DIARY of CONRAD BENDER

Transcribed and contributed by Bill Bender

From diaries in possession of Dennis Milroy

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C. Bender - 1872 Diary

[Written in the vicinities of Manhattan, and Wallingford in Will County; and New Bedford in Bureau County, Illinois.]

Jan. 1 - Was invited to stop at Mr. Losh's to a wedding of Maggy's but declined. Went to Geo. Eibs. Good dinner, then went to Joliet. Stayed over night at Jno. Addisons. This New Year's day was a very bountiful day. Weather very mild. "May God make us Mild in temper and Kindhearted and truthful."

Jan. 2 - At 11 AM went to Mr. Robert Mapps where I stayed over night. Weather was misting all day.

Jan. 3 - This morning I went to Joliet on business. Bot this diary for 65 cts. Came back, called at Mr. Nobles. Over night at Mr. Ostranders. Weather misty all day. At night it snowed a little.

Jan. 4 - Beginning of Union Protracted Meeting. To Mr. J. Simmons, found no one at home. Went to S. Prices. Dined and over night at C. Stewards. At evening helped service in Union School house. Weather very fair, roads good. Text: St. Luke 15 11@12.

Jan. 5 - Went to Mr. Spauldings on a visit. Was not satisfied on account of the irregularity of discipline in the family. Over night at Jno. Greenwoods. Weather fair. Text: St. Luke 15 13 to 18 verse.

Jan. 6 - Wesley Bower sent to Mr. Loshe for my clothes. Dined there then went to Joliet. Over night at Jno. Greenwoods. Preached at School house. Weather cloudy. Text: Parable of Prodigal Son, 3rd part.

Jan. 7 - Manhattan at 10 ½. Dined at J. Reeves. Wallingford Sunday School at 2 ½ PM. Went to P. O. got letters from Mrs. B. [mother], Geo. Baye, Rev. Talbot, St. Rogers @ J. H. Young. Over night at Jos. Rusons. First Text: St. Luke 15 12, 12; 2nd II Sam. 6 20.

Jan. 8 - In this morning I took Mrs. Jos. Ruson to Joliet to Court. Sent letter to Mrs. Bender. Went to Geo. Greenwood. Dined and stayed over night. Weather very fair. Text: 3rd part of prodigal. "God's Holy Spirit was with me to bless me in the work of consecration to more ardent work. God help me to carry out these resolutions."

Jan. 9 - Stayed here until 2 PM, then went to Bro. Nobles. Sister Noble is very sick with a growing abscess in her side. At evening preached at School house. Over night at Mr. Frank Kamers. Weather fair. Text: St. Luke 10. 19, RC

Jan. 10 - Went to Jno. Greenwoods. Then W L. Bower and I went to Widow Simmons. Dined there then went to Widow Nice. Over night at S. Jno. Prices. At evening preached at S. H. Over night at. Text: Romans. "Let not sin therefore remain in your Mortal body."

Jan. 11 - Stayed all day at A. Sewards. Weather very fair. Text: Jer. 17. 9

Jan. 12 - In Co. with Jno. Greenwood at Joliet in PM. Weather very fair. Roads muddy. At evening preached at S. H. Over night at Jno. Greenwoods. Text: 2 Cor. 7. 10.

Jan. 13 - Dined at Bro. Nobles. Over night at Jno. Greenwoods. Closed our protracted meeting at Union. The members at this place did not work well. They were faithless. Lord pity them.

Jan. 14 - Preached at Union at 10 ½ AM. Dined at Greenwoods. Preached at Providence Ridge. Supped at P. Reeves. Preached at Troutmans Grove at evening. Then in Co. with W. L. Bower, Joliet. At 12 I took train for La Salle. Weather very fair. First Text: 122 Ps 1 ver.; 2nd Hebrews 4. 16; 3 Acts 4. 12.

Jan. 15 - Arrived at La Salle at 3 AM. Took breakfast at Restaurant. And at 10.55 took train to Freeport Supped at J. F. Kleckners. At 6 PM took train for Davis. At 8 PM arrived at Mother Riches. Weather cold and blustering.

Jan. 16 - This PM Wife & I went to C. T. Kleckners. Stayed over night. Weather very fair. Sledding good.

Jan. 17 - Went back again to Mother Riche's. Weather fair again.

Jan. 18 - At 12 ½ we Started on train from Davis to Freeport. At 4.55 we started for LaSalle where we stayed for about 5 hours. Weather fair.

Jan. 19 - Arrived at Joliet at 5 AM. Breakfasted at R. L. Sewards. Dined at Mr. Losh. Arrived at our home in Wallingford at 4 PM. Weather began to Snow this morning.

Jan. 20 - At home all day. Weather very fair.

Jan. 21 - With Jos. Ruson went to Manhattan. Preached there. Weather cold. Held S. S. at Wallingford and preached at 3 PM. At evening attended German Meeting Rev. Hummel preached.

Jan. 22 - Went to Wilton. Center for flour, Rice, and Kerosene. Weather very cold.

Jan. 23 - Went to Wm. Peppers for butter. Called at S. Rusons. Weather very cold.

Jan. 24 - At home all day. Weather cold.

Jan. 25 - Sent for Bishop Dickson. He could not come on account of Business in Chicago. I talked to the people at evening. Weather cold.

Jan. 26 - Sent W. L. Bower to Ellwood for Bishop Dickson.

Jan. 27 - Went to Rev. Grams, Geo. Evans and Jas. Waters. Waters is very sick with fever sores. Weather fair.

Jan. 28 - Started with J. K. Rutherford to Providence Ridge to hear Bishop Dickson. Got as far as the S. Rutherfords, then returned on account of weather being so very cold and blustering.

Jan. 29 - At home all day. Weather very cold.

Jan. 30 - At home all day. Weather becoming more moderate, yet quite cold.

Jan. 31 - Went to Troutmans Grove on foot. Dinner at H. Kazzebaums. W. L. Bower had change 4 my hand. He had gone away to Union, hence I went on on foot. Called at P. Reeves. Over night at Ed Kinks. Weather cold but fair.

Feb. 1 - Called at Wm. Morris at Mr. Waters. Dined at A. Eibs. Supped at Mother Hemphills. Preached at School house at evening. Over night at A. Eibs. Weather quite fair. Text: St. John 3. 6.

Feb. 2 - In Co. with W. L. Bower went to Jas. Ralphs, to Mr. Drouts, to Bro. Walkins, to Geo. Eibs. At evening I preached at S. H. Over night at Geo. Eibs. Weather fair. Text: SA 1. 11.12

Feb. 3 - Went home via Ellwood. Visited pap Waters who is quite sick of Fever sores. Weather fair.

Feb. 4 - In Co. with J. K. Rutherford went to Manhattan. No preaching. Dined at Jerome Reeves. Held S. S. at Wallingford and preached at 3. At evening attended prayer meeting. Weather - snowed nearly all day. Text: 1st Peter 3. 15.

Feb. 5 - At home all day. Snowed all day.

Feb. 6 - Weather more fair. To Wilton Center. At home Studing.

Feb. 7 - At home all day. Weather cold.

Feb. 8 - At home all day. Weather cold but otherwise pleasant. The stove pipe being out of order we held no prayer meeting at S. H.

Feb. 9 - Went to Jas. Brisons got my horses shod. Got plaster for my back, went home. Weather tolerably fair.

Feb. 10 - Elder J. W. Burd held Q. M. at Wallingford. Small attendance. He preached at evening to a small congregation. Weather fair.

Feb. 11 - Love feast at 10 AM by bro. Loomas. Preaching by Elder at 4 PM. collection $15.30. Sacrament at 12 ½. Children's Meeting at 3 PM. Addressed by Autus Loomas and J. W. Burd. Preaching at evening by the Elder. Weather warm, snow melting.

Feb. 12 - Revs. J. W. Burd, Autus Loomas, J. K. Rutherford and Myself went to Rev. S. Graves on a visit. Weather warm, snow melting fast. We Held Service in School house.

Feb. 13 - All day at home. This was the Stormiest day I ever saw. Wind from the west.

Feb. 14 - All day at home. Held service in S. House. Weather cold.

Feb. 15 - Went to W. Center in the morning. Paid taxes, Held service in Schoolhouse at evening. E. Robins were here on visit.

Feb. 16 - At home all day. Service in School house in evening. T. White was here on a visit.

Feb. 17 - Visited at Chas. Grahams. Service in schoolhouse at evening.

Feb. 18 - Preached at Manhattan at 10 ½. Held S. S. and preached at Wallingford in PM. Weather fair. At evening Rev. J. K. Rutherford preached. Both Texts: Eph. 33. 11.

Feb. 19 - At home all day. At evening I preached at S. H. Weather fair. Text: St Luke 19. 1to10.

Feb. 20 - Visited Jas. Waters who is quite sick with fever Sores. At evening held service at S. H. Weather rained and snowed.

Feb. 21 - Went to Joliet with W. L. Bower. Bot Sugar, Soap, Flour, Meal, Salaratus, Starch, Envelopes, Solder. Weather fair.

Feb. 22 - Visited at Jas. Rusuns. Held prayer Meeting at S. House.

Feb. 23 - At 3 ½ went to Manhattan to Rev. Smiths Tea Meeting. Called and took Supper at Mrs. Cockel. Weather fair.

Feb. 24 - At home all day. Weather squally. Our Lulu is Sick with cold.

Feb. 25 - Went to Union S. House. Preached. Dined at Little H. Kasselbaum. Preached at Chapel. Over night at H. Kasselbaums, Sr. Text: St. Luke 19. 1 to 10 vrs.; 2nd Amos 6. 1

Feb. 26 - To Joliet. Bot things amounting to $.40. Went home. Weather fair.

Feb. 27 - Went to Center. Bot Lamp burner and Tea, 90 cts.

Feb. 28 - Began to stain and varnish our furniture. Took Wife to Mr. Graham. Weather fair.

Feb. 29 - Continued stain and varnishing. Attended prayer Meeting at evening. Weather fair.

Mar. 1 -At home until 4 PM. Then Went Manhattan to Tea Meeting for Me. A good Many were present. A good time was had. $32.00 were collected. Over night at Jerome Reeves. Weather fair.

Mar. 2 - Went to Aaron Greenwoods. Stayed over night. Weather fair.

Mar. 3 - At Manhattan at 10 ½. Wallingford 3 PM. S. S. at 2 PM. Prayer Meeting evening. Weather Snowy. At home over night. 1 Pet. 3. 15; 1 Tim. 4. 8.

Mar. 4 - At home all day. Except the going to Bro. Waters and Pap Graves in PM.

Mar. 5 - At evening went to Thomas Whites. Stayed over night. Weather fair

Mar. 6 - Visited at Thomas Whites and Mr. Breretons. Supped at Breretons. Weather fair.

Mar. 7 - Went to W. Center in AM. A. Graves had a stone frolic. I helped a little. Weather stormed

Mar. 8 - At home all day. Weather Stormy with rain and Snow.

Mar. 9 - At 2 PM went Union Appointment. Over night at C. Sewards. Weather fair but cold. Roads good.

Mar. 10 - Preached at Union at 10 ½ AM. Dined at Sewards. Preached at Providence Ridge at 3 PM. Supped at P. Reeves. Talked w. a few at Troutmans Grove. Over night at Geo. Eiby. Weather fair. W. H. Graves was with me. First text: Romans 15.1; 2nd: Luke 11 [21], "Why A Strong man keepeth his place, etc. etc." 3rd Hymn "A Charge to Keep, I have".

Mar. 11 - Went to Joliet in PM. Bot PO order for 13.20. Sent for Telescopes for Jos. Ruson, C. Seward, Geo. Evans, W. H. Grave. Also for A. Forest Samuels, 2, Masonel Muroon, 1 Biblical Reason Why, Man on Resurrection. Bot Felt Skirt, Corset, 1 ¼ yds. Water proof, Spool black Silk, 1 Spool Thread, ½ yd. Thomas Satin, Writing paper, Rubber cont Hair pins, Buttons 3 dozs., Pocket Handkerchiefs 3. Total cost $7.89. 1 Pr. Rubber, 1 pr. Gaiters. Total cost $3.25. Wap. Cheese, Raisins .70. Candy, Republetter, Fur trimming, Spring Steel $12.40 - Total for all $15.64. My Book = 1.40. Over night at home. Weather some Snowy.

Mar. 12 - Jacob Kerstine put a new leaf in my front buggy spring. Bot at W. Center Kerosene and Vacum oil Total .90. Weather fair.

Mar. 13 - At home all day. Weather fair.

Mar. 14 - At home studied. Weather Springlike

Mar. 15 - At home all day.

Mar. 16 - Went to W. Center. Bot ¼ bbl flour 2.00; Vinegar .20; Sugar 1.00; Tea ½ lb .40; - Total $3.90. Weather fair.

Mar. 17 - Manhattan in the AM 10 ½. Wallingford 3 PM. Prayer Meeting at evening. Weather fair. Both Texts: Romans 5. 1st.

Mar. 18 - At home all day. Weather fair.

Mar. 19 - Went to W. Center. Bot Lamp Chimneys 2 .20. R of u for natter .40. Visited Father Graves. Wife, family and I.

Mar. 20 - At home all day. Studied. Weather fair but cold.

Mar. 21 - Wife and I visited at Mr. Wm. Pepper. Weather pleasant.

Mar. 22 - Visited Geo. Evans. Wife and I. Weather blustering.

Mar. 23- At home all day. Weather blustering cold and windy.

Mar. 24 - J. K. Rutherford and I went to Union. Dined at Jno. Greenwoods. Supped at H. Kasselbaums. Over night at Amos Eibs. Weather fair. Rain during the Sunday night. J. K. Rutherford did all the preaching. Weather fair. Over night at A. Eibs.

Mar. 25 - In PM went to Joliet. Bot 3 Handkerchiefs 30 cts; Collars 25 cts; Ex Charges on books 50 cts; Broom 35 cts; Lemons 100 cts; Watch Spring 125 cts; Mending Shoes 25 cts; - $3.90. Dined at Eibs. Over night at Widow Hemphills. Preached at School house at evening. Text: Luke 10. 42.

Mar. 26 - Visited at Jas. Ralph, Jas. Bridge. Dined here. Visited Jas. Milligan. Sent for Telescope for him. Over night at Geo. Eibs. J. K. Rutherford preached. Weather very fair.

Mar. 27 - Called at Widow Hemphills - at Jno. Hibneys. At Elwood Sent 6 dollars in Reg. letter to Dayton, O. Bot Lamp Chimney 10. Registering letter 15. Dined at P. Reeves. Weather fair. Sent for Religious Telescope for Jos. Milligan. Not paid.

Mar. 28 - At home Studing. Weather cold. Prayer meeting at evening.

Mar. 29 - At evening went to D. Srunks, Wife and I. Weather cold.

Mar. 30 - All day at home. Weather rainy and blustering all day.

Mar. 31 - Went to Manhattan in AM. Weather bad. Roads Muddy. No Services all day except Bible class at Wallingford.

Apr. 1 - At home. Weather cold. Roads bad.

Apr. 2 - A. H. Chandler brot A. Loomas to our place and returned. Weather cold.

Apr. 3 - A. Loomas and I went to Peotone. Dined and Supped at J. Dennis. Weather cold and windy.

Apr. 4 - Went to seek after wood at Geo. Evanses found none. Attended prayer Meeting at evening. Weather fair.

Apr. 5 - A. Loomas and I went to E. Robins for beans to Willow Center and called at father Graves. Weather fair.

Apr. 6 - We went to Joliet. Dined at R. L. Sewards. Called at bro. McCollams. Weather began rain at about 9 AM and continued nearly all day. Rec'd books for Ex. 35 cts. Fine Muslin 30 cts.

Apr. 7 - Preached at Union at 10 ½ AM. Dined at C. Sewards. Preached at Ridge Church at 2 PM. Supped at Mr. Loshs. A. Loomas preached at evening for me at Troutmans Grove. Over night at Widow Hemphills. Weather fair. Sent $1.60 to Rockford for Golden censer for R. Holms. He pays my Bible money

Apr. 8 - Visited Jas. Ralph, Jos. Milligan, widow Newman and Stopped over night at Jas. Bridge Weather began to rain at 4 PM. Sale of Hy Books - ??? not p- 65 / Nancy Hemphill 65 / Mr. Crouse 65 / Widow Huber not p 65 / Miss Kirk not p 65 / Jas. Ralph not p 65. $4.00.

Apr. 9 - Went to Jos. Rodricks. Thence to Wilmington. Then I went home. A. Loomas left me at Star. Grove to take train for his home in Lee Co. Weather windy and cold.

Apr. 10- All day at home. Studied and made garden. Phenominon this evening. A bright cloudy streak stretched from east to west through the heavens.

Apr. 11 - Made Garden and Studied. Prayer Meeting at evening. Weather windy but Spring like.

Apr. 12 - At home. Made some Garden. Weather very windy.

Apr. 13 - At home except going to PO. Weather windy. Not very cold.

Apr. 14 - To Manhattan, held service at 10 ½ AM. Dined at R. McFarland. Wallingford at 3 PM. Family and I went to see Peotone to hold service but weather would not permit at evening. During the day weather was pretty. Over night at John Dunns. First Text and Second: St. Luke 23. 42&43.

Apr. 15 - Returned home in AM. Weather rained in AM. But in PM we received a terrible Snow Storm. About 2 or 3 inches fell, wind from north east.

Apr. 16 - This morning went to T. Whites for Corn. One bushel / Butter. Studied. Weather fair, a heavy frost this morning.

Apr. 17 - At home until noon. Then went to father Graves. Weather misty.

Apr. 18 - At home all day. Attended prayer Meeting at evening. Weather rained and Misty in the morning.

Apr. 19 - Cultivated my orchard preparatory to sowing … in oats and timothy seed. Bot Wood of Mr. Thayer. 4 trees $1.50. Chopped some wood in PM. Weather fair.

Apr. 20 - At home all day. Studied in Josephus. Weather fair.

Apr. 21 - Preached at Providence Ridge. Dined at Henry Kasselbaum, Sr. Preached at Troutmans Grove at evening. Weather rained until 10 AM. After that it was cold and stormy. Over night at A. Eibs. First Text: Math 18. 22; Second: Luke 23. 42, 43.

Apr. 22 - Went to Elwood, got shoes mended. Bot flour 195 / Shoes 50 / Tea 60. Went home. Weather fair.

Apr. 23 - At home all day. Chopped wood. Weather windy.

Apr. 24 - In Co. with Father Graves went to W. L. McFarlands and M. Richel. Weather cold and windy.

Apr. 25 - Jos. Ruson plowed our garden. I dragged and sowed Oats and Timothy seed, also hauled up my wood from N. Thayer. Weather fair.

Apr. 26 - Went to Union. Wife and Children accompanied me. Dined at Sewards then went to Joliet for Rev. J. W. Burd. He had not come. Returned to C. Sewards and stayed over night. Weather fair. Held Service in S. H. at evening.

Apr. 27 - 3 Q. M. In the Co. with C. Seward and Ella went again to Joliet for J. W. Burd. Found him not yet he was there. Returned. At evening went to Mr. Greenwoods. Weather began to rain at 10 am and lasted nearly all day. No Q. M. on account of bad weather.

Apr. 28 - Held Service in H. at 10 and 11 AM and at evening. Sunday School Meeting at evening. Weather fair. Roads Muddy.

Apr. 29 - Wife and I went home. Weather fair.

Apr. 30 - l Planted Potatoes and Corn. Weather cool. Heavy rain during the night.

May 1 - Went to R. Holmes to get some hay but postponed on account of bad roads. Weather tolerably fair.

May 2 - Borrowed S. Rutherfords Wagon and hauled one load of stone from A. Graves and hauled ½ ton of hay from R. Holmes. Weather fair. Elder Burd came. At evening attended prayer Meeting.

May 3 - Took Elder to Rock Creek. Dined at Rev. Chandlers. Home via W. Center. Had Buggy Tongue cut off before and fixed by J. Kirstine,. Bot clothes pins and a paper of pins. Weather fair.

May 4 - At home all day. Weather fair. Planted in garden.

May 5 - Preached and organized S. S. at Union. Dined at H. Kasselbaum, Jr. Preached and organized S. S. at Providence Ridge. Also at Troutman Grove. Supped at P. Reeves. Over night at A. Eibs. Weather warm. First Text: Deut. 6. 6,7; Second: Ditto; 3: 6 verses of chap. 2nd. Rec'd 15.60 - 8.60 from Ridge, 7.00 from Troutmans Grove.

May 6 - Went to Wilmington. Bot Pump pipe (24x6) 1.44; Dress 2.88; Lemmon 50; Wap [?] 20; Cheese 40; Shote[?] 15; Paint 25; Sugar 100; Nails 10. Sold to E. Harsh - Lard 75. Went home. Got Billy horse shod 40 cts.

May 7 - Visited father Graves in the morning. In PM went to Peotone for brandy for him. Bot I pt varnish 30 cts. Weather fair. Rec'd Mr. Char. Clemmons - Tea, pot and dipper- 88. Got for dinner 35.

May 8 - Helped Jos. Ruson haul his Manure. Took corn home from Grahams. Weather fair. Rec'd 2 bags corn of J. K. Rutherford.

May 9 - Cleaned and painted my buggy. Weather fair. Bot at W. Center Brush 20; Oil 15.

May 10 - Worked in garden. Set out hedge. Paid M. Shults $1.35 for black Smithing. Weather rained some during day and night.

May 11 - Walked to Father Graves in PM. Weather fair.

May 12 - Taught S. S. and preached at Manhattan in AM. Wallingford at 3. Peotone at evening. Weather very fair. Over night at L. McFarlands. First Text: Ex 32; 2nd: Deut. 6. 627; 3: Deut 6. 6 verse.

May 13 - Got 5 bushels of Oats of L. McCracken. Went home. Helped W. L. Brown to fix pump. Took him to his working place. Painted my buggy for 2nd time. Weather fair.

May 14 - Helped Jas. Ruson Plant corn all day. Dropped for him. Weather rained a little at evening.

May 15 - Varnished my buggy in PM. Weather rained in AM.

May 16 - Helped Jas. Ruson plant corn all day. Weather very fair. Rec'd $5.00 of T. White.

May 17 - Assisted Jas. Ruson in finishing his corn. Varnished my buggy in PM. Weather tolerably fair.

May 18 - In Co. with Rev. J. K. Rutherford went to Union School house to hold an official Meeting but they would not meet in time. Such work will not work well in the day of Account. The Lord have Mercy on all of us and Save us from Such works. At this place (Union) some are terribly dissatisfied with my preaching. It is too pointed and not polished enough. Over night at H. Kasselbaums. Weather fair.

May 19 - Went to H. Kasselbaums Sr. team. Held love feast at 10 ½. Rev. J. K. Rutherford preached. After which I administered the holy Sacrament to a large company of believers. Dined at L. Browns. Went to P. Ridge where Rev. Hershey preached to us all at 3 PM. Paid him 50 cts. Took Supper at P. Reeves. Preached at Troutmans Grove at evening. Weather cool and Squally in PM. Over night at E. Kirks. Text Troutmans Grove: Nah. 17.

May 20 - In Co. with E. Kirk went to Joliet. Sent letters to M. L. Rickel and Sent for Religious Telescope 1 00. Bot Slippers for Wife 1 25; Hose Denims - Silk, White 1 15; Sugar - Tea - 1 63. Was apprised of the death of Evan Rutherford. Dined at.

May 21 - At home all day. Was sick with lame back. I could not assist at the funeral of Evan Rutherford. Rev. Groten did the work. Weather fair.

May 22 - At home all day. Weather fair.

May 23 - Fetched my ponies from Geo. Evans pasture. Got My Nelly shod on front feet. Weather tolerably fair but had rained constant during previous evening.

May 25 - At home all day. Studied. Weather fair. Health some better.

May 25 - In PM Wife and [I] went to W. Center. Called on Dr Mills. Weather fair. Bot Flour 2.15; Vinegar .25 - 2.40.

May 26 - Went to Manhattan. Taught S. S. class. Preached at 10 ½. Dined at Jerome Reeves. Services at Wallingford at 3 PM to a large Audience. Prayer Meeting at evening. Weather fair. First Text: Deut. 6. 67; 2nd: Malachy 3 14.

May 27 - Went to C. Seward where I left my horses & buggy, went to Joliet. Bot scrapbook 6; Dinner at Rock Js 40; Ticket to La Salle 1 15; Apples 5; Ticket to Polo 1 20. Stopped at Amboy at A. A. Phillips who induced me to tarry over night and take a 7 AM on Tuesday. Took lunch at Bakery Amboy 10. Weather very windy but clear.

May 28 - This morning we went to depot but found to our astonishment that the 7 AM freight was discontinued. Stayed until 1 PM then went to Haldane. Attended Association. Boarded at Bro. Smiths. A very nice place. At evening we were treated to a very Spirited discourse by Rev. J. W. Groman. Weather fair.

May 29 - Dined this day at Mr. Kupps in Co. with S. S. Richards. At evening we supped at Rev. T. F. Hallowells. At 2 ½ we started for home on the 2.30 train. Arrived at Joliet at 5 AM. Weather rained some.

May 30 - Took breakfast at C. Sewards. Then went home. Weather fair. Plowed my garden this PM.

May 31 - At home all day. Worked in my garden. Weather fair.

June 1 - At home all day. Weather fair.

June 2 - Went to Union. Taught S. S. Class. Preached at 10 ½ AM. Dined at H. Kasselbaums Jr. Preached at Troutmans Grove at 5 PM. Over night at Mr. Lochs. First Text: Ps 137. 5,6; 2nd: Mal 3. 14; 3: ditto. Weather fair.

June 3 - Went home via Ellwood. Bot Fish, Twine, Dried peaches, Toweling, Paper Collars, Tea. Total cost $4.00. Went home. Dined at Jos. Ruson. Weather rain in the morning.

June 4 - Chopped wood nearly all day. Weather fair.

June 5 - Wife & I went to Peotone. Dined at J. Dennis. We bot to the Amt. of 4 00. Weather fair.

June 6 - At home all day. Studied. Weather fair.

June 7 - At home. Studied. Weather fair.

June 8 - At home all day. Except at evening went to P. O.

June 9 - Manhattan S. S. and preached at 10 ½ AM. Wallingford at 3. Went to Ruik Creek where Rev. H. Wunsy preached a good sermon. We stayed over night at Geo. Harshs. Weather fair. First Text: Mal. 3. 14; 2nd: Pharisee & Publican.

June 10 - Went home. Bot at W. Center garden seed. Weather fair. Plowed my corn and potatoes in PM and hauled 3 loads of wood.

June 11 - Hauled my wood or finished hauling. Then went to see A. Moore. J. Dennis & wife called here. Weather fair

June 12 - Went to Manhattan where the Rev. Priest Dewolf joined in holy matrimony Mr. Cagwin and Miss E. Craft. Called at J. Reeves. Weather fair. Visited S. Ruson. Supped there.

June 13 - At home all day. Weather fair.

June 14 - Helped J. K. Rutherford hoe corn all day. Weather fair.

June 15 - At home all day. Weather fair.

June 16 - Family and I went to Union. Preached at 11 AM. Dined at C. Sewards. Preached at P. Ridge at 2 PM and at Troutmans Grove at 5 PM. Over night at H. Kasselbaums. Weather fair. First Text: Mal 3. 14; 2nd: Hebrews 6. 1@2; 3: Luke 18. Narrative of Pharisee and Publican. Got $8.00 of P. Reeves

June 17 - Visited Mr. N. Spangler. Called at Mr. Losh. Supped there. Over night at P. Reeves. Weather fair.

June 18 - To Joliet. Bot Suspenders, Coat, Vest and Pants for $9.00. Sugar 1 00 / Tea 62 / [?] 35. Dined at Jno. Palmers. Went home in PM. Weather fair.

June 19 Hauled a load of Cobs from Mr. Wm. Peppers. Then helped J. K. Rutherford hoe corn. Got sick at evening. Went home. Weather very warm. Hottest day this year.

June 20 - At home. Picked goose berries and studied. Weather rained at 5 PM. The heaviest rain and thunder shower of the season.

June 21 - All day at home. Worked some in the garden. Roads muddy.

June 22 - At home all day. Weather fair. Did go to father Graves home.

June 23 - Taught S. S. Class at Manhattan and Preached at 11 AM. Dined at J. Reeves. Preached at Wallingford at 3. J. W. Bronger at 41/2 PM. Attended prayer meeting at evening. Weather fair. First Text: St. Luke 11, Satan's Palace. 2nd: Hebrews 2. 3.

June 24 - Helped J. K. Rutherford hoe corn all day. Weather warm.

June 25 - In PM went to father Graves who had my Team to Peotone. Wife and I picked goose berries and cherries. At evening attended at meeting at Wallingford on 4 the July business. Was chosen secretary. Weather fair.

June 26 - Went to Wilton Center. Called at Jno. Crawfords, also at Rev. Graves. Went to T. Whites. Weather fair.

June 27 - Went to Rev. W. J. Chandlers over night. Weather squally.

June 28 - Rev. A. H. Chandler and I went to Chicago. Took train at Manteno. Attended Anti Secret Platform Political Association in Free Methodist Church on Morgan Street. Morgan Street Bishop Edwards presided. We lunched in the church at noon. Rode on street cars twice during the day. Tickets 2$ there and back. Street cars. Tavern wanted 50 cts. Coffee 2 cts. Weather fair. Over night at Chandlers.

June 29 - Went home. Weather fair. Rec'd letter from S. Mills, Westfield College in regard to J. Brown. Answered it.

June 30 - Went to Union. Attended Bible Class. Preached at 10 AM. Dined at Jno. Greenwoods. Preached at P. Ridge at 2 ½. Then went home, our Charley being quite sick. Returned at evening. Weather fair. First Text: Hebrews 2. 3. 2nd: Hebrews 4. 9

July 1 - Sent letter to S. Mills and to ___. Worked in the garden. Weather fair. Went to Thos. Whites who gave flour, 1 sack, butter $2.80. Our Charley is very sick with Measles.

July 2 - At home all day. Hoed corn for Jos. Ruson ½ day at P. Rusons. Weather very warm. Rained at evening.

July 3 - Worked all day in corn field for Jos. Rusons. Weather fair.

July 4 - Celebration in 12 Mile Grove by Sunday School. I was chosen a speaker for Manhattan. A good time was had. Weather very fair. Attended prayer meeting at evening.

July 5 - Took two pigs from Thos. White to Father Graves. Worked for Jos. Ruson in afternoon. Weather fair.

July 6 - Worked in hay all day for Jos. Ruson. Weather fair.

July 7 - Taught Sunday School Bible Class and preached at Manhattan in AM. Preached at Wallingford at 3 PM. Weather fair.

July 8 - Made hay for Jos. Ruson all day. Weather fair.

July 9 - All day at Jos. Rusons. Weather fair.

July 10 - All day at Jos. Rusons. Weather fair.

July 11 - All day at Jos. Rusons. Hauled hay for me, two loads. Weather rained in afternoon.

July 12 - Worked all day in hay at Jos. Rusons. Weather very warm. Ground drying. Wife & Mrs. Jos. Ruson went to Peotone. Bot ladies hat 50 / Gingham 24 / Bonnet stuff 20.

July 13 - Worked all day in haying for Jos. Ruson. Weather very warm.

July 14 - Rev. J. K. Rutherford & I went to Union. Preached at 11 AM. Dined at C. Sewards. Preached at p. Ridge at 2 ½ PM. Rev. Rutherford preached at Troutman Grove at 5 PM. Supped at P. Reeves. Then went home. Weather very warm. First Text: Hebrews 6. 1&2. 2nd: Hebrews 2. 3.

July 15 - Worked in cutting Grass for Jos. Ruson all day. Weather fair.

July 16 - Went to W. Center. Bot of Harvey - Sugar and Tea. Hoed my hedge. Weather fair. Rain during Monday night.

July 17 - All day at home. Weather rained in PM.

July 18 - At home until noon. Then went to Jos. Ruson and worked in hay all PM. Weather fair.

July 19 - Worked all day for Jos. Ruson in haying. Weather fair. Wife bot at W. Center 1 gallon of kerosene 1 00.

July 20 - Worked at Jos. Rusons all day. Weather began to rain at 5 pm, a big Storm passed over us. The heaviest rain of the Season or for the space of 3 years in this section. W. H. Chandler and wife were here over night.

July 21 - Went to Rock Creek. Taught S. S. Class and preached at 10 ½ AM. Dined at Father Disllans. Preached across the creek at 2 ½ PM. Supped at Father Cartrights. Then went home via Hekes grove. Weather very fair.

July 22 - Picked cherries at S. Rusons in AM, in PM mowed my Oats in orchard. Weather began to rain at 3 PM. Bot Soap at W. Center, 20 cts.

July 23 - At home all day. Weather rained.

July 24 - Went to Providence Ridge. Preached personal sermon for E. Shafners child, John Elial. Died July 23, 1872, aged 3 ys, 5 months and _ days. Lunch at Rev. Mr. Luts. Took supper at McFarlands. Went home. Weather fair.

July 25 - Picked Cherries at Rusons in PM. Weather rained. Some in Squalls during the day.

July 26 - Wife & I went to Wm. Millers. Dined and over night. Went to Joliet to meet J. W. Burd on the train but did not come this day. Weather very fair.

July 27 - 4th QM Visited at H. Kasselbaum, Jr. Also at Mr. Loshs. Jim Mulanny is quite sick. Rev. Burd preached at 2 ½ PM at Mt. Providence Church. Held no conference on account of the members not being present. A slight service at evening. Weather fair. Took supper and over night at P. Reeves.

July 28 - Love feast at 9 AM. Preaching at 11 ½ by Elder. Collection. Communion at 12 M. Dinned at J. Nears. Sunday school meeting at 3 PM. Then took Elder to Joliet. I returned to C. Sewards where we stayed over night. Weather fair.

July 29 - We went to Joliet. Bot some Dry good 14 40 / Groceries 1 52. Dined at Bro. McCollam. Picked Cherries at E. Shefners. Went home. Weather fair.

July 30 - Bound Oats for Jos. Ruson until noon. Weather rained in PM.

July 31 - All day at home. Worked in garden. Weather tolerably fair.

Aug. 1 - Bound oats for Jos. Ruson all day. Weather fair.

Aug. 2 - Bound oats for Jos. Ruson all day. Weather fair.

Aug. 3 - Stacked oats at Jos. Ruson all day. Weather fair.

Aug. 4 - Preached at Manhattan Center at 10 ½. Dined at Jerome Reeves. At Wallingford at 3 PM. Prayer Meeting at evening. Weather fair. Text at Both places: Acts 2. 32.

Aug. 5 - All day at Jos. Rusons. Weather fair.

Aug. 6 - All day at Jos. Rusons. Weather fair.

Aug. 7 - Went to Rock Creek. Dined at W. H. Chandlers. Went to Peotone with J. W. Burd who preached at this place in M. E. Church this evening. Weather fair. Paid for repair of Wife's bonnet $1.50. Bot vinegar 80. Over night at L. McFarlands

Aug. 8 - Went home. Dined at T. Whites. Fetched plow and things at Jos. Rusons. Rec'd for cabbage 25 cts. Paid for flour $2.70. Weather fair.

Aug. 9 - Went to Geo. Evans. Then to Wilton Center and home. Weather rained some in PM.

Aug. 10 - At noon Elder and I went to Manhattan and held QM. Supped at J. Reeves. Then went home. Rec'd letter from C. T. Kleckner. Weather fair.

Aug. 11 - Wife & I went to Appointment. Preached at Union School house at 10 ½. Dined at Wm. Butlers. No service at Church on account of key being gone. Service at Troutmans Grove at 5 PM. Over night at A. Eibs. Weather fair.

Aug. 12 - Visited Mother Hemphill who is sick with dropsy and palsy. Called at Milligans. Dined at Jas. Bridges. Bot at Ellwood - Tea, ½ lb 45 / Drapes[?] 1 00.

Aug. 13 - At home all day. Weather fair.

Aug. 14 - At home all day. Studied some. Weather warm. W. H. Chandler, wife and Mother came here and Stayed over night.

Aug. 15 - All of us went to Joliet to visit Penitentiary. Had a very pleasant time. Cost 25 cts apiece. Bot - Pants, Vest & Hat of Stearns, the total $16.50 / Summer Shaw 3.50 / Prison 50. Dined at Wm Milles. Weather very fair.

Aug. 16 - At home all day. Weather fair. At evening went to see Mr. Sanborn at L. Robins. Visited Mr. Slayton, Mrs. Slayton is very sick.

Aug. 17 - At home all day. Weather fair. Rained during night. .

Aug. 18 - Manhattan at 10 ½. Wallingford at 3 PM. At evening Prayer Meeting. After which J. W. Burroughs tried to preach on what the Prophets taught concerning the destiny of the wicked after death and the resurrection. First Text: 15 Ps. 2nd: Acts 3. Repentance. Weather rained in morning.

Aug. 19 - At home until noon then went to W. Center, then to Mr. Grahams. Weather rained in morning. Our Charley was very sick during the night. Bot at Center on credit - 3 bars Soap / 5 ch Borax / 2 doz Shirt buttons.

Aug. 20 - Went to Mr. Wm. Grahams in the morning. To Evanses at evening who gave us two Chickens. Merlia helped us since Monday noon. Weather very warm.

Aug. 21 - At 2 ½ started for La Salle. Over night at Wm. Milligan. Weather very warm. This night was the warm[est] I ever experienced. Rec'd of Geo. Evans $2.00.

Aug. 22 - Passed though Channahon and Morris & hence Marseilles and Dayton. Over night at Jno. Rudolphs. Weather very warm. Morris - Quart Measure 25 / Cheese 10 / Apples 5.

Aug. 23 - In the AM Jno. Curyea & I went to Ottawa. In the PM Family & I went w. Joseph Yeagers, Sr. At night I preached at School house at Wedron. Over night at Father Yeagers. Weather very warm. Ottawa - N hi 25 / Gingham & braid 55. Text: Church fellowship, Acts.

Aug. 24 - Went to Henry Cuyreas, took dinner. Then went to School house to hold Q. Meeting. The Elder being absent I preached to the people. Also at evening. Over night at Jno. Wishes. At Wedron - Paper Pins 10. First Text.

Aug. 25 - Warmest of the Season. We crossed over Fox River to place of holding grove meeting. Rev. J. W. Burd came but felt unable to preach hence it devolved upon me to hold forth. By the grace of God I did so. My theme was future punishment. Dined with I. Dolph. They held Q. M. in PM. We went home with A. Wheeler. Preached at Dick School house at evening. Weather fair.

Aug. 26 - Went to P. Dicks where Wife washed. After dinner we went to U. D. Woods. Called at Geo. Ruths. Weather fair.

Aug. 27 - Went to Earl. Got my boots mended at Grants 25 cts. Called at E. Simms and at W. M. Lanleys. Dined at Rev. U. D. Woods. Then went to E. Thomsons. Took supper. Then went to Rev. Theo. Browns. Stopped over night. Weather warm but fair. Bot Wine of Aprcymina[?] of Mrs. Wood 75 cts.

Aug. 28 - Stayed here until 2 PM. Then went to P. Dicks. From Thence to Jos. Yeagers via Serena. Over night. Weather began to rain at 12 AM and continued until 10 AM. Rained some in PM.

Aug. 29 - Visited at Father Yeagers, Rev. Stearns and Geo. Stovers. Then went to Curyeas where we stayed over night. Weather warm. Over [Our?] visit here ended. It was not so pleasant from the fact there were so many sick. "The Lord bless what we tried to do in weakness."

Aug. 30 - Went home to Wallingford via Dayton, Marseilles, Seneca, Morris, Channahon & Ellwood. Weather fair. Bot at Seneca - Cheese 25 cts.

Aug. 31 - In PM helped J. K. Rutherford haul hay. Weather very fair.

Sep. 1 - J. K. Rutherford & I went to M. E. Camp Meeting Seminars taught by Rev. Cleveland. PM by Rev. Mead of Kankakee. Dined with Jerome Reeves. Weather fair. Collection 10 cts.

Sep. 2 - At home all day. Weather fair.

Sep. 3 - In AM went to Wm. Grahams. In PM helped J. K. Rutherford Stacking hay. Weather fair.

Sep. 4 - At home most all day. Weather rainy.

Sep. 5 - Went to Dr. Barrets for Ague Medicine for Wife. Went to W. Center. Bot Sugar, Tea, Salt & bluing $1.95. In PM helped Jos. Ruson to Pile hay. Weather warm.

Sep. 6 - Helped Jos. Ruson in his until noon. Then being sick myself and Wife being sick I went home. Weather warm.

Sep. 7 - Rev. J. K. Rutherford went in my place to Joliet to Trustees Meeting. Father Graves were here on a visit. We were all sick this day. Weather fair. Rain during the night.

Sep. 8 - We were all sick for t[?] this day except Wife. J. K. Rutherford went to my Appointments. Weather rained. Some during day and night.

Sep. 9 - Was some better, very sick at night. Weather fair.

Sep. 10 - Quite sick all except Wife. I was sick in the upper part of the spinal column. Children with intermittent fever. Weather rained.

Sep. 11 - Geo. Evans brot us a bottle of Dr. Manns fever cure. Price $1.50. Quarterage 1.00. Was quite unwell in my neck. Weather rained some.

Sep. 12 - Went to P. Reeves and United in Marriage Mr. Frank Scarfs and Miss Harriet Reeves. Dined then went to Joliet. Bot Flour, Cane, Peaches, Sw Potatoes, nurtang Liniment - Cost $4.00. Visited Mother Miller. Supped there. Weather fair.

Sep. 13 - Was sick at home. Weather.

Sep. 14 - Not able to fill my appointment. Weather rainy.

Sep. 15 - Apps filled by Rev. J. K. Rutherford. At home all day. Weather fair.

Sep. 16 - Sick with Ague and fever. Weather fair.

Sep. 17 - Ague and fever, chills. Weather warm.

Sep. 18 - Chills and fever. Weather rainy.

Sep. 19 - No chills nor fever today but very weak. Weather warm. Eye began to be sore.

Sep. 20 - Went to M. S. Rickels for Grapes. Got 21 lbs. His donation. Weather fair.

Sep. 21 - Was quite sick with my eye. Weather rainy.

Sep. 22 - No service at the Union because of rain. My eye is painfully sore.

Sep. 23 - All this week in doors because of my eye.

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Sep. 25 - [blank]

Sep. 26 - Green Garden. S. S. Picnic at Wallingford.

Sep. 27 - Donation of Cake, Pie & butter by Sisters Smith. Weather fair.

Sep. 28 - Weather rainy.

Sep. 29 - Weather rainy nearly all day. Rec'd 10 dols of Ono White.

Sep. 30 - My eye getting some better. The children are also nearly well.

Oct. 1 - Weather fair.

Oct. 2 - Went to Peotone. Sold Copper of old boilers 50 cts. Had a new bottom put on an old Copper boiler $1.50. Bot Sugar, Tea, Ker. Oil, 2 pr Stockings, 2 ½ yds flannel, Peltess eye salve $3.50. Weather fair.

Oct. 3 - At home all day. My left hand eye is very sore. Weather rainy.

Oct. 4 - At home all day. Weather fair.

Oct. 5 - In PM went to W. Center & father Graves. Post Office. Felt a little better this day.

Oct. 6 - J. K. Rutherford went with me to my App. Had no Meeting except at Troutman Grove. Over night at H. Kasselbaum. Weather misty in the morning but pretty in PM. Dined at Jno. Greenwood.

Oct. 7 - Went home. Weather fair.

Oct. 8 - Made cider at Mr. Bakers till noon. Weather fair. Eye very sore. At evening went to Mr. Grahams. Had a slight chill and some fever.

Oct. 9 - Had a heavy chill and fever. We boiled our apple butter this day. Weather fair.

Oct. 10 - Another chill and fever this day. Touct[?] very little. Weather fair.

Oct. 11 - A heavy chill this day. Was very sick. Dr. came at evening with medicine and Baumshicks cure for my eye and ears. Weather fair.

Oct. 12 - Stayed in house all day. Took Quinine every 3 hours. Broke the Ague. Weather fair.

Oct. 13 - In house all day. Germans held Q. M. at Wallingford. Weather cool. Jerome Reeves were here on visit. Sickness.

1.00 / Sugar Sack 1.25 / Sachel Gloves 4.00 / Engraving 30. Rec'd of J. Ruson $20.00. Supper at Atkinsons 40 / Fare to La Salle 1.15 / To Freeport 1.65 / Coffee at Mendota 15 / Bed at Freeport 25. Weather fair.

Oct. 15 - Breakfast at J. C. Kleckners and Dined. Bot Medicine 40 cts. Mrs. Kasselbaums prescription for Ague. Rail fare to Durand 70 cts. Rode with D. Goodrich to Mrs. Riche. Over night there. Weather fair.

Oct. 16 - Josiah Riche took me to Chas. Kleckners. Wm Kleckner took me to near P. Shadels where I stayed over night. Weather fair.

Oct. 17 - Was taken by P. Shadel to Orangeville. My home was given me with Judge Hinds. A very good place. At night J. F. Kleckner and I went to M. Gifts. Stayed over night. Weather fair. In Memoria - Jno. Kleckner lies very sick at M. Gifts.

Oct. 18 - In Conference. Dined and our night at Judge Hinds. Weather fair.

Oct. 19 - At Conference all day. Weather very fair. Boarded at Hinds.

Oct. 20 - At Judge Hinds until 4 PM. Geo. Kleckner fetched me to his fathers where I stayed over night. The exercises of the day were Lovefeast in the morning, preaching at 10 ½ by Bishop Dickeon 1 PM. Children's Meeting Speeches were made and Singing etc., etc. We had a very good time at Conference. Weather fair.

Oct. 21 - Visited at Mr. Boobst, D. H. Kleckners. Dined at Jerome Goodrichs. At Jno. Hodgsons and at Geo. Kleckners. Over night at C. T. Kleckners. Weather fair.

Oct; 22 - Went to Mother Riches. Called on the way at Chas. Gifts and Mr. Crosses. Weather fair.

Oct. 23 - Started for Will Co. James Riche took me to Pecatonica. I went to Chicago. Then on C. & St. R. R. to Joliet. Over night at R. L. Sewards. Fare from Pecatonica to Chicago $1.30, to Joliet 80 cts. Weather fair.

Oct. 24 - Walked to H. Kasselbaums. Met wife then went home. Weather fair.

Oct. 25 - At home all day. Dug potatoes & CC. Weather fair.

Oct. 26 - At home all day. Weather fair. Sold 5 bushel potatoes to Geo. Evans for $3.00.

Oct. 27 - In Co. with Rev. J. K. Rutherford went and held services at Manhattan Center. Weather fair.

Oct. 28 - Went to Jos. Rusons in AM. Settled with him. Dined at Edward Robins. Called at A. Graves and Geo. Evans. Weather fair.

Oct. 29 - At home all day. Oiled my harness and husked my corn. W. L. Bowers was here this evening. Sold Cabbage, 100 head to S. Rutherford. Weather fair.

Oct, 30 - Went to Peotone. Called at J. Dennis. Dined at Luke McFarlands. Went home. Weather Misty.

Oct. 31 - At home all day. Weather fair, cool.

Nov. 1 - Went to Joliet. Dined at Sister McCollam. Bot Box 40 cts / other things.

Nov. 2 - My birth day. Weather Misty.

Nov. 3 - Went to Union. Service at 11 ½. Preached at Providence Ridge. Supped at P. Reeves. Preached at Troutmans Grove. Over night at A. Eibs. Weather fair.

Nov. 4 - Called at J. Ralphs. Then went to Ellwood. Home. Rec'd During trip $6.40. Weather fair.

Nov. 5 - At home packing goods. Then went to Wilton Center and voted for Grant & Wilson and the Anti Secrecy State Ticket. Then went to Thomas Whites. Weather rainy

[Moved to New Bedford Circuit, Bureau County]

Nov. 6 - Sent our goods to Joliet by Geo. Evans and Jos. Ruson. Then I started for New Bedford circuit. Over night at Sister Newman. Weather fair.

Nov. 7 - Dined this day on my journey at Seneca 80 cts. Over night at Father Yeagers. Weather windy.

Nov. 8 - Wife and Children Started at 12 M. at Joliet. They stayed over night at Mr. Scools. I dined at Bro. Youngs. Over night at Mr. Williams at Vanoran[Van Orin]. Weather fair.

Nov. 9 - At Walnut Bot Nails 1 84 / Kerosene 40 / Pinchers 35. Unloaded at H. Lockards. Dined at L. Burns. Over night there. Weather fair. My F. Wally got sick this day. (My horse).

Nov. 19 - At 2 pm Preached at Burns S. H. Over night at S. A. Barbers. Weather fair.

Nov. 11 - Bro. Barber & S. A. Lathrop went with me for my House hold goods to Sheffields. Freight cost $9.80. Over night at H. Lockards. Weather fair.

Nov. 12 - Helped to fix up at Parsonage. Weather fair.

Nov. 13 - Worked at Parsonage all day. My horses are now out sick. Weather Squally.

Nov. 14 - At home all day except in the morning I was to New Bedford. Bot Sugar 50 cts / Broom 30 / Putty & Chimney 18 / Lime 18. Weather terribly Snowy.

Nov. 15 - All day at home. Weather cold.

Nov. 16 - All day at home. Bro. J. L. Burns was here on visit. Weather fair.

Nov. 17 - Rev. H. Lockard took me to Manlius Chapel. Preached there at 12 M. Dined at Bro. Becker. Attended South Hickory Grove S. S. At evening Preached there. Then went home. Arrived at home at 11 PM.

Nov. 18 - At home all day. Made bed stead for Charley. Weather cold.

Nov. 19 - S. A. Barber & I went to Sheffield. Bot a stove for $9.00 / 4 lengths of pipe / Damper / Polish brick $2.00 / Boards $1.05 / Dry goods $1.35. Went home. Weather cold.

Nov. 20 - Set up our new stove and worked at home. Weather fair.

Nov. 21 - At home all day. Weather fair.

Nov. 22 - At home. Weather fair.

Nov. 23 - Went to New Bedford. Bot Sugar 1.00 / Coffee 80 / Sold Boiler 60. Weather fair. Horses still sick.

Nov. 24 - Did not go to Chapel. No team accessible. Preached at Burns. Weather very Smoky and Cloudy.

Nov. 25 - Wrote letters and took them to Office. Weather fair.

Nov. 26 - Helped L. J. Burns husk Corn. Weather very fair.

Nov. 27 - Helped L. J. Burns husk Corn. Weather very cold.

Nov. 28 - Thanksgiving. We stay at home until evening. At evening went to Mr. Subels and united in holy bonds of Matrimony Mr. Geo. Briggs with Miss Celia Subel.

Nov. 29 - At home all day. Weather very cold.

Nov. 30 - At home. In PM went to New Bedford. Weather fair.

Dec. 1 - Went to Manlius Chapel. Service in AM. Dined at Beckers. In evening held Service at Hickory Grove. Over night at Holdens. Weather snowy in the morning. First Text: Mal 3. 14. 2nd: St. Jno. 17. 21.

Dec. 2 - Went to Depue[De Pue]. Over night at Jacob Lusingers. Preached at evening at S. house in town. Called on W. J. Pope. Weather fair. Passed through Wyanet and Princeton. Subscribed for Bureau Co. Herald & Bureau Co. Republican.

Dec. 3 - In morning called on C. Green & Father Hicks. Rec'd $5.00 on Parsonage rent. Called on Smith family in Ridge. At Princeton Bot Oilcloth, carpet, Calico 8 yds, Paper, Corn pepper, Soap 3 kinds, Dishes, P&CS - Total $5.62.

Dec. 4 - At home all day. Weather fair. In PM went to New Bedford to Got Ponies shod. $2.25. Bot Tea 25.

Dec. 5 - Was at home all day. Weather fair.

Dec. 6 - At home. Weather fair.

Dec. 7 - To New Bedford in the morning. Weather fair.

Dec. 8 - To Chapel. Taught S. S. Class. Addressed S. S. Didn't preach because people said I had an acian Affliction. Perhaps I made a Mistake. Singular. Dined at J. L. Burns. Preached at S. House at 2 PM. Went to Sodtown. There was no App. At evening. Over night at A. Booth. Text: Is 43. 21.

Dec. 9 - Went to Daniel Meyers. Dined at Geo. Rucks. Also over night there. Visited Jno. Howlets. At evening preached in School house. Weather very cold.

Dec. 10 - Called at D. Meyers. Visited Mr. Berry. Went home. Weather fair.

Dec. 11 - At home all day. Weather fair.

Dec. 12 - Called at Griffins at Mr. Briggs. Weather windy.

Dec. 13 - At home in PM helped father Barber a little in Corn. Weather very fair.

Dec. 14 - At home all day. Weather windy.

Dec. 15 - Preached at M. Chapel at 10. Dined at Bro. Deringans. Called at Mr. Smiths. Over night at Bro. Fletchers. At evening preached at St. S. H. Weather very fair. H. Lockard is with me. First Text: Ex. 3. 2. 2: Acts 15. 9.

Dec. 16 - Went to Depue. Dined at Mr. Simones in Princeton. Over night at Bro. Greens. Preached at School house in Depue at evening. Weather fair. Text: St. 17. 21.

Dec. 17 - Visited at M. H. Popes, father Hicks. Dined at Father Mikin. Called at Bro. Smiths and Bro. White. Over night at J. Lusinger. Preached at School house. Weather very fair. Text: Acts 3. 19. Gave Church letters to Aaron Hicks & Wife.

Dec. 18 - Went home. Dined at Mr. Russels. Bot. at Princeton Calico 4 ½ yds 45 cts. Shoulder braces 1.20. Weather fair.

Dec. 19 - Went to New Bedford. Bot Ker. Oil 1 g 50 cts / Sugar 50 cts. Weather fair until 10 AM then it began to storm and snow.

Dec. 20 - At home. Weather cold and blustering.

Dec. 21 - At home. Weather cold.

Weather terribly cold.

Dec. 22 - Did not go to my Appointment the first part of the day. At evening I went to Sodtown. Held no meeting on account of no light being provided. Poor set of people indeed. They no[know] not their dangers. "May the Lord open their eyes." Over night at Mark Berrys.

Dec. 23 - Went home. Weather very cold.

Dec. 24 - At home until 3 PM. Then went to Manlius Chapel where the good people had a Christmas tree. They presented me with a nice book and a 5 dollar bill for which they have my thanks. Over night at Eli Franks. Weather cold.

Dec. 25 - Went home and to New Bedford. Bot Sugar $1.00 / gallon pail 60 / Candy 15 / Stocking 15 / Ax fixed 15. At evening United in holy bonds Mr. Arthur Walker with Miss Ella McKinny. Rec'd $5.00. Weather cold.

Dec. 26 - At home all day.

Dec. 27 - In PM went to J. L. Burns to hold service in S. H. There being no School on that day we deferred. Brot home Potatoes 1 bushel, Butter 5 lbs. Weather fair.

Dec. 28 - Preached funeral for Edward and Sarah Ann Barbers child at 11 AM. Rev. I. K. Statten was with me to assist. In PM he held Q.M. at Burns S. H. at 8 PM. Weather very fair. Text at funeral: Math 18. 1-5.

Dec. 29 - Love feast at 10, preaching at 11 ½. Money collected for Elder $15.15. Dined at R. S. Lathrops. Weather fair.

Dec. 30 - Protracted Meeting Took Rev. I. K. Satten to Walnut. At evening held service at Burns S. H. Text.

Dec. 31 - At home all day. Weather fair. Service at Burns S. H. Text: 1 Jno. 3. 12.

Beginning Notes:

Report of 1870 / Hon. Frederick Watts / Commissioner of Agriculture / Washington. D. C.

Religious Telescopes: Jerome Reeves, Joseph Ruson, W. L. Bower, C. Seward, Jos. Milligan, Wm. Graves, Mrs. S. Rutherford, L. McFarland, Jas. Bridge, [?]mith McCollam, John Epeenwood, C. Bender two yrs.

Q. M. this month [May]

End Notes:

CASH ACCOUNT -

Diary @ paper, Joliet Republican .95.

Jan. 13 - C. Seward $5.00, Jno. Greenwood $5.00.

Jan. 15 - Joliet to La Salle $1.15; La Salle to Freeport $1.55; to Davis $.50;

Dinner at La Salle $.50.

Jan. 19 - of Riches, $4.50.

Jan. 19 - Davis to Freeport $1.00; Freeport to La Salle $4..90.

Jan. 20 - La Salle to Joliet $3.45; At Joliet, Sugar@Tea, Lemons $2.00.

Jan. 23 - W. Center, Flour, Rice, Kerosene $2.90.

Feb. 6 - W. Center to the amount of $2.60.

Feb. 9 - Brison, Shoing $.80.

Feb. 15 - Taxes $2.68; Peaches, Thread, Ink $.85.

Feb. 18 - Peddler $.25

Feb. 18 - W. L. Bower $3.00.

Feb. 22 - Joliet $3.39.

Feb. 23 - Manhattan $2.00.

Feb. 25 - P. Reeves $8.00.

Feb. 26 - To Mrs. Riche $5.00; In Trade at Joliet $4.40.

Feb. 27 - W. Center $.80.

Mar. 1 - T. Whites $3.00; Manhattan $32.00.

Mar. 4 - Jos. Ruson $26.00.

Mar. 7 - W. Center $.40

Mar. 11 - Joliet $15.64.

Mar. 16 - W. Center $3.90.

Mar. 17 - Widow $2.00.

Mar. 19 - W. Center $.60.

Mar. 25 - Joliet $3.90.

Apr. 3 - Peotone Dress $1.00; Shoes, Fruit, Rice $2.20.

Apr. 4 - Wm. Pepper, Butter 2 ½ lbs, Jar of Lard

April. 4 - Geo. Evans $2.00.

April 5 - S. Rutherford for Telescopes $2.00.

Apr.5 - Eggs 2 doz. from S. Rutherford $.30; W. Center Na Salt $.90.

Apr. 6 - Joliet $.62.

Apr. 11 - 3 lbs Butter Brereton $.45

Apr. 13 - Eggs S. Rutherford $.30.

Apr. 16 - T. White Corn 1 bu. $.40; Butter 3 lbs $.40; Sent to Golden Censor for

Holiness $1.00; Eggs 3 doz.S. Rutherford $.30.

Apr. 16 - Bible money R. Holms $1.00.

May 10 - T. J. Shutts $1.35.

May 13 - L. McFarland $1.75.

May 16 - T. White $5.00.

May 18 - W. L. Bowers $16.45.

June 16 - T. White 6 ¼ Pork.

July 1 - T. White flour, Butter 2 ½, 2 80.

July 5 - W. Center Sugar, 1 00.

July 12 - Peotone Sugar, 95.

Aug. - Bootz Jos. Ruson $5.00; Butter $.75; Essence $.60.

Aug. 9 - Sugar W. Center, $2.00.

Aug. 10 - J. Reeves $5.00; T. White $5.00; W. L. Bower $2.00; Collection $2.25.

Aug. 13 - T. Cass $2.00; Mrs. Bridge $1.00; Cabbage $.25.

Aug. 13 - Flour at Joliet $2.70; Sugar $.50.

Aug. 15 - Joliet $20.50.

Aug. 19 - W. Center $.35; Fixing Bridle $.55.

Aug. 19 - Buggy Thills [shafts] sold to J. Brerrels $3.00.

Aug. 21 - Rev. Evens $2.00.

Aug. 22 - Morris $.40.

Aug 23 - Ottawa $.80.

Aug 24 - Wedron $.10.

Aug. 27 - Mrs. Wood $.75.

Aug. 30 - Seneca $.23.

Sep. 1 - Bag of Oats - J. Reeves.

Sep. 3 - Butter 5 lbs - Jos. Ruson.

Sep. 11 - Geo, Evans $2.50.

Sep. 12 - Marriage fee H. Kasselbaum, Jr. $5.00; Wm. Miller $1.00

Sep. 12 - Joliet - Traded $4.60.

Oct. 7 - Geo. Eib $5.00; P. Reeves $3.25; W. L. Bower $ 2.00.

Nov. 7 - Collars $.25; Seneca Dinner $.80.

Nov. 8 - Wife from Joliet to Sheffield $3.45.

Nov. 9 - Walnut - Kerosene $.40; Buggu light $.15; Pinchers $.35.

Nov. 11 - Sheffield - Freight $9.80; Other things $4.18.

Nov. 11 - Rec'd of Burns $3.50.

Nov. 28 - Marriage Fee Geo. Briggs $5.00.

Dec. 3 - Rec'd at Depue $5.00; Sold Hy Books to bro Green $.50.

Dec. 3 - Princeton - $5.62.

Miscellaneous -

W. H. Bicker, Sheffield, Ills.

Apps 5 / Classes 4 / Reported 70 / [Recd-Died/Removed/Dropped/Withdrawn] / Present No. 70/ Preachers Salary $350.00 / Presiding Elder $70.00 / Conference Collection $15.00 / Benevolence Fund for Missions $20.00 / Telescopes 14 / C[urch] Friends 80 / Visitors 80 / S. Schools 4 / Teachers 11 / Scholars 115 / Collected for S. S. $25.00 / General S. S. Fund $6.00 / Church Expenses $107.00 / Presents $40.00 / Total $633.00 / Bible Cause $6.00.

P. Hurless / T. F. Hallowell / J. K. Statten / J. L. Burns, Butter 5 lbs.

Paid by Wesley Bower Oct. 13 on Donation $4.50. / J. S. Burns, Sheffield /

// Trustee Money of Bro. Stuple $13.00.

SUMMERY OF 1872 DIARY

The year began with an unsuccessful protracted meeting - after 10 days the meeting ended "Members did not work well, faithless." Another setback occurred May 18th when Conrad was accused of being "too pointed and not polished enough."

The family went to visit Riche's and Kleckner's by train in January for 5 days. On May 26th Conrad attended a Ministerial Association Meeting in Amboy. He attended an Anti Secret Platform Political Association in Chicago in June, where he rode Street Cars. A trip was made to the Ottawa area in August to attend a Quarterly Meeting. Conrad did much of the leading and preaching in the absence of the Elder.

Conrad was suffering from back trouble in February and May; however it didn't keep him from field work from July 5th to August 6th when he "made hay, bound oats and stacked oats" for Jas. Ruson. In September both Clarissa and Conrad were sick with "ague". Conrad suffered from September 6th to October 12 when the quinine "broke" the ague. He also suffered eye trouble.

Oct. 14 - In Co. with W. L. Bower went to Joliet via H. Kasselbaum. Bot Apple peeler

The buggy was being pulled by "Nelly" and "Wally". Both horses were sick in November and Conrad was on foot. A leaf in the front spring of the buggy was replaced, the tongue was cut off and fixed, and the buggy was painted and varnished.

Conrad went by train to Durand on October 14th. After spending the night with "Mrs. Riche" he went to Orangeville where he attended an Annual Conference. "We had a very good time at the Conference." His Uncle, Jno. Kleckner was very sick.

On November 5th he voted at Wilton Center for Grant and Wilson and the Anti Secrecy State Ticket. At the same time the family was packing up for the move to the New Bedford Circuit, Bureau Co. They arrived November 9th , Conrad preached the next day at Burns School House.

Thanksgiving Day the family attended the wedding of Mr. Geo. Briggs and Miss Celia Subel at the home of the bride. Conrad officiated.

On Christmas Eve they "…went to Manlius Chapel where the good people had a Christmas tree. They presented me with a nice book and a 5 dollar bill for which they have my thanks."

A Protracted Meeting was opened December 30th at the Burns School House. A Watch Night service was held at the Burns S. H. on December 31.

[Transcribed from diary in possession of Dennis Milroy, gggrandson by Bill Bender, ggrandson, , 2008.]


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