July 19, 1956, Thursday
Real chilly last night. I had to shut doors and sun shone with a few scattered clouds but chilly, 68 above around 10 a.m. Will looked at cow, and no calf. Fed chickens and got corn for them. He took out a tub of junk as went to put oil sacks on fly chains where cattle rub. David, Bill, Leslie and Dave went to field and took out a Tank of Gas gotten at Stand here. It is on wagon. Will put clothes out late p.m. but they dried and folded them this a.m. Ray Reynolds and 12 yr. old son of Rosebud Range Division came to count our cattle and met Will coming in from pasture.
July 20, 1956, Friday
Bright day and not so hot. Men have another man to help, got at O’Kreek last eve, Valentino Z., who is staying with his father-in-law, has 8 years in Air Force and going back this fall from Yankton, S.D. He and Bill Parker are mowing hay on Medicine Eagle. David Whiting, stacker driver, got cut at elbow joint by Bill Parker with sickle, and Leslie Johnson took him home this p.m. as ladies were showing at Thomas’s. Thomas had to go to Dr. at Winner with a sore on his left arm somewhere near wrist and he went to Rosebud to pay lease, came home, had to take him to Winner for shots, he is better now but not doing much. The shower for Joan Whiting, Dick’s wife since June 29 at St. Francis. Louise and Mary came from shower. Will, Jack, Cherrie and Mary in our car to Pierce Dam going out to road and Louise and I in her car. We came back and Cherrie was asleep, jack hungry so ate peach and apple. We left Cherrie in car asleep and Will in pick up, got in milk cows. I am better this eve.
July 21, 1956, Saturday
Will’s 63rd Birthday. Bright day so men stacked on Medicine Eagle and finished Boyer stacking, around 30 stacks now. Horses came in make to dogs bark and we got up a lot. Will was going out to pasture but did not go as he cleaned front room and east half of my bed room. He cleaned radiators on pick up and our car then rested. I picked up some things but not much and my feet bother.
July 22, 1956, Sunday
Bright, nice day so I baked cup-cakes that were not very large on account of not enough dough but chocolate frosting O.K. and I fried a chicken for lunch and had gravy for supper, also macaroni and beef, lettuce and sauce. Jerry, Billie, Annita and Mrs. Bob Brinda, 2 yr. old daughter, 20 mo. old son went in Brindas’ car somewhere. Leslie in his car to Antelope Ranch to fish and Brindas to eat fried chicken, tea, cupcakes.
July 23, 1956, Monday
Bright, hot day. Jeanne came and she and I ran hot water in tub to wash but she passed out. Will tried to get her to bed but she fell in doorway, finally got to bed. I put cold clothes on her head, gave her apricot juice and water and coffee. Will and Jack got Athel and Jimmie, and Athel washed Jeanne’s clothes, hung them out and brought them in, washed our dishes. Jeanne and I got pie made and dinner cooked. Athel helped a lot and all rested some, here and there and everywhere, Cherrie and I on bed. Will fixed oil cattle rubs with sacks and after dinner Leslie and Dave with Will took Stranger to Big Pasture to get cow to sew up as wethers out. Our eats were gravy, potato salad of lettuce, pickles, tomatoes and French dressing, macaroni and beef, string beans, carrots and potatoes fixes with frankfurters, apple, blackberry and blueberry pies. My feet hurt so I kept off them. Men took calves, 9 mothers and a cow to calf to spray pen. Ear marked and vaccinated for blackleg at Big Pasture. Doris came with David, Bobbie, Patsy and Danny and all had pie and ice cream.
July 24, 1956, Tuesday
My birthday, born 1881. Bright, nice day. I did usual work and played solitaire and read. Will took 2 yr. old heifer to Winner Ice Plant to get butchered and cooked and wrapped (processing, they call it) and he can get it Saturday, July 28. He came home before noon and is all in so slept some. Parkers here this day at times and men worked at hay that Valentino and Bill Parker mowed. David and Leslie and Dave stacked on sub marginal northwest part of My Creek Land.
July 25, 1956, Wednesday
Rained some last night but not much at haying on sub marginal & Katz & Dorian. Dave, Jeanne, Bill & Jack & Cherry to Winner. Jeanne & Cherrie went to Doctor Hayes for Jeanne’s polio shot. Bill got driver’s license, Dave repairs and Jeanne groceries and home in eve. Leslie and Valentino mowed until 5 p.m., Leslie rushed him to Winner to get finger that he cut off in sickle dressed, jus the point on right hand index finger and home at 7 p.m.