Genealogy and History
Part of the Genealogy Trails History Group
Alfred Walter Bear was born April 30, 1855 and died in Freeport, Stephenson County, Il in 1940. He married Mahala Jane Augenstein, who was born Oct. 30, 1856 in St. Elmo, Fayette County, Illinois and died July 12, 1922 in Stephenson County, Illinois.
They had the following children:
William F. Bear b. October 27, 1881 and died Oct. 1975 married Laura Jane Reamer b. January 2, 1883
Edgar Bear b. December 1884
Jessie M. Bear b. August 14, 1885 married Arthur M. Garman
Floyd R. Bear b. September 15, 1891
Glenn N. Bear b. June 10, 1896
Helen Marie Bear b. June 1, 1900 married Clarence C. Stiffler
January 01, 1968 A dull moderately cold day. We were interested in the Rose Parade from Pasadena. It lasted over two hours. A prize float came from Thailand (Siam). I visualize the Higher Life and do consecrate myself to it. I resolve to eliminate all candy from my diet, reduce my intake of cakes, pies, and nuts. I will omit breakfast sometimes. I can and will practice, at every meal, thorough mastication, and cultivate the sense of taste. I will practice "Eloist Breath Control" and give more attention to physical exercise.
January 02, 1968 Somewhat milder. I take a walk searching for scene of the Journal Standard picture of a spot in this village. Postmistress kindly told me of the place.
January 03, 1968 A light snow fall last night. A walk to the post office and a little snow shoveling at the garage was all the out-door exercise taken today. It was sunny but cold and decided not to go to Freeport to get my check cashed. In the evening Charles goes with Marie to Orangeville and Nancy is here for a short while.
January 04, 1968 A very unpleasant day. Zero with wind. I drive for mail, then give much time to reading of Alexander the Great, in the National Geographic of January 1968. Also, I study Terry's How To Keep Well and Live Long. John Enzinger died today.
January 05, 1968 Weather conditions are better so I go to Freeport. Marie and Charles drive in also. I call at Wagners, E & W, the near drug store and the National Food Mart, besides first calling at the bank.
January 06, 1968 Unpleasant conditions prevail. I do not feel well and am a little dizzy, especially if I look upward. In addition, I clean the top of our cook-stove and it was a very hard and dissatisfactory job. My S. S. lesson is carefully studied but snow has fallen and I may not get to church tomorrow.
January 07, 1968 I feel sick and don't go to church, but also, the new fallen snow made driving doubtful. Our invitation to dine at the David Hull place was cancelled, but till evening I feel better, and we call on Margaret Frank and an oyster supper. Ward Frank and Hester were there and Mrs. Lloyd Hutmacher. Miss Barkau called for a short time. I wear by heavy coat for a change.
January 08, 1968 I walk to post office and bring home much mail for four parties. Snow falls in latter afternoon.
January 09, 1968 Old Eloist Magazines are mailed to the Sanctuary: 1 open sheet Vitality, 2 bound Vitality - 1914, 1915, 1 copy Religion - Nov.-Dec. 1925, 9 issues Inspiration - 1929 to 1935, 2 special bound lessons. May these booklets reach the destination, be well liked and do much good in His Name.
January 10, 1968 Moderately mild. A few smaller jobs taken care of. The bird feeder is put out on the tree - the first time for this winter. Nancy calls in evening. At Bedtime the washing machine is wheeled into the kitchen.
January 11, 1968 This was an extraordinary day. I operated the washing machine and done our first washing of clothes, towels, etc. That turned out O.K. but the problem was the drying. They were placed on the wash-line but did not dry. Finally, they were hung on a line and rack upstairs. May they soon be ready for ironing.
January 12, 1968 Rather mild. A work day for me: - I iron some of our washed clothing and later vacuum - sweep the two guest rooms, the stairway and my bedroom. This was my attempt at ironing for the first time.
January 13, 1968 I walk to the Mobil station twice and then take the car there to have the chains put on. Snow on the highway is melted but not elsewhere.
January 14, 1968 I attend Sunday School and other services after missing two Sundays. Remainder of day we stay inside with little to do.
January 15, 1968 A nice day. I visit the store and post office.
January 16, 1968 A nice day. I take chains off the car and in afternoon Charl and I go to Freeport. I visit the Klockgeter Office and get an examination for a new pair of spectacles. They will cost $47.00 and I wrote a check for $25.00 as the down payment. Later, I visit Gamble Store, E & W, and Garretys. When we returned I expected to fail in driving up the alley to the garage but it got there O.K., despite the wet slippery snow.
January 17, 1968 A perfect day, mild an sunshine. P.M. I drive to the Steffler home. Helen was absent until the last half hour, there. Clarence couldn't talk because of his throat operation. He wrote his statements on a tablet. He played with the little bird.
January 18, 1968 Mild but part of time cloudy. to Freeport again. I take the Norelco razor to the Osco Store for repairs and leave it there for a day or two. Ice cream and root-beer at the Sizzle Shop and then to the barber shop. But Ben Winter was not in so I go to the car and walk to National Food Store for supplies. Later I get the hair cut. We see on television a picture of Bob Hope and a group of girls entertaining the soldiers in Viet Nam.
January 19, 1968 Nice weather continues. I go to Freeport for the 4th time this week to get my razor. But a problem follows: When I drive into the garage and in order to stay farther from a steel barrel the car catches the right door post and pushes it off its location. We try to replace it at once but don't finish the job till on the morrow.
January 20, 1968 Mild. In latter afternoon we continue repairing the southwest corner of garage. Some siding is put on but it was left unfinished. I got cold hands at this work.
January 21, 1968 A perfect day and mild. We sat on the front porch awhile. I go to services in the Methodist church in forenoon and to musical program in the Evangelical Church in evening. Much joy-riding on the highway today. In the evening we go to the musical service at the Evangelical Congregational Church. the room was filled.
January 22, 1968 Still rather mild. I finish siding at southwest corner of garage. I walk to the store for over $5.00 worth foodstuffs. My side of garage is swept out. A can of "antifreeze" is put into gas tank of car after driving to Mobil station for a filling of gas.
January 23, 1968 Mild, In afternoon visit the Garmans and had a pleasant time. In the evening Charles got to a basket-ballgame at Orangeville.
January 24, 1968 Colder, wash the collection of laundry and the goods were hung up inside house and cellar. No walking for me today.
January 25, 1968 I clean the front two rooms. I do extra work and I also use a dust-rag. The wiring back of radio is shortened and rearranged and the kitchen is also swept. I feel tired.
January 26, 1968 War threats persist in regard to North Korea. My bedroom is cleaned. I arrange a new plan of diet control and think it can succeed.
January 27, 1968 Rainey day, foggy and dull. I do walk to the store for foods. Ward Frank comes here to examine the humidifier which has not been working properly.
January 28, 1968 Cloudy damp and unpleasant. I drive to the services and for the afterwards, go to O. Hulls. Charles and Jim Frisbie goes along and Jim entertains us with many anecdotes.
January 29, 1968 Cloudy with a slight precipitation. P. M. I go to Freeport and get my new three focus eye glasses. The cost $47.00. Then to the bank and I deposited a check of $17.25 on my checking account by the new method of using "deposit ticket" in back of check-book. This check was the interest on the $1500.00 Bond held by the bank in my name. I made a serious mistake:- The head-lights on the car were forgotten and left on for one hour while car was parked.
January 30, 1968 A nice day and a little colder. I prepare an arrangement for a new will. I drive to the store and to the post office. Three bottles of Salugene were ordered today.
January 31, 1968 Rainey, foggy, dismal. I drive to the store and post office. Mrs. Wagner calls here this afternoon and brings us a pie. Mrs. Seidselag gives us some beef liver.
February 01, 1968 Another day of rain. I work on a new arrangement for a new will. Charles is at the farm. I feel a sprain in my left shoulder today; the result of woo much physical culture exercise, yesterday.
February 02, 1968 Leo Metz passed away. I walked to post office and the store. The temperature was above freezing but very chilly. Rain fell last night and then several inches of snow.
February 03, 1968 A perfect day with sunshine and very mild for February. I drive to station for gas and take a drive west to Damascus, north to road, Rakow Road south south, east and to home on Red Oak highway. But at cheese factory I stop and purchase a brick of cheese.
February 04, 1968 Nice but clouded over by 5 o'clock. To S. S. and following service. At Home remainder of day.
February 5, 1968 A very mild sunny day, a perfect day for February. We go to Freeport in afternoon. Beside other purchases I go to the National Food Store for purchases I go to the National Food Store for purchases over $5.00 worth, and we go home by way of the back road past Paul Kaisers.
February 06, 1968 A change of weather; snow in afternoon. This was wash day and the second one for us. Our clothing was run thru the machine, but the drying is the problem. Rev. Duane Ray calls on us.
February 07, 1968 Much time is spent in the preparation of reports for the making of a new will in final legal matters. I walk to the post office and store. Dr. Daniel A. Poling died today.
February 08, 1968 A nice day and sunny. My shipment of Salugene arrived today, the 9th day after mailing the order. I begin to use it at once. I iron some of the clothes that were washed on Tuesday. In afternoon the bath tub is cleansed. I drive car to post office.
February 09, 1968 Weather turns cold again with that north wind. At home all day. I study Isometrics by the M. D/ Clement G. Martin ______. This practice with Mr. DeVoe's Spiritual Culture and the medicine, Salugene, should build up more health. Later, I may do some walking, which I have much confidence in. The refrigerator is given a thaw today and also the front two rooms and kitchen are vacuum cleaned.
February 10, 1968 Cold and disagreeable. I did take a drive alone via Red Oak, "Hog Back", Damascus.
February 11, 1968 Cold, cold, but sunny. As usual to S. S. and after service. At home for remainder of day. Our house seems to be uncomfortable from the cold wind.
February 12, 1968 Moderately cold. In early afternoon I remove old aluminum foil from top of cook-stove and apply clean Reynolds Wrap. Later, I check over the papers for a new will and make a few small additions.
February 13, 1968 A day of sunshine but a light wind was damp and chilly. In latter forenoon I make some changes on my will arrangement and in afternoon drive to Freeport to have my attorney, Mr. Beckmire, write up a new will. But he was too busy for that and it wasn't done. I did make a few purchases at the National and got myself a treat at the Sizzle Shop. I was very uncomfortable walking about on the streets.
February 14, 1968 Just and ordinary day. Nancy calls here for a couple of hours after supper.
February 15, 1968 Bright and nice. In the afternoon I visit Claude Gannon (Jack) and family and we have interesting conversation.
February 16, 1968 A frightful wind in afternoon from northwest. I drive, alone, about ten miles thru Duck's Misery and west and back home on Cedarville - Lena road.
February 17, 1968 Zero in morning. I give the car a little dry cleaning and a warm up this afternoon. That ugly northwest wind continues its ugly lasting.
February 18, 1968 To services as usual. This day was sunny although the air was cold and damp. We were home all afternoon. Don Lyon of the church of the Open Bible was vigorously preaching as I wrote this entry. He is a minister in Rockford.
February 19, 1968 I drove to the post office and then continues around the square mile. Mary, Marie and the baby were with us over dinner.
February 20, 1968 To Freeport, P. M. I hand the literature over to Attorney Beckmire, for making a new will. This one will be number Four. Also, visit the Osco Store in relation to my electric shaver. Then to Garritys for electric bulbs and peanuts.
February 21, 1968 Sunshine and cold as lately. I drive to store and post office. I have been reading - Man's Miraculous Unused Powers - book no 2. This study is interesting and useful.
February 22, 1968 Very nice day. We could sit on the porch. In afternoon, alone, I drive 20 miles. From Mt. Hope south 2 miles, to near Winnesheik, north to my birth place, west and south to Angles, west and to home.
February 23, 1968 A grand day; mild & sunshine. In forenoon I sweep the front two rooms, kitchen, porch, pantry and bathroom. After dinner the front rooms and porch are dusted with a rag. Then I start off for Rock City. I visit with Ed till Dale Barr returns from Freeport. A pail of honey and a glass container are purchased and the latter with 10 lbs. honey is delivered to Margaret Frank @ .185 per lb. Charles injures his leg at the farm.
February 24, 1968 Mild yet. I drive, alone, south and west of Damascus and after returning, hear of the death of Art Garman.
February 25, 1968 A very nice day. As usual I go to church services. In afternoon I go with Floyd and Hazel to Stiflers and then to Garmans. The evening was at the Stifler home. At Garmans Art was gone and that seemed strange, but it was for the best.
February 26, 1968 Dull, cloudy and a light snowfall. I pay the water rental at Hutchisons. Charles went to Freeport with Marie to have his leg checked on.
February 27, 1968 A very unpleasant day with light rain snow, et. I go with Floyd and Hazel to Walkers Funeral Home for services to Arthur Garman. Ed Bear and daughter, Mrs. Nott are there. Henry Sills also was there with the group. We go to the cemetery with a small group. Mrs. Rideout introduces me go a lady -- Lewis Busjahn visits with Charles.
February 28, 1968 Very light snow fall. I make arrangement to go to Freeport this week, but it appears to be doubtful because of weather. Mr. Seidschlag visits us this P. M. Rev. Ray visits with us for about an hour in the evening.
February 29, 1968 I go to Freeport in afternoon. I cannot open my bank box. I am told that the state has not yet released it. A new cord for my electric razor was ordered. Some food stuffs are purchased at the National Company.
March 01, 1968 P.M. we go to Dakota for hair cuts. Then to the John Foss home. Charles stops the car at the next house west, by mistake. We visit there till after supper. A strong continual wind was unpleasant.
March 02, 1968 A day of both good and hard experience. The mail brought me the Social Security with a raise of $11.30 and also another check of $20.75 entirely unexpected from hospital. But, at the store I had a bad fall, cutting a hole in my forehead, bumping my nose and spraining my left arm. Charles hauls me to the doctor's office at Orangeville and Dr. Ballesteros takes care of it.
March 03, 1968 No church today. I am invalid. Ruth Wagner calls on us in the afternoon. Then we get visitors from Mt. Morris: Mr. Hackmaster and son arrive. This was a very fine day but I did not feel good at all.
March 04, 1968 Very nice day. In afternoon Charles takes me to the doctor at Orangeville and I get orders to be in the hospital tomorrow morning to get X-Ray on this lame left arm.
March 05, 1968 I arise early and reach the hospital before seven o'clock. For two hours I sat there waiting for the doctor and when he did not appear, I contacted the office and got results. My arm was inspected by the X-Ray and pronounced free of fractures. All the people who talked to me were nice and friendly. Then I drove down town and conducted business with bank. In afternoon I was sleepy and spent a few hours in bed.
March 06, 1968 Very fine day. Mrs. Seidschlag calls on us at noon. In afternoon I drive, alone, north, west, south to Damascus then west, south one mile, west one mile and back to 26. Maria and two children drop in here in evening.
March 07, 1968 Nice again. In mid afternoon I am at the doctor's waiting room in Orangeville, where I talk with Mrs. Willard Wilson. This was the third treatment in this course for me.
March 08, 1968 A dull, damp, gloomy day. I do go to the store for goods. I receive a report from the Medicare but is it but a part of the whole.
March 09, 1968 Cloudy, dull, chilly. I feel negative. I go to the doctor at Orangeville and he removes the forehead patch. This cut was patched for a week. I am told I need not return till next Saturday.
March 10, 1968 My offerings are sent to service with Floyd Bear. I don't go to church. I drive to the station for gas. At home all day otherwise. My arm is just as painful today as a week ago, but only as I use it.
March 11, 1968 Nice. I try to understand the Medicare letter received lately and so I go to the Medicare Office in Freeport and talk it over with Mrs. Quinn. Now, I think I understand. Next, I call at the office of Edward Beckmire and sign my new will. Laura and I had three "last wills" made over the years before and now I sign alone. This will costs fifteen dollars. I didn't feel well today.
March 12, 1968 Cold but nice. I phone to Orangeville doctor's office for service payment receipt and also contact the podiatrist, Mattison for a date. A drive is made to the store and post office.
March 13, 1968 Another fine day. Lewis Busjahn visits us this afternoon. I am at home all day.
March 14, 1968 John Mattison treats my feet. Cashews are purchased at Freeport and peanuts in the shell at the Cedarville Store. Very high wind and unpleasant.
March 15, 1968 A perfect day for March. In afternoon I drive westward and when the streets of Lena are reached I decide to visit the Stephenson Locker Service where I buy cheese and sausage @ $2.23. Charles works on a wheelbarrow as I leave. On return I get gas at the Town Line Mobil.
March 16, 1968 Another perfect day and milder than yesterday. I go to the doctor at Orangeville and now he says I have high blood pressure and gives me some pills. I am to return in two weeks. I walk to the store at supper time for ice cream and on return find Mr. & Mrs. John Foss here.
March 17, 1968 Very nice day, but clouds appear after middle of afternoon which indicate a change. Jessie and Kathryn call on us and bring a pie as a friendly treat. This was the third Sunday with no church for me.
March 18, 1968 A rainy day. I get a walk - in to post office and store.
March 19, 1968 Very mild day. I go to Freeport P. M. and pay the bill at the X-Ray (This was for the "check-up" on my arm March 5th, 68.) Bill - $5.00. Also I pay my account at the Edward Beckmire Office for writing my Will no. 4. Other places visited: E & W, Crawford Drug, Osco, Sizzle Shop, etc.
March 20, 1968 Spring Begins. Cold north wind again. I walked to post office and return. Charles goes to Freeport with Marie. In the evening we went with Floyd and Hazel to visit Weaber Meyers and wife. Mr. & Mrs. Roy Scheider were guests also. Mrs. Meyers operated machines to show on the white sheet beautiful coloured pictures, both moving and still, of Alaska and some taken in Florida. An interesting and enjoyable occasion.
March 21, 1968 I drive to the station for gas, then drive west and around the one mile square. At 7 P.M. Clyde and Kathryn return from Florida and call on us.
March 22, 1968 I drive to the post office in the forenoon and walk to the store to pay telephone bill then go home for money to get groceries. I get into interesting conversation with Mrs. Purdue and Felix Dassing; part of which was of the west, Pike's Peak, Etc. In the evening we see on television Barnum & Bailey Circus.
March 23, 1968 Kathryn does some damp floor cleaning for us. I go to the store for supplies. I study "Cider Vinegar" booklet and resolve to begin a course of vinegar and honey, as, now - the three bottles of Salugene are at an end. May this new plan prove satisfactory.
March 24, 1968 No services at church this forenoon for me, but, in the evening we go with Kaisers to attendance at the Methodist. A very fine day with much traveling on no. 26. A minister from Durand had charge of evening service. Attendance was not large.
March 25, 1968 Because Kathryn came over and mentioned the death of Mrs. Claude Gannon, I was greatly surprised, having not seen it in the newspaper. And the funeral was at two o'clock, a little over an hour away. But I hurriedly dressed and got there in plenty of time. Rev. John Bruce was the minister. No singing occurred.
March 26, 1968 Very mild day. I walk to the bridge on Red Oak road and back to the store and I way dressed too warmly. That mile of walking really tired me on this warm day.
March 27, 1968 Warm wind from south or southeast. In afternoon it gets cloudy and threatening. Charles goes to the farm and I take out a hospital policy of 3 months from Mr. Eustice. Cost $19.25. Then I enjoy a 13 mile drive and stop at B. V., visiting Lewis Busjahn for a half hour. Clyde Kaiser is having his old elm cut away as I return and I have to enter the alley at the store.
March 28, 1968 Very warm. We go to Freeport P.M. and use the new parking lot and pay as we drive out. I buy a pair of shoes at the "war-stock store", for about $9.00. I visit Mrs. Quinn at the Social Security and get further advice.
March 29, 1968 A warm summer day. I help Kathryn sweep and otherwise in forenoon. In afternoon I drive to the physicians office at Orangeville, get another itemized bill, then to Social Security office at Freeport to make reports to Mrs. Quinn. She sends the report to Chicago. In the evening I go with Charles to the Evangelical Church, to a banquet. Clyde goes along. A large attendance; the dining room was crowded. Mike Fink was master of the ceremony. The preacher manipulated the moving pictures.
March 30, 1968 A busy day. P.M. I call at the doctor's office. My blood pressure was 180 - ten points less that two weeks ago. That was good news. But I am advised to return in one week. He gave a box of pills for my use and advised me to use oranges. Kaisers brought us from Freeport some beef, etc. In the evening I try to iron my spring suit but I believe it not successful.
March 31, 1968 Kathryn and I go to services but not to Sunday School. Charles and I have dinner at the Kaiser home. In the evening I go with Kaisers to the Methodist Church where Rev. Donald Blosser gives the sermon. He is pastor of the Mennonite Church in Lancaster.
April 01, 1968 Fine day. Charles was at the farm. I cleaned the bath tub and baseboard in the bathroom. The startling news today is, that President Johnson has decided not to run for another term as president.
April 02, 1968 The refrigerator is defrosted today. It is begun about one o'clock and finished at 10:15. Kathryn helps at this job after washing our clothes. The reason that so much time was required on the refrigerator was that I forgot to set the off - cold temperature. Considerable ice came out.
April 03, 1968 Rainy day. I take the lawn mower to Matter for sharpening. Charles gets the mail.
April 04, 1968 Windy with some rain (light). Temperature lowers. I bring power-mower home from Matters. Cost of sharpening with new oil in, $1.75. Martin Luther King was shot and killed this evening.
April 05, 1968 A nice day but cool. I study S. S. lesson again. In afternoon to Freeport; Charles drives; parks on Clarke street, one block east of where Laura and I lived sixty one years ago. My summer suit is taken to Martinizing store for cleaning and pressing. I walk from car on Clarke street to National Tea Company and return, for foods. My left foot develops a sprain which promptly improves.
April 06, 1968 Chilly but nice. I got to the store in forenoon. In the afternoon I get inspection by Dr. Jaime Ballesteros and it was favorable, with blood pressure about normal;. This gave me good cheer, I am told to return for check-up in two weeks.
April 07, 1968 To services after Sunday School. A good attendance. I was seated with Burleigh Kahly. This was a beautiful day except wind was very strong. Tornadoes prophesied for this evening. I take 12.7 miles ride, alone, to northwest and back thru Damascus. Lewis Busjahn brings us fish. In the evening Charles attended a service at his church.
April 08, 1968 That awful wind again. At home all day. In the evening Charles goes to services in his church. When I am alone in evening I fill the honey- dish with honey and drink the juice of an orange. William F. Wieck died this afternoon.
April 09, 1968 Very nice day. In forenoon we hear and see the funeral services of Dr. Martin Luther King at Atlanta, Georgia. In afternoon I go to Freeport to get my summer suit from the Martinizing Shop which was pressed and cleaned for if I remember, $1.75. On the street I met and talked with Mrs. John Foss. "God's Smuggler". by Brother Andrew, a book, came today.
April 10, 1968 Mild and sunny. I started to read that book. It was interesting. Gas is purchased, and I drive about 20 miles, from Mercury Ballroom, west to a few miles from Lena, and return.
April 11, 1968 A sunny and hot day - 80, but very windy. Charles and I go to the funeral of Wm F. Wieck at Burke - Tubbs Home. Burial in Grand View Cemetery. Bearers: Edward Yde, Theron Tuell, Dan Habecker, Perry Koppein, Ralph Solace, George Fryer. After return to home I lay off warm clothing.
April 12, 1968 Warm. In the forenoon I studied the lesson for Sunday School and in afternoon, washed the wheels and top of the car. I felt tired and didn't go to services this evening at the Evan. Cong. Church. The clouds look like rain this evening. We need rain. There is to be a total eclipse of the moon tonight. Moon to be covered by 10:22. Charles goes to evening services. He was in Freeport in the forenoon.
April 13, 1968 Very light rain falls as we go into the night. I got our food supplies from the store; the package was very heavy.
April 14, 1968 I arise at 4:15 and get ready to be at the Methodist Church by six o'clock for Easter Service. All that couple hours rain was falling - a much needed rain. Both of us were at the service and to breakfast following. We come home and an hour later I go to Sunday School., the first time in a month or over. I am pushed into service as "teacher" for the two classes. Rev. Duane Ray delivers at the first service and Rev. Leach at the latter sermon. I used my winter clothing and was too warm in the church but comfortable outside in the cold wind. Dinner for us at the Kaiser home. As we have supper Doris and Wallace Cortes call on us at home. Mr. Gassman, Mary & Baby and Merle called here for a short while this evening.
April 15, 1968 Very chilly morning but a very nice day follows. I go to the hospital at Freeport and pay an account. When I had that arm tested for injury some weeks ago, on the X-Ray" the doctor was paid $5.00 and now the hospital got $6.50 for use of their apparatus.- a total of $11.50. I get ice cream and a drink at the "Sizzle Shop". A Mrs. Falk was given one dollar this evening for American Cancer Society.
April 16, 1968 Charles digs garden and I do some trimming at the fence south of house. I do much reading in the new book - "God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew" with John and Elizabeth Sherrill. The clouds this evening look like a coming rain.
April 17, 1968 Nice rain in early morning. I do some rearranging on my will. After that I take a pleasure drive, alone, of 18 miles; north on old Barber road to black-top. East to Dakota road, then south and back home on town line. A nice comfortable day.
April 18, 1968 Cloudy & cool. In the afternoon I drive to Rock City, alone. I have a couple hours visit with Ed and come home with four - 5 lb. glass jars of honey. Cost $3.70 Mileage from home to Rock City - was 11 miles; reverse 10.1.
April 19, 1968 Cloudy, cool, threatening. I drive to store, post office and garage. I make a plan to have front wheel adjustments on the car, next week.
April 20, 1968 Rain last night. In the afternoon to Orangeville and doctor. Blood pressure 150; weight 150+; blood too alkaline. For the latter a new type of pill is given for taking Visit the office again next Saturday. At the office I visited with George Meiers and also his daughter, Mildred. And, I met Kenneth Bear whom I had not seen for several years.
April 21, 1968 A very nice day, but cool. To services. I am elected to be "teacher" of the combined classes. Attendance at worship was good. At home remainder of the day. Much traffic on highway.
April 22, 1968 A perfect spring day and mild. A walk to Mobil in forenoon and in afternoon and, after laying off some clothing, walk to the cemetery and back. Probably in all about 2 1/2 to 3 miles on foot. The weather this evening indicates rain. A letter just arrived interests me about enzymes.
April 23, 1968 Clouds, rain and ugly wind; a great contrast to yesterday. At home all day.
April 24, 1968 Cold and windy. With Clyde and Kathryn I go to Walker's Mortuary for the funeral of Lillie Mae Wagner (Widow of Fred Wagner who died in the late fall of 1966). At the cemetery I meet Clarence Kahly and Carl Pepperman, whom I had not seen in a long time.
April 25, 1968 Nice day. Charles goes to Freeport. I take a pleasure trip of about 15 miles - south and east to Winnesheik, north and back to home. Today I lay a new plan: No water at meals, nor one hour before or two hours after. Also, more thorough mastication and avoidance of excess.
April 26, 1968 S. S. (is studies) lesson. Charles helps on the destruction of an old shed in Harlem, for Oliver Hull. Doris Cordes and three children visit us at supper time. Lewis Busjahn Jr. brings us a nice mess of fish.
April 27, 1968 Nice day. I visit the doctor this afternoon and have to wait about 1 1/2 hours for service. I am told to return in one month. In the evening I visit Mrs. Conroy for making a payment on service information two months ago when I was injured. But she would not accept anything. Lewis Busjahn Sr. calls on us.
April 28, 1968 Day Time Change begins today. (Called Fast Time) To services as usual. Weaber has charge of the two classes. In latter afternoon we ride north past Donald Frank farm, on north over Rock Grove highway and then south past Augenstein farm, and Afolkey, past the Hutchison corners, to home. In the evening we got o hear the Bell Ringers and their singing at Evan. Cong. Church.
April 29, 1968 Very nice day. In mid afternoon I started to mow grass in front yard and the mower made trouble. I took it over to Matters. There I met Clarence Stamm and I failed to know him. Only the north half of the yard was finished.
April 30, 1968 A very nice day. I finish mowing south half of front yard, the front strip, east end of north yard, southwest yard and strip west of house. The heavy growth made trouble. Clyde tried out the mower also. Till evening I am tired.
May 01, 1968 A perfect May day. In the forenoon I break up grass - clods and trim at front steps. From 1:30 to 2:30 - O drive to Dakota, get a haircut, and drive to home in just one hour.
May 02, 1968 Very fine day. At six P.M. the thermometer showed 84. I was very busy on S. S. lesson for next Sunday and then I done some work on making a record of my personal property to go with my will. Charles goes to Dakota for a barber service and calls on the Foss family. In the evening I discovered that the blanket for the back seat of the car is gone and likely, was stolen.
May 03, 1968 A light rain last night. This was nice to day. I take the Dodge to the Mobil Station and it is then taken to Freeport for front wheels adjustment. All this in less than one half day. I get the car after supper. Near the end of the alley, on west side, the lilacs are in bloom. Charles was at the farm today. I walk to Hutchisons this evening and pay the water rent.
May 04, 1968 Chilly with a few very light sprinklers. A quiet day. I try to compose a poem.
May 05, 1968 A very fine day. I am the "teacher" of the two classes at the Sunday School. The lesson was "The wisdom of Self-Control". a most excellent subject for discussion. Dinner at Kaisers. P.M. we with Kaisers thru the Lena Park then to the Methodist Church in Lena, to attend the 50th marriage celebration of Mr. & Mrs. Roy Bollman. We find a large crowd there and learn about a wonderful church. We find a large crowd there and learn about a wonderful church. From there Clyde drove to Walkers at Freeport to see Gertie Kryder, whose funeral is tomorrow. Really, a large day. Mrs. John Foss brings us a dish of pudding before I go to Kaisers for dinner.
May 06, 1968 Probably a light frost. I drive to Freeport ; the first time under the new street arrangement. Douglass Street is one way only east. Clark and Cottonwood are one way west. I get my S. S. Check cashed, but a strange girl is at the usual place for me. Rita Blumhoff has been removed to another place in the same room.
May 07, 1968 Cool. This afternoon I mowed all of our yard complete and I am really tired. The Kaisers invited us to go with them to Antonagon, Michigan for the funeral of Mr. Chamberlain whom we knew. I consented but later changed my mind. We heard that Florence Moses Fink died.
May 08, 1968 Clyde and Kathryn depart for Antonagon. I drive to the store and post office and spend most of the afternoon at the table studying Medicare.
May 09, 1968 Mr. Chamberlain's funeral today at Antonagon, Michigan. Clyde & Kathryn were there, Also Florence Fink's funeral (Written on next page by error).
May 10, 1968 Cool. We go to the funeral service of Florence Moses Fink at the Methodist Church. Rev. Leach preaches and Ruth Lindeman sings to a large attendance. John Foss and wife are at the funeral and afterwards stop at our home for a short time. I drive to Orangeville and pay the doctor's bill for services since I had that fall Mar. 2, "68. (all above for May 9, "68) Fine day, Mobile finishes work on the Dodge. Cost $13.20, Chamois Skin $5.50, Skin tax $.28 - $18.98. I drive from Mobile west and north, thru Red Oak, and to home.
May 11, 1968 Very fine day. Mild. I drive to the cemetery to place a small bouquet on Mother's Grave and another one on Laura's Grave. I feel pathetic in doing this. Lilacs and Dandelions were the flowers given.
May 12, 1968 Perfect day. I teach the combined class at Sunday School. Subject: "Wisdom for Family Living". I do my best on it. Charles went with Margaret Frank to Veteran's Hospital at Madison to visit Wm. Frank, who is sick there. In afternoon I took an 18 miles drive, alone. I stopped at home of Delbert Bear in the Winneshieik villa, but no one was at home except a dog & a pup, also a car. I rapped on the door but no response.
May 13, 1968 Very nice, warm. I mow all of the south half of the lots, plus the alley but not the terrace. After supper I thaw out the refrigerator. In 2 1/2 hours all is done, with contents all replaced. Kathryn helps to mop up the water.
May 14, 1968 Rain last night but real hot today. I go to Freeport, with stops at the bank, at the lawyer's office, at the Sizzle, and Garrity Rexall. The lawyer was on vacation. Later, Charles and I go to the Jane Adams School to have ice cream and cake supper. Later, we drive to Lena and back home with the course thru Buena Vista.
May 15, 1968 A stormy day with tornado warning and hot. Charles is at the farm for there it is sheep-shearing day. I removed the storm sash and put on the screens. Dinner at Kaisers for me. In the afternoon I managed to get all the grass mowed from the street to the raspberry garden, including the entire length of the terrace. Thunder storm in the evening. Our table lamp bulb was blown out. The rain is good.
May 16, 1968 Very windy and cool. Winter clothing on today. I drive to the store, Mobile Station and twice to the post office. Charles helps at Sheep shearing.
May 17, 1968 This morning the thermometer showed 38 above zero, only 6 above freezing; too cold, but a nice day. Much study on S. S. lesson.
May 18, 1968 The day ends cloudy & chilly. Kathryn washed our clothes. I drive car to post office when a rain begins. I cancel a little pleasure drive and go back to garage.
May 19, 1968 Rain in the night and early morn and again in latter afternoon. To services as usual and I service as teacher again. In the afternoon we go with Kaisers to a musical program in the Junior high school at Freeport. This was an orchestra and after that a large singing group. Both were excellent. After that, rain falls when we get home and continues into the evening.
May 20, 1968 I drive to Freeport to pay a visit to Jessie and daughters and stay over supper. I have an excellent conversation with sister and girls. Light rain takes place at times through the afternoon.
May 21, 1968 A fine and cool. The grass is cut in south half of yard from street to alley.
May 22, 1968 The north half of yard is mowed. Just after finishing the job, a shower of rain occurs. Chilly evening. More rain in the late evening.
May 23, 1968 Matter sharpens lawn mower blade. I drive car west to Damascus, north over "hog back" and back home thru Red Oak. Donna Nelson calls here in the evening selling poppies for Memorial Day.
May 24, 1968 Very nice; moderately cool. Much study on S. S. lesson. P. M. I take a 27 mile drive three miles east, north through Afolkey to Rock Grove road, east through that village and south past Dakota Cemetery and home.
May 25, 1968 I call at the doctor's office in Orangeville and his check-up in satisfactory, but I am advised to come again on June 25th. The nurse weighed me at 152. The secretary checked up on my Medicare Returns papers and she thinks I was paid only for the service after last August 11 - "67. I drive home from Orangeville in the rain.
May 26, 1968 A large day. Charles and I go to the Methodist Church at 7 o'clock A.M. for breakfast. A group of men oddly attired, prepared food in the kitchen, No women there but only men and little boys. At nine o'clock we are present at Sunday School and I am teacher of the two classes and the lesson is about "Job". Then follows the regular worship service with Rev. Leach. In the afternoon we go with Kaisers to the Stephenson County Museum. A small crowd was assembled and several parties made speeches. After an hour or two a rain begins, and rather heavy as we go home. In the evening Mary Hull and her husband visited here for a short while.
May 27, 1968 Cloudy, threatening and cool. I take a stroll of about 1 1/2 miles from highway west on the south street to last alley, then north to fire-station and home. I begin to read the book on trial "Helping Your Health With Enzymes".
May 28, 1968 A very busy day. In the forenoon I make purchases at the store and after dinner, go to Freeport. I visited the Social Security Office and got advice from a man; Mrs. Quinn was absent. I stopped at the Sizzle Shop for ice cream and coffee. Nuts were purchased at the Garrity Store. The afternoon turned out nice and I mowed the front yard from street to alley. In the evening I sewed red thread into my garments; some of them just returned from the washing. Charles and Marie were in Freeport in the forenoon.
May 29, 1968 The grass lumps are scattered on the yard where mowed yesterday. Then the three of us go to the cemetery to place flowers on the graves of our near relatives. Cool and threatening with light rains. Mrs. Seidschlag calls on us in the evening.
May 30, 1968 Fine day. Both of us attend Memorial Services in the Evan. Cong. Church but I don't go to the cemetery. P. M. I mow the east, north of house.
May 31, 1968 The day ends threatening to rain I give three hours or more to study of the Sunday School lesson. Also, I continue to study that book Helping Your Health with Enzymes".
June 01, 1968 A fine, sunny, day - about 78. I walk to store and post office. More study of Job in the S. S. lesson.
June 02, 1968 A very nice June day. At Sunday School I am the "teacher" as usual. In afternoon Margaret Frank takes us to visit Mr. & Mrs. Will Coble. On the return trip we stop at the home of Merwin Scheider in north Rockford. Mrs. Clint Scheider went with us on this tour. (Delbert Scheider is on the farm).
June 03, 1968 A real hot summer day. It was 85 at 6:30 and I feel tired and weak. I was to Freeport this afternoon and called on Miss Quinn, at the Social Security Office. I was pleasantly advised as to my next procedure. Also, I went to Wagners and the Sizzle Shop. I felt weak and tired after returning.
June 04, 1968 This morning I removed the winter bed covers and replaced with the summer items. Claude Gannon visits with us this afternoon. After supper I mow the south half of yards. It was very hot and I was very tired at last. I took a full bath afterwards.
June 05, 1968 Over 60 in shade. I rested today and mowed no grass. I drove to the station for gas. I done much reading in the book "Helping Your Health With Enzymes". A salesman wanted to sell to me a Bible Encyclopedia in three volumes for $25.00 to $30.00. Charl was in Freeport this P.M.
June 06, 1968 A very hot day - over ninety. I go to Freeport in afternoon and park in the "pay as we leave" yard. I call at the office of A. D. Schaye to get tests for new spectacles. A refreshment at Sizzle shop. I meet Mr. Janicke of our village also, a young lady knew me but I forgot who she was. We see Senator Robt. Kennedy body arrive in New York from California.
June 07, 1968 Over 90 in the shed. Little activity. I drive to the store, to the post office an to the Mobil Station to ask about replacing thermostat for hot weather. I return the book that I studied for ten days. The Enzyme study. Also I write to the Life Study Fellowship - with offering. I get my shipment of vitamins and arrange them. In the evening a little shelf is arranged on the pantry sink.
June 08, 1968 Very hot and uncomfortable. I get a full bath and a drive to the store and post office. I did not enjoy this day because of heat. In afternoon we see on television, the various phases of The Robert Kennedy Funeral. This spectacle took hours and got to be tiresome.
June 09, 1968 Extremely hot and I miss church services. A most uncomfortable day. Clyde loans to us his large fan. Ira Foss, son and grandson calls on us. When they depart Ira forgets to take his hat. Threatening weather in latter afternoon and evening.
June 10, 1968 Very, very hot again. I run to Freeport, pay electric bill, conduct business with the bank and cool off at Sizzle Shop. I visit with Frank Lied on wall at court house. Lawn mowing on east and north side in evening. The refrigerator was defrosted this afternoon.
June 11, 1968 A storm, with strong wind, raged as I went to bed last evening. The night cooled off and today was very windy and not too hot. I become tired in mowing both south plots.
June 12, 1968 Cool, In forenoon I take a drive after stopping at post office, by way of Gene Carters, the "hog back" and Red Oak. IN afternoon the windows on the alcove and front door glass are cleaned and the grass is trimmed along sidewalk at garage.
June 13, 1968 Fine day. The west porch window and pantry window are cleaned and in afternoon I drive to Orangeville to get an itemized bill of Laura's health charges from Jan. 1, "67 to Aug. 14, "67. Charles is sick and shunned food.
June 14, 1968 Threatening but no rain. I visit the Social Security Office but find Miss Quinn absent. Then I ask advice of the lawyer and am puzzled by the law that he quoted as regarding final disposal of my household furniture and other items.
June 15, 1968 Matter sharpens the mower. Charl is at the farm over noon. I spend three hours on the S. S. lesson, or more. Appearances this evening are for rain.
June 16, 1968 The children give exercises on the stage and my time talking to the combined class is reduced to half. A little girl attaches a pink artificial flower to my coat as a memento of Father's Day. Norman Scheider provides the sermon; the minister is on vacation. In mid afternoon, Charles and I drive to Lena to have some ice cream. We come home thru McConnell. Then we visit at Kaisers with Dale and family, also, Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Cordes and Daughter. A very nice day and cool in latter afternoon. Mr. Gassman stops here in evening for a few minutes.
June 17, 1968 In forenoon I sweep out garage, clan windshield and remove rust from a spading shovel. P.M. I start to mow the south yards. A very light drizzle comes on but don't stop me. The mower is set back again to former middle height cut. I am very tired tonight. This evening Lewis Busjahn brings us fish and visits for a while. Billy Graham delivers his first sermon tonight of a series of three. It was about the end of the age and the second coming of the Christ Government. A very good sermon.
June 18, 1968 Rain during the night and some rain in forenoon but nice P. M. I go to Freeport. My spectacles are not ready for use yet. I got up to Social Security. Had to wait for Miss Quinn but she came in and checked over my itemized bill of the past for Laura's medical treatment. She decided to mail it herself. After enjoying Billy Graham's second service I mowed the grass from 7:30 on and finished before dark. This was on east, north and west sides of the house.
June 19, 1968 A nice day, In forenoon I pound up grass lumps in yard. I drive to store and post office. Charles drives to Ram Jansens to pick strawberries.
June 20, 1968 Lovely day. In afternoon I visit with Helen and Clarence. I got acquainted with another person who came there and had supper - Mr. Walter Armagost - a retired carpenter. A hot afternoon and a fine evening. I had a nice visit there. Clarence of course, was unable to speak.
June 21, 1968 A hot day - 89., but a pleasant wind. I give time to S. S. lesson and a drive to store and post office.
June 22, 1968 A fine day. I take a drive, alone north from cemetery, past Lloyd Scheiders and Damascus.
June 23, 1968 Our S. S. class to get much interest and pleasure in the class and lesson. The sermon by David Wood was about the life of John D. Rockefeller, the interesting story. Dinner and afternoon at the Hull House. Folks present: - Mr. & Mrs. David Hull, William Hull, the soldier, Charles Hull, wife and two children from California, Loyal Gassman, wife and baby, Pauline Hull and the Oliver Hull family. William, a cook in the army, prepares some food. A very hot day, with a shower of rain in afternoon.
June 24, 1968 Rainey day and hot at times. Charles spends time on the farm and picked strawberries before leaving. I picked the stems from the berries.
June 25, 1968 Rainy day - no. 2. Charles Hull and wife and daughter call on me - Charles R. is absent. They visit about a half hour, about 11 o'clock. In afternoon I go to the doctor at Orangeville. After about 20 minutes I suddenly realized that my car lights were not turned off. So I went out in the rain to do that job. I talked with Adam Zweifel in the waiting room.
June 26, 1968 Heavy rain last night and threatening today. P. M. Charles and I go to Rock City and visit with Ed Bear.
June 27, 1968 A very unpleasant, cold, morn. Thermometer says 50 and the wind is chilling. To Freeport, P. M I got my new glasses at the A. D. Schaye Office; cost $35.00 with the new frame and two focus lenses Got nuts, etc. at Garrity's, and electric cable at Freeport H'dwe Company. A very light drizzle of rain part of the time. I had on a light suit of underwear this afternoon.
June 28, 1968 A nice day. Cool. Merle Hull mows most of the grass with the power mower till it strikes an obstacle and bends a blade. I get Matter to repair the machine and finish the job, myself. With us for dinner were Merle and Nancy. The latter was selling merchandise over the village.
June 29, 1968 Early rains. In forenoon Charles goes along with Loyal and William to Chicago. William takes a plane for Carolina. I take a ride through the north west. C. S. R. returns in evening.
June 30, 1968 Threatening but rain up to seven o'clock P. M. to S. S. and after-service. Attendance was down. In afternoon we go to the Hull Place. Charles and family are there as yet; also, the Gassman family. Our S. S. lesson was a very good one today. In night we get rain and about nine o'clock storm warnings sent out till midnight.
July 01, 1968 A nice day but windy. I repair shaving light in the bathroom; attach a cord to Oxydonor; defrost the refrigerator, arrange cords for Morning Glories and trim grass on walk near the house. Ralph Phillips visits us in the evening regarding the Cedarville School Scholars annual picnic to be next Saturday evening.
July 02, 1968 Sunny and quite cool. I am alone at supper time. Charles is at the farm. After supper time I take a pleasure trip of 18 miles, east to Hutchison corner, south two miles, west one mile north, past Blattau farm, west the north to Buena Vista road and back home. Charles Hull and family take the train at Savanna for California.
July 03, 1968 Very nice day. I get my check in the forenoon and we go to the city in the afternoon. I drive up to the Mall and Charles inspects modern sewing machines at Singers.
July 04, 1968 In forenoon we had some light drizzles. After that the flag is displayed. I trim the three ornamental hedge bushes at front walk and do a little grass mowing near the fence. Then I take a drive, alone, of 16 miles thru, Afolkey and one mile north; one mile west, then south and on part the Donald Frank place to home.
July 05, 1968 We go to Dakota for haircuts. In mid afternoon I mow front yard and after supper take care of the grass around the garage. This was a moderately hot day.
July 06, 1968 Mowing east and north of the house tires me more than usual. It was very hot. In the evening I go with Kaisers to the older scholars of Cedarville School in the past. Fifteen were present. Charles was sick and remained at home.
July 07, 1968 Rain in morning. I do not go to the church today. Neither does Charles who is not well. In afternoon I drive alone, for 38 miles, thru Red Oak, Damascus, the scenic road to Lena, to Winslow, past cemetery where Richard Kortman and wife lie buried, to Orangeville and back home. At Basswood I parked the car and walked to Richard Kortman's grave.
July 08, 1968 Rain in early morning to south of us. We pick raspberries this morning, both black and red ones. Charles gets sick and Marie takes him to the doctor and then brings him back.
July 09, 1968 Hot and threatening but in the evening, cool. To Freeport, P. M. I visit Miss Quinn at the S. S. Office and the bank, also; to the Union Loan Association.
July 10, 1968 Temperature down to 50 this morning; feels like 30. Marie brings us the dinner and pushes the lawn mower for a short while. I begin to mark down what I pay for groceries till Aug. 20th. The cost per month.
July 11, 1968 Hot in afternoon. I mow in lot south of garage and pick berries in south edge of the patch of berries.
July 12, 1968 Very hot and uncomfortable,. Near evening I mow north yard. Mrs. Seidslag calls on Charles. Charles and Marie are in Freeport in latter forenoon.
July 13, 1968 Extremely uncomfortable with the heat. Too hot to study the Sunday School lesson. Mr. Kleppiner calls on Charles. Margaret Frank calls on us for a few minutes.
July 14, 1968 Sunny and very hot. I go to S. S. and serve as 'teacher". I ate no breakfast and my mind was clear and alert; a hint for the future. In latter afternoon I take a drive of 20 miles past the Blattau places and east on the "dead" road, past Mennonite Church, north to McConnell Road west, and to home on 26. Marie furnishes dinner for us. In the evening Rev. and Mrs. Ray call here.
July 15, 1968 Hot. I drive for the mail, dust the car and sweep out my side of garage. Clyde's big fan helps us to keep comfortable. Robert Gross calls in evening to see Charles - his S. S. scholar.
July 16, 1968 Very uncomfortable, humid, heat, but in the evening clouds and a cooler air prevail. I walk to post office and stores. I have a nice visit with Mrs. Harold Zimmerman.
July 17, 1968 A light shower at noon and a little sprinkle or two in early evening. Nevertheless, I mower front yard after supper, I drive for gas and the mail.
July 18, 1968 Charles goes to the doctor and then to the hospital. I expected to go to Freeport but Lewis Busjahn arrived with pictures of his recent tour to Arizona to visit his daughter and family. Lewis Junior done the driving. Charles Kryder and wife come here also for a short call. In the evening I mow south of garage. Dale Kaiser and family are at Clyde and Kathryn's home and Dale mows north of house with Clyde's new mower. Also, I try out that fine mower.
July 19, 1968 I am alone today but getting along O.K. I go to Freeport in afternoon. In the evening I am invited to a marshmallow roast at the Kaiser outside fire place. Dale Kaiser and family also Robert Wagner and wife were present.
July 20, 1968 The Methodist Church had their summer supper this evening with a large patronage. I didn't attend but took a car ride to Lena by way of the scenic highway and got in the dust. After returning I gave the car a dusting. Also, I wrote and mailed a letter to the Eloist Ministry.
July 21, 1968 Another very hot day. To S. S. and other services. Dinner with Clyde and Kathryn. P. M. We go to the hospital to see Charles. We meet also, Walter Foss, Ira Foss, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bollman.
July 22, 1968 Laundry day. Moderately hot. I study mental and spiritual principles. I pick raspberries.
July 23, 1968 An old fashioned rainy forenoon. My meals are at odd times. I cut weeds along the front walk under porch windows.
July 24, 1968 Weather turns hot again. I get gas and also the mail. After supper I take a drive to the cemetery, north, and west past Lloyd Scheiders, and past Damascus. About 10 miles.
July 25, 1968 Hot day of course. Charles gets home after one week in the hospital. I go to the doctor for my monthly check-up. After looking at Daniel Boone for one hour, after supper, I mow the front yard, but it starts to get dark till the finish.
July 26, 1968 Marie brings our dinner here. Kaisers mow our yard north of house and after supper I start mowing south of garage but the mower goes wrong and I take it to the repair shop. Then I use the hand mower for awhile but don't finish the lot. At last I visit with Kaisers and Ruth Wagner, who presents me with a jar of special peanut butter. While sitting at last named place I am very much bitten by mosquitoes and a bath became necessary.
July 27, 1968 A light (very light) shower in early forenoon and nice remainder of day. After supper I finish the weekly grass mowing.
July 28, 1968 A fine day; only moderately hot. I go to church with coat on. The ladies class sits back of the men today. We go Oliver Hulls over noon. Mr. and Mrs. John Foss came to our home and since we are gone they visit with Kaisers. later, they come to Hulls and we all visit together.
July 29, 1968 A very nice day. I received my returns from Medicare on my payments to Dr. Ballesteros in past several months. I am satisfied with Medicare in my case, so far, and also with returns from Laura's treatments in the hospital and with the doctor. Mr. Harry Reints and helper retuned this piano today for $13.00.
July 30, 1968 Nice hot. P.M. I am in Freeport. At the bank I find that my $1500.00 note now draws 5% interest, and my bank box is released. My bank certificate interest and the two Medicare checks were added to checking acct. I visit the Sizzle Shop, and Garrety's Rexal, then drive up to the mall Food Store for melons.
July 31, 1968 Rain last night. Marie and Charles are in Freeport. I repair fire-barrel lid, side a panel at garage and attempt to repair clothes basket. Clyde helps on that. I get the mower and pay $3.50 for repairs on it. The front yard is mowed after supper. It was cool to work.
August 01, 1968 I do considerable reading about battles with Indians in the Arizona territory after the Civil War. All this from the book, "Old West". Published by Western Publications, Inc. P. O. Box 1012, Edgecliff Terrace, Austin, Texas. After supper and after seeing the television story - Daniel Boone. I mow the plat south of garage.
August 02, 1968 Weeds are cut away betwixt garage and sidewalk and the north yard is mowed after supper. In evening we visit Kaisers. Mr. & Mrs. Tom Pfister are there. Also, Dale and family are there also.
August 03, 1968 Very hot. Dale and family depart this morning for their home in Carbondale, Illinois. I drive to the store and post office. Charles visits village dump.
August 04, 1968 Another hot one. I go to S. S. and teach as usual. At home P.M. Charles goes to the farm for about one hour. Rain in late evening. Very uncomfortable heat in early evening. The international Olympics were shown on television this evening.
August 05, 1968 Threatening in early morning but then clears and becomes very hot. I drive to Freeport to get my check cashed and podiatric treatment from Mr. Mattison. Charles check is also checked. For the first time in about 7 or 8 months I get into my lock box at the bank. Mt $1500.00 note; my Union Loan book and my Wage book were place in the box and $2.65 taken out for use.
August 06, 1968 Extremely hot and oppressive. It was 96 in the shade. The only time I walked off the place was to get my lawn mower, across the street. I feel much depleted from the heat. I feel more miserable from the extreme heat than ever if I remember correctly. The Republican Convention at Miami, Florida, gets our attention.
August 07, 1968 Nice in forenoon; hot again in afternoon. I stop at the store and make a drive, alone, through Damascus. The Republican convention proceeds and nominates Richard Nixon for president. The pair is to be "Nixon and Agnew".
August 08, 1968 Rain in night and morning. Nice till afternoon when the heat builds up slowly. Two booklets were mailed to the Eloist Ministry today; You Cannot Die and The Secret of Concentration. The Republican Convention tonight had a wild time in deciding who is to be nominee for vice- president. Nixon made an excellent acceptance speech this evening. Billy Graham gave a prayer.
August 09, 1968 I noticed my Morning Glories had a blossom this morning, the first one that I saw. No mowing today; too hot. To post office and store and to Mobil Station for gas. After supper I drive 18 miles East B. V. road, south past Dakota Cemetery and to home on townline road.
August 10, 1968 Really an excellent day with cool north wind. P. M. I begin to mow grass but the mower makes trouble. Mr. Matter finds oil got into the engine and after some service I took it home and started mowing But the trouble wasn't removed and in evening took the machine back to Matters. I drove to the dump. Charles goes along.
August 11, 1968 A perfect day and comfortable. I stand before the two classes again but as a result of the excessive heat of last week I am not at my best. Margaret Frank is given a celebration at her church this evening. Soon she goes to South America as a teacher in public Schools.
August 12, 1968 Nice day but a little warmer. Mr. Matter works on my mower at different times without success. Kathryn washed our laundry today as usual.
August 13, 1968 Back to the depressive heat again. I went to Freeport to give my bank lock box a check-up. All of my notes and other papers of value are in the box except the checking account. The electric bill was paid at Garretys and foods were purchased at the Eagle Store in the Mall. Clyde and Kathryn depart, with their trailer, to Ontonagon, Michigan.
August 14, 1968 Nice again. To post office twice. I remember this to be Jessie Garman's birth anniversary and I send a card. After supper I got the lawn mower from Matters where it got a repair job. Coast $2.10. It was taken there last Saturday evening. It operated all right this evening.
August 15, 1968 Rain in forenoon. No work today. The refrigerator is defrosted. I took a drive after supper.
August 16, 1968 Hot. P. M. It took many efforts to start the mower but then it worked O.K. Mr. Gassman, Mary's husband, operated the machine and finished the mowing for this week. A storm came on with tornado warnings and we got some fresh air.
August 17, 1968 I visit the store, the Mobil and Matters. The cost of repairs for my lawn mower was only $2.10 very reasonable. Charles was at the farm.
August 18, 1968 To S. S. and the other service. Kathy Folgate sang a solo. We are at home all afternoon.
August 19, 1968 Extremely hot in afternoon. I drive to Freeport in forenoon. Charles goes along to interview the doctor. I go to the Sizzle Shop for ice cream and Rev. Leach stops and we carry on conversation for 15 minutes or so. In afternoon I walk to the cemetery in the heat and before I get back home I am extremely tired.
August 20, 1968 Hot as a bake oven; 96 in. the shade. Sears, Roebuck delivers a new kitchen sink. This heat is very depressing to me. I drive alone to northwest maybe 8 to 10 miles. P.M.
August 21, 1968 Terrible heat again at 92. At home all day. Charles goes to the farm at six P.M. May go to the fair later.
August 22, 1968 Another hot day. I hired two boys to mow the lawn. I paid them $2.50. They done all right. Charles was at the farm.
August 23, 1968 Hot again and may it soon end. I have a painful shoulder. Mrs. Siedschlag visits us. I call at the store and post office. That pain in neck and shoulder is probably bursitis. It seems to be a little on right shoulder.
August 24, 1968 This morning the pain is more on left shoulder this morning. This was a hard day. Any quick turn of head to left produced a sharp pain. Much reading was done. There was one consolation; the air was not hot. It was comfortable with a nice breeze.
August 25, 1968 No church for me today. I was invited to the Augenstein picnic and to Marie Hulls, but I turned down all this in my condition. I did take a drive of 38 1/2 miles in afternoon using 1 1/4 hours. But I felt miserable and hard to look sidewise. I went thru Orangeville, Winslow, Martintown, east edge of Lena and then to home. Charles went to Hulls.
August 26, 1968 A fine day and cool. I call on the chiropractor, Dr. Hardinger, to get my first adjustment in several years. He tells me to return tomorrow for number 2, and it will require a number of adjustments for correction. In mid afternoon I get a check-up with Dr. Ballesteros. He stated that blood pressure was close to normal. We see and ( on television) hear the Democratic Convention in Chicago. Senator Inouye of Hawaii made an excellent speech. He mentioned the many improvements during past 8 yrs.
August 27, 1968 The thermometer shows 44 this morning. That is too cold for this month. My neck is very sore and stiff. It was difficult to arise from bed. I got my second "chiro" today at 10 A.M. I am very sore around neck and shoulders. I drive to gas station to fill up, to post office and to the store. In the evening we see much of the democratic convention at Chicago, by television.
August 28, 1968 No "chiro" today. Nice weather. I drive, alone, 8 miles, on townline past Blattau Farms, east to Glasser Farms, to Hutchinson corner on back. The Democratic Convention selects Hubert Humphry this afternoon.
August 29, 1968 A fine day. At 3:30 I get my third adjustment. Really I felt full of aches and pains. before going to chiropractor and also, after returning.
August 30, 1968 Nice day. I get my "chiro" no. 4 at 11 A. M.(in fact about 10:45). I park on Grove street, just north of Douglass. That made ease of starting away. Chiro today seems to be helping.
August 31, 1968 Threatening with a very light rain. It is slightly easier for me to look to either side today, thanks to "chiro". I take a pleasure drive via Ed Schulz home to Orangeville and back home.
September 01, 1968 I am still invalid - no church. Mrs. Nevado Hutmacher phoned me about my failure to attend Sunday School. We had "banquets" for dinner and about one half of them carried over to tomorrow. Quite cool with light rain in afternoon.
September 02, 1968 A fine day for weather but a dead one - no post office, no store, and no newspaper. I mow the south yard and it does tire me. Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Cordes call on us for a short while, also, Mrs. Seidschlag. We see and hear over television a discussion of the problem of the negro in becoming integration attained with whites.
September 03, 1968 Sunny and hotter. In forenoon I get my 5th adjustment and in afternoon I drive to the city again to get my check cashed. Also, money is transferred from "wage" booklet to check account. I call on my car driver's liability man and pay my insurance for next six months. Very hot today. We heard and saw this evening a Billy Graham service from Texas.
September 04, 1968 I purchased foods, paid the water bill at Hutchisons and got the mail. Also, I visit with Ed Lutz as I sit in the car. In the afternoon I drive, alone to Dakota for a hair cut and then to Rock City to visit Ed. Another visitor showed up. Rev. Nathan Althoff of Devis. A very good thinker. He preaches at Rock City and so does Thomas Oakes. Billy Graham preaches again over the air from San Antonio, Texas. Republican nominee, Richard Nixon, answers the questions of a group of men and women seeking information, on the television. To Rock City and back was 22 miles.
September 05, 1968 I got my "chiro" in afternoon and stop Rutter's Store for sausage etc. Chiro no. 6 Mrs. Seidschlag calls on us and later Hazel Bear. Stormy in evening. Billy Graham gives his third and last television broadcast.
September 06, 1968 Very cool. I drive to store and post office, then continue thru Red Oak, on to Hog Back and on that small, odd, road west to Damascus highways and back to Cedarville. This was the first time in years that I used that odd road. After supper I started mowing south of garage. All went well for a little while but when the mower stopped I couldn't start it. I took it over to Matters.
September 07, 1968 Down to 45 this morning. Two fine blue Morning Glory blossoms appear - the first of the season and on this chilly morning. I drive to the store, gas station and post office. Threatening in the evening.
September 08, 1968 Rain and heavy thunder last night. I don't go to church. Today, I prepared a "Salisbury Steak and Gravy dinner." and it was excellent. There is two more feeds in the package to look forward to. Two Morning Glory blue blossoms were showing today. The ones of yesterday were gone. At 3 o'clock I drive to Hulls for a few hours. Bill is there and soon to leave for Viet Nam. He comes here to use the phone. Light rain later and heavier later with heavy thunder and lightening.
September 09, 1968 Damp, cool day, In afternoon I drive to Freeport for a Chiro. Kaisers return from the north.
September 10, 1968 Dull and very cool. In forenoon I helped pick blue plums. In afternoon I walked to the Mobil Station and returning. I made a visit with Ivan Schrack. Two Morning Glory flowers appeared - the blue ones. Mrs. Soliday had a number of them.
September 11, 1968 Warmer. I start to study lesson for next Sunday. P. M. I drove to Rock City for honey, at 23. 7 miles. New honey has not been extracted yet. I got four smaller pails of old honey. I visited with Ed for about one half hour. After supper I got the mower and find that I cannot start it after many attempts. Mr. Matter seems to have failed this time.
September 12, 1968 A fine day. Mildly hot. Marie takes Charles to Freeport in forenoon and I drive there in afternoon. I got my 8th Chiro. I call at Garrety's, Sizzle Shop and Eagle Store (at the mall) Also, Mr. Frank, the Jeweler, adjusts the time on my wrist watch. Matter checks over the mower after supper and thinks the trouble has been water in the gas. But it starts and I get the terraces cut over.
September 13, 1968 I mow the back yard (to alley). and front yard and I am tired. The mower works well except starting device. I study S. S. lesson.
September 14, 1968 Another nice day. Two plumbers arrive to remove the old pantry sink and install the new one. They also take care of the drainage from the lavatory. Kathryn mows the north years and I failed to start my mower, so couldn't help. I give much study on the S. S. lesson for tomorrow.
September 15, 1968 Memory: A year ago this morning my good and faithful wife, Laura Jane, departed for a beautiful country. She now lives with many friends and relatives enjoying health, peace and happiness. Soon I will be with her. My guardian Angel is with me always. Today I went to Sunday School and the other services after absence of three weeks. Again I serve as "teacher" for the two classes. In afternoon Charles and I go to the Orangeville Funeral Home to see Clarence Kryder. But the corpse was covered to the public. We met Hiram Kryder, Clarence's son west of Lena and Miss Peck.
September 16, 1968 Threatening. I get my 9th adjustment this afternoon. The old sink and my old washing - machine (the one that Laura bought 2 years ago from the Autex Store). was taken away by I drive to the cemetery with Kathryn in latter afternoon. We see the open grave of Clarence Kryder whose funeral was a few hours earlier.
September 17, 1968 Mostly cloudy with a drizzle occasionally. I drove to Freeport to raise my checking sum. I walked to the Townline Garage to make arrangements for repairing my car. Heavy showers with thunder in evening.
September 18, 1968 Cool. Not much to do. I check up on lawn mower and take it across the street for repairs. I am waiting for a call from the garage to get the car there for repairs. Lewis Busjahn Sr. visits us.
September 19, 1968 Rains last night and today. Charles goes to Freeport with Marie in forenoon. I study S. S. lesson and bring the mower home from across the street.
September 20, 1968 A fine day. I walk for the mail. P. M. After 2 o'clock I start the mower and mow the whole length of terrace, the south yard and the southwest yard. Kathryn takes care of the north of house lot.
September 21, 1968 Nice and a little warmer. I drove to the Hutchison Corner, then 3 miles south to Lancaster Town House and one mile east to Silver Springs Cemetery, which I drove through. I came home by going two miles north, then right, past the Mennonite Church and north to highway 26. Ruth Wagner brought me a supply of cucumbers this evening. Thanks, Ruth, I needed them.
September 22, 1968 I drive to Sunday School in the rain and use the umbrella. Roy Scheider introduces the Rev. John Ferguson and wife and little girl to our class. He preaches an excellent sermon. Later, we, Charles and I, with Floyd and Hazel to the Scheider home. In addition to us four other guests were: - Mr. & Mrs. Clint Scheider, Mr. & Mrs. Weaber Meyer, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Lied, Mr. & Frs. Floyd Parriott, Mr.& Mrs. Wm. Scheider & children Rev. Ferguson, Wife & Daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Zumdahl and probably a few other women. We were shown the cement construction on Wm. Scheider's place "Dutch" Lentz and wife must be added to above list of visitors.
September 23, 1968 Rain in night. The refrigerator is defrosted, P. M. Probably more rain tonight.
September 24, 1968 A nice day after rain last night. The Townline Mobil repair the Dodge today with -- brake lining, etc. in two wheels, new muffler, tail-pipe, brake fluid etc. Cost $35.38. Mr. & Mrs. John Foss visit here this afternoon. I work a wood strip in at end of new kitchen sink.
September 25, 1968 Very nice - cool. I take a tour of about 24 miles, from Buckeye Hall, west, north from Belleview to end of road, west past Wm. Wagner farm, north on that little road, to McConnell black top, north to curve, on north to Winslow black top, then thru Orangeville and to home. The Dodge worked well since the repairs of yesterday.
September 26, 1968 The thermometer shows 42 this morning. Very cool. I go to Orangeville for my monthly check-up by the physician, Dr. Ballesteros. Before dinner a insurance man calls on Charles. In the evening our neighbor, Mrs. Siedschlag calls. Kaisers return this evening from their airplane tour between Chicago and New York.
September 27, 1968 Cool. At home all day, doing odd jobs and working on the S. S. lesson.
September 28, 1968 Cool. Much attention to the S. S. lesson. Kathryn sweeps here again.
September 29, 1968 Beautiful morning. I ate no breakfast but had "Banquets" for dinner. A surprise this morning: the S. S. classes were separate. Mrs. Zumdahl had the ladies. In the afternoon we have three visitors: Jessie, Helen and Catharine. Charles goes to the church for ice cream, in the evening.
September 30, 1968 Warmer. I walk to the post office and back. Much reading is done. Kathryn washes and irons much cloth goods for us.
October 01, 1968 I washed the Dodge in forenoon. Afternoon: - I mowed the terrace the entire length, the front yard and the back yard to the alley. Also, I tested the tire pressures and pumped two of them. A nice day and not too hot. In the evening the Evangelical minister called for a few minutes to interview Charles.
October 02, 1968 A fine day. I walked to the station for one gallon mower gas and stop at store and post office. After dinner I go to cemetery and clean our tombstone, and later, mower the north yard.
October 03, 1968 Very strong, cold, wind today. I go to Freeport, alone, to get my S. S. check cashed and other business transacted. Unpleasant in town because of the wind. I meet Flossie and we talk for a few minutes.
October 04, 1968 Our first frost for the season a very light one. A nice day follows. Rather cool. Kathryn does a "clean-up" especially in the bathroom.
October 05, 1968 Frost was heavier this morning. Good-by to Morning Glories. Both of us went to the dump. We took Kathryn to cemetery and on to the dump by way of Red Oak road.
October 06, 1968 Threatening but no rain. To Church and S. S. Kathryn teaches the ladies class. Charles goes with Hulls to the apple sales stand in Wisconsin. I take a drive vis Red Oak, the "hog back" and Damascus, in latter afternoon.
October 07, 1968 A very nice day. I clean and put on the storm sash. Kathryn helps and the job is completed.
October 08, 1968 Cloudy and cool. I drove to Freeport and conducted business at the bank, martinizing shop, Garretys, and at the Eagle store formerly Piggly Wiggly, at the Lincoln Mall, where Laura and I stopped so often in past years. Pleasant memories of the time now gone.
October 09, 1968 Cloudy, cool, Drizzling. I get to the store and have an interesting talk with Mr. Remmers, then to post office and another interesting conversation with Mrs. Parker. The stove is recovered with Reynolds Wrap. Lewis Busjahn visits us bringing turtle (dressed to eat) grapes and turnips.
October 10, 1968 Very nice. In early afternoon. I walk to cemetery, Then north over the fence, into the valley of "true to nature" and back by way of the "pine hill." A walk of perhaps three miles.
October 11, 1968 A fine day. I walk to post office and back. much study on Sunday School lesson.
October 12, 1968 Another very nice day and hot temperature 78. I visit the village dump and go to the station for gas.
October 13, 1968 A nice day and a big day. To Sunday School, worship service and to the Frank Picnic, at the usual place in Soldier's Club House in Orangeville, and finally, the evening at the home of Naomi Scheider. Mr. Talbot Jr. showed pictures of the World's Fair in Canada, last year, and Lester Frank treated us to screen pictures of scenes in Germany, Switzerland and other countries. Very interesting. I drove home in the dark with Charles a matter I didn't enjoy. I am not used to night driving.
October 14, 1968 Mild and nice. I go to the post office and find a new clerk there; probably Ruth Kottman. I take about a seven mile tour with the car past Damascus. A north storm sash is taken off in evening, for ventilation.
October 15, 1968 Hot day. I have a difficult time to find a check that I must have. In afternoon I mow the complete terrace and the yards to alley.
October 16, 1968 In forenoon Charles went to Freeport with Marie. P. M. I went there alone. At the Sizzle Store I had a visit with Anthony Janicke and while looking around the new Montgomery ward Store. I came across Donald Zimmerman and wife and crippled boy. I mow grass in north yard after returning from Freeport. I hope this ends grass cutting for this year. This was a very hot day.
October 17, 1968 Extremely windy from S. W. I spend time in reading. One of the articles was of the horseback riders (cowboys) in 1893, from Chadron, Nebraska, to Chicago, at the time of the World's Columbian Exposition. Rattlesnake Pete (Stephens), John Berry, Emmet Albright and others participated. Berry was first; Albright next. Distance miles 1040, by Berry in 13 days and 16 hours, Over 75 miles daily. $2500.00 was offered to the winner. Buffalo Bill offered $500.00 to the winner if the race would end at his Wild West Show. Emmet Albright proposed the race. He was a newspaper correspondent who wanted exciting news.
October 18, 1968 Very cool. I take a one man tour, P. M., 26 miles. On town line west, and thru the "scenic drive" to east edge Lena, then back on McConnell road to a right turn and on strange roads back to town line highway. Rev. Duane Ray paid us a visit at about 3 o'clock. Very chilly this evening.
October 19, 1968 Nice day. I drive to the dump and return. Later, I walk to post office and back.
October 20, 1968 To both services. My class had only three persons. Preaching services was slim attendance. P. M. We drive to Ten Eyck fruit farm and I buy 2 large bags of apples (yellow tranparents or yellow delicious) and ________. From Cedarville to Monroe was 16. 1 miles, to apple sales = 10 to 11 more. Complete trip was 56. 4 miles. we come home by way of Dakota & Davis. One way = 28.2 miles. On way back we stopped at the John Foss home. No one there. This has been a perfect autumn day.
October 21, 1968 Nice. I visit the store, the post office and Mobil Station. Also, the refrigeration is being de-iced taking 8 1/2 hours. I didn't have the thermostat properly arranged.
October 22, 1968 We take the laundry to Hulls in the early morning. This was a cloudy, chilly, with wind, day. I walk to the store and, in afternoon, drive to post office.
October 23, 1968 Damp and cloudy, Marie and Charles spend most of forenoon in Freeport.
October 24, 1968 Another cloudy, cool day. That north window storm sash is put on again. I drive no further today than store and post office.
October 25, 1968 Quiet cool but nice. I drive, alone, for about 17 miles via Duck's Misery and north across Cedarville - Lena highway and back past the sand works. The Kaisers return this evening from a week's absence, with Dale and family.
October 26, 1968 Nice day. I was quite busy with the S. S. lesson. The clocks were set back one hour this evening.
October 27, 1968 Chilly with strong wind and, in afternoon, light drizzles. To church, on standard time. Dinner and afternoon with Kaisers, honoring my 87th birthday anniversary. Clyde shows screen pictures of the west, also, Washington, New Jersey, New York and Arlington Cemetery. Charles attends services in the evening with Marie and children. Also, Mary, husband and son visit here for a half hour.
October 28, 1968 Very chilly and windy. I drove to Orangeville for "check-up". Kathryn takes care of wash.
October 29, 1968 A fair day; not so windy. To Freeport P. M. I call at 6 stores in addition to the Sizzle Shop.
October 30, 1968 A nice day. I visit the gas station, the store and post office. I do much reading in the Reader's Digest. President Johnson made a speech this evening for Humphrey and mate.
October 31, 1968 A large day. I clean the porch windows and do some work on window in my bedroom and in the storage room. This was a very warm day and off came my underwear. It was working the porch that made me uncomfortably hot. "Trick or Treat" this evening. We see and hear a tremendous political rally in Madison Square Garden this evening. A great crowd with loud applause cheers the speakers: Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, Gov. Rumney of Michigan, Gov. of Ohio, and the vice president nominee -------------------- and at last Dick Nixon made a strong appeal for all Republican nominees to be elected.
November 01, 1968 A nice day but I am not feeling well and my right leg is painful. Probably too much knee work yesterday. Louis Busjahn and Ralph Gift visit with us. I don't like turtle soup; in fact my appetite is very low, altho, I used milk, bouillon, cheese, and a spoonful of turtle soup, for supper. I studied the S. S. lesson but it didn't go nicely.
November 02, 1968 Cool. I visit the dump. I take a pleasure drive thru Red Oak, over "Hog Back" and thru Damascus. This evening we saw pictures of Judy Ford the Miss America of 1969, with the parade in Belvidere.
November 03, 1968 A very nice day. To services as usual. Kathryn rides along with me to S. S. but not return. We enjoyed a turkey meal, Banquet style, and it was good. In afternoon we go along with Clyde and Kathryn to Beloit. They call on family there. I get thru a small museum and into a small church - which was used by both Catholics and Protestants. All of us see the skaters at the indoor rink of the Wagon Wheel. We come home by way of Rockford. A fine day. In the evening Marie and son and daughter and son call for a short time.
November 04, 1968 Mild and nice. I go to Freeport. I visit Garretys, Littles, Sizzle Shop, Crawford's Drug Store and the Eagle Store at the Mall. My winter coat was a little too warm today. We hear and see three speakers this evening: Richard M. Nixon - Republican, Herbert H. Humphrey - Democrat, George C. Wallace - Independent. The Independent speaker impressed me very much. He may be a man representing ideals of the future.
November 05, 1968 We vote in forenoon. In afternoon, I take a drive of about 11 miles. Election reports keep coming in, seeming by favorable to Richard Nixon, in the evening.
November 06, 1968 Mild rain nearly all day. As a surprise, I hear of the election of Richard Nixon and other republicans. I am at home all day. I get a new interest in the health book of the Cornaro System.
November 07, 1968 Cloudy, cool. In afternoon we go to Dakota for haircuts. Cost $1.75 this time; a 25 cent raise over former prices. we stop and visit Mr. & Mrs. John Foss for an hour or two.
November 08, 1968 Raw and unpleasant. I stay in the house nearly all day. Kathryn sweeps storage room. I do much reading.
November 09, 1968 Damp, chilly air in afternoon. I drive to the dump, to Mobile to the store and to the post office. At Mobile I meet and talk with Russell Stamm. Larry Hale's barn burned down early this morning.
November 10, 1968 Because of my sore heels I almost was late to Sunday School. These heels required bandages and it was difficult. This was a damp, unpleasant day. I ate dinner at the Kaiser home. Information was given to me about my will and I feel more decided on that. Charles stayed at the church till 3:30. In the evening I walked to the Evan. Cong. Church for their special service. Rev. Wilson was there and he knew me. Also, I talked with Dorcas Edwards whom I had not seen for years.
November 11, 1968 Damp, chilly. I recover the stove with Reynold's Wrap and apply Castor Oil to my sore heel. The humidifier is filled. Very damp, chilly and uncomfortable this evening.
November 12, 1968 Mostly sunny and cool. To the store and post office A. M. and to Freeport P. M. I walk to National for oranges, etc. and to Garrety's for nuts.
November 13, 1968 A rather quiet day. I drive by way of Red Oak and Damascus for a pleasure hour.
November 14, 1968 Some jobs for this forenoon: The top support irons on the gas stove are changed in position inside the room and my heels are treated with castor oil. I tour past Paul Kaiser place, then two miles east on the old dirt road to Glasser Corners, one mile south, one mile west, two miles north, to Mt. Hope, and back home. This was a nice day.
November 15, 1968 Damp and chilly. Kathryn thaws out the freezer, here. I have very little to do.
November 16, 1968 A complete rainy day. Nor "dump". no post office, at home all day. No Lawrence Welk Orchestra to night. We could not get him.
November 17, 1968 A rather drab day, gloomy. To services as usual. In the class I read from Christian Herald of November '68 - about Circuit Court Judge Edith S. Sampson, a Negro woman of outstanding abilities, in Chicago's New Civic Center. Preaching service was well attended despite rainy weather. At home for remainder of day.
November 18, 1968 Unpleasant day I drove to post office and gas station and then took a pleasure drive - past Paul Kaisers, west to the dance hall, on westward to the old schoolhouse, north to Scioto road and east to 26 and back home. Rain and snow piles up on windshield as I come north. Very unpleasant as I get home.
November 19, 1968 A cold wind makes this day very unpleasant. I drive to the store, post office and around the square 4 miles, to west of town.
November 20, 1968 Sunny but cold. Charles works at the farm. In afternoon I take a tour of 27 miles; to Lena then back on McConnell road, to road one half west of McConnell, then south to townline and back to home. Clyde works for Matters on their shed construction.
November 21, 1968 A fine day and Milder. At home all day. Charles and Marie visit Freeport. In the early evening Rev. Ray and Rev. Ed Nelson call on us. This afternoon I finished the reading of life of Cornaro, and the "Art of Living Long". after having read it many times before.
November 22, 1968 Oh! What a beautiful sunrise this morning! Clyde and Kathryn depart for Fayetteville to visit with Doris and Wallace Cordes. They are on their way to Florida, I walk to the post office.
November 23, 1968 A fine day, mild. I visit the gas station, the post office and twice to the store. At the gas station I visit with Russell Stamm. This evening we had a meal of beef, brown gravy, potatoes, rusks and strawberry sauce, etc. Oh! what a good repast.
November 24, 1968 A perfect day. To services as usual. On the invitation of Hazel Bear I stay at church for the dinner. In place of the regular sermon we listened to a young man, a missionary from _________. His name _______________ He wasn't a fluent speaker, It went hard for him. In latter afternoon we took a drive , east to Bobb place, south to Winnesheik and back. In the evening we are at the Evangelical Church to hear a missionary from the Philippines speak, with stereoptical scenes.
November 25, 1968 To Freeport P. M. I purchase my new diary for '69. Also, call at National, Garrets and Gambles. Cloudy and chilly.
November 26, 1968 Cloudy and chilly. In afternoon I go to the doctor for a check-up, the last one for this year. I visit with Mrs. Adam Zweifel.
November 27, 1968 A very nice day. Henry Sills visits me in garage as I work on a stick of wood for a towel rack. This is the first time I have seen Henry in a year. He lives, now, in the Seidshlag home, across the alley.
November 28, 1968 A very unusual day. We go to Hulls for dinner and afternoon. Mary and family are there also. When we returned the ground was covered with snow and I felt a trifle doubtful. But we had no trouble getting into the garage. I swept much of the snow off of the car. this was our fist snow to cover the ground.
November 29, 1968 Snow lays, but melts on walks. I walk to store and post office. Henry Sill walks along from post office.
November 30, 1968 A fine day. But what a day delivering garbage. The dump yard was very muddy and rough and I was afraid that I could not get our. But after careful scheming I done it. At the garage I washed the wheels with a broom and scrubbed out the floor under the steering wheel. now, I am glad to be out of it. Later, I walked to the post office and stopped at the store.
December 01, 1968 Cloudy, damp, threatening. We attend services. A young man from Orangeville played the organ in church, and played it too loud, so I thought. At home during remainder of day.
December 02, 1968 A busy morning. In addition to the regular work I clean the bathroom floor register, fill the humidifier and change the dust catcher in the gas- furnace. Also, add oil to the car. The afternoon was the occasion of increasing fog.
December 03, 1968 Damp and uncomfortable. I paint a wood strip in the cellar, first coat, for the use in the pantry. I walked to the post office and back. Marie stops here for the laundry.
December 04, 1968 Nice A. M. but cloudy P. M. I go to Freeport in afternoon. S. S. Check is cashed, bank-box rental is paid and I get my new "69 license plates. The cost was $18.00 plus one dollar for clerical service. I got the plates in the basement of First National Bank. The plate number - 436 459.
December 05, 1968 Strong, cold wind last night and today. I cover the cook stove with the tin foil in forenoon. In afternoon the refrigerator is defrosted. In the evening Mr. Taft, the plumber, calls for a short time. A cold, Damp, evening follows.
December 06, 1968 I drive to store, to post office, and then drive on townline west to one half mile east of Damascus and on through Red Oak to home. Cold damp air prevails.
December 07, 1968 No going to the dump today but I visit the store and post office. Henry Sills visits us. I paint the towel rack board and the sink end strip.
December 08, 1968 Eleven above zero this morning but no wind and this was nice. As usual both of us attend the usual church services. At home for remainder of day. Our dinner was roasted package chicken and packaged pie. Both very good.
December 09, 1968 I walk to the post office and call at the store. I do much talking with Henry Remmers on various topics. The Dodge car is at Town Line Garage all day, for a grease job, change of oil, new radiator fill and other items. Cost $16.84.
December 10, 1968 To Freeport P. M. I draw out all money values from "Wage Earners" book and apply same to my check book. Book discarded. I visit the Gamble store and Wagners and Garretys. Electric bill is paid by check. I make a drive to Brennans for oranges.
December 11, 1968 A moderately mild day - 48 in mid-afternoon. In afternoon I drive west and north past the "sand works" and on to the T road, back to highway and home. 15 miles. Threatening in evening. A letter came from Delbert and Bette Bear, or, rather, a card picture showing their nice appearing boys.
December 12, 1968 Threatening, windy and damp. I drive to Orangeville to pay my bill to Dr. Ballesteros. A letter from sister Jessie says she expects to take a plane trip to California to stay six days, probably over Christmas. A Season's Greetings from highly esteemed Eloist Ministry came also. Lewis Busjahn Sr. visits with us in the forenoon.
December 13, 1968 Cold wintry day. I don't get off today of our yard. I study the S. S. lesson and write out Christmas Greeting Cards - 9 in all.
December 14, 1968 Eight above zero this morning. Our coldest morning thus far. I have written a letter today to Herbert Lambert of 618 Orchard Ave. Worthington, Minnesota. I deliver to the dump; then to the store and at last to the post office.
December 15, 1968 Very cold;11 above zero. We had our S.S. class in a near-by room today. Attendance at services was good. We were at home remainder of day.
December 16, 1968 A nice winter day. I go to Freeport P. M. and call at the Social Security Office to present my claim for doctor's services in period Aug. 26 to Nov. 26, 1968. At the E. & W. I purchase a white shirt and a suit of underwear. On way to home a stop at Mobil for gas and at post office, is made.
December 17, 1968 The main job today was putting up the towel rack in the pantry and the end space board. The rack work was difficult but I didn't anticipate it in advance. I didn't get off this place today. Two ladies bring us gift packages after nine o'clock P.M.
December 18, 1968 Cloudy, damp, again. Marie and Charles go to Freeport. I prepare a dinner but have to eat alone. I visit store and post office.
December 19, 1968 Light snowfall. I write Christmas Cards and carry them to the post office.
December 20, 1968 A fair day with sunshine. I sweep pantry, kitchen, my bedroom and part of sitting room and walk to post office. I am quite annoyed in a search for my new license plates but at last find them in the parlor cabinet. C. B. Langenstein died at Phoenix, Arizona. Burial in Phoenix.
December 21, 1968 Some sunshine but damp and a light snowfall. I attack the new license plates to the car; a chilly job. The number 436 459. I walk to post office and stop at the store. Apolla 8 - rockets toward the moon today. A group of youthful carolers visit us this evening. I didn't know them nor where they came from.
December 22, 1968 A very unusual day. More snow has fallen through the night with ice under it. We are at home all day. I decide on a course of treatment for my eyes: - Sterling Cider Vinegar and Honey.
December 23, 1968 Today I have arranged a new system of physical living. Instead of drinking hot water, cool water will be used, and in plenty, but no water after supper. Proper mastication will be put to correct use. As an experiment 1 teaspoonful of Cider Vinegar will be used three times daily with the water. Water must be drank an hour before meals. Raw unpleasant day. I walk to post office and store. We get a visit from carol singers in evening, evidently the Methodists. They five cookies. At 8:30 the Evangelicals arrive singing. Rev. Duane was with them.
December 24, 1968 Raw, damp, air, with temperature at 12 above zero all day. I walk to post office. Have a good talk with Mrs. Parker. More presents of cookies, etc. come in from near neighbors.
December 25, 1968 Straight zero this morning. Loyal Gassman and Mary, between 12 and 1 o'clock, haul us to the home of Oliver and Marie Hull, where we have a dinner, and after about 3 hours bring us home again. A cloudy, dull day. The trouble with this holiday was too much to eat and especially too much "sweets". I will be glad to get back to my normal diet.
December 26, 1968 Between six and 6:30 Loyal Gassman stops, with Marie, and Charles goes along with them to Chicago, where Marie and Charles board a jet passenger plans for Sacramento, California, on a visit to Charles Hull.
December 27, 1968 Cloudy, damp, gloomy. Extra jobs: covering stovetop with Reynold's Wrap, sitz bath, foot treatment. S. S> Lesson study. Piano ;playing. Very unpleasant outside with light rain, etc.
December 28, 1968 Snow falling this forenoon. Henry Sills died this forenoon. In afternoon I shovel the snow off the walks and then go to the problem of attacking tire chains to the car. No post office nor store for me today. Not very cold.
December 29, 1968 A very nice day with 10 above zero in morning. Floyd and Hazel come here and take me to church. The minister was Rev. Edgard Perez, evidently of Spanish or Italian descent. I go home with Floyd and Hazel and spent the day there. It was interesting and enjoyable. F. B. brings me home in the evening.
December 30, 1968 Snowing day. I drive to the store and post office. Ruth brings food here, and later phones me concerning this evening and I go with them to Burke-Tubbs to get a last look at Henry Sills. His funeral is tomorrow forenoon. Bob drove Jane's car. Thanks to the Wagners.
December 31, 1968 A terrible cold day with a strong wind. Nine below zero at five o'clock P. M. I am at home all day. I do shovel a little snow off the walks. A can full of Heet is put into car gas tank. William Henry Sill was buried today. Floyd Bear was a pall bearer.
Thomas Gaines - Famous Dietician and Food Expert Says - "I believe bad habits of eating to be responsible for all the evil, war, crime, sickness and dishonesty in the world today."
Bernarr Macfadden stated - "It is my firm conviction founded upon many years of personal observation of these cases that proper walking will cure almost every first and second stage case of tuberculosis or comsumption. It will cure many cases of Bright's Disease. It will cure Diabetes, if it has not advanced too far. It will cure cancer in it's incipient stage and in some advanced cases. It will cure nervous troubles of all kinds. It will cure many forms of wasting diseases."
In another page of the same book Macfadden stated -- " It is my contention that walking alone, if the distance is increased each day as herein suggested will cure practically every disease."
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