January 1, 1897 (Friday) – About noon, Esther and I went down to the post office, then down to Kendall’s, returning to Burton’s in time for dinner. In the afternoon, Esther went off and I took a nap. About half past four, Shed Lunt, Monte Whitmore and De McCune made a New Year’s call, before they left Esther and Della Kendall came up and it was about six o’clock before the boys left. After dolling up a bit, or about nine o’clock, Della and I went down to Hoyt’s, where her mother and father were visiting, to see if Della could stay up to Burton’s all night. On our way we saw some boys coming up the street, and when we came out of Hoyt’s, we found they had walked slow and waited for us, they were: Monte, Shed, and Oscar, so we all went up to Burton’s together. Upon arriving there we found Neva Booth, Mame Hyde and a Miss Boshard of Provo, Ed McCune and Mr. Jones, the druggist. Shed and Monte went over to Sorenson’s for Annie Sorenson and a Miss Kirkwood of Provo. We sang and danced and about one o’clock, Mrs. Burton served a nice lunch. After the dance in the Little Grande was out, Mr. Hale came over with his violin. It was four o’clock before all of the folks went home.
January 2, 1897 (Saturday) – I went down to the Excelsior and then over to Hyde’s store. I met Monte and talked with him for a few minutes.
January 3, 1897 (Sunday) – Home all day.
January 4, 1897 (Monday) – About sundown, I walked up town, there I met Zoa Garrett who told me Aunt Mollie Wheeler was in town that her baby was dead and had been buried that day. I went up to Burton’s, Esther, Mrs. Burton and I went over to the class, we were too early so took a walk. We met Mr. Burton and he told us to go in the drugstore and get some gum. We purchased the gum and Oscar gave me some “Frog in your throat 10 cts” for my cold. We went on up to the class where Esther sang a song, after class we went home to Burton’s. Later, Mr. Burton brought Oscar Lunt up home with him. He stayed a short time and left. I slept up to Burton’s.
January 5, 1897 (Tuesday) – I went down to Grandma Sperry’s to see Uncle Will and Aunt Mollie Wheeler. Then I went over to Aunt Emma Hague for my music lesson. I went back up to Burton’s and then I walked out home. While in town I called at the school house and got the book “He Fell in Love with His Wife.” In the evening I went up to Salisbury’s and borrowed a song. Ada came back down with me and visited a little while.
January 6, 1897 (Wednesday) – Home all day. Evening, went up to Salisbury’s in an errand. Ada loaned me two or three novels.
January 7, 1897 (Thursday) – Wrote a letter to Will Tolley and one to brother Lon.
January 8, 1897 (Friday) – Home all day.
January 9, 1897 (Saturday) – Home all day.
January 10, 1897 (Sunday) – Ada came down and we walked down to Tolley’s.
January 11, 1897 (Monday) – Mother hurt her hand so I didn’t go up town today.
January 12, 1897 (Tuesday) – Della and I went up town. I obtained a book called “Beulah”. I took my music lesson.
January 13, 1897 (Wednesday) – Received letter from May Reid.
January 14, 1897 (Thursday) – Was home all day.
January 15, 1897 (Friday) – Was home all day.
January 16, 1897 (Saturday) – I went down to Kienke’s with Melvin we buy butter from them. In the evening, I learned a new song “Just Tell Them That You Saw Me.”
January 17, 1897 (Sunday) – I went up town to Mrs. Burton’s. I went over to Aunt Emma Hague’s and then returned to Burton’s. In the evening Oscar Lunt came up and spent the evening with us. Della Kendall and I slept up to Burton’s.
January 18, 1897 (Monday) – I went over to Aunt Emma Hague’s and took my music lesson. In the afternoon Mrs. Burton and I went down town coming back we called in Grandma Sperry’s and visited for a while. After we had been home a while some people brought Esther home in a sleigh. I got an introduction to Lester Mangum. In the evening Mrs. Burton and I went to the class. I sang a song. Later we went over to a dance in the new meeting house. I came down home with Father after the dance. I wrote a letter to Amy Powers.
January 19, 1897 (Tuesday) – Was home all day
January 20, 1897 (Wednesday) – I wrote a letter to brother Arthur. In the afternoon Father and I went up town. On our way we med Shed Lunt and spoke to him. After reaching town I went to the post office. On the way I met Monte Whitmore shook hands with him and talked to him a while. I haven’t seen him to talk to him since New Year’s night. From the post office I went over to Hyde’s store and then over to the Coop. Coming back I passed Mr. Mangum and spoke to him. As I was passing the drug store Oscar came to the door and called me in. We stood talking a few minutes and then I stayed there a while for him to go over to the post office to get a book he had promised to lend me. It was a book on ethics. I then went up to Burton’s where I had supper. Father came to tell me he wouldn’t be able to go home until late so I stayed at Burton’s until nearly ten, reading some in the book, Father and I came down to the farm.
January 21, 1897 (Thursday) – Home all day.
January 22, 1897 (Friday) – In the afternoon walked up town. I went to Burton’s. Esther and I went down town. We went to Hyde’s Store and then down to Kendall’s. In the evening Della Kendall came up to Burton’s and we all got ready for the dance. We went down to Grandma Sperry’s. She is very sick, Father was there. We all went down to the dance. Esther and I did not play. I enjoyed myself immensely. After the dance I came down home with Father. This day I took my first lesson in shorthand.
January 23, 1897 (Saturday) – Home all day.
January 24, 1897 (Sunday) – Home all day.
January 25, 1897 (Monday) – Arthur came home for a visit.
January 26, 1897 (Tuesday) – In the afternoon Arthur and I went up town. I went over to Aunt Emma Hague’s and took my music lesson. I went over to Grandma’s where Arthur was waiting for me and we came down home. After school Melvin came home and brought me a note from Mrs. Burton. It said:
Esther gives a small party this evening in
honor of her brother Art and Mr. Mangum and so we wish you
and Art to be here early. Your heart’s desire will be fully realized
in meeting him, fetch the song: Just Tell Them That You Saw Me.”
Just after dark Art and I walked up town. When we got there we found Mr. Mangum and Della Kendall already there. Later in the evening Oscar Lunt came up. We played cards for a while and then had supper. In our napkin was a conundrum mine was “Why is a carroty lady like an army of soldiers?” Answer: Because they both bear fire looks. The conundrums were hard to guess so most of us had to pay a forfeit which led to playing some games, like we used to play when we were kids. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Art and I stayed up to Burton’s all night.
January 27, 1897 (Wednesday) – I went down to Grandma’s and then over to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s. I stayed there until the middle of the afternoon then I went over to Aunt Emily Black’s. Della Kendall was there and we walked towards her home together and then I walked on out home. Samuel Tolley and Janey Philips were married.
January 28, 1897 (Thursday) – Mother went up town and spent the day while I remained home.
January 29, 1897 (Friday) – Arthur went back to the Mammoth. Father went down to Scipio to play to a dance. I wrote a letter to Bessie Sperry.
January 30, 1897 (Saturday) – I went up town and up to Burton’s. Then down to Aunt Lucy Webb Schofield’s she wanted me to go to the Drug Store for her. Our new druggist waited on me; he seems to be quite nice. From there I went over to the post office and then up to Mrs. Harry Goldsbrough’s. I stayed there until almost four o’clock and then on up to Grandma Sperry’s, she is very sick with bronchitis. From there I went up to Burton’s where I remained all night. In the evening, Oscar Lunt came up and spent the evening.
January 31, 1897 (Sunday) – Esther and I went to Sunday School afterwards we saw Ella Larsen and went over to the post office with her. I had dinner up to Burton’s. After dinner Mrs. Burton, and I went over to Linton’s and got Miss Larsen she came back to the house with us and remained there until train time then Mrs. Burton, Esther and I accompanied her to the depot. After coming back Esther went down to Kendall’s and Mrs. Burton and I went down to see Grandma Sperry. In the evening Mr. and Mrs. Burton went to meeting and left me to take care of Louie. Esther and Della came back in a short time and later Shed and Oscar Lunt, Eddie McCune and our new druggist came up so I got to meet him after all his name is Fred Moore. We all spent an enjoyable evening. I slept up to Burton’s.