1877 Dec. 20. Thursday. Cloudy. Received a letter from Luther. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Dec. 21. Friday. Weather cloudy and a little rainy. Howard and Sarah came home from San Jose for the holidays. They are looking well and happy. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Dec. 22. Saturday. Still cloudy. We have sent a package to Luther for his Christmas present. It is a premium received for three new subscribers to the youth's Companion - a nice leather case containing toilet articles and shaving utensils in a neat and compact form, which we think will be very useful to him in his wilderness home. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 55.) Dec. 23. Sabbath. A rainy day, and I was not strong enough to venture to S. school. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 48.) Dec. 24. Monday. Weather still cloudy. This evening we have had our Christmas tree in the church, also a necktie and pound party, besides hot oysters. Altogether we raised thirty four dollars and thirty cents for Mr. Stewart. I received two presents - a book entitled. "Prince of the House of David" - from Ada and a price of crocheted edging from Ida, for a skirt. The children received their usual number of presents. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 53.) Dec. 25. Christmas. Still cloudy. Poor little Georgie has had a hard time with his sore neck, but he is better now for his Father opened the sore this morning, and it discharged a great deal. It has been so large & painful that he could not turn his head, and I could not dress or undress him without hurting him much. It was as large as a hen's egg, which on a baby's neck only two months old, was sad to see. But I think now it was better to let it dischargeable than to scatter it, as I at first tried to do. The children have some of them been down to the Brick Church to a Festival. Father Trethaway was married to his brother's widow today. She has a place in Stockton where they will live. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) 1877. Dec. 26. Wednesday. Foggy morn. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Dec. 27. Thursday. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 44.) Dec. 28. Friday. Foggy and cloudy. I have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Dec. 29. Saturday. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Dec. 30. Sabbath. I have attended meeting today and communion service. Mr. Stewart preached - subject - "memorial days". He thought this closing Sabbath of the year should be one of our memorial days, and I am sure it is one to me, for I have set up a memorial to testify that the Lord is good, for He has brought me safely through my long sickness and healed me, so that today I am again able to go to the house of the Lord and take my class in S. school. I have offered a prize for the next year to the boys who shall not be absent or tardy, or to those who are there the most constantly. Hannah Geffroy had Arthur baptized. She says she has the impression she ought not to wait any longer for his father to come down, which she has been doing. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 46.) Dec. 31. Monday. The first of the week, but the last of the year. Again has come our Horace Mann's birthday. He is now seventeen years old, weighs 143 pounds, is five feet and nine and one - half inches in height - the tallest but not the heaviest of the children, for Howard weighed twelve pounds more at this age. But Horace is a good and manly boy, the sexton of the church and an officer in the Lodge here also the District Lodge. He still stuffs birds and gathers mineral specimens for his cabinet. He is industrious, studious and moral - a joy and a pride to us thus far. He is quite strong in health and I hope will continue so. And now a year full of blessings has come to a close, and its written pages must be folded and laid aside, while we say Goodbye! (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.)
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