Wednesday 1 – A Spaniard died in my barn on Monday evening last. He was in company with the circus.
Rained last night and today, quite hard for the time of the year.
I sold 425 pounds baled hay for $9 —
Thursday 2 – I was setting out cabbage plants and cauliflower sets. I made small ditches to set them in.
I and Lem and Carter built some plank fence. Lem, Rains and Sam was spreading out the cocks of hay to dry.
P.M. All hands at work spreading out hay.
Friday 3 – Lem and Carter mowing with new scythes over next road I and Sam finishing up next river mowing and cutting brush Rains not at work today.
P.M. All hands got ready to cock up hay that had been spread out to dry, but it rained and hailed very hard this afternoon. John came over this A.M. and Dave is down from Meadow Valley.
Huntington has an account and order from A. I. Haun against me for $515 to be paid in ten days after sight, which I accepted. Duesler is the holder of it now.
I gave John $10 to go to the ball to night at Streshley’s &c —
Saturday 4 – Cloudy and some little sprinkling of rain. Lots of folks in town, and no work done. I was collecting road tax.
There was a bear and bull fight, but one of the bears got out of the ring and took to the brush. Dave Potts and his dog caught and killed the cub. The other bear was killed by several men in the ring. Next came a man fight in town, the Basses and Flynn was the whipped animal. Then, at dark, came the circus.
I paid Mc $1.50 for nails —
Sunday 5 – The weather is clear again. Nothing of importance, but plenty of gamblers and small thieves in town.
Monday 6 – Cutting hay this A.M. I and Carter finished planking up the barn.
P.M. All hands was cocking up the hay that has been rained on.
Races were held today, with a purse over $500. One I. Riley won.
Tuesday 7 – Three hands worked at cutting hay, the rest at hauling in.
The races continued today, 1 mile and repeat, with a purse of $250. Yellow Hammer won it in 3 heats.
I hauled a load of hay to Streshly. Yesterday I collected $29 and paid Burkholder $4.50 for sugar.
Wednesday 8 – Three hands cutting and three hauling in hay. I collected $20$of Streshly for hay and $21.50 for pasturage of circus parties. Steve Shores stabbed one Riley three times late this evening.
Thursday 9 – I started in company with part of the circus and others for Sacramento. I road Rains’ horse. We took dinner at Gibsonville and fed the horse, cost $1.50. We then went to Rabbit Creek and stopped for the rest of day. I waited for the company. I wrote a letter to my wife and sent it by Richards. He is to work for me at $2. Paid.
Friday 10 – I paid $4 for myself and the horse at Rabbit Creek and was off at daylight. I took breakfast at Columbia House, cost $1, and fed my horse at Wood’s, cost $.50, then took dinner at New York House, $1. I stopped at Empire all night.
Saturday 11 – I paid my bill $2.25 and started for Marysville before sunrise. I arrived at Jack’s before they got up to breakfast. Late in the P.M. I went over to H.P.‘s. I paid $.50 in ferriage and arrived before sunset. All are well.
Sunday 12 – I went to Hooper’s in the A.M. and had some melon to eat. We took dinner at H.P.’s. Jack and Pauline came over, and then we all went over to Jack’s. I paid $.50 in ferriage. H.P.and family returned home.
Monday 13 – I was up at day light and called all the family. We had breakfast early and I started for the boat below Marysville. I caught the steamer Cleo for Sacramento at 7:00 A.M. Passage $4, dinner $1. I arrived at Sacramento by 2:00 P.M. and took lodgings at the Denison House. I deposited Townley’s money, $152.50, and took a receipt. I then rode out of town three miles and back again, cost $1. I bought some corn and tooth medicine, $1. I paid for whiskey, $.50, and mixed with the members of convention.
We met at 11:00 A.M. in church and appointed Bradford chairman for the time being. Some resolutions were adopted then we adjourned to meet again at 3:00 P.M. We met pursuant to the adjournment and proceeded to nominate Willer for governor, 251 votes against 61 for McCorcle –
I paid for billiards $1, for blacking boots $.25, peaches and color, $.75. I collected $30 of Bryant for ranching in American Valley.
Wednesday 15 – I and Sherwin Booms slept together. The convention met at 10:00 A.M. and proceeded to business. We nominated five other candidates that adjourned till 3:00 P.M. We met again and finished the other two nominations, eight in all. I did not loose.
I met with Frank Powell this morning at his stable. He did not know me at first.
Thursday 16 – I’ve been late to bed and early to rise. This morning I was aroused by the bells ringing on account of fire. I got up. The fire was near by and was soon put out. An old frame building was consumed. I ate breakfast and paid my bill, $7.
I went aboard the Cleo again. We were off at 7:00 A.M. for Marysville. My passage cost $4. I have $2.25 for papers and $2.50 for expenses at the convention, then for dinner on the boat $1. I arrived in Marysville at 5:00 P.M. I then went out to Jack’s. Quite warm today.
Friday 17 – I, together with the rest of brother Jack’s family were late in getting up. Breakfast over, I and Jack went in the buggy to Captain Ney’s ranch close by. Ney and his brother and us went in his melon patch and ate as many melons as we wanted, and took two home with us. Late in the P.M. Jack and I went down in town and back.
Saturday 18 – I and Jack rode to town in the buggy. I bought two pairs of leggings and two pairs of spurs for Bill and Lem at the cost of $9.50. I then gave $7 for 2 pairs of shoes for Liz.
We went out to Jack’s and all got ready and went over to H.P.’s. I paid $.50 ferriage. I stayed the rest of the day and night. Jack and the women went down to Westlenhaver’s and got quite a lot of peaches and brought home for the rest of us Jack and his family went home. R.C. Bourne and his son came down with four head of cattle for Jack and Henry and gave me $75—that is all I could get out of $800 —
Sunday 19 – The weather is warm and dusty here. Breakfast is over and Bourne and son have gone home. I saddled up and went over to Jack’s. I paid $.50 ferriage. Late in the P.M. I and Jack went to see Lindley. We had some very fine peaches, looked at his fruits and water works to arrogate, and then went home to bed early.
Monday 20 – I was up before day and called up the rest. Jack and I was off by light for Orville, we breakfasted at the Honcut House cost $.75 each we arrived at Oroville before 9:00 A.M., a distance of 28 miles.
I met with convention members of the Amador, Colusa, Butte and Plumas counties to select two senators for Butte and Plumas and a District Judge for all four. But we selected two candidates for senators, but left the people to select the Judge. I dined with Pete Freer in company with the Plumas Delegation. My bill for the horse was $.75. We then left for Bidwell’s Bar and arrived there after night.
Tuesday 21 – We paid our bills, cost me $3.50 for horse, supper, bed, and toll bridge. We breakfasted at Berry Creek House, $1 each. We fed horses at Peevine House, cost $.50 each. We then got to the American Ranch after sunset. We found all well.
Wednesday 22 – At home again. Four of the boys were at work hauling in hay, and Sam watering potatoes. We picked 18 pounds peas in hull, got $2.66.
It is very warm. The whole amount of cash paid out expenses is $35: $9.50 for Bill and Lem’s leggings and spurs, and $7 for two pairs of shoes for Liz, making in all $51.50 —
I paid Steve Shores $10 for 100 pounds onion for another man who lives at Yuba City. Shores paid me $5 for hay. I’ve paid out $62.50 to the hands that have left work —
Thursday 23 – The hands are still hauling in hay. I, Jack and Dave went up to Meadow Valley. We prospected some at the Island diggins, took dinner at Clark and Shannon’s cost $1. I received $2.50 for a scythe and snath of Clark. We came home at night.
Friday 24 – The boys were at work hauling in hay, five in all. I and Jack started up to the sawmill at Meadow Valley. Jack took a chill on the way. We stayed in woods six hours. I packed water in a dock leaf to cool his head. We then went up to the mill and returned home after sunset —
Saturday 25 – The boys finished hauling in hay early this forenoon. Duesler got 10 tons hay. All hands went to the races. Jack started home this morning in company with Moore. I received $1 from Hayden for pasturage. I got $3.25 for 12 fence posts.
Sunday 26 – The day has been very warm indeed. Rains was drunk last night, and today I gave him $2.50. I played four games of billiards, cost me $.33. I paid yesterday for ale $.50. I am to get $2.50 of Bates for breaking our mowing scythe.
Later, my wife is out a riding with Lem. John went over to Rocky Bar.
Monday 27 – Rains went to work hauling posts and rails. Lem and Richards went to putting it up around the wheat. I and Carter put up some plank fence. We finished in the mid-afternoon. I then laid a foundation around the wheat. Sam watered the potatoes.
Tuesday 28 – Sam worked at watering potatoes. Carter was at work on the porch. Lem, Rains, Richards finished the fence around the wheat. Richards is to help Sam in the garden.
Wednesday 29 – I and Lem cleaned out our branch of the creek in order to have the water to arrogate with. Lem was attending to it all day. Sam and Richards watered the garden. Phil has left off cooking and gone to Fred Robinson’s on Tuesday the 28th.
Thursday 30 – Sam, Richards and Lem watered plants and potatoes. Carter finished the porch and the painting. I spent $150 at billiards yesterday.
P.M. Lem worked on cutting wheat and Richards on binding. I went Duesler’s security for $500, Tuesday last got of interest for 4 months at 3 per cent.
Friday 31 – Lem and Richards were at work in the wheat. I and Sam were watering the potatoes. Carter fixed the door to the dining room, and made a stable door, and fixed the gate to lot, and has gone to Betsy Town after groceries.
Rains lost his horse coming from Nelson Creek last night and some of the rigging. He went back today and got him, but lost one spur.
I gave Carter $3 to get oil to paint with on Thursday the 30th and $5 to get hinges and nails. Only paid $2 to Blood & Co.