Saturday, February 26, 2011

1934 Inventory

Value of Inventory, Personal Property, January 1, 1934

Horses, 17 Mares, some broke, each $40
3 broke Geldings $50 each, 1 Mule $50
2 2-yr. old Mares $35 each, 4 Saddle Horses $40 each
1 Percheron Stallion $300, 1 yearling Gelding $20
1 Colt $10, 2 2-yr. old Geldings $35 each
Total of horse value: $1,1510

Hogs, 9 shoats $3.50 and 1 sow $6
Poultry, 27 turkey hens, 1 Tom $1.50 each
20 guineas 25 cents each
4 dozen chicken hens, 40 cents each
6 roosters 25 cents each

Machinery, Haystacker $40
Sweep $10, Rake $15
2 mowers $15 each
Rotary Hoe $40, Gangplow $20
Eli or Go-Devil $10 
Wagon and rack $25
4 sets Harness $15 each
Saddle $40
Auto $100, Household Furniture $300

Feed on hand Jan. 1st, 1934
50 bushels shelled corn, 43 cents per bu.
Cake, 6 ton $30 per ton
800 lbs Salt at 75 cents per hundred
Alfalfa Hay, 25 ton at $4 per ton
250 tons of Prairie Hay at $2.50 per ton
Cattle, 125 cows 2-yr. old heifers at $22 per head
59 calves at $8 per head
4 bulls at $50 per head

Value of Property: $6.566.20

February 26, 1934: Cow Chip Heat

Was real cold in the night, 24 below, after sunrise bright and ground was covered with snow. My throat hurt all night and yet today and I felt miserable all over, only played solitaire, read magazines, played pitch in forenoon with Maggie against Fritz and Ben. While Maggie got dinner, Will and I played rummy and again after supper with Fritz and Will. Maggie got the meals and did all the necessary work.

Fritz gave the stock hay from the east end of the big stack of alfalfa. Ben, Fritz and Will cut wood after dinner. Ben took a Red Cross quilt home, for he got so cold in bed last night that he had to get up at 4 a.m. and build a fire. He burns cow-chips, so not much heat at that. Noble Moore, Jr. went by to the store and back home again. The temperature never got more than 12 above, but the sun shone bright, was hard on the eyes.

Friday, February 25, 2011

February 25, 1934: Sunset Bright

Was only 6 above near noon and some snow fell, and in p.m. rose to 9 above and sunset bright. Fritz helped chore, gave the cattle a load of hay off the east end of the big stack, then he went to Lattimores via the store on his saddle horse, and was back before dark. Will chored, then Wm Whiting came, and after we had dinner, we played rummy and pitch. Wm went on to Boyd's. He came from Ed's on his saddle horse and led Boyd's horse.

Maggie got the meals and did the necessary work and swept floors. I played solitaire and read stories, and my cold and throat are better. Noble Moore, Jr. went by to the store on horse-back.

February 24, 1934: Frtiz Ordered Underwear

Started to snow in the night and continued falling most of the day, was only 8 above. Wm went to Ed's. Fritz and Will went to the store last evening and Fritz ordered underwear. Tom went to the field to see if any cattle were out there. He fed the stock hay from the big stack and got a small load of alfalfa. Will, Fritz and Maggie and I played 4 games of pitch, 2 won for us. I read in a.m. Maggie got meals and finished her blue print dress.

February 23, 1934: Amusing Myself with Cards

Was zero in the night, cloudy, in p.m. it was 24 above and the sun shone a little. Noble Moore walked over and Will took him to the store, then back to Elshire gate. Wm Whiting came horseback and stayed all night, for he rode a slow horse of Boyd's. Maggie, Wm and I played Rummy in p.m. and again after supper, then Fritz and Wm played with Maggie and me in pitch. We won one game, they won 2. 

Will's cold is better, but when I am not amusing myself with cards, I have to doctor for sore throat and lungs. I have a hard time swallowing my saliva all week, for my tonsils must be infected. Maggie got the meals and made good biscuits. Fritz got 2 loads of hay in the hills and fed the stock. Will cut some wood and helped chore and care for chickens.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

February 22, 1934: Ice-box Cookies, Head Cheese and Bread

Cold, a little cloudy, temperature never got more than 20 above yesterday and the same today. Ben came, and he and Will finished cutting posts out of the poles. Fritz made a feed-trough to give calves in the barn cake, and in p.m. he went to the hills and got a load of hay for the stock. We lunched on the ice-box cookies Maggie baked this a.m. after they finished, and head cheese and bread. Maggie got meals, did all the necessary work, and cut and started to sew herself a dress. I am still all in with a cold in the lungs and sore throat, so read, played solitaire, and slept in p.m. We played rummy in evening. John Wisenberger was here to see if he could get a gobbler.

Posts Resume: 1934

From Lisa: After a break of a few days, I'm resuming sharing Hattie's posts today with a bit of a twist: For several days in a row, I'm going to post her entries from 1934, so that you can follow the Witchers' daily life continuously, rather than from random years. I'm currently working on transcribing the 1934 entries, an interesting year not only because of the Dust Bowl and Depression, but also because Hattie seemed recovered enough from her broken leg the year before to write long, neatly written entries, and she also still had Maggie, her live-in helper, to assist with household chores, so she was well-rested and generally in excellent spirits.

Enjoy!