17th – Pa went up to Aunt Vina’s to her birthday dinner. Geo. & I ricked wood at the cut-off. Geo. got sick. “Ricked” is a verb for to stack or heap. This is likely George Bench because in a few weeks, Jesse starts listing “Geo. DeLapp” and “Geo. B.” Cousin George has not gone home yet.
16th – Ground corn. Went to Marys, but she wasnt home.
15th – Geo. & I hauled 2 loads of Hay & cleaned out the stables. John peddled a load of apples out in Chilli. Frank, Charley & I went to a surprise supper at Nove White’s. A surprise on the whole family. Had a good time. Imagine three Bench boys just showing up at your house. Do you have enough…
14th – Geo. & I shucked & ground corn & hauled hay. It is difficult to tell if this George is his brother-in-law George DeLapp or if it is his Cousin George Bench. Jesse never mentions when Cousin George goes home. Family members would visit each other for weeks at a time and help out with house and farm chores,…
13th – Went to S.S. & Church & BYPU & to Marys.
12th Jan, 1901-Hauled wood. Got $2.90 for it. I took Old Buck & King to Chilli. to get them shoed & the shops were so full, I didn’t get home till 8:35 this evening. Got there at 9:30 this morning. According to the CPI Inflation Calculator, $2.50 in 1901 has the same spending power as $73.89 in 2019.
11th – Chopped Ice & made feed.
10th – Cut the ice open for the cattle. Ground calf feed & went to Mary’s.
9th brought “Old White” home with a calf.
8th – Hauled hay & shucked corn in the barn.