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Diary of Hiram A. Pratt, Waveland Barber (Standard Diary #31)

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 !

1884 Added Information

These are miscellaneous notes in Pratt's diary at the end which I thought ws interesting

WA Hauger Du (or Dr but pretty sure he wasn't a doctor but was Hiram's apprentice working in his barber shop so think it is Du spelled incorrectly)

Date To cash for all Amount

May 1 - $12.50

May 6 16.60

May 16 3.20

May 29 3.00

June 16 1.50

June 26 2.00

June 30 1.25

July 4 3.00

July 24 1.75

July 25 3.00

Aug 6 3.00

Sept 6 8.10

Sept 8 1.00

Sept 11 5.00

Sept 15 1.00

Sept 18 3.00

Oct 6 4.10

Oct 13 2.00

Oct 21 5.00

Nov 21 5.00

Nov 29 3.75

Dec 1 5.50

Dec 1 1.75

Up the side of these dates and numbers - he notes

"The whole account is paid in full HA Pratt"

Also on a Memoranda page - Billy Hauger's time on the gravel road work - June 19 one day & quit (& quit is obviously written in later as it doesn't even look like Hiram's writing and definitely a darker and different pen - funny)

I'm not going to type all his Cash Accounts as it's basically all he said in his diary entries for the year 1884 but will here give the months totals

Month Received Paid

January 153.25 132.79

February 134.30 112.02

March 161.20 91.11

April 122.65 112.98

May 125.60 100.19

June 126.85 94.38

July 149.35 121.63

August 252.18 129.42

September 123.45 203.90

October 136.40 132.96

November 204.15 162.06

December 139.05 111.77

Grand Total 1828.43 1508.23

**There were only TWO addresses listed in the back of his book

BF Pratt

114 E. Second St

Ottumwa Iowa

Phoenix Life Ins Co

Ottumwa Iowa (no street address)


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