1890. Feb. 2. Sabbath. Weather little cloudy. We have attended S.S. and church. Susie was not there, as she had sick headache. O how we miss her when she is absent. Rev. Thomas preached from the text, "The serpent beguiled me and I did eat". (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 56.)
Feb. 3. Monday. We have had fine weather today - the best washing day for three months. Received letters from Ida and Eunice and wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 63.)
Feb. 4. Tuesday. Uncle left us - started for Stockton on his way to go to Humboldt Co. to live with Ida. She feels so lonely since W.H. died that she thought she should like to have him for company. A church meeting met here in the evening to see about business matters. As six only were present, it was adjourned for one week. Mr. Metcalf called here this P.M. and left a letter to be read to the church in which he stated that he had never received anything from Rev. Thomas for preaching last summer for him while he was sick. Some of our members, having asked Rev. Thomas about it, received answer that it was settled. Mr. Metcalf says Rev. Thomas asked him how much he should pay him and he answered that he should not make any charge, meaning that he wished to leave the price to Mr. Thomas's judgment. Lately Rev. Thomas has written thanking Mr. Metcalf for the favors and not having paid him anything, he suggested that if any of our church members should ask him about the matter, he should reply that "it was settled". So Mr. Metcalf wished us to know just how the matter stands. we supposed that he received the collections taken at the time he preached but it seems Mr. Thomas pocketed them. Received letters from Calvin and Horace and wrote to Hannah. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 59.)
Feb. 5. Wednesday. Cloudy. Received letters from Ada and Will Cooke and wrote to the Boston children. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 56.)
Feb. 6. Thursday. The funeral of youngest child B.P. Baird - Judson, eight years old - was attended today. He died very suddenly of diphtheria. A Grange of Patrons of Husbandry, thirtyone Charter members, was organized here today, to meet in Odd Fellows' Hall. Susie was chosen Secretary. Received letters from Horace and Hannah
1890. and photo of Calvin. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.)
Feb. 7. Friday. Received a letter from Eunice and wrote to her. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 56.)
Feb. 8. Saturday. Dist. Lodge, I.O.G.T. met here with our Lodge. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.)
Feb. 9. Sabbath. Weather a little cloudy. We have attended meeting as usual. Rev. Thomas preached from the text, "Judge not that ye be not judged". Received a letter from Calvin. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 48.)
Feb. 10. Monday. The church held a business meeting this P.M. Alice Andrew and Fannie Swett came here and made a call first. It was found that there is a deficiency of $75. to be made up on the salary of the year which closes with this month. The question as to whether he should be invited to remain another year hinged upon this - whether he would make up the six Sabbaths he was absent, or pay Mr. Metcalf for his services for the same. Mr. Farrington was Moderator of the meeting, and he and Mr. Thompson were chosen a Committee to wait immediately upon Rev. Thomas and see what he would do in the matter. He came at once before the meeting and will do nothing at all about it. He claims that he has held special services, such as funerals and the like, enough to make up for all lost time. We could not get a vote of the members to retain him, and the meeting was adjourned to next Sabbath after the morning service. Received letters from Ida and Willie. The semi-annual examinations have been held in Tech. Institute and Willie passed in everything, so he is happy, as he deserves to be. Wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 44.)
Feb. 11. Tuesday. I found my canary bird dead in its cage this morning - have no idea what killed it. He seemed to eat and sing as usual yesterday - was a sweet singer. I shall miss him greatly. Rev. Thomas is to stuff him for me. Have written to Horace. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.)
Feb. 12. Wednesday. I had the church organ tuned, because the mice got into it and put it in such bad shape, we could not wait for Hannah to come and tune it. Wrote to Eunice. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.)
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