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January 1915

2200 W-10-St. Topeka, Ks.

 

Fri. 1  “New Years Day.”  Bright, warm, melting snow going off fast – like a day in Spring, one could not ask for a finer.

 

Again God has kept me thro’ the year, and brought me to the threshold of a new year, and as I go forward thro’ the year, I pray with all the love of a trusting heart, for His guidance, and strength to keep every displeasing, thing, out of my life – that I may live, without offence before him.  Oh!  God, give to me and mine, strength to live the days, wholly acceptable to Thee.  And I pray Thy richest blessing upon my Boys – the boys of my S. S. Class whom I have come to love deeply, almost as if they were my sons:  Ralph Davidson Ronald McCord, Billie Badger, Will Jackson Harry Davis, Warren Remington, Ernest Shelden Edwin Jones, Harry Bennett Jr. Earl Bunce Melvern Pribble, Omar Ketchum,  Merle Allton, Henry Mason, Walter Polley, Charlie Plath, Charlie Clements, Fred Brackett Robert Sympson, Arthur Dennis, Carl Swanson, Clarke Ellington, Don Coleman and all those who have moved away and can be with us no more.  May all the year be happy and prosperous for these fine

 

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young men; boys that are very dear to me.  And I pray God will guide me in leading them in His way – that He will strengthen me, to help them make the “good confession: that I may win every boy for Christ.  And God bless all our loved ones everywhere.

 

My good Teddy got the day off, as he was so tired from the Holiday rush and not real well; so we did not get up until 6:30 a. m. as it was 1 o’clock a. m. when we retired.  We took down our decorations and swept and cleaned, and the house was very dirty too.  Harry and Warren came in awhile; also Mrs. Ida Lovell.  Took a bath, dressed and went to Mr. E. V. Kings, Studio at 11:30 where I met my boys and Mr. King took a Class picture of us; going to make a fine big one, for our Classroom at the Church, as a Christmas present.  From Studio, I took car to A. E. Jones’es where Fred came and we spent rest of day, with the Clarence Radcliffe and J. K. Jones, families, and enjoyed a fine New Year’s Dinner: Turkey Plum pudding, Mince Pie etc.  Came home at 6 o’clock and had quiet evening at home after a most happy day – Boys in picture today were Charlie Clements, Charlie Plath, Ralph Davidson, Warren Remington, Edwin Jones, Walter Polley,

 

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Lyman King, Ronald McCord Arthur Dennis Omar Ketchum, Harry Davis Fred Brackett Harry Bennett Jr. Ernest Shelden, Merle Allton Will Jackson, Robt. Sympson, O. M. Brill Billie Badger & Clarke Ellington.

 

Sat. 2  Bright and sunny and warmer; getting very muddy.  Teddy gone all day.  I was busy too, all morning.  Edwin Jones, Chas. Plath, Robt. Sympson, and Ronald McCord came out this afternoon.  I took some crazy pictures of them, too.  I enjoy my boys very much, they are fine fellows to visit with.  They ate up all the Sandwiches left from the Party the other night and a lot of sweet pickles: they certainly are at the “Grub age” as Prof. Rafferty said recently in a Lecture at Bible Training School, but I would like to know, when a boy, isn’t at the “Grub age”

 

Sun. 3  A glorious day.  Warren walked to S. S. with Fred & me.  Moses Johnson with two friends and Donald Fay, visited Class this morning.  Donald is most too young, but says is coming into my Class.  Moses is one of my old boys whom I’m hoping will come regularly.  After

 

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Church, Mr. John Lomberg, brought Fred & I home in his buggy – on the way, we passed another man driving, who didn’t want to be passed and whipped up his horse, and a fierce and dangerous race was on at once, as Mr. Lomberg could not control his horse and the other man wouldn’t.  All Mr. Lomberg could do, was to guide his horse and let him run, up hill and down over the icy, slippery, streets, until we reached 6th & Washburn.  Well, since its over, I’m glad I had the exciting ride, but I don’t want any more rides, behind Mr. Lomberg’s, “old Jim,” gentle as a sheep (?)  Yes! Gentle – no, no more for me.

 

This afternoon a bunch of my Boys came out.  Edwin Jones, Harry Bennett Jr. Harry Davis, Charlie Plath, Omar Ketchum Walter Polley, Robt. Sympson, Merle Allton Ronald McCord and Donald Fay and we had a jolly afternoon.  The boys played Piano and sang all the music I had and then some; and played many sleight of hand games.  Ate a big pan of Apples – I took pictures of them and the afternoon was soon gone and good-byes said, for a week, may be.

 

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Mon. 4  A splendid day and I washed a tremendous washing.  This evening I went to Bible Training School, at First Methodist Church.  David Owen gave the Lecture on “The Power of Progress,” after which I came home as Mrs. Guild, our Teacher was not there and no one to take her place.  Stopped at Mr. Henderson’s as I went down this evening to pay him a small Bill.  Mud is terrible.

 

Tues. 5  Cloudy and wee bit “showery” all day: nasty, sticky, gummy, weather.  I ironed this morning, and wrote all afternoon.  Fred got home to dinner.  Baby Jesse Shaw died this morning.

 

Wed. 6  A very busy day, with all sorts of work.  Fred has a bad cold, a sore throat, a badly burned knee and yet is not, “down and out.”  I spent afternoon at Mrs. Swickard’s at Ladies Aux. meeting.

 

Thurs. 7  A most beautiful day.  I met Mrs. Lovall at 2 o’clock at 10th & Kans. Ave and we went to Jesse Shaw’s 1129 Madison, to funeral of their baby Jesse Jr., five months old.  I so deeply sympathise, with poor Maude & Jesse.  I rode to Cemetery with Frank & Carrie Shaw, and Mrs. Dwiggins and Grace, then Carrie & I came back to Will Shaw’s to see their new boy, then we walked up town and I took car home, after little shopping.

 

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Fri. 8  Sweeping, cleaning, and very busy all day.  Merle Allton and Florence Herron, spent the evening with us.  I’m always glad to have my boys come and bring their girl or boy friends; and they know they are welcome.

 

Sat. 9  Baking, cleaning and very busy – this afternoon, working on my Class Book, pasteing in pictures, etc.  Made four Pumpkin pies, Roasted a chicken etc – Yes! busy.

 

Sun. 10  Rainy, muddy, mucky day.  Warren walked to S. S. with us this morning.  Only 12 boys in Class, but that is a larger percent of enrollment than the other Classes had.  Rev. Geo. Muckley, of Kan. City, preached for us this morning on “Church Extension.”  Wecame home on car and hurried thro’ dinner and some of my boys came – Warren for little while, Edwin Jones, Walter Polley, Ronald McCord and Harry Davis, all afternoon and before they went home, I gave them Pumpkin pie and milk for a little lunch.  Robt. Sympson and Chas. Plath, who had been in Kan. City all day, came out this evening for an hour or so, and the day has been happy and bright in our home.

 

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Mon. 11  A most beautiful day – Got my washing out early and was busy all day.  Set a hen this evening, hoping to have early “Chicks.”  I went Bible, Teacher Training School, at First Presbyterian Church this evening.  Rev. Henderson of the First Cong. Church, gave a most interesting Lecture on “How the Canons of the New Testament were obtained.”  My Dept. (Senior) was without a teacher, again this evening.  Prof. H. B. Wilson appointed me chairman of a Committee to see the Teachers in other Sunday Schools, about attending the Training School, the next Semester.  As I came home great crowds were going to the State House, to the Reception of our new Governor, Arthur Capper inaugerated at noon, but I did not go to either the Inaugeration or Reception – I don’t like crowds.

 

Tues. 12 Did my ironing – rainy gloomy day; busy.

 

Wed. 13 Busy with my house work and wrote 12 letters to as many friends.

 

Thurs. 14  A grand day; wrote 5 letters this morning and went to Good Gov. Club this afternoon with Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Radcliffe and two Mrs. Amos’.  A most splendid meeting, after which, I shopped a little,  Bought brown silk dress $9.25 first silk I ever had.

 

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Fri. 15  Bright, warm, sunny – fine Winter day.  I wrote five letters today, but was kept busy answering the Phone and the “knocks” and door-bell, of all sorts of Agents, both at front and back doors, so I have not accomplished much.

 

Sat. 16  Snowing when we got up, this morning, and as day advanced, a terrific storm settled upon us – snowed hard, blew and drifted and became very cold” by noon it “calmed” and the sun came out, but continued to grow colder.  Mrs. Lovall came out this afternoon and Harry Davis and Warren R. called this evening, to leave me a Flash-light Class picture.

 

Sun. 17  Bright and sunny – lovely day.  We took car, to S. S. and church, as snow is deep and wind very cold.  Had only 14 boys in Class.  This afternoon a bunch of my boys came out, to elect Officers in the Class and two Delegates to Boys Conference in Wichita, in Feb.  Edwin Jones Don Coleman, Harry Davis, Arthur Dennis, Ronald McCord, Ernest Shelden Lyman King, Harry Bennett, Warren Remington Charlie Clements, Walter Polley and Charlie Plath.  Ed. Jones elected Pres.  Don Coleman, Vice-Pres. Ronald McCord Secretary, Harry Davis Treasurer, Arthur Dennis, Sergeant-at-arms.  Don Coleman and Lyman King, delegates to the Boys Conference.  We had a quiet evening alone.  I took some pictures of the Gang.

 

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Mon. 18  Very cold this morning and snowing most lazily – flakes just drifted down slowly.  I washed and hung my clothes up in house then at noon, sun came out bright and warm.  Mail heavy and so Teddy not home to dinner.  I went to Bible, Teacher Training School, this evening at First Pres. Church.  Rev. Braden of the Christian Church, Bible Chair work at “K. U.” Lawrence, gave the Lecture and ‘twas good.

 

Prof. Wheeler, head of the Acadamy, Washburn College, has taken Mrs. Guild’s place, as our teacher – and we all liked him very much, but would like to have kept Mrs. Guild, who is very dear.

 

Tues. 19  Another cold day – ironed this morning and wrote letters rest of day.

 

Wed. 20  Cold, Winter weather and I enjoy every day of it – My! how it puts life into one – beats the “Good Old Summer-time” all to pieces.  I wrote letters all day – trying to catch up.

 

Thurs. 21  Raw, damp, penetrating, cold – the kind I don’t like: give me crisp, snappy, weather.  Wrote letters all day: have worn my pen out, the past week but have almost finished my correspondence

 

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Fri. 22  Snowed last night and it is very cold – snowed awhile this morning, then the sun came out – I went to town at 9:30 to pay Bills and make some.  Met “Jonesie” at Crosby’s at 10:30 and we shopped together, until noon.  I bought a lovely white, wool, Ratine, remnant, to make me a Summer coat - $3.50 per yard and I got it for $1.00 per yard, so occasionally, I do find bargains, “what am bargains.”  I got home at noon, in time to get my good Teddy’s dinner, then came Callers: Leonard Goddard, who is home on a visit, to show his folks and his friends, his little Bride, whom he married Dec. 20th in Dallas, Texas.  She is a very pleasant little, lady and we are glad for Leonard: he used to be in our home almost as if our own and we have known him, since he was old enough to start to school – always a nice boy.

 

Sat. 23  Bright sunny day, but very cold.  8○ below zero this morning and zero at noon – but delightful I think.  Baked and cleaned.  Phoned for Leonard & wife and took their pictures in the snow, this afternoon.  Fred & I went to Grand this evening, to see Ben Greet, in Twelfth Night.  Funny!  I laughed till I cried – it was dandy.

 

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Sun. 24  Cold, bright, sunny – living weather.  We took car to Sunday School and church.  I had 15 boys present.  Bro. Cook preached splendid sermon on “Who is elected.”  I was still, tired from laughing so much last night, at the Ben Greet, Twelfth-night, that I almost went to sleep.  Edwin Jones, Ronald McCord, Fred Brackett, Harry Bennett, Robt. Sympson, Harry Davis, Charlie Plath and Don Fay, came out for the afternoon.  Always some of them Play the Piano and all sing, and our Sunday afternoons are very happy – a jolly fine bunch of boys most of whom are now 17 yrs. old.

 

Mon. 25  Very cold this morning – snowed wee bit then the sun came out.  I washed but dried my clothes in the house.  Went to First Pres. Church this evening, to Bible School Teacher Training Class.  Prof. Heflebower of Washburn College, gave the Lecture on the Topic, “Some recent tendencies of Religion and Science – Biology and Physcology.”  Splendid address, but took one in an Aeroplane to reach to some of his heights.  Prof. Wheeler of Washburn College, taught our Senior Class and certainly is fine – hope he stays thro’ next Semester.

 

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Tues. 26  Snowed a wee bit most of day.  I did my ironing this morning – and very busy all day.  I’ve been too full of indignation for utterance since an order sent out by the Kaiser, to his Soldiers, that they marry before going to the war – yes, and breed more children, that the country may not be depopulated after he has killed all he can in this unrighteous war: and accounts say, in some places, they have married in bunches of 20 at a time, so great was the rush to obey this command, before the men were ordered to the Front.  Where is the sanctity of such marriages – Just married for breeding purposes – what matter, that thousands of fathers will never see their children, and a little widowed, distressed, mother, bore it, in tears rear it, in all hardship, unaided – And what can a child be like, that is not conceived in a holy love of actual desire for its coming, but is conceived under a command, that a country may not be depopulated: outrageous, heathenish.

 

Wed. 27  Snowed hard all day – I worked all day making Valentines, as I am to give my boys a Valentine Party.

 

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2200 W-10-St. Topeka, Ks.

 

Thurs. 28  Damp, cloudy, cold – a very penetrating cold.  So I just staid in me own warm nest and worked all day, making “comic Valentines of my boys, for the Party I’m to give them.  I draw a comic body, then cut their “face” from a Kodak picture, and paste on and “its great.”  12○ below zero this morning.

 

Fri. 29  A raw, drizzly day – feeling “bum” so did not go to the “Woman’s Kansas Day” meeting.  Finished making my Valentines this afternoon.  Vera Hanna came out for a call about 3:30 P. M.  Very icy this evening.

 

Sat. 30  Dark, drippy, slippy, misty, day – but perhaps snow will go off as its not so cold.  Very busy with all kinds of work – churning, baking etc.

 

Sun. 31  Warren and we, took a car to S. S. this morning.  Heavy drizzle falling.  We like Brother Cook as a Pastor, very much and he is building up our church splendidly.  A bunch of blessed boys, came out as usual, this afternoon – Harry Davis, Ronald McCord, Warren Remington, Fred Brackett, Arthur Dennis Robt. Sympson, Charlie Plath, Don Fay Edwin Jones, and Carl Swanson.  I so much enjoy my Class of boys.  I see so much in them of sterling worth

 

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Mon. 1st  Cold and snowy – dried my washing in the house.  Went to Bible School Teacher Training Class this evening – Prof. Heflebower of Washburn College gave the Lecture on

He is magnificent – but one needs an “Aeroplane” to reach some of the heights he takes one, too.  The Senior Dept. had no teacher this evening so I came home after the Lecture.  The hen I set on 12 eggs hatched 12 chicks, yesterday and today.

 

Tues. 2  Cold and few snow-flakes, but being “Ground-hog Day,” the sun managed to squeeze thro’ the clouds, for a very few minutes this afternoon – enough to make a shadow.  We went to the Auditorium this evening to hear Monteville Flowers.  He gave “Hamlet” and we came home at close of first “Act.”  I do not like a one man Shakespearre, given with-out scenery and costumes – very uninteresting to me.

 

Wed. 3  Weather growing better – I worked all day, drawing in with ink, the Valentine sketches, I made with pencil last week.  I have 20 to make and they are so funny, I enjoy looking at them.

 

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Thurs. 4  A little better weather – my baby chicks may get thro’, without “shoes and stockings.”  Working on my Valentines, and they are more funny every time I look at them.

 

Fri. 5  Awfully cold – high wind – I went to town this afternoon to do some necessary shopping and pay some Bills.  Still putting in my spare time on Valentines – painting them now, with water-colors.

 

Sat. 6  Warming up a wee bit – very, very, busy all day, baking and making Valentines

 

Sun. 7  A fine day – we walked to Sunday School but always have to take a car home, so to get dinner over, before my boys come out.  Rev. Cook gave us his usual good sermon this morning – This afternoon, Arthur Dennis Robt. Sympson, Ronald McCord, Donald Fay and Edwin Jones came out – four of my boys have gone to Wichita to the “Boys Conference.”  I certainly have one, great Bunch.

 

Mon. 8  Working all day on my Valentines; pasting on heads cut from Kodak pictures of the boys, for which I have painted, exaggerated bodies, dressed in Gaudy colors, and they are so comical, I’ve laughed until tired.  Went to Teacher Training Class this evening.  Rev. Mason of Baldwin, Lectured.  Rev. Nelson to be my teacher.

 

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Tues. 9  Warming up a little.  Baked four large cakes and iced them in pink, and killed a fat old hen that weighed eight pounds after head and feathers were taken off.  Am going to make “pressed chicken.”  Worked hard on my Valentines too, and not thro’.

 

Wed. 10  A delightful day – so warm had windows and doors open, all afternoon and all evening.  I printed a number of pictures this morning and finished my Valentines at 1 o’clock and they are so funny: seventy-two of them, so each boy and the girl he brings gets one, and I keep one for my Class Book.  I made five doz. Pressed chicken sandwiches, cut heart shape – and decorated the house with different sized hearts and cupids and at 7:45 P. M. my first guests arrived: we had the “jolly, jolliest” evening – played “Post-office” with my Valentines, and gave candy kisses, instead of real ones, and it made one merry time.  I served “brick ice-cream, white with pink heart in centre, and cut the cakes, heart shape.  Being “school night”: not all could come and none, could stay late, so all were gone before 10:30: those who came, were, Robt. Sympson, Helen Rutledge, Charlie Plath Mona Weide, Donald Fay Carrie Weide, Merle Allton Flo Herron, Edwin Jones Ruth Gashe, Harry Bennett Louise Brown, Warren Remington Ruth Hare, Ronald McCord Katharine Dolan, Lyman King, Harry Davis, Arthur Dennis Earl Bunce Ernest Shelden and Omar Ketchum.

 

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Thurs. 11  And this is “the day after,” a jolly evening.  Cleaned up my dirt and after dinner, or rather, noon – for I didn’t have time to eat dinner – I went to the Legislature with Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Amos, as did many members of the Good Government Club, for the Child Hygiene Bill was to be up for Passage, but our very busy, and much hurried Legislators, put it off, to listen to a negro concert, and we all went over to the “Y. W. C. A.” to have our regular meeting and hold an indignation talk-fest, too.  The men are trying to kill the Bill.  Harry, Warren, Bob and Fred out this evening at different times

 

Fri. 12  Warm this morning.  At 10:30, went with Mrs. A. E. Jones and Mrs. Amos to Legislature – our Bill came up at 11 o’clock and passed, fine.  We watched the making of some moving pictures (million dollar heiress) to advertise Topeka, and incidentaly to put some easy dough in the promotors pocket, then went to town to shop, then home at 2:30 stopping at Mrs. Strickler’s until 4 o’clock to see Herbert, who has measles.  Turned very cold again and is freezing.

 

Sat. 13 Cold, windy, dark gloomy.  Making Valentines of Fred and me, for some little friends.  Harry Bennett came out this afternoon for some of his music.  Am tired tonight, for its been a week of “rush” and “plan” and work, all the time.  My chicks are growing fine.

 

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Sunday 14  Fine day – grand.  Warren walked to S. S. with us this morning – we took car home.  My boys, Harry Davis Donald Coleman, Lyman King and Chas. Plath gave a fine report of the “Wichita Boys Conference” this morning during S. S. Assembly.  This afternoon Ronald McCord Robt. Sympson, Don. Fay, Chas. Plath Harry Davis, Ernest Shelden and Edwin Jones came out: jolly, fine boys.  Fred & I, went to church this evening, to hear Judge Martin of Hutchinson on, “Trial of Jesus.”  Big crowd present.

Mon. 15  A most beautiful day – I did a large washing.  Went to Teacher Training Class, at Y. W. C. A. at 7 o’clock P. M. and Fred went to a Church Committee-meeting, after which he came for me and we went to the Auditorium, to hear “Helen Keller.”  She is most wonderful – her teacher, gave an interesting talk and told many interesting things, about this, blind, deaf and dumb girl:  Mrs. Macey is very large, but looks well and talks well.  Miss Helen Keller, was not pleasant to listen to – some way, seemed weird and un-canny, but became, intensely interesting, as the audience began asking her questions.  I enjoyed her.

 

Tues. 16  Another most beautiful day – Very busy all day – Fred and I went to the Auditorium this evening to hear the “Cathedral Choir” and enjoyed it very much.  Every number was good – this was one of the Redpath Lyceum Series.  Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Goddard came in awhile this afternoon.

 

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Wed. 17  Cloudy, misty, mucky, muddy – Put in a busy day at home and we got to bed early to make up some lost sleep, as we are becoming dreadful “sleepy-heads” – guess we are growing old.

 

Thurs. 18  Rained most of day and nastiest kind of “drippy,” gloom and mud.  I spent the afternoon at Mrs. A. E. Jones; she had a sort, of George Washington Luncheon for ten of us.  We had a jolly afternoon.  This evening, Flossie Drake, Jennie and Warren Remington came over to spend the evening and look at my Valentines of the boys.

 

Fri. 19  Just another dark, gloomy, misty, rainy day, and I filled the day brimful of all kinds of work and forgot to look out the nasty weather.  Fred and I went to the “Grand Opera House this evening to see Lyman Howe, moving pictures and they were very fine – best in long time.

 

Sat. 20  Very dark, foggy, day:  I swept, baked, cleaned bathed and filled the day chuck full of all kinds of work.  Harry Davis and Ernest Shelden called just after dinner.  As night came on, rain came with it and raining hard this evening when my good Teddy & I went to town to shop a wee bit and to the Auditorium to hear John Ratts impersonator – he was good but far behind Sidney Landen.

 

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Sun. 21  A “gloom of gloom” day, and mud! no bottom to it.  We took a car to S. S. and I had 17 great, strapping, big fellows in Class, this rainy bad morning.  I certainly have reason to be proud of this faithful bunch, of “Farnsworth Boys,” as they are called by the Sunday School – but they were exasperatingly, noisy this morning in our room.  Ernest Shelden, Harry Davis and Ralph Davidson were out this afternoon, the other boys, or many of them, going to a Boys conference at Baptist Church.

 

Mon. 22  Rained most all day – had to dry my washing in the house – dark, gloomy outside, but “cheery” inside.  I hung out “Old Glory” before dawn in honor of “George Washington” as my father before me, done, and who taught me to do the same honor.  I went down to Y. W. C. A. this evening, To Training School for Sunday School workers.  Dr. Culbertson of Emporia gave the Lecture.  I was tardy and didn’t hear his subject, but it was about Samuel, Solomon David and Division of the kingdom.  So stormy not many present.  Fred home this afternoon; half Holiday.

 

Tues. 23  Did my ironing this morning and very busy all day.  This has been another, dark, drippy gloomy day – just awfully sloppy, nasty weather, but Spring is on the way.

 

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Wed. 24  Very busy all day – drawing some St. Patrick cards, for my Class.  Sun shone most of this afternoon = roads almost impossible.  

 

Thurs. 25  Grand sunny day, only for cold wind – sun shone all day.  Jim (Herbert) Strickler, was over all morning for a visit – he has been having measles.  Our neighbor, old man McKee (Abe) whose wife died a year ago was married this morning, and brought her home, thro’ back way – hadn’t the nerve to go front way, and face the neighbors.  He is 76 years old – such a pity, these old men have no sense; he has only known the woman two weeks.  Mrs. Lackaye and Mrs. Bettis came in this morning to use my Phone, and stayed to talk about this foolish old man.  Clarke Ellington out this evening for his Valentine.

 

Fri. 26  Muddy, gloomy, nasty day.  I went to Mrs. A. E. Jones this morning to have her help me with my dress.  This evening she & Mrs. Amos, Fred and I went to the Grand Opera House, to be in the Good Government Club, “Line Party” to hear Rose Gilberg in Song Recital and its many a day, since I heard anything so fine.  Miss Gilberg is the personification of charm and grace and sings most delightfully – there was not one thing to criticize.  Such an enjoyable affair  She is a Russian Jewess.

 

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Sat. 27  Snowed all day hard – a heavy wet, snow that was as much rain as snow – not cold but awful sloppy – and the unpaved streets almost impassable and I see many angry, brutal drivers, because the poor horses can not pull the over-loaded wagons, thro’ such mud.

 

Sun. 28  Cloudy and chill, this morning, and streets a mass of slushy, sloppy, snow and muddy so we took street-car, to S. S. and church.  I had only 14 boys present in Class.  After church, we found bright sunshine and most of snow gone.  Bro. Cook gave us a good Sermon this morning on “Are we a Peculiar People.”  This afternoon, Edwin Jones, Ronald McCord, Robert Sympson and Ernest Shelden, came out, for the afternoon – Robert played the Piano and the rest sang.

 

March

 

Mon. 1st  A most beautiful day – certainly, March came in “like a Lamb,” but found the roads worse, than a “roaring Lion.”  I hear a rumor that our neighborhood, “Bride,” the new Mrs. McKee, is “lonesome and homesick” already, rather “sick of her bargain.”  Well, what else, was to be expected.  Went to “Y. W.” to Training School this evening.  Mr. Augustine Smith of Chicago, Lectured on “Music.”

 

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Wed. 3  Has rained and snowed all day – more snow that rain – a heavy, wet, snow: streets almost impassable off the paving.  I went to Mrs. Ernest Priddy’s, 1115 Woodward, this afternoon to “Lady Mail Carriers” meeting.  Goodly number present, in spite of the storm.  They are a very congenial bunch of women and we have good times at our meetings.  I took “quilt pieces” along to work on, as I am helping my church, “Aid Society” piece a quilt.  An old fashioned “Log Cabin” of calico.

 

Thurs. 4  Snowed all day, a heavy wet, snow – such a beautiful storm: and I thought as I looked out at it, and the shrubbery, covered and bending to the ground, with white feathery snow, that Winter is as beautiful as Summer.  Tonight the shubbery is far more beautiful, than in the Summer, when covered with blossom and green foliage – I’m glad I live in a state where we have both.  I am thankful to God, that I can see all the beauties of His handi-work, thro’ the Seasons, and this snow is sublime.  Have been making, St. Patrick cards, for my boys all day.  Today is Clarke Ellington’s Birthday.

 

Fri. 5  Colder today and snowed lightly, all day.  Roads are worst in history, so paper says and seven inches of wet, packed snow, on top the mud.  I have been busy all day with my St. Patrick cards.

 

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Sat. 6  Colder and sun shining about half the time.  One of my most busy days, baking, cleaning, working on my St. Patrick cards, etc; Harry Davis and Warren R. came in for couple of hours this morning.  Harry borrowed “Adam Bede” for collateral reading at school.

 

Sun. 7  Another cold day – snow, mud, gloom – why! it’s a nasty Spring – that is, outside: our home is always “cheery.”  We took car to and from S. S. and Church.  Always I have a fine bunch of boys in Class.  Mrs. Sexton asked me this morning, if all that fine, long line of boys were mine (seeing them march to our Class-room) and I was proud to say yes: not vain, but thanking God with all my soul, that I can hold together, in the Sunday school, such a large class of boys, in ages, 16 to 18 years.  This afternoon Ronald McCord, Harry Davis, Rob. Sympson and Edwin Jones, Carrie Weide, Dorothy Reddick and Mona Weide came out, and it was a merry bunch, that waded thro’ a deep snow and cold, to spend the afternoon with us.

 

Mon. 8  Wash day again and a bad one, so I dried my clothes in the house.  Got my Lessons and went to Teacher Training at Y. W. C. A. this evening Rev. Nelson is our very fine and very efficient, Teacher in the Senior Department.  We all like him very much.  Came home in a “Jitney” this evening, and the driver was a “racer”.  I don’t like racing – its dangerous.  Cecil Goodard-Kelly became a mother today baby girl – both very low.

 

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Tues. 9  Another bad day – did my ironing and went to work on St. Patrick cards for my Class.  We went to the Auditorium this evening, to another “Redpath Lyceum” entertainment and enjoyed every number, very much: singing fine.

 

Wed. 10  A most busy day – working on my cards, for my boys.  Went to town this afternoon, too, for little Shopping – The days are all dark and dreary and the mud worst in history of State – some are impassable, but my home is happy and I never even think, of the dark, gloomy days.  Chas. Plat and Robert Sympson, spent the evening with us.  Cecil G. Kelly some better.

 

Thurs. 11  A nasty, muddy, sticky, gloomy, day and I’ve hustled hard all day – went to Santa Fe Depot at 4 o’clock P. M. to meet cousin Minnie Weber-Farrell of Duluth, Minn. who has been visiting our old home, Winfield Kansas.  We came out home in a “Jitney” and after Supper, she, Fred and I went to the Auditorium to High School, Graduating Exercises.  Thea Baker, was the one we were especially interested in.  A number of my boys sang in High School Glee Club.

 

Fri. 12  All day, I have written letters and cards for cousin Minnie and we have had no visit at all.  She took dinner and spent evening with the Harry Bowman family.

 

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Sat. 13  A most beautiful day.  Harry Davis and Ronald McCord, came out, this morning.  All morning I wrote letters and cards for cousin Minnie and she kept me writing, until I only had time to dress and go to Depot, not even having time to eat my dinner.  My!  I’m glad she doesn’t live in same town I do.  And most of her cards and letters to married men – something crooked, some where.  One letter I wrote for her, to Dr. Tuohy of Duluth.  I would judge she is a siren, trying to lead him off – make him untrue to his wife and family: another letter to Dr. Hill of Winfield, Kansas. ditto.  I went to Depot with her at 12:45 P. M. then came home and stopped for a long chat with Mrs. R. T. Wilcox then went over to Cyrus Goddard’s on Grand Ave to see them all – poor Mrs. Goddard nearly gone with a Cancer on face – Cecil, and her little baby daughter, Cecil Florentina, both growing stronger, and I believe God will spare them thro the prayers of Christian Science.  From there I went for a short call on Mrs. M. H. Strickler then came home, swept down-stairs, got Supper ate it with my good Teddy, after doing the milking, read evening paper and am off too bed fairly early (nearly 10 o’clock) and dead tired from work and rush all day and not a bite to eat all day.

 

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Sun. 14  Another dark, cold, gloomy day.   Fred and I walked to Sunday School and Church this morning.  I had 14 boys present and took some of their pictures after Sunday School.  This afternoon, Donald Fay, Chas. Plath, Robert Sympson, Ronald McCord, Harry Davis, Edwin Jones and Ernest Shelden came out for the afternoon.  My fine boys.

 

Mon. 15  A stormy dark day – I didn’t wash because I had to work on my “cards” as I’m to give my boys a St. Patrick Party – This evening I went to Y. W. C. A. to Teacher Training Class – Prof. Wheeler of Washburn, gave the Lecture.  My teacher, Rev. Nelson, gave us a good lesson tonight, but a long, hard one, and I was little late getting home.

 

Tues. 16  Most awfully busy all day working with my St. Patrick cards for my boys, Party

 

Wed. 17  Warmer and rained some this afternoon but I went to town to do some Shopping and all rest of time, worked on my cards.

 

Thurs. 18  Snowed a little; cold, warm, dark, sunshine all kinds of weather.  Chas. Plath, came out this afternoon and brought a friend Robert Maxwell, to introduce him; is going to join my Class – nice appearing boy.

 

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Fri. 19  Cold and growing colder all day.  Because of School, I gave my Class, their St. Patrick Party tonight – and I worked hard all day, sweeping cleaning, baking, finishing my cards etc.  And I got all done, that I commenced.  I made about 50 small cakes which I called “Tipperary cakes from Cork.”  I baked 80 fine graham biscuit which I made into Sandwiches with Pork tenderloin and served hot by re-heating; gave them pickles and potato chips also, and Pineapple ice and Cocoa.  We had a jolly evening, tho playing few games.  Ronald McCord Louise Brown, Lyman King Helen Rutledge, Warren Remington Almeda Hare, Merle Allton Marie Ferran, Fred Brackett Nannie Osborne, Robert Maxwell, Dorothy Reddick, Edwin Jones Gladys Organ, Robert Sympson and Martha Vanier who has just returned from Florida, where she went a year ago, when we gave her a “St. Patrick” Farewell Party.  Donald Fay, Melvern Pribble, Will Jackson, Moses Johnson, Harry Davis and he brought two friends, Pete Carswell and Otto Reinbach.  I gave them St. Patrick “Cartoons” of themselves – and stick pins of the American and Irish flags.  All left 11 o’clock

Sat. 20  Up early “cleaning,” after last nights Party.  At 9 o’clock Harry Davis, Ronald McCord and Warren Remington came and here ‘til I commenced dinner.  After dinner these three came again, also Robert Maxwell, Robert Sympson, Donald Fay and Chas. Plath and all here until 4 o’clock.

 

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I took pictures of all.  They played the Piano, sang, and ate up all they could find in sight. (luckily I had hidden away, enough for tomorrow)  How true that 14 to 20 year old boys, are at the “Grub age.”  Robt. S. told me Fred Brackett 18, is engaged to Nanny Osborne I am sorry, but he is young, and can easily change his mind.  Nannie is a good girl, but rather stiff or haughty – thinks she is a little too good for my boys and I would rather see Fred get someone who would “unbend” with my good fellows and be more of a “mixer”.  This morning the sun shone and the frost was flying – this afternoon, the sun shone and the snow flew – beautiful, blue sky, of Summer-time for a brief time, then the snow came down in regular blizzard fury; then stopped: but the ground is white tonight with a skim of snow and its cold, but could be worse.

 

Sun. 21  We took car to S. S. and Church as usual, and found the snow all gone, after church – sun shining and cold.  I only had 12 boys, but that was double the Barraca Class.  Robert Maxwell is a new boy in my Class this morning.  Sec. of Missions, Bert Wilson of Kan. City, Preached this morning on Missions.  This Afternoon, 8 of my boys came out.  Robert Maxwell, Robert Sympson, Don Fay, Harry Davis, Warren Remington, Ronald McCord, Edwin Jones, and Chas. Plath, and I took pictures.

 

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Mon. 22  Cold and warm, Sunshine and clouds and wee bit of snow, yet my big washing dried out doors.  Studied this afternoon and went to Teacher Training School this evening.  David Owen gave the Lecture on “The purpose of the Sunday School” and was good.

 

Tues. 23  The grandest day – warm and sunny and I turned my young chicks out on the lawn.  I have another hen hatching.  I went to a Committee meeting of Y. W. C. A. this afternoon, at the “Y.”  We are getting out the Summer schedule: from there, went to call on Mrs. Will Baker-Lovall 1018 Top. Ave and with her at 4 o’clock, to Lenten Services by Rev. Geo. Geissel at Grace Cathedral, then with her to town, for wee bit of shopping, then took car home.

 

Wed. 27  Another fine day and my chickens out.  Fred brought in, eleven more from a new hatch.  I printed pictures all day except for a couple of hours in the afternoon, when Mrs. Remington came in.  Printing in ones kitchen is slow work, tho’ I made 107 pictures, beside doing my other work.

 

Thurs. 25  Dark, gloomy and cold – real Winter again.  One of my busiest days.  I often wish the days were 48 hours long, so I could do all I wish to do.  I ought to be putting in some garden, tho’ ground is rather wet yet, but then, we shall have “seed-time and harvest.”

 

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Fri. 26  Clear and cold – real chill cold.  I went to town this morning shopping: got some new Window shades for Sitting-room and several needed articles.  Mrs. Will Baker-Lovall spent afternoon with me.  Mrs. Remington called.  Mrs. McAdoo came for a setting of eggs, and between times the Phone was busy, so my day has been “brim-ful.”  One of my boys Robt. Maxwell, brought Fred home at noon, in Auto.  This evening, Fred and I went to A. E. Jones’ for Dinner and to spend the evening: a fish dinner.  “Jonesie” is a dandy cook and we always enjoy her meals.

 

Sat. 27  Another fine day and I cleaned the house good – cold but fine compared to our past weather.  Assessor here – we have $105.00 worth, to pay tax on.  Most awfully busy all day.  10:30 P. M. going to bed.

 

Sun. 28  Fine, sunny, day, but the wind has a chill.  We walked to S. S. and church.  I had 18 boys in Class, this morning – one new boy, Otis L. Young.  Big crowd at Church.  This Afternoon, Robt. Sympson and his friend Art Boon, Donald Fay, Donald Coleman, Chas. Plath, Ronald McCord, Harry Davis, Edwin Jones, Merle Allton and Ernest Shelden were here: I have a dandy bunch of boys.  After they left, I went over to Mrs. Remington’s to see Warren who fell from Grocery-wagon, yesterday and hurt his leg badly – he is in bed – but no broken bones.

 

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Mon. 29  Cloudy, damp, chill – but my washing dried out doors.  This evening, I went to Y. W. C. A. to Bible, Teacher Training School.  Rev. Balch of Lowman Hill, M. E. Church, gave the Lecture on “Reading the Bible.”  Rev. Nelson gave us a good lesson tonight in Class.  Snowing hard, when I came home.  Fred went to the Masons and I got home first.

 

Tues. 30  Snowing when we got up this morning and all trees and Shrubbery bending to the ground with a great weight of heavy, wet, snow – all the “chicken-wire,” fences, poles, everything beautiful, with snow.  O, I’m glad it has been my lot, to live in a land where I could see all the beauty of the Seasons.  The beauties of the snow and ice, of Winter-time – a great joy-time – then, the exhiliarating beauty, of budding Springtime – the smell of the coming new, green, life and then the glory of Summer-time with all the joy of blossom and fruitage, of fishing, camping and swiming – then Autumn with its gorgeous, glow and color as everything prepares for Winter and the sparkling, frosty nights and long “Indian Summer-time.”  O its all so grand – these Seasons, God has given to the States away from Tropical lands and I’m glad he gave me eyes, and heart and mind to see and enjoy the glory of His handiwork, and made my pathway in the joyland of the Seasons.

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Wed. 31  Today is beautiful, with every trace of Winter gone.  I’ve been writing Easter-cards – one to my good father and one to Rev. J. H. Irvin, the dear, old Pastor who Baptized me, thirty years ago, and to many other friends and put in a busy day.

 

“April Fool Day.”

 

Thurs. 1st  A most beautiful day, and I went to town Shopping this morning; this afternoon called on my neighbors first, the “new” Mrs. Abe McKee – a bride of a month – seems very pleasant; then on Mrs. John Dawson wife of our new Chief Justice, and a dear, sweet woman, then on her daughter Circea, (Mrs. John Wood) to see their new baby boy, five weeks old, and he is a lovely baby, a great bouncing big one, that you would just like to “cuddle-up” and squeeze: from there I went to see Cecile Godard-Kelley and her new baby girl, less than four weeks old, a very frail, wee baby with runing, open, sore on back of its head and must be “bottle-fed,” barely lives, and poor Mrs. Godard almost “gone” with cancer of face: a most afflicted family.  Another busy day this, but I don’t often make Calls.

 

Fri. 2  Most awfully busy today, all day.  We made a lot of garden this evening.  Cooler but Spring certainly is here and everyone is happy, tho’ I like cool weather best.

 

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Sat. 3rd  Another fine day and I swept, cleaned, baked, etc.  Made some pictures of my S. S. boys, and O, just filled the day brim full of work.

 

Sun. 4  “Easter Sunday” and an ideal day, but for a rather boisterous wind: warm, bright and sunny.  We walked to Sunday School, going very early as I wanted to fix up my Class-room.  I hung up some curtains to hide some ugly wood-work, took down some ugly “prints” and put up some small Japanese flags and “By this sign Conquor” penants, and our United States flag and our room looked real well.  Every thing seemed filled with the Easter spirit.  As we walked down, a large bird in a tree near Lincoln & 7th, sang loudly and constantly, as if overflowing with happiness and we could hear him many blocks as he sang what sounded like, Peter, Peter, Peter with no pause between, then slight pause and over again – I do not recognize his race, but he was very cheerful to listen too, farther on a squirrel came to us as if coaxing for an “Easter offering” of nuts, and we had none for him, and still farther down the street near Clay, nestled back in a large, old, tree-stump, was a motherly old Plymoth-rock hen, with a great flock of baby chicks, most certainly an appropriate

 

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Easter “sight.”  I only had 14 boys in Class as many had gone out of town for the day.  Was big crowd at church and great display of millinery, and very few new dresses.  I wore my new “Easter bonnet” and cost me all of fifty cents.  I bought fifty cents worth of flowers at the Ten Cent Store and trimmed over my old hat that I’ve worn four Summers and really there was not a “sweller” hat there for I had some nice trimings – a silver lace piece, to use.  Edwin Jones, Ernest Shelden, Harry Davis, Ronald McCord Donald Faye and Charlie Plath (all my boys) were out this afternoon.  So warm and fine, we sat out on the front Porch.  A very small sprinkle of rain this evening about 6 o’clock, gave us a most beautiful Rainbow – such a large brilliant one.  Mrs. Lovall and her friend Miss Yockey came out this evening for a call.  Mrs. Loval brought me some roots of “Lily of the Valley” and I’m so glad to get them.

 

Mon. 5  Up early and to work early.  Washed a large washing – one pair of double blankets – Has been a glorious day.  Studied my lesson this afternoon and went to Bible Teacher Training School, this evening.  Dr. Culbertson of Emporia, gave us a fine Lecture on the Division of the Kingdom and from the book of Amos.  I was so happy to know Jess Williard knocked the stuffing out of Jack Johnson today, but wish was law against Prize Fights.

 

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Tues. 6  Gloomy, cloudy, “sprinkly” day and Election Day.  I hurried thro’ most of my ironing this morning and went to a Committee-meeting at “Y. W. C. A.” at 9 o’clock then did shopping and paying bills, and after 12 o’clock when I got home, but had dinner ready for my good Teddy when he got home, then finished my ironing, took a “five minute” nap and went to work again.  I hope “Blakely” will be elected Mayor but indications are, that “House” will be, and it’s a pity.

 

Wed. 7  Another busy, busy day – Well, “House” was elected Mayor by 1200 majority and it shows many things: first indifference, for over 4000 registered voters did not vote, and of course the majority were clean, voters, for evil always votes: and it shows Topeka doesn’t want a man, who would close things to “tightly:” and a lot of “good” people voted for “House” some, thro’ misunderstanding, thinking Gov. Capper was for him, because of his being a “paragrapher” on the “Daily Capital” and because of personal friendship.  O, it’s a shame! shame!! shame !!! for “House” only sneers at the sacred things of life.

 

Thurs. 8  Busy all morning making a Gingham house dress.  This afternoon, I went to meeting of Good Government Club at “Y. W. C. A.” with Mrs. John Dawson (wife of Chief Justice) Then went to shop and came home on a car with “Jonesie.”

 

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Fri. 9  Very busy with my little gingham dress.  Mrs. Remington in this afternoon.  Lovely day.

 

Sat. 10  Beautiful day – washed windows, swept cleaned and finished my dress – O, so busy.  My two Bobs were out this evening and I took their pictures.

 

Sun. 11  A beautiful April day – “blossom-time” in Sunny, Kansas.  Lawns are so pretty and green – Crocus, Hyacinth and some fruit-trees are blooming.  We walked down to Sunday School.  I had 16 boys in Class – so many praise me, for being able to hold so many young men together thro’ so many years, and many are jealous and say unkind things, but, I’m only answerable to God, and if I can hold these young men in church and Sunday-School, it is my duty to do so, regardless of the persecution of jealous people who are incapable of accomplishing meritorious work and are bitterly jealous of any one who does.  Fred went to a “church” mass-meeting at our church this afternoon, and I stayed home to receive any of my boys, who might come, for always some of them come: and this afternoon, Robt. Sympson and his friend Art Boon, Donald Faye, Charlie Plath, Edwin Jones Ronald McCord, Harry Davis, and Ernest Shelden, came, also Mona Weide, Elma Stewart, Dorothy Reddick and Carrie Weide – and I took pictures of the bunch.  We had a very happy afternoon.

 

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Mon. 12  A splendid, April day – I washed this forenoon and ironed this afternoon, then studied my Lesson and went to “Teacher Training Class” at Y. W. C. A. this evening.  Dr. Culbertson gave a fine Lecture on “Influence of Geography on History.”

 

Tues. 13  A most beautiful day tho’ quite warm.  Busy all day, making new “pages” for my “Class Book” of my boys, and entering new pictures.  My good Teddy had to go to Letter-Carriers meeting tonight, and I was very glad of the company of my “Two Bobs” (Robt. Sympson and Robt. Maxwell) who came out, before he left and stayed until about 9 o’clock.  I developed the pictures I took of them and their car, the other evening, so they could see the Films.  I recently sent to Detroit, Mich. for a Fireless Cooker ($14.25) and it came today – it looks good, but I must test it first, to know if it is good.

 

Wed. 14  A fine day, tho’ awfully warm.  I got dinner in my new “Cooker” - chili Beans, which I put in last night – baked biscuit and made a cocoanut pudding.  I went to town this afternoon, first to Cent. Topeka Paper Co., for Kodak paper and Mr. Hodgin’s (Sadler J.) showed me all thro’ his immense, wholesale house where every-thing imaginable in paper line, is

 

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carried – it was certainly interesting – I had never thought of there being such a variety: from here I went to 1st Bapt. Church where ladies from different churches, were to meet and make costumes for the “coming” S. S. Convention, Pageant, but thro’ some misunderstanding, they did not meet, so I did a little shopping, and came home.  Mrs. Bettis and Mrs. Remington, came in to see my Fireless Cooker.  And my “Two Bobs” came out, to get the pictures I printed for them this morning.  Robt. Maxwell came out at noon, to show me proofs of pictures of himself, to be put in High school Annual.

 

Thurs. 15  Another fine day, but I felt sort of bum so worked lazily around the house all day – making Volume No. II of my Sunday School “Class Book.”  Have 300 pictures ion Volume No. I.

 

Fri. 16  A grand day and evening – finished putting pictures in my Class Book.  My Boys gave a Wiene-roast, this evening at Children’s Park but spent most of time at our house, where they met at 7:40 P. M.  Edwin Jones Bernice Sanders, Ronald McCord Louise Brown, Warren Remington Ruth Hare, Otis Young Elma Stewart, Ernest Shelden, Helen Williams, Melvern Pribble [Annella] Stock, Harry Davis Helen Lewis, Merle Allton Dorothy Reddick, Omar Ketchum Thelma McComas, Chas. Plath

 

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Mona Wiede, Donald Fay and my “two Bobs” (Sympson and Maxwell) Teddy and I went with them to the Park, where they roasted Wienies and Marsh-mallows – then came back to our house and had a good time until after, eleven o’clock.  A happy, jolly, noisy bunch of young folks, with all of life before them – O but I love and enjoy them, tho’ at times they almost drive me to distraction.

 

Sat. 17  A most beautiful day and a busy one.  Cooked a lovely roast in my Cooker today.  Mrs. Will Baker-Lovall, came out about noon and I had her stay to dinner.  I took some pictures of Mrs. Bettis’ neice and nephews, this afternoon.

 

Sun. 18  Another splendid day – we walked down to S. S. and Church: only had 12 boys in Class, the day being so fine, it lured many to the Country.  After dinner, Harry Davis and Warren Remington came and I took their pictures on their wheels – then Don Fay, Edwin Jones, Charlie Plath, and Robt. Sympson came and we took some more pictures.

 

Mon. 19  A grand day.  I washed, ironed, scrubbed and got my lessons – this evening I went to Y. W. C. A. to Teacher Training Class and Dr. Culbertson gave his usual good Lecture.

 

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Tues. 20  “Cool and warm, sunny and “sprinkly,” just a real April day, in Kansas.  I made garden all forenoon and got all our garden in.  At Mrs. Remington’s awhile this afternoon.  Charlie Plath (one of my boys) made a short call borrowed my, “I love a Lassie.”

 

Wed. 21  A very busy day – went to town shopping too.  I never seem to get my work done, any more.

Thurs. 22  Another fine day and very busy.  Mona Wiede came out this afternoon to bring Fred’s sweater home.  To the church for Pageant practice this evening.

 

Fri. 23  Showery day – rained hard, for awhile this afternoon.  I went to the Church immediately after dinner to help make costumes for the S. S. Pageant.  This evening Fred and I, went to a Concert at the High School, given in the pretty, new Assembly room: we enjoyed every number.  Some of my Sunday School boys were in the affair.

 

Sat. 24  A most awfully busy day.  My good Teddy’s 49th Birthday and I killed and fried him our first fried chicken of the Season – made him a big fat Lemon pie and a “four story” pink and white, Birthday cake and got him up a dandy dinner.

 

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Sun. 25  A sprinkly, showery, day – we walked to Sunday School and Church this morning.  I had 16 dandy boys in Class this morning.  This afternoon, my “two Bobs” (Sympson and Maxwell) Don Fay, Charlie Plath, Edwin Jones, Don Coleman, Ronald McCord, Ernest Shelden, Dorothy Reddick, Elsie Jordon, and Mona Weide came out – all here until nearly 7 o’clock.  I took pictures of them.

 

Mon. 26  The morning looked very stormy, but the afternoon was fine.  I washed this morning and studied hard all afternoon, for “examination” this evening, as tonight is close of Training School.  Prof. Stewart of Emporia, gave the Lecture tonight on the “Book of Job,” after which, we of Senior Dept. had examination Rev. Nelson gave the examination, ten questions, as follows:  I Mention three needs of the early Church which Paul supplied.  II 1. What do we know of his educational advantages 2.  What influence had his home upon his work.  III What influence probably led to his conversion.  IV 1.  What was the fundamental principal of his Jewish theology.  [Righteousness came by love]  2.  Of his Christian Theology.  (Righteousness came as a gift of God)  V. 1.  What was his great commission.  2.  How long after his return from Arabia before he began his work.  3.  Where did he begin his work.

 

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VI  1.  How many Missionary Journeys did he make.  2.  What was his method of procedure upon entering a City.  VII  Tell what you can of the form and style of his writings.  VIII  What did we learn about the congregation and worship in a church founded by him.  IX  What questions were involved in his controversy with the Jewish Christians.  2.  Did the findings of the council end his troubles on these questions.  3.  In what Epistle did he make his great defense.  X.  1.  How and why did Paul go to Rome.  2.  His imprisonment has been spoken of as Providential – why?

 

And I know I answered enough of the questions correctly, to pass the examination successfully.  Today is my 48th Birthday and I feel as young as I did at 20, but with a different look at life, and some tastes have changed.

Tues. 27  A lovely April day, tho’ it got pretty warm.  I went to town shopping this morning and finished a Pageant costume, this afternoon.  Chas. Plath, came out this afternoon: borrowed my “Tipperary” song.

 

Wed. 28  Awfully hot day – The door-bell and telephone kept me on trot all day.  Went to the Church this evening for Pageant re-hearsal – rained – got wet some.  Mrs. Lovall called this eve. and Robt. Maxwell in afternoon.

 

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Thurs. 29  An ideal day – Joe Herrera called just after dinner.  I spent rest of afternoon at Mrs. A. E. Jones, making my white, wool, ratine’ coat – she cut it out for me.

 

Fri. 30  Cloudy, cool, a. m. and rained all afternoon.  I went up to Mrs. A. E. Jones’ after dinner and she helped me make my new coat – we didn’t get it finished, but I brought it home.  I’m always busy.

 

May 1915.

 

Sat. 1  A most beautiful day – all sunshiny and cool.  I swept, cleaned, finished my new, white wool, ratine’, coat and pressed it – and pressed Fred’s trousers and many times today I had to answer the Phone, so it has been a very hard day for me but I got thro’ so can go to bed at 11 o’clock.  Mona Weide, Dorothy Reddick, Elma Stewart and Carrie Weide came in and visited we two “old folks” until 9 o’clock.  A fine bunch of girls. 

 

“Sta. C.” was discontinued today and Fred works from main P. O. so did not get home to dinner.

 

Sun. 2.  A lovely day, in fact, ideal.  We walked to S. S. and Church.  Had a very hard dashing, rain about 7:30 this morning and hailed some too.  This afternoon we went to the Auditorium to help with rehearsal for the S. S. Pageant next week.  Today is our 21st Wedding Anniversary and we find we made no mistake in “tying up.”  A new boy in Class this a. m.  Clarence Plummer.

 

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Mon. 3  A splendid day, tho’ a little cool – I washed and a strong wind had “whipped” the clothes dry, by time tubs were emptied and straightening up done, so I brought them in and ironed; all thro’ with all my work by two o’clock so put in rest of afternoon, piecing some quiltblocks for our Aid Society.  Mail so heavy Fred did not get time to eat dinner all day and was too tired to go to Auditorium tonight with me, to see the Historical Pageant of the S. S.  I had to go for nine of my boys are in it.  Very fine affair.  Mrs. Remington and Charlie Plath here this afternoon.

Tues. 4  A fine day but almost a frost last night and so cold, had to build a fire this morning.  I baked a fine Orange cake and at 2:30 this afternoon, I went to the church, to help get ready for Supper, as our church planned to feed 400, but at the last moment, a 150 “Quakers” whom we got ready for, changed their minds and went to the First Cong. and it seems too bad, after our ladies had gone to so much work and expense of preparation.  My boys were to “wait tables” in the Endeavor-room and Lyman King, Edwin Jones, Ronald McCord, Donald Fay, Harry Davis, Charlie Plath, Otis Young and Will Jackson and Warren Remington came, but were not needed.  Fred came from the Office for his Supper and he and I came home early.  He did not get home at noon for dinner, but they have shortened his route and maybe he will hereafter.

 

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Wed. 5  Cool enough for a fire and half cloudy; seemed almost as if we had frost.  I hoed, all the garden.  “Showering” this evening but, Fred and I went to the Auditorium to see the Historical Pageant of the Sunday School Convention – Auditorium literally “packed” to see the pretty affair.  Nine boys from my Class, were in it.  Merle Allton, as Sir Galahad, Harry Davis as a Doctor, Otis Young, as a Minister, Don Fay as a Hindu, Robt. Maxwell, as Y. M. C. A. boy, Ronald McCord, as Laboring-man and Edwin Jones, Warren Remington & Ernest Shelden, as “Heralds.”  It was all, good, and we both enjoyed it very much – was commencing to rain, when we came home, but we got in ahead of a down-pour, and most of crowd would get home.

 

Thurs. 6  Cold and rainy all day.  Piecing, quilt-blocks for our Aid Society and busy in many ways.  Don Fay and Charlie Plath came out this evening.

 

Fri. 7  Bright and sunny, but cold.  Making a new gingham dress, and almost finished it today.  My two “Bobs” (Maxwell & Sympson) came out to tell me, the “Wiene-roast” by the High school “Sophs” which I was to chaperone, had been postponed, because of rain and cold and mud.

 

Sat. 8  Baked, cleaned – killed and fried a chicken.  Finished my dress, all but button holes and finished my quilt blocks.  Most awfully busy all day.

 

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Sun. 9  A most beautiful day; so cool last night we covered some of our garden, fearing frost.  Fred & I walked to S. S. and church.  Was only 14 of my boys present this morning.  “Mother’s Day.” and Bro. Cook, preached a most “touching sermon” I think there were more “white flowers” worn in memory of “departed mothers” than were “red flowers” worn, in memory of living mothers.  Chas. Plath, Donald Coleman, Edwin Jones, Donald Fay and Ronald McCord came out this afternoon, and I took pictures as usual, of the bunch.

 

Mon. 10  A most splendid day – got my washing out early.  Made the button holes in my new gingham dress.  Merle Allton, Lyman King and Harry Davis came in for a moment, this afternoon bringing Miss Aura Bradford, one of their High School teacher’s, for me to meet, and also her friend Miss Sanders.  I am always glad to have my boys bring their friends out, and Miss Bradford, was certainly charming.  Fred went to the men’s Banquet at the church tonight.  Some of my boys were to wait on the tables.

 

Tues. 11  A fine day, to’ a little warm.  Printed pictures most all day.  Mrs. Remington over, awhile about 4 o’clock.

 

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Wed. 12  Fine day – would be hot, but for a gentle breeze.  Reading “The Train of the Lonesome Pine” a bit of light reading, because I’m a little out of sorts some way – my stomach.

 

Thurs. 13  Really its hot and I don’t feel like work.  I re-screened some of our window screens and managed to keep busy.  Charlie Plath came out this evening and brought me one of his new Photo’s, which is very good.

 

Fri. 14  Another warm day, but it makes the garden grow:  I did some hoeing this morning.  Our cow, Paxy (Paxico) gave us a fine heifer calf at 3 o’clock this afternoon and now we will not go hungry much longer, for good milk.

 

Sat. 15  A splendid day.  Killed a young “fry” made cake, pie etc and very busy.

 

Sun. 16  A splendid day of sunshine, tho cool air.  We walked to Sunday school and Church as usual.  I had 15 boys present.  This afternoon, Mona Wiede, Elma Stewart, Dorothy Reddick, Carrie Wiede, Robt. Sympson, Edwin Jones, Ronald McCord Charlie Plath, came.  And Mr. & Mrs. John Runyen spent the evening with us.  Its been a jolly day.

 

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Mon. 17  Bright morning, cool and cloudy at noon, and a rainy evening.  A rather, irritating, day for me, but I held on to myself and would not be annoyed.  I had a rather large washing and had gotten well started, when old man Grant came to buy the calf and was rather snarlish when I would not let him have it – he only wanted to pay $5.00 and we think it well, worth $7.00; then I stopped to pick a bouquet of Purple Iris, Syringa and pink roses for Bernice Radcliffe and just as I finished the “rubbing” of my clothes and thought was getting thro’ in fine time, Mrs. Will Baker-Lovall, came and brought a “few pieces” and wanted to wash them and I let here, but she had about three times larger washing than I.   She had “fallen out,” with Mrs. Walker, where she had gone to work and came in on me, at a hard time for me: she is a mighty, peculiar woman morbidly sensitive.  I felt miserable all day, but kept it hid – got dinner for her and when we had eaten almost everything up, my good husband unexpectedly rushed in for dinner.  Mrs. Lovall, talked all after-noon, about Rev. Geissel of Episcopal Church, with whom she is quite infatuated and he much younger and superior in every way – too bad.  She stayed for Supper too – a good hearted woman but very trying on ones nerves.

 

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Tues. 18  Rained hard all day, so after getting thro’ ironing, I wrote letters.  I do not see at all, out of my right eye and I find it annoying, but believe it is only because I’m sort of “run down.”

 

Wed. 19  Awfully cold and rained hard all day and I wrote letters all day – jolly letters to friends every where.

 

Thurs. 20  Another day of cold rain and I wrote letters again today – trying to catch up a much neglected correspondence while it is so stormy, no one will come in to interrupt me.

 

Fri. 21  A bright sunshiny day and I finished all letters but three.  Joe Herrera came out this afternoon, to tell me he is going to take a “walking-trip” West.  Mona Wiede and Elma Stewart came in for the evening and I Developed a roll of Films, which they found interesting.  Our neighbor Bettis’ horse died this evening – guess too much wet grass and clover.  We are selling milk to our neighbors, and buying for our own use, as our neighbors insist on having our cows milk.

 

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Sat. 22  Another fine day and most awfully busy.  I killed a young chicken and baked pie, cake etc, for today and tomorrow’s dinner – I swept the whole house, upstairs and down, and polished all the floors upstairs, and dining-room and kitchen, with O Cedar polish and was 3 o’clock P. M. when I finished all this hard work, then immediately went to printing pictures.  Mrs. Remington in for an hour or so too, and the day has been very strenuous

 

Sun. 23  At 7 o’clock this morning we had a terrific rainstorm and some hail and continued to rain lightly until we had arrived at Sunday School, but the afternoon was fine and a few of my boys came out thro’ the mud.  Don Coleman, Don Fay and Edwin Jones, then Fred Brackett, & Robt. Sympson came with Robt. Maxwell in his Automobile.  I took pictures of all.  Rev. Whorton preached for us this morning, Bro. Cook being in Indiana to dedicate a church.  I only had seven boys in Class this morning, the smallest number in years and due to the early morning storm, but that was four more than the Barracas and a lot more than most classes had.  Today Harry Bennett was 18 Robt. Maxwell was 16.

 

Mon. 24  Hot, stickey day.  Washed and ironed both today.  Sold our calf today for $7.00 to young Mr. Grant of Valencia, but could not take it away today.

 

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Tues. 25  Hot, sticky-day.  I went to town, shopping this morning and rained quite a shower.  My “two Bobs” came out just before supper and Harry Davis and Warren Remington came in awhile after Supper  Did my mending this afternoon.  I went to see Dr. Cutsinger, this morning about my eye and he thinks it a serious proposition, tho’ possibly may save it.

 

Wed. 26  Rained awfully hard all morning and most all afternoon – everything flooded.  Jennie Remington in awhile this afternoon.  I cleaned the little bed-room, sorted and put away, Winter bedding and Winter clothes and put in all day at “hard labor” on the job.  Harry Davis and Warren Remington in awhile this evening.  I am tired tonight, a wee bit.

 

Thurs. 27  Has rained almost all day and awfully hard part of time.  Pa is 75 years old today.  Wish could see him.  All my beautiful roses are being washed to pieces by the rain.  I printed pictures all morning of “my Boys.”  My “Two Bobs” came out this evening – We enjoy these boys very much I love to watch their growing up and the changes.

 

Fri. 28  Cold but did not rain so hard today – but O for sunshine once more.  Harry Davis came in a few minutes this evening to Phone.

 

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Sat. 29  Cold, and fine, misty, drizzle, falling all day.  My! but this is gloomy, weather – just regular California weather and Kansas folks, do not like it.  Charlie Plath and Don Fay spent the evening with us.  My boys are one big ray of sunshine anyway.

 

Sun. 30  Cloudy, dark morning.  We walked to Sunday School and Church this morning. – I had 11 boys in Class.  The day was rather chill and we had a fire in the grate; After dinner some of my boys came out as they always do.  Merle Allton and his friend Merritt Rowell, Don Fay, Edwin Jones Warren Remington, Harry Davis, Ronald McCord, Robt. Sympson, Robt. Maxwell, Ernest Shelden, and Charlie Plath.  After supper Edwin Jones and Warren Remington came in again to Phone their girls and later Don Fay, Carrie Wiede, Charlie Plath and Mona Wiede came in for the evening.  Fred and Mona had quite a wrestling match with Charlie over some picture.  Young people are the life of life.  Edwin Jones is 18 years old today.

 

Mon. 31  A beautiful day.  I washed this morning and ironed this afternoon, as Fred’s mail was heavy and he got home late, and we could not get out for Decoration Day affairs.  Warren Remington, Harry Davis, Ernest Shelden, Edwin Jones, Don Fay, Chas. Plath, Mona Wiede and Dorothy Reddick here this afternoon.  I took pictures.  Mr. Grant took the calf.

 

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Tues. 1  An ideal day, tho’ were a few clouds.  I went to town this morning, to see Dr. Cutsinger about my eyes and I must wear my glasses a week longer, before he tests the muscles.  Did some shopping and came home.  Fred & I went down to Mr. & Mrs. E. V. King’s – W – 10 – st. – this evening to call on Mrs. Bargar, Mr. King’s sister, who with her husband will go soon, as Missionaries, to Balenge, Africa.  Many from our church called and I remained there, while Fred went down to the Church to Board-meeting and returned for me.  We had a most pleasant evening.

 

Wed. 2  Another pleasant day and a busy one for me.  Busy enough not to remember, I have but one eye (the other probably can never be restored; and not to have time to remember how ungrateful my sister and her family are – never write to me call me a “crank” and say all kinds of unkind things when we have made every sacrifice for them – have done too much for them, is the trouble.  One consolation I have a good conscience and a good husband.  Neighbor McKee came over, for milk this evening and told me his wife had left him – just what I prophesied – he a gruff old fellow of 76, she 56 and a Spiritualist whom he had known but two weeks – she, after his money; but is “no fool like an old fool,” and Mr. Abe McKee got bit, poor man.

 

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Thurs. 3  Rained last night again – I cut out, some shirts for Fred today.  This evening, Otis Young, Elma Stewart, Mona Wiede, Charlie Plath and Don Fay came out and spent the evening.  Played the Piano and sung and had a happy evening.

 

Fri. 4  Most awfully busy all day.  Papers are still full of the War – hope the Germans get so bafdly whipped, they never again will have any power – the Lusatania tragedy was shocking and such brutal, inhuman people should be “crushed.”  Harry Davis came out this evening, to show me an enlargement of his “camp-fire picture” for which he got “first prize” in the “American Boy” – fine, very pretty.  We went to the High school graduating exercises this evening at Auditorium – Good.

 

Sat. 5  This has been “my busy day;” killed a chicken, made schmeer-case, potato salad, custard, churned three, or about 4 lbs. of fine, yellow, butter, swept the whole house upstairs and down, put a new bottom in one of the rockers, answered, many times, the front and back doors the telephone, and waited on customers for milk, all in between, my work, and entertained callers – Mrs. Remington and Otis Young.  O it has been a hard day of work and so hot.  Today was Otis’ Birthday.  20th one.  Mr. McKee’s wife came back to him.

 

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Sun. 6  Cool and cloudy – Warren came over and walked down to Sunday School with us.  I had 14 boys in Class.  After dinner, Don Fay, Charlie Plath Edwin Jones, Ronald McCord, Ernest Shelden Elsie Jordan and Vera Crewes, came out.  I took some pictures of the “Bunch,” and what fun they had hunting “Four-leaf Clovers.”  Ernest was the champion “finder” getting 11.  Today is Don Fay’s 16th Birthday.  Mrs. Lovall came out for a couple of hours this evening and of course could talk of no one but Rev. Geo. Geissel with whom she is infatuated, to his utter contempt for her – it makes one think, “poor fool.”  After she left, Fred and I went up to A. E. Jones, taking a big pan of “schmeer-case,” a half Gal. of new milk and big bouquet of roses (several varieties) and Honeysuckle; All were away, except Mr. Jones with whom we visited awhile and came home.

 

Mon. 7  A fine day, tho’ very cool – Washed a large washing this forenoon and “hulled” a crate of Strawberries ($2.25) this afternoon and made them into jam this evening while Fred, was at a church, business meeting at Rev. O. L. Cook’s.  Harry Davis and Warren Remington called in early evening to show me some pictures of Harry and his girl.  Were good.

 

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Tues. 8  An ideal day – very sunny and very cool.  I ironed this morning then took Jitney to town to see Dr. Cutsinger, about my eyes.  Must send for a special “lense” and wait about a month yet to know what can be done, but I’m praying I may not go blind.  Dr. Says the eye has gradually grown weak, from lack of circulation in the eye and it just went out, without causing me any pain of any kind.  I canned my Strawberry jam this afternoon.

 

Wed. 9  A nice day tho’ had light showers.  This evening Fred and I went to Grace Cathedral to the wedding of Portia Penwell to John Stapel – the church is small and was literally “jammed” so only those on the aisle, could see anything: the Bridesmaids were dainty and pretty and we got a pretty fair look at them, but by a pre-arranged plan, as the Bride entered, the audience arose, and no one could see anything – just got the smallest glimpse of the side of the Bride’s face – such a foolish plan, to have the audience stand all thro’ the ceremony, and so tiresome, beside had all remained seated we could have seen the Bride, and that is all that counts at a wedding, any way.  Many were complaining.

 

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Thurs.  10  A fair day tho’ most too warm, and this evening just after Fred got home, a most terrific rain-storm came up – some hail too.  I think as hard rain as I ever saw and looks as if we would have another Flood as the River is already very high.

 

Fri. 11  A most beautiful day: the river is bank full and very grave danger of a Flood.  Many families moving out of North Topeka.  I tried to get aunt Nan Van Orsdol, of N. Topeka, over Phone wanted her to come to our house, but many Phones are out.  Cousin Tom Van, came over this afternoon and brought her and she will stay til danger is over: she is almost 79 yrs. old.  I worked awfully hard all morning cleaning and am glad now, I did.  Cousin Tom who lives at Silver Lake, said about 9 in. of rain fell last night, up there and they also had three hard hail-storms, during the evening.

 

Sat. 12  A beautiful day – River going down, so Aunt Nan went back home after dinner today.  Mona Wiede and Elma Stewart came in awhile this afternoon.  A very busy day for me.  And not easy to work with one I – I spill so much stuff.

 

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Sun. 13  Had shower last night but bright and fine this morning, tho’ cool enough for wraps.  We took a half bushel of Roses and Honeysuckle to church this morning to decorate for “Children’s Day” exercises.  I had 14 boys in Class and Mr. Henry Spencer son of the Arch-Deacon of Grace Cathedral, visited our Class as guest of Billy Badger-Kellogg.  Bro. Cook, gave a splendid, short sermon for children and most everyone of my boys staid.  This afternoon, Mona Wiede, Dorothy Reddick Carrie Wiede, Edwin Jones, Donald Coleman Ronald McCord, Chas. Plath, Donald Fay, Elsie Jordan & sister-in-law, Mrs. Jordan, Warren Remington, Harry Davis and my two “Bobs” (Sympson and Maxwell) came in – a house full of jolly young folks, makes life, worth while.

 

Mon. 14  Rained this morning but the day became fine.  I washed, ironed, churned, and put in a full day of work.  Harry Davis and Warren Remington came in this evening.  I developed a roll of Films  Got word from Zaidee, Freda is married to Darrel Houston

 

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Wed. 16  A shower at 4 o’clock this morning – rest of day fine and I was most awfully busy all day – this evening Fred and I took our Lunch basket and went to Gage Park where Mail-Carriers wives gave a Picnic supper – 65 of us present.  We had a good time; Fred & I were late getting out there.  Got home just 9 o’clock – fine evening

 

Thurs. 17  Has “showered” all day – rain is making fruit fall and rotting the gardens.  I “tinted” some Kodak pictures today with, “water-colors” and it greatly improved them.  Had a hard rain this evening, a tremendous, down-pour, at milking-time.

 

Fri. 18  A fine day but too muddy, for the “Straw-ride” my Class of Boys were to have this evening, so they met here and at 9 o’clock we all left for town going to the Iris, forming a :Line Party” to see “Four Feathers,” a war picture, scene in Egypt.  Horrible! Just as horrible, as the terrible, war going on in Europe, at this time.  Those who came were, Ronald McCord, Pauline Sanders, Charlie Plath Mona Wiede, Don Fay Carrie Wiede, Merle Allton Miss Puckett, Warren Remington, Ruth Hare, Ernest Shelden, Elsie Jordan, Edwin Jones & Louise Brown.  Stags: Harry Davis, the “two Bobs” and Arthur Dennis.  Mrs. Chas. Matthews and Mrs. Keiser called this afternoon and our old rooster hurt little Jane Keiser dreadfully.

 

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Sat. 10  Am awfully hard rain this morning and river dangerously high again and people moving out of North Topeka – dark and gloomy all day.  Our neighbor Bettis, very sick with bilious attack, fainted and I ran over to help- called Dr. Crabb.

 

Sun. 20  Dark, gloomy, cloudy all day – rained some.  We took car to Sunday School and church, taking with us Mrs. Bettis’ neice and friend, Lula Arbuthnot and Stella Hedges.  Don Fay, Ernest Shelden, Ronald McCord, Harry Davis and Warren Remington, came in this afternoon – This evening, Fred & I went to North Topeka, to take a look at the river and see aunt Nan Van Orsdol and try to get her to come home with us: the old river a dark muddy swirling, torrent of water, is at a very dangerous stage, but Aunty, had some one to stay over night with her and would not leave.

 

Mon. 21  The morning dark and a fine mist for short time, but finally the sun came thro’ the heavy clouds, and it cleared and was a glorious day of sunshine – I washed a very large washing and churned this morning – took a pitcher of Butter-milk to neighbor Bettis, who is not so well today.  Fred has a very heavy cold, and I just have to “ding-dong” to get him to do anything to relieve or help him and it worries me.

 

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Tues. 22  A most beautiful day.  Ironed this morning.  Washed my hair, this afternoon.  Edwin Jones came in just after dinner for a short time – has been appointed Over-seer, or “teacher” of the Lowman Play Grounds and came to tell me about it – A mighty fine young man and I am so glad for him – Ronald McCord, another of my fine boys, has been placed in charge of Polk.

 

Wed. 23  Rain today for a change – very busy all day making some new shirts for Fred, and I canned cherries and Raspberries.

 

Thurs. 24  Sticky old day.  Made Raspberry jam.  Mrs. Lovall here to dinner – O so busy all day and don’t seem to get anything done either.

 

Fri. 25  Hot and sticky.  Canning Pine Apples; swept and cleaned.  Mr. Henderson fixing our Porch – Mrs. Henderson called this afternoon  An old colored man left our gate open and let our cow out, this afternoon and I had a good hot run, to catch her – my! but the day has been hard, make my work go slow.

 

Sat. 26  A nice day – Baked some lovely bread and worked on Fred’s shirts.  Mona and Carrie Wiede spent the evening with us.

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Sun. 27  A fine day – We walked to Sunday School and Church this morning.  This afternoon Edwin Jones Ronald McCord, Robt. Sympson, Don Fay and Charlie Plath came out – in early evening our neighbors the H. Larimer family asked us over to eat ice-cream and home grown Raspberries – delicious too and we spent a couple of pleasant hours with them.  Later this evening, Ernest Shelden, Warren Remington, Harry Davis and their friend, Francis Stone, called.

 

Mon. 28  A fine day and I washed a very large washing.  This afternoon worked on Fred’s shirt-waists.

 

Tues. 29  Ironed and got ready for our Sunday School Picnic tonight – made cherry-pie, ham-sandwiches Bean-salad and schineer-case – worked all day.  Washed, combed and dressed to go to Gage Park and then, very suddenly at 5 o’clock, from out the North West, came a cold, whipping, whirling, blowy rain and we stayed home.  Edwin Jones and Warren R. came and helped us eat our Picnic-lunch at home.

 

Wed. 30  Rained this morning, then came sunshine and I went to town shopping, got home at 12:30 and then came rain, for all afternoon.  Bought new Mattress at “Mills,” $12:50 – first we ever had and married 21 years.  My Two Bobs came out this evening.

 

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Thurs. 1st  A fine, cool, day:  Mona Wiede, (wee-dee) came out awhile this afternoon.  Today, Elma Stewart is 16 yrs. old and Otis Young got up a surprise on her, among our bunch; we had a Picnic supper, at Gage Park, about 8 o’clock – Mrs. Stewart and two little daughters, Otis with Elma, Chas. Plath Mona Wiede, Edwin Jones Bernice Sanders, Ronald McCord Louise Brown, Warren Remington Ruth Hare, Clarence Plummer Florence McCord Ernest Shelden and Elsie Jordan and Teddy & I.  I picked about, half a crate of cherries, before going out and have had a hard, busy, day and am tired.

 

Fri. 2  Cool and “showery.”  I gathered more than a half Bu. of cherries this morning and “pitted” them all by hand this afternoon – fine big black English Morrillos.  Warren Remington and Harry Davis in this evening.  A most awfully busy day for me.

 

Sat. 3  A fine, cool, sunny, day.  I canned 8 qts of cherries two, of Red Raspberries, 4 qts of cherry Juice, made cherry Butter and cherry Jelly.  Also, baked two large cakes and finished Fred a shirt, beside many other “odds and ends.”  The day has been so brimful of hard work if didn’t seem when I began as if I could finish but I have.  Charlie Plath was out awhile this afternoon.  I’m glad when my boys call.

 

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Sun. 4  “Fourth of July” and no more perfect day could be asked for – clear, sunny and cool – delightful.  We walked to Sunday School and church.  I had 14 boys present and took some pictures at the church, of them.  This afternoon, Fred Brackett Ronald McCord, Harry Davis, Warren Remington, Charlie Plath, Don Fay, Ernest Shelden, Clarence Plummer Vera Crews, Merle Allton and his little lady Miss Nancy Boone, and Bernice Radcliffe were all here and I took pictures again.  The boys sang until tired, then tormented the life out of the girls; “stolen kisses” etc  And they made much noise with some Fire-crackers, for which I was sorry – I wish the day might be kept more holy, but youth is all “squirm,” wiggle, push, shove, slam-bang, noise= innocently made and meant.  Fred & I went to church this evening at the First Methodist, where our Bro. O. L. Cook preached the first sermon of the Summer Union, evening services on “Why the Bible Lives.  Rev. Cook is certainly the finest Pastor we’ve ever had.

 

Mon. 5  Another matchless day – grand – very cool this morning.  I washed a large washing this morning even tho’ the day we celebrate the Fourth, but I can

 

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not let my work get behind – too hard to catch up.  Chas. Plath came out, while I was hanging out my clothes and stayed to “churn” for me, while I went on with my other work and I took some pictures of him, churning.  After dinner, Edwin Jones and Ronald McCord, brought out 2 gal. Caramel ice-cream, for tonights festivities”  Harry Davis and Warren Remington, coming with them and Clarence Plummer came about same time.  My good Teddy home for the afternoon – “half Holiday.”  This evening, Donald Fay, Carrie Wiede, Ernest Shelden, Elsie Jordan, Harry Davis, Nancy Boone, Merle Allton, Phronsia Cain, Warren Remington, Ruth Hare, Clarence Plummer, Florence McCord, Lyman King, Pauline Sanders, Ronald McCord, Lillian Gleissner, Edwin Jones, Bernice Sanders, Fred Brackett, Nannie Osborne, and the “Two Bobs” (Maxwell & Sympson) came out, for a “noisy” time – because we live out-side the City-limits and they could shoot, fire-crackers and revolvers to “their hears content,” and they certainly did it, and made noise enough for several Fourth of July’s.  All left about Mid-night

 

Tues. 6  Swept and cleaned up after the “Bunch” this morning.  Ronald McCord, Ernest Shelden Harry Davis, Clarence Plummer and Mona Wiede were callers during the day.  I developed pictures this evening.

 

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Wed. 7  Very busy all day and quite tired.  One of my boys, Otis Young, came out this evening and I helped him develop five rolls of Films – said he was afraid to “tackle” them alone.  Arthur Dennis and Charlie Plath were out in late afternoon – Fred Brackett, Edwin Jones and Harry Davis, were out this evening on way for a swim at Gage, and stopped in on way home and I filled them up on “Bread and milk” – we had much merriment over their mistaking the odor of some Salt-rising bread which I gave them, for Fred B’s feet, and they made him take his shoes off and set them out on the front Porch, when I remembered about the bread and told them what the odor was – they had never eaten salt rising bread, before.  Edwin Jones was here all forenoon – poor fellow, is not strong and looked so tired.  I am always glad to have my boys come in any time – they seem like my very own, and are so interesting.

 

Thurs. 8  I went to town this morning to see Dr. Cutsinger about my eye – he thinks it is improving tho’ I see nothing with it.  Otis Young, stopped in, a moment this evening, while out driving with Bernice Sanders.  Mona Wiede came in this afternoon also Mrs. Remington.  The days are beautiful but getting warmer.  Liberty Bell in town, but I saw it in its home so did not go to see it.

 

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Fri. 9  Quite warm day – I swept and cleaned all forenoon – printed pictures all afternoon and got some good ones, of some of my boys.  My! but I certainly turned out the work today.

 

Sat. 10  Rained this morning and then became very warm.  I baked the loveliest bread today – killed chicken, and made a number of good things for tomorrow – Canned a half crate of Dewberries – tinted some in water color, of Kodak pictures and did many, many, things today – I’m always busy – never a wasted moment

 

Sun. 11  My! my o’ me! The day has been hot-fierce.  We walked to Sunday School and church this morning, stopping on our way at Mr. Mayberry’s to read in his church paper, the notice of the death in June, of Mrs. Bert Freeland – she, I never knew, but he and I went together some, when we were 17 years old.  This afternoon Ronald McCord Harry Davis, Merle Allton, Edwin Jones, their friend Sumner Cole, Chas. Plath, Don Fay, Robt. Sympson Robt. Maxwell, Elsie Jordan and her friend Mr. Read were our Callers.  Ronald broke one of our rockers.  Merle brought me a most excellent Photo of himself – I’m so pleased with it.  I was so glad to meet Rev. Milton Madden at church this morning – he has only recently returned from Japan

 

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Mon. 12  Rained very hard, early this morning but was all over, by time I got my large washing ready for the line – after washing, I churned and was very busy until 1 o’clock when Teddy came home to Lunch – Charlie Plath came at some time with a pair of trousers, for me to mend – his mother is away and he had torn a large, three cornered hole in one leg, that took me half the afternoon to mend.  A hot, sticky day, filled brimful of work, yet I wish the days were 48 hours long that I might do more

 

Tues. 13  Another hard rain this morning and most of forenoon, showery – did my big ironing and little else today.  Neighbor A. McKee’s wife packed her goods and left him yesterday – says he is stubborn, supremely selfish, stingy and many other, undesirable things, which many of the neighbors have found to be true – but she had no business to marry the old fellow – neither, are to be pitied, one bad as other.

 

Wed. 14  A sultry day and this evening we had a very severe electrical storm, but I guess I was born the wrong time of the moon, for unlike the majority of folks, I  love to listen to the rip! http://img.kansasmemory.org/00472649.jpgsnap!! zip! bang!!! siz – of the Lightening.  The harder and noisier, the better I like it.  I’ve been busy all day and enjoyed the noisy change.

 

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Thurs. 15  A sunny day – not so warm.  Sewing on a new shirt waist, for Fred, and otherwise busy as usual.  Harry Davis called in this evening, on way to see his girl – he looked fine, in his new, Palm Beech suit.

 

Fri. 16  A very, hot, sticky day – almost finished Fred’s shirt-waist – so sultry I could hardly work.

 

Sat. 17  Another very hot, sticky day – I baked some most excellent “light-bread,” today, fried chicken, made custard and got my Sunday cooking all done, this morning.  I never cook on Sunday.  I swept and cleaned too.  Charlie Plath came out just after dinner: this evening Fred & I went to Gage Park, where we met he and Mona Wiede and we sent swiming – delightful – and the first swim, Fred & I have had this Summer, because of so much cold, rainy, weather.  Otis Young, who was at the Park, also came in, for a short swim.  Oh! but I do enjoy swimming.  I would like to swim every day.

 

Sun. 18  So sultry, and sticky, we took a car, to Sunday School and church.  I had only 12 boys in Class.  Bro. Cook preached a most excellent sermon on “The Buried Talent.”  This afternoon, Edwin Jones, Ernest Shelden, Ronald McCord, Merle Allton and Harry Davis, came in a short time, on way to Gage Park.  Mona Wiede, Elma Stewart and Carrie Wiede spent afternoon with us; and it rained most awfully hard, until 5 o’clock.

 

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Mon. 19  Raining when we got up this morning guess it rained all night; some sharp lightening last night.  The day has been cloudy, fine and cool.  I washed my usual big washing and it dried on the line – I never put off washing because of weather; if it wont dry outside, it will inside.

 

Tues. 20  And another rain today – did my ironing – cool  Printed some pictures, busy all time.

 

Wed. 21  Fine, cool, day.  Went to Provident Association with Mrs. Ada McKee-Parsons, this morning; she has been deserted by her husband, who was in jail last Winter for Bigamy – O, the world is full of heartache: then I went to Court House with her for some papers, and then I went to Dr. Cutsinger’s about my eyes – he is sure he will bring back my sight, then I did some shopping and came home.  I tinted pictures all afternoon, some of my “snap-shots.”  I sent some butter and some milk to Mrs. C. Goddard this evening – poor woman is nearly dead with a cancer.  Judge McFarland phoned me this afternoon, and asked me to go to Beloit to take down some girls, to the Industrial or Reform School, but I could not go without disappointing some of my young folks who want to go swim tomorrow night.

 

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Thurs. 22  A fine day, but getting warm, however that makes good swimming.  Jennie Remington went with us to the Park this evening, where we met some of the other young folks and had a fine swim together – just a little cool but O, I so enjoyed it – can there be anything finer than a good swim.  Charlie Plath was out awhile this afternoon – one of my fine boys.

 

Fri. 23  Another fine day, but most too warm.  I went to town this morning, to have Dr. Cutsinger change my glasses – met so many friends in his office and on street this morning, - which I seldom do – almost like a Reception.  This afternoon I went over to the Lowman Hill Play Grounds and took some pictures – one of my dearest boys Edwin Jones, is Director, of the Lowman Grounds.

 

Sat. 24  A most awfully, busy day – not near enough hours to do all I wanted to do, today and I just hate to have any work left over.

 

Sun. 25  A warm day and showery morning, so we took a car to Sunday School and church.  Bro. Cook is out of City, so David Owen preached for us and gave a good talk.  Ronald McCord has a broken ankle but was at Sunday School and this

 

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afternoon his father brought him out in the Automobile.  Don Fay, Robt. Sympson, Merle Allton, Merritt Rowell also came out, and later, Harry Davis.  Mrs. Lovall was out awhile this afternoon.  Chas. Plath went to Estes Park, Colo. today to Y. M. C. A. School.

 

Mon. 26  Got my big washing, out early, but was very busy all day.  We gathered Plums this evening.

 

Tues. 27  Hot, sticky, day.  Ironed, churned etc, etc.  This evening my good Teddy and I, went for a delightful swim at Gage Park – fine.

 

Wed. 28  Most awfully busy all day – hot, sticky, July weather, but badly needed.  This evening my good husband took me to town – said the Carriers were going to get a Special car and take their wives, for a ride then to a Picture Show and we were to meet at Transfer Station at 7:20.  Well, we met everywhere and there too and we didn’t get a car ride or Picture Show, but our good husbands did plan and carry out, a nice little “Surprise” on we wives – they got us to town, on all sorts of pretexts, then put us in a car and took us out to Mr. Jack Curry’s in Highland Park, where we had a pleasant evening of music on Victrola and Piano-player, which I’m not crazy about and treated us to Ice cream and cake – home 11:30 P. M.

 

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Thurs. 29  Awfully hot today and I was awfully busy.  This evening Jennie Remington and Jeanette Schwartz went with Fred and I out to Gage Park for a swim.  A big crowd swimming and water fine.  Dr. and Mrs. Fay and daughter and son (Don) all in and Don “ducked” his mother – I laughed ‘till I cried and my jaws were tired – every body laughed: she is so jolly and good natured.

 

Fri. 30  Hot and sticky – of course some days must be “nasty,” its July.  I went to town at noon to meet Fred, and we, to meet Mrs. A. E. Jones, at Bank of Topeka, to sign her Will as Witnesses.  We went to Mr. Carl Nellis’ Office and signed before Mr. Davis, Notary Public.  I went to Lowman Play Grounds, to give some pictures to Edwin Jones, and took car from there Fred and I came home in a Jitney.

 

Sat. 31  Another quite warm day and busy all day.  Finished four new collars for Fred, did my mending and ever-so-many things, beside.  Merle Allton came out this evening and wants me to “Board & room” him – his father and mother have separated, home broken up and he one of my boys, but the responsibility so great, I do not feel equal to it, tho’ I may undertake it.  We gather our plums this evening.  Friend Jonesie started to Calif.

 

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Sun. 1st  Another warm day and we took car to, and from, Sunday School and Church.  I only had a dozen boys present – these hot days, they will not get up in time.  This afternoon Don Fay, Edwin Jones, Ronald McCord and Robert Sympson came out and Vera Crews, Helen Howe, and Edwilla Clarke also came: my boys are quite an attraction.  Cooler this evening.

 

Mon. 2  Fine and cool – wee sprinkle, this afternoon but did not have to bring my clothes off line.  Have had a big days work – cooked up a half Bu. of Wild Goose Plums for butter.  Mail heavy and Fred not home for dinner.  I ate, at 2 o’clock

 

Tues. 3  Another fine cool day – too cool to swim this evening as we planned to do.  Ironed and run my Plums, thro’ Colander for Butter.

 

Wed. 4  Still it is cool and sunny delightful day.  Arthur Dennis, also Carl Swanson, who is just home from “Harvest Field,” came out this afternoon.  Mrs. Tucker – a new neighbor at 2300 W-10-st. – came in awhile too.  Mona & Carrie Wiede and Elma Stewart, came in this evening.

 

Thurs. 5  Warming up – Ronald McCord, Edwin Jones, Harry D. Warren R. & Carl Swanson here during day.  I went Shopping this morning.  Fred, Edwin J. & I swimming this eve.

 

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Fri. 6  Considerably “warmed up.”  I swept and cleaned whole house, and I was considerably “warmed up” too.  Developed a roll of films this evening and then Fred and I, went to Mr. Hall’s in Oakland, where Mrs. Trout’s, Sunday school Class, of girls, gave a Party for my Class of Boys.  Not many present but had a nice time, any way.  Edwin Jones here most of afternoon.

 

Sat. 7  Some cooler – I printed a few pictures this morning: was very busy all day.  Carl Swanson came out for his pictures, just before dinner.  I had “taken” him, in his “boxing togs.”

 

Sun. 8  We took car to and from Sunday School and church  Only ten of my boys present at S. S.  Hot weather “gets” boys, when they reach the working age, yet if the church, would only half way do its duty toward the Boys, I could keep every boy, coming.  This afternoon, Mona Wiede, Elma Stewart, Carrie Wiede Vera Crews, Elsa Jordan, Luther Albin, Don Fay Robt. Sympson, Ernest Shelden, Ronald McCord, Harry Davis and Robt. Maxwell came out.  Mr. & Mrs. S. J. Hodgins brought us home after church in their Auto.

 

Mon. 9  Rainy day, or rather, just sprinkly and showery but I washed and hung part of clothes in house and part on line “out-doors” – neither, dried.  Harry Davis and Warren Remington, here few min. this evening.

 

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Tues. 10  Did my ironing and canned seven doz. ears of corn, and many times, answered the front and back door, and telephone.  Mrs. H. Larimer came in this evening and brought me a lovely Lilly – exquisite – I so love flowers.

 

Wed. 11  The day has been very warm but I kept steady at work, “mending” and Printed some pictures, of the young folks who were out, Sunday.  This evening, we went to Gage Park, for a swim and met by appointment Harry Davis, Warren Remington, Mona & Carrie Wiede and Elma Stewart.  Dr. Schwartz and two daughters also there swimming.  Carrie was only learning, and was determined not to be taken off of her feet – laugh – well I guess we did, all of us: good as a circus.

 

Thurs. 12  Hot and “sprinkly.”  I went to town this morning and after shopping went to 8 & Jackson and got a picture of Billy Badger – Kellogg and the Playground “Stand,” then over to Polk School and got a picture of Ronald McCord and Polk, Play-grounds.  Mrs. Montgomery brought me home in her automobile.

 

Fri.  13 Hard rain last night, again.  Busy with my days work – and planing our camp, trip to Paxico, which I’m rather dreading this year as my boys want to take girls along.

 

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Sat. 14  Very busy “cleaning” the whole house, for my good father comes the first of the week.  I have cleaned and cleaned and the house looks fine tonight.  Charlie Plath came in awhile at noon – just home from “Y. M. C. A.” School at Estes Park, Colo. a mighty fine boy.

 

Sun. 15  We took street car, to and from, Sunday School and church – ten boys in Class, but circus came in this morning, which drew some away, to see the unloading.  This afternoon Robert Maxwell, Chas. Plath, Ronald McCord Edwin Jones, Robert Simpson, Mona Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Lillian Boon and Carrie Wiede, came out; this evening, Warren Remington, Ruth Hare Harry Davis & Helen Lewis, spent the evening with us.  The boys, brought ice cream.

 

Mon. 16  Raining part of day, but got my washing done, so it dried, and I ironed this afternoon, beside, I walked with Mrs. John Keller, down to Tenth and Topeka Ave this morning to see the “Ringlings” Circus Parade: a long parade but rather disappointing – 26 Elephants, no Camels, because of fear of their bringing disease into the State (foot and mouth) Edwin Jones and Gene Hare, here most of afternoon.

 

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Tues. 17  Raining when we got up, and most of the day.  While we were eating Breakfast, Pa and my step-mother, from Springfield, Colo. came in on us – I did not look for them until this afternoon, but it was nice to have them come.

 

Wed. 18  Damp & cool all day and part of day, very hard rain – busy visiting with Pa and Ma.

 

Thurs. 19  Cool, damp, foggy, misty, tho’ sun shone few minutes at noon, but the “nasty” weather spoiled our plan, for “family Reunion,” which had been, to spend the day at Gage Park and “swim.”  But we held it here in our home, and had a jolly time anyway: there were Pa & Ma, Henry and Tillie Anderson and son Melvin from Weatherford, Okla. Uncle Geo. Van Orsdol & aunt Samantha, Aunt Delia Howard, Cousin Joe Howard & Mary and their son Elmer, cousin Nellie Howard-Kingman and 3 children Charles, Paul and Marguerite, cousin, Maude Howard-Godwin and daughter Belle Neiswender, Uncle Marian Van Orsdol & Aunt Kate, Cousin Jim Van Orsdol & Inez and children Marian, Gladys & Marie, cousin Frank Van Orsdol & Vena and their son Raymond, cousin Will Van Orsdol and Minnie and their children.  Glenn & Ruth – Merle, called but could not stay, and Fred and I – 33 of us and just jolliest, happiest crowd imaginable.

 

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Fri. 20  A most beautiful day – bright sunshine and almost cool enough to frost.  Henry and Tillie left for home, at 9:30 this morning and Pa and Ma, went to spend the day with uncle George Van Orsdol.  So I got busy and cleaned up the dirty house, the whole house, upstairs and down.  I developed Reunion films this evening. 

 

Sat. 21  Not as good a day as yesterday.  Very busy all day.  Pa and my step-mother, came home this afternoon, from visiting relatives, in North Topeka.  Don Faye, Charlie Plath, Warren Remington and Harry Davis, came in this evening.  Hardly a day passes, that some of my boys, do not come during day, or the evening, and I love them as my own, even the naughty ones.  I printed nearly 200 pictures today and all were good.

 

Sun. 22  Most of day fine, but almost without a moments warning, a light shower, came up at 4 o’clock and developed into several hours, hard rain.  Pa and my step-mother, spent the day in Oakland, with cousin Will Van Orsdol and came home in the rain.  Ronald McCord, Ernest Shelden, Don Fay, Chas. Plath and Fred Brackett came out this afternoon – Harry Davis, this evening staid to eat “Bread and milk” with Fred, then went for Helen Lewis and brought her here for the evening.  I had 14 boys in S. S. this A. M. and took their pictures, Chas. C.”Shorty,” Mel and Polly and others.  We took car to S. S. and Church and home.

 

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Mon. 23  Cool, dark, cloudy morning, every moment a threat of rain, but the afternoon was lovely.  Pa and my stepmother, left this morning for a visit in Melbourne, Iowa - - we ordered a “jitney” which failed to come, so missed their train, but got one an hour later.  I washed a very large washing this morning.  Don Fay and Charlie Plath, came out this evening.

 

Tues. 24  A fine day – ironed my big ironing and put in a busy afternoon, sending out pictures of our Van Orsdol-Ogden, Reunion.  Picked grapes this eve.

 

Wed. 25  Busy with grapes – got a Bu. ready for marmalade.  Picked more grapes this evening – we have “oodles” of grapes this year.  Cool and sprinkly.

 

Thurs. 26  Cool, cloudy, day.  Worked with grapes all day.  Made a Bushel into marmalade and one Bushel into grape juice – my! the work.

 

Fri. 27  Cool, cloudy, threatening rain.  Busy as a Bee Baked some lovely bread.  Wrote letters to, today.  Mona Wiede, came over this afternoon.

 

Sat. 28  Cool and pleasant, so a good day for work and I found plenty to do.  I prepare on Saturday, all my Sunday meals, so I need not even start a fire on the Sabbath and we have good meals too.

 

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Sun. 29  A day brimful – So cool this morning, it seemed as if we must have had a frost, and I wore a light wrap, to Sunday School; my good husband and I walked down.  I had 18 boys in Class – two new boys this morning, Keene Saxon and Lee Godfrey.  We had a most interesting lesson on “God’s care of Elija,” and the boys were especially interested, and well behaved, tho’ Harry Davis is troublesome, most all the time, not yet having, out-grown the age of “Smart-Alec-ism.”  Bro. Cook preached a fine sermon on “the Holy Spirit, he being especially sorrowful, because of the actions and claims, of the Holy-rollers who are now holding a meeting in Garfield Park.  This afternoon, Ernest Shelden, Merle Allton, Don Fay, Charlie Plath, Vera Crews, Elsa Jordan and Gertrude Miler came in; and Ruth and Almeda Hare, called just a moment.  We called on Mr. & Mrs. Wiede over on West St. this evening and took street-car from there to the closing, Union Summer-evening Service, at First Cong. Church – our Pastor, good Bro. Cook, preached the sermon, and a most splendid one.  A large audience, good singing and an altogether happy, occasion.  God’s house is a good place to go to.  But I’m tired tonight, for the day was a strenuous one.

 

After church this morning, Dr. Schwartz, passing, took us in, and brought us home in his Auto.

 

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Mon. 30  A very cool day – down to 45○ above, this morning and that is close to frost – but the day was magnificent I got to my washing early and it was soon on the line, then just as I finished cleaning up and washing Breakfast dishes, a couple of Mormon girls, (missionaries) came and I spent nearly an hour of my “good time” (wasted) talking to them – bright girls, pleasant to talk too – O, what a pity they should be working for such a cause: I never turn a Mormon from my door, for it is utterly impossible for them to “Convert” me – God has revealed Himself to me thro’ His word, to largely for that – and it gives me an opportunity; I may be able to sow the seed that will win them over to true Christianity.  As they left, some colored men brought us a load of hay and soon I heard a “squeal” and saw one of them crawling under the wagon – Bumble Bees had run him out; there’s a big nest of them in the barn.  I picked a Bu. of grapes, and while doing it, a man came to demonstrate an Electric-iron and left one for me to use, and I did my ironing with it this afternoon – stemmed my grapes too, and cooked them.  Carl Swanson (one of my boys) came out for me to take a picture of him in his “boxing togs.”  I squeezed my grapes out this evening for grape-juice, and developed two rolls of Films.  My “two Bobs” came out for a call this evening.  I got three meals today too and many times answered Telephone and door bell – strenuous, yes.

 

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Tues. 31  Another ideal day – last night and this morning, extremely cool, but a delight.  I canned my grape juice this morning and Printed pictures most all day – Carl S. came out to get his at noon.  Jennie Remington came in this evening.

 

September.

 

Wed. 1st  Another splendid day – very busy with preparations for Camp – Baked lovely bread to take on the trip.  The whole “gang” happy in anticipation.

 

Thurs. 2  A splendid day – went to town this afternoon to pay, Bills, Lodge-dues etc. and make a few purchases for “Camp.”  Awfully busy.

 

Fri. 3  Another grand day.  I made three, Plum Puddings to take to Camp.  Keene Saxon, Dorothy Reddick Mona and Carrie Wiede, called this afternoon to talk “Camp.”  I killed and dressed four chickens this evening for “Camp,” and finished packing.

 

Sat. 4  A splendid day – up early, for it is the long, “looked forward to” day.  Warren Remington came early and “roped” my boxes.  Robt. Maxwell was here before we had Breakfast.  He took a load of “camp stuff” to Depot for me: he was splendid to help get us off.  Harry Davis, came, and Edwin Jones and his brother, then Clarence Plummer; and Keene Saxon

 

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came to tell me, he had been “pulled for speeding” (auto) must appear in Court and could not go to Camp until mid-night train.  Robt. M. returned at 9 o’clock with Harry Davis, Helen Lewis, Warren Remington and Ruth Hare and I got in his Auto with the others and some Baggage, and he took us to Rock Island Depot where we took train, few minutes after 10 o’clock (train 20 min. late) for Paxico, on our 5th Camping trip.  Those going, beside myself, Charlie Plath, Warren Remington, Merle Allton, Carl Swanson, Ronald McCord, Harry Davis Fred Brackett, Helen Lewis, Mona and Carrie Wiede, Ruth Hare, Pauline Sanders and Dorothy Reddick, Mr. Porter, soon loaded our Baggage after our arrival in Paxico and hauled us to the old camp grounds, on the Strowig farm, near the Mill, and the boys, “flew around like Bees” getting our Tents up – then we had a cold lunch of Ham Sausage, Buns I had made, and Bananas – Mr. Porter came with groceries, ice, gasoline and lumber for table and benches, about 4 o’clock, then the girls went with him for a load of straw for our beds – after everything was in order we had Supper, then a big Camp fire was built and we all sat about it, with song and merry jest, until Mid-night: even then no one wanted to go to bed.  About 3 o’clock A. M. my good Teddy, Edwin Jones, Don Fay, Keene Saxon and Henry Mason got in from Topeka.  But soon every one became quiet, and “Camp” went to sleep, after a strenuous day.

 

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Sun. 5  Bright, sunny, day – tho’ most too warm thro’ middle of day.  Every one up bright and early – and every one jolly and happy.  I cooked Bacon and eggs, fried Potatoes and made Cocoa for our first Breakfast and how everyone did eat.  At noon I mashed potatoes fried four chickens and gave them one of the Plum Puddings and our dinner was a real feast.  At 2:30 the whole Camp (19 of us) walked up to Paxico (1 ¼ miles) to Sunday School, but were too late for the Lesson; we all stayed for Church, and of the 43 present, 19 of them were our “Camp bunch”  Rev. Gibbons of Topeka, preached a long, drawn out, sermon.  After Supper my good husband, Don Fay, and Carl Swanson returned to Topeka.  The day has been fine and all are happy.

 

Mon. 6  “Labor Day.”  Carl Swanson, planned to come back to Camp last night at 2 o’clock (a.m.) and a bunch of the boys went to Depot but he did not come.  Some “prowler,” in the night, ran thro’ camp and stepped on Warren’s face, and kicked against Harry – gave the boys a fright – probably a tramp or fisherman, hunting something to eat, when he thought everyone asleep.  Had a light shower in the night and a heavy one this afternoon and is muddy tonight but are the jolliest ever, around a big camp fire; warm and having lots of fun.  I looked for Teddy at noon but didn’t come.  Suppose his mail was too heavy.

 

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Tues. 7  A most beautiful day – just grand – boys getting some nice fish: every one swam today but me: this afternoon, while the girls were changing clothes after swimming, they forgot to put down the flap of their tent, which was open toward the boys tent, and up, perhaps six inches, and some one discovered, Merle Allton, Fred Brackett, Keene Saxon and Edwin Jones, (who were in the boys tent lying down) looking over at the girls, dress.  (Perhaps as David peeped at Uriah’s wife)  Now the boys’ ”tent-flap” was up, but a few inches and the boys thoughtlessly looking over, saw perhaps as much as a few inches of ankle, but it blew up a storm; a terrific, hurricane: boys and girls did not speak, and girls were going to “pack” and go home.  A big black thunder cloud hung over a happy camp until after Supper and all had retired, without gathering about the usual evening Camp-fire; then I held a council with the girls, and then went over to the boys tent, and held one with them, and succeeded in bringing peace into camp, and soon everyone was dressed, a roaring Camp-fire built, all the boys and girls gathered about it and a “Treaty of Peace” held, no one retiring until 1 o’clock A. M.  A big load off my heart; but there is still another, for my dear, good Charlie Plath, a fine, clean, fellow, good to everybody, and worthy the best friendship of any girl in the universe, had been grouchily

 

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treated, ever since coming to camp, and much worse today, by Mona Wiede, to whom he has been attentive for a year: Smiles, pleasant words, playful coquetry for all the other boys in camp; frowns snappish grouchy words, and disdainful actions, for Charlie:  it hurt the poor fellow, terribly: he packed his “knap-sack” and went back to Topeka at 6 o’clock – every boy and girl in Camp, giving him fullest sympathy and centuring Mona, as she deserved.  But after he had gone, she became truly repentant, cried most heart-brokenly, wrote a letter and had Dorothy go to town with her to mail it, hoping he would come back.  I had urged him to come back, on the mid-night train (or rather 2 o’clock) and after the “Treaty of Peace Council,” and all had gone to their tents and were asleep, he came: I do not sleep in the tent, because I so love the open air, out under the trees and the stars, so sleep on a pallet of straw, rolled up in a big, bed comfort, and too, can the better “keep an eye” on all the camp and its doings.  Charlie came straight to my “pallet” and we lay talking things over for several hours: poor fellow, so fine so worthy, so hurt: all my heart goes to him, in sympathy: perhaps if he would be more indifferent to Mona, she would come to here senses.  A splendid girl, whom I like very much, but not half worthy of Charlie.

 

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Wed. 8  Another nice day, tho’ clouds appearing.  Everybody happy and having a jolly time, but Mona still inclined to be a little “short” toward Charlie.  My! but I’m sleepy today, as had but about an hour’s sleep all night.  My good Teddy comes tonight, to stay rest of week.  A heavy rain came up this evening, soon after Supper, and I hurried all the “Bunch” away to the depot, ahead of the rain, to meet Teddy, whose train comes at 2 o’clock a. m.  They all wanted to go, and I hurried them off early, to miss the walk thro’ the rain, and especially to give Mona and Charlie an opportunity to talk things over alone.  Well it rained awfully hard and Teddy’s train was late – 3 o’clock when they all got back to camp, and we “doubled” and let Charlie and Teddy sleep in one corner of our tent – the rain drove me inside.  Carl Swanson came in, on his Motor-cycle today, having been at home a couple of days.  Camp-life, is great.

 

Thurs. 9  Everybody up late this morning: two nights up, made everyone feel like sleeping – had a late Breakfast consequently, a late Dinner and no Supper.  Camp is muddy, the day very dark and sort of drizzly – a gloomy day, but every one happy and making the best of every thing – not a murmer.  O they are a dandy bunch.  Everyone but me, went swimming today – I was too busy, after getting up late.  I do all cooking: girls wash dishes, boys bring supplies.

 

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Fri. 10  A fine day, but too warm and sultry tho’ it dried out the Camp fine.  The Falls at the Dam are fine and most of us swam in there today.  Dorothy Reddick, Charlie Plath and small brother – “Walter, nic-named Dinky” – who came up, this morning – Keen Saxon, Ronald McCord, Edwin Jones, Carl Swanson and Harry Davis, all dived into the pool, from top of the dam.  I wanted too, but Teddy wouldn’t, so I didn’t but enjoyed my swim in the, writhing, foaming water, which was swift and deep.  We have all had a most happy day; but after the boys had built a rousing, big, Camp-fire and Supper about finished a hard wind and rain, put out the fire and drove us to our tents.  Teddy and I went to Mr. Strowig’s this morning, to pay our Milk and egg Bill, for the week - $5.81.  Because of the rain, we could not have the usual circle about the camp fire, so all came into our tent – my tent – for the evening.

 

Sat. 11  A fine day and the mud soon gone – everyone taking all the “last swims” they can.  Water deep, and rushing with loud roar, over the dam – dangerous, but a number of us swam in the old pool today – Charlie, “Dinky,” Keene and Ronald, went over the Falls, head-first no not Dinky, but he dived off.  We did not stay there long as it was too dangerous and

 

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we all went back to the “old swimin’ hole,” where all could swim and was safer.  We took down tents and “packed” at 4 o’clock, and Mr. Porter came and hauled our baggage to the Depot, where we all regretfully took the 6:47 train for home – such a happy week and no one wanted to come home; no one complained and everyone, made the best of every situation, and of course it all contributed to the other fellow’s happiness

 

Sun. 12  A fine day – We took car to S. S. and Church, so dead tired.  My “Camp” boys all in Class.  Had 16 fine young men in Class.  Mr. & Mrs. Moreland brought us home after church in their “Ford.”  After dinner today Clarence Plummer, Ronald McCord, Robt. Maxwell, Robt. Sympson Carl Swanson, Edwin Jones, Charlie Plath, Don Fay Fred Brackett, Warren Remington, Harry Davis, Ernest Shelden and Keene Saxon, Elsa Jordan, Gertrude Miler and Vera Crews and small brother, came out.  O I’m tired tonight, but “thank goodness,” we are getting to bed early.

 

Mon. 13  Sunny day, but wind almost a gale.  I had a very large washing, which took me until 1 o’clock to finish and the wind soon whipped dry: this afternoon found many things, to clean up, straighten up, and put away, then I ironed until Supper time, then finished my ironing, read a continued story (Hidden Spring) aloud to Fred and after many other duties I’m off to bed, 9:30 P. M. and I have earned my salt today.

 

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Tues. 14  Has rained most all day – too bad, for will spoil the fair.  I baked lovely bread, a nice Orange cake, killed two chickens to roast and O, was too busy all day, to get into mischief.  This evening Mona and Carrie Wiede and their cousin Mr. Chas. Davis and Dorotha Reddick came in for the evening – and I developed six rolls of Films taken at Camp - I like to be busy, but this is strenuous.

 

Wed. 15  Has rained all day, but our home was sunny with jolly fun of the six Camp girls, who came early this morning to help me print pictures and we all put in a hard day’s work, making several hundred pictures of Camp and enjoying them, hugely.  Early this morning Ruth Hare, came, then Mona & Carrie Wiede and Dorothy Reddick, then Harry Davis with Helen Lewis.  Pauline Sanders came this afternoon.  Warren was in, several times during the day.  I put my two chickens and some Spaghetti in the Fireless Cooker, made a Potato Salad, and a custard and got together a dandy Lunch for the girls with scarcely a moments work, today, except putting on the table.  Nearly 7 o’clock when the last girl, got away this evening and we had just finished Supper, when Charlie Plath and Don Fay, came in to spend the evening – Uh, Oh. Uh! Oh! Uh! Oh! as everyone, said in Camp.

 

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Thurs. 16  Sultry, with occasional sunshine and I put in a busy day, at many things.  Mrs. Remington, and Harry Davis, in awhile this afternoon – Harry to bring, some Camp Films.  Mr. & Mrs. George Bauer, brought Fred home from work, this evening, in their auto, and stopped in awhile.

 

Fri. 17  Dark and cloudy – I printed pictures all day, of Camp scenes – the mornings work was fine but afternoon was poor, due to poor grade of paper.  Edwin Jones was out awhile to see pictures.  My two Bobs came in awhile this evening.

 

Sat. 18  A most beautiful day.  I went to town this afternoon to shop.  Bought a new suit of “Nigger-brown Gaberdine: paid $25.00 at Mills Stores.  Also bought new hat of Nigger brown, velvet, at Crosby’s.  Charlie Plath and Mona Wiede came out and spent the evening with us: fine kids.

 

Sun. 19  A nice day.  Fred and I walked to S. S. and Church I had 15 boys in Class this morning – one a visitor from Williard and two, visitors from Humbolt, Ks.  This afternoon, Robt. Sympson, Edwin Jones, Ronald McCord, Fred Brackett and Ernest Shelden came out.  Everybody tired and sleepy from, too much Fair – Teddy and I didn’t attend this year.  28 years today I came to Topeka What memories, what memories.

 

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Mon. 20  A heavy thunder-storm, at “getting-up time” this morning, then the day became very fine: much cooler.  I got my washing out early, then churned, then went to ironing – I have a new Electric-iron – and was just finishing when my good Teddy, came to Dinner at 1 o’clock.  I have been exceedingly busy all day, as tomorrow my Teddy and I start for Colo. (Springfield) to visit my father.  19 years since have been in his home, but for 16 years, we have helped my sister and family – fed, clothed, schooled paid doctor bills and gave them trips to Colorado, made every sacrifice for them, only to have them treat us with utmost contempt, until at last we are tired of it and will spend a few of our hard earned dollars, upon ourselves.

 

Tues. 21  A most beautiful day with a slight chill in the wind.  We were up early and busy as bees, getting ready for our trip –hurrying fast as I could, we only had time for a hurried lunch at noon and rush to Depot to take the 1:20 P. M. Santa Fe for Colo. didn’t even have time to wash the dishes – our train was in, before we could buy our tickets, but we got a splendid place in centre of the chair-car, fine and clean, put on at Topeka and were the first occupants, tho

 

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it soon had others, but not more than a third full.  Our first stop was Osage City – the sunshine and air were delighful – the country bright and fresh and bountiful with crops and it was a delight to be going some where.  Mr. John Van Vechten, was across the aisle from us, going down to the Hutchinson Fair and another former neighbor, Santa Fe Engineer John Ramsey sat across the aisle on his return home to Newton.  We made very few stops between Topeka and Hutchinson and “sunset” reached us there, or we reached it, and soon after leaving Hutchinson, the luminous light of a big full moon, swinging in a cloudless sky, upon the waters of the Arkansaw, made a most, beautiful picture – we ate our Supper and then curled up to sleep.

 

Wed. 22  Arrived in Lamar, Colo. a little after 2 o’clock and Fred set his watch back an hour, as Time changed at Dodge City – Mr. Tom Oxenrieder met us at Depot being sent up by Pa – we went to Davies Hotel and went to bed and up again at 6 o’clock – slept and rested well; Mr. Oxenrieder had a passenger for Springfield, who wanted to go down early, so we left without our Breakfast, on a 50 mile Automobile ride for Springfield – the country has changed little in my 19 years absence, but a number of settlers are starting the building of homes – just small “shacks,” that would hardly do for “hen-houses” in

 

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our country.  And the prairie-dogs are just as numerous they have deserted none of their Villages, and the saucy, little, fellows, barked at us all along the way – and Mr. Oxenrieder jolted us over some of their homes, that were dug in the road.  My! Mr. Oxenrieder is a terrible driver – one minute, we were sure we were going over the wind-shield and the next, pitched over the back; and thrown from side to side; kept one constantly swallowing his “innards” - we stopped for nothing, slowed up for nothing, nor “turned out” for “nothing”: and this ordeal, from 7:30 (no breakfast) to 10 oclock a. m. when we arrived at Pa’s: and found him, just ready to hitch six horses to a prettily, decorated Float, filled with children, grain and vegetables, and labelled “dry farming,” which he was going to drive in a parade at their “County Fair” which started this morning.  Mrs. Gant and daughter Iola, came from Blaine, Colo. 25 miles away, to stay at Pa’s for the Fair (drove horse and buggy)  This afternoon we all went to the Fair, and there were as fine fruits and vegetables as could be found in any state, but of course on a small scale for they have hardly learned to farm yet in this dry country, fifty miles from a Railroad.  Very little Stock at Fair – Some good races by Cow Boys and Broncho Busting – and Motor cycle races – and best of all Re-lay races.  Everybody tired tonight and to bed early.

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Thurs. 23  Mrs. Gant, Pa and I went to the Fair Grounds this morning – Mrs. Gant, to enter some fine cluster Tomatoes and I, to take some pictures of a gang of Cow Boys.  After leaving the grounds I went up to Vella Speckmann’s (my cousin by blood, also adopted sister) came back to Pa’s for dinner, we went to the Fair Grounds and ate with the Cow Boys, they having invited me this morning, the Tanner, Petticrew Bunch – Mrs. Gant went to eat with her sister who was camped on the grounds.  We enjoyed the Fair immensely, every bit of it – its just, unsettled West, with the “scarcity” of everything, but hospitality and cordiality – no Railroads, no nothing, that would make life easy or a bit “convenient,” but every one is happy, and seemingly contented and do not miss the convenient things so necessary to the happiness of we in more settled places; it is assuredly fine, but I would not want this kind of fineness, for 365 days in a year – O, no, not me.  More Re-lay races this afternoon, fine! And a ten mile, Motorcycle race (said they run 90 miles per hour) between a Thor, Harley-Davidson and an Indian.  Indian Wheel, won race, and the rider had a broken leg.  And there was most splendid Broncho Busting.  Young Mr. Elmer Ray of Baker, Colo. a handsome young Cow Boy rode an “Outlaw” that the owner said had never been ridden and never could be, but Mr. Ray sure rode the Broncho, and without a Bridle or stirrups.

 

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Springfield, Colo.

 

Fri. 24  Wind blowing a gale today – Mrs. Gant and daughter went home today.  My sister May, came down from Denver, this morning.  Pa had sent for her, and surprised us all.  She and Pa and Ma, went to the Fair this afternoon – Fred and I stayed home, he to take a nap and I to write cards to my Boys back in Topeka.  This evening we all went to Vella’s for Supper.  Pa took ever so many first prizes at the Fair on fruit, vegetables and grain and Ma, on her jellies.  One of Pa’s first prize’s was for the largest head of cabbage, which weighed 22 pounds.

 

Sat. 25  A cloudy, drizzly, sprinkly, day.  After dinner, Pa hitched up to the buggy and took May, Fred and I over to his farm, to look about and see his Stock – sure has some pretty calves.

 

Sun. 26  A fine day.  We all went to Sunday School and “preaching” at the School-house this morning and I played the Organ for both services as was no one else, who could.  Rev. Spell, preached – he is the new minister, just assigned to this place Methodist and may “make good,” but his “first appearance” was far from promising.  We all went to Vella’s for dinner and as they have 7 children, house was about full.  Ate watermelon’s all afternoon.  Got quite cool toward evening.  Came back to Pa’s and all went to church this evening again, I

 

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played the Organ, as I did this morning.  I miss my blessed boys, very much; this is the first Sunday in seven years, that I have been away from them, but I know they were in Sunday School today – they promised me they would go and were to teach their own Class, and I know they did it, for I can always depend on their promise to me: a splendid “Bunch.”

 

Mon. 27  An ideal day, tho’ quite, cold, wind, this morning.  Pa, May, Vella, Fred and I, went to the “Cedars” this morning.  Pa hired Dills Oxenrieder, to take us up in his Automobile and we were off, at 7 o’clock (he charged $12.00) reached the Cedars at 10 o’clock, fifty miles away, thro’ beautiful “Plains,” most of way.  O! O! words, can never describe, this indiscribably, beautiful, great, black forest of Pine, Cedar, and rugged canons: a dreamy fascinating, world, all to itself; almost impossible to get into.  We ate dinner in a beautiful place near some most wonderful, rock formations, about three miles from “20 mile Spring,” (Side-hill Spring they call it now) where many years ago, I camped and we killed, Wild Turkey; and Bear came into our Camp.)  After dinner we went to “Hooker’s Spring,” we make 9 turns to get down to it – water excellent and ice cold.  We got home just at dark and wishing, could have stayed a month.  A romantic, dreamy place.

 

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Springfield,
Baca, Ca., Colo.

 

Tues. 28  More windy, today.  Everybody busy.  Pa getting ready to “Thrash” tomorrow: pulled machine into the field, this evening.  We are enjoying the novelty of our visit immensely – the place is so quiet one can sure rest their nerves: and how black everyone is – the men all look, like Mexicans the sun and wind makes most folks look like dried and baked “mummies,” healthy color.  Not many people here, who were here, when I lived for six to nine months here, with an invalid husband some 23 years ago.  Gordons, Allens, Smarts, Denny’s Homsher’s or their decendants are about all that are still here and the town has grown a wee bit.

 

Wed. 29  May left this morning, for Denver, about 6 o’clock Pa commenced Threshing – Oats, cane and Maize Fred helped this afternoon and tho’ almost fifty years old, never saw threshing done before.  I went to call on Mrs. Homsher, this afternoon:  She was a good neighbor, the few months I lived here, many years ago.  She is an invalid now and has gone insane.  She recognized me, but that was all – she told me, how “People whipped and beat her, destroyed her property, were brutal to her” – really she is dangerously insane, poor woman: from there, I went to visit Vella then home to help Ma, for it takes lots of “eats” for Threshers.  Cool.

 

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The journey home.

 

Thurs. 30  Dark, gloomy – a fine mist falling, when we bid the folks and old Springfield, goodbye at 8 o’clock this morning and climbed into an Automobile to start for Lamar, to take train home.  Pa said it would be mighty lonesome, when we were gone – I wish we could have stayed longer – of course he would like to have us stay always – but each must have their home, where its best for them.  Mr. Tom Oxenrieder took us to Lamar and he sure is one “rough-rider” – the trip was terrible, once or twice, I almost gave up and cried – the road was heavy and the car skidded, dreadfully then the engine “back-fired” and “went dead” about every three miles – rained a little and in his hurry, he stopped neither for “hills or hollers,” ruts or rocks, prairie-dog holes, or anything else – many times my head hit the top of car a terrible whack! And was thrown from side to side until I was actually sick.  We paid him $7.00 to take us down and he charged us six dollars to bring us back and really he ought to have paid us, for the privelege of “beating us up,” and seeing how much his old car could stand.  We got to the Davies Hotel at five minutes of 12 o’clock ate our dinner, and rested until 4 o’clock when went to Depot and took 4:45 Santa Fe for home.  Just before starting to Depot, saw a pretty flight over Lamar and a Loop the Loop, by some one in Flying machine – didn’t

 

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learn the name, but he flew as fine as Longren or Phil Billiard at home.  Sun has shone, all afternoon, and weather fine as we took our train, which was crowded.  At Dodge City, put on another coach and we went into that and found little more comfort, but we got no chairs, until we got to Hutchinson, no Newton and that coach was taken off and many people got off too and we curled up and went to sleep.

 

Fri. 1  We arrived home, at 6 o’clock this morning and took a Jitney out home, both feeling pretty well rested, in spite of our strenuous trip.  We got breakfast, then went right to ripping up carpets, and cleaning house.  Jennie Remington, came over for an hour or so this evening.  We went to bed at 9 o’clock – sleepy.

 

Sat. 2  Another very busy day: Fred cleaned the cellar and did many necessary things in the yard.  Harry Davis and Warren Remington came in awhile this evening.  A fine day.

 

Sun. 3  A fine day but cooler – we took car to Sunday School and Church and I came home on car after church while Fred went with Mr. Drake (after Lunch at Church) to visit Church members for pledges.  Ronald McCord, Robt. Sympson, Chas. Plath, Don Fay, Carl Swanson, Mona & Carrie Wiede and Dorothy Reddick came out this afternoon.  Vera Cruz and Helen Howe also.

 

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Mon. 4  Most awfully windy day, but I washed and ironed and was very busy all day.  Fred went to work this morning, his vacation over, for a year.

 

Tues. 5  A pretty day, tho’ cool – light frost this morning our first of Season.  I went to town shopping, this morning, came home at noon and got Fred’s dinner then went back and “shopped” all afternoon – bought new Brussels carpet for Parlor and sitting room and a new Majestic Range $58.00 carpet $34.00 both needed, badly.  My “two Bobs” came in awhile this evening.

 

Wed. 6  Frost again this morning and very cool.  Went to Mrs. Jack Curry’s, Highland Park, this afternoon to Ladies Aux. to Letter Carriers.  27 present and a good time.

 

Thurs. 7  Canned 15 quarts tomatoes today, and otherwise kept busy, a plenty – an ideal day.

 

Fri. 8  Another beautiful day: awfully busy – got six dozen mango’s ready to stuff today and made  Quince preserves.

 

Sat. 9  A grand day and too busy to enjoy it.  Froze ice last night – quite thick ice this morning.  I dug horse radish and prepared all my vegetables and stuffed 6 doz. Mangos, beside my other Saturday baking and work, and I’m sure I’m ready to go to bed early, tonight.

 

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Sun. 10  A pretty day but very windy.  We walked to church and Sunday School, after which Mr. F. M. Drake, took in the Kings and us and brought us home, in his Automobile.  After dinner, my “two Bobs” (Sympson and Maxwell) Don Fay Merle Allton, Edwin Jones, Ernest Shelden, Mona and Carrie Wiede and Dorothy Reddick came out.  Rev. M. B. Madden of Osaka, Japan, preached a fine sermon, for us this morning – it seems good to have him here, even for a brief visit.  I saw him ordained as a Minister 20 yrs. ago.

 

Mon. 11  A pretty day after a very windy night.  I had quite a large washing which soon dried and with my Electric iron, I soon had my ironing done then I went to painting boards, we are going to use for a “side-walk” around the house.

 

Tues. 12  Rained and drizzled all day – dark gloomy and I have not done much – cleaned up my Range and neighbor Bettis, took it to use awhile: we bought a new one, but has not come yet.

 

Wed. 13  Today is fine again – bright and Sunny, and I was busy all day too, so could not get out in the sunshine – trying to clean house these fine days.  My new stove, Majestic Range came today.

 

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Thurs. 14  Fine.  Autumn weather, glorious day.  Busy all morning – went to a meeting of the Good Government Club at “Y. W.” this afternoon.  Big crowd – good talks – W. J. V. Deacon (or anyway a Deacon, with some such initials) made a good one, on necessity of “Birth Registration,” Dr. Longshore on Child Hygiene, Mrs. Lee Monroe, on “Property Rights of Women,” and she also scored, ex-Pres. Taft, for his talk against “Woman Sufferage” in “Sept. 11, Sat. Evening Post.  Plumber attached my new stove today to water pipes.

 

Fri. 15  Bright, warm, sunny.  Baked lovely bread today, in my new Majestic Range.  This afternoon I went over to call on Mrs. C. Radcliffe, Elmwood Ave; took her some “Schmear-case” and a little, fat, pullet, dressed ready for the oven: they have such a lovely new home.  From Mrs. Radcliffe’s I went around on Park Ave 1711 to call on Mrs. Ray Spencer, in their lovely new home – this little couple, was married at our house 7 yrs. ago.

 

Sat. 16  Went to town, Shopping this afternoon after a busy mornings, work for Sat. & Sun. too.

 

Sun. 17  A beautiful day – we walked to Sunday School and Church.  Mr. John Lonberg and family, brought us home after church in their fine new Auto.  This afternoon, Robt. Sympson Harry Davis, Merle Allton, Dale Rogers, Edwin Jones, Fred Brackett Ronald McCord, Don Fay and Ernest Shelden, came out.

 

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Mon. 18.  A most beautiful day.  Washed and ironed and washed my hair today – just about all the work I could crowd into one day.  Don Fay and Robt. Sympson, came out this evening.

 

Tues. 19  Grand day – so sunny and fine.  I peeled a Bushel and a half of Apples and boiled down cider, and started my Apple Butter, today and so this day was crammed full of work. And painted all the new sidewalk.

 

Wed. 20  Another, dreamy Autumn, day.  Busy baking all morning, and this afternoon went to a “Thimble Party” at Mrs. Idola Moore-Runyen’s 1215 Garfield.  And during the conversation of afternoon Mrs. Runyen told this bit of complimentary incident, about me.  She was at the Lowman Methodist Sunday School, last Sunday and it was “Promotion Day” and a Class of boys were “Promoted,” but being a graded school, their Teacher was not promoted with them, to which arangement, they objected and finally announced they “would not stand for it, but would leave the Sunday School, go to the First Christian Church and join Mrs. Farnsworth’s Class.”  Mrs. Runyen thought I must have quite a reputation as a “boys Teacher.”  I do not know any of those boys and I’m sure the Methodist would “give in” to the boys before letting them go to Christian Church.

 

Frank Carey came for supper and staid all night with us.

 

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Thurs. 21  A beautiful day, but quite cool this morning Frank Carey, a boyhood friend of Fred’s, who now lives in San Barnardino, Calif., and who spent the night with us, went to town with Fred this morning and leaves for Calif. at noon.  I went to town this morning to “shop” a little, and to deposit, ten dollars, with the City Treasurer, for permission to make Sewer connection with the new Melrose Sewer.  A busy afternoon at home.

 

Fri. 22  Another, splendid day.  Finished my Apple Butter.  We went to a “Tacky Party” this evening at Mr. & Mrs. Supple’s, 415 W. 16th St., given by the wives of the Letter Carriers.  I think Tacky Parties are the silliest things on earth, but we had a jolly, time.  Such a beautiful night, cloudless and starry and a big silvery, moon nearing the Full.  We walked over and enjoyed all the glories of an ideal Autumn evening: took car home.

 

Sat. 23  Another, real, “sunny Kansas” day: did my usual “Saturday and Sunday” cooking this forenoon.  Carrie Wiede and Dorothy Reddick came out this afternoon.  My good Teddy and I, went to the Grand Opera House, this evening, to see the supposedly, All-Star Cast of the Boston English Opera Co., in “The Bohemian Girl.”  Well some mighty good people were fooled, beside ourselves – Awful; but really they almost redeemed themselves in the last act.  Good.

 

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Sun. 24  A beautiful day except for the wind.  We took car to and from Sunday School and Church: our dinner scarcely over, before a bunch of my boys came out and later some girls.  Some of the boys found a tiny snake, about three inches long, with which, they made lively times for the girls.  Don Coleman, Walter Polley, Harry Davis, Warren Remington, Ronald McCord Edwin Jones, Don Fay, Charlie Plath, Keene Saxon Robert Maxwell, Robt. Sympson and their friend Johnny Southerin, Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick and Mona Wiede.  A lively Bunch.

 

Mon. 25  Another typical, “Sunny Kansas” day.  Feeling sort of bum and am getting ready for a Party for “my boys” so did not “wash” today.  Made plans for a good time.

 

Tues. 26  A most splendid day of warm sunshine.  I lay in bed most of day, but planned my Halloween Party.

 

Wed 27  Beautiful, warm, sunny day.  I made Cartoons all day, to use at my Party and got my decorations ready.

 

Thurs. 28  An ideal, Autumn day.  Working all day, at my Cartoons.  Mona Wiede came over awhile this evening.  Teddy helped me put up my decorations and get ready for tomorrow-nights’ Party, awfully busy.

 

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Fri. 29  A splendid, Autumn day and the night as beautiful.  So many interruptions all day, of door-bell and telephone and I tried so hard to finish my Cartoons to use, tonight but everything went dead wrong; I never have had so many useless calls of telephone and door, until I was nearly distracted, so gave up my “Cartoons” at 4 o’clock P. M.  But the house was pretty – really looked fine, with Corn-fodder in every corner and in the double doors, between rooms: strings of big, yellow ears of corn hung from tops of windows, door-ways and chandeliers, big red ears of corn hung under chandeliers and in doorways; big yellow pumpkins on the hearth, and big yellow, paper pumpkins Jack o’lanterns, on the mantle, piano, window-shelf and china cup-board. long festoons of black & yellow paper, black-cats, witches owls and bats: all the carpets were up too, as I tried to have the house look like a “decorated barn.”  I wore a yellow crepe paper dress with big owls on it.  We had a jolly time but I was sick enough to be in bed, tho’ no one knew.  I served cider, doughnuts and Pine-apple, ice-cream.  Walter Polly brought Marjory Anderson, Keene Saxon, Dorothy Reddick Charlie Plath, Mona Wiede, Edwin Jones

Carrie Wiede, Merle Allton Alice Rice, Ronald McCord Sarah Dwire, Fred Brackett Nannie Osborne, Lyman King Helen Rutledge, Ernest Shelden Helen Williams Robt. Sympson Dorothy Leeper, Robt. Maxwell Helen Leeper Warren Remington Ruth Hare, Harry Davis Helen Lewis and Don Fay and Clarence Plummer came without girls.  A fine bunch of young folks.

 

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Sat. 30  As grand weather as heart could wish.  Busy all day cleaning after last night’s Party.  Charlie Plath and Edwin Jones and brother came out this afternoon.  I’m most too tired to move tonight.

 

Sun. 31  As splendid a day as all the others have been.  We took car to and from Sunday School and Church this morning.  I only had a dozen boys in Class – too many nights celebrating Halloween.  Fred went to Auditorium this afternoon to the Laymans Missionary meeting.  Rev. Geo. H. Brewer Baptist Missionary from City of Mexico, Mexico, spoke at our church this morning; told us much of the War and its causes, in Mexico.  This afternoon Robt. Sympson, Don Fay, Nannie Osborn Fred Brackett, Edwin Jones, and Ronald McCord came out for the usual Sunday afternoon call.

 

November

 

Mon. 1  A bright, warm sunshiny day.  I washed a very large washing, nearly 1 o’clock when all thro’.  I did all my ironing this afternoon.  Mr. J. Henderson here most of the day, “pottering” around fixing doors and windows.  Mail so heavy today, my good Teddy did not get home to dinner and we both are so tired tonight we are off to bed at 8 o’clock.

 

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Tues. 2  “A perfect day.”  Busy with “odds and ends today.  Mr. Gustafson’s men here digging to connect us with the new sewer.  We went to the Grand, tonight, to see “The Bird of Paradise”’ enjoyed it immensely.

 

Wed. 3  Windy and very warm.  Gustafson’s men (three) are still digging – my! how Plumbers can draw out a job and make a big one out of a very small one.

 

Thurs. 4  Very windy and very warm, otherwise a fine day.  And the three “Plumbers” are still on the “dinky” little job of Sewer connection, tho’ they finished this evening.  Crosby’s sent my carpet out today and laid it for me and it is a botched affair, made in two carpets, and different in shading too and I’m sure it is not a good carpet and I out not receive it from them.  I’ve worked very hard all day and am tired tonight – so hot.

 

Fri. 5  Beautiful day.  Printed pictures this morning and went to town Shopping this afternoon.  Mona and  Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Elma Stewart, Don Fay and Charlie Plath came out this evening.  A jolly bunch of youngsters, that we are always glad to see come, even when a fellows tired.

 

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Sat. 6  A beautiful day, but I worked so hard all day, I hadn’t time to even peep out at the sunshine.  I swept and cleaned the whole house and mopped floors upstairs and down.  But I’ll get my “house-cleaning” done some time.  Fred bruised his heel and blistered it, this afternoon carrying a heavy mail.

 

Sun. 7  A beautiful day again, but I was so tired we took a car to, and from Sunday School and church.  I only had 12 boys in Class and they behaved badly all during Class.  This afternoon Mona and Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Fred Brackett and Nannie Osborn, Edwin Jones, Ronald McCord, Carl Swanson Ernest Shelden, Don Fay, Charlie Plath and Don Coleman, came out.  And it is Don C’s last Sunday, as he leaves Thursday to make his home in Washington D. C.  He is a fine young fellow and I hate very much to lose him from the Class.  I took pictures, a few, of a few, this afternoon.

 

Mon. 8  A grand day and I washed, ironed, churned and did many other things today – yes, busy.

 

Tues. 9  Cooler, but fine day and I worked almost 18 hours and scarcely took time for a bite of food.  Painted my China cupboard and gave kitchen two coats of paint.

 

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Wed. 10  I worked most awfully hard all day at my house-cleaning and the house begins to look nice.  I took time to tint some pictures for Don Coleman, who leaves tomorrow for his new home in Washington D. C.  A hard wind, rain, thunder and lightening came up about 5:30 this evening.  My poor Teddy has blistered his heel and is quite lame.

Thurs. 11  A grand day, but much colder,  Berenice Radcliffe phoned me this morning that she has a baby brother, born at 10 o’clock last night: my friend “Jonesie’s” first grand-son.  I sent the new boy a dozen Carnations at noon, as a token of my love and welcome, and happiness over his arrival.  We went this evening to the Grand Opera House to see Lyman Howe’s moving pictures – a mighty poor crowd out, to see mighty good pictures.  I worked so hard all day cleaning house; spent several hours blacking the Heating stove.  But I enjoyed the pictures.

 

Fri. 12  A most splendid day, tho’ cold.  Working hard all day cleaning.  My good husband at home, nursing a sore heel; poor fellow it is very sore and he is so patient.  Mr. Henderson came up this morning and made me a Magazine-case, after dinner I tore it to pieces and made it over and like it better – put in two more shelves too.

 

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Sat. 13  Another splendid day and just as full of hard work, tho’ took time to make a few pictures.  Stained and varnished my new Magazine-book-case, a dark oak – looks good.  Charlie Plath came out this afternoon.  My poor Teddy at home today, again and his heel worse.  Sleeted some this evening.

 

Sun. 14  Sunny, but very cold and a brisk North wind.  I took a car to and from Sunday School alone.  My good husband suffering with his heel and I did not stay for church; came home immediately after S. S. and brought him a bottle of Liniment (Sloans) to use on his foot.  This afternoon, Fred Brackett Ronald McCord, Harry Davis, Arthur Dennis, Don Fay, Charlie Plath, Clarence Plummer Robt. Sympson and Robt. Maxwell came out:  A jolly bunch. 

 

Mon. 15  Still the sun shines, but its cold today.  Fred still has to be at home, with his sore foot.  I washed and kept more than busy.

 

Tues. 16  A fine day and I let my ironing go, to get my house in order, and I got lots of work done: my “house-cleaning” almost finished, thank goodness.  My good Teddy went to see Dr. Menninger this afternoon, about his heel and finds he has Erysipelas and badly – caused by bruise from hard walking with heavy load of mail.

 

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Wed. 17  Cloudy, cold wind – looking every moment like rain.  I painted the well-curb, the front and back steps, and gave Fred medicine every hour painted his nose every hour, kept hot irons to his feet and woolens wrung out of hot-water, on his foot every hour and O, I did so many, many things.  Dr. Menninger came in to see Fred, and thinks he improves, tho’ his fever was close to a hundred.  99 ½  The Carriers sent Fred a pretty, potted yellow Chrysanthemum this evening.

 

Thurs. 18  Very cold, and strong North wind – every moment looked like snow, tho the sun managed to struggle thro’ the clouds, several times.  Mona & Carrie Wiede came over this afternoon and Clarence Plummer stopped in, too.  Warren Remington came in this evening.  I hardly have time to breathe – Milk and feed, carry coal and water, give medicine every hour, (am giving three kinds) hot irons and hot woolens for Fred, three meals, to prepare and O a thousand things, but with all my heart I thank God for strength to do it; And poor Fred is so patient

 

Fri. 19  A terrific, N. W. wind, but the sun shines brightly and isn’t freezing.  Churned and ironed and did many things, and gave Fred’s medicine every hour – Dr. Menninger “lanced” his foot this morning – does not look as if he could walk this Winter.  Rev. O. L. and Mrs. Cook called.  Mrs. A. E. Jones called too.

 

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Sat. 20  I’m so thankful for the beautiful weather dry and warm and all sunshiny; it is so much easier for me, to do my out-door work, for I must feed and water the cow and chickens, and clean the barn, carry coal and do the milking.  And little old Paxy cow, drinks from 9 to 12 big buckets of water per day, so I have some carrying to do.  I must “dress” Fred’s foot every three hours, too, now since Dr. opened it, and give medicine every hour, and paint his nose every hour, but God gives me strength for all my needs.  Fred is so kindly and patient in his suffering.

 

Sun. 21  Beautifully bright and sunny, but cold wind.  I took car to Sunday School and taught my Class, leaving Teddy to take his medicine alone, for the one hour.  One of my boys, Keene Saxon, brought me home after S. S. in his Auto.  This afternoon, Mr. & Mrs. E. Priddy, called to see Fred and some of my boys as usual.  Charlie Plath Clarence Plummer, Don Fay, Keene Saxon, Fred Brackett who brought Nan Osborn, Ronald McCord, who brought Sarah Dwire, Robt. Maxwell, Robt. Sympson, Warren Remington, Ernest Shelden and Edwin Jones.  And my boys brought Fred a doz. Lovely Carnations.  My good Fred improves but will be good while before he can get out doors.  Ed. Jones brought Fred a crutch this afternoon.

 

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Mon. 22  A most beautiful day – so warm and sunny – I got my washing out on line in good season, beside doing all my other work.  And I have to rush so fast all the time.  Dr. Menninger came out this morning and thinks Fred is doing fine – said if I had not been a good nurse, he would have had to have taken Fred to the Hospital.

 

Tues. 23  Another fine day and most awfully busy of course, with all my work and poor sick Teddy: but I also “count my many blessings.”  God has blessed us richly.

 

Wed. 24  Awfully windy, but verry sunny.  Mona Wiede came out this afternoon.  I used the last of Fred’s medicine this evening and when I phoned the Doctor for more, he said I need not give any more – thinks my good Teddy is so improved wont need any more.

 

Thurs. 25  Cold and cloudy – “Thanksgiving Day” and we are thankful for our many blessings.  Warren Remington brought Fred some Oysters and they were all either of us ate all day.  Doctor came at noon and said I need dress his foot but twice a day now.

 

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Fri. 26  The weather continues fine.  Edwin Jones and Warren Remington were in today and played “Checkers” with my good Teddy, to help him pass the time, tho’ he seems content to sit and read: he is a dear, patient fellow.  We received a letter today from Freda begging us for money, just a little – said they were “down and out” – Darrell could not get work: all they had for “Thanksgiving” was Beans and Bread and no butter for their bread – have no clothes and no money for rent.  Surely hard luck and I think, she is begining to realize how much we have always done for her, and how unworthy she was.

 

Sat. 27  A most beautiful day and my good Teddy getting along fine.  Edwin and Warren here again today to play “Checkers” with Teddy.  We had Edwin take $20.00 to the P. O. and send a Money Order to Freda – she is at point of starvation and tho’ Teddy is sick and don’t know when he can work and we have always helped them ‘til we have nothing laid bye, we are not starving, for we have the cow and chickens and a cellar full of fruit and vegetables, and we have Insurance and sick allowance Policy of $10.00 per week – we are richly blessed even in this, our trial.

 

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Sun. 28  Very cold, and strong wind from N. W. this morning and blew up clouds, that send down a shower of very small snow flakes for fully five minutes, this morning, then the sunshine came and drove the clouds away and the day was fine.  I left Teddy and went to Sunday School and taught my Class, then hurried home again – he is doing so fine, I hope he can go with me next Sunday.  This afternoon, Mr. John Runyen and Winfield came in to see Teddy and also a bunch of my boys and girls as usual.  Ronald McCord, Ernest Shelden, Don Fay, Charlie Plath Edwin Jones, Clarence Plummer, Merle Allton, Harry Davis Warren Remington, Dorothy Reddick, Mona Wiede, Hazel Neer Carrie Wiede, Ellen Swanson and Flo Herren.  This evening Warren brought Ruth and Almeda Hare to spend the evening.  Warren and Ruth were having a quarrel and both were stubborn, but of course, I will have to take the part of “my boy.”

 

Mon. 29  A fine day – got my washing on line early – took usual care of my good Teddy, who gets on fine tho’ today, has complained of soreness in the large varicose vein of right leg.  I had a fine rest this afternoon.

 

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very near today.  Fred was feeling very splendid, when we began to prepare for bed and as he hopped over to the couch to have me, dress his foot, the last time for the night; but as he lay down on the couch I heard him breathe heavily and asked what was matter – he replied that he could not breathe good; it all passed in a moment and we came upstairs, he going in bathroom and I getting into bed: he called me in a moment and I ran to him, and found him apparently dying and half unconscious – I held him against me for a moment sitting on edge of bath-tub and rubbed him and he revived so that by half carrying him, I got him into bed  He insisted he was alright and I should not call doctor – said he just could not breathe, well.  But I made him comfortable as possible than ran down-stairs and phoned Dr. Menninger, who being out to Christ Hospital, had not far to come and was here in about ten minutes: after a hurried examination he told me, what I already knew, that poor Teddy was seriously ill and told me to phone for Dr. Owen, to come at once.  I had trouble in “getting” Dr. Owen, but finally succeeded, then ran to help Doctor, give Teddy, five “Hyperdermics” in the veins, one after the other as fast as he  could prepare them; by that time Dr. Owen came and the two Doctors began a “Tug o’war” with death, which lasted until mid-night, when Fred became

 

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easier and Dr. Owen went home.  Fred was taken suddenly ill, at 10 o’clock P. M. – I also phoned for my good friend Mrs. A. E. Jones, who came, soon after the doctors, and remained thro’ the night with me.  Dr. Menninger staid with us until 1 o’clock A. M.  We heated irons and put about Teddy and wrapped him close and warm – Doctor says he is almost certain to have a “chill.”  This is what happened: enough poison from Erysipelas, got into the large varicose vein of Fred’s right leg, to loosen a “blood-clot” which flowed up, into his heart – this is what so nearly took his life, when I found him half conscious in Bath-room.  The heart pumped this clot into his lung (right one) where vein is not large enough for it too pass thro’, Doctor says it is like tying a string around his lung: and had it been pumped to brain instead of lung, he would have lived but short time, or had he lived would have been paralyzed.  Dr. Menninger and Dr. Owen both returned soon after daylight this morning and Dr. M. came again this evening.  We warded off the chill and are giving medicine every hour: keep his leg wrapped in hot woolens and have cotton jacket on him – rub him every three hours, (his chest) and renew hot wrappings every 3 hours.  Had Mr. Carney and Thompson put heating stove, upstairs for Teddy must be kept very warm.  Mrs. Jones will go home tonight and Mrs. Wilcox come up.  Any way some one, will stay in house with me, so I wont be alone.  I pray God to spare my kind husband.

 

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Wed. 1  I am thankful that God still spares to me the life of my good husband – I give medicine every hour of the day and night; and clean the barn, milk the cow, feed and water her, take care of the chickens, carry coal, for upstairs and down and pump the water for the house – answer the phone occasionally for I can’t do it all the time, so many are “calling up” to know how Fred is; and door-bell too, seems always to be ringing – I had to take it off.  And many are sending in beautiful flowers – every one is very kind, and I must just run from one thing to another, until I’m almost dizzy, trying to do everything, between medicines, Mrs. Idola Moore-Runyen, staid with me tonight.

 

Thurs. 2  Another day of care and anxiety and constant work over Teddy, who does not improve at all.  Mrs. A. E. Jones, stays with me tonight, just that I may not be in house alone – I let no, one take care of my beloved Teddy, they might neglect him.

 

Fri. 3  Just the same kind of day as the others.  Full to the brim, of care and anxiety – of ringing phone and ringing door bell, care of the fires, out door and in door work.  Doctor came twice, as he does every day: can’t lower Fred’s temperature.  Mrs. Wilcox stays with me tonight.  I have my friends go to bed and I stay up alone.

 

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Sat. 4  A day overflowing with the cares of the sick room: Fred seems no worse but is no better and a very sick man.  I am kept on jump all the time – Some neighbors are good to help, others don’t even enquire.  Doctor came twice, as usual.  My most loyal friend, Mrs. A. E. Jones stays with me again tonight – she is worth her weight in gold.

 

Sun. 5  A beautiful day outside but serious sickness of my beloved husband, darkens the home.  Many have called today among them, most of my Class of boys, who brought a most exquisite bunch of pink and cream roses.  Edwin Jones and Don Fay, after dinner and Ronald McCord, Ernest Shelden and Clarence Plummer this evening, were the only ones, I let see Teddy.  Dr. Menninger came but once today, as Fred was a little better.  I missed Sunday School today for first time in eight years.  I stay alone tonight, that I may have it quiet for Fred – that not an unfamiliar sound of voice or step, may disturb him – I almost lost my nerve tho’, when darkness began to settle down.

 

Mon. 6  I got thro’ last night very well, tho’ Fred had quite a severe spell of pain at 1:30, all day today these pains kept coming and growing in severity – and this evening when alone, a most agonizing attack came on: I could get no one over the phone and raised the window called at top of my voice for help and blew a whistle and while I could see and hear neighbors in

 

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their homes, I could not make anyone hear me, so gave up and worked over Fred for a time, then tried again and got Mrs. Wilcox, who stayed at Phone until she got the Doctor, but when he came, he could do nothing, as had given the limit of medicine, but Fred grew easier and he left and before out of hearing poor Fred was suffering agony – for five hours he walked thro’ the “Valley of the Shadow” and we did not know whether he would come back; it would have been easier, to have seen him die than to sit bye and see him in such agony and powerless to give him relief.  At Mid-night he got easy, but at 3:30 a. m. he had another spell, which only lasted about an hour.  Of course this is the crisis.  The blood clot on his lung, breaking and passing.

 

Tues. 7  Doctor came twice today – poor Fred lay in sort of stupor all day, exhausted from last nights terrible struggle.  My good friend “Jonesie” stays with me again tonight: it frightens me to even think of staying alone.  I never undress and do not eat, but stop to drink a glass of milk occasionally – I have so much to do outdoors and everything inside.  Fred must be rubbed every three hours, his leg wrapped in hot Witch hazel woolens, every three hours and medicine every hour day and night, and God strengthens me

 

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Wed. 8  Fred still somewhat exhausted but his pulse dropped from 110 to 95 and Doctor and I feel fine.  Mrs. John Runyen (Idola) stays with me tonight.

 

Thurs. 9  The day is dark and dreary and looks like snow but there is sunshine in the home today because Fred has safely passed the crisis and pulse dropped to 85 which is still improvement, but Doctor says we must remember he is still a very sick man.  My good friend “Jonesie” (Mrs. A. E.) stays tonight again.

 

Fri. 10  “Sprinkly” and dark and gloomy, but my good Fred is much better, and that makes it all “sunshiny.”  It is cold and raining tonight and I am going to stay alone, for I will not ask anyone to come out in the storm: God will watch with me and we will be alright, Teddy and I; and the home more quiet.

 

Sat. 11  Another cold gloomy day, but its just like “sunshine” because Teddy is much better.  Doctor found Temperature, Normal this morning.  I have not undressed for thirteen days, nor sat down to the table, but catch naps between medicines.  Doctor said this morning I could quit the leg wrapping and the rubbing and give medicine every two hours now – it seems to good to be true.  I will stay alone again tonight.  Harry Davis brought Lawrence Myers, out tonight – a new boy for Class.

 

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Sun. 12  Sunny, but a cold wind blowing.  Today I miss Sunday School, for the second time in eight years – my good husband needs me more, than does the S. S.  Doctor told me this morning that I could let two or three friends, see him today, but ten insisted on seeing him, or being insulted, or rather, after he had seen the allotted “two or three” others felt they had as good right.  Keene Saxon, Mona and Carrie Wiede, Elma Stewart and Dorothy Reddick, my two Bobs, Mr. & Mrs. John Runyen, Warren Remington and Mr. Keller, here today.

 

Mon. 13  A most splendid day – and I took the usual care of my good husband and did a large washing in between times.   I stay alone with Fred, all time now – my neighbors all got tired, quick, and some of them very soon forgot the nights and nights, I sat up with their sick, and I have gone at all hours.

 

Tues. 14  Heavy, dark cloudy day.  My good Fred much improved – Doctor said this morning to throw away all medicine, most he needed now was a “good cook.”  Of course he is very weak: been no one in today.  I go to bed tonight, for first, in 16 days.

 

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Wed. 15  Dark and cloudy – heavy mist falling all day.  Dr. Menninger, held consultation with Dr. Munn, over Fred today and decided to give him a Tonic three times a day and bind camphorate oil on his leg in about a week, to operate on him: his leg is badly swollen and this varicose vein must be tied.  Dr. Wehe was out to see him too, for the Insurance Co.  I had such a fine sleep and rest last night, tho’ I awakened often, thinking, I had medicine to give.

 

Thurs. 16  Very dark, gloomy – rained some, then got colder and quit; and “the North wind doth blow and” me thinks, we will have snow” – anyway it is a most awfully nasty day, but my good Fred continues to grow better and that is “sunshine” enough for nay home: but poor fellow is having tooth ache, as if he didn’t suffer enough with all his other afflictions.  No one comes in and I have no chance to send out any mail.  Most folks call by Phone now.

 

Fri. 17  Fred resting – leg still swelling – I try to keep brave, but “worries” will creep in – Poor Fred is a most patient sufferer.  I got good rest and some sleep, again last night, and Fred seems stronger too.

 

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Sat. 18  Dr. Meninger comes every day – told me did not like the Camphoraed oil, but will try little longer – Fred seems to grow stronger tho’ his leg, is much worse swollen.

 

Sun. 19  A most beautiful day and again I stay home from Sunday School, to be with my good Teddy who needs me.  After Sunday School this morning Ralph Davidson, Clarence Plummer, Harry Davis Carl Swanson, and Ronald McCord came out, and my two Bobs came out, after dinner.

 

Mon. 20  Very pretty day – washed a large washing and did a lot of work.  Fred has “Milk-leg,” now and Dr. Menninger says, “go back to the “hot witch-hazel, pack” every three hours: well I could almost give up in abject despair – will complications, never cease to set in?  We thought Fred would soon be up and now this – one of the most tedious and slowest of diseases: it is dreadful.

 

Tues. 21  I am busy again every three hours with “hot packs” for Fred and he is growing stronger in spite of the Milk-leg.  I did my ironing and much other work beside – But I keep well and am thankful I am able to work and can have Fred at home and not at the Hospital.

 

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Wed. 22  Fred seems to grow stronger as his leg swells worse – we seldom see anyone any more, but the Doctor – everybody calls by phone and it’s the Holiday season and everybody rushed I can’t make it seem like Christmas, for I have not been outside our gate for four weeks and have done no Shopping – sent no presents – saw no Holiday decorations – nothing that looks like Christmas.

 

Thurs. 23  Fred sits up in bed and shaves himself.  His leg gets no worse – I get more sleep and I guess things are going better than I feel.  But is funny (?) Everybody, rush and hustle and happy in the rush of Christmas – me in a sick room, anxious and worried with no thought of Christmas preparation, yet happy as those others because I still have my good Teddy –

 

Fri. 24  Awakened this morning to find the ground white and a most beautiful snow falling – such a lovely snow-storm – more work for me – snow to shovel: quit before noon.  Our first snow – colder by night.  Fred better and swelling going down just a tiny bit – We are getting a few Christmas tokens, but I can’t make it seem Christmas at all.

 

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Sat. 25  Bright and beautiful, sunny and warm; an ideal Christmas, except for mud – for the warm sun, made mud, by the use of much of the beautiful snow.  Every-one so happy in their own happy Christmas affairs, that we had few callers, but we were not forgotten by my splendid boys, a few of whom came out and brought me a set of silver knives and forks, as a present from the Class: and then we had cards and letters from many who could not call in person.  But the day seemed like Sunday – we could not make it seem Christmas, because we have been so shut in for many weeks; however, the day was most blessed because my good Teddy was spared to me; and he came so near being called away, that it made the day doubly blessed.  Dr. Menninger called as usual.  Ernest Shelden Ronald McCord, Harry Davis, Edwin Jones and came out with my present, and later Keene Saxon and my “two Bobs.”

 

Sun. 26  A beautiful day, which I spent at home with my good Teddy, who continues to improve.  A bunch of my boys came out, this morning and afternoon – Ronald McCord, Harry Davis, Lawrence Myers, Arthur Dennis, Edwin Jones, Don Fay, Charlie Plath, Ernest Shelden Keene Saxon, Warren Remington; also Dorothy Reddick

 

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Mona Wiede, Elma Stewart, Carrie Wiede and Mary Reddick.  And of course the Doctor comes every day.  John Runyen came this evening.  I have so much to do that it never seems like Sunday, but I am so glad I have health to do it.

 

Mon. 27  Very cold, so I hung most of my washing up in the kitchen – Every morning I must get up early put Teddy’s leg in a hot pack, then go downstairs, take up ashes and build up fires, then go to barn with my lantern, clean the barn, feed, and milk the cow, carry in coal to do until noon, then water the cow, and feed chickens then come in and give Teddy a hot soda bath, get our Breakfast and carry up to his room, where we both eat from same tray, then I clean up the room and go over the floor with oil mop, put his leg again in hot pack, give him his medicine, go to kitchen and wash dishes, then to the cellar and pump up water, with our “air-pressure pump”, doctor comes and many phone calls, and “door-bells” to answer beside many things, in between to do, until my head fairly whirls – at noon must give cow hay and water and carry more coal, get our dinner etc at night clean barn again, feed water and milk and carry more coal – and then Supper, and this and much more, over and over and over, day after day, but thankful for health and strength to do it; Teddy is worthy all I can do.

 

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Tues. 28  A pretty day and when Doctor came this morning, he said “Why can’t Fred sit up awhile so about noon I let him sit up for an hour and so it seems as if he was getting better.

 

Wed. 29  Another pretty day and my good Teddy “sat up” for two hours in a rocker by the window.  I get him off the bed onto a chair and slide him over – he is very weak and helpless, but improves slowly.

 

Thurs. 30  Doctor did not come today, the first time in almost six weeks.  Fred sat up more than three hours today and it is so good to have him out of bed – we are alone all the time now and being Holiday week, everyone so busy with their plans for the New Year, no one comes in and I can hardly get a letter posted – all our Calls are by Phone and I almost wish I had no phone.

 

Fri. 31  Doctor come this morning and thought Fred much improved – I had “Jonesie” do some marketing for me, and bought a lovely dressed Duck and brought over this evening.  I had made plans to have my boys here with their girls for their annual “Watch Party” but Fred’s sickness prevented – As we “turn in” for the night, it is raining hard.  I developed some films this evening

 

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January 1916  “Leap Year.”

 

Sat. 1st  Once more it is, “New Years Day.”  A bright, warm, sunny one; also a muddy one: Last night’s rain, took off all the snow and left us mud, but we are glad for the sunshine

I roasted a “duck” and made Pumpkin pie, for my good Teddy’s dinner – of course there were other things, but these were his “special request” and he ate heartily and enjoyed it all.  “Jonesie” came down at 2 o’clock with a Waldorf salad, and lovely Plum Pudding, for him.  My “Two Bobs” called this afternoon too and these three were all of our Callers, so the day has been very quiet for us – in very great contrast to other “New Years Days.”  But we have liked to have it quiet, for Fred is nervous and very weak.

 

This morning I gave Fred a crutch and I acted as crutch on one side and helped him walk five short steps, to his rocker – his first walk: Doctor did not come today, and for that I am thankful too.

 

The “Old Year,” was good to us for ten months – gave us health and happiness – We visited, and were visited; we felt richly blessed, then with November came sickness and almost death, to our home – the year ended badly for us: we are deeply distressed and sorrowful, but doing our best to be brave and trustful – I pray a loving Father to

 

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Guide us, thro the coming Year – restore health to my good husband, who has been such a patient sufferer and thoughtful of the comfort of those who have helped care for him during his sickness.  But what ever comes, I know God will give me grace to bear.  I pray that He will help me to keep every displeasing thing, out of my life, thro’ the year.  I pray for strength to be a better Sunday School teacher – I pray God’s guidance and richest blessing, upon each one of my beloved Sunday School boys, that their lives may be wholly acceptable to Him.  I pray to reach more boys and help them to know Him.  God bless these, who are now in the Class:  Merle Allton, Billie Badger-Kellog, Ralph Davidson Don Fay, Harry Davis, Arthur Dennis, Ernest Shelden, Ronald McCord, Edwin Jones, Warren Remington, Keene Saxon, Clarence Plummer Fred Brackett, Lawrence Myers, Lyman King, Carl Swanson, Charlie Plath

 

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January 1916  Leap Year.

 

Sunday 2  A most splendid day: Mr. Jesse Henderson, came up and stayed with Fred, and let me go to Sunday School, first time I had gone for five weeks and before, had not missed for over eight years.  We had many callers today:  Mr. Grandean, Mr. Keller, wife and boys then my boys, Don Fay, Charlie Plath, my two Bobs, Merritt Rowell, Dorothy Reddick, Mona & Carrie Wiede Elma Stewart, Elsie Jordan, Florence Watson, Mr. Wiede and this evening, Warren Remington and Ruth Hare came in and spent the evening with us.

 

Mon. 3  A very pretty day – I got my washing out early and it dried fine: day really too warm.  Fred improves slowly.  Jennie Remington and Mr. & Mrs. Sad Hodgins came in this evening.

 

Tues. 4  A very warm, balmy day – all the house open.  Doctor came about noon and thinks Fred improves fine – but you have to look twice to see it.

 

Wed. 5  Cold, chilly N. E. wind and “we shall have snow.”  Mr. Jesse Henderson came up to raise the corner of “storm kitchen” and block it, so the door would close, but weather was too cold.  Mr. Henderson stayed with Fred this afternoon while I went to town to pay Bills: sunny but very cold.  Haven’t been to town, for so long, I felt strange.

 

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Thurs. 6  Mr. Henderson fixed the “storm kitchen” this morning and I am profoundly thankful to have the door close, tightly.  I baked bread, pumpkin-pies and ginger-bread this morning beside all my outdoor work and waiting on my sick husband.  At noon it began snowing and after dinner I began hauling in coal and cutting kindling to do until storm is over and it kept me out, most of the afternoon but everything is in fine shape tonight, and I can watch the beautiful snow-storm, and enjoy it.  Fred sits up a part of each day but is very weak.

 

Fri. 7  The day has been fine – not cold, but sort of “nippy” and glorious sunshine.  I arose early and cleaned the walks to well and barn of snow, and swept in front of barn, then did my barn-work and came back to take care of Fred and Mr. Henderson – a goodly neighbor – came and cleaned front Porch and walks and did the “pumping” for the house, which helped me fine – he came up this afternoon and played checkers with Fred.

 

Sat. 8  Cold, raw N. E. wind – air filled with sort of Hoar frost – gloomy day.  Mr. Staples made a very pleasant call on Fred this afternoon.  He having at one time, the same trouble with varicose veins that Fred has – and Mr. Staples had operation and came to show us.

 

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Sun. 9  Sloppy, drizzly, gloomy, day: very raw South wind Mr. Jesse Henderson came up and stayed with Fred and let me go to Sunday School.  Some one I don’t know who, but someone, down at Sunday School has a mighty lot of nerve, for they have taken my Class-room and shoved us down stairs into the old, Barraca room.  Did not consult either my boys or myself: just took the room and ordered us to go elsewhere – it is a shame the way these boys of mine, are shoved around – we never know where our place is: discouraging very.  This afternoon, Clarence Plummer, Merritt Rowell Ernest Shelden, Edwin Jones, Ronald McCord and Fred Brackett came out. Doctor called at noon.  Also Mr. Frank Washburn.

Mon. 10  Cold, cloudy day, with N. E. wind – I commenced washing at 10 o’clock and was thro,’ soon after 12 o’clock and tho’ the clothes froze some, on the line, the wind dried them in pretty good shape; so I could fold for ironing  Mrs. Colvin came over and spent the evening with us and gave me a new recipe for Fleabitus (milk leg) which Dr. Weston of Chicago gave her (and which cured her after having it, for four years) and she helped me put it on Fred.  “Put cabbage thro’ a meat grinder, making it very fine and put on a cloth and bind on Varicose vein, with five yards of bandaging, at bed-time: next morning take off and sponge limb with good rich buttermilk and bind on fresh Cabbage – use about ¼ cup of buttermilk – the milk may be used quite old

 

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Tues. 11  Sleeted during night – fine mist falling all day and freezing making it extremely slippery. and so raw and cold – did my ironing and much other work today.  Took off, Fred’s “cotton” jackets – one thing less to make every few days.  Fred’s leg shows decided improvement this morning from just the one application of the Cabbage poultice.  But his left arm hurts him much – his hand being cold and numb – and worries me much.

 

Wed. 12  A howling Blizzard - 15○ below zero, 43 mile wind from North West, blowing sleet and snow.  But I was out early, and cleaned the barn, fed the cow and chickens, carried water and coal and kept every thing “snug and warm,” took care of my good Teddy and did my usual house work.  Hard?  Why, it is so hard, I almost give up at times and then I just begin and “Count my many blessings” Fred’s leg showed a very great improvement this morning.

 

Thurs. 13  Some more snow today and 18○ below zero, and I did all the usual rush of work that I do every day and not a neighbor came in, to see how we are “making it,” these bad days – well, I am glad for good health that makes me independant of them all; but I was not brought up to be selfish and it surprises me to see so much of it among neighbors.

 

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Fri. 14  The Blizzard has passed and its “sunny” again but very cold, and I’m still on the job, of Stable boy housekeeper and nurse, and everything, doing well under my care, and no one to thank, but God, who gives me good health and strength, from day to day.  The “cabbage poultice,” is helping Fred’s leg wonderfully.  Rev. Geissel and Rev. Cook called this afternoon.

 

Sat. 15  Cold, but moderating.  The day brimful of hard-work and the blessing of health and strength, to do, all required of me.  Dr. C. F. Menninger, came out this morning and was fairly amazed, and greatly pleased with Fred’s improvement, due to Cabbage poultice.  He looked at Fred’s leg, then said “I don’t know it all and neither does any other man, and the one who thinks he does, is a damn fool.”  He was thankful to know about the Cabbage treatment and said to continue, its use: but he sees no merit in using the buttermilk – but as it is part of the treatment, we will continue its use also.

 

Sun. 16  About 16○ below zero this morning, high North West wind and snowing: Mr. Bettis came over and stayed with Fred, while I went to Sunday School – only 10 boys in Class – Merritt Rowell, a new boy enrolled in my Class.  Fred Brackett, Rob. Maxwell, Robt. Sympson, Merritt Rowell Ronald McCord, Ernest Shelden, Carl Swanson, Mona Wiede Dorothy Reddick, Carrie Wiede and Don Fay all came out this afternoon and Mr. Ogle.  Charlie Plath and Mona Wiede spent evening with us.  Warren Remington and mother called this evening too.

 

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Mon. 17  Very cold, but sunny – I was too tired to wash today: had enough to do, any way.  Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Priddy, spent the evening with us.  Mr. Jesse Henderson came up this afternoon and played “checkers” with Fred.  The cabbage has taken every bit of the swelling out of Fred’s leg and it is now the size of his other leg.  Mildred Carpenter-Brown died at 4:30 P. M. of Pneumonia.

 

Tues. 18  Much warmer, bright and sunny; but it is still, “the good old Winter time.”  Mrs. A. E. Jones, came in and spent the evening with us and brought Fred, some Grape fruit and Plum pudding – she has a heart big enough for a dozen women, and is tied to the meanest man on earth.  Fred improves splendidly and we are happy and most thankful.  Mr. Strain called on him this afternoon.

 

Wed. 19  Snowing when I got up this morning, so beside all else, I had “walks and barn lot to sweep – then it sleeted a lot.  I baked some nice bread this forenoon.  Mrs. Strickler and Mrs. Bettis came in to see Fred at noon.

 

Thurs. 20  Dark, gloomy, misty morning and grew worse with the day.  Rained hard this afternoon and down pour this evening with heavy thunder.  Mildred Carpenter-Brown, a fine colored girl buried this afternoon – leaves young husband and baby girl, 7 months old

 

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Fri. 21  Bright, sunny and warm – fine day, only for mud.  My good Fred, growing stronger every day and we are so thankful I am so busy every moment, I wonder when I will get rested.

 

Sat. 22  Another fine day – and a day running over with work, but thankful every moment, for my strength to do it and that my Teddy is such a kindly patient fellow.

 

Sun. 23  A most beautiful day, but awful muddy.  Fred insisted on staying alone this morning, while I went to Sunday School and taught my Class – he can walk on crutches and feels so well, in fact is all well but his leg – and he wanted to be alone so he could read.  I had a new “member” this morning, Earl Lucas.  After dinner, Edwin Jones, Ronald McCord, Don Fay, Merle Allton Fred Brackett, Clarence Plummer, Robert Sympson, Robert Maxwell, Ernest Shelden, Merritt Rowell and Harry Davis, all my boys, Mr. & Mrs. McNerney, Mr. & Mrs. Pollard and children, came in and also Leonard Goddard, wife and three weeks old baby, a beautiful boy, red-headed and brown eyed – just an awfully pretty baby – every feature perfect: we have known Leonard, since barely old enough to go to school – almost a baby.  My heart is aching and praying tonight, for one of my boys, who came to Sunday School this morning, all beat up, by his father, because he dared to defend his mother from brutal cursings and abuse: the father knocked down, with a chair, both Harry Davis and his mother.

 

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Mon. 24  A most beautiful day and I did an awfully large washing – got my work done by 3 o’clock and laid down and rested until 4 o’clock, then up and to work again Fred grows better every day and we are so thankful.  My baby daughter, “wee girlie” would be 24 years old today if living.  And right or wrong, I wish she were.  Mr. Wiede stayed all night tonight with us.

 

Tues. 25  Dark, misty and freezy, just a little, but a nasty day.  I did my ironing and was busy all day.  Mr. Wiede, one of Letter Carriers, stayed all night with us again tonight Mona has Scarlet-fever and he can’t stay at home.  Sitting room stove-pipe blew down by coal gas, this evening o, what a mess.

 

Wed. 26  A dreadfully, slippy, day – all ice: rained all day, and while one could hardly walk out doors it made everything beautiful – everything covered with ice; the trees and shrubbery were beautiful “crystals;” vines and wires, “chains of crystals;” and every ugly thing was made pretty with ice crystals the eves of the house and barn were hung with a heavy fringe of “ice crystals” and also the edge of the sidewalk – every blade of grass was crystal and all so beautiful – it is worth having bad weather, just to see the beauty it brings.  Winter is beautiful

 

Thurs. 27  Dr. Menninger came out this morning: said no more cabbage – give Fred his clothes, dress him and let him begin to learn to walk again and we are very happy.  I dressed him in a hurry.

 

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Fri. 38  O it seems so good, to have Fred well enough to put his clothes on, and be rid of cabbage – it was ill-smelling stuff, but one can stand any thing, for a “cure” and at least, it has done wonders for Fred.  Cold, and everything covered with beautiful ice crystals – I’m glad I live in a land that has Winter as well as Summer.

 

Sat. 29  More than busy, all the time, but don’t have to put cabbage on Fred’s leg any more, and that cuts out, lots of work.  Ice still hangs on.

Sun. 30  Some snow, and heavy sleet fell and still everything covered with beautiful ice crystals.  I went to Sunday School this morning and Mr. Bettis came over to sit with Fred.  I only had five boys what a shame – Merle Allton, Ronald McCord, Clarence Plummer, Harry Davis and Ralph Davidson at Sun. School.  This afternoon, Edwin Jones, Harry Davis, Ronald McCord, Charlie Plath, Don Fay, Robt. Sympson and Robt. Maxwell came out.  Warren Remington and Ruth Hare came in and spent the evening with us.  We so much enjoy young folks.

 

Mon. 31  Everything coated heavily with ice, and very cold so I did not wash and anyway I wanted to clean up house and bring Fred downstairs and I had him down for dinner – and I got him a dandy dinner.  Peache pie Roast Chicken and Graham biscuit.

 

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Tues. 1st  Bright and sunny, but the “crystal fringe” still hangs to everything – Fred downstairs all day and it seems so good to have him down and not near, the work: his feet and legs swell badly thro’ the day, but all leaves, thro’ the night.

 

Wed. 2  And still the “ice fringe” hangs to everything.  The sunshine, very bright and all nature very beautiful, but cold.  President Wilson and Bride in town today and I was asked to be one of a Committee of ladies to go to Governor Capper’s home and meet the President, who consented to meet the Committee and receive a Resolution from them, for National Sufferage – I could not leave my good Teddy and any way, felt too tired: I suppose it was a great honor, but I am too worn out, to care for “honors” and enjoyed staying home.

 

Thurs. 3  The “crystal fringe” of ice, still hangs.  All day long we had a “lazy” snow storm – the snow flakes, fell slowly, and scatteringly.  Fred downstairs all day.  I wrote lots of letters today – have more time now.

 

Fri. 4  Cold and icy – Busy as could possibly be.  Fred continues to grow strong, yet is a long, long way from well, but O, I am thankful he even improves – He is such a worthy fellow.

 

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Sat. 5  The weather continues cold, but I like it better, so.  Very busy, but only about half as much work since Fred is down-stairs and can help himself a little.  The dirty barn-work, is hard, but I am so thankful, I have kept in health, so to do it all and keep down expenses.  Because I could take care of Fred, I have also saved, nurse and Hospital expenses, which would have been very heavy.  Doctor said Fred could not have had a better nurse.

 

Sun. 6  Sunny and cold – an ideal Winter day.  I went to Sunday School this morning and taught my Class, then hurried home, to my good Teddy.  Mr. Wiede stayed with him, while I was gone.  This afternoon,  Merritt Rowell, Ronald McCord, Fred Brackett, Mr. & Mrs. Royer and Mr. Grandeau cam ein.  Every one has been so kind to Teddy.

 

Mon. 7  A beautiful day, but freezing all day.  I got thro’ with my large washing just before noon and clothes froze dry.  Mr. E. Wiede with us again tonight.

 

Tues. 8  Did my ironing and worked on some “comics” I am making of my boys, for a Party.  Charlie Plath and Don Fay, spent evening with us.  Mr. Wiede all night.  Fred walked four steps alone this evening.

 

Wed. 9  Warming up, and taking off our pretty, ice-fringe – Fred continues to improve – and I feel better.

 

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Thurs. 10  Such a fine day – I went to town this morning to pay Bills and “shop” a wee bit – I needed some stockings.  This afternoon it thawed “fast and furious.”  Charlie Plath and Don Fay, came in for the evening – Mr. Wiede, for the night.

 

Fri. 11  Cloudy, gloomy, thawie, slippy-sloppy, nasty day: almost all ice went off today.  Three months ago today, was last day, poor Teddy worked and this afternoon he walked totteringly, across the room, without his crutches, for first time – it was pitiful, yet we rejoice that he can do so well, and are grateful.

 

Sat. 12  A very cold day – strong N. W. wind – froze hard and now it is ice, instead of mud, and I like it better.  Finished my “Comics,” for the Party.  Mr. E. Wiede not with us tonight, as their quarantine for Scarletina was “lifted” today and he can go home.  Fred walked about house considerable today.

 

Sun. 13  Very cold – almost zero.  I left my good Teddy alone, while I went to Sunday School this morning and taught my Class.  I had 16 fine young fellows present.  This afternoon, Edward Price, Clarence Plummer, Don Fay, my “Two Bobs,” Fred Brackett, Ronald McCord, Warren Remington Young Mr. Vancil, and Walter Plath and Charlie Plath were here.  Also my groceryman, Mr. Roose, with whom I have traded several years and had never seen, nor have I been in his store.  He called to see Fred to whom he has been very kind.

 

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Mon. 14  A most beautiful day, tho quite cold – Very busy all day preparing for the Valentine Party, I gave my Class tonight.  I baked two Cocanut cakes and made a lot of graham biscuit, which I cut “heart” shape; these I re-heated at serving time, when I served them with pressed chicken and sweet pickles, Cocoa and caramel & coca-nut cake.  I cut “Adds” from the Newspapers, pasted on them, the faces of the boys and a few girls and had them guess the name of Firm they advertized – it caused great fun.  Edward Price and Elma Stewart won first prizes – a pound of chocolate and box of Marshmellows.  Mona Wiede and Omar Ketchum, won second prizes two big read hearts, on which I pasted, two of my small water colors, and was very pretty.  Carrie Wiede and Will Jackson won booby prizes, small tin boxes of mixed candies.  We were not sure Teddy would be well enough to have a Party here, so it was, so undecided, not many boys brought girls, yet it was a most happy and jolly affair – I gave them the “comics,” I did not finish for Halloween.  Those who came were Elma Stewart, Mona and Carrie Wiede, Omar Ketchum, Fred Brackett & Nan Osborn, Merritt Rowell (brought Carrie Wiede) Don Fay, Robt. Sympson, Charlie Clements, Edward Price Will Jackson, Ronald McCord, Dorothy Reddick, Charlie Plath, Ernest Shelden, Edwin Jones, Clarence Plummer, and Merle Allton with Frances Holman, and Keene Saxon.  We had, had no Party since Halloween and thought we had an unusually good time.

 

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Tues. 15  A beautiful day and took half of it to clean up last nights dirt, after the Party.  Dr. Menninger came out this morning, and looked Fred over, and says doesn’t need any more medicine – doing fine but needs to walk more.  Charlie Plath and Don Fay, came out this evening.

 

Wed. 16  Writing letters and catching up odds and ends of work, and I have so much to do, but cannot be thankful enough for strength to do it and that my good Teddy is getting well.

 

Thurs. 17  Warm, sunny and fine – Fred out on porch just a few minutes.  I find as he grows stronger I am relaxing – letting go of myself and my nerves are trying to go to pieces; I do not sleep well of nights, and often I find myself dropping things.

 

Fri. 18  Another grand day and Fred walked awhile on the porch.  Freda wrote us again for money – she is sick in bed – we have only about fifty dollars to do us, until Fred can work, but we sent her ten dollars, for we are in better shape than they.  Mr. & Mrs. Swickard spent evening with us.  I don’t like him – he is so conceited.  These February nights are so exquisitely beautiful “The Heavens surely declare the Glory of God.”

 

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Sat. 19  Grandest day of all – Fred walked across the yard for the mail this morning.  Mr. Bettis took him up to Barber-shop, near Morris Ave, just after dinner and he walked back; was late getting home to his dinner, (almost 3 o’clock) his back and ankles hurting, legs more swollen and stiffened up and had taken some cold; sneezing every few moments – I ought not to have let him go.  My nerves are all unstrung to-day, too.  I wish I could just let go of myself, and scream, and scream and scream, but I know I must not, even tho’ I would feel better, but it would make it easier another time to “let go,” and its hard to pull oneself together again – I’ve just got to keep holding on.  Edwin Jones came out this afternoon.

 

Sun. 20  A most beautiful day – I took car, to Sunday School, then hurried back home to Teddy who stayed alone.  I had twelve boys in Class and two visitors.  We gave up our Class-room to Mr. Yetter and his boys: it was most undesirable, because we had to pass thro’ other Classrooms to get to it; others were always passing thro’ it during Class; was very cold room in Winter and hot in Summer: A torture room  This afternoon Mona Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Elma Stewart, Arthur Dennis, Warren Remington, Harry Davis, Edwin Jones, Merritt Rowell, Charlie Plath, Don Fay, Ernest Shelden and Ronald [XXXXX], came out.

 

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Mon. 21  Another splendid day; and a rush of work all day.  I was late, getting my large washing on the line.  But O, how cheery, these sunny days, and the blue of the Kansas skies.  Edwin Jones and Charlie Plath came out this afternoon.  Mr. & Mrs. E. Wiede came in for the evening.  Fred is gaining, very slowly, but walked across to Mrs. Remingtons twice today.

 

Tues. 22  Dark, damp, cloudy, cold day.  I put out my flag early, in memory of Washington’s birthday.  Did my ironing and little else, today.

 

Wed. 23  A splendid day of sunshine and blue skies, but rather cool all day.  I baked lovely bread.  Also cooked a pumpkin to make pies.  Fred walked down to Mr. Jesse Henderson’s this morning, 1 ½ blocks.

 

Thurs. 24  Another beautiful day.  I have much to do, but am not having so much coal to carry these warm days.  Printed pictures most of the day.  Mona and Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick and Charlie Plath spent the evening with us, and the evening, beat any, spent at the “movies.”  Young folks for fun.  Fred walked around the block this morning.

 

Fri. 25  Most beautiful day – windows and doors wide open all day – Swept and cleaned whole house.  Fred walked 8 Blocks.

 

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Sat. 26  Cold, windy day.  Baked, Chicken, pumpkin pies and prepared for Sunday.  Fred walked to the Drug-store for medicine, today – is not feeling so well – his limbs swell very badly and his back hurts much.  I sent Freda a box of things, today by “Parcel-post:” some “light biscuit,” bermuda onions, rice, cocoa, apples cocoanut, grape fruit, honey and pear-preserves.

 

Sun. 27  Commenced snowing, early this morning and continued until noon then a few lazy flakes fell, thro’ afternoon, but all the snow melted.  I took car to Sunday School and taught my Class, then hurried home to my good Teddy.  Only 12, of my boys in Class, this snowy morning: lazy fellows.  This afternoon, Ernest Shelden, Edwin Jones, Don Fay, Ronald McCord, Merritt Rowell, Fred Brackett, Nan Osborn, Clarke Ellington and his friends, Mr. Nelson, Miss Mary Nelson, Miss Mary Lawless and Miss Mary Shepherd came out.  Clarke came in auto and having broke an axle, waited, out of the cold, for another car.  Charlie Plath and Mona Wiede came out, and spent the evening with us.

 

Mon. 28  A cold, gray day.  Dr. Menninger, came out this morning and took Fred’s “blood pressure” and gave him a thorough going over: the test was contrary – part of it, showing acute “Brights disease” and the rest, absolutely, the opposite.

 

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and his “blood-pressure” considerably, below normal, being from 75 to 104 – should be 120.  Has put him back on medicine again: Asperin, 5 grain capsules – one every three hours.

 

Lizzie Roby-Bair, phoned me this morning, that she has just received word from California that Oren Kettlewell was dead: nearly 30 years ago, he was my “sweet-heart:” we were “engaged,” but I had little faith in him – my ideals were high, and he did not come up to them, and I ran away from him, lest I should falter in my determination not to marry him: after quarreling by letter, for some months, he came here and tried to persuade me to marry – I could not bring myself to do it and he went away, but thro’ all the years, he would now and then send me a letter assuring me of the constancy of his love, even tho’ he had married and had a family – and too, would remind me, that I was the cause of his making a failure of life.  Poor, weak man.  As a young man, so jolly and full of fun – no bad habits, but a flirt.  Fond of music and with a most wonderful voice, which had he cultivated it, would without question, have brought him, fame and fortune.  The poor fellow, so lived his life, that not a tear, will be shed, at his funeral – the pity of it.

 

Don Fay came out this evening.

 

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Tues. 29  Another unpleasant day.  I crocheted all day and Fred read and “walked” thro’ the rooms, for exercise.

 

March.

 

Wed. 1  And March came in, like a lion; was cold and chill – a misty, half rain, that froze as it fell and made everything slippery.

 

Thurs. 2  Quite a snow last night and Fred helped clean it off the walks – also helped at barn.  Snowed most of day, and is very cold.  We were surprised this morning, by a call from Charlie Jenkins of Winfield, Kansas, who came up on business and ran out to see us, and took dinner with us – left about 3 o’clock this afternoon: his wife and I, were schoolmates, thirty years ago, and have always been friends.

 

Fri. 3  A deep snow last night, but all sunny today.  So cold, I did not let Fred go to barn to help, today and I cleaned all the walks before he was out of bed.

 

Sat. 4  A most beautiful day.  Fred feeling fine, and walked eight blocks today.  I swept and cleaned and baked and just awfully busy all day: finished reading “To have and to hold” this evening – don’t like the book – too much heartless murder, and too much Indian.  Now for a good hot bath and to bed: 9:30 P. M.

 

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Sun. 5  Half sun, and half cloud, all day – the morning quite chill, but took my good Teddy, to Sunday School this morning, going on Melrose car, and he did not get much tired: we thought best not to stay for church.  The afternoon was pleasant and a number of our young friends, came in and I took a lot of pictures; Ronald McCord, Edwin Jones, Don Fay, Merritt Rowell, Fred Brackett, Charlie Plath Merle Allton, Mona Wiede, Elma Stewart, Dorothy Reddick, and Carrie Wiede.  After they had gone, Warren Remington came in awhile, then John Runyen, until church time and Mr. E. Wiede spent the evening with us.  Four months tomorrow, that poor Teddy got hurt and this is first time he has been able to get away from home and we are so thankful, he is well enough to go to Sunday School – O it has been a siege.  Harry Davis brought a new boy to Class this morning.

 

Mon. 6  A typical March day – warm and cold, sun and cloud, wind and lull – whip and whirl.  Got my great big washing, out by noon.  Fred improves – takes longer walks each day.

 

Tues. 7  Another “March” day, without wind, but more cold.  Ironed and quite busy all day – Fred did all the “barn work” today, alone.

 

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Wed. 8  A pleasant day, so I had Fred go to town with me after dinner, to pay some necessary Bills, then we went to call on Mr. D. Vawter, 413-E-11th, who has been sick almost as long as Fred and now has “Floebitus” and is using “Cabbage remedy” that Fred used.  Sun hid behind heavy clouds, about middle of afternoon – we came home at 6 o’clock, Don Fay came out and I took some pictures of he and Teddy – Time exposures, as so late and dark.

 

Thurs. 9  Cold, cloudy and more so, as night came on, until bed-time found it sprinkly and near to raining.  Mona and Carrie Wiede came in, early this evening for some pictures I had been printing, and later Don Fay and Robt. Sympson came in for the evening, then Don phoned for Charlie Plath, and what an evening.  Mona and Charlie had quarreleld, and Charlie had gotten angry at me, and “to kiss and make up” made a merry time.  Mona was so stubborn: O my! O, me!!

 

Fri. 10  Cold but bright and sunny.  Swept and cleaned and very busy all day.  Fred took long walk: continues to improve.  My second cousin, A. K. Rogers died this morning.

 

Sat. 11  A beautiful Spring day – Baked and did lots of “Sat. and Sun.” work.  This evening Robt. Maxwell with his mother and little brother, came and took Fred and I for an Auto ride, downtown and about the city.  We enjoyed it too.

 

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Sun. 12  A most splendid Spring day.  We took Melrose car to Sunday School.  I had 19 boys present.  We walked home after Sunday School – a long walk for Teddy but he seemed none the worse, for it.  This afternoon Robt. Sympson, Don Fay, Charlie Plath, Fred Brackett, Merritt Rowell, and Edwin Jones and Ronald McCord came out – bought ice cream and I took some pictures.  Mona Wiede and Charlie Plath, came in for the evening.  Harry Davis brought a new boy to Class this morning Fred Hagan.

 

Mon. 13  An awfully warm day: got my washing out early and just fooled away rest of time out in warm sunshine, while Fred sawed a few limbs from some of the trees.  I developed a roll of Films this evening then to bed.

 

Tues. 14  Cold, cloudy, chill.  Ironed and Printed pictures did my mending and very busy all day.  Don Fay and Charlie Plath came in for the evening.  Idola Moore-Runyen and Miss Winifred Nash called this afternoon.  Fred took long walk.

 

Wed. 15  Cloudy and cold this morning, but clear and fine this afternoon – a few snow flakes fell this morning.  Assessor came this afternoon and I had little to give him.  Mona Wiede, came out this afternoon and Robt. Sympson and Don Fay came in to spend the evening with us.  Fred went to the Doctor’s this afternoon.

 

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Thurs. 16  A beautiful day – Teddy went with Mr. Keller on his Parcel Post Wagon, part of afternoon.  I pasted pictures in my “Class Book” all day bringing it up to date.  Charlie Plath and Mona Wiede came out, and spent evening with us: their happiness, recently, suggests to me, their “engagement,” tho’ I may be mistaken.  My good Charlie, is worthy the best girl ever born: Mona is too “grouchy” and easy “touched off,” to be good enough for him, but real genuine love, may make her more worthy for she is a mighty good girl.  I want Charlie to go to China as a missionary and she doesn’t “want him to go to China to teach the Heathen,” and so, may hinder him, in a good work, for which he is fitted.

 

Fri. 17  A most delightful day and Teddy went all forenoon with Mr. Keller on Parcel Posts Wagon.  I “tinted” pictures all day.  Ralph Davidson came in to spend the evening with us and asked me to write for him, a form of “Grace” to say at the table.  A fine young man and my heart is glad, that he begins so young – he is but 18 years old.  He is going with a fine Christian girl and theirs will be a Christian home.

 

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Sat. 18  Another fine Spring day – Busy as could be, all day.  Fred grows stronger each day: he went with Mr. Keller, part of today.  Edwin Jones came out this forenoon – one of my very finest boys.  We went to Supper and Entertainment of Carriers and wives, this evening at Odd Fellows Hall.  Fred’s first night out.  Good time.

 

Sun. 19  Beautiful day, but rather too warm.   We took a car to Sunday School and stayed for church, as Fred felt strong enough, but he became very tired before we got home – we had not been to church, for over four months and “I was glad when he said unto me, lets go into the House of the Lord.”  This afternoon, Mona & Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Elma Stewart, Merritt Rowell Edwin Jones, Don Fay, Robt. Sympson, Fred Brackett Ronald McCord, Ernest Shelden, and Charlie Plath came in, and Mrs. A. E. Jones, came about 4:30 and stayed to visit until 8 o’clock, when Mona Wiede and Charlie Plath, came.  Mona was in fine good humor, and we wrote notes.”  I told her she was to go to China, with Charlie as Missionary.

 

I had 20 boys in Class this morning and we won the “Banner” for “collection.”  Moses Johnson brought a young man – Mr. Ewing – as a visitor, who promised to join the Class.  I took pictures of Class at church this morning but none at home this afternoon as some of the bunch were “grouchy” Ronald “lost his balance” and was very rude to Dorothy.

 

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Mon. 20  A splendid day, and I put off, my washing, to “Clean House” upstairs, and made big improvement in looks of things.  Fred went with the Carrier on his route, this morning and Mr. Keller, this afternoon.

 

Tues. 21  And still the weather is fine, and I am still “cleaning.”  Fred on his old route again today and likes it better than Parcel Post and I hope he can carry it.

 

Wed. 22  Cold wind today – We had letter from Freda today, asking for “help” again, saying Darrell, had left her and she was sick – not able to be up, had no money and very little food – I don’t know what the trouble is, but am sure, she is to blame.  How truly, “one sows the wind and reaps the whirlwind.”  She is reaping a cyclone and my sympathies are with Darrell.  I sent her a dollar, which was more than I could spare and told her to go to her sister, and I wrote her sister and told her to take money she owed me and send for Freda, and I wrote my father, to see, that Zaidee carried out my instructions: what a “mess” and how I have worked with that stubborn family.

 

Donald Fay, & Robt. Sympson, Warren Remington and Ruth Hare came in for the evening.  Warren in “working clothes” was to take Ruth to a “picture show,” but both lost nerve and came here, instead.  Young folks are most interesting objects on earth.

 

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Thurs. 23  I upholstered an old “Sleepy Hollow” chair, today that used to belong to mother Farnsworth and it was one great big hard job that took all day.

 

Fri. 24  Thunder-showers all forenoon and tonight but the afternoon, cleared enough to dry the great big washing, I did this morning.  I fixed up another chair this afternoon.  Fred home all day.  Our “Paxy” cow, gave us a heifer calf this evening at 7 o’clock and now we will soon have lots of good milk – buy my! the calf – mostly white, all splotchy; cute, but ugly – I like a solid color.

 

Sat. 25  Did my large ironing, this morning, and did my usual Saturday and Sunday, cooking.  Charlie Plath ate lunch with us, at noon.  Cold and rainy. 

 

Sun. 26  Rained, snowed, and sleeted all forenoon and cold.  I went to Sunday School, on Street car – the morning was so stormy, Fred stayed home, as did most of the Sunday School; only 162 present.  I only had five boys present: Ralph Davidson, Ronald McCord Edwin Jones, Don Fay and Fred Brackett.  This afternoon, Melvern Pribble, Chas. Plath, Warren Remington Arthur Dennis, Mona Wiede and Dorothy Reddick came out.  Melvern has joined the National Guards.  Oh! I wish we might have Peace and dis-armament.

 

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Mon. 27  A most splendid day and I was so busy all forenoon, “setting my house in order,” to receive my cousin John Sapp, Pastor of Christian Church at Smith Centre; Fred helped me wash windows and when I was just finishing my work, Postman brought a card, saying he could not come – was awfully disappointed.  Fred and I went up to Mrs. A. E. Jones’ 1152 Washburn Ave for 1 o’clock Luncheon – Mrs. O. L. Hill, Mrs. Wilson and Mr. James Herriott also there.  Jonesie is such a fine cook: we had delicious “eats” and a most pleasant afternoon.

 

Tues. 28  Fred went to work this morning, after more than four months sickness – he is not yet strong, but the day was beautiful and he got thro’ fairly well.  Saving milk this morning and evening from our fresh cow – my! its good.  Mona Wiede came over this afternoon.

Wed. 29  Another fine day, and Fred went to work again this morning, but came home at noon, with a blister on his foot, and too weary to go back this afternoon.  Donald Fay, Robt. Sympson and Robt. Maxwell, came out this evening.  Don, made and brought to Fred a copperwire, watch chain.

 

Thurs. 30  Rained nearly all day and cold.  Fred worked this morning, but stayed home this afternoon.  Mona Wiede and Charlie Plath spent evening with us.

 

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Fri. 31  A dark, gloomy, chill, day.  Fred worked this forenoon, but was quite weary and stayed home this afternoon.  Mrs. Eugene Morrison of Joplin, Mo. gave us a pleasant surprise by “dropping” in, on us this morning and stayed for Lunch, after which I went with her to call on Mrs. John Dawson.  Mrs. Morrison was an old neighbor and moved away 11 years ago.

 

April

 

Sat. 1  A beautiful day, tho’ quite cool.  Fred not working today, because of heavy First of Month mail.  Charlie Plath, one of my finest boys, came out this evening, to talk over, his latest trouble with Mona, with me: poor fellow broke down, and could not talk: he had taken her to a Class Party and when he asked for the “first dance,” she refused and immediately, went on the floor with another fellow – extremely rude, and the heighth of ill-manners, and she refused all evening, to dance with him, with no reason other than pure “orneriness.”  He has gone with her for more than a year and a half and she has many times treated him, shamefully: I wish he would give her up.  He is so worthy, of the very best – I wish I could get him to see that she is far from the best, and will surely spoil his career, his plans for a useful life. 

 

My “two Bobs” came out this afternoon

 

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Sun. 2  A fine day and my good, Teddy and I walked to Sunday School, but came home on a car.  I only had nine boys in Class – such lazy fellows but where the parents are not interested in S. S. or Church, it is hard to hold the young folks.  This afternoon, Edwin Jones, Don Fay, Mona Wiede Elma Stewart, Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick and Melvern Pribble were here.  I took pictures of them Melvern has joined the National Gaurds and was in Uniform, and looked fine.  

 

Mon. 3  A beautiful day and I had a good big washing, which I hoped to get out, early, but had a severe attack of Vertigo, and had to lie down for a couple of hours, then finished it and lay down for rest of the day, O, so sick; Mrs. Lizzie Roby-Bair called this afternoon and I was too sick to visit much.

 

Tues. 4  Am still some “dizzy,” but churned and did my ironing this morning and went to town this afternoon to pay Bills, the Insurance men having settled with Fred for time he was sick – paid him $205.00  Dr. Menninger’s Bill was $102.00 which he discounted and made $75.00 which I paid: our Bill at Drug Store was over $17.00 and then a three months Grocery Bill, so nothing left, but glad could pay the Bills.  Melvern Pribble and Miss Brown called just as we were going to bed, so did not come in.

 

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Wed. 5  Fred working, this week, but has the “Sub.” go with him and carry the sack and do half of delivering.  The “Sub” will get pay for 6 hrs. work and Fred for 2 hrs but it helps Fred to “hold on,” until he grows strong.  Mona Wiede and Dorothy Reddick came in this evening for a moment, and after they left Charlie Plath came, for about same length of time.  He and Mona, have their “trouble” ironed out” and I’m sorry, for I want to see him do better and she is sure to get a “grouch” and mis-use him again.

 

Thurs. 6  The day has been full of work – printed a few pictures this morning.  Melvern Pribble brought, little Miss Brown, out to spend the evening with us – she is a pleasant girl.  Fred not feeling well, and went to bed, before they came.  Fred paid Dr. Owen, $10.00 today for a trip here last Nov. when Dr. Menninger called him in “consultation” the night Fred, was taken much worse.

 

Fri. 7  When we arose this morning, the ground was white with snow and snow still falling – the shrubbery was beautiful – everything looked as if covered with soft, fluffy, cotton.  A gloriously, beautiful, snow storm.  I put in a busy day at many things, and my good Teddy, worked with his “Sub.”

 

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Sat. 8  Cold and chill – Busy with my usual “Sat. & Sun” work.  Wrote few letters and went over my Sunday School lesson.  Fred working with “Sub. Carrier”

 

Sun. 9  Raw, cold, and alltogether disagreable.  We took car to and from Sunday School.  I only had 13 boys in Class.  This afternoon Merritt Rowell, Don Fay and Charlie Plath came out.  I lent Merritt the “Fair God” to read.

 

Mon. 10  A fine day, but quite warm – didn’t feel like doing much today, so didn’t wash.  Fred working with “Sub.” this morning and alone this afternoon.  Sold our calf to a farmer this evening for $5.00

 

Tues. 11  Awfully warm and high wind all day.  Fred working alone today, and came home tonight “all in:” he is not strong enough for such hard work, and I wish they would give him something easier to do.  Zelma Weber-McGowan, my cousin from Newton, called this afternoon.

 

Wed. 12  Another warm day – Fred “all in” today and not working: late this afternoon, when more rested he helped me put in some garden – our first.  Harry Davis, Warren Remington and Don Fay, came in awhile this evening.  Don brought us tickets to the “Y. M. C. A.” Circus.  I still feel some affect, of the attack of Vertigo last week.

 

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Thurs. 13  Rained most of morning and quite chill.  Fred worked all morning and “off” this afternoon and we went to Depot (Santa Fe) at 4 o’clock to see brother Will Farnsworth, as he passed thro on way to Chicago, from “City of Mexico: he brought some beautiful opals and a carved leather pocket book which I had ordered, to use as gifts for some of my boys.  Will didn’t look at all well, we didn’t think.  We are so glad he is out of Mexico even tho’ he says he is to go back in a month.

 

Fri. 14  Cold again today and Fred worked all day alone and feels fine tonight.  Cousin Zelma Weber-McGowan, came out this evening to stay all night and we took her to the Y.M. C. A. “Circus” this evening and we all enjoyed it very much, tho’ were too late to see first part of it.  Don Fay was a “cute” Clown, and Charlie Plath and his Junior boys were splendid – in fact it was all, just splendid.


Sat. 15  Rained most all forenoon.  At noon sun came out bright for a time, then came cold gray clouds again – but this is April with her “moods.”  Cousin Zelma (who lives in Newton, Kan.) left about 9:30 this morning to go on to Kans. City to visit her sister.  Fred came home quite tired tonight and a very badly swollen foot; most discouraging.

 

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Sun. 16  A pretty day tho’ rather cool.  We took car to and from Sunday School – I had ten boys in Class.  This afternoon, Don Fay, Charlie Plath, Merritt Rowell, Elsie Jordan, Florence Watson, Melvern Pribble Warren Remington, Harry Davis, Roby. Sympson and Ernest Shelden were out and I took pictures.  This evening, we went down to Oakland and spent the evening with cousin Will Van Orsdol, and such a time to get there: we took Lowman car to Transfer Station, then Santa Fe car, to Depot, then a jitney to 4th & Lake, then Oakland Street car , to Forest Ave: and went thro” all this, to get home again, but we had a pleasant evening.

 

Mon. 17  Fred did not work today, as heavy day and foot still hurting.  I washed a large two weeks washing, which dried in spite of showers.  Russel Wilcox came in for visit this evening – also Mr. P. Daniels to talk Post office affairs with Fred.  And Mr. Shepherd who is helping get out a new History of Kansas, came in and like all Book Agents talked so long we began to think he would stay all night.  I developed two rolls of Films for Don Fay, one of my boys.

 

Tues. 18  Ironed, baked bread, printed pictures and kept very busy all day.  Don Fay and Robert Sympson spent evening with us.  Fred working alone today.

 

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Wed. 19  A most beautiful day, tho’ rather warm.  Fred got along fine with his work today.  I put in the whole day writing out Bible verses in a Bible Cont3est, Series of Pictures, started by the Christian Herald, and I hope to win a prize.  Had a light shower this evening.  Our lawn and flowers are so pretty – and garden coming up.  “April Showers” bring many blessings.

 

Thurs. 20  A fine rain fell all forenoon and dark, cool showery all day.  Busy writing Bible verses again today.  Melvern Pribble and Elma Stewart, came and spent the evening with us.  Melvern is a “National Gaurdsman” and afraid may have to go to Mexico, to help hunt Villa, and does not like the idea a little bit.

 

Fri. 21  Another very busy day – weather warming up.  Mona Wiede and Dorothy Reddick came out this evening and brought, baby Stewart with them.  Fred is doing fine with his work: his back hurts him all the time and he wears a plaster on it: his chest muscles are very sore, as are the lower abdominal muscles; right leg, wears a rubber stocking and thigh piece – left leg, wrapped with 5 yds. of bandaging, between ankle and knee, and his heart is very weak, yet he is growing stronger.

 

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Sat. 22  Bright, sunny, day and very warm.  I took down the heating-stove, in Sitting-room and did a lot of cleaning today, so am very tired tonight.  Fred got on fine with his work today, and all by himself.

 

Sun. 23  A beautiful day, tho’ cool this morning and few clouds this afternoon, late.  “Easter-Day” and every one out in new “toggery.”  All I had new, was my old, hat, which I have worn for five Summers and I re-trim: this year I turned the back to the front, put a bow of 39¢ ribbon and a 10¢ rose in the back and 10¢ bunch of fruit, in front, and I’m quite sure it looked as good as many a “store” hat, I saw today.  We took car to and from Sunday School and Church this morning.  I had 28 boys in Class, and Mr. King took pictures of us this morning on Church steps: three were new boys, who said would join class and keep coming.  Roy Rhodes, Delbert Starling and Robert Swickard.  We stayed for church and was first time Fred helped at the Lord’s table since first of Nov. and it seemed so good to see him strong enough.  This afternoon, Warren Remington Merritt Rowell, Mona & Carrie Wiede, Elma Stewart, Dorothy Reddick, Charlie Plath, Don Fay, Ralph Davidson, and Harry Davis, with Helen Lewis, were out and I took pictures.  This evening, Ernest Shelden, Edwin Jones, Mona Wiede and Charlie Plath came  out.  Edwin gave me a “dandy” picture of himself: he is a handsome boy.

 

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Mon. 24  A fine day and I washed, ironed and kept right on being busy all day, because mail was so heavy Fred did not get home at noon, for dinner; and tonight he says he feels good.  Today is his 50th Birthday: he was to have a “Sub.” help him, today, but others wanted off, and so he was left without help and its too bad.  Fred is so “plucky” – he hangs on like a bull dog, and works when others would go to bed.

 

Tues. 25  I printed pictures all forenoon.  Mrs. A. E. Jones came in this morning awhile.  I looked up Bible verses this afternoon, for Christian Herald Contest.  Fred told me at noon, of a horribly, brutal, murder committed this morning – Little Edna Dinsmore 9 years old, bound hand and foot, gagged and outraged, thrown into cellar of vacant house out on W-5th St. and house set on fire in six places – dead but short time and body not cold when found: O so horrible.  Inconcievable that a human being could be so brutal.

 

Wed. 26  Awfully cold and raw – had to have fire all day and I worked on Bible picture verses all day.  Police are sure they have caught Edna Dinsmore’s murderer – Fred Bissell a sex pervert, son of man, Edna’s mother worked for.  Edna’s parents are separated and her mother a poor woman.  What punishment is severe enough for such a man.  My 49th Birthday.

 

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Thurs. 27  Another cold raw day: printed pictures this forenoon: Bailey Bros. asked for return of Fred’s “Accident Policy” today – suppose they do not consider him a “safe” risk any longer, has been too sick.  But God is restoring his health and we are so thankful.  He carries his mail, alone now.

 

Fri. 28  A nice day for a change, tho’ need some fire – I swept and cleaned and was most busy all day.  Fred got thro’ the day splendidly.

 

Sat. 29  My! but I certainly need some new pens.  Cold and cloudy; kept fire going in the Range.  Today, Fred finished, one week of carrying mail all by himself and we are very happy – his first real work, for six months.

 

Sun. 30  Rained all day – hard, most of the time, and so cold, I would not have been surprised to have seen snow-flakes, any moment.  I took a car to Sunday School – had 10 boys in Class and we won again, the Banner for “Offerings.”  Delbert Starling and Robt. Swickard, two new boys came thro’ all the rain.  Teddy stayed home out of the cold rain, for he is not real strong yet.  This afternoon, Don Fay, Merritt Rowell, Edwin Jones and Ernest Shelden, came out and they are a “sunny bunch.”

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May 1916.

 

Mon. 1st  Fred stayed home today, so not to carry a heavy “first of Month,” mail.  He mowed the lawn and went to the Dentists (Burkett0 this afternoon.  Awfully cold until noon but fine afternoon.  I put off, washing because he was home.

 

Tues. 2  Cold, and rained most all day.  Fred worked all day and felt fine this evening.  I did my washing and dried my clothes in the kitchen.  Today is our 22nd Wedding Anniversary, and we have lived the 22 years very happily – never a quarrel or the least mis-understanding

 

Wed. 3  A most beautiful day.  I went to town right after dinner – left my dinner dishes unwashed – to pay Bills, do wee bit of shopping and went to the meeting of Letter Carriers wives, at Mrs. John Bauers 1318 Kan. Ave.  19 of us present and I won a pretty doily as a prize, for guessing (?) correctly the largest number, in a collection of 20 pictures of well known people: I failed to recognise “Hetty Green and Marconi.”  Had a fine time.  Mrs. A. E. Jones came in for the evening. 

 

Mr. & Mrs. John Tulloch and Chas. Tulloch, “picked me up” at 6 & Kan. Ave and brought me home this eve in their Auto.

 

Thurs. 4  Just a dandy day.  I baked bread and Apple pie took up matting and cleaned kitchen floor.  Mrs. A. E. Jones came to lunch and spent afternoon  She is such a dear good woman.

 

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Fri. 5  A splendid day, tho’ little too warm for comfort.  I churned this morning, washed my hair, made some garden and hoed all the garden.  Busy all day.

 

Sat. 6  Very warm day and will bring the garden on fine.  I was busy with my “Sat. and Sunday” cooking and cleaning – worked hard all day but feel fine tonight.

 

Sun. 7  A most awfully warm day and wind blowing a gale.  We took car to and from Sunday School and church.  I had but ten boys in Class – guess the beautiful sunny morning, lured the others out to the Parks.  Clarke Ellington was our only “caller” this afternoon and it seemed strange, for we always have a house full, but the Parks are fine now.

 

Mon. 8  A most beautiful day and got my washing out early.  Fred got thro’ the day fine with a heavy mail – he is growing stronger every day.

 

Tues. 9  Very warm and wind blew almost a gale from the South – Ironed and very busy all day.

 

Wed. 10  About 7 o’clock this morning, a dust storm whipped up, by a heavy blow from the North West, cooled the atmosphere, fine.  Don Fay and Robt. Sympson came out this evening.  I’ve been very busy all day.

 

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Thurs. 11.  Cloudy and some cooler.  I met “Jonesie” on Street-car, at 11 & Brooks, and we went to a meeting of the Good Government Club, at the “Y. W. C. A.”  Few present, but a good meeting – Gov. Capper’s wife was on the Program – not a brilliant woman, nor even, of the average.  W. A. S. Bird, was tiresome: he was to talk about “Municipal Farm,” for Topeka and didn’t even mention it – his whole “talk” was really electioneering for votes to send him to the Legislature, and to win members for the “Red Men.”  Fred went to the Church this evening at 6:30, to Supper, which Bro. Cook gave for the Church Board and Fred said it was a very fine Supper.

 

Fri. 12  Rained awfully hard, most all day and cold, but Fred got on fine with his work.  My work, went wrong all day and it seems a day lost.

 

Sat. 13  About half the day, was sunny, and was quite warm.  I “cleaned” upstairs and down: worked all day and accomplished little.  Received a Photo today from Elmo Madden, of himself – one of my former Sunday School boys now in Eugene Oregon – O, but he is handsome and such a dear boy – he was born in Tokio Japan – his parents Missionaries.  Mona Wiede and Dorothy Reddick, came in awhile this, afternoon and again this evening.

 

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Sun.14  An ideal day except for mud.  We took car to and from Sunday School and church.  This afternoon, Don Fay, Merritt Rowell, Melvern Pribble and Clark Ellington Mona Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Elma Stewart and Carrie Wiede came out.  A good many of my boys went to the Park.

 

Mon. 15  A most beautiful day, tho’ little cool.  I washed a large washing and churned and did a lot of things this morning – in fact, I was almost, until 3 o’clock getting thro’, then dressed and walked over to Central Park to the High School May Fete: enjoyed it very much.  The dance of the “Tennis girls,” and the “Gipsy girls” and the “Country dance” were the best of all the “doins” to my notion.  I took a picture of Pauline Sanders and Ruth Hare, two lovely girls – I walked home and was after 6 o’clock, so Teddy was home.

 

Tues. 16  Another fine day: did my ironing and was busy all day.  Teddy doing fine – growing stronger every day.

 

Wed. 17  Baked bread and commenced mowing the Lawn this morning and mowed lawn all afternoon.  My! but it was hard – rains had made the growth very heavy – seemed like I cut a ton of grass.

 

Thurs. 18  Cloudy and cool – “Jonesie” spent afternoon with me; she is going to get a divorce.  Don Fay and Robt. Sympson out this evening

 

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Fri. 19  Another busy day – I guess I grow “slow” with advancing years, for I never seem to be thro’ with my work and always have lots to do.  My good Teddy, is doing the same hard work, he did, before he was hurt and sick last Fall.

 

Sat. 20  Baking and cleaning all morning: sewing all afternoon, making Teddy some new Uniform, shirt-waists  Began raining about 3:30, and by night and all evening was a terrific down-pour.

 

Sun. 21  Warming up and looked “rainy” this morning.  We took car, Sunday School and Church.  We joined the “Dollar League” at Church this morning.  That is, to pay, one dollar a month, until January 1st, to be used to pay Mortgage off on the church.  Only 60 people “joined” this morning, and one, had to be surprised, at the number, who “sat still” and refused to join: perfectly good members too, who come every Sunday.  Well, a few, must always bear the burden, tis a pity!  This afternoon, Harry Davis, Clarke Ellington, (on his motorcycle) and Merritt Rowell, came out, and I took pictures; after they left, Don Fay came: and Don came again this evening as did Warren Remington and Ruth Hare: we are very fond of our young friends and like to have them come in.  Mr. L. M. Penwell brought us home after church, in his Automobile.

 

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Mon. 22  A most splendid day and I got my washing out early, then did my ironing this afternoon.  Arthur Dennis came in for the evening.  I developed a roll of Films – all good.

 

Tues. 23  Another splendid day – printed pictures, this morning and a lot of other work – went to N. Topeka this afternoon, for developer, Hyps and Cyko paper, then to Court House to see County Commissioners, who had given me another fellows, property and taxes, then bought some groceries, took some Opals to Mr. Peterson’s to have set in “Stick-pins,” for Graduation presents to three of my boys Harry D. Ronald Mc and Edwin J. then up to King Studio to pay for Class pictures and so a strenuous day.

 

Wed. 24  A hot, windy day.  Churned this morning, then went into the garden for the rest of the morning as things are getting awfully “weedy.”  I took a bouquet of white Peony & Syringa, and a small pitcher of milk over to Jennie Remington, who is sick.  Arthur Dennis came at noon, for me to take a picture of him in his High School Track suit.  My good Teddy did not get home to dinner today, as a P. O. Inspecter (a Mr. Clampitt) kept him to question him about his sickness past Winter and his Compensation Claim – saying his Claim was alright but should not have asked any one to go see Postmaster for him and Fred didn’t – they are trying to do Fred dirt.

 

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Thurs. 25  A very warm day – I was very busy making Teddy some new Shirt waists – and tired tonight.  Don Fay, and Charlie Plath with Mona Wiede, came out for the evening – we gave them, big bouquets of white Peonies and Syringa and almost looked like a “Bride’s Bouquet” for Mona.  Our general conversation, brought up the subject of “Diarys” and finding I had kept one for more than 35 years begged I would “read” to them: now I do not read my Diarys to any one, nor allow them read but I read them “a few bits,” concerning themselves, that I knew would interest them.  “Jonesie” and her husband A. E. Jones, 1152 Washburn Ave have separated – he moved out today and its too bad, but I don’t know how she has stood him so long – he had become “smitten” with a Mrs. Zora W. Elder. 

 

Fri. 26  A very, hot, sticky, day.  While in midst of my sweeping and cleaning, about 9:30 this morning I heard scream after scream and ran out to find my good neighbor, Mrs. Jaspar Bettis, fallen from a step ladder lying on the ground, near the house, with left leg broken at knee – I called Doctor Crabb, then picked her up and got her on porch, called Mrs. Carpenter, and Mrs. Schwartz came and helped me get her in house then I went to look for Mr. Bettis.  Have been most of day with Mrs. Bettis.  She gave me Strawberries for Supper – A strenuous day for me.

 

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Sat. 27  Most awfully busy all day – Was in to see Mrs. Bettis and found her “cheery” and making the best of her misfortune.  Dr. Crabb says the break is a bad one.  Finished one of Fred’s shirtwaists – by hard work today.  My good father is 76 years old today.

 

Sun. 28  A splendid day.  We walked down to Sunday School but took car home after church.  This afternoon, Merritt Rowell Don Fay, Ernest Shelden, Ronald McCord, Edwin Jones, and their friend John Keating, Mona Wiede, Elma Stewart, Dorothy Reddick and Carrie Wiede all came out, and certainly made a “hole” in my radish bed.  I think girls as well as boys are always at the “grub, age,” for I never saw any one who could “stow away” radishes like Mona.  I’ll bet she has one great big stomach ache tonight: but I was glad to have them “thin out” my radish bed.  I run in to see Mrs. Bettis awhile this evening.

 

Mon. 29  A fine day, so I hurried about, got my washing out early, churned and cleaned up the house.  Teddy had a big mail and did not get home to dinner.  I ironed this afternoon and called to see Mrs. Bettis.

 

“Decoration Day.”

Tues. 30  An ideal day.  Harry Davis came in this morning awhile.  I mowed our big lawn.  Fred half Holiday and we went to Topeka Cemetery after dinner, to Decorate the graves of our loved ones.  Mona Wiede & Dorothy Reddick came in awhile this after-

 

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noon, dreadfully burned, from playing Tennis in sun all day – I set them a little Lunch and again my “radish bed” suffered a severe loss.  Arthur Dennis and his friend Miss Florence Morette came in for the evening.  I enjoy having my boys bring in their girl friends.  I went over to see Mrs. Bettis this evening – was resting fine.

 

Wed. 31  Warming up but a fine day.  Very busy too, all day.

 

“June.”

 

Thurs. 1  A very hot day and Fred had so large a mail, he could not come home to dinner.  One of the “Subs” helped him with three blocks of his heaviest mail this morning, telling him to “keep it a secret” or it would anger the other “Subs” who had all agreed to stand together against Fred – not to help him in any way and so if he was not strong enough, he could not work, would lose his job, and they would get it, or one of them would and the others be a “step” nearer to a job: it does not seem possible that any one could be so inhuman and utterly forget that they themselves can get down sick and be out of work and at great expense for months like poor Teddy.  God recompense them.  Charlie Plath and Mona Wiede came out for the evening.  I was in to see Mrs. Bettis this afternoon.  “Blew up” fine and cool at bed time: a strong wind from the North West.  I went to High School this morning to Class Day exercises and they were good.

 

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Fri. 2  A splendid cool day.  I pulled weeds in garden and mowed part of the Lawn, went over to see Jennie Remington and took her bouquet of red Peonies and Tamarix  Also went in to see Mrs. Bettis and she is doing fine.  Received thro’ the mail today, a book “In the Land of the Cherry Blossom” from Mrs. Maude Whitmore Madden” a friend since girlhood, the wife of Rev. Milton Madden both Missionaries to Japan.  Mrs. Madden wrote the book and it pleases me more than I can tell, to get it from her.  Fred and I went to the Auditorium this evening to see the High School Graduating exercises and enjoyed them very much.  Were 179 graduates three of them, Ronald McCord, Edwin Jones, and Harry Davis, my Sunday School boys – and we knew ever so many, of the graduates.

 

Sat. 3  Quite a warm day, tho’ good breeze.  I did a lot of work today in the garden as well as in the house, and the day was not long enough.

 

Sun. 4  Another rather warm day.  We took car to and from Sunday School and church.  I had but 11 boys in Class this morning and they took up the “Dollar League” for the Church debt – I wish each boy might take it separately, but are too many Picture Shows.  This afternoon, Delbert Starling, Robt. Swickard, Edwin Jones, Merritt Rowell, Merle Allton, Ronald McCord, Mona Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Chas. & Walter Plath came out.  I took pictures.  John Henderson came to S. S. with Arthur Dennis, this morning as a visitor

 

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Mon. 5  Rained all day, a steady, down-pour but I washed and dried my clothes in the kitchen and managed to keep busy the rest of the day.

 

Tues. 6  A beautiful day – cool and sunny.  Did my ironing this morning, then after dinner went over to St. Francis Hospital to see one of my boys, Melvern Pribble, who, while swimming at Gage Park, Sunday, dived from the Spring-board, struck a rock and fractured his skull, the bone being broken open, one and a half inches, and gash cut in scalp three inches long – he almost drowned and also came near bleeding to death: it’s a very serious accident and Doctor is afraid of “infection,” in which case, the boy will die.  I developed a roll of Films this evening.

 

After I left Hospital I called on Mrs. Clarence Radcliffe; they took me to town in Auto and brought me home later.  Charlie and Don were in early evening.

 

Wed. 7  Printed pictures most all day and had poor luck too – can’t get good Developer any more and they say its “because of the War.”  Everything under the sun, laid to the “war,” when merchants want to work off on one, a lot of worthless stuff at a big price.  Arthur Dennis came out this evening.

 

Thurs. 8  A fine day tho’ rather cool.  I went to town this morning to pay Bills (Phone, Lodge and Light) and “Shop” a little.  Fred got me a doz. Chicks at the “5 & 10¢” Store this evening.

 

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Fri. 9  A fine day – I baked bread an was very busy with household duties all forenoon: after dinner I mowed the lawn: Teddy and I raked up my “new mown hay” after supper.  Busy days, busy days.

 

Sat. 10  Rained most all day and so I kept busy in the house tho’ I had hoped to do some work in the garden.  I churned and “cleaned” all up-stairs and down.  Fred brought me another dozen Plymouth Rock chicks, from the “5 & 10” store, this evening.  My hens are not setting, tho’ had one, hatch 7 chicks

 

Well, the big Republican Convention, in Chicago, today, nominated “Hughes for President,” just the man I wanted to see nominated; a mighty fine choice.  And the Bull Moose, nominated “Roosevelt for President:” and so, “splits,” will let the Democrats in again.  But I believe “Roosevelt” will resign – he knows he can’t be elected, for there are many less Bull Moose, now, than there were four years ago when he was defeated:  Roosevelt is a conceited fellow.

 

Sun. 11  Fine day – we took car to and from S. S. and church.  This afternoon, Don Fay, Merritt Rowell, Robt. Swickard Delbert Starling, Ronald McCord, Mona Wiede, Dorothy Reddick and Carrie Wiede came out and I took pictures – Flossie Drake and Jennie Remington also came over awhile.  Robt. Swickard, starts West to “Harvest-fields” tomorrow morning, to be gone all Summer.  Roosevelt has resigned hurrah! hurrah!! hurrah!!!

 

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Mon. 12  A splendid day – I washed and ironed, both; and gathered cherries for sauce and gooseberries for a pie and very busy all day.  Run in to see Mrs. Bettis awhile at 5 o’clock: she is doing fine and broken leg healing with little pain.  Ralph Davidson came out this evening – such a fine young man, wish I could persuade him to become a preacher and missionary.

 

The papers are full tonight, of “Chas. E. Hughes nomination for President,” and Roosevelt’s most sensible resignation, and the turning of most of the Bull Moose, to Hughes: all the prominent fellows of that Party, except Murdock of Kansas, a great, big, stubborn, “bawl-baby”: and Republicans don’t need him – Hughes will be elected.

 

Tues. 13  Rained for a change.  Very busy all day, but squeezed out time to write a letter or two.  Don Fay, came out this evening.  Teddy went to a Letter Carrier’s meeting at P. O.  I developed a roll of Films.

 

Wed. 14  Find day – busy in house and yard and garden.  Everything in Politics, is moving along to suit me.  Teddy grows stronger every day.

 

Thurs. 15  Another fine day.  Busy all the time.  Ruth and Almeda Hare came in awhile this evening.  I was in to see Mrs. Bettis this morning – is better.

 

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Fri. 16  A very fine, cool, day and as soon as the dew was gone this morning, I cut the lawn.  And did many things beside, on this very busy day.  Mona Wiede Jennie Remington & Flossie Drake, came in awhile this evening.  The days are not half long enough.

 

Sat. 17  A fine day.  I made a cherry pie and baked it in my fireless cooker, also put new peas and onions to be creamed in the cooker, then hurried to town to do some Shopping, and when I got home at noon a good hot dinner was ready.  Elma Stewart and two boy friends Charlie McDonald came out.  A most strenuous day for me.  Mrs. Len Seiler died at 6 o’clock this evening.

 

Sun. 18  Quite a hard shower just as we got up this morning.  But all gone by time we were ready to take car to Sunday School and church.  I had 13 boys in Class.  Rev. C. A. Finch, our former Pastor, preached for us this morning.  This afternoon, Edwin Jones, Robt. Sympson, Don Fay, Merritt Rowell, Ronald McCord, Fred Brackett and two boy friends Sol Gilberg and Chet Kelley came out, and later in evening, Clarke Ellington with his sister and Mary Shepherd were callers, then at 9 o’clock after we had gone upstairs to bed, some young fellow and his girl called but left, before I could get down to the door, so I did not find out, who they were.  I called to see Mrs. Bettis about 6:30 and she is not near so well cold and pleurisy, threatened with Pneumonia.

 

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Mon. 19  Rained most all forenoon, but sun came out at noon and I hung my washing out.  Cool, fine.  Mail heavy and Fred did not get home to dinner.  I did my ironing this afternoon.

 

Tues. 20  Much cooler today.  I was more than busy all day.  Robt. Sympson and Don Fay came out for the evening: two of my fine boys; splendid fellows.  Everything is War now and it is terrible.  The Militia or State Gaurds have been called and many of our young friends must go – such a pity.

 

Wed. 21  Awfully warm today.  And still everything is Rush in preparation to fight Mexico.  Some of my boys want to go, others doubtful.

 

Thurs. 22  A very warm day – Mrs. A. E. Jones spent afternoon with me – she is having her days of sorrow because of a brute of a husband, whom she has had to leave because of his fondness for other women.  This evening Charlie Plath, Mona Wiede, Don Fay, and Robt. Sympson spent evening with us, and almost the night – stayed to 11 o’clock.  Charlie has not been out, for a long time and told others he was peeved at me, but I can’t imagine why: trouble is, he is jealous of Mona, who has such a happy time, with the other boys, when he brings her out, so he is staying away.

 

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Fri. 23  Just sort of “dumpy” today and not doing much, but writing letters – wish I could do everything, as easy, as I can write letters.  My good Teddy getting along fine – standing his work well.

 

Sat. 24  A very warm day.  I did my usual Saturday cleaning and baking.  Battery A. left today for Ft. Riley in preparation for War with Mexico.  Many of our young friends going and I’m glad of their patriotism; always something worth while in a boy “who goes to War,” for far to many, “now adays” are weak kneed. and tickled to death, when parents object to their going; if they were really and truly filled with a spirit of patriotism, parental objection, could not keep them home: and so, “God bless the boys who go,” but what a pity, they need to go.  Why can’t we have Peace.

 

Sun. 25  A delightful day.  We took car to and from Sunday School and church.  I had 12 boys in Class.  This afternoon, Elma Stewart, Mona Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Carrie Wiede, Robert Sympson, Ronald McCord Fred Brackett, Sol Gilberg (son of Ike Gilberg Jew) Harry Davis and Ernest Shelden came out.  Mona and Elma, soon left to go boating.  The rest stayed, and ate up all my fine Montmorency cherries – stripped the tree, and I asked that they leave enough for a pie, but they didn’t – it certainly looked hoggish and ill mannered.  I was not brought up that way.  Fred Brackett taught Junior boys this morning.

 

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Mon. 26  Got a pretty good washing, out in good time this morning and cleaned up the house and churned, then did little things, to fill up rest of day.  Every topic of conversation is War! And we pray for Peace!  Politics are being forgotten for War, which might have been averted had we have had a man, for President who had a little will power – God bless President Wilson, that he has kept us from War so long, but had he been more far sighted, he surely would not have permitted any of the Army to cross the Boundary into Mexico after Villa or any other Mexican: great big mistake.

 

Tues. 27  Fine day tho’ getting quite warm.  Ironed this morning and prepared Lunch for Picnic at Gage Park this evening, given by we wives for our Mail Carrier husbands – A good time and pretty good crowd, tho’ a good many could not come.  I made Caramel cake, cherry pie, ham-sandwiches Bean salad and schmeer-case.  Home about 9:30.

 

Wed. 28  A very warm day, tho’ good breeze and Fred is standing his work fine.  I have not seemed to accomplish my work well today.  War and Politics keep one deeply stirred; almost the whole World at War, and yet there are those who cannot see we live in the last days

 

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Thurs. 29  A fine day tho’ warm, for a good breeze blows from the South.  I mowed our big lawn this morning.  Fred is not strong enough, after working all day, so I have many hard things to do.  Went in to see neighbor Bettis and she is doing fine – the broken legging healing with out pain: we have all been praying for her.

 

Fri. 30  O such a hot day, and so hard on my good Teddy, yet he got on fine: he has a sore throat and cold too, poor fellow.  But I think he has Job beat for patience and the ugliest, spotted, brindled, knock-kneed, vicious, bulldog, for “holding on” qualities; there is no give up to him – he is determined he will get well and continue to carry mail.

 

July

 

Sat. 1st  Ferociously hot, but its “July,” what else is to be expected.  And the first day of the month, when the mails are worst ever, and my good Teddy “most all in,” with a bad sore throat; well he got thro’ the day fine, by hiring a “Sub” carrier to help him - $1.50 – and tomorrow he can rest.  I did my usual Sat. work and prepared my Sunday meals, so I can rest too.  The heat gets me – my one objection to Summer.

 

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Sun. 2nd  Another “scorching day” so we took car to, and from, Sunday School and Church – I had 12 boys in Class.  And Fred Brackett, one of my very noisiest, squirmiest boys, taught a Class of boys in the Junior Dept. this morning.  Fred is a “good Indian” and will make good alright and I am so glad he is taking up the work.  He will know how to get along with little, squirmy, wigglie boys, much better than a quieter young man, would.

 

This afternoon, Edwin Jones, Robt. Sympson, Don Fay, Ernest Sheldon, Ronald McCord and Fred Brackett, came out and later Merritte Rowell to talk over his quarrel, with us, for now its Merritt and Atta who have quarreled.  O my, these boys of mine – how very like, they are, to the boys and girls of my youth.

 

Mon. 3rd  A “scorcher” of a day: and “wash-day;” well my clothes were on the line at 11:30 – so hot they soon dried.  I churned, then sprinkled my clothes, cleaned up the house and went to ironing.  I did not take time to eat my dinner, but worked all day – Teddy did not come home to dinner.  Mona Wiede spent afternoon with me.

 

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rest of the day.  Don Fay and Chas. Plath came in, from playing Tennis, just after our Breakfast, and ate up my cold toast and drank two pitchers of milk – later Bob Sympson and Don came from a game of Tennis and drank more milk and I gave Don a gallon of sweet milk to take home.  Warren was in during the day too.  After dinner Don and Bob came out with a lot of Firecrackers and shot them off, so to make it seem like the Fourth of July, for times are very tame regarding the Fourth – too much War in the World.  About 6 o’clock cousin Minnie Weber-Farrell of Duluth Minn. who has been visiting in South Kansas, came for a visit to us – I was glad to see her, of course, for she is one visitor who makes no trouble, outside of letter writing and that is no task.

Wed. 5  A fine day, and Minnie & I, went to town this afternoon to shop a little, then she went to dinner and to spend evening with her friend Mrs. Harry Bowman.  Warren came in awhile this evening, and later Jennie Remington and her soldier friend, John Foreit, who is back from Ft. Riley having failed (?) to pass Gov. Ex. so is not to go to Mexico.  He told us, his chum failed and he would not go without the chum, so “faked” his Ex. of eyesight and failed (?)  I can’t approve the lack of Patriotism, yet the need is not great, as the Mexican trouble is about over, I think.  Wilson is so “wishy washy” he will let Mexico do most everything they want to, rather than have War.  I don’t want War, but do stand pat, for honorable Peace.

 

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Thurs. 6  A pretty decent sort of a day and Minnie and I lolled around on the floor, dressed as little as possible and turned our tongues loose – and my how they did run, back thro’ the years, the present, and the Future.  A big day of rest, except for our tongues.  At 8 o’clock P. M. I went to Rock Island Depot to meet Teddy’s neice, Adelaide Willits of Santa Ana, Calif. who comes for a few days to visit – has been visiting relatives in Chicago and Omaha – train was 20 min. late, but she arrived safely and we were soon back home.  She is a dear, sweet girl.

 

Fri. 7  A very hot day.  Cousin Minnie left for Kan. City at 7:40 this morning and I only had to write one letter for her, on this visit.  Have had a happy visit with Adelaide today – she is just a darling girl.  Mr. & Mrs. J. G. Bauer and daughter Gertrude, came in their car this evening and took us for a long Auto ride – out to the Country Club, down to the old Farnsworth home on Topeka Ave 201 – and we stopped awhile, at the Bauer home.  When they brought us home, I gave them a Gallon of “nights” milk, to take home.  We had a pleasant ride.

 

Sat. 8  The day was so hot – Maj. Scudder called this morning to see Adelaide.  I was very busy all morning and right after dinner Adelaide and I went over to the Topeka Cemetery, to visit the

 

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graves of our many loved ones, there: found the myrtle beginning to grow on mother Farnsworth’s grave – it is growing nicely on father’s grave, but I planted it many times on mother’s before it would grow and she raised the myrtle, herself for her grave and I promised her I would put it on her grave.  From the Cemetery, we went to call on Mr. & Mrs. Sam Remington, on Lane St., near Huntoon – they are young, old people (he 84 and she 79) old Settlers and old time friends of the Farnsworths, and Willits: a dear, blessed old couple and our Call, so pleasant.  We went to bed early this evening quite tired out; we found the trip to Cemetery a hard one, because of repairs to Viaduct – we had to walk a lot, as are also building a new bridge over the Shunganunga and the afternoon very warm.

 

Sun. 9  About as hot a day as a July sun, in a cloudless sky, can make.  We, with Adelaide took car to Sunday School and Church – Fred going to Depot with Adelaide to take her “Grips” and buy her Berth ticket.  I had 14 boys in Class.  Ralph Davidson took a Class of boys in Junior Dept. today and I begin to reap the reward of my years of labor with these boys.  Ralph is an ideal young man.  Merle Allton too is to take a Class for the Summer: will take Charlie Plath’s Primary boys, while Charlie is at Lake Geneva.  S. S. and Church had short services this morning and was over at 12 o’clock and we went to “Wilson’s Café” for dinner, Sad Hodgins taking us up in his car.  Sad is always

 

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doing nice things.  We had a fine dinner of baked chicken dressing cream gravy, bread, butter, mashed potatoes and slaw, all for 25¢. but we all chose “extras.”  Everything clean and well cooked: a real treat to me, because I was not the cook.  From the Café, we walked down to the Rock Island Depot, where Adelaide took train at 2:10 for a visit in Ogden, Utah: her train was due at 1:20 but was 50 minutes late, so we had a hot wait of it.  When Teddy and I got home about 3 o’clock we found Elma Stewart and Mona & Carrie Wiede in the house.  We had left a window up and they took off a screen and crawled in – and soon some of my boys came.  Robt. Sympson, Ronald McCord, Fred Brackett and Don Fay and so the afternoon was hot and happy.

 

Mon. 10  A day as hot as Dantes Inferno, but I got my washing out in good season.  Teddy home to dinner and I ironed all afternoon.  Busy all day.

 

Tues. 11  Most awfully hot, and most awfully busy which made me a few degrees hotter than the day.  Baked cakes this forenoon beside other duties and after dinner went to town with Mrs. A. E. Jones to see Lawyer Schenk about getting a divorce; he says she is to have the home all the furniture and pay her own lawyer – Jones to pay his lawyer and Court costs.  Maybe the poor woman will get justice yet.  Merritt Rowell’s 18 Birthday.

 

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Wed. 12  Only 96○ today on top of a 7 story building but we poor earthworms, who live on the ground must have been at least 110○ – awfully hot and I was so very busy for tonight I give my boys a lawn Party.  I served caramel ice-cream and caramel cake, not many came because of so many of the girls are out of town and boys could not get “dates.”  But Don Fay brought Mona Wiede as Charlie Plath has gone to Lake Geneva Warren Remington, Ruth Hare, Fred Brackett, Nan Osborn, Ronald McCord Frances Jones, Robt. Sympson Helen Rutledge, Otis Young McDonald, and Merle Allton Margaret Rust.  Edwin Jones, Arthur Dennis, Harry Davis and Merritt Rowell “stagged it.”  The evening was too hot for games, but Margaret & Merle danced in spite of the heat and Margaret also played the piano and the boys sang splendidly, so we had a happy evening in spite of the heat – all left at 11 o’clock.  I have been told one of my boys O. M. Brill was married Sat 8 of July.   

 

Thurs. 13  A very hot morning and I took a big dish of our Party ice cream in to neighbor Bettis and also Mrs. Remington who is sick, then I dressed and went to Santa Fe Depot to see Bro. Will Farnsworth and Wilma as they passed thro’ at 11 o’clock and had a wee short visit Wilma is on her way to Ogden from her home in Wanconda Ill. and Will is going to the Border on Santa Fe Business.  War prevents his going into Mexico.  The afternoon became fine and cool.

 

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Fri. 14  A warm, cool day, because of a good breeze and a hazy sky, so I worked in garden until after 10 oclock – dug ½ Bu. potatoes too, and never stopped a moment ‘til I sat down to dinner, and all day I was very busy.  Mona Wiede came out this evening and stayed until after 9 oclock.  Almost total eclipse of the Moon tonight and we watched it for awhile – Full Moon.

 

Sat. 15  Awfully hot, and dry and dusty – just can’t keep the house clean – Very busy with my usual Sat. work, and preparation for Sunday.  Fred is doing fine, in spite of the hot weather – weighs 182.

 

Sun. 16  We took car to and from Sunday School, did not stay for church, because of the heat.  I had 11 boys in Class and took some pictures – also took of Ralph Davidson and his Class of boys.  This afternoon Ronald McCord, Edwin Jones, Sol Gilberg, Robt. Sympson and Merritte Rowell and Fred Brackett came out, Ronald’s father, brought them, in his car.  Shower this evening.

 

Mon. 17  A mighty hot day – got my washing out by 11 oclock – Fred home to dinner then I rested most of the afternoon: the heat exhausts me.  Had a light shower and much sharp lightening this afternoon.

 

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Tues. 18   A hot day – churned and did my ironing and just laid around rest of day.  Don Fay and Robt. Sympson came out for the evening.  Don is always jolly, but Robt. was in a dreamy mood tonight.

 

Wed. 19  Blistering hot – poor Teddy has to work thro’ it all, but I laid around quiet all day kind o’ sort o’ bum.  Mailed a big roll of scraps to Freda, to piece quilts with – she wrote for some.

 

Thurs. 20  Very cool last night and cooler today – Teddy home until noon to move some lumber, we got from Santa Fe – was to have the whole day (vacation) but one Carrier’s – Mr. Gertler – had to be off because his father dying, so Fred had to go to work at noon, but he got the lumber moved.  Fred Brackett and his father came out this morning, in a fine new Car, Mr. Brackett bought for Fred – Seven passenger, Oakland 6 – splendid – Fred was very happy and deserved to be.  I took a picture of Fred in his car.  Mona Wiede came out this evening.  I sent a bucket of milk and one of custard to Mrs. C. Goddard.

Fri. 21  Very cool last night, but very hot today.  Teddy and I went to Gage Park this evening, so I could swim with some of my young people.  An awfully large crowd out there, and too many in, for good swimming.  Teddy did not go in, but I had a glorious swim.  Mr. & Mrs. Moreland brought us home in their car.

 

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Sat. 22  Hot as blazes, and dry as a bone – no bottom to the dust, which covers everything.  Busy all morning with my usual Sat. work.  Resting this afternoon and getting my Sunday school lesson.  Cousin Minnie Van Orsdol and her sister Mabel, came in this afternoon.  I called Dr. Menninger to ask if Fred might not swim at Gage, and he said, nowhere but in bath-tub – is not strong enough yet.  Says Fred is getting too fat, too and must cut down his eating.

 

Sun. 23  Another very hot day.  We took car to and from S. S. and Church.  One of my boys, Merle Allton, sang Solo at Church this morning – “Teach me to pray.”  I love to hear him sing – has a very sweet voice.  And I am very happy to have my boys, beginning to take up the work of S. S. and church.  This afternoon, Don Fay, Harry Davis, Warren Remington, Ronald McCord, Robt. Sympson and Ernest Sheldon, came in and this evening Arthur Dennis brought Florence Marcotte, over to spend the evening with us.  One of my blessed boys, Ralph Davidson told me this morning he was to marry 3 yrs from this October.

 

Mon. 24  The day has been a schorcher.  I had a very large, washing, which I put on the line at 11 o’clock.  Fred home to dinner.  So hot I did not attempt any work this afternoon.  Fred is bearing up well, thro’ the heat but is having boils in his right arm pit.

 

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Tues. 25  Hotter than Dante’s Inferno – but thank goodness, July is almost gone and its bound to get cool after awhile.  I did little, beside my ironing, today – but my usual work, keeps me doing all I can stand.  But our nights are cool, so we sleep fine.

 

Wed. 26  A blistering hot day – water (perspiration) running down my spinal column all day.  Writing letters, mending and “writing orders “in Fred’s Post Office Book for him.

 

Thurs. 27  Hot as a furnace all day and while Gov. thermometer registers only 98○ on the top of a seven story building – it cannot be less, than 10○ hotter down on the street.  Fred had a very heavy mail all day and is about “all in” tonight.  Robert Sympson and Arthur Dennis, came out for the evening – two of my good boys.

 

Fri. 28  Today is hotter than any time yet – we almost perish with the heat – paper says worst in 15 years and some places says it is worst on record for 45 years.  My good Teddy has been home today, getting a little vacation and he needed it badly: has slept all day, like one exhausted – he has two ugly boils, too, under his right arm, so does not feel the best.  Warren Remington and Ruth Hare, came in for the evening.

 

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Sat. 29  Another scorcher!!!  Each day seems a few degrees hotter and no rain – dust awful, O, my!  Fred home again today on Vacation and slept all day.  He went out to Gage Lake, with me, this evening so I could have a swim and I sure had a fine one, but doctor wont let, poor, Teddy go in the water.

 

Sun. 30  One of hottest days yet.  I took car to Sunday School My good Teddy stayed at home out of the heat, to rest.  I came home after Sunday School, because the church was so hot and is almost no ventilation.  I had 9 boys in Class and two of those, Will Jackson and Merritt Rowell acted as substitute teachers in Junior Dept.’; it was most amusing to hear them tell their experiences at close of the Classes: they felt like “beating” some of the noisy little fellows and those shooting paper-wads: they will learn something of what I went thro; as a Teacher of Juniors.  This afternoon Edwin Jones, Robt. Sympson and Ronald McCord, Mona Weide, Elma Stewart and Carrie Wiede came out, thro’ the blistering heat, and made a jolly afternoon for us.

 

Mon. 31  An awful!!!! day of heat.  My good Teddy home for another day of Vacation; he went town this afternoon and got a tooth filled, at Dr. Burkett’s.  I washed and just as got clothes on line, Uncle Geo. Van Orsdol came and was here to dinner – he is 80 years old and seems 50.

 

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Tues. 1  Today is sort of hazy with clouds and a good wind from North-East, so is cooler, thank goodness!  Fred went to work again, this morning.  Primary Election today and I’m supposed to be out working various candidates.  Did my ironing this morning.  Teddy, Jennie Remington and I, went to Gage Lake for a swim, this evening.  Of course poor Teddy is not allowed to swim this Summer, but I had a delightful swim – Arthur Dennis swam too – a big crowd in, water fine.

 

Wed. 2  Hottest day yet – almost 40 days since we have had rain and the sun scorching hot every day.  Election returns, not all in, but Larimer is ahead for Sheriff, and Mrs. Chapin has won, with big majority for Clerk of District Court: my cousin Will Van Orsdol lost as candidate for County Supt. of Schools and these were the three Offices I was most interested in.  I am sorry for Will, but did not expect he would win, as he does not seem popular, some way.

 

Thurs. 3  Hottest of the Season - 104○ but a good breeze, which prevented, our being sizzled a dry crisp, like bacon in a hot frying pan.  Mona & Carrie Wiede, Don Fay, Charlie & Walter Plath, Jennie Remington, Margaret Birmingham Teddy and I, went to Gage Lake and had one big, jolly, swim, all but Teddy.  A large crowd, both in the lake and on the bank and everyone seemed happy this hot evening.  I went to town to pay Bills and do some Shopping.

 

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Fri. 4  “Red-hot, and still a heating,”  O my! my!1 I cleaned the house and was very busy most of the day – Mr. George Sutherin, came out this evening to see about putting in “City water” for us.  I will be so glad to get it done.  My! what a World we live in, when it allows such outrages, as the hanging of Roger Casement.  As cruel as the time of Nero – punish him if they wished, but no man, or nation or law should presume to take a life, God put in this World; God gives the life and He alone should, re-call it.

 

Sat. 5  Another, blistering-hot day: how I pity the sick, and little children.  Doing as little work as I could today, but had to darn sox and put in a few extra “licks” for my good Teddy.  We are so thankful, that God is giving him fine health

 

Sun. 6  Another very hot day and I took a car to Sunday School Fred staying to rest, out of the hot sun.  I had 12 boys in Class, Warren R. having brought a young man with him, Leonard Irvin.  And Robert Swickard was back from the Harvest-fields.  After dinner, Ronald McCord, Robt. Sympson and Ernest Sheldon came out and elected Class Officers – all Class was told to come, but too hot – Ernest was elected President, Ronald, Vice Pres. Robert, Secretary

 

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Delbert Starling, Treasurer, Clark Ellington Sergeant-at-arms.  I had ordered a gallon of caramel ice cream and served them all they could eat.  Don Fay and Warren Remington with Ruth Hare, came out for the evening and we also served them ice cream.  We had a very light shower this afternoon and how we all wished for a down-pour.

 

Mon. 7  A light shower this morning before Breakfast followed by a very hot day.  Got my washing on the line at 11 o’clock.  My good Teddy not home to dinner, because of a very heavy mail.  Mona Wiede and Charlie Plath, came out for the evening.

 

Tues. 8  Just like all the days, this was a hot one.  I did my ironing this morning and was very busy all forenoon – rested in afternoon as heat makes me very weak.  Mr. Geo. Sutherin brought his men out this morning and set them to digging trench, preparatory to putting in City Water for us, and I shall be glad when it is in, for our Air-pressure pump, is worn out, and pumping, hard.  Mr. Sutherin will do the work for $45.25 and our little cow really pays for it, for since March, I have sold $35.00 worth of milk and butter, from her, beside the expense of her feed, and having all we could possibly use ourselves; and we use lots.

 

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Wed. 9  Every day grows hotter – getting so hot, we seldom hear a Locust, “Katy-did,” or the usual insects of Summer: everything burning up.  Men here, laying water-pipe today and ought to have finished but were delayed.  Over to see Mrs. Bettis this afternoon – fell again and sprained her ankle.

 

Thurs. 10  Hottest day yet.  Plumber finished connecting our water-pipes at noon.  Metre-man, came after dinner and at 3 o’clock this afternoon, water was turned on, and all the men left – I am so thankful not to do any more work with, Air-pressure pump, tho’ that System is fine and supplied us with water for 12 years, before water was brought to this part of town, and was worth all it cost.  Fred standing up fine, under the heat and hard work.  Canned a Bushel of tomatoes this afternoon.

 

Fri. 11  Awfully hot, until almost noon, when a cool wind, blew up from the North West and was fine rest of the day.  Had to have the Plumber out this morning, to fix leaking-pipes in the bath-room: the new pressure was too much for some of the pipes.  Cleaned the house from top to bottom and very busy this hot day.  Last night was unbearably hot.  I fanned Fred to sleep: I got some good sleep, toward morning: only our second hot night, this Summer tho’, for which I am thankful.  Nights have been cool out here.  Wrote 12 cards and letters this afternoon for Reunion.

 

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Sat. 12  O so hot, and a hot wind from the South.  A very busy forenoon.  So glad we have the City water, in.  My dear friend “Jonesie” called me over the phone, this afternoon, to tell me “good-bye.”  She goes with her daughter and family (Radcliffe’s) in their auto, to Colorado Springs starting at 4 o’clock this afternoon, and it means, my dearest friend and I, will see very little of one another in this World any more, for she will make her home in the West, since she and A. E. Jones have separated.  It breaks my heart, and I had to have a good cry.  My heart aches, to have to give her up, for she has been kinder than my own sister.  I don’t know what I would have done, with-out her, last Winter when Fred was so sick.  I don’t see why Jones could not have appreciated such a good wife and been true to her and their home need not have been broken up.  O my good friend “Jonesie,” my heart aches, my throat aches, with its “lump” of tears and my eyes burn with tears because you are going, and we can no more have our good times together: and may never meet again.

 

Sun. 13  A very cool day; we took a car to Sunday School and church.  I had 11 boys in Class.  Robt. Swickard was back from the Harvest-fields.  Robt. Sympson was absent, having gone to Chillicothe Ill. to visit Robt. Maxwell.  This afternoon, Ronald McCord, Don Fay, Edwin Jones and John Keating came out: and Fred Brackett for a little while.

 

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Mon. 14  Another hot day, for the “cool” wave, was of short duration.  I got my washing on the line by 12 o’clock; cleaned up, and got dinner: this afternoon Dorothy Reddick and Mona Wiede, also Ronald McCord, came in to talk “Camp.”  This evening Don Fay and Robt. Sympson came in – Robt. to tell me about his visit to Robt. Maxwell and they happy time they had together.  And the “other Bob” will be home Sept. 1st to go to Camp with us.  A most beautiful big moon tonight

 

Tues. 15  Hot again today, but I did my ironing, baked some fine bread, a nice cake and a big rice pudding, then cleaned the house from top to bottom and fixed the bed-rooms for guests because tomorrow my good father comes from Colorado.  But tonight I’m so tired from the heat, that I am almost “hysterical,” only I do not believe in giving up, and going into such fits.

 

Wed. 16  The same old hotness prevails today.  We were up early, this morning, because loved ones, were coming.  Pa and my stepmother, and Uncle Joe and Aunt Mattie Anderson, got here in time for Breakfast and we have had a fine visit today – and too we all tried to get in a little nap.  Mrs. Bettis came over on her crutches, this evening, for a call.

 

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Thurs. 17  A “sweltering” day – the folks all went over to “Shorey” this morning to spend the day with aunt Delia Howard: and Uncle Joe and aunt Mattie stayed all night.  A daughter of my cousin, Henry Anderson, (Mayor of Weatherford, Okla.) arrived this this evening, for a visit; 21 yrs. old and I have not seen her since she was 6 mo. old; a fine girl.

 

Fri. 18  A very hot day: stinging, biting, blistering hot.  The day of our Annual, Van Orsdol, Reunion, and we gathered this year, at Gage Park, 40 strong.  Pa and Ma, and cousin Marguerite Anderson, went out to the Park on an early car.  I went out, at 11 o’clock, with the old Colonial Kettle (that has been in the family for Generations) filled with “chicken and dumplings” a big, fat, Plymouth Rock hen, weighing 8 pounds.  I take the old Kettle, so filled, each year.  Those attending this year were:  James Ogden Van Orsdol & wife (my father) from Springfield, Colo. Uncle Joe and Aunt Mattie Anderson, Winfield, Kansas, Cousin Marguerite Anderson, Weatherford, Okla, Uncle Geo. & aunt Samantha Van Orsdol, aunt Nan Van Orsdol, Uncle Charlie & aunt Delia Howard, Cousin Mary Howard and son Elmer, Cousin Nellie Howard-Kingman and Charles, Paul and baby Margeret, all of North Topeka, cousin Bessie Richards and son George of Herington Ks. cousin Maude Howard-Godwin and husband Charlie, cousin Frank & Vena Van-Orsdol, and son Raymond of Menoken, cousins Bob and May Neisweinder and Hazel & Glenn, of Shorey, cousin Bert Howard and sons, Ralph and

 

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Wesley, of Horton Ks. Uncle Marian & aunt Kate Van Orsdol, cousin Jim Van Orsdol & Marian, Gladys and Marie, cousin Minnie Van and daughter Ruth; a girl with Nellie Kingman, Mr. Forbes and Mrs. Godwin were visitors, and Fred & I.  After dinner a number of we younger folks went in swimming – at 5 o’clock all left for home, Charlie Godwin, bringing Pa, Ma, Marguerite Fred and I, home in his Automobile.  Fred got the afternoon off, as vacation and so was with us all afternoon.

 

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Sat. 19  As hot as all the days.  Pa & Ma and cousin Marguerite went to uncle George Van Orsdol’s, this morning, to stay over night.  Awfully busy all day and weary from the, heat.

 

Sun. 20  Another hot day.  I took car, to Sunday School – had 12 boys in Class – we were all very sad this morning because of the death of poor Bob – my eyes burned with tears, my throat ached with them and every heart throb one of sorrow and we none of us, could get into the S. S. Lesson.  I did not stay for church – Fred stayed home to rest – At 2 o’clock we went to Penwell’s Chapel, to the funeral of poor, Robert Maxwell Jr.; it was a very large funeral, a very sad one, a very beautiful one.  Many beautiful flowers.  My Class and I, had our Class penant, made of flowers as our token of love, to our beloved dead – the penant was made of purple Asters and the letters P.  G. were made of white roses. Cost $11.50  Only 14 of the Class were present, and we were given reserved seats together – Six of the Bunch, Robert Sympson, Fred Brackett, Edwin Jones, Ronald McCord, Warren Remington and Don Fay were Pall bearers.  Emily Crowe Faith Young, Rose Gilberg, and Margaret Rust, sang.  Rev. Geissel of Episcopalian church preached the funeral and spoke highly of “Bob.”  And he was worthy of all the good spoken – The grave was lined and all about it were massed the beautiful floral offerings, so that when the boys placed the casket, over the grave – the casket was covered with flowers – it looked as if we were laying our Bob, to sleep, in a great beautiful

 

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flower-bed.  My heart ached for the poor little mother who went about so bravely, and the father mourning the death of his first born – both dry-eyed, because their hearts were too crushed, to yet give up their tears.  And my heart ached, for its own loss of the friendship, comradeship and friendly visits of this bright, fine, sunny, boy, just turned to young manhood.  I could not sleep last night, because of the shock, his sudden taking away, caused.  But our splendid Robert has attained a happiness, which I’m sure he would never exchange for anything earthly, if he could, and I shall meet him again.  After we returned form the Cemetery, Merle Allton took Fred and I, in to Campbell’s for a cool drink of Limeade.  This evening, Fred Brackett, Nan Osborn, Ronald McCord Don Fay and Robt. Sympson came out in Fred’s car to take us for a ride, but could not go as looked for the folks.

 

Mon. 21  Hottest day yet, but had a good hard shower late this afternoon.  Pa, Ma, Uncle Joe and Aunt Mattie Anderson came in this morning to stay over night with us.  Mrs. Lovall, came out this afternoon – she is as crazy as ever about Rev. Geissel and can only think and talk of him: poor woman.  Fine and cool tonight to sleep, but I could not sleep again last night, because of the death of poor Robert.  I can’t get him off my mind.

 

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Tues. 22  Fine and cool today.  Pa and Ma and Uncle and Aunty left this morning to take 7:15 Santa Fe train for Mt. Pleasant, Iowa for Soldiers Reunion and visit.  I cleaned up the house, then rested, rest of day.

 

Wed. 23  Hot today again, but I have did little but rest all day – hot weather has made me so weak.

 

Thurs. 24  Fearfully hot – and I churned, baked and was very busy most of day.  Mona and Carrie Wiede and Dorothy Reddick came out this afternoon.

 

Fri. 25  Hot as ever, tho’ a shower this evening cooled things.  Mrs. Minnie Robers and little son Herschel – wife and son of my cousin Floy Rogers of Winfield, Ks – came this afternoon to stay over night with us, and we have had a good visit this evening.

 

Sat. 26  Quite cool this morning.  Minnie and Herschel left this morning about 9:30 and soon after, cousins Maude Godwin, Ralph & Wesley Howard, came and brought Marguerite who is to continue a visit of few days with me.  Marguerite is jolly – we like to have her.

 

Sun. 27  Fine and cool, had to wear my coat to Sunday School.  We took car to S. S. and church, cousin Marguerite going with us.  I had but seven boys in Class, because

 

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a number of them, went fishing last night and stayed over night, getting home too late – I wish my boys would not do such things.  After church, Mr. Sadler Hodgins brought us home in his car.  Mr. L. M. Penwell also asked to bring us home, but Sad was first.  This afternoon, Fred Brackett, Sol Gilberg, Ronald McCord Edwin Jones, Harry Davis, Don Fay, Merritt Rowell, Mona Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Elma Stewart and Carrie Wiede came out.  Teddy bought them ice cream and I took their pictures – they certainly were jolly.

 

Mon. 28  Cool and fine, and I did my big washing easily.  Marguerite helped with rinsing, but does not know much about washing – it amused me to see her catch up a lot of articles and without “sudsing” or “sousing,” go to twisting to get water out.  Ronald McCord, Edwin Jones, Sol Gilberg and Fred Brackett came out to talk “Camp” – we go Sat. for our 6th Annual.

 

Tues. 29  Another good day.  Marguerite’s young man, Mr. Taylor Martin came down this afternoon from Abilene, to see her – was here for supper: fine looking, we liked him very much: But he had to go back at 7:50, so Jennie Remington and Marguerite went to Depot with him, then to picture Show.  Marguerite and I went to town Shopping this morning having did our big ironing, yesterday afternoon.  Fred

 

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Fred and I, went to Willow Park this evening, to a Watermelon social, given by the Letter Carriers, for their wives – we had a very pleasant evening and the melons were delicious.  Mr. Hilmer and family, brought us home in their Auto.  I was in to see Mrs. Jasper Bettis, this morning – poor woman is sick again – but she is “cheery” as can be.

 

Wed. 30  An awfully hot day, which made me lazy (?) I get so weak when it is hot – but I gathered things up preparatory to packing for “Camp.”  There is grave danger of a Railroad Strike, which may spoil our good time.  Ronald McCord, Edwin Jones, Edward Price and Melvern Pribble came out this afternoon.  Merritte Rowell came out and spent the evening with us.  No rest now until we are off for Camp.

 

Thurs. 31  Splendidly cool – nice little shower this morning.  Edwin Jones, John Keating, Fred Brackett and Ronald McCord, came out at noon to talk “Camp” – we are worried about the “Rail Road Strike,” but decided we could get home, if there is a “Strike.”

 

September

 

Fri. 1st  A fine “September Morn,” and so busy don’t know whether I’m on my “head or heels.”  My good Teddy, home today, beginning nine days vacation.  He, Marguerite and I, went to town this afternoon, to see Chas. Evans Hughes, Republican candidate for President of the U. S.  He spoke from the

 

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North steps of the state House, but we did not try to hear his speech, the crowd was so large: we could not get near, so we took a “good Look” at the man, we believe will be our next President, then went to do some necessary Shopping and came home.  Mona Wiede and Dorothy Reddick came out for the evening and brought four cakes, for “Camp” Elma Stewart – with her beloved Williard Carlson – came also and brought a Cake.  Did most of my packing tonight, for Camp.

 

Sat. 2nd  A beautiful September morning – the long looked forward to, day to start for Camp – up early and all “hustle, bustle” to get off.  Cousin Marguerite Anderson (of Weatherford, Okla) Jennie Remington, my good Teddy and I left for the R. I. depot at 9 o’clock, Mr. Grundy Thompson (a good colored neighbor) hauled our baggage down, and will take care of things at home for us.  Dorothy Reddick and Mona and Carrie Wiede, met us at Depot and at 10 o’clock we all took the train for Paxico, and my Sixth Annual Camping-trip, with my Sunday School Boys.  The boys decided this year, they wanted to go on ahead so most of them, went up last night, and not a boy with us this morning, which arrangement, was not at all pleasing to me – did not seem like going to Camp.  Teddy too, and the girls also, were much disappointed: we tried to get the boys to wait and go with us, but they would not.  When we arrived in Paxico, Edwin Jones, Don Fay,

 

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Harry Davis, John Keating, and Ronald McCord, met us, “togged up,” to look like “Hoboes.”  Mr. Porter, also was there and soon had our baggage loaded and on way to Camp: he had been “drinking” and fell down at Depot, however he landed us safely on the old Camp ground, and the boys hustled around and soon had our tents up; then we ate a cold Lunch, of Buns, Ham Sausage, pickles and cheese, after which, all went for a “swim” but Teddy and I.  About 3 o’clock Charlie Plath came – their swim over, the young folks went to town and on their return, we ate a cold Supper, as Mr. Porter had not yet come with our boards, for table, which made cooking inconvenient: about sunset, Mr. Porter came with the boards, straw for beds, ice and Groceries and we finished the work of “settleing Camp,” the boys built a camp-fire, and merry jest and song began, and once more, for the Sixth time, “We are tenting tonight on the old Camp ground,” and every one happy, tho’ we miss the absent ones; for each year, brings changes.  Harry Davis and Warren Remington, who have never missed a “Camp” are absent this year, tho’ Harry has been with us all day.  Harry left on 6:40 train.  At 10 o’clock the young folks all went to town, to meet friends on the Mid-night train, and I rolled up in my big comfort, on my pile of straw, to rest, until they returned – Teddy went to sleep on a cot.  A beautiful “Camp ground” a jolly bunch of young folks, a roaring Camp fire, a young moon in the West – “O this is the life.”

 

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Sun. 3rd  About 2 o’clock this morning the young folks came in from meeting the Midnight train (it late) and with them Elma Stewart, Merle Allton, Merritte Rowell Arthur Dennis and Carl Swanson, and after “Hello’s” had been said to all, everyone retired and Camp was soon quiet; awake, very side awake, again, at 6 o’clock and every one up and ready for Breakfast, half famished before I could get it ready.  My! what appetites, out-doors, gives one.  Bacon and eggs, fried potatoes, bread & butter and cocoa; well it took, almost enough, to feed an elephant to satisfy these young appetites, but at last all were filled, and then began their fun.  Boys caught Carrie and roped her to a tree and roped Mona and Dorothy to a cot.  All went for a swim (except Mona, Teddy & I ) Carrie was ducked and came back mad.  A sprinkle of rain this morning.  Margaret Rust, came on the morning train, to stay all week with us; Merle met her.  Carl caught a large snapping turtle – weigh about 20 lbs  Merle & Margaret killed a large water moccasin, which Don skinned.  Merle and Jennie left for Topeka on 2:08 P. M. train – sorry they could not have stayed all week, but are working and could not get off.  We all went up to Paxico at 2 o’clock to attend Sunday School, but found an empty church – were re-modeling, so we all returned to Camp and young folks went for a swim.  Has been a most splendid day, and tonight a happy bunch of young folks have gathered about a big Camp fire for song and jest, and “Lifes worth while.”

 

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Mon. 4  “Labor Day.”  Camp awakened early – every one up early to reap all the fun, a day in Camp can give.  A fine day, except for a strong wind, which blew the dust unpleasantly and too, was quite warm.  Robert Sympson came on the 10 o’clock train, to stay rest of week with us.  Mrs. Brackett Nan Osborne, and Bernice Jones, also came on same train to visit us for the day: for dinner I had round steak cut very thick, browned and stewed with potatoes and a rich brown gravy Mango pickles, bread & butter and a delicious, rich, Plum Pudding with hard white sauce.  Everyone swam this afternoon but Mrs. Brackett.  I took pictures.  Arthur Dennis and our visitors went home on the 6 oclock train this evening and the young folks all went to town with them.  Has been a very happy day – Moon is getting good.  Screech Owls serenaded us this evening.  Are not catching many fish.  Ed Jones, put us in a roar this evening when he told of his first day at Clay School.

 

Tues. 5  A fine day, except for a strong wind.  We are all so happy to be in Camp.  Ronald has been awfully grouchy all day.  Charlie Plath went home on morning train.  Took more pictures today – some on steep bank over East, toward the Sno-ko-mo.  The Moon was grand tonight and the young folks, fished at the Dam pool, until Mid-night.  We are having such good times, and it’s a fine rest for Teddy.  I do all the cooking – the girls wash the dishes, taking turns by two’s.  Boys carry the water in a ten gallon milk can, from Mr. Will Strowig’s and both boys and girls, go to town for milk Cream of Wheat or rice for Breakfast and Cocoa.

 

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“Camp Sycamore La Blanca.

 

Wed. 6  All astir at an early hour, in Camp Sycamore La Blanca, this morning, intent on getting all the fun possible, out of a day in Camp.  They day was fine except for a most disagreable wind, that whipped and whirled the dust everywhere, into everything.  I took pictures, and we all sent swimming this afternoon.  All the young folks swam this morning too.  While the boys, were at the Dam pool fishing, this morning, the girls put on their boys suits (swimming suits) and went swimming and I took their pictures: it was all done in a spirit of fun, but Ronald McCord got awfully mad about it.  He is awfully grouchy and disagreable about Camp, any way and very rough acting and talking to the girls.  I hardly know what to do about it.  After “Camp” had gone to bed, this evening a very hard wind and rain storm blew up and drove us all into our tents.  Everyone has been sleeping out in the open, where we could lay, looking up thro’ the lacy, green foliage of the trees, to the stars.

 

Thurs. 7  Rained most all day, and very dark, gloomy and cold.  I managed to cook cream of wheat and make Cocoa for Breakfast, and rest of the day we just “pieced.”  Charlie and Dinky Plath came in this morning.  Every one sorry the rain spoiled a day of “outside,” fun, but everyone happy and making best of the situation.  A clear Sunset and the boys made a fine big Camp fire and girls had a Marsh Mellow roast – a small one as boys could not get many, at store.  Mona showed Don more attention, than Charlie, today.

 

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Fri. 8  A splendidly, beautiful day – every one swam but Teddy and I: was afraid most too cool.  Don and Carrie took me up Mill creek, West, in boat, to get some pictures the “reflections: of clouds, sky, and trees, in the water were exquisitely beautiful and I’m hoping I got some good pictures.  When we came back, Margaret Rust wanted to go out in the boat and Mona objected to Carrie’s going and cried and carried her cry and anger back to Camp.  Dorothy too, got very saucy about it and I lost my patience and scolded.  Sol Gilberg came from Topeka this afternoon, to see Edwin, about going to College: he ate Supper with us and went home on the 6 P. M. train.  I took pictures of our old Sycamore Tree.  Girls went to town today and bought all the Marsh Mallows in Paxico, and had a big Marsh Mallow-roast, this evening as a treat for the boys.  Our last night in Camp and had biggest Camp fire, ever, and no one hurried to bed.  Merriest, jolliest singing until every one was tired out.  Charlie & Dinky went home on morning train before Breakfast.

 

Sat. 9  A fine day and every one, having all the good times, possible to crowd into the last day in Camp – fished and swam, and boating and took pictures.  After dinner I began packing and kept me busy til Mr. Porter came to haul us to Depot where we took 6:40 train for home.  Ronald still grouchy – didn’t want to get in our last pictures at Depot.  Carl Swanson, Merrite Rowell, Robt. Sympson Don Fay, Ron McCord, Fred Brackett, Ed Jones, Marguerite Anderson John Keating, Mona & Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Elma Stewart, Margaret Rust, Teddie & I came home together.  Found everything O. K. at home.

 

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Sun. 10  A fine day, but cool.  We were up early: killed two chickens for dinner.  Marguerite went with Teddy & I to Sunday School, as did also Jennie Remington.  We did not stay for church as house was so awfully dirty, had to get home and do a little cleaning up.  Teddy emptied and put away the packing, Camp boxes, and Marguerite helped with the sweeping.  After dinner the “Camping Bunch” came out, Merle Allton, Robt. Sympson Carl Swanson, Merritte Rowell, Fred Brackett, Don Fay, Ronald McCord, Edwin Jones, John Keating, Harry Davis Carrie Wiede, Elma Stewart, Dorothy Reddick, Mona Wiede and Margaret Rust.  I served them caramel ice cream and took pictures, as it was a farewell to Harry who is leaving for College and Marguerite goes home tomorrow.  Warren came over, a wee bit of time before we left.  Teddy & I went to Rock Island Depot, to see Harry Davis off on 7:45 P. M. train for Grinnell, Iowa, where he will attend College this Winter.  My boys were nearly all at Depot, to bid him good bye.  I am so glad he can go, but shall miss him, for he will never again be with us, as in the old days.  Life is beginning in ernest for him, and the years will carry him on and on, and never back in the old way, to Class again.  But God bless and keep him and help him find his place in the world for best good to himself and the World.  Merle spent the evening with Marguerite, til 12:30 a. m.

 

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Mon. 11  Rained awfully hard early this morning.  At 10:30 I went to Santa Fe Depot with cousin Marguerite, who took the 11:10 A. M. train for her home in Weatherford, Okla.  She is bright and jolly and we have enjoyed having her with us, and shall miss her.  She looks very much like Freda, enough to be a sister.  We had a letter last week from Freda, saying she got a divorce from Darrell Houston, August 1st and on Aug. 11 she married Will Baker, coming over into Kansas – Richfield – to do so.  I don’t know what will become of such a girl.  Fair commenced this morning – in the rain, but the afternoon, has been fine, so it may bring big crowds.  Teddy went to work this morning.

 

Tues. 12  A lovely day.  I have done just “odds and ends” and pick up” work today for I feel tired from so much company and an “over-dose,” of jolly fun at Camp.  Laughed so much, I’m tired from it, and I’m very hoarse.

 

Wed. 13  A splendidly, beautiful, day, and I washed some bedding.  Papers say, big crowds are attending our free State Fair; we very seldom go – “all Fairs look alike to us:” and anyway Teddy has to work and I don’t want to go unless he can go with me.

 

Thurs. 14  Another fine day and I washed some more bedding.  Edwin Jones came out this afternoon – he has started to Washburn College in Law Dept.  Had quite a frost, this morning, first of the Season.

 

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Fri. 15  Another fine day – an ideal Summer day, as if Kansas was doing her best, to “Boast” for the State Fair, by furnishing, finest weather, ever.  Charlie Plath came out at noon, to show me pictures he took while at Lake Geneva, Y. M. C. A. School.

 

Sat. 16  Beautiful day and I was very busy all day.  Baked and cleaned all forenoon – this afternoon “pasted” in, my “Camp pictures:” we got some fine pictures, but Zercher’s lost a number of our Films, and I was awfully provoked and shall give them no more of my work.

 

Sun. 17  A splendid day – cool enough for a coat.  We took a car to Sunday School and Church.  Good Brother Cook, seemed rather “prosy” to me this morning, but maybe it was because I was tired.  I only had 8 boys in Class this morning.  Edwin Jones and Ronald McCord are two I can always depend on: Fred Brackett has become very irregular, since his father bought the new Auto.  Such a pity people cannot stay out of their Automobiles, long enough, to go to God’s house for a few hours worship, once a week.  This afternoon Edwin Jones, John Keating, Ernest Shelden, Charlie Plath and Ernest Shelden came out, then went to get “watermelons” and Don Fay, Robt. Sympson, Carl Swanson, Ralph Davidson and Walter Bowell came – after these had gone the boys came with their melons – Edwin and John, left

 

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theirs and this evening, they both came back and Robert Jones with them; Robt. Sympson and Don Fay also came and we ate watermelon and it was fine.  We certainly enjoy my “Bunch of Boys.”  All home at 10:15.

 

Mon. 18  A splendidly fine day.  I washed a very large washing and it took me until after 12 o’clock.  Mona Wiede came out this afternoon and just after she left, Clarke Ellington – one of my fine boys – came, just “killing time” until time to go for his “papers” as has a Paper route.


Tues. 19  A very fine day – did my large ironing and other household duties.  Teddy and I went to Orpheum to picture Show this evening, to see Dorothy Gish, in “Gretchen the Greenhorn.”  We enjoyed it very much.  Miss Gish is beautiful and her acting is ideal.

 

Wed. 20  Lovely day, tho’ most too warm.  I went to town this morning which time was mostly put in at Mr. Kings Studio, making out list of orders, for our Camp pictures.  Edwin Jones came out this afternoon and stayed until Teddy came home this evening.  Edwin is one fine boy – an ideal boy everyway.

 

Thurs. 21  Cooler today – just delightful Kansas weather.  I wrote some letters, beside my other work.  Edwin Jones and brother Robert, came out for the evening; so cool Teddy gave Robert one of his coats to wear home.

 

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Fri. 22  A glorious, late Summer, day – just the ideal kind of a day, old “sunny Kansas” is in the habit of handing out.  I baked bread and swept and cleaned, from one end to the other.  This evening, just after dark, as I was “clearing” away the Supper things, I was very much startled, by some one “rapping” on side of house, as I went to put things in ice-box – three distinct “raps”, not three feet from me and I hurried in and told Fred: we were sure it was some of my boys, but no one came in during the evening and now we feel disturbed about it, for it must have been a “thief” signaling another one, as they were planing to break into the cellar: neighbor Bettis’s had a large amount of canned fruit stolen from their cellar last week.  When Edwin and Robert came last evening, they found the front gate open and a man standing on the walk, near the Porch steps: he ran around the South side of the house and disappeared when they came up – so some one is prowling.  Why can’t everyone be honest.

Sat. 23  Today would be fine if not quite so warm.  I baked some delicious Pun’kin pies out of Squash, killed two chickens – fries -  made a fine potato Salad and my good husband, who has an Elephants appetite for tomatoes, sent 1 ½ Bushels of tomatoes out, for me to Can and I got thro’ with the job by 8 o’clock this evening.  Good night.

 

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Sun. 24  A very warm day.  Quite a thunder shower the middle of the afternoon.  We took car to Sunday School.  Did not stay for Church, as I had so very much to do yesterday, did not get thro’ and I had to come home to straighten up the house, for my young folks never fail to come out.  Teddy went over to “Belvoir,” on way home, and got me a great, beautiful, bouquet of wild, yellow flowers, that are a cross between the Sunflower and Brown eyed Susan.  I don’t know the name of them, but are very beautiful.  God put so many beautiful things, in this old World.

 

This afternoon, Edwin Jones, Carl Swanson, Don Fay “Bob Robert” Sympson, Ronald McCord, Merle Allton and Warren Remington, came out, went on for watermelons and came back later: Jennie and Gertrude Remington, were here to phone.  Mr. E. V. King, Mrs. Craig and Mr. & Mrs. Royer were here on Sunday School Business, and Maragret Rust Mona Wiede, Dorothy Reddick and Carrie Wiede, came out, so the day has been “strenuously full” of happiness.

 

Mon. 25  A fine day tho’ very warm.  Fred home, having a day of “Vacation.”  I had a rather large washing and Fred “pottered” around at “odds and ends.”  He helped me wash dishes at noon, then we both took a “nap.”  He slept two hours and I about a half hour, then brought my clothes in off line and did my ironing.  This evening we went to the Orpheum to see the pictures of “God’s country and the woman.”  Splendid and yet, much of it might better have been left out.

 

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Tues. 26  Another warm day and awfully windy.  I went in to see Mrs. Bettis this morning – is being troubled with rheumatism.  I baked some more dandy pies out of Squash.  Washed my hair, too, this morning.  Had quite a heavy thunder storm this evening.

 

Wed. 27  Heavy, black, clouds rolled up from the North West this morning, but only a few sprinkles of rain fell and the day became very fine.  I wrote letters most of day to my Sunday School boys who have moved from the City.  I like to keep in touch with them.

 

Thurs. 28  A splendid day.  A day brimful of work too – doing the many household duties of a large house and small family.  I ought to have gone to see Edith Radcliffe today.

 

Fri. 29  Another fine day after a very heavy frost and freeze last night.  I went to town, shopping, this morning and bought three suits of under-flannels, for Fred $9.00  Since his hard sick spell last Winter, we think it best, he wear, wool thro’ the Winter.  I bought a yard of gold lace for 50¢ to trim over my old hat.

 

Sat. 30  A grand day – did my usual Saturday-Sunday work, of preparing meals etc, and this afternoon trimmed over, my last Winter’s hat and really it is quite pretty – as nice as any I have seen, so far.

 

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Sun. 1st  The morning was cloudy, cool, threatening and I was afraid my boys would take advantage of it, and “sleep,” and many of them did – many of my “regular” S. S. boys were absent this morning, and the “once-in-a-whiles” were present.  I had 14 boys in Class, this morning.  Robt. Williard (nephew of the Pugilist, Jess Williard) Ralph Spurrier, Moses Johnson, Melvern Pribble, Robert Swickard and Billy Badger-Kellogg, being some of the “Once-in-awhiles.”  The boys were very attentive this morning and we had a splendid lesson – “A Plot that Failed” – Acts 23: 14-24, the Plot to waylay and mob Paul.  Church business, came up, and we had no sermon this morning but we were just as late, getting home.  We took street car both ways.  I took pictures of my boys at Sunday School.  This afternoon, Margaret Rust, made a short call, and some of my boys came; Edwin Jones, Carl Swanson, Don Fay, Ronald McCord, Robt. Sympson, Robert Swickard, and John Keating.  This evening, Charlie Plath, Mona Wiede, Williard Carlson and Elma Stewart, came in awhile.

 

Mon. 2nd  A splendid day, but I did not feel well enough to wash.  Fred’s mail was very heavy and he worked all day without dinner: a very warm day and a very windy one.  Mr. & Mrs. Robert Maxwell and family, spent the evening with us.  They are the parents of my lovely Robert, who was killed Aug. 18 – they grieve deeply for him.  I pity them so.

 

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Tues. 3rd  Another, bright, warm, windy day – the wind a gale – the warmth, that of an August day.  I read all day, because I did not feel like work.  I churned this morning and killed a young chicken and fried – got up a nice dinner for my good Teddy and his mail was so very heavy he did not get home for dinner, so it had to be kept over for evening, and Teddy was too tired to enjoy it, then.

 

Wed. 4th  And still the weather is that of August and awfully windy.  Not doing much today, but write letters – I owe many, and its real work.

 

Thurs. 5  Another “hot” day; and I’ve mostly did just “odds and ends” of work, but most of the afternoon, I was “potting” plants and visiting with Mrs. Bettis who came over on her “crutches” and watched me work.

 

Fri. 6th  Awfully hot, otherwise, one grand day.  I swept and cleaned all forenoon and went to town this afternoon to pay Lodge dues, Electric Light, Phone and Water Bills, and I saw so many friends on the Street, to stop and talk a moment with, that I like never to have gotten thro’ with my work.

 

Sat. 7  And still it is hot weather.  Did my usual Saturday work and made me a new, brown, sateen Petticoat with silk ruffle – matches my suit.

 

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Sun. 8  A very warm, windy day.  We took car to and from S. S. not staying for church, because my good uncle Zeke is coming.  I had 10 boys in Class – one, a visitor from St. Joe, Mo. a Mr. Hurt – fine appearing, young fellow.

 

This afternoon, Charlie Plath, Ernest Shelden, Don Fay, Merle Allton, Edwin Jones, Robert Sympson, Ronald McCord, and Mr. Hurt who visited Class this morning, all came out.  I took pictures too, as usual.  At 4 o’clock, Teddy went to Santa Fe Depot, to meet with uncle Ezekiel Rogers and aunt Mary – whose home is in Winfield, Ks. – He is my mother’s youngest brother, and the dearest, best uncle, anyone could have.  Dear aunt Mary has been sick, and looks bad.  This evening Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Edwin Jones Ernest Sheldon and Don Fay, spent evening with us, and the day and the evening has been full of happiness.

 

Mon. 9  Such a nasty day – a slow, dribbly, rain, most all morning and cold; and I so much wanted to take uncle Ezekiel and aunt Mary, about a wee bit.  Uncle went with Fred part of the morning and aunt Mary and I sat cozy and warm, by the Grate fire and visited.  Fred’s mail heavy and he didn’t get home to Dinner.  Sun came out fine, late this afternoon.

 

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fact, was quite a skim of ice, but it made a glorious, “October Day” as “rare as a day in June.”  I took pictures of aunt Mary and uncle Zeke.  At 10 o’clock I went to Santa Fe Depot, with them and they took the 11:10 train for home – such a short visit, but am so glad they could come, even for so short a time: I would give much, to have them live here, they are so dear.  Uncle is a Rural Mail carrier out of Winfield.  I stopped up town and bought a new clock and got on same car to come home, at noon, that my good Teddy was on.  After dinner, I went down to 433 Topeka Ave, to see the Radcliffe’s and my friend “Jonesie” who is home from Montana, but they were out, so I walked back home, and at 7th and Morris Ave, met Mona and Dorothy, who had been to see me (and I was out) “chatted” awhile, then near 9th and Morris, met Mrs. Knoll, and chatted some more.  This evening, my good husband and I, went to the “movies” at the Orpheum, to see Lillian Gish in “Diane of the Follies.”  She certainly is fine, but I didn’t just like, the ending of the Story tho’ the Lesson was good.  The Comedy was funny and we both had many times our money’s worth in “laugh” – “Treadwell the Inventor,” was comic. 

 

We don’t often go to the “movies” and so tonight was a feast of fun for us.  We came home in a Jitney Bus and was home, at 9 o’clock.

 

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Wed. 11  A day of clouds, with the sunshine, peeping thro’ now and then – and warmer too, today.  I have accomplished very little today, because of various interruptions.  Mrs. Bettis came in awhile this morning: getting around fine on her crutches: a good neighbor.  About 10 o’clock Melvern Pribble came out to see me – he has a new girl, Miss Gertrude Roberts up on Randolph St. and he brought her along, to introduce her, wanted me to meet “his girl” and I’m glad my boys, bring their friends to me, I want to know all their friends – but this girl, well she was pleasant and nice looking, rather, but I am just a wee bit afraid, she is over fond of Mel and Mel is not a boy, any girl should be over fond of.  A big, handsome, fellow and one of my boys, but, well no girl should be over-fond of him, I’m very sure.  Robert Jones, brought Teddy’s coat home, this afternoon.

 

Thurs. 12  A mighty fine day.  This afternoon I went to town to pay a Bill and then over to 433 Top. Ave to see my friend “Jonesie” and Mrs. C. W. Radcliffe.  Baby Robert Radcliffe grows and is so sweet and pretty.  Don Fay and Robt. Sympson, came out this evening.

 

Fri. 13  Another fine day.  I swept and cleaned, the whole house, did mending and made plans for my coming Hallowe’en Party, for my boys.

 

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Sat. 14  A splendid day – rained little this evening – Mel Pribble was out just after dinner and Carrie Weide came about 4:30 and this is the “Tale” she told me, of a new married couple.  The “Newly-Weds,” for convenience, left their door-key, with Elma Stewart while “moving in,” next door; after they moved in, the following, young folks, Mona Wiede, Charlie Plath, Elma Stewart, Williard Carlson, Carrie Wiede and Isabel Southerin went over in the evening with all sorts of silly placards, and baby toys, to decorate, using key to open door, and with a lantern went thro’ the house – Carrie going upstairs, found the “Newly Weds” in bed, and told the others who did not believe her, so Charlie went up and they refused to believe him and Williard went up and tried to pull the covers off the young married couple and none of these young folks had ever seen the “Newly Weds” before except Elma, when they left their key with her All were strangers.  No words can express my utter disgust for such vulgarity.  What is the World coming too, when parents do not teach their children common decency.  No one could have blamed the young husband had he shot some of those young folks for the indignities to his home and young wife and it will take such action if things keep on’ shameful, disgusting.

 

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Sun. 15  Rained part of day and dark and gloomy.  We took car to S. S. and Church – I had 10 boys in Class.  Mr. Alex Hurt of St. Joe Mo. was a visitor in my Class and he being a stranger in the City (also to us) I asked him to come with us for Dinner and to spend the afternoon, for I’m sure hotels are lonely places on Sunday, for young folks.  My friend “Jonesie,” also came to dinner and will spend some time with us, since her home is broken up.  This afternoon, Mona Wiede, Elma Stewart, Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Ronald McCord, Edwin Jones Melvern Pribble, Robt. Sympson, Don Fay and Charlie Plath, came out.  About 4 o’clock an undertaker phoned me of the death of Loys Garwood, a young man who came into my Class three years ago but because he was a peculiar fellow, the Boys would not allow him in the Class and he was transferred to the Barraca’s – Loys was not a normal boy, but knew the good and lived it.  I was told today too, of another loss, this time of a very bright boy; Fred Brackett has quit the Class to go to Christian Science.  His mother, long an invalid, was healed and went over to Christian Science and persuaded Fred’s girl to take it up and she in turn has taken Fred away from me.  I hate to lose him, he has been in Class so long.

 

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Mon. 16  A dark, drizzly, sprinkly, gloomy, day and friend “Jonesie” and I have put in the whole day, in a “gab-fest” – our tongues wagged “fast and furious,” except for the little time she went up to her old home to look up some things.  Mrs. Jones and I had fun with the Ouija Board this evening.

 

Tues. 17  As grand a day, as any October day could possibly be made.  I washed a very large washing.  My good husband at home all day, having his last day of Vacation.  We took “Jonesie” and went to the Orpheum to see “Fairbanks,” in “Manhattan Madness” and enjoyed it hugely, as we did the little Curtain raiser.  Bessie Barrescale in “The Green Swamp.”  Home at 9:10.  Mel and Warren, as Pall-bearers, went with me this afternoon to Loys Garwoods funeral.  Carl Swanson was the other Pall bearer from our Class.  I took picture of Dorothy Strickler this a. m.

 

Wed. 18  Another beautiful day, tho’ a chill in the air.  Very busy all day, putting pictures in my S. S. Class Book and bringing it up to date.  Don Fay and Robt. Sympson, came in for the evening.

 

Thurs. 19  We have had all kinds of a day, today.  The morning dawned gray and cold, soon it began to sprinkle then to rain, then to sleet and by evening we were having a little snow, much wind and cold in fact a nasty Winter day and I had to get out the Winter blankets – my these sudden changes – yesterday “Summer and no fire” today a cold Winter day and could hardly keep warm.

 

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Fri. 20  A splendid, sunny day, crispy cool – rather too much wind.  Mrs. Jones and I went to town this afternoon for a wee bit of shopping and to listen to an Edison, afternoon at Crosby Brothers.  We heard some fine music, but I would tire of it, every day in the week – I prefer my piano.

 

Sat. 21  Beautiful day, crispy, yet warming up.  Busy with my usual Saturday work and finished my Class Book picture mounting.  Mrs. Jones went to town in afternoon.

 

Sun. 22  One glorious day.  Teddy went to Dr. Cutsinger’s Office to get his glasses, changed, then came over to Church.  I took car to S. S. and Church – 9 boys in Class, Melvern Pribble helped with the Lesson.  Mrs. Jones, went to Mrs. Amos’ to spend the day.  This afternoon Margaret Rust, Dorothy Reddick, Carrie Wiede Robt. Sympson, Ronald McCord, Carl Swanson, Charlie Plath Edwin Jones, Melvern Pribble and his friends, Gregg Lowry and Barrett came out – Had some fine Singing Mrs. Jesse Henderson, gave Ronald a Pup – awfully cute.

 

Mon. 23  Dark, gloomy day and late afternoon drizzly: My washing dried, mostly out doors.  My good Teddy did not get home to dinner because of heavy mail We went to the Orpheum this evening to see Dorothy Kelly, Morey and little Bobby Connelly in “The Law Decides.”  Fine  We took Mrs. Jones with us – O, it was just splendid.

 

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Tues. 24  Certainly, one big, nasty day; raining when we got up and rained hard all day: some thunder and colder – did little beside my ironing.  Mrs. Jones is still with us and we are glad to do everything we possibly can for her, but O, how she wearies one by constantly talking of her trouble with and separation from, Mr. Jones – from morning until night, same thing over and over.  She is a dear, good woman and generous to a fault, but not more than one man out of a thousand could live with her and she is innocently blind to that side of herself.

 

Wed. 25  The stars were shining when we got up this morning and it has been a splendidly beautiful day.  I have been busy fixing up things for my Halloween Party for my S. S. Class of boys.  “Jonesie” with us.

 

Thurs. 26  Another splendid day and I have did little work all day.  I can’t do much with “Jonesie” here – she talks constantly and I can’t get away from her, with out offending her and I did offend her this morning when I told her how folks were begining to say things of her Granddaughter’; that she was saucy, flippant and used rough language and is so disrespectful.  Mrs. Jones took us to the Orpheum this evening to see Bessie Barriscale in a College Play, “Plain Jane” – she is a dear little actress, but really the Play didn’t amount to anything.

 

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Fri. 27  “A Perfect Day” – a smiling, sunny October Day.  I’m sort o’ bummy and laying around.  Jonesie went to town about noon and then over to Mrs. Amos’ but is with us tonight.  I have things well in hand for my Party.

 

Sat. 28  Another fine day, tho’ cool and I was busy with my usual work.  Tried to get over my Sunday School Lesson, but no studying around “Jonesie”  She is an incessant talker – a dear, good woman but so tiresome with her constant repitition of her “troubles” and she only sees one side, while every one sees a whole lot of “the other side.”

 

Sun. 29  Dark, cloudy, morning – we took car to and from S. S. and Church.  I had 10 boys this morning – the largest Class present, with possibly one or two exceptions.  Right after dinner I went to the First M. E. Church to the funeral of Mrs. Avery Washburn, 96 yrs. old – from there Mr. Seiler, took a number of us (old neighbors and members of the Coterie Club) to the Cemetery and later to our homes; after 5 o’clock when I got home – Fred stayed home to keep “open house” for my boys, who might care to come out, as some do every Sunday.  Edwin Jones, Charles Plath and Ronald McCord, were here when I arrived home and Robt. Sympson, Don Fay and Ronald came out this evening.  And my boys are always welcome.

 

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Mon. 30  A splendidly, beautiful, October, day and I was very busy all day preparing for my Hallowe’en Party.  “Jonesie” made almost 100 doughnuts for me (I helped her) I made 5 doz. Patty shells, and killed two chickens.  Mrs. Robt. Maxwell (mother of my Robt. Maxwell) sent me a splendid reading glass, this afternoon, to use in looking at pictures

 

“HALLOWE’EN”

 

Tues. 31  A most splendid day.  “Jonesie” helped me decorate the house and I had fine Hallowe’en decorations – the house looked fine.  And tonight, a jolly bunch came.  My good Teddy dressed as a ghost (skull mask and wrapped in a sheet) met the guests at the door.  “Jonesie” dressed as a “Witch” to tell fortunes but instead they used a “Ouija Board.”  They said they had the best time they ever had at a Party.  They played the Piano and sang, much of the evening.  I served, pickles sandwiches, creamed chicken, cider and doughnuts and of course red Apples – winesaps.  Billy Badger Kellogg, Frank Bunce Ernest Shelden, Merle Allton, and Edwin Jones, were “Stags.”  The others were Ronald McCord, Margaret Officer, Robert Sympson, Helen Williams, Lindsay Osborn, Helen Lewis, Melvern Pribble, Edna Rice, Fred Brackett, Nan Osborn, Charlie Plath, Mona Wiede, Monahan Allys Sullivan, Robert Williard, Claire Howe, Frank Scanlon Veryl Johnson, Earl Bunce Winifred Jones, Merritte Rowell and Helen Shaeffer.  A jolly, jolly bunch of young folks.

 

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Wed. 1  And today is the “day after,” a beautiful day.  “Jonesie” and I spent all morning taking down the “decorations” and cleaning up the house, then we rested.  Robt. Sympson and Fred Brackett came out for a short call, about 5 o’clock and to get a sip o’cider.

 

Thurs. 2  Another grand day.  Jonesie cleaned my two carpets with her vacuum cleaner, the “Thor” and it certainly cleaned them too.  Electricity is wonderful.  This afternoon “Jonesie” and I went to town to “shop” a wee bit and pay Bills – Phone, Light, Water and Lodge – and we went in to Rolar’s to “investigate” the Victrola: Fred wants a “music box.”  Well I fell completely in love with the Victrola, like it much better than the Edison and think I shall give my husband one for Christmas.  This evening Mrs. Jones took us to the “Iris” to see Theda Bara, in Romeo and Juliet, with Hilliard: Splendid tho’ I’m not fond of Tragedy – enjoyed this.

 

Fri. 3  A splendid November day.  “Jonesie” went to Mrs. Robt. Gish’s for the day and evening.  I got more work done with no one to talk to.  Baked lovely bread.  This afternoon I went over to call on Mrs. Maxwell 715 Horne – she was not home, so I went for rest of afternoon at Mrs. Wiede’s 700 Morris Ave.  Dorothy Reddick called just after dinner.  Teddy and I had a quiet evening alone.

 

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Sat. 4  One grand, November day – Very busy all day with various sorts of work.  Mrs. Jones, went over to Mrs. Amos’ this afternoon, to spend several days  Quite warm and very windy.

 

Sun. 5  A beautiful day except for the wind – Kansas sends us as fine days in November, as in June or October.  We took car to and from S. S. and Church.  I had 12 boys in Class.  Melvern Pribble stayed with me for church services, and went forward and made “the good confession.”  I don’t know how to be thankful enough, when my boys, come into the church and my heart was most happy this morning when Melvern went “forward” during invitation song.  This afternoon only Robt. Sympson and Ronald McCord came out – the beautiful day seemed to have wooed our usual bunch, out to the Parks.  “Jonesie” and Mrs. Amos called about 4 o’clock.  Mr. James Herriott called about 7 o’clock and we had a lovely visit with him ‘til 8:30.  About 7:30 Leonard Godard, wife and baby, Leonard Jr. came in – Baby is so sweet, bright and pretty.

 

Mon. 6  Bright and sunny, but the wind a “gale.”  I washed a large two weeks washing – thro’ at 12:20, clothes dried and I ironed all afternoon – thro’ at 6 o’clock.  Mail heavy, so my good Teddy did not get home to dinner today, and I was alone and worked and worked

 

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Tues. 7  A hard, whippy, whirly, wind all day and some cloudy.  Presidential Election Day and while I have voted Municipally, for many years, today I cast my first Presidential vote and voted hard for Charles Evans Hughes; of course I believe he will be elected, tho’ I feel sure the Election will be close for many have said they would vote for Wilson, believing “he has kept us out of War” – far from it, for we are waring with Mexico right now and no other Country could, or wants to fight us.

 

After dinner I rode with Mr. & Mrs. Jasper Bettis over on W-6th, to the Polls to vote, then they took me to St. Francis Hospital, to see Robert Swickard, one of my boys who is there, sick with Typhoid.  From there I went to town and then home and my good Teddy and I enjoyed a quiet evening alone.

 

Wed. 8  Rained hard, nearly all day, (begining about midnight0 as if the very heavens were weeping, because we must endure four years more Wilson – for he has been elected again, what a wicked shame.  Everything Republican by immense majority, except President.  And it looks as if the women did it – they really believed, Wilson kept us out of War, poor fools.  Mrs. Jones, came back this evening.  I wish she could sell her home, poor woman.

 

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Thurs. 9  A grand, beautiful, day.  “Jonesie” here and most we can do, is to talk over our disappointment at result of Election – it is terrible, that Wilson should be at head of the Nation four years more.  A fine, cultured, educated, Christian, man, but with no executive ability – I can’t see what he will do, except worst of harm.  Jonesie went to town in late afternoon and over to Christian Church where we later met her, to see the baptism of one of my boys, Melvern Pribble, after Prayer meeting.  I was so happy to see Melvern Baptized.  It was a “perfect night” of exquisite, Moonlight.  A great big, brilliant, full Moon, that shined away the stars; bright almost as day; and a cloudless sky.

 

Fri. 10  A splendid day, but O the gloom of an Election, that went wrong – dreadful, dreadful.  One of my fine boys, Walter Bowell, who is in college at Manhattan, gave me a happy surprise this morning, by calling with his friend, Miss Diamond.  I am always glad to see my boys and to have them bring their friends.  Walter lives at Kensington Ks. and his friend who teaches there, is here to attend the Teachers Association.  A very pleasing little lady.

 

We went to the Grand Opera House, this evening to see the “Lyman Howe” moving pictures – took “Jonesie” with us.   Pictures not as good as used to be.

 

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Sat. 11  Cold, cloudy, windy – very Wintry weather has dropped down upon us.  Busy today with many things.  Miss Clara Speckmann (school teacher, at Linwood, Kan. – one of the 7000 teachers in town this week, and a sister to the husband of my adopted sister, came out for a Call, this morning: a stranger, but seemed very pleasant and much in love with Silas and Vella’s little flock of eight, Kiddies.  Very cold tonight.

 

Sun. 12  Cold and gloomy – froze hard last night; too cold to snow this morning, tho’ its trying.  Fred took car early, for S. S. so he could stop on way at Dr. Cutsinger’s Office for an eye test.  I took car to S. S. and church, at usual time – had only 8 boys in Class.  This afternoon Fred Brackett, Robt. Sympson, Don Fay, Charlie Plath Edwin Jones and Ronald McCord came out.  Very cold.

 

Mon. 13  A very cold day, 20○ above zero: when we got up this morning, a heavy, overcast sky, made it seem mid-Winter and last week we had been having, mid-Summer, but quite early the bright sun came out and drove away the clouds and it was a fine sunny, Winter day.  At 12:30 a long distance phone call came for “Jonesie,” that her Grandson was very sick; too late to take 1 o’clock train and no other until 1 o’clock at night, but after much phoning, I got a “Jitney,” threw a few “necessities” into her traveling bag helped her change her dress and had her speeding

 

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for the Rock Island Depot, more than two miles away, to catch a train, for McPherson, Kansas, to her daughter  She left the house at 10 min. of 1 o’clock, the train left at one oclock, but was 10 min. late and she made it alright, for she has not returned and it is evening.  Poor woman she has many trials.  My good Fred not home to dinner, mail too heavy.

 

I went to “Teacher’s meeting” at the Church tonight.  Mrs. C. F. Menninger, read a splendid Paper along the line of the “Efficient Teacher.”  A grand, beautiful night – the Moon so bright, it literally “shined away the stars” – could see but a very few of the larger stars – the “Wolf Moon” of November is grand.

 

Tues. 14  A splendid day of sunshine and brisk cold.  Quite a busy day of reading and writing.  We went to the Orpheum this evening to see “Bessie Love, in “A Sister of six” and also a Comedy that had too many “thrillers” to suite me: also there was a Troupe of Hawaii “Troubadours” that pleased so well, they were re-called five times.  The “Wolf Moon” tonight was brilliant tho’ only about half a moon now, and stars shine better.

 

Wed. 15  Another splendid day and warmer.  I have not accomplished much in the way of work, today.  Some days, everything goes slow, and my work wont go ahead.

 

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Thurs. 16  A most splendid day – I went to town after dinner on same car with Fred, and went to the Court House and paid our taxes $21.57, then met Mrs. Wiede and Mrs. Hileman at Transfer Sta. and went to W. T. Roher’s Music Store, to listen to the Victrola music but so many came in, we could not get the music we wanted, so did not stay long; went to stores shopped a wee bit and came home.  November is beautiful.

 

Fri. 17  An ideal Autumn day.  Went to town on same car with Fred, after dinner, to get some flowers for one of my boys.  I got three great fine, yellow Chrysanthemums (75¢) and took them out to Robt. Swickard, who is in St. Francis Hospital sick with Typhoid fever – he is improving fine.  I spent some time with him, then went to call on Mrs. Robt. Maxwell – she was not home so I came home and went at the evening work.

 

Sat. 18  Another splendid day.  Worked hard until noon cleaning the whole house and Baking – Wrote letters all forenoon.  Now for a bath and bed.

 

Sun. 19  A grand, beautiful, day.  We took car to and from S. S. and Church.  I had 14 boys in Class this morning and Mr. Yetter came to me and asked me to take his Class of Boys, or part of them – he is Secretary and

 

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will keep part of his Class to help him in that work.  His Class got so noisy and inattentive, that he could do nothing with them and so he gave up – quit the Class, was made Secretary of Sunday School and asks me to take his “noisy bunch.”  Oh! what a great, big bluff, man is, any way.  All men, Sunday School workers, howl, “Men teachers for boys,” yet in our church they have been failure’s” Mr. Yetter being the third man, to give up a Class of boys in the Intermediate Dept.  Mr. King did not give up his, but they quit him.  I took my Class at beginning of their Junior year and went thro’ three years of Junior, with them, when they were awfully squirmy, wriggley fellows, but so wide awake and interested and interesting; then I went thro’ three years of Intermediate, with them and they were so noisy and hard to hold their attention I would come home sometimes and cry my heart out; but would not give up, yet have seen three men (men who brag of their strength, their superiority over women, as teachers of boys, and all else) give up Classes in Intermediate Dept. since I took my Class (me, poor weak woman, who should not teach Boys.)  And now I am finishing the third year in the Senior Dept. with the same Class of boys and am reaping my reward, in seeing the “Bunch,” turning into fine young man-hood, and “taking up the burden” and helping me, by becoming

 

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teachers in their turn -  Charlie Plath, Melvern Pribble, Ralph Davidson, Fred Brackett, Will Jackson and Merritte Rowell, all as teachers and sub. teachers.  Yes Mr. Yetter, I will take your deserted boys in with my bunch – take the burden off your great strong shoulders, O, man, onto my weak ones, poor woman, who should not be a teacher of Boys.  But I’m thankful, that no where in His Book, does God say a woman, shall not teach Boys.  And always in my work, He has blest me richly and helped me bear the burden, of persecution and unjust criticism and jealousy, because I have been a successful teacher of boys, even tho’ a woman.

 

This afternoon, Vera Hanna, came out, and toward evening Don Fay, and later, Edwin Jones, Charlie Plath, Ernest Sheldon and Ronald McCord, came out – Ernest went home with Vera – joke.

 

Mon. 20  Another splendid day and I did a large two weeks washing – thro’ by 12:15, scrubbed, cleaned up, clothes dried I sprinkled them and ironed all afternoon – busy day, yes!  Mail heavy, and my good Teddy, did not get home to dinner.

 

Tues. 21  A cold, raw, dismal, gloomy, day.  At 10 o’clock I met Mrs. Maxwell at Transfer Sta. and went with her to Topeka Cemetery – she was having the bodies of her son and father, moved to another lot and wanted me to go with her.  I was thankful the bodies were moved and partly covered when we got there – Her grief is most pitiful, and beging to affect her mind, and she knows it, for as we were waiting

 

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to catch a car home, she said “Mrs. Farnsworth, I am not right mentally” – her grief and shock of the tragedy of Robert’s death, is killing her, and Mr. Maxwell either does not see, or does not care; he is selfish and doesn’t treat her the best.  As we were leaving the Cemetery, she turned, lifted her eyes toward the hill, where Robert’s body lies, held out her hands and murmured “my poor boy,” with tears streaming down her cheeks.  It sounded like the moan of a poor wounded animal.  My heart aches for her – I wish I could ease her heart ache.  She gave me a great, bundle of Tulip bulbs.  Much colder this evening and misting.

 

Wed. 22  Has rained all day, but not cold.  I have been writing, and looking up lists of music of “Victor Records,” most all day – just fooling my time away as it were, while my good Teddy worked thro’ the storm, but I would carry mail for him if I could.

 

Thurs. 23  A beautiful, bright, sunny day.  I am making cartoons now, to use at my New Year Party for my Boys.  Mrs. Maxwell told me the other day (Tuesday) that Mr. Pribble had been at their house on business and in taking of “My S. S. Boys” told them he was jealous of me, because his son (Melvern thought so much of me, always calling me “mother” or Auntie.”  It amuses me, and yet I understand – Many parents of my Boys are jealous, and I am sorry for it is only friendship of Boy and Teacher.

 

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Fri. 24  Another fine day – cleaned up the house and rest of time worked on my cartoons – wrote few letters.

 

Sat. 25  And still November is like the good Old Summer.  Did my usual Saturday work – made a few Cartoons and got my Sunday School Lesson – Been looking for “Jonesie” today.

 

Sun. 26  A fine day – We took car to S. S. and Church and return.  Mr. Cunningham, of Missionary, home on furlough, from Tokio Japan, gave the sermon this morning, or rather, a talk of his work and its needs.  This afternoon, Mona Wiede, Dorothy Reddick Carrie Wiede, Ron. McCord, Edwin Jones, Carl Swanson, and Don Fay came out and we had our usual jolly, good visit together.  Phil Billiard made a beautiful flight over the city in Bi-plane.

 

Mon. 27  A most splendid day – got my washing out, early – did my ironing this afternoon – made a few cartoons and kept very busy.  Fred came home to dinner today.  Washed my hair

 

Tues. 28  Another glorious day, and I worked on my Cartoons all day – some of them amuse me much.  We went to the Orpheum this evening to see Douglass Fairbanks in “American Aristocracy – enjoyed him very much.  I ordered a Victrola, today from W. R. Roehr’s - $100.00  My!

 

Wed. 29  Beautiful day.  The Victrola came out at 11:30 A. M.  Mrs. Jones got home this evening, from McPherson.

 

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Thurs. 30  A most beautiful day.  “Thanksgiving Day” and O, we have so much to be thankful for.  Our blessings have been so many, the past year, we cannot name them – but are hearts are most thankful, to God for all His, merciful goodness.  Fred has been home all day having a Holiday.  We gave the Salvation Army a dollar to buy a dinner for some poor person – not much, but would buy as good a dinner as we had – a small baked chicken, slaw, and mashed potatoes with Strawberry preserves and cream in patty shell, for desert.  We enjoyed Victrola music today – Fred has wanted a Victrola for a long time, so we got it – we always do without, everything in a way of pleasure, we work hard and “skimp,” with our noses, always on the grindstone and can’t “lay by” so we decided to get a bit of pleasure by buying a Victrola – we believe we will have as much in end.  We took Mrs. Jones and went to the Orpheum this evening to see Anita Stewart in “The Suspect” – excellent but more dramatic than I like.  Fatty Arbuckle in a Comedy, was good too, but parts of it should have been censored “out.”  I don’t like “coarseness.”

 

Fri. 1  A grand day, mail very heavy and Fred not home to dinner.  Mr. Roy Denton, leader, Mr. Rob. Jerrell and Mr. DeWitt Smith, of Kingman, Kansas, Delegates to the Older Boys Conference, came for Supper and to stay all night with us.  Billiard made a fine flight over the City at noon.

 

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Sat. 2  A most splendid day – Fred got on fine with his mail.  The three young men with us, went to the Convention after Breakfast, and did not return until after the night meeting, so it has not been hard, yet many homes would not take these boys into their homes because did not want the bother and not willing to “give the cup of cold water.”  The City took the boys for an Auto ride over the City, and it took about 200 auto’s – they passed our place and certainly made a great showing: supposed to be 1200 of them, and certainly looked it.  We are enjoying the new Victrola, very much and are not sorry to sacrifice to buy it.

 

Sun. 3rd.  Billard made another fine flight over City this afternoon, in his Aeroplane.  Another splendid day – Kansas sunshine and blue skies makes life, worth while.  Mr. Denton left before Breakfast, to go to Horton to see his folks, - Mr. Smith and Mr. Jerrell went Cent. Cong. S. S.  Teddy & I took car to and from, S. S. and Church, as usual.  “Jonesie” had dinner ready when we got home.  Mr. Smith and Mr. Jerrell were here for dinner and did not go to the Boys Conference, this afternoon – Edwin Jones, Warren Remington, Ronald McCord and Ernest Shelden came out this afternoon and I had them stay to Supper, with young Jerrell and Smith, who left for last meeting of Conference at 7:30, then would take train for their home in Kingman, the other boys left also and then Charlie Plath, Mona and Carrie Wiede, Williard Carlson and Elma Stewart came and kept Victrola busy ‘til 10 o’clock.  Mrs. Ross, Mother of Emory, Missionary to Africa, preached for us this morning – She was intensely interesting.

 

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Mon. 4  An ideal Winter day – sky of deepest blue, warm and sunny too: cleaned up and straightened up, then sat me down, to work hard on my Cartoons, of my Boys.  Enjoying our Victrola, very much.

 

Tues. 5  Crisp and frosty, morning – sunny, warm, fine day.  I went to town this morning and paid $50.00 dollars in gold, on our Victrola, took back some Records and got some new ones, paid regular Bills Lodge dues etc and came home.  Jonesie is trying hard to rent or sell, her place, and is almost desperate, because she can do neither.  She is asking too much for it, but one dare not tell her so, because she is high tempered and easily offended.  We kept the Victrola busy all evening and enjoyed it much.

 

Wed. 6  Such a splendid day.  Worked hard on my Cartoons today.  This evening Jonesie had us go with her to the Orpheum to see Dorothy Dalton and Warner in the “Vagabond Prince,” which we enjoyed very much, but was thoroughly disgusted with the comedy that followed.  Started the Victrola, when we got home.

 

Thurs. 7  A fine day, but colder and threatening – Worked hard on my cartoons – Looks like snow tonight.  Mrs. Jones, frets and worries and makes it “trying” for me: But I’m so sorry for her.

 

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Fri. 8  A crispy, clear, sunny day – a fine Winter day, freezing all day, a little.  And tonight is glorious – just as clear, and crispy cold, but instead of the sun, a great, full moon, is shining out the stars – O such a glorious night, I wanted to be out in it.  Robt. Sympson and Ronald McCord spent the evening with us and played most all my Records on Victrola.  I made a few Cartoons today and managed to upset my ink bottle and spill ink on almost all I had made.  Had a fine letter from my father today, in Springfield, Colo.  He is almost 77 yrs. old and taking up another Homestead.

 

 

Sat. 9  A heavy frost, and ice this morning – a fine sunny day.  I did my usual Sat. baking and Jonesie “cleaned” for me.  She went to Mrs. Fox’s this afternoon and I got my S. S. Lesson and made a few Cartoons.

 

Sun. 10  A cold, day – cloudy and chill.  Mrs. Jones took the 8 o’clock morning train over the U. P. R. R. to Kansas City, to visit friends.  Fred & I, took car to and from S. S. and church.  This afternoon, Warren Remington, Carl Swanson, Don Fay, Robt. Sympson, Edwin Jones, Ronald McCord, Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick and Mona Wiede came out – they kept the Victrola going all afternoon.  Ernest Sheldon came at 6 o’clock Charlie Plath and Mona Wiede, Warren Remington and Ruth Hare came in to spend the evening and again the Victrola was kept on jump – Mona played all my Records – A light snow began falling at dusk – very cold.

 

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Mon. 11  A high wind, all day – the morning cold, and a fine snow falling, until the middle of the forenoon when the sun broke thro’ the clouds and tho’ very cold, was a splendid Winter day.  I washed a very large two weeks, washing and was all thro’ at 12:15 – not bad.  I hung a line full, outdoors and were frozen stiff as boards in a moment, the rest, I dried in the house.  Mail heavy and my good Teddy not home to dinner.  “Jonesie” came home this evening from Kan. City.

 

Tues. 12  Did my ironing this forenoon and after dinner Mrs. Jones and I, went to town to do some Shopping.  Very windy and by time we got home at 5:30 had grown very cold.  One of my very fine young men, Ralph Davidson and his betrothed, Miss Esther Roller, came out this evening and we had such a lovely visit with them.  Theirs will be a happy home.

 

Wed. 13  Snowed last night and awfully cold today.  1○ above zero.  Fred home all day with a bad sore throat, poor fellow.  “Jonesie” making me a new white voil dress and I kept busy all day.

 

Thurs. 14  A bright, sunny day and warmer.  My good Teddy went back to work this morning with his throat almost well, after strenuous use of Hyomei all day yesterday.  Mrs. Robt. Maxwell and little Don came in this afternoon – she still grieves deeply for her boy.

 

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Fri. 15  Still very cold, but finer than yesterday.  Mrs. Jones and I busy with my new voil dress.  I went to town this morning to get some lace for it and buy some fish.  Mr. & Mrs. E. Wiede, spent the evening with us.

 

Sat. 16  A splendid day.  Fred at home this afternoon to rest and so to be off in time, to go to Eastern Star Banquet tonight at 5:45.  Mrs. Jones and I together, got my dress finished in time for me to dress and take the car, at 5:30, with my good husband, to the Masonic Temple, to the Eastern Star Banquet and Installation of Officers.  Miss Minnie Doerring was installed as Worthy Matron, Mr. Brookens, Worthy Patron Miss Ethel Aldrich Associate Matron and myself, Chaplin.  Banquet and Ceremonies were elegant – we got home twenty minutes of 1 o’clock – 500 or more present.

 

Sun. 17  Up at 6:30 this morning and we took car at the usual hour for S. S.  We did not stay for church.  I had 12 boys present – a very young Mr. Wright in our Class this morning as a visitor.  Cold, gray, and snowing most all day.  I went to Masonic Temple at 3 o’clock for a Rehearsal of the New Officers, to get our “bearings,” as it were and we were kept there until plum 6 o’clock.  Ronald McCord, Ernest Shelden and Clarence Plummer came out to our home just as I was leaving and I had to go, leaving them to Teddy and the Victrola.

 

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Mon. 18  A splendid Winter day – all sunshiny and cold, with a wee bit of snow on the ground.  Mail heavy and my kind, good Teddy not home to dinner.  I lent Jonesie $26.00 and she went to town this afternoon to pay her taxes.  I washed this morning and ironed this afternoon.

 

Tues. 19  Went to town this morning, to deposit in the Bank of Topeka, a cheque for $25.00 which brother Coit Farnsworth sent me for Christmas.  I finished paying for our Victrola, too - $50.00 – then went to Pelletier’s and met Jonesie & Mrs. Amos and we shopped until 1 o’clock, and I came home: cars were all off, making it 1:30 by time I got home – found Fred had come home to dinner and of course was locked out and had to go back to town to get his dinner – poor boy: the first time in all our married life, Oh! I felt so badly I could have cried – yet he had not expected he could get home to dinner and too, cars made me late.  Turned very cold at 1 o’clock and a strong cold wind blowing – ugh its cold.

 

Wed. 20  Cold and wee bit of snow.  Busy making Cartoons.  No Christmas mail yet, so Fred was able to get home to dinner at noon.  4 above zero is cold.

 

Thurs. 21  Sunny but blizzardly cold – 5 below zero and a strong north wind blowing – Mail heavy but not because of Christmas – Fred not home to dinner.

 

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Fri. 22  Sunny, but O, its cold – still I enjoy it very much – above zero this morning.  Mail awful heavy today and its Christmas mail too.  Fred worked 10 ½ hours today.  This evening Harry Davis – home from Grinwell College on Vacation – came out for a Call – such a fine boy and I love him much: is looking fine, tho’ thinner and has grown taller: later in the evening Merle Allton and Robt. Sympson came out for a Call and had the Victrola going for an hour.  Fred took hot bath and to bed early, for was very tired.  “Jonesie” found much of her Plumbing frozen and bursted today, in her house and is awfully discouraged tonight – poor woman, I’m so sorry.

 

Sat. 23  Sunny as the Summertime and cold as Winter.  “Jonesie” rented her house this morning to Mr. Martin for $15.00 and feels better: she left at 2 o’clock over the Rock Island, for McPherson, Kansas, so spend Christmas with her daughter – I helped her get to the Depot then went shopping and got home at 5 oclock.  Fred gone all day and worked 9 hrs.

 

Sun. 24  Cloudy and a raw wind, but not so cold.  We took car to Sunday School and Church – Fred had to go to P. O. at 1:30 to work up Christmas mail and got home at 10:10 this evening.  I had only six boys in Class this morning and not one when S. S. commenced – first time this ever occurred.  Very few present in any Class.  Harry Davis, Ernest Shelden, Merle Allton Robt. Sympson, Ronald McCord, Don Fay, Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick Margaret Rust, came out this afternoon.  Harry, Bob

 

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and Margaret, kept the piano going, and between times others kept the Victrola busy.  Harry was so jolly and happy – he seemed like a bird out of a cage.  This evening Arthur Dennis, Warren Remington and Ruth Hare came in for the evening and I was so glad to have them, especially as I was all alone.  Don Fay and Arthur D. brought me their Photo’s for Christmas.  Robt. Swickard gave me a fine box of candy at church.

 

Mon. 25  “Christmas Day.”  Cloudy all day and dark with rather a cold wind tho’ not freezing any, all day.  My good Teddy working all day and I, home alone except that Jennie Remington came in awhile this morning and also a bunch of my boys, with a beautiful Christmas gift for me – an Electric Grill – O it is just lovely and I’m so glad to have it, only sorry to have the boys spend so much, on a gift for me.  They are certainly the dearest, most blessed boys – how could any one help loving them.  Warren Remington Harry Davis, Merle Allton, Robt. Sympson, Ronald McCord and Merritte Rowell, were the boys who brought the Gift out to me – my boys are all so dear and I love them as if they were my own.  Keene Saxon used his Auto and helped Fred deliver his mail today and they got thro’ in 7 hrs. and 59 min.  Fred gave Keene $2.00 for helping.  Had a thunder storm this evening and rained hard.  Doesn’t seem like Christmas.  We gave Mrs. Godard $5.00 for Christmas.  Fred took it over.

 

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Tues. 26  A bright, beautiful, sunny, day – and alone all day, Fred’s mail heavy: to work 15 min. ahead of time: got all mail out today and not over tired tonight.  Santa was very kind to us, as usual.  My boys gave me an Electric Grill, and Coit sent me a “cheque” for $25.00 and sent his lovely gold watch to Fred, he having fallen heir to a much finer one.  We received, candy, books, handkerchiefs Photo’s and Christmas cards galore, and I bought the Victrola for Fred.  And our greatest blessing has been good health, a blessing above price and so we are unusually happy this Christmas – Fred was so very ill, for weeks, last Yuletide.

 

Wed. 27  Another fine day – Fred home to dinner: heavy mail all delivered and we are glad it is over for another year.  We have tried to be kind to others, tho’ we could do little, but we gave to the Salvation Army and to our Church for the poor and we gave our neighbor, Mrs. C. Godard, $5.00 they are very needy and she is slowly dying with a cancer on her face and needs many things, they are unable to get.

 

Thurs. 28  Another pretty day and Fred home to dinner just as if there had never been any Christmas heavy mail.  I have been busy all day, with all kinds of work.

 

Fri. 29  And still the days are fine.  We are so glad there was no snow, to tramp thro, with heavy Christmas mail.  Fred feels fine.  One of my busy days.

 

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Sat. 30  A very beautiful day.  Fred home today to rest from his hard work and to help me.  He helped me wash windows and he cleaned the Parlor and sitting-room, with the Electric-vaccuum, (Mrs. Jones) I dressed and cooked an 8 lb. hen and ground up and made into lovely pressed chicken.  I also made 80 graham biscuit and two large Plum puddings to serve at Midnight lunch, tomorrow evening when my young folks, come to see the “Old Year out and the New Year in.”  A strenuous day for me.

 

Sun. 31  A stormy day, as if weeping, because loth to see the Old Year, depart.  Sleet began falling very early, but not cold – in fact melting some, and very sloppy.  We took a car to S. S. and church and return.  I had but 8 boys in Class this morning – many Classes had less.  And a small audience at church.  After dinner I had to hurry to the Masonic Temple, for a drill and re-hearsal of new Officers – had to leave there to come home and get to work, at 4:30, was kept on the jump, but got thro’, dressed and lay on the couch and rested about an hour, before my first guests arrived.  Walter Polley and Charlie Clements were the first, then Rhea Robertson and Charlie Connors; Don Fay, Merritte Rowell Edwin Jones, Harry Davis and Byron Boone,

 

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seven “Stags,” Ronald McCord, Lucille Maguire, Robert Sympson, Nancy Boone, Ernest Shelden, Helen Williams, Allen Neely, Alice Rice, Merle Allton, Beryl Faulkner, Charlie Plath, Mona Wiede, Maggie Rust and her mother, and Robert Williard who came late.  These were our guests who came in for the evening to watch with us and make merry, as the Old Year went out and the New Year came in – some wanted to dance and turned the clock ahead to midnight, as I had told them, “no dancing until midnight when it would be “Monday morning” – we had piano and Victrola music, told their “Fortunes” on the Ouija Board and had a general, good time – at 11:30 I served Graham biscuit – hot- pressed chicken, sweet pickles, Plum pudding and Cocoa.  Edwin Jones, Don Fay and Merritte Rowell, helped me serve.  Everyone seemed to have a good time.  Bob & Merle with their girls, left to go to another Party, where they could dance.  Chas. Plath and Bob Williard (nephew of Jess Williard, Champ. Pug.) brought their revolvers and fired several rounds as a salute to the New Year.  Everyone had gone at 1:30 A. M. and we went to bed at 2 o’clock.  A happy closing of the Old Year, that brought us much happiness; Fred restored to health, many friends and relatives – my parents – to visit us.  Blessings so many, we cannot count them.  One great sorrow, the tragic death of Robert Maxwell.       

 

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