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Jackson County, Illinois

EDWARD SCHWARTZ 1872 DIARY

AUGUST, 1872

AUGUST 1, 1872 THURSDAY

Clear, cool & pleasant. I went up to town for nails in the morning. Arth work at dry house. Lem Laughlin & Philip plowed in old meadow piece. In the afternoon I went over to Bro. Josiahs for stones to put in dry house. While there wrote an advertisment for John ______ for estray mare. Later in the day gathered some apples & peaches. Put up 2 boxes apples, 1 of Red June and 1 of the Gravestine. Boys took them up to town when they went for fruit boxes. Nan Morgan went home this evening. (Nan Morgan may have been a cousin of Edwards. Edward's Aunt Lydia Schwartz Herrald had a dau. named Caroline who married a Reuben Morgan. I don't have an exact connection here but it seems likely that Nan may be somehow connected to this family. -gp)

AUGUST 2, 1872 FRIDAY

Cool & pleasant. Very nice time for plowing & other work. The day was clear throughout. I was working about the house assisting in cutting peaches for drying in the forenoon, also part of afternoon. Arth VanPelt was working at our dry house again today. He & I went up to town directly after dinner. Got some flooring to make door to dry house. Arth finished dry about middle afternoon & then went home. Lem & Philip plowed all day. I went to see Dave Kimmel late in the evening about thrashing. Dr. Babbitt & wife here.

(NOTE: Dave Kimmel is another son of Henry Kimmel and Rosina Geeting. -gp)

AUGUST 3, 1872 SATURDAY

Very pleasant weather. Fine weather for corn. Lem & Philip plowed to day. They finished breaking meadow about 3 o'clock in afternoon. Philip broke piece over at strawberry patch. Lem & I hauled rye out of orchard. In forenoon I assisted in cutting & drying peaches. Pete Greer came up & cut buckwheat until about 10 A.M. He then went home. Lem & Philip went up to town late in the evening for peach boxes. Lem did not come back. Ella & Mattie went over in the evening to their grandmother Kimmels. Roan hiefer had a calf to day.

AUGUST 4, 1872 SUNDAY

Another cool & very pleasant day. Perfectly clear and has the appearance of continuing so for several days to come. Emma, Mollie, Lucy & I went up to Sunday School at 9 o'clock A.M. Ella & Mattie went to Sunday School from their grandma's with whom they stayed over night. From Sunday School we all came home. After dinner Emma went to hunt a girl to help her this week. She brought home with her Hally Jenkins. The children & I were at home all of afternoon. Philip was at home all day.

AUGUST 5, 1872 MONDAY

This was another beautiful day just such as we have been having for the last 5 or 6 days. We gathered & packed some 12 boxes Crawford peaches & 4 boxes Gravestine apples. Gim, Philip & Lem assisted in gathering. Rebecca & I did the most of the boxing. Gim helped Arth thrash & Old Mr. VanPelt stacked oats for me. Lem helped to Old man. Philip gathered peached etc. I went up to town with my boxed fruit about 3 in the afternoon. I shipped my peaches to Udall Brothers, Dubuque, Iowa. Did not ship the apples. Emma went home with Rebecca in the evening.

AUGUST 6, 1872 TUESDAY

Some warmer to day than it has been for the last several days. Clear. We were all very busy to day packing fruit, stacking oats etc. Old man VanPelt & Lem finished about noon stacking piece oats towards R. Road. Gim helped Arth thrash in forenoon. In afternoon Gim gathered peaches & I, Philip & Lem packed. I put up in forenoon. Took 8 boxes up at eleven but did not ship until in the evening when I shipped 8 more boxes at the same time making 18 in all (his math, not a typo). Birdsong dug balance of my potatoes. Lem & Philip hauled. A few rain in the evening. Seth shod Lucy before.

AUGUST 7, 1872 WEDNESDAY

Much warmer to day. We are getting quite dry again. We are all very busy putting up peaches. We boxed & shipped 43 boxes of E. Crawford peaches to day. Lem, Philip, all of ourselves & Rebecca were our help. Three of our hogs died today on the account of the heat and want of water. Gim helped Arth thrash to day. Maggie Jenkins came home with me in buggy in the evening.

AUGUST 8, 1872 THURSDAY

This was a very hot day. Clear in forenoon. Thunder clouds about in afternoon. Sprinkled of rain at one time. We are boxing and shipping peaches. Sold 24 boxes to S. Schwartz & Co. @ 55 ct. each. Shipped 12 boxes to Eagle & Co. Chicago, Ills. Mrs. Henry Glotfelty came here to day for Bal. of money on her schedule ($4.80). We are getting very dry- needing rain very much. Our Old Spot cow had calf to day.

AUGUST 9, 1872 FRIDAY

Continues hot & dry. Some indications of rain to day. We packed & shipped 16 boxes peaches, 43 boxes Siberian Crab. Sold 14 boxes of the peaches to S. Schwartz & chipped 2 boxes of peaches & the 3 of Siberian Crab to Eagle & Co. Chicago. After we got through boxing peaches boys hauled in load oats until noon. They hauled in balance of hay & then plowed until night. Phebe Rude came here with me when I came back from taking peaches to station.

(NOTE: Phebe Rude is found on the 1860 census- spelled Pheoba-, age 15. She is the daughter of Ashby and Drucilla Rude. The Rudes must have been long time friends of the Schwartzes as there are many mentions of the Rudes in the journal of Eva Lucy Schwartz-gp.)

AUGUST 10, 1872 SATURDAY

Another one of the hot days. Getting very dry & dusty. Cloud arose in North west about middle of afternoon & passes to the East. In the morning I went up to blk smith shop to get plow sharpened & wagon bed fixed. In afternoon we thrashed wheat. The piece of bought of Philip Fager made 86 bushels. Thrashed 76 bushels out of Gim's piece. The following hands helped- Gim, Pete, Hie, Dick Harris, Johnson, Lem, Philip Gray, Philip Fager, Hie Woods, Dan Glotfelty, the old man & Arth VanPelt.

AUGUST 11, 1872 SUNDAY

Continues as warm as ever. Some indications of rain. Thunder clouds hanging around. Had a slight sprinkle of rain shortly after noon. In the morning we all went up to Sunday School. Got back home before 12 o'clock. Emma & Hally Jenkins went over to Emma's mothers in afternoon. I remained at home. Ella, Mattie & Mollie went home with Laura who came home with us from Sunday School. Philip went down home to day. Came back in the evening.

(NOTE: Laura was probably Laura Schwartz, daughter of William Schwartz.-gp)

AUGUST 12, 1872 MONDAY

We had a light sprinkle of rain last night. Sprinkled again shortly after breakfast. Pretty heavy clouds hanging in North & North West in the evening. Rained a shower about dark but did not lay the dust.. We thrashed again to day. The following hands helped viz Hie Woods, Dan Glotfelty, Arth, George House, Philip Gray, Dick Johnson, Birdsong, Greer, Gim, Jack Edington (in afternoon only) & myself. We finished just before the shower came up. Rebecca was over to assist in the cooking.

AUGUST 13, 1872 TUESDAY

Not quite so hot as we have been having for a few days back. Early in the morning there were strong indications of rain but did not come. It merely sprinkled a time or two. I went up to Elkville after breakfast. Lem came about 8 o'clock & boxed peaches. We shipped to Udall & Bros. 15 boxes to day. Philip picked peaches most of the day. Gim helped Dan & Hie Woods thrash. I went to help but they had hands enough. Dr. Babbitt & wife were here in the evening. Let them have 6 peach boxes.

AUGUST 14, 1872 WEDNESDAY

Somewhat cooler last night than for several nights before. The prospect of rain seems to have passed for the present. Clear all day. Dust is getting quite deep. We are needing rain very much. Corn is drying up very fast. Philip & I did several little jobs to day. We hauled barrel water & cleared up in the barn in forenoon. Also fixed watering well etc. In afternoon I went over to Mrs. Lemons as for wagon wheels. Took them over to shop. Also went to mill. Gim hauled in balance of his oats to day, etc.

AUGUST 15, 1872 THURSDAY

Just as dry, apparently, as it can be. Dust shoe mouth deep in many places. Water is getting scarce in many places. Philip plowed for Rye to day. I went down to Arth's to get him to fix hay rake wheel. After I got back from Arths I went down to Birdsong's. Got back home at noon. Lem put up peaches. Put up 8 boxes Crawfords. Emma took them up to station at 4 P.M.. Shipped to Udall Bros. Lem & I went down to Hies for peaches. Only got about 2 bushels. We got back about supper time.

AUGUST 16, 1872 FRIDAY

The drought is becoming rather alarming. Corn & vegetation generally is drying up. Water is getting very scarce in places. Dust is getting very great. Philip & Lem plowed in piece north west of house. I was not engaged at any particular thing but did many things such as cutting fruit, watering stock, tending to bees. Transferred one that month were about to take etc. Rebecca was here part of day. Late in the evening we cleaned out cistern at the house. Gim did not help us any to day. Do not know what he did.

AUGUST 17, 1872 SATURDAY

Never gets much dryer than it is at the present. Wind in the south and at time pretty high. Hope it will blow up rain. Philip & Lem hauled and put in the cistern 3 bbls of water. They then plowed til noon. In the afternoon Lem plowed. Philip did nothing for me. He & I settled after which he left for home. His brother John came up for him. I paid him $40. I still owe him $13.68. In the forenoon I was very busily engaged doing several little jobs. I went up to town a little while in the afternoon.

AUGUST 18, 1872 SUNDAY

Extremely dry and hot. Dust flying in every direction. Had good appearance of rain in the morning but all disappeared before night. We all went up to Sunday School in the morning. Got back home about noon. After dinner Ella & Mattie went over to their Uncle Josiahs. Emma, Halley & the 2 little ones went off in buggy. I was left at home but did not remain here long. I went over to my mothers a little while. We all came in home again before bed time. Sam & Maggie (Jenkins-gp) were here in the evening.

AUGUST 19, 1872 MONDAY

There is no change in the weather yet. Hot & dry as ever. We were engaged most of day gathering & boxing peaches. We put up 9 boxes and shipped to Udall Bros. Late in the evening we (that is Lem & I) hauled load clab boards from old brick yard down by Gim's. Old Mrs. Clemmons was here most all day. Emma took her home in the evening. A man by the name of Crocker was here on the hunt of a place to make a crop, etc.

AUGUST 20, 1872 TUESDAY

No abatement of the heat. The drought continues with increased severity. Vegetation of all kinds drying up. Corn is firing clear up to the ear and in some pieces still further up. Lem & I worked in the castor bean to day. We cleaned off yard in the morning and then cut bean the balance of day. John Reno came here last night about 1 o'clock. He came on the down train. He, Emma, Mollie & Lucy went over to the old Lady's. They spent most of the day thee. They came back about 6 P.M.

(NOTE: John Reno is John Wesley Reno of Chester, in Randolph Co. IL. He is Edward's brother-in-law. John Reno was born 8 June 1832 in Hamilton Co. IL . At the time this diary was written, he was married to his first wife, Content Keziah Andrews of Randolph Co. IL. -gp)

AUGUST 21, 1872 WEDNESDAY

There is no change in the weather yet, no more than it is hotter if anything. I went up to Elkville early in the morning with John Reno who is going to take the train for home. After I came back home Lem & I cut beans until very near noon. I not feeling very well quit. while Lem helped about cutting fruit to dry. I went up to Elkville late in the evening. Got sugar & coffee $1.00 each. Rec'd check from Udall Bros. Dubuque for $21.90 amt. due me for shipments of fruit up to the 20th inst.

AUGUST 22, 1872 THURSDAY

The only change to note in the weather is that of indications of rain. Some thunder clouds passed around to day. Rained in south end of prairie a pretty good shower. It merely sprinkled here. I was not very well to day hence did not do much. In afternoon, I went down to Sallies & to Elkville. Nearly sun down when I got back home. Gim & Lem cut castor beans very near all day. Rebecca was here part of day. Also Mrs. Ringler or Mrs. Crow was here. About dark a heavy thunder (cloud) passed to the North East. Think it rained heavy in that direction.

AUGUST 23, 1872 FRIDAY

More pleasant to day after the light shower last night, which did not more than lay the dust. Mostly clear to day. Toward evening there were some indications of rain again. Lem & I were working at castor beans all forenoon. In the afternoon we made some cider. Lem also gathered some apples to cut. I went up to Elkville in the evening. I took Skinner a few sample peaches & apples. I brought home 2 doz. boxes cans for Rebecca.

AUGUST 24, 1872 SATURDAY

Another hot day. Thundered and lightened in the evening. It may rain in a day or two but rather think it will not rain so soon. I went up to DuQuoin on the morning train. I ordered a pr. boots made. I bought of Friedenstine 1 linen coat and 2 pr. pants for which I paid him $18.00. I came down on the 11 o'clock freight. I got home before noon. In the afternoon, Lem and I went down to Birdsongs for peaches. Lem hauled load of wood in the forenoon. Late in the afternoon I went up to Dr. Babbitts for peach peeler.

AUGUST 25, 1872 SUNDAY

Just as hot as ever. No rain yet. Though heavy thunder clouds are passing around us and we may get rain in a few days. We all went up to Sunday School in the forenoon. Halley did not come back with us. She is going to fix to go up home, so she says. We were all alone in the afternoon. In the evening a young lad about 17 years old stopped in to get some "grub". We gave him something and sent him on his way.

AUGUST 26, 1872 MONDAY

To day if anything was the hottest yet. The heat is very intense indeed. All animated beings seem to be suffering from the heat & drought. We commenced to cut up corn this morning. ( We cut up piece below barn & some in South orchard. Bill & Lem Laughlin also. Gim Jackson helped me to day. They cut corn in forenoon and in afternoon they cut castor beans. I assisted Emma cutting and canning peaches. A good part of my time was taken up watering stock, etc.

AUGUST 27, 1872 TUESDAY

Extremely hot. Thunder clouds all around yet did not rain here. Late in the evening there was every indication of rain soon. In forenoon, Gim, Lem & Bill Laughlin cut up corn in the south orchard for me. In the afternoon they cut castor beans but late in the evening they hauled 2 bbls. water and put in the cistern at the house. Lem Laughlin quit me this evening. I paid him $10 balance due him, $5.30. I went up to the mill in the forenoon to day. Did not do much the balance of the day.

(NOTE: Bro. William Schwartz and cousin, Philip Kimmel, operated a mill in the area. I believe it was a lumber mill. Perhaps this is the mill he referes to here-gp)

AUGUST 28, 1872 WEDNESDAY

Not quite so hot as yesterday. Had good appearance of rain all day but still none came along this way. I did but little else than water the stock today. I went up to town a bit in the afternoon. I paid per S. Schwartz & Co. Lem Laughlin $5.30 balance on work. Lem cut up some corn in his piece in the morning. He then went down to Birdsongs for peaches. He got back about 3 or 4 o'clock in the evening. In the afternoon I went over to station to trial. They are trying Frees for stealing sheep.

AUGUST 29, 1872 THURSDAY

Thick cloudy all around and occasionally a light sprinkle of rain comes down. We had a shower last night but only just layed the dust. Much cooler to day. In the afternoon & towards evening clouds began to clear away and soon became clear. Think we will get no rain this time. Gim & I tied my short corn in the morning. Gim then went to cutting in his own piece. He helped me about 2 hours. Lewis Decker & wife moved in with us to day. He is going to crop with me etc.

(NOTE: I wonder how well Edward knows this man, Decker! Here he calls him Lewis Decker, but later throughout the diary, he calls him Lucian, then later Deckard and finally refers to him once as Lucias! -gp)

AUGUST 30, 1872 FRIDAY

Quite cool this morning. Clear until toward evening when it clouded up. We do hope it will rain very soon. Very early in the morning news came that Mother's Old Kit mare was stolen. All hands turned out but before we had scattered much, the old mare came back with bridle on but saddle was missing. Decker cut corn for me to day in south orchard. After I came back from the search after the mare, I worked about bees, etc. Emma went to Elkville & to see Eliza who is quite sick.

(NOTE: Eliza is Edwards sister, Eliza Schwartz Kimmel, wife of Phillip Kimmel. Philip was a son of Henry. Eliza was born in Jackson Co. in 1833. -gp)

AUGUST 31, 1872 SATURDAY

No rain. Cleared about 6 o'clock in the morning. Cool morning & evenings. Decker & I cleaned up castor beans till noon. Decker then went for his horse. He did not get back till night. Gim got team to haul off his wheat. I went up to town a few minutes in the afternoon to get box to put beans in . Also to see Eddie. I wanted him to bring my boots from DuQuoin.

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SEPTEMBER, 1872

SEPTEMBER 1, 1872 SUNDAY

Nights are quite cool & days pretty warm. The weather continues dry. Corn is very near all dryed up. Most of it too dry to cut for fodder. Ella & Mattie were the only ones of us that attended Sunday School to day. Towards evening Emma went off in buggy, she took Ett Patton & Pheeby Rude in with her. They came over in the forenoon & took dinner with us. I went down to lower end of Prairie late in the evening. I came round by Philip Kimmels & Elkville home.

SEPTEMBER 2, 1872 MONDAY

Nearly had frost last night, got pretty warm about noon. There is but very little if any prospect of rain. The earth is exceedingly parched. Dust is continually flying in every direction. We are making cider and apple butter to day. Lucian & wife, Gim & Rebecca are all helping us. Gim & Lucian went in the evening for peaches down to Birdsongs. Ella went over in the evening to stay all night with her grandmother Kimmel.

SEPTEMBER 3, 1872 TUESDAY

Clear & warm. Just as dry as ever. Gim & Deckard cut corn & castor beans about all day. Gim cut corn for himself very near all forenoon.. I went up to town to Board of Auditors meeting, was near sun down when I came home. I found Dr. Babbitt & wife here when I arrived. They took supper with us. In the morning I took George House's kettle home. I brought Ella back from her Grandmothers.

SEPTEMBER 4, 1872 WEDNESDAY

Somewhat cloudy all forenoon. At one time a few drops of rain fell. Cleared up again in the evening. No prospect for rain at this time. Deckard & I cleared up castor bean & hauled water in forenoon. In the afternoon we cut castor beans. Late in the evening Deckard took a couple of plows to shop to get them sharpened. Sam Jenkins was here very late. I paid him $7.70 bal due him for work done in harvest.

SEPTEMBER 5, 1872 THURSDAY

This was a peculiar day in appearance. The elements had rather a smokey appearance as though Indian summer had set in. Wind in the South and pretty high at times. Hope it may blow up rain. The hot sun & wind fairly wilted whatever was in a condition to be wilted. We did but little today. Deckard complained of being sick. He went down to Arth's a while in the morning. I cut down burs & spread castor beans in forenoon. Went up to town with little girls in the evening. Deckard & the women went for peaches to Birdsongs.

SEPTEMBER 6, 1872 FRIDAY

A hot & withering wind came from the South all day. There is a peculiar hazy or smoky look about the elements. Clouds of dust are flying in every direction. One nearly suffocates with dust in traveling about. In forenoon we cut a few peaches to dry. About eleven A.M. I went up to town. Brought back 19 sacks to haul wheat in. In the afternoon I hauled off 2 loads. Sold to Sam & Eddie at $1.25. Had 41 bushels first load & $41.50 the last load. Deckard helped me load the wheat and the was about all he did for me to day. Laura went to Hie Woods, etc.

SEPTEMBER 7, 1872 SATURDAY

Wind in South & very high. Clouds of dust are seen all around. We are all wishing for rain to cool the air & to lay the dust. In forenoon, I went up to Dr. Babbitts to return peach peeler. After I came back Deckard & I hauled a couple loads rails to make hog pen. In the afternoon I went up to mill for material for pig trough & after I got back I made hog trough. Deckard took sick about middle of afternoon. I suppose he put in nearly 1/2 the day for me. Henry Savitz dug in well for me to day. Dr. Babbitt & wife were here to make some cider late in he evening. Sallies children, 2 of them, are quite sick. (NOTE: Sally is Sarah Kimmel Schwartz, widow of William Schwartz. The children who became ill, as following entries will show, were Lucy A. , b. 1 Feb 1871, age 19 mo. ; Henry, b. 18 Jul 1855, age 17 years and Isabelle, b. 22 Oct 1858, age 13 years. Henry was named for his grandfather, Henry Kimmel and Isabelle for her aunt Isabelle Schwartz Kimmel, who died 6 years before Isabelle's birth, in 1852. It isn't known for sure for whom Lucy was named but Edward later named his daughter Lucy, perhaps in honor of this little Lucy. It is not known of what disease the children died. All are buried in the Kimmel Cemetery.-gp)

SEPTEMBER 8, 1872 SUNDAY

Bro. Horatio & family came here yesterday evening. Stopped with us last night. Left here before 10 this morning. We did not go to Sunday School to day. Bell, Henry & little Lucy down at Sallies are all down sick. Little Lucy is quite sick. Late in the evening it lightened constantly in North & North West. Emma was down at Sallies in the afternoon to day a while.

SEPTEMBER 9, 1872 MONDAY

Heavy clouds hanging in the west in the morning. Commenced coming up shortly after breakfast & at one time rain came down pretty lively but soon slacked just mere wetting the surface lightly. Apparently we had the best prospect for rain we have had in a long time but we were doomed to disappointment by getting no rain. In the morning we cleaned out both of our cisterns. Jack & Deckard helped. We hauled a couple bbls water for cistern. Gim dug 2 ft. in well. Hethen (?) worked for himself. Deckard & I sowed piece Rye below barn. I went down to Petes late.

SEPTEMBER 10, 1872 TUESDAY

Cooler & no rain this time. I set up with the sick at Sallies last night until twelve o'clock last night. I then came home & went to bed but about 2 as sent for again. Their little Lucy is very low. Fear she will not last very long. Henry is also pretty sick. Bell I think is mending. I went to supervisor meeting at Murphysboro to day. We did not do much business to day. We re_______(looks like repudrate??) and R. Road bonds which was enough to do in one day. It was nearly night when I came home from Murphysboro.

SEPTEMBER 11, 1872 WEDNESDAY

Cooler, Cloudy in the West. Thundered & lightened in the West last night. Rained some little to day but bearly enough to lay the dust. I went to Murphysboro. Left home between 7 & 8 o'clock and reach town about 10 or shortly after. I got back home again about dark. Gim & Deckard cut up corn in forenoon for me down at Cowgill farm. A light sprinkle of rain fell which stopped them from work so they went down to Birdsongs for peaches. Sallies folks are still very sick so they say.

SEPTEMBER 12, 1872 THURSDAY

It appears from present indications as though the severe drought was going to continue although we had such a very favorable propect for a good rain yesterday. I started to Murphysboro this morning about 8 o'clock A.M. Got back before seven in the evening. I learned before I reached home that Sallies sweet little Lucy was dead. She departed this life about 10 o'clock A.M. Bell & Henry they think are some better. Gim Jackson & Deckard cut corn for me down at Cowgill farm. I suppose they cut all day.

SEPTEMBER 13, 1872 FRIDAY

Quite cool this morning. We very near had frost. The day was clear throughout. We did not do much to day on the account of the burying of the remains of little Lucy, William's youngest daughter. She survived her father not quite a year - he dying on the 22nd & she on the 12th day of Sept. The one in 1871 & the other in 1872. Gim & Deckard cut up the balance of corn at Cowgill farm. They finished I suppose about half past 9 in the morning. They did not work after that for me.

SEPTEMBER 14, 1872 SATURDAY

Last night was a very cool night. We could sleep comfortably under a blanket & quilt. Just as dry as ever though it is more comfortable because cooler. We were working at well most of day. Gim & Deckard dug it some 2 ft. deeper. I hauled some brick to wall well with. Got 225 brick from Bro. Josiah. We commenced walling just before dinner. We finished about 4 in the evening. Deckard then took team & went and hauled himself some oats.

SEPTEMBER 15, 1872 SUNDAY

Cool nights and pretty warm days. A great many whirl winds to be seen hopping about. Every thing indicates a continuation of the drought. Dust is getting deeper and deeper. Ella & Mattie went to Sunday School. They brought home with them Bents two girls & Bill Kimmel. They stayed here until about sun down . Emma went to Woods in the afternoon awhile. Deckard & wife went visiting in afternoon. I was at home all day. Rebecca was here part of day.

(NOTE: The Bent he refers to would be Benton Gill. Bill Kimmel is William D. Kimmel, b. 1862, d. 1936, and future husband of Edward's daughter, Mattie. Bill was the son of David and Susan Thompson Kimmel, and a grandson of Henry and Rosina Geeting Kimmel, the same Henry Kimmel who later married Rebecca Kirksey Reno, Edward's mother-in-law in 1855. William was well known in the community as a horseman and raised Standard breds...some of the finest horses around. However, according to Ruth Schwartz, he was a hard man and mean to his horses. He used inhumane training techniques, and she said everyone knew it. His son, Ned Reno Kimmel, went to live with his Uncle John and Aunt Emma Tanner Schwartz {Ruth's parent's} because he and his father could not get along. After Mattie's death, William married the widowed Emma Schwartz which surprises me for Emma was one of his staunchest critics when it came to his treatment of his horses. Ruth told the tale of how Emma once excused herself from the supper table at Bill & Mattie's, slipped out to the barn. When she found welts on the horses and his training whip, laced with a chain, she dropped the whip down the well. Ruth said when Emma told them all about it on the way home, they all had a good laugh and Bill Kimmel never did find his whip or knew what became of it.-gp)

SEPTEMBER 16, 1872 MONDAY

Somewhat cloudy in the North when we got up in the morning but soon cleared up again. Cool & pleasant all day. Deckard & I hauled 4 bbls water in the forenoon. We also hauled some oats & corn over to hog pen. Mrs. Miller's boy was here to see me about county order, etc. Deckard & I quit work about eleven & in the afternoon we both went up to John Bolton's trial. John came clear. Deckard came home before night from the trial & did the feeding etc. It was dark when I got back.

(NOTE: the name of the man on trial might be Polton...penmanship is not real clear-gp)

SEPTEMBER 17, 1872 TUESDAY

Up pretty early this morning. Quite cool but no frost discovered. We butchered our fine year old steer. Deckard hauled it up to town & sold the most of it. In the afternoon he (Deckard) hauled a load wood. He also got some potatoes of Birdsong. I went down to Murphysboro to day. Went by Roly (?) Gills save his horses. Gim off with reaper. Was about dark when I got back home from Murphysboro. Philip Fager came up this evening on train.

SEPTEMBER 18, 1872 WEDNESDAY

Somewhat cloudy in the morning when we got up. Deckard tended to watering & feeding for me to day. I went to the DuQuoin Fair. Gim & Philip went up with me. We took some wheat along intending to get some flower. Sold our wheat & bought a little flower to do us a few days. I bot 60 lbs for Hie Wood & paid for it out of my own money. There was not a large attendance at the Fair to day. Had very fine shower at DuQuoin in the afternoon.

SEPTEMBER 19, 1872 THURSDAY

Clear & cool. No rain here or did not rain here any yesterday. Mr. Whittenburg came down with us from the Fair yesterday. He stopped with us last night & went back to the fair with us this morning. Emma & Lucy remained at home and all the rest went up to Fair. Gim tended to the feeding & watering for me. Pretty big crowd met at fair to day. We got back home a little before dark. Found all right at home as far as we know.

SEPTEMBER 20, 1872 FRIDAY

Thundered & lightened in the west last night. Thought at one time it would rain here but in did not. Emma, Lucy & I went to DuQuoin Fair to day. Dust was very bad and wind in the south & very high. There was a very good looking prospect for rain in the afternoon and yet it did not come. We enjoyed ourselves very well to day at the fair. We got home shortly after sun down. Deckard & wife stayed at home and tended to the stock & children. Gim, we suppose, was picking cotton.

SEPTEMBER 21, 1872 SATURDAY

Wind in the South & pretty high. This was another one of those hot days such as we had last month. The drought continues without any indications of rain. Deckard went off on R. Road to watch for my train. He came in about noon. He & his wife went to Birdsongs for peaches in the afternoon. He did but little else besides assisting me feed & water in the evening. In forenoon, I hauled corn & oats over to hogs & hauled bbl water in cistern at house. I also brought in some apples which we pealed to dry. At night Deckard & I went to hear Harwood make Greeley speech.

SEPTEMBER 22, 1872 SUNDAY

Another hot day about such as yesterday and the day before. Ella, Mattie & Mollie went up to Sunday School. Ett Patton came home with them. After dinner Emma & Ett went down to Sallies. She is quite sick so it is reported. In the afternoon, Sam Harwood called to see us. Josiah & Lizzy also called. They left Eda & Nellie here while they went down to see Sally. Late in the evening Hamp Akin came here he stated that a sick man was at his house needing medical aid. I sent him for Dr. Babbitt.

SEPTEMBER 23, 1872 MONDAY

Wind boisterous. Dust flying in all directions. Very disagreeable on account of wind & dust. The first thing done after feeding & watering was done was to take Arths dry house home. Deckard went with me. I saw sick man at Hamp Akins. We hauled 2 bbls water. Deckard hauled load oats from Arths (VanPelt). The women folks cut peaches. In the afternoon Deckard & I burnt off piece toward R. Road. He then plowed some. Sallies folks are still quite sick.

SEPTEMBER 24, 1872 TUESDAY

Wind continues very high. Dust is flying thick in the air. Dr. Babbitt came here in the morning. He had been to see sick man at Hamp Akins. The doctor gave me a dose to take as I was feeling bad. It made me quite sick all afternoon. Skinner was here for butter & apples. Deckard commenced breaking for wheat to day. Emma went up to Elkville in the afternoon. Sally & little Laura are still very sick. We had a considerable storm about dark, not much rain fell.

SEPTEMBER 25, 1872 WEDNESDAY

More pleasant after the rain. The dust is just about layed good. The storm blowed many of our apples off last night. Also the tops of my stacks are off. The rain did much good although we did not have as much as we need at present. Deckard is plowing for wheat. Jack is helping him to day. I am not very well to day. Did not do much in forenoon. In the afternoon I went to Carbondale to Greely meeting. Gim & little girls picked up the apples that fell last night.

SEPTEMBER 26, 1872 THURSDAY

Thick clouds all forenoon. Clouds all passed over to the East & cleared up in afternoon. Gim & I fixed stacks the tops of which were taken off by the storm the other evening. We got through about 10 A.M. Gim went to picking his cotton and in the afternoon he helped us make cider. Deckard & Jack plowed to day for wheat. Jack is working for Deckard. Sally and Laura are no better, so it is thought. Emma was engaged making pear preserves & pickle peaches.

( NOTE: Laura is another child of William and Sallie Kimmel Schwartz who took ill. She was born in 1862 and although she survived this illness, she died about a year later on 3 Aug 1873. Since we do not have Edward's diary for 1873 so it is not known how Laura died. Five of William's eight children died before reaching adulthood. Sally does survive this illness and lives to a ripe old age.-gp)

SEPTEMBER 27, 1872 FRIDAY

Considerable frost in the morning, the first we have had this fall. I went up to Elkville early in the morning. Got one of Sam's mules to go to Fair at Murphysboro. The attendance at Fair to day was pretty good. It was after night when I got back home again. Deckard harrowed the Old meadow piece. He is going to put it in wheat. Gim is picking his cotton. Somewhat hazy in West. Think it will rain soon.

SEPTEMBER 28, 1872 SATURDAY

Rain commenced pouring down about day light this morning. At times it rained very heavy & continued on until about eleven o'clock. Commenced raining again about 1 or 2 o'clock & rained on until an hour or so before sun set. Wind changed around to North & much cooler. Wind also very high. I worked around feeding etc very near all the time it was raining. Gim & Deckard made some cider in afternoon. Deckard did nothing in forenoon. I went for medicine for Lucy etc. Deckard & Gim worked 1/4 day each for me.

SEPTEMBER 29, 1872 SUNDAY

Clear in the morning but did not last very long. Wind blowed pretty cold from the North very near all day. Became thick cloudy in the evening. Deckard & wife went up to Sunday School & did not get back until near sun down. Ella was the only one of us that went to Sunday School to day & she came back right away. Lucy is better to day than yesterday. Emma went down to see Sallies folk a little while in afternoon. I took Sam's mule home & came by Wiley Gray's as I came home.

(NOTE: Wiley Gray is Edward's neighbor. On the 1860 census, Wiley's household is #68, Edward's is #70. On the census, his name is spelled Grey.-gp)

SEPTEMBER 30, 1872 MONDAY

Rather cool all day. We butchered a beef in the morning. Deckard & Gim peddled it out. They only got $4.55 in cash, the rest they sold on credit. My wheat drill came to day. the freight from Carbondale to Elkville was $1.20 which amt. I paid Skinner, agent. I loaned it to Frank Brayshaw for a day or so. In the afternoon, Deckard harrowed ground for himself. Gim & I made some cider. Emma went down to Sallies in afternoon. They are very sick there yet. Mr. Bundy, teacher, is up. He stops with us.



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