1922 Dec. 31st Sunday.
Was a bright day but breeze that was a little cool. Messrs. Kelley Martin, Geo. Krikac, Howard Broadstreet came hunting and Will went along for awhile. I started to pick out some goods in National and Will went to Nelson’s to see about buying corn which they [will] shell Tuesday. Paul Meyers came to see folks between trains yesterday.
1932 Dec. 31st Saturday
South west breeze, bright and not so cold for Men got water and I washed towels & Dish-towels and a few pieces and got them on line with-out freezing also got meals, mopped floors and ironed some clothes. Will & Roy put hay in barn and fed stock. Wm looked at traps and fixed hog-house.
1942 Dec. 31st Thursday.
Not one bit of breeze so still, cloudy and frosty in morning, sun came out awhile towards eve but no stay out of the clouds, so Mrs. Wm Abbott put her clothes in basket to take home from the line in eve as they were frozen and left ours out for the night. Wm Van Epps chored and filled washing machine and boiler and after breakfast [was] over, he and Will [went] to Valentine to get Elsie and Billy who have been at Omaha, Nebr. with Rita and Chloe her sisters[,] their husbands are in England and Alaska so they live together but first Elsie and Billie [were] at Rochester, Minn. to Mayo Clinic to see what could be done for Billie’s head but nothing until he is older. They had dinner at Bud’s Cafe[,] Valentine, exchanged windows for 1 gottten for Wagner Shed[,] was too Big. Will paid the bill and Fullerton Lumber Co. for Material to fix Wagner House. Wm Abbott and Billie brought Mrs. over as we finished getting ready to eat breakfast so Mr. and Billie went home to husk corn and Mrs. and I got clothes on the line, she put on white[,] I rinsed. Buster and Son Calvin Cutschall came after lunch [,] went to Tom Colombe’s and back to see Will in eve. Ben Clausen came to look at Catalogues for a saddle in p.m.
1952 Dec. 31st Wednesday.
Forenoon not so warm and some clouds but p.m. Bright and warm. Bus McKee came in his Pick Up, got the Sprayer and went to Jim Drains to spray their cattle for Lice. Will left in our Pick Up to go to Earl Willards, 5 miles North and 1 1/2 East of Mission. Met Jim Drain with a load of Ear Corn going to have it weighed at Mission and he told Will that Will could get a load of Willards Corn and he would take his second load later for there may not be 3 full loads so instead [of] getting a Medium Size Truck Will got Buettners Smaller one and they went out[,] got 72 bu. 40 lbs Ear Corn at Willards[,] brought it here[,] unloaded and got Millards Check and said Will to pay Ernest Buettner for Trucking. This [is the] eve of New Years so Wales went to Thomas’s to have them some this eve to wait Old Year out. Pearl and Stanley went to Colome, S. D. to a Knights [of] Columbus Dance and Gary, Curly and Eileen staid at Thomas’s so they came with them Down here. Night was as bright as day so the Children played outside. Hide & Seek etc. but first Thomas and Athel took Jimmie with them to Wales. Doris, David, Gary, Curly and Eileen and I played Canasta or Samba girls against boys. The boys won as we played short game and they [had] to go to Wales about 10 p.m. Will and I had a lunch at 10:30 p.m. Bus brought the Sprayer home and ate venison Chili No Beans[,] Ice Cream, Banana Cake, Bananas, Bread Butter and Strawberries from Furreys Christmas Gifts.