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Lo's Diary  

Daily Entries
July 1877 to January 1878

Author's Note:

Lorenzo was no Shakespeare, but he did keep a faithful record of his whereabouts during the period. November 12, 1877 marks the day of his liaison with Mary Dinger, which changed the whole course of his life.


Lo's shingle inventory from July, 1877

August 1877

Out on the 3d till 12:00 at night for a swinging party

Out on the fourth all night at a W. H.

Out on the 5 all night to see [erased]

To a swinging party on the 11th and did not get home till morning

12 - was to Bootjack Church and did not get home till 2 O.C. in the morning

22 - I was to church and I did not get home till 12 O.C.

31 - I was to a dance and did not get home till 2 OC in the morn


September

1st - I was out all night

2nd - “ “ “ “ till 12:00 to prayer meeting at pioneer chapel

4th - I was out till 3 O.C. to a dance at David Mason’s

6 - I was out to a dance at Sulgers and I got home at halfpast 3 O.C

Sunday 9th - I took a buggy ride to bootjack with [erased]

Fri 14 - to a dance at Sandersons Mcfaddens and did not get home till 3 O.C.

Sun 16 - to prayer meeting at Pioneer and did not get home till 4 O.C.


Proof that Lorenzo learned something at Dayton!



October

Monday 1st - I was to a dance at Dave Mason’s and got home at 1 O.C.

Saturday 6th - was at pioneer chapel all night and went from their to see my sister and stayed till

Tuesday morning [accompanied by a little smiley face and # 4 – a code?]

Thursday 11 - I was out all night to see 5

Satuerday 13 - I was all night to see [left blank] and did not get home till Sunday noon #3

Sunday 14 - I was to the pioneer chapel and did not get home till 11 O.C.

Tuesday 16 - I was over to the school house to the spelling and did not get home till 3 morning

Wednesday 17 - I was to a corn husking at A Moores and did not get in bed till 12 O.C.

Thursday 18 - I was over to pioneer chapel and got home at halfpast ten o’clock

Satuerday 20 - I was to town and got six photographs taken and went from their to see [left a blank] and did not get home till morning #4

Sunday 21 - I was over to the pioneer chapel and did not get home till morning #1

Monday 22 - I was over to pioneer chapel and got home at 3 O. C. # 1

Thursday 25 - I was over to prayer meeting and did not get home till morning #1

Satuerday 27 - I was over to pioneer chapel and did not get home till morning #3

Sunday 28 - I was to preaching and got home at 11 Oclock

Monday night - I was to [illegible] at Dean Wells shanty all night.

Tuesday - Do [ditto]

Wednesday 31 - out all night to pioneer & school house [#3]

November

Satuerday 3 - I was out all night to the pioneer chapel and got to Dean Wells’s for breakfast #3

Sunday 4 - I was up to the pioneer chapel and got in a fight with Charley Mason and got home at ten o’clock

On Monday 5 - I went up to Iowa to work for Dean Wells and had to go home

On Tuesday 6 - I set in the house all day and in the evening Dell McCullough came up to see me it was cold all day.

Wednesday 7 - it was cold in the morning and Dell was up to Deans in the morning – in the afternoon I started for home and got as far as Fords and stayed all night and walk home on crutches. 

It rained on Thursday & nothing particular happened - it was cloudy and cold

It snowed fri 9 at night

Satuerday 10 - it was cold all day Mose and Joe Brooke was here

Sunday 11 - Al Luther and Bill Fiehock and his lady was here & also Mary Dinger – it was cool all day

Monday 12 - Mary Dinger came over and brought some book from Sulgers and stayed till Tuesday – it was plasant

On Tuesday 13 - nothing of any importance happened. It was plasant

Wednesday 14 - it was plasant

Thursday 15 - it rained all day and their was nobody to see me

16 Friday - it was plasant all day in the evening - Johnny Sulger and Charly Tuhock was here

Saturday 17 - it rained in forenoon - in the afternoon it was clear- their was nobody to see me today

Sunday 18 - it was windy and cold all day and their was no body to see me

Monday 19 - it was pleasant and their was nobody to see me

Tue 20 - it also was pleasant and no one to see me

Wed 21- Johnny Sulger came over with the buggy and I went over and spent the day with him it was plasant

Thur 22 - it rained all day and the [weather?] was very disagreeable

Fri 23 - it was damp and cool Johnny Sulger was over to dinner with me

Sat 24 - it rained nearly all day nobody came to see me

Sun 25 - a mild cloudy day a [Sister?] and Charly Fiestock and Johnny Sulger called to see me

Mon 26 - it rained nearly all day and Moss Brooks was here for Dinner

Tue 27 - it was cool all day I was to Sulgers and from there to see -- -- #4

Wed 28 - It was cold and snow all day I was at Dingers all day and stayed all night #2

Thurs 29 - was Thanksgiving and I ate dinner at Sulgers and then had a large [illegible] it was very cold all day and snowed [illegible]

Fri 30 - it was very cold all day I came from Sulgers house


December

Sat 1 - it snowed all day Mose Brooks stayed all night with me

Sun 2 - it was cold all day Mose and I went over to pioneer chapel and I stayed at Dingers for Dinner and went from their to Dean Wells

Mon 3 - I was sent up to Iowa to work it was pleasant

Tus 4 - it was a mild day it rained in the afternoon

Wed 5 - it rained all day

Thur 6 - snowed all day

Fri 7 - pleasant Day

Sat 8 - cold it snowed in the afternoon I was at Pete Dingers and got home at 3 O.C.

Sunday 9 - it was cold I went to the pioneer chapel and got home at six in the morning #4

Sat 15 - I was up to the pioneer chapel and home on Sunday moning at 8 O.C. #4

Sun 16 - I was up to the pioneer chapel and got down to Deans for breakfast #2

Tus 18 - I was at [illegible] schoolhouse and got home at 12 O.C

Thur 20 - was up to pioneer and got home at 3 O.C. #1

Sat 22 - was up to pioneer and got to Fords for breakfast on Sunday morning #6

Sun 23 - I was to pioneer chapel and got home for breakfast #2

Mon 24 - I was to [illegible] shanty and got home at 12 O.C.

Mon [Tues] 25 – I was to a dance and did not get to bed at all

Sat [Sun] 30 - out all night to Pete Dingers #4


January 1878

Tus 1 – I was to a dance at Hen Shaffers and I got home for breakfast

Fri 4 – I was at Port all night #4

Sat 5 – Do [ditto] 2

Tus 8 – I was to dance at Shaffers and got home for breakfast #2

Sat 12 – I was to Pete Dinger and stayed all night #4

Sun 13 – I was to the pioneer chapel and was out all night #3

I arrived at Pittsburgh (16) in the afternoon and got my supper at the American House
I was to the auction and after super I went to Martin Williams saloon and stayed their till 10 o’clock
I stopped in Des Moins over Sunday and got the city marshal to pay my board – I stopped all night at the Pennsylvania House in Des Moines

Sunday 20 – It was a damp day – it rained and sleeted in the afternoon

Thur 25 – I walked from Milferd NEB to freemont and their was a squad of Indians their