1896. July 29. Wednes. We had a shower this morning. Received letters from Hannah. Ada, Horace and wife and Grandma, and photos of Cousin Sophia (Cotton) Miller, her husband and the town in which they live - Charlemont, Mass. Have written to Ida. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 62.)
July 30. Thurs. Mr. Cooke surprised us with a visit here. He came last night in the night and left by noon train for home. He has been making a long tour of the northern Counties. Exchanged letters with Hannah. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 69.)
July 31. Friday. Received letter from Hannah. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 78.)
Aug. 1. Saturday. Weather windy and cold. Have written to Hannah. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 79.)
Aug. 2. Sabbath. Received a letter from Hannah and books from the East. "Elsie Venner" by O.W. Holmes, and "A Winning Hazard". I am doing considerable reading these days. Have read "Middlemarch", "The Man in Black", "Prisoner of Venda", besides some that Hannah and Theresa have read aloud to me. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 60.)
Aug. 3. Monday. It is almost as cold as winter here and gives me increase of asthma, and did I not know it would be extremely warm in the valley, would go farther down. Have written to the children in the East to Hannah. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 65.)
Aug. 4. Tuesday. Received letters from Hannah, Willie and Calvin and wrote to Mother. Mrs. Kelly has now left our employ as cook and gone to housekeeping in Stockton. She says she does not feel able to do the work. Lizzie McLellan is now to be the cook. Mrs. Perks is still in the Hospital in Oakland, gaining very slowly, and Lockeford still without a pastor. We fear it will be a long time before she regains her health. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 75.)
1896. Aug. 5. Wednes. This is Sarah (Locke's) Smith's and Frankie's, her brother's - birthday, and she is exactly twice as old as he is, being thirtysix, while he is eighteen. Received a letter from Lou and wrote to Ida and Hannah. Theresa is enjoying her stay here very greatly. She plays the piano while there is a man here - one of the boarders employed on the Railroad - Walter Hammond by name, and on Englishmen - who plays a cornet and sings well, having attended the N.E. Conservatory of Music. So the play duets, and music is very fascinating to her. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 72.)
Aug 6. Thursday. Received a letter from Hannah and wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.)
Aug. 7. Friday. There was a white frost here this morning. Received a letter from Hannah and wrote a birthday postal to my brother Horace (49 years old), and letters to Lou and Hannah. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.)
Aug. 8. Saturday. We learn of the death of L.U. Shippee of Stockton, a pioneer who has done so much to advance the interests of that City, but who of late years has suffered heavy financial losses in connection with the burning of the Combined Harvester Works, so that it affected his health and hastened his death. Received letters from Alice and Ada and wrote to Alice. Nellie is much better, but Alice is disappointed in being obliged to give up her contemplated trip to Nevada, and now it seems that she is not going to be able to visit Mr. and Mrs. Palmer in Seattle, as she had fondly hoped to do. She has been disappointed all around this summer, but is happy in the thought that Nellie is recovering. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.)
Aug. 9. Sabbath. Exchanged letters with Hannah. The Sabbaths here are lonely, only the R.R. trains run as usual. The "hands" have no rest-day-too bad! (T.S.R. 54. 2P.M. 84. S.S. 75.)
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