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Diary 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 Public Library.

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. Eliza
gave Mrs. Marshal's girl 50 for helping wash the clothes. Gave 10 last
Sunday to church expences, gave Grandma McIntosh .20 for work done on my
vest. Taylor Grimes home tonight gave security for his appearance at court.
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. Almost
everybody thinks Taylor and Gee Grimes will not be here to attend court next
Sept. If I were in similar circumstances, I believe I would be farmed off on
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 to make
Eliza a collar .20 The one Mrs. Haley gave her as a presnt last week was
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 be back
from Kansas in a week or two now I hardly believe this report. They have
never wrote me anything that I might draw any such inference. Eliza is a
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 her
visit and we were well pleaded to have them come. Uncle Marhsal and I went
to the Presbyterian CHurch. I went fast asleep, it seemed to me that it was
impossible for me to keep awake. Weather warm.

Monday, June 6 -- This morning John Hovermill his wife and Hannah Evins
came. John wa son his way to mill, I went along with him we went to Deers
Mill while there we visited the Pine Hill Woolen mill, seen a wheel 28' in
diameter the main wheel for power. We went in swimming. Bout 2# of rice for
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 flour.
$2.35 I pd at Invis? Hanna's for my shoes. Rec'd a letter form AUse Pratt.
He says they are having dry weather some of their corn is nearly knee high.
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 - it
wet the ground thoroughly, corn will grown now with great rapidity. Answered
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 letter came
for Uncle Dave from Indianapolis asking the pay for the sewing machine he
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 beef. Uncle
Marshal was here for supper. Aunt Margarett was here a little while
yesterday. Answered the sewing machine letter. Had a rain today. The ground
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 is
about to become blind, she thinks one eye will be destroyed entirely. Buckie
is working by the month on a farm for $13.00 per month. We have had more
rain today the ground is too (he uses this too correctly but usually has to
when it should be too) we to plow first right.

Sunday, June 12 - We went to meeting today. Bro. Hayes' brother from
Illinois preached. He is a smart man speaks very well, he preached for us
again at 3 p.m. John Crutchfield and wife and Mrs. Mary Croks, ELiza and I
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 a foot
in the evening. I went over to Uncle Roy Grimes' with Marshal after dinner,
he went on over to his other farm. Roy had first got a letter from Uncle
Dave. I went out in the woods with Dve and John Grmies with guns, killed one
bird.

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 get
it. We have had 9 showers of rain today. I wrote a letter to Uncle Dave
telling him that I would send him his money next Monday . Bought 7# fresh
beef .85 cts. 7# sugar for $1.00 1 3/4 # butter .40 cts. Milligan owes Unlce
Dave on note $1,632.32.

Wednesday, June 15 -- $2.50 I made today. The exhibition is not so
extensively visited as it were last year. Consequently I will not make quite
as much Money. John Crutchfield, JD Haley and wife were here for dinner.
Haley has read Dan Vorhees speech and hs been caught by it. He will vote the
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 this
exhibition as last. There is not half so many visitors in as last year.
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 in town
today since the week commenced. i got to the room of Exhibition in time to
hear the last one (John Brady) speak. I heard it said that he done the best
of all. I noticed on the stage Rev. Robert Irwin from Kansas he used to be
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 a letter
form Cyntha PRatt. John Moore wrote a little in it. He sayes he is well
pleased with the country. Bill Woodgate hs set up a Blacksmith shop and
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? the
house was full. Tonight we went to our church and heard him again. The
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 money. It
was past 12 when I got to town. Between 1 and 2 oc'lock I mailed a bank
check toUncle Dave calling for $1630.23. On the way home it appeard to me
that I had put the letter in the office without addressing it to anybody. I
was then nearly halfway home after alittle pause concluded to com eon home
and write to the cashier of the bank and get him to see if such a letter
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. Steele and
his wife were there too. Eliza took a dinner over to David Moore's wife. She
is confined with her first born since Sunday night. I have commenced to
repair my house. Wm. Hutton does the woodwork, Dan Williams the stone work,
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 desired
information from Rockville did not come untill night. The cashier of the
bank there sent me the bank check and sure enough I had put it in the office
wihtout directing it to anyone. I have mailed it this evening to Uncle Dave.

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 have done
it if I had not told Johnnie that I would not owe him. So I went and hired
John Hutton and George Wymore. THey came at noon. Paid BIll Hutton 2.25.
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 uptown
came up to help. Dan Williams finished his job putting pillars under the
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 for
lumber .65 and Mr. Vincent for lumber .30 and John Thornton for halling .75.
Yesterday June 24 the mercury was up to 100 and not on the 2e. I made a
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 worship his
text was 1 Co 13 & 12 "For now we are through a glass darkly.." he done very
well. Rec'd a letter yesterday from Ause Pratt. Uncle Dave has bought a farm
of 120 acres for 4,600 dollars including crops. Eliza gave 10 cents for
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 cost
1.75 - We had a little rain today and would accept a little more. Last
sunday it rained a little in theafternoon while we were at our church. John
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 Mrs.
Vincent went visiting at Mrs. Hendrixon's I was there for dinner. Bought me
a summer hat for 80 one pounds of cheese for 25 and about minded soon to
last overharvest cost .15 I am expecting to help Mr. Hanna, Thornt Watson
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 let me
have ah orse to ride home on. The wheat we have to work in is of the bearded
kind, the straw is soft and easy to bind. I expeced to see a nice farm keep
up in good style but not so. Mr. Hanna has about 600 acres of land. The
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. We had
a little sprinkle of rain yesterday afternoon. There are good indications of
a good rain tonight sometime. Some think our railroad will run north of
town. I would rather have it south.

 

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