Category Archives: 1898-1923 Leaving the Farm Behind

January 17, 1919

Fri 17  Cloudy & Cool   48 above zero   it seems there is no time now that fire is not needed   morn & eve   I feel fairly well & ate 5 pancakes for breakfast   I took a walk west & it commenced to rain & I hurried back   it didn’t rain much   Nora recd a letter from Nellie   as she didn’t mention her health I fear she is not feeling well

January 16, 1919

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[1] are trying to hold it up in California by the initiative & referendum

[1] The Wets Plank opposed Prohibition

January 15, 1919

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]

January 14, 1919

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

January 12, 1919

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 [1] til after midnite   A Mr & Mrs Culbertson called with a donation of milk   I took a bath

[1] Physicked, see

January 11, 1919

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