September 20, 1857, Clinton Station(1), Wayne County, Ohio
Commenced clerking for J. S. Metzler & Co. at twelve dollars per month (date of commencing, Sep. 7, 57) for three months at which time I am to increase my wages We have had a very good trade all week past ending Sep 12/57. For the commencing Sept 14/57, I bought one load of red what that .89 cts per bushel bought of Kiflon I think. We bought another very fine lot of red wheat of Joshua Sonagte (?) at 85 cts per Bushel.
Oct 11/57 Receive a letter from George Lightcap. They were all well when rote. Bought eleven notebooks of J. H. Baumgardner & co Wooster, Ohio at .70 et a $7.70. The book was the Slacom (?). We are raising a signing at Clinton of which I am treasurer we hope much good may be done in peace. Mr. J.S. Metzler is gone to Cleveland Ohio.
W.M. Knox is also clerking for J.S. Metzler & Co.
Money matters down times hard. Money scarce and produce declining. Banks closing too.
Attended a celebration at Lafayett (2) Holmes County Sept 26/57. The day was fine many folks in attendance. Exercises opened by a short introductory by Rev. Green which was delightful to all who heard him. The exercises consisted of singing and speaking Speaking by the schollars and singing by the quoir. the celebration consisted of four schools: Ripley No 1, Monroe No 2, Clinton No 3 and Lafayett No 4. The Monroe school were first singing and Lafayett school in speaking.
A fine dinner was prepared for the schollars of the different schools of which
every one helped themselves at the feast all with peace and harmony. Good order during the whole day.
Friends and neighbors in the vicinity were there to witness something that was instructive as well as entertaining. Many parents were delighted to see their children declaim in public on such an occasion.