1941 Dec. 5th Friday
Bright but cold, and snow thawed slowly. I got meals, visited with Bene Clausen, Hank and George Haukaas. Bene walked in and Ed Spotted Elk of Springcreek Day School, his wife, 2 small children, a brother-in-law and wife came so Ben went with them to Wisenberger Place, saw one roan mare, but not other horses so back here and I got dinner as Hank and George came in Pick-Up to see about getting Carol’s bed and they took these Indian Men and Bene to Winter Pasture to see other Roan Mare and he was satisfied but wanted the colts so I sent them home to see later about colts. Will chored and went to [Bachmann’s] where he was to get Mr. and go to Valentine to get Car Winterized and he came back early eve and said that Mr. [Bachmann] wasn’t home so Will to town alone. Haukaas went to Shack, got Carol Jean’s Bed, took to Tom’s and gave them $2.00 to go on Seth Whiting’s account. Haukaas took Bene with them to Store.
Dec. 6th Saturday
Was bright, nice but a south breeze cool. I got meals, Will chored and we went to Rosebud saw Mr. Sherfey Farmer and he said would see about request for colts later so to Ed Spotted Elk’s 1/2 mile west [of] Spring Creek Day School. His Mother and Sister and another Indian rode to St. Francis and Men staid there, Women to Rosebud. We got home at 12 o’clock so I got dinner. Will gave colts in p.m. water in a pail, they drank it. I went with Will afternoon to Wagner Mill and he put Bentonite in tank and finished pipe to carry water and side of yard east of tank. We came home. I laid down, then mopped kitchen. Will hauled 4 loads manure out of the barn.
Dec. 7th Sunday
Northwest wind strong and dusty at times but Bright all day. I got meals and Vivian Whiting Haukaas washed Breakfast and dinner dishes, they came at 10:30 a.m. but I never had work finished yet. Hank, Vivian, Johnny and Johann came early, went home after supper and Will turned on radio at 7:15 p.m. and they were broadcasting War News for Japan had attacked Manila, Pearl Harbor and continued several places in Pacific Ocean. Bene Clausen walked in, so he went with Hank and Will and Johnny to take back to Winter Pasture horses Will brought in this forenoon in order to get 2 roan Mares their colts and another team with colts. Ben went home and Will and Hank chored in eve.
Dec. 8th Monday Immaculate Conception Blessed Virgin
A beautiful bright day. N.W. breeze cool. I got Breakfast and Supper and had dinner at Rosebud Dave’s Cafe. Farmer changed colt request for Spotted Elk there, [went] to Mosher, paid for Lumber. Paid Leases on Range Unit. Stopped at Whiting Store. Stanley will have horses to Rosebud Wednesday.
Dec. 9th Tuesday
Sun shone until near noon began to cloud, was real chilly, never got about 28 degrees and Northwest wind quite Strong. Will chored and got in water and took it out also hung clothes, brought them in, took dump cart got wood in front-room and snow is forecasted. I got meals, laid down in p.m., washed clothes, wrote in diary and listened to War News. The islands of Guam, Midway and Philippines are hardest hit and several hundred killed and Injured. I visited with Bob DuBray who came about 4 p.m. from Whiting Store in Boyd’s Car for he stays there. Will hauled in water, chored, got in 2 roan Mares, their colts, and the Bay mare, Sally, her colt and another one belong[ing] to an old Mare with Scotty on Wisenbergers are in barn and Will hauls water to them. Will also put cattle in yard at Wagner Shed late p.m.