December 28, 1918

Sat 28  at Noras   Cool hard frost but pleasant day   we Slept well last nite & feel good & ready for 3 meals   Allie went 45 miles to Marry a couple teachers in a college for which he recd a fee of $15 & returned at 8 in the eve   I took a walk a.m. & Saw many semitropical trees & shrubs   palms Eucaliptus oranges & lemons on & under the trees along the streets   fine paved streets & walks   towards eve Leslie run the auto out & took a ride around the town   nice paved Streets with Stately long rows of palms & other strange trees to me on each Side   sent Card to Coffey to send the Advance to Lodi Cal

December 27, 1918

Fri 27   On the SP [Southern Pacific] train in the Sieranevada Mts & Cold  7 deg below zero & lots of snow   past thru 42 miles of Snow Sheds & well built   took breakfast 2,50 for both & about 10 am commencd going down grade & the Snow disappeared & warmer weather came & we had passed from an altitude of over 7000 ft to 30 ft at Sacramento when Allie & his son Leslie met us with auto & after riding around the city & viewing the Sights we took the road south to Lodi   30 miles & a hard surface road  a fine pleasant ride   arrivd at Lodi at 3-30 & Nora cam out to meet   is feeling good   Nora has nice place to live  orange tree in the yard with oranges on   I pict one   was not extra

December 26, 1918

Thursday December 26 1918   At one oclock this morning we bad[e] Jap & Sylvia good bye & Ray took us to Depot in auto   Isabel Leila & Marjorie went with us to Depot & at 2 we bade them good bye   climbed into our lower 8 berth & had a good sleep   had breakfast on diner   pd 1,05 & past a pleasant day   at 2 pm at Ogden Utah where we changd cars & I pd 4,95 for Pullman to Lodi Califor   we dined on diner this eve   pd 95c & past thru the most desolate mt rox [mountain rocks?] & tipt the porter for an extra blanket & went to our Berth with a prospect of a good nite

December 25, 1918

Christmas  Wed 25   at Sylvias   I am feeling poorly   clear cold sunny   All is Christmas & Each well rememberd   I got from Dave sox ties &c   Nora tooth brush & ivory case   Jap & Sylvia slippers book & hdkf [handkerchief]   Harriet tie collars   Mother book   Lois book   I gave Sylvia & Isabel each $5 & each grand child $1   we had a fine Christmas dinner   a 22 lb turkey & all that goes with it & Isabels [family] were with us   we sat & visited til after 12    this eve Jap had a drayman come & take my trunk to the Depot & Sent to Lodi Cal   I pd drayman 50c & I pd Jap 2,20 for Pulman berth to Ogden Utah

December 23, 1918

Mon 23   2 or 3 inches of snow & it don’t melt any   looks much like more snow   we recd card from Nora & Christmas pakage   I am feeling much better to day & at dinner time Ray Green came from camp at Denver to spend Christmas & there was great rejoicing   Jap got a 22 lb turkey for Christmas dinner & we got to bed after 10 oclock after planting a Christmas tree

December 22, 1918

Sun 22   Cloudy dark cold S wind   I slept poorly last nite & at midnite took Salts   I got up at 9 am but ate no breakfast   Sylvia & her girls came & they all went to Sunday School   now at 11-30 am tis thawing very little & I have just put on my Shoes & polished them   I enjoyd a good dinner & supper & Jap & I & Lois came to Sylvias   the rest went to church   Jap went to the depot & found out all about our trip to Lodi   he is very accommodating

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