I am transcribing the volume of the journal in the holdings of the Missouri History Museum library. It covers 1874, 1875, and a bit of 1876. As of today, Em has transcribed through November of 1874.
In December of 1874, John J. Johns’ wife, Jane Durfee Johns, was gravely ill. She had a fever for almost 2 months. They seem to have treated her with quinine and “broken doses” of calomel and ipecac. The doctors seem never to have made a definitive diagnosis, or if they did, they didn’t share it with JJJ.
The summer of 1874 was one of drought; summer of 1875 was one of catastrophic rains and flooding. I am in the process of scanning my transcription of the journal and will post it to the site; Emelie is really fast at getting the softcopy transcription done. She is doing some of the annotation, too. I can’t keep up with her!