John App’s March 31, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Sunday March 31, 1850

Stopping Point: 5 miles west of Macomb, Illinois

Approximate Miles Traveled: 0 (did not travel this day)

GPS Latitude: 40° 26.484′ N; Longitude: 90° 48.047′ W

Introduction to this post: Generally, pioneers rested on the sabbath (Sunday) and did not travel. However, you will notice as the trip progresses that many ignore that unwritten rule the further west they were. Sometimes the reason is because of weather, sometimes they are behind schedule and need to make up lost time, and sometimes they just want to “hurry up and get there”.

Sunday Evenig March 31 st – this morning we waked up rather Late on account of having to good a bed to sleep on.  but as it is the sabboth day, men were not in a hurry, we Cooked our Breakfast and then shaved washed, and cleaned up, all things, to order this day has been rather a dull day, Being Easter, to, Mr Stickels is the mans name that owns the Farm we are stoping on now he very kindly invited, us to his house and take dinner with him, we concluded that it would save our cooking at Home Therefore we thanked him very kindly, and accepted the Invitation. Being Easter we had plenty of Eggs and a first rate dinner, after which I sat down at the Reading table and among the Books I found a Singing Book (Carmina Sacra) I inquired if any of them sing, (as I thought it a good way to pass off the day) some of them soon replyed they did, a little, soon all hands got to singing, and Just as I had got in my most mellodious strains of music, a little Boy came running into the door, and said that the Hogs were rooting at our tent. Jake started first before he reached the Tent the Hoggs had Eat all our provisions which was not much,  half Loaf of Bread, 1 peck of potatoes and Twelve or Fourteen lbs Ham, so all we had Left was a Prarie Chicken that Jake shot Yesterday, so we did not make much by dining with our good old methodist Friend, next me and my good Old Friend started for methodist meeting of 1 1/4 mile walked, and Heard a Real Old Fashioned sermon and did not see a ___ ___ ___ and then footed it home (I call my Tent Home) now the next was our grub again. I called on the Old Man for a few of the substantials, got a Ham & some Bread.  this Evening we had Coffee, Bread & our Prarie Chicken stewed, and went fine now ready to go to Bed-  Looks very much like rain

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Diary Entry 3/31/1850

Diary Entry 3/31/1850

 

 

Diary Entries 3/31/1850-4/1/1850

Diary Entries 3/31/1850-4/1/1850

 

   
 
     
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