RUBEN E. PEYTON
At the age of 91 years copied his diaries into a journal, including recollections of his early life up to the time he moved to Medford, Oregon June 16, 1887.
I was born September 23, 1856, Clark County, Indiana. My grandparents were Elijah and Eliza Peyton. My father, Charles Robinson Peyton and my mother Nancy Elizabeth (Hastings) Peyton. My father's brothers were McCagy Peyton and Milton W. Peyton and sisters Nancy Peyton, Sally Ann Peyton and Margaret Peyton.
My parents left Indiana in May, 1858 with Uncle John M. Sears, Aunt Lottie Sears was mother's sister. We came via Missouri and stopped to see Uncle Henry Hastings, mother's brother, then came on to Kansas in 1858. I was 18 months old when we left Indiana. We stopped near Iola, Kansas where my father died on July 4, 1859 from sunstroke and was buried near Iola, Allen County. After father died we move to Humboldt, Kansas. Grandma Hastings and mother were in Humboldt when Quantrel's men burned Humboldt. Grandma's house and everything in it was lost. Our house was not up in the main part of town. Mother, sister and I moved everything out of the house but they did not burn our house. Grandma came to live with us.
The Osage Indians were camped near our house. I would be down at the Indian camp and play with the papooses the most of the day and mother would let
me stay hours at a time. All my early life was spent among Indians. Their way, their different kinds of songs and dances, their tortures they went through to become braves, all helped me in years after when I went with the Indians as their interpreter.
My mother, sister and I lived in Humboldt the first part of the war in the 60's. My mother married again in August 13, 1862, a man by the name of David Dotson, and we moved to Leavenworth. I was 7 years old. One of the games we boys played was putting a chip on one's shoulder and the boy that knocked it off would have to fight until one would yell "Enough." They would then shake hands and there would be no hard feelings.
I was over at Aunt Lottie's one day and we heard a big noise on the street. My aunt and I went to the door and saw my stepbrother David, who is two years older than I, running for all he was worth with four or five boys after him. One big boy was almost onto him and I did not think of anything except helping Dave so I started down the street like a whirlawind, shot around Dave just as the big kid reached out both hands to take hold of Dave, and I hit him with my head right in the breadbasket. I knocked him out cold! I stood over him for a second then I looked up and saw all the boys had stopped. I started for the nearest boy and before I got halfway to him, he turned and ran. I followed them for a ways then turned and went back to Aunt's. My Aunt never got tired telling how I made five boys run and I was the smallest one in the bunch.
We lived on the west side of the city and west of the fence that was around our lot there was a steep hill. The steep side came down to our fence and if we
turned south, it was a little up hill and when we would sled down the steep hill, the other small incline would slow up the sled and that was the way we went to get to the top again; but if the sled turned north along our fence, at the northwest corner the creek made a sharp turn and the bank was about 15 feet high. I remember one time the wind had blown the snow off the ice on the creek and it was as smooth as glass. I got another boy on my sled and the double weight made the sled go faster and before I got to the turning place, I lost control and it turned north of the high bank. When we went over the bank we sailed down the creek and when we hit the ice, it did not give us a jolt and we slid for some distance on the ice. I was seven years old when I did this and it was quite a thrill.
I remember when they said Price's army was coming up the river. everybody really began to get scared but he never goat as far as Leavensworth.
After this we moved west to Jackson County, near Grasshopper Falls, on a farm, a Mr. Shires place. One day Dave and I were out in the field and Mr. Shire was cutting sage plants for a hedge fence and he was sitting on a wheelbarrow when he jumped up and said, "Why are you boys shaking the wheelbarrow?" Then we all realized that it was an earthquake. Our house was of brick and it broke some window panes, also some of the dishes in the cupboard.
One day Dave and I went visiting a neighbor. Dave, my stepbrother, was 2 years older than I was and the neighbor had a smokehouse full of tobacco curing. Dave thought it looked so nice he took a big chew. I thought Dave was going to die and he was sure of it. I think that kept me from ever wanting to chew or smoke.
Grandma Hastings lived with us most of the time after she got her house and everything burned at Humboldt. I was eight at this time. One afternoon we had gathered lots of nuts, black walnuts, hickory nuts, pecan and hazel nuts and my stepbrother, stepsister and my sister and I were all cracking and eating nuts under the bedroom window when I happened to think of Grandma being sick in that room. I think she could look out and see us but we could not see in the room. I picked out a double handful of the nuts and took them in to Grandma and put them down on the stand table at the head of the bed. She did not say a word to me but put out her hand on the top of my head and asked God to bless her boy. She always called me her boy. She was with mother when I was born and I wonder if that blessing has not had an influence all my life.
From the Shire's farm we moved to another place one mile from Grasshopper Falls where we went to school. I was nine at this time. We would pass the bankers house on the way to school where Grace, their daughter, lived. She was about my age and we always walked together from school to her house and I would carry her books as far as the gate. All the school called Grace "Ruben's girl" (my girl.)
One of the teams we had at this place was a big black team. Charley and Wild Bill. Wild Bill was mother's riding horse and we had lots of life though nothing mean. Charley was a cavalry horse. We all went to town to see Barnum's circus and went partway with the parade. Charley waltzed all the time the band played.
Dave and I thought a few days before Easter that we would save up a few eggs for Easter. We found an old tub, took it in the hay loft and covered it with hay.
We were getting lots of eggs though they were only 5 cents per dozen. Well, we got the tub 1/2 full and one day someone left the gate open and the old sow got in and found them. The day before Easter we had scrambled eggs.
The highway passed between the house and barn. One day I found a new billfold. I wanted to fool someone with it so I filled it up with newspaper and put it in the road. I then got behind the house to watch a man by the name of Cody come along in a horse and buggy. When he saw the pocketbook he jumped out, picked it up and got back in the buggy before he opened it up. When he saw what was in it, he looked back and saw me (I had come out in full view), he threw it all back at me and started his horse up in a fast trot, so I got my pocketbook again.
My stepfather bought an 80 of raw land on a creek called "Wildcat" NW of Grasshopper Falls. He put up a box house for us to live in while he was building a stone house 32 x 36, in the shape of an "L". This house was built near the SW corner of Atchison County, Kansas. My stepfather bought Dave and I a pony. My pony's name was Kate and Dave's was Emma. Our job was to look after the cattle, of which we had 15 or 20 head to look after. On the north was a hedge fence, on the west we joined on to a neighbor; south and east was a rail and the pole fence where we had all the trouble with the cattle breaking in. Dave and I had two yoke of the calves broke to the sled. We rode to the timber lot, through the wheat field (the wheat was about ready to cut). As Dave and I was coming through the wheat with a big load of poles, Bill, my stepbrother, laid in the wheat and when we came by jumped on hands and knees and yelled "BOO" to the calves. They were so scared and went so fast that it was all Dave and I could do to hold on to the poles. They started for the wood pile and turned so short that they upset Dave and I, wood and
all, at the woodpile, then ran for the corral but they didn't break anything.
After we had moved in the new stone house, Dave and I was bouncing our ball in the old box house when it bounced up through the cubby hole in the loft where the finishing lumber was kept. With a chair and boot box, Dave got up on the boot box and had just crowded his head and shoulders through. It was a tight fit. I was holding the box looking at the east door and I saw my stepfather coming through with a strap in his hand. I knew the cattle was in the field. He never said a word but started in on Dave's legs with that strap. Dave yelled, "Stop that Rube! That hurts!" and when it did not stop, Dave kicked as hard as he could and that upset the boot box so down came Dave on the chair then on the floor. Then my stepfather saw me and I started west through the orchard and I soon found out that he was gaining on me and I turned north for the hedge fence. This fence was about 4 1/2 feet tall and two or three feet wide. Well, I went over it and that stopped my stepfather. "Never mind, I will catch you tonight", he said, but he didn't.
Another time that the cattle got in the wheat Dave had led his horse in the stable where his father got him and he got the strap. I had my horse to the bars and they were all down except the two lower ones. My stepfather was coming out of the stable door and he made a grab for me. I was like the Irishman's flea, I wasn't there, I had moved. My stepfather lost his balance and fell across the bars and I was over the fence headed for the cornfield.
We were living in our new house when a mad dog came by. My sister was ironing in the kitchen and there were two doors open in the kitchen with a table standing between them, where my sister was ironing. She had come out to the
woodpile to get some wood and we both looked up from the woodpile and saw a strange dog get up on the porch and go through both doors of the kitchen. He went out in the orchard west of the house and then turned south for the stables where Mag, our big dog, lay by the barn. Frisk, our little dog, and I ran through the house after him and saw him making for Mag. Mag was afraid of him and got away as quick as he could. Frisk had got about halfway from him when the dog saw him. Frisk stopped as quick as he could and tried to get back to me. I had stopped in the trail from the house to the barn; a wagon road led from the barn to the big gate. After Frisk got away the dog looked up and saw Frisk had just turned out of the road on the trail so I picked up a rock and I let the dog have it along the side of the head as hard as I could throw it. It turned him back in the road and he trotted out through the big gate. Mother was looking out the window and she came to the door and called and said that was a mad dog. This dog went about five miles north and bit a friend of mine, Charles Hale. He was taken mad in a short time and died. We had to kill both of our dogs and got a neighbor boy to kill them for us.
One day my Uncle Z. S. Hastings came on a visit. When he got ready to go, Dave and I took him to Uncle Henry's, about 40 miles from our place. We went on the work horses and Uncle Z.S. rode one and Dave and stepsister were riding in the covered wagon ahead of the cattle. Before they got to town, the girls got Mark to let them get upon the springseat and drive through the town. It was the first time the girls had ever seen Wellington.
We had come via Topeka, Eldorado, Wichita to Wellington, the town we had headed for, and I left the cows near the wagons and rode Pet up to a store and left her at the board sidewalk. There was a boy in the store who said, "You have your
pony well broke" and I told him that she would come on in if I told her to. He looked as it he did not believe me so I called, "Come on, Pet" and she came across the board walk, stepped up on the first step with both front feet then I took her by the bridle and said, "No, Pet, you must not come in here." I led her back on the street and she did not try to follow me back in.
We rented a place south of Wellington on Slate Creek, then my stepfather took up a homestead 5 miles SE of Wellington. We went on this place the first part of 1874 and rented some ground about 2 miles from our place where we plowed and put in some corn. We put up a two-story frame house which had 4 rooms. We didn't have any fence, we had to herd the stock or stake them out. I had Pet staked about 1/4 mile from the house. One day I went down to get her, I dropped the rope at the stake and jumped on without a bridle or rope of any kind. She started for the barn as nice as could be. I put both legs over on the right side and all at once she came up on her hind feet and I started sliding down her. Just as I got to her right hip she hit the ground with her front feet, kicked up her back feet and shot me straight in the air. I came down on my feet, I did not fall. Pet was running for the barn when I yelled, "Whoa Pet". She stopped then waited until I caught up with her. I caught her by the mane then gave about 2 jumps while she started running. By that time she was going so fast that I floated up and all I had to do was sit down on her. She stopped at the stable.
My stepfather, John and I was cutting the corn on the rented place. We had it all cut about 4 p.m. when looking at the west I saw what looked like a black cloud coming up. It was grasshoppers. We stood there and looked until they had cleaned up everything. They ate the path in the stubble where we cut the corn. We sure
looked blue as we stood there and saw all our summer work gone for nothing.
After we lost our crop my stepfather decided to go south for the winter so he sold all but one team of horses, a mare and colt, 2 yoke of oxen. We left September 15, 1874, camped at Oxford. We had 2 wagons, 1 horse and two ox team. On the 16th we were at Mr. Johnson's, a mail station; the 17th at Spring Creek; 18th at Rocky Mound; 19th on the Verdigrise River; 20th Mound Valley, Sunday, the 21st, between Oswego and Chotopa, 22nd Spring Creek near Baxter Spring, Sept. 23rd, my birthday (18), first night in Missouri. We camped near the road and it rained on us. September 24th near Neosha, where John Wallpoles left us, (they came as far as Missouri with us). Sept. 25th near Pineville on Cedarhill; Sept. 26th we camped in a loghouse; Sept. 27, 3 miles from Bentonville; Sept 28th on Whiteriver; 29th at Chance Hollow where our mare and colt was driven off; Sept. 30 we started to track the mare and colt and found them about 2 miles from camp, they were coming back to camp. We camped on War Eagle; Oct. 1st, 1874 camped near a good well of water; Oct 2nd at Bluff Springs; 3rd at Jones near Huntsville; 4th on White River; 5th near Billings; 6th one mile east of Van Buren; 7th, 6 miles southeast of Van Buren; 8th turned back and camped 1/4 mile from Van Buren and stayed in camp for three days, 9, 10, 11th of October. Started the 12th for Texas and camped on Potowes river in the Indian Territory; Oct. 13 camped near Buck Creek; 14th at Mo. Edwards; 15th camped in a grove of timber near the road where on Indian sang his war songs for us; 16th on the side of a hill; 17th on Bushy Creek; 18th near a good spring of water; 19th by the side of the railroad near Topa Indian Territory; Oct. 20 on a small branch 3 miles from New Boggy; 21st camped near a creek with some Texas men; Oct. 22nd camped 1 mile and 1/2 mile from Red River; Oct 23rd camped at the same place; Oct. 24th at a well east of Dennison, Texas; Oct.
25th on Big Cana; Oct. 26th camped near the railroad where Old Julia got mired down in the mud and we pulled her out with one of her colts (Peter). Camped the 27th at same place; Oct. 28th moved on Mr. Ratio Jones place 8 miles north of Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas, where we wintered the fall of 1874 and 1875.
In the spring we put in a crop of corn and cotton. The first cotton I ever saw growing. We furrowed out the rows and dropped the seed and covered with the hoe. An old man came in the field as I was dropping the corn and I told him I wished I had a two-horse planter to plant our corn. He said, "Do they go after the planter and cover the corn with a hoe?" He had never seen a two-horse corn planter.
One day I was helping a neighbor thrash. We had a head of horses to take 1/2 mile to the pond to water them. A boy about my age said "You can carry three large farm horses." I looked at the horses a minute and said "I would have an awful load." I thought for a minute he was going to get mad but he did not. I jumped on one of the horses and led two to the pond. This place was about half mile from the place we were on. You cross a strip of prairie to get to this place.
One day I was going over to his place I met a bunch of cattle about halfway. As soon as they saw me they started for me. I headed for our field but before I got to the fence two longhorn steers got between the fence and me. I did not stop but just as I got on to them I caught my coat by the tail and pulled it over my head. Say, those two shot one on each side of me and I was over the fence laying down when the two bunches came together and they did not know where I had gone.
At another time I was working in the field and we bought a fresh cow and calf. We put the calf up, turned the cow out and she was feeding near the fence when she got in a fight with a yearling. She hooked the yearling and drawed blood. The smell of blood set the cattle and they started to fight with the cow. I thought I could draw them from fighting and I got away from the fence when they saw me and came for me. There was a persimmon tree and I thought it was closer than the fence. I headed for the tree with the cattle gaining every jump. It was lucky for me a limb, big enough to hold my weight, was low and I could jump and grab. I caught it and threw myself on top just as 7 old steers went under me. They could not find me and went back to the herd. The cow was down before I could get out of the tree, with a horn piercing her heart. I got down from the tree, got in the hollow and went to the edge of the timber and got back in the field.
In the fall of 1875 my stepfather took sick and died on Jones' place, I was sitting on his bed when he died. Just before he looked up and saw me and said "Ruben, am I dead?" I said, "No father, I think you will get better now." He did not pay heed to me talking but said, "I've been to heaven, the streets are all paved with gold." He said he saw the throne was all gold but no God on the throne. He told me all he saw about heaven then he told me to call mother and the children. From the bed you could look out the front door and see the walk to the big gate. The walk was set out in evergreen trees on both sides of the walk. He told us to go out along the walk, mother was first then the children. There were two neighbor boys that came from Kansas with us, they were there. I was the smallest so I was last. All came in by his bed and he bid us good by. As I was last I set down on his bed and he said to me, "Ruben, you have been a good boy to me. I want you to have the shotgun", a double-barreled gun I had killed a many a prairie chicken with
it. His boys did not say a word when their father gave me the gun. After he had talked with me he closed his eyes and it was not long before his breath stopped and he passed away. I was on the bed when he passed away. He wanted to go back to that land he saw in his dream.
After my stepfather died Mother and us children wanted to go back to Kansas. We came back from Texas and wintered at Wellington in 1875. We moved on the home place in the spring of '76 to live. There was no timber on the place. We had to haul wood from the Indian territory about 25 miles. There were lots of Indians that came by our place to beg. One day an Indian came and he had his horse about loaded down. Fillmore, my cousin, was at our house and he and I went out to the Indian. Fil said, "You have your horse loaded down, you can give us one of the chickens for our dinner" and he started like he was going to untie one. Say, the Indian started his horse and did not stop to beg anymore. Sometimes they would bring things to trade. One day an Indian came by with a fine Buffalo Indian tanned robe. I traded him flour, sugar, coffee and bout two dollars for it. It was a fine robe.
We were thrashing and had the thrashers at our house. John and I were sleeping out in the yard in the wagon box and along in the middle part of the night we heard a horse coming on the run. A man rode up to the wagon excited like and said that the Cheyennes were on the warpath and are killing everybody. John and I lay down in bed. We told the folks about it at the breakfast table next a.m. All day while we were thrashing the road from Southhaven was lined with people coming from the west to Wellington. They said lots of people left their claims, left stock in the pen and some kept going on east and never did come back to their claims. There
were about 300 Cheyennes. Little Fox was their leader, they went via Medicine Lodge, Dodge, Big Bend and on up north. (This evidently was a band of Indians on it way to join the other Indians at Little Big Horn where they defeated Gen. Custer and his army.) We never left home. It was a big scare. They rounded up some of the older ones and squaws and took them back to the nation.
After we finished thrashing, a boy, Bill Alloway, his sister, Aunt Lizzy Campbell, my stepsister, my sister and I all went down to the territory to get wild plums. We met a man on horseback. He stopped and said the Indians were on the warpath that we had better turn back. We did not turn back but went about five miles in the Territory and camped on a little creek. Down in the bottom a dead tree stood, about the size of a man's body and as tall as a man would be coming up from the bottom. It was dark before we got supper. I had my shotgun along and the girls made their bed in the covered wagon. Bill and I made our bed under the wagon. Along in the night the horses got loose and started for home. Bill and I caught up with them at about the state line. I had left the shotgun in the wagon with the girls. I had taken the caps off and had them with me. Before we got back with the horses the moon came up. One of the girls got up and saw that stump. They were sure it was an Indian! One of the girls was holding a match to fire the gun as soon as the Indian would come nearer and close enough to kill. Bill and I came back. I looked at the girls, then looked at the stump. I did not blame the girls. That stump looked so much like a man, the limb looked like a man with a gun on his shoulder. We went down where we knew the plums were and found lots of plums. We stayed three days and never saw an Indian and I know we were near Indians. The girls never showed a bit of fear. This was in 1877.
One day the two girls were in the kitchen when Emma came in the front room where Mother was sewing on the machine. Emma sat down in a chair near the wall and said, "If nothing happens, I'll sit here till dinner" and leaned against the wall. Her chair was too far from the wall and it began to slip and let Em down on her shoulders on the floor, and her feet upon the chair. Then mother, looking up, said "Well, Emma, it looks like something has happened." Emma was dressed up for her man, George Nelson, the man she did marry.
My mother sold the place to George after he married Emma, my stepsister, and mother moved up to Wellington and bought a place in town, 2 lots, 7, 8, in Block 79, from the Southwestern Stage Co. It had a small frame house on it. Mother, sister and I moved on the place.
My mother married again on August 13, 1878 to a Mr. Sullivan and she moved down on his place. I bought the two lots from Mother and started a stone house 14 x 24 feet onto the frame. My sister, Edith Eliza Peyton went on a visit up north to Uncle Z. S. Hastings and stayed most of the summer. I have a large hair wreath that my sister made for me; all the neighbor girls gave a lock of hair, all made with human hair except a big white rose. This was taken from Bob, a white horse that Nelson owned.
I was riding Bob one cold a.m. to the slaughter house. All at once he swelled up, busted the cinch, kicked up as high as he could and I, saddle and all went over his head. I lit in the road with my feet in the stirrups and the saddle between my legs. Bob never tried to get away, he was as much surprised as I was. I fixed the girth, put the saddle on and let him run the rest of the way. A short time after that
we had Bob staked out on the prairie when a storm came up and lightning came and killed Bob. I have the big white rose in the hair wreath that my sister made for me to remember him.
About this time my Aunt Lottie Sears passed away leaving a baby girl. Uncle John came after mother to go up and get the baby. A neighbor was keeping the baby and Mother and I went up to Phillips County and got the baby (Lottie). Uncle sold out afterward and moved to Wellington and rented a place from a Mr. Frank Bates and lived on this place for a number of years.
On July 2nd, 1880, my Uncle R. W. Hastings and I took up a Pre-emption claim joining 1-1/2 miles NE of Anthony, Kansas (Harper County). August 1, I went back to Wellington and Sister Eliza came back with me. Grandma Hastings came with Uncle R. W. to keep house for him. We built our cabins close, just the line between.
August 9, my sister and I drove over to a Mr. Young's place and bought a milk cow. We had dinner with them then led the cow home with us. This was a friendship that lasted as long as we lived on the claim.
August 30th, Uncle and I went into town to put our notice for Publication in the paper. Grandma Hastings was with Uncle R. W. and sister was with me. At the post office in Anthony, I received an invitation from Tom & Ella wanting me to visit them. My sister and I went and had a fine time. In the afternoon it rained so I had my sister stay all night and I went home after dark. Oct. 8th, I went after sister at Mr. Young's.
Oct. 14th, Uncle R. W. and I went to Wichita, stopped at the Freemont House while in Wichita. The 15th made final proof on our claims.
Oct. 16th left Wichita for home on the 9 am train to our claims.
Oct. 30th Mother and my stepfather came to move us to my stepfather's place in Sumner Co.
Dec. 13, Mr. Sullivan, his son, Joe and I went back to look at some cattle Mr. Young had for sale. We bought them, drove as far as Uncle R. W.'s place the first day.
Dec. 14th, we drove on home. I bought 30 head of longhorn yearlings from Mr. Sullivan, my stepfather. I put my cattle with my stepfather's. Wess Sullivan and I looked after the cattle. We sold the cattle to the butchers in Wellington. I had a fine cutting horse, Dick. I was to drive two beefs to town about 15 miles. I cut one from the herd and two more boys were to bring the other one out. I was holding mine away from the herd. Soon one of the boys came and said "We can't cut the other one out." I left him to look after my steer and went back on Dick and cut the steer out. Dick did not let him make a break back for the herd. I took both steers to the slaughter pen and corralled them.
The last part of 1880 and the first of 1881 I spent most of the time with the herd helping on the ranch.
I bought a small mule from Aunt Eliza for $25.00, well broke. A man that
lived east of Mr. Sullivan's place, about 5 miles, wanted to trade a mare for a mule so I took the mule over to look at his mare. She was Morgan and Kentucky Whip and was a fine looking animal. My mule was smaller than his. We tried them out together and they worked fine. I found out he was afraid of the mare. She would run away and tear everything up, that was the hitch. I said "I will trade the mule for the mare" and I took the mare home with me. I had a big black mare, Coaly, that I could break any wild animal with. I hitched Coaly and her up to the wagon and tried to back them. This mare stuck her nose out and wouldn't back an inch. She would go ahead but not back so I tried another way to work it over. From the barn to the house there was a road that was steep and you had to have a good brake on the wagon. I turned the team around and drove up the road near the house, put the brake on and said "Whoa, Coaly." Both stopped then I let the brake off some and said, "Back up, Coaly." The mare stuck her nose in the air and would not back. I had the brake on the wagon so the wagon could not go fast but it pulled her harness so hard it lifted her front feet from the ground and she came over backwards and hit the ground hard. I said "Hold her, Coaly" and set the brake. She got up on her feet in the harness all right then I said "back up" and for three times that mare hit the ground hard. The last time she turned around looking back. I said, "Hold her Coaly", put the brake on, dropped the lines on the dashboard, jumped out and took her by the bridle and turned her around in place again. I picked up the lines, let up on the brake and said, "Back up, Coaly." Say, that mare backed up as fine as Coaly. I stopped and backed up three times and I never did have the team try to run away.
In the winter of '80 I had a blacksmith make me some steel runners for my top buggy. I could take the wheels off and put the runners on, three could ride in
the seat fine. I was staying on the ranch with Mr. Sullivan, my stepfather, we had our cattle together. Wess, my stepbrother and I looked after the herd. A stepsister, my sister and stepbrother and I looked after the herd. A stepsister, my sister and a neighbor girl, Ida Campbell, was staying there this winter. There was good sleighing. I had taken Ida and Meda out sleigh riding a time or two. There was a dance about 5 miles and one night the two girls wanted to know if I would not take them. I had never been to their dances. My sister found out that we were going, She came to me, both her hands upon my shoulders and said, "Brother, I don't want you to go to that dance." I told her I had promised the girls. I took both hands off my shoulders. I will never forget the hurt look on my sister's face when she said, "Well go, brother, but remember, your sister is at home praying for you." I did not enjoy that ride. The team trotted along like an old snowplow team. I did not think about my team, I drove up to the door where the dance was, let the girls out, drove to the stable and put up my team, then went to the house. There was two sets dancing on the floor of the lean-to. I opened the door going between the 2 sets for the front room in the main building where the fireplace was. I was so overcome with shame and remorse, the way I had treated my sister, I was sick. When Ida came in the room and saw me, she said, "Ruben, you're sick." Then she said, "You go get the team, we are going home." I was glad, I wanted to get out and go someplace. I went back through that crowd and they were playing Old Dan Tucker and all was yelling, you could not hear yourself think. I got the team, drove up to the door, the girls were ready and we started for home, the team going along slow. Before we got to the house I could see a light in sister's room. I let the girls out and put up the team, and went in sister's room for the light. My sister looked like she had been crying. Next morning she met me with a smile, there never was a word said about the dance.
I could hitch my mares up to the sleigh with two or three in, and would speak to the team. If I spoke cross and pulled up tight on the lines, they would start on the jump and the harder I pulled on the lines, the faster they ran. When I wanted to slow them up I would slack on the lines and talk to them. If I wanted them to stop I would drop the lines down on their backs and say, "Whoa, Coaly" and they both would stop. I never carried a whip and open bridles on both mares.
On April 13, 1881 my sister was taken sick so I took my mother and sister up to Uncle John M. Sears near Wellington so she could be near a doctor. I went back to the herd. April 21 my cousin came after me my sister was worse. I could pick her up and hold her in the rocking chair like a little girl as mother would make and air the bed. On April 29 there came a change and sister looked so much better, we all thought she was going to get well so I left about 11 am for the herd. I stopped with my hand on the door knob and looked at sister. She said "Brother, I want you to meet me in heaven." Those were the last words I ever heard her say. I left on Dick for the herd. April 30, 1881 Wes and I were with the cattle and we looked north across the prairie, saw a man coming fast on his horse, it was George, my cousin. He said, "Ruben, your sister is dying." I started Dick for the highway on the run, I kept that urge with my body. I never hit him a lick, he never slacked up for the 15 miles. I rode in the yard at Uncle John's. He came out the door and looked at Dick and said, "Ruben, you have killed your horse." There was foam all over Dick's body, not a dry hair on his body, then he said my sister died a few minutes before. Uncle John took Dick to the stable and put a heavy horse blanket over saddle and all. I did not want to go in the house. I knew my sister was not there, she bid me good-bye yesterday. That picture will always be in my mind. My sister passed away April 30, 1881. "Her morning sun had gone down at noon."
May 10, 1881, Mr. Sulllivan and I went down in the Nation on Bittercreek and bought 10 head of cows and calves, drove them up across the line to our herd and sold some beef to the butchers at Wellington. It was my job most of the time to drive the steers to market. I remember one wild one I was driving on by a brush thicket and he dogged in. I was afraid to ride the horse in so thought I would go in afoot. I had crawled quite a distance in the brush and came to a small opening and looking up saw the steer standing looking at me at the edge of an opening place. I had just straightened up when he leaped at me. My old 45 came out and I shot without taking sight. He had leaped for me when my bullet struck him in the center of the forehead, his knees double up under him and his head was so close I could lift my foot and touch his head. That was one time the old 45 saved my life. My stepfather came with the wagon, we quartered him and took him to town in the wagon.
Another time I had two to take. I cut one out of the herd and was holding for 2 boys to bring the other one to me. One of the boys came and said, "We can't get the other one." I left him to stay with the one I was holding and went after the other one. Dick cut him out and just pushed him out. The steer could not jump fast enough nor could stop too quick for Dick so Dick pushed him away from the herd and drove both about 15 miles out and put them in the pasture at the slaughter house.
Mr. Sullivan bought two wild mules out of a herd of horses and mules that came from Texas. They were wild so we would hitch one at a time with Coally, my black mare. She was fine to break any wild animal with and all you had to do was say, "Hold her Coaly" or "Git Coaly" and they went. One day the black mule got
loose and came after me. I ran in the stable and jumped in the manger. They had left a log out of the barn and I could crawl through. He came after me and jumped in the manger with both front feet but I had crawled through. Mr. Sullivan had lost one of his mules and this black made a good match for his grey mule. I had a black 3-year old with a star on her face. I bought another one from Mr. Willey that was a black with a star on her face. You could hardly tell them apart. I broke them to drive the buggy and I broke them without blinds. They could look back and see me. I had a good bird dog and I would take them out hunting and could shoot out of the buggy or jump out and shoot all around them. I never had them to run away. I think they enjoyed the fun as much as I did.
Wes and I took turns about looking after the cattle. We had a large range to run on and it did not take both to look after them. At this time I had my stone house and 2 lots in Wellington, a house and garden spot down on Slate Creek my stepbrother was living on it and 180 acres of raw land near Anthony, Kansas. I had a house in town and garden both rented. Uncle R.W. was looking after my place in Harper Co. I divided my time between my stepfathers and Uncle John Sears. He lived on a Mr. Bates place near town and he had a big herd in the Territory. They had a big branding pen on the place. It took 2 boys on horseback to cut a steer out from the 500 pen for the holding pen. I stood at the gate of the holding pen, one of the boys would open the gate, the steer would run from the gate between the snubbing post and fence. I put the rope over his horns before he got to the post, with a half turn of my hand I had a half-hitch over the post then the steer hit the ground. My cousin, Rozy, had the tail between his hind legs. He could get any steer down until he let go. I went up to the steer, took my rope off and we had two irons in the fire. Uncle John branded them, I went back to the gate, the first steer had
run out through another gate and the two boys on horseback were there with another animal. I never laid my rope down all the time we were branding those 500 head of wild cattle and I never missed a shot catching the 500 head. All I had to do was rope and throw the cattle. Uncle John and the boys done the work.
Charles Staubus and I started with a bunch of white-faced Hereford, there were 90 head. We drove them to a ranch south of Caldwell, just before we got out of the state, passing a cornfield, the corn was cut and shocked, one of the bulls went in the field, Charles went after him, the bull was mad and would run at the pony. I and the herd had gone over the raise when Charles came and said, "You will have to go after him." I went back for him, he was standing near a shock looking mad. I rode close to his nose, it made him so mad he came after me. I leapt around the shock, the bull after me at the first row and Dick shot by him and hit him with the front of his shoulders so hard that the bull went rolling away. Dick stopped and looked at the bull, the bull looked at Dick. Dick was turned and started for the herd. You could not see them but he knew where they were. I did not try to keep up with the, We did not have any more trouble.
After we got home there was another man that had a bull and wanted it take to his ranch in the Nation. We could only make about 15 miles a day. One day I wanted to make a camp when about 5 miles when the bull dropped down and would not get up. I took the saddle off, staked Dick. I had a double red Indian blanket along and I spread it out and laid down at one side and rolled up to the other side and used my saddle for a pillow. I was all covered up except my head, it was just getting dark when a snake crawled over my shoulder. I was all wrapped up in the blanket and could not get up. I could sit up and when I did the snake heard me.
The way That snake went was not slow. I laid down and went to sleep, got up at daylight, drove the bull into camp for breakfast. I got $2.00 a day for driving that bull and I found a new pair of calfskin leggins that I sold for $8.00.
I helped Ed and Will Brothers on a harvester through the season. Will and I bound the wheat and Ed drove the team. One Saturday evening as I was leaving to go home, Anna, Ed's sister, started to build a fire in the cookstove, she took up the 5 gal of oil to put some of the oil in the stove, not knowing that there was fire in the stove, the oil blazed up, set the oil in the can on fire, the can exploded throwing flames all over the girl. She was burned so bad she died before midnight.
The brothers, Scott and Will, and I hunted prairie chickens together. One day we all were going hunting down in the nation. Scott and I were horseback. Scott did not have any saddle and was carrying a shotgun. His horse would lope a ways and then trot. Scott got so mad he started to pull the ramrod out of the gun. His horse saw what was coming and started to run as fast as she could when Scott brought the ramrod down between her ears and her nose. If this mare had run against a stone wall she would not have stopped quicker than she did. The mare stopped but Scott did not, he turned over and hit the ground on his back, shotgun and all, the mare did not move out of her tracks. Scott jumped on and we were not long before we caught up with the wagons.
I helped Ed and Will for 12 days. October 20 I bought a new 12 gauge shotgun for $25.00. We moved our cattle down in the nation on Salt Fork near the Nez Pierce Indian. Yellow Bull, a Nez Pierce.
I had a fine black bird dog that came to me there. Someone had shot him with a load of fine shot and every time you fired, he would break for camp. I thought I would break him so I tied about 30 feet of rope to the dog and the saddle horn. We were about 1/4 mile from camp when a skunk started ahead of me. I shot the skunk when the dog started for camp on the run at the end of the rope, he was scared, he run back to the horse, ran under the mare's belly, around her front legs with the rope around my leg also. That got the mare to bucking, dog and mare both wild and all I could do to hold the shotgun and stay on. The dog got her hind leg wrapped up with the rope, also the mare went over backwards, I could not jump as one leg was tied to her front legs and as the mare went over, I tossed the gun and caught my left foot on the around. I pulled up on the right side of her left foot, she was pawing and kicking all the time, it loosened up the rope so my right foot came loose and I went over backwards, lost the bridle and hit the ground. Before I could get up the mare and dog was going across the prairie. Up on the table land the grass was short. They made a big circle and came up. On the bottom the grass was over the dog's back so the mare pulled him on his side for more than a mile. My mother was at camp and saw it all. I ran back to camp, had a horse tied to a wagon just with a rope around his neck, started to head for the mare. She saw me and came running for me, not long coming together I jumped off my horse, went to the dog, you could not see that he was breathing. I cut the rope, took off my saddle blanket, covered up the dog. I could not see any sign of life. I got on one of the ponies, led the other to camp and then went back to the dog. He did not show any sign of life. I looked at him and called his name. "Nig", he heard, just the end of his tail wiggled and when I called him again, "Nig", in a little while he was breathing regular. I then got on my horse, he followed me to camp. My stepfather and mother came down to bring us some grub, they would stay down a day or two
at camp before going back home.
Oct. 26, 1882. I started with 8 head of fat cattle to Wellington, stopped at Doe Creek for the night when two went to camp. I drove the six on to Wellington and stopped at Uncle J.M. Sears for a few days where I traded my pony "Bird" off for two wild ones. Lots of ponies came up with the cattle herd from Texas. They were not heard to break.
Oct. 30, 1882. I sold my place in Wellington, Kansas to a man by D.P. Mayhan. I took a trip out to Anthony, Harper Co. to see my claim and visit my grandma and Uncle R. W. Hastings. I came back to Uncle John Sears the 3rd of November. We went after some calves Uncle had bought 3 miles north of Wellington.
Nov. 10, breaking my ponies today to drive.
Nov. 11, I went to look at Hazzards cattle with Uncle John M. I loaned $70 to Wall Flemmings for 3 or 4 days.
Nov. 15, bought 2 calves from Joe Sullivan for $14. I stayed all night at Wall Flemmings.
Nov. 17, left this a.m. for the Territory. On the way down I killed a prairie chicken this a.m. and 4 this p.m. Got to Duck Creek at dark.
Nov. 18, we rounded up the cattle ready to start the next a.m.
Nov. 19, we started with 12 head, 8 of Walls and 4 of mine, we got to my camp on Salt Fork at sundown.
Nov. 20 I branded 19 calves with my brand R P quarter circle.
Nov. 21st, branded 7 head more for me. This a.m. went hunting, this p.m. killed 7 quail. It kept us most of the time looking after the cattle. We lived in a dugout, 2 rooms, the first a storeroom where we kept saddles, corn for our horses and the backroom, sleeping and cooking, had a fireplace in the room. The top of the chimney came about a foot above the hill, the coyotes could put their front feet on top of the chimney and howled down it. One night they were making a lot of noise. I had a shotgun on the westside of the house and I drove two stakes in the dirt wall and laid my shotgun on them, both doors were open when I got the shotgun. There was a big lobo wolf standing up in the outside door. He looked as big as a man standing and I could not see the gun, I could see him. I pointed my gun for him and at the crack of the gun he leaped in the room. I had killed my first lobo wolf, Dec. 4th.
Dec. 5th. Wess and I went to see Yellow Bull at the Nez Pierce Agency. Mr. Sullivan, Wall Flemmings and Mr. Knowles came down from the states this p.m.
Dec. 15, 1882. The first snow fell here. I went quail hunting, killed 4 this a.m. Rounded up the cattle this p.m.
Dec. 16, 1882. Yellow Bull, Brit Gatliff was with us for dinner. Wess, Mr. Sullivan, Wall and Tom Flemmings came down from the states this evening.
Dec. 17. Started for Wellington this a.m. with 22 head of fat cattle, stopped at Hunnewell all night. 18th at Wellington. Stayed at home the rest of this month.
THIS IS THE END OF 1882
Jan. 9, 1883. I started for the Territory this p.m., stayed all night at Wall Flemmings.
Jan. 10, left Walls place this a.m., got to the ranch at sundown.
Jan. 11, Mr. Sullivan, Walt, Tom and Wall Flemmings all came down.
Jan. 12, 1883, Dick and George Evans came down to the ranch this a.m. Went hunting this p.m.
Jan. 13, Tom Flemmings, George and Dick Evans left for Deer Creek this p.m.
Jan. 21, I traded a double barrel shotgun to Yellow Bull for a pony (Bird). Yellow Bull was a good friend of mine. Our cattle ranged over a part of the Nez Pierce reservation. My gun cost me $25. I traded Bird for another pony. I traded unit I owned 8 horses for that shotgun and I sold the last horse to my stepbrother for $150.00. One a.m. Wess and I were leaving camp, I had a shotgun along and it was about 1/2 mile to the bluff when Wess said, "Ruben, I can beat you to the hill". So both horses started on a run, a prairie chicken got up in front of us. I raised the gun and shot the chicken, it fell at the foot of the hill, both horses stopped when the
Jan. 28, 1883. We drove the cattle up to the states and left them with Mr. Wakefield to herd. I took my ponies to Uncle John M. Sears.
Feb. 19, Drove my cattle from Wakefields to Uncle John M. and I helped my cousin with the cattle. George and I was driving the cattle to pasture and one of the yearlings began to lag behind the rest when George said "Ruben, watch me rope that calf." He threw the rope over the calf's head, the rope came back as far as the calf's shoulders, say, the pony stopped but George and saddle did not. George found himself sitting in the middle of the road. He looked at me and said, "Ruben, catch my saddle." I caught the calf as it got to the herd. I kept it from stampeding the herd.
I bought three head of cows from Gene Rozzle for $90.00 in April and I moved my cattle down to George Nelson's pasture. I bought 3 cows from George for $105. I helped him take some fat cattle to market. I stayed at Uncle John M's most of the time that I was not after cattle.
May 18, 1883. Helped F. E. Bates brand his cattle all day at Uncle John M's.
May 19, started for the Territory with Bates cattle. Stopped 1st night at Mr. Corgines on the river. Next night at Caldwell, stopped at Child's Sheep ranch west of Caldwell and stayed over all day at Child's Ranch. I got to Frank Bates Ranch at 1 p.m. May 25.
May 27, I left Bates Ranch in the p.m. and got to Wellington p.m. the 28th.
June 1, 1883, Mont McMains and I hitched up a colt with one of his and drove them around to break them.
June 11, sold to Mr. Dorsey a cow for $31.60. I left some of my cattle with the Flemming Bros. down in the Nation on Bitter Creek.
June 12, went to Bodkins after George Winns cattle and some of Day's cattle from Staubus' herd. Left George the 14th, got to Bitter Creek Ranch the 15th of June.
June 29, 1883 I left George Nelsons with a Hereford Bull for Mr. Dye in the Nation. Got to Caldwell, left Caldwell this a.m. at Polecat Ranch for noon. Camped at a cow ranch 3 miles south of Polecat Ranch (Cow Ranch).
July 1, Sunday, drove to Pond Creek, had dinner with some neighbors. Camped about 5 miles south from Pond Creek where the Bull dropped down and would not go any further. I had to camp with him. I had a double wool blanket I always took with me, I staked my horse close, spreading my blanket on the ground and I laid down on one side and rolled up to the other where my saddle was. I could lay my head on my saddle and was all covered up. I went to sleep, was up at daylight and drove on to Dyes Ranch on Buggy Creek. All the day the 2nd at Dyes.
July 3, left Dyes Ranch for home this a.m. Had dinner at Pond Creek. I found a new paid of calfskin leggins between Pond Creek and the Skeleton. Someone had camped and left them, got to Caldwell at 6 p.m. All night at Caldwell.
July 4, left Caldwell this a.m., got to Uncle John M's at 12:30 p.m. Dye paid me $13.65 I helped Uncle John thrash and he paid me $5.00.
July 21, I bought me a gold pan for $1.10. This p.m. at Wellington.
July 23, 1883. I started for Flemmings Ranch this a.m., got there at 2 p.m.
The 24th, Ralph and I went to look after the cattle this a.m. At the ranch all this p.m.
July 25, I sold Ralph my leggins for $8.00 and paid Tom $2.00 making $10.00 on my herd. Bill came home this p.m. At home for a few days.
Aug. 2nd, at home all day. Uncle Henry, Eliza, Linnie Filmore, Alice Vinson left for the Vinson home in Barbour Co. this p.m.
Aug. 12, I stayed all night at Lillies.
Aug. 13, Albert and I left for Bitter Creek this a.m.
Aug. 14, Walker, Ralph, Albert and I hunted all day for 16 head of my calves that had strayed away.
Aug. 15, we had a heavy rain and storm last night, it blew the tent away. Albert and I sat up in the bed with the bed covers over our heads the rest of the night. Found our tent about 1/2 mile where the storm left it. Found my calves this
Aug. 16, got home at noon.
August 25, at home. I traded a gentle pony to Joe Sullivan for a wild unbroke one. Daisy would throw Joe. The last time she broke his arm. I put my saddle on her, she wanted to run, it was about 1 mile uptown to my place and I let her run all the way. I stopped her near the barn door before I tried to get off. I put my left hand down to the bridle, got a good grip on the head stall of the bridle with my right hand, and got a good grip on the saddle horn. I took my right foot out of the stirrup. Just then she came up on her hind feet then she came down on all her feet. I kept my grip. She was shaking like a leaf. I spoke to her and talked to her until she quieted down before I let go my holt. I had some trouble getting her in the stable along the side of my black mare.
Aug. 27, 1883. I put the saddle on Daisy and led my black mare out to the prairie to stake her out. Some way in getting off of Daisy, the Black's rope hit her front legs, that started Daisy to bucking. The first buck she made I got my foot back in the stirrup, she bucked out on the prairie where she bucked and balked until she just stopped. Then I got her head up, I took a run on the prairie for 2 miles or more, came back to the Black. She was willing for me to get off and stake the Black and that was the last time Daisy ever tried to buck with me.
Aug. 30th. Mr. Starks got me to help him hunt his cattle that had got away. We stopped at Steve Wilson's for dinner, stayed all night at the Calhoun ranch on Spring Creek.
Aug. 31th, we left Spring Creek for Flemmings Ranch then to Helms Ranch, stayed all night at George Nelson's place in the states.
Sept. 3, 1883 I left on Daisy with subpoenas to serve as J.M. Thralls, the Sheriff, had me appointed his Deputy.
Sept. 4th, 5th, 6th, I served a number of subpoenas on this trip. I stopped at Uncle John's for a few days.
Sept. 17th, 1883. Started out again for witnesses. I subpoenaed W.M. Brown and Marion Jordon this a.m. Stopped at Shield's for lunch and horse feed. Cost 70 cents. Subpoenaed J. B. Montgomery this p.m. Stayed all night at Barnes.
Sept. 18, left Barnes this a.m. Served subs on Oliver Glaze, Wm. Murry, Charles Seedom and Dr. Beeler, got back to Wellington at 8 p.m.
Sept. 19, I rode all day, subpoenas and witnesses and stayed all night at Wisehearts.
Sept. 20, back to Wellington.
Sept. 24, I started for the Territory, stayed all night at Lillies.
Sept. 25th, Albert and I left for the Territory, had dinner at Spring, got to the ranch at 3 p.m.
Sept. 26, 1883, I paid Walker $5.00 on herd bill. Helping to round up the cattle this a.m. Albert and I left for the Nez Pierce Agency, stayed all night at Gardeniers.
Sept. 27, Albert and I started out to hunt a place to hold our cattle on Salt Fork. I bought a hair rope of a Nez Pierce Indian. We got back to Stink Creek for dinner. We came on up to Lillies this p.m.
Sept. 29, I hired Ed Brothers to put up 15 or 18 ton a hay for me.
Oct. 1st, Joe Showalters, Eddie Chambers and I left this a.m. for the Territory to look for some cattle for the Showalter Bro's for feeders. I rode Daisy, the wild pony I got of Joe Sullivan. We got to Richmond before sundown, stayed all night at Richmonds in the Territory.
Oct. 2. We rounded up 125 head of wild 4 year old steers, some of the cowboys helped us get them started for the states, did not stop for dinner, got to Browns, stayed all night.
Oct. 3rd, left Browns this a.m., we were going by a cornfield with a hedge fence around it. This fence was 4-1/2 feet high and 2 or 3 feet wide. About halfway down the field across the road was a house. As the lead cattle got near, there was 3 or 4 kids and 2 dogs. The kids and dogs were making a big noise, the lead cattle headed for the hedge fence. Joe and Eddie was along the side of the cattle and I was last. I saw about 10 or 15 of the herd go over the fence. I was sure all would follow. I headed Daisy for the fence, she went over the fence just as easy as the wild
cattle did. The north side was a hedge fence, the lead cattle went over that fence on the prairie. Daisy went along with the leaders. The first over the hedge on the prairie commenced turning back because the noise in the field; the corn was ripe and the cattle made lots of noise running through the field. Before Joe and his boy could get to the herd, I had them all quiet, some were laying down, the leaders turning back for the noise helped me to get them milling. I had every one of them. We drove to Hamilton and Flints' pasture for the night.
Oct. 4th. From Hamilton and Flints pasture we drove the cattle to their feed lot. We had to pass through a lane between two farms. They had just pulled up the line fence and did not fill in the post holes at a cornfield at the west end of the lane. I started to work my way through the cattle when Daisy stepped in a post hole with her front foot. She went over on her back, I got both feet out of the stirrups as she came over and set me running close to a big 4 year old steer. Daisy went over on her back then on her feet again, none of the cattle got between us as she came up and I caught the saddle horn and leaped in the saddle and got to the end of the lane to turn them north for their feet lots. I was sure in luck that the cattle did not notice me on the ground! That all happened without a break.
Oct. 5th. At home helping Uncle Billie Sims and Mr. Sullivan milk. They are in partnership in the dairy business. The last part of this month was helping Uncle John M. put up hay for both of us.
Nov. 1 I was stacking alfalfa hay for Uncle John M.
Nov. 2, Uncle John worked all day for me stacking hay on the McMahon
Nov. 4, Mother and I went down to Lillies then to Sittons for dinner. Emma Nelson and children went with us. Mother and I came back to town, left Emma and children at their home as we came back.
Nov. 8th. Albert Lillie and I left for the Territory this a.m., got down to the ranch at sundown.
Nov. 9th, rounded up the cattle; found 4 of mine gone. Albert and I hunted for them this p.m., did not find them.
Nov. 10th. Albert and I hunted cattle all day. Ate dinner at Hatten's Ranch, got to the Gardenhire's Ranch in the p.m.
Nov. 11th. Hunted all through Gardenhire's range, found one of Wall's cows and calves and one of Hasley's, got to Flemmings 1 hour before sundown.
Nov. 12th, rounded up the cattle this a.m., 4 head of heifers and one calf gone. Paid Tom $20. on Gordon's herd. Bill drove to the states, stayed all night at Crockers on the line.
Nov. 13th, drove to Lillies, got there at 3 p.m., stayed all night at Lillies.
Nov. 14th. Drove my cattle from Lillies up to Uncle John M. this a.m. At town all this p.m.
Nov. 19. Albert and I started for the Territory. Had dinner at Bitter Creek and got to Flemmings 1/2 hour before sundown.
Nov. 20th. Albert, Tom and I started to look for cattle. Ate dinner at JNK Ranch, found 3 head of my cattle and stayed all night at the JNK Ranch.
Nov. 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. We finished gathering up our cattle on these dates.
Nov. 26, 1883. Albert started for home. We rounded up the cattle in the pasture this a.m. Drove them to the North gate, camped there and herded the cattle all night.
Nov. 27. Started for the states this a.m., ate dinner at Hamiltons, got to Hunnewell just before sundown. Stayed all night in Hunnewell.
Nov. 28. Started for Wellington, ate dinner at Wall Flemmings, got to town at sundown.
Nov. 29. Drove 4 head of mine with the herd this a.m. Went after a load of hay this p.m.
Nov. 30. Helped pain the house on the inside this a.m. Went to Uncle Johns then out to the herd in the evening.
Dec. 3rd, 1883. I started west with two summons and one notice. Ate dinner between Mileland and Argonia. Stayed all night at Hulls in T30, R4 West, SW 1/4,
Dec. 4. Started for Belle Plain, went through Sunny Slope, Rolling Green, left notice for E.R. Johnson. At Belle Plain all night.
Dec. 5. Left Belle Plain with a subpoena for Holliday, J.M.A. Edwins, M. Zimmerman, D. Halliday, John Culley, south of Belle Plain 5 miles, subpoena for Sarah Jane Leedom, vs. plaintiff Wm. Yetter, defendant, R. M. Speakman, Chas. Leedom, Wm. Murray, J.A. Maggard. Stayed all night at Rolling Green with Jim Spencer.
Dec/ 6th, started north this a.m. and subpoenaed Chas. Leedom and Wm. Murray, started back for Wellington, got to town at 3 p.m. and served two subpoenas on J. H. Frankland and Geo. Story, also V. Steeper. In town this p.m.
Dec. 7th, helping Uncle John M. with the cattle.
Dec. 18, 1883. I sold a roan horse to John Dotson for $50. This was the eighth horse I traded for the shotgun, with Yellow Bull, the Nez Pierce, A farmer saw Daisy and he wanted her for her girl. I told him she was not safe for his girl. He said, "My girl can ride any horse you can, " so I traded for the roan horse. A week or two after I saw one of his boys on the little mare and I said, "I see you have the little mare." He said, "Yes, I am on now but she throws me when she wants to." I asked what about the sister and he said she would not get on her, was afraid of her. I let Cap. George ride her one day after the cattle. I told George I was afraid for him to and I was afraid he would get hurt. He thought he could ride her. She
went all right until the boys stopped at a well for a drink. George, in getting off, was awkward, she came up on her hind legs and turning so fast George's left foot stuck in the stirrup. She was turning so fast it tore George's new boot off at the instep sole and sent George rolling to one side. She did not try to get away. George was lucky that his boot gave way. He got back on and rode with the toe off his boot in his pocket. That was the way she throwed Joe, my stepbrother, off and broke his arm. The last time I ever saw Daisy she was running down the streets of Wellington, saddle, bridle and all. I was helping Uncle John and the boys with the cattle the rest of the month.
THIS ENDS THE YEAR OF 1883
Jan. 1st, 1884, New Year's Day, Wellington, Kansas with snow on the ground all day. John M. Grissel and I went uptown this a.m. I bought a French harp. At home all this p.m., clear and cold.
Jan. 2, I herded cattle at Uncle John M.'s. In the stalkfields this a.m. Had dinner at Uncle John's. Jessie Swaggart came up from Caldwell yesterday to visit Uncle John. I fed the cattle hay in the p.m. Went uptown after Dr. Woods for Aunt Jennie this evening.
Jan. 3, 1884. I herded the cattle in the stalkfields this a.m. Fed them millet hay. In the p.m., went over to Lambkins, bought 40 acres of stocks then w went to hear a Temperance lecture by Mr. Anderson at the Presbyterian Church this p.m.
Jan. 5, 1884. Herding cattle in the stalkfields this a.m. Drove them home in
the p.m. Fed them millet hay in the p.m. Cold and clear all day. Went to another lecture in the evening - Subject "Ups and Downs in Life." Monroe and Josie Swaggart went also.
Jan. 6. Herded the cattle in Uncle Johns stalkfield this a.m. Fed them millet in the p.m. Aunt Jennie had a second congestive chill.
Jan. 7. Fed the cattle hay this a.m. In the p.m., we drove them to Lambkins stalkfield. Cold and clear, about 2 inches of snow fell. John Gressel and I went to see Fogg Ferry this eve.
Jan. 8. Herded the cattle all day in stalkfield. Clear. Josie Swaggart left for Caldwell on this a.m. train. Monroe and I went to Slate Creek schoolhouse to the Lyceum. This eve Fillmore got back from the Territory.
an. 9th, we were driving the cattle to a stalkfield. I was riding my black mare when she slipped and fell on my right foot. It paralyzed me so I could not move. The black jumped up and came and put her nose down on me, she knew I was hurt. This was close to town. Some men saw me and came and helped me on my horse and I went back to Uncle Johns. Uncle John came up from the basement and stood at the head of the stairs to help me off. I got such a pain in my leg that I let all holts go and fell in Uncle John's arms and he went over backwards and we both rolled to the bottom before we stopped. It was some time before I could ride.
Jan. 18, 1884. Mrs. Kerby came to our house and brought her little boy Eddie today, 2 years old. I was laying down on a cot with a sprained ankle.
Feb. 8. Mrs. Kerby came back today and made arrangements for mother to keep her little boy for her. She was working up at the hotel and could not keep the boy there.
Feb. 9. I helped with the cattle. We herded them in the Lambkins stalkfield. We herded them in the same field for several days.
Feb. 26, 1884. I started with a load of furniture for Uncle John to Barbour Co. Mr. Staubus went with me. Got to Harper at sundown, put our team in Tuckers stable, paid him 40 cents overnight.
Feb. 27. We left Harper for Medicine Lodge, stopped and got dinner and fed the horses about halfway. Got to Medicine Lodge at sundown. Paid 60 cents for horses overnight.
Feb. 28. Left Medicine Lodge for Vinson's place, had dinner at Uncle Henry Hastings. Got to Vinsons about 4 p.m. , unloaded the wagon. Alice, Mr. Vinson, Mr. Staubus and I went to Sun City to meeting this evening.
Feb. 29, Mr. Staubus, Mr. Marshall and I went to look at some land up Turkey Creek this a.m. Mr. Marshall and Mr. Staubus stopped at Sun City for dinner. I had dinner at Vinsons, Cousin Emma, Mr. Staubus and I drove down to Uncle Henry's and stayed all night.
March 1, 1884, we left Uncle Henry's for home, stopped 11 miles from Harper, camped in a dugout. Windy all day.
March 2, 1884. Started for home, drove through Harper, Danville, Albion, Argonia for dinner, drove through Milland then to Wellington. Got home just before sundown. Went to meeting this evening.
March 3. Went to Uncle John's, fed the cattle some straw this a.m. Helped drive some fat cattle for Uncle John to the L.S.G. depot. I was helping Uncle John the rest of this month.
pril 7, 1884. Sold Monroe a pony for $50. This was a pony I bought out of a livery stable. She was so wild they had to keep ropes across her stall to keep her from kicking people as they passed by. I left for Lillies this p.m. Bought a horse from Gordon for $40. Jim stayed all night at Lillies.
April 8. Gordon, Albert and I started with Gordon's cattle, drove as far as Slate Creek.
April 9, put all the cattle together, Gordon's, Uncle John's and mine and started west with them this a.m. Stopped for dinner in Mann and Kellops pasture, drove 3 miles and stopped at a farmhouse in a pasture.
April 10. Drove 8 miles and stopped for dinner on the Chikaspia River. Uncle John, driving across, got stuck in the quicksand. Monroe and I went in, hitched our ropes at the end of the tongue, the 4 horses walked out with her. We camped out on the prairie south of Argonia.
April 11. Drove about 7 miles this a.m. Stopped 4 miles south of Danville, dinner, then drove about 5 miles. Camped near a farmhouse south of Danville. Rained on us all night.
April 12. Camped all this a.m. in the same place. Drove about 3 miles in the p.m., camped 3 miles north and 3 miles east of Anthony. Cloudy.
April 13. I went back to our last camp after my oilcoat that George Evans left in the a.m. Camped 3 miles north and 2 miles west of Anthony. Monroe, George and I went to Anthony in the spring wagon.
April 14, 1884. Uncle John left Gordon and I in camp and started on with his cattle. We stayed in camp all the a.m., ate dinner at Mr. Clines. I left 3 head of my cows with calves, drove about 5 miles, stayed all night at Capt. Pratt's on Bluff Creek, paid him $2.50 for staying all night.
April 15. From Bluff Creek to Sand Creek where we herded the cattle, Gordon herded the first part of the night and I in the after part of the night. Clear all day.
April 16, 1884, drove from Little Sand Creek to about 3 miles of Medicine Lodge. Got to Medicine Lodge about 2 p.m., camped all night on the river, Medicine River, west of the Lodge. Went up to the Lodge in the evening.
April 17, 1884. Left the Medicine River this a.m. Drove the cattle within 2
miles of John Conant's ranch, Gordon's uncle. Left the cattle on the prairie and went to the ranch, got dinner and we went back to the cattle, drove about 1 mile of the ranch. We stayed all night at the ranch.
April 18. We rounded up the cattle this a.m. Gordon went to look at his claim and the spring on his place. We camped at Conant's place.
April 19, 1884. Cold and cloudy this a.m. I rounded up the cattle. Gordon stayed at the ranch with a toothache. Gordon and I both rounded up the cattle. Both of Gordon's ponies got loose this evening.
April 20. Rounded up the cattle, went to look for Gordon's ponies this a.m. Came in got dinner and started to look again. Found them about 4 miles on Cedar Creek.
April 21st. Rounded up the cattle, found 2 gone. We hunted on the creek for them, came home for dinner, went over east about 2 miles after a cow. Brought her near the ranch.
April 22. Rounded up the cattle, Gordon and I went to Medicine Lodge this a.m. We rounded up the cattle in the p.m.
April 23. Rounded up the cattle. 15 head to brand. Drove them to the creek 1-1/2 miles to a pen and branded them this p.m.
April 24th. Gordon left for home this a.m. in Summer Co, Kansas. I
rounded up the cattle by myself today.
April 30th, 1884. I was out in the hills looking for cattle west of Medicine Lodge. I heard a number or shots fired, a number of men was after 4 men that tried to rob the bank at the Lodge. They shot and killed the president, E. W. Payne, and cashier, George Geppert. The men rounded them up not far where I was. One was killed and they took the 3 in to the Lodge and hung them.
May 3, 1884. I rounded up the cattle this a.m. Started for Medicine Lodge, caught up with a man, Jim Winters, going to town. I wrote a card to mother. A man fell dead on the street this a.m., heart trouble. Rounded up the cattle this p.m.
May 6. Rounded up the cattle, went to town and met Frank and Charley Staubus driving their herd out here. I got a card and a letter from Gordon this a.m. Had dinner with Frank and Charles. Rounded up the cattle this p.m. Clear all day.
May 7, 1884. I rounded up the cattle this a.m. Went over to Staubus Ranch, had dinner at Staubus. Fred Keller and I went up to Cedar Creek to look at some claims for sale this p.m.
May 9. Hershley Danley, Fred Keller and I went deer hunting this a.m. At Staubus helping them brand cattle this p.m.
May 10, 1884. Helped Mr. Staubus brand cattle this a.m. Dinner at Staubus Ranch. Went to Medicine Lodge for the mail, stayed all night at Staubus Ranch.
May 11. Started for Wellington this a.m. Charlie Staubus, Fred Keller and I and John Rush stopped for lunch at Sand Creek. Stayed at Harper all night.
May 12. Left Harper for Wellington, got there at 3 p.m.
May 13. At home all this a.m. Wrote a letter to Wess Sullivan then went down to George Nelson's. Stayed all night.
May 14. Went to Mr. Nichols to see when he intended to start west, then down to Lillies. Albert and I went down to Evans after Lucy Conant in the evening. George Evans came up with us and stayed all night at Lillies.
May 15th. Left Lillies this a.m. Stopped at Ed Brothers for dinner then on home this p.m.
May 17. John Gressel and I went uptown to see the show come in. Went up to the show in the p.m.
May 18th. Went up to Aunt Elziras for dinner then up to Eatons to take some calling cards to Tom Eaton in the p.m.
May 19th. Went to Mr. Nichols this a.m. to help brand some cattle. At home in the afternoon.
May 22nd. Chas. Staubus and I drove some cattle down to Hugh Davidson
this a.m. Effie Lillie, John Gressel and I went down to Mr. Richey's in the evening.
May 26, 1884. Started for Anthony this a.m. for Uncle R. W. Hastings place. R. W. and Aunt Josie and I went after Grandma Hastings, came back and stayed all night at Uncle R. W.'s.
May 30. Left Uncle R. W.'s ranch for the ranch in Barbour Co. this a.m. Met Frank Staubus and Danley boys in Medicine Lodge, got to the ranch at dark.
May 31st. At the ranch this a.m. Gordon and I rounded up the cattle this p.m. At the ranch looking after the cattle the 1st of June.
June 5th. Mr. Staubus and I went west to look at the country by Walnut Springs then by Mr. Frisby's ranch. Back home for dinner.
June 6th, 1884. Mono Tate and I rounded up the cattle. Gordon and I went to look at claims. Had dinner at Frisby's and got home at 3 p.m. Gordon and I rounded up the cattle this p.m.
June 7. I went to town, went by Mr. Staubus and he went with me to town. Gordon was up at Mr. Frisbys staking out a fence all day. We both got home at sundown.
June 28, 1884. Went after some cedars and cactus to mother and Mrs. Lillie this p.m.
June 29th. John Conant and Gordon Lillie started for home in Sumner Co., Kansas this a.m. I went to Mr. Staubus ranch this a.m., came home and rounded up the cattle the p.m.
June 30th, 1884. Frank Staubus and I went to look at Gordon's claim and to see Mr. Frisby this a.m. Frank took dinner with me. I rounded up the cattle this a.m.
July 1st, riding after the cattle and working on the ranch.
July 12. I went to Medicine Lodge in the a.m., found John Conant back from Wellington. Had dinner at Staubus ranch. John and I went home in the evening.
July 13th, rounded up the cattle. John and I went over to Mr. Shanks and had dinner there. Came home in the p.m. and I went to look after the cattle in the evening.
July 14, 1884, rounded up the cattle and getting up firewood most of this month.
July 22nd. We went to a round-up on East Cedar Creek.
July 28. I hunted down Dry Creek for a cow of Gordon's that got away.
July 30, received a letter from Mother.
July 31st. Went to drive the bar 7 bar (-7-). The sheriff was here to subpoena John on the Rife vs. Hoover case.
August 2nd. I went out to look after the cattle. I got a letter from Geo. Winn. We are taking care of his cattle. Working on the wire fence this p.m.
August 3rd, went to see about the cattle. Found the lost cow of Gordon's. Wrote a letter to him and to Geo. Winn in the a.m., went to drive some -7-. Went down to Mr. Rife's place this p.m.
Aug. 5th. John Conant and Mr. Nichols started for Wellington this a.m. I was looking after the cattle.
Aug. 7th. Looking after the cattle and working on the wire fence this a.m. Gordon and Albert came in this p.m. from Wellington.
Aug. 9th. Albert and I went to gather some plums on Medicine River. Left Gordon to round up the cattle.
Aug. 10. Albert and I started for Wellington, stopped at the Staubus Ranch.
Aug. 11, left the Staubus ranch for home, stayed all night near Harper.
Aug. 12, went through Harper & Davis, stayed all night near Midland.
Aug. 13th, got to Wellington at 10 a.m., at mother's for dinner.
Aug. 14th, went uptown this a.m., over to Mr. Staubus this p.m.
Aug. 15th, went down to Lillies, came back by Geo. Nelson's this p.m.
Aug. 16th, I went down to Caldwell this a.m., and back on the 2 p.m. train. Dinner with Geo. Winn.
Aug. 17, Mr. Sullivan and I started for the Territory. Stopped at Mr. Lillies.
Aug. 18, 1884, left Mr. Lillies for the Territory this a.m., went by Mr. Evans place. Geo. Evans went with us. We bought 2 head of cattle up to the Hollenbeck ranch and stayed all night.
Aug. 19th. Geo. Evans and I went after a cow in the Hollenbeck pasture, drove to the Hamilton ranch for dinner then left for Hunnewell this p.m. Stayed all night at Mr. Snows, 8 miles from Caldwell.
Aug. 20th. Got to Caldwell about 11 a.m., we had dinner, supper and breakfast at the Leland house. All night there.
Aug. 21st, 1884. Geo. Evans and I started with Geo. Winn's cattle this a.m. for our ranch in Barbour Co., put the cattle in Wings pasture for the night.
Aug. 22nd. Drove the cattle near Anthony, left them in a pasture. Had supper and breakfast in Anthony.
Aug. 23rd. I went to see the Youngs. Miss Ella was sick in bed. We started with the cattle, stopped for dinner 8 1/2 miles from Anthony, drove all the p.m., stopped for the night at Otego, 20 miles east of Medicine Lodge.
Aug. 24th, drove within 10 miles of Medicine Lodge for dinner. Geo. Winn had a sick horse. Stopped at Van Buskirks not far from Medicine Lodge for the night.
Aug. 25th, 1884. Drove through Medicine Lodge this a.m., stopped at Mr. Staubus' ranch for dinner. Gordon was there, we drove the cattle up to our range. Geo. Winn, Geo. Evans and I stayed all night at the ranch.
Aug. 26th. Rounded up the cattle, drove Geo. Winn's cattle to Rife's pen to brand them this a.m. Dinner at Mr. Rife's. Drove the cattle home this p.m.
Aug. 27th. Geo. Evans and Gordon went to round up the cattle. I stayed at home to get dinner for them. Geo. Winn left for home yesterday.
Aug. 28, 1884. At the ranch, went to look after the cattle this a.m. I went to Medicine Lodge, got home for dinner. Gordon and Geo. Evans went to the -7- ranch. We all rounded up the cattle this p.m.
Aug. 29. Gordon and I rounded up the cattle this a.m. and went after my bull at the U-U range. Geo. Evans went fishing and I rounded up the cattle this p.m.
Aug. 30th. I went fishing. Gordon and Geo. went to look after the cattle this p.m. Geo. and I went ent to round up the cattle. Gordon went to the Staubus ranch this p.m.
Aug. 31. Gordon and I went to round up the cattle. Mr. Staubus and Mr. Danley was at the ranch for dinner. George and Gordon went to round the cattle. I stayed at the home, got supper for them.
Sept. 1st, 1884. Geo. Evans and Gordon started for Wellington this a.m. I looked after the cattle and went to Mr. Staubus' ranch this a.m. Mr. Staubus and I went to fix up the wire fence that was down. I went home in the p.m.
Sept. 2nd, 1884. Mr. Staubus and I went to the round-up of the -7- cattle. Mr. Staubus and Mr. Nichols cattlemen was here for dinner.
Sept. 4th. Rounded up the cattle, went to Medicine Lodge to round-up of steers. Found one steer of Mr. Staubus, had dinner at Staubus's.
Sept. 5th. Rounded up the cattle and helped Mr. Staubus rake hay. Rounded up the cattle this p.m.
Sept. 6th. Went to see about the cattle then went to help Mr. Staubus with the hay.
Sept. 7th. Rounded up the cattle. Mr. Staubus came and had dinner with us. I wrote a letter for him to Frank this p.m.
Sept. 8th. Gordon got home at midnight. I started for the stray round-up at Lake Creek, did not find any of our cattle. I went to see Aunt Elzira and found Uncle John with them.
Sept. 9th. Left Uncle John's for home this a.m., went past Mr. Evan's ranch, took dinner with them. Geo. and Monroe Sears was working there. Went home in the p.m.
Sept. 10th. Rounded up the cattle and went to take Mr. Staubus's horse home. Gordon and I stopped for dinner. We bought 11 acres of cane for $35.00. Went home in the p.m., rounded up the cattle.
Sept. 11. Gordon and I rounded up the cattle. Mr. Knowls from Wellington was here and bought 2 fat cows, one from Gordon and 1 from me. I went to Staubus to help sack millet, Gordon went to town, both got home at dark. Sept. 12-13-14.
Sept. 15. Nova Hastings came this p.m.
Sept. 16th. Nova Hastings and I left for Wellington, stopped at Medicine Lodge, took dinner at Homer's. Stopped at Mr. Hire's for the night, 7 miles from Anthony.
Sept. 17, left Mr. Hires for Anthony, stopped at Mr. Wise' 10 miles from Wellington.
Sept. 18th, 1884, left Wises' for home. Got home at 10 a.m. At town all the p.m.
Sept. 19, 1884. John and Lucy Conant, Effie Lillie and I all went uptown to see the parade this a.m. We all went to the show this p.m. Nova and Filmore and Geo. Evans and I all went to see the "French Spy" played by the Waits Troupe in the evening.
Sept. 20th, Filmore and I went to Mr. Staubus this a.m. Frank and Charley was out west making hay. Fillmore, Nova, Geo. Evans and I went up, had our pictures taken.
Sept. 21st. Fillmore and I went to Mr. Lillies this a.m. Mr. Jordon and 3 of the Nichols girls was there. I drove John Conant's team up in the evening. Effie Lillie, Lucy Conant, Anne Sitton and Fillmore Hastings rode up with me.
Sept. 22. At home all a.m. Fillmore, Nova Hastings were here. Fillmore, Lucy Conant and I went up to a temperance lecture in eve.
Sept. 23rd, 1884, my birthday (28). Mr. Lillie, John Conant came uptown this a.m. I was uptown with Albert and John most of the p.m. John Conant, John Gressel and I went up to the Skating Rink this evening.
Sept. 24th. John Conant and I started for Barbour Co. this a.m. Dinner west of Miland 1 1/2 miles. Got to Harper after sundown, had supper at Tuckers. John and I went to the Opera House to hear a public speaking by Ben Miller and
others this evening.
Sept. 25th. Drove all day and camped on Elm Creek. 2 other teams camped near us.
Sept. 26. Drove through Medicine Lodge. Stopped at Staubus ranch. Got to our ranch at 11 a.m. Gordon started for Wellington, went as far as Staubus' ranch, stayed all night. John Conant & I stayed at the ranch.
Sept. 27th. John Conant and I went after a load of wood. I rounded up the cattle this p.m. John and I went over to Mrs. Hardy's to take her potatoes home this eve.
Sept. 28th. I went to see about the cattle then went to Mr. Staubus' ranch, then to Atlemans. At home for dinner. Mr. Shanks stopped to see us as he was driving his cattle by.
Sept. 29. I went to look after the cattle. John Conant went to town with a load of wood. I went to cut cane on Mr. Cobles place, rounded up the cattle this p.m.
Sept. 30th. John Conant and I rounded up the cattle, drove two fat cows to Mr. Strange's pasture.
Oct. 5th, 1884. Albert went to round up the cattle. Mr. Murray, Danley, Chas. and Frank Staubus was here for dinner. I went with them to look at
Gordon's steers this p.m. Sold Gordon's steers to Mrs. Murray.
Oct. 6th. Albert and I keep busy looking after the cattle and getting wood and working on the wire fence. One day I went with John's mules after a load of wood. Going down a steep hill, the brake gave way and the mules started to run. At the foot of the hill stood a cedar stump just high enough to hit the front axle. I had no control of the mules, one on one side and one on the other, everything stopped at the stump, except me. I felt my toes hit the dashboard. I turned a complete summersault over the mules and lit on my feet on the bank the other side. I had to take the mules off and hitch to the hind axle to get the wagon off the stump.
Oct. 16. Albert and Chas. Staubus rounded up the cattle, drove them to Rife's pen to brand. We branded 12 head of my cattle, 10 head for Gordon then drove them back to our range this a.m. Cut out some steers of Gordon's, drove them as far as Staubus' ranch.
Oct. 17th. Frank and I started for Harper with the steers. Albert and Charles went as far as Medicine Lodge with us. Frank & I stopped for noon at Caldwells, 6 miles east of Medicine Lodge, then drove within 15 miles of Harper, put the steers in a pasture at the Red Barn.
Oct. 18, drove from the Red Barn into Harper, got the stockpens at 12, got dinner, hired to Mr. Murray.
Oct. 19th, drove the cattle across the Chikaspia River, put the cattle in John Murray's pasture, had supper at Mr. McKinneys.
Oct. 20th. Started and drove the cattle 2 miles, stopped for breakfast 9 miles N.W. of Wellington, drove the cattle on in to Mr. Murray's feedlot, I got dinner at home.
Oct. 22. At home all a.m. Mother and Mr. Sullivan took dinner at Cousin Susies. I stayed all night at Mr. Staubus's.
Oct. 23. Frank Staubus, Doc Hoag and I started for Barbour Co. in a wagon this a.m. At noon close to Chikaspia River, took supper in Harper, drove 2 miles west of Harper, camped.
Oct. 24, started before daylight, stopped 8 miles from Medicine Lodge. Stopped in the Lodge and got my brand recorded, P8N. Stopped at the Staubus' Ranch. I got home at sundown.
Oct. 26th, Albert and I rounded up the cattle this a.m. I found some over on Dry Creek.
Oct. 27th. Albert and I commenced breaking prairie for the widow this a.m. We hired a man by the name of Bushong Jack to work for us.
Oct. 28th, Jack cut cane for us all day. Albert looked after the cattle and I plowed for the widow all day.
Oct. 29. Albert went to town. Jack cut cane. I cut some poles for a calf pen.
Oct. 30. Albert and I went after a load of poles in a.m. Frank came after me to help brand some calves. I went to help brand at Staubus's. Jack cut cane all day.
Oct. 31. Albert and I worked on the calf pen this a.m. Albert and I rounded up the cattle & cut out the rest of the calves. Jack plowed all day for the widow.
Nov. 1st, 1884. Fed the calves cane this a.m. I went to Staubus's then to Danleys. We all went to the Lyceum in the evening. I helped sing a song at the close of the entertainment.
Nov. 2. Frank came over to our ranch this a.m. I fed the cattle cane this p.m.
Nov. 3. Jack and I went after a 2 year old that was in Staubus' herd.
Nov. 4. Election Day. I started for town, my horse fell through Cedar Creek bridge, two big boards let his feet and legs through with his stomach on the board. I had a time getting him up on his feet. The bridge was over a deep canyon with nothing but boulders at the bottom.
Nov. 5, cut calves out of pasture, put them in a pen, rounded up cattle this p.m.
Nov. 14. Albert and I hunting cattle, found some on Bitter Creek. I received a letter from mother this evening.
Nov. 27. Jim Woods, Jack Bushong & I rounded up cattle. Found 21 head gone, mostly Gordon's and mine. Jim and I cut out strays and drove off.
Dec. 1st, 1884, rounding up the cattle and hunting for the ones that strayed off.
Dec. 10 and 11, snowing.
Dec. 12th, 1884. I went to look for cattle, ate dinner at Staubus'. Frank Staubus and Roll Danley went with me. Looked north. On the way back to Danleys, stayed all night at Danleys.
Dec. 13, looking for cattle, found 23 head in Nichol's field. Got home for dinner. Snow on the ground.
Dec. 14th. Albert and I went to Moores to help kill a hog this a.m. Rob Fritz, John and Susie Dotson came this a.m.
Dec. 15th, 1884, Rob Fritz and I went hunting this a.m. V. T. Charley was at our place for dinner. Snow on the ground, feeding cane every day.
Dec. 22nd, 1884. Albert left for home in Summer Co.
Dec. 25th, 2 inches of snow fell last night. I went quail hunting at John and Susies. There for Christmas dinner.
Dec. 31st, 1884. John Conant went after a load of cane. Gordon came home with him. Cold all day.
THIS IS THE END OF 1884
Jan. 1st, 1885. Gordon and I started to look for cattle south of Mule Dinner west of Lodi. Jim Woods caught up with us at Lodi. We found 41 head. Got home at 9 p.m.
Friday, 2nd. Gordon and I rounded up the cattle and had dinner at John Dotson's. We went down to Mr. Staubus' this p.m. Gordon stayed at Mr. Staubus'.
Sat. Jan. 3rd, 1885. Gordon left for Wellington. Rob Fritz and I, Rob is Susie's brother, we went after a load of hay on the river. Got home before sundown. Jack Bushong rounded up the cattle.
Sun. 4th. Jack and I fed the cattle cane today.
Mon. 5th. Albert and I went after a load of cane.
Tues. 6th. Looking for food, stayed all night at Uncle Henry's.
Wed. 7th, 1885, left Uncle Henry's in the a.m. Dinner at John Dotson's. We bought a load of corn.
Thurs. 8th, John, Rob and I went to look for feed today.
Fri. 9th. Jim Woods, Charley Bowen and I started south to look for cattle down Little Mule Creek. Jim and I stayed all night at Bob Smith's.
Sat. 10th, found 18 head, stayed all night at the bar 7 bar.
Sunday, 11th, Jim and Charley drove the cattle home. My horse got away and I walked home.
Mon. 12th, At the ranch all this a.m. Albert went after a load of cane this p.m.
Jan. 13th, Tues. Fed the cattle and worked on the ranch today.
Wed. 14th. Jack went after hay and I went after the wagon. The boys fell in the river. Met Geo. Winn going to the ranch.
Thurs. 15th, we started with the cattle East. Snowing. Stopped at Staubus' ranch.
Fri. 16th. At Staubus' ranch all day. Fed the cattle.
Sat. 17th. Left Mr. Staubus' place with the cattle. Drove them across the Medicine River. Stopped at Updegraffs on the river.
Sunday 18th, I went over to Hays. At Updegraffs, cold and storming.
Mon. 19th, Geo. Winn cut his cattle from ours. I went to town. George paid me $10. Cold all day.
Tues. 20. I went to town with Danley. Sold him 20 head of my cattle for $18.00 per head. We drove them over to Danleys. I stayed all night at Danleys.
Wed. 21st. I left Danleys place for Wellington. Got my horse shod at Medicine Lodge. Got to Harper after sundown. Stayed at Tuckers.
Thurs. 22, left Harpers this a.m. and got home at 3 p.m. Bought me a suit for $25.00 at J. C. Smith's this eve.
Fri. 23, at home this a.m. I went out where Gordon was teaching school. He came home with me in the eve.
Sat. 24th. Mr. and Mrs. Lillie and Gordon was here for dinner today.
Sunday, 25th. I left for Attica on the train then by bus to Medicine Lodge. Stayed all night at the hotel in Medicine.
Mon. 26th. Left Medicine Lodge for camp. Dinner with Albert, stayed all night with John and Susie Dotson.
Tues. 27th. Hunting cattle all day. Stayed all night at Danleys.
Wed. 28th, looking for cattle on east side of the river. Stayed all night at Uncle John M. Sears.
Thurs. 29th, stopped at Vinsons for dinner, stayed all night at Uncle Henry Hastings.
Fri. 30th, found one of Danley's cows at Hettles' ranch, stayed all night at Danleys.
Sat. 31st, left Danley's place for Uncle Henry's looking for cattle. Stopped at Danley's place. Hershley and I went to the Lyceum this eve.
Sunday Feb. 1st, 1885. At Danley's this a.m. Went to John Dotson's this p.m.
Feb. 2nd. I went to Hoovers to pay him what I owed him.
Tues. 3rd. At John's all day.
Wed. 4th. We all went with the Deputy Sheriff to search Rife's house. I stayed all night at Hoovers.
Thurs. 5th, left Hoovers found 2 head of our cattle, drove them to Danleys. Albert and I stayed all night at Danleys.
Fri. 6th, Roll and I went to town and had dinner. Back to Danley's this eve.
Sat. 7th. I rode Rolls pony to Lake City, had dinner at Vinsons, back to Danleys at 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8th, hunting west of Cedar Creek, found a cow, drove her to Danleys.
Monday, Feb. 9, 1885, at Danleys all this a.m., cold and snowing. Roll Danley, Doc Hoag, Charley Artleman and I started for Medicine Lodge, found the river frozen over. I crossed on the ice, stayed at the hotel.
Tuesday, 10th, left Medicine Lodge. On the stage there was two blind people on the stage smoking old stubs of cigars. I stood it as long as I could then I opened the window. The cold air came in and they said, "close the window". Well, I said, "when you stop smoking I would". They did. I got home at 5 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 11th, at home.
Sat. 14th. I went to Mr. Whaleys this p.m.
Sunday, 15th, at Mr. Lillies this a.m. Came back to Nelsons. All night.
Monday, 16th, I came home. Gordon came up and we went to see Alvin Jocyln at the Opera House.
Tuesday, 17th, at home and uptown.
Wed. 18th. At home this a.m. At skating rink p.m.
Thurs. 19th. At home. Gordon came up this eve.
Fri. Feb. 20. At home all a.m. John Conant and I went over to the Depot to see Gordon off on the trail for Paola. At home.
Sat. Feb. 28. Dennis and I put up a stage this a.m. in the schoolhouse. We put on a play call "Jack Long" at the schoolhouse. We went back to Lillies after the play.
Sunday, March 1st. Albert and I came uptown with the girls this a.m. Gordon came up this p.m.
March 2nd, Mon. At home.
Fri. March 13th. Went up after some hand bills and sent them down to Cleardale.
Sat. 14th. We all went down to Cleardale this p.m. and played "Jack Long" at the schoolhouse in Cleardale.
March 15. Came home.
March 19th. Started for Medicine Lodge. Got to Harper at 4 p.m., stayed at Tuckers.
March 20th. Left Harper this a.m., got to Medicine Lodge at 3 p.m. Went to Danleys.
Sat. 21st. Went over to Staubus, stayed all day. Cold.
Sunday 22nd. Jim King and I left Staubus this a.m. for John Dotson's. All night at Johns.
Monday 23rd. Left John's place, went to Staubus, stayed all night.
Tues. 24th, March. Went over to Danleys. Hershal and I went over to Medicine Lodge. I got a draft for $450.00. Left Doc. Hoag $110., rec'd cash $23.00. At Danleys all night.
March. 25th, Wed. left Danleys for home. At Harper all night.
Thurs. 26th, March. Left Harper this a.m. for Wellington, got home at 2:15 p.m.
Sat. 28th. At home this a.m. Effie Lillie, Anna Sitton and I left on the 12:30 train for South Haven. We played "Jack Long" in the eve. I stayed all night at the Hotel South Haven.
Sun. 29th. At South Haven all this a.m. Left on the 2:15 train for Wellington. Jessie and Laura Sutton and I.
Wednesday, April 1st, at home.
Sunday, April 12, went down to Lillies.
Monday, April 13, 1885, Gordon and I started for Cheyenne. Camped at night between Deer Creek and Salt Fork.
Tues. April 14th, stopped on Red Rock for noon, camped on Huckle Creek all night.
Wed. 15th, 1885. Drove to Baillfoot, a stage station, for dinner. Stopped at Red Fork station and bought a shield for a Cheyenne camped on Kingfisher near Fill Block, white man married to a squaw Cheyenne. Met a man by the name of Johnson that married a squaw.
Thurs. 16th, left Kingfisher for Cheyenne, noon at Caddo Springs Indian School then we went to Kingfisher to see if we could get someone to haul the Indians up to the states.
Friday, April 17th, we went as far as Red Fork Ranch for dinner. Gordon wrote a letter to Fargo, camped on the Cimeron about 15 miles south of the Red Fork ranch. Saw 20 or 30 deer and lots of wild turkey.
Sat. April 18, 1885, we drove as far as the Cimeron this a.m. Stopped for noon on the Old Cheyenne and Pawnee trail with some Pawnee Indians for noon. A cowboy took dinner with us, we drove about 10 miles, stopped by the wire fence
where the soldiers had cut the fence.
Sunday, April 19, drove about 10 miles and camped on the creek for noon. Raining. Stayed all the p.m. in the same place. Indians camped with us.
April, Mon. 20th, left the Indians drove about 15 miles, stopped for noon on a creek then drove about 20 miles in the p.m. Camped at the head of a small creek.
Tues. April 21st, raining till 10 a.m. Drove to the Skedo creek for dinner, went over to Kuloux, Pawnee Indian house and stayed all night with him.
Wed. 22nd, had dinner with the Pawnees at the Pawnee house. I bought a pair of moccasins from a Pawnee. We got 7 Indians and started for home. We drove about 15 miles. Gordon and I slept in a freightwagon.
Thurs. April 23, we hired freighters to haul the Indians as far as Mr. Lillies' place in the states for $10.00. Camped on Salt Fork for noon, had to lay over on account of high waters. All day helping raise the cable that came loose and was buried in the sand before they could run the ferry.
Fri. 24th, worked on the river all this a.m. fixing the cable before we could run the ferry, went across about 1 p.m. Drove about 15 miles, camped on the Chicpia River.
Sat. April 25th, drove to Richman's ranch for dinner on Bittercreek. Gordon and I left the Indians, drove to Mr. Lillies' place, got there at sundown.
Sunday, April 26, Gordon and I came on up to my home. Gordon went out to Whaleys and I went to meeting this eve.
Mon. April 27th. Went up to Staubus to take the spring wagon home this a.m. Gordon was here for dinner then he went on home this p.m.
Tuesday, April 28th. Gordon came uptown this a.m. Mr. M. E. Thorp came of Fargo & Co. Show, arrived in town at noon.
Wed. 29th. Went uptown this a.m. then up to Staubus for his spring wagon this p.m. Put up the team in the barn. Gordon went home.
Thurs. 30th. Mr. Thorp and I hitched up the ponies to go to the Territory, drove to Shoofly Creek one mile south of South Haven.
Fri. May 1st, 1885, drove to Hunnewell, got some provisions for our trip. Camped for noon at Elijah Smith on Deer Creek. Drove to Salt Fork, got some soldiers to haul us across with a 4 mule team then drove about 5 miles, camped with some freighters.
Sat. May 2nd, drove to the Skeleton for noon. Drove about 22 miles, camped at Bulls foot stage ranch, went past Pat Honnesey's grave where he was killed tied to his wagon and burnt by the Indians.
Sunday, May 3rd, left Bull Foot, stopped at Red Fork ranch about a 1/2
hour. We got across the Cimeron. All night and dinner at Phil Block's. Mr. Thorp, Phil Block and I started for the Cheyenne Agency. Put the team in the barn and stopped at the Murphy House in Cheyenne.
Mon. May 4th. A Cheyenne bought a pair of leggings and enough buckskin to make me a coat for $7.50. Took dinner at Murphy's this eve.
Tues. May 5th. At Cheyenne all this a.m. I went over to the Fort this p.m. with Mr. Murphy.
Wed. May 6th. Mr. Thorp went over to the Fort, got a telegram from Paola. Dinner at Murphys. We went around visiting Indians this p.m.
Thurs. May 7th. We gathered a bunch of 8 Indians and hired a freighter to haul them up to Caldwell, Kansas for us at $2.00 per head. Camped at Cado Springs.
Fri. May 8th at Cado Springs Indian Territory. Phil Brock, wife and little girl, Mr. Thorp and I drove on and left the Indians with the freighters. Drove on to Kingfisher.
Sat. 9th, left Phil Brock with the Indians, dinner at Red Fork Ranch. Tall Bull and some of the Indians had dinner with us. Thorp and I drove on, camped with some soldiers on Huckleberry Creek for the night.
Mon. May 11th, 1885. Left Doe Creek for Lillies. Left Mr. Thorp at South
Haven. I got to Lillies about noon. Albert came home with me. We went up to Mr. Staubus to take his spring wagon home. Albert and I went to the skating rink this p.m.
Tues. May 12th. Bought me a saddle for $65.00. Dick went home to get ready to go with the show.
Wed. May 13th, 1885. We all went up to Davenports to get some Indian pictures taken this a.m. Albert, Effie, Lena Lillie, George, Dick Lillie, Evans, Lucy Conant, Fred Horn, Callie Dodson, Tom, a Pawnee boy Indian and Al went down to the Junction to meet the Indians. We had a little Indian girl about 5 that came up on the train from Caldwell. The Indians got off at the Junction, this little girl had never been on a train and she was afraid. When she saw me she kicked out of her mother's arms, came running for me, jumped in my arms with her arms around my neck. I talked to her and told her nothing would hurt her and that I was going along with them. He father was a white man, her mother a Cheyenne Indian. There was 11 Indians and 4 cowboys. We all went to join Fargo's Wild west Show at Paola, Kansas.
Wed. May 13th, 1885. Just before we got to Independence, Kansas, I was in the Smoker with the Indians and cowboys all smoking. I thought I w would leave the Smoker to go in the chair car ahead. I did not smoke and wanted to getaway from it. I stepped across the coupling on to the other car platform. I met a big negro porter standing in the door of the chair car. I looked up at him and he said "Where you going?" I did not say a word. I was so mad he had a grip in each hand. I grabbed him by the coat collar and jerked as hard as I could, just then they
put on the brakes hard, the train stopped but the negro did not, he pitched forward and I pushed him in the corner, grips and all. The negro was not the only one surprised. For a minute the railing all that kept him from going off the cars. I set down in a chair. I could look on the platform. The men was yelling, "Take this bus for the Fremont" and other hotels when Fred Horn and Geo. Evans jumped on the platform with a pistol in each hand and yelled "Stop that noise or we will blow the top of your head off". The guns were not loaded but the crowd did not know. Stopped at Cherryvale.
Thurs. May 14th, left Cherryvale this a.m., arrived at Paola at 3:30 p.m., went to Fargos camp.
Fri., 15th, 1885, fixing up camp this a.m. I went with the Indians for a walk. South of town on the hill about 1/2 mile there was a barb wire fence, 3 wires. I put my foot on the bottom wire, pulled up the middle wire with my hands to let the Indians through. This fence was about 1/2 way from where the Indians stopped to lay down on the grass. A bunch of kids came along with a little negro boy who was 9 or 10 years old. This little negro stopped by the old chief that wore the War Bonnet, looking down on the chief, this Indian had put a big knife in his belt underneath his blanket, he looked up, saw the negro looking at him when he jumped up, pulled the knife, cast his blanket off, made a pass at the negro, say, that negro started for town. When he came to the wire fence he just ducked his head, went between the top and middle wire like a bullfrog and did not touch a wire and was lost among the houses, then he dropped down to the ground and I never heard an Indian laugh as hearty in all my life.
May 16th. We were ready for our first Wild west Show. I led the Indians. My horse was a 4-year old unbroke. He was larger than the ponies of the Indians. Everything went all right in the parade until we came back in the tent and I came around with the Chief ahead with the war bonnet on. that was too much for the colt. He stopped, I had to touch him with the spurs. Say, he turned on his hind feet, started bucking for the crowd about midway of the seats, he bucked against the rope so tight that his front feet was at the first row of seats. The people cleared a road large enough to drive a 4 mule team to the top tier of the seats. Say, the people gave me a big hand when I got control of my horse and started back with him to the Indians. We left Kansas City, stayed all night in the depot.
Sunday, May 17th, moved to Viceroy Park, Kansas City, Kansas. Showed in the park in the evening.
Mon. 18th, did not give any performance today.
May 19th, moved to McGee Park. Did not play today.
Wed. May 20th, putting up wall tent today. Practicing.
Thurs. May 21st, had a rehearsal this a.m. Geo. Evans, a Mexican, and I went up to see a museum in the evening.
Fri. May 22nd. Went over to Kansas City, MO side. On parade this a.m. Played the Wildwest. One of the chariots horses fell and throwed Mr. Fargo out and two of the cowboys horses fell and throwed one of the horses shoulders out of place.
Sat. May 23. All went out on parade except me. Showed in the p.m. Some of the boys and I went to see Robinson's show this eve. Saw a mule with 6 feet.
Sunday, May 24th, 1885. At the park all this a.m. We played to the largest crowd we have played to yet. Geo. and Dick Evans and I went up to the C & A Depot. We left Fargo's in the p.m.
May 25th. Dick, Geo. and I went uptown this a.m. Had dinner at Halls. Geo. and I left for Henry Evans, a brother of George, found Mr. Newton Lillie, Gordon's father, there. We stayed all night at Henry Evans old place.
May 28th, 1885, Thurs. Went down to Metz in the a.m. Dick and Hiles Helmans came in to Henrys this p.m. George went home with two boys to stay all night.
May, Fri. 29th, stayed all day and night at Evans' place.
May 30th, Sat. Dick and I went down to Summers got with George and Overton Summers and drove up to DePews at Spragues for dinner. We all played baseball this p.m. All went to the opera this eve.
May. Sun. 31st at DePews. Dick Overton, & Fred started for Rich Hill this a.m. George and I stayed for dinner then went down on the train. George's cousin lived at the edge of town. George said we would jump off near his cousins. Pretty heavy grade with a road crossing. I told George we would jump on the road crossing. George got off on the last car and I one ahead. Passing the road I jumped, hit the road, ran a little ways but did not fall. George, he jumped but the road had
passed and George hit the side of the grade and rolled to the bottom before he could get up. I said, "Why didn't you jump on the road?" The train was going at almost full speed. It was one mile to the depot. George, Frank and I went to the negro meeting this eve.
Monday, June 1st, 1885. Went uptown this a.m. I sent a telegram home for $30.00. The bank gave me the money when they received the answer. Had dinner at Halls. George and I got on the train for Arthur. Walked to Henry Evans. 6 p.m. Overton Summers took up to the train, got on the train at 10 p.m., change cars at Nevada for Parsons, Kansas. Got Parsons at 2 a.m., stopped at a hotel the rest of the night.
Wed. June 3rd, 1885. Changed our baggage to Grey Depot, bought a lunch for noon, left on a freight for Cherryvale in the eve. We were waiting for the train when George commenced playing on his accordion and all 4 of us boys sang "My Little German Home Across the Sea." The depot was on a residential street and as far as we could see down the street you could see men, women and children in their nightgowns, it was a beautiful moonlit night. Changed to Southern R.R., laid over at Independence, Kansas. Stopped at the Fremont House.
Thurs. June 4th, left Independence. This is the place where the two cowboys held up the bus drivers. Left via Wichita, got to Wellington at 11:45 a.m. All had dinner at my house. I drove Mr. Sullivan's team to take the boys home. Stayed all night at Mr. Evans place.
Friday, June 5th, we all left for the Nation on a fishing trip. Camped on the
Chicapia sand crossing on the Chicapia River.
June, Sat. 6th, 1885, seined this a.m. Caught about 300 lb. of fish. Drove back to Evans this p.m. Stayed all night at Evans.
Sunday, June 7th, left Evans place for home. Drove past Lillies place, Lucy Conant and Lena Lillie and I got home before noon. I went up to Mr. Staubus' place this p.m.
Monday, June 8th, 1885. At home. Wrote a letter to Capt. A. H. Bogardus, a card to Mr. R. M. Smith. Fred Horn was up in the p.m. We went to see Mrs. White.
Tues. June 9th. At home. George Evans and Filmore Hastings came this p.m.
Wed. 10 June, sold Babe, a sorrel pony, for Mr. Sullivan. It was Wess's horse. He died on a visit to see his sister in Nebraska.Thurs. June 11th. I left for Barbour County. Josie Staubus and Lucy Conant came with me. We stopped at Outens for the night.
Fri. June 12th. We got to the ranch about sundown.
Sat. June 13th. I went over to see John Dotson this a.m. then to Staubus this p.m.
Sun. June 14th, left Staubus' for Danley ranch.
Monday June 15th, left Danleys for home. Dinner at Harper. Stayed all night at a farmhouse 9 miles of Wellington.
Tues. June 16th, came home this a.m.
Wed. June 17th, Mr. Sullivan, Filmore and I left for the Territory, stayed all night at Evans'.
Thurs. June 18th, 1885. Ira and George Evans, Mr. Sullivan, Filmore and I left for the Territory. Stayed all night on the Salt Fork.
June Fri. 19th, heavy wind and rain last night, camped all day on the Salt Fork.
Sat. June 20th, camped on the Salt Fork, raining, did not catch any fish.
Sun. June 21st, we left Salt Fork for Pond Creek. Found the creek bank full. Could not fish.
Monday, June 22nd, river too high to fish.Tues. June 23rd, hitched up and drove to the mouth of Boggy to seine. Caught 50 lbs of fish, sold some fish for some flour.
Wed. June 24th, 1885, raining. Camped on Pond Creek. Caught some catfish with hook and line.
Thurs. June 25th, left Pond Creek for Deer Creek, it was too high to fish. Some Indians camped on Deer Creek, crossed this p.m. George and I went over to the Boomers camp and gave some fish.
Fri. June 26th, river too high to seine. We left for Mr. Evans' place.
Sat. June 27th, left Evans' for town. Dick Evans, Callie Dodson and John Conant. John and Dick had dinner with me. Albert Sitton and I went to the skating rink this eve.
June 28, Sunday. Went down to George Nelsons.
Mon. June 29th. George, Filmore and I started for the Nation. Nooned at South Haven. Camped on the Chicaspia River. Caught about 10 lb. of fish.
Tues. June 30th, we seined down the Chicaspia River above the 2nd narrows then drove Mr. Evans' place, stayed all night.
Wed. July 1st, left Evans via Lillies, George Nelsons, on home. Received a letter from James Wood of Barbour Co, Kansas.
Thurs. July 2nd, 1885. Slate Creek was out of its banks. Mrs. Dodson, Callie Dodson, mother and I went down to see the hi-waters.
Friday 3rd, at home all day.
Sat. July 4th, 1885, Albert Lillie, George Nelson and family came up. Albert stayed all night with me.
Sunday, July 5th, Albert and I went down to Lillies.
Mon. July 6th went over to Fred Horns' then back to Lillies. We went down to Evans' this p.m. then to Lillies all night.
Tues. July 7th, started for home and stopped at Nelsons. At home in the p.m.
Wed. July 8th. Filmore and I went up to see Albert. Effie and I went to the Horn schoolhouse to see a show this p.m.
Thurs. July 9th, Albert and I started for the Nation. The Evans boys went with us. We camped on Pond Creek.
Fri. July 10th, 1885. Albert and I drove to the plum patch, got about 4 bushels of plums. Went back to Pond Creek this p.m.
Sat. July 11, 1885. Started for home. Camped on Deer Creek. It was so high we couldn't cross. Some Indians camped on the other side.
Sun. July 12. Mr. Ringer put his wagon box in for a ferry boat and we put Jim Sullivan and the three cowboys across. They made their ponies swim across.
Mon. July 13, we crossed Deer Creek this a.m. for home. Got to Lillies, stayed all night at Lillies.
Tues. July 14th, Dick came home with us. I received a letter from Gordon.
Wed. July 15th, Filmore and I left for Carrigens, stayed all night at Carrigans.
Thurs. July 16th, 1885. We came back home this a.m., went to see Dotson this p.m.
Fri. July 17th, at home all a.m. Went home with Geo. Nelsons this p.m.
Sat. July 18, George and family came home with me.
Sunday, July 19th at home. Mother and I went over to Dotsons this p.m.
July 20th, Monday, I went uptown this a.m. Saw Mr. Hall. He wanted me to go with him after some cattle. We started at 1 p.m. Rode to Crockers, got there at 10 p.m.
Tues. July 21st, found the cattle in the Territory. Drove them up to the line in the a.m. The smoke was so bad, a fire in the Territory. We did not drive this p.m. Stayed all night at Crockers.
Wed. July 22nd. Started the cattle for home this a.m. Dinner at South
Haven, drove on in to Wellington. Put up at Hamiltons feed yard.
Thurs. July 23rd. Helped Mr. Hall on to John McMay's house this a.m. I went uptown and bought me a pair of boots for $5.00 this p.m.
Fri. July 24th, I went uptown to see a balloon go up. The wind drove him across the corner of the Arlington Hotel then went north of the town. I was on my horse, got there as soon as the balloon hit the ground. I don't think he was hurt bad.
Sat. July 25th, Hershal Danley and I went up to see another balloon go up. We went to the skating rink this p.m.
Sunday, July 26, Gordon came in from New York. We went over to Dodson in the eve.
Mon. July 27th, Dave took Gordon in the buggy, I went with Filmore to look after his horse.
Tues. July 28th, 1885, Albert Lillie and 4 Indians came uptown. I went up to the depot to see if the tickets had come.
Wed. July 29th, Dave went down to Lillies. Gordon and Callie Dodson came up.
Thurs. July 30th, At home all this a.m. Albert and the Indians came up in
the eve. A large crowd came in to see the Indians this p.m.
Fri. July 31st, Gordon and I went to Staubus for dinner. This a.m., Gordon, Albert, and Indians left for New York. Mrs. Lillie and Lena was up to see them off.
Sat. August 1, 1885. At home all this a.m. Went uptown to vote this p.m.
Sunday, August 2nd. At home. Mr. Sullivan, Filmore left for Barbour Co. this p.m.
Mon. Aug. 3rd, at home this a.m. Effie Lillie and Mr. Lyman was here this p.m.
Tues. Aug. 4th, Mother and Dave went down to Geo. Nelsons this a.m. I stayed at home to get dinner for Grandma Hastings as she was sick.
Wed. Aug. 5th. Dave started for Barbour Co. Six Indians came back from Kansas City. they had dinner at our house. Charley Scott and I started with them for Pawnee Agency. Stopped at Lillies for the night.
Fri. Aug. 7th, 1885, drove through Ponco, forded Salt Fork, went through Oto Agency. The Indians left us about 4 p.m. We drove within 1/2 mile of Pawnee and camped.
Sat. Aug. 8th, 1885. Left camp about 10 a.m., drove over to Pawnee, got with some freighters, drove out 1-1/2 miles, stopped for noon. Then stopped for the
night 5 miles from Oto. One of the Tyston boys stayed all night with us.
Sun. Aug. 9m drive through Oto and Ponco, bought some Indian necklaces and camped on Soldiers Creek for the night.
Monday, Aug. 10th, it rained on us last night. A cowboy got in with us to ride near Richmond Ranch. Nooned at Evans, changed wagons at Lillies then on home. We went to see the "Swiss Bellringer" this p.m.
Tues. Aug. 11th, Mark Dotson stayed all night with us and left this a.m. on the Hunnewell train.
Wed. Aug. 12th, 1885. At home this a.m. John Gressel and I went to the Opera this p.m.
Thurs. Aug. 13, 14, 15. At home.
Aug. 16th, Sunday at home all this a.m. Went out horse back riding this p.m.
Mon. Aug. 17th, 1885. Mr. Lillie and Mrs. Lyman was up this p.m.
Tues. Aug. 18th. I went down to Evans' place this a.m. Went over to South Haven and back to Evans' place.
Wed. Aug. 19th, started home via Lillies and Geo. Nelsons. Got home about
Thurs. Aug. 20th. At home most of the day. Went uptown this p.m.
Fri. Aug. 21st. At home all this a.m. Heard a negro minstrel band this p.m.
Sat. Aug. 22nd. Went up to the Depot after Lucy Conant's trunk then Lucy and I went down to Lillies this a.m. The girls and I went over to Evans this afternoon then back to Lillies in the eve. George and I went back to Evans at 10:30 p.m.
Sun. Aug. 23rd, 1885. Dick and I went over to Horns. Fred paid me $2.50 that he owed me. I left for home.
Mon. Aug. 24th. I was up with a sick boy, Marion Hicks.
Tues. Aug. 25th. I went over to Haly Baileys for my guitar this a.m. Callie Dodson was over this p.m. I sat up with the sick boy until 1 p.m. Boussum and John Gressel set up the last part of the night.
Wed. Aug. 26th, 1885. At home this a.m. Monroe Sears came in from Montana this a.m. We went up to the fair grounds then to the Depot after his saddle this p.m. then uptown this eve.
Thurs. Aug. 27th, Monroe and I got on the 11:45 train for Caldwell, went to Mr. Swaggarts. Monroe, Mr. Swaggart and I went up to the opera. We stayed all
night at Swaggarts.
Fri. Aug. 28th, 1885, at Swaggarts all this a.m. Went uptown, dinner at the restaurant, left for Wellington on the train this p.m.
Sat. Aug. 29th, I went with Monroe up to the Southern Depot. He left for home on the 11:45 train.
Sunday, Aug. 30th, 1885. At home all the a.m., went uptown in p.m.
Monday, Aug. 31st, Mr. Scott and I went uptown this a.m. Dave came home from the Nation. Wall Flemming and wife was here.
Tues. Sept. 1st, wrote a letter to Ed Bodargus this a.m. John Dotson was here for dinner. Mr. Sullivan and I went down to Gormans to look at a team for sale.
Sept. 2nd, Wed., went with Mr. Sullivan out to Barkers. I went to Mr. Beards, he came in town with me.
Thurs. Sept. 3rd, Chas. Scott and I went to take a cow to the Baulchers pen this p.m. I sat up with the sick boy until 12 m.
Fri. Sept. 4th, John Dotson was uptown. Sullivan was down from Gleenelder.
Sat. Sept. 5th. Mr. Sullivan and Tom went out to Jake Allens this a.m. I went over to Baileys this p.m.
Sunday, 6th, 1885, Scott and I went up to the Fair. Alice and Della Vinson and Effie Lillie came this eve.
Monday, Sept. 7th, at home all this a.m. I went down to Lillies to take Effie home, stayed all night at Lillies.
Tues. Sept. 8th, I went down to Evans to see the boys. Came on home.
Wed. 9th, At home all a.m., went to the Fairgrounds this p.m.
Sept. Thurs. 10, 1885, Chas. Scott and I started for the Territory hunting. We nooned on Meridian Creek. Camped on Shoofly at the Narrows.
Fri. Sept. 11th, drove to Dry Creek, nooned, then to Soldier Creek and camped. 2 Cowboys stayed all night with us.
Sat. Sept. 12th, started for home, noon on Shoofly. Traded my bird dog with a man for his. Got home in eve.
Mon. Sept. 14, at home this a.m. Went up to the rink this p.m.
Sept. 15th, Chas. Scott and I went hunting prairie chickens this a.m. I killed 2.
Wed. Sept. 16, Mr. Sullivan left for Caldwell, Mother went home with Geo. and Emma Nelson.
Thurs. Sept. 17th, I went uptown to Dr. Mann's sale this a.m. Had lunch at the sale, got home about 4 p.m. John and Susie moved in town.
Fri. Sept. 18, 1885, getting ready to start for Cheyenne. Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Barker and son, John and Dave Dotson and I left this p.m. Stopped at Evans for the night.
Sat. Sept. 19th, got 16 bu. of corn from Dick Evans. I went to Fred Horns, he paid me $6.50 owed me. Stopped for noon on the Chicaspia River. I got 6 prairie chickens. Camped on Deer Creek.
Sun. Sept. 20th. Drove in the a.m. Dave and I helped John across South Fork with ropes to our saddle horses. Noon on Negro Creek. I shot 1 chicken. Camped on Red Rock.
Monday, Sept 21st. went from Red Rock to Hackkarie in the a.m. Nooned. Drove to Buffalo Springs. Camped near the graves of 3 freighters that was killed by Indians.
Tues. Sept. 22nd, drove as far as Turkey Creek. Nooned. Sid Barker and I hunted down Big Turkey as far as Red Fork. I got one turkey and 1 squirrel. Stayed all night at Big Turkey.
Wed. Sept. 23, left Big Turkey, crossed the Cimmeron River, stopped for noon on Nine Mile Creek. A cowboy had dinner with us, said he hadn't had anything to eat for two days. We drove to Caddo Springs.
Thurs. Sept. 24th, from Caddo Springs through Cheyenne Agency to Fort Reno. I sent mother a card from here. Drove to Red Rock Springs, 8 or 9 Indians came over, some that was camped here, and took a horse from a man that had bought it from another Indian. The man said he paid for the horse. We drove to Powder Faces this p.m.
Fri. Sept. 25th, 1885. Mr. Sullivan and I commenced cutting wood for the Fort, ground our axes, moved camp up the river 1/2 mile this p.m.
Sat. Sept. 26th, we all cut cord wood. Mr. Sullivan and I, John and Dave Dotson, Sid and his father.
Sunday, 27th, Mr. Sullivan went hunting this a.m. Sid Barker and I went hunting this p.m.
Mon. Sept. 28, 1885. We cut wood all day.
Sept. 29. Cutting wood all day.
Sept. 30th, we put up 2 cord, Sid and I went turkey hunting this p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 1st, 1885, put up 1 cord this a.m. Cut a 1/2 cord and cut down 5
trees for wood this p.m.
Fri. Oct. 2nd, put up 1-1/2 cord today.
Sat. Oct. 3rd, went to Fort Reno with Roberts this a.m. Went over to the Agency, received a letter from Albert Lillie this a.m. Came back to camp, hitched my pony with another one to see if he would work.
Sun. Oct. 4th, sick at camp all day.
Mon. Oct. 5, at camp sick. Mr. Sullivan cut wood this a.m. I helped Mr. Sullivan measure the wood. 12-7/8 cord.
Tues. Oct. 6, Barker and I went to grind our axes this a.m. I wrote a letter to Albert.
Wed. Oct. 7, Mr. Sullivan and I put up 1 cord and cut down timber for a cord and a half.
Thurs. Oct. 8th, 1885, put up 2-1/2 cord today. John killed a turkey this p.m.
Fri. Oct. 9, cut wood all this a.m. John and Dave Dotson started for home. I went w with them as far as the Post. We camped at Red Rock Spring in p.m.
Sat. Oct. 10th, we went into the Post to draw our money. Bickford was not here and could not draw our money. Bought some corn and meat and started back
Sun. Oct. 11, we went turkey hunting.
Oct. 12th, put up 1-1/2 cord.
Oct. 13th, cut all day, put up 2 cord. Bickford, the Boss, came to camp this p.m.
Wed, Oct. 14th, put up a cord this a.m. Got Roberts to measure up the wood. John, Dave and I started for home, went through the Fort, got an order for our money on Bickford. Camped at Caddo Springs.
Thurs. Oct. 15th, 1885, we drove from Caddo Springs to Kingfisher in a.m. Noon, shot 4 prairie chickens, camped on Little Turkey with about 30 freighters.
Oct. 16th, Fri., John traded Old Peter for a mule. We nooned on Hackberry Creek, drove near Skeleton Ranch. I met Ho To Wa Pahee. White Buffalo was at the Skeleton Ranch.
Sat. Oct. 17th, started before daylight, drove to Pond Creek, 10:30 a.m. then to Caldwell. Camped near the Depot.
Sun. Oct 18, 1885. John came on the train and I rode him on my horse.
Tues. Oct. 20m Luther Doury and I started with Jim Thralls cattle, noon 3
miles west of Wellington, drove 10 miles and camped for the night.
Wed. Oct. 21st, 1885, drove the cattle to Mr. Folks where we left them. We left Folks at 1:30 p.m. Got home at sundown.
Thurs. Oct. 22, started for Evans at Geo. Nelsons for dinner, at Evans for the night.
Fri. Oct. 23rd, came home, found Geo. Nelson and his daughter, Delia, there.
Sat. Oct. 24th, at home all a.m. making a grub box. Miss Haley Bailey and two of her friends came. We had some music.
Sunday Oct. 25, Mrs. Dourey, Mrs. Greenley was here for dinner. Chas. Scott, Dave and I went to church this eve.
Mon. Oct. 26th, went uptown, received $4.50 from Jim Thralls. Helped John lay a stone wall this p.m.
Tues. Oct. 27th, Tom, Pawnee Indian here for dinner. Went over to Bailey's this p.m.
Wed. Oct. 28th, getting ready to go to the territory. Scott, John, Dave and I camped on Shoofly Creek.
Thurs. Oct. 29th, I decided not to go to the Nation. I came back by Evans,
Chas. Graham came home with me.
Fri. Oct. 30th, wrote a letter this a.m. to Dennis, oiled my saddle. Mark Dotson and I went to see the play "Cousin John at the Opera."
Sat. Oct. 31st, at home all this a.m. I went with the Baileys to look at some horses.
Sun. Nov. 1st, went uptown, met Al Dennis' mother and Mrs. Cotts. At home all the p.m.
Mon. Nov. 2. Went uptown, bought a frame for my hair wreath and made a box for it in the p.m.
Tues. Nov. 3rd, Mrs. Fannie Scott made me a wreath of wax flowers. Went down to the Hamilton pasture to look for my cow.
Wed. Nov. 4, got a gun from W. R. Savage to try out. Went out to George Nelsons and shot 4 quail in a.m. Went to Chas. Grahams, stayed all night.
Thurs. Nov. 5, I went down to Evans. Dick gave me $5.00, went back home. This p.m. Mr. Lillie got home, also George Evans. I showed Mrs. Scott and Haley Bailey how to make hair and feather flowers.
Fri. Nov. 6th, went up to the Depot, met Gordon and his Indians. Took their baggage to where Mrs. Lillie was staying. I went with the Indians down to Evans,
got George's pony and came home.
Sat. Nov. 7, bought me a shotgun for $6.00 this a.m. I went down to Sittons for my horse then down to Chas. Grahams.
Sunday, Nov. 8, loaded to go down to the Nation. Mr. Lillie, Chas. Gresham and I camped on Shoofly.
Mon. Nov. 9, left camp for Caldwell, got here this a.m. John and Mark Dotson here. I left for home on the train.
Tues. Nov. 10, I went down to the Junction, saw Mr. Bickford on the train this a.m. Mrs. Fritz, Mrs. Hibard was here for dinner. Gordon came up with his Indians.
Wed. Nov. 11th, 1885, at home putting rockers on a chair. Went uptown this p.m. Gordon left on the 4 p.m. train.
Thurs. Nov. 12, 1885, at home this a.m. Frank Bailey and I went hunting this p.m.
Fri. Nov. 13th, at home this a.m. Started for the Nation to look for a cow in the -7- pasture. Stayed all night with Chas. Graham.
Sat. Nov. 14th, left Chas. got with a cowboy at Hunnewell, nooned on Deer Creek, went past the open A ( ), crossed the Salt Fork to Geo. Millers ranch where
we stayed all night.
Sun. Nov. 15th, left Millers, looked up Pond Creek, did not find cow, went back to Millers.``
Mon. Nov. 16th, left Millers for home, got there at sundown.
Tues. Nov. 17th, at home all this a.m. Helped Mrs. Scott make some wax flowers this p.m.
Wed. Nov. 1885, working on my wax wreath.
Thurs. 19th, went hunting, dinner at Geo. Nelsons, I killed 5 quail and 2 prairie chickens.
Fri. Nov. 20th, at home all day. Cold and cloudy. Chas. Scott, Frank Bailey and I went hunting, got 4 quail, 2 ducks and 2 chickens.
Sat. Nov. 21st, Chas. Scott, Arthur Boussum and I went hunting in the buggy, took our dinner along.
Sunday Nov. 22nd, at home all day, cold and cloudy.
Mon. Nov. 23rd, 1885, at home all this a.m. Helped Chas. Scott haul a load of hay.
Tues. Nov. 24, at home getting ready to go hunting. Mr. Jackson, Chas. Scott and I.
Wed. Nov. 25, 1885, we started for the Nation, nooned on Shoofly, drove to Doe Creek and camped.
Thurs. Nov. 26, 1885. Drove to Salt Fork, met Tom Karinger and E. Taggart, the soldiers guarding the food would not let us pass. We camped on Baggy near the crossing.
Fri. Nov. 27th, drove down the river about 2 miles below the soldiers camp. We crossed the Salt Fork, didn't see any soldiers. Drove to Red Fork and camped.
Sat. Nov. 28th, drove across the prairie west, nooned on Black Bear then drove to Otter Creek for the night. Jansen killed a chicken this p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 29, from Otter Creek we went to the Skeleton and nooned. I shot a chicken. Chas. killed a turkey. Camped at the edge of the Black Jacks.
Monday, Nov. 30th, 1885, All went hunting in the Black Jacks except Chas. Scott. I saw 5 deer this a.m. Tom killed a deer and Janson killed a turkey.
Tues. Dec. 1st, 1885, hunting in the Black Jacks. I saw 5 deer and a wild cat. Tom killed 2 deer, E. Taggart stayed in camp.
Wed. Dec. 2nd, moved camp to a pond southwest of Red Fork, I got lost from the wagons, had to trail them up, caught at noon. Janson and I went hunting, got 2 quail, 2 coon and one skunk. Tom got 2 deer.
Thurs. Dec. 3, we moved camp about 1 mile to Spring Creek. I killed a deer.
Friday, Dec 4, 1885, left for our old camping place, I killed a deer and Janson killed 2 this a.m. Stopped at the edge of the Black Jacks.
Sat. Dec. 5, I shot a deer and one turkey. Janson got 1 turkey.
Sunday, Dec. 6, 1885, moving this a.m. I killed a deer and Tom killed one, camped near our old camp for noon. Went hunting this p.m. Janson killed a deer and I killed 2 skunks.
Mon. Dec. 7, 1885. Chas. Scott killed a deer this a.m. Janson went with him to find it, got lost and came back to camp. I went then to find it.
Tues. Dec. 8th, we started for home this a.m. Drove to the Skeleton for noon then drove up Otter Creek. Camped in the Black Jacks. Snowing. Janson and Tom got into camp after sundown.
Wed. Dec. 9, 1885, I shot two shots at a big buck, did not get him. I shot and killed a turkey. We camped on Black Bear.
Fri. Dec. 11th, left Black Bear and drove to Red Rock. Tom lost his gun and
bedding. We moved on Red Rock. Tom and Lue went back to look for gun and bedding. It commenced snowing on us as we got to the gate into the Miller pasture. Snow 4 in. Camped in the Miller pasture.
Sat. Dec. 12th, 1885, drove to the crossing on the Salt Fork. My horse fell 4 times with me, had to go back to the Miller ranch to dry my clothing, came back, found Janson had crossed, we stopped at the soldiers camp to warm, they gave us some coffee and crackers. We drove on to Doe Creek and camped.
Sun. Dec. 13th, 1885 from Doe Creek we drove home. Janson left me at South Haven, I drove on home after dark.
Mon. Dec. 14th, took our game uptown, sold our turkey and chickens to W. R. Savage and our deer to Mr. Knowls & Co.
Tues. Dec. 15, I went uptown, Chas. Scott and Tom came in.
Wed. Dec. 16, 1885, at home all a.m. Mr. Scott and Wm. Blank and I went hunting, killed 2 rabbits and 20 quail this eve.
Thurs. Dec. 17th, went uptown, getting ready to go on another hunt. Mother, Mrs. Scott, Chas. and I went to meeting this eve. Tom stayed all night with us.
Fri. Dec. 18th, Filmore and Tom started for the Territory, they were to wait for us at South Haven. We were to meet there tomorrow. I went hunting this p.m.
and killed 2 rabbits and 21 quail, went to Meeting this eve.
Sat. Dec. 19th. Janson and I getting ready for another hunt. Left home after dinner, drove to Shoofly Creek and camped.
Sun. Dec. 20th, left Shoofly, drove through South Haven and Honeywell. We caught up with Tom, John, Mr. Kariger, Filmore, Ollie Walsher and Mr. Ball all going on a hunt. Nooned on the Chicaspia then on to Doe Creek. We went hunting in the eve. Caught one opossum.
Mon. Dec. 21st, from Doe we drove to Deer Creek then to the center gate on the -7- range then down to the Miller pasture. Pulled up a post to get through, went to the Salt Fork, camped on the west side to get by the soldiers.
Tues. Dec. 22nd, from Salt Fork we drove to Red Rock, camped on Red Rock.
1885, Wed. Dec. 23rd, from Red Rock we went to Black Bear. Nooned. Tom and I went to look for his gun and bedding lost on another trip from Black Bear. We drove Otter Creek in the 40 range, a cowboy came in to our camp after dark.
Thurs. Dec. 24th, 1885. From the head of Otter Creek we drove to the Old Boomer Camp on Otter Creek for noon. All went hunting this p.m. Found where the turkey was roosting, got 2 turkey. Ollie shot this black dog, thought he was a turkey. He killed his dog, he had tied him up at camp.
Fri. Dec. 25th Christmas 1885. We left the Old Boomer camp drove to the edge of the Black Jacks and camped on Round Prairie on the west side. Went hunting this p.m.
Sat. Dec. 26th, Janson and I went hunting on the west of the camp. Saw 3 deer. Janson killed a skunk coming into camp. I killed a turkey and 3 quail and Janson killed 2 quail.
Fri.. December 27th, 1885. Janson and I moved camp west of where Tom and Filmore was. We got lost from camp and stayed at Tom and Filmores. Ollie got lost and did not come into camp.
Mon. Dec. 28, we all went hunting except Mr. Ball. I shot and wounded a deer. Janson and I went blazing a trail to a pond on trees. Raining this eve.
Tues. Dec. 29th. Janson and I went south hunting. I saw 2 deer. Mr. Kariger came in and had dinner with us. We killed a quail this p.m. A party from near South Haven camped near us.
Wed. Dec. 30th. Janson and I went hunting northwest. Janson killed a deer coming back to camp. I got dinner and he went back after the deer. We moved north to a pond where Tom and Filmore was camped.
LAST DAY OF 1885
Friday, January 1st, 1886. Camped in the Territory hunting. Coz, Filmore Hastings, John Dotson, Carriger, Mr. Ball, Ollie Walsher. Ollie was lost for 2 days on this trip. A cowboy found him and brought him to our camp. I and Janson went hunting this a.m. Mr. Ball killed a big buck. John and Carriger went chicken hunting. I killed 1 quail. This ended the first day of the year 1886.
Sat. Jan. 2nd. Janson and I went south hunting. We shot and wounded 4 deer. Only got one. Commenced snowing about 3 p.m. I killed 2 turkey. Janson got 1 turkey. We went after our deer this p.m. that we killed this a.m., got lost after dark, shot off our guns. They answered at camp.
Sunday, Jan. 3rd, 1886, light tracking snow. We all started to move camp. I left the wagons this a.m., killed a deer, caught up with the wagons at noon. Went back after the deer in the eve. Janson killed a wild hog this p.m.
Mon. Jan. 4th, 1886. We moved on west. Janson left the wagons in the a.m. and killed a deer. Got lost from the wagons and could not find his deer. Camped on the edge of the Black Jacks. I got in the timber and went about 4 miles before I found I was going in the wrong direction.
Tues. Jan. 5th, Janson and I wounded a deer, caught a coon and shot 1 chicken this a.m. Mr. Carriger and I went hunting in the buggy. I killed 1 chicken this a.m.
Wed. Jan. 6th, 1886. We all started for home, headed for Caldwell, trail.
Stopped for noon at the wire fence east of the trail. Tom and I went west of the trail hunting on Big Turkey. I got 1 chicken and 10 quail. Camped on the trail south of Buffalo Springs. Clear and pleasant all day.
Thurs. Jan. 7, 1886. Wind changed to the north about 12 M last night. Very cold this a.m. We started for the Skeleton about 9 a.m. The storm struck full force, three teams, I and Jim, my horse I had to lead him. He would follow me like a dog. I walked behind my coz's team of mules. There was time you could not see the team ahead. We were on the Old Chisum Trail. Mr. Ball was in the lead, he came back and said we couldn't make it. Tom told him to go back to his team and Tom took the lead and we made it to the Skeleton River. Got under a bluff, put up a tent. That was all that kept us from freezing. This was the day that Powder Face, Arapahoe Indian, froze to death. When they found him he was sitting down by his deer, his knife on the ground froze stiff. White Buffalo, another Indian I know, told me afterwards.
Fri. Jan. 8th, we camped on the Skeleton all day keeping the fires going to keep from freezing to death. Most of the boys had their ears frost bitten, said their ears was big enough to make saddle blankets. I was in luck as my hair was long and protected my ears from the storm.
Sat. Jan. 9th. Carriger and son John started for home in the buggy. We drove all day, did not stop for noon, got to Millers and camped on the Salt Fork after dark. We stayed at the ranch all night. Clear and cold all day.
Sun. Jan. 10th. Sold a deer to the cook at the Miller ranch. Left the ranch,
crossed the Salt Fork on the ice, nooned on Doe Creek. Got to Hunnewell after sundown. Tom and the rest left, Janson and I drove into South Haven and camped at Moss Stable.
Mon. Jan. 11th, 1886. Janson and I got breakfast at the restaurant then started for home. Got home at 1 p.m. Janson had dinner with me. We sold our deer to Knowls, our turkey, quail and chickens to W. R. Savage.
Tues. Jan. 12th. Received a letter from cousin Monroe Sears this a.m. Tom Carriger and Filmore Hastings came uptown this p.m.
Wed. Jan. 13th. Tom and Filmore ate dinner with us today. They went back to Carrigers this p.m. Chas. Scott and I went to meeting this eve.
14th, 15th, 16th, went to church.
Sun. 17th, at home, went to church.
Mon. Jan. 18th, 1886, went uptown and ordered some goods from W. R. Savage this a.m. Tom and Filmore came up to stay all night with me. We went to meeting this p.m.
Tues. Jan. 19th, Tom and Filmore at our house. Chas. Scott got my horse to move Mr. Bailey this p.m. Charles and I went to meeting in the p.m.
Wed. Jan. 20th, Tom and Filmore started for the Nation this p.m. Billie
Blank and I went to church this p.m.
Thurs. Jan. 21st. Dave Dotson stayed all night with us. John Gressel moved in first door north of us. I went to meeting this evening.
Fri. Jan. 22nd. At home all a.m. reading. Went to meeting in the eve. Sat up with a sick child at Bill Blanks until 2:30 a.m.
Sat. Jan. 23rd, uptown this a.m. They are having a Revival meeting last until the 31st of January.
Mon. Feb. 1st, 1886. Frank Groves and I went hunting down on Slate Creek. Killed 2 rabbits and 4 quail. Got home at 4:30.
Tues. Feb. 2nd. Snowed all night, a heavy drifting snow and snowed all day.
Wed. Feb. 3rd, Chas. Scott and I went uptown. We went to the Christian Church this p.m.
Thurs. Feb. 4th, 1886. Mark Dotson and I went up town this a.m. We all went to the Christian Church this eve.
Fri. Feb. 5th, at home all this a.m. went to church this eve.
Sat. Feb. 6th, Albert Lillie came in on the 1 p.m. train. We started down to Lillies old place this p.m. Stayed all night at Chas. Graham's place.
Sun. Feb. 7th, 1886. Mr. Lillie and Albert started for Pawnee this a.m. I went to Evans for dinner then home this p.m.
Mon. Feb. 8. At home all this a.m. Went to church this eve.
9th, at home all day.
Wed. 10th, Feb. Mr. Sims came over this a.m. I went to the Opera to see the Swiss Bellringers this p.m.
Thurs. Feb. 11th. I went over to Mr. Lillies today.
Fri. Feb. 12th. I set up all night with Sammy Dotson. I met Mr. Chas. Bigelow uptown.
Sun. Feb. 14th, 1886. Albert Lillie and his Indians came up this a.m. I took the Indians to the Santa Fe Depot. Mr. Bigelow, Albert and Indians left on the 4 p.m. train for Chicago, Illinois.
Tues. Feb. 16th, at home all a.m. Went to church this eve.
Wed. Feb. 17th, 1886, at home. Bill Blank and I went to Dowdons to sit up with the sick tonight.
Thurs. Feb. 18th, at home all day. Very cold. Went to church this p.m.
19th, 20th, at home all day.
Sun. Feb. 21st, 1886, went down to Geo. Nelson's. Chas. Switzer and I went to the Wymer Schoolhouse to a meeting this a.m. Came past John Dotson then home. Went to church in eve.
Mon. Feb. 22nd, at home all day, went to meeting in the eve.
Tues. 23rd. Bill Blanks and I went down to Slate Creek to cut wood. Cut wood all day.
Wed. Feb. 24th, raining this a.m. Cut wood this p.m. Went to church this p.m.
Sun. Feb. 28, at home all day. Went to church in the p.m.
Mon. Mar. 1st, 1886. Bill Blanks and I went over to the Southern Depot this a.m. and hired to a Mr. Luckey to work on the RRoad in the Nation south of Caldwell. Left Wellington at 11;30, had supper in Kiowa, stayed all night there.
Tues. March 2nd, Bill and I started out w with a 4 mule team, the lead team had never had a collar on. We hitched them up to a big prairie schooner wagon with plows, scrapers, tools. We had to drive about 1/2 mile up to town before we got to the main street. The mules was running away. I headed them up through Main out upon the prairie in a big circle. I could guide them out, could not stop, then
with the brake on by the time we hit Main street again the mules had about all the run they wanted. I stopped at the store and finished my load. They went all night down to camp, about 7 miles in the Territory. The Boss gave me my lead team. I put them on the scrapes. They were both blacks and well matched. I did not work them long until everyone said I had the best scraper team on the job.
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, worked on the dump all day.
Sunday, March 7th, writing letters all this a.m. Chas. Scott, Bill Blanks, some more of the boys and I went over to the South Camp No. 2 this eve.
Mon. March 8th, 1886, worked all this a.m. on the North side of the creek and in the p.m. on the South side. It started raining about 5 p.m. Soon everything was mud on the dump.
Tues. March 9th, 1886, worked all day on the north side of creek.
Wed. March 10th, worked all day. Bill Blanks and Chas. left for home.
Thurs. March 11th, worked all day on the dump on the north side of the creek.
Fri. March 12th, 1886, worked on the dump all day. I received a letter from Chas. Bigelow.
Sat. 13th, worked all day on the north side of the creek, wrote a letter to
Bigelow and one to my mother this eve.
Sun. March 14th, at camp all day. A number of the boys went up the creek to help a cow out of the mire this p.m.
Mon. March 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 I worked all 5 days.
Sat. March 20, worked all day on the dump. I received a letter from Charles Bigelow and one from Albert Lillie in Chicago. A number of the boys found out I was going to leave, they all wanted my team. I sure hated to give my team up as I was the only one that had ever pulled up a line over their backs and everybody knew my team was the best scraper team on the job.
Sun. March 21st, 1886. I left camp for Kiowa with a freight team, got on the train at 11:45 for Wellington. Got home in the eve. Chas. Scott and I went to meeting this eve.
Mon. March 22nd, 1886, wrote a letter to Albert in Chicago, sent a telegram to Chas. Bigelow, went uptown and bought a pair of shoes and a hat this p.m. Wrote a letter to Bigelow tonight.
Tues. March 23rd, at home all day.
Wed. March 24th. Mr. Dye wanted me to help him drive his cattle up to the Depot pens. Dave and I helped him, it was a little after dark when we got all penned.
Thurs. March 25, 1886, Dave and I went up to help Mr. Dye put his cattle on the train, found they had broken down the gate, all gone in the town. Found all but 8 head. We helped put them on the train, all but the 8 that was gone.
Fri. March 26th, 1886. Received a telegram from Bigelow today.
March 27th & 28th, at home.
Mon. March 29, received a letter from Mr. Bigelow.
Tues. March 30th. At home all day.
Wed. March 31st. Dave and I drove down to Ed Brothers, left Dave at Ed's place. I drove down to Evans place, got 8 bushels of corn. We got home at dark.
April 1, 1886, sent a letter to Chas. Bigelow.
April 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, at home.
Thurs. 8th, Mr. Blanks, Mr. Sullivan and I left for a fishing trip in the Nation. I got 2 ducks and one chicken in p.m. Camped on Doe Creek.
Fri. April 9th, I shot and killed 2 wild pigeons. Mr. Blanks got 3 chickens. Stopped on Pond Creek west of the 7- Ranch. Seined in Pond Creek this p.m. Caught 2 Gar and one Buffalo fish.
Sat. April 10th, we moved down the creek and caught about 50 lb. of fish.
Sunday April 11th, we caught 80 lb. of fish today.
Monday, April 12th, started for home, nooned on Deer Creek. Sold some fish at the Deer Creek Ranch. Bill shot and killed 5 ducks. We camped on Chikaspia River at Rock Falls, caught 40 lb. of fish, sold fish to a ranch at the Falls.
Tues. 13th, raining all night, river raising fast. Started for home, sold some fish at Hunnewell, also at South Haven, sold some more going home. Gordon and I, three Indians got complimentary tickets for the opera this eve.
Wed. & Thurs. 14th, 15th, at home all day.
Fri. April 16, Mr. Blanks, Bill, Ren and I left for a fishing trip in the Territory. Stopped on the Chikaspia, caught some fish, camped for the night on Doe Creek.
Sunday, April 18th, caught 50 lb. today.
April 19th, caught 200 lbs. of fish, caught 84 fish in one draw.
Tues. April 20, 1886. Mr. Blanks, Mr. Sullivan left for Caldwell with 300 lb. of fish.
Wed. April 21st, caught a catfish on a line. Gave it to the 7- Ranchman. Mr. Blanks and Mr. Sullivan got back.
Thurs. April 22nd, caught 3 catfish on trout lines, loaded up and started for Chikaspia. Sold some fish at the Deer Creek Ranch, stopped at Hackberry Grove on the river.
Fri. April 23rd, caught two catfish on lines, seined and caught about 50 lbs of fish. Heavy rain in the evening.
Sat. April 24, caught 3 catfish last night, moved up the river to mouth of Shoofly, seined near the mouth of Shoofly, caught 50 or 60 lbs of fish.
Sunday, April 25th, caught 10 catfish this a.m. Seined this p.m., caught about 50 lb. and caught a softshelled turtle. We had turtle soup for supper.
Mon. April 26th, caught 8 fish on line last night. Started for home, sold some fish at South Haven, got home about 5 p.m. Received a letter and telegram from Bigelow.
Tues. April 27th, at home, wrote a letter to Bigelow.
28th and 29th, at home all day.
30th, went down to Evans.
Sat. May 1st, 1886, Bob Dotson came in on the 11:30 train from Mo. Bob and mother went down to Geo. Nelsons.
Sunday, May 2nd, I went down to the Territory after Mark Dotson. I sent a telegram to Mr. Bigelow, went up to Depot and saw the new street cars that came today.
Tues. May 4th, received a telegram from Mr. Bigelow wanting me to go after Indians. Saw the street cars drive down Main Street today.
Wed. May 5, Thurs. 6th, 1886, at home all day.
Fri. May 7th, went up to the express office, received $20.00 from Mr. Bigelow. Mr. Sullivan and I started for the Territory, camped on Chickaspia River south of Hunnewell.
Sat. May 8th, we drove to the Salt Fork, found it so high that it run into our wagon box, then we drove on to Red Rock on the Hunnewell and Cheyenne Trail. Drove 43 miles today.
Sun. May 9th, 1886, from Red Rock we drove to Buffalo Springs and stopped for noon then drove to the mouth of Big Turkey and camped with 25 freight wagons. I got 2 chickens and a duck today.
Mon. May 10th, we left Big Turkey and drove to 9-Mile Hollow, then to Cado Springs. Got there at 3 p.m. Camped.
Tues. May 11th, we got to the Agency to see about getting Indians. Could not get them, left Cheyenne for Pawnee about 10 a.m. Nooned 6 miles east of Cheyenne. Drove across Deer Creek, camped on the Old Chisholm Trail on Cottonwood Creek. Met some soldiers.
Wed. May 12, 1886, we left Cottonwood, went south on the Old Chisholm Trail about 8 miles then went across to the Arbuckle Trail. Went southeast about 12 miles and took the Arkansas Trail, drove down the ridge between the Cimmeron and Cottonwood. Camped near the Cimmeron 5 miles below the mouth of Cottonwood.
Thurs. May 13th, came down and crossed the river below the mouth of the Skeleton, drove to Black Bear, stopped at the 4D Ranch, found Mark Dotson there, stayed all night at the ranch.
Fri. May 14, 1886, we left the 4D Ranch, drove down between Red Rock and Black Bear, got to Pawnee about 3 p.m. Stopped at Kulux's house on Black Bear. Camped near Kulux's place, 5 Indians took supper with us.
Kuluox was a huge Indian that I had in my show. He had traveled with Buffalo Bill and was one of the first Indians Buffalo Bill ever had. He couldn't handle him so got rid of him. One time he went out on the stage and knocked Kuloux down and that isn't any way to treat an Indian. Pawnee Bill begged me not to take the Indian, he said I would have trouble. This was when I fist started with the show and Kuloux had traveled a lot so knew more about it than I did.
The day after I started, I told Kuloux to go to a certain place and to take three Indians with him. I came back that evening and when he was there, I knew he hadn't gone where I told him cause he wouldn't have had time to get back. The other Indians knew that Kuloux was trying to fool me. I went to Kuloux, he was a much larger man than I and could have picked me up and thrown me over a fence, and looked in his eyes. He knew that I knew he had been trying to fool me, cause you can't fool an Indian. He knew he had done wrong. I just looked at him for a while then said, "Kuloux, Pawnee Bill told me not to take you because I would have trouble with you. I want to be your friend. You can make me your enemy or your friend, if you want to. Do you want to be my friend?" It doesn't take long for an Indian to understand. He said, "Yes." I never said a word to the rest of the boys nor anymore to him. I knew Kuloux meant it. After that, he did everything in his power to please me and went out of his way to do it. I had a friend in Kuloux instead of an enemy. The Manager asked me how it was I got so well along with the Indians. It was because I made friends with the Indians and they loved me. That is the truth. I never did have any more trouble with Kuloux.
Sat. May 15, went down to the Agency, saw Good Chief, got the promise of 6 boys to go with me. Camped all night near Crazyhorse place. He was a policeman of the Titkahots.
Sunday, May 16th, 1886, Kulux and another Indian, 8 in all, started for home this a.m. Drove through Poncas, camped at an old Indian hut on Chikaspia River.
Monday, May 17th, drove to the Old Fort Sill crossing. We crossed the river
and camped on Shoofly. The Indians gave us a song and dance this eve.
Tues. May 18th, from Shoofly we drove home. Got home at 8:30 a.m. Indians and I went up to Snells to have some pictures taken. I went to the Depot to see about the tickets. Found them waiting for us.
Wed. May 19th, 1886, my 8 Indians and I left Wellington, Kansas for Chicago, Ill. via Wichita and Newton. Change cars at Newton for Emporia, passed "Sells Bro.", Topeka, Kansas via Lawrence, Kansas City, 6 p.m. Independence, Chicago.
Thurs. May 20th. Pittsburgh crossed, Mississippi River at Louisville, Bloomington, Wilmington, Chicago, arrived at 1 p.m. Albert met us, took us to the baseball park at 33rd street and Portland Ave. We went on the stage and was introduced to about 5,000 people.
Fri. May 21st, at the Baseball Park. We went out on parade this a.m. Albert Lillie, Bridle Bill and I was practicing with the rifle this p.m. There was a large crowd to see the show this eve.
Saturday, May 22nd, 1886. Chicago, Ill. I went out on parade with the Indians this a.m. The show opened at 2:30 p.m. We had a big crowd at both afternoon and evening performances.
Sunday May 23rd, we took down most of the tents for the ballgame. Albert and I went up to the barber shop and had a bath this a.m. then watched the ball
game. Albert, I and the Indians went over to Lakeview to Dr. R. E. Fentons.
Mon. May 24th, 1886. I got breakfast for the Indians then wrote to the Agency for the Indians and a letter to mother this a.m. The Indians and I went out on parade, showed to a good crowd this p.m.
Tues. May 25th, 1886. I got breakfast for the Indians then wrote to the Agency for the Indians and a letter to mother this a.m. The Indians and I went out on parade, showed to a good crowd this p.m.
Wed. May 26th, I went down to the other camp. Albert and I went down to the stockyards. I was looking for a cook. I hired one near the B.B. Park, came home via State Street and Lincoln Ave., rode about 15 miles on street cars. Showed to a good crowd this eve.
Thurs. May 27th, 1886. Dr. Fenton brought me a pair of Buckskin pants. We went out on parade at 4. Had a big crowd in the eve. Albert came up this p.m. We went uptown after the show.
Fri. May 28th, I was practicing throwing the lasso. Boys would run for me, I would catch them by the feet. I went on parade with the Indians.
Sat. 29th, had a big crowd this eve.
Sun. May 30, 1886. Dr. Fenton, I and Indians went to visit Lincoln Park, saw Lake Michigan. Report for a New York paper took our picture this a.m. I went
to see Albert this p.m.
Monday, May 31st. Went downtown with two of the Indians this a.m. Had a big crowd to see me throw the lasso. I was catching boys, 13 or 14 years old. A big six-footer stepped in the ring, said "I will bet you $5.00 you can't catch me." I told him I could catch him as easy as the boys but I would not bet. Dr. Fenton stepped in and said he would bet him I could catch him. He tried to back out but the crowd would not let him. I said, "You will have to run now. I don't care what you do so you keep running, I will catch you before you get to the end." I had to run to keep up with him, when he was about 1/2 way, I ducked my head, say, he went about 5 feet in the air, I knew well where he would land so I caught him, I jerked the rope to tighten in on his legs. He turned completely over, lit on his shoulders, feet pointing the way he was running. I was throwing the lasso catching the boys and there was two young ladies watching standing with their arms locked around one another. One of them said, "I don't think you can catch us." I started away from them, walked 4 or 5 steps, turned fast, dropped my rope over their heads, tightened up around both waists. They said they saw me turn but did not see the rope until I began to pull them to me. That had a big laugh and I bet they will never forget the cowboy that roped them both.
Tues. June 1st. I went down to the city, bought a tent for $8.00 and some essentials this a.m. We went out on parade this p.m.
Wed. June 2nd. Putting up tents and working around camp this a.m. We went out on parade north of Lakeview, had a good crowd in eve.
Thurs. June 3rd. I went uptown, bought clothing and a blanket for $3.25.
June 4th & 5th, at camp and on parade.
Sun. June 6th, 1886. Albert Lillie and Frank came this a.m. We all went out a calling this p.m. Mrs. Dr. Fenton baked us a strawberry shortcake this p.m. We three went to the new Olympic Theatre in the evening.
Mon. June 7th, went out on parade, had a large crowd in p.m.
Tues. June 8th. I sent $20.00 home, went out on parade had a large crowd. I received a nice bouquet of flowers this p.m.
Wed. 9th, w e did not go out on parade but had a large crowd this eve.
Thurs. June 10th, 1886. We broke up camp and moved to Wright & Halstead St. The Dr. and 4 men ate dinner with us. There was one policeman who came over to "Doc" (our manager and owner of the show) and began asking questions. Doc was usually very amiable but this time he cut the policeman off short. He seemed to be a little out of humor. This make the policeman angry so he said he was taking the leaders of the show down to the station. As I was also a manager of my Indians, they came after me. I had no idea what had been done or what was going on but knew it was no use to argue with the law, so I got in the wagon. A white man called "Eagle of the Light" on stage, that was with the show said he wasn't getting on the wagon. Two big policemen grabbed him, picked him up and threw him over the side of the wagon. He was considered a showman. (That was the difference between us. H would never have any invitations from the townspeople because he was considered a showman. I would sometimes have 7
invitations to dinner in one day because I was considered a Westerner.) As soon as I stepped in the door of the station, Doc said it was all fixed up. He had gotten there ahead of us and had cleared everything up. I turned right around and rushed out because I began to think about my Indians and knew it wasn't safe to leave them alone. I hurriedly caught a street car, which wasn't very fast as it was drawn only by horses, and when I got to camp, there were from 60 to 70 people mobbing my Indians and they were ready to throw rocks at them. My Indians were really quite peaceable and would protect themselves only when they had to. If they got mad, they would kill if they had to. The mob didn't know what connection I might be with the Indians so I motioned for my Indians to come and they ran and jumped on the street car with me and the driver started right off as fast as he could get the horses to go. The street car was a large platform with seats on the sides and they had no backs but were open-air. I told Kuloux (my best Indian) to stay on one side and keep the mob out and I pushed them off of the other side. When it was time to make a transfer on the street car, the other car ahead saw the trouble and would get the horses started so that when we jumped on, it was started good. My ideas was to get to the cable cars so that we could out-run the mob. We transferred three times and as we were about 1/2 way down the last stretch, I looked down the street and there were policemen spaced about 1 foot apart clear across the street. It was really a welcome sight. They let us through and then stopped the mob. My Indians had really been afraid. The mob had really increased but the drivers had really helped us out. It had taken the police force a while to get organized but when they did, they really stopped the mob.
Fri. June 11, 1886. We went out on parade this a.m. I bought a suit of clothes for $14.00 from a Jew.
Sat. June 12, 1886. Moved from Halstead & Wright to Lincoln and August Streets. I went out on parade with the Indians this p.m. I hired Frank Trainor to cook for the Indians.
Sunday, June 13th. At camp all day.
Mon. June 14th, 1886. Frank and I were fixing up the cook tent and building a furnace this a.m. Frank and I went uptown to get some velvet and ribbon for my shirt. I am making me a Mexican suit for my roping act. I bought me a Mexican sash. Dr. paid me $21.00 on Indian board. On parade this p.m.
Tues. June 15th, I went down to the BaseBall Park to see Al but he had gone up to our camp. I met him as I was going back.
Wed. June 16th. Working on my new shirt. Some of them went on parade. I wrote a letter to Pawnee for American Horse this p.m. Had a big crowd in eve.
Sunday June 27th, 1886. At camp all this a.m. Frank and I went up to Lakeview then to Lincoln Park.
Mon. June 28th. At camp all this a.m. Went out on parade in the p.m.
Tues. June 29th. Went out on parade this a.m. Frank and I went up to the tannery to see if I could buy some buckskin. Did not find any.
Wed. June 30th, 1886, at camp this a.m. Went out on parade this p.m.
Indian Jim (Red Wolf) went to Rockford.
Thurs. July 1st, 1886. Went out on parade this p.m. Went down to the BaseBall Park. Al, Joe and I went to the "Fair". Saw two century plants blooming on top of the Fair building.
Fri. July 2nd. Went out on parade this a.m. LaDelle "The Fish Lady" was with the show. She would go into a big glass tank of water, drink a bottle of lemonade, eat a banana, sew two pieces of cloth together, all under water, then she would throw it out to the crowd. I told her I would like one to keep, she told me to stand at the corner of the tank and she would give this one to me. I have that piece of cloth yet.
Sat. July 3rd. We all went on parade this a.m. Red Wolf and I went downtown to look at some guns.
Sun. July 4th, 1886. I went down to the BaseBall Park. Albert, his cook, Bridle Bill, his brother, came back with me. We went down to Englewood in the eve. I stayed all night with Albert.
Mon. July 5th, I left Albert before breakfast this a.m. everybody was still celebrating for the 4th of July.
Tues. July 6th, 1886. Red Wolf and I went downtown to get him a gun. He bought one for $35.00, a repeating shotgun.
Wed. July 7th, working on my buckskin coat this a.m. Went out on parade this p.m.
Thurs. July 8th, Frank and I went downtown and I bought a hat for $5.00.
Fri. July 9, 1886. Raining most of the a.m. Working on my buckskin coat this p.m.
Sat. July 10th, 1886. Went out on parade this a.m. Went down to Alberts in the eve. He came home with me. I got 3 large pictures of the Indians.
Sun. July 11th. Frank, Kuloux, War Chief and I went down to the other camp. Frank, AL and I went uptown to see the Wards Museum, 240 & 242 State Street, Chicago.
Mon. July 12, 1886. I went down to Al's camp, his cook came up and got dinner for my Indians. Frank, my cook, came home in the eve
Tues. 13th, we moved camp to Lyman & Bonfield St. Bridgeport. It rained and hailed some. We had a large crowd this p.m.
Wed. July 14th. At camp fixing up things and getting ready to show. We had a large crowd in the p.m.
Thurs. July 15th. Went out on parade this a.m. Harry C. Lake, Al Simpson and I went up to the fair at Chicago. I bought a lock, Harry a gas stove.
Fri. July 16th. I was sick. Al Simpson went out on parade with the Indians this p.m.
Sat. July 17th. Went out on parade this a.m. Al Simpson and I went up to the city. I paid $5.75 for a watch that Al had pawned. I received 5 pair of moccasins from mother.
Sunday July 18th, 1886. At camp all day.
Mon. July 19th. We went out on parade this a.m. Harry Lake and I went up to the city to Barnum's parade. Harry and I stopped near a lamp post where a goods box was standing. I got on top and hugged the lamp. There was such a crowd the police could not do a thing. The show went up another street. I did not get to see it.
Tues. July 20th. We went out on parade this a.m. Good Coyote and I went to the city to get some clothing for him this p.m.
Wed. July 21st. We went out on parade this a.m. Harry Lake, Fred Lexington and I went up to see Barnums show this p.m.
Thurs. July 22nd. Went up to the city this a.m. Went out on parade this p.m.
Fri. July 23rd. Went out on parade. Bought a blanket for American Horse.
Sat. July 24th. I went up to the city this a.m. on parade. We had a pulling match, 10 on each side. Had a lot of trouble with crowd.
Sun. July 25th, 1886. At camp all a.m. Kuloux and I went over to the Ball Park. Al came home with us in the p.m.
Mon. July 26th, went home with Albert. We took his trunk and Franks up to the Depot. Bought 2 tickets for Kansas City. Came back, got dinner, went to the Depot after the show. He left on the 11:30 train.
Tues. July 27th. Went out on parade this a.m. Went over to Alberts then up to the State Street P.O. Sent some money to Pawnee for the Indians.
Wed. July 28th. At camp all day.
Thurs. July 29th, 1886. Went out on parade in a.m. Went over to the B.Ball Park to see Al. Albert, another man and I went over to see the stockyards in the p.m.
Fri. July 30th, 1886. I went up to the American Express office. Did not go out on parade this p.m.
Sat. July 31st. I was in the office all this a.m. I went out on parade this p.m. Over to the B.Ball Park in the eve.
Sun. Aug. 1st, 1886. Two of the Indians and I went over to the Ball Park. Albert came home w with me. Al, Kuloux and I went back to the Ball Park this eve. The cook went home with the Indians. I went to the Park Theatre in the p.m.
Mon. Aug. 2nd. Went uptown this a.m. to get some printed matter for the show. We went out on parade this p.m.
Tues. Aug. 3rd, 1886. At camp all this a.m. Went out on parade this p.m.
Aug. 4th. Went over to Al's this a.m. Out on parade this p.m.
Thurs. Aug. 5th. Out on parade this a.m. Went uptown and bought me a suit this p.m.
Fri. Aug. 6, 1886. I went up to the city, bought me a 32 Winchester Rifle this a.m. Doc and I went outside the city limits to practice this p.m.
Sun. Aug. 8th, Kuloux and I went over to the Ballgame at the park this p.m. Dr. Fenton and wife took me to see, as their guest, to see "Evangeline" this eve.
Aug. 9th. I went up to a gunsmith and had my gun cleaned up and sighted this a.m. Went to the B.Ball Park this p.m.
Aug. 10th, 1886. Al Simpson and I was busy making a gun box this a.m. Stayed in the office all this p.m.
Wed. Aug. 11th. Doc and I went uptown, bought a reloading outfit for my rifle. We ate lunch uptown this a.m.
Thurs. Aug. 12th. I went uptown and bought a rifle for Kuloux this a.m. Went out on parade this p.m.
Fri. Aug. 13th, 1886. I went over to B. B. Park. Al and I went out on one of the pleasure boats as far as the Government Pier on Lake Michigan. The lake was fine going out, coming back there was a heavy wind blowing. Waves rolled mountain high. There was an old couple on the boat. The lady said she would give their farm to be back on land. There was a skiff going in ahead part-time. They were top of the wave. You could see them then they would go out of sight. We made it all right. Al and I made it all O.K. We stopped at the Boston Oyster House for dinner. Went out to Hide Park in p.m. Supper with some friends in the eve.
Mon. Aug. 16th, 1886. We had a heavy storm last night, blew down three of our tents. A good crowd in the eve.
Tues. Aug. 17th, moved to Lamont this a.m. We all took dinner at the American House. Had a great crowd this eve.
Wed. Aug. 18th, 1886. Fixing up camp. Had a large crowd this p.m.
Thurs. Aug. 19th, 1886. At camp all a.m. Harry Lake and I went out to the picnic grove to practice with the rifle this p.m.
Fri. Aug. 20th. At camp all day. Indians and I went in swimming this p.m. Had a big crowd this p.m.
Sat. Aug. 21st. At camp. Eagle of the Light went in swimming with the Indians.
Sunday Aug. 22nd. At camp this a.m. I went out with some of the Lamont boys on a hike this p.m.
Mon. Aug. 23rd. In camp all a.m. Doc and I went out to practice with the rifle this p.m.
Tues. Aug. 24th, 1886. At camp all a.m. Went out on parade this p.m.
Wed. Aug. 25th, 1886. I received a letter from home. Sent $75.00 to my mother this p.m.
Thurs. Aug. 26, 1886. Went out to the timber to shoot this a.m. Went out on parade this p.m.
Fri. Aug. 27th, I went up to the Depot and bought tickets for Chicago for Kuloux this a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Fenton, Mrs. Lane, Mrs. Lexington and I went out to the grove to practice shooting with the rifle this p.m.
Sat. Aug. 28th. At camp this a.m. The Indians, Harry Lake and I went out in the timber to practice with the rifle.
Sun. Aug. 29th. We did not show. Rained. At camp most all day.
Mon. Aug. 30th. Had a large crowd at this p.m.
Tues. Aug. 31st. Dr. Fenton gave me $229.00 of the company money to take to Chicago to put in the bank. I put out my hand and said, "Well, good-by Dr. I guess I will go west." He did not offer to take my hand. He said, "Well, Ruben, if you go west, I never will tell anyone." When I came back from Chicago I handed him the receipt from the bank for the money. I went to the Baseball Park. Stayed all night with Albert Lillie.
Wed. Sept. 1st, 1886. I went out on parade with Albert and Indians this a.m. At the show in the p.m. I went up with Albert to the priest to see Albert and Gertrude married this eve.
Sep. Thurs. 2nd. Kuloux and I left camp for our camp. Left Chicago, found them at Lockport. We showed to a good crowd this p.m.
Fri. Sept. 3rd. Harry Lake, Fred Lexington, Dr. Fenton and I went over to see the paper mill in the a.m. Eagle of the Light, Indians and I went out on parade this p.m.
Sat. Sept. 4th. At camp all this a.m. A big crowd came down from Lamont to see the show this p.m.
Sun. Sept. 5th, 1886. At camp all the a.m. A large crowd in p.m.
Tues. Sept. 7th. Mr. A. Rupley and I went out frog hunting this a.m. At camp all the p.m.
Wed. Sept. 8th. Dr. Fenton and the Indians went up to see the paper mills.
Thurs. Sept. 9th, 1886. At the camp all day. Did not show today.
Fri. Sept. 10th, at camp all this a.m. Harry and I went frog hunting. Had a good crowd in p.m.
Sat. Sept. 11th. Fred, Harry and I went frog hunting this p.m. Raining this eve.
Sun. Sept. 12th. American Horse and I went up to Rupleys for dinner. We had frog legs for dinner. Mrs. Rupley was a fine cook. My first dinner of frog legs. Al Lillie and wife came on the 2:00 p.m. train. We all went up to the Salvation Army in the p.m.
Mon. Sept. 13th. Al and wife went back home. A.m., raining hard. Did not have a very big crowd.
Tues. Sept. 14th. Peter Peck and I went out frog hunting this a.m. Had a big crowd at the show this p.m. Mr. Rupley and I went hunting there was lots of frogs in the ponds in Illinois.
Wed. Sept. 15th, 1886. Eagle and I went to Bills this a.m. I went out riding with Mr. Rupley's hired man. In the p.m. had a large crowd. In p.m. left Lockport at 10:30 p.m., at Joliet 10:50.
Thurs. Sept. 16th. Joliet is where the state prison is. Raining most of the a.m. Fixing up camp. Did not show tonight, still raining.
Fri. Sept. 17th. Eagle and I went out on parade this a.m. We all got on street cars and went down to the city on parade. Had a large crowd in the p.m.
Sat. Sept. 18th. I went down town, bought a cook stove. Mr. Bigelow came in this a.m. Went out on parade. Mr. Bigelow went home this p.m.
Sun. Sept. 19th. At camp all this a.m. Two of the boys and I went over to the woods in p.m.
Mon. Sept. 20th. Mr. Rupley came down from Lockport. I went downtown to see what damage the storm done last Saturday night. Houses, barns and everything down. I wrote in little Susie Fenton's autograph album. This p.m. received a letter from Gordon Lillie.
Tues. Sept. 21st. Went out on parade this a.m. Had a big crowd this p.m.
Wed. Sept. 22nd, 1886. Went out on parade this a.m. Ross and I went frog hunting. I killed 11 frogs.
Thurs. Sept. 23rd, my 30th birthday. I went down to the city, bought some blankets for the Indians.
Fri. Sept. 24th. Went over to the tanning mills this a.m. I went down to the city to get a photographer to come and take a picture of our camp. Mr. Rupley and family was down to see the show. Was a large crowd.
Sat. Sept. 25th. At camp all this a.m. The Indians went out to the timber hunting nuts this a.m. we had a photographer take our camp this p.m. Did not show as it was raining.
Sun. Sept. 26, 1886. At camp all a.m. I left Joliet for Lockport on the 12:30 train. Went to Mr. Rupleys, he and I went out hunting this p.m. Dr. and Mrs. Fenton and Harry Lake came up. Mrs. Fenton came back with me on the 10:30 train. Dr. met us at the train, took us to our camp.
Mon. Sept. 27th. At camp writing letters all a.m. Went out on parade this p.m. Good crowd at show this p.m.
Tues. Sept. 28th. At camp all a.m. Went uptown in the p.m. Dr. and I went to the opera to see "Streets of New York". I stayed at the National Hotel.
Wed. Sept. 29th. Downtown most of the a.m. Bought me an overcoat. Camp all this p.m.
Thurs. Sept. 30th. At camp all this a.m. A freight train ran into the street
car that the Dr. was on. Knocked it off the track, bruised his leg and hurt his hand.
Fri. October 1st. I went downtown with Mr. Rupley. In the office most of the day.
Sat. Oct. 2nd. At camp all a.m. Indians and I went downtown in the p.m. A large crowd at eve.
One time Kuloux got in an argument with a white man. I don't know what it was about but I came through the door just as they were starting in with blows. I jumped in between them and threw my hands on Kuloux's shoulders and before he saw who it was, he jerked out a knife to kill me. He was going to drive that knife right under my armpit because he thought I had gone against him. His bare skin was hard under my hands as I felt those muscles ripple and tense. As soon as he looked in my eyes, he relaxed and the knife dropped from his hand. He knew that I knew that he had intended to kill me. He threw both arms around my neck and began crying and hung on until he got control of himself. He was sorry.
Sun. Oct. 3rd. Stayed at camp all this a.m. Indians and I went down to Lockport to visit the Rupley family. Came back on the 10:30 train.
Mon. Oct. 4, 1886. We moved over to Warners Hall this a.m. Went out on parade, had a big crowd this p.m.
Tues. Oct. 5th. At camp all this a.m. Had a big crowd at the show this p.m.
Wed. Oct. 6, at camp. Joe Sweitzer, my cook, left me. I got Al Simpson to cook for me in his place.
Thurs. Oct. 7th. At the hall all day. Did not go on parade, had a large crowd this p.m.
Fri. Oct. 8th. At the hall all this a.m. The Indians and I visited the schools, gave the children tickets for the show this p.m. We went out on parade this a.m. Had a big crowd this eve at the Hall.
Sun. Oct. 10th. At the Hall all this a.m. I went out horseback riding this p.m. Went to the Salvation Army this eve.
Mon. Oct. 11th, 1886. Mr. Rupley was down here this a.m. I sent a box home to mother by freight this p.m.
Tues. Oct. 12th, I was taken care of the office all day.
Wed. Oct. 13th, 1886. Went over to the hotel this a.m. At camp all this p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 14th. At camp all a.m. Went over to the hotel this p.m.
Fri. Oct. 15. At the hall this a.m. The Indians went out on parade with Harry, Fred and Al Simpson. I stayed at the hall.
Sat. Oct. 16th. Two of the Indians and I went up to the prison. On parade
this a.m. We gave a matinee for the school children, also a big crowd at the eve.
Sun. Oct. 17th. I went over to the National Hotel, took dinner with the Dr. and family this a.m. At the Hall all the p.m. Went to the Salvation Army this eve.
Mon. Oct. 18th. At the hall all this a.m. practicing at a target. This p.m. we all went to visit the prison. They would not let the Indians go inside, they said it was a heavy punishment for the prisoners to look up from their work. Warden said it would not be treating the prisoners right.
Tues. Oct. 19, 1886. Mr. Bigelow was down to see us. Eagle of the Light and I went to visit the school. This p.m. Dr. and I went to see Daddy Nolan's new play at the Opera house this eve.
Wed. Oct. 20th, at the Hall all this a.m. I went up to Rupley's folks this p.m. Came in on the 6:30 train, had a large crowd at the show this p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 21, left Joliet for Wilmington Emporium Hall. On parade this p.m.
Fri. Oct. 22nd, 1886. At the Emporium Hall all this a.m. Visited the school this p.m. Gave out cards to the children.
Sat. Oct. 23rd. I received $10.00 worth of buckskin from New York. Went to a tailor, had my coat cut out this a.m. We gave a matinee this p.m.
Sun. Oct. 24th. At the Hall all this a.m. Al and I went to the M.E. Church this eve.
Mon. Oct. 25th. Went out on parade this a.m. I received my buckskin suit from the tailor. Bigelow came into the show and said "Get your gun, I want to see your shooting act." I shot 30 shots as fast as Al Lillie (Pawnee Bill's brother) could throw up an oyster cracker. Pawnee Bill was looking on. Those 30 shots landed in a soft pine board and the space of all the 30 shots could be covered by the ball of his thumb. It a 30 pistol. I went out on the stage to do a shooting act for the first time. I shot about 15 shots with a looking glass and with the glass shot at oyster crackers. The target was about 1 foot square, 4 inches walnut with 2 inches white pine, a wire strung from the pin, on the string crackers. The crackers would drop in front of the target about the center. I think the hardest shot was I gripped the rifle with my right hand, thumb front of the trigger, place the rifle on top of my head with a small looking glass in my left hand, just back of the hammer. I could sight the target. Another shot that looked good that I would do, I would cross my legs, place the rifle across my knee and stock back against my body, holding the gun with my right hand, my left hand with a small slanting glass so I can get the target, then I would turn my head away from the target and look at the crowd then shoot. A young man sitting on the front row of seats near me had a large scar on the right side of his face. I caught his eye, just then I fired my gun. Say, he jumped about 4 feet in the air, then he looked surprised at me and sat down again.
Tues. Oct. 26th, 1886. Working on my suit this a.m. Went out on parade this p.m. Had a good crowd. Shooting act this p.m.
Wed. Oct. 27th. At the hall this a.m. All went over to the Coal City, gave a show, charged 25 and 35 cents. Got back at 2 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 28th. At the Hall this a.m. Went out on parade this p.m. Shooting this eve.
Fri. Oct. 29. At the Hall all a.m. I went visiting the schools.
Sat. Oct. 30th. Went out on parade this a.m. We gave a matinee in the p.m. Al Simpson tended the target for me in my shooting act.
Sunday, Oct. 31. Harry, Fred and I and three others went fishing in the river today. Caught a fine lot of fish.
Mon. Nov. 1, 1886. Packing up to go to Braidwood this a.m. Stopped at a music house, went out on parade this p.m.
Nov. 2. Went on parade this p.m. Had a large crowd in the eve.
Wed. Nov. 3, 1886. Eagle of the Light, Indians and I went out on parade. I walked out to Stewarts Slaughterhouse in the p.m. Had a large crowd at night. I did my shooting act.
Thurs. Nov. 4th. Went out on parade this a.m. Mr. Beckwith came from Chicago, was here.
Fri. Nov. 5, visiting the schools and giving out cards to the scholars this a.m. Went out on parade this p.m.
Sat. Nov. 6th. At the Hall all this a.m., gave a matinee this afternoon. 8 or 9 hundred children.
Sun. Nov. 7th. Indians, Fred Lexington, Al Simpson and I went up to the J. Coal Mine and was let down 90 feet down a shaft. I picked a piece of coal off and brought it up with me.
Mon. Nov. 8th, went out on parade this p.m. Dr. Fenton came back from Joliet this p.m.
Tues. Nov. 9th at the Hall all a.m. Went up on parade this p.m. I sent $50.00 home this p.m.
Wed. Nov. 10th. Went out on parade this p.m. Gave a benefit for Fred, Harry this eve. They done a nondescript act that was good. I done my shooting act.
Thurs. Nov. 11th, 1886. At the Hall all the a.m. Fred Lexington received word that his mother was dead. He left on the 12 o'clock train. We went out on parade this p.m.
Fri. Nov. 12th. Dr. and Jim Novles left on the a.m. train for another town to rent another hall. Frank Leroy came down from Chicago.
Sat. Nov. 13th. We gave a matinee this p.m. Frank went on the stage. We had a large crowd at the Hall.
Sun. Nov. 14. Dr. Fenton and wife went to Chicago this a.m.
Mon. Nov. 15. At the Hall all day. Dr. Fenton and wife came back this a.m.
Tues. Nov. 16th, at the Hall all a.m. Went out on parade this p.m.
Wed. Nov. 17. Dr. went up to Joliet, bought a gold headed cane to be given to the most popular man on Saturday.
Thurs. Nov. 18th, cold, snowing all day. Did not have a very large crowd in the p.m.
Fri. Nov. 19th. Fred Lexington came back. Frank Leroy, Harry Lake, Eagle of the Light and I went down to Braceville to Bill the town. We had a large crowd in the p.m.
Sat. Nov. 20th. We gave a gold cane away in the eve. to the most popular man in the crowd. The Hall would not hold all the people that came.
Sun. Nov. 21st, 1886. At the Hall all day. Dr. Fenton went to Chicago on the 12 m. train. I went to church this eve.
Mon. Nov. 22. Doctor came in from Chicago on the 7:30 train. We had a
large crowd in the eve.
Tues. Nov. 23rd. We packed up and left for Braceville on the 11 a.m. train. Had a large crowd at the Hall in the eve.
Wed. Nov. 24th, went on parade in the a.m. Showed to a big crowd in the eve.
Thurs. Nov. 25th, left Braceville for Coal City. Gave a matinee and show then came back to the show at Braceville.
Fri. Nov. 26th. We all went out on the parade this p.m. Had a good show in the eve.
Sat. Nov. 27, we gave a matinee this p.m. and showed to a very large crowd in the eve.
Sun. Nov. 28, 1886. Harry Lake and I & Dr. Fenton left for Chicago on the 4 a.m. Arrived in Chicago for breakfast, stopped at the Opera house where Al was staying. We took supper with Al's mother-in-law. Al and wife and I went to the Operahouse to see Count Karl tonight.
Mon. Nov. 29th. Harry and I went uptown. He bought a coat and vest for $25.00 and I bought a coat for $18.00. We left on the 12:30 train. Dr. came in on the 7:30 train this eve.
Tues. Nov. 30th. Went out on parade in the p.m. Did not have a very big crowd as it was snowing.
Wed. Dec. 1st, 1886. The Indians and I went over to Braidwood to get our pictures. We had them taken in a group.
Thurs. Dec. 2nd. Went out on parade this p.m. Cold all day.
Fri. Dec. 3rd, 1886. Went out on parade this p.m.
Sat. Dec. 4th, 1886. We gave a matinee this p.m. I was sick, did not go to the show tonight.
Sun. Dec. 5th. I was over to the Cummings Hotel most of a.m. Harry, Fred, Al, Indians and I went to visit No. 2 coalmine, 115 ft. down underground and 1 mile to the coal.
Mon. Dec. 6th. We did not go out on parade today. Dr. Fenton and wife came in on the 7:30 train. We had a large crowd in the eve.
Tues. Dec. 7th. Packing up to go to Gardnere. Left on the 11:11 train for Gardner, Ill. Went out on parade in p.m. and had a packed house in the eve.
Wed. Dec. 8th. I went over to the Hotel this a.m. Went out on parade this p.m. Had a large crowd in the eve.
Thurs. Dec. 9th. Had a large crowd in the eve.
Fri. Dec. 10th. At the Hotel most of the a.m. Received 5 large pictures from Braidwood. Went out to visit the schools this p.m.
Sat. Dec. 11th. Gave a matinee this p.m. Had a large crowd in the eve.
Sun. Dec. 12th, 1886. Went over to the Hotel in the eve. Al and I went over to hear the Pentecost band this eve.
Mon. Dec. 13th. At the Hall most of the time. Had a large crowd in p.m. As I was looking down from the Hall into the barnyard, I saw 3 women and a little girl trying to run the pony into the barn with clubs. I watched them a while then ran down the back stairs and across the lot. Jumped over the lot fence, they all stopped and looked at me. The pony ran over and stopped in the corner of the fence. I walked over and put my arms over his neck, he did not move. Then I told the little girl with the bridle, "come and let me bridle your horse. If you are kind to the horse he will follow you any place in a little while." The next day this little girl came up to the Hall and gave me a picture saying, "I want you to keep this to remember me." I have that picture today. Wed. Jan. 29, 1947. Frances Houghton, Gardner, Ill.
Tues. Dec. 14th. Packing to go to Dwight. We left Gardner on the 11:25 train. Stopped at the Kepplinger Hall. Snowing in p.m., not a very large crowd at the show this eve. I took supper at the Reeder Hotel.
Wed. Dec. 15th, 1886, Cold and snow on ground. We all went out on parade
this p.m. Had a large crowd this eve.
Thurs. Dec. 16th. Went out on parade this a.m. We had a good crowd in the eve.
Fri. Dec. 17th, 1886. Snowing. Harry, Fred and the Indians went out on parade to visit the schools this p.m. Did not have a very large crowd this eve.
Sat. Dec. 18th. Gave a matinee this p.m. Had a big crowd at night.
Sun. Dec. 19th, 1886. Mr. John Murphy, Harry Lake and I went out hunting. Got home at 2:30 p.m. I went over to J.C. Shermans for supper.
Mon. Dec. 20th, 1886. Harry, Fred, Eagle and I went down to Odell to bill the town. Took dinner in Odell, got back on the 4 p.m. train.
Tues. Dec. 21st, 1886. Bought me a fountain pen, wrote 6 letters this p.m. and had a good show in the eve.
Wed. Dec. 22nd. Mr. Murphy and I rabbit hunting in a sleigh this a.m. Had a good crowd at night.
Thurs. Dec. 23rd, 1886. Packed up everything and started for Odell on the 11 a.m. train. Moved in Wm. O'Brians Hall. Had a good crowd in the eve.
Fri. Dec. 24th. Went out on parade this a.m. I went to Dwight on the 12:30 Way Freight for gas. Ate dinner with the Bowers. Came back on passenger train. Had a good crowd at night.
Sat. Dec. 25. Went on parade this a.m. Had a big crowd at night. I went on the stage with my shooting act.
Sun. Dec. 26th. At the Hall most of the day.
Mon. Dec. 27th. At the office most of the day. Al Simpson, the cook, went out with the Indians on parade. Had a large crowd in the eve.
Tues. Dec. 28th. I went down to Dwight after gas. Met Jim Nobles at Dwight, he came home with me.
Wed. Dec. 29th. At the office most all day writing letters most of the time. Dr. & Mrs. Fenton went out sleigh riding this p.m.
Thurs. Dec. 30th. At the Hall most all day. Cold. Did not have a big crowd at show.
Fri. Dec. 31st, 1886. At the Hall and office all day. Cold. All went up to the Depot to meet Harry Lake coming in on the 12 M train.
END OF 1886
Sat. January 1st, 1887. Cold and snow on the ground. I helped put up a target for a shooting match this a.m. I done a shooting act on the stage this eve.
Sunday, Jan. 2nd, 1887. At the Hall this a.m. Went over to the Hotel in the p.m.
Mon. Jan. 3rd. At the office all day. Dr. went away on the train, did not get back in time for the show. Sent me a telegram to go on with the show, he would be there. I have that telegram today in a big book of things save for more than 70 years to date, this Jan. 1947.
Tues. Jan. 4th. At the office all day. A big crowd in the eve.
Wed. Jan. 5, 1887. Left Odell on the 12:30 train for Pontiac. Stopped at the Lord's Opera House. Someone had left a 5 gal of gas on the platform by the stove, a big base burner. Harry filled the stove full of coal, took a pint cup, filled it at the can. He thought it was coal oil, took the cup and throwed it in the stove, started to put the cup back when I saw what he had done. I saw the top he had left the open. I ran for the can and put the top on just as Harry struck the match. He never put it in the stove, the gas went off, throwing half of the coal out over the floor. The Indian that I had run around pitched over on top of me just as I got the top on the can. We both went over on the can, everybody got a surprise. No one got hurt.
Thurs. Jan. 6th, 1887. Eagle of the Light went out with the Indians and I went out on parade in the a.m. We had a good crowd in the eve.
Fri. Jan. 7th. We all went to visit the schools this a.m. Out on parade in the p.m. Big crowd at night.
Sat. Jan. 8th. Did not go on parade this a.m. Gave a matinee this p.m. A big crowd at night.
Sun. Jan. 9th, 1887. Dr. went up to Braidwood this a.m. I went over to the Commercial Hotel in the eve.
Mon. Jan. 10th, 1887. I was practicing shooting this a.m. Went out on parade in the p.m.
Tues. 11th, went out on parade this p.m. Showed in eve.
Wed. Jan. 12th. At the Hall and over to the Hotel this a.m. Went out on parade in p.m. Gave a minstrel show to a big crowd this eve. I did a shooting act also this eve.
Thurs. Jan. 13th. Dr. went down to Bloomington, Ill. tonight. Did not show this eve.
Fri. Jan. 14th. Snowing this a.m. Went out on parade this p.m. Showed in the eve.
Sat. Jan. 15th. Cold. Visited the school in the a.m. Went out on parade in the p.m.
Sund. Jan. 16th, 1887. At the Hall all this a.m. Harry & I went sleighing this p.m. Cold all day. Went to the M.E. Church this eve.
Mon. Jan. 17th, 1887. Went out on parade this a.m. Cold. We did not have a large crowd this eve.
Tues. Jan. 18th. Went out on parade this a.m. Al Simpson and I went over to the courthouse this p.m.
Wed. Jan. 19th. Went on parade a.m. I went down to the river this p.m.
Thurs. Jan. 20th. Fri. Jan. 21st. At the Hall all this a.m. Went over to the courthouse this p.m.
Sat. Jan. 22nd. At the Hall all the a.m. Gave a matinee in the p.m. and show at eve.
Sun. Jan. 23rd. Jim Lord and I went to the M.E. Church this a.m. We went to the Presbyterian church to hear a memorial sermon of Gen. John A. Logan tonight.
Mon. Jan. 24th, 1887. Packing up to go down to Bloomington, Ill. We all ate dinner at the Commercial Hotel. Left on the 12:25 train. Stopped at the Washingtonian Hall, Bloomington, Ill. Had a good crowd in the eve.
Jan. 25th. Went out on parade down to the Roller Mills this a.m. Had a
large crowd at the show tonight. A man came to see if he could get the Indians to visit their Lodge, the Order of Redmen. Said they never had Indians visit their Lodge. The boys all said they would go if I would. He said he would tell the Lodge so the Lodge sent me an invitation for me to come with the Indians. So we followed the guide and at the first door the guide knocked, the guard said, "Who is there?" and was answered by the guide who said he would be responsible for his friends. The boy looked first at me and then at one another but they followed me. We went upstairs. The same talk at this hall door, then they opened the door. There was a large crowd in the Hall and just as I stepped inside I ducked back and started to run. When 2 Indians caught me, lifted me off of the floor and sat me down ahead of them. Again the boys had the laugh on me. I had the Indians dance a number, different dances and answered a few questions. Two men went around through the crowd with hats and collected several dollars for the Indians. It was all dumped in my hat. When I got back to the Hall at the table I counted it out in 5 piles. The Indians looking on and as I counted the last, everyone pushed it all back again and one pointed to me. I did not say a word, counted 6 piles, all picked up his money and was satisfied. I gave the Lodge a picture of the Indians and I, together with some Indian moccasins and also an Indian warshield.
Fri. 28th. Went out on parade this a.m. Elmer Edwards and I went up on the standpipe. There was stairs winding around the pipe the we went up, It was 35 feet tall, had a large well that pumped the water over the city of Bloomington.
Sat. Jan. 29th. We had a large crowd both p.m. and eve.
Sun. Jan. 30. Kuloux and I went out to Mrs. Henrietta Cutshaws for dinner
today where I first met Miss Ora Herron. She played on the guitar and sang for us. Kuloux and I walked home with her and met her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. James T. Herron and her two sisters, Pearl and Myrtle.
Mon. Jan. 31st. Went on parade with the Indians this a.m. Charles Bigelow came this p.m. and said he wanted to see me shoot. Al brought out the target on the stage, a black walnut board 4 inches thick, 12 x 14, a white pine board 2 inches, 12 x 14 that had a wire with a string on the top of the target with a pin which would hold the oyster crackers. I busted 28 and hit the other 2 but did not bust them. I went up to the target and put my thumb over the hole. You could not see a break in the pine board that a 32 bullet made. Mr. Bigelow gave a lecture this eve. We had a good crowd.
Tues. Feb. 1st, 1887. I started for Chicago after the show this eve. We had a big crowd. I left on the 12:15.
Wed. Feb. 2nd, 1887. I arrived at Chicago at 7 a.m. Went to the Halstead Street Operahouse then Albert and I went uptown and bought 3 guns for the Indians.
Feb. 3rd, 1887. Albert and I went up to the Union Depot. I left on the 12:30 train for Bloomington, got to Bloomington at 5:45 p.m. Had a big house at the show this eve.
Fri. Feb. 4th, 1887. All went out on parade. Myrtle was at the school. I went home with her for dinner. Had a good crowd at the show in the eve.
Sat. Feb. 5th, 1887. Went out on parade this a.m. Had a good crowd at the matinee this eve. show.
Sun. Feb. 6th. At Sunday School and at the Hall all this a.m. Took dinner with Dr. and Mrs. Fenton at Waits Hotel.
Mon. Feb. 7th, 1887. I went over to see Mr. and Mrs. Herron and family. Took dinner w with them. Miss Ora and Pearl came back with me to the show in the evening.
Tues. Feb. 8th. At the Hall all the day.
Wed. Feb. 9th, At the Hall at the a.m. I went out to Mr. Logans and took dinner with them. All three girls, Kate, Mary and Anna came back with me to the show in the eve.
Thurs. Feb. 10th, Fri. Feb. 11th, and Sat. 12th, had good crowds all 3 days.
Mon. Feb. 14th. I went to dinner with Elmer Edwards. Mr. Bigelow came with a band of Indians to take the place of my Indians as they wanted to go home. Miss Ora an d I went to visit the third ward school as I promised some of the girls I would say good-by to them before I went home. All the Indians went on the stage this eve. The Dr. and I went over to the restaurant and had lunch after the show at 12 midnight. My last night in Bloomington, Ill.
Tues. Feb. 15th, 1887. Arrived at Wichita 8:25 a.m., I left the Indians to go
home. Pawnee got home at 10:02 a.m. At home all the p.m.
Thurs. Feb. 17th, at Mr. Lillies all this p.m.
Fri. 18th, left Lillies for Geo. Nelsons, came home in the p.m., went to see Baileys.
Sat. Feb. 19th, 1887. At home. Geo. Nelson and Mark Dotson came this p.m.
Sun. Feb. 20th. At home. Mother and I went to see Ida Newhart and Mrs. Sitton's folks. We went to the Baptist church in the evening.
Mon. Feb. 21st. At home. I went uptown this a.m. I received a check from New York bank for $100. due for back wages. I deposited in the bank. I went over to John Dotsons this p.m.
Tues. Feb. 22nd, 1887. I went uptown this a.m. then up to Baileys this p.m.
Wed. Feb. 23rd, at home all this a.m. Went uptown in the p.m.
Thurs. 24th, at home all this a.m. There was a large excursion from Wichita, Kansas came in the p.m. I went uptown then over to Mr. Staubus' for supper in the eve.
Fri. Feb. 25th. At home part of the a.m. Uptown the rest. I went down to
Geo. Nelsons in p.m., stayed all night.
Sat. Feb. 26th, I started for Lillies, found Gordon had gone to South Haven, stayed all day and night at Lillies.
Sun. Feb. 27th. At Lillies all this a.m. and until after dinner. Left for home in p.m. Went to the M.E. Church in the eve.
Mon. Feb. 28th. Left Wellington for Uncle R.W. Hastings place, got to Uncle R.W.'s at 2 p.m. We went to a RR meeting this p.m.
Tues. March 1st, 1887. At Uncle R.W.'s all day. We went to a Railroad meeting this p.m.
Wed. March 2nd, 1887. We all went visiting this a.m. Stayed all day, went back to Uncle R.W.'s. Cold.
Thurs. March 3rd. We went up to Anthony this a.m. to visit Mr. Young and family. We had dinner with them then back to Uncle R.W.'s in the p.m.
Friday March 4th, 1887. Uncle R. W., mother and I started for Uncle Henry Hastings. Got to his place at 2 p.m. At Uncle Henry's all night.
Sat. March 5th. At Uncle Henrys all this a.m. Mother and I left for home on the 3 p.m. train. Got home before night.
Sun. March 6th, 1887. At home all this a.m. Frank Crawford was found dead in bed this a.m. I went down to Portland, Kansas after Dr. Daniels this p.m. Stayed all night at Lillies.
Mon. March 7th. Left Lillies at 8:30, got home at 11 a.m. Went uptown this p.m. Got a package of beads out of the express office for Gordon and went to meeting this eve.
Tues. March 8th, 1887. At home all this a.m. Nova Hastings came in and we went to meeting this eve.
Wed. March 9th. Nova and I went down to the creek shooting this a.m. Went uptown this p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 10th. At home writing letters all a.m. Nova and I went down to Lillies in the p.m.
Fri. March 11th, 1887. Nova and I came home from Lillies this a.m. Got home at noon. We went uptown this p.m.
Sat. March 12th. Nova and I left on the 11 o'clock train for Crisfield. Got to Uncle Henrys at 2 p.m. Stayed all night.
Sun. March 13th. Left Uncle Henrys for Sun City, had dinner at Hoags and got to Aunt Elziras at dark.
Mon. Mar. 14th. Started for Uncle John M. Sears this a.m. Got there at noon, stayed all night.
Tues. March 15th. At Uncle Johns all day. Went to Aunt Elziras, stayed all night.
Wed. March 16th. Left Aunts this a.m. for Mr. Staubus. Ate dinner at J.M. Hoags then went back to Staubus' and stayed all night.
Thurs. March 17th, left Staubus for Crisfield this a.m. Got to Uncle Henrys, started for home on the 4 p.m. train. Met Chas. Staubus at Attica and got home at sundown.
Fri. March 18th, 1887. At home all day writing letters.
Sat. March 19th. At town in the a.m. Gordon came up and we were uptown all the p.m. Gordon stayed all night at Staubus.
Sun. March 20th, Frank Sargent and I went down to Geo. Nelsons to get a wagon to go down to the Territory. Getting ready to start down in the Nation in the a.m.
Mon. March 21st, 1887. Frank Sargent and I started for the Nation this a.m. Went by after Gordon Lillie. Dinner at Shoofly Creek. Stopped for the night at Caldwell.
Tues. March 22nd, 1887. From Caldwell drove to Pond Creek for noon. Stopped for the night on a branch this side of the Skeleton.
Wed. March 23rd. We drove to Wild Horse for noon to Bullsfoot Ranch for the night.
Thurs. March 24th. From Bullsfoot Ranch we drove to Kingfisher for noon and drove to the Agency in the p.m. We stopped at the Mennonites Mission all night.
Fri. March 25th, 1887. We all went down to Darlington Agency to get passes to stop over. Went over to Fort Reno to see Snell the photographer in the a.m. Bought some moccasins this p.m.
Sat. March 26th, 1887. Stayed all night at the Mission with Prof. H.R. Vatt. We started for home this a.m. via Kingfisher, saw some Indians and camped all night on Big Turkey. I bought a pipe and tobacco pouch beaded from Red Cloud, a Sioux Indian, some moccasins, bow and arrows.
Sun. March 27th, 1887. From Big Turkey we drove to Buffalo Springs for noon then to the Skeleton for the night.
Mon. March 28th. From the Skeleton to Pond Creek for noon then drove to Bluff Creek near Caldwell for the night.
Tues. March 29th, 1887. Drove through Caldwell then to South Haven. Frank got on the train for Wellington. I came past Lillies and Al came home with me. We went to the Opera this eve.
Wed. March 30th, 1887. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. S.C. Taylor started for Oregon this a.m. Albert and I started to walk out to his house, went past Rome, got to Lillies at sundown.
Thurs. March 31st, 1887. At Mr. Lillies. Albert went to Cleardale this a.m. We all went to help Mr. Lillie burn the grass around his place this eve.
Fri. April 1st, 1887. Al and I came uptown with Jean Rosel. At home. Nova came in on the train and we went over to Dotsons this eve.
Sat. April 2nd. Al, Nova and I went uptown this p.m. Al started for home on the Hunnewell train at 1:30. Nova and I went uptown and I bought a pair of pants.
Sun. April 3rd, 1887. At home all day.
Mon. April 4th, at home. Nova and I went uptown in the evening windy all day.
Tues. April 5th. At home. Gordon and Al came up. Albert stayed all night with me. We went down to Dotsons in p.m.
Wed. April 6th. Albert started for Chicago on the p.m. train this a.m. Nova and I went uptown in p.m. Traded a buckskin coat to Frank Sargent. Nova and I went to Baileys in the eve.
Thurs. April 7. At home. I received 12 of my photos from Bloomington. Nova and I went down to the creek to practice shooting in the p.m. We went to the Salvation Army this eve.
Fri. April 8th. At home. Nova and I went over to the Southern Depot to see Frank Sargent start for Kansas City. Went up to the Salvation Army this eve.
Sat. Apr. 9th, 1887. At home. Gordon came this a.m. We all went uptown to the Salvation Army in the eve.
Sun. April 10th, 1887. At home. Mark came uptown. Nova went to see Austins. I received a letter from Lockport. At home all the p.m. Nova and I went to the Salvation Army this eve.
Mon. April 11, 1887. At home all a.m. working on my buckskin coat. Went uptown in the p.m. Nova and I went up to the Salvation Army.
Tues. April 12th. At home all this a.m. Nova and I went uptown this p.m. We went to the Opera and heard some fine violin music tonight.
Wed. April 13th. At home. Raining. John and Mark Dotson came up. We went uptown this a.m. and was caught on the jury on a case of Coleman against
Walton. All the afternoon until at night.
Fri. April 15th. At home all this a.m. Gordon came uptown this p.m. Callie Dodson and Lily Evans came up this p.m.
Sat. April 16th. At home. Gordon came up this a.m. We went uptown. Gordon stayed all night with me.
Sun. April 17th. Gordon and I went uptown then over to the Southern Depot to meet Al and his wife, Gertie, this a.m. They stayed all night with us.
Mon. April 18th. Gordon started for home. Al and I went uptown this a.m. Lillian Evans, I and Al and his wife went over to the Southern Depot train as they were going home on the train. I went to the Salvation Army in the eve.
Tues. April 19th, at home all this a.m. working on my gun and buckskin coat. Went uptown to the Salvation Army in the eve.
Wed. April 20th. At home all this a.m. Went over to the Southern Depot this p.m. At the Salvation Army in the eve.
Thurs. April 21st. At home this a.m. Gordon came up this p.m. We went uptown. Walter Sears came in this a.m. Walter and I went uptown in the eve.
Fri. April 22nd. Walter and I went down to the creek to shoot this p.m. We went uptown in the eve.
Sat. April 23rd. Walter started for home and Al Lillie, 4 cowboys and an Indian and squaw started for Sells Bro. Show. Ira Evans went with them.
Sun. April 24th. At home all this a.m. Mrs. Johnson and Miss Sallie came up in the p.m.
Mon. April 25th. At home all this a.m. Mark Dotson came up. We went uptown to the Woods Opera House. to the Salvation Army this eve.
Tues. April 26th. At home sick this a.m. I went uptown and at Baileys.
Wed. April 27th. At home all a.m. At Baileys this p.m. Uptown in the eve.
Thurs. April 28th. Arthur Boussum and I went hunting this a.m. I went to Baileys this p.m. In the eve went uptown to hear some men sing on the street.
Fri. April 29th, 1887. Arthur and I went down to the creek this a.m. Went uptown in p.m.
Sat. April 30th, 1887. We went uptown in the a.m. Also in the p.m. and in the eve to hear three men sing on the street.
Sun. May 1st, 1887. At home in a.m. Went over to Mr. Sittons in the p.m. Up to Salvation Army in eve.
Mon. May 2nd. At home all this a.m. Arthur Boussum, Ridley Sitton, Mr. Harrison, Paul and I started for the Territory fishing. Camped on the Chikaspia. Soldiers came up told us we couldn't go fishing.
Tues. May 3rd. Started for home and crossed the river 3 or 4 miles above the soldiers. Stopped for noon on Deer Creek. Drove to Pond Creek by 3 o'clock, did not seine any.
Wed. May 4th. Arthur and I went a hunting on Salt Fork, caught about 100 lb. of fish. 7 more men camped with us and came fishing too.
Thurs. May 5th, 1887. We all seined at the mouth of Pond Creek in the a.m. Caught about 500 lbs. Started home this p.m. We stopped to feed our team then drove to Wellington after night. We got home at 4 o'clock this a.m.
Fri. 6th. At home all this p.m. Went to the Salvation Army this eve.
Sat. May 7th, 1887. At home all a.m. getting ready to start down to the Territory. We drove down to the Territory, camped at the head of Doe Creek.
Sun. May 8th. All day on Pond Creek seining. Did not catch many fish here.
Mon. May 9th. Fishing. Bill and Ren Banks, Arthur Boussum, Mr. Payton, Mr. Lewis and I and another man camped all night on Pond Creek.
Wed. May 11th, fishing most all day. Ate our supper on Pond Creek then
started for home. Drove home after dark.
Thurs. May 12th, 1887. Drove all night, got home at 8 a.m. At home all the p.m. Went to the Salvation Army in the p.m.
Fri. May 13th. At home all a.m. getting ready to go fishing. Started for the Territory this p.m. Camped at night 13 miles from the line.
Sat. May 14th, drove down to the Chikaspia River. Stopped at Hackberry Grove. Fishing all this p.m.
Sun. May 15th. Rained most of the night. Fished all the a.m. At camp most of the p.m. At a ranchhouse on the River.
Mon. May 16th. Started for home, got to Wellington about 3 p.m. Uptown in the eve.
Tues. May 17th. At home all this a.m. Was uptown this p.m. Salvation Army in the eve.
Wed. May 18th. Arthur B. and I went down to the grove to a union labor meeting picnic this a.m. Home for dinner, went back to the grove in p.m.
Thurs. May 19th. Ridley Sitton, Arthur B. and I went down to the creek to practice shooting this a.m. Went down to the Gypsy camp in the p.m.
Fri. May 20th, 1887. At home getting ready to go to Oregon this a.m. Got a letter from Bickford, went to the Salvation Army this eve.
Sat. May 21st. At home all a.m. boxing up things. I sold my cow to Mr. Staubus this p.m.
Sun. May 22nd. John, Susie, Mark Dotson came up to get our household goods. Went uptown this eve.
Monday, May 23rd, 1887. Packing up to go to Oregon. Mr. Simms and family, Mr. Chase, Arthur Boussum, Mother and I left on the Southern Kansas train via Kansas City, Mo. Arrived at Kansas City, Mo. at 6:10, left at 10:10 in the Emigrant car. There was 3 families in the car, Mother, Eddie, Arthur and I, Uncle Bill's wife and 3 children and another family all going to Portland, Oregon. It was a fine way to travel. Had our beds and meals in the car via Lawrence. Topeka 12:15, Junction, Abeline, Solomon at 4 o'clock. Salina, Hays City, Ellis at 8:30, 20 miles for supper.
Thurs. May 26th. Crossed Colorado line at 10 p.m. At 6:30 saw snow in the mountains. Saw Pikes Peak at a distance. Arrived at Denver at 8:15, laid over till 1:15, Cheyenne 6:00, Sherman, Larrimore, going through Wyoming, Tipton Station, 6:15 a.m. Rock Springs 8:30 Greenriver 9:00, passed through a tunnel at 1:30 between Twin Creek and Fossil.
Fri. May 27th. Caldwell at 5:30 a.m., Ontario 7 a.m., Huntington 9:00, went through another tunnel between Weatherby and Huntington, at Pemberton 7 p.m.
Sat. May 28th, passed The Dalles on the Columbia River at 5 a.m., went through another tunnel near The Dalles, arrived at Portland, Oregon at 10:10 a.m., crossed the river and left at 4:15 p.m. At Lebanon, Linn Co. at 8:30, went to the hotel for the night.
Sunday, May 29th, left Lebanon for Mr. Boyles at Sodaville. At Mr. Boyles for dinner, stayed all night at Mr. Boyles. Arthur and I went to see the Soda Springs in the eve.
May 30th, 1887. At Mr. Boyles all this a.m. Mr. Simms, Henry Boyles and I went to Lebanon after our baggage this p.m. Mr. Chase left us there.
Tues. May 31st, 1887. All went fishing this a.m. At Boyles for dinner. Arthur, Henry Boyles, Eddie Simms and I went hunting over on the Santa Ana River this p.m.
Wed. June 1st, 1887. Commenced moving to Sodaville. Mr. Simms and I rented a house at the springs. Moving and cleaning house all day.
Thurs. June 2nd. Arthur and I went hunting over on the Santa Ana River this a.m. Shot some squirrel. At home this p.m.
Fri. June 3rd. Arthur and I took a stroll over the hills east this a.m. Went over to Mr. Boyles in the p.m.
Sat. June 4th. At home all the a.m. reading. Arthur and I went over to the
Santa Ana River after strawberries. We got 2 qt. in the p.m.
Sun. June 5th. Arthur and I went strawberrying this a.m. Went over to Mr. Boyles in the p.m.
Mon. June 6. Arthur left for a tie camp on the narrow gage R.R. this a.m. Mr. Simms, Eddie and I went to see some sheep. Mr. Simms and I went to Mr. Boyles this p.m.
Tues. June 7th. Eddie Simms and I went hunting on the Santa Ana this a.m. Arthur came back from Scio this a.m. This p.m. we left Sodaville after supper to walk to Lebanon this eve.
Wed. June 8th, 1887. Left the hotel, all day at Scio.
Thurs. June 9th. At Scio all day fishing. Rained this p.m.
Fri. June 10, 1887. Arthur and I left Scio for Jefferson by hack and took the train for Albany. Arthur stayed in Albany and I came on home. Arthur came on in the p.m. Mrs. Simms w as moved over this a.m.
Sat. June 11th. Arthur and I went strawberrying this a.m. then left for Lebanon with Jim Boyles in the p.m.
Sun. June 12th, raining this a.m. I went to hear a Temperance lecture this a.m. at Sodaville. I went up where they were singing this p.m.
Mon. June 13th. Packing up to start to Medford, Oregon. this a.m. Arthur and I went berrying in the p.m.
Tues. June 14th, 1887. At home all this a.m. Went to Mr. Simms then over to Boyles. Had a game of croquet at the hotel and heard some music at the hotel this p.m.
Wed. June 15th, packing up to go to Medford, Oregon, this a.m. We left on the 2 p.m., changed cars at Albany, traveled all night.
Thurs. June 16th, 1887, arrived at Medford, Oregon at 8 in the a.m. Went to Mr. Henrys for dinner. Arthur and I walked out to Mr. Stewarts place 3 miles south where Mr. Sullivan was working. We stayed all night at Mr. Henry's in Medford, Oregon.
Courtesy of Lewis Hornsby,
great-grandson of Ruben Edgar Peyton