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Diary of Conrad Bender

1867

[Written in the vicinities of Manhattan, and Wallingford in Will County;
and New Bedford in Bureau County, Illinois.]


Jan. 1 - Was invited to stop at Mr. Losh's to a wedding of Maggy's but declined. Went to Geo. Eibs. Good dinner, then went to Joliet. Stayed over night at Jno. Addisons. This New Year's day was a very bountiful day. Weather very mild. "May God make us Mild in temper and Kindhearted and truthful."
Jan. 2 - At 11 AM went to Mr. Robert Mapps where I stayed over night. Weather was misting all day.
Jan. 3 - This morning I went to Joliet on business. Bot this diary for 65 cts. Came back, called at Mr. Nobles. Over night at Mr. Ostranders. Weather misty all day. At night it snowed a little.
Jan. 4 - Beginning of Union Protracted Meeting. To Mr. J. Simmons, found no one at home. Went to S. Prices. Dined and over night at C. Stewards. At evening helped service in Union School house. Weather very fair, roads good. Text: St. Luke 15 11@12.
Jan. 5 - Went to Mr. Spauldings on a visit. Was not satisfied on account of the irregularity of discipline in the family. Over night at Jno. Greenwoods. Weather fair. Text: St. Luke 15 13 to 18 verse.
Jan. 6 - Wesley Bower sent to Mr. Loshe for my clothes. Dined there then went to Joliet. Over night at Jno. Greenwoods. Preached at School house. Weather cloudy. Text: Parable of Prodigal Son, 3rd part.
Jan. 7 - Manhattan at 10 ½. Dined at J. Reeves. Wallingford Sunday School at 2 ½ PM. Went to P. O. got letters from Mrs. B. [mother], Geo. Baye, Rev. Talbot, St. Rogers @ J. H. Young. Over night at Jos. Rusons. First Text: St. Luke 15 12, 12; 2nd II Sam. 6 20.
Jan. 8 - In this morning I took Mrs. Jos. Ruson to Joliet to Court. Sent letter to Mrs. Bender. Went to Geo. Greenwood. Dined and stayed over night. Weather very fair. Text: 3rd part of prodigal. "God's Holy Spirit was with me to bless me in the work of consecration to more ardent work. God help me to carry out these resolutions."
Jan. 9 - Stayed here until 2 PM, then went to Bro. Nobles. Sister Noble is very sick with a growing abscess in her side. At evening preached at School house. Over night at Mr. Frank Kamers. Weather fair. Text: St. Luke 10. 19, RC
Jan. 10 - Went to Jno. Greenwoods. Then W L. Bower and I went to Widow Simmons. Dined there then went to Widow Nice. Over night at S. Jno. Prices. At evening preached at S. H. Over night at. Text: Romans. "Let not sin therefore remain in your Mortal body."
Jan. 11 - Stayed all day at A. Sewards. Weather very fair. Text: Jer. 17. 9
Jan. 12 - In Co. with Jno. Greenwood at Joliet in PM. Weather very fair. Roads muddy. At evening preached at S. H. Over night at Jno. Greenwoods. Text: 2 Cor. 7. 10.
Jan. 13 - Dined at Bro. Nobles. Over night at Jno. Greenwoods. Closed our protracted meeting at Union. The members at this place did not work well. They were faithless. Lord pity them.
Jan. 14 - Preached at Union at 10 ½ AM. Dined at Greenwoods. Preached at Providence Ridge. Supped at P. Reeves. Preached at Troutmans Grove at evening. Then in Co. with W. L. Bower, Joliet. At 12 I took train for La Salle. Weather very fair. First Text: 122 Ps 1 ver.; 2nd Hebrews 4. 16; 3 Acts 4. 12.
Jan. 15 - Arrived at La Salle at 3 AM. Took breakfast at Restaurant. And at 10.55 took train to Freeport Supped at J. F. Kleckners. At 6 PM took train for Davis. At 8 PM arrived at Mother Riches. Weather cold and blustering.
Jan. 16 - This PM Wife & I went to C. T. Kleckners. Stayed over night. Weather very fair. Sledding good.
Jan. 17 - Went back again to Mother Riche's. Weather fair again.
Jan. 18 - At 12 ½ we Started on train from Davis to Freeport. At 4.55 we started for LaSalle where we stayed for about 5 hours. Weather fair.
Jan. 19 - Arrived at Joliet at 5 AM. Breakfasted at R. L. Sewards. Dined at Mr. Losh. Arrived at our home in Wallingford at 4 PM. Weather began to Snow this morning.
Jan. 20 - At home all day. Weather very fair.
Jan. 21 - With Jos. Ruson went to Manhattan. Preached there. Weather cold. Held S. S. at Wallingford and preached at 3 PM. At evening attended German Meeting Rev. Hummel preached.
Jan. 22 - Went to Wilton. Center for flour, Rice, and Kerosene. Weather very cold.
Jan. 23 - Went to Wm. Peppers for butter. Called at S. Rusons. Weather very cold.
Jan. 24 - At home all day. Weather cold.
Jan. 25 - Sent for Bishop Dickson. He could not come on account of Business in Chicago. I talked to the people at evening. Weather cold.
Jan. 26 - Sent W. L. Bower to Ellwood for Bishop Dickson.
Jan. 27 - Went to Rev. Grams, Geo. Evans and Jas. Waters. Waters is very sick with fever sores. Weather fair.
Jan. 28 - Started with J. K. Rutherford to Providence Ridge to hear Bishop Dickson. Got as far as the S. Rutherfords, then returned on account of weather being so very cold and blustering.
Jan. 29 - At home all day. Weather very cold.
Jan. 30 - At home all day. Weather becoming more moderate, yet quite cold.
Jan. 31 - Went to Troutmans Grove on foot. Dinner at H. Kazzebaums. W. L. Bower had change 4 my hand. He had gone away to Union, hence I went on on foot. Called at P. Reeves. Over night at Ed Kinks. Weather cold but fair.
Feb. 1 - Called at Wm. Morris at Mr. Waters. Dined at A. Eibs. Supped at Mother Hemphills. Preached at School house at evening. Over night at A. Eibs. Weather quite fair. Text: St. John 3. 6.
Feb. 2 - In Co. with W. L. Bower went to Jas. Ralphs, to Mr. Drouts, to Bro. Walkins, to Geo. Eibs. At evening I preached at S. H. Over night at Geo. Eibs. Weather fair. Text: SA 1. 11.12
Feb. 3 - Went home via Ellwood. Visited pap Waters who is quite sick of Fever sores. Weather fair.
Feb. 4 - In Co. with J. K. Rutherford went to Manhattan. No preaching. Dined at Jerome Reeves. Held S. S. at Wallingford and preached at 3. At evening attended prayer meeting. Weather - snowed nearly all day. Text: 1st Peter 3. 15.
Feb. 5 - At home all day. Snowed all day.
Feb. 6 - Weather more fair. To Wilton Center. At home Studing.
Feb. 7 - At home all day. Weather cold.
Feb. 8 - At home all day. Weather cold but otherwise pleasant. The stove pipe being out of order we held no prayer meeting at S. H.
Feb. 9 - Went to Jas. Brisons got my horses shod. Got plaster for my back, went home. Weather tolerably fair.
Feb. 10 - Elder J. W. Burd held Q. M. at Wallingford. Small attendance. He preached at evening to a small congregation. Weather fair.
Feb. 11 - Love feast at 10 AM by bro. Loomas. Preaching by Elder at 4 PM. collection $15.30. Sacrament at 12 ½. Children's Meeting at 3 PM. Addressed by Autus Loomas and J. W. Burd. Preaching at evening by the Elder. Weather warm, snow melting.
Feb. 12 - Revs. J. W. Burd, Autus Loomas, J. K. Rutherford and Myself went to Rev. S. Graves on a visit. Weather warm, snow melting fast. We Held Service in School house.
Feb. 13 - All day at home. This was the Stormiest day I ever saw. Wind from the west.
Feb. 14 - All day at home. Held service in S. House. Weather cold.
Feb. 15 - Went to W. Center in the morning. Paid taxes, Held service in Schoolhouse at evening. E. Robins were here on visit.
Feb. 16 - At home all day. Service in School house in evening. T. White was here on a visit.
Feb. 17 - Visited at Chas. Grahams. Service in schoolhouse at evening.
Feb. 18 - Preached at Manhattan at 10 ½. Held S. S. and preached at Wallingford in PM. Weather fair. At evening Rev. J. K. Rutherford preached. Both Texts: Eph. 33. 11.
Feb. 19 - At home all day. At evening I preached at S. H. Weather fair. Text: St Luke 19. 1to10.
Feb. 20 - Visited Jas. Waters who is quite sick with fever Sores. At evening held service at S. H. Weather rained and snowed.
Feb. 21 - Went to Joliet with W. L. Bower. Bot Sugar, Soap, Flour, Meal, Salaratus, Starch, Envelopes, Solder. Weather fair.
Feb. 22 - Visited at Jas. Rusuns. Held prayer Meeting at S. House.
Feb. 23 - At 3 ½ went to Manhattan to Rev. Smiths Tea Meeting. Called and took Supper at Mrs. Cockel. Weather fair.
Feb. 24 - At home all day. Weather squally. Our Lulu is Sick with cold.
Feb. 25 - Went to Union S. House. Preached. Dined at Little H. Kasselbaum. Preached at Chapel. Over night at H. Kasselbaums, Sr. Text: St. Luke 19. 1 to 10 vrs.; 2nd Amos 6. 1
Feb. 26 - To Joliet. Bot things amounting to $.40. Went home. Weather fair.
Feb. 27 - Went to Center. Bot Lamp burner and Tea, 90 cts.
Feb. 28 - Began to stain and varnish our furniture. Took Wife to Mr. Graham. Weather fair.
Feb. 29 - Continued stain and varnishing. Attended prayer Meeting at evening. Weather fair.
Mar. 1 -At home until 4 PM. Then Went Manhattan to Tea Meeting for Me. A good Many were present. A good time was had. $32.00 were collected. Over night at Jerome Reeves. Weather fair.
Mar. 2 - Went to Aaron Greenwoods. Stayed over night. Weather fair.
Mar. 3 - At Manhattan at 10 ½. Wallingford 3 PM. S. S. at 2 PM. Prayer Meeting evening. Weather Snowy. At home over night. 1 Pet. 3. 15; 1 Tim. 4. 8.
Mar. 4 - At home all day. Except the going to Bro. Waters and Pap Graves in PM.
Mar. 5 - At evening went to Thomas Whites. Stayed over night. Weather fair
Mar. 6 - Visited at Thomas Whites and Mr. Breretons. Supped at Breretons. Weather fair.
Mar. 7 - Went to W. Center in AM. A. Graves had a stone frolic. I helped a little. Weather stormed
Mar. 8 - At home all day. Weather Stormy with rain and Snow.
Mar. 9 - At 2 PM went Union Appointment. Over night at C. Sewards. Weather fair but cold. Roads good.
Mar. 10 - Preached at Union at 10 ½ AM. Dined at Sewards. Preached at Providence Ridge at 3 PM. Supped at P. Reeves. Talked w. a few at Troutmans Grove. Over night at Geo. Eiby. Weather fair. W. H. Graves was with me. First text: Romans 15.1; 2nd: Luke 11 [21], "Why A Strong man keepeth his place, etc. etc." 3rd Hymn "A Charge to Keep, I have".
Mar. 11 - Went to Joliet in PM. Bot PO order for 13.20. Sent for Telescopes for Jos. Ruson, C. Seward, Geo. Evans, W. H. Grave. Also for A. Forest Samuels, 2, Masonel Muroon, 1 Biblical Reason Why, Man on Resurrection. Bot Felt Skirt, Corset, 1 ¼ yds. Water proof, Spool black Silk, 1 Spool Thread, ½ yd. Thomas Satin, Writing paper, Rubber cont Hair pins, Buttons 3 dozs., Pocket Handkerchiefs 3. Total cost $7.89. 1 Pr. Rubber, 1 pr. Gaiters. Total cost $3.25. Wap. Cheese, Raisins .70. Candy, Republetter, Fur trimming, Spring Steel $12.40 - Total for all $15.64. My Book = 1.40. Over night at home. Weather some Snowy.
Mar. 12 - Jacob Kerstine put a new leaf in my front buggy spring. Bot at W. Center Kerosene and Vacum oil Total .90. Weather fair.
Mar. 13 - At home all day. Weather fair.
Mar. 14 - At home studied. Weather Springlike
Mar. 15 - At home all day.
Mar. 16 - Went to W. Center. Bot ¼ bbl flour 2.00; Vinegar .20; Sugar 1.00; Tea ½ lb .40; - Total $3.90. Weather fair.
Mar. 17 - Manhattan in the AM 10 ½. Wallingford 3 PM. Prayer Meeting at evening. Weather fair. Both Texts: Romans 5. 1st.
Mar. 18 - At home all day. Weather fair.
Mar. 19 - Went to W. Center. Bot Lamp Chimneys 2 .20. R of u for natter .40. Visited Father Graves. Wife, family and I.
Mar. 20 - At home all day. Studied. Weather fair but cold.
Mar. 21 - Wife and I visited at Mr. Wm. Pepper. Weather pleasant.
Mar. 22 - Visited Geo. Evans. Wife and I. Weather blustering.
Mar. 23- At home all day. Weather blustering cold and windy.
Mar. 24 - J. K. Rutherford and I went to Union. Dined at Jno. Greenwoods. Supped at H. Kasselbaums. Over night at Amos Eibs. Weather fair. Rain during the Sunday night. J. K. Rutherford did all the preaching. Weather fair. Over night at A. Eibs.
Mar. 25 - In PM went to Joliet. Bot 3 Handkerchiefs 30 cts; Collars 25 cts; Ex Charges on books 50 cts; Broom 35 cts; Lemons 100 cts; Watch Spring 125 cts; Mending Shoes 25 cts; - $3.90. Dined at Eibs. Over night at Widow Hemphills. Preached at School house at evening. Text: Luke 10. 42.
Mar. 26 - Visited at Jas. Ralph, Jas. Bridge. Dined here. Visited Jas. Milligan. Sent for Telescope for him. Over night at Geo. Eibs. J. K. Rutherford preached. Weather very fair.
Mar. 27 - Called at Widow Hemphills - at Jno. Hibneys. At Elwood Sent 6 dollars in Reg. letter to Dayton, O. Bot Lamp Chimney 10. Registering letter 15. Dined at P. Reeves. Weather fair. Sent for Religious Telescope for Jos. Milligan. Not paid.
Mar. 28 - At home Studing. Weather cold. Prayer meeting at evening.
Mar. 29 - At evening went to D. Srunks, Wife and I. Weather cold.
Mar. 30 - All day at home. Weather rainy and blustering all day.
Mar. 31 - Went to Manhattan in AM. Weather bad. Roads Muddy. No Services all day except Bible class at Wallingford.
Apr. 1 - At home. Weather cold. Roads bad.
Apr. 2 - A. H. Chandler brot A. Loomas to our place and returned. Weather cold.
Apr. 3 - A. Loomas and I went to Peotone. Dined and Supped at J. Dennis. Weather cold and windy.
Apr. 4 - Went to seek after wood at Geo. Evanses found none. Attended prayer Meeting at evening. Weather fair.
Apr. 5 - A. Loomas and I went to E. Robins for beans to Willow Center and called at father Graves. Weather fair.
Apr. 6 - We went to Joliet. Dined at R. L. Sewards. Called at bro. McCollams. Weather began rain at about 9 AM and continued nearly all day. Rec'd books for Ex. 35 cts. Fine Muslin 30 cts.
Apr. 7 - Preached at Union at 10 ½ AM. Dined at C. Sewards. Preached at Ridge Church at 2 PM. Supped at Mr. Loshs. A. Loomas preached at evening for me at Troutmans Grove. Over night at Widow Hemphills. Weather fair. Sent $1.60 to Rockford for Golden censer for R. Holms. He pays my Bible money
Apr. 8 - Visited Jas. Ralph, Jos. Milligan, widow Newman and Stopped over night at Jas. Bridge Weather began to rain at 4 PM. Sale of Hy Books - ??? not p- 65 / Nancy Hemphill 65 / Mr. Crouse 65 / Widow Huber not p 65 / Miss Kirk not p 65 / Jas. Ralph not p 65. $4.00.
Apr. 9 - Went to Jos. Rodricks. Thence to Wilmington. Then I went home. A. Loomas left me at Star. Grove to take train for his home in Lee Co. Weather windy and cold.
Apr. 10- All day at home. Studied and made garden. Phenominon this evening. A bright cloudy streak stretched from east to west through the heavens.
Apr. 11 - Made Garden and Studied. Prayer Meeting at evening. Weather windy but Spring like.
Apr. 12 - At home. Made some Garden. Weather very windy.
Apr. 13 - At home except going to PO. Weather windy. Not very cold.
Apr. 14 - To Manhattan, held service at 10 ½ AM. Dined at R. McFarland. Wallingford at 3 PM. Family and I went to see Peotone to hold service but weather would not permit at evening. During the day weather was pretty. Over night at John Dunns. First Text and Second: St. Luke 23. 42&43.
Apr. 15 - Returned home in AM. Weather rained in AM. But in PM we received a terrible Snow Storm. About 2 or 3 inches fell, wind from north east.
Apr. 16 - This morning went to T. Whites for Corn. One bushel / Butter. Studied. Weather fair, a heavy frost this morning.
Apr. 17 - At home until noon. Then went to father Graves. Weather misty.
Apr. 18 - At home all day. Attended prayer Meeting at evening. Weather rained and Misty in the morning.
Apr. 19 - Cultivated my orchard preparatory to sowing … in oats and timothy seed. Bot Wood of Mr. Thayer. 4 trees $1.50. Chopped some wood in PM. Weather fair.
Apr. 20 - At home all day. Studied in Josephus. Weather fair.
Apr. 21 - Preached at Providence Ridge. Dined at Henry Kasselbaum, Sr. Preached at Troutmans Grove at evening. Weather rained until 10 AM. After that it was cold and stormy. Over night at A. Eibs. First Text: Math 18. 22; Second: Luke 23. 42, 43.
Apr. 22 - Went to Elwood, got shoes mended. Bot flour 195 / Shoes 50 / Tea 60. Went home. Weather fair.
Apr. 23 - At home all day. Chopped wood. Weather windy.
Apr. 24 - In Co. with Father Graves went to W. L. McFarlands and M. Richel. Weather cold and windy.
Apr. 25 - Jos. Ruson plowed our garden. I dragged and sowed Oats and Timothy seed, also hauled up my wood from N. Thayer. Weather fair.
Apr. 26 - Went to Union. Wife and Children accompanied me. Dined at Sewards then went to Joliet for Rev. J. W. Burd. He had not come. Returned to C. Sewards and stayed over night. Weather fair. Held Service in S. H. at evening.
Apr. 27 - 3 Q. M. In the Co. with C. Seward and Ella went again to Joliet for J. W. Burd. Found him not yet he was there. Returned. At evening went to Mr. Greenwoods. Weather began to rain at 10 am and lasted nearly all day. No Q. M. on account of bad weather.
Apr. 28 - Held Service in H. at 10 and 11 AM and at evening. Sunday School Meeting at evening. Weather fair. Roads Muddy.
Apr. 29 - Wife and I went home. Weather fair.
Apr. 30 - l Planted Potatoes and Corn. Weather cool. Heavy rain during the night.
May 1 - Went to R. Holmes to get some hay but postponed on account of bad roads. Weather tolerably fair.
May 2 - Borrowed S. Rutherfords Wagon and hauled one load of stone from A. Graves and hauled ½ ton of hay from R. Holmes. Weather fair. Elder Burd came. At evening attended prayer Meeting.
May 3 - Took Elder to Rock Creek. Dined at Rev. Chandlers. Home via W. Center. Had Buggy Tongue cut off before and fixed by J. Kirstine,. Bot clothes pins and a paper of pins. Weather fair.
May 4 - At home all day. Weather fair. Planted in garden.
May 5 - Preached and organized S. S. at Union. Dined at H. Kasselbaum, Jr. Preached and organized S. S. at Providence Ridge. Also at Troutman Grove. Supped at P. Reeves. Over night at A. Eibs. Weather warm. First Text: Deut. 6. 6,7; Second: Ditto; 3: 6 verses of chap. 2nd. Rec'd 15.60 - 8.60 from Ridge, 7.00 from Troutmans Grove.
May 6 - Went to Wilmington. Bot Pump pipe (24x6) 1.44; Dress 2.88; Lemmon 50; Wap [?] 20; Cheese 40; Shote[?] 15; Paint 25; Sugar 100; Nails 10. Sold to E. Harsh - Lard 75. Went home. Got Billy horse shod 40 cts.
May 7 - Visited father Graves in the morning. In PM went to Peotone for brandy for him. Bot I pt varnish 30 cts. Weather fair. Rec'd Mr. Char. Clemmons - Tea, pot and dipper- 88. Got for dinner 35.
May 8 - Helped Jos. Ruson haul his Manure. Took corn home from Grahams. Weather fair. Rec'd 2 bags corn of J. K. Rutherford.
May 9 - Cleaned and painted my buggy. Weather fair. Bot at W. Center Brush 20; Oil 15.
May 10 - Worked in garden. Set out hedge. Paid M. Shults $1.35 for black Smithing. Weather rained some during day and night.
May 11 - Walked to Father Graves in PM. Weather fair.
May 12 - Taught S. S. and preached at Manhattan in AM. Wallingford at 3. Peotone at evening. Weather very fair. Over night at L. McFarlands. First Text: Ex 32; 2nd: Deut. 6. 627; 3: Deut 6. 6 verse.
May 13 - Got 5 bushels of Oats of L. McCracken. Went home. Helped W. L. Brown to fix pump. Took him to his working place. Painted my buggy for 2nd time. Weather fair.
May 14 - Helped Jas. Ruson Plant corn all day. Dropped for him. Weather rained a little at evening.
May 15 - Varnished my buggy in PM. Weather rained in AM.
May 16 - Helped Jas. Ruson plant corn all day. Weather very fair. Rec'd $5.00 of T. White.
May 17 - Assisted Jas. Ruson in finishing his corn. Varnished my buggy in PM. Weather tolerably fair.
May 18 - In Co. with Rev. J. K. Rutherford went to Union School house to hold an official Meeting but they would not meet in time. Such work will not work well in the day of Account. The Lord have Mercy on all of us and Save us from Such works. At this place (Union) some are terribly dissatisfied with my preaching. It is too pointed and not polished enough. Over night at H. Kasselbaums. Weather fair.
May 19 - Went to H. Kasselbaums Sr. team. Held love feast at 10 ½. Rev. J. K. Rutherford preached. After which I administered the holy Sacrament to a large company of believers. Dined at L. Browns. Went to P. Ridge where Rev. Hershey preached to us all at 3 PM. Paid him 50 cts. Took Supper at P. Reeves. Preached at Troutmans Grove at evening. Weather cool and Squally in PM. Over night at E. Kirks. Text Troutmans Grove: Nah. 17.
May 20 - In Co. with E. Kirk went to Joliet. Sent letters to M. L. Rickel and Sent for Religious Telescope 1 00. Bot Slippers for Wife 1 25; Hose Denims - Silk, White 1 15; Sugar - Tea - 1 63. Was apprised of the death of Evan Rutherford. Dined at.
May 21 - At home all day. Was sick with lame back. I could not assist at the funeral of Evan Rutherford. Rev. Groten did the work. Weather fair.
May 22 - At home all day. Weather fair.
May 23 - Fetched my ponies from Geo. Evans pasture. Got My Nelly shod on front feet. Weather tolerably fair but had rained constant during previous evening.
May 25 - At home all day. Studied. Weather fair. Health some better.
May 25 - In PM Wife and [I] went to W. Center. Called on Dr Mills. Weather fair. Bot Flour 2.15; Vinegar .25 - 2.40.
May 26 - Went to Manhattan. Taught S. S. class. Preached at 10 ½. Dined at Jerome Reeves. Services at Wallingford at 3 PM to a large Audience. Prayer Meeting at evening. Weather fair. First Text: Deut. 6. 67; 2nd: Malachy 3 14.
May 27 - Went to C. Seward where I left my horses & buggy, went to Joliet. Bot scrapbook 6; Dinner at Rock Js 40; Ticket to La Salle 1 15; Apples 5; Ticket to Polo 1 20. Stopped at Amboy at A. A. Phillips who induced me to tarry over night and take a 7 AM on Tuesday. Took lunch at Bakery Amboy 10. Weather very windy but clear.
May 28 - This morning we went to depot but found to our astonishment that the 7 AM freight was discontinued. Stayed until 1 PM then went to Haldane. Attended Association. Boarded at Bro. Smiths. A very nice place. At evening we were treated to a very Spirited discourse by Rev. J. W. Groman. Weather fair.
May 29 - Dined this day at Mr. Kupps in Co. with S. S. Richards. At evening we supped at Rev. T. F. Hallowells. At 2 ½ we started for home on the 2.30 train. Arrived at Joliet at 5 AM. Weather rained some.
May 30 - Took breakfast at C. Sewards. Then went home. Weather fair. Plowed my garden this PM.
May 31 - At home all day. Worked in my garden. Weather fair.
June 1 - At home all day. Weather fair.
June 2 - Went to Union. Taught S. S. Class. Preached at 10 ½ AM. Dined at H. Kasselbaums Jr. Preached at Troutmans Grove at 5 PM. Over night at Mr. Lochs. First Text: Ps 137. 5,6; 2nd: Mal 3. 14; 3: ditto. Weather fair.
June 3 - Went home via Ellwood. Bot Fish, Twine, Dried peaches, Toweling, Paper Collars, Tea. Total cost $4.00. Went home. Dined at Jos. Ruson. Weather rain in the morning.
June 4 - Chopped wood nearly all day. Weather fair.
June 5 - Wife & I went to Peotone. Dined at J. Dennis. We bot to the Amt. of 4 00. Weather fair.
June 6 - At home all day. Studied. Weather fair.
June 7 - At home. Studied. Weather fair.
June 8 - At home all day. Except at evening went to P. O.
June 9 - Manhattan S. S. and preached at 10 ½ AM. Wallingford at 3. Went to Ruik Creek where Rev. H. Wunsy preached a good sermon. We stayed over night at Geo. Harshs. Weather fair. First Text: Mal. 3. 14; 2nd: Pharisee & Publican.
June 10 - Went home. Bot at W. Center garden seed. Weather fair. Plowed my corn and potatoes in PM and hauled 3 loads of wood.
June 11 - Hauled my wood or finished hauling. Then went to see A. Moore. J. Dennis & wife called here. Weather fair
June 12 - Went to Manhattan where the Rev. Priest Dewolf joined in holy matrimony Mr. Cagwin and Miss E. Craft. Called at J. Reeves. Weather fair. Visited S. Ruson. Supped there.
June 13 - At home all day. Weather fair.
June 14 - Helped J. K. Rutherford hoe corn all day. Weather fair.
June 15 - At home all day. Weather fair.
June 16 - Family and I went to Union. Preached at 11 AM. Dined at C. Sewards. Preached at P. Ridge at 2 PM and at Troutmans Grove at 5 PM. Over night at H. Kasselbaums. Weather fair. First Text: Mal 3. 14; 2nd: Hebrews 6. 1@2; 3: Luke 18. Narrative of Pharisee and Publican. Got $8.00 of P. Reeves
June 17 - Visited Mr. N. Spangler. Called at Mr. Losh. Supped there. Over night at P. Reeves. Weather fair.
June 18 - To Joliet. Bot Suspenders, Coat, Vest and Pants for $9.00. Sugar 1 00 / Tea 62 / [?] 35. Dined at Jno. Palmers. Went home in PM. Weather fair.


June 19 Hauled a load of Cobs from Mr. Wm. Peppers. Then helped J. K. Rutherford hoe corn. Got sick at evening. Went home. Weather very warm. Hottest day this year.
June 20 - At home. Picked goose berries and studied. Weather rained at 5 PM. The heaviest rain and thunder shower of the season.
June 21 - All day at home. Worked some in the garden. Roads muddy.
June 22 - At home all day. Weather fair. Did go to father Graves home.
June 23 - Taught S. S. Class at Manhattan and Preached at 11 AM. Dined at J. Reeves. Preached at Wallingford at 3. J. W. Bronger at 41/2 PM. Attended prayer meeting at evening. Weather fair. First Text: St. Luke 11, Satan's Palace. 2nd: Hebrews 2. 3.
June 24 - Helped J. K. Rutherford hoe corn all day. Weather warm.
June 25 - In PM went to father Graves who had my Team to Peotone. Wife and I picked goose berries and cherries. At evening attended at meeting at Wallingford on 4 the July business. Was chosen secretary. Weather fair.
June 26 - Went to Wilton Center. Called at Jno. Crawfords, also at Rev. Graves. Went to T. Whites. Weather fair.
June 27 - Went to Rev. W. J. Chandlers over night. Weather squally.
June 28 - Rev. A. H. Chandler and I went to Chicago. Took train at Manteno. Attended Anti Secret Platform Political Association in Free Methodist Church on Morgan Street. Morgan Street Bishop Edwards presided. We lunched in the church at noon. Rode on street cars twice during the day. Tickets 2$ there and back. Street cars. Tavern wanted 50 cts. Coffee 2 cts. Weather fair. Over night at Chandlers.
June 29 - Went home. Weather fair. Rec'd letter from S. Mills, Westfield College in regard to J. Brown. Answered it.
June 30 - Went to Union. Attended Bible Class. Preached at 10 AM. Dined at Jno. Greenwoods. Preached at P. Ridge at 2 ½. Then went home, our Charley being quite sick. Returned at evening. Weather fair. First Text: Hebrews 2. 3. 2nd: Hebrews 4. 9
July 1 - Sent letter to S. Mills and to ___. Worked in the garden. Weather fair. Went to Thos. Whites who gave flour, 1 sack, butter $2.80. Our Charley is very sick with Measles.
July 2 - At home all day. Hoed corn for Jos. Ruson ½ day at P. Rusons. Weather very warm. Rained at evening.
July 3 - Worked all day in corn field for Jos. Rusons. Weather fair.
July 4 - Celebration in 12 Mile Grove by Sunday School. I was chosen a speaker for Manhattan. A good time was had. Weather very fair. Attended prayer meeting at evening.
July 5 - Took two pigs from Thos. White to Father Graves. Worked for Jos. Ruson in afternoon. Weather fair.
July 6 - Worked in hay all day for Jos. Ruson. Weather fair.
July 7 - Taught Sunday School Bible Class and preached at Manhattan in AM. Preached at Wallingford at 3 PM. Weather fair.
July 8 - Made hay for Jos. Ruson all day. Weather fair.
July 9 - All day at Jos. Rusons. Weather fair.
July 10 - All day at Jos. Rusons. Weather fair.
July 11 - All day at Jos. Rusons. Hauled hay for me, two loads. Weather rained in afternoon.
July 12 - Worked all day in hay at Jos. Rusons. Weather very warm. Ground drying. Wife & Mrs. Jos. Ruson went to Peotone. Bot ladies hat 50 / Gingham 24 / Bonnet stuff 20.
July 13 - Worked all day in haying for Jos. Ruson. Weather very warm.
July 14 - Rev. J. K. Rutherford & I went to Union. Preached at 11 AM. Dined at C. Sewards. Preached at p. Ridge at 2 ½ PM. Rev. Rutherford preached at Troutman Grove at 5 PM. Supped at P. Reeves. Then went home. Weather very warm. First Text: Hebrews 6. 1&2. 2nd: Hebrews 2. 3.
July 15 - Worked in cutting Grass for Jos. Ruson all day. Weather fair.
July 16 - Went to W. Center. Bot of Harvey - Sugar and Tea. Hoed my hedge. Weather fair. Rain during Monday night.
July 17 - All day at home. Weather rained in PM.
July 18 - At home until noon. Then went to Jos. Ruson and worked in hay all PM. Weather fair.
July 19 - Worked all day for Jos. Ruson in haying. Weather fair. Wife bot at W. Center 1 gallon of kerosene 1 00.
July 20 - Worked at Jos. Rusons all day. Weather began to rain at 5 pm, a big Storm passed over us. The heaviest rain of the Season or for the space of 3 years in this section. W. H. Chandler and wife were here over night.
July 21 - Went to Rock Creek. Taught S. S. Class and preached at 10 ½ AM. Dined at Father Disllans. Preached across the creek at 2 ½ PM. Supped at Father Cartrights. Then went home via Hekes grove. Weather very fair.
July 22 - Picked cherries at S. Rusons in AM, in PM mowed my Oats in orchard. Weather began to rain at 3 PM. Bot Soap at W. Center, 20 cts.
July 23 - At home all day. Weather rained.
July 24 - Went to Providence Ridge. Preached personal sermon for E. Shafners child, John Elial. Died July 23, 1872, aged 3 ys, 5 months and _ days. Lunch at Rev. Mr. Luts. Took supper at McFarlands. Went home. Weather fair.
July 25 - Picked Cherries at Rusons in PM. Weather rained. Some in Squalls during the day.
July 26 - Wife & I went to Wm. Millers. Dined and over night. Went to Joliet to meet J. W. Burd on the train but did not come this day. Weather very fair.
July 27 - 4th QM Visited at H. Kasselbaum, Jr. Also at Mr. Loshs. Jim Mulanny is quite sick. Rev. Burd preached at 2 ½ PM at Mt. Providence Church. Held no conference on account of the members not being present. A slight service at evening. Weather fair. Took supper and over night at P. Reeves.
July 28 - Love feast at 9 AM. Preaching at 11 ½ by Elder. Collection. Communion at 12 M. Dinned at J. Nears. Sunday school meeting at 3 PM. Then took Elder to Joliet. I returned to C. Sewards where we stayed over night. Weather fair.
July 29 - We went to Joliet. Bot some Dry good 14 40 / Groceries 1 52. Dined at Bro. McCollam. Picked Cherries at E. Shefners. Went home. Weather fair.
July 30 - Bound Oats for Jos. Ruson until noon. Weather rained in PM.
July 31 - All day at home. Worked in garden. Weather tolerably fair.
Aug. 1 - Bound oats for Jos. Ruson all day. Weather fair.
Aug. 2 - Bound oats for Jos. Ruson all day. Weather fair.

Aug. 3 - Stacked oats at Jos. Ruson all day. Weather fair.
Aug. 4 - Preached at Manhattan Center at 10 ½. Dined at Jerome Reeves. At Wallingford at 3 PM. Prayer Meeting at evening. Weather fair. Text at Both places: Acts 2. 32.
Aug. 5 - All day at Jos. Rusons. Weather fair.
Aug. 6 - All day at Jos. Rusons. Weather fair.
Aug. 7 - Went to Rock Creek. Dined at W. H. Chandlers. Went to Peotone with J. W. Burd who preached at this place in M. E. Church this evening. Weather fair. Paid for repair of Wife's bonnet $1.50. Bot vinegar 80. Over night at L. McFarlands
Aug. 8 - Went home. Dined at T. Whites. Fetched plow and things at Jos. Rusons. Rec'd for cabbage 25 cts. Paid for flour $2.70. Weather fair.
Aug. 9 - Went to Geo. Evans. Then to Wilton Center and home. Weather rained some in PM.
Aug. 10 - At noon Elder and I went to Manhattan and held QM. Supped at J. Reeves. Then went home. Rec'd letter from C. T. Kleckner. Weather fair.
Aug. 11 - Wife & I went to Appointment. Preached at Union School house at 10 ½. Dined at Wm. Butlers. No service at Church on account of key being gone. Service at Troutmans Grove at 5 PM. Over night at A. Eibs. Weather fair.
Aug. 12 - Visited Mother Hemphill who is sick with dropsy and palsy. Called at Milligans. Dined at Jas. Bridges. Bot at Ellwood - Tea, ½ lb 45 / Drapes[?] 1 00.
Aug. 13 - At home all day. Weather fair.
Aug. 14 - At home all day. Studied some. Weather warm. W. H. Chandler, wife and Mother came here and Stayed over night.
Aug. 15 - All of us went to Joliet to visit Penitentiary. Had a very pleasant time. Cost 25 cts apiece. Bot - Pants, Vest & Hat of Stearns, the total $16.50 / Summer Shaw 3.50 / Prison 50. Dined at Wm Milles. Weather very fair.
Aug. 16 - At home all day. Weather fair. At evening went to see Mr. Sanborn at L. Robins. Visited Mr. Slayton, Mrs. Slayton is very sick.
Aug. 17 - At home all day. Weather fair. Rained during night. .
Aug. 18 - Manhattan at 10 ½. Wallingford at 3 PM. At evening Prayer Meeting. After which J. W. Burroughs tried to preach on what the Prophets taught concerning the destiny of the wicked after death and the resurrection. First Text: 15 Ps. 2nd: Acts 3. Repentance. Weather rained in morning.
Aug. 19 - At home until noon then went to W. Center, then to Mr. Grahams. Weather rained in morning. Our Charley was very sick during the night. Bot at Center on credit - 3 bars Soap / 5 ch Borax / 2 doz Shirt buttons.
Aug. 20 - Went to Mr. Wm. Grahams in the morning. To Evanses at evening who gave us two Chickens. Merlia helped us since Monday noon. Weather very warm.
Aug. 21 - At 2 ½ started for La Salle. Over night at Wm. Milligan. Weather very warm. This night was the warm[est] I ever experienced. Rec'd of Geo. Evans $2.00.
Aug. 22 - Passed though Channahon and Morris & hence Marseilles and Dayton. Over night at Jno. Rudolphs. Weather very warm. Morris - Quart Measure 25 / Cheese 10 / Apples 5.
Aug. 23 - In the AM Jno. Curyea & I went to Ottawa. In the PM Family & I went w. Joseph Yeagers, Sr. At night I preached at School house at Wedron. Over night at Father Yeagers. Weather very warm. Ottawa - N hi 25 / Gingham & braid 55. Text: Church fellowship, Acts.
Aug. 24 - Went to Henry Cuyreas, took dinner. Then went to School house to hold Q. Meeting. The Elder being absent I preached to the people. Also at evening. Over night at Jno. Wishes. At Wedron - Paper Pins 10. First Text.
Aug. 25 - Warmest of the Season. We crossed over Fox River to place of holding grove meeting. Rev. J. W. Burd came but felt unable to preach hence it devolved upon me to hold forth. By the grace of God I did so. My theme was future punishment. Dined with I. Dolph. They held Q. M. in PM. We went home with A. Wheeler. Preached at Dick School house at evening. Weather fair.
Aug. 26 - Went to P. Dicks where Wife washed. After dinner we went to U. D. Woods. Called at Geo. Ruths. Weather fair.
Aug. 27 - Went to Earl. Got my boots mended at Grants 25 cts. Called at E. Simms and at W. M. Lanleys. Dined at Rev. U. D. Woods. Then went to E. Thomsons. Took supper. Then went to Rev. Theo. Browns. Stopped over night. Weather warm but fair. Bot Wine of Aprcymina[?] of Mrs. Wood 75 cts.
Aug. 28 - Stayed here until 2 PM. Then went to P. Dicks. From Thence to Jos. Yeagers via Serena. Over night. Weather began to rain at 12 AM and continued until 10 AM. Rained some in PM.
Aug. 29 - Visited at Father Yeagers, Rev. Stearns and Geo. Stovers. Then went to Curyeas where we stayed over night. Weather warm. Over [Our?] visit here ended. It was not so pleasant from the fact there were so many sick. "The Lord bless what we tried to do in weakness."
Aug. 30 - Went home to Wallingford via Dayton, Marseilles, Seneca, Morris, Channahon & Ellwood. Weather fair. Bot at Seneca - Cheese 25 cts.
Aug. 31 - In PM helped J. K. Rutherford haul hay. Weather very fair.
Sep. 1 - J. K. Rutherford & I went to M. E. Camp Meeting Seminars taught by Rev. Cleveland. PM by Rev. Mead of Kankakee. Dined with Jerome Reeves. Weather fair. Collection 10 cts.
Sep. 2 - At home all day. Weather fair.
Sep. 3 - In AM went to Wm. Grahams. In PM helped J. K. Rutherford Stacking hay. Weather fair.
Sep. 4 - At home most all day. Weather rainy.
Sep. 5 - Went to Dr. Barrets for Ague Medicine for Wife. Went to W. Center. Bot Sugar, Tea, Salt & bluing $1.95. In PM helped Jos. Ruson to Pile hay. Weather warm.
Sep. 6 - Helped Jos. Ruson in his until noon. Then being sick myself and Wife being sick I went home. Weather warm.
Sep. 7 - Rev. J. K. Rutherford went in my place to Joliet to Trustees Meeting. Father Graves were here on a visit. We were all sick this day. Weather fair. Rain during the night.
Sep. 8 - We were all sick for t[?] this day except Wife. J. K. Rutherford went to my Appointments. Weather rained. Some during day and night.
Sep. 9 - Was some better, very sick at night. Weather fair.
Sep. 10 - Quite sick all except Wife. I was sick in the upper part of the spinal column. Children with intermittent fever. Weather rained.
Sep. 11 - Geo. Evans brot us a bottle of Dr. Manns fever cure. Price $1.50. Quarterage 1.00. Was quite unwell in my neck. Weather rained some.
Sep. 12 - Went to P. Reeves and United in Marriage Mr. Frank Scarfs and Miss Harriet Reeves. Dined then went to Joliet. Bot Flour, Cane, Peaches, Sw Potatoes, nurtang Liniment - Cost $4.00. Visited Mother Miller. Supped there. Weather fair.
Sep. 13 - Was sick at home. Weather.
Sep. 14 - Not able to fill my appointment. Weather rainy.
Sep. 15 - Apps filled by Rev. J. K. Rutherford. At home all day. Weather fair.
Sep. 16 - Sick with Ague and fever. Weather fair.
Sep. 17 - Ague and fever, chills. Weather warm.
Sep. 18 - Chills and fever. Weather rainy.
Sep. 19 - No chills nor fever today but very weak. Weather warm. Eye began to be sore.
Sep. 20 - Went to M. S. Rickels for Grapes. Got 21 lbs. His donation. Weather fair.
Sep. 21 - Was quite sick with my eye. Weather rainy.
Sep. 22 - No service at the Union because of rain. My eye is painfully sore.
Sep. 23 - All this week in doors because of my eye.
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Sep. 26 - Green Garden. S. S. Picnic at Wallingford.
Sep. 27 - Donation of Cake, Pie & butter by Sisters Smith. Weather fair.
Sep. 28 - Weather rainy.
Sep. 29 - Weather rainy nearly all day. Rec'd 10 dols of Ono White.
Sep. 30 - My eye getting some better. The children are also nearly well.
Oct. 1 - Weather fair.
Oct. 2 - Went to Peotone. Sold Copper of old boilers 50 cts. Had a new bottom put on an old Copper boiler $1.50. Bot Sugar, Tea, Ker. Oil, 2 pr Stockings, 2 ½ yds flannel, Peltess eye salve $3.50. Weather fair.
Oct. 3 - At home all day. My left hand eye is very sore. Weather rainy.
Oct. 4 - At home all day. Weather fair.
Oct. 5 - In PM went to W. Center & father Graves. Post Office. Felt a little better this day.
Oct. 6 - J. K. Rutherford went with me to my App. Had no Meeting except at Troutman Grove. Over night at H. Kasselbaum. Weather misty in the morning but pretty in PM. Dined at Jno. Greenwood.
Oct. 7 - Went home. Weather fair.
Oct. 8 - Made cider at Mr. Bakers till noon. Weather fair. Eye very sore. At evening went to Mr. Grahams. Had a slight chill and some fever.
Oct. 9 - Had a heavy chill and fever. We boiled our apple butter this day. Weather fair.
Oct. 10 - Another chill and fever this day. Touct[?] very little. Weather fair.
Oct. 11 - A heavy chill this day. Was very sick. Dr. came at evening with medicine and Baumshicks cure for my eye and ears. Weather fair.
Oct. 12 - Stayed in house all day. Took Quinine every 3 hours. Broke the Ague. Weather fair.
Oct. 13 - In house all day. Germans held Q. M. at Wallingford. Weather cool. Jerome Reeves were here on visit. Sickness.
Oct. 14 - In Co. with W. L. Bower went to Joliet via H. Kasselbaum. Bot Apple peeler 1.00 / Sugar Sack 1.25 / Sachel Gloves 4.00 / Engraving 30. Rec'd of J. Ruson $20.00. Supper at Atkinsons 40 / Fare to La Salle 1.15 / To Freeport 1.65 / Coffee at Mendota 15 / Bed at Freeport 25. Weather fair.
Oct. 15 - Breakfast at J. C. Kleckners and Dined. Bot Medicine 40 cts. Mrs. Kasselbaums prescription for Ague. Rail fare to Durand 70 cts. Rode with D. Goodrich to Mrs. Riche. Over night there. Weather fair.
Oct. 16 - Josiah Riche took me to Chas. Kleckners. Wm Kleckner took me to near P. Shadels where I stayed over night. Weather fair.
Oct. 17 - Was taken by P. Shadel to Orangeville. My home was given me with Judge Hinds. A very good place. At night J. F. Kleckner and I went to M. Gifts. Stayed over night. Weather fair. In Memoria - Jno. Kleckner lies very sick at M. Gifts.
Oct. 18 - In Conference. Dined and our night at Judge Hinds. Weather fair.
Oct. 19 - At Conference all day. Weather very fair. Boarded at Hinds.
Oct. 20 - At Judge Hinds until 4 PM. Geo. Kleckner fetched me to his fathers where I stayed over night. The exercises of the day were Lovefeast in the morning, preaching at 10 ½ by Bishop Dickeon 1 PM. Children's Meeting Speeches were made and Singing etc., etc. We had a very good time at Conference. Weather fair.
Oct. 21 - Visited at Mr. Boobst, D. H. Kleckners. Dined at Jerome Goodrichs. At Jno. Hodgsons and at Geo. Kleckners. Over night at C. T. Kleckners. Weather fair.
Oct; 22 - Went to Mother Riches. Called on the way at Chas. Gifts and Mr. Crosses. Weather fair.
Oct. 23 - Started for Will Co. James Riche took me to Pecatonica. I went to Chicago. Then on C. & St. R. R. to Joliet. Over night at R. L. Sewards. Fare from Pecatonica to Chicago $1.30, to Joliet 80 cts. Weather fair.
Oct. 24 - Walked to H. Kasselbaums. Met wife then went home. Weather fair.
Oct. 25 - At home all day. Dug potatoes & CC. Weather fair.
Oct. 26 - At home all day. Weather fair. Sold 5 bushel potatoes to Geo. Evans for $3.00.
Oct. 27 - In Co. with Rev. J. K. Rutherford went and held services at Manhattan Center. Weather fair.
Oct. 28 - Went to Jos. Rusons in AM. Settled with him. Dined at Edward Robins. Called at A. Graves and Geo. Evans. Weather fair.
Oct. 29 - At home all day. Oiled my harness and husked my corn. W. L. Bowers was here this evening. Sold Cabbage, 100 head to S. Rutherford. Weather fair.
Oct, 30 - Went to Peotone. Called at J. Dennis. Dined at Luke McFarlands. Went home. Weather Misty.
Oct. 31 - At home all day. Weather fair, cool.
Nov. 1 - Went to Joliet. Dined at Sister McCollam. Bot Box 40 cts / other things.
Nov. 2 - My birth day. Weather Misty.
Nov. 3 - Went to Union. Service at 11 ½. Preached at Providence Ridge. Supped at P. Reeves. Preached at Troutmans Grove. Over night at A. Eibs. Weather fair.
Nov. 4 - Called at J. Ralphs. Then went to Ellwood. Home. Rec'd During trip $6.40. Weather fair.
Nov. 5 - At home packing goods. Then went to Wilton Center and voted for Grant & Wilson and the Anti Secrecy State Ticket. Then went to Thomas Whites. Weather rainy

[Moved to New Bedford Circuit, Bureau County]

Nov. 6 - Sent our goods to Joliet by Geo. Evans and Jos. Ruson. Then I started for New Bedford circuit. Over night at Sister Newman. Weather fair.
Nov. 7 - Dined this day on my journey at Seneca 80 cts. Over night at Father Yeagers. Weather windy.
Nov. 8 - Wife and Children Started at 12 M. at Joliet. They stayed over night at Mr. Scools. I dined at Bro. Youngs. Over night at Mr. Williams at Vanoran[Van Orin]. Weather fair.
Nov. 9 - At Walnut Bot Nails 1 84 / Kerosene 40 / Pinchers 35. Unloaded at H. Lockards. Dined at L. Burns. Over night there. Weather fair. My F. Wally got sick this day. (My horse).
Nov. 19 - At 2 pm Preached at Burns S. H. Over night at S. A. Barbers. Weather fair.
Nov. 11 - Bro. Barber & S. A. Lathrop went with me for my House hold goods to Sheffields. Freight cost $9.80. Over night at H. Lockards. Weather fair.
Nov. 12 - Helped to fix up at Parsonage. Weather fair.
Nov. 13 - Worked at Parsonage all day. My horses are now out sick. Weather Squally.
Nov. 14 - At home all day except in the morning I was to New Bedford. Bot Sugar 50 cts / Broom 30 / Putty & Chimney 18 / Lime 18. Weather terribly Snowy.
Nov. 15 - All day at home. Weather cold.
Nov. 16 - All day at home. Bro. J. L. Burns was here on visit. Weather fair.
Nov. 17 - Rev. H. Lockard took me to Manlius Chapel. Preached there at 12 M. Dined at Bro. Becker. Attended South Hickory Grove S. S. At evening Preached there. Then went home. Arrived at home at 11 PM.
Nov. 18 - At home all day. Made bed stead for Charley. Weather cold.
Nov. 19 - S. A. Barber & I went to Sheffield. Bot a stove for $9.00 / 4 lengths of pipe / Damper / Polish brick $2.00 / Boards $1.05 / Dry goods $1.35. Went home. Weather cold.
Nov. 20 - Set up our new stove and worked at home. Weather fair.
Nov. 21 - At home all day. Weather fair.
Nov. 22 - At home. Weather fair.
Nov. 23 - Went to New Bedford. Bot Sugar 1.00 / Coffee 80 / Sold Boiler 60. Weather fair. Horses still sick.
Nov. 24 - Did not go to Chapel. No team accessible. Preached at Burns. Weather very Smoky and Cloudy.
Nov. 25 - Wrote letters and took them to Office. Weather fair.
Nov. 26 - Helped L. J. Burns husk Corn. Weather very fair.
Nov. 27 - Helped L. J. Burns husk Corn. Weather very cold.
Nov. 28 - Thanksgiving. We stay at home until evening. At evening went to Mr. Subels and united in holy bonds of Matrimony Mr. Geo. Briggs with Miss Celia Subel.
Nov. 29 - At home all day. Weather very cold.
Nov. 30 - At home. In PM went to New Bedford. Weather fair.
Dec. 1 - Went to Manlius Chapel. Service in AM. Dined at Beckers. In evening held Service at Hickory Grove. Over night at Holdens. Weather snowy in the morning. First Text: Mal 3. 14. 2nd: St. Jno. 17. 21.
Dec. 2 - Went to Depue[De Pue]. Over night at Jacob Lusingers. Preached at evening at S. house in town. Called on W. J. Pope. Weather fair. Passed through Wyanet and Princeton. Subscribed for Bureau Co. Herald & Bureau Co. Republican.
Dec. 3 - In morning called on C. Green & Father Hicks. Rec'd $5.00 on Parsonage rent. Called on Smith family in Ridge. At Princeton Bot Oilcloth, carpet, Calico 8 yds, Paper, Corn pepper, Soap 3 kinds, Dishes, P&CS - Total $5.62.
Dec. 4 - At home all day. Weather fair. In PM went to New Bedford to Got Ponies shod. $2.25. Bot Tea 25.
Dec. 5 - Was at home all day. Weather fair.
Dec. 6 - At home. Weather fair.
Dec. 7 - To New Bedford in the morning. Weather fair.
Dec. 8 - To Chapel. Taught S. S. Class. Addressed S. S. Didn't preach because people said I had an acian Affliction. Perhaps I made a Mistake. Singular. Dined at J. L. Burns. Preached at S. House at 2 PM. Went to Sodtown. There was no App. At evening. Over night at A. Booth. Text: Is 43. 21.
Dec. 9 - Went to Daniel Meyers. Dined at Geo. Rucks. Also over night there. Visited Jno. Howlets. At evening preached in School house. Weather very cold.
Dec. 10 - Called at D. Meyers. Visited Mr. Berry. Went home. Weather fair.
Dec. 11 - At home all day. Weather fair.
Dec. 12 - Called at Griffins at Mr. Briggs. Weather windy.
Dec. 13 - At home in PM helped father Barber a little in Corn. Weather very fair.
Dec. 14 - At home all day. Weather windy.
Dec. 15 - Preached at M. Chapel at 10. Dined at Bro. Deringans. Called at Mr. Smiths. Over night at Bro. Fletchers. At evening preached at St. S. H. Weather very fair. H. Lockard is with me. First Text: Ex. 3. 2. 2: Acts 15. 9.
Dec. 16 - Went to Depue. Dined at Mr. Simones in Princeton. Over night at Bro. Greens. Preached at School house in Depue at evening. Weather fair. Text: St. 17. 21.
Dec. 17 - Visited at M. H. Popes, father Hicks. Dined at Father Mikin. Called at Bro. Smiths and Bro. White. Over night at J. Lusinger. Preached at School house. Weather very fair. Text: Acts 3. 19. Gave Church letters to Aaron Hicks & Wife.
Dec. 18 - Went home. Dined at Mr. Russels. Bot. at Princeton Calico 4 ½ yds 45 cts. Shoulder braces 1.20. Weather fair.
Dec. 19 - Went to New Bedford. Bot Ker. Oil 1 g 50 cts / Sugar 50 cts. Weather fair until 10 AM then it began to storm and snow.
Dec. 20 - At home. Weather cold and blustering.
Dec. 21 - At home. Weather cold.
Weather terribly cold.
Dec. 22 - Did not go to my Appointment the first part of the day. At evening I went to Sodtown. Held no meeting on account of no light being provided. Poor set of people indeed. They no[know] not their dangers. "May the Lord open their eyes." Over night at Mark Berrys.
Dec. 23 - Went home. Weather very cold.
Dec. 24 - At home until 3 PM. Then went to Manlius Chapel where the good people had a Christmas tree. They presented me with a nice book and a 5 dollar bill for which they have my thanks. Over night at Eli Franks. Weather cold.
Dec. 25 - Went home and to New Bedford. Bot Sugar $1.00 / gallon pail 60 / Candy 15 / Stocking 15 / Ax fixed 15. At evening United in holy bonds Mr. Arthur Walker with Miss Ella McKinny. Rec'd $5.00. Weather cold.
Dec. 26 - At home all day.
Dec. 27 - In PM went to J. L. Burns to hold service in S. H. There being no School on that day we deferred. Brot home Potatoes 1 bushel, Butter 5 lbs. Weather fair.
Dec. 28 - Preached funeral for Edward and Sarah Ann Barbers child at 11 AM. Rev. I. K. Statten was with me to assist. In PM he held Q.M. at Burns S. H. at 8 PM. Weather very fair. Text at funeral: Math 18. 1-5.
Dec. 29 - Love feast at 10, preaching at 11 ½. Money collected for Elder $15.15. Dined at R. S. Lathrops. Weather fair.
Dec. 30 - Protracted Meeting Took Rev. I. K. Satten to Walnut. At evening held service at Burns S. H. Text.
Dec. 31 - At home all day. Weather fair. Service at Burns S. H. Text: 1 Jno. 3. 12.



Beginning Notes:

Report of 1870 / Hon. Frederick Watts / Commissioner of Agriculture / Washington. D. C.

Religious Telescopes: Jerome Reeves, Joseph Ruson, W. L. Bower, C. Seward, Jos. Milligan, Wm. Graves, Mrs. S. Rutherford, L. McFarland, Jas. Bridge, [?]mith McCollam, John Epeenwood, C. Bender two yrs.

Q. M. this month [May]

End Notes:

CASH ACCOUNT -

Diary @ paper, Joliet Republican .95.
Jan. 13 - C. Seward $5.00, Jno. Greenwood $5.00.
Jan. 15 - Joliet to La Salle $1.15; La Salle to Freeport $1.55; to Davis $.50;
Dinner at La Salle $.50.
Jan. 19 - of Riches, $4.50.
Jan. 19 - Davis to Freeport $1.00; Freeport to La Salle $4..90.
Jan. 20 - La Salle to Joliet $3.45; At Joliet, Sugar@Tea, Lemons $2.00.
Jan. 23 - W. Center, Flour, Rice, Kerosene $2.90.
Feb. 6 - W. Center to the amount of $2.60.
Feb. 9 - Brison, Shoing $.80.
Feb. 15 - Taxes $2.68; Peaches, Thread, Ink $.85.
Feb. 18 - Peddler $.25
Feb. 18 - W. L. Bower $3.00.
Feb. 22 - Joliet $3.39.
Feb. 23 - Manhattan $2.00.
Feb. 25 - P. Reeves $8.00.
Feb. 26 - To Mrs. Riche $5.00; In Trade at Joliet $4.40.
Feb. 27 - W. Center $.80.
Mar. 1 - T. Whites $3.00; Manhattan $32.00.
Mar. 4 - Jos. Ruson $26.00.
Mar. 7 - W. Center $.40
Mar. 11 - Joliet $15.64.
Mar. 16 - W. Center $3.90.
Mar. 17 - Widow $2.00.
Mar. 19 - W. Center $.60.
Mar. 25 - Joliet $3.90.
Apr. 3 - Peotone Dress $1.00; Shoes, Fruit, Rice $2.20.
Apr. 4 - Wm. Pepper, Butter 2 ½ lbs, Jar of Lard
April. 4 - Geo. Evans $2.00.
April 5 - S. Rutherford for Telescopes $2.00.
Apr.5 - Eggs 2 doz. from S. Rutherford $.30; W. Center Na Salt $.90.
Apr. 6 - Joliet $.62.
Apr. 11 - 3 lbs Butter Brereton $.45
Apr. 13 - Eggs S. Rutherford $.30.
Apr. 16 - T. White Corn 1 bu. $.40; Butter 3 lbs $.40; Sent to Golden Censor for
Holiness $1.00; Eggs 3 doz.S. Rutherford $.30.
Apr. 16 - Bible money R. Holms $1.00.
May 10 - T. J. Shutts $1.35.
May 13 - L. McFarland $1.75.
May 16 - T. White $5.00.
May 18 - W. L. Bowers $16.45.
June 16 - T. White 6 ¼ Pork.
July 1 - T. White flour, Butter 2 ½, 2 80.
July 5 - W. Center Sugar, 1 00.
July 12 - Peotone Sugar, 95.
Aug. - Bootz Jos. Ruson $5.00; Butter $.75; Essence $.60.
Aug. 9 - Sugar W. Center, $2.00.
Aug. 10 - J. Reeves $5.00; T. White $5.00; W. L. Bower $2.00; Collection $2.25.
Aug. 13 - T. Cass $2.00; Mrs. Bridge $1.00; Cabbage $.25.
Aug. 13 - Flour at Joliet $2.70; Sugar $.50.
Aug. 15 - Joliet $20.50.
Aug. 19 - W. Center $.35; Fixing Bridle $.55.
Aug. 19 - Buggy Thills [shafts] sold to J. Brerrels $3.00.
Aug. 21 - Rev. Evens $2.00.
Aug. 22 - Morris $.40.
Aug 23 - Ottawa $.80.
Aug 24 - Wedron $.10.
Aug. 27 - Mrs. Wood $.75.
Aug. 30 - Seneca $.23.
Sep. 1 - Bag of Oats - J. Reeves.
Sep. 3 - Butter 5 lbs - Jos. Ruson.
Sep. 11 - Geo, Evans $2.50.
Sep. 12 - Marriage fee H. Kasselbaum, Jr. $5.00; Wm. Miller $1.00
Sep. 12 - Joliet - Traded $4.60.
Oct. 7 - Geo. Eib $5.00; P. Reeves $3.25; W. L. Bower $ 2.00.
Nov. 7 - Collars $.25; Seneca Dinner $.80.
Nov. 8 - Wife from Joliet to Sheffield $3.45.
Nov. 9 - Walnut - Kerosene $.40; Buggu light $.15; Pinchers $.35.
Nov. 11 - Sheffield - Freight $9.80; Other things $4.18.
Nov. 11 - Rec'd of Burns $3.50.
Nov. 28 - Marriage Fee Geo. Briggs $5.00.
Dec. 3 - Rec'd at Depue $5.00; Sold Hy Books to bro Green $.50.
Dec. 3 - Princeton - $5.62.

Miscellaneous -

W. H. Bicker, Sheffield, Ills.

Apps 5 / Classes 4 / Reported 70 / [Recd-Died/Removed/Dropped/Withdrawn] / Present No. 70/ Preachers Salary $350.00 / Presiding Elder $70.00 / Conference Collection $15.00 / Benevolence Fund for Missions $20.00 / Telescopes 14 / C[urch] Friends 80 / Visitors 80 / S. Schools 4 / Teachers 11 / Scholars 115 / Collected for S. S. $25.00 / General S. S. Fund $6.00 / Church Expenses $107.00 / Presents $40.00 / Total $633.00 / Bible Cause $6.00.

P. Hurless / T. F. Hallowell / J. K. Statten / J. L. Burns, Butter 5 lbs.

Paid by Wesley Bower Oct. 13 on Donation $4.50. / J. S. Burns, Sheffield /
// Trustee Money of Bro. Stuple $13.00.


SUMMERY OF 1872 DIARY

The year began with an unsuccessful protracted meeting - after 10 days the meeting ended "Members did not work well, faithless." Another setback occurred May 18th when Conrad was accused of being "too pointed and not polished enough."
The family went to visit Riche's and Kleckner's by train in January for 5 days. On May 26th Conrad attended a Ministerial Association Meeting in Amboy. He attended an Anti Secret Platform Political Association in Chicago in June, where he rode Street Cars. A trip was made to the Ottawa area in August to attend a Quarterly Meeting. Conrad did much of the leading and preaching in the absence of the Elder.
Conrad was suffering from back trouble in February and May; however it didn't keep him from field work from July 5th to August 6th when he "made hay, bound oats and stacked oats" for Jas. Ruson. In September both Clarissa and Conrad were sick with "ague". Conrad suffered from September 6th to October 12 when the quinine "broke" the ague. He also suffered eye trouble.
The buggy was being pulled by "Nelly" and "Wally". Both horses were sick in November and Conrad was on foot. A leaf in the front spring of the buggy was replaced, the tongue was cut off and fixed, and the buggy was painted and varnished.
Conrad went by train to Durand on October 14th. After spending the night with "Mrs. Riche" he went to Orangeville where he attended an Annual Conference. "We had a very good time at the Conference." His Uncle, Jno. Kleckner was very sick.

On November 5th he voted at Wilton Center for Grant and Wilson and the Anti Secrecy State Ticket. At the same time the family was packing up for the move to the New Bedford Circuit, Bureau Co. They arrived November 9th , Conrad preached the next day at Burns School House.
Thanksgiving Day the family attended the wedding of Mr. Geo. Briggs and Miss Celia Subel at the home of the bride. Conrad officiated.
On Christmas Eve they "…went to Manlius Chapel where the good people had a Christmas tree. They presented me with a nice book and a 5 dollar bill for which they have my thanks."
A Protracted Meeting was opened December 30th at the Burns School House. A Watch Night service was held at the Burns S. H. on December 31.

[Transcribed from diary in possession of Dennis Milroy, gggrandson by Bill Bender, ggrandson, , 2008.]

1870 Diary
[Written in the vicinities of Ottawa, La Salle County and Wallingford, Will county, Illinois.]


Jan. 1 - Protracted Meeting Begins - Held Prayer meeting at School house. A good time was had. Sister H. Peterson was voted a letter. The Weather was cloudy with a little snow.. The Trustees of Parsonage met at Geo. Keiths but didn't effect much. Preached at School house at evening. Father Wood exhorted after which I went home. Text Ps 139. 22. 23.
Jan. 2 - Held service at Buck Creek at 10 ½ AM. A small congregation was there. Weather was very cold. At 3 p. m. I started for Dicks and preached at evening. Over night at Phillip Coles. 1st Text 1 Cor. 2.12; 2nd Text 1 Cor. 2.12.
Jan. 3 - Dick S. H. Protracted Meeting - Went from Mr. P. Coles to J. Bagleys. Took dinner then went - Mr. Mufflers. Supped at Father Cliffords. Preached at School house. After which went home. Some very discouraging features are seen especially in the absence of so many of the Members. May the Lord bring peace. Text Josh. 24. 15v., "Choose ye this day whom you will serve." Weather cold.
Jan. 4 - At home all day. Helped to take care of Baby which is quite sick [Charles, 8 m0s. old]. At 4 PM went back to our Meeting. Things look still more dark than before. Congregation small. Weather fair. Over night at I. Dolphs. Exhorted this evening.
Jan. 5 - All day at I. Dolphs. Fixed a little arm chair for our Baby. At evening we had service again at S. House. Two Misses Fergisons rose for prayers. The Brethren were somewhat encouraged. Went home. Text 2n Cor. 4. 4, "…The Light of the Glorious Gospel of Christ…."
Jan. 6 - At home all day. Helped to take care of Baby who is getting some better. At 4 PM went to Dick S. House. Preached at evening. Text on Literal and Spiritual education. Weather cold. Over night at A. Wheelers. Text St. John 7. 15 @ 16, 17v.
Jan. 7 - Protracted Meeting at Big Indian Creek class - Went from A. Wheelers to Mr. Ellerdings. Dined there and visited. Weather snowed in the AM but in PM the wind changed and blew from NW, a small hurricane which made it very cold. At evening held prayer meeting in School House. Over night at Peter Dicks.
Jan. 8 -Went home Down Indian Creek. A road which is not desirable to travel. Weather was very cold and blustering. Helped to take care of baby while Sister Mary Brown and Wife finished my Over Coat. Intelligence came of the death of Mr. Deckers child.
Jan. 9 - Officiated at the funereal of M. B. Deckers child at 11 AM. Then started to Beardsleys where I dined. Preached at the School house at 3 PM. Then went to Dick School house and held service at evening. Two came forward, one professed Christ. Weather was very windy in AM. Over night at A. Wheelers. First ext 139 Ps 22. 23; 2nd St. Luke 18. 15-17.
Jan. 10 - Opened School at Dicks by prayer for Mr. Young. Then in Co. with A. Wheeler went to Harding, attended a Masonic Funeral of Mr. Kinney. Rev. Bachelder preached. The Masons were out in full regalia. Making quite a display. Supped at Geo. Keiths. Preached at S. H. Went home. Weather fair. Text Eph. 5. 30.
Jan. 11 - In the morning went to get my horse shod but there were no nails. Weather began to rain at 9 AM and continued nearly all day. Wrote letter to Wm Bender [brother?]and I. Brown. Recd letters from J. W. Spangler & J. M. Riche. Over night at home.
Jan. 12 - Fetched milk from Jno. Curyeas. AM Sawed wood in the timber.. Weather raining all day. My Protracted meeting stopped on account of weather.
Jan. 13 - At home all day. Studied and Split wood. The weather had snowed some and was somewhat clear during the day. Our health was somewhat good at this time.
Jan. 14 - Took Mrs. Keiths Loom home from Miss Browns and fetched a load of corn from Ellwells, 29 bask. Full. Dined at same place. Weather began to Sleet & rain and Snow at 2 PM. Didn't amount to much.
Jan. 15 - Protracted Meeting at Dick S. House - All day at home and Studied. Weather was tolerably fair. There had been some Sleet during the night which melted during the day.
Jan. 16 - Preached at Buck Creek at AM. Then went to Dicks and preached at 3 PM. Dined at A. Wheelers. At evening hitched up and went to I. Dolphs and Stayed over night. Weather rainy all day and Squally. First Text 1 Thes. 5. 9&10. 2nd Same Text.
Jan. 17 - All day at I. H. Dolphs. At evening we had service in S. H. but no preaching on account of the few in. Weather had been during the night tremendous windy. It upset the Suspension Bridge at Curyeas Mills. It was very cold this day. Over night at Dicks.
Jan. 18 - Visited Lewis Warren, Huron Warren, Mr. Fergison. To L. Cliffords who was not at home. Supped at A. Wheelers. Preached at S. House. Overnight at I. H. Dolphs. Weather cold but growing milder. Text St. John 3. 16
Jan. 19 - Protracted meeting at Dick S. House - In morning went to Earl to get my watch fixed. Dined at D. L. Barnard. Examined the Universal Church with E. Swinson. Went back. Supped at I. H. Dolphs. Preached at S. H. Went home. Could not cross Crook Leg on account of ice. Went back by Rugars place. Weather fair & melting. Text Is 55. 6&7 verses
Jan. 20 - Got horse shod at Lena & Dined at Jno. Curgia. Then Wife and I went to Dicks. Stayed over night there. Weather fair. Text St. Jno. 3. 14.
Jan. 21 - Went to Mother Bagleys on a visit. Dined there. Then went to S. Ellwells. Stayed over night. At evening preached at S. House. Weather very warm and fair. Rained a little during the night. Text St. Luke 9.23
Jan. 22 - Went to Father Cliffords. Stayed there all night. At evening went and held service in S. House. Father Wood officiating. Weather rained and was so dark that we got lost or bewildered in front of S. House.
Jan. 23 - Protracted Meeting at Dick School House - Preached at Hupps S. H. at 11 AM. Dined at V. Hupps. At 3 preached at Beardsleys. Held service at Dicks S. H. at evening. Father Wood Preached. A large congregation was there. Over night at P. Dicks. Weather fair. Roads tolerably rough.
Jan. 24 - Went to Father Thompsons on a visit with Wife. Went back at evening. Put up horse at Dicks. Over night at A. Wheelers. Preached at S. House. Weather fair. Text Ruth 2. 11, 12.
Jan. 25 - In the morning went to I. H. Dolphs. Dined there. At 4 PM went to Geo. Keith and stayed over night. Went to meeting with I. H. Dolphs. My health not being very good did not preach much. Weather very fair and warm. Roads muddy. Text Amos 4. 12, "Prepare to meet … God".
Jan. 26 - Stopped a little at Mr. .Furgisons and visited L. Cliffords. Dined and Supped there. Over night at P. Coles. Closed Protracted Meeting at Dicks S. House. Weather Snowed in AM. Text Ezekiel 37. 1-10.
Jan. 27 - In the morning went to Mr. Cliffords and to A. Wheelers. Wife visited Mr. Furgisons. Then we went home. Called at L. Goodrich. Weather fair. "Only the righteous shall be saved"
Jan. 28 - At home all day. Chopped wood in the woods and read my newspapers. Weather fair. "God love his people".
Jan. 29 - Helped Father Yeager to shell corn in 4 noon. In P. M. hauled wood and went to H. Cureaus for butter but got none. Weather very fair. "Wisdoms ways are pleasant".
Jan. 30 - In the morning held service at Buck Creek. Dined at home. Then went to Dick S. H. Held service at 3 o'clock. Took into church Mary Jane Ferguson. Over night at J. H. Dolphs. Weather snowy in AM but fair in PM. B. C. Text St. Jno. 14. 22; Dick Text St. James 5. 20.
Jan. 31 - In Co. with I. H. Dolph visited Miss E. Ellwells School. Then in Co. with A. Wheeler visited Mr. Youngs School at Dicks. Here the scholars behaved very badly. Some of the directors don't like praying in School. Such folly is equal to Popery. Dined at A. Wheelers. Weather blustering. Went home. Rec'd letter from Rev. S. E. Rogers. Held service at Buck Creek.
Feb. 1 - Wrote letters to Jno. Curts, M. St. Mary, Pharos Kleckner, C. Noe, W. J. Shun for Papers for J. H. Dolph & Noe Wood, Josiah Riche, J. W. Spangler. Weather fair. Health not good.
Feb. 2 - Took a walk to Jno. Bakers. Mother Baker is quite sick with sore neck. Visited the Bach Belruses. Then stopped at Jno. Curyeas. Visited Geo. Stovers. Weather pretty fair. Health not good.
Feb. 3 - At home all day. Health poor. Weather fair.
Feb. 4 - Went to Ottawa. Got Medicine for my system from Dr. Dizmek. Roads are pretty good only muddy in PM. My health some better. Weather very fair.
Feb. 5 - Went to Jn. Beckers. Presented him with coat and pants. Stopped at Jno. Curyeas who presented Wife with a little basket. Weather was tolerably fair. Health getting some better.
Feb. 6 - Preached at Hupps at 11 AM. Dined at V. Hupps. Preached at Beardsleys at 3 PM. Then went home via Dicks app. Weather fair. Health not good but getting better. First Text St. Math. 12. 20. Second Text Amos 6. 1.
Feb. 7 - Took a walk to D. Hites. Studied all day - nearly. Weather very fair - Spring like. Religious enjoyment tolerably good. "The Lord is my Shepherd".
Feb. 8 - In Co. with Jas. Yeager went to Ottawa. Bot rubber shoes - Tea - small buttons - candy - Prunes - Rice etc., etc. Dined at Mitchels on Yeagers account. Went home. Roads muddy in PM. Weather fair.
Feb. 9 - "He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck shall suddenly be destroyed and that without remedy." [Prov. 29:1]
Feb. 10 - At home until 3 PM then went to School house and visited Mr McKinlys School. Talked to the Scholars some. Went also to the Athertons. Weather fair.
Feb. 11 - At 1 PM went to Dick neighborhood. Stopped at Mr. Furgusons, Mr. Warrens, and stayed over night at J. H. Dolphs. The Presiding Elder Rev. Jno. Curts preached to us at School house. Weather fair. Text Heb. 10. 23
Feb. 12 - Went to P. Dicks. Helped to hold a Trustees meeting at A. Wheelers in AM. Then held Q M [Quarterly Meeting] but the Elder preached at 2 PM [?] Conference. A good QM was held. My health was very poor. Weather was fair. Over night at A. Wheelers. Text - Heb. 11 1st part of 16. Text 2 Tim 2. 3.
Feb. 13 - Love Feast by Rev. U. D. Woir at 9 AM. Preaching by Elder at 11. Then a collection was taken amount $17.70. Then the Sacrament was administered. We dined at R. Cliffords. The Elder preached again at evening. Over night at P. Dicks. Weather fair. Text 2 Cor. 8. 9. Text Eccl. 8. 11.
Feb. 14 - Went to Earl. Visited Mr. Sunsons,. Got medicine from Dr. Vosburgh for my system. Stayed over night at Rev. Woods. Weather tolerably fair. Very Spring like. "The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want."
Feb. 15 - Stayed until 1 PM then went home via Harding and Geo. Keiths. Weather very warm. Spring like. My health not good. "The Lord strengtheneth my soul."
Feb. 16 - At home all day. Studied and sewed carpet rags. Rec'd book from Dayton, Ohio. Weather very fair and warm. "Thy goodness and love follow me all of the days of my life." Praise the Lord.
Feb. 17 - At home all day. Studied and sewed carpet rags. Weather fair. Rec'd letter from Jos. Riche. Telling of their conversion which gave us unutterable joy. To God be the Glory.
Feb. 18 - Chopped my fire wood and set it up, Which took me nearly all day. I also fixed my buggy cushion. Wife helped. Weather very fair. My health getting better. "The Lord is my strength."
Feb. 19 - Sent $2.00 to Bishop Markwood. Was sick during the day. Weather began to be blustering and snowy, got very cold. "Our light affliction which is but for a moment worketh for us a far more and exceedingly weight of joy", [with slight variations from the text - 2 Cor. 4:18]
Feb. 20 - Weather being very cold I went on foot to my appointments. At Serena we went to the School house but the cold weather seemed to give the people an excuse so they stayed at home. Dined at Chas. Woods. Preached at Beardsley S. H. at 3 PM. Over night at Mr. Beardsleys. Weather still cold.
Feb. 21 - Went to Jno. Debolt and dined. Then went home. Stopped at Jno. Bakers of the way. Weather pretty cold. Warm up my heart O Lord.
Feb. 22 - All day at home. Weather milder. Helped to put a pump into the house well. My health not good. O Lord ever more give us of the water of the well of Salvation.
Feb. 23 - Went to Ottawa to see about the Church. Dined at C. S. Curyeas. Bot some things. Weather very fair. May the Lord help us to build him a house. Amen.
Feb. 24 -At home all day and studied. Weather fair. Health bad. "God is the health of my countenance. God was with me to bless at prayer."
Feb. 25 - Got ½ bu. corn ground at Jno. Curyeas. First grinding I had ever done for myself. Visited Bro. Baker. Went home. Weather very fair. Roads good. My health not good. Was called by Rev. Wisher to come to the Bend S. H. to preach. Health would not permit. "Many are the afflictions of the nations. God delivers them."
Feb. 26 - Helped to fix the pump in the house well. Weather rained considerably. My health not good. "Trust the Lord and he will do valiantly for thee."
Feb. 27 - Bro Israel Brown was chosen to see to my apps this day on account of my poor health. But owing to the weather which was snowy & rainy no service was had at any of my apps.
Feb. 28 - At home all day. My health getting a little better. Weather snowy. "The Lord sendeth his rain on the just and unjust."
Mar. 1 - At home all day. Health still improving. Worked at my buggy shed. Weather fair. Roads bad. "The Lord leadeth me by the side of still waters."
Mar. 2 - At home all day. Weather rough. Finished my buggy shed. Richard Clifford & wife were here on visit.
Mar. 3 - At home but went visiting to Henry Curyeas. Arrived at home again at 2 PM. Weather cool.
Mar. 4 - Went to Jos. Galoway, Rev. Wishers, Geo. Debolts & M. Curyeas. Went home at night. Weather fair. "Go ye into all the world & preach my Gospel to every creature. Behold I am with you."
Mar. 5 - At home all day, studied. Weather fair. "Heaven is the home of the blessed."
Mar. 6 - My buggy spring being broke I went on foot to my work. Preached at Hupps S. House at 11 AM. Dined at Sedwick Huffs. Preached at Beardsley S. House at 3 pm. Supped at Jno. Debolts. Then went to Prices and Stayed over night. Weather snowy. 1sr Text 1 E'p John 3. 28; 2nd Text Romans 5. 1.
Mar. 7 - In Co. with S. Price went to Jno. Moores to see Rev. Mr. Briden. Found him all right, had a good visit. Stopped at Bro. Planks. Supped at Mr. Hupps. Over night at Sed. Hupps. Weather fair. Roads muddy. Stopped a little at
Mar. 8 - In the morning went home. Stopped at Rich Hupps & at Jno. Bakers. Got home at noon. Weather fair very. "Pure Religion - visit the Widows & Fatherless in their affliction and keep yourselves unspotted from the world."
Mar. 9 - Went to Ottawa. Bot Coat - Pants & Hat, an awl - 1 pt. oil - 50 lbs White flour - Foolscap paper - candy. Weather fair. Roads very muddy.
Mar. 10 - At home all [day], Studied. Weather fair.
Mar. 11 -At home all day. Weather misty.
Mar. 12 - At home but went to Jno. Curyeas for butter & milk. Weather sleety. The heaviest Ice that was ever known on limbs of trees. Some of the groves were badly hurt by the weight of the ice. Ice 1 inch & ½ thick. Wind from north east. "The Lord ruleth on high. The clouds are his chariots."
Mar. 13 - No preaching at Buck Creek on account of the few of the congregation. Held prayer meeting. Dined at A. Wheelers. Preached at Dicks. Weather fair. Roads bad. Attended service at Hupps S. H. Rev. Briden preached. Over night at H. Hupps. My Text at Dicks 1 Cor. 15. 58. Bridens 1 Cor. 16.
Mar. 14 - In Co. with Rev. Geo. Briden visited Chas. Morel & Supped at Father Murals. Had a good time. At evening Rev. Briden preached for me at School house. Mrs. Hoxie rose for prayers. Over night at H. Hupps. Weather stormy. Sleet does not melt off much. Bridens Text Is. 55. 6
Mar. 15 - We were all day at H. Hupps. Weather very blustering with snow. At evening we had a small meeting at S. House. Over night at H. Hupps.
Mar. 16 - Phenomenon on the Sun W day. Visited Mr. Jones. Dined there. Then went to Chas. Morel. Supped there. Held service at S. H., Rev. Bridens Preached. Mrs. Hoxie came forward for prayers. Over night at H. Hupps. Weather cold.
Mar. 17 - In the morning went home & returned. Rev. Briden Preached at S. H. Over night at Sedwick Hupps. Weather fair, Snow melting, road getting muddy.
Mar. 18 - In the morning I went to Rich Hupp and to Mr. Chas. Hogg where I dined. Did not have a good time here at this place. Went to H. Hupps where I supped. Rev. Briden preached. Then I went with Jno. Hoxie and stayed over night. Weather fair, snow melting.
Mar. 19 - In Co. with Sol Pitcher after dinner went to Sed Hupps. Supped at H. Hupps. Preached at evening at S. House. Weather rainy. Roads getting muddy. Larks singing. Over night at H. Hupps. Text - Ps. 139 last verse.
Mar. 20 - In the morning preached at S. House. Took up a collection for Rev. Geo. Briden. Amt. $14.00. Dined at H. Hupps. Then went to Beardsley, but owing to bad roads no body came. Stopped a little at Beardsley then went. Owing to Indian Creek being high I left horse & buggy at Jno. Curyeas. Weather looked rainy. Text Ruth 2 - 11&12.
Mar. 21 - At home all day. Weather cool. Snowed during the night. "The Lord is the health of my countenance." A letter from Wm. Bender, my brother.
Mar. 22 - In the morning went to Jno. Curyeas, fetched a jug of milk. Helped to draw two horses across Indian Creek. Weather cloudy. "The waters saw thee! The waters saw O Lord."
Mar. 23 - At home all day. Weather bad.
Mar. 24 - At home. Fetched butter from H. Curyea. Wrote letters. Sent for Mrs. H. Curyeas Telescope. To M. Penrod. To Rev. T. P. Brown. Weather fair.
Mar. 25 - At home all day. Weather bad.
Mar. 26 - Weather rained all day. Walked to Jno. Curyeas after milk.
Mar. 27 - Held service at Buck Creek. Roads being so bad we didn't go the Dicks in PM. Weather fair. Text St. Jno. 1. 48 on secret prayer.
Mar. 28 - Helped Father Yeager to take out grubs in the AM. In PM read. Weather fair.
Mar. 29 - At home, Studied. Weather fair.
Mar. 30 - Fetched butter & milk from Jno. Curyeas. Weather rainy.
Mar. 31 - Weather some fewer. At home.
Apr. 1 - Went to Mr. Browns. Found him moved to Ottawa. Then went to Old Father Hites. Then went home. Weather fair but cloudy.
Apr. 2 - Fetched my horse & buggy from Jno. Curyeas where they had been for nearly two weeks on account of high water. Started to go to Rev. Wisher but roads were so muddy that I did not get there. Weather fair.
Apr. 3 - Went to Hupp App. On foot. Preached. Dined at H. Hupps. Went home. Didn't fill the Beardsley App. On account of the mud. Weather very fair. Text Math 18. 20.
Apr. 4 - At home. Studied some. Weather very fair. Helped Father Yeager to Grub.
Apr. 5 - Went fishing in Buck Creek. Had no luck. In PM went to Rhodes S. House to election with Jno. Curyea. Weather very fair.
Apr. 6 - Helped to grub until noon. In the PM went fishing in Co. with Father Yeager. We had no luck. Mended my horses bridle. Weather very fair.
Apr. 7 - Went to mill & got corn meal. In PM went to Henry Curyeas and at 3 PM joined in marriage Mr. Edward Bilrose & Miss Clara H. Curyea. Stayed for supper then went home. Weather very beautiful. "Those that God joins together let no man put asunder."
Apr. 8 - Went to Ottawa to trade. Roads very rough but dry. Weather very fair.
Apr. 9 - Helped Frank Yeager plow all day. Weather very fair.
Apr. 10 - Preached at Buck Creek at 10 ½ AM. Dined at A. Wheelers. Preached at Dick S. H. at 3 PM. Over night at I. H. Dolphs. Weather very fair. Texts - 1st Sermon, St. James 5. 20; 2nd Sermon 1 Epis. John 5. 3.
Apr. 11 - Visited Geo. Keiths. Took dinner then went to Mr. Ellerdings, then to Father Thompsons where we stayed over night. Weather very fair and warm. "The Time of the Singing Birds has come."
Apr. 12 - In the morning went to Mr. Fergusons. Charles is very sick with consumption. We dined here. Visited Mr. Hiron Warner & Took supper. Over night at Mr. Peter Dicks. Weather very fair. "Go ye from house to house."
Apr. 13 - In the AM took Wife to Mr. B. E. Parkers. Then went and had horse shod at Harding. Dined at Josiah Bagley. Touchent[?] at Mr. Ellwilss & Mr. Cliffords and at Lewis Goodrich.. Then went home. Weather began to rain at about 4 PM. "Saints shall go home to rest."
Apr. 14 - At home until [?[. Hauled a load of wood from C. Athertons, And at two PM went to Dayton to fish and fetch father Yeager. Caught 7 fish, Redhose. Weather fair with a few squalls of rain. "I will make you fishers of men."
Apr. 15 - Visited at Jno. Curyeas. Weather began to rain at about noon and continued until evening. Mixed with snow & hail, considerable frost during the night. "Keep yourselves unspotted from the world." [James 1:27b]
Apr. 16 - In the PM Started to go across Fox River but back[ed] out. Visited Wm. Belrose. At evening held a meeting in Buck Creek S. H. in reference to Sunday School & Church. Weather cool.
Apr. 17 - At 4 PM held meeting at Hupps S. H. Dined at Chas. Morels. Preached at Beardsley S. H. at 3 PM. Over night at Mrs. Rimbers. Weather fair. Text - First Doctrine of Resurrection; Second Nature of Resurrection.
Apr. 18 - Called at Mrs. McAtees, Mr. Beardsleys, Mr. Moores, Mr. Jos. Bagley, Mr. Ellwell. Dined at P. Dicks. In PM Whitewashed part of Mr. Dicks house. Over night at Father Cliffords. "Work while the day lasts."
Apr. 19 - In morning went to Father Woods. Dined then went to Earlville. Over night at M. H. Langley. Weather fair.
Apr. 20 - Visited E. H. Simison. Dined there. Went home via J. B. Wishers. In Mem-[?] Rev. Swartz & wife were here on a visit. Over night. Weather very fair.
Apr. 21 - Went to Ottawa. Left Buggy at Mr. Jones to have top put on. Dined at C. Curyeas. Rode home with Chas. Belrose. Stopped at H. Curyeas. Weather very fair.
Apr. 22 - At home all day. At 5 PM Fished in Buck Creek, caught 8 small fish. Weather very warm. Sunshine. Wrote letter to J. Ricker.
Apr. 23 - Took a walk with Charly to Mr. Lewis. Stayed a little while. Studied at evening. Went to School house to have a Meeting for Meeting house …. …. But only a few came. Weather very fair.
Apr. 24 - Preached at Buck Creek at 10 ½ AM. At Dicks at 3 PM. Over night at A. Wheelers. Elected S. S. Superintendent at Dicks and collected S. S. Money. Weather hot. Until evening a very Sudden change to cold. Text: First - Romans 12. 12; Sec. - Ditto.
Apr. 25 - Visited Mr. Fergusons, L. Clifford. Dined at Lewis Goodrichs. Visited Peter Jacobs. Then went home. Weather very cool but fair.
Apr. 26 - Worked in garden in AM. In PM at 2,45 Performed Marriage …. To Mr. B. G. Babcock & Miss Fidelia A. Hite. Supped at D. Hites., Went on errand for Father Brown to Mr. Greenleafs
Apr. 27 - Went to Ottawa on horse back. Then went to Dayton and fished some, caught 6. Went home, got wet through in the rain. Weather began to rain at 5 PM. Rev. Wendle & Swisher were here fishing. "Lord, Make us truly fishers of men."
Apr. 28 - At home but went to Jno. Curyeas and fetched Eggs & Cabbages. Made a little garden. Weather warm.
Apr. 29 - Mended & Oiled my buggy harness. Helped some on the clearing. Health very poor. Weather very fair but a heavy frost visited us in the morning.
Apr. 30 - Did sundry things about the house. Weather fair.
May 1 - Walked to my Apps. Preached at Hupps S. H. at 11 AM. Dined at Mr. Beardsleys. Preached at Beardsley at 3 PM. Over night at Dicks. Weather very warm. First Text: Solomon Song 2. 11@12; 2nd Rev. 3. 20.
May 2 - Held funeral services for Chas. Ferguson, Aged 19 6 [Died at his father' home in the Town of Serena, La Salle Co., Ill, April 30, 1870]. Dined at L. Goodrich. Weather very fair. At 4 PM went to Ottawa on business. Text Ps. 39. 4
May 3 - Helped A. Lawrence Plant corn all day. Weather very fair.
May 4 - Planted corn for A. Lawrence until 9 AM. Then went and white washed for Jno. Curyea. Weather rained some in the morning.
May 5 - Finished white washing for Jno. Curyeas. In PM tinkered about the house. Weather cloudy.
May 6 - Planted corn all day for Is. Brown. Weather very cool and cloudy with squalls of rain.
May 7 - Extra Fishing at Dayton, La Salle Co., Ill. Walked to Hupps S. H. Dined at Mr. Jno. Hoxies. Then went to School house. The Elder came at 2 PM. 5 were there for preaching, 3 for Q M [Quarterly Meeting]. Supped at H. Hupps. Preaching at evening by Elder. Over night at H. Hupps. Weather cool & squally. First Text: Micah 2. 10; 2nd Text: Jno. 6. 24.
May 8 - QM - I opened Love feast at 9 ½ AM [?] a member spoke. Preaching by Elder at 10 ½ AM. Dined at H. Hupps. Preaching by Rev. Bridens at 4 PM. Rode home with Jno. Curyeas. Weather very fair. Elders Text: Lev. 25 Jubilee; Bridens: Is. 53. 11.
May 9 - Went to Ottawa and fetched home my buggy. Mr. H. W. Jones repaired and put a top on it. Weather very fair. Mrs. Caloway was here on a visit.
May 10 - Wife & I took a ride to H. Curyeas, Jno. Bakers, Mother Belroses, Jno Curyeas and Mr. Geo. Stovers. Weather squally. "Go ye into all the world and preach my Gospel."
May 11 - Snow. At home all day. Weather rained in PM and snowed near Ottawa to the depth of 2 inches.
May 12 - Helped Frank Yeager finish planting corn until 9 AM. Then started. At evening at 7 ½ went to Miss Browns and United in the bands of Matrimony Mr. Joseph Yeager & Miss Mary Brown. Took supper there. Weather very fair. The rowdies Serenaded and kept us awake ½ night.
May 13 - All day at home. Studied hard on Theology. Weather very warm.
May 14 - Went to Ottawa then to Dayton and fished a while. Caught 6 Bulheads, 1 Bass. Weather very fair.
May 15 - Preached at Hupps to a very few at 11 AM. Dined at Jno. Debolts. Preaching at Beardsley at 3 PM. Then went to S. Prices & stayed over night. Weather very nice. First Text: Heb. 12. 14; Second Text: 1 Thes. 4. 7.
May 16 - In the morning visited Rev. Briden. Took dinner at Mr. Beardsley. Stopped at Chas. Morels. Weather very fair. My throat is very hoarse
May 17 - All day at home except in morning I went to Elies & fetched butter & eggs from Curyeas. Weather very fair.
May 18 - At home until 4 PM. Then Wife & I went to Jos. Yeagers & stayed over night. Weather very warm. Roads dusty.
May 19 - Went home via B. Babcocks. Dined at Jno. Wislers. Weather very fair.
May 20 - At home all day. Weather very fair.
May 21 - At home all day Weather warm.
May 22 - Preached at B. Creek at 10 ½. Dined at home. Preached at Dicks at 2 PM. Went to Father Eckerts, Bro. Dolphs going with me. Over night at Father Eckerts. Weather fair.
May 23 - Started at 8.45 AM. Passed through Mendota, Amboy, Sterling & Rock Falls. Gault. Stayed over night at Bro. Dickey at Como. Weather rained at 5 to 8 ½ also during the day.
May 24 - Ministerial Association - In the morning went to Coleta. Stopped a while at Rev. Grims. Dined at Martin Overholsers. Association opened at 2 PM by Hollawell. An address was given by J. K. Statton. At evening Byrd preached. Over night at Jno. Overholsers. Weather fair.
May 25 - Considerable business was done through the day by way of adopting the Constitution of the Association and reading Essays. Dined at Mr. Deeds. Over night at Jno. Overholsers. Weather cloudy but fair rather and Dickson preached at evening.
May 26 - The whole Association assumed the right to criticize and a jolly time was had, rather interesting. Dined at Jno. Overholsers & Supped. The Association adjourned at 4 PM. Then we went on our way home as far as Como. Over night at Dickeys. Weather cool. Roads dusty.
May 27 - Still planting corn west of Amboy. Passed through Gault and Sterling. Got lunch at Amboy. Passed through Sublette and Mendota. Over night at Jonas Eckerts. Weather cool all day. "He shall see of the travail of his Soul and be satisfied."
May 28 - Went home via Harding. Weather quite fair.
May 29 - Rev. Walker being in the neighborhood I took him with me. He preached at Hupps. (We dined at H, Hupps.) and Beardsley and at Buck Creek. First Text: "Save that which was lost." Sec: Jno. "Way, Life & Truth". 3rd: Luke 10. 37 "a clause".
May 30 - At home all day except a few hours to Mr. Elies. Weather very fair. Rain needed badly.
May 31 - Drouth - Went to Ottawa via the Deer Park, Wife being with me. We dined at C. H. Curyeas. Traded some then went home. Weather fair.
June 1 - At home until 5 PM then went to Dick School house to prayer Meeting. Over night at A. Wheelers. Weather fair.
June 2 - Visited at Dicks. Dined & Supped at I. H. Dolphs. Stopped at Keiths & at Halls, went home. Weather fair.
June 3 - At home all day. Studied Lee on Immortality of the Soul. Weather fair.
June 4 - Went to Ottawa. Father Brown went with me. Weather rained. Some about 10 ½ AM.
June 5 - Preached at Buck Creek at 10 ½ and held S. S. for I. Brown. Preached at Dicks at 3 PM. Held Prayer Meeting at the Dolphs S. S. at evening. Over night at P. Dicks. Text First: Acts 16. 25 to 34. Second: Song Sol. 2. 11@12.
June 6 - Went to E. Thomsons. Took dinner then went and Stayed over night at A. Wheelers. Washed his buggy preparatory to traveling. Weather fair very. "Visit ye my people."
June 7 - Cleaned & painted at A. Wheelers buggy & wagon. Weather rained a little in PM.
June 8 - Painted at A. Wheelers until noon then went home. Was very sick with Bowel ache in the morning. Weather fair.
June 9 - All day at home. Read Lee on immortality of the Soul. Weather rained a little. "Lord send us the early and latter rain."
June 10 - To Ottawa and Dayton. Had no luck in fishing. Weather squally with rain.
June 11 - Took a walk to Ehlys. Studied. Weather cool.
June 12 - Drouth - Went to Hupps to preach but fizzled out on account of only 3 to preach to. May the Lord have mercy on them and Save them finally. Dined at Chas. Morals. Preached at Beardsley at 3 PM. Over night at E. Beardsleys. Weather fair but cool very.
June 13 - Varnished A. Wheelers Buggy. Dined at Knights. Went to Earl. Supped at Simisons. Over night at N. D. Woods. Weather cool.
June 14 - Went home via Harding. Weather fair.
June 15 - Studied in the morning, in PM went to Ottawa to trade & C. Weather fair.
June 16 - Drouth - Stayed ¾ of the day at Ehlys to make "What Not" Berands and watched the place while Ehly went to Ottawa to fetch more lumber for My Book Case. In the evening went to Wilkinsons to see his wife who is sick. Weather quite warm.
June 17 - Went to Ehlys in the morning; in the PM Wife & I went to Jno. Curyeas, Mr. Wilkinsons, Jno. Bakers. Weather fair.
June 18 - In Co. with Rev. J. Wisher attended the Methodist QM at Gool Town. Elder Harrington preached. A good time was had. Weather very warm.
June 19 - Preached at Buck Creek at 10 ½ AM & held Class. Preached at Dicks at 3 PM. Held Class After evening prayer Meeting at Dolphs. Over night at Geo. Keiths. First Text: St. Mathew 18. 15, 17; 2nd: Lev. 18. 17 [?].
June 20 - Drouth - Visited I. Dolphs. Took diner. Stopped at Mr. Fergusons. Supped at N. Halls. Went home. Weather Sprinkled little, Some places.
June 21 - Went to Ehlys. White washed his house partly. In PM Studied. Weather very warm.
June 22 - Mr. Hinku is Around here - At home until noon then went to Jno. Bakers & W. Ehlys. Finished white washing his house. Weather very warm. Spots on the Sun are visible with the naked eye.
June 23 - Fetched my book case from Mr. Ehlys. Stained it and varnished. In PM studied. Weather was very warm. The Drouth has assumed an awful form. Corn does pretty well but Oats and small grain are drying up.
June 24 - Heat 105 - In the morning went to Ehlys & with him crossed Fox River to Resin Debolts. Saw Jno. Truax. Saw Sulphur Springs. Went to Jno. Bakers & Mrs. Belrose. Weather very warm.
June 25 - At home All day Studying. Weather was very warm. Frank Yeager bot us a Sachel For $2.50.
June 26 - At Hupp S. House A Few were out as usual. Dined at Beardsleys. Preached there. Weather was extremely warm. We stopped at Geo. Keiths and Stayed over night at Rev. Father Morels. First Text: Hebrews 2.8. Sec.: Acts 26.
June 27 - Started on our Journey to Durand. Stopped at Earl. Got horse shod at West Paw Paw. Dined at Sam Taylors. Then drove to Rochelle. Over night at A. Simpson home. Weather as warm as 105. Some beautiful Showers passed over us in PM.
June 28 - Paid $3.00 for Staying over night at Rochelle. Took dinner at Kilbrook. Passed through Rockford. Arrived at Mother Riches at 10 PM. Weather rained very much while we were in Rockford. The weather being very warm the horse nearly gave out.
June 29 - All day at Mother Riche's. We rested well. Weather was very warm.
June 30 - All of us went to Jno. Wallaces Sugar River. Had a good time fishing. Weather was very warm until 6 PM. Then we had a storm of wind & rain.
July 1 - Went to Durand in the morning. In the PM to Jno. Riches. Weather was extremely cool.
July 2 - In the morning went to the C. T. Kleckners. Stopped at Isaac Zimmermans. Dined at C. T. Kleckners. Visited D. F. Weimur, A. Shinfelters, Mother Murricks. Saw Prestons. Supped at Jerome Goodrichs. Over night at C. T. Kleckners. Weather very fair.
July 3 - Visited Walnut Grove S. S. and made address. Then Kleckner took us to Rocken chapel where we heard M. Roe preach. I closed meeting. Dined at Kleckners. At 3 PM preached at Walnut Grove for Rev. Cook. Went home to Mother Riche's. Weather very fair. Text St. Luke 10. 42.
July 4 - Celebration at Mother Riche's. We as relatives had a very good time. Dinner & Supper was served in the grove near the spring north of the old stone house.
July 5 - Bot Hitchcocks, Analysis of the Bible from Mr. H. Goodrich. Price $6.00. In the PM went to Durand. Had my wife's & Charley's picture taken, very good & natural. Supped at Mrs. Morris. Over night at Mother Riches. Weather very fair.
July 6 - Heavy rain in Winnebago Co. - At noon J. M. Riche & I went to Davis and viewed Mr. Baldwins town C. 15. Visited Jno. Kleckner. Weather rained in AM very briskly. Goodrichs & Blakes were here on visit.
July 7 - At home at Mother Riches until 1 PM, then started for Ottawa. Over night at S. S. Richards. Weather squally with rain.
July 8 - On our way home we passed through Rockford, Milford, Kilbok here we dined. Rochelle. Over night at C. Noes. Weather very fair & beautiful. "The Lord has dealt graciously with us on our Journey. Praise his name."
July 9 - From Father Noes we went to R. Halls, dined, went to Jos. Gecres. Then to S. Taylors where I preached in the School house and stayed over night. Weather was tolerably fair.
July 10 - Visit at Twin Grove. - In the morning we visited old Mr. Groves. Mother Groves is sick with Dropsy. Is somewhat religiously inclined. After prayer we went to Chapel and preached. Dined at K. Halls. After dinner Hall accompanied me to Bennerville Chapel where I preached. Over night at Jno. Rhodes. Weather blustering with rain. First Text: Exodus 3. 2. 2nd: Rev. 3. 20.
July 11 - Went home. Arrived at 1 PM. Weather very fair. In Mem. - We had a very good visit, the people were all glad to see us. We hope this visit may redound to the honor & glory of God, Amen.
July 12 - Sore eye. At home all day Weather very fair. Hoed my potatoes.
July 13 - Picked cherries. Studied. Weather fair.
July 14 -Hauled up my fire wood from the pasture. Saw Mrs. Geo. Stover in regard to my eye. She supposed it bitten by a spider. Weather rained during the day & night. "Help me to watch & pray."
July 15 - At home all day. Weather very warm.
July 16 - All day at home. Studied. Weather was terribly warm. "O Lord give grace unto the Humble and no good thing with hold them from hope that walk uprightly. Selah."
July 17 - Preached at Bend S. House in Rev Jno. Wishins place who filled the pulpit at B. Creek for me. Dined at Mr. Ceoles. Preached at Dick S. House. Over night at P. Dicks. Weather rainy and very stormy in PM, also very hot in the AM. First Text: 1 Thess. 4. 7. 2nd: Is. 55. 1verse.
July 18 - visited Rev. C. W. Swarts at Harding. Dined, then went to Rev. U. D. Woods and Stayed over night. Weather extremely warm. "There is a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun."
July 19 - Visited Mr. Bardonas. Then came back to Harding where Wife had 4 teeth filled with gold foil. Took supper at Rev. Swarts then went home. Weather as hot as day previous.
July 20 - Studied until noon then went to Ottawa, had my buggy fixed by M. Jones. No charge. Weather very fair. Somewhat warm yet.
July 21 - All day at home. Put some ashes on my potatoes which are infested by Bugs. Weather very fair but warm.
July 22 -Weather very warm. Studied, helped to pile up hay some. Our Charley was quite sick.
July 23 - At home until noon, then Wife & I went to S. Prices. Stayed over night. Visited Bro. Planks. Weather was very warm.
July 24 - Preached at Beardsleys S. H. at 10 ½ AM. Dined at Beardsleys. At 3 PM held service at Buck Creek. Weather very warm. Text used 2 Co. 6. 16. middle part.
July 25 - Went to Ottawa. Stopped at Mr. Kerseys. Weather very hot.
July 26 - Went to Athertons. Saw him in reference to his allowing his grain to be cut on Sunday. He was not sorry he did it. He thought it was necessary because being dead ripe. He promises to do better. Weather very warm. "The way of the transgressor is hard."
July 27 - In PM went to L. Goodrichs. Supped, then went to prayer meeting. Over night at A. Wheelers. Weather rained in PM & evening.
July 28 - In the morning we viewed to grove proposed for holding a bush meeting. Found it deficient in shade. Dined at Beardsleys. Stopped at S. Prices. Went to Northville. Over night at E. Thomsons. Weather rained in the Morning.
July 29 - At home all day. Studied. Weather fair.
July 30 - At home until evening then we took a ride to Rev. John Wishers. Weather warm.
July 31 - This was a Missionary day. Our success at one point was tolerably good but at the Dick S. House it was a fizzle. The brethren are extremely cold and have but little zeal for their church. The Lord pity them. Weather fair but very warm in PM.
Aug. 1 - Helped Yeager's all day at threshing. They thrashed nearly all in one day. Weather very fair.
Aug. 2 - At home until noon then went to Ottawa. Weather very fair.
Aug. 3 - In Co. with Herman Scott went to J. H. Dolphs. At evening attended the prayer Meeting at Dick school house. Weather very fair. Over night at J. H. Dolphs.
Aug. 4 - In the morning went home. At 6 PM went to Beardsleys S. House where we held service at evening. Prayer & Speaking was the order of the evening. Over night at Jno. Debolts. Weather warm.
Aug. 5 - End of present drouth - Stayed here until noon then went in Co. with Jno. Debolts went to the Grove near Dick S. H. & fixed place for holding Sunday Meeting. Over night at Jno. Debolts. We had no Meeting at evening as we had anticipated on account of a Thunder Shower of rain at evening. During the day we visited Miss Ellwells School.
Aug. 6 - Q. M. [Quarterly Meeting] - Attended the Annual District School Picnic At Smiths Ford on Indian Creek. A good gathering and plenty to eat. At 3 PM we had preaching by Elder Curts in School house. Q. M. at 4 PM. Preaching at evening. Weather cloudy. Over night at R. M. Cliffords.
Aug. 7 - Weather rained until 10 AM. It began again at 12 M[idday] but at 1 ½ it stopped. We went to School house. Held prayer meeting, after which the Elder preached a very stirring Sermon. Text: "There is a friend that Sticketh closer than a brother." At evening also he preached. His claim was met. Father Scott was with us. Rec'd $1.80. Over night at P. Dicks.
Aug. 8 - Went home in the morning. Weather had rained during the night. Weather fair during the day.
Aug. 9 - In Co. with H. Scott went to invite the people to a meeting at Buck Creek S. House. A Small turnout was had. A Collection was taken which resulted in $2.30 cts. Weather very fair.
Aug. 10 - Took Rather Scott to Ottawa where he took the train for Joliet. Weather very fair. "The Lord grant unto us living faith & strength and an abundance of grace."
Aug. 11 - At home until noon. Then we went to C. Athertons on visit. While there I washed my buggy in the Fox River. Weather very fair all day, Cloudy. "Let your Moderation be known unto all men."
Aug. 12 - At home all day. Studied. Weather fair but cloudy. "Let brotherly love continue. Amen."
Aug. 13 - At home all day. Weather rained until noon.
Aug. 14 - Preached at Buck Creek at 10 ½ AM. Dined at home. Went to Dick S. H. Preached at 3 PM. Weather very fair & cool. Subject the Blessing of our house hold. Texts on both occasions: 2 Sam. 6. 20 first part.
Aug. 15 - Went home via Jno. Wishers. They were not at home. Weather very fair.
Aug. 16 - Went to Ottawa Wife & I. Stopped at C. Bells who were thrashing, so we didn't stay. Stopped at Mr. Kerseys who were not at home. Then went home. Weather very fair. "One days march nearer home."
Aug. 17 - In the morning went on errand to C. Athertons. Weather very fair and warm. "The Lord is with me and that in blessings."
Aug. 18 - Father Yeager & I attended the old settlers meeting in Deer Park on the Bluff north of town. Exercises began at 12 M[idday]. First prayer then singing "The old folks song". An address by President. Then dinner - We dined with Richard Cliffords - At 2 ½ we convened again at the Stand where a String Band discoursed some good music & Speeches were made. Weather very fair.
Aug. 19 - At home all day and studied. Weather very fair.
Aug. 20 - At home until 6 PM. Then Wife & I went to S. Prices. Stayed there over night. During the day we had the trustees of Parsonage here. Who concluded to Build or rent a house for their next preacher. Weather very fair.
Aug. 21 - Held service at Beardsley. The congregation had principally deserted us and gone to an Advent Meeting at Northville. Tenets of these Adventists - Christ is not God; Soul is not immortal. The final residence of Sts [saints?] will be on the earth. The 2nd coming of Christ will be made known to the righteous etc., etc.. Held Sabbath School at Dicks S. H. at 2 PM. At evening preached. Weather very fair. Over night at Dicks. Text: Is 35. 8, 9&10 verses.
Aug. 22 - We visited Fergusons at 9 then Stopped at Luther Cliffords. Then visited Mrs. McKinly. Then went to Mr. Greenleafs to get Wife's shawl which we lost a week ago. Then went home. Weather very fair.
Aug. 23 - In Co. with J. Brown went to Ottawa and then with a S. S. Excursion of M. E. Church on the O.O. & T. V. RR went to Streator. Started at Ottawa at 10 AM, arrived at Streator 10.55. Took dinner at Dolls Restaurant. The Entertainment in the grove didn't amount to much. We examined some of the curiosities of Streator. The Coal Slope is 350 feet on the incline and from the top 1/2 mile to where the miners work. We returned at 4 PM. Weather very fair.
Aug. 24 - At home all day. Weather fair.
Aug. 25 - Father Yeager & I went to Ottawa to see about renting or buying Mr. Shulses house. Weather very fair.
Aug. 26 - Went to Jno. Wishers. Wife helped her to color carpet rags. Weather fair.
Aug. 27 - At home until noon. Then went to Dick S. House and met with trustees of Parsonage. They rent out a house at $20.00 a year. Over night at Geo. Keith. Weather very fair.
Aug. 28 - Preached at Harding in Rev. Swartzes place at 10.45. The house was about full, Good attendance. Dined at Rev. Swartzes. Preached at Good Town at 3 PM. Then went to Mr. Websters. Stayed over night. Weather rained some during the day. First Text: Prov. 4. 18. Sec.: Is 35. 7,8.
Aug. 29 - On our Journey to Henry County. Dined at Rev. Dodson. Over night at Bro. Sidney Barbers near New Bedford. Weather had rained during Sunday night which made the roads very muddy in places. Weather very fair, good traveling.
Aug. 30 - Passed through New Bedford to Sodtown. Called at Aldry Booths. Dined at Dan Meyeres. Supped at Geo. Beers. Over night at Geo. Bayes. Got here about 8 o'clock. Weather very fair.
Aug. 31 - In PM we went to Geneseo with Geo. Bayes. Visited grave yard. [?] Visited Mr. Lenharts who are much Bereaved on account of the death of their daughter. Visited Father Jones who is very sick, not expected to live. Weather very fair.
Sep. 1 - In the morning Wife & I went to Pink Prairie & turning around in Wm Painter's yard broke the upper circle & head block of our buggy. Dined at A. Leuberknicht. Fixed up Josie's grave. Took Buggy to Geneseo. Walked back to Green River S. H. where I preached. Weather fair. Over night at Geo. Bayes. Text Js. 35. 7&9 verses.
Sep. 2 - In the morning Geo. Baye & I went to Geneseo. Fetched my Buggy mended by L. Pope. We dined at Hibberts on Pink Prairie. Called on Jos. Henneys. Over night at W. T. Crosiers. Weather very fair.
Sep. 3 - At Crosiers until noon. Then went to Erie. Called at Anderson Crosiers. Attended Rev. Browns Q. M. Over night at Geo. Steels. Rev. Mr. Geo. Colman preached at evening. Weather very fair.
Sep. 4 - Love feast offered by Rev. E. Rogers. It went off very nicely. Preaching by Rev. Hallowell at 10 ½ AM. Sacrament afterwards. We dined on the ground with Bro. Nears. At 3 PM Father Scott discoursed to us. Supped at Geo. Steels. Rev. Rogers preached at evening in my place. I was sick of hoarseness. Over night at Geo. Nears. Weather very fair.
Sep. 5 - In Co. with Bro. Brown we went to Como where we stayed until next day. Preached at evening in village. Rev. Goodenow exhorted after me. Weather rained in PM. Text Is. 35. 8&9.
Sep. 6 - Crossed River on ferry Boat at Como and passed through Rock Falls arrive at Bro. Virgils at 1 PM. Took dinner and offered prayers. Then passing through Amboy and Sublette & Mendota. Stopped over night at Father Eckerts. Roads muddy. Weather fair.
Sep. 7 - Visited Rev. Wendle. Took dinner. Then went home via Triumph and Gould Town. Arrived home at night. Weather fair.
Sep. 8 - Went to La Salle Co. Fair at Ottawa. The Show was tolerably good. Quite a display of Gambling concessions were present which in the name of Christianity aught to be prohibited. Weather very warm.
Sep. 9 - [no entry]
Sep. 10 - [no entry]
Sep. 11 - First Text: Is. 35. 8@9. Second: Prov. 4. 13. Preached at Buck Creek at 10 ½ AM. At Dicks at 3 PM. Went to Beardsley at evening but no body came out to hear, save a few from Dicks S. H. The 7th day Adventists have a tent at Northville which took the Shine of the people. Weather fair. Over night at Beardsley.
Sep. 12 - Visited Rev. Mr. Briden. Also the Advent preachers at their tent in Northville. Had quite a long talk with them. Told one that he didn't keep the 1st Commandment and that he was in the gall of bitterness & bonds of iniquity. Dined at Prices then went home. Weather very fair.
Sep. 13 - At home all day. Weather fair.
Sep. 14 - Rain and bad weather. At home.
Sep. 15 - All day at home packing up our goods. Had intended to go to J. W. Yeagers but didn't for good reasons. Weather fair.
Sep. 16 - Went to Earlville. Dined at Wm Langleys. Took Elder Curts, went home. Weather fair. Elder preached at evening at S. H.
Sep. 17 - Held Service at the grove in PM., the Elder preached. Then we held Q. M. At evening, service was held in S. House. The Elder preached. Weather very fair.
Sep. 18 - I opened Love feast at 9 ½ AM, preaching at 11 AM. Collection for Elder at 12 ½. Sacrament at 1 PM. A Great many communed. A good many dined in the grove. At 3 a children's Meeting was held. Israel Brown gave good music with his class. Then 3 were baptized by emersion. Our Charley was sprinkled - 1 year old. "God was with us."
Sep. 19 - The Elder, father Yeager and myself went to Dayton fishing. We caught 5 small fish. Weather fair.
Sep. 20 - In PM we went to Rev. Jno. Wishers with Elder on a visit. Weather very fair.
Sep. 21 - Took Elder to Ottawa where he took train to Joliet. Got my horse shod in front feet. Weather very fair.
Sep. 22 - Wm Cummings & family were here on a visit. In PM we visited the new O. O. & T. V. R.R. which is completed to Buck Creek.
Sep. 23 - Visited at Mr. Hites in PM. At evening Called at Jos. Caloways. Weather fair.
Sep. 24 - At home all day. Studied. Weather very fair until 3 PM then Set in raining until 6 PM.
Sep. 25 - Preached at Buck Creek at 10 ½. At Dicks 3 PM. Over night at J. H. Dolphs. Weather fair and warm. First Text: Pro. 4. 18. 2nd: Luke 23. 42, 43.
Sep. 26 - Went to Mr. Fergusons. They were not at home. Dined and visited Mr. R. Warrens. Visited and Supped at Mr. Ellerdings. Over night at Father Thomsons. Weather very fair.
Sep. 27 - Called on Mr. Varel. Then visited Rev. N. D. Wood. Stayed over night at Geo. Keiths. Weather very fair.
Sep. 28 - Went [as far as] P. Dicks. Then it began to rain. Wife washed some of her clothes. Over night at R. M. Cliffords. "The Lord preserveth the righteous.
Sep. 29 - Dined at L. Goodrichs. Then went home. Weather fair. Some little rain.
Sep. 30 - At home all day. Weather squally with rain.
Oct. 1 - At home all day. Weather fair. Gave Temperance Lecture at Buck Creek at evening. Small attendance.
Oct. 2 - Held Church Meeting at Buck Creek. Held Sunday School at Dicks, Subject - Divinity of Christ. Held prayer Meeting and Church Meeting at Dicks. At evening lectured on Temperance to a house full. Weather very fair.
Oct. 3 - Went to Earl with my watch. Paid Mr. Grant for 2 prs. Boots, 13 dols. Dined at Ellwells. Then went home. Weather windy.
Oct. 4 - Began to clean house and worked about home. Weather fair.
Oct. 5 - Cleaned house. Weather fair. Boxed some of our goods.
Oct. 6 - Dug our potatoes. Weather fair. Went to Atherton.
Oct. 7 - Sold 7 chairs and Bedstead for $10.00. Went to C. Bells on a visit, then to Ottawa. Stopped at Jas. Rhodes. Over night at H. Curyeas. Weather fair.
Oct. 8 - Went home in the morning, finished packing our things. Then went to Jno. Curyeas. Stayed over night. Weather fair.
Oct. 9 - Farewell service at Buck Creek at 10 ½ AM. Dined at Father Yeagers. Farewell sermon at Dicks. Congregations were large and attentive. Over night at Rev. Nal Woods. Weather very fair and warm. Texts on both occasions: 2 Cor. 13.17.
Oct. 10 - Stopped a while in Earl at H. Simisons, Bernards & W. H. Langleys. Then went to Twin Groves. Dined at S. Taylors. Over night C. Noes. Weather Began to rain hard at evening.
Oct. 11 - Started at 6 AM for Winnebago Co., Ill. Dined on road 9 miles north of Rochelle. Over night at Rev. S. S. Richards. Weather squally and roads muddy all day. "Lead us to the rock that is higher than I."
Oct. 12 - Dined at Wm Bodine. Arrived at Mother in laws at 3 ½ PM. Mrs. Susan Snyder was here to see us, went away 1 hour ere we arrived. Weather squally. "May we arrive safely at our home in heaven."
Oct. 13 - Went to Davis to see Mrs. Susan Snyder. Found her at Jno. Kleckners. Had a pleasant visit with her. She went to Freeport on train at 12 M. We went to Chas. Kleckners and Stayed over night. Weather very fair.
Oct. 14 - Came home again this morning. Then went to Davis and got harness mended. Weather fair.
Oct. 15 - All day at Mother in laws, but went to Durand in PM. Weather fair.
Oct. 16 - Heard Rev. Mr. Campbell at Durand in the morning. He is the M. E. preacher on Durand circuit. In PM the weather rained.
Oct. 17 - Had intended to go to association but did not on account of rain and a few other things. All day at home. Weather rained all day.
Oct. 18 - On train went to Freeport. Dined at J. F. Kleckners. Then went to association held at Harlem Center, arrived there at 31/2 PM. Supped at Bro. Harts, also stayed over night. Weather tolerably fair.
Oct. 19 - Closed up our ministerial association business at 12 ½ PM. Took dinner at Thos. Mets, then walked to Eleroy. Preaching at evening by S. Sutton. Weather fair. Over night at Metses.
Oct. 20 - Session opened by Bishop Dickson at 9 AM. At 1 PM Rev. J. P. Brown & I were examined in 8nd [3rd?] course of reading and approved. Took dinner at E. H. Woodbridges and over night at Rev. J. J. Vaughn preached at evening. Weather fair. D. C. Talbot is with me.
Oct. 21 - Sat in Committee on Members. Dined and over night at E. H. Woodbridges. Weather cold and blustering. Conference passed off pleasantly. Preaching by Lanherrn.
Oct. 22 - Was examined on Elders orders and passed. A pleasant sitting was had. A goodly number were present. Preaching at evening by Dodson. Weather was windy but other wise pleasant at this place. Over night at . H. Woodbridges.
Oct. 23 - Meeting of Love feast was opened by A. B. Fraser. Preaching at 10 ½ by J. Dickson. $85 were raised for Bishop. Then J. Dodson & P. Brown & Myself were ordained Elders by J. Dickson, T. H. Hollwell & P. Hurless. Sunday School anniversary at 3. At even. Stratton preached F. J. Healies funeral. T. Mets over night at.
Oct. 24 - On foot to Freeport. Heard the examination of Rev. Mr. Long. Dined at Mr. J. F. Kleckners. Took train to Davis, at home all night. Weather very fair.
Oct. 25 - Weather rained all day and Misted, so I Stayed in the house all the time. Studied some. "Lord help us do right, live right so the we may die right. Amen."
Oct. 26 - Went to Durand. Got Fanny shod. Jno. Riche and family were here on a visit. Weather rained.
Oct. 27 - We went to Mr. Reuben Benders [cousin]. Took dinner at M. Gifts. Went through Shayville. Had a good visit with Uncle Joe and Reuben Benders. Weather very fair.
Oct. 28 - Went to C. Benders[father] but found them away to work. So we went to W. Bears. Took dinner then went home. Weather very nice. Our visit was pleasant. Uncle Joe is looking toward the close of life. Although hardened by Sin his heart is easily un prepared[?].
Oct. 29 - Visited J. W. Spanglers at evening. Weather fair.
Oct. 30 -Had an appointment at Frankenbergers Chapel but failed to reach it on account of rain. Weather rained all Sat. night, Sunday nearly all day. We stayed at home.

[Moved to Will County]

Oct. 31 - At 2 PM we started of our journey to Will Co. Circuit. Over night at E. Burbanks. Weather fair.
Nov. 1 - We dined at Killkuck. Over night at C. Noes where we arrived at 8.45 PM. Weather very fair. Nice Moonlight.
Nov. 2 -Stopped at R. Halls a few minutes. Dined at WM. Langleys in Earl. Stopped at I. H. Dolphs & Wheelers. Over night at Jos. Yeagers. Weather very fair.
Nov. 3 - Moved our goods preparatory to shipping to Joliet. Visited Mr. Eleh & Athertons. The latter twice. Over night at H. Curyeas. Weather very fair.
Nov. 4 - Started at 8 AM on our journey. Dined within 8 miles of Morrison, merely fed our horse. Over night at Minooka in Grundy Co. This tavern has a billiard Table and Beer, also rowdies. DC Bill $3.50. Weather began to rain at 12 ½ M.
Nov. 5 - Took the south road to Joliet. From thence we went to Calvin Sewards. Stayed over night there. Weather very fair over head but roads very muddy. In Memoria - We found no special encouragement when we entered Will Co. Circuit. Things look very dark.
Nov. 6 - Preached at Union Class at 10 ½ AM. Dined at C. Savards. WE went to Providence Ridge where the people waited for us. Preached there at 2 ½ PM. Over night at Robert Sewards. Weather fair. First Text: Luke 10. 4v. 2nd: 1 Thess 5. 9.
Nov. 7 - W. Bowers & Bro. Reeves went along with us to Wallingford to see about the Parsonage. Stopped at S. Resins. Visited Thom. White who said that I should live among them but I must keep my mouth shut. "God save us from an unbridled Tongue oer."
Nov. 8 - In Co. with Rev. Rutherford and Mr. Thayes went to Milton Center to election of officers. Became acquainted with Rev. [?] Gordon of the M. E. Church. Weather rained tremendously in PM. Over night at Rev. Rutherfords.
Nov. 9 - In Co. with Rev. Rutherford went to Union Class to collect money for parsonage. Succeeded tolerably well. Dined at Calvin Sewards. Weather raw and cold.
Nov. 10 - Wrote letters to Wm. Bender, Wm. Kleckner, Geo. Baye, Frank Radner, T. F. Hallowell - Telescope Offer. In PM in Co. with Rev. Rutherford went to Manhattan to collect money for parsonage. We did not succeed very well. "The Lord be with us, Amen." Weather fair. Over night at Rev. Mr. Rutherford.
Nov. 11 - Went to Joliet to buy furniture and get our goods from depot. We found them all right. Bot bedstead at $4.50 a piece. Chairs at $5.00 per ½ doz. Small high chair $1.00. Weather very fair. Over night at Jno. Greenwoods.
Nov. 12 - Went to see bro. McCauley and Sister, found them not at home. Visited Addisons family, had a good religious time. Dined at Jno. Greenwoods. Then went to Wallingford. Over night at Rev. Rutherfords. Weather vary fair.
Nov. 13 - In Co. with Rev. Rutherford went to Manhattan. Preached at 10 ½ to a full house. Dined at J. Reeves. Preached at Wallingford at 3 PM. Weather began to rain at 4 PM. It was very stormy.
Nov. 14 - In Co. with Rev. Rutherford went to Providence Ridge to collect money for Parsonage. Did not succeed very well. Dined at P. Reeves. Weather clear. Roads very muddy and heavy. We were in the Center School house.
Nov. 15 - Our first Snow Storm 15. 1870 - In Co. with P. Reeves and Rev. Rutherford again went into the Center School house neighborhood to collect money for parsonage, succeeded only partially. Dined at Jno. Humphill. Weather squally with snow and hail. Over night at R. L. Sewards. "The Lord is present - Praise his name."
No.v 16 - On our collecting business. Dined at D. Causebaum, Jun. At Rev. Rutherfords over night. The weather was tolerably fair. Roads heavy. Our first snow.
Nov, 17 - Called at Geo. Evens. In PM went to Thos Whites and at evening moved to Parsonage and began once more to keep house. So far it was a sore trial to us to be dragging around without a home, but the Lord helped us through. "O my soul praise ye the Lord." Weather fair.
Nov. 18 - Fixed up around the house. Banked up with manure. Fixed gate and steps & [?]. Weather fair.
Nov. 19 - Worked around the house. Wife was very sick with Cholera Morbus [acute gastroenteritis]. Weather fair.
Nov. 20 - Started real early to My Work Preaching at Union at 11 AM. Dined at C. Seward. Preached at Mt. Providence Church. Supped at P. Reeves. Preached at Center School house. Over night at.
Nov. 21 - In Co. with W. L. Doroers went to Ellwood and bot things Then went home. Weather very fair.
Nov. 22 - Whitewashed the house & did other things. Weather fair.
Nov. 23 - Papered the large room of the Parsonage. It took W. L. Boron and me all day. Preaching at evening by Rev. Chandler. Weather fair.
Nov. 24 - Worked at the Parsonage all day. Weather fair. Preaching at evening by Elder on Thanksgiving.
Nov. 25 - Worked at Parsonage all day. Weather fair. Rev. Chandler preached at evening.
Nov. 26 - Rev. T. F. Hallawell preached at 2 PM in School house at Wallingford. Then we had held Q. M. Finished up after preaching at evening. Rev. filled the pulpit. Weather very nice.
Nov 27 - I opened the love feast at 11 AM. A goodly number spoke for Jesus. It was good for us to be there. At 11 AM the Elder preached a stirring sermon on the Divinity of Christ. St. Jno. 1 Chap. 1 verse. Collection for Elder $17.50. Communion. Rev. Mr. Morse was present. S. S. Meeting t 3 PM. Preaching at evening by Elder. Weather very beautiful. A good time was had.
Nov. 28 - Took Elder to Joliet. Got a good many things. Went via Jn. Greenwoods home. Weather very fair.
Nov. 29 - At home all day. Weather very fair. Resumed our Meeting at Wallingford School house. I preached. 1 Thess. 5. 9
Nov. 30 - Visited Rev. A. Garvey. Rev. Garvey preached at School house at evening.
Dec. 1 - At home all day. Weather fair. I preached at evening. Rev. Mr. Graves got my horse and buggy. Text: Rev. 22, "The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come'".
Dec. 2 - At home. Weather fair. Rev. Bro. Chandler preached
Dec. 3 - Visited Sister Smith and Bro. Waters. Called at Thos. Whites. Weather cloudy. Preached at School house to very large congregation. Some experienced religion. "To God be the praise." Text: Ruth 2. 11, 12.
Dec. 4 - Started from home to Union. Preached at School house, 10. Dined at Jno. Greenwood. At Mt. P. Ridge, 2. Supped at Bro. Kirks. Preached at Center School house at evening to a full house. Weather warm. Over night at Jas. H. Brodes. Texts for Sunday: Union - Prov. 4. 18. Mt. RP. R. - Is. 35, 8-10. Center - Ruth 2. 11,12.
Dec. 5 - In Co. with W. Bower went to Elwood then home. Weather rained and stormed. At evening we had a small congregation at School house.
Dec. 6 - Went to Elwood with Rev. Rutherford. Chopped wood nearly all day. Rev. Chandler Preached at evening.
Dec. 7 - Went to Shannon Rutherfords. Ground our axes. Weather rainy. Preached at School house. Text Parable of Barren fig tree. Ministerial Association of Wis. Conference District. Spring Grove
Dec. 8 - Helped Rev. Rutherford chop wood all day. Rev. W. H. Chandler also helped. At evening Rev. Chandler preached at School house. Weather very pleasant.
Dec. 9 - Had a Wood Bee. There was a good turn out. 7 cords of wood were chopped and split & hauled to the house. We are very grateful for this liberal donation of work. "To God be the Praise." Weather was very nice. Preached at S. House. Text: St. Jno. 3. 16.
Dec. 10 - Fixed things around the house. At evening we had another meeting at School house. Rev. Chandler preached. Weather fair.
Dec. 11 - Did not go to my App't on account of rain and snow which kept on all day. At evening we had a c… meeting in S. House.
Dec. 12 - Fixed around home. Put up two hitching posts before the door. Visited Father Hall and his son who are sick. Weather squally. Bro. W. L. Bowers preached at S. H. at evening.
Dec. 13 - Around home. Visited Thos. White. Weather snowy. Roads very bad. Held a prayer meeting at evening, one was reclaimed. A good meeting was had.
Dec. 14 - Visited Mr. Brown and the Halls who are still sick, also Brother Clinton. Rev. Chandler preached at evening to a full house. Not much stir. Weather fair.
Dec. 15 - At home until 2 PM. Then held prayer meeting at Bro. Waters. Weather fair. At evening preached at S. House. Mr. Jake Lairs shod my horse. Text: St Luke 10. 4v.
Dec. 16 - Visited Jos. Reason and Samuel and Bro. Holmes. Held Prayer Meeting at Bro. Slaytons. At evening Rev. Chandler preached. Weather fair.
Dec. 17 - Went to Mr. Thayers for apples. Held prayer Meeting at A. Clintons at 2 ½ PM. At evening preached at school house. Weather snowy. Text: Prodigal Son.
Dec. 18 - Attended Mormon meeting by Mr. Briggs at 10 ½ AM. He is a latter day saint of perhaps the stricted [strictest?]kind. In PM opened Sunday School and attended Evangelical German meeting. At evening Preached at School house. Weather cloudy.
Dec. 19 - Visited Bro. Cole in AM. Also the sick of Wallingford. Prayer Meeting at Geo. Evans at 2 PM. At evening we had a good Meeting at School house but the No. was small. Weather began to snow at 9 and continued all day
Dec. 20 - Visited the sick at Wallingford. Held prayer Meeting at Our place at 2 ½. At evening Rev. Chandler preached at School house. Weather very cold. The night was the coldest of this fall yet experienced.
Dec. 21 - At home until 2 PM then went to Mr. Smiths and held prayer meeting. At evening I preached again. Weather very cold. Text: Prodigal Son.
Dec. 22 - At home. At 2 ½ Held prayer Meeting at Mother Grahams. Weather very cold. Rev. Chandler preached at evening.
Dec. 23 - At home. Called at see Mr. Nelson and others. Held prayer Meeting at A. B. Clintons. Rev. Rutherfords preached at evening. Weather very cold.
Dec. 24 - Attended prayer Meeting at School house at 11 AM. At 2 attended S. S. festival in Wallingford S. House. Made a speech. At evening Wife and I attended the Allbright S. S. festival at Bro. Shearriers. Weather very cold.
Dec. 25 - Preached at Manhattan at 11 AM. Dined at home. At Wallingford at 3 PM. Weather very cold. Attended Meeting in School house at evening. Rev. Rutherford preached. First Text: Gal. 4. 4, 5 verses.
Dec. 26 - In Co. with Jno. Rutherfords & Mathew Graham went to Joliet. Bot Flour, 1.40; Gralt, 1.50; Diary, .90; Envelopes, 15; Baby Stockings, 40; 3 yds Calico; 1 spool Silk Thread fine, amt. $1.50; Sugar 50 cts; coffee; 6 sauce dishes, 45. Weather cool but fair.
Dec. 27 - Visited the sick and fixed things around home. Weather a little more moderate. "My religious enjoyment are but trials heavy. The Lord is still with me to comfort and to cheer me. Praise his name."
Dec. 28 - In Co. with W. Bower and Geo. Evans went to Rock Creek to Rev. Chandlers Meeting. Preached for him at evening. Supped at Mother Robinsons. Over night at Thos. McGruders. Weather fair. Text: Prodigal Son, 1st part.
Dec. 29 - In Co. with Rev. Chandler went to Manteno. Fetched Rev. Geo. Coleman. Dined at Thos. McGruder. Then held prayer meeting at School house. Went home. Supped at Geo. Evens. Attended prayer meeting at home. Weather fair but rained during the night.
Dec. 30 - Visited Halls who are still Sick but getting better. Weather soft snow melting. Sledding about spoiled. Sledding was tolerably good for this country. We have had colds in the family.
Dec. 31 - Visited Mr. Chas. Young who gave evidence of still trying to become a Christian. "May God help him to give up all for Christ's sake." At evening attended Mormon Meeting by Mr. Briggs. He made out that Christ was necessitated to be baptized on order to receive the Holy Ghost. This if it is really his belief is truly absurd. Mormonism is evidently against the Bible. "May the Truth triumph in Wallingford." My health this day is very poor. Disease, a bad cold through the whole system. I close up the year with a full determination to press on in the great work of the Ministry. I feel that God is with me. May he give me success in winning Souls to Christ. C. Bender.


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C. Bender - Vicinity of Ottawa Illinois
Wallingford, Will Co., Illinois

Lord - "The Kings of the earth set themselves. The rulers take the council together against the Lord & against his anointed Saying let us break their bands asunder, Let us cast [away] their cords from us. He that Sitteth in the heavens Shall laugh. The Lord Shall have them in derision." [Psalm 2:2-4]

C. Bender, $1.00 / H. Getting, $1.00

Mrs. Gregg Millinery, corner of La Salle S. H., north west from Court house. call

TELESCOPES -
1. U. D. Wood, Earl, LaSalle
2. I. H. Dolph, Freedom
3. Mrs. Lydia Curyea, Ottawa, Ill.
4. Didrick Huff
5. Richard Clifford
6. Mrs. Henry Curyea, Ralph Kimber, ??
7. Mrs. Rachel Kimber, Northville, LaSalle Co., Ill.
8. S. Price, Northville
9. A. H. Wheeler, Ottawa
10. E. Thomson, Freedom
11. Joseph Yeager, Ottawa
12. C. Bender Ottawa
13. W. H. Langley, E…

The Lord my Shepherd is, I shall be well supplied

Wanted soon - Lamp oil, Cloves, Cinnamon, Lemonon, Shoe strings, Foolscap paper, Lemon, P. J., Oil, Awl. / Paper Collars, Shoes


Superintendents - Wheeler, Keith, Dolph, Gilbert Cole, Sec., J. H. Dolph, Treas.
[hard to figure out]

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Rear:

W. R. Coursey Liscomb, Marshall Co., Iowa.
J. M. Stearns, Wallingfrod, Will Co., Illinois.
M. Morell wants songster; Mrs. Rember Hybod. Both are supplied.
A. J. Hoar, Broughton, Livingston Co., Ill. 10 miles east of Oden
Rev. J. Markwood, Columbia, Pa.
J. Kurts, Abilene, Dickenson Co., Kan.
Jas H. Bridge, Elwood, Will Co., Ill.
3 Months

J. Greenwood - vinegar 1 gal.

Thos White - Minly, 2.00 / Pork 7 lbs. Butter 4 ¼, Flour 22, Butter 2 ¾.

Cash Account Recd/Paid]
Jan. 1 - Dick Class $12.00
- Kerosene, Tea, S. Syrup $1.95
Jan. 11 - For Making Coat $2.00; Cotton balling, s. silk .40.
Jan. 14 - 15 Bu. Corn $9.00.
- Balance for corn $9.00.
Jan. 18 - P. Dick $2.00.
Jan. 19 - At Earl Sugar, $1.00, Peaches, Matches .75, Flannel, Calico 1.00, At Harding Collars & Candy .35.
Jan. 21 - Of Mr. P. Dick $1.00
- For Coal 2.00.
Totals for January - Rec'd $24.00; Paid $18.45
Feb. 4 - Bot at Ottawa 18 yds Calico, Sugar, Salt, Salaratus, Soap $1.40.
A. P. Journal, Paper .80, Sleeve buttons .30.
Feb. 6 - At Huffs App. $2.50.
Feb. 7 - Dick App. $5.00, A load of wood.
Feb. 8 - Bot at Ottawa $4.20.
Feb. 8 - At Dick App. $2.00, Beardsley 2.00, Buck Creek .65.
Feb.13 - Bu Certs $1.00
Feb. 14 - Bot Medicine $.50
Feb. 16 - Paid Express $.65, Bot Christian Minstrel 1.15
Feb. 19 - J. Markwood $2.00.
Feb. 20 - Chas, Morel $.30, Mrs. Kimber .35.
Feb. 21 - Mr. Beardsley $5.00.
Feb. 23 - At Ottawa Dye Stuff $.55, Sugar & Molasses 1.30, Envelopes & Oranges .97, Fire shovel & Hominy .55.
Feb.25 - Lumber for Buggy Shed $2.00.
Mar. 9 - At Ottawa 1 Coat ready made $17.75, Pants & Vest Stuff 8.75, Awl. Oil, candy, flour 2.15, Shoe Strings .05
Feb. 26 - Bot Tea $.45.
Apr. 7 - Marriage fee $5.00.
Apr. 8 - Bot at Ottawa Sugar & Tea $1.75, Small Shoes, Strings .50, Crust Sugar .15, H, Kerchefs 2 .60, Beef, Drafting paper .40, A. P. Journal .30, Silk Thread .25, Lemon Essence .25, Paper Collars .25.
Apr. 11 - Of Father Thomson $5.00.
Sub totals - Rec'd $10.00; Paid $4.45
Apr. 13 - Harding - Horse Shod 2 Shoes $.50, Didoes, Bolts, Measure .26.
Apr. 18 - Of Mrs. Kimber $3.00.
Apr. 19 - Bot at Earl - Worm Lozenges $.25, Shoes Mended .50, [?] .10
Apr. 20 - Of Dupre, Eastwell, Gods & groceries $6.85.
Apr. 21 - Ottawa, paper $.10.
Apr. 24 - At Dicks $2.70.
Apr. 25 - Of Peter Dicks $2.00.
Apr. 26 - Marriage Fee $3.00.
Apr. 27 - Ottawa $1.55.
Apr. 28 - Dr. Cender $1.00.
Apr. 30 - Sent Money to Shuy for Tel. 4 Marriage note $1.50.
May 1 - Bot at Ottawa Sugar $.50, Flannel [etc, etc] 1.45.
May 1 - Mis. Money $34.50
May 5 - For weaving Carpet to Mrs. Brown $4.30.
May 5 - From Jno Curyea, 2 Brooms $.80.
May 7 - Dick Class $16.83.
May 8 - Paid Elder $.25.
May 8 - Of Mrs. Belrose $5.00.
May 9 - H. W. Jones Buggy $32.50; Shoes, Beef, Gloves 8.55.
May 10 - Jno. Guryen Polther $.50.
May 12 - Marriage fee $5.00.
May 14 - At Ottawa $4.18; Kerchief .45.
May 16 - Northill Horse Med. Etc. $.35; Books, Mar white 1.20.
May 23 - Amboy dinner $.25; Sterling ferry .15.
May 24 - Gault Pul brush $.35.
May 25 - Coleta Book & Sundry $.67.
May 29 - Frank Yeager $5.00.
May 31 - Bot at Ottawa 2 Lawn Dress 22=8(16) yd $3.5?; Sugar,Readus [?], Shoes, Muslin, etc., etc. 2.05. Total for all $12.47.
June 4 - Sold Lawn dress $1.76; 17 lbs. bacon 2.15; the above to J. Yeager 2.55.
June 4 - At Ottawa coat $3.00, hat 2.75; Cambric Bonnet 2.80; Ink .20, needles .15.
June 10 - Ottawa Raisins, Coffee, Cheese Salt $1.05.
June 10 - Bonnet flower $.35.
June 13 - Rec'd from A. W. Wheeler $5.00.
June 13 - At Earl Some things $.20
June 15 - At Ottawa Sold flour $1.50.
June 15 - Bot Sugar & Somethings $1.80; Bot Clothing for Wife.
June 25 - Sold 4 bu. corn $3.70.
June 25 - Bot Sachel Collars $2.75.
June 26 - Got from Morel $1.00.
June 27 - At Paw Paw horse shod $.70; Bot Sundown & ribbon 1.18.
June 28 - Rochelle [overnight stay] $3.00; Other things .40.
June 30 - At Laona $.35.
July 1 - At Durand $.62.
July 5 - Hitchcocks Analysis $6.00; Pictures, Durand 2.50.
July 6 - Davis, Sundrys $.50.
July 8 - Rockford $1.20; Rockville .14.
July 8 - Rec'd of Mother Riche $2.00.
July 11 - Beef at Earl $.35.
July 19 - Filling Truth by Cranford $2.00.
July 20 - At Ottawa $2.35.
July 24 - At Beardsley $5.50.
July 25 - At Ottawa, Castor $1.00; Sundry 1.45.
July 28 - Northville, S. Syrup $.45.
July 31 - Dick App. $10.25.
July 31 - Our Home Physician $.50.
Aug. 2- Ottawa, Book $1.25; Buttons .25.
Aug. 3 - Dick app. $5.50.
Aug. 6 - Dick app. $9.00.
Aug. 7 - Buck Creek $2.50; in Oats Lawrence 3.50.
Aug. 8 - Sold Book to A. Wheeler $1.50.
Aug 9 - Bot Beef $.25
Aug. 10 - Paid to Scott $.25; Ottawa- Sugar, Tea, Coffee, Cheese, Vinegar, Molasses, Map Book 4.31; Watch guard & harness .50.
Aug. 14 - Sold Corn $3.60.
Aug. 16 - Bot Ottawa- amt. $11.60.
Aug. 17 - Rec'd Buck Creek $4.50; Some Eatables .60.
Aug. 18 - Ottawa- Kerchiefs, Rice & needles $1.30.
Aug. 28 - Ottawa & Streeter[etc etc] $1.15; Sugar & Mutton 1.25.
Aug. 29 - At Walnut Candies $.15.
Aug. 31 - At Geneseo 1 box peaches $1.25.
Sep. 1 - 1 News paper $.05.
Sep. 2 - Paid to L. Pope, Geneseo $1.50 [to fix buggy].
Sep. 3 - Crossing Rock River $.10.
Sep. 3 - Of W. T. Crosur $1.00.
Sep. 4 - Paid H. Scott $.25 [preacher of day].
Sep. 5 - Como Soap $.10.
Sep. 6 - Ferry @ Amboy $.35.
Sep. 8 - Ottawa $1.56.
Sep. 9 - Of J. Brown $1.00.
Sep. 17 - Of Clifford $10.00.
Sep. 21 - Wisher $2.30; Butter of Curyeas .50.
Sep. 21 - Ottawa $7.00.
Sep. 27 - Liniment $.50.
Sep. 29 - Jno. Hoxie $1.00.
(R. Bender, Clarno, Green Co., Wis.)
Oct. 3 - 2 Pr. Boots Grant $13.00.
Oct. 7 - Sold Clairs Bedstead $10.00.
Oct. 7 - Ottawa- 1 pr. Shoes $2.75; pencil points .10; Drygoods 1.00.
Oct. 8 - Rec'd of Mrs. H. Cury $.50.
Oct. 9 - Buck Creek $21.75.
Oct. 10 - Paid for Watch at Earlville $3.00; 1 Small chair .75.
Oct. 11 - Rochelle cheese $.10; Rockford Wh[?] .75.
Oct. 13 - Davis, Socks & Collars $.50.
Oct. 14 - Davis, Mending Harness $.45.
Oct. 14 - Of S. Price $2.00.
Oct. 15 - Durand, Pr. Shoes $.50; Pills & Borax .30.
Oct. 18 - Davis to Freeport $.55; Tobacco for Aunt M. .10.
Oct. 23 - Bishop Dickson $2.00.
Oct. 24 - On Train to Davis $.55.
Oct. 25 - Durand for Things $2.50.
Nov. 2 - Earlville, Sundry things $.35.
Nov. 5 - Over night Minooka $3.50.
Nov. 8 - At Miller Center$.38
Nov. 10 - R. Telescope $1.00.
Nov. 11 - At Joliet- Furniture $15.00; Ottawa Freight to Joliet 4.97; Boiler nails [etc] 2.85; T… groceries 5.60; Other things .50.
Nov. 18 - Milton, Kerosene $.50.
Nov. 21 - Elwood, Wall paper $1.25; Lamp .75; Pail & Coffee Pot 1.00; Other things 1.10.
Nov. 26 - Rec'd at Wallingport $40.00
Nov. 28 - Joliet $17.00; Eyra Cook, [?] 1.00; Almanac Dayton 1.00; Wm. Kleckner 5.00.
Dec. 1 - Mr. Jos. Delancy for fixing clock $1.00.
Dec. 4 - Rec'd of R. Steward $10.00; 4.00.
Dec. 5 - Elwood Goblet Toweling $2.00; Frau Making, W. Rutherford $.25
Dec. 9 - Mr. Harry, Wood $10.00.
Dec. 10 - Milton Center$1.95.
Dec. 15 - Laver, Horse Shod $.50.
Dec. 24 - German festival $1.00.
Dec. 26 - Joliet Goods $8.18.
Dec, 30 - P. O. Stamps $.30.

(D. F. Mann[?], Rock City, Ills.)

Water Proofs: In a Bucket soft water put ½ lb Sugar Lead and ½ lb powdered Allum. Stir at intervals until it becomes clear. Then pour off into another bucket and put the garment in. Let it remain 24 hours. Then hang up to dry without wringing. Use Scottist tweed.

Wanted: 8 ozs. Blue Vitriol; Woods Mills; Hankerchiefs, Sugar, Tea, Muslin, Soap, Dress Goods, Corset - J. I. Shoes, Hat.

Cleaning Collars: Soap - Tree bark. Size 2 inches square into small bits. Soak 3 hours in ½ Pt boiling water.

Rec. for Presiding Elder: 1. 2 - $15.00; 2. 2 - $17.70; 3. - $15.45; 4. - $11.85; 5. - $20.00.

Rec'. as Quarterage: May 22 - Jno. Curyes $1.00, Henry Curyea $2.00; May 29 - Frank Yeager $5.00. Settled with Steward.
Rec'd as Quarterage: Peter Dick $2.00, A. Wheeler $5.00, Chas. Morel & brother $1.50, Mrs. Jno. Curyla $1.00; Beardsley App. $5.50.

Free Methodists Camp Meeting Sep. 7 South of New Oregan C M.

Ellwood: Joseph Rodnick, C S; Joseph Mullegan P L; Martha Mullegan, Elisb Reid, Chary Russel (died), Harriet Bridge, Israel Bridge, Lewis Bridge.

Wallingford: A. Graves, Hannah Rutherford, J. K. Rutherford, C. Seader, S. Pearson, C. L. Steward wife, Geo. Evans wife, Kate White, E. Rodens, Sally Pepper, Chas Graham, J. H. Burklay, S. Robins, Thomas White, Jenny Brown, Eveline Evans.

Sponge the coat well with the liquor. Then sponge in clean water hot enough for washing flannel.

Molasses Candy: For 4 persons - 1 Tea cup Molasses, ½ of Sugar, any kind, 1 Tea spoonful Vinegar, Butter the size of nutmeg. Boil exactly 10 Min. Union: Jno. Greenwood C L, Calvin Seward C S, Mary A. Greenwood, Matilda Greenwood, Luke Barret, Wesley Bowers, Nancy Seward, (Single), Sarah Hull, Amy Aderer (Single), Wm. H. Rowels (Single), Mellisa Addison.

Manhattan: Jerome Reeves, Daniel Crain, Joseph Reasin C S, P. Ridge, R. L. Stewart & Wife, H. Kausaburn. H. Kausaburn Jun. C L, Mary Kausaburn, L. McFarland, Luthana McFarland, Hannah Brown, Amy Brown, S. Groves, Callarne, Austin McCalm, Zenith McCalm, M. JH. Story, S. A. Story, H. McAlester, Amy McAlester, Eliza Filson, Jno. Sletor, Mrs. Sletor. Patiel Reeves, Mrs. Reeves. (Sundemure)

Ottawa Mission -
Apps - 2
Classes - 2
Members reported - 54
Rec'd - 8
Died - 2
Dropped - 5
Removed - 6
Expelled
Withdrawn
Present No. - 49
Decrease - 5
Salary - 330.00
P. E. Salary - 80.00
Conference Col. - 7
Benevolent - 7
For Missions - 28
Telescopes - 13
Childrens Friend - 21
Visitors
Sabbath Schools - 2
Teachers - 8
Scholars - 78
Money for SS Presents - 87
Markwood [bishop] - 2
Total for all 330.00
87.00 [Presents - House rent 50. Stable 12, Other things 25]
14.00
87.00
2.00
510.00
15.00
535.00

Son of Jacob Bower - Lewis Bower, 12 years, was crushed under a roller in June 1870.

Calvin Seward, Southeast, Union Class.


"Woe be unto him that giveth his neighbors drink."

At Dick Class Missionary Money Paid - 1.10.

5 spools, 1 shelf 15.
Bacon 16 cts
Mr. E. Sunborn

Resolution for keeping this a Mission.

Huff School house Quarterly Meeting, May 7, 1870 (32nd Quarterly)
Dick Class Quarterage - 26.53
Buck Creek - No report
Beardsley Apps - 11.35 (Aug. 6&7 Q.M.)

(Population of Rockford 11,563)

Chorus -
"Where the pearly gates will never, never close,
And the tree of live its dewy shadow throws,
Where the ransomed ones in love repose,
Our glorious home shall be."

How to best preach revivals.

Sencuring Rock River for not going preaching in Cipris [cities?].

Do faith and hope continue with Sts after death.

Collected for Elder Curts: $82.70

Babtism by Slices 4.55; Hibbard on Babtism 1.75; Babtism, Obligation, Subjects & Mode by H. M. Shaffer 55.

Died at his fathers home in the Town of Serena, La Salle Co., Ill, April 30, 1870, Son of Ferguson. [see May 2, funeral service for Chas. Ferguson]

Subs U. B. C. History / J. M. Yeager / Jno. Cremson / Lock, Butts, Screws / Tacks / Baby Shoes / Kerosene / Kerchief / Rice / Dried Fruit / One stick of white silk braid / String beans / Package of White Onion Sets / Red flannel 2 yds / Brown Ribbon ¼ wide, 5 yds / Green braid , stick / Burke Henan.


SUMMARY

1870 began with a protracted meeting at the Dick School House near Ottawa, Illinois. The meeting lasted until January 29th. The Appointments he was serving included Dicks Schoolhouse, Hupps Schoolhouse, Beardsley and Buck Creek. Conrad was sick much of February. On February they received the news that Jos. Riche had been converted, "Giving them unutterable joy." Jos. Riche may have been Clarissa's brother, Joshua. In March Conrad built a shed for his buggy, paid $2.00 for lumber. Later on he had a top put on the buggy for $32.50. A terrible ice storm on March 12th left the land and the trees covered with 1 ½ inches of ice. Fishing was enjoyed on at least 8 occasions, the best catch was on May 14th when they caught 6 bullheads and 1 bass.
On May 2 he conducted the funeral of Charles Ferguson, 19 years, 6 months - he had visited the home several times before as Charles had consumption, and several times after the funeral. Conrad took his pastoral responsibilities seriously. On May 12th he married Mr. Joseph Yeager and Miss Mary Brown, the fee was $5.00, they stayed overnight and the "rowdies serenaded and kept us up ½ the night." The area suffered a "drouth" from May 30th to August 5th; on June 24th he remarked that "the oats and small grains are drying up"; on June 24th the "heat" was 105. On June 23rd he stained and varnished his new bookcase made by Mr. Ehly. Conrad apparently whitewashed Mr. Ehly' s house in exchange for the bookcase.
A trip was made to a Ministerial Association Meeting at Coleta, May 24-26. A "journey" to Durand began June 27th, arriving at Mother Riches at 10 PM on the 28th, "the horse nearly gave out". They visited family - Jno. Riches, C. T. Kleckners (cousins on Bender side). Celebrated the 4th of July in the grove at Mother Riches; had Wife's and Charlie's picture taken for $2.50. It was "good & natural". Arrived home at 1 PM on July 11th after doing some preaching on the way home. Conrad commented that, "We had a very good visit, the people were all glad to see us. We hope this visit may redound to the honor and glory of God." On July 19th Wife had 4 teeth filled with gold foil.
On July 26th he "Saw [Atherton] in reference to his allowing his grain to be cut on Sunday. He was not sorry that he did it. He thought it was necessary because bring dead ripe. He promises to do better."
During August he attended a Quarterly Meeting; the Annual District School Picnic at Smith Ford on Indian Creek; the old settlers meeting at Ottawa with Father Yeager; a Sunday School excursion with the M. E. group to Streator on the railroad to see the sights including the coal slope, 350 feet on an incline located ½ mile from where the miners work. [History of La Salle County, "The coal deposits at Streator are inexhaustible, and the yield is pronounced superior…."] "The entertainment in the grove didn't amount to much."
Journeyed to Henry County August 29. Stayed with Geo. Baye on the 30th; fixed up Josie's grave on September 1.
Attended the La Salle County Fair in Ottawa September 8. "The Show was tolerably good. Quite a display of Gambling concessions were present which in the name of Christianity aught to be prohibited." On Sunday, September 11 the attendance at the Beardsley service was very poor due to the people attending a Seventh Day Adventist tent meeting in Northville. On Monday Conrad visited the Adventist preachers and, "Told one that he didn't keep the 1st Commandment and that he was in the gall of bitterness & bonds of iniquity."
Quarterly Meeting for the Ottawa Mission was held in the grove, September 17 and 18. Charlie was "sprinkled" [baptized as an infant].
Began to get ready to move to new appointment on October 4 - cleaned the house, sold furniture, packed goods, dug potatoes. Finished packing on the 8th.
They started for Winnebago County at 6 AM, October 11, for the Annual Conference of the Ministerial Association to be held at Freeport. Arrived at Mother-in-laws at 3 ½ PM October 12. Annual Meeting opened October 18, Conrad was examined for his reading course and passed on the 20th,, and was examined for Elders orders and passed on the 22nd. He was ordained Elder on the 23rd.
Visited Reuben Benders and Uncle Joe Bender in Clarno, Green county, Wisconsin. Had a good visit with Uncle Joe and Reuben Benders. "Uncle Joe is looking toward the close of life. Although hardened by Sin, his heart is easily un prepared" [?]. Tried to see C. Benders [father], but they were away at work.
Moved to the Will County Circuit at 2 PM on October 31. On the way they stopped overnight at a tavern in Minooka that "has a billiard table, beer, also rowdies", bill $3.50. The appointments included: Union Class, Providence Ridge, Center Schoolhouse, Manhattan, and Wallingford. Conrad's comment on arrival in Will County was, "We found no special encouragement when we entered Will Co. Circuit. Things look very dark." This was borne out when he had to spend ten days going from place to place trying to raise enough money to rent a parsonage. They finally moved in November 17th, but worked on the house until November 24th, whitewashed, papered the large room, etc.
A "Wood Bee" was held on December 9th and 7 cords of wood were chopped, split and hauled to the house. [a cord measures 4 feet x 4 feet x 8 feet] "We are very grateful for this liberal donation of work. 'To God be the Praise.'"
Attended a Sunday School festival in the Wallingford Schoolhouse on Christmas Eve afternoon and the Albright Sunday School festival in the evening.

"I feel that God is with me. May he give me success in winning Souls to Christ. C. Bender."

[Transcribed from diary in possession of Dennis Milroy, gggrandson by Bill Bender ggrandson, June 18, 2008.]


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