Saturday, Dec 10, 1881 A bright cold day with a keen wind from the north and the mountains white with snow. Joe Tomkins and I walked out to the bluff overlooking Wilbur. Two of the young engineers of the West Shore Rail road were there with an instrument and seemed to be signaling the other side the creek. We walked around John O'Reillys farm and so home. I paid the mason today and the carpenter a hundred dollars on account. The carpenters finished this evening and we will do no more now until spring. We have been less than a month at the work and have been greatly favored by good weather, but it has cost a little more than I expected it would.