of Hiram A. Pratt, Waveland Barber (Standard Diary #31)
-- September 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 !
1 - We left Olce (?) Blakesburg at 6.45 and arrived at Ottumwa about
10.30. My father and mother are with me. Received 3 good letters
fro my wife. She was as well as usual. Bro. Ben has made arrangements
for me to go to Des Moines on Wednesday. Met my brother AEP from
Tuesday Sept 2 - My father and brothers Ed and Ben have taken me
to all the principal points of interest in this city. I and Ed roomed
in Al's room tonight. So that we could be here early in the morning
for the state fair.
Wednesday Sept 3-We left here for Des Moines at 6:30 this a.. arrived
at Desmoines at 15 minutes of 11. Seen Sam Swiggette my special
friend and capt. Of Co. B 36 Iowa. Iw as the guest of my brothers
Will and AE Pratt, we were all over the state capital and out to
the fair ground. Swiggette too.
Thursday Sept 4 - We never got in from the state fair until about
3 this morning. A rain this morning prevents me from getting down
town earlier than 11 o'clock. Ed and I went home with Bro. will.
I bade the girls (will's wifes sisters good by). Mother, Ed &
Mag and I took dinner with Eliza Swigette. Father, Will and Ben
and Ed accompanied me to the train tonight.
Friday Sept 5 -- $3.20. yesterday evening before leaving for the
train Ben bought a napkin ring for my wife. Had her name engraved
on it. Ticket for Crawfordsville $9.95. Ticket home .45. Since last
report I have spent $1.65. I gave my mother and sister $5 each.
Gave father a note of $15. $1 in money. $1 each to Rhoda and Mag.
Arrived at home at 10:30. My wife was very much elated.
Saturday Sept 6 -- $13. Paid Scott $10. Rent $3.50. Gasoline .90.
Coal oil .20 Soap .25. Hat 2.50 this I bought before I went to Iowa.
I wrote to Bill and Ben this morning. Mike White delivered a republican
speech tonight in banks hall. We are done working 10 p.m.
Sunday Sept 7 - We remained home this forenoon. At 2 ½ Willie
and I went to Sunday School. The attendance was very small, weather
real warm. W e remained at home tonight. Our little Willie has a
base cough and is not well.
Monday Sept 8 -- $6.65. Paid 50 cts for a bot. of cough medicine
for our Willie. Sent the Times Co. of Indianapolis 3.56. Postage
stamps 50 cts. I attended IOOF Lodge tonight. Was home by 10 o'clock.
Tuesday Sept 9 -- $1.40. Sent to the sentinel Co. $5.17. To the
Enquirer 3.70. Our little Willie is a little better of his cough.
He reads and plays as usual. The Nurse and Spy I brought from Ottumwa
a present from his Uncle Ben he has read through.
Wednesday Sept 10 -- $2.85. This has been another warm day. Paid
25 cts for 3 water melons. Bread tickets .60. Another bottle of
cough medicine for Willie .50 Globe. Dem .25 cts. T he breakfast
bacon I brought from Ottumwa is the best I have ever eat $1 to church.
Sept 11 -- $2.35. Paid $1.25 for a carving knife and fork. The knife
is long which makes it convenient for cutting light bread. The county
fair was largely patronized by our citizens today. Charley Kritze
has gone to Crawfordsville to teach.
Friday Sept 12 -- $2.35. Eliza was uptown today and bought goods
for Willie a pair of pants 1.60. Spent .60 for yarn and 4 yds of
gingham. I sent $17.89 to John C. New & Son of Indpl's to pay
for the daily Journal received last month. Weather cooler today.
Saturday Sept 13 -- $10 -- .25 cts for one bar of soap. Fresh beef
.50 I kept the money I received for work separate from money rec'd
on sales. T he sales amounted to 3.05 this is very near a correct
statement. The day has been a little cool.
Sunday Sept 14 - I attended class at 10 ½ this morning. This
afternoon Willie and I attended Sunday school. My wife has had a
real bad spell with her stomache (sic) a kind of neuralgia. She
was better by 8 o'clock . 5 cts to SS.
Monday Sept 15 -- $6.00 Freight on two sewing machines 1.95. 1 broom
.35 Eliza went through with her usual weeks work notwithstanding
her severe illness yesterday evening. Miles and Chamness are making
a cistern for us. It will hold about 35 lbs.
Tuesday Sept 16 -- $25.75. Express on 6 doz bots of ink from NY
$1.05. The cistern will be completed by tomorrow provided it does
not rain. Paid 25 cts for a large water mellon (sic). 05 cts for
Willie a pen and pencil for school. He started to school yesterday.
Wednesday Sept 17 -- $6.60. Coffee .20 Beef .30 Soap .25. Sugar
.50 Paid for digging walling and cementing our cistern $10. We estimate
the cistern to hold about 30 barrels of water. We have concluded
to visit Ben Dowell next week.
Sept 18 -- $6.75 - Bought a campaign cap for Willie, it has the
name of Blaine in front in gold letters. Willie Hauger went down
home this morning. He and Watson are talking of starting a barber
shop in Rockville Buttons Hose &.
Friday Sept 19 -- $2.75. Sent 21.38 to Thomas H. Martin of Chicago.
The republican glee club met at our house tonight. WB Jackson of
Oskaloosa Iowa is in town on a visit. I have a car load of nut coal
ready to be delivered.
Saturday Sept 20 - Willie Hauger returned by the up train this morning.
He says that father and mother Shaw are coming to see us this fall.
The air is real cool. This p.m. THB Mc 5. By CS Kritz Sept 15th.
Sunday Sept 21 - We attended Church this forenoon. I remained till
after class meeting. This after noon little Willie and I were at
Sunday school. I remained until after class. I have paid 42 to the
church since returning from Iowa.
Monday Sept 22 - Pd Dietrick for 4 loads of gravel for our cistern
1.20 and for taking wife Willie and I to Guion 1.25. Tickets to
Murdock, Ill 5.90. Apples 10 daily Journal .5 Postal cards .5 Ben
Dowell met us at Murdock. We arrived at his residence at 2 p.m.
Had a splendid dinner.
Sept 23 - Rained last night and at different times during the day.
I sent to Murdock for a daily Journal but did not get it. I have
had considerable trouble with a hurting in my stomach caused by
indigestion. Tomorrow you go to Alice Shawes.
Wednesday Sept 24 - We arrived at Steve Shaws at 10.30. They were
not looking for us did not know we were in the country. On our way
over we stopped at Steve's brothers James' he was not at home, we
found him here on our arrival. Ben Dowell & family returned
at 2 o'clock. W e will stay here until morning all are well.
Thursday Sept 25 - We arrived at Ben Dowells by 10.30. Steve and
family returned at 2 p.m. This evening Ben & I went to Newman
8 ½ miles distant Mr. Clark of Tuscola made a republican
speech. I paid 60 cts for a couple of dishes of fresh oysters .10
for apples. A gentleman gave me daily Indianapolis Journal home
Friday Sept 26 -- $9.55. We left Ben Dowells at p2.40. arrived at
home at 4.45 p.m. Billy Hauger had $8.55 to turn over to me. He
paid 40 cts for eatables. I paid Dietrick $1.25 for conveyance from
Guioon. 25 cts for meat and 20 cts for coal oil.
Saturday Sept 27 -- $15.35. Paid 70 cts for a bag of flour. $2 to
AOUW. $6 on coal account $5 on cistern account 40 cts for coal oil.
To SH & EY Moore $21.85. To the American News Co $10. The last
two accounts were paid last week. Rained.
Sunday Sept 28 - Rained all this forenoon. I remained at home. This
afternoon little Willie and Iw ere at Sunday school. I gave 5 cts
for a school journal. I remained until after class but very few
were present. There was not a female in the room.
29 -- $6.30. Cincinnati Enquirer $2.80. Linseed oil used in painting
our barn $3.75 on coal $4. 30 cts for beef 5 cts for knitting needles.
Republicans had a speaking here tonight. Rained a very little. Eliza
done a big days washing.
Tuesday Sept 30 -- $2.85. Pd $1 for wife a pair of slippers. 20
cts for a package of coffee. Sent $1 to Peck's The day has been
very warm, considering the time of year. Paid 50 cts for a bottle
of cough medicine for Willie. I am well.