1874. May 21. Thursday. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 78. S.S. 66.) May 22. Friday. The weather is cloudy and a little rainy. A late spring. (T.S.R. 52.2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) May 23. Saturday. (T.S.R. 59.2 P.M. 80. S.S. 71.) May 24. Sabbath. I am so much troubled with asthma that I could not go to meeting. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) May 25. Monday. Mrs. Huntington called a few minutes this morning. She has a beautiful baby girl, about two months younger than Clara's, also called Nettie. She is making a short visit here. (T.S.R. 58.2 P.M. 79. S.S. 62.) May 26. Tuesday. Brother Horace called this morning. He has been driving a milk wagon in San Francisco, and is now taking a vacation, This eve Luther and Ada attended a Strawberry Festival at the Grant schoolhouse, for the benefit of the S. school there. The weather is too cold for ice cream to be enjoyable. (T.S.R. 52.2 P.M. 72. S.S. 60.) May 27. Wednesday. The afternoon was cloudy and showery. The water in the river is falling, but it has long kept up, and will probably rise again with hot weather. (T.S.R. 48.2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.) May 28. Thursday. Ada went with Mr. Wallace today to attend the State S. S. Convention now in session in Stockton. They came back after the night meeting and report the exercises as very interesting. It has been quite a trial to me that I could not attend this Convention when convened so near home. My health is not good enough to ride so far, and I must be content. These meetings are a great help to the S.S. work. The monthly Missionary meeting was at Mother's today, neither could I attend that. Some of the members forgot it and some were prevented from coming, so there was no meeting. Horace Hammond, Mrs. Huntington and Mrs. Baxter being in Lockeford, diverted attendion of course. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 74. S.S. 70.) 1874. May 29. Friday. Mrs. Clif. Mowry called this morning. Mrs. Baxter came here with her little girl before dinner and is here for the night. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 84. S.S. 75.) May 30. Saturday. This is my birthday and John Calvin's. I have celebrated it by lying in bed most of the day. I am sick and weak, and did not feel able to be up much, even though I had company. Mother Clara & Nettie, Eliza and her three girls and Mrs. Baxter & babe were all here, also Mr. Ross to tea. But I could not take tea with them, nor help them eat straw berries, of which we had some excellent ones I am thirty eight now and John Calvin is five years old. He is three and one-half feet tall and weighs fortyone pounds. He is just as tall as Luther was, and taller than either of the others except Howard and Horace. But all the other boys were heavier than he is, though the girls were all smaller. He has not yet learned his letters, because no one has taught him for he is easy to learn, and can count to thirty, which he has learned from the others. He is an active child and rather inclined to be mischievous. He likes Eddie, but thinks it fun to hector him. So Eddie does not play much with him, and John plays mostly by himself. (T.S.R. 57.2 P.M. 87. S.S. 84.) May 31. Sabbath. I have not been able to go to S. school. The month of May now closes and the highest temperature as yet has been 88º, while in April the highest was 78º. So we have had an uncommonly cool spring, but the water continues to be very high and threatens the levees. Dr.'s and Geo.'s levees stand all right but Mr. Holman's is all gone, except what our men strengthened, so we are mostly submerged, in connection with back water, and some of the crop is drowned out, but most of the alfalfa survives. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 86. S.S. 70.) June 1. Monday. I have been sick in bed most of the day and Ida is sick also. Mrs. Geo. Mowry and Mrs. Ellen Baird called. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 82. S.S. 71.)
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