1887. Aug . 4. Thursday. Minnie Burt called to say goodbye. I have written to Ida and Eunice. Am a little troubled with asthma again But O how much better I am than I was last summer! (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 84.)
Aug. 5. Friday. At last my bond as Administratrix of the Estate has been made out, filed and approved by the Judge of Probate - Baldwin. We had to get security in the sum of $92,000, and so it has taken these three months to get signers enough to fill out that sum. Nine men have at last signed it. I herewith give their names and the amounts set to each. John Tretheway, Jr. 33,000 Geo. P. Tretheway - $10,000 Joseph Putnam, $10,000 - Wm Whipple - $8,000 Geo. A. Foster $8,000 - Charles Bamert - $7,000 - J.K. Doak - $6,000 Thomas Clement - $5,000. W.J. Russell - $5,000 - total, $92,000. These men have shown a kindly and a friendly spirit, and a willingness to help us in our affliction. In marked contrast to these has been the conduct of Stockwell and some other men of Stockton with whom Dr. used to trade so much. They notably Stockwell, Hedges and Buck, utterly refused to help us in this way. Have written to Horace. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 76.)
Aug. 6. Saturday. Theresa came home again, quite elated with her visit to Mary, and feeling as if she had counted the time of absence by weeks instead of days. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 72.)
Aug. 7. Sabbath. I have received a pile of letters today - one each from Calvin, Horace, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Pascoe and Mary Calvin is established at the Oakland High School. Horace hopes to take a higher course in Pathology at Harvard. Mr. Pascoe writes of a dreadful accident that occurred on Friday to Mr. Finger of Redwood by which he was killed. He was trying to cross the Railroad which runs between his house and barn, and being old and rheumatic, the Express train struck him, knocked him about fifteen feet and instantly killed him. He and his family have always been kind friends of Mr. Pascoe. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 81.)
Aug. 8. Monday. Willie, who expects soon to go East to school, started today to visit in San Jose, Redwood and Oakland. Have written to Ada and Calvin. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 73.)
1887. Aug. 9. Tuesday. We have had our piano and organ tuned by a Mr. Merrill today. We have been cleaning out wardrobes all over the house, and I have gathered together the clothing of the dear husband who has gone and has no further use for them and have disposed of them by giving them to those who can use them - his best coat and vest to Grandpa - some articles to Luther, Howard, Willie, Uncle, Mr. Pascoe and Mr. Moore. It has been a sad duty and I have dreaded it so, but I could not leave them for the moths to consume - so now I am glad that ordeal is past. I shall feel relieved in thinking they will still be doing good. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 63.)
Aug. 10. Wednesday. The weather already begins to seem like autumn. It is hazy and damp. Have written to Mary, and received letters from Ida, Eunice and Franklin. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.)
Aug. 11.Thursday. Wrote to Ida and Eunice. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 69.)
Aug. 12. Friday. Have written to Horace, and received letters from Calvin and Ada. Brother John's wife has her third child and second daughter. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 74.)
Aug. 13. Saturday. Dear Eunice is today thirteen years old. Again we are absent from each other, as it has happened on her birthday for several years in succession. She is in Redwood and Ida will let her have a few young friends to help her celebrate tonight. Her height is four feet, nine and one-half inches and she weighs eightythree pounds. So she is larger than Calvin and Mary were, but all the others were heavier and taller. She has recovered entirely from the chicken pox and its effects, and is well and strong again. Indeed she seems to be one of the most healthy of our children except a tendency to catarrk, which I hope she will outgrow. She is forward in her studies and a great reader - also she has quite a musical talent and can play on the organ and piano well, and is quick to learn music, both vocal and instrumental. She has been taking painting lessons of Ida while visiting there, but is too nervous to be willing to sit at anything long at a time. She is also beginning to learn to sew on the machine, and I have given her a "New Home" as a birthday present. She also received a pretty shell portemonnaie from Mary, a silver napkin sing
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