of Hiram A. Pratt, Waveland Barber (Standard Diary #31)
-- November 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!
Nov 1 --The shaw II got for Eliza at Davis & Hannas does not
her and I have taken the same to Glovers and exchanged it for a
that does give satisfaction. Bought one sack of flour for $1.50.
Went to see
Mrs. Allens sewing machine (Wheelers & Wilson) to see if I could
work any better. I do not know that I done it any good.
Nov 2 -- $2.30 I made to day. Bought one yd wool delane for Eliza
.25 and 1/2 gal coal oil for 25. The day has been one of the nicest
late this evening the wind was pretty high. Rec'd a letter from
his sons Stephen and James are teaching school in Park Co. Mary
letter to her sister Alice. I am afraid Alice will have to go home
Nov 3 -- Three yds canton (sic) flannel for Eliza cost .85 $65.
made this evening. Last monday I mashed my left hand thumb with
the ax it
bothers me considerable. Today I accidently run a needle through
of my right hand fore finger. The weather is very pleasant. The
of Paris commenced yesterday at noon. Metze has capitulated 190,000
4 -- We went over to George McIntosh this morning (walked) stayed
untill late in the evening, then George brought us home on a load
of coal. I
sewed some on the machine. The old bay mare that uncle Dave sold
been badly used up. She was tied in the stable and was kicked by
Nov 5 -- $5.75 I rec'd today at the shop. Last night I went out
with John and Dave Moore and Hen Sytes coon hunting. We found one
and one pole cat. Run a coon trail up a large oak, but did not cut
got soaking wet with rain. 3 yds of calico 35. 1 7/16 # butter .35
beef 1.95. 1 yd canton flannel .30 The weather is not cold yet.
6-- We stayed at home before noon. John Crutchfield and David
Grimes were here for dinner. At 3 p.m. Eliza and I went to prayer
David Grimes he stayed here with Alice. TOnight we went to hear
Cambelites or Christians as they term themselves. Warm day.
7 -- 2.10 mad (e) at the shop today. I was not well enought this
morning to eat breakfast, have been sick all day. I have a bile
me considerable pain, cant sit down with ease, nor hardly find a
recline. Bought one pint of hair oil for 75 cts and one box Wrights
Vegetable pills 25. The agent took the machine away today. Paid
for cigars 3.00
Nov 8 -- I have not eat a bite of anything today. At noon I felt
pain through the right breaest it has bothered me severaly. I buried
cabbage this morning. After dinner time I went over the Sympsons
straw to put over some turnips at about half past 2 I got home and
that my Grandfather Allen had come to pay us a visit. Just one year
today he came to see us. He is well and 72 years old.
Nov 9 -- I was not able to do any work today. Granpa has had to
saw wood for us today. I was up town this morning and got 6 powders
Ball. Bought one doz eggs for .15 had my boots half soled for 1.10.
McIntoshs women folks wer ehere visiting. The wind has been real
high. Got a
letter yesterday from Ause Pratt he had been chilling.
Nov 10 -- I was uptown early this a.m. and got 75 cts worth of
sugar and 40 cts worth of tea. Late in the afternoon I went up again
mail matter and some medicine from Dr. Wm. Steele. I have not had
high a fever as on yesterday. The Dr. thinks I may have a spell
11 -- I am not so well today. Rec'd a letter form Bro Ben. He has
a strong notion of going west and sell goods. Our good friend SA
has made him a good proposition. Alice will go with McMains girls
tomorrow evening and return next day evening. Grampa keeps us in
George Wymore got us some beef .95.
Nov 12 -- I have set up a little today. Alice has gone on her trip
to Ladoga. My bile is not so sore anymore. Last Tuesday we got a
Uncle Daves folks. Ause had been having the ague. Uncle was not
Bill Cruchfield is well pleased with Kansas. Eliza has good health
13 -- I have felt tolerable well. Dr. Wm. Steele came in after
dark to see me. John Crutchfield has been in a couple of times,
times. Father Hanna was in and so was our new preacher Bro. Stallard.
Grandpa went to ME Church at 10 1/2. Alice never got home untill
14 -- I have laid in bed all day. Budd Marshall, his right name
is Leonard D. died this evening at about half past six. Half hour
died, he had a sinking spell when he came to his senses he appeared
happy he had them all to come and shakes hands with him. Bought
5 -3 cent
stamps 15 cents.
Nov 15 -- Snowed some today. Have been confined to bed all day.
Several friends have called to see me. Budd Marshal will not be
today. The order of Odd Fellows will burry him. Some women came
in here to
do some sewing for Mrs. Marshall's children.
Nov 16 -- Grandpa' left here at noon today . I seen through the
window the funeral procession. B udd's body was placed in a nice
walnut coffin and carried in therear of the procession by th eorder.
been in bed all day. Wish I could be at my work, but I must submit.
Nov 17 -- Dr. Stele has been here 6 times today. John Crutchfield
got me 2# of crackers for 25 yesterday. Phil McGill and James Roberts
the stoves and put me in the east room. I have been in bed all day.
Doctor thinks I may have to keep my bed for 3 weeks or more.
18 -- Dr. Steele made his 7th visit this morning he left me 6
powders to take. I am getting tired of taking medicine . Alice went
Sympsons tonight with McMains girls, they will be back by 10 or
last Sunday I have done my writing laying on my back in bed. Weather
1 gal coal oil .50 Beef .90
Nov 19 -- 8th visit for the Doctor. James Roberts came this evening
and cut us enough of wood to last us over Sunday he then went up
got our mail. A letter from brother BIll he says the folks are all
that cousin Mary E Macy (King) was there on a visit. Brother Ben
Ottumwa one can of oyster 75 cts.
20 -- 9 visit for the and several persons have been in today. I
had considerable fever last night. The Dr. thinks that I am getting
well as could be expected. At 3 this evening Sam Shellada and Theron
came in and spent half hour. Alice went with bob McMains to singing.
has been cloudy and tolerable cool.
21 -- 10th visit the Dr. made today. I can eat my oyster soup
first rate. The only thing that I really feel like eating. Eliza
town today and got some coffee 1.00 worh and 2 # of crackers for
25. We have
to get groceries on tick (sic -- ticket -- credit?) now I will pay
up when I
get to making money.
Nov 22 -- 11 visit for the doctor. I am getting some better but
yet able to set up. My fever has not yet left me, though today I
less than at any time since sick. Eliza sent uptown today and got
worth of black pepper.
Nov 23 -- 12 visit the doctor made today. he left me no medicine
said that he would come back this evening and see how I was getting
but failed to come. This is the first time I have set up to write
with a pen
since the 12th between that time and this I have lain in bed and
a lead pencil. Bought one can of oyster for 75 cts.
Nov 24 -- 13 visit the doctor made today. I have set up some not
very long at a time. I am in hopes that by next week I will be able
about and do a little work. George Wymore came over this evening
and cut up
a lot of wood for the women. Thanks to Mr. Wymore.
25 -- 14 visit for the doctor today. He left me 4 powders to be
taken 4 hours apart. George Wymore brought me a pack of flour from
Talburts yesterday evening. Alice went up town and got 2# of crackers
and one yd of ribbon cord 5. The weather is cloudy and cool.
Nov 26 -- 15 visit the doctor made today. He said I had no fever
and left me no medicine said he would call in again and see how
getting along. Rec'd a letter from Bro Ben he had heard I was sick
postage stamps and wanted Eliza to write every other day so as to
posted as to how I was getting along. Rec'd one from my friend BF
was well. Ben McIntosh fixed the cooking stove pipe.
27 -- The doctor never called today. Alice went with Sarah
Marshal to ME Church at 10 1/2 and at night with Bob McMains. I
have set up
more today than at any other time since having been sick. Eliza
feel very well. I wrote a letter to Bro William .Eliza wrote some
28 -- Yesterday and today were the prettiest days of this fall.
The sun shone warm and birhgt, warm enough to do with but very little
S carsely any wind at all. I have been up most all day, lay down
at times to
rest. Eliza and Alice have done their washing.
Nov 29 -- James Roberts cut us some more wood 16 visit the doctor
made late yesterday evening. He gave me two powders to take. Frank
and Polly, John Ause (?) Rush's wife and Myra Patterson were here
dinner. Jim and Kate Yount were here too. Aunt Polly and and Kittie
both had young babies. Rained some today. I have sat up most all
day, once I
had today down because I was so tired that I can not set up long
justice to myself.
Nov 30 -- I have been up the most today of any other day since
sick. This afternoon I went up in town and got my mail matter, one
from Father Shaw, he wrote us a good letter did not send for Alice,
for her to write them when she watned to come home. The day has
Bought 6 1/2 # sugar of Mr. Glover for 1.00 on tick.