Ohio: 1855, March 12-16: Got home about 5 oclock in the afternoon was glad to see my friends glad to receive me. Spent a few days in visiting the neighbors. I then worked at home for about one month.
April: Then took a school in No (?) District in Riply Township Holmes county Ohio. Taught at the rate of 75 cts per day and boarded myself. Taught 41 days that being all the public money in the district at that time. Amount $32.35.
May: Boarded at home all summer. Had 3 miles to go to school. Worked about home ni the fall and commenced teaching again in the same district. Got $1.00 per day taught four months amount $96.00 Ended March 13 1856. Stayed about home for about two weeks then went with John Lightcap to the great state of Indiana. I took charge of his goods. Got through safe and sound. Found every body in good spirits.
1856: April 16: I then worked about among the farmers. Rolling logs burning choping [sic] plowing and every kind of work usually done by farmers.
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I still worked on at everything till harvest worked out all harvest commencing July 1 1856 for John Martin helped him 2 day at 75 cts per day. I then went from there to Daniel Swanks Stayed about 5 day I think at 87 1/2 (?) cts for some days and some $1.50 got done there and helped (?) Calhoun better than 1 day this being the tenth of July and harvest about over.
July 12: Commenced clerking for F Templin got $5.00 per month
washing and mending free my companion was Dr. LB Boggs Stayed with Mr. Templin till Sept 22 when he sold out to Charles O Barrat and Brother Traded his store and property for a farm 8 miles from North Manchester in Kosciusko County Clay Township Ind. Moved with him to his farm.
Oct: Worked for himby the day and at the reate of 75 cts per day. Worked about 52 days. I cut up corn for him Rolled logs and readup a very bad swamp before the house of several acres and made it look as nice as a garden.
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