The 1897 Diary of Wilbert S. Myers, Miami, Saline, MO

The Diary of W. S. Myers

1897

Miami, Saline County, MO



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JANUARY

Fri., Jan. 1.
This has been such a pretty, nice day, while trade has been very quiet. I have been busy making off accounts and have been out this evening, collecting. Mrs. J. D. Snelling, Mary, Lem, and Lewis Myers, also Ed and Lottie, all took dinner with us today. The �Pattie Concert Co.� gives an entertainment tonight at the Hall, for us Lyceum boys. They are from Marshall, Mo. I went and took Emma. It was very good. Not a very large crowd out, though. We got in Chicago Tailoring Company�s �book� this eve for the spring trade.
Main Street, Miami, Missouri - 1890's

Miami, MO...1890's

Sat., Jan. 2.
Rain, rain! It has been raining this whole blessed day! No trade hardly at all. I put away all the Xmas goods today and put away all the handkerchiefs, washed sign off mirror, and rearranged things in general. I worked on books tonight. I posted Christmas goods and made off sales, swept out, and closed up at 9:30 p.m. I went to my room and then retired. It is still raining hard tonight. Sun., Jan. 3.
Bro. Roseborough is to preach for us today, and tonight, at the Christian Church. Geo. Haynie stayed all night with me last night. It is slick as glass out today. I got up at 7:20 o�clock, made a fire, swept my room, and John�s, and went to my breakfast at 8:30. Went to Church this a.m., and also again this eve at 3:00 o�clock. I walked over home with Emma and stayed until 5:30 o�clock, then came home for supper. Then I went down to Lem and Mary�s. I ate candy with Lewis. Then I went over to see Emma tonight, from 7 to 10:30 o�clock. I took a box of bananas. It is so awful slick that we didn�t attend divine worship tonight. This certainly has been an awful, awful day.......snowing and sleeting and �slick as glass.�
Mon., Jan. 4.
Another cold, bleak day! Trade, tho, very good on overshoes! Have been working on books all day long. It is so slick out that you can hardly stand up. The boys all went back to school this a.m. I finished transferring ledger �I to J� tonight. I brought my supper down with me at noon, as it has been such a bad day. I made off sales, swept out, and closed up at 7 p.m. Went over to our Lyceum Meeting, but it was so bad out that we didn�t have a quorum (7 were there), so we couldn�t have a meeting. We played �Muggins� awhile and then we ate a cake that the boys had bought from the Mason�s Supper for us to eat tonight. It was made by Flora Mertens and was very good!
Tue., Jan. 5.
This has been another cold day, though the sun has been out some. Trade just splendid. I have posted all day on the books and making off accounts. Will commence getting off a list in the a.m. Brought my supper down with me, as I came from dinner, as it has been so cold and slick out that I hate to go up to supper. No Marshall mail today and only one mail across the River. The River is filled with heavy ice and the roads are nearly impassable. I cut out a good many pieces from the Miami News tonight that I wanted to save. And then I made off sales, swept out, went to room and retired at 9:30 p.m.........tired and worn out!
Wed., Jan. 6.
This has been somewhat of a fair day, tho trade has been a little quiet. Have been drawing-off balances all day. Fixed a book at the Bank this a.m., for Mr. Wheeler. I printed �1897� on it for him. I brought my supper with me, again, at noon. I pasted a few things in my scrapbook tonight. I made off sales and swept out, and just as I got through.....Emma and Jess came in from Prayer Meeting, so after she got done trading I walked over home with her, went in, and stayed awhile. This is a real pretty night. It is not so cold. Got Marshall mail today, but only one mail across the River.
Thurs., Jan. 7.
This is Syd Wheeler�s birthday! I fixed up a pair of cuff-buttons, for Emma, and sent them to Syd for her this a.m. This has been a real pretty day. Trade fair. I received a letter from Mrs. Daisy Shelton DeWitt this a.m., from Kansas City, asking me to get up a petition for her. She wants a recommendation, to the people of Kansas City, of her elocutionary skills. I have been working on books today all day long. I fixed a paper tonight for Daisy�s petition, made off sales, swept out, and then sat down and talked to Geo. Burruss and Geo. Taylor until 9:30 p.m. Then I closed up, went up to my room and retired. Mr. Fox and Miss Emma Huffman were married today at Slater, Mo.
Fri., Jan. 8.
This has been another real pretty, bright day. I finished my books today. Got in a big lot of shoes this eve. Miss Maude Wheeler got home this eve from a 10-day visit. After getting all of my work done, I closed up at 7:00 o�clock and went down to Endeavor Meeting and walked over home with Emma. Went in and sat until 10 o�clock. Will Taylor brought Mr. Thomas Smith�s little infant down this eve, from Mt. Leonard, and buried it. It was only 3-days old. They went back tonight.
Sat., Jan. 9.
I got up a �recommendation�s paper� yesterday, for Mrs. Daisy DeWitt, of Kansas City, of 50-names testifying to her elocutionary abilities, and sent same to her today. This has been a real pretty day. Trade only fair, as the roads were bad. There weren�t very many people in town. Stopped in at Maude�s a few minutes today, at noon, and talked to her and May Minor a little while. Emma and Ruth are spending tonight with Miss Mary Haynie. Made off my sales for today, swept out, and then talked to Geo. Burruss until 10:30 p.m. Then closed up, went to my room and retired. Newt brought Rev. Dobyns over tonight, to preach to us tomorrow.
Sun., Jan. 10.
Got up at 8 a.m., cleaned my room, went to Store, and did some work. I didn�t go to breakfast. Went back to my room and did a little work, and then got myself ready for preaching. Rev. Dobyns, of Marshall, preaches for us this a.m., and tonight, at the M. E. Church. I went to Church this morning. Newt took dinner with Lem today. I talked to the boys this eve, in John�s room. Went up home at 5 p.m. Went down to Lem�s at 6 p.m., and went over to see Emma at 6:30. I found Bro. Dobyns there. Emma and I went to preaching, then home. We had apples and bananas for refreshment. I left at 10:30 p.m. These nights are lovely.
Mon., Jan. 11.
Rev. Dobyns and Newt went back Marshall this a.m. Julia Taylor went back to school this a.m. Geo. Taylor had a chicken house built behind Store today. I have had the blues... O!.. so bad today! Posted my books this eve. This has been a real pretty day.....trade, though, a little quiet. Uncle John (Miller) took dinner with us today. This is the night, with the Lyceum, for installation of officers. I retire as president, and Robert L. Dunlap takes the chair for the next three months. We had 14 present and we had a good meeting. We got out at 10 p.m. I was installed as �reporter� for the Miami News.
Tue., Jan. 12.
Trade quiet. Mr. Hart was here today. The young ladies of Miami were to organize a �literary society� this eve at Maude Wheeler�s.....and they did, too! Mr. Williams finished our chicken house this a.m. I wrote my first piece today, about the Lyceum, for the Miami News. I will hand it in, in the a.m. A few of the young men and young ladies of our city had a dance tonight, over at Mertens� Hall. It has been snowing all eve long, and also, raining hard tonight. I talked to Hubert Wood, Geo. Burruss, and Geo. Taylor, at Store, until 9 o�clock tonight. Then closed up and went to my room and retired at 9:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 13.
As I came by from my breakfast, I was stopped by Miss Maude Wheeler. She asked me to bring her some samples of material, etc., for a wrapper. So, at 10 a.m., I went up to her house, and sold her a pretty blue piece, with golden-rod stripes. This has been a gloomy, foggy day. Trade exceedingly quiet. I have been working on my books all day. Rettie made me some doughnuts today. I went up to supper at 6 p.m., then came back and swept out, and made off sales. Then I sat down and talked to the boys until 9 p.m. Then I went to my room, read my chapter in my Bible as usual, and retired. I did not go down to the Christian Prayer Meeting tonight, as I do not feel very good at all.
Thurs., Jan. 14.
This has another gloomy day, trade only fair. I have been working on the books all day long. Mr. Taylor killed two hogs today. I fixed a curtain this evening, for Mrs. M. J. Saufley. I haven�t been feeling very well today. Clarence Haynie, Geo. Burruss, and myself, ate eggs tonight. We had a fine lunch, let me tell you! Flora was in Store late tonight and I had a little chat with her. Closed up at 9 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 15.
This has been a gloomy old day. Trade quiet. I scoured the water buckets this a.m. and cleaned up the back part of Store. But at noon, as my back was hurting me so, I quit work and went up to my room and spent the eve there. O!... I have suffered so much tonight! I wrote a note to Emma that I couldn�t be over tonight. I put a plaster to my back and retired at 8 o�clock, sharp. This is first time I have missed work for sickness, for about 18-months.
Sat., Jan. 16.
Rain, rain! I came down to Store this a.m. and opened up. But after Mr. Taylor came down, I went home and spent the day. It rained all day long. I came back down to Store at 5 o�clock and let Mr. Taylor go home. Then I swept out and closed up at 7 p.m. (after unpacking a big box of pictures and doing some other work). I received a real nice note from Emma this eve, while at home....George brought it to me.
Sun., Jan. 17.
I got up this a.m. at 7 o�clock, dressed my bed and cleaned my room. I feel much better. I went up to breakfast at 9 o�clock and helped Rettie with the dishes. Then I came back and talked to the boys in John�s room, until noon. After getting my dinner and taking the mail up to G. T. �s, I talked to the boys until 2:15 o�clock. Then I got ready and went over to see Emma at 3:15, and I stayed until 5. Then I came home and took some bananas home and ate same with cream. Then I went down to Lem�s and saw little Lewis for awhile. I took him a big orange and two large bananas. Then I went over to see Emma again. We didn�t attend Church, but spent the eve at home, very pleasantly. Horace Hornbeck was over to see Ruth and they didn�t attend Church either.
Mon., Jan. 18.
This has been another dull day, not many in from the country. Miss Ludie Shipp was over this eve and I talked to her awhile. After that I made a new front and slips for our bill file, as the old ones were about gone. Then, after coming back from supper, I swept out, closed up, and went up to Lyceum meeting. I was on debate tonight. The question was: �Resolved that the natural wonders of the old world were better than those of the new world.� I was on the affirmative, but the negative won. Such is life! I will try them again!
Tue., Jan. 19.
Trade very good today. I have been working on my shoe dept. today. Mary Myers sent me a big bowl of cream and a plate of cake tonight. And I�ll tell you.....it was O!.. So good!! I will not go home to supper now. I talked to the boys awhile at Store, then I wrote up the Lyceum Meeting for the Miami News, of our meeting of Mon. night. Then I went up to Scott & Miller�s and talked to Lem and Will a long while. Then I went over to Bob�s and got me an �Alcock�s plaster� and went to my room, put it on my back and retired at 9 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20.
It snowed a little last night and rained today. It has been a gloomy day! Trade very quiet. Mr. Taylor has been at home part of the day. He hasn�t been very well either. There�s a party tonight at Sam Hisle�s. I wrote my regrets to Miss Florence Hisle and sent them to her, by her brother, this evening. I have been printing labels for shoes all morning, and pasting them on all eve. Our new chicken coop was used for the first time today by C. D. Haynie, for five turkeys. I went down to the Christian Prayer Meeting and walked home with Emma, went in, and fixed the three parlor curtains for her. I stayed and talked awhile and then came back home.
Thurs., Jan. 21.
I have been feeling awful today, but I have been working just the same. I have been working on shoes all day. This day has been exceedingly quiet....not much stirring. I wrote a letter to Uncle John (Whitmore) tonight, my first since Oct. 25th, and will mail same in the a.m. I got Ed to sweep out for me tonight, as I felt so bad. I closed at 7:30 p.m. I went up to Scott & Miller�s and Bob Dunlap and I stayed awhile. Then I went up to my room and retired.
Fri., Jan. 22.
I bought a �World�s Almanac� for papa, this a.m. I finished my shoe dept. this a.m., and took an invoice of same. I have been working on boy�s clothing all evening. Trade has been very quiet today. I commenced taking the Endeavor paper, �Inland,� today at 25-cents per year. The Endeavor gave a �Social� tonight, at Mrs. Noonan�s. I went down and took Emma. I also came back up to the Bank and got Geo. Burruss. He went down, too, as Myn Casebolt was there. We had a very nice time.
Sat., Jan. 23.
Most of today has been very pretty. But this eve it turned very blustery. Cold as thunder! Emma went across the River today, to spend the day with Mary Burruss. Then she brought Mary home with her this eve. Trade has been awful quiet today. Roads so rough that many couldn�t get into town. I closed up early tonight. I took a bath and retired at 11 p.m. Wind blowing a good deal tonight. I ate a box of sardines for my supper.
Sun., Jan. 24.
Up at 9 a.m. Cleaned room and lamp. I didn�t go to breakfast. I cleaned John�s room also. It is 6-degrees below zero! This has been the coldest day so far this winter. I went to dinner at 12:45 o�clock. I played dominos all eve, with the boys. We got our mail at 4:30 this eve. I dressed at 6 p.m., then went over to see Emma and Mary Burruss. I first stopped at Lem�s to see little Lewis. We didn�t go to Church tonight. Don�t forget the trick (with cards), and that �fishing game� we played tonight! O!.. My!.. How cold it is tonight!
Mon., Jan. 25.
Trade has been very dull indeed! I commenced on the men�s clothing today, straightening and cleaning it up. It has been below zero all day long. That is good for making ice! I cooked me some eggs tonight for supper, as it was so cold that I didn�t go home at all. I closed at 7 p.m. and went up to our Lyceum Meeting. We had eleven present, and a splendid meeting. I retired at 10 p.m.......cold, colder, coldest yet!!
Tue., Jan. 26.
Another cold, bitter day......trade slow. They have been making ice all day. The River blocked here, this eve, at 4:00 o�clock......first time this year. No mail today across River. I have been working on clothing all day. Finished on the suits this eve. Wrote �Lyceum piece� for the Miami News tonight. John Snelling sold his farm today, to Jasper Peterman. Rev. Strawn commenced a Meeting today, at the Christian Church. I didn�t go down. Geo. Burruss went home with Mary Burruss and Emma tonight from Church. I stayed at Store, and wrote and read until 9:45 p.m. Then I closed up, went up to my room, and retired.
Wed., Jan. 27.
This has been an exceedingly cold, quiet day. The River is pretty solid. We got three mails across today. Had quite a little skiff of snow fall last night. Swept out tonight at 5:00 o�clock, got mail, and went up to supper. Then, after supper, I stayed at Store and read and talked. Then went up to my room and retired at 9:30 o�clock, not feeling at all well.
Thurs., Jan. 28.
I wrote and sent a note to Emma this a.m. I got two from her! They commenced having services today at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Jackson is putting-up 5-inch ice today! This is a cold, gloomy day. Wrote Emma a note this a.m., in answer to her second note. I saw her this eve, after school, in Store, and had a little talk with her. I went down to preaching tonight, and, after it was over, I went home with Emma. Then I went in, and we made that which was wrong, all okay again. So I trust, now, that all �that trouble� is over! The preacher, Rev. Strawn, is staying with them. He is a very good speaker, too!
Fri., Jan. 29.
This has been a real, pretty, bright day....but trade slow. Old Mr. Kruger died, at last, this a.m. A good many were out skating on the River today. I printed six-badges for Emma, today at noon. I wrote her a note and sent it and the badges, also the ribbon I ordered for her, over today, by Bessie Taylor. Emma got a quarter-of-a-day holiday this eve. I went down to the Meeting tonight and, after it was over, I walked home with Emma. I didn�t go in tonight.
Sat., Jan. 30.
Trade only fair today. Old Mr. Kruger was buried here today, at 1:30 p.m., at the Baptist graveyard. Emma wrote me O!.. Such a sweet, sweet note today, at noon. It was simply out of sight! I straightened up all my books tonight, swept out, and closed at 10:30 p.m. The I went to my room and retired. Emma was in the Store tonight and we had a real nice little chat. You know it!!
Sun., Jan. 31.
I got up at 7:30 a.m., made bed, swept John�s room, and then made a fire. I made up my bed and arranged things all okay. I went to breakfast at 8:50 a.m. I helped Rettie with the dishes....at breakfast and at dinner. I went to Church this a.m., at the Methodist Church, to hear our Presbyterian preacher, Bro. Sidenstricker, of Marshall, Mo., speak. I got a real nice long letter today from my sister, Lina, who is in San Antonio, Texas. Willie Cresap brought me some ice-cream today at noon......her 18th birthday! I went down to Endeavor Meeting this eve, at 3:30 o�clock, and walked home with Emma, and I stayed until 5:20 p.m. Then I went up home to supper. I went back to see Emma at 6:30 o�clock and we went to the Christian Church to hear Bro. Strawn. Horace (Hornbeck) left at 9:45 o�clock, this eve.

FEBRUARY

Mon., Feb. 1.
Lem is putting up ice today, getting it across the River. Also, Mr. D. N. Burruss is cutting ice. Trade quiet. Made off accounts this a.m., and was out collecting this eve. I swept out, made off sales, and then went to supper. Then, after supper, I wrote off a �Church letter� for Mrs. Joe Wilson, and will send same to her tomorrow. I went up to the Lyceum Meeting and we got through at 10 o�clock tonight. Then I came up to my room, read a chapter in Bible, and retired.
Tue., Feb. 2.
�Groundhog Day!� The groundhog saw his shadow today, so that means 6-weeks more of winter! I posted books today and cut �cash tickets� this eve. Mr. Blakely, the �hat man�, was here today. Trade dull. River unsafe to cross with team......however, one wagon and horses broke-through today, but were gotten out. I wrote up Lyceum notes this eve, for the Miami News. I made off sales, swept out, and then went down to the Meeting. After it was over, I walked home with Emma.
Wed., Feb. 3.
This has been a gloomy day, trade only fair. Old Mrs. Marshall (Mrs. A. J. Pate�s mother) died this a.m., at 10 o�clock. I have been working on stock some today. I went down to Church tonight and walked home with Emma. I went in and spent a real pleasant time, for about 1 3/4 hrs. It is snowing fast tonight.
Thurs., Feb. 4.
Snow... snow!! Big snow last night and still coming down as fast as it can! It is now about 5-inches deep. I wrote a letter to my sister, Lina, this a.m., at San Antonio, Texas. I mailed it this eve. Mrs. Marshall was buried this a.m., at the Christian graveyard. Mr. G. T. Taylor went out and was a pall-bearer. Trade today has been very quiet as it has snowed most all day long. I went down to hear Rev. Strawn for the last time. The Meeting closed tonight. I walked over home with Emma, but did not go in. Will Andrews and I talked tonight until 11:45 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 5.
I have been working on the lady�s slippers today. I got a letter from J. E. Whitmore today. We ordered Emma a Macintosh this eve. I went down to Endeavor tonight and, after it was over, Emma and I went over to Mrs. Milt Burns� for awhile, to play some games. We spent such a pleasant evening. We left at 10:30 p.m. Ruth went down to Hornbeck�s again this eve.
Sat., Feb. 6.
This has been a dull, gloomy Saturday. There were a good many men in town today, but very few ladies. Roads are awful....muddy and sloppy! Emma took dinner down at Mrs. Mont Carroll�s today. I sold my pistol today to Jesse Wheeler, for $10.00. (It cost me $13.00 four-years-ago and it was shot, once only) I bought me, tonight, a pistol for $2.25, from Bishop, which will suit me just as well. And it leaves me $7.75 ahead. I swept out and closed up at 10:30 p.m. Then I went up to my room, took a bath and retired at 11:15.........tired and worn out!
Sun., Feb. 7.
Got up at 7:20 this a.m., and made a fire. Then I swept John�s room, made my bed, dusted my room, and cleaned my lamp. Got me an easel from Scott & Miller�s last night so I fixed Emma�s picture on it and my little one, and it looks real cute. Went to breakfast at 9 a.m. Dried dishes for Rettie and then brought the milk up to Mrs. Zea�s for her. Came on up to my room and talked to the boys until noon. I got my gold pen out (I have four) that I told Emma that I was going to give her and cleaned it up. I will take it over to her tonight when I go. Went home and got supper, then went down to see Lem, Mary and little Lewis. Then over to see Emma. We didn�t go to Church as it was so awfully bad out. Ruth is at Hornbeck�s, so we had the parlor. We had apples, cake and bananas tonight.
Mon., Feb. 8.
Another gloomy day. I cleaned out the waste baskets today. Trade, again, was awful dull.....very little doing, indeed. I posted on my books this evening. Capt. A. K. Ruxton stayed at the Store while I went to supper. Then I came back, swept out, made off sales, and went to Lyceum Meeting. It was after 11 o�clock before I got to retire. It is getting colder tonight.
Tue., Feb. 9.
This certainly was a lovely day, though trade has been very quiet. I cleaned out the drawers in desk, the box on the safe, and all the files today. I wrote Emma a note, as to her calling for her Macintosh this eve after school, and sent the note to her at noon. I also gave her a letter this eve when she was in Store. Emma gave me some Bible notes this eve while she was in Store. I was invited tonight to a �Social� to be given on Friday night at Dan O�Brien�s. We got in some goods tonight, from Marshall. I cut 208 �Lyceum open-session� tickets tonight. I then closed up at 9 p.m., sharp.
Wed., Feb. 10.
Mr. W. D. Taylor was here today. I got a very interesting little note from Emma this morning. Trade very quiet. After doing my work here at the Store tonight, I got myself ready and went down to Prayer Meeting and walked home with Emma. I went in and we talked until 10:15 p.m. Then I took my departure for home. We spent a very pleasant evening.
Thurs., Feb. 11.
I went through the saxony and yarn dept. this morning. I started on the shirt dept. late this afternoon. Mr. Taylor got a telegram this eve. His brother-in-law was dead (Mr. Thomas). So he left at once, for Kentucky. Trade today was very quiet. It has been snowing hard all eve. The River moved some 20 to 30-feet this evening (the ice moved, I mean). Ahem! Emma brought me some delightful sausage this a.m. as she went to school. Lem took dinner with us today. I talked to Hubert Wood, H. Bates, and Geo. Burruss at Store tonight until after 9 o�clock. Then I went to my room, read awhile, and retired at 10 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 12.
I mailed McDougall a letter this a.m. I have been working on the shirt dept. all day long......finished it this eve. Trade today has been quiet. The roads are still awful. I went down to Endeavor tonight and, after it was over, Emma and I went down to a little gathering at Daniel O�Brien�s. We had quite a nice time. Forty-six were present. Had nice refreshments. We didn�t get away until midnight......lovely night!
Sat., Feb. 13.
This has been a real pretty, bright day....but the roads are still almost impassable. Few in town, so trade very quiet. The ice in River moved out tonight. No mail across the River at all today. Emma was in Store this eve and we had a real nice little chat. I made off sales, swept out, straightened up my books and cash accounts, then closed up, went to my room and retired at 11 o�clock. Mr.Taylor is still in Ky. I look for him to return about Monday.
Sun., Feb. 14.
Got up at 7:30 a.m., made a fire, and cleaned John�s room. I made my bed, washed, and went to breakfast. After coming from breakfast I dusted my room, cleaned my lamp, and rearranged things some. This is another gloomy day......roads are frozen hard and still almost impassable. Mr. Bud Scott buried his little infant this a.m., that died Friday morning. A big snow began to fall at noon and came as fast as possible all eve. I got a real nice letter from my sister, Lina, today, at noon. I was up to Mrs. Taylor�s today, at noon, and sent a telegram to Mr. Taylor in Ky. I told him about the River and that is was now okay to cross it. The snow is still falling. I went up to supper, then I went over to see Emma at 7 p.m. The snow was about 6 to 8-inches deep and still coming down....so we didn�t attend Church. H. didn�t get in tonight.
Mon., Feb. 15.
We had about an 8 to 10-inch snow last evening and night, the biggest this year so far. Mr. A. P. Bishop�s �big auction sale� commenced today......from 2 to 7 p.m. This has been a lovely day and the snow is melting off fast. Trade very quiet. I commenced on a box for my room this a.m., but heard from Mr. Taylor at noon, and he wants his �memorandum� to be sent to him for Spring purchases in St. Louis, so I had to stop and go to work on it. I have been busy working on that all evening long. After sweeping out and fixing my merchandise accounts, and cash, I then went to work on the memorandum again, and worked on it until 11 o�clock. This is the first time I have missed the Lyceum Meeting. Mr. Ed Cooper shot himself this a.m.
Tue., Feb. 16.
D. N. Burruss and L. A. Myers commenced on Jessup�s and Webb�s �hardware stock� this a.m., to invoice same. Mr. Webb is going to retire. This has been a lovely day, but trade quiet. We finished Mr. Taylor�s �memo book� and mailed it to him this evening. We got in some goods across River today. I got my �Capps� (light pants). After cleaning out and fixing my books up, I went up to Bishop�s �auction sale.� I got an alarm clock worth $1.50, for 35-cents, and 10-packs of envelopes for 15-cents. Also a $1.25 mustache cup for 35-cents. I spent 85-cents in all. There was a big crowd there.....things going cheap! After I returned to my room, I read awhile and then retired.
Wed., Feb. 17.
There is a �Show� at Mertens� Hall tonight. Mr. Taylor came in this a.m., to our surprise, from Ky. Trade very quiet today. Got in clothing and hats today, also our hamburgs. I have been busy all day working on the new goods. I closed up tonight at 7 p.m. I went up to the auction awhile and then down to Prayer Meeting and went home with Emma. Went in and spent a real pleasant little time with her.
Thurs., Feb. 18.
This has been an elegant day! Trade, tho, has been very quiet , as the roads are nearly impossible! News came this eve that A. T. Palmer & Co., at Malta Bend, made an assignment.......Peyton Jeter, �trustee,� so I suppose Peyton will make some money out of it. I swept out and closed up tonight at 7:15 p.m. I went up to the auction and stayed until 9:30 o�clock. Then I came to my room, and read, and retired at 10:30.
Fri., Feb. 19.
I fixed the spool-cotton dept. today. I put curtains up in same. Trade has been very quiet. I closed up and went down to the Endeavor and got Emma, walked over home with her for her book, and then we came down to Mertens� Hall and practiced for our play for the first time. We didn�t get away until 11 o�clock. We got some goods in, from Marshall, Mo., tonight.
Sat., Feb. 20.
This has been a lovely day, a regular summer-day! Had Spring-goods to open today. Nice trade this eve. The Band gave us a big serenade this eve! I closed up tonight at 10:30 p.m. Emma brought me up a book this eve on �Washington.� I wrote a letter to my uncle, J. E. Whitmore, tonight, for S. B. Jeter.
Sun., Feb. 21.
Got up at 7:30 a.m. Made fire and swept John�s room. Fixed my room and made up bed, then I came down to Store and fixed things, washed, and went to breakfast. Spent most of this a.m., in Store, writing. A gloomy days.....wind is blowing a good deal. Had a talk with Lem in Whitmore�s storeroom this a.m. Wrote a letter to McDougall this a.m. Bradshaw, Haynie, Dunlap, and myself went up to see Henry Bure, who has been sick for a day or so. Then I went up to see Maude Wheeler at 4 p.m., and stayed awhile. I took her book home and gave her a photo, and I got one of her, in exchange. I then went down home to lunch, and then down to Lem�s and took Lewis some pie and cake. Then I went over to see Emma and we went to hear Bro. Dale preach tonight.
Mon., Feb. 22.
This certainly has been a gloomy, gloomy day....and trade very quiet. The Lyceum has an open-session tonight at Mertens� Hall, in memory of George Washington (as this is his birthday). I am on for a talk, or rather, a speech. I went and took Miss Wheeler. Lem sent a telegram to Mr. J. E. Whitmore this eve, as to his storeroom. We had �the Hall� filled tonight, and I think we had a good program. Everyone seemed to enjoy it ever so much. We got out at 10 p.m., sharp.
Tue., Feb. 23.
This has been a real pretty day, but cold......and the trade has been quiet. Lem clerked for Mack Lewis� �Sale� today. I have been working on stock today. We ordered our spring-line of ties today. I wrote �Lyceum notes� this eve, of our open-session last night. I closed up and went down to Church. After Church, Emma and I came up to the Hall and practiced with them. We got through at 11 p.m. It�s cold tonight. I had a little chat with Geo. Haynie tonight, on business.
Wed., Feb. 24.
Today has been a real pretty day. Trade, tho, very quiet. I went through the lady�s underwear dept. today and put curtains up in same. I made two �City Poll Books� tonight for Mr. S. B. Jeter. The Marshall �elevator� is burning now, and it is 7:30 p.m. I closed up and went down to preaching. I walked home with Emma, went in, and sat awhile. Rev. Dale, from Spurgeon, Mo., is preaching this week at the Christian Church. Lem bought a fine lamp at Bishop�s �auction� tonight....at $2.00. It is a brass lamp.
Thurs., Feb. 25.
I went through all the books today. Trade very quiet. We got in the �boy�s clothing� this eve. Also, �Emerson�s Shoes.� I closed up tonight and went up to the auction. Bought me two lovely bottles for 50-cents......they were beauties, too!! Retired at 9:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 26.
Had my shoes half-soled today. Sold my old ones, too! Miss Mary hasn�t been here today. This has been a real pretty day......trade, tho, very quiet. We practiced again tonight for our play, �Uncle Josh.� We got through at 11 o�clock. I walked home with Emma and then came right back. I retired at 11:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 27.
I was awakened this a.m., at 6 o�clock, by fire. I got up and found it to be Mr. Taylor�s (our) Store! So I rushed down, but was too late.......all was gone! I got my desk out and that was all. All the block was threatened, but ours was the only one lost. The rest were saved, but damaged. John Roe has moved into the Whitmore Building for a day or so. We got our safe out, and saved our books. Mr. Taylor and I have been busy all day working on the books, etc. The streets were crowded this a.m. with goods and people.
Sun., Feb. 28.
I got up this a.m. at 7 o�clock, swept John�s room, made a fire and cleaned my room. Then I went to my breakfast. We had preaching this a.m., and night, by Bro. Metzler, at the M. E. Church. I went to Church this morning. Went over calling, on Emma, this eve, at 4 p.m. Also got to talk to Mrs. Shaw, and Miss Lou, for awhile. I froze a freezer of chocolate cream this a.m. I stopped by to see Lem and Mary tonight before going �over the road.� Then Emma and I went to Church tonight, at the M. E. Church, to hear the Presbyterian preacher. Then we went down to the Christian Church to hear Bro. Dale for about 25-minutes. It is dark, raining, and cold.

MARCH

Mon., Mar. 1.
This certainly has been a gloomy day, misting all day long. Mr. Taylor and I have been working on the books today. I was out collecting all eve. Mr. Fox�s funeral was today, at noon, at the M. E. Church. I didn�t attend Lyceum tonight, as I was tired and worn out. I watched the boys play cards awhile....Bradshaw, Burruss, Lemmons, and Barnett. Then I wrote awhile on my books and retired.
Tue., Mar. 2.
A big sleet hit us last night! The roads have been slick as glass all day. I have been working on the books all day long. Mr. Taylor has his office up in my room now. John Dunlap went up to Kansas City this a.m. We practiced our play tonight at the Hall. Emma and I had a real nice time both going and coming, but it is so awful, awful dark and slick out tonight.
Wed., Mar. 3.
Mr. Taylor and I settled up this a.m. He gave me $20.00 for this month. I only have a little writing to do. He paid me up in full to Apr. 1, 1897.......$61.08. I put same in the bank. This has been a real pretty day. I have been at work all day working on the books. Paid G. T. this a.m. for my new pair of pants that burnt in the fire. Lem got a letter from Uncle John today (�all okay�). I went down to Mertens tonight and loafed awhile. Then I went up to Scott & Miller�s before coming to my room and retired at 9:30 p.m.
Thurs., Mar. 4.
It has rained all day long. I had the cistern at Store cleaned out today. I got a telegram from Robert Huyett, at Pleasant Green, Mo., this a.m. He told me to come on down at once. I answered I would be there tomorrow eve (if nothing happened). I had intended to go by way of Marshall this eve, but the rain was so bad that I decided to wait and go by way of Moberly in the a.m. The Lyceum practiced at Hall tonight, but Emma and I didn�t. I went over to see Emma at 7:15 and stayed until 10 o�clock. Then I came back and went up to the Hall for a few minutes before coming back to room.
Fri., Mar. 5.
I crossed the River this a.m., at 10 o�clock, and took the train at Station for Moberly at 12:10. I got to Moberly at 1:30 p.m., got a 10-cent lunch, and took in the city. I left there at 2:30 p.m. for Pleasant Green. Then I got to Franklin Junction and found that the train that took us from there on to Pleasant Green was about 5-hours late. We arrived at �Junction� at 4:45 p.m., so myself and two others decided we would walk down to the Boonville Bridge and cross over, which we did.......crossing River at 6 p.m. in skiff. I went up and spent the night with my brother-in-law, Mr. Hudson, and the children. We spent a real pleasant time together.
Sat. Mar. 6.
I got up at 6 o�clock this a.m. and got my breakfast at Mr. Hudson�s, and just reached the train in time to catch it on the move at 7 a.m., sharp. I got to Pleasant Green at 8:15 and met Mr. R. M. Huyett on the platform. I went to work and helped him on the invoice papers and got his �memorandum� up for him. We talked about eating, people, places, Store, and so on......don�t mention it! �A full horseable!� I wouldn�t stay there for love nor money! I told Mr. R. that home I was going in the a.m.! I let him off with expenses one-way.....$4.25. I stayed all night in a tolerably fair place, but it was none too good!
Sun., Mar. 7.
I left that horrible Pleasant Green at 7:40 a.m., for Sedalia. I got there at 9 a.m. I went up to the �M. K. & T.� hospital and saw Elbert Dunlap for a half-hour, and then took in the city. I went to Church at the old Sedalia Presbyterian, on Broadway, and then got dinner at the �Skich�s Hotel.� It was fine, too. Then I went around to see Elbert again, at 1:15, and stayed about an hour. Then he walked down as far as the M. K. & T. depot, where I got my grip and we parted. I then went over to the Missouri Pacific Depot and took the train at 3:30 p.m. for Higginsville, and got there at 5 p.m. I laid there until 8 p.m., waiting for the night train. Then I went to Marshall and went out to my brother Newt�s and spent the night. I wrote a letter to Lina while here tonight, and mailed it to her.
Mon., Mar. 8.
I got to Marshall last night at 9 p.m., went over to Newt�s, and met them coming home from Church. We sat and visited until 11 o�clock. I spent today loafing around. I was at Store all morning talking to Newt, Charlie Bell and Will Andrews. In the evening I went up to see Dr. Russell, and then over to the courthouse and listened to the �Slater Bank Case� again. At night, Newt, Mattie, Floy, myself, and all, went up to the Opera House to hear Prof. Harris lecture. It was fine! Big crowd! We got home at 11 o�clock, sharp.
Tue., Mar. 9.
Gloomy and rainy! I loafed at Dr. Leach�s and at Store this a.m. I wrote a letter to Hallie this eve and wrote in my diary. Mr. Carroll promised to take me over home tomorrow. I went up to �courtroom� again this eve and listened to the cases. Then I went home (to Newt�s) and got supper, after to talking to �Merry� quite awhile. Mattie and Harry played Floy and I a game of cards. They beat us 2 out of 3. Then after talking to Newt and Mattie awhile I retired at 10:30 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 10.
Had breakfast at 7 a.m., and started for Miami at 7:30. We were 4-hours and 25-minutes coming. Roads awful!! After arriving home I loafed around this eve. I walked home this eve, with Emma, from school. Then came back and swung out a sign in front of the old storeroom, that I made this eve. Then, after supper, I came downtown and loafed awhile. Then went down to Prayer Meeting and walked home with Emma. I went in and stayed awhile. Lovely night.
Thurs., Mar. 11.
Lem and Will Andrews got back this a.m. from St. Louis. This has been a part gloomy, part pretty day. I had Uncle Isaac clean out the cellar at the old �Stand� today. Worked on books a little while this eve. Posted up my record book this eve, for February. We practiced again at Hall. I went over and got Emma and we went up to Hall and practiced with them. We got through at 10 o�clock. It is getting colder tonight. The �March winds� are raging tonight.
Fri., Mar. 12.
This has been a lovely day, but I haven�t done anything today except loaf! I wrote to the Pleasant Green postmaster today, as to my mail. We practiced this eve, again, at the Hall. Emma came up from Endeavor with Jim Wheeler. But I walked home with her. We had advertised our �play� for next Friday night, the 19th, but, as Prof. Merry can�t be here, we have postponed it until Friday night, the 26th.
Sat., Mar. 13.
This is the day that A. T. Palmer & Co.�s dry goods and fixtures go at auction. It has been a gloomy day, hardly anyone in town. Mr. Taylor and Lem went up to Malta Bend today to Palmer�s auction sale. I have collected very near $200 today for Mr. Taylor. I haven�t felt at all well today. The �ferry boat� made its first trip today, to DeWitt. Also first to cross the River. Emma was up in my room this eve to pay her account. Not feeling very well, I retired early and put a plaster on my back.
Sun., Mar. 14..
We had a little snow last night. I went to see Dr. Grady this eve and got some medicine, then I stayed at home all eve, and spent the evening talking to the boys. Rettie made some fine �chocolate cream� today, for dinner. I dressed and went up to lunch at 5:30 p.m., then went down to see Lem and Mary, and then over to see Emma. We went to Church and heard their new preacher, Bro. Strawn, who is to take charge of this Church now.
Mon., Mar. 15.
Mr. Taylor and George went to St. Louis this a.m......also Miss Eva Snelling. I wrote a letter to Mattie Myers this a.m. This has been a lovely day. I have been loafing all day. I talked to the Misses Miller, and Casebolt most of the evening at Scott & Miller�s. I walked over home with Emma this evening, as she was up in town, and then I walked down by the River and came up with Capt. A. K. Ruxton. I got mail and went home to supper. I stayed at home and talked to papa until 8 o�clock, then came to my room and retired. I do not feel at all well, so did not attend Lyceum tonight.
Tue., Mar. 16.
Papa is fixing the trap door in our side of Store. I made two more �city poll books� this a.m. I gave Lewis some bananas this a.m. I wrote a letter to Elbert, and to G. T., this a.m. �Ely & Walker Dry Goods Company� burned last night......one-million-and-a-half-dollars in stock, insured for one-million-dollars. After school was out this eve I got a dozen bananas and walked home with Emma. Then she and I took a walk down to Mr. Ruxton�s warehouse and back, and saw the boat, as it came back from DeWitt, pass by. I then got the mail and went to supper. Then I went over to get Emma and we came up to the M. E. Church and practiced some songs for Sunday night.
Wed., Mar. 17.
I dried the dishes this a.m. for Rettie, churned, and swept the dining room, papa�s room, all the walks, the front and back porch, and dusted. Then I came down to my room and cleaned it from beginning to end. I washed my windows and John�s windows, too. John Roe moved out of the Whitmore Building this evening. Robert Huyett has a �sale� today. This has been a gloomy old day! Went down to Prayer Meeting tonight and got Emma. We took a little walk, and then home. This is a lovely moonlight night.....it has cleaned off so pretty. I made seven more badges this eve, for Emma, for her pupils.
Thurs., Mar. 18.
I commenced cleaning the old Whitmore storeroom this a.m., with Kate Jakes and her girl, also Sam Lampkins, and Ed Thomas. We will finish by tomorrow, if nothing prevents. Papa cut a hole in the back of Store this a.m., for the safe and vault and they moved the old safe back up in Store this eve. They will build the vault tomorrow, to enclose safe. I got a letter from G. T. Taylor, at St. Louis, this a.m., by Geo. Taylor, Jr., who came home. I answered it by this evening�s mail. Miss Ida Payton was married this eve, in Kansas City, to a Mr. Allen (grocer). We practiced again tonight at the Hall. I went over after Miss Emma, and we went up together. Lewis Myers took dinner with us today. This is a lovely moonlight night.
Fri., Mar. 19.
This certainly has been a lovely day, tho the roads, yet, are awful! We finished cleaning the storeroom this eve. I opened all my clothing and took same upstairs and sorted it. The �old house� is now rounding into fine shape! They built the vault today for the safe, and put the safe in it....so that is all okay now, and complete. I look for Mr. Taylor to come home in the a.m. The old Storeroom is now cleaned from its ceiling upstairs to its floor in the cellar! And both floors well-scoured! I went down to the Endeavor tonight and went over home with Emma, went in, and stayed awhile.
Sat., Mar. 20.
This has been a lovely day! We opened up today at the old Stand (after the fire). Mr. Taylor hasn�t gotten home yet, but I opened with clothing, ties, and spool cotton, and the 18-cases of shoes that we got in this a.m. I sold 8-pair of shoes this eve, and one suit of boy�s clothing. Will Cunningham, Jr., was the first customer I had. There were a good many in town this eve. I could have sold some dry goods today, had we had them. I arranged part of our �shoe stock� today and marked all of them. Swept out and closed up tonight at 9 p.m. Then I came up to room, took a bath, and retired. I got a chain today that I ordered several days ago, for Emma�s birthday, and it is a little beauty!
Sun., Mar. 21.
Got up at 7 a.m., went to breakfast at 8 o�clock. G. T. Taylor got home this morning, from St. Louis. I loafed and talked to the boys this morning, in John�s room. Went to dinner at 12 o�clock. After dinner, and getting the mail, we boys went upstairs, over Store, and went over our �play,� for Fri. night. I then went down to the River for awhile. Then came back and went up home for lunch. As I went by Mrs. W. H. Wheeler�s, Miss May Minor called me in and gave me some fine candy she had made. It was fine! The Epworth League gave an �entertainment� tonight at the M. E. Church. Emma and I attended.
Mon., Mar. 22.
This has been �all sorts� of a day. We have been busy all day marking clothing and shoes. Got through all of them this eve, so I�m ready for new goods in the morning. Papa and Mr. Minor changed the stairway, from center of house to the side of house, or rather, to the end of the storeroom. I worked until 9:45 o�clock tonight, putting away shoes and cleaning up. I didn�t get to attend Lyceum tonight. Came up to my room and retired at 10:45. Mr. Minor put a new Yale lock on the storeroom door today.
Tue., Mar. 23.
Rain and snow! We got most all of our dry goods today , and part of our hosiery order. We have �notions� and more of hosiery yet to come in. Also we are waiting for our fixtures. This has been an awful gloomy day.....rain, snow and sleet most all day long! Trade poor. I worked last night, and tonight, until 10 o�clock. Went up to the Hall tonight, a few minutes after closing, and watched them awhile. I didn�t get to practice with them tonight. I will, I trust, tomorrow night and the next. Came to room and retired tonight at 10:40 p.m., tired and worn out!
Wed., Mar. 24.
This has been somewhat of a gloomy day. Trade, though, has been fine. Have been so busy today that I didn�t get much work done. Papa finished the stairway today, and Mr. Thorp plastered around same. Tomorrow is little Lewis� 4th birthday. He is going to give a party. I ordered him two-dozen bananas from Marshall today, and I got him some large oranges from here. We practiced again tonight. I got a note from Emma this eve. She is not feeling very well, so she will not get to practice tonight with us. Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Webster were our critics tonight.
Thurs., Mar. 25.
This is Emma�s 21st birthday, and Lewis� 4th birthday. I gave Emma a gold watch-chain, a long one that goes over the neck. I sent to Marshall and got Lewis eight oranges and two-dozen bananas. Mary gave him a birthday party. He is 4 years-old today. He sent me up some of his ice cream and cake. Rettie gave him four candles - four wax ones to burn on the table this evening. This has been a real pretty day. Trade, though, has been very quiet. Mr. Taylor printed a banner this eve, and I put �er out! We practiced tonight at the Hall, and, after it was over, I walked home with Emma. Emma gave me an awful sweet note tonight.
Fri., Mar. 26.
This has been a lovely day. We got in a big lot of goods today. Have been busy all day long opening them and waiting on the trade. We Lyceum boys, with the help of Mrs. Miller, Edmonds, Casebolt, and Wheeler, gave a play entitled �Uncle Josh� at Mertens� Hall tonight. The house was packed full! I played the part of �the New York dude.� Everyone said we did �fine!� I got to retire at 11:30 p.m. I bought two tickets and gave them to Miss Willie Cresap and my sister, Rettie.
Sat., Mar. 27.
We got in our showcases this a.m., also some other dry goods. Trade today has been splendid. Have received many nice compliments today for my part in the play last night. I worked tonight until after 11 o�clock. Didn�t get to retire until midnight. I am tired and worn out......so sleepy......goodnight!
Sun., Mar. 28.
Got up at 7:30 a.m., swept room, and dusted, got water, and cleaned my lamp. Went to breakfast at 8:15. After coming from my breakfast I talked to Lem a long while in Store. Then I came to my room and wrote until noon. I wrote a letter to Uncle John and sent a statement of my accounts with him, to date. Then I went to dinner. After dinner I spent most of the eve with the boys at Dunlap�s Drug Store. Then Clarence Haynie and self walked down to the River and back. Then I dressed and went home to supper. On the way back I stopped in at Mrs. Zea�s to see some lilies....they were lovely, too! Then I went to Lem�s before going over to see Emma. Emma and I went to Church and then back home.
Mon., Mar. 29.
This has been somewhat of a gloomy day, tho trade very good. I have been working on stock all day and up until 10:45 tonight. I had to miss my Lyceum Meeting tonight. I came to my room tonight, did this writing and retired. George Burruss and George Haynie went to DeWitt tonight.
Tue., Mar. 30.
This has been a part pretty, part gloomy day, but trade has been very good. I marked all the shirts and hats today, and put them all away. I worked tonight until 11 o�clock. It is very cloudy out....looks as though it may rain. I retired at 11:15 p.m., tired and worn out.
Wed., Mar. 31.
We got in our upright showcase, and counter for same, also our stools and the desk today. They are lovely, too! This has been a rainy, rainy day, and trade very quiet. I worked tonight and filled up the notion and shoe side. I also covered the front table and put up a shelf for umbrellas. I stopped work at 10:45 p.m. tonight. Then I came up to my room, straightened things up on my books to start the new month all okay, and then retired at 11:30 p.m. Lem went out of Scott & Miller�s tonight. He has been there for 17-years straight.

APRIL

Thurs., Apr. 1.
This certainly has been a lovely day. Trade very quiet this a.m., however, we were busy all eve. I washed the front windows this a.m. John Hanna papered the back of Store today. I cleaned up and put a curtain on the stairway this eve. I commenced posting tonight and worked on the new ledger until 10 p.m. Then I closed up and came up to room. I did a little writing and reading, and then retired. I took Miss Maude Wheeler�s silk skirt up to her this a.m.....also a blue percale wrapper. I didn�t go out collecting today.
Fri., Apr. 2.
This certainly has been a lovely day. Trade has been fine, too. Lem opened the books for G. T. this eve and showed me how it was done.....as I am to keep them from now on. G. T. �s books, along with my other ledger, will keep me going all the time. I posted up to the 1st of April, this eve. Closed this eve at 8:15 o�clock, and went down to the Y. P. S. C. E. Meeting and walked home with Emma, first time I have seen her since Sunday night.
Sat., Apr. 3.
This has been all sorts of a day....rain, then shine, all day. We got in quite a lot of goods this eve. Trade quiet this a.m., but all we could attend to this eve. I didn�t get to close tonight until after 10 o�clock. Swept out, made off sales, and closed at 10:30. McDougall came up from Slater tonight. He brought us up our Lyceum photo tonight.....it is a good one, too! I came up to room, did some writing, and retired about 12 o�clock.
Sun., Apr. 4.
Got up at 7:05 this a.m., dressed bed, and went to breakfast at 8:05. Came back and dusted my room, cleaned lamp, and wrote a letter to Bro. Dobyns. Talked to the boys until noon. Miss Alice Foster, at Edmonds, had a fine boy this a.m. (said to be Harrison Wheeler's and/or Gip Taylor�s) This has been a powerfully windy day, and disagreeable! I was down on boat this eve, with the boys. Went to supper at 5:45 p.m. Went over to see Emma at 7:15 p.m. We went to Church, and then home, where I spent a real nice, pleasant eve......fine apples and cake!
Mon., Apr. 5.
This has been a gloomy day. Trade, tho, very good. I have been busy all day working on stock. Posted books this eve and tonight. I didn�t get to attend Lyceum tonight. After finishing my work tonight and sweeping out, John Sibley and Morrison came in and we talked until after 11 o�clock. Then I came up to my room and retired.
Tue., Apr. 6.
City Election Day.
This has been a beautiful day, but trade somewhat quiet. I have been working upstairs all day today. Fixed the overalls and jeans counter tonight, and brought them all downstairs. Miss Maude Wheeler brought me down some fine cake today. Mary Myers sent me up a bowl of cream and a plate of cake tonight. This day has just been out-of-sight! I worked tonight until after 10 o�clock, then I came up to my room, did this writing and retired at 11 o�clock.
Wed., Apr. 7.
Trade fair this eve. I have been trying to work upstairs all day. I worked tonight until 11 o�clock. I want to try to finish at least the rough and dirty work upstairs tomorrow. The girls practiced tonight at the Hall. A crowd of them came into the Store tonight. I didn�t get to attend Prayer Meeting tonight. I wrote a note to Emma tonight and will send same tomorrow.
Thurs., Apr. 8.
This has sure enough been one rainy day! It has rained continuously all day long. I got through upstairs this eve, and swept down and dusted. I have three curtains yet to make and then it will be in pretty fair trim. Miss Mary was not at the Store today. But trade quiet. I posted my books all up tonight and swept out, then closed at 10 p.m., sharp. Came up to room, worked on my books for awhile, wrote a note to Emma, and retired at a little after 11 0�clock.....tired and worn out....and powerfully sleepy, too. The girls are practicing tonight at Hall, for tomorrow night.
Fri., Apr. 9.
This has been only a tolerably fair day. Trade, though, has been fine. A good many in town this eve. I made and put up two umbrella racks at Store this a.m. As I came from supper tonight, I had the honor of walking up to the Hall with Miss Maude Wheeler. The �Enterpe Club� gives an �entertainment� tonight at Hall. I went down to Endeavor and got Miss Emma and we attended. It was fine.....a very good crowd and a very pretty night.
Sat., Apr. 10.
This certainly has been a lovely day. We have just had a splendid trade, too! We sold $203.96 today (four of us working). I sold $103.15 of it myself. We sold $42.50 of it since supper. I didn�t get to close until 10:30 p.m. tonight. Then I went to the Barber Shop, got a shave and a haircut, and then to my room. I took a bath and retired at midnight. Mrs. Labe Haynie died this eve (Mollie Martin) - suddenly....with cramp colic and with childbirth.
Sun., Apr. 11.
I spent the a.m. at River today. I heard five pieces on the phonograph today, for 10-cents. Took a walk this eve with Dunlap, Lemmons, and Bradshaw, to River, then down to the dikes. Mrs. Labe Haynie was buried this eve, at the Baptist graveyard. The funeral was at the Baptist Church this eve at 4 p.m. I had quite a little time tonight, about 7 p.m., at Dave Cockrell�s restaurant. Marsh Bishop was on a big drunk and he shot off his pistol and broke all the pieces in Cockrell�s front.....BAD! BAD!! (Exciting times??!) I went over to see Emma tonight, but I was too late for Church. Mike Sandiage was over, too.
Mon., Apr. 12.
This has been all sorts of a day....windy among other things. I posted books this a.m. Made a show platform for each of the front windows this eve. Trade very good today considering the wind. Mr. Will Clutterbuck�s little girl baby was buried this eve at the Baptist graveyard. I went up to the Lyceum tonight....my first for about five-weeks. Harrison Wheeler was expelled tonight from the Order. I feel very sorry for Harrison.
Tue., Apr. 13.
This has been a gloomy day, but trade fair. We got in a few shoes this a.m. I covered my window display tables this eve and hung same in windows. I also put a display on each tonight. I worked until 10 p.m., then I closed up. Will Andrews took a photo of Store, on the inside, tonight with his new �flashlight.� I wrote the Lyceum �notes� tonight after coming up to my room. These were the first notes I have written for six-weeks. Will Isaac is sitting up tonight in John�s room, guarding Marsh Bishop in the calaboose.
Wed., Apr. 14.
Marsh Bishop was sent to the Marshall jail this a.m. He gets �one-year� for his behavior here Sunday eve. This has been all sorts of a day, trade, tho, has been fine. I changed the water-bucket place, and the whole corner today. I put in new shelving and covered it. I finished tonight at 10 p.m. The gas went out on me, so I didn�t get to finish sweeping out. I have worked hard all day today. Newt was over today and took dinner with us. He took Mrs. Saufley (Mattie�s mother) back with him this eve. I got a letter from Elbert this a.m., but I have been so busy today that I didn�t get to open it until tonight at 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., Apr. 15.
Today has been a real pretty day and trade very good. I have been doing a little of everything today. I posted up my books tonight, to date. Mr. Frank McDaniel died today at St. Louis. He will be buried at Bethel tomorrow eve. I closed up tonight at 9:15 p.m., came to room, and retired at 9:25 p.m. These are lovely nights, but cool.
Fri., Apr. 16.
This has been another pretty day, trade fair. I put a curtain upstairs today. It makes our dressing room all okay now. I was down to Lem�s a few minutes this a.m. Lewis took dinner with us today. G. T. and Lem went down to Bethel this evening, to Mr. Frank McDaniel�s funeral. Mr. McDougall sent up some enlarged photos today, as samples of his work....among them was mine. The photos were just splendid. I was too late for Endeavor tonight, as I was busy. So I went on over to see Emma at home, at 9 o�clock. Mary Haynie was there.
Sat., Apr. 17.
Trade very good today considering that most of the farmers are at work now. I didn�t get to close Store until 11:25 p.m. tonight. I got a letter from McDougall today and I answered it this eve. I didn�t get to retire until 12:20 tonight. We got Arthur Miller�s �wedding card� today, for the 28th of this month. It was real neat! The �School Banquet� was set for the 29th tonight, as decided by them.
Sun., Apr. 18.
Today was lovely up to this eve at 5 p.m. Then we had a little rain, but afterwards it cleared off nicely. Heard the phonograph this a.m., also today at noon, at Cockrell�s. I spent most of this day at the River, on the boat. The River is higher now than she has been since 1883. Remember being sent for this eve at Miss Maude Switzer�s, for Mrs. H. C. Alexander. It was too bad....I loaned her $7.00. Got bananas this eve and took them up home. I had them with cream. Took Lewis two of them and then I went over to see Emma. We took a little walk, but no Church.
Mon., Apr. 19.
I commenced transferring the old ledger...�J� on the new ledger �K.� Got busy this evening, however, so I didn�t get to do very much on it. Miss Nannie Henton was buried this eve, at 3 p.m., at the Christian graveyard. There was a free show tonight at Mertens� Hall. I went and it was very good. We had a little rain and sleet this eve, so I didn�t attend Lyceum tonight.
Tue., Apr. 20.
Trade pretty dull today. I finished my ledger today. I have 43-tickets to buy in the a.m., for the close of school on Friday. Bob Dunlap stayed all night with me tonight, so as to get up early in the a.m. to buy them. He has 44, and that makes 87, in all, that we are to buy. We retired at 10 o�clock tonight. If nothing happens, we expect to get up in the a.m., at 2:30 o�clock.
Wed., Apr. 21.
Bob and myself got up this a.m. at 2 o�clock. We were second in line. He bought 47 tickets and I bought 43. Trade today was very quiet. Mr. O. T. Harris has been here today, for Rice Stix & Co. This has been all sorts of a day. I made a clock box today, and put it up, then put clock, in same, tonight. It makes quite a difference. I worked tonight until 9:30 p.m. Then I closed, came up to my room, and retired at 10 p.m., sharp. It�s awful windy out!
Thurs., Apr. 22.
This has been a partly pretty, partly gloomy day. Trade, tho, very good. McDougall is here from today until Saturday night. May Minor is real sick at Mr. Wheeler�s. Emma sent me an invitation to the Alumni Banquet this a.m., for the 29th. I wrote her a note this eve and sent same by Jess. I posted books tonight and put two names, in two books, for Emma. Closed up at 10 p.m., came to room and did a little writing, then retired.
Fri., Apr. 23.
We had a hard rain this a.m., but sunshine this eve. Lem went to Malta Bend this a.m., after Julia Taylor. Trade today only fair. School closed tonight with a big �entertainment� at the Hall. Emma brought me my clock home this a.m. I didn�t attend the entertainment tonight. But got a box of bananas and oranges and went over to see Emma and spent the eve, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 24.
Trade only fair for a Saturday. Prof. Blanton speaks at the M. E. Church tonight. I didn�t go. Geo. Haynie brought me in some ice-cream and cake that Miss Gussie Edmonds had sent him. It was splendid! But I am not feeling very well. I closed up and came up to my room and retired at 10:30 p.m. Emma and Miss Laura Carpenter had their photos taken this eve, by McDougall.
Sun., Apr. 25.
Got up at 7:15 a.m., took a bath, dressed my bed, swept my room (and John�s room), and the steps. Then I went up to my breakfast. Came back, dusted down, and fixed things in my room. Then over to Store awhile. Then I went down to the River. I talked with the boys until 4 p.m. Then I went down to the Christian Church and took a walk over to the graveyard with Emma. Then at 7:30 p.m. I went over to see Emma again. We didn�t attend Church, but spent the eve at home. Emma gave me some awful nice cake and berries.....you know it!
Mon., Apr. 26.
This certainly has been a beautiful day.....trade fine. Swept the upstairs this a.m. and posted books this eve. We got in some little dry goods this eve. Went up to the Lyceum Meeting for awhile tonight. Then Bradshaw, Haynie, Dunlap, and myself all went down to the Enterpe Meeting, at the Miller�s, and we walked home with the girls. I went home with Emma and Mary Burruss.
Tue., Apr. 27.
Another beautiful day.....trade good. I have been feeling so blue today. I wrote Emma a note and gave it to her in the Store this a.m. She wrote me one in return, and sent it to me at noon. I put curtains up at the back windows of Store this eve. Rettie painted the hall at home today and put down new matting in the dining room. I talked to the boys this eve, at Store, until 9:30 p.m. Then closed up and came up to my room. I did a little figuring-around and retired at 10 p.m.
Wed., Apr. 28.
Today has seen some showers, then a harder rain tonight. Fred Sibley and his divorced wife were remarried today, in Illinois. Trade only fair. We got our new thermometers this a.m. I went through all the slippers, and shoe dept., today and filled in. I got me another pair of pants this eve, like the ones I lost in the fire. Closed up at 10:10p.m. and went down to the Christian Prayer Meeting tonight and walked home with Miss Emma Wheeler. Went in and sat for awhile.
Thurs., Apr. 29.
The Miami Alumni gives a big banquet at the College tonight. Arthur Miller and Miss Dawes were married last night, in Marshall, Mo. I commenced on a curtain-rack today, and will try to finish same next week sometime. This has been a real good day with us as to trade. I had a big time at the banquet tonight. I was the guest of Miss Emma Wheeler. Didn�t get away until 2 a.m. Geo. Haynie spent tonight with me.
Fri., Apr. 30.
Emma commenced giving music lessons to Miss Strawn today. Mrs. Buford Casebolt is the mother of a boy this a.m. Trade today has been very good. I posted up my books and made off accounts this eve. I am ready for the 1st tomorrow. Closed at 8 p.m., and went down to the Y. P. S. C. E. and walked home with Emma. Went in and sat awhile. Lovely night, but awful, awful cool.

MAY

Sat., May 1.
Emma left this a.m., at 10 o�clock, for Keytesville, Mo. (she and her sister, Kate), to the dedication of the new Christian Church there tomorrow, by the Bro. Wilson and Abbott. Emma and Kate will stay a week. Mr. Vaughan and Miss Nettie Reynolds went with them. This has been a lovely day, and trade fine. Lots of people in town this eve. I didn�t get to close until about 11 o�clock tonight. I ordered me a black coat and vest tonight, and a light pair of pants. I also ordered a suit for Geo. Burruss. I retired tonight at 11:35 p.m.
Sun., May 2.
Got up at 6:45 this a.m., swept room, dressed bed, dusted-down, and cleaned my lamp. Then I talked to Peyton Jeter until 8:45, and then I went up home to my breakfast. I helped Rettie and then came back to Store and worked on my books until after 11 o�clock. Then I went down to the River and watched them work on the boat until noon. Then I came up home to dinner. Mrs. Sam Grady took dinner with us today. I got the mail after dinner. Then Henry Bure and myself took a walk up to Adolph Royar�s and got with Will Lemmons, John Dunlap, Henry Mertens, and John Hanna, and didn�t come back until 6 o�clock. I got supper at home and then came on down to Store and wrote a letter to Emma, at Keytesville. I went to my room at 8 p.m.
Mon., May 3.
All the Stores commenced closing tonight at 7 p.m., lasting until Sept. 3, 1897. Lem, Lewis, and Rettie went over to Marshall today. This has been another lovely day, and trade very good. I mailed Emma her letter this morning. I got one from her this eve, at 5 o�clock. Walked over to the corner this eve with Geo. Burruss, and then came back and went up to Lyceum. Dr. Berry was initiated tonight.
Tue., May 4.
This has been another real pretty day. The School Board re-elected the old teachers again, for next year. I wrote a line or two to Emma this a.m. Trade today only fair. I finished my curtain-exhibitor this eve. It beats any I have ever made yet! We got in our Spring line of wallpaper this eve. Bradshaw and self took a walk up to the corner, and Burruss and I, afterwards, took a walk over to the other corner and back. Wrote this and retired at 10 p.m., sharp.
Wed., May 5.
This has been a lovely, lovely day. Very warm. I talked to Maude Wheeler quite a little while this morning as I came by from breakfast. Have been working on wallpaper today. Made a wallpaper exhibitor today....something new. I received a real sweet letter from Emma this eve. I wrote her one tonight. Jesse Wheeler and I took a walk to Carpenter�s corner and back, and Geo. Burruss and I took a walk over to Mertens� corner and back. These nights are just lovely.
Thurs., May 6.
Another lovely day........warm! Trade only fair. I finished my wallpaper rack today, and I printed a sign. I posted my books this eve. I closed at 7 p.m. Coming from supper I stopped at Maude�s awhile and talked, then walked from corner on with Mabel and Laura Carpenter and Myn Casebolt......meeting Geo. Burruss and Bradshaw. Geo. took Miss Myn Casebolt, Bradshaw took Miss Laura, and I took Miss Mabel. We had a nice talk and we enjoyed the hammock, fine! Lovely night. Remember the 997 planks from the corner of the Church up to the Zea�s corner, in front of Mrs. Scott�s.
Fri., May 7.
I made window display racks this morning and made a display in each window. I washed all the showcases and mirrors, and posted my books to date. Trade quiet today. Emma got home this eve, from Keytesville, where she has been for the past week. I tried the bicycle for the second time this eve. This has been a real pretty day. I got my new black coat and vest in today.....fits fine. This is the first regular tailor-made suit I have ever had. I got my pants last Wednesday eve.
Sat., May 8.
This morning was beautiful, but this eve was gloomy....a big heavy rain at 5 o�clock. Trade fine this eve, however. I got me a lovely pair of patent leather shoes today. Didn�t get to close tonight until 11 p.m. Then I came up to my room, wrote some, took bath, and retired at 12:15......tired and sleepy. Dr. Edmonds took a splinter from under my fingernail this a.m., and it is pretty sore tonight!
Sun., May 9.
This a.m. I arose at 7 o�clock, took my bed all apart and soaked it all in bed-bug juice. Went to breakfast at 8:30. Came back and worked in my room all morning, cleaning and rearranging it. I also cleaned John�s room, at noon. I changed my bed around and fixed my cot to commence sleeping on tonight. Then I went to dinner at 1:05 p.m. Mr. Bradshaw and myself went down to the boat and stayed awhile this eve....and we crossed over on the boat. Then we came back up to the restaurant and listened to the phonograph, with horn, until 5 o�clock. Then I got ready and went back home to supper. Then down to Lem�s, and then over to see Emma. We took a walk to Carpenter�s corner before going to Church. It was a lovely moonlight night, but very cool.
Mon., May 10.
Dunlap, Barnett, Websters, and others went to the �cut-off� this a.m., fishing. This has been a hot day. Trade just fine. I was over to Dr. Wheeler�s this a.m. and measured a room for carpet, the halls for matting, and the stairs for carpet. Took same over this eve. We got in our stock of jewelry today. I went up to Lyceum Meeting tonight. We had a fine meeting. Initiated Ike Cooper tonight. Got through at 10:30 p.m. We give �a phonograph entertainment� tomorrow night, at the schoolhouse. We invited the Enterpe Club to join us.
Tue., May 11.
Trade has not been so good today. W. D. Taylor, for Eli & Walker Dry Goods Company, was here today and we bought quite a good little bill from him. We Lyceum boys gave a phonograph concert tonight. We invited the Enterpe Club......the Board and their wives. We had quite a nice little entertainment and had about 50 present. I went and had the pleasure of Miss Emma Wheeler�s company. We got out at 10 p.m., sharp.
Wed., May 12.
This morning was pretty, but this eve we had rain. Trade very fair today. We got in our jewelry showcase this morning. Talked to Maude Wheeler awhile at noon. Then I walked up to Mrs. Hooper�s with her this eve, as I went up to Mrs. Kile�s. I was over to Dr. Wheeler�s this a.m., to see about carpet. Geo. Burruss and myself took a walk up to the corner tonight. Then I came up to my room and did a little writing and retired at 8:45 p.m.
Thurs., May 13.
Mr. Taylor and Erskine went to Duck Lake this a.m., fishing. But, as it commenced raining, they came back at noon. I went through both sides of Store today and filled-in......also cleaned upstairs. Trade only fair today as it was drizzling rain most all day. Sun came out late this eve. I went down to Lem and Mary�s after supper and got the bicycle and brought it up into town and tried it, for my third time. I rode from the Bank to the Church and back to Store in one mount! I stopped at 9 p.m. and went down to the Church where Emma was practicing and walked home with her.
Fri., May 14.
This has been a fair day as to trade. I posted books up to date this a.m. I printed two �Coal� signs this eve for Mr. T. J. Uzzle. I tried the bicycle again tonight and did very well....rode until 8:30 p.m., then stopped and cleaned up and went down to the Endeavor Meeting and walked home with Emma. First we took a walk to the corner and back. We had a dozen bananas.....and she ate them all, too! You know it! A lovely, lovely night.
Sat., May 15.
This has been a pretty day......very few in this morning, but lots of people in this eve. We had all we could wait on! We got in a big lot of goods this a.m. Mr. Taylor subscribed $500.00 to the new Christian Church yesterday. We didn�t have much trade tonight. Mr. Bradshaw came in and we talked until 11 o�clock. Then I closed up, came to room, and retired right away.
Sun., May 16.
I arose at 7 a.m., sharp.....straightened my room, came to Store, and cleaned the bicycle. I went up to breakfast at 8:30 o�clock. I went down to the River at 9:30, went across, and stayed on the boat with the boys until 11 o�clock. Then crossed back over and came up home to dinner. It was �Children�s Day� at the M. E. Church this a.m. Maude Wheeler went out to Mrs. George Hawkins� this a.m., to spend this week. Mary sent me a half-freezer of chocolate cream today. And Retta gave her one-half of a chocolate cake. Seven of us boys took a walk up the River this eve.....had a big time! We killed two snakes. This has been a warm and pretty day. I went over to see Emma tonight and we took a walk instead of going to Church.
Mon., May 17.
This has been another warm day, and trade fine. I sold a $44.00 bill this eve, to the Chilcott�s. Measured Mrs. Jeter�s room today and sold her a carpet and some wallpaper. I posted my books, to date, this eve. After closing, I took the bicycle up with me and tried the Marshall Road, but it was a little too rough for me.W. S. Myers on his bicycle I rode awhile down on Main Street and then I went up to the Lyceum Meeting. Emma and them went around to Mr. Webster�s this eve, to play for them awhile. A Mr. Singleton, at Keytesville, wrote Emma a letter yesterday.....she got it today.
Tue., May 18.
This has been a real pretty day, but trade only fair. I boxed-up our button machine today, to ship back on Fri., by freight. After closing and getting my supper, I walked over to Emma�s, but met her and Mary Haynie out walking. So I took a walk with them, then we went back and enjoyed the hammock awhile. Emma gave me a fine saucer of cream tonight. Dr. Wheeler went to St. Louis yesterday. Miss Lou is going to the country in the a.m.

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At right is Wilbert S. Myers riding his bicycle on Main St., Miami, Mo, 1897
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Wed., May 19.
This has been a very fair day, and trade �fair� too. It has been very dusty today. Maude Wheeler came home from the country this a.m. I rode awhile tonight after I came from supper. Then Geo. Burruss and myself went down to the Christian Prayer Meeting. I walked home with Emma and he went home with Myn Casebolt. I fixed a shade this eve for Mrs. Delia Vaughan.
Thurs., May 20.
We had a slight sprinkle this eve. Trade very quiet all day. I took a ride tonight from the Bank�s corner to Mr. Carpenter�s corner......just had a fine spin! Mr. Bradshaw, George Taylor, Geo. Burruss, and myself, took a walk up to Carpenter�s corner tonight. Then Geo. Burruss and myself went down to the Christian Church, where they are practicing, and he went home with Myn Casebolt and I walked over the road with Emma Wheeler.
Fri., May 21.
Dunlap Davis and Iona Burns were married last night, at her home (very quietly). I took down our stove at Store this eve. Trade quiet today. This has been a real pretty day, but warm. After supper I rode out to Lemmon�s and back, although roads are a little rough. Then I went down to Endeavor Meeting and walked over home with Emma. Went in and stayed a little while.
Sat., May 22.
Trade very dull this a.m. I put three curtains up for Mrs. Jeter this a.m. We had all the trade we could wait on this eve. Had a big rain and also hail this eve, about 5 o�clock. Swept up and closed up at 10:25 p.m. Came to room, did some writing, took a bath, and retired at 12 p.m., sharp. I got the graduation photos from McDougall this a.m. Arthur Dunlap came back from Columbia, Mo., tonight, from school.
Sun., May 23.
Got up at 7 a.m., went to breakfast, came back and cleaned room. Talked to Lem at Store, then did some writing on my books, and, afterwards, went up to dinner. Sat around all eve and talked to the boys. I went to the River from 4 to 5 o�clock. Came back and got ready and went up to lunch. Then I came downtown. Took a walk over to the corner and then went over to see Emma. We went to Church, then enjoyed the hammock, afterwards.
Mon., May 24.
Trade has been fine all day long. We have had all we could attend to! I measured Mrs. J. A. Wood�s parlor today, for carpet. The stone mason came today, to work on the Presbyterian foundation of Church. I rode quite awhile this evening on the bicycle. I went up to Lyceum tonight. Quint Cooper was initiated in the Lyceum tonight. Lewis took dinner with us today. Emma got her bedroom set today.....it was real pretty.
Tue., May 25.
Papa and Mr. Minor commenced on the Presbyterian framework, for Church today. Trade has been very quiet today. I posted books this a.m. I printed 41-badges for the Y. P. S. C. E. �rally� on the 28th, 29th, and 30th, here. I closed at 7 p.m., and went up to supper, then took a ride on the bike out to Lemmon�s and back, and up and down the street several times. The roads are fine for bicycling now. Then I went down to the practice at the Church and walked over home with Emma Wheeler.
Wed., May 26.
We had a rain last night and it still continues this a.m. I wrote a 6-page letter to Elbert Dunlap this a.m., at Sedalia, before breakfast. I changed both windows at Store today....one with straw hats and fans, the other with Colgate�s soaps and extracts that came in today. I washed front of Store all off, and made a fan-box this eve. I put a table out in the center of the Store. I put four shades up this eve, for Miss Mamie Wood. C. S. Green was here today. Little Lewis gave me one of his photos on the bicycle tonight. It was splendid! I was down to see Lem. Then went down to Christian Prayer Meeting and walked home with Emma. I left at 10 o�clock, sharp. This eve was real pretty. George Haynie got his bicycle today.
Thurs., May 27.
Miss Maude Wheeler leaves this a.m., for a 6-week visit to Columbia, Mo., Gilliam, Marshall, Sweet Springs, and etc. I got a J. Capps & Sons� paperweight and puzzle last eve. They gave it to Mr. Taylor, but he charged me 20-cents for it. He, afterwards, gave it to me, though! Miss Willie Cresap left this a.m., also, for Iowa, to stay for two-months, or more. This has been a gloomy, rainy day. I washed all the showcases, and changed them. I made 35-more Y. P. S. C. E. badges this eve. Geo. Burruss and I took a walk tonight to both of the ends of the walks. Then we came to Church, where they had been practicing. He went home with Myn, and I went home with Emma.
Fri., May 28.
Trade has been quiet today. The Young Peoples Social Christian Endeavor commenced their �big rally� here tonight. I didn�t go, though, until late, and then I walked home with my sister, Ret. George Burruss and I took a walk, afterwards, to the corner and I saw Emma.....they had two young men to look after. Isaac Hill, though, walked home with her. Clarence Haynie and I printed 50 more badges tonight. They are looking for a big crowd here on tomorrow and Sunday, if it doesn�t rain.
Sat., May 29.
Trade fine today. Quite a big crowd attended the Y. P. S. C. E. �rally� today. We had all the crowd we could attend to this eve. We had a nice trade! Julia Taylor got home from school today. Miss Lilly Conway came over today. Geo. Haynie spent tonight with me. I closed tonight at 10 p.m., as trade was slowing. Then I went to Barber Shop and got a shave, talked, then wrote awhile, and retired. Remember the pictures George B. showed me tonight.
Sun., May 30.
Got up at 7 a.m. Sold my old gray coat and vest to a darkie this a.m. I took a ride on the bicycle out to Mrs. Akerman�s and back. Then I washed it and cleaned it up all over. I went to breakfast at 8 a.m. Came back and did a lot of writing and work on my books, at Store. This is a lovely morning, but cool. Clarence Haynie and I printed 36-more badges today, that is, this a.m. Geo. B. and I took a walk to corner and back this a.m. The �rally people� had dinner at Fristoe�s yard today. I didn�t go, tho. I got mail and went to dinner at home. I put on my new suit and patent leather shoes for my first time and went down to the Church and walked over to Mr. L. W. Haynie�s with Miss Lilly Conway. I stayed until 6 p.m. Then I came back, got supper, and went down to Lem�s, then over to see Emma. We went to the Y. P. S. C. E. Meeting. Remember the �fuss� at the gate.
Mon., May 31.
Miss Lilly Conway was in this a.m., to see me, to tell me goodbye. She is going home this eve. Emma was in also and I got her a boy to help clean up at the Church. I also gave her a note that I had written her this a.m. I took down the straw hats from window display this a.m. and put same away. I posted books this eve. I got a real sweet note from Emma this eve, and answered same, by Jess. Closed at 7 p.m. Ed swept out for me tonight, so I went home to my supper. After I came back downtown I saw Emma go by, walking, so I joined her and we took a walk to the corner and then back home. We enjoyed the hammock a little while, then we went into the parlor and enjoyed the new divan that Emma had just gotten herself....cost $70.00. It is a lovely little piece of furniture, I tell you! Remember that letter Emma got today.....she showed same to me tonight. He is �a dandy,� I must say!

JUNE

Tue., June 1.
I commenced wearing my black cutaway coat and vest on Sunday, a.m., and today for everyday wear. I put on my light striped pants this a.m. It is still very cold out, though. I paid Miss Emma Parsons five-dollars-and-ninety-five-cents, for Retta, this a.m. I was out collecting this eve and I rode my wheel up to Bell�s and back. I fixed two curtains for Miss Mollie Bell while I was there. This has been a windy, dusty day. Trade very quiet. Raymond Edmonds got home from school this eve. I took a ride on wheel after supper, then I went down to the Christian Church to hear a man lecture on �Church-work.� Afterwards I walked home with Emma. I had a very pleasant talk with Emma tonight...........
Wed., June 2.
Emma left this a.m., for Columbia, Mo., to see her brother, Syd, graduate in law tonight. I got a letter from McDougall today. They commenced on the rock wall, behind the Store, this a.m. Trade quiet today. We had little sprinkles, every now and then, all day long. Jim Walden, Prof. Barnett, and G. T. Taylor went out squirrel hunting this afternoon. Tonight Geo. Burruss, Dr. Berry, Raymond Edmonds, and self, took a walk to both ends of the walk. I then came up to my room and read until 9:30 p.m., and then retired.
Thurs., June 3.
I am 26-years-old today. Trade today has been only fair.....not very much doing. I went through all the laces and hamburgs today. I received a real cute letter from Emma this eve......from her at Columbia. She presented me with my enlarged photo and it now hangs here in Store. It was a present for my birthday. She will be home tomorrow eve, if nothing prevents. She is going to have the frame changed, also....when McDougall comes up next week. I rode quite a while on my wheel tonight. I tried Geo. Taylor�s new seat......it is very good. Geo. Burruss and I took a walk up to the corner and back and then I went to my room.
Fri., June 4.
This has been a real bright, pretty day......trade very good. I posted books this a.m. I had an iron pipe put in wall back of Store this eve, that they are now building. I went down to DeWitt this eve, on boat, with Ruth, Cyrena, and George Wheeler, to meet Emma, who is coming home with Syd, from Columbia. We had a fine trip and got home at 5 o�clock. After closing and getting my supper, George Burruss and myself took a walk up to the corner. Then we went down to the Christian Endeavor. I went home with Emma and, O!... My!... what a sweet eve we spent together.
Sat., June 5.
This has been a real pretty day. Trade was very slow this a.m., but fine this eve. I sent Emma a box of cherries this eve. I put a sign up for McDougall this a.m. I also got a letter from him today. I closed up and swept out at half-past 10 o�clock. Then I went up to my room, took a bath, and retired at 12 o�clock, sharp.
Sun., June 6.
Got up at 6:10 this a.m., swept my room and cleaned John�s room. Then I dusted down, cleaned lamp and went up to breakfast. I did a little writing at Store, then Maude Switzer sent for me and said her brother Bob Switzer was killed last night on the railroad track below DeWitt. She needed about $17.00, so I had to come uptown and raise it for them. I got ready and Emma and I drove down to Rich Chapel and back. We spent the day there and took dinner with the Misses Davis, Hawkins, Yourus (?), and Cunningham. We just had a splendid day. There was about 1000 people there.....nice exercises for the �Children�s Day� and a fine dinner. We got there at 11:45 a.m. and stayed until all was over at 3 p.m. We then came back and drove down by home and got some cherries. Then we went over the road a piece, then came back. I myself ready in my new suit, went to lunch at home, then to Lem�s, and then to see Emma. We went to �Children�s Day� exercises at the Christian Church. Mrs. Vandiver is here, and also Miss Lizzie.
Mon., June 7.
Bob Switzer was killed on the railroad track, Saturday night, a quarter of a mile below DeWitt, by the 11:45 p.m. train going east. I made up a subscription list for the family this a.m.......of some $25.00, and gave it to them. He was torn in remnants and buried there last eve. Price Rogers� mother died this a.m. at Slater. This has been a real pretty day, trade quiet, though. Geo. Haynie fixed my bicycle this eve. Emma went over to the Burruss� tonight, across River, to stay all night with Miss Mary. She will be home tomorrow afternoon. Maude Switzer sent for me this eve, so I went down to see her. Then, after supper, I took quite a ride on my wheel....roads fine. I stopped at Casebolt�s on the way back and talked to Myn and Maggie. Then I came in town and went up to Lyceum. The Enterpe meets at Casebolt�s tonight.
Tue., June 8.
Uncle John and Aunt Mollie (Whitmore) from Va., came to Uncle John Miller�s yesterday morning. Bro. Dobyns, of Marshall, preached to us tonight at the M. E. Church. I dusted both sides of Store today, from top to bottom.....first time in my life I ever dusted that much in one day! I got through at 5 p.m., sharp. Emma came home at noon today. This morning was gloomy and it sprinkled on and off. This eve, tho, has been real pretty. Trade quiet. I took a ride out to Mrs. Akerman�s tonight before supper, with Geo. Taylor and Will Andrews. Newt came over for preaching tonight. He was up home for supper. I went over to see Emma and we went to preaching, to hear Bro. Dobyns.
Wed., June 9.
It has been raining most all morning. This eve has been real pretty. I had Uncle Isaac to clean up around Store this eve. I was on jury this eve, for my first time. Uncle John Whitmore and Aunt Mary came up from Uncle John Miller�s this eve. I washed the windows and showcases at Store this eve. I took a ride on my wheel out to Robertson�s and back tonight, before supper. I stayed up home and talked to Uncle John and Aunt Mollie until after 9 o�clock. Then Uncle and I came down to my room and retired. I didn�t get to see Emma at Prayer Meeting tonight.
Thurs., June 10.
It rained all morning. Trade quiet today. I finished washing the showcases today. I also cleaned upstairs, cleaned out the scrap basket, and the files this eve. Uncle John and Aunt Mollie went back to Uncle John Miller�s this eve. I gave Uncle John Whitmore one of my photos this eve. Emma went out to spend the night with her aunt, Mrs. J. C. Reynolds, this eve. The same Mrs. Reynolds sent me a lovely bouquet of pansies this eve, the largest I have ever seen! Geo. Burruss and I took a walk tonight to corner, then I went down to Lem�s, and I got two books which I brought back to room and started to read tonight.
Fri., June 11.
Mr. Taylor and Prof. Barnett have been squirrel hunting all day. It has been awful warm today. Trade a little quiet. I posted my books up to date this eve. I fixed a curtain this eve for the Misses Mertens. Measured Mrs. Hamner�s parlor and a bedroom, for matting, this eve, and I sold it to her......also a wallpaper order. I took a walk to the end of the corner tonight, with the boys. Then I went down to Endeavor Meeting. Emma and I took a little walk, then we went home and enjoyed the parlor for a little while. It was a lovely moonlight night.
Sat., June 12.
Jim Weir came in from Kentucky last eve. I sent Emma over some cherries this a.m., for her to make some pies. This has been the hottest day we have had this year.....hottest of the hot! Trade very quiet this a.m., but all we could wait on this eve. I took the tire off of my wheel today, to send it away and have it fixed. I will send it on Monday. Trade was very good tonight. It was 11:10 p.m. when I closed. I went to Bishop�s and ate some bananas, then went to my room and retired......tired and worn out!
Sun., June 13. I got up at 6 o�clock this a.m., cleaned my room, and went to breakfast. I took a ride on my wheel out to Robertson�s (rather, on Rettie�s wheel). I then came to my room, did a little writing, then put on some clean clothes. I went down to Lem�s and stayed until noon. They gave me two nice big ripe tomatoes to take home to dinner. After dinner, we (a crowd of boys) got together and made a big bucket of lemonade and also ate bananas. Then, at 4 p.m., I went over to see Emma, and, at 5 p.m., she and I went down to the Gov�t. boat, �Sutter.� There we met a big crowd of girls and boys and we stayed an hour-and-a-half. I was shown through the boat by the captain. Then we came back home. I left to go home to my supper, then went back at 7 o�clock to see Emma and we went to Church. O!.. My!.. It has been hot! Remember that chocolate cake tonight......you know it!
Mon., June 14.
There is an �open session� of Lyceum tonight, at Mertens� Hall. I�m on duty for a paper on �love.� I sent off Lem�s tire, from wheel, this eve, by express, to Morgan & Wright Repair Co., St. Louis, Mo. And I also sent a letter to Emmett there. This has been a lovely day, but trade has been quiet. Emma spent the day with Mary Haynie, and they went up to see the spring overflow at the Devil�s backbone this eve. I posted my books this eve. Then, at 8 p.m., I went over to see Emma. She, Mary Haynie, and Ruth...all came up to the Hall with me for the open-session. We had a nice little crowd present and, we trust, all enjoyed the program. Emma gave me her photo tonight. Uncle John Whitmore came up from the country this eve, to spend tonight and tomorrow with us.
Tue., June 15.
Rain this a.m. I put a board on the platform, for facing, this a.m. I also made a box for the shield over gutter. Trade quiet. It has been very warm, indeed! I wrote Emma a note this eve, in thanks to her for her photo. Uncle John Whitmore left us this eve. I gave Emma a lovely shirtwaist set this eve. Had a real sweet little chat with her in Store. I got a book ready for G. T., where he can draw off balances on the 1st of July, and the 1st of September. Sitting at home tonight, after supper, in front yard.....who should pass by but Emma and Ruth, going to Mrs. Cresap�s. So I then waited for their return and we took a walk to Carpenter�s corner, then back home. I sat in the hammock awhile with them and enjoyed the lovely moonlight. McDougall gave a half-dozen photos of myself tonight as a present. He also left a lock with me, to deliver and collect on.
Wed., June 16.
McDougall left bright and early for Slater this a.m. Emma goes down to George Cunningham�s this eve to stay until Friday eve. Then I am going down for her if it doesn�t rain. This has been a pretty, bright day, but awful dusty and windy. Trade fair. I commenced sacking grapes at home tonight. I put up 25-sacks tonight. Then I came downtown and Geo. Burruss and myself took a walk up to the corner and back. Then we sat on the steps and chatted awhile. I went up to my room at 9:20 o�clock and retired. Jep Taylor got back from Kentucky this eve.
Thurs., June 17.
Trade medium today.......but warm, don�t mention it! It is perfectly awful. This has been about as warm as we have ever had it! I put up 25-more sacks of grapes this a.m. I wrote McDougall a letter this eve. I had my hair cut, and a shave this evening. Ira Davis and Miss Visa Carr were married this eve. I went to supper at 7 p.m. on the �ladies� wheel. I put up more grapes this eve, then took a ride out to Robertson�s and back to Bank. Then I went over to Mertens� corner, went in and talked to Ruth Wheeler, and drank lemonade. Then back to Lem�s where we talked quite awhile. Then I went back uptown and took a walk to both ends of corner with the boys. We ate bananas, sang, and whistled.
Fri., June 18.
So awfully, awfully hot today! Trade somewhat quiet. We heard this eve that there was a big storm at Boonville. Looks as if it may rain here, too. I worked on my books all eve. I got my tire back, for bicycle, today, and it looks all okay. I went down to Geo. Cunningham�s tonight, after supper, in Lem�s buggy and brought Emma home. We then went around to Mrs. Milt Burns� a little while. Then we came back home and enjoyed the parlor for awhile.
Sat., June 19.
Partly cloudy, partly sunny today, but still awful warm! Trade somewhat quiet.......not very many in town today. I put Laura Carpenter�s name on her telescope this eve, and I took it up to her on my wheel as I went to supper. We had a little trade tonight. I gave Florence Hisle one of my photos today and she gave me one of hers. We boys ate a big lot of bananas tonight. I closed up at 10:45 p.m., went up to room, took a bath, then retired at 12:00 o�clock, sharp.
Sun., June 20.
I arose at 7:30 a.m., went to breakfast at 8:00, then came to Store and did some writing. I wrote a letter to Miss Kittie Sullivan, of Norwich, Conn., one whose address I found in a piece of goods last week. So I want to know if there is such a person or not. I put my wheel together this eve, then talked to the boys until very near 3 o�clock. Then I went up to my room and put on some clean clothes. Lovely eve, but very, very warm. I took a short nap from 4 to 6 o�clock, then went up home for supper. Then I went over to see Emma. We didn�t attend Church, though, but enjoyed the hammock for awhile......then took a walk, came back and went in the parlor and sat awhile. Emma was not feeling well, so I left early.
Mon., June 21.
Twelve years ago today.....my dear momma died. This is the longest day of the year. Mr. Milt Burns put in our tin trough, in wall in back of Store, this a.m. Trade fair today. I washed all the showcases today, and the windows. Dr. Barrett was here today. I wrote Emmett Whitmore a letter this eve. I closed up at 7 o�clock and went to supper. After that I took my longest ride yet....went clear out to Woodson Saufley�s and back. Also went up and down the street a number of times. Then I went up to Lyceum. I retired at 10:20 p.m. tonight.
Tue., June 22.
Another warm, bright, pretty day......trade fair. I have been working on books all day. I closed at 7 o�clock, went to supper on my wheel, then rode over to Burgess� and back. I went down �the Scott hill� for my first time tonight, then went on over to Dr. Wheeler�s, and sat on hammock awhile with Emma and Jess. Emma and I walked down as far as Mrs. Milt Burns�, then I came on over town with my wheel and got my coat. Then I went back to Mrs. Milt Burns�, got Emma, and we took a walk up to Zea�s corner and back again to the Burns� where we stayed awhile. Then went back over home and sat in hammock for about 15-minutes before I took my departure. A lovely starlight night!
Wed., June 23.
This has been an awful HOT day....trade very quiet. I have been figuring on the boss� notes all eve, making a list of them for him. I made about 50 cash-tickets this a.m. I closed at 7 p.m., got a shave and went to supper. I stayed at home until after 8 o�clock, then came downtown for awhile. Then I went down to the Christian Prayer Meeting and walked with Emma to Zea�s corner, then back home. There we enjoyed the hammock for a few minutes before I came back to my room, where I retired at 10 p.m., sharp.
Thurs., June 24.
We had a big rain and lots of heavy wind about 3 a.m. That will stop the wheat cutting for today! I washed the windows this a.m., and put netting over them.....also washed all the showcases again. I cleaned weeds out of front of Store this eve. It rained again this eve. Miss Lilly Conway, and her friend, came over this eve. Mack Lewis came home yesterday, from his school in Chicago. Trade today has been very quiet. Six of us boys and the Misses Edmonds and Wheeler had intended to go over to Haynie�s tonight, but such a severe storm came up we didn�t go......severe wind and a hard rain, sharp lightning and thunder.
Fri., June 25.
The storm last night took part of the roof and siding from the Christian Church. It also took the end of mill out and there are several trees down. This has been a part pretty, part gloomy day.....trade quiet. Horace (Hornbeck) had to stay all night over at Dr. Wheeler�s last night. He took Ruth to Marshall today. She is going to visit at Odessa, Mo., for several weeks. I worked on the boss� notes and the invoice this a.m., and this evening. Huston Lemmons got run over this eve, by a team hitched to a binder. He is pretty badly cut-up. Berry, Bradshaw, and Ruxton went out to L. W. Haynie�s tonight. I was to go, but Emma didn�t get away from Y. P. S. C. E. until late. So we didn�t get to go. We went home and I went in and stayed awhile. Will Lemmons stayed all night with me last night. His wife is away.
Sat., June 26.
Received four boat photos today, from McDougall. We had a hard rain late this eve. Trade dull....not many in town. I got my bill for my bicycle this eve. I also got a nice letter from Elbert this eve. Rain...rain! I swept out and closed up at 10 p.m. Went to room and retired. Miss Gussie Edmonds left this eve for Colorado, to be gone until Fall.
Sun., June 27.
Gloomy and rainy! John Dunlap stayed all night with me last night. I got up at 6:20 this a.m., made up my bed, cleaned up my room (and John�s room), then came to breakfast. After breakfast, I straightened up my room and did a little rearranging and then came to Store and worked on my books awhile. I wrote a letter to McDougall and sent him the list of photos delivered. Miss Maude Wheeler got home today from a month�s visit (to the day). She came in about 1:30 p.m. I took a nap from 2:30 to 3:30 this afternoon, then picked out some pictures to send away to a woman in Brazil. I gave Will Merry a photo of myself this eve. I got myself ready and went up to supper. Then I went down to see Lem, Mary, and Lewis. Then went over to see Emma and we went to Church, the M. E. Church. The Campbellites are using the M. E. Church now as theirs is damaged.
Mon., June 28.
Harrison Wheeler, Jr., fixed my glasses this a.m.....the ones that I broke in half. I talked to Maude Wheeler five or ten-minutes this a.m., on porch, as I came by from breakfast. She showed me quite a lot of photos she had taken on her trip. I mailed my 168-picture-cards this eve, to Miss Rebecca T. Morrisette, Natal, Brazil. The postage cost me 26-cents. Trade, today, was exceedingly dull. Lem took the old lumber, from Store, down home this eve. I didn�t get to close until 7:30 p.m., tonight. After supper I took a walk up to Carpenter�s corner with the boys, and back, then went up to Lyceum. It was 11:30 p.m. before we got out.........election night.
Tue., June 29.
It rained today at noon, but this eve has been real pretty. I finished posting up my books this eve. I went over to Dr. Wheeler�s this eve and fixed two curtains, and put new springs on them. Also, I put five rings on Miss Lou�s shades. Then Emma took me upstairs to fix a shade and I got to see her new bedroom set. It was real pretty! I bought me a bicycle cap this eve....it cost me 15-cents. I put up 35-sacks today, of grapes. Trade was a little quiet this eve, so I closed up at 7 o�clock. Then I rode out to Mr. Woodson Saufley�s and back.....climbed the �Scott hill� for my first time tonight. Then I rode on out to Haynie�s and back. I talked to Myn Casebolt awhile, at gate, this eve. I took a walk to Carpenter�s corner with the boys. Then I retired at 9:45 p.m.
Wed., June 30.
Another big rain last night and this a.m. Trade very, very quiet. I cleaned upstairs this a.m., and made out accounts this eve. I received an answer to my letter to Miss Kittie Sullivan, Norwich, Conn., this evening, whom I wrote to on June 20th. She also sent me her photo! Mrs. W. H. Wheeler, and Miss Maude, left this a.m., for Sweet Springs, Mo., for a two-week visit. There is a little gathering tonight at Miss Maggie Kiles. I went over to see Emma tonight and spent a real sweet little time, although the storm outside was raging. No rain, but lightning and thundering a good deal. A second boy was born to Lem and Mary this evening.

JULY

Thurs., Jul. 1.
Another hard rain this a.m. It flooded our cellar with about 6-inches of water. I had it cleaned out today. As I went over to see Uncle Isaac this a.m. I stopped into see Emma a few seconds. This eve was pretty and warm, so I was out collecting some today. Miss Willie Cresap got back this eve, from a 5-week visit in Iowa. I stayed up home after supper and talked awhile, then I came downtown and talked to the boys awhile. I retired at 10 o�clock, sharp.
Fri., Jul. 2.
This has been a lovely day. Trade, though, has been very quiet. I finished making off balance sheet, from ledger, this eve. I have had a �sick headache� most all day long. I took some bananas home for supper. The Y. P. S. C. E. met at Bro. Strawn�s tonight. So I went up with the boys and stayed awhile, then took a walk home with Emma. We enjoyed the hammock for awhile, and the starlight was fine, too.
Sat., Jul. 3.
The Lyceum gives a big �excursion� today, on the steamer �Commodore,� from here to Brunswick. Mattie Myers is over and she took Floy and Harry down. It is a lovely morning, but it will get hot before the eve. Trade fair, considering this being near the �Fourth.� I took a ride out on my wheel tonight after supper and on the way I met Emma, at Haynie�s, in a buggy. I had a little chat with her and then came back to Store. I closed at 10 p.m., got a shave, took a bath, and retired at 10:55 p.m. The boat got back at 11 o�clock tonight.
Sun., Jul 4.
I got up at 8 o�clock, this a.m., arranged my toilet and got room all okay. I got on my wheel and went to breakfast. Then I went out on the road for a spin. I met Forrest McDaniel and took a ride with him over to the railroad camp, at Lemmon�s. We stayed there awhile and talked, then came on back and I talked to the boys awhile before coming on down to Lem�s and talking to him and Lewis until noon. Then I went to dinner. After eating my dinner I took a spin on my wheel, for the mail, and, in doing so, I stuck a tack in my tire. Then Forrest McDaniel and myself took a ride to the Store and there I worked until half-past 5 o�clock. Emma went out to L. W. Haynie�s this eve. She started to the Pinnacles, with Andrews, Bradshaw, Mary Haynie, and about six other ladies, in two surreys, but it commenced raining so they had to come back. It was pouring down rain, but I went over to see Emma anyway. Don�t forget the words we had tonight! Dark, rain and stormy out!!!
Mon., Jul. 5.
This has been a very pretty day. Trade, though, has been very quiet. A �Big Picnic� at the Station today. The Band went over. Emma and Mrs. Shaw went, too. I had intended to go, but afterwards I backed out. No mail this eve, as there was a wreck at DeWitt of two freighters. I went through both sides of Store today, and filled in, and arranged things in general. As I went to supper, not feeling well, I stayed at home quite a good while. Then I came downtown and talked to the boys awhile and then went to my room and retired at 10:15 o�clock.
Tue., Jul. 6.
This has been one beautiful day! Trade, though, has been somewhat quiet. Emma came back today, at noon, from the �Fourth,� which was celebrated yesterday at the Station. Mrs. C. was taken sick, and Emma stayed with her. I stenciled the wallpaper all day today, and cleaned upstairs this eve. It was a hot job! Got busy and did not get to close until 7:20 tonight. Then I got supper and took a ride, on my wheel, over to Robertson�s and back, a couple of times. Bradshaw and I ran into each other.....also George Haynie ran into me! Bradshaw, Burruss, Wheeler, and I took a walk then, up to the corner and back. A lovely moonlight night!
Wed., Jul. 7.
I cleaned up the back lot today. This has been one of the hottest of the hot! It was 96 to 98-degrees most all day. Trade exceedingly dull. I washed all the showcases today, inside and out. I also washed the mirrors and the front windows. A pretty hot day of it, too....I tell you! Born to Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap Davis, a fine girl-baby. (May 20, 1997...6 weeks). I closed at 7 o�clock and went to supper. I stayed up home awhile and then came down to Bishop�s and talked to the boys awhile. Then I saw George Wheeler and he said, �The People� said....she wouldn�t be at Prayer Meeting, but for me to come on over. So I went over on my wheel and stayed awhile. A lovely moonlight night in the hammock.
Thurs., Jul. 8.
Emma and Mrs. Shaw spent the day at Mrs. J. C. Reynolds. They went out this a.m. at 8 o�clock. Today has certainly been a hot one......98 to 100-degrees in the shade. I was up to Carpenter�s and Jeter�s several times this eve, on business for G. T. I went through all the shirts today and re-labeled the boxes. Trade only tolerable today. I wrote a letter to Lina today, at noon. I mailed Floy her ribbon this eve (that I ordered for her Monday). After supper, Mr. Bradshaw and George Haynie and myself took quite a bicycle ride. We rode until after 9 o�clock. The moonlight is lovely. It is also cooler some.
Fri., Jul. 9.
Harrison and Clayton Wheeler, George Taylor, and myself, all slept out on the porch by my room last night. It was fine.....O!.. So cool!! This morning I rode out to see Myn Casebolt and Miss Wallace, for George Burruss, for tonight.......all okay! Mr. W. H. Wheeler went to Sweet Springs last evening to see his wife, and his daughter, Maude. Mack Lewis brought me my photo-frame today, from McDougall, that Emma gave me on June 3rd. It certainly is a lovely frame....a beauty! I put my picture in it this eve and it looks fine. I posted books this eve. It has been 100 to 104-degrees in the shade today. I talked to the boys until 9 o�clock, then went up to Bro. Strawn�s and the Y. P. S. C. E. Meeting, and went home with Emma. Hot....don�t mention it!!
Sat., Jul 10.
George Taylor, Geo. Burruss, Will Andrews, and myself, all slept out on the porch again last night. This has been a real pretty day, not quite so warm as yesterday. Trade, though, very dull, as all the farmers are busy thrashing wheat. I commenced getting blackberries this eve, from Mrs. Walter Hawkins, 1/2 gallon on every Saturday evening. I didn�t get to close until 11 o�clock tonight, as I had quite a nice little trade after Mr. Taylor went home. Then I got a shave, took a bath, and retired at 12:15.....tired and so sleepy!
Sun., Jul. 11.
I didn�t get up this a.m. until 8 o�clock. I took a ride on my wheel, out to Lemmon�s and then home to breakfast. Then I came to my room and straightened a little before going to Store and working on books until noon. Very warm this a.m. After dinner I talked to the boys and Mr. Jeter for quite awhile. Then I went down to the boat and talked to George Burruss until 6 o�clock. Then I came back to room, dressed, and went home to lunch. Then I went over to see Emma. I talked to Mrs. Shaw, there, for quite awhile. Then Emma and I took a walk. We didn�t go to Church as it has been so awful warm. We enjoyed the parlor after we returned from our walk.
Mon., Jul 12.
Messrs: J. J. Hill and Geo. T. Taylor, and Madame Hill, and the Misses Julia and Bessie Taylor, and Laura Carpenter, and Pet Jeter.....all left this a.m., at 4 o�clock, for Marshall.....for their trip to Toronto, Canada. I was over to see Emma this a.m., and took her their delineators. This has been a real pretty, bright, cool day. Trade quiet. Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler, and Miss Maude, came home this evening. Will Andrews, Geo. Haynie, and myself, had Harrison Wheeler take our picture this eve, with Will�s new �vieu� (?). I worked on books this eve. After getting supper, Rettie, Eva, and myself, took a spin on our wheels.....beyond �Muddy,� and back. We then rode in the moonlight, around town, until 9:45 p.m. A lovely, lovely moonlight night.
Tue., Jul. 13.
I worked on my wheel all a.m. and, at last, tore inner tube half in two. So, I sent same to St. Louis this eve, for repair. This has been a real pretty cool day. Trade, though, very dull. Ermine Taylor brought me a fine bucket of apricots this eve. I sent a box of them over to Emma. I commenced getting off a mailing list this eve. As I went to supper I walked up to Miss Maude Wheeler�s, with Miss Mable Carpenter. As I had a sack of peaches, I gave them some. After getting supper I went down to Lem�s and talked quite awhile. Lovely night. I came back and stopped at Will Andrews and he gave me some photos for my room.
Wed., Jul. 14.
We had a nice shower this a.m. I wrote Miss Kitty Sullivan a few lines today, and sent her our photos. Geo. Wheeler brought me a nice little note from Emma this a.m. We got some dry goods this a.m. I finished our mailing list this morning. I mounted a few photographs, on cards, this eve, that Andrews gave me last night. Will Andrews and I had a little talk, after supper, with Capt. D. N. Burruss, Papa, and Mr. L. J. Hamner, in regard to City Hall that is buying the Christian Church at $100.00 for one. No conclusion. I went to the Methodist Prayer Meeting and walked home with Emma.
Thurs., Jul. 15.
This has been a real pretty day, but trade has been awful, awful dull. Hardly anyone in town at all. Miss Mary went home at 4:15 p.m. After getting supper I rode out on Rettie�s wheel as far as Parson�s and then back to town. Then Mr. Bradshaw and myself took a ride out as far as Robertson�s and back to Casebolt�s, where we stopped a few minutes and talked to Myn and Miss Cleo Wallace. We passed Mary Haynie at Robertson�s, also Emma and Geo. were there, too. This is a lovely night for riding, so cool and nice. Also, the roads are fine (though a little dusty).
Fri., Jul. 16.
Trade better today. I washed all the showcases, windows, and mirror. I posted books and printed three signs today. I got my inner tube back from St. Louis this eve.....a dandy new one! I put it in the casing and posted it to wheel (no charge). Then I closed at 7:20 p.m. and went to supper. I took a walk, with Bradshaw and Edmonds and Wood, up to the Presbyterian Church, and then on up to corner, came back, and then we went up to Y. P. S. C. E., at the M. E. Church. I went home with Emma. She told me of Ruth�s marriage, to be about Aug. 2nd or 3rd, or 4th. Such is life! I spent a real pleasant time with Emma. These are lovely, lovely nights.....so cool and nice.
The new Presbyterian Church, built by Isaac Myers, Summer, 1897 Sat., Jul. 17.
Emma was up at Store this a.m. We had quite a nice little chat. I sold her some fine things, for Ruth, this a.m. This has been an awful, awful dull Saturday! All the farmers are busy, so, therefore, not much trade. Dust a little bad. We had a very nice little trade tonight, after supper. Didn�t close until 10:45 p.m. I went to Barber Shop, got shave, then to room, where I took a good bath and retired at 12 o�clock, sharp.
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At right is a photo of the Presbyterian Church, in progress, being constructed by Isaac Myers--Summer, 1897, Miami, MO
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Sun., Jul. 18.
I got up at 7:00 this a.m. Straightened room and went to breakfast, on my wheel, at 7:45 a.m. I gathered a big box of apricots and plums and took them over to Angie Wheeler, where I talked to Ruth and Emma a little while. Then I came on over to town and talked to the boys, and McDougall, until half-past 12 o�clock. Then I went to dinner. After dinner I talked to Mack Lewis and McDougall. Then McD. took us up in his gallery and he gave me a big lot of pictures, he having sold out to Mack Lewis. At 5 o�clock I got ready and went to Cockrell�s and got some ice-cream and cake, and then I went over to see Emma. Then Miss Lou brought us out some cream and cake.....it was fine, too. Then Emma and I enjoyed the hammock quite awhile. Then we took a walk up to Carpenter�s corner and back again to the hammock, where we had a fine time and pleasant eve. I took Emma her photos this eve.
Mon., Jul. 19.
Lem went up to Malta Bend this a.m., to buy our �Fall line� of boy�s clothing. We got quite a nice letter from Mr. H. T. Hudson yesterday. I went over the road this a.m., at 9:30, and took Emma her lawn dress and a box of apricots. The Dr., Miss Lou, Syd, and Ruth, all went over to Marshall this a.m., to buy Ruth�s outfit for her wedding. Trade fair today. I exchanged photos this eve with Geo. Haynie. Coming by from supper, I stopped and talked to Mrs. Wheeler quite a while, and then Maude came up from Mrs. Cresap�s with a pretty-little-wrapper on, and she and I stood at gate and talked quite a little while. Then I went downtown and Raymond Edmonds and myself went up to Lyceum Meeting. We had a good meeting and got out at 9:45.
Tue., Jul. 20.
We had a hard shower at noon. I wrote a letter to Elbert this eve. I received an awful nice letter from Mr. Taylor this eve, at Niagara Falls. He will be home Thursday, a.m. I have suffered all day with a sick headache. Emma was in Store this a.m., and we sold her another real nice little bill, for Ruth. I stayed up home after supper quite a while, talking to Rettie. Then I came down and talked to the boys until 9 o�clock. I gave Jno. Dunlap a box of apricots this a.m.
Wed., Jul. 21.
I sent Emma a box of apricots this a.m. Today has been a real pretty day. Trade, though, has been a little quiet. I went up to supper on my wheel. Took a spin out the road after supper and then over on the hill. The roads are fine now. I went to M. E. Prayer with Richard Haynie and Mr. Bradshaw and, after it was over, walked home with Emma and Mary Haynie. Mary is helping Ruth off. Emma and I spent a very pleasant eve together, in the hammock.
Thurs., Jul. 22.
G. T. Taylor and his two daughters, J. J. Hill and wife, and Miss Laura Carpenter returned today from their trip to Toronto, Canada. They got in at 5 o�clock this eve, from Marshall. This has been a lovely day....a little warm, though. Trade only fair today. I fixed up 34 remnants today, the first we have had at this house, yet. I gave Lewis a nickel for candy today. I bought a glass for Emma�s frame this eve, to frame the picture of my room for her. I went to supper on my wheel, then out to Lemmon�s and back, and over on the hill and back, then went back over on the hill, and Emma and I took a walk around to Mrs. Milt Burns and stayed awhile. Then we took a walk up to Church.
Fri., Jul. 23.
Awful, awful warm today and dust real bad. I washed all the showcases and windows today. Trade only fair. I framed the photo of my room today, for Emma. Mr. Taylor brought me a real cute little watch charm, from the Niagara Falls. It has six photos of the Falls. I went to supper and, afterwards, took a spin on my wheel until dark, then took telescope over to Dr. Wheeler�s, to Ruth. I also took Emma�s picture over to her. I went over on my wheel. Then I took a spin back, got ready, and went down to Y. P. S. C. E. and walked home with Emma where we enjoyed the hammock.
Sat., Jul. 24.
I wrote McDougall a letter this a.m. Mr. Taylor has not been well at all today. Therefore, he has been at home all day. Trade very small today. This has been an awful, awful warm day. Very few in town. I bought me some blackberries and tomatoes today, so I shall feast tomorrow, sure! Closed up tonight at 10:00 o�clock. Got a shave, then went to my room and took a bath, and then to my bed I went......tired and worn out! W.
Sun., Jul. 25.
I got up at 7 o�clock, swept my room and went to breakfast. Afterwards, I came down and dusted my room and cleaned things up, and then I counted my photographs and found that I had 237. Then I got ready and went up to hear Bro. Dobyns preach at the Baptist Church. I talked to Henry Mertens and Will Lemmons most all eve, then I went to Epworth League, meeting at 4 p.m. I was called out by Geo. Cunningham, for some things for Mr. Matheny�s little baby who died at 2 p.m., this eve. Then I went to the burial of a little baby of Reva Carter�s, who (she) died some two months ago. Then home to supper. Afterwards I went over to see Emma. Mary Woodson came in from the country to stay this week with them. Emma and I went to hear Bro. Dobyns at the Baptist Church tonight.
Mon., Jul. 26.
I cleaned the back lot this a.m. I measured a room at Mrs. T. J. Uzzles this a.m., and sold a carpet. I posted books and cleaned grass out of the front walk and gutter this eve. Trade fair today. After supper I took a spin on my wheel out to Lemmon�s and back. Then I went up to Lyceum and acted as sec�y. We got out at 10 o�clock, sharp. Good meeting and a very good crowd.
Tues., Jul. 27.
I got a paper from Lina this a.m. It had quite a nice piece about Hallie in it. Today trade has been very quiet. I went through the ribbons this eve. We got in quite a little order from Ely & Walker, of dry goods, this a.m. I ordered a rug this eve, for Emma and I to give to Ruth. After supper, Mrs. Bradshaw, Geo. Taylor, and myself, tode down to Rich Chaple, in 20-minutes, on our wheels. Then we came back in 25-minutes. I had one fall, but it didn�t hurt me at all. Coming back I stopped at Emma�s, and the enjoyed the hammock for quite a little while. Lovely starlight night, so cool and nice.
Wed., Jul. 28.
Mrs. David Vaughan (Emma�s grandmother) was found dead in her bed this a.m., at 3 o�clock, by Mr. Vaughan. Erskine Taylor took my photo, on my wheel, in front of Store last eve. He gave me one this a.m., in blue print (his �Vive� camera). A very good photo! I wrote Emma a few lines today, at noon, and sent it over to her. Trade today has been a little quiet. Dust very bad, and awful warm. After supper I went out to see Myn Casebolt, for Geo. Burruss. I went out on my wheel. Bob Dunlap and myself went down to Rich Chaple tonight, to the M. E. �Ice-Cream Supper.� I ate supper with Miss Hattie Etter.......three sauces each! How was that, heh???!!
Thurs., Jul. 29.
There was a partial eclipse of the sun this a.m., from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Mrs. David Vaughan was buried this a.m., at 10 o�clock, at the Christian graveyard......the longest procession ever in Miami. The Brunswick and Marshall �nines� played ball on Lemmon�s ground this eve (Marshall won). Quite a crowd went out. Miss Ruth Wheeler and Mr. Horace Hornbeck were married this eve, at 8 p.m., at home, very quietly. I didn�t go over. This has been a real pretty day. Trade somewhat fair. Emma and I gave Ruth and Horace a fine $4.00 rug, together. On going up to supper, Mr. Jim Long was there waiting for Rettie, so I sat down and talked to him until she came from the wedding. I then went downtown and talked to the boys, and took a walk to the corner.
Fri., Jul. 30.
John Dunlap stayed all night with me last night, as he went to Brunswick on boat and didn�t get in until 12 o�clock. This has been one awful, hot, dry, dusty day! I washed all the showcases, windows and mirror today, and posted the books up to date, and started making off accounts for August 1st. Trade today quiet. After getting supper, I came downtown and talked to the boys quite a while. Then I got ready and went over to see Emma, and we sat and talked to Mr. and Mrs. Burns, who were there.....also Mrs. Lizzie Cunningham and Miss Mary Woodson. Then Emma and I went over to the hammock and sat down and talked and enjoyed the rest of the eve fine.
Sat., Jul. 31.
This has been an awful, awful warm, dusty day. Trade has not been very rushing either. I closed at 10 p.m., and went to my room and retired at 11:30 p.m. Emma and Miss Mary Woodson were in Store tonight and I chatted with them awhile. I also talked to Miss Maude Wheeler as I came by from supper, and threw her six red plums that I had in my hand, and she caught them all. �A good catch.�

AUGUST

Sun., Aug. 1.
A �big time� at Harmony today. Peyton Jeter came down this a.m. I got up at 7 o�clock this a.m. Went to breakfast at 7:15. I took Maude Wheeler a bucket of plums this a.m. Talked to Peyton this morning, at Store, quite awhile. Also Lem and I took a drive this a.m. and had a talk. After dinner I went down to the boat with Clarence Haynie and we spent the eve with Geo. Burruss. Went across on the boat - 3 times. Then I went to supper at 6 o�clock. I talked to Maude Wheeler as I came by and also stopped at Hamner�s a few minutes. Then I came on down and went to see Emma. Emma and I sat in hammock awhile and we then took a walk. Then I came back uptown for a box, for Ruth and Horace�s lunch tomorrow. A lovely starlight night.
Mon., Aug. 2.
Horace, Ruth, and Syd Wheeler all left for Dakota this a.m., at 5 o�clock. I finished my accounts this a.m., and went out collecting. Emma was in the Store this a.m., and I sold her some few things and also had a little chat with her. I posted books up to date this eve. Trade very good today. Another very warm day........and awful dusty. I talked to McDougall tonight, on telephone. After supper I went over to Mrs. Jno. Burns, to see about a camera for McD., and got it. Then I went over to see Emma. We went down to Mr. Vaughan�s, for her to tell him �goodbye.� Then we went up to Mrs. Cresap�s for her silkwaist. Then home and enjoyed the hammock for quite a little while. Lovely night.
Tue., Aug. 3.
Emma and I started for Slater this a.m., at 6:15 o�clock. Got there at 8:25 o�clock (2 hrs. & 10-min.). We had a lovely drive. Then I left Emma at Miss Sallie Rogers and I went around to see McDougall and stayed quite awhile. Then I went to see Jim Baker, Clarence Tucker, and Winston Smith, Mr. Gaunt, and others. Then I got a shave and an ice-cream soda. Then to Mrs. Wilson & Sons for dinner......a good dinner, too. Then at 2:30, I went around to see Emma and we spent the eve sitting in yard and talking with Miss Ida Doolan, who was also sitting in yard with Miss Sallie Rodgers. Miss Doolan is stopping there also. We enjoyed the eve fine. Then at 6:15, I went up and got buggy and I took them driving over the city. I started for home at 7 p.m., sharp, and came very near getting caught in a storm, but got home okay at 9:25 (2 hrs. & 25-min.). Then I came to Store and did a little straightening around, went to my room and retired at 10 p.m., sharp.
Wed., Aug. 4.
We had a fine rain this a.m., between 4 and 5 o�clock. I�m invited to an �Ice-cream Supper� by the Baptists tonight, at Bro. Paddock�s, from 4 to 8. I cleaned one side of the house today. We got in a big lot of dry goods this a.m., also a lot of boy�s clothing. Trade today has been very good. Mr. Hamner came in this eve and we had quite a talk. I didn�t get to close for supper until 7:30. Rettie attended the �Supper� last eve at Bro. Paddock�s, but I didn�t go. Geo. Burruss and I, afterwards, went down to the Church corner and listened to the Band. Quite a crowd were there. I then came back to my room and wrote a letter to Emma, at Slater. Will mail it tomorrow a.m.
Thurs., Aug. 5.
This morning was real pretty and bright. I finished cleaning house today. I will wash the showcases, windows, etc., tomorrow, if nothing happens. I sent Emma her roll of music this eve, by Winston Smith, as he was up and went back home this eve. Trade today has been very good. After supper I went down to Lem�s and stayed quite awhile. I saw the �new boy� for the first time. Came back and listened to some man in lock-up �carry on� for awhile. Then I went to my room and retired at 9:50 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 6.
I received a nice letter this a.m. from Emma, at Slater. I washed all the showcases, windows, and mirror today. I put out a few shoes and pants in the window this eve. I wrote a letter to Emma today, at noon and this eve, together. Trade today very quiet. I bought five �goods boxes� today and sent them down to Lem�s for signs. I was down to Lem�s a few minutes this eve. Talked to the boys quite awhile tonight and then went up to my room and retired at 9:30 p.m. Tonight is a lovely night. I had a talk with Geo. Wheeler tonight, as to the Store work.
Sat., Aug. 7.
I wrote a few more lines to Emma this a.m., and mailed her letter (also a paper, too). The Darkeys have a �Big Picnic� here today. The Brunswick Band was here, too. This has been a big day for the Negroes!! Trade very quiet this a.m., but awful good this eve. I received a real sweet letter from Emma this eve, at 5 o�clock. I closed at 10 o�clock, got a shave, and took a bath. I talked to Will Andrews a while before going up to my room. Retired at 12 o�clock, sharp.
Sun., Aug. 8.
Messrs: J. H. Bure, R. A. Dunlap, Will Wood, and myself all left for Slater this a.m., at 7:30 o�clock. We got there at 10:05. We had an elegant morning for our drive. The roads were just fine. I went around to see Emma at 10:30 a.m., and stayed all morning. We didn�t attend Church. I took dinner with her, spent the eve, and took lunch at 6:30. There were four young men that called at 3:30, and stayed half-an-hour. They were Messrs: Jenkins, Brown, Bure, and Fowler. I went up to see McDougall at 6:45, and then came back to see Emma at 7:30, bringing her some quinine and lemons. She has a dreadful cold. We took a long, long walk about all over Slater, and then we stopped in at the �Ice-cream Parlor: and had ice-cream. We just had a lovely time today, together. We then went back home, after a walk, and remained there until 11 p.m. We boys left at 11:30 and got home at 2 a.m. Lovely night.
Mon., Aug. 9.
Trade good early this a.m., but was a little quiet the rest of day. I posted books this a.m. Wrote a letter to Emma today at noon, and mailed it to her this eve (also mailed a �fashion-sheet�). I swept the back lot this a.m. Wrote a letter to Elbert Dunlap this eve. I will mail it tomorrow morning. Closed and went up to supper at 7 p.m. I found Maude Wheeler at home when I got there and talked to her awhile. We talked at the gate, then I went in and looked at photos and talked some more. Then I went down to Lem�s a few moments before going over to Lyceum. Retired at 9:45 p.m. tonight......sleepy, don�t mention it!!
Tue., Aug. 10.
Trade a little dull today. I put up some curtains at Mrs. Jno. Burns this a.m., and also put three up for old Uncle Isaac Carter. I made off several accounts this eve. As I went by from supper, Maude gave me a letter to read.....one I had written to Lex McDaniel in May, 1893. I had forgotten all about it. Then I gave her the one to read that I had gotten from Kitty Sullivan several weeks ago. C. D. Haynie, Dr. Berry, Bob Dunlap, Geo. Wheeler, and myself went down on the boat to DeWitt tonight, for a pleasure trip. We got back at 10:25 o�clock. We had just a lovely trip and the moonlight was just grand. I don�t think I have ever seen a prettier night in my life!!
Wed., Aug. 11.
Rettie and Mary spent today at Uncle John Miller�s. Lem went to Boonville this a.m. Maude Wheeler went out to Mrs. Millsap�s this eve, for the wedding tomorrow eve (Miss Bessie Ireland and Mr. Steve Smith). I got a real sweet letter from Emma this a.m. I wrote her one today and mailed same this eve. The teachers at Slater have a �Big Banquet� tonight. This has been a real pretty day. Trade slow. I commenced �review� today, on the books. Geo. Haynie paid me his note this eve, that I had of his, for $36.65. I took a ride on my wheel tonight. I stopped and talked to Myn Casebolt a few moments. Then I stayed down at Lem and Mary�s tonight, as he was away.
Thurs., Aug. 12.
Miss Bessie Ireland and Mr. Steve Smith were married tonight, at Bethel. There was a reception at Judge Smith�s tonight. Maude Wheeler played the Wedding March. I had a bid, but couldn�t go. This has been a lovely day. Trade, though, a little quiet. The Misses Carpenters and Parrish got back this eve from the Institute at Slater. One more week and Emma will be back home. Lem got back tonight, from Boonville, and brought Hallie with him. I was down there tonight and tore up five �goods boxes� for signs. I stayed and talked to Hallie and them until 9:30. Then I came home and retired at 10 o�clock.
Fri., Aug. 13.
This has been a warm, dusty day. Trade a little quiet. I got an awful sweet letter from Emma this a.m., from Slater. I answered it today and mailed it this eve. I received a photo of Lyt�s house, in Calif., today. I was down at Lem�s this a.m. Lem and I bought a bill of boots this eve, from Brown Shoe Company�s man at the hotel (my first bill). I closed at 7 p.m. Quite a crowd went out to the Y. P. S. C. E. �Social,� at W. H. Nichol�s tonight. A crowd of us were going out on our wheels, but it looked like rain. I helped Papa move a lot of lumber at Church tonight. Went down to Lem�s and stayed awhile, then came home with Hallie. Then I walked home with Willie Cresap. It rained good tonight about 11 o�clock.
Sat., Aug. 14.
The people got in this a.m., about 2 o�clock, from the �Social� last night. I received a real sweet letter from Emma this morning. I also talked to her through the telephone this a.m., at 11:30 o�clock. This has been a real pretty day. Trade slow. Dave Reynolds was up this eve, from Slater, and brought me a note from Emma. I am real sorry that I can�t get to see her tomorrow. We didn�t close tonight until after 10:45 o�clock. I went to room and took a bath and retired at 12, sharp. I told Mrs. Saufley tonight about giving up my room.
Sun., Aug. 15.
Hallie Hudson being here today, I�ll not get to go to Slater this day. I got up at 6:20 a.m., got on my wheel and went down very near to DeWitt Landing and back, a distance of about 10-miles. Then I rode out to Stapleton�s and back. Then I got breakfast and froze a freezer of cream for our dinner, and I talked to Hallie. Then I came to Store and wrote a letter to Mr. Blakey, at Boonville, Mo., (hat man). I also commenced on a letter to Emma, at Slater, and will finish it tonight, and in the a.m. I went down to Lem�s and got Lewis and brought him up home to dinner. After getting the mail I went down to the River and spent the eve with Geo. Burruss. This has been one lovely day, sure! I took a walk to corner tonight, with the boys, then went down home and went to Church with Hallie (the Baptist Church). Mary also went with us, and then we went to Lem�s afterwards.
Mon., Aug. 16.
I wrote a few more lines to Emma this a.m., making a 19-page letter......longest I ever wrote to her at one time. I mailed it this a.m., and also wrote a postal to Lina, for Hallie. Hallie will not go home until Wednesday morning. This has been a very pretty day. Trade, though, was not very brisk. I worked on stock some today. Hallie spent today and last night with Lem and Mary. I took a ride on my wheel out to Robertson�s and back, and after supper I rode up to Carpenter�s corner and back. Then Lem and I worked on �memo� for Fall stock tonight until 10:30. Then I went down home with him and walked back up home with Eva and Louise Miller, Willie Cresap, the Hamner twins, Hallie Hudson, and Rettie, who had also been there awhile.
Tue., Aug. 17.
This morning was lovely, but this eve was somewhat gloomy. Trade very quiet today. I got a real nice letter from Emma today and commenced her one this a.m. before dinner, but will not get to finish it before tonight, or in the morning. I cleaned out the waste basket this eve. Dr. Grady set-up a watermelon this afternoon, to me and Miss Mary Sweeney. I gave Hallie a cake of �cashmere bouquet� soap this eve when she was in the Store. We had a nice rain this eve and tonight. I took Emma�s photo, and others, up to show Hallie tonight as I went to supper. I gave her one of mine. Lem and I went through �hats� tonight and worked until 10:30 p.m. Then I went to my room and wrote a few more lines to Emma, then retired at 11:15 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 18.
I mailed Emma a letter this a.m. Lem took Hallie over to Marshall this a.m., and she takes the 12 o�clock train for home. This has been a lovely day after such a nice rain last night and heavy fog this a.m. I washed the showcases and windows today, and also laid plans this eve for our shoe dept. Trade quiet. We (�Myers Bros.�) got our first package this eve, at 5 o�clock, by Express......our mimeograph. I went down to Lem�s tonight and stayed until 9:30 o�clock, talking and trying our new mimeograph. Had all the fine grapes and peaches we could eat.
Thurs., Aug. 19.
I have been working on books all morning. Trade quiet. I got a real sweet letter from Emma today, by way of Marshall (1st from that way). Lem and I worked some on stock this eve. Will try and finish it tonight. I wrote Newt a few lines this eve, in regard to Chicago Tailoring�s �price-list.� I took a ride on my wheel tonight, after supper, out to Robertson�s and back. Then Lem and I came in Store and finished up our work (by working until 11 o�clock). These nights are getting cool.....fine for sleeping, though.
Fri., Aug. 20.
I sent Newt a note this a.m., by Sam Lampkin. I cleaned things upstairs this a.m., and dusted down. Trade was very good this morning. I started to Slater today, at 1 o�clock and got to see Emma at 3:25 o�clock. I also saw McDougall, Fowler, and several others. Got some good ice-cream and cake, then went around to see Emma and met Miss Reed, also Mr. O�Neil and another gentleman. Stayed there with them until 5:40, then I went up after the rig. We left at 6:30 p.m. We had a fine ride home. I had taken a big box of fruit with me, so we feasted on the way, and the roads were good. The starlight was lovely and we got home at 9:25. Then Miss Lou and the Dr. had me come in and eat some cream and cake with them. I did, too. They had a little party there tonight, for Cyrena, so we had some fine cream!
Sat., Aug. 21.
Trade was quiet this a.m., but very good this eve. Miss Youwell brought me a nice box of grapes and peaches this eve. I sent part of them over to Emma tonight. I got a photo of Hallie this a.m.. Not much trade tonight, so I closed up at a little after 9 o�clock. Got a shave, went to room and took a bath, and then retired. Lem went to St. Louis this eve, to buy our Fall stock. We had our letterheads and envelopes printed today.
Sun., Aug. 22.
I got up at 6:20 this a.m. Took a ride on my wheel, then I went to my breakfast. Then came back and cleaned my room, and John�s room also. Then I talked to the boys, in John�s room, until noon. Lewis took dinner with us. He came down with me after the mail and then I gave him some candy. He then went home with his grandpa. I talked to the boys until 4 o�clock, then got myself ready and went over to see Emma. We spent the eve, fine, from 4 to 6:20, and then I came home and got lunch. Went down to see Mary and Lem, then went over to see Emma again. We started to Church, but we couldn�t get in, so I came down to Store for a box of grapes that I had fixed at noon for us, and then we went home and enjoyed them. So cool and nice tonight.
Mon., Aug. 23.
I posted books this a.m. Trade a little quiet. I wrote Lem a letter this a.m. I closed at 7 o�clock this eve and went up to supper. Then came back downtown and talked quite a little while, and then went up to the Lyceum Meeting. We got out at 10 o�clock, sharp. The Baptists are now holding a series of meetings here. I retired at 10:15 o�clock, tired, sleepy, and worn out!
Tue., Aug. 24.
I put up seven curtains for Miss Mary Sweeney this eve. We got our �letterheads and envelopes� this eve. I posted books this a.m. Wrote Hallie a letter this eve. I received a paper from Lyt, in Calif., this eve. Wrote Lem a postal this a.m. Mary and Aunt Mollie, Lewis, Lottie, and the baby all took dinner with us today. I took a little ride on my wheel after supper. Then I went to the Baptist Meeting and afterward walked home with Emma. Went in and stayed awhile......
Wed., Aug. 25.
I made off several accounts this a.m., and posted books. I cleaned out under all the base shelving this eve and threw away a lot of paper, etc. Fixed a pattern book order for �Myers Bros.� this eve. This has been a real pretty day. Trade, though, a little quiet. Aunt Mollie (Mohler) took dinner with us today. I wrote a letter to Lyt and one to Mr. McDougall this afternoon. Maude Wheeler called me in this a.m., as I came from breakfast, and showed me a lovely divan she had fixed-up, so she and I had quite a little chat. We closed at 7 p.m., sharp, and then I went to supper. I went down and talked with Mary and Aunt Mollie awhile, then came up to Bishop�s and talked awhile before going over to the Church where I got Emma and walked home with her.
Thurs., Aug. 26.
This sure enough has been a hot one! Trade very quiet. Aunt Mollie took dinner with us again today. I wrote a few lines this eve to Lem and put it in Mary�s letter. We (�Myers Bros.�) got our first bill, of $394.84, from Hargadine McKittrick Dry Goods Co. I made off a few accounts this eve. Miss Kirk Dalton came today, to visit Maude Wheeler for a week, or more. I stayed at home tonight, after supper, and talked to Rettie on the front porch until Church time was out. Then I went up there and walked home with Emma, and we sat in the hammock a little while. Then I came home and retired at 10:30. These are fine nights for sleeping.
Fri., Aug. 27.
A warm and dusty day. Trade quiet. I washed all the showcases, inside and out, today......also the windows and mirror. I posted my books this eve. Miss Maude Burns gave me a fine peach this a.m. The Miami News came out this eve with quite a little piece about �Myers Bros.� It was very good. We closed at 7 p.m. I went to supper and stayed a long while, talking to Rettie. Then I went up to the Baptist preaching and, after it was over, I walked home with Emma. We enjoyed the hammock for awhile.....a lovely starlight night. Aunt Mollie took dinner with us again. She spends the day with Rettie, and the nights with Mary, as Lem is away. May Minor came this eve, to stay for school at Mrs. W. H. Wheeler�s. I got me a bottle of toilet-water this eve.
Sat., Aug. 28.
I mailed Hallie, Lyt, and Newt, each, a copy of the �Miami News article� this a.m. This is my last Saturday to work for Mr. Taylor, as Lem and I will buy him out on September 1st. Lem got home this a.m., from St. Louis. This has been another very warm and dusty day. Trade not very brisk. Not very many in town this eve. Maude Wheeler, May Minor, Mable Carpenter, and Miss Dalton were in this eve and chatted with me a little while. I closed at 10 p.m., got a shave and then went to my room, took a bath, and retired at 11:30 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 29.
I got up at 7 o�clock this a.m., washed, and went up to my breakfast. I gathered a dish of grapes and took them up to Maude, May, and Miss Dalton this a.m. Then, after breakfast, I came down and took a ride on my wheel, out to Mr. Pates and back. Then I came in to the Store and worked on my books. This eve, late, we had a little rain. I went over to see Emma at 4 p.m., and stayed until 5:20. Then I went up to see the Misses Carpenter and made an engagement with Miss Mable, for Geo. Burruss. Miss Laura Carpenter and I exchanged photos this eve. Then I went back over to see Emma. We didn�t attend Church this eve.
Mon., Aug. 30.
I swept out the back lot this a.m. Posted books this morning. Emma and Mrs. Cunningham were in this a.m., and I talked to them awhile. Maude and Miss Dalton were also in. Trade slow this a.m. I sent Emmett the money for Geo.�s inner tube this a.m., $2.09 (money order). Emma is going home with her sister, Mrs. Dr. Cunningham, this eve, to stay until Wednesday. This has been a real pretty day. Trade very good this eve. I have been working on the books all day. We closed at 7:15 p.m. I went to supper and then came back and Lem and I worked on our mailing list until 10:30 p.m. Will Andrews went to St. Louis tonight. I retired at 11:10 p.m., tired, sleepy, and worn out!
Tue., Aug. 31.
This has been another real pretty day. But trade has been very slow. I have been busy on the books most all day. Lem and G. T. went over all the books this day, and we �closed the deal� today, that is, tonight. I worked tonight on G. T. �s books, and got them all okay. I have done all I could do for G. T. tonight. In 10-years, 5 mo., 29-days, I have sold for him - $57,050.82. I have received in salary from him - $3,972.50. As for my part of the deal, I have put $500 into stock, and my labor and interest on $1,500, making me 1/2 (equal) partner with Lem.

SEPTMEBER

Wed., Sept. 1.
There is a new firm, �Myers Bros.� that opened this morning, in Miami.....successor of G. T. Taylor�s Dry Goods. George Wheeler is our clerk. Goods.......goods! All we can handle arrived today. We got in 27-boxes of goods this a.m., and that did not include shoes, hats, clothing, nor all the dry goods as yet. We will get the balance on Sat., we hope. We have been real busy today, and sold $27 worth even with the changeover and the awful warm day. We worked tonight until 10:45. Emma stayed over with Miss Mary Burruss tonight. Maude and Miss Dalton were in tonight and I showed them through our new goods. G. T. Paid me in full tonight - $84.42.
Thurs., Sept. 2.
This has been one hot day, sure, and the dust awful bad. We have had a very nice trade, though. Emma and Mary Burruss were in Store this eve, and I sold them each a little bill. We have all been as busy as bees today, marking and straightening. I went through the dry goods side this eve and changed things some. I also changed the wrapping paper dept. over on the notions side, and put the showcase on the other side. I worked tonight until 11:15 o�clock. Geo. Burruss stayed all night with me tonight. We slept out on the porch. Miss Alice Cordell is visiting the Misses Carpenter this week.
Fri., Sept. 3.
Tonight closes our four-months agreement for closing at 7 p.m. It has been another real hot, dusty day. We have had quite a nice little trade today, although it has been so warm. I decorated the Store today and made a shirt display this eve in the Store windows. I worked again until 11 o�clock tonight. Maude Wheeler is quite sick this eve. Miss Dalton went to Slater yesterday eve. I received a real cute note from Emma this afternoon, and wrote her one the eve, which I sent, by Geo., at supper time.
Sat., Sept. 4.
Dr. Cunningham and his wife, Mary Haynie, Jess Wheeler, and Emma all went on a picnic to Elk Lick Springs today, on the other side of Marshall. They left this a.m. at 5, and will be back sometime tomorrow night. This has been a lovely hot day, but the dust has been dreadful. We got in quite a big lot of goods this a.m., again. Trade very good this morning and all we could wait on, with Mr. G. T. �s help, this afternoon. We sold some $84 today, no big bills or clothing included, and we have some $10 worth out on approval, not counted, so you see.....we done fine! I didn�t get to leave Store tonight until 11:15 p.m. Took a bath and retired at 11:57, sharp......tired and worn out.
Sun., Sept. 5.
I took Maude Wheeler some ribbon this a.m., as I went to my breakfast (for neck ribbon). It is awful warm this a.m. I went down to boat and crossed over, and stayed on the boat until 11:45. Then I came up home to dinner. After dinner, I came up and sat down and talked to the boys most all eve at Dunlap�s Drug Store. Then I got myself ready and went up to supper, and laid in the hammock for quite awhile. Then I went down to Lem�s and then on over to see Emma. She had just gotten home from Elk Lick. We took a walk to Zea�s corner and back, stopped at Lem�s and got grapes, and then went home.
Mon., Sept. 6.
This has been a lovely day and trade good. School commenced here this a.m. G. T. Taylor took his daughter, Bessie, to Columbia this a.m., to school. I printed about 375 napkins tonight. I have 200 more to print in the a.m., for the �Picnic� on the 9th. I worked tonight until after 11 o�clock. The Misses Hanna brought me a nice box of peaches today. I sent Emma some of them tonight. I also sent her a glass tonight, for her to take to school. Retired at 11:45 tonight.
Tue., Sept. 7.
I painted our sign frame and stand this a.m. Also done a good deal of work on stock, too, today. I worked tonight until 10:30. Aunt Mary took dinner with us today. We have had a nice trade all day long. I gave little Lester Youell a horse blanket this eve, for his little mule that his father had gotten for him. Mrs. Vanice gave me a nice lot of white grapes this eve, for my box to Emma.
Wed., Sept. 8.
This has been one more dusty, warm day. But trade has been fine. We have been real busy all day long. I gave the sign post its last coat this a.m. I printed the name �Myers Bros.� on it tonight after coming from supper. I gathered a plate of grapes for Maude Wheeler this a.m., and took them to her as I went from my breakfast. I fixed a box for Emma tonight and sent it over to her by George (grapes). I worked tonight on stock. I have things in pretty fair shape for trade tomorrow. Lem took the sign out to Lemmon�s this eve, for the �Picnic� tomorrow. We worked tonight until 11 o�clock.
Thurs., Sept. 9.
The �Old Settlors Picnic� at Lemmon�s grove today. Hot, dry, and dusty!! There was a big crowd there today. Geo. and I went out to the picnic grounds this a.m., at 11:30, and passed napkins around, 537 of them. I took dinner with Miss Maude Wheeler and Miss Mable Carpenter and had a fine dinner and a big time! Geo. and I came back at 1:30, and Lem and Geo. went out at 2 p.m., and stayed until 5:30 this eve. We have had a fine trade today. Papa finished work on my room this eve. We had a cloud-up and a little wind at about 6 o�clock, but no rain. Miss Carrie Mattingly was shot this eve, at about 6:15 o�clock, in front of Mr. Royar�s front gate! The particulars are not known.
Fri., Sept. 10.
This has been an awful warm day. Trade, though, very good. Dust awful! The coroners jury has been in session all eve, as to the death of Carrie Mattingly. It is not yet decided how, or by whom, but a 22-caliber bullet was taken from her brain. She was buried this eve at 6 o�clock, at the Baptist graveyard. The funeral was at the M. E. Church at 5. There was a large crowd. It is one of the saddest things that has ever happened in Miami. We didn�t work tonight, so I went over to Mrs. Burns� and went home with Emma. Went in and sat quite a little while. It has been awful, awful warm, and a mighty little show of rain!
Sat., Sept. 11.
The trial is still going on regarding the murder. They adjourned tonight at 10 o�clock, until Monday morning at 10. This has been our best day - $132, and $49.48 of that in cash. That is splendid! Mr. Taylor helped us out again this eve. We closed at 10:30 p.m. I got a shave, took a bath, and retired. Emma went across the River this eve. There is a meeting going on at the Station. She will be home in the morning.
Sun., Sept. 12.
I got up at 6:40 this a.m. Dusted my room, washed, and went up to breakfast. After breakfast I went down to the boat, with Dunlap, Bradshaw, Mertens, and Lemmons. I stayed until 11a.m., then came back and took a nap until 12:30, and went to dinner. After dinner I came back and slept until 6 o�clock. Got up, dressed, went up home and got lunch. Then I went down to see Lem and Mary, and then over to see Emma. We went to the Baptist Church for preaching. Then we walked around home to get a box of grapes and peaches, and then up to Emma�s where we enjoyed the parlor for quite awhile. Awful warm, but the moonlight was fine!
Mon., Sept. 13.
Another real warm day. Trade good. The trial is still going on. They adjourned tonight at 9:30, until Saturday at 10 a.m. I cleaned upstairs this eve, for Jobe to paper tomorrow. We moved our sign in from the Lemmon�s this a.m., to Akerman�s corner, where we expect to put it up soon. Geo. Burruss and I slept out on the front porch again tonight. Lovely moonlight, and fine and cool.
Tue., Sept. 14.
Jobe Hanna papered my room at Store today. He didn�t finish, though. This has sure been a dusty one. Trade, though, very good. I made a box today for Emma to use at school, to put her ink and copybooks in. I will take same up in the a.m., before breakfast. We finished our mailing list today, and changed the sign for the front tonight. We closed at 10:15 tonight.
Wed., Sept. 15.
Lem and Mack Lewis drove over to Marshall today. I painted the legs of the signpost black this a.m. I took Emma�s �ink and copybook� box up to her this a.m., to the schoolhouse. I also had a nice walnut pointer made and I sent her that at noon. Jobe finished papering my room this eve and gave my frame a prime-coat of paint. Trade today has been splendid, especially the cash part. John Holton came this eve, first time back for 5 1/2 years. I went down to the M. E. Church, to Prayer Meeting, and walked home with Emma. We sat in the hammock awhile.
Thurs., Sept. 16.
I wrote a letter to Steve Welch this a.m., in regard to my set of furniture. This has been a lovely day, for it rained most all morning and it was the first we have had for weeks. Trade today only fair. Got in all of our rubber goods today. Sold some, too. We worked on circulars today, getting out a good many. We closed tonight early and were able to get quite a lot more out. Geo. Burruss stayed all night with me tonight. O!... It is so cool and nice. Lovely moonlight night. Jobe gave my windows a coat of paint this eve, of light blue.
Fri., Sept. 17.
Old Uncle Geo. Davis lost his wife this a.m., about 4 o�clock. I mailed 12 of our circulars this a.m., to my special friends. This has been a lovely day. Trade has been very good, too. We have been quite busy most all day, working on stock and getting circulars out. We put out something over 200 today, and have about 150 more to do. I didn�t work very late tonight, but closed up and went down to Y. P. S. C. E. meeting. Then I walked over home with Emma, went in and stayed until 10:45 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 18.
This has been one beautiful day! Trade good this a.m., and more than we could wait on this eve and tonight. This has been our best day so far - $154 (60-odd of that cash). Mr. G. T. Taylor helped us out all eve. I sold Maude Wheeler a nice dress pattern this a.m., then took the linings, dress, and so on, up to her. I had quite a talk with her and May Minor this a.m. They made me come in at noon and eat dinner with them and Willie Cresap. I did, and it was fine, too, I tell you! Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler were at Fairville today. This has been just a tip-top day! It was half-past 10 o�clock tonight before we got things all straight. Then I took a shave and a bath, and retired at 11:55 o�clock.....tired and worn out. O!.. My!.. I�m glad tomorrow is Sunday!
Sun., Sept. 19.
I got up at 7 a.m., washed, straightened room, and went to breakfast. Helped Rettie with the dishes, then I came down to Store and done some painting on my brackets and moved my bookshelf and mantle over to Store, from my room, and gave them a coat of paint, also. Then I went up to dinner. After dinner I got the mail and talked to the boys awhile, and then went to the River and spent the eve. Went down to the rock quarry, too......government work. Then I came uptown and came to Store and did a little work. Then dressed and went up home to lunch. Then went over to see Emma. We didn�t attend Church at all tonight. I left at 10, sharp.
Mon., Sept. 20.
Papa commenced on our hat department this a.m. We have been real busy all day long. Trade has been fine. Mrs. Vanice gave me some fine grapes tonight. We worked on the clothing dept. tonight until 10 o�clock. We had a nice little trade tonight with the government men. I retired at 10:30 tonight.
Tue., Sept. 21.
This is the last day of summer I sent Emma a box of grapes and peaches over to school this a.m., and wrote her a few lines. Trade has not been so good today. The farmers are all busy sowing wheat. I have been working upstairs most all day, changing things around. I talked to Maude and May a few moments as I went by to supper. We sold $54 - worth after all today, so that wasn�t so bad. We got a seat from the schoolhouse this a.m., and moved the counters, etc., tonight, and fixed a place to try on shoes. I stopped work tonight at 9 o�clock. I have an awful sore face.
Wed., Sept. 22.
The Methodist Conference, at Slater, opened yesterday. I put the screen wire on my room today, all except a piece that I had to order from Marshall, as Burns� was out. I also had to get the window wire from Marshall. Trade has been very nice today. Misses Maude Wheeler and Priddy Bell went to Slater today. I printed 12-badges for Emma, and 8 for Ella Parrish, tonight, for their pupils. I also painted the school bench, that we got for trying on shoes, tonight, and will finish same tomorrow. Retired at 9:30 tonight.
Thurs., Sept. 23.
This has been one pretty day! Trade very good. I varnished my table, door, two cabinets, and the top of my blue table today. Also padded one of my front windows, at the bottom. Al Isaac�s �stable� burnt this eve, at 1:30 o�clock. I changed my dry goods side tonight a little, and rearranged things in general. I moved the mirror from the center of Store to corner, and brought the jewelry case to the front. I stopped work at 10 p.m., sharp. Trade today was very nice indeed! There was a �big picnic� at Marshall today. Clarence Haynie brought my screen wire over today, from Marshall. Miss May Minor brought me a note from Emma today, at noon.
Fri., Sept. 24.
Papa finished our hat dept. this eve. Jobe finished painting my room today. Lem put up the center display rack, and I filled up the shoe department. Trade today has been very good, considering it is Friday. I went down to Y. P. S. C. E. tonight and walked home with Emma. Went in and stayed awhile......first time I had seen her this week!
Sat., Sept. 25.
I certainly have got an awful sore face on me.....something like blood poisoning. This has been one lovely day. Trade only fair this a.m., up to 3 o�clock, but from then up to 10:30 tonight we had all we could hold to. We sold $196, and $98 of that �cash.� How was that??? Lem and I didn�t get to leave Store until 11:45 tonight. We made several orders tonight. As I was so tired, I didn�t get to take a bath, but went straight to bed! Emma sent me a picture of her, Angie, and Jock today.
Sun., Sept. 26.
The Government boats are here now, at work. Rettie and I counted her canned fruit this a.m., and she had canned and preserved, all told, 162 quarts, and she still expects to put up some 10 or 15-quarts more of canned peaches. I didn�t get to shave this past week on account of my face. Henry Mertens, Jno. Dunlap, and Wib spent this a.m. at the Gov. �rock pile.� They have out now, 650 square yards, and have 1,150 square yards yet to get out. I slept this eve and then got up at 5 o�clock and took a good bath. I dressed and went up to lunch at 6:20 p.m. At 7 o�clock I went over to see Emma. We didn�t go to Church tonight, but stayed home, as I have had a sore face and didn�t get to shave. We had some fine ice-cream tonight.
Mon., Sept. 27.
A little dusty today, but trade has been very good. I screened my windows this a.m., and finished putting on wire, at side. Geo. Wheeler and I put down the carpet paper and part of the matting tonight. McDougall sent me Emma�s picture for my watch, and also an extra one. I let Emma have it this a.m., for a day or so. It is just splendid! I sent her a pear and a peach tonight, by Geo. I put up my curtain poles and curtain this eve. They look fine. I cut and fit Emma�s picture in my watch this afternoon. It is just a splendid picture of her.......you know it!
Tue., Sept. 28.
I worked on my room all day, putting down matting, and padding the front windows, etc. I moved over all my pictures tonight and hung them all up and arranged my books, tables, and little-ware. I worked until 11 o�clock. Geo. worked some on the hat dept. today, lining it out-and-out. Trade today has been very nice indeed! The Odd Fellows have a big �to-do� tonight. Quite a crowd came over from Marshall. I unhitched the horse and buggy this eve, for Maude Wheeler, as I went to dinner, and put it away for her. Mr. Wheeler went to Moberly this eve for a few days trip. Rettie stayed all night with them tonight.
Wed., Sept. 29.
I got up this a.m. at 5 o�clock and finished moving everything I had over to Store from my old room at Saufley�s old stand. I have been killing bed-bugs all day long. I only found three on my bed, but I found forty-eleven-dozen on my cot. Trade today has not been so good. The farmers are all busy sowing wheat. I worked awhile tonight on my room, then retired at 10 o�clock, spending my first night in my �new� room. Geo. Wheeler stayed with me.
Thurs., Sept. 30.
This has been another real pretty day. Trade has been very good. I finished my room tonight, all except the curtains. They haven�t come. I finished moving everything from the old room this eve. So, I now turn same over to John Dunlap! I worked upstairs tonight on clothing and hats, until 11 o�clock. I put up my clothes wardrobe and fixed my swinging ladder to the window, in case of fire. Geo. went over home tonight to stay, so Harrison Wheeler spent the night with me. There is a �Big Circus� at Marshall tomorrow. My face is still sore and broken out.

OCTOBER

Fri., Oct. 1.
I got up this a.m. at 5 o�clock and swept out upstairs. We sold, for our first month in business, $1,574.40. Maude Wheeler hemmed a towel for me yesterday. Rettie fixed my wash stand this eve, with a splasher.....light blue, and it is a daisy! I painted my wash pan and back window this eve, green. I didn�t work tonight, but went over to Emma�s. She had gotten home before I got to the Y. P. S. C. E., so I went on over anyway. I spent the night at Store, by myself, for the first time.
Sat. Oct. 2.
Today has been hot and dry, and dusty.....don�t mention it! We got in quite a little lot of dry goods and shoes this a.m.. Trade up to noon - wasn�t! But tonight, at 10:20, it footed $150. So you see.....we had all we could wait on this eve and tonight! This �government work� and the apple business gives us plenty to do. Geo. stayed with me tonight and we retired at 11 o�clock. Good and tired!
Sun., Oct. 3.
Geo. got up at about 6 o�clock this a.m., but I didn�t get up until 7:30. Went up to breakfast this a.m., at 8 o�clock, then to Barber Shop. I got a shave for the first time in two-weeks. Then I had a hair cut. I spent the rest of the a.m. in Store, with Elbert Dunlap, Hubert Woods, and McDougall. I also went through my clothes, drawers of dresser, wash stand, etc. Then I went to dinner at 1 p.m., and dried the dishes for Rettie. After dinner I came back to my room, at Store, and spent the afternoon arranging things in my room, and fixing this and that. Then at 4:30, I took a bath and dressed and went up home to lunch. I got me a new pair of shoes this eve (buckskin), $3.00. I went over to see Emma at 6:45. Mary Burruss was there and we went to Church. Mr. John Stapleton died tonight at 8:30.
Mon., Oct. 4.
This has been another dry, dusty, warm, day. Trade only medium today. I worked upstairs this a.m., covering the top of the �hat and clothing� shelving with paper. In the eve, I commenced on wallpaper changes. I worked on it until 10:30 tonight, and finished it all up. Retired at 10:45 tonight, tired and worn out.
Tue., Oct. 5.
Mr. Jno. Stapleton was buried this a.m. I went to the Church, for service, and Lem and Geo. Wheeler went out to the graveyard. Taylor Hudson came up today. This has been a real pretty day. But the dust has been blowing bad today. We need rain so bad! Trade today has been fine. Horace Hornbeck came in today. Ruth will be back next week. Mrs. Dr. Grady brought me a nice bottle of sulfur water this eve. I gave Maude Wheeler some this eve as I went to supper, and also some to Mr. W. H. Wheeler. May Minor wouldn�t try it at all! I changed things upstairs tonight and swept down. I worked until 11 p.m., and then retired.
Wed., Oct. 6.
Trade fine today, especially in cash......over $50 cash today. The dust, again, has been real bad. Do wish it would rain. We got in quite a good lot of clothes and shoes this a.m. I took Miss Willie Cresap�s order for a nice dress this eve. I sent Emma a box of grapes this morning. Emma, Mary Burruss, and Sadie Jessup were all in Store just before Prayer Meeting. I worked tonight until 10:30. I painted the clothing and hat shelving tonight and also the wallpaper racks. Taylor Hudson stayed all night with me tonight and Geo. went home.
Thurs., Oct. 7.
Rettie Myers and Taylor Hudson went down to Uncle John Miller�s today. This has been an awful pretty day, but dreadfully dusty. I finished my painting upstairs today. Mr. Thorp will plaster tomorrow and Jobe Hanna will paper next week.....then I will finish painting. Trade today has been excellent, especially cash again. I gave Taylor Hudson a pair of corduroy pants tonight, as he wanted a pair so bad. I did a little moving around tonight, for Mr. Thorp tomorrow a.m., but didn�t do much other work. Retired at 10:15 p.m. Taylor is with me tonight.
Fri., Oct. 8.
This has been one more real dusty, disagreeable day! Mr. Thorp plastered the upstairs today, and, I tell you, it was awful! Geo. and I had a time cleaning it up tonight. Our trade has been fine today, for a Friday. I got a shave tonight, as my face is good and well now, and then I dressed and went down to the Y. P. S. C. E. and walked home with Emma. Went in and stayed awhile.....first I have seen her since last Sunday eve. Lovely night. I went out to Mr. Pate�s this a.m. and put up two curtains.
Sat., Oct. 9.
Dust, dust, dust!!! I wish you could see the dust! It is awful! This a.m. trade was very quiet, but this eve and tonight has been just fine.....more than we could handle. Cash - $97.91; credit - $57.20.....Total=$155.11. George Wheeler went over the River tonight, to stay with Sewall Burruss. He is going up to see his �sis� at Wakenda tomorrow. Lem and I wrote orders tonight until it was 11:30 p.m. I retired at 11:45. Mrs. Dr. Grady brought me another bottle of sulfur water today.
Sun., Oct. 10.
I got up at 8 this morning. Went up to breakfast, then came back and wrote two more orders, and mailed all. I talked to Lem awhile and then went down to the boat and stayed until noon. I came back to Store, made my bed, done some writing, and went to dinner at 1 o�clock. After dinner it was gloomy and somewhat rainy, so I spent the eve at Store. I put my curtains up this eve, in my room, and filed a few cash tickets. Then I took a bath, dressed, and went up home to lunch. Then I came down and met our cloak man, and talked to him awhile. Then I went down to Lem�s, then over to see Emma. We went to Church and sat in choir. Then home, after grapes, and then to Emma�s home, where we enjoyed the parlor.
Mon., Oct. 11.
Our cloak man was here this a.m. We bought $267 in cloaks today, and about $20 in skirts. I put up seven curtains this eve at Mr. Pate�s. Rettie and Lewis went out with me. This has been a lovely day. Trade fine. I printed a cloak sign this eve and put it up in the front of Store tonight. Ruth came today. Horace met her at Kansas City. I ordered a piece of silk for Maude Wheeler this a.m., and some samples of silk for Emma, and Maggie Kite, this eve. I changed the cloak sign tonight. On one side it says, �Special Cloak Sale - latest styles - Oct. 21, 22, 23.� On the back it says, �Read - the - other- side.�
Tue., Oct. 12.
I ordered a piece of dress goods for Emma this a.m., also some slippers for Miss Maggie Kite, from my bro. (in Marshall). I printed five cloak banners today, for outside. I put one up on Bure�s Shop, one at Ruxton�s warehouse (lower), one on Mr. Hawkins� barn, one for across the River, and one for out at Akerman�s. I also printed a banner for our stamped goods (black, with white letters) for inside of Store. Trade today has been fine. Uncle Joe Whitmore and Aunt Mollie (Whitmore) Mohler came up yesterday, to stay a few days with us. I talked to Maude and May awhile on the sidewalk tonight, at Bure�s, as I went from supper. Worked until 11:20 tonight, then retired.
Wed., Oct. 13.
Jobe and Mr. Cox are papering the upstairs today. This certainly has been a lovely day, but don�t mention the dust! It has been horrible! Uncle Joe and Aunt Mollie dined at Lem�s today. Trade only fair today. I took Maude up her silk this a.m., talked awhile, and got her order for other samples. I got Emma�s samples in this a.m. I gave Aunt Mollie my photo, too, this eve. Jobe and Cox finished tonight, at 10 o�clock. I worked until very near 12 o�clock, cleaning and straightening things up and getting same in ship shape.
Thurs., Oct. 14.
Mack Lewis, Lewis, and myself left this a.m., at 7 o�clock, for Dr. A. H. W. Sullivan�s, where I sold about a $150 to $175 bill. I sold them seven Brussell carpets, one dozen shades, and 1 1/2 dozen stair rods. I came back by the old �Sulphur Springs� and got two bottles of water, one for Mrs. Grady and one for self. Dust? Yes, I�m just covered with dust!! Aunt Mollie and Uncle Joe went back to Uncle John Miller�s today, to visit with their sister, Addie. Trade today has been very nice. I worked tonight until 11:15, on stock. Geo. Wheeler stayed all night with me tonight. O!.. I do wish it would rain. We need it so bad!
Fri., Oct. 15.
Another real dusty, warm day! Trade fair. Geo. put up a cloak sign across the River this a.m., at Mr. John Burruss�s. I worked on the shoe dept. today, some. I sold the new Methodist preacher a new carpet, etc., this a.m. I got a shave, put on some clean clothes, and went down to the Y. P. S. C. E. tonight, and went home with Emma. There was a party at Mrs. Hornbeck�s tonight. Geo. and Jess, Kate and Cyrena all went down. A lovely starlight night. I talked to Maude and May a long while tonight as I went to supper. May gave me a piece of candy, from �Bob�s� box. She is a daisy!
Sat., Oct. 16.
This has been a real good day as far as trade was concerned. Although the dust has been very disagreeable. We got real busy this eve.....really had more than we could wait on. Miss Mary Sweeney helped us out this eve. Not very much trade tonight, though. We closed at 10 p.m. We sold $65.30 - cash; $107.44 - credit; total - $172.74. Retired tonight at 11:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 17.
It is sprinkling now. I got up at 8:10 this a.m., went to breakfast, and then came back to Store where I did a little writing, cleaned my room, and changed things around in general. This has been a dark, gloomy day, and cool. I wrote a long letter to McDougall this eve. Took a bath after doing some little work at Store, where I changed things around, and talked to Lem awhile. Then I dressed and took a stroll down to the graveyard, and took a lot of dates off the stones that I have been wanting for my record book. Then I went home to lunch. I met Emma at the parsonage and walked up as far as the corner with her and Mrs. Hornbeck.
Mon., Oct. 18.
This has been a very pleasant day. We got Miss Mary Sweeney to help us out this week, as I have a good deal of work to do upstairs. She was going to help us with the �cloak sale� anyway, the last three-days of this week. I painted frames and sash of both of the back windows, upstairs, today, and also painted the counter legs. Then I made and put up two shelves over the stairway tonight, and covered them. I got through at 11:45 p.m. It sprinkled a little at 11:30 tonight, but didn�t amount to much. Emma has been suffering a good deal with a swollen lip. She had some teeth filled on Sat., and then took cold. I talked to Maude and May awhile as I came by from supper. Also Will Hawkins was there.
Tue., Oct. 19.
This has been a real pretty bright day. I have been working upstairs all day today. I finished things up by working tonight until 10:30. I got everything now is ship-shape for our cloak sale. I printed a sign on the clothing dept. tonight. Trade today only fair.
Wed., Oct. 20.
We got in quite a lot of shoes this a.m. Also got in part of our cloaks. I sold two of them this eve. I got my washstand set from John Roe�s this eve. It is a lovely thing, indeed. We got our cloak-room fixed up very nice. I didn�t work tonight. I went down to Prayer Meeting and went over home with Emma, and stayed until 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 21.
This has been a real pretty day. Trade has just been fine.....more than we could handle. This has been our first �Cloak Sale� day. We have sold 17 cloaks and capes today. This is the biggest day we have had since I have ever been in the Store. I retired tonight at 10:30 p.m. Papa traded our horse today, to Reuben Cockrell, for a ladies gold watch......worth about $10.
Fri., Oct. 22.
Another big day! We got in a lot of nine more cloaks this a.m. I sold five of them this morning. We have had a nice trade today. I sold six cloaks today and have taken three special orders. Papa gave me the ladies gold watch he got yesterday. I sold Emma a real pretty jacket this morning, for $11. This has been a real pretty, bright, cool day. We also sold two overcoats today. I traded photos with Belle Burns this eve. I went to Endeavor tonight and walked home with Emma, went in, and stayed until 10:20 o�clock.
Sat., Oct. 23.
This has been one beautiful day. Trade very quiet this morning. We didn�t get our cloaks, either, that we had expected. This eve we had to get Clarence Haynie to help us, and it was all we could do.......sold $228, and $111 of that was cash. We also sold nine cloaks. And although we didn�t get our shipment of cloaks in this eve until after 5 o�clock, we sold two of them. I sold $94 of �the sale� myself......highest man! We didn�t get things straight tonight until after 11 o�clock. We had a continual trade from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Bob Dunlap got my �1898 Diary� in tonight and brought it over to me at 75-cents.
Sun., Oct. 24.
I got up at 7:20 this a.m., and went to breakfast. Then I came back after breakfast, got a shave, and took a walk to the River with Jno. Dunlap and Mr. Bradshaw, where we spent the a.m. I came back up at 11:45, then swept my room and went to dinner. After dinner I gave little Lewis a �spring-top.� Then I came back to my room and did a little writing, then took a good bath. Then dressed and took a stroll over to see Emma. We took a walk up to the corner and back, stopped at the Christian Church foundation, and looked at it awhile. After I took Emma home, I came home to lunch, then to Store, then to Emma�s again, and we went to the Baptist Church. After Church we stopped for grapes, then home and enjoyed the parlor.
Mon., Oct. 25.
Another �all okay� day. Trade very fine. O. T. Harris and W. D. Taylor were here today. Lem bought about $175 from O. T. Harris, and I bought about $150 from W. D. Taylor. We have had all we could wait on today. Rolla Casebolt died tonight, at Mr. E. S. Casebolt�s, about 8:30 o�clock. Geo. Burruss and I went out at 10:15 p.m. We helped lay him out and then Geo. went to DeWitt to tell his brothers, and I sat up all night with him. Mr. Groves and Mr. January (apple men) and Victor Stapleton came in this a.m., at about 5:30 a.m. I left the kitchen as Miss Myn came in to get breakfast. We had some awful good cake and apples there tonight.
Tue., Oct. 26.
Trade slow today. Miss Gussie Edmonds has returned this eve, from a four-months trip at Colorado and other points. Maude Wheeler went to Gilliam this eve, to see her sick brother, from Colorado. I put in some new shelving, inside of notion side, at front, in corner, and changed that dept. some tonight. I worked until 9 p.m. and then to my little bed went. I walked up to the corner tonight, as I went to my supper, with Miss Laura Carpenter. Papa and Mr. Milt Burns put in a force pump in our kitchen, at home, this eve.....at a cost of $4.75.
Wed., Oct. 27.
Geo. Haynie is 21-years-old today. Rolla Casebolt was buried this a.m. The following were the pall-bearers for Rolla�s funeral this morning: Messrs: A. W. Bradshaw, Dr. J. B. Berry, Hubert Wood, Isaac Hill, Geo. P. Haynie, and W. S. Myers. It has gotten somewhat cooler tonight. I painted the new platform at the post office tonight, for Mrs. (Neve, Neal ??). We, by doing that, get to advertise on the top of it. Will try and finish it up this week. I went down to the M. E. Prayer Meeting and walked home with Emma. Went in and stayed awhile. I gave her a nice silk watch-guard tonight. The Presbyterian Committee met at Scott & Miller�s tonight.
Thurs., Oct. 28.
Scott & Miller�s big cloak sale was today, and it lasts until Saturday eve. This has been a very beautiful day. Trade, also, was fair. I painted the post office platform again tonight, giving it the last coat. Then I came back and work on stock tonight. I went through George�s side (notions and shoes) today and got things in pretty fair shape. Retired tonight at 10:45 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 29.
Still dusty! Trade only medium today. I done some changing around in Store today. The Baptist Missionary Society met here today. They had a dinner at the Church. We furnished 100 paper napkins, free, and Bob Dunlap donated the plates. Trade has been a little slack this week. I printed a sign on the platform at post office tonight. I worked until 9:20, the first Friday night I have worked for a long, long time. I didn�t get to see �Miss Wheeler� tonight. We got in quite a lot of goods, too, tonight.
Sat., Oct. 30.
This morning trade was awful quiet. This eve, though, it was just fine. It was the biggest day of all.....about $240. We had just all we could do (five of us). The dust is still bad. We need rain very much. Mr. John Phillip had a big sale today. We had a very nice cash sale today - $109. We also had a fine night trade. Closed tonight at 11 o�clock. I did a little writing, then retired.....tired and sleepy. I talked to Maude, May, and Ona Davis as I came by from supper.
Sun., Oct. 31.
I got up this a.m. at 8 o�clock. Washed, and went up to breakfast. I helped Rettie with the dishes, then came to Store and done a lot of work on my books, after making up my bed and rearranging my room. Then I went up to my dinner. Got mail, and took Mr. Taylor�s mail up to him. Then I came to Store and dressed, and Dr. J. B. Berry, C. D. Haynie, Frank B. Webster, and myself started out calling.....going to Miss Clara Kiles, Carpenter�s, and G. T. Taylor�s. Then I went over to see Emma at 5 p.m., and stayed until 6. Then I came to Store, fixed a box of nuts, got some oranges, and fixed a box to take over to Emma. Then I went to Lem�s, took the mail, then I ate a lunch. Then over to see Emma and we went to the M. E. Church. We enjoyed our box, too, later......

NOVEMBER

Mon., Nov. 1.
Dust has been awful, but it�s very cold, too. We put up our new stove downstairs today. Trade has been very good. George went up to Carpenter�s tonight and stayed awhile. I went through the shirts tonight. We had a very nice trade tonight after supper. Miss Emma Brown, of California, is now here....at Mrs. Vanice�s today. She spends tonight with Rettie.
Tue., Nov. 2.
Today, papa made, and put up for us, a cloak pole. I put part of the cloaks on it tonight. Geo. went home, sick, tonight, and did not come back after supper. I talked to Maude Wheeler and May Minor awhile this eve, on my way from supper. I fixed a curtain this eve for Mrs. Cresap. I put buttons on Maude�s shoes this eve, and put cotton in the toe for her. Swept out tonight. Emma and I did intend to go down to the �bank head� this eve, but I got busy and couldn�t get off. I had the buggy at Store, and she stopped in, too. It was too bad!
Wed., Nov. 3.
This has been a very windy day. Dust awful, but trade fine. We had more than we could handle, as Geo. has been at home, sick, today. We got in a big lot of goods this a.m. Dr. Sullivan�s eight �Brussell carpets� came in today. We sold another one this eve to Mrs. Thos. Audsley, so that makes nine this week. Lem and I went through them tonight and worked until 11:20 o�clock. This is the biggest sale I ever made. Retired tonight at 11:45 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 4.
Mr. Taylor went as far as Mr. Utley�s with me this a.m. He is going on a hunt, and I went on to Dr. Sullivan�s to hang their curtains. Then I went on to Mr. Joe Mullen�s and sold them a cloak. I got back home at 1 o�clock. The dust is at least 8 or 10-inches thick! Trade very good all day, but the dust....horrible! We at last had a slight sprinkle this eve, and a good rain tonight and still coming. I have a very bad cold. I changed things in the Store tonight and done some drapery. I also hung up the buggy lap-robes. I wrote a note to Emma, thanking her for the bottle of cider that Geo. brought from supper.
Fri., Nov. 5.
We had a fine rain last night! We washed the windows and showcases this a.m., and then we did some work on stock. I changed the cloaks from my room to out in the big room this eve. Trade very good today. The Y. P. S. C. E. gave a �Social� tonight at Dr. Wheeler�s. They had ice-cream and cake, but I had such a cold that I didn�t go. But I wrote Emma a note and sent a half-dollar, by George. Then I worked tonight until 11 p.m. We got in a lot of dry goods tonight. It is a lovely moonlight night, but getting cold.
Sat., Nov. 6.
Trade this a.m. was quiet, as usual. But this eve....good (though not so good as usual). However, tonight we made up for lost time......sold $94 tonight, after supper! It was our best day yet, after all, since we opened......$254. It was also the best week I have ever known.....$704 this week. I traded photos with Miss Myn Casebolt this eve. I received a real nice letter from Emma this eve, too. We didn�t get things straightened out tonight until after 10 o�clock. Closed at 11:30 p.m. It is raining tonight......Good!!
Sun., Nov. 7.
I got up at 8 a.m. Went up to breakfast, then back to Store. Got a shave and talked to Lem awhile. Then I cleaned up my room and rearranged things in general. Then, after a little writing, I fixed a box of nuts for Rettie and took them up as I went to my dinner. This has been a gloomy, gloomy day. It is just what we want, though, as we are having such fine showers. Miss Myn Casebolt gave me one of her photos last eve. I took a bath this eve, at 3:30 p.m., and got myself ready to go over and see Emma. I stayed there until 5:30, then came up to the restaurant and a got a dozen bananas and took them up home to supper. I stayed and talked at home awhile, then went back over to see Emma. We didn�t attend Church tonight, as it was raining, but spent the eve at home, in parlor.
Mon., Nov. 8.
Rain.......rain!! O!.. How ni!.. Just what we have been wanting to see! Trade fine all day. We had all we could wait on. I sent Miss Myn Casebolt a photo of self, and a note, this eve. I made a half-dozen badges tonight, for Emma. Also fixed a box of nuts for her to eat at the schoolhouse. Geo. Wheeler went back home to sleep tonight, and will from now on, so I guess I�ll be alone now. Such is life.....nothing like it!!!
Tue., Nov. 9.
This has been a real pretty day. Trade all we could handle. Counting Dr. Sullivan�s carpet bill today, we sold $264.......the premium day, yet, of all! I wrote Mr. H. T. a letter today. Fixed up a box of hickory nuts and pecans, for Emma, and got a little hammer and put in same, and sent it up to school, to her, this morning. I also gave Maude Wheeler a box of hickory nuts and pecans today, at noon, as I went to my dinner. I worked tonight until 10 p.m. I went through all the showcases and done a little decoration with some fancy doilies in front.
Wed., Nov. 10.
Trade only fair today. Clarence commenced helping us today, at noon, until Christmas. I commenced on a �big cloth sign� to go in front, over the door, as to things we had on the 2nd floor, but I didn�t finish it tonight. Instead I went down to Prayer Meeting, at the M. E. Church, and went home with Miss Wheeler. Went in and stayed awhile. Returned to Store and retired at 11 p.m. A lovely, cool, moonlight night.
Thurs., Nov. 11.
�Y. P. S. C. E. Rally� at Slater today. Clarence went down this a.m. This has been a real pretty, bright day. Trade fair. Lewis took dinner with us today. I finished my big sign for the front of Store tonight, and put it up. I also printed a �cloak� and �clothing� sign for the front windows tonight. Mr. Jno. Robertson�s house burnt down this morning. Very little saved.
Fri., Nov. 12.
Trade very good this a.m., and all we could handle this eve. Uncle John Miller took dinner with us, and Newt was over today, but we were so busy that we had very little time to spend with him. I printed a postage stamp sign tonight. We are hereafter going to sell postage stamps. I went down to Y. P. S. C. E. just as it was out, and walked home with Emma. Went in and sat by a fire for awhile. Then I came back to Store and retired at 10:45.
Sat., Nov. 13.
This has been a very fair day. We got in a big lot of goods this a.m. We put postage stamps and postals on sale, at Store, this a.m. We had Miss Mary Sweeney to help us today and still had all we could handle. We sold over $200 cash today and over $100 on credit....the most premium day of all. Lem said he would give �oysters� to the man that sold $40 to $50 in cash. C. D. H. sold $40, and I sold $50. Geo. sold $30, and Miss Mary $25. Geo. and Miss Mary didn�t get theirs......but Lem gave them the oysters anyway. The Christian Church gave �an oyster supper� at Mertens� Hall, tonight, so we all went down and ate and had a fine time! Afterwards I walked home with Mary Burruss and Emma. Milt Burns put up my new stove in my room tonight.
Sun., Nov. 14.
I got up at 7:30 a.m. Straightened my room and went to breakfast at 8:30. Then I came back and took $472 down to the Bank, as I didn�t care to keep it over until Monday a.m. Then I went down to the River with the boys and stayed awhile. Also saw them pile rocks. Then I came back to Store and did some work and went to dinner at 1:15 p.m. The �mails� all change today, on the Wabash. This has been a gloomy Sunday. I talked to the boys awhile at Drug Store. Then got self ready and went down to Epworth League. Then I took a walk over to the graveyard and back, to take a few more dates down, for my record book. Went home to lunch, then came by and talked to Maude Wheeler and May Minor awhile. Then down to Store and over to see Emma. We went to the M. E. Church tonight, to preaching. I retired at 10:45 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 15.
It has been raining and drizzling most all day. Trade, though, fine. We were busy all day. Mr. Palmer let his buggy run-off last eve, and it hurt Miss Anna Godman awfully bad. The Enterpe meets at Mr. H. D. Carpenter�s tonight. I went up at 9:30 and walked home with Maude Wheeler and Emma Wheeler. Emma stayed all night with Maudie tonight. It has gotten a good deal colder this eve. I went through the notion side tonight after supper. It�s dark as thunder tonight. Cold, too!
Tue., Nov. 16.
I made a fire, for the first time, in my new stove this a.m. It went off all okay! Trade today, fine. We had about all we could do! I worked tonight on the dry goods side until 11 p.m. Then I made an order. Retired at 11:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 17.
Trade has been just fine.......we sold $120 today (cash and credit). The Mattingly �murder case� is now going on at Marshall. Clarence moved his trunk up to Store this eve. He commences sleeping with me tonight. Luke Anderson was robbed last night, of $60 in cash. His safe was blown open. There was a crowd out at E. S. Casebolt�s tonight. Clarence went out, but I had to work tonight. I did a good deal of changing around in Store tonight, and took out the drapery in center, then I swept out, as I�m going to Marshall in the a.m.
Thurs., Nov. 18.
Mr. Milt Burns and myself started to Marshall this a.m., at 6:40 o�clock. We were summoned there on this �smear-case� on Halloween night. We were not called until 2:30 this eve. It was my first time before court. I made $2.80 out of it. I bought a basket of grapes, for home, and a basket of grapes and bananas, each, for Lewis and Emma. I also bought a little whip for Lewis. Had a nice day there and got home tonight at 7:10 p.m. They had a real nice day of trade, here, today.
Fri., Nov. 19.
Lem went to Audsley�s and Sullivan�s today, to finish curtains. We have had a nice trade all day long.....over $100. Lem�s baby is very low this eve. Mary Burruss and Emma came down to the Store tonight after Y. P. S. C. E., and I walked over home with them. I took a basket of fruit over, that I got in Marshall yesterday. We feasted and had a nice time. Came back at 10:30. Did some little writing and retired. Cool tonight.
Sat., Nov. 20.
Emma, Mary Burruss, and Jess Wheeler went to Marshall this a.m. They will be back some time Sunday night, or Monday morning. This has been a very pretty day, but windy. Trade nice all day long. Lem�s baby is very low. Lem went home early. It is now 10 p.m., and Lem�s baby boy is dying little by little. I went up home after Rettie, and we stayed down at Lem�s until 11 p.m. The baby is still living, but suffering a good deal. He can�t live through the night. I retired at 11:20 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 21.
Got up at 8 o�clock, washed, and went up to breakfast. The baby died at 12 o�clock last night. I went down to Lem�s this a.m. Then I came up and wrote a postal to Lina and sent a telegram to Newt and Mattie, and ordered carriages for the funeral this eve, at 3:30. Then I cleaned up my room and dressed, and got dinner at Cockrell�s. Newt and Mattie came over this eve. The funeral was at home at 3:30 p.m., and the burying at 4 p.m. It was cold and gloomy. A very good crowd out, though. Newt and Mattie brought a lovely bouquet for the funeral. The baby was just 5-months-old. I came back to my room, after the burying, and made me up a fire, and wrote some. Emma and Mary Burruss got back at 6:15 this eve, so I went over to see them tonight. Don�t remember the debate on religion!!! Grapes...yes...who got them and who missed them!!!
Mon., Nov. 22.
Trade very good. We have been busy today getting Lem ready to go to St. Louis. He got off this eve. I rode a piece, out the road, on my wheel this eve.....first time for about six of seven weeks. Clarence, George, and I worked tonight on going through stock, finishing things up to send off to Lem in the a.m. I went up to the Enterpe Meeting tonight and walked home with Louise Miller and Emma. Remember the man I gave supper to, and that Clarence got a room for in �lock-up� tonight.
Tue., Nov. 23.
This has been one very pretty day, but cold. Trade has been only fair. I finished all the orders and sent them to Lem this eve. We changed things around a good deal tonight, in Store. Clarence made a zephyr showcase today. Harrison Wheeler ran the bells upstairs this eve, but our electric line is not yet quite complete. He will finish it in the a.m. We worked tonight until after 11 p.m. Then we went to our room and retired. C. D. H. is going to Marshall tomorrow, to take a load of turkeys and chicks.
Wed., Nov. 24.
This has been a dark, gloomy day. Trade, though, has been real good. Clarence was out today, but George and I waited on the trade very nicely. We got in a big package this a.m., by Exp., that Lem bought yesterday......all okay. We also got in the �Jack Rabbit� style of corduroy and jeans pants today. I printed a big sign for same tonight and will put it out in front in the a.m. It is raining tonight. I worked until 11 p.m., and then retired. There was a crowd at Miller�s tonight. Clarence went down.
Thurs., Nov. 25.
�Thanksgiving Day�
There were services at the Baptist Church this a.m., at 11 o�clock, by Rev. Strawn, the Christian preacher. We had a nice trade this a.m. We closed at 10 a.m. and opened again at 4 p.m. Lewis, Mary, and Lottie took dinner with us. Lewis came downtown with me and stayed a long while. I gave him a pair of sandals to wear. I got a letter from Lem this a.m., and answered it today. I went to the Services this a.m., first time in my life I have been to Thanksgiving Service. Lem came home this eve, to our great surprise! I went over to see Emma tonight and spent a real nice Thanksgiving night.
Fri., Nov. 26.
This has been a real gloomy day, but trade has been real good all day long. I didn�t get to do much outside work at all today. I started to make out a Xmas goods order this eve, but didn�t get to finish it. Mr. Speiss was here tonight, the Presbyterian �glass-window man.� He is a very funny man! I went down to the Y. P. S. C. E. tonight and walked over home with Emma. I went in and stayed awhile. Cyrena brought us in some fine candy. It was chocolate bonbon, some of her own make, and it was just out of sight!
Sat., Nov. 27.
Good and cold today and the roads a little rough, but trade was fine all day long. I made several special orders today. Didn�t get to retire until 12 o�clock tonight.
Sun., Nov. 28.
I mailed a letter to Elbert Dunlap this a.m., at New York. I also mailed the �Miami News� to Kittie Sullivan, Lina, Lyt, Newt, and Uncle John Whitmore.....with Lem�s little boy, Jaheel Porter Myers� death notice in it. There was also a note about our burglar alarm. I got up at 8:10 this a.m., and went to breakfast. After breakfast I came to Store and did the above. I also did some other figuring around. I received a letter from W. D. Taylor, and also one from Mrs. Dr. Cunningham today. I answered Mrs. C�s this eve. And I also wrote a letter to Lyt. I got myself ready and went up and talked to Maude Wheeler this eve, from 4:30 to 6:15. May Minor and Syd Wheeler were also there. Then I came to Store and stayed awhile, then went over to see Emma. We went to the Baptist Church, then home and enjoyed the parlor.
Mon., Nov. 29.
This has been a cold day, but very pretty and bright. Trade has been very good today. We had all we could wait on today. The Brown Shoe Company�s man was here today. I took down the �Jack Rabbit� sign this eve, and painted the letters solid. I will put it back up in the a.m., nothing preventing. I got an invitation to attend Flora Mertens� wedding on Thursday night (I mean, the reception) at her home. I worked until 10 o�clock tonight, and then retired. Lem didn�t come back tonight, after supper.
Tue., Nov. 30.
This has been a cold, gloomy day. Trade, though, very fine. We have been busy working on stock today. I wrote a few lines to Emma this eve. Mr. McDougall sent me my �enlarged photo� this eve, by Jim Wheeler. I printed a �double-sign� tonight, for the front, on Saturday. �Job Lot - Short Lengths - Calicos, Domestics, Shirting, and Cantons.� I worked tonight on the books until after 11 o�clock.

DECEMBER

Wed., Dec. 1.
This has been a very cold, bleak day. Trade has been a little quiet. We have been busy all day long opening up new goods. We got most all of our goods today, and it was a pile of them, too. C. D. H. has been out today, so we have had all we could do. I worked tonight until after 12 o�clock, trying to get things in shape. I received an awful nice letter from Emma this a.m. It was all okay!
Thurs., Dec. 2.
A very dark, gloomy, cold day. The River blocked here this a.m. Trade only fair. We were busy all day on new goods. Flora Mertens and Robert Casebolt were married tonight, at the M. E. Church, at 7:30. They went to Marshall tonight to take �11 train� for St. Louis, Mo. I worked tonight until 11 o�clock. It is snowing and sleeting tonight, and cold.
Fri., Dec. 3.
This has sure been one gloomy day. Trade, though, has been fair. It has been snowing most all day long. I have been working on stock most all day. W. D. Taylor is here today and we bought our stock of �hamburgs� from him. I didn�t work tonight, but went and talked to Emma awhile tonight. She didn�t go to Endeavor tonight.
Sat., Dec. 4.
We were rushed all day long......had all we could handle. Lem and I didn�t get any dinner at all today. Clarence and Geo. got dinner about 2:30 o�clock. We sold about $173 cash, and $109 credit. Clarence and I printed a sign for �Turkeys Wanted�, tonight, and then ate a box of potted ham and some crackers. Retired at 11:40 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 5.
I got up at 8:10 a.m. and went to breakfast. Then I came to Store and Lem and I made several �rubber orders.� Then I cleaned my room and rearranged things. Then I opened Emma�s picture and saw that it was all okay. Then I went to dinner. After dinner I came back to Store and wrote on my books, and also wrote a letter or two. I wrote a letter to Mr. McDougall this eve and sent him the money for photo, and the $5 I had for him, on collection.
Mon., Dec. 6.
Trade has been just fine.....$128, and $73 of it cash. I didn�t get my dinner until 1:45 p.m. We took down all decorations tonight. We are going to decorate things entirely differently for the holidays. I went to the Enterpe Meeting tonight and walked home with Emma and Mrs. Wilson. Came back to Store and wrote a few more lines to McDougall�s letter, that I forgot to mail today. And then ate potted ham and crackers, again, with Clarence Haynie. Retired at 11:30 p.m.
The interior of Myers Bros. Dry Goods, Miami, MO, c. 1887 Tue., Dec. 7.
I sent McDougall a check for $15 this a.m. Ten-dollars of it was for Emma�s enlarged photo, and $5 of it was the amount I had collected, for photos, on his behalf. This has been one lovely day. Trade has been fine. We have been working, at times, on decorations for the Store. We worked tonight until 12:10 o�clock. About 11 p.m., Bob Dunlap, Harrison Wheeler, C. D. H., and self had fresh oysters, along with potted ham and crackers. It was fine, too! I saw �a spool� tonight that was older than I am. It was bought the first year of the War. (Civil War)
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After Lem and W. S. Myers bought out G. T. Taylor, this is how they fixed up the interior of Myers Bros. Dry Goods. On the back of photo it says, "abt. 1897 or 1898"
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Wed., Dec. 8.
We have been working all day today on finishing our decorations. It�s done, too! We now have a very pretty Store. We also opened up our �holiday stuff� that we received this a.m., and have it ready to mark in the morning. Then we will try and get our �center table� out by tomorrow night. We had oysters and crackers again tonight.....and it was just out-of-sight! Retired at 11:15 p.m. Geo. Burruss ate with us tonight, after returning from seeing Miss Myn Casebolt.
Thurs., Dec. 9.
This has been a real dark, gloomy day. Trade not very brisk. I marked up the goods today, and got our �center table� tonight. I put out Xmas goods and made doll-decorations in one window, and pictures and fancy-ware in the other window. It rained tonight. Clarence was at Marshall today. Harrison Wheeler fixed an alarm clock today, for me, with the electric battery attachments. So I now have an electric alarm when I want it. Harrison stayed all night with me. We had oysters tonight after we stopped work at 11 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 10.
Still another gloomy day. Trade only fair. I put all our tables together today, and then cleaned them all off with turpentine. Then I made a table display. Papa changed the back door today and hung the old one on the outside. He will put a new one on the inside next week. I went over to see Emma tonight. Went down to Endeavor and walked home with her. Spent a real pleasant eve with her. The River �ice blockade� moved out this eve. It was blocked about 10-days.
Sat., Dec. 11.
Looks as though it may rain or snow. The roads are awful muddy. Considering the weather and the roads, trade has been very good indeed today. While we have not been rushed at all, we have been on the go all day. Sold $79 cash, and $30 credit. We closed tonight at 10 o�clock. Haynie and myself had sardines, eggs, and crackers tonight. Then I took a bath and retired at 12:08 o�clock.....tired and sleepy.
Sun., Dec. 12.
Got up at 8 a.m., dressed bed, brushed and dusted my room, washed, and went up to my breakfast at 9:05 o�clock. After eating breakfast I came to Store and went through my trunk and letter box. I talked to Haynie and Lem awhile and then done some work on my books until noon. This eve I got ready and went over to see Emma at 4 o�clock. I stayed until 5:15 p.m. It rained all eve. I wore my new overcoat for the first time this eve. I stopped at Lem�s and gave him the mail. Then I came to Store. Clarence Haynie, Syd Wheeler, Frank Webster, and self had sardines, salmon, and crackers for lunch, and then I went back over to see Emma from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 13.
This has sure been one rainy, snowy day. It snowed hard this eve. Trade very quiet. We went through all the showcases today and rearranged things. Papa put in the new glass door today, at back. I cleaned off the shelving at door this eve. We swept out tonight. Then I sat down and talked to Geo. Burruss a long while. Had apples and salt for refreshment. Still bad out, and cold.
Tue., Dec. 14.
The roads have been awful, but trade has been fine all day. We got in some goods this a.m. Harrison Wheeler put a button on back door, and changed the switch today. I worked awhile tonight. Then I talked on the telephone to Harrison Wheeler until 12 o�clock. We had oranges for refreshment at 11:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 15.
Miss Ida Hawkins and a Mr. Young were united in the bonds of matrimony this eve, at 4 p.m., at home. I was invited over, but Lem went in my place. We gave them a fine $6.00 rug. Lem went over, but I didn�t. They were married on the rug we gave them. This has been a very cold, gloomy day. Though trade has been fair. We got in some goods today. Mrs. Saufley sent me her �fancy-work� down to Store today, and I put it on exhibition tonight in the showcase. I worked until 10 p.m. Then Geo. Burruss, C. D. H., and myself had oysters tonight. Retired at 11 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 16.
Another awful cold, gloomy day. The roads are frozen rough and solid. Trade fair. Clarence and self have been at work upstairs all day today, getting the hats and caps in fair shape. Miss Myn Casebolt was in this eve and got some few things. I gave her a nice tie. She starts for California in the a.m., for a two-months trip. The ferry boat is hung up below the dikes, about 15-yards from the shore, in the ice. It is awful cold tonight. I sent Emma my autoharp tonight and also �McClure� magazine. I retired at 10:45 tonight, after putting up a clothes rack at the bottom of the steps in Store.
Fri., Dec. 17.
Mr. A. J. Casebolt and wife, and Mr. E. S. Casebolt and daughter, �Miss Myn,� left today, at 10:30 a.m., for California, via Marshall. Although the sun has shone, it has been cold and the roads are awful rough. The River blocked here last night, so no mails today, except from Marshall. I put one curtain up today at Rev. Bell�s. I have tried to work upstairs all day, and did, and we got through and swept out by 5 p.m. We didn�t work tonight. I went down to Y. P. S. C. E. and walked over home with Miss Emma. We went in the parlor and spent a very pleasant hour and a half.
Sat., Dec. 18.
As I came from breakfast this a.m., Maude and May called me in and I talked to them awhile and saw some pretty plates. Remember the �blue and red� wrappers..............! We printed �Ice� signs for Capt. D. N. Burruss, and L. A. Myers this a.m. This has been a very pretty day, but cold! We got our first mail today, for two days.......13 sacks. Miss Bessie Taylor got home this eve, for Christmas. Trade today has been very good considering the roads being so bad. We closed at 10 p.m. John Sibley, Geo. Burruss, C. D. Haynie, and self had eggs and oysters tonight at 11 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 19.
I got up at 8:10 a.m. Mailed some letters and went to breakfast. Cleaned room and talked to Lem and Lewis a long while. Then I went to dinner at 1:30 p.m. After dinner I took the mail to Mr. Taylor. Talked to Lem awhile and then wrote a long letter to Mr. S. B. Jeter. Then I bathed and dressed and went home to lunch at 6 p.m. This has been a gloomy day........dark and cold, sleeting some also. I went over to see Emma at 6:45 o�clock. We went to hear Bro. Ezell, the M. E. preacher, and then home where we spent a very pleasant eve together. It is sleeting out tonight, and slick.
Mon., Dec. 20.
This has been a very disagreeable day......so slick out. We got in a big lot of goods today, by Express (handkerchiefs, ties, gloves, etc.). Trade today has been very nice. Clarence, though, has been out on the turkey question. I worked tonight, marking the new goods. We have got the biggest line of handkerchiefs that any one house has ever had in Miami, at one time! I bought two nice fat turkeys for home this eve. The Enterpe meets at Kile�s this eve. I went up at 10 o�clock and walked over home with Emma and Mary Burruss, who is going to stay all night with Emma. Cold!!
Tue., Dec. 21.
Today we got quite busy. Had more than we could wait on. So we sent for Miss Mary Sweeney, who came down at noon and helped us out. Tonight we worked on the windows, changed things and made handkerchief displays. Also fixed the showcases. Then I swept out and retired at 11 p.m. Dr. F. W. Switzer, of Pilot Grove, sent G. T. Taylor, Gus Jessup, Myers Bros., and myself, each, a cuspidor today, by express......with his compliments. They were all okay, too. He also sent Mary Myers and Mrs. L., each, a pair of slippers. Elbert Dunlap got in this a.m., from New York.
Wed., Dec. 22.
This has been a snowy day. Trade very good.....not rushing, but all we could wait on. I changed a few things around tonight, then I went down to the Methodist Prayer Meeting and walked home with Emma. Went in and spent a real pleasant eve. Then I came back to Store and retired at 11 p.m., sharp. Mr. Jake Weaver lost his little daughter tonight. Also Miss Hoover died. Pearl Little and Louis Nye were married tonight.
Thurs., Dec. 23.
Today has been a real pretty day. Trade fine. We have had all we could do today, not rushed, but simply a good trade. I did up two packages this a.m., for Miss Maude Wheeler, and one for Miss Mable Carpenter. Also several other packages for different customers. I straightened things up all okay tonight, ready for tomorrow. Then I did a little writing, and retired.
Fri., Dec. 24.
This has been a beautiful Christmas Eve Day. Trade has been just tip-top! We had all we could do today and we have had Clarence, Miss Mary, G. T. T., Geo. Wheeler, and ourselves.....busy all day.....$213, and $113 of that, cash. The Methodists and Christians had a �spider-web� to do tonight, and the Baptists had a sleigh. I didn�t attend, though, either one. We had a very nice trade tonight. We sent George�s overcoat over home tonight, by the Doctor. I sent my easel and the enlarged photo of Emma over tonight, by Geo. and Ed, for �the people.� Clarence and I had oysters tonight. Lem and I agreed not to give each other presents this year, so we didn�t. I put �firecrackers� in the sleigh tonight, for Lewis.
Sat., Dec. 25.
We, Myers Bros., gave Geo. an overcoat, and Clarence, a hat. We gave the other workers - calicos, overshoes, pants, etc., in the amt of $2.45, our cost. I received 1) a beautiful pin cushion and 2) rose bowl from Rettie; 3) a lovely silk handmade and painted book case and 4) poem by Bryant in it, from Emma; 5) a paper wall pocket from Clarence; 6) a lovely hand-worked (embroidered) linen table cloth from Mary; and 7) a leather collar and cuff box from little Lewis......making seven presents in all. This has been a lovely Christmas Day and a happy day to me. C. D. H. and George went skating this eve. Trade very fair most of day. I drove Emma and Mary Haynie out home tonight, in the Doctor�s buggy. Emma is going to stay until tomorrow eve. We kept open until 10:30 p.m., then closed. I took a good bath and retired at 11:45.......tired, sleepy, and worn out.
Sun., Dec. 26.
I got up at 8 a.m. Went to breakfast at 9 a.m. Then I came back and made up my bed and straightened up my room. Then I talked to Geo. Burruss, Clarence Haynie and Elbert Dunlap until dinner. Went to dinner at 1:30 p.m. Then I spent all eve talking to the same three boys.....until 5 p.m. Got self ready for lunch and went home to that. Then I went down to see Lewis� Christmas. From there I went over to see Emma. We went to the Baptist Church to hear Bro. Paddock. Then back home and spent the eve very pleasantly.
Mon., Dec. 27.
There was quite a crowd of boys and girls down on the River this a.m., skating. This has been somewhat of a gloomy, dismal day. Though we have had an excellent trade....$75 and some cents. I worked on stock and changed things in all the drawers, on dry goods side, and filled in tonight on the shelves from one end to the other. Then at 10 o�clock, tonight, the following ate oysters, pears, crackers, ginger snaps, pickles, cream, etc., in the Store and enjoyed a fine lunch and a fine time: Frank B. Webster, Geo. L. Burruss, Dr. �Pette� Dunlap, C. D. Haynie, John L. Sibley, Robert A. Dunlap, and W. S. Myers. I brought a rich pitcher of cream from home. O!.. It was a tip-top lunch!!!!
Tue., Dec. 28.
This has been somewhat of a quiet day. Trade not very brisk. I worked some on stock today, but not very much. The Enterpe Club gave a party tonight at Mrs. Miller�s. I went and took Miss Wheeler and spent a very pleasant eve. Got in at 2 o�clock. There were 44 at the gathering and all had a nice time. A fine supper, too. We all took dinner at Lem and Mary�s today. She had a �tip-top� dinner for us, too. Geo. Wheeler went over with a crowd to a party at Syd Taylor�s tonight.
Wed., Dec. 29.
This has been a very pretty day, but turning warm again, it has been an awful muddy one. Trade very quiet. I cleaned out the waste basket today. I made a wood box for Emma this a.m., and made me a stamp plate this eve. Emma and Mary Burruss went across the River this eve, and came back tonight. I got a long note from her tonight, in thanks for the wood box. She also sent a list of the party at her home on Friday night. We worked tonight on emptying the four thread cabinets that came in this eve. Then Clarence and I ate a can of pears and retired at 10 p.m. We didn�t attend Prayer Meeting.
Thurs., Dec. 30.
This has been a gloomy old day. Trade very quiet. I received a note from Emma this a.m. I went around and saw all the girls for her and invited them to her and Mary Burruss� party for tomorrow night at her home. I mailed a photo of the Store, and Mary Sweeney�s room, to Aunt Mollie, in Va., this eve. I received another real sweet note from Emma this afternoon. I worked on our new notion cabinets this eve and tonight. I went over to see Emma at 7:20 p.m., and spent a real sweet time with her. I left at 10:20 p.m. The Doctor gave Emma and I tickets to the Odd Fellows �Supper� for next Tuesday night (the 4th).
Fri., Dec. 31.
Elbert Dunlap left this a.m., for Sedalia. I gave him a �photo� to mail back to Mrs. Greenabaum, from Rettie and Willie Cresap. It snowed this a.m., some, then it cleared and it is now as cold as thunder. We put our new cabinets in the shelving today and changed things a little. Trade today a little quiet. I printed a �Happy New Year to You� sign this eve, to go out to the front in the a.m. Misses Emma Wheeler and Mary Burruss will entertain the Enterpe, and the young men tonight, at Dr. A. A. Wheeler�s (her house). I went over at 8 p.m. and spent a real pleasant eve. I didn�t leave until 1:45 a.m. I helped to wait on the table and wash dishes, etc.

End of 1897 Diary



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Addenda............ (in back of diary)

List of who I gave photos of myself to, like the one enlarged.......

November 1896
5th - Miss Lilly Conway
8th - Dr. Elbert Dunlap
8th - Miss Emma Wheeler
8th - Miss Willie Cresap
20th - Rettie V. Myers
29th - Gussie Edmonds

February 1897
21st - Miss Maude Wheeler

June 1897
10th - J. E. Whitmore
19th - Miss Florence Hisle
27th - Prof. M. E. Merry

Jul 1897
19th - Geo. P. Haynie

Aug 1897
17th - Hallie Hudson
29th - Laura Carpenter

Oct 1897
13th - Aunt Mollie (Whitmore) Mohler
22nd - Belle Burns

Nov 1897
6th - Miss Myn Casebolt
6th - kept two for myself

ADDRESSES:

Miss Kittie Sullivan
211 No. Main Street
Norwich, Conn.

Miss Rebecca Tate Morrisette
Natal
Rio Grande del Norte
Brazil, South America
c/o Rev. W. C. Porter

Mr. L. E. Myers
1732 Santee Street
Los Angeles, Cal.

Mrs. Mary Mohler
Parnassus, Augusta Co., Va.

Hallie M. Hudson
c/o Randolph-Macon College
Lynchburg, Va.

Morgan and Wright Tire Repair Shop
209 North 10th Street
St. Louis, Mo.

R. M. Blakey (hat man)
Scott, Force & Goodbar Hat Co.
Boonville, Mo.

Elbert Dunlap
M. K. & T. Hospital
Sedalia, Mo.

Mrs. H. T. Hudson (sister)
West-end Sanitarium
San Antonio, Texas

Mrs. Daisy DeWitt
4023 Independence Ave.
Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Syd Wheeler
Spearfish, So. Dakota
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