Sunday 1 – Rained off and on all day and night. I stayed at the ranch all forenoon and started home after dinner and got as far as the Illinois Ranch. I saw H. Bray, he told me were absent a hand at Massack. I went back to Quincy before night and stayed all night. Ma and Lizzie called on Mrs Bass after supper. Nothing else worthy of notice.
Monday 2 – I hired a man by the name of Riddle. I rode a horse that Sterling had brought over to Quincy. I rode as far as the Illinois Ranch and then took it afoot home. Arrived at home about noon got in company with Butts. I found some men using our boxes and water in the ravine above the ranch. I got dinner and prospected O’Gradys ravine again but only got the color. I went to the Point and then to Rocky Bar and staid all night. I found Butts there trying to borrow money.
Tuesday 3 – I went to work with the boys in the lower claims getting ready for washing. Lem and I sluiced off some dirt and rocks I worked in Jim Shults’ place he having a sore hand and ankle. Dave Haun came home from Rabbit Creek about supper time with a new pipe it cost $30. Nothing else today.
Wednesday 4 – Moved rocks in the forenoon and put on the pipe and commenced washing. The pipe worked finely. Nothing more of consequence today.
Thursday 5 – Dave and I went up to the old cabins in the morning and got some old hose of ours to cover the gum with and to attach to the gum To make it longer. We raised out boxes about two feet to get clear of the tailings. We got ready for washing. Dave got a letter from H.P. Nothing else today.
Friday 6 – Lem and I went to raising the troughs higher that run from the reservoir to the penstalk, and caulking them. A tree fell across the big flume and cut it in two and broke it. In the evening above the Point we put a blast in a big log that lay on the bank but it did not burst it so we rolled it down the hill and set fire to it. Dave sewed some old hose on the gum we commenced piping after dinner but soon quit. Dave took the pipe to the Point got it riveted. It was coming apart at the hose. Lem and I finished putting old hose on 50 feet of ground while Dave and Kyler made a box for the lower end. Very windy and cloudy late in the evening. Dave bought a keg of butter and some nails–butter 70 lbs.
Saturday 7 – Did not pipe in the forenoon, the flume being broke above the Point. We ground our axes &c. We piped all afternoon. Kyler and I went to where old Frank worked to see if we could get some old hose to cover the gum but we did not.
Sunday 8 – Stayed about the house in the forenoon, except Jim Shults. He started for the valley. Lem, Kyler and I went to the Point after dinner. We heard Pa had got in with some cattle. Lem and I started and over took him between the saw mill and Willow Ranch. Tom Hickman was with him on Durrick’s horse. We went a little ways with them and turned back and went by the cabins and diggings. I got a boot and some little articles and took my boots to the Point to get mended. We then started for the bar and got there about super time. I read a while and we went to bed. Sam Ballou told me we were absent a hand at Massack. Nothing else today.
Monday 9 – Worked today as usual wheeling out rocks in the forenoon and piping on the after. The flume broke in the evening. Kyler and I quit work in the evening late. Kyler took a nap. I went up I got a book, gun and Dave’s coat. I loaned the gun Mc. Kyler and I commenced night work. We run all night with a good head of water. Nothing else
Tuesday 10 – We went to bed about breakfast and slept until noon. We helped Dave and Lem roll out a stump. I then wrote some in my journal we worked after supper but the water was soon out. Nothing else.
Wednesday 11 – We all got out rocks preparing for piping. Kyler rolled a rock the wheel barrow and broke one handle. We took a nap after dinner. There were five or six ladies visiting on the bar this evening. I chatted a while with Mrs Reel.
Our leading troughs broke down. Dave and Lem soon put them up again they piped a while in the evening. Nothing more.
Thursday 12 – Commenced piping today and continued all forenoon, or nearly so. Our leading trough fell down near the reservoir. Dave and Lem and a couple of Sterling’s company went to mend it. They finished it after dinner. Dave and Lem made a box and put it in ahead to get closer to the bank. Kyler and I and the man in Shults’ place carried some bottoms down in the evening. There and I took a nap after dinner to get ready for night. The water failed. A very warm day, the warmest we have had.
Friday 13 – We piped in the forenoon and rolled out rocks in the evening. We put in another box about sunset. Another warm day. I felt badly all day from taking cold. Nothing more interesting today.
Saturday 14 – I did not work in the forenoon. Dave and Lem put in a box on the forenoon. They had a pretty hard bedrock to cut. No water in the flume today, it being broken down. Kyler started for the valley this morning. Dave and I went after dinner. Very warm today. I felt sick in the forenoon but got better after walking awhile. Nothing else today.
Sunday 15 – I stayed about the house pretty nearly all forenoon. I went down to the American House and Kyler came in from Elizabethtown. Davies went up home with us and stayed awhile. Kyler left his horse for us to take the Point. We started about 3 o’clock. We came by the cabins and I got my fiddle and got to the bar about dark. Tom Hickman started for Massack but we met him coming back. He had forgotten something. Nothing else.
Monday 16 – We were all forenoon getting out the rocks. Lem and McMan away. Piped down Saturday night. We commenced piping in the evening but after we run an hour the water failed. Dave sewed up a place in the old hose that burst. We run out rocks the balance of the evening.
Tuesday 17 – Moved rocks in the forenoon and commenced piping in the evening. Our hose burst. I sewed them and we continued all day. We run off a great quantity of dirt. Nothing else today.
Wednesday 18 – Run our rocks in the forenoon. We hired another man today. We sewed some old hose on the gum after ripping them up. Kyler and I laid by part of the evening to work at night we commenced after supper but water soon failed.
Thursday 19 – Worked as usual rolling out rocks. I sewed some on the old hose that covers the gum. Pa and Wheeler came in about noon as we were eating dinner. Kyler and I worked all night we got wet and cold.
Friday 20 – Kyler and I slept until noon. we worked as usual after dinner I sewed a patch on some hose the new hose Kyler and I sawed some logs and Pa cut away some brush on the bank the rest of the company run out rocks
Saturday 21 – Piped in the forenoon and run off considerable dirt. We piped some in the evening but had to quit, not having water enough. Our tailings would not run off. We put on another box after dinner. Dave and I made it in the forenoon. We run out rocks the balance of the evening. Pa and Kyler started for the valley. Nothing else today.
Sunday 22 – We went to the Point in the forenoon and stayed awhile. We came home and got something to eat and then went up to Independence Bar to see the new ladies that lately arrived. We stayed about two hours and came home. Pretty cool all day. Nothing else interesting today.
Monday 23 – We raised our boxes in the forenoon and got ready for washing. We rocked our boxes and got pretty nearly an ounce. We piped all evening and run out a great deal of dirt. Our penstalk burst in the evening. We mended it up again Kyler came home about supper. Jim Shults came home about noon. Nothing else today.
Tuesday 24 – Run out rocks in the forenoon and piped in the evening. H.P. came to the diggings in the evening from below. Dave and I made so me boxes in the forenoon. I went to the Point in the evening and got a bottle of whiskey for H.P. He stayed all night. Nothing else today.
Wednesday 25 – We dug up some dirt for H.P., a couple of pans, and got about $2 each. I went with him as far as the Willow Ranch on his way to Quincy. I came by some prospectors in the foot of the big ravine. I got our sluice box and other tools and the gum hose and put them in the cabin. I got some picks and a pair of pants and started for home. I got to the Bar about noon. Reynolds was repairing the flume near the reservoir. We piped all evening and Sterlings piping with us. The coupling of the hose came off in the evening late. We run off considerable ground for Sterling. Windy all evening and cold. No more.
Thursday 26 – Commenced setting our boxes in the morning to clean up but did not shovel in any until after dinner. We rolled some logs together about noon and set fire to them. We cleaned up and got $10. Rained and snowed about sunset but quit after supper. Timberman and Ward came to diggings on the evening, also Ebe Moorehead, Gilky and Griffin. We staked off our line between us and Sterling. The rain was very cold in the evening. The boys threw heads and tails for some pants after supper. Nothing else of interest today.
Friday 27 – Cleaned up all day and got about 2 oz. Cold in the morning. No more.
Saturday 28 – Pretty cold in the morning. Cleaned up today and took out 3 1/2 oz.
Sunday 29 – We all went to the Point and I went to the diggings at Willow Ranch and to Pike’s cabin and saw the men that were prospecting. I sold them a piece of ground for $15–$5 in cash. I brought down my blankets, a couple of hoses, a sluice fork and pan. We all went to Independence Bat but I did not stay long. Kyler and I came to the bar and found H.P. and Pa there. We got supper and went to the Point to a show.
Monday 30 – Pa and H.P. went to the Point. H.P. started for Marysville. Pa came to the bar again and stayed until after dinner and him and Lem started for the valley. He wanted Lem to work on the ranch. We wheeled off clay. Dave went to Independence Bar and bought a wheel barrow for $10. Nothing else new today.