of Hiram A. Pratt, Waveland Barber (Standard Diary #31)
-- JUNE 1870
Note: These diaries were in the Waveland
Public Library for decades but were disposed of by a librarian several
decades ago. Luckily, another librarian's daughter (thanks sooo
much Pam, (at the death of her mother, Virginia Banta Sharpe) found
them in some belongings and gave them back for proper housing. A
complete circle. I'm a librarian too and thought since they'd been
lost to posterity for so many years that it would be a good thing
to transcribe them and give them to the world. They are currently
housed in proper temperature/storage at the Crawfordsville District
Karen Bazzani Zach (transcriber) was raised
in the big 'ol town (500 people) where HA Pratt lived 5 decades
before I was born. I remember the building where his little shop
was and wish it was still there. What an interesting little place.
ALAS! Progress !
Wednesday June 1-- $2.75 I made today. Pd 15 for a bottle
of hair oil and 35
for half pint of boy rum. When at Browns Valley I paid 25 for edables.
gave Mrs. Marshal's girl 50 for helping wash the clothes. Gave 10
Sunday to church expences, gave Grandma McIntosh .20 for work done
vest. Taylor Grimes home tonight gave security for his appearance
Nann English for work Eliza's bonnet 1.40
Thursday, June 2-- I howed most all the forenoon in my garden,
was uptown at
the Post Office and received a couple of papers. Blade did not come.
everybody thinks Taylor and Gee Grimes will not be here to attend
Sept. If I were in similar circumstances, I believe I would be farmed
leg bail rather than go to the Penitentiery for two years.
Friday, June 3-- Eliza and I took dinner at Mrs Haleys today.
Bought 1 gal
of coal oil for .50 and two lamp chimneys for .25 and for some lace
Eliza a collar .20 The one Mrs. Haley gave her as a presnt last week
missin last Wenesday morning we believe Mrs. Marshal's girl ELlen
took it. I
took a picture for Eliza today.
Saturday June 4-- $6.25 I made today in the shop. We had a
nice shower of
rain this afternoon. I heard by Jim Robinson that AUnt susan would
from Kansas in a week or two now I hardly believe this report. They
never wrote me anything that I might draw any such inference. Eliza
good deal better.
Sunday June 5 - Uncle Marshal and his wife came to spend the
day with us we
were not looking for them. Aunt Rachel seemed very well pleased with
visit and we were well pleaded to have them come. Uncle Marhsal and
to the Presbyterian CHurch. I went fast asleep, it seemed to me that
impossible for me to keep awake. Weather warm.
Monday, June 6 -- This morning John Hovermill his wife and
came. John wa son his way to mill, I went along with him we went
Mill while there we visited the Pine Hill Woolen mill, seen a wheel
diameter the main wheel for power. We went in swimming. Bout 2# of
25 cents. The weather is warm and nice.
Tuesday, June 7 - Had a small shower of rain this afternoon.
Pd. rent for
the month of May $2.00. Pd $1.55 for butter, $1.50 for a sack of
$2.35 I pd at Invis? Hanna's for my shoes. Rec'd a letter form AUse
He says they are having dry weather some of their corn is nearly
John Moore is coming home next week.
Wednesday, June 8 -- $2.50 is all I made today. Paid 20 cents
for 100 cabage
plants. Set the mo ut this evening. We have had a splendid rain today
wet the ground thoroughly, corn will grown now with great rapidity.
Ause Pratts letter. In a few days will send Uncle Dave some money.
We are as
well as for common this evening.
Thursday, June 9 - Answered Ause Pratt's letter. It commenced
to rain this
morning about 8 and kept up a steady rain untill the ground became
thoroughly soked. I answered auses letter yesterday not today. A
for Uncle Dave from Indianapolis asking the pay for the sewing machine
bought last fall.
Friday, June 10 - $2.10 I made today in shop. Pd 25 for a
wooden bucket, 40
for some medicine for ELiza and 75 for hair oil and 30 for fresh
Marshal was here for supper. Aunt Margarett was here a little while
yesterday. Answered the sewing machine letter. Had a rain today.
is to wet to plow now.
Saturday, June 11 -- $6.65 I made today. Rec'd a letter from
Bro. Ben. They
have not got move din to thei rnew store room yet. My poor old mother
about to become blind, she thinks one eye will be destroyed entirely.
is working by the month on a farm for $13.00 per month. We have had
rain today the ground is too (he uses this too correctly but usually
when it should be too) we to plow first right.
Sunday, June 12 - We went to meeting today. Bro. Hayes' brother
Illinois preached. He is a smart man speaks very well, he preached
again at 3 p.m. John Crutchfield and wife and Mrs. Mary Croks, ELiza
eat dinner at our friends JD Haley. Had a big rain today.
Monday, June 13- This morning Jmaes Yount let me take his
team, with his
wife and my little woman over to Uncle Marshals. Mr. Yount came over
in the evening. I went over to Uncle Roy Grimes' with Marshal after
he went on over to his other farm. Roy had first got a letter from
Dave. I went out in the woods with Dve and John Grmies with guns,
Tuesday, June 14- $1.45 is all I made today. Yesterday while
at Roy's I went
out in the woods wit the boys to hunt squirrells found but one, didn't
it. We have had 9 showers of rain today. I wrote a letter to Uncle
telling him that I would send him his money next Monday . Bought
beef .85 cts. 7# sugar for $1.00 1 3/4 # butter .40 cts. Milligan
Dave on note $1,632.32.
Wednesday, June 15 -- $2.50 I made today. The exhibition is
extensively visited as it were last year. Consequently I will not
as much Money. John Crutchfield, JD Haley and wife were here for
Haley has read Dan Vorhees speech and hs been caught by it. He will
cooperhead ticket this fall.
Thursday, June 16 - Eliza suffered a good deal last night.
$2.70 is all I
made today. I perceived that I will not get in as much money during
exhibition as last. There is not half so many visitors in as last
Tuesday last I received a letter from Bro. Bill & one from Ben
F. Abegg with
his picture. Thans my brother and friend.
Friday, June 17 - $5.50 I made today. There was the most people
today since the week commenced. i got to the room of Exhibition in
hear the last one (John Brady) speak. I heard it said that he done
of all. I noticed on the stage Rev. Robert Irwin from Kansas he used
their minister here and will preach for them Sunday next.
Saturday June 18 - $5.20 I made today. Done better than I
had any idea of
doing, most of the owrk was done from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. Rec'd
form Cyntha PRatt. John Moore wrote a little in it. He sayes he is
pleased with the country. Bill Woodgate hs set up a Blacksmith shop
taken John Moore with him . Eliza was at Mrs. Alward's this p.m.
1 pt hair
oil 75 cents.
Sunday June 19 -- We went to the Presbyterian Church today
at 11 o'clock
services. heard Rev. Robt Irwin preach a good sermon from Isiah 60-12?
house was full. Tonight we went to our church and heard him again.
subject ws concerning David & Goliah (sic). His remarks upon
this was very
intersting. We bade him good by. The house tonight was full. At home
by 10 o'clock.
Monday June 20 - Did not get started for Rockville untill
after T. Milligan
gave me a check on the bank at Rockville for $1000 and $652.32 in
was past 12 when I got to town. Between 1 and 2 oc'lock I mailed
check toUncle Dave calling for $1630.23. On the way home it appeard
that I had put the letter in the office without addressing it to
was then nearly halfway home after alittle pause concluded to com
and write to the cashier of the bank and get him to see if such a
remains in thepost office. Expenses today .80
Tuesday, June 21 -- $1.00 I made in the stop tonight. This
forenoon I worked
in my garden at noon I went to Grandma McIntosh's for dinner. Dr.
his wife were there too. Eliza took a dinner over to David Moore's
is confined with her first born since Sunday night. I have commenced
repair my house. Wm. Hutton does the woodwork, Dan Williams the stone
have had a warm day. Butter .20 Beef .25
Wednesday, June 22 - $.25 I made tonight in daytime. I have
to half work
about the house. Dan W. Voorheese spoke in ROckville today. This
information from Rockville did not come untill night. The cashier
bank there sent me the bank check and sure enough I had put it in
wihtout directing it to anyone. I have mailed it this evening to
Thursday June 23 -- Bill Hutton got mad at me because I would
not have his
son Johnnie to work at $1.80 (one fifty) per day, though he would
it if I had not told Johnnie that I would not owe him. So I went
John Hutton and George Wymore. THey came at noon. Paid BIll Hutton
Paid for nail .65 and Alwood for halling $2.00.
Friday, June 24 -- Yesterday the Mercury was up to 100 degrees.
Today it was
96. We put the sills under the house today before noon. Several from
came up to help. Dan Williams finished his job putting pillars under
foundation 12 of them for 12 dollars. I paid him all when done. Hutton &
Wymore will be done 10 tomorrow. We are well as common.
Saturday, June 25 - $9.45 I made today in shop. Pd Hutton
& Wymore 10
dollars and Jack Sympson for timber and stone 2.75 and RObert McMains
lumber .65 and Mr. Vincent for lumber .30 and John Thornton for halling
Yesterday June 24 the mercury was up to 100 and not on the 2e. I
mistake. Was home by 12, Eliza complains some. I am well
Sunday June 26 - We heard Bro. hayes preach 2 sermons today.
At night I
heard a boy 17 years old preach a sermon in the Camlite house of
text was 1 Co 13 & 12 "For now we are through a glass darkly.." he
well. Rec'd a letter yesterday from Ause Pratt. Uncle Dave has bought
of 120 acres for 4,600 dollars including crops. Eliza gave 10 cents
contingent church, expences and .25 for missionary cause.
Monday June 27 - - $1.25 I made today. Paid John Thornton
for plowing garden
25 cents. Bought 7 yds of domestic gingham for me a couple of shirts
1.75 - We had a little rain today and would accept a little more.
sunday it rained a little in theafternoon while we were at our church.
and Lizie Crutchfield here for dinner. 2 lamp chimneys .25
Tuesday June 28 - $1.40 made today in shop. In the afternoon
the weather was
real warm, but not as warm as last Thursday and Friday. Eliza and
Vincent went visiting at Mrs. Hendrixon's I was there for dinner.
a summer hat for 80 one pounds of cheese for 25 and about minded
last overharvest cost .15 I am expecting to help Mr. Hanna, Thornt
turned out of the Mason order.
Wednesday June 29 -- $.50 cents is all I made in my shop today.
At noon I
had to go out to Mr. Hanna's to help harvest at night. Penn Hanna
have ah orse to ride home on. The wheat we have to work in is of
kind, the straw is soft and easy to bind. I expeced to see a nice
up in good style but not so. Mr. Hanna has about 600 acres of land.
improvements are not very good.
Thursday June 30 - I started over to Mr. H's before breakfast
got up as far
as Sympsons then turned back and took breakfast with my little woman.
a little sprinkle of rain yesterday afternoon. There are good indications
a good rain tonight sometime. Some think our railroad will run north
town. I would rather have it south.