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GEORGE FRANKLIN "FRANK" HOWARD
1877–1908
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Tuesday, January 1st

It snowed all day - Rockey Ralston & me went a hunting

Wednesday, January 2nd

I was a working in the mill - 1 day

Thursday, January 3rd

Worked in the mill

Friday, January 4th

Worked in the mill in the fore noon to cold the after noon 18 deg. below

Saturday, January 5th

Dident do eny thing 40 degs below zero but pleasant

Sunday, January 6th

Pleasant - Charley Herrington & my self went to meeting to Frozen Hill & to Clay Mills in the evening - 35 degs. below

Monday, January 7th

I was a working in the mill - 1 day

Tuesday, January 8th

We was filling the Ice house - 1 day

Wednesday, January 9th

Worked in the mill

Thursday, January 10th

Worked in the mill

Friday, January 11th

Worked in the mill

Saturday, January 12th

Worked in the mill

Sunday, January 13th

I was at home all day

Monday, January 14th

I was sawing slabs in the fore noon then begun to cover the ice with dust - 1 day

Tuesday, January 15th

Covering the ice & sawing slabs - 1 day

Wednesday, January 16th

Sawing slabs & ofbareing - 1 day

Thursday, January 17th

Working in the mill - pleasant to day - 1 day

Friday, January 18th

I was a sawing slabs in the fore noon & ofbareing in after noon - Charley & Ivah came up to night - 1 day

Saturday, January 19th

Worked in the mill - 6 days this week - 14 1/2 up to day - the cow came in this morning

Sunday, January 20th

26 below zero - I was at home all day

Monday, January 21st

I drove Ahabs team to Onslow - 1 day

Tuesday, January 22nd

Sawed slabs & carried saw dust - 1 day

Wednesday, January 23rd

Working in the mill - 1 day

Thursday, January 24th

At home in the fore noon - 25 below zero - worked in the mill in the after noon

Friday, January 25th

I was sawing slabs in the fore noon & was ofbareing in the after noon - 1 day

Saturday, January 26th

Worked in the mill - up to date 20 days - 1 day - 5 1/2 days this week

Sunday, January 27th

I was at home all day - It snowed hard all day

Monday, January 28th

I was sawing slabs all day - 1 day

Tuesday, January 29th

Worked in the mill - It is foggy

Wednesday, January 30th

I was a working in the mill - 1 day - 23 days up to date

Thursday, January 31st

I was sawing slabs

Friday, February 1st

I dident work to day

Saturday, February 2nd

I was sawing slabs in the fore noon then jacked logs - 1 day - 5 days this week

Sunday, February 3rd

I was at home all day a repareing Dock Farrs sled

Monday, February 4th

We begun with the new saw I was ofbeareing - 1 day

Tuesday, February 5th

I dident work to day

Wednesday, February 6th

I was to Onslow with Ahabs team - 1 day

Thursday, February 7th

I was a sawing walnut to day - 1 day

Friday, February 8th

Sawing walnut - I was up to meeting this evening

Saturday, February 9th

I was sawing wood untill 10 o'clock then went to the church - I was to meeting this eve Bell & me stayed all night to Mrs Butlers - 1/4 day - 4 1/4 days this week

Sunday, February 10th

We was to meeting & up to Mr Scroggies to dinner then to church in the evening then to Tom Greens stayed all night

Monday, February 11th

Tom brought us home in the after noon

Tuesday, February 12th

I was sawing walnut

Wednesday, February 13th

I was a sawing walnut and sawed my thumb - 3/4 day

Thursday, February 14th

My thumb pains me a good deal

Friday, February 15th

I was at home thumb quite sore

Saturday, February 16th

At home all day

Sunday, February 17th

At home all day went to church

Monday, February 18th

At home all day

Tuesday, February 19th

I went to Onslow

Wednesday, February 20th

At home all day

Thursday, February 21st

At home all day

Friday, February 22nd

At home all day

Saturday, February 23rd

At home all day

Sunday, February 24th

At home all day

Monday, February 25th

At home, Charley was here

Tuesday, February 26th

I went home with Charley

Wednesday, February 27th

I was to Charleys all day

Thursday, February 28th

Charley moved to day - I came home

Friday, February 29th

At home

Saturday, March 1st

At home

Sunday, March 2nd

At home all day - stormy

Monday, March 3rd

At home

Tuesday, March 4th

We went home with Jim Hamilton stayed all night

Wednesday, March 5th

We went down to Tom Hamiltons and stayed for dinner Tom took us to Charleys stayed all night there

Thursday, March 6th

I came to the creek in the fore noon at night Charley took us to Jim Carpenters stayed all night there

Friday, March 7th

We was to Jims in the fore noon went up to Mr Greens in the after noon and to the excibition at night and over to Tom Greens and stayed all night

Saturday, March 8th

Stayed to Toms all day - Dess and Will came there, stayed all night there

Sunday, March 9th

We went to R. Snyders stayed all night

Monday, March 10th

We went to Edna Hortons and stayed all day went back to R. Snyders and stayed all night

Tuesday, March 11th

Oren Snyder's brought us home it rained last night

Wednesday, March 12th

At home

Thursday, March 13th

I was helping Bart to tap the Sugar Bush

Friday, March 14th

At home

Saturday, March 15th

At home

Sunday, March 16th

We was at home Charley & Ivah was down to day - it is getting muddy

Monday, March 17th

At home

Tuesday, March 18th

At home

Wednesday, March 19th

At home - very mudy

Thursday, March 20th

Went to Onslow with John Young - the river is high

Friday, March 21st

At home

Saturday, March 22nd

At home the water is raising

Sunday, March 23rd

The water still raising - I took the cow and calf out of the barn - water the highest

Monday, March 24th

The water going down

Tuesday, March 25th

It rained all day - waters raising

Wednesday, March 26th

The cow went up to Kelleys - pleasant - the water going down

Thursday, March 27th

Pleasant & the mud is drying some

Friday, March 28th

It was a misting all day

Saturday, March 29th

I was helping John Herington to do some grubing

Sunday, March 30th

I was at home

Monday, March 31st

I was a sawing slabs

Tuesday, April 1st

Sawing slabs & pole wood - It rained very hard - 1 day

Wednesday, April 2nd

Emptying sap buckets & tapping trees - 1 day

Thursday, April 3rd

Sawing slabs - 1 day

Friday, April 4th

Gathering sap all day - 1 day

Saturday, April 5th

I was sawing slabs - 1 day - 6 days this week

Sunday, April 6th

At home

Monday, April 7th

Carrying lumber from the Ghrist Mill & piled lumber - 1 day

Tuesday, April 8th

I was a pileing lumber - 1 day

Wednesday, April 9th

Pileing lumber

Thursday, April 10th

Pileing lumber

Friday, April 11th

Building fence - 1 day

Saturday, April 12th

I was sharpening posts in the fore noon - fixed the cave - 1/2 day - 5 1/2 days this week

Sunday, April 13th

I was up to church & to Charleys to dinner to church in the eve

Monday, April 14th

Makeing fence to day - 1 day 13 1/4 days up to date

Tuesday, April 15th

I was at home in the fore noon then up to Charleys stayed all night

Wednesday, April 16th

I went to Monticello with B. Hall back to Charleys stayed all night

Thursday, April 17th

I went to Onslow & went to Maquoketa stayed all night to Derbin Beans

Friday, April 18th

I came home to day

Saturday, April 19th

I was at home I split up my wood pile

Sunday, April 20th

It is a snowing to day I am at home to day

Monday, April 21st

Bell & me went up to Charleys we stayed all night I went to Onslow & stayed

Tuesday, April 22nd

I took the train for Clinton came back & stayed to the Summit House

Wednesday, April 23rd

I came to Charleys & then we came home

Thursday, April 24th

I was a makeing garden

Friday, April 25th

I was up to Tom Greens

Saturday, April 26th

At home all day

Sunday, April 27th

I was to Frozen Hill to meeting & to Charleys to dinner

Monday, April 28th

I was down to Ozark

Tuesday, April 29th

I was a fishing

Wednesday, April 30th

I was down to Canton - I saw a man get drowned

Thursday, May 1st

I was up to Charley Halls - It is a raining this afternoon

Friday, May 2nd

I was a helping John Herrington to get out lime rock - 3/4 day

Saturday, May 3rd

I was up to Charley Halls - Ivah had a quilting

Sunday, May 4th

At home all day

Monday, May 5th

I was down to Ozark - It rained very hard

Tuesday, May 6th

It is a raining yet this morning

Wednesday, May 7th

I was makeing a corn marker for Geo Hanna $2,00

Thursday, May 8th

I was at home - Dock Farr got hurt

Friday, May 9th

I was at home all day

Saturday, May 10th

I was at home all day

Sunday, May 11th

I was to Frozen Hill to church & home again

Monday, May 12th

I was plowing for Harts to day

Tuesday, May 13th

At home in the fore noon - I droped corn in the after noon for Harts - 1/2 day

Wednesday, May 14th

I droped corn all day - 1 day

Thursday, May 15th

Droped corn all day - 1 day - 3 1/2 for Ed

Friday, May 16th

I was shingleing for Wm Donaho - 1 day

Saturday, May 17th

Shingleing & siding - 1 day

Sunday, May 18th

At home all day

Monday, May 19th

I was a siding in the fore noon - in the after noon went to Cascade - 1/2 day - 2 1/2 days

Tuesday, May 20th

At home all day

Wednesday, May 21st

At home all day

Thursday, May 22nd

I was up to Jim Lees in the morning then to Ed Harts then to Charley Halls & a fishing in the after noon - had a hard storm in the evening

Friday, May 23rd

I was at home all day

Saturday, May 24th

At home to day & to Jim Lees to a dance at night

Sunday, May 25th

At home all day

Monday, May 26th

I was a burning brush for Wm Tippett - 1 day

Tuesday, May 27th

Burning Brush & fireing for J. Herington in the kiln - 3/4 day

Wednesday, May 28th

At home all day

Thursday, May 29th

I was up to C. Halls & then up to Geo Hannas to a dance

Friday, May 30th

I was to Wyoming with Jim Lee to the Deceration

Saturday, May 31st

I was at home all day

Sunday, June 1st

At home all day

Monday, June 2nd

It rained most all day - I was at home

Tuesday, June 3rd

I was helping Bart to cover the river bridge

Wednesday, June 4th

I was white washing & howing in the garden

Thursday, June 5th

I was working the roads

Friday, June 6th

I was working the roads part of the day

Saturday, June 7th

At home all day

Sunday, June 8th

It is a raining this morning

Monday, June 9th

It was a raining most all day

Tuesday, June 10th

I was at home all day

Wednesday, June 11th

I was up to Chas Halls

Thursday, June 12th

I was at home

Friday, June 13th

Bell & me went to Charleys stayed all night

Saturday, June 14th

Charley & me went to Monticello

Sunday, June 15th

Uncle Stanely was to Charleys to day - Charley & Ivah brought us home

Monday, June 16th

I was a cutting brush for W. N. Tippett - 1 day - 2 1/2 day

Tuesday, June 17th

I was at home in the fore noon & went to Chas Ameses

Wednesday, June 18th

I begun work on Charley Ames new house worked 3/4 day

Thursday, June 19th

Working on the house 3/4 day & came home

Friday, June 20th

I was a helping W. N. Tippett to cut brush 3/4 day

Saturday, June 21st

I was a cutting brush 3/4 day - 4 1/4 days - It rained every day this week

Sunday, June 22nd

I was at home

Monday, June 23rd

It is raining we went up to Chas Ames with Bart worked 1/2 day

Tuesday, June 24th

Worked in the after noon - 1/2 day

Wednesday, June 25th

Worked all day

Thursday, June 26th

Worked all day

Friday, June 27th

Begun to shingle - 1 day

Saturday, June 28th

Worked all day - Mary Hanna came home with me

Sunday, June 29th

At home all day

Monday, June 30th

Worked for Chas Ames - 1 day

Tuesday, July 1st

Worked for Chas Ames

Wednesday, July 2nd

Worked for Chas Ames went to Cascade to night

Thursday, July 3rd

Worked for Chas

Friday, July 4th

Over to F A Culloons celebration - it rained hard this eve

Saturday, July 5th

At home in the fore noon - Charley Hall came after us

Sunday, July 6th

Bell & me was up to church

Monday, July 7th

I was a plowing corn for Charley

Tuesday, July 8th

We dident do eny thing but put the rake to gather - I went to the shop with the wheel

Wednesday, July 9th

Put up hay & raked some

Thursday, July 10th

We begun to stack

Friday, July 11th

Stacking to day - it rained hard to night

Saturday, July 12th

Dident do eny thing - 4 days this week

Sunday, July 13th

We was to Charleys

Monday, July 14th

Charley Herrington was to Onslow in the fore noon worked in the hay 1/2 day

Tuesday, July 15th

Was a haying

Wednesday, July 16th

Was a haying

Thursday, July 17th

It rained to day

Friday, July 18th

Worked in the hay

Saturday, July 19th

Was working in the hay - 4 1/2 days this week

Sunday, July 20th

We was to church

Monday, July 21st

Worked in the hay

Tuesday, July 22nd

Worked in the hay

Wednesday, July 23rd

Dident work in the fore noon - finished Charleys hay

Thursday, July 24th

Went to Center Junction with Sand

Friday, July 25th

I went a fishing in the fore noon & helped Wm Eckler 1/4 day in the hay

Saturday, July 26th

Begun to stack & it begun to rain 1/4 day

Sunday, July 27th

We was to church

Monday, July 28th

Put the reaper to gather & finished stacking hay at 3 o'clock - 3/4 day - 12 1/4 days of haying

Tuesday, July 29th

Begun to cut Jim Carpenters oats - 1 day

Wednesday, July 30th

Cut oats untill noon finished his oats & it began to rain 1/2 day

Thursday, July 31st

Charley began to cut his oats - I was sick

Friday, August 1st

I went to Onslow in the fore noon - I bound oats in the after noon - 1 day

Saturday, August 2nd

We finished Charleys oats at 3 o'clock - 3/4 day - Harvest 3 3/4 days

Sunday, August 3rd

Charley & Ivah brought us home

Monday, August 4th

I was at home all day

Tuesday, August 5th

I was up to Chas Halls & Jim Carpenters & home

Wednesday, August 6th

I was at home in the fore noon then i went after Black Berries & then went a fishing

Thursday, August 7th

I was a fishing

Friday, August 8th

I was at home & a fishing

Saturday, August 9th

I was helping Al Ornsby to stack oats

Sunday, August 10th

We was to Frozen Hill to church

Monday, August 11th

I went to Onslow with James Orr & back with Wm Ralston

Tuesday, August 12th

At home in the fore noon & helped Bart to thrash in the after noon

Wednesday, August 13th

Finished thrashing at 9 o'clock 3/4 day - I was to B. Halls in the after noon

Thursday, August 14th

I was to Cascade with John Herrington

Friday, August 15th

I was at home

Saturday, August 16th

I was up on the Prairie to Charley Halls & back home

Sunday, August 17th

Charley & Ivah came down after us we went home with them - it rained hard

Monday, August 18th

We was to Charleys

Tuesday, August 19th

We was to Monticello with Charleys folks

Wednesday, August 20th

I went to Bernerd with Charley & Jim

Thursday, August 21st

I was at home all day

Friday, August 22nd

I was up to Charley Halls in the fore noon then home again

Saturday, August 23rd

I was around home most of the day - i was with the Watters boys to cut a bee tree

Sunday, August 24th

I was at home Bell went to church - it rained hard this eve

Monday, August 25th

I was around home

Tuesday, August 26th

I was around home

Wednesday, August 27th

I was a hunting in the timber a little while then home again it began to rain it rained all night

Thursday, August 28th

I was around home

Friday, August 29th

I was a hunting - Bell went up to Tom Greens

Saturday, August 30th

I was a hunting my cow to day

Sunday, August 31st

I was up to Bernerd with Tom Hamilton

Monday, September 1st

I was around home all day

Tuesday, September 2nd

I went to Maquoketa with Jim Lee

Wednesday, September 3rd

I was up to Charley Halls to dinner

Thursday, September 4th

It rained hard most all last night - I was at home to day

Friday, September 5th

I was up to Charleys & to By's to dinner

Saturday, September 6th

I was at home - I sold my cow to day

Sunday, September 7th

I was at home most all day i went up to Charley Halls & stayed all night

Monday, September 8th

I started for Onslow to take the train for Maquoketa - I got thare at 1 o'clock stayed to D Beans all night

Tuesday, September 9th

I begun work for D. B. Bean - I was working in the saw mill - I was down town this eve

Wednesday, September 10th

Working in the mill to day

Thursday, September 11th

I was to the Fair

Friday, September 12th

We was riging the cane mill

Saturday, September 13th

We was fixing the cane mill - 1 day - 4 days

Sunday, September 14th

I was to D Beans in the fore noon then went to see a game of Base Ball

Monday, September 15th

Getting reddy to grind cane - 1 day

Tuesday, September 16th

Doing the same

Wednesday, September 17th

We sawed a little then began to grind cane - 1 day

Thursday, September 18th

Grinding to day

Friday, September 19th

Grinding to day

Saturday, September 20th

I went home to day - 5 days this week

Sunday, September 21st

I was at home all day

Monday, September 22nd

I went to Onslow took the train for Maquoketa i got thare at 2 o'clock & worked 1/4 day - It began to rain

Tuesday, September 23rd

It is a raining hard yet this morning ground cane in the after noon

Wednesday, September 24th

Grinding cane

Thursday, September 25th

Grinding cane

Friday, September 26th

Grinding cane

Saturday, September 27th

Grinding cane

Sunday, September 28th

I was around the mill all day

Monday, September 29th

I was grinding cane

Tuesday, September 30th

I was grinding cane

Wednesday, October 1st

I was a grinding cane

Thursday, October 2nd

I was sick all day went down town

Friday, October 3rd

I was grinding cane

Saturday, October 4th

Grinding to day - 5 days this week

Sunday, October 5th

I was around the mill & to Hurstville all day

Monday, October 6th

Grinding cane - 20 3/4 days up to date

Tuesday, October 7th

Grinding cane

Wednesday, October 8th

I was a grinding cane - 1 day 2,753 gals of molasses

Thursday, October 9th

I was a grinding cane - I came to Onslow stayed all night 22 3/4 days

Friday, October 10th

I came home to day

Saturday, October 11th

I was at home all day

Sunday, October 12th

I was at home all day

Monday, October 13th

I was up to Jim Lees in the fore noon up to C. Halls in the after noon helped him haul minure

Tuesday, October 14th

I was helping Charley to draw minure 1/2 day then home

Wednesday, October 15th

I was helping Lue Butler to thrash - stayed to Geo Hannas all night

Thursday, October 16th

I was to Chas Ames this morning then Bill Orrs then to Tom Greens then home then up to Chas Halls then home again

Friday, October 17th

I begun Ed Harts wagon box

Saturday, October 18th

I finished Harts wagon box

Sunday, October 19th

I was at home all day pleasant to day

Monday, October 20th

I was sick all day

Tuesday, October 21st

I was making a wagon box for Bart - Rain

Wednesday, October 22nd

Finished Barts wagon box & put a new bottom in another - 1 day

Thursday, October 23rd

Made a new lock for Wills wagon & put it together & fixed Harts side boards

Friday, October 24th

I was putting in tie joice in the Ice House & putting in some spokes in the trucks

Saturday, October 25th

I was working at the ice House in the fore noon 1/2 day - I was up to Charleys in the after noon

Sunday, October 26th

I was at home all day it rained all day

Monday, October 27th

I walked to Onslow came back with John Herrington

Tuesday, October 28th

I was fixing the Ice House

Wednesday, October 29th

I was chopping some wood

Thursday, October 30th

I was around home all day

Friday, October 31st

I was a chopping stove wood in the fore noon helped John Herrington to husk corn in the after noon

Saturday, November 1st

I was husking corn for Bart - 1 day

Sunday, November 2nd

Bell & me went to Frozen Hill to church to Charleys to dinner he brought us home

Monday, November 3rd

I was around home all day - Rocky came back here to day

Tuesday, November 4th

I was to Election all day - came home with the teamsters

Wednesday, November 5th

I walked to Onslow to day

Thursday, November 6th

I was to Canton in the fore noon I was chopping a little wood in the after noon

Friday, November 7th

I was making a hand sled to day

Saturday, November 8th

I was making a hand sled

Sunday, November 9th

I was at home all day

Monday, November 10th

I begun Bart a hand sled - School began to day

Tuesday, November 11th

It is fogy this morning - I finished Barts sled

Wednesday, November 12th

I was to Onslow to day - We was to B Halls to a party went home with Tom Greens stayed untill morning

Thursday, November 13th

Came to Josie Robertsons - stayed for dinner came home

Friday, November 14th

I picked corn for Charley 3/4 day

Saturday, November 15th

I was picking corn for Charley - 1 day - Will & Charley & myself went to Onslow at night

Sunday, November 16th

I came home in the fore noon - I was at home all day

Monday, November 17th

I was chopping wood to day

Tuesday, November 18th

I drove Johns team to Onslow for him - 1 day

Wednesday, November 19th

I was making a hand sled

Thursday, November 20th

I was finishing my hand sled - In the after noon Rockey & me went a fishing

Friday, November 21st

I was chopping wood - Charley & Ivah came down

Saturday, November 22nd

I began to help to side up the lime house - It began to rain at 11 o'clock - It rained untill after dark & it snow in the night time - the first snow this winter

Sunday, November 23rd

We was to W. N. Tippetts to dinner - very cold to day

Monday, November 24th

I was makeing a hog rack for Bart - 1/2 day - 3 deg below

Tuesday, November 25th

I was a chopping wood

Wednesday, November 26th

I was at home all day - we was up to Jim Lees to a dance

Thursday, November 27th

It is a snowing a little - I was at home

Friday, November 28th

Charley & Ivah was here - he was drawing wood for me - we went to Toms to a dance

Saturday, November 29th

We came home & Charley drawed two loads of wood then we choped some for him - Carrie & Willis Hogeboom came here & stayed all night

Sunday, November 30th

I was at home all day - Willie & Carrie went home at eleven o'clock

Monday, December 1st

I was at home all day - Tom Hamilton mooved

Tuesday, December 2nd

At home - begun a pair of bob sleds for Mrs. Milon in the after noon 1/2 day

Wednesday, December 3rd

I worked on the sled in the fore noon - 1/2 day & for John Herrington in the after noon 1/2 day

Thursday, December 4th

I was putting in windows for J. Herrington

Friday, December 5th

I begun work on Harts cow barn 8 1/2 hours - It began to rain

Saturday, December 6th

It is raining yet - Working at Mrs Milons sled

Sunday, December 7th

It snowed last night - first - at home all day

Monday, December 8th

Worked at the bob sleds - 8 1/2 hours

Tuesday, December 9th

Working up to Harts - 9 1/2 hours

Wednesday, December 10th

Working on Harts cow barn - 9 1/2 hours

Thursday, December 11th

Working at the barn - 9 hrs

Friday, December 12th

It snowed last night - We worked at the sleds & finished them

Saturday, December 13th

I went to Harts to work & I came home to cold

Sunday, December 14th

It snowed some more last night - I painted my new hand sled to day

Monday, December 15th

I was at home - Charley came down we went home with him to a Birth Party for Rose Blackner 31 years of age - we came home with Barts folks

Tuesday, December 16th

At home all day

Wednesday, December 17th

I was at home all day - cold - 20 below - very cold 26 below in the eve

Thursday, December 18th

At home all day

Friday, December 19th

At home to day - warmer

Saturday, December 20th

At home - Charley & Ivah came down - I painted Tebos cutter - it snowed hard this after noon

Sunday, December 21st

At home in the fore noon - went up to Lees a little while

Monday, December 22nd

I was helping Dick White to fire - 1 day

Tuesday, December 23rd

I was doing the same - snowed all day

Wednesday, Decemebr 24th

Filling the ice house to day

Thursday, December 25th

Bart & Charley & Jim and my self was to Cascade - Bell & me stayed to Charleys all night - it snowed some

Friday, December 26th

Charley & Ivah brought us home

Saturday, December 27th

At home all day misty & fogy - 30 deg above zero

Sunday, December 28th

I was up to Charleys in the fore noon - it rained all night

Monday, December 29th

It is raining yet misty most all day

Tuesday, December 30th

It rained hard all night - the crick is high - it dident rain much to day - it is raining this eve again

Wednesday, December 31st

I was at home all day

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