Our project (Transcribing his Grandparents Farm Diaries) is coming along. Sadly we have not been able to keep up with the two month a day plan. Life gets in the way some days.
We are both frustrated with Grandpas handwriting although Far Guy is getting better at deciphering. I am also frustrated that Grandpa doesn’t say more about the boys…but it is a Farm Diary.
1 Friday Born to us Ronald, changed and covered spuds, Mrs. Stuve here
Mrs. Stuve was Grandma’s mother.
1 Monday Cut corn by hand Orrin helped
2 Tuesday Got Robinsons binder it did not work Orrin cut by hand took binder to Osage
3 Wednesday Cut corn by hand got binder cut in PM Broke down again took to Osage
4 Thursday Cut and shocked corn finished a field stacked clover
5 Friday Finished clover took cream Orrin quit Pulled beans
Not sure who Orrin was but he quit.
This old photo must have been taken in 1919 or 1920.
Ronald, Grandma, Grandpa and Marvin (Far Guys Dad)
We finished off 1919 the other day.
27 Saturday Hauled straw manure and fauder Thresa sick
28 Sunday Home thought Thresa had small pox kids and myself went to PR with Leo and got vacinated Esta came home with us
29 Monday Chored helped take care of Thresa hauled a load of manure
When Far Guy was reading the part about Grandma and small pox he said “OH no” I said “Well we know it turned out okay.” We TRY not to read ahead.
The other big thing in 1919 was telephone poles, wires and a meeting. No mention of any calls.
March 15 1919 Saturday Hauled cut and piled wood cut some telephone poles
June 28 1919 Saturday Set telephone poles all day
July 30 1919 Wednesday To Osage strung telephone wire
July 31 1919 Thursday Finished telephone wire hoed strawberries
August 4 1919 Monday Took cream got telephone and put it in hoed strawberries P.D. in Ponsford (P.D.= Played Dance)
August 16 1919 Saturday Scaped dirt off cellar G. Dow here telephone meeting
I try to transcribe the diary just as it is written. The diaries span 1916 to 1929 and Grandpa writes something everyday. Only ten more years to go.