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.

James Haun Diary, November 1854

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Wednesday 1 – Cool and clear. I and the Johns got gold $35.50. Shaw and Lawrence got $5 in the last three days. They are a-going to move their boxes in the morning to a new place.

Thursday 2 – I and the Johns got gold $77.50. Shaw and Lawrence is at work in the foot of the same ravine that we are. They are running a cut in to strike the bedrock. The weather is clear, and not so cool as it was, and very pleasant indeed, and calm.

Friday 3 – Delightful weather. I and the Johns got gold $199.50, one piece with a hole in it  weighs 5 3/4 oz and $.50. That will do good enough. Shaw and Lawrence is still working at the foot of the ravine. They will put in boxes tomorrow to see if there is gold to be had, &c. —

Saturday 4 – Warm and clear, very pleasant. I and John were sluicing off. We gold gold $2. In the P.M. Lloyd rocked out the box that we panned out at the house and got gold $39.50. We washed out the sand bottle and got $6.50, in all $38.50.
Shaw and Lawrence has run a deep cut in the same ravine that we are at work in down, at the foot. They got some gold but it was not weighed.

Sunday 5 – Shaw and Lawrence went over to the American Valley early. While there, they saw a Mexican that had helped to kill three Chinamen on Friday night last. The other Mexican got away.1
I and John fixed up our fireplace and daubed some of the cracks. Late in evening, big Das came by to sell me the sawmill. He said he was a-going to start home in the morning. I did not buy it. We divided out $97 to the sluice box.
My lesson is the 5th Chapter, First Epistle General of Peter.

Monday 6 – Before day I and John started to the American Ranch to attend court. The sun had just rose before we got there. The court was in session. About noon my case was called, but was laid over for Vaughn, and finally postponed until tomorrow for his witnesses. John and I went over to Sister Betsey’s where we stayed all night. For supper lodging and breakfast $4.

Tuesday 7 – We went back to court early, but it was near noon before court opened. Five witnesses were examined for Vaughn and one for me. The case was argued and submitted and a verdict brought in against me. I and John then started for home. The sun had quite set. We traveled most of the way in the dark, as the moon had not rose. We put ourselves through in good time. I paid for our dinners yesterday $2, and paid Buck $1.50 for milk. A balance for the company.

Wednesday 8 – Up before day as usual. Did some mending on my pants. Called John. We got breakfast and then went to mining.
A warm pleasant day. John and I went to piping. We got gold $28.50. Lloyd and Lawrence have been at work since Monday in the foot of the ravine and have got but little gold. Shaw started below on Monday about noon on business.
I put a piece of blanket on the foot of my socks to make them stand winter use, &c.

Thursday 9 – I and John had to reset our boxes and fix up the riffles. It was near noon by the time we got ready for washing. After noon we let on the water. I was washing away tailings. We got gold $23. Lloyd and Lawrence done better. The gold is not weighed yet.

Friday 10 – Last night I dreamed that I picked up a quantity of gold, several large pieces, until I had filled my pants pockets and vest pockets, &c.
The weather is delightful. I’ve not experienced a solitary gale of wind, to say nothing of a storm, since I’ve been in California. It is calm and still. John and I got gold $37. Lloyd and Lawrence have not weighed. Cool nights and warm days. A man wanted to sell turnips at $8 per hundred— we can’t afford it.

Saturday 11 – I and John cleaned up the boxes and got gold $9. We then fixed for sluicing off the top dirt and tailings. In the afternoon Deputy Sheriff Neal came and levied on my diggins and tools &c. but he left without taking any of the things away because I said that Shaw would take charge of my share of the money that would be taken out for a few days. One of our boxes got injured by a fork breaking down from the weight of rock and gravel stopping in them.

Sunday 12 – Early, after breakfast, Lawrence and I went down to the Point to see if there was any letters. We did not get any. We came home to dinner.

P.M. I did some mending on John’s pants. I suppose it was near midnight last night that I dreamed that my wife had come. I thought she came out to where I was at work and said, I’ve come. I thought I said, I did not expect you so soon, &c. John mailed a letter to his ma this evening. My lesson is the first chapter of Revelations. The letter cost 25 cents. Black thread, 25 cents.

Monday 13 – I and John were out sluicing. Just at noon the hose busted. I went down to the Point and got two needles gave to me. I went home and mended the hose and we went to work again. I am up late tonight, &c. Just ate supper. I mended the pants John brought from Kentucky. I lined them and put two large patches in front and one behind. They have all gone to bed and had a good sleep. I eat and sleep when it suits me, and no one to complain.

Tuesday 14 – Shaw came from Onion Vally, a distance of 7 miles, before sunrise. I John and Shaw worked together, and an Englishman that came up with Shaw worked with us. He said he would work for us for grub. We got gold $6.
I set up late mending my shirt. I mended the sleeves and put a cover on the back, all over.

Wednesday 15 – Beautiful weather, cool nights and warm days, though it was somewhat cloudy today. I, John, Shaw and the Englishman got gold $33.50. We have been striping off top dirt. Lloyd and Lawrence is still getting gold. They don’t weigh.

Thursday 16 – I dreamed last night of asking Susan Wallace if she would not marry. I thought she told me there was too many pains and aches in a married life. I then dreamed of kissing another woman that I had met in my travels. I forgot who she was &c — Four of us got gold $60. Lloyd and Lawrence is stripping. Beautiful weather.

Friday 17 – Four of us got gold $99.50. Lloyd and Lawrence were stripping &c.

Saturday 18 – I, Shaw and Lloyd started for the American Valley early this morning for the purpose of taking an appeal in the suit with Vaughn. Shaw and Lloyd stood as securities. We took five picks along and had them sharpened, cost $2.75. I paid my lawyer $25 more.
Lawrence and the Englishman worked together, but did not make much. John was at work by himself and took out $97.50, one piece that weighed $55.
It clouded up this morning, but the sun shone at intervals all day. It commenced raining about sunset, though lightly.
I and John are sitting in the cabin taking our ease. He is trying to play a new tune on his fiddle and I’ve wrote this down.

Sunday 19 – Clear and warm. I went down to the Point early and got a letter for John from John Stevens dated October 2nd2 giving an account of Thomas Ridsdale going crazy and his death. Also, the starving condition of the poor in the county and cheapness of young hogs &c. We paid $1 for the letter. We divided our dust for the last two weeks, and we got $211 to our part.
John washed four shirts and one pair drawers. My lesson was Revelations Chapter 15.

Monday 20 – The weather is delightful. Four of us was working together. We’ve hired John Bull at $2 per day. We got gold $58.50. Lloyd and Lawrence is not making much as yet, &c.

Tuesday 21 – Warm and pleasant. We are in the habit of breakfasting by first light and at work by sunrise. Four of us took out $60.50, the other two are stripping.

Wednesday 22 – It commenced drizzling before daylight this morning. We were at our work quite early, and got gold $82.50. It continued to rain a little all day. At 8 o’clock tonight the stairs are shining out again.

Thursday 23 – Cloudy all day but no rain. The four of us got gold $6.50. Lloyd and Lawrence have not made anything this week. The weather is quite warm.

Friday 24 – Cleared off this morning. Warm and pleasant all day. We had the balance of the grub we had engaged sent to us that we, $98 worth. We got gold $54.50.
After supper I and Shaw went down to the Point, but did not get any letters. Something is wrong.

Saturday 25 – Clear and pleasant. We get to work before sunrise, as the days are quite short. Four of us got gold $98.

Sunday 26 – Up before day. Cloudy and rained a little, but a beautiful day. After breakfast Shaw and I went down to the Point. We paid William Limberman $98 for the balance of our grub that was brought up Friday last. We then divided out $83.50 to each share after paying expenses. I paid my lawyer Hunley $25 more, in all $75. Horatio Cross came home with me. We took dinner and walked around our diggins &c. After he left we got some wood. My lesson is the 1st Chapter of Matthew.

Monday 27 – Clear and delightful weather. We all was at work before sunrise, cutting a ditch to halt water seepage and to fill our pipe, and setting boxes in the A.M.

P.M. four of us got gold $21. After supper Lawrence and I went down to the Point, I to see that my papers had been sent by the county clerk for an appearance in the case with Vaughn. They have not been sent —
Paid $1 for whiskey, &c.

Tuesday 28 – I started for the Plumas County Court early. On my arriving I found that my papers has been given the evening before to Russell. I left the seat of county at noon and got home sometime before sunset. Shaw, John and the Englishman got gold $52.50. They found out a channel of gold on the left bank, as we go up. It seems to be quite rich.

Wednesday 29 – Up before day. I washed my socks and feet, they being a little sore from yesterday’s walk. I am making arrangements to be off to Sacramento before sunrise this morning with the Englishman in company. We stopped at the Point, got my papers, and paid the clerk’s fee bill of $32 to Roots. I then paid Squire McNall $5 for is hiring a warrant against Goodshall. We then started up the hill and made Grass Vally. Took dinner at half past one o’clock. Dinner cost $1. We then stopped at Feese, a distance of 33 miles. I did not take supper. It hailed some before I went to bed, &c. Quite cloudy.

Thursday 30 – Breakfast $1. Took dinner at the New York Ranch for $1, and left my Englishman there. This afternoon I saw the pine tree that I, John and my Virginia friend slept under the night 19th June 1853. I put up at the Stanfield Ranch. I covered a distance of 35 to 40 miles today. Supper 75 cents —