September 1, 1882 - December 31, 1882

July 1, 1882 - September 30, 1882

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July 1, 1882.
Clear and hot. Mattie and Lizzie went to St. Louis this morning. This has been a hot day though a good deal of breeze. Mattie and Lizzie returned from St. Louis on the late train. I got some Burbank potatoes from my garden under the straw, the most beautiful I ever saw, very large, white and smooth. Cool this evening.

July 2, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and cool, we had cool, delightful night for sleep, wind north. Arthur came in forenoon. This has been a most delightful day and quiet tonight.

July 3, 1882.
Cool, but dark clouds in west and north and by 7 o'cl. this morning wind and rain. How changeable the weather. Both rivers very high and still rising and overflowing the banks. How destructive these high waters. Arthur left early this morning. The rivers still rising. Cleared before noon. I sent Fred a draft for $900.00.

July 4, 1882.
The Methodist Church invited the other churches to join them in a children's picnic in Redman's Grove. This day has been delightful if anything too cool. Quite a large number of people and children spent the day in a most delightful manner, the long tables groaned with the choicest viands, both for dinner and supper. Very cool this evening. The Missouri River falling this day.

July 5, 1882.
Clear and cool. This has been a delightful day. Several members of the family troubled with diarrhea caused by the cold weather. Mrs. Ross called in afternoon.

July 6, 1882.
Clear and cool in morning, cloudy by noon, milder today. Potatoes very fine this season. The Burbanks are splendid and seem to be as early as the early Rose. Some of my early corn has been in silk and tassel from some days, my oats are ripening fast. This is the greatest oat season I ever saw.

July 7, 1882.
Cloudy and light sprinkle of rain, cloudy most of the day. Plowed my garden, mowing the fallen oats and cradling those standing.

July 8, 1882.
Clear and warmer, though very pleasant summer weather. Had my oats bound up and shocked. Several of us sick with diarrhea. Had Fred's surrey buggy brought up this evening.

July 9, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and warmer, mercury 90° in afternoon, good deal of breeze, signs of rain in west.

July 10, 1882.
Cloudy, rain last night, clearing before noon. Wind west in evening, delightful.

July 11, 1882.
Clear, fine morning. Farmers are threshing wheat rapidly and selling at $1.00 per bushel, it yields from 30 to 35 bushels per acre. War begins between England and Egypt at Alexandria. Rode down to Marias Croche with the boys. Cruse has threshed 1,000 bu. wheat and sold it for $1.00 per bushel and stacked the rest about one-half. Rheaker has sold all his wheat and will thresh all this week.

July 12, 1882.
Clear and delightful day, cool Put my oats in barn. Sam Alderson is in town. Getting dry. Got a postal from Calvin Johns.

July 13, 1882.
Clear and cool. This is a very remarkably cool July. Windy and light shower from northwest in afternoon. Letter from Mary Pearce today.

July 14, 1882.
Clear and pleasant day. Called on William Parks in afternoon.

July 15, 1882.
Clear and weather delightful, cool nights, threatened rain in afternoon, had a very light shower, rain very much needed. Daisy Martin returned from Mobile. Moehlencamp loaned me his man for a week. Arthur came to supper. The English bombarded Alexandria, Egypt, demolished the forts and Arabi Pasha and his army retreated after pillaging and looting the city.

July 16, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and pleasant, some clouds, in afternoon threatened rain but passed by. Sam Alderson preached in our church at night.

July 17, 1882.
Clear this morning, warmer. Arthur left on early train. George missed his chill yesterday and went to Prtage and Elm Point this afternoon, very dry.

July 18, 1882.
Clear and warmer, mighty cool, some mosquitoes. Gathered corn for dinner. Started a box of goods and clothing for Mary Pearce. George returned in evening from Portage. He drove a mare of Moelenchamp's which he offers to me for $25.00. She stood it finely. Ellen Cowan came in evening.

July 19, 1882.
Clear, very pleasant, cool nights. Miss Lou Elgin was married this evening. Very dry. I bought the mare of Moellenchamp, she is ten years old.

July 20, 1882.
Light rain for several hours. clear in evening. Henry Gauss came this forenoon. Weather cool.

July 21, 1882.
Clear and cool, mercury 68° in morning early. We all took a ride in afternoon to cemetery. We stood around the graves of our loved ones and shed tears of grief, -- Mattie, Lizzie, Henry Gauss and their children and our dear afflicted Eleanor Martin. How vividly was brought to our mind the dying scenes of our dear Glover at their house. French Strother called today.

July 22, 1882.
Clear and cool, mercury 66° early in morning. We sleep under blankets every night during this month. George went to the Democratic convention at St. Peters. The weather is delightful but too dry. My early sweet corn is very fine.

July 23, 1882. Sabbath
Clear and cool, warmer during day, mercury 82° at 2 o'cl. p.m. Arthur came this morning. All the children with us today except Fred, Lou and Mary. All Mr. Gauss's children with them except Robert. These are delightful interviews though very rare. We received a letter from Fred today, he is well and about to make a settlement about 20 miles from Dr. Johnston's ranch in Uvalde County, Texas. I received a letter from cousin Thomas Johns's daughter, Fannie, Appomattox, Co. Va. Very dry, no signs of rain.

July 24, 1882.
Mattie and Shirley Borden, Lizzie, Henry Gauss and their children left this afternoon. We will be very lonely now. They are good, dear daughters. May the Lord bless them.

July 25, 1882.
Clear and warm. In afternoon, my wife, Shirley and I rode down about three miles on the bottom road to Achopohl's to my land on that side of the lake. Achepohl rented it this year and raised a fine crop of wheat on it. The part next the lake is in corn, it is wet land and the corn is poor and needs rain badly. The wheat crop in the bottom is very heavy. Some corn crops look very good, and others poor. All need rain very much. Good deal of sickness, bowel diseases.

July 26, 1882.
Clear and hotter. Our peaches are beginning to ripen. I pulled a few ripe tomatoes today. Quite hot in afternoon, mercury 90° in afternoon.

July 27, 1882.
Clear and hot, some clouds. Called to see old Mrs. McAfee and her daughter-in-law. In the afternoon I called on Mrs. Robert Parks who has been absent at Eureka Springs for some months. About 6 o'cl. p.m. we had a shower. We are getting some ripe peaches, very red freestone, very good, too.

July 28, 1882.
Clear and warm, about noon a cloud passed over, some thunder but no rain. The early sugar corn we are eating is very large and fine, red cob. The worms are eating up the late cabbage.

July 29, 1882.
Cloudy and cooler. Yesterday about 8 o'cl. it commenced raining and continued for about two and one-half hours, a good steady rain. What a blessing, we need three times as much. Some appearance of rain at noon. I tried putting dry sulphur on my cabbage to kill the worms. About half past one o'clock p.m. we had a very good rain, the rain last night didn't amount to much in the prairie. Mary, our servant, went to see her family in the Prairie in afternoon.

July 30, 1882. Sabbath.
Raining hard this morning. About 8 o'cl. last night it rained very heavily several hours and very heavy rain this morning, no wind. This is a glorious rain, ground soaked, a good corn crop is insured now.

July 31, 1882.
Cloudy and everything wet, light rain in the night, warm. Everything will grow rapidly now, George went up to Troy this evening to attend the congressional convention tomorrow. Judge Buckner has no opposition.

Aug. 1, 1882.
Clear and warmer, about 9 o'cl. a.m. mercury 83°, at 3 o'cl. p.m. 89°. Fine weather for corn. I called this morning in buggy and took Colonel Cunningham out riding. He is now 83 years old and is very vigorous.

Aug. 2, 1882.
Cloudy, cooler. Last night between eight and nine o'clock a heavy rain from northwest. Half past eleven o'clock a heavy storm passed south of us. George returned from Troy. Judge Buckner was nominated for congress.

Aug. 3, 1882
Clear and pleasant. The cabbage worm is eating up my late cabbage. The weather has been very delightful today, mercury 82° at the highest.

Aug. 4, 1882.
Clear in morning, cool, heavy clouds in forenoon and afternoon, passed off with little rain. Called on Mr. Potser, Miss Elgin's husband, and also on Professor Watkins at Mr. Alderson's.

Aug. 5, 1882.
Clear, foggy, warmer. John Pearce came down from Wentzville this morning. Cut the end of his finger with the sickle two weeks ago. Warmer, heavy clouds in west about 5 o'cl. but no rain. Eleanor Martin was here, in afternoon. Called on Mr. Watkins.

 Aug. 6, 1882. Sabbath.
 Clear and warm. Arthur came on the morning train. Children's missionary meeting in afternoon. Dr. Lucius Walton called after supper. About 7 o'cl. had a shower.

Aug. 7, 1882.
Clear and warm this morning. Everything wet and growing. Arthur left on early train. We get an abundance of tomatoes now. My French corn is ripe. Light rain about noon. I rode out to Mrs. Durfee's place in afternoon with John and Shirley. The fall apple trees are loaded down, Rainbows especially. The corn on the back of lower field is poor, too wet in spring.

Aug. 8, 1882.
Clear and delightful, northwest wind. A storm passed around us during the night. We had a light shower.

Aug. 9, 1882.
Very cool, mercury 65° in morning, wind northwest all day, delightful weather, nights too cold. I went to the Prairie (my farm) in afternoon with John and Shirley. Rahker has all his stubble land plowed. Cruse more than half done. corn is very fine, except that through it in spots the stalks have fallen down, supposed to be caused by a large white worm eating the roots. Four or five years ago nearly all the corn down there was ruined in th esame way. Both of my tenants have raised nearly enough wheat to pay their off out of 1/3 of it. The lake is very full. No sickness, no mosquitoes.

Aug. 10, 1882.
Clear and very cool, mercury 62° in morning. The days are delightful, nights too cool for health or corn. Went with my wife to see Mrs. Watson in afternoon.

Aug. 11, 1882.
Clear and cool, mercury 64°. George went to St. Louis this morning and returned on late train. Called at William Parks in afternoon.

Aug. 12, 1882.
Clear and cool in morning, mercury 68° at 6 o'cl a.m. Nights still quite cool. John Pearce started this morning for Wentzville, riding on bay mare I bought of Mellenchamp. She is a strong gentle animal and he is to put in 10 or 15 acres of wheat on Mr. Pearce's land. Wind south today and warmer, a rain would help now. Mr. Alkire and family are up today visiting Mrs. Sheppard and called here in afternoon.

Aug. 13, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and warmer, some clouds in afternoon. Blanche came back from Dardenne yesterday evening.

Aug. 14, 1882.
Clear and warmer, it felt very hot during the day, no air, became cloudy and looks like rain. In the evening I went out with Shirley and Blanche to the negro camp meeting in Nature Park. Quite a crowd of negroes and a good many whites. The preacher had a stentorian voice, his text: "Why halt ye between two opinions". He had a crude style of eloquence, calculated to excite and arouse the negro audience to a high pitch. Their singing was very animated and many of the audience, especially women were demonstrative and joyous. Their religion is very much a matter offeeling though no doubt some of them are truly pious -- but their ideas on truth, chastity and honesty are very loose. They need good, plain preachers who would instruct them in their doctrines and duties of christianity. Rain tonight at 9 o'clock.

Aug. 15, 1882.
Cloudy and warm this morning, had a rain about 4 o'cl. this morning. It will refresh things a good deal but we need a good heavy rain. Heavy clouds about noon. They had a heavy rain in the lower prairie. George went to St. Louis this afternoon.

Aug. 16, 1882.
Shower early this morning, cleared in forenoon and cooler. I have had a serious time with a back tax case against the church, it had reached with cost and handling, and penalties to over $300.00. We were sued in the Circuit Court and Judge Edwards decided against us -- that while churches are exempt, parsonages are taxable. The County Court took off one-half. George returned from St. Louis this morning. Eleanor Martin was out this afternoon.

Aug. 17, 1882.
Clear and very pleasant, wind west. Sold a bushel of pears to Martin for $1.00.

Aug. 18, 1882.
Clear and cool. I gathered corn for dinner from the Egyptian sweet corn planted on the 25th May. It is very large and fine. Went out to E. C. Cunningham's in afternoon to look at milk cow.

Aug. 19, 1882.
Clear and warmer, getting dry. I received a letter a few days ago from Mrs. Edmund Johns of Springfield, Illinois, enclosing a letter from a Mrs. Morriss of -- ---- Texas, asking her for money as she is in need, says she is 86 years old and sick. I suppose she must be an older sister of Edmund Johns. We got a letter from Fred yesterday, giving an account of his part of Texas, Rio Frio, Uvalde County, Texas. He is doing well practicing medicine.

Aug. 20, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and warm although the mercury only gets to 85° in middle of day. George went to St. Louis this morning on early train to see his sweetheart, returned on late train.

Aug. 21, 1882.
Clear and warmer. Mery Gerhart, our old servant, called, selling some pears.

Aug. 22, 1882.
Clear and warm. I went down to the bottom with Muegge to sell him some rails that are not needed on my bottom place. Joe Carter is plowing with five horses, ground very hard. These riding plows are a great thing. Saw some fine corn in the bottom. Heavy cloud and thunder south of us about 2 o'cl p.m. and a cloud passed north. Went out to Stonebraker and Kirkpatrick fam near Dardenne to look at a milk cow. They have 150 head of cattle grazing. Rain needed. George went after dinner to St. Peters with Logan to picnic. Hot day.

Aug. 23, 1882.
Clar and warm, mercury went up to 90° today. Some signs of rain in afternoon. Gathered and sold three bushels tomatoes today. Got cow on trial from E. C. Cunningham. Signs of rain all around.

Aug. 24, 1882.
Clear and warm. We have had three hot days, mercury about 90° in middle of day, seems to rain around us nearly every day or night.

Aug. 25, 1882.
Cloudy and rain in morning, light showers in night equal to heavy dew. Returned the cow to Mr. Cunningham, poor milker. Heavy clouds with rain passed around on south and north about noon.

Aug. 26, 1882.
Clear and cooler, threatened rain but passed around. Went out to E. C. Cunningham's in afternoon to look at a cow.

Aug. 27, 1882. Sabbath.
Cloudy and cooler. Arthur and his friend, Mr. Chapman, came up in morning and returned in afternoon to St. Louis. Very cool, pleasant day. We are having some very fine peaches now.

Aug. 28, 1882.
Clear and cool. Having a piece of ground plowed for rye and timothy. Called on Mrs. Ross in aftgernoon. We are having some very fine peaches now, both cling and free stones. My wife is making sweet pickle of a large cling white which I suppose is the Mixon cling.

Aug. 29, 1882.
Cloudy this morning, had a moderate rain during the night.

Aug. 30, 1882.
Cloudy, about 11 o'cl. a.m. we had a heavy rain and in afternoon another shower. Received letters from Lizzie and answered it. Eleanor Martin came out in afternoon.

Aug. 31, 1882.
Cloudy and cool. Gathered a great many pears and peaches today. Sent a box of pears to Mrs. Judge Buckner at Mexico, Missouri. Shirley and Blanche went to a children's party at Mr. Robert Parks given by little Mary King.

Sept. 1, 1882.
Raining this morning, a real dripping, wetting rain, cool too. It has rained freely all day.

Sept. 2, 1882.
Clear and cool. This has been a delightful day. Gathered some very fine peaches for the McDearmon's. I saw the machine for drying fruit by evaporation.

Sept. 3, 1882.
Norville Rives and Rine Smith had an altercation in a saloon, afterwards Rives went to his store, loaded a pistol and returned and shot Rine Smith in the thigh. It was only a flesh wound. Too much whiskey.

Sept. 4, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and cool, delightful day. In afternoon, I went to Robert Pourie's to see Dr. Hostetter from St. Louis who professes to cure a great many diseases by animal magnetism or mesmerism.

Sept. 5, 1882.
Clear and warm. I sowed three pecks of rye this morning, - the ground in fine order. Gathered a lot of very fine pears for preserving this morning.

Sept. 6, 1882.
Some clouds, a dappled sky indicates rain. Saw Reverend Thomas Watson in town today. He and Dr. Martin exchange pulpits next Sunday. George went to St. Louis today. Out Cirduit Court is in session now. More cloudiness in evening. From the accounts from all sections, the crops, wheat and corn are large. Cloudy all day. George returned from St. Louis on the late train last night. Mr. Ben Pearce took dinner with us.

Sept. 7, 1882.
Clear and warmer. Got 400 strawberry plants from Mallinchrodt -- 200 Crescent seeing and 200 Cumberland Triumph. Set out 250 this afternoon. This has been a bright, warm day.

Sept. 8, 1882.
Cloudy. I sowed Timothy seed on the piece of ground in meadow where I sowed rye. George stayed all night with Ed Gill and Ed Robert. Rained about 10 o'cl. Mr. Ed. Robert, a young lawyer of St. Louis, took dinner, supper and remained all night. Returned in forenoon.

Sept. 9, 1882.
Clear and cool. This has been a fine day. Big managerie and circus in town today and crowds of people from the country. Set out 150 stawberry plants (Cumberland Triumph). Heard today that Henry Gauss sold out in Sedalia. Eleanor Martin is here this evening.

Sept. 10, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear and delightful day. Reverend Thomas Watson preached for us in mroning and in Methodist church at night, very able sermons.

Sept. 11, 1882.
Clear and cool in morning. Henry Gauss has sold out in Sedalia. This is fine weather to ripen the corn, which keeps very green.

Sept. 12, 1882.
Clear and cool. I am greatly exercised about Mary Pearce and her family in Arkansas. They are so poor and sickly. Tom is utterly worthless. Mr. Pearce and I are thinking of moving them up to Wentzville. What a terrible misfortune for a girl to marry a lazy, ignorant man. Saw Ed Pearce in afternoon. The wind blows like rain. Mr. Goodlet, the principal of the Public Schools, called this afternoon. He is related to the Whartons.

Sept. 13, 1882.
Clear and windy. gathered the last of the peaches this morning. Gathered a lot of Sockel pears and put them in cellar. The papers today report a very hot wave over Kansas, the mercury going up to 109° very suddenly. We feel it here today, this is one of the hottest days of the summer, mercury 90°.

Sept. 14, 1882.
Clear and hot, we have had a strong, hot wind for two days, mercury 92° today at 2 o'cl p.m. Getting very dry. The English Army gained a great victory yesterday in Egypt.

Sept. 15, 1882.
Cloudy in morning, warm, need rain but fine weather to ripen the corn. We heard today of the death of Mrs. Fant very suddenly at Trenton, Illinois. Called at Mrs. Frayser's in afternoon. Clouded up in the evening.

Sept. 16, 1882.
Clear and warm. I attended the funeral as pall-bearer for Mrs. Fant from the house of Mr. C. M. Johnson to the City Cemetery. Very hot and dusty today. Arthur came this evening.

Sept. 17, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear, hot and dry.

Sept. 18, 1882.
Clear and hot. Arthur left this morning. Very hot day and very dry. Fixing up my cow house, old man Perean helping. Professor Goodlet took tea with us.

Sept. 19, 1882.
Cloudy and cooler. Had a strong blow in night and some clouds, wind in west.

Sept. 20, 1882.
Cloudy, cool, merecury 64° in morning. The Fireman's Tournament comes off today. Fine day for it, cloudy and cool all day. Main Street is decorated with flags and green boughs, great crowd in town, five companies from other towns. This change is a great relief.

Sept. 21, 1882.
Cloudy and very cool, mercury 52°, in morning. Ed Stonebraker stayed all night with George.

Sept. 22, 1882,.
Clear and cool, light frost in low places. Dr. Martin and Mr. J. H. Alexander went to Presbytery at Crystal City. Miss Naomi Barron and Miss Mariette Garvin called in afternoon. I dug some of my Burbank potatoes this afternoon, under straw. They are very large and fine.

Sept. 23, 1882.
Clear and cool. George and Minnie McDearmon went to Hamburg to a picnic today. In afternoon I rode out to Mrs. Durfee's place with Jane and Shirley. Great crop of fall apples, selling some at 50¢ per bushel. Mrs. Durfee's late corn on the black land is very good, stalks very small, and ears large.

Sept. 24, 1882. Sabbath.
Clear, cool in morning, mercury 54°. Mr. Ed McCluer, a native of Dardenne Prairie in this county, is expected to preach for us this morning. Mr. McCluer and Will Garvin took tea with us. He is a very promising young preacher.

Sept. 25, 1882.
Clear and cool, mercury 52°. Digging my sweet potatoes today. How uniform the weather keeps from day to day.

Sept. 26, 1882.
Clear and cool, mercury 52° in morning. Digging my Irish potatoes, very large and fine, under straw.

Sept. 27, 1882.
Clear, warmer, some little clouds in afternoon. Called at Robert Parks in afternoon. Mrs. Parks looks badly. Mamie goes to St. Louis next week to live. She has a healthy child, Mary Kind, grows fast and looks very healthy. Met on street Mrs. Dr. Pendleton, formerly Ida Cunningham. We felt shock of earthquake last night at about 4 o'cl.

Sept. 28, 1882.
Cloudy and light rain in the night. Rain in middle of day. George went to Portage to picnic with Charlie Johan. Warmer.

Sept. 29, 1882.
Cloudy, but clearing, warmer. Had a heavy shower about 10 o'cl. last night and about 3 o'cl a.m. We had a thunder shower, wet this morning. This has been a pleasant, fine day after the rain. I rode out to Dr. Furgerson's this afternoon with Mr. Alderson to see the pulverizer operate and to see a crop of corn raised with it. It is certainly a very heavy crop of corn, looks like a 100 bushels to the acre. It is drille, the ears are very large and often 2 ears on a stalk. The great virtue of the pulverizer is that it makes the ground so fine and it receives and retains moisture so well.

Sept. 30, 1882.
Clear and warmer. Eleanor Martin came in afternoon. Got 4 bu. corn from Dierker for my pigs.


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

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