October 1, 1887 - December 31, 1997

October 1, 1887 - December 31, 1887

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July 2, 1887.
Saw Colonel Hutton, our congressman, this morning. Robere Pourie is anxious to have his son, Jim, appointed to Annapolis Naval Academy. Colonel Hutton gave the appointment. I dined at Pourie's with Colonel Hutton, Mr. & Mrs. Howison. Dr. Witherspoon of New Orleans will speak tomorrow night at church on work for the salvation of seamen.

July 4, 1887.
The Nation is 111 years old today and what a wonderful history it has, -- in its youth and yet a might giant in size, strength, numbers and wealth. We have great privileges, civil and religious and abound in vast resources of wealth and power. While there is a great deal of true religion and intelligence, there is a great deal of ignorance and wickedness. Our foreign population have crowded us too fast, we are threatened by a dangerous class of socialists and
Intemperance and Sabbath breaking and lawlessness are fearful. The restlessness of the labor class under the influence of demagogy is another dangerous element. Nothing but the Gospel, under God, can save us. George went back to work or to resume his work, Minnie and the children went to her father's in forenoon. Received a letter from Mary Pearce today. Great many picnics and barbecues through the country today. I expect to put my oats in the barn tomorrow.

July 7, 1887.
Shirley and I went up on the 6 o'cl a.m. train to Owen's Station in Lincoln County to see Mary Pearce and family. We borrowed a horse from a Mr. McCoy and went several miles out one way and got there about 8 o'cl. Found them all well but greatly troubled about the old horse, Tom, who was in a dying condition. It was the first time I ever was there. They live in an old fashioned log house with a great fireplace at one end. It is a good looking and rich country called Highland Prairie about 10 miles east of Troy. They have a very good crop of oats and corn. Wheat crop in that section very fine - 25 to 30 bu. per acre. I spent next day there and went over in afternoon to see Judge Walker, an old man and an old settler. He is very well fixed -- have good deal of property. He is a kinsman of mine, his mother was a Johns of Campbell County, Va. and a first cousin of my father. John and Shirley came with me to Owen's Station this morning and I came down on train at 11 o'cl a.m. I saw Mrs. Motly, nee Miss McCarty there. I crossed Quinn River at Owen's Station, it is quite a stream and very rich bottom lands on each side of it.

July 9, 1887.
Called with my wife in Mrs. Ross, she is sick. Received a letter from Fred today, all well. Wrote to Mary Pearce, called on Mrs. Watson and Dr. Johnson's -- saw old Mr. B----? Johnson, now about 85 years old.

July 12, 1887.
Shirley came home from Mary Pearce's. A letter from Eugene Gauss and Eleanor Martin took tea with us. Minnie and children, who came up with George on Sunday, returned to St. Louis to-day. They went out to Mrs. Morris' this evening to board. Met Reverend Samuel Watson at Mr. Howison's today. I rode to the bottom and across the bridge on Marias Croche to my farm. The corn on my bottom land is very small and needs rain very badly. The wheat is in the shok waiting the threshing machine. The corn on my place in prairie looks well but mush have rain to do well. They are stacking oats and hauling wheat. I never sold wheat as low before -- 68¢ per bu. My part of the wheat amounts to about 900 bushels.

July 14, 1887.
Received a letter today from Mrs. Mary Johns who is visiting in Jackson, Miss. She says Will has bought a plantation in Madison Co., near Alf's. She has seen Cousin Betty Henry who lives in Brandon, Mississippi.

July 16, 1887.
After tea my wife and I rode out beyond the cemetery. I wrote to John J. Walker, my cousin, in Farmville, Virginia. My wife and I rode up the river along the new Central Railroad embankment. Received postal from George, saying they were pleased with their new Home (Mrs Morris') in St. Louis County. I wrote to Ellen Cowan. The Martin girls took tea with us and we had ice cream. Received a letter today from Mattie at Fall River, Massachusetts.

July 19, 1887.
The first rail was laid on the Central Missouri railroad today. My wife and Shirley and I rode out avter tea and then to prayer metting.

July 23, 1887.
My wife and I called on Mrs. Watkins after tead. Received letters from Lizzie, Fred, Tom Johns and John J. Walker, both cousins and of my age living in Virginia. Tom Johns has lost one eye and John J. Walker is in poor health. We were boys together 57 years ago in ol Virginia. Called on Reverend Mr. Wilson at Mrs. Frayser's this forenoon.

July 24, 1887.
Mr. Howison preached yesterday on the text in Timothy, God willeth that all men should be saved, expressing His benevolent feeling for all men, not in the sense of decreeing that all men shall be saved only those who accept of the Lord Jesus Christ are saved according to the Bible. Called on Mr. Howison early this morning. They leave this a.m. for Fulton, Missouri to spend a month. Received a Farmville Paper from John J. Walker giving account of Andrew Cowan's death. Received a letter from Mary Pearce, they they expect to get a farm near Moscow on Cuiver River. Called on William Park's in afternoon. He has had his speech before the General Assembly on organic union published in pamphlet form.

July 27, 1887.
Went to the Episcopal Church last night to Bishop Tuttle preach. He preached a good sermon, on godly living every day. He is a large burly man with a good deal of evangelical spirit and strong common sense. Another hot burning day. How ungrateful we are for the many blessings from God continually that we fret and murmur when Providence affliction comes. Heard today that August Kruse's wife, my tenant, was very ill with spinal meningitis.

Aug. 2, 1887.
I went down to my farm this morning to see Kruse's wife. I heard down town that she was dead. I found the family in great distress, She was sick only 3 days. The son, 17 years old, deaf and dumb, is in deep distress, he will miss her so much. She left 3 little girls beside. It is a sad thing when the mother and wife is taken away -- mysterious and afflictive Providence. I rode through the corn fields, most look green but not moist enough to mature the ears. The dust, the dust is terrible on the roads.

Aug. 3, 1887.
I attended the funeral of Mrs. Kruse at the Catholic Church at 9 o'cl. I plowed a piece of late corn (golden dent) behind barn, itis about 2 ft high and green -- ground very loose. This is the day of election in Texas on Prohibition.

Aug. 5, 1887.
Professor Rice of Westminster College, came yesterday evening -- remained all night with us. He is out looking up students for the College. I called at Lindenwood with him. He left on the 11 o'cl train for Fergurson. The election in Texas went against Prohibition large, probably 70,000. Saw Mr. Salveter, he is better, he has bought the Atkinson house. I called on MRs. Ross, she looks badly. The Ladies Missionary Society and Sewing Society met here this afternoon. Wheat has come down to an unprecedently low price, 69 in St. Louis. The drought keeps corn up, the farmers interest are greatly depressed, the cattle business in Texas in the same low condition.

Aug. 8, 1887.
Young Wilbur Jones, a licensee of the Baptist Church preached for us yesterday. It was a good seremon. Nettie McCluer spent the day with us. John Cunningham and I made our first settlement in Probate Court today, we have sold land enough to pay most of the debts. Took my buggy to Schubert to be repaired and repainted. Met Mr. David Pitman in town. He is a very young looking man for 83. His wife died recently and he has to break up and leave the old home where he was born and raised and live with son, John, in Kirkwood.

Aug. 11, 1887.
This is the hottest day of the summer, mercury 103 at 2 o'cl p.m. We had a dash of rain and southwest wind that blew down a cherry and old peach tree. The papers report the terrible railroad disaster on record, from 100 to 200 people killed on Train in Ilolinois, caused by a bridge giving away -- an excursion train with 900 passengers. Wrote to Fred, Arthur and Mattie.

Aug. 14, 1887. Sabbath.
We have no preaching in our church today, Reverend Mr. Miller, a young man, preached in the Jefferson Street Church -- very good sermon, subject: man unfinished work. David collected the materials for the temple but Solomon built it.

Aug. 16, 1887.
I rode out to Mr. Mountman's sale with William Kirkpatrick. He died a few weeks ago, insolvent. Great many people at the sale. I knew his father 43 years ago when I came here. He was a hard-working old German, a Lutheran. I had Sunday School every Sunday afternoon near the Mammals[Mountmans ??] and I taught him to read the New Testament in English. received a letter from Mary Pearce this p.m. She says they have rented a farm near them, had little rain but thinks their corn good. Mr. Fergerson called in forenoon with Reverend Mr. Miller. Eleanor Martin spent afternoon with us.

Aug. 21, 1887. Sabbath.
Had a letter from Mattie in the White Mountains, yesterday. Mr. Alderson called in afternoon. Mr. Miller preached in morning at Jefferson Street Church. He extolled old John Brown as the great abolition apostle and denounced slavery from the text: "It is finished". It spoiled the sermon for me.

Aug 23, 1887.
Mercury 62°, we have real cold wave, we need fire, it got colder all forenoon, seems wintry. Letter from Eugene and Annie Gauss, all well and they have had rain.

Aug. 28, 1887. Sabbath.
Dr. Thomas Gallaher of Fulton preached for us morning and evening, both sermons were veryh fine and very instructive. George and Minnie and the children are in fine health, they came today, went in afternoon to the McDearmon's.

Aug. 30, 1887.
Got a letter from Mattie at Fall River. Old Mr. Jefferson Borden is dead. Mr. Howison and John E. Stonebraker went to Presbytery at Dardenne Church today. Received letter from Ellen Cowan. Mrs. Glenday seems to be partially paralyzed today. It came on yesterday evening as I noticed some little trouble in talking, it is much more manifest today. She walks unsteadily, talks badly and her right hand is affected. Her family are subject to apoplexy. Dr. Johnson called to see Mrs. Glenday in afternoon, he says she is partially paralyzed -- her tongue and her right hand but thinks she will get over it. She talks with great difficulty and mind confused at times. Will Parks and Nora Salveter were married in the church tonight.

Sept. 1, 1887.
Mrs. Glenday about the same this morining, she is quite nervous, complains of her head. It is a sad sight to see a person in her condition -- a wreck -- trying to talk with so much difficulty and conscious of her condition and so helpless. I wrote Mattie and Fred today. Called at Wm. Parks in afternoon. Mrs. Glenday has a great many warm friends among the ladies who are very anxious about her. Doctor called this afternoon and says she is no better. Mr. William Parks and wife, Mrs. Ross and Miss Charlotte Shaw and Eleanor Martin called after tea. Mrs. Watkins and her daughters, Laura and Eugenia called in afternoon and Cora Hoelkke and Bettie Watkins (Alderson). Shirley starts to the St. Charles College today.

Sept. 3, 1887.
Mrs. Glenday is a little better though lies helpless, she is always helpless and despondent when sick. She may be disabled for a long time. Mr. and Mrs. Howison called and Mrs. Pourie. Eleanor Martin took tea and bade us farewell as she leave[s] for Lexington in the morning. wrote to Will Cowan. Mrs. Glenday told me last night that she wanted to be buried in City Cemetery and wanted the dead taken from the old Lindsay graveyard and put there too. She insists that she will not recover. Received a letter from Arthur and 2 letters from Mattie, she is back home in Phila.

Sept. 7, 1887.
Mrs. Glenday continues about the same. My wife quite unwell with rheumatism. This was concert night for Foreign Missions at our church prayer meeting. We considered Greece especially. The Gospel was preached 1800 years ago by Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles. She is now held in spiritual thrallion by the corrupt Greek Church, the church is the state. Missionaries have labored there for fifty years with very little results. After 18 centuries this new countrey where the church is free and untrammeled, is sending the Gospel back to those old countries where the Apostles established the first churches.

Sept. 9, 1887.
Mrs. Glenday is a little better. Yesterday Daisy Martin sat with her in forenoon to relieve Mrs. Durfee and today Bettie Watkins sat with her this a.m. Mr. & Mrs. Parks called after tea.

Sept. 10, 1887.
No letter from Fred, it is now two months. Received a postal from Mary Pearce, she has had chills. They move next week to a place in the bottom near Moscow. Mr. and Mrs. Parks called after tea. Wrote George. Received a letter from Eleanor Martin, the school flourishing. Received a letter from Fred finally, he is downhearted on account of the drought, short crop, low price of cattle. Mary Johns writes from Will's in Madison County, Mississippi, gives an encouraging account of things there. Thomas Wharton and Ramsey are old, poor and deaf.

Sept. 13, 1887.
The St. Charles Fair opens today. Received postal from Lizzie, letter from Mattie. I went out to the Fair. The samples of vegetables, fruits and grains are very good for so dry a season. I wrote to Fred today.

Sept. 14, 1887.
Went out to the Fair, gread crows [sic], warm and dusty. We went to see the Trades Procession tonight. Qite a fine affair for our town. The Car Shops made a grand display.

Sept. 15, 1887.
Took Mrs. Durfee to Fair in morning and my wife in afternoon. Mrs. Glenday is better of her paralysis but she complains and cries a great deal of some trouble in lower bowels. She is very nervous. Mrs. Allen and Fanny called in afternoon.

Sept. 17, 1887.
Reverend Mr. McCarty preached for us last night and preaches this p.m. at 4 o'cl preparatory to communion tomorrow. He preached on the power of the Holy Spirit in regeneration and sanctification -- nothing less than His Power has enabled the church to survive opposition and the Christian to grow in grace, be useful and bear trouble. I wrote to Lou and Will Morgan on Miss Charlotte land business in Carroll County, Missouri. Mrs. Glenday is better.

Sept. 18, 1887. Sabbath.
In afternoon the young people of our and other churches met to consider the formation of Society of Christian Endeavor. The matter was discussed and favorably entertained and adjourned to next Sunday to take definite action. Robert Pourie called in afternoon. Mr. McCarty preached another delightful sermon at night on the faith of the Centurion who ask our Saviour to heal his servant.

Sept. 20, 1887.
Daisy Martin called this morning. I wrote a letter from Mrs. Glenday to her sister in Scotland telling her of her illness and asking her for some assistance. There is a serious trouble between Mr. and Mrs. Alderson and Bettie Watkins, the trouble grew out of Bettie's children and she left and went to her cousin, Mrs. Rhodes -- bad, bad all around. Letter today from Annie and Eugene Gauss. Called at Wm. Parks in afternoon. No signs of equinocal storms as yet.

Sept. 22, 1887.
Received letters from Mattie and Louisa Morgan. John gone to Kansas to get some land for John. Excessively dry there. Mattie's letter gives an account of the great Centennial Celebration of Federal Constitution. Shirley wrote a letter to Mattie today, Mrs. Ross called and I called at Mr. Salveter's. Shirley and I went to St. Louis this morning. Called at the Post Dispatch office the see George. For ten days he has been writing a book for some man (extra work) for which he receives $200.00. We went to the great Exposition, it is a grand affair -- heard Gilmore's celebrated Band of 65 musicians. Saw the great picture of Christ before Pilate. Saw Dr. Farris and had a talk with him on church matters. Got a first rate dinner at Hotel Moser Restaurant for 25¢. Grand preparations going on in the city for the meeting of Grand Army of the Republic and the reception of President Cleveland, 1st of October at the opening of the Fair. I bought a suit, clothes and hats.

Sept. 25, 1887. Sabbath.
No preaching in our church today, Mr. Howison sick. Dr. Irwin preached in the Jefferson Street Church. In afternoon went with Mrs. Durfee to see a very poor sick (whites family.

Sept. 29, 1887.
The G.A.R. paraded in St. Louis yesterday in mud and rain. Called on Mrs. Ross in afternoon. Mr. Ezra Overall returned to town after two months absence. Saw Dan Overall, his nephew from California. After 3 months of extreme drought the ground is now wet again. I called at Robert Parks' in afternoon. Mrs. Parks has been quite sick for many weeks -- nervous prostration. Mrs. Fred Gallaher is there on a visit.


  • JJJ is my short-cut for my great great grandfather, John Jay Johns, who kept this journal for more than 40 years (18?? to 1899). He lived in St. Charles, Missouri.
  • Thanks to Skip & Winston Johns, there are now photos of some of these folks on my web site. Look for "The Virginia Stash".
  • Mary Pearce was JJJ's daughter. Her husband was Tom Pearce.
  • Mary Johns was the wife (widow at this time) of JJJ's brother, Alfred Johns. Alf was probably Alfred Johns, Jr., her son.
  • Fred was JJJ's son.
  • Mrs. Durfee was JJJ's mother-in-law, mother of his wife, Jane Amanda Durfee. Mr. Durfee was Thomas Russell Durfee, a Presbyterian minister from Massachusetts.
  • Louisa Morgan was JJJ's daughter from his first marriage to Catherine Woodruff.
  • On the Missouri Central Railroad


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

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