April

April 1, 1897 (Thursday) – In the afternoon I went up town with Father and Melvin. I went up to Burton’s and then down to the Court House to practice on the typewriter but Mr. Foote had left. I met Mrs. Burton and we went to Miss Morgan’s then up to her house where Father called for me and we went down home.

April 2, 1897 (Friday) – Home all day.

April 3, 1897 (Saturday) – I went up town. Esther and I went down to the store and then over to the court house. Mr. Foote was not there but he came so I did some typewriting. Esther left before I got through. I had walked as far as the tracks when Oscar caught up with me he walked a few blocks with me and then we stood talking a while. I went on up to Burton’s. In the evening, Esther went to choir practice and I went down to Foote’s for a shorthand lesson, Oscar had promised to meet me and walk up home with me, but it was so dark, I missed him and had to go home alone. I slept up to Burton’s.

April 4, 1897 (Sunday) – It was fast day. In the morning when I went in the parlor, Mr. Burton (Enoch Burton) called me in the bedroom and gave me a note from Oscar. He was mad at me because he didn’t get to see me the night before. I don’t know how long he waited. I answered the note and Mr. Burton took it down to him. Esther and I went to Sunday School. In the afternoon Della Kendall came up and we went for a walk up to our new house and then down town. We went to Kendall’s and then up to Burton’s. In the evening, Shed and Oscar Lunt, Eddie McCune and Fred Moore came up. Our Lon was there also. After the boys left, Esther and I took Della home.

April 5, 1897 (Monday) – I went over to Aunt Emma Hague’s and took a music lesson. I left Aunt Emma’s and went over to Grandma Sperry’s. Lon wasn’t there so I went down to the Post Office. I found Lon in the Drug Store, he walked up to Grandmother’s with me and then we came down to the farm.

April 6, 1897 (Tuesday) – Mother went up town and stayed a few days.

April 7, 1897 (Wednesday) – Mother’s birthday, she is 46 years old.

April 8, 1897 (Thursday) – Home all day.

April 9, 1897 (Friday) – In the evening I walked up town. Called at Grandmother Sperry’s. Mrs. Burton, Della Kendall and Esther came down to Grandmothers. They, with Mother and I went to an entertainment in the schoolhouse. Esther took part, she gave Mrs. Caudle’s Umbrella Lecture. After the program we went over to the dance. Zoa Christensen and I went with Lilly Christensen and Lon Andrews, Esther and Della Kendall went with Jennie Kendall and Edgar Lunt. The dance was in Little Grande, I slept with Esther at Burton’s.

April 10, 1897 (Saturday) – Early in the morning I walked down home. In the afternoon Father, Mother and Esther came down home. Esther and I went down to Mona. We stayed at Kay’s all night.

April 11, 1897 (Sunday) – We had breakfast at Kay’s. Afterwards Esther, Ella Larson and I went down to the Post Office. In the afternoon some of the boys came in I got acquainted with Tommy Serwel. We decided to go fishing. We rode down to the creek in a wagon, below Mona. We sorta paired off; Tommy Serwel, Esther, Will Kay and I went farther down the river, the boys baited our hooks and took off our fish when we caught them. It was the first time I had ever been fishing and I enjoyed it immensely. While we were going, I had felt a little scary because it was Sunday and I thought if anything happened I would think it was because we were out fishing on Sunday, but after we got to catching the fish I forgot all about my conscious. Ed Shepherd came up and stood watching up. I had caught my fifth fish when I saw Ella coming. Oh! Essie, I said here comes Ella I want her to see me catch a fish so I stepped to the edge of the bank and threw my hook out in the creek the bank gave way and down I went to fall backward. Ed Shepherd caught my hand and pulled me out. They hurried me up to the house and Ella loaned me some clothes to come home in. Ed hitched up for us and we came home. They were teasing Ed about his fish and he declared it the biggest fish he ever caught.

April 12, 1897 (Monday) – Esther and I walked up town, we went to Grandmother’s and then I went over to Aunt Emma’s and took a music lesson. I went down to the court house but Mr. Foote was not there so I could not practice. I went over to the post office and then crossed the street where Oscar and Fred Moore were standing talking. I talked with them for a minute or two then Oscar walked with me as far as Aunt Sarah Abbott’s home. I called at Grandmother’s and then up to Burton’s. I went down to Foote’s for a shorthand lesson afterwards I went over to Kendall’s and then up to Aunt Augusta’s. Spent the night at Burton’s. Oscar came up and spent the evening.

April 13, 1897 (Thursday) – I walked out home. Grandfather and Grandmother came down to the farm and spent the day.

April 14, 1897 (Wednesday) – Uncle Jim Black and Oscar Lunt came down to the farm. Oscar came to take Lon and Uncle Jim up in the hills.

April 15, 1897 (Thursday) – Father and I walked up town. I called at Grandmother Sperry’s and Lil Black and I went down town afterwards I went up to Burton’s. In the evening I went down to Foote’s for a lesson. When I returned to Burton’s, Mrs. Burton and I went down town to post a letter. Later Oscar Lunt came up.

April 16, 1897 (Friday) – In the forenoon I went down to the court house to practice typewriting. In the afternoon I went down town again. In the evening Mrs. Burton and I went down to the drug store. On our way home we called on Mrs. Moore where we stayed until about nine o’clock.

April 17, 1897 (Saturday) – I walked home and wrote a letter to Will Tolley.

April 18, 1897 (Sunday) – Mr. Burton and Oscar called at the farm to get Lon’s mail they were going up to the mine to see him. Ada Salisbury and Annie Perkins came down to our house they stayed a short time and then left. I walked up town and went to afternoon meeting. Brother Messer was the speaker and we enjoyed his talk very much. Esther, Della and I went for a walk then up to Burton’s. We went to evening meeting. Oscar took me home.

April 19, 1897 (Monday) – I left Burton’s and as I was passing the Bowles’ home Mrs. Bowles called to me and told me that Grandpa Webb was dead. Had been found dead in bed. I went down to the schoolhouse then up to Grandpa’s. I called over to Aunt Emma Hague’s, went down to the post office and then walked out home.

April 20, 1897 (Tuesday) – Father, Mother and I went up town. Mother went to Aunt Emma Hague’s, Father and I went up to see Grandfather Webb. I remained in town all night sleeping at Grandmother Sperry’s.

April 21, 1897 (Wednesday) – In the afternoon I went down to Foote’s and then out to McPherson’s. I met Ada Salisbury and we went back up town. I called at the court house but Mr. Foote wasn’t there. I met Stella Taylor and we called at Grandmother’s then up to Burton’s and then to Aunt Augusta’s. In the evening I went to Foote’s for a lesson. Coming home I met Oscar. We stood talking at Grandmother’s gate. Georgina Wilson came out of the gate. Oscar opened it for her but it was so dark she didn’t recognize him and started to run, she thought he was a tramp. I laughed and she turned back to us, we walked home with her. I slept at Grandmother Sperry’s.

April 22, 1897 (Thursday) – Before breakfast I went over to Miller’s to see Will. After breakfast I went down to the court house and practiced on the typewriter for a while. I came back at noon and then went down again in the afternoon. After coming back to Grandmother’s, I wrote a letter to Bessie Sperry. I went down town and posted it. I had supper over to Aunt Emily Black’s and in the evening was over there to a rag bee. About nine o’clock I went outside and met Oscar and talked to him for a few minutes. He asked me to go to the dance tomorrow night. I went back into the house and stayed until midnight when Grandma Sperry and I went home to her house. Grandpa Webb was buried today. We scarcely knew Grandfather Webb as he very seldom ever came in our home.

April 23, 1897 (Friday) – I went down to the court house and practiced. Returning home I called at the post office for the Burton’s mail and took it up to them. I had dinner there. In the afternoon Mrs. Burton and I went down town while in the Excelsior one of the clerks gave me a red veil, he said he would give it to me if I would promise to wear it. Towards evening Esther came up to Burton’s and wanted me to go down town with her. Coming out of Hyde’s store we met Monte and he walked over to the drug store with us. We stood there talking for a little while then Monte called to Oscar and asked if we might have a geranium or two. When he said we could we went in and got some. Oscar gave Esther two pretty bottles that were empty. When we left the drug store we went out Clifford Bales then we went over to McPherson’s. We came up to Rich’s and then went over the street to Zell Ockey’s to see Aunt Deal and Uncle Bob Pyper, of Salt Lake. We came down to Grandma’s and Lizzie McPherson called to see us. Esther and I went up to Burton’s to get ready for the dance. Esther, Mrs. Burton and I went to the dance with Oscar. I had quite a nice time. At the party I met a Mr. Steele. Esther and I slept up to Grandma’s.

April 24, 1897 (Saturday) – As I was standing in the door, Mr. Moore passed and called me out to the fence he gave me an invitation for Oscar and I to come and spend the evening tomorrow night at his home. About sundown, I went down to the post office to get Grandma’s mail. As I was coming back Oscar called me into the drug store and we planned about going up to Moore’s. In the evening I went down to T. L. Foote’s for a shorthand lesson. Coming back I met Oscar and he walked up to Grandma’s with me. We took a small walk and then stood by the gate talking for a few minutes.

April 25, 1897 (Sunday) – I went up to Burton’s and Mrs. Burton and I walked down to church together she going to hers (Presbyterian) and I to mine. After S.S. Maud Jones and I went over to the post office. Coming back we met Mrs. Burton and I walked with her as far as Grandmother’s. In the afternoon I went up to Burton’s to practice my music lesson. Mrs. Burton and I went down to Kendall’s visited a while and had supper with them. Esther and Della went to meeting I returned to Grandmother’s to wait for Oscar to call and take me up to Moore’s and I am writing in my journal while waiting. Later: We spent a very pleasant evening with the Moore’s.

April 26, 1897 (Monday) – I went for a music lesson, afterwards I walked out home.

April 27, 1897 (Tuesday) – Home all day. Ed Shepherd brought his little brother for a music lesson from Father, he wanted to know if I was ready for another ducking.

April 28, 1897 (Wednesday) – I went up town with Melvin. I went up to Burton’s and Esther and I started down town. We met Fred Moore and talked to him for a few minutes. We went down to Morgan’s but as she wasn’t there we went over to Mrs. Wheeler’s and got me a hat shape. We came back up to Grandmother’s and I went up to Burton’s. In the evening I went down to Foote’s for a shorthand lesson. As I was passing the Presbyterian Church I met Oscar  and he walked up home (to Burton’s) with me. 

April 29, 1897 (Thursday) – I walked out home and spent the rest of the day there.

April 30, 1897 (Friday) – I walked up town, I went up to Burton’s. About half past ten a.m. I went down town to Miss Morgan’s. I waited until after the mail was delivered and then I got the mail and went up to Burton’s and had dinner. In the afternoon I went down to Miss Morgan’s again and coming back I called in Mrs. Moore’s stayed there talking for about half an hour and then went up to Burton’s. Then walked to the farm.