1923 Jan. 20th Saturday
A nice day but got cloudy toward eve. In forenoon Will & I did up work and Otto Beottcher came from Knolls and he helped Will haul sand for hog-house in p.m.
1933 Jan. 20th Friday
Bright, nice day. Wm and Narve chored and Narve fixed bang-board and went to John Sundquists to husk corn. Oscar Strid and others of Delmont, S.D. [were] at Sundquists so they went to store this a.m. Wm looked at Stock in field, to Ben’s to Butcher in p.m., also got some posts at Moore Creek. Will is still sick. I got meals and started to wash clothes but only part finished and dried them.
1943 Jan. 20th Wednesday
Got [to] 22 below last night. I keep fire in heater all night and have since last Saturday. Friday rose to 5 below so remained cold all day. North wind changed to Southeast and was real chilly, Clouded late afternoon but no snow fell. Elsie and I got meals. I laid down in p.m. and sewed on brown everyday dress. Elsie swept floors, washed dishes, mended clothes. Henry went in Van Epps Car to Wagner Shed, fed cattle cake and put hay to rack for them, then went to Wagner house and worked the door that goes to porch on east half, walked home at noon as Car wouldn’t go. W.D. gave cattle Sudan here and in bull-pen. Will chored, gave chickens feed, caked cattle here and in bull-pen. All walked to Wagner House in p.m.
1953 Jan. 20th Tuesday
Dwight David Eisenhower’s Inauguration
A few clouds but some Sun Shine. Men gave Cattle hay in a.m. I listened to Inaugural of Pres. Eisenhower and Truman (Harry), going out at Noon, I guess 11:30 our time. Vice-Pres. Richard Nixon of California took Barkley’s Place. Mr. and Mrs. Truman, Harry, Bess and daughter Margaret left Washington in Private Car of Pres., but just ordinary citizens for their home at Independence, Missouri. Ex. Pres. Truman was [to] give a farewell as Train left Washington. I guess the Cheers they gave made Mr. Truman sad at Heart, one [he will not] forget if he lived to be a hundred years, which he was going to be. His Office will be at Kansas City, I don’t know if Mo. or Kansas. I like the 2 small Rugs in Back Porch of varied stripes. While I write in diary, I rest to admire these rugs.
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