I am the child of Charles Henry Sperry and Caroline Webb. He was born 15 October 1850 and she the 8th of April 1861.
He was the son of Charles Sperry and Emily Louisa Miller, she the daughter of David Webb and Esther Olpin.
After having three children, Charles Alonzo (Lon), Arthur David (Art) and Emily Esther (Esther) the next pair were twins, I came first and then my sister Jeanevery. When we were about six or seven weeks old Mother was sitting near a table with me lying across her lap, it was lunchtime and the three older children were anxiously waiting for mother to give them some bread and butter, etc. I must have become restless for she reached her arm under my shoulders and raised me up a bit, then went on slicing bread. She was cutting towards herself, and the knife slipped and cut my little face, I still have the mark just above my left eye and one on the left nostril of my nose.
Try to imagine the confusion, with me, no doubt, crying at the top of my voice, and the blood streaming down my face. Mother sent Lon, my oldest brother, about seven years old, down for her father to come quick. It was nearly three blocks away. Grandfather Webb was a maker of salve both for human beings and also for cattle, anyway he saved my face but I still have a scar above my left eye and my left nostril. It must have been a terrible shock for my mother, still weak from her sickness. I have heard some of the family say that they had to send her away for a couple weeks to visit with her sister, Emma Hague. I seem to have survived alright and the scar is scarcely discernible.
When the twins were about six months old we developed Erysipelas, mine went down my legs and through my toes, Jeanevery’s went up her back and formed a sore which made her very nervous.
One evening we were in the crib together, Father was sitting near by the head of the crib, he leaned over and tapped his paper on the crib, I laughed and kicked up my heels but my sister began to cry, she was frightened. Mother snatched her from the crib and said, “You may tease Jeanette all you want to, but you are not going to tease this baby. When we were about seven months old, Mother had a lady from across the street come and take care of her little brood while she went with Father to a theater, he was the leader of the Orchestra and had some complimentary tickets to take a partner with him.
Later when they came home, Mother picked the baby up to put some drops in her ears, as she suffered with earache a good deal; she smiled at them and seemed so much better. In those days Mother’s fed their babies at the breast. Mother had a bed to herself, plus a baby on each side of her. After nursing Jeanevery and she had gone to sleep, she turned over and fed me. She was very tired and fell off to sleep, when she woke up in the morning she turned over to the little one and found she had died in her sleep.
It must have been a terrible shock for Mother, of course I cannot remember anything about that but have been told what happened.
Esther and I used to have a small bed to ourselves. One evening Mother again went with Father to a theater and before she left I begged her to leave the lamp in our room, as we children were alone this night, the boys in the kitchen and we in our room. I was in bed before Esther and she turned the light way down, I begged her to turn it up just a little, but she would not, so I did something I had never thought of doing before, I lay awake until she fell asleep and then I crawled out of bed and turned the light up just a little and went back to bed and to sleep.
Later in the evening, Mother got uneasy and wanted to come back home. Uncle Enoch Bowles, a brother-in-law of Mother’s, offered to come up and see how we were. Everyone was asleep. He came into our bedroom; there was quite a breeze which caused the light to flare up and the curtains on the window to blow right over the lamp. He took the lamp out of our bedroom and blew out the light, we did not hear anything. He returned to the theater and told her everything was alright and she need not worry. I do not know when I was first told of it, but it surely was lucky that Mother got worried about us.
Another little experience that I never forgot, I was the last one to wake up that morning and when I opened my eyes, I head some lovely music, there stood my eldest brother Lon, playing the bass fiddle and singing, “Wake up little sister, the morning is bright, the birds are all singing to welcome the light, the buds are all opening the dew drops fall. If you shake but a branch there falls quite a shower.” I was thrilled through and through, it seemed almost heavenly to wake up under such a condition.
I remember when I was quite a youngster Mother had some company, two ladies visiting her for an hour or two, and kids like I tried to show off, running into the house through the east door and on into two more rooms then back into the kitchen and out of the west door, then I would run around the house to the east door and into the kitchen again, and continue to show off. As I came out from the other rooms I must have stumbled and hit my head on the doorknob, I went spinning around the room and fell on the hearth and fainted. One of the ladies picked me up in her arms; they were all frightened for I was as white as a sheet. I believe that is the only time I ever fainted in my life. What kids won’t do to show off. I remember when I was a kid about four years old; I had been staying at the home of my Grandmother Webb for a few days. They asked me if I would go home for a while and when there I found Mother sick in bed, someone picked up a little bundle and put on my lap, all I could see was some brown hair and I tried to push it off my lap I thought it was a dog they had given me, so they hurriedly took it away from me, but first they unwrapped its head and I found I had a lovely little sister; young though I was, I never forgot it.
When I was quite young, Mother handed me a small bucket and told me to go across the road to a creek, and bring back some drinking water for lunch. I had to cross the railroad track to get there; it was in the middle of the road. I got the water and in some way my foot got under the rail, and try as much as I could, I could not release it. Then I heard the rumble of the train. I could not see it as there was a curve just two blocks east of me. I gave a scream, Mother happened to be in the yard gathering chips to start a fire in the stove. She said afterwards that she could not remember whether she jumped over the fence or climbed through the poles. She reached me, gave my leg a bang and got me free, caught me up in her arms and away from danger. To this day, I can just see that old train coming around the bend. If Mother had not been near, I do not think they would have had time to stop it. It was certainly a narrow escape for me.
One day when I was rather young I was going down to school. I remember instead of walking I was skipping, and even as I left the house I began some serious thinking. I skipped over the middle of the railroad track (It was much too early for the train). I was thinking “Who am I?”, “Where did I come from?”, “When will I go back home?” and as I tried to fathom those things out, the most beautiful spirit came over me. Never before had I felt such a wonderful spirit. I was still skipping; it almost seemed as if I could go right off the ground, as if something precious was near me. Then all of the sudden I was at the schoolhouse gate, and I was sorry. I wanted to think things out. I did not want to join with the other children, but if I had not stopped there I might have gone on to Main Street, and even down to the depot, two blocks further on. Oh, how I wanted to finish that experience.
When I greeted my school mates it was such a different feeling, as if I had been let down or something.
A few days later while on my way to school I tried to get back that little spirit, but it was in vain, at least through all these days and years I have had the memory of what took place. I have surely felt my guardian angel near me.
In later years, a Patriarch gave me a blessing and said “Thy Guardian Angel has watched over you and kept you from evil of any kind.” It surely must have been a Guardian Angel that was with me that day.
Although there was almost three years between my sister, Esther (I called her Essie). I always felt that wherever she went I should go. One evening we went up to Shroder’s to visit Addie, and to serenade some places. There may have been others with us that evening.
That evening the older girls of the family were entertaining some guests and they called for Esther to come in and sing for them. She went in as big as can be and played to her own accompaniment. I followed her to the door, as I wanted to hear her sing. Someone saw me standing near the door and asked me to come in. Those older girls and Richard always made a fuss over me, so I went in and stood by the organ. Esther was accompanying herself on the organ. In one verse she forgot some of the words and improvised some, I spoke right up and said “Oh, that isn’t right,” was my sister mad. She would have liked to strangle me, but the company thought it was the cutest thing and got quite a bang out of it. I kept out of her reach and when we went home I ran ahead of her. When we reached home, Mother took my side. Esther said I could not sleep with her, and again Mother was on my side, so Esther rolled up a blanket and put it between us. She did not want me to touch her. We can laugh about it now, but then it was a terrible sin. The older members of the Shroder family all liked me and their brother Richard made quite a fuss of me. I called him my boyfriend. Whenever he came to our house he would take me on his knee and talk to me, and sometimes he would bring me some candy. One day he came in and I crawled under the table, he coaxed me to come out, said that he had something to tell me. He said he was going on a mission and had come to say goodbye to the family. Then he had another message for me, the Sisters and others were going to put on a Theater and they wanted me to take part in the show. Later the show was produced and my cousin, Will Sparks (William Lamont Sparks), and I were in it.
All I had to do was to ride across the stage, on Mr. D.K. Brown’s back and say “Get up Horsey. I know they could hear me clear down to the door. I think it was a Civil War Picture and we all sat on the floor in a circle for lunch, they passed dry bread in small pieces and Will and me had to eat most of it; the trouble was the older folks passed their share to Will and me, so we had to do most of the eating, generous people.
Another time I was in a play representing a boy, my name was Charley, when the curtain came up I was sitting on the floor in the front of the stage playing with some toys. I imagine I may have stretched my arms and maybe yawned a bit, and said “I am so sleepy,” and lay over on my toys and went to sleep. Soon some gypsy’s came in and took me away. My parents came in and when they found I was gone they went all around, in and out behind the room calling Charley, Charley. I felt so bad for them that I almost spoilt the show, for when I heard them calling Charley, Charley I started to run back on the stage. I felt so sorry for them. Someone caught me in time and saved the show.
One day my father took me with him down to band practice with him, I liked to listen to the music, all the men made a big fuss over me. One of the men took hold of my hand and tried to lift me on his knee, I cried out in pain, he had pulled my arm out of joint. Perhaps some of them could have put it back into place but I would not let them touch it, it was so painful. One of them wrapped a handkerchief around it and I went home with Father.
A day or two after, I asked Mother if I would look at the pictures in the Bible; that was something very precious and was kept high on a shelf. She brought it to me and laid it on the floor in front of me, and I started turning the leaves. It was a large book for a youngster like me. While turning the leaves I reached too far and my bone sprang back into place. I ran and told Mother what had happened, I was well again.
Before I started school, I had learned the Primer all by heart. Father liked to show me off when company was here; I remember one instance, a man, I believe he was an Ostler, in talking to him, Father told him how I could read. I took the Primer to him and he chose the story, he showed me the picture so I would know what story it was, then I would tell it back to him word by word. Father was quite pleased that I could do that, whether it was first, last or any part of the book.
When I was in the second grade in school, my teacher advanced me to the third grade for the next year, I went home so happy and told Mother about it, then Esther spoke up and said, oh no you are not going to, they have just changed books and I have seen them and they are too hard to read, she said she was going to remain in the third grade and that I would have to stay in the second grade, Mother agreed with her so I had to take the second grade over again. While I was going to the South School, I had to take part in a play. Lillie Lowe, daughter of a famous actress, was my sister and we were children of the streets. I was a boot black. My folks borrowed some boy’s clothes for me to wear, from a neighbor who had a boy my size, his Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes, while Lillie’s mother put ragged clothes on her and tore holes in her stockings, you can imagine how I felt, I hated to go on, but young as I was it taught me a lesson I never forgot.
One day Mother came home with a new pair of shoes for me, regular stogies; when Esther saw them she nearly took a fit. She said to mother, how could you buy such shoes for her? I was always grateful for things my parents gave me so though they were a bit heavy, I always wore them.
Soon after this a dancing Professor came to Nephi to start a dancing school. He also gave a matinee for the younger children, Father played for him so I trailed along with Esther to the Matinee. I was about the youngest there and the last in the line. One of the dances we learned was the Sicilians. The Professor always wore dancing Pumos for dancing. For quite a while we had stood in a long line to learn the steps, one day he decided to show us how we could dance, he decided to show us and to my surprise the Professor took me for his partner, little me, how I tried to dance those steps and keep up with him and those poor shoes clanked all the time. Afterwards he said to Dad, “Mr. Sperry how can you let your little girl wear such heavy shoes?” I can laugh at it now, but they were heavy on the feet.
When I was eight years old I read my first novel, “Dora Thorne”. Esther borrowed the book and she had said I could not read it, when she talked to me like that, so bossy, Mother took my part, and she said “oh yes if you want to.” Mother did not like to see her so bossy with me. Of course I thought it was all true and how I wished that someday I might go and see those lovely homes and gardens. The story was about a girl, a gatekeeper’s daughter, whose parents took care of the lovely home and garden for a family. The Gatekeeper had a lovely daughter, Dora Thorne, it was said her lips were as red as the strawberries she picked. The young heir of the family came there from college to open up the windows and take down the shutters for the lovely home and have it all ready for his parents. In the two weeks while waiting for them to come he fell desperately in love with Dora, naturally it was a great shock to the parents. They shut up the home and hurried him off to a foreign land. At the very end of the book he married her after all. Kids like me thought it all true and wished that someday I might have the opportunity of visiting some of those homes and gardens.
I was baptized when eight years old, Esther and Lizette Littley went down with me where the baptism was performed in a creek, I believe near an old saw mill. Afterwards as we were walking home I had to be so careful of what I said, the least little word or sentence and they would say: there is the first blemish on her clean slate. They got me quite worried.
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July 11, 1895 (Thursday) – Dwight Sparks’ and I went down to Kienke’s on horseback for some butter, I rode back to Sunday School and Dwight took the horse’s home. I remained there and at noon went down to Kienke’s for dinner, in the afternoon George Soby came down and later Richard Bale and Eliza Russell. I remained for supper and afterwards walked home. After I reached home, Tom Painter came down with Esther and I tried to ride his bicycle. He went home before eleven o’clock. Esther and I talked until twelve o’clock.
July 12, 1895 (Friday) – We washed all day, we certainly had a large washing as we are a big family and we used to run the clothes through the old western washer twice, 15 minutes first time and 10 minutes the second time, and I was the one that had to run the washer. Besides that we boiled the clothes, rubbed all of them on the washboard and rinsed them in two waters. My, how lovely our clothes always looked when hanging on the line. It rained all afternoon. Evening: I wrote for the Primary Journal.
July 13, 1895 (Saturday) – I ironed nearly all day. In the early evening I went up to Mutual. I slept at Aunt Sarah Abbott’s.
July 14, 1895 (Sunday) – I went for my music class over to Emma Hague’s. Then I walked out home, finished my ironing then went up to Salisbury’s to take some yeast and a book. About nine o’clock Esther and I went to a party at the home of Nell Taylor.
July 15, 1895 (Monday) – Our Home Journal came, and I read it all afternoon.
July 16, 1895 (Tuesday) – Was home all day and learned my lecture for the Primary.
July 17, 1895 (Wednesday) – I took sick Friday night and was sick all day today. In the evening I took a ride up town. I did not go to Primary.
July 18, 1895 (Thursday) – I was sick all day.
July 19, 1895 (Friday) – I ironed some and in the afternoon I went up town. In the evening, I went down to Painter’s store to have the buttons fastened on my shoes. I stayed there about an hour and went to Physical Culture with Sarah Painter and Minnie Lunt and Lulu Ostler. I slept at Aunt Sarah Abbott’s.
July 20, 1895 (Saturday) – I walked home. Mother went down to Sister Tolley’s to a sewing bee, and left me home to do the work. In the late afternoon, I walked down to Tolley’s and took Ruth to Mother. Went home and did my evening chores then went up to Salisbury’s. Ada and I went for a walk until dark.
July 21, 1895 (Sunday) – We washed hard all day and towards evening we went up town to Mutual. Esther sang a song “If Sighs Had Wings”. After Mutual, a crowd of us went on to Grandma Sperry’s: Lillie Black, Earl Mangum, Ada Taylor, Asa Kienks, Art, Esther and myself. We had a good time dancing on the lawn. I suppose, and going through various parts of physical culture. Later, Esther and I came down to the farm in the buggy. We had to sprinkle the clothes. It was twelve o’clock before we got to bed.
July 22, 1895 (Monday) – I ironed in the morning and went up town in the afternoon. I took my music lesson. We obtained some pears while in town and I peeled some of them after returning home.
July 23, 1895 (Tuesday) – Remained home all day. Afternoon – I made some pear preserves.
July 24, 1895 (Wednesday) – Morning – helped with the regular morning work. In the afternoon Retta, Della and I went down to Primary (must have been at Nortonville). Retta and Della sang a song and I gave a Bible Story. Going home, Asa Kienks wanted me to ride behind him on his horse, but I refused.
July 25, 1895 (Thursday) – I walked up town for Sunday School, but it was too late, so I did not go in, I went to Grandma Sperry’s instead; had dinner there. Lil Black and I washed the dishes. Later about half past three, Earl Mangum and Tom Painter came up, later Roscoe Grover and Amy, Sarah and Itha Bigler came in for a few minutes. After they left, Della Kendall and Ada Taylor, and about sundown, we all went over to Lillie’s Grandma Adkinson’s, got some peaches and a lovely bouquet of flowers, a piece. We next went down to Painter’s Store, lit the lamp and locked the door (because it was Sunday) and ate chocolates, oranges and melons and had all the gum we wanted. While there we all got weighed, I forget how much the boys weighed, but Lillie was 104, Della 115, Ada 101 and me 94 lbs.. After that we took a walk and then came and sat on Grandma’s lawn until eleven o’clock.
July 26, 1895 (Friday) – I walked down home and we washed all day. Towards evening Esther, Melvin and I went up to town. Esther and I went to the store and bought me a Pink Waist. We went to a meeting in the Academy Hall and after the meeting we went to a Democratic Meeting. Eli Batchelor took Esther and Dora Norton home. Lil and I went alone up to Grandmothers. After Eli and Dora had gone, we went out doors and met Earl Mangum, Ada Taylor, Jennie and Della Kendall, and Tom Painter. We danced around on the lawn for a while and then sat on the lawn, talking until eleven o’clock, and then the company left.
July 27, 1895 (Saturday) – Early in the morning, I walked down home and then spent the day doing the ironing. In the evening, Dwight Sparks and I went up town to a surprise on Lillie Black. Those present were; Girls: Lil Black, Della and Jennie Kendall, Ada Taylor, Amy and Sarah Bigler, Sarah Painter; Minnie and Maud Abbott, Callie Carver, Esther and myself; Boys: Earl Mangum, Tom Painter, and Tom Norton, Roscoe Grover, Alonzo Ingram, Dwight Sparks and our brother Art and someone named George. We played Jeremiah Judkins trip to the World’s Fair, spin the plate, charades, and clap in and clap out. About one o’clock, lunch was served and we did not leave until two o’clock. I slept up to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s.
July 28, 1895 (Sunday) – I walked out home, spent most of the morning reading. Aunt Lucy came down and spent most of the day trying to help make Mother’s dress. In the afternoon, I pared and cored some apples to dry. Esther took Aunt Lucy home and remained there all night.
July 29, 1895 (Monday) – Aunt Lucy and Esther came down early, and Aunt Lucy finished the dress. Esther, Mother and Aunt Lucy went to town and remained there all night.
July 30, 1895 (Tuesday) – Esther and I cut corn and put in Brian about five gallons of sweet corn. In the evening, we went up town to Physical Culture, I joined the class. Afterwards, we drove out home. As we were going down the lane Dolly, our horse, got scared of a big sagebrush, and I was surely afraid she was going to tip us over.
July 31, 1895 (Wednesday) – Esther and I did some more corn. Later, I went up to Salisbury’s and Ada and I went down to Sam Tolley’s on an errand. We came home in the moonlight and I took Ada halfway home.
August 1, 1895 (Thursday) – I got up and churned before breakfast and then went down to Bartonville to Sunday School. In the afternoon, I went up to Perkin’s for a swing. About six o’clock, Ada and I came down to our place, and later Ada and I and Esther and the baby went back up to Perkin’s and had a lovely swing. (In later years I heard how the boys hated to see us come there, as they were so tired after working in the field, they wanted to rest, I felt quite embarrassed when I heard about it.) How selfish we can be and never realize it.
August 2, 1895 (Friday) – We washed all day. In the evening, Father and Mother and Esther went up town and remained all night. Ada Salisbury came down; she must have spent the night with me, as she and I played cards with Dwight Sparks and my brother Melvin until midnight.
August 3, 1895 (Saturday) – I did my morning chores and started my ironing, before Esther came home. I ironed all afternoon. Evening – I went up town to Mutual. I slept at Aunt Sarah Abbott’s; watched an eclipse of the moon.
August 4, 1895 (Sunday) – I took my music lesson. Afterwards, I went over to Grandma Sperry’s and became acquainted with some of my father’s cousins. I rode with them and Grandfather down home. In the evening, Esther and I went up town to get mother, she was at the home of Meg Buckholt’s; from there we went to Grandfather’s and then over to Miller’s. There we had ice cream, cake and peaches. We danced and had a good time. Afterwards, we came down home.
August 5, 1895 (Monday) – I finished my ironing, I cut for drying, a few apples. Between eight and nine o’clock, I took Esther up town, she is working at Candlands, I wrote a letter to my brother Lon and found one to me at the post office from him.
August 6, 1895 (Tuesday) – I helped to do the work. In the afternoon, I went up town. I went to Physical Culture for a little while, then I went to a dance in the Opera House with my brother Art.
August 8, 1895 (Thursday) – Sunday, I was home most of the day and played the organ most of the time. In the afternoon, Dwight and I went to town to bring Esther home. We were up to Uncle Will Sperry’s until ten o’clock. Then we came down home.
August 10, 1895 (Saturday) – Esther and I fasted all day. In the evening we went to Mutual. Esther and Dwight came down to the farm, I remained in town sleeping at Aunt Emily Black’s.
August 11, 1895 (Sunday) – I took my music lesson. Afterwards, I walked out home.
August 13, 1895 (Tuesday) – Esther, Art and I washed sacks. In the afternoon, Esther and I cut corn. In the evening, we went up town. I went to a dance with Earl Mangum. Esther and Dwight walked out home.
August 14, 1895 (Wednesday) – I went to Primary and gave a reading.
August 15, 1895 (Thursday) – I walked up to Sunday School. Afterwards, I went up to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s (Sarah Elizabeth Sperry). About two o’clock, I went up to Painter’s, Sadie (Sadie Painter) and I went down to see Lulu Ostler, Ernest Winn, and Earl Mangum came up there. I remained there until four o’clock then I went down to McCune’s to practice a song as Pearl (Margaret Pearl McCune) is going to play for me. Sundown, I walked out home.
August 17, 1895 (Saturday) – At home, I ironed nearly all day. In the afternoon, I walked up town. I went over to Aunt Emma Hague’s for Pet to give me my music lesson, from there I went up to Burton’s. Mrs. Burton invited me to come and stay at her home during the coming winter, so I could attend school all winter (when on the farm, we usually walked up to school in the fall and then returned back again in the spring, it made us lose a lot of time, not going during the cold weather). It was very kind of them to invite me there. They thought a lot of Lon and asked him if he had a sister who would like to be with them during the winter. There were Mr. & Mrs. Enoch Burton, just one child, a son Louie, just a child but a mischievous one, and Mr. Burton’s mother in the family. I called for Ada Taylor and we went to Mutual. I had to sing a song. May Grover and I walked together as far as our paths went the same way, then I went to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s and slept there.
August 18, 1895 (Sunday) – I walked out home. In the evening Ruth was sick, but she felt better in the morning.
August 20, 1895 (Tuesday) – I did my Saturdays cleaning and then went up town. Esther, Melvin and I went up to our lot to gather fruit. Melvin went down to the farm from there, Esther and I went over to Burton’s. Evening – we went to a Physical Culture. We slept to Aunt Emily Black’s.
August 21, 1895 (Wednesday) – It was snowing when we got up this morning so we had to wait until Dwight came for us about noon. Home all day on Sunday. Monday it was too stormy to wash.
August 24, 1895 (Saturday) – We washed nearly all day, towards evening I went to town and took my music lesson, then I went to Mutual. Thursday we ironed all day.
August 27, 1895 (Tuesday) – I went up town to a dance with Esther and Father was leader of the band we always had to go early and before the dance commenced, Professor Pickering came up to Father, told him he would like to meet a young girl who wore her dresses shorter then dragging in the floor (as was the custom with the young and older ladies, those days). Esther and I were on the stage back of the orchestra waiting for the dancers to arrive, then we would go down and sit just below the orchestra. Father told him that he had two daughters there and the Professor seemed quite pleased, as Father turned to Esther but she said “Oh no Father I wouldn’t dare do that”, I will never forget the look of disgust on Father’s face and then he spoke to me and said come on Jeanette so shyly I came forward and was introduced to him. Then I came down from the stage to the Ballroom floor and the orchestra started to play a dance tune that was becoming popular. Mr. Pickering taught me two dances that were becoming popular at that time. After the bell had started and those two dances were called, Mr. Pickering came and danced those two dances with me. After the dance was over as we were leaving the building the Professor called Father back and Esther and I walked on up to Grandmother Sperry’s. We could hardly wait for Father to come. We were so curious to learn what he wanted of Father. Because at the close of the dance he extended an invitation to all who wanted to attend a free dance the next evening where he was going to demonstrate some new dances, as he intended starting a dancing class in the near future. Just as Father, Esther and I were leaving the hall the Professor opened the door and said “Oh Mr. Sperry, I would like to talk to you.” So Esther and I went without him up to Grandfather Sperry’s where our horse and buggy were waiting. Father told us he wanted him to bring me up to the Opera House about four o’clock the next day, as He wanted to practice the dances with me, as he wanted me to help introduce his dances. Dad, Esther and I rode down to the farm.
August 28, 1895 (Wednesday) – This was a red letter day for me, I was quite a nervous girl with not too much confidence in myself, but I was so thrilled I scarcely slept at all that night. Mother couldn’t imagine what had happened when I was out of bed so early in the morning, after a dance the night before when she spoke to me I went up to her and said “Mother, I am going to help a dancing Professor introduce his dances tonight.” I told her that Father was going to take me up to the Opera House this afternoon and play the violin while he taught me the dances. Then I told her how Esther acted and she said “I am glad you got the chance to do it.” In the afternoon, I went through the dances. Father thought he should have gone through the dance once more, it was the Harvard Gavotte, but he said “Mr. Sperry, that daughter of yours is so light on her feet she could dance anything.”
In the evening, first a waltz was called and all there were invited to dance. He came up to me for the dance, he whispered in my ear, “I thought I would call a waltz so that we could get in step with each other”. Then the dances commenced, I distinctly remember the names of the two new ones, the Harvard Gavotte and the Wentworth. When he came and asked me for the Harvard Gavotte, Father leaned over, and in a loud whisper said “I don’t think she can remember that with only one practice, why don’t you get one of the Miss Foote’s?” I immediately sat down and the professor stepped back and waited. The music started and the professor came again and we danced it together. I always liked that dance even better than the others, but it never did become popular. There seemed to be so much grace and beauty in it.
During the dance he called the Polka, to give me a chance to rest, that was something I never did need at a dance. He danced with one of the Foote girls, but here came a young chap and asked for the dance, a town boy, he had never asked me for a dance before and he asked for the dance, we surely did dance from one end of the floor to the other. Afterwards we continued our dances and last of all he called the medley and danced with the other Miss Foote, while here came another boy from the side lines and asked me to dance with him. That was one time that I could say that I never missed a dance. In talking about it, my sister and some of her girlfriends tried to tease me, they said I looked so frightened as if to say “don’t whip me this time and I will never do it again.” I think it was plain jealousy on their part. Mr. Grover told me in one of the dances, when I had to waltz out from under his arm and on to meet him, I looked as if I were floating in the air, so I guess I did not do so bad after all, at least after then when I was at a dance, I never lacked for a dancing partner. It was the older boys who danced with me now. And they were the very best dancers in the town.
August 30, 1895 (Friday) – Esther (Emily Esther Sperry) and I did the washing and prepared for the Thrasher’s. On Tuesday, they came at noon. Retta (Retta Sperry), Lillian (Lillian May Sperry) and I went up town. I took my music lesson and then we returned home. In the evening some of the Thrasher’s came in the house and we played and sang for them.
September 2, 1895 (Monday) – We had the Thrasher’s all day, Ada Salisbury came down and helped me with the dishes.
September 3, 1895 (Tuesday) – We washed and put up some fruit. In the afternoon, my tooth began to ache, and kept all night.
September 4, 1895 (Wednesday) – My tooth is still aching. I received a letter from Leah Reid.
September 5, 1895 (Thursday) – Mary Fryer gave me a piece of her wedding cake. I was at Burton’s all day, towards evening I went over to Sorenson’s and Zina and I went up to our old home.
January 14, 1896 (Tuesday) – In the evening I went to a surprise party on Della Kendall, we had a good time and it was rather late when the party was over, Art took me home.
January 15, 1896 (Wednesday) – I called at Aunt Sarah Abbott’s and met a brother of Uncle (one line that I cannot make out DS). We started a correspondence and Lon Ingram being the one to deliver the notes, he works at Grover’s and goes to the school where I do. I received one from her and sent one to her. In the evening, Ed McCune came up to Burton’s to see Amy. It was his birthday; he was twenty-two years old.
January 17, 1896 (Friday) – I went out to the farm, I walked part of the way and rode the rest of the way with Roy McCune. In the afternoon, Esther and Father went up town to a Sperry reunion. I remained home with Mother and the children.
January 18, 1896 (Saturday) – Melvin brought me up town. While Amy was visiting with the Burton’s. Mr. Burton most every evening brought some boys up to visit with this niece, for a little while, it was usually Ed McCune, sometimes Mont Whitmore, Rob McCune, etc. this evening it was Ed, Mont, Rob, Oscar and Shed Lunt. They only stayed an hour or two but it kept me from studying my lessons for school. Amy was a good talker and she could entertain a group in conversation. I enjoyed it all but did not do much for the talking, I was too shy.
January 21, 1896 (Tuesday) – May Grover came to visit me at school; I had quite a nice chat with her. Evening – I went to Mutual.
January 22, 1896 (Wednesday) – In the afternoon, I attended a funeral in the tabernacle; it was Mrs. Sarah Kienke. Afterwards, I went down to Grover’s to see May as she wasn’t feeling very well.
January 25, 1896 (Saturday) – Evening: I attended Uncle Enoch Bowles choir practice in the North Ward.
January 26, 1896 (Sunday) – Went to Sunday School, afterwards May Grover and I took a walk. We met Gro. Morris and he invited me to join the Sunday School Choir. I called at the Drug Store. Mr. Burton was there and he and I walked up to his home. Afternoon: Esther came up and we walked down town, then I went down to Grover’s, after meeting, while there, Sadie McCune, Kate Udall and Josephine Bryan came down. I remained there for summer, and in the evening, May and I went to a meeting in the Tabernacle, Dr. Talmadge was the speaker.
January 27, 1896 (Monday) – I went to school, Lon Ingram brought me a letter from May, also a sketch of her life, which I am using for my composition in school. At noon, I went up to Burton’s for lunch, but did not eat anything as Amy and I went down town. In the evening, I went to conjoint meeting; it was my first time in the choir. After meeting – Met May and chatted with her for a few minutes.
January 28, 1896 (Tuesday) – About two o’clock in the afternoon, I got excused to go home to help with the work as Mrs. Burton was giving an oyster supper for some friends that evening. Those Present were: Pearl and Florence McCune, Lucretia Mangum, Shed Lunt, Mrs. Burton and myself, Ed McCune, Monte Whitmore, Rob Ord, Tom Foote, Jack Blacket and the guest of honor, Amy Powers. Mr. Burton and Tom and Clifford Bale. They must have furnished the music during the evening. All present seemed to have an enjoyable time.
January 30, 1896 (Thursday) – Amy returned home to Salt Lake. I went down to the Depot to see her off. We will miss her very much. After preparing my lessons for the next day, I got out a lot of my old correspondences and read the letters to remind myself of the old times.
February 1, 1896 (Saturday) – In the afternoon, I walked down to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s and I learned that Mother was in town. Later, I went down to the farm. I stayed there all day.
February 2, 1896 (Sunday) – I wrote letters to Leah and May Reid.
February 3, 1896 (Monday) – I walked up town to school. At noon, I posted my letters. Evening – I went to choir practice, I walked down there with Edna Morris and Roy McCune.
February 4, 1896 (Tuesday) – Went to school but has a bad headache. Evening – went to Mutual.
February 5, 1896 (Wednesday) – Called at Aunt Emma Hague’s to borrow a song from Tet.
February 7, 1896 (Friday) – In the evening, I went down to Grandpa Sperry’s to get him to give me a few notes about the Pioneers of Utah. From there, father and I went to the Opera House expecting a dance, but it turned out a fizzle.
February 8, 1896 (Saturday) – Remained home all morning. Afternoon – went to McCune’s to practice my song for mutual. While in town, I met Roscoe Grover, he said they had a letter from May that she arrived there safely and was having a good time. Called at Aunt Sarah Abbott’s, Min told me there was going to be choir practice that evening. I attended the practice.
February 9, 1896 (Sunday) – Attended Sunday School then went to the post office where I found a letter from May. I borrowed a book from Rose Bailey and in the afternoon I remained home and read a story called “Wrong from the First.”
February 10, 1896 (Monday) – Attended school. Afterwards, Sadie McCune, Zina Sorenson and I accompanied Will Sparks to his home. Evening – I went to the dance. It was a missionary farewell party for Frank Sells, Brother Bruff and Brother Winn. I answered the letter from May Grover.
February 11, 1896 (Tuesday) – In the evening I went down to McCune’s for another practice then Sadie, Pearl and I went to Mutual together. I sang the song “Lullaby”. It was a conjoint meeting between both wards. Roy McCune and Edna Morris brought me home.
February 12, 1896 (Wednesday) – In the evening I attended a Ragbee at Aunt Augusta Sperry’s. Slept there, it was two o’clock before we got to bed.
February 13, 1896 (Thursday)- Attending school, went to choir practice and attended a music lesson. (13th and 14th).
February 15, 1896 (Sunday) – I walked out to the farm and stayed there all night.
February 16, 1896 (Sunday)- Our brother Lon came to town, he had been in Provo that day and came on the train down home. Towards evening – I walked up town, Esther and Della walked about half way with me. I received a letter from May Grover.
February 17, 1896 (Monday) – I went to school. Evening – I went to choir practice.
February 18, 1896 (Tuesday) – I went to school. I went over to Aunt Emma Hague’s to borrow a shawl. Evening – Mrs. Burton and I went to mutual.
February 19, 1896 (Wednesday) – I went to school. Afternoon – I got excused from school and walked out to the farm with Esther. In the evening, I made a cake.
February 20, 1896 (Thursday) – We were all very busy at school getting ready for the entertainment in honor of George Washington’s birthday. A group of girls were dressed in costumes representing Martha Washington. I was dressed in a long white skirt, white cap, pink shawl and dark waist, I had my hair powdered and I looked like quite an old lady.
February 21, 1896 (Friday) – We girls all came down to the school dressed in costume and had our pictures taken. In the evening, I went to the dance.
February 22, 1896 (Saturday) – For the next week very little worth writing happened. I was busy with school, going to mutual, choir practice and Sunday School , etc. (22th-26th)
February 27, 1896 (Thursday) – Nan Whitbeck came to visit Mrs. Burton. We usually have some good times when there are young folks in the home.
(*For the next week very little worth writing happened. I was busy with school, going to mutual, choir practice and Sunday School , etc.)
*was descriptive of 22nd-27nd
February 28, 1896 (Friday) – I walked out home to the farm.
February 29th, 1896 (Saturday) – (Leap year) Esther and I went to Mona. We remained there all night. There was a dance in the evening which we attended.
March 1, 1896 (Sunday) – We returned from Mona, later I walked up town. I had supper at Gusta’s. I then went down to Grover’s to see May. We enjoyed our visit together. Lon is visiting at Burton’s and Rob McCune came up and slept with him. Still the same old grind, school, etc. While Nan there, one or two boys came up for a little while, Rob Ord, Monte Whitmore, etc.
March 6, 1896 (Friday) – In the evening: Mr. and Mrs. Burton went to a party at Mrs. Lynders, Lon, Mrs. Farrar (an old lady from Beaver) and I stayed home. Later, Ed McCune, Oscar Lunt and Rob Ord came up, they stayed until midnight.
And so the days pass on.
March 13, 1896 (Thursday) – Mrs. Burton gave a party in honor of Nan. All Present seemed to enjoy themselves.
March 15, 1896 (Sunday) – Attended Sunday School. Later I saw May and she gave me a pretty silk handkerchief which she had brought for me from Salt Lake. Afternoon – I went to the station as Nan went home. On my way back I called in Grover’s, May and I went for a walk and on up to Burton’s. Later, Ed McCune and Monte Whitmore came there and then Lon brought Rob McCune up. I went down to Grover’s with May and had supper there at half past eight. May and Alice brought me home.
March 16, 1896 (Monday) – It rained all afternoon and evening. Court set in Nephi.
March 17, 1896 (Tuesday) – In the evening, I walked out home and stayed all night.
March 18, 1896 (Wednesday) – Dwight Sparks brought me up town on old Pet. After school, Fannie Candland and I went down to the Excelsior Store. Evening, I went to choir practice.
March 19, 1896 (Thursday) – Evening, I went to Mutual Conference in the Tabernacle, May and Alice Grover brought me home.
March 20, 1896 (Friday) – Took my music lesson and in the evening Mrs. Burton and I went to choir practice and later we went to a dance with Lon. He became sick and went home. Art brought us home after the dance.
March 21, 1896 (Saturday) – In the evening I went to Young Men’s (?) conference.
March 22, 1896 (Sunday) – I attended Sunday School. May was there and I went down to Grover’s and had dinner. We went to meeting in the afternoon. May took me over to Dr. Wilcox’s home and made me acquainted with his wife. I had supper at Grover’s and then we went to meeting in the evening afterwards we took a walk.
March 26, 1896 (Thursday) – School lasted only until noon and then it was over for this season. In the afternoon, I walked out home.
March 27, 1896 (Friday) – In the afternoon, I went up town, up to the Burton’s for my music books and over to Aunt Emma Hague’s for a lesson. I went down to Grover’s to talk to May for a few minutes and then back up to the Burton’s, Melvin came up and helped gather my belongings and then we went out home. I was very grateful for all that Burton’s had done for me, they always treated me as if I belonged to them and told me that any time I was in town I was perfectly welcome to make their home my home. Later I went up town to a dance in the Academy Hall, afterwards I went out home to sleep.
March 29, 1896 (Sunday) – Melvin and I went over to Mona to bring Esther home, she had been there giving music lessons.
March 30, 1896 (Monday) – Esther and I wrote to New York for some silk, the Hearthstone and other things.
March 31, 1896 (Tuesday) – Evening – the members of the choir from Nebo came to our home for choir practice, Father was the leader.
April 2, 1896 (Tuesday) – We had company for dinner, our brother Lon and Mr. Burton and Uncle Charles Abbott. Evening – I went up to Salisbury’s for a little while.
April 3, 1896 (Friday) – Spent most of my time at home on the farm. Mother, Ruth and I went up town, I took my music lesson. We had dinner at Aunt Retta Evans. While Aunt Retta was preparing it, we went up to Burton’s for a few minutes. Later we came down home.
April 4, 1896 (Saturday) – I rode up town on a load of hay with Uncle Charles Abbott. I went up to Burton’s for a library book, “Maurine”, took it to the library and exchanged for “Little Lord Fauntleroy” which I read that evening at Burton’s where I spent the night.
April 5, 1896 (Sunday)– Went to Sunday School, afterwards, May and I went over to the post office and then down to Grover’s. I had dinner there, about half past two, May and I went out and played ginney, later Monte Whitmore and Rob Ord came by and we four sat out on the porch talking for nearly an hour, I had supper there, later I walked home. May walked out as far as the public square with me. Dora Norton walked two or three blocks outside of town.
April 6, 1896 (Monday) – I walked up town and went down to Grover’s. Went to choir practice in the tabernacle. Slept at Grover’s.
April 7, 1896 (Tuesday) – I went over to McCune’s to ask Pearl to play for me to sing at a funeral (I’m not sure but I think it was the funeral of Sadie Orme). I went to Aunt Emma Hague’s to see and talk with Tet, then over to Booth’s to see Neva, I then returned to McCune’s and practiced my song. Sadie and I went to the funeral. Afterwards, I went down to Grover’s and stayed there until five o’clock then. I had supper at Aunt Emily Black’s and Esther and I slept over to Grandma Sperry’s.
April 8, 1896 (Wednesday) – Esther, Art and I went up to our lot, I stayed there most of the morning talking to him, then I went down to Burton’s and had dinner there. I went down to Aunt Emily’s then Esther and I again went up to the lot where Melvin came for us to take us down to the farm. That evening, I had a stiff neck and sore throat.
April 10, 1896 (Friday) – Have been feeling quite sick since Tuesday Rhoda Christensen died today.
April 12, 1896 (Sunday) – Aunt Emma Hague came down and spent the afternoon.
April 15, 1896 (Wednesday) – I went to town to attend an Arbor Day dance in the Opera House. Afterwards, Esther, Father and I came out to the farm.
April 16, 1896 (Thursday) – Mother went to town to stay with Tet while Aunt Emma was in Salt Lake.
April 20, 1896 (Monday) – I went to town to bring mother home, while there, I went down to Grover’s and talked to May for a while. About dusk, Mother, Ruth and I came down home.
April 21, 1896 (Tuesday) – Esther and I went to town after doing some shopping. We went to Grandma Sperry’s where we slept that evening. We attended Mutual.
April 24, 1896 (Friday) – I went up town with Father when he went to work, stayed at Grandma Sperry’s, did some shopping, while at Grandma’s Rose Bailey and Miss Gray came there to see me, they wanted me to sing in a medal contest next month. I rode out home with Father. Later, I went up to Salisbury’s to see if Ada would recite in the contest, but she was not at home.
April 25, 1896 (Saturday) – Ada Salisbury came down to our home. She went with me to take Esther out to Mona. She returned home with me and visited until sundown.
April 26, 1896 (Sunday) – Retta, Della, and I walked up town to Sunday School, afterwards I went up to Mrs. Burton’s for dinner. In the afternoon, Mrs. Burton and I went over to Emma Paxman’s. About four, I started for home when I reached the Parkin’s ranch I met Ada Salisbury and Leonore Kienke. They came down home with me. Retta and I had to go out to Mona for Esther, Ada rode with us to the top of the lane and Leonore rode as far as their place. We had supper out to Kay’s. Later, Miss Larson, Esther, Retta and I took a walk. When we returned we found Alice and Julia Linton and Thomas Crawley there. We talked to them for a while. After the moon came up, they went home. Mr. Brown hitched up our horse and Brown, Larson, Esther, Retta and I rode out to the lake. Mr. D. K. Brown took us all, but Retta, out in a boat, we were out there at least half an hour, it was wonderful (only I remember he tried to scare us by rocking the boat) after going back to Kay’s. We three came home.
April 28, 1896 (Tuesday) – I walked up town, spent the night at Aunt Gusta’s and attended Mutual, Roy McCune and Edna Morris brought me to Aunt Gusta’s. I walked out home the next morning.
May 1, 1896 (Friday) – I went to town while there, I took my music lesson. I rode home with Father.
May 2, 1896 (Saturday) – Nothing much happened since last Sunday. Father and Mother went up town to some meeting and when they got back, Esther and I went over to Mona. We slept at Kay’s with Ella Larson.
May 3, 1896 (Sunday) – Miss Larson and I went for a walk and called at Mendenhall’s. Later Mrs. Drigg’s came down to see Ella and Mr. D. K. Brown. (I remember that visit, Esther and I were entranced over the music of the language they used in their conversion and often remarked about it.) Mr. D. K. Brown was in Nephi, after he returned he hitched up for us and we came home.
May 6, 1896 (Wednesday) – Grandpa and Grandma Sperry and Aunt Emily Black, with her daughter Mamie and baby Rex came to spend a few hours. Aunt Emily brought some cabbage plants for us.
May 7, 1896 (Thursday) – I started to walk up town but got a ride part way with Sister Gibson. I slept up to Burton’s.
May 8, 1896 (Friday) – I took Louie to kindergarten. I stayed until it was out, Mrs. Burton came down and walked home with us. About one o’clock I went down to Grandma Sperry’s. My brother Art was there, he was writing a letter to Asa Kienke which I posted for him. I took May’s cape down to her but she was not at home. On my way over for my music lesson I called at the Sunday House but the librarians were not there. When I got to Aunt Emma’s, Celia Cazier was there for her lesson. I went down to Miss Morgan’s and back up to the School House, on my way someone called my name, it was May and Alice, May went to the School House with me. I took a book called “From Jest to Earnest”, (I see now why I kept going to the School House, after school was out, they had a library there, I had forgotten) I went over and took my music lesson and as I was coming back to Grandmothers I met Mrs. Burton and went home with her and had supper. In the evening I went to a dance in the Opera House with Art, Afterward, I came down home with Father.
May 10, 1896 (Sunday) – It was stormy. I stayed home all day. Dan Miller came from the southern part of the state and stayed at our place all night.
May 11, 1896 (Monday) – Esther started to work for Mary Morgan, milliner. I wrote to Rex Sperry and Leah Reid. I had the toothache all day. The Miller’s continued their journey north of here. Towards evening, I went up town to get Esther.
May 14, 1896 (Thursday) – I drove up town, it was the first time I had ever driven Old Jen. In the evening, I called for Min and Maud (Ruth Maud Abbott) to go to choir practice out north. I slept at Grandma Sperry’s (Emily Louisa Miller).
May 15, 1896 (Friday) – Afternoon, I took my music lesson, then I went up to the lot to get some window glass to take out home. Retta, Della and I rode out home with Father.
May 22, 1896 (Friday) – I walked up town, went over to the library, met Edna Morris, walked with her up to Bailey’s, then we went down to the post office together. I went to the library and got me a book called “Brownie’s Triumph”. Went for my music lesson, Tet wanted some books from the library so I went over and got her “A Wife’s Tragedy and Edith Lyle.” Afterwards, I went down town, saw Eliza Russell and rode down home with her.
May 24, 1896 (Sunday) – I walked up town to Sunday School. I had dinner and supper at Aunt Sarah Abbott’s, afterwards I walked home.
May 26, 1896 (Tuesday) – Late afternoon, I walked up town to Mutual afterwards Ada Taylor, Della Kendall, Lil Black, Theodosia Kienke and I went for a long walk. I slept with Ada. Next morning I walked home.
May 29, 1896 (Friday) – Esther, Father and I rode up town. I had dinner at Aunt Gusta’s, took my music lesson that went down to McCune’s to practice a song. Esther and I rode back home with Father. It was very stormy with thunder and lightning.
May 31, 1896 (Sunday) – Esther and I went over Mona, in the afternoon I went to a meeting with Ed Shephard. Afterwards, Esther and I came home.
June 1, 1896 (Monday) – I had a ketch (kink?) in the back of my head most of the day. In the evening I went up town to get Mother, I called on Mrs. Burton while in town.
June 4, 1896 (Thursday) – I went up town in the evening. I went up to Sister McCune’s (must have been H. F. McCune’s). It was to a meeting where they are planning some sort of an entertainment, they wanted me to take the part of an angel. I slept to Grandma Sperry’s.
June 5, 1896 (Friday) – I went up to Burton’s the downtown and back for dinner at the Burton’s, rode home with Father.
June 6, 1896 (Saturday) – Again went to town and up to Sister McCune’s. Slept at Grandma Sperry’s.
June 7, 1896 (Sunday) – I walked out home and then went down to Nortonville to Sunday School. Lenore Kienke took me to their place to dinner (lunch?). Went back up to the school house for meeting afterwards. Ada Salisbury and I walked up to our place then we went to her place for dinner.
June 8, 1896 (Monday) – I went up town and over to Booth’s to practice a song with Neva Booth. Slept at Mrs. Burton’s.
June 9, 1896 (Tuesday) – I walked down home before sunup. In the evening, I went up town. I was going over to McCune’s to practice my song, but I met Lon Lunt and he wanted me to walk back with him. I did as far as the meeting house and went into Meeting. Pearl McCune wasn’t there so I did not sing my song. I slept up to Burton’s.
June 10, 1896 (Wednesday) – I walked out home.
June 11, 1896 (Thursday) – I went to town and over to Neva’s to practice a song. Slept to Grandma Sperry’s and then for several days it was almost the same thing.
June 12, 1896 (Friday) – Took my music lesson, went to Neva’s to practice. Slept at Burton’s
June 13, 1896 (Saturday) – Walked out home, back up town and practice with Neva and slept with Lil Black.
June 14, 1896 (Sunday) – Walked home and stayed there all day.
June 15, 1896 (Monday) – It was my birthday. I received a dotted muslin dress from my parents. Went to town and practiced at Neva’s. Slept with Lil.
June 16, 1896 (Tuesday) – Came down home. Afternoon, walked up town and over to Grace’s (Isaac’s I suppose) to practice singing, down to Burton’s Mrs. Burton and I went over to McCune’s, then to Mutual, Pearl wasn’t there so again I didn’t sing my song. Slept at Burton’s.
June 17, 1896 (Wednesday) – Walked out home and the again I went to town and up to Grace’s to practice. Slept with Lil Black.
June 19, 1896 (Friday) – Went to town again and took my music lesson, went to Sister Grace’s to practice and in the evening I went to the Academy Hall to practice, then went to a dance in the Little Grand. Slept to Burton’s. Must have gone home early this morning as again I went up town, I usually, while in town, call at Miss Morgan’s Millinery store, I was supposed to see Esther. I then went down to Grover’s. May, Kate, Alice and I went up to the Academy. Later, I came down home.
June 21, 1896 (Sunday) – For a change, I stayed home all day.
June 22, 1896 (Monday) – In the afternoon, went up town to McCune’s (H.F. where I made my dress for the entertainment). In the evening, I went down to the opera house for a practice, and then I went down home.
June 23, 1896 (Tuesday) – I went to town. Evening, to practice in the Opera House. Slept to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s.
June 24, 1896 (Wednesday) – I must have walked out home for in the afternoon again I walked up town, had supper at Burton’s. Got ready at Aunt Emily Black’s for our grand entertainment where I represented an angel. I was just fine. Some of the folks must have been there, for I walked down to the farm afterwards.
June 29, 1896 (Monday) – It was little Pearl’s birthday, she was five years old.
June 30, 1896 (Tuesday) – I walked up town, went to McCune’s to practice with Pearl, then we went to Mutual (probably, I sang, but I didn’t record it). Slept at Burton’s.
July 1, 1896 (Wednesday) – I walked out home. In the afternoon, Melvin and I went up to town and to Burton’s where I ordered some strawberries. We then returned home.
July 2, 1896 (Thursday) – I walked up town and slept at Mrs. Burton’s.
July 3, 1896 (Friday) – I took my music lesson, went to the store, made a few visits, and then went over to Grandpa Webb’s and he helped me pick a mess of peas to take home. I picked strawberries at Burton’s and Aunt Ret Evans gave me a mess of turnips to take home, Esther, Retta and I came down home with Father.
July 4, 1896 (Saturday) – I stayed home all day, we made ice cream. Evening – I went up town with Art to a dance. After the ball, Art took Ada Taylor, Esther and I over to Spark’s Ice Cream Parlor and treated up to ice cream and lemonade. Afterwards, we walked down to the depot. We were expecting a train to come in about that time, but it was late and didn’t arrive until after we reached home. I slept with Ada Taylor.
July 5, 1896 (Sunday) – I came down home and then went over to Mona in Esther’s place. In the afternoon I returned home and later I went up town, Esther, Ada Taylor and I went down to the depot, it commenced to rain so we didn’t wait for the train. Esther and I came down home.
July 11, 1896 (Saturday)– Dwight Sparks’ and I went down to Kienke’s on horseback for some butter. I rode back to Sunday School, afterwards I went down to Kienke’s and had dinner, Dwight took the horse’s home, along with the butter. In the afternoon, George Soby came down there and later Richard Bale and Eliza Russell, I remained for supper then I walked back home. Soon after I reached home, Tom Painter came down, Esther and I tried to ride his bicycle. He went home before eleven o’clock and Esther and I sat talking until twelve o’clock.
July 12, 1896 (Sunday) – Esther and I washed all day. We certainly have big washings as we are a big family. And we used to run the clothes through the only Western Washer, twice. 15 minutes the first time and 10 minutes the second time and I was the one that has to run the washer. Besides that we boiled the clothes, rubbed all of them on the board and rinsed them in two waters. My how lovely our clothes looked when hanging on the line. It rained all afternoon. Evening – I wrote for the Primary Journal.
July 13, 1896 (Monday) – Ironed nearly all day. In the early evening, I went up town to Mutual. Slept at Aunt Sarah Abbotts.
July 14, 1896 (Tuesday) – I went over to Aunt Emma Hague’s and Tet gave me a music lesson, then I walked out home, finished my ironing and then went to Salisbury’s to take some yeast, also a book, about nine o’clock, Esther and I went to a party at the home of Nell Taylor.
July 15, 1896 (Wednesday) – Our Home Journal came and I read all afternoon.
July 16, 1896 (Thursday) – Was home all day and learned my lecture for the primary.
July 17, 1896 (Friday) – I took sick last night and was sick all day today. Evening – I rode up town, but did not go to primary. Was sick all day Sunday.
July 19, 1896 (Sunday) – I ironed some and in the afternoon went to Painters Store to have the buttons fastened on my shoes. I stayed there for about one hour and then went to Physical Culture with Sarah Painter, Minnie Lunt and Lulu Ostler. I Slept to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s.
July 20, 1896 (Monday) – I walked out home. Mother went down to Sister Tolley’s to a sewing bee, and left me home to do the work. In the afternoon, I walked down there and took Ruth to Mother. Went home, did my evening chores then went up to Salisbury’s, Ada and I went for a walk until dark.
July 21, 1896 (Tuesday) – In the evening, I took Ruth and Retta up town with me in the buggy. We went up to get Father. Esther had purchased me a pair of slippers.
July 22, 1896 (Wednesday-Thursday) – (22-23) Remained home on the farm.
July 24, 1896 (Friday) – About six o’clock a.m., went up town with Art and Melvin. I called at Aunt Gusta Sperry’s to see Stella Taylor and then went to Aunt Retta Evan’s and had breakfast. Esther and I went to a meeting afterwards. We called in Grandma Sperry’s to see Aunt Mollie Wheeler and her new baby. While we were there it started to rain and thunder and lightning, we waited until it stopped and then we went up to Aunt Retta’s for dinner. In the afternoon, the family went out, Esther slept and I read a book “Life of Rellie C. Bailey or a Western Romance.” In the evening, we accompanied Father to a dance where we had a good time. I quarreled with one fellow and made up with another during the evening. I became acquainted with a Mr. Hughes of Spanish Fork.
July 25, 1896 (Saturday) – Stayed home all day, very sleepy, so spent most of my time sleeping and thinking and my thoughts were not very pleasant thoughts either. It rained all day.
July 26, 1896 (Sunday) – Was home all day.
July 27, 1896 (Monday) – In the afternoon, I went up to Salisbury’s to see Ada, we went over to Warwoods* to see Mrs. Clime. Henry and George Parkins came along and we went up town with them. We visited Anna Salisbury and she gave us some choke cherries and apples. Henry and Ada brought me home.
*Guess as was partially illegible.
July 28, 1896 (Tuesday) – Stayed home all day
July 29, 1896 (Wednesday) – In the evening, Ada Salisbury came down and I went with her to town to Sam Tolley’s.
July 30, 1896 (Thursday) – Ada Salisbury and I took the cows up Gardner’s Canyon, we went a long ways up the canyon to gather sarvis berries, returning home late in the afternoon bringing some berries with us.
July 31, 1896 (Thursday) – in the evening, went with Father to a dance at the ‘Little Grand’, there I met Art’s girl of Moroni. I also met the new photographers, Mr. Rance and Mr. Keith, and that old wretch of a Keith asked to take me home. Oh! I’ll never forgive him for it and I just hate him. I wrote a letter to Leah Reid, but forgot to bring it to town to post. I slept at Aunt Emily Black’s.
August 1, 1896 (Saturday) – I went over to Aunt Emma Hague’s and took a piano lesson Tet. Then I went up to look at our new house. I saw Lizzie Schappee and spoke to her. Went down to Enoch Burton’s and had dinner with them, stayed there all afternoon. Later went down to Aunt Gusta’s to leave my music to send home. I slept up at Burton’s. Mrs. Frank Burton was in Provo.
August 2, 1896 (Sunday) – I went to church in the morning, Esther and I went up to Burton’s for dinner, in the afternoon we went to a meeting, Apostle Teasdale was the speaker and he spoke fine. Afterwards, Stella Taylor and I went up to Aunt Augusta’s and read. I had supper there and later Esther, Ada and Stella and I went out for a walk. Esther and I came down to the ranch with Melvin.
August 3, 1896 (Monday) – Home all day
August 4, 1896 (Tuesday) – In the evening, I went up to Salisbury’s for a little while
August 5, 1896 (Wednesday) – Ada came down and we went for a walk and planned for another trip on the canyon.
August 6, 1896 (Thursday) – I arose about 6 a.m., a few minutes after seven; I left the house equipped for the canyon. I had on an old black sateen dress and a calico apron, my hair was done in two braids and I had a can and basket thrown over my shoulder. Thus I left home and went up by Salisbury’s where Ada joined me. Together we proceeded to the mouth of the canyon, after going a little ways in to the canyon we seated ourselves beneath a tree to rest. Next, we stopped at a spring where we quenched our thirst with the clear sparkling water. We walked about half a mile when we came to a cool shady nook; here we stopped to rest our weary selves. We followed up the creek and came to some bushes laden with berries, we proceeded to fill our baskets, after picking the berries, we ate our lunch and the went on our way about half a mile further, we left our baskets and proceeded on without them. We came to a waterfall about 10 feet high, there was green moss and shrubs all around which made it a very pretty sight. We went up until we came to a cliff or smooth rock covered with moss and flowers it had water dripping from it like rain. Just to the west of it was an old stump of a tree which had been partly burned and was all black. It looked like a bear when we first seen it and scared us very much. I had a toothache and didn’t feel very good for a while so Ada wandered around and picked a lovely bouquet. In gathering them she came across an old ax and pick, but left them where they were. She went up a south hill and in a little while I followed her. We came across a larger cliff and far more beautiful. This one also was covered with moss and flowers and there was a clear stream of water running down part of it about as deep as my hand is thick. We stayed there for a little while and then descended the hill. A little farther down we climbed another hill and there Ada found a little spring, the water was lovely and cool and we had us another good drink. We continued our descent until we came to our buckets, we picked berries for a while and then walked leisurely home. It was about nine o’clock when we got there. Sister Salisbury was frightened because we were so late and came to meet us which was about half way up the bench.
August 7, 1896 (Friday) – In the evening, I went up town. My brother Art took me to a dance in the Opera House. I had a lovely time. I slept to Grandma Sperry’s.
August 8, 1896 (Saturday) – Took my music lessons then walked down to the post office. Afterwards, I went up to our new home and walked through all the rooms. I went down to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s and had dinner there. In the afternoon, I walked down town called in Miss Morgan’s Millinery Store, Rose Lunt’s baby was there and I tended him for a little while. He is such a sweet little baby. I went over to the post office, Oscar Lunt was there talking to Florence McCune. I talked to them for a few minutes and then went over to George Foote’s home to see their baby. Later Minnie Abbott and I walked down town with my brother Art. He went to band practice and we walked past the church, met Pearl McCune, Stella and Nan Neff, we all went back to the meeting house where we met May Grover. Professor Kerr gave a lecture on education. After the lecture, I came down home with Father.
August 9, 1896 (Saturday) – I was home all day.
August 10, 1896 (Monday) – About six o’clock in the evening, Esther and I went up town with Father. I went to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s for a few minutes then Esther and I took a walk. We went down town then over to Goldsbrough’s where we stopped and talked with Birdi Goldsbrough. We went up to Brother John T. Millers to see if there was to be a lecture that evening, found out there was, so we went down past the meeting house. Took a walk out south, returned, but there was so small a crowd present, we didn’t go to the lecture. We were passing the drug store when Oscar Lunt came out and talked to us. We had supper at Aunt Sarah’s and I came down home with Art.
August 11, 1896 (Tuesday) – I was home all day
August 15, 1896 (Saturday) – Was Baby Ruth’s birthday, she was two years old. I went up town and took my music lesson, went down to the post office and then came down home with Melvin.
August 16, 1896 (Sunday) – It rained nearly all day. In the afternoon, Esther and took a walk. She went back home but I went over to Sister Parkins. I stayed there until nearly dark, going down our lane I met Mr. Rance and a strange man, they had been down to see Father.
August 17, 1896 (Monday) – Home all day.
August 18, 1896 (Tuesday) – In the evening about 7 o’clock, I went up town with Melvin. He drove over to the drug store and while he went in, I stayed out in the buggy and talked to Monte Whitmore. We went to over to Grandma Sperry’s and then to Young Ladies Meeting. Esther was on the program, she played the organ. After meeting – we came down home.
August 19, 1896 (Wednesday) – A young peddler came along selling needles. We brought some.
August 20, 1896 (Thursday) – Home all day.
August 21, 1896 (Friday) – Went up town to a dance in Miller’s Hall. I slept to Grandma Sperry’s.
August 22, 1896 (Saturday) – I went down to the store, then went down to the depot with Father and Mother. I came back up to Grandmother’s and then went for my music lesson. I went to the post office and then came down home. Esther is twenty years old today.
August 23, 1896 (Sunday) – In the evening, Ada Salisbury came down. I walked up to the top of the lane with her and we talked there for about an hour.
August 24, 1896 (Monday) – Father, Mother and Lillian came back from Manti. In the afternoon, Esther and I went up town, we called at Grandma Sperry’s to see Uncle Harry, then we started for our lot. We met Zina Sorenson and Edna Morris, they went on up with us. Coming back we met Art near the Morris home, we left Art talking to Edna and we came to grandmother’s where we saw Aunt Sarah Sperry. Esther slept up town, Art and I came down to the ranch
August 25, 1896 (Tuesday) – Father and Mother went up the canyon.
August 26, 1896 (Wednesday) – Esther and I went up town in the buggy, came back by moonlight.
August 27, 1896 (Thursday) – Was home all day
August 28, 1896 (Friday) – I went up to Salisbury’s, read a story or two, tended Vilate’s baby a few minutes and then came home.
August 29, 1896 (Saturday) – I walked up town and over to Aunt Emma Hague’s for my music lesson. Went down town to the post office and store and then up to Uncle Will Sperry’s. I had dinner there with Stella Taylor. After dinner, I went up to Sister Jackson’s to see a picture of my mother when she was a girl. Those in the picture were: Caroline and Emma Webb, Meg and Clarissa Hoyt, Sarah Sperry and Mary Ann Okey. It didn’t look a bit like Mother does now. Stella went up with me and she and I were sitting out on the lawn when a great big ugly old potato worm crawled on my dress. Oh how it scared me. From Jackson’s, I went down to Kendall’s to see Della, who had just returned from Salt Lake. I went up to Grandma’s and then down home. At the top of the lane, I met Ada Salisbury and she came down home with me. Mother and Esther took her home.
August 30, 1896 (Sunday) – I went up to Salisbury’s for a few minutes. Mother and Esther went up town.
August 31, 1896 (Monday) – Home all day.
September 1, 1896 (Tuesday) – I received a letter from Fay Reid. In the evening, I went up to Salisbury’s for a little while.
September 2, 1896 (Wednesday) – Home all day.
September 3, 1896 (Thursday) – Received a letter from Leah Reid. In the evening, I went up town with Grandpa Sperry. I went up to Burtons and met her sister Mrs. Kirby. I went down to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s and then to choir practice. I slept to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s.
September 4, 1896 (Friday) – I went down to the store and then up to Mrs. Burtons. I went again to the store and to Miss Morgan’s for Mrs. Burton. Then I went for my music lesson. In the evening, I walked out home.
September 5, 1896 (Saturday) – Home all day.
September 6, 1896 (Sunday) – I went up to Salisbury’s and then walked down to Sunday School with Henry Perkins. After S. S. (Sunday School), Lenore Kienke took me home with her for dinner. In the afternoon, we went to meeting. After meeting Lon Ingram and I went up to Salisbury’s. There was a little vineyard north of Salisbury’s and Lon, Ada and I went there and ate some grapes. We came down over the bench and Ada came down home with me. I went up to Salisbury’s to sleep.
September 7, 1896 (Monday) – About 4 a.m. I became quite sick to my stomach, by seven o’clock, feeling some better I went home. At noon, Father went up town. I spent the afternoon at Burton’s and had supper there. Later in the evening, Mrs. Burton and her sister dolled me up for the dance. Father took the following people with him to the dance: Aunt Lucy Webb, Lizzie Schappee, Ada Taylor, Della Kendall, Esther and myself. At the dance, I met a Mr. Duncle. Returned to the farm with father. In the afternoon, I wrote a letter to Art and Lon.
September 10, 1896 (Thursday) – In the afternoon Father and I went up town, I went up to Mrs. Burton’s and down to Grandma Sperry’s. Esther, Father and I came down to the farm.
September 11, 1896 (Friday) – Stayed home all day.
September 12, 1896 (Saturday) – Esther cut Ruth’s hair. In the afternoon, I went up down and took my music lesson. I went over to Howarth’s for some vinegar and then over to Grandfather Webb’s home for some apples. Father and I came down home. In the evening, Esther and I went up to Salisbury’s met Ada there and we three went up to the vineyard and picked some lilies.
September 13, 1896 (Sunday) – In the afternoon, I went up town. Min and Maud Abbott, Stella Taylor and I took a walk, visited our new house and then came down to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s and had supper. Afterwards, Maud Parkin’s came by Aunt Sarah’s and called us out, later we were joined by Ada Taylor and Esther. Leaving Esther, Ada and the boys, we went out serenading then we went over to Aunt Augusta’s. Frank Patten and Arthur Dennis came and talked to us, we all went up to Patten’s and got some melons and returned to Aunt Augusta’s to eat them. I slept to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s.
September 14, 1896 (Monday) – I started to school. At noon, I went down to the post office and over to the coop. I went up to Aunt Augusta’s for lunch. After school, Ada Salisbury and I walked out home. I wrote a letter to Art.
September 15, 1896 (Tuesday) – Ada and I walked up to school, at noon, I went up to see Mrs. Burton’s for a few minutes. In the afternoon, May Grover came up to visit our school. We received a letter from Lon.
September 16, 1896 (Wednesday) – I went up town to school. We wrote a postcard to Lon.
September 17, 1896 (Thursday) – Went up town to school.
September 18, 1896 (Friday) – I went to school. At noon, Ada Salisbury and I went over to Aunt Emily Black’s and then down to Kendall’s. We came back to Aunt Emily’s and Esther walked out home with us. There wasn’t any school in the afternoon. In the evening, Will Miller came down to see Father, but he wasn’t at home.
September 19, 1896 (Saturday) – Was home all day.