And, thankfully, this is the point in the diary where Lovina begins to reveal a little more than just those blustery weather conditions there in Colfax, Iowa in 1900. [Thank goodness.]
In March, the Haleys did the following:
- They bought a load of hay from Ubrie [Probably the Michael Ubrie from the 1900 census found on Ancestry.com who is living in Fox, Jasper County, Iowa?];
- They went to Newton;
- They played musical chairs with the beds [Again. Why? Was it warmer downstairs?];
- Ray traded his bike for a gun with Mr. McQuiston [Perhaps the Martin McQuiston living in Washington, Jasper County, Iowa, according the 1900 Census found on Ancestry.com? Maybe.];
- "Dan & Ray went to the farm," [which means that though the Haleys were living on the 6 acres in a house in the town of Colfax, they had already purchased the farm -- 200 acres -- in Clyde? Maybe? Need those land/deed records to confirm though];
- They sold some colts and a calf to Kern. [Perhaps the John W. Kern from the 1900 census for Clear Creek, Jasper County, Iowa found on Ancestry.com?];
- They had John Berry over for dinner. [Quite a few Berry households in Jasper County, Iowa in the 1900 Census found on Ancestry.com, including a John S. Berry. Glad that's not my problem. At least, for now it's not. And if this were my family there'd be 150 John Berrys in the vicinity 'cause that's the way my family rolls. =) ]
Oh, and Charity Notaboom got married. Boom. <grin> Now, the fact that Lovina didn't notate <grin> who Charity married kind of maybe indicates she/they [Lovina or the Haley family] didn't know the man she married. Possibly.
However, we do. I think. [Pretty sure.] On FamilySearch.org a marriage for a C.B. Notaboom to a Martin I. Meckly in Newton, Jasper County, Iowa 7 Mar 1900 is indexed. And in the 1905 Iowa State Census on Ancestry.com, a Martin I. and Charity B. Meckley and their 2 daughters are living in Colfax, Jasper County, Iowa right next to or maybe with an Etta Notaboom. And since Lovina did not make a notation that the Haleys went to Newton or anywhere, for that matter, on 7 Nov 1900, I'm guessing they didn't attend the wedding. Or maybe there wasn't a church wedding to attend. Maybe they just had a civil marriage.
But I'll leave that to the Meckley and Notaboom descendants. Because, frankly, my work here is done. For now. I think. [But ya' nevah know.] =)
[page 5, bottom half]
1 cloudy 14
2 clear 20
3 clear 14
4 cloudy sleety 32
5 stormy sleety. wind in East 14
6 clear wind in north 14
7 clear Charity Notaboom married 15 [? Or could be 10 or 16. It's cold.]
8 clear got load of hay of Ubrie 8. dol T. 22
9 clear went to Newton 32
10 clear 32
11 clear 38
12 clear moved beds upstairs again 28
13 clear 28
14 squally. north wind 16
15 north chilly wind 8
Colfax March 1900
16 snowy squals [sic] cold north west wind 8 below
17 cold wind is west 6 above
18 clear nice 21 .....
19 squally snow showers high north west winds 26 .....
20 clear wind in north west 6 .....
21 clear wind in the north west Ray got his gun 8 .....
traded his bicycle to Mr McQuiston for the gun
22 clear Dan and Raymond to the farm 34
23 clear 30
24 sprinkled rain Kern took colts and calf away
35 dol apiece for the colts 10 do for the calf.
John Berry to dinner chilly east wind 30
25 cloudy wind west 30
26 clear 30
27 rainy wind in East rained all day 30
28 sleety rainy day wind in East 28
29 stormy part snow part rain 32
30 changeable. mostly sunshine 28
31 clear cold frosty morning 22