Diary of Fletcher D. Tallman - 1887

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1887 Diary of Fletcher D. Tallman

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All misspelling’s typed as written, Names capitalized in Transcription only.

Fletcher D. Tallman was born in 1867 in Rensselaerville. He lived his entire life in the area.

Transcribers Note: In 1887, Fletcher was 19 years old and living in Rensselaerville near Medusa.


Sat. Jan 1 – Rainy, I went to Oak Hill and Eagle Mills and Medusa and Home put in the Windows and made the door. Went to Medusa in the evening. MARY had the Doctor.
Sun. Jan 2 – Clear Windy and Cold. Done my chores went to ZEB’s – OSCAR came over and brought breds XXX over and I fixed it and one of my Ruber boots.
Mon. Jan 3 – Clear Very Cold and Windy. I worked for ZEB all day in the Woods.
Tues. Jan 4 – Clear and Cold Worked in the woods all day for ZEB.
Wed. Jan 5 – Snow Squally. I helped thrash buckwheat, all day to ZEB’s. Went to the Donation.
Thur. Jan 6 – Clear. I fixed Hen Boost all day – OSCAR and FRED came over and we caught my chickens. 74 Hens 6 Cocks.
Fri. Jan 7 – Clear. I done my Chores. Went over to ZEB’s and rode down to Oak Hill with Whit Hand come back to Medusa then rode up with ZEB and OSCAR took supper fixed and OSCAR took to Norton Hill to the Oyster Supper
Sat. Jan 8 – Clear. Stayed all night last night. at breakfast then we all went to Greenevill then come up and stopped to WILL DELAMATER’s.
Sun Jan 9 – Stormy. I done my chores put a new handle in my ax XX. ZEB, OSCAR and WILSON DELAMATER were her in the afternoon. MICHEL come over in the eve. I tapped TOM’s boots
Mon. Jan 10 – Cold and Windy. I tapped my boot, Eat breakfast and went up to EUGENE’s – Chopped down two trees. Come down and went down to ZEB’s and rode down to Medusa with OSCAR
Tue. Jan 11 – Clear. Fixed Hen House Etc.
Wed. Jan 12 – Clear. Went up to EUGENE’s come back with UNCLE WILLIAMS and took SELAH ove beyond Smithton. Got home about 10 o’clock in the Eve.
Thu. Jan 13 – Clear. I done my chores went up to GRIFFIN’s come back and corded up a bed stead fixed and went to Medusa to the auction. rode up and took Supper with IRA then come Home stopped to OMER’s and ZEB’s on my way.
Fri. Jan 14 – Stormy. I worked in shop all day. Went over to ED GRIFFIN’s and got 25 ft of pine lumber.
Sat. Jan 15 – Stormy. I done my chores and worked in the Shop all day. Went to Medusa got word that the horse was sick. Walked up with BOTCH FLEMMINGS. OSCAR was here a spell and played dominoes.
Sun. Jan. 16 – Clear. Done my chores. Went down and got WEB’s horse – come home and hitched up. MARY and her brother went over to Lambs Corners.
Mon. Jan. 17 – Stormy. I done chores. Went over to ZEB’s and down to WEB’s to get a horse. come home ground Clam Shells and Corn in the eve. – MICHAL CORNING Stayed here all night.
Tue. Jan 18 – Windy and Clear. I done my Chores and I went over to ZEB’s and then I went up home with CHARLEY LOUNSBURY. Traided a Turkey for a watch and CHARLEY come down and got the Turkey.
Wed. Jan 19 – 14 below. Cloudy. I fixed the Hen House and done my chores.
Thu. Jan. 20 – Cloudy. I done my chores and went over to ZEB’s and up to EUGENE’s and back to ZEB’s and OSCAR come over home with me. I went over to OMER’s and then to Medusa.
Fri. Jan 21 – Clear. I went to WEB’s Helped him put up a load of grain and put his hay Rigging in the barn. I come home and went to Medusa and up to TANNER’s then to Medusa.
Sat. Jan 22 – Clear. Done my chores. Tinkered around all day. MOTHER and I Went over to Preston Hollow just at night.
Sun. Jan 23 – Clear. I done my chores hitched up and went to PETER MILLER’s Come home in eve. IRA and OSCAR and WILL DELAMATER were there. OSCAR stayed all night.
Mon. Jan 24 – Rainy. I done my chores and OSCAR and I shelled a bag full of corn and put up two bags of corn and took 1 bag of Oats and 1 of buckwheat up to the shop. Went over home with OSCAR in the afternoon.
Tue. Jan 25 – Clear and Cool – I done my chores Fixed and went up to EUGENE’s he came around and took my Grist of feed down to Medusa I went down to the Auction with TURK. Come back to Medusa got my mail rode up with OMER and PINNIE.
Wed. Jan 26 – Cloudy Snowed. ORVIL and I cut wood up to EUGENE’s 2 ½ Cords.
Thu. Jan 27 – Clear. We cut wood all day 1 ¾ cords and chopped down 3 trees. 1 beach and 2 maples.
Fri. Jan 28 – Cloudy. We cut wood all day. 1 ½ cords and chopped down 1 maple.
Sat. Jan 29 – Rainy. I done my chores and went down to the funeral come back and cut some wood.
Sun. Jan 30 – Clear. I done my chores took the rifel and OSCAR and I went down to the dam – come back and anpted my feed. IRA was here in the afternoon.
Mon. Jan 31 – Cloudy. ORVIL and I cut wood up to EUGENE’s all day. 2 ¾ Cords.
Tue. Feb 1 – Clear. I went down to help roll in my logs – fixed smokehouse – went to Medusa.
Wed. Feb 2 – Stormy. I went up to RUFUS LOUNSBURY and from there I went to Preston Hollow and then back home.
Thur. Feb 3 – Stormy. We cut wood up to EUGENE COOK’s all day 1 ½ Cords.
Fri. Feb 4 – Clear. Cut wood up to EUGENE’s at the door by the job.
Sat. Feb 5 – Cloudy. Went over to OMER’s and he took me over to LEUTHER HAINES and S. Westerlo and Medusa and home.
Sun. Feb 6 – Cloudy. I tinkered around all day. I DELAMATER and FRED was here.
Mon. Feb 7 – Stormy. Cut some wood up to EUGENE’s XXX the door by the job.
Tue. Feb 8 – Rainy. I tinkered around in the forenoon and we went to Preston Hollow in the Aft. ORVIL and I went to Medusa in the eve rode up with OMER LOUNSBURY.
Wed. Feb 9 – Clear. We cut wood by the job up to EUGENE’s.
Thu. Feb 10 – I cut wood all day.
Fri. Feb 11 – Rainy. I went down to the Sawmill come back and went to Medusa with Pa got the horses. I got a lbs of flour.
Sat. Feb 12 – Grey. I tinkered around and went to FRANK TANNER’s then to Medusa.
Sun. Feb 13 – Clear. I tinkered around all day. OSCAR and FRED were here and stayed all night.
Mon. Feb 14 – Clear. I done my chores hitched up and took MOTHER down to MR. TANNER’s and brought her back to ZEB’s then OSCAR and I went to GEORGE EASTLAND’s to look at some horses come back looked at JACK TUTTLE’s Horse come on back and then to Medusa.
Tue. Feb 15 – Cloudy and Rainy. ORVIL and I cut wood in the forenoon and drawed my lumber and 1 load of Edgeings and One load od Hay in the afternoon.
Wed. Feb 16 – Clear. I done my chores and we cut wood till 10. fixed and went to the funeral of EUGENE’s Baby. Finished drawing my Edgeings and went to Medusa and got the Buck Wheat Flour.
Thu. Feb 17 – Clear. Cut wood in the forenoon and got a load of hay and I took the top off my wagon and went to Oak Hill and back to Medusa to the show.
Fri. Feb 18 – Cloudy. Done chores and tinkered around.
Sat. Feb 19 – Clear. Done chores and split and piled some wood.
Sun. Feb 20. – Clear. I done the chores. WEB and REN HEWIT were here a spell. Done chores. OSCAR was here in the Evening.
Mon. Feb 21 – Cloudy. I done chores and split wood. Went to Medusa in the Eve.
Tue. Feb 22 – Stormy. Done chores went up too EUGENE’s and ZEB’s and down and looked for MILES SCISSON’s Horse. He brought me Home. Done the chores and went over to Preston Hollow and got DR. DESILVIA.
Wed. Feb 23 – Pa is worse. Clear and Windy. I done my chores. Fixed and went up to DAVID BABCOCK’s and to Rensselaerville and back found OSCAR here. Done my chores went down and got ESA TANNER, ED, CHARLEY, and FRED GRIFFIN, JOSEPH PULLMAN were there. DICK LEE come home with me. MARY set up. FRED stayed all night.
Thu. Feb. 24 – Very Windy and clear. I done chores and went down to Medusa with ZEB and OSCAR rode back with JOSEPH PULLMAN and ED GRIFFIN. Done chores. DR DESILVIA and DAVID TALLMAN came about Four O’clock. We moved PA, no better. EUGENE, E. GRIFFIN were in. DICK LEE stayed and helped me.
Fri. Feb 25 – Clear. I done chores. Hitched up and went down and seen BENJAMIN. Come back to Medusa and got the mail. Got Home Found OSCAR here and DARWIN and DR SEBOLT come in a few minutes also CHARLES BILLINGS and ED BOUGHTON. DAVID and OSCAR set up PA no better.
Sat. Feb 26 – Stormy. Pa no better. I done the chores. DR DESILVIA come and then went up to the DARWIN’s and got DR SEBOLT. EUGENE COOK, CHARLEY LOUNSBURY, FRED GRIFFIN were. JOHN come up. I took DR SEBOLT up to ELISA in aft.
Sun. Feb 27 – Clear and Windy. JOHN and I done chores hitched up and we went down to Medusa in the forenoon. BURT and OSCAR and IRA and his family, WEB, and ED FROST and OMER and CHARLEY GRIFFIN, UNCLE DAVID went home and stayed all night.
Mon. Feb 28 – Clear and Windy. I help do chores and we hitched up CHARLEY’s House and over and I took a load of hay up on the hill. Split some wood UNCLE CHARLES went home.
Tue. Mar 1 – Clear. Cut some wood Done chores and took the mules and drew 3 loads of Hay. Took DR SEBOLT doen to AARON JEXXXX and XXX XXXXX. XXXX him to Medusa. $1.00
Wed. Mar 2 – Clear. Oscar come over cut wood a spell. Put the colt in the dark stable. Hitched up and OSCAR and MARY and I went to MEDUSA and OAK HILL and XX brought me a horse $65.00. DAVID went to Albany.
Thu. Mar 3 – Clear. Cut wood and went to Medusa Done Chores Fixed Horse Stable.
Fri. Mar 4 – Clear. I help do chores and we drawed 2 loads of Hay up on the Hill and brought 2 loads of Corn fordder back. MARY went to Medusa. I tapped CHARLES Boots. 60 cents.
Sat. Mar 5 – Clear. I help John do the chores and UNCLE CHARLES, JOHN and me butchered the beef then JOHN and I took the hide up to EUGENE’s and went up to Rensselaerville. Come back and done chores. AUSTIN and his wife and mother come here also JAMES and LILLY. Sun. Mar 6 – Stormy. Done chores. UNCLE AUSTIN and CHARLES went home. UNCLE DAVID come up.
Mon. Mar 7 – Clear. Done chores cut some wood. UNCLE DAVID went up to RUFUS LOUNSBURY. JAMES, HENRY and SULLIVAN made us a farewell visit.
Tue. Mar 8 – Clear. We done chores and cut wood. UNCLE DAVID went to the Auction of A .WHITES and home a little while come back in the eve. I rode down to Medusa and back with CHARLEY LOUNSBURY.
Thu. Mar 9 – We done the chores and cut some wood. MOTHER and JOHN and I went over to Lambs Corners to settle up but did not.
Fri. Mar 10 – Clear. Done chores. MOTHER and I went to Medusa and brought her back to WEB’s and then went over to the Auction to MRS. ANN RIDER’s.
Sat. Mar 12 – Clear. I help do chores. Hitched up and MARY and TOM went to Greenville. JOHN and I went to Oak Hill to take the mare back would not do it. Come Home UNCLE DAVID had the chores done. JOHN cut his wrist with an ax.
Sun. Mar 13 – Clear. Done chores. Went hunting with JOHN, IRA and his wife and child and ED BOUTON and wife and UNCLE DAVID’s wife, WILLET LOUNSBURY and wife and EUGENE COOK were here. I hooked up Kit and went to Medusa.
Mon. Mar 14 – Cloudy. I help do chores. JOHN and I took the mare back again would not take her brought her home. Done chores.
Thu. Mar 15 – Clear. Done chores. Hitched up and MARY and her mother started for Jacksonville and I went to GEORGE BARRETT’s Auction. Come home JOHN Had the chores done. CHARLEY LOUNSBURY was here in the Eve.
Wed. Mar 16 – Clear. I help cut wood and Do chores. WM. S. WHITE was here in the afternoon.
Thu. Mar 17 – Stormy. I help JOHN do chores and we went Hunting. I engaged WM HAGADORN and CHARLEY ROE to thrash our Rye. X. DELAMATER and OSCAR were Here. I rode down to Medusa with him got 3 new Traps.
Fri. Mar 18 – Clear and Windy. Done chores. Went up on the Hill and fixed the cools for the Straw and help cut some Straw. BILL and CHARLEY Commenced Thrashing. UNCLE DAVID come here in the forenoon and CORNELIUS STICKLES and wife come in aft. JOHN and I went to Medusa.
Sat. Mar 19 – Clear. I done chores and went and set some more Traps in the forenoon and Hitched up and went up on the Hill and cleaned up some Rye and took it to the Sawmill. 18 XX Rye. Took 14 XX of Rye and 4 XX of Oats and buckwheat to mill.
Sun. Mar 20 – Clear. JOHN and I found a Skunk in the traps this morning. Done chores. Went up to EUGENE’s. Fixed Hens nest. UNCLE CHARLES come. MARY took the Horse and went down to WEB’s. Then I took the Horse and went to Medusa. C. LOUNSBURY and wife were here.
Mon. Mar 21 – Clear and Warm. Done Chores. Found another Skunk in the Traps. Drew 4 loads of Hay up from the Lower Stack went up on the and drew some Xools got on a log took it to mill. Eat dinner. Drew logs to mill in the afternoon. EUGENE come and got his Turkeys.
Tue. Mar 22 – Snowed all day. Done chores. Worked in the shop. 1 more skunk. Skinned our skunks. Done chores.
Wed. Mar 23 – Very Windy. Done Chores cut wood. ESSENSE PEDLER stayed all night.
Thu. Mar 24 – Clear. Done chores. Got a skunk and a Woodchuck and a Crow. Went to Medusa in the Evening.
Fri. Mar 25 – Clear. Done chores. Took the team and took the rye from the Sawmill to Medusa and got it ground.
Sat. Mar 26 – Clear. I help do chores. Tinkered around all day.
Sun. Mar 27 – Cloudy. Done chores. JOHN and I cut out the Rode from the fore corners to the Maple Tree. Come home hitched up and took GRANDMA up to MERIT’s. Stayed all night.
Mon. Mar 28 – Clear. I started from MERIT’s about 9 o’clock and come to Medusa to the Auction. Stayed in the Evening.
Tue. Mar 29 – Clear and Windy. I done the chores. Hitched up and went to Medusa in afternoon come home. Done chores and went to Medusa in the evening. JOHN went away before breakfast.
Wed. Mar 30 – Clear. Done chores and Tinkered around all day. Done chores.
Thu. Mar 31 – Clear. I done the chores. Hitched up and went to Rensselaerville. Come Home Done chores. Hitched up and went to IRA’s then to Medusa. The Auction closed To Night.
Fri. Apr 1 – Cloudy. I done the chores. Hitched up and went over to IRA’s took dinner went from there to Medusa. Settled up with GIFFORD BROS. and got my things and Come Home. Done chores. UNCLE DAVID got here just Dark.
Sat. Apr 2- Clear. I help DAVID do the chores then we went through and broke the crusX hitched up the mules and plowed out the Rode. I took them and went to the Saw Mill got a black eye while getting some slabs. Skinned a skunk and woodchuck in the aft.
Sun. Apr 3 – Clear. I done chores. Fixed and went up to EUGENE’s Down by ZEB’s. ORVIL come over with me. Done chores.
Mon. Apr 4 – Clear. Done chores ground the ax and went up in the North woods and chopped down and trimmed out 8 trees. Opened the ditch and then Drew 3 loads of Hay from the Lower Stack in the aft. Done chores.
Tue. Apr 5 – Clear. ORVIL and I done chores and Drew up the rest of the hay but one load from the lower stack. UNCLE DAVID come up. Wed. Apr 6 – Clear. We done chores and ORVIL and DAVID and I tagged sheep. JOHN got back about 10 o’clock. Then we all took hold and finished the Sheep.
Thu. Apr 7 – Clear. We done the chores took the Lambs up on the hill fixed the yard fence brought back a load of Rye in the forenoon. I drew wood and JOHN and ORVIL chopped.
Fri. Apr 8 – Clear. I drew wood and JOHN and ORVIL chopped. Done chores.
Sat. Apr 9 – Clear. Done chores. Snaked the logs out of the woods and took XX loads to Sawmill in forenoon. JOHN and I went to Medusa in the aft. ORVIL went to XXXXX and done the chores and come down to Medusa.
Sun. Apr 10 – Clear. I done chores. Shaved off my side whiskers talked a spell went over to OMER’s got my hair cut and rode over with him to RUBIN NORTON’s. Got home just at dark.
Mon. Apr 11 – Clear. JOHN and I done the chores and Sawed wood back of the house. Seen to Traps went down to the Sawmill a few minutes. Done chores. X0 Eggs.
Tue. Apr 12 – Clear. I help do the chores hitched up and went to Rensselaerville. Come back and help do chores. Town Meeting.
Wed. Apr 13 – Cloudy. Done chores and cut wood.
Thu. Apr 14 – Clear. Cut wood and done chores.
Fri. Apr 15 – Cloudy. I help do chores and then we mixed the seed and seeded two pieced of Rye. Cut wood till noon went over to OMER’s, JIMMIE CONWAY and J. HANEY come home with me. AUSTIN and GRANDMA come about noon. JOHN and I cut the ash down XXXX. Sat. Apr 16 – Stormy. Done chores went to the Saw Mill come home fixed the boulster to the wagon. Went to Medusa in the afternoon. AUSTIN went Home about noon.
Sun. Apr 17 – Clear. Done chores. Hitched up for MARY. JOHN and I went fishing. Done chores.
Mon. Apr 18 – Snowed. We done chores. JAMES CONWAY and JOHN Sawed wood and I drew 2 loads of Lumber from the Saw Mill. Made a set of light whiffeltries in aft. Done chores.
Tue. Apr 19. – Clear. I done chores and Drew wood. Went to Medusa in aft.
Wed. Apr 20 – Clear. Done chores. Drew wood in forenoon. Went up and got a load and took it to Medusa from GEO. CAMERON.
Thu. Apr 21 – Clear. Done chores cut wood and Tinkered around all day. MARY went to Oak Hill. GRANDMA hurt herself. 17 Lambs.
Fri. Apr 22 – Clear. Done chores. Finished shelling corn took it up to ELISHA. Took a load of cord wood to Medusa. Got a new filly put in the wagon.
Sat. Apr 23 – Cloudy. Done chores and cut up limbs north of the wood House.
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Thu. Apr 29 – Rainy. Done chores hitched up went to Medusa and got the feed. Done chores. FRED X JOHN FINCH were here in the Evening.
Sat. Apr 30 – Windy and Cool. JOHN and I done chores went up in the woods and cut some logs. Went up to EUGENE’s settled up with him. Come home eat dinner piled up brush in the Garden. Done chores. MARY went to Medusa.
Sun. May 1 – Clear. Put in the Xole Tongue in the Carriage Drove to Medusa. Come Home Eat Dinner hitched up and went up above the village Hired MAGGIE XX.
Mon. May 2 – Clear. Done chores. JOHN and I started after a yoke of Oxen. We brought a yoke up to HARRY CLAPPER’s
Tue. May 3 – Clear. Done chores. Went over to Preston Hollow and got my Oxen.
Wed. May 4 – Clear. Done Chores. Went to plowing with the Oxen. MARY went and got MAGGIE TROX. Commenced her work.
Sun. May 15 – Done chores. JOHN and I went fishing.
Mon. May 16 – Put some Oat and barley and went up on the Hill. JOHN cultivated and sawed Six XX of Oats and Barley. Piled up the logs off the garden carried Xut some rotten apples XXX.
Tue. May 17 – Clear. Done chores. Sawed about Six XX of Oats and barley. Plowed with the Oxen in the aft. Up on the Hill.
Wed. May 18 – Cloudy. I done chores burned the brush in the gardens. One of my Oxen got hurt.
Fri. May 27 – Rainy. Fixed Wagon box took it down and got some Irons made for it.
Sat. May 28 – Rainy. Help do chores and fix wagon box. Took the hired girl home.
Sun. May 29 – Rainy. Done chores.
Sun. June 5 – Clear. Done chores. MARY and TOM went up to Rensselaerville. DELBERT LOUNSBURY, EPTHIUM SNYDER, RUFUS and his family & FRED and WEB and FRED EFNER were Here. I rode down to Medusa with FRED in the eve.
Mon. June 6 – Cloudy. Done chores and took a calf up to JOHN MABIE. Come Home and went to dragging Corn ground. ARTHUR WOODRUFF took dinner Here.v Tue. Jun 7 – Clear. I dragged corn ground all day.
Wed. Jun 8 – Clear. I finished dragging down corn ground in the forenoon and marked it out one way and part the other way.
Thu. Jun 9 – Cloudy. Finished marking and planted my corn. REN HEWITT Helped me ½ day. 38 cents.
Fri. Jun 10 – Clear. I worked on the road all day. REN HEWITT helped me. $1.00
Sat. Jun 11 – Clear. I worked on the road all day. Finished about 5 o’clock. Planted my potatoes in the garden. REN HEWITT Helped me. $1.00
Sun. Jun 12 – Clear. I done chores. Went to Church.
Mon. Jun 13 – Clear. I done chores. Took MOTHER to Medusa. Plowed up on the hill for buckwheat in the aft.
Tue. Jun 14 – Clear. Done chores. Plowed all day.
Wed. Jun 15 – Clear. I done chores. Plowed all day.
Thu. Jun 16 – Clear. I done chores. Plowed in the forenoon and went to Preston Hollow and to Medusa in evening.
Fri. Jun 17 – Clear. I done chores finished plowing on the top of the hill.
Sat. Jun 18 – Cloudy. Done chores. Went over to IRA’s come back and partly cleaned Hen House. Done chores.
Sun. Jun 19 – Cloudy. Done chores. SANFORD MIILLER come down. GRANDMA and DAVID come up about noon.
Sat. Jun 26 – ELIZABETH LOUNSBURY Departed this Life June 26 #1/87
Thu. Dec 1 – Clear and Cold. I went over to JOSEPH FANCHER’s ELIAS BABCOCK’s and up to Rensselaerville then down by DAVID LOUNSBURY. ANDREW brought me home help me do chores and rode to Medusa with him.
Fri. Dec 2 – Cloudy. I finished banking Hen House and drew the Balsom logs to the mill. Sold a pig to MR. BATES.
Sat. Dec 3 – Cloudy.
Fri. Dec 16 – Clear. Cold. Done chores. Shed the Bob Sleigh. Wend to Medusa. CHARLEY LOUNSBURY rode down with me. Come back and back by C. GRIFFIN’s and got his Bob’s.

Transcribed By

Russ Tallman tallman@nycap.rr.com