January 1896

1 Wed
Cloudy & Cold with a NW wind. Stella and family was up to Harden’s all day. Mrs. George Hallett was here to dinner. Perry Cox called. Fred was helping Charles McPherson making sleepers. (Sleepers was an early word for RR ties. With the new Railroad coming in, it was a new opportunity of labor in hewing them by hand)

2
Clear & Cold with a SW wind. We was home all day. The fields are all about bare. Signs of a storm. The cattle, sheep, hogs and horses all grubbing through the fields.

3
Cloudy and Cool with a SE wind. Snowed a little in the night. Signs of a storm all day. Snowed just enough to say that it snowed. Sherman and wife and two children came before dinner and stayed all night and left the next morning.

4
Cloudy and Cold with NW wind. The wind blew heavy and cold all day. Sherman and wife and family left here this morning. The fields stili bare. Cattle grubbing.

5
Some clouds and Cold with a NW wind. A heavy cold wind. Stephen Giberson gave us a call this afternoon an hour or two. Signs of a storm. Ground stili bare.

6
Cold with NW wind and mostly clear. Temperature run down to four below zero by sundown. It was very cold. The ground stili bare.

7
Mostly clear and cold with a NW wind. Fred was helping Charles McPherson today making sleepers. The ground stili bare but signs of snow.

8
Clear and Cold with a NW wind. It got cold in the afternoon very fast. The ground bare. The cattle, sheep and horses was grUbbing in fields. The dry dirt blowing on the roads like in the summertime.

9
Clear & Cold with NW wind. Fred was away all day for C. McPherson making sleepers. The ground still bare. Cattle and sheep still running the fields. Not common for the 9th of Jan. Clear &

10
Cold with a NW wind. LeRoy Bell, that was stopping here and choring, complained of being sick, went home today. Fred was helping McPherson. The fields still bare.

11
Cloudy & Cold with a NE wind. We was home all day. Fred had Harden here this forenoon helping him to saw up wood at the door. Harden hauled a load of straw. The ground is still bare.

12
Clear & Cold with NW wind. A very beautiful day. The ground bare and froze. Very, very little, but the cattle and sheep still grubbing through the fields. We was home all day. Fred and family went up to James W. Fulton’s.

13
Cloudy with a NE wind. It began to snow in the night and kept on snowing a little all day and it snowed about two inches in all. Fred was in the woods for C. McPherson.

14
Cloudy & Cold with a NW wind. It snowed some all day but not enough to amount to anything. Poor traveling. There is only about two inches of snow. Winter is passing away.

15
Some clouds & cold with a NW wind. Fred was away today helping Charles McPherson making sleepers. LeRoy Bell was here tending the cattle. The rest of us was home all day.

16
Some Clouds & Cold with a NE wind. Signs of snow. In the afternoon it clou~ed up and began to snow. For the past week the cattle and sheep was through the fiel~s. They are using wagons.

17
Clear & Cold with a West or NW wind. Fred was hauling wood this afternoon. He had Jim and Harden helping him yarding in the wood. They could not haul to the door.

18
Cloudy & Cold with NW wind. Fred and Harden drove out today to Mars Hill Village with the double wagon there was so little snow.

19
Some clouds & cold with a North wind. We was home all day. Fred and wife went over to James Rundlett’s to see his Father and Mother. They was sick. Sylvester boy and Oran Wing was here.

20
Cloudy & Cold with a NW wind. A sprinkle of snow all day but not amount to much. They are stili traveling with wagons the 20th day of January.

21
Cloudy & Cool with NW wind. It snowed two inches last night and today. Fred put a roller in the bobsled today and yarded wood in the afternoon.

22
Some clouds in the forenoon but by noon it cleared off fine. Quite cold in the afternoon. Fred had Jim yarding wood. Fred went over to his Father’s tonight after dark on horseback.

23 Thu
Clear & Cold with a West wind. Fred got home at noon. Harden got home tonight from Knoxford. Still going with wagons. Fred got some sled timber today.

24
Cloudy & Cool with a SW wind. Myself and wife made Mrs. Stephen Giberson a good all day visit today. Had a nice time. Fred came after us at night. Mrs. Len Bartley here to tea. Signs of rain.

25
Cloudy & Cold with a NE wind. It is very stormy looking today but did not storm till about
six o’clock. Just enough to say it stormed. Fred drove out to Mars Hill with horse and wagon.

26 Sun
Quite moderate snow storm all the night and all day today. Snowed 1 1/2 inches. The sleighs and sleds and wagons. We are in hopes it will stay on. We was home all day. Adaline McKelvery was here awhile.

27
Quite stormy looking this morning. Fred took a load of hay to Chandler today. About three inches of snow on the ground now.

28
Clear & Cold with a NW wind. Very Cold. Fred went to move W.W. Larabee and family to Bridgewater. To be gone two days. John McPherson got a little jag of hay today.

29
Clear & Cold with a NW wind. I called up to Harden’s and Stephen Giberson’s. Fred got home tonight from Bridgewater. Dolly Bell and young McKelvery called in tonight.

30
Mostly clear and cold with a West wind. We was home all day. Fred made Harden a sled pole for his long sled. Urban Bell and Esther Boynton was here to dinner and supper.

31 Fri
Clear & Cold with a NW wind. Three inches of snow on the ground now. Very poor sledding the last day of January. Fred went over to the river with Jim.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in 1896. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s