1899. Oct. 28. Saturday. Received a letter from Ida and wrote to the children in in the East. George arrived home from San Francisco where he went on business. While there, he received the unexpected offer from the War Department to go as Veterinary Surgeon on a Transport to the Philippines, in charge of horses and mules to be used in the war. The position had been offered to a Vet. Surgeon in San Jose, But he thought at first he would not accept it, and would not give final answer till yesterday. So George awaited his decision, and he at last decided to accept. The pay would be $125. per month, and he would not be obliged to remain in the Philippines at all, and George thought it a good offer, but of course, could not go, when the other man accepted, but he left his application for any such position which might open in the future. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.)
Oct. 29. Sabbath. The afternoon was cloudy and the night rainy. Rev. Patterson preached an excellent discourse from the topic, "Christ in the House." Received a letter from Annie Holman, saying her mother was all right, but not giving particulars - a hurried note. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 57.)
Oct. 30. Monday. The early morning was rainy and there were light showers in the P.M. Eddie is today twentyeight years old, and is hopeful for the future, as with his dairy he is nicely fixed, as he owns the island, and rents posture and upland from me. Of course, he wishes to build a house, as he rents from Ida now, and he can probably do this in time, if the Lord helps and prospers him. He ought not to expect the Lord to do this unless he serves and obeys him, and I am longing for him to come out fully on the Lord's side and unite with the church, as his wife has done. How blessed when young parents are united to serve the Lord! - News has come that John Dial, aged 20 yrs. was found dead in his be this morning in San Francisco where he was at work in some manufactory. He has always been troubled more or less with heart disease, and before he left home had some bad spells, but in the City seemed to have better health and to be relieved of the dangerous symptoms, but his heart must suddenly have failed him in the night. Mrs. Dial is therefore called to bury a second son this year - her two eldest - and is sadly afflicted. Received letters from Theresa and Annie Holman and wrote to Julia Stetson of North Abington - also sent a package for their coming Fair. In the pkg. I sent a cone from the Calaveras Big Trees, and a little pin tray souvenir from the San Francisco
1899. Midwinter Fair, and Hannah joined me in sending some photos of Lockeford and vicinity, including one of our church and this house with the Century Plant in bloom in the front yard. Annie Holman writes particulars of finding her mother. There is a flag station on the R.R. near their house and she expected her mother to alight there, but the train did not stop there that day, so Mrs. Cobb dropped a note out of the car window for Annie, But she did not see it, and rushed to Stockton Station to meet her mother, but her mother had gone to the public library, where in her note she had bidden Annie meet her. So when Annie did not meet her mother, she was frightened amd telephoned to Hannah. When assured that her mother left us by train, she went about Stockton where she found her mother calmly waiting her coming, not knowing the alarm she had caused. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.)
Oct. 31. Tuesday. Morning foggy. We have had over five inches of rain this mo. which is unprecedented for October. Mrs. Jones is called home by the illness of Maggie and Mr. Jones and can no longer serve us as cook, so John and Hannah went today to Stockton and engaged one named Mrs. Palmer from the Intelligence Office Received letters from Mother and will Cooke and wrote to the children in Humboldt Co. We learn today of a probably fatal accident to Dan Howard. He went into his stable to attend to his horses, and a young horse kicked him so that he fell beneath his feet. Then the horse tramped him into unconsciousness, and broke a number of bones, so that the doctors say he cannot survive. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 56.)
Nov. 1. Wednesday. Weather partly cloudy. John Dial's body arrived at the cemetery this morning and the interment took place there. Received a letter from Calvin and wrote to Theresa. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.)
Nov.2. Thursday. The forenoon was foggy. The bell tolled for Daniel Howard aged 77. He never recovered consciousness after being kicked by his horse, although he lived three days. He's wife will be lonely indeed as both her daughters are married and one lives in Michigan. Our new cook arrived - Mrs. Palmer by name. The Ladie's Aid met here this P.M. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.)
Nov. 3. Friday. Cloudy. Have written to Mother. Daniel Howard was buried in Clements. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.)
Nov. 4. Saturday. Morning rainy. Received letters Willie, Calvin and Susie Pascoe and wrote to the children in the East. Susie writes that a
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