August 11 to September 23 entries in Luke’s 1856 diary regarding his trip to Omro and De Pere, Wisconsin

Aug 11      Left Home 12. Oclock noon went to Kalamazoo stayed until 12.25 Evening lft for Laport I.A. Had A fine shower at Kalamazu L. T. Earl paid seven Dollars

Aug 12      Arrived at Laport half past ten found the folks comfortable heard the Hon. A. Bur_________ lecture on our present wrongs in Kanzas

Aug 13      At Laport visited all the principal machine shops saw the engine that the clock company owned that used Barnums Name so freely

Aug 14      Left Laport at 7. AM arrived in Chicago at 9. AM Left Chicago half past eleven on the steam Boat Superior had a good trip

Aug 15      Got to Sheboygan four oclock Saw the Steam Shovel work on the railroad left Sheboyan at one oclock arrived in Fond du Lac at 9. evening left quater past 7 took a 3 Dollar Bill of Wm Russel not good on the Lewis County Bank

Aug 16      Left Fond Du Lac 15 min past 7. got to Omro 12 at noon found the folks all well Hiram and Prosper waer ther David[1] was gone some sixty miles west to Stephens point on the Wisconsin River

Aug 17      Rainy. Went up to Waukau in the after noon saw some of the finest country out corn and oats are heavy farms sell from 20. to 25 Dollars pr acre with good buildings

Aug 18      Cloudy and warm the Steamer Berlin City passed here at 7. in the morning went to Eurekah in the after noon up the fox River Between Omro and Berlin Citty saw Armstrong at Omro

Aug 19      All well fine pleasant day went a hunting killed two squirrels Pros went up to Kings after butter did not get Home until evening left his butter said he could not bring it

Aug 20      All Right warm and pleasant the boys loging Went over to town in the evening went into the big mill saw the nicest engine I ever saw was got up at Milwaukee

Aug 21      Cloudy and cool some rain went down town with bob[2] in a skiff saw Mose Mix and armstrong he says tell simmons he will come and work for him when he gets his shop done if hes helped bob fix his Barn for thrashing

Aug 22      Shower in the morning warm thrashers on hand one death in town child got done thrashing before night 53. bushels wheat 90 bushels oats on 3. acres 3 acres wheat

Aug 23      Pleasant going to help his neighbor thrash went over to town with Coffee Roberts Boy is one year old today his name is Wm Edwin[3] made him a cart

Aug 24      Cool and cloudy in the morning Hiram & the women have gone to church had a heavy shower between 3 & 4 oclock in the afternoon at Omro Wisconsin

Aug 25      Pleasant and warm helped Hiram clean up wheat Bob and I went over to mill in the afternoon went to the office no letter getting rather home sick want to be moving

Aug 26      Very foggy in the morning pleasant day made a saw buck for bob had a rost turky for dinner

Aug 27      Cloudy with some rain in the fore part of the day bob & Hite[4] are a loging Killed 2 squirrels rainy afternoon bob has gone to Waukau after his rifle he is going a bear hunting

Aug 28      Pleasant and warm Went to Osh Kosh saw the Big Steam saw mill saw some fine country good farms saw James Sprague[5] he is in a crockery store at Osh Kosh

Aug 29      Warm and pleasant stayed at home all day Robert went over to town and got my letter

Aug 30      Pleasant stayed at home in the fore noon went over in town in the after noon with bob saw Mose & Armstrong got a cane

Aug 31      Went out and caught a fish a sheep head stayed at home the remainder of the day warm and pleasant nothing on hand worth making a fus a bout to day

Sep 1         Very warm and dry went over to Winnaconne with the hunters see them all safe on the steamer Eureka and started up the river the steamer W. A. Knapp is now pasing 1/2 past 2

Sep 2         Very warm and dry went over to see S. Eliots farm has a fountain on it good land but rather low heavy timber redish clay soil eighty acres asked $1500 Dollars had chicken stew for dinner it went first rate

Sep 3         Very warm went in north of Roberts to look of the widdow browns forty like it very much very level and heavy timber deep soil went to Mc Lains on the hill saw Pierce rather unwell head ache some fence [fierce?]

Sep 4         Very hot Hite and pros commenced cutting up corn Bob gone a hunting been up the river into the wild rice Had a shower in the evening

Sep 5         Left Omro 20 minutes past eight pleasant part one sail boat the payton pased us met the Eureka and the Knapp in the Lake above osh kosh Left Osh Kosh 11. AM got to Green Bay at seven in the evening

Sep 6         Left Green Bay went back to depere Found King four miles East of Depere got there about one P.M. found them all well had a fine shower

Sep 7         Rainy this morning and warm cleared of pleasant. James and John Leroy[6] went after the cows gone at night

Sep 8         Pleasant and a cool breze from the Bay went out East with James to look of some land saw a fox saw the falls and some first rate land beach maple baswood oak and some pine

Sep 9         Cloudy looks like rain cleared of pleasant Mr Leroy raised his house he married Edith King Luther Bernol married Sarah King Their youngest Daughter They both live clost by five miles from the Bay

Sep 10       An uncommon hot night had a shower this morning nothing new to day all well as usual had some melons

Sep 11       Pleasant but rather cool Aunt Lilly[7] mended my pants had mush & milk for dinner

Sep 12       Warm and pleasant all at home work going on as usual went over to Charles Vintons after shingles for Leroy Helped Leroy shingle in the after noon had a shower in the evening

Sep 13       Pleasant this morning helped finish shingling Leroys House got through about sundown very hot all well no one hurt

Sep 14       Warm and pleasant stayed at home Expected to have had preaching at Kings but no one came

Sep 15       Very warm and smoky hot and dry went over to Cridens to a raising they raised a log house a very good country beach maple baswood oak pine and ash plenty running water there

Sep 16       Pleasant and cool stayed at Kings had mush and milk for supper cloudy and cool Had the headache

Sep 17       Had a fine shower cleared of pleasant started for G B got there about noon Michigan in port went over to fort Howard ¼ before one standing by one of Uncle Sams canons saw 4 mounted on wheels rained at 5 PM James & Leroy left about 4 AM bot spy glass 15 Dollars

Sep 18       Left Green Bay at 6 AM very heavy wind some rain had a very heavy gale run into Big Sturgeon Bay stayed all night come very near geting shipwreck

Sep 19       Pleasant and a very high wind Left Sturgeon Bay 25 minutes past nine evening Got into Eagle harbor at 12 Evening all right

Sep 20       Pleasant run into Washington harbor about Eight AM pased out of the bay at 9.15 AM passed fox island at 2 AM pleasant got to Bever island at 6 PM got to Mackinaw half past 12 Evening all right left Mackinaw quarter past one AM

Sep 21       On Lake Huron rainy Saw two propellers of Michigan Shore at four PM half way through Saginaw Bay at five out sight of land saw a bright rainbow

Sep 22       Pleasant & cool left Lake Huron about 5 AM Got to Detroit half past 2 Got home ¼ past one

Sep 23       Got home this morning Patty[8] and Sam Star came about seven oclock found the folks comfortable Patty went home with J York[9]

[1] Hiram, Prosper and David Crawford, Sarah’s brothers

[2] Robert Crawford, Sarah’s brother

[3] William Edward Crawford

[4] Hite is a nickname for Hiram Crawford

[5] Husband of his sister, Martha “Patty” (Keith) Sprague

[6] Sons of Jonas and Edith Ann (King) LeRoy. Edith was Luke’s cousin, the daughter of James & Lilly (Willcutt) King

[7] Lilly Wilcutt, wife of James Hunt King. Lilly was Luke’s aunt

[8] Believe he is referring to his sister, Martha “Patty” (Keith) Sprague

[9] Joseph York was married to Helen Bradley, daughter of Luke’s sister, Catherine (Keith) Bradley

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