December

December 1, 1896 (Tuesday) – I went up town and over to Aunt Emma Hague’s for a Music Lesson. Returned to Grandmother Sperry’s and then went down to the post office, and remained there for quite a while talking to Florence McCune, she works there. I went over to the School House. Ada Salisbury came away with me and we went up to Burton’s for a few minutes. Ada rode down home with me. Mother received a letter from Art.

December 4, 1896 (Friday) – Mother was sick all day, in the afternoon, Sister Salisbury came down and after school Melvin went up town for Esther and Grandma Sperry. Sister Salisbury went home about eight o’clock in the evening but Grandmother Sperry spend the night with us. I received a letter from May Reid.

December 5, 1896 (Saturday) – It was fast day. I fasted all day. In the afternoon, I went up town and slept at Burton’s.

December 7, 1896 (Monday) – I went over to Aunt Emma Hague’s and took a music lesson. I also had dinner there. In the afternoon I went over to Aunt Emily Black’s, I returned to Burton’s and Mrs. Burton and I went down town. I slept to Burton’s. I started to read the novel “Tempest and Sunshine”.

December 8, 1896 (Tuesday) – I finished the book. Later in the afternoon I rode down to the farm with Father.

December 9, 1896 (Wednesday) – Was home all day. Father went up the canyon to get some coal and remained there all night.

December 10, 1896 (Thursday) – I received a letter from Will Tolley. Esther, Father and I went over to Mona to a dance. Bob McCune was there and we all had us a good time. Esther and I went over to Kay’s with Ed Shepherd. We returned home with Father and it was five o’clock in the morning when we reached home.

December 11, 1896 (Friday) – In the evening Father, Esther and I went up town, Esther and I went up to Burton’s, then I went down to Grandma Sperry’s, and then down to Judge Higgins to call for Lillie Black. Lil and I went to the dance with Father. Esther went with Mr. and Mrs. Burton. It was the wedding dance of George Udall and Miss Stewart. After the dance, Father and I came down home.

December 13, 1896 (Sunday) – Zoe Christenson came down to see us and she had her little brothers and sister. They spent the day returning to town in the evening.

December 14, 1896 (Monday) – About sundown I walked up town and went up to Burton’s. Esther, Mrs. Burton and I walked down to Hyde’s Store. They were having a grand showing of their Christmas things. We went up to our class in Academy Hall. Someone came in and told me my sweetheart, May Grover, was outside and wanted to see me. I went out, talked to her for a while and then returned to the class. We went down to the store again and then over to the Excelsior. Mr. Burton joined us there and then we all went home to Burton’s and I spent the night there.

December 15, 1896 (Tuesday) – I walked out home.

December 16, 1896 (Wednesday) – Was home all day.

December 17, 1896 (Thursday) – Was home all day.

December 18, 1896 (Friday) – Was home all day.

December 19, 1896 (Saturday) – Mother, Baby and I went up town. We stopped at Grandmother Sperry’s then went over to the School House and talked to Esther for a while, then we went down to the Excelsior. Mother had some shopping to do. Mother had some shopping to do so Mrs. Burton and I went to the post office then to Hyde’s Store and on the drug store. While waiting for a prescription to be filled Oscar Lunt entertained us by showing us their Christmas goods. He gave both of us a tiny little doll. I went back to the Excelsior and we went up to Grandmother’s and then out home.

December 21, 1896 (Monday) – In the evening Melvin took me up town. We went over to Hyde’s Store then over to the Excelsior and then up to Grandma Sperry’s. I left Melvin there and went up to Burton’s. Esther and I went down town. We met Mr. and Mrs. Burton. He returned to town and Mrs. Burton went to class with us. I slept up to Burton’s.

December 22, 1896 (Tuesday) – I went down to Grover’s to see May. It was her birthday. She was 17 years old. May and I came up to the post office. Oscar Lunt came in and talked to us for a few minutes. May and I took a walk while waiting for the mail to be delivered. I went up to Grandmothers and found Esther there. I went up to Burton’s and had dinner. Esther and I got Mother and we three went down to Hyde’s Store. Mother waited there while I went over to the drug store then we started back to Grandmother’s. I went into the Excelsior and while there they gave me a nice box of Choice Candy to take to Mother. Later Mother and I came down home. Coming down the lane the horse (Old Johnie) stumbled and I dropped the line. We were afraid we might have a runaway but Mother quickly reached down and picked up the line so we reached home safely. In the evening Father and I went up town to a theater. I played on Clifford Bale’s little organ.

December 24, 1896 (Thursday) – I went up town with Melvin. He brought back a book the Esther had borrowed at the library, ‘At the Mercy of Timarius’. In the afternoon Mrs. Burton and I went down town. First to the post office and then to Hyde’s Store. She waited at Hyde’s Store while I went over to Foote’s Store. Then we went over to the Excelsior and then up to her home. About five o’clock Esther and I went down to the home of Judge Higgins to call for our cousin Lil Black we went to Hyde’s Store and then to the Excelsior and the Lil went back to Higgins and I walked up with Mr. Burton to his home. In the evening we went to a dance in the Opera House.

December 25, 1896 (Friday) – About sundown, I walked up town. I went up to Burton’s. Mr. Burton took Esther, Mrs. Burton, Della Kendall, Lil Black and myself up to a dance in the Little Grand. While there I was introduced to Julius Pratt, Esther and I used to know him years ago, but we had almost forgotten him. About eleven o’clock Mr. Burton took four of his partners up to his home I remained a little longer and the Oscar took me up there for Burton’s were entertaining at their home after the dance was over. There were present. Della Kendall, Lil Black, Esther, Mrs. Burton. After the dance was over Clifford Bale with his violin and Will Jenkins with his cornet came and furnished some music. All seemed to enjoy themselves. They all claimed they had had an enjoyable time. The boys and Lil Black left but Della stayed on at Burton’s. Mrs. Burton gave me a silk handkerchief and a pair of mittens.

December 26, 1896 (Saturday) – Walked out home

December 27, 1896 (Sunday) – Home all day.

December 28, 1896 (Monday) – In the evening I went up town. Stopped at Grandpa Sperry’s and he unhitched and put away the horse for me. I went up to Burton’s, Esther and Mrs. Burton were getting ready to go to the Theater. After they had gone I practiced on the piano for a while. Annie and Carrie Sorenson came over to bring invitations to Esther, Mrs. Burton and I to the Leap Year Dance. They stayed a while then left. About eight o’clock Oscar Lunt came up, we stayed until the folks returned from the theater. I slept to Burton’s.

December 29, 1896 (Tuesday) – I went over to Aunt Emma Hague’s for my music lesson from there I went down to the post office and then up to Grandmother’s. Father came home on the train he had been up to Provo. We came down home together. In the evening we returned to town up play to an Old Folks Party in the new meeting house. Esther came down home with us after the dance.

December 30, 1896 (Wednesday) – Home all day.

December 31, 1896 (Thursday) – I received a letter from Bessie Sperry. In the evening Esther, Father and I went up town. Esther and I went up to Burton’s to get ready for the Leap Year Ball. We went down to Grandmothers and Father was there. Lil Black accompanied us to the dance. After the party we went home with Mr. Burton and slept up there.