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  Farm Journal
1953-1957
Walt-Norma Haas Robbins
110-acre Farm

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Farm Journal Images (86 pages):  Doc1862.pdf

PDF Pages
General Notes
1] Front Cover
2] Title Page
3] Inside Front Cover
4] 1953 - Notes - Journal Details
5] Net Worth 1953
6] Household Goods 1953
7] Bills due in 1953
8] Stock [Animals] - Stock at Dads
9] Cows - Date Bred - Date Due - Hogs
10-29] Accounts for 1953
30] 1954 - Notes - Journal Details
31-32] Net Worth, 1954
33] Feed - Here: Livestock, Hogs There [Dads]: Livestock, Hogs
 

34] Payments, 1954
35-52] Accounts for 1954
[1955 is not recorded in this Journal]
53] 1956 - Notes - Journal Details
54-57] Net Worth 1956
58] Calculation Page
59-70] Accounts for 1956
71] 1957 - Notes - Journal Details
72-79] Accounts for 1957
80-83] Calculation Page
84] Cow - Date bred - Date Due (Most scratched out)
85] Feed lists (1955 list) - (Most scratched out)
86] Inside back cover - Feed and fertilizer list (some of it scratched out)

Notes, General -
Date Description PDF Page
-  This financial journal covers the years 1953 to 1957 (There is nothing recorded for the year 1955)
-  This Journal is for the years spent at the 110-acre farm, Union Township, Delaware County, Indiana
-  The North of Eaton Farm was sold 4 March 1953 - it was sold on contract - The payments of $45.00 were for the mortgage - There are
   entries most every month (See Journal Details below)
-  Jones:  Jones Purina Feed store, Eaton, Delaware County, Indiana
-  Dr. Hyde:  Veterinarian for the farm - he was from Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana
-  Dr. Manning:  Dentist in Muncie - he also graduated from Muncie Central High School with Norma in 1938
-  I went through the journal and pulled out the items in the Journal Details below - The entries in 1956 and 1957 began to get sparse for some reason as can be seen by there being no entries for things like groceries, milk check, etc.  In 1957 I am sure this was due to Walter's illness and Norma was overwhelmed.
-  Haircuts were $.75 - Several entries which show either $.75 or multiples for Walter and the boys
-  An entry of "--" indicates that nothing was recorded for that item during the month
-  Milk Check:  We had milk cows and this is the money earned from selling the milk to Producer's Dairy in Muncie

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Journal Details, 1953 -
Month Groc Chev
Check
Milk
Check
Phone Gas
(car-Tractor)
Lights Pdf
Page
January $44.88 $415.33 7.94 $6.13 $11.92 $9.91 10-11
February $21.64 $266.77 $20.00 -- $35.90 $35.00 (1) 12-13
March $50.77 $384.12 $3.49 $5.53 $23.20 $4.51 13-15
April $53.00 $379.86 $5.84 -- $68.16 -- 15-17
May $51.00 $466.02 $97.10 $5.50 $92.40 $-- 17-19
June $39.88 $358.72 $121.93 $4.16 $73.82 $11.50 19-20
July $34.35 $-- $216.70 $6.04 $62.40 $9.86 21-22
August $37.80 $271.26 $128.45 $4.46 $14.25 $-- 23-24
September $39.50 $372.99 $-- $5.21 $59.25 $9.74 24-25
October $47.12 $300.55 $124.60 $3.58 $33.30 $8.98 26-27
November $38.00 $229.65 $22.00 $4.50 $9.50 $-- 28
December $-- $-- $24.00 $4.46 $38.50 $-- 29
(1) - Final Payment on the North of Eaton Farm
Notes, 1953 -
Date Description PDF Page
  Net Worth, 1953:  House $3500 - Barn $1500.00 - Hen House $200.00 - Total Net Worth $12,580.00 6
23 Jan 1953 Check for Farm $2000.00 11
2 March 1953 Loan from Mutual $5400.00 13
4 March 1953 -  Sold Home (Down Payment) +$3000.00 (North of Eaton Farm)
-  Paid to Milhollen (Realtor) Commission $500.00
13
6 Apr 1953 -  Television $20.70 ($199.00)
-  Pay on home - $45.00 (North of Eaton Farm)
16
5 June 1953 Check from farm (26-acre farm - North of Eaton Farm) +$100.00 19
7 July 1953 Money from Farm (26-acre farm) - $120.00 21
17 July 1953 Traded cars - $895.00 22
14 Sept 1953 -  Received on 26-acres +$100.00
-  Toy corn picker & combine for boys - $4.50
25
3 Oct 1953 Clif's (Walt, Jr.) bicycle - $49.95 - (This bicycle was a Schwann and was purchased at the Western Auto store in Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana.  The store was located on the east side of the square, almost on the SE corner) 26
16 Oct 1953 Received on 26-acres +$65.00 27
     

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Journal Details, 1954 -
Month Groc Chev
Check
Milk
Check
Phone Gas
(car-Tractor)
Lights Pdf
Page
January $50.76 $288.18 $29.44 $3.79 $36.70 $11.32 35-37
February $29.95 $280.48 $46.51 $4.51 $-- $14.20 38-39
March $43.12 $217.39 $32.99 $4.01 $31.00 $11.83 39-40
April $48.46 $363.94 $25.47 $3.86 $46.30 $-- 41-42
May $45.00 $291.86 $59.48 $4.45 $34.35 $11.89 42-43
June $39.00 $223.86 $197.33 $3.78 $44.40 $13.60 44
July $43.00 $472.53 $20.60 $4.19 $27.30 $-- 45-46
August $35.44 $215.95 $147.32 $-- $-- $10.54 46-47
September $-- $-- $-- $-- $78.00 $-- 47.48
October $30.46 $77.00 $169.46 $.99 (1) $44.40 $4.05 48-50
November $11.00 $-- $141.91 $-- $22.20 $11.38 50-52
December $12.00 $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- 52
(1)  "Final Bill" - I am not sure what that means?  Maybe it was when the phone companies changed - at first we had service with the Gaston Phone company.  At some point Indiana Bell purchased the Gaston Phone Company. 
Notes, 1954 -
Date Descrip tion PDF Page
19 Jan 1954 Paid Tatman $1800.00 (The 110-acre farm was purchased from the Tatman family) 36
6 Feb 1954 Clif's knife & Scout book (This was for Cub Scouts which met in Eaton) - $2.00 38
20 Aug 1954 Clif's glasses $32.00 47
8 Oct 1954 Toy corn picker and tractor (John Deere toys) $4.00 48
26 Nov 1954 Transformer & track for train $13.45 (Lionel Train set still owned by Walt,Jr.) 51
     

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Journal Details, 1956 -
Month Groc Chev
Check
Milk
Check
Phone Gas
(car-Tractor)
Lights Pdf
Page
January $31.85 $327.46 $-- $-- $-- $10.60 58-60
February $30.00 $84.52 $-- $-- $-- $-- 60
March $38.59 $-- $-- $3.45 $-- $-- 61
April $29.60 $-- $-- $4.48 $-- $22.42 62
May $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- 63
June $27.45 $-- $-- $3.44 $-- $10.44 64
July $11.80 $-- $-- $-- $-- $12.91 65
August $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- 66
September $-- $-- $-- $4.29 $-- $12.13 67
October $13.46 $-- $-- $4.46 $-- $11.86 68
November $12.00 $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- 69-70
December $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- 70
Notes, 1956 -
Date Description PDF Page
4 Jan 1956 Purchased 4 cemetery lots $300.00 - Gardens of Memory Cemetery 59
20 Jan 1956 Mikes (sic) for factory - $6.95 - Walt, Sr. was transferred into the die shop at Chevrolet Muncie at this time 59
Apr 1956 Trees for Daddy's Grave (August Haas) - $8.00 - Elm Ridge Cemetery - The last Time I was there the trees remained 62
9 May 1956 X-Ray $5.00 63
Aug 1956 -  Walter Tooth Pulled $4.00
-  Pony Halter $4.60
66
Oct 1956 -  Down payment on cabinets $30.00 (Kitchen Cabinets)
-  Down Payment on corn picker (This was a new John Deere corn picker) $200.00
-  Bible $22.95 (This was a large, thick bible with color photos)
68
     

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Journal Details, 1957 -
Month Groc Chev
Check
Milk
Check
Phone Gas
(car-Tractor)
Lights Pdf
Page
January $11.00 $-- $-- $4.68 $-- $11.98 72
February $-- $-- $-- $5.00 $-- $13.24 72-73
March $12.87 $-- $-- $4.96 $-- $14.80 73
April $-- $-- $-- $4.13 $-- $16.60 74
May $12.00 $-- $-- $8.65 (1) $-- $12.43 75
June $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- $9.92 76
July $-- $-- $-- $3.91 $-- $10.99 76
August $-- $-- $-- $5.34 $-- $10.33 77
September $-- $-- $-- $4.79 $-- $11.47 78
October $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- $15.67 78
November $-- $-- $-- $4.29 $-- $17.29 79
December $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- 79
(1)  This was a total of 2 bills paid during the month

Walter was sick with Meningitis in 1957 and was hospitalized at Ball Hospital in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana - This was a difficult time for Norma because she had to manage the farm, the home and the children.  Walter was very sick for quite a while and this was ultimately what led to selling the farm in the fall of 1958 and purchasing the Stoney Haven Motel

Notes, 1957 -
Date Description PDF Page
26 Feb 1957 Dr. Nelson, Walter $25.00 72
11 Feb 1957 Dr. Gillespy $70.50 73
18 Feb 1957 Ball Hospital, Walter  $14.80 73
Dec 1957 Electric Drill $16.88 (1/2" drill - Montgomery Ward - I still own this tool) 77
     

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