The Diary of W. S. Myers, Miami, Saline, MO, 1891

The Diary of W. S. Myers

Miami, Saline, Mo

1891


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JANUARY

Thurs., Jan 1.
Snowing = Cold = Disagreeable!! I have been out collecting all day. Met Miss Flora this a.m. and she invited me to come over and take tea with her this eve, but, as I had engagements for tonight, I couldn�t attend. Called on Miss Burns tonight.....first time for a long, long time.

Fri., Jan. 2.
Cloudy and disagreeable. The Christians had a candy-pulling in their Sunday School this eve at Carr�s Store-room. So tonight, at my surprise, �somebody,� who was so �thoughtful� and �cute� sent me a nice stick of candy that was pulled by her own hand. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. O!.. How lucky!!!

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Miami Girls....seated from left to right: Mabel Carpenter, Priddy Bell, Emma Wheeler. Standing, left to right: Ella Parrish, Laura Carpenter, Mag Kite. 1891

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Sat., Jan 3.
This morning I got up as sick as a horse! So I went home and didn�t come back at all. This is the first Saturday that I have missed since I have been in the Store. Harrison and Mr. Taylor come around to see me this eve.
Sun., Jan 4.
Cloudy, but warm. Mr. Jeter came around this morning to see me. I came down to the Store this morning at 10 a.m., feeling all OK again. Saw �somebody� pass at noon going to the post office. Wonder who the letter was from?????? Ahem!
Mon., Jan. 5.
Cloudy and cool. School commenced this morning. I commenced cleaning house today and, don�t you forget, I am tired! �Somebody� looked awfully cute this eve. We finished cleaning the downstairs this eve. Will commence upstairs in the a.m.
Tue., Jan 6.
Today as been a dark, cool, and gloomy day. They are holding Prayer Meeting this week at the different Churches, on different nights.
Wed., Jan 7.
Tonight I was allowed the pleasure of calling to see Miss Flora. What a good-old-time I did have. Always have that, though, when I go there. I gave back her �bangle-pin and ring� tonight, which I have had for several months.
Thurs., Jan 8.
I have just come in from work and, having been about half-sick for a week, I feel like I am almost dead! Tired.....tired....tired! It commenced snowing tonight like �forty.� I am in hopes it will snow 18-inches. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ahem!
Fri., Jan. 9.
Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! We finished cleaning up this eve. Have been hard-at-it since Monday morning. Don�t you forget, I am glad! Today has been very disagreeable....snowing and melting.
Sat., Jan. 10.
Dark......cold.....and disagreeable. Today has been a very dull one. I received the cord this morning that I ordered some days ago for a certain party. Peyton Jeter came down from Malta this eve, to spend tomorrow at home. Saw �somebody� this eve. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Sun., Jan. 11.
Went to Sunday School. Went to Church this a.m. �Somebody� came in awfully late too.......! I went through my old notes this eve. I had the honor of Miss Flora�s company to Church tonight. This night shall always be remembered! Ahem! Ha!.. Ha! .. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Mon., Jan 12.
It snowed a little today. I made out a curtain-order this morning and a wallpaper order this evening. Mr. Jeter went home sick this eve. Packed a lot of turkeys tonight. Had �music� afterwards. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Tue., Jan 13.
Professor Barnett, Al Bell, Hubert Wood, Ed Calhoun, Frank Taylor, and myself, went to Marshall tonight to hear �Blind John.� We left here at 4:20 p.m., arrived back here at 2:10 a.m. Just had a fine time!! I received a note from �somebody� this eve. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Wed., Jan 14.
I answered the note tonight that I received yesterday evening. When will the clouds pass by??? Ahem! �Somebody,� with a bright smile looked awfully cute this eve. You Know It!!!
Thurs., Jan 15.
Places serenaded tonight by Harrison and Wib........11 cards from 10 places. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! Shelton�s, Edmond�s, Zea�s, Saufley�s, Myers�, Cobb�s, Mertens�, Dr. Wheeler, Greenabaum�s, and Wood�s. We just had a fine time. Got two cards from Miss Rosa and Flora Mertens. You Know It!!! Wonder what made �somebody� laugh when they throwed the second card???
Fri., Jan 16.
Called to see Miss Flora tonight (7:25 to 10:50). I can say....that I never have spent a more pleasant time than I have tonight! The �pink-wrap� did look so cute! �She� was the cutest, though!!! You Know It! Ahem!!!
Sat., Jan 17.
It was after 10 o�clock when I got dinner today! Trade didn�t commence until about 11 o�clock.
Sun., Jan 18.
Went to Sunday School, and went to Missionary Meeting. �Somebody� came too, but got disgusted and left before it was over. �Somebody� looked mighty-nice and cute this morning going to the post office. I took a walk this eve with Wib Burns. Went to the Methodist Church tonight with Hubert and Will. Wrote 22-pages to Elbert.
Mon., Jan. 19.
Washed the porch this morning and painted the frames this eve. �Somebody� passed this eve and said �they had a job like that for me over home.� So, of course, I am going over there!!! Ahem! You Know It !! Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! Mrs. W. B. Dick was in.......�by gum�....I am cutting-her!!!
Tue., Jan 20.
Washed the windows and looking-glasses upstairs today. Was standing in the window this eve when �somebody� passed. So I had the pleasure of gazing on her bright countenance. Also got to talk with her a few minutes. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Wed., Jan. 21.
Mr. Jeter went to Marshall. Received bangle from Irb. Washed three showcases today. I intended going to Methodist Prayer Meeting tonight, but got in some shoes this evening, so I had to work tonight.
Thurs., Jan. 22.
Harrison and I finished all the showcases today. So everything is clean once more, from top to bottom. I also scoured the water bucket and dipper, and recovered shelf with oil-cloth this eve.
Fri., Jan. 23.
Re-rolled all the hamburgs and re-marked them this evening. Today has been a dull one. It has been trying to snow and rain today, but hasn�t done either yet.
Sat., Jan. 24.
Received Spring clothing.....ladies shoes and hamburgs this eve. As today hasn�t been such a busy day, I got off at 9 o�clock, and went to a birthday party of Miss Fannie Taylor. Hush!!!! Owen Peck took the �little girl� over the way. O!.. Me!
Sun., Jan. 25.
Went to Sunday School. Marshall boys were over today. Two of the boys went over-the-road. I went over to see Miss Flora tonight. Wasn�t that cake good!!! Bananas and oranges, too!!! Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! Left �bangle� with Miss Flora tonight.
Mon. Jan. 26.
Mailed the letter, this morning, that was given to me last night....to Miss Louise Miller. Marked the clothing and put them all away. Went over to see Miss Bell tonight about arrangements for Wednesday night. Also had a talk with John and Ethel.
Tue., Jan. 27.
Marked and arranged the Ladies Shoe Dept. today. Fixed things at Church tonight for tomorrow night. Those there were Mary Zea, Mollie and Clara Kile, Clara Greenabaum, Lydia Casebolt, and Beth and Bertha Burns.
Wed., Jan. 28.
Smashed my finger-nail off this evening. John Hanna and Ethel Burns were married tonight. I. L. Grady and Miss Bertha Burns, W. S. Myers and Miss Beth Burns were attendants. We were also ushers, that is, Irb and I. Ahem. We had a nice time over at the house and we enjoyed a fine supper. About 100 were there.
Thurs., Jan. 29.
Have been laid up so today with my finger, that I can�t do anything. Will be, too, for a week or so! Harrison and I put the wallpaper away today, and that was no small task!
Fri., Jan. 30.
It commenced raining a little this eve. Harrison and I have been working on the new curtains all day. Got a letter from Elbert this morning. Called to see Miss Flora tonight. California grapes and bananas!
Sat., Jan. 31.
Dark. Cold. Gloomy. My brother, Bob, came this morning....first time he has been back for 6 years-and-a-half. Harrison quit the Store tonight.

FEBRUARY

Sun., Feb. 1.
As my finger was sore I didn�t go to Sunday School, or Church today. Wrote a note to �somebody� today. Will send same tomorrow.
Mon. Feb. 2.
Today has been a very disagreeable one. It has been turning cold all day. Had half of my finger nail taken off this morning. Don�t speak of pain!!!
Tue., Feb. 3.
Received such a cute note this morning as I went to the office. No one knows how happy I feel now. Although I have been, and am, at this moment, sick as a dog. If I am not better by morning I shall not try to work.
Wed., Feb. 4.
Came up home this morning and went to bed. Don�t ever forget I have been sick. Had engagements for tonight, but wrote a note this morning to be excused. O!.. My!.. I am always in trouble!
Thurs., Feb. 5.
Received a letter from Walter M. Cook this morning. (Fred = �Ind.� Terr. = at home). Just saw �somebody� going home from school. Somebody wouldn�t walk with somebody else. Wonder what was the matter?? Went down to the Store this evening. [Written in red across above message: �Rev. J. H. Holton was married today at noon. Reception tonight at home.]
Fri., Feb. 6.
Was invited to a party tonight by Miss Katy Mertens, out to Mr. Ed Bates. But, not being well, and having a big lot of new goods to work on too, I didn�t get to go. We worked tonight until after 9 o�clock.
Sat., Feb. 7.
Today has been very dull. Mr. Jeter and I paid Hubert Wood the �oysters-bet� on Mr. Holton tonight. Don�t you forget we had them too.....and plenty of them. I sent Miss Fannie Holton the 2# of candy this morning.....so I am even once more!!!!
Sun., Feb. 8.
Called to see Miss Flora this evening and had a-good-old-time, too! Went to Church tonight with sister. Went to Christian Church and had the pleasure of seeing the �bride and groom.� Also �somebody else�, too. Ha!.. Ha!
Mon., Feb. 9.
Marked and put away a big lot of clothing today. Wrote a note to �somebody� tonight. Will mail same in the morning. It was 16-degrees above zero this morning.
Tue., Feb. 10.
It was 10-degrees above zero this a.m. But today has been a very pretty day. Fixed one curtain for Mr. Ross, to take out there as I go tomorrow. Fixed ten-curtains for Miss Mary Zea.
Wed., Feb. 11.
Fixed three curtains for Mrs. James Baker. Took measurements of Charlie Bondurant�s curtains this morning. Had the pleasure of Miss Flora�s company to Mr. Ross� this eve - where I hung 4 curtains. I just had a fine time, and will always be remembered as the best ever had!!
Thurs., Feb. 12.
Put up nine-curtains for Mr. Charlie Bondurant this evening. Saw a �cute somebody� go by too. Ahem! Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! I wrote a 16-page letter to Elbert tonight. [Written in red across above: �Jerry Robertson and Miss Anna Hudson were united in the hold bonds of matrimony tonight.� Who�s next????]
Fri., Feb. 13.
Hubert and myself had the pleasure of taking Misses Rosa and Flora Mertens to Mr. Sibley�s party tonight. O! What a nice time I had....Yes! Don�t forget the harness that was tied up with a shoe-string. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! .. Ha!
Sat., Feb. 14.
I have been very near dead all day! Have such a cold and headache. Today has been somewhat of a quiet one....not very many in town. Received two Valentines today, but did not open them!
Sun., Feb. 15.
Have been very sick all day with sick headache. The worst of all, I had to break my engagements for tonight. Someone, by the name of �T. S. S.,� got left over on the road this eve. Peyton was down today. Woods went to Mt. Carmel.
Mon., Feb. 16.
Received a note from �somebody� this eve. Answered same tonight. Cut wallpaper samples today. Cleaned front and back of Store today.
Tue., Feb. 17.
Winston Smith was married this eve at 3 o�clock, at Marshfield, to Miss Nannie Bruce. Stenciled and glued wallpaper samples today. So that job I am through with, which I am glad to say!
Wed., Feb. 18.
It has been snowing all evening. It has, so far, gotten about 1 1/2-inches deep. S. B. Jeter spent today at Mr. George Kieffer�s. I started on the button dept. today, but didn�t get through. Received note from �somebody� today. [Written in red across above: �Rev. McBride preached at the Methodist Church tonight.�]
Thurs., Feb. 19.
Had 4-inches of snow. Today it has been raining all day. Ordered me a new suit this morning. Sent draft today for picture (O. C. Thomson & Co.). Had the pleasure of walking home with Miss Flora from the schoolhouse. Intended going sleigh-riding this eve, but it rained! [Written in red across above: �Winston Smith reception tonight.�]
Fri., Feb. 20.
Took Miss Flora to the Methodist Oyster Supper tonight. After eating, we returned home, where I spent a very enjoyable evening! O! Those apples. Also the music! Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! The good old times will always be remembered!!
Sat., Feb. 21.
The roads being muddy and very disagreeable out there.....there were not very many in today, so our trade was very dull.
Sun., Feb. 22.
Went to Sunday School, then went to Christian Church. Took a walk this eve over to Mrs. D. Vaughan�s, then up to Bell�s, and back. Didn�t go to Church tonight, but wrote an 8-page letter to Juanita.
Mon., Feb. 23.
Went down to Mr. Will Mullen�s this morning. Hubert and myself took a walk tonight over to the corner. �Light in study-room.� Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Tue., Feb. 24.
�Somebody� is home sick today.....poor child.� Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! I made a shoe exhibit this eve.
Wed., Feb. 25.
Fixed seven-curtains this morning for Mrs. Will Mullens. Made a shoe-display this eve on my new �exhibitor.� Sent �somebody� a lot of oranges this eve. [Written in red across above: �Mr. Jim Haynes and Miss Laura Martin were united in the holy bonds of matrimony tonight......let the good work go on!!]
Thurs., Feb. 26.
Made out a big curtain order this eve. Received such a cute note from �somebody� this eve. O! She is a �h-o-n-e-y� !!
Fri., Feb. 27.
Miss Lillie Conway gave a party tonight at Marshall. I sent my regrets today for not being present. It is now 9 p.m., and snowing like thunder! Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Sat., Feb. 28.
It is 6-degrees below zero. Coldest of the season. Had 1� of snow last night. We did not get the western mail until this eve, the ice being very thick and heavy.

MARCH

Sun., Mar. 1.
Wrote a 10-page letter to Elbert, and also wrote letters to Hallie, and sister. Called to see Miss Flora tonight, and O! My! She presented me with a pen wiper and a piece of poetry composed by her. She is a cute one! You Know It!!!
Mon., Mar. 2.
Received my suit today. Everything was a perfect fit, except the coat, and the sleeves of that, were two short. Will return same tomorrow for alterations.......�black cork-screw, worsted, one-button-cutaway.�
Tue., Mar. 3.
Received a �photo� from K. C. today. Wrote a note tonight to �somebody,� which will send tomorrow. Today has been a very dull day. It snowed about one-inch last night and this morning, together.
Wed., Mar. 4.
Went down to the Methodist Prayer Meeting....first time I have been for over three-months! Fixed picture in my watch this evening. Pearl Dean was buried at Mt. Carmel today. He died yesterday at about 6-in-the-morning.
Thurs., Mar. 5.
Commenced making a handkerchief-exhibit this evening. Today has been a dark, cool, gloomy day.
Fri., Mar. 6.
Was standing at the upstairs window this evening and as they passed from school, I had the pleasure of speaking to �somebody.� O! That cute smile, and that cute nod!! Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Sat., Mar. 7.
It is now 9:30 p.m., and we have just closed. Today has been a very disagreeable one. It commenced snowing and sleeting, together, about noon, and has now turned into somewhat of a rain. Received a letter from �J. C.� this morning.
Sun., Mar. 8.
Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! .. Ha! What do you think? I was allowed the pleasure of taking Miss Flora �sleigh-riding� this eve. It was just fine.....we were out one-hour and 30-minutes.
Mon., Mar. 9.
Mr. Jackson and Mr. Zea have been putting-up 4-inch ice today. Miss Fannie Holton returned from Marshall today.
Tue., Mar. 10.
Received my coat from �B. K. & Co.� today. It fit all okay. Received �bangle� from Irb this morning.
Wed., Mar. 11.
Last evening, about half-past-five-o�clock, I was taken very sudden with cramping spells, and, don�t you forget, I thought I had been sick, but this beat all! It was after 11 o�clock last night before I got rested. I am at home today. I sent the �bangle� this eve, and also wrote a note with same. I returned thanks to Miss Burns this eve, for the nice box of sandwiches...onions, and, last but not least, pickles....which was received yesterday evening.
Thurs., Mar. 12.
Came down to the Store this evening at 3 o�clock. Feel a great deal better.
Fri., Mar. 13.
Received from a �cute somebody� this morning.....a pretty bouquet, and, last but not least, a cute note... Ahem!.. You Know It!!
Sat., Mar. 14.
We have been quite busy today. Good many people in town. �Somebody,� who was in the Store this eve looked awfully cute!
Sun., Mar. 15.
Went to Sunday School. Then went to Missionary, and, after that, took a walk. Had my picture struck (�tin-types.�) Went to Church tonight with Miss Flora. Had a �good-old-time� after returned home.
Mon., Mar. 16.
Took shoe display from window this morning. Elbert Dunlap got back from St. Louis tonight. Sent draft to �I. L. G.� this morning. My time on watch (2 yrs) runs out today.
Tue., Mar. 17.
Commenced cleaning house this morning. Hubert and I took a walk tonight to both ends of the walk. It is now 10 o�clock, and I am so tired, I shall retire at once. The boss left from St. Louis this morning.
Wed., Mar. 18.
I put up three curtains for the Baptist preacher this evening. Also two over at Mrs. Jessup�s. Finished cleaning downstairs this eve. Wrote a note to �somebody� tonight.
Thurs., Mar. 19.
It is 9:30 o�clock, and I have just come to my room. Have been over talking to Elbert. Today has been �a dandy!� Exceedingly dull. Raining....snowing.....cloudy.
Fri., Mar. 20.
Mr. Daniel Black died last night at 12 o�clock. I put three-curtains and curtain-poles up at Mr. Al Wheeler�s this eve. Mr. Jeter and I received today....a box of sandwiches, and pumpkin-pie. Received a cute not from �somebody� this eve. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Sat., Mar. 21.
It is 9:15 p.m., and I have just come in from the Store. Today has been a dull one, and also a muddy one! The Marshall mail didn�t get in until after 12 o�clock.
Sun., Mar. 22.
Lem left for St. Louis this morning. �G. T. T.� got back from St. Louis this morning. Saw �somebody� sitting on the front porch this eve as we took a walk over the road. Also saw �somebody� taking a walk as I was sitting in the printing-office-window. Ha!.. Ha!
Mon., Mar. 23.
Cleaned and rearranged things upstairs today. Was very much shocked this morning what Miss �F. H.� said! Would have thought she would have had a better opinion of me than that!!!
Tue., Mar. 24.
Miss �F. H.� apologized to me this eve, so I feel much better. Mr. Taylor is at home this evening, sick. Had the best old time tonight. Was feeling very badly this eve......but, after being allowed the pleasure of seeing.........�somebody,�........I can say I feel much better. But take care......for Washington city and Western city!!!
Wed., Mar. 25.
As Mr. Taylor is at home, sick in bed, he asked me to collect his Church dues from the members, so I did and collected $22.25. I went down to the Methodist Prayer Meeting tonight, but they didn�t have any! I was going to hand the money to Mr. Peterman tonight, but he wasn�t there, so will take it over tomorrow morning. Raining all day.
Thurs., Mar. 26.
As I was going over to Mr. Peterman�s, I met �somebody� this morning. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! I put my handkerchief-exhibitor up yesterday morning. Mailed a letter to Juanita Coltrane this morning, that I wrote yesterday. Today has been dark and gloomy.
Fri., Mar. 27.
Have just come in from the Store. We have been working hard all day on new goods. We got them all in today. My brother, Bob, got back from a visit to Marshall and Boonville today.
Sat., Mar. 28.
Lem got back from St. Louis this morning. It is now 9:30 o�clock and I have just come in from the Store. I have been working hard all day, and have been �sick-as-a-dog� with the sick-headache.
Sun., Mar. 29.
Have been sick all day. Did not get out of bed until 2 p.m. The worst of all....I had to break my engagements. This, I hope, will never occur again! This is Easter, but I did not go to Sunday School, or Church today. Raining.
Mon., Mar. 30.
The boss is at home sick, and I wish I was there! It is 11 p.m., and I have just come in from work. I am so tired and sleepy I can hardly see straight. Have been �sick-as-a-horse� all day.
Tue., Mar. 31.
It is 10 o�clock, and 25-minutes. Have just stopped work. �Somebody� sent me a �rose,� filled with �sweet violets� yesterday eve. They were very near as �sweet and cute� as the giver!!! Ahem!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!

APRIL

Wed., Apr. 1.
==============APRIL FOOL==============
�Somebody� thought they were fooling Wib, but they didn�t!! Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! Don�t you forget........I fooled �somebody� though. (You Know It!)
Thurs., Apr. 2.
It is 10 o�clock, and I have just come in from the other room. I made a display in the window tonight of various things. Have been working upstairs all day on plow shoes and straw hats....also clothing and wool hats.
Fri., Apr. 3.
Today as been a very cold and disagreeable day. Trade very slow. We just got everything straight today, so we are now ready for the rush. Come on!!!
Sat., Apr. 4.
Miss Nellie Calhoun died last night at 1 o�clock. Will be buried tomorrow at half-past-two at the Baptist graveyard. Mrs. Rufus Haynie died today at 1:30 o�clock. Today has been very pretty overhead, but a little chilly. Had an excellent trade.
Sun., Apr. 5.
Went to Sunday School. Mrs. Rufus Haynie was buried today at 1:30 o�clock. Miss Nellie Calhoun was buried today at 2:30 o�clock. John Roe, Wib Burns, Frank Taylor, Wib Myers, Hubert Wood, and Peyton Jeter were pall-bearers for Miss Calhoun. I called to see Flora tonight.
Mon., Apr. 6.
Elbert Dunlap went to Kansas City this morning.
Tue., Apr. 7.
Election Day. I took measurements of Mrs. Harry Wheeler�s room and sold them a carpet. We sold five carpets today. I put three curtains up at Miss Eva Snelling�s room this evening.
Wed., Apr. 8.
Mrs. Shelton moved today. Elbert, Hubert and myself, went down to Methodist Prayer Meeting, but there wasn�t any. Storming and raining tonight, and has been very windy all day.
Thurs., Apr. 9.
Commenced changing things upstairs this morning. Have done a big day�s work too, I tell you! I worked tonight until after 10 o�clock. Am going to try to get through tomorrow if I can possible do so.
Fri., Apr. 10.
Tired and sleepy. I got through this eve at about half-past-6 o�clock. I have done the two biggest and hardest day�s work I have ever yet done. Had a game of �Casino� this eve with Elbert, Hubert and Mr. John. �Somebody� looked �cute� this eve.
Sat., Apr. 11.
It is 10 o�clock-ten-minutes, and I have just come in from the other room, where we have just finished straightening up from today�s work. We have had a big day, and, don�t you forget, I am tired.
Sun., Apr. 12.
I went to Sunday School. What-do-you-think?? Hubert sent a card to Miss Flora and I sent a card to Miss Rosa! We went, and O!.. My!.. Don�t mention the time!!! It was just delightful! Ahem!.. Got �ring� from Miss F.
Mon., Apr. 13.
I put Miss E. Snelling�s big curtain up today. Did some sewing up at Mrs. Shelton�s this eve. �J. S.� went home with �F. M.� this eve..........How is that for high???? Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! Rain = Rain = Rain = Rain!!!
Tue., Apr. 14.
Mailed Juanita Coltrane a book. Finished things upstairs today. Have everything better arranged than ever have yet. Wrote a letter to Harrison tonight. Old Aunt Mandy Carr died yesterday.
Wed., Apr. 15.
Commenced wearing black coat and vest for everyday. Went down to Methodist Prayer Meeting. Hubert and I took a walk to corner and saw them return from Prayer Meeting. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Thurs., Apr. 16.
Miss Mary Lewis returned home this morning from a visit to Calif., etc. I put six curtains up at Mrs. John Webb�s this eve. Hubert, Elbert, and I took a walk over to the corner tonight. What a lovely night!!
Fri., Apr. 17.
Put three-curtains up at Mr. Will Lamont�s this eve, and one at Mr. Jim Cresap�s. Posted bills this eve. Had the pleasure of walking over home this evening with Miss Flora. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! I bronzed a basket tonight. Took a walk to end of corner.
Sat., Apr. 18
(no entry)
Sun., Apr. 19.
Elbert and I took a walk over to the corner this morning. Went to Sunday School. Went to Methodist Church this a.m., for first time in a long time, for preaching. Went to Missionary Meeting this eve. Finished basket. Took a walk over to schoolhouse this eve with Pickett Holton. Went to Church tonight with Miss Flora.
Mon., Apr. 20.
Put name in �somebody�s� gloves this morning. Hubert, Frank, and I, took a walk tonight to both corners. G. T. Taylor, G. N. Jackson, D. N. Burruss, and L. A. Myers, sat up tonight with Mr. Isbell. Tonight is perfectly lovely.
Tue., Apr. 21.
It is 9:45 p.m., and I have just come in. Mr. Fay and I have been doing some work tonight. Today has been a very cloudy and disagreeable day. Also a dull one. Sent some Presbyterian hymn books over to Miss Rosa Mertens this eve.
Wed., Apr. 22.
I went to the Methodist Prayer Meeting tonight. Hubert and I took a walk over to the corner. Had the pleasure of talking to Miss Katy Mertens awhile. Also saw �other people� as the passed-by. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! This is the prettiest night of all!!!
Thurs., Apr. 23.
Lem sits up with Mr. Isbell tonight. Took a walk tonight to end of corner and we had the pleasure of listening to music from Miss Katy Mertens and Miss Emma Wheeler. Ha!.. Ha!
Fri., Apr. 24.
It is 12 o�clock - 10-minutes! I went to the graduating exercises tonight. Hurrah for Syd Wheeler, who won the medal! I walked home with Miss Flora from the �entertainment.� The flowers....the beautiful flowers!!!!
Sat., Apr. 25.
It is 12:30. I have just come up to retire and am so tired I can�t see straight. We have had the biggest day of the season. It was after 11 o�clock before we got to close. �M. L.� took �Miss F.� to the school �entertainment� tonight.......O!.. Me!
Sun., Apr. 26.
It being so late when I retired last night, and feeling so tired, I didn�t go to Sunday School or Church today. I took a walk to the graveyard this evening, and also one to the corner. I wrote to Juanita Coltrane tonight.
Mon., Apr. 27.
We have been very busy today. I took a walk tonight and heard �somebody� singing so sweetly. Only she sang �Juanita.� Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! .. Ha!.. Ha! You Know It!!!!
Tue., Apr. 28.
Took a walk tonight. Sent money-order of $5.00 today to �R. J. O.� G. N. Jackson and G. T. T. went a fishing today at Duck Lake......�no good.� J. F. Webster, Gus Leftwich, Prof. Barnett, and Dr. Grady went over to Morton Mill, fishing, this a.m.
Wed., Apr. 29.
I went to the Methodist Prayer Meeting, but they didn�t have a very long, or big one. Hubert and I took a walk over to Greenabaum�s corner, and sat down, where we had the pleasure of seeing �somebody� go by.
Thurs., Apr. 30.
Mr. M. C. Sandidge, Sr., died tonight at 10:15 o�clock. Mike and Mrs. Isbell went over tonight. Mrs. Dunlap died this eve at 5:30 o�clock. Fay and I ran off one-hundred eighteen �funeral notices� tonight. It was 15-minutes after 11 o�clock when we quit.

MAY

Fri., May 1.
I went to Mrs. Dunlap�s funeral this eve. She was buried at 15-minutes after 3 o�clock. A very large crowd attended, and would have been more, if it hadn�t rained. Woods and I had a game of �Casino� tonight. He got 26. I got 57! Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Sat., May 2.
11:45 o�clock. I have just come in and am about ready to retire. It has been raining all day, and was very dull.
Sun., May 3.
Shaved myself this morning...for the first time. Woods set-up a dozen �banan�s� this eve....O!.. How good!!! I went to Sunday School. Mrs. Cobb�s class tried to beat us on collecting, but they couldn�t do it...( 9 to 5). Our class 35-cents....theirs, 25-cents! Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! Try again!!! I went to Church tonight with Miss Flora. What a �cute� bouquet I got! Ahem!
Mon., May 4.
It is 9:20 o�clock, and I have just got in from a hard day�s work. Have been going all day. As we had no trade Saturday-much, we had a good one today. Have just finished reading �somebody�s � essay. It is just splendid....You Know It!!
Tue., May 5.
It is 10 o�clock, and I have just gotten through with a game of �Casino.� He got 29. I got 58! How is that for high??? Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! Rettie, and Edna Saufley, went to Marshall this morning. Lem went up to Mt. Leonard this eve.
Wed., May 6.
I went to the Christian Prayer Meeting tonight. First time I have been there for seven-months. I walked home from Prayer Meeting with Miss Flora. Hush your mouth!!!!! You oughta see some letter I saw tonight. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! �She is a doosey!!�
Thurs., May 7.
I wrote a letter to Juanita Coltrane today, as the boss had gone hunting. Fixed two-curtains tonight, and put two-bangles on Mrs. Jno. Burn�s curtains tonight. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! G. T. T. came very near putting one of his eyes out this eve, while hunting.
Fri., May 8.
Today has been a very dull one. It has been pretty, but awfully dusty. Feeling tired and sleepy, I shall retire early. I wrote a note to �somebody� tonight and shall send tomorrow with the letter I got Wednesday night. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Sat., May 9.
It is 11:45 o�clock. We have had a very good trade all day. I put up two curtain-poles for Miss Belle Burns tonight after we closed, which was after 10 o�clock. I am so tired and sleepy I can�t hardly hold my eyes open. Goodnight.
Sun., May 10.
Went to Sunday School. Today has been very cloudy and disagreeable. It has also turned right-cool this eve. Has been raining some, too. I didn�t go to Church today, but have been reading, �He Fell In Love With His Wife.�
Mon., May 11.
Hubert Wood, Elbert Dunlap, Frank Taylor, and I, had a game of �Casino� tonight. Frank and I beat Hubert and Elbert one-game, and they beat us one. �Bananas.....� O!.. My!.. Hush your mouth!! Ha!.. Ha!
Tue., May 12.
Mr. Jeter went to Marshall. I received a paper from sister today. Elbert and I took a walk to end of corner tonight. Who should we meet, but �somebody� and her little sister. Ahem!.. Didn�t we look �cute� with our white-jackets on???
Wed., May 13.
I went down to the Christian Prayer Meeting and walked home with Miss Flora. We are going to Marshall on Sunday, if it is pretty and doesn�t rain! I washed windows this evening. Tired? Yes, so tired!
Thurs., May 14.
Hubert Wood, Frank Taylor, Wib Burns, Elbert Dunlap, Wib Myers, and Edgar Calhoun, composed the crowd that went to McNeal�s Lake fishing today. Peyton Jeter, Hugh Slusher, and Will Taylor joined us at Malta Bend. We left here at 4:15 a.m. Didn�t have the luck we had last year, but I do believe we had more fun....and, I know, more to eat!!!!
Fri., May 15.
The Miami Cornet Band met, and reorganized, tonight....getting ready for the �great 4th of July,� for a big picnic. Elbert and I took a walk tonight. Such a beautiful night......yes, lovely!!
Sat., May 16.
Ten-fifteen o�clock. Today has been somewhat dull. It has also been cloudy and a little chilly. Received a cute note from �somebody� this eve. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! Peyton Jeter and Hugh Slusher came down tonight to spend Sunday at home. Ta!.. Ta!
Sun., May 17.
Went to Sunday School. Went to Christian Church and walked home with Miss Lilly Conway. I went to Missionary Meeting. I took Miss Flora to Church tonight. We were going to Marshall today, but it looked so much like rain, we put it off.
Mon., May 18.
Fixed furniture and put up three-curtains for Mrs. G. T. T. , this eve. I also hung six-curtains and put up three window poles for Mrs. S. B. Jeter, this eve. I got my horn this morning and intended shining it up this eve, but I am too tired (will, another eve....)
Tue., May 19.
I put up five-curtains at Rev. W. M. Bell�s this morning. I brightened up by horn this eve. I took a walk with Hubert to the end of corner. Has been cloudy and threatening rain all day.
Wed., May 20.
This has been one of the �gloomy-ones.� It has been trying to rain for the last week. I went to Prayer Meeting at the Methodist Church. Hubert and I took a walk to the end of corner tonight. Wonder why �somebody� wasn�t at Prayer Meeting tonight??
Thurs., May 21.
Rain....Rain....Rain.....Rain!!! I commenced cleaning my side of the house this morning. Hubert and I had a game of �Casino.� He came out with 84.....I with 73. He done me for the first time tonight!! Ha! .. Ha!
Fri., May 22.
Dark and cloudy. Finished cleaning house. Received an invitation to the commencement at North Carolina, but can�t go. Called to see Miss Flora tonight. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! When shall this time happen again? Ahem!
Sun., May 24.
I went to Marshall with Miss Flora today. I went to Church (Christian Church) this a.m. with Misses Annie Burgess, and Flora. I took dinner with brother (Newt). I went around to Mr. Guthrey�s at 3 o�clock. Misses Annie and Flora, and myself, went around to call on Miss Lilly Conway this eve. Afterwards, we went around to �Sanderson�s� and had ice-cream and cake. We then returned to Mr. Guthrey�s, and from there we started for home at 25-minutes of 7 o�clock, and got home at 15-past 10 o�clock. Roads rough!!
Mon., May 25.
We have been quite busy all day. The boss went hunting this evening. Mr. Webster, Ed Seibert, Wib Burns, and myself, practiced a little tonight. Clem Watson, Pickett Holton, and myself, also practiced a little, too, but Pickett and I didn�t have two harps that would chord good.
Tue., May 26.
Elbert, Hubert, Frank and myself, took a walk tonight over on the hill, and heard �someone� singing too! The people over the road went a-fishing this eve. The older crowd goes tomorrow in the Band Wagon. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! Nothing like it!!!
Wed., May 27.
Did not get to go to Prayer Meeting tonight, but went to Band room to practice. I got the �cutest note� today ever received. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! No telling!!!
Thurs., May 28.
Went to Band practice tonight. Hubert and I took a walk to end of corner tonight. I wrote to �O. D. W.� tonight. Today has been a lovely day, but somewhat dull. Answered the note received yesterday!
Fri., May 29.
Mr. Frantz died this morning. �Somebody� sent me a cute note from a �somebody-else.� Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! I went to the Band room tonight to practice. Will be so glad when the 4th of July is over.......won�t you???
Sat., May. 30.
Mr. Frantz was buried this morning. Today has been a very, good day! It was 10 o�clock before we got straightened tonight. Today is Memorial Day. Hot.....hot.....hot!!
Sun., May 31.
I went to Sunday School this morning and acted as �secretary.� I went to Church to hear Bro. Barbee (or Barber?), this morning....also tonight. Called to see Miss Flora this eve. Hush! Didn�t we look �cute?� You Know It!!!

JUNE

Mon., June 1.
I made a corner-shelf for Mrs. Taylor this eve. I cut and fit-in two-chair-bottoms, also. It has been cloudy all day. Raining tonight. We had our first strawberries from our vines tonight for supper. I went to Band practice. Have been out all day collecting. Goodbye.
Tue., June 2.
�Somebody� went to the country yesterday. Mrs. R. E. McDaniel died this morning. It is Memorial Day at Mt. Carmel. They are fixing to let down flag-pole tomorrow morning. I went to Band practice tonight. Clem, Pickett, and myself, also practiced awhile tonight.
Wed., June 3.
My Birthday! Mr. Jeter went to Bethel this morning to the funeral of Mrs. McDaniel. They broke the flag-pole in five-pieces as they let her down this morning! They will fix it at once. I went to Band practice tonight. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Thurs., June 4.
Mr. Taylor�s nephew, Mr. George Taylor, and his niece, Miss Angie Taylor, came yesterday evening. Today has been very quiet. Also a cloudy and disagreeable day. I went to Band practice tonight. Mr. Jessup was absent.
Fri., June 5.
Baptist �Strawberry and ice-cream Supper� tonight. Rain....Rain....all day! Pickett and I went over the road, but, it being so rainy and muddy, we had the strawberries and ice-cream sent over. And, hush your mouth.....FUN....FUN.....FUN!!!
Sat., June 6.
Today has been a very disagreeable one, but our trade has been splendid. Sales today were $203.94.
Sun., June 7.
I went up home this a.m. and picked a gallon of strawberries after breakfast. Then I went to Sunday School. Our class gave $1.20, for 8-people. The other class, only 61-cents. Whole collection was $3.01. I went to hear �the Japan boy� this morning. Woods and Elbert went �over the road� this eve. �M. L.� took dinner and spent the eve over the road. I intended going to hear �the Japan boy� again tonight, but went to sleep and didn�t wake up in time.
Mon., June 8.
The flag pole was raised this eve at 3 o�clock, and 15-minutes. The sun came out first time this eve, for weeks. �Somebody� was uptown this eve looking awfully cute. I went to Band practice tonight.
Tue., June 9.
The Band didn�t practice tonight, so Elbert and I took a walk to the corner. Whose.....gentle voice....was that we heard over on the porch??? Ahhh!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Hush your mouth!!! Did you hear of the fishing party for tomorrow?? Listen......�F. M." and �M. L.� and others.
Wed., June 10.
I wrote to Mr. Charles VanAuglen. The �fishing party� got off today at half-past 1 o�clock.
Thurs., June 11.
I went home yesterday eve, feeling very badly. I did not come downtown until this eve, after supper. Elbert came up home this eve, and we had some fun shooting at some birds. He got two, and I got two. Then, after he left, I got two more. The Misses Eva and Louise Miller got home this eve from St. Louis. Mr. Jim Weir came up with them. Miss Rosa Mertens and Miss Lilly Conway came over from Marshall this eve. Ha!.. Ha! .. Ha!.. Ha! I did not go to Band practice.
Fri., June 12.
I went up to the Library this eve, and O! My!.....just had lots of fun with Misses Rosa and Flora Mertens, Rosa Ellie (or Ellis), and Lilly Conway. I went up in the belfry too!! What about names???? I went to Band practice tonight and �somebody� gave me O! Such a cute photo of such a cute �somebody.�
Sat., June 13.
Clem Watson, Pickett Holton, Jim Wheeler, Hubert Wood, Frank Burruss, Elbert Dunlap, and myself, went serenading tonight at 1 o�clock, and got in at 3 o�clock. Went to Dr. Edmonds, and Mr.�s Scott, Mertens, Greenabaum, Woods, and Burns. Fun........fun!!! Don�t mention it!!!
Sun., June 14.
Went to Sunday School, and then Elbert and I went to the graveyard. Pickett and I went over to Mrs. Mertens� and got Misses Conway, Ellis, Rosa, and Flora, and took a walk to the schoolhouse. Hubert and Elbert came over too, with the Misses Miller. I called to see Miss Flora tonight. Did not get to Church.
Mon., June 15.
All Stores closed this eve at 7:30 p.m. Ha! Ha! Ha! Frank and I took a walk over to corner tonight. Walked back with Miss Lilly Conway and Miss Flora. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! .. Ha! You Know It!!! I went to the Band room tonight. I went through the shoes today at Store. I sent four-bunches of cherries over there.
Tue., June 16.
Caught 62 fish!! Fishing Party....7 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Rainy Day. Miami crowd: Misses Rosa and Flora Mertens, Maude and Mabel Carpenter, Gussie Hawkins, Frank Taylor, Hubert Wood, Elbert Dunlap, Pickett Holton, and myself. Marshall crowd: Misses Lilly Conway and Rosa Ellis. Malta Bend crowd: Miss Mary Trent, Miss Fannie Brown, and Peyton Jeter.
Wed., June 17.
Had �somebody�s� hdkfs. and �bonnet-string� done-up, that I had yesterday, and sent it over to them this evening. Pickett, Elbert, and myself, took a walk to end of corner this eve. Miss Mary Jean Kerl was married tonight at 8 o�clock. Wib Burns and self took a walk to the other end of corner, and then came back to Band practice.
Thurs., June 18.
The new �drummer� came today (salesman). Edgar Calhoun and self took a walk tonight to end of corner. Went to Band practice.
Fri., June 19.
I went over to see Miss Flora tonight, and had just a fine time!! Raining. We didn�t practice tonight as Mr. Leftwich went to St. Louis to see about the fireworks for the 4th. It is the first night we have missed for two-weeks.
Sat., June 20.
It is 11 p.m., and I have just come in from Store, and I am tired! We have been rushed all day, and it was late before we got things straight. �Somebody� went out to stay all night with Miss �A. B.� tonight.
Sun., June 21.
I went to Sunday School. Then Elbert, Hubert and self, went around home and ate cherries this morning. Newt came over this morning. Pickett, Elbert, and self, went down to the graveyard this eve, after Missionary Meeting, and ate bananas with Misses Annie Burgess and Flora Mertens. Woods and I took a walk to both ends of corner tonight, then went to the Methodist Church. �Somebody� was at our Sunday School this morning. Elbert went to �Miller�s� tonight.
Mon., June 22.
May happy days be thine And joy and peace entwine A wreath to crown thy life from year to year And may heaven�s brightest ray Illuminate thy way Till all the shades of life shall disappear. �L. E. D.�
Tue., June 23.
I put up 8-curtains at Judge Smith�s this morning, and two at Mrs. Burgess�. Am sorry �somebody� was sick today. I went to Band practice tonight. Mr. Jackson bought-out Livery Stable yesterday.
Wed., June 24.
Commenced invoice at Store. Saw �somebody� this morning. Today has been the hottest of the season....94-degrees. I went to Band practice tonight.
Thurs., June 25.
I took a ride with Pickett Holton over the road, this evening, in the �new surrey.� I had the pleasure of riding back, as far as town, with Miss Flora. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! It rained a little this eve. We didn�t practice tonight.
Fri., June 26.
Eight of us boys went in and made a jar of lemonade tonight, and maybe you think it wasn�t good!!! We had so much that we had to call in the neighbors. �Somebody� went to the country this eve, and, if it is pretty, is going to Marshall tomorrow. Goodnight.
Sat., June 27.
The farmers are busy cutting wheat today. Trade has been exceedingly dull. Will Andrews, Lem and myself, ate oysters tonight at 12:00 o�clock. Hot.....Hot.....Hot!!! The �fireworks� for the 4th got in this evening......two wagon loads!
Sun., June 28.
It rained a little this morning. I went to Sunday School, as usual. But I didn�t go to Church this morning, or tonight. I had the pleasure of taking a drive with Miss Flora this eve. We went out beyond the Ross�s. Ahem! (New buggy and harness)
Mon., June 29.
I fixed three banner-poles today (for the 4th). One each for the Methodist Church, the Christian Church, and the Baptist Church at Bethel. Will fix one tomorrow for �H. A. C.� Sunday School. It is now 9:45 p.m. and I have just come in from Band practice. Tired and sleepy.....goodnight.
Tue., June 30.
I took a banner-pole over to Mrs. Mertens this eve. I took a walk to the River with Miss Flora tonight to see The Mason. Pickett brought me over in the buggy to the Band room.......�better late than never!!�
Wed., July 1.
Have been out collecting all day. It rained hard tonight. The Band didn�t practice tonight. Mr. Taylor�s cow died last night.
Thurs., July 2.
Have been busy all day. I went to Band practice tonight. Miss Fannie Holton came today.....also Miss Lilly Conway.
Fri., July 3.
Dr. Grady, Lem and self, decorated our block this eve, and, don�t you forget, she is pretty. The Fairville Band was in tonight and practiced with us. Newt came over tonight to take in �the Fourth!�

Sat., July 4th
....THE GRANDEST DAY MIAMI HAS EVER HAD HAS BEEN TODAY!!!...
The 4th of July Celebration and �Ex-Miamian�s� picnic! There were four Bands here. It was said there were between 4,000 and 5,000 people here. I had the honor of taking dinner with the Misses Mertens!

Sun., July 5.
I did not go to Sunday School, or Church, today. Have been sick as a dog all day! Intended to call on Miss Trent and Burns at Mrs. Jeter�s this eve, but was too sick.
Mon. July 6.
Elbert and self took a walk tonight over on the corner. Saw �somebody� in the yard.....also hear �somebody� singing. That isn�t all.....No! Heard something on �somebody� tonight too! Don�t you ever forget it!!!
Tue., July 7.
We have been invoicing all day. Hubert, Pickett, Elbert, and self, had a game of �High-Five� tonight. Pickett and self beat them...two out of two! How is that for high??? It has been raining all day....cool and nice.
Wed., July 8.
I went down to the Christian Prayer Meeting tonight, but I got badly left. �Somebody� wasn�t there. O!.. Me!.. I have been working hard all day on invoice.
Thurs., July 9.
I had the pleasure of calling on Miss Flora tonight. Returned her �ring.� Received spyglass, looking glass, and diamond pin. Don�t mention the peaches and lemonade. Received a lovely bouquet yesterday from Miss Mary Dunlap. Went to Marshall and got our new buggy today.
Fri., July 10.
Elbert and myself called on Miss Bernice Summers, who is visiting Misses Mamie and Lizzie Wood. We spent a very pleasant evening.
Sun., July 12.
Went to Sunday School. Elbert and myself took a walk down to the River this morning and saw St. Elmo, from DeWitt, come up. We also saw �somebody� over the River with �mother hubbard�s� on! This evening I took a drive with Miss Flora around the square, stopping at Miss Maggie Kile�s and Miss Anna Burgess. Had a very pleasant time.....also had flowers, bananas, and oranges. Ha!.. Ha!
Mon., July 13.
Pickett, Elbert, and self, took a walk over on hill and back. We also had a game of �high-five,� (three-handed). We had fun, too! I was expected down to Mrs. Lewis� tonight, but, under the circumstances, I couldn�t attend. We had a fearful-hard rain this eve, and also tonight.
Tue., July 14.
Elbert, Pickett, and self, took a walk to the corner and back. �Somebody� came up to the Lecture tonight, but couldn�t get in! Dick Haynie and myself were going to walk home with them, but Pickett and Elbert beat us both!! O!.. Me!.. (We got �oranges� on them , though. You Know It!)
Wed., July 15.
Called to see Miss Diane Robertson this eve, at Mr. Carpenter�s. We took a walk to end of corner and returned and went into the Christian Prayer Meeting. Saw �somebody else� too! Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. You Know It.....
Thurs., July 16.
I called to see Miss Flora tonight. This shall always be remembered by me. It seems that some neighbors have a little too much to say!!!
Fri., July 17.
Sent Lyt, Lina, and Newt, a picture of Miami taken on the �4th.� Elbert and self took a walk tonight over to the corner and back. We met �somebody,� too. I sent a note to �somebody� this eve, by Pickett, who will see �her� at Church tonight. It rained hard this evening.
Sat., July 18.
Got an answer this morning, by Pickett, from the note sent last night. Also answered same this morning, by mail at noon. Today has been quite dull. A. T. Down�s Sale came off this eve. Rained a little.
Sun., July 19.
Went to Sunday School. Then Elbert and I took a walk to the graveyard. I went to Missionary Meeting, while Elbert went over the road to see about �last Thursday night�s work.� Hubert and I got a horse from Jackson�s Livery, and took a ride to Sulphur Springs. �H.�, �E.�, and self went to the Christian Church. But �M. L.� was ahead of me......O! Me!!
Mon., July 20.
I called on Miss Flora tonight and spent a very, very pleasant evening, indeed. It rained hard most all morning. Mr. Jeter was going to Marshall, but didn�t. Mr. Frank Payton died this morning at 10 o�clock. Miss �B. B.� gave me such a pretty bouquet this eve.
Tue., July 21.
Frank Taylor, Elbert Dunlap, Hubert Wood, and self, took a walk to end of corner tonight. On our way back we stopped at the Christian Church and sat down, and rested. As were sitting there, Misses Belle Burns and Clara Greenabaum came along, and Woods proposed a walk. So we started, but Elbert said that �I couldn�t go,� and held me (but just in fun). To show Elbert he couldn�t hold me, I went sure enough, .....and had a very good time!! Mr. Payton was buried today. [Written in red across above: Mr. Jeter went to Marshall. Lem went to Marshall with Mr. Jackson. Pickett and Rosa Mertens went over to the �Fair�, too.]
Wed., July 22.
It rained hard tonight. �Somebody� went to the country this evening, to go to Marshall tomorrow. Will be gone a week or 10-days. Frank, Hubert, Elbert and self has a game of �high-five� tonight. �E.� and �H.� beat us.......Goodnight.
Thurs., July 23.
Pickett and self took a walk tonight up to Bro Holton�s and back. When we got to the Baptist Church we had the pleasure of meeting Miss Rosa Mertens accompanied with Misses Sue and Tonie Gill. We all took a walk up to Bell�s, and then back over to Mrs. Mertens, where we went in and stayed awhile and enjoyed the evening fine. Elbert had gone hunting.
Fri., July 24.
This evening Elbert and I started to Marshall at 1:45 o�clock. I had an abscess formed on the root of my filled-tooth, which I was in hopes could be saved, but I had to have it extracted, which was very painful indeed. After supper I called to see my brother, Newt, and then Miss Flora, who was visiting Miss Lillie Conway. Then Elbert and I called to see Miss Diane Robertson a few minutes. We then struck for �Shirey�s� and then home. At home, 12 o�clock.
Sat., July 25.
Farmers all at work! A little cloudy and cool and trade a little slow. Received 122-pair of jeans-pants today. Sue and Antonia Gill are visiting the Misses Mertens this week. They were all in the Store this evening. You Know It!!!
Sun., July 26.
Didn�t go to Sunday School. Rettie and I went riding this morning. Went around the square. Uncle Tom�s Cabin arrived this morning. Hubert, Elbert and I, met it at the River. One year ago tonight I took Miss Louise Miller to Church, and then took a walk. The �same� happened tonight, again! Peyton Jeter came down today. Hubert took Ida Haynie out riding. Hubert, Pickett, and Peyton, over the road tonight. Elbert and self down to Miller�s tonight. Frank Taylor and Edgar Calhoun went to Marshall.
Mon., July 27.
Uncle Tom�s Cabin.....I didn�t go. But took a walk over to Mertens� and back to Bell�s corner. Went up and talked to Al Bell awhile tonight. Pickett took Miss Rosa and the two Misses �G.� out riding this eve. Lem went to �sit-up� with Mr. Thomas Akerman, who is quite sick. Cloudy and cool. Sewed a curtain for the new Butcher Shop today. Woods went to the �Circus.�
Tue., July 28.,BR> Received a cute letter from �somebody� today, who is now at Marshall. Answered same this eve, for tomorrow�s mail. Mr. Thomas Akerman died this eve at 5 o�clock, after three-days sickness, caused from the failing of his heart. I went up and played croquet with Misses Rosa Mertens, and Sue and Tonie Gill. Pickett and John Holton had a fine time! You Know It!
Wed., July 29.
Got in the biggest stock of hats today that has ever been received since I have been in Store. Mr. Thomas Akerman was buried today at 2 o�clock, 30-minutes, by the �Mason�s.� Rettie and Miss Maude Carpenter went over to the Show for tomorrow. Pickett, Elbert, and self took a walk over to the corner, and then Elbert and I went to the Methodist Prayer Meeting. Dry and dusty.
Thurs., July 30.
Today has been very dull. Everybody has gone to the Circus. �Four Paugh� (??I couldn't decipher this) shows at Marshall today. I stenciled and put away the new hats today. Also worked at the boss�s house this eve.
Fri., July 31.
I started to Marshall this morning at 9:20 a.m. Got Dinner at Hurt�s Hotel. Called to see Miss Lillie Conway and Miss Flora at 2 o�clock. Called to see Miss Diane Robertson at 2:45 p.m. Then went around to see Miss Lillie again, and we then went over to see Miss Rosa Ellis, and found Miss Flora there. I then stayed awhile and at 6 o�clock I started for home, bringing Miss Flora with me. I spent a very enjoyable time indeed, but, toward the last, just before we got home, something was said that will always be remembered by me. When will the clouds roll by??????

AUGUST

Sat., Aug. 1.
Trade very dull. I have been making a memoranda for the boss before he goes East, on Monday.
Sun., Aug. 2.
Did not go to Sunday School today. Hubert went to Marshall and took his sister, Miss Lizzie, along with Pearl Cooper. I wrote and sent a note over the road this eve. Got an answer too.....don�t you forget!! Newt and family are over and will remain until Tuesday. Today has been very pretty, nice and cool.
Mon., Aug. 3.
The boss left this eve for Kentucky. Then he will go east to buy goods. Clem Watson, Harrison Wheeler, Pickett Holton, Clayton and Jim Wheeler, Mr. Fay, and self, started out for a �serenade� tonight. Had just a fine time. Don�t mention the �button-hole bouquets.� Place we went were as follows: Edmonds�, Carpenter�s, Kile�s, Hawkins�, Mertens�, Jacob Burns�, and Leftwich�s. 12:45 o�clock.
Tue., Aug. 4.
Got in �Henderson School-house shoes� today, which are the first we have ever handled. I had the honor of calling to see Miss Flora tonight, and it was one of the best times I have ever had yet! Long to be remembered!!! Got her fan tonight, which was broken.....and will fix same tomorrow.
Wed., Aug. 5.
Wrote to Juanita Coltrane today. Pickett, Elbert, Hubert, and self, went down to the Methodist Prayer Meeting tonight and went home with the Misses Gills and Mertens. Hush your mouth......what a time we did have!!! You Know It!!! Returned Miss Flora�s fan tonight.
Thurs., Aug. 6.
Rained this a.m. Mrs. Perry was buried this eve, on the bluff. Washed the windows this eve. Misses Gill and Mertens took tea at Mrs. Dr. Edmonds� this eve. Elbert and I had a game of �high-five.� Ended in favor of him.
Fri., Aug. 7.
Harrison Wheeler, Clem Watson, Pickett Holton, and self, went over and called on the Misses Gills and Mertens tonight. Also took our musical instruments along, and we just had a fine time!!! Lemonade and cake. Hush your mouth!!!
Sat., Aug. 8.
Miss Emma Roe, who has been quite sick for sometime, died last night at 12 o�clock.
Sun., Aug. 9.
Pickett and self left for Malta Bend this morning, accompanied with the Misses Gills and Mertens, at half-past 8 o�clock, and arrived at 11 o�clock. Peyton, Pickett, and self, got dinner at the Hotel, and then went around to see the ladies at 3 o�clock. We also had the pleasure of the ladies� company to Church in the morning. Peyton, Pickett, Hugh S., and self, got supper at Hotel, then left for home at 6:50 o�clock, arriving here at 10 o�clock. It rained hard this eve at Malta Bend.
Mon., Aug. 10.
Pickett, Elbert and self, started for a walk tonight. As we were on our way back, Mrs. Jno. Burns called Elbert and self in to see ( Hens ? ) picture, which was very good indeed. I, afterwards, walked around to the corner with Belle, and back. Mrs. �B.� and Belle gave me such a pretty bouquet. Tonight is just lovely!
Tue., Aug. 11.
Commenced on shirt department this a.m. Broke the side-glass in soap showcase this eve. Clem, Pickett, Hubert and self, had a game of �Casino� and �high-five� tonight. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! Rained hard this a.m.
Wed., Aug. 12.
I went to the Christian Prayer Meeting tonight and went home with Miss Flora. I gave her a harp to find �F-chord� on the piano. She gave me such a pretty bouquet. You Know It! I commenced training on the guitar tonight.
Thurs., Aug. 13.
Elbert and self has the pleasure of calling to see Misses Eve and Louise Miller tonight. There was a party at Mr. Holton�s tonight. �M.� took �Miss F.�........O! My! Who�s next?????
Fri., Aug. 14.
�Somebody� was so kind as to bring me a book this eve. Mr. Jeter has been sick all day, so I had it all to do, as the boss was away. So, I am tired as can be! Clem, Pickett, and self, has music tonight �til you couldn�t rest!! Rained hard tonight. Miss Diane Robertson came over tonight.
Sat., Aug. 15.
The boss got home this morning from a two-week visit east. Mr. Jeter went home sick at noon, so Harrison Wheeler helped us today. Ran the cistern over last night, in cellar. Three and 40/100-inches rain.
Sun., Aug. 16.
Acted as �Sec�y.� this morning in Sunday School, for Hubert. Elbert, and Edgar, and self, went to the graveyard this a.m. Pickett, Hubert, and Frank went to Marshall today. Minor took Miss Flora out riding this eve. Ahem! Hush your mouth!! I called to see Miss Flora tonight, and spent a very pleasant evening indeed! You Know It!!!
Mon., Aug. 17.
Red and white hats. Pickett, Elbert, Hubert and self, took a walk tonight to end of corner, and, as we were on our way back, we stopped on the road at Mr. Al Wheeler�s and had music �til you couldn�t rest!! There was �music in the air...........�
Tue., Aug. 18.
The new fall goods came today, and I don�t believe I have ever been so hot in all my life as I was today, or as tired as I am tonight. The boss told us we wouldn�t work tonight, as we had done enough today......and you know I was glad!!! Retired early. Sent �somebody� a bouquet tonight.
Wed., Aug. 19.
George Duggins came today. Elbert, Hubert, George, and self, took a walk tonight to end of corner. And had the pleasure of seeing �somebody� pass. We all went to the Methodist Prayer Meeting. Elbert, Clem, George, and self, had a game of �high-five� tonight. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! [Written in red across above: �No Marshall mail today. Salt Fork is too high.�)
Thurs., Aug. 20.
Mr. Jeter went home sick this morning, so I have it all to do! George took dinner with Dr. McDaniel. Then George took supper and stayed all night with Elbert tonight. I worked until half-past 8 o�clock tonight. Had music in Store. Elbert and George went down to Miller�s tonight.
Fri., Aug. 21.
Clem took Elbert and George to �the Ireland� this eve. They didn�t return until 8 o�clock. It rained hard this eve. George stayed with me tonight and will until Monday. Then he goes to Marshall. Got �somebody� a box of peaches this eve.
Sun., Aug. 23.
George, Elbert, Hubert and self, took a walk early this morning over on hill with �red and white� hats on. We then went to Sunday School. After Sunday School we joined with Frank Taylor and went to the River to see the City of Brunswick, and its excursionists. Which we did, and had the pleasure of seeing lots of pretty girls! After dinner, Geo. and self, started out calling. At 2:30 we went to Holton�s, and at 3:30, to Wood�s, where we also found Miss Cooper. Then at 4:30, to Mertens, and at 5:30, we went to Greenabaum�s, where we found Miss Nancy Craddock. Then, at 6:15, we came home for supper and got ready for Church, where we had the pleasure of Miss Eva and Louise Miller�s company. We heard Bro. Prunty. Home at 11 o�clock.
Mon., Aug. 24.
The boss went to Marshall to hear �Heard� and others. George and Rettie went out to Snelling�s this eve. George and self went down to Miller�s this eve, and O! The fun we had!!!! Oranges, bananas, cake, and you know what!!! Home at 11:29 o�clock.....ahem!
Tue., Aug. 25.
Misses Eva and Louise Miller, George Duggins and self, had our �photo� struck this a.m. I worked on rubber-goods tonight until 9 o�clock. Then went in and Prof. Barnett and self had a game of �high-five� against Clem Watson and Geo. Duggins......and it was high, too! You Know It!!!
Wed., Aug. 26.
I worked upstairs today. Got a �cute� letter from Flora today. Also had the pleasure of calling to see her, and O! The pleasant time I spent and the nice fruit I had to eat.....plums, Calif. prunes, and peaches and pears.
Thurs., Aug. 27.
Worked tonight upstairs stenciling arctics and heavy boots� boxes, until 10 o�clock. Tired and sleepy.
Fri., Aug. 28.
Washed windows. We have been busy all day. Pickett, Elbert, and self, took a walk tonight over to corner and back. The people went out in the country this eve.
Sun., Aug. 30.
Hubert took Lem to Marshall this morning, where he goes on to St. Louis. Hubert brought Miss Lilly Conway back with him. I went to �B. B.�s� this a.m. Prof. Barnett, Wib Burns, Elbert Dunlap, and self, took a walk this a.m......to the end of corner, and we saw �somebody� coming in from the country. O! How �cute�. I wrote a 12-page letter to Juanita Coltrane this a.m. I talked to Miss Louise and Miss Eva this eve and took our �photos� down. Don�t mention the pears, peaches and grapes!! I took Miss Flora to Church tonight....first time for 4-months! Have been going over and staying at home, but changed tonight.
Mon., Aug. 31.
It is 9:30 p.m., and I have just come in from work. I have been working on my hdkf. exhibitor....finished too! Have been real busy all day. Got a �cute� note from �somebody� today, too. Lem went to St. Louis yesterday. The boss went today.

SEPTEMBER

Tue., Sept. 1.
Hubert and Elbert went up to call on Miss Lilly Conway and Fannie Holton. I took a walk over on the road tonight and stopped in at Miss Belle�s. She treated me to some nice peaches. Ah....they were fine, too! I enjoyed the evening hugely! You Know It....!
Wed., Sept. 2.
I went down to Christian Prayer Meeting tonight and went home with Miss Flora. O! My! This has been the best and happiest night of all. Shall I ever forget this? No!.. You Know It! 11:30 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 3.
Mr. Jeter went to Malta Bend today. Frank Taylor and self went up to Holton�s tonight and we had fun. We went to the Baptist Prayer Meeting. He took Miss Fannie and I took Miss Lillie Conway. She �learned me� a duet tonight. Ha!.. Ha!
Fri., Sept. 4.
Elbert and self went down to the Misses Miller�s tonight and had a game of ( left blank). Miss Louise and self were 137, to their 87. We didn�t finish the game, but O!.. Me!....the fun! We also fixed Mr. Holliway�s cake up to dream on, too. Elbert stayed with me tonight.
Sat., Sept. 5.
Lem got home from St. Louis this a.m. The Band went to Brunswick �Fair� today, but I didn�t get to go. We were real busy this eve.
Sun., Sept. 6.
I went to Sunday School. Mr. Jackson was absent for the first time. I called to see Miss Mary Craddock this eve at 3:15 to 4:25. Took Miss Flora out driving at 5:15, and returned at 7 o�clock. Went to preaching at Methodist Church tonight by myself. As I was coming home from Church, I met Belle Burns, at Zea�s corner, who was by herself, so, of course, I walked to the gate with her.
Mon., Sept. 7.
I commenced working on plow shoes today. Worked until half-past 11 o�clock tonight. The Miami Schools commenced this morning.
Tue., Sept. 8.
I worked until 15-minutes past 11 o�clock tonight. Have been rearranging things and getting ready to arrange the shoe dept. in a different way. Mr. Jeter went to Slater today.
Wed., Sept. 9.
Mr. Taylor preached at the Methodist Church tonight, but, as I had to work, I couldn�t go. I worked tonight on my shoe dept. until 25-minutes after 11 o�clock. Tired and weary. Uncle Isaac Taylor (col�d), was buried today.
Thurs., Sept. 10.
Worked tonight on shoe dept. until 5-minutes after 11 o�clock. Went to schoolhouse this morning and took measurements for the curtains.
Fri., Sept. 11.
Finished my ladies� shoe dept. tonight at 10 o�clock. Will commence on �Misses� and �Children�s� Monday. Tired and worn-out! Minor Lewis left for school this morning.
Sat., Sept. 12.
Today has been very dull considering the time of the year, but most of the farmers are plowing.
Sun., Sept. 13.
Went to Sunday School. This morning Harrison and self had a picture taken with our Band uniforms on, and our horns in our hands. Called to see Miss Flora tonight. Had a fine time....you know it!!!
Mon., Sept. 14.
Mr. W. C. Johnson�s little girl was buried here today. I got so tired and sleepy tonight that I didn�t work late....stopped at 25-minutes past 10 o�clock.
Tue., Sept. 15.
Worked until 25-minutes after 10 o�clock tonight, and quit, as I was tired and not feeling extraordinarily well. Mr. Dan Benefield�s little girl was buried here this eve, too....at 5 o�clock.
Wed., Sept. 16.
Finished up my Ladies and Children�s Shoe Dept.�s. tonight, by working until 20-minutes of 11 o�clock. And, don�t you forget, I am glad of it, too, for I am tired and worn-out! Nice nights!!
Thurs., Sept. 17.
Called to see Miss Belle tonight. Had a fine time......and don�t mention the nice peaches! Met �somebody� as I was going, too. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Fri., Sept. 18.
Called to see Miss Flora tonight. Spent a very enjoyable evening. Don�t mention the music.....it was just grand!!! �Pears......pears�.....O! What nice ones, and good too!!
Sun., Sept. 20.
This morning Frank and self started to Marshall at 25-minutes of 9 o�clock, arriving there at 11 o�clock, where we went to the Christian Church and heard Rev. Myers preach. I, after Church, walked home with Miss Lilly Conway, and then back to �Hurt�s Hotel�, where I met Frank, and we got dinner. After dinner, we parted, to again meet at Hurt�s at 10 o�clock p.m. I then went over to see (my brother) Newt. Next I stopped at Mrs. Barnhill�s to see her, and was glad to find her better. Then at 3:15 I called to see Miss Diane Robertson, and at 4:30, I went around to call on Miss L. Conway. I stayed there until 6:35, then left and came to Hotel for supper. After supper, I took Miss Lilly to Church, but, after Church, when we tried to get ice-cream at Sanderson�s, then Shirey�s, we found them both closed! So we then went home and I stayed until 10:15 talking to Miss Lilly and Miss Fannie Holton, who had just gotten in after Church. I met Frank at the Hotel at 10:20, and at 10:35 we were on our way. Got home at 1 a.m. A better day I never spent than today!! Roads fine, though dusty, and the night, just lovely. Weather cool and pleasant.
Tue., Sept. 22.
Pickett gave me a note yesterday morning ....from �somebody,� too. You Know It! Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! Ahem! I went out to Mr. Jim Baker�s this morning and got a check for $73.58. Hot....dusty....dry!! I took a walk tonight to end of corner and heard �somebody� singing. Also saw �someone else� in their room, writing. You Know It!!!
Wed., Sept. 23.
I went to the Baptist Supper tonight at Bethel, accompanied by Miss Flora Mertens. Had a nice time and the night was just lovely. There wasn�t a very large crowd there, but things went off nicely.
Thurs., Sept. 24.
Tied all my heavy boots together this eve. Mr. Jeter went to hunt with Mr. Hutton this morning. I got two of my �balsams� this eve. Elbert and self took a walk tonight and, on the way back, we met Clara and Belle. Belle gave me a photo of herself today, sitting in the window!! Ha! .. Ha!
Fri., Sept. 25.
Minnie Redd (col�d.) and John Payton were married last night at 8 o�clock, at Church. I took a walk tonight after we closed, to the end of the walk, and saw �somebody� sitting in the window as I passed by. Got a photo of the 1890 Graduation this morning. Hurrah for Minor!
Sat., Sept. 26.
We had a splendid trade today. I especially !! We got in the Bishop�s brussel-carpet today, which amounted to $44.00, which was my sale. You Know It! I felt the jar tonight, at 10:45 p.m., of the Great Earthquake.
Sun., Sept. 27.
I went to Sunday School. Lem and Rettie went down to Uncle John�s (Reynolds) to spend the day, so I got dinner. I fixed a box of grapes and pears, and in the center I put a balsam-pear (in bottle) and sent it over to Miss Flora. Rained a nice shower this eve...also one tonight. Hubert, Elbert, and Wib went over the road to see �F.� tonight. I went down and had the pleasure of Miss Louise�s company to Church tonight.
Mon., Sept. 28.
Commenced cleaning house this morning, but, on account of trade, we didn�t get to finish. Will finish tomorrow, if nothing happens. Hubert and I took a walk tonight to end of corner and back. The nights are so nice and cool now. It turned much cooler this eve, at 2 o�clock.
Tue., Sept. 29.
Finished cleaning house this morning. Commenced this evening, at 3:30 o�clock, to build shelving behind staircase, for men�s shoes. Worked awhile tonight. Wick Royar took Belle Burns out to call on Miss Thompson, at Mr. R. C.(?) Hanna�s tonight.
Wed., Sept. 30.
Finished shelving tonight at 12 o�clock. Commenced on labeling shoes, and got �S. & H.� Shoes all in. Worked until 9 o�clock tonight, then Will Lemons came along and wanted me to stay all night with him....so I did.

OCTOBER

Thurs., Oct. 1.
Finished all my shoes this eve, both in Ladies, Children�s, and Men�s, and have labeled 1,435 boxes. Have about 150 or 200 boot-boxes which I will commence on Monday, if nothing happens! Then I will be through! O! How happy I will be!! Wick Royar returned to California, (Mo), this eve. I called to see Miss Belle tonight. The boss and Leftwich went hunting.
Fri., Oct. 2.
Elbert Dunlap�s birthday! He is 19-yrs.-old. He and self went down to the Misses Mertens tonight and had a game of �high-five.� Miss Eve and self beat them three-out-of-three, and the 2nd game they were in the hole...the whole time! How is that for high??? Ahem!
Sat., Oct. 3.
It is 9:15 o�clock, and I have just gotten in from my work. Today has been very dull. Rained this eve and tonight.
Sun., Oct. 4.
This evening I went calling with Elbert, as he is going away tomorrow to St. Louis. We went to the Misses Millers, Mertens, and Woods. Had a grand old time! I called to see Miss Flora tonight, but we didn�t go to Church.
Mon., Oct. 5.
It is 10 o�clock, and I have just come in. Cook and I played �high-five� with Hubert and Mr. John Dunlap, and we beat them three-out-of-three. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!... O!.. The fun we did have!! Elbert, Lon Haynie, and Frank Taylor, left for St. Louis this morning. I commenced on my �boot dept.� today.
Tue., Oct. 6.
The boss went to Kansas City this a.m., to meet his wife. It rained and snowed a little this morning. I finished my boots today, so I am now through with my shoe dept. Cook and I played Woods and Andrews tonight, and we got two-out-of-three.
Wed., Oct. 7.
I tried to work on my shoe and boot shelving today, but had to stop, as we got busy. The boss got back from K. C. this a.m., with wife. I called to see Miss Belle tonight. Had a nice time and got photo of �her and Harrison playing on horns.� It is �very� cute......You Know It!!!
Thurs., Oct. 8.
Belle went to Marshall today with Mr. Peterman....they started at 6 o�clock this morning. Oops....as it commenced raining this morning, Belle didn�t go after all. I worked tonight until 10 o�clock, on my shelving and putting my boots away. I am now through! O!.. How Happy! I lost my bangle today, somewhere.
Fri., Oct. 9.
This is Ella Parrish�s birthday....17 yrs. old. As I was not feeling very well, I didn�t get to go. She had a big party, and we gave her a nice chair. Mr. McDaniel and self played Hubert and Mr. John three games of �high-five,� and we beat them three-out-of-three! How is that for high???
Sat., Oct. 10.
Frank Taylor got back from St. Louis this a.m.
Sun., Oct. 11.
Went to Sunday School. Started a letter to �J. C.,� but didn�t finish it. Walter Cook and self took a ride in buggy out to Mr. Dowdy�s and back this eve. We then took a walk. Peyton Jeter is down from Malta today. He and Wood went over to call on the Misses Mertens this eve. Hubert and self went down to Miller�s tonight, and we went to the Methodist Church. He only preached 55-minutes.......O! How tiresome! Newt and Mattie came over today.
Mon., Oct. 12.
I intended going to St. Louis tomorrow, but, under the circumstances, I backed out tonight. Put out cloaks today, and cleaned upstairs. �Somebody� was up in town looking right �cute� this eve. Took a walk by myself tonight, to end of corner and back. Lovely.
Tue., Oct. 13.
Woods went to St. Louis this a.m. Mrs. Taylor gave me a watch-charm today. Cook, Mr. John, and self had a game of three-handed �high-five.� Cook won once, I once....only played two games, and didn�t complete the third, but I came out ahead on the last one. I stayed all night with Cook. He gave me one of his photos. Washed windows today, etc.
Wed., Oct. 14.
Passed out bills for our Cloak Sale, for 17th, 19th, and 20th, all over town. Cleaned out the other Store this eve for same. I intended going to Prayer Meeting tonight, but didn�t. Cook and self played McDougall and Dunlap. I won one-out-of-four. �Somebody� looked awfully cute this eve. [Written in red across above: �I paid the pound of candy today that I bet with the Misses Miller�s on my St. Louis trip.�]
Thurs., Oct. 15.
Our first big frost.....34-degrees above zero. Mr. Jeter went out in the country this morning to post bills. Today has been real pretty, but cool. I called to see Miss Flora tonight and spent a fine time. She looked �cute-as-you-please,� too. Belle went to Marshall today.
Fri., Oct. 16.
It is 44-degrees above zero. Mr. Patterson, our cloak man, came today. Sale begins tomorrow (17, 19, and 20). Cook and self played Woods and Dunlap tonight. We won two-out-of-three. I sent over to Mrs. Mertens� this eve for �Miss Dumby� for the cloak sale.
Sat., Oct. 17.
It is 54-degrees out. This morning there was �nothing doing,� but this eve we have been rushed �til late. Had a splendid cloak sale....$190-some-odd.
Sun., Oct. 18.
Went to Sunday School, but not to Church. Went to Missionary Meeting this eve. Woods went up to see Miss Fannie Holton this eve. I intended to take Miss Fannie to Church tonight, but she had company. So I went to the Methodist Church tonight by myself. Mr. Jeter took Mr. Patterson up to Malta Bend, then to Marshall today. Edgar Calhoun and self took a walk to the graveyard, and then to end of corner and back.
Mon., Oct. 19.
It is 36-degrees. Today has been quite busy. Miss Belle got back from Marshall last night. I went to my room early tonight and read more than I have for the last month. Lem and sister went to Marshall today. They will return tomorrow eve.
Tue., Oct. 20.
Forty-degrees above. Mr. Patterson left this eve. We sold between $300 and $400 worth of cloaks. I sent �Miss Dumby� home this eve. I sold my highest sales today.....$106.51.....Ahem! Cook and self played Kay G. and Woods, two-out-of-two, then played McD. and Wib, and we lost one-out-of-one!!
Wed., Oct. 21.
It is 44-degrees. Cook, Woods, McDougall, and self, went to Prayer Meeting tonight. Cook and self played McD. and Woods tonight, after Prayer Meeting, and lost three-out-of-three!!
Thurs., Oct. 22.
35-degrees above. I called to see Miss Flora tonight. Spent a very pleasant evening (7:35 to 10:35). �Somebody� looked real cute this eve with their �red-wrapper� on. You Know It. WHEN.. shall the (here he has a picture of clouds) ......roll by???????
Fri., Oct. 23.
4o-degrees above. Wood and self called to see Misses Eva and Louise Miller tonight. Had a splendid time. Papa went to Boonville this morning. Sent a vest to Newt today.....he will get it Sunday. You Know It!!
Sat., Oct. 24.
38-degrees above. P. Jeter and J. Slusher were down today.
Sun., Oct. 25.
Frank Taylor and self started to Marshall this a.m., at 9:03, getting to Marshall at 11:03. I went to the Christian Church and walked home with Miss Lilly Conway. Went to Hurt�s Hotel for dinner, then over to see Newt. Then, at 3:30, I went around to call on Miss Lilly again and stayed until 6. Then I walked up to Young Christian Prayer Meeting, and after, to the Hotel. After supper, I went around and met Miss Lilly again, and we walked home. Left Marshall at 11p.m.
Mon., Oct. 26.
38-degrees above. Cook and self played McDougall and Woods three straight games and got all of them....so Woods went down and got oysters, and set-them-up! Ha!.. Ha! .. Ha!.. Ha! You Know It!!
Tue., Oct. 27.
38-degrees above. I went through the wallpaper dept. this morning. Miss Stella Ross died this a.m., at 11 o�clock. She had only been sick a week.....diptheria! The boss went out hunting and killed a �turkey� this eve, for a �quail.� I called to see Miss Belle tonight. �Casino� and �high-five.�
Wed., Oct. 28.
38-degrees above. Papa got home from Boonville today. Miss Stella Ross was buried today at Bethel. Mr. Jeter went to the funeral. Today has been very dusty and dry. Went to Christian Prayer Meeting and walked home with Miss Flora.
Thurs., Oct. 29.
50-degrees above. O! My!......the dust!! McDougall and self played Woods and Dunlap, and we got both games. Mr. Beck arrived here today, where he will open up a �restaurant.�
Fri., Oct. 30.
55-degrees above. Cook and self played McDougall and Woods three-out-of-four. I had the pleasure of going over to Mrs. Mertens this morning to take a dress pattern to Miss Annie. Today has been a little dull.

NOVEMBER

Sun., Nov. 1.
It is 40-degrees above....8 o�clock. I went to Sunday School. Peyton Jeter was down again today. Mr. McDougall took Harrison and self�s pictures this a.m., after Sunday School, with our Band uniforms on (second time).Harrison Wheeler and Wib Myers, members of Miami Band, 1891 Mr. McDougall and self took a walk this eve to Mr. Bell�s apple orchard, but it did us no good! I called to see Miss Flora tonight, and we went to Church....first time I have taken her to Church for nine-weeks.

Wib Myers, left, and Harrison Wheeler, right, members of the 1891 Miami Cornet Band.

Mon., Nov. 2.
It is 32-degrees......7:05 o�clock. Mr. Wilson, Mr. Jackson�s new clerk, came today. Wib Burns and self started to play McDougall and Woods, but Mr. Wilson came, so I gave up my hand to him. Was out collecting this eve and passed �somebody.� Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! You Know It!
Tue., Nov. 3.
42-degrees at 6:45 o�clock. I walked home with Belle tonight from Beck�s. Ah! That �birthday present!� That takes the cake! Ha!.. Ha!
Wed., Nov. 4.
Went home sick this a.m.
Thurs., Nov. 5.
At home sick. Received a note from Belle this a.m., by Harrison, who is filling my place. Pickett sent me a nice box of fruit tonight.
Fri., Nov. 6.
At home sick. Bro. Cobb came around to see me, and Mr. Taylor was around yesterday evening.
Sat., Nov. 7.
Still at home sick. Dr. Grady came up this a.m. and I had a �jaw-tooth� pulled. He also brought out with it....a piece of �jaw-bone!!"
Sun., Nov. 8.
Mr. Jeter was up to see me this morning. Then came Hubert, Cook, and Mr. Frank Wilson. Mrs. Shelton and Mr. Harry Wheeler were here in the evening to see me. Charlie Miller was here and sat until bedtime. It is blowing and raining tonight.
Mon., Nov. 9.
Wrote to Bob, George, Lina and Hallie, and Elbert today. I went downtown tonight and slept....first time for six-days. I am feeling pretty good now, and am in hopes I will get all okay now.
Tue., Nov. 10.
I have been loafing all day today....first time I have done so for five-years, but I was just too weak to work. Cook and self played Andrews and Woods, and we got two out of three. Ha!.. Ha!
Wed., Nov. 11.
Belle sent me a �beautiful� bouquet this morning. Returned thanks for same this eve. As I am so weak and tired tonight, I have come to my room to retire at once....which is only a-quarter-past 8 o�clock.
Thurs., Nov. 12.
30-degrees above, at 6:50 o�clock. McDougall and self played Woods and Dunlap, and we got two-out-of-three. Received a letter from �J. C.� today.
Fri., Nov. 13.
30-degrees above....6:45 o�clock. Burns and self played McDougall and Wilson, and we won four-out-of-four! Jno. T. Heard got here tonight, and I got to see him. He speaks here tomorrow, at 11 o�clock.
Sat., Nov. 14.
32-degrees above....6:45 o�clock. Mr. Jeter went home sick today at noon. Harrison got sick and went home too. I set-up the oysters tonight to Mr. Taylor and myself! I fixed up a box to send to Belle in the morning, as she is sick as well.
Sun., Nov. 15.
I didn�t go to Sunday School. I looked at Belle, sitting at window this morning, fixing her bangs! Saw �somebody� go and come from Church this morning, too. Cook and self �swore-off� for two-weeks tonight from playing �high-five� or cards of any kind! Lem set-up the oysters tonight to Cook and self. It rained hard all evening. �L.� came today to see Belle. O! Me!!!
Mon., Nov. 16.
William Cobb, 1891 It is 32-degrees above....6:40 o�clock. I have been busy all day. As Mr. Jeter is home sick, I have it all to do, so it was a quarter-of-10 o�clock before I got through tonight. Tonight is going to be cold. Mr Doug Fields and self took sizes of shoes tonight.

At left is William Cobb, Miami, MO, 1891"

Tue., Nov. 17.
11-degrees above....6:35 o�clock. I received a dandy-letter from Belle today. Mr. Jeter came down today for the first time, and stayed awhile this morning. I saw �somebody� this eve.....first time for two weeks. Returned �ring� to Miss L. Miller today, by Mr. Willie.
Wed., Nov. 18.
12-degrees above....6:35 o�clock. Mrs. Dr. Wheeler died very suddenly this morning at 4 o�clock. I went to the Methodist Prayer Meeting tonight, and went home with sister. Mr. McDougall went home with Belle. Frank Taylor set-up the oysters tonight to me, and Lem set-them-up to Cook. You Know It!!
Thurs., Nov. 19.
32-degrees.....6:55 o�clock. Mrs. Dr. Wheeler was buried today, at 3:30 o�clock. Store closed, and I went over to the house, but not to grave. Called to see Miss Flora tonight....first time for very near three weeks. Misses Annie Mertens, Fannie Holton, and Belle Burns, and Pickett Holton and myself, sat up at Mr. Jake Shreaves� tonight, with corpse.
Fri., Nov. 20.
36-degrees....6:25 o�clock. Mrs. Jake Shreaves was buried at the Christian graveyard this eve at 2:30 o�clock. I am real sleepy, so shall retire at once. 8:30 o�clock.
Sat., Nov. 21.
44-degrees above....6:30 o�clock. Mr. Jeter has been sick one-week today. Mr. Webster and Harrison helped us today. I �set-up� the oysters tonight to Mssrs. Harrison Wheeler and McDougall, and to Miss Belle Burns. I also walked home with Miss Belle.
Sun., Nov. 22.
22-degrees above.....9 o�clock. I didn�t get up until 10-minutes-of-9 o�clock. Papa was taken sick with �La Grippe� this morning. Woods and Wilson went over the road. I called to see Miss Flora tonight....that pretty new dress.... and don�t forget the �sitting room� either. You know �she� looked cute!!! (Gave Flora....Harrison�s and my photo)
Mon., Nov. 23.
34-degrees....7 o�clock. Mr. Taylor left for St. Louis this eve. Mr. Jeter still at home, so I have my hands full. Wilson and Burns went over to Bell�s tonight, to play �high-five.� Wood and I lost oysters tonight by betting with Cook that he would set McDougall and Woods.
Tue., Nov. 24.
26-degrees above.....6:45 o�clock. Mr. Jeter came down and stayed awhile today. Harrison and Mr. Webster helped me out today. I went over to see Belle tonight. Gave her a bangle and two pins for two bangles she had of mine. And...O! My!....Hush!!!
Wed., Nov. 25.
28-degrees above.....7 o�clock. Hubert and self went down to the Christian Prayer Meeting. Hubert went home with Misses Fannie Holton and Lilly Conway, and I took the Misses Rose Ellis and Flora Mertens.........No! I didn�t!! As Pickett took Miss Rose home! I got left!!! O!.. Me!
Thurs., Nov. 26.
36-degrees above.....6:50 o�clock. �Thanksgiving Day� Peyton came down today. We closed at half-past 10, but opened again at 4 p.m. Had my photo struck this p.m. Called to see Miss Lilly Conway this eve at 3:30. We boys had an oyster supper tonight at Beck�s, and I took Miss Flora and Miss Rose Ellis. Then we went up to Mr. Holton�s and stayed until about 12 o�clock. I got Miss �L. M. C.�s� ring!!
Fri., Nov. 27.
48-degrees above....7 o�clock. Moved the �Auction Stock� up to Store today. Boss went hunting today.....got 5-quail. McDougall and self played Dunlap and Woods. They beat us two-out-of-three. Lem sat up at Geo. Casebolt�s last night, so J. P. H. stayed all night with me.
Sat., Nov. 28.
14-degrees above.....7 o�clock. Gave Miss Gussie Edmonds a piece of ribbon for her memory book. Today has been exceedingly dull. Very cold!
Sun., Nov. 29.
8-degrees above.....8 o�clock. Didn�t get to go to Sunday School. Mr. Geo. Casebolt died today at 10-minutes of 2 o�clock. I had my picture taken over again this eve. Cook had his taken, too. I called to see Miss Louise this eve, and we went to the M. E. Church.
Mon., Nov. 30.
22-degrees above....7 o�clock. Mailed Miss Lilly Conway the stamp �flirtations� today. Got in whole lot of new goods today. Mr. Jeter went home at 7:15 p.m., not feeling well, so I had to work until after 10. The boss was with me until 9 o�clock. I wrote to Lem (at St. Louis) this eve, to get me a suit. He went over on Sunday. Today has been a very busy day.

DECEMBER

Tue., Dec. 1.
36-degrees above.....6:45 o�clock. Mr. Geo. Casebolt was buried today at 11 o�clock, by the Masons, at the Christian graveyard. Have been real busy today. Worked tonight until 9 o�clock, putting away new goods. Tired.....O!...So tired!!
Wed., Dec. 2.
40-degrees above....6 :50 o�clock. Lem got home from St. Louis this a.m. I received the hdkfs. flirtation from Miss L. M. C. this morning. Miss Flora went out in the country yesterday evening, to go to Marshall today with �Miss Laura,� to have her teeth fixed. I called to see Miss Belle tonight and I am glad to know that she has come to the conclusion she has. I am indeed!
Thurs., Dec. 3.
54-degrees.....7:10 o�clock. Raining all day. Trade very dull. Cleaning and rearranging all day. I made a muffler-display this a.m. I have 58-different kinds. Woods and I called to see the Misses Miller�s, and played �euchee� and �high-five.� Eva and self won both games. Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! Don�t mention the candy, nuts, and apples we had!!!
Fri., Dec. 4.
32-degrees above....6:45 o�clock. The boss went hunting. McDougall and self played Woods and Jno. Dunlap for oysters tonight. We won! We went to Beck�s and got them, too!! I got to see Belle there, too. Mr. McDougall went home with her. O!.. Me!.. I just can�t stand it. What will I do???
Sat., Dec. 5.
32-degrees above....7:05 o�clock. We have been pretty busy today. Mr. Taylor has been married 15-years today. I got half-bushel walnuts and half-bushel hickory nuts today. Pres Ragan got his leg cut-off this a.m., by the cars running over it. �Somebody� came in from the country today.
Sun., Dec. 6.
28-degrees above.....8 o�clock. I went to Sunday School. We had 1 1/2 inches of snow last night, our first real good snow. Called to see Miss Flora tonight. We went to Church. She gave me a copy from her graduating essay. You know it!!!
Mon., Dec. 7.
14-degrees above....7:10 o�clock. Have been real busy today. Cook and self played Woods and Dunlap for oysters...2-out-of-3. �W.� and �D.� won. Then we played one game for oysters, and �C.� and I won....so we came out even!!! My last night for oysters!
Tue., Dec. 8.
31-degrees above....7:10 o�clock. The boss went hunting today. Trade very dull. Windy and disagreeable out. I went over to see Belle tonight. Had a fine time....and, don�t mention the other things!!!
Wed., Dec. 9.
38-degrees above....7:15 o�clock. I went through the shoe dept. today. Commenced putting out Xmas goods tonight. I went down to Beck�s tonight and walked home with Miss Belle. You Know It!!
Thurs., Dec. 10.
38-degrees.....7 o�clock. I finished putting out our toys tonight. Cook and self played Woods and Cobb, two-out-of-five tonight. Hurrah for them! The roads being so bad, the Marshall hack didn�t get in until 15-minutes of 12, today. Got a long letter from Miss J. C. this am.
Fri., Dec. 11.
36-degrees above....7:15 o�clock. I went through the Men�s Clothing Dept. today, and put away the new clothing that came in some time ago. I called to see Miss Flora tonight. �We� looked real cute with our �red-mother-hubbard�s� on (belted down, tho). Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha!
Sat., Dec. 12.
28-degrees above....6:45 o�clock. Mr. Taylor went home sick this eve. And we have been real busy, so, of course, we had lots of goods down, and had to work late before we got them up. I am so tired I don�t know what to do!! Retired at 11:45 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 13.
46-degrees above.....8 o�clock. I went to Sunday School. Belle was there....Ha!.. Ha!.. Ha! Woods and I took a walk this a.m., and, coming back, I walked with Belle to Church. McFahey and self went out to Bell�s after persimmons. I got a nice box of them, and sent to Flora tonight, by Woods. Pickett Holton told me something tonight. I called to see Louise tonight.
Mon., Dec. 14.
52-degrees above....6:55 o�clock. Woods brought me a cute note this a.m. from the people over the road. You Know It!!! I went through the zephyr and saxony dept. today. Also the boy�s clothing. I called to see Miss Belle tonight and made arrangements for Pickett to board there.
Tue., Dec. 15.
46-degrees above.....6:45 o�clock. I went through the hat dept. today. It was cloudy and disagreeable all day. We took in 25-turkeys from T. S. Sibley, today. Cook and self played Woods and Cobb three-out-of-three! How is that for high???
Wed., Dec. 16.
28-degrees above....6:50 o�clock. Cleaned and dusted everything upstairs. Today has been a lovely day, but things somewhat quiet. I went to the Christian Prayer Meeting tonight. Went home with Flora. I gave her one of my photos and harp, also one of my cards.
Thurs., Dec. 17.
24-degrees above.....5:30 o�clock. Trade good today. I received bangles today from Newt, and got the glass cut tonight. Woods and self called to see Misses Eva and Louise Miller tonight. We played games and then went down to Beck�s and had oysters. You Know It!!
Fri., Dec. 18.
28-degrees above...6:40 o�clock. The boss went hunting today. So, of course, we didn�t have time to turn around! I went over and fixed two-curtains for Mrs. Jno. Burns tonight....two upstairs, and also fixed two in her room. Walter Cook left this eve for home. Cold tonight.
Sat., Dec. 19.
24-degrees above....6:49 o�clock. This morning it was very dull. But this eve it made up for it. �Somebody� was uptown this eve looking awfully cute. Miss Lou Craddock died Thursday, in Colorado.
Sun., Dec. 20.
34-degrees above....7:25 o�clock. I went to Sunday School. Rettie went to Marshall today. Took Dudeny and Sam Underwood (col�d) to Marshall today. McDougall, McFahey, Frank Wilson, and self, went out to Bell�s orchard after persimmons. Got them, too, let me tell you! I went to Church tonight with Miss Flora. Neither Pickett, nor John, were there, so we had persimmons to ourselves!
Mon., Dec. 21.
54-degrees above....6:50 o�clock. Mr. Jeter went out in the country this a.m. Mack Lewis helped us today. I put four-curtains up at Mollie Brown�s (col�d). Dunlap and self played McDougall and Woods. Got beat four-out-of-four!!
Tue., Dec. 22.
34-degrees above....6:55 o�clock. Mollie Long spent the day up home today. I received �cord� and sent to Miss Rosa Mertens today. Have been very busy today. Played �razzle-dazzle� tonight.....(first-game!).. With Dunlap, Cobb, Barnett, Wood and self. Had a big time!!!
Wed., Dec. 23.
32-degrees above....7:15 o�clock. Woods and self fixed up a box to send to the Miller girls tonight, for Christmas. Joe Guthrey and Liddie Casebolt were married today at 1 o�clock. Then they went to Marshall, where they take the train for Kansas City.
Thurs., Dec. 24.
32-degrees above....6:35 o�clock. I mailed a Christmas card to Miss L. M. C. Have been real busy today. I didn�t get dinner until late. I gave Mr. Jeter a box of cigars today. I have been working hard all day, so shall retire at once. Elbert Dunlap got home this eve.
Fri., Dec. 25.
�Christmas� ... 32-degrees above....6:40 o�clock. We didn�t close today. Presents received today: two books and a $2-bill, from Lem; one book, from Retta; one book , from Pickett Holton; one pair of slippers, from G. T. Taylor; a sack of candy and nuts, from Sunday School; and a knife, from S. B. Jeter. Today has been a cold, gloomy, disagreeable kind of day. Somewhat sleeting. Barnett, Casebolt, Dunlap, Woods, and self, had a game of �razzle-dazzle.� We all got games-each, but Dunlap. Barnett set-up the oysters. I was expected at Miss Belle Burns� tonight, for supper, but sent them an apology for not going. Old Mr. Goode died tonight at Slater...96-yrs.-of-age.
Sat., Dec. 26.
10-degrees above....7:10 o�clock. I commenced reading �Huckleberry Finn� today.
Sun., Dec. 27.
28-degrees above....7:45 o�clock. I went to Sunday School. Peyton and Will Taylor came down today. Peyton, Hubert, Elbert, and self, went to the Christian Prayer Meeting. Minor Lewis had Flora there this eve, and at Church tonight. Peyton and Elbert called to see the Misses Mertens this eve. Woods went to Holton�s. Pickett and self took a walk. I didn�t go anywhere tonight!
Mon., Dec. 28.
32-degrees above.....7 o�clock. Peyton and Will Taylor went back home today. The Masons have their Supper tonight. I sacked 15-buchels pecans today. I received a note from Miss Lillie Conway today. I called to see Miss Fannie Holton tonight. I wrote to Miss Lillie tonight.
Tue., Dec. 29.
28-degrees above....7:25 o�clock. The Campbellites gave an �entertainment� tonight for their Sunday School. Minor took Miss Flora. Pickett took the family to Marshall today. He is going to remain there and work for Mr. P. M. Zea�s. Hubert and self called to see the Miller girls tonight.
Wed., Dec. 30.
32-degrees above.....6:50 o�clock. I was expected at Mr. Aubrey Conway�s party tonight but didn�t get to go (at Marshall). Hubert and Pickett went to the Marshall party, though. I was also invited to Dr. Edmond�s party tonight but didn't get to go. I put away the Xmas goods today. Belle gave me a nice, silk, tie tonight.
Thurs., Dec. 31.
54-degrees above.....7:20 o�clock. H. E. Wood, Elbert Dunlap, and W. S. Myers, went down to the Miller�s tonight to set the old year out! And - don�t - you - forget....we had fun!!! We played �high-five,� and cut-up, generally. We had ice-cream and cake, too. Hubert and I went down to the Christian Church, and rang the bell, then back to Miller�s and had music. O!.. This night shall never be forgotten!!! The fun we �poor sinners� had.....You Know It!!!!

End of 1891



Addenda:

Birthdays.....
Daisy Duggins Jan. 7, 1873 Belle Burns June 18, 1871 Tina Shelton July 10, 1871 Juanita Coltrane Apr. 13, 1873 Flora Ann Mertens Mar. 7, 1872 Clara Greenabaum Aug. 6, 1873 Louise Miller Dec. 26, 1873 Fannie Holton Nov. 25, 1871 Maude Wheeler Dec. 25, 1874 Lilly Conway Sept. 29, 1873

MORE ADDENDA........

Tucked in the back of this diary was an envelope that said, �don�t destroy.� It was a letter from Robert Simpson Myers, older brother of W. S. Myers, written Dec. 16th, 1891. Since Robert S. Myers died of TB in 1892, I believe W. S. wanted to save this letter as a remembrance. It�s contents are as follows:
�Los Angeles, California.......Dec. 16, 1891

Dear Brother,

I received your nice, welcome letter of Nov. 8th, which I enjoyed so much, but was sorry to hear that your were ill. Hope you are well and are now enjoying good health. Well, Wilbert, I have been wanting to write to you for a long time, but never know much to write. I know I ought to have written to Pa long ago, but I keep putting it off from time to time.

I am getting along very well and have had plenty of work all summer and fall, but wages are not very good, though I guess I can do as well here as I could anywhere else. It doesn�t cost me much to live here now. I can get a good room for a dollar-a-week.

Los Angeles is improving so fast. It is getting to be quite a city! I like it here better all the time, but I do wish you all were here. Wib, I know you would be delighted with L. A. I will hope...some day. I think Lyt and I would be able to get you a good job here. Lyt also says he would like so much for you all to be with us.

Times seem to be getting better here all the time and everybody is doing well. Most all the boys that left here and went to Salt Lake City have returned to Los Angeles. There are lots of people coming here now. It looks something like �boomtown.� Yes, I saw Edgar Calhoun. He is looking very well. He is out at Pasadena in a grocery store, I heard.

Well Wib.....how are you and the girl over on the hill getting along? Ha!.. Ha! Do you ever see my girl? How does she look? I think she has gone back on me. She was coming out here this fall, but she has yet to come.

I wish I could be there to spend Xmas with you all once more, for Xmas hasn�t meant much to me since I left home, and that has been a long time. I wish you all a merry, merry Christmas.

Wilbert, Lyt says he feels ashamed of himself for not writing to you, but I can tell you he doesn�t have time to write. He is always so busy, up early and doesn�t get home �til late. I would like to write more often, but it seems I never know anything to write. But I am always glad to hear from you all.

Will close and hope you are all well. Write when you can. My No. is #315 Jackson St., Los Angeles.

Kindest regards to all.

Your bro, Robert