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1 DAVID B. GRUBB 1868 - 1872 - 1879 ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR ERA MANUSCRIPT DIARIES
GOSHEN SYRACUSE INDIANA ELKHART COUNTY CONCORD TWP 1868 Good Manuscript 
On offer are three greatly filled diaries handwritten in 1868, 1872 and 1879 by David B. Grubb from Indiana. The earliest diary, 1868, reveals he lived in Goshen Indiana [Elkhart County, Concord Township]. In the later two diaries, 1872 & 1879, he had moved to Syracuse Indiana. Mr. Grubb is a cobbler for the most part but does labor for farmers and shopkeepers. He also loves his tobacco and beer and spends quite a bit of money on each on a weekly basis. Collectors of Indiana history will be pleased that Mr. Grubb writes daily and mentions names and places. He is a very dedicated diarist and seems to enjoy recording his daily events, local history and contacts with others. Here are snippets: 1868 "January 1st, Was at Spot's. They had a turkey roast and some of the neighbor's was invited in to roast. I and Eliaz took the team and sled and went to Plainfield and fetched the preacher, Hiller. Went home with Maria's and helped to doctor a horse for Brock. Was up till about twelve o'clock. It was cloudy all day and kind of a snow wind." "February 1st, Got ready to got to Plainfield and went down to the grove to look at a tree and come back up the river and went across the river to Haines to trade horses but Haine was not at home. Come back to Plainfield and come home &c. Bought 5cts worth apples. The weather was nice but cold and sleighing was poor across the river." "February 8th, Went over to Yang's and got Jacks buggy and started for Joliet. Came to Joliet and put our mare in the stable and went over to W. Hein_____ and got dinner then went up town and got some saddler awls and needles for 10cts and 40cts for drink. The weather was snowy before we got to Joliet and turned into rain before we got back and got some wet before we got back." "February 22nd, Got breakfast and went down town awhile. Paid $1.10 for lodging, breakfast & cigar. Took the eleven o'clock train and went to Goshen. Paid 35cts for my ticket, 40cts for something to eat, 25cts for cigar, 10cts for beer, 10cts for cardamom. Come home to Grubbs, got supper and went to singing at Cattown. The weather was cold and rough." "April 26th, Went to Sunday school in the forenoon and home and got dinner and back to singing and up to Goshen and got a rig and went to singing at the Excelsior. Had Mag and Miss Jarvis. Paid $3.00 for admission. The weather was nice fair &c." "June 3rd, Went to the big meeting above Goshen. Walked up and was up till evening then come home on John Millers wagon. Spent 55cts for eat and drink….." "June 20th, Went over to Meese's sale. Spent 35cts for something to eat and candy. Come out to Kulp's and played baseball then went to Goshen. Spent 40cts for tapping my boot, 12cts. for beer and tobacco…" "July 4th, Went to Elkhart to a celebration and stayed down for the fireworks &c. Come home with Linda on the buggy." "July 25th, Put away two loads of hay then got ready to go to Goshen to a convention. Spent $2.62 sundries. Stayed till after night and seen the torch light procession. Come home with the girls, Letie, Mat and Lou on foot. Had some fun. Sent off four letters." "August 23rd, Went with Kryder over to Bristol to see the folks and went over to Garver and Jarvi's who was in the grape business &c. The weather was nice and warm. Spent 10cts. for a lottery ticket, no 28. Give M. Garver 5cts for fun." "October 12th, Went to Goshen to a Republican rally, one of the largest ever held in Goshen. Colfax was there. The weather was nice and fun. Spent $1.40 Rode home with Hecox." "October 24th, Fetched a boat up from the dam and worked on the bridge till four o'clock then come down to town and come home with row. Spent 95cts for tob. and drink…." "December 12th, Went to Goshen on foot most of the way. Will Snook was here. Spent 85cts for drink. Come home with Frank on the sled. Helped him to cut a load of wood." "December 25th, Went to Goshen on foot and spent 2.85 for Christmas &c. The weather nice but a little cold and went to meeting at the Sugar Grove schoolhouse with our team and sled." 1872 "March 4th, Was at home and mended my boots and half soled a pair for John Butt &c. The weather was cold and rough and John Butt dr. 25." "March 8th, 
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