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This small item was found on a street in the Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida. While the detailed daily listings do not pertain to Jacksonville, but rather, presumably, to an area of Monmouth County, New Jersey, the discovery of the book in a Jacksonville neighborhood suggests that descendents of the author relocated at some point to Jacksonville.The author of the work is unknown. Likely the front of the book would have recorded the owner's name and possibly location, but the front cover and initial pages are missing from the book. The remainder is intact and very legible. The location has been pinned down to Monmouth County, New Jersey based on names that appear frequently inside the book and a search of the 1900 United States Census. In this Census, several of the recorded names can be found: C. H. Lufburrow, Fred Sickles, and Felix & Augusta Burgoyne. The final page of the book records a financial transaction with Augusta Burgoyne in the amount of $590. The entry reads:"Augusta Mary Johanna Burgoyne wife of Felix Burgoyne c/o Jeanette C. Patterson of New York City $590." The author dutifully records the daily weather conditions, the day's activities and travels, and any financial transactions conducted. Some use of abbreviations makes an exact transcription a bit difficult, but the handwriting is quite legible and is mostly entered in ink. Where ink is not used, the penciled entries are still very legible. Following is an example of an entry for the weather and activities:"Cool wind out of west. Finished cutting grass and plowed and harrowed the ground. Picking peas, beans, & corn. Mowed grass in orchard." A good example of an entry for a financial transaction follows:
Some of the names that come up frequently in entries in the book include C. H. Lufburrow, A. H. Roberts & Co., Allen Sickels, Fred Sickles, George Johnson, and the All Saints Methodist Church.
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