1891. Jan. 17. Saturday. Received letters from Horace, Willie, Calvin and our Eunice. Sarah Smith has been visiting in Oakland, San Jose and other places, leaving all her children with her mother. Today she returned. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.)
Jan. 18. Sabbath. We have attended S. school, but missed Aunt Susie. A hired man at their house is dangerously ill, also Wallace, and she could not leave them. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 50.)
Jan. 19. Monday. We have just heard about a stupid piece of business that Will Moore has done in our chaparral orchard. The weeds were growing high among the fruit-trees and he thought that a very good and quick way to get rid of them would be to burn them. So he set fire to them and as he had not cleared them from the trees, they burned fiercely, not only consuming themselves, but many fine fruit trees also, among them some nice three-year-old pear trees about to bear fruit. What more or better could you expect of a foolish fellow like him? Money, however, cannot replace them. Wrote to Eunice. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.)
Jan. 20. Tuesday. The bell tolled for the German at Geo. Locke's, who died last night, of fever. He was 40 years old. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.)
Jan. 21. Wednesday. I have suffered with sick headache. The German who died at Geo. Locke's, was buried from our church at 10 A.M. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.)
Jan. 22. Thursday. The Annual Meeting of the Ladies Aid Society was held here this P.M. The following officers were elected; Mrs. Russell, Pres. Hannah Locke, Vice Pres. Laura Fooote, Sec. Mrs. Dora Jones, Ass. Sec. Mrs. Emelie, Treas. I have written to Boston and received a letter from Ida, and a black mohair fascinator from Eunice, her own manufacture and a very acceptable present. Ida writes that Benton is very poorly with croup and Eunice also coughs very badly. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 52.)
Jan. 23. Friday. Forenoon a little cloudy. The stock from our pasture have to be brought in and watered here. Such a contrast from last year, when there was a large lake of water there, even too much. Have written to Oakland and received letters from Ada and Will Cooke. We learn that Lizzie McLellan is very sick with pneumonia. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.)
1891. Jan. 24. Saturday. Forenoon a little cloudy. Received a letter from Horace. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.)
Jan. 25. Sabbath. This has been a fine Spring day, and we have attended S. school as usual. This is a time of very general sickness in this vicinity and State at large. We heard today of four sick with pneumonia among our neighbors, and many others have bad coughs. In Watsonville alone there are said to be 300 cases of "la grippe". This dreadful disease is becoming alarmingly prevalent. It attacks the nerves and quickly and generally permanently reduces the strength. Received letters from Willie and Calvin, they were in the midst of examinations. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.)
Jan. 26. Monday. Sarah Smith came to say goodbye. She is going to start for home tomorrow by Stockton boat. Wrote to Eunice and received letter from her. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 55.)
Jan. 27. Tuesday. North windy. Received a letter from Ida. She says they are all somewhat better of their colds. Wrote to Boston. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 52.)
Jan. 28. Wednesday. Still the north wind blows, and the outlook is very discouraging for crops and grass. There is no water for the stock in the pasture and the grass is drying up. Wrote to Susie Pascoe a birthday letter. She is to be seven years old on Feb. 1st. Hannah went today to visit Annie Holman. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.)
Jan. 29. Thursday. Have received calls from four different persons today at four different times. Maud Misner called, also Mrs. Green, also Lou, and lastly Rev. Thomas. He came to ship his furniture to Petaluma, where he is to locate, not as pastor. I know not what he is intending to do, but think he is still looking for a position. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 49.)
Jan. 30. Friday. Received letter from Eunice. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.)
Jan. 31. Saturday. We have made less butter this week than any week before that I can remember - only 15 lbs. The cows get no water in the pasture and but little grass. It is cloudy and of course we are hoping for rain. Received letters from Willie & Calvin. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. S.S 52.)
Feb. 1. Sabbath. We had a little rain this morning, and hope for more.
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