Thursday January 16 1919 At Noras Lodi Cal damp Cloudy & light rain at times we recd a letter from Ellen & John good sleding & cold in Iowa & Flu about gone date 12 inst I wrote to E I Coffey [editor, Wellman Advance] that I will take $70 for my 20 a [acre] pasture from 1 of May to first dec 1919 for pasturage only he to keep up fence I furnished a needed new material at my home in Wellman & I reserve the priveleg of going in to cut holes or wood any time & to send Adv [Advance] to Long Beach Cal I also wrote to Hawkeye to send paper to Long Beach 3153 E 4 st A Mr Ruff & wife called & spent the evening Sociable pleasant folks he has plaining mill 38 states have ratified the prohibition amdtmt to constitution the wets are trying to hold it up in California by the initiative & referendum
Wed 15 Cool & Cloudy glimps of Sun I sat & read most of AM wrote to I Lindsey in Wellman & sent him 2 1c stamps 7- 3c stamps we had apple dumplings radishes & onions for dinner & altho I don’t eat as much as common I enjoyd 3 good meals my hand is getting more tremulous & some times I can hardly write with a pen I went to the PO & maild my letter & one to Roy a Mr & Mrs Culbertson & a lot of Kids came & spent the eve I got to bed at 10 not feeling very well we recd Advance of 9 inst [meaning January 9th]
Tues 14 Cool & Cloudy foggy in the morn Nora & Allie washed & mother made Noodles for dinner I sat around & read all the am California & 4 other States ratified the prohibition amendment making 29 rattified only 7 more to make us bone dry see hurrah after dinner I went to Stockton 14 mi with Allie on auto business had a fine ride went to the top of a 12 story bdg & had a fine view of the city and Mormon Channel tide water from San Joaquin river boats come to Stockton I got a waffle iron & a pancake griddle for Nora pd $3,75 home at dusk Mother recd a letter from Mrs Joe England I was taken by Police to hdqrs & told to buy & wear a mask in Stockton which order I complied with order for all to wear masks in Stockton a boy selling masks followed me up & grinned his satisfaction when I pd him 10c for one
Monday January 13th 1919 Lodi Cal Cool foggy most of the am I am better but feel weak & poorly we wrote to Leslie in Lemans France & I finished letter to Mr & Mrs C C Gardner & PM went to the PO & mailed it & one to Leslie to Lemans France & I got 10 – 2c Stamps I feel better this eve & ate half an apple & went to bed at 9-30
Sun 12 Cool & rather a dull day Churches ordered closed again as Influenza seems to be on the increase I partly wrote a letter to Mr & Mrs C C Gardner in Excelsior Springs MO Nora took mother & I all thru their Congregational church many rooms 3 organs a piano & a large pipe organ a long gallery I am taking Doans Kidney pills according to directions I am not feeling well & after going to bed felt worse & was badly physiced  til after midnite A Mr & Mrs Culbertson called with a donation of milk I took a bath
Saturday Jany 11 very fine day Allie pd our rooms & we took breakfast with the colord woman & I pd 1,00 She only chargd 90c I ate oatmeal we start for Sanfrancisco very fine roads & beautiful Country & Scenery went to Cliff house & Saw Seals & goldengate waves were loud & running high along the Beach enjoyed etc had our pictures taken 12 for 1,00 4 of us & I got 25 cards for 25c went thru presidio & drove on to the ferry at Oakland pier at eleven oclock Allie drove the car on the ferry & we were Soon on our way 6 miles acros to Oakland & in the bay we met other large Side wheeld ferry boats & all Sizes & Shapes of water craft & many Seagulls a half hour is the time for the 6 miles we drove around a little & filled up with gasoline 20 ½ per gal & I proposed we find a caffateria for dinner we soon found it & got an excellent dinner & enjoyed it warm biscuit butter coffee sausage blackberry pie & whipt cream potatos & turnips I pd the bill 2,09 & we were Soon on our way South thru fruitvale Dublin Tracy & Stockton & reachd Lodi at Sunset I brot the boys 50c cream candy after resting Allie went to town & got me a box Doans Kidney pills without cost after a good Supper we visited awhile read letters from Leslie in france & from Roy [&] Ollie I recd pension chk $120,00 Div [dividend] Keota Bank $30 & have $46 cash $200 draft & feel well fixt for funds
Fri 10 fine day & warmer Rain a little last nite I pd $3 for 2 rooms last nite we took breakfast at restaurant & I pd 1,70 for 4 past thru Saratoga Sunnyvale Los Gatos much nice valley country went over Santa Cruz Mts good road but narrow & breakneck precipices but went safe up steep grad & down other side to Santa cruz were we took dinner & I pd 1,70 for the 4 we then drove 5 or 6 miles to see the big Sequoia trees & walkd near ½ mile acros a wire rope suspended breakneck bridge & saw fine large trees & tall a grand sight a large very fat cat came to us & I peted him in that dark lonely place looks like rain drove back over Santa Cruz mts & to sanmateo & it commencd to rain got dark our lights were poor & after looking town over took supper with colord woman I pd 1,05 for 3 I didn’t eat got beds at a rooming house little Kerosene stoves & cool
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