Wednesday, 8th August, 1866

Quite a day. Liv and Zac are at the machine and got on very well. They, Humphrey and five hands are here, in addition to Susannah and John. Martha cooked dinner today for Patsy to be at the machine. Dr. Ju came to see Bill this evening. Thinks him well enough to discontinue his visits. He brought the flour home I loaned him. Teased Pigeo and Nan a good deal and prescribed a blue pill for Pigeo. – – Jack Cooke came to see Bill soon after breakfast and staid till late in the evening, and was kind enough to offer his services as a good nurse if I should need him. Promised me as many apples as I wanted if I would send for them. He will be a very kind neighbor, I think. Nan ironed some things this evening that I starched this morning. Bob finished sowing the plaster today.

4 comments on “Wednesday, 8th August, 1866

  1. Ron Parker says:

    Does anyone know what the “machine” is that Caroline refers to in this and other entries? Thanks.

  2. Bibb says:

    I am assuming it is a form of horse-drawn mechanical reaper used to harvest “small” grains, probably wheat. It seems that the Littlepages have their own “machine” and are not hiring one at harvest time as was common in the 1850s. We may learn more about the coming of mechanized agriculture in KW as we transcribe Caroline’s journals written a decade earlier.

  3. Ron Parker says:

    Thanks. I assumed it was some sort of “threshing” machine, but her references seem to indicate it was stationary when being used.


    • Bibb says:

      Interesting observation. I will follow up. There were steam-powered threshing machines which were stationary and used belts, but I think of them as being in common usage a bit later. This soon after the war, I am still guessing an animal-pulled reaper. Caroline also has used the term “machine” to refer to the equipment at the mill where they made molasses.

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