John Haun Diary, June 1855

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Friday 1 – Pa and I cleaned bedrock all day and took out 44 oz. Lawrance commenced working in Joe’s Ravine today. Shaw and Bill still washing in the flat. They have got nothing as yet. Nothing else to day.

Saturday 2 – Pa and I set the boxes and washed under the big stump, took out $7.50.

Sunday 3 – Stayed about the cabin all day. Done some washing. The rest went to the Point. Bill and Shaw went to a negro show after night.

Monday 4 – Piped to day as usual. Pa found a piece weighing 2 oz minus $1.50. Nothing else of consequence today.

Tuesday 5 – Patch to day as usual–the hose busted twice today. We took out $15. The sump caved in in the evening, Shaw and Bill struck it to day, took out considerable. Nothing else of consequence today.

Wednesday 6 – Still at work at the stump and got it out after dinner. Made but little today. Set on boxes for washing and nothing made today.

Thursday 7 – Pa and I cleaned bedrock into the forenoon and Rositer helped us in the evening. We took out $44. Nothing else to day, I believe.

Friday 8 – Pat and I piped all day and took out $8. A good many prospectors around, Jennings came to the diggings yesterday evening took supper with us. Shaw and Bill made 6 oz, $5. Lawrance got to piping in the big vein below us. Nothing else to do of interest.

Saturday 9 – Washed as usual to day took out 1 oz. Nothing else today.

Sunday 10 – all of us went to the Point in the forenoon and stayed  until after dinner. I done some mending on my old boots and washed out a pan of butter. Pa let Thompson have some more money. He made a big mistake in the weight of it. Nothing else today, I believe.

Monday 11 – Piped to day as usual and made but little. Paid off the hired boys and Shaw washed with Lawrance in the big ravine below us. No more.

Tuesday 12 – Commenced raining in the morning and continued all day. Did not clean up today. Duesler came to the diggings after dinner. Bill and Rositer got back after supper from prospecting. Nothing else today.

Wednesday 13 – Pa and I piped as usual, took out $15. Shaw and Lawrance have not made anything yet. Nothing more today.

Thursday 14 – Piped all day and made nothing. A man by the name of Thom Eves came into the cabin about supper, an old acquaintance of Pa, and nothing else.

Friday 15 – Eves went to work with us this morning and we took out $40. Washed a great deal of dirt. Lawrance done pretty well today.

Saturday 16 – Piped in the forenoon and cleaned bedrock in the after. Pa found a piece weighing upwards of 8 oz. Lawrance found good diggings on the side of the ravine and took up four claims. Root came by the diggings about quitting time and ordered us to work on the road, &c &c.

Sunday 17 – All of us went to the Point in the forenoon and took supper with Mr Duesler felt pretty badly all day nothing else today.

Monday 18 – Pa and I cleaned some bedrock and set the boxes. Felt very badly all day. Rositer washed with Shaw and Lawrance. Duesler and his friend came up to look at the diggings. Nothing else today of interest.

Tuesday 19 – I went to the Point in the forenoon to see Bill and got some medicine from him and Duesler. Came back with me, done no work in the forenoon. Nothing else today, uncommon.

Wednesday 20 – I went out to work but did not feel well enough to work long. Sewed on the hose while Pa cleaned bedrock and made 8$. More prospectors around.

Thursday 21 – I sewed on the hose today. Pa cleaned bedrock but did not make much. Nothing of consequence today.

Friday 22 – We commenced piping today in the old channel that we worked out in ’54. Made nothing today. Eves is very sick today, taking medicine. Lawrance done pretty well today.

Saturday 23 – Fixing up some boxes and set them in the forenoon and rung off some mud. We done nothing in the afternoon. Everybody on a spree from drinking milk punch.1 Eves and self walked up the ditch a piece and back. Nothing else today.

Sunday 24 – All of us except Eves went to the Point in the forenoon Eves and I went again in the evening. Shaw bought Pike’s ditch for $162.50.

Monday 25 – Worked today with the pipe and took out $28.50. Did not commence piping until after dinner. Nothing else today.

Tuesday 26 – Worked all day with the pipe and made nothing. Eves left this morning for the Mountain House. Nothing else today.

Wednesday 27 – Worked in the forenoon. I felt very badly, could hardly wash at all. I did not work in the evening. I had some fever and aches. Very sick towards night. I took some pills at bed time.

Thursday 28 – I felt a little better today. Stayed at the cabin in the forenoon and read to pass away the time. Ate but little breakfast—a piece of dry bread. Took some tea and toast for dinner and felt better. I went out to the diggings in the evening and looked around. Rositer came in in the forenoon, sick with the headache.

Friday 29 – I went to the Point in the morning and got some medicine from Bill. I stayed  about the cabin the rest of the day felt a little better. Eves came to the diggings in the evening. Nothing else to day.

Saturday 30 – Felt a great deal better to day. Eves went to work with Pa in the 
diggings. I stayed about the cabin in the forenoon and went out to the
diggings in the evening. Pa and Shaw went to the Point after supper to get ready to start below. Nothing else new today.

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