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Friday 1 – All hands lounging about. An evening of rest in the barn.
Saturday 2 – We are not doing much. Rains is on a bust. Henry hitched up his team and 14 took a ride by Judkins’ mill to Betsy Town and home again. John and Dave came over, as Hickman went after them with horses.
Sunday 3 – Most of the family took a ride up as far as they could go with a stage towards Nelson Creek, took dinner in the woods, and came back the same day. I was quite unwell and sent Hickman to Dr. Cate to get some medicine, which I took. Rains is still drunk.
Monday 4 – I feel somewhat better. Lindley left for Hopkins Creek. The District Judge came to hold court and two lawyers with him. We commenced to thresh out wheat with Daniel Cates’ machine.
Tuesday 5 – Lindley came home this A.M. and after noon we got done with the wheat, as there is but little. Two sacks flour, $12.50. Rains is still on a bust. Opened court.
Wednesday 6 – Henry, John, my wife, Cath and Mrs. Lindley all went on horseback to Nelson Creek to see the mines. We came back before dark. I sent my wheat to mill this A.M. After, we were hauling in our oats and wheat straw.
Thursday 7 – We finished our hay straw by noon. I collected $5 of Brewster for ranching mules and paid Garland $5.50 for barley and help. Got $1.50 of H.P. I was watering potatoes and cabbage a while.
P.M. Hauled three loads of frost bit wheat for Willmans and am to haul the rest as soon as we can. All have gone to a dance at Betsy Town but Lindley and his wife and I. Dave and John is gone too. Smith has worked 3 days —
Friday 8 – I finished hauling Willmans wheat this P.M. at $25 the load.
Saturday 9 – I hauled in Jennings’ wheat at $30 stacked in the lot near the barn. Dave and John came over on yesterday as witnesses in the case I have in court.
Sunday 10 – H.P. and family, Mrs. Lindley, and three children, Mrs. Buchannon, her child and servant all started for Marysville. Rains drove with two yoke of oxen to pull the stage up the hill near Eagle Gulch. Dave went along to help.
Monday 11 – In due time the Rush and Terwilliger suit for the water was called. The court was nearly all day getting through with the plaintiff’s witnesses. Smith worked five days more last week and Hickman was done with work on Saturday last.
Tuesday 12 – We closed our evidence and offered a plea in bar of a former trial. Cox was allowed to bring in evidence to rebut that was manufactured at the Illinois Ranch last night. A verdict was brought in against us for the water, and $1 damages, and each party to pay his cost — his own cost.
Wednesday 13 – In time, the suits for the recovery of damages on the in junction bonds was called. The two of them was joined together, but of different dates. The jury brought in a verdict against us for $300 and costs. I borrowed 100 pounds flour of Judge Ward last week on Monday last. I had 1500 new pounds flour brought home. C. Lindley has helped us in law all he can.
Thursday 14 – I collected $8.50 ranch fees. Dave, John, and Hickman went over to Rocky Bar. Quite a number of gamblers in town.
Friday 15 – I, Bray, Lindley, the Judge, and others went over to Nelson Creek and on their way home I went down to Rocky Bar. Most of the hands were cleaning up since yesterday at noon. I helped.
Saturday 16 – We were all cleaning up till noon among the old drifts, except Dave. In all we cleaned up the boxes and got $65, of which I got $54.50. I and Kyler came over to the valley. I paid $1 to Thompson for hay for Duesler’s pony and paid $3 for help on the barn.
Sunday 17 – Racing most of the day yesterday on the Ray Ranch in the American Valley. Quite a number of gamblers in town—rather a bad sign in these robbing times.
There was preaching in town today by a merchant and abolitionist. Rains bought me a pair of shoes and socks.
Monday 18 – Watering potatoes. There is some talk of compromise with Terwilliger in our lawsuits.
Tuesday 19 – I, Bray, Fox, and Smith, went up to the Massack diggins and up the ditch, and then to Yates’ where we took dinner. I, Bray and Fox then went to Nelson Point. I went down to Rocky Bar and stayed all Night.
Wednesday 20 – Lem Compton has quit work. I, Dave and Tom was piping down. The rest went to cleaning up, and got gold $80. Rains came over this A.M.
Thursday 21 – Breakfast over, I and Shults went up to the Point. Kyler quit work yesterday and Shults is sick this morning. I and Rains went up to the old cabins then down to Willow Ranch. Old Lloyd came in. He did not take exception to anything I said to him. We walked around in the diggins and then went back to the cabins. Then I saddled Niggar and put out for the valley.
Friday 22 – I, Rains and Smith were watering the potatoes till noon. The water then gave out. In the P.M. we worked on the barn.
Saturday 23 – Still watering the potatoes. Bray and Fox came over to settle with Terwilliger and the Sheriff and the clerk. Each one of us three had to pay $218.13 a piece, besides our own witnesses, etc. Terwilliger gave a bill of sale of all his claims up at Massack, together with his lawsuits and we are to pay him $1,200 in 5 months. So the difficulties closed.
I collected $15 of John Ward.
The jumping match1 came off at Betsy Town. G. Farrier got beat.
I sold my entire interest in the A.C. Thompson Ditch and Massack diggins to Smith for $675, all to be paid by 18th of February 1857. Possession given.
Sunday 24 – Lem came over on yesterday and left today. Smith started for Massack. I and Rains were watering potatoes till noon. We had a mess of roasting corn for dinner. I collected $1 for ranching.
The Know Nothings nominated their candidates for county offices on yesterday evening.
I wrote a letter to H.P. cost $.25.
Monday 25 – I received a letter from H.P. dated the 15th instant and one from Dr. Barloe of Georgetown, Kentucky giving an account of Bet having been sick and Nelson having his right leg broke below the knee only 5 days previous to 12th of July. He says he is doing well as could be expected.
I and Rains were watering potatoes.
Tuesday 26 – Cold and frosty last night. It killed some of the potato tops. We are still watering. My wife, Liz and Rains and a number of other ladies and gents went to a lake in the mountains between the American and Indian valleys. They came back just at dark. Davy the cook came this evening.
Wednesday 27 – Cold and frosty last night. Rains was somewhat drunk and up all night. I went over to Rocky Bar and stayed all night. We took out 11 1/4 ounces among the drifts.
Thursday 28 – Cold and frosty again. Soon after breakfast I and Dave went up to the Point and weighed out $450.75. I got $200, and put off for home. I paid Haden that sum for a note that was due on the ranch.
I and Rains made a long ladder. I paid Thompson $.50 for hay for my horse all night and owe $.50 more. Some gamblers have been arrested and will be tried on Tuesday next. My wife and Liz has gone to sit up with the corpse of Mrs. Ray.
Friday 29 – Mrs. Ray was buried this P.M. We are at work on the barn a little and arrogating.
Saturday 30 – Much excitement prevails in town respecting the gamblers. I was at work a little on the barn.
Sunday 31 – I and Rains started for the Point at daybreak. We took our guns and went over on the mountain road to see if we could not find a deer to shot at, but none to be seen. I went down to Rocky Bar.
P.M. At the Point I got a letter from H.P. stating he had sent $1,000 by Morly and Hawkins express. Freight on the same was $7.50. Rains was in a fuss with Lem Keene at the Point. We went home to the valley.
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