December 21, 1918

Saturday December 21st 1918   at Isabels in G J Colo  [Grand Junction, Colorado]   Shortest day in the year   I am feeling fairly good this morning   Mother & I wrote to Fred Klockenteger & sent a check for $2 to pay our GAR & WRC dues   I took a bromo quinine tablet   I went to Sylvias PM & shaved   took a bath & put on clean clothes & aftr   I came back   mother went & Staid til aftr 9 in the eve   Isabel went to sing practice & I was here alone til aftr 8

December 20, 1918

Fri 20   Clear cold & frost morning   I am feeling some better   ate 3 cakes   I wrote & sent a Christmas card to Comrade Henderson at Wellman   I sent A R Miller chk $1,50   1 yrs subs to the Democrat   I walkd to Sylvias this eve & staid a little while   saw Mrs Dave Thomas   Jap called   Isabel went to choir practice   I took a bromo quinine this eve

December 19, 1918

Thurs 19   at Isabels   A brite sunny cold frozen morn   Marjorie got a Nabers paper in the yard for me to read   we recd letters from Dave Roy & Allie Carris   all are well   we wrote to Nellie in Cal [California]   I sent her a draft for $8 her & children   also wrote to Roy in Promise City Ioa & sent him $9 for him & Kids   we had dinner a little early & Jap & Sylvia came in their auto   Ralf awoke & with us we all went to the Beet Sugar factory   a wonderful 2 acres of machinery where dirty frozen beets go in at one end & in 6 hrs emerge at the other end the very finest whitest granulated sugar   but steamy hot bad smelling disagreeable & I should say unhealthy work   we got back at 3 pm & I feel very poorly   the sugar factory did not agree with me at all

December 18, 1918

Wed 18   gloomy & dark   cloudy as usual   I slept poorly last nite & don’t feel good to day   we wrote to Lavanda & sent draft $6 & to Nora & sent draft $8 for her & boys Christmas   it snowd a little last nite   we recd a pkg from Dave in St Paul   I haven’t opened mine yet   Sylvia came & Staid most of the pm   I feel better this eve   it cleared & cool at 11 am   we went to bed 9-30

December 17, 1918

Tuesday December 17th 1918   At Isabels   found the ground white with snow this morning but tis a moderate fairlike day   we all wrote to Leslie in France   I have doubts about it ever reaching him   5 of us wrote   I gave mother $10 & her & Isabel went down to do Christmas shopping   I didn’t feel like going   went to Sylvias towards eve   wrote to Maude & Sent $6 for Christmas

December 16, 1918

Mon 16   dark cloudy as usual   moderate   I slept well last nite & feel good to day   about 10 Mother & I took our satchel &c & went to Isabels    aftr dinner I went down town to Japs office & bot 6 or so Christmas cards 75c Marjorie most well   I found Leila & Lois in town   I bot Candy 25c   went to the Bank & got 5 dfts [drafts] Maude $6 Nora $8 Lavanda $6 Roy $6 & Nellie $8 & I sent Dave in St Paul $5 by letter   all Christmas presents  we got a letter at last from Leslie on board Ship in the Atlantic Ocean near France   is well & was some sea sick   said the trip wasn’t for pleasure   we were sure glad to hear from him

December 15, 1918

Sun 15   Another fine cool day & clear   I slept poorly last nite & my head dizzy & feel poorly all day   Isabel & Marjorie here all da & Ralf came in the eve   Harry Longwell wife & 3 daughter(s) son in law Keneipp   also Ed Thomas wife & 2 daughters came to dinner & spent the day   we knew these folks in Iowa & had not Seen them for years   we had a real good visit   visitors left soon after dark   to bed after 10