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[The transcription below is from papers belonging to James Lague, Historian, kindly shared by Rosemarie Mossinger, Challenge, CA.]


Jan. 2 - Is hazy. W. B. Jenks called a short time on his way to Honcut. I sold him some bran for his horses. Eve. clears up after a shower.
Feb. 12 - Sunday - Preaching today, but too cold for me to risk - in the church. Eve., cold.
Feb. 24 - Weather fine for travel. Wife starts for Chico about 8:30 a.m. with Boone who expects to be in Marysville in time for my wife to take the evening train for Chico.
Mar. 19 - Clear and cloudy by turns. The Trustees fix up for opening of school tomorrow morning.
Apr. 5-6 - Wetmore resigns his position as trustee (figure head).
April 24 - I go assessing, Weiss place, Davis Mine and stop at Rackerby for the night. Eve is cool after a warm day.
April 25 - I ride to Coppocks and Moore's place, returning via Huff's, where I have dinner and a fine treat to graphaphone music. Reach home about 6:30. Eve. cloudy.
May 22 - Woodleaf. I leave home about 10:30 for Woodleaf by stage to commence collecting tolls.
June 1 - I return to Woodleaf not feeling first class, but better. Dan Boland had a runaway from Mt. Hope to the top of the hill near what is called "Cape Horn" on the Forbestown road. Eve. looks like rain.
June 17 - Is pleasant again. Carmichael's last band of stock, cattle, horses, mules and sheep arrive about 6:40 a.m., having been driven from the White House this morning.
June 20 - Cool. I took a walk up the road to Townsend Mill turnoff. Eve. I find a Mr. Greenleaf who crossed the plains to Cal. in 1852, the same year I crossed them.
June 21 - Today will be an eventful one with Wesley Packard and Miss Katie Malaley, who are to be joined in the holy bonds of wedlock in the City of Marysville, after which they board the cars for a trip to the Lewis and Clark Fair at Portland, Ore.
June 28 - Is pleasant. Thirty five years ago today, the solemn words which G.S.W. Twogood and Susan M. Varney heard pronounced by Rev. Petit, is well remembered by us both. We have spent the time happily in rearing our little family, and rejoice in the thought that they can be useful members of society.
July 4 - The mercury stands at 84 at 10 a.m. in front of Falck's store. P.M. it reached 92 on hotel porch. Very quiet here all day.
July 5 - Warm this morning. L. C. Clark was buried at Upham Cemetery on the 3d at one o'clock.
July 8 - Warm sultry morning. We get news by telephone, that our daughter Pearl, Mrs. Geo. W. Edwards of Chico, gave birth to twin boy babies yesterday, one of which died, the remaining one very weak and doubtful if it can live. Thank God, the mother is doing well.
July 9 - There is a fire in the hills near Natches in the neighborhood of the Marshall place. Martin Tufford and others went out this morning to see about subduing it.
July 13 - Is cool and pleasant. We bury our friend C. B. Townsend. Birmingham and myself attend and follow the remains to the Brownsville cemetery, where the last rites were performed.
July 18 - Geo. Coppock came from LaPorte having made the first trip for Stage Co. in place of Bob Cook, who leaves for Richardson Springs this morning.
Aug. 13 - A fine breeze is stirring, which is pleasant for our family reunion; consisting of G. S. W. Twogood and Wife, Susan M., E. G. Twogood and wife and daughters, Lois and Genevie, Martin Tufford and wife, Lizzie and son Lawrence and Geo. W. Edwards and wife, Pearl E. and outside friends, B. H. Brown and Charles T. Prindle. We had a fine time and a good dinner about 4 p.m.
Aug. 17 - I hear by phone that the fishermen's horse got away. Jas. Newell died this morning at Camptonville. Eve. the boys came along all right, their horses having returned to camp again. Brown's sheep are here - 1200 he says.
Aug. 24 - Is cool and nice. Adkins' stable with the entire block of between 20 and 30 horses burned yesterday, or night before last. Joe Stiener and a drummer partner lost a 2 horse rig in the same fire.
Sept. 7 - Is fine. I write a postal on which there fifty-two lines very closely written to my wife and folks in Brownsville.
Sept. 9 - Is pleasant. C. L. goes to Strawberry Valley to bury John Schroder an old miner. I take Stage with Geo. Coppock for my home in Brownsville.
Sept. 15 - Not so cold. Oscar Pauley is a papa now (Arvil). I am feeling better.
Sept. 19 - We hear that the town of LaPorte was swept by fire yesterday. Hardly anything saved. Fire in every direction.
Sept. 25 - I go to Challenge to adjust the business of post office and assist in its removal to Mrs. Eunice Reed's. W. J. Mellon Jr. brought me home after a supper at Mrs. Reed's with Lizzie and Lawrence.
Oct. 9 - Quite windy, fanning the fire which Lee Wood started several days ago, and which burned China Town near Challenge.
Oct. 14 - Clear baring smoke. I sent items to Appeal over name of Patsey. Eve. we have Lodge. We gave Mrs. Albert a Minorca rooster.
Nov. 1 - All signs of a storm disappear. The Adams leave Orolewa for Forbestown, where she Mrs. Adams takes charge of the Hotel. Mrs. Garton has to give it up.
Nov. 13 - Is pleasant. We have the Central Telephone offered us, and Conwell makes a kick. Eve., Martin brought Lizzie up to see me about it, and all circumstances considered, we conclude to give up the idea of taking it. Moon shines brightly to light L & M home again.
Nov. 14 - Is clear and about 1 p.m. Mercury reaches 80 on the post in front of the Brick.
Nov. 23 - This is the date on which the "worldwide" storm was predicted for today, but it fails to materialize. Lizzie, baby Lawrence and Wetmore came to Woodleaf - we dine at the Brick after which I pack my belongings at Tollgate House to return to Brownsville.
Nov. 27 - Ground is white with snow. Eve is stormy - wind blows.
Dec. 13 - Clouds seen at sunrise but all soon clear away. Wife and I visit Ben Brown's Ranch - better known as the "Doug. Pierce" place.
Dec. 14 - J. C. Beever and I went to the old "Perry Place" (near New York House) and appraised the land, now the Estate of Harriet N. Wilbur, deceased. We set a value of $200.00 on 160 acres, $1.25 per acre. P.M., J. Wetmore and I went to Forbestown, to see our brother Odd Fellow Jesse Clemens, who is very low. We also call on Mrs. Garton and her husband, Lewis, who is also ill.
Dec. 25 - Xmas Day. Lots of parcels through the mail to different patrons of the P.O. We have a fine dinner, and Martin takes his leave again for Oroville. Eve is cloudy.


Jan. 6 - I take Boone's Stage for Forbestown, which we reach about 6:30 p.m. Eve., we have Lodge, F. & A.M. After a little lunch was had at the Gold Bank Hotel, but owing to the lateness of the hour, I retired at Adam's Hotel with participating in collation.
Jan. 7 - Is quite cold. I rise early enough for breakfast. The funeral of Lewis Garton takes place at 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 8 - I have an early ride home in Boone's Stage. Mrs. Ira Forbes was buried today. Her death came as a shock to her numerous friends so suddenly.
Jan. 19 - Once more the sun shines. W. T. Rackerby who was drowned yesterday morning at the crossing of Honcut Creek near Gianella's place was not found yet when the stage came along today. He drowned when the stage overturned.
Feb. 4 - Wife and I call on folks at White House. Eve. we listen to a sermon by Rev. Robertson of Honcut. His text was - "Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement." Moon shines thru a mackeral sky.
Feb. 14 - Is raining - bad day for the funeral of Dennis Downs. We saw all that was mortal of our old friend of a long term of years, lowered into the grave during a steady rainstorm.
Feb. 25 - Sun shines once more after a storm of two weeks duration, which was becoming monotonous. McShane loads the household goods of the Martin Tufford family this P.M.
Mar. 10 - Strong wind from south. Miss Pottle came yesterday. Her school at New York Flat opens on Monday next.
Mar. 14 - We have rain, hail, snow and wind during the day. Mrs. Pearce our teacher arrived today.
Mar. 18 - Trying to clear up, snows a little once or twice during the day. Miss Maud Conwell went to Oregon Hill to take the school there.
Mar. 28 - Cloudy part of the day. Sentor Hamden and his "Black Kentuckians" arrive about noon and prepare for their entertainment this eve. Eve., we have a chance to laugh - show pretty good.
Mar. 29 - Is cloudy. Rain fell very gently, while at the grave of our friend, Jas. Slater, who the Masons of Forbestown Lodge bury.
April 18 - Warm spring day. Uncle Ben and I repair the end of our front porch. Mrs. McCrank took census in Sharon Valley district today. The earthquake in S.F. was felt here - it was a long tremble, about 5:15 a.m.
April 20 - I ride to Rackerby with Boone - do some work at assessing and visit Santa Rosa Mine. I have a good room in Clark Hotel for the night.
April 21 - I do some more assessing and then board the stage for home. Purdy's house and barn were laid in ashes about 3:30 p.m.
April 23 - The much needed rain has come at last. Henry Kingdon, wife and daughter passed going to their home at Scales. Eve., still raining.
April 24 - Rain fell most of the day. I wrote to our friend Della Crossman to ascertain her condition since the earthquake in S.F. I. V. Hedge died about 2 a.m. this morning.
May 2 - I drive with old Jack and buggy to Rackerby and into the Wyman neighborhood and assess people on either side of Honcut Creek. I have a plesant visit at Mr. Ruff's, where Ida treated me to a glass of delicious milk. My visit was all to short. I bade Ida goodby as she is going to her French Creek School tomorrow. Eve. I get home at 7:15.
May 25 - I ride home in McShane's wagon. We have wagon sheet over us as it rains fast and steady. Wes Packard, Martin Costa and I as passengers. Eve., I find my wife O.K., but myself the worse for my 14 mile ride on a dead axle wagon.
June 4 - Marysville - I spend business hours of the forenoon in the Supervisor's Office. They established rates of toll on Marysville and LaPorte Turnpike for Birmingham. Eve., I have a pleasant little visit with Mrs. John Roberts and her daughters, Mrs. Bessie White and her youngest sister. Mrs. Roberts, is one of the Townsend twin sisters, who kept the Beever Ranch Hotel with her parents, years ago.
June 24 - Wife cuts my hair. The day is fine by immensely quiet.
June 28 - Is clear. Mrs. A. E. McIntosh and daughter, Miss Alice went up on Stage today to visit at Forest Ranch. Mr. Corwin Phelps, and old acquaintance and old soldier was with them.
July 4 - The "Glorious Fourth." The day of all days with true Americans. Many teams pass through Brownsville on their way to Woodleaf and Bullards Bar, carrying dancers and other pleasure seekers. Our town painfully quiet.
July 20 - Is cooler. We hear of the sudden death of Horace Wyman, at Crane's Sugar Loaf Ranch. Evening I walk up to White House.
July 27 - Is cool and pleasant this morning. Mr. Rosewarn was buried in Forbestown by the F. & A.M. of Forbestown Lodge #50. He belonged to a lodge in England, but affiliated with us in #50.
Aug. 3 - Geo. and Pearl arrived about 5 a.m. They traveled by moonlight - left Chico about 6:20 p.m. yesterday. Pet the mare, stood the trip fine. When turned loose in her old home pasture she kicked up her heels. Eve., Geo. brings in a baker's doz. of fine trout out of Dry Creek.
Aug. 31 - My wife is gaining nicely. We are all satisfied with her improvement. Ed is working away finishing up odd jobs, before his departure for their home in Sacramento.
Sept. 3 - A letter from Ed. Ed is boss at the Capitol now, as Governor Pardee, Mr. Nye and Mr. Elston are all away at Santa Cruz. Eve. real cool.
Sept. 18 - The morning dawns clear. Charlie Becker and family were on the stage on their way home. Charlie burried his poor ol mother in Howland Flat, which has been her home for many years. Rufus W. Burroughs was buried here today. W. H. Holcomb was in town today, quite a stranger in Brownsville.
Nov. 27 - Calm this morning. Dobyus, Curry, Bates and Turner are running the Golden Needle Mine by water from Forbestown Ditch.
Dec. 14 - Clear. Mr. Bates called in to visit us for an hour or so. He speaks of having had experience in placer mining, found in the Golden Needle Mine within a few weeks. "Experience" is about his only gain or income from that source.
Dec. 19 - Mercury at 36 this morning. I spray my chicken house with lime mixed in water. I also make new nests of clean hay, so it is to be hoped the hens will soon proceed to business by calling the strike off. Evening, Brown and Wilder visit Flanagan's where they have music on violin and piano by Prof. Wilder and Miss Alicia Wark.
Dec. 21 - Frost in evidence everywhere. Lew Sherman of the stage line went down with Frank Silva, who drove the stage up yesterday. Brown was out, and he left Wilder shaving and cleaning up, they both thinking [cut off]
Dec. 25 - Still raining after an all nights steady downpour. Very quiet in town till stage came - one p.m. when there was a general turnout to the postoffice for letters and packages. We had a fine chicken dinner, at which we had the company of our mutual friend Brown, who appeared to enjoy himself.


Jan. 1 - This "Happy New Year" 1907 is rather cold, Mercury at 22. Mrs. James Queenan was buried in Brownsville cemetery today. I feel mean today, having been disturbed of my rest last night.
Jan. 6 - Mercury stands at 30. Ben Brown takes me to Costa's place with his old "Nibs" and buggy on my way to Challenge, at which place I arrive about 11 a.m., having left Ben at the turn into Crane's. Ada Kumle helps me unhitch at the Mellon stable; old Nibs' quarters till tomorrow. After warming myself at Mrs. Reed's we commence to hunt the cause of the muddle into which Mrs. Reed found herself relating to her Quarterly Postal Account. This evening snows lively. By 10 p.m. we have the books of the postoffice all straight.
Jan. 7 - This morning I rise from my couch in a room in the house of Mrs. Reed, to find that snow had been falling all through the night, making the wheeling between Challenge and Brownsville anything but nice. After a good breakfast with hostess Reed and Ada Kumle, Henry Clemons appeared and hitched up old Nibs for me. I bundled into the buggy and made a start for Brownsville. The snow fell unceasingly during the ride of perhaps 2 hours, and now and then an extra quantity of the beautiful would fall from the limbs of a tree making slow progress in an unbroken track - altogether making it quite interesting - reminding me of many a ride of a very similar nature in my younger day, a little further up the ridge.
Jan. 9 - This is the day Alice Beever is to be united in marriage to J. Edward Hemmings of S.F. Grace and Fay Harvey, Maud Conwell and Mrs. Albert attended the wedding from this way. Bustillos only went to the White House last night, so he took almost no mail down this morning.
Jan. 21 - Clear and Mercury at 26 this morning. Corboley gets down first from LaPorte with his four in hand and sleigh, about 11 a.m. and meets the horse stage below here and returns with the up mail. I bring water for wife to wash clothes with tomorrow, from the faucet at the Meat Market. No telling when the water pipe will be clear of ice. We have a fire in the stove upstairs, as we have been doing for some time before retiring for the night.
Feb. 10 - Mercury marks 38. I take a cool morning ride to Rackerby and Mrs. Wyman's, where I find our friend, Dick Howe, but not strong enough to ride to the White House. I meet E. T. Perry coming out to the main road near McManes, from Coppock's place. After visiting Dick, and as I depart for home, I meet our brother R. M. Johnson going in to visit Dick.
Feb. 14 - Mercury at 46 this morn. According to appointment, Osgood, Darby, Leal and Smith are here from Bangor, and Judge Harvey is on hand, and we six, take to the timber to see the boundaries of Jessie Foss' land, for which the four are negotiating. They pay me $60 to bind the bargain at $2.00 per acre.
Feb. 20 - Partially cloudy. Smith came off and left the locked mail pouch at Woodleaf, so that I hold all letters for tomorrow. P.M., wife calls on Mrs. McShane, Mrs. Albert and the White House, Mrs. Horton at Cranes, and Mrs. Dale and Miss Conwell ride to J. C. Beever's. After so many calls, look out for squalls.
Mar. 16 - Gentle rain until near noon. Madame Conwell and Rollie Rhiel had a slight misunderstanding and the consequence is Rollie called for his time. He said he "would like to see the man who could get along with her well enough to work very long." He is one of a goodly number who have tried hit, and they are all of the same opinion.
Mar. 28 - Mercury at 28, north wind again. Thad Holcomb commenced work for H. A. Conwell. He takes the place of Rollie Rhiel, who could not brook the Madam or Lady Boss, as G. W. E. termed her ladyship.
Mar. 31 - No frost showing on our kitchen roof this morning. About 3 p.m. wife and I ride to church in Uncle Ben's buggy, where we find Rev. E. S. Robertson on hand to give us an Easter discourse. Quite a number were out for this place.
April 10 - We left Brownsville on board Conwell's team, with D. W. Albert, J. D. Wetmore, Conwell and myself, with Thad Holcomb as driver. We reached the Erwin house at 10 a.m. sharp. After first ceremony for Odd Fellow Stone Erwin at the house, we proceeded to the cemetery, where the last sad rites performed by R. M. Johnson, N.G. and D. W. Albert as Chaplain.
April 17 - I start for Rackerby at 7 a.m. and fine myself at the Frank Vital place, where I assess the property of the Soars brothers, Manuel and Frank. I return to Rackerby where I dine at Clark's Hotel, after which I drive to Rogers place (Rodman's) and Worth Bainbridge's and return home.
April 23 - This morning I start for Mount Hope via Challenge to assess the Bee Hive Mining property. Call at Arbucco's, reach Mt. Hope about mid-day. I was introduced to D. A. Yale who is a mining expert. Paris Bean seems to have charge of the work underground. I sell to T. J. Wooley and Frank Silva each a Poll tax receipt. I leave Grubbs statement with his wife. Weather warm and getting dry. Rain will be much needed soon. We hear of the death of Oscar Kimball of Forbestown, by a shot from his own gun, while in the act of getting over a fence.
April 26 - This morning I start out for Rackerby. Enroute I let Mrs. N. B. Abbott ride to her home, from Marcoline Mike's. She was attending his wife, who has a little girl baby ( ). I dine with Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Clark after which I drive to David Mine. I find old John Gildea the same old hermitas ever - digging away on his old place among the rocks. P.M. I return home. Eve., we attend religious services and listen to a fine address by Miss Robertson.
May 3 - I leave home about 7:45 for Forbestown, via New York Flat. I call at school house to gain information concerning Mrs. Williams property. Her daughter, Mrs. Charlie Leyval has charge, so Miss Pottle informed me. Next I call at the Lague place - find the old lady in rather a cranky mood as usual, complaining about everybody with whom she deals. I dine at Garton Hotel, after which I drive out to the Roberts place. About 3 p.m. it clouds up in an easterly direction, and before I reach home the thunder rolls, peal on peal, but I get home just before the shower strikes Brownsville.
May 5 - Sunday - Weather doubtful. I feel old "Nibs" and slick him up for a Sunday spiel out to Ben Brown's ranch with my "best girl". We leave home at 1:20, well prepared for a rain, having wraps in profusion and a good size umbrella. After visiting with Brown and viewing the many improvements we start for home, with Ben riding on the rear end of the buggy. Only a short distance from his gate we saw a coyote by the road and the saucy imp of the woods stood and looked at us while driving by. Evidently he wanted one of Ben's white leghorn chickens.
May 8 - Clear this morning. I send money order to Mrs. Jessie L. Foss for $56.50, amount due her on proceeds of the sale of her land, less amount for interest, cash advanced on taxes from year to year since July 2, 1904. Manuel Leal and his two partners want to build a sawmill on the land.
May 9 - Signs of approaching storm. Evening, Boone brought A. C. Bates (he will be landlord of the Brownsville Hotel) and family from below, and soon followed two teams, and a drove of 22 head of mules. Men, one woman and a girl, besides the Bates' family of 4, Mrs. Horton will have her hands full cooking.
May 11 - Fog this morning on the hills across Dry Creek. Pursuant to notice, a few of our towns people met at the school house and appointed the following committees to see that all should go right on Decoration Day - Decorations B. H. Brown, Mrs. Conwell, Mrs. Klos, Mrs. D. E. Curry, Misses Fay Harvey, Evelyn Wark and Katie McShane. Music - Prof. D. E. Curry, E. J. Wilbur, Evelyn Wark. Program - E. J. Wilbur, Miss Evelyn Wark.
May 16 - I board Sherman's stage for my trip to visit the dear ones in Sacramento and Chico. At Marysville, I get a shine, and go to J. R. Garrett Co. and settled up an old bill which my friend Mrs. Jessie Foss gave me power of attorney to sell her land and settle the bill. As good luck would have it she got a nice little balance of $56.50.
May 22 - Home again and feel fine after one good nights rest in my own bed. Mrs. Adams will be here till tomorrow. Mrs. Flanagan and Alicia, her daughter called they are nearly heartbroken on account of the son and brother, Orrin Wark, who was killed at the sawmill near Camptonville.
May 30 - A splendid day for the Exercises and the decoration of the graves. Mr. Greely's address was fine, and the exercises preceeding were very good. Everyone seemed satisfied.
June 3 - Lew Sherman drives stage up today - loses the Crane mail and Harry Harvey brought it down. Mrs. Nelson came down after it for the Judge. McShane starts for Oroville with some of Packard's box lumber, the first shipment of the season for the Packard Milling Co.
June 4 - This is a pleasant morning. Brown and Eggleston, move our stove out to my wifes summer kitchen quarters. We hear that the remains of Hilma Falck Haney are coming up to Woodleaf tonight. My wife and Laura Klos are going to send up flowers to be placed on her grave at Strawberry.
June 13 - This morning more like November than June. We hear that Mrs. N. F. Boynton passed away. I notify by postal all the offices on the line between Bangor and Strawberry Valley. Evening, Mrs. Hawley was on Boone's stage. She did not hear of her mothers death till she got to Brownsville. Mrs. Boynton lived to her 86th birthday, today.
June 19 - Mrs. M. A. Hedge came down on the stage from Clipper Mills, where she went to cook at Schultz Hotel, formerly "Pine Grove House." The man went down with the Automobile today.
June 25 - I leave for Oroville about 11:30 a.m. and I call at Bedell's on the Swedes Flat Road, where I have a little visit with my long time friend, Virginia Bedell. I find myself in Oroville about 5:30 p.m. and drive to Fry's stable. I room at U. S. Hotel and have a quiet place.
July 2 - Evening, we sit on the front porch and have for company, as follows: Mrs. L. A. Horton, Mrs. D. E. Curry and Mrs. A. S. McKinley. All very comfortable without wraps.
July 4 - At 5:45 a.m. I unfolded the stars and stripes of four flags which I nail to a like number of posts in front of the Brownsville Postoffice, the first bunting displayed in town. P.M. Mrs. Klos makes lots of ice cream, and we get a fine treat, as do many others at her expense.
July 23 - Sultry again. George Bean, son of W. H. Bean, the famous hotel keeper at Challenge (?) passed here about 9 a.m. with a load of some kind, having two wagons. He said his father would be along sometime today. I hope so, as I am interested in him to the amount of $4.20, money advanced on personal property tax.
July 24 - This morn is pleasant. I wrote Henry Coupe for address of W. H. Bean, ex-landlord of Challenge Hotel.
July 29 - Mrs. L. A. Horton is moving from her Brownsville Hotel to the Lockwood house in order to be entirely out of the hotel which is now being run by A. C. Bates. When the stage arrived, Mr. and Mrs. Juan M. Wetmore were on board, from their home in Napa. They went to stay with Mrs. Horton.
Aug. 9 - Mercury at 56 at 6 a.m. The ceremony at the grave of our brother of the Mystic Tie, Asa Townsend, was performed by five of us, W. J. Schultz, Chas. F. Adams, W. J. Mellon, H. A. Conwell and myself.
Aug. 17 - Cool and pleasant. Evening we have Lodge and have seven members and two visiting brothers. Bro. R. M. Johnson came up from his new residence, Stanfield Ranch or what used to be known as the Charlie Smith place, once a ranch and hotel.
Sept. 21 - Is clear. There is some kind of a hearing before Judge Harvey for some of the refractory citizens of Rackerby. P.M., Brown takes me to Challenge, where we settle the P.O. matter by our deciding on Brown, Mayfield, Coupe and Mellon to on Mrs. Reed's bond, as postmaster.
Oct. 7 - The mail brot news for us - our daughter, Pearl has a fine boy baby ( ) - both doing well.
Nov. 3 - This morning is not very cold. Albert Clemons was buried in Brownsville cemetery at 3 p.m.
Nov. 8 - Clear. Mercury at 42. D. W. Albert and wife start for their new home near Fair Oaks, on a ranch their son David purchased for them.
Nov. 20 - Clear and cold. Mercury at 32. Thad Johnson is driving stage for Sherman. Also Fred Morse.
Dec. 8 - Weather a little doubtful. This afternoon the sun shines on the bride, Mrs. Wm. C. Powers who was united in marriage to him at 3 p.m. by Rev. Simmons, J.P.
Dec. 25 - Is pleasant most of the day. Our dinner is fine, and Uncle Ben and Wilder help us dispatch the turkey and other fixins. Eve. is raining.
Dec. 27 - My 79th anniversary and I am not feeling very well. Keep a horizontal position most of the day. Eve., I'm feeling better. The stars are shining.

Transcribed by Kathy Sedler.