When we last checked George Madden’s diary his wife was giving him a right good birthday spanking. This turned out to be one of the few warm spots in a season so cool and wet his wheat rotted in the field. We check back in May of 1858:
Friday, May 7, 1858. Working on roads. Light rain. I am told my tax is $17.02, of which $5.23 is road tax which I have worked out at one dollar per day.
Sat. May 8. Plenty more rain last night. Chopping wood and making rails.
Monday, May 10. Harrowing plowed ground. Commence laying off corn. Hauled some rails.