Tag Archives: William Alvin Schwimley

February 8, 1923

Thursday Feb 8   Father said he was so much better this morning & said he could get up & get breakfast & could run a foot race.  He got up at 11 & ate quite a little.  Dave came & staid for dinner. 

Father laid down in p.m.  Roy & Winnie, Dave & Ruth came & spent eve & father was up all eve & they had just gone when Nora & Allie came & O, how glad we were to see them.


December 25, 1921

Sunday Christmas Dec 25 1921   at Sylvias in Grand Junction Colorado & moderate [temperature]   we all arose late & found Santa Claus had been here & was very liberal   Sylvia & family were so well remembered   I cant near enumerate them   I recd 2 Nice shirts from Leslie & Sylvia   fine worster sox from Isabel   Book Border Legion [1] [from] Leila & Ray & a picture of Leila & a picture of Lois   also a very fine box of fruit & Nuts from Nora & Allie   Nice pkgs of Stationery from Maude & Otto   Mother was also well rememberd by all our children Except Roy   we have not heard from him as yet   the Christmas cheer took our time   So we had a late breakfst   I gave Mother 5,00 Sylvia 10,00 Leila Ray & Lois each 1,00   I gave a total of Christmas money $69,00   we all but Jap went to Church & heard rather poor Christmas Sermon   Ray took us in the Auto  Next came our Christmas dinner with the 20 lb turkey as the largest if not the chief attraction   Sylvia & the girls had prepared a wonderful Christmas dinner   2 kinds of pie   2 kinds of cake   Cranberries & many other fruits with much candy & Nuts   towards eve Jap took us all a ride out NW on a New Smooth cement road   then over the Colorado river on a fine long steel bridge   we were home at dusk & supper servd at 7   I didn’t eat supper thinking I would be better with out

[1] Grey, Zane, The Border Legion, Grosset & Dunlap, 1916

March 24, 1919

Mon 24   Warmer   Mostly cloudy pleasant   we are both well   took breakfst at Delmar 25c   I took a walk to the pier then read Hawkeye  letters from Dave Nora Allie & Willard   he is slowly gaining but had the flu real bad   Harriet came from Los angeles AM & we took dinner at ywca  pd 90c for 3   I went to pike & got 12 picture folders for 1,00 & sent on to each Willard Mrs Lindsey Allie Roy Isabel Nora Maude Mrs Doc G Sylvia Dave & Mrs England   I went to PO & got 15 1c stamps & 5 2c stamps pd 25c   I got an Eve paper 2c   we took Supper at Delmar Cafe   I pd 75c for 3   I sat in the mens room & talkd till near 8 when I came to our room & wrote & read

February 27, 1919

Thursday February 27th 1919   Long Beach  Del Mar   A fine Sunny day  we all arose feeling well   3 took breakfst at Del Mar 50c for 3   Harriet dont breakfst   I bot a paper 3c   letter from Allie   we all 4 wrote to Leslie  2 girls & I took a walk to market Library & Chamber of Commerce   the girls Nora & Harriet registered   I bot 1 doz fine Navel oranges 15c  Warren Called at Hotel   we took dinner at Advent 1,60 paid   About 1-30 pm Warren came & took us 18 or 20 miles NW to Rodondo Beach & to moon stone beach   a cold high NW wind made it disagreeable & nothing new to see at the beach   I bot some pop corn & we looked for moon Stones & in our anxiety to find a moon stone we didnt pay attention to the high waves & they caught us all first & last & wet our feet real wet   I got a dry pair sox 25c & put them on with wet shoes   it helpd some   we rode back to Hotel more comfortable as we didnt face the wind   reachd hotel near 6   took supper at Del Mar   I pd 80c   this eve recd letter from Leslie in France with his picture   he is well & looks fine

January 23, 1919

Thurs January 23 1919   Cool & a cool misty rain & damp   I rested quite poorly last nite   ate a light breakfast & feel better after taking a walk down town & to the Bank & got a $20 bill changed & handed Mother $5 to give Nora   Allie went 20 miles to preach a funeral   Mother is packing our trunk & we expect to leave here at 6 this eve for Los angeles & Long Beach   after Supper went to the depot   Allie had roped our trunk & I paid 50c for taking to Depot & chekt to Long Beach Calif   I bot a Sleeper ticket for Long Beach Calif   pd 2,25   we bade Nora Allie & Don goodbye   we had nearly 4 wks good visit  many fine rides  all long to be remembered  good bye Dear Nora

January 22, 1919

Wed 22   A fine Sunny day   rested better last nite   I walke around a little & talked with an old Scotch man trying to Kill bermuda grass   PM we took long rides thru wood bridge [Woodbridge, CA]  & saw the biggest fig tree & a large live oak & got some Acorns & a large buckeye & got a buckeye  went to Williams where Allie got grapes & went to Merrils 2 families  had a fine ride  nice country & nice people  home at sundown

January 20, 1919

Mon 20   clear & looks fine & warm   in the morn it raind all last nite & clouded over & raind at 11 to day & looks rainy   we recd the Washington Democrat   Allie went to Stockton   back by Noon  when it rained a little saw many oranges on the trees & on the ground blown off by last nites wind   the first wind we have had since coming here   we all 5 went & spent the Eve at Mr Ruff’s & past a very pleasant social time with Graphaphone music