1923 Feb. 1st Thursday
A bright cold day, very cold. Will didn’t come out as Papa’s Funeral at 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Church. All of us children present and Mamma had too bad cold to go to funeral so Aunt Louisa staid with her and Mrs. C. Nelson, Mrs. O. Ernest, Aldena Woolhiser & Elsie Nelson & Thelma Gracia staid to get dinner, also Fred Jr. The American Legion, Civil War & Spanish American veterans had charge funeral. Papa was buried beside Mary [Harriet’s sister, who died of the 1918 flu] in Catholic cemetery near Spencer. Nellie & baby, Ed & Tom went back on eve train. Will & Jake came out to chore.
1933 Feb. 1st Wednesday
Bright, chilly day. I got meals and rested in p.m. and played cards in eve with boys. The men chored and Will & Narvin went to Ora Daywitts and Wm & Noble Moore brought in horses. Roy Hutchins came at noon and he helped separate horses also that Noble and Wm took to Moore Creek. John Wisenberger here at noon. Ben Clausen here in a.m. and he ordered a pair of overalls in our order to Montgomery Ward, St. Paul.
1943 Feb. 1st Monday
Was 8 above in morning and got to 44 in p.m. Sun shone all day but snow on ground from Saturday night so going fast. I got meals, laid down in p.m. for I finished mixing mince-meat. I cooked beef Saturday and put apples, raisins, spices, salt, pepper, white syrup, Molasses, a little brown and white sugar, lemon juice, butter and will cook it slowly until apples are tender. Will got cream at Furreys yesterday so we have jello and bananas today. Wm Van Epps came from Gehlsens at sun-rise in Gehlsen’s car as his no go, after breakfast and choring he went back to get it and Will fed cattle so they worked at Shed at Wagner Place, got roofing. Elise & Billie staid at Gehlsens. They finished North side.
1953 Feb. 1st Sunday
Bright, nice day. Men fed cattle stack hay and then Will came in to sweep floors so I had to move out of his way, got blurry eyes so had to put cold rags on my back and neck and across eyes and temples and got over it, then I wrote in diary, played solitaire and Will and I Canasta in p.m. and eve. Wales staid home this day, at least no see them.