9th- Went to S.S. preaching. Then went up to Mary’s. She came over with me & we went to Church in John’s buggy. Got home about 1 o’clock.
8th – Frank & I hauled hay.
7th-Cut wood & then John, Frank & Leona, Della, Mary & I went to a party at the Johnson’s. Had a dance. Jesse might be referring to the elusive Johnson tenants on the Bench Farm, the family that is not listed in the 1900 Federal Census because they might have arrived after the census was taken in June. If there…
6th – Hauled a load of corn & a load of hay.
5th – I shucked corn while John hauled wood to Chilli. We went to the Prayer Meeting.
4th – Hauled wood to Chilli.
3rd – Hauled corn.
2nd – Mary & I went to Mrs. DeLapp’s then to M.E. Church. Jesse neglected to mention that it was Mary’s birthday. She turned 22 years old.
Dec.1st.- John & I husked corn.
29th Thanksgiving & Pa’s birthday. Had a big dinner. John & I went to Chilli. after Jen & Mary. Happy birthday James Bench! He turned 57 in 1900, and today he would be 175 years old! Because of that common gender division of labor, Jesse hardly ever writes about the women-folk and their activities. It would be so nice to…