The Diary of W. S. Myers, 1888 Back to home page

The Diary of Wilbert S. Myers

Miami, Saline, MO


This is the Miami home of Isaac Myers and Margaret Ann Whitmore. They moved into this home in September, 1868, with six children: Lina, Newt, Lyt, Bob, Addie, and Lem. Two more children would arrive: Rettie and Wilbert S., who were born in this house. Pictured in this photo are: Mrs. Vanice and Rettie Myers on the back porch. Isaac Myers is in the chair. W. S. Myers and Willie Cresap are in the hammock. This photo was taken June 28, 1898.



Jan. 1, 1888.
Heard from Papa in California. Harry Burns and Wick Royar left for Los Angeles, Calif., this evening (which is Sunday). I saw them get ready to leave this good old town.
Jan. 2.
My sister Lina had a little girl (Alice) today. I wrote to Papa today.
Jan. 3.
Miss Nellie Wall (Miss Emma Parson�s trimmer) left today for her home in St. Louis.
Jan. 5.
I heard from Papa today. Mr. John P. Scott died tonight. He was a merchant in Miami. (See the obituary of John P. Scott at the end of the 1888 diary)
Jan. 8.
I answered Papa�s letter today, and went to the funeral of Mr. Scott, who died on the 5th at 9:30 p.m.
Jan. 10.
Wrote to sister, Lina.
Jan 12.
Wrote to Papa today. Lem went to Marshall this morning. This is Mary Zea�s birthday.
Jan. 13.
I sent Lina a Weekly News. Also fixed a chair for Mr. Taylor.
Jan. 14.
Heard from Papa, Rettie, and Lina.
Jan. 15.
Wrote to Papa, Rettie, Hallie (my niece), and Newt. Sunday morning...coldest yet (23 degrees below zero)
Jan. 18.
Mr. Paxton left this morning for Hamilton. He was a clerk that worked for Mr. Taylor.
Jan 20.
Received a letter from Papa.
Jan. 21.
Sold my biggest bill for G. T. Taylor yet ($60.00). Also sold my first silk dress.
Jan. 22.
Answered Papa�s letter.
Jan 25.
Heard from Papa and Newt.
Jan. 26, 1888
Sent Newt Papa�s last two letters.
Jan. 29.
Wrote to Papa today. This is his birthday (60 yrs old).
Jan. 31.
Received a letter from Papa today.


Feb. 1.
Mr. Rusk Burns came home on a few days visit.
Feb. 2.
Heard from Lina.
Feb. 4.
Heard from Papa.
Feb. 5.
Down to Burruss� tonight. Uncle Isaac Carter (colored) was married to Martha (at Guthrey�s) tonight at their 2nd Baptist Church.
Feb. 6.
I wrote to Papa.
Feb. 7.
I commenced washing my teeth with charcoal. Heard from Papa and I wrote a letter to Lina.
Feb. 10.
Got in our new stock of men�s clothing for the Spring trade.
Feb. 12.
I wrote to Papa.
Feb. 13.
I got my haircut. We got in our Spring stock of shoes.
Feb. 14.
Miss Flora Minor was married to Mr. Gibbert (or Gilbert) this morning at her home at Mr. W. H. Wheeler�s at 10 o�clock in the morning, St. Valentine�s Day.
Feb. 15.
Heard from Papa and Lina. I also wrote to Juanita Coltrane, Concord, No. Carolina.
Feb. 16.
Wrote to Papa today.
Feb. 17.
I received a note from Newt through Mr. Harvey, with Papa�s letters in it. I also got me a new pair of shoes. I measured myself today and found that I was 5 ft. 3 1/2� tall, and weighed 105 1/2.
Feb. 18.
The Mo. River, which has been blocked for sometime, broke up at this place this evening.
Feb. 19.
The Baptists commenced a Meeting at this place tonight. I wrote to Lina and Papa. This is a dark, rainy day. I received a letter from Papa, so this evening I went around to see Mrs. Vanice.
Feb. 20.
This is Sallie Hamner�s birthday. She is 11 yrs. old. I went around to see Mr. John Martin�s triplet calves that were born the night of the 17th.
Feb. 21.
I heard from Papa today.
Feb. 22.
This is George Washington�s birthday. It is also Miss Mary Lewis� and my sister Lina�s birthday. I wrote to Papa. I also was sent down to the Methodist Church to take down some cedars that were put up during the Christmas doing�s.
Feb. 24.
Went up to the boss�s house (G. T. Taylor) to put up a hat rack in their hall. It has been raining all day long.
Feb. 25.
Girl at Miss Hanna Kile�s died this evening.
Feb. 26.
This is a cold, cold day. I wrote to Papa.
Feb. 28.
Heard from Papa.
Feb. 29.
We got Lem�s suit in and it fit him splendidly. Lem, Milt McDonald and I went in to get a printing outfit and we received it today.


Mar. 1.
It rained today. It has been one-year today since I stopped school.
Mar. 2.
It has been one-year today since I went into the Store of G. T. Taylor. I wrote to Hallie(Hudson) today.
Mar. 4.
I heard from Papa. Also wrote to Papa, Lina and Newt. Went down to the Christian Church tonight. Went to Missionary Meeting this evening. Senter Payton�s �Challenge Comedy Co.� came and played all week at Merten�s Hall/Theatre.
Mar. 7.
Wrote a postal to Papa.
Mar. 8.
We got in, today, a nice line of boys� suits.
Mar. 10.
I heard from Lina today. I also ordered me a suit.
Mar. 11, 1888
This is Sunday night and it has been a cold day. It was 10 min. past 9 o�clock this morning before Lem and I got up. I received a letter from Papa. I went to the Centenary Stars Missionary Meeting this eve. I also wrote to my sister, Lina. The Theatre Party, which has been here for a week, left today for DeWitt on the Miami Mollie Lee (12 of them).
Mar. 14.
I got my suit today that I ordered on the 10th from Browning King and Co., St. Louis. Our boss, G. T. Taylor, went to St. Louis and on to Chicago to buy his Spring stock.
Mar. 15.
I heard from Papa at Los Angeles, California.
Mar. 17.
This day will always be remembered by me. This is the day that I gave myself to My God. I feel as my sins have been washed away and I am a converted boy to Jesus. I heard from Papa today. I also got two letters from bro Newt, one written on 15th, the other on 16th, both reached me the same day.
Mar. 18.
They brought the corpse of Mrs. Dosh over this morning, from Station. She died in Florida, very sudden. Lem went to Marshall today to meet Papa and Rettie, who will return from Calif. [See obit of Mrs. Dosh at the end of this 1888 Diary)
Mar. 19.
I received a letter from Papa at Marshall. He came over with Lem this evening.
Mar. 22.
The Baptists closed their protracted Meeting tonight.
Mar. 25.
The Mollie Lee got loose from the landing this morning and floated down to the bend below Ruxton & Co.�s warehouse.
Mar. 26.
The old house in front of the frame hotel fell down last night.
Mar. 27.
I fixed a box at the Store today for spool-cotton.
Mar. 28.
It snowed a little bit last night.
Mar. 29.
Rettie came back from Marshall today and Papa went over to Marshall, on his way to Boonville.
Mar. 31.
Lem went to Marshall with I. L. Grady, to go to St. Louis to buy his Spring stock.


April 1.
I wore my new suit for the first time today. Also got me my first livery horse this eve, from Bishop, to go riding with Hubert Wood. Today is Easter.
Apr. 2.
Wrote to Papa and Newt.
Apr. 3, 1888
This is election day at this city for city offices. I got a letter from Papa at Boonville and wrote to him at Marshall.
Apr. 4.
Got my pants from Newt, as Papa was coming back from Marshall and brought them to me.
Apr. 6.
Mr. Higgins papered mamma�s room today.
Apr. 7.
Newt came over from Marshall to take Mattie (his wife) back. This morning I went down to Sunday School at the Methodist Church and to preaching this morning. After dinner I went down to the Missionary Meeting at the M. E. Church, then to the graveyard with Hubert Wood and Frank Taylor. From there over to see Gus Snelling. We then had our pictures taken when we got back. Those who were in the group were I. L. Grady, W. K. Grady, Mark Whitaker, Jr., Frank Taylor, Hubert Woods, and W. S. Myers. Then I went down to supper at the Hotel, then went around to see Papa at our old home. They haven�t got fixed up for cooking yet, after their return from California. Then went to see Mrs. Vanice and Dan, a colored boy, who I used to play with long ago, who is very sick. Then I went down to the Christian Church, came back and went to bed. Elbert Dunlap went to the M. E. Church and joined today.
Apr. 12.
Daniel Redd (colored) died this morning at half past 5 o�clock. [Note: See obit at the end of 1888 Diary]
Apr. 13.
Dan was buried today. Mr. Jeter was taken sick today (has gone to bed). I sold my biggest bill today since I have been with Mr. Taylor. The sale was $167.00 (took 3-minutes to sell). I sold $77.57 of it.
Apr. 15.
W. S. Harvey, from Liberty, came this morning to go to work for G. T. Taylor.
Apr. 18.
Mr. Taylor sent me out this morning to see Jim Baker, but I didn�t see him.
Apr. 19.
I went out again to see Mr. Baker and found him. He said he would come in on Saturday, the 21st, 1888.
Apr. 20.
The Miami Public Schools closed today with two graduating: Misses Rosa Mertens and Fannie Taylor. The gold pin was given to Miss Rosa, the medal to Miss Fannie, by Prof. Taylor, Principal.
Apr. 21.
Miss Anna Belle Taylor got home today from Mexico (Mo.), where she has been teaching.
Apr. 22.
Sunday evening. Edgar Calhoun, Peyton Jeter and myself started for a walk this pretty evening and we landed at the Discharge. There we sat awhile watching Gus Jessup, Frank Webster, and Al Bell fishing (but no luck). So, coming back, we found a turtle and played awhile. Then we returned to our homes.
Apr. 23.
I commenced wearing my cheviot suit for every day.
Apr. 24.
Mr. Miabauer (?) died this evening. Frank Taylor and myself left today at half-past one o�clock to go to Discharge to fish, but had no luck.
Apr. 25.
Rettie and I gave Miss Minnie Higgins a set of teaspoons.
Apr. 26.
Miss Minnie Higgins was married to W. T. Osborn in the M. E. Church and from there took the boat to DeWitt. The band and a large crowd went down with them (I, for one). Lem got himself a bicycle this morning.
Apr. 30.
I went out again to see Mr. Jim Baker today with a note from the boss, and got a check for $100.


May 1.
This is the first day of May, 1888. It is a beautiful day. I have been collecting all day and have collected $227, so far. Will finish tomorrow. T. H. Harvey, A. H. Lacy, D. N. Burruss and L. A. Myers are playing whist. Well, I must quit is 10 min. of 10 o�clock.
May 2.
Miss Emma Parsons (millinary) moved today from G. T. Taylor�s Store to Scott & Miller�s.
May 3.
Mr. Martin Baker died this morning at 1 o�clock.
May 4.
Mailed Miss Juanita Coltrane her album and a letter. Finished my curtain-shower at G. T. Taylor�s today. Frank Taylor and I took a walk this evening out to Bell�s and back. Lem brought his bicycle down home this evening for the first time. Mr. Martin Baker was buried today at the Christian graveyard.
May 5.
Putting up the shutters tonight, I broke the door glass in Store.
May 6.
This morning (Sunday morning) I thought I would try my hand in putting in a new glass. I wanted to get it in before the boss found it out, but, lo and behold, the boss stopped in! But after telling him how it was (and I would you know) he said it was all right. Well, I cleaned it out and went down to Mertens and got a glass. I came back and was putting it in when I heard something pop. There now was my glass! So I went down to Mertens again and got another one, and, with the help of Sam Grady, we got it in. And this day shall always be remembered by Wib!!!! Rettie went to Marshall with D. N. Burruss today. I walked down to the graveyard with Mrs. Vanice this eve.
May 8.
I made a wallpaper hanger today for G. T. Taylor.
May 11.
I went up to Mr. Jeter�s house and fixed his curtain today. Also had my hair cut.
May 13.
Peyton Jeter, Edgar Calhoun, and I went to see Elbert Dunlap this evening and then we took a walk out to the fairgrounds.
May 14, 1888
I went up tonight to hear Prof. Minor lecture at the Presbyterian Church.
May 16.
�Walden and Greenabaum� bought out �Brown and Co.�
May 17.
This has been a cloudy and rainy day, and dull. No telling. Boss went home and spent the evening.
May 20.
Milt McDonald came down from Kansas City to see his wife and little daughter who arrived on Thursday, the 17th day of this month (May). I walked down to the graveyard this evening.
May 21.
G. Jackson, Gus Leftwich, Frank Webster, T. H. Harvey, Dr. Grady and G. T. Taylor started to the Mill Dam on the other side of the River to fish until tomorrow evening.
May 22.
The above mentioned got in tonight just before dark, reporting having had lots of fun, but not much fishing.
May 23.
The Old Maids and Bachelors thought they would try their hand at fishing, so they started out this morning to Duck Lake. They are as follows: D. N. Burruss and Miss Nettie Wall, W. S. Harvey and Miss Mary Zea, Gus Snelling and A. B. Taylor, I. L. Grady and Miss Lilly Bell, L. A. Myers and Miss Mattie McDaniel, S. O. Grady and Miss Emma Parsons, Willie Taylor and Miss Maude Carpenter.
May 24.
Frank Taylor and Peyton Jeter, Lex McDaniel, Elbert Dunlap, Willie Taylor and W. S. Myers got a hack and started to the Muddy Lake. Left here at 6 o�clock and got there at 8 o�clock. We got the red hack from Downs and Smith and took Robert Bluefoot (col�d) along as our driver... Ha!... Ha!... Ha!... (No telling)
May 26.
This is the Primary Election Day. There was a big crowd and we had a little storm today.
May 27.
Kay Grady is 21 yrs. old today.
May 29.
Today is Judge Ish�s birthday...81 yrs old. Mr. Hamner and wife and Mr. G. T. Taylor and wife went out to dine with him.
May 30.
Wrote to sister, Lina.
May 31.
Sam Grady left for Marion, Kansas.


June 3.
This is my birthday. I am �eventeen-say, ears-yea, old.� Rettie and I went down to the graveyard this Sunday morning and covered Mamma�s and sister�s graves with flowers. The Christian Church had their �Children�s Day� this evening. The house was crowded and over $32 collected.
June 7, 1888
Mr. Jeter was 46 yrs old today.
June 9.
I received a letter from Lina today.
June 10.
Went down to the graveyard.
June 14.
I took down the curtains in the Store this morning and washed down the front. The boss went out to dine at Judge Smith�s today. We had a big rain and storm last night. The lightning struck Mr. R. C. Hanna�s barn and burnt it, and two mules and two horses.
June 16.
Heard from Lina.
June 17.
Wrote to Lina. Rettie and I went to the graveyard this evening.
June 18.
Mr. Price Peterman�s baby died and was buried here today at 1 o�clock. Papa commenced putting up the wall behind the Store today.
June 19.
Papa finished the wall today. Our boss went to Kansas this evening to see about his farm he has there.
June 20.
There was a crowd from here that went out to a party at Winston Smith�s last night, and it rained so hard last night that they stayed �til this morning.
June 21.
It has been three years today since my dear Mamma has died.
June 25.
Papa went out to Judge Smith�s to work and Lem is staying up home with Rettie. It has been raining some every day for the last 8 or 10 days. Mr. Harvey and I commenced going through the stock to give it a good cleaning, and we finished this evening.
June 27.
It is still raining . Papa got home from Judge Smith�s this evening. Mrs. Willie Osborn come up from Gallatin to stay 8 or 10 days. This is Wednesday night and I have just gotten back from the Methodist Prayer Meeting. Harvey, Lacy, Burruss, and some stranger, are here playing whist with Lem. It is as dark out as it can be. Well, I must quit as it is twelve minutes and forty-seven seconds past ten o�clock. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! ... �Hello is your ma?� ... There is no telling!
June 29.
Tonight Frank Taylor and myself started out for a walk and we went to the River, and from there over the hill. We came around by Mrs. Vaughan�s and stopped to see her about a dress. Then we went to the Bell�s where we sat down on Mr. Parrish�s big gate and talked awhile. Then we came back and went to our beds of rest! This evening, while Mr. Ed Casebolt was plowing around his house, he plowed up a skeleton of an Indian. His kit and arrows were found with him...good many of the people from here went up to see it. Lem went to Malta Bend today and, coming back, he stopped in to see the skeleton. The Miami Cornet Band is getting ready for the 4th of July and is playing away now. Burruss, Lacy, Harvey and Lem are having a game of W. Frank Taylor and myself bought a box of raspberries and ate them at the Store of Scott & Miller... �No Telling!� ... He!.. Hi!.. Ho!... Goodnight!


July 1, 1888
Sunday evening. Flave Ingram and myself were down to the River and decided to go across with Miss Mattie Burruss and Miss Mary Turpin. We got over there and spent the evening fine, talking and walking around, eating raspberries and cake. So pretty...soon the evening had gone and night was coming on. Well, where was the skiff? While looking across the great Missouri River at the setting of the sun, we see over there at yonder shore...the skiff! It had gone and left us. It was then 8 o�clock. We raised our voices, but no one heard us. So where we stayed that night, no one knows but us! The next morning we got up before the sun was up and we went down and sat on the River bank �til the mail crossed, which we thought was never coming! At last, the hack came and at last we got in and were going to our home. We got in town this morning just as the people were coming from their breakfasts. The JOKES you never heard before! Everybody had a new one! Well, I must quit as the time as come to go to my bed. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! .. (Good night)
July 3.
Wrote to M. B.(Mattie Burruss) and M. T.(Mary Turpin), in answer to theirs of the 2nd.
July 4.
The 4th day of July! This morning we opened, as usual, and when the boss came down he said we could close up for the we closed!! I struck with Hubert Wood and Frank Taylor and we went to the creek to try to learn me how to swim. We came back and I went up home to dinner. After dinner I came downtown and got Hubert Wood and went up to Mrs. Jeter�s to get Peyton�s rifle. Then we went back downtown and met F. Taylor. He said he was going over to the other side of the River on the ferry Mattie Lee and for us to come along with him. We went along and when we got on the other side we used our rifle. Mr. Mattingly, Mr. Burruss, Hubert Wood and myself shooting at coal on a board. I was the only one that hit it. I busted it all to...smash. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Then we came back after seeing the girls, and left Frank with them, to come home with Mack Lewis that evening. We came back and went up to Mrs. Shelton�s, sat down and shot at rocks and logs in the River. Then we came back uptown and got a milk shake, started into the Store, and Mr. Jeter said, �if we would get the ice, he would get the lemons.� So we had a shake-up of lemonade. Then we parted again to go to supper. We got back from supper and took a walk over to the schoolhouse and then went down to Prayer Meeting at the Methodist Church. This has been a hot day, sure, but a lovely one. It has been 95-degrees in the shade. The Miami Cornet Band is playing at Sulphur Springs today.
July 9.
I heard from Juanita Coltrane today at Concord, Ky (in answer to mine about the album).
July 13.
Mart Rider, who killed Mr. Tallent about 3 or 4 yrs ago, I don�t know exactly how long, was hung in Marshall at the Court House this eve at 1 o�clock, 11 minutes. He was brought here and buried this evening at half-past 5 o�clock in the old graveyard.
July 24.
Our old crowd met at Mrs. Jno. Guthrey�s tonight to organize a �Good Time Club.� Which we did. It was moved and seconded that we would meet at Mrs. Jno. Burns� on Tuesday, two weeks from tonight. I had the pleasure of having �Miss Elle-bay Urns-bay�s� company and enjoyed myself hugely.

Miss Belle Burns c.1888

July 26, 1888
Mr. Higgins commenced preparing to fix the Store paper and paint.
July 28.
The paper for the Store came in today. Rettie went to Judge Smith�s to stay until Sunday. And Papa is working out at Mr. Ross�s. So Lem and I are boarding at the Hotel.
July 29.
Heard from Lina, and answered it. G. T. Taylor went to the Marshall Fair today.


Aug. 5.
Made me a penny-box to put money in that I want to save for Children�s Day in May �89.
Aug. 7.
The G. T. C. (Good Time Club) met at Mrs. Jno. Burns�, and O!, the fun we did have. It had been raining all day, but nevertheless, we had a very good crowd. I took �Miss Essie-bay Illiams-way.�
Aug. 9.
Mr. Higgins got through with the Store today, that is, papering it. He has to paint it yet.
Aug. 13.
Heard from Juanita Coltrane.
Aug. 15.
Got me a pair of shoes from Marshall, from Newt. The pair of shoes that I pulled off lasted me 6 months and 8 days. The boss left this evening to go east, to buy goods. I went to the M. E. Church South this evening to Prayer Meeting. I took �Miss Elle-bay Urns-bay� home and got a pretty bouquet. Ha! .. Ha!.. Ho! ... O!.. No Telling!!
Aug. 18.
Lem went to Marshall and to Higginsville, to return on the 20th. The great Cleveland and Thurman A. Francis (merchants) �Pole and Flag� went up this eve, with the aid of the Miami Cornet Band and a nice speech from T. H. Harvey. The pole is standing now 90-feet in the air. Hurrah for the Red...White...and Blue.
Aug. 19.
Wrote to J. C.
Aug. 21.
I went to a party at Mrs. Jno. Burruss� tonight over the River on the Mattie Lee. There was a big crowd of boys and girls. We got there at about half-past 8 o�clock. I met Mr. Reese Turpin and Misses Mary Turpin, Anna Martin, Minnie Rea, and Bessie Bowdry of Carrollton, and, I tell you, I enjoyed myself hugely. We had peaches, oranges, grapes, bananas, pears, ice cream, lemon sherbet and all kinds of cake for supper. We all got back at 2 a.m. I will always remember that night!
Aug. 22.
Willie and Flave Ingram gave a party at their home tonight, but I didn�t go.
Aug. 23.
John Lewis party.......There was a big party at Mr. Jno. Lewis� tonight on the old Booth place. I guess there must have been about 175 or 200 there. I didn�t think I was going until after supper. Frank Taylor came to me and wanted to know if I wanted to go out on horse-back. I told him I did, so he got a horse from Bishop and I got one from Downs & Smith. So, in a little while, we were ready to start. Before we left we traded horses and I went out by way of Mr. Baker�s. We got there all okay, and I just had a fine time. I took Miss Rosa Mertens out to supper and then our crowd got together under a big tree and had more fun than enough! At about half-past 12 o�clock we left for home. Frank and I thought we would wait and come behind the hack load of girls and boys. So we did and got to racing. The horse I was on ran into a buggy, between the hind wheels and bed, and he fell, throwing me off. I didn�t know anything �til they had brought me home and had the doctor with me. I missed two-days from the Store, but think I am alright now. The boys and girls had lots of fun out of me after I got all right! They brought me home in the hack. I was in Peyton Jeter�s arms all the way in, but they tried to make me think I was in Miss Bessie William�s lap, a lady of Kansas City. The girls said I proposed to all of them! Ha! .. Ha!.. Ha!.. I will always remember this night.
Aug. 30, 1888
My sister, Lina, and the children came up this evening from Boonville to stay a week. It is the first time she has been up since dear mama�s death, three years ago.
Aug. 31.
I wrote a 16-page letter to Willie Taylor, as I received my first from him on the 28th of this month. We got in our new curtains today for our front window of G. T. Taylor�s Store. �iss-May essie-Bay illiams-Way� - - S. W. Corner of 9th and Bruce Ave., �ansas-Kay ity-Cay� MO.


Sept. 1.
Miss Edna Saufley got back from Colorado today, where she has been visiting for the last eight or nine months. I wrote to Newt today, for them to come over to see Lina and the children.
Sept. 2.
Newt and Mattie came over and spent the day with us, and Aunt Addie and Uncle John (Miller) came up. So we spent the day talking of olden days. Lem went to St. Louis to buy his Fall stock of goods.
Sept. 3.
The Miami Public School commences today for an eight-month term. With the teachers, as follows: Professor Fisher, Principal; Miss Mary Zea, 4th grade; Miss Amelia Hawkins, 3rd grade; Miss Mattie McDaniel, 2nd grade; and Miss Alice Calhoun, 1st grade. Miss Eva and Louise Miller left this morning for St. Louis to join their mother, to spend the winter there to go to school. Got me a pair of �Cleveland & Thurman� cuff-buttons today at A. P. Bishop�s.
Sept. 6.
I got a ten-page letter from Juanita Coltrane today. Lina and the children went home this morning after a one-week�s visit at our old home. We enjoyed their visit more than words can express. I gave each of the children a box of candy, and grandpa gave them some oranges. Hallie, Bessie and Gertrude were the ones she brought. She left Taylor and Alice at home.
Sept. 7.
Lem got back from St. Louis this morning.
Sept. 9.
Got me a �triangle� from Sam Grady this morning.
Sept. 11.
Today at noon, Mr. Taylor came to me and said he wanted me to make a trip out to Mr. Pane�s. So I went up and got his pony and left here at 25 minutes past 1 o�clock. I got there at 25 minutes past 2 o�clock. I gave Mr. Pane the note which Mr. Taylor gave me and a check for $5.00, which he had given to the boss, but the bank wouldn�t take. I told him that the boss said for me to stay until I got the money, so I guess he thought he didn�t want to keep me, so he hunted around and found $3.00 of it, which he gave me and promised to send the rest in. So I let him off. I left there at 25 minutes of 3 o�clock and got home at 25 minutes of 4 o�clock.
Sept. 13, 1888
Today is Mrs. J. H. Wood�s and G. T. Taylor�s birthday....both 40 years old.
Sept. 14.
Got a letter from Willie Taylor.
Sept. 15.
It has rained a little tonight for the first time in four-weeks. The dust is only about four-inches deep and the wind is blowing hard! We got in the curtains today for the Miami Public School. I fixed them to go up next week.
Sept. 17.
I went over to the schoolhouse this evening and put up all the curtains, upstairs, which was one-dozen.
Sept. 18.
I went over this morning and put up the balance (12) downstairs.
Sept. 23.
This Sunday morning Frank Taylor and myself started out to Mr. Grady�s to spend the day with Sam. I went around the got the boss�s horse, as ours had sore eyes. I hitched him up, got in, and we got ready to start off, but he cut-up so we had to take him out of harness and use our horse anyway. We got started at 15-minutes past 11 o�clock. We thought Sam had gone on out, so we went on and got there at 15-minutes past 12 o�clock. We unhitched and put the horse away in the stable, but still nobody saw us. So we went to the door and the old gentleman came to the door and said Sam hadn�t gotten back from the City yet, but for us to come in. So we went in and sat awhile. Then after awhile the old man went out and brought us some of the nicest apples I ever ate. Frank ate three, while I only ate two. We looked out of the window and saw Sam and Irby coming. After we had dinner we went over and got all the wild grapes we could eat, and saw some pretty sheep and colts. We came back to the house and started for home at 4 o�clock. We got home at 5.
Sept. 24.
I wrote to �J. C.�
Sept. 25.
I heard from Lina and little Hallie. I wrote to Will Taylor.
Sept. 26.
Mrs. Sunnie Myers (my brother Lyt�s wife) came in from Los Angeles, Calif. to stay a month or so.
Sept. 29.
Hubert Wood, Peyton Jeter, Lex McDaniel, and a crowd of �old maids� left for St. Louis this morning to take in the sights. Mattie Myers (my brother Newt�s wife) came over today from Marshall and is going back tomorrow.
Sept. 30.
Got my first pair of fine shoes today from Boston. They are daisy�s too!! I wrote to Hallie Hudson.


Oct. 5.
I packed 30-doz. eggs for Newt tonight and am going to send them to him on Monday by Mr. Saufley.
Oct.11, 1888
Will Taylor came up this morning to attend the wedding of Miss Joy (his sister), which takes place tonight at the Baptist Church at 7 o�clock. The groom is Mr. Nat Leonard, from Mt. Leonard.
Oct. 12.
Mrs. Higgins and daughter, Mrs. Osborn, left this morning for their new home at Gallatin (the old man leaves tomorrow, the 13th).
Oct. 13.
I got me a cheviot suit from Browning King & Co., St. Louis, this morning.
Oct. 14.
I went to our Missionary Meeting this evening and read a piece. (A Missionary Girl)
Oct. 15.
Our pony broke the fence today and got out. So Papa had to go and hunt for her. He found her on Mr. G. R. McDaniel�s farm.
Oct. 16.
This is the �Grand Rally Day� at Marshall. The Miami Cornet Band went out in a big four-horse band-wagon, trimmed up with flags and banners. A body of men followed with banners. Papa went to Judge Smith�s today to work. Rettie and Edna Saufley went to Marshall. So Lem and I went to the Hotel to board. Rettie is coming back Tuesday evening. Frank Taylor�s mother went out to the country to stay until Wednesday, so I am staying with him at nights.
Oct. 19.
Hubert Wood and myself called at Mr. Isbell�s tonight to call on Miss Lou and Mary Craddock, and had a very enjoyable evening. The new Methodist preacher came today....Rev. Anderson, who takes Rev. Gill�s place. Gill goes to Malta Bend.
Oct. 20.
This is Gus Leftwich�s birthday (editor of the Miami News)...40 yrs. old today.
Oct. 21.
Wib Burns and myself called on Miss Lou and Mary Craddock this evening. We went over there at 15-minutes past 2 o�clock, and we had such a nice time that it was 5 o�clock before we left. As we left we got to going-on over a bouquet. The one that could talk the most got it. So, of course, �this Wib� got it. Wib and I went up to the printing office that night after Church and fixed up a nice card that read as follows: �Compliments of W. E. Burns and W. S. Myers to Misses Lou and Mary Craddock, which please accept from the Goody....Goody....Boys.� We printed it on one of those wedding cards and it was a �joe-dandy� I tell you! We took this card up to Mr. Zea�s and had Bob Paunty fix up a 4# box of the finest candy he had, and we sent this over to them. O!.. The nicest, cutest,little note you never saw was what we got in exchange! Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! .. Ha! .. �No telling.�
Oct. 24.
Clark Smith, formerly of this place, now of Kansas City, was married tonight (at Kansas City) to Miss Hattie Banty, of K. C. Miss Lizzie Bure was married this morning and it was a great deal of surprise to the people of this city. She was married to a fellow in Hale.
Oct. 25.
G. T. Taylor and Rev. Anderson went out this morning to see Uncle Billy Pate, who has been right sick.
Oct. 27, 1888
The Miami Cornet Band left this morning at 4 o�clock to go to Arrow Rock for a big rally (Democratic). Will return tomorrow (Sunday).
Oct. 28.
Hubert Wood, Churchill Guthrey and myself went down to the Hotel this evening and had oysters. When we got through there we went over to �Whit�s� and ate fried oysters. Then Hubert and myself went over to the schoolhouse for a walk.


Nov. 2.
The people of Miami met at Mertens Hall tonight for the purpose of organizing a �Debating Club,� which was organized and will meet every two-weeks on Friday nights. The following officers were appointed: President = Dr. A. R. Edmonds
V. Pres. = Dr. A. A. Wheeler
Secretary = L. A. Myers
Nov. 3.
I got my hair cut this morning.
Nov. 5.
This morning I went over to the schoolhouse and put up two curtains that had fallen down. Also put three nice ones up in Dr. Edmond�s parlor. And fixed one for Roll Smith.
Nov. 6.
The Methodists gave a Dinner and Supper today for the benefit of their Church. ELECTION DAY, today. I got a letter from W. Taylor.
Nov. 7.
Hubert Wood and myself went down to the Hotel for oysters tonight.
Nov. 8.
Mrs. Vanice went to Kansas City to visit Mrs. Nick Smith and to see Sunnie(Smith) Myers off to Calif.
Nov. 9.
I got me a �wheelbarrow� for the wheel wood into the cellar, as the boss wasn�t going to get one! I got it from Jacob Burns & Co.(with my own money).
Nov. 10.
I received a cute letter from little Hallie today (sister�s little girl).
Nov. 11.
I answered Hallie�s letter today.
Nov. 12.
Peyton Jeter, Hubert Wood and myself went up to Mrs. Taylor�s to play a few games tonight.
Nov. 13.
The Mollie Lee, our ferry boat, went down to DeWitt this evening and ran onto a snag, which sunk her. But they have gone to work on her and expect to raise her. We boys got together this evening at Wood�s Shop, for the purpose of organizing a �Debating Club.� And we did, with the following boys present: Hubert Wood, Sam Grady, John Roe, Frank Taylor, Peyton Jeter, Elbert Dunlap, Churchill Guthrey, and Wib Myers. The first thing on duty was to elect a President, which was Sam Grady, with Churchill Guthrey, Sec�y. We are to meet every two-weeks for awhile. Frank Taylor, John Roe, Hubert Wood, Peyton Jeter, and W. S. Myers are on for the first night. We could either read or speak on �The City of Miami.� We thought it best to speak, or read, at first, rather than debate.
Nov. 16.
This is Lem�s birthday. He had Charley Bell come and take dinner with him, then afterwards they went duck hunting. Charley got none. Lem got one. Ha!.. Ha!.. No = telling!
Nov. 17.
They raised the Mollie Lee yesterday and today they brought her up from DeWitt. There will be men from St. Louis come up and fix her this week. I sold, today, $75. Our total sales were $263.33 (for 3 of us).
Nov. 18.
I wrote a 20-page letter to Will Taylor today.
Nov. 19.
I played my first game of cards tonight....played �7-up� with Wib Burns and Mr. Shous (Shons?)
Nov. 20.
The Republicans had their �Grand Rally� tonight, (celebrating the election of Benjamin Harrison as President of the United States). They had the Brunswick Band and Chinese lanterns. Everything went off nice. The people of Miami decorated their business houses for them. They marched the streets of this city, then to the schoolhouse hill, where they had their big fire and fireworks.
Nov. 21.
Rettie went to Marshall today, to go to Boonville tomorrow morning. Mr. Gus Snelling, who was taken sick for the second-time on Sunday night (last), died this morning at 1 o�clock. He suffered all the time up until about 10 - 15 minutes before he passed out of this world. Just before he died he had all of them to come up and called them by name, shook hands, and said, �I am going to heaven.� And then fell asleep into the Good Lord�s hands.
Nov. 23.
Mr. Gus Snelling was buried today at the Baptist graveyard, by the Masonic Lodge. And there was a big crowd of people.
Nov. 26.
I went out to Judge Smith�s this evening for the first time in my life. I went for Miss Hattie Peck, who wanted me to take a note out there for her. I left here at 4 o�clock, got back at 5 o�clock.
Nov. 28.
Wib Burns and myself went down to the Hotel and ate some oysters (stew) tonight.

The Two Wibs
Wib Burns, on left, and Wib Myers, right
March 15,1891

Nov. 29.
...THANKSGIVING DAY!! Miss Edna Saufley got back today from a visit to Mexico (Mo). This is Thanksgiving Day, so we closed for the day. Peyton Jeter, Frank Taylor and myself went down to the River to have a target-shooting, and to see the St. Louis man working on the Boat. Well, dinner time soon rolled around and we came up. I stopped at the Hotel, as Rettie was gone to Boonville, and Peyton and Frank went home. After sitting down to one of the finest dinners you ever saw...having 3 kinds of desserts, I was then ready to meet the boys and we three went up to Mrs. Guthrey�s and joined Hubert Wood, Jack Lemons (or Clemens ?), Joe Guthrey, and Churchill Guthrey, and there we spent the evening, shooting, back behind the barn at a mark. And,.. O!,.. the fun! I forgot to name what I had for dinner. O!.. It was a daisy! Oyster stew, turkey and cranberry sauce, apple butter, Irish potatoes, beans, tomatoes, corn bread, light bread, pie, sauce, peaches and all kinds of nice cakes and nuts. Ha!.. Ha! .. Ha!.. Ha! .. Ha!
Nov. 30.
Frank Taylor, Ed Burruss and W. S. Myers went to visit the Miami River View College. They had speeches, and so on.


Dec. 1, 1888
Rettie got back from Boonville today after a week�s visit. I got me a nice cream-muffin today.
Dec. 6.
I wrote to Mrs. McClure at Lexington, Mo., and to Mrs. Nathan Scarritt, Kansas City, tonight on Missionary work.
Dec. 7.
The Debating Club met tonight at Mertens Hall, for the second time. Subject: Resolved that women should have the right of suffrage. Affirmative: L. Hamner, T. H. Harvey, G. R. McDaniel. Negative: W. H. Wheeler, C. P. Bondurant, G. W. Fisher. The question was decided in favor of the Negative.
Dec. 9.
Hubert Wood and W. S. Myers went to Marshall today, just to be going. It was the first time I had been there for two years. We put up at Barnhill & Robertson Livery Stable and got our dinner at the Commercial Hotel.
Dec. 12.
Mrs. Pendleton died this evening at 6 o�clock and will be buried tomorrow at the Baptist graveyard. She was one of the best women in town. She was so kind and good, always ready to do or go at anything, at anytime. Whenever anybody was sick, Mrs. Pendleton would be the first to go and the last to leave. [See obit at end of 1888 Diary]
Dec. 18.
Wib Burns and myself went down to Whit�s after oysters. When we got there we found Irby Grady and Lem there. O! those oysters !!! We found Mr. Lemons and Jacob Greenabaum down there, too. They were eating and drinking....�you know.�
Dec. 19.
Harry Steward came down from Kansas City to see Lem before he went to California. He took dinner at our house and Lem had Miss Mary Lewis and Miss Edna Saufley to eat with us. Harry went back this evening. This is the 19th day of December, 1888. Cleaning up some papers today laying around in the Store, I came across a letter to me from Willie Taylor @ St. Louis. It was written on the 12th, which made it a week ago.
Dec. 21.
I mailed Lina The Miami News this morning, with Mrs. Pendleton�s death in it. The Miami Debating Club met again tonight at Mertens Hall. Question: Resolved that the National Government should prohibit the manufacture and importation and sale of intoxicating liquors. Affirmative: G. T. Taylor, M. S. Clemens, G. W. Fisher. Negative: C. P. Bondurant, T. H. Harvey, Dr. A. A. Wheeler. The question was decided in favor of the Negative.
Dec. 22.
Will Taylor came back from St. Louis. He has quit �Gauss Shelton Hat Co.�
Dec. 23.
This is Sunday and I have just gotten through fixing up a nice box of candy, oranges, figs, bananas, nuts, raisins, and chewing gum, to send to Hallie as a Christmas present. I sent it by Express on the 24th.
Dec. 25.
This is Christmas Day. As I got up this morning I found a book lying on my clothes, from brother Lem. In return I gave him a book (Josephus). And when I went to breakfast I gave Papa an ink stand and $1.00 worth of �Boss Tobacco.� And to Rettie I gave two placques. I gave my Sunday School teacher, Miss Amelia Hawkins, two pictures. Then the Methodist�s had a "Cross" that night, but I couldn�t go. I also got a book (Life of Washington), a poem, and a little 5-cent toy pistol, and a bag of candy.
Dec. 26, 1888
The Miami Public School, under Prof. Fisher, gave an Entertainment tonight at Mertens Hall, and the house was crowded. The Entertainment was splendid.
Dec. 27.
This is the night that I was invited to a party at Jacob Greenabaum�s, but things were so fixed that I didn�t feel like going. The Masonic Lodge have their big �Oyster Supper� tonight at the City Hotel.
Dec. 28.
There was a big party at Mr. Jim Baker�s tonight for Misses Carrie and Annie Hudson. We got Jerry Robertson to drive us out there in a wagon. Those that were in the wagon were as follows: Willie Taylor and Miss Mary Turpin, Flave Ingram and Miss Mattie Burruss, Frank Taylor and Miss Ida Latimer, W. S. Myers and Miss Minnie McDaniel. We had a fine time too, I tell you. We got home at half-past one o�clock. There was a little snow on the ground, but not much.
Dec. 29.
Mr. C. W. Pendleton had their �sale� today. I got me a nail-brush today.
Dec. 30.
Will Latimer, Hubert Wood, Churchill Guthrey, Peyton Jeter, Lex McDaniel, and I went down to Whit�s after �oysters.� Ha!.. Ha!
Dec. 31.
This is the last day of this year and I have been working hard all day, cleaning upstairs. I got through tonight. I also packed up some books of mine as Lem went to Bell�s to sit awhile. Prof. Fisher gave an �Oyster Supper� tonight to his scholars, at Mrs. Dr. Edmond�s. Bill Haynie, Harrison Wheeler, Wib Burns, and Wib Myers rung the old year out and the New Year (1889) in. Ha! .. Ha! .. Ha!.. Ha!....O! .. The music we did have!!!!!

End of 1888


Related items....found in the scrapbook of W. S. Myers

Obituary of Sallie F.(SIDENSTRICKER) DOSH

Died, at her late home in Silver Springs, FL, on Wednesday, March 14, 1888, after a brief illness, Sallie F., beloved wife of M. Dosh, and daughter of N. K. and L. C. Sidenstricker, of this city. The remains were brought to this city for interment, arriving Sunday morning, March 18.

At 2 o�clock on Sunday afternoon, the remains were taken to the Christian Church where Elder B. F. Hill preached a beautiful and pathetic sermon, after which, they were followed to the Christian Cemetery by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends, and after appropriate ceremonies at the grave by Elder Hill, was buried by the side of her daughter, Lillian, who had preceded her only a few years.

Mrs. Dosh was born November 3, 1853, and was at the time of her death only in her 35th year. At the early age of 15-years, she became a member of the Christian Church, and had, during the 20-years, lived the life of a consistent and faithful Christian. In 1877 she was married to M. Dosh at this city, where they lived a number of years, and to them three children were born, a daughter who lived to the age of 7-years, and two sons who are left to mourn the loss of a devoted and affectionate mother.

In the fall of 1886, Mr. Dosh went to Florida, in search of a home in the land of flowers, and located at Silver Springs, where he built a home for his family, who joined him in Feb. 1887. Together they worked beautifying and adorning their little home and had but fairly gotten it homelike and comfortable, when death, the grim visitor, came like a thief in the night and robbed the happy household of its greatest treasure, and left it in desolation and despair.

During the time of her stay in Florida, Mrs. Dosh had enjoyed splendid health and had never been sick a day until Friday, March 9th, when she was stricken down and in a few short days she had crossed the river to meet those who had gone before, and to forever live in the true land of flowers. Although in a strange land, and among comparative strangers, they proved to be the kindest and most loving friends in their ministrations during her sufferings.

We extend to the bereaved ones our heartfelt sympathy, and bid them look forward to the happy meeting on the other shore, where all is peace and partings are no more. But what are the feeble words of man to those who are in sorrow and tears? What words of his can for a moment assuage their grief, stop the falling tears or comfort the troubled heart? �Come unto me all ye who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.� (Miami News)


Obituary of Daniel REDD

Died: At his home in this city, on April 12, 1888, after a long, lingering illness of consumption, Daniel Redd, colored, age 18-years.

During his long sickness, which extended over a period of 4 or 5 months, Dan was a patient sufferer. About 3-weeks prior to his death he professed a hope in Christ and just before he died he said to those around him, �I am going to die, but I am going to heaven. I don�t fear death at all.�

Up to the time of his last sickness, Dan had been employed at this office in the capacity of roller, and he had been faithful and attentive to his duties. He was universally loved by his own race and highly respected by his numerous white friends, who mourn his untimely death.

His remains were followed to the cemetery of The Second Baptist Church, on Friday afternoon, and buried in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. Rev. T. W. Gill, of the Methodist Church, performed the last sad rites at the grave. (Miami News)


Obituary of Margaret PHILLIPS

Died: At her home in this city, on Saturday, December 29, 1888, after a long illness of consumption, Margaret, beloved wife of Pius Phillips, colored, in the 40th year of her age.

On Sunday afternoon, after an appropriate sermon by Rev. Redd, of DeWitt, the remains were followed to the colored Baptist cemetery by a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends, and consigned to their last resting place.

The deceased was a member of the A. M. E. Church and she died a strong believer in that faith. She was raised by the family of Rev. W. M. Bell of this city, and was well and favorable known by nearly all of our people, both whites and blacks, who mourn her loss.(Miami News)


Obituary of Mrs. Mary A. PENDLETON

Died: At her home in this city, on Wednesday afternoon, December 12, 1888, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Mary A. Pendleton, beloved wife of Mr. C. W. Pendleton, in the 55th year of her age.

Mrs. Pendleton had been an invalid for several months, and her death, though sad, was not unexpected. Her maiden name was Mary A. Hicklin, oldest daughter of Mr. W. P. Hicklin. She was born in Edgar County, Illinois, September 4, 1834, and when quite young came with her parents to Saline County.

She was married to Mr. C. W. Pendleton, May 26, 1850. He, and two daughters, Emma, wife of Rev. J. C. Armstrong of Westport, Mo, and Annie, wife of Mr. Frank Robertson, formerly of Carrollton, Mo., and an adopted daughter, Lillie, besides an aged father, three brothers and three sisters are left to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother, a loving daughter and sister, whilst three dear ones have long been waiting on the �further shore� where they are now joined by their loved parent.

Mrs. Pendleton in her last hours was surrounded by her loved ones who ministered to her every want. In her long sickness, she was a patient sufferer, and when she knew that she could not recover, she was perfectly willing to go and happy at the prospect of going to her heavenly home. She was a member of the Baptist Church and hers was that practical Christianity that proves its fruits by its continued good works.

Her loss will be greatly felt throughout the entire community. She will be sadly missed in the home circle, where she was a loving, affectionate wife, a devoted and dearly-loved mother, and a dutiful and loving daughter. She will be missed by her numerous friends for whom she always had a pleasant word and cheerful smile; she will be missed , oh how much, in the homes of the sick and the suffering, the afflicted and troubled ones, where her presence was so familiar; and in the church of which she was such a zealous and active member. She will be missed as well by the members, as by the stranger to whom she was always so cordial, extending to them a hearty welcome, wishing them to feel as if they were at home �in their Father�s house.� Truly it may be said of her, �None knew her but to love her, none named her but to praise.�

The funeral services were held at the family residence, on Thursday afternoon at 3 o�clock, and were conducted by the Rev. Wm. M. Bell, of the Baptist Church, at the conclusion of which, the remains were conveyed to the Baptist Cemetery, whither they were followed by a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends, the presence of whom they were consigned to their last resting place, there to await the trump on the Resurrection morn.

�Asleep in Jesus! Oh how sweet
To be for such a slumber meet
With hold confidence to sing,
That death has lost its venomed sting.

Asleep in Jesus! Peaceful rest,
Whose waking is supremely blest;
No fear, no woe, shall dim the four
That manifests the Savior�s power.� (Miami News)


Obituary of John P. SCOTT (reported in W. S. Myers Diary as January 5, 1888)

Died: Our community was severely shocked on Thursday night upon hearing that Mr. John P. Scott, one of its highly respected and valued citizens, had died very suddenly, presumably of heart disease.

During the day, Thursday, Mr. Scott was at his Store attending to his business as usual and seemed to be in better spirits than for several weeks past. He remained at the Store until after 5 o�clock, when he went to his home. And after supper, which he ate with his usual relish, he read aloud to his wife for about two hours, and at about 9 o�clock, he and Mrs. Scott prepared to retire. He fixed his fires, wound his clock, and performed the other little duties before retiring, when they went to bed. After lying down they talked a short while when Mrs. Scott noticed a strange sound in Mr. Scott�s throat. She spoke to him, but he did not answer. She reached over and placed her hand on his face and called him again. but still no answer came. She hastily arose from bed and lighted a lamp, and found that Mr. Scott was either dead, or dying. She rushed to the window and tried to raise it, but could not, so she went out on the porch and called for help.

Messrs. James Burns, Henry Mertens, and D. H. Saufley heard her call and came and found that Mr. Scott was dead, he having died without a struggle. Physicians were summoned but it was all over before they were sent for.

The sad intelligence was soon circulated and neighbors and friends flocked to the house of death to render such assistance as they could to Mrs. Scott, who was alone in the house with Mr. Scott when the grim visitor made his appearance. The daughters of the deceased, Mrs. Eva Miller, of St. Louis, and Mrs. Dr. A. S. McDaniel, of Kansas City, were telegraphed for, but owing to the illness of her husband, Mrs. McDaniel could not leave his bedside. Mrs. Miller and her daughters, Eva and Louise, arrived Saturday afternoon.(Miami News)

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