The 1898 Diary of Wilbert S. Myers, Miami, Saline, MO

1898

The Diary of W. S. Myers

Miami, Saline, MO


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(Note: I could not find the original Diary of 1898. In its place were two brown spiral notebooks, entitled �Diary of 1898� by W. S. Myers, which had been transcribed by my mother, Mrs. Robert W. Myers. So, what you will be reading here is a transcription of a transcription. She obviously had the original at one time, but perhaps gave it to someone, or its condition was beyond preservation. I do not know.....M. L. D.)

Main Street, Miami, c. 1890's

JANUARY

Sat., Jan. 1. 1898
This has been a lovely day. Trade very good considering the roads. Collections also fine. Lem was out today, putting up 8-inch ice. Jim Weir and G. N. Jackson were also putting up ice today. Quite a crowd was at the River this afternoon, skating. Clarence Haynie and George Wheeler went down, tonight, for awhile. Geo. Burruss, Clarence, and I had pears and crackers for our refreshments tonight, at 10:30 p.m. Retired at 11:15.
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Above is another photo of the Miami Business District. I suspect it was taken after 1897, when "Myers Bros. Dry Goods" officially became a part of the community. I am not certain which building housed "Myers Bros.", but I believe it was the second large building on the right. There is a close-up of this store pictured further along in this diary....July 4, 1898."
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Sun., Jan. 2.
I went up home this a.m. and helped Rettie, as she is going to have Lem, Mary, Lewis, Mrs. Moorman, and Will Hughes there for New Year�s Dinner. I froze some banana cream, then came to the Store and cleaned my room. At 3:45 p.m., Clarence and I went down to call on Chas. Davis� cousin, Miss Roberts. I went to see Emma at 4:00 p.m. and stayed until 5:30. Then I went home for supper, and afterwards went back over to get Emma and we went to the Baptist Church to hear Bro. Paddock.
Mon., Jan. 3.
A protracted meeting commences tonight at the M. E. Church. School opened this a.m. Bessie Taylor went back to school today. Lem finished filling his ice house. Mr. Wise, our clothing man, was here today. We got our telephone poles today. Harrison Wheeler put the phone in at the Store tonight. The Enterpe Club met at Mrs. W. O. Burgess� tonight. I went over and walked home with Emma. I paid my city tax today.....$1.65.
Tue., Jan. 4.
We took down all of our decorations today, getting ready to clean house. Harrison Wheeler completed our telephone line today, from home to Store. He will finish Lem�s line tomorrow. The I.O.O.F. had a �Big Supper� tonight at Mertens� Hall. I had the pleasure of accepting a bid from Dr. A. A. Wheeler, so I went and took his daughter. We had a fine time.
Wed., Jan. 5.
Harrison completed Lem�s phone line at 3:30 p.m. this eve. All the lines are working nicely. I went to the M. E. Church�s Big Meeting� tonight and walked over home with �the People,� then came back to the Store and worked until 11 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 6.
Today is a lovely, warm day. I cleaned my side of the Store today. George got part of his done. I�ll help him tomorrow, if nothing prevents. I talked quite a while with Maude Wheeler and May Minor, on the telephone, this eve. They enjoyed it and so did I. Mary Myers moved her flowers up to the Store this eve. Emma and I went down to Lem and Mary�s tonight. She also had Clayton Wheeler, Harrison Wheeler, Anna Taylor, Rettie Myers, Willie Cresap, Geo. Wheeler, and George Burruss down, for music. She had good ice-cream and cake for refreshments. It was fine, too.
Fri., Jan. 7.
We have finished cleaning the Store today. Mary and Lewis left this eve, for Kansas City, to be gone four or five weeks. There was to be a party at Robert Casebolt�s tonight, but the ice being so dangerous, they didn�t get to go.
Sat., Jan. 8.
Becker, Mayer & Company�s man was here today. We bought a very nice line from him. I got me a suit (brown worsted plaid) from him this a.m. I ordered some oranges and coconuts, this a.m., for Maude Wheeler, over the phone, while at breakfast. It was all okay! Emma went out to Mr. J. H. Boyer�s this eve, with Mrs. S. O. Grady, to stay until tomorrow eve. We closed tonight at 10 o�clock. The River broke up again this eve, for the second time this winter.
Sun., Jan. 9.
We have had rain most all a.m. I cut off a lot of stamps, to make some photo plates and frames. Then I dressed and went to lunch. Emma and Mrs. Grady got in this eve about 6 o�clock. I went over and took Emma to Church. Awfully dark tonight.
Mon., Jan. 10.
This has been a dark, gloomy day. Trade fair. I have been working on my stamp photo frames. We closed at 7 p.m., for Church, and will from now on. I went to Church tonight and walked home with �the people.� Frank Webster, Harrison Wheeler, Clarence Haynie, and myself ate two cans of pears tonight.
Tue., Jan. 11.
I finished one �stamp photo frame� and commenced on another. I walked home with Emma after Church tonight. It was so dark tonight that we stopped at Mr. Milt Burns� and got a lantern, and, after I took Emma home, I returned to Church and took the Misses Mable and Laura Carpenter home. It was dark and also pouring rain.
Wed., Jan. 12.
Cold and gloomy. Trade very good. I went to Church, but Emma wasn�t there. I finished my photo frames tonight. I put �Myers Bros.� on my photo frame of we five brothers. I also put names in umbrellas for Bob Dunlap, Mrs. Greenabaum, Geo. Wheeler, and my own, with white lead. I went up to see Maude Wheeler, on business, this eve.
Thurs., Jan. 13.
Geo. and I went through all the hats and clothing today. Mr. G. T. Taylor bought the �Pendleton� Store today. I walked home with Emma after Church tonight. The Misses Mable Carpenter, Anna Burgess, and self had our photos taken today. All okay, too.
Fri., Jan. 14
.....no entry.....
Sat., Jan. 15.
.....no entry.....
Sun., Jan. 16.
I went to breakfast this a.m., at 8:45. Then I came back to Store and Clarence Haynie and self went to the Baptist Sunday School (first time in my life). I attended the M. E. Church for preaching. After dinner, I talked to the boys at Dunlap�s Drug Store for awhile. At 3:30 p.m. I went to Epworth League, then over to see �the people� at 5 o�clock. I stayed there for 1-hr., and 25-minutes, then I came back and went up home for lunch (although Emma gave me ice-cream and cake). After supper I came to the Store and done some writing, and then back over to see Emma at 6:30. We went to the M. E. Church tonight.
Mon., Jan. 17.
Trade has been quiet today......not many in town. Dr. Cabell and self went down to see Uncle Henry Curl (col�d), this eve and found him in a very bad condition. I have been picking out wallpaper most all day, from our sample books. I sent Mrs. Shelton my black cutaway coat this a.m., to reline and bind. I was taken sick tonight at 5 p.m., so I went to see Dr. Grady and got some medicine. I went to Church tonight, but had to leave. So George Wheeler took Emma to Enterpe Meeting, at W. H. Wheeler�s, and then home, for me. I was sorry, but I couldn�t help it.
Tue., Jan. 18.
I stayed at home this a.m., and came down to Store at 1 p.m. Emma was in the Store this morning, and left a note for me. I answered same and sent it to her, by George. I sent off a wallpaper and shade order this eve. We got in our men�s clothing and men�s and lady�s shoes and slippers today......the biggest line ever in Miami, at one time!!
Wed., Jan. 19.
It has been drizzling rain all day. I made a lovely display in the window today, of yellow cheese-cloth, a mirror, and a lot of lady�s fine shoes and slippers. Trade today has been fine. We hired Clarence Haynie, again, today. Mr. T. P. Dowdy died this a.m. I went to see Emma tonight. She gave me apples and ginger-cake, and it was fine, too. The new M. E. preacher came today.
Thurs., Jan. 20.
Mr. T. P. Dowdy was buried at the Christian graveyard this eve. It was a gloomy-old-day, but trade fine. I sold three suits today. I made another shoe display in the other window tonight, of men�s goods, in a light blue background. George Burruss, C. D. Haynie, and self ate Bartlett pears tonight. I walked home with Emma and Mary Haynie from Church tonight.
Fri., Jan. 21.
Clarence and I have been working on the shirt dept. today, and George has been breaking down boxes for us to make signs with. I rode out to Mr. John Robertson�s this eve, on horseback, and put up five shades. The mud was awfully deep. Emma went out with Mary Haynie to stay until Sun. We got in our hamburgs and ladies underwear today. Clarence and I had oysters tonight.
Sat., Jan. 22.
It has been snowing hard all day. Lem is at home today, working on a sign plan. I talked to Maude Wheeler and May Minor, on the phone, a long while this eve. We had 9-inches of snow fall this day. We had to have the Store roof cleaned off (14-inches on the roof). I made a newspaper clipping photo-frame tonight (the latest out). It is a dandy! Clarence Haynie, Geo. Burruss, and I had oysters tonight at 10:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 23.
I got up at 8:15 this a.m., cleaned my room, dressed bed, and went up to breakfast at 9 a.m. Then I got a shave and went to Sunday School. I went down to see Lem, then went to preaching at the Baptist Church. Went home to dinner. Mack Lewis was over and took a photo of our home this a.m. Today has been a lovely day. The snow is melting. I went to League Meeting, that over to see Emma at 4:30 p.m. and stayed until 6. Emma and I went to Church tonight.
Mon., Jan. 24.
Clarence and I have been making signs all day (28 signs). I talked with Maude Wheeler awhile, in Store, this a.m. I mailed three letters for Miss Riva Hamner at noon. It has been raining a good deal today, so I sent Emma and Laura Carpenter, each, an umbrella, at their school. Miss Mable Carpenter sent me a fine box of cake this eve, so I, in return, sent a note and a box of large pecans to her. I talked to Geo. Burruss and Clarence until 10 p.m. tonight. Then C. D. H. and I went to our room and retired.....tired and sleepy.
Tue., Jan. 25.
Clarence and I made seven more signs this a.m., and gave the whole thirty-five one coat of white paint. Miss Addie Smith and a Mr. Will Booker were married today, at Mrs. Lander Smith�s. They left this eve for their home in Colorado. I made two more stamp photo frames today.
Wed., Jan. 26.
Mr. John Snelling had his �Sale� today. Clarence went out and spent the day. Lem went out for about two hours. I cleaned off the desk, and then went to Church and walked home with Emma. We had some fine bananas tonight.
Thurs., Jan. 27.
This has been the dullest day yet since we have been open.....$12.38! I made a mailing case today, also a letterhead, statement, envelope, and postal case and put them up. Then Clarence and I gave our 35-signs the second coat of paint. Remember this eve.....how we had Geo. Burruss penned-up in my room......how he went down the fire escape and turned the room up so!!! I made three more stamp photo frames tonight. Now I have eight.
Fri., Jan. 28.
I filled a tick, this a.m., for a pillow of feathers for Emma, and I put a note in it and sewed it up for her. Mack Lewis and Jesse Wheeler took photos of my stamp frames this eve. I went to Y. P. C. S. E. tonight and took part in the talking. Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Burns were there and we all had quite a time.
Sat., Jan. 29.
Mable Carpenter celebrates her 25th birthday today. Emma and a crowd of girls were up for dinner with her. Trade today has been fine. Mary and little Lewis got home today, after three weeks in Kansas City. George Wheeler got his guitar today, that he ordered a few days ago. As I came from supper, I walked from Bure�s corner down to the Store, with Emma, as she was on her way home from Carpenter�s. It was a �hot� time in town tonight......several drunks and one fight (Scott and Singleton). I counted up my �calls� and �visits� on young ladies, tonight, and, to date, there have been 1,761, in nine-years.
Sun., Jan. 30.
After I got my breakfast this a.m., I went to Sunday School and Church. Then I went up to my dinner and talked to them awhile. I spent from 2 o�clock to 3:30, this eve, in my room at Store, reading. Then I went to League at 3:30 p.m., and led for them, as they had no leader today. After League I went over to see Emma and stayed for one-hour, then went back home to my lunch. After lunch I went over to see Lem and Mary, then I went over and took Emma to the Christian Church. She played the organ and I sang in the choir tonight.
Mon., Jan. 31.
Clarence and I have been printing signs all day. We printed five today, and then I fixed one for Mr. G. T. Taylor. I will hang it out of my window, for him, on tomorrow. Miss Willie Cresap is 19-years-old today. I gave her one of my stamp photo frames. She brought me a plate of nice cake for my supper. The Enterpe met at Mrs. Saufley�s tonight. Lottie went back to Lem and Mary�s this eve, from Mrs. Barnett�s. I went up and took Emma home from the Enterpe Meeting. I put names on two valises for Geo. Burruss today.

FEBRUARY

Tue., Feb. 1.
Trade has been fine today. Clarence and I have been working on signs all day. The overcoat �bids� closed today. Mr. J. D. Snelling got the #40 coat, priced at $12.50, for $8.30. Mr. Blackburn got the #38 coat, priced at $10, for $6. J. D. Snelling and his wife took supper with Lem and Mary tonight. I let Miss Mable Carpenter have my letter, from Dr. �Pete�, to read. There was a crowd at Miller�s tonight. I opened my own new ledger, this eve, under the name �Myers Bros.�
Wed., Feb. 2.
The Groundhog say his shadow today......six weeks more of winter! C. D. H. and I have been working on signs, again, today. We have now finished 20. Geo. Burruss and Jim Weir left today, for the Klondike, via Calif. We, �Myers Bros,� made them a present of the best gloves in the house! This has been the coldest day yet.....2-degrees above zero. I went over to see Emma tonight. We didn�t go to Prayer Meeting tonight.
Thurs., Feb. 3.
Today is an awfully cold one. Trade quiet. Clarence and I are still working on signs. We want to finish tomorrow. We have four big ones left to do. I talked to a crowd in the Store tonight, until 9:30 o�clock. Then, after we closed up, I went to my room, built a fire and read awhile. The River blocked here again today. Arthur Greenabaum left for California yesterday.
Fri., Feb. 4.
Clarence and I finished our 35-signs this eve. They are hard to beat, too! J. D. Snelling and Jim Burruss left for Calif. today. I went down to Endeavor tonight and walked home with Emma. I gave her two �stamp photo frames� tonight.....and I gave Rettie, two, also.
Sat., Feb. 5.
George Wheeler and I went out to Mrs. Akerman�s and took down our old sign, and had it brought in. We are going to work it over next week. Miss Laura Carpenter brought me a nice box of candy this a.m.... that she, Mable, and Sallie Hamner made for me. It was okay, too!! Trade has been very good.....$102 today. There were a good many in town tonight. Miss Myn Casebolt is expected home tomorrow. Candidates are as thick as bees around a beehive today. We got in our boy�s clothing today, and also our spring line of wallpaper.
Sun., Feb. 6.
I went to Sunday School and Church this a.m. After dinner I came back to Store and did some writing and a little reading, and then I got ready and attended League Meeting. Then, at 4:45 p.m. I went over to see Emma and stayed until 6 o�clock. Emma, Cyrena, and I attended the M. E. Church tonight. Don�t forget our �hot� discussion over the Y. P. S. C. E. and the Epworth League!! Everything was all okay, though. Ahem.........
Mon., Feb. 7.
I received a real sweet note from Emma this a.m. I fixed her shoes, and Cyrena�s Bible, and then wrote a few lines to her. We didn�t have time to work on our signs today. I fixed a photo frame, each, for Jesse Wheeler and Miss Willie Cresap, this eve. Clarence Haynie attended a gathering at W. O Burgess� tonight. Uncle John Miller took dinner with us today. I went down to see the new Christian Church this a.m. It is now finished inside.
Tue., Feb. 8.
Trade has been slow today. We have been working on the wallpaper dept. all morning. C. D. H. and I boxed a photo this eve, to be sent to Miss Mollie Snelling, in Texas. Clarence made a �clothing display� in one window this eve, and I made a ladies muslin underwear, shoe and hosiery display in the other window. As I went to supper this eve, I had the pleasure of walking with Miss May Minor and Miss Maude Wheeler, as they had been in the Store for quite a little while. They are �all okay,� too!! There was a League Meeting at Mrs. Robert Parrish�s tonight, but I did not attend, as I had to work. Lewis and I had our photo taken together today. After we closed tonight, Clarence and I ate oysters, then retired at 11:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 9.
Rain........rain......it has been raining all day long. Clarence and I have been printing signs again. We worked on the big sign that was at Akerman�s, out on the Marshall road. We repainted it and now it looks fine and we have it ready to put back. I commenced on a couch, or �divan,� for my room, tonight, and I got along pretty well on it. I want to finish it tomorrow, if nothing happens.
Thurs., Feb. 10.
Trade has been very nice today. I hung the sign, that I made for Mr. Taylor, from my window this a.m. Clarence and I have been making oil cloth signs today. I covered the top of my couch tonight....upholstered it, with Clarence�s help. They commenced work on our Church again (Tues.), and are putting in the doors and windows. Miss Myn Casebolt, who has been in California for the past two months, got home today from across the River, where she has been staying with her brother, Bob, since Monday.
Fri., Feb. 11.
We finished our signs today (44 in all). And then we commenced cleaning the Store. This eve I went to the M. E. Church and put a silk-a-line drapery on the glass door of the secretary case. The roads are still bad, but trade has been fair. I fixed one end of my couch tonight. Then I made off sales and closed up. Then I got some bananas and went to the Y. P. S. C. E. I walked home with Emma, went in, and stayed awhile.
Sat., Feb. 12.
It is a lovely, bright day, but the roads are awful......though we had a $65 day! Emma was in the Store this eve, and I chatted with her awhile. I also talked to Maude Wheeler, over the phone, this eve, and took her some ribbon. I finished my divan tonight, at 11 p.m., and, I tell you, it is a beauty! Old Uncle Dick Buckner died tonight. He was 84-years-old. Clarence went home tonight, sick.
Sun., Feb. 13.
I got up this a.m., at 8 o�clock, did my usual work, and went to breakfast at 9. I walked to Sunday School with Maude Wheeler, and then went to my own Sunday School. I went to the Baptist Church for preaching. A telegram came this a.m., saying, �Mr. Gus Leftwich was dead.� Old Uncle Dick Buckner was buried today. I got a nice letter, at noon, from Harrison Wheeler, from Texas. I went to League at 3:30 p.m., and, afterwards, took a walk with Emma to Bell�s corner, then back to the Store after my overcoat, where I showed Emma my new couch. Emma and I went to Church tonight.
Mon., Feb. 14.
George Wheeler was at home, sick, today. News reached here, this eve, that Mr. Gus Leftwich had been poisoned, and also his wife. I put up two curtains, this eve, at Mr. Jim Vaughan�s. The Enterpe Club met at W. M. Bell�s tonight. I went up at 9:45 p.m., and walked over home with Emma. Cold, windy, and dark! I retired at 10:30.
Tue., Feb. 15.
The corpse of Mr. Gus Leftwich arrived here this a.m., on the boat from DeWitt, from his home in Gallatin, Mo. He was taken to the M. E. Church for the funeral. It was the largest crowd ever at a funeral in Miami. All the stores and shops were closed and the schools let out at noon. I took a paper around town this a.m., to get the stores to close from 1:30 to 3:00 o�clock. This eve we worked on our new goods, and shoes.
Wed., Feb. 16.
We commenced invoicing this a.m. Mary and Rettie took dinner at Mrs. J. D. Snelling�s today. There was a lecture at the M. E. Church tonight, by a Persian. I went and enjoyed it very much. Then I walked home with Emma. It is awfully windy tonight, though it is a lovely, starlight night and clear.
Thurs., Feb. 17.
Today has been quite gloomy, but trade very good. Marsh Bishop got home this eve, from the Marshall jail. He has been there near one year. I wrote to Mrs. Wm. Osborn and Mr. Mark Leftwich, asking for a newspaper of Mr. Gus Leftwich�s death. Wib Burns went back to St. Louis this a.m. I made a double �stamp photo frame,� tonight, and then, after we closed, Clarence and I ate oysters and retired at 11:15.
Fri., Feb. 18.
Cold and slick as ice! I got some foreign stamps today, from Miss Pet Jeter at Malta Bend. I returned thanks for them this eve. It is sleeting out, but trade has been fair. I went to Endeavor tonight and read the lesson for them. There were seven boys there, and Miss Mattingly was the only lady. Then I came back to Dunlap�s Drug Store and listened to some music, by the Negroes. I came to my room and wrote a few lines to Emma. I didn�t go over tonight because of the weather.
Sat. Feb. 19.
Today has been gloomy and very slick out. I sent my note to Emma at noon, by George. Dr. Cabell and I went to see old Uncle Henry Curl this a.m. Emma sent me a nice box of homemade candy at noon. So I sent a note, by George, again tonight.....thanking her. We had a $55 day.
Sun., Feb. 20.
I got up at 7:30 a.m., went up to breakfast, and then to Sunday School. Then I came back to my room and went through my box and trunk and put all of my Xmas presents in my new couch. I attended League at 3:30 p.m., then went over to see Emma at 4:30. I received a newspaper, today, of Gus Leftwich�s death, from Mrs. Osborn. I went back to see Emma at 7:15, and, as it was so cold and slick, we didn�t go to Church.
Mon., Feb. 21.
We have been busy invoicing all day. Miss Sallie Hamner brought us a fine box of homemade candy today. I cut the word �Washington� in letters and sent it, and a note, over to Emma, by George. I was down to the Christian Church this eve, with Emma. I measured it for a carpet that I am going to cut. Then the ladies are going to sew it up in my room. I wrote a few notes of �news� for our Literary Meeting to be held tomorrow night at Carpenter�s, and also read a chapter in the Bible. Mrs. Kate Shaw came today, at noon, to Dr. Wheeler�s.
Tue., Feb. 22.
George Washington would have been 166-years-old today! I measured the Christian Church this a.m., and cut the carpet. They worked on it in my room this eve, and will again tomorrow. The League met at Carpenter�s tonight. I went and was on duty for the �news of the day.� I enjoyed the meeting very much and, after it was over, I walked home with Miss Ella Parrish.
Wed., Feb. 23.
We are still invoicing. Trade was very nice today. The ladies of the Christian Church were up in my room this eve, sewing on their carpet for the new Church. Mrs. Shaw, Mrs. A. A. Wheeler, and Mrs. Horace Hornbeck (Ruth), were the ones doing the sewing. I bought an electric fan, for catarrh, today, for 50-cents. I commenced on a new �record book� this eve. Rettie and Mary had their photos taken this eve. This has been a lovely day.
Thurs., Feb. 24.
Papa and Mr. Thos. Minor have been putting the new benches together at the Christian Church. I worked on my record book and also printed two signs for Mr. Marion Peterman, tonight. Miss Fannie Hanna was married this eve, at her home.
Fri., Feb. 25.
We finished our invoice today, at noon. It took us 8 1/2 days on a stock of $7500. I talked to Maude Wheeler at noon, and also tonight, as I went to supper. Dr. Elbert Dunlap came in this a.m., from Texas, via Sedalia. He looks well. He is going to Texas, to locate, in the next few days. I went to the Y. P. S. C. E. Meeting tonight, and walked home with Emma. Mrs. Shaw came in the parlor with us and stayed a few minutes and talked.
Sat., Feb. 26.
One year ago today, this a.m., Mr. G. T. Taylor�s Store burnt. Mrs. M. Shelton had a �household furniture sale� today. This has been a gloomy old day, and the roads are very bad. We had a fair trade, though.......sold $80. Clarence and I had oysters tonight. Then I �blacked� my shoes, did some washing, and retired.
Sun., Feb. 27.
Elbert Dunlap and I took a walk over to the corner this a.m., and then he left for St. Louis. He will go to Texas, to locate, on Wed., Mar. 2nd, 1898. Then I went to Sunday School, walked home with Emma, and then back to the Church door with her. Then I walked up to our Church with Hubert Wood. After Church I went to the Store and sat in the sun for an hour. At 1 p.m., I went home to my dinner, then back to our Church again. I took a walk to the College, with the boys, and enjoyed the sun, this eve. Then it was time for League. After League, Emma and I went over to the graveyard for awhile. Then Emma and I went to the M. E. Church tonight.
Mon., Feb. 28.
The report is in this a.m., that Grover Kite confessed to killing Carrie Mattingly, by accident. Mr. A. S. Taylor, and son, Gip, went to St. Louis this a.m., to buy their spring goods. We commenced cleaning house this a.m., and we came very near finishing the downstairs. We hope to get upstairs tomorrow. The Enterpe Club meets at H. D. Carpenter�s tonight. Hubert Wood, Prof. Strong, and I went down to hear the colored M. E. preacher tonight...on �Get There and Stay There.� Then I came back and went to the Enterpe Meeting and walked home with Emma and Maude Wheeler. Myers Bros. has been in business six-months today!

MARCH

Tue., Mar. 1.
Today has been a very cold and gloomy day. Trade fair. I made a �packing box� today and Clarence packed away our robes, blankets, boy�s overcoats, and cloaks. He also made a �skirt display� rack. I soaked off a lot of stamps tonight, dried them, and put them away. C. D. H. is taking his last course in the �I. O. O. F.� work tonight. We raised George Wheeler�s wages today, from $12.50 to $16.00 per month, for the next year.
Wed., Mar. 2.
I went out and put up our sign at Mrs. Akerman�s this a.m. We finished cleaning the whole house this eve, cleaned it all in just three days. I got my �stamp photos� today. I gave Lewis 1/2 dozen of him and me, and gave Rettie, three. I measured two rooms at the Brick Hotel for Mrs. Ruth Hornbeck, and sold her two carpets. I went to Prayer Meeting tonight and walked home with Emma. Had some good apples tonight.Wib Myers and A. K. Ruxton inside Myers Bros.
Thurs., Mar. 3.
I have been working on the �memorandum� for Lem�s Spring buying. Clarence and I have been working all evening, putting up signs. We put one at Mr. Peterman�s barn, and one at the River on Mrs. Saufley�s storehouse......also one down at Capt. Ruxton�s warehouse. These were big oil-cloth signs. Trade today fine. It has been a lovely day. I printed Mr. J. A. Jessup�s name on a big axe sign tonight, on one side. I will finish the other side when it dries. Mrs. Ruth Hornbeck moved into the old Brick Hotel, on Tues. I talked to Anna Taylor over the phone tonight.
Fri., Mar. 4.
I have been working on stock all day. Trade very nice. The trial of Grover Kite vs. Miss Cassie Mattingley�s murder was held here today. He was turned loose. Lem went out and measured a corn bin on his farm today, that he had sold to Mr. W. H. Nichols. Dr. Briggs lectured at the Masonic Lodge tonight. Lem had to come over to Dr. Wheeler�s tonight, after my keys. I went to Y. P. S. C. E. and took part, and then walked home with Emma.
Sat., Mar. 5.
Trade fine today.....lots of people in town at the �Township Meeting� today. A. S. Taylor is on a big drunk again. We closed at 10 p.m. tonight, then Clarence and I had oysters. I listened to Bob Dunlap�s gramophone tonight. Mattie Myers and the children came over last night, and will go home tomorrow. I measured the hall for Mrs. D. N. Burruss after my supper, so Lem can get a carpet for her while he is in St. Louis next week. Emma went over to see Mary Burruss this eve.
Sun., Mar. 6.
I got up at 7:30 a.m., went to breakfast, dried the dishes for Rettie, and attended Sunday School. I came back to Store and wrote a letter to Harrison Wheeler, in Texas. This is the last Sunday that the Christian Church will meet at the M. E. Church. They expect to be in their new Church next Sunday. After dinner I went up to Mrs. Saufley�s and stayed awhile and talked with Edna and Mattie, then I went down to League. After Church Emma and I, with a crowd, started out walking. When we got to Bell�s, we got separated.....Emma going with Clarence and I with his company, who was Miss Anna Taylor. They went to Burgess� and we went to the persimmon trees and the graveyard and then home. Emma and I went to the Baptist Church tonight. We had some good oranges after Church.
Mon., Mar. 7.
Lem left for St. Louis this a.m., to buy our Spring goods. Geo. Wheeler is staying at Lem�s, with Mary, while Lem is away. I finished Mr. Jessup�s �axe sign� tonight. Lizzy Hamner and I walked down to see the new Church this eve. Then I talked to Maude Wheeler on my way to supper this eve. I got �check blanks� from Marshall�s four banks tonight.
Tue., Mar. 8.
Mary and Rettie spent today at Uncle John Miller�s. Mr. Thorp fixed the walk, in front, for us and also the hole in the gutter. We put up three signs today......one in front of the bank, one down at the �colored schoolhouse,� and one in front of the livery stable. I walked up the street this eve, as I went to supper, with Miss Laura Carpenter. The Baptists begin a protracted meeting tonight. They arrested a man this eve (Isbell) who struck Will Haynie a severe blow. Will is now very ill. Clarence Haynie made three more �skirt display� racks today. I went to Literary Meeting at Rev. Ezell�s tonight, and walked home with Miss Laura Carpenter. Then I stopped at Kite�s and went home with Emma and Mary. I mailed Lem a letter this eve.
Wed., Mar. 9.
This has been a very pretty day. Trade very nice. I was down at the Christian Church, putting down the carpet on the rostrum, and will finish it tomorrow if nothing prevents. Clarence finished putting our name on our curtains in the front windows. There was a free �Tri-scope Show� down at Mertens� corner tonight. So a crowd of girls and boys, and Emma and I, walked down from Church and looked on for awhile. It was very good.
Thurs., Mar. 10.
I was up to Mr. W. H. Wheeler�s this a.m. and put up a pole fixture for Miss Maude, and draped a pair of curtains for her. I also saw a �pretty new red-wrapper.� Then I went down to the new Christian Church and spent the a.m. putting down their carpet. We did a good job of it! Mrs. J. D. Snelling, Mrs. Robert Grady, Mary Myers, and Miss Jennie Snelling all took dinner with us today. Clarence and I went to Church and, afterwards, had oysters. The �Tri-scope Show� was rained out tonight.
Fri., Mar. 11.
As I was coming back from breakfast I walked a way with Miss Laura Carpenter. I got a letter from McDougall today. I posted the books up-to-date this eve. There was a �Tri-Scope Show� at Mertens� Hall tonight. I went and took Rettie and Emma. The Show was fine.....best ever in Miami!! The house was crowded, with only �whites.� I wrote invitations for a �Presbyterian Call Meeting� on Wed., Mar. 16th, at 2:30 p.m., at the M. E. Church.
Sat., Mar. 12.
I cleaned and washed the desk in Store this a.m. Miss Becca Kile is to be buried here today. She died in Kansas on the 10th. I took invoice of the shoes and slippers on hand and found we had 1,573 pair, in all. I sold my old shoes for 10-cents and my gold watch that papa gave me for $4.30, so you see, I have been on �a trade� all day. I bought a 90-cent knife at J. Bishop & Sons. I posted up books this eve and squared the cash all okay. I ate oysters with Clarence tonight, at 11 p.m. Still it rains.
Sun., Mar. 13.
I got up at 6:30 a.m. and went to breakfast at 8:15. I attended Sunday School and the Baptist Church this a.m.. Then I went to dinner and got the mail. Lem got home from St. Louis this a.m. Clarence Haynie, Frank Webster, Bob Dunlap, and self took a walk up to the Presbyterian Church and saw the new window. I attended League this eve, at 3:30, and went home with Emma, where I stayed until 6:30. After supper I came back after Emma and we went to the Baptist Church tonight.
Mon., Mar. 14.
Trade only fair today. Clarence and I have been busy fixing the �revolving candy case� that we bought from Mr. Huyett. We made it into a �tie-case.� We put a second coat of varnish on it this a.m. and when it dries it will be done. The Enterpe Club met at W. H. Wheeler�s tonight. I went up and went home with Emma and her company, Miss Mary Burruss. Frank Burruss was there, too, so he and Miss Myn Casebolt walked home with us also. It began to rain when we got to Bure�s, so we came to the Store and got an umbrella. Then the wind came up at Dr. Grady�s, so Frank and I had �a time� getting home. I lost my hat near the Christian Church! It was dark as all-get-out! Myn Casebolt lost her hat also. Then, coming home, Frank and I ran smack into Belle Washington, who was drunk, and we knocked her down so we had to take her home. Long remember this night! Dark.....windy.....and pouring rain!
Tue., Mar. 15.
We have been working on stock today and we are in fine shape for our new goods, in the a.m. I put away our hamburgs this eve. Miss Maude Wheeler and her father, Mrs. Dee Vaughan, and Mr. and Mrs. Paddock, and Rev. Phillips all took dinner with Lem tonight. I went down for supper. Today I varnished my chairs and finished the other tables and case.
Wed., Mar. 16.
Goods!.. Goods!.... We have had all kind of new goods today. Trade has been nice. It is a very lovely day. We worked tonight until 10 o�clock. John Dunlap, Will Wood, Clarence Haynie, and I ate oysters tonight. I fixed a back on a �stamp photo frame� this a.m., for Jesse Wheeler. The Presbyterians had a meeting at the M. E. Church, at 3:30 p.m., for Church matters. We filled our new �tie-case� at Store this eve. I wrote for a �catalogue of motors� tonight.
Thurs., Mar. 17.
We have gotten our stock in very nice shape and are expecting more to come on Sat. I went to the Christian Church this a.m. and helped them some more with their new carpet. I sold Mr. Peterman and his wife one of our best carpets this eve, and also wallpaper for two rooms. I measured for them tonight. I donated to the �Cuban sufferers� today. Mrs. Ezell is packing a box to send to them. I gave her the box also.
Fri., Mar. 18.
I have been working all day on stock. Trade has been very nice, considering it to be Friday which is usually such a bad day. I bought two new chairs from Mr. Webster today. One is oak, for $3.50, for myself, and one is dark mahogany, for $3.00, for Rettie. I wrote Emma a note, as she had company. I told her I had work to do and I couldn�t come over. I feel tired and worn out!
Sat., Mar. 19.
We got in the rest of our new goods this a.m. Everything is torn-up and out of place, but we had all we could wait on all day.....our biggest day since Jan. 1st........$176 ($90 of it cash). Clarence and I had oysters at 11 p.m. Mrs. Dr. Cunningham came down today, from Wakenda.
Sun., Mar. 20.
There was Sunday School and Church in the new Christian Church......for the first time this a.m. Will Taylor and wife are here today. They brought Bessie McDaniel down for awhile. I led the League today, and we had a large crowd. After it was over, I walked home with Emma, and we took a little stroll to the River and back. Then I went home for lunch. Emma and I attended the new Christian Church tonight. Geo. Bure was baptized, at the River, by the M. E. Church, today at noon.
Mon., Mar. 21.
Today has been windy. Trade nice. I was at Mrs. Hornbeck�s (Ruth) today and I put up two shades and two brass rods for lace curtains. I gave Emma two ties and a belt pin this eve. I attended the Baptist Church tonight. Then �C. D. H.� and I had sardines and crackers tonight before we retired.
Tue., Mar. 22.
This has been a cold and gloomy old day. Trade dull. I have been working on stock most all day. I talked to Maude Wheeler quite a while as I came from my breakfast. I also walked a ways this a.m., with Miss Laura Carpenter. I got Rettie some lemons and quinine this eve, for her cold. The M. E. Church placed an order for their new seats this eve.
Wed., Mar. 23.
This has been a lovely day. Trade very nice. We worked on stock all we could. I changed around the plow shoe and the shirt depts. this eve. Tonight I walked home from Church with Emma, went in and stayed awhile.
Thurs., Mar. 24.
This a.m. we got our stock in fine shape. Mrs. Dr. Wheeler invited me over to a little gathering, tonight, in honor of Emma�s 22nd birthday. Those attending were: Prof. Strong, Mrs. Dr. Cunningham, Mabel and Laura Carpenter, Mary and Sadie Jessup, Maude Wheeler, Mary Haynie, and Mary Burruss. We had a fine time. I walked home with the Misses Carpenter and Prof. Strong with Maude Wheeler. (Emma�s birthday is tomorrow).
Fri., Mar. 25.
I gave Emma a nice silk umbrella today, and to Lewis, who also has a birthday today, I gave some candy and some marbles. We fixed our new sign today, of pasteboard and fancy colored letters. I went to Y. P. S. C. E. tonight and they had a large crowd. I walked home with Emma, went in, and talked to Emma�s sister, Mrs. Cunningham, for quite awhile. She and Emma are going to spend tomorrow with Miss Mary Haynie. We sold $60 today.
Sat., Mar. 26.
This has been a very gloomy day. Not many in town. Though we sold $90. Emma and Mrs. Dr. Cunningham were in the Store this eve, and also came up in my room. I sold Mrs. C. a matting. I got in my new custom-made-suit from the �Great Western Tailors� today, and also suits for Dr. Wheeler and Syd Wheeler. I got a shave and a hair cut tonight. Then Clarence and I had oysters at 9:30 p.m. It is raining as hard as it can pour tonight. The sisters, Lizzie Cunningham, Ruth Hornbeck, and Emma Wheeler had their photos taken this a.m.
Sun., Mar. 27.
After Sunday School, Mr. A. W. Bradshaw and I walked to Carpenter�s corner and back, and then attended the Baptist Church. After dinner I went to my League Meeting, and then over to see Emma until 6:30 p.m. Tonight Emma and I attended the Christian Church. I drew a diagram for Mrs. Dr. Cunningham, of her windows, for her to send home for measurements, for some new shades.
Mon., Mar. 28.
We have had $101-day! Clarence fixed a handkerchief rack today. The Enterpe Club met at Lem�s tonight. Clarence and I went down, and we took the Misses Sally Hamner, Rosa Mertens, and Emma Wheeler home.
Tue., Mar. 29.
Prof. Strong played for us awhile tonight, on George Wheeler�s guitar, here in the Store. I was down to Miss Willie Cresap�s at noon, and saw some pretty photos of her. She is quite a sweet girl. I did some figuring tonight, then retired at 10 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 30.
This has been a very pretty day. I measured two rooms for Mrs. Kieffer this a.m., for carpets. I measured both Charles and Matt Miller for a suit of clothes this eve. Clarence and I made two more fancy signs, for Store use. Mr. Moshier is here this eve, the �J. P. Miller� glove-man. I had some fun with him and Miss Cresap over the phone tonight. She is a good one! I went to Prayer Meeting tonight and walked home with Emma. She played �The Myers Bros. March,� a piece written by Clayton Wheeler for us! It is quite pretty.
Thurs., Mar. 31.
Trade fine........$65. I measured a room for Mrs. Sohns, this a.m., for a carpet. Clarence and I made a few more fancy signs. Miss Willie Cresap played �The Myers Bros.� piece for me, this a.m. I gave Miss Maude Wheeler a stamp-photo-frame this eve, with my stamp photo on it. Hubert Wood went to Marshall yesterday, to work for �Country�s.� We sold $1,500 this month.

APRIL

Fri., Apr. 1.
Trade quite nice today, although it rained this eve. We put up a post and put on it a �Lumber� sign, at the side of Store. Don�t forget how I was fooled this a.m., as to the carpet at Mrs. Kieffer�s. Ha!... Ha! I fixed a curtain for Miss Myn Casebolt this eve. I walked home with Emma from Church tonight, went in, and we had bananas for refreshments.
Sat., Apr. 2.
This has been a very pretty day. And the trade was just all we wanted! It was the best day of this year so far! We sold $146. Mrs. Dr. Cunningham, Ruth, and Emma had their photos taken again this a.m. I sold Mrs. C. a matting and two curtains today. Clarence and I had oysters tonight. I didn�t get dinner until 2 p.m. today. Willie Cresap, Mrs. D. N. Burruss, Maude Wheeler, and Mrs. Hooper, and others, were in my room this eve, to listen to the band.
Sun., Apr. 3.
This morning I went to Sunday School, then spent the rest of the a.m., writing. It rained all day long. As I was going to League, I met Emma as I passed by Mrs. Jacob Burns�. She was talking to Mrs. Leftwich. Then she came on with me. Tonight I got some apples and oranges and went over to see Emma. As it was raining so hard, we didn�t go to Church.
Mon., Apr. 4.
This has been a very gloomy day, but trade was very nice. I went through my side of the house this a.m., and also did some other work. I fixed a pair of shoes for Miss May Minor, and talked awhile to Maude, as I came by from supper. Emma practiced singing at Mrs. John Burns� tonight, with Mable and Blanche Carpenter. I talked to A. K. Ruxton quite a while tonight. I wrote to �Lungstra�s Dyeing and Cleaning Co.�, for Emma today, as to dyeing her cream dress.
Tue., Apr. 5.
�City Election Day.�
Willie Cresap and I took a walk up to Carpenter�s, to take some braid to Miss Mable. Then we stopped at Mrs. Sohns. I came back to Store and then went to see Miss Maude Wheeler, and took two orders from her. Then I came down to Mrs. Cresap�s, with Maude, and got another order, then back again to the Store.
The Election Results:
Mayor.....Webster (91) against John Dunlap (36).
For Marshall......Uzell (92) against Hill (39).
Emma spent today at Mrs. Frank Burruss�, with Mary. Mrs. Burruss� room was used for the �Election.� The League Literary Meeting was at Mrs. R. M. Parrish�s tonight. I went and enjoyed it very much. Then I walked home with Miss Mable Carpenter, and Miss Clara Kile. Emma and Mary Burruss are going to Burns� again tonight, to practice for Easter Sunday.
Wed., Apr. 6.
Geo. and I took Mrs. Kieffer�s carpet up to her this a.m. Our sales today were $134.63. Emma and Miss Lou were in this eve. I sold them matting and shades. I cut shades today for Mrs. Dr. Cunningham and Miss Eva Snelling. Tonight I stayed in my room and did some writing, and other things, so I didn�t attend Prayer Meeting. They had their first baptizing there tonight. I wrote a letter to Mrs. C. tonight.
Thurs., Apr. 7.
I got Maude Wheeler�s chair from her this a.m., as I went to breakfast, and I fixed it for her. I got Mr. J. F. Webster to order one today. Clarence and I have been coloring eggs for our �Easter� display. The Easter �practice crowd� met at Dr. A. A. Wheeler�s tonight.
Fri., Apr. 8.
I made a shirt display in one window, and also ties, jewelry, and silk handkerchiefs, while Clarence fixed up the other window. He used the two mirrors, Easter eggs, and two rabbits. Clarence brought �Miss Wheeler� up to the Store, from Church. Then I walked over home with her, after getting some oranges. We enjoyed the eve very much. I retired at 11 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 9.
This has been a lovely day. Trade fine.....$239.50, not counting two suits ($32.50) not taken out yet. I sold $109.00 myself. One of our rabbits died this a.m., so we got four new ones. They are so cute! There has been a crowd at the window all day. Our �rabbit display� cost $1.19, and it has well paid for itself! The �Alumni School Banquet� crowd met at W. H. Wheeler�s tonight. They decided for the Banquet to be on Apr. 21st.
Sun., Apr. 10.
Easter Sunday. I arose at 6:30 a.m., and had a hunt for our rabbit that got away from the window in Store. Then I went to breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and after breakfast I attended Sunday School. Then Mr. Bradshaw and I took a walk to both corners before going to the Baptist Church. I went to dinner at 12:30, and then to League Meeting at 3:30. We got out of League at 4:30 o�clock, and Emma and I took a walk to the graveyard, then home. I attended Easter Service at the Christian Church, with Emma, and then home where we spent a very pleasant time, until 10:30 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 11.
Papa and Clarence put up our �flag pole� on top of Store today. We have been busy with trade all day, and this eve had all we could wait on!
Tue., Apr. 12.
We swung our flag, that Lem made, to the breeze this a.m.! I measured Mrs. Dr. Wheeler�s parlor and bedroom, for matting, this a.m. Trade has been fine today. I worked on our wallpaper dept. tonight. Lem had his kitchen and dining room papered today. It has been raining and raining all eve.
Wed., Apr. 13.
This has been a cold, gloomy, dark day! It is also raining and windy! Trade very quiet. I sold Emma a fine silk skirt this a.m. We got in the rest of our wallpaper today. I marked it and put it all up. I also went through our curtains. I got a note from Emma tonight, saying she had such a cold that she wouldn�t be at Prayer Meeting tonight. So I wrote her a note and fixed her a box of lemons, oranges, and bananas, and sent them over to her with George, as he went home. Dr. J. B. Berry stopped boarding at Mrs. John Burns� today. Lem didn�t come back to work tonight.
Thurs., Apr. 14.
This has been a very pretty day. Trade good. The Misses Carthouer and Black, along with Miss Clara Kite, were in the Store today, working up a library scheme. Lem joined. We had a Lyceum �call meeting� tonight, at Scott & Miller�s. There were eight present. When I came back to the Store I found Miss Kite and her two lady friends. Clarence and I walked home with them. We stood at the gate and talked awhile with them. Then Clarence went to Bob�s and talked awhile. We retired at 10:30 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 15.
(no entry) Sat., Apr. 16.
This has been a lovely day. Our trade was $150 today. I got on my wheel this a.m., my first time for six-months, and I rode out to Robertson�s and back. I went to Mrs. Roe�s funeral at 10 a.m. Quite a crowd was there. Dr. Arthur Miller was up from Gilliam today. I got my new cherry rocking chair this eve, that Mr. Webster ordered for me last week (at $4.50). Clarence and I gave Willie Cresap a hat this a.m. I also gave Rettie one. Clarence and I had oysters at 11 p.m., and retired at 12 o�clock. The �Alumni� decided on Apr. 26th for the Banquet, rather than the 21st.
Sun., Apr. 17.
I got up at 6:45 this a.m. and took a spin on my wheel, out to L. W. Haynie�s, and then I went up home to my breakfast. After breakfast I went to Sunday School, and then to preaching at the M. E. Church. I went over to see Emma at 3:15 this eve. We took a walk over to the graveyard, and then back home. I went home to lunch, then came back downtown and got a can of salmon and took it over to Lem. Then I went back over to see Emma. We took a walk, but did not got to Church. Emma wasn�t well and I had a headache.
Mon., Apr. 18.
A very, very gloomy day. Trade awfully dull. We worked on stock a good deal today. It rained most all day. I finished a list of various things for myself.
Tue., Apr. 19.
Still gloomy, but trade was very nice today. We have been working on the straw hats today. Jobe Hanna put in a window light for us this eve. I went over to see Emma this eve and put up their new curtains for them, in the parlor. We had a real pleasant evening.
Wed., Apr. 20.
This has been a real lovely day. Lots of people in town today, This is the �Great County Candidate Speaking Day.� Newt was over from Marshall today. The M. E. Church gave a big dinner today, and ice-cream tonight. They took in about $90. Clarence Haynie and I printed three banners for them. The teachers are rehearsing their pupils tonight, at the Hall. After it was over, I went up and got Emma and we went to the �supper,� over at Jackson�s. We stayed awhile and then went home. It was a beautiful starlight night.
Thurs., Apr. 21.
Today it rained most all day. Trade was very quiet. I talked to Maude Wheeler this a.m. when I went to breakfast, and I also talked to her a few minutes over the phone. I fixed three baskets this a.m., for the graduates tonight at the M. E. Church (at a cost of $2.00 for three). Rettie and I gave one to May Minor, and �Myers Bros.� gave one to Miss Myrtle Carpenter and one to Mr. Homer Hancock. Emma and I went together, and, although it was dark and raining, it all went off very nicely, and all were well remembered. I cut down, and put up, two shades this eve for Mrs. John Kieffer. We are getting out statements this eve, to send to our friends and customers.
Fri., Apr. 22.
The teachers and their pupils gave an �entertainment� tonight, at the Hall. I was up to the Hall this eve and loaned them my chair and some other things. I took Rettie and Willie to the school entertainment tonight. Emma was on the stage. They had a splendid entertainment. The house was full. I took Emma home, and we ate bananas on the way home. It rained all day.
Sat., Apr. 23.
The roads are muddy and rough. Trade only fair today. I fixed a basket for George Wheeler to give to Miss Blanche Carpenter tonight, at the �medal contest.� I also fixed one for Mary to give to Nannie Vaughan. I talked to Maude a few minutes at noon, also tonight as I came by from supper. Then I walked downtown with her. I gave Emma two tickets for tonight. She is going to take Miss Mary Haynie. Bob Dunlap bought 144 tickets this a.m. Miss Dora Casebolt got the �medal� tonight.
Sun., Apr. 24.
Our telephone wire got crossed with the Marshall wire this a.m., and we could hear them talk. Lem and I fixed it. I went to Sunday School and then to the Baptist Church this a.m. Lex McDaniel is here today. After getting the mail and reading the �war news,� Mr. Will Lemmons, John Dunlap, and myself went down to see the �big Muddy,� which is on �a boom� again. Then at 3:30 o�clock I attended League Meeting, and, after it was over, I went over to see Emma at 4:30. We took a stroll to the end of the walk and back and then we enjoyed the hammock for awhile. I came home to supper, and then went back to see Emma. We attended the Christian Church tonight.
Mon., Apr. 25.
Raining. Trade was quite good today, considering the farmers are all at work now. Lem was at home sick today. Emma went out to Mr. Parson�s this eve, to stay all night with Mary Burruss. Then Emma is going to spend tomorrow with Mary Haynie. We had a Lyceum Meeting at Scott & Miller�s tonight, to reorganize. There were eight present. William Lemmons and Wood began work on the M. E. Church today, putting in the new seats, etc. The �graduates� had their photo taken this a.m., at the Lewis gallery.
Tue., Apr. 26.
The �Alumni Banquet� was held at the College tonight, served by the Marshall caterers. I worked on the Lyceum books today. I had the pleasure of going to see Miss Emma Wheeler this eve. She took me to the Banquet. The night was lovely. There were 110 people at the Banquet, and the supper was fine......little and dainty, but good, what there was of it! They broke up at 1 a.m.
Wed., Apr. 27.
We got in some new goods this a.m. I drove up to the schoolhouse, down to Lem�s, and up to Mrs. Robert Parrish�s, with Maude Wheeler and May Minor, taking things back from the Banquet. May Minor went home today. I sold the Misses Garnett thirty-six yards of matting today. I commenced on a �ticket box� this eve, for suppers, etc.
Thurs., Apr. 28.
This has been a lovely day. I finished my �ticket box� for suppers and dinners, and printed 300 tickets for it. Lem made a �bulletin board� for the Election returns, to be used on Saturday night at the telephone office. I wrote a long letter to Elbert Dunlap, in Texas.
Fri., Apr. 29.
There was a �school election of teachers� this a.m. Those elected were Professors Barnett, Carpenter, and Strong, and the Misses Ella Parrish, Emma Wheeler, Willie Cresap, and Lizzy Wood. I was up to see Maude Wheeler a few minutes this morning. I told Lem something this a.m., as to June 2nd (maybe). The Baptists are having a big dinner tomorrow. We printed a banner and 200 napkins for them. Lem went across the River to put up two big signs for us. I walked home with Emma from the Endeavor tonight.
Sat., Apr. 30.
County Election Day. There was a big rain last night, but the Baptists did well with their dinner and supper. Trade very good today. We had a $244 day. Pickett and McAmis were the winners in the Election today. We closed at 11:45 p.m. tonight. I ate dinner with the Baptists and had ice-cream with Rettie and Willie tonight.

MAY

Sun., May 1.
After breakfast I came to the Store and worked on my books. Lewis came up to the Store this a.m. and I gave him an orange. I didn�t go to Church this a.m. I wrote a letter to Uncle John Whitmore and sent him one of my stamp-photos. I attended League this eve, at 3:30, and then went over to see Emma at 4:45, and stayed until 6:10. When I came home to supper I found Mr. W. H. Wheeler there, so I talked to him awhile. Then I went back to see Emma and we went to the Christian Church.
Mon., May 2.
Bob Dunlap took over his father�s Store today. His father, Dr. J. N. Dunlap, gave it to him and now has retired. Mr. G. T. Taylor and Bro. Ezell left for a trip to Virginia today, for three weeks. Emma sent me a lovely box of flowers this eve. I wrote her a note of thanks tonight. I attended a Lyceum Meeting tonight. We met over the Scott & Miller�s Store, in Mrs. Parson�s room.
Tue., May 3.
I framed two pictures for Emma this a.m. I marked a lot of fans and linen lap-robes today, and I made a fan display in the showcase. I fixed a box for Maude Wheeler to send away, by mail. Clarence Haynie and Frank Webster went to St. Louis today, on the stock train. The Literary group met at Mr. J. A. Wood�s tonight, but I had to work so couldn�t attend. I worked tonight until 9 o�clock. I received a sweet letter from Emma tonight.
Wed., May 4.
This has been a gloomy day. Trade quiet. I filled an order for Maude Wheeler, over the telephone, this a.m. Our wires got twisted again this morning and we heard Marshall plain and clear. �Brown�s� shoe man was here today, but we didn�t buy yet. I was out collecting this eve. I paid Mr. Webster for my mahogany chair today ($4.50). I went down to the Christian Prayer Meeting tonight and walked home with Emma, went in, and stayed awhile. It is raining tonight.
Thurs., May 5.
We had a big downpour early this a.m. George and I have been working on stock all day. I covered three boxes, to put up front under the counter. I hung two shades for the Misses Woods and fixed one for Miss Snelling. Old Uncle York Brown died today. Clarence is in St. Louis now. I worked on my record book tonight. It is still raining.
Fri., May 6.
There was a big rainfall this eve. I had the pleasure of walking over as far as Greenabaum�s with the Misses Sallie Hamner and Mable Carpenter. We had bananas, too! I went over and sold Mrs. N. K. Sidenstricker a carpet this eve. We had a $52 day. Clarence H. and Frank Webster got home from St. Louis tonight. Lem has been suffering with his eyes this eve. A �quack� doctor treated him this a.m. I went by the Y. P. S. C. E. tonight and went home with Emma and Mary Haynie.
Sat., May 7.
We had a $150 day. Lots of people in town. Old Mrs. Cruzen was buried here this a.m. The funeral was at the Baptist Church. We closed at 10:30 tonight, and then Clarence and I ate cheese and crackers and oysters. They tasted real good! Retired at 11:20 p.m.
Sun., May 8.
After breakfast this a.m., I went to the River with Bob Dunlap, at 9 o�clock. Then Bob and I came back over the hill and home. But I went back down to the River with John Dunlap, Webster, and Bradshaw, and we remained until 11 a.m. Then I went to preaching at the Baptist Church. After Church I came to the Store and took a nap until 1 p.m. Then I got the mail, took same to G. T. T., and went up home to dinner. After dinner I went to the Store and did some writing. This eve I met Emma at Church and we went for a walk. Emma and I went to preaching tonight at the Christian Church.
Mon., May 9.
I measured Mrs. Greenabaum�s hall for a matting this a.m. I also fixed two shades for Miss Emma Wheeler. I got me a new set of bedsprings this eve ($3.00). I also put on some bedbug medicine, so as to be sure to be clear of bedbugs. Mary Burruss is spending tonight with Emma. Alice Moore (col�d.), who died last eve, was buried today. There was a big attendance. I attended the Lyceum Meeting tonight, and paid my dues for the first three-months. John Dunlap, Prof. Barnett, H. Mertens, Frank Webster, and Col. Redd went fishing for a week at the �cut-off.�
Tue., May 10.
I worked hard on stock today and spent time on my books tonight. It is raining tonight. They are plastering the Church now.
Wed., May 11.
We have been working on showcases and stock today. I worked on the hamburg and lace dept. this afternoon, making all into a book-form. I went down to Prayer Meeting tonight and went home with Emma. We got in one of the big �pulpit chairs� from Marshall today.
Thurs., May 12.
This has been a lovely day and trade good ($76). Not many in town today, though. We got in some new dry goods today. Clarence made a �bunting display� in the window this eve. We made 119 �pin flag badges� to give away. I worked on my books, made off sales, and retired at 10 p.m.
Fri., May 13.
I was up to Mrs. D. N. Burruss� this a.m., to fit a carpet in her hall. We got in the other two Presbyterian chairs today, from Marshall. I worked on the hamburg book this eve. It is going to be all okay. Miss Maude Wheeler went home with her brother and sister, to Gilliam, to spend a month. As it was raining hard this eve, I didn�t go to Church, or to see Emma. I wrote her a note, to send in the morning.
Sat., May 14.
The Lyceum Club mailed a letter to Raymond S. Edmonds, in St. Louis, complimentary to his success as a 1st Lieutenant in the War between the U. S. and Spain, over Cuba. It rained most of the day today, although we had a $96 day. Lem and I wrote some �special orders� tonight. I bought some tomatoes this eve, at 12 1/2-cents a pound.
Sun., May 15.
Rain all day! I went to breakfast, then back to Store where I worked on my books. As I took a paper to Papa, at noon, I also took Ella Parrish her white-kid-gloves. We had sliced tomatoes and radishes for dinner today. I went over to see Emma this eve at 3:30 and stayed until 6:15. Cyrena brought us some cream and cake.....fine, too! Then I came uptown and got some bananas and oranges, and went back to see Emma from 7 to 10 o�clock.
Mon., May 16.
This morning was partly gloomy, but this eve was lovely. Trade today was tip-top! I attended the Lyceum Meeting tonight. All nine of us were present and we had a splendid meeting. I have been suffering with my back today. Dr. Grady gave me some medicine for it. Dr. Wheeler went to St. Joe this a.m.
Tue., May 17.
I sold 10 1/2 yards of green braid that Maude Wheeler left here for us to sell for her (50-cents). I was out to see Mrs. E. S. Casebolt this a.m., and measured their hall for a carpet. I also put up two shades in their parlor. Miss Myn Casebolt came into town and took me out in the surrey with her. I wrote up the minutes for the Lyceum Meeting today. A. K. Ruxton got the last of the �Truth Club� funds tonight ($1.50). He said he was going to give it to Mr. Dickey. I am still not feeling well today. My back has been giving me trouble again. I retired at 7 o�clock tonight.
Wed., May 18.
We had a big wind storm and rain last night. Our telephone got out of shape this a.m., for a long while. We couldn�t find the trouble, but, at last, we found that Lem�s fuse had been burned out by the lightning of last night. I was up to H. D. Carpenter�s this eve, talking carpets, and I put up two shades and four brass poles for them. I had a nice chat with Laura and Mable. I walked home with Emma from Church tonight.
Thurs., May 19.
Bro. Ezell got home from his trip to Virginia today, but Mr. Taylor went on to Kentucky. We had a severe storm last night......wind, lightning and rain. It burned the fuse out of Lem�s wire again, and also the one at home. I sent a note over to Emma, by George, as he went home to supper. So I went over at 7:45 o�clock, and stayed awhile. They cleaned house today.....and so did we.
Fri., May 20.
I wrote to Mr. Hackett, at Columbia, Mo., for information as to weather and rainfall reports to the bureau of this state. There was big dirt slide (�yellow bank�) at Dewitt this a.m. It stopped the trains until noon. I got a nice letter from Elbert Dunlap today. I received a nice note from Emma tonight. As it was pouring rain, I didn�t get to see Emma. I talked to Joe Frank and Frank McBurruss until after 10 p.m.
Sat., May 21.
This was a very quiet day for a Saturday......only $70. The roads are awful and some of the bridges and cutbacks are out, after the big floods. I bet �bananas� with Miss Eva Snelling as to whether it would rain this eve. I lost! I wrote six orders tonight, then got a shave and retired at 10:45 p.m.
Sun., May 22.
I attended Sunday School at the new M. E. Church today, which has just been finished. Peyton Jeter came down from Malta Bend to spend the day. He took dinner with me and then we attended the Baptist Church. We went around to the see the new Churches. At 3 o�clock he went to call on the Carpenter�s and I went to see Emma. Tonight Emma and I attended the Christian Church.
Mon., May 23.
Miss Mable Carpenter is going to teach school at Malta Bend next year. Lem got his new buggy out this eve. I made a �fan display� in the window this a.m. I saw Mr. Vanice today, as to his house. I walked with Emma to the Enterpe Meeting, at Kiles. I attended the Lyceum Meeting tonight and we had a good meeting. Then I got Emma and went home with her. I retired at 10:45 tonight. A lovely night.
Tue., May 24.
George and I cleaned the cellar, from one end to the other, and took down the stove today. I gave Emma a �crash hat,� like mine, this a.m. Little Lewis took supper with us tonight. I did some figuring for myself and then made off the sales. Retired at 10:20 p.m.
Wed., May 25.
Papa commenced screening our Store this a.m. Clarence covered the lamp with red, white, and blue cheese-cloth. We opened �J. P. Miller�s� gloves this a.m., and part are for summer and part for winter. Frank Hooper and his wife are here from Colorado now, and also Mrs. Downing Saufley. Mr. Thornton came to visit Lem and Mary today. We closed at 7:30 tonight, and will continue for the summer. I attended Prayer Meeting at the M. E. Church and then walked to the Christian Church and walked home with Emma.
Thurs., May 26.
Today has been very warm. Trade has been nice. Lem was away today, so we had all we could do.... $91. I got a note from Emma this eve and sent an answer back with George, as he went to supper. We closed at 7:30. I went to Lem�s and took some books over to him. Then I came back to the Store and got a belt for Mary. After that I went to see Emma and we took a short walk, then went home and enjoyed the parlor for awhile. Rain tonight.
Fri., May 27.
G. T. Taylor got back from his trip to Va. and Ky. Also, he brought his daughter, Bessie, home from school. I made a �lawn display� in the window this eve. I also put a lot of W. M. Lewis� photos in the window. Rev. Thornton is talking to the young people at the Christian Church tonight. I went down and it was very interesting. Then I walked home with Emma and we sat in the hammock for awhile.
Sat., May 28.
Trade today was �tip-top.� We had $119 cash and $140 credit. How is that for a day this time of year???? I took a spin on my wheel this a.m., out to Lemmon�s, then over to see Emma. We sat in the hammock for awhile, and then I came back to work. We worked until 10 p.m. I retired at midnight. I commenced taking �Munsey� today, for Miss Wheeler.
Sun., May 29.
It rained hard last night, but today is lovely. I attended Sunday School and then met Emma and we attended the Christian Church �dedication service� together. They had a big dinner on the grounds, but I went home for my dinner. Then I went back and met Emma, Miss Redd, Miss Smith, and two young men from Slater, and we went over to Emma�s. Then we went down to the River and crossed over on the boat. Then we came back up to Emma�s where we all had supper. After supper we went to Church. I walked back home with Emma, then left at 10:50 p.m.
Mon., May 30.
This has been a lovely day. Trade quiet. I had quite a chat with the Misses Casebolt and Wallace at the Store. I took a little ride on my wheel this a.m. Emma spent a few hours across the River today. After supper, Emma came by in a buggy, so I got in and we took a drive out the road and back. Then I got on my wheel and rode out as far as Haynie�s. Bro. Wilson preached tonight. As I was going to Church I met Misses Mable and Laura Carpenter, so I walked with them. Then, after Church, I went home with Emma and Mrs. Wilson.
Tue., May 31.
Lem went to Marshall this morning. Trade not rushing. I was expected out to Casebolt�s tonight, but I couldn�t get off. I went to see Lem for awhile, after closing. Mr. C. S. Green is here today. I made myself a bolster case today......it is a dandy, too! It rained and stormed tonight. I retired at 10 p.m.

JUNE

Wed., Jun. 1.
Clarence went out to Casebolt�s last night. And, on account of the rain, he had to stay all night with George Haynie. We got in our new �ice-cooler� today.......a red one, $3.25. We will commence using ice tomorrow. Dr. Barnett was here today. The Midland Building and Loan Company went �by-the-board� yesterday. I talked to Lem quite awhile in the Store tonight. I met Emma at the Christian Church tonight and walked home with her. We sat in the hammock and talked awhile.
Thurs., Jun. 2.
W. M. Lewis and myself spent today in the country. We left here at 9 a.m. We went down to Dr. A. H. W. Sullivan�s to get a picture of his new house. Then we went over to Will Mullen�s and took a picture of his house. We went back to Dr. Sullivan�s, to get the buggy, and he made us come in and have dinner with them. I tell you....we had a fine dinner, too! At 2 p.m., we went over to Uncle Lent Mullen�s and took pictures of his geese and goslings. Then went over to John R. Davis�, where I sold them a fine carpet, about $21. We then went on to the old Dinkle Farm and got cherries and strawberries. We started home at 6 p.m. After supper I took a walk with Jim Wheeler and Clarence Haynie. Maude Wheeler got home today.
Fri., Jun. 3.
This is my 27th birthday. Emma and Mary Haynie spent yesterday over the River with Mary Burruss. I put up two brass rods for Miss Maude Wheeler this eve. I will drape her curtains in the morning. Emma gave me a very fine Bible today. I returned thanks today at noon, by George. I went to the Y. P. S. C. E. Meeting tonight and walked home with Emma, first getting some bananas at Bob Dunlap�s. Then we went home and enjoyed them.
Sat., Jun. 4.
Lem was kicked by one of his horses last night, so he is laid up today with a very sore leg. Trade very good today. We had a $159 day, $87 of it, cash. Mr. Taylor helped us out this eve. I sent Emma two collars to try. I bought some lovely strawberries this eve. Rettie is going to give me my �birthday dinner� tomorrow.
Sun., Jun. 5.
I went to breakfast at 7:30 a.m., and froze a freezer of ice-cream. Then I came to the Store and wrote a letter to Elbert Dunlap. Rettie gave us ice-cream and cake for my birthday dinner. It was fine, too. I took a nap from 10:45 to noon, this a.m. Bro. J. Hill preached at the M. E. Church this a.m., and p.m. It was his first time in the new Church. I took the mail to Lem and coming back, at Zea�s Store, I met Emma, so I walked over home with her. As I came home to lunch this eve, I stopped at the Wood�s. Willie Cresap and Maude Wheeler came down to see us, so we talked awhile. Then I went over and got Emma and we went to the Christian Church.
Mon., Jun. 6.
We were real busy all day. I was up to see Maude Wheeler awhile this a.m., and sold her some swiss. I went through the wallpaper dept. this a.m. This eve I fixed a fan for Emma. Dr. J. B. Berry was in tonight, for a chat. I took a walk with Geo. Taylor tonight and we met Eva Snelling and Rettie at Bure�s. So I walked on home with Miss Snelling, stood at the gate, and talked awhile.
Tue., Jun. 7.
It rained most of day. Trade fair. Geo. and I worked on a glass sign frame. Lem worked on the glass. I also made myself a �chair tidy rest.� Tonight I did a little work on my books. I talked to Maude Wheeler as I came from breakfast and sold her some swiss and ordered her a piece of green cambric. I gave Rettie a chambray wrapper today (pink). Retired at 10 p.m.
Wed., Jun. 8.
We had a hard rain this eve, and thunder and lightning. I talked with Mr. Vanice again today. Papa got his hand pretty severely hurt this a.m., with a mole-trap. It is still raining tonight. I got a shave and went to see Miss Wheeler.....and had a very pleasant eve!
Thurs., Jun. 9.
The Presbyterians gave a �strawberry supper� tonight, at E. A. Scott�s. Arthur Uzzle, while bathing in the Mo. River, was drowned this morning, at 9 a.m. His body has not yet been found. Trade was very good today. Frank Webster and I helped them with the �strawberry supper� tonight. They had a big crowd and took in $56.55. They will clear about $46.50. I took Emma and we had a very pleasant time. I retired at 11:15 p.m.
Fri., Jun. 10.
I had intended going to Dewitt this eve, but we missed the boat. The others - Lewis, Bradshaw, and Andrews - went in a skiff. I went up to the Upper Landing and watched them drag for Uzzle�s body, but they missed it.......that is, they didn�t find it. We got in a lot of new goods today, and I marked it all. I went to Church tonight, but Emma wasn�t there, so I came back to the Store and wrote her a note. Then I read awhile and retired.
Sat., Jun. 11.
I received my water gauge from the Government, through A. E. Hackett, of Columbia, Mo. I made the first recording in my book, for same, tonight. Trade quiet today. The farmers are all busy now. We had a hard shower tonight, but we stayed open until 10 p.m. Then Clarence and I had bananas and cream.
Sun., Jun. 12.
I got up this a.m. and set about mending my mattress, and then I made my bed. Then I went down to the River, with about 125 others, to see them shoot dynamite, trying to find Arthur Uzzle�s body, but it had no effect. So I went to the Store and did some writing and then went to dinner. First I stopped and got a bottle of liniment before I went home. Then I came back to the Store and read awhile. I talked to Willie Cresap awhile and then got Emma and we went to preaching at the Christian Church.
In front of Dr. A. R. Edmonds and Dr. H. D. Grady's Office, Miami, MO, 1890's Mon., Jun. 13.
Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Pate, Mrs. David Vaughan, Miss Emma Wheeler, Miss Cody Noonan, and Rev. J. W. Strawn, all went to Mexico, Mo., this a.m., for the Sunday School Convention this week. I gave Emma a pretty belt and two nice handkerchiefs last eve. Prof. Barnett and Frank Sullivan bought out �Edmonds & Grady� this eve. It is now �Barnett and Sullivan�s.�
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At right is a photo of some Miami men in front the office of Dr. A. R. Edmonds and Dr. H. D. Grady. Unfortunately, there was no identification of the men in the photo. Miami, MO...1890's
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Tue., Jun. 14.
This morning was lovely, but this afternoon it rained and we had a thunder storm. Trade very nice, though. George moved all of our signs down to Lem�s this a.m., getting ready to start out on the road with them. Clarence went over to Marshall this a.m., with Jesse Wheeler. I received a very sweet letter from Emma, in Mexico, Mo. George Wheeler and I took a walk to the end of the corner tonight. Then I went to Dunlap�s and ate oranges with the boys and played dominoes. Then I came to the Store and wrote to Emma.
Wed., Jun. 15.
Lem and Syd Wheeler went to Marshall this a.m., and Clarence and Jesse got back at noon. Trade fine today. We worked on stock some this eve. I got another nice letter from Emma. Jesse, Clarence, Frank, and I took a walk after closing. Then I went to Lem�s and talked awhile. I went back to the Store and wrote to Emma.
Thurs., Jun. 16.
It rained this a.m. Trade very quiet. We did a good deal of work on stock today. Clarence and I overhauled the silk dept. this morning. We have a new system entirely. I talked to Maude Wheeler quite awhile as I went to supper. I got another letter from Emma at noon. Nothing preventing, she will be home tomorrow. Clarence, Frank Webster, Jesse Wheeler and I took a walk and then went to Dunlap�s Drug Store, where we played dominoes and ate oranges.
Fri., Jun. 17.
I went down to Dewitt, on the boat, this afternoon, and came home with Emma, who had been on a trip to Mexico, Mo., for a week. Maude Wheeler sent me a nice dish of ham and beans for dinner. I went down to the Church tonight and walked home with Emma. We spent a pleasant eve in the parlor......like old times!!
Sat., Jun. 18.
We had .03 of an inch of rainfall this eve. Mrs. Kate Shaw came to visit Mrs. Dr. Wheeler and family for a week. I made my first report to the gov�t. as to weather for the past week.....12/18. I made off Store sales at 10 p.m. I retired at 11:45. Rain again tonight.
Sun., Jun. 19.
I got up and straightened my room and then to breakfast at 8 a.m. While there, John Dunlap and Frank Webster came down after me and we went down to the River. Then I came back to the Store and took a nap until 12:10. I went to dinner and had a talk with Rettie, and then I came downtown and saw Lem in his buggy. We took a ride out the road and had a talk! I went to see Emma from 4:30 to 6:30. Then I went home to eat and then back up to see Emma at 7 p.m. We took a walk to the corner and then we attended the M. E. Church and heard Stonerant play the new organ.
Mon., Jun. 20.
Trade very good today, considering that the farmers are all busy. Lem and George went out in the country this eve to put signs up for us. Clarence and I have been relining the drawers on the notion side. Emma and Mrs. Shaw were in the Store quite a while this eve. Mack Lewis took pictures of Willie Andrews and me, down in front of Mrs. Webster�s, in a �River-scene.� After closing, I talked to the boys quite a while tonight. We had a short �call meeting� of the Lyceum. Then I went down to Mary�s and waited until Lem came. Mary and I had a long chat. Then I went up to the Christian Church and when she was through practicing, I walked home with Emma.
Tue., Jun. 21.
Thirteen-years-ago today, by dear mother died. I had a talk with Lem and decided to build a cottage on his ground, so I wrote two places for plans. Lem and George went out again this eve, with signs. This is the longest day of the year, and it has been a pretty day. Trade very nice. Clarence and I took a walk to the corner, and, at Zea�s, we met Emma. Clarence went to the Lodge, and Emma and I took a walk, and then went to League. We enjoyed the hammock for awhile tonight.......a lovely night!
Wed., Jun. 22.
Prof. J. H. Morrison and Miss Mary Pittman were married tonight. Trade quiet today. It was a very warm day. We got in our fall shoes and clothing this morning.....also overcoats. A �Brown Shoe Company� sign came today and we put it up on the front of Store. Lem, Clarence, and I sewed on Mr. Brassell�s carpet. Lem and Clarence were going to take it out to him tonight, but instead will take it out in the morning. I got a shave and a hair cut tonight, took a walk with �C. D. H.�, and then went to the Christian Church and walked home with Emma. We sat in the hammock for awhile.
Thurs., Jun. 23.
Lem took the carpet out at 6:15 a.m. It has been a very hot day. Trade quiet. I fixed a glass sign this eve. I got a book of plans for my cottage, this a.m. As I went to supper I went to see Willie Cresap, who was sitting in the hammock. She looked real cute in her wrapper. Mr. W. H. Wheeler tore down old Hanna Lampkin�s house yesterday. I took a walk to the end of walk, but first did some sewing for Mr. Ira Davis, before we closed up. I went to the Christian Church at 9:30 p.m. and walked to the gate with Emma.
Fri., Jun. 24.
Arthur Miller got back from St. Louis this a.m., and he was anxious to get out to his home, so I took Lem�s buggy and took him home. Then I went over to see Aunt Addie (Miller), first time for several years. Lewis went along, too. I got back at 6 p.m. George went to Dewitt this afternoon with a crowd, on the boat. I went to Y. P. S. C. E., after talking to Lem quite awhile, and then I went home with Emma. There was a gathering at Mertens� tonight. Trade was good today.....$64.
Sat., Jun. 25.
The farmers are busy cutting wheat today. Old Mrs. Snell died last night. I gave Willie Cresap two pillows to make this eve.....one for me, and one for �the other one.� We sold $94 today. I got a picture from Bess Hudson today.
Sun., Jun. 26.
I got up at 6:30 this a.m. Mrs. Snell was buried this morning. The Presbyterians had their first preaching in the new church, by Bro. Dobyns. This a.m., and this eve, at 3:30, we took up a collection of $61. It was raining, but the Church was half full both times. I took Emma to the afternoon services. Then we went home and enjoyed the eve ever so much. I went home for lunch and Maude Wheeler was there, so I chatted with her, and then I went back over to see Em. On the way over to Emma�s, Anna Taylor called me in to eat some cream with her, and it was fine, too! Then Emma and I went to the Christian Church, to the Children�s exercises. It was a bad night and not many there. The program was not complete.
Mon., Jun. 27.
Willie Cresap fixed me a nice �crash pillow� and brought it to me this eve. Clarence and I took a walk to the corner tonight. On the way we met the Misses Burgess and Hamner. We walked back to Burgess� a few minutes, to read a letter, and then we went to Hamner�s, where we had music. Fine, too!! Then I went down to Lem�s and talked awhile.
Tue., Jun. 28.
Mack Lewis took photos of our old home this a.m. George tore up all of our old boxes in the cellar today, to make signs in the a.m. We got in our group of foreign flags and shields, and also our stock of U. S. Flags. I was invited up to Hamner�s tonight, to call on Miss Green. Clarence and I went up after League. I then walked over to the corner with Miss Burgess and the crowd. Lovely night. I came back and was in time to see the horse thieves, who were caught this eve, and put in lockup.....two of them.
Wed., Jun. 29.
Clarence and I worked in the basement today, making signs. I got a letter from Newt today, and answered it. Trade fair. It was awfully warm today. I talked to Willie Cresap and Maude Wheeler awhile this a.m. After closing and putting on some clean clothes, I went to the Christian Prayer Meeting, and walked home with Emma. We sat in the hammock, and then went into the parlor.
Thurs., Jun. 30.
We finished making our signs this eve. We now have 117 ready to paint and letter. I made off the �rainfall report� for this month and will mail it in the morning. I worked on our books until 10 p.m.

JULY

Fri., Jul. 1.
From this date on, all checks given have to be stamped with a 2-cent stamp, as the War is now on. Mrs. W. H. Wheeler is quite sick. We have been working on decorations for tomorrow. I worked up in the shop awhile this eve, and Willie Cresap was there and talked to me awhile. Lem went out to the farm this eve. I cut my third-finger on the knuckle this eve, as I was fixing emblem of flags for the 4th. The �Brown & Singer� cloak man was here today. I walked home with Emma from Endeavor tonight.
Sat., Jul. 2.
Clarence and I got up at 4:30 this a.m. and decorated the front of the Store with flags. It is a real pretty display. Trade good today, considering all the farmers are still busy. Tonight, a crowd in a surrey.....Misses Reid and Parker, and the Misses Gilliam drove up to the Store and talked awhile. Then the young ladies got out and I walked over to see Emma with them. We met her on the way and we all went back and enjoyed the hammock. A lovely night. Then the young men came and remained awhile, and then they all went back to Slater. I retired after 12 o�clock tonight.
Sun., Jul. 3.
I talked to Maude Wheeler on the way to breakfast this a.m. Later I sent her some fans. Lex McDaniel came last eve. George Wheeler went over to Marshall this a.m., to take Mrs. Shaw, and then to bring Blanche Carpenter home. I was down at Lem�s this a.m. and took Lewis and Jerrill to see the ponies. I also went to the River. I went over to see Emma at 3:30, and had a very nice chat. We went to see Mrs. O�Brien�s flowers at 5 p.m. They were lovely. I went home for lunch and talked to them awhile. Then Emma and I went to the Christian Church.
Mon., Jul. 4.
I stopped in and talked to Maude awhile this a.m., and got some fans that I sent up to her yesterday. I had a talk with Mr. Vanice this a.m. Also one with Lem. Then I wrote to Emma and explained things. I trust, though, some day all will be well. A big crowd of young folks are going out to Grady�s pasture this eve, for a picnic.MYERS BROS.on the 4th of July, 1898 I went over to see Emma at 3 p.m., and we spent a fine 3/4 of an hours together. Then we all met at Wood�s corner and got in a wagon and went out to Grady�s woods. About 100 were there and everything went off fine. After supper we all went over to Sam�s house and stayed until 10:15 p.m. Then home we came.
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At right is a photo of MYERS BROS. DRY GOODS on the 4th of July, 1898. Wilbert S. Myers is standing at the buggy. Miami, MO
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Tue., Jul. 5.
Lex McDaniel went back home this a.m. Poor Maude! George Wheeler went to the country this eve, to see Latimer about a check. But Latimer came in while George was out there and paid us. Mary Burruss stayed all night with Emma. Ruth and Emma spent today at Haynie�s. Tonight, after closing, Mary Myers called over the phone and asked Clarence and me to come down and eat some cream with Mrs. D. Vaughan, and Dr., Misses Hallie Ross, Flora, and Prid Bell. We went and had a fine time. I met Emma on the way home. We went into the parlor. Remember what I asked Dr. Wheeler and Miss Lou tonight!!!!
Wed., Jul. 6.
We got in some dry goods this a.m. I saw Mr. Vaughan and told him I would accept the house. I went through the dry goods side and put out a good many remnants. Emma sent me her �resignation to the school� this eve, for me to give to Lem. Bob Dunlap has been sick, so Clarence and I went up to see him tonight. I went to the Christian Prayer Meeting tonight. I helped out with a prayer and then went home with Emma.
Thurs., Jul. 7.
Trade quiet. Lee Utley is trying to get up a Company 66th Regiment, from Mo., for the War. After closing I went to my room and went through my letters, getting some ready to destroy. Irb and Kay Grady are here today.
Fri., Jul. 8.
We cut the price on straw-hats to 1/2 price for awhile this eve. We put out our first remnant counter today (60 pieces). I ordered some silk samples and a pattern for Emma. I worked on stock awhile this eve. I wrote a letter to Frank B. Webster tonight. I went to Church and walked home with Emma. We enjoyed the hammock and then went into the parlor.
Sat., Jul. 9.
Trade was dull this morning. Ed and I fixed the benches at the Church this a.m. I got a nice ham from Mr. Harris this eve, also two for Mrs. W. H. Wheeler. Trade was good this eve, considering all the farmers are busy.
Sun., Jul. 10.
I got up at 7 a.m. Fixed my room and went up to breakfast. I helped Rettie and then came down and got a shave. I went up to the Presbyterian Church and opened it, then rang the bell for Sunday School. We had 15 present for our first Sunday. We elected Mr. Robert Huyett for our superintendent, and I was put in as secretary. We had 31-cents collection. After Sunday School I came to the Store and cut some things for Emma. Then I was called on the phone to go to dinner. I helped Rettie with the dishes and then went after the mail. I wrote (my brother) Newt a letter. I sat in the Store and read awhile, then went to the Christian Church to the Union Meeting.....to thank God for his blessings and successes during this present War that is now upon us. I went home with Emma. We went to Church tonight again, to hear Bro. Strawn.
Mon., Jul. 11.
Clarence and I painted 9 1/2 signs this a.m. Elbert Dunlap came in this a.m. I made an order for �Sunday School papers� this a.m. I printed a lot of fruit-jar-labels today. I wrote a letter to Vinnie Conway, for Dick Haynie, tonight. Then Elbert Dunlap came down and we took a walk. We sat down on Lem�s steps and I told him all about my wedding. He said, �yes, with great pleasure,� he would be my best man. Then I went to the Enterpe Meeting at Miller�s. First I went home with Maude Wheeler, Sallie Hawkins, and Ella Parrish, then I came back and walked home with Emma.
Tue., Jul. 12
(no entry) Wed., Jul. 13.
Clarence and I printed 25 signs today. I got three rings in, this eve, from Marshall Field & Co. The school board met this afternoon and elected Miss Laura Carpenter to fill the vacancy of Miss Emma Wheeler......ahem!! I walked home from the Christian Prayer Meeting with Emma, first going to Bob Dunlap�s and getting some bananas. Then we went home and enjoyed the hammock. Remember tonight! I gave Emma a real sweet and pretty diamond ring. It just fit her to a dot! Got luck once!
Thurs., Jul. 14.
I returned the other two rings by express (paid). I worked on signs all a.m. Emma went across the River to stay all night with Mary Burruss. Mrs. John Boyer was down today. I got a real sweet note from Emma today. After closing, I went to the Miller�s residence to talk to Miss Louise about books. Then I went over to the schoolhouse to see the boys drill awhile. Then, afterwards, Bradshaw, George Taylor, and self walked up to Dr. Dunlap�s, to see Bob�s fireworks. Quite a crowd was present Retired at 9:30 p.m.
Fri., Jul. 15.
This has been a very hot day and the dust is awfully bad. Emma came back from across the River at noon. Clarence and I finished painting our signs at 4 p.m. We painted 117 this whole week. Lem made a �ticket cabinet� under the steps today. I sent a box of apricots over to little Angie and to Emma this eve. George took them over. I got photos of our old home today, also photos of our 4th of July picnic.Home of Issac Myers, side-view, 1898 I gave Lem one of the home photos. I went to see Lem awhile, then to Church and walked home with Emma. Rettie put up some blackberries for me.The old home meathouse and backporch of Isaac Myers family, Miami, MO
Sat., Jul. 16.
I gave Rettie, Mrs. Vanice and Willie Cresap the photos of our old home this a.m. I also mailed some to Lyt, Lina, and Newt. I paid Mack Lewis $4.10 for the photos. I wrote to Hallie Hudson this a.m. Today is very dusty and trade is quiet. The farmers are all busy. The Presbyterians borrowed twelve Gospel-hymnals from the Baptist�s this a.m. I talked to Maude and Sallie quite awhile, as I came from breakfast. Word came tonight that Mr. John Minor had �lockjaw.� Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler, Mr. Minor, and Mr. Hooper went up tonight, at once. We closed at 10 p.m. tonight.
.........................................................................................................These are photos of the old homestead of Isaac and Margaret Myers and family. For the front view, please see the Diary of 1892. The Myers family moved into the home in Sept. 1868; broke up housekeeping in Nov. 1898; and sold the home in April, 1903. Top, are photos of the meathouse and back porch, and a side view of the home. Below is a photo of Isaac's garden and the old stable.
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Sun., Jul. 17.
Rev. R. H. Latham, of California, Mo., will preach for us in our new Church today. I got up at 6:30 a.m. and went to breakfast at 7:15. Came back, fixed my room, and got ready and went to Sunday School. I stayed for Church, then went home to dinner. After dinner I went down to Lindsey Graves� (col�d), and made arrangements for him to open our Church, at a cost of 25-cents each time he opens it.Isaac Myers' garden in front of old stable Then I went to the Store and did some Church work. Got the mail. Talked to Mr. Jeter awhile in the Store this eve, also Will Ingram. I made out the Sunday School report this eve, and opened up the �secretary book.� I went over to see Emma at 4 p.m., sat on the porch, and talked to Mary Haynie, Ruth, Miss Lou, and Emma awhile, and then we all went into the parlor. Emma and I went to the first preaching at the new Presbyterian Church tonight.
Mon., Jul. 18.
Today was hot and dusty. I finished painting our ticket cabinet today, and George washed all the plates, ready for Clarence to repaint them. Clarence went to the River, with a crowd, this eve. I finished painting my �water-gauge box� today. I stripped it and lettered it. Mr. John Minor, who was taken sick with lockjaw last week, is reported �no better.� While I was out walking this eve, I met Ruth and Emma, so I turned around and walked back as far as Mrs. M. L. Burns� with them. Then I came back and went to a little gathering at Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Taylor�s. I had a very nice time. I ate supper with the Misses Lucy Burruss and Anna Taylor.
Tue., Jul. 19.
George Wheeler stopped work for the rest of this week, to take a rest. I gave our ticket cabinet another coat of paint before breakfast. Trade slow today. The dust is just awful. I cut out �an anchor� for Maude Wheeler this eve. I also got some flowers for her, from Dan O�Brien. Clarence gave all the plates a coat of paint today. I wrote Emma a note and sent her some silk samples. I fixed a lunch-box for Rettie to take with her in the a.m., to Mr. Minor�s funeral. Clarence and I took a walk, and got caught in the rain! I talked to the boys awhile, then went into the Store and fixed a lemonade, and retired at 8:45.
Wed., Jul. 20.
We had a nice rain last night. Mr. Wheeler, Miss Maude, and Rettie left at 6:30 a.m., for Mr. Minor�s funeral. I made a �rainfall record board� today. We had 1.98� last night. I sent Emma a nice box of apricots this a.m. And I went to Church with Emma tonight. I gave Papa a pair of shoes, and a pair of pants and a vest today......also suspenders.
Thurs., Jul. 21.
The �Becker, Mayer & Co.� man was here today. I went through my side of the house, and Clarence went through the other side. I went over to ask Emma about her silk dress this eve. Lem changed the wires on the �electric bell� and put in a �call bell� on the office desk.
Fri., Jul. 22.
George Wheeler came in this eve, from his trip this week. Bro. Dobyns and Newt, of Marshall, were over this eve. Bro. Dobyns preached for us. After services, I walked home with Louise Miller. Don�t forget about our disappointment tonight! I wrote Emma a note tonight.
Sat., Jul. 23.
The farmers are busy plowing today. Trade has been dull. We got in Emma�s �silk dress� this a.m., and it is a beauty, too! I got a nice note from her this a.m. I wrapped up 18-quarts of canned fruit, that Rettie had made for me. That is not all either. I wrote a letter, from Mrs. Uzzle, today, to the �Democrat News.� Emma was in the Store this a.m., and I sold her a little bill.....$21. Mrs. Martha Venable gave me a foot-stool yesterday.....homemade!
Sun., Jul. 24.
I stopped in at Maude�s on the way to breakfast and got a letter to mail for her, to Lex. I also showed her Ida�s and Tina�s �wedding card.� After Sunday School we had a Church Meeting. I wrote a long letter to Hallie and Lina. This has certainly been a hot day. The Misses Lewis are at Lem�s, and will be there for a week to 10-days. I talked to the boys this eve, and then went to see Emma. We took a walk, but did not go to Church.
Mon., Jul. 25.
Today has been the �hottest of the hot.� I put out a lot of remnants today. Clarence is working in the basement today, on sign plates. We put out a �Baptist Supper� sign, at Sharon, for July 28th. We put it in front of the Store. I took my cot up, for Rettie to use, as I went to supper. I wrote a letter to Harrison Wheeler today. After closing, Clarence and I took a walk up home after some plums. We talked to the boys awhile, then went up on the roof and fixed our beds.
Tue., Jul. 26.
A man from Cuba lectured tonight, at the Baptist Church. I printed a �Ferry-Boat� sign this a.m. I finished my �rain record board� and will hang it out front. Lem and George got out 200 napkins for the Baptist Supper, at Sharon, at Sam Rogers� on the 28th. Mr. Sam Rogers got his life insurance money today. I gave Maude Wheeler a box of plums this a.m. Emma and I went to League this eve and then took a walk. We enjoyed the hammock tonight, eating chocolate bon-bons!!!
Wed., Jul. 27.
This has been another hot day, although trade has been fine. Rettie and Maude Wheeler went up to see May Minor, and expect to stay until Friday. I made two cots this a.m., one for Clarence and one for me, at a cost of 55-cents each. Mary has a few at her house tonight, but I�m not in it. Lem went out on the road and put up a few signs. I went to the Baptist Church tonight and we had a very good lecture. A storm came up and it rained like everything and it was very dark out. George Haynie and Bob Dunlap stayed all night in the Store and slept on the counters.
Thurs., Jul. 28.
I wrote a letter to the �Marshall Progress� for Mrs. Uzzle, and also made an order for Rettie, for medicine. Miss Ida Williams and Mr. Tine (or Tim) Moore were married tonight at the colored Baptist Church. I gave them a table for a wedding present. Clarence and I went to the big �Baptist Supper� at Sharon, Mo., tonight. We left here at 7:15 p.m. and got there at 9:15. Big crowd, nice time, and a good supper! We left there at 10:45 and got home at 1:15 a.m. The roads were very good, the moonlight fine, cool, and company all okay! Remember the time!!
Fri., Jul. 29.
There was a big wind storm at 2:30 this a.m., plus there was 38/100 of rain. Rettie and Maude W. got back from Mrs. Minor�s today. I reprinted the sign in front .....for the �Supper� at Fairville, next Thurs., Aug. 4th, at I. C. Withers�. Clarence and I, and Lem, made a big sign for Fairville, and Lem took it out. He also saw Mrs. Withers as to tickets. We had a thunderstorm tonight, but no rain. I went to see Emma tonight.
Sat., Jul. 30.
Trade fine. We had a $144 day. I worked on the books until after 11 o�clock.
Sun., Jul. 31.
I went to breakfast at 7:30 this a.m., came back and wrote on my books until Sunday School time. After Sunday School I worked on my books, again, until noon. This was the first Sunday in a long time when there was no preaching in the morning. I got the mail and took it to Papa and G. T., then I came back to my room and took a nap. Then I went to Lem and Mary�s, and also called on the Misses Lewis (twins). I came back to the Store and made off the weather report for July. I then went home to eat and talked to Maude Wheeler on the way. Then I went to see Emma and Mary Burruss, and we went to the M. E. Church.

AUGUST

Mon., Aug. 1.
I commenced on an invoice for the last six-months, of our first year, today. After closing I took a walk to Carpenter�s corner, with �C. D. H.� Then I went over and talked to Lem quite awhile. I met Emma at the Baptist Church, with her sisters, Ruth, Cyrena, and Kate, and also Ruby Jessup. So I walked over to the gate with them. Judge Cooney is spending the night with them tonight.
Tue., Aug. 2.
I wrote Harrison Wheeler a letter, last week, in regard to sending a letter to the wrong address. I received a letter from him today. Emma sent me a pretty box of flowers this a.m. I wrote Emma a note and sent it to her this eve, by Syd. I got an answer at supper, by George. Lem and George were out all eve, in the rain, putting up signs. It was nice and cool all day long today. I wrote to Harrison tonight, and to his �Jewelry house,� then I went to League. I retired tonight at 9:45.
Wed., Aug. 3.
I ordered a �jewelry catalogue� this a.m., from Harrison�s house....�Lapp & Florsheim,� Chicago, Illinois. I have been busy all day working on the invoice, and have gotten quite a good deal done. I am almost through with the upstairs. I sold Mrs. Hightower a carpet this a.m. Rettie made me four pillow slips and two pair of new sheets yesterday. She is working on my bolster today. There is a little gathering at A. S. Taylor�s tonight. Mr. Haynie and Mr. Leonard moved into Dr. Wheeler�s office today, from the old Bell Building. I went to the Christian Prayer Meeting tonight and walked home with Emma.
Thurs., Aug. 4.
There was a big supper at Fairville tonight, at I. C. Withers�. Clarence and I went out in a surrey. Me took Miss Cresap and I took the Misses Wheeler and Burruss. We left here at 7 p.m. There was a big crowd and a fine supper. We got home at 12:45. Trade was very dull today. Milt Burns and Papa put a pump in, for Lem, today. Little Lewis went to Marshall with Mack Lewis. He took dinner with us today. Kelly was here today. Papa commenced on my kitchen cabinet today.
Fri., Aug. 5.
I went through all the showcases this a.m. I cleaned my room up this eve and changed things around some. Today I, myself, made one-dozen blue-check napkins, eight tea-towels, and eight kitchen-towels. I did a little sewing when I went to supper. I went to Church with Emma tonight.
Sat., Aug. 6.
We heard last eve that our brother, Newt, was complaining somewhat. Trade was quiet today. The farmers are all busy, plowing. I talked to Maude awhile on my way to supper. I got a sample of her dress (blue-gray) to order some samples like it. It looks like rain tonight and I hope it will pour! We got in our 2000 �letter-heads� this a.m., also our new wrapping paper. Both have our new �name-cuts� on. I took a spin on my wheel tonight, first for some time.
Sun., Aug. 7.
We had a shower of 40/100 in., at 3 a.m. Miss Emma and I started to Slater this a.m. (Always remember our start.....the dress that we tore and got muddy!) We left at 9 a.m. and got to Slater at 11:45 a.m. I got my dinner at the Saline Hotel and then talked to McDougall after dinner. At 3:15, I went around to see Miss Reid, and her company, Miss Wheeler and Miss Greene, from Jacksonville, Ill. We had a real pleasant eve. We took lunch with Miss Reid, at 5 p.m. Then we went out walking. Miss Wheeler and I started home at 8 p.m., and got home at 11:45. We had ice-cream at the �Ice-Cream Parlor� before leaving. It was a beautiful starlight night....cool and nice.
Mon., Aug. 8.
Very warm today. Trade fair. I was invoicing all day. I talked to Mrs. W. H. Wheeler and Maude, at noon, as to a suit for Mr. Wheeler. I took his order and sent it this eve. Newt is quite sick, I wrote Mattie a letter, asking about him. The �teachers institute� is meeting at Slater this week and next. It will be two weeks only this year.
Tue., Aug. 9.
Lem and Rettie went to see Newt this eve. I ordered a dozen pint-jars this a.m. I wrote a note to Emma and got an answer. I ordered a $20 set of china dishes. I led the League tonight. I rode out on my wheel to see a man about making me a �fancy fan� for $1.00. Lem and Rettie came home at 8:30. They found Newt somewhat better.
Wed., Aug. 10.
We think we can finish invoicing tomorrow. I bought a beautiful handmade ornament, in the shape of a fan, from a mover, for $1.00. Rettie put up some more plum jam for me this a.m. Papa is now making a flour chest for me. M. L. Burns moved to his new home today. I have been suffering with an awful cold all day. I walked home with Emma from Prayer Meeting tonight. I went in and talked to Mrs. Dr. Cunningham, who came today.
Thurs., Aug. 11.
This has been a pretty day. Trade fair. Mrs. Vanice and Rettie are working on my three comforts today. Uncle John Miller took dinner with us today. George and I filled my two pillows this eve. We finished our invoice at 5 p.m. Emma, Ruth, Mrs. Cunningham spent today out at Mrs. L. H. Haynie�s. My cold has been worse, so I went to se Dr. Grady and he gave me medicine for it. I took a walk with Clarence this eve, then sat in the Store and talked to Capt. A. K. Ruxton, Lem, and Lewis until 9 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 12.
We all worked on stock today and have it in fine shape now. Old Spence, a colored man, gave me my long-promised mush melon today, and it was real good! Mary Coy and Miss Spears went to Marshall today. Rettie and Mrs. Vanice finished my quilts this eve. They are very pretty. I had Dr. Grady to burn my gum-boils, then I went to my room. At 8:45, I went to the Church and walked home with Em.
Sat., Aug. 13.
We had .05 inches of rainfall last night. Trade quiet. The farmers are still plowing. Collections very fair today. Maude Wheeler got home this eve, from Sharon. Emma and Mrs. C. spent this eve out at Mrs. Joshua C. Reynolds� this eve. Clarence and I had refreshments tonight, after closing. I told him about my wedding and he told me about his sister�s wedding, in October.
Sun., Aug. 14.
I went to Sunday School this a.m., and then went to the Christian Church and got Emma. We went over to Lem�s and got some peaches. Then I took Emma back to Church, but I came back to Lem�s, for some more peaches (to take home). After dinner, I came to the Store and did some writing and figuring, then took a nap. I went to see Emma this eve and stayed until 6:15. Then I came home to lunch and found Papa and Mrs. Vanice, talking on the front porch, so I joined in for awhile. After supper I took Emma to the Christian Church.
Mon., Aug. 15.
Mack Lewis left yesterday, for a month to six-weeks. Lem took him down to the Dewitt Landing. I was over to the Vaughan house this a.m., and took measurements of all the rooms and windows, etc. I also looked around as to other things that were there on the place. My cold is not much better. I talked to Willie Cresap awhile, as I went to supper this eve. After supper I worked at the Store on my books and papers. Retired at 10:30 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 16.
This has been a rainy day. Trade quiet. We have been working on stock today. Also, George and I are making out Lem�s �memorandum book� for fall goods. I wrote Emma a note tonight, as to coming over after supper. I also wrote to Mattie Myers, as to how Newt was. After closing I went to Lem�s and got more peaches, then over to see Emma. We went walking a little way, then back home.....a stormy night.
Wed., Aug. 17.
It rained 1.08� last night. Mr. Woldridge, of Marshall, brought us our Bible today (that he is giving our Church). Lem and Mary were up to Hamner�s tonight, talking to Mr. Hamner. I went to the Christian Church tonight, to walk home with Emma. We sat in the hammock awhile, and decided to have our �wedding day� in one-month (September 14, 1898).
Thurs., Aug. 18.
This eve George and I started out with a load of signs, and we got 50 of them up. Got home at 7 p.m. We went about 22-miles today. We had a nice watermelon on the road and, all-in-all, we had a very pleasant day. Tonight I stayed at the Store and talked to Lem and Lewis until 9 p.m. I got a postal from Floy Myers today and she said her father was better.
Fri., Aug. 19.
Trade fine today. George and I went out to put up more signs at 1 p.m. We didn�t get back until 7:45. After cleaning up a bit, I went over to get Emma, but met her on the corner, with a crowd, as Endeavor was out.
Sat., Aug. 20.
Jobe Hanna did the papering today, at the Vaughan�s house, for us. He did the hall and the ceiling in the upstairs back bedroom. Trade was slow today. Not many in town. Clarence and I had sardines and crackers tonight. Then I took and bath and retired at 11:30 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 21.
I got up and went to breakfast at 7:30 this a.m., and then came back to Sunday School. After Sunday School I came to the Store and wrote two letters, then went home to dinner. I took a nap from 2:30 to 4:15, this eve. Then I went to see Emma at 4:35. Cyrena brought us some good ice-cream and cake. I went to see Emma again tonight. We walked over home and got a box of grapes, then went on over to Emma�s and enjoyed the hammock.
Mon., Aug. 22.
Lem left for St. Louis this morning, to be gone a week, buying our fall goods. Milt Burns covered my kitchen cabinet, that papa made for me, with zinc. I went to Mary�s, after dinner, to see my set of dishes. They were beauties! I wrote a letter to Lyt this eve. Emma and I took a walk, then enjoyed the hammock.
Tue., Aug. 23.
Emma went to Wakenda and Carrollton this eve, taking little Angie, and she will stay until Friday. Trade fair today. We got along fine on cleaning house, although we were stopped quite often. I closed, after making off sales, and then went to League. Then I went back to the Store and worked on my books. I worked until 11 p.m. Mary got scared about 10 p.m., as George W. had not yet come over, so I went down, but by the time I got there, George had arrived.
Wed., Aug. 24.
We had a shower this a.m. (.63 inches). We finished cleaning house today. When we finish washing and rearranging the showcases, we will be ready for our new fall goods. Mr. Milt Burns lined two of my cabinet drawers with zinc, and I lined one with felt, for our new knives, forks and spoons, etc. Trade was very nice today. I worked on the books awhile, then went to my room and worked there.
Thurs., Aug. 25.
I wrote a letter to Emma this a.m., who is now in Wakenda. I made a big sign for Prof. Barnett this a.m., also. I received a letter from Emma, and got a telegram from Lem, about what he sent by Express. The same came in this eve. I took my cabinet down to Bure�s this eve, to put the �finishing touches� on. Tonight I went down to Miss Ida Royar�s, and I took Maude Wheeler with me, leaving here at 7 p.m. I took Ida her dress goods and sold her an $18 bill tonight. We got back at 11:30 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 26.
I cleaned my room, upstairs at the Store, perhaps for the last time. Miss Emma Wheeler got back from Wakenda today, at noon. The Christian Church is having a �full supper� at Kieffer�s tonight. Rettie made me a little mop, for dishwashing, this eve. Papa made me the handle. The �finial� was placed on the Presbyterian Church of Miami, this a.m., by Mr. Milt Burns and by Mr. Isaac Myers, my papa. They also put some finishing touches on the outside. The Church is now 52-feet high. I took Emma to the �Supper� tonight, and talked to Mable Carpenter for a long time.
Sat., Aug. 27.
I have the books in fine shape for Lem, on Monday. McDougall came up from Slater today. Will Wood, Clarence Haynie and myself had a lunch tonight. I retired at 11:45.
Sun., Aug. 28.
Lem got back from St. Louis this a.m. George and little Lewis met him at Dewitt. I got a shave and went to Sunday School, then talked to Lem at the Store. I went to see Emma at 4:30. Maude Wheeler went out to see Miss Nellie Hawkins and her company, and will stay a few days. Emma and I spent a very productive eve, selecting our furniture.
Mon., Aug. 29.
Trade very nice today, although it has been an awful hot one. I made our �furniture order� this eve....13 pieces ($65). Miss Louise Miller and I drove around all morning, working for the Presbytery. Lem measured me and Clarence for suits, and mailed the orders. I asked George Haynie to be an usher at Church tonight and he is all okay with it. Bob Dunlap refused. I was at Church from 4:45 to 6:15 this eve, meeting delegates, taking them to their places, and introducing them. I talked to Emma while waiting at the house (I took Capt. Vandiver there). The Presbytery opened tonight and the Church was full. I took Emma down to the Christian Church, then came to the Store and wrote to Elbert.
Tue., Aug. 30.
I was at Church all a.m., and Lem was there all eve. We welcomed twelve new delegates this eve, and have homes for all. Tonight the Church was overflowing. I walked home with Emma after it was over.
Wed., Aug. 31.
This has been a hot, dusty day. Though trade was fine. The trial of Sidenstricker v. Dobyns came up today. It took place over our Store, this a.m. We were quite busy today, finding a few homes and other such business for the Church. I made an order for my silverware this eve. The �wash set� came today and also my carpet. Lem did a fine job on all.....we are well pleased. The Church was packed again tonight. Ryland preached. I walked home with Emma and we sat on the bench quite a while. Then I came back and wrote a letter to Newt, at Excelsior Springs.

SEPTEMBER

Thurs., Sept. 1.
One-year ago, today, �Myers Bros.� opened in the dry goods business. We got in a good deal of our fall goods today. I went to Church this a.m. and Lem went this afternoon. Dr. Chaney, of Independence, Mo., closed the Presbytery tonight with a fine sermon. Big crowd. A hack load of people, and two surreys, left tonight for Marshall. The rest will go in the morning. Lem is going to Marshall tomorrow with Dr. Webster, Frank Mitchell, and old Bro. Wallace. I walked home with Emma tonight, sat on the bench in the yard, and talked to her and Mr. Jones quite awhile.
Fri., Sept. 2.
I wrote to Bro. Wilson today, as to coming on the eve of the 13th, if possible. I got a nice letter from Hallie this a.m., and answered it. Emma went over to stay with Mary Burrus, until Sunday. I answered Peyton Jeter�s letter this eve. My silverware came in. We worked at the Store tonight, on new goods. I made 13 stair-pads, and I cut off a silkaline drapery, for the windows in the doors of the two halls (for me).
Sat., Sept. 3.
I heard from Elbert this a.m., and answered it. I also got a nice tie from Silas Lewis (as my wedding tie). We got in more fall goods today. I finished my 13 stair-pads, and commenced sewing on some silkaline to make draperies for my hall windows. Bob Dunlap took Misses Mary Burruss and Emma to the �Supper� at Station tonight. Mr. Webster got in my furniture today. It is all okay.
Sun., Sept. 4.
After Sunday School I came to my room and worked until noon. I heard from Bro. Wilson this eve, and answered him. I also wrote to Harrison Wheeler, in Texas. Also answered �Lapp & Florsheim�s� letter of inquiry. I went to see Emma tonight. As a storm came up, we didn�t get to attend Church tonight. We wanted to hear Bro. Huggins at the M. E. Church, but failed to get there. Strong winds, but no rain, yet.
Mon., Sept. 5.
The Miami Public Schools opened this a.m. I got a raise of $125, today. All okay! Emma was very sweet about it. I wrote nine letters tonight, announcing my marriage, and then did some work for myself. It is windy and rainy now.
Tue., Sept. 6.
I made me a wardrobe this eve, also five shelves for the closet in our dining room, and I put them up. Ed and I worked over at the house and put down carpet paper in four rooms. I had the house all cleaned out today. Papa fixed the screens up this eve, and put a window-light in. He also fixed the cistern box. Mrs. Milt Burns was over to see me this eve. Rettie did some sewing for me. I worked tonight for myself and got a lot of things ready for tomorrow�s work over at my new home.
Wed., Sept. 7.
Ed and I put down all the carpets upstairs, and in two rooms downstairs. We worked until 11 p.m. I had several visitors call on me. The Dr. and Miss Lou came after Prayer Meeting. I wrote Emma a note, after returning to the Store from our little home. I heard from Elbert and from the �flowers� today. Also heard from the Weather Bureau.
Thurs., Sept. 8.
I have put in another good day at the house. I finished the carpets and put up some shades. I got a nice letter from Emma, and also a letter from Newt. I worked at the house until 10 p.m......tired, sore, and worn out!
Fri., Sept. 9.
Lem sold Mrs. A. R. Edmonds one of our best carpets today (95-cents-a-yard). I have now all my new furniture in my house, and all the pictures up. Papa put up our new screen door today. Rettie and Mary draped my curtains. I went over to see Emma for awhile. I received four nice letters today.
Sat., Sept. 10.
I moved over all my dishes, and also bought my tin ware and groceries. Rettie and Mary washed all my dishes and fixed things for me. Papa put handles on my cabinet, after it was moved over. I settled in full with Aunt Millie. Mrs. Vanice gave me a pretty balsam this eve, also a gallon of pickles this a.m. Mrs. Shaw was at the house today.
Sun., Sept. 11.
I went to breakfast at 8:10 this a.m. This is my last Sunday, single, at home. I attended Sunday School and came to the Store and worked in my room until noon. I went to dinner at 12:30. I got a fine letter from Uncle John Whitmore, telling me he had shipped me a W. & Wilson Sewing Machine, as a present to Emma and me. Raymond Edmonds came today. It rained so tonight that I didn�t get to see Emma.
Mon., Sept. 12.
Lem went to Marshall this a.m., to get Hallie. They got here at 4:30 p.m. Rain, rain, rain! We put our stove up today. We didn�t get to move the rest of my things until late this eve. Sam broke my stove, in moving it, but I think it can be fixed. Hallie brought me such a lovely clock. O!... It is out of sight! I got the rest of my knives in, also my carving set. Beauties, too! We moved our new folding bed, in Store, and Clarence and I �dedicated� it tonight. I retired for my last time at the Store. I�ll stay at my new home tomorrow.
Tue., Sept. 13.
The sun came out this a.m. and everything is lovely. I worked over at the house all day and now have things in apple-pie order. Elbert got here this eve, from Dallas, to serve as my best man. Peyton Jeter also got in this eve. They both came over to the house and I walked back with them. Peyton and I, also Hallie and Rettie, all took supper at Lem�s. Peyton and I spent the night there and took breakfast there in the a.m. Tonight we all went to the Church, for practice. And we had such a good time. We got through at 10 p.m. A very pretty night.
Wed., Sept. 14.
A lovely, lovely day! This has been a beautiful day, so bright and pretty all day long. The groom, Wib MyersThe bride, Emma Wheeler Mrs. C. D. Vaughan was up this a.m. and brought us two-dozen eggs, one-pound of butter, two-pounds of honey, sweet potatoes, and a sack of apples. The box of flowers came, that Wib Burns got for me. They were very pretty. Bro. Wilson and his wife and daughter came this eve. I have been busy all day running around doing various things. Just think.....myself and Miss Emma Wheeler were married tonight, at 8:15 o�clock, at the Christian Church, by Bro. R. L. Wilson, of Richmond, Mo. Ours was the first wedding in the new Church. The Church was crowded and packed. Everything passed off so nicely. Then we went to the reception at 8:30. There were about 100 present, and we had a nice supper. I took a crowd around to see our home tonight, about 11:30 p.m. Then I went back and got Mrs. Myers, and we came around with Elbert Dunlap. Then we went in and sat and talked for a half-hour, or more. He left, and then Mrs. Myers and I retired.
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At right are Wilbert S. Myers and Emma J. Wheeler on their wedding day, September 14, 1898, Miami, MO
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Thurs., Sept. 15.
Mrs. Myers and I arose at 7:10. She got a nice breakfast for us and we ate at 8:15. I didn�t go to the Store at all to work today, but stayed with Mrs. Myers, at home. Our first caller was Syd Wheeler, then the doctor, and then Ruby Jessup. We had Bro. Wilson and his wife and Mr. G. T. Taylor and his wife after breakfast. Also a number of others, all day. Emma and I went to the Store at 4 o�clock, and then back home. We then went over to Emma�s old home and brought over our presents. We had 67 pieces....all such fine, handsome presents.First wedding in the new Christian Church, Miami, MO, 1898 Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Burns came in tonight, so we sat down and talked until 7:30. Then, after they left, we had supper. We talked awhile and then retired at 9 p.m.
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This is a photo of the Christian Church in Miami. W. S. Myers wrote on the back:"Ours was the first marriage in the new Christian Church, which was earlier dedicated on May 29, 1898. That is Dr. A. A. Wheeler holding out his hand. To his left, probably Mr. David Vaughan, Emma's grandfather, and Elder Strawn. Two of the bodies, at left, are Minnie Casebolt and Cleo Wallace."

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Fri., Sept. 16.
I arose at 7:20 this a.m. I went after ice, and when I got back, Emma had a good breakfast for me. Then I went to the Store. The Dr. gave me a letter for Emma, this a.m. I wrote Wib Burns a letter and sent him $1.65 for the balance of the flower bill (of $5.65). Trade quiet today. I made me a gasoline box this a.m., and a board to scour knives on this eve. Also a milk and butter box and a rope box, to keep our ropes in. Lem and Lewis are boarding at home, as Mary is off on a visit near Slater for a day or two. I went over to my wife�s house at 6:30, for supper.
Sat., Sept. 17.
I bought Emma a �preserve stand� and also took her three hangers, for her dresses. I had her trunk moved over today. I will move the rest of her things on Mon. She baked me her first pie and cake today. They were fine! She is an all right kind of cook! I went home at supper and didn�t return, as trade was not much. I gave Milt Haynie a hat for attending to Church for me, for my wedding.
Sun., Sept. 18.
I went after ice and peaches, at Lem�s, while my wife got breakfast. After breakfast I cleaned the upstairs while Emma cleaned downstairs. I attended my Sunday School, but Emma didn�t got to S. S. We both went to Church. Mary Burruss came over and took dinner with us. I went up and got our mail, and to Mr. Peterman�s. I got a lovely spoon from Aunt Mollie today (from Va.). I spent the eve at home with Emma and Mary Burruss. Then we walked to the River with Mary and saw her cross. We came home and entertained callers for awhile, and then attended Church.
Mon., Sept. 19.
Mack Lewis came home yesterday. Ida Royar and Clayton Wheeler were married on Sat. eve, at Carrollton. I moved all of Emma�s things over this a.m. I brought a lb. of butter home this a.m., because we ran out. Maude Wheeler and Rettie were over tonight. I made arrangements with Mr. Peterman, tonight, for milk (one-pint in the mornings).
Tue., Sept. 20.
Clarence went home sick this eve. George made two very pretty window displays this eve. I worked on stock. I printed four new �phone bell cards.� I also made some cards for cistern this a.m., and put them on at dinner time. Emma put up some peaches this eve, her first. Emma came to meet me at the Store and we walked home together. We fixed our �bridal gift book� tonight.
Wed., Sept. 21.
We got a lot of goods in today.....rubbers, shoes, and dry goods. George and I have been busy getting the stock in better shape. We had 29/100 in. rainfall today. Papa took some lumber, for a porch, over to our house today, but didn�t get to work on it, as it rained. Rettie gave me a nice pitcher of cream and some tomatoes today.
Thurs., Sept. 22.
It rained most of day. I filled the lines with towels, shawls, shirts, table covers, mantle drapes, and rugs. Things look very nice. I made a chicken coop today. I will put it up when I get home. It cleared-off this eve, and I think we will have better weather for awhile.
Fri., Sept. 23.
Papa commenced work on our porch today. He took dinner with us, for the first time. I got a letter from Elbert today. I made Emma a packing box. I wrote Aunt Mollie Mohler a letter last night. I also wrote to Lina, Mr. Hudson, and Hallie (a joint letter) tonight. Blanche Carpenter and Willie Cresap were over to see us tonight. Also Mrs. Burns and her friend, Mrs. Hume, of Independence, Mo.
Sat., Sept. 24.
Trade has been quiet today. Mack Lewis had a �Sale� today, but not many in. We got in our new telephone this a.m., also our posts. I came back to the Store, after supper, and Emma went up to stay with Rettie until I got ready to go home.
Sun., Sept. 25.
I got up at 7 a.m. and got ice. I helped Emma with the dishes and then we both went to Sunday School and then to the Baptist Church. We had company after dinner. Then we went to the Wheeler�s awhile and had some good ice-cream. We then took a walk and went to the Baptist Church tonight.
Mon., Sept. 26.
I wrote to Frank Webster this a.m. I ordered some �Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Myers visiting cards� from Barr�s this a.m. Lem is working on my phone line today. We got the wire all up. It is connected at his house and my house. We will connect the wire to my phone tonight. I primed the floor of our new front porch this eve. Lem and I connected my main wire to my phone tonight.
Tue., Sept. 27.
We got in our new batteries this a.m. I fixed a battery box, a phone box, and a slop-bucket box this a.m. We put on all of the batteries this eve and the line is as clear as it can be. I also made me some curtain sticks this eve. After supper, Emma and I called on Maude Wheeler and her sister, Mrs. Kirk, tonight.
Wed., Sept. 28.
I wrote Uncle John Whitmore, as to my sewing machine. I made a fancy box for a dresser to go upstairs in the front room. I went up home to do a little work this a.m., and talked to Maude Wheeler a while. I also made an order, over the phone, for her. Emma and I, accompanied by Ruth and Angie, all went to the Christian Prayer Meeting tonight. Emma and I took a walk to both corners in the moonlight.
Thurs., Sept. 29.
Trade was quiet today. I papered up the bad places in the front room upstairs, and draped it with pictures, flags, etc., and now we have a very nice room. After supper Emma and I took a walk with Cyrena, and then we came back and enjoyed our front porch in the lovely moonlight, talking to the Misses Greenabaum�s.
Fri., Sept. 30.
Mary Myers gave us a real pretty fern today. Mr. Thorp did our plastering around our new window, in the hall upstairs. I went home at noon and cleaned the hall upstairs and down. I made off the weather report this eve.

OCTOBER

Sat., Oct. 1.
This has been a gloomy day. Trade fine this eve, however. Jim Wheeler commenced hauling my wood. Our �visiting cards� came today. Emma stayed at Greenabaum�s while I worked tonight. Emma made us a pin-cushion, for the Store today.
Sun., Oct. 2.
I got up at 6: 30 this a.m. and swept the walks, picked up blocks and shavings, swept the back and side yards, then got ready for Sunday School. We both attended Sunday School and Church. We took dinner at Dr. Wheeler�s today. I went to the Store and wrote to Elbert, and also a card to Uncle John about the machine. Emma and I took a walk and then went to Church tonight. We enjoyed the moonlight on our front porch. We had bananas and cream tonight.
Mon., Oct. 3.
Trade fine all day. Emma was out calling this eve. Rettie gave me a pound of butter and I walked up home with her, to get it. Emma met me at the Store and we walked home to supper.
Tue., Oct. 4.
Mack Lewis and his wife left for Colorado today. Lem went out to the farm this eve. Judge Cooney spoke here this eve. G. T. Taylor is cleaning out his basement, at his old stand. I made a �memorandum� for Lem to take to St. Louis tomorrow. Emma came to the Store and walked home with me, and then we attended League, after supper.
Wed., Oct. 5.
Lem and little Lewis went to St. Louis today. Clarence was out all eve. We have had all we could handle waiting on trade. I got a bushel of apples from Mr. Dick, at 50-cents a bushel. I made a monthly report of rainfall today. I went home at 6:30 p.m. and got supper. Then I brought Mrs. Myers to Prayer Meeting. I came back to the Store to do some work, then went up and took Emma home from Church.
Thurs., Oct. 6.
I finished my �rainfall card� this a.m. I made two wood boxes, for the house, and will cover them with calico. I wrote Lem two orders today. Emma came to the Store tonight and waited until I finished my wood boxes, and then we went home. After supper we both wrote a few lines to Arthur Dunlap. John Ulery and Miss Elizia Prunty were married tonight.
Fri., Oct. 7.
Uncle Isaac is cutting my wood today....4 3/4 cords. Mary and Rettie are spending today at Uncle John's (Miller). I took my new wood boxes home today and put wood in them. I went up to see Mrs. Dan O�Brien�s flowers this eve. Emma went, too. Emma went to Endeavor and led tonight. I put 2 1/2 cords of wood in the woodhouse tonight.
Sat., Oct. 8.
I cleaned the yard of all the clocks and shavings. Mable Carpenter and Pet Jeter came down from Malta Bend last eve. Papa finished our porch today, all but the walk. Emma stayed at Mary�s tonight while I was at the Store late.
Sun., Oct. 9.
It rained all morning. We didn�t go to Sunday School. Then the rain got in our cistern and ruined our milk, so I had to phone Mary for cream. When I went up after it, Lem gave me a hall lamp. I worked on that and got it in fine shape. Emma and I stayed home and had several callers this eve. Then Emma and I took a walk before supper.
Mon., Oct. 10.
Miss Laura Venable�s �man� came today. Emma and I gave her a dozen napkins today. Emma came uptown tonight, with her father and George, to walk back with me. I hung our hall lamp tonight. It is all okay. I also fixed a gasoline lid for its box tonight.
Tue., Oct. 11.
Mr. Murphy and Miss Laura Venable were married this a.m., at 10:15, at Mrs. John Burns�. Emma and I went to the wedding. I bought a rake and a hoe, and also a good lantern and two padlocks today. I worked a little at the stable, then retired.
Wed., Oct. 12.
Miss Ida Haynie and Mr. Walter K. Grady were married today, at the Christian Church. They had a supper at his home, for them and their attendants. Trade was more than we could handle this eve, over $50 cash. Mary Burruss is going to have supper with us and spend the night. Mary and Emma went to Church and I stayed home and built a walk by the side of the house.
Thurs., Oct. 13.
Mary went to Marshall today. My �machine� came today and it is a beauty! I took it home this eve. Miss Sallie Hamner�s wedding outfit came this a.m. It was something over a $100 sale. In all, it amounted to about a $135 bill. After supper I worked on my wood and lumber pile.
Fri., Oct. 14.
We have been married one month. George and I worked on stock today and Clarence worked on cloak signs, and he put up a few, too. Milt Haynie�s little baby girl died this a.m. Papa is helping to shingle the Baptist Church today. While Emma went to Endeavor I finished cutting up my kindling wood. I worked until 9:30 tonight.
Sat., Oct. 15.
I got up at 5:30 a.m. and got in the rest of the kindling wood. Then I measured Mrs. Casebolt�s room. Prof. Hamelin, and daughter, gave an �entertainment� tonight, at the Presbyterian Church. Ruth went with Emma, and I gave Rettie a ticket, too.
Sun., Oct. 16.
We both went to Sunday School. They I went up home for some cream. Willie Cresap and Maude Wheeler were there, so we talked awhile. I went back to the Store and wrote up the Sunday School record book, then home. It was raining, so I went to the Store, after rubbers for Emma. Then I met her at Church and we went home and had dinner. Miss Greenabaum and Syd Wheeler were our first callers this eve. I went uptown at 5 p.m., and measured the rainfall for the day. It was 1.03-inches. I wrote a letter to Uncle John (Whitmore) tonight, and Emma added a few lines.
Mon., Oct. 17.
It has been spitting snow most of the day. Mary gave us some tapioca and a pitcher of cream for supper. Rettie gave us a lb. of butter and a bucket of milk. Rettie Greenabaum and Syd Wheeler came over tonight and we played dominoes. We had a fine time!
Tue., Oct. 18.
Geo. Burruss got in this a.m., from the Klondike. I started fixing a wood box for the outside. Rettie and Syd were over again tonight for another game.
Wed., Oct. 19.
I commenced on making Emma some flower shelves, for our front room and dining room. I walked to Prayer Meeting with Emma tonight. She led the meeting and then she came to the Store, with Clarence, and went home with me. Lem and I addressed 100 �cloak circulars� and they are ready to mail in the a.m. Sales were $119 today.
Thurs., Oct. 20.
�Charles Jessup & Son� started some brick work on Mr. G. T. Taylor�s new storeroom. I made three flower shelves and covered them, this eve. I took Maude Wheeler�s gloves to her, then went over home and got two chickens. After supper Emma and I went over to call on the Greenabaum family.
Fri., Oct. 21.
George and I did a good deal of work on stock today. We fixed up the �cloak room� this eve. Emma did not go to Church tonight, as she is not feeling well.
Sat., Oct. 22.
We got in our cloaks this a.m. We had all we could wait on this eve. I worked until 10 p.m., straightening things up. Syd and the Misses Greenabaum were over and stayed with Emma until I got home.
Sun., Oct. 23.
We both attended Sunday School, then we went to the Presbyterian Church to hear Rev. Waddley, of Texas. We took a walk in the eve, to the graveyard. George Burruss called on us where we were eating supper. He came out and ate some chocolate pie with us. Then we attended Church again after he left. Papa hurt his back yesterday while working at Mrs. Saufley�s.
Mon., Oct. 24.
I measured the Bell�s house this a.m., for carpeting. I also measured for W. R. Ingram. Rettie, Mary and Emma made the carpet for us at the Store. Trade quiet. Charles Davis and George Wheeler left this eve, for the �Omaha Exposition.� Rettie and Emma finished the carpet tonight. Clarence and I swept out tonight. Rainy.
Tue., Oct. 25.
It has been spitting snow. Trade was fair today. Clarence worked on the hamburgs all day. I had my shoes half-soled today. Phillip Reynolds took dinner with us today. I stopped by to see Mr. Bradshaw, for George Haynie, as I came home tonight. It was a lovely moonlight night, but cold.
Wed., Oct. 26.
This has been a lovely day. I got the contract for W. R. Ingram sales today, given us Saturday. I put one matting down, and carpet paper for two rooms. Lem and I worked tonight on the carpet and finished at 10 p.m. Then I came home and found Sadie Jessup, Ruth, and Syd staying with Emma. I wrote a letter to Wib Burns, for flowers, for W. R. Ingram.
Thurs., Oct. 27.
I sold ten cloaks today. I didn�t get to eat dinner until 5 p.m., and Emma brought that to me. Trade fine. We had a $128 day. George got home today, from Omaha. George, Lem and I worked at Ingram�s house again tonight. I put down dining room matting and hall paper. Emma went to the Drs. to stay while I was away. I lost the key to the front door somewhere.
Fri., Oct. 28.
I went to Hamner�s this a.m. and sold Miss Sallie a fine cloak. After dinner I went up to O�Brien�s for some of my flowers. Clarence used them in a window display. I went to Bell�s, with some cloaks, but didn�t sell any. We sold six cloaks at the Store. We had a $132 day. I ate supper at 9 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 29.
G. T. Taylor has men busy working on his new store. They laid his brick walk yesterday. We sold 30-cloaks during our three days of �special cloak sale.� We had all we could take care of today....a $199.83 day. Ruth, Syd, and Rettie Greenabaum stayed with Emma while I was at the Store. I got home at 11 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 30.
I got up at 6:30 this a.m., did my work, and Emma and I attended Sunday School at the Christian Church. Our Church has no stove. After Sunday School I took a package of cloaks down to the River, to send off. Then I went to Lem�s, to talk for awhile. Mary gave me a pitcher of cream for my dinner. After dinner I went uptown, and then home for awhile. Mrs. Chiswell is very low. Miss Mary Jessup, Syd, George, Kate, and Cyrena Wheeler, Rettie, and Mr. Vaughan were our callers this eve. Emma and I had bananas and cream and cake served on the secretary writing table, by the fire, tonight.
Mon., Oct. 31.
There was a big frost last night. I finished with the curtains and carpets for Will Ingram�s house this a.m. Mrs. Edmonds gave me some flowers this eve. Mary Haynie showed me some lovely embroidery work this eve. I got 5 bus. of apples this eve, from Jim Haynie. I came home to supper at 8 p.m. Emma was at Mrs. Greenabaums. Mary and little Lewis went to Springfield, Mo., this eve, for a month.

NOVEMBER

Tue., Nov. 1.
We got in a lot of new goods today. Emma and I drove out to Mr. B. B. Berry�s, and I hung shades in his new house (nine shades). George helped at the Baptist Church, fixing for Sally Hamner�s and Will Ingram�s �grand-wedding� tonight. Miss Rena Reid came up from Slater this a.m., to visit several days. We all attended the wedding tonight and it was fine. Our firm game them a fine onyx table and a brass lamp.
Wed., Nov. 2.
George Wheeler and I worked upstairs today. Trade nice. Mrs. Chiswell, who was to be buried today, was found to have some life, so the funeral was postponed until tomorrow. Miss Laura Venable, who was married three weeks ago, came home this eve, separated. Too bad. Emma and Rena Reid went to the Wheeler�s home tonight as I had work to do at the Store.
Thurs., Nov. 3.
Mrs. Chiswell was buried this a.m., at the Christian graveyard. I attended the funeral. Jobe Hanna finished painting our house this eve. Woodson Williams� horse dropped dead, in front of Mrs. Greenabaum�s, in harness. It died in five-minutes! John Burruss and George Wheeler called at our house tonight, to see Miss Reid. George took Gussie Edmonds to Marshall this eve as he went over after the Presbyterian preacher.
Fri., Nov. 4.
Miss Reid, Emma, and I took dinner at Mrs. Milt Burns� today, and we took supper at Dr. Wheeler�s tonight. Bro. J. A. Creighton, of Montgomery City, Mo., came last night. He preached for us tonight, at the M. E. Church. I introduced him around this eve, at the schoolhouse. He made a talk in each room. Clarence took Miss Reid to Church tonight. We had a good rain tonight.
Sat., Nov. 5.
Mr. G. T. Taylor came out with a �clothing and overcoat sale� ad this a.m. We had a $183 day. The roads are muddy, so not many ladies in town. John Burruss took Miss Reid to preaching tonight. Emma and I went also. We had a Church meeting, after preaching, and we call Rev. Creighton for two Sundays each month, for $300 per year.
Sun., Nov. 6.
Lem took the preacher up to Saline Church this a.m., and then went to Marshall to see Newt. Emma and I, and Miss Reid and Clarence, attended Church. Then John Burruss took Miss Reid home this eve. Emma and I attended the Baptist Church tonight and heard Bro. Sims.
Mon., Nov. 7.
We had a $71 day. I helped in the Hall this eve, fixing for our dinner and supper tomorrow. I printed three signs this eve. We sold three cloaks today. The wind is awful today.
Tue., Nov. 8.
It rained all eve. Mr. G. T. Taylor opened his store today, selling clothing. The Presbyterians had their �supper and dinner� today. Took in $24 for dinner and $26 for supper. Emma helped all day at the Hall.
Wed., Nov. 9.
Clarence and I printed signs today.....one big one, a �poultry� sign. It is dark and cold, and spitting snow tonight. I gave Emma another tea-jacket, a red cashmere. It will make a beauty, I think!
Thurs., Nov. 10.
Clarence and I put up our �poultry� sign, and our �clothing� sign. Trade was very nice today. Rettie sent us two nice cream pies for our dinner. Mrs. Jessup, and daughter, were over tonight and sat awhile with us.
Fri., Nov. 11.
We changed showcase and window displays today. News came this eve of Miss Addie Smith�s death, last eve. She is now Mrs. Booker, of Colorado. Mrs. Burns and Maude Wheeler, and the Greenabaums were here tonight. Emma got a nice letter from Miss Reid this eve.
Sat., Nov. 12.
We had a trade of $159 today. We had all we could wait on. Jesse Wheeler came up from Arrow Rock this eve. Emma has a cold.
Sun., Nov. 13.
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Mon., Nov. 14.
I made a sign for the �Meat Shop� this eve. Jesse Wheeler, Retta Greenabaum, Miss Leila Townsend, Walter Utley and George Wheeler were with us tonight. It was reported tonight that Miss Myn Casebolt and Frank Burruss were married last night, at Norborne, but I can�t believe it!
Tue., Nov. 15.
G. T. Taylor went to St. Louis this a.m. I have been working on our �holiday memo� all eve. Emma and I took dinner at Dr. Wheeler�s today.
Wed., Nov. 16.
Lem and I made up our �holiday order.� I had Emma�s shoe fixed today. Emma and I, and a crowd, attended the wedding of Miss Esma Mace and Mr. Sam Small, at the colored Baptist Church tonight.
Thurs., Nov. 17.
I printed some signs for �Thanksgiving.� Miss Emma Taylor and Mr. Clay Brown were married at the colored M. E. Church tonight. Emma and I went, with a crowd of others. I bought a 1/2 bus. of walnuts for 25-cents, today.
Fri., Nov. 18.
Lem went hunting. We pasted our window full of �Thanksgiving Sale� bills. I put up a curtain in our upstairs hall, and we changed things around a little, at the Store. Then we went through the bookcase and fixed it. Woodson Williams� little baby was buried this eve.
Sat., Nov. 19.
Miss Gussie Edmonds is leaving for Virginia, this a.m., for a one-year�s visit. Trade has been very nice today. Mrs. Dr. Cunningham came down to stay a week. Emma went over to Wheeler�s to stay while I was at the Store. I got her at 9 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 20.
We went to Sunday School and the Baptist Church this a.m. Lem went to Marshall after little Lewis and Mary. Emma wrote up our �caller�s book� tonight.
Mon., Nov. 21.
Rain, snow and sleet. We had a $75 day. Emma spent the afternoon at her old home. I took a sack of apples home this a.m. Rettie gave me a bucket of cream to take back with me. Remember Mrs. Nan Casebolt being frightened last night. Emma gave Miss Lou a lb. of butter tonight.
Tue., Nov. 22.
It is awful cold today. Clarence had to go to Marshall this a.m. Our flue burned out this a.m. Mrs. Dr. Cunningham spent today with us. I fixed our flower shelves in our front room tonight. I changed the kitchen cabinet from the kitchen to the dining room, and put the gas stove where the cabinet was, in the kitchen. I also changed the bed in our room and put new California blankets on it.
Wed., Nov. 23.
Today was our �Thanksgiving Sale.� We gave 1/4 off, on everything except rubbers. We had more trade than we could handle....the biggest day since I have been in the dry goods business ($700). I didn�t get dinner all day. We were crowded until 10 p.m., and we closed the Store at 11. Emma stayed at Mary�s.
Thurs., Nov. 24.
We closed at 10:45 this a.m., a $20 day. I attended Church and then Emma and I took Thanksgiving Dinner at her old home. We both attended the Baptist church tonight. We went to an �oyster supper� at Hull�s Hotel, given by the young people.
Fri., Nov. 25.
Snow and rain all day. George and I worked on opening our new Christmas goods that came this a.m. Bro. Creighton and his wife came today. I got board for them at Mrs. Vanice�s. Bob Dunlap gave a �musical entertainment� at his Drug Store tonight. Emma and Maude Burns went and said it was very good. There was a nice crowd there. Geo. Wilson came this eve. He is going to work for Mr. Taylor in the a.m.
Sat., Nov. 26.
G. T. Taylor opened his new �dry goods store� this a.m. Our trade was very good today, $153. Old Mrs. Jack Walden died this a.m. I went home at 8:30 tonight, for supper. I got Emma at Wheeler�s. I got a new pair of shoes this eve, also a dust pan and a water bucket.
Sun., Nov. 27.
Emma went to Sunday School. Then she and I went down to Mrs. C. G. Vaughan�s, in Lem�s buggy, to spend the day. Mrs. Jack Walden was buried here today. We spent such a nice day with the Vaughan�s. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Cunningham were there, too. We got home at 5:30. We went to the Presbyterian preaching at the Baptist church tonight.
Mon., Nov. 28.
Miss Mary Burruss stayed all night with us tonight. She took supper with us also. The Enterpe had a Meeting at W. H. Wheeler�s tonight. I put a stove up in our company bedroom. Rettie is packing things up home today. I marked all of our Xmas goods tonight. Emma and Mary Burruss were there with me. We came home at 10:15 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 29.
I printed 300 tickets this eve, for packages. I made two window displays. Mary and Rettie and Lewis were over to see us tonight. Lem called me to look at a line of slippers, at the Store. We bought $153 worth. Papa commenced taking his dinners with us.
Wed., Nov. 30.
We all are working on stock today, and Lem, on his books. Trade very nice. I went to the Store tonight and Emma went to Prayer Meeting. Emma helped make a list of names, for us to mail our calendars to, next week. Sales today were $83.

DECEMBER

Thurs., Dec. 1.
I had a talk with G. T. Taylor this a.m. Lem did, too. Rettie and Mary went to Marshall this a.m. Rettie is going to stay at Newt�s a week, and then will got to sister�s, at Boonville. Papa took dinner and supper with us, also Lewis took dinner. I wrote a letter to Elbert today. Ruth came back tonight. Miss Lou gave us lots of sausage and spare-ribs today.
Fri., Dec. 2.
I have been working on the Church Book most of the day. Mrs. C. G. Vaughan brought us our six-gallons of lard today. Also some sausage. I met Mrs. Creighton this eve, in the Store. Emma led the Endeavor tonight. We sent our cow over to Newt, Thursday eve.
Sat., Dec. 3.
Scott & Miller�s are having a �closing-out sale�, at cost, today. Rev. Creighton took Lem�s horse and buggy and went to Marshall today. He had an awful trip. Two inches of snow fell and it was very cold. We had a good oyster-soup tonight.
Sun., Dec. 4.
Emma went to Sunday School, but I didn�t feel well. We had a lot of callers this afternoon.
Mon., Dec. 5.
I am at home, sick, today. I wrote to Uncle John Whitmore this a.m. Lewis brought us the oatmeal cooker and Emma made some good mush for breakfast. Papa was over for dinner and brought in my wood for me. Mrs. Burns, Rettie Greenabaum, George Wheeler, Clarence Haynie, Miss Lou, and Angie Wheeler were here to see me today. Emma addressed 300 calendars for me.
Tue., Dec. 6.
I spent this a.m. in bed and sat us in the front room all eve. We had no dinner, so we both ate supper at 5:30. I had a number of callers all day. I feel a great deal better. I retired at 8:30. Papa brought in my wood and came to see me several times. He took dinner at Lem�s.
Wed., Dec. 7.
I feel better but will stay home today. Mary sent us some good soup. I wrote a letter to Aunt Mollie, in Va. The Dr. and George called at noon for a few minutes. Emma and Lewis and I went to Miss Lou�s, to help bake �dutch cakes.� Kate came home with us. Blanche and Laura Carpenter were here while we were away and left cards.
Thurs., Dec. 8.
I started to get up this a.m. and, in doing so, I was struck with severe pains that lasted until Dr. Wheeler came and relieved me. I stayed in bed all day. Papa was here several times today and Lem was over for awhile. Also many others. George Wheeler and Walter Utley stayed all night. I had a spell in the night and George got the Dr. At 12:30 a.m., I went to sleep.
Fri., Dec. 9.
I stayed in my room all day. This is the best neighborhood I ever saw! The people can�t bring you enough to eat, or do enough for you, or come too often, or ask about you. There were at least 20 here today. They sent in so much cooked food that Emma hasn�t had to cook all day, or for several days. Miss Lou, the Greenabaums, the Burns, and Hannas can�t be beat for good neighbors. I feel much better tonight. Miss Anna Belle Taylor was married yesterday, in Marshall.
Sat., Dec. 10.
The River blocked last night. I came downstairs this a.m. This is the first Sat. I have missed since we have been in business. The roads are bad and not many are in town. Maude Burns and Kate Wheeler were here this a.m., and helped Emma.
Sun., Dec. 11.
I got up at 8 a.m. I feel much better. Mr. Peterman and G. T. Taylor were here this a.m. Dan O�Brien came over at 11 a.m., and gave me a shave. Emma and I took dinner at Lem�s and stayed until 3:30 o�clock. Mrs. Jessup and Ruth and Angie came and stayed until bedtime.
Mon., Dec. 12.
I ordered a sugar shell today, for Emma and I to give to Mary Jessup. Emma came to the Store, after me, this eve. So I came home at 5 p.m., and remained for the night. We got freight across, on the ice, tonight.
Tue., Dec. 13.
I went to the Store this a.m. and got a lot of work on stock done. It is awfully cold and they are getting ice off of the River today. It is nice, too. I came home at 6:30. We read awhile and fixed our flowers and retired at 9 o�clock.
Wed., Dec. 14.
I worked on stock and went out collecting for our preacher. I did real well. Ruth was here tonight for supper and spent the night.
Thurs., Dec. 15.
Trade was slow today. There is lots of ice being taken off the River today. Miss Mary Jessup and Jess Talbot were married tonight, at her home. Emma and I went. Quite a crowd was there.
Fri., Dec. 16.
It has been misting all day. Trade was quiet this a.m., but all we could handle this eve. Emma stayed at Wheeler�s tonight and she and Ruth made candy. I got her at 10 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 17.
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Sun., Dec. 18.
Emma and I went to the Christian Church, at 11 a.m., and stayed for Communion. It is raining, so we didn�t go to Church tonight. Kate and Cyrena spent the eve with us. We retired early.
Mon., Dec. 19.
We had 1.27inches of rainfall last night. I fixed a wood box for Maude Wheeler this eve and sent it up to her. I bought a calendar for Hallie tonight, and a tool chest for Lewis, at Noonan�s.
Tue., Dec. 20.
This has been a very gloomy day. I printed a sign this a.m., for �Sullivan & Co.� I packed a box tonight for Miss Lou. Emma and I went over to call on Mrs. Greenabaum tonight.
Wed., Dec. 21.
The has been an awful gloomy day. Trade very quiet. The roads are so bad that people can�t get in. They have about completed the furnace in our Church today. I was around to see Mr. and Mrs. Vanice this eve. We went to Emma�s Prayer Meeting tonight. I received a nice letter from Mrs. George Long today, and a $10 check, for the preacher�s salary.
Thurs., Dec. 22.
We had a snow/rain last night, of .42 inches. We had a nice trade considering such bad roads. Always remember the fire we had in our window this eve. The Xmas things all burned.....about a $50 fire. We are insured, though. We haven�t gotten any mail from across the River since yesterday, at noon. The ice, though, all moved out tonight. So I guess we will get mail tomorrow.
Fri., Dec. 23.
We got twenty sacks of mail from across the River today. Trade today was $71. We got the furnace in our Church completed this eve. I went up to see it. I also stopped in to see Mr. Taylor, who has been sick. I went back to the Store tonight. Cyrena and Kate Wheeler, and Caddie and Lottie Greenabaum stayed with Emma until I came home. It is very cold tonight.
Sat., Dec. 24.
There were lots of people in town today. Walter Utley helped us today. I persuaded Papa to go to Lem�s, as he has a bad toe. He let a bench fall on it, at Church. Elbert Dunlap got in this eve, for Xmas. The Baptists had a �Christmas Tree� tonight. Emma and Mary were there.
Sun., Dec. 25.
I got up at 6 a.m. I made my two fires and fixed some flowers downstairs. Amos Buckner came over and we sent Lem and Mary�s things over, and then sent our bundles over to the Wheeler�s. I gave a ring and a box of candy and oranges. Emma gave me a nice blacking-stand and shoe box. It is lovely and I appreciate it so much. We both had a happy Christmas together. We also received presents from the others. We attended Sunday School, but not Church, as our furnace (at Church) didn�t work. We used the Baptist Church. Emma and I took dinner at Dr. Wheeler�s. I went to see Lem, Mary, Lewis and Papa this eve. Emma called me on the phone to tell me that Elbert was there, so I went home. We both went to Church tonight.
Mon., Dec. 26.
We sent out 400 calendars today. Clarence put one in every house in town, of both the whites and blacks. Emma and I and Mary Burruss spent the eve at Carpenter�s. We spent the eve nicely and enjoyed a serenade by the Watson brothers. They were invited in and then we had more music. The M. E. Church had a �candy pull� over at Jackson�s Store tonight.
Tue., Dec. 27.
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Wed., Dec. 28.
The roads are still bad. Miss Mattie Burgess and Mr. Douglas were married tonight, at her home. George and I took our �home chairs� back from Mrs. W. H. Wheeler�s this a.m. Papa�s foot is much better today. He went home after having dinner with us. Bro. Creighton and his wife called on Emma this afternoon. Also Aunt Mandy Briscoe.
Thurs., Dec. 29.
Emma and I took dinner at Dr. Wheeler�s today, with Bro. Creighton, his wife, and others. Mrs. Walter Hawkins sent Emma and me a cat this a.m. Its name is �George Dewey.�
Fri., Dec. 30.
Emma and I took dinner at the Wheeler�s, with a crowd of others. The Misses Mable and Laura Carpenter, Miss Kate Brown, and George Wheeler took supper with us tonight. Then we all attended the �oyster supper� at Jackson�s Store, given by the M. E. Church ladies. Our big stove, for the Church, came this eve. Trade was very quiet today. The roads are rough and frozen-solid.
Sat., Dec. 31.
The River is full of ice and the roads are rough. Those who come to town, walk. We had a $49 day. Mr. Vanice is very low. I got Frank Webster to stay with him tonight. Dr. Wheeler bought out Henry Mertens� Drug Store tonight, that is, he has 2/3 interest in same. So now it is �A. A. Wheeler�s Drug Store.� This goes into effect in the a.m. The Misses Sadie and Ruby Jessup, Rettie Greenabaum, and Syd Wheeler came over and sat the old year out and the new one in with us. We enjoyed ourselves by talking and playing various games. The only bell that rang tonight was the Darkey Baptist Bell, which rang about 1 a.m.

END OF 1898

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