July 1, 1882 - September 30, 1882

July 1, 1882 - September 30, 1882

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Apr. 1, 1882.
Clear and warmer. Reverend Mr. Morton, Pastor of the Jefferson Street Presbyterian Church died suddenly last night of heart disease. Services at the church this p.m. at 3 o'cl. and the body will be taken to Ohio for burial. Very warm, mercury at noon 80°, at 3 o'cl. 84°.

Apr. 2, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and warm. Reverend Mr. Barrett came to my house yesterday evening from Troy and preaches for us today. In afternoon, very hot, mercury 84°. Robert Harris, an old citizen, died last night from long and hard drunk.

Apr. 3, 1882.
Clear and warm. Mr. Barrett left for Mizpah, his home in St. Louis County, this morning. Very hot again today. In afternoon mercury 85°, getting very dry. Planted 1 1/2 bu. Burbank potatoes in back garden. They commenced hauling sand for the addition to the house.

Apr. 4, 1882.
Clear and still warm. Commenced digging foundation for addition to house today. This is a city election day. The negroes are numerous around the streets expecting to be treated by somebody for their votes, a great sham on suffrage. It is hazy and mercury 83° at 2 o'cl. p.m. Sowed Trophy and Scme tomatoes seed and planted tow double row peas. The first planting is up. Cloudy in evening.

Apr. 5, 1882.
Clear and warm. The Masons are laying the stone foundation for the house. I planted two rows of bean seed. Making a milk house of stone and brick arched over and covered with earth and sodded. Eleanor Martin spent the afternoon with us. The mercury got to 83° in afternoon, smokey and hazy. The stone foundation is nearly finished.

Apr. 6, 1882.
Clear and little cooler this morning. About 3 o'cl. in the night we had a strong blow from the west, some thunder and lightning and a light shower. By middle of day very hot and by 3 o'cl. p.m. mercury 85 . The papers say a hot spell in April was never known before. Milk house nearly finished. Letters from Fred and Mattie today. Fred's health fine.

Apr. 7, 1882.
Clear and little cooler, during the day strong appearance of rain, in afternoon, thunder in south and west, but passed around -- cooler this evening. Mrs. Watson very low has been very sick for several days.

Apr. 8, 1882.
Cloudy and rain forenoon. This shower will soften clods and top of the ground. Planted two rows sugar corn just below the grapevines and one row of the Prolific corn, two stalks from one grain on back side of garden. Got the milk house nearly finished. Had the dirt put on it ready for sodding. I set out twelve tomato plants. Threatening clouds around after night, heavy clouds and thunder and lightning south and west, heavy storms passed to the east. Before 10 o'cl. a heavy rain storm came up from west and lasted for nearly an hour.

Apr. 9, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and bright after the stormy night. All nature is bright, blooming and beautiful. Every fruit tree is loaded with fruit buds. How sweet and beautiful nature is in spring time, how like the heart of man in his youth, full of vigor and hope and joyous anticipations. Mr. Martin is in St. Louis today. We heard Dr. Irwin at Jefferson St. Church. Cooler this evening.

Apr. 10, 1882.
We are in the frigid zone this morning. At 7 o'cl. this morning the mercury was 45° and at 10 o'cl. it was down to 45° and the wind north and cloudy. Two days ago and for six days previous we had summer heat -- 85°. A severe frost now would do incalculable injury to fruit, especially and perhaps to wheat too. Sodded the milk house and stuck early peas today. We have to have good fires today.

Apr. 11, 1882.
It was windy, cloudy during the night and the mercury is down to freezing this morning, ice on water. As it is dry we hope the fruit is safe. If it is we have made a very narrow escape and we ought to be thankful to a kind Providence. Wind east and very chilly. The meadows and pastures are full of pepper grass. I am having my pasture below the house mowed to destroy the pepper grass. Cold east or northeast wind all day, cloudy and cold, the mercury now at 6 o'cl. p.m. is 30°.

Apr. 12, 1882.
Cloudy and cold, mercury 33°, light snow early in morning, soon disappeared, chilly east wind.

Apr. 13, 1882.
Clear and cool, mercury 40° at 6 o'cl. this morning, moderating some. Got two loads of straw for my potatoes this morning. In afternoon, Dierker sent a load of straw and plowed my garden, ground in very fine order for plow. Still cool and cloudy. In evening went to hear lecture on the Sepoy rebellion in India in 1856 by Reverend Mr. Hay of Indianapolis. He was there at the time. The scenes of that terrible butchery are too awful for detail. God overwhelmed it all in the advancement of His Kingdom in that land. The East India Company was destroyed and [C]hristianity built up.

Apr. 14, 1882.
Cloudy and cool, mercury 42° in morning - continued cloudy and cool most of the day. The ground has gotten very dry on top. I set out twenty-five early cabbage plants.

Apr. 15, 1882.
Clear and cool, mercury 40° in early morning. I attended a National Tea Party at Mittleberger Hall last night, given by the Episcopal ladies. They wore old style dresses and bonnets, and we had a very good supper. The entertainment consisted of vocal music and recitations by ladies and gentlemen.

Apr. 16, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and milder. This has been the clearest and mildest day for ten days. Still the air is cool and have to have fires and overcoats. Arthur came up last night. Union services in our church today and in the Jefferson Street Church at night. Old Mrs. Bassett was buried today. Mrs. Watson is still quite sick.

Apr. 17, 1882.
Clear and milder, not warm. Arthur went ot St. Louis on the Cannon Ball train. Very dry. Had my raspberries replanted where missing. The carpenters put the sleepers on the foundation and the portico too. Took down the old Portico. Good deal of it sound, though it has been standing twenty-eight years.

Apr. 18, 1882.
Cloudy and light shower, warmer, in afternoon blew almost a gale from southeast and clouds of dust. Hauling brick for the house. I sowed a bed of late cabbages seed, Flat Dutch and American Savoy. Very cloudy in evening. By 8 o'cl. a heavy rain from southwest, a rain greatly needed.

Apr. 19, 1882.
Cloudy and cool, wind west. Yesterday afternoon there was a terrible cyclone at Brownsville, Saline County, this state, blowing down a great many houses and killing seven or eight persons. The rain and wind in some parts of this county was heavy and strong. I set out twenty-five cabbage plants this afternoon, early Yorks, and one dozen Excelsior tomatoes plants. It has been cloudy and cool and windy all day.

Apr. 20, 1882.
Clear, bright morning, milder. Planted three double rows Coxton peas and one half single row and the other half with extra early May peas behind the smoke house. Called in afternoon on Mr. Jesse Haigler, he has a new sheet iron roof on his house. He has a fine orchard grass pasture. Called on Mr. Parks. He is preaching to vacant churches every Sunday. I set out about seventy lettuce palnts this evening, got from Angert. Set out a dozen Excelsior tomatoes plants in back part of garden. This has been the warmest day for some time.

Apr. 21, 1882
Clear in morning, wind east and cloudy in forenoon. Planted three rows early red cob sweet corn below the grapevines. Planted two rows okra and two rows wax beans. Cloudy in evening and threatens rain tonight. Most of the brick is here and men brought their scaffolds to begin on the house tomorrow. The ground is very dry again. Vegetation needs a rain and warmer weather. I am cutting rye from my little orchard for my cow. It is very rank rye with a good stand of timothy. For two weeks past my cow has been on rye and wheat bran and she has fallen off in butter considerably though plenty of milk.

Apr. 22, 1882.
It clouded up in evening and rained by 9 o'cl. and was stormy during the night, some hail, cloudy this morning. The rain was not heavy. The ground in good order to work this morning. The rain was good for it. I planted two rows salsify. The masons at work on the house and finished the foundation by noon. Ed Pearce took dinner with us. Raining freely all afternoon. Poured down most of the time, heaviest for months.

Apr. 23, 1882. Sunday.
Cloudy and cool, mercury 48, everything very wet, a cool, disagreeable day.

Apr. 24, 1882.
Cloudy and cool, but clearing. The masons have most of the first story up. Clear in afternoon. Set out a lot of lettuce from Poser. John Pearce had a chill in afternoon, third day chills. Our cow has increased in milk but fallen off in butter, she is on rye.

Apr. 25, 1882.
Cloudy but clearing, clear before noon and warmer. Called on old Mrs. McAfee, an Irish woman, who came to church last Sunday. She is a Presbyterian, lives with her son. Have a neuralgic headache in evening. Warmer.

Apr. 26, 1882.
Cloudy, had a thunderstorm about 4 o'cl. this morning, some rain, warmer. I had a distressing night with my head, no sleep and pain in my head today too. Warm day, sun out. Eleanor Martin came out in afternoon. The second story of the house nearly up.

Apr. 27, 1882.
Clear and beautiful morning. I am better of my headache. Warm, growing weather.

Apr. 28, 1882.
Clear and a good day. Planted a row of butter beans - 2 rows of French corn and one row of blackeyed peas and three rows of Mangel-Wenzel beets. Set out 15 tomatoe plants and had 12 or 14 hills prepared for watermelons by digging deep, putting half rotted straw and covering with earth. The brick work of the house was finished this evening and the rafters are up. Cloudy this evening.

Apr. 29, 1882.
Clear and cool, wind north. This has been a cool dry day. The workmen have put on sheeting roof and the cornice. Planted a long double row of blackeye Marrowfat peas in back of garden. Called this evening on old Mrs. Sheppard, unhappy woman, has all that money can give but the loss of all her children makes her desolate. I believe she is Christian. Called on the McAfee's son of the old Irish woman that was at church last Sunday. His wife is an Irish woman too, and had four children. She is an Episcopalian. I urged them to attend church. There are a large number of people who change from place to place so often that they form no acquaintances and have no local attachements -- give up their good habits in which they were raised in religious matters.

Apr. 30, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and quite cool, strong northwest wind. It has been a decidedly cool day and very drying, need fires all day. The old Irish woman was at church and her two sons and one of the wives. They came because I called on them and invited them.

May. 1, 1882.
Cloudy and cool and light rain before noon. Putting roof on house. Heavy shower of rain in afternoon about 5 o'cl. cool. Learned this afternoon that the church case was decided in the United States Circuit Court this morning in our favor. Want of jurisdiction, the case having been already decided in the State Court. This painful law suit has been in the courts now for 15 years and we have exhausted every means to compromise with them, offered repeated[ly] to give them half the property. We are still harassed by a law suit vs. us by the Public School Board.

May 2, 1882.
Clear and cool, mercury 46° at 6 o'cl in morning, bright day but cool. Planted watermelons and cantelopes and replanted the corn first planted. Had my ground prepared for sweet potatoes and a piece of ground plowed in orchard for late corn. George went to St. Louis this morning.

May 3, 1882.
Cloudy and cool, rain before day. Putting floor in the new building, finished covering it yesterday. During day sun warm. Planted two more rows of Mangel Wentzel beets. Planted watermelons in back of garden, had the hills dug deep and old straw put in and covered with earth, most of them Jackson from Dr. Bruere. Planted some hills in nutmegs and canteloupes in the old cabin foundation. I am still cutting rye for my cow from little orchard, it is to head. Eleanor Martin spent afternoon. Got a postal from my old cousin, Mary Rice in Philadelphia, she is in ill health, is now 80 years old.

May 4, 1882.
Clear and very warm in morning, cloudy and threatening during day and good deal warmer. Planted squash seed and canteloupes.

May 5, 1882.
Cloudy in morning and very warm. Planted five hills of the Kankakee watermelon and tomato and blackeyed peas. George went to O'Fallon today. This has been the hottest day for weather.

May 6, 1882.
Cloudy and cold. Yesterday was extreme summer heat, now wintry. They had a very destructive hail storm in St. Louis yesterday evening, it extended into Illinois. In northern Illinois heavy storms in morning. This cold comes from that. We have fires today. Planted some more Mangel Wentzel beets. Set out fifty sweet potato plants - red. The house is nearly ready for the plasterers, the porch is nearly up. Arthur came up this evening.

May 7, 1882. Sabbath.
Cloudy and warmer, rained a little about 10 o'cl., a.m.. cloudy all day and warmer. Before 9 o'cl. it commenced raining freely.

May 8, 1882.
Clear and bright all day, had a shower last night, very warm during the day. Carpenters putting on cornice on the old building and had to take off some of the old roof. Signs of rain in evening and they put on tarpoline. I planted two double rows of Canada peas such as the grocery sells for cooking. I do it as an experiment.

May 9, 1882.
Cloudy and windy and cooler. We had a very heavy storm in the night, the first came about 10 o'cl. from southeast and then about 1 o'cl. a very heavy blow and a pour down rain from the southwest. Eleanor Martin spent the afternoon with us, she is a good dear girl, she bears up under her great sorrow wonderfully.

May 10, 1882.
Clear, bright, spring day. The plasterers commenced lathing this morning and the carpenters are roofing the frame of old building. I set out 100 sweet potato plants yesterday evening, red. They are putting the asbestos on the portico and bay window. Called this afternoon on Mrs. Isaac Hore, who has a cancer on her breast. Mr. Coshow has been doctoring it for months, took out a large part of it. She is up and about. Set out 120 yellow sweet potatoes plants from Mrs. Gardener. Cloudy and cool.

May 11, 1882.
Cloudy and cool this morning. The carpenters have finished the cornice on west end of the old house and shingling that side. I got five pigs this morning, about six weeks old. Windy and cloudy, showery and quite cool.

May 12, 1882.
Cloudy, cold, strong west wind, mercury 47° this morning, feels and looks like winter, most unseasonable weather. This has been a very cold rainy day, wind west and feels like frost and still raining tonight. We have kept up big fires all day. We are very much exposed, the house is so open. Commenced the plastering today.

May 13, 1882.
Cloudy and cool still though the mercury is same as yesterday, 45°, cool, cloudy day. It has been a dreary spell of weather for five days.

May 14, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and still cool, we have escaped frost. This has been a fine day, the air is cool but the sun has some power and dried off a good deal.

May 15, 1882.
Clear and cool this morning. I expect to go to Wentzville today, and see Mr. Pearce about Tom and Mary. This has been a clear, bright day, a little cool, wind continues in west and north and has been there for more than a week. I went up to Wentzville and returned today. The wheat and oat crops look well, corn very backward on account of cold wet weather. Some of the wheat was a good deal hurt by hail, the heads bent. Mr. Pearce is feeble, result of carbunckles last fall.

May 16, 1882.
Clear and cool, the wind continues at the north though sun has some power. Old man Porrean is white-washing fences. Hoed over my corn and replanted blackeyed peas, corn looks yellow, watermelons not up. Put my cow in pasture east of house, the grass is more than knee high. Plasterers are nearly through.

May 17, 1882.
Clear, cool, sun has some power, nights and mornings cool, ground dry on top with crust. Plasterers patching rooms. Cutting grass for cow instead of letting her run on pasture.

May 18, 1882.
Clear and cool. Had fences white-washed. Had to replant all my watermelons, they rotted. It has been warmer today.

May 19, 1882.
Cloudy and warmer today. Sent Mary Pearce $30.00 in provisions and money from Mr. Ben Pearce. Covering the back part of the house today. Plasterers putting on the finishing coat today.

May 20, 1882.
A heavy shower came from southwest this morning at 6 o'cl. and continued raining several hours. Everything will grow rapidly if it keeps warm. Heavy raining. Plasterers finished today at noon. I set out 120 sweet potato plants in mud. Cool in evening and rain at night.

May 21, 1882.
Clear and quite cool, wind in west, very cool all day and tonight feels like frost.

May 22, 1882.
Clear and cool, mercury 48°, in morning. The carpenters are covering kitchen and finishing the portico. This has been a clear, cool day, poor corn weather. Called on Mrs. Watson this afternoon. She is going about again. Carpenters finished covering the kitchen. I received a telegram from Judge Dryden asking me to go to St. Louis tomorrow on the church suit case.

May 23, 1882.
Cloudy and cool, mercury 50°. I expect to go to ST. Louis this morning on Warrenton accomodation train. Went to St. Louis. Some rain during afternoon, cloudy, cool all day. Saw Judge Dryden about the church case. The other side have moved for an appeal to the S. C., U. S. They have to give a bond for costs, -- $500.00. Alderson and Mrs. Watson are opposed to it and Dr. Furgerson will risk anything. I saw Mr. George Strong, their lawyer and I think they are making the appeal to force us to a compromise which they have all along refused. I saw John Gibson and Mrs. King.

May 24, 1882.
Cloudy and cool this morning. Had my garden all plowed this forenoon. Commenced raining before noon, about 11 o'cl. The rain continues this afternoon, gloomy weather. Papers report snow storms and heavy frosts in Iowa and the northwest, great damages. The month of May so far is remarkable for cold. George left this afternoon for Delevan, Illinois to attend the wedding of his classmate, Horton. Raining freely tonight.

May 25, 1882.
    Cloudy, cold and damp, everything is wet, mercury 52° this morning. This is a severe check on farming work. Cleared some in afternoon and warmer. I planted two rows french corn in garden and three rows sweet Egyptian corn. Set about 100 tomato plants and planted a patch of Baldwin double corn in orchard. Painters are at work on house and whitning ceilings.

May 26, 1882.
Clear and milder, mercury 56° in morning. Feels more springlike today. Papering my wife's room. Painting Mrs. Durfee's room. Warm today. I called on the Fenings, the girl is on crutches, they are good people but poor. They need something to do to help themselves. How a little of the superfluous wealth of some people could be usefully employed to help the really deserving poor. The important thing is to help people to help themselves. Cloudy tonight and warm. The first day and night we have needed no fire for a long time.

May 27, 1882.
Cloudy this morning and mild, heavy rain in the night, commencing about midnight. Warm and cloudy most of the day, light shower in afternoon. Set out about 150 Savoy cabbage plants. Eleanor Martin spent afternoon with us. Mrs. Durfee's room was papered and painted today. I went to woolen factory this mroning and secured some work for Miss Faning which will relieve her a good deal.

May 28, 1882. Sabbath.
Cloudy and raining, cool. We had a very heavy rain during the night, the biggest rain this season. Arthur came on early train and George on the late train. Cloudy and cool most of the day. These excessive rain and cool spells will check the chinch bug. Army worm is at work too, they like cloudy, cool weather. We received old Mrs. McAfee and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. McAfee into the church this morning.

May 29, 1882.
Clear and cool morning, mercury 57°. Arthur left on early train this morning. This has been a bright, beautiful day. Holiday among Germans. Mrs. Durfee's room is finished, being put in order today. I see the army worm has eaten my timothy in the back meadow. Fraternal relations established between the northern and southern assemblies and delegates appointed. I hope this will have a happy effect. The division and controversy began during the war. Time and the Grace of God is having their mellowing effect. There has been great friction in the border states.

May 30, 1882.
Some clouds this morning, cool last night and this morning too, ground very wet. The painters finished my wife's room this morning. Old Mrs. Sheppard came this morning and spent the day. She is now about eighty-tow and is quite bright and active. Set out some cabbage plants this afternoon. The painters commenced painting the brick of the new house today. Apperance of rain tonight.

May 31, 1882.
Raining this morning, mild. This is a great drawback to farmers. Cloudy weather favors the army worm. Wind went to west and nuch cooler, very cloudy and feels like snow. Set out forty sweet potato plants -- replants. Eleanor Martin spent the afternoon. Wrote to Mattie today and received a letter from her.

June 1, 1882.
Clear this morning, cool, mercury 50° in morning. Painters putting on second coat on brick of new house. A little sunshine is a great relief. Had green peas for dinner today. This has been a tolerably good day. My wife put things in order in room today and we go back to it. Looks very nice.

June 2, 1882.
Rain again last night and this morning, not so cool. This is a damper on all farm work. Set out about 60 cabbages plants, flat Dutch. Still cloudy and threatening this evening.

June 3, 1882.
Very heavy rain during the night, cool and clearing this morning -- west wind. This wet, cool weather is a matter to the crops, corn especially. The army worm is ruining the meadows and threatening the corn crop. I had some timothy in the rye last fall and it was fine, but they have eaten it up. The painters commenced putting on the last coat on the brick and outside wood work today, gray on brick and olive green on wood, it is a new and beautiful combination. Eleanor Martin spent the afternoon. I went out to Lindenwood to the Art Exhibition in afternoon. Rain again, -- cool. A letter from Fred today. He is in fine health and spirits.

June 4, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and cold, mercury 50° early morning. Wind storm from northwest. Before noon clouds flying and light showers, still cool Most remarkable weather. No service at our church, the Baccalaureate at Jefferson Street Chruch.

June 5, 1882.
Clear and cool in morning. This is a very fine day, moderating -- a few such days should be invaluable to the crops. The army worm is on my corn in garden -- replanted blackeyed peas the third time. Cutting the rye and part of the meadow east of house, the army worm has eaten blades and heart of the timothy. Five painters at work today outside and inside. Cutting meadow and rye. My pastures very much injured by army worm.

June 6, 1882.
This is a lovely day, such days will revive the spirits of everybody and everything, that grows. How grateful we ought to be to a merciful God for his good Providence as well as for grace in Christ. Lindenwood commencement today. Twelve young ladies graduated and each read an essay -- too much entirely. The Salutation and Valedictory would have been enough. The college seems to be very prosperous. I labored very hard years ago to build it up. Dr. James Doublas called on us this afternoon. He lives at Florisant, St. Louis County. Beginning to get gray. Got my hay and rye in house, all dry.

June 8, 1882.
Clear and warm, the very weather we want. Cloudy tonight.

June 9, 1882.
Cloudy and warm this morning. I went to the prairie this morning with Robert Pourle. The crops generally look well especially wheat. The army worms stripped the blades and eat the small low heads. The farmers are working hard to keep them off the corn by ditching. Corn is backward. We came up by schoolhouse near Jame Lindsay's, where they had a picnic for the school chirldren. We rode out the lane between Mrs. Durfee's and Lindsay's. Her wheat looks good, the corn is small from too much water and cold. The meadow has escaped the army worm. Showers passed over and around during the day, very hot, mercury 90°. Stopped at the free school picnic in R. H. Park's grove. Saw a new iron fence on Mr. Haigler's lot -- from posts and barbed wire. It costs only a little more -- ceder posts and wire. This is good growing weather. Set out sixty cabbage plants from Cruse's.

June 10, 1882.
Clear and warm in morning. Hoed cow beets and sweet potatoes. Gathering some Spanish yellow cherries. Feeding my cow on green oats. Painters finishing up today. Meeting in church at four o'clock p.m. preparatory service to communion tomorrow. Heavy rain about 5 o'cl. p.m.

June 11, 1882. Sabbath.
Cloudy and cool. This has been a damp, cool day, cloudy all through, light rain in afternoon.

June 12, 1882.
Cloudy and rain, some rain in the night, very wet, hard spell on farmers.

June 13, 1882.
Heavy rain this morning, cloudy, warm, sultry all day. Everything gowing fast and too wet.

June 14, 1882.
    Clear, windy and warm. My wife, George and Shirley went to St Louis this morning to buy some furniture for the new rooms. This is a splendid day for the farmers, hot and drying. John Pearce went up to Wentzville to his grandpa Pearce to spend the summer working on his farm.

June 15, 1882.
Clear and warm this morning. Last night about 8 o'cl. a heavy cloud passed over with good deal of thunder and lightning but not much rain. This has been a warm sultry day, very growing weather though. We are using red raspberries now.

June 16, 1882.
Clear, not so sultry as yesterday. Nearly all of our yellow cherries have rotted, too much dampness. The furniture wagon from St. Louis came with our furniture, the carpet and furniture very pretty. I went out to E. C. Cunningham's in afternoon. The boys go out to pond in his field to swim.

June 17, 1882.
Cloudy and everything drenched with water. Last night about 11 o'cl. we had a terrible storm, rain and wind. It was a deluge of water, the thunder and lightning were terrible and then about 4 o'cl we had another storm. The oats are down flat. Some trees down, a fine damson plum tree in our chicken yard is down. I expect we will hear of considerable damage in the country. Had the carpet laid in the new parlor and put in the furniture. Doug Martin took dinner with us.

June 18, 1882. Sabbath.
Cloudy and warm, windy, heavy clouds south and west. Dr. Brank of St. Louis preached for us this morning, on the passage in Acts where certain women resorted for prayer and Lydia was one of the ones converted. This was the beginning of the Gospel in Europe. It began in prayer, the influence of woman in spreading the Gospel, they have always been the most faithful helpers to all ministers of the Gospel and the present associated efforts of women are powerful aids in extending the Gospel in all lands. at night he preached his sermon on The sins of the tongues, a very practical and powerful sermon.

June 19, 1882.
Very cool and cloudy morning. The wheat harvest is fairly begun, the wheat if fine, the ground is still quite wet from the recent heavy rains. Having my corn hoed today and plowed all my garden today. Expect Mattie and Lizzie to come on Wednesday.

June 20, 1882.
Cold and raining this morning, very bad for the wheat harvest, most of the forenoon, rainy, cloudy, damp and cool all day. Called on Mrs. Ross in afternoon. Very cool in evening, had fires, mercury 58°.

June 21, 1882.
Clear this morning and very warm, mercury 72°, very damp, our house is damp, water stands on the walls. A few clear days and dry now would be a great thing for the wheat crop. We expect Mattie and Shirley Borden in a few minutes. The corn is full of shoots. Gathered potatoes for dinner, some volunteers from those left in ground last fall - Burbank. Mattie and Shirley came at 11 o'cl. a.m. This is a most oppressive day, mercury 86°. About 6 o'cl. in evening a cloud arose in south but passed around and cooled some.

June 22, 1882.
Clear and more plesant but very warm, mercury 90°. Having my corn and cabbage hoed. Very hot in midday.

June 23, 1882.
Clear and hot. Lizzie and her children came from Sedalia last night. George and Shirley Borden went with a company of ladies and gentlemen on camp, fishing and hunting on the Femme Osage. Heavy cloud passed north of us last night. This is great weather for the harvesting. Mercury went up to 90°. Had my sweet potatoes hoed.

June 24, 1882.
Clear and hot this morning. Settled with Speiker in full for building the addition to the house, $1,388.40. He is an honest, faithful workman. At 2 o'cl. p.m., mercury 92°, accounts of terrible tornadoes in Iowa, one at Grinnel and one at Independence. Many lives lost and great destruction of property. These terrible cyclones are either more frequent now or they are more felt as the country is more settled. They are a terror to the whole country. Good deal of breeze today.

June 25, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and warm. Arthur came yesterday evening. In afternoon a cloud passed north and it got cool and very pleasant.

June 26, 1882.
Cloudy this morning, heavy clouds passed in the night north, heavy clouds west and north this morning, thunder. The farmers in in the height of harvest. About 11 o'cl. a.m. heavy rain, it has continued cloudy and rainy all day. I planted several rows of Egyptian sugar corn where I had early peas. George returned from the camp late this evening. Had a fine time. Shirley Borden will come down with the rest of the party tomorrow. The papers report very heavy storms of rain, hail and wind in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Illinois, great damage to crops and houses.

June 27, 1882.
Clear and hot this morning, heavy clouds in the west and north and thunder. As the day advanced the clouds disappeared and a good deal of air stirring, very hot, mercury 90°. About 3 o'cl. p.m. heavy cloud in northwest and north and by 9 o'cl. a strong wind with rain. Shirley Borden came back from the camp with McDearmons about 11 o'cl. tonight.

June 28, 1882.
Cloudy and warm this morning, looks like clearing up, these big storms come every day now in the west, very injuious to the wheat harvest and hard on the corn crop. In evening, heavy clouds in west and northwest, great deal of lightning.

June 29, 1882.
Cloudy and warm. We had some rain in the night and some wind. These storms keep us uneasy and wakeful at night as so many terrible tornadoes have occurred in the west. This evening I took Shirley Borden and the children to the country in a two horse surrey. Went to my farm on the Marias Coche and round by Mrs. Durfee's farm home. The harvesting has been over on my place for some days. The wheat crop is very good, the corn on my place is about 5 fee high and in very fine condition. The oat crop is very heavy. The wheat crop on Mrs. Durfee's place is good, particularly on the hill, corn looks badly. Deiker will take two days to finish cutting wheat. Clearing in afternoon.

June 30, 1882.
Clear early but clouded up in west but passed off by noon, fine breeze in afternoon. Plowed my sweet potatoes and late corn in orchard.



Source: Location of handwritten original unknown.  Transcription and excerption by Florence Johns.   Transcribed to softcopy by Susan D. Chambless, 2000.

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