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Journal of Eugene Read. Dated January 11, 1918 to June 11, 1918
Journal of Eugene Read. Dated January 11, 1918 to June 11, 1918
TitleJournal of Eugene Read. Dated January 11, 1918 to June 11, 1918
DescriptionHandwritten journal of Reverend Eugene B. Read, spanning from January 11, 1918 to June 11, 1918, shortly before his death. Journal describes his day-to-day activities and temperatures. Also details the death of his wife, Ophelia Read. Pasted inside the journal is a letter from Kate Read to Margaret Milne, Ophelia Read's newspaper obituary, a newspaper article on the eclipse, and a newspaper map of the eclipse. 20 pages, double-sided.
Transcript1918 Oak Park.
Fri.
Jany 11. Temp 7:30 A.M. 8 °; Rec'd letter from Elenor asking for certf. Before Notory of his XXXX to be used in getting a passport that he will need in the XXXX. I sent it to him. Notoary .25 cts/XXXX. Stormy day. Snow & cold. Dr. Dearborn called & stayed to supper. I gave her check for $25.00 XXXX XXXX. Temp 9 P.M. 2° below zero.
Sat
Jany 12 Temp 7 AM. 16° below. Another cold & stormy day. It is hard to tell how deep the snow is, it is drifted so badly. The R.R's are all blocked & most of them are making little or no effort to move trains. At noon it was 2° below 0. Dr. D. didn't call. Temp 8.30 P.M. 1° below zero.
Sun
Jany 13 Temp 7 45 A.M. 6° below. Herbert C. & the children were the only ones who went to church (Madison St.). Ophelia had a "sinking spell" both today & yesterday. Dr. Dearborn called. Temp 9 P.M. 5° above.
Mon
Jany 14 Temp 7.00 A.M. 4° above. Chi. Paper report that the city is busy shoveling snow. It is the heaviest snow they have had for 16 years: 24 ½ inches fell in all. Dr. Dearborn called; Ophelia is better. Temp 8.40 P.M. 12°.
Tues
Jany 15 Temp 7.30 A.M. 4° below. We rec'd letters from Kate and from Putnam and I wrote to Mabel, Putnam, & Kate. Sent an order to Sears Roebuck & Co for groceries $5.10 Mat. Came home about 2 o'c pretty well worn out by the storm. He worked 23 hours on a stretch. Ophelia has not been so well today & yesterday. She was in bed all of both days. Dr. D did not call. Temp 9 P.M. 6° above 0.
Wed
Jany 16 " 2° above. Bright pleasant day but cold. The school childrens in both John's & Dwight's room went sleigh riding. Temp 8.30 P.M. 7°. Dr. D. called.
Thurs
Jany 17 Temp 7.30 A.M. 10°. Another bright day, but it grew colder toward night. Dr. Dearborn called. Temp 8.20 P.M. zero.
Fri
Jany 18 " 7.30 A.M. 14° below. At 10.35 it was 4° below. 11 A.M. 3° below. 12m 2°-; 1 P.M. zoer. 2 P.M. 3° above. 3 P.M. 2°. 4 P.M. zero. 5 P.M. 1° below. Rec'd letter from Mrs. Annie Phillips with check for $28.50 being bal due on note of Sep 6. 1915 for cemetery lot. I replied at once to the letter sending her the note cancelled. This has been an unusually cold day as the above record will show. I deposited above check. Dr. Dearborn called & stayed to supper. Temp. 8.30 P.M. 2° below.
Sat.
Jany 19 Temp 7.30 A.M. 6° below. Ophelia died this A.M. at 2 o'c. She complained about 11 o'c of pain & wanted me to
[LETTER FROM KATE READ TO MARGARET READ PASTED, ALONG WITH NEWSPAPER OBITUARY OF OPHELIA]
rub her which I did. In about 10 min. Minnie came into our room & we both continued the rubbing for an our or more, when she seemed relieved. When we telephoned for Dr. Dearborn but couldn't reach her, Minnie then sent Herbert Jr. to bring XXXX over, but she sent medicine instead. Her symptoms returned & we used the Drs remedies, which seemed to help her, but soon after she complained of great dizziness. These were her last words, "I'm so dizzy". She had a gurgling in her throat & a curious working of the lips & tongue & she was gone. Herbert C. had joined us about ½ hour before she died & he joined in the effort of rubbing. We couldn't realize that she was dead, & continued rubbing until her feet began to grow cold. At 4 A.M. we telephoned Kate at Lockport, & she came up on the next train. Mabel came over after, & also Elmer. Herbert C. Attended to all the arrangements for the funeral. He hired the undertaker, bought the casket, & wrote letters to relatives & friends. Maud we notified by telephone but she is sick with pneumonia. I will attach here copy of a part of Kate's note written to Margaret who is at Trenton N.J. with Elsie Baker Young.
Sat.
Jany 26 I stayed in Lockport from Monday until today & left on the 1.45 Alton train. It was about an hour late. Jim took me to the depot in his cutter. The snow is over 2 ft deep & the drifts are XXXX impossible. I got back to Minnie's at 4.30 P.M. found all well.
Sun
Jany 27 Temp 8 AM 9° above. We had a good deal of zero weather while I was at Lockport but the house was very comfortable. Saturday was a stormy day snowing hard all the P.M. Today is clear. Herbert & the children went to church. Minnie Carrie Walter & I stayed at home. Temp 8 P.M 11°
Mon.
Jany 28 Temp. 7 A.M. 14°. More snow this A.M. Rec'd letter from Geo. Jr. &I from Elmer. I wrote to Kate but forgot to XXXX Jim's note to Grand Ma which we paid while I was at Lockport, so I wrote a letter to him & enclosed the note ($130.00) and I am using it to pay Ophelia's funeral expenses (see margin). Dr. Hughes called & removed Walter's cast, but it will be 2 wks., or more before he can lay aside his crutches. Lawyer Parker, that H.C. XXXX as to Walters damages suit, advises settling the case but of court. Dr. Dearborn called for Carrie. Temp 8 P.M. 4° above.
MARGIN: Funeral Exp. Oak Pk. 104.75
Lockport 57.-
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161.75
[NEWSPAPER CLIPPING ABOUT HEAVY SNOWFALL PASTED]
Tues
Jany 29 Temp 7 A.M. 6° below. I rec'd a letter from Eugene and I wrote one to Putnam. I walked 4 blocks yesterday and 6 today. The XXXX banks in the gutter are from 3 to 6 & 7 ft. high. It is an astonishing eight. Minnie rec'd word from Herb that Maud is better.
Temp. 8.30 P.M. 5° above.
Wed
Jany 30 " 7.30 A.M. 2° below. Rec'd yesterday a baby letter from Fannie announcing birth a girl (Lois Louisa). I wrote some lines to the baby & enclosed them in one to Fannie & XXXX. Rec'd today 4 letters as follows, from Abbie DeWitt, Russ Chamberlain, Mrs. Wm Oates and Kate. I walked 8 blocks. Envelops .10. I wrote to Mabel.
Temp 8 P.M. 12°
Thurs
Jany 31 " 7 A.M. 4° above, but at 8 o'c it was 2°. A little more snow. Rec'd letters from Kate & XXXX Steele. Kate's had enclosures from Putnam. Berb, Bell, Healey Alexander, & XXXX from XXXX XXXX giving Financial Statt for 1918.
Temp 8.15 P.M. 5° below.
Fri
Feby 1. " 7.30 A.M. 14° below. Rec'd letters from Marcia XXXX S. Dw. 3.18 & Denmark S.C. School. Wrote to Maud & sent her by H. XXXX Bathrobe & Underwear & wrote to Anna & Frank. I wrote to Treas. Industrial Security Co. about "Bonus" stock dating the letter Feb. 2.
Temp. 8.30 P.M. 2° above.
Sat.
Feby 2. Temp. 7.30 A.M. 2° below. My teeth (lower jaw) have been XXXX to ashe for sometime & I concluded to have them hout. There are XXXX 7. So this morning at 9.30 o'c, Minnie went with me to Dr Ehler (who make a XXXX of XXXX) & I took gas & had them all drawn. Herbert C. Also joined us before the operation. It was a complete success & I didn't know when they were drawn (cost $1.00 per tooth & $1.00 for the gas = $8.00) Dr. D. called for Carrie. Temp 9 P.M. 18° above.
Sun
Feby 3 Temp. 8 A.M. 10°. My mouth which was very sore last night is much better. I wrote to Bro. King.
Temp. 8.30 P.M. 1° above.
Mon
Feby 4 " 7.30 A.M. 14° below. Cold day. 2° below at 1 P.M. 3° below at 3 P.M. at 4.30 P.M. 4° below. The snow that fell Jany 1 is still on the ground. There has been no thaw since Dec. 24. I rec'd letters from Will, Fannie & a card from Maud & her mother is better. I wrote to Maud. There is a case of small pox in town & about 10 cases in Chicago & the health offices recommend vaccination, so they had Dr. Hughes call & he vaccinated Walter Mildred John Dwight & Thelena. Temp 8.30 P.M. 8° below.
Tues
Feby 5 Temp 7.30 A.M. 4° below. Rec'd letter from Elmer & wrote one to Kate. Kate telephoned this evening to know how we all are & she said Putname failed to pass the aviation examination, & he is thinking of entering the aviation branch of the Navy, which he says he can enter. Temp. 8.30 P.M. 22°.
Wed
Feby 6 Temp 7.30 A.M. 34°. Rec'd a letter from Bro. King. Wrote joint letter to Ric & Kate Minshall. H.C. & Winnie went prayer XXXX. At Madison St. It has thawed considerably today, but has made little impression on the great banks of snow. Tonight is cooler. Temp 9 P.M. 28°
Thurs
Feby 7 Temp 7.30 A.M. 16°. Rec'd Letters from Kate & Margaret. I wrote to Will. We had news of the sinking of the Tuscania the first American Troop Shipwreck 168 lost, 2,187 saved. Temp. 8.30 P.M. 28° (It has stood at 28° nearly all day)
Fri
Feby 8 Temp 7.30 A.M. 34°. A misty foggy day. I rec'd a letter from Maud. Wrote to Minnie Holt, Kate, Mabel, and Hazel. I copied 3 poems that I have written since Jany 19. At Kate's suggestion for Dorothy to copy on the type writer. There are 7 more pieces. Temp 8.40 P.M. 31°. There has been more or less fine rain today & considerable thawing, tho it's not noticed.
Sat
Feb 9 Temp 7.30 A.M. 20°. Copied six more poems (which brings it up to Feby 7) for Dorothy to typewrite. Charlie Porter came home with Bertie last night & was here until about 10 A.M. Geo. telephoned to Herbert that he & Mabel will be here tomorrow. Temp 8.45 P.M. 27° (Icy walks.)
Sun
Feby 10 Temp 8 A.M. 28°. Herbert, Minnie, Carrie, & the children all went to church (XXXX XXXX) About 3 o'c, Geo. & Mable came & spent a couple of hours or so (they left about 6 o'c). Mabel plans to go to Aurora tomorrow to see Maud.
Temp 8 P.M. 36°. It has been thawing most of the day.
IN MARGIN: XXXX Mr. XXXX died yesterday.
Mon
Feby 11 " 7.30 A.M. 35°. Rec'd letter from Mabel written Saturday. XXXX order to Sears Roebuck & Co. Supports .25 safety pin .04. Neighborhood prayer meeting at Mr. Jones across the St. in interest of Billy Sunday's approaching meetings. They all went but Walter, XXXX. & I. Temp 8 P.M. 44°. Thawed all day, but great banks of snow XXXX.
Tues Feby 12 Temp 8 A.M. 35°. Rained part of the A.M. Rec'd letter from Bro. King, he will be here tomorrow. H.C. and John went to Banquet tonight given by Bogo XXXX. Got a pr. Of Tweezers .12. Temp 8 P.M. 32°
Wed
Feby 13 Temp. 8 A.M. 30° I have been troubled with a painful Hydro-XXXX for several years. 3 or 4 days ago it began to pain me so this A.M. I called Dr Hughes & I stayed in bed all the A.M. He came just before 11.45 but he had no needle large enough for his purpose, so he will come again this evening. Mr. King spent a couple of hours from 2 to 4 P.M. Rec'd letter from Kate & Herbert Michall; also Lkpt. Papers with Obituary notice. Temp 8 P.M. 42°.
Thurs
Feby 14 Temp 7.30 A.M. 44°. Dr. Hughes came last nig about 8.20 o'c & with a needle & small syringe & drew the XXXX from the dropsical swelling. I cannot tell yet whether the operation is a complete success or not. Rec'd a letter from Mabel she spent Monday & Tuesday with Maud who is able to be around again. She suggested that I give XXXX's Bible to Maud, so I sent it to her, (postage .07) & wrote her a letter. Temp 8.30 P.M. 42°. The snow is fast disappearing but there is lots if it yet.
Fir
Feby 15 Temp 7.30 A.M. 14°. Snow. Letter from Kate. The snow didn't amount to much. I wrote letters to Kate & Mabel. H.C. & Minnie & Herb. went to a neighborhood Prayer Mtg. preparatory to the Billy Sunday mtg. at Mr. Schroeder. Temp 8.10 P.M. 20°
Sat
Feby 16 Temp 7.30 A.M. 20° Snowy morning. 4" to 5". The operation Dr. Hughes performed on the 13th had to be repeated. I stayed in bed until he came & did the job (3 P.M.) Carrie has a hard cold on her bronchial tubes. Dr. Dearborn was here & treated her. I gave Dr. Hughes one of my books (Devotional Poems). Temp 8.45 P.M. 9°
Sun
Feby 17 Temp 8 A.M. zero. They all ( except Carrie & I) went to S.S. and church. Walter going to the 3d XXXXX. It is the first time since he was hurt (Nov. 20) Temp. 8 P.M. 18°
Mon
Feby 18 Temp 7.30 A.M. 18°. Popular XXXX for Dec. came today. Rec'd also the order from Sears Roebuck & Co (XXXX 11¢) Herbert XXXX came home tonight with a heavy cold. XXXX his feet in hot water, took a cool lemonade & went to bed without his supper at 6.30 o'c. Geo. XXXX was XXXX to supper after which he & Walter went into the city to a show. XXXX & Mildred went to a neighborhood prayer meeting of Mr. Holliman's.
Temp. 8.10 P.M. 40°
Tues
Feby 19 " 7.30 A.M. 45°. Rain & fog. Snow is melting fast but there is lots of it yet. Rec'd a letter from Kate with an enclosed from Mary Franklin. Also Joliet Paper with short history of Lkpt. Congl. Ch. Which I sent on to Margaret. Herbert C. has been in bed all day with a heavy cold & head ache. Temp. 8.15 P.M. 26°
Wed
Feby 20 Temp 7.30 A.M. 8°. Herbert is dressed & went down to the store but stayed only a short time. I wrote to Abbie DeWitt & "Puss" Chamberlain. XXXX Stemps .60¢
Temp 8.30 P.M. 4°
Thurs
Feby 21 " 7 A.M. 6° below. I composed some lines on Margaret's birthday and enclosed them in a letter that I wrote to her. Read letter from Annie Phillips. Prayer Mtg. in XXXX with the Billy Sunday campaign held here tonight (this is the 4th neighborhood prayer mtg. they have had in this neighborhood. They are being pulled over Chicago & suburbs. Herbert Jr. had the meeting leave tonight. There were 27 present & 6 XXXX were represented. Temp 9.30 P.M. 18°
Fri
Feby 22 Temp 7.30 A.M. 12° Washington's birthday. No school. Minnie went to Wheaton taking Dwight with her. I wrote to Mr. & Mrs. Wm M. Oates. Bright pleasant day. 33° at 3 P.M. I walked 5 blocks. The first day I have been out this month. Minnie & Dwight returned about 6 o'c. George's business is a failure & he has made an assignment for XXXX of his coeditors. He is now at Red Oak. Minnie brought XXXX with her to stay until Monday.
Temp. 8.30 P.M. 28°
Sat
Feby 23 " 7.30 A.M. 18° Rec'd from Jud. Sec. 80 2 XXXX XXXX certfs. Calling XXXX for 8 and 12 shares of I.S.Co. Stock. It is necessary to tell the Co. XXXX I want stock on cash ($2.00 a share) So I mailed them back (XXXX .10) with statement that I want stock. I went to Dr. XXXX (XXXX see Feb. 1) & he examined my XXXX, & he told me to message them several times a day with Sp. Of XXXX. I got a little bottle XXXX .25. Beautiful day. I walked 25 blocks. Minnie went into city to the Moody Ch. with Bertie to hear a woman Missionary from Central America the field Bertie is expecting to be sent to. They started at 7.30 o'c P.M. It will be near 11.00 when they get home.
Temp 8.30 P.M. 47°
Sun
Feby 24 " 7.30 A.M. 40°. Minnie & I went to the Pres. Ch. (it was communion) the others (except Walter) went to Madison St. Walter to 3d Congl. Mr. & Mrs. Allison called in P.M. Herbert & the boys & XXXX went in evening to 3d. Ch. to an address illustrated with XXXX.
Temp 8.10 P.M. 40°
Mon
Feby 25 " 7.A.M. 40°. Rainy P.M. considerable snow melted but there are still big piles, but a good deal of XXXX ground. Minnie & Mildred went to neighborhood prayer Mtg. at Mrs XXXX's Temp 9 P.M. 32°
Tues
Feby 26 Temp 7 A.M. 22°. Rec'd birthday card from Bro. King. I walked 27 blocks. I wrote to Ind. Security Co. that the 8 shares of stock in letter rec'd on the 23d should probably be five shares. Herbert & Minnie called this XXXX on Mr. & Mrs. J. V. Broon. Temp. 8.45 P.M. 38°
Wed
Feby 27 Temp 7.A.M. 34°. Walked 22 blocks. Rec'd letter from Rev. E.E. XXXX. Maud & little Evelyn came about 5 P.M. to celebrate my birthday. She will stay until Saturday. Temp. 9 P.M. 33°.
Thurs
Feby 28 Temp 7.30 A.M. 34°. We had 4 or 5 inches of snow last night. I rec'd a letter & card from Putnam & birthday card fr Dr. & Mrs. Paddock. Bro King called this A.M. for a couple of hours. Maud & Evelyn came about 11 o'c. Kate about 12 o'c & Mabel about 2 P.M. & Elena about 3 o'c. So they were all here (Eva also came about 3.00) Elena & Eva went about 6 o'c & Mabel at 8.20. Kate stays overnight & Maud will stay until Saturday. George's stock of Hardware was sold today by the XXXX (Geo. Had gone into Bankrupture) Mr. Richard bought it for $3000.00. Herbert went to Wheaton with Mr. Nicholas. Elmer now expects to enter the navy instead of the Merchant Marine. Temp. 9 P.M. 31°
Fri
Mch 1 Temp. 7 A.M. 23°. Rec'd letters from Margaret & Maggie Ewen. Wrote to Bruce Lyan. Kate went home this morning on the 9 o'c Alton: leaving here at 8 o'c. Today is Walter's 20th birthday. I wrote appropriate verses. H.G., Minnie Maud Carrie Dwight & I all went over to Mrs Schoff's (Opposite) to attend a Neighbd Prayer Mtg. at 8 PM. There were 15 present. Temp. 9 o'c. P.M. 30°
Sat
Mch 2 Temp. 7.30 A.M. 34°. Rec'd a letter from Dr. Ed. He is in El Paso Texas. Minnie & Maud divided Mama's things among the 4 daughters. Minnie will see that Kate gets the things they selected for her. Herbert (who is going to Wheaton every day, in connection with the purches of George's store by Nicholas Hdw. Co) will take Mabel's to her & Maud to hers home with her. Maud left for home at 4 P.M. going by the Chi. Elgin & Aurora. Minnie went with her to the Forrest Part station taking the street car on Harlem Ave. Temp 8.30 P.M. 38°
[IN MARGIN]: Rec'd from Will 2d lot of the Meadow. 13 Rod.
Sun
Mch 3 Temp. 7.30 A.M. 34°. I went with the family to the Madison St. Church (It was communion and in the afternoon Herbert C. & I went to the "Oak Park Theatre", to hear Mrs. Stobert a Serbian woman who is a wonderful worker in the Serbian Red Cross. At 8.30 P.M. Frank Milan telephoned from the city that he is on his way out here. He came a little after 9 o'c.
Temp 9.30 P.M. 40°
Mon
Mch 4 " 7.30 A.M. 38°. Frank & Walter went to the city this A.M. I rec'd a letter from Will & one from Emma XXXX. Jasper died Feby 24. Emma will live with Jack & Margaret. 426 W. 10 St. Pueblo Cols. I wrote to Ed. Emma & Dr. & Mrs Paddock and Walter Beckwith. I went with Minnie to neighborhood prayer meeting at 8 P.M. at Miss Patterson's. Temp 9 P.M. 40°
Tuesday Mch 5 Temp 7 A.M. 43°. We (Minnie Carrie & I) had an early dinner & started for Wheaton, as Geo & Mable are liable to move to Red Oak this week. XXXX they XXXX XXXX get off until next week. Fare on the Electric .34. Return fare on the N.W. .32. We got there about 1.30 P.M. found them all torn up. Norma & Read will stay in Wheaton until the end of the school year. We came back with Herbert (see Mch. 2) on the 5.30 N.W. Train.
Temp 8.40 P.M. 38°
Wed
Mch 6 " 7 A.M. 26°. Rec'd letters from Minnie Holt and frank Milne. I answered both letters & wrote to Jim about his hiring Mat. Jim wants a man. I also wrote to Kate and Putnam. (5 letters in all). Walked 4 Blks. & came in because it was snowing. Temp 8.30 P.M. 26°
Thurs.
Mch 7 Temp 7 A.M. 24°. I wrote to Will. John was quite sick last night. Mildred to is out of school. Yesterday's snow was less than an inch. It is mostly gone by noon today. I walked 18 blocks. Dr. XXXX was here twice today. John seems better tonight.
Temp. 8.30 P.M. 33°
Fri.
Mch 8 " 7 A.M. 30°. Rec'd Ind. Sec. Co. Div. 2.18 Hair Cut .50 cts. Minnie Mildred Dwight Thomas & I went in the city to Mrs. Jones (across the street) to a prayer Mtg. Temp. 9 P.M. 36°.
Sat
Mch 9 Temp 7 A.M. 36°. Not a pleasant day. rain, showers. Rec'd Stock Div. 28 shrs. Ind. Sec. Co. Temp 8.30 P.M. 24°
Sun
Mch 10 Temp 7.30 A.M. 18°. Flurry of snow in night. There has been quite a cold raw wind today, so I didn't go to church. The others except Carrie & John went. Walter to 3d Congl the others to Madison St. Temp. 8.30 P.M. 27°
Mon
Mch 11 Temp 6.30 A.M. 28°. Rec'd a letter from Ed in answer to mine of 4th. I walked 15 blocks. Herbert Jr. invited two young ladies (Moody Students) to supper & spend the evening. They were Misses Sindle & XXXX. Minnie excused herself & she & I went to the prayer mtg. at XXXX XXXX 1123 Ontario St. (13 present) Temp 9 P.M. 47°
Tues
Mch 12 Temp 7 A.M. 46° Minnie & Walter went to Chicago. Minnie to shop & Walter to get a passport to go to Canada. Read letter from Minnie Holt. Wrote to Ed and Kate. P.O. Stamps 60/30 .20/20 .10/10 XXXX .10 Geo XXXX was here to Tea & XXXX. Temp 8.30 P.M. 45°
[IN MARGIN]: Mat. came home sick. Chill & fever.
Wed
Mch 13 Temp. 7 A.M. 38° Walter packed his truck & XXXX sent them to Lockport by Express. He took a rifle & shot gun with him & a lot of ammunition. He evidently expects to hunt. Rainy day. Temp. 8.30 P.M. 36°
[IN MARGIN]: Mat. still sick. They called Dr. Hughes.
Thurs
Mch 14 Temp 7 A.M. 34°. Heavy rain in & a fine light snow most of afternoon about 1 ½ inches fell. Walter went to Lockport abt. 11 A.M. He goes with Frank & XXXX to to Canada. They expect to start tomorrow or next day. Mat. has had a chill every day since he came home Tuesday but he had none today. Temp. 8.30 P.M. 30°
Fri
Mch 15 Temp 7 A.M. 26°. Rec'd yesterday letter from Chi. Observer enclosing Receipted bill for another year sub. & asking for poems. Replied thanking them & enclosed copy of Hopes & Fears (Vol VI Pg. 15) Mat. is better, no chill today. They rec'd a letter from Eugene, he is back at Camp Upton.
Temp. 8.40 P.M. 26°
Sat.
Mch 16 " 7 A.M. 28°. Wrote a piece on 2nd coming. Walked 19 Blocks. Carrie went to Dr. Hughes (Minnie went with her). Rec'd a letter from Mabel & answered it. We are almost out of coal so they let the furnace fire go out about 5 P.M. they could get none today.
Temp 8 P.M. 42°
Sun
Mch 17 " 8.30 A.M. 42° Beautiful day. Went with them to Madison St. church & heard an excellent sermon by Rev. OHair. Temp 8.15 P.M. 44°
Mon
Mch 18 Temp. 6.30 A.M. 36° Rec'd a letter from Putnam and ans'd it. Also wrote to Kate enclosing Putnam's letter. Read in P.M. card from Kate. Herbert rec'd two tons hard coal today (1 fair & 1 course) Temp reached 72° today. The big pile of snow that lay in the back yard all winter is gone, but there is a disk of ice 4x6 feet lying where it lay. Read from NW R.R. refund for overcharge on 3 passenger tickets from Wheaton to Oak P. last year 27 cts. Dwight & Thalena both complain of not feeling well after school. Temp 8.10 P.M. 58°
Tues
Mch 19 Temp 7 A.M. 43° Bro King called for about ½ hour this A.M. Read letter from Maud with a sheet of paper scribbled over by Evelyn, which she calls a "poem for Grand Pa". I wrote to Maud & enclosed a little letter in rhyme for Evelyn. Temp. 9 P.M. 53°
Wed
Mch 20 Temp. 7 A.M. 44°. Tomorrow morning at 4.26 the sun crosses the Equator. I walked 15 Blocks today and 8 blocks yesterday. Minnie & Bertie went to Madison St. Prayer Mtg. Temp 8.30 P.M. 56°
Thurs.
Mch 21 Temp. 7 A.M. 46° Walked 14 Blks. In A.M. & 13 in P.M
" 8.30 P.M. 57°
Fri
Mch 22 " 6.15 A.M. 36°. Rec'd a letter from Kate with one from Minnie Holt enclosed. Wrote to Putnma enclosing his Mother's & Minnie's letters. I also wrote to Kate. Mildred & Carrie went to Chicago to get some purchases. Temp 8.45 P.M. 34 °
Sat
Mch 23 Temp 7.30 A.M. 36°. Sent order to Sears R. & Co for 1 Beach Supporter #8L3611 .29 cts P.P.05 = M.G.03 = .37 cts. Temp 8.30 P.M. 37°
Sun.
Mch 24 Temp 7.30 A.M. 35° Herbert C. is not well, he was in bed all day. Minnie Carrie Bertie the children & I all went to the Madison St. Church. Mst. Came home about 6 P.M. he goes out again tonight. I read a little book "The Gospel of Healing by Rev. A.B. Simpson. It is a very convincing presentation. Temp. 8.30 P.M. 37°
Mon
Mch 25 Temp 6.30 A.M. 33°. Rec'd a letter from Maud and wrote to her and to Kate. Walked 16 blocks. Wrote a XXXX of "Consecration". Minnie Carrie & I went to the Neighborhood Prayer Mtg. at Mrs. Lou's
Temp 9 P.M. 46°
Tues
Mch 26 " 6.30 A.M. 28°. Rec'd Dividend Ind Sec Co $2.58 3/15.18. Walked 20 blocks. I commenced reading a very precious little book published by XXXX & XXXX XXXX Eaton & Mains N.Y. by Mark Guy Pearce until Mat. dropped in the evening for a few minutes. Minnie called on some of her neighbors and visited Julia's school teacher. Temp 8.30 P.M. 28°
Wed
Mch 27 Temp 6.45 A.M. 28°. Rec'd letter from Kate with Alton ticket. Rec'd Sears R. Co order of 23d. Walked 17 blocks in 3 different towns Oak P. Forest P. & River Forrest
Temp 8.30 P.M. 30°
Thurs
Mch 28 Temp 7 AM. 28°. I left Oak P. at 11.40 P.M. for Lockport. Took the 1 P.M. Alton train found Kate waiting at the depot with buggy. All are well. Irene is out at her father's, will be in probably tomorrow. Temp 9 P.M. 40°
Fri.
Mch 29 Temp 6 A.M. 30°. Jim sent 90 lbs. Rolled Oats to Oak p. and 90 lbs to Geo. It cost 6.30 for 90 lbs. Geo. Sent money for his, & I will pay for Minnie's. I wrote to Minnie. Went down town bought Tobacco .10 (for XXXX) Mr. F.F. Stour died last night. Mrs Rice called. We had quite a XXXX entertainment tonight by the girls Dorothy at the piano & she Agnes Flora & Irene singing. Temp 8.30 P.M. 44°
Sat
Mch 30 Temp. 6 A.M. 32°. I regulated the Bureau drawers & the cabinet. Elmer came about 4 P.M. & stayed until near 7 o'c. He is a Boat Swain in the Navy and was in Officer's uniform. He looks fine. He will report for duty Monday & will for the present go into training either on the Municipal Pier or on a boat called the XXXX. Jim & Kate and Dwight & Flora (& Mrs. Eliza Burch who was in town to see Irene off) went to O.S. Reed's tonight to celebrate their Golden Wedding. Irene started for Canada at abt. noon. Agnes went with her as far as Chicago. Agnes got back about 5 o'c. Temp 9 P.M. 50°
Sun
Mch 31 Temp 7 A.M. 40°. XXXX at Church. We were all there – Kate & I took a walk this P.M. in the cemetery. Our lot needs filling & it will take 10 or 12 wagon loads of earth, may be more. I must have it down at once. The clocks (by the XXXX's order) were all put forward one hour (to utilize daylight) last night or this A.M. so that what was 5 A.M. is now 6 A.M. It will continue until the last Sunday in Octo. when the clocks of the nation will be put back to correct time. Temp. 9 P.M. 58° Dwt & Flora took their first meal in their new house this morning (breakfast).
Mon
Apl 1 Temp 7 A.M. 47. Rain in night. I sent to Maud a box of Books (commentary & a miscellaneous assortment). I prepaid express XXXX .24. Jim took the box to Alton Depot. I went to Dr. XXXX XXXX & he took impressions for set lower teeth. Wrote to Maud & sent XXXX to Ind. Security Co to change address. Temp. 9 P.M. 54°
Tues
Apl. 2 Temp 7 A.M. 46°. Township Election. Jim Kate & I rode down together & voted. Mrs. Wm. XXXX called in afternoon. Dorothy is taking lessons on the violin. She is doing very well. The 49 folks including Dwight & Flora all went to High Sch. To hear a war lecture tonight. Temp 9 P.M. 43°
Wed.
Apl 3 Temp 7 A.M. 33°. Went again to Dr. XXXX & he had a wax impression from the plaster cast of Monday & he got the "bit". I am to go again Sat. at 3 P.M. when I expect to get the finished plate. Bro. XXXX called this P.M. has Kate is cleaning house. I entertained him, had a very enjoyable call. Mrs. Collette is papering Kate's sitting room. She commenced yesterday & finished today. Jim shipped 30 logs to Chicago. Temp 9 P.M. 33°
Thurs
Apl 4 Temp 6.30 A.M. 30°. Mrs. Collette was here only ½ day today. I went to P.O. for pension check but it has not yet come. I Rec'd a letter from Minnie & answered it this evening. The Lady's Missy. Sec. 7 met with Kate this P.M. Mr Ayres brot. His wife over in her wheel chair & left her, calling for her when the mtg. was over. Kate's S.S. class spent the evening with her by their invitation. Dorothy has a sore throat & is not feeling well. They called Dr. Courtney who pronounced it XXXX. Temp 9.30 P.M. 34°
Fri
Apl 5 Temp 7 A.M. 32°. I went to P.O got my pension chk & deposited it. Got sheet cardboard (24 x 29) at printing office .05 cts. & printed on it a sign for the Food Exhibit at Joliet. Agnes has charge of the milk exhibit for Lockport. Mr. XXXX called in eg. To fix Agnes' XXXX but she was at Joliet, so her & Kate played chess while they waited for Agnes. She didn't come until 10.30. Dorothy was with her.
Temp 10.30 P.M. 39°
Sat.
Apl 6 " 7 A.M. 42°. I first wrote lines on Mabels birthday then went with Kate to Joliet. Attended the County Food Conservation Show & went to Boston Store where Kate bought wall paper for the Hall. Agnes & Dorothy went this A.M. to hear Billy Sunday & do some shopping. In afternoon I wrote a letter to Mabel and went to Dr. XXXX & got my teeth (lower plate) cost $15.00. It has been a rainy afternoon. Temp 9 P.M. 52°
Sun
Apl 7 Temp 7 A.M. 41°. Agnes & Dorothy didn't get home until near midnight. Dorothy didn't get up in time to go to church. Agnes went to Joliet to care for the Food Exhibit (Lockport) Jim Kate & I went to church. I gave Jim a check for $6.30 for 90 lbs. Rolled Oats that I have to Minnie Peaslee. I wrote to Putnam. Temp 9.45 P.M. 41°
Mon
Apl 8 Temp 7 A.M. 32°. Left Lockport on the 12.34 Alton & reached the City at 1.40 & went right out to Oak Park (before leaving Lkpt. On way to train I stopped at the Bank & got Chi. XXXX for $25.00 to pay balance on the Liberty Board at State Bank Oak Park). I wrote to Kate returning one of the 25 ride tickets (Agnes gave me two one an old one Dec 1915-1916). I sent back the new one as I had paid my fare up out of the old one. I found a letter from Will so I started an answer. In the evening Minnie & I attended a Neighborhood Prayer Mtg. at Mrs XXXX 1110 Holly Ct. Temp 9 P.M. 32°
Tues
Apl 9 Temp. 7 A.M. 26°. Finished letter to Will. Went to Oak P. State Bank & rec'd the "Liberty Bond" bought last October paying bal. due on it $24.90. Wrote to Dr. Dearborn (225 Grove Ave) that I could not pay the $25.00 promised this mo. But that I would give him the $50.00 bond on a/c if agreeable to her. Bot. Sampts .60 XXXX .10 Hoarhound Drops .10 Herb. bot. for me. The gospel of Healing .25 Temp 8.40 P.M. 32°
Wed
Apl 10 Temp 7.30 A.M. 29°. Rec'd letter from Rev. BH XXXX New Richmond Wis. Wrote to Bo. King enclosing chk. For $6.60 bal. due on XXXX Stock (see Jany 3d) We had quite a big surprise at 5.30 P.M. Eugene telephones that he is in the city at the N.W. Depot. Minnie telephoned Herbert, who is at Wheaton, & Minnie Mildred & I went to city to see him. We met him at Clinton St. station of the elevated & we all went to XXXX Restaurant & had a big supper. Eugene was sent with the body of one of the soldiers who died of Pneumonia & whose home is in Minnesota. Herbert C. met us at the N.W. Depot & we bid Eugene good bye on the train & got home at 9.15 P.M.
Temp 9.15 P.M. 36°
Thurs
Apl 11 " 7 AM. 36° Mat. went to work this A.M. he came home sick Monday (chills). I wrote to Kate that I wouldn't be back until the latter part of the week or next as Eugene will be here. I walked 26 blocks yesterday and 12 today. I got the trunk up from the basement, & practically packed it. Temp. 8.30 P.M. 38°
Fri
Apl 12 Temp. 7 A.M. 34°. I wrote some lines on "The Beautiful". Walked 14 Blks. Herbert C. Minnie Carrie & Mildred all went to Chi. Tonight to hear Billy Sunday. Temp 40°.
Sat
Apl 13 Temp 7 A.M. 28°. Eugene came back from his Minnesota trip last night. I sent card to XXXX changing address to Lockport. I walked 21 blocks. Eugene had to take the body to Curry 524 7/10 XXXX fr. Chi. On N.W. RR in S.W. port of Minnesota. The people were very grateful & treated him handsomely.
Temp 9 P.M. 48°
Sun
Apl 14 " 8 A.M. 35°. Norma & Read came about 10 A.M. & went with H.C. & Eugene to 3d Cong. The children went to Madison St. Billy Ballow came from Wilmington where he is teaching in answer to telegram from Eugene. He ret'd to W. about 4 P.M. Read went on the 10.50 train, but Norma stayed all night. We spent the evening singing with norma at the piano. Temp. 10 P.M. 44°
Monday
Apl 15 Temp 6.30 A.M. 32°. Rec'd a letter from Maud. Eugene went to Wheaton with Norma. He will visit there today & go from there to Lkpt. Herbert C. & I will also go to Lkpt. Tomorrow. I expressed the trunk this A.M. & will put the bedding (Blankets & comfort) in the large telescope & carry it. Walked 17 Blks.
Temp 8.45 P.M. 60° Rain. (very little)
Tues
Apl 16 " 6.15 A.M. 54° Herbert C. & I started for Lockport at 7.45 to catch the 9 o'c Alton when we got there we found the time was changed to 8.30 so train had gone. We then to street car & came by the electric. We go to Kates 11.30 A.M. & found Eugene already there. He beat us ½ hour. They are going to hear Billy Sunday tonight. Agnes & Flora went with them. They went up on the Santa Fe. Minnie Carrie & may be the children will meet them in the city & all go to the meeting together. Temp 9 P.M. 62°
Wed
Apl 17 Temp 7 A.M. 51°. Rainy day. My trunk is at the depot, but because of the rain Jim didn't bring it up. They rec'd a postal card from Frank the first they have had from him since he got to Canada. Temp 9 P.M. 50°
Thurs
Apl 18 Temp 7 A.M. 38° Fog. I wrote to Minnie, Herbert left his umbrella here. I have taken it in XXXX. Jim brought up the trunk the Expressage fees $1.16. I unpacked it & put the thing saway. It turned cold this P.M. with wind from the north. Temp 9.15 P.M. 33°
Fri
Apl 19 Temp 7 A.M. 33°. Quite a cool day. Agnes has found an old violin minus finger board, tail piece & XXXX post. She sent to Monty. Ward & Co. & got XXXX pieces that were lacking, but they had to be fitted. They were too large, so I have fitted them & today I glued on the finger board. Kate planted beets peas & Swiss XXXX a row of XXXX in gander. I went down town for the paper & mail. Temp 9 P.M. 40°
Sat
Apl 20 Temp 7 A.M. 34°. Rainy afternoon. Kate & I divided Grand Ma's things that were suitable for keepsakes for the grand children (24). We also gave something to Irene & Flora. I tied them all up in separate packages & will put the pkgs. For each family together & send them by P.O to the XXXX Monday. Temp 9 P.M. 42° Still raining.
Sun
Apl 21 Temp 7 A.M. 35°. Rain & clouds. I didn't go to church. The others except Jim went, but they went in the rain. Dwight & Flora took supper here.
Temp 9 P.M. 38°
Mon
Apl 22 " 7 A.M. 35°. I put the pkg. for the Gd.children (see Apl 20) that are to go by parcel post into family pkgs. & marked them for Minnie, Mabel & Maud. Sent also a top to little Elmer, ready to mail tomorrow. I also wrote to Minnie, Mabel, Maud, & Evan and suggested to the 3 girls as family letter to go around & be added to by each. Will commence sugh a letter next Monday. Temp 10 P.M. 48°
Tues
Apl 23 Temp 7 A.M. 40° I mailed the letters I wrote yesterday & Minnie's & Little Elmer's Parcels (Post'g .14) Tribune .02 Kate & I went over to the cemetery and saw Mr. Dodge (the Sexton) and I made an arrangeme't with him to fill up the cemetery lot. It needs to be raised a foot or more. He will also seed it & fix it up right for $15.00 Mr. XXXX spend the evening with the girls playing the violin & chess Temp. 8.30 P.M. 47°
Wed
Apl 24 Temp 6.50 A.M. 33° Frost. Sent order to Sears R & Co for a 2 gal. fish bowl 1.37 (The old one is cracked). At night Kate Agnes Dorothy & I went to Cong. Ch. to a concert given for benefit of Ladies Aid, & a fine entertainment.
Temp 10 P.M. 37°
Thurs
Apl 25 " 6.45 A.M. 34°. Wrote today to Ella Black's invitation to her High Sch. Graduation, and wrote to C.W. Dodd enclos'g $1.00 to extend sub. & change address. Bro. King called & was here to dinner. I bought XXXX him 5 shares Curtis Bro. Handle Co. Stock for $48.00 giving my Liberty Bond ($50.00 in paym't, he return'g $2.00. Kate attended a Ladies Aid Mtg. at Mrs. Collee's & in the evg. had her S.S. class of boys here. 11 came.
Temp 9 P.M. 40° Dorothy sick (XXXX) Dr C. called.
Fri Apl 26 " 6.45 A.M. 40° Rainy night & cloudy. I mailed yesterday Mabel's & Maud's pkgs. (see Apl 22) .26/P.P. I didn't go down town today. It was a showery morning. Temp 9.45 P.M. 45°
Sat
Apl 27 Temp 6.45 A.M. 48°. Fog. Sent poem ("Grace") to Chi. Ibs. Kate went with Mrs. Rice to Joliet to see XXXX XXXX who is in the S.C. Hospital crippled with Rheumatism. Rainy afternoon & evg. Agnes went to XXXX XXXX Banquet this evg. She also helped during the day. Dorothy has been a bed all day. Temp 9.30 P.M. 54°
Sun
Apl 28 Temp 6.50 A.M. 57°. Rain. Dorothy still sick. I didn't go to church. Rainy morning. Mr. XXXX had has been drafted & leaves tomorrow for Fort Ardge XXXX Iowa. He was here to supper by invitation & spent the evening. Temp 9.45 P.M. 47°
Mon
Apl 29 Temp 6.45 A.M. 49°. XXXX rain all day. Until toward night it commenced. Kate & I went down to Flora's. Anna XXXX called. I wrote the family letter & Kate also enclosed one. Rec'd a letter from Minnie Peaslee.
Temp. 10 P.M. 47° Wrote lines for Jim's & Kate's anniversary
Tues
Apl 30 " 7 A.M. 41° Cloudy & showery. Kate sent to Putnam 2 loaves cake and jary jelly. Reverend Sub. To Am. Missionary .25 I didn't go down town either yesterday or today Temp 9.20 P.M. 35°
Wed
May 1 Temp 6.40 A.M. 32° Heavy frost. I wrote to Putnam. Agnes received a letter from Geo. Jr. I went to P.O. In afternoon Kate & I went over to cemetery. We found that Mr. Dodge has the lot nearly filled in. he has been hindered by the rain. Temp 10.P.M. 48°
[IN MARGIN]: Rec'd letter from Will.
Thurs.
May 2 Temp. 6.43 A.M. 47° I wrote to Minnie Peaslee & enclosed a poem she wrote before her marriage & also a photo of the Milne children taken in 1890 that was hers & a couple of old letters. Kate & Flora commenced to make a place for Kate's little chicks that are now hatching .She has over 100. I went this P.M. with Kate to the XXXX XXXX at Mrs. Zetteburg's. After the meeting we called Alegra La Salle who is sick with tuberculosis. Temp 9 P.M. 62°
Fri.
May 3 Temp 6.45 A.M. 51° Rec'd Div. Ind. Security Co. for Apl 2.58. Kate's incubator hatch was not a very good use (110). The tulips, daffodils, & hyacinths are in bloom. It has been a beautiful day. Mr. Hills a tombstone man of Joliet called & I went over to the cemetery with him to see & get his prices on tomb stones. Mr. XXXX helped Flora finish the chicken yard. Temp 9 P.M. 68°
Sat
May 4 Temp 6.40 A.M. 56° Rec'd letter from Minnie Peaslee. Wrote to Mabel and Dr. Dearborn. (Minnie writes that she wants the bond (See Apl 9. & 25th). I wrote the Dr that not hearing from her I concluded she didn't want it, so I had disposed of it. The Romeoville paper has the little poem I wrote for Ella Black (see Apl 25) I sent the paper to Minnie. It has been a warm day & it's warm tonight Temp 9.15 P.M. 74°
Sun.
May 5 Temp 6.40 A.M. 60° We all except Dorothy went to church. Dorothy expects to go to school tomorrow. She has been out over a week. XXXX XXXX called this P.M. Temp 9 P.M. 71°
Mon.
May 6 Temp 6.40 A.M. 62° Went down town & deposited Div. check (2.58) Rec'd our XXXX 3d. Mrs. XXXX died at Silver C. hospital yesterday. They had a funeral service today at the house & the remains were taken to Kansas this P.M. Rainy P.M & evening
Temp 9.20 P.M. 64°
Tues
May 7 " 6.45 A.M. 66° I wrote to Will. Went down town & mailed it. XXXX .10. Miss Austin came today at about 1 o'c. Temp 9.30 A.M. 62°
Wed.
May 8 Temp 6.40 A.M. 50° Rec'd a letter from Mabel and also the family came today from Maud with enclosure from Minnie & Mabel. I wrote my reply this P.M. Kate will add hers & it will be mailed tomorrow. Kate set out 54 strawberry plants making 160 in the patch in the garden. Temp 9.30 P.M. 63°Mrs. Wm Stowe called.
Thurs.
May 9 Temp 6.35 A.M. 60° Rec'd a nice letter from Roy Black of Russellville. He is in the army (the artillery) at Camp Beauregard Louisiana Headquarters 142 F.A. I was glad to hear from him. Kate went tonight to meet her S.S. class at one of the boy's homes. She celebrates their birthdays and two of them had a birthday this week. Temp. 8.40 P.M. 75°
Fri
May 10 Temp 6.45 A.M. 49° Rain in night. I wrote to Roy Black. I also wrote to Mabel & enclosed several old letters written to her by several while we lived in Marietta. Agnes caught 2 or 3 boys stealing milk from the milk house. After tea she & Dwight went to their houses & saw their parents about it.
Temp 9.45 P.M. 40°
Sat
May 11 " 6.30 A.M. 40° Rec'd appeal for help from N.Y. Bible Soc. Sent them $1.00. XXXX the Box cover to the well. Miss Austin left at night. She has been here 4 ½ days @ $2.25 per day. Temp 9.25 P.M. 50°
Sun
May 12 Temp. 6.40 A.M. 45° Rainy day. I didn't go to church. Kate & the girls were the only ones.
Temp 9.10 P.M. 49°
Mon
May 13 " 6.30 A.M. 43° Bright sunshiny day but cool. I haven't been downtown for several days as Jim had to go each day. When he goes there is nothing for me to go for. Temp 9.20 P.M. 51°
Tues
May 14 Temp. 6.45 A.M. 41° The Officers & Teachers of S.S. met here last night. Mr. XXXX Mr. King & Mr. Stephens met with them. They meet once a month at different houses to hear reports, discuss S.S. matters & it was an interesting mtg. Kate served ice cream & cake. Temp. 10 P.M. about 50°
Wed
May 15 Temp 6.45 A.M. 54° Mrs. Collett called. She will help Kate next week beginning Tuesday. A very pleasant day. Temp 9.30 P.M. 66°
Temp 9.30 P.M. 66°
Thurs.
May 16 " 6.30 A.M. 58° The outdoor thermometer was broken last night. The bulb was not broken, alltho it fell to the stone pavement, but the upper point was broken, but not deep enough to let in the air. I fixed it up & it works all right. Kate & I went over to cemetery & saw that Mr. Dodge has filled & seeded & sodded the lot fine. I paid him. ($15.00) Temp 9 P.M. 67°
Fri.
May 17 Temp. 6.45 A.M. 58° Pleasant morning but showery afternoon. Temp 9.30 P.M. 64°
Sat
May 18 Temp 6.47 A.M. 58° The family letter came today. Kate & I both wrote our replies & the letter was mailed this P.M. Also sent letter & check for $2 to Prost. Review renewing sub. To Dec.1918. I have had Rheumatism for a week or more. I have been taken XXXX. & XXXX. Will apply a hot water bottle tonight.
Temp 9 P.M. 64°
Sun
May 19 " 7 A.M. 55° My rheumatism is no better. I didn't go to church, all the rest did. In afternoon Kate & I went over to cemetery & put flowers on Mama's grave. The lot looks very nice. Agnes & Dorothy went with the Lockport contingent to a big Red Cross parade at Joliet in afternoon. Margaret came home unannounced about 6.30 P.M. Temp. 9.45 P.M. 49°
Mon.
May 20 Temp 6.40 A.M. 44° Clear, but cool. They rec'd a letter from Putnam. He is still at Charleston S.C. Grace XXXX spent the evening. Temp 9.15 P.M. 41°
Tues.
May 21 Temp 6.30 A.M. 48° It has been growing warm since noon. Threatening rain tonight. Mrs. Collett was here cleaning. Temp 9.15 P.M. 73°
Wed
May 22 Temp. 6.30 A.M. 61° Showers in night. I put fiber seats in 2 old chairs & glues the back on another. Looked over a bit lot of old letters destroying most of them except those written by the Milne's Peaslee's Roger's Bell's & Elmer. Those I tied up in separate bundles. Margaret commenced tying up the waste newspapers XXXX & that have been accumulating for a long time. She tied up 25 pkgs. Of 10 lbs each 250 lbs & has probably 300 or maybe 500 lbs more to tie. Temp 9.30 P.M. 60°
Thurs.
May 23 Temp 6.30 A.M. 50° Margaret finished typing up the old paper. She has altogether 675 lbs. My rheumatism is some better. Temp 9 P.M. 54° Rec'd XXXX from Bro. King. He is at Peoria attend'g State S.S. Convention.
Fri
May 24 Temp 6.40 A.M. 55° Rainy morning XXXX most of the day. Mrs. Collett has been here cleaning Tues. Wed. Thurs (1/2 day) and today (3 ½ days) I rec'd a letter from Ella Black of Russellville Temp 9.20 P.M. 66°
Sat.
May 25 Temp 6.20 A.M. 72° Warm day 86° at 7 P.M. My rheumatism is some better. Temp 9 P.M. 72°
Sun
May 26 Temp 7 A.M. 70° I didn't go to church. Mr. XXXX was here by invitation & spent the afternoon. Elenor Anderson was also here. XXXX XXXX came over in the P.M. & stayed to tea. Margaret & Dorothy went home with her at 9 P.M. Agnes was asked to sing in the choir at Union Service & was at church. Temp 9.15 P.M. 80°
Mon
May 27 Temp. 6.35 A.M. 70° My rheumatism in some respects is better but it is also in my hands making them very stiff. Temp. 9.20 P.M. 67°
Tues
May 28 Temp 4.30 A.M. 51° Cool rainy day. Kate washed what clothes she didn't send to laundry. Bro. France called. Rheumatism abt. The same. I rec'd a letter from Norma & Kate from Minnie XXXX with one enclosed from Putnam. Temp 9.30 P.M. 52°
Wed.
May 29 Kate & I both wrote the family letter so it will be ready to mail in the morning. About 8 o'c Herb. & Maud XXXX Teddy & Evelyn and a friend (Mr Johnson) came in their auto. Clarence & Johnson went out to Mr. Well's. The others are here. Temp 10 P.M. 52°
Thurs.
May 30 Temp 6.30 A.M. 57° Decoration Day. Dorothy Maud & I took flowers to cemetery & put them on Grand Ma's, the Milne's, XXXX XXXX's, Mr. XXXX and Mrs XXXX's graves. The town had an unusually large parade. Tonight by Pres. Wilson's appointment the churches met in union Mtg. for national humiliation & prayer. None of us went but remembered it at home. Temp 9.50 P.M. 72°
Fri
May 31 Temp 6.20 A.M. 70° Mr. & mrs. Chas Wells came in for Herb, Maud & the children in their "Ford" to spend the day with them. They will stop here on their way home to get Eggs, radishes, rheubarb & tomato plants that Kate gave them. Kate rec'd a long letter from Frank. Maud and family stopped on way home about 5.30 o'clock. Margaret is XXXX Agnes on XXXX XXXX. Temp 9.30 P.M. 79°
Sat.
June 1 Temp 6.40 A.M. 71° I cut down & dug up with a spade a gread deal of Burdock. Temp. 9.30 P.M. 73°
Sun.
June 2 Temp. 7 A.M. 64° Not very well today. Rheumatism in my hands quite bad. I didn't go to church nor high sch. Bacalauriat which was tonight. Kate Agnes & Dorothy went. Margaret Perry & her mother took dinner with us & spent the afternoon. Temp 9.30 P.M. 68°
Mon
June 3 Temp 6.40 A.M. 67° I went down town this A.M. Saw Dr. Courtney about my rheumatism. He gave me medicine. I went to XXXX & bought a pair of shoes 5.85 & left my old ones to be mended. I tacked new wire on window screen.
Temp 9.30 P.M. 70°
Tues
June 4 " 6.40 A.M. 65° I took down another pair of old shoes to be mended by XXXX. Kate did a big washing today of things she didn't want to send to laundry. Mrs. XXXX & her daughter Ruth called in wanting to see Agnes about going to Ill. University, but the girls have all gone to the H.S. class play. Temp 9.30 P.M. 68°
Wed
June 5 Temp. 6.35 A.M. 62° My rheumatism is better. Kate cleaned & pressed my gray summer suit. I wrote to Norma answer'g her letter rec'd this morning. Temp 9.45 P.M. 70°
Thurs.
June 6 Temp 6.40 A.M. 67° Rec'd a letter from Herbert C. enclosing Govt. Crop Report. I answered it & also wrote to Norma & to Geo. Jr. Kate put a note to Read in my letter to Norma. I went down town & got the shoes I left at XXXX on the 3 & 4. Pd. Bal. $1.60 pd. On 3d 5.00 (bill shoes 5.85 mending..26 .60) Kate attended Mssy. Mtg. at Mrs. Rice's. Temp 10 P.M. 70°
Fri
June 7 Temp 6.30 A.M. 58° Wrote to Will. Sent to Chi. Observer "The Lost Treasure" Vol 7 Pg. 51. The Bigelow's have another little boy born yesterday, making 4 boys & a girl. Kate had the children come over here during the day (yesterday & today and probably tomorrow & next day) Kate, Margaret Agnes & Dorothy have all gone tonight to the high sch. Commencement exercises. Temp 9.30 P.M. 60°
Sat.
June 8 Temp. 6.35 A.M. 50° Total eclipse of the sun in southern & western states (see map in back of book. Here it was ¾ eclipsed. It was a perfectly clearly sky & we all that were here enjoyed the sight. The girls & Flora were all in Joliet but got home when it was a little more than half over. Temp 10 P.M. 67°
Sun
June 9 Temp 6.45 A.M. 60° Children's Day services at church. We all went but Margaret & Agnes. Kate invited Mr. & Mrs. Zetterburg & Bro. King to dinner. They all stayed until 5 o'c. We had a very enjoyable afternoon. In the evg. Agnes & Dorothy Dwight & Flora went to the church at the dedication of the "Service Flag" having the names of all who are in the army from over ch. & SS.
Temp 9.30 P.M. 70°
Mon
June 10 " 6.35 A.M. 58° Rec'd a letter from Putnam & also the "family" letter. I replied to the family letter. Dorothy had 2 more XXXX scholars, making 4. Kate also wrote to the girls & the family letter is ready to be mailed tomorrow. I also wrote to Mabel enclosing R.R. Rect. For 90 lbs rolled oats that ought to have been sent May 28. They haven't got the oats yet. Agnes Dorothy Flora Dwight & Mary Frazier who is visiting here went to the XXXX mtg. tonight. Temp 9.30 P.M. 64°
Tues. June 11 Temp 6.40 A.M. 59° Foggy Morn'g. Kate & I go to Minnie Holt's today. We take the last Santa Fe train at Joliet at 10.20 A.M. for Galesburg. When we got to Joliet we found the train didn't come until 10.53. Fare $3.70 Reached Galesburg at 2.14 P.M. Sidney came down after we got there with his bro. George's Ford.

SubjectRead, Eugene; Read, Ophelia; Read, Kate; Milne, Margaret
Dimensions6 3/4 in. x 8 1/2 in.
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University 2013
DateJanuary 11, 1918 - June 11, 1918
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LanguageEnglish
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CollectionRobert Hawley Milne Papers (Lewis University)
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