Tue. Sept. 1: Fine. Dug potatoes for Develen’s all day today. Am rather tired tonight have been up to spring our water is getting low the feed pipe doesn’t run good. Jessie has felt pretty tired all day.
Wed. Sept. 2: Fair. It rained a little this morning. I did not go up to work until 8:15. Mr. Develin thought he would not dig anymore at present so I am out of work today. Pa and Father were both down today. I picked them each a pail of plums. I walked up to the cemetary to see Ira Strong buried and split some kindlings for myself.
Thurs. Sept. 3: Cold fair. It rained this morning and we did not get up until after seven. Before I got my breakfast Serog Evena was here after me to work on the road. I hustled around and got my breakfast and went to work we went up as far as C. Bartletts and worked back to Bartlett hollow. Jessie has felt good all day.
Fri. Sept. 4: Fine. Got over to the farm before Evenas got there. Cleaned the horses and helped hitch up rode down to hollow and went to work in the blind ditch. It was the hardest work I have done in a good while. After dinner I worked with the wagon drawing shell rock. Jessie has felt good. We took a walk tonight.
[Improving the roads, lots of hard physical labor.]
Sat. Sept. 5: Fine. Went over and cleaned the horses and harnessed them. We went up on top of Sherman Hill to work and stayed until 2:30 then came back to Bartlett Hollow and helped put in a sluice. Got home at six Father and Mother are here tonight. Father and I have just been overtown.
Sun. Sept. 6: Fine. Father and Mother Hartwell came last night and spent the day with us. We had a splendid visit. Jessie and I took a walk tonight we went up the hill and then out by the Stilson place and down by the cemetary did not feel very tired.
Mon. Sept. 7: Fine. Went over to Bill Whitney’s and we went over by Albert Squire and put in a sluice did not get through until 6:20 and then had to come back by his house so it was 7:20 when I got home. After supper I went over town and got a loaf of bread and can of Salmon. Jessie did her washing today was pretty tired.
[Store bought bread. Pretty unusual, as Grandma usually made her own.]
Tues. Sept. 8: Fine. Went over to Bill’s. We went up to near McClintic and took off a sluice and fixed it and did several smaller jobs. Jessie and I took a walk this evening.
Wed. Sept. 9: Fine. Got up 5:30 and picked a pail of plums. Went up near Alex Jackson’s and put down a sluice today. Have a hard cold and have felt nearly sick all day but some better tonight. Jessie has been overtown today she is feeling good.
Thurs. Sept. 10: Fine. Got up early and picked my plums. Got them all picked now . Went up by Edd Clark’s and put down a sluice. Jessie and I went overtown tonight a few minutes. I have felt better today.
Fri. Sept. 11: Smoky fair. We went up beyond Levi Gillett and cleaned two plank sluices. Father Mother and Aunt Mag and Sidney was here to dinner. I took 2 1/2 hours off for to visit with them. Jessie has caught a cold she feels quite sick but is drinking smart weed tea.
[Smoky seems an odd kind of weather. Maybe from townspeople burring leaves? Or a nearby forest or grass fire? Smartweed is an herb taken for sore throat among other ailments.]
Sat. Sept. 12: Smoky fine. Got a card last night that See Grant would be here to dinner. So I did not go to work. I dug potatoes for Develin’s 2 1/2 hours. Then went over to meet See but he failed to come. After dinner I taped my shoes. Mother came down and we went home with her. Jessie was pretty tired today. We drove over to Kilpatrick’s after Ola.
Sun. Sept. 13: Still smoky fine. We visited as hard as we could all day. Walked over to the potato lot. We started for home 2:30. Ola fetched us down. Jessie and I have been out walking this evening.
Mon. Sept. 14: Smoke clearing, fine. Walked over the hill. Went up near the Arctic Creamery and put down two sluices. Jessie washed today then went overtown and got my check cashed. Jessie feels pretty good.
[Notice that every day now he notes how Jessie is feeling.]
Tue. Sept. 15: Fine. Worked up between Alton Potters and Will Alexanders today putting gravel in the road. Jessie and I went overtown tonight.
Wed. Sept. 16: Fine. Got up rather early. Ate my breakfast. Went took my bicycle apart took the wheel over to the shop to get it fixed. Worked between Alexander and Hoges. Father and Mother were down today. Jessie and Mother have done considerable packing today.
[Moving to the Bee Hive.]
Thurs. Sept. 17: Smoky fair. Went up above Signor Bros and put down a sluice today. We had a muddy nasty job. Jessie has had company. Mrs. Clark has been here today.
Fri. Sept. 18: Fine. Took up a sluice by W. Alexander and put it down. We struck an awful big stone. Jessie has felt pretty good has been sewing.
Sat. Sept. 19: Fair. Drawed gravel from Oadin’s pond. Worked awful hard am awful tired tonight. Jessie has been sewing until she is tired and nervous.
[This was hard for Grandma, pregnant and with her husband just doing odd jobs; and hard for Grandpa, worried about her and about how he could support a coming family. But they just kept going.]
Sun. Sept. 20: Fine. Did not get up until late got reading and went to church. Miss Marsh gave a talk on St. Christopher Home it was nice. Jessie and I went up on the hill this afternoon. Saw we have a few butternutts up there.
[A plum tree was on the property they had rented, and they had planted a garden, but now they noticed they also could pick butternuts, at least until they moved.]
Mon. Sept. 21: Fine. Went up and began digging Develin’s potatoes. Day Clark came in the afternoon and helped me so we got through at 4:20. Came home and Jessie and I went up on the hill and picked up 1 1/2 bushels of butternuts there is still more and we are going back tomorrow.
Tues. Sept. 22: Fine. Have been at home today. Dug my potatoes and made ready to move. Jessie has been packing up and getting ready she is about tired out today.
Wed. Sept. 23: Fine. Got up early and began to get ready to move. Father got here 9:30 and we did not get through until four at night. Had good luck all through. Jessie is pretty tired. Everthing is in a hubbub.
Thurs. Sept. 24: Fine. Got up ate my breakfast and went up to work on my brush job. Worked until 11:15 then came home. Father and Mother was here helping Jessie. I helped in afternoon we got the bedrooms and sitting room all settled. Jessie is awful tired tonight.
[Clearing brush apparently.]
Fri. Sept. 25: Fine. Went to work at my brush this morning worked hard all day got along fine. Jessie has got her kitchen righted around today. Tommy run away, and we went over to the old home and found him. We talked with our folks while we was there on the phone.
[Maybe a pet cat.]
Sat. Sept. 26: Fine. Finished my brush today noon. After dinner I took a bath and cleaned up and then carried in my wood and piled it up. Jessie has been baking today is pretty tired. Will Whitney was here tonight and thinks we will go back on the road again Monday.
[Even though they were in an apartment they still needed wood to burn for heat and cooking.]
Sun. Sept. 27: Fine. Got up at eight. Walter went to church and Sunday school, this afternoon Walter read out loud a story entitled The Story of a Whim. This evening we went for a walk.
[Grandma was now 7 months pregnant and probably didn’t go out to places like church.]
Mon. Sept. 28: Showery. Went up by Edd Clark’s to fix a sluice. It began to shower and we worked between showers for a time but finely had to finish it in the rain. Mother and Father was down. Mother did Jessie washing today. The shower was very exceptable.
[Family now helping out.]
Tue. Sept. 29: Cooler fine. Turned the wringer for Jessie to wring out her clothes. Went up where Ira Hartwell was digging well. Washed the big front glass in the PO. Raked up some leaves in front of the house. Made a stool for Jessie to set her dish pan on when she washed dishes. Mabel Loveland called today.
[Grandma’s mother did her washing, rubbing the clothes in the tub with the washboard, but then apparently left the wringing out for Grandma to do.]
Wed. Sept. 30: Frost fine. Went over by Geo. Brasel and put down a sluice. Jessie and I have been for a walk down the lower end of town.