1897. Apr. 24. Saturday. This is Lou's birthday - thirtyfour years old. I have given her a crib quilt I have been making - one that Theresa started long ago, of little tumblers, and did not finish. Received letters from Willie, Calvin & Horace, and wrote to them. Calvin and Horace hope to visit us this summer. Theresa has hay fever so badly that she is hardly able to continue at school. It is almost like asthma. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 75.)
Apr. 25. Sabbath. This is Mr. Perk's last day in the pulpit here. I hope he will not go away to die, as Rev. Stewart did, but I fear Mrs. Perks will, for she is quite weak. Received a letter from Ida. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.)
Apr. 26. Monday. School resumed its sessions today, as most of the children have recovered from measles. Mrs. Perks and the children ate dinner with us, as they are packing their furniture. Received a letter from Mr. Cooke who is holding meetings at Railroad Flat. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 65.)
Apr. 27. Tuesday. Rev. Perks took dinner with us, and we settled his salary in full, as I borrowed twentyeight dollars from Mr. Henshaw, so that we could do it. But he leaves in debt to Ida sixtyfour dollars for rent. Have written to Ida. This P.M. Eddie and family arrived from Los Angeles. They have two such pretty, curly-headed little girls. But they do not resemble each other at all. Edna has light, flaxen hair and is fair, while Marie is darker with almost auburn hair, curled tightly to her head. They are all pretty well now. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 50.)
Apr. 28. Wednes. Received a letter from Ada with a photo of Hester that Weldon took. He is now much interested in taking photos which he docs quite well. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 57.)
1897. Apr. 29. Thurs. Little Webster is three years old, and has two little brothers. Have written to Ada. Susie and Mrs. Perks have been here this P.M. and Mrs. Perks said goodbye they are going to Niles to live, and Mr. Perks has already gone. She lets her babe be a great care to her. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 67.)
Apr. 30. Friday. There has been the "annual picnic" at Clements, and it has been an ideal day for a picnic, or for a birth. And to me came another grandchild - to Howard and Lou a baby boy. Estelle Condy came with Theresa from Stockton tonight. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 66.)
May 1. Saturday. Our Sunday School united with the Good Templars and the M.E. Sunday School and those of Lodi in a picnic at Tretheway's Grove. George went and took Theresa and Estelle, and all reported having a good time, especially the children, for whom Mr. Tretheway improvised a homemade "merry-go-round", to their delight. While they were there, word came to the McGary's that Mr. E. B. Taft died suddenly this morning. He has had a bad cough all winter, but yesterday he walked several blocks with Mabel McGary, when she left there for the train. He was sitting in a chair, reading a paper, when he began to cough, and coughed until he choked to death. He was seventy years old. Received letters from Willie and Calvin, and wrote to the children in the East. Willie has received the back salary so long due him and is rejoicing. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 63.)
May 2. Sabbath. Alma Cooke is ten years old, and is to unite with the church on her birthday. It is a happy day for them all. Received a letter from Ida. Little Webster is very sick with an epidemic which is prevailing among the children of Scotia, while affects the stomach. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 72.)
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