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Thursday 1 – Shaw, Lawrance and I went to Sterling’s old diggings to look at them. Tried several pans of dirt but got nothing of consequence. I came back and made a pick handle. Pa and I went to the reservoir in the evening to see about the water and went by the diggings and turned it out of the hose. Commenced raining after supper but didn’t continue long. Nothing more today, I believe.
Friday 2 – All hands worked in the diggings cutting leading ditches and covered the hose in the forenoon and run off tailings. In the after the hose bursted after dinner. Allen came back from the valley about supper.
Saturday 3 – Worked as usual in the diggings running off old tailings and made about $7. Nothing else worth notice today.
Sunday 4 – I stayed about the cabin all day and done some washing. A beautiful day overhead. Pa went to the Point in the morning and got a couple of letters—one for me and from Iowa. Allen left today for the valley.
Monday 5 – Worked as usual piping old tailings and took out $7. Cloudy today. Thought about Iowa a great deal. Nothing more today.
Tuesday 6 – Cloudy all day and looked very much like rain, but none. Shaw and myself cleaned bedrock all day and took out 2 oz and $9.50. The hose bursted in the forenoon. Nothing more today.
Wednesday 7 – Cleaned bedrock and got 1 oz and $2—pretty good for one hand. Shaw worked with Lawrance today. The hose bursted again we took them off of the pen stalk and brought them to the house for the purpose of sewing them over again. Pa went to the Point before dark and found Lloyd there drunk. It hailed a little about noon and rained a little about sunset. Nothing more today.
Thursday 8 – Rained a little all day. Pa sewed the hose all day and Shaw and myself cleaned bedrock and took out 2 oz. Lawrance done pretty well today. Lloyd still on spree at the Point.
Friday 9 – Shaw and I cleaned bedrock in the forenoon and run off tailings in the after, and took out one oz and $.50. Lawrance took out 19$ alone. A beautiful day, warm and pleasant. Nothing more today.
Saturday 10 – Shaw and I run off tailings all day and got $29. Rained a little in the forenoon, also rained in the evening and snowed a little. Lloyd not back yet from the Point. Cleaned up all of the boxes.
Sunday 11 – Clear and pretty all of us went to the Point after dinner came back and put a box in the ditch so as to turn the water out of the reservoir, also helped Lawrance fix his boxes. Lloyd not back yet from the Point.
Monday 12 – Pretty cool today. All of us helped Lawrance run off tailings and shoveled in the sluices for him. Nothing more today.
Tuesday 13 – Shaw and I cleaned bedrock in the forenoon and got 8$ set boxes and hose and put in false bottoms. Nothing more.
Wednesday 14 – Went to piping today and took out 1 oz and 6$. Cloudy all day. Commenced raining after supper.
Thursday 15 – A beautiful day, clear and pretty. Piped in the forenoon. The hose burst and we were compelled to strip without them. In the afternoon, took out 2 oz and $2. Lloyd not back yet from the Point.
Friday 16 – Clear and pretty all day. Worked with the pipe as usual and took out 8 oz and $3.50. The wind blew about noon, and after supper. Lloyd got back in the forenoon from his spree. He went to bed and looked very badly had the Delirium Tremens. Nothing otherwise new today.
Saturday 17 – All of us cleaned bedrock all day. Lawrance worked with us in the afternoon and took out 9 oz, minus $1. Lloyd came out to the diggings in the afternoon. Nothing else today.
Sunday 18 – Stayed about the cabin all day and wrote a letter to Pauline Haun in Iowa. Pa and Lawrance made riffles in the forenoon and he went to the Point in the afternoon. We had a settlement with Lawrance after supper. Nothing else today of interest.
Monday 19 – Turned very cold in the forenoon and stayed so all day. J. Shutts came up to work in Lloyd’s place as a hired man. Took out $27.50. Shively came up to the diggings after dinner. No more.
Tuesday 20 – All of us except Lloyd started for the valley and arrived at Elizabethtown about noon and took dinner at Bivens and started over towards Blackhawk to see about some water but there was no chance of getting it. We came back to town and stayed all night at Bivens.
Wednesday 21 – Took breakfast there and started to look at some water on the other hillside. Went to the American Ranch, took dinner and started for home. Stopped on the way and looked at Payne’s ditch, and from there, home. Got there before night. Nothing more, I believe, uncommon.
Thursday 22 – Snowed a little all day. I stayed about the cabin all day. Pa went to the Point and bought an oven for $2. Shaw and myself went up the ravine near the cabin and got a couple of pans of dirt and got 50 cents—good prospect.
Friday 23 – Snowed to the diggings and laid the hose anew and put the boxes to rights. We had a divide of the gold in the company purse amounting to $640.
Saturday 24 – I stayed about the cabin all day, mended my old boots &c &c. Meeting was held at Independence Bar among the vigilance committee. Nothing otherwise new today.
Sunday 25 – Clear and pretty in the forenoon, but clouded up and snowed a little in the evening. I stayed in the cabin all day, mended my boots and done some washing. Nothing more today.
Monday 26 – The snow about 6 inches deep this morning and continued to rain and snow nearly all day. Went up the ditch on the forenoon and mended some broken places in the covering. I stayed about the cabin all evening and done some mending. Pa and Lawrance caulked the big flume after dinner. Nothing more today, I believe.
Tuesday 27 – Went to the diggings to see if we could work but there not water enough. Went up the ditch and started it down in the forenoon and got it to the diggings about 1 o’clock. Warm today. Nothing more.
Wednesday 28 – Found it raining in the morning. I went to the Point after Shults to work in Lloyd’s place. Rained constantly all day. Piped all day. A large head of water in the ditch. Shaw and myself went to the head of the ditch after work to turn off some of the water. We found several places broken. Nothing more today.
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