Diary of Hiram A. Pratt - September 1888
Note 1 :
The money at the opening of most diary entries indicates the amount
taken in at his barber shop that day.
2: 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 ! Well, ENJOY!!
Sept 1 -- (written on Sunday) Willie and I went to church at 10
1/2. This year I have given $15 to church expences the weather has
nice. Wrote a letter to Eva. Took a good nap this afternoon. I am
2 -- (written Saturday in wrong place) $17.15 - Beef 90 cts
Sugar 1. Eggs 25 nails 25 gas 15. Hull Vapor Stove Co $5.20. Helpmate
Machine Co. 5. $6.05 Linetopeptine 85 cts. Wagon load of MIllet
This report is for Sept. 1 -- a letter from Eva a good one!
3 -- RR TIckets $12.25. Eatabiles 25. Am News Co 5.05. THB Mc
Cain 7.65 B&L $5. Rent 3. Arrived in St. Louis at 7:30 p.m.
Changed car was
in the city 40 minutes and will have to change again tonight at
Eleven months ago today my wife and I were in TH (Terre Haute).
Sept 4 -- Changed cars this a.m. at Mobertz MO at 1:30. Arrived
my brother Tom's at 7:00 a.m. in time for breakfast. Miss C.M. Harron
in from Blakesburg at 5 p.m. was glad to see her. She did not know
first sight. The folks are all well.
Sept 5 -- Stayed last night with Bro Tom and tonight will stay
with brother Ed. Will atttend State Fair on tomorrow. Had a dog
$3. Called on Pop Turpin in South Otterman. I am well. (sure wish
that picture -- assume a dog photo is a derrogotype)
Sept 6 -- Ticket to state fair 5.60. Had Carrie harrow as far as
Knoxville here I met Lottie Hollingworth was with her all day -
pd her fare
1.50. State Fair 1.60 including railroad tickets. Fruit 80 cts.
11:30 - Tooth ache bad.
Sept 7 -- Had a good letter from Eva on my arrival from the fair
yesterday evening. Ticket for Blakesburg 45 cts. Arrived at 12.20.
all well. Bought a piece of bacon for father 1.80. Have been busy
my arrival talking. Weather nice.
Sept 8 -- Stayed last night and tonight with father and mother.
Have seen about all of my old timers. I called on Virginia Verdan
p.m. Wrote to Eva yesterday. She desires that I stay no longer than
Sept 9 -- Took dinner at Ellen Coopers then she went with me to
daughter Mussey's. After returning home father and mother accompanied
Aunt Rhoda's and from there I went home with Eva Miller, daughter
Mary (sic) a cousin of mine.
10 -- Visited the cheese factory and bought 1 1/2 lbs 1.20. Eat
dinner at Al Babb's (?) he married Sarah King a cousin of mine.
at Lawson Carltons an old school mate. Have had a splendid time.
his wife Eva Miller conveyed me to father's afternight (sic).
Sept 11 -- Bon Abegg came in for me this morning. Was at his house
for dinner and supper. Here I met with Nelson Dirby, Cal Smith and
Belles. We were together all day and had a good reunion. Tonight
I am at Mr.
Harrows the guest of his daughter Carrie. (I think this is the Carrie
mentions so often earlier in the year and bought the very expensive
Sept 12 -- Eleven months ago today my dear little woman died in
Terre Haute, Indiana. My heart is sad and tears of grief blind my
of her I write. Took Carrie over to the schoolroom where she is
teach for the winter. Her brother Ottis brought me over to the burg
wagon. Took supper at Charlie Readings and remained until after
10. We had
an interesting time talking of old times in the army and of when
young folks. At father's tonight.
Sept 13 -- Gave mother $10. Was at Aunt Miranda's and Aunt Rhoda's
this forenoon. Left Blakesburg at 7:20 a.m. with father and mother
Ottamawa. Tickets $1.35. Gave Ethel Johnson ? 10 cts. Writing material
cts. 10 cts. Eat supper with Bro Wm. We were at Erb's until 10 o'clock.
14 -- Called on Comrade Lorenzo H. Case have not seen him since
the spring of 1866. Tonight I took Emma Harrow to the Turner Hall
" Skiped out by the lihgt of the moon!" 1.00 Took dinner
with Bro Erd 15 cts
Sept 15-- Tickets yesterday for Ottumwa 1.30 Two iounces of
reptirtine ? $1.50 . I owe my nephew Erd's son 25 cts. Stayed with
Wm. last night and out at the brick yard tonight. Wrot to Eva yesterday.
Have had a big walk with my father. He says he is 78 years old.
16 -- Rained today. DInner at Bro. Ed's Here Comrade Benj. F.
Chisman called to see me and dined with me. We were very intimate
friends during the war. Bro. William took Father and Bro. Ed and
Chisman and I over the river to see South Ottumwa and the purchase
cts. We stayed on the return and called on Comrade Wm. Sylvia an
of the war. Had not seen him since 1865. Chrisman and I took lodging
breakfast at Bro. Wm.s' Restaurant. Met with Comrade Michael's yesterday.
17 -- BF Chisman left for Dudley, Iowa his place of residence at
9:40 a.m. I took dinner at Bro. Ed's. He gave me one of Pinkerton's
Detective books. Took supper at Bro Williams. Bought a pair of James
Shoes. $.00 One lb of nuts 20 cts. 100 cigars 3.20. Father and mother
William and wife, Ed and Emma Harrow and Lib Stewart accompanied
me to the
train upon which I shipped for Indiana. The train left at 9 p.m.
has been a nice affair. I enjoyed myself as well as could be expected
had such a time with my tooth.
Sept 18 -- Arrived in St. Louis at 7 a.m. and in Terre Huate at
p.m. and at home at 5:30 p.m. Found that Willie had not done anything
I had assigned him and gave him a good whipping. He must mind me
or I will
punish him severely. I was with Eva until quite late had a real
with her. We are to be married the 9th of next month. Everybody
to see me. I am feeling well.
Sept 19 -- $28.50 -- Frank Kritz had to turn over to me my share
of the business transacted while I was gone to Iowa. The expenses
Shop including BUilding and Loan was 6.80. W hat I have taken in
today will be counted on the receipts of tomorrow. It was half past
I got in bed last night.
Sept 20 -- $5.45. Broom .30. Lamp chimneys .20. Willie for school
outfit 4. Harry a slate 20 cts. Silk umbrella 3. Two attomisers
(?) .75. Had
a rain this morning. The weather is fair and fine for ret (?) work.
Sept 21- $5.35. Ham 3.80. Sugar 1. Onions .30. Beef .25. 2 chickens
.50 Stamps 25 cts. 3 bot ink .25 NY Tribune 3. John SHanks is papering
room sof our house. Eva was in to see the rooms and is well pleased.
Sept 22 -- $8.55 Mellon .10 cts feed for chickens. 25 Butter .90
Coffe .60. Eggs .30 Vinegar 20 cts. We have had a very pleasant
has not been very brisk. Wrot to Emma Herron. Rec'd letter from
Sept 23 - By 9 o'clock this morning we were on the way to Uncle
Evans had a good visit. At home by sundown. Called on Eva at 7:30.
good time with her. Two more SUndays and then she is mine!
Sept 24 -- $8.10 -- B&L 5. Pears .75. Sugar 1.50. Attended Odd
Fellows meeting last night. Oyster stew .25 Postage on papers 10
.25 Cider .15 Gass .30. Indianapolis Journal 32.05. The weather
fine. I am well.
Sept 25 -- $3.40. Coal oil 20 cts. Stamps 65. Two weeks from
tonight I hope to be in St. Louis with a new wife in the person
McMains. She is 43 past has never been married and weights 163 lbs.
weather continues delightful.
Sept 26 -- $2.60. Sent $1 for Eliza to Free Methodist of Chicago.
One wood bowl 35. Oil 20 cts. Cards for brother William of Ottumwa
Sent them by mail tonight. Painters will not get done whis week
Sept 27 -- $31.50. Three large onions 20 cts. carpet took 5.
Thread 10 cts. AOW $2. Had a nice visit with Eva tonight. Two weeks
today we expect to be at her sisters Almyra's in Missouri. The weather
continues very fine.
28 -- $5.70. 6 yards of goods for hair clots 5.5 2 gal gas .50
Tacks 5 cts bolt & scre 5 c. Two of the six room sof our house
Mrs. Hunt has been arranging things in the rooms. Barber's soap
Weather continues nice. Onions gone.
Sept 29 -- $10.25. Butter .30 Fish .50 Oysters 25 c. Flour 1.30
Crackers .25 Jim Roberts donation 50 cts. Hay 5.50 Roberts was 35
today. Political rallies at SOuth Waveladn by Democrats at Russellville
30 -- I attended the services at the Baptist new church. It was
dedicated tot he servic eof God. The minister was from Terre Haute
very interesting speaker. Was with Eva awhile this p.m.