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Hand-Written Journal Of Samuel Schuyler Streeter 1851 - 1899 by  Samuel Schuyler Streeter

Hand-Written Journal Of Samuel Schuyler Streeter 1851 - 1899

by Samuel Schuyler Streeter

A 198 page hand-written diary, documenting fifty years of life of Samuel Schuyler Streeter, born April 13, 1818, in Berlin, New York, and dying at age 84 in Berlin, New York. (I've added periods at the end of sentences in order to allow easier reading of the text. I have not changed spellings.) The journal begins with background family history ... "In commencing this 2nd volume of my life I will give a little history of the Rhodes family for the benefit of my girls Fanny & Florence as their mother was daughter of Jonathan H. & Mercy Rhodes. His father was Abel Rhodes. He had many brothers." He goes on to offer detailed information about several family members. In addition to others, names include Daniel, Avilla Nathan, and Ebeneser Rhodes who married Prudence Streeter; Willard Streeter, Steve & Jim Streeter, William Taylor who was father to Frank who married Rhodas sister Sarah, Sam Rhodes who lived at the head of the Gray hollow above where Willard Streeter lived; Doct Rhodes who married Mary's sister Alrina, "J. Thomas Davis who married Rebecca Deinson & moved to Shanahan, Illinois & bot a farm about one mile east of Shanahan village. After living there 2 years he got drowned in trying to swim acrost the canal that run near his house that broke up the family they sold the farm & Mother Rhodes went to Barry Illinois to live with Leonard Walker, who married Clarinda Rhodes & has lived with them until her death Nov 18, 1894 aged 97 years." This journal offers a very thorough and detailed ancestral history about the family of Jonathan Himes Rhodes and Mercy Taylor Rhodes, who had 7 children, one of whom was Mary A. Rhodes who married Samuel Schuyler Streeter. Example: "Clarinda. 2nd daughter. Married Leonard Walker in Berlin. They soon after moved to Barry, Illinois, & bot a 80 acre farm near the village to live on. When the California gold crase broke out Leonard with others started with teams for California. Was a long time getting there but got there just the same pretty well used up. Clarinda rented the farm & come back to her fathers in Berlin with her 2 children, Horatio & Helen. Leonard was in California 3 or 4 years. Come back with some money. Took his family back to Barry on the farm & lived there till he died 8 or 10 years ago. Clarinda remained on the farm till her mother died a short time ago & then pulled up & went to Bloomington, Ill with Helen where they are keeping house...." Beginning on page 7 of the journal the day-to-day life of the author begins with time spent in Berlin, New York; Clyde, Illinois; Chicago; Barry, Illinois; Troy, New York; Denver; Pikes Peak; Florida; etc. with most time spent in Illinois and New York. In 1851, Streeter left Berlin, New York, and headed to Clyde, Illinois. "Some time in May 1851 I got my things together that was not sold at auction & sent them to Clyde & took Bell & Daniel D. Leaving Milford at his grandfather Denisons & started for Clyde. Took along a little dog name Johnny the children could not leave. Went to Troy & over to Jim Davis in West Troy to stay all night. In the morning on our way to the station lost the dog which broke up Bell & D but we went on. Took the train to Syracuse then packet boat on the canal to Clyde .......". Along the way, "... (John) Dodge & Adney (Jones) went out to look around & Adney bot something & paid for it with a counterfeet bill. They soon found it out & followed them up & arrested them Adney for passing counterfit money & Dodge for being with him. They put back to the hotel to find me to get them out of the scrape so they arrested me supposing I was one of the gang took us all to the police station to be examined. I have on a wide brimed low crown light coloured hat a& as I went in I head some one of them say that fellow looks suspicious, they took me first in a back room & examined me searched my pockets & found quite a roll of bills which they supposed was counterfeet & I was boss of the gang. My money was all Clye Bank bills that I had taken out of the Bank. I told them who I was & where I was living & in business & where I was going & how I happened to meet my friends that were going the same way, & if they wanted any more proof they could tell Clyde or Berlin & find anything they wanted to know. They give me my money back & put me one side & examined Dodge & Adney & questioned them about me & found other bad money with them then they told me I could go & put Adney & Dodge in jail." On his first trip from Berlin, NY, to Chicago, "When we got to the end of the road at Michigan City took a steamer for Chicago about 40 miles. Reached there in good time. They landed at the foot of Lake Street, no docks there. Everything was dumped there which made it a good landing place on the pile of manure. Went down Lake Street to the only hotel called the City Hotel & put up for a rest." While in Chicago he looks up an old friend ... Abraham D. Titsworth. "A.D. Titsworth who once kept a tailor shop in the old main farm house called the Barrocks & boarded with us at the Washington Hotel when he left Berlin he went back to New Jersey where he was raised married & went to Chicago & opened a clothing store on Lake Street where I found him," (Research shows that Titsworth & Co. was doing a business of upwards of $100,000 a year in Chicago when the great fire of October 9, 1871, made a clean sweep of everything, by which they sustained a heavy loss.) Streeter traveled on to Barry, Illinois, where a town was just beginning to form. He noted that there really weren't any businesses and so began a store and slaughterhouse. He farmed and raised livestock and poultry to stock his store. "Our store was down on the corner of Main St. & the last street towards the canal." On a fairly regular basis Streeter would return to Berlin. One time while visiting in Troy, "I found a party trying to start a new bank called the Central Bank of Troy. William H. Van Schoonhoven, John B. Kellogg, James Buell, Joel Mallary, John W. Bates & James I. Main were the partys interested in it. I knew them all well. They piched into me to help but I could do nothing for them in the way of money. In them days banks had to put mortgages on good farms in someones hands as security for their currency so they wanted a mortgage on our farm to use in that way. When we bot the farm we gave $8000 for it paid $5000 & left a mortgage of $3000 on it. They made me an offer like .....would take a mortgage on the farm for $8000 pay the $3000 against it & give us $5000 in their currency mark the bills & we must take care of them when presented for redemption at the bank. They would discount all paper for us not over 3 months that we would endorse. I told them I would take time to go home talk with my brothers and let them know. Our firm was Streeter & Brothers. When I got home we talked the thing over carefully & made up our minds we could make something out of it so sent them word we would take their offer........" The journal moves between Berlin, New York, area and Barry, Illinois, area and details the beginnings of towns and the everyday life of the people in those towns. Raising livestock; determining what livestock to raise as years and conditions change; moving livestock from one town to another; working as a milkman .... "There was a small farmer that kept a few cows & peddled milk. His business was very light & wanted to sell out so looked his cows over & bot his stock milk waggon & tools & tun the business ourselves. I and the milk waggon left the farm early with plenty of milk. Supplied all his old customers & some new ones I had picked up & what milk I had left took to the store where we kept it all the time to deal out as people wanted it a good many would tell us if we would buy their cow they would take milk of us so would buy the cows take them home & if they proved to be good milkers would keep them. If not dry them up & they would soon be fat enough for beef ......;" starting up of banks ... "Col Briggs (Samuel S. Briggs) built a bank building on the other corner from the store and started a bank of issue of his own. Had his bills struck off as the Briggs Bank of Clyde that of course hurt our little brokers business as that made 2 banks of issue. The other was the Commercial Bank of Clyde owned & run by Isaac Miller;" bargaining and trading with each other to obtain businesses, land, etc.... "I traded some western land for John Crandalls sawmill just below the Boon farm fixed it up & had a man live there to run it. Also traded some western land for the Plank Road from Troy to Berlin with J.T. Main (?);" . Just below the boon; illnesses; starting hotel; buying and selling of farms; opening and closing of businesses; constant and continual relocating via train, horse & buggy, flat bed, boats, etc.; "This spring hired a house down in the city on Ohio Street on the north side & mooved down. That made it more pleasant for the family. Had a barn on the place & kept a horse to go & come with. Mr. Rawson lived on the next street opposite us & we had other friends living in the city. There was but 2 bridges over the river at that time. One at Clark St & at Wells St. The city was small then. Up near the Lake House was a rope ferry a large flat boat & a large rope reaching from one bank to the other fastened each side to posts. We would get on the boat some times a few & other times full & pull the boat over by the rope & pass by old ft Dearborn which stood there at that time;" growth and changes of towns, "Next morning began to look around. Found Leadville a very different place from what it was when there 5 years before. I found a few old friends & some Chicago people there that I knew but the place had changed so much I didn't know it. The old & only street there was all closed up. New streets laid out with plenty of new brick buildings filled with all kinds of goods;" births and deaths of children and adults; building of a distillery and beginning of taxation, "Business kept along as usual into the winter when the law was passed to tax highwines to commence at a certain time. That was a damper on all distillerys. They didn't know how it was going to affect them. Some sold their stock & stoped business. Others that could raise money enough kept on & stored their wines. Our house hadn't made much money. Mr. Rawson was well off & could raise all the money he wanted. I of course could not raise the money that it would take on my part to run & store the wines so I concluded to sell;"buying and selling of pork; purchasing flour mill in Niles, Michigan; and relocating; working the flour mill and the scarcity of flour, causing Streeter to buy wheat, "Flour got up in price so we gan to buy wheat & make what we could & sent to New York to a commission house to sell. We could make 100 barrels a day but didn't do that all the while as we couldn't get wheat enough . Wheat got up a well as flour. We paid $2.00 bush for some white wheat;" beginning he town of Highland Park, "He got acquainted with the Hawkins (Frank P. Hawkins) & C.R. Field who were interested in starting a town at Highland Park. It was a stock company they had bot a large track of land on the lake shore & was laying it out in lots & building houses to sell & Hawkins & Field moved up as soon as they got some houses built, They were the managers of the property" (names of neighbors in Highland Park include Patrick Dooley, Hiram Mosier, A.K. Allen, Frank P. Hawkins, Fred Fields, C.R. Fields, Byron Allen, J.S. Curtiss, Doct Baker, A. Dixon, Capt Hammer, Mr. Dickerson, Patrick Dooley, etc.); as time progresses, mention of more and more travelers, the need for boarding houses, etc.; traveling to Leadville, Manitou, Pikes Peak, Colorado, "In the morning hired a horse of Ahartsell & left the sick one & drove up to Platt Station to dinner. Let the team there & Went over the mountain to Leadville in the stage. Got there at evening. Only one street there & that was so full of people the police had to go ahead of the stage to get to the hotel that was full so we slept at H.A.W. Tabers Store on the counter use a pile of calicoes for a pillow" (Horace Austin Warner Tabor, also known as The Bonanza King of Leadville, was an American prospector, businessman, and Republican politician..); running a boarding house; Pikes Peak, "All took dinner in a stone building built by the government for a telegraph & signal station. Two men live up there to take care of the station & they fed people that want it. It's a hard place to live. Always cold & Plenty of snow. They keep a big fire all the time to keep warm. All wood & provisions has to be carried up on mules. The top of the Peak is about 4 or 5 acres level but covered with large rock. Look as though they had been broken up some day;" troubles with traveling, ""We were the only passengers an old top waggon & a pair of ponies. We had a nice ride & view untill about 1 mile of Nicholds Tavern where we was to take dinner going down a hill the ponies began to kick & broke the tonnage to the waggon;" "We were having a nice ride on the old road & got about ½ way to Pulvers had been going down hill on a fast gate struck a side hill road all at once the lower hind wheel gave out & Jim & I were on the find seat he on the upper side & we went out he top of me but he soon left me rolling down the hill & I after him about 2 rock before we could stop but he brot up against a tree & I against him. No bones broke but some bruised. We got back to the waggon gethered up our baggage put it in the waggon & started on foot for the next house on the road which was about 2 miles ahead." Additional examples of entries: "Thurs 25. Took the Midland R. Road for Harsells. (D. built 8 or 10 miles of this road from Col Springs up Ute Pass thro a rough country we passed through 8 or 10 times from Manitou for the first few miles) this road runs near the old Ft. Road part of the way and the rest of the way thro mountains,. We left the train at Hartsells Station & went to the old Clark Hotel which use to be the stopping place for freightors to Leadville the old house has been enlarged & is now quite a good hotel owned by Mr. Hartsell, he is a great land owner. I met him there. He seemed glad to see me & we talked over old matters when we were freighting thro there to Leadvill. He says he owns about 20,000 acres of land in a body around hm & says he don't want any more." "Took stage back to Harsells about 20 miles in time for the train down to Col Springs that evening. Mosketoes come pretty near eating us up on the trip & at Hartsells there is a hot spring there that will boil eggs hard in 10 minutes. They have fixed a bath house there & use that water with water from the brook close by for bathing."Towards fall Mary was taken sick & it lasted some time had Doct Olcott attend her. She didn't seem to get any better & kept getting weaker till Oct 11. She dies. We took her to Berlin for burial in our lot. I staid there about a week then returned to a very lonesome place for us all. Kept the house going till spring then sold to Harvey Streeter & we packed up & left for the farm first of May. We found it very pleasant there & good neighbors." "My farm was not large enough to keep a dairy for city milk (as most farmers do) so kept some sheep & fat calves for veal that seemed to pay best of anything. Bot what the milkmen called strippers after they didn't give milk enough to pay for keeping they would sell them cheap & buy fresh cows in their place. I bot all the young calves of the Dairymen & put on the strippers & from 4 to 6 weeks old for from $10 to $15. Fed the cows well & when they got fat sell them to the butchers. I bot all the dry cows I could cheap & the most of them would prove to be with calf then I would trade them with the milk farmers for their strippers & young calves. The cows that didn't have calves would get fat & sell to the butchers. There was a man by the name of Piersol that bot all my calves dressed them & took them to Brooklyn sold to the butcher. He done nothing else & made money." "Cleveland President. Spring come again kept Charley by the year as he was a good worker & knew better than I did about farming he would get mad once in a while & quit but would come back & go at it again. Once he left & went to the city determined to go west. He said he got down to the Brooklyn ferry to cross the river & stopped & began to think it over & made up his mind to jump in the river or come home he decided to come home & went to work the next day." "Towards the last of December closed up the house & started for Kalamasoo. Mitts folks went with us got their just in time for Christmas. Before leaving the Fox Hunters ran across my meadow back of the barn broke down fences scared my stock so it took 2 days to find them & get them back home they come around to settle damage. I charged them $25 which they paid." "About the 1st of August we closed the house & started for the west calculating to stop at Kalamasoo then on to Chicago to the worlds fair then on to Colorado Springs for my health. We staid at Kalamasoo at D.s a spell. I grew worse & we turned back to Detroit & from there to Mt. Clemons where they have famous springs for during everything." "Before going any farther west must tell you about Charley Sweets farm which is about 25 miles from Buffalo South West near West Aurora he took me out there Saturday as his family was out there the farm has 300 acres of fine land & he keeps about 100 head of pure bred Jersey cattle all registered the largest Jerseys I ever saw he took first prise at the worlds fair at Chicago as Milkers & Butter he has a seperater that takes the cream from the milk as soon as milked the cream is sent to Buffalo & the skim milk is fed to calves & hogs." "The first place of note on this trip was Golden quite a village was the first capital of the state they kept it a short time then it was mooved to Denver where it will remain as Denver is getting to be a large city. When Colorado was a Teritory the capital was at Colorado City a small village about ½ way betwixt Col Springs & Manitou it was built up by miners of logs small buildings that was on their way to the gold mines from the east to the foot of Pikes Peak the capital building was a large 2 story log house that was built in 1849 & stood there about 12 years ago when I was there. But now is gone & Col City is grown to quite a little city." "Mitt sent his riding mare up for me to winter for him & for me to ride. She didn't like the well water so I rode here south to the watering trough every day to drink." Each year, in the margin of the journal is printed the year (beginning ear is 1852; ending year is 1899), age of Streeter, whether or not he moved during the year, and who was President of the United States. By 1896 Streeter had moved 34 times, traveling to Troy, Berlin, Clyde New York; Chicago, Kankakee, Barry, Highland Park Illinois; Manitou, Pikes Peak, Karney, Leadville, Denver Colorado. At conclusion of journal, Streeter relocates to Daytona, Florida and continues to travel home, Berlin. Only one entry in 1900 and there is no year mentioned at margin; however, entries through Nov 21, 1899. Last entry in journal: "Mar 6. Can't see to write any more. S.S.S." Laid in is a hand-written letter about a hot air balloon ascent and descent by Anselm Lauriat in Berline, New York, 1835. Also laid-in is a newspaper clipping entitled, "From Colorado Springs to Barry, Illinois," an obituary for Mr. S.S. Streeter, as wells as a newspaper clipping from the Chicago Daily Tribune entitled, "David Streeter Dies Suddenly in the C.A.A." Entire journal is very legible and very readable. Near fine in black leather boards with spine and fore-corners in burgundy. Title stamped in gilt on front board and spine. A terrific historical record!

Inventory Number: 43239

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