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August 1
Our chopping is done
and we are ready for logging. Brewed
root-beer for the logging bee. Which
is to be on the fifth when the beer
will be in its prime.
August 5
There were eight yoke
of oxen and twelve men at the bee.
Some came five miles. The men pre-
ferred the beer to whiskey; we fur-
nished both. The blackest set of men
I ever saw’they looked worse than an
Indian in his war paint.
August 10
Commenced weav-
ing a piece for flannel sheets and
dresses.
August 25
Gathered golden rod
and sumac and colored flannel for
underwear.
September 20
It came our turn
to use the potash kettle. We work
night and day till the ashes are
leached and the lie boiled into black
salts.
October 25
Went to the store to
do our fall trading and settle up for
the year. We took our black salts, ten
bushels of wheat, three deer skins
and what fire we had, the whole of
which brought eight dollars. We got
half in cash, the rest in store-pay. Got
a side of cowhide and half-side of
sole leather for our boots and shoes;
half a pound of tea, two pounds of
loaf-sugar; and a ball of candle wick
and a fine tooth comb. It took the
rest to pay our account.
December 1
Isaac went through
to Stafford with cart and oxen to get
the shoemaker, Mr. Abel. This is the
fourth time he had been for him ;
had the good luck to get him, bench,
lasts and all his kit.
December 2
Mr. Abel cut four
pairs of shoes for the children out
of the legs of Isaac’s wedding boots,
and used up all the insoles for the
bottoms. On the way home Mr. Abel
picked up a pair of old calf boots an
emigrant had thrown away, out of
which he made me a air of Sunday
shoes, soles and all. He is the best
Whip-the-cat shoemaker we know of,
for he is in sympathy with poor folks
and don’t object to using home-
made shoe thread and pegs.
December 12
Took Mr. Abel
home and brought Miss Sanford
the tailoress to cut and make-up the
fulled cloth we had dressed at Cale-
donia. She can only stay four days, so
I must run up all the seams and help
her all I can, for Isaac must have his
Sunday coat finished.
December 20
Commenced
spin-
ning flax. Expect to
make fifty yards of
linen cloth for sheets,
towels, bags, and
summer clothing for
the men. Besides I
must make twenty-
five yards of linen
and wool for my own,
and the girls’ dresses.
January 1
Our
land debt is due to-
day; luckily we have
the means to meet
it, but it has been a
hard struggle. We
sold our best cow,
two steers and some
ox-yokes,which Isaac
had been making;
to some new com-
ers. Most of the emi-
grants have some
money when they
first come into the
woods, but it don’t
last long.
January15
Receiveda letter from
my mother, the first one through the
mails, postage two shillings. It had
been ten days in the post-office.
Spun and sold linen thread to raise
the money to pay postage .
JD & Sue Doemling painted this sign on the southside
of their barn on Asbury Road to celebrate the LeRoy
Bicentennial.