~ Boyd County, Nebraska
October 1, 1920: Was a hot day. We got a message over the phone from Okreek. Tom called that his baby Robert, age 4 months, died Thursday morning, that he and Sadie were on way down here for Burial. Will helped Brad haul ties until noon. I baked bread, Tom Ernest came and we went to Spencer in p.m., they to dig grave and I to help Mamma clean house. I stayed and Will and Tom Ernest came out here, did our chores, went to Ernests for supper then Tom, Rudolph and Will came back to town. Tom E. and Rudolph went home, we stayed all night.
Tom and Sadie came with remains of Baby Robert at 9 p.m. overland in their car. They left the other children with Cora and Mrs. Wilcot. I talked to Nell at Winner this evening. They are well.
October 1, 1922: A bright warm day and wind blew enough so wind mill had water. Will left for Todd Co. and I went to Spencer while Mamma and Louise went to Ft. Randall with Mr. B. Ellsworth to get fish. Louise came out with me in evening.
October 1, 1923: Bright day and warm. Will was near Tornado in Council Bluffs as was at Ernests. This a.m. we separated hogs and I made pie and fixed chicken and Will helped Mr. Crabtree with moving, also came when Dr. Hines came to see what ailed sick hogs, was cholera.
~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota
October 1, 1934, Monday: A warm night, lovely, bright for awhile in the morning, then a dusty, N.W. wind until in the afternoon it quit and was nice again. Elmer and Will went to the pasture and cut out some of the 1 year old steers, as Elmer gook the saddle horses and Will the car. Will went on to Winner at noon to the Livestock Sale at the Pavilion, and had the car greased, was home at bedtime.
Maggie did all the work and finished her wine-colored dress, and I sewed on my blue-silk dress and cut out my black-checked skirt and dyed a brown silk dress I had for years to black, and in the evening felt sick and quit sewing. Elmer still looked for steers in p.m. and found 4 more, and Fritz repaired the fence that was washed out in the big pasture, and both got in late for supper. Otto Rothley went by with a big load of cow-chips.