1923 Jan. 19th Friday
A cold night and all day and at times cloudy, looked like storm. Will finished chores and went to Mill to get ground feed and got mail and went to bed without dinner and staid there until 4 o’clock. I ironed all day and went with Will over river in eve to get hogs in and it was so cold I chilled through & through and fell down and such a jar. Will is still sick at bedtime. Louise will try to get a ride in so Will never went. Papa is the same and still in bed as he is weaker.
1933 Jan. 19th Thursday
Bright, nice day. Wm did the chores for Will has a cold on the lungs and staid indoors all day. I got meals and visited with men in p.m. First one to come was George Hawley, Dakota Farmer subscription Agent, and we got it for 6 years and a large map as premium. John Welch from Tripp Co. came to fix Duke’s teeth, had dinner, then Jay Tate came to see about Community Sale and Roy was here in a.m. and he and Wm drove calves to field and he went to Ross’s in p.m. and Ben came back with him. Ben wants someone to help him butcher to-morrow. Narvin Boyd came in eve with a team and wagon and staid all night, he will husk corn for Sundquist. Thomas & Stanley came in eve and Wm & Narve went up to care for a cow.
[Lisa’s Note: The Dakota Farmer was founded in 1881, the year of Hattie’s birth, and continues to be published today. Paula M. Nelson writes, “During the terrible days of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the 1930s, when advertising was nil and the staff minimal, the Dakota Farmer had its largest number of subscribers, over ninety-six thousand” (Paula M. Nelson, “‘Everything I Want Is Here!’: The Dakota Farmer‘s Rural Ideal, 1884-1934″, in The American West: The Reader, edited by Walter Nugent and Martin Ridge, Indiana University Press, 1999, p. 179-80).
1943 Jan. 19th Tuesday
Was cold last night, got to 26 below but sun shone and this afternoon temperature rose, was 28 above. Elsie and I got meals. I laid down in p.m. and cut out 4 everyday dresses, 2 for winter, 2 for summer. Elsie washed dishes, swept floors and washed clothes for Billy, hung them out to dry, those hung out yesterday switch[ed] out for a strong south wind and not so cold. Henry and Wm V.E. chored, gave cattle cake but first W.D. have the car to thaw out. Claude Van Epps came so W.D. and he went to Herman Schneiderweits to see about a cream separator and Schneiderweit will let Claude use his until Mrs. Schneiderweit comes from Cheyenne, Wyg. where she has Dan Wagner children and her youngest daughter. Will fed chickens and put a glass in window to put in south east corner of Wagner house, it will lead out to porch. Henry fixed chairs and late afternoon he and Wm Van Epps took 1X4’s that were in front-room to thaw out to the Wagner House to fix window and door frames. Will chored in eve, got in coal, fed chickens and took care of the stock at the barn so when Hank and W.D. got back from Wagner house, they were ready for supper.
1953 Jan. 19th Monday
Some snow until late p.m. then Sun Shone a little. Calvin is able to be Up from his Bronchial Touch of Pneumonia later part [of] last week at Sandhills General Hospital, Valentine. Will says he plays with his Toys and steps around fairly well for he couldn’t walk Saturday when they brought him home. Men gave cattle feed and went to Whiting Store to mail letters and get mail. Dan works at a Rack he is making for his Pick Up box. Will had to rest a while and lay down so I am making a Quilt Top and I cut blocks while he rested awhile late p.m. I played a little solitaire and got eats.