   Mr Pic Todd’s little boy, Sprout broke his leg at school today and Dr Sealy fix him up.  The Land Lords has taken the 3 all around in Bell County and other Countries till the renter has to move.  He has to raise to much cotton and cotton isn’t worth anything while the Europen War is a going on and the grofters and sharks have free hand a bring on a European War.  Cotton Panic thare is lots of cotton in the fields to pick yet.   And the renters here has had to move and give up several bales in the field to pick.  Some will lose while others will go back and gether there crop, when the wether gits dry enough.  This rain wether has continued nearly November, December and has gone over in to January 1915.

Jan 7, 1915 - Thursday.  A white frost, clear, warmer.  Received War Number Stamp20, William S. Lincoln 2  Halles St.  Asyard St. London W., the oldest established Stamp Dealer in the world, The War Stamps of Europe for sale by the Ferme. The Philadelphia Stamp News Dec 2, 1914.

Mekeels Weekly Stamp News, Boston, Mass Jan 2. 1915, The house Hold 1915 Jan ., vol15, no 1.  The South Western Quartly - Historical vol vol 18, no3, Texas Christian Advocate, Dallas, Texas Dec 17, 1914 vol LX, no 19.

Well, I will have to go to gethering cotton and git dinner and do other work.

January 9 - Saturday.  A clear white frost.  Loded up my cotton and hauled of my first bale.  My cotton wagon weigh at Turner Gin 2520 lbs, tare 1230 - net 1230, No. 3011.  wt Bale 425.

Cotton weighter Certificate Wt at yard 424.  Cotton yard #18864.  Thare 13 or 14 bales a head of us.  Mr Smith went along and sold his bale for 7 cts.  A big crowd of farmers in town.  Some a selling cotton, the buyers of cotton and cotton seed were a going on.  And renters a hunting homes.  The farmers are a gething there cotton.  And Turner has a Cotton Bale thrasher and gins stand for gining the dirty cotton.  They charge 5 dollars a bale.

January 10, 1915 - Sunday.   A Saturday evening clouds com up and it grew colder and at night rain come, soon cleared off.   This morning , clear with a norther.   Mr Ellis are a fixing to move.  And the man will move on the place.  I hope he will be a good neighbor.   Thare are so many mean men in the World.  Thare was fires around last night.   So many new people has com in Coleman County and the people has change so one doesn’t git to talk much to them.  The grate Europe War has brought on such a down fall of price in what farmers raise.  And high we he has to buy that a panic has come on the people and the laboring man can’t buy the papers hold up the trust.  And merchants town people thinking thay are a holding up the Democrat and Republican Party.  They are a holden up the gold standard.  Rum, Rowe and Pum.   

January 13, 1915 - Wednesday.  A clear and warm day.  A buissy day.  Up to Santa Anna, lots of cotton and farmers a rushing in with thare cotton and cotton are up from 21/2 to 73/8.  And thay, the farmers are a given it away and a trying to sell dirty wet cotton the worst ever saw on the market, with cotton still in the field to pick and gether.  Not much business and the tax gether was in town.  And the farmer couldn’t even git enough to pay his taxes. 

January 14 - Thursday.  Clear warm and a fine day.  Pulled cotton for Dick Todd.   Some cotton hauled in town and the new neighbors moved in town.  Everybody is at work
 again.  Som a plowen and som sowen oats.   When up at town Mr John Campbell com to me and we went over to Mr John Thornhills and Mr Casey and a Mr Tucker were thare a talking on buried treasures in Coleman County.  Buried by the Roman Catholic Preast here in Texas in early day of Texas history settlement and wanted to hunt buried treasures on my place but had to git Mr Philips who knows a plot and Mr Thronhill will find it.   Thay have to find a Cedar stump and a Mr Fitsgerald has the Cedar tree and I don’t supose that he will give up the tree. He have found the treasure.   I promised to all go in and devide.  If the treasure was found.  I don’t know when they will come to look for the lost treasure.

January 16, 1915 - Saturday.  A cold norther, thunder lightning and rain around on Friday night.  Clear.  Went up to town and sold my bale of cotton only got 19 dollars and paid my taxes 14 dollars, high school tax.  The farmers were pushing there cotton on the market and giving it a way at 2,3,41/2 cts.  And trying to pay there acounts.  Som a buying some things were auction off, some farmers stock and plunder.  The bun man and peanut stand was not doing much, the stores were selling.  And farmers were a selling there cotton and paying high taxes.

January 17 - Sunday.  Cold and cloudy, a norther.  A Mr Flymings and another man moved in after Mr Ellis left.

January 18 - Monday.  A light snow.  Cleared off last night.  Cold, to cold to work out.

Jan 20 - Wednesday.  Clear frosty, warm up in the day.   Went up to Santa Anna and had som corn ground at Turners.  Bought som groceries.   Mr Dic paid me for wood and cotton picken 3.9 cts.  Mr Moorehead did not come.  Sanger Bro. were moving peraths goods since he was closed out.  The moving picture show were a fixing up where Hosh burnt out and had put in a military band a new organ.

Jan 21 - Thursday.  Clear frosty.  Plowing and sowen oats are the go now.

Jan 22, 1915- Friday.  A cold norther, cloudy, snow at night.

Jan 23 - Saturday.  Cold, cloudy, snow and frost, ice.  No work.  Have to feed.

Jan 24- Sunday.  Cold frosty, cleared off, ice and snow all day.   A big frost at night.

Wiley Smith and his cousin come and Haywood Campbell and John Evens and Tom Todd, Jesse Swann all stayed a while and in the evening. I went up to Santa Anna.  A few clerks were around on the streets and som girls a going to the Mountain.  A few automobiles a runing.  Town was quit.  Went out to Mr Craft and talked with him awhile, he’s blind.  I com home at night while the church bells were a ringing and a few a going to church.

January 25, 1915 - Monday.  A cloudy frosty morning, the sun shone out.  Fix the rode for the male rider.  I received Regestred letter from Mr John Burns, Bellville, Texas.  Regestred no 260, 10 cts.   I received United States Postal money order Jan 23. 1915 from Mr Barns on old place for $4.70. No 52371. Sn 679779.  Set, Hill, Tax receipt for 1914, 5-32 on old Place. value$ 510, tax collector W. M. Scheider Austin, County.   And a letter from Peter Haring Dallas, Tex., Haring Cotton Machine.

And no 999 of the Appeal to Reason, the Post Office Department strikes back at the appeal

for the money power and the Catholic.   

The Menace No. 196, Jan 23, 1915.   To hand the Catholic, so call church strickes back at the free press and Liberty and the free school.

The Catholics are a delugen Congress to put the Appeal and mace out of Business so they can rule persecute.  Slay kill and and imprison and rule America with there humbug of a Church so call, thay know that thay are no Church and don’t expect to be saved, Rule, Ruin, Rum, destroy all that is good in the world for the devel.    Taken my sow to Vencent Bare.

January 26, 1915 - Tuesday.  Clear, a west to north wind.  Plowed in oats, ground wet.

January 27 - Wednesday.   Cloudy, cold, and heavy wether.  To cold to plow, A writing letters.

January 28 - Thursday.  Cloudy, cold and disagreable. Grub.

January 29 - Friday.  Cloudy, cold picked cotton for Mr Dic Todd.  Mr Grady, Philips, Keith, Lankford.  Were out in automobile a hunting partridges, thay found som just at night.

January 30 Saturday.  Heavy cloudy, all during the morning, cleared off in the evening, bright and clouds com up with rain at night with thunder. Plowed in some oats.  Cotton picken and gethering and sowen oats and braken land.

Feb. 1, 1915 - Monday.  Cool day .  Plowed in Oats, clear off.

Feb 2, 1915 - Tuesday.   Went over to Mr Campbell’s for two lodes of John grass plowed , Clear and warmer.  Mr Campbell was out a hunting oats.  And oats at 55 cts a bushel.

Mr Singltary and Mrs Singltary hauled a lode of oats to Santa Anna and som chickens.

I came home and plowed.  Received The Review of Reviews for February 1915.

Feb 3, 1915 - Wednesday.  Clear Warm and a pleasant day.  Went up to Santa Anna, the farmers a plowing, picken cotton, sowen oats and burning grass.  The gins in town were a runing.  And cotton seed buyers were a having cars loaded with seed.  The New papers agent were in town and I subscribed for the Fort Worth Record 3 times a week for 25 cts, 3 months. Agent J. C. Findley, and for 4 papers, agent J. M. Hubert receipt no.192975,  99 cts a pair spectles and four papers 2 years.   I brought at Andy Store, flour 2 sacks $3.85, Salt .70, matches .10, Lard .05, cheese Crackers .15, Syrup at Rileys .55cts, 1 gallon.

The farmers have brought nigros here to pick thir cotton and do other work and now thay are a going to keep them here and more a coming on every train, the officers arest them when found gambling.   Mr Marberger com to see me.  He wanted to buy som cattle and git me to sigen a paper so he could cash a note and he had books to sell and Lectured against Catholic.  And git sub for the mana.... he went off at night for town.  Clouds come up with rain, lightning, thunder all pass without rain or cold.

Feb 4 - Thursday.  Clear, warmer, Plowed.   Received the Cotton and Cotton oil News, Jan 4, 1915.

Scientific American Aug 22, 1914- Jan 23, 1915.

While up at town I got Corn Culture for Texas Bulletin no 23, Feb 1912.  The Journal of Agriculture and Star Farmer, Dec 25, 1914, Dixillant June 1905, vol 4, no 5, October 1906 nol5, no 2, Nov 1903, Sept 1905, vol3, no 3, Pub at Dallas, Texas, in the interest of the South-Cause- Literature, the late War History a fine Magazine.   I wish that I could have been a taken it all this time.

February 5, 1915 - Friday.  Partly Clear, som clouds, a dry norther.  Braken land, warmer.

Feb 6, 1915 - Saturday. Clear, a cold norther, Broke land, planted som peach seed and onion sets.  Plowed nearly all day.

Feb 7 - Sunday.  Clear dry norther still continues, warmer.  At home all day.

Feb 8, 1915 - Monday.  Clear cool.  Plowed all day. Received my Bundle of Appeals no 1000. War Peace no. and Feb. Confederate Vetran., The Indian Missionary, The Indian
 Mortcycle Co., Henndee Manufacturing Co., Springfield, Mass.,   Doan’s Directory 1915, Review of Reviews offer 4 vol, 3 magazines, Review McClure Metropolitan $4.25., Mekeels Weekly Stamp News Jan 30,  The Ladies World offer., Catalog of Molefuction Sale no.11-F-9 Hillman 1699 Purchase St.  New Bedford, Mass.  Consisting of the Collection of the late Roy Ferrell Greene of Arkansas City, Kansas with miscellaneous lots of old weapons and Triphisas Prehistoric Stone Implements, Stamps, coins, etc Santa Clara California folder San Tose, California is a advertising here wealth and crops Buity and Climit as 1915 is here double Fair year.  I would like to go.  If I can this year.

Feb 9. 1915 - Tuesday.   Clear, warmer.  Plowed.  The Peach trees will soon be in bloom and weeds and grass coming if this wether stays warm a week or two.

Feb 10 - Wednesday.  A clear bright day.  Plowed in Oats and Samson picked cotton for Dick Todd.

Went up to Mr Smiths at night.  Thay had been up to Santa Anna to buy groceries and had heard that Mr Schoolcraft had died, that the mattress man would stay a while longer.   Richard, said that Mr Campbell were a going to move up to Coleman. 

The warm wether are a making the grass and weeds grow and the peach trees will be a blooming if the wether continues warm.  I received a letter from Department of Archaeology, Andover, Mass. And lots of magazines from Peter Haring.  I paid Mr Smith $2.00 dollars on Colt owe 2 the 10.

Feb 11, 1915 - Thursday. Windy, Cloudy, Broke land and gaeden, high wind, warmer.

Feb 12, 1915 - Friday.  Cloudy, warmer, broke land.

Feb 13, 1915 - Saturday.  Went up to Santa Anna.  Lots of people in town.  Some cotton a selling.  Give out the No. 1000 peace Copy of the Appeal to Reason.  So many don’t want to read the Appeal.  Grate crowds and thay don’t want to know anything about Socialism.

I to the more.  Universal.  Lewis Joseph Vance, Author of the Brass Bowl, Lone Wolf, etc.  Received $ 15,000.00 to write. The three Ohearty the grate Modern Problem Story.  It will apear Seralyirs the Universal.   The wolves and dog show was good.

I sold som eggs and bought som groceries and D. Jayson Tyson give 4 stacks of medical books, magazines, 10 years.

Feb 14. 1915 - Sunday.  A clear bright sunshine day, warm.  The wasp are out.  Went over to Mr Preast, he played the fiddle well.  Mr Vincents daughter.  Jim and Bill, they call

Feb 20 - Saturday.  Plowed all the week and a Saturday evening a good rain fell.

Feb 21 - Sunday.  Clear in the morning, clouded up in the evening.  I went over to Mr Will Swan’s.  We  went over on Mudd Creek to look at the wheat and oats.  Thare are good, have a fine stand.

Feb 22 - Monday.  Washington’s birthday.  No male.  Rain and harrowed in my oats and land broke well.

Feb 23 - Tuesday.  Clear, cool, grass a coming.  Peach trees in bloom.  Plowed land, fine, warmer.

Feb 24 - Wednesday.  Went to town.  Dick Todd paid one dollar on cotton picken, paid $2.00 for bed tick.  Bought Chicago Ledge 5 cts Feb 20 New York Times. Mid week picture Feb 11, Moving Picture Stories.

Feb 24, 1915 - Wednesday.   The Hornet, Eden, Tex Jan 22, 1915 - Earnest Savage editor.

Propriartor $1.00 a year, Socialist paper, Small but good.

Feb 25 - Thursday.  Cloudy, cool all day, Plowed.

Feb 26 - Friday.  Cloudy and a raining all morning.  Received from Petter Hearing, The Saturday Evening Post July 19, 1913, Scientific American April 3, 1915 - Feb 20 1915.m Bellville Times Feb 18, 1915, Austin County Texas Vol 37, no 7.  Richard E. Zeiske Editor Propritor, a good county paper and it has been a long time since Bill Hill was editor.  A grate change in Bellville, New people com on the since.

Feb 27 - Saturday.  Clear, cool, a rainey day all day and at night.  A good season in the ground.  To wet to plow and plant corn.

March 1, 1915 - Monday.  Cloudy, cold east wind, fix fince.

March 2 - Tuesday.  Heavy clouds, rain all day.  Got a bushel of cane seed ($1.00) and some corn from Dan Evens.  To wet to work.  Received a lot of male.   Mrs Will Swan went out to Canion City to Mrs Winns to be with her while she had a operation. Performed here.

March 3, 1915 - Wednesday.  A good rain last night, the rain has stoped, still cloudy.

March 4 - Thursday. Heavy clouds, wet. A norther.  Dug for money and in a mound down on Mud Creek, found a skeleton of a man.  Cold and we quit.

March 5 - Friday.  Cool norther, cloudy, wet.

March 6, 1915 - Saturday.  North wind, cool .  Had went down on Jim Ned to Mr Stacys to see the Mexican money marks on some rocks in Mr Will Stacy’s field and they were thare diferent from any I had ever saw on rocks, he had cut out the cross and hot-mark.   Found some Indian axes and arrow points, The people had planted corn and I went and saw Bee Branch School House.

March 7 - Sunday.  Cloudy a cool norther.

March 8 - Monday.  Very cold cloudy and at noon, snow comence falling, continued all night till

March 9 -Tuesday noon.  Cloudy, cool all day.  Snow melted, not all.

March 10 - Wednesday.  Snow on ground, trees, and house.  I afraid the fruit trees all kill.  No plowing, now or planting this week.  Still cloudy, cold.  Samson sold his white face cow and heffer to Dick Todd, and he come and got them.   Wether to bad for out door work.

March 24, 1915 - Wednesday.   Clear, cold, warmer.  Plowed and harrowed in some oats.  The grass and weeds are a coming.  We had frost and ice ever since the snow and the peaches are not all kill, yet.  Have planted som corn.  Has been t cold for corn and maze to com up.

March 25 - Thursday.  Clear warmer and growen wether.  The snakes and ants are a coming out.

March 26 - Friday.  Cloudy, cold norther like it would snow again.  Disagreeable to plow, cold cloudy all day.  No rain, Some plowed.

March 27, 1915 - Saturday.  Cloudy still warmer, the bees are out and red birds a singing and it looks like we would have som fruit and make a crop.   Plowed didn’t plant, to cold.  The Europen War goes on and Germany is nearly whiped, Turkey and Italy and Greece all seem to go in War made.  When the Pope Prays for Peace look up for the World to be involved in a general War.   The so call Catholic Church, old Humbug know no pice.  Thay can’t live where thare is peace and enlighment of free schools, free press, free speech and Liberty.  She wants to rule or ruin, lat waste to all land to the saints - old serpent, old dragon a beast, a lover of tremoile, the beast that John speaks of in Revelations.    A big portion of the Papers Magazines books of the World are controled by the so called old Humbug of Catholic Church. Thay have  7 representives in the legislature at Austin and kill the Nunery Inspection bill and the Womans Sufrogest Bill and wanted to pass a Censer Bible Bill, to prevent the free press from publishing the truth.

A colt show will be helt at Santa Anna this evening and Mr Smith and Samson are a going and thare are a going to be a Bible Picture Show day and next week at Santa Anna.   The Melinilon Dawn is a having the show move showen over the U. States, its free.

March 28 - Sunday.  Cloudy fog fine rain, colder.   I received the Menace no 295, mar 27 total no of Subs. up to date.   The Menace Editor wants 200, 000 subs aganst April 1.  Money will go to Rome to take Pope’s Deposition on Menace, the free press defense League, propose to meet the Roman Hierarchy upon its own ground.  The Menace Editor has started a new Paper, the Liberty Bell for freedom. The Appeal to Reason No.1005, March 24.  Has hands off Mexico, Plea.  Arouse the People.  Circulate this issue.   Both papers are battling for Liberty, Freedom and Education of the masses of America and the grate world of igronce and hold on to false teaching has gone on with all our schools and colleges.   The bought press run by money power don’t tell the truth with all the News.

March 30 - Tuesday.   Cold.  Plowed and planted cane, maze.  Heavy clouds, cold wether.

March 31 - Wednesday.  My black filey brought a more cold color, bright bay, a fine colt from Felix Smith horse, the 3rd  colt I have from him. 

April 1, 1915 - Thursday.  Cold cloudy some rain , Plowed.

April 2 - Friday.  Cold, cleared of frost, to cold far corn, cane and garden to come up.  Snow north and East of here.

April 3, 1915 - Saturday.   Nearly clear, frost and ice, cold.  Carried my bale up to Frank Turners gin and it weigh 347 pounds, sold for 8.61 cts to Leon Shields and paid, Texas Mercantile Company $10.00 no. 175, owe on account $12.22.  Emsy Pieratt Book keeper.  Mr Ford Barnes said, I could git credit here April and I haven’t got any yet.  Honest Bill Show was in town and the movies.   And the men with there stub horses.  Mr Frank Turner had more pull cotton than he could gether, gin and more grain than he could grind and he was runing both.  He will gin on Monday.  The movie and some wimen were a selling white slave books on the streets.  The show had two big elephants, a drome dry Shetland poneys, dogs and some big tents and showed in the evening.  Thay showed an educated horse how he could talk and count and tell the time by a watch and pick out figures.  A wonderful little horses.  A good crowd of farmers in town.   Some selling, not a big trade.  Mr Sam Philips has a good line of reading maters, Papers, Magazines.  A man from Coleman had a new steel ford on the streets to sell for $450 dollars and he said that most of that would go out of Houston to the Panama Expsection at San Francisco would go in a Ford car - over land.  Cut off rail rode fair and stay as long as one want to stay and won’t have a ticket a playing out on and have to come back before you want too.  Will play wholy with the rail rode just what it ought to do.  The robbers have robed the people long enough.

April 6, 1915 - Tuesday.  Planted white maze.  Heavy clouds.  Some mist rain.  Didn’t plant in the evening.  Dan Evens com over and Bud and I paid Dan $1.00 on som seed.  Didn’t work.

April 7 - Wednesday.  Heavy clouds.  Broke land and a down pour of rain come from the west and I turned out the mules.  To wet to plow.   A clearing off.  A good rain fell. 

 I received the Houston Chronicle April 7, with State and War News and the Stamp Journal Feb. 1915 vol 8 no.2, whole no. 86., Paper Magazine has been sold and has bought 6 other Stamp magazines that have went under.   And Mekeels Weekly Stamp News Apr 3.

The trees and grass are a coming.  Some peaches went through the snow, frost and freeze.

April 8 - Thursday.   Plowed, rain and warmer.

April 9, 1915 - Friday.  Cloudy day, rain in the morning and drove up to town.  Sold a chickens and eggs light .50 cts, sugar, maple syrup .75 on time and paid gining, Frank Turner $ 2.55.

A few people in town and the farmers were a selling oats and loding cars with them.  Some farmers were a planting in the evening.   Spring is here, the trees are a puting out, beans and a blooming and grass a growen and the Scissortail birds has come.  The farmers has not broke all his land yet nor planted much.   Very little cotton planted.  Wheat and oats are fine and all the papers say a good prospect for a grain crop.

April 10, 1915 - Saturday.  The oil men have struck a new oil near Coleman 2000 ft down.  The Farmers are in a bad shape, no money and can’t sell any thing.  Still can’t git credit.  Lots of young colts and lots of studs over the country.  Good rains today and didn’t git to plow much to day.  And haven’t go to plant.  The Farmers sell lots of eggs now to the merchants.  If the rats can be killed out we will raise chickens.   Mr Robert Henderson showed me som of his news stamps.  He has a full set of them United States stamps, early to the present day and I have all kinds and no complete of any set of stamps.

April 11, 1915 - Sunday.  Clear warm day after the rain.  Corn is a coming up.   And okra a puting out leaves and blooms and the wild plums is in full bloom and the woods or puting on a coat of green.    The Farmers are behind with there plowing and planting.   Preaching at Longview, by the Christian preacher of Coleman.  3 joined today.  Some 15 during the meeting and Baptizing on the Jim Ned (Blackwell Crossing)  near Grosvenor, this evening.

April 15 - Thursday.  Taken my black filey to Felix Smiths horse.  Plowed broke land.  The grass is a coming.  Corn and cane, maze coming slow and land are clody and bad plowing.   Oats are a growing slow.  The wether has been cloudy and light rain, clear sometimes.   I have a open letter to the Cotton Producers of the United States by W. T. Flowers Wellington, Texas Jan 20, 1915

Box 56, shows how that the foolish cotton farmers of the cotton raising states go on a voten the money power Wall Street there labor going it blind and margaing there families and all thay have cotton crop year after year and things under Wilson are worse than Wroder.  So call President Rosvelt and Taft - Wilson and his cabinet have give Wall Street Bankers more and the Dovies Comentte are out spending the people’s money, in Silly Cross question.

April 16 - Friday.  Finished braken land and two boys com from Brown County to sell us a recipe to kill lice and a 3 guineas, 4 chickens $1.00, 40 cts in money for there recipes, all insets.

April 17 - Saturday.  Cloudy cool rainy, showers wind south, not much a doing to day.  High wind, rain around all day.  At night a heavy rain west of here and a good rain here.  Reading the life of Howitson by Baillie, a English Presbyterian 1848 time of trouble with the Roman Catholic were thare never a time since the Catholic were here that thay didn’t prosecute.  Hethen, Humbug the beast.   The Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Record, Missouri, Kansas Farmer up to date farming stockman and Farmer.

April 1915 - For April.  Says better times are a coming that crops will be good and thare will be lots of work and money for the people.    Of Course we ain’t as bad as Europe in there grate War of Destruction of life, property and Country and filling the sea with sunken ships.  The Hethen Catholic money power with Kings and Lords and Counts, diplomatic brought on War for gain and the slaying and destruction are awful, over 5 million people and 10 billions of dollars debts ware destroyed property and ships, They never will pay out as long as the world stands.

April 21, 1915 - Wednesday.  Mostly clear.  Choped weeds, fix fince.  A picknic up at Town.  Texas

San Jacinto today.   Rains around , crop a coming up bad, slow planting.

April 22, 1915 - Thursday.   Rain and thunder heavy clouds a rainy day on 21.  56 hawks pass a going North, warmer.  Today cooler.  Crops are late and it seems as if May would be a cold month.  Now a heavy rain, cloud comes from the west.  The rain continued all day, heavy rain and lightning and thunder a good season in the ground.  Rain at night south of here.  No work in the fields this week.  The weeds are a taken the oats over the country.

April 23 - Friday.  Cloudy all over like we would have more rain.

April 24 - Saturday.  Cleared off nice day.  Harrowed of land and the rain poured down up till late a Sunday morning.   We went over to Campbell’s, he was a going off and he didn’t come out and as we come back several in the rode commence a shooting and we come away across the creek.

 April 25 - Sunday, The clouds cleared off and a nice day.  The creeks run and a good season.  Crops will grow if the wether gits dry so we can plant.

April 26 - Monday. A fog, sunshine, partly clear. With the cats, I kill 9 rats. No work in the field now.

April 28 - Wednesday.  Clear and cloudy.  Harrowed in Millet cane and choped weeds.  The fields to wet to plow.  Some are plowing.

April 29 - Thursday.   Cloudy warmer, heavy dew.  Things are a growen.  Corn a coming up.

April 30 - Friday.   Went sown on Home Creek.  Rain and stayed till Saturday.  Home Creek was up.  The Farmers hadn’t plowed all there fields nor finish planting.

May 1, 1915 - Saturday.   Samson started for California.  The show was in town, hobby horses and Faris wheel and catch games, all doing no business.  The Baseball drew a crowd.  Dull times on acount of the European War.   Lots of people in town, no money, awful times and the rain keeps up till we can’t plant.  Grass and weeds a taken the fields.

May 2 - Sunday.  A warm day, sunshine, some clouds.

May 3 - Monday.   Ran harrow through my corn and tried to plant, to wet.  Mr Vanderford’s little boy was biten and died from a rattle snake a coming from school at Longview.
(Note from Carl Langford:  Adriel Vanderford - died 30 April 1915 - born June 25, 1907 - Buried Platt II, Blk 83).

May 4, 1915 - Tuesday.   More rain from the West, it looks like we wouldn’t git to plant.  Cotton planting behind by the wether and with rains and over flows all crops in Texas will be late.

May 5, 1915 - Wednesday.  Rain all Tuesday evening with storm clouds, heavy clouds with rain, today.  No work in the field this week.  The weeds and grass will git a start.  Can’t finish planting.

May 19, 1915 - Wednesday.  Plowed corn.  It is giting dry.  My black sow had 3 pigs, 2 red, one black.

May 21 - Thursday.  Planted.  May dry and warm, Rain south of here.  Cloudy showers around, hot  day. Need rain.

May 22 - Saturday.  Cloudy and sunshine, warm.   A good breeze a blowing.  Plowing corn and choped in the garden.  Crops a growen.  Som cotton and maze just planted.   Mr Will Casey come and told me that Mr Thronhill had come back and was ready to hunt for the buried Mexican treasure or mine.

May 23 - Sunday.  Sunshine, clouds, a pleasant breeze.  To day is a big day up at Santa Anna, as school closed and I won’t get to go.   Didn’t hear from Samson this Week.  May write him a letter while at the fair. 

June 8, 1915 - Tuesday.  Cloudy, cool and warm.  Plowed cane, corn, dry and oats needs cuting bad.

Samson come home from his trip to the fair and around to Houston, Cleburne, Gladewater, Houston, Temple and brought home cards, relics, medals of the Fair.  Dry we need rain and the oats cut.

June 25, 1915 - Friday.  A bright warm day.  Cloudy broken heavy clouds with rain.  Had been raining North of us at night and a going East.  We were a sufering for rain.   And corn, cane, feed crop and cotton needed rain bad.  Would be ruined if we don’t git rain.  

June 26, 1915 - Saturday.  Rain from the West; a good rain fell and I hope corn is saved and feed crop.   The thrasher has been a runing and oats are being hauled in.  Sold 32 - 34 cts a bushel.  I reckon they will stop a while.  Maybe more rain tonight.  We had the notes charge and I lent 50 dollars on my mule by leting big business know what was going on the hay press don’t pay any thing.  I lose out $50 dollars interest and bad dets.  Campbell give orders and 2 notes on mule and one on cotton crop.  I give note for det on Boler, 2 rack mower and which amounted $153 dollars.  Have to pay 23 dollars interest.  That eats up all profit big business has all the money and sell and take big interest lends money at big interest or won’t lone at all in a drought is on or a panic on and opress the farmer every way.  Farmers are so foolish as to buy automobiles and lose there farm out all around. 

July 1, 1915 - Thursday.  Clear, hot. The corn a burning up and won’t male much.  The thrasher has come and thrashed Vincents, Priest, Fleming, Smiths, Hickmans, Todds and gone on.   Hot, I have plowed my cane.

August 15 - Sunday.  Hot cloudy a good rain come and broke the drought and put water in the tanks.

Aug 16 - Monday.  No rain. Plowed and planted maze, corn, peas, the wind freshen from the east.

Aug 17, 1915 - Tuesday. Heavy clouds.  We got word that a storm was a coming from the Gulf and Galveston and Houston was in the track of it and people were a fleeing from it at the coast.   Some rain.  Plowed and planted maze, corn, peas.  At night rain and the wind was stormy.

Aug 18 - Wednesday.  Heavy clouds, north wind a ragen all day.  Didn’t git any paper. Didn’t hear how the storm did.

Aug 21, 1915 - Saturday.   Clear, some clouds, no rain.  Went up to town, some cotton a selling 8, 9 cts, not much in town.  Some at the gins.  Some melons and bananas a
 selling.  Melons nearly  all sold out.   Finish plowing in corn, maze fretta and cane in the hog pen. 

Aug 22 - Sunday.  Hot cloudy, sunshine, showers around.

Aug 23 - Monday.  Gethered the last lode of my corn and a lode of Fretta and rain come last night.

Aug 24 - Tuesday.  Cloudy, rain last night and this morning, to wet to work in the field.  Warm, cloudy, distant thunder, more rain.  The storm last Monday drowned many people and stock.  Destroyed millions dollars worth of all kind of property all over South Texas and the storm went north up the Mississippi valley and flooded and recked as it went in violence.  No wonder we have such storms the way the people treat one another in this world.

Aug 26, 1915 - Thursday.  A sunshine day.  Clouds, showers, hot and the Farmers were a plowing and a picken cotton and a moving som of them.   A few Farmers a selling cotton 8 - 9 cts not much in town.  A coming in slow.  Town dull.  No melons or peaches in town. 

Went around to F. Turners gin only one bale of cotton, none a waten.  Com home with Mr Felix Smith and pick cotton in the evening, a shower come up.  A killer down at Shields and Mr Banster shot a man over at Burket.

Aug 27 - Friday.  A heavy rain com up last night or this morning and filled the tanks and soked the fields.  No more work this week.   Heavy clouds maybe more rain.  The fall crop that we have planted will com up.

September 14, 1915 - Tuesday.  Cloudy and lightning with rain North of us all last night.  Tied up cane fodder last night and pick cotton for Mr Smith.  Cotton is a short crop and
 the crop will soon all be picked out.   Feed crop are short. So dry.  Some parts of Texas the people ain’t making any thing and are a nearly a starving.  Things are in a bad shape and some should say many are a coming to Coleman County to live and to get something to live on.  The movers and cotton pickers are a moving in covered wagons by the hundreds in every direction a hunting work.  And things are in bad shape.  Cotton will soon all be out as the bole weevil and dry wether has cut off the crop to less than half.  Some fields hasn’t any cotton never bloomed.  And them that has cotton will have it all picked out soon.   Mr M. W. Savage, President, Dan Patch Electric line, Minneapolis, Minnesota to me offers a stock in rail rode at 6 per cent on 100 dollars, 5 to 10 years.  Mr W. Straley, Hico Texas Secretary of the International Society of Archaeologists, editor Archaeological Bulletin he wants me to remain in the Society and write me that he wants a write up of Coleman County Early Inhabitants and tell about the culture, mounds, pottery and flint arrow points, spears, Scrapers, grinders and other works.

Sept 29 - Thursday.  A cloudy and a norther and some rain.  Plowed all day, cooler.

October 1, 1915 - Friday.  Clear, warmer and sunshine.  Cotton is up to 11, 12 cents.

Nov 7, 1915 - Santa Anna, Texas  Have been plowing, picken cotton and hauling in cane.  Mr Will Swan cut and worked one day at the silo for Mr Quinn, Pearce Cater done the cutting.  The cane was fine and filled the Silo up fast.  Mr Quinn will live on the Alexander Place next year.  Mr White is going to live where Mr. Fleming is a living on the Jim Brown place, he has sold or swapted places with Harvey.   Mr Felix Smith’s children are a going to school at town an staying with Mr and Mrs Orman.  Felix his cotton a Saturday.  It has been a month or more since we had any rain.  Cloudy and warm to day.  Fine wether for November.   Git a grate deal more than I can read.



October 23, 1918 - October 7, 1923

October 23, 1918 - Wednesday.  An things have been hit hard by the grip at Houston.  Not much business.  Many deaths.   I didn’t know wether this rain and cold will make worse or not.  The World War, the Huns are a being driven out of Belgium and France.  An many taken prisoner and a grate lot of war booty com in, machine guns, an other armaments, every thing.  Huns has destated , ruined Belgium and France where they occupied for 4 years, laid waste by caried off plunder an the peoples.  Now, thay are a crying for peace as they are being beaten and driven out of Belgium and France.

Oct 24 - Thursday.   Heavy clouds, som warmer.  Fix ditch where wash in creek was ruining the field.   An plowed som oats upon the hill side.

Oct 25 - Friday.  Heavy clouds.  Sowed oats an the wether changed as a lite rain.  An at night lightning north of here rain.  The night was damp.   An cloudy most of the night.  A good season in the ground.  An wheat and oats sown now will make a good winter pasture.

Oct 26 - Saturday.  Heavy clouds, the wind changed to the north an turned cold with a good rain and still cloudy.  No Plowing or a turning the stock in the field , now.

Oct 27, 1918 - Sunday.  The Clouds cleared off and its colder.  The ban has been raised an meeting & cargo on the grip is not so bad as was.  The field is wet an the wheat is a coming up fine.  Too wet to plow.  From the Saturdays rain a good season in the ground, now.  And we have winter pasture and maybe save the stock, so many had to sell and ruined them. 

And we have to feed as pastures have no grass.  An frost and winter will be here.  We may have some more warm wether.

Oct 27, 1918 - Sunday, clear cool, Wet and no one comes now as nearly all of the folks are gone, an Smith hasn’t come back yet.            This Universe of Worlds Planets stars suns, moons, that revolve around in space for thare in no end to space and no place to rest, all.   Every thing has to keep a moving thare is no rest or up or down as we turn on the axes as it a were a turning around the sun.  The grate light star of the universe.   Thare could be more Gods than one an more systems of worlds than this as thare no end to space and all work like clock work an move on space gone forever and ever thare no end.  What’s out beyond in boundless space.  We never know as how things all started as we or but a speck in space of all these worlds.  Time is an as one day a thousand years with God an we toil and are trouble of many little things and men a hethens all around up for gain and for meanness, to hate, an ruin, an despoil what we have for the dollar gone.  Greed is the cry money gold high price.   Git as much as you can for nothing, spoil the worker.  And git what he has bring on dry wether, no crops, diseases, pestilent, wars and desters and mankind, gold and gain, hate and greed, git rich has brought on the grate European War is just what the Bankers, Manufactures and Wall Street wants.  They tried Japan, Mexico and South American countrys before this grate War in Europe.

Oct 27, 1918 - Sunday.  An now thay have sold this War to the American People an thay are buying stamps, bonds.  Every thing high an a dollar os worth 50 cents.  An we haven’t nothing to sell an when we did it was down.  I never have got 9 cts for cotton nor but once have I got a high price for wheat.  And its so seldom we make a good crop when we do the agriculture Department put down with the cotton report with Wall St.  And lies about what a big crop we make and stick to it wether we make it or not and throw down price till we git nothing not even rasing or gethering it.   Mr  M. Hickman went up home, he says in all these rains 6 inches of rain fell.

The Kiser will git no peace.  The War fighting goes worse and as bad as ever and things are as bad are worse.  And the U.S. is still sending men and ammunition.  Ship food an every thing they need.  And the bonds, revenue stamps and Red Cross are a calling for spending millions and up in the billions.  And a calling for more men an women on every thing that they need for to carry on the awful War against Kiser Bill huns and hethens thay don’t want peace.  The Huns want to win the War and lay waste, kill, burn and rule the world by German gun, sword, and baynet and torch, destroy on land an sow down the Sea with sunken ships that what the Hun call culture the devils work of destruction and looty.  Well haven’t got my male yet and don’t know wether it, Friday or Thursday.

Oct 28, 1918 - Monday.  To wet to plow or turn the stock in on the wheat.  Clear cool, a norther.

Oct 29 - Tuesday.  Clear. Sowed an harrowed in wheat and oats.  No rain .  Turned the stock in on the wheat and grass.  No male to day.  Wheat growing fast.  Smiths has com in yet.  Someone or another 3 persons broke in Mr Hickman’s house and stole all his meat, sugar, molasas, matches all his cartridges on Saturday, and other things.   A man and two boys.

Oct 30 - Wednesday.  Plowed in oats.  Clear cool.  Mr Smith hasn’t come home yet.  Mr Hickman is a sowing oats and a plowing them in with a cultivator.

Nov 1 - Friday.  Clear warmer.  Didn’t sow any oats.  Mr Hickman sowed oats.  Ground wheat and done other work.  At night went down to Mr Hickman’s and got a whole
 batch of Houston Chronicles for Oct.  The War News.  Thare was 4 that rob him instead of 3.  The Germans and Australians are a suing for pice and the war goes on.

Nov 2, 1918 - Saturday.  Clouds com up and windy.  Maybe we git rain.  Sowed oats this morning, Turned out for the evening.  Mr Hickman quit.   Has been a cloudy day, no rain.  Mr Hickman finish sowing his oats North of my house.   An I sowed som in the wash in the middle of the field.  I received Vol 1, no. 7 October 1918, Hobbies Magazine, has 13 pictures on the front cover and is a fine newsy magazine of hobbies.  The man - Woman with a hobby.  Percy McGraw Managing Editor.  The Waring nation wants piece and the War goes on the Germans are a being whiped, drive back.

Nov 3, 1918 - Sunday.   Warm, cloudy and South wind.  The day has been quit no one but Evans, little boys come and so it that Jack Todd had died out at Jacks, the grip.   Many death at home and with the Armey both here and in France, with a thousand death by the awful forest fire in Wisconsin. And the loss of the ship at Alaska, Sophia 343 lives were lost when the ship were on Vanderbilt Reef Friday night Oct 30, 1918.  

On the government will need more wheat, more food and clothing, more to feed and more prisoners taken.  And still calling on a losing men and provisions all the time.

Nov 4 - Monday.  Finish sowing oats in low place and plow on a land in field from the garden to the cross fence and George Cherry come to see if he could git the mower to cut his Johnson grass as soon as the wether settled.  He had the grip an was hard of hearing an the folks that has had the grip are a giting well.  A good many died from the influenza.

Nov 5, 1918 - Tuesday.   A bright prety day, cloudy.  Went up to the election and voted the Democrat ticket, not many were a voting 40 some odd.  I believe the wemen didn’t vote as some wise Judge had decrees that it wasn’t lawful.  All a wise guy to work for the Politician money bags, Wall St. and the Kiser bill and make a mess of things.

Nov 6 - Wednesday.  Rain com today an I haven’t worked out.  As of the rain in the morning and evening.  Has made it to wet to work out. Glad that the rain has come.  Our wheat and ots nee rain and we can plant more grain.

 Nov 7, 1918 - Thursday.  Cloudy all night, drizly, sprinkle an it comence a raining before sn up, keep a giting harder till a down pour.  All day only a few creeks up.  More water fell than has fell in years.  And the fields, hills, creeks was flooded, more water run off than had fell in 4 years.  Enough to make two crops if it had came at regular time.  No male today.  The Creeks were out of banks and heavy showers.

Water every where, heavy clouds.   To night and no let up yet, The fields wash som and we have more than enough rain now.  The fields are boggy.  Still a raining.  I had to throw out maybe a hundred buckets of water to keep the house from being flooded.

Well Smiths I believe com back.  Someone up thare.  I saw a light.  Too wet and raining to go see.  Thare will be no work in the field for a week or more as the fields will be so wet.   If this rain keeps up, the rivers will rise out of bank and Brownwood will be in danger of over flow.  And will wash the grain bad.  One extreme follows another, so dry we make no crop, now we are flooded with rain an the War in Europe about to end.   The Alies with the American are a driving back the Huns.

Nov 5, 1918 - Friday.  After the rain cleared off.  The field washed bad.  Wash away some of the oats and wheat.  The branches and creeks are chocked up and the bottom land with dirt, trash and sediments as that was no grass and weeds to hold the dirt from washing of the hills and fields. About 9 inch rain fell in all and Coleman had another wash out.

Nov 9, 1918 - Saturday.   Nor to cool or hot, cleared off, a east wind and the fields are wet and the wheat and oats are a growing.   The rain must to have been 9 inches and enough to have made 2 years crops, if it come as we need it.  Now as soon as we can sow oats and wheat we will have a good grain crop next year.  And grazing for the stock.  Mr Felix Smith and family com back.  They were in all of that rain and come by Brownwood and all had the Grip.  And as soon as it gits dry enough we sow wheat and oats and finish sowing.  We received our male.   We had abundence of rain now ought to make a good crop next year, wheat and oats.

Nov 10 - Sunday.  Have been a writing letters since breakfast.  A bright cool day.  Haven’t got to read any.  Mr Smith come by a going down to his brothers after Mrs Orman, she come back and have been sick.  The cat found a big fish that com out of some tank and got left out of the water.

Nov 11, 1918 - Monday.  Wet and the rain ruined the rodes, wash out with driftwood, sediments some places the rode in not fiten to travel and we didn’t get out male and didn’t get my letters off.  

As peace has been declared when the Allies got on German soil of the Kiser Bill give up the crown.  An the War is over for awhile.  All of the Kings quit give back the peoples there country and fled out, Thay tried to kill the rings.  There was peace, calibration with meeting and big guns.

Nov 12, 1918 - Tuesday.   Clear, warm.  Went up to Colman.  The rodes was wash bad where they had work them.  There must have been 9 inches of rain.  Swept the fields and rodes, wash the oats and wheat bad on the rodes on the creek are nearly impassable of washes and sediments, big rain for years.  A man said 29 years ago to day Coleman County had a big snow storm 2 feet of snow.  A baby was born at his house that day.  I put in application for some of that money.   And got som papers and apples and bread and some barley.  That was a car of barley.  A car of wheat and car of oats.    An War posters were hung in every window about Coleman and peace bulletin, another War news about peace.  

Nov 13, 1918 - Wednesday.  Clear a few clouds.  Smith has gone to drilling oats.  And Richard his cousin Ely is back.  Don’t know how long he will stay before he will have to go back.  Our Tax collector is a sowing every lot in wheat that he can get.  The people have there gardens sowed down in wheat and oats.  And still a sowing.  I saw several lodes of oats and wheat a going out and drills, to drill in wheat and barley.  Every body are glade peace has com to the waring nations,  4 years is a good many of the boys are disapointed as they didn’t git to go to France to them the War Zone as it will take 2 years to clean up and come back.  And watch the Huns, it will be who the watch on the Rhine der watch on the Rhine will be the American Eagle.  The American Eagle won and beat the Kisers trained soldiers and drove them back to the Rhine hack der Kiser no more.  The Kiser Bill started out to conquer the whole world and met his down fall and fled to Holland.

Nov 14, 1918 - Cloudy fine rain.  Fix plow and dug holes to plant peach seeds.  An in evening it rain and didn’t work out and Mr Todd com up and sold him and of my domanecker roster 20 cts.

Mr Smith drill in Oats.  The wind were a rising.

Nov 15, 1918 - Friday.  A good rain . And I dug and set post to make shelter for my horses and mules.  And sowed som barley and wheat.   I sowed som turnips, radishes, lettuce and onion sets.

The ground was wet and the sand was a rising and blowing.

Nov 16, 1918 - Saturday.  Cool and windy all night.  An when morning com thare was a bank of clouds in the South.  I fix up and Mr Felix Smith went up to Coleman, the West wind was a blinding sand storm on and we went on and when we got up to Coleman it was 12 o’clock and the sand storm was a raging so we couldn’t see for the sand.    Coleman and the Mountain was hid.  We found a crowd thare, an Mr Kingsbery said about 75 applicants for the money and the needy ones would git the money.  First we waited till 3, 4 the 5 o’clock all of the thousand dollars had been given out and nearly all had gone.  Some got 15, some 20 -25 and I got nothing and come home.  Thare was many destute ones and they was looked after first.  The drought and hi price, no work has left a many a family destute with sickness and death and hard troubles that we know little of.  Now we have peace the war is over and with good rains I hope to see better times so we are a planting grain oats and wheat and barley all over the county.   All the way from town lots gardens, to 5, 20, 30, 50, 100, 300, 400, 500, to 1000 acres in wheat and oats and on up.  Thay can’t be too much grain sowen if it can be gethered.  Cotton can’t git chopers nor pickers if a big price is placed for it or low as when a big crop is made.  We git nothing for it.  Everything thay throw down price for the cotton raiser.

Nov 17, 1918 - Sunday. A clear cool day, a north wind, the dust is a blowing as it was a Saturday.  Lota of people at Coleman and thay were buying groceries, potatoes at 22 cents a bushel .  An the Cross Plains man sold out.  Etc unreadable.

Nov 18, 1918 - Monday.  Clear, warm.  Sowed wheat.  Mr Smith drill in oats, My .....corn a grate batch of it.  I don’t know how the mail carrier got through of the rode is wash and sediment drifted and covered the rode.

Nov 19, 1918 - Tuesday.  Sowed som wheat.  Clear and pleasant.  No male today.  So the Mail carrier couldn’t git thru rode to bad.  Eli and Richard Smith say that a skeleton comes down at mid night from above and goes in the ground.  That many had saw it.   Some forerunner of some grate event warning the people.

Nov 20 - Wednesday.  Some fog and rain, changed to a cool norther, cloudy.  Hauled dirt and rock.

No male today.

Nov 21 Thursday.   Cold, cloudy. A sprinkle of rain.  To cold to plow.  Hauled dirt and rock.   Mr Smith drill in oats.

Nov 22 - Friday.  Cloudy. Cold north wind, som snow, so cold didn’t plow or sow wheat.  Mr Smith drill in oats.  My male com and I got lots of male. 

Nov 23 - Saturday.  Cold, cloudy north wind, som snow and freezing.  Haven’t done much, so cold.  I believe I let the male man pass without geting my letter off.  Haven’t the time and so cold let him pass.  We have winter now and we will need a warm spell to bring things up or some rain.

Nov 24 - Sunday.   A cold, cloudy day.  Rain and snow.  Stayed home most of the day and read War News and books.  Went down on the creek.  To Mudd Creek to hunt arrow points and drill and lots of pieces.  The water had wash them off and the drift sediment had covered them.  Oats are a coming up where thay drifted out of the fields over the banks and down in the creek.  So cold didn’t hunt long.  Found lots of pieces and chips and 3 scrapers.

Nov 25. 1918 - Monday.  Rain and snow last night.  And this morning cold, heavy clouds, northeast wind.  Wet and cold thare is plenty water now far a grain crop.  More rain than has been for years in the fall and winter.   Haven’t finish sowing wheat and oats yet.  Snow com and rain all day and at night a heavy wet snow com and continued all night till the 26 Tuesday.

Nov 26, 1918 - Tuesday.  A good snow all last night. A wet snow and continues a snowing.  Richard Smith has a hurting in his breast.  He couldn’t go back to the Camp if they need him.  He goes up to town today to see the doctor.  He taken Ellen’s letter.

Nov 27, 1918 - Wednesday.  Rain ,snow all day.  Cold slow rain with snow ever since Sunday.  A good season in the ground and cold, ice.  The male couldn’t come.

Nov 28 - Thursday.  A clear off in the evening on Wednesday.  The rain and snow  stoped.  Cold, froze up at night.  The musquet trees had there leaves on when this freeze come.  It will   up warmer now.  And we can do some work out.  Al we could do was to fed and make fires and read.  We’ve had plenty of rain now and we need warm wether to make wheat and oats to grow.   As the war has ended peace has cone and the European Nations has exhausted themselves.  Thay are a starving and want food.  We can’t rase to much wheat, oats, or barley and feed stuff.  As the world wants food and we need half that we will rase here, housed and kept here for our own use, When a big crop is rased here its shiped off at a low price and brought back at a high price.  Wheat $2.90, oats 79. 1.00. 1.10 a bushel.  Sold when trashed for 30, 45, 60 cts here.  No granaries to store wheat and oats and som people has to buy back years like the 4 years just pass.

Nov 29 - Friday. Cloudy , rain, snow, cold and wet.  Cleared off and a big frost and cold disagreeable.  Planted musquet seed, walnuts, apricots and some peach seed out in the grove where the trees died from the long dry wether And cut wood.  Received a letter from Ellen and she didn’t know who Grand Father Jediah Millard was and where he lived and where the 600 acres of land were near Beaumont, in the oil fields.   And wrote me to find out.   I received a lot of papers and my Farm and Ranch will be out.  The Souther land Farmer, Cincinnati Enquire Republic and no money to renew.  I sent 25 for the Kansas City Journal for 1918, and Hobbys Magazine for 1919 75 cents and last 60 cts for my Stamp Magazine.

Nov 30, 1918 - Saturday.  Clear a few clouds and cold.  Cut sprouts and wood so wet and cold, didn’t plow or sow and grain.  Frost

December 1, 1918 - Sunday. Clear a big frost, ice and a cold west wind.  Winter night and Ellen wants me to write, So wet I didn’t go to any work.  Stayed at home.   Have been a reading the War Peace News in the papers.  And vol.39 Harvard Classic famous Preface.  Sir Walter Raleigh to the history of the World.  How the Kings of Europe and England murdered and wage war for kingdom and fame and lost all.  And to day the now Ex Kiser has set the world aflame, how men think and wrote, composed books ages ago and how fast time years has flown, wings of time, as fast as wheels can turn.  What this age and tie has brought forth grate wars, grate ships, flying machine, guns , tanks and cars, autos with thousands of other machines.  Big business grate Fortunes of wealth or made.

Dec 2, 1918 - Monday.  Cold a norther, cleared off but a cloud south at sunrise.  No frost. Received a letter from Samson an $10 dollars.  He may go at Christmas to see Ellen and Henry.  Grub, got wood and let Smith have my nigro mule to work.  This evening a drilling in oats.  And sent a letter to Ellen.  Warmer , the mail man com.  And the rodes are better.  Haven’t got to work the rode yet.  Will write a letter to Southerland Farmer for 3 years and War pictures and maps, Atlas book.  And to Dupont for his explosive books.  Texas boys to the number of 138.754.  Enroll as club member in the food production for 1918 this no exceed by more the 125, 000 all previous records of the state acording to the Dept of Agriculture showing fighting sprit of young Americans backing the armies abroad, if food will win the war the boys are a doing there part.  The School of Agriculture Education of the University of Texas has been discontinued for 1918-1919.  Will be taken up again after the war, when peace comes.  The Southerland Farmer Houston Texas 1215 Preston Avenue.  Send $1.00 for 3 years and 4 pictures War Altas, finish the letter to Mr Canada, Southerland Farmer Dec 2, 1918 Monday.

Dec 3, 1918 - Tuesday.  Felix Smith finish drilling in his wheat and oats and drill 3 acres of oats in for me, Warmer, clear.

Dec 4 - Wednesday.  As I was a going up to Coleman, Richard Smith went with me.

Dec 6, 1918 - Friday.  A clear, warm day.  Went up to town with Mr Smith and went around by Herndon Place to Vanderfords on Mr Austin’s Place he got a mare to work.  Mrs Herndon was a going to Fort Worth where Mr Herndon and her daughters is to spend most of Xmas.  I brough7 ½ bushels oats 1 ½ bushel corn cost 10 dollars and a sack of flour $1.60.   35 ct for bottle of pickles that the way money goes.  Corn is $2.00 a bushel.  A man was a moving in 2 cars loded with household goods, farm implements.  The farmers were a buying hi price feed and still a sowing oats and wheat and buying groceries.  I got a big bundle of Dailey papers at Mr S. H. Philips.  Mr Philips was making up a prescription and som medicine he an C. Hunter didn’t have.  The boys are a coming back from the Army with som money.  Some were kill and died and lost and the same old war bulley    Kulture is showen here in the Republicans that has been elected to congress.  They showed it before Wilson left for Europe.  When he address Congress and Texas has them that work for the Ex Kiseer Bill, big Business, gold standard, hi tariffs and money rule or ruin.

Dec 7, 1918 - Saturday.  Warmer, cloudy morning.  Sowed som barley, oats and wheat an put the stock in the upper field and sent off my Sutherland letter.  The Farmers are a still sowing oats and wheat and renting land.  Thare will be more grain drill in than ever has been put in Coleman County which will cut down cotton crop.  How will thay git there grain cut, the thrashing is all right.

Dec 8 - Sunday.  Cloudy, Warm.  The oats and wheat are a coming up since the wether has got warm.  Went down to Mr Evens   At night went up to Mr Felix Smith.  The
 children was a studying there lessons for school.  The Soldier boys are a coming home.  And the Grip are bad, all over the world,  Lots of the boys from Texas were wounded and killed in the great European World War and they can’t here from them.   The papers are full of there names and I am a trying to keep all the papers and history that I can git hold of on the war.   Everything, scrap of paper that comes along.

Dec 9, 1918 - Monday.  Clear and warm.  Plow in oats and wheat.  An plowed in som and land the wheat and oats, and barley are a coming up fine.  Som one shot Mr Bud Branon dog.  There is so much war news as the boys are a coming home and the World are preparing for a big business, big crops and hi prices.  And Expect to git what the farmers raise cheap and sell it hi.  An reap a rich profit.   Europe is starved out and wild mob broken up, down fall of Empires and Independent states a being borne.   Deonger a heard the people want peace, cloths and food and to be learned how to live without a King, big Army and being boss by princes.  

A Lords war generals keep under not alowed free speech, freedom held under by the gun, baynet, fear and prison.  Things is in a awful shape now every where.   How’s people to live and buy feed for stock, provisions, and farming implements to make a crop another year.   Cotton seed are scarce and a world of grain has been sowen. The news papers says magazines are a advancing in price.  Tell what will become of us.

Dec 10, Tuesday.  Received my Semi weekly Dallas News.  A letter from Farm and Ranch offering Farm and Ranch magazine 2 years for $1.00 and 2 subscribers.  A letter from Grumsrin News and sub Co., 175 Fifth Avenue, New York City.  Magazines bargains can’t reach any and one letter from Bank First National Bank that $50 dollars oil lease money.  And Received my Atlas from the Southerland Farmer, Houston.   Sowed wheat and oats at the house.

Dec 11, 1918 - Wednesday.  Sowed wheat in upper field.  Fix wash and my dog run off.  An Ellen sent a copy of the Temple Telegram.

Dec 12, 1918 - Thursday.  Cloudy Warm and cold both days.   Rain last night, heavy clouds with rain today and night with thunder and lightning.   Sowed wheat up in the stock lot and harrowed all the grain.  I had sowen.   My old sow broke out and run off to Mr Todds.  An can’t here of my dog.  A big task before the government at Washington.  Since peace has com and the world is as ther all a trying to git back home.  An buckle up and start a new. 

Dec 13, 1918 - Friday.  Cloudy, rain , cold, wet, cleared off.  Sowed wheat in hog pen and got my male.

Dec 14 - Saturday.  Sowed wheat up in the upper field.  Some of the Henderson’s wheat up.   An received a package from Ellen.  Clear. Cool and ground wet.

Dec 15 - Sunday.  Clear, a big frost this morning.  Open my vealese.  Ellen had sent me 2 pair of pants and 2 shirts, a razor, pocket book, 2 watches and a hat and other things.  I won’t have to buy any clothing now.  Nor hat, may git through all right.

Dec 16 - Monday.  Went up to Santa Anna.  Cool, cloudy.  Give receipt for my 50 dollars oil lease and paid Weaver 5 dollars note, an paid Enquirer Ed. 7 Dec.   Blacksmith bill that taken $15 dollars off of my $50.

December 24, 1918 - Tuesday.  I was up to town, on Monday, and people were a buying Christmas presents.  The wether was bitter cold, after the we went out the sale of John S. Murrys household afects by Walter Hosch.  He had a house fix up fine, nice furniture, books, pictures, curios, magazines, papers and lots of nick nacks.  His library was mostly of novels, boy scouts and good books.  Not many were out, a bad day and Christmas and many short on acount of drought, hi prices on so many a having to sell and move.    Frosty, ice biter cold didn’t go up to Santa Anna.  The Sunday night rain made the rodes bad, so cold.  Tom Todd said 2 flying mechines flew over last Saturday.

Dec 25, 1918 Wednesday.   Christmas.  Colder frost, partly clear, not much Christmas.  Guns shots or fire works.  A good many presents given.  To day is bitter cold.  Still people will have to go to have Christmas.    I pay for $1.50, The National Geographic magazines 1917, 1918, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1910 not all the copies thare of every year and some underware, clothes 50 cts, and a cap opener  5 cts, at the Murry sale.  A letter from my Nephew, Jack McCloud, Fort Worth, Texas.

Dec 26, 1918 - Thursday. Clear cold a big frost, ice, North wind, not so cold as it was.  People a traveling around.   Hunting up the Seth Thomas clock and gun.  To go up to town to have the clock fix and send Jack Millard the gun. 

Dec 27, 1918 - Friday.  A clear day, a big frost, cold.   Went up to Santa Anna paid the watch and clock mender25 cents to have my rasior fix, 25 cts handle, 5 cts bread, 20 cts on coke and oats.  I had come to the Bank thay give me the War and Red Cross posters in the Bank.

Dec 28, 1918 - Saturday.  Mr Felix Smith brought Vencent’s bore hog to my sow and I went to Santa Anna.  Cold a big frost, ice.  The rodes pull hard, wet.  A good many people com to town.  No oats shiping.  Thay told me that Albert Wilson had died from a cancer, no cure for it. (Buried Santa Anna cemetery Platt II, block 145 - Born 1872.)   The Fair had a sale.  Saw several of the Soldier boys back with there Discharge for Christmas.  Received a letter from Samson.   Bought a sack of chops $3.50, and 25 of sugar, and 10 of onions and com home.

Dec 29, 1918 - Sunday.  A blusty day, not so cold had to stay home, bad cold, and had to fix the crib roof leak, so to day is the 5th Sunday, the year will soon be out and a New Year here.

Dec 30, 1918 - Monday.  Some warmer, all the ice melted and I went to town and brought $9.97 worth of oats and the Farmers were out of feed maybe 50 wagons after feed oats, hay , corn, and provisions.   Cloudy like we would git more rain.  Every body you meet and speak to though that we would git more rain.  The Farmers had hogs.  The Grip flue as it call all of the familys except one.  Lots of people in town and as the old year was a coming to a close and new year a coming in.  Thare was a sight of moving to new places, down South of here in the black land.  Thay charge 10 dollars rent an a borrow of 3 or 4 dollars.  A good many that had went down there had to come back.  Land rent was to hi. And no pasture for stock   I got my clock fix at $2.50, an the clock timker had several clocks on hand, a puting in repair.  My dog has gone to town again.  And some one is a stealing my chickens.   The business men are a making money and at the hi prices.  The people are a loosing only those that git good wages, oil lease money and money from the oil wells, which are all over the Country.  Som can’t pay ther places out and the oil men wate and grab on and ofer a payin oil flowing well.

December 31, 1918 - Tuesday.   Old year out and New Year 1919 comes in.   Rain last night and this morning.  A mild norther, cloudy.  And we may have more rain and snow.   O hope it won’t be so cold.  And Sunday was a cold raw day and didn’t read much.  To day is dark and wet.  It is a geting colder and looks like snow.   Tom Todd com and I cook bread and had dinner.  Fed the hogs.  Got my male.   Are a trying to write letter to Ellen.  The clouds are a gethering like snow.  Feed had to out the stock out of the field of the wheat to wet.

January 1, 1919 - Wednesday.   Cold freezing, Ice, Cloudy, rain.  A Tuesday, Coleman let off the Exgen and light a siren in the New Year, had a big time.  The New Year is as cold.  We need warmer wether for grain.  I went up in time and got my feed.   Writen a letter to Ellen Booth, Temple.  As to day is a Holiday no R.R. male, so I won’t git to send it off.   At times, looks like snow and rain and clear off.

Jan 2, 1919 - Thursday.  Partly clear, cold north wind.  The sun are a shining out.  Not a thawing the ground much.  Winter holds on hurt the wheat. 

Jan 3 - Friday.  Cold, frosty, ice.  The oats are froze and kill young oats.

Jan 4 - Saturday.  Didn’t do much.  Heavy frost, and ice.  The Farmers have been a hauling oats out at 80 cts a bushel.  And Simpson has ordered 3 more cars.  Some Warmer.

Jan 5 - Sunday.  Clear, Warmer, nearly off of the ice melted.  Som warmer moderate.   Nights are frosty.

Jan 6 - Monday.  Clear, warmer, some clouds a coming as soon as the land gets dry and warmer there will be more oats and wheat sowen. And the War is not over with in Europe.  And Russia cold and starving, freezing don’t stop them, thay keep on fighting.

Jan 7, 1919 - Tuesday. A cloud up from the North with a norther.  Black and cold soon blowed off and some warmer.   Not well enough to go out in the cold.

Jan 8, 1919 - Wednesday.  Clear cool, not much wind.  Mr Felix Smith com and we kill my black sow and she only weigh about 100 pounds and let him have 37 pounds at BCTs
 and a pound.  Was not much fat on her.  I received my Star Telegram, and The world is in winter and Europe a calling for food.  Ex President Roosevelt died and the papers laude him as a great man when he was a enemy to labor and hurt the working class all that he could.   Wheat and oats were hurt in this freeze, some oats are kill.  Frost ever night.

Jan 9, 1919 - Thursday.   Clear, cool, frost, no ice, a norther.  Some warmer the Farmers has comence to drill in oats and still a buying oats for feed and seed.   Went up to Santa Anna and bought a wagon lode of oats $25.47 over 20 bushels or 30.   Farmers were a loding and buying to feed on, to make a crop this year.  I bough 2 sacks of flour at $2.70 damage some by water.   As the day grew warmer and lots of people off.  People com to town.  It taken me all day, night aganst got home and unloaded my oats and got things, the work finish up.

Jan 10, 1919 - Friday.  Clear, warmer an still day.   Worked at the house on my shoes and was doing other work.   Received Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Germans and Hungrans,   Russians, Poles are fighting among themselves.  Thay area fighting in Berlin and Poland.  The Russians are a moving down on Poland and Germans, They all will go to fighting agan with England and France.   And the United States will be in the War.  I received the new Appeal and Democrat Voice.  I git the War News and all other News of the World.

Jan 13, 1919 - Monday.  L.S.M.   Mudd Creek,  R.R.F.   R #2  Box 15.  Has comenced to rain som.  I won’t git to go to town.

Jan 14, 1919 -  Tuesday.  Cloudy a raining all night and this morning.  Finish my letter to Ellen and have lost my sisors and can’t find them.  Didn’t git to Santa Anna nor do any work out.  I hauled the wood in good time.  As I will not have the chance the rest of this week, is to wet and may be cold.  It’s a going to stop all work. 

Jan 15, 1919 - Wednesday.   Heavy clouds all night and this morning, the clouds thicken and grew heaver and comence to snow and thicken to a warm snow heavy a melting.  Still no rain or wind cold.  To thick to go up to town an work.  All off this week.  Will be the heavest snow of this winter.

January 16, 1919 - Thursday.  A big snow storm and snowed all night and nearly all day.  A heavy wet  snow warm.  Piled up 2 feet on top of the houses.   A fine scene of the trees and houses, finces covered in snow must have been 4 feet of snow, were up to the wagon hubs, every thing covered in snow had to throw snow off the house top to keep from braking in.   No male or travel.  I recond the trains are snowed under as we haven’t heard any a runing all work has stoped.   The stock didn’t com home from the timber on the hills till after the snow stoped and the clouds comenced to clear off.  I supose it has been a general snow over the State.

January 17 - Friday.  A big thaw of the snow set in and nearly all the snow fell out of the trees and froze last night.  Today the sun rose bright and clear, the snow has comenced to melt.  Don’t here any trains a runing.  The snow is from 11/2 to 3 feet or more in places.  Don’t know wether we can git any male today or not.  Maybe I can walk up to town.  Write card to the Vanture & Co. Inc, 5 Ave, 39th St New York, and the National Geographic Society $2.50 for this years sub.

January 18, 1919 - Saturday.  The heavy snow is on the ground and we haven’t got any male.  The snow is to deep for travel.  The bigest, heavest snow that I ever saw and I stated to town it was warm and the snow comenced to melt.  The horse couldn’t hardly pull the buggy through the snow and mudd.    Clear a few clouds com up.  A good many people a going to town through the snow an slush and mudd.  The ground was covered with snow some places 2 feet an deeper.  When I got to town lots of people were thare a buying oats and cotton seed.  The streets were a runing and muddy and some oil men were unloading oil drilling machinery.  The Farmers had com in to buy suplies and I sent off $2.50 cts for the National Geographic Magazine for 1919 and got my male 8 or 9 papers and one letter and the Official Bulletin of War from Washington a great bundle and other papers and catalogues.  Spent $1.00 for vingner, syrup, and onion.  Things were so hi, I didn’t buy much, 10 cts worth of stamps.  As I come home I met a funeral a going in, a Mrs Long had died and they were a going to bury her under the snow in the cold ground. (Note from Carl Langford:  Mrs Ola (Howard) Long born 1877, died 1919 - buried Santa Anna Cemetery Platt II, block 123).  Mostly wet pulling, till I got home.

January 19, 1919 - Sunday.  Was clear.  Not a heavy freeze, still when the sun come up, A fog rose and the snow has comenced to melt.  We have a weeks snow on the ground,.  The way the snow melts every body says this is the heavest snow thay ever saw, and that we ought to make s good crop this year.  If we have to much rain, may loos a crop.  From fogg to clouds, a thaw, the snow are a melting and a making it stay under foot.

January 20, 1918 - Monday.   A fog night and during the day cloudy.  Cleared off at night, warmer.  The snow melted all day and a wet slopy time.  Only patches of snow left.  Work at the house.   Put up my clock and patch som and done other work.   Not much travel to day.  So warm that the bees come out the ground show since the snow melted.  The water run in the branches.   Glad it so warm and no cold north wind.  I sent Mr. John Burns a letter an 3 postal cards Santa Anna pictures.  Didn’t git any male, the snow melted fast and the wether turned warmer.

January 21, 1918 - Tuesday.   Nearly all of the snow is gone.  A cloudy day, change to rain, clouds.

Richard Smith com down while I were a fixing my wagon jack and I let him have the Soldiers logins he may sell them.  I hauled wood and the western clouds were heavy and black.  Comenced thundering and raining.  At Night the rain reach here with a wind storm and a down pour, which caused every thing to over flow and the field wash.  The rodes are nearly impassable and the mail man didn’t come.  I got back with my lode of wood in time.  I pit up my clock on Monday.

January 22, 1919 - Wednesday.  Wednesday.  A cool norther, cloudy, everything wet out.  To wet to do much now out.  The norther is a coming stronger with heavy clouds.   Surely we won’t git snow on top of this.  We had rain and snow till we can’t work now and the rodes are so bad the male can’t come and to bad to go after our male and looks like we would have more bad wet wether and top of the snow a big snow and a heavy rain in the evening, heavy clouds.  The male carier come and brought my male, a book and a lot of papers. The Book of Texas by

 H. Y. Benedict.  A fine large hansom book on Texas.

January 23, 1919 - Thursday.   Has been a snow wet, rainey week.  Haven’t done any thing hardly.  So wet and rainey.  Rain all of Wednesday evening.  Cleared off at night, cool.

January 24, 1919 - Friday.  A clear, warm day.  Drove up to Santa Anna.  The rode were muddy and nearly impassable.  The farmers were a buying and a hauling out feed and provisions.  And had to double team.  The oil rigs were being hauled out and put up one that is to be put up down at Trickham cost 85 thousand dollars.  And they, the oil men, are a puting up other dericks.  Oil rigs every day some where.    I got my ax and grub hoe at Ed Falkners had to pay him a dollar for the work and I got the dollar news at Mr Philips. 

January 25 - Saturday. Warmer clear most of the day.  Worked at home a puting up fince and my male come.  A batch of papers. 

January 26,1919 - Sunday.   Cloudy not so warm, some rain colder with the west under snow.  We can’t have warm wether long at a time, so much rain and snow that we can’t do any work.  Ed Falkner said that he couldn’t hardly money to run his shop.  And every thing is so hi that it takes all we can git to buy a few things to eat and feed on.   The Farm and Ranch has letters on gamblin in cotton and on hi prices.   Hoover is holding up the Packers when thay make millions of the farmers and price still goes up.  Well it a raining again today.

January 27, 1919 Monday. A cloudy day, cleared off at night.  After a hard rain on Sunday night.  The creeks run and flooded the field.  Water standing in low places, the creeks and low places are standing in water, the creek has un since the snow.  The creeks and low land is fill up with sediments and trash and ever rain washes more down one can’t hardly go anywhere,

January 28, 1919 Tuesday.   I went on the rode and we fix bad places on the male Rual Rout man come before we got home.  And I got the Semi-Weekly Farm News and Home.  And Cincinnati Enquire and The Bellville Times, January 23, 1919 vol 41 no4 are about the people of Bellville and Austin County.  Richard Cark had died in Houston and was buried at Bellville and Mrs Sally Spence (ne: Alexander) had died at Rockdale, Milam County.  

 And Mrs __Toruck had died.  George Zander Jr age 33 years also Weldo Schenk Louvers, Colo. And Mrs Partia McGreger, Industry 89 years, a daughter of Charles Fordtrain who died in 1900.  And Capt. H. H. Mardhemehl, San Antonio

Jan 23 at the age 25, The Bellville Times Establish 1879, the present Editor R. E. Llish.   Adolph Jollmer age 37 years, 5 months, 24 days died at Welcome, Tx. at the home of his Uncle Robert Barmam on Sunday.

January 29 - Wednesday.  Clear, warmer and the Bees are out.  Cut fince post, fix buggy.  Today has been a warm day.  Frost this morning.  The weeds and grass are a coming.  I received a lot of male today.   An I hauled a lode of wood.  The clouds hangs in the West like we would have more rain.

January 30, 1919 - Thursday.  Went up to town, the rodes was so bad, cut up and muddy and so many a traveling, a hauling out feed oats, hay and groceries.  Mr J. D. Simson has saved the farmers over 80 thousand dollars in buying feed, cotton seed.  The rodes are bad all cut up and rough.  I received letter from the National Historical Society 37 West 39 Street New York.  Thay are late with there 3 last copies of there Historical Magazine 16 M Street Washington D.C.  Jan 22, 1919.  $2.50 for the year 1919.  I can subscribe for both and have 2 fine magazines.   I got a lot of papers  and com home.  Got some alfalfa hay and red and white onions sets $9.40 at Roundtrees.

January 31 - Friday.  A cold dark cloud come up from the West and looked like rain and snow stayed on nearly all day.   Planted my onion sets, the white ones.  Dug post holes and cut post.  Cleared off, some warmer.  Richard Smith went up above Coleman to look for more Indian relicks.  Elder has found where a Indian Chief was buried and has wash out, he found beads, bracelets, arrow points and a old flint lock pistol and other things.  Must have been a big chief and a one that was a fighting the Texas rangers.  

Early Settlers and he was kill and buried in the cliff.  The rains has wash the fields bad.  And we find arrow points and relics.  Today is the last day in January.

February 1, 1919 - Saturday.  Cloudy.  Come up with South wind and comence to rain and in the evening we had a sown pour of a rain flooded the fields and put up the branches and creeks over flowed.  The rain stoped before night.  A fog come up and nearly cleared off.  No male nor didn’t git to go to Santa Anna.  Them that went had to come back threw the rain.

Feb 2 - Sunday.  Heavy clouds.  Had a west wind, nearly still, wet and looks like more rain.  I ought to have went to Santa Anna on Friday.  Now the rodes will be so bad, don’t know when I can go up and no male and didn’t git my letters off.   I’ve got to write and subscribe to the National Historical Society and renew for the magazine as my time os out.   I subscribe $2.50 for one year 1919 the National Geographic Society magazine and 3 I haven’t received yet.

Feb 3, 1919 - Monday.  Clear, some warmer after the rain on Saturday.  Wet and cool norther.  Bound my magazines and worked around.  Neel come with the male an said that he couldn’t go all the route that the rodes was so muddy.  I got the Review and Star Telegram.

Feb 4 - Tuesday.   Cloudy, colder a norther.  Calm and look like snow or rain.  We won’t git much work done while the wether lasts, so much rain.  Cloudy, no rain or snow.

Feb 5 - Wednesday.  Went up to Santa Anna the rode s were bad and cut up muddy and was a hard pull.  I got 10 bushels of oats $10 dollars, 25 cts worth of cake pies, grapes .15, mustard .15 and got the papers at the Post Office.  Got several trade magazines, 3 Congressnial Records and several U. S. News letters and stamps and pamphlets and business letters.

The farmers were buying oats an hay.  Several cars on side track.  Every thing so hi, didn’t buy any much sent off 2 letters.

Feb 6, 1919 - Thursday. Clear, west wind,  a blowing.  Mr Smith and Richard help me ditch up on the hill.  The day was clear, no male today.  Have been a looking over and a reading my papers that I got at town.  Give the pigs a bed of paper waste.  As had no straw or beding.   The fields are som dryer, turned in the stock in the upper field. 

Feb 7 - Friday.  Mr Smith help me finish the ditch and I planted some peach seed, walnut, plum seed and went down on the creek to hunt Indian relics.  Found a few broken arrows and flint flakes.   Richard and I went to town.  The norther and clouds cleared off, got warmer, clouds come up agan.  Cool at night.

Feb 8, 1919  - Saturday.  A fresh cold cloudy norther dusty.  Didn’t go to town, so cool.  Bound magazines and in the evening ground some wheat and corn.   Mr Hickman says thay are a going to have a oil boom here.  The oil men are a coming here and a renting houses an paying 20 dollars a room a month and 15 rigs were have led out from Santa Anna maybe we have some dry wether now, so we can plow.  I got several magazines and stamps, with the papers I got at town.

Feb 9, 1919 - Sunday.   A cold day cloudy and cold norther all day.  A Saturday went up to town a Sunday.  The clouds cleared off.  The rodes were bad and it was late when I got up there and I didn’t git my male.   Went to Bob Henderson and they were well and Mr Hill come and told of horse stealers down in Bell county at Belton a robering.  How they traded out low horses , mules broken down.  Down and out stock his up and down with the outlaw horse traders that was on the beat.  The Texas Legislators has pass a law against all such out law robery and put a stop to it such highway robery.

Feb 10, 1919 - Monday.  Clear warmer an a windy.  Sand driving before the wind.  Help Mr. Smith ditch all day.  The male carier com an brought a big bundle of male as I hadn’t got any for several days.

Feb 11 - Tuesday.  Clear warmer.   Help Mr. Smith dig his ditch on his place on the side of hill.

Mr Bud Brannan came over a while and talk.  He don’t think Wilson is much and that he had no use to go to Europe to settle the pice parley that England and France big men will have the say about what is to be done.   That Elmer Branon was a going to ditch, to turn the water the field.  It near full moon and is time to plant onion sets and Irish potatoes.  The fields are to wet to do much plowing.

February 12, 1919 - Wednesday.  Partly clear in the morning, warmer.  Went up to Santa Anna in the morning, the rodes were smother and some better where thay had used rode drager.  Some farmers a plowing and had there stock on the oats.  A good many people were a going to town and when I drove in, an hitched the clouds that had been a coming up from the west come up like rain and a storm and the men were a talking about it and we soon saw that thare was a West Texas sand storm a coming which soon hid the Santa Anna Mountain in a blinding cloud of dust from the Pacos it comence a sifting in every thing an a giting in peoples eyes.    A pacos rain as it was call the sand com on while I was in Mr Stockard’s office a fixing up a oil lease.  My oil lease recorded in Vol 102, page 218 at Coleman.  The people were a talking about Texas western sand storms and some oil men that were unloading oil machinery was wanting to know if any had been worse than this one.  I told them one lasted 8 days and blew down and move houses and thay were a joking about it.  The men were from the north.  After giting gun from Faugner paid 2 dollars and 50 cents and giting him to make me a couple of large press screws at cost 3 dollars.  And some seed Irish potatoes $1.00 worth, the red and white 5 cts worth of each, and got the papers at S. H. Philips.  I come home in the blinding , flying, whiping, driving west wind, a storm of sand had fill the wagon tracks and was burning the oats.   And continued all night a roaring, banging, flutering and a drifting in sand all night.   A blowing things around a taring the sun and moon was hid behind clouds and dust.   Will Vincient joked about Prairie dogs.  A boiling over real estate were a moving all night.

Feb 13, 1919 - Thursday.  The wind still change ware to the North, dust sand still in the air, some cooler.  The wind roared and raged all night.  Fill the house over every thing with a coat of dust and a still a coming in.  My bed was shaken and look at times like the roof would go and tar down the house.  I reckon the oil men got a good dose of Texas western winter wether now.  If a rain follow this we have another washer and down pour to hurt and wash our land. 

I  received a letter from Henry, he was better and cold rain at Houston and he had heard from Charley, he had moved.   The farmers were a buying feed hay and oats.  And the sand storm on, no plowing today.  Cur up my Irish potatoes and fix to plant, if the wether don’t git to bad.

Feb 14, 1919 - Friday.  Well the sand storm raged all night and all day like a hurricane.   A pile up of sand and swept the fields.  Hurt the wheat.  The sand drifted in the house over ever thing and fill low places where timber and rocks or anything that would stop the drift before the hurricane and the low lands branches, creeks caught the drift and the woods, hills and rocks, some places a foot or two deep drifted up.   Valentines Day and had no Valentines to send.  So planted onions and Irish Potato spuds and plowed some.  The storm was general over the South and done much damage.

Feb 15, 1919 - Saturday.    Clear only the dust hadn’t settled.  Some clouds come up and clouded over. Sowed some wheat.  The rains wash and cold has about kill out the oats, the last planting.  The farmers has comence to plow and plant gardens and potatoes and onions.   Some people are sick around over the country.   The people are a urging a rode bond election this month and a sending out the Santa Anna News with a write up in favor of building rodes with the bond money.   Thare is so much graft, rake off and we wouldn’t git any rode built our way down here on Mudd creek.  And not much anywhere else and the money would be gone and no rodes.  The oil men are a unloding and a shiping out rigs to bore for oil.  Only 3 new out fits are a being put up instead of 15 teen rigs from Santa Anna.  More oil men are a coming to Santa Anna.

Feb 16, 1919 - Sunday.  Cool, Cloudy, South wind.  Didn’t go any where.  Mr Smith come reading and worked with my magazines.  The rode bond election comes up22 Feb and we need good rodes.  And concrete culverts for the rodes git bad, impassable and the money that has been spent on the rodes has been thrown a way and lost with no rodes, only mud holes.

Feb 17, 1919 Monday.  Cloudy all night, comence to rain, no work today out.  A steady rain set in for all day.   Went after Samson bees in the evening over at Mr Evens as Arthur Yates had moved and got a lode of wood.  Mr Evens were a plowing and a heard of Mr Henderson cattle was in the pasture a eating limbsticks and cedar tops.  Thay are a starving and he will lose most of them, if he goes on a feeding like he has, no grass in the pasture, broken down trees and limbs, plenty of dead timber from the drought. 

Feb 18 - Tuesday.  Cloudy cool a fog.  Plowed sowed wheat and got a lot of male.  The male man was late.  We don’t have many days that we can plow, raining or cold. I got to sow some wheat and will have to sow my oats again, where the freeze, wind and water run over them. 

Feb 19, 1919 - Wednesday.  A fog, heavy clouds, to a fine rain.  So I can’t plow.   Planted som beans and peach seed.  To much rain for plowing or out work    A Saturday Feb 22 will be Rode Bond Election for this precinct to get money to build good rodes and thay say that thay will rock the rodes and build good concret culverts and have no graft in spending.  The money like Bell County.  The men that has to handle the money and have the work done know that profit won’t go and more after the worlds Europen War by the Huns that thay be brought to acount like the horse traders, robers.   The war board put a quiets the lid on and a law was pass for there benefit a roben people with out laws dead on there feet stack of warn out bonds.  A set of men and boys rode the country and done nothing else but rob the people.  Now there trade gone with the war, an the lofers has to go to work.  That and there kind were a set of black legs of robers. 

Things won’t be like thay were before the war.   An the sharpers and Huns, Boliviski will meet ther reward.  A writing a letters to Henry and Samson.  The time has past.  I hope we will have fair wether now.  No more plowing this week.

Feb 20 - Thursday. The rain stop and cleared off, a good rain today.  Clear and warm.  Work at the house and went down to Jack Evens, his sons Jim and wife, and Troy had come to see them.  Wheat and oats has come out, fine grazing since the snow.  And the Bees were out.  The Quarantine of the stock that has ticks, so one can’t move his stock if thay have ticks. 

Feb 21, 1919 - Friday.  A clear morning.  Went to sowing wheat.  Plowed in one land (terrace) against 12.  And went to dinner.   The wind began to git hi from the South, the clouds com up and thickened dark clouds.   As I was sowing a land of wheat the wind rose and the sand and dirt was a coming before the dark cloud.   I made a round and unhitch and started for the house and the wind, rain , caught me before I reach the house.  A good rain fell and a fog of dust with thunder and lightning, turned colder.

February 22, 1919 Saturday.  Cold, a north west wind, hazy or dust.  The storm come up red and yellow.  And quite a lot of hale fell.  To wet to plow and cold.  Today is Washington’s Birthday.  Bond election and tree planting day.  It is two rains this week.   Went up to Santa Anna bought lord 15 cts, onions 10 cts, and beans 25 cts, red beans 20 cts at Roundtrees.   And had a plow point sharpen and got my press rods from Ed Foguner $3.00 and 75 cts, The Election Rode Bonds and Washington’s Birthday.

Feb 23 - Sunday.  Clear, Went down to Wiley Smith, the rodes were muddy and rough.   In places not many people traveling.  Saw some good grain fields, others not so good.  Found Wiley Smith all well and we walk around some.  He has a good place and all the land has oil lease now.  As thay have oil wells, west on the rockey shelf or se beach, black oil.  3 rigs and or 2 other wells.  Thare oil had spourted over the derick and had got on every thing there drilling tools, casing, piping and cables and run down the hill to the drain and caught in pools and people had been thare a giting oil.  We got 3 gallons and we went to all of them and I came home in the evening.  I sowed some wheat.  A cloud come up from the west and north and a norther come up.  The morning was cloudy

Feb 24, 1919 - Monday.  I sowed wheat.  Cloudy and didn’t plow, cleared off in the evening.  Sewed received my male.  Got Hobys and my papers.  Will be cool to night.  To cold to work out.  Sent off 3 letters and received one.  Mr Wiley Smith showed me the Indian relics that Lee and Elder had found on Rough Creek and the Indian Chief head, steel arrow point, silver ____, and Peace pipe, piece of Sword.  Indian Head skull.  He wanted to sell them to me.

Feb 26 -Wednesday.  Norther cold didn’t plow.

Feb 27 - Thursday.  Plowed after the blow, cold and windy, clear cool.

Feb 28, 1919 - Friday.  Went up to town, the rode was smother.  And the Farmers were a plowing and a planting gardens.  A few went to town.  I paid Ed Fanqner $3.00 dollars and on him $1.25 and brought lamp chimney, baking powers 25 cts, at Roundtree’s.   Bought 45 cts worth writing tablets at S. H. Philips.  And got a lot of the Daily Papers 4 magazines. 

The man at Faritts Second Store hadn’t finish my Clock and so had to wate.  The blacksmith came told me that Ellen Booth, Jewler Store got burnt and thay were selling out burnt jewelry.   A restraunt caught fire and burnt up.

 March. 1, 1919 - Saturday, Cold, cloudy, South Wind, disagreeable.  The Daley papers say that the Germans, Australians, Russians and Poles are a still fighting and the peace meeting hasn’t finish yet.  And nothing is settled.  That President Wilson will go back the first of March and congress will adjourn the first of March and the Texas Legislator.

Corn panting time.  Mr Jack Evens planted corn.  A cold day dry, no clouds. 

March 2 - Sunday.  A clear dry day.  Warmer in the evening.  The trees haven’t put out leaves yet.  Grass is a coming up.  Stayed at home, today.   And Vincent boys came for ther bore hog.  Worked with my books and some spectile glasses I got from Mr Jack Evens.   Got 4 glasses, I will try to use.  The wind has calmed down to night.

March 3  - Monday.  Clear a strong South wind dusty, plowed some, clouds pass during the night. 

March 4, 1919 - Tuesday.  A strong South wind all the morning. Plowed and at noon the wind change to the north, cold and a sand storm clouds in the South.   Plowed till night, cold, and windy dry. Received a letter from Samson and he sent $5 dollars and said he would come home 1st of April

March 5, 1919 - Wednesday.  Cold, clear haven’t went to plowing, this will dry out the ground.   Wrote 3 letters  And sent them off, one to Samson, one to Ellen and one to the National Geographic Magazine.  Plowed in the evening, The land has a good season in the ground.  Yet dry march winds, sand storms.

March 6, 1919 - Thursday.  Some warmer, the morning clear.  Plowed.  West wind rose and picked up sand.  And by 12 was a sand storm on till the country is hid and dimed the sunshine.  A dry west wind.  The Brown boys come to ditch.  A heavy smoke was seen in the Ranger or Comanche distant, North of here on the 5.    Like a oil well was on fire.   The wind and sand will drive all evening and will to plow in it.

March 7, 1919 - Friday.  A clear ,cool morning, a blustry South wind.  Went to Santa Anna mountain.  The farmers, a good many, went to town and were a buying groceries and feed.  A car of oats and alfalfa hay had been unloaded.  I got som oats.  Bought flour, meal $2.45 and 3 papers of garden seed 15 cts. Roundtrees.  And 4 spools 5 cts each 40 cts, at the Fair.  At second hand store 2 papers of tacks 10 cts, shou sale 35 cts, and drowed 5 at the bank.  Leaves me 1.95 or something like.  The oil men were a giting a cable, the drag men loded on a wagon.  I was given a copy of the Houston Post March 7, realy 6 March with the World News of Europe and doings.  Got a lot of paper magazines.   The Clouds come up from the South and was dusty and looked like we have some rain as I come home, cool.   The school children pass me a going home.  Thay we hotile was frindly a bit.  After I got home and fed and had supper and set down to read the wether changed, rain and thunder pass south then changed to a norther.  Wind and a black cloud with more rain, heavy clouds, stormey and continued all night.

March 8, 1919 - Saturday.  Cold, Cloudy, North wind, looks like we have snow, no plowing or planting today. Bergues Weaver give me a bundle of Congressional Records of the present Congress just adjourned.  The war tax on tobacco comes hi one dollar a plug, 12 kits 45 dollars.  War tax chewers have to help pay Kiser Ex’s war tax.  They be a hollering.  Hope law Kiser bill down and out.  The oil is a coming in and the farmers and all businesses want hands.  The norther calm down without snow or cold.  The clouds got thin and sun came out.

March 9, 1919 - Sunday.  A cloudy cold morning.  So cold didn’t go out.  A frost.  Stayed home and reading my books.  It got where no one comes.  Times and people has changed. Never be like times were before the world war.  Were up against a time when we will have to face a hard ship of want, till we make a crop.   I don’t know how we will get throu, every thing so Hi and no credit.  Money a given out.  Now a coming in the wind.  The other night set a oil well on fire.  Mr Hill found two skeletons, was out in his field of early days of Texas

The wether is cold to plow now.  The farmers are a planting and its cold and windy.   A change every day.  Winter yet.        

March 10 - Monday.  Cool Plowed and planted garden.  The oil tank at a well burnt up a oil well on Sunday below Santa Anna.

March 11 - Tuesday.  An I went up to Santa Anna and got 50 cts worth maze seed and my clock. Warmer, cleared off.  A good many people a trading.  The farmers have comence to plant, The wheat and oats are a coming out and is good grazing.  I got a lot of the daily papers and Mr Hernon and Wilson give us some books.

March 12, 1919 - Wednesday.  South wind, some warmer and I plowed.   Cloudy.  Mr Felix Smith got the garden seeds.  I got 60 cts worth of papers, 10 cts a paper.  Want to plant as soon as I can.

March 13 - Thursday.  South wind, Cloudy and windy.  Plowed and planted corn and beans.  The wheat and oats has comence a growing and the weeds and grass are a coming.

March 14 - Friday.  Plowed and planted corn and beans.  Cloudy, a bustrey south wind.  Som sigen of rain.  The farmers are a plowing and planted.

March 15, 1919 - Saturday.  Cloudy, a strong south wind with clouds all night.  Hi winds with rain clouds all day and going north.  Planted garden, tomatoes. Pepper, beets. Celery, beans peas, cumbers. Squash, and paid Mr Smith $1.50 on seed at 10 cts paper, one papers had 2dz butter beans, one squash and pop corn, and one red beans.

March 15, 1919 - Saturday. (From loose notes) Towardge night the clouds cleared off and soon a bank com up from the west north with thunder and lightning, dark cloud and we had a good rain, some hale, soon pass and hid the full moon.   A good rain fell.  We need it on grain and for crops we will plant.  Some colder and still.  The good rain has pass on South, without a storm.  Warm wether will make things growing the trees are a puting out and grass and weeds are a growing.  Had to put stock off the grain, wheat and oats as some are a loosing there stock from eating the wheat and oats so much to read and don’t have much time now. 

(Other Page) The rain has pass an all is still.  A good season of rain fell, warm wether now, And we can plant and crops will com up.  E. M. Hickman has rented his land to Freeman and Archer and thay have commenced a plowing.  He only keeps his grain.   Mr Brannan, Bud said that he saw where my place was in the D.W. Cition.  I couldn’t find it.  Hope thare is nothing of it as I had the land nearly 20 years and no one has bothered about the land.

March 16, 1919 - Sunday.  Some Cloudy, a windy day, a north west wind. I went up to the singing at Santa Ann Baptist Church.  Seral Bertrand had a few songs in the evening and a sand storm come up and was dusty, hid the mountain.  A Saturday night it rained.

March 17 - Monday.  Clear, cool, planted cane and pop corn and maze.

March 18 - Tuesday.  Plowed and worked in the field.

March 19, 1919 - Wednesday.  Planted Freta and Maze.  Clear and warmer.  The oaks and peach trees are a buding out.  The Algerette are in bloom.  Some, me were a surveying the Rethford place.

March 20, 1919 - Thursday.  Clear, warmer.  Bees out.  Plowed and planted garden.  Melons, cucumbers, tomatoes, sun flowers, squash, peas, okery, and morning glore and some corn.  Two men come and steped off part of the Rethford land.  The grass ands weeds are a growing.  Wheat and oats a coming along.  Soon spring will be here.  Now planting time.  All ought to be put in except cotton, while ground is wet.

March 21 - Friday.  Cloudy warm and windy.  Plowed and planted melons, beans, peas.

March 22 - Saturday.  A good rain this morning. A slow rain about 2 inches fell.  I planted Okery, corn wheat, morning glory and melons, pie melons.  And Mr Neal come along with the male.  And I went to the hill on the creek and fix the rode.  I com back got dinner and red the papers and planted some melons, peas at the hog pen, more rain tonight.  A good rain.  Crops will grow more as soon as it gits warm and we git it planted.

March 23 - Sunday. Cloudy, Rain most of the day.  Went down to Mr E. Todd and Guy Grady said thay were a building the diping vat over on Mr Gibsons Ranch and wanted us to help on Monday.

Everybody has to dip ther stock as soon as thay can.  The new oil well South of Santa Anna has been a blowing off an roaring all day.

March 24 - Monday.  The day come in with heavy clouds and comence to rain and didn’t git to go to work. on the vat.   Still a raining in for all day as spring opens. An Equinox and we may have a wet year.  As it set in it will be some days before we can work now.  When the rain slacks up.   A good season in the ground.   I got to go to Court the first Monday in April to see about a citation about my land.   And it will be buissey times now.  As planting will come on when it gets dry enough.  Well the rain has slacked up, a good show rain all morning, a east rain and wind.   Equinox, Summer is here.  Planting time growing time, a wet season again after all the drought.

March 25, 1919 - Tuesday.  The rodes were heavy in going to town in the evening.  Guy Grady worked on the diping pit at Mr Gibsons.   Rain on Monday.

March 26, 1919 - Wednesday.  Cloudy a norther with rain.  Thay all worked on the dipping vat down at Mr. Gibsons. I didn’t go.  Planting melons, punkins and fix fince.

March 27 - Thursday.  Fix fince and planted seed melons, cashews, pumkins.  A clear day

March 28 - Friday.  Cloudy.  Went down to Wiley Smiths.  To wet to plow.   Some farmers were a plowing.  Rodes were rough.  Wiley was not home.  The wheat and oats are a growing and looking well.  I went to the oil wells thay were a drilling at some.  And had oil machinery metal a laying around. Cost eminence amount of money and 5 or 6 oil wells with tools and a big amount of metal a laying around and fixing water, oil and gas pipes.

March 29 - Saturday.  South wind, heavy clouds.  Comenced to rain.  Planted melons, pumkins, cushows, wheat, mush melons, pi melons.  At night, a down pour of rain.  Received a bundle of books, and a bundle of Saturday evening Post from Petter Hering.

March 30 - Sunday.   Heavy clouds.  Planted melons, pumkins and some wheat in field and up on the branch and up on the hill in the pasture.  Went over to Richard Smith, he come home with a new gramphone and had songs and music. 

March 31 - Monday.  Cloudy.  Worked at the house.  Plowed and planted garden, peach seed and pumkins.   Samson come home and I didn’t go to town.               

April 1 - Tuesday.  Hauled manure from the creek and wood, and plowed and planted.  Cloudy south wind.  To wet to work in field.

April 2 - Wednesday.  Cloudy, rain.  Ground wheat on my mill.  Tied up my mago vines and papers.  A wet day.  Mr Todd com and Richard Smith and Bidesrche boy.  Rain to night, hard of heare thunder like that.  We would git rain.

April 3, 1919 - Thursday.   I and worked on the pit, and fince at the diping vat.   Guy Grady was boss.  Mr Todd, Jack Evens and son, and Bud Archer, and Archer on Walls Place, Mr Sharp, Davies, Franklins son in law, Currier.  And Bird Wallis and they got Mr Currie to fill the vat and a Wednesday the dipping will com off.  A norther was blowing cool, cloudy.

April 4 - Friday.  Clear, warmer.  Went to Santa Anna with the Dun and Black mare to Joe Greens.  The Black taken him, the Dun wouldn’t.  I come back to town.  Mr Norell and Len Philips had left the Post Office for other positions.  New men were in.  Mobly and Turner, I believe thay hadn’t caught on to run the Post Office like the old ones.   I saw Ed Faulkner about fixing the moare and he said that he had a binder he would fix up to run an sell for $75.

April 5, 1919 - Saturday.   A clear warm day.  Worked on the rode and fix cloths.  Felix and Wiley Smith come and we done no work in the evening.  Talk about crops and war and the returning soldiers.  So wet and the grass and weeds were a growing, flowers a blooming, trees a giting green, And geese and crows a going north, And crops a coming up, where thay have planted.  The weeds are a taking the whole country and a growing and spreading. 

The early wheat and oats are a growing and a making stalks.   Word comes that down in Bell county and others.  Thay are a cuting there grain grown to rank.

April 6, 1919 - Sunday.  Cloudy, Warm dew, a clear night.  Wet so if it was a day we could work, we couldn’t do much.  A giting warmer.

April 7, 1919 - Monday.  In Coleman the people began to stir early.  And people begain to com in town as it was Court week.   Saw Ely Thompson.  A Hubert went to Judge Wethers.  There was som oil men thare a inquiring about cases and phone calls of women.  If land cases would come up and Judge Wethers would tell not to worry and see the Lawyer.  I didn’t git to see Crits as he was out of town.  Lots of people were thare the horse traders, not much trade day. 

The farmers was a planting as I come home.   A broken axle auto was on the rode.  The rode was very good but down cut up by autos.

April 8 - Tuesday.  A strong South wind.  Plowed and planted maze.  The clouds gethered and at night a rain cloud com from the North at night, a good rain, cooler norther,

April 9, 1919 - Wednesday.  A norther, a good rain.  The creeks run and cool wet clear today.  No more plowing this week.  The sand a flying some rains went north.  The people dip there stock to day.  Cool for them.  I didn’t take mine as it was so cool.  To cool for crops seeds is not a coming up good.  To cold for cotton.

April 10, 1919 - Thursday.  Cold norther, a big snow and storm North of here and East.  Plowed. 

Ellen writes that thay at Bellville want us to pay school tax and back tax.  I protest aganist having to pay too.  School tax and all the rent on the old place in taxes.

April 11, 1919 - Friday.  Clear, cool may git warmer.

Bellville, Tex   4/8/1919

Dear Sir.  You are hereby advised that you are delinq. in payment of your tax due the Bellville Independent School District of Bellville Texas L. S. Millard Estate 1918.  Your taxes amount to $3.60.  You are further advised that Said Taxes must be paid on or before April 19, 1919.  Yours Truly

E. H. Womal      Collector Bellville   School District of Belleville.

Didn’t know anything about owing the taxes and won’t be thare to go to school to git the money back, as I have no one to send.

April 12, 1919 - Saturday. Clear, Warmer and Felix Smith’s folks all went up to town as the Baptist are a carrying on a meeting.  I planted some maze and cane.  Sent a letter to Ellen and tax receipts.    Warmer and clear.  The members of Santa Anna Baptist Church has presented there Pastor with a new car.   Miss Elmer Smith joined the Baptist Church a Friday night and Wiley said that he would join soon.

April 13, 1919 - Sunday.  Clear, Warm.  After feeding and milking have been a reading.

April 14 - Monday.  Planted corn, beans, melons, pop corn.  Clear and warmer.

April 15 - Tuesday.  A norther blew up, cool, clouds.  During the morning choped in the garden and planted melons, cushaws and cut weeds.  Felix Smith has started to plant cotton.  Choped weeds this evening.  Planted melons and cushaws.  Tom Todd and Guy Grady have bought a binder, a new one and Archer and Freeman has bought them a new binder.   And grain is fine, oats has comence to head and wheat is a growing as well as the weeds.  The norther has calmed down and still a full moon.  Warmer.  The seeds are a coming up.  Some has to be planted over.  Writen letter to John Burns about the School Tax at Bellville Independent School.

April 17, 1919 - Thursday.  Cold, Clear frosty.  The meeting has been going all the week    And Almer Richard, Wiley had joined and will be Baptized.  A Sunday, Mr and Mrs Smith joined.

April 18, 1919 - Friday.  Frosty nights, clear and cold to cold for crops.  We need rain on the farmers has to plant maze, cane and there cotton over.  Still a planting and its giting dry.  The weeds and grass and flowers are a growing a flower garden on side of hills and in the pastures.  The lover and wild peas, mustard yellow flowering.  Night blooming sereses and the fox glove and wild onion, chicken pepper and pink weed, cockle burr and many others are a growing and some a blooming, some has to bloom later on.  We plow up millions of the wild oats and reserve grass are good.  All in the ditches, fince and rodes on the creek.  (From loose notes) Had founder to sharpen 4 sweeps 60 cts and spent 1.00 dollar for cane seed Mc Cloud.  50 cts cane seed at Roundtree’s, 10 dollars for groceries, flour meal, lard, catsup and some other things.

April 20, 1919 - Sunday.  Easter.  Some warmer, clear the morning. Clouds blew off. Left us dry, this full moon.  The Baptist meeting closes to night at the Baptizing.  Maybe now we have warmer wether and rain soon to save the grain.

April 21, 1919 - Monday.  Cool, clear and dry.  Finish harrowing and plowing.  Plant cane in the evening.  Land is giting dry and seed are not a coming up good.  We need rain and warm wether.  A big debate at Liberty to night.  I didn’t go.    Wiley Smith sent word that he would go up to Rough Creek on Tuesday to see Elder and I could go and see the Indian grave and camp.

April 22 - Tuesday.  After hoeing in the garden.  Walked up to town and met Wiley Smith and went with him up to Coleman and to Novice and Silver valley.   Dry need rain the farmers were a plowing, some a planting cotton and plant cane.  Some had som of there crops up, cane, maze, corn and cotton.  Wheat we saw a patch headed out.  All grain needed rain.  We went to Mr Smith’s son-in -law, Leroy and stayed all night on a ranch, the land is a sand and ashey colored lome. Wheat was good, the Leroys showed me the Indian Chiefs arrow steel points, bullets, brass, braclets, bridle spur, bullets and flint lock gun hamer and some other relicks found in the cliff on Rough creek.  Next morning we went over to Elders Smith in 8 miles of Rough Creek and went over to Rough Creek east a rockey pasture.  A few horses.

 April 23 - Wednesday.  We visited the ancient mound and Indian grave on Rough Creek dug and fish but didn’t find any thing.  A old Indian camping place and Burial Place in the rocks in the cliffs.  A strange county not fit for farming, only in places , so rockey.

April 26 - Saturday.  Cloudy and diping at the vat.  Nearly everybody carried thare stock and diped and Mr. Gibson keep Books.  I diped the two mules and colt.  (On next page)

The stock had to be forced in the vat and plunged under and come out at the other end.  Some was brused and had to be forced in.   Cherry said, he was not a going to dip any more.   All had been dip by 10 o’clock and we com home, let them graze along the road and it comenced to rain and in the evening we got a good rain, which will make the growen crops.  A slow rain.

April 27, 1919 - Sunday.   Rain today, a slow fine rain.  The sun is shinning.  I recon the rain over and clouds a clearing off.  We can plant and plow now, every thing wet and will grow.

May 1,2,and 3 - Saturday.   Dry and cool.  The farmers have been a plowing cotton and feed crops.  Some is up and good stand both cane and cotton.  The weeds are bad.  More different kind of weeds than ever and a flower garden.  All wet the hills and pasture, the resque grass is every where.  All kinds of beautiful wild flowers.     Planted cane and plowed up weeds and went to town on Saturday evening.  Bought a pair of shoes at $6.50 and com home.  

May 4, 1919 - Sunday.  A hot day clear, clouds com up in the even south and north, gethered and went to raining, lightning and after I got home from Sharps and Singletarys rain
com form the north and such a down pour, a hard rain and oats was good, they will fill out and head and make a good wheat and oats.  Mr Gibson will buy a thrasher, a Case.  And have it on hand in time grain is cut.

May 5, 1919 - Monday.   Heavy clouds.  Wet and more rain south of here.  Set out beets, pepper, tomatoes plants.  Warmer .  To wet to work in the field.  Mr Sharps children
 has the whoping cough and Elemer Brannan come over to see them.   Mr Sharp told me about it and thay didn’t go to the house.  The farmers needs hands to work in the crops.

May 6, 1919 - Tuesday.   Cloudy.  Choped weeds.  To wet to plow.   Worms bad in wheat and weeds.  A eating up crop and stand bad cotton a coming slow, a bad stand.   Wheat and oats doing well and making a big crop.   Rust and smut is bad in wheat and oats.

May 7, 1919 - Wednesday.   Cloudy cool and wet.   We choped weeds.  More rain.  I cared the black mare to the jack at Mr. Jo Green’s she taken him

May 8, 1919 - Thursday; Cloudy, choped weeds out of oats.  To wet to plow.

<>May 9, 1919 - Friday. Choped weeds in oats.  Cloudy wet.  I went to town in the evening down driving my black mare she fat and steped off and pull all right with nirgo mule.  At
<>  town we went to Ed Faguners to see about the binder he was to fix up so we could cut our wheat and oats.  The oil men had oil piping un loaded, 2 or 3 cars (freight cars)

And Henry Parker was a loding 3 cars of sand, The people were a diping there stock in the diping vat near the school house.  The Merchants had the binders on hand for to sell to cut the big wheat crop when ripe.   Some farmers a plowing.

May 10, 1919 - Saturday.  Heavy clouds all day, some warmer, choped weeds, to wet to plow.  In the evening Richard Smith and Samson went down to Buflow (Buffalo) School to a Entainment at night.   I heard that Robert Mitchel and Zeph Harvey was dead a had died lately.

May 11 - Sunday.  Heavy clouds from the South some comenced to thunder and a heavy rain nearkly all morning, sun showen out, not clear, another week without plowing field, to wet and the  grass and weeds a growing and will take the field, To wet to plow.  The weeds are a taking the fields, pastures and hill sides, all kinds of weeds, grass a covering all wast places.  The fescue, wild rye, barley is ever where and large enough to cut.  Mr Storey says that the seed will lay thare 40 years and come up in a good season maybe longer.  Some seed thare is no spoil to them, while corn, cotton, cane, maze will ruin or be eaten up by the bugs and worms or rot in the ground and we have to plant over.  Sunday evening a heavy cloud come down the Jim Ned with wind, rain and hail which destroyed the wheat and oats as it went towardge Brownwood and Bangs and knocked out all the north side car windows and lights in the passenger train.  The fields have been wet for a month.  So we can think about plowing.

May 12 - Monday. Fix fince, wet.

May 13 - Tuesday. Cut weeds. To wet to plow field an a giting weeds and grass a hiding in crop. Plowed corn.

May 14 - Wednesday.  Diping day.  The farmers carried there stock and dip them.  Finish plowing my corn and a heavy rain all evening from the West.  A heavy rain put the creeks to runing.  No more plowing to this week or field work.  So wet nothing but weeds, grass and grain will grow.  Hail and rains in different places.

May 15 - Thursday.  Wet, no work in field.  Crops ruined in the hail strip.  The oil men are a bringing in new wells and puting up new derricks and oil machinery, below Santa
Anna and at Coleman and nearly all over Texas.  Rain this evening from the West with hale clouds, a heavy rain.  The farmers that were haled out a Sunday on the Jim Ned and out by Bangs were 50.  And Brownwood is making up money for them so that they can plant again. The wheat and oats don’t ripen fast on acount of the wet wether, so much rain 60 or 70 inches of rain and snow has fallen since the drought was broken by the heavy rains.

May 18, 1919 - Sunday.  Heavy clouds and rain South wind.  Rain come from the north.  Fields wet and not all the planting done and crop not a coming up good, worms and rabits bad and eating it up. We went down on Mudd Creek to Singletarys, Buffow (Buffalo) School and the rain come and all evening.  And had to come home in the rain.  The crops up, some hale, We didn’t git to see the hale district where the crops were destroyed and wiped out.  As soon as we have a dry norther cuting will comence.  Some has comenced last week runing there binders.

May 21 - Wednesday.  Rainey and Woodward come to sign oil lease.  Change plowing corn, cane ground wet from Sundays rain.

May 22 - Thursday.  Plowed corn, the grounds wet and crops are growing with grass and weeds.  The binders are a runing an cuting oats.  Will be a week before we will have grain rip enough to cut.  Grain is fine and the hail ruin many crops in Texas.

May 23, 1919 - Friday.  Plowed the garden and cane.  A cloud come up from the West and a rain nearly all night.  To wet to plow.

May 24, 1919 - Saturday.  Went to town.  The farmers were a buying twin and binders and tractors to cut there grain.  The Amendment Election was on hand.  I was 100 voted.  The rodes was muddy, the oil men has put up a rig a high derrick on Mr Cris Burks they keep a coming near.

May 25, 1919 - Sunday.  Sun shining, and clouds, some rain, warmer 80 deg in shade.  Crops growing and we had beans and corn will soon be a tasling.  Had none last year, the rain crop died for want of rain.  And we had to buy everything.  Some hens has hatched off.  And the wolves catches the chickens.  The wheat and oats will be ready to harvest now & hot wether come on.

May 26 - Monday.   Rain soon dried up and plowing and cuting of grain went on.  I went down to Poverty Flat to Bale Straw for John Stephens June 4 to 6.    After Mondays rain June second, the binders were a runing, a cuting wheat and oats.  More binders and thrashers in town and county than has ever been in Coleman County and a cuting grain all the week, only stop when it rains.

June 7 - Saturday.  We had rain on 6th and went to town and paid Welsh $3.05 cts with the $12.50 on a sack of twine and bundle of baling wire.  And we bought flour meal, lard, an sacks to put grain in $12.60 and 25 cts worth of matches.  Thare was 3 new thrashers in town and 2 was on the car yet.  And the farmers didn’t stay in twine long, went back to cut and sack grain, and plow.

June 8 - Sunday. Clear, warm with a few clouds, a heavy rain pass north going east last night.  We didn’t git any.  Crops are a growing corn a tasling and silking.  And we will soon have corn and cane.   Grain is a giting ripe and a being cut as fast as the binders can git thare.  The lightning the night of the rain struck a shock of wheat for Bud Brannon and burnt it up.  Mr Archer wants to sell me his binder that him and Roy Feeman has.  More twine and sacks and grain working implements are a being hauled out now to save the grain crop here in West Texas than has ever been known and the biggest grain crop that West Texas has ever had after 4 years of drought.  They want all hands thay can git.

June 15 - Sunday.  Cut and stacked wheat.  Mr Roy Freeman and Archer cut our wheat and finish all wheat and went on the oats.  Didn’t finish cuting and heavy clouds.

June 16 - Monday.  Heavy Clouds

June 17 - Tuesday.  Rain.

June 18 - Wednesday.  Dry enough that Freeman finished my oats and we shocked wheat and oats.  Rain around everyday.  He charged $2 dollars a acre and Samson worked the binder.   I was up to town the 17th Tuesday.  The people are a fixing for thrashing. A buying thrashers, wagons and Ford Tractors at $900 dollars.  It cost 12 dollars for the twine and 50 dollars for the cuting, 75 dollars or more before the thrashing, How much will the wheat and oats cost with the cuting and the thrashing, over a hundred dollars with our work will cost over a hundred dollars.  And they don’t want to allow us $2.50 a bushel, when we ought to have $3.50 the way that we have had to pay for flour and wheat, corn meal.  Cotton ought to be 75 cts a pound.

June 19, 1919 - Thursday.  Started to plant cane and corn.  And the clouds com up and in the evening heavy rains around.  Stop all work this evening.  The weeds and grass are a growing.  And we can’t plow.  To wet with this rain.  We won’t git to work out the crop.   I never saw such grass and weeds as are a growing ever where.  And land that never has grown weeds in the last 20 years.  All ready to go to thrashing wheat and oats.  As soon as we git dry wether.  Rain ever day this week.

June 20, 1919 - Friday.  All evening rain, wet today, pull weeds, writen letters to Henry, Robert, Charley.  The heavy rains are a coming nearly ever day will ruin the grain crop.  As lots of grain is not cut yet, in the fields that is in shocks will ruin.  The clouds has come up.  Hot and hear distant thunder.  The grass and weeds are a taken our crops and at Bangs the weeds have taken the cotton crop as high as ones head.   Field to wet to work.   Richard Smith says he was in a water spout while plowing and planting on 19th.  No thrashing this week as they were to comence.  Now will have to wate for dry wether for thrashing.

June 22, 1919 - Sunday.  Heavy clouds.  Rain nearly ever day during the week   Heavy rain nearly all day.  Weeds and grass a taken the crops. Some crops have been taken by the weeds and grass.   To wet to git to plow and with rain ever day.  Wheat and oats have began to sprout in th shocks and to wet for thrash the grain.

June 23, 1919 - Monday.  Heavy rains around.  We got a shower.  Patch and cut wheat and pull weeds, the weeds are a growing ever where.  All kinds of weeds and we have crops that will be lost in the weeds and grass.  A working on Sunday.  Won’t save the crops.  Wheat is a sprouting in the shocks.  Men that have lived here for 40 years say that thay never saw so much rain and such a year with grain uncut in the fields and no chance to cut it, as field to wet.  And ever day rain, heavy dew at night keeps the ground to wet to cut and work in the field.  Some can plow upon the land.

June 24 - Tuesday.  A wet year and more clouds than during all the 4 years of the war.  Dry wether with no crops and having to buy feed and all we had.  Now we got good crops and can’t clean them and save what we have.  No plowing or thrashing or planting or working of our crops, and two more weeks of wet wether and some cotton crops can’t be seen.  Will be gone out of sight in weeds and grass.  Cut wheat and pull weeds and a rain, heavy one come from Brownwood up Mudd Creek to Coleman, heavy thunder, we only got a sprinkle.

June 25 - Wednesday.  Went up to Santa Anna, the rodes were bad and a few people were a going to town.  Some of the farmers were a choping cotton.  Fields weedy and grass a taking the crops.  Rain around none at town.  I brought $1.00 worth of cane seed at the Fair.  And 30 cts worth of sweet corn seed and 10 cts crackers and 10 cts cheese.   The new store Mr Marchel is from Arkensaw and he has been West in Colorado and other Western States, he says he wouldn’t have the West and the Pan Handle of Texas, to dry and not what the papers advertise it up too.  To hard to make a living out thare. The irrigation and farms out West, it cost $700 to $800 dollars a year to pay the government for water and taxes and other expenses, eat up with hi price of land.

An he says it rains so much the farmers loose by wet wether and over flows when thay make good crops.  Can’t gether and price of gas, down to half crop is better than a big crop, git more for it.   Land is all the way from $12.15 to $100, $300 a acre and the grass is so bad that 25 acres is all a man can work with a family.

June 26 - Thursday.  Cut wheat and planed corn, cane.  Rain around.

June 27 - Friday.  Cloudy, Showery.  Planted cane rains every day ground wet and farmers a plowing.  Cotton a puting on and some a blooming.  Everthing is a growing, corn a making roast ears and this week with not much rain has help crops.   Jim Brown is back from France.  He was well pleased with Smiths crop and he has a good oats and corn crop and as clean a cotton crop as anybody.

June 28, 1919 - Saturday.  Cloudy rains around.  Planted cane and we had peas and roasten ears. , taken some honey from his bee’s and let Mr C. H. Brannon and Archer have some and got some peaches.  The male man didn’t come.  Hot.  We only got a sprinkle, around heavy showers.

June 29, 1919 - Sunday.  Cloudy, Warm, not so hot, rains around, thunder.  We haven’t had only a sprinkle.  Cut some weeds and wheat.  Clouds heavy showers around and thunder was in hopes that we would have some dry wether.  A let up on the rains.  Mr Cobb said that we had 4 more days yet before we have dry wether in August.  Then before change.

July 14, 1919 - Monday.  Hot, dry, some clouds, no rain.  Trashing has been going on since the 4th.  And wheat and oats are a making a good turn out 20 to 30 bushels for wheat and oats 90 or more an acre.  Thay can’t git hands enough for thrashing nor enough cotton chopers at $2.00 a day and the farmers are a loosing half of there cotton crop in the grass.  Cotton is in a bad way, not a puting on and has not the right color as so much rain. 

Now the rain has stoped and is to dry.  Cane and maze are a sufering for want of rain.  We won’t have melons and cucumbers long if we don’t git July rain.  Corn has made good and maze, cane has a good stalk, not heading good yet, maybe will later on.  Wheat was $2 dollars a bushel,  now $1.90.   The farmers never sets the price and comes out broke a paying hi prices for everything.  And low price when he sells his crop.

July 15, 1919 - Tuesday.  Hot, a few clouds.   Have been gethering beans, peas, and choping grass.   This evening hot and still.  Samson are a choping cotton for Tom Todd at $2 dollars a day.  An Felix Smith wants cotton chopers and will pay $2 dollars a day and can;t git them.  I received a letter from Ellen and my papers.  Dallas Weekly Farm News and Successful Farmer.   Gibson has trashed his wheat and Franklins and has went down Mudd Creek to Poverty Flat, A Thros. King the people grain and other thrashers all over the country are a thrashing.

July 16 - Wednesday.  Hot days, clouds come up, clouds and sunshine, rain north and east of here last night.  It dry and hot.  And plants are dying and sufering for water.  We need our grain trashed before we need rain.  Gibson has went and to the Jim Ned down at Madge, be next week before he gits back here , so much grain to thrash.

July 19 - Saturday.  Had been a picking beans, peas and comenced to cut fodder and rain come a Friday night and stoped work, the thrashing is stoped and will be a week ir two before can comence again.   Went to town, lots of farmers in town.  Several lodes of wheat com in.

July 20 - Sunday.   A heavy rain all night.  A good season and rain most of the day, don’t know when we can in the fields or thrashing to comence.

July 21 - Monday.  A morning rain about 4 inches of rain fell and wheat and oats will be damage if it keep on.  So much rain that the farmers has lost part of there crop.  The wind a blowing Sunday night.  Blew down maze, cane and oats.  I gethered some nice pop corn that was ripe and covered the crib.  I received my Hobbies magazine for April, May full of hobby collector news.

 July 22 - Tuesday. Clear still sunshine, a big dew.  Will write Ellen a letter and do work around the house.  To wet to do field work, this morning.

July 23, 1919 - Wednesday.  Clear, warm.  Cut fodder, pick beans and have cucumbers, tomatoes, beets, bean and peas.  Sold my red sow to Mr Archer for $20 on the cutting.  And Samson paid some by choping cotton, a shocking grain and maze.   He will git $8 dollars for a picking up down maze.  We will owe $12 dollars on the cutting.  Have been a cuting my sun flowers thay are fine.  A flying machine went to Brownwood from Coleman.

July 24 - Thursday.  Cut corn fodder, gethered corn have been gethering both popcorn and big corn both are fine.  A flying machine went and stop at Santa Anna.  The farmers have comence to cut there maze as it blew down in Sundays rain.

July 25 - Friday. Clear, warm, some clouds.  Cut corn foder and tied up some fodder.  An gethered beans.  A flying machine went West over Santa Anna hi up.   A long in the evening gethered a big lot of sun flower seed.

July 26, 1919 - Saturday.  Was when the flying machine went, west hi up among the clouds.  Cut sun flowers and fodder.

July 27, 1919 - Sunday.  Cloudy, not so hot.  Tied fodder and worked around the house.  Smith folks all gone down to Wiley’s will be some time before the thrasher gits here.  Our maze and cane may be ripe enough to cut then.  And I have all of sun flowers and fodder cut.

July 28, 1919 - Monday.  Warm, cut fodder and tied up.  Showers of rain.  Samson is picking up maze for Mr. Freeman it will be 2 weeks before the thrasher gets here.  As Gibson is a going out by Longview and Watts Creek trashing.

July 29 - Tuesday.  Clear, warm.  Are a fixing to go up town to send off 2 letters.  And get some things.  Ought to be cutting fodder.

July 30, 1919 - Wednesday.    Blank

July 31, 1919 - Thursday.       Blank

August 1, 1919 Friday.   Some clouds, dryer, pull, cut fodder.  No thrasher come yet.  Some a cleaning there cotton and others abandoned there cotton to the grass and weeds.  Cotton is a makeing a good crop, if no worms come or weevils.   The thrashers are a runing and the farmers are a hauling there grain and a selling it, right along at $2 dollars and oats at 40 to 60 cts a bushel.   An a buying land a building graniers.  A cuting there maze and cane.  A offering half to git it gethered. 

Aug 2 - Saturday.  Cloudy, some warm, no rain.  Went up to Santa Anna, Texas lots of people a loding sand and grain.  A buissy day.  Brought enough lumber to build a 9 foot grainery.  Off gay at 48 dollars and come home.  It shifted but we got home.  

Aug 3 - Sunday.  Cloudy, warm, no rain yet.  Treating maybe the day will pass with out rain. The thrasher is a coming back.

Aug 8, 1919 - Friday.  Hot, clouds.  Went to town an brought a case of fruit jars from Marshel $1.00, flour of Roundtree $1.50.  Paid Ed Falkner $1.50 on $3.00 or more on fixing more sickle and piston rod for mower.  An got some boxes.  Sanderson was a thrashing for Henry Parker.  And the farmers were a hauling in grain and losing cars.  And a crew was a loding sand for Henry Parker.  Lots of people in town and the big Company s have ship in tractors and will have a show on 15 or 16th.

Aug 9 - Saturday.  Working on grainery.  Have nearly up.  Rain at night.  Shower.  I went to Hesth and got a lode of Alberta peaches from his orchard to dry on halves.  The farmers are a heading and a cuting there, maze and fritta.  Received a bundle of papers from Charley, from Col Redlando.

Aug 10 - Sunday. Hot, cloudy like we would have rain.

Aug 16 - Saturday.  Dry and hot, rains around at night, no come here.   Some clouds.  We been a gethering our maze and fodder.  The thrasher won’t git here.  Soon Sanderson may git here next week    Hipsher is broken down.   The maze and cane is to thick and so much of it.  We git along slow.   Some clouds, this morning and at night so hot. 

We can’t do much , the tractor men had there plowing out west of town on Jo Green Place, not many went out as it is a buissey time thrashing   and gethering maze.  We have the bigest crop of wheat, oats, cane, frettie, coffer corn, big corn and pop corn that Coleman county has ever had.  And every body is hard a saving the grain mine.    Cane and maze aren’t a making yet.

Aug 17 - Sunday.  Hot and clear.  Not much wind.  Tied up and cut some maze and gethered some peas.  Felix Smith cousin come and went to work at Gibson thrasher.

Aug 22 - Friday.  Gethering maze and pop corn and the rain came and rain a Friday morning and in the evening a heavy rain.   I went over to Longview School house where D. C.
 Neal lives he has a small cane mill and a small pan and makes 80 gallons a day on a good run and has made some syrip and he will have to quit as cotton picking will be here as some farmers have out a bale or 2 of cotton.

Aug 23, 1919 - Saturday.   Heavy rains every thing wet.  The wheat are a sprouting and no thrasher yet.  Looks like we wouldn’t git a thrasher here it will be Sept before we get
 the grain thrashed.  Didn’t work in the field, a Saturday.

Aug 24 - Sunday.  No rain cloudy all day.  At home a reading, not so hot. The bugs, flys and rats are bad.

Aug 25, 1919 - Monday.  Cloudy all day, some rain.  Plowed and hauled.  The maze it is a sprouting an the wheat are a sprouting.  Hauled a lode of wood and cut cane, and cane
 tops, some cane to make molasses, has fine seed.   Petty has moved to the Roy Freeman Place and Roy has moved to his Father’s below Santa Anna.    Petty will gether Freeman’s crop. 

Mr and Mrs D. C. Neal told me that cooking oil, lard was a going to $3 dollars a gallon.   Rain West and South of here to night.   We got showers today.  As cotton picking has comence the people will quit the thrasher to pick cotton there cotton and it will be hard to git hands to run the thasher.

August 29, 1919 - Friday.  Clear warm, some clouds, a shower of rain on Thursday while we were a gethering maze and cane tops and a cuting and tying foder.   We may git Sanderson in here with the thrasher this or next week.  I went up to town with Felix Smith.  He was a taking his nieces and nephew to go back to home to Robinson (McLennan County) 3 of them.  We saw a tractor a runing in Henry Parkers field and one standing idle in Stockard’s field.  Lot of folks, thay wasn’t a selling so much wheat nor was the people a buying so much.  Every thing hi in the stores.  Heavy rains around, and we only got 2 good rains in August.

September 1 to 13, 1919 - Dry and hot, cooler.  And Ed Sanderson thrash Herndon, Evens and Smiths grain and went on and thrash his and Boldens and pull his outfit in home and Gibson com in and trash Cherry’s, Brandon’s, Hickman, Archers, and Todd’s wheat and oats and Sunday come 14 and a Sunday north east wind with a sprinkle of rain.  Drove to Coleman and on to Hords Creek, down east where big wheat fields with Johnson grass all over them.  Some thrash with straw stacks, some the wheat shocked in the field not thrashed and a thrasher a runing, big cane, maze and cotton fields.  Cotton open and ready to be picked..

Santa Anna thay are buying wheat, oats, maze and cotton.  The farmers are not giting a fair price for grain, and cotton.  Thay are a buying cotton at 30 cts or 28 cts and corn $1.35 cts a bushel

Sept 15 - Monday.  Cloudy a rain nearly all night.  And today no thrashing.  South east wind to wet for field work.  Don D. Millard come to see us and has been a working at the thrasher and picking cotton.

Sept 16 - Tuesday.  Cloudy, Showers.  Galveston and Corps Christi had a blow and hi sea a Sunday with wind and rain.  We had a all night rain, a Sunday night an rain on Monday.  I received a letter from    Petter Haring, Dallas, Texas C.O.   Waldar Hotel about the cotton, he wants to sell his cotton pickers out here.  And have trile of picking cotton so that he can sell them.  The cotton is later out West of here.  Rain today and it may be next week before thrashing will began on acount of the rain.

October 1919 - September past with rain and some dry wether.  The farmer gethered ther cotton, corn, cane and maze.  The maze corn and cane is so good a crop that we haven’t gethered corn, cane maze and haven’t the wheat trashed and here now October 5, a norther and rain.   Have been a doing all we can to gether our crop.  We have so mich rain before it is dry another rain comes.   Cotton is a good price $2.00 dollars a bale, corn $1.35 a bushel, Cotton picking $2.00 dollars a hundred pounds.

Oct 5, 1919 - Sunday.   A norther an a rainey day which will put end to thrashing for sometime, it been a rush to git crops gethered and help is out of all reason.  We received the Standard Bearer for October 1919 pub. by John J. Dayton Ohio 50 cts a year.  A Religous and Study of the Bible Phrosys and the sign of the times.  Great Labor, unrest with hi price with what we have to buy and low when we have to sell.  With 2000 strikes in the United States this year and the denying free speech and throwing the labor in prison and Wilson won’t give Debs (Eugene Victor Debs).  Kate O’hare ther freedom nor the Soldier Boys that is in the hell holes of the United States.   I  received the Journal of American History July, August, Sept 1918. 

Some of the farmers have moved to Santa Anna to there children.  Mr Twining has rented his place to his son-in-law Blake and will move to town.   Felix Smith has rented the Crump Place and will move and live near town, Parker Place.   Petty has rented the Ransburger Place and Jim Evens the Hickman Place.   Felix’s, nephew has rented part of Henderson’s Place in Cedar Breaks, Garett has move to town and I don’t know who will live on his place.

 Gibson has moved, but will come back when school is out.  The rain is over, I hope we won’t have anymore rain today.  And have a dry month so we can gether the crops.

October 7, 1919 - Tuesday.  The rain nearly all day on Monday and a Sunday night.  A raining all day to day.  We had a down pour which put up the creeks and stoped all work 10 or 15 inches or more rain has fell and thunder today.  And rain till we have to stay indoors.  Have wrote to the Appeal to Reason.  Send 2 dollars for 2 years, the Appeal and 4 books on a list of names for the Kate O’Hare edition of the Appeal to Reason.  No let up with the rain.  I don’t know if the male man will come.  We were a hurting to git all of our crops gethered before the rains,   But the rain came before we could git all in.  A wet spell with thunder when will we have dry wether.

Oct 9 - 10 - Heavy clouds and wet..  So that we haven’t put in but one day work this week.  Rain on Friday and Thursday.  Cut and tied up some cane and pull some corn, some cotton was picked and other work done.  A good many has lost there oats that was thrashed.  A norther and colder, not freezing yet.  But can, maze, corn in the field.  The wet wether has caused a loss of crops and stop work.  Cotton pickers are a coming in.   Tom Todd and Grady got a lot of hands and 100 Mexicans coming in to pick cotton.   Cotton is up now.  Some wheat and corn is down. 

A show in town today.  11 Saturday.   Heavy clouds and cool.  Petter Haring sent me a bundle of magazines, Saturday Evening Post.  Cotton oil news.  Allen L. Benson’s Reconstruction News magazine on the new order a giving the news truth.

Oct 11, 1919 - Saturday.  A cloudy cool day.  To wet to do much work.  The farmers will loos most of there feed crop in the field if the rainey season keeps on all fall.   A good many has lost there maze, and koffer corn and cut feed.  The rain last Sunday night and Monday, Tuesday was 15 to 20 inches of water fell, the creeks over flowed, the low land, and wash off oats and was down the male boxes.  And rose a Sunday and Tuesday hi water, has been cloudy nearly all the year.

Oct 13, 1919 - Monday.  Rain to wet to pick cotton or work in field

Oct 14 - Tuesday worked some and rain Thursday.  Worked Friday and Saturday, Wet and cool.

Mr Will Archer sold his Place to Horce Turner and bought a place up at town and will move up thare.  And Felix Smith will move up to Parker Place north of mountain gap.  And his Nephew Crisp will live on the Brown Place next year.  Bud Brannan is talking of renting his land and building a rent house, renting 80 acres.  And Lawrence Low has rented part of the Henderson Ranch.  Mules and horses are hi.   Crisp could have goten 4 hundred dollars for his pair of young mules.    I received the Appeal people pocket series No 11 Debatean Religion on man Sin Against God.  Jesus the Supreme Leader.  (And various other reading material.)

Oct 19, 1919 - Sunday.  Heavy clouds, no fog or dew.  Look like rain Didn’t sell my sorel horse colt.  As Crisp didn’t sell his mules.  The Fair went right on an it a raining and the farmers are a gethering there.  Crops and corn, maze, cane, they have not all lost yet.  If the rain would hold up.  I gethered corn on Saturday, wet and muddy. 

Oct 26 - Sunday.  A pleasant day, no rain, field wet.  Cut cane.

Oct 27 - Monday.    Cloudy, Cleared off, Gethered corn and hauled cane.  Cleared off like we would have a dry wether.

Oct 28 - Tuesday.  Rain and a cold norther, so that we couldn’t do any field work.  The crios a roten in the field.  Corn is all sprouted, maze molded and a roten cane is good yet.  Thare are a young second crop of cane and more.  The farmers are a loosing thare corn, maze as the fields are son boggy wet.  Thay can’t git in to gether corn and haul it out, Feed Crop, since the drought was broken last Sept 1918..  We have 100 inches of rain and snow and still a raining.  The weeds, grass and crickets, flies more than I ever saw, nothing like it.   I hope that the crickets will eat up all the grass seed.  That eat all cane, maze seed that down.

Oct 29 - Wednesday.  Cloudy, Cold, Maybe we can work in the field to day.  Summers bored my Sears Roebuck catalog.                                   

Oct 31, 1919 - Friday.  Cloudy.  Gethered corn and finish gethering corn.  Heavy rains north of Coleman , Sliver Valley and to Ranger.  At night lightning and rain north and east of her.

November 1, 1919 - Saturday.  Clear with a cool norther some rain last night, all gone today.  Writing letters to P.P. Haring, Dallas, fields wet and boggy.  Part of crops lost.

Nov 7, 1919 - Friday.  A norther come up on Thursday.  Heavy clouds.  Pick cotton with Mr. Hickman for Wallas at $2.50 a hundred.   At sunset the clouds were heaver and indication of rain.   Cotton was a selling at 38 to 42 cts an the farmers were rushing in the cotton as fast as it could be picked.  And a geting all hands that can, to pick. 

Summers and Elmer Smith was married at Coleman on Saturday and went up to Elders at Silver valley. 

Nov 8 - Saturday.  Rain all day on Friday an all night, heavy fog today, heavy fog and clouds, no cotton picking any more this week.  South wind disagreeable wether.

Nov 9 - Sunday.  Rain fog last night and today.  A fog and all day with rain on Saturday.  To day rain thunder, fields wet and a norther , clouds, partly cleared off.  A giting colder.  Cotton picking bad and all other work in the field as the ground is wet and cold.  We loos part of our crop.  The Cotton, Oil and Gin News.  Cotton men think we will make 10 or 12 million bales and 3 million for Texas.  May be way below that as cotton is a roten in the field and the continued rains keep people out from picking cotton.  Some didn’t plant cotton some last........     There cotton in the grass and with storms, worms, weevils all help cut down cotton and low price up till this year.   Cotton is a good price and labor gits good wages. 

Nov 10 - Monday.  To wet to do much work.  Tied cane.  Wallace has a family in the Hickman’s house.  Thare 3 well rigs south of us by Liberty and thay have a chance of puting a refinery up off   L. L. Shields land, near Liberty.  I sold my colt for $100 dollars.

Nov 11 - Tuesday.  Wet but as good as we git to gether crops.  Tied up fodder and picked cotton in the evening for Wallas with his family that a helping pick out his crop on the Hickman Place.  Wallace got out  a bale and hauled out to the rode and Wallace wishes that he had a thousand acres to pick.  He has 2 crops of cotton and paid 300 dollars for one and said that Stockard paid 11 hundred for the other crop.  I don’t know how much he paid.

Nov 12 - Wednesday.  A heavy frost on Friday, cold.  As soon as the frost was off the farmers went to picking cotton.  Cloudy.  Tuesday was clear.  Today cold, a freezing, no cotton picking.  I received the Christian Observer Sept 10, 1919, Louisville, Ky.   The Christian Science Sentinel Oct 11, 1919, Vol 22, no.6.    Mrs Baker, Eddy’s Magazine, people don’t like, the Christian Science say that its no religion only a mock of religion that thay worship. 

Mrs Eddy and money, some good religious literature and books.  I can’t say I like them and see any use of such a sects only leads people off from God to a cult as thay call it now days.  No good to the people like the political party formed by Furgson and Jo Baley last year in Texas to lead the people a stray so that the money power that rules can win the farmer will be short of feed and loosing so much of good feed.   And the Northwest dry and want all the feed that can git while we have had to much rain.  The mountains and Dakotas has been dry.  And now it to wet and cod to go and cut cane and maze to save it.  And we have melons, cushaws that needs saving so that the freeze may catch.

Nov 17, 1919 - Monday.  Clear, warmer.  Picked cotton, a big dew.  And Richard Smith comence to cut the frost biten Fretta fodder.  The farmers are a gethering there crops as fast as thay can.  A geting every body thay can to pick cotton.  Rained on Sunday north of here.  We had a nice day.  And Richard said, we had a slight earth quake and sound.  People picked cotton a Sunday every body was out of town that could git out a picking cotton.

Nov 18, 1919 - Tuesday.  Pick cotton in the morning, cut cane in the evening.  A oil fire north of here a heavy block smoke for several days.  I went over to pick for Mr. Bud Brannan and pick 100 pounds Wednesday.  Thay said that Dick Todd family picked 30 or 35 dollars worth of cotton on Tuesday.  It looks like in would rain to night.  We have a sprinkle.   Hope we have a warm dry week.   Will, send Ellen some corn and cane seed and meal as soon as we can.  As thay haven’t any and everything is so hi.

November 19, 1919 - Wednesday.  It has been clear and cloudy.  Picked cotton for Mr. Bud Branan.  Got a 100 pounds.  He hasn’t gethered his corn, maze.  And Koffer corn and has 10 acres of cotton to pick.  Has nine bales out when we finish the patch he will have 2 in the field.

Nov 20 - Thursday.  The cotton wagons run all night.  The farmers a going to the gin.  The cotton is a being picked out fast, lots to be picked yet.  Nearly 40cts pound, $2.50 an hundred.

Nov 21 - Friday.  Heavy clouds all day, some sunshine.  A sprinkle of rain and a norther to a heavy night, cooler, no male.  Some of the farmers has picked over there cotton and the hands are a leaving.  I pick 100 pounds to day for Mr. Brannan.

Nov 27 - Thursday.  Heavy clouds all day.  Went to town on Wednesday and Margrett and Winney hadn’t come and come home.   And on Thursday and  Friday rain, sleet, hail, thunder, the sleet frozen rain broke down trees and telephone wires and poles.  And covered ever thing , the wires were like cables and a millions of tons of ice on the trees, weeds, cane and cotton.  The rodes are nearly impossible, no male for three days.

Nov 28 - Friday.  Freezing cold. Ice on ever thing.   The trees a braking down under the ice.  Cleared off at night with thunder and lightning and hale.  The creeks a runing.

Nov 29 - Saturday.  Clear, Ice ever where.  Stayed at home, the trees broken down bad.

Nov 30 - Sunday.  Clear, warmer, the ice nearly all gone.  Heard that Marqrett had come and went upp to town and pass them.  The rodes are awful, got to town.  Alson Weaver were a fixing phone poles and wire that the ice had broken off.  The phone were cripled with bad rodes and no phone.  I saw the train com in and a lot of male sacks and people.  And express was put off chickens, rabits, pigs and all kinds of things.  Lots of people in town.  Come home and the girls had come out with young Mr Ro and I had to come back with out them, a clear day.   I met a Kansas man that had 3 binders and thrashers cut and thrash as thay went.  And he wanted 400 acres to plant in grain and bring on, off his thrashers here.

Nov 30, 1919 (continued)  After the big sleet went to town after Marqreet and Winnie Millard and met them on the rode and didn’t know them and went on to town.  The rodes were bad and the phone wires were broke down and I come back and Mr Ro had brought them out.

<> Dec 1, 1919 - Wet, cloudy, muddy.  To wet to pick cotton or do any work in the field from 1st Monday to 6th Saturday.  Rodes impassable nearly.  The worst rodes has ever
<>   been here.

After a week stay Marqrett and Winnie left for Port Auther after going on the Mountain and having there pictures taken with Richard Smith and Wiley, Blanton and Samson and my self.

Dec 7 - Sunday.  Clear, a light norther and warmer.  I got a lot of papers at Santa Anna, Texas.  The Fort Worth Record, Houston Chronicle, Houston Post, Temple Daily Telegram and other papers.

The ice, rain has done a grate deal of destruction to cotton, feed, trees and phone wories and post.  And made it so wet can’t git in field.   Mr Bud Brannan come over to git us to pick next week and help him finish his crop.  Corn, oats, feed, cotton in the field not gethered

Dec 8 - Monday.  Clear, cool.  Pick cotton for Mr Brannan.  He and Elmer were not well, Elmer father- law had come to see them.   He was going with his daughter to take the train to Tyler to take a business con’s, he was a socialist and wanted to take the appeal.  He hadn’t gethered his corn.

Dec 9 - Tuesday.  A cold freezing norther   Stayed a t home.

Dec 10 - Wednesday.  Cold didn’t do much.

Dec 11 - Thursday.  Warmer, pick cotton.  Mr Brannan not well enough to pick.  Elmer and the man help hauled off cotton and loded a bale on for Friday.

Dec 12 - Friday.  Cloudy, cool got some warmer.  Pick cotton for Brannon he didn’t pick.  Elmer went to the gin with a bale of cotton.  I picked 90 pounds and lots of cotton was hauled to the gin.  Wallas has a thrasher and are a thrashing out his maze, if he can git help.  His son John was caught a stealing peanuts and cooking oil and other things from Walter Smith at Brownwood and may have to go over the rode to the pen.  The fields are a drying off, so we can work again.   And the farmers are a gethering there crops.  Cotton sold at 38 cts.  Food and clothing, still going higher,

Dec 13, 1919 - Saturday.   Cloudy, cold, snow and no field work.  Richard Smith brought our male out and cards from Marqrett and Winnie.  They had reach Port Auther and went to work in restrant.  Didn’t git to town.

                (Week days not tracking - off a day somewhere)

Dec 14 - Monday.   Went to Santa Anna.  Paid Ed Fauquner $5 and with $1 on corn.  He said I had paid him all I owed him.  I bought flour, salmons sardens, lard all $5 or $6 dollars and got a lot of papers and 20 cts worth of meat work.  Come home and hauled 1 lode of cane fodder.

Dec 15 - Tuesday.  Help Wallas thrash maze.  He had Ed Sanderson and a crew a thrashing.  I eat dinner thare.

Dec 16 - Wednesday.  Cloudy both days, not so cold.  Wallis thrash maze.  Had thrash out 1500 bushels.  The rats and mice was in the maze and weevils.  The thrasher cut up the maze bad and blew it out with the head halfed.  And maze are awful dusty.  Mr Wood an his son- law were made sick by working in the dust.  I got 3 dollars a day.  Don’t know what the others got.

Dec 18 - Thursday.  Rain, cold all day.  Couldn’t work at the thrasher.  Rain nearly all day.

Dec 19 - Friday.  Cold, cloudy. Wet and no field work.  Choped wood and shelled corn and reading H.C. Books.

Dec 20, 1919 - Saturday.  Cloudy, cold.  Went down in Brown County to Mr Graves, Curry son-law.  Mr Graves and son and 2 daughters and went down to Bangs for to lay in a Supply of Christmas.  Nearly every body had gone as no one was a working in the field.   I bought 5 gallons of sorghum cane syirp 5 dollars and paid one on what I had got, which was 6 dollars, an one dollar made 7.   The rodes was bad wet and people a traveling cutup the rodes.  The sleet had thrown down and broken off the timber badly. 

The farmers had not gethered thrashed oats, wheat, corn, cotton, maze, cane out of the fields and it is a ruining.  So much rain and cold wether, the fields boggy.

Dec 21, 1919 - Sunday.  Heavy clouds, fog, cold this morning.  Went after a lode of wood.  And hauled in a lode of  feed .at past 12.   The clouds scatered, fog rose and sunshine, cold.  Has been a still day, wet.  Not many people out a driving around.  The rodes are so bad.  I’ve got to write the girls some letters.

Dec 22 - Monday.  After a white frost, clear.  We went over to Wallas an help thrash his maze.  And thrashed a bushel an half of wheat, was to wet.  And open the wheat shocks in the field so they could dry and trash on Tuesday, it 3 days.  I help thrash maze at 3 dollars a day with Ed Sanderson and Wheller.  Thay had thrash out 1400 and 90 bushels of maze at 10 cts a bushel, $200.25 dollars and 25 cts a bushel for the wheat.  Wallis says he sold his maze at $2.50 a bushel and wheat is $2.50 a bushel.  We received 2 letters, a bundle of presents and Sutherland Farmer and got home at night.

Dec 24, 1919 - Wednesday. A heavy fog, cleared off and we hauled oats.  A still day, no Christmas guns.  A few hunters.  The male man come and brought us a present.  A box of cake and 2 handkerchiefs.  I pick cotton on Wednesday at Mr Bud Brannan’s none of them pick cotton on Christmas eve day and some went to town.  I picked 70 pounds today all gone.  No one is here as Smith folks has moved up to town.   On the place he has rented where he will live in 1920 next year, a bib change all around Tom Evens has moved on the Hickman Place where Wood were.

Dec 25, 1919 - Thursday.  An his son- law lived while picking cotton they moved down to Red Bank to pick cotton for Lightfoot.  And left a dirty place.   Jim Evens has to clean up.   Charley sent me a small book Washington’s writings and letters.  We didn’t git to go anywhere.  As I had to stay at  home.  A nice day.

Dec 26, 1919 - Friday.  A norther blew up, cold and didn’t work.

Dec 27, 1919 - Saturday.   Clear and warmer.   Help pick cotton for Felix Smith.  His crowd pull boles and all he got out a bale and taken it up to his home.  

Dec 28, 1919 - Sunday.  A warm clear day.  Went down to the Mudd creek to Poverty Flat to Singltarys, he was a complaining as usual and had been a hauling off boles pull picked cotton a paying 3 dollars a hundred to some families from Eastern Texas.   That had come out here to pick cotton from Athens.  Thay were 31 days a coming and got caught in the Sleet where the rodes were blocked with the tree, two telephone poles and wires and had to open a rode to travel.  Mr Singleterry oldest daughter was home from Ranger.  None of the Boys come home.  The People went by to Sunday School to Buffalo School house.  His girls went, he stayed home.  The teachers were sick with the mumps.

And thare may not be any school during the coming week.   That he had 5 bales to have picked and hauled off and all his feed to haul in and his wheat to have thrash.  As I come home I saw the Advents a picking cotton and a drilling in grain.  The cotton pickers hid as I pass. 

Walter Sharp had moved.  I heard over to the Hill house to send his girl to school.

Dec 29, 1919 - Monday.  Clear and warmer.   Clear, Warmer.  Pick cotton for Mr Brannan, he has 2 more bales to pick yet.   And he sold his car.  A man went by with a lode of corn.  Brannan wants me to come back and help him finish his cotton.  Fee Cris moved to the Brown Place today and Smith didn’t pick.  We received a letter from Marqrett.   A congressional record from Mr Blanton.  He is the only man in Labor Unions and Anarchist money power.  And he has to fight on all sides against the rotten rule on waste of the peoples money.   The wether is a drying up so the farmers can sow grain, pick cotton, haul in feed and plow.

January 1, 1920 - Thursday

A cold day.  Mr Branan had a New Years diner and Mrs Todd and Mrs Raney and we taken dinner in the evening.  Thay kill big red sow.  Warmer in the evening.  The man he had picking had left and went on to Post.  Gunson was his name.

           January 1920   Letter to: W. R. Millard (Brother) Fort Worth, Texas. (Never mailed)

Dear Br and family,

A New Year has roled in an we are a hiting the crops that in the field and I haven’t thrash my wheat nor gethered my cane.  All fell down.  Wheat is good yet and are a wating for the thrasher.  Plenty of crops in the field yet.  I picking cotton will maybe a week yet.  And then will finish my crop an comence plowing, when it gits dry enough.  Well we haven’t heard of Don anymore, he has quit writing, I hope he is a going to school. 

         I received letters from Charley, Nap and the girls and have writen a letter to Ellen about the Old Place.  Haven’t heard from Burns, yet.   Emele Rumery wrote me that he would give us 40 dollars an acre for the place since the rode has been put on.  We may not have 50 acres left.  I don’t know how acres, do you think Nancy’s children are old enough for us to sell it now.  We had some winter and rain till we couldn’t do much.  Has let up. we have cold.  I have a cold, stayed at home.  Don’t know when can plow have to trash and gether my feed.    

We’ve had a seag of a time and lost so much.  Have 500 dollars worth in the field a wasting so much.  Mice, rabits and thy are a destroying grain.  I wish we could git thru with work.   Haven’t any sheds nor any good lots to save anything.  Jim writes us from New Mexico that he is a geting tired a batching it and will sell out and he has 800 acres of beans.  I will try and sell some here for him.  He sent us a sack of beans.  We haven’t had time to cook any of them yet.

The people raised so much here.  I don’t know where we can sell any beans.  I be late a plowing and won’t have a wheat crop this year maybe I can plant cotton, corn, cane, maze, pop corn and melons, pumkins, and bean, sweet potatoes.  The grass and stalks are so large I have a time a plowing.   Well its beginning to rain now.  I recoken no work to Monday, as we had 2 weeks of dry wether and the thrasher didn’t get around.

Well I up late a writing this New Year and was in hopes that we would have a nice dry month, so we could git something done now.  We will be tied up wet, cold wether.

   Your Brother



Jan 2, 1920 - Friday.   Clear, frosty, some clouds, west wind, warmer.  Vinson was a thrashing his brothers John and Brown oats.  The farmers are a hauling ther cotton to the gin an a picking.

Jan 3, 1920 - Saturday.  Cool morning, warm in the evening.  Picked cotton for Brannan.  He moved a house so. goats could have a place to move to.   Haven’t heard of any one a giting the poison whiskey here.  At Ranger is said 30 died from drinking the poison stuff.  The Revenue officer hunt down wild cat stills and the ones that sells the poison stuff are no worse than the revenue agent.  And them that makes it all a set of roben.

Jan 4, 1920 Sunday.  Cloudy, cool, east north wind.  Samson gone up to Smiths and Crisp come down, he is not well and didn’t pick cotton.  I got a lot of magazines and catalogs up where thay burnt out the P.O. male (mail) thay failed to give out, 2 big bushel baskets fulls.  Some interesting reading an lots of good things destroyed.  We may git rain and not thrash yet.  I writing out a list of some of the magazines I would like to subscribe for.

Jan 5 - Monday.   Cloudy, cold, rain.  So we didn’t do any thing, stayed at home.  A disagreeable East wind has put back work, no thrashing or cotton picking.

Jan 6, 1920 - Tuesday. Warmer an a clearing off, wet cold yet.

Jan 7, 1920 - Wednesday.  Rain , sleet, cold.  No male or any work.  Couldn’t git any letters off or any male as the male man didn’t come.

Jan 8 - Thursday.  Cold freezing.  No male man, rodes bad.

Jan 9 - Friday.  Went to town over the frozen rode bad, couldn’t hardly, trouble stoped at Blake’s.  He had killed a big hog.  Felix Smith was a helping him and Bradly was thare.  He was going to town with a lode of cotton.    The gins were a runing.  I got my meal at Turners.  Town was muddy.  I sent a sack of meal to Ellen 43 pounds to Temple.  I received a fine lot of male and got some papers and come home.   The rodes was so bad I couldn’t hardly pull home.  Farmers were a hauling cotton, lumber and lots in town.  I got copy of the Texas Journal of Commerce vol1, no.1st 1920.  January Fort worth, Texas and a lot of Santa Anna News, and Dallas News.

Jan 10 - Saturday.  Heavy clouds all day and rain at night, warmer .  Lots of cotton in the field and wheat, corn, cotton, cloth, groceries and all has gone up with land, wages and a lots of people a moving.  The rain and cold don’t stop them.  And emigrants are a coming to Texas and a settling on Western Texas along the Rio Grand.  With the oil boom, hi price of everything with land and the way things are a going.  The way Capital Labor are a fighting to rule and a resting so many.  IWW Socialist workman a not alowing liberty, free speech, and percution of Foreigners.  They say that thay are Reds, Anarches, Bovliskyes and undesirable citizens a trying them and sending them to Russia and jailing and penetenry them sure is a world of trouble.

Jan 11 - Sunday, Rain , Wet Cold.  Didn’t go anywhere.

Jan 12 - Monday. Rainey, cold, wet, choped wood, field boggy.  And runing water infield, heavy clouds, some warmer, very little traveling, rodes so bad.

Jan 13, 1920 - Tuesday.    Wet cloudy.  Choped wood and done other work, People went to town.  The clouds cleared off enough for the sun to shine.  Saw a drove of ducks and several other birds, a mocking bird has come and hawks a catching mice in the wheat, oats and cane.  The weeds, grass has been green all winter.  No chance of plowing or working in or hauling out of the field.  We will be late a plowing or planting and have no wheat and oats this year.  Will have to plant corn, cane cotton, maze, fredrta, beans, pumkins.  And we don’t know what kind of crop we will have.

A man give $589 for a span of double horses an $100 dollars for a set of harness.  And what thay want for a wagon cultivator plow and tractor $1600 is a plenty to much.  A small farmer better go slow. 

January 17, 1920 Saturday.  Warmer.  The rodes had dried off some.  I went up to Coleman, the rodes was bad, rough with mud holes all most impassable.  The gas pipe line up the Santa Fe hadn’t been buried and was a burning where the gas was a escaping.  And they were a draging the rode to Coleman.        

January 17, 1920 - Saturday.  A lot of people were in Coleman paying there taxes.  And buying as the rodes had been so bad thay couldn’t hardly come is, so much trouble.  The autos, wagons, buggys  were thick around on the hitching places.  And thay had horses and some cattle to sell.   Paid my taxes and bought some things and subscribe for the Democrat Voice for 1920.  And come down to Felix Smiths, the rode was to bad to travel after dark.  And come home a Sunday morning.  The moves at Coleman had the Cane Man of Old, to show.

Jan 18 - Sunday.  Come home had several papers to read and didn’t go any where.  A clear warmer day.

Jan 19 - Monday.  Clear Warmer.  Pick cotton for Brannan, He and Wallas moved a part of Brannan house to fix up a rent house for Arthur Yeats. 

Jan 20, 1920 - Tuesday.  Clear warmer, clouded up in the evening.  Picked cotton and a norther blew up and comenced to rain all night.

Jan 21, 1920 - Wednesday.  Colder, rain, norther, rain all day.  The rain froze.  Stop raining at night, no more field work this week.  Wet and cold, field boggy. 

Jan 22 - Thursday.  Rein a norther sleet, cold and no work.  No male.  A bad day.

Jan 23 - Friday.  Heavy clouds, rain and thunder, cold.  The ice melted off, still cold, cloudy and a norther.

Jan 24 - Saturday.  Cold, freezing, cloudy and no work.

Jan 25 - Sunday.  A pleasant day, sun shine and a warmer, Cleared off.

Jan 26 - Monday.  A heavy white frost, clear, warmer.  Samson went to town with Crisp and got a sack of flour $3.50 a sack, and a can of baking powers.  I fix double tree, Summers came an got my wagon last week and hasn’t brought it back.  Clear day.

Jan 26 - Tuesday.  Clear, warmer.  And bee’s out.  Work on my double tree.  Thay haven’t brought my wagon home yet.  Don’t like for one to treat me that way.

Jan 27 - Wednesday.  Cloudy, a cold norther.  The sun has com out and no wagon yet.  Thay are a having big agriculture meetings and Denouncing Socialist, and Beloviskis and arresting and deporting people and the War is over.  A runing many and a sending them to jale and the Pen.  Saint Clare call them the Black Angles a destroying American Liberty and a braking up homes of good Americans.

Jan 28 - Thursday.  A heavy white frost, ice, a clear day.  Samson and Cris worked the rode.  Richard Smith come down and brought my wagon and worked the rode.  I let Cris have black mule to work on the rode.  Went on to Mr Bud Brannan’s to pick cotton.  Auther Yeats has moved in Brannon rent house.  And Jim Evens and the Hickman Place.   Jim and wife is down on the Jim Ned at her sick brothers.  Brannan is nearly through picking cotton.  Be through this week, if no more rain or cold spell comes.  Bird Wallas has sold out his Place to Gibson and bought a place at Santa Anna, 10 acres at 300 dollars a acre. And will move as soon as he gits his cotton gethered.  Gibson is talking of runing a dairy.  To night, still and warmer.  

Bud Brannan, says he is taken 16 papers and magazines and I let mine run down till I don’t get much male.

February 1, 1920 - Monday.  Hauled cane fodder, cloudy cool.   Samson help Guy Grady and Tom Todd hauled maze fodder.

Feb 2 - Hauled cane, maze fodder.  Cool, cloudy, no rain. Frosty, foggy.  Samson help Grady and Todd haul maze.

Feb 3, 1920 - Wednesday.  Cool, cloudy.  Hauled maze, cane.

Feb 4 - Thursday.  Help Smith and Crisp haul maze heads that he had bought of Newman down at Mr Evans on the Jess Newman Place.  Thay give 3o dollars a ton.  Mr Evens was sick with the flue and was out.   A Mrs Petty died on the Harvy Place.  (Note from Carl Langford:  Matty Jane (Williams) Petty buried Santa Anna Cemetery Platt II, block 91 - Oct 26, 1866 - Feb 2, 1920.)  And Jim Evens, brother- law died on the Jim Ned a young man.  Monger had his sale at Poverty flat.  A selling out all his farm stock and farm implements as he is a going to move.   Cloudy, cool.  Hauled oats, the mice has eat them nearly all up and we haven’t had the thrasher.  Thay come all around and our grain is ruining

Feb 7, 1920 - Saturday.  Clear, warmer.  Worked at home.  A geting dry and thrashing, cotton picking and gethering in crops.  Some plowing and sowing grain, and a moving.

Feb 8, 1920 - Sunday.  Clear, warm, a pleasant day.  Went to Crisp on the Brown Place.  He had got his new Columbia Graphone and played some pieces.  I come home and went over to Jack Evens and stayed a while and saw that the Brown field was a fire and came home as soon as I could and when I got home the fire was down at my fince.  And a coming over a burning my wheat, before we could put it out, it had burnt 48 or 50 shocks.  Crisp says that he didn’t set it. That some body do it and he had to fight it where it got over.

Feb 9, 1920 - Monday.  A cloudy and a raining, a cool norther.  No work out today.  Jack Evens family are sick with the flu.  An Jim Even’s, mother is sick at his house.

Feb 10 - Tuesday.  Nearly all night rain.  Cool a norther.   Slacked up.  I went over to Bud Brannan’s, he was complaining and Elmer come, had a talk on Hi price and crops, an in government afairs with money and income tax and the papers.   Come home and work.  We shell corn and gethered cockle burrs.  It looks like we would never git the wheat thrashed.  Will haul out and stock as soon as it gits dry enough to haul.   Cloudy and cool.  Have to write to Ellen

Feb 11 - Wednesday.  Rain.  Went up to town and rain all day.  Rodes wet, muddy, a big crowd in town.  Farmers a buying groceries and selling eggs.  The gins were a runing.  And cotton a coming in.  The farmers are at a loss at what an how to plant a crop.  A big crop of cotton will ruin them and no wheat and oats.  A big maze, cane Fretter can’t save it, a big corn crop, if it makes will sell as they can’t raise to much corn.

Feb 12 - Thursday.

Feb 13 - Friday. Cleared off at night.  Warmer.  Hauled wood, fix rode and picked cotton.  The grass and weeds are a coming up and a growing, the birds are a coming.

Feb 14 - Saturday.  Clear, warmer, frosty at night, schell corn, cane.  Stayed at home.  Samson went to town.  Guy Grady has moved on the Henderson Place and Bird Wallas has moved to his Place at town.  The male man came.  Rodes a drying.  Some of the fields are to wet to plow.  He heathen men in office are still a preventing, an trying, jaling, and sending the Socialist to the jales and pen.

Thay wasn’t a big army and to let the rail rodes go back to the owners and have not signed the Peace or the league of nations.  And Congress has done nothing only speech making and investigation and draw salaries and the U. S. in deeper, in bonds and trouble.

Feb 15, 1920 - Sunday.  Clear, warmer after a white frost, a south wind. The mice has eat up the oats.

Feb 16 - Monday.  Tuesday.  Hauled an stacked wheat, Mr Felix Smith and Crisp help haul wheat and stack.

Feb 17, 1920 - Tuesday.  Hauled and stacked wheat and Smith help haul till 12 and cut my 3 pigs.

Feb 18 - Wednesday.  Finish a hauling wheat and stacking.  Clear, warmer.  Was cloudy the first of the week. Frost at night, the land has dry off enough to plow.  And some are a sowing oats.

Feb 19, 1920 - Thursday.  Clear, Warmer, frost last night. Plowed today, land wet.  Received a letter from little Anna Millard and send her a letter.   The wind are geting up like we would have some more wether.

Feb 20, 1920 - Friday.  Warmer, cloudy like a change in the wether.  Went to Santa Anna the rodes dried and rough.  People a plowing, sowing grain and a picking cotton.  I got the

Democrat Voice Feb 20 no. 8.              ----             Santa Anna News Feb 20 vol 34 no 7.

Southerland Farmer Feb 15 vol 34, no 9.      ----     Congressional Record Feb 9, 1920

The Viave Cause vol 2, no 9 Jan 1920    --------     American Economist, New York Feb 6, 1920.

Devoted to the Protection of American Labor and Industrys  for the big rail rode wall street, manufacture, bond holders and The Workin People be doomed.

Burch’s Guarantied Stock Supplies

           The Lions Roar 1920 Jan.

Parks Floral Magazine vol1, Jan 1920.

The Publishers Auxiliary Feb 14, 1920

Ferguson Forum, Temple Texas.  Has some good in if Ferguson is wise and Maybe crocked.  He is no worse than the hethen money made world of officer seekers and money getters.

Monthly Tidings, Jan 1920 Buy at home news.

The Magazine and papers haven’t had time to read them.  The thrasher is still a runing and I couldn’t git them to thrash my wheat after stacking it.  Thay are a thrashing maze.

Feb 21, 1920 - Saturday.  Warm.  Plowed.  Cloudy.  Turned to a norther.  Ground wet and hard to plow.

Feb 22 - Sunday.  Heavy clouds during the morning.  The sun come out at 12 warmer.  Carried my hog to Will Curry’s and the sow taken the bore.  It will be 10 June before she brings pigs.  Brought her back home, evening now, some warmer.  The Literary Digest Jan 17, 1920.

The Review Feb 1920,   Everbodys Magazine Feb 1920,   The Home Sector Feb 14, 1920

Colliers the National weekly Feb 1920

The Billboard   a week theatrical Digest review of the show world.  Vol 33, no 6, a fine lot of good reading.

Feb 27 - Friday.  Hauled hay an cane and had been a raking corn stalks and grass and cane.  Cloudy, cool south wind. Plowed some, ground wet.

Feb 28, 1920 - Saturday.  Heavy clouds cool south wind changed to a norther, cold, cleared off, windy.  Cold at night, clouded up and cleared off.  Went to town Subscribed for the Santa Anna News, give eggs, Chickens and got a lot of papers, magazines from the Editor of the News.  Lots of farmers in town with cotton.  The gins a runing and the farmers a buying cultivators, planters, plows.   Cultivators $75 dollars a piece and the men were a buying suplies.  The street was full of autos and a grate many farmers have them.   Still a thrashing maze.

Feb 29 - Sunday.  Last day in February, clear, cold norther.  The peach trees and flowers a blooming and young birds are a coming back.  And farmers a sowing oats and planting garden and corn when its dry enough.   Mr. James Gardner died at Santa Anna this week, he was burnt by gasoline.          

March 6, 1920 - Saturday.  Plowed, cold, cloudy.  Have been two norther this week.  Cold with frost, cloudy, didn’t git much plowing done and no planting, to cold to plant corn.  Cris planted corn.  We had a March sand storm.

March 7, 1920 - Sunday.  Cold, cloudy and disagreeable.  Stayed at home.  Richard Smith had the misfortune to git his arm broke while cranking a car for a woman, a week ago or more.   And he has hired Bone to work at $3 dollars a day puting in a crop, he moved in on Sunday.   Gibson are a plowing with a tractor.

March 8, 1920 - Monday.  Cold, cloudy.  Cleared off, frosty ice.  Plowed and harrowed.  Ground a geting hard and tough.   Cris finish planting corn and planted som beans.  See fires al over the county, fields a being burnt off.  All work behind 

We received the Appeal,   Rural World - California farm paper and Kansas City Journal.  The Appeal has a write up on Debs case and wants to git Debs out of prison.  A special edition and fight wall street with her billion dollars to stop free press and send agitators to prison or deport them.  Brake down Liberty, wall street crowded and the hethen anarchist and Rome throwers and brokers of the Peace and the ones that is a mince to these United States.

March 12, 1920 - Friday.   Plowed, cold.  A norther and freeze.  The ground is giting hard.  And farmers are a braking land and burning grass and maze stuble.  And a planting corn and garden.  They were a having sweeps middle buster plows fix up to plow up stalks with.  And buying tools and a cultivator or moor tong cost $7.25 and more to have them put in.  I got lot of papers and Magazines off the new editor.  I git news and Democrat Voice now.  

           R. B. Boyle Editor, Santa Anna News showed me his type and cuts and the cast of type and printing press. And cost a small fortune and not complete. 

What will we farmers do and have to loos the bigest part of our crop and prepare for another crop with the land, hard to plow.  And no help and no chance as $3.00 a day is out of all reason to pay.

March 13, 1920 - Saturday.  Clear. Plowed in maze.  Plowed all dead stalks on land.  Samson went to town and was rode voting, rode bonds or voting to not have them.  Mr  J. A. Crews died suddenly last Saturday night.  He was called Judge and was 77 years old and was born in Illinois and come to Burnett County 1859.  Where he was Judge for over 44 years.  He married Miss Lara Mobly at Burnett 47 years ago and belong the Methodist Church 25 years and had no children and had raised some children.   (Note from Carl Langford:  James Alvan Crews - Jan 27, 1843 - Mar 6, 1920 - buried Santa Anna Cemetery Platt II, Block 91.)

March 14 - Sunday.  A warmer bright day, wind up from the South and at home, haven’t done much.

The day will soon be gone.

March 15 - Monday.  Planted yellow corn for Samson in the grass.  The ground is giting dry and the farmers are a plowing and a burning grass, maze, cane and cotton stalks.   And a planting.  Some clouds, warmer.

March 16 - Tuesday.  Partly cloudy, west wind to a smokey norther, dry and warmer.  Planted yelow corn and burnt grass in the upper part of the field.   The norther calm down and warmer.  Tom Todd and his father come and borowed the rake to rake the maze and weeds.  Poison the mice with water and have dead mice over and in the crib and an in the field.  They are not so plentiful as thay were.  I believe I try the oil on them, let them run through a lid full and see what it will do for them.  

March 21 - Sunday.  Was clear, warm day.  Went down to Mr. Todd’s, Mr Singletary and wife was on a visit thare and Mr Singletary bred his mare to Tom’s horse.

March 22 - Monday.  Cloudy and a cold Southwest wind all day.  Plowed.  Mr Cris and Richard Smith was a braking a wild young mule.

March 23 - Tuesday.  Heavy clouds a sprinkle of rain and cool South west wind.  Harrowed off land and drug down maze and cane.  Cris and Richard a working there wild mule.

March 24, 1920 - Wednesday.   A cloudy morning west wind comenced with misty rain, with distant thunder, to a hard down pour rain and a rain and wind till 2 or 3 inches of rain fell in the morning.  A good ground soaking.  Let up at 12 and I went to haul wood.  Clouds come up with sprinkle of rain and thunder and lightning, the rain passed on East South and the West wind a huricane from the West continued all night and to day

March 25, 1920 - Thursday.  Cleared off and the West wind a still a raging all day from the West.  A good season in the ground and week before we can git in the field to work.  The ragin west wind will dry the ground som and maybe we can go to work in the field earlier than I thought.  The Wether forecaster didn’t know where, when and how much rain we would git and we had a freshet a drought broker.  Now we can plant and plow as soon as we git in the field and plant. Some flowers, grass and weeds are good.  We have plenty of feed.  The last days of March was windy.  We received rain and sand storms, planted corn and plowed.  The wind blew a gale several times two a week

Apri1, 1 to 4th   Sunday.  Has been windy, sand storm and som rain a west wind.  And Saturday a norther today, sundown colder and clear.  Last Monday my black mare had a mule colt.  I plowed and racked cane and corn stalks.  Mr Garrets house burnt up. 

The school had a meet at Santa Anna.   Land brakes better since the rain and farmers have plowed a lot of land since the rain.   Samson got hold of Holy Ghost Sermons book by Mrs M. B. Woodworth, Editor.  Wonderful 40 years experience 2114 Miller Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Appeal to Reason editor offers a good lot of books cheap. 

Clear, cold, frosty, the wind and norther has calm down.   Wrote letters to Funk and Wagner, New York about World War 10 volume.   (Others not listed.)

April 7, 1920 - Wednesday. Caried the Black mare Mary, to Tom Campbell’s Jack, she took him.  I let the Editor, Santa Anna News, a dozen eggs.  Things were a moving.  Farmers at work plowing and a planting.  On April 5 - Monday.  Was cemetery clean up.  Cleared up, ice, frost and cold morning.  I went up and cleaned of Mother’s Grave and set out some roses an scrubs.  A good many come in town an some cleaned up there lots.  The editor of News give me a lot of dalies and congress records.

April 9 - Friday.  A light norther.  Planted corn and plowed, cool and warm.  I received my Membership certificate for the National Geographic Society.  Hubbard Memorial Holt, Washington D.C. for the year 1920 and 4 copys of the National Geographical Magazine.

April 10 - Saturday.  Cool, cloudy. South wind, warmer and plants are a growing.  Corn a coming up.  I planted corn this day.

April 11 - Sunday.  A clear day, west winds, a shower and the clouds cleared off, clear strong west winds to gale with dust turn to a norther and sand storm, cold.  Cold all day, very little plowing done.  Mr Felix Smith a hauling of his wheat and made 2 lodes today.  Cris and Bore went to town, the oil well on the Woodward Place caught fire and burnt the derrick down this evening.

April 22 - Thursday.  A cool norther has been a blowing all the week and not being well hasn’t been out to work.  At Santa Anna today and 2 flying machines went up from Waco.  A big crowd and a dinner speaking and thay the oil men had oil in jars to exhibit and thay are a going to have a refinery here and other manufactures in time to come.  We have lots of oil, some dry holes.  I believe Stockard said, thare was 104 wells in the County.  And some oil men were a pulling up and leaving.  Selling out and moving there machinery, so many dry holes.  Received letter from Nell and a map of the Consolidated oil Producers of Texas 116 Field St, Dallas, Texas.  Oil News April 5, 1920.  Published to the interest of oil investors.  I received Bodcaw Oil Bulletin April 1920 Main Office 234 Commonwealth Building, Denver, Colo. $1.00 a year, 10 cts a copy.

April 23, 1920 - Friday.  Clear, Cool a norther.  The bees swarmed and lit on a flowering bush in the yard and stayed all night.  Samson hived them and they left to day.   Dry and not much crop planted and what is in the ground is not coming up.  So dry and cold.  Mr Burns sent me the Bellville Times.  I see the notice of the death of Mr. Austin.  Will probated.  And our former Sheriff John B. Lewis, he was 75 years old.  He left several children, was a good man, but went wrong had 3 children by 2 Gariett sisters.

April 24, 1920 - Saturday.  Hauled trash and went to town.  Got a sack of flour $3.25, got $4.50 at Bank, an a lot of News from S. H. Philips, lots of people in town.  Mr Philips was a filling medicine prescriptions for people that were sick.

April 25 - Sunday.  Cloudy, rain north of here and cool norther.

April 26 - Monday.  Cloudy and cool dry norther.  Harrowed land and the cane patch.  Dry and land hard, need rain.   The weeds and grass are a growing.  The crops won’t come up and grow.   So dry when a good season in under the ground.

April 27 - Tuesday.   Clear, warmer, last night was cool, like winter.   Out bees are a swarming and swam  went off on Sunday and come out today.

May 1, 1920 - Saturday.  A hot clear day and we finish the hog pen and turn out our 3 hogs on the grass.  The day was hot and dry.  Rain clouds north and south.  So dry we have about lost our corn.  On Friday, I paid Mr Jo Green $ 12.50 for the colt and had bred the mare to the jack at Tom Campbell’s.  Got a lot of papers from Editor, Boyles.

May 2, 1920 - Sunday.  A warm day, som clouds.  No rain.  Tom Todd and Guy Grady are grading the rode on Mudd creek, The rode needs gravel and rock and good culverts.  A few fields planted.  So dry not all the land plowed.

May 3, 1920 - Monday.  A warm morning.  Clouds come up and rain in the evening.  Received some of my books.  The Appeal editor 13 volumes and some more to come, good books on Socialist history, novels, and many more books.  

The rain was a good slow rain didn’t last long enough to bring up crops or plow cloudy land.

May 4, 1920 - Tuesday.  A clear morning.  A light shower, clouds soon cleared off and warmer.

May 6 - Thursday.  Heavy clouds an in the evening the clouds gethered North of here and drifting east with thunder.  And a long towards night wind and rain come from the Northwest, a blow with a down pour of 5 or 6 inches of rain.  A good season now the tanks and creeks run and water every where, the drought is broken.  And when we can plant and plow we will have to hurry up to kill the grass and weeds.  And brake the land and plant our crops in a hurry.  We are thankful that the rain came.  A chance to make a crop and drown out the mice, and make more than they can eat up.

May 8 - Saturday.  Went up to Santa Anna a big crowd in town.  And I was at the Office and Mr Kingsbery come in, and he said a 290 barrel oil well come in on his place and that  he had leased 27 h acres at 60 or 70 dollars a acre.  And had reserved a 100 acres.  And I went and leased all of mine and 3 years are to run yet.

May 9 - Sunday.  A cloudy warm day.  Went down to the Pope oil well and a big crowd were there.  The well had flowed oil out in the pool 5 times.  When I got thare and I wated till night 6 o’clock and the well sprouted oil 2 times and grass are a coming out all the time.  Looks hot, the Santa Anna people were out several hundred during the day.   Lenne Hunter and wife and sons, Alson Weaver and wife, Richard Todd and family.  Dr Sealy and wife, Staford Borter, Kit Casey, Guss Neighbors and so many I didn’t know.  I come home ever body was a leaving in there cars.  And a going home.  Th clouds gethered and as I come home lightning and thunder in the North and heavy rain come and so wet can’t plant tomorrow.

May 10 - Monday.  Clear, the wind com and brought clouds and warmer wether.  And to wet to git in the field to plant.   

May 15, 1920 - Saturday.  Heavy clouds and rain on Friday.  I planted cotton, land to wet can’t hardly plow grass and weeds are a coming, rain all day, today.  And the land not broke and planted.  And the field to wet to plow and plant, if it were to clear up, now.  The land would be wet all the week and here the middle of May and not planted our crop the drought keep us from planting and now we don’t know when we can plow our crop.

I read Upton Cnidaria Brass Check. A history of the Brass Check and the American Newspapers  A. P., the profit of religion gives a history of the Hethen World all the Churches cleansing that thay are Christians while most of them are for profit and the so call Catholic Church is nothing but a Political money monster a producing the saints and laboring class that is against them or for them.  Tome Poyen age of reason is proven that the Bible is no true and I don’t know how true his proof is as he don’t believe in the Bible, a being how true word of God.

May 16 - Sunday.  A clear day and wet cool to cloudy, north wind.  Everything a growing and can’t plant or plow what we have planted.

May 17 - Monday.  Clear day warmer and work at the house.  Fix bed and papers.  Field to wet to work.

May 18, 1920 - Tuesday.  A clear day.  Choped in garden and South wind brought the clouds back.  Richard and Smith is planting cotton.  I will try and plow this evening and plant some maybe. 

May was dry and rain come the last days and the farmers plowed there crops and planted cotton the first week in June. And cotton, corn, cane is in the grass and weeds. 

Choping cotton has comenced and thare will be all choped that up at 2 row a day.

June 6, 1920 -  Sunday.   Warm Scattering clouds.  Look like we would git rain.  We need a good rain to make crop and bring up cotton.  Warm scattering clouds and growing wether.  The grass and weeds has taken most of the land and crops.   Some has got there cotton , corn, maze up and choped out and have good crops.  Corn is tasling and silking, while others crops is in weeds and grass and not plowed.   We are still in a bad way for a crop this year as we have the dry wether and to much wet in the winter.  And the bugs , worms and other causes has cut the crop more than half and 3 months late and still need rain as cotton just has been planted.  Hands scarce and hi and crop late, not up.

June 11, 1920 - Friday.  Went up to town on Thursday and let Mr Boyle have some eggs and honey and he give me a batch of literature and he was going to Houston to the Press Association , the big meeting and they will bring up the hi price printing paper and see sights and dine an have a big time till Sunday.  Santa Anna is a oil town now.  And big things are a hapening , lots of money change hands.

June 12 - Saturday.  Clouds, warm 90 degrees, no rain.  Went to Coleman and big crowd was there and Hubert had his big sale on candidate McGeopray was thare and made a speech and independent candidate, he says stay out of the primaries and stop the hi taxes and spending foolishly of the peoples money while taxing us poor while others hasn’t any to live on.  Crops need rain.  Not more than half up and the worms and bugs are destroying that is up before it git out of the ground.  A pink worm are destroying the young cotton.  And the dry wether has made it late.  A lot of farmers just planted a week a go and some up, some corn is a tasling and the farmers are a cuting there oats and wheat and Johnson grass.  We need rain bad to save corm and cotton.

June 13 - Sunday.  Heavy clouds, warm and at 12 comence to rain, a good shower came.  Will save corn, hope more will come.  Farmers has there grass down not baled.  I hope it won’t ruin it.

June 14, 1920 - Monday.  Choped corn, cloudy, a sprinkle.  A good shower on Sunday.  Neely Evens got my baler to bale Johnson grass hay at 2 cents a bale and Burr wants it and the mower to cut and bale grass for Tom Todd.

June 15. 1920 - Tuesday.  Choped cotton.  Mr Lennea Hunter and Woodruff come and I let have half of my roylity on 50acres of land a $700.  Will have to go upon Wednesday and fix up as I couldn’t find my deed.  Warm, clouds, no rain.

June 18 - Friday.  Choped cotton, grassy and dry, clouds come up and looks like rain.  Tom Todd is a cuting oats.   And cotton chopen is going, farmers nearly throu chopen and it dry we won’t make much crop unless we git rain.

June 19, 1920 - Saturday.  A good rain from the West, put a good season in the ground, and we will make corn and have some cotton.  The farmers are a rejoicing now as a good rain come and a crowd was in town and Santa Anna was a booming, lots of people thare.  And new buildings and new business a coming.  Miss Leana Boyd were a going to Lecture on India at the Presbyterian Church on Sunday.

June 20 - Sunday.  Cloudy, warm, rain west, no rain here, crops has liven up, much here.  And we can plow on Monday.

June 22, 1920 - Tuesday.  Cloudy and sunshine.  Planted, cotton, Felix Smith run 4 planters.  Chris one a planting cotton over.  And we had a good rain on the 21st at night.  And the rain before a Saturday 19th.  Will save corn without rain.  We can do nothing now, our corn will make and cotton, and we will plant all we can of cotton, maze, cane, Fretta.   Felix Smith had Charley Evens to cut his oats and they finish 22nd, And Chris an his brothern law is a going to plant the stuble in cotton, maze, fretta every body are a rushing work to git done planting while the ground is wet. Bone has sold his crop on the Archer Place to his Brothern law and bought him a car.   Dee Simons come over to rent my prefs and he is a baling hay at Vinsons. 

June 23, 1920 - Wednesday.  Clear now, hot.  The heavy clouds.  Thare rain out East.  And at Brownwood.  Thay had a heavy rain last night when we got a shower, which was good.  Now the west will make some crops.  I received the Bookman Journal and Print Collector vol 31, May 28, 1920.  The Autograph World and others.

June 25, 1920 - Friday.  Plowed cotton and Gibson thrash Felix Smith oats And went by and didn’t say anything about a thrashing my wheat.  He wouldn’t cross my land to finish Smiths oats.   Crops are a growing.  We need more rain to bring up our cotton.

June 26, 1920 - Saturday.  Finish rowing cotton.  Cloudy like it would rain.  Samson is down at Archers a trashing helping.   Went to town Santa Anna in the evening and some farmers were a plowing there cotton And a braking land.   An thrashing was a going and at town.  The new gin machinery and several cars of oil. 

I got my plow fixed at Ed Falkners $2.50 and jot a lot of papers and magazines and male.  We rain oats turn out good and some cotton, maze and corn will make good.

June 27, 1920 - Sunday.  Cloudy, sunshine, warm, showers around.  Samson taken honey from some bee gums and Fiveash and Jim Evens got a bucket.  The thrasher is down at Currys and will thrash Monday.   The Appeal to Reason sends out warning that Big Businesses with its billion dollar fund against labor, free press, free speech are a cuting of advertisement and unless the Socialist come to the rescue the appeal can not run one more copy and it will have to drop out the Hi Price and the merchants Prince Money power will weary and put the Appeal out of business.  A crash, fee speech an the socialist and labor with hides, cotton and wool tied up and the Hi price a going up with nothing to sell, no wheat, oats or stock and crops short.  We will be cut off.  Labor is 3 to 4 dollars a day.  And haying has stoped as hands cost more than the baled hay comes too.  

June 28 - Monday.  Choped cotton.  Samson went to town to work at Gibsons thrasher.  An the thrasher passed us by. 

June 29 - Tuesday.  Cloudy, sun shine, no rain, choped cotton, not well.

June 30 - Wednesday.  Warm, clouds, sunshine and no rain.   Samson is still with the thrasher.

Mr William Curry come and got 2 buckets of honey.  Jim Evens finish plowing over his cotton north of our house.  June will be gone and not much done.  I received the Bookman Journal & Print Collectors May 28, 1920 from Robert Henderson R1, Santa Anna, Texas.

July 1, 1920 - Thursday.  A warm day, some clouds, no rain.  We need a rain bad.  A hot day nearly 100 deg. in the shade.  Richard Smith come down and he has had trouble with Boney and his brothern law.  An says, Boney didn’t only sell his crop that he has been a loosing his oats, and maze and he may have them up for it.

July 2 - Friday.  A clear, hot day.  Choped cotton and Richard Smith says some one has been a stealing his oats.  So did Jim Evens lost 15 sacks.   Richard has found out who got them, he haven’t had them arested yet.  I received the Santa Anna News, Coleman Democrat Voice July2,   And Dallas News.  The Democrat convention is in full swing in San Francisco and wiman can vote.   And  many are on committees.  We need rain on crops now.  I don’t know how the woman and soldiers say will vote this coming election.  The oil men are a bringing in new wells and new rigs a being set up.

July 17 - Saturday.  A clear hot July day. A pick nick at Bangs and I went up to town in the evening.  The Editor of the News give me lot of Xmas exchanges.  And the waste paper and Charley Woodward give me a box of papers.  And I bought a bunch of back magazines about 15, $1.80.  Carried my mower sickle to Ed Foukner to have fix.  The oil men has brought in a gas well down on Henderson Place below town.

July 18, 1920 - Sunday.  A hot day, dry.  Clouds gethered North and come South and in the evening a good rain fell, with thunder and lightning, with wind.  A good rain fell and we need a good rain and clouds hasn’t pass yet.

July 30, 1920 - Saturday. The day was clear till the clouds com up.   On Friday a good rain come at Santa Anna and reach out North of the mountain to Smiths Place, the Parker Place.  And rain on Home Creek and Coleman only sprinkled here and we needed rain bad for our crops.  Mr Ed Fauqner fix my mower and it cost me 5 dollars.  And I had to go to Coleman on Friday and exchange the mower guards at Horns and sent for 8 guards, paid him 50 cts for the extra one and 10 cts was postage.   Bought 60 cts worth of apples, a melon 30 cts to a peddler that was a selling melons, apples, cucumbers, as the people are off with there cares a sight seeing and summer resort fishing.  Thare wasn’t so much people in Coleman.  The cars was a passing both going and a coming and as the Passenger train come out from Coleman, a young fellow with his girl was a racing south with the train.  The rode was good and some bad places.  Went to see the movies and had to pay 28 cts, 8 cts war tax.   First I’ve saw this year and it was a love and mudder and western scenes, could stay to see the man and his woman.  Come home by Robert Henderson’s, he was a thrashing oats and com on home.  Saw a hens egg in the rode and campfire place but no covered wagons. All auto and trucks..

July 31, 1920 - Saturday.  Clear hot a few clouds, no rain.  Stayed at home and gethered pop corn which we have a good crop.  May git 20 or 30 bushel.  Can is good crop.  The rabits and mice are bad and the rats are a coming.  They are giting thick at Coleman so Mr Horn told me.   I told him how to poison them like flour water and chicken, samons, sunflower seed.   Some cotton corn, maze, cane is good crops.  Some bad and the grasshoppers have come and are a mating for a fall crop of grasshoppers.  The hot wether has got the bole weevil, the pink worm is here as I know.   I sold $4.50 cts worth of chickens and sold $4 dollars a dozen or so and we have a fine lot of young chickens a comin on.  Thare are plenty of wolves and plenty rabits for them to eat. 

August 1 - Sunday.  Raining, good showers, while we only got a sprinkle.  Wet in places, while we are dry.  Have gathered som pop corn and foder.  Went up to Santa Anna an a Tuesday a sprinkle and dull times nor so much work.  Men a hunting jobs.  The oil is not got a excitement.  The hot wether and vacation as so many gone.  The cotton is not made and the dry wether and rabits and grasshoppers are a damaging cotton and a making it late.  The maze crop is short.  Ellen went back home on Tuesday 3rd.

August 4 - Wednesday.  A warm Cloudy morning.  Samson went to the Coleman pick nick and Cris and Evens went.

August 5 - Thursday.  Cloudy an a norther with rain, a good rain.  The pick nick was abig affaire and today will have a run off Baley and Neff spoke to a big crowd.  We had a good rain, not enough to bring out crops.

August 13, 1920 - Friday.  Cloudy., cooler, north east wind.  Has been a showering around this week.  Not much rain.  We had enough to bring out corn and start cotton to growing and a making.   The rabits and mice are still bad and the rats has come.  I saw a big bore one dead.  We’ve been a cuting corn fodder and cane, and tops. The farmers have been a gethering there cane and more tops.  Some places good rains fell.

August 19, 1920 - Thursday.  The good rain come on Saturday an a Sunday a good rain fel.  We had foder cut down it didn’t ruin it.  And we have since tied it up and plowed and planted cane and corn and plowed 3 pices of ground.  Cris and Frank and Jim Evens are a gethering there maze.  The ground has a good season in the ground.  And the land has plowed well, soft, and grass an our beans, peas are a coming up.  Frank Tumare wants to rent a place and some men want a contract sigen up to kill all the weeds down and not let them go to seed. 

The Campaign is on in full swing and Baley and Neff will be voted on 28 August in the primaries.  As to Baley has thrown his law book in the ring and I don’t know that he has reformed any and he is same old deceiving Jo Baley, deceived the people, a politician, a canidate never reforms nor does much of what he will do when he gits in office as he is up aganist other men in office and out Big Business.  War heroes, money sharks, Hi taraff profiteers, out to beat the people.  Now they want to vote in the primaries and lie and say you pledge to vote for the name and will force you to.  I won’t vote for Baley or got to the primaries if thay go under. 

 Some 10 years ago when Petes Bird was here and one Sunday evening we were a reading Clares Historys on the World and he said in 50 years nearly all or half of the people of the world would be crazy and in ten or more with the world war with there mighty ships, submarines, flying machines, autos, tractors, armored tanks, fine guns and bombs, gas things to destroy and lay waste to life and property, over throw Kings and Kingdoms.  And jale pin and deport the news papers a den of lirs of un- truth.  Now comes the election and all the art of deceit of Satan to lead the people astray to gain the hi office for the crafty money dishing politicians, war men and profiteering to lead the people made crazy is here and more wars a going on that have no peace or league of nations to sign up.  We don’t want more of it 1920.  The crafty made rulers don’t see it that way and war goes on.

Samson tied foder and gethered pop corn.

August 20, 1920 - Friday.  A cloudy day.  Plowed till 12.   An went to town in the evening leting Editor  R. B. Boyle have 6 chickens at 50ct a piece.  And he had a new type seting machine up and was a giting out work.  He gave me a lot of News papers.  And the farmers are a plowing, braking land, and plowing cotton.  The oil boom is at a stand, now.  Not much news on oil.  Corn made a good crop, and cotton is a puting on a good crop of boles.  The mice and rabits are bad and eating up grain and cotton.  Tom Todd has rented the Henderson Place and next year will move over thare and Guy Will move on his fathers Place, Grady and AutherYates has rented the Todd Place the ones that has to rent land are out a hunting homes.

Aug 21, 1920 - Saturday.  Plowed and hauled in all of our pop corn.  Samson went to town.  Cloudy, sunshine, at night sprinkles with the second norther, cool wether.  There are a grate change and we don’t know what is in a coming.   Newt Evens is back.  He has had a nought of the war and the Army with its brutal hethen officers and there treatment of the boys.  He don’t want any more of the Army.  A sprinkle of rain, to night.

Aug 23 - Monday.  Plowed in the pop corn, a good shower come in the evening.  Plowed, not enough rain.

Aug 24 - Tuesday.  Heavy rains around the country, none here.  Cooler and cloudy, plowed and gethered cane.  Our weedy land, to hard to plow good.   A plowing cotton, Smith a braking land and the crops has made very well and we will have enough corn and cane seed an fodder. If we can save it all.

Aug 25 - Wednesday.  Cut and tied cane a seed cane seed tops.  Cloudy, showers around and a rain com up at night and a good rain fell nearly all night and the field was good and wet.

Aug 26 - Thursday.  Good rain last night and today to wet to plow, pull weeds and choped weeds.  The field needs plowing bad to kill the weeds and grass.  And to keep the grass from going to seed.   The mice and rabits are bad and our cat has 4 kittens and a yellow cat has five out at the crib.  Thay will clean up the mice some when thay git big enough to catch them.  And I haven’t finish the letters nor wrote for the aquiculture Bulletins.  Nor the magazines.

Aug 28 - Saturday.  A warm day, plowed under ragweeds up on the hill, western part of the field.  Samson and Cris and Frank Tumoar went to town.  Showers around and the grass and weeds are a growing, the ground is good and wet.  And flowers fine and turn under the weeds and grass.  Crisps is a trying to rent the Brown Place and if he can’t git Smith home place.  We are a killing all the weeds we can and the rabits are a cuting the cotton an the mice a eating the cane and corn, maze.  To day is the Second State Primary on Neff and Baley.

Aug 29, 1920 - Sunday.  A sun shiney day, rain clouds at a distance.  On Friday 27, Frank Tumar plowed all day for me at $6 dollars for a days work with team and I let him have a bore pig for $6 dollars and he come over and got the pig today.  Mr Yates come over and stayed a while.  Thay wanted some honey.  The election primary, Neff was a head, don’t know all over the state.  Mr Neff was 50 thousand ahead of Jo Baley.

Aug 31 - Tuesday.  A hot day, plowed, clouds, showers around, land a git dry to plow.  Farmers a braking land as fast as they can,, so they can in September and to kill all the weeds we can .  The rag weeds and cockleburr, and other weeds.

September 1, 1920 - Wednesday.  Rain clouds around all night and showers around at sun up this morning.  Hauled hay and cane.  Heavy clouds comenced raining north of here and the wether was hot at 12 and come a rain in the north, then one in the west.  And it came a heavy rain and pass on and another rain come from the west as it is still raining reaches over a big scope of county land.  Will plow well now.  We needed rain.  Cotton had comenced to open and some had comence to pick cotton.

Sept 2, 1920 - Thursday.  Heavy clouds, rain around and partly cleared off.  Sun shine, field wet and plowed in the evening all other fields work stoped.

Sept 3, 1920 - Friday.  Hot, a heavy dew, ground wet, plowed.   Samson robed the bees, got lots of honey.  Hot and cloudy, sun shine.

Sept 4, 1920 - Saturday.  Heavy clouds wit lightning and thunder in the north.  Come up before sun up &  we got a heavy rain and cleared off.  Wet. I plowed in the evening.   Cris & Frank went down to Wiley Smiths.  I bought 2 sacks of flour, a bucket lard, 5 pound sweet potatoes, bottle pepper sauce 25 cts, $9.40 And brought a lode of wood planks.  Charley Evans and Bolden come and bought some honey, hot day.   I sent Ellen a letter and Chickens.

Sept 5, 1920 - Sunday.  A cloudy day, sun shine, hot and at night a heavy black cloud come from the north with heavy rain and put the creeks to runing, everything wet.

Sept 6 - Monday.  Labor Day.  Three heavy rains didn’t flow or do anything much.  Pull some weeds.

Sept 7 - Tuesday.  I pull weeds all day and choped them.  To wet to plow, no rain, so wet the farmers can’t plow or gether corn or pick cotton.

Sept 8 - Wednesday.  Heavy clouds come up north and west and at night a heavy rain come with several showers.  Field to wet to plow.  Cut and pull weeds in the fince row and in the field. 

Sept 9 - Thursday.  Hot, some clouds, rain clouds north east, no rain here.  Cur weeds and hauled wood.  The nats and flys are bad.  Warm.  Field wet boggy, no plowing.  Still and hot to night.  The grass and weeds are a taking every thing.  The Hurah grass has covered the ground and nearly as hi as the cotton.  Frank Romear has rented the Smith Place and if his folks come he wants to rent some land from me, for them.  I don’t want to rent any land and have trouble, would rather sow in oats and not be bothered.   The way the wether is we are a going to be late sowing oats and a braking land and a killing of the rag weeds and grass.

The Coleman Fair comence to day and we didn’t go.  The rodes were mudy and washed out.  We had 10 inches of rain or more since the rains comenced.  And don’t seam to be over, lots of thunder and lightning and ground soaked.   And don’t know when we can plow.

Sept 26 - Sunday.   Clear, hot day.  Cotton opening fast and the farmers are a picking as fast as they can and a having it gined as fast as thay can, some a selling at a down market, as cotton has been 26 to 28 ctc a pound.  We have fine wether.  The top crop is all gone by the bole weevil and bole worms.  We have our corn gethered.  But our cane is still in the field, since the comin of the Autos no one comes here.   People has moved off and no school or Church here now.

Sept 27, 1920 - Monday.  Clear till scattering clouds come up and rain cloud north of here in the evening.  A hot day, pick my cotton.  The rabits eat it up, so we won’t have a bale the first picking.  The dry wether and it didn’t come up good as the young cotton won’t make anything now.

October 7, 1920 - Thursday.  A clear warm day.  Picked cotton for Frank Toomer down on Mudd Creek in what is now Doll Brown Place.  Richard Smith has it in cotton and the cotton is good and white where it is open.   I pick 101 pounds to day.  The 6th Wednesday clouded up, no rain.   Pick cotton for Frank Toamer, he is a expecting his sister to come out and help them pick.   Mr Whit fields brother and family has come out and are a picking for Tom Todd. 

Thay got a bale and a half out today.  On Saturday, thare was 250 wagons left over for Monday at the 4 gins at Santa Anna.  And on Tuesday thare was 400 hundred at town to be gined and cotton a going in all the time.  The rodes are kelp a live with cotton wagons a going and a coming from the gins.  And then thay have to wate all night.  Cotton picking is still $2.00 a hundred had went up to 23 cts a pound.  We have nice dry wether, some cooler.

Oct 14, 1920 - Thursday.  A cloudy morning.  Went to pick cotton for Frank Toomer on Mudd Creek.  And heavy clouds come up and thunder in the north and it began to rain.  We didn’t go home till a heavy rain cloud came from the west and a heavy rain come from the west wit hale and caught us before we reached home.  His Sister, Mrs Woods was a picking with her children and we were wet when we reached home.

Oct 17, 1920 - Sunday.  Warm cloudy. Cut cane and grass.  Look like rain.   Thousand of hawks roosted on Mudd Creek on Sunday night.  Ducks and cranes has been a going South and other birds.  The larks has come and musant hawks, dragoon fly went south in August and Sept..   Farmers are gethering there cotton and cane.  And as cotton is down to 17 to 18 cts is to low at $2.00 a hundred pound for pickers.  Pickers are a coming in on ever train and covered wagons a going west a big crop.   I rent Mr Whitfield 2 cats as the mice is bad.  I poisen them and kill hundreds of them, the cats catches.  We have 3 cats now.

Oct 18, 1920 - Monday.  Cut cane and pick cotton as there was a heavy rain south in the morning.  The hawks were late about flying.  And that were out by the thousands on Mudd Creek down past the Jim Ned.  That rose up and milled in circle and all lighted a hour or 2 when the rain had passed south of here.  The hawks rose and comence milling, circling over the county like thay were feeding and geting water soon.  Soon the sky was darken with them a circling and leaving the circle and going south all the time.  In an hour or 2 that all had disappeared South out of sight towards old Mexico.  The hawks come more or less ever year from the north.  A pretty sight, I wish could have had a picture.  Tom Todd has went to the Fair. A heavy rain at night north of here.  When we didn’t have any rain.

Oct 19 - Tuesday.  Cut cane and pick cotton, Rain north and south of us.  Every body a picking cotton.  The gins have been burnt in several places and compresses.   And farmers ordered to not haul and sell there cotton while its so low, not worth 40 cts, when the cotton ought to be 50 cts.

Oct 20 - Wednesday.  Cloudy.  A strong wind.  Hauled and raked cane.  And picked cotton, cane, and maze are a making good heads.  A fine feed, a sprinkle of rain.  High south winds.  The Temple Telegram says, cotton has up 1 cts.  Warmer.  I received the Farm and Ranch, Review of Reviews, World Works, letters to subscribe.  And don’t have time to read what I have got.  We don’t hear from any of the folks, now.

Oct 23, 1920 - Saturday.  A heavy cloud all day, warm and color.  Went up to town, some farmers were a picking cotton and others a hauling in.   The gins was crowed like thay had been.  And cotton was a coming in all the time and a selling.  The town was crowed with people , whites, Mexicans and nigros a buying and the trains brought in more cotton pickers.  The gins was a running and the cotton seed haulers were a loding 4 cars with seed.  And a hauling cotton bales to be shiped off.  Cotton was down and the banks was crowed a drawing money and deposit money and the streets were crowed with autos. 

The clouds gethered and wind changed to the East.    At night a heavy rain come and on Sunday cool, wet, cloudy.

Oct 24, 1920 - Sunday. At home all day.

Oct 25 - Monday.  Heavy clouds, rain last night and this morning.  To wet to haul or pick cotton.  Samson went to town.

November 6, 1920 - Saturday.   Heavy clouds, showers.   And Friday was heavy clouds with shower and we picked cotton.  Cotton is selling low and the heavy dews and rains makes it slow picking.  The Editor of the Santa Anna News has been sick for a month and in the hospital.   

The S. A. News couldn’t come out as good as it would if Mr Boyle’s were up, as Mrs Boyle don’t run the paper like he would.  Well the election is over and Harding was elected Republican President and he hardly knows what to do with it.   A land slide is claimed for the G.O.P.   And where is the Socialist vote that was to pile up.   And it was not counted or the Republicans slush fund payed for it being counted with the Republicans, with there millions money, to buy votes and officers at the voting booths.

Goods has come down and farm mechenry is still up

Nov 7, 1920 - Sunday.  Cloudy, warmer, mist of rain.   Went to Bud Brannan’s, he is not well and is seting around and not eating much.  He plenty good to eat.  An spoke of the election a young Republican ands thought that we would have better times when Harding is president.  Saint Clare thinks we will have a Roosevelt and a tuff ruff old time of it. 

Our cotton is a making a big crop and the patches are white and stalks full of green boles to open and winter here and it rains every week, so we don’t git to pick much cotton.  The cotton is up in the fields and on wagons. And pickers wanted all over the county, a big crop.

Nov 8, 1920 - Monday.  Picked cotton.  Samson picked for Jim Evens.  Heavy clouds.

Nov 9 - Tuesday.  Heavy clouds.  Rain north, a shower here.   We pick cotton.  At night a norther and rain cooler.

Nov 10, 1920 - Wednesday.  Rain Cloudy, to wet to pick cotton, choped wood.  Cool and rain, to wet to work in the field.  A bad time for the 11th Armistice Day on Thursday.

November 15, 1920 - Monday.  Heavy frost after the rains last week, with snow and sleet all the week has been a cold, frosty, ice.  Kill my hog Wednesday and we have meat and lard.  Have pick some cotton after the frost.  The frost has froze everything, kill all the cotton, cane , corn and thare won’t be half of the boles to open,   Cotton is selling, Friday at 7 to 17 or 18.  An the gins are busy a gining and some are a selling.  The gins are a loding cars with cotton seed an a car was being unloded, oil machinery.     

The first gasoline was made on the new refinery and used this week.

Nov 19 - Friday.  A cloudy morning, cleared off to a warm day.  Went to town.  The farmers are a picking there cotton and plowing and sown grain.  Henry Parker was a drilling in oats and cuting and raking millet and a having maze cut.  Lots of moving and changing.  Town has there entertainments and tournaments out in the pasture by the old train tank.  The Jews has come back and 3 stores have been open in Santa Anna and more a prospecting everyday.  New houses a being built and a grate change from long ago in Santa Anna and of early days.

December 13, 1920 - Monday.   A norther come up on Sunday night, a few clouds and a rain cloud east, with lightning.  Clear cold and windy.   Mrs Singletary died at town on Saturday and was buried at the Salome Cemetery in Brown County on Sunday morning..  They lived in Poverty Flat on Mudd Creek.   Mr. E. Todd has moved over on the Henderson Place and Arthur Yates.  And Evens son law has moved in to the Todd house.   Cris is going to move and Smith will move back to the Brown place.  Roubles will move to his home in town on January 1, 1921.   Lots of cotton to be picked yet in the field.   Some made a bale to the acre, a big acreage of grain sowed.

Dec 14, 1920 - Tuesday.   Clear, cold, ice.  Didn’t pick any cotton.  On Monday writing letters to Don, Marqreet, Winnie, Anna Millard.  The wether has been cold and clear.

Dec 15, 1920 - Wednesday.  Cold, didn’t pick cotton.   Shucked corn, pop corn.   Charley sent us some California nuts, a galey parted pariat candy and a pair of socks for Christmas.   And we haven’t nothing to send him.  The farmers have fields of cotton to pick yet.  And are a picking when the wether will permit.   Cotton has went down till the farmers have been broke.

Dec 16, 1920 - Thursday.  I finish picking cotton.  Cold and clear.  Shucked and shell pop corn to send to Henry’s children.  And the wether is clear, some warmer.  We git the Southerland Farmer, Success Farmer, Farm and Ranch,   Appeal to Reason.  Country Gentleman, Literary Digest, Temple Telegram, Democrat Voice, Santa Anna Times.  And I git a big batch of papers from Mr Boyles Editor of Santa Anna News.  Mr Boyles has been sick for over a month and has not been able to be out.  I hope that he will be out soon.

Dec 20 - Monday.  On Dec 18 - 19 was clear, cold and I taken my sow down to Eill Curries and went after her on Saturday.   Astor Curry was sowen wheat and Buffalo School teacher had trouble with some of the bib boys and was a going to Coleman on Saturday to settle it with out going to law.  And thay over a burning the weds and grass in the school house yard.  Mr Todd, Gibson, Jim Evens, Yates had cotton in the field.  Gibson has 40 bales yet to pick and are a wanting hands.  I brought T.W. Crisp cultivator for $50 dollars and $50 for oats 10 acres and plowing and sowen.   Mr Jack Evens said, his tax was $70 dollars and he hadn’t paid his Auto tax and my tax may be a hundred or more.  And Ellen tax at Temple will be $300 dollars on house and lot and store.  To day South wind, fog and cool.

Dec 23, 1920 - Thursday.  A cold norther, heavy frost, to cold to work and the rain and hale come on Monday night when I had went up with Samson as he was a going to Temple, Ellen and Bellville, Houston and around to see them all. 

Dec 24, 1920 - Friday.  Clod., cloudy, frost, sleet, cleared off at 12, cold.  Nearly everybody has gone to town to have Christmas and no one comes around.   Richard said, his Father and Mother and the children had went to Menard to Wileys to spend Christmas.  Has been so cold did not plow or do any work his week, now only one more week in this year and it will be gone.  Fix up the Santa Anna News to send off.

December 25, 1920 - Saturday.   Christmas Day 1920

Cloudy, cold and no one around all gone.  The heavy clouds looks like rain or snow.  While the world a enjoying good cheer and all good things to eat, with presents and visits to see home folks and the movies and car rides.   War still goes on in the old world in Europe and people are a starving and a dying of cold and hi taxes and everything we have to buy and times roll on and we have to work as we can and thare is no way of improving.  The powers that be, has taken the Silver and Gold and left us green backs and penny’s.  1 dollar bill, 1 cent a penny, and the hi tariff barons are silley enough to think, hi tariff will make people buy any more home made goods at hi price.  When the Forgeners can send in and under sell them.  A silley lot of dups anyway.

Dec 26, 1920 - Sunday.  Cool, cloudy, not so cold, a quite day, a norther blew up.   Last night the moon rose full and bright behind clouds, Christmas was a quite day.

Mr Boles, Jim Evens wife’s father was telling of when the Indians was here and of there bows and arrows, shields and that they could shoot a arrow through a Buffalo or a man.  That a women was shot with a arrow and it went though so that the spike was taken off and the arrow pull out and with a silk handkerchief pull through and wound clean and the women got well.

Mr Boles lives over at the Holloway Mountains a grate Indian camping and hunting place.  The folks that live over thare have dances and the young people go with there overalls and in the shirt sleeves and on Sunday thay dress up like merchant princes and every body are friendly.  People don’t go to church like thay use to and have no more camp meetings.   And times are not like thay use to be.   Hardly find people at home. Thay are out a riding in there auto on the rode.

January 5, 1921 - Monday.

Monday and Tuesday was clear, plowed and the wether is a giting warmer and the grass and weeds are a coming up and a giting green under the weeds and grass.  A flying machine went south over Santa Anna this evening and the farmers and town people had a rabit drive north of the mountain today.

Jan 7, 1921 - Friday. Fog and dew early in the morning.  Cleared off, warm day.  A big batch of male come.  Plowed all day.  Change to a light norther at night.   I received,

Democrat Voice Jan 7 vol no 40.,  Santa Anna News Jan 7 vol no. 3.,  The Central Messenger Jan 7, vol 1, no 1, Temple Telegram Jan 7, no 50, vol XIV, Literary Digest vol 68, no 2, Pasadena Atar News Jan 7, 1921 California, The Country Gentleman Jan 8, 1921, Successful Farming Jan 1921, Farm and Ranch Jan 7.

Jan 8, 1921 - Saturday.  A norther, cooler, cloudy, a sprinkle of rain.

Jan 9 - Sunday.  Clear, cool and still .  Went over to Mr Bud Brannan’s, he was up, never well and a reading his  papers of the news and happenings in the world.  Thay made 30 bales of cotton and sold it all.   Didn’t say wether he was a going to plant any cotton in 1921.  Thay had a lot of Mexicans and had just finish  a picking cotton and the Mexicans were a preparing to leave.

Jan 10, 1921 - Monday.  Cooler, cloudy.  Plowed mu weed patch.  And bought 5 bushels of corn from Crisp and 77 pounds of maze.  I owe him $2.50 for a pair of Doubletrees, $5 dollars for corn and $8.31 in all.   Mr Felix Smith had comence to move.

Jan 11, 1921 - Tuesday.  Cloud and wind changed to the north and rain all night and all day.  Didn’t git to town and Mr Smith didn’t git to move and Crisp was a going to Rockwood or Shields.  The male man come and I received the Temple Telegram.

Jan 12, 1921 - Wednesday.  Rain all night and ice on everything.  Turn into fine mist rain.  And cold, no going to town or Coleman this week.  And don’t know when Smith will git to move.  A bad spell.

Jan 15 - Saturday.  Clear, cold but warmer.  Plowed the garden.   Smith and Sumners are a moving back.  And Crisp move up to Santa Anna and will go to Shields of Gouldbusk.

Jan 16, 1921 - Sunday.  Cold nights, warmer during the day, very quite.  The people have all moved and Jack Evens has went to Buffalo School, Poverty Flats, still cotton to pick.  The Evens boys are a going to farm on the home place and with Arthur Yates.

Jan 17, 1921 Monday.  Clear mostly some clouds, cold morning.  Plowed my garden.  Felix Smith still a moving.   I received a letter from Samson, he at Houston.   Some warmer.  I have books, magazines, papers more than I can read and haven’t got to look at some of them.  Grate piles of history, fiction.  Will try and go to Coleman tomorrow.

Jan 18, 1921 - Tuesday.  A heavy fog in the morning helt on up till 10 or 11.  And cloudy all day, cool.  Drove up to Coleman, the rodes were bad.    Farmers were a hauling cotton to the gin and picking cotton.  The fields are white from Mayo School house to Coleman and the children are a going to school at the Junction School.   When we reached Coleman thay had a fire in the cotton yard and had burn down a house.  We pass a woman side of Coleman on the creek with a lot of goods, tent and other things.  She was still thare when I come home.   Lots of people in Coleman.  A paying there taxes, and mine was 35 dollars and some were up 60 to 75 dollars to 100, 200 to 300 and 500 to the 1000 or more.

Subscribed for the Coleman Democrat Voice $1.50 and the Editor give me 2 papers.

Ely Thompson has his wife and 2 more women a helpen them with the taxes.  Ely T.   told a man that a man come to pay his taxes when told how much thay were he had to step out in the hall to spit and when he come back Thompson thanked him for going out in the hall to Cuss the Hi taxes.  Things are Hi in Coleman, cartridges 1.25 a box and things to eat, cakes 30 cts a dozen.  Pres 30 cts or up.   A young man had Army clothes for sale, overcoats $7.00, shoes $3 and up, blanket $4.00.  He was a selling much, a big sale was on.  

Hemphill and Fannin Co. and Gray, Gordan Co., Coleman, Tex.  They maybe a selling cheap if thay are as Hi as the others and rent and labor, it looks like some of them ought to brake the baker said he had to pay 80 dollars a week for his baking of bread, pies, cakes.

Jan 19, 1921 - Wednesday.  A cloudy, windy morning and I plowed and receive some letters and didn’t git a paper.   A flying machine went up west as we were a going to Coleman.  Lots of autos pass us.  Coleman and thay were a selling lots of cotton.  Had it upon the streets at the court house.  So much to read and not much time to read.  When night comes after supper bed time and don’t git to sleep before we have to git up.  Some new houses has ben built and we saw home Army tents.  And some farmers a moving.

Jan 20, 1921 - Thursday.  Cloudy, plowed and some fog, warmer, the grass and weeds are a coming up.  Plowed.  Received the Democrat and Santa Anna News, Copiers Weekly, Farm and Ranch, Sutherland Farmer, Central Messenger and Literary Digest.

Jan 22, 1921 - Saturday.  Cloudy, warmer and rain.  Plowed in the morning.

Jan 23 - Sunday.  Cloudy, heavy like we would have rain, south wind.  The mice has nearly all gone so that the cats don’t git enough to eat.  We got 8 or 10.  The rabits are not so plentiful as thay were.  Still enough to keep the wheat and oats down till we haven’t had any winter pasture.  The fields a bare.

Jan 24, 1921 - Monday.  Rain and cold.  Didn’t git to plow till the middle of the week.  And a shoe come to town.  Mr Boyle told me he had sold out the Santa Anna News and would go in the chicken rasing since his sickness.

Jan 25, 1921 - Tuesday to Friday 28. - The clouds cleared off.  Rain on Friday.  On Saturday 29 clear cool and town full of people and com for the show.  The gins were a runing and I got a bushel of corn ground and brought the meal home.  And got a lot of papers and books, magazines off

Mr S. H. Philips, 21 magazines, 89 books, old school books, good literature.  

Lots of people sick and the cats are a dying. 

We have nearly got shut of the mice and rats.  Not enough for the cats to catch to live on.  The farmers haven’t plowed much.   Ground to wet.  The oats and wheat has com out.  So we will have pasture if the rabits will let it alone.  The farmers are a having rabit drive over the county.

Jan 30, 1921 - Sunday.  Clear, cool, light wind.

Feb 1, 1921 - Tuesday.   A heavy frost, cloudy and cold.  I kill my hog.  And have been a saving it.

Feb 2 - Wednesday.  Cloudy, cold frost.  Rendered out lard and have been a working with my hog meat.

Feb 3, 1921  Thursday. Clear. Sun shine, cold but warmer.  Can’t find my sausage grinder and have to go to town to send the deeds to Ellen as we are a going to sale the Old Place at Bellville.

Feb 5 - Saturday.  Clear, warm, plowed and received some male papers.

Feb 6, 1921 - Sunday.  Clear and warm.  The oats are a growing if the rabits would let them alone.  We have to have a drive and kill them off like other places.  Mr Smith shot at someone a trying to steal his maze.  The Pope Bro made a assetment on Friday.  Things to Hi and people don’t buy everything Hi on horse and cow thay want $1.50 a month for pasturage.  Wagons and buggies and plows has gone up Hi so that a farmer will be ruined. By giving mortgage to live and make a crop thare.  I supose 500 mortgages given in Coleman County Feb 1st.   And the year just begun.  The clouds cleared off and lightning in the east and the clouds com up in the night with rain and a cold norther.

Feb 7, 1921 - Monday.  Still cloudy, cold norther, the rain com up on Sunday night.  And a good rain , no work today in the field, to wet.   

The Appeal to Reason has many good pieces in it and about Gene Debs as Wilson won’t pardon him will leave to the in coming President Harding.  Our Gene as he is call by the Socialist an Labor unions.  

Wilson government has been a failure.  And he is a sick man and his League of Nations fell through as the upper open crow heads militarist and money lords wanted us to go fish agan when some big war comes on.   The boys say that thay would die first before thay would go back again across the hill, waters to fight for the old world and die for it.

Feb 8, 1921 - Tuesday. Partly cloudy, cold, ice and wet day, cold ground.  The hunters were out a killing rabits.  I received, Fragments by Fannie May Barhill Hughs, a book of some Charming Prose in Poetry writer from the Worlds War and a Literature of today.  Miss Hughs is a fine writer.  I believe from Texas.

Feb 9, 1921 - Wed..  Has been cold but warmer, clear and cloudy.  Hauled wheat straw.  The ground is a giting dry enough to plow if it doesn’t rain sooner.   Jim Evens says he kill 20 mule eared rabits.   We can’t tell what the wether will bring before morning, snow or rain, maybe clear.

Feb 12 - Saturday.  Plowed in the morning and went to Santa Anna in the evening.  A clear warm day.  The rodes were dry and some farmers were a plowing.  Most people had went to town.  The gin was a gining and I got my corn ground.  Cotton seed were down and cotton was a droping on the market, not much a selling, some seed were a being ship out.  I got a lot of papers, The Dallas News and Houston Chronicle and a Texas Almanac 1912 and published before the World Wars.  And a copy of the Press Association meet at Temple 1913.

Feb 13, 1921 - Sunday.  Clear, warm and a pleasant day, all day.    A reading papers, books and magazines.   Thare a grate change and the World is not like it was.   The people all going other ways and a having trouble of there own.   Near a panic, price still keeps Hi with the War Tax.

Feb 14 - Monday.  Plowed 15th Tuesday.  Plowed out across sets.

Feb 16 - Wednesday.   Cold, plowed, cloudy.

Feb 17 - Thursday.  The wind got in the Northeast, cloud.  Comenced a raining, cold didn’t plow, shell corn

Feb 18, 1921 - Friday.  Cold and rainey, no work, stayed in by the fire.  Received my male.

Feb 19, 1921 - Saturday.  Cold and cloudy, no rain, frost at night.   Richard come after there male and I received a letter from Augfle and her husband Ploeger.  Thay have a baby boy and he doing well and thay are happy over the fine boy, he so fat.

Feb 20, 1921 - Sunday.  Cold, Cloudy, Frosty.  Southwest wind and Wilson still keeps Debs in prison. The President Wilson miss a chance to be as kind as Lincoln as human and he failed to pardon Debs and other political War prisoners of war hate he didn’t want peace.  His League of Nations was a bunch no good for these U. S.   All talk, brought back carism to America wants a silver to send.  The war prisoners if he could, I supose he send them to Alaska. 

Feb 20, 1921 - Sunday (continued). The sun has come, no warmer, still cold.  Written a letter to the American Economist.  A Hi Tariff Paper run by the big Prince of Manufacturing and Money Kings, War Lords, Wall Street fanciers , the munisable government, the World gamblers, the money power of the World that own ships, railrods, steel and all mills manufacturing coal, gold, iron, copper mines, railrodes, telegraph cables, telephone and all big works in US and the government and we pay the price and the clater goes on.

Feb 22 - Tuesday. A clear frosty morning, a north wind.  A day of big rabit drive, Mr Hickman and John Warford come down and kill a lot of rabits and went down on Mudd Creek back up where the Mayo drive and Madge had a drive to the Jim Ned and Buffalo had a drive with several other neighbor communities and they kill several hundred rabits.  Jim Evens kill 19 around home.  And Felix and Richard about 30 rabits.   A general hunt over the County.  Maybe we will be able to rase a crop.   Mister Rabit look out the hunters is a coming, he’ll sure git you. 

Feb 23, 1921 - Wednesday.  Clear. Warmer and land plows fine.   Poverty Flat have a rabit drive today.  Thay had more rain than we have and there land are to wet to plow.  Frost his morning, plowing.  The farmers are a preparing land to plant as soon as it gits warm enough.  

Feb 25 - Friday.  Drove up to Santa Anna an sold 9 dozen eggs to Roundtree.  And bough 2 papers of beets, one of tomatoes 15cts, a gallon white onion sets 40 cts, 2 mouse traps 10 cts, jound 10 cts, And had plow point sharpened 25 cts, 2 bolts 10 cts, and sent the Rual World $1.00 dor 2 years and 5 cts postage.  And got lots of Congressional Records.  

The rabit hunts that the farmers had on 22nd Feb. and other days thay killed thousands of mule ear rabits.   Up in 10 or 20 thousand.  And rid the country of some of the pest.  The farmers are a braking land.  Some land are to wet.

Feb 26 - Saturday.  Clear, warm planted onions sets, beets tomatoes, cleary beans and a few Irish potatoes couldn’t git seed potatoes at town.  Plowed some, a warm day.   Received my male, a letter from Samson and the Globe Wernicke Co. book case of Cincinnati, Ohio with Book narks 15 of them and a letter.   The Appeal to Reason and Wilson has refused to pardon Debs an cast him in a dark cell and refused him __to receive any one or write letters.    Wilson inherited some of the Cazar of Russian and Kiser Bill trainer tenure of Siberia, he wasn’t a fighting for Democracy.

Feb 27, 1921 - Sunday.  Cloudy, cooler, a changeable winds south east.

Feb 28, 1921 - Monday.  Cloudy, rain last night, to wet to plow.  Made chicken nest and put some book marks in my books, Harwerd Classic.  Rain again to night, warmer, rain every week till we don’t git to plow.

March 2, Wednesday.  A heavy fog, ground wet.  Plowed, to wet to harrow and plant corn.  Rain Monday and Tuesday.  The farmers had a big rabit drive today through out the neighborhood.  The guns were poping and the rabits a dying.  I don’t now how many rabits were killed.  I sent off the Sunflower seed and pop corn and 3 letters.

Cleared off and warmer.  The peach trees have comence to bloom and algreeta, and willow trees puting out leaves.  The doves and red birds have comence to sing and hens hunt new nest.

March 4 - Friday.  Harrowed land. Cloudy and changeable winds, warmer and the grass and weeds a growing so the stock feeds on green feed.  The trees are a puting out and algreeta, peach in bloom and the bees are a gethering honey.

March 5, 1921 -  Well we have a New Governor and President and near a panic on Hi prices and we farmers are not a buying much.  And the merchants of tons with there commercial clubs are a holding banquets on the question of how to get the poor farmer to buy more.  As we got nothing for our crop. Thay, the Hi price, the manufactory merchants price. Has kill there own trade.  And expect people to buy at there price.  And we sell at there price.  The farmers could in all end this in 30 days if thay would organize and quit selling a part.  Cloudy day.  I received the Appeal and the Editor, Appeal toe the people to help have Debs lobby at Washington as dictator Wilson has brought Cazarism and confined Debs to a cell won’t allow him freedom of to see with his friends old stink pot, Wall Street lackey he goes with his after war percution worse than the  Europen War Lords and Junkters of hate.

March 6, 1921 - Sunday.  Warmer and cloudy.  A growing wether.

March 7 - Monday.  Plowed, broke land

March 8 - Tuesday.  Broke land and a broke land all day. On Monday and half day to day.

March 9 - Wednesday.  Cold and only plowed half day.

March 10, 1921 - Laid off land to plant Thursday a plowed all day.  My books come 30 volumes and that weren’t up to the advertisement cost $ 3.41 and I paid Mr Neal throu the P. O. and the spectacles, corn and I can’t use them as the hurt my eyes.

March 11, 1921 - Friday.  Rain and warmer, can’t plow.  May go to town.   I lent Ora $1.00 and on March 7 Ora Summers plowed all day $2.50 March Tursday 8th he plowed half day, evening.   March Wednesday 9th cols norther Ora Plowed in evening.  March 10 th Thursday Ora Summers plowed all day.  And on March 11th half day, Saturday half day.  I payed him $10 dollars for 4 days work and he didn’t do as much as he ought.   I was up to Santa Anna on Friday and got a lot of papers and sold 12 dozen eggs, 20 cts, $2.50, got 40 cts worth of Irish potatoes and sent a letter to Nap.   I received my 30 vol of books from the Leather Library Corporation 354 Fourth Ave New York, NY.  Cost $3.41. Money order and all No 276-1063, Code L 11641.  I don’t like them, o bit as they are not what thay are advertised up to with square backs and I don’t know wether all there or not.

March 12 - Saturday. Warmer, clear and cloudy.  Planted some cane and red popcorn in the wash place and received a lot of male.  The Appeal and a Bundle of magazines and letter from Petter and Mrs Haring.  Everybody gone to town, nearly.  As the Agriculture man was agoing to have a meeting.  I never git to go.

March 13 - Sunday.  Cloudy.  South wind, cool and warm spells. 

March 14 - Monday.   Comence planting corn, red pop corn.  Mr Felix Smith plowed in the evening for me and I harrowed and comence planting corn.  An Samson come.

March 15, 1921 - Tuesday.  Planted corn and Mr Smith plow in the morning making a day.  I will pay him $5 dollars he had a double team.  Cloudy.  I planted red and white corn

March 16, 1921 - Wednesday.  Finish planting white corn patch and come down to the house and planted pop corn and cane, beans, oky, melons,. Peas.  Cloudy all day, warm.  The black mare found a mare mule colt last night.  The grass is good and the stock giting green grazing.

March 17 - Thursday.  Planted pop corn, heavy clouds south west wind everything giting green.

March 18 - Friday. Heavy clouds, south west wind some rain.  Planted red and white popcorn.   At night the rain come from the West and rain nearly all night. 

March 19 - Saturday.  A heavy rain, field wet and no work to day, no male.  Everything will come up now               and so much to do. 

March 20 - Sunday.   Partly cloudy and cloudy and warm day.  A growing day, corn and gardens have come up and ever thing is a giting green, since the good rain.  The farmers have comence to plant maze and cotton and the grass and weeds will take over ever thing.  We have a fine fruit crop if no freeze comes.  Bud Brannan says as nice a pleasant wet spring as he ever saw.  The rains and wether just right.   We didn’t get our male on acount of the bridge being unsafe.

March 23, 1921 - Wednesday.  Cloudy, wet rain last night and today some warmer, plowed ground wet.

March 24, 1921 - Thursday.  A heavy fog cleared off, tell a bright warmer day.  Plowed.  Richard Smith is planting corn, he says the dogs were a runing wolves Wednesday.  Sanderson and some men from Bangs.  As the cotton and wheat is down and the last years crop of cotton on hand, thousands of bales all over Texas and no market cotton and lots of farmers are broke.  And the Banks won’t loan money and I hear some young men say in Santa Anna that down south Texas where thay came from some farmers owed 4 and 5 thousand dollars and couldn’t pay and lots of farmers here can’t git credit.   Received some stamp magazines.

March 26, 1921 - A clear day, hauled our bale to Turners gin weigh 545 pounds don’t know how much in the seed.  I let Frank Turner have it the seed for the ginning.   And we had a sack of corn ground.  Frank Turner was buying cotton 2 ½ cts a pound and the seed he had some 40 or 50 bales. And the farmers were a having bags of cotton gin for beds and quilts.  The farmers were a taking home.

March 27, 1921 - Sunday.  Easter, a norther come with a light rain and cold.  I had forgotten that it was Easter day.     

March 28, 1921 - Monday.   Cold, frost kill the gardens and corn and Johnson grass and some weeds, the fruit isn’t hurt.

March 29 - Tuesday.  Cloudy, cleared off cold.  Plowed.

March 30 - Wednesday.  Cold, plowed and sowed some cane and popcorn and the tyevines and plowed under.  

March 31 - Thursday.  Cold, Clear and drying out, the fields, not well, Tom Todd come and borrowed my rake.  To night will be cold again.

April 3, 1921 - Sunday.  Warmer and clouds and sunshine.  Corn and weeds a coming after the frost.  The Appeal are a working for Debs and the War Prisoners release from the pin and President Elect Harding is a looking into the cases and had Debs to come to Washington and talk over his case.  I have so many papers and magazines haven’t time to read all.   And put down the names.  So much unrest and crime and this Hi price and low price of farm and Wars and rumors of Wars.

April 4, 1921 - Monday.   Harrowed, cloudy with rain, April showers.  South wind a blowing.   Received a bundle of papers, magazines from Peter Haring. 

April 5 - Tuesday.  Layed off land and planted garden.  Paid Mr Smith $8 dollars, $1.50 for Wiley and $1.50 for oats, and $5 dollars for plowing.  A cloudy day.   Blustry South wind with rain in the night.

April 6, 1921 - Wednesday.   A heavy rain and wind last night.  Field to wet to work.  Cleared off warmer and calmer.

April 7, 1921 - Thursday.   Plowed in the morning.  Partly clear.  Clouds come up an a heavy rain with some hale.  To wet to plow, fix fence.  The wether was warm, to wet to work in the field.  I received a bundle of papers and magazines from Petter Hering and my Book the History of Lies study by Hermon Bernstein Author of Master Minds, a history of Jewish Prescution. Over the world by J. S. Ogilvil Pub Co., New York 1921.   Henry Fords independence has been a publishing about the times and some hethen put a stop of publishing his paper, not enough Liberty in United States to carry a red flag you have to go to Mexico to find it.   The World unrest and the farmers a not giting enough for what thay raise.  Still some own 2000 dollars cars and are living fine and a going to town nearly ever day and having a easy time of it.  And renters own cars.   Still Hi freight and idle cars and the train a runing all the time and people a traveling and the farmers a puting in a big crop with plenty of ......?

April 9 - Saturday.  Started to plow and rain come from west and north and rain in the evening, so no more plowing cold and we had some hale this week all the early peaches and garden was killed.

And that thare was a panther here in the cedars.  Broke.  Planting will be late and we may git haled out and we got rain in evening.  No male a Saturday, he will come to day.  Land is wet and old corn a coming up.

April 10, 1921 - Sunday.  Cold and wet.  The black sow had 6 pigs and I taken my black mare to Tom Todd’s stud and she taken him and wouldn’t have the jack ass.  Oats and some corn is coming out and doing fine.

April 11, 1921 - Monday. Cold frosty, Didn’t do much damage.  Comence plowing and trying to finish braking land.   Sumners is a plowing for me.  The wolf hunters were out with there hounds.  Mr White and Smith went with them.  A wolf come in the field.  Summers said he was a mixed with panther or some animal.  We are behind in planting late.

April 12, 1921 - Tuesday.  Heavy clouds all day, cold wear my overcoat all day.  Plowing.  The oil well had a fire and it has been to cold to plant.  Felis smith kill the old she wolf and 2 pups and thay got 5 a live in the wolf hunt back of my pasture.

April 13, 1921 - Wednesday.  Cleared off with rain and lightning last night and is west wind, hazy and like a sand storm.  Cool, some warmer.

April 14, 1921 - Thursday.  A clear windy day.  Plowed and harrowed.   Paid Sumer $2.50 for days work   Smith is planting cotton.

April 15 - Friday.  Warmer, Still partly cloudy.  A fixing to got to town.

April 16 - Saturday.  I went to Santa Anna on Friday a dull day and a few farmers in town in there autos.  As Mrs Byum had  and she was buried to day, died at Terrell or Ft. Worth and was brought back to Santa Anna by her daughter Mrs Walls (Wallace).  She had been sent to the asylum. 

(Note from Carl Langford:  Mary A. Byrum born March 4, 1848, died Apr 13, 1921 buried Platt II, Block 98 ). 

I got a key check stamp at 45 cts off a man on the street.  And got a lot of magazines, a lot of daily papers from Mr Philips drug store all tied up.  To day a cold norther, ice at night.  Stayed at home and didn’t work out.

April 17, 1921 - Sunday.  A bright day, clear, warmer frost and ice last night.  Don’t know wether it hurting anything.  The frost killed the beans and corn.  Planting cotton, maze and corn and the ground cold.   I saw lot of land not broke yet and not planted.  Thare is plenty dead rabits where the hunters has kill them and one wolf.   Smith says, a man down in Brown County has caught the Panther or American Lion and may get $5000 dollars for it.   The rabits are a eating up the corn in Brown County.

April 18, 1921 - Monday.  A white frost kill corn and garden, cold, south wind, have to plant maze , corn and cane.  Went to see Mr Boyle Henderson, he showed me his stamps US from the first up till the present day, some blocks of 4 and 3.  And some Europe War Stamps.  I haven’t got them as haven’t been a buying.  The American News Press has poisoned the peoples minds aganist Debs till people think that he Debs ought to have been hung and some that he ought to be kelp in pen. 

And as the US hasn’t made peace with Germany.  Harding has to examine every one before he will pardon them and keep them in the pen.  When the Worlds War was ended 2 years ago the Monarch Wilson wouldn’t pardon him.

April 19, 1921 - Tuesday.   A clear day some warmer.  A cloud come up in the west and a ring around the moon, with one star in it.  Laid off roses to plant, land dry.

April 20 - Wednesday.  Cloudy, and a sprinkle of rain, cool, no rain to amount any good, cleared off.   To night moon shining.  Plowed didn’t plant.

April 21 - Thursday.  A good slow rain from the west last night up till this morning and wet the field a good soaking.   So we couldn’t plow to day, cloudy and rain went by this evening.  I patched pants and bound magazines and pamphlets and reading.  The rain put water in the tank and the wether has turned warmer.  I received Clarkson Catalogue on Books. (continued)

April 21 - Thursday   Cleared off bright moon, warmer, no frost to night.  The farmer are a buying planters and cultivators and paying 80 dollars for them and thay are scarce and no sale for cotton everything we have to sell is down and when we buy is Hi and so we let most alone, Buy very little.   Now, we can plant, thare may be another cold spell yet in May.

April 22, 1921 - Friday.  Harrowed after the rain.  The land in a fine fix.  Corn that went thru all the frost are a doing fine.  The farmers will loose there cotton thay planted.  Smith had Sumners to harrow over all of his.

April 23, 1921 - Saturday.  Every one gone and left home.  I planted Corn.  Mr Chris Burk died this week and several others over the county. (Note from Carl Langford:  C. C. Burk born May 14, 1852, died Apr 19, 1921 buried Platt II, block 114, Santa Anna Cemetery.)  Cloudy and sunshine on Friday and Thursday night the full moon was in eclipse.  We got a good rain.  The rain was light over the county.  I planted corn.  The planter wouldn’t plant good, choke up.  Smith all went down to Stanlys.  Cloud come up this morning, cleared off.

April 24, 1921 - Sunday.  A Cloudy morning, cleared off and clear, warmer.  Crops will come up and grow now. if the wether gits warmer.  I received a lot of books from Swift and Co.

April 25, 1921 - Monday.  A clear, warm day.  Harrowed corn and laid off land.   Smith says his cotton is a coming up.  And the peaches are all right, large peaches on the trees.   The rains haven’t been heavy enough for people to get planted and there land broke north of here and on the Rockwood county rode.

April 26, 1921 - Tuesday.  Cloudy in the morning.  Cool and crops not a coming up good, only corn, cane doing well and a growing.  Oats a heading and low and spotted, need rain, warm wether.  Had frost this week and have lost 2 planting garden of beans and peas. 

April 27 - Wednesday.  Plowed corn and planted corn big corn and pop corn.  And plowed corn.  The

            farmers are nearly up with there work till it gits warmer and cotton does better as thay have lost most of the planting and lost maze.

April 28 - Thursday.  Plowed in the morning and went to town in the evening.  Sold some eggs a 1cts a doz., got prunes , oat meal 25 cts, oil 5 gallons.   And could have sold some pop corn at 5 cts a pound to Conner the pop corn man.   Comer Blue died and was buried last Sunday. (Note from Carl Langford:  Comer Blue born Feb 12, 1880, Died April 22, 1921 buried Platt I, block 13 Santa Anna Cemetery.)

April 29 - Friday.  Plowed corn all day, clouds in the morning, cleared off.

April 30 - Saturday.  Taken Smiths Bore home and planted some cane in the evening.  Plowed corn. Warmer and a giting dryer.  We need warm wether.

May 1, 1921 - Sunday.  A warmer, cloudy morning.  Not much sign of rain, sunshine.  As I have no way a going only walk I don’t go much.  The black mare has two jenne mule colts and she won’t do to drive out with them along and the Automobles a runing.

May 2 - Monday.  A rain come from the north.  Cold not well.  Didn’t work any.

May 3- Wednesday.  Cool and plowed corn.

May 4, 1921 - Thursday.  Went to town and got my Liteary World War History 10 vol.  A good History an a lot of papers. 

May 6, 1921 - Friday.  Planted maze, the ground dry and need rain and warm wether.  Plowed corn and we got our male, the Weekly papers and some letters.  Have to send the Literary Digest, Funk and Wagner Co. $2.00 dollars every month and as my subscription is out on the National Geographic Society magazine $3.50 where it was $2.50.

May 7, 1921 - Saturday.  Heavy clouds misty rain.  Planted maze and plowed corn in the evening.

May 8 - Sunday.  A good rain come up last night.  And clouds cleared off, warmer.  We sure needed it.

Cotton is late and price low and many farmers have left the farm.  And crops are late by the cold  And dry wether, the bugs, worms and rabits, so we haven’t much crop.

May 9 - Monday.  Cool, Cloudy.  Started to plowing in some beans and melons and the rain come and we had 3 or 4 hours rain then cleared off and sunshine and the doves a coming and light winds.  And we may be make a crop when the wether gits warmer and the crop grows off. Rain so till I didn’t git to send off my letters.

May 10 - Tuesday.  Clear, warmer.  The field are to wet to plow or work in the field.  Mr Evens married Daughter died at Bolden  her, brother law, she was a sister to Charley and Louie Evens.  Was buried on Monday in all that rain.  (Note from Carl Langford:  Clara V. Evans Cason born Jan 25, 1896, died May 9, 1921 buried Santa Anna Cemetery Platt II, block 101 - Wife of R. P. Cason.)

May 13 - Friday.  Plowed and harrowed.  Clear and warm.  Clouds come up and rain south.  The land plows fine since the rain and maze, and corn are a coming up slow.  The farmers are a planting cotton and cotton are a up to a good stand and some oats are coming out.   And we will make some oats.  The rabits have cut them down in places.  We have good rains and the corn and cane that was planted early has comenced to grow.  

And where the corn hasn’t been choped and plowed weeds and grass are bad.  

The ragweed and cockleburrs are bad.   A taking the fields.  And thay grow so fast it hard to work and keeping them down.  Wiley Smith come home this week from Tyler Commercial School. And brought some books and school money.   Petter Hering sent me a role of magazines Saturday Evening Post, The Nation and Republican.  The farmers are still planting cotton, corn and cane maybe maze.

May 14, 1921 - Saturday.  The Appeal says that President Harding hasn’t pardon the War Prisoners out of the pin nor granted amnesty and the war has been over for 2 years.  Says Wall Street helpten war lords and Prince of merchants says no as they the invisible government that make panic buying and wars and pestilence lay waste to nations and leave sorrow and poverty in there conquest with grate Armies.  The Big News papers in the hands of the money class keep up the frenzy and preception, jale and pen of thousands which are still kept in prison and President Harding are not doing anything for their release.  We had a good rain last night.  Cloudy, cool.

May 15, 1921 - Sunday.  Rain and cold.  The wether is to cold for crops to grow.  Corm would soon be up and tasling if the wether was warm enough.  Heavy clouds comence a raining in the evening and at night we had several heavy showers from the south filled the tank up to runing around.

May 16 - Monday.    Cloudy morning, cleared off, warmer, sunshine.  I found a 2 pound catfish that had run out of the tank, field wet.

May 17 - Tuesday.  Cloudy and field still to wet to plow.  I have 3 letters to sendoff and the male man won’t come.  So I have to go to town.  Went to town and sent off 3 letters maled one to the National Geographical Society $3.50.

May 18 - Wednesday.  And received a letter and prospectors a notifying that would member ship in the National Geographical Society dated May 17, 1921.  As I have sent the money and sent back the subscription for member ship.

May 19, 1921 - Thursday.  Plowed and planted corn.  The maze and cane I planted hasn’t com up good.  And the rabits are a eating up our garden.  And bugs and worms have got the maze and cane.  Finish plowing over my oldest corn.

May 20, 1921 - Friday.  Some clouds, no rain.  Plowed and planted maze and the grass and weeds are a coming and I can’t git ahead of them.   Frank and Wagnal has sent me a offer for $18 dollars and a Reference Bible with 3000 pages at $18 dollars payment $2 dollars a month.  And Public Opnion at $8 dollars and Public Opinion one year. Dr Crone work kojo haven’t the price on crops in sight.  Crops are bad and no price for what we rase.  

May 21 Saturday.  Planted maze and planted pop corn and cane.  Warm and crops a growing fine if could just git plowed and planted.  

May 22, 1921 - Sunday.  A warm May day, some clouds but pleasant May wether.   Now that I wrote to Funk and Wagnall, I couldn’t take there Reference Bible for $18 dollars.

May 23 - Monday.  Plowed and Planted, harrowed maze, corn, no rain land a giting dry.  Showers around on Thursday and Friday.  Corn a tasling and silken the most of the corn has to tasel yet.

May 28 - Saturday.  Some clouds, sunshine, warm and cotton, cane ,corn plowed some, choped out some. Some planted a coming out and crops late and bad, and getting dry, need rain.  Some oats has been cut and some to cut yet, not all good.   Slack in trade and work.   Went to town, lots of people in town and some horse traders and nare a trade did they git.   Horse trading is dead.  Had things in all trades looks scarley.  J. T. paid Tom Todd 15 dollars for last years dunn colt, the dun filey and horse colt and will have to pay $15 to Tome Campbell for the mule colt.

May 29, 1921 - Sunday.  Warm scatering rain clouds.  A fine spring morning and pleasant.   The Times is so changed, the dailey papers and news of the world are deceiving the people of the condition of the worlds doings, some but every thing looks like goes wrong.   I met Mr Perry of ni wot on the Trickham rode he wanted the Finish Mistry it was $1.00 and 20 cts, magazine edition International Bible Students Association, Los Angles, Calif.

A pleasant May day hot and cloudy, sun shine, no rain.  Lightning north and clouds at night.

April 30, 1921 - Monday. Heavy clouds, sunshine, warmer.  Plowed corn, maze and Samson went to chop cotton for Richard Smith.

June 1, 1921 - Wednesday.  A good shower of rain at night.

June 2 - Thursday.  And I had Yates to cut my oats 8 and half acres at $1.50 a acre, $12 dollars and give $50 dollars for the seed and the planting and last won’t make enough to pay the cuting.   The farmers are a cuting oats and wheat now and thrashing has comence.

June 3, 1921 - Friday. Cloudy, sunshine.  Crop a needing rain bad The shower wasn’t enough.  Corn is a wilting during the day. Planted cane seed.  Not well.  And haven’t to got in the grass, as the maze , cane , corn that I planted didn’t all come up and haven’t a good crop.  

Mr. J. D. Simpson has just returned from a visit back to his old home in Tennessee and Alabama to Washington he says, crops are poor and we have as about as good as any where.

A young man with a car was map making and sketching for the government here and made a map of my place and went on to the cedar breaks.  June has, and we have a few birds a nesting, the Mockingbird sings but very little now.  And a few Bullbats, some Red birds.  A mocking bird a singing, now.

June 4, 1921 - Saturday.  The cold spring keeps most of the birds a way, not so many rabits, mice and rats as thare were.  The young chickens were caught by rats and died by
 blinge and dierea and we haven’t many left.  A warm day, clouds, no rain, sunshine and the mowers are a still a runing.  Cotton chopen nearly over.  I received the Appeal, Copers Weekly, Literary Digest and Santa Anna News, Coleman Democrat Voice, the Central Messenger didn’t come nor the Baptist Standard.  In its place.  It looks like we have a buying panic or quit buying one and a short crop panic and as well as a idle panic million workers idle.

June 5 - Sunday.   A pleasant day, warm and cloudy, no rain.  Tom Todd cut wheat for his brother.   Richard drove the team and Dock and some nigro’s stack, thare were 4 nigro boys.  

June 6, 1921 - Monday.  Cloudy, sunshine and I plowed maze, corn at night.  A heavy cloud west with lightning and thunder with light showers all night.   The lightning bugs were a flying thick.   Charley Evens come to cut Smith oats   And went to Richards Smith oat patch.

June 7, 1921 - Tuesday.  Cloudy and a raining.  Not a good rain but will do some help.   Has stacked up and we may be able to go to work in the field.  Plowed corn and maze.   Cloudy, sunshine dry.  The farmers a choping cotton and a cuting oats and wheat.   A rain cloud gethered North and West before night and sometime the clouds com with thunder and lightning.  The thunder rolled and lightning flashed and a down pour of heavy rain.  And flooded nearly all night.   Rain with hale and wind, the fields wash and the creek got up and wash off Mr Smith oats and cotton on Mudd Creek.  Richard Smith and Raney Yates and Gibson lost oats.  The heaviest of the rain seen on Home Creek and the river a going the direction of the East Brownwood.   We need the rain bad as we wouldn’t have made anything.  All way in June a storm came and heavy rain and the clouds disapear and we have a clear sky and no rain.   Now we can plant June corn, maze and cane and maybe we can make a crop, if the field don’t dry off to fast thare will be a crop made.

June 9, 1921 - Friday.  After a heavy rain on Tuesday we worked the rode on Thursday.  Heavy showers around, and hot day, and fix the rode for the male carrier.  On Friday plowed in cane seed in oat stuble.  Showers all during the day.   Stop Charley Evens from binding oats for Mr Smith.

June 10 - Saturday.  Plowing in corn in the oat stuble and Charley Evens cut oats for Smith till the rain come and was to wet.  I plowed in white corn and didn’t git thou.

June 12 - Sunday.   A heavy rain nearly all morning.  Rain put up the creeks and flooded the fields.  We make corn and cane on the creeks from the over flow.  Oats and crops has been wash away, all that can will plant June corn.

June 13, 1921 - Monday.  Heavy clouds, showers and field wet, no chance of clearing off.  Don’t know when we can plow.  The crops will be a giting weeds and grass and will be late a planting.   Samson has taken honey from the bees.  And as the musqueets are a blooming and corn and cotton are a coming on..  The bees can gether honey.  We wouldn’t have made anything if the rains hadn’t of come in June as thay have.  Crops are a coming out now.

 June 14, 1921 - Tuesday.  Comence to plow on Monday evening.  Plowed in corn, ground wet. Plows good.  A plowing in the ragweeds.  Plowed in corn and cane up in the oil field and hauled a lode of oats.  Now is the time to kill the ragweed.  The farmers are a choping and a plowing and a planting June corn.  Charles Evens and John Vinson hauled the lumber to fix the Mud Creek bridge.  So the male carrier could pass.  The heavy rains was good, wash off some oats and cotton and corn.  

We will make cotton, corn and I have corn and cane a coming up.   The corn was planted a month a go.  My cane and maze are a coming along fine.

June 15, 1921 - Wednesday.  Cloudy morning, cleared off, a bright day finish 2 lands up in oat stuble.  

Plowing in corn and cane.  Mr Charles Evens, John Vinson, Samson , Wiley Smith, Sumners made over the Mudd Creek bridge and made so the mail carrier can pass and bring our male.   Mr Neal has taken a vacation and Mr Will Vensent has the route, now.  As we haven’t had any route and male in 3 days.  A rain cloud to night in the West with lightning and thunder.  We may git rain to night.  The first rain was 10 or 12 inches.  On Sunday rain about 5 inches  We make a crop, now.   Corn and all crop are a looking fine.

Mamie Banister Von Heuvel  born June 16, 1886, died June 7, 1921.  She taught school one year here at the Arber School and boarded with Mr Singleterry.   Daughter of Mr. Banister was sheriff of Coleman County when he died. (1918)(Note from Carl Langford:  Mary Ellen "Mamie" Banister Von Heuvel born 1886, died 1921, wife of H. H. Von Heuvel, Daughter of John R. & Mary Ellen Banister, buried Santa Anna Cemetery Platt II, Block 79 .)

I received a nice letter from the Baptist Standard June 10, 1921 Editor Manger, Dallas, Tex.  I don’t know wether we will go to Santa Anna this week as I want to plow and plant all.   I can kill weeds and grass.

June 17, 1921 - Friday.  Plow under stuble oats and planted cotton and corn, cane.  The field has been wet all the week.  Some dry enough to plow and chop.

June 18, 1921 - Saturday.  Clear warm .  Plowed oat stuble and comence to plow under grass and plant June corn.   Some plowed and choped and our male come since we fix the rode and bridge.  Showers around on Friday.   And we got a good rain.  I received the Albemarle Collector for May 1921.

June 19 - Sunday.  Clear and hot.  Some clouds around.  Will Vinson boys come after honey.

June 24, 1921 - Friday.  Cloudy, suns shine and showers around.  Have been a plowing in corn in weeds and grass with my turning plow.  Corn and cotton, cane are a growing, now.  And the farmers are a plowing and choping cotton.  We had roasten years and beans, onions.  The thrashing is a going on now between showers.  We have had 3 or 4 showers this week and corn will make good.  My pop corn is fine and still a growing years and silken it is to thick the grass is about to take our crop.  The bole weevils are bad and destroying the squares.  Thare was borned to Mr and Mrs James Evans a girl this week.  Santa Anna are a going to have a big time July 4.   Petter Haring sent me a bog roll of magazines. 

The Dearborn Independent June 11, 1921, Henry Fords magazine, The Nation June 8, 1921, The New Republic June 8, 1921, The Saturday Evening Post May 7, June 4 and 11, 1921.  And I received the Babtist Standard this week with a write up of May Friends of Rev J. Baombrell his life and writings, he died this month, a noble Baptist and good citizen, The Baptist Standard  June 23, 1921.

June 25, 1921 - Saturday.  Cloudy and sunshine, hot over 100 deg in the shade.  Plowed shower this morning.  Samson went to town and came home and sold some honey, 15cts a pound to Mr Duncan.  A heavy cloud and rain South this evening and South gethered, some sun flowers seeding for the birds. And chickens.

June 27 - Monday.  Plowed grass land.  Some corn in.   Cloudy, sunshine, no rain, crops a growing and rosen years, peas and beans.  

June 28 - Tuesday.  Plowed under grass land and planted peas, beans and gethered the Irish potatoes.

June 29, 1921 - Wednesday.  Finish plowing grass patch with carn in it.  The grass hoppers are a giting bad.  Clear, hot and no rain.  The rain is a long way off.  The thrasher is a thrashing on Evens.  Samson is a choping for Richard Smith.

June 30 - Thursdsay.  The Sanderson Thrasher Steam Power come to Tom Todds and thrashed his wheat and went to Charley Evens and thrashed his oats and he then come to Smiths. 

July 1, 1921 - Friday.  Clear, Warmer.  And Sanderson finish Smiths and went on to Will Vinson and on to John Vinson and will go and ship to Kansas to night if he gits throu.  Warm and giting dry corn is made on early corn and the leaf worms, bole weevils and grasshoppers is here and is reported that the grasshoppers are a coming and may eat up the crops.

July 2, 1921 - Saturday.   A hot day, some clouds.  A pick nick up at Coleman today.   The thrasher has trashed and gone.  Choped grass and weeds out of my maze.  Farmers still a choping cotton, very grassey.  And bole weevil and grasshoppers bad.  Early corn has made and a giting hard.

The horse traders are still a trading and pulling off grave yard bonds and out law horses and mules and a selling worn out places for good farms and a roben one another.   Like the preast said to the Pope and the Pope said to the preast that the Catholic Church, so called, robed the whole business. 

The boot logen a making wild cat whiskey, is a going on allover the land, out in West Texas in the sand hills in the Lubbock Country out in the wilderness where no one lives, the Boot tee gas out and digs in and puts up his still and is not molested.

The Appeal to Reason saus thay can’t run untill the end of July unless thay got $25,000 dollars to pay their dets.thay owe.  As it takes $3.000 dollars a week to run them and the Capitalist Money Power are a runing all free speech papers.

July 3 - Sunday.   A warm cloudy day.   And a rain west, only a sprinkle here.  We need rain.  Hope that the rain will come.  The farmers have lost out on low price of stock, wheat and cotton and many are a loosing there places.  As the mortgage taker are a taking in the mortgage, horses, wagons, farms, and stock and Hi freight.   Farming is ruined if we don’t git a good price for his crop of wheat, oats, cotton, and corn.

July 9, 1921 - Saturday.  Has been hot and dry.  Have cut Johnson grass and pop corn.  An we need rain bad to save the late corn and maze.  Early corn has made.  And cotton is a blooming with large boles on.  The weevil and grass hoppers are bad and have comence to do damage.  Pressing hay and thrashing is over.  Since the 4th we haven’t had any rain.  Showers a cloud every day, hot and a good time to kill grass.   The Santa Anna News has changed hands again.  Mr J. J. Gregg has bought out Mr Walter Brandon and has brought out a fine news paper this week with introductory and departing of Mr W. Brandon.  Buisness is a picking up.  Some of the merchants and restrants and black smith are all buissey and have lots of boxes and the rail rode haules more goods.   The Baptist Church is a way up with the walls.   I have The Finished Mystery, the Key that unlocks the mysterious Bible books of Revelations and Ezhiel to and extent never before done.   Worth its weigh in gold 25 cts.   The International Bible Students Association 120 Columbia Heights Brooklyn New York.  Pastor Russell 7 book 1918.  I sent and bought it for 20 cents, send 14 cts more to C. H. Loose 1604 Morton Ave Pasadena, Calif.

July 10, 1921 - Sunday.    A hot day with fleece clouds and a north wind, a rain cloud east of here.   Cut corn and Johnson grass.

July 11, 1921 - Monday. Sunshine, a hot day.

July 12 - Tuesday.  Cut Johnson grass and a good shower of rain come in the evening and help crops.

July 13, 1921 - Wednesday.  Heavy Clouds, sunshine, no rain, hot.  Received a letter from Ellen, she has married again and is a Mrs White and lives at Wichita Falls, Tex and is at Temple with the children.

July 24, 1921 - Sunday.  Cooler and heavy clouds with rain come up last night .  We had a good inch or 2 inches of rain.  Which we needed and rain all morning put water in the hop pen and will save late corn and maze.   Had fodder down and more to cut.

July 25 - Monday.   A good rain last night fill the tanks and put a good season in the ground.  We make late corn and maze.  Tied up fodder and Jim evens come over and look at my good crop and said wheat, would be down to 50 cts a bushel and cotton 11 or 12 cts less than it cost to rase it.  The sun has come and its warm.  Received today a letter and pamphlet and received Exploration in North Western Texas in 1920 by Warren Kemoore 23 cents. March 1921.

July 30, 1921 - Saturday.  A warm day, some clouds, no rain, a sprinkle.  The farmers are a cuting maze and hauling it to town and selling it.  Baling hay is nearly over.   Cotton is a going bad need more rain.  Corn made fine and soon will need to gether.  No cotton picking yet here.  Things dull and lots of melons fruit in town.  Some buying and selling a lot of horse traders in town, not much traden and grave yard and out law stock.   Lots of people come to town in there cars.

July 31, 1921 - Sunday.  Warm, Scatering clouds.  At home a reading my papers and books.   Samson and Wiley went to preaching.   Eurica (Eureka Church).

August 3 - Wednesday.  Hot, som clouds, a showers around north.  Hot and dry a gethering cane fodder and tops.   Corn is ripe and dry enough to gether.   Cotton is needing rain.  The nights are hot.  Have to write a letter to Funk and Wagnalls to send $2 dollars and the War History and send for some Stamp Books.  And Mormons Magazine a good paper neatly printed.

Aug 13 - Saturday.  A hot dry day scatring clouds.  Thrashed oats.   Samson went to town.

Aug 14, 1921 - Sunday.  A hot day cloudy with shower of rain in evening.   At home all day a reading.

Aug 15, 1921 - Monday.  Worked in tank, hot day 100degrees and has been for a week.  We need a good rain,  fields a burning up and water in tank a giting low.   I received my books from Mr C. H. Mekeel the stamp man.

The History of the Louis Postage Stamps 1845 - 47.  

The Stamps of Switzerland 1843 - 1854.

A stamp Collectors Souvenir, Nov 24, 1892

Postage Stamps of Mexico.

United States Envelope letter sheets 1895

The History of the Revenue Stamp of Mexico 1891

Petter Haring sent me from Dallas a bunch of magazines.  

The Dearborn Independence March 5, 1921

Fords Paper , Chicago, The Nation July 6, 1921 & July 20, 1921, New York.,  

The Dallas Dispatch Aug. 1921, Progressive Farmer 1921.

August 21, 1921 - Tuesday.  Sunshine with clouds not so hot.  Diging on tank.  The farmers are a gethering maze, corn and have comenced to pick cotton, where the dry wether have cut off till it will take 8 to 10 acres to make a bale, paying 55 cts a hundred pounds and it will take all day to pick a hundred pounds.  A short crop and a loosing one if we don’t got 40 or 50 cts a pound     The Armey boys has turned KKK and  a interfering with Liberty and free speech.  The papers are full about them a men and woman are being whiped and tared and feathered and legins are a terrifying the people.

Aug 19, 1921 - Friday.  Hot and dry.  Gethered big corn and pop corn.  As cotton is openning fast the Farmers are a picking and a rushing to the gin and a having it gin and a selling.

Aug 2, 1921- Sunday.   Clear hot dry, still day.  Went down to Cleveland to Perry’s, crops burnt up.

Aug 26 - Friday.  Gethered corn, a shower of rain soon past on.  Throwed out my corn and soon was night, hot and dry.  Still corn isn’t burnt up and stuble.  Crop short of cotton.

Aug 27, 1921 - Saturday.  Gethered all of my corn and the upper field have 2 crib full of good red and white corn.  Have some big corn and pop corn, an maze to gether.   Me Smith has a family a picking.  Gibsons and Jim Evens has a family to pick his cotton.   Some cooler with clouds.

Aug 28, 1921 - Sunday.  Clear warm, not so hot as has been, Clouds and showers around.   A fire out in the grass in the Retheford pasture south, Tom Todd’s.  Nigro’s come over and wanted to buy 3 pigs.  Ellen and Adlene won’t write.  We don’t hear from them.

Aug 29 - Monday.  Cut maze, some clouds like it would rain.

Aug 30 - Tuesday.  Some rain.  Hauled some fodder and cut maze.

Aug 31 - Wednesday.  Hauled and stacked fodder.  A sprinkle of rain.  Stoped cotton picking and Mr. Smith cotton pickers left, they wanted a dollar a hundred.   And Jim Evens man left that was a picking cotton.

September 1, 1921 - Thursday.  Cloudy with two good shower and cooler.  The bull bats have been a going South since July.  Cut my ___.   The rain stopped cotton picking. 
 Cotton up to 10cts, old cotton 5 cts. 

September 5, 1921 - Monday.  Cloudy, rains around.  We got a shower and a beautiful rainbow in the east an complete bow.   Gethering maze and some hogs are a destroying a lot of it.   Samson are a picking for Yates and Arthur has a fine boy at his house.   Every one that has cotton are a picking and hire hands at 75 cts a hundred and some cotton is good

Smith, Todd, Yates, Evens all have good cotton for the dry spell and cotton is selling at 19 cts and still a going on up.  Several men have comence to buy cotton at Santa Anna, Hunter and several others, a good investment.  And help the farmers an others on short crop.   And keep the spectators from giting it.  

September 6, 1921 - Tuesday.  A good rain on Monday night 2 and half inches of rain fell, a good season in the ground.   And not much slack water.

Sept 7 - Wednesday.   Clear, to heavy clouds, sunshine, fog and dew in the morning, no rain.  Rain clouds last night with lightning south, clouds a long way off, to night.  Hot days, gethered maze.  Felix Smith has been down to Liberty and Brownwood he is back and picking cotton in the corner in the Rethford pasture. 

Clear to night.  A letter from Loloar, the Appeal say’s Socialism are a falling away and people don’t take interest in it and there meetings and Debs are still in the pin.   Harding taken the President of that he would not give the War prisoners there liberty and he claims to be a Baptist.  He is a long way from it and is in with Wall Street money power.

Sept 13, 1921 - Tuesday.   A warm day and I are gethering maze.  And Samson is a picking cotton for Yeats.  We stacked our fodder on Monday.   As there was indication of rain, no rain come.   On Friday we had heavy clouds and a mist o rain.  Looked like a tropical storm   and on Sunday we heard of Santon a being nearly wash away by a cloud burst and heavy rain at Belton wash out bridges.   And not much male on Saturday.   A 1000 or more was drown and millions of property destroyed, wash away.  To day 138 is hot a few clouds, not much chance of rain, dry and tank a giting low, which is full of sediments which run the water and I will have to drive to water.

Petter Haring of Dallas sent ne a nice bunch of papers and magazines.   Yates and Jin Evens both caried a bale of seed cotton o Santa Anna today.  The farmers cotton is some good and they are a hurrying to pick out, a giving a $1.00 a hundred.  And a giting 19 or 19 cts a pound. 

Funk & Wagnalls says my Liteary Digest will soon be out and sends a renewal and a lot of good books cheap.  I would like to have. 

Sept 28, 1921 - Wednesday.  Warm cloudy, sunshine to a shower of rain.  Cotton nearly all out and selling at 21cts.  Some have finished picking and turned in the cows.   Good rains around.  Lightning south last night.  We have some pop corn to gether yet.  So dry that the trees are a dying.  As fall has set in and showers.  We may git a good rain, soon.  

I received Time and Tide vols no 28 Friday July 15, 1921.   Weekly Regestred as a news paper price 4 pence..  A good paper published by the English women.

Sept 29 - Thursday.   Cloudy and rain clouds south last night with lightning.  Coller a brisk south wind.  Thrash out oats and in the evening a rain cloud formed in the north.  And another come with a sprinkle.  Another and turned cooler the rain pass south and east.  Mr Felix Smith has went up to Sweetwater with Wiley and Richard to look at the cotton and see how he likes the country to rent land.  Funk & Wagnall Pub.sends me the offer of I pay up for the War History I can have Ambassador Gerard Book, Face to Face 22 cts.  I can’t make out how much I owe them the way thay make figures the whole set $25.  Paid 7 wether it’s a 12 or 10 or more can’t make out.

October 3, 1921 - Monday.  Some cooler in the wether.  Sunday rain north and south, hot day and heavy clouds the rain pass and we had a sprinkle so dry the trees are a dying.  The farmers have nearly ll of there cotton out and turning there stock in the fields.  Cotton 21 cts.   A big day in town on Saturday lots of people in town.   Some American gipseys with there wagons with dirty sheets and burros a pulling there wagons a going out to Abilene and Sweetwater to pick cotton.   Richard and Wiley are a going out with Stanly’s folks as he is a moving out.

October 4, 1921 - Tuesday.  Worked on tank, Turned my stock in the field.  Clear dry.   Richard Smith taken Stanley family up near Sweetwater where they were a moving and Richard will pick cotton

October 5, 1921 - Wednesday.  Clear

October 15, 1921 - Saturday.   Some clouds and clear dry and warmer.  Hauled out dirt out of my water hole.  Tank it nearly dry.  And the fish are nearly a dying in the muddy water, cat fish.   When up to town a week ago at Philips, Clerk give me a hundred or more old magazines and School Books, good reading.   Life of Samuel Johnson,  Four American Pioneers,   Everymans Library Plato’s Republic,  Scotts Lay of the Lost Minstrel,  The story of Cotton

Only a few volumes.  Petter Haring sent me a bundle of papers.  And we received several though the male, magazines and papers.

Oct 16, 1921 - Sunday.  Some cloudy, dry and warmer and still.  A Baptist meeting today at town Santa Anna.  Cotton nearly all out and stark in the fields.  Some a plowing and
sowing grain and a moving.  Some a moving to the plains country.  I like to read good books, magazines, papers.  Now I have several hundred of books, magazines and papers.

Oct 26, 1921 - Wednesday.  A clear day, warm day, a light norther.  Hauled dirt out of tank.  Me, Felix Smith and Samson drug Arbar hole for fish. Only got 3 fish.  To dry to
 plow.  Received letters from Nap and Jim and Liley.  And a post money order tor the chickens.  Still cool at night.  We need rain, ground to hard to plow.  We are about finish sowing grain.  We have to have rain before we can plow.

Oct 29 - Saturday. A norther with a gale and dust a flying as we drove to town.  Many pass us a going to Santa Anna in auto’s, Buggy and wagons.   A big crowd in town, dull business has fellen off not so many trains a runing.   Cotton a way down.  Burton was a moving in where John Vinson left on Teagle Place., Mr Jack Evens said, the Ku Kluxs were a going to march at 10 o’clock at night

 Oct 30, 1921 - Sunday.  Some clouds still a dry norther.   A sweeping strong south wind.  To warm to kill hogs.   One can’t git people interested in socials reading anymore thay won’t talk or listen or buy books, hardly speak to anyone.  People has got off since autos and the World War.

 November 7, 1921 - Monday.  A warm day, clouds, sunshine, dry.  At sun down some rain clouds South showed up and drifted East.  Mr Jack Evens and John Kile went to Santa Angelo on Sunday evening.  I supose about a whisky case, John got into not much plowing.  Some grain sowen, to dry for it to come up.  Dug in tank have dirt out in field.

Nov 8 - Tuesday.  Clear warm.  Dug in tank.  Mr Smith said, Bud Brannan had dug a well and found water.   Henry Smith is back from San Antonia and Corpus Christi he says the people have gardens and green corn and we are dry and out of water.  I received the Review of Reviews.

Nov 11 - Friday.  Fix pig pen and hauled dirt out of tank.  To day is the Burial of the unknown dead from France Heros of World War, and Armistice Day of the ending of the World War.  And a worlds arbsotion of today.  Clear day and water a giving out.  Warm while snow and rain north, a panic is on and the papers and magazines are full of ware news, money and business dull and on the Hi and low tariff to raise money to pay off War debts and build big Navies and git a disamenty of the world powers so thay meet at Washington Nov 11 to talk of stoping wars.

Nov 12- Saturday.  Warmer but cold cloudy in the morning.  Went to Santa Anna in the evening.  A big crowed, not much trade.  Cotton down 10cts and not selling.  As the farmers are hit hard and lots a moving and a hunting homes.  No sale for stock.  Winter a coming on.  Coleman County seems to be in a good shape crops short but what we have are good.  Lots of people a moving in and out of the country, nearly all places rented.   To dry to plant grain or plow.   I got a big batch of magazines and papers from S. H. Philips, Dailies thay couldn’t sell, just for hauling them off.   With fine pictures of Sunday editions.

Nov 13 - Sunday.  Warm day.  Stayed home a reading and writing .  Some clouds, sunshine, dry. 

Nov 14, 1921 - Monday.  Clear, Warmer to Cloudy.   Have to haul water.   And water stock at Smiths tank.  I received the Memtor Nov 1921 and 6 fine pictures $4.00.  And the Review of Reviews, and the Metropolitan.  I will take both of them in December.

November 15, 1921 - Tuesday.  Warmer, Some clouds.  Dug in tank   Wiley Smith at home and Richard Smith maried Miss Gillinm and brought her home. 

Nov 16 - Wednesday.  Cloudy, Warm.  Dug in tank.  Rain north.  Warm like spring.  Hauled water.

The disarmament meeting is a going on at Washington

Nov 17, 1921 - Thursday.  Hauled out dirt out of tank.   Warm, Dry.

Nov 18, 1921 - Friday.  Warm in the morning, cloudy, no rain.  A norther turn dry and cold the rest of the day.

Nov 19 - Saturday.  Cold, some clouds, got warmer.  And went to town, a crowd in Santa Anna.  Farmers a runing.  Quite some cotton in.  And Turners’s was a grinding corn.  Cows a selling at $25 and Autos $360 and a going up.  I got my corn ground and got a lot of paper from Sam Philips, the World News.

Nov 30, 1921 - Wednesday.  Cloudy, Monday and Tuesday.  And tody heavy clouds with rain west wind.  Just a shower of rain and is a keeping up a sprinkle to night.  Hope will rain enough to git stock water.  So dry we need a good rain, so I wouldn’t have to go for water at Felix Smiths and have his cattle in here.  I have writen a letter to Charley and Nap and one to the Crowell Pub. Co. Department of Sub. Account Springfield, John Stanly one year $3.60.  (And others not listed).

December 3, 1921 - Saturday.   A cold dry norther.   Didn’t git to town.  Stayed home.  Several deaths in the county in the last month.  Andy Kirkpatrick did a good man and several others.  The farmers has some land broke but very little grain sowen and the dry wether has caused stock water to run low.   Anna Millard writes that Arela Millard died a week ago.  The merchants are advertising to git trade.  Thay are hard up for money.  And the farmers have little to spend.  The Disarment Conference are a trying to do a way with wars and have peace and the war Lords, money linders and changers don’t want peace thay want money and war more conquest more country layed waste if the world had Socialist literature like the Appeal prints and people would read and heed it and stir up the  Lord more and not be to weaken, full of envy and hate greed for more money and land with the gold standard over run the world for conquest a taking the hirland wages like the cotton and grain  gamblin and crop report.

December 11, 1921 - Sunday  (Found in the May part of diary)

Clear , Warmer.  Dry has been 6 months since we have had a good rain.  So dry that the Post Oaks , and peach trees has died.  So that we may not have a peach crop next year.   As we have a light moon now.  We will have dark moon on Christmas Day.   And thay the wether forecasters say we will have a dark of the moon.  The people are not a buying much and we will have a dull Christmas.

That the people won’t hear or read Socialist papers and books.   And the Appeal has a hard time of a giting subscribers to have a paper.   One dares not talk Socialism if he wants trade and to rent land or buy at the stores.  A farmer, Mr Jolley told me he had to give up a talking Socialist as people wouldn’t here him or read there books or papers.  

December 11, 1921 (As in order of date)

A clear, warm day.  The cold spell.  The farmers kill hogs and have to drive there stock to water.  As water is a giting low and other places have had rain.   While we have had a 6 month dry spell.  I received my book Face to Face with the Triserism, James W. Gerard from the Literary Digest after paying for my World War History - $25 dollars.

Dec 13 - Tuesday.  A clear warm day.  Work on chicken house and hauled leaves out of the field.  Received offer from Double Day Page Co., Garden City,  offering the World
 Work Harpers subscribers 3 magazines for $8 dollars.   And I have fix up the letter to send off P.O. $8 dollars.  And the Review of Reviews sends that I owe $7 dollars for 2 magazines.  I send a dollar instead of 75 cts and if thay don’t fis up will write.  And wrote a letter to Nap.  Still dry.

Dec 15, 1921 - Thursday.  A cloudy day, hauled water and went to town.  Several Auto’s, wagons and bugges a coming and a going to town.  The people are a moving.  Mr
 Black was a selling his maze and feed to move from the Turning place, his father law and Mr Nuckles were a moving to Dallas.  He offered a wagon for $75 dollars and his team cheap.  That Rubles had lost his place.  I met Mr Corkel he is the Baptist Missionary of Coleman County, he sells books and preaches.  I left 75 cts with him for Rev West Book, Rev Richardson to go down and preach at Urick.   A Saturday before Christmas and have at Eurica and a Christmas Day preaching at the School house by Mr Neals and dinner.  The Baptist have been collecting 756 million dollars and have put out small papers.  

And the money thay have collected thay are a using it bodly a building bathing places and Sanatoriums or hospitals.  I here and a spending money reslesy and usesly things is to much money for them to handle.  Thay are all ways some go wrong.   We had clouds and a light rain on Thursday cleared off.  Today warm, worked on the chicken coop.

 I bought $5 dollars worth of nailes and lumber and a dollars worth of can goods, 10 cans, and 50 cts worth of Christmas cards and stickers and give Rev Mr Corkle 75 cts for Rev West Book.  To night a cool norther blew up and bright full moon and hay clouds in the  northern skys.

I received Nov, Dec, copy of New Thoughts education during sleep and other papers and magazines. Mr Felix Smith and Richard and Wiley have been down on the Jim Ned on Berges Weaver’s place a gethering picans.  Lots of moving of the farmers.

Dec 17, 1921 - Saturday,   A cold norther, didn’t work on hen house.   I received Nov, Dec, New Thoughts 1921 and Education during sleep by Sydney B. Flower and The
 Long Trail by Kermit Roosevelt Autog Edt, he just did write his name.  Received Oct, Nov 1921  vol 7, no 8, The Albeacle Stamp Collector.  It has acount of the death of Charles Heriland Uekeel 1863-1921.  The editor and stamp man death , a good man.   I received Bro West Book friendship from Rev McCorkle.

Dec 18, 1921 - Sunday.   Cloudy a cold south wind.   At home all day a reading.  A big fire south down on the rail rode at Liberty, the second house.  Still Day.  I sent off 8 books to Henry, Naps and Roberts children.   And a letter to Ellen.

As time rolls on
Christmas in near
Send the children good cheer
Drive away care
While in other lands
Famine and wars has laid waste
To the land and million have died
We are blessed with a good
Crop of the farm
Corn, cotton, maze, wheat
And have our bread and meat
Some to send to the starving
Over the waters. 

Our papers , magazines and books comes in, great piles of them.

Many Men May Minds, Editors and Writers on everything one can think of.  News all about the worlds a doing.  All kinds and sorts of men, of all walks of life are a writing .  Pros Partry, Novels, History, Science, and women to how this old world do move when it looks like we lag behind on the farm and have but little part in the worlds doings.   Still on rolls, the World with her grate works.  Will we have peace or will we have war. Will they disarm.  Will the World git over the World War.

Dec 23, 1921 - Friday.  Today has been cloudy and warm.  We have received Christmas package from Anna, and Winnie Millard.   And cards from others.  I have writen letter to E. 0. Ploeger and wife 4707 Rusk Avenue, Houston, Tx.  And have to Henry Millard as he wants to know about the Millards at Nacogdoches, Tex. P.O.   Had a Uncle Henry Millard that lived in Lusona before the war between the states and a Mrs Millard had a Sunday school in East Texas in the early days.  I don’t know what kin thay were to us.  As I never met any of them.  And so I can’t give any answers.   Well, Christ is near.  And no rain or winter.  The merchants are a charming , a fishing for our trade.  And thare is some trade, not enuf as thay would like. 

We worked on chicken house and on tank, building fince and carried out leaves in the field.

I received a big batch of male and Blanton sent me part of Congressnal record with the acount of the fight thay have against the robers and thieves, big interest that has been a roben the government for years. 

Dec 27, 1921 - Tuesday.   Some clouds, warmer.  Christmas pass and we had a cold Christmas , some clouds, no rain or snow.  I went up to Mr Robert Henderson R#1 Box 15, Santa Anna, Tex. .  He was well and I showed him Dikey Henry Fords paper and the maneta and he didn’t care about free press, the old press has poison people minds till thay won’t read Socitis books and papers.  He give me some English and Scotch papers.  The Weekly Scotman by John Ritctie Pub. Edinburgh, 3 English stamps, one from Scotland and several Scotchman papers.  

Santa Anna had a fire, but was soon put out.

Dec 28, 1921 - Wednesday.  Warm early morning, clouds pass on left sunshine.  Jim Millard’s wife has a boy on 23rd name James Warren Millard.   Renters still out hunting places to rent.

Dec 31, 1921 - Saturday.  The last day of the year.  A cold norther, clear, hazy, clouds north.   We got our male.   Copers Weekly.  Temple Telegram and a Announcement that Margaret Millard had married to Mr S. W. Clowson December 24, 1921.   Did not say where thay were a going to live.  Still day and water is giting low.   A group of men came in from Sweetwater a looking for game chickens and thay went over to Bud Brannan’s.  Richard Smith has moved over to the old home with his wife. 

 I been a reading Capers Weekly and the Literary Review Dec 24, 1921 of books writen, The Authors young and old.  Writers are a turning out all kinds of books, papers, novels, magazines, pamphlets by the thousand every year.   Like stamps, coins, books, magazine pictures come out till one are bewildered and stuned till one don’t know where to began, not enough money to buy.

And those I have are a crowding out room.   The New Year s will be here and have the house covered cost 19 dollars for the roofing and for the chicken house.

January 4, 1922 - Wednesday.

Has been a cloudy and cool south west wind.  A rain cloud went east of here last night.  Cleared off and warmer to a norther, cool and clear.   I received the Scribners Harper Magazine and Review of Reviews and have been a reading the World News and received a letter from Petter and Mrs Fay Haring of Goliad.

Jan 5, 1922 - Thursday.  Clear warmer dry and we moved irons and bottles out of the yard and cleaned up.   Som men come by with a cotton seed seprator an went to Mr. Felix Smith.  Anit’t it a humer wether you buy or not you are told that you have pay for it, be it a wagon, mower or plow or a thrasher or tractor. You have to pay for it.  Just as sure as the Birds sing, wether it keeps dry or rains.

Jan 7, 1922 - Saturday.  Cloudy cold, at home didn’t do much, dry changeable winds, some rain clouds went North during the week.  The farmers are a talking and a digen tank, wells and cleaning out springs, and  saying thay don’t know what thay will do if we don’t have rain soon as the tanks are giting low.  I stayed home and reading and put away my papers.  A thinking that we might have rain soon and covered the house and have built the chicken house.  Last Sunday 12 cars went along the rode a going East from Santa Anna with the KKC all dress up in white and cap and a going East along Mudd Creek by Bud Brannan’s. 

No one knew them nor where thay were a going.  Thay the KKC say that thay are for law and order.  And don’t tar and feather anyone.   The ones that does the taren and feathern are outlaws , so says a letter in Sundays Jan. 8th , Temple Telegram.

Jan 8 - Sunday.  Partly cloudy, cleared off, and were a warm day.  Went down to Jim Evens, he had kill his hogs and had rendered out 55 pounds of lard and wanted to sell some lard and sausage.

Jan 8, 1922 - Sunday.  A cold morning but warm up in the day.  I cared Jim Evens some school books.  His wife’s Father , Mr Bowls, he was here, when the Indians and Buffalo where here long ago.  The first settling up of the West.  I was leaving Curent Pieratt and wife and Mrs Hickman come and Curent went for a tree to set out on Mudd Creed an Elm.  

I went and over to Mr Pettys on the Walls Place and carried him some school books.  He had moved and a man bu the name of Constable had moved on the Pro Campbell Place by him. 

And George Cherry moved and Ransberger moved where Petty left and Elmer Brannan to where George left, lots of changes.

Jan 9, 1922 - Monday.  Cloudy, warmer.  Made horse trough.  An Clouds cleared off.  And come up agan and rain with thunder and lightning and a good rain come tonight.  Some slow rain fell and hasn’t blown off.  We may git more rain.  We caught some water, don’t know wether we have any tank water, yet.  Samson went over to Mr Todds and hasn’t come back.

Jan 11 - Wednesday.  Cold, the clouds cleared off.  And a cold norther blew all day.

Jan 12 Thursday.  Clear, cold, frost last night, norther blowing.  Received the Deeds off to sign on the Old Place.  To Rermery from Ellen.   And received World Works 2 copys Dec 19, 1921,Jan’22.

Jan 24, 1922 - Tuesday.  Rain on Monday and rain today.  Cold haven’t sent off review  yet.  The dollar on the review   magazine and book   Maybe we have rain enough for tank water and to plow.

Jan 25 - Wednesday.  Cold, cloudy, has been cloudy all the week, some rain, not enough to do any good.   Tom Todd come to see us and I let him have a lot of magazines.

Jan 26 - Thursday.  Cloudy, foggy and cool, some warmer.  Hauled wood.  Not much a doing. Ground dry under to dry to set out trees.   Received the Litrary Reved Jan 25, 1922 and Harpers monthly and Farm and Ranch.  And wrote letters to Charley and Review of Reviews.

February 7, 1922 - Tuesday.   Cold plowed on Monday was a cold norther and on Sunday a west wind.   A sweeping, clear, warm day.

Feb 8 - Wednesday.  Partly clear, cold south wind, cloudy at times.  Some people plowed.   Received a letter from Charley and one from Ploeger, Houston.  Thay have had good rains and cold weather thare, where we have had showers here and the ground is still dry.  Oats has come up that were plowed under late.  Lots of sickness.  I received the Literary Reveda Feb 4, and Stamp paper, A Collector.

Feb 17, 1922 - Friday.  Mostly clear and warmer dry and no chance of a change of rain,   The flys has com out and the birds are here red birds, larks, dove, kildee, blue birds and other small birds.  The moon has a ring around it and a star showing and the wolves howled.

Feb 18, 1922 - Saturday.  The first of the week were cold and not much plowing, cleared off.  We have, I plowed some ground hard.   Ely Smith come down from Liberty an wanted to sell me a riden plow at 30 dollars.  He said, when he was here before as he went home he found a red barle in a bunch of bushes in Burks pasture, some boot lager a making whiskey.   My black sow had pigs, We lost 4 only 10 left.   And Ely wanted 3 at $2.50 a pice, $7.50cts.  Mr Cline that has been a digen on the Davies place for a buried treasure has got down 50 feet or more and hasn’t found the money yet.  And his money is give out of a finding the treasure. 

And his money has give out to get help thare are plenty of money buried here if one could find it.  When I come her thare were marks all over the country both mines and buried treasures.   The Spaniards, Mexicans and Preast a passing thou a fighting the Indians and robbers.  And among the Santa Anna mountains was a landmark for passing to New Mexico and Colorado, California and the Rocky Mountains.  A way back and the 49 ers.

Feb 19, 1922 - Sunday.  Sunshine warmer and hazy clouds.

Feb 20 - Monday.  Cloudy warmer and wind a rising, plowed.

Feb 21, 1922 - Tuesday.  A cloudy and a blusty south wind, warmer.  The flys, bugs and wasp and ants out and bees a gethering honey.   Ground hard and dry.   Received a letter from Nap.  Has rained down thare and we are dry.  When ask who her hero were Hellen Kellar said, Gene Debs at a meeting in Kansas.

Feb 22, 1922 - Wednesday.  Washington’s Birthday, tree planting day.  Some rain and a sand storm from the west to a cold norther.  Planted some Bordarc balls an other seed in the wood lot.  Plowed some and hauled water. 

Feb 23, 1922 - Thursday.  Cold, Cloudy.  Hauled water and dug some around.   I received the Literary Review full of Revenes of New Books and book sales.  The Country Gentleman, Metropolitan magazine and Alberarle Stamp Collector Feb 1922, of stamps.  Thare no end and of books thay come like a big snow and sunshine and no money to buy.   And I have to let them be.  Like Uncle Ned had no teeth an he had to let the hold cake be.   The awful Wars of this old world, brings many troubles, taxes, and dets, more wars and books like the waters a flowing over Nigra Falls a runing to the sea. 

Collectors of Books and Stamps, curios and furniture , proclean and Indian relics of all kinds with ware stamps medles and from the battle fields of the world war.  We can’t collect much and rase crops and not make much with low price with what we have to sell.  Drought and panic ever 4 years, with 8 months dry with no rain to amount any thing.

Feb 24, 1922 - Friday.  Cloudy cold with rain and sleet last night.  Cold, cloudy today.  The grass and weeds are a coming and bugs, nats, flys, bees, ants I guess to cold today for them.

Feb 25 - Saturday.  A cloudy cold drizley day.  Some rain.  Hauled out old foder and throwed in the field and some wood and gravel from Mudd Creek and was night agan.  I had fed and got in the house.  Samson went to a party to Richard Smiths.  The night setled down drizley and cold.  Heavy clouds.   Hope we will have a good rain.

March 4, 1922 - Sunday.  A warm clear day, sun shiney, a west wind.   People a stering out, dry and farmers  a hauling water.  Got acquainted with our new neighbors Mr. H. L. Childs on the Turnney Place he has a good spring of water and a good many haul from the spring.  A old spring may used more than a 100 years.

Mar 5 - Monday.  Clear, a cool norther.  Plowed and hauled water from the spring.   I received my 3 magazines scribner, Geographic magazines, Bookman for March full of good reading.  And we got a female pupy and it is a having lots of trouble, it wants its mama and thay have give all a way even the mamey dog.  Plowed and harrowed corn stalks.

Mar 11, 1922 - Saturday. This week Wednesday and Thursday night sand storm a recking things and carrying trash dirt and ever thing before it, the elements were full of sand and the house were a rattling, knocking all day.  Soon blowed away the clouds.  No rain.  The water is nearly all gone.   We have to a digen wells.  Brannan has dug one an struck oil and dug on.  I don’t know wether he has water.  A Friday was cold day and Smiths dug on there well and frize in there tank.

March 12, 1922 - Sunday.   Stayed home all day and read and bundled my magazines and papers.   High south wind, flying clouds full moon and warmer.   Still to dry to plow and plant in other countries.  Have had enough rain to have wheat up while we have dry and water low, don’t know when we will have rain.  I have had so much dry wether and cold till we don’t do much.

March 13, 1922 - Monday.  Cloudy some rain turned from south wind to a strong west wind, some rain, sleet and to a cool norther.  Cleared off and we had a sand storm.   To warm wether Tuesday, Wednesday 15,   Hauled water and plowed.   Writing letters to night.  The Tax collector at Bellville, Austin County and to Mr John Burns, Ellen and Adellen   And today was cloudy warming, cleared off and warmer, dry.  The well over on the Twining Place has plenty of water and several hauls water from the well.  The water is gip some.

March 17 - Friday.  A cloudy windy day, plowed, dry has been 10 months since we had a good rain

On Thursday 16, sent off letters about taxes a being paid on our old place at Bellville, one to Ellen at Witcha Falls, one to Adlen Booth, Temple, 2 to Bellville, one to the Tax Collector and Mr Burns, as Ellen didn’t pay the taxes for 1921 it all come about and a trying to sell the place to Kurmery    And a trying to plow.   Felix Smith told me if it didn’t rain soon people would be a going off to hunt work And we can’t plant or have stock water.  Bud Brannan has had a well drill 160 feet and no water.   Griffin over at Longview School has struck water in a shallow well at the back of his field.  We will have to dig for water as soon as we can.   The wind blowing from the South and back to the west and north a sand storm.  And a light rain falls.  And the wind drys it up and drives the sand and trash before it and drifts up in places where it can’t move at till the rain changes.

March 21, 1922 - Tuesday.  Still dry, hauling water and all the neighbors are a hauling water from the Twining Spring.  Went up to town the people were a cleaning off the cemetery and had fires a burning the trash and grass.  Thay burnt some of the monuments broken and some of the minential shrubbery was burnt up.   I cleaned off Mothers grave and fix it up as well as I could, to dry to plant flowers.

March 24, 1922 - Friday.  A hi south wind and plowed before night, heavy clouds over cast from the west and at night lightning north and during the night a good rain fell.  And on  25th Saturday morning we had a good season in the ground.  Some water in the tanks.  The thunderstorms rolled and the clouds passed and a good rain fell. 

Were glad to git the rain.  And we were a digen for water.   Bud Brannan had drill down200 feet and found no water and the that had wells some got water, others haden’t found water.   Felix Smith a digen on the Creek struck cole ashes, fire cole and rotin wood down 20 feet in the bed of the creek.  Mudd Creek near Bud Brannan’s thare was mineral mix with the cole and fire cole ashes and roten wood and impressions of leaves under mix yellowed clay and top of a lime stone rock and he quit as the rock had to be blasted.  Felix thought thare was money buried there.  I saw no sign, all look natural clay rock and cole ashes, fire cole was put thare in the making of the world.  Up the hill where we dug a well throu clay and sand we went in a foot of white sand then struck sulphur sand and as far as we went down was sand no water.  We have rain now maybe we won’t have to dig any more.

 March 25, 1922 - Saturday.  The rain last night was a good one.  And put water in the tanks, so we didn’t have to haul water.  Grass will come and we can plow and with another rain wan plant corn and maze, corn, pop corn and garden.   Will have water for the stock a few days we won’t have to haul water for them.  Received a letter from Ellen about our old place and she says Burns has been a usen it.  I wish we could sell it as we have paid Tax on it for 25 years and got nothing out of it, we have paid Tax nearly 60 years us to live on it and not got som thing out of the place.  I have to write to and tell her about what she ask. 

March 26, 1922 - Sunday.  Cool norther a hazy cloudy day.   Doves are a coming and hen a singin and a laying and a hen of with 2 chicks.  The bees out.  And now we had rain the grass and trees will come out.  Rain north of us last night. 

March 28, 1922 - Tuesday.  Plowed and planted pop corn and a good rain com in the evening and didn’t git to plant anymore popcorn, and cane till 30 and 31st.   Had a rain on Monday and Tuesday.  We kill a hog on Monday.  We have tank water and a good season not a general rain.  Oats and grass are a coming up, the peach trees, red bud and plum are in bloom.

March 31 - We had a sand storm the second one and 3 in March and a norther.  Ely Smith got 3 pigs at $2.50 a piece, $7.50 this week.  Richard Smith got 3 pigs at $2.50 a
 piece.  The farmers has been a hauling water to use and water stock from Santa Anna and the Jim Ned and Home Creek and any where thay could git water.  The tanks have water and the creeks run and Mudd Creek holes and the Arbor hole has water now.  No more a hauling for a while.  Will be a rushing in corn and feed crops.

April 1, 1922 - Saturday.  A cloudy day, cool and we went up to town.  And we went to Turners gin with corn and the farmers were thare with bushels of corn.  We had e sacks of corn ground.  And Ed Falkner to fix my plow he charged me 1 dollar.  And I got 30 cts worth sweet potatoes at Roundtrees to plant and more magazines 20 cts, Post despacd 4 cts, and a lot of papers at Philips and come home.   Oats are a coming up that has been in the ground since last July and August.

April 2 - Sunday.  Has been cloudy all day, a blustry south wind, heavy clouds, slow rain to night the wind a coming from the south a whiping and a quite a gale.  Went on to the Wallas Place where Mr Petty lives, went the place where Felix Smith dug the well in Mudd Creek and found cole, ashes, cement and mineral like gold and the acid put on it wouldn’t desolve it.

The hole are full of water now.   A spring has broke in.  The fields are plowed and ready to plant. 

Spring has come around agan with March blusty winds.  All a long the peach, and red bud are in bloom on the mountain side.  The farmers has comenced to sow and plant his corn, maze, cane and Sudan grass for the 1922 years crop.  The good rain has come and with spring wether here with the grass and oats a coming.  The hens are a hatching off the biddes and the many cats are a finding there kittens, with the colts, and calves and lambs.  

The world of people with there cars, books, and papers and movies, as we plow and plant the books, papers and magazines tell us what this grate world are a doing.  A moving world of many strong things and doings with many men, many minds.

We hardly have time to read and less when worl all day at plowing and a planting and it takes money to buy papers, books and magazines as we journey this life rode.

April 3, 1922 - Monday.  The heavy clouds driven north by a sweeping south wind to a good rain that soaked the fields and put water in the creeks and tanks.  We have a chance now to make a crop.  The oats has com up that had layed in the ground for nearly a year and grass and the trees are a puting out.   The heavy rain on Monday was a good rain, didn’t wash and put a good season in the ground.  A slite wind, rain , warmer and the grass and trees are a puting out and farmers a planting corn and plenty of water, now.

April 4 - Tuesday.  We planted the garden and comence to plant red big corn.  Sam Coller and McClord have feed houses and a selling all kind of feed and planting seed, corn, pop corn, cane  maze, kaffer fretta, oat, sudan grass, peanuts and many other kinds of seed.  And the farmers are a buying and a planting right along.

April 8 - Saturday.  Heavy clouds, a strong south wind a blowing, turn to a rain and heavy clouds come from the west with a dashing rain and storm at San Angelo, Ballinger, Rowena and down across Coleman, Calhan county.  And property were damage and blown away and several lives lost.   A good rain fell and Coleman County had a wind that done som damage.   A good rain and before night sand was a blowing from around the north of the mountain.  We sold Sam Collier some red and white seed corn and some more pop corn.  The clouds cleared off and a bright day.

April 9, 1922 - Sunday.  Clear, warmer and a fine spring morning.   Charley Evens has him a Nigro to cultivate his field and as his oats was slow about a coming up till the late rains come he was a going to plow up some of them.

April 10, 1922 - Monday.  Plowed and planted corn.  Everything a growing and crops need planting, the grass is a coming.  A warmer, a west wind and sand storm all day the sun was dim with it.  And the wind raged all day.

April 11, 1922 Tuesday.  Plowed and planted popcorn and the cob and Sudan grass, maze, cane.  Warmer the birds has come the scissor tails.

April 12, 1922 - Wednesday.   Harrowed and planting the garden, and planting sun flowers in the low place. And corn, maze, popcorn and cushaws.   And my oldest sow died , 7 hogs now.   Warmer and corn a coming up.   I received the Review and letter owe on magazines $3.75 and 50 cts for the Man of the Age, had paid $4 dollars. $8.25 and more.  So I done with that kind of magazine or book buying Done don’t want any more of them.

April 16 - Sunday.  A fine Easter day, windy.  The dust a flying.  Some clouds a growing day.  A rain at night with som hail and a wind soon pass and become clear again a norther, turn cooler and a good season in the ground.

 April 17 - Monday.  Clouded up and cool norther.  Felix Smith had his 4 mule colts cut and I let him have a pig at $2.50.   To git cotton seed at one dollar a bushel, 2 and a half bushels $2.50 at town.  Have been a plowing in cane, popcorn, Sudan grass and pea beans.  

April 18 - Tuesday.  Cleared off, a cool norther didn’t freeze maybe the last one we have and crop will grow now.  Received a letter from Ellen.  A Prof’s Moorhead Archeology
 Book of main Indians Ancient.  Some disappointments in ther finds thare and not many pictures.   Maybe it is better when I can read it 4 dollars for the book.

April 19 - Wednesday.  Clear, cool and I plowed in the cane in the vine patch.  And a letter from Ellen.  And Literary Review and Aldas Book Co. Catolague book New York. 
Received a bundle of magazines from Petter Haring, Dallas, A stamp magazine.

April 21, 1922 - Friday.  Cloudy cool, plowed and planted corn.  I have planted corn, cane and Sudan grass and the ground is a giting dry.  The rain on Sunday night was snow, heavy rains and floods. Storms in the west and north snow in the Rocky Mountains, so cold crops are coming up slow.  And we are ate a planting.  Smith has planted cotton this week.

April 22, 1922 - Saturday.  Heavy clouds south wind.  Planted corn and plowed land.  Didn’t go to town today.  Received Prof Moarhead book on Mane Archeology, the early Indians he has been exploring.

Have Film Fun Maz., Photo Play for May, Pictorial Play and theater magazine, and Whize Bang May 1922.  Received the Bookman April 1922. 

April 23 - Sunday.   Heavy clouds an a good rain.  We need warm wether now.  Scorn, cotton will come up and grow.  

April 24 - Monday.  Rain last night and today.  Cloud come up in the evening.  A heavy rain and evening.

Richard Smith had work my fiddesticks mule and she broke out and come home.

April 25 - Tuesday.  The heavest rain fell with hale all day, nearly.  Put up the creeks and wash the fields bad.  Richard work my mule.

April 26 - Wednesday.  The heavy rain on Tuesday, put up Mudd Creek and all the branches till they were higher than the creeks has been since I have been a living in Coleman County.  Wash out the fields down to hard ground and wash away finces, crops and Bud Brannan and  Jack Evens male boxes, and damage the bridge, till we didn’t git any male.   A big log 15 feet long and a foot thick drifted out in Bud Brannan field.  His male box wash away and everything that was sweep lose post and wire were pulled up broken and swept off.  A hundred of dollars of fresh crop planted ruined hard ground.  Will be dry before thay can plow and plant again.

April 26 - Wednesday.  Rain all evening, not so heavy, put up the creeks all nite.  Fields to wet to plow into next week before we can plow and plant

April 27 - Thursday.  The rain cloud has pass and sun a shining, not all gone.  A fog this morning, wet.  The trains and cars are a runing.  Crops a coming up that hasn’t wash away.  Has been cool and is some warmer.  Have to wate some time for the fields to dry before we can plow and plant.

April 28 - Friday.  Rain and a cool cloudy norther all day cold.  The fields are wet as wash bad and finces wash out and a cold wave and heavy clouds.

April 29, 1922 - Saturday.  Cold, heavy clouds and a north wind.  Crops a coming up and field to wet to work, looks like rain.

April 30, 1922 - Sunday.  An a rainy day, all day.  Stayed home and read papers, magazines, more magazines.  And Literature of the World and all news and subjects.  Heavy clouds, cool and disagreeably day to be out.  I have a grate stack of papers, magazines of the latest and didn’t git no where reading them.   Sent $4 dollars to Moorehead, Andove, Plilips  for the Mane Book on Ancient Indians and the arrow points and vessels. 

May 1, 1922 - Monday.  A nearly all night rain.  Field wet and heavy clouds a coming up from the South, no sun shine today.  The ground an make the crop come up.  Some con, cane is a coming and don’t know when we can plant.   Don’t know how much damage the rain and over flow done, wash fields bad.  Smith plan to plant over in the bottom land.    And fix up fince that had wash out on creek again.   I got old papers and magazines off Philips Drug Store from the young drug clerk.  Heavy rain at night on Tuesday May 2.  We got the Dallas News and the heavy rains have been all over the State, over flow and crops wash bad.

May 3 - Wednesday.  The heavy rain last night put up the creeks and the fields are so wet you can’t plow or plant this week.   Cleared off last night and warmer to day.

May 7, 1922 - Sunday.  A warm day, cloudy no rain.  A south wind and dust a blowing.   Went to the creek and the field s have wash bad grate drifts of trash and land that has wash down the branches and creeks.  Crops wash bad and some planted and some to plant, yet.  Grass and weeds a growing and have covered the land and have to plow under to plant.

May 8, 1922 - Monday.  Heavy clouds southwest wind and when we got to plowing the rain come from the west and a heavy down pour wet the fields so we can’t plow.  Haven’t plant corn, maze, cane, cotton yet.  The sun has come out and my Dun filey found a colt last night.  The rain has been cold.  Smith carried his mare over to Tom Todd’s stud and brought back my rake in the rain, he was wet.  It  looks like we would have to work on Sunday to get in our crop.  People don’t like Sunday work but work on Sunday in trashing time.  We won’t have much thrashing this year.  I let Richard have my oat patch for cane, and, maze.

May 12 - Friday.  Plowed popcorn and broke land, the ground was just a giting dry enough to plow and farmers were a planting cotton and maze.  Crops are late and field of weeds and grass a taking the land.  The farmers need help as they are be late a planting and a braking land an a loosing there crops they have planted.  We received a letter from Charley, C. W. Millard 600 W. Hammond St., Pasadena, Calif.   He is a giting on fine a working with the Golf players, to much rain out there.   And the desert is a flower garden, now.  Didn’t know flowers would grow thare.

May 13 - Saturday.  Partly cloudy, cool an I plowed and Smith planted cotton and went to town late in the evening.  Heavy rains South of here on Friday and Thursday.  My mares cold is a week old.

May 14 - Sunday.  A warm to cool day with East wind.  Taken my dun mare to Todd’s stud and she taken him.   Mr Parker come and we looked over the land on Wafford Place where were buried 60 or 80 thousand dollars in gold mark with 3 piles of burnt sacks.  And I didn’t know money was buried thare till it was to late.  Some one else dug it up, Mexicans i suppose.  Cloudy day and a heavy rain come to night, no plowing or planting for several days.  We don’t hunt enough or dig enough to ever find buried treasures.

May 15 - Monday.  Cool sun shine and clouds east wind.  The rain continued nearly all night and when pass the moon showen out bright.   5 or 6 inches of rain fell and flooded every thing , the fields are boggy and we may not git to plow this week.

May 19, 1922 - Friday. Heavy dew warmer and a geting dryer.  Plowed corn and acne land to wet to plant maze.   And a giting grassey and weeds.  The farmers that have planted cotton has lost out and have to plant over again.   And Sunday night we had a heavy rain and hail north of here that beat down all the crops.    And tore up the roofs of the house, till Coleman sold all there shingles and shiped in more with the passenger train.   Thay hauled 80 or a 100 lodes to repair the roofs of the houses out north of here on the Jim Ned and the hale kill the chickens and Tray Evens lives at Echo says a hail stone fell throu his roof and weigh 20 pounds.  I plow corn Friday and Saturday.  Hot, Clouds.   Come up from the West and hung over Coleman and Santa Anna comence a thundering and lightning a heavy rain fell with lightning and heavy thunder as I ever heard with heavy rain and not much wind, some hail.  The creeks are up and fields wet.  Some day or before we can plow and plant.  Mr Jack Evers has the Newman field and it keeps so wet he can’t plow or plant and the weeds, Johnson grass and other grasses are a taken the fields.  The cockleburr are a taking the fields.  It takes turning plow to plow and turn under the weeds and grass.

 It looks like our crop were a going to be a short crop this year with heavy rains, hails, over flow and to wet fields.

May 21, 1922 - Sunday.  A warm cloudy wet morning.  And the creeks over flowed but didn’t wash the fields.  A drying off fast, every body needs help. 

May 22 - Monday.  To wet to plow.  Some plowed and planted.   Rain south of here.

May 23, 1922 - Tuesday.  Plowed around wet spots and drying fast.  Heard  Jessey Smith Peninton had a baby girl and Mrs Smith and Grandma are over thare at Cherries Place a tending on her.  And Mr and Mrs Smith are Grandpa and grandma.   And the boys are Uncles and a baby girl so soon.   Cloud and rain South.

May 24, 1922 - Wednesday.  The clouds cleared off with a norther and ground a geting dyer.  Broke land comence plowing corn.   Weedy and grassey and we kill grass and weeds.  The rain and grass nearly drowned out our crop.   And haven’t all planted, yet.  Farmers still a planting cotton and maze, cane and are late and crops are short everywhere.   All low lands has been wash out and drowned out by the over flows.   Clear today and a norther.   Have so may magazines, books, papers and don’t have time to read them all.

May 26 - Friday.  Warmer and giting dryer and I plowed corn and cane.   And planted cotton, nrain this week every body a plowing and planting cotton and some land will be lost and to late to plant.  Now as the  rain continued so long and over flows drowned out low land.  So much cotton lost and late.

May 27 - Saturday.  Went to town and bought a sack of white paced flour off Mr. Roundtree at $2.50 and wheat.  When wheat is only $1.15.   And got a lot of magazines, and papers at Philips.  As I were a coming home give five people papers and magazines.

May 28, 1922 - Sunday.  Some clouds, a hot day and quite fly time, the flys are so bad that people have cloths on there mules and horses.

June 4 - Sunday.  In the evening we went down to the Cedar Brakes and looked at the rocks and soil, trees and flowers and went to the well that was drill down thare and the cole and shale, and rocks, soil are all like sand rock, lime rock, iron rock.  Clays are all the same only different colors, different make with cedar, post oak, musquet, live oak and a growing on it a lot of sand and sand rock in places.  We looked for money marks found trees cu off and sawed off and rocks too marked places and the Mexicans or some one had dug 3 big wholes and found some of the money and made off with it.  I had been over to little cedar mountain many a time and never saw the marks and miss a giting the money thare were on a cedar tree LEM or H. and a big hole with water tad poles in it and thay were a swiming and on there backs.  Something were wrong.   Sumners, and Richard, Wiley Smith was down and Wiley said, someone had tried to reck there car by puting bolts and tops in it.   It looks like we would have a short crop if it were to turn off dry.  Some corn are a tasling.  We have beans.

June 11, 1922 - Sunday.  Cloudy, south wind.  A sprinkle of rain.  We need a good rain.  Plowed corn and planted some cotton and broke land.  Samson choped cotton for Felix Smith and caught up with plowing and choping on Saturday.  I went to town and carried 6 plows to Ed Faquhes and bought some rice and potatoes and crackers off Mr Roundtree.  He had fix up his store nice and made a grate change in  it, more convenience and easier to git at.  I bought one dollar worth and got a lot of junk to throw out.   At night when we got home. 

I went with Ely Smith to Richard Smith, Felix and Sumners over to dig for money and thay made so much noise.  I’m not certain some one were a watching us and we dug awhile and quit.  Sumners would smoke and we quit and come home.  The moon was shining bright and wether that was a ghost, a yearling or somebody, I don’t know.   Got our crops worked out.  We go a dig some other time.  In the evening went over to Mr Petty’s and carried him a bundle of papers.  And a good rain come.  Crops are a looking fine.  And Mr Constable, Pettes and pipen with the boy and come down to  Mrs Harves tank and went in a bathing.

June 11, 1922 - I come home and fed the hogs and Samson said, Mr Mobley, Pette , and Claude Prescott an archeologist was out at the Indian mound and a rattler snake had come and they wanted to kill it, he had struck.  And a Indian skeleton buried in the mound.   And he showed me relic and pictures from Mexico central and South America.  And he had the Idols, knife made of natures glass and arrow head jade and ornaments that come from Asia.

June 12, 1922 - Monday.   Planted corn, no rain, cloudy, sunshine.  Some one is a prowling around night and day a watching us.   I went up town and saw Prescott and he give me some arrow points and a chines, coin and some stamps and he has a fine collection of relicks from Mexico and Panama.  

And he lent me the Chattanooga Daily Rebel No 279, June 28 1883 vol 1, Sunday morning Pub by Frome M. Pool about the war between the States.   A paper and wild hog hunt in the Republic of Panama by Claude T. Prescott.  He let me have magazine, Sunday April 17, 1921, Relic of Ages found in hills of Mexico.  Relics of Ancient American Art Exhume by Marco Elder.  Mr Prescott has been in the country of the Ancient people of Mexico and South America and saw the wonders of the world of the pass.  

June 14, 1922 - Wednesday. 

June 15 - Thursday.  Clear, war and as I was expecting Mr C. J. Prescott to come.  I moved my books , magazines, papers, and hunted my relicks and he didn’t come.   And I didn’t find as much as I thought I had.  Mr Prescott give me 2 arrow points from Louisiana and Arkansas and he give the copy of the Rebel and some stamps and old coins.

June 16 - Friday.   Plowed cotton and pop corn.  And Mr Prescott come.  I let him have some arrow points  and bullets and other relics and Samson let him have some arrow points and a box of cacta.  And he dug in the mound and found some remains of people probable Indians.  Had been buried so long all were gone and maybe thay had been dug in several times before a hunting money.

June 17 - Saturday.  Started to chop grass and weeds and Samson went to town and a good rain come this evening.  We sure need it as crops were suffering for rain.  Mr Prescott spoke of diging for treasures and relics in Mexico, South of Mexico City in the valley over hills and mountains a walled city for 40 miles and 10 to 20 feet or deeper, one can dig and find relics, vessels,. Jewelry, images, gold and jade and many other things.   You have to have a picture taken and leave one thare to keep and one give one when you come out a bringing your find out with the agent of Mexico.  For ages people have lived and been destroyed and others come up maybe 10 thousand or 100 thousand years.   And thay were fine workman, artist and lost art today.   A world of the past ages, when the people lived  sociable, Socialist call them hetherns and thare are hethens to day as of old.

June 18 - Sunday.  A slow rain last night and heavy clouds over a growing season for crops.  Corn is a tasling and this rain will be the making of corn.  The rain wet the fields and corn, and cane.  I plow now and plant.

June 19 - Monday.  Plowed and the land was to dry to plow and do any good.   I chop Johnson grass and cockleburrs.

 June 20 - Tuesday.  Dry and corn a suffering for rain.  Crops are short and bad stand and not all come up.  Mr Prescott come out and taken our picture of our house and went down to the cedar brokes to see the prairie dogs.  He has traveled a long way not to have saw a prairie dog or a Algrette bush.  And he is giting a collection of relics here and exchanging with other parts in other States.  I don’t know he may be a detective and a revenue officer and a hunting bootleggers and stills.  I don’t know of any around here.   And I wouldn’t have anything to do with the slop and so call stills.

June 21, 1922 - Wednesday.   Choped Johnson grass and cockle burrs .  A lot of thunder and clouds come up about noon and went away with out rain.  Dry and corn a burning up and won’t make anything .  Crops are in a bad shape.  All over the State and not half a crop will be made unless we have rain. 

The government hasn’t made a report as the cotton prospect was so bad unless we have a change the crop will be the shortest ever known in Texas.

June 22, 1922 -  Thursday.   Hot and dry, clear till near 11 o’clock.  And clouds come up.  Looks like we might git rain as we need one bad and past the middle of June and nothing of a crop.  Tom Tood has the Banster boys a pressing Johnson grass hay, and oats are ripe that the rust didn’t ruin.   And a short crop, no wheat.

June 24 - Saturday.  We have been all the week a choping grass and weeds and I dug pits to put my relics.   As some one had stole most of the best ones in our pit and I put most of them in the house.  Thay even got in the house and stole them.  My arrow points, and grinders and other things.   The hell hounds has been a laying around and a stealing and watching us for 2 months and I don’t know how much longer, don’t know how long thay have been going in the pit or out of the house.  I suppose it was old hethen Jim Kile and his mob, the hell hounds has been a roben me ever since come to Coleman County.  I ought to have know better than to put then out in a pit and not have covered them with a lode of rocks.

Hot and dry.  And crops are burning up and we are a loosing our corn crop.   We need rain bad and nothing but showers has fell and crops will be cut short if we don’t git rain this month.  Mr Prescott was out and taken our pictures.

June 25 - Sunday.  A hot day some clouds, no rain.  A light changeable wind and no traveling.  No one come.  Time has changed and people with there cars.   Other places and don’t com unless thay think thay can git something out of one and make something.  Prescott are a collecting Indian Relic and he are a picking them up where ever he can.  And he may git them that was stolen from me.  Grinders, hamer, stone axes and swords and a light yellow stone and other things.  I didn’t think thay would be found as dirt was over them.   Some one search the place over.  Some robber of a hell hound, meane low Catholic heathen dog, scume of the human race.

No rain like has fellen in western Tx. on the Rio Grande will come here.  We need a weeks rain.

June 27 - Tuesday.  Partly clear, clouds come up and rain East, all day nearly and cloud come over and a shower with thunder up at Coleman.  Choped weeds and Johnson grass.  Dry hot.  Corn and crop a ruining.  We won’t male any corn unless we git a rain soon and very little feed crop as it will fall down and burn up and leave us poor feed.

I received my magazines and a bundle from Petter Haring.  The Farmers are up with there choping and plowing.  And wating for rain.  Good time to kill grass and weeds.

July 1, 1922 - Saturday.   Clear to cloudy and hot sunshine.  Crops a burning up.  Went to town and fix up the Deeds on the Old Place and sent them off.  L.W. Stockard was Notra Public and charge one dollar to fix up the Deeds and acknowledge the Deeds to our Old Place at Bellville, Austin, County, Tex.  And have had a long time a fixing up the papers and on acount of Nancy’s children.  Lots of people in town and heard Mrs Heard was in the hospital and her sister’s was with her.   And that the dry wether was a ruining crops and grass hoppers are bad a eating up cotton and corn.

July 2, 1922 - Sunday.  Warm, a rain cloud in the west and the clouds pass on east or north and pass us by and we need rain bad, to save our crops.   Ire Campbell house on his farm by Cherries burnt up on Saturday.

July 3, 1922 - Monday.  A Sunday was a cloudy day changeable rain com up, the clouds went off,   At sundown heavy clouds gethered, rains comence to rain around,  after dark the rain come down, a good rain all night.  A good season plenty of water now we make corn, and cotton.  Can plant beans, peas, and plow, ground wet down good.  An all nights rain tanks full and things will go to growing. 

I saw Rev Lemual Sullvan at Bogata, Texas and wrote to him.  Have read his peom, didn’t know what had become of him.  Cloudy looks like more rain now.   It has commeced.   A man at Coleman has offered 25 cts a pound for cotton if the farmer will sign up when cotton is put on the market in the fall.  There is some blooms and lots of fields hasn’t commenced to bloom yet.

July 9, 1922 - Sunday.  Home all day, hot. Dry day.   Reading books and papers about the worlds doings and happening.  We are having a drought with the grass hoppers and crops don’t grow.  Have to cut our corn and soon our cane and the hoppers are a eating up all the beans.  We planted peas, corn, cotton, maze and comence on our peaches and sun flowers.

July 10, 1922 - Monday.  Plowed cotton and Mr. Smith and Jim Evens were a plowing there cotton.  Wiley Smith told me that Mr Singletary died on Sunday night.  I suposed thay carried him down to Ennis to bury him, beside Mrs Singletary as she died a year or two, since the world war.

July 11 - Tuesday.   Received the Dallas Semi-weekly News and the Literary Review, the Big strikes on the rail rode is on, the shopmen are out and thay are a having and the soldiers are a being call out.

July 12 - Wednesday.  Clear, hot, no rain today.

July 14, 1922 - Friday.  Hot, dry, rain east and south.  Have been cuting grass and fodder.  Coleman had her big Bar-que and base ball games and beting between Santa Anna and Coleman, up to a thousand dollars.  The grasshoppers are bad and the chickens are a catching them.   Washington report this years cotton crop would be 11 million bales and over and cotton are hardly a blooming here.  And a big corn crop is reported and we won’t make any corn to amount to anything here.   Mr Bud Brannan owns nearly a thousand acres and he told Henry Smith that he would buy a ranch in South Texas and let him live on it as long as he wanted too or if he go with him theyed travel out west for a year or two and Brannan would bear all expenses.

Ely Smith was over from Liberty and said that Mr Parker had got up and left and hadn’t told where he was a going.  Don’t know wether he had found any treasures yet.  He had been a hunting in the Cedar Breaks for money burned.  We found two places where money had been dug up.

July 15 - Saturday.  A clear hot dry day.  Cur pop corn for fodder as it is not a making much corn.  Received a letter from cousin  J. L. Sullinan at Bogota, Texas, he lives up near Red River. Annona.,Texas, .   And he is a Methodist Minster his children have all grown up and left and his daughter is home.  Thay have good crops and have corn and garden vegetables, while we have a failure and dry wether and grasshoppers, the rail rode strike is still on.

And a few trains run.  No rain today.

July 22 - Saturday.  A clear hot day.  Went up to Santa Anna, a Primary Election a good many farmers a voting .  Most of them had voted and I didn’t see any of the women a voting and town was quite, several lodes of Mexicans in the streets a selling from .10, .25. .30, .40 cents.  As it was hot and near 12 and the gins wasn’t a gining.  I had to bring my corn home.   Bought a sack of meal at Roundtrees at 60 cents and 2 melons at 30 cts and one was no good.  For got my books and have to go back after them.   A good many people are a traveling, a few freight trains a runing, since the strike of the shopmen. The dry wether is a cuting off the cotton and crops and the grasshoppers more numerous.  Everything will be short here in Coleman Co.  All but candidates and thieves as thay are a stealing beans and mules, chickens and are around nearly every night, steal something a sneak about at night.

July 23, 1922 - Sunday.  Clear dry hot.  Clouds come up, no rain.  A dry time and looks now it would be all of July.

July 24, 1922 - Monday.  Hot dry and grasshoppers thick.  Cut big corn fodder. A burning up fasr. 

No male.  Farmers have comence to cut there maze.  Hadn’t heard how the election come off.

July 25, 1922 - Tuesday.   Clear sunshine, some clouds.  Cut corn and Smith comence to cut his maze.  Crops have quit a growing and comence dying.  Corn ruined, only for fodder.  A rain cloud north of here.   Day hot and nothing made and can’t gether crop fast enough as can’t git anyone to cut corn fodder.

July 29 - Saturday.  A good shower of rain on Thursday, south and east fell, we only got a sprinkle.    Have been cuting fodder.  All the week has been the hotest week during the year.  Corn is a burning up.  We made some corn and cane.  Have some pop corn and musk melons.  I received my books from

T R Morehead Andover 7 of them.  Cost $1.26 Express and $7.00 I sent him Stone Orniments of American Indians bulletin 5, Certain Peculiar Earth works near Andover,Mass. By W. K. Moorehead.  Bulletin 4, Fort Ancient - the Great Prehistoric Earth Works of Warn County Ohio by W.K. Moorehead.   Cahopia Mounds with 16 plats preliminary papers by W. K.M. April 1922.

(Continues on with several other books.)

July 30 - Sunday.  Clear and hot.  Went out to Jim Evens and across to Petty’s over by Cherries, where Campbell’s house got burnt up.  Thay have built a new one and Constable has moved in .  Crops look bad.  Mr Petty says he has 75 acres in cotton and he will gather 7 or 8 bales of cotton.  Mr

Petty had a red hog that would eat chickens and hunter come by to see him and give him $10 dollars for his hog.  The boys was call out in Coleman 55 of them from Santa Anna and 500 in all.  I don’t know where they went, as the big strike is on of rail rode shopmen.  It was given out that the strike would be off by the 1st of August which is here on Tuesday.   The chicken and cow thieves and gamblers and baseball players will give us a rest as they were called out and left on Thursday.

July 31 - Monday.  Scatering clouds, hot.  Cut fodder.  No male as Vencon wouldn’t fix the Mudd Creek bridge.  No rain in July to save our cotton and corn.

August 1, 1922 - Tuesday.   A clear hot day with scattering clouds.  Dry.  And School Election at most to add 50 cts on Bonds to build a consolidated school.    Smith went and voted against it.   Cut and tied fodder.   Fodder all a burning up.  No rain.  A month of dry wether.   Received papers from temple.  Adler Booth 603 N. 13 th Temple, Tx. to sign up so Percecle will have a guardian and git his part of the money.  3 papers about the old place to be signed by all of us to get Percloal Nooth part and hav his garden, F R. Downs selling to Emil Frumrey dated July 21, 1922 Law Office W. O. Cox. Temple, Tx.   F.R. Downs 21 day July 1922 April 18, 19__., W. R. Brown Notary Public Bell County, Tx.  Fannie H. Caplin Notary Public County of Wichita, Texas.  Have got down to 47 acres of our old place and we only git $700.00 dollars.  It takes a long while to fix things up, so many papers and guardian papers.

August 5 - Saturday.  Clear to cloudy and a hot day.  Cut fodder and tied up and shocked.  A rain cloud come up and rained around with thunder, good rains continued during the night.  Rain with lightning and thunder.  The farmers had a picknic and speaking and dinner a Santa Anna today.  Hot 115 deg. 

Aug 6, 1922 - Sunday.  Rain this morning, a good rain which we needed lots of rain.  The news says that cotton a doing well and that we made more than 11 million bales.  I think thay lye and cotton ain’t a making as much as they say it will.  Crops are short and the report makes out thay are good and we are a making plenty. 

Aug 11, 1922 - Friday.  Clear day and hot.  Hauled out Johnson grass and gethered Sudan seed and hunted up a ball of twine to tie cane foder and put in magazine in a barle and cut up Johnson grass And fed hogs some cane and milked the cow and it was night.  Have been cuting cane for fodder and a tieing it up.  Tom Todd fix the bridge on Mudd Creek and the male man come with our male and we got the News and the strike still goes on.

All day.  All week in and out hot wether and the strike on and more strikes may come on.

Why don’t the farmers strike instead of paying $2.25 a sack of flour and wheat only 85 cents a bushel and the cotton report over 11 million bales and Texas bill for over 3 million bales.  When so much land lay out over flowed and dry wether and other causes cut short the cotton crop.  The Bridge on Mudd Creek 4 sleepers 12 by 12 cost over a hundred dollars beside the fixing of it.  And we will git our male now.  Mr Neal will travel the Route again.  We received the Dallas News and Santa Anna News, the Coleman people are advertising Mathews to get him elected and perett Beolen in the County Judge race.   Mathews has put the County in the hole and spent on the Red Bank, $4000 and have one culvert and no graded rode and is out 80 or 95 thousand dollars and nothing to show.  The roads are bad and as long as we have such men in office as Judge Mathews the rodes will be bad.   Wash and full of rocks and gullies and money spent and git nothing.  He won’t git my vote in the run off in 29 or 30 of August, if I couldn’t do any better than that.  The County Officers git to where thay think that they own the office.  And the voters and that you must vote as they say.  When thay are a roben the County of thousands of dollars and taxing high.  Now the State Tax Board has load 7 cts this year taxes.   A set of hethen tax gethers and we don’t know what kind of a crop we are going to have, corn is short, cane is short, no oats and wheat, maze a spoiling when gethered.

August 12, 1922 -.On August 12 Saturday went to Santa Anna and got a sack of corn ground at the new farmers gin.  The new gin are a good one and fix up to date for gining and grinding corn.  

Thay were repairing and giting ready to gin when cotton opens enough to pick.   Lots of melons in town and a show and doctor a selling medicine and had actors with him on the streets.  Sheb Williams had melons and a new Musk melon he called it Pickenedy.  The farmers are organizing there unions and say that the only way thay can git the Socialist party as the money trust crushes all others.   Cotton a opening.  And On:

August 14 and 15 Cloud up like rain clouds and still not much wind.   Tuesday the clouds are heavy.  Found some arrow points, scrapers and broken grinders and other Indian flint in Todd’s field on Allen Creek.   This evening a good rain fell and won’t have to haul water.

Aug 17, 1922 - Thursday.  After a good rain.  We caught some water in tanks at the house and in the tank hole in the pasture.  The ground is wet enough to plow.  And I plowed my garden and plowed in pop corn land.  I found more arrow points and some scrapers and strange flint articles and stones that the Indian had used and Samson found a fine lot on Todd’s and Henderson fields.

The Mexican show closes to night at town and we didn’t git to see it.  The man that had been a living in the woods and a stealing and a eve droping has left after staying 2 or 3 months and the bootleggers may have still out on my hill.  We haven’t found it yet.  As some one or several has been out thare for a month or more.  Richard Smith said Ben M. had a suitcase that he said was pack full of whiskey flask and he was a showing a pocket full of money of 50, 100, 500 and up of money bills.   The cotton gamblers have comence to put down cotton and trying to break up the Farmers Union.   Cloudy sunshine, hot, The rain help corn are a silken and tasling and plants are a growing again.

August 19, 1922 - Saturday. Hot day, dry, and clouded up by 12 and in the evening the clouds began to gether and git black in the north.  Thunder with rain and  in the middle of the evening a heavy rain came from the East and we got 2 inches of rain and cooled off.  And we needed a good rain.  On Friday while I was up at Santa Anna to sign up the papers so we would git that money for the Old Place.  Thare was 6 or 7 lodes of melon from Brown and Comanche and Coleman counties, fine ones cheap.  And I bought 4 melons for 65 cents, 10 cts worth of cheese and got a lot of watermelons rines for my hogs.  Lots of people in town.  A fly machine went west during the week, as the rain come.  Samson didn’t come home.

August 20, 1922 - Sunday.  Clear and hot, fields wet    No birds to sing, the mocking birds have all gon and we don’t hear them anymore.   Rabbits are all gone and rats and mice , so that the cats haven’t nothing to eat only as we feed them.   The man on Wafford Place were a runing wolves last night with there hounds.  The chaperell birds has a nest in the musquet tree in the yard by the house hatched out a 5 little Chaprell and Smith boys got 2 and the others are large enoug to follow the mother out for food in the pasture. 

August 21, 1922 - Monday.  Started to haul in my fodder and sliped and got hurt.  Has been dry, hot and not much clouds.  Havn’t done anything this week and here it is Friday 25 and hot, some clouds.  Richard gethered all his maze and I got 2 lodes.  All so stay at home and don’t git out to go any where.  I have been reading the Review Liteary and (other books) and how we buy.

Aug 26 - Saturday.  Hot, clouds come up and a good shower of rain east and south.    At night lightning still after the blow past with a sprinkle.  Clouds soon all disappeared ansd dry again, Hot.

Aug 27 - Sunday.  Clear hot till a few clouds come up.  No rain.  The Butcher bird a come and the Bull Bats and a few hawks are a going South with the dragon flys.   And a few hawks, a few Curleras come by when it rained.  Smith’s will comence a picking cotton on Monday.

Aug 28 - Monday.  Clear , hot, nights a giting cooler and farmers has comence to pick cotton.  Some clouds, dry and no sign of rain.

Aug 30, 1922 - Wednesday.  Some clouds, hot and dry, some cooler.  Smith hauled off a bale of cotton.  Richard Smith art a trying to get pickers.  Tom Todd’s man hauled off a bale of cotton.  Samson is a picking for him and Tom Todd and Pipens, I believe his name. 

Aug 31, 1922 - Thursday.  Last day and the moon is a shining again.  Night cooler, some clouds but dry.  Received my Liteary Review August 26 and letter from Bank.   I found a good scraper and broken arrow points on Mudd Creek down near the Bridge.  Where the Indian camp long ago.  The plow and over flow are a carrying off all the good specimens.

September 1, 1922 - Friday.   Clear. Warmer, some clouds and cotton opening fast and farmers a selling and picking as fast as they can.  Smith has 2 bales out.  As the government for Cotton Report mad a million bales.  Short cotton went down and the farmers are nearly a geting all the first picken.  And the leaf worm are in Brown County.   Well the Rumery Election reports say we elected all new officers. 

A clean sweep maybe we will have things different.  And have the rodes make better.  I thought if all could be cleaned out maybe we could build good rodes.   Samson are a sending Ellen a half dozen chickens and a bucket of popcorn.

Sept 2 - Saturday.  Clear warm day.

Sept 6 - Wednesday.  Cloudy and sunshine/ Rain in the evening.  A good shower with thunder and lightning, blew off south before night.  We caught some water.  Felix Smith brought us a sack of flour and a bucket of lard and a melon.  Cost of flour $1.90, lard 40 or 50cts., melon 25 cts.  Not well enough to work.

Sept 7 - Thursday.  Cloudy and sunshine, no rain, warmer.  Cotton has went down to18 cts after the government report of over 11 million bales.

Sept 9 - Saturday.  Changed and a rain and wind came from th south.  A light rain.

Sept 10, 1922 - Sunday.  Changed to a norther, rain and cooler, not enough rain to do any good.  Cooler and cleared odd in the night.  Received the Appeal to Reason for the 9th and the Editor is al ways in trouble about money and with the Post Office.  His trouble now is about 67 million volumes of Shakespear Works and given a free trip to Shakespear old home in England tp those who sold the most sets 12 could go and the Post Office a ledged it was a lottery and wouldn’t let him sell the volumes and the Editor takes up the paper with advertising and tell about his troubles.  While big papers and magazines git his money by taking his advertising and we don’t git much to read.

Sept 11 - Monday.   Clear cool cold nights.

Sept 12 - Tuesday.  Clear a norther last night was cool, nearly frost.

Sept 21, 1922 - Thursday.  We had a good rain on Tuesday and Wednesday was to wet to pick.  To clear cooler and a dew last night.  Send off a letter to P.P. Haring, Dallas. The farmers are a trying toget out there cotton.  I received a bundle of magazines and papers fom Petter Haring.  Maysfield paper about he KK clan and how strong thay are and what big times are having at there big clan meetings over the States.

Sept 26, 1922 - Warm cool nights, not so hot as it was.   Still dry and no breeze.  The farmers are a having to git out there cotton.  Cotton has went up and is 21 cts now and the report on cotton Texas will make 3 million of cotton. Cotton is so short that I don’t know where it to come from. Out west crops are short and thay haven’t made any feed.  We received our check for Old Place $5.38.85 each one on us.  And have to send back the check to git the money transferred here.  Cotton around Liberty is a making a good crop and they have raised in the passed.

October 1, 1922 - come in dry clear warmer a sprinkle on Sunday.  And cleared off.  Every body a picking and a hauling off and a turning there stock in the field as soon as the crop is all out, warmer 80 deg.  Some crows a cawing.

Oct 13 - Thursday.  Clear cool.  The farmers are a giting out there cotton and a turning there stock in the fields.   The geese and crows are a going south, dry and a few doves and, no larks has come, yet.  Wrote a letter to Doubleday Page for 4 magazines and all cost $10 dollars.  We have the most of our cotton out, out corn and fodder is in the field, yet.   Jim Evens has out his cotton and Tom Todd and turned in the stock. 

Oct 14 - Sunday.  Some clouds warm.  At home all day..

Oct 15, 1922 - Monday.  Heavy clouds a sprinkle, wind changeable from west to the north.  Fix fince.   Richard Smith help and the clouds thickened and a good slow rain all night fell and all day on Tuesday, some colder.

Oct 17 - Tuesday.  Rain all day, night caught 2 inches. Tanks nearly full of water, the larks come when the rain come.

Oct 18 - Wednesday.  Cloudy fix fince and turned the horses and mules in the upper part of the field and hauled 3 lodes of fodder.  Heavy clouds all day and comence to sprinkle rain tonight.

I received my Oct 14th, Literary Review vol 3, no.6, cram full of reviewing of books and people and book advertisements.   Edited by Henry Sudel Camby.  A review of the book world for book lovers and collectors. 

That we may know what people are doing, writers a doing, publishers, and book shops, sellers, and the world are a doing in the book world and that books and magazines are so hi I buy so few and don’t read all the magazines and books that I git and thay are a pilen up on me.   And I haven’t house room for them and editor of Library Review offers a 3 volume set of Christopher Morley’s works for $5 dollars.  I have to send as the Editor of the Library Review ha sent the Review since May and every copy has been full of good newsy reading in the book world, better all the time.

Oct 30, 1922 - Monday.  Fix wagon to haul cotton.  Heavy clods all day hung over and in the evening comence a raining and rain all evening and nearly all night and nearly all the morning.

Oct 31, 1922 - Tuesday. Cleared off in the evening, no all the clouds are gone.  And a light norther put some water in the tanks and good season in the ground for winter, not very cold.   I received the Worlds Works and Harpers magazine and the Dallas Farm News.

November 12 - Sunday.  Heavy clouds and rain, light norther and a frost, light snow and cold north wind.

Nov 15 - Wednesday.  I went up and let Richard Smith have 75 dollars and taken a mortgage on his two horses and wate till next October for the pay his black and sorel horses.

Nov 18, 1922 - Saturday cleared off on Friday night.  A heavy dew and Ely and Felix Smith come and went a hunting with Richard and caught a possums and went home this morning.

Nov 16, 1922 - Thursday. We had 2 nights and all day rain a general rain a good season now in the ground.  Received the Santa Anna News and Dallas News says general rains
 over Texas.  I received the Literary Review and Petter Haring sent me Ford’s Independent, the Republic, Saturday Evening Post.  Saturday clear sun shiney day, west winds, warmer.  Ever body has gone to town that can go. Wet and muddy and had to take stock out of the field and wate till the field drys out before we can turn then in again.   Some one had a key and went in Richard Smith’s house while he was out a picken cotton and Gillium boy come and he lock the doors run the wolves and howls. 

Thare no rabits, rats or mice here to amount to any thing.  A few doves and larks, the ducks has come since the rains.  The farmers are a buying wheat and oats to sow.  Oats .75 and wheat $1.50 a bushel are a being ship in.  A big grain crop will be sown.

Nov 30, 1922 - Thursday.  Thanksgiving Day.  Heavy clouds a warm day some sun shine.  Richard Smith plowed  my young mule, fiddlesticks, and Niger and comence braking on my land the part of the field I had rented to him.

December 24, 1922 - Sunday.  Clear some warmer.  All gone to take Christmas but me and I been a reading and writing after dinner.   And a coping off 30 years in hell by a Catholic Preast that quit the so call Catholic Church.  He tells how the Preast - Pope on down work to deceive and dupe the people and keep them slavery and ignorance. 

To passes the governments and school, to tramp under foot Liberty and free speech and make wars on free people and lay waste to all that is good.  There cuning is to blot out the Bible and all Christian teaching put in place Popery.

I received my books from David Clarkson.

The Great Republic - 4 vol.                               Poems of the South - 1 vol

Alice in Wonderland - 1 vol                              Seven Wondeers of the World - 1 vol

Library of the Worlds History  - 10 vol             Promises of the Christian Age - 27 vol

The Morning of Christian Unity - 1 vol               Astromey in a Nut Shell - vol

Conquest of Peru - 2 vol.                                  Ferdnon and Isabel - 2 vol             

Hooser romance - 1 vol                                    The Towers of London - 2 vol

Slavery Of Human Progress - 1 vol

I sent $30.75 cts and only got 27 volumes.  Express was $3.84 cts.  Cost in all $ 33.57.

Winnie sent me a present 12 vol.  L.E. Edenburgh Lectures on mental serence by J. Troward 1  vol and 4 vol. By Christopher Warley from the Liteary Review on books.

December 25, 1922 - Monday.  A clear warm day still a giting dry.  Christmas was quite.  Mr Smith come back from Standly up in Silver Valley and Richard had been over to Gillems, said Gillim was a going out east of Dallas till New Years.   The youngsters are a having parties and at one party a youngster drove his car in and sold 600 dollars worth of booze and let out that the way things are a going.   The Keneys were a going to have a dance up near the Junction to night it is supose thare will be plenty to drink.  As the bottles are a laying around the 3 Roses flask.

Dec 26 - Tuesday.  Clear cool the fringe of the clouds that come up last night pass on with out much change in the wether.  Cool west wind, hazy clear.  The farmers are a plowing.  I received a package from Ellen of a shirt and cake, candy, a spoon and spectacles and a whistle and cost 10 - 8 - 18cts when 8 would have done.  Mrs C. H. White 603 N. 13th St Temple, Texas.

Looks like Wednesday will have colder wether as the wind are a giting around to the north.  Sent a letter each to Anna and Hazel, how surprised thay be.  And disapointed because we didn’t com to spend Christmas with them.   A plane pass a going to Brownwood hi up under the clouds, a cold place so hi up and a traveling fast.  I use to dream of flying it seems to dangerous now it real thing so may get killed and lost in the sea.

December 30, 1922 - Saturday.  A cool clear day a brisk north wind.  Went to Coleman with Felix Smith and Wiley, Richard and Penegton, the Tax Collector office was crowed and the people of Coleman was a paying there Taxes on land properties and there Auto Tax and Mr E. R. Thompson had got the Autos numbers mixed up and seems as if he couldn’t unravel them, were a giving him lots of trouble.    Taxes were Hi and the rode building was a going on and the rodes was awful bad traveling.  Coleman was crowed with holiday shopers, so was Santa Anna and streets working was a going on.   Automobiles were every where parked and lots of vistors and strangers, heap of ladies out a taking in the sights and shoping.

December 31, 1922 - Sunday.  A clear sun shiney day cool and a nice day for the Old Year a going out.  I got several cards and books and magazines and papers.   Have been reading Heldeman Julius Weekly old Appeal to Reason.  The Old year is sliping away and the new will soon be here.  And past will be history. Another year gone.  Well I close the year 1922 in this writing.

January 1, 1923 - Monday.  A norther cool and clear, some sand in the air.  The New Year come in dry.   People a plowing. The rode work a going on.  And the towns reservoir work has comenced on       Mud Creek Branch at Bill Vinsents.  Thay work Mexicans and Nigros.  Have been blasting out rock and struck water.  Warfords and Hickman blasted out 15 ratters out of the hill where Jim Evens lives on Hickman Place on Mudd Creek on the hi hill. 

Jan 4 - Thursday.  A full moon clear dry still no rain this year yet.  Cold nights, warm during the day.

Jan 6 - Saturday.  Clear warm day, light wind.  Went to Santa Anna an got a bushel of potatoes $1.20, sold 3 dozen eggs, got onion sets, 2 oranges and subscribed for copers weekly and got a pair of glasses $2.95, 3 years.  The new rode hands were out a lot of strangers.  Mathews and the county commissioner tried to ruin the Coleman County people with puting in new rodes and Hi taxes.

Jan 7, 1923 - Sunday.  A clear warm day light winds and not much stiring around.  Was over to Henry Smith and went out and looked over where old money marks burnt treasures.  And that man Parker that was here had removed the marks, it is suposed that he found burned treasure as he disapeared and haven’t com back nor sent word of where he went to.

The rode workers have come and started to work on the rodes and a camp are at Santa Anna and at Cedar Breaks.  They have been a blasting and puting out the rode from south on the north side of the rail rode and the old saying a he of a fix thay are a making.   Taxes if said to be higher this coming year than 1922 and how are the farmers to pay it, if we make a bad crop.

Jan 10, 1923 - Wednesday.  Sent Mekenly Stone Mackensey $12.45 cts for the mystery stories books.  A clear warm day went and look at the new rode.  A regrolure car recker and a roben the people and paying $10,000 a mile far such a rode,  Judge Mathews and the commissioners ought to be turned out.  The whole fush of them.   He better go an Tom ex Gerve Allen of Kansas and run a lecture tour and tell people how to vote and workman how to hold a job and not strike and not to talk to much, be careful how you talk, don’t use free speech.

Jan 11, 12, 13 - Clear warm up till Saturday.  Clouded up, a good south wind, may be we will git some rain, the forecast says we will. 

Jan 14, 1923 - A light norther and blew off the clouds, no rain, not much cold.  Clear and dry.   No sign of rain.  Formerly the Appeal to Reason no 1415, he has lots to say on the worlds people doing the way thay treat the laboring men and young men when they go to the Universities and big schools.  I supose that the Texas University at Austin and the A and M college are run by the same crowd.  And thay don’t want any shake up or free speech.  Sooner or later thay can’t hold them down all ways the inter locking directors don’t allow free speech send out tongtied num sculls to run the world for the money power.  The mighty prences merchants rules.

Jan 18 - Thursday.   Clear warm and dry, need rain.  The contractors are a working on the rodes about over the county and a blasting and dig a ditch and a puting up a dump and a making a awful dangerous rode for travel.  Thare will be lots of work and lots of recks and accidents.  That have boys a surveying at $10 dollars a day and a throwing our tax money away.  

The rode don’t need so much surveying nor 10 thousand dollars a mile to build it.  The work has comence on the City Lake.  Thay have been a blasting and a moving dirt to put a dam and an a clearing away brush and rocks.

Jan 19, 1923 - Saturday.  Cripen brought my mare home after worken her 2 days and I had to pay ing him $4 dollars.  He said she was broke.  Clouded up, wether has changed rain on Saturday night and on Sunday morning.  Cooler but no ice.  Still heavy clouds and we may git more rain.  The farmers has nearly all of there land broke.  Oats need rain.

Jan 21 - Sunday. A rainy day a 3 inch rain.  A norther.  Wrote letters and read books and papers.  Wrote letter to Clifford Millard, Rotan.  One to Copers, one to Dudbly Page.  Rain nearly all day.

Jan 22, 1923 - Monday.  Heavy clouds rain and snow all day, not very cold .  A good season now.   I saw one Blue bird, a bunch of Larks.  A norther not as cold as the snow just melted.   The male didn’t come today.

January 27, 1923 - Saturday.  A cloudy day a sprinkle of rain and cool.  Went to Santa Anna and sold some eggs and received 25 cts a dozen, one dollar 25 cts.  Bought baking
             power can 50 cts off Roundtree’s.  Went to the popcorn man, he was at home and I didn’t git to see him.

Went to S. H. Philips Drug Store and got the Post Despatch 5 cts, Houston Chronicle 5 cts, Herst Magazine Feb 35 cts, the Atlantic  monthly 40 cts and lumber at Jay $5.25 and come home.  While at Philips a nice dress young man , red hair, come in and pointed at his belly and ask Sam Philips if he look like he had eaten quail.  He said that he had 3 quail for dinner and knew where 4 bunches of quail were and wanted Philips go out and help him kill them during the week.

January 28, 1923 - Sunday.  A cloudy rainy day, heavy clouds all day.  Warm and at home nearly all day.  Went over to Ellis in the evening .  Mr Ellis and Vinson has rented the Rethford Place.  Ford Barnes and Co. owns most of the land have finced and built a shack at the south side.  They will graze the land with beef cattle.

Jan 29, 1923 - Monday.  Heavy clouds, mist rain.  Set out onion sets and plowed some.

Jan 30 - Tuesday.  Heavy clouds some rain, fog.  Went up and fix a wash and come back.  Got my male and Mr Henry Smith and Wisner come and Mr Todd and I showed them my books and pictures and Felix Smith come, said the mules are up$200 a pair to $4 and $500 and horses worth nothing.  I received the Monitor January a real art journal.  I let Henry Smith have the book of 7 wonders of the Ancient World.

Feb 4 - Sunday.  Cloudy and a norther with rain all day Saturday.  Turn cold 2 or 3 inches of rain fell then a dry snow on top of it all day Sunday and Monday night.  Turned to wet snow on Monday and Tuesday about a foot of snow has fallen and comenced a melting on Tuesday.  Wednesday 6 and 7 today and Thursday warmer and still snow on the ground it is a melting fast.

Feb 8, 1923 - Thursday.  Clear some clouds north, warmer.  The freeze didn’t kill the grass and didn’t freeze the potatoes and veniger .  I had plenty of ice and snow, yet warmer.  I have Raycraft for September 1922 and October 1922 vol 11 and no2.   The field are so wet that it will be 2 weeks before we can plow.  I have so many books, magazines I can’t read them all.   And thay keep a coming.    Mr Neal, the rural carrier went along this morning in his cart as the rode was to muddy for his car.

Feb 9, 1923 - Friday.  Heavy clouds and rain some cold , not as cold as the snow.

Feb 10 - Saturday. received our male. The rodes so bad that he comes in the morning.  Received my magazines and a lot of farm papers.  Mr. L. L. Shield  died at Santa Anna.  (Note from Carl Langford:  Leonidas L. Shield - born Aug 27, 1850 - died Feb 7, 1923 - Santa Anna Cemetery Plat II, block 121.)  To wet to plow and do much work.  The cold spell kill the algretta blooms and Elms.  Didn’t hurt the grass, no kill any stock here as I know of.

Feb 11, 1923 - Sunday.  Heavy clouds, some rain cold wind from the south and cleared off to warmer.

Feb 12, 1923 - Monday.  Clear and cloudy, up warmer.   Received more farm papers.  Lots to write about what the world farmers are a doing.  The magazine farm papers are full of advertisements and stories.  Fields and every where are wet and will be some time before we can plow.  The forecast says that we will have a dry March and this year will be like last year. 

Feb 14 - Wednesday.  Went to Santa Anna, the rodes were rough just a giting dry and the surveyors were out by Vincents a driving stakes and nailed down with red piece of cloth on them.  A bright day warmer, clouded up north east.

Feb 15 - Thursday.  Cloudy and rain .  A cold norther.   I planted beans on the 14th.  Went to town on 13th Tuesday, ice on the trees.

Feb 16 - Friday.  A rainy day, cold ice 2 or 3 inches of rain fell.  Fields wet and rodes muddy, no male Friday.   Work all stoped.

Feb 17 - Saturday.   Cleared off. Cloudy cold in the morning.   Schell corn.  My dog died don’t know what from.  Some one may have poison her.  She were a going to have pups.   I buried her behind the chicken house.  

 February 18, 1923 - Sunday.  Wet and cold, cloudy, sunshine, no autos a runing.  Rodes to bad.  The rodes that the county building is money wasted and no rodes.   Just recks for wagons and buggies and automobiles.   A fraud for our man and we have to pay his taxes every year and no rodes worth anything.  Just feed the stock and git wood and make fires and wade in the mud.  Today cold and now nearly freezing.

Feb 19 - Monday.  Cleared off, warmer, frost last night. Shell corn, set out some silver leaf populars. 

Feb 20, 1923 - Tuesday.  Cleared off, warmer. Kill my red hog.  Richard help me and I let him have half at 7 cts a pound. And the head.   A few clouds, the bees out.   The Dallas News says the rain and ice was all over the State and New Mexico and Arizona.   Mr Smith’s boy Jim is sick with the flu.  And Mrs Penigton is no better

Feb 21, 1923 - Wednesday.   A heavy fog and still some signs of rain. Richard bored my sausage mill.  The grass is green.   The algretta blooms were killed.

Feb 22, 1923 - Thursday.  East wind cloudy and drizley rain with fog schell pop corn and we didn’t have any male today.  As Washington’s Birthday.  Mr Felix Smith come and Ely and little Felen Smith they had a bunch of dogs and had a dog fight between the little dogs.  Fely caught a possum and she had young and while the dogs were a fighting the possum got up and run off.  I let them have some white and yellow pop corn for seed.  Rain to night, not so cold and warmer.

Feb 23 - Friday.  Cloudy, cold south east wind.  Went to Santa Anna .  Sprinkle of rain and the rodes were awful where the automobiles had cut deep ruts and made it so that the mules couldn’t hardly walk and auto passing and I had to git out and let them pass.  The surveyors are a ruining the country a making the rode wider and a throwing up a dump and the branches thare a widen the rode a set of lunitics.   A ruining the farmers and the corners cuting off so much of the farm.  I got the Houston Chronicle and Mr Gregg give me some magazines and papers.  I let him have some pop corn and sold Sam Collier 3.27 cts worth and started home and got a lode of wood and was night before got thro and comence to rain.

Feb 24, 1923 - Saturday.  Rain all night and still a raining, water and mud.  I received a letter from E. O. Plaeger, Houston, Texas.  He would like to be a farmer.

Feb 25 - Sunday.  A fog and rain on Sunday night. Not so cold.

Feb 26, 1923 - Monday.  Rain and then cleared and dryed off so we worked.  I went over to Todd’s.  They were all well and wading around the mud a feeding.  Oats and wheat a looking fine.   Water a standing ever where.  A rainy time, no corn planting this month.  The grass and weeds are a giting green and trees a buding and the birds will be nesting soon.  The rabits are a coming back.  I taken Richard Smith’s buggy made of hickory and for the $75,  I lent him and let him have a statement a releasing him of the mortgage on his stock.  Have been a giting out of seed corn.

Feb 27, 1923 - Tuesday.  Rain and a norther.  Rain nearly all day.  We got no male today and couldn’t send any off.  Rodes to bad.   One more day in February and March will be here and no corn planted.  Richard come down as Mr Neal didn’t com, no male to day.  Received a letter from Charley he don’t believe in money buried as plentiful as it is and never look for it.  Well I have to go to reading my books and papers.

March 1, 1923 - Thursday.  Clear warm.  Henry Smith come and some Mexicans a was seen a going from Smith place to my hill where the pecan trees and cedar to look for the hiden lost mine and a big fat man followed behind.  They were looking for a hiden buried treasure.

Clear, warmer .  Fields a giting dry so the people have comence plowing.  We went and dug over on the Henderson Place couldn’t find any sign of buried treasures.  As I come home I saw the 2 Mexicans thay had been a hunting for money signs maybe thay had a plot as thay went to a mound on Felix Smith’s Place north of me.

March 2, 1923 - Friday.  Clouded up, cool.  Farmers a plowing and grubing.   Mexicans a grubing up mesquite trees and fixing fence.   Rodes muddy and rough, mud holes where
deep wagon and auto ruts and thay had pushed out.   I met Mr Neal as he com out with the male and he went around Cherries rode.  I got my male, papers and got to town they were in the cars a runing and thay were puting down concrete crossing in the street. A crowd of men a looking on. I got some 9 day corn off Mr Roundtree and a basket of sweet potatoes $1.50, sold 2 dozen eggs at 25 cts a dozen, 35 cts corn, spent $2.10 and bought at the Rocket Star19cts sale envelopes, tablets, sope $1.10 and come home.   Richard brought the buggy down.

March 3, 1923 - Saturday.  Heavy clouds with rain fill the tank and water ever where field and rode a       swiming, no plowing till next week.   Mr Gillim bought a incubator off Mr Crum.  A west wind, some clouds and clearing off.  The hens are begining to lay again and the frogs are a croking and a sponing eggs in the water holes along the rode.

Sun shining still some clouds a ring was around the moon on Thursday night.

March 4, 1923 - Sunday.  Clouds, cool a norther.  Went over to see Resvoir and thay have done lots of work and finced it.  Thare 11 tents and 8 or 9 wagons.  Nigro’s and Mexican’s are a working on it.  Thay have moved lots of dirt and rock.  Have not put concrete work to stop the leak only concrete work done is on the pipe in the bottom.   The rains has caused the branch to run.

March 5 - Monday.  Heavy clouds, a mist and fog.  My hog red died didn’t have but 3 pigs so it only leaves 2 hogs as the pigs was large and come dead.  So wet couldn’t do much.  Received letter from Samson and some pictures.

March 6, 1923 - Tuesday.  No male today.  Fix chicken house and sewed on my pants.  Henry Smith boy come and I let him have a roster for a hen and 6 eggs.   A cool norther with clouds soon quited down.  Clouds all past.  The wind dried the land.   The rode workers go right on a worken.  The rode and throwing up a rail rode dump and a fixing a death trap for wagons and autos. 

The town just as well git a car lode of coffins and build a hospital for the dead and wounded that will folow when thay git it where people travel on it.  The rodes are awful to travel now

March 7, 1923 - Wednesday.   Hauled 3 lodes of wood and the rode was muddy and couldn’t haul much.  The hands were a worken the rode by Tom Todd’s.

March 8 - Thursday.   Plowed and planted sun flowers.

March 9 - Friday.  Planted corn, red corn in the low place.  The farmers have comence to plow and plant. Clear and warmer. Clouded up. Planted red corn, warm.

March 10, 1923 - Saturday.  Heavy clouds.  Finish planting my low place in corn and cane and plowed the garden.  I was a thinking it was Friday.  Richard Smith comence to plant white corn up on my land.  The land wet.  Cloudy look like rain.  Mr Felix Smith sick.

March 11, 1923 - Sunday.  Cloudy and a sprinkle of rain, a west wind changed to a sand storm and cleared off.   A ragen cool west wind a whiping Driving every thing that will drive before it. And a rattling the roof and cool like off of ice, which will dry out the land.

March 13, 1923 - Tuesday.  A clear warmer, Went to town, sold some eggs.  Bought a sack of flour and got a lot of newspapers come home and that night we had a blow from the west to north, cold.

March 14 - Wednesday.  Planted corn.  A wind from the south.  Richard Smith finish planting corn on my field.

March 15 - Thursday.  Wind blew strong from the south.

March 16 - Friday.  Planted corn and plowed, some wind.

March 17 - Saturday.  Cool south west wind.  Planted white corn, finish.  Comenced to plant pop corn and the planter wouldn’t plant, some warmer.

March 18 - Sunday.  A blizzard from the north, cold and dusty, so cold haven’t went any where, sun shine cold, ice.  Was cold and a sweeping north wind a freezing .

March 19, 1923 - Monday.  Cold, clear.  The norther died down.  The thermometer was down to 30 above zero.   Got warmer and farmers plowed and I hauled a lode of wood.

March 20, 1923 - Tuesday.  Clear, clod, south wind, cold and wind a rising.   Farmers a plowing to cold, to plant.

March 21 - Wednesday.  The ground to cold to plant since the Sundays freeze and blow.

March 22, 1923 - Thursday.  Went to town had Ed Foguner to sharpen 2 plow points.  Cost 45 cts as he soldered one.  He is a going to sell out his shop and tools and go in to
selling chicken medicine to male chickens lay.   The town have some improvements going on. I. O. Shields are a having his fathers old home torn down and a new house built and the Bank are being remodeled built. As well as the streets and rodes.  I got several magazines and papers. 

An old Nigro that has been sick a long time was after me to haul his lumber, boxes, he said and when I went up to Shields place it was old shingles and lumber, said his name was Frank Groves and that he was a mighty shy Nigro in his young day.  That he was no account.  Now days he lives in a shack below the farmers gin.  Him and his woman. I don’t see what they git out of life as they don’t know much. Little above lunutics, half crazy and couldn’t git any talk out of him.  He grunt and mumble as we drove along.

March 23, 1923 - Friday.  Clear, cool some warmer.  Plowed and harrowed the ground.  It is to cold to plant.  A crowd of 15 or 20 Auto’s a went out to the building of the City Lake, just before night, when I come from town.

March 24 - Saturday.  Plowed and harrowed land at the stock lot.  The rode workers are grading by George Evens and Rethfords and a terrible rode thay are a puting up.   The Carey brothers have got rich a building rodes.

March 25 - Sunday.  The months nearly out and nothing plowed only corn.   The ground are a giting dry.  Clear and warmer up to 80 deg.  Ely Smith come and talk money and buried treasures and showed me a rock shaped like a wether it was made or just natural, I couldn’t tell, it looked like had been used.  He found it where money had been burned, he said.

March 26 - Monday.  Cloudy. A cold smokey norther, to cold to plow or plant, some sprinkle of rain.  No fiten wether to plant,

March 27 - Tuesday.  Cold, Cloudy with rain and a cold spell with the oaks a puting out.  The fruit trees a blooming.  Ely and Felix come over to dig for money was to cold and rainy.  So wet and cold, can’t plant.

March 28 - Wednesday.  Still cloudy cold, rain has stoped, some warmer.

April 6, 1923 - Friday.  Cloudy morning.  Rain during the week south of here.  Has been giting dryer and warmer the trees are a puting out and peach trees in full bloom.  Planted pop corn and maze, cane and Sudan.    Have planted the garden. Corn are a coming up.   Wiley Smith told me that L. W. Stockard was run over and killed the rail rode crossing on Thursday.   A sad accident.  One can’t be to carful when around the rail rode, when switching cars are going on.

April 7 - Saturday.  A warm day plowed.  Clear, wind a changing to the north.

April 8 - Sunday. A light norther cool things.  A growing need more warm wether, ground to cold for seed to come up good, to cold for cotton.  Felix Smith had his colts cut on Saturday.

April 9 - Monday.  Clear and still, cool.  Broke out middles to plant and killed weeds, grass.  Just dry enough to plow and plant.  Some farmers a planting cotton and some cotton up.

April 10 - Thursday.  Planted white corn in the morning.  Cloudy and a cloud com up a thundering with lightning from west, north.  A heavy rain and hale and wind.   When it pass we could see hail on the ground and hills.  A smoke a rising from it and I went over to Jim Evens.  The creek and branches were up and hale ice in drifts.  One could smell the frost bite vegable leaves, flowers, butterflys and bugs.  Drift were in the drift hale the creeks and branches were full at places, hale a floating, covered the water, the hale was heaviest over at Brannan’s, Gibsons to the Jim Ned and at Coleman.  Some houses ther shingles beaten up till thay had to git new shingles to cover the house.  Some drifts over on Gibson ranch look like thay might be 5 feet deep.  Garden and fruit and some crops were beaten up and school children caught out were hurt.  Mr Jack Even’s, Walton and sister was caught out a coming from school and bruised up on mud creek.  A heavy rain come on with the hale.

 April 11, 1923 - Wednesday.  A heavy rain from the north put up the creeks and a good season in the ground.  To wet to plow.

April 12 - Thursday.  A warm day.  Richard and Ely and Cripen come in the evening.  I hauled post and put in the fince.  Samson help and at night a heavy rain from the north west with hale pass.  Put the creeks up and flooded the fields.  The flowers are a blooming, bees, buterflys out and birds a nesting.  The mocking bird, red bird, doves, killdees and lots of other small birds have come. 

The crows have been a flying north last week in large droves.  Now the fields will be to wet to plow or plant and we will have to do other work.  Tom Todd got both of my hogs at 10 dollars.  I let Petty and Campbell have $3.50 worth of cane seed.   I have to send $3.50 to the Geographic magazine for 1923 subscription, I though I had paid all way, money out.

April 20, 1923 - Friday.  A heavy clouds all day Thursday. A south wind and a drizzle of rain up to night with rain and a heavy down pour.  Fields wet and corn, maze and garden coming up slow and som has been drowned out still to cold to plant cotton.  John Evens and some other boys started a wolf hunt in my pasture and the dogs run it south.  Ellis brought my plow home and said that there were 300 hundred klansmen in Santa Anna and Coleman and he knows several and the businesses and money men belong to the clan and that Stockard belongs to the clan and 3 of them come and laid a ____ of flowers on his grave.     The rodes are bad since the work has comenced and its bad traveling.  The wind has changed from west, now blow to north, a giting cold.  Don’t know when we can git in the field to plow and plant.  Good rain over the State and we need warmer wether.

I wrote to the University of Applied Science 1920 Sunnyside Ave., Chicago, Ill.

April 23, 1923 - Monday.   I hoed the garden.  Just a giting dry enough to plow, sunshine and warmer.  Corn and maze a coming up.

April 24, 1923 - Tuesday.   My Black mare had a black mule colt a Jack.  And we planted some cotton, melons and harrowed.  To wet to plant.  At night a rain cloud com up in south and at night a heavy wind and rain from southwest to northwest.  A storm blew down tents and blew houses of there blocks.   Smith’s house on the Brown Place was blown 10 feet and wrected.  The camp tents suffered and glass windows were blown out up at town.  Heavy rains, fields all wet, no plowing or planting this week.

April 25 - Wednesday.  Some rain, partly cleared of rain and people a fixing to repair the dam after the storm and rain.

April 26 - Thursday.  Cloudy not so warm, no rain as to now not settled wether.

May 1, 1923 - Tuesday.  Plowed and planted cane.

May 2 - Wednesday.  Finish planting cane and maze.  Clear, warmer and sand storm come from the west and then a norther.

May 3 - Thursday.  Plowed my corm and big corn and began 4 and 5 Saturday. A light rain Saturday night, pass east.  Some cooler.  Richard Smith plowed his corn.   Saturday and fair and warmer.  On Sunday night a good rain com from the north.

May 7 - Monday.  Wet.  Samson has been a hiven bees, some swarms left.  To cool, up to warm.  Still and clear. To night have several hens com off chickens.  A good season.  Cotton a coming up.   The pastures and fields have grown up with weeds and flowers and natural.  A lovely sight. 

May 18 - Friday.   Corn plowed over and Richard Smith plowed over his corn and planted his cotton on my   land.  Ely Smith help him.

May 19 - Saturday.   Warm rain both on Friday and Saturday night south of here.  Stayed at home and

choped pop corn, warm day.

May 20, 1923 - Sunday.  A clear morning, cloud com up and rain and hale come from the north and beat up crops, cotton, and peaches cut up bad and heavy washing packing rain with the hale.  Cotton will have to be planted over where the hale was the heaviest, only a narrow strip of hale, didn’t reach to the mountain.

May 21 - Monday, Cloudy.  Choped weeds and corn.  And a rain cloud come up at night and a light rain with lightning and thunder.  Felix Smith and Wiley went to Brownwood to buy a stove.

May 22, 1923 - Tuesday.  Cloudy rain, field to wet to work, plow.  I was up to Mr Henderson and he was a working with his stamps, his wheat and oats are good.  Mr Henderson give me some papers, Fort Worth record May 9th, Dallas Morning News May 18,m The weekly Scotsman April 21, 1923, Dallas Daily News May 19, The Berwickshire News, Weekly Scotchman March 24, news over the sea of the Scotchman’s doing.

May 30, 1923 - The last of May a rain and hail come and destroyed the cotton and the farmers had to plant over the last two weeks.  The hail come the next to the last Sunday.  It was a giting dry and the farmers has been a cuting wheat and oats and plowing and choping cotton and cane. 

June 9, 1923 - Saturday.  The grasshoppers had eaten up some crops all over the county.   And farmers are a poising and using oil and killing them and driving out the hoppers.  We got a heavy rain on Monday.

June 11 - Will make corn and maze and cane.  The hoppers are a eating our garden and Richard Smith says thay have eat up 20 acres of cotton and he has to but Brand Poison and put it out as thay won’t drive out.  Cotton will be scarce if the hoppers eat it up.

June 11 - Monday.  We had 4 or 5 inches of rain a washing rain.  Will make corn and maze and cane.  My pop corn will make.   I received the Heldena Julus Weekly about his 5 cts books and his new magazine ands Life and letters.  In May I received 4 books and 15 novels from Garden City.  The rode working has left the rode in awful fix.  Have 2 high grade and two narrow culverts crossing and narrow rode bed.  The engineers git to much 15 dollars a day, when 5 dollars would be more than thay are worth.   So the school teacher her git $100 a month when 50 or 60 is good pay.   As to the work thay perform get late to school and turn out at 3 and what do we make and have to pay hi taxes.   Land put up at 4 dollars a acre and our taxes will be 50 dollars.   To build a hell of a rode and pay teachers fat salarys and they don’t teach half of there time.  Several patches of oats to cuten yet.

June 16, 1923 - Saturday.  Warm good rains.   Have been cuting oats and tying them.  Cotton choping, the hoppers hasn’t eat all the cotton yet.  Thay have eat out some fields and part of others.  Smith and Richard planted over.  The part that the hoppers eat up.  The hoppers are thick and several different kind Jumbos yellow ones, brown, black and white shaped, cold black, green ones and several other kinds.   Petter Hearing sends a bundle of papers and magazines and I got a bunch of male and the State and other States.  Have heavy rains and floods.  Crops drowned out.  Some good crops will be made this year.   I killed a big bull snake today and buried him up in the field. That has been a catching our young chickens.

Mr Smith went to Silver Valley, Mr Crisp are a visiting them.  They went up to see Standly.

June 26 - Tuesday.   Clear , hot.  Choped. Richard Smith’s cotton on my land and put out poison for the grasshoppers.  Thay are bad and have eaten up all the crops in some parts of this and other countries.  Even the 3rd planing of cotton and maze have been eaten up.  The fields bare of crops.  The farmers have been a buying hundreds of pounds of arsenic.  The drug stores at Santa Anna has barrels of arsenic 600 pounds sent here and sell it all out to farmers to kill grasshoppers and the merchants to sell wheat brand lemon and syrup and fish oil to feed them with the posin and fight them with oil fire, pair burners.  Botles and rope with paper tied on to drive them and catch them on the corn and pull the hoppers heads off in cool of the morning before thay fly well and can’t see as well as thay can up in the day, thay eat each other if they find a dead one and eat snakes.  I saw a small diamond rattler eat so that it died.  Had eat holes in it on its tale was eaten off 6 or more inches.  Thay are eating corn, pop corn.  A ruining it if we could git a good rain now would save us.  Thare many different kinds big, brown, jumbos big and small, yellow ones and green, brown horse headed, katedids and cold black ones that all eat the crops.   Tom Todd thrashed this week, Sanderson Ed thrasher when he gits thru with Herdons, he is a going to Kansas.   Tom Todd made 600 bushels of wheat.  I don’t know how much oats.

June 29, 1923 - Friday.  A hot day, clouds com up a norther, cooler.   And the hoppers are thicker.  A light shower while I was a choping Johnson grass out of the pop corn and
 catching hoppers in the cool of the morning pulling there heads off.    Samson and Mr Bowls finish choping Richard Smith cotton.

June 30 - Saturday.   Choped Johnson Grass out of the pop corn,.  The clouds came up from the west with lightning and heavy thunder and a heavy rain and hail.  A good rain.  Hope that it will make corn and cane, maze.  I received 12 copies of Halderman Jubius Weekly June 30, no 1439 full of book news as he has drown out his 5 book offer and put in cheap cloth bound books.  Sent a letter to Halderman- Julius Gerard, Kansas, one to P. P. Haring, Dallas, Texas.   H. J. Weekly is full of book review and writers and book ads.   Letters from Admirers of the little blue Library of the World of Books.  He prints millions of them and sell them.

In the evening a heavy rain cloud from in the north and before sundown after hale clouds pass a heavy thunder and lightning com from north east and I was over at Henry Smith when the rain and wind was at the highest all went in the storm house and stayed till it was over, nearly we thought as we come out of the storm house a bolt of lightning come and shocked Henry Smith an his daughter and not long after another one struck an oak tree out at the lot and barn and made the cows run and limbs fly.   Henry has sold his crop for 900 dollars.  And the grasshoppers have eat some and thay have put out poison.  The hoppers are a moving and the fields are covered with big ones.  Some a leaving and thay are a catching them with net wire screens and oil.  Thay may not bother so much now and may leave.   The first rain with hale destroyed crops below town and the men are a going to plant cotton again.  A good season in the ground and we will make corn.

July 1, 1923 - Sunday.  Clear, warmer and scatering clouds come up.  Wiley has left for Kansas to work with the thrasher.

July 2, 1923 - Monday.  A clear day cut grass an while in the morning.  Gethered beans and schelled them.  The hoppers were thick in the orchard and garden and corn.  On Sunday went up to Todds on Henderson Place, the hoppers have cleaned up 85 acres on the place and a coming this way.  Have eat up 15 for Yeats over on the Newman Place.  The farmers are still puting out poison and have a 10 or 12 foot screen with pans of oil in an catching them by the bushel.   Thay burning them with a pair burner.  Them are a giting up and flying off, still plenty left.  On Saturday rain at noon, was a heavy hale from Coleman down by Shields to Trickham and was several wiped out the crops.   And one man phoned up to Samson for 100 bushels of cotton seed to plant over.  The Saturday storm just before night come from the east with a stormey heavy thunder and lightning was a hurcan down at Bangs say 40 houses blew away and destroyed crops.

The store at Liberty blew to pieces and someone robed it at night.  Richard Smith put out poison and I put out a bucket full at his cotton, by my corn.

July 3, 1923 - Tuesday.  Clear warm cool morning. A flying mechine went up today and Coleman is having a big comence today.   Smith all went up to Coleman.   I subscribed for Life and letters 50cts and know thay sell off Haldeman - Julius Company.  Until June 30 the books was 5 cts a copy now 10 cts don’t know what price the others will be.   With the hail and hoppers the farmers can’t buy cheap books, morgages eats them up.   The reason more can’t plant grain as they have to put it on the market when its thrashed and it down now oats 38 cts bushel and wheat 98 or 99 and that leaves the farmer but with nothing for his work and renter can’t rase it.  The Agriculture Dept. reports a large acreage planted of cotton and 14 or 15 million bales crop and don’t have a word to say about the worms, bole weevil, the drowning out of the water and hale, grasshoppers a destroying the cotton.   Nothing about devastation to the cotton farmer.  He is left at the mercy of the sharks that control the Agriculture Department and gamble in secret an git the farmers grain, cotton, corn and the farmers are left with nothing to pay his mortgage that he had to give to live on.   I lent Richard Smith 21 dollars to get his cotton choped and I choped som and Samson and Bayles choped out the rest.

I have a copy of the Comanche Chief June 19, 1923 No #4, 51 years the Comanche publishing Company, Davis K. Doyle Editor. Established 1873.  Sent to Ed Weathers by March 24.

July 4, 1923 - Wednesday.   Sunshine day clouds with out rain.   A warm day.  The rode workers were hauling gravel on the rode out from Mayo to the Comanche rode to the back towardge the mountain.  Thay are a giting the gravel from the Weaver Place 2 miles from town. 

The Currie Bro have camped by Henry Parkers tank.  Thay have a fine lot of mules about 20 or 30 tents.  The Mexicans that was kill a coming down Vencent hill on Saturday worked on Santa Anna public tank   The wind and hale destroyed houses and crops in several parts of Texas and the house hold goods and the merchandise in stores.   The grasshoppers are bad and wide spread from Corpus Cristi to Denver, Colo. and in some counties in California.  The hoppers has eat some fields clean and a eating the squares off the cotton and have eat the peaches.   The farmers are a fighting them every way that they can find.  Now the farmers have made a screen and pans on a slide pulled by horse and they hoppers fly up and strike the screen and falls in a pan of oil and thay are a catching them by the bushels.  Corn and cotton looks fine all along above the mountain.  The wheat and oats have nearly all been thrashed.   Daveson with his peanut thrasher was a thrashing Mcdlens wheat on the Pleas Place.   Henderson  Robert had his grain thrash he has no cotton.  He put a bale in the farmers union after staying a long time was sold for 29 cts and it cost dollars storage, interest, and expenses at that rate of cost it don’t pay.

July 5, 1923 - Thursday.  Sunshine, clouds, hot.  The hoppers are a moving and thay have comence to eat off the squares of the cotton.  Penington is having his oats thrashed.   Coleman and Brownwood had a big celebration.

July 8, 1923 - Sunday.  Clear, warmer day, clouded up and rained before night and put Mudd Creek up half banks.  I went down to Graham’s in Poverty Flat country.  The hoppers have nearly ate up some fields of corn and cotton.  The farmers have fought and poisoned and used nets and fire, oil to kill them and yet the hoppers have taken to the trees and are a leaving.  We made corn, maze and some cotton.  I got my cow and calf, nearly got wet a coming home.   Found some Indian arrow points and a grind stone colored red and granite or quartz.  The rain was a good one and was 2 miles broad and maybe 10 or 15 miles long.

July 9 - Monday.  Fix road and patch of good rain, heavy south of Santa Anna mountain.

July 10 - Tuesday.  Went after a lode of wood on Mudd Creek and got the rest of the Indian relics.  John Todd, Dicks boy is a herding 300 goats angora for Henderson in the Henderson pasture and he camps in a tent by himself with his poney and dog.

July 11 - Wednesday.  Clear, hot scatering clouds.  Cuting fodder.  The corn and cotton are a making.  The things are a growing.   Samson are a choping for Mr Felix Smith.

July 12, 1923 - Thursday.   Clear, hot, cut corn and sent 2 letters off, one to C. W. Millard, Cal. Pesonda, and one to Elbert Hubberd, East Auara, N.Y.   The hoppers are here not so bad as thay were.  They are a mating and laying eggs.   Some a leaving, they have taken to the trees and cuting the leaves and bark an the limbs.   Have eaten all the fruit off the peach trees.   Penington are a selling his oats at 45 cts a bushel.  He lost 4 head by eating Johnson Grass.   I lost one and Ransbergers big cow, the way to save them if one can git to them in time is to pour water down them of run a broom stick down them.  The male man has come and I have to go to see if I have any male.

July 14 - Saturday.  Cloudy, sunshine, showers north of here in the evening.  Tied up fodder and cut some cane.  Plenty of hoppers not a eating the crop like thay were in the trees a cuting leaves and bark.  They are a mating and laying eggs and a leaving.  The hoppers are in the fields not so destructive as they were.  We will make corn, pop corn and maze and cotton.  Corn has already made.  Hot 110 deg in shade.

July 15 - Sunday.  Some clouds, sunshine, hot and light wind.  No one traveling around here.  Just a hot July day.

July 16, 1923 - Monday.  Hot Day, 101 deg in shade.   Rains clouds around.  Cut and tied fodder and Tom Todd come to see about giting the mower to cut Johnson grass, Smith
plowing and his cotton.  The hoppers have come in thick in some fields and are a eating the cotton squares and eating up the maze.

July 17, 1923 - Tuesday.  Hot and a few clouds.  Cut and tied fodder.  Tom come and taken the mower to cut Johnson grass so he could have it baled.   I received Dallas Farm News and the Heldmus-Julius Weekly.  He has his little blue book at 5 cts, yet.  And still has his life and letters and know thay sell in press. 

July 19 - Thursday.  A warm day and I went up to town and sold 9 frying chickens at 21 cts $4.60 and 4 grown ones at $1.30 and bought 4 melons, 6 cantaloupes for 71 cts and
 come home.  Heard KKK had 2 meetings.  One to see about a man with a family a keeping a girl and about the water works that thay had went in some church during.  Someone and had presented the preacher with a check of 50 dollars.   6 of them with mask and gown on.

July 20 - Friday.  Sunshine and cloudy, rain clouds around.  Cut and tied corn fodder.  Samson cut and tied cane fodder.  Hot.  Had melons and peas.  

July 21, 1923 - Saturday.  Cut corn fodder and a good rain com up from the south at 12 o’clock   Put a good season in the ground.   My corn and maze or some better than I thought it was and pop corn in spite of the grasshoppers.  The hoppers are thicker again and younger and just hatched out.  The farmers are still a passing them and a puting up tin and plank along there fince to keep out the big jumbo’s.   Farmers are out to save ther crops.   And in Coleman county and down at Manard, below Brady.   The Dallas News report a fine crop and don’t mention grasshoppers on account of businesses and don’t want to boost up cotton so it will go to 40 or 50 cts a pound.   And keep the farmers under there heel and keep mortgage on ther backs.

July 22 - Sunday.  Hot and a good rain.  Put a good season in the ground.  It reached the mountain and down to below Henry Smiths.   I lent to Evelyn Penington a book and other magazines and got my 3 small books from Mrs Todd and let Miss May Smith have Two Gunman and copy of Life Letters   The nights cleared off and are pleasant.  Crops will grow now if the hoppers and bole weevils would let up.  

August 26, 1923 - Sunday.  When the Church was over I drove out North of the Mountain on the new rode, several cars pass me and a car of Nigro’s a coming from Coleman.   I arrived at Robert Henderson’s he showed me his new stamps of the U.S. year by year and he gave me som stamp papers and English scratch papers and I come home.  It looked like we would git rain,

August 27, 1923 - Monday.  Clouds, comence a raining during the night and this morning a heavy rain fell 2 or 3 inches a good season in the ground and I stayed at home and patch and read and worked among my books and magazines and papers.   Henderson hands drove the cattle off the field and moved some of there goats.  Just tearable the way things moves on, in this old world.

September 7, 1923 - Friday.  Cloudy, hauled some fodder and a rain cloud come from the north in the morning.  A light rain over the county and cleared off and clouded up in the evening.  A heavy rain went west from Brownwood and clouds com up with a east wind while we were a gethering corn and a heavy rain fell a 2 or 3 inch fell.  Put up the creeks and a good season in the ground.  This is 7or 8 good rains come over the county the last of August and the first of September.  Has stopped cotton picking and has made cotton to comence to grow and cotton was a coming in fast and selling it 25 cts a pound. 

A very good crop as the hoppers are still here and the leaf worms is here.  And the  3rd Sunday in August the mocking birds were a going south hundreds of them.  The mockingbird don’t sing any more all day and night like thay use too.    A lot of hawks were a circling around the end of west mountain a week a pass.   Just as I come out of town they were of a light brown black on the tip of wing and were over sand pit.  Some geese went south this week, The creeks were up out of ther banks.

September 8, 1923 - Saturday.  Wet around, full of water and no chance of working in the field.  Our bean, peas, corn, are a coming up.  As Lilly writes that she wants to come out here and bring Landolf as he is quick and that she wants to stay a few weeks for his health.

October 4, 1923 - Thursday.   The 3rd Wednesday hot cloudy, sunshine, thunder heads turned into rain and just before night a good rain come here so we just reached home from picking cotton at Jim Evens he had out a bale and wouldn’t go as a rain and thunder cloud was in the north.  The cotton wagons were a passing and ducking on the rode to the gin so the could sell before the rode to the gin so the farmers could sell before the cotton went down.  Cotton are a making a good turn out 27 - 80 cts a pound. 

Today is to wet to pick it, soon dry off.  The cotton pickers git $1.50 a hundred.   Lilly are a going on Saturday and Landolf will stay a month.  A light norther , clouds, it may rain some more this evening.

October 6, 1923 - Saturday.   A warm clear day, heavy dew in the morning.  Went up to town.  Lilly had went home of Friday and left Landolf.  He taken my chicken at 25 ct.   I bought 25 cts of meat, 2 papers 15 cts and pictures 8   I believe of pork for 70 and paid Dr Janson Tyson one dollar and com home.  The rode were fine since the rain.  Cotton a rollen in at a lively rate.  Selling at 27 and 28 a pound. 131 to 150 a bale.

October 7, 1923.   Sunday.  Fine clear, heavy dew, warm. A growing wether.   De Tyson give me the new magazine Time and Knights, papers, magazine and Burbank catalog.

 And Landolf give me as  _______.    I saw mules sell at 40 dollars a piece at auction.

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