I found this journal of events, shortly notated, in an envelope
with the following on the front:
1129 W. Broadway
*There is no return address or stamp on the envelope. One end of
the envelope is missing. It is the end where there would have been
a stamp if this envelope had been mailed. I am guessing
that these pages were put in this already used envelope just to be saved. The
handwriting on the outside of the envelope is not that of Mary
Alice (Wharton) McColloch. I have also noted that none of my
Grandmother's or Great Grandmothers immediate family ever spelled
McColloch as it is spelled on the outside of the envelope. The
house at 1129 W. Broadway, Webb City, Missouri, was bought after
1920 by Mary Alice "Allie" McColloch and her mother
Elizabeth Ellen Wharton both being widowed by then.
At the time these notes were made James and Mary Alice McColloch
were living at the Wharton farm, just outside Carthage, Missouri,
owned by Mary Alice's parents, Silas and Elizabeth Wharton. Silas
died Oct. 29, 1913, so he was not alive at the time these daily
notes were kept.
The notes are written on 10 sheets of lined note
paper about the size of 5 inches by 8 inches. After checking a
calendar for the year 1916 and using the Sunday School days, I am
certain these notations were
made from about February 6, trough April 9, 1916. The pages
have the day and on a couple of the pages the month of Feb and Mar
were noted above the day. I was able to figure out the year and
sequence of these pages because Mary Alice refers to her husband
Jim's birthday on February 12th and she also refers to her
daughter Daphne's anniversary on April 7th. I am using
page numbers on these transcribed pages but the pages themselves
were not numbered. I don't know how many total pages there
were as there appears to be one or two missing. They are typed as
they appear on the pages with the exception that I have added a
few commas so the events make more sense. I have photocopies of
the originals that are in my niece's possession in Oklahoma.
(Page 1) (this first line appears to have been
continued from a previous page.
Manning came over, also Mrs. McNabb and Mrs. McM.
7th Edna went home in afternoon, Jim didn't have any
school. Didn't find Sanfords ____ .
8th Mother still quite sick, did the work and rested,
9th Still waited on Mother, crocheted, baked bread. Mr.
Bayne came after calves. Mrs. Manning here gave Frank music
lesson and did the work. Mrs. Mc Cane(?) Grandma H___ came.
11. Got a letter from Ruth, Mother still in bed. Jack went
12. Virginia came up and read Billy Whiskers. I washed
baked ironed scrubbed and a little of nearly everything. Phoned
to Daphne. Oysters for Jim's birthday.
13. Papa went to Webb and brought Daphne and children.
Didn't have any S. S. Myrtle Bayne was here, New one organized.
14. Daphne went to Webb, I took care of the babies. Cut
out two dresses for Daphne. Got a letter from Littleton.
15. Worked on dresses. Leila came up and brought Daphne a
letter from Jack.
16. Still sewing, Frank Didn't come to take lesson, was glad I
felt so bad, Didn't have any prayer meeting. Had music
17. Baked bread, cut out Alice's dresses, almost made one.
Daphne went home out of fix at me. The first mother had sat up.
18. Cleaned up house took a good rest, and cleaned out top
drawer. Joe hauled in the cane.
19. Did all the Sat. work, Mother came out to the table
for supper. Mrs. Mc asked me to give Virginia music lessons.
Mrs. Manning brought back the cloves. I went down to Ms. Mc to
try the organ.
20. Went out to Unions Chapel, Bessie gave a nice
Temperance talk. John was here also Mr. and Mrs. Felske and
21. Mrs. Mc borrowed tub. Wrote card
to Daphne. Went to Mr. Mannings to get phone message. Mr. Bayne
took calves away. Mine weighed 173lbs., 7 weeks old, $12.11,
Daphne called, coming up to stay 2 or 3 days. Fixed clothes for
laundry, and wash. Grandma W___ came ( ___ ___ and cookies)
Mother's calf weighed 185lbs., 7 weeks old $12.95.
Feb 22. Met Daphne and babies at car. Sewed and cut out
dresses. Sent clothes to laundry.
23. Baked bread, helped Daphne, sew and didn't give Frank
24. Made silk waist for Daphne and finished house dress.
Jim took her and James to cars.
25. Got laundry took care of Alice and Leila
them bath. Washed, and got ___ ___ .
26. Baked pies cookies and bread. Made kiddies pie and
gave them cookie dough. Set hem.
27. Bad so I couldn't go to S. S. went to car for Jack at
2.40. Didn't come too bad.
28. Still had kiddies, Daphne came, walked from car line
with baby buggy and suitcase. Kiddies had a time. Virginia a
29. Cut out dresses for Leila, We had good time.
Mar 1. Cut out dresses for James gave Frank a music
lesson. Mrs. Mc brought up her waist.
2. Had chicken and dumplings for dinner. Daphne and
kids went home.
3. Very cold, scrubbed and
cleaned up. Sent Daphne a card about pattern, Mrs. Manning got
milk, sent to Chicago for music.
4. Did Saturday work, sent Leila and Edna cards.
5. Went to Sunday School. Mr. Redmon, Leila and Mr. Bayne
came in the afternoon, stayed for supper.
6. Washed. Went to see Mrs. McNabbs baby, gave Virginia a
lesson. Went to Mr. Mannings to get phone message from Daphne.
7. Cut out dress for Alice, made it and sent it by parcel post. A man took it to Carthage. Went to see Mr.
sure of name here]
8. Heard Mr. Herrin couldn't ____ ____
10. Made Ruth a skirt started more lace for Leila and
Alice. Got a Post card from Mahala McColloch.
11. Sent letter to Joplin Globe. Didn't phone to Daphne.
Finished mother's pillow slips.
12. Sent Mahala, Belle and Mrs. McBurney post cards. Got a
letter from Carrie Bryer. Too cold to go to Prayer meeting.
13. Got phone message to come to Webb City. 4° below
zero. Went and helped
Daphne and Jack with their pig, cooked sausage and lard until
about 10 p.m., sat up till Jack came and had Chili and crackers.
Mr. Redmon came.
14. Had breakfast, helped Daphne cut some patterns, with
her meat and work, went over to Leila's, came home at 12.10
phoned to Carthage for groceries. Got a calendar from Knells.
15. Worked and cooked nearly all day. Made some
gingerbread, hadn't made any for years, it was fine. Got my
teachers journal, studied my S. S. lesson. Sent Daphne a card
Redmon and Mr. Porter came for dinner wasn't expecting them. Mr.
Porter had a lamp, didn't get to talk very much to Leila.
Virginia didn't take lesson. Sick.
2nd/3rd(mistake in dates) Rained didn't go to Sunday School. A
long day. Played, sang and read.
4th Virginia had lesson. [Can't read the rest of the
notations for the 4th or any of the 5th]
6th Lester came. [Can't read the rest of the notations for
7th Daphne's anniversary married seven years, had four
babies, lives in Ok. Snowing had twenty five more little
chickens. Frank came about the S. S. papers.
8th Virginia came up about her lesson, Jim went to town.
Cleo and Nadine came and paid for butter and milk.
9th Went to Union Chapel heard a fine sermon, porch broke
down with the boys and men. Text, Abram walk before me and be
Typed by Liz (Frankel) Gunderson, Daughter of Leila Elizabeth
Davis, Grand Daughter of Daphne Dale (McColloch) Davis and Great
Grand Daughter of Mary Alice (Wharton) McColloch.
In this short narration there are several references to the Car.
There used to be a Trolley Car line that served Ottawa Co.,
Oklahoma, where Picher, was located, Jasper
Co., Missouri, and parts of Kansas, for the miners to get to and
from work in the mines in the Tri-State mining area (Oklahoma,
Kansas, Missouri). There were mines that flowed over into Kansas
and Missouri, but the main area was in Picher , Oklahoma, and the surrounding towns in Ottawa County, the largest lead and zinc
mining area in the world at the time. See
Old Trolley Car Here.
There are several occasions where the name "Leila" is
mentioned in these notes. Some of them refer to James McHenry and
Mary Alice McColloch's daughter Mary
"Leila" McColloch who was married to Charles C. Redmon on
May 9, 1909. It appears that she refers to her son-in-law
Charles Redmon as Mr. Redmon.
There is at least one
"Leila" that refers to my Mother Leila Elizabeth Davis
and her sister Hester "Alice" Davis [page 4, 25.],
children of James and Mary's youngest daughter, Daphne Dale
McColloch, who married John N. Davis, April 7, 1909. Alice was
born in 1911 and mother was born July 11, 1913.
also a reference to "making a dress for James" [page 5,
Mar 1] and he is
mother's younger brother Charles James, born June 25, 1915, and
was always called James or Jim. Remember in those days they made
dresses for male babies. There is another reference to James [page
4, 24], "Jim took her and James to cars". Jim refers to
James McHenry McColloch.
Last Updated ~ August 28, 2013