Tag Archives: William Alvin Schwimley

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 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

January 9, 1919

Thurs 9   at Noras   dark gloomy  Cold   Left Noras Allie Nora Mother & I at 8,30 in Allies new Carr   I wore my over coat in the closed carr all day & was chilly  good cement roads   looks like rain   took dinner in Pleasant on poor hotel & poor dinner   I pd 2,60 for the 4   thru Stockton Tracy in San Joquin Co & took supper in Paloalto in San mateo co   went to camp & found Max & he took supper with us   I pd 2,50 for the 5   we drove around some   went to Leland Stanford University & Allie & Nora took Max back to camp & we put up at University hotel & had a Small Kerosene Stove for heat

January 8, 1919

Wednesday January 8 1919   heavy frost this morning   recd Advance of Jan 2   we are both feeling well   Roosevelt is Buried to day[1]  died mon  [Monday]  went to funeral of Chester Locke at Lockford & took a long ride & brot Leslie home   past over new way at Cemetery   a canopy was raised over the grave with seats furnished by & belonging to the undertaker & the congregation was seated with mourners at the front  Allie preached an eloquent & forceful sermon

[1] Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt

January 6, 1919

Mon 6   A fine da   not so cool   frost this morn   I read awhile & then put on overcoat & fur cap & went with Allie to Lockford to see about a funeral  nice ride   saw nice orange trees & fine large cactus & talked with a pleasant well informed girl   home to dinner   PM we wrote to Leslie in Lemans France & I went to the PO & maild the letter   mother & Nora went to the church & helpd make bed comforts   Allie went to Stockton & traded for a new car & the boys are in high glee   Trustees of Congregational Church 4 of them held a meet here this eve

January 3, 1919

Fri 3   frost & cool all day & clear   All the people are telling this the coldst spell   never saw any as cold   Allie came from down town & said we are all invited to joint installation of GAR post & WRC   (I had been invited before)   we all put on our best clothes & went   found a goodly assemblage  20 or more GAR & 65 to 75 WRC & all very friendly & social  had a good dinner   then Allie Mother & Nora left as Allie had a church business meeting   I staid to all the services & it was real good   I was asked to occupy the Chaplains Chair as he was absent   the WRC was especially interesting & the president asked me to make remarks which I did & came home 3 or 4 pm   Leslie faild to get home   a wrong with his auto   he phoned for money

January 2, 1919

Thurs 2   Still & cold   below freezing   recd a good letter from Sylvia & I see by this morning paper the cold is general in the US even in S California   in Sacramento colder than had been known before at this time of year   after dinner Leslie took Max back to his camp 100 miles in the auto   his wound arm is doing well   Allie went 12 ms [miles] to conduct a funeral   I took a walk west a mile or more & saw onions & cabbage just set out   I saw Eucalyptus trees   a beautiful tree with body resembling sycamore & long narrow leaves & plenty of them   I saw fig olive almond & pepper trees   the PM was cool & fine for walking & I enjoyed my walk