of Hiram A. Pratt, Waveland Barber (Standard Diary #31)
- March 1884
---- On cover page -- HA Pratt age 44
on April 20, 1884
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!
March 1 -- $9.20. Paid 1 for one of galon of maple molasses and
cts for the pruning of a grape vine. It has been snowing and blowing
and the prospect is good for a big spell of weather. Mrs. Rhoda
died at 6 p.m. of consumption [tuberculosis] . She was a cousin
2-- The weather is stormy wind and snow. I attended and lead
class meeting this morning. A fair attendance and a tolerable good
At 11 o'clock I attended the funeral of Mrs. Vinson.
3 -- $6.60.. Paid 5.55 for 2 wagon load of coal - 30 cts for
beef and $1 for church expenses and 41.75 on Fire Ins. This lets
me out in
Ins for 5 years making $16.75 all pd. The weather has been real
$2 AOUW (his writing - Assoc of Union Workmen)
March 4 -- $3.55. Pd 1 for butter 1.05 for fresh beef. 1.50 for
medicine for wife. .25 repairs on pump. Sent 3.20 to Sentinel company.
weather has been cold all day. Eliza done her usual weeks washing
attended AOUW Lodge tonight.
March 5 - $4.65. Sent $1 to Gloe Democrat. To night we had the
Grand Master Workmen of the AOUW of the state to talk with us or
to us in
the Lodge room tonight. Paid 80 for a Sack of flour. We prefer the
March 6 -- $2.55. Paid 95 for 116# of bran for cow feed. I and P.M.
Conner crated Mrs. Reed's old sewing machine. We had a good prayer
tonight, our preacher. Snow yesterday.
7 -- $8.15. Paid $1 for beef. 20 for cofee .70 for 2 brooms .60
freight on machine from Chicago. 2 shirt fronts .75. We have had
weather for several days. Our public school closed today. Run 6
March 8 -- $10.25. Work in the shop did not commence until about
o'clock. W were at home by 11 1/2 o'clock. The weather continues
as for the
past few days, solid winter. My cold and cough is not as bad as
9 -- I attended class meeting this morning. It was lead by
brother P. M. Conner. We had a good meeting. I and the two Willies
sunday school at 2 1/2 p.m.. I gave for SS helps 50 cts. We were
in bed by 7
10 -- $10.25. I paid 70 cts for 3 1/2# of butter. Sent to John
C. Nwe & Son $22.50 including 10 cts charge for exchange. The
turning warmer, snow melted fast. Eliza done her weeks washing.
Hauger at the Mill today.
March 11 -- $1.45. Paid .30 for a can of Apricots, .25 for 6
lemmons. .20 for fresh pork. A warm wind from the south last night
away all of the snow and caused frequent showers of rain today.
Subscriptions forward 3.80
March 12 -- $4.50 Paid for groceries $2.20. The streets and side
walks are in a miserable condition. Mr. Wilson a representative
of the daily
Sentinel was in to see me today. We raised the list of the Sentenels
March 13 -- $3.95. Paid John Phillips .25 for 1/2 bu potatoes. The
weather has turned considerable warmer. The season for making maple
about over. Mr. and Mrs. John A. Spruhan dined with us today.
14 -- $3.45. One sack of flour .80. coffee .20 Lard .75 baknig
powder .25. I have in hands a couple small jobs of printing the
first I have
had to do for several months. I wrote a short letter to the Terre
March 15 -- $10.70. Paid .30 for beef; .20 for 1 gal coal oil. The
weather has been real nice. The republicans of this (Brown) township
their convention here today. WT Glenn got the nomination for Trustee.
were done work by 10 o'clock.
16 -- We attended divine worship at 10 1/2 Bro. Hollingsworth
was to me unusually interesting. I contributed to church expense
afternoon I attended Sunday School. After SS WIllie and I went out
Kleiser's Sugar camp and drank sugar water.
17 -- $7.70. Last week I paid rent for last month $2. I sent to
Pecks Sun $1.56. Eliza done her usual wash work today. Al Coons
from Crawfordsville came in to see me today. There was a little
March 18 -- $6.85. Sent Enq Co $5.50.. Cin Gaz .85. .20 for butter
.15 for 1 1/2 gal buttermilk. 3 tin pans for jelly cakes .25-35
for a 2 gal
bucket (tin) AOUW Lodge $1. The day has been tolerable warm. One
cake 30 cts.
March 19 -- $4.10. Paid .25 cts for fresh beef. Eliza has been
preparing for company on tomorrow. The weather continues cool cloudy
damp. Dr. A. T. Steele was presented with a cane by our citizens
- honor of
the event of his first grandchild. It was born 18th. Note: This
is Edith S.
Johnson born 18 March 1884 daughter of Dr. Steele's daughter, Anna
Steele Johnson (husband Charles).
March 20 -- $11.65. Paid 3.45 for a wagon load of coal. Rev.
Hollingsworth and wife were to have been at our house today but
owing to the
intense suffering of Bro. H with a gathering the year (sic -not
sure what he's
saying here), they could not come. Cloudy weather.
21 -- $2.35. Paid .65 for 2.10 butter and .50 for bran for cow
feed. Bro. Hollingsworth his wife and two youngest children were
house today for dinner. THe sun has shone bright today. Interest
owe $40 - 3
months 80 cents.
March 22 -- $11.05. I gave 25 cts to a man with one leg to help
his way to SUllivan. Paid .45 for butter, 10 cts for shoe strings.
has been most too warn to keep up a fire. We were done work by 10
23 -- I attended class meeting this morning at 10 1/2 and at 2
1/2 Sunday school met with Mc Cormick's class. We have two meetings
sunday. Our preacher is suffering with a rising in the head.
24 -- $6.60. Paid Ella Steele $1.50 for music lessons for
Willie. Willie attended the Subscription school, he will perhaps
regular for 10 weeks. Paid $7.25 (may be $1.75 or $1.25 - hard to
smudged). Eliza doner her weeks washing. She is not very well.
March 25 -- $2.80. Sent one subscription for How Demaree to Globe
Democrat 95 cts. 12 lbs of sugar $1. One package coffee 20 cts.
We have had
a rainey(sic) day with a heavy gale of wind accompanying late this
Eliza don (sic) the ironing.
March 26 -- $4.70. Paid $2 for 10 yds of bed ticking and 15 cts
for two spools of thread. Meat for table use dried and fresh beef
Willie Hauger and old Mr. McCall sawed wood today since noon. The
night was very severe in southern states.
March 27 -- $3.75. Paid 20 cts for coal oil (one gal). Paid Mr.
McCall $1 gave a nickel to a beggar .20 for a couple gallons of
Attended prayer meeting tonight. 25 cts for soap; 30 cts for cloths
pins made of spring ware.
28 -- $3.85. Paid $1 for a gal of maple molasses . For a
chopping ax and helve (?) $1.60. Billy Hauger and Mr. McCall will
cutting of wood out in Goben's woods today. The weather is too warm
up much of a fire in stoves.
March 29 -- $10. Paid 50 cts. for beef. 20 cts for coal oil. We
were done work by 10 1/2. The weather has been some cooler. The
20th of this
month I sent THB McCain $5 & he placed to my credit. I am as
well as usual.
30 -- We attended preaching at the Methodist Church at 10 1/2
a.m. at the close of the services I met with the claps (?) and lead
as best I could. Tave one dollar to church expense fund. I didn't
go out to
the SS Convention tonight
March 31 -- Paid 15 for thread. I made a bed tick and four sheets,
this I done while I had nothing else to do and my wife will be relieved
that much labor. The weather is very nice. Willie Hauger has been
about the house today.