1897. Feb. 11. Thursday. We had a cloudy afternoon and a little rain in the night. There has been a meeting of the church trustees here this P.M. Mr. Perks is to leave us at the end of April and there is a deficit of about $200. on the salary to be made up. It seems there has been a misunderstanding in salary matters. The H.M.S. donated $200. to us and most of us supposed we had to make it up to $500. the amount which Lockeford has heretofore raised. But the pastor and some of the members thought because the H.M.S. gave us $100. more than usual, that he should receive $600. instead of $500. this year. So we have to make up $100. more than most of us supposed. Present at the meeting were Mr. & Mrs. Allen, Mr. Minner, Aunt Susie and myself. Voted to pay him every cent when he left even if we had to borrow to do so. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.)
Feb. 12. Friday. Afternoon cloudy. I was feverish last night. Miss Lilian Taber came at night. She teaches the Macville school and will spend Saturday and Sunday with Theresa. Received letters from Ada, Eunice, Ed. Webster, George and Two from Ida, one of hers having been delayed somewhere a week. On her thirteenth birthday, Susie Pascoe weighed 102 lbs. and measured five feet and two inches in height a large girl. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 46.)
Feb. 13 Saturday. Received letters from Calvin and Willie and wrote to the children in the East. Lilla has gone to San Francisco to consult with Ada a physician specialist on nervous diseases of children, about Weldon's case. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 48.)
Feb. 14. Sabbath. Weather a little cloudy. Mrs. Kelly called on her way to work for Sister Susie, by whom she has been engaged. It is the same old story - her boys "cannot find work" and so instead of their supporting her, she must help support them - what boys! (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.)
1897. Feb. 15. Monday. Weather still a little cloudy. Have written to George. Mr. Perks made a short call. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.)
Feb. 16. Tuesday. Weather cloudy and rainy. Have written to Scotia. Ada came this P.M. She has come up to see Weldon in Stockton. Poor child! she is dreadfully afflicted with her eldest in the Insane Asylum. We all feel it is not the proper place for him there among saving maniacs, and she is trying to make other arrangements for him. He seems all right except when those discouraged "spells" come on him Most of the private asylums are beyond their means. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 46.)
Feb. 17. Wednesday. Afternoon cloudy. Mrs. Bruml made a pleasant call. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 46.)
Feb. 18. Thursday. Weather cloudy, windy and rainy. The rain came in heavy showers. Have written to Eddie. Howard has been working out a scheme for draining the large pond back of Luther's which now extends to the street, because it is so full. One of the Supervisors has looked at it and has promised to furnish terracotta pipe to drain it, when a ditch has been dug. Howard has been to the neighbors, requesting their help in the matter. He applied to Dr. Barbour, and got this reply. "No, I will not help to drain it that pond is money in my pocket". How is that for an educated physician? He has just presented a bill to Luther for medical attendance on Nellie last summer, for $50. I suppose he would like to present just such another this year. But the drainage ditch will be dug, just the same, and we will hope the health of the tower will improve. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.)
Feb. 19. Friday. Weather still cloudy and showery - very heavy showers of rain and hail in the P.M. Ada went home. Hester is today three years old. Received a letter from George. Grand Worthy C. T. Webb lectured in the church this evening and a collection was taken for the Good Templar's Home for Orphans. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 40.)
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