1875. Dec. 9. Thursday. The weather is foggy and cloudy. About seven o'clock, our Chicago friends, Mrs. Smith and her daughter Annie, arrived from Lodi, whither Horace went and brought them. Mrs. Smith is a widow, and comes here to seek the restoration of the health of Annie, a girl of fourteen, who is troubled with a cough. They are very tired and sleepy, as may be expected. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 50.) Dec. 10. Friday. Still cloudy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 51.) Dec. 11. Saturday. Cloudy as usual. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Dec. 12. Sabbath. Still cloudy. We attended S.S. as usual, after which we stopped to make arrangements for a Christmas Tree in the church. A committee of five were appointed to attend to the matter, consisting of John Haley, Albert Bruml, Luther J. Locke, Mrs. Wallace and Susie Locke. An oyster dinner is also to be served. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.) Dec. 13. Monday. Still cloudy. We have received our usual letter from Ada. Eunice is now sixteen months old, weighs twenty and one-half pounds and has twelve teeth. So she is not as small as Willard and Mary were, and none were more forward in teething, walking and talking than she is. She is a darling little pet with all the family, says "Kankoo" for "thank you" when anything is given her, and sometimes when she sees others receive anything and not say "thank you," she will say it for them, always bowing all the time. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.) Dec. 14. Tuesday. Still cloudy and so chilly too, it seems as if the sun would never shine again. Mr. Steward called, also Mrs. John Haley. I have written to Ada, also we received a Postal Card from Anna Locke. She is now teaching school in Shreveport, La at twenty five dollars per month. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 45.) Dec. 15. Wednesday. Cloudy and chilly. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 45.) Dec. 16. Thursday. Still cloudy. It seems as if the clouds would never lift, and as though the thermometer were stuck almost at freezing point. It is too cold to rain must be snowing in the mountain. Ada is now 1875. eighteen. This is the second birthday she has passed away from home. She does not grow any now is five feet and three inches tall, and her usual weight is about one hundred and twenty five pounds, though of course, I have no means of knowing just how much she weighs today. She expects to graduate in the Spring, and then to teach school. I judge she stands well in her class in the Normal. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 44.) Dec. 17. Friday. Still cloudy and chilly. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 42.) Dec. 18. Saturday. Cloudy and cold. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 43.) Dec. 19. Sabbath. The morning was rainy, but it was too cold to rain long, so it ceased, but remains cloudy. It is snowing low down in the mountains. We have at tended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text. "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ." (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 45.) Dec. 20. Monday. The first time for two weeks, lacking only a day, the sun came out Mrs. Smith and Annie were beginning to doubt. if indeed we had any sun in Cal. But if they stay here long enough, they will no doubt, get enough sunshine. It did seem cheering to see the sun today, and the usual letter from Ada added to our happiness. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 49.) Dec. 21. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 49.) Dec. 22. Wednesday. Mrs. Smith and I went to the store and to Father's, and there we met Mrs. McCloud. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Dec. 23. Thursday. Foggy forenoon. Horace went to Lodi and brought Ada home from the railroad, for the Christmas vacation. Horace is quite sick tonight. A day or two since, he got his hand hurt in catching some turkeys for market, and having taken cold while hunting for ducks, his hand is much inflamed and painful, and he is feverish. Ada is well and cheerful. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Dec. 24. Friday. We have had our Christmas Festival this eve, but the weather has been very unfavorable. The day has been foggy and cloudy, and the evening is very rainy.
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