Jan. 1, 1882. Sabbath.
This first day of a New Year is the coldest
day we have had this winter. The mercury this morning at 7 o'cl was
8° above zero. This is a clear day and a keen aur [sic] from Northwest
and about 2 inches of snow on the ground. I wish everybody a Happy
New Year and may the Lord bless everybody and make them happy and
useful by his saving grace. What a happy world this would be if everybody
loved God and his fellowman as himself. What a glorious place Heaven
must be where every being is holy and love reigns supreme. Lord help
me and everyone connected with me to do better in this New Year than
we ever did before. What are signs in this Christian world? Decidedly
encouraging, the gospel is making more rapid advances in the world,
especially in heathen lands than ever before, more missionaries and
more converts. May God speed the work. Douglas Martin took dinner
with us today. At 3 o'cl p.m. mercury 20°. Car shop foundry burned
Jan. 2, 1882.
Cloudy and not so cold, mercury 18°. Elanor
Martin spent the afternoon with us. This is a very delightful day.
Mr. John Mittleberger, an old and highly esteemed citizen died Sunday
evening after a long illness at 64 years of age. John Pearce returned
Jan. 3, 1882.
Cloudy and milder, wind east. Fred took dinner
with us today. Attended Mr.Mittleberger's funeral today at 1 o'clock.
Mrs. Glenday down to Fred's to stay two days and nights in the absence
of their servant. George went to St. Louis this evening. After supper
it commenced sleeting from the east.
Jan. 4, 1882.
It snowed and sleeted all night and continued
to sleet this morning, mercury 30°. Very cloudy and misty, walking
bad, quite slick.
Jan. 5, 1882.
Cloudy and colder, mercury 25°, a crust
of ice and snow on the ground. another case of small pox in town.
The servant girl that made up the bed where the man slept in the Strangers
Home was taken with it yesterday. Eleanor Martin came out in afternoon.
Colder in evening. They are hauling ice from the Marias Choche lake
for the brewery, 3 inches thick.
Jan. 6, 1882.
Cloudy and warmer, melting rapidly, the sun
out in the afternoon. Fred's health is getting bad again, lung trouble,
a painful thing to him and all of us. He will probably have to go
to a warmer climate. In evening, heavy fog.
Jan. 7, 1882
Cloudy and very heavy fog, melting fast, mercury
42°, by noon cleared off and mild as spring, quite muddy. Annie
and Eleanor Martin came up. Theo Gauss has a very mild attack of Typhoid
Fever, he goes about the house all the time. Snow is all gone.
. Jan. 8, 1882. Sabbath.
Cloudy and colder, feels like snow,
wind west, in evening, clearing off. Fred's lung trouble has returned
and he has concluded that he must leave here permanently and go to
a milder climate. This is a great trial to him and family as well
as to us. He has such fine prospects here as a doctor, that it is
a sad thing that he has to break up and go to a strange country probably
Texas and begin life at some other business. Such are the vicissitudes
and trials of life. The Lord's dealings are very mysterious but he
doeth all things well.
Jan. 9, 1882.
Clear, bright cool morning, mercury 31°.
Fred came up in afternoon and told us of his purpose to leave here
on account of his bad health. Annie and the children will go to Boonville
and he will go to San Antonio, Texas and see what he can do.
Jan. 10, 1882.
Cloudy, cool in morning, commenced raining
by 9 o'cl in morning and conti8nued most of the day. Fred gave Shirley
two pet squirrels in a very large fine cate, almost a small house.
George went to St. Louis this evening.
Cloudy and cooler. Fred walked up and took breakfast
with us. George returned from St. Louis in forenoon. Eleanor Martin
came up in afternoon and took tea with us. I called to see Miss Faning
who has hip disease.
Jan. 12, 1882.
Cloudy and frosty, mercury 32°, feels like
snow. Mr. William parks lectured last night at prayer meeting on Abraham's
faith in offering up Isaac. What a sublime act of obedience to and faith
in God. Commenced raining just before 12 o'cl. and has rained all afternoon
and still rains now, 7 o'cl., east wind and quite chilly. John and Shirley
are down at the Journal office, helping to fold paper.
Jan. 13, 1882.
Cloudy and mild, wind west and getting cooler.
Strong west wind blowing and cooler this afternoon.
Jan. 14, 1882.
Clear and cold, mercury 26°. Eleanor Martin
and Annie came out in afternoon. Arthur came in evening.
Jan. 15, 1882. Sabbath.
Cloudy, warm and looks like rain this morning,
drizzled a little in forenoon, cleared in afternoon and very mild. Fred
went up to Warrenton yesterday evening to see Dr. Middlecamp. Mrs. Glenday
went from church with Annie. Arthur left in evening for St. Louis.
Jan. 16, 1882.
Cloudy and sleeting, colder, mercury 26°
at 7 o'cl this morning. At 12 noon, mercury 20° and snowing, cold
stormy day. At 5 o'cl in evening, mercury 13°, quit snowing. I called
to Theo Gents, who has been confined to the house with a mild attack
of Typhoid Fever for four weeks. Fred came up with Mrs. Glenday and
Mary Glenday. He soon had an attack of pain in the chest, to which he
is subject. They are very severe and frequent. We applied mustard plaster
to the back. It is a singular disease, his lungs have been seriously
troubled for some months.
Jan. 17, 1882.
Clear and cold, mercury 6° above zero. This
has been a very fine winter day. Fred and Annie came up this evening
to stay till they leave, have packed all their things for shipment to
Jan. 18, 1882.
Cloudy and not so cold, mercury 16°, moderated
today in afternoon, clearing. I went out with Mr. Ezra Overall to see
Judge Boyse who is very low with cancer.
Jan. 19, 1882.
Cloudy and milder, mercruy 24° early in
morning. Annie and the children left this morning for Booneville. Fred
went with them to St. Louis. What a changing world. Over three years
ago they came here from Booneville. Two children have been vorn to them
in that time. He has been very successful as a doctor, has a fine practice
but his health has failed and has to break up here altogether and go
to Texas to find health and a home if the climate agrees with him. This
is a sad reverse to them and to us. May the Lord overrule it to their
good and His Glory.
Jan. 20, 1882.
Cloudy, mercury 32°. Fred returned from
St. Louis today. The elders of the church had a meeting yesterday evening
to consider the repairs necessary to be done on the church - the ceiling
and a gallery. Eleanor Martin spent the afternoon and took tea.
Jan. 21, 1882.
Cloudy and mile, mercury 36°, in forenoon
wind went to the west, cooler and clearing after noon.
Jan. 22, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and cold, mercury 16°, very fine bracing
day, in afternoon, mercury 32°. In evening Fred and George went
to St. Louis. Fred coughs a great deal. He is getting ready to leave
for Texas in a few days. I was quite unwell today. Just at dinner time
had an attack of confused vision followed by dull headache that lasted
all afternoon and evening.
Jan. 23, 1882.
Clear and cold. Fred and George came back from
St. Louis this evening.
Jan. 24, 1882.
Cloudy some and not so cold. I called to see
Mrs. Ross this afternoon. Eleanor Martin spent the afternoon with us.
Jan. 25, 1882.
Cloudy and warm. Mrs. Durfee and Mrs. Glenday
spent the day with Mrs. Rhodes. Very dark threatening day, rained in
Jan. 26, 1882.
Cloudy and warm, rain last night. Spring morning,
mercury 52°, early this morning. I see by the papers that the weather
in the east is extrememly cold, in some places, mercury 30° to 40°
below zero. In afternoon, mercury 66°, at 3 o'cl. wind blowing a
gale from south west. Cloudy and getting colder. Mrs. Alderson dined
Jan. 27, 1882.
Cloudy and very damp and chilly, east wind.
Eleanor Martin spent afternoon and took tea. George went to St. Louis
Jan. 28, 1882.
Clear early in morning but soon clouded up and
colder, west wind and looks like snow. Mercury 39°, early, but goes
down fast, now at 10:30 o'cl a.m. 33°. Fred left this morning for
Texas via New Orleans and Galveston and Gulf with William Bode. He coughs
a great deal and is very unwell -- has lost a good deal flesh. This
is a sad chapter in his and our history. He was lately doing so well
in his profession and apparently so prosperous and permanent here and
now it is all broken up. He has to go far away to seek a new home if
the climate suits him. May the Lord go with him, bless him and make
him a blessing -- our help is in God in our trouble. Cold in afternoon,
George came home today.
Jan. 29, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and very cold, mercury 10° above zero,
at 7 o'cl. It has been cold all day.
Jan. 30, 1882.
Cloudy and cold, mercury 22° in morning,
wind east and very chilly. Eleanor Martin came out in afternoon. Dear
girl, she suffers greatly at times. Commenced snowing in evening.
Jan. 31, 1882.
Clear and cold, mercury 26°, ground covered
with snow about two inches deep. Melted some during this day. Attended
to shipping Fred's furniture to Boonville. Called with Garvin in afternoon
to see old Mrs. Sheppard to get a contribution from her to repair our
church. I asked her to give $200.00, she has plenty of money. she promised
to do something.
Feb. 1, 1882.
Clear, bright day, cool, snow passing off. Eleanor
came out in afternoon. Mr. and Mrs James Lindsay, Mr. and Mrs. Morton
called. Received a postal from Fred at Cairo, he was better. I shipped
his furniture to Boonville.
Feb. 2, 1882.
Clear and milder. Assisted Wm. Kirkpatrick and
Dr. Furgerson to divide Dr. Sam Overall's estate.
Feb. 3, 1882.
Cloudy in morning, mercury 32°, most of
the day very cool and clear and fine. Letters from Annie and Lizzie
today, all well. got a load of very poor corn from dierker today, 85
bushels. Called to see the afflicted daughter of Mrs. Faning, she is
better. George went to St. Louis this evening.
Feb. 4, 1882.
Clear, bright day, mercury 32° in morning.
George retruned from St. Louis today. Eleanor Martin spent the afternoon
with us. We expected Arthur tonight but he has not come.
Feb. 5, 1882. Sabbath.
This is a bright, lovely morning, the day has
been beautiful throughout. Mr. Robert Parks took dinner with us. His
family is in St. Louis, Mrs. Parks and Mamie in bad health. A Postal
from Arthur says he was left by the train. Children Missionary Meeting
in afternoon. The women and children of the church are doing a great
work for foreign missions. I speak of the whole church.
Feb. 6, 1882.
Clear and mild, warm day, mercury 68°, cloudy
in evening and looks like rain.
Feb. 7, 1882.
Warm and very cloudy in morning and commenced
raining at 9 o'cl. in a.m., about noon wind changed to west and got
Feb. 8, 1882.
Clear and colder, west wind. Attended the funeral
of Judge Clem Boyse at the Catholic Church. In afternoon Eleanor Martin
came up and spent evening.
Feb. 9, 1882.
Clear, fine morning, mercury 30° in early
morning. It has been a bright beautiful day. I called on Mrs. John E.
Stonebraker and Mrs. Custer. Mrs. J. E. Stonebraker has been sick. I
also called on Mrs. A. H. Stonebraker.
Feb. 10, 1882.
Clear, delightful morning, mercury 39°,
warmer during the day and in evening, cloudy. I commenced feeding Mangel
Wertzell beets to my cow. Called in afternoon on Mrs. (Dr.) Overall.
She expects to remove to Kansas City.
Feb. 11, 1882.
Cloudy and warm, looking like rain. Have been
smoking my meat this week. Sold Fred's Horse, Jim, saddle and bridle
for $100.00 today to Armbruster. Received a postal from Fred today at
New Orleans, he says he is better.
Feb. 12, 1882. Sabbath.
Warm, bright day. Arthur came last night. He
is very well. We proposed to the congregation today to raise money to
repair the church. Very warm in afternoon, mercury 72°, and cloudy.
We had a beautiful rainbow about 4 o'cl and about 5 o'cl we had a light
thunder shower. Robert Pourie came out in afternoon and Doug Martin
took tea with us. Arthur returned to city.
Feb. 13, 1882.
Clear and cooler, wind west and north, mercury
40° in morning. Dr. George B. Johnson is in town from San Antonio,
Texas. Thinks that is a fine climate for weak lungs.
Feb. 14, 1882.
Clear and frosty, it has been a delightful day.
Got a postal from Fred at Herne, Texas, water bound. The Brazos river
is so high the cars cannot run. I went out to Mrs. Durfee's farm in
afternoon, wheat looks fine.
Feb. 15, 1882.
Clear and mild, mercury 40°, warm all day.
Elanner Martin spent afternoon and took tea and Dr. Martin called.
Feb. 16, 1882.
Cloudy and rain in night, raining this afternoon.
Fred is in Auston, Texas, a letter from Bode says. Called at William
Parks in afternoon. Cleared up in evening.
Feb. 17, 1882.
Cloudy and colder, mercury 38°, damp, east
wind and very chilly all day. Made a settlement of Glover's curatorship
of Lee Van Burlio estate with the Probate court today and George was
appointed curator. We had letter from Fred yesterday at Austin, Texas,
he was much better.
Feb. 18, 1882.
Cloudy and damp, east win. George went to St.
Louis this morning. Having some garden spaded for lettuce, radishes
and early potatoes. Ground rather damp and cold.
Feb. 19, 1882. Sabbath.
Raining hard and has been since middle of the
night, cold rain from the west. I attended the funeral of Mrs. Dennis
McDonald at the Methodist Church. She died in St. Louis County at her
son's, was 71 years old. She was a very pious woman. It has rained freely
all day and is raining now at night.
Feb. 20, 1882.
It is still pouring down rain -- has been raining
now more than 30 hours continuously and heavily. Everything is flooded.
George came home last night on late train. Mercury 38°. Very heavy
rise in the river and still raining all day.
Feb. 21, 1882.
Partly clear, cold, the mercury 20° early morning. The wind
blew a gale from west all night and is blowing very strong today. Very
wintry day. No crossing river either by bridge or ferry boat. The heavy
rains caused so great rise in the river that Sunday night the ferry
landing boats were carried away and all the trestle work and piles under
the bridge were washed away. No train can come across and will not for
a long time and the ferry boats cannot cross today -- the river is so
high and rough, the wind so strong. The large house at the Ferry landing
on the other side fell in today. They undertook to have a Mardi Gras
procession tonight, it was gotten up on short notice.
Feb. 22, 1882.
Cold and clear, mercury 20° in morning.
The river falling, the ferry boat crossed today, a train passed down,
passengers crossed on boat. No mail from East. Eleanor Martin came out
in afternoon. Three days without any mail is a wonder in this age. Jim
Rowe buried today.
Feb. 23, 1882.
Clear and cold, mercury 22°, this has been
a clear cold day, the wind in west. Mail came from St. Louis last night
after three whole days without any. The recent heavy rains have caused
immense damage throughout the country, on lowlands, and water causes
great suffering to many people. The Ohio and Mississippi rivers higher
than for many years. I called on Mrs. Parks this afternoon. She and
her children go to Eureka Springs next Monday.
Feb. 24, 1882.
Clear and cool, mercury 24° in morning,
wind east. We received a letter from Fred at San Antonio dated Feb.
21. He was better. Met friends, a Mr. Thomas and Dr. Elliott, formerly
of Rockford, Missouri. One has a hay farm near San Antonio and the other
a ranch. Garvin and I called on Mrs. Sheppard for a donation for repairing
the church, she [gave] us $200.00. Poor old lady, she has money and
it annoys her to know what to do with it. It is hard for an old lady
to be poor and yet money is a burden to her, never had an[y] until she
Feb. 25, 1882.
Clear and milder, somewhat cloudy. Eleanor was
out this afternoon. I took an invalid chair of Mrs.(Dr.) Overall's down
to Miss Faning, who has been sick with hip disease all winter.
Feb. 26, 1882. Sabbath.
Cloudy and warm, cleared before noon. George
received a letter from Fred today dated Feb. 23 from San Antonio. He
had been out to Dr. Elliott's hay farm, was much better, intended to
go to Uvalde and Dr. Johnston's ranch. Our pet dog, Sank, has disappeared
and we are greatly concerned about him. George was on the Ferry Boat
Saturday evening and Sank probably went across the river thinking George
was on board.
Feb. 27, 1882.
Cloudy and mild. Got a postal from Arthur saying
he had returned from New Orleans being detained at Cairo 36 hours by
water. We learned from Capt. Owen's son that Sank was on the other side
of the river and George went over for him, we were delighted to see
him. How people become attached to a dog. There is a strange affinity
between a man and a dog. This has been a dark cloudy chilly day.
Feb 28, 1882.
Cloudy, light rain in the night and drizzling
this morning, warm, mercury 56°. About 10 o'cl. this morning it
settled into hard raining and continued till about 3 o'cl. In afternoon.
The Wind went to the northwest, not cold yet. I saw Capt Levi Hunt this
morning, he is at Fort Conchio, Texas. Jim Boyse returned from San Antonio,
Texas last night, says Fred is improving, likes that country very much.
Mar. 1, 1882.
Clear and pleasant, mercury 60°, at noon
quite warm, spring-like. Eleanor came in afternoon and took tea with
us. I sowed clover seed on part of meadow most injured by the drought
last summer. The rye patch is very good and cow has been in it all winter.
She gives a great abundance of milk and butter, good feeding is the
Mar. 2, 1882.
Clear and mild. This has been almost a summer
day, mercury up to 75°, If the ground was dry enough, I would plant
potatoes and several things.
Mar. 3, 1882.
Clear and a little cooler. This has been a cooler
day than yesterday, mercury 67°. I went to my farm this afternoon,
wheat very rank and strong, too much so. I called to see Cyrus Linsay
who has been sick with Typhoid Fever for six weeks. Great deal of water
on low places in prairie.
Mar. 4, 1882.
Clear and warm, this has been a summer day.
In afternoon cloudy and threatens rain. Sowed some lettuce and radish.
We had a Postal from Fred today at San Antonio, he is better.
Mar. 5, 1882. Sabbath.
Last night we had a rain storm, a good deal
of thunder and lightning, this morning cooler and has continued cool
all day and in afternoon, cloudy. Arthur came up this morning.
Mar. 6, 1882.
Clear and cold, mercury 32°. This is a fine
day, cold, bracing wind from the west, fine for the fruit and wheat
in keeping them back.
Mar. 7, 1882.
Partly cloudy but clearing, cold, mercury 29°
this morning. Ground frozen this morning. Our apples have lasted up
to this time, most remarkable considering the condition they were last
fall, cracked so much by the extreme drought. I have 3 bbls. cow boats
Mar. 8, 1882.
Cloudy and cool, mercury 32° in morning,
wind east. Had some garden spaded yesterday, too cold and wet to plant
anything. Has been cloudy and chilly all day, commenced to rain about
5 o'cl. in evening. Eleanor spent the evening with us.
Mar. 9, 1882.
Very dark, heavy clouds this morning and thunder,
good deal of rain during the night, heavy rain this forenoon, everything
drenched. We had a meeting of the Elders of the church to appoint a
committee to raise money and a committee to have repairs done in the
Mar. 10, 1882.
Cloudy and cold, mercury 32°, this morning
heavy snowstorm west of us. The cold raw cloudy days again. No letter
from Fred for a week. The Ladies Sewing Society met here this afternoon.
How much women can do for the church when they try and the meeting together
is good in a social way.
Mar. 11, 1882.
Clear and very heavy white frost, cloudy and
cool all day. Had raspberries uncovered. Had a letter from Mary Pearce.
They are very poor, lost a horse.
Mar. 12, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and cool, clouded up and felt like snow
but cleared in evening. The County Bible Society Meeting at the Methodist
Church in evening, house full -- interesting meeting. A Colporter will
commence work in this County to supply destitutions.
Mar 13, 1882.
Clear and cold, mer ury 30° in morning.
This has been a most delightful day, cool, clear and bracing. We had
a letter from Fred today. He expected to leave next day for Fredericksburg
in Gillespie County, Texas, where he thinks of settling to practice
Mar. 14, 1882.
Clear and cool in morning but soon clouded up
and before noon rained some. Cleared again in afternoon.
Mar. 15, 1882.
Clear and milder, this is a delightful day,
a fine, bracing, drying day, west wind. Mr. James Lindsay took dinner
with us today. Eleanor Martin spent the afternoon. Cooler this evening.
Mar. 16, 1882.
Clear and cool this morning, clouded during
the day, east wind -- cleared in afternoon.
Mar. 17, 1882.
Cloudy and thunder storm in night, some hail
-- cloudy and showers today, warmer. George went to St. Louis today
with Mr. J. E. Stonebraker on church repair and returned at 8 o'cl.,
Mar. 18, 1882.
Cloudy and very warm this morning. Dierker sent
a team in today and sowed oats in the orchard. Planted early potatoes
in the garden. I will cover them with straw after awhile when the ground
gets warm. The ground too wet to plow. Little after noon the wind went
west and cooled a good deal, the mercury went up to 80° before noon
and then went down to 60°. The papers give the most distressing
accounts of the suffering of the people on the lower river by high water.
It is beyond anything known. The government and the states and cities
are active in releaving the distitutions. Eleanor Martin was here this
Mar. 19, 1882. Sabbath.
Cloudy and rain in morning and at noon and again
in the afternoon -- east wind. Professor Minor took tea with us. He
is going to lecture on Astronomy in our church lecture room. We got
a plan for an addition to our house from Henry Gauss.
Mar. 20, 1882.
Rain through the night, good deal thunder and
lightning, cloudy and threatening this morning, mild. Setting out peach
trees in orchard.
Mar. 21, 1882.
The wind commenced blowing from west yesterday
evening and continued all night to blow a perfect gale and still continues
all day, clear and cold. The mercury this morning was 35° but it
froze some. It is almost impossible to walk out the wind is so strong.
It is a genuine equinoctial gale.
Mar. 22, 1882.
Clear and cold, mercury 25° this morning.
It is so dry that the fruit will not be injured. Professor Minor lectured
on astronomy in the basement of church last night. The wind is in the
west yet, feels like winter out.
Mar. 23, 1882.
Weather milder, wind east and then south, in
afternoon, cloudy and looks like rain. Planted four double rows peas.
Rain at night. Went with John and Shirley to Professor Minor's lecture
Mar. 24, 1882.
Clear and cold this morning. We have had a good
deal of cold weather for three weeks. It has been fine for the wheat
and fruit in keeping them back. Plowed up part of my meadows, sowed
oats. Plowed my garden. Mr. Bates and sons making fence and privy today.
Planted onions and beats.
Mar. 25, 1882.
Clear and cold, mercury 35°, in morning.
Very drying weather now. Received a postal from Fred in San Antonio
saying he and others in a stagecoach between Fredericksburg and San
Antonio had been robbed of their money. Heard a lecture in the Jefferson
Street Church last night on Spiritualism by Reverend Claggett. He said
it was all the work of the devil, that it is often spoken of in the
Bible and denounced as the work of evil spirits, that those who believe
in it neglect the word of God, that mediums are generally low characters
and imposters and have been proven to be such repeatedly. Skeptics,
infidels and all who reject the Bible resort to such things to satisfy
a yearning for something beyond this world. Atmosphere very smokey this
afternoon. Doug Martin took tea with us. Eleanor Martin spent afternoon
with us. Arthur came up this evening.
Mar. 26, 1882.
Cloudy and threatening in morning, light rain
during the day. George stayed all night at the Galt House with friends.
Arthur went back to St. Louis this evening.
Mar. 27, 1882.
Cloudy and cold, wind west. Mr. Bates finished
the privy today. Closed the contract with Speiker and Mackman for the
addition to the house, two stories high 20 ft. by 16 ft. -- portico
20 by 7 ft, Bay windoy -- $1,384.00.
Mar. 28, 1882.
Clear and frosty. This is a very fine day. Having
the rock in foundation of old cabnin taken up. Planted cauliflower and
cabbages plants this evening.
Mar. 31, 1882.
I left home Wednesday morning (27th) for Troy
to attend a meeting of Presbytery and returned this afternoon. The weather
has been clear, but decidedly cool, warmed today. Had a very pleasant
trip. Went to Wright City on train and over to Troy in spring wagons,
very bad roads. Troy is a very pleasant little town, good deal of intelligence
and wealth. The Presbyterian Church was planted there long ago and tolerably
stron, large fine church building for such a place, -- Reverend Dudley,
Pastor. The people treated us with great kindness and hospitality. I
stayed with Mr. Knott. The most important action of Presbytery was the
reception of the Reverend Hollifield from Huntington, Pa., into our
Presbytery, the Pastor elect of the Grand Avenue Pine Street Presbyterian
Church in St. Louis.