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Grace Ventrus was christened in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States


Sarah Ventres was christened


Phebe Brand was christened


Zebulon Paull and Melinda Sperry were married


Josiah H. Miller died in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States


Elsa Nelson was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


James Bolton died


Journal: Jeanette Sperry

1897 (Thursday) – Dear old journal I’ve had quite a time since last I was with you. On Sunday 18th Esther (Emily Esther Sperry) and I walked up town to Sunday School, afterwards we went with Della down to Kendall’s and had dinner. Afterwards Jennie Kendall and I walked part ways with her father. We made a bet with him that we were going up to the Livery Stable with him but before we got there we backed out and came back to her home. After that we walked up town and then came back to Kendall’s. Three or four girls came to see Jennie and then we went for another walk. After returning home Jennie and I went down on the corner to see some silk worms at work. It was part of Relief Society work. We had supper at Kendall’s then Esther, Della and I went for a walk and then I went up to Burton’s, Mrs. Moore and Flora were there. Mrs. Burton and I went home with them and stayed there until Mr. Moore came home from work. Then we returned to her home. On Monday I went over to Aunt Emma’s (Emma Elizabeth Webb) and took my music lesson. I went down to the post office and then up to Burton’s. in the afternoon Mrs. Burton and I went to Moore’s. Towards evening Esther and I walked out home. On Tuesday Melvin (Henry Melvin Sperry) took me up town. I went over to Aunt Zell Ikeu’s. I went down to Kendall’s and then up to Burton’s. Then Melvin and I came home. On Wednesday 21st Melvin too Father (Charles Henry Sperry – 18) and I up town and we went to Salt Lake. It was the Pioneer Jubilee. After reaching Salt Lake we went up to Uncle Dwight Sparkes home, he lives on 2nd South and 9th East. We came back down town and saw the grand parade we also saw Wy Jennings Bryan, the Free Silver Candidate. After the parade we had dinner in a restaurant and then we visited a building where they kept all the old relics of the pioneers. Father, Aunt Retta Sparkes (Clarissa Loretta Sperry) and I went out to Salt Air on the six o’clock train. While out there I got lost from Father and couldn’t find him anywhere, for as soon as we got there Dad and Aunt Ret wanted to eat and I preferred sitting up in the ball room, never dreaming they would leave me there so long alone. I saw some fine fireworks but lost the place where I was sitting as there was quite a crowd by then. I felt so alone and strange young chap came up and wanted me to dance, I wanted to dance bad enough but couldn’t think of dancing with a stranger so I turned him down. I was certainly glad when I spied Shed Lunt and he walked around with me until we found Father. We came in on the 10:15 train and it was after twelve by the time we reached Aunt Ret’s home. I was quite disappointed that I didn’t get one little dance out there and had I gone with Father he met some fellows he knew and who no doubt would have been glad to dance with me.

On Thursday Bert Sparkes took me down to see the parade. After the parade we went up to Fort Douglas just for the ride but we did not get off the car but came back to Aunt Retta’s. Art (David Arthur Sperry) was there and a friend Mr. Gilisbey. In the evening Mamie Sparkes and I went down to see the night parade. Oh it was simply grand. Immediately after the parade we returned back home.

On Friday (30th) Art came up and took Mamie and I down to the morning parade, afterwards we walked around a while, while walking along main street I met Amy Powers, she talked to us for a few minutes, while were there Mr. Burton and Oscar Lunt (Alfred Oscar Lunt)(8) came up to us we all stood talking for a few minutes, it was the first time I had seen Oscar while there. After promising Amy to call on Sunday we left them and went on for a little longer walk, Oscar came up to us again and walked with us to our street car. Art, Mamie and I returned to Aunt Ret’s. In the evening there was a large crowd at Aunt Ret’s and we all spent a very pleasant evening. On Saturday the 24th Father, Aunt Ret and I went down to see the grand parade, it was pioneer day and there was to be the grandest parade of all. Afterwards we had some ice cream. Professor Pickering, our old dancing master was waiting on tables, later I met Sadie Painter and we went for a walk, we met Minnie Lunt and others that we knew. Oscar met us again and talked to us for a few minutes. Sadie and I met Lizzie Garrett and her cousin and then we met Art and a friend of his and we walked all afternoon. Finally Art, Sadie and I met Father and he took me in a music store and we bought three songs then Father put me on a car for Aunt Ret’s. About seven o’clock Oscar came up and we went down town, he took me in a drug store and we had some ice cream lemonade. Mr. E. Jones, our old druggist, was a clerk in the store. We went out to Salt Air for a while and came in on the 10:15 car. We walked up town from the depot and went in a drug store where I waited while Oscar went to see a friend. After another ice cream soda we returned to Aunt Ret’s.

On Sunday (1st), I waited for Arthur, but he did not come, he sent word that he was returning to Silver City therefore could not go over to Amy’s. I had to go alone; I stayed quite a while and then returned to Aunt Ret’s. Monday, Mamie and I went down town to see if our tickets were good until Wednesday. In the afternoon Will Sparkes went over to Mrs. Hughes with me. She lives on 104-3rd Street. Afterwards I returned to Aunt Retta’s. Tuesday, in the afternoon Mamie and I went over to Liberty Park then when we returned I packed my valise and went down to the depot. Arthur Dennis was there he showed me which train to take and he put my valise on the train and sat by me until we got to Provo. There Oscar came on the train and with him Charlie Moore to whom he introduces me. At Nephi, Melvin met me at the train. Oscar walked up with us. I slept up to Burton’s. On Wednesday Oscar brought me out home, and this evening Oscar came out and took me out buggy riding.

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Josiah H. Miller and Amanda Morgan completed their endowments, and were sealed for time and eternity, for The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Ella Karn Nelson died at the age 5 months 26 days


Robert Sperry Lunt died at the age of 2


Edna Viola Nelson was buried at Pleasant Grove City Cemetery (plot C-09-041-07), which is located in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States. Her find a grace ID is: 86930

This Day In Our Family History


Mercy Mansfield was born in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States


Juditha Lunt was born in London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom


Jane Orpin was christened in Cambridge, Gloucesterhire, England, United Kingdom


Rachel Phipps was christened in Mepal, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom


Miles Miller was born in Murray, Orleans, New York, United States to Josiah H. Miller and Amanda Morgan


Jens Rosenquist Nelson was born in Efveröd, Kristianstad, Sweden to Nils Olson and Karma Palmgreen Anderson


Ella Karn Nelson died


Eva Ruth Lunt died


Hester and Mary Orpin completed their endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in The Church’s Jordan River Utah Temple, which if located in South Jordan, Salt Lake, Utah, United States


Angelina Monay Marie Johnson was born in Bobby Jean Smith

Journal: Jeanette Sperry

1897 – After I wrote in my journal on the fourth, Oscar (Alfred Oscar Lunt) came down after dark the folks came home and brought Della Kendall with them, later Oscar and I went up town. I went in his brother George’s (George William Lunt) home and waited until he unhitched the horse, then we went up to Grandma Sperry’s (Emily Louisa Miller). We sat out on the lawn a while then he went home. I slept to Grandma Sperry’s. Monday I walked out home. Della Kendall spent the day here and we made some ice cream and had a nice time. In the evening Esther (Emily Esther Sperry), Della and I started up town and we met Oscar coming down so he gave us a ride to town. He took Esther and Della to Kendall’s and he and I went riding until about half past ten, he took me in his sister’s place where I waited until he put the horse away then we went up to Burton’s. Tuesday morning I went down to Kendall’s and Esther and I walked out home. Tuesday and Wednesday I stayed home all day. On Tuesday I received a letter from Maud Robbins of Scipio. Thursday afternoon Father (Charles Henry Sperry) came home from town and brought me a note from Oscar. It contained two tickets for the cantata that night for Esther and me so we went to town and after it was over Oscar took us up to Grandmother Sperry’s where we spent the night. I received a letter from Will Tolley. Friday morning Esther and I went down town and then we walked out home. On Saturday I stayed home all day. Last Sunday I wrote a letter to Maud Robbins of Scipio. I walked up town to Sunday School. After Sunday School I went over to the post office and posted my letter. I went up to Moore’s and then up to Burton’s. I spent the afternoon at Moore’s and in the evening Mrs. Burton, Mrs. Moore, Flora and I went up to our lot to get currants. We came back to Burton’s and in a little while Oscar came up and spent the evening. I slept to Burton’s. on Monday I went over to Aunt Emma Hague’s (Emma Elizabeth Webb) and took my music lesson. I wrote a letter to Will Tolley. Towards evening I walked out home. Tuesday I stayed home all day. Wednesday evening Mother (Caroline Webb) and I took a buggy ride up town and back. Thursday I got a letter from Oscar. He went to Salt Lake. Friday I stayed home all day.

Journal: Jeanette Sperry

1897 – On Monday Esther (Emily Esther Sperry) and I called for Zoa Christensen and we all three walked out home. In the afternoon we went up town again. In the evening the Young Ladies Grand Bazaar opened, Esther and I went. Esther had to sing. In the evening Oscar (Alfred Oscar Lunt) took Esther and I to one of their booths and had us take a chance on guessing how many stitches there were in a little dress. Then he took us over to another booth and treated us to strawberry and cake. He took us home from the Bazaar. Esther slept to Grandmother Sperry’s (Emily Louisa Miller) and I slept up to Burton’s. in the afternoon on Tuesday I went down town, I went back up to Moore’s and about five o’clock Mrs. Moore, Flora and I went to town I went to the Opera House where the Bazaar was still going on I had lunch there and stayed while in the evening. Between eight and nine o’clock, Oscar and I went to a concert in the Tabernacle. We came back over to the Bazaar. There was a man there with a phonograph, we listened to three pieces, had some ice cream and drink of lemonade then Oscar took me home. On Wednesday I slept all afternoon. In the evening I went to a dance with Oscar, in the Opera House. at the dance I met a Mr. Angell and danced with him. Later in the evening Oscar introduced me to Miss Ramsey, one of the singers at the concert the night before, we three went out for a walk after coming back Della Kendall and Mr. Angell joined up and we listened to a couple pieces on the phonograph. After the dance Esther and I came out home with Father (Charles Henry Sperry). Thursday and Friday, I remained at home. Saturday I took Della (Emma Della Sperry) and Lillian (Lillian May Sperry) with me and we went up town. Today, Sunday, I am left alone with the children. Father is away and Mother (Caroline Webb), Esther, Melvin (Henry Melvin Sperry), Pearl (Eva Pearl Sperry) and Ruth (Ruth Sperry) are all up town.

Journal: Jeanette Sperry

1897 – I have at last found time to write in my journal again. On Monday June 21, I walked up town, I slept at Aunt Sarah Abbott’s (Sarah Elizabeth Sperry) home. About nine o’clock in the evening Minnie (Minnie Lamont Abbott) and Maud (Ruth Maud Abbott) Abbott, Stella Taylor and I went down to Aunt Meg Buckholt’s to see Seina Beck. Tuesday I went with Father (Charles Henry Sperry) down to Scipio. We traveled in a buggy and as it was forty miles down there it was seven in the evening before we reached there. We had to play to a wedding dance. We stopped at the Robins Hotel. At the dance I met a lot of nice girls and they were very nice to me. We remained in Scipio all day Wednesday. In the afternoon some of the girls came over to the hotel and invited me to go with them over to Ella Thompson’s, she seems such a sweet girl. They had prepared a nice dinner in my honor and we had a very nice time. I returned to the Hotel and prepared for another dance as some of the people had persuaded Father to play to another dance while he was down there. Thursday we returned home, when in town, as we passed the Drug Store, Father went in to leave Mr. Jenkin’s cornet for him, Oscar (Alfred Oscar Lunt) came out and stood talking to me for a few minutes. Towards evening, Esther (Emily Esther Sperry) and I walked up to town and went to a dance with Uncle Will Sperry in the Little Grande. There wasn’t very large crowd so they only danced a little while then closed the dance. During the dance I quarreled with Oscar which came very near making us play quits. As were going home, Oscar came up and stopped me and we stood talking for a few minutes and came to a better understanding then I left him and went down town and then went out home. Saturday I remained home all day. Sunday Oscar came down and he and father went fishing. When they came back Esther and I rode up town with Oscar. They took me up to Burton’s and then Oscar took Esther down to Kendall’s. In the evening he came up to Burton’s and spent the evening.