of Hiram A. Pratt, Waveland Barber (Standard Diary #31)
-- May 1884
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 !
Thursday May 1 -- $.25. For several years my receipts have not been
as are reported today. We have had considerable rain today. Willie
and Eliza have been at house cleaning today. Paid 35 cts for a beef
2 -- $2.40. For lard .52. Combs, three 70 cts. One pair of
barber shears $1.50. We have to have a fire in the stoves today.
cherry and plumb trees are in full bloom. Peach trees have no bloom.
gasoline 90 cts.
May 3 -- $10.70. Paid .75 for 5# of meat and 40 cts for 2 lbs of
butter. Sent to the Sentinel Co. $672 (must be $6.72 but no period).
were through work by 10 ½ o'clock. Home by 11 a.m. Rain has
most of the day.
4-We have had an abundance of rain. I remained at home all the
forenoon, attended no Sunday school but at night I and Eliza and
at preaching. The prodigals return was the subject.
5 -- $6.70. Yesterday I gave to the church expense fund 41. Paid
40 cts for coal oil. Eliza and Willie Hauger have our house renovated
fine style. She done the usual weeks washing this a.m.
May 6 -- $1.30 - Eliza was up town last Saturday and bought a pair
of shoes for Willie which cost $2. She spent $1.40 for goods of
kinds. Have had more rain today. The weather is backward for the
May 7 -- $5.70. 30 cts for beef steak. More rain today. A man
representing the hull Vaper Stone Co. was to see me Monday I ordered
stoves to pay for them the 19 inst. Eliza has a bad cold. I have
200 and 300 = 500 more dodges (lodges?) for Moore.
May 8 -- $2.30. Last Tuesday Billy Hauger went to Crawfordsville
for his new suit of cloths (sic). I gave him $16.60. John Goben
promised to buy of me a gasoline summer cook stove. Mr. Wilkerson
will be in
for a sewing machine next week.
9 -- $1. pd 85 cts for meat. 50 cts for 6 lbs of sugar .20
cts for 1 package Arbuckle roasted coffee. I and my wife are both
fresh cold. Paid 35 cts for a pocket knife for a birthday present
Willie. He is 11 years.
May 10 -- $10.25. We have had considerable work to do since 2 o'clock.
The weather has been real nice since the rain this morning. We were
work by 10 ½. I am better of my cold.
11 - I attended and lead the class meeting this morning. There
was no women in attendance. The 2 Willies and I were at Sunday school
remained at class. Bought a bottle of cough medicine for wife.
12 -- $5.20. Paid yesterday one dollar for a bottle of cough
medicine for wife. Sent the American News Co 7.10. Eliza has a very
cold. She coughs very hard. My cold is some better. Willie is real
May 13 -- $3.35. Paid 25 cts for a bucket of salt. Sent John C.
New & Son $14.65. I will have by the last of this week three
cook stoves for sale. We can use ours for everything about cooking.
May 14 -- $2.10. Bought one paper of hair pins and 3 of brass
pins for 40 cts. I have printed over 2000 little dodgers for CF
yesterday evening. Paid 25 cts for beef steak. The weather is fine.
Thursday May 15-- $2.50 - Paid 20 cts for beef steak. Dr. Van Nuys
tonight prescribed (sic) for my wife the catarrh is troubling her
I pulled a tooth for our little boy today. Farmers are busy at corn
16 -- $5.20. Lard 50 cts. Butter .75. Paid Billy Hauger 3.20.
My little woman is getting better of her cold. Thus far our Willie
escaped the mumps. The weather is getting nice for corn planting.
May 17 -- $9.75. Paid April rent $2. For 2# of roasted coffee 40
cts. Eliza wa sup town and spent 60 cts for flowers and 20 cts for
yarn. Our work did not commence today until late were home by 11
18 - We all attended preaching this forenoon at the Methodist
Church and at 2 ½ were at Sunday School with the exception
of wife. Rain
tonight also this afternoon. There was no preaching tonight.
19 -- $8.90. Yesterday I put $1 in for church purposes. Paid 2.20
for a ham of meat. We have had rain at intervals throughout the
attended IOOF Lodge tonight. Paid 10 cts for two spools of thread.
May 20 -- $1.60 Sent to Cincinnati Enquirer 2.22 and to the
Indianapolis Times 3.35. Apples for pie .50 Ham sausage .75. Terre
Express $1. The weather is now getting warm enough to make things
May 21 -- $1.30. Sweet potatoe (sic) plants .65. Gasoline ½
.10. Rain a little at 9 o'clock tonight, more rain will perhaps
morning. I rec'd 3 gasoline stoves today. Willie Hauger planted
May 22 -- $1.50. Paid 40 cts for 3 pounds of prunes .20 cts. For
lemon extract. Rained last night . Today the weather was warm and
were busy with this corn planting.
23 -- $2.65. Rev TC Webster's wife and Mrs. PM Conner took
dinner at our house today. Had a shower of rain this afternoon.
weather is warm. John Fishero's little boy was taken to Alamo for
May 24 -- $10. My little woman was up town this morning and
solicited a new style spring hat. It is a plug had (hat?). The weather
been very nice for a couple of days. We were done work by 11.
25 - The weather during the day was genial but the pleasure of it
was somewhat mared (sic) it rained. John Spruhan and wife and little
were at our house this evening. I attended class and Sunday school.
Remained at home tonight.
26 -- $6.75. Paid last Saturday 45 cts for butter. Paid $1 for
16 lbs of sugar; 75 cts for lard; 40 cts for corn meal; 50 cts for
40 cts for coffee. Attended IOOF Lodge tonight. Eliza came up town
selected for herself a new hat.
May 27 -- $1.70. American News Co $10.10. 6 lbs of sugar .50.
Rained this afternoon. I have a job of printing 1000 small dodgers
Peacock of Rockville. Will send them to him tomorrow. We have a
May 28 -- $1.75. The weather has turned real cool. I would not
at all be surprised to hear of a frost some where by the morning.
new hat cost 2.45 - yesterday she paid out 35 cts for goods.
May 29 -- $4.00. Last Tuesday night I paid assessment in the AOUW
Lodge $2. Paid 10 cts for gasoline -- .53 cts to Terre Haute Gazette.
to Billy Hauger $3. Billy has gone down home.
30 -- $4.05. Paid $1 for a bottle of cough medicine for wife.
For cow pasture I paid 1.50 for Express .30 cts for postal cards.
Willie Hauger returned this evening. School is out. The day has
fine Eliza and Mrs. Hutton were out calling today.
May 31 -- $12.55. The weather has been remarkably fine. Little
Willie brought our supper to us. When ready to go home he asked
for a dime
to get a couple of bananas to take to ma for a surprise. Home by