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1 UC Davis Special Collections D-022 4:1: Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary, 1891 Please note that this transcription has not been reviewed for final editing. Please contact us with any questions. Preliminary notes by transcriber: In the Memoranda and Cash Account sections at the end of this volume are a brief comment on the year 1891, and what amounts to an abridged version of the whole diary. On the last Bills Payable page, the final page of the volume, is a record of colts foaled and mares bred. The Pierces attended Henry M. Stanley's lecture in Sacramento on 17 March. 1 May Pierce registered the death of John Le Conte, and he attended his funeral in Berkeley on 3 May. Aunt Ann [Dopkings or mother-in-law of Dopkings?] died 30 May in Woodland. Pierce used the term "O.K." on June 18, the first appearance of this major Americanism in these diaries. Writes of taking electric car from San Francisco to Berkeley for his UC reunion. Mentions the name "Oeste" for the first time, in connection with school meeting on 25 July Throughout are entries about Pierce's participation in the board of the Fairfield school, including discussions and action on construction and repair of building (22-24 Aug). Even with no children of school age, Pierce had been active in school matters for Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 1

2 several years, purchasing and delivering supplies, delivering salary to teacher, being member of the board. Woodland county fair 3-5 Sept. Mention of Vacas family building house opposite Methodist church. First mention of gas engine, 11 Sept. Mentioned again at State Fair. Best wins first prize on his gas engine, 18 Sept. Pierce sold a gas engine on the 27th Sept. He became quite involved in gas engine business in this year. cf 2 Oct. Birth of second son to the Pierce family, 11 Nov. In November Pierce attended several lectures in Sacramento, including one by a Theosophist. Also he saw Jasp. Keene's Merchant of Venice and Richard III. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 2

3 Thurs 1 Jan 1891 Very fogg[y] - almost a rain Cut up meat - Sue took Miss Royce to 3.30 train. Henry plowed piece west of vineyard - got in harrows Fri 2 Jan 1891 Began digging ditch for sewer at back door. Ground sausage in afternoon. Eva went to Davis with Maj to meet her father - he did not come - Sat 3 Jan 1891 Finished up caring for meat. Mr. Gilmore came this a.m. Sue took Eva to 3.30 train. Put in sewer pipe Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 3

4 Sun 4 Jan 1891 Paul went to church on old Maj. Mon 5 Jan 1891 Drove colts to school-house - took dictionary back- gave Miss Ball warrant for December. Sue went to town with her Father and staid to the meeting of ladies aid society - was elected Secretary and treasurer Finished second pipe - began moving fence in back yard - Tues 6 Jan 1891 Finished back fence - Henry began pruning. Wed 7 Jan 1891 Strong north wind - Blacksmithed most of day. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 4

5 Paul plowed corner near beehives. Thurs 8 Jan 1891 Strong north wind Resalted meat. burned stubble in afternoon. Paul went for hogs in LaRue's field - got but three. Shot one duck in creek - Fri 9 Jan 1891 Strong north wind - Fixed bees - got honey - Paul and I went to Mr. Currey's this p.m. - they were not at home. Went to windmill field and shot two ducks - Sat 10 Jan 1891 Sue and I went to Sacramento on 11 a.m. train - got pipe trees &c. Sue went to Ridge House Mrs Burton is remarried Home on 3.05 Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 5

6 Sun 11 Jan 1891 Henry and Yen went to town. Mon 12 Jan 1891 Henry took Mr. Guili's roller home Got ready to take poultry to town tomorrow Gathered up chickens for market. Tues 13 Jan 1891 Took coop of Turkeys and one of roosters to Davis - Sue and I went in buggy - - took 4 rolls butter - got water pipe - trees &c - keg 8d nails. Deposited $200 with B. F. Ligget for Mother. Wed 14 Jan 1891 Set trees - planted potatoes on old vineyard ground - Sue and I went to Mr. McMillans to engage poultry turkeys - shot two ducks. Henry finished pruning Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 6

7 Thurs 15 Jan 1891 Began plowing summerfallow in East field. Sent Paul for 6 hen turkeys to McMillans - he got only five 48#. Got 19 head of hogs from LaRue's home - put them in small vineyard field. Sprinkled a trifle - Fri 16 Jan 1891 Sue went to Sacramento to see Dr. Gardner - she took electric bath also. Put bacon in smokehouse fixed wind mill - Mrs Miller and Celia called as did some gentleman looking for poultry. Sat 17 Jan 1891 Sue and I went on excursion train to Marysville to attend State Citrus Fair. Left Davis reached M 2.15 left M 9.40 reached D p.m. Dined at Presbyterian ladies lunch rooms - Got bugg[y] & rode about town. The display was fine and the trip enjoyable. 17 carloads of people Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 7

8 Sun 18 Jan 1891 Staid last night at Mother's Attended Presbyterian Church in a.m. Sue joined. Attended Methodist church in p.m. home at 6 p.m. Mon 19 Jan 1891 Put out trees and vines. Began plowing orchard Sue and I went to Davis in the afternoon. Sue signed and sent Deed to Glen Alpine to Warren Olney 101 Sansome St. San Francisco. We called at Mr. Hamel's but found the girls out. Dr. Ruddock is visiting Mother. Henry began plowing on east side of field Tues 20 Jan 1891 Paul got three more hogs home from LaRue's - we have 38 here now. Wed 21 Jan 1891 Paul is hauling manure into front yard from creek. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 8

9 Thurs 22 Jan 1891 Tried to get the two wild hogs in the field to kill but failed Fri 23 Jan 1891 Sue and I went to Sacramento on 11 a.m. train - took baths of Dr. Cook. Sue tried to see Dr. Gardner but he was not in Come out at 3.05 Sat 24 Jan 1891 Went out and shot two wild hogs - hauled them in on wagon - got sow from vineyard field - The two large ones are fine - A young man from Canada came looking for work - hired him and he helped butcher. Went to town got man's trunk and the poultry coop - sent 30 doz eggs G. B. A. Sun 25 Jan 1891 Quite strong north wind. Mon 26 Jan 1891 Yen went to town last night on foot came back at 5 a.m. today. North wind - Set new man to hauling manure and grape vines. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 9

10 Went to Davis at 11. for Flora Kron and Mrs Roberts. Tues 27 Jan 1891 Strong north wind. Took visitors to 11 a.m. train Fixed Mother's pump and cleaned out tank. Wed 28 Jan 1891 Joseph is plowing vineyard North wind again Thurs 29 Jan 1891 South wind - blacksmithed some Fri 30 Jan 1891 Separated hogs drove 23 head to lower field Went to the school house in p.m. with Sue - left Jan. warrant Shot 13 ducks - Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 10

11 Sat 31 Jan 1891 Went to Sac with Sue Sue too electric bath & saw Dr. G. Got $ advanced to Glen Alpine. Bought suit of clothes $25 beanpot &c. Sun 1 Feb 1891 Looks very much like rain. Set out plants that came from the East. Mon 2 Feb 1891 Worked in garden. Took dictionary to school Went to lower field - Shot 2 ducks and cottontail. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 11

12 Tues 3 Feb 1891 Worked in garden and took up windmill pump - broke piston - took it to town also 33 doz eggs - B. T. L /2-100# bacon 10 - Got suit of clothes from Sac. paid Larke 275 Put down pump. Wed 4 Feb 1891 Hung up hams and shoulders. Worked in garden - Sue is altering things a good deal Cleaned out large tank Thurs 5 Feb 1891 Sue and I went to Sorosis[?] Club at Mrs A. Martin's Fri 6 Feb 1891 Mrs Pierce went to Sacramento to see the doctors - missed Dr. Gardner - was at funeral of Dr. Nichols Yen went to celebrate China New Year - Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 12

13 Finished plowing above vineyard Plowed front garden - Plowed and sowed to alfalfa the chicken yard Sat 7 Feb 1891 Started Joseph to plowing with eight animals North wind - Sun 8 Feb 1891 Fearful north wind - One of the very worst. Blew chickenyard fence down - Mon 9 Feb 1891 Repaired chickenyard fence Miller's hogs got into field - Watered and worked in garden Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 13

14 Tues 10 Feb 1891 Took red yearling bull to Davis to ship to N. Gilmore - Bull got cut on wire fence Mother has gone to Woodland Mr. Dopking's folks are sick. Wed 11 Feb 1891 Went to Woodland to see Aunt Ann's folks. Mother was there. Aunt Ann is bad off. Bought Johnson's Map for school and foolscap paper. Thurs 12 Feb 1891 Watered things in yard. Went shooting and got 7 ducks. Went into lower field in p.m. put down straw - drove out Mr. Miller's hogs &c. Fri 13 Feb 1891 Went to Davis with Sue - She went to Sacramento for treatment. Fixed Mother's roof and pump - Yen came home - brought a little China boy with him. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 14

15 Joseph broke his plow. Sat 14 Feb 1891 Strong south wind. Started boys to plowing north of barn in east field - Old Sam mule died and was hauled out. Worked about garden and yard It began sprinkling about 9 a.m. and continued most of day. Sun 15 Feb 1891 Rained hard last night and most of today Creek is up about 1/3 full Mon 16 Feb 1891 Rained most of night. Joseph and I put in water pipe to carriage house Began oiling harness and repairing fence along Hext line burned by Lee last fall. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 15

16 Tues 17 Feb 1891 Boys worked on fence - Sue and I went to town in p.m. Got keg nails rice and shoes for Henry - Mr. W. G. Button was buried in Sacramento today - He died Sunday. Mr. Drake is very low. There is much sickness in the country now - Wed 18 Feb 1891 Sue is sick today. Went out to where boys are fencing in p.m. - shot 2 ducks Went to Hext's -- Paid Tauzer $20.00 for plowing last spring - Am not well - my back has got very lame Thurs 19 Feb 1891 Had a bad night and am in a sad condition today. Boys finished fence Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 16

17 Fri 20 Feb 1891 Had another bad night. Boys are oiling harness and fixing stables. Sat 21 Feb 1891 Sent Paul to Davis for mail and steak It began raining before noon and kept it up most of day. Feel some better today. Sun 22 Feb 1891 Rained and blew very hard last night. Am better today The Father of Yen's little nephew came for him today but he did not go home. [The boy's name was "Foon", as noted in Memoranda at end of this volume for 22 Feb.] Rained most of day - Old buck died. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 17

18 Mon 23 Feb 1891 Henry drew $30.00 and went to Sac. Jos took team - got Yen's trunk and can neats foot oil - Sue and I went to Davis and attend Mr. Drake's funeral. Got school maps and posted notices for Grange meeting. Left my keys somewhere. Tues 24 Feb 1891 Went to school house and put up map - gave Miss Ball her warrant for Feb. Went to town for my keys that I had forgotten. Henry came home with many new clothes. Wed 25 Feb 1891 Mr. Miller came to settle today. Sue and I went to Woodland on 11 a.m. train back at 3.20 Sue had dentist work done Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 18

19 Looked up harvester advertisements. Thurs 26 Feb 1891 Sue and Paul went to Sac. Rained toward evening. Shot 3 ducks and a cottontail. Got sick cow from lower field to sheep barn - Fri 27 Feb 1891 Blacksmithed - Boys chopped wood Rained toward evening. " all last night. Sat 28 Feb 1891 Rained most of night and this morning Boys did not work this a.m. Cut wood in p.m. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 19

20 Sue and I went to Davis. Expected Grange meeting but speakers did not come Yen's friend sent Sue flowers &c. Sun 1 Mar 1891 Joseph walked to town. Yen rode on old Maj - Looked very much like rain. Mon 2 Mar 1891 Boys cut wood Sue went to Sacramento - missed the Dr. Received letter from Geo. Dopking saying that Aunt Ann was very sick and if we wanted to see her we must got at once. Tues 3 Mar 1891 Sue and I went to Aunt Ann's - Sue came back to Davis on train Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 20

21 Got rates of advertising from Mail and Democrat. Drove to Davis - Rained while going over to Woodland. Wed 4 Mar 1891 Sue went to Sacramento on 6.35 and I to San Francisco. Bought overcoat. Went to San Leandro on 12 M train - to Oakland on off at Broadway - street car to 16th st. home at 8.20 Sue got picture for Becky Montgomery Thurs 5 Mar 1891 Went to Woodland Rained about half an hour. Inserted ad - in papers - down to Aunt Ann's - she is easier - To Davis at Staid at Mother's Old Jake horse died - Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 21

22 Fri 6 Mar 1891 Fixed hydrant, barn door and other things - Went home at 9.30 Old Jake horse died - Boys are copping wood. Joseph hauled out old Jake - Sat 7 Mar 1891 Slung cow [?] in sheep barn. Joseph and Henry hauled out Birdie - she died last night. Cut hams and shoulders Strong north wind in a.m. Sun 8 Mar 1891 Boys drove to town Sue and I went to church. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 22

23 Mr. Cornwall preached. Took lunch at Mother's. Mon 9 Mar 1891 Looks rainy - sprinkled a little at dusk. Went to Dixon to see Dr. Wells about a harvester. Got up brood mares - Hung up last lot of lambs - Took lunch at Mr. Currey's. Tues 10 Mar 1891 Finished cutting up hams. Hung up last lot of hams. Sue and I went to town in afternoon. took Foon with us. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 23

24 Wed 11 Mar 1891 Started teams plowing summerfallow. Went on tramp in harvester business. - took black colts. Took in Cockwills road - Took supper at Aunt Ann's. George had a spasm while I was there. Stayed at Exchange Thurs 12 Mar 1891 Went to Dinsdale's Baird and Mr. Dopking's Took lunch at Woodland - Stopped at Oliver's - Jacob's - Holme's car[?] during rain- Spurgeon's Ed & Levy Archer's Staid at Phanteul[?] Hotel Had quite a time finding a livery stable Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 24

25 Fri 13 Mar 1891 Went to Stephen's, Archer, Lowe, J. R. Williams, Campbell & Duncan Lunched at Barnes in Esparto at 2.30 p.m. Saw Tim Gallup. Called at Damerons Tadlocks Gillams & - Home at Sue went to Sacramento today - staid in Davis to Mrs. Hoffman's Temperance lecture Roan cow died - Sat 14 Mar 1891 Went to lower field - plows well. Fixed plow - Fixed pump at windmill Lucy was down and could not get up alone - hauled her up with team as did boys yesterday - Sue came home at noon - Went shooting - got duck & hare. Sun 15 Mar 1891 Went to town with Sue Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 25

26 Mon 16 Mar 1891 Am not feeling very well today. Tues 17 Mar 1891 Sent Henry with 32[?] sks barley to Davis. Fixed fence on creek to stop sheep. Flora has mare colt. Mr Thos. Hext called Sue and I went to Sacramento on 11 a.m. train to see and hear Henry M. Stanley who is to lecture at Metropolitan Theater tonight. Wed 18 Mar 1891 Home on train. Got new man Walter Rendall to drive team in Henry's place. Fixed fence Thurs 19 Mar 1891 Took Henry to town $ Gardened for Mother - took her to Woodland train. Went to see Mr. Swingle about harvester. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 26

27 Fri 20 Mar 1891 Strong north wind Plowed garden and vineyard. Prince got shoe fast and had to pull one off. Mr. Montgomery from Merritt's came look for sheep shearing. Sat 21 Mar 1891 Went to Davis - got Prince shod. Sold 6042# barley at 1 1/2 Bought sacks for crop at 7 1/2c. Went to Aunt Anns for lunch- she is much better. Went to Woodland saw Mr Hays & Mr. Bullard about selling bulls - sold two - Gave Thos. Hext one. Saw Mr Herbert Coil about harvesters. Got steak - wine for Mother &c. Sun 22 Mar 1891 Strong north wind - Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 27

28 Sue and I went to church. Mr. Cornwall preached a very poor sermon. Dined at Mother's - took 10# butter to B. F. L. Sold 8871# wheat for $142 1/2 to B. F. L - Walter Rendall went to town rode Major agreeing to be back at 3 p.m. but is not here yet. Mon 23 Mar 1891 Strong north wind. Fixed wire fence to keep sheep from going to Mr. Russells shot duck and two doves. Tues 24 Mar 1891 Planted Mangle Wurtzel beets west of vineyard and plowed potatoes. Plowed orchard west of house. Wed 25 Mar 1891 Went to Davis. took Flora to Liggets jack Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 28

29 Lucy was down and had to be helped up - Went to Dr. Well's and to Dixon Sue went as far as Mr. Currey's and spent the afternoon. dined at Mr C's. Paul planted corn and pumpkins. Thurs 26 Mar 1891 Cloudy - sprinkled some. Made bolts for plow tongue Marked out land in north west corner of east field - boys finished south of slough. Fixed land guage (sic) to plow Joseph broke Paul finished plowing upper vineyards Got up Bismarc Fri 27 Mar 1891 Sue went to Sacramento on 11 a.m. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 29

30 - got her red wrapper. Drove Bismarc to Henley's and school - got orders signed - Cut up hams in afternoon - Sat 28 Mar 1891 Strong north wind Went into field and marked out new lands on wet piece. Have a little over 100 acres to plow yet. Helped Paul plow and gather morning glory in garden. Fixed squirrel poison. Sun 29 Mar 1891 Strong north wind. Waller drew $9.20 and went to Sacramento. Sue and I drove Mack to Davis for Mail in evening. Joe Philleber was run over and killed by cars near Swingles today. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 30

31 Mon 30 Mar 1891 Strong north wind Went to Winters. Saw Englehart Simms York Norton and others on harvester business. Home at drove Prince in cart - Tues 31 Mar 1891 North wind - went to plow field before breakfast. Planted Melon and squash seeds. Sue and I went to Davis with Mack. Planted seeds for Mother - fixed hose - Wed 1 Apr 1891 Went to field before breakfast got up horse colts. Castrated 4 horse colts this p.m. Thurs 2 Apr 1891 Worked about yards - got up sheep to mark, but was too lame Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 31

32 Drove Bismarc to Davis for mail. Fri 3 Apr 1891 Started north on harvester business - Called at McClellan's Hamilton's Seybolds Hawkins & Cliffords. Got to Woodland at 9.15 p.m. supper at Restaurant lodging at Exchange. Sat 4 Apr 1891 Started north at 9 a.m. Called at Mrs. Bummislys[?] Bourn's Hershey's Schliemans Dills and - Got to Woodland at 5 p.m. Saw Lowe Coil and Freeman - Paid for business cars & clock repairing got Hat steak and oranges. Home to 8.10 p.m. Two new men are here tonight. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 32

33 Sun 5 Apr 1891 Walter Rendall quit $7.00 He sold his bed to Joe. Drove Dan to lower field to see plow - Sue and Foon went in knoll for ride. Yen went to town on Maj. Mon 6 Apr 1891 Set tramp spading. Fixed plow for new hand. Began raining about 1.30 p.m. boys had to quit - Rained hard- Blacksmithed - Tues 7 Apr 1891 Had Joseph mend sacks - Went to Davis in p.m. Drew $ for Joseph, but could not send it to Canada as he wished - Heard Weaver boys wanting a harvester. Drove Don Tramp hoeing potatoes. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 33

34 Wed 8 Apr 1891 Started one plow on 69 acre wet piece. Joseph harrowed. Harrowed beet corn and melon ground - also vineyard Drove Don. Blacksmithed Tramp is hoeing vineyard. Fine day but looks like rain. Thurs 9 Apr 1891 Tramp finished vineyard - Set him to lowering ditches for draining field. Joseph is still harrowing - Drove Don to lower field. Sue and I went to Mrs. Greene's to see about Sorosis - No one at home - went to Davis Sent $50.00 to Henry Krausekopf for Joseph. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 34

35 Fri 10 Apr 1891 Rained most of forenoon and considerable in afternoon Boys came in about did not work in p.m. Blacksmithed considerable Paul took Lottie Baby and Gay to Davis - left Baby and Gay - Sat 11 Apr 1891 Boys worked at scraping in dirt to fill slough in lower field. Tramp finished digging drain ditches Sent Paul with spring wagon to Davis took 30 doz eggs - hay fork and wagon truck He got 4 sks flour rice & oats. - brought out Gay and Lottie. Sun 12 Apr 1891 Sue and I went to church - were very late - heard benedictions Went to cemetery. Took Foon to Davis to be barbered. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 35

36 Looks like rain - Mon 13 Apr 1891 Rained much of day. Paul took Flora and Lottie to Davis - left Lottie and brought out Baby - Joseph mended sacks. Thos did nothing John started grade but quit on account of rain. Blacksmithed Tues 14 Apr 1891 John mowed front yard and fixed croquet ground. Jos & Tom cut wood (old bridge) in the p.m. Tom Steel came with Nevada today -- tried Clara & Mabel Larney had colt. But Clara & Mabel in north pasture. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 36

37 Wed 15 Apr 1891 Jos. & Tom work at filling up slough. John mowed yard and worked on croquet ground. Drove Don in p.m. Sue went to town for mail. Thurs 16 Apr 1891 Boys began plowing but had to quit about 10 a.m. on account of the rain. Went to Davis with John - fixed lot at cemetery until rain made us quit - Settled with John - Got oranges, snaps buckskin and $20. Had lunch at Mother's - hoed some there. Fri 17 Apr 1891 Blacksmithed some. Sue and I went to school house in p.m. - took library books. Went to Henley's for order but did not find him at home. Went to Davis saw Mother - who came home on 3. p.m. train. Boys cut wood in p. m. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 37

38 Sat 18 Apr 1891 Looked very much like rain today. Started at 10:30 for Woodland. Found the Harvester business in badly demoralized condition. Called at Aunt Ann's - she is very low - Home at 8.30 It turned out to be a very warm day. Boys cut wood in a.m. scraped ditch in p. m. Got $22.00 left at Bank of Yolo for me by Eli Hays. Sun 19 Apr 1891 Paul went to church. Joseph drew $5.00 and went to Sacramento to meet his friends from Canada - they did not come. Mon 20 Apr 1891 Paul went to town with Baby and Gay. Drove Don to Davis took 10# butter to B. F. L 15c. Took some things to Mother. They sent for Mother at Mr. Dopkings - and she went on 11 a.m. train. Was sick and staid until 4 p.m. - got spuds - Tues 21 Apr 1891 Paul cultivated vines and plowed trees. "Bick" and I had set tos. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 38

39 Poisoned squirrels in creek and out north. Sue and Fran went with me to lower field. Wed 22 Apr 1891 Paul went to Davis with wagon. Took Flora, Sally & Larney - left Sally - took 3 doz eggs to B. F. L. Got wagon - fork Bartlett water wine etc. Sue and I went to Sacramento and took baths at Dr. Cooks - Saw Mr. Sparks about making trade for straw harvester. Thurs 23 Apr 1891 Went to Tim Clifford's to see about trade - no go. Went to Woodland and to Aunt Ann's - she is failing. - home at 6 p.m. Josephs friends came today - 3 of them Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 39

40 Fri 24 Apr 1891 Sue started on 6.35 train for Fresno. Went to Mr. Swingli's Wright's and Brown's Ligget went with me. set man at work for Mother- Mr Sparks and Mr. LaRue were thrown from cart yesterday - La Rue's engine broke down - Joe and Tom are quarreling - Drove Don. Sat 25 Apr 1891 Went in 63.5 a.m.train to San Francisco thence to San Leandro. Back to city at 5 p.m. Staid at 120 Post St Saw President Harrison Secretary Rusk and Postmaster General Wannamaker. The reception to them was grand never to be forgotten. Finished first plowing summerfallow. Sun 26 Apr 1891 Went home on 7.30 a.m. train Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 40

41 Am not feeling at all well. Mr. Clark came to shear sheep - Mon 27 Apr 1891 Started to go north. Got to Cliffords and found him away - he had gone to Davis. Called at Cox's and Hawkins - Returned home e at 2.15 almost if not quite sick abed. Mr. Swingli and Dave Pugh called to see harvester. Gave Miss Ball her April order. Began replowing summerfallow. Tues 28 Apr 1891 Went to Mrs. Greene's Charlie went with me to Grenier's to contradict a lie of Tom Prior's. Went to Davis. Drew $20 of B. F. L and sent it to Sue. Am far from well - Wed 29 Apr 1891 Went to Woodland lunched at Mr. D's- Aunt Ann is failing rapidly Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 41

42 Brought man to work Got steak, paid for school books. Thurs 30 Apr 1891 My new man left before breakfast. Discharged Tom after breakfast. Went to Davis - got another man. Set him to work in afternoon. Called at Mr. Miller's. Dog bit me - Blacksmithed. Mr. Schmeiser's boy called to get job on harvester. gave it to him - Paul plowed morning glory. Fri 1 May 1891 Passed a sleepless night. Intended to got to Fresno on 6.35 train but was unable - Went to Davis with Paul - took 3.30 train to Sac train to Lathrop. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 42

43 7.00 p.m. train to Fresno - Arrived in Fresno at 12 p. m. Eva was at depot. Went to Pleasanton where Sue was staying. John Le Conte died yesterday. Sat 2 May 1891 Called Mr. William's. Got horse and buggy and drove to Hedge Row. Miss Hatch was not at home. Went to Collin's Sue took presents to sick girl. Dined at Mrs Williams. Miss Gilmore called - took her home. Got medicine fruit and confectionary for tomorrow's trip. Sun 3 May 1891 Started at 3.20 for train to Oakland - Sue met Miss Alpine Crane on train. Arrived in Oakland about Met Miss Nye at train who took us to Winsor Notch in her carriage. Had fine apartments Got train and went to funeral of John Le Conte of Berkeley- Lar[g]e attendance - fine singing - Took Mrs Henderson with us to Temescal.[?] Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 43

44 Had Huntley to spend evening with us. Mon 4 May 1891 Started at 7.00 for Mole[?]. - met 7 a.m. train for Sacramento. Got home Daniel at Met Wm Marshall who is coming to work for me this summer. Paul met us with Prince and buggy Sue and I drove Don to lower field William came out with trunk and blankets. Tues 5 May 1891 Sue and I went to Sacramento for baths. Back at 3.30 Called at Mrs. Greene's. Kate & Mr Tuttle start East this eve - William cultivated vineyard. Got hair mattress of Ditmar & Wheat. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 44

45 Wed 6 May 1891 Rained last night and this a.m. Boys did not plow. William fixed mower. Paul went to Davis in p.m. Took 30 doz eggs - got mattrass (sic). Was sick today - did not go out. Thurs 7 May 1891 Boys plowed William cultivated Went to north pasture and Mr. Hexts. Mary has mule colt - Mr. Clark finished sheep shearing - Joseph hurt his foot and was in considerable pain today. Fri 8 May 1891 Joseph did not work today. Wm drove his team. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 45

46 Henry Montgormery came - got up and tried all the mares. Found Blinkie and Mabel in season - sent them to Davis. Sue and I went to Davis - Took Foon. Got shoes for Joe $2.75. Brought Blinkie home Sat 8 May 1891 William cultivated orchards - Sacked wool - fixed horse rake - put on header bed Found sow sick in small pasture. Tim Clifford came and gave order for harvester. Sun 9 May 1891 Sue and I went to church - William took team to town - Yen went - got Chinaman to take his place while he goes to San Francisco this week. He drew $40.00 Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 46

47 Sue Foon and I took walk on creek. Mon 11 May 1891 Went to Davis with Sue - Met Wm S Wright and he came to ranch to see harvester. Sold him one and went to Davis and telegraphed the order. Took Yen and Foon to Davis Yen is going to take Foon home. Tues 12 May 1891 Went to Davis early Got answer to telegram. Went to Mr. Swingli's on harvester business - he was at Lakeport and I telegraphed him. Sue and I went to Mr. Spark's place at Winters. Cannot sell to him. Wed 13 May 1891 Went to Davis in forenoon - Williams and I straightened up north windmill in p.m. Pulled mustard and dock. Boys finished replowing summerfallow - and brought in third plows - Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 47

48 Thurs 14 May 1891 Boys got in tools. Fixed grade to creek and hauled manure - John and I marked lambs - 53 bucks, 46 ewes - Separated old bucks and 16 old ewes - William started mower just at night. Fri 15 May 1891 Paul took mules to lower field and sheep out north - got up cow and calf. Moved sow into windmill field. Plowed morning glory. Sue and I drove to Woodland to see Aunt Ann. She is very low. Got hat and clothes for Joseph - Sections and nails[?] from Diggs - berries and cherries Sat 16 May 1891 William mowed around grain in middle field and north center field. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 48

49 Joseph began raking at noon John finished hauling manure Sue and I went to Davis and to Sunday school picnic at Armstrong's in afternoon. Paul let horses get out today. Sun 17 May 1891 Started early for horses - went down to creek - then to Schmeiser's Plainfield Covells and Davis - Paul found them at LaRue's corral. Our Chinaman went to Davis for good - but returned toward evening. Mr. Swingli sent Dave Pugh to engage harvester for him. Telegraphed for one. Mon 18 May 1891 Strong north wind. Had a bad night - slept but little. Yen came home but went away again to take Foon to San Francisco who returned with him - William began mowing in north field Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 49

50 Went to Davis and sold George Swingli a harvester - took 30 doz eggs and 3 rolls butter. Ligget offers $100 for hay in stack. Butcher got calf. Tues 19 May 1891 Strong north wind. Am not at all well today. Toward evening Sue and I drove Don to Mr. Miller's. I engaged Fury to sew sacks for me on the harvester at $2.00 per day - The old folks are both complaining a good deal. Wed 20 May 1891 Strong north wind again. Helped cock hay before breakfast and in forenoon did more out on knoll. Sue and I took Soon[?] to Davis and got Yen who has just returned from San Francisco. Yen brought Sue an elegant fan, some fruit and confectionary Yen drew $10.00 Got strawberries, rhubarb & lemons. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 50

51 [Note in margin for this date: "Sent for I. X. L. compound.] Thurs 21 May 1891 Sue and I went to school and called on Mrs. Guili. Rode through hayfield. Fri 22 May 1891 Cleaned house - parlor and bedroom - whitewashed We intended to go to the school exhibition tonight but got too tired. Sue went to bed without supper. Finished mowing - put on header bed for hay hauling - Butcher got calf. Sat 23 May 1891 Fixed things for hay hauling - got in two loads - Sue and I went to town - Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 51

52 hired a Dutchman for haying. Sun 24 May 1891 Beautiful day. took walk to Mr. Miller's east line before breakfast. Yen walked to Davis and back Mon 25 May 1891 Went to lower field with Paul Drove Mr. Miller's hogs home - cut thistle - got up old three teated cow and calf - calf for veal. Cleaned house - sitting room and front bedroom. Tues 26 May 1891 Cleaned house - our bedroom - whitewashed - Got up Jack, Daisy - Goliath & Kate mules and put them in windmill field as they are rather thin. Cool and cloudy. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 52

53 Wed 27 May 1891 Sue and I went to Sacramento on Rained hard about half an hour at about 11 a.m. Sue got drygoods wrap &c. and picture for Edith Smith who is to be married next week. Drew $200 for D. O. Mills. Got $150 draft on San Francisco for Equitable life ins. Co Got cherries for canning. Thurs 28 May 1891 William is working on harvester Joseph hoeing beets &c. John succering[?] grape vines. [suckering?] William and I fixed up mower Began mowing at noon. - machine broke down twice. Miss Ball of Winters spent the day with us. Fri 29 May 1891 [Pierce mixed up entries for Fri and Sat and noted error in margin.] Boys hauled hay into cow barn. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 53

54 Sat 30 May 1891 Raked hay most of the day - Sprinkled several times. Stopped mowing at noon - all hands bunched hay in afternoon - Dan Patterson came out from town with message from Mother announcing Aunt Ann's death. Sun 31 May 1891 Went to Davis in morning. Took flowers to Mr. Dopking's Aunt Ann was buried from her home at 1.30 p.m. from church 2 p.m. Rev. Seneca Jones preached her sermon. There was a large attendance. - got home at about 8 p.m. Sue was sick and could not go. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 54

55 Mon 1 June 1891 William finished mowing and began hauling hay in forenoon. R. H. Newton and daughter and a Miss Spencer called applying for our school. M. S. Currey and family called. Sue and I went to Davis - got Prince shod. Miss Ball called late with bill of Day and Wyatt. Tues 2 June 1891 Worked about place in forenoon Went to school elections in p.m. I was re-elected Trustee. Mrs. Pierce went to Mr Schmeiser's and staid until I got back. Wed 3 June 1891 Took Sue to train - she went to Sacramento for bath[?]- Went to Mr. Dopkings on business. Then to Woodland. Paid Democrat for printing - Got extras for harvester, spray pump &c. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 55

56 Got back to Davis at 6.20 home 8.30 Got washing for the boys Drew $10 of B. F. L. Thurs 4 June 1891 Boys finished filling horse barn this forenoon and began on sheep barn. Sue and I went to Mrs. Greene's to attend Sorosis. Large attendance nice time - played croquet until late home at Fri 5 June 1891 Blacksmithed in forenoon - L. Walker called for insurance - gave him insurance on middle field. Sue and I went to Davis - then to Mrs. Greene's for the silver left there yesterday - Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 56

57 Sat 6 June 1891 Blacksmithed and worked on harvester. Sue went to train for Eva. - took Maj. & Barney in wagon. Sun 7 June 1891 William drew $20 Yen $20. William went to Sacramento. Yen and I went to Davis in cart. Preacher sick today no sermon. Fixed Mothers cistern Mon 8 June 1891 Finished haying - Got out harvester. Sue and Eva went to Sacramento - came out at 3.30 and brought Miss Agnes Parson with them Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 57

58 Tues 9 June 1891 Discharged John Fillippe $ William tinkered on harvester Paul and John built fence across the creek at lower place - Joseph went to town with span of mules got Miss Parson's trunk three bales sacks, twine &c Miss P and I went to Mothers & Mr Hamels. got 2 boxes raspberries - Wed 10 June 1891 Sprinkled a little - Mr. Currey started his harvester. Discharged John Smith $44.05 Mr. Swingle called Insurance agents from Dixon Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 58

59 Thurs 11 June 1891 Rained in forenoon. Went to Davis and unloaded W. S. Wrights harvester. Fri 12 June 1891 Went to Davis at noon and unloaded Geo Swingle's harvester. The Misses Hamel called today during my absence. Got 2 bxs strawberries. glass jars &c Sat 13 June 1891 Went to Mr. Swingle's - set up and started (empty) his harvester. Went to Wm Wright's found him short some things wrote for them. Got home late 9.45 Took supper with Mother. Mrs. Adams & Mrs. Huston called looking after the interests of a profed [?] [proper?] temperance paper. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 59

60 Sun 14 June 1891 Eva, Agnus and Yen went to Davis Mr and Mrs Schmeiser called today. Mon 15 June 1891 Went to T. C. Cliffords to put up his harvester. There was no one at home. Got dinner at neighbors - Went to Woodland - got a few things for machine - Home later. Tues 16 June 1891 Worked about home - Wed 17 June 1891 Wright sent for me - Went at once - fixed rig - intended to start but it rained so that we could not. Went to Swingli's- for subscriptions to District Fair - Subscribed for 5 shares $50 Thurs 18 June 1891 Went to Davis at 11 a.m. took Eva to Sac train. Wm went - got 2000 sks & some lumber. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 60

61 Went to Swingli's to dinner Started Swingli's harvester. All O.K. Wright started - ran link through cylinder 23 teeth departed. Home at 8.30 Met Miss Mattie Lee an applicant for school. Wm went to town sacks and timber for truck Fri 19 June 1891 William is making header truck. Very cloudy and windy. Sue and I went to Davis Sue to Sorosis meeting Mrs. Greene sent for me to help them about their harvest - went there after Sorosis - Sat 20 June 1891 Put wire on fences out north. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 61

62 Went to Wrights in p.m. as he came after me - he had a little run away - not much broken - Took cylinder pulley to Swingli. Joseph went with me. Got washing for boys J 50c W 90c Joseph drew $5.00 Sun 21 June 1891 The little mare Roxy for which I traded goats died last night Mr. Theodore Schmeiser came today looking for harvesting. Mon 22 June 1891 Began harvesting barley on the creek. Everything goes well. Eva and Agnes went to Woodland to dentist Miss Haggerty went home at 3.30 Yen was sick and went to town and sent another boy out to take his place. Tues 23 June 1891 Am not at all well today Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 62

63 Wed 24 June 1891 Sue took me to early train - went to 16th street 9.40 took horse and buggy at City Hall stables went to San Leandro at got back to Stables at 1.15 left at 1.25 on electric cars for Berkeley ar. about 2 p.m. Attended lunch to Alumni. Went to Oakland thence to San Francisco. Stopped at Grand 150. Attended Alumni Banquet at The California retired at Thurs 25 June 1891 Rose at 6 a.m. dined at Wilson Barney Mooney to haul grain. home on a.m. train. Sue met me at train. Hired Boys finished barley yesterday and began wheat - Grain turns out very poorly - Fri 26 June 1891 Strong north wind - Was quite sick last night and today am scarcely able to sit up. Mooney began hauling grain. Sue and I went to Mr. Schmeiser's. Mr. S. wants me to cut his grain and I expect to go to his place about next Friday - Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 63

64 Sat 27 June 1891 No north wind - it had blown all of week. Went into field north of shop with harvester. Ran cylinder belt off and into gearing. At did same and broke counter box 29 - Went to Davis took 30 doz eggs 17c Drew $ Paid Yen $ Yen came home Sent Eva to town with telegram for extra. Put header cast together - very warm 98 degrees. Sun 28 June 1891 Very strong north wind in a.m. very warm in p. m. 104 at Mother's Went to Davisville for extras ordered - they did not come - Barney Mooney the grain hauler gave out and quit. Mon 29 June 1891 Paul and Eva went to Woodland - Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 64

65 Eva wanted a tooth pulled and Dr. Holme's assistant Ben Cory pulled the wrong tooth - The came home in livery rig. My extra for harvester has not arrived. Fixed up and started without it. Drew $40 B.F. L. Tues 30 June 1891 Paul went to town and got Maj and the buggy and the extra for harvester Washed this a.m. Very warm 108 degrees. Wed 1 July 1891 Went to Davis in a.m. Met Miss Murphy at train. Mr. Currey took tea here Warm 104 degrees. Thurs 2 July 1891 Ralp[h] horse had colic - they brought him in just before noon and he died at 1.30 Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 65

66 Went to town and got two men to haul grain from middle field. Fri 3 July 1891 Hauled grain - four horses - our wagon team went badly and I drove for the men - Paul took Eva & Agnes to train - Eva goes home - A. to Sacramento. Boys finished cutting middle field about 4 p.m. Then went to Mr. Schmeiser's Mr. Currey dined here. Sue and Anna went to his place. Anna went to Woodland. Went to Swinglis. got check for Harvester to[?] Wright's - got note. Sat 4 July 1891 Hauled grain- put about 500 sx in granary. Had 1088 in field. Cloudy in forenoon. 98 degrees in p.m. Sun 5 July 1891 North wind. Joseph came home and brought Kate - took Bruno. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 66

67 Went to town in wagon - took Yen and the two men who hauled grain. Sent W. S. Wright's notes for harvester to D. Best. Mon 6 July 1891 Sue and I went to Sacramento on took electric baths. Sent check for Swingli's harvester to D. Best. Got shoes shirts &c. Sue did some shopping. - home on 7.30 train Saw Coleman about land matters. Tues 7 July 1891 Went to harvester at Schmeiser's. Then to Clifford's at Stoddard's dined at Stoddards Went to Woodland sent Cliffords notes to D. Best. Had insurance policy righted - got pie plate lifter jelly glasses &c. Took supper with Mr. York at the Byrn's. Found Sue sick when I got home. Wed 8 July 1891 F. M. Brown of Woodland called. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 67

68 At home all day - Thurs 9 July 1891 Ed McMillan came for straw dump. Boys got into his field last night. Went to Davis for oil Mr. Dopking was there and came home with me - took him to 7.30 train Sue going. Arranged to have B. F. Ligget carry Best's extras - Fri 10 July 1891 Sprinkled this forenoon. Canned 154 half gallon jars apricots Made jelly. Butcher came for calf. Went to McMillan's in p.m. Boys are doing well. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 68

69 Sat 11 July 1891 Strong north wind Took Agnes Parson to 3.30 train She is going to Genoa, Nevada. Paid J. P. Collins $10.00 on acct. Sun 12 July 1891 Moderate north wind William came down with some tinkering for harvester Mon 13 July 1891 Worked butter, churned, preserved apricots, washed, covered wheat sacks with straw - Sue and I went to town in evening - took 15 doz eggs 17c. Brought Yen home from his trip. Tues 14 July 1891 Not very well today. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 69

70 Paul finished strawing grain - Picked apricots & dug potatoes. Sue and I went to harvester at McMillan's. They were on some tough barley cutting. Helped Sue sew. Got some elderberries Wed 15 July 1891 Went to McMillan's early. Bays finished and came home. Set machine in gear at north gate and began on wheat. Sue and I went to Davis Got letter from D. Best. Wright wants to pay - Thurs 16 July 1891 Went to Davis with Sue - then to Wright's with Andy Martin. Sue staid to Sorosis meeting at Geo K Tufts.[?] - late getting home. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 70

71 Fri 17 July 1891 Went to Sac on Sue and Mother on Had baths Grain draper gave out - went to Mr. Spark's and got another of him. Boys hauled [?] up wheat in forenoon - Sat 18 July 1891 Went to Dixon took early train for Port Costa - went to Martinez staid 1 1/2 hours - - took train for Brentwood ar Met Mr Best. Rode and walked to Mr. E. D. Grigsby's Saw New Model Harvester at work - - Fine- went to Byron Springs Sun 19 July 1891 Had early breakfast and walked from Springs to train - Home at Sue and Yen met me at Davis. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 71

72 Mon 20 July 1891 Washed in morning. Fixed wagon and back action tongue. Tues 21 July 1891 Went to McMillan's and Schmeiser's to get settlement Went to Woodland. - got peaches jelly glasses &c. Saw Mr. Dopking. Ben Ligget rode home with me - very warm. Fixed some things for Mother - took dinner there. Got 5 gals. Castor oil. Wed 22 July 1891 Harvester had slight break down "19A." Set boys to hauling grain Went to Davis for extra - took 15 doz eggs 17c 2 rolls butter 50c and things to Mother. Fury gave out - helped haul one load. Went to field and hauled in p.m. Mrs. Ligget spent the day here. Thurs 23 July 1891 Took two wagons to Davis to have tire set. Took Mother bread. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 72

73 Aunt Delia got sliver in finger - took her to Dr. Bates to extract it. Fixed wagon for Woodland trip. Got up sheep - sorted out 20 head. - loaded them after supper. Fri 24 July 1891 Started at 2.10 p.m. for Woodland with 20 head sheep - arrived at 6.05 got home at very warm. Brought 16 cords of wood of F. S. Freeman. Worked in shop - Sat 25 July 1891 Hauled straw to cover grain brought in screenings. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 73

74 In afternoon went to school house to attend school meeting but Oeste had left and we [we] could not have any. Left books at school. Sun 26 July 1891 Boys went to Dixon Very warm 104 degrees for several hours. Mon 27 July 1891 Finished harvesting. Cut about 790 acres in 28 1/2 days including moving time. Sue and I went to Sacramento - Started for 6.50 train - missed it - - went to cemetery - to Sac. on Got money for men - Sue did shopping for herself and Eva. Out at 3. Boys [put?] harvester in shed. Tues 28 July 1891 Joseph and John hauled grain to corral. - rest of boys left. Sue and I went to see Mrs. Greene who was thrown from her buggy - Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 74

75 She is improving. Went to Davis -- took 617 sks back. 15 doz eggs - Williams blankets. Fixed squirrel poison. Wed 29 July 1891 Boys finished piling wheat - Paul and I covered wheat - - hauled in screenings - found 5 sks wheat that was left in field Began hauling to town - grain averages only 130 to sk. Went to Davis- sent express package to Mr. Geo. E. Wilson San Rafael. Took Fung's[?] blankets home. Thurs 30 July 1891 Went to Woodland - Saw W. R. Mumua[?] and Baird Bros - Lunched with Mr. Dopking. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 75

76 Got peaches soap &c. Fri 31 July 1891 Went to Davis in morning 15 doz eggs 17c 3 rolls butter 50c. got wheat flour beans &c. Took tank off running gear and put header bed on - hauled load of straw. Hauled 50 sks barley in spring wagon G. W. Hutchin's barley grinder came - started ground about 508 [s]ks. They have cook and feed wagon. Sat 1 Aug 1891 Went to Davis at 5 a.m. for blackberries. A tramp was killed on railroad at Davis this morning. Barley grinders finished about 4 p.m. ground 558 sks 112# They went to Tauzer's. Sue and I went to attend meeting Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 76

77 Trustees of Fairfield by appointment but Oeste ran off again. Sun 2 Aug 1891 Henle by appointment was to meet here today but failed. Sue and I visited Mother took Yen to be shaved. Mon 3 Aug 1891 Paul took Susie and me to train. Sue took bath and got ready for Glen Alpine. Took 11 p.m. train for Truckee. I stayed at Western Hotel. Tues 4 Aug 1891 Went to Davis on 6.30 a.m. train Paul brought horse and buggy down - Went to Woodland to attend meeting of Supervisors to consider Stephenson bridge matter. But little opposition. Sparks and Russell about to eat me because I objected. Henle & Oeste have held a school meeting Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 77

78 Wed 5 Aug 1891 Paul took me to 6.50 train. Mother and I went to Port Costa Thence to Byron Springs arriving at Was very tired - took nap. Mother has room 12 - I room 10. Thurs 6 Aug 1891 Took hot salt bath in morning. Mother same in p.m. There are about 100 people at Byron. Fri 7 Aug 1891 Mother and I took baths in the afternoon. Sat 8 Aug 1891 Took bath early. Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 78

79 Left Byron at 11 a.m. - Went by way of Lathrop Stockton and Sacramento. Arrived at Davis at Rode out on grain wagon. Found things going along smoothly. Sun 8 Aug 1891 Rather warm. Yen went fishing - caught a half bucketfull of catfish Mon 9 Aug 1891 Went to Davis in forenoon - sent for Byron water - Boys finished hauling - have about 3583 sks stored at Liggetts Fixed wagons for wood hauling - Tues 11 Aug 1891 Went with boys to Freeman's for wood - got nine cords - Had meeting of school trustees Transcription of George Pierce Jr. Diary from UC Davis Special Collections Page 79