1906

January 1, 1906 (Monday) – New Year’s Day. I let Clara (Clara Golden) stay home today. I had Melvin (Henry Melvin Sperry), Retta (Retta Sperry), Lillian (Lillian May Sperry), Pearl (Eva Pearl Sperry) and Ruth (Ruth Sperry) up for supper.

January 3, 1906 (Wednesday) – We have been washing today and oh I am so tired I can hardly keep awake. Lillian (Lillian May Sperry) came over and spent the afternoon and had supper here.

January 4, 1906 (Thursday) – I went over to Mother’s (Caroline Webb) and spent the afternoon, In the evening I went to a theater with Father (Charles Henry Sperry) and Mother, Clara (Clara Golden) and Pearl (Eva Pearl Sperry) kept the baby (Eva Ruth Lunt) homer for me.

January 5, 1906 (Friday) – Mrs. Orme and children spent part of today with me. The first time she’s been up since July and her first trip since a sick spell she had four weeks ago.

January 6, 1906 (Saturday) – In the night I took very sick to the stomach and chilled, I could hardly get warm. This morning I was unable to get up and remained in bed until 2:30 p.m. I had a severe nervous headache and sore throat. I sat up until half past six and then went to bed. I sent for my neighbor, Sister McCune, who came and told me what to do to help myself. My sister Retta (Retta Sperry) and Jennie Teasdale Smith came to see me in the evening. In the afternoon, Grandma Lunt (Priscilla Pitt) came up to see me and brought me a pineapple that had been sent to them from the Islands by Shed (Shedrick James Lunt) and Florence (Sarah Florence McCune). My sister Lillian (Lillian May Sperry) came and stayed all day and night to help with the children (Alfred Oscar, Jr., Lillian, Charles Gilbert and Eva Ruth Lunt). She is always so willing to help me when I need anyone. Poor little Alfred felt so bad because Mama was so sick and all of the children were so good, they didn’t seem to be much brother. Their Grandfather Sperry (Charles Sperry) took them for a sleigh ride.

January 7, 1906 (Sunday) – I was able to get up in the forenoon. My head was much better and I didn’t chill so much, but my poor throat was surely sore, I could scarcely speak a word. Lillian (Lillian May Sperry) went home and took my Lillian (Lillian Lunt) with her. Retta (Retta Sperry) went back to Provo to school, Della (Emma Della Sperry) was ill so is going to wait another week. In the afternoon Ruth (Ruth Sperry) came up and brought my Lillian with her. Clara (Clara Golden) left for a little while and brought Mattie Howarth home with her and they stayed here until Abner Tanner came to escort them to meeting. Afterwards, Father (Charles Henry Sperry) and Mother (Caroline Webb) came up to see how I was. They stayed until Clara came home. She brought some young folks with her and they stayed until my husband (Alfred Oscar Lunt) came home. Clara slept to her home. In the evening Sister McCune and Grandma Lunt (Priscilla Pitt) called in to see how I was and later Brother’s Harry McCune and Samuel Linton came and administered to me. Promising me if I had faith I should speedily recover. 

January 8, 1906 (Monday) – My husband (Alfred Oscar Lunt) went to Sanpete on the 11:30 train. I am feeling much better. Father (Charles Henry Sperry) came in to see how I was. Della (Emma Della Sperry) and Ruth (Ruth Sperry) came up and spent the evening. In the afternoon Ada Wood came over bringing Albert (Albert Wood?) for a while. 

January 9, 1906 (Tuesday) –  Clara (Clara Golden) has gone sleigh riding. The children (Alfred Oscar, Jr., Lillian, Charles Gilbert and Eva Ruth Lunt) are all asleep and I am alone and to think I am well again, My throat is entirely healed, how good my Heavenly Father has been to me in answering the prayers of those brethren on my behalf so soon. It seems almost too good to be true. I have to keep swallowing to convince myself that I am free from that terrible pain. Lillian went over to Wood’s a while this afternoon.

January 10, 1906 (Wednesday) – It is Alfred’s (Alfred Oscar Lunt, Jr.) sixth birthday. He thinks he is getting quite a big boy now. I have him a pair of suspenders for a birthday present and he is quite proud of them. My husband (Alfred Oscar Lunt) came home on the Sanpete train, took dinner with us and left for the North in the afternoon. In the evening  I went to a Relief Society Board Meeting. 

January 11, 1906 (Thursday) – In the afternoon I went to Relief Meeting. We had a lovely meeting. Sister Chapple gave the lesson. Afterwards several bore their testimony, The main topic of discussion seemed to be on charity. They said no matter how good we are, or how much we do if we have not charity, the rest availeth us nothing. One thing that was read in the minutes was that Sister Cazier (Mary Ann Parkes) said in the last meeting was that we are now living in the days of mercy, afterwards will come justice. Clara (Clara Golden) went out home to spend the evening. My sister LIllian (Lillian May Sperry) was here for supper. The wind is blowing very hard tonight, it makes the windows and doors rattle.

January 12, 1906 (Friday) – In the forenoon, I took Baby (Eva Ruth Lunt) and went over to Mother’s (Caroline Webb) for a while. Ada (Ada Salisbury/Ada Ann Taylor) came over and spent the evening.

January 13, 1906 (Sunday) – My sister Lillian (Lillian May Sperry) came up and had dinner with us, Ada (Ada Salisbury/Taylor) came over with her two children and spent the afternoon, I helped her home with the children in the evening. Alveretta Evans was here in the afternoon for a little while. Pearl (Eva Pearl Sperry) and one of her friends came in and brought me my mail. Abner (Abner Tanner) called and took Clara (Clara Golden) and Lillian to meeting and brought them back again, Later he came and took Clara out to spend the evening.

January 15, 1906 (Monday) – In the evening I went over to Mother’s (Caroline Webb), as she was over to her neighbors, Sister Littley. I went over there and spent the evening. I had Baby (Eva Ruth Lunt) with me. She has a cold and was quite fussy,

January 16, 1906 (Tuesday) – In the evening, Clara (Clara Golden), not feeling very well, got Ruth (Ruth Sperry) to come and sleep with me and she went home. Mother (Caroline Webb) and Pearl (Eva Pearl Sperry) came up for a while. I wrote a letter for Mother.  

January 17, 1906 (Wednesday) – Clara’s brother came up to tell me Clara (Clara Golden) was unable to come today, therefore I had all my work to do myself. He took Alfred (Alfred Oscar Lunt, Jr.) for a ride on his horse. I let Alfred go down to Holly Jenkin’s and play a while and Lillian (Lillian Lunt) went over to Ada Wood’s. I am staying alone tonight with the children (Alfred, Jr., Lillian, Charles Gilbert and Eva Ruth Lunt), Baby has been quite sick all day.

January 18, 1906 (Thursday) – It stormed all day.

January 19, 1906 (Friday) – I went in town, it was very stormy all day. I had dinner at Ada Woods. Sister Lillian (Lillian May Sperry)  came up in the afternoon and had supper with us.

January 20, 1906 (Saturday) – Was home all day. Pearl (Eva Pearl Sperry) came up in the afternoon and had supper with us.

January 21, 1906 (Sunday) – Was home all day with the children (Alfred Oscar, Jr., Lillian, Charles Gilbert and Eva Ruth Lunt). Ruth (Ruth Sperry) came up in the afternoon and stayed until after supper. My husband (Alfred Oscar Lunt) came home on the evening train. Clara (Clara Golden) slept home. 

January 22, 1906 (Monday) – My husband (Alfred Oscar Lunt) went to Sanpete, I was home all day. Baby (Eva Ruth Lunt) was sick.

January 23, 1906 (Tuesday) – In the afternoon, Mother (Caroline Webb) came and later Ruth (Ruth Sperry). They had supper with us and Ruth slept here. Mother and I and the baby (Eva Ruth Lunt) went down to Grandpa Sperry’s (Charles Sperry) and spent the evening. Aunt Augusta Sperry (Emma Augusta Taylor) was there.

January 24, 1906 (Wednesday) – Alfred (Alfred Oscar Lunt, Jr.) and Lillian (Lillian Lunt) went over to their Grandma Sperry’s (Caroline Webb) to watch for their father (Alfred Oscar Lunt) when he came on the train. He stood on the back of the train and waved to them, which pleased them very much. My husband was here for dinner, then left on the afternoon train for up north. I took Alfred and went in town and then we went to Relief Meeting. As usual, we had a lovely meeting. Sister Amanda Ellison was sustained as first counselor to Sister Cazier (Mary Ann Parkes). They asked me to give the next lesson, which will be in two weeks. After I returned home, Lillian (Lillian May Sperry), Pearl (Eva Pearl Sperry) and Edie Tranter came up for a little while.

February 16, 1906 (Friday) – For some time I have been too busy to write. My husband (Alfred Oscar Lunt) has been home two Sunday afternoons. We enjoy having him with us, he is gone so much. Brother Lon (Charles Alonzo Sperry) has been home on a visit for a day or two, we were all pleased to see him again and while he was herer, I went with the folks (Charles Henry Sperry and Caroline Wright) down to Grandfather Sperrys’ (Charles Sperry) to spend the evening. The children (Alfred Oscar, Jr., Lillian, Charles Gilbert and Eva Ruth Lunt) are feeling quite well at present. 

Eva can sit alone, she started to doing that before she was seven months old. She weighs 20 lbs. I bought Bert some tan shoes and he thinks so much of them he takes them to bed with him.

I gave my lesson in Relief Meeting and was greatly blessed of the Lord, it was a wonderful meeting, there was such a peaceful spirit there, and all the people were so quiet while I was giving the lesson. I thank my Heavenly Father for blessing me so much that day. It has strengthened my faith that who called upon to do anything by those in author if we will try and do our best the Lord is ever willing to help and bless us. Today I have been trying to make a wrapper for me. Sister House came down and helped me with some darning.

February 23, 1906 (Friday) – In the afternoon I took Alfred (Alfred Oscar Lunt, Jr.), Lillian (Lillian Lunt), Bert (Charles Gilbert Lunt) and Alvert Wood to a children’s dance in the Armory, they enjoyed themselves very much.

February 24, 1906 (Saturday) – I went to a meeting in the Vestry. A lady lectured on pure food. In the evening Lillian (Lillian Mary Sperry) and Ruth (Ruth Sperry) came up for a while.

March 7*, 1906 (Wednesday) – I took the children (Alfred Oscar, Jr., Lillian, Charles Gilbert and Eva Ruth Lunt) down to their Grandma Lunt’s (Priscilla Pitt) for the day. There was an excursion down here from up north. The merchants coming down to get acquainted with our merchants. There was a banquet then a short meeting and then they all returned to Provo. Our visit today with Grandmother was so that we might see the people and hear the band. There were about seven hundred people and two bands. In the evening I attended a board meeting. 

March 8*, 1906 (Thursday) – Mother (Caroline Webb) took Bert (Charles Gilbert Lunt) over to her home to care for him while I took Baby (Eva Ruth Lunt) to Relief Meeting. Clara (Clara Golden) took Alfred (Alfred Oscar Lunt, Jr.) and Lillian (Lillian Lunt) to a dance in the Armory. It has kept me quite busy doing the work and caring for the children.

March 9*, 1906 (Friday) – Lillian (Lillian Lunt) was invited to a doll party at Vick Hague’s (Alma Victor Hague) for their little girl Melba (Melba Hague). She went and enjoyed herself very much and I have heard nothing but doll party since, that same day Ada Wood came down for the day and in the afternoon Edith Ingram came up for a while. 

March 10*, 1906 (Saturday) – Clara (Clara Golden) went home for two weeks but came up the following Wednesday to help me wash. 

March 12*, 1906 (Monday) I took the children (Alfred Oscar, Jr., Lillian, Charles Gilbert and Eva Ruth Lunt) up to Ada Wood’s and spent the afternoon, staying until 2:30 p.m.

March 17*, 1906 (Saturday) – Pearl (Eva Pearl Sperry) stayed while I went to Relief Conference. I wish I could remember all I heard there. Brother Hickman of The B.Y.U. lectured to us on child life. He said many parents made liars out of their own children by being too harsh with them, they for fear of punishment would lie to the parent to defend themselves. In the evening Pearl and Ruth (Ruth Sperry) slept here. I was going to a Relief Dance but it was so stormy and Mrs. Wood not feeling very I went up there to spend the evening instead. Today Mother (Caroline Webb) and her three girls (Lillian May, Eva and Ruth Sperry) have all been up to spend the day. I am alone tonight with my children (Alfred Oscar, Jr., Lillian, Charles Gilbert and Eva Ruth Lunt).

*Written in Journal March 18, 1906

March 18, 1906 (Sunday) – It has been three weeks since I have written in my journal. We are all well. My husband (Alfred Oscar Lunt) came home at noon on Saturday 3rd March, and left again on the early morning train on Monday 5th. He came again for dinner Sunday 11th and left the next day for up north. He hasn’t been home since. 

One morning I went to the bed to get my baby (Eva Ruth Lunt) and found her on the floor under the bed. This is the 2nd time she has fallen out of bed but it doesn’t seem to hurt her much. 

*I have put March 9th-17th in chronological order

April 8, 1906 (Sunday) – Again it has been three weeks since my last entry. My husband (Alfred Oscar Lunt) has only been home once since then, he came home Saturday 24 March and left Sunday on an early morning train. Clara (Clara Golden) came back to live with us on April 2nd. On Thursday 5th Ada Wood sent for me about four o’clock a.m. I stayed until six and then I left to try and find a girl to stay with. My cousin Blanch Sperry, will stay with her for a while. In the afternoon, I went to Relief Meeting and then called down to see Grandma Lunt (Priscilla Pitt) as she doesn’t feel very well. Then I called to see Mother (Caroline Webb), then came home. Sister Margaret Jenkins and I stayed up to Ada Wood’s all night. About 6:00 a.m. I went down to the doctors office, then I called him out to Grandpa Lunt’s (Alfred Lunt) then went back to Ada Wood’s, where I spent the day. Sister Jenkins was also there. About half past three in the afternoon, she gave birth to a baby girl (6 April 1906). I remained home all night and oh how I did enjoy my good nights rest.

On Saturday the 7th was mothers 55th birthday. I went over for supper and my Lillian (Lillian Lunt) slept there.

And now today, April 8th, I sent Alfred (Alfred Oscar Lunt, Jr.) and Lillian over to their Grandma Sperry’s to stay a few days and I took Bert (Charles Gilbert Lunt) and Eva (Eva Ruth Lunt) and went over to Manti. It was good to see Aunt Sarah’s (Sarah Edmunds) folks again (Nathaniel Edmunds).

April 14, 1906 (Saturday) – Aunt Sarah (Sarah Edmunds) and I walked down to the cemetery.

April 16, 1906 (Monday) – My husband (Alfred Oscar Lunt) came back again and the next morning we left for home, Oscar riding with us (Charles Gilbert and Eva Ruth Lunt) as far as Moroni. Arriving home we went up to Mother’s (Caroline Webb) for dinner. I was glad to see the children (Alfred Oscar, Jr. and Lillian Lunt) again and their Grandma said they had been very good. We enjoyed our trip very much.

April 19, 1906 (Tuesday) – Clara (Clara Golden) came back again. In the afternoon I went to Relief Society, the meeting was very interesting. 

April 20, 1906 (Friday) – Oscar (Alfred Oscar Lunt) came home leaving again next morning for up north.

April 22, 1906 (Sunday) – I had Ada and Ned Wood for dinner and to spend the afternoon. I was glad to see Ada able to be out again.

April 24, 1906 (Tuesday) – I took Baby (Eva Ruth Lunt) down to Grandma Lunt’s (Priscilla Pitt), she has some of the aged sisters down to spend the afternoon and I went down to play for them to sing. Most of them bore their testimony telling how happy they were to be together and how grateful to Sister Lunt for inviting them down.

Sister Matheny Vickers was so happy she spoke in tongues, which were interpreted by Sister Jarrett. We had a fine supper, then returned to our homes. 

I took Alfred (Alfred Oscar Lunt, Jr.) and Lillian (Lillian Lunt) down town and bought each of them a hat. In the evening, Blanch Jenkins and Sister Ruth (Ruth Sperry) slept here and I went to a dance for a while in the Armory. 

April 28, 1906 (Saturday) – I took Alfred (Alfred Oscar Lunt, Jr.) and Eva (Eva Ruth Sperry) to conference, we went to Grandma Lunt’s (Priscilla Pitt) for dinner and then to meeting in the afternoon. Apostle Lyman (Francis Marion Lyman) and Richards (George Franklin Richards) were here and they spoke fine.  

April 29, 1906 (Sunday) –  I have been to conference in the afternoon. Apostle Lyman (Francis Marion Lyman) told us we should try and so all the good we can in this life for it is so short compared to eternity, that it’s just like a line drawn across a piece of paper and if we only realized the blessing we will receive the cares and troubles of this world would seem as nothing. 

Pearl (Eva Pearl Sperry) stayed with the children (Alfred Oscar, Jr., Lillian, Charles Gilbert and Eva Ruth Lunt). Brother Lyman also said it is our duty to go to meeting and only the gravest kind of excuse will excuse us from going and that we should be glad and willing to do all we can, and help all we can in this great and marvelous work.