January 1897

1 Fri
Clear with a NE wind but very pleasant.
To Dr. A.J. Fulton’s to dinner and I came down to Larrabee’s with James Collins to W.W. Larrabee‘s where we was visiting.
2 Sat
Cloudy and warm with a SE wind.
I rode up to A.J. Fulton’s with John Tweedie and got some papers.Walked home to W.W. Larrabee’s.

3 Sun
Stayed at W.W. Larrabee’s all day Sunday. Went down to the Baptism by the Starch Factory. Warm and melted all day.

4 Mon
Cloudy and warm with a SE wind and very foggy.
Signs of rain. Still at W.W. Larrabee’s. In the evening R. McKelvery came and moved us up to his place.

5 Tue
Cloudy and warm with a NE wind.
At McKelvery’s. R.L. Bell is here thrashing for McKelvery. He got done today.

6 Wed
Cloudy and quite warm with a SE wind in the forenoon.
About 3 o’clock the wind came round to the NW. Quite cold.

7 Thu
Cloudy with a NW wind and snow squalls all the forenoon but the sun came out at noon but clouded up the most of the time. Dr. A.J. Fulton was here.

8 Fri
Clear and cold with a NW wind.
Adaline is still sick. Robert went out this morning to get some more medicine to Doctor A.J. Fulton’s.

9 Sat
Cloudy and cold with a North wind.
The most of the day was pretty cold but at noon we had to put down the window blind, the sun was so hot. A.J. Fulton here.

10 Sun
Cold with a NW wind and snowstorm all the forenoon.
It stopped snowing and the sun came out a great many times. Called in to Adaline to see how she was.

11 Mon
Cloudy and quite warm with a NW wind.
Ash McKelvery moved us up to R.L. Bell’s today and we found things quite pleasant there. Had a good time.

12 Tue
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind and some snow squalls in the forenoon.
I went down to Robert McKelvery’s in the afternoon and stayed myself.

13 Wed
Clear and cold with a NW wind.
I stayed at R.L. Bell’s till after dinner and Ash McKelvery took me out to A.J. Fulton’s Drug Store and I talked with Aaron awhile.

14 Thu
Clear and quite cold but in the afternoon it was quite warm and pleasant for January.

15 Fri
Clear and cold with a West wind but the day was very pleasant and warm for the time of the year and the snow all off.

16 Sat
Clear and warm with a NW wind. We stayed at R.L. Bell’s all day and had a good time.

17 Sun
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind and signs of a storm. Commenced to snow at dark from the SE, snow and hail.

18 Mon
R.L. Bell brought us home on half bare ground with horse and sled. It rained all day but home in one hour.

19 Tue
It cleared off at night.
The wind came round to the North dreadful cold. The temperature registered 20 degrees below zero with a dreadful heavy wind.

20 Wed
Clear and cold with a NW wind. Fred walked out to the river today. L.H. Fulton gone to Wing’s to make sleepers. (Note: Sleepers: Railroad Ties hewn out by axe )

21 Thu
Cold with a SE snowstorm. Commenced about 6 o’clock in the morning and snowed heavy all day and all night. Near a foot of snow. Men and teams laid by.

22 Fri
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. R.L. Bell came this morning to go to hauling wood. Fred and Harden to help him. Harden’s mare died.

23 Sat
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. Fred was to the river. J.W. Fulton and Harden was to Centreville to the Mill.

24 Sun
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind.
Seven more baptized today making 19 in all in a week for the Ouserite Church, I suppose. (Note: Town records reveal no record of church movement that would resemble grandfather’s definition of ‘Ouserite.’ In August of 1894, a group of dedicated Baptists raised quite a stir under the leadership of Elder Charles Orser. This movement was the foundation of theFree Baptist Church that was established just a few years later and of which grandfather noted the laying of the cornerstone. It is possible that R.M. Fulton was making a reference to the ‘Orserite Church.)

25 Mon
Cloudy and cold with a NW wind. Snowing some and blowing some. Fred was hauling wood to George York‘s.

26 Tue
Cloudy and cold with a SE wind in the forenoon and snowing. The wind came round to the North in the afternoon. Snowed and blowed heavy. Fred hauling for George York.

27 Wed
Clear and cold with a NW wind.
Fred killed his fowls. John Kelley went to Blaine. I had an ill turn.

28 Thu
Cloudy and cold with a SW wind. Fred started to the Fort Mill this morning. Signs of a storm. Harden took a load of Sleepers.

29 Fri
Cloudy with a NW wind and snowing and drifting and blowing and very cold. Fred got home from the Fort Mill and left his grist.

30 Sat
Mostly clear and cold with a NW wind. Fred is quite sick with a sore throat today.

31 Sun
Clear and cool with a SW wind. Fred was very sick with a sore throat and bad cold. Merty Cox called in today and some others.

And so Ends the Month of January

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