1897 – In the afternoon walked up town. I went to Burton’s. Esther (Emily Esther Sperry) and I went down town. We went to Hyde’s Store and then down to Kendall’s. in the evening Della Kendall came up to Burton’s and we all got ready for the dance. We went down to Grandma Sperry’s (Emily Louisa Miller). She is very sick, Father (Charles Henry Sperry) was there. We all went down to the dance. Esther and I did not play. I enjoyed myself immensely. After the dance I came down home with Father. This day I took my first lesson in shorthand.