Tuesday, May 31, 2011


“Plowed the head land this morning and then farther rolled the furrows and J got the piece dragged once over to day.  Has been a pleasant day.”

A headland is a point of land, usually high and often with a sheer drop, that extends out into a body of water. The word is often used as a synonym for promontory. A headland is often referred to as simply a head, either in context or in names such as Beachy Head or Koko Head.

Our girl is not located on the water.  In her case she must just mean an out cropping of land on a hill.


Monday, May 30, 2011

Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day!

“I finished plowing the lot north of the gravel road except the head land.  I took my mare down to Frocueps (sp) Stallion after dinner.  Has been a very pleasant day.  Slight shower between 6 & 7 this morning.”


Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Blossom Time Run!

“Plowed all day on the sod for corn.  I used my mare this afternoon.  Has been a fine day.  A little sprinkle this evening.”

I watched the Blossom Time Run this morning.  There is nothing I like doing better than watching people run while I am drinking Coffee!


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Can I take you picture?

A cool picture of a photographer's tent.  When having your picture taken was a big deal!

Friday, May 27, 2011

I am sorry, I can't go out with you tonight. I just washed my beard and I can't do a thing with it.

“Plowed all day for corn.  Worked the colt this forenoon.  He worked in very fine.  Has been a  pleasant day.”

The last of the circus/carnival theme pictures.  What is a circus without a bearded lady?


Thursday, May 26, 2011

The First Corn Dog of the Season!

“I finished fitting and drilling the east lot of barley this forenoon.  Started the plow on the corn ground this afternoon.  Rained a little this afternoon not enough to hinder work much.”

A corn dog is a hot dog coated in a thick layer of cornmeal batter and deep fried in oil, although some are baked. Almost all corn dogs are served on wooden sticks, though some early versions had no stick.
There is some debate as to the exact origins of the corn dog; they appeared in some ways in the US by the 1920s, and were popularized nationally in the 1940s. A US patent filed in 1927, granted in 1929, for a Combined Dipping, Cooking, and Article Holding Apparatus, describes corn dogs, among other fried food impaled on a stick; it reads in part:
I have discovered that articles of food such, for instance, as wieners, boiled ham, hard boiled eggs, cheese, sliced peaches, pineapples, bananas and like fruit, and cherries, dates, figs, strawberries, etc., when impaled on sticks and dipped in batter, which includes in its ingredients a self rising flour, and then deep fried in a vegetable oil at a temperature of about 390° F., the resultant food product on a stick for a handle is a clean, wholesome and tasty refreshment.
In 300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles, author Linda Campbell Franklin states that a "Krusty Korn Dog baker" machine appeared in the 1929 Albert Pick-L. Barth wholesale catalog of hotel and restaurant supplies. The 'korn dogs' were baked in a corn batter and resembled ears of corn when cooked.
An article in The New York Times made reference to "corn dog" stands as early as 1947. A number of current corn dog vendors lay claim that credit for the invention and/or popularization of the corn dog. Carl and Neil Fletcher lay such a claim, having introduced their "Corny Dogs" at the Texas State Fair sometime between 1938 and 1942. The Pronto Pup vendors at the Minnesota State Fair claim to have invented the corn dog in 1941. Cozy Dog Drive-in, in Springfield, Illinois, claims to have been the first to serve corn dogs on sticks, in 1946. Also in 1946, Dave Barham opened the first location of Hot Dog on a Stick at Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, California.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

does this outfit make me look fat?

“I finished plowing the east lot today and dragged it once over.  I plowed with the colt this forenoon and he goes very nicely.”

The Fat Lady from the circus: a continuation of the carnival theme.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

More Carnival Stuff!

“I finished fitting the east part of the corn stubble this forenoon (about two thirds) and drilled it in this afternoon.  Oliver Rogers brought a colt down this afternoon and I helped him drive him after chores until dark.”

The Story of Tom Thumb
His real name was Charles Sherwood Stratton and he was born on Jan. 4, 1838 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His parents were first cousins. When he was born, he was a large baby—9 pounds 8 ounces-- and he developed normally for the first six months, but then he stopped growing at 25 inches high and 15 pounds.  By the time he was nearly five, he was still the same height and weight.

P.T. Barnum was a distant relative of the little boy and he contacted the child’s parents and said he would teach him to sing, dance, mime and impersonate famous people and would pay him $3.00 a week to appear in New York at “Barnum’s American Museum” on Broadway where several “giants” were already part of the show. The boy was a quick learner and his tours, as he impersonated characters like Cupid and Napoleon Bonaparte, made him a huge success. (Barnum named him Tom Thumb after a character in English folklore. He claimed he had found him in Europe and brought him to the U.S. “at great expense.” He also said the five-year- old boy was actually 11. “Tom Thumb “ found himself drinking wine and smoking cigars before he was six.)

On Feb. 10, 1863, when he was 25, Tom Thumb married Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump, called Lavinia Warren. Matthew Brady photographed the wedding party, which included an even smaller best man, known as Commodore Nutt, and the bride’s tiny younger sister, Minnie Warren.  The wedding was front-page news. The streets between Grace Episcopal Church and the Metropolitan Hotel on Broadway were completely jammed with onlookers. The couple stood on a grand piano to greet their 2,000 guests. After the wedding, they were received by President Lincoln at the White House.

In the late 1860’s the couple embarked on a three-year world tour that included Australia. Later they were photographed holding “their baby” which was one of several they borrowed for photos. They never had children and that was wise: in 1878 Lavinia’s tiny sister Minnie died in childbirth.

Stratton became a wealthy man with a house in New York another in Connecticut and his own yacht. When Barnum got into financial distress, the petite former employee bailed him out and they became business partners.

On January 10, 1883, Stratton and his wife were staying at the Newhall House in Milwaukee when one of the worst hotel fires in history broke out, killing more than 71 people, but Tom and Lavinia were saved by their manager. Six months later, Stratton died suddenly of a stroke. He was 45 years old and 3.3 feet tall. Over 10,000 people attended his funeral.

Two years later, Lavinia married a younger man, an Italian midget named Count Primo Magri. He and his brother and Lavinia formed the Lilliputian Opera company which toured and even appeared in some early motion pictures. Lavinia died in 1919 when she was 78.


Monday, May 23, 2011

A question for everyone?

Worked on the corn stubble dragging and plowing with the colt this forenoon.  Rained about two hours after dinner and I took my mare down to Traubs Station “Victor”.  Cooler tonight."

A question for everyone throughout this diary, we will notice that our girls writes the word tonight as "to night".  She always uses a space.  I am wondering if this was the practice in the late 1880s or if it is just a quirky habit of our girls?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Hard Time Breathing!

“The ground is to wet to work yet and I drew out manure all day.  Got out ten loads.  Have about twenty more to draw (Large ones).  Has been a very pleasant and warm day.”

This picture was posted on MSN yesterday.  All I can say is WOW!  I am having a hard time breathing just looking at this.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Have a Pimms!


Today is the Preakness.  It is a good day to try a Pimms.  If you are not familiar with Pimms click on the following link: http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/pubsandbars/pimms-no-1-cup-feature-996.html


Friday, May 20, 2011

A visit from the Pratts

“Drew out manure this forenoon.  John Pratt and family came on the 9:35 train and spent the day.  Rained a little about half past three but not much.”

I find this pose very interesting.  I also like the casualness of the woman's dress.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Victorian Humor?

“Went up and got a load of coal ashes this morning to put in the tool shed and then drew a load of manure before dinner.  Drew two more after dinner and then went with Oliver Rogers to drive a colt which he is training.  Has been a pleasant day.”

With the advent of photography, it was inevitable that someone would start joking around with it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Feida Warther - 100,000 Buttons

“Rained all night and all the forenoon so that I could not do anything out of doors.  This afternoon we drew two loads of stones and finished filling in the tool house.  Looks like fair weather tonight.”

Freida Warther spent her life button collecting and amassed over 100,000 while creating a unique display of 73,282 buttons on the walls and ceilings of her button house in Dover, OH.

Freida began button collecting at the age of 10 and collected for the next 83 years. She collected about every type of button including: hand-painted ceramic buttons, Goodyear rubber buttons, pearl buttons, brass military buttons, celluloid buttons, calico buttons and even a button from Mrs. Lincoln's Inaugural Dress.

After her children were grown, Freida started laying her buttons out in her own unique designs and quilt patterns. Once the buttons were laid out, she sewed all the buttons onto the boards by hand.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Frieda Warthers Button House

“I drew manure all day except about an hour this forenoon.  It rained so that I had to quit.  Rains this evening.”

 Frieda Warther’s Button house holds a collection of over 73,000 buttons arranged in beautiful designs on the walls and ceiling. There is even a button from Mrs. Lincoln’s inaugural dress and a collection of original Goodyear rubber buttons.  http://www.warthers.com/Button_Collecting.htm


Monday, May 16, 2011

Seed Potatoes

“Got the seed potatoes out of the cellar this forenoon.  And drew a load of manure.  Commenced raining about 11 o’clock and rained nearly all the afternoon.  Mare foaled this evening.”

It is so cold and rainy here that I thought I would post a picture of a nice sunny lane.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hanging out on a branch!

“Sowed the south lot of barley this forenoon.  Plowed on the east lot until about five o’clock when the rain broke me off.  I took the Dougherty cow to bull at Will McEwen’s tonight”

I like this picture because it seems more natural than most Victorian pictures.  However, even in a relaxed time, look how they are dressed.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Kent State Museum

The Kent State University Museum has an incredible collection of historic, contemporary and world fashion.  Check it out: http://www.kent.edu/museum/collection/index.cfm

Friday, May 13, 2011

Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!

“Too wet to drag this morning and I drew out manure this forenoon.  Dragged on the south this afternoon until about half past four when it rained so that I had to quit.  I worked the colt this afternoon.  I took the Blood heifer to bull tonight at Will McEwen’s.”

This woman reminds me of Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara

What do you think?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

What a Drag!

“Rolled the piece up south this morning and got it dragged once over about 4 o’clock.  And a heavy shower came up and I had to quit.  I put the colt in on the dray this afternoon.”

A drag harrow, spring-tooth harrow, is a largely outdated type of soil cultivation implement that is used to smooth the ground as well as loosen it after it has been plowed and packed. It uses many flexible iron teeth usually arranged into three rows. It has no hydraulic functionality and has to be raised/adjusted with one or multiple manual levers. It is a largely outdated piece of farm equipment, having been replaced by more modern disc harrows and deeper, stiff-toothed rippers.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Dirty, Dirty Buttons and how to help them get clean.

“Plowed over the corn stubble until about 10 o’clock and then went up south and finished plowing about 4 acres for barley. Very pleasant day.”

Check out this article on how to clean buttons by Lisa Schulz!
Dirty, Dirty Buttons and how to help them get clean


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Biking to Work!

“I commenced plowing today , the first I have plowed since the rain the 29th of April.  The ground is hardly fit to plow yet.  This has been a fine day.”

The weather is great, so I am thinking of biking to work...Which is fine because I work from home!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Yes, we have no bananas!

“I drew out manure this forenoon and cleaned up behind the hog pen.  Plowed the garden after dinner and then drew three loads from the barn yard.  Has been a beautiful day.”

I love this picture!  Check out the bunch of bananas this guy has.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

“I went to mill this morning with twelve sacks of corn and six bags of oats.  This afternoon we finished putting up the pasture fence and drew two loads of manure from hog pen-.  Has been a fine day but the ground is to wet to plow.  The Stuttard cow calved yesterday afternoon.”

The last in my series of Mother's day photos.  A Victorian Von Trapp family picture!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Darla Hood?

The second in my series of pictures of children for Mother's Day.  The girl on the left reminds me of Darla from the "Lille Rascals".  Check out the picture of Darla below to see if you agree.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Little Lord Fauntleroy!

“I drew a load of stone this morning and finished filling up the west end of the tool shed.  And then I went up to the salt works and got a load of coal ashes and covered them.  And  we have the west end finished.  This afternoon I put up some panel fence and then put up a dozen sacks of corn to go to mill Monday.  This has been a pleasant though cool day.”

I honor of Mother’s day, I thought that I would post some pictures of kids over the next few days.  This little boy reminds me of Little Lord Fauntleroy.