Days in the Life of a Farmer in February

Monday, February 2, 1894

It has snowed and blowed very hard this morn. Sam drove his cattle through the road then I followed with the horses. I worked to keep the water out of the barn cellar, worked in the ice house packing in sawdust but did not get it all covered. Carrie, my dear wife, is used up with the head ache.

Tuesday, February 3, 1894

I have been helping break out the roads. This morning I shoveled between here and Sam’s. This p.m. went with Sam to the Riders and to Mr. Paines, worked 10 hours, with the horses for two. The Smiths came to town and had to stop here and wait for the road to be opened.

Wednesday, February 4, 1894

I have been to the schoolhouse twice to day and have shoveled and scraped snow about the doors. Rae is liking his schooling, but I think he likes helping me with chores more. I went to the steam mill after sawdust. A very pleasant day.

Thursday, February 5, 1894

I have not felt very well to day, helped churn and worked in the barn some, but set by the stove most of the time. Read a bit. Cloudy this p.m.

Friday, February 6, 1894

I am feeling miserable enough to have set by the stove all day except doing milking. I am living on castor oil and onyons. Snowed a little this morning, so Rae went to play on his sled. Husked a little this evening while Carrie patched my trousers, which I tore yesterday.

Saturday, February 7, 1894

Feeling better. The clock stopped and I tinkered with it some and made it go. Little Rae was very interested in the gears and such. Went with Garvin after ice while Rae and his friends went for a skate. I got nine cakes 16 in. thick and 12 cakes 8 in. thick. Henry came again and helped us pack it. Will need more sawdust soon.

Sunday, February 8, 1894

I have been to Amherst to day with Carrie and Rae. Went with both horses on the sled. Stopped at the Briggs’ and took dinner at Sebres. Fed the horses at Huntington. Fannie will be back from school next week, and we promised the Sebres we would visit when we came to town to bring her home.