1917. Nov. 17. Sat. There was frost on the upland this morning. Received letter from Eunice and wrote to the children in the East. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 59.)
Nov. 18. Sabbath. Church services as usual. Eddie came in this P.M. We learn of the critical illness of Geo. Condict - He was taken in the night to St. Joseph's Hospital for an operation connected with his bladder more than a week ago - now he has come to Lou's front room and Myrle is with him as trained nurse and Dr. Barbour as physician. He was too home-sick to make recovery at the Hospital. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 61.)
Nov. 19. Mon. The birthdays of two of my best children - Willie and Hannah. Hannah is now 50 yrs. old - my nurse and housekeeper - Willie 52. He is found "faithful in all his house". Have written to Eureka (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.)
Nov. 20. Tues. Red Cross meeting here. Mrs. Siegel here for hours this P.M. He is constantly failing - needs encouragement and fails to get it. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.)
Nov. 21. Wed. Received letters from Willie, Horace and Bro. Josiah Kate is now the housekeeper for Josiah and is writing a book concerning the early settlers of Montana, and to do so has consulted hundreds of biographies of the pioneers. Evidently she "came to the kingdom for such a time as this" for she enjoys the work and almost forgets to eat and sleep while doing it. Have written to Alma Ambrose.- Sister Geffroy came with letters to read to me from Ralph, who is now stationed in the Philippines near Cavite, where our Government is now building a wireless station at Curacoa, with towers Gooft-high, the tallest wireless in the U.S. It was kind of Hannah G. to do this. She has sold her home place but retains mortgage on it, and lives in a hired flat near the Cong. Church - Ralph's wife wished to go out with him, but waited until he was stationed - Then he received a telegram from the Government, inquiring if she still wished to go. When assured that she did, they sent her a free pass on a steamer going on the 5th inst. in which she took passage - Ralph is an under officer, likes the work and is well treated. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.)
Nov. 22. Thurs. Weather cloudy - Received letter from Ada. She had heard from India the first letters since the birth of the babe - written by the father, who wrote that he himself did not know of the child's birth for 28 hours afterward, and Hester wrote up to the day, taking examination in a language class. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.)
Nov. 23. Fri. Hannah went with Mrs. Montgomery to Stockton for materials with which to make "Comfort Kits" for she soldier boys about to start for Camp Lewis, Am. Lake, Washington and in the P.M. the Red Cross ladies were rushed to make five of them. This eve there was a Farewell Reception in our Hall for the departing ones, but only Celeste and young Daetweller, with his young wife.
1917. and baby were here - the others had left for Stockton where they are due at 8 A.M. to report for starting on their trip. Celeste left after the Reception was over. He begged Hannah not to go to Stockton to see him off, because the actions of the people - some of them - were so silly. Rev. Sahlstrom spoke at the Reception and there was music, but not a large crowd attended. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 60.)
Nov. 24. Sat. Cloudy. Received letters from Horace and from Eunice Webster and wrote to the children in the East. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 58.)
Nov. 25. Sabbath. Foggy A.M. There was a Union Thanks giving Service in the M.E. Church this A.M. with Rev. Sahlstrom to speak and our people mostly comprised the congregation. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.)
Nov. 26. Mon. Another foggy A.M. Received letters from Adelaide, also Robert Cooke, who is sent letters from India as enclosures and wrote to Portland. Mr. Bombower wrote that he did not know of the baby's birth for the 28 hours afterward - then hastened to the hills and found everything going all right. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.)
Nov. 27. Tues. Cloudy - Have written to Ada. The Red Cross Soc. met with Mrs. Montgomery. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.)
Nov. 28. Wed. Still cloudy. Eddie came in - also Edna with the baby - which is growing and improving. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.)
Nov. 29. Thurs. Thanks giving Day - bright and pleasant - and although the country is filled with sorrowful hearts, yet one family was made joyful by the return of one mourned as lost - Claude Clifford. His return was not altogether a surprise, for he had written to his parents that he expected to be rejected on account of defective hearing and eyesight. The Cliffords had been invited to spend the day with friends at Lodi, so they went down and were at the R.R. Station to meet the train from the North, and there welcomed him. But he was suffering with a bad cold, together with the effects of vaccination, and was ready to go to bed and be put under the doctor's care. He saw Celeste at Camp Lewis on Mond. night - Theresa had Thanks giving dinner for all the Thorps - Dad and Ma Thorp and Mamie Fairchild, with her children - Dorothy and Bailey - and a girl named Nuera (New-Era) Beck, whose mother has proved unfaithful, and the father left for Oregon, and left the girl in Mamie's care. Theresa made a fine dinner for them notwithstanding Mr. Hoover. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.)
Nov. 30. Fri. A cloudy day with a rainy night - Received letters from Willie, from Alma Ambrose and Ada - Arthur Ambrose has received offer of a position under the Government in the Bureau of Mines at Wash. D.C. at a salary of $2500. per year. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 63.)
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