Helen Banfield Jackson 1898 diary transcription
William S. Jackson Papers, Part 2, Ms 0241, Box 13, Helen Banfield Diary 14
1898 diary of HHJ's niece Helen Fiske Banfield, later Helen Banfield Jackson
Transcribed in 2011 by Emma Mitchell and Madeline Frost, both CC class of 2012.
Sat. Jan. 1 1898
A beautiful day – no wind, plenty of sunshine and all the dear children [nice?] and out in it. I ran a few errands right after breakfast. It being a Bank holiday [William] slept till lunch. Afterwards [going?] to see Mr. Barlow who was carried downstairs for the first time after his five weeks siege with appendicitis. Plenty of nice letters in a.m. mail – the only one today. Miss White and Miss Ryan called just before hot baths.
Sun. Jan 2 1898
Our dear little [Sarah?] 3 years old today and what a strong merry little maiden she has been so far, bless her! The four older children went to Communion services with me – and Joseph Beach sat with us! But [Roland wasn’t with?] Dr. and Mrs. Slocum’s pew. A wonderfully balmy day, so we had our family drive again – going towards Templeton’s Gap, and then home again by Mr. Kent’s Chicken ranch. I was too tired to [. . .] children on [return?].
Mon. Jan 3 1898
This lonely weather is almost enough to make me feel that the “backbone of [birth?]” is broken. I had interesting mail – [. . .] notes acknowledging the photograph of our [?]; and when out on necessary errands, was home from P.O. Dr. Jarvie’s generous box of Huyler’s Candies for “Helen’s babies.” I wish he might have heard the shout that went up when they saw it! After p.m. [?] mended for the wash. Changed covers on play room furniture.
Tues. Jan 4 1898
Busy preparing sewing in a.m. after writing a few acknowledgements and [talking?] to [William Sr.?], who still has to get up earlier than is his because of Mr. Barlow’s protracted absence from the Bank; but the latter is improving, he is at last down stairs. I had a pleasant reply from Agnes Hoyt of [Canadayina?] who will spend the night with us next Monday. She comes to attend a convention which meets here next week.
Wed. Jan 5 1898
Up early and prepared for Mrs. [Bamay’s?] coming; before breakfast I had sorted our clean clothes – so afterwards wrote two more Xmas acknowledgements before she arrived; it was such a warm beautiful a.m. that I had little [Edith’s?] hair washed also, and much to my delight, she bore it without a cry this time. In p.m. I took my three big boys to Mrs. Washburn’s and after having made a little visit there, left them, and made three calls further north – on Mrs. [?], Miss [Rawspen?] and Mrs. Cook.
Thurs. Jan 6 1898
Another fascinatingly bright day – and sat down at my desk for a little while early; after breakfast I had the clean clothes to put away. Dorothy C. came to lunch the first time since her accident – and her face still showed the marks of her hard fall on the banisters. I took a short [rest?] after lunch and then returned to my mending upstairs. A great comfort to hear the children all so well again, and so happy in their school [classes?].
Fri. Jan 7 1898
I went out on errands [. . .] after breakfast, and in as [cool?] a dark dress as I had! Edith and baby Gardener very happy in being out with [?] each morning. [William Sr.] ready for his paper on my return – and after his paper was read, I sewed on [H's?] and baby’s dresses till lunch. Went [regrets?] to Mrs. Williams’ “[Den?],” – I must decline all such invitations from now on! Mrs. Cook, Miss [Jamsey?] and Miss [?] called and I ran [?]
Sat. Jan 8 1898
Poor Mrs. Washburn has net with another great less in the death of her beautiful mother; but Miriam Ruth and Eleanor came to lunch with our children just as we planned on Wednesday, and all went very happily. Roland put one or two printed questions to Eleanor, one being “Does your father make you obey?” They went [soon?] afterward – playing in the yard in the p.m. [. . .] hot baths soon afterwards. I sent reply to Mrs. Washburn’s note by Miriam. [William Sr.] keeps well.
Sun. Jan 9 1898
Fine a.m. and the four older ones went to church with me as usual and [. . .] in Mr. [Gregg’s?] first short sermon to the children of the congregation – the subject was “Faith” – then Roland paid very good attention. We had a charming family drive in p.m. – going to South Cheyenne Canyon, where I paid my dues [from?] Caroline Nettie’s drive. Pretty tired on my return so I rested on Library [?] till dinner time. Read to [William Jr.] and [Helen] afterwards until their bed time.
Mon. Jan 10 1898
Mrs. Barney came just for the brushing of my hair – so that I was [done?] with that in time to hand [William] his paper. Then [?] of going to [musical?]. I went out on errands after lunch – which took me longer than I thought they would; heard the children’s lessons on my return. Poor little Helen gave her neck a [crunch?] while playing in the yard, and stiffness there followed, which gave her much pain. Miss Hoyt arrived while on [. . .].
Tues. Jan 11 1898
Little Helen’s neck too uncomfortable to let her go to school. Agnes, [Helen] and I started out on our a.m. celebrations soon after breakfast, her paper in [Epileptics?] and then [cane?] was very good; the dedication services of Tickner Hall followed the Conferece of Charities and Correction – and were [in my opinion?] successful. Ms. Gregg and I had coffee at the luncheon served to the guests afterwards, and I did not get home till nearly four o’clock. Agnes [dried?] at the Antlers [Hotel].
Wed. Jan 12 1898
Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson and Mrs. Hayden kindly called to see the children. Mr. Hamlin came soon after Agnes and I had returned from my errands and then he [sent?] her to the 11:10 train for Buena Vista. Helen’s neck much better, but she did not go to school today; she went out both a.m. and p.m. I enjoyed my walk with them very much in the afternoon; I heard lessons and played [anthems?] till their supper time and [. . .] early.
Thurs. Jan 13 1898
Quite a cold a.m. – only 12 above zero when the children went to school. Helen going today – and she planned to stay to lunch with Dorothy C. Most of my a.m. then [?] with clean clothes and mending. The little boys very late in returning from school at [lunch?], which always worries me a little. When [Helen] is with them I feel differently. I had a good [rest?] in p.m. [because?] of going out to Dr. and Mrs. Sally’s for a 7:30 dinner! Mr. and Mrs. [Fira?], Mrs. [Rivley?], Mrs. [Harmerworth?] and two newcomers.
Fri. Jan 14 1898
We had an exceedingly pleasant time – only how tired I was the next a.m.! For a wonder I did not want to get [?]! [William] Jr.’s cold so bad, that he wants to stay at home and as it was a [raw?] day I consented. I was out on a [?] of errands; on my return, the big boy went on with his copying of the little [comfonitim?] on “My Native [Home?]”, with which his father had helped him a good deal. Other colds coming on!
Sat. Jan 15 1898
A short a.m. as are all the Saturdays. [William] Jr. was just getting his lessons when Frank [. . .] came, so Frank stayed in my room [in?] “Authors” with [William] and [Helen], and Nellie [. . .] with the younger children. They went at 11:30 when my boys and his girl had to get ready for the [Glen Syrie?] luncheon. [William] and Maggie took them out in a carry-all and they returned very happy – and while they were gone Nellie and I had quite a quiet restful time. Hot baths [afterward?].
Sun. Jan 16 1898
Was [William’s] 62nd birthday – the celebration of it took place yesterday as our Sundays are always so quiet. The four older children went to church with me; it was too [raw?] in p.m. for a ride, so I had the children in nursery lounge while [eating?] also, and baths in p.m. the big boys took a short walk with their father. Dr. Slocum called and stayed to dinner which is always a pleasure [to have?].
Mon. Jan 17 1898
A cold raw day – so [much?] the school children were out, as Edith and Gardener have colds. Very busy with sewing the early part of a.m. not long after [William] had gone to Bank. Mrs. Gregg called and gave me cheer and courage as always. After lunch continued my sewing till Mrs. Barney came for her weekly care of my hair. [William] Jr. did my errands when out in his wheel.[I’m?] glad of letter from [Maria?] at last, [though?] not as cheerful as some.
Tues. Jan 18 1898
As soon as possible after breakfast I went out on errands going first to see Miss Bradley – but I did not find her [home?]. I met Mrs. Gregg again and we had a little walk and talk together. [William] was coming from Bank as I returned home – as it took me longer to get about than I had planned. Miss Bradley called and I had a satisfactory talk with her. Mrs. [Loomis?] called also. I took a short rest in p.m., and then went on with my mending for the wash. [. . .illegible sentence].
Wed. Jan 19 1898
Bright, but still sharp and cold. [William] Jr. and [Helen] went to school ready to go to Ruth’s birthday dinner, so we did not see them till late in p.m. when they were enthusiastic over their good time at Mrs. Washburn’s. As soon as I had finished my [first?] sewing and my mending to [William] Sr, [Madame L-?] called; then came Mrs. [Nelson?] Williams and Mr. [Van Hemert?]. I entertained the latter while [William] was seeing Mrs. [Williams] upstairs, so I had a very short a.m. As all stayed [?] I took a nap and then went into play room.
Thurs. Jan 20 1898
Little Gardener had a restless night, so I had him in my bed and consequently did not feel so well rested as usual – but was up early, just the same to mend stockings, etc. for the dear school children. Poor old [“Columbud”?] came home staggering about noon and it was evident that he had been poisoned – and when Annie went to the cellar in the middle of the p.m. she found him dead. Poor little “Marlo” was making a great fuss try[ing] to raise help for his old friend.
Fri. Jan 21 1898
A really snowy winter morning but the four old children were so well that they went out in the storm to school. I also had to go out in it – going first to Dr. Hart’s and then on other necessary errands, so that I was pretty tired on my return – but waited till lunch time. [William] Jr., [Helen] and [Edith] all went to visit [Guilford?] and [Luey?] Jones at 11 o’clock staying till 7. They were a little late in coming home so I went to meet them. At last I [?] in special preparations for [?]!
Sat. Jan 22 1898
A fine light a.m., so when it was warm enough all six went out for a romp in the snow, taking their sled, which little Edith especially enjoyed. I went in and mended [bundle?] bag, and then mended all the time I could. After lunch took a [slight walk?] down town and rested on my return – so did not quite finish up the sewing I [found?] to be done. Very glad often cheery note from [Aurely?] – has not written for some weeks.
Sun. Jan 23 1898
All up in [earlier season?] than usual, because of [William]’s having to go off on 8 o’clock train. Little [?] did not feel very well so he “lagged off” from going to church – and I saw from his [?] that a “home [?]” would be the best thing for him. The sermon or rather Mr. Gregg’s talk to the children was on “Love.” The sermon was on the healing of [?]. Roland had to go out of church early so of course I went with him – going directly to Mrs. Thayer’s – where he saw the [dean baby?] “Thayer” but [wouldn’t hear?] of this, [Helen]’s family. Roland called [alas] on “Uncle Jim.”
Mon. Jan 24 1898
Right after breakfast wrote postal cards to Ramona, Anne, and Nathan, as I had time for nothing more; busy as usual getting things started for the week and picking up and mending for the tomorrow’s wash; took off my sofa covering, and put on old one temporarily; I also dressed before lunch so as to do errands and go to musical night afterwards. I enjoyed the latter very much, not withstanding the fiendish wind going and coming. I ran in to see Miss Hattie on my way home.
Tues. Jan 25 1898
Glad not to have to go out as I always seem to accomplish more when I do not have to – awoke very early and straightened out the store room and [bundle?] bags [?] before breakfast. The school children all going out regularly, notwithstanding the continued cold – [below?] zero weather. Mr. Hamlin called [. . .] the children to see “The [Bonnies?]” – which was very kind and [William] and [Helen] shall go as they have had whooping cough which is again prevalent. Mrs. Barney came, I marked 12 new sheets.
Wed. Jan 26 1898
No wind but still cold. [William] had to get up at 9 a.m., so I walked out on errands with him which did not take me long so I made a call on Miss Elizabeth, and still finished up my stint of mending after lunch. Baby Gardener forlorn with his [teething?] all p.m.; Nellie [. . .] Anne [D-?] called with little Agnes – both looked so well and lovely. I went to bed right after dinner as I knew the baby makes me restless.
Thurs. Jan 27 1898
Little Gardener very much better than we thought possible. After midnight he slept very well. The big [double?] teeth in lower jaw are now coming. The children very boisterous at breakfast, but it was so much milder they all walked to school. I wrote at my desk a short time after breakfast before going [on?] the clean clothes. I was glad of a brighter letter from Mrs. Burnside than I had had in [several?] years. I accepted an invitation to luncheon at Mrs. [?]’s for next week, which I hope will not prove unwise on my part.
Fri. Jan 28 1898
I slipped out on errands just after the children had started for school – and was back and amidst my “extras” when [William] called for me to [hand?] the paper to him. Little Gardener still forlornish – he is very plucky, but his little face shows in what discomfort he is with those all teeth. I had a very pleasant call from Mr. Curtis of New York, who has [come for?] some length of time – his family will join him in “[?]”. [William] [was?] reading aloud “[Captain’s Confessions?]” to the children and me – which is a great pleasure. I fixed [William] Jr.’s room on 3rd floor.
Sat. Jan 29 1898
Very much milder – so I [. . .] Edith and baby Gardener – good to be out again after being shut up for a week; but they had not been [out?] long when a wind came up – so they were not out again in p.m. Mr. [?] and Mr. Hamlin both took lunch with us – the latter taking [William] Jr. and Helen to see “The [Bonnies?]” afterwards – which was most kind; they came home perfectly radiant over their good time and began illustrating on playroom floor what they had seen! Little Gardener quite bright all day. Hot baths as usual.
Sun. Jan 30 1898
All the “big four” and I went out in good season for church. Mr. Gregg omitted the talk to the children, as [several?] little babies were baptized. His text and sermon was Matt 9:13, “I will have mercy and not sacrifice.” Mrs. [Loomis?] and [?] [seize?] us after services and invited us up to [. . .] lunch. [William] Jr. and [Edith?] went home to keep “Papa” company and I took Helen and Roland with me. We had a very good time and they came for us in the family [camape?], but it was too cold to ride long.
Mon. Jan 31 1898
Began preparations for tomorrow’s wash night after breakfast, by taking down curtains in my room. Annie quite disappointed that we do not hear anything of Maggie [McGlen?] in [?] – when she [. . .] would like as Lida’s successor. I spoke to Mrs. Barney in p.m. about one, but [Annie] thinks we should not like the one she recommended. Mrs. Moss, Mrs. [Tourshin?] and Mrs. [Perry Hagman?] called in p.m.; the latter came just as my hair was being washed so I could not see her.
Tues. Feb 1 1898
[William] away all night, and then went to work right away in a.m. without any stops, he could not take even a nap after lunch for the press of business. I went into third floor and [brought?] down a [neg?] for my room and [began?] on ruffles to [William Jr’s] little basket when callers came. Ms. Slocum and Miss [Dinan?] called. I took a nap after lunch, as I was expecting Miss [Stewart?] to dinner – but she had to send word that she did not feel [well?] to come. [William] Jr. and [Helen] went to dancing lessons.
Wed. Feb 2 1898
Quite a raw cold a.m. – so children all wore heavy coats to school, and Edith and the baby did not go out in a.m. After I had read paper to [William], I slipped out on errands and did not get home till just noon. Then took a good rest as it was my p.m. with the children – they did not seem to care to go out, for which I was glad so I played “Authors” and “Pillow [Dex?]” with them; just as I was going to have lessons with them, Mrs. Brooks called – and later Mr. [Napro], so we had to postpone till a.m.
Thurs. Feb 3 1898
This is one of my busiest a.m’s in the week because of putting away the clean clothes – but after that was done I made a beginning on freshening up the basket for little [William] Jr.; Mrs. Slocum called just as I was ready to put it away. Miss Stewart called also and looked pretty forlorn, as she [. . .] dare to come out in [?] we invited her to luncheon on Saturday. Still no news from [Richard] on Boston people. I know Mamma must be very anxious.
Fri. Feb 4 1898
The worst blow and dust storm for sometime – Miss Ryan called in midst of it for messages to Caroline H. – as she was going to [Wolfe Hall?] for one Sunday. I sewed a little more on little [William] Jr’s basket and then it was time to get ready for Mrs. [Goddad’s?] luncheon. I did the necessary errands on my way up there, where I enjoyed myself very much. I rested at Mrs. Thayer’s on my way home. The school out in a.m. but that was all.
Sat. Feb 5 1898
The big children had their lessons right after breakfast; just as [William] Jr. had finished his, [Raynor?] came to play with him, and [Raynor?] also stayed to lunch, even though Miss Stewart came also – for [Helen?] – went to anne’s for luncheon. A beautiful day, so Miss [Stewart] did not mind coming over at noon day. I walked back with her, so as to get her [outlook?] of last week, as she disappeared mysteriously. Hot baths as usual. [William] Sr. had [whist?] party in evening.
Sun. Feb 6 1898
Queer overcast day but very mild. Mr. Gregg preached on the observance of Sunday, Mr. Hamlin sat with us, so I invited him to lunch with us and then to go on our family drive. We went to Glen [Eyrie?] and he seemed to enjoy it very much. [General?] Palmer was not at home, but all the young ladies were. “Papa” read aloud a little on out return, and so did I read a little after dinner. Mrs. Bradley at Austin Bluffs very, very ill.
Mon. Feb. 7 1898
Balmy bright a.m. and the children all started off in good spirits for school; and Edith and little Gardner out in good season to do Mamma’s errands. I wrote short note home. I am distressed at not hearing from them or of R’s arrival in [New York]. Mrs. [Beach?] called in a.m. – and Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. [Howbert?] in p.m. Mrs. Barney came to brush hair, which always rests me very much. Lessons were all over before dinner. Mr. Tucker came for [. . .] Mrs. [Bagel?] died this a.m., which is very hard to believe.
Tues. Feb 8 1898
Baby Gardner and I awake very early, but baby went off for a nice little nap after I had bathed and fed him. Sorted out bills and letters after breakfast and wrote till [William] called to have his paper read. Busy sewing both before and after lunch – going to the third floor to finish baby’s basket while [William] and [Helen] were at their dancing lesson. Lessons with them as soon as they returned. Mrs. [Loomis?] called to beg for contributions to Tickner Hall piano.
Wed. Feb 9 1898
It was windy and disagreeable, but I had to go out on quite a series of errands - winding up by going to Mrs. Johnson’s to inquire about Kate [Kierman?] who applied for Lida’s place last evening. Mrs. [Johnson] not at home. I read to the children a little while and then they and Nellie kindly let me take a nap right in playroom lounge. The wind was so sharp and cold that they all stayed in. Mr. Hamlin called the later part of the p.m. to say he would like to bring Mr. Hoyt to call tomorrow evening.
Thurs. Feb 10 1898
Still no news from Boston or from [Ricahrd]. I buckled down to notes, and just as I was about to write R- her birthday note Dr. Beach called with his wife. It was a great pleasure to see him again – then [?] called, then “Papa” called from upstairs. And soon the little boys [?] house, so I did not finish my writing till after lunch and after my rest. [“Deither”?] took lunch with Dorothy, when returned had her lessons and then wrote her birthday letters to Aunt Edith and [William] Jr. followed her example. Mrs. [Grevin?] dined with us.
Fri. Feb 11 1898
After Mr. Hamlin and Mr. Hoyt had called last evening, I found it quite difficult to go to sleep, so had misgivings but they proved, I am glad to say, a “false scare” – so I went about regular and extra duties as usual when the bright a.m. came; putting fresh cover on sofa, etc. I think I must have become overheated and then caught cold for my voice suddenly went in p.m. When Mabel L- and I went out making calls in p.m. Baby [Gardner] and Maggie went with us and then Mabel came to dinner. We had a good time.
Sat. Feb 12 1898
Poor little [William] coughing badly again, so he asked his father if the enlarged tonsil might be removed, and consent was given, so in p.m. I went to Dr. [Gilder?]’s and he said [William] Jr. had so much cold he would rather wait till Tuesday for the operation. Anne Parrish came to spend a.m. and take lunch with Helen. Disagreeable wind came up in p.m., but I did a few errands for Monday. [William] invited Mr. Curtis to take drinks and to spend the night with us to meet Dr. and Mrs. Beach.
Sun. Feb 13 1898
The first Sunday for a great many weeks that I have stayed at home from church. It was missed because of my cold, so the children stayed with me; as I was resting on lounge in playroom, the longed-for telegram fame from Richard saying the St. James arrived in port Saturday, yesterday, and that all was well. The good news made me very thankful and happy all day. I did not have voice enough to read to children so they read to me, and “Papa” to them in evening.
Mon. Feb 14 1898
Dear Aunt Edith’s 28th birthday and [. . .] little original poem to “the six little Jacksons” came from her as my valentine. If they are all well in Boston I am sure she is happy because of [Richard]’s safe arrival last Saturday. A fearful “blow” here all day. My cold better, but I was very thankful that I did most of my dinner-party errands on Saturday so that I could stay indoors another day. Annie was out in the a.m. and ordered my flowers and candy. Mr. Curtis and Dr. Beach were classmates in Yale of ’72, and had not seen each other for 20 years!
Tues. Feb 15 1898
I was not as tired as I feared I might be after our pleasant little company last evening. Dr. Beach called to see Mr. Curtis while we were all at breakfast, but both left me about 9 o’clock. Helen [Sharm?] came to say she would come to us on March 1st when Lida wants to leave. I prepared to go out on errands before lunch as [William] Jr.’s engagement at Dr. Gildea’s was at 2:30 – the poor old tonsil came out harder than Dr. Gildea expected, but the big boy was very brave – stayed indoors rest of p.m.
Wed. Feb 16 1898
A very mild a.m. and as [William] Jr. had a very peaceful night he went to school as usual. All the four older children went with me in p.m. to Dr. Gildea’s where [William] Jr’s throat was pronounced in good condition. [Helen] [Edith] and [Roland] all had their hair cut; of course we did not dare to have [William’s] so near the operation of yesterday. Miss Thompson and Mrs. Barlow called – both visiting me on the piazza where it was [baling?] and [?] and all the children could be near me, as Nellie took her [rest?].
Thurs. Feb 17 1898
[William] Jr. had a [perilous?] coughing spell when [romping?] with Dr. Slocum last evening so did not feel like going to school this a.m.; [Everett?] coughing a little also, so both boys stayed in all day – it was raw and cold, and Helen and Roland stayed in in p.m. also. Dorothy Cook was here – also [Raydon?] Gardner. Mrs. Barney washed both Edith’s and my hair – so it was a pretty full p.m. Snow fall. No further news from [Richard?].
Fri. Feb 18 1898
[William] Jr. had pimples out all on his left temple – and a few on his body which made me think he might be in for chicken pox, so I kept him as well as all the other children home; and as Dr. Hart had not returned asked Dr. Gildea to come in to see [William]; he said it looked very like [it?]; and to keep [William] away from the other children; so Maggie played [?] with him upstairs in p.m. while I was in Dr. Hayden’s hands [. . .] I was very tired after dinner.
Sat. Feb 19 1898
[William] Jr. more broken out so there can be no doubt as to his case of chicken pox; but he has had no fever, and not felt ill, so has kept about. Miss Henry called in p.m. to say that [William] was not the only one who had come down with it from George Shield’s case. A rawish day, so all the other children kept indoors which made it hard on them as well as on the rest of us. I gave hot baths to [Helen] and [Edith] only. Their colds seem better. [William] Jr. very patient.
Sun. Feb 20 1898
I knew Nellie and Maggie needed their usual outings on Sunday – so I did not think of going to church myself. [William] Jr. still more uncomfortable today, and as he cannot use his eyes, I read to him both a.m. and p.m. Nellie had the five other children out a short time about noon when it was sunny and bright. [William] Jr. slept all day! Mr. and Mrs. Barlow called about 5 o’clock; and Dr. Slocum came in after dinner.
Mon. Feb 21 1898
A beautiful a.m. and as there are no pimples yet visible on five of the children, Nellie took them out and did my errands. [William] Jr. very comfortable. I believe he is getting along as well as possible, and he bears his isolation from the others very patiently. Lida amazed us by saying she would go tomorrow night to a ranch – and said it in such a way that [William] gave her an idea of what he thought of her whole proceedings in leaving me at this time. She went to see Helen in p.m. and she came to see me in evening. It is very inconvenient for her to come this week.
Tues. Feb 22 1898
[William] Jr. getting along very well, I think. A lovely a.m., and I went out on errands right after breakfast, taking [Helen] [Edith] and Roland with me. I wrote to Richie on my return, thanking for his good full note of the 19th. Mrs. Beach called. I played games with my big boy, after everything was started for the day and I had read paper to [William] Sr. A very pleasant note came from Mrs. Gilbert acknowledging the children’s photo – which I sent to Edward at X-mas. Miss Henry came to dine with me and then went to hear [F. Hopkinson Smith?] whom we all enjoyed.
Wed. Feb 23 1898
Miss Henry said last evening that the three well children, Helen, Everett and Roland might return to school and they were very happy to start off again after their vacation of several days. I buckled down to mending in a.m. Sarah helping in cooking today as Helen could not come till tomorrow a.m. I was too tired to go out with the five well ones while Nellie was taking her rest so I stayed and read with my big boy – who continues to do very well, though we are still keeping him indoors. We began “[One?] of the [?]” which Miss Henry lent [William] Jr.
Thurs. Feb 24 1898
Lida left most [unconventionally?] in not [saying] goodbye to any of us! It was very pleasant to hear Helen’s voice again – she came the middle of the forenoon. I was relieved to have a short call from Dr. Hart – who has returned much better for his trip to Texas. He said it would be safe now for [William] Jr. to go out any warm day; I think he used his eyes a little too much today as they became bloodshot in the evening. As yet no new cases have developed.
Fri. Feb 25 1898
Very glad of [Richard]’s note from New York saying Flint and Company had given him a larger ship – the “Edward O’Brien” which is soon due in Boston. The boys in [Trenton?] will enjoy seeing it very much. I am sorry ours cannot have that pleasure. A very pleasant day and [William] Jr. our again after his week indoors with chicken pox; he still has to be kept away from the children – which makes it a little harder for Annie and me. I had the barber come up to trim his hair – which improved his looks wonderfully.
Sat. Feb 26 1898
Fine a.m. and all out-of-doors. At noon, [William] took the big boy with him and bought him a pair of dark glasses as his eyes still seem “weakish.” Just after I had finished getting out the clean clothes for Sunday, Mrs. Nelson Williams kindly called and asked me to go driving with her in her [loud?] carriage – and I was very glad to do so; it was a good change for me, after my rather close confinement the past week.
Sun. Feb 27 1898
A lovely Sunday and as there were no new cases of chicken pox to keep me at home the well children and I went to church again – after having been away two Sundays. Mr. Gregg preached to the children on “obedience” and to the “grownups” on regular and systematic giving; from lunch time till late p.m., I had a good rest, as [William] shared the care of the children with Maggie. I had a good note from [Diane?] which I [. . .] going to playroom.
Mon. Feb 28 1898
Busy as usual picking up and mending for tomorrow’s washing. No new cases of chicken pox as yet – [William] Jr. began regular school work at home – Helen kindly bringing home word about his lessons each day. Very mild p.m. – so the big boy went out on his wheel and up to Alton Dickerman’s to consult about stamps! Which [in] fact made my afternoon more restful. Very glad of another note from [Richard] who is still in New York.
Tues. Mar 1 1898
The ten years of our married life have gone like a flash. [William] spent out anniversary in Denver on business – the first time he has been there for three months! Mr. Barlow’s illness has kept him more closely confined to Bank matters. A snowy raw day. Maggie kindly taught the big boy “checkers” in the afternoon as she could not go out. Helen and Everett went to Hubert [Beddons’?] party. I took “ten” with Miss Stewart and then called on Miss [Rosey?]. [William] took [Mr. Snow?] to dinner.
Wed. Mar 2 1898
March came in very “gently” – busy a.m. with the [Jr.’s?] lessons, reading to [William] etc. and in p.m. I sat out with the children on piazza while Nellie was taking her rest. Mrs. [Seldmurridge?] and Mr. Hamlin called in late p.m. – so that I did not undress my baby Gardner. He is walking alone more every day. I made a little [?] thinking I was going to [?] and poor Miss Bradley ill, so Mrs.Verrett came to me.
Thurs. Mar 3 1898
Greatly relieved that it was a “false alarm” – because of [. . .] our case of chicken pox to be out of the way first. Mrs. Verrett would not stay to breakfast even. Mrs. Loomis called after I had gone through my a.m. duties as usual, and later Dr. Hart came to tell me that Miss Bradley was so ill she would have to give up my case, accordingly, as soon as he had gone I hurried down town to telephone to Denver to see if Miss Miller was still free and [?] was my joy to find she is till April after all!
Fri. Mar 4 1898
I awoke with relieved happy sensations because of Miss Miller’s coming to me; I believe now I have more courage for the coming ordeal. [William] Jr. did by errands and was quite chagrined that he lost a quarter through a hole in his pocket! His lessons went off very smoothly. An overcast day. Little Everett “complained” at breakfast – perhaps he is coming down with chicken pox; and in evening discovered some suspicious spots on dear little Gardner and I did not feel over [?].
Sat. Mar 5 1898
[William] telephoned to Denver for Miss Miller who came on train that reached here soon after midnight. I then went to bed feeling much easier in my mind; little Gardner restless, so I was tired on waking but felt perfectly well again. [William] Jr. did my errands, and Nellie took the children out, as none seemed ill, notwithstanding my suspicions. Miss Miller went to see Mrs. Thayer while I was reading [William] his paper. I helped a little in the hot baths which we gave sparingly.
Sun. Mar 6 1898
No doubt as to the “second coop” of chicken pox – poor little Helen quite uncomfortable, but baby [Gardner]’s and Everett and Roland’s outbreaks seem very light. Of course I did not attempt going to church but stayed at home with the semi-invalids, reading to them till naptime. Miss Miller went to service at our church in the a.m. and to hear Dr. Slocum in p.m. at Presbyterian Church. Edith the only child without a “pimple,” but it was beautiful p.m. and all were out a short time.
Mon. Mar 7 1898
I seemed [quite?] tired from yesterday’s exertions – little Helen very forlorn but would not stay in bed. Mrs. Loomis and Mrs. Slocum called before lunch. [William] away in Cripple Creek and in p.m. I had a telegram from him saying he could not get home till tomorrow morning – so Miss Miller and I had a quiet little supper together. I had some school with [William] Jr. and Miss Henry called to see them all.
Tues. Mar 8 1898
Very glad to feel so much better than yesterday and yet rather sorry that I could not have a “surprise” (?) for [William] on his return from Cripple Creek. He took a 9:30 breakfast, and then slept on lounge till almost lunch time. I went out on errands and was pretty tired on my return – so rested before lunch. Dr. Hart called in p.m. and said we ought to make all changes in rooms at once, and that I must not have baby Gardner any longer.
Wed. Mar 9 1898
[Soon?] after breakfast, I began dismantling my room of the baby boy’s crib, etc. etc, and we moved our biggest boy to the 3rd floor, so that Miss Miller could move into her room; Annie very busy helping us clean. “Bloomis” called just as I was ready for a “rest,” so [William] Jr. brought us our milk cake and apple in Library. “Chicken poxes” all better, but too windy for any but [William] to be out-of-doors. [William] still a little tired from his trip.
Thurs. Mar 10 1898
Dear baby Gardner 18 months old today – and I have practically given him over for good – he had a much better night with Nellie than his recent ones have been with me. As soon as I had started affairs for the day and was about to start out Mrs. Thayer, Mrs. Loomis and Mrs. Beach all called [and met?]; and I enjoyed their visits very much; so we took out “outing” at noon. A quiet restful p.m. – hair combed by Mrs. Barney – and then I put away clean clothes and got out clean bedding.
Fri. Mar 11 1898
A raw a.m. so all the “chicken poxes” had to stay in. [William] Jr. and I helped Annie go through the Library book shelves, so that she gave that room a regular house cleaning. I had school with both [William] and [Helen] and so did not get a rest till after lunch – and even then I could not seem to settle myself – so after being on the bed a half hour, I took my work up into [William] Jr’s nice new room and he read aloud to me in his new book. Dr. Hart came again in evening.
Sat. Mar 12 1898
Dr. Hart stayed all night, but with no result as far as my [?] was concerned – but I felt so tired that I accepted Mrs. Slocum’s kind offer and sent the four older children up there for the day. [William] went to Denver, and I took a long sleep and rest in bed – and felt quite spunky again in p.m. Mrs. Hatch came upstairs to see me. I did not help in hot baths; but did not go down to dinner to greet [William] in his return from [Denver].
Sun. Mar 13 1898
Poor Miss Miller getting quite as tired as I am of my “[?].” I breakfasted and stayed with the children all the morning – Miss Miller going to church. I tried sitting out of doors, but there was too much wind for doing so long. Dr. Hart called and told me that Ms. Robinson had beaten me – her little boy arriving this a.m., and also what to do for the hemorrhoid that has given me suffering the past two days.
Mon. Mar 14 1898
Another [?] night, but towards a.m. the pains again left me and I begin to feel as if I were a fraud! [William] Jr. returned to school again and took with him a note to Dr. Hart. I wrote one also to Mrs. Slocum thanking her for her kindness Saturday. Dr. [Hart] called and said my labor might set in at any time. I was lazy enough all day – but spurted up to dress for to go down for dinner – and read a little bit to [William] before he fell asleep on library lounge.
Tues. Mar 15 1898
Surprised to awake so refreshed and really ready for a little work again! So although it was windy Miss Miller and I went on a series of errands together – winding up with an order at Hallender’s whose agents are now at the Antlers! The cabinet maker came in p.m. to mend some high bureaus and Miss Stewart came with dinner so as to go with members of our household to hear Fr. Marion Crawford. My pains began again at dinner.
Wed. Mar 16 1898
And our darling little thin daughter arrived about 7:20 this morning – Margaret we called her at once. Dr. Hart spent last night in our house, but we did not need his services till after he had had his early breakfast. The children got off to school with out hearing of their new baby sister and how delighted Helen and the others were when I told them in p.m. They feel [ill] not being able to come in to see her, but on account of chicken pox the big ones are kept out of my room.
Thurs. Mar 17 1898
[William] Sr. sent telegrams to Grandma B, Aunt Molly and Sister Margaret, and [William] Jr. wrote a very nice postal card to Uncle Nathan for me. The little daughter as good as a kitten and we are all very cheerful and happy to have her safely here. I had a cheery note from Anne who goes to Maggie Pierson’s this month. Dr. Hart made a short call – as he found us both well.
Fri. Mar 18 1898
I had some dream after pains during the night but they subsided with the daylight – not to return, much more I hope. Flowers and [several?] notes came to bread the quiet day – the little Margaret is beginning to show signs of being hungry, so we hope her nourishment will be here tonight! Annie gave my room a fine cleaning and cleaning up and had just finished when Dr. Hart called. Windy day. Mrs. Gregg called.
Sat. Mar 19 1898
Still quite blowy, but not too much to keep the children indoors. The first day Dr. [Hart] has not called, but he knows if everything were not going well he would hear from us. Baby Margaret just as dear and cunning as can be – but such a fighter at meal times! [William] Jr. went to Alton Dickerman’s for late p.m. and tea – so Nellie and Maggie had one less for hot baths! Beautiful roses from Miss Taylor and plants from Miss Hattie.
Sun. Mar 20 1898
Very comfortable, after a good night, so I wrote my first letter since Margaret came – of course it was to Mamma, to tell her how thankful and happy we all are in the new baby daughter – she was all bathed and washed in good season, so Miss Miller went to hear Chancellor Mc Donell preach at Presbyterian Church. Dr. Hart did not visit us today, so I fear he has one of his headaches. I wrote short note also to Miss Gardner.
Mon. Mar 21 1898
A beautiful a.m; and Roland very happy to be at school again. Dear baby Margaret nursing well with the aid of a rubber shield! It seems funny to have had to come to that with my seventh! Miss Stewart made short visit and brought us “Sentimental Tommy” to read. About 10 o’clock at night I heard fire alarm and not long after it [William] came in to say “Woodside” (so near us!) was all ablaze. He had Miss Miller and Nellie and Maggie dress – and for an hour we were in most anxious suspense – a terrible wind was blowing.
Tues. Mar 22 1898
Dear [William] Jr’s 9-year-old birthday – and after last night’s terrible blaze so near us – we have much to be thankful for; I never felt more relief to have my darlings all safe with the morning light! They slept through all the excitement. [William] Jr. and [Helen], [Edith] and [Roland] all went to school, notwithstanding the “blizzardly” a.m; and the two oldest went also dancing school in p.m; so quiet day for our 9-year-old boy. Nellie thinks Edith is coming down with chicken pox after all!
Wed. Mar 23 1898
There is no doubt as to dear little Edith having chicken pox and how I miss her bright little face at my door, as well as the privilege of caring for her in her discomfort, but of course on account of the wee baby sister, she must stay away from her and me. I also miss much seeing the little fair haired Gardner. The four older children I can now see something of. They all went to Maurice and [Jerald?]’s party at “[kinnikinnick?]” this afternoon. Mrs. Lunt called and I saw her for a little while.
Thurs. Mar 24 1898
[William] Sr. has had to go to Dr. Gildea about his ears – both of them needed attention, but greatly relieved that Dr. [Gildea] found them in good condition after the wax was removed. Poor little Edith is a sight, they say, she is so thoroughly broken out with chicken pox pimples – dear little girl, and I cannot see her or care for her! Pleasant calls from Mrs. Hobson and Mrs. Taylor; and at last I heard from [Prickney?] Sr. a good letter from Edith; also little Edith, they say, is not any worse – that her face does not look so inflamed as yesterday.
Fri. Mar 25 1898
The a.m. mail brought me a sweet note from Caroline H-, which I answered at once because of [William] Jr’s birthday present from her yesterday. Welcome letter also from [Richard] in p.m. Dr. Hart called and looked Edith over and said that she was getting on all right. Poor [William] suffering with his ears – has been to Dr. Gildea.
Sat. Mar 26 1898
The dear baby Margaret much better last night about sleeping – I had a fine bath and cleaning of bed – nightgown and so forth and felt well and “[?] enough” to be regularly dressed – but because of all I get up to, I must “go slowly;” the Dr. said that I could sit up a little while on Sunday. Wind again today, so children kept in. I heard their lessons again and enjoyed that very much. Miss Miller reading “Sentimental Tommy” aloud to me. Edith much better.
Sun. Mar 27 1898
Very thankful to feel strong enough to have the three older children with me while Miss Miller and Roland were at church and while Edith, Gardner and the new baby were asleep! [William] Jr. wrote to Aunt Caroline, and I wrote to Sister Margaret and “Uncle Dick,” and then I read aloud just a little bit. It was very pleasant to sit up for an hour in p.m. just as a snow squall came! The children enjoyed seeing “Mamma up again.”
Mon. Mar 28 1898
Everett’s cold better so we let him go to school with the others – but a wind came up in p.m; so all had to stay in. Dr. Hart made a pleasant call to encourage me. In afternoon I sat up again in rocking chair and before I had lessons with the children, Miss Sawyer made me a very pleasant call bringing me a dainty little handkerchief! I got back to bed for supper.
Tues. Mar 29 1898
Such a snow storm came in the night! And it snowed, till after breakfast; “sister” and Everett stayed at home, but [William] and Roland went. Both [William] Jr. and Helen stayed away from their physical culture. I had a good nap in p.m. – it was a pleasure to see Dr. Slocum for a few moments; and it was also a comfort to have my head rubbed and “toniced” by Mrs. Barney.
Wed. Mar 30 1898
Snow storm over – but not very pleasant yet; however, all the “big four” went to school, so a.m. quiet. I looked over clean clothes in bed and mended a little. Miss Miller gave me an [?] at 11 a.m; after which I rested till Mrs. Loomis came to pay her first respects to the new dear Margaret. [William] Jr. had a letter from Mrs. Slocum who said she would try and call at 47 Prickney St. I sat up in latter part of p.m. and children came to me for lessons.
Thurs. Mar 31 1898
Little Roland had a [hoarsish?] cough last night, but seemed all right at breakfast, Miss Miller said, so off he went to school with the others. I had good letters from Anne and Maurice – the former having a good time in Orange. Mrs. Donaldson and Agnes, Mrs. Washburn, “Bloomis” and Mrs. Lunt called in a.m. – so saw me in bed. In p.m. I was dressed regularly for the first time. Marty Barker called then to see baby and me.
Fri. April 1 1898
Quite happy over dear baby Margaret’s willingness not to give up the rubber nipple, which I had never used with any of the other six! Roland quite “[cronpy?]” last night, so we kept him in all day; and when dear Mrs. Gregg called and told me of whooping cough at Miss Henry’s, my fears were aroused, for my own little family! Miss Stewart called in p.m. A great pleasure to feel so well again. I was in “blue room” nearly all day – as Annie cleaned my room.
Sat. April 2 1898
Poor little Roland’s cough very suspicious this a.m; and it will be pretty hard if he, Everett, Edith and Gardner have it! I trust we may save the wee daughters from exposure. Miss Henry came to see me to talk over the advisability of sending Everett to school etc. Ms. Tonzalin also called. [William] had a few friends in for [Whist?], so Annie had a little lunch to prepare for them. Roland restless the first part of the night – but later slept quietly.
Sun. April 3 1898
A real “blizzardy” day – snow, wind and dust! So all my severe darlings kept in doors. [William] Jr. wrote a letter to Grandma with my pen, and that took up some of the long day. Roland’s cough still pretty persistent, and I do not feel very happy in my present fears – and that is not quite right for they may be unfounded. [William] Sr. brought little Gardner to my room in p.m. and I had a lovely time with him, and “[fauped?]” his fine, fair hair – putting away the first baby locks!
Mon. April 4 1898
Roland’s cough so much better that my spirits are almost normal again! I believe the dear fellow gave us a false alarm as to whooping cough! But he nearly swallowed a nickel at nap time! I kept little Everett at home from school – as it was a raw day – and then I fear exposure for him, too, at school. I had lessons with children after Mrs. Loomis and Ms. Hamlin’s pleasant call – which came at the same time.
Tues. April 5 1898
Still rawish, so I kept little boys at home with the babies in the nursery. I got at my bills for last month – and there did not seem as many as sometimes. After my good rest in p.m; Mrs. Cook and Dorothy, whom we were very glad to see again after their trip east; Mrs. Cook brought me a dear little pair of blankets for baby Margaret. Roland’s cold better. Edith now has it.
Wed. April 6 1898
All up in good season for [William] had to go to Denver on 8:10 train. We were surprised to see snow again on ground – Baby [Margaret] three weeks old this a.m; but [William] said to postpone any going down to dinner till tomorrow evening. Mrs. Loomis called in p.m. with interesting letter to read me from her Helen. [William] Jr. has the hard cold also, so he stayed from school.
Thur. April 7 1898
The really first Spring-like day yet – and I was glad to be in my shirt-waist again! Mrs. Davenport called with her two dear little grandchildren. Also Mabel L-- to tell me that she was going to Denver for her Easter after all. After my good p.m. rest, I put on black silk with robin’s egg blue trimmings for my first dinner down stairs since the arrival of dear little [Margaret], and such beautiful flowers as dear “Papa” found these for us.
Fri. April 8 1898
Another Spring-like day and the children all very happy to be out all day long – it being a holiday; a lovely Good Friday. Mrs. Donaldson and Mrs. [?] called just after I had gotten straightened out from Mrs. Barney’s good “shampoo” – Baby Margaret and I took a good rest after lunch; and just as I was ready to go down for dinner and the evening Mrs. Loomis called – and her visits are always interesting. Very glad Miss Miller is willing to stay on with us; it will give me great rest.
Sat. April 9 1898
Baby Margaret gave Miss Miller and us a forlorn night – Miss [Miller] thinks the dear baby girl felt the effects of the grape jelly I so much relished at dinner! Mrs. [Mosk?] made me a call in a.m. and Dr. Hart in p.m. Poor “sister” came to [grief?] with the trimming on her pretty red plaid dress – so Miss Miller kindly replaced it by a successful purchase at Giddines. A very warm day. It was a great treat to be in playroom again at hot bath time, though I could not help much.
Sun. April 10 1898
I am very glad that Miss Miller is willing to stay on with us, at [William]’s proposal, while he takes his trip east. – it gives me much easier nights to say the least. A beautiful Easter Sunday. [William] Jr. and [Helen] went to [?] church, and Miss Miller kindly took Everett and Roland with her to Ms. Boyle’s. [William] took all except Baby Margaret and me for a drive in p.m; so then I had a quiet time for a little letter writing.
Mon. April 11 1898
Such a beautiful rain all day! It being Easter Monday all were at home from school and so we had noise enough. I devoted myself nearly all day to putting new trimming on little Helen’s red gingham dress – Nellie gave me a lift at noon in some stitching and hemming on it. We bought the “extra” of the Telegraph in p.m. about 3 o’clock to read as early as possible the President’s messages on the Cuban situation, and our position toward Spain. The danger of war not yet over!
Tues. April 12 1898
[William] Jr, [Helen], [Edith] and [Roland] all returned to school today – and I hope [Edith] and [Roland] are not taking any risk as regards whooping cough in so doing. [William] did not get up till lunch time. [Roland] seems a little hard on hearing, so he went over to Dr. Gildea with Miss Miller and [William] – but nothing serious was reported – a slight clogging of Eustachian tubes which can be cleaned by sleeping with his mouth closed and by more thorough blowing of his nose. A dainty Easter token came from Mrs. Clark, which I acknowledged in p.m.
Wed. April 13 1898
Very warm day – the children too warm in heavy flannels, but of course I do not dare to leave them off yet. I mended black and blue satin gown for my first drive – in took longer than expected, but I got in a little rest before luncheon. Baby Margaret woke about 2:30, so we were ready for our airing at 3 p.m. Everett and Roland went with us and [William] Jr. and [Helen] on their wheels. I left them at Esther’s and took Mrs. Parsons and little Elisabeth on errands, leaving the latter to play with our little Edith. War seems near at hand.
Thurs. April 14 1898
Warm weather seems really here, and I wish I were [into?] the Spring extras, but I am only too thankful I am so well, and getting more well each day to attach them soon. Helen stayed away – taking lunch with Dorothy on the old plan. Our horses and comfortable two-seater came again today at 3 p.m. Mr. Sturgis of Cheyenne had called just before, so I asked if he would not accompany Miss Miller, baby Margaret and me; which he said he would, and we had a delightful drive out to Austin’s Bluff, calling on Miss [Dagley?] – who seemed so brave and cheery.
Fri. April 15 1898
Dear Grandma [Jackson]’s birthday – she would be 94 if living. Still very warm – so the children went to school without their outside wraps. Mr. Sturgis called to see [William] who saw him upstairs. “Bloomis” called with the game of “Hoppity,” but I did not see her. No drive today as I had to have services with Mrs. Barney and Mrs. Norris; but they did not come till latter part of p.m; so I “got in” my rest after lunch. Very glad we learned in time that “[?]” came in Lyceum Course. Miss Miller, Helen, Nellie, Annie and Maggie went, as I could stay with babies.
Sat. April 16 1898
The little Margaret a month old today and weighing her, we found clothes and all, to be only 9 lbs; and yet she is the dearest plumpest little thing imaginable. I had quite a full a.m. with the lessons to hear of [William] Jr; [Helen] and Everett. Miss White of New Haven called again before going east so I sent my love to Aunt Molly. I fell sound asleep in Library lounge in p.m; which rest made me feel just like helping in hot baths, but baby Margaret kept me from doing much.
Sun. April 17 1898
A blowy, dusty day, so no drive for any of us. Miss Miller kindly took my four big children to church with her - they heard Mr. Boyle. When the wee baby was asleep, I began on my home letters – writing short notes to sister Margaret, Anne, Aunt Molly, Nathan and Richie. It was very pleasant to be with the children in playroom in p.m. I rested and read on sofa. [William] took some of the pets on short walk in late p.m.
Mon. April 18 1898
Still too uncertain weather to take the little baby out for a drive – so I buckled down to quite a little mending [?] almost done when Mabel L—called. I paid her for “Halma” and also for three cents to hear Oratorical Contest Friday evening. I opened box from Hollander and found they sent too small a bill! Not having put on it the boys’ hats and Helen’s new jacket! I went to Gidding in p.m. for silk . . . the short trip tried one more than I expected. Miss Stewart and Miss Diman called.
Tues. April 19 1898
[William] left on midnight train for Cripple Creek, and Miss Miller went to Denver on 9:36 a.m. train to attend to business matters – we hope to see her again tomorrow evening. The house seemed quite changed. I went out my first Spring extras, putting away my wrappers and some of the children’s winter clothes; a lovely rain came – so I kept in my old calico and went into 3rd floor in p.m. Baby very good during a.m. and Nellie had her in p.m. [William] home for dinner.
Wed. April 20 1898
Dear Helen is 8 years old today – she was very happy with her new little dolly which I have her before breakfast; I had a pretty good night as my first one with my baby Margaret – and I enjoyed giving her her batch for my first time – she slept all the a.m. again, so I mended and put away clean clothes etc. Dorothy came today, as it was [Helen]’s birthday; and Mrs. Cook called in latter part of p.m. for her. The children went with Maggie to depot to see the Fort [L?] soldiers as they passed through our city – amidst great cheering.
Thurs. April 21 1898
We were all glad to have Miss Miller back; [William] Jr. asked her at breakfast to teach me “how to hold the baby!” Poor Roland has another bad cold, but he wanted to go to school. I ran errand to Miss Stewart’s for a few moments to return “Sentimental Tommy” and to ask her to dinner tonight. Very good to see Mrs. Slocum again – and to hear through her directly from Momma, [Margaret] and [Richie]. After my p.m. rest, I went out to the Memorial Services at St. Stephens, then to dressmakers and stopped a few moments at Mrs. Seldomridge’s “[sea?]”.
Fri. April 22 1898
Roland’s cold so severe that I kept him at home. He stayed in blue room with me and was very good. [William] slept very late. I mended as much as possible before lunch. Mrs. Loomis made me a very pleasant a.m. call. Mrs. Barney came in p.m. for my hair. Miss Stewart could not come in to dinner, did not go with us to the Inter-state Debate at Opera House; I enjoyed it very much, but felt distressed to return and find dear baby [Margaret] had been awake all the time!
Sat. April 23 1898
[William] had to get up at 10 a.m. because of his leaving for the east tonight. Baby seemed all right, although I did desert her a little last evening. Edith has same bad cold as Roland, so I kept both of them in while others were out – and then Frank and Joe came, so I did not take a stitch before lunch! And afterwards packed [William]’s trunk and prepared for hot baths and Sunday. Mrs. Slocum called for a few moments in evening. [William] left on 9:15 train.
Sun. April 24 1898
The day seemed very lonely without “Papa,” and of course we had no drive. Miss Miller took Everett and Roland to church with her; [William] Jr. coughed so much I let him and Helen stay at home with me. The former wrote to Aunt Anne, and the latter to Aunt Caroline – and I sent only postal cards to Boston and [Bennett?]. I took a little nap while nursing baby after lunch – then she went out on piazza with the other children for a little while.
Mon. April 25 1898
The colds all better and I feel very thankful – the wee baby, though, seems to have her first “snuffles.” I went to work right after breakfast picking up clothes etc – for tomorrow’s wash – then got up the carriage out of cellar for little Margaret, when Mrs. VanVechten called. A warm day; [William] Jr. took his lunch in canon; I was not able to get to musical; Mrs. Williams called, I had good letters from Aunt Margaret and Anne.
Tues. April 26 1898
Warm and pleasant and was very grateful to receive telegram from [William] right after breakfast – telling of his safe arrival in St. Louis. Baby’s cold seems no worse; Roland, Edith and Gardner all coughing some, and it made me anxious especially after Miss Henry’s call at noon to tell me that Roland had undoubtedly been exposed to whooping cough; but she said he could go to Primary for present – I wrote to [William] and then did errands.
Wed. April 27 1898
Very glad of letter from “Papa,” written at St. Louis; it was to the children and me; my a.m. busy with mending and putting away clean clothes. [?] the interruptions that dear baby Margaret makes – and in p.m. I went down and up town with my boys, while Nellie took a rest, so I did not get one moment to write to [William] myself; I am always too tried in the evening, when, too little Margaret again demands me. Pleasant calls from Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Gregg on my return from the dressmakers.
Thurs. April 28 1898
Miss Miller said she did not like the sound of the coughing in the night! So as it was windy all the little ones had to stay in; and I gave Helen tickets for the middle-sized boys to return home by car, as she was going to Dorothy’s to lunch. I had much putting away and sorting of clothes, and I also went through some drawers – so I did not get to my letters to dear [William] till noon. The Cuban War is the main topic in the papers. The baby’s cold no worse; and I trust whooping cough has not begun among us!
Fri. April 29 1898
Such a busy day for Annie and me – we did the “lovers’ alcove” together; I cleaning all the books while Annie cleaned the shelves. Poor little Gardner seemed very forlorn all day and even Miss Miller thought his cough was bad enough to have Dr. Hart’s advice; so [William] Jr. went for Dr. [Hart] who said syrup of [ipcene?], every three hours, would loosen it. A high wind all day which made even well people fell “cantankerous” as Dr. R-- used to say.
Sat. April 30 1898
It was such a pleasant a.m; and dear little Gardner seemed so much brighter, that I decided to leave him with Nellie, and take all the others to Mr. Cure’s ranch as Katy, Annie’s friend, was expecting us. Miss Miller and Maggie enjoyed the trip, I believe, as much as the children did. The wee Margaret was as good as a “kitten” all day; we had a little rain coming home, but not enough to hurt. I was pretty tired, but hope not seemingly so.
Sun. May 1 1898
Miss Miller has decided to leave us tomorrow to go to care for Dr. Stedman’s little grandson in the absence of his mother; she went to church again and afterwards to Mrs. Thayer’s so she was quite late in returning to us. Such a sunny day, that the children were in which made it tiresome for them as well as for “Momma” – who could not read to them, all the time. Little Gardner still better, and the other colds no worse for yesterday’s trip.
Mon. May 2 1898
Very glad of a good letter from [William] which his Jr. answered in p.m. Not stormy enough to keep the children from school – and I was out on errands in a.m; going to dressmakers as a “wind-up.” Miss Miller left on the 2:30 train, after a longer stay with us than usual- thanks to [William]’s kind planning. It always seems strange for a few days when a new darling is left to my sole care – dear little Margaret!
Tues. May 3 1898
It looked just like fairy land when we first looked out – the trees were so heavy-laden with snow! And it was too stormy for children to go to school. Mr. alter came and began on floors – and that [entreated?] William Jr; after he had drawn his map of Europe for tomorrow. Little Gardner and Edith still coughing and we are wondering if it can be the light form of whooping cough that is prevailing this year. I wrote short note to [William] in a.m; before I was too tired to think.
Wed. May 4 1898
Still too raw and snowy for the older children to go to school – and it makes it a little noisy indoors! Mabel L—called just as the downstairs was in a most upset condition, but we retreated to the playroom where [William] and [Helen] brought us a lunch of milk and cake. [Helen] wrote to “Papa,” and I sent a short addendum with it. I stayed in playroom most of p.m. while Maggie took her rest.
Thurs. May 5 1898
Very glad of another good letter from “Papa,” but was sorry to hear that he really had a carbuncle which Sister Hannah had to open and dress when he was at Kennett last Sunday. Mr. Alter, Annie and I all very busy over the upstairs bedrooms; and as [William] says Aunt Margaret may come out with him after all, we shall have to be a little more expeditious so as to have blue room entirely empty and finished. The latter part of p.m; I went out on errands, and they tried me. Baby Margaret good all day.
Fri. May 6 1898
Still overcast and cool – it has been fine weather for extras. I did a little “personal” mending before going at the blue room curtains. The a.m. mail brought a note from Will Davenport with Mr. F’s [address?], which I must copy and send to [Maurie?]. The four older children glad to be back at school yesterday and today; Mr. Alter did the playroom today, so the little children Gardner, Edith, and baby Margaret had to be in Nellie’s room in p.m. The big ones played out of doors.
Sat. May 7 1898
The baby had the best night since Miss Miller went – so I felt rested on her first waking, and as dear little Margaret went to sleep after her early nursing, I did quite a number of things before breakfast – among them wrote to [William] as no one of us sent a message to N.Y. yesterday. Still overcast and cool. Mrs. Loomis made me quite a visit in p.m. Nellie and Maggie to help in the hot baths. Baby [Margaret] took most of my time, however.
Sun. May 8 1898
I was quite disappointed that baby’s nursing time, and [?] mother combined to keep me at home from church. Maggie kindly came home early so as to help me off with the four older children, but we had to have our read together then. A showery p.m; so all had to stay in; Margaret very sleepy, so I had quite a good rest. [William] off – wrote notes to “Papa” and I added a little.
Mon. May 9 1898
Mr. Murphy came around in good season, so we all began at the [?] in good earnest. Very glad of a letter from [William] in which he said he hoped he would be home by the 10th. This a little cloudy, about noon, I decided to keep my plans about driving; I made several calls before getting “Bloomis” for the long drive to Camp Harding where “Sister” Mabel and I mad a very pleasant call; we stopped to see Mrs. [?].
Tues. May 10 1898
Pretty lazy and tired after all the “doings” of yesterday, so simply sorted clothes and fixed gown silk with sleeves to wear over to Miss Dorsey’s quiet, pleasant luncheon where [?]. Mrs. Lunt and Mrs. [B?] were. I had to come away soon after eating because of baby Margaret. A hot sultry p.m; so I accomplished little on the spring “accumulation.” Children all very well.
Wed. May 11 1898
The telegram came at breakfast saying that “Papa” and sister Margaret had really started for the West – so I had to begin at once to “move out” of blue room for “Aunt Maggie’s” visit. In p.m. I took children downtown to barber’s, and then uptown to dressmaker’s, resting afterwards a little while at Mrs. [Suds?]; but I was thoroughly tired at supper time and was glad little Margaret took me to bed with the other children.
Thurs. May 12 1898
Very thankful to have it so cool when I have so much I want to accomplish. Today interrupted by callers, but perhaps it is a good thing as they support a kind of rest. Just as I had finished putting away clean clothes Miss Tappan called – then I went downtown and on return nursed baby – and soon the school children were home and after lunch, when I had finished the last drawers in clue room, Mrs. Hateh called and surprised me with the news of Mr. Thayer’s marriage.
Fri. May 13 1898
Cool comfortable a.m. Nellie had the three little tots in yard till their lunch time – when I joined them and kept my baby Margaret for an hour, nursing and petting her etc; So as best I plan I get very little solid time for “extras” but sister Margaret’s room is entirely ready for her, and I do not let myself worry about the other pressing duties. And imagine my surprise when dear “Papa” and sister Margaret arrived in the late p.m.! I was putting up curtains.
Sat. May 14 1898
It was lovely to see the joy of [William] to be among his little ones again and of the children to have him again. [William] could not let little Gardner out of his arms for a long time. It is lovely to have “Aunt Margaret” in our home; she did not care to go to church this morning, so she helped Nellie with baby Margaret at naptime, so that I was able to go with my big four for the first time since the baby daughter came. [William] took the big tots out in p.m. It was too windy for a drive.
Sun. May 15 1898
Sister Margaret and I took a little walk downtown, but it seemed to tire her. In p.m. I went out again to the dressmaker’s and to Prof. Parsons in regard to Mr. W.W. Dumin’s being called Austin; Nathan had written me about him and the proud to be Prof. Parson’s predecessor at Greeley Colorado. It has been very very good to hear about all my people through [William]’s visits in New York and Boston, but we feel quite troubled about dear Aunt Edith again.
Mon. May 16 1898
Well, it is not strange that I have made a mistake in getting a little “ahead of my story” on paper! Writing today’s events on Sunday part, and Sunday’s on Saturday! Poor [William]’s neck shows what bad carbuncles he had while away, and the worst of it is more seem to be coming since his return. It is the first time he has had anything of that sort since our marriage.
Tues. May 17 1898
As soon as the tots were all started for the day, and I had had to and kept company with [William], I went up to Mrs. Norris’s for the final trying on of my lawn dress. On my return home found a pretty blue Grenadine at Gidding’s; same sahe as blue taffeta “slip,” so bought that. [William] and Aunt Margaret are both feeling the altitude, and hence need the open fires to help their circulation. Dr. Hart ought to see [William]’s neck.
Wed. May 18 1898
Poor sister Margaret felt so dizzy and forlorn that I told [William] Jr. to stop at Dr. [Hart]’s on his way to school, and ask him to come to see our semi-invalids. Mrs. Loomis, Mrs. Slocum, Mabel and Miss Dorsey have called but Aunt [Margaret] felt almost too ill to enjoy seeing them; Dr. Hart prescribed [aroma?] of ammonia for her – and said for me to get some [antiphlogisline?] for poor [William]’s neck – so we put that on after dinner.
Thurs. May 19 1898
The school children went off with only their coats – so when the rains and hail came, and left such puddles, it seemed best for someone to take their rubbers – so I went, and found other mothers at Miss Henry’s! Sister Margaret stayed in bed all day which is much safer while she has so much discomfort from her head and stomach. Dr. Hart thinks she will get over it by being very quiet – and we hope so.
Fri. May 20 1898
Still cold and rainy – it is certainly the coolest spring I remember here, and I am thankful for it. Open fires going down stairs, and we almost need one in sister Margaret’s room. The Pueblo water seems to be doing her and [William] good. Mrs. Barney came in p.m. for my hair, and “sister” and I took a little tramp downtown afterwards. I had quite a siege dressing William’s neck after dinner. It was very pleasant to have sister Margaret again down stairs with us.
Sat. May 21 1898
The pleasantest a.m. of the week. I helped care for baby Margaret as it was a little too windy for her to be out. Nellie had the others in the yard, and Maggie was cleaning the playroom. Mrs. Risley called just as I was planning to go to call on Mrs. Edward Slocum; but there was time afterwards as I found and took the “Herdie.” I invited them, Dr. and Mrs. Slocum. . .all to dinner Monday evening, and then went to Mrs. Beach and asked Miss Tappan to take dinner also with us. Mrs. Washburn and Eleanor called at hot bath time.
Sun. May 22 1898
Little Margaret gave me such a good night that I was up at 5:30 to stay – it is about the first a.m. for a week or so that I have been up really early. I wrote two notes (one to Professor [Chickering] and one to Caroline H.) before the little lady woke for her bath and breakfast. I went to church in a.m. and in p.m. Maggie and I took all seven with to Canon for an airing. Poor [William] felt pretty forlorn with his terrible carbuncle – which I am now [poulticing?] with flax seed.
Mon. May 23 1898
A very busy day because of company to dinner. As soon as possible after breakfast I went downtown on final errands – then I attended to poor [William]’s neck – the carbuncle seems to have several heads. I am very thankful it stays so cool. I rested only while nursing little Margaret; but it was a great pleasure to have Mr. and Mrs. Edward Slocum to dinner with Dr. and Mrs. W.H. and Miss Tappan. [William] [more?] up hill. A very happy 39th birthday.
Tues. May 24 1898
[William]’s neck still very sore looking and I wonder he is not more will with it. As soon as I had nursed him and started home for the left, I sat down at my desk just long enough to acknowledge gifts – flowers from Prof. Chickering, a beautiful afghan from dear Caroline H. – and a dainty neck [?] from dear Aunt Anne to “Queen Margaret Beverly” as she called our baby. A day to be remembered because of hail storm – the hail like eggs dropping from sky.
Wed. May 25 1898
Baby Margaret went out into yard with little Gardner and Edith in the a.m; and had quite a good nap in her carriage; I sewed by her on piazza after Nellie took the other tots up for their naps. Mrs. Norris called to get blue grenadine at home. Maggie went to see “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” with four oldest children, and Aunt Margaret and I took the three babies over to Manitou and had a very pleasant trip. We had no shower to hurt.
Thurs. May 26 1898
A damp a.m; but it is still so cool and comfortable. Helen stayed to lunch with Dorothy – which made the little trip come home alive. A very busy a.m. with clean cloths, etc. Aunt Margaret and I went out on errands together in p.m. – I got living and duchess silk for grenadine. [Margaret] helped with the lessons while I was swaying and putting baby [Margaret] to sleep, she is so good at night now.
Fri. May 27 1898
I “washed” all I could so as to get off to luncheon at Mrs. Parsons to meet again Mrs. Edward Slocum – just six of us in all; Mrs. [W.S.?] and Mrs. Beach and Miss Tappan being the others. I left materials at dressmaker’s on my way there. Dr. and Mrs. Bell called on sister Margaret just as I was about to go. I began putting on sofa and choir linens on my return – later than usual!
Sat. May 28 1898
I was up very early to finish putting on the summer furniture covers – otherwise they would not have been done this busy day. As the four older children were invited to Russell’s party in p.m., I gave them their hot baths at noon – and so I was able to take a little walk with sister Margaret in late p.m., she bought a little wedding present for Sara Huey. Baby [Margaret] did not have her usual cry!
Sun. May 29 1898
Pretty warm – and baby’s nursing time came wrong for church going, so all my big “little people” had to stay at home. Aunt Margaret read to them some; and dear Papa was so much better that he felt like giving them all a drive in p.m. We took Aunt [Margaret] into the North Cheyenne canyon and had a very happy family time; we took a [?] for front seat.
Mon. May 30 1898
Very busy always on this week day, getting ready for the wash. [William] Jr. began learning “Paul Revere’s Ride”, Aunt Margaret having cut it down a little for him. Still cool and comfortable and dear [William]’s neck really getting well – if only no new carbuncles appear. Miss DeCoursey called to say dancing lesson and the final “party day” would be postponed one day because of an accident to Miss [H?].
Tues. May 31 1898
Just as I had started everything for the day, Mrs. Cook called to say goodbye – she leaves for California tomorrow with Elsa, Helen and Dorothy. Our Helen and I were out on a few calls in p.m., and soon after five I went over to Miss Elizabeth Dorsey’s pleasant celebration of her birthday; just a few friends were there to wish her “happy returns” of the day.
Wed. June 1 1898
Our Everett and Roland have bad colds – taken perhaps from dampened feet or from running around barefoot in the change of nightgowns. Sister Margaret and I took a drive in p.m. with the little boys and baby [Margaret] and made a few informal calls; we saw Miss Henry to see if her picnic for Friday could be changed till Saturday, so our children would not have to hurry home to their dancing party.
Thurs. June 2 1898
Pretty warm day – sister Margaret and I were out a little while in a.m. – and both made an engagement with Dr. Hayden. I wish I dared to shirk mine. The children took a note from Miss Henry saying she would have to keep Friday for her picnic after all; and [William] Jr. recited his poem today and said he knew it, after Papa’s teaching it evenings this week. Mrs. Barney came for other news.
Fri. June 3 1898
Such a change! A cool north wind blew up in the night – so I had to get out warm trousers and waists for the picnic; all started off in good spirits. Sister [Margaret] went to Dr. Hayden today while I attended to running household duties. [William] slept later than usual. Aunt [Margaret] went to see [William] Jr. dance the Spanish dance – his and Helen’s last lesson. We called on Miss Stewart on our return; and Anne Donaldson called on us.
Sat. June 4 1898
During the night, dear baby Margaret began a cough – which I supposed to be the cold the others were having – a damp day, so we kept all the youngest in as little Edith and Gardner were also coughing. In accordance with a previous prescription from Dr. Hart, I gave baby [Margaret] three drops of syrup of ipecac every 3 hours, but it did not seem to reach the seat of trouble at all and did seem to make the little darling ill – her and my night quite broken.
Sun. June 5 1898
A wonderfully cool day and it made it easier for me to think of taking my four oldest children to church – though I hated to leave baby [Margaret] to go; I returned to her, however, without hearing the sermon; she seemed so much sicker to me in the p.m., that I asked [William] to ask Dr. Hart to come to see her. He gave her powders to settle the stomach – but the vomiting continued all night and still I could not believe she had whooping cough, as the little got over their colds so well.
Mon. June 6 1898
Edith and Gardner coughing more, and the wee baby is looking more and more suspicious – she had a fairly comfortable a.m., but grew so much sicker in p.m., that [William] Jr. went again for Dr. [Hart] – who changed prescription – but the vomiting after her meals continues and I suppose we must believe that the darling baby girl has the much dreaded whooping cough. Mrs. Howbert and Miss White and Miss Ryan called.
Tues. June 7 1898
Baby [Margaret] so sick on my taking her up – and she threw up so much bile, and then looked so exhausted that [William] Jr. again went for Dr. Hart before breakfast. He thinks the case one of whooping cough and certainly it acts like it, and my heart sinks at the thought of the struggle she and dear little Gardner may have. Edith is getting better, so if she and the others have had it their cases were exceptionally mild. [William] Sr. and sister Margaret went to Dr. Bill’s to dinner.
Wed. June 8 1898
[William] seems to feel sure that the baby has whooping cough, though Dr. Hart is not yet positive – she had a better night than I feared she might, but was so weak and forlorn in a.m. that I did not attempt giving her her bath. I am only thankful that she has not yet refused to nurse, and that so far I have plenty of nourishment for her. A rainy day and so very hard upon the children – but dear Aunt Margaret helped amuse them. Nellie took a rest. We and Dr. Hart both [advised?] a nurse, so Miss Bradley came to us at night.
Thurs. June 9 1898
Dr. Hart and all of us greatly relieved at precious little baby Margaret’s improvement by daylight. Miss Bradley sat up with her all night and gave her medicine every two hours. The terrible stupor of yesterday seems gone, and the beautiful blue eyes look once more at us – but she is as white as a lily. Miss Bradley slept all the a.m., so I watched at the baby’s basket. In p.m. I took a rest. Mrs. Slocum called and a heavy shower kept her with us at dinner.
Fri. June 10 1898
Baby’s first danger point – with the pneumonic symptoms – has been safely passed; but from the unmistakable “whoop” now, there is still a hard siege for the tender little life, and my heart is torn as I see her little body so wracked with the terrible cough. Dear little Gardner and Edith doing very well, but both kept in on account of the lunch continuance of damp matter; open fires still. [William] went to Cripple Creek. Aunt Margaret’s bad cold has come.
Sat. June 11 1898
The darling Margaret had a hard coughing spell at midnight – but on the whole, it did not seem a very hard night. Miss Bradley brought her to me almost every two hours, which broke my night – but with daylight she seemed wonderfully better. Dr. Hart is surprised at her rapid gain with anything that usually grows worse for a while. I gave Edith and Gardner their baths in a.m. before [key?] open fire – so that left only the four older ones for the night.
Sun. June 12 1898
Last night a still better one for little Margaret, and we all more than delighted with the [surest?] brightness returning. With Miss Bradley’s devotion and goodness to baby, I was able to get out to church with the older children – it was a great delight for Everett to get his Bible this Children’s Sunday. My two [Williams] with Aunt Margaret went to Baccalaureate sermon in p.m., but I was too tired and baby alas kept me at home.
Mon. June 13 1898
The three babies more than delighted to be out again. It was warm and sunny so it seemed perfectly safe for even baby Margaret to go out again in her carriage – which pleased Miss Bradley. [William] Jr. and Aunt Margaret went to hear Mr. [Eesh?] give the address to the Cutler Academy graduates. I meant to join them, but my courage gave out – and then such a pour came! Baby [Margaret] had to be in in p.m..
Tues. June 14 1898
We had to get “Papa” up pretty early, so as to go to the Trustees’ Meeting at 10 o’clock. The baby wonderfully better and out again; [William] kindly said to keep Miss Bradley through this week, though her services are not necessary but a great comfort. [William] Jr. and Everett went to Mrs. Slocum’s hoping the ballgame would “come off” but another tremendous shower prevented – so they came home pretty wet in the same car that “Papa” came back from the Trustees’ luncheon.
Wed. June 15 1898
Beautiful after yesterday’s rain – but Aunt Margaret and I did not have very good nights, so did not feel very “spunky.” Miss Bradley washed and dressed the baby, so I could be in season for the Commencement exercises. [William] Jr. and Aunt Margaret went ahead. I was late and came out early. Mrs. Barlow called on our return home – she looks much better since she went away. Rainy p.m. again! Hail also.
Thurs. June 16 1898
Beautiful, beautiful mornings after our afternoons of rain! I kept little Margaret with me last night – for the first time since Miss Bradley came, and I had a very comfortable and happy time. She awoke early, so I gave her her bath early which always seems to give me a better start for the day. In p.m. I made some calls without Aunt Margaret who did not feel well enough to go. No rain today. Very much distracted to hear Maggie tell me how forlorn she has felt for several weeks.
Fri. June 17 1898
Nellie and Maggie went to Denver for the day to see about the latter’s condition. [William] went also on 9:30 train. Aunt Margaret, Miss Bradley and I had our hands pretty full all day in the care of the seven! It tried to shower in p.m., so baby [Margaret] stayed in – the others played in back yard and next door with Forrest and Hana a little while. [William] did not get home for dinner. I was very much tried by Roland’s behavior all day.
Sat. June 18 1898
Nellie and Maggie seemed much upset by the result of yesterday’s trip – for Maggie has more serious trouble than we realized – I am afraid it is quite like our [K--]. Aunt Margaret, Miss Bradley, baby and I went driving in p.m. to see about assistance in case Maggie is not able to keep her fall place; it was a little showery at noon, but pleasant in p.m. Ms. Barney was with and my hair – it being postponed from yesterday. It conflicted a little with hot baths.
Sun. June 19 1898
Cool fresh a.m. and with Miss Bradley’s help still, I was able to go to church with four oldest – and as sister Margaret felt like going with us – wee al went to hear Mr. [Fish?] at the Unitarian Church. He talks about the work of the Unitarian Ass. instead of preaching a regular sermon. We had a short drive in p.m. – around Prospect Lake – a shower driving us home. Maggie thinks she will not have to give up her place if Dr. Hart treats her.
Mon. June 20 1898
[William] is willing Maggie should try to keep her place by having outside help for the cleaning; so I went out as early as possible to tell Mattie Wilbur that we should not need her in two weeks as I had planned. Little Margaret gaining steadily, and we are very glad she can be out all day long. Sister Margaret read me family letters in p.m. while I mended for the wash. Real summer weather has come now.
Tues. June 21 1898
[William] and [Helen] took a note to Mrs. Parsons inquiring for baby Josephine and asking Charlie to come down for the day – but he had another engagement. I slipped down town pretty soon after breakfast to see about the mending of our range. [William] slept till lunch time. Aunt [Margaret] had a headache, so we could not make calls as we had planned. It is almost too warm to do anything outside of the demands of the home.
Wed. June 22 1898
It is growing warmer and warmer – [William] did not feel the change in his flannels this time! I quite envy Anne and Edith their plan of being at Newport this summer; I wonder when Mamma and Maurie will get to N.H. A welcome note came from [Richard] just before he sailed for San Francisco. When out with my charges, I had our little Edith’s long baby hair cut off – and she was so happy in the change, I could not regret it. The short hair very becoming. Fred Thompson called.
Thurs. June 23 1898
Will B. Jackson’s birthday and my note of greeting will be late in reaching him. Baby [Margaret]’s cough growing less and less, and she is quite her messy little self again. Little Gardner seems to feel the heat but does not give up to it. Maggie’s assistant, Bridget Ward, came for the first time and got [here?] by noon. So hot in p.m. that I [?] nearly all of it, letting my precious baby girl have her nap out on my [?]. We called on Miss [D--?] in evening.
Fri. June 24 1898
Aunt Margaret surprised the way the weeks go even in our quiet kink of a life. Very warm. I finished putting away clean clothes and sewed a little in a.m. and in p.m. I fell asleep on playroom lounge while nursing baby – and stayed there till Mrs. Barney came to brush my hair. She brought a letter from a California lady for us to read – it had news of her boy. “Papa,” Aunt Margaret, Maggie and five children went to dog and pony show.
Sat. June 25 1898
Aunt Margaret’s birthday which was passed most quietly for her. [William] Jr. had painted a little card for her, and “Papa” gave her some flowers from the new beautiful bed in our yard. We long for the showers again, that came almost too easily the early part of the month. [William], [Helen] and [Edith] down town in p.m. for shoes. Hot bath and Sunday preparations took all my afternoon, Aunt [Margaret] holding her little namesake to help!
Sun. June 26 1898
A deliciously cool north wind came up in the night, so we all felt much refreshed when morning came. I wrote my home letters before anyone was awake, and then devoted myself to the children the rest of the day – having a reading before church. Aunt Margaret went with us to hear Mr. Gregg whose sermon was from Matt. 30:12 and was very good. In p.m. “Papa” drove us to Manitou where we called on Dr. and Mrs. Bell. Roma and her little boys were there.
Mon. June 27 1898
Hotter, much than yesterday; so little Margaret had to have her thinner flannels on again. [William] Sr. and Aunt Margaret went to Denver on 9:30 am train – so we had noon dinner – and Helen Sharon was able to attend to her own affairs in p.m. I mended for the wash nearly all day. Dr. Hart called in late p.m. to say goodbye as he leaves for the East Wednesday a.m. He was glad to see baby [Margaret] looking as bright as possible.
Tues. June 28 1898
Hot weather continues; but some overcast in p.m. which gave great relief from glaring sun. The little children all keep well so far and that is a great comfort. A good a.m. for “extras” because there were no interruptions – so I put away the last of the winter things and then wrote to Aunt Molly, Mame Pratt, acknowledging her children’s pictures and to poor lonely Miss Chapman [C--?]. [William] Jr. took lunch with Stafford. Aunt [Margaret] arrived home about 4:30, but [William] not until late in the evening.
Wed. June 29 1898
[William] right off to Denver again on 9:30 a.m. train to continue his part in Colo. [?] Co. law suit up there. Another pretty warm day, but good breeze stirring, so after a noon dinner Aunt [Margaret], Maggie and I took all seven into South Cheyenne Canyon and had a very enjoyable trip. On our return we found Mrs. Luckie here – she stayed to tea with us and spent the night also with us – which was very pleasant as she is one of sister Hannah’s patients and friends.
Thurs. June 30 1898
Baby Margaret woke the worse for her jaunt with the woods with us yesterday, and slept till we were all [thru?] our 7:30 breakfast, as Mrs. Luckie had to go on 8:35 train to Denver. [William] did not return home last evening. The warmest day yet – over 90 degrees in the shade – but the latter part of the p.m. Aunt Margaret and I went out on a few calls. Mrs. Stubbs, Ms. [Lunt?], and Mrs. [Howbert?], as well as the people we did not know – Mrs. Page and her son. [William] not home for dinner but came on late train and then left on this a.m.’s 6 o’clock again – as the lawsuit is still pressing. It seems very lonely with him in Denver so much of the week; a most welcome change in weather came at noon and showers kept up all the p.m. Mrs. Barney did not come, though I was [?] for her. Aunt Margaret and I had to eat dinner alone as [William] did not return. We called on the Barlows after dinner, William and Helen going with us.
Fri. July 1 1898
Sat. July 2 1898
A fine cool a.m. – good for all of us, if we do not catch cold. [William] did not return last night, but we think he will tonight, even though the lawsuit may not be ended. My usual busy preparations for Sunday – the day is easier, however, since Maggie is relieved of her cleaning on this day. Mrs. Barney came to do my hair – which made me a little late for baths. A rain in p.m. so even had five again in the playroom!
Sun. July 3 1898
Much easier to go to church because of the cool weather. I had to be a little late, but Aunt Margaret started ahead with the four older children. Mr. [Dunau?] of Newport sat in Mrs. Gregg’s seat. [?] we drove to the new casino for the first time – it does not seem as pleasant as the old one – and we could not tell about the orchestra from just one concert.
Mon. July 4 1898
The noise and laughing began about midnight – very pleasant to have “Papa” home yesterday and today after all his long stay in Denver, but he had to go right back there on evening train. [William] Jr. looked pale all day, and seemed glad to be loafing at home when I read to the children instead of learning their lessons; and after dinner Aunt Margaret and I took the four older ones to see fireworks.
Tues. July 5 1898
It seemed “like a calm after a storm” to hear no booming on waking – little Margaret slept late, to make up for disturbance during night. It was overcast and so comfortable all day. I made out bills in p.m. [William] Jr., however, taking six of them to be accepted for he had over $25, but make no mistake – which showed he knew what he was about. Helen out for p.m. and evening, so Annie got her supper. Children all good.
Wed. July 6 1898
Pretty warm a.m. I was up early to get dear [William] started off again on his 6:47 a.m. train for Denver, his lawsuit there still being not yet over; as he was not to return for dinner, I told Annie it was her chance to go to Katie Sullivan’s ranch for the night – and [William] Jr. went with her – they started off about 3 p.m. and a little later, I took Edith, Roland, Everett and Helen down for shoes, hair, clothing etc. Aunt Margaret had callers while I was gone.
Thurs. July 7 1898
Baby [Margaret] gave me a very good night, so I was up at 4:30 a.m. to hopen the house and look over clean clothes etc. Maggie taking Annie’s place very successfully, while she and [William] Jr. are away. A shower came up in p.m. so they did not return till after we were far over supper. All went well with them except the meeting of the “bulls and female cows” as [William] Jr. kept saying! Katie McLeod called in evening.
Fri. July 8 1898
Anne’s birthday and I know she is glad to be spending it again at Newport. I nearly lowered my mending pile completely, [William] Jr. continues his great interest in the Cuban War – the destruction of Cevera’s fleet casing as much rejoicing as Deady’s victory. The frequency of showers is making our summer so far very comfortable. [William] did not get home for dinner but woke me on this return to say he would like to be waked to go back to Denver today again – but when morning came and I spoke to him, he was just too tired to stir; and I was glad he did not go off on the train again; he slept till nearly noon and then [?] Mr. and Mrs. Lewis and their Dr. Daughter and [?] all of whom stayed to lunch – the children all taking them in the playroom – seven at the table then (as Stafford was here) as well as in dining room.
Sat. July 9 1898
Sun. July 10 1898
Quite a comfortable a.m. I slept pretty late for me and so did little Margaret whom I did not bathe till after breakfast – this [was?] her second nursing time so late, that I was quite late to church – but in time for communion services – only Everett and Roland with me – [William] Jr. and [Helen] going with Aunt [Margaret] to Unitarian church. We all drove over to Glen Eyrie in p.m. – at last returning Miss Palmer’s call. I went to bed with little [Margaret] at 7:30.
Mon. July 11 1898
Always a busy day getting things put away from yesterday and gathering for the wash, and mending for it also. I made sleeves to Helen’s play linen dress smaller – sewed on them in p.m. while Mrs. Barlow was making her visit on the piazza with us; a lovely shower in late p.m. I had a letter from Anne making an appeal in K’s behalf and tell us of Hal Appleton’s sudden death in New York last Tuesday.
Tues. July 12 1898
Very sultry although overcast much of the day. I packed [William] Jr.’s and Helen’s lunch and started them off on their Botany picnic about 10:30 and after Mrs. Fish’s pleasant call, I took Everett and Roland with me, leaving them with Alan Gregg while I called on Mr. Lovering opposite – he is still very anxious about [M--?] who has had two hemorrhages recently. I am so so sorry for them. I called on Mrs. Harvey and Mrs. Stuart in p.m. and also went to a little “tea” at Miss [D--?]’s for Miss Lewis.
Wed. July 13 1898
A fine shower again last night – which made a comfortable night. I was awake early to put away clean clothes as I wanted to go to concert at Unitarian church with Aunt [Margaret] at 11 a.m. Mrs. Gregg called early and told us of the safe and unexpected arrival of little Edward S. Parsons Jr! Aunt [Margaret] and I enjoyed Miss Stuart’s singing very much. Too [?] in p.m. to take children anywhere so I stayed quietly at home with them while Maggie took a rest.
Thurs. July 14 1898
Augusta helped Sarah so the ironing was finished yesterday which is a great relief to Helen and me in hot weather – the extra fire in laundry makes the house very hot upstairs. Busy with clean clothes and the lessons of the children up to lunch time. I took a little nap in p.m., after nursing baby and so felt rested for the pleasant “tea” at Mrs. Gregg’s for Miss Duncan and her brother. We took [William] Sr.’s regrets.
Fri. July 15 1898
The summer going very rapidly; if our little ones can keep well for a month longer, I hope the dangers of hot weather will be over. We do feel very sorry that little Gardner has begun work on his last [?] teeth. I was up so early that I had to take a nap in p.m. – especially as Aunt [Margaret], [William] and I went to Mr. and Mrs. Fish’s to dinner – Dr. Beach was there and we had a very easy, pleasant evening.
Sat. July 16 1898
After getting things started for the day, and [William]’s paper had [been brought] to him I went down town on errands. I had a satisfaction of [?] to execute for Nathan, too. Very sultry day – so that I did not accomplish much in p.m. beside the regular preparations for Sunday – Alan Gregg here to lunch and [William] Jr. took his with Stafford. No letter from home this week. Little Margaret 4 [?] today and weighs but 4 ½ lbs.
Sun. July 17 1898
Awake and rested early, so slipped down to my desk and wrote to Nathan, Mrs. Loomis, and a birthday letter to Mamie who will be 33 this coming Thursday. Aunt [Margaret] went with us to church. Mr. Gregg preached on “sewing.” In p.m. – we drove the children out to the casino – to hear Miss Muldoon sing in addition to the orchestra music. Baby Margaret and little Gardner and the others all very good.
Mon. July 18 1898
[William] slept till lunch time – my a.m. as busy as usual getting up “picked up” from yesterday and for tomorrow’s wash. Ester and Charlie Parsons even here for luncheon and I think they had a good time; I know our children enjoyed their visit. Professor Parsons called for Esther and Charlie about 5 p.m. A pretty warm day and little Gardner looks rather white with the cutting of the last double teeth – which we hoped he would postpone till cool weather.
Tues. July 19 1898
As I had the ice cream to order I took Everett, Roland and Edith and Gardner down town with me; as Edith was a little disturbed in her bowels, I let her ride in the carriage with Gardner – I got the latter a new pair of boots. Mr. and Mrs. Lovering called soon after my return and [William] got up and came down to see them. [Madame?] and Miss Duncan and Miss Hockenee took lunch with us and hence Aunt Margaret and I were not quite up to going to Mrs. Lunt’s “tea” for Mrs. [H--?].
Wed. July 20 1898
Awake early and when [sprucing?] up the house, I found Helen’s bread so light that I kneaded it and put it in the [?] – the first time I have done that for a long time. Very comfortable after yesterday p.m.’s delicious rain. Dear little Gardner having his sick [?], throwing up his meals with a diarrhea also. So I kept him most of p.m. while Nellie was at the dentist’s. Mr. Fish Sr. called to see Aunt [Margaret] and me. [William] Sr. had a [?] party in evening. Dr. Tucker came to see. Gardner [?] diarrhea.
Thurs. July 21 1898
Dear Mamie’s birthday and I am afraid she is not spending it in [Wolfeton?] as she hoped to; I had a letter from Anne telling how much good K-- is receiving from her stay in [Wolfeton?]. Little Gardner much better. Dr. Tucker called in p.m. and prescribed gin for his in active kidneys. Mr. Duncan and Mrs. Johnson called. After dinner, [William] Jr. and I called on poor Mr. and Mrs. Lovering whose only son is hovering on the borderland.
Fri. July 22 1898
A very sad day because of the two telegrams announcing the drowning of Sister Alice’s oldest child, John Jr.; one came from sister Hannah and one from the broken-hearted father; poor Aunt Margaret greatly overcome. All plans for the day entirely changed – I went down town twice to send telegrams, instead of going to Ms. Slocum’s luncheon for Mr. Peabody, the new trustee. [William] went up for a few moments after the luncheon.
Sat. July 23 1898
Aunt Margaret looks almost ill, this grief from her sister Alice – but keeps up very bravely. Hoped to get out to inquire for Merton Lovering – but could not seem to leave my family until after hot baths were over and dinner – when Aunt [Margaret] and I took cars up north. Aunt [Margaret] did not care to go in – Miss Dorsey in car on same errand; Mr. and Mrs. Lovering very brave, but their only boy is evidently going from them very soon. Aunt [Margaret] anxious for news of the details of John Jr.’s drowning.
Sun. July 24 1898
Pretty warm a.m. Helen much better and so decided to go to church with us, all of us in thinnest garments now. Little Gardner also better, though he shows he is teething, not only in looks but by his [?]. “Papa” and Nellie took him and the four oldest out to the casino in p.m. – Aunt [Margaret], Helen, baby Margaret and I staying at home – baby and I fell asleep at nursing time, and then sat out on lawn. Miss Dorsey called for a moment or two to say how very low Merton is.
Mon. July 25 1898
As soon as possible after breakfast and bathing baby [Margaret], I went out, going first to Dr. Tucker’s with little Gardner’s urine, which he tested and said was all right. Then I took a car to Mr. and Mrs. Lovering and found that their great grief had overtaken them. Merton passed away in his sleep about 1:30 a.m.; they are both wonderfully brave and go east this evening. I wrote to Anne after lunch, knowing she would like to know all I knew. Little Edith had attack like sister.
Tues. July 26 1898
Aunt Margaret still does not hear from anyone about poor Alice’s terrible sorrow. I helped make currant jelly – and made a most stupid mistake in not getting enough sugar in the first time; Helen Sharon very patient with me. I was just ready for a good nap when nursing baby at noon – so neglected the children’s hour. A very hot p.m. – Aunt [Margaret] and I sat down in play room the coolest part in the house. Edith better, but complained of headache.
Wed. July 27 1898
Not up very early, as baby and I did not have a very good night. Little Edith much better, and little Gardner doing as well as could be expected. Put away clean clothes in a.m., and though very hot in p.m. Nellie and I took all seven out in electric cars for a ride – and it quite refreshed us all. Aunt [Margaret] did not care to go with us, and she looked very tired from hear on our return.
Thurs. July 28 1898
Aunt Margaret had a letter, but quite fragmentary, from sister Hannah at last, in regard to John Jr.’s sudden death and the [?] services of Bloomfield. Pretty warm day – I was conscious of it while [?] and putting away clean clothes. Mrs. Barney came in p.m. to do my hair which badly needed her – as it is pulling out very badly again. I tried to “doctor” it myself in Mrs. Barney’s absence, but did not succeed very well.
Fri. July 29 1898
A very delightful change during night - so much cooler and easier for the children and me. [William] Jr. and [Helen] went to Dr. and Mrs. Slocum’s to lunch, it being their wedding anniversary as well as Dr. Slocum’s birthday. Everett and Roland went to a birthday party at
[F-- C--?]’s in p.m. I made calls so left them there and then called for them at 6 o’clock. Maggie and little Margaret went with me and I accomplished more visits than I expected. Allen called.
Sat. July 30 1898
My little baby woke before 5 a.m. when I had to bathe her, fearing she would sleep over train time if I let her go again into her basket; and we were all through breakfast and the [herdie?] here to take us to Cripple Creek before she woke again. [William] Jr. and little Helen went with us and as [William] Jr. said – 2 W’s 2 H's and 2 M’s comprised the party – we had a lovely day going and coming and Aunt Margaret did not feel the altitude as much as I thought she would.
Sun. July 31 1898
An overcast day, and so most comfortable. Dr. Slocum preached on John the Baptist from Matt 11:11 – and had a very good sermon and a very good house. We drove to Aunty’s Grove in p.m., which Aunt Margaret had not seen before – and from there we went on to [D--?] Ranch which was also of great interest to Aunt Margaret; both Gardner and the baby slept on the drive. A sweet picture of Mrs. Lewis came.
Mon. Aug 1 1898
A most comfortable day for the beginning of August. I had letter from Mamie saying Mamma was willing for Edith to stay on an Newport four weeks longer, so I at once sent my July payment to the latter for that purpose. William and Helen had their reading lesson to me after lunch while I was mending for the wash. All overcast p.m., so even the hottest rooms very comfortable. Aunt Margaret heard from Mr. Friske. Very thankful that little Gardner can have such a comfortable mother at home.
Tues. Aug 2 1898
We had the full account of John Jr.’s sad drowning this a.m. in the Kennet paper. Poor Alice – but all sister [Margaret]’s home letters say she is wonderfully brave. [William] and [Helen] had their reading early, as did also Everett - and Roland I excused, as I was so busy mending the blue room curtains he tore last week. Another most comfortable day – being overcast most of the time. I found a black silk waist which I gave to Aunt Margaret.
Wed. Aug 3 1898
Still wonderfully comfortable. This is a sad day for Mrs. Lovering – her Merton’s birthday. We had lessons early in the day as Guilford and Lucy Jones came to lunch – which made it very pleasant for Everett, Helen and Roland. Everett happy in showing them his [?] new birthday train which “Papa” bought him in advance yesterday. At last I put out rugs from cellar and aired all day and put them up again while in change.
Thurs. Aug 4 1898
Pretty warm again and [William] Jr. not all spunky all day – he is evidently going to have this summer ill turn similar to that the others have had. My a.m. filled with the putting away of clean clothes etc. In p.m. Mrs. Barney came to brush and “trim” my hair and Aunt [Margaret] read her home letters to me while I sewed. Little Margaret has a bad cold which brings back her coughing some.
Fri. Aug 5 1898
A good breeze from the north started up some after midnight so it grew quite cool and delightful by morning. I am greatly relieved for little Gardner that the new month has begun so comfortable. [William] Jr. did my errands for me, so I did not have to go down town. Quite a threatening p.m., so I told Miss Mulholland that we should hardly dare to take [?] drive. She and Miss Stewart came to dinner in evening.
Sat. Aug 6 1898
Oh the weather is so delicious! I do feel so thankful for the comfort of coolness. The dear children all look so much better and brighter for it. Baby Margaret’s cold still hard, but she does not seem ill with it. Just as I was going to help Maggie and Nellie in the preparations for hot baths, Jamie and Faith Gregg called – the children delighted with Faith’s “gingerbread men” for their supper.
Sun. Aug 7 1898
Another very comfortable a.m., so that it was very easy to get ready for and go to church. Dr. Beach preached from John 15:15. We were late, so did not have very good seats, and consequently I could not hear as well as I wanted to. The weather was so threatening we did not go driving – so while Papa shared in the care of the children I wrote at last to sister Alice and also to Nathan asking him and Nellie to come to bankers’ meeting and make us a visit. Aunt [Margaret] not very well and little [Margaret] has a bad cold.
Mon. Aug 8 1898
Our dear Everett 7 years old today; the delight of his birthday train has not worn off – and at noon, instead of having school, I let Everett have the “Book of Trades” – and then I played “Merry Multiplication” with the others. Roland very good all day. Mrs. Cajore called to say Florian would be down on Thursday. [William] invited Mr. Simmons to dinner but he did not come, so we saved the ice cream for the children tomorrow. Aunt Margaret better. Miss Bradley called.
Tues. Aug 9 1898
Baby [Margaret] did not sleep well until after midnight – then she went till I was through my breakfast which I took alone with Roland as the others were all late. Very glad of postal card from Mamma announcing her and [Mamie]’s safe arrival in Wolfeton – surprised at the news she wrote of Nellie; she and Nellie will be amused at my invitation for the latter to visit me! Pretty warm p.m., so I did not accomplish very much outside of nursing little Margaret and loafing – which is something!
Wed. Aug 10 1898
At last I succeeded in having baby Margaret’s photograph taken with her dear Aunt Margaret – [William] Sr. went to Cripple Creek so that I had a morning quite free for our two dear Margarets. I hope the proof [?] are good. The p.m. so warm that we were all too lazy to go on the cars for a ride. I proposed it to the children, but they proposed to stay at home, so I took care of little Margaret and the big children
Thurs. Aug 11 1898
Still hazy and rather sultry for this climate. I suppose our rainy season is almost over, for which I am always sorry. I had so much basting to do for Nellie and Maggie that I did not get the clean clothes put away in the a.m. and in p.m. Mrs. Barney came, so they laid around all day; but as long as the babies and all keep well that sort of thing no longer worries me. Little Margaret’s cold much better; her nursing time came wrong, so I shirked lessons with the children.
Fri. Aug 12 1898
[William] Jr.’s stye still uncomfortable, so I released him again today from much reading. Little Gardner has his head “shampooed” – I helped Mrs. Barney in the process. Mrs. Barlow called with beautiful roses and made a little visit – so I did not get at my pile of week’s mending till the p.m. Still hazy and sultry. Thirteen years ago today that Aunty died. I had a good letter from Edith who is having such a well, good time at Newport.
Sat. Aug 13 1898
Such an unexpectedly full day – I mended all I could during a.m., but had various interruptions. The children all feeling a little forlorn as to threads and heads. While at lunch Mr. and Mrs. Sturgis with little “Willow” called, and we invited them to dinner; Mrs. Slocum with Miss Golebe also called. [William] Jr. went out on errands, and I postponed his and Helen’s bath because of our pleasant evening company.
Sun. Aug 14 1898
A very sultry morning – the children feeling a little better, well enough to go to the Presbyterian church to hear a young professor and minister from Park College preach on “put on the whole armor of God.” [William] Jr. paid very good attention to a very short but good sermon. We called on Mr. and Mrs. Sturgis on our way home. In p.m. Papa drove us all up the [north?] side of Cheyenne, and west of the family [?] to former grave of dear Aunty.
Mon Aug 15 1898
Slept unusually late for me – not waking till after seven when dear baby Margaret woke me with her “cooing,” Katie Sullivan stayed all night with Annie, and after breakfast asked [William] Jr. and Helen to go out to the ranch with her, and I was glad that “Papa” agreed with me in thinking the little change would do them good – so I packed their little necessaries after picking up the soiled clothes; they went off very happily about 2:30 p.m., and the rest of the day seemed very lonely without them. Mrs. Slocum called after I was in bed.
Tues. Aug 16 1898
Dear little Margaret 5 months old today – and what a dear little “butter ball” of a girl she is! It seemed very quiet with two dear children at breakfast – right afterward I sat down to my desk and wrote to Mrs. Hobson whose loneliness and great bravement comes very close to me. In p.m. Aunt Margaret, little Margaret and Everett and Roland and I drove out to Mrs. Tanzalin’s ranch – stopping for Helen at Katie’s; and we brought that little girl home again. It was an overcast p.m. and so found the drive most comfortable.
Wed. Aug 17 1898
It seems very dry – we are all missing the rains very much, it is so much hotter without them. I was up early to look over clean clothes, and most of my a.m. was taken in preparing the mending, etc. As I took children off yesterday, this p.m. was free so Aunt Margaret and I finished “Margaret Ogilvy” together. Aunt Margaret and I very much relieved at receiving such a good letter from Aunt Alice.
Thurs. Aug 18 1898
Again I was up in pretty good season and worked away at the clothes and mending etc. We all had a pretty good start for [William] Sr. went to Falcon for the day. Aunt Margaret and I began Amiel’s Journal together, but did not quite finish the introduction which is very long. Mrs. Barney did not come. A beautiful jacket came for baby Margaret from May Hubert – so Aunt Margaret, baby and I went right over there at sunset.
Fri. Aug 19 1898
Quite a full day for the “unexpected.” I did most of my sewing before breakfast. Miss Mulholland called to say “goodbye” about noon. – then, after she had gone, “Sister” and I went down town to see about seats for Carnival etc. – and while in book store met Mrs. Gilbert who came to see us after lunch. Then Maggie and Nellie’s brother Will came, much to their delight. I was delighted to see my big boy [?] back from Mr. Curr’s ranch. Mrs. Slocum took lunch with us. Mrs. Hateh came to dinner. Mrs. Greenwood called.
Sat. Aug 20 1898
As long as Maggie was to be off with her brother all day, I decided to give all the children baths in the a.m. when I felt fresh enough to give Nellie my share of help. It proved a very warm day, so I was glad the children could stay out late. Blanche [Neitbree?] took dinner with us, so we let [William] Jr. and Helen play a game of authors afterwards in playroom. Because of no hot baths I was able to go down town in p.m. [William] Jr., Helen and Edith all had hair cut.
Sun. Aug 21 1898
I slept late after my extra care with the dear children yesterday – another warm day, so I really did not have enough to go far to church. Aunt Margaret and the four children and I went [?] to the Baptist church – but were disappointed in not hearing Dr. Braishin. “Papa” drove us to casino in p.m. but we made also a call on out way out – a goodbye visit on Mrs. Johnson, and one on our way home, on Mrs. Greenwood and Mrs. Dodge. Little Gardner and baby Margaret as good as “kittens.”
Mon. Aug 22 1898
Very glad of notes from Anne and Edith soon after breakfast – cheery ones from both sisters. My a.m. crowded with mending for the wash and the children. [William] Jr.’s reading in “Colony and Commonwealth” made the sewing less fatiguing. Miss Golsh called and “sister” invited her to dinner – [William] Jr. and [William] Sr. very kind to be about her needs; she played her zither to us and the children after dinner.
Tues. Aug 23 1898
A most blissful change in temperature from the past ten days or two weeks. I sent off the “rows” of children to Mrs. Greenwood and Miss Dodge as promised – and then did up some of the new ones of our dear Margaret for Newport, sending Anne and K--, also the amateur group of six on the carriage slept. A wretched washing day for Sarah. I returned little Edith’s play brown hat in p.m. getting almost “square” with sewing before the clean clothes again arrive in my room. Dinner at 6 p.m. because of “Papa’s” going to join the bankers in Denver.
Wed. Aug 24 1898
Bright again but everybody and everything very much refreshed by yesterday’s good rain. I was up in good season to look over clothes etc. Maggie rather surprised me by asking to go to Omaha with her brother where she expects to meet her father and younger sisters; as long as Nellie can stay on with us, I am glad Maggie can have the change; Nellie is having a little one by going off on trips with Will each day, Mollie and I took children out to see balloon at casino!
Thurs. Aug 25 1898
[William] Jr. finished his “Colony and Commonwealth” to us as I was mending and Aunt Margaret was lying down on sofa as she is not feeling very well. It has grown pretty warm again. Nellie and Will went to green Mr. Falls. “Papa” went off to Cripple Creek to join the bankers there on 5:50 p.m. train, so Aunt Margaret and I had a simple supper. I had quite a time putting little Margaret to sleep out of doors, to see if she would sleep better.
Fri. Aug 26 1898
Margaret had a little better night than night before, and then slept till 10 a.m. before her bath and breakfast! So I accomplished considerable, getting the “overflow” room ready in case [William] brings back a “banker” for over Sunday. Still very warm, but when we get one [?] letters and hear of the still more trying weather at sea level, we do not feel like complaining. [William] home alone for dinner and seemed pretty tired. Maggie went away with her brother.
Sat. Aug 27 1898
This month going very rapidly – as has the whole summer. [William] had to get up in pretty good season, so as to go out to the luncheon at casino given to the bankers; when he returned he said he had asked Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell to dinner; and I was glad to meet them. Aunt Margaret too forlorn to come to dinner or go with [William] and me to reception at the club – which passed off very well and enjoyably.
Sun. Aug 28 1898
Although warm, the four older children and I went to church to hear Mr. Gregg’s sermon – the first one since his return from his vacation in the mountains. I was on the “simplicity of living.” In p.m. “Papa” took us all to North Cheyenne Canyon where we had a good loaf. Aunt Margaret better, but not able to go with us. The children all seem so well, I hate to think of [?] them. We’ll see what Dr. Hart says.
Mon. Aug 29 1898
Sarah came this a.m. this week – because of the gayeties – so I had to do the necessary mending for the wash very early. A pretty warm day – no rain anymore, and we miss it. Aunt Margaret still pretty wretched from her [?] attack. I went out in p.m. to secure reserved seats for tomorrow’s circus – and it took me longer than I expected, as Mr. Nye was hard to find. [William] Jr. had his final rehearsal of May pole dance.
Tues. Aug 30 1898
The children all bright and well and glad to see Alan Gregg on hand about 10 o’clock. Mrs. Gregg called with him. The burlesque circus parade very good, and did not take very much time. [William] Jr. and I went to Mrs. R’s for stockings, which did not have to be [?]. He went through his little part at the circus very well, and then enjoyed the rest with the other children. Even Edith went with us. I came out early to baby Margaret.
Wed. Aug 31 1898
Flower parade day and every thing seemed to [trod?] towards its success – except the heat which was a little too intense. I was a little tired from yesterday, so could not accomplish much in a.m. except the necessaries, and a little work on my lavender gown. Aunt Margaret seemed to enjoy the parade very much, and her little namesake wonderfully good. [William] Jr. in it as a tiger lily, and Helen and Everett passengers on R.R. train.
Thurs. Sept 1 1898
All rather lazy after the festivities of the week. I once more cleaned the “overflow” room entirely of my belongings and Annie cleaned it as [William] heard that a young [?] cousin was coming to visit us. A very hot p.m. It seems as if the cooler days must come soon. I was distressed with Bertha H's account of dear Gardner’s condition – it sounds very serious to me.
Fri. Sept 2 1898
My room cleaned as usual this a.m., so I had to get it ready as much as my late sleeper, baby Margaret, would let me. This the a.m. also for getting out clean bedding. Then came the reading of paper to [William] Sr., and the nursing of baby Margaret where I fell asleep and on waking I heard the new voice of George W. Davis, the boy cousin from Washington who has come to visit us for a day or so. We took him off on trip to Manitou in p.m.
Sat. Sept 3 1898
I was up in good season to mend and prepare lunch for [William] Sr. who had to go to Falcon for the day; after our breakfast, I bathed and nursed little Margaret – then prepared lunches for [William] Jr. and George who went off into the North and South Cheyenne Canyons for the day. Helen and I did errands bringing home [William]’s tiger lily suit – but no pretty blue trousers which, we fear, must be lost. A deliciously cool day, the change delightful.
Sun. Sept 4 1898
Up early and downstairs at my desk to write before any one was awake. [William] Jr. and [Helen] had their baths postponed till this a.m. because of their cousin George Davis being here. Poor Roland too disobedient to take to Communion services – the rest of us called on Miss “Bloomis” before going to church. Aunt Margaret did not go out either a.m. or p.m. with family – so George went to drive with us to the Garden of the Gods. We left him at [D--?] depot for the 5:47 train.
Mon. Sept 5 1898
The warm weather continues – Mr. G.S. Barnes’ funeral; William at Falcon all day so he could not attend it; as services were private I did not go over. Maggie did not return, and Mollie was quite disappointed, as well as Nellie. Too warm again in p.m. for Aunt Margaret and me to get up courage enough to go to casino – so I made out checks for last month’s bills. Mrs. Slocum and Mrs. [F--?] and Mrs. Hatch and Mrs. Robinson called later.
Tues. Sept 6 1898
A most refreshing change came in night – a.m. quite cold by contrast to the past two weeks. The children put on coats for a.m.’s play. Maggie came back at 11 o’clock much to the relief of all – so Nellie was free at noon. Elsa Cook called and told me of her mother’s plan to stay in California all winter. So cool and beautiful that Aunt Margaret and I were glad to go to hear a concert at casino in p.m. A beautiful day for the ride and we enjoyed the concert very much.
Wed. Sept 7 1898
Very glad of the good news from Nathan right after breakfast of the safe arrival of his seventh little one – a baby boy on the 4th. After getting everything started for the day, I sent our congratulations with a photograph of our two dear Margarets. [William] Jr., Helen and Everett went to lunch with Frank and [J--?]. Nellie took a rest, so I took baby Margaret and Roland with Aunt Margaret and me as we drove to Broadmoor where we made 3 calls, and later the same number in town.
Thurs. Sept 8 1898
Up early to look over clean clothes etc. A delicious a.m. Baby toes and fingers cold on the early waking, so after nursing her left her well wrapped in my big bed. She slept too late to be natural and later in the day began throwing up her meals. I left her in p.m. to go with the five oldest children to see “Buffalo Bill” and his “Wild West Show” – which all enjoyed very much. [William] came late, so did not get reserved seats. Fortunately Mrs. Surlo secured one for Aunt Margaret.
Fri. Sept 9 1898
Little baby Margaret threw up her meals during night; she seemed bright than I thought she could, but as the disturbance lasted, I decided to have Dr. Hart who came in p.m. and said that it was simply indigestion and prescribed powders for her. Mr. and Mrs. Fish and her father, Mr. Case, came to dine with us, and we all enjoyed sitting by open fire after dinner. William had to leave for Aspen on 9:30 train and I started him off with winter overcoat.
Sat. Sept 10 1898
We awoke to a snow storm! Dear little Gardner two years old today, and I remember that it was rainy the day he arrived! Baby Margaret had another disturbed night, but seemed better on waking and after she was dressed and nursed again her meals seemed to stay down again. The children very good considering they had to stay in the house all day. I let the big ones fix the “Pretty Village” at noon. Hot baths in a.m. as I wanted the children more warmly clad.
Sun. Sept 11 1898
Still cold and snowy, but I took the four older children to church – and before service we stopped at Dr. Gregg’s to see if he could baptize our little Margaret this p.m., as it may be Aunt Margaret’s last Sunday with us. The baptism took place at 4 p.m. in the playroom, and the dear baby girl slept through part of the service. “Papa” very tired from his Aspen trip, and saw too many visitors for the rest day.
Mon. Sept 12 1898
Open fire still a pleasure! Too busy all day to finish the home letter I began to Mamie yesterday. The picking up and mending for the wash always takes longer than I think it ought! Aunt Margaret had her head shampooed in p.m., and I went up to Dr. Hart, but was just too late to find him; he called about 6 p.m., and prescribed [d--?] for the [?] on my breasts. Baby Margaret quite well again.
Tues. Sept 13 1898
Much warmer and brighter again. Mrs. Barney did my hair this a.m. William Jr. worked over his stamps most all day. William Sr. slept till noon. Aunt Margaret began her packing which makes us realize that she will soon be going and leaving us lonely. Baby Margaret had a very good night and was good all day and I am much relieved as to my breasts – as they are much better. Aunt Margaret and I too lazy to make calls as we had planned.
Wed. Sept 14 1898
Pretty warm day – my a.m. given up, as usual, to the putting away of the clean clothes. As Aunt Margaret must soon be leaving us, I kept just her little namesake with me this p.m. and we three took an electric car to the canyon and enjoyed the ride there and back very much – meeting several friends on the trip. Glad of a good letter from Anne. K—seems very delinquent.
Thurs. Sept 15 1898
Augusta helped Sarah iron all day yesterday, so I was able to get the clean clothes all put away a day earlier than usual. A good postal card from Mamma. Aunt Margaret did not feel like making visits in p.m., so we sewed and visited together that way. Miss Stewart and Mrs. Barlow called. The children are all pretty well. I suppose I ought to have them vaccinated.
Fri. Sept 16 1898
Dear baby Margaret 6 months old today and as I felt pretty tired and my supply of milk seemed somewhat lessened in consequence, I decided to give her her first [G--?] meal which she took like a little woman. Now I can be away from her, if necessary, quite a long time. Aunt Margaret and I made a few last calls together in the neighborhood, and it was cool and delightful for so doing. Sallie put up brandy peaches – while Helen was out.
Sat. Sept 17 1898
Aunt Margaret and I took turn round together this morning, calling first on Mrs. Haup and then doing some errands together. Papa very much absorbed in a bank case which he says will probably keep him from going to Omaha with Aunt Margaret as he had planned; and that is quite a disappointment to the latter. Hot baths at night this week. Jamie Gregg made pleasant evening call.
Sun. Sept 18 1898
As it was another Sunday with Aunt Margaret here, we all went to hear Mr. Fish preach. It was a very helpful sermon to mothers on the text, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature.” In p.m. Aunt Margaret did not feel equal to the family drive – we drove out towards Austin Bluff – to the Curtis Coal mine. The air and views were delightful. William Sr. seemed better than a week ago, but still anxious about business.
Mon. Sept 19 1898
Dear Papa’s birthday – he would not yet be seventy. I wrote only postal cards to Mamma and Anne, as I did not feel like taking the time for the letters I want to write. The picking up and mending for the wash filled a.m. In p.m., I went out on errands and then Aunt Margaret and I called informally on Mrs. Francis. I am more than pleased that little Margaret takes her one meal of [granum?] so comfortably.
Tues. Sept 20 1898
I gave most of my day to children’s affairs. Pretty soon after breakfast began mending William Jr.’s tiger-lily costume which was quite torn in the flower parade. As I woke early, I had to take a little nap while baby Margaret nursed at 11:30. Aunt Margaret went with me to Mrs. McClurg’s garden party where William Jr. and Helen (in Abby Lansing’s rose dress) took part in may pole dance. We had a very pleasant time, but I was pretty tired at dinner time.
Wed. Sept 21 1898
Poor Aunt Margaret had a hard time deciding whether to go East today or rest; William Sr. could give her no encouragement as to his going with her soon, so his talk with her brought things to a decision, and while I was helping with the children in p.m., she was packing. I did errands for her after six o’clock – cup, cheese, book, gloves etc., I purchased at short notice. And she left us at 8:40, William Sr. and I going to station.
Thurs. Sept 22 1898
The house seemed quite deserted without Aunt Margaret – I passed over her room before breakfast and Annie cleaned it afterwards. As baby Margaret was bathed early I was able to take Everett and Roland to Dr. Hart for vaccination in his a.m. office home. The little boys got the Gazette lost while using old papers, so I could not read to “Papa” when he woke. A warm day. A letter came for Aunt Margaret which William Jr. forwarded at once to Blair. Mrs. Barney came and gave my hair a good brushing and [?] with [?]. Miss Dorsey called.
Fri. Sept 23 1898
Baby Margaret’s night was rather waken so I did not get up quite as early as I expected, but, notwithstanding, I accomplished quite a number of “odds and ends” before breakfast. Very glad of telegram from Aunt Margaret saying she had arrived in safety at Chicago. She hopes to reach Pittsburg tomorrow a.m. A letter came from Chester, which William Jr. forwarded at once. Miss Hattie and I had a very pleasant trip and “tea” at Camp Harding with the Misses Dorsey.
Sat. Sept 24 1898
A beautiful day – little Margaret seems to have a cold; I do not know how she caught it; the last one brings back a mean little cough, the result I suppose of the whooping cough of last Spring. I kept at my pile of mending a.m. and p.m. will it was all done except two pieces which will have to wait until next week. The hot baths before and after always take a good bit of Sat. p.m. William seems a little less anxious than a few days ago, but he is thin for him.
Sun. Sept 25 1898
A beautiful day, and I had S.S. again at last, and we were all in good season at church. Mr. Gregg preaching very well on “Loyalty to the Church.” Little Margaret coughed quite a little on her drive, but seems to enjoy being out in the world as much as the other dear children – we all went to the much-loved North Cheyenne Canyon. “Papa” tired and went to sleep on lounge right after dinner.
Mon. Sept 26 1898
The children went off very happily to school again this a.m., after their five month’s vacation. The house seemed quiet enough during a.m. when I worked busily at clothes for the wash, until “Papa” wanted his paper read to him, and after that “Bloomis” called the first time since her return to Ticknor Hall. I went on two errands in p.m., going to Miss Bacheldor’s for a new fall hat and then to Miss Hattie’s for a pleasant “cup of tea” in her new rooms.
Tues. Sept 27 1898
Another enchanting morning – and all started gaily to school. Little Margaret’s cough quite bothersome to her during night – so I began on [S--?]. Very glad of postal card from Aunt Margaret telling of her safe arrival at aunt Alice’s – also glad of line from Nathan saying “all is well” at his home, Miss Hattie and I had a very pleasant time making calls in p.m. I went first to Miss Henry to ask that Roland be regularly in Primary.
Wed. Sept 28 1898
In making search for lawn to mend the dress I tore yesterday I took out a few fall things and put away a few winter ones – this and preparing mending for [?] Nellie and Maggie took my a.m. A fascinating day which made me delighted to be on piazza with the children, while Maggie took her rest. After lessons were over I played Parcheesi till it was time for the 4 older ones to go to Miss Hattie’s for tea, as Dorothy McClug is under her care now.
Thurs. Sept 29 1898
Just as busy as could be with clean clothes and various extras all the morning – I read to William the letters from Aunt Edith and Aunt Margaret which came this a.m. till he fell asleep – so I did not get the a.m. paper till nearly lunch time when the little boys came from school. I had all the lessons early as Miss “Bloomis” and Miss Tyer came to dinner. Mrs. Barney came for my hair. Little Margaret’s cold better.
Fri. Sept 30 1898
I am relieved that little Margaret’s cough seems better – we did not like to hear a slight “whoop” again. After the dear children were all started for school and I had nursed baby, I acknowledged and declined Mrs. Hallet’s kind invitation to visit her Carnival week. After I had fussed about in 3rd floor etc. and had also just about finished reading paper to William, Mrs. Slocum made me a call. Some time I hope I can repay all her pleasant ones on me. Rested and mended in p.m.
Sat. Oct 1 1898
I was glad to be awake early – mended little Edith’s blue dress and [?] before breakfast; Roland, my “earliest bird” was awake in time to see the sunrise lighten the tree tops; but such a day as it turned out to be! I had just finished a little nap after lunch when William Jr. came running in to tell me of a terrible fire in the South past of town, and sure enough William Sr. soon sent word for me to pack up as the wind was blowing in our direction and our home might go!
Sun. Oct 2 1898
It was not till nearly 6 p.m. yesterday that I stopped getting ready to go out of our beautiful home. William had strong men and boys from the bank to help us, and soon there were twenty trunks in the coal wagons in back yard; but after dark we were thankful to see them being brought back into the playroom where they stayed all today; of course I was too tired to go to church with the children. Nellie and Papa helped me in the care of them. I sent only cards and papers as home greeting East.
Mon. Oct 3 1898
Such a discouraging looking home as we all had to take hold of this morning – but we did not feel like complaining after our preservation from the raging fire Saturday p.m. When I heard the Antlers had gone, and that a house was burning on Weber St., I just felt sure our home would be burned too. The children went back to school as casually as if nothing had happened.
Tues. Oct 4 1898
It will be sometime yet before I feel settled from packing and unpacking – I ran away from the “extras” this morning and did a few errands – getting stockings for the children and [?] trimming etc. for myself. I had to take a little rest in p.m. before putting the clothes back in my bureau drawers. Baby Margaret’s cough much better this week, but as the winds continue, she has had to be kept in.
Wed. Oct 5 1898
Just as I had finished sorting our clean clothes, William called me to read to him, and when I learned that Miss Warren’s funeral was to be at 11 a.m. I dressed hurriedly and slipped out to that. Mr. Fish conducted the simple sad services. I called on Mrs. Hatch on my way home, so baby Margaret had had her [Granum?] lunch before I returned. I stayed with the children in p.m. while Nellie took a rest.
Thurs. Oct 6 1898
Up early at my sewing – very glad of letters from Aunt Margaret and Nathan and others; but it just seems as if I should never get time again to write any letters. Here it is almost time to dear Roland’s ship to be in San Francisco and I have not begun a letter to him. Mrs. Barney came to brush my hair which seems to be falling out less at last. I had the older children’s lessons before supper and Maggie kindly helped with Everett’s.
Fri. Oct 7 1898
A beautiful a.m. and I “went at” the sleeves to my blue coat and got them all basted before the children came home; they brought me the sad news of Mr. Washburn’s sudden death last night – a hemorrhage and yet Mr. Parsons had a letter from him this morning. I went to the first meeting at our church of the new Woman’s Union which I think is going to be a very good change. Mrs. Slocum presided.
Sat. Oct 8 1898
Helen had her lessons early and spent the day with Esther Parsons. I worked a little in [tired?] flow before hearing William Jr.’s and was so busy all day with mending and callers that poor little Everett was neglected. A Mr. Hayes called in p.m. from Denver – 81 yrs. old and had been to the Peak this a.m. – his and William Sr.’s pleasant reminiscences helped me in my Saturday p.m. mending. I finished, alas, making over sleeves to my blue jacket. Hot baths a comfort and luxury after last week’s experience!
Sun. Oct 9 1898
Four years ago today that dear Alice Blanchard died here – how the time does go! To think that three little children have come since then! I was glad to read to the children again and to have their company with me at church. Mr. Gregg preached on the Christian Scholar as it was Colorado College day. A beautiful p.m., so Papa took us all to North Cheyenne Canyon of which the children never tire. Maggie went with us while Nellie took a rest.
Mon. Oct 10 1898
There seem to be always so many threads to gather up, Monday morning. I was away early and first sent postal cards home; then fixed the school children’s clothes; then came breakfast, after which I settled down to mending for the wash; which was pleasantly broken by my reading the paper to William who was up earlier than usual. Mrs. Barlow called about noon – enjoying little Margaret upstairs. William Jr. did not seem very well – said his eyes hurt and his head ached.
Tues. Oct 11 1898
William Jr. did not feel like going to school, so he staid quietly at home. I think his plays at school have been a little too much. A very busy and short a.m., as William Sr. and went to the burial services at St. Stephens in memory of Mr. Washburn. Our sympathies go out to Mrs. Washburn and the three fatherless little girls. Dr. and Mrs. Powers told us of their last happy days together in Denver. Too tired to sew in p.m., so took a nap after nursing baby Margaret at 2:30.
Wed. Oct 12 1898
So warm and balmy that all the school children and babies at home went out without any wraps on! I went out to Mrs. Kennedy’s to ask about Clara’s wedding present; mended a little after putting away clean clothes. Maggie took a rest and I helped Nellie with the children – taking Everett and Roland and Helen to see Mrs. Robinson’s little girls – and then I went on to see Miss Stevens with baby Margaret and later took all but her up to Mrs. Barlow’s to return the sweet pea dish. William Sr. wrote a letter to Little, Brown and Co. for set of Aunty’s books for Clara.
Thurs. Oct 13 1898
Much cooler than yesterday – children in warmer clothes today. After sorting clean clothes, I ran down town on few errands, to get ready for mending trousers etc. Very much relieved that William Jr. seems like himself again – though his color is not as good as it was before school began. Mrs. Barney came in p.m. and while she was drying my hair Mrs. Beach came. I enjoyed her upstairs visit very much – as we talked of each other’s children; beautiful Dorothea is very happy at Cutler Academy.
Fri. Oct 14 1898
A real Indian summer day – everyone very happy in the warmth. The children all happy in their play clothes in p.m. William Sr. and I went over to Weber Hall to see if we were registered. I heard William Jr.’s and Helen’s lessons while mending down stairs. While out on my call at Mr. Alter’s, the children told me Mrs. Sarls and Miss Banghman were at Weber Hall, so I went over to ask them to come and see me and we had a piazza visit.
Sat. Oct 15 1898
Up early sewing for Gardner and little Edith – baby Margaret woke in time for me to fix my room and bathe her before breakfast – so I had a “good start.” William Jr. did my errands for me. Worked away on mending after breakfast till William Sr. called for me to read his paper to him. Quite a raw day. Stafford came for William Jr. to take lunch with him – it being the latter’s birthday – so but five had hot baths; Everett had his lessons in late p.m. Beautiful rain during night.
Sun. Oct 16 1898
Snowfall on mountains, so pretty cold this a.m. Baby Margaret rather restless during night, so slept late and hence made me too late to go to our own church – hence I took the four big children over to hear Dr. Braislin [?] whose sermon I enjoyed. Too raw and windy to drive in p.m., and the baby has a bad cold, so while Nellie was in charge of the three little ones and “Papa” had the four big ones with him, I wrote at my desk – notes to Aunt Molly, Miss Gardner and Bertha H— and at last began a letter to Mamma . . .
Mon. Oct 17 1898
. . . which I finished this a.m. after the children were all started for the day. Little Everett and little Edith now have their turns at the cold. William Sr. had to get up at 10 a.m. and at noon he told us he was at last ready to take a little “move” on to the Omaha Exposition, so in p.m. I packed his valise – putting in heavier flannels in case he strikes a cold wave before his return. He left us on 6:00 train – so I had Willam’s and Helen’s lessons after he had gone.
Tues. Oct 18 1898
Always up pretty early washing a.m. getting last things in etc. – baby Margaret had a better night than the two preceding, although she is still stuffed up with her cold. I slipped out on errands right after breakfast – bearing William’s winter coat to be replaced at O’Haire’s. Mr. Alter began his fall work on the colors – the stair carpets were taken up yesterday. Everett and Roland began their dancing lessons today with Miss [D--?] and came home happy afterwards.
Wed. Oct 19 1898
I wrote to William as soon as school children were off – then settled down to the regular and extra duties of the day. Very glad the carpets for stairs were brought back and put down, it makes the house so much quieter. Quite a disorder in rooms upstairs but Mr. Alter is putting his work through well. I took a [tramp?] with the children in p.m. while Nellie took a rest. Glad of a telegram from William saying he had arrived safely in Omaha. Mrs. William called.
Thurs. Oct 20 1898
Sarah made long days this week, so nearly finished the ironing last night and did not come today, so I got all my clean clothes put away today – which always seems to make the week seem longer. I wrote again to William suggesting his getting winter calicoes for the girls. Very glad of good letter from Edith saying she is probably going to Savannah for the winter and also telling me of her [?] Glamour in the October Atlantic. Mrs. Barney came in late p.m. to give my hair a brush and “tonicing.”
Fri. Oct 21 1898
I searched in vain for sailor suit for Helen for school, so telegraphed William to find one, if possible, in Omaha. My errands kept me out quite a while in the beautiful morning air. In my endeavor to get everything ready for going out in p.m., I nearly forgot the clean bedding for distribution. William Jr. and Helen went to Stafford’s party and had a very good time and I went to the meeting of the Home Department in our church and enjoyed Mrs. Gregg’s talk very much. I called on Miss Lunt afterwards but she was not in.
Sat. Oct 22 1898
Baby slept late, so I went out before breakfast to attend to the errands I forgot yesterday morning – blankets for Needlework Guild etc. A beautiful day – so I had the children’s Monday lessons on the piazza – which ate up most of my a.m. Very glad of letter from William Sr. at noon. Mrs. Hatch called in p.m. and Katie Sullivan came for Annie who at last went out to the ranch for a little change; so I had supper with my seven children in playroom after their hot baths.
Sun. Oct 23 1898
Up early enough to write my home letters to Aunt Molly, Edith, and Nathan before breakfast – I knew it would the only quiet time I should have all day. I went to church with “big four” in a.m. Mr. Gregg preached from [?] 1:6. A very windy p.m. so we stayed indoors till it was calmer – when, thinking “Papa” could not get home for supper, went up to see Mr. and Mrs. Barlow – and while I was eating supper in came dear Papa again!
Mon. Oct 24 1898
Maggie and I very busy in Annie’s absence – we shared the work of her department, only Maggie did the greater part! And very well, too. I seemed unusually slow getting the things mended for the wash – and I had to go out to plumber’s as our cess pool was bubbling up – St. John’s man found that roots of trees had clogged the pipes. William Sr. went to a birthday surprise dinner at Mr. Giddings so I took supper again with the children, and how they enjoyed baked beans and brown bread with me.
Tues. Oct 25 1898
Annie’s 16th wedding anniversary, it does not seem possible! And today is Clara Kennedy’s wedding day – which has her bright and sunshiny throughout. Maggie and I got pretty tired, and yet I had to keep my two o’clock engagement with Dr. Hayden – he did not find as much work as I feared he would; I rested a little on my return from the dentist’s chair – then put on velvet gown before dinner, going over to Mrs. Kennedy’s about 7 and William joined me in time for ceremony which passed off beautifully.
Wed. Oct 26 1898
Very good to have our little Annie back from the ranch; she looked better for the change of three days, and I was glad it was Maggie’s p.m. to rest while I helped Nellie with the children. I took five over to see where Elton lived and left Helen and Everett and Roland to play there for an hour; “Papa” just coming home as little Edith, little Gardner and I were returning, so we kept him company while he took a little “bite;” then I left Nellie in charge and put away clean clothes till supper time.
Thurs. Oct 27 1898
Up in good season, and heard Roland’s and Everett’s lessons as soon as those middle-sized boys were awake. Mild early but grew colder after sunrise. Finished putting away clean clothes before reading paper to William Sr. We had lunch a little early as I had to go to Dr. Hayden – in whose hands I had considerable discomfort, and looked decidedly the worse for “wear” on my return. Dr. Slocum called just at dinner time, so took his dinner with us and kept William Sr. company afterwards.
Fri. Oct 28 1898
Mamma’s 44th wedding anniversary – I know how sad and lonely she must be. I was too busy with mending etc. to plan to go to church gathering in p.m.; and then I expected Mrs. Barney also but the fire in her yard kept her from coming – fortunately only the barn was burned. Mrs. Kennedy and I were quite alarmed at the volume of smoke that came so near us – not knowing then that poor Mrs. Barney was in trouble.
Sat. Oct 29 1898
Mrs. Barney washed my hair this a.m. and it was good to have the sun to help dry it. Stafford came to play, with the children, so I did not have their Monday lessons till noon – when I took them in turn. The p.m. full of the normal preparations for Sunday – and it made me happy to have my pile of mending lower than it has been for weeks! Hot baths all in good season.
Sun. Oct 30 1898
[?] was up earlier than I was – because my bedroom clock was not set quite right; however, I was able to write my home notes to Anne and Edith, and also one to Aunt Cardine before breakfast. Baby Margaret slept so late that I did not have time for S.S., but my big four and I were in good season for church. A beautiful p.m., and Papa took us over to Manitou and up into [N--?] Canyon where the children all had a beautiful time. I was too sleepy to do much reading on my return – though I did a little aloud to the children. Mr. Gregg preached on Prisons and Prisoners.
Mon. Oct 31 1898
Such a beautiful balmy day as an ending for this month! Always such a busy one in the household, picking up from Sunday and getting ready for tomorrow’s washing. I fastened lace on one black silk skirt for Nellie’s sewing; while I’ll have to freshen up the waist and make the sleeves smaller. My mending for wash took most of my p.m. when not receiving callers. The children all very happy in the yard without their coats on. William Sr. slept till lunch time as he did not feel very well.
Tues. Nov 1 1898
Up in good season – so not only finished gathering up the soiled clothes, but also got out dear baby Margaret’s short dresses. She looks more comfortable in them – but how I always hate to give up [?] “long [?]”! Everett and Roland awake early enough to pour over their lessons again before breakfast; after which I made out cheques for our fruitful girls and then wrote to Best’s for a sailor suit for Helen’s school winter [?]. A hard p.m. at Dr. Hayden’s, but so relieved to think I am through for another 6 months! And how good it was to have a telegram from R—telling of his safe arrival in San Francisco!
Wed. Nov 2 1898
But it made me feel heartsick to know that he arrived with no home letters in San Francisco waiting for him! I replied to his telegram by a telegram. William Jr., going downtown to send it with me. And then this a.m. before breakfast I wrote 12 pages to him which William Jr. mailed before going to school. The O’Brien must have made a splendid voyage. The children helped me put up jelly i.e cover the jelly [?] in p.m. while I was helping Maggie. Little Elton here to play awhile. William Sr. gave me [G--?]’s cheque for out church meeting in [?].
Thurs. Nov 3 1898
Busy a.m. with mending, looking over clean clothes, putting baby Margaret’s long clothes etc! William Sr. slept till about 11 when I read his paper – then came my regular nursing and loafing time with baby Margaret and so my mornings go! Little Gardner and baby Margaret have bad coughs which sound like remnants of last spring’s whooping cough; but weather so beautiful that they are out a.m. and p.m. Mrs. Barney came.
Fri. Nov 4 1898
Sometimes I seem to accomplish most of my work before breakfast! Mending and writing etc. – are so much more quickly and easily done before the interruptions of the day begin. Very glad to hear from Mamma at last – she had mailed her letters to R— this week, as had also M— and K— but he will have to wait some days for them. K— goes to Savannah right after Thanksgiving which will leave Mamma and Mamie lonely again. I wonder if they will go to Boston at all this winter.
Sat. Nov 5 1898
Up in good season – considering I was out so much yesterday p.m. doing my errands and then going to meeting at church; Sat. a.m. always short because of having the children’s lessons etc. after breakfast. William Jr. went out to Broadmoor in p.m. to play with Guy Hutton, so we had one less bath at night. I have little Gardner his in the small tub – because of his cough which, however, seems going away. Very glad of my first note from Uncle Dick written “off Golden Gate”, but sorry over again that no letters awaited him.
Sun. Nov 6 1898
Beautiful a.m. I was up early enough to write to Mamma and R— before breakfast; after that, came my time with the children and getting ready for Communion Services. We were just in time for church. Everett sat with “Bloomis”, Helen with Dr. Slocum, so I had only my Jr. and Roland. Dr. Gregg talked from texts “spending and being spent.” In p.m. Papa took us out towards canyon, stopping at Dr. [?]’s where we found Mr. Parrish and his daughter.
Mon. Nov 7 1898
Such a happy day! Annie and I were flying round getting the house a little cleaned up for Mr. Parrish and his daughter when Judge and Mrs. Hallett arrived for the day. The luncheon much pleasanter for their being with us – and everything went off successfully. As Judge and Mrs. Hallett had to return to Denver on 6:30 train we had a simple little supper at 5:45. The children were very good – not interfering in the least with my enjoyment of my guests. Rather windy day.
Tues. Nov 8 1898
A perfectly wretched washing day – cold and snowy; the little ones kept in all day. I made out cheques for last month’s expenses which took all my spare time in a.m. In p.m. I remodeled green silk sleeves, i.e., I cut them over and fixed them for Nellie and stitched in the a.m.; I do not have to have anything made outside of home, but find plenty of little changes to be attended to at home. Dr. Hart came to bid me goodbye as he has to leave town for the winter.
Wed. Nov 9 1898
Felt like writing after the school children were gone, so I sat down at my desk and at last answered Nannie Braden Slamm’s letter of last June; also wrote a short letter to Annie Welles Cook – then I went down on household errands, deciding on covering for dining room chairs etc. Quite a cold a.m. and p.m. All the tots out, however, except little Gardner and baby Margaret whose colds are much better. I fixed over Helen’s green winter coat for little Edith while in playroom in p.m. Five from the house went to the [S--?] Orchestra concert.
Thurs. Nov 10 1898
Though night was coldest yet this winter, it moderated so much by ten o’clock that the three little ones were again out together. Mrs. Barney came to wash my hair so I did not get ahead much with my clean clothes – especially as I planned, new curtains, chair cover and sofa pillow for my room for winter. Then came nursing little Margaret when I took my rest. Too many home duties to let me feel easy in going out – so I did not go to Mrs. Gregg’s as I had planned to meet Mrs. Gilick of Spain.
Fri. Nov 11 1898
Dr. Birch called last evening and was glad I had not gone up as early as sometimes. He has left his Minneapolis charge and accepted one in Denver up and dressed by five a.m., so did quite a little sewing before breakfast! A disagreeable wind came up and I congratulated myself that I did not have to go out a.m. or p.m. The little ones had to be in all day. The school children were interested in selling tickets for the entertainment Miss Henry is to give for the Day Nursery. I mended all I could in p.m. I sent off a birthday letter to R— at San Francisco.
Sat. Nov 12 1898
A hard day for Mamma, I know, as well as a sad one for the whole family – it being the eleventh anniversary of dear Papa’s death. I took the five oldest children to Dr. Hayden to have their teeth cleaned – while that was being done, I did other errands; then came lessons after my return, so I did little sewing today – just what was necessary for tomorrow’s wearing. William did not get up till lunch time. He was a little cold and did not feel very well. Hot baths as usual.
Sun. Nov 13 1898
I wrote N’s birthday letter before breakfast and a card only to Mamma. I began “Pilgrim’s Progress” with children after breakfast, and I was pleased that were so easily interested in it. We all started in good season for church, but did not stay there long as a stern cool broke and Dr. Gregg knew the church was too cold for the people to stay in it for the sermon. It was too cold also for the drive – so “Papa” took only six out for a tramp with him. I wrote to Aunt Molly and Miss Gardner while they were gone. Maggie kept baby Margaret indoors.
Mon. Nov 14 1898
Not so full a Monday as a week ago when we had our invited and unexpected company! William went off to Denver on 9:32 train, and I picked up and mended for the wash till lunch time. In p.m. I went to first musical which was held at the Unitarian Church and was very enjoyable. Mrs. Howbert kindly drove me to it. I came out before it had finished to call on Mrs. Taylor’s mother, Mrs. Pike, whom I found to be an aunt of Charlie, Frank and Annie Pike!
Tues. Nov 15 1898
The birthday of the only two brothers in our family, Richard and Nathan. I wish I might see them both – I was delighted to have a note from Richard saying he would try to come to see us, before going to see again – but that he surely could not come this month. I had lessons with the children early and then went out, stopping first at “kinnikinnick” to see Everett and Roland in their dancing class. Miss [D--?] said both were doing well. Then I went to a small but pleasant “tea” at Ms. Shelton’s to meet Mrs. Callahan.
Wed. Nov 16 1898
Little Margaret 8 months old today – and I had her weighed with her light [?] on, and was gratified to find that she is now 20 ½ pounds – having gained 2 pounds since September. I gave order for new shades in blue room and the room that was Aunty. Some of the children have colds [?] to changes, I suppose; a warm a.m. but cool p.m., so I spent it indoors with the children while Nellie took a rest. Helen went to play with Dorothy Gardner at Miss Dorsey’s house. I heard lessons before dinner also.
Thurs. Nov 17 1898
I was glad Ms. Barney did not come this a.m. as I had so many clothes to put away and so forth; although windy, I did not give up my plan to make a few visits – so William Jr. ordered a closed carriage for me at 3 p.m. I went first to Ticknor Hall, calling on Mrs. Bryant as well as Mabel – the latter I took to Mrs. Cheney’s etc. I did not get to Mrs. Gidding’s “tea” till 5 o’clock. Mrs. Kennedy and I walked home together, and I felt dizzy after dinner. I think my turn at a cold is coming. Margaret’s is better.
Fri. Nov 18 1898
Much milder – Mrs. Barney came to brush my hair and put tonic on it, but that did not refresh me as usual; and it was hard work attending to my usual duties owing to my cold – and another wind came up at noon which wasn’t very helpful. I went to hear Professor Parson’s paper on books for children at our church in p.m.; but hurried home afterwards; the “aching all over” lasted most of the night, and I feared I was going to be ill, until sleep came.
Sat. Nov 19 1898
More than thankful to feel quite like myself again and all pain gone. Edith and little Gardner have the same hard cold, so I did not dare to let them go out all day. It seemed as if the house were no sooner cleaned than a wind came up. “Papa” went to Pueblo for the day, and Charlotte T— came to lunch with the children. All the older ones were romping in the yard in p.m. – for sun and air very warm. Mrs. T— called on me – and I had to see in my Saturday night costume.
Sun. Nov 20 1898
Still the wind blows! It just took my courage away for going even as far as our church – so I slipped over to Dr. Braislin’s church and heard Dr. Slocum preach his excellent sermon on “John the Baptist.” He came in after the service and said that Dr. and Mrs. Braislin were very happy in their new possession of a little laughter! Too windy to be out in p.m. – the three big boys were out with me in a.m. and with their father in p.m. I read aloud a great deal all day.
Mon. Nov 21 1898
A tremendous change last night – a cold north wind came, so William “fired” all he could before going to bed. He went to lunch with the R.R. people up at Ticknor Hall – so I “kept company” with the children. A discouraging a.m. as regard dirt – after all the wind! I mended as much as possible both a.m. and p.m. It seemed rather unsafe to send Roland, whose cold is quite hard, out to school, but he and Everett took cars both ways.
Tues. Nov 22 1898
No wind and a great relief in consequence; but cold, so we bundled the children well and let them take the cars again. As Mrs. Morley’s “tea” to meet her sister-in-law, Mrs. Hitchcock, came this p.m. I put the little boys on the car to go home after their dancing lesson. I met Miss Henry also gave me encouraging news of all our little school children. I enjoyed the “tea” very much; I did a few errands on my way home.
Wed. Nov 23 1898
Busy a.m. with clean clothes and with finishing putting together my old green cloth suit – ready now for a little more “wear and tear” this winter. The colds still pretty “noisy” but as the children have not felt ill, I have not kept them in entirely. Everett and Helen went to Lucy Jones’ party; I took Roland, Edith and little Gardner for a walk on last errands for Thanksgiving. I ordered flowers for Miss Stevens, Miss Taylor and Mrs. Braislin.
Thurs. Nov 24 1898
A pleasant a.m. and over seven darlings all well enough to keep “Papa’s” appointment for them at photographer’s at 11; and William and I sat with the children this time. I do hope the Thanksgiving proof will be good. I stayed with the children most all day and we had a very happy time. Miss Stewart our only guest at dinner, but she seemed to enjoy the play with the boys and girls. I had letters from “Uncle Dick,” Aunt Margaret and Miss Gardner.
Fri. Nov 25 1898
We feel much disappointed that R— cannot visit us, but glad that he can have work for his ship “Coastwise” until he goes to Honolulu. I wrote to him and sent him a letter of introduction to Clara Kennedy De La [V--?], and also sent him a little Christmas check. I also went my first letter to Savannah, as I suppose dear [Edith] sails for her new home tomorrow. Mrs. Barbright called – also Dr. Gregg. I was unable to get to missionary services in p.m.
Sat. Nov 26 2898
Up very early mending and writing; I thought baby Margaret would wake and so call me back to bed but she did not. As soon as possible after breakfast, I took the three boys downtown to fit them up in shoes etc; that made a big hole in the a.m., so with lessons on my return, there was no more a.m. left; Mrs. Howbert and May called in p.m., so I had to see them in my “hot bath” dress. Roland’s cold pretty hard.
Sun. Nov 27 1898
A rain snowy cold a.m., so I did not feel it was safe to take the children to church hence I stayed at home with them, reading to them Bible stories and “Pilgrim’s Progress.” I wrote a home letter to Mamma and Richie, who I suppose will soon leave for [D--?] Bay. I am quite distressed at the account that came from Edith about Mamma; and I fear Edith’s southern trip will have to be given up.
Mon. Nov 28 1898
A bright day, but Roland is coughing so much I kept him at home. He was very good in his confinement. Edith and Gardner are also coughing a good deal so they with the baby and Roland were kept indoors all day. My back suddenly went wrong and one of my old “cricks” was upon me; but I went to “Musicale” as it was near here. Mabel L— came to dinner with us.
Tues. Nov 29 1898
My back still very uncomfortable but fortunately it does not make feel ill at all. A pretty uncertain day as regards weather, so I did not make either Roland or Everett go to dancing school – for the colds of both still “hang on.” Nellie took her afternoon today, as I knew that Mrs. Johnson wanted a few of us to call on her sweet mother, Mrs. Fisher tomorrow; I stayed on lounge most of p.m. Anne and [D--?] Parrish gave the children a pleasant surprise.
Wed. Nov 30 1898
Brighter and pleasanter than yesterday, but Roland still at home; right after lunch I took him over to Dr. Gilden’s to see if there was any serious trouble with his throat or nose, and greatly to my relief he found there was not – he prescribed a could medicine, and said I need not keep the little boy at home from school. I made quite a number of calls and tried to sell tickets for “Living Posters” before going to the 76th birthday reception at Mrs. Johnson’s for her mother.
Thurs. Dec 1 1898
Back still weak and “bad” at times – but could not break my engagement for Mabel’s “tea” today. Roland seems no worse for being out again, and I think the medicine is helping him. Poor little Everett now seems to be coming down with same cold. No word from any of my home people so fat this week. I was up at Ticknor Hall about four o’clock and stayed till 6 – and everything went off beautifully and [Mabel] looked lovely.
Fri. Dec 2 1898
My back did not seem any the worse for yesterday’s festivity, but, knowing of tonight’s engagement, I took things as easy as I could all day; the long rest while nursing dear baby Margaret felt very good. Mrs. Hutton and Mrs. Reed called in p.m. Quite a squally afternoon so all the children were in. Helen helped me in third floor before taking out flower costume for her which will need a change from William’s using.
Sat. Dec 3 1898
Miss Hattie and I enjoyed going together to see the “Living Posters,” but the long sitting or something seemed to give me a worse back this a.m. I could hardly crawl around with it! So William Jr. got me an “[A--?]’s porous plaster” which I hope is going to give me permanent relief. Much disappointed at having no news from mother, brothers or sisters this week. William slept late as he has nearly every day this week – but he says he is feeling pretty well and is gaining little in weight.
Sun. Dec 4 1898
The boys, Everett and Roland, did not have full baths last night owing to their colds, so I finished them up this a.m. and put on thicker flannels as all the “big four,” as I call my four oldest children. Back much relieved from plaster, so was able to go to our own church again, and it was nearly as much too hot as it was too cold the last Sunday we were there. “Papa” took six out for a tramp in p.m., so then I wrote to [K--] and postal card to [N.H?].
Mon. Dec 5 1898
The four older ones went to school – I had lessons with Edith and Roland before breakfast, the three little ones out for a short while in a.m. I went through old bonnets etc. – and got materials ready to take down town in p.m. Helen went with me, and as our errands did not take as long as I thought they would, we made a “tea” called at Mrs. Johnson’s and my first one at Mrs. Parrish’s – getting also William Jr.’s “Miller of Dee” garment for the fair.
Tues. Dec 6 1898
Good letter from Mamma – and a short goodbye note R— just before he sailed for Departure Bay – very grateful for both – and greatly relieved that Mamma is well again – she will be sorry when she hears that I too am having a siege with lameness of back. Mrs. Beemis called in p.m. just after I had written notes to Mrs. Washburn, Caroline H--, and Aunt Molly, whose 82nd birthday it is! In evening I went to hear Mrs. Zeisler which was a treat.
Wed. Dec 7 1898
Poor Roland a little cantankerous after breakfast – he did not know whether to go to school or not – so even after starting, Annie found him on the piazza; as a result he went to bed with the little ones at noon; the p.m. raw and cold, so all in until lessons were over and Mrs. Kennedy called when she kindly invited some of them over to her church to see a stereopticon exhibit. William Jr., Helen, and Edith all went and had a beautiful time. Maggie took a rest.
Thurs. Dec 8 1898
Such a “blizzardy” day that I kept all at home from school – and it nearly broke little Helen’s heart! But after her cry she was very womanly and made herself happy and useful the rest of the day – writing to Dorothy C— etc. Anne and Dilwyn came over for a romp in p.m., after it had stopped snowing. I took a short rest in p.m. – but for some reason was more tired than usual after dinner so went to bed when William Jr. and Helen did.
Fri. Dec 9 1898
The coldest a.m. so far this winter – only 8 below zero when the children started for school! They were well bundled and enjoyed going out in the snow; they stopped at druggist’s for a new plaster for my old back – which came in good season. William slept till noon. Poor baby Margaret has the wretched [Gruppe?] cough that the others have been having. It was a pleasure to stay in all day and make headway with the week’s mending – always plenty of that! Mrs. Slocum called.
Sat. Dec 10 1898
I just gave up most of my day to the big children and their successful little fair at Miss Henry’s – we had lunch early – Mr. Slocum here to keep us good company. Helen look very sweet in her paper suit and hat – she said several called her “Daffy down Dilly,” and her table seemed quite a favorite. William Jr. as “Miller of Dee” was door keeper. Everett and Roland had a good time and came home early with me. Back almost well.
Sun. Dec 11 1898
Though cold and snowy and blowy, the four older children and I went to church; Mr. Gregg’s text was from Acts 17:13 and he gave a good sermon on Repentance. The children are still barking – especially little Edith and baby Margaret now – it seems almost like whooping cough again. When “Papa” was in playroom in p.m., I took William Jr. and Helen over to hear Mr. Moody in Coliseum where there was the greatest crowd.
Mon. Dec 12 1898
Up early to mend before breakfast. A mild a.m., so Helen wore gingham dress and William Jr. a linen shirt waist to school. I went out for short time on Christmas errands in a.m. – just made a beginning. In p.m. I was both too tired and too busy to go to concert – and then oh, dear, after two comfortable days with my back, I felt the old weakness and pain returning. Little Margaret better than yesterday.
Tues. Dec 13 1898
I had to dress the school children up pretty warm again – as there was a very decided “drop” in the mercury after midnight. I went out on Christmas errands as soon as possible after breakfast – and accomplished quite a little. On my return, I nursed dear baby Margaret to sleep and then read the paper to William, and then when I was getting out play clothes for the little boys, Maggie told me she thought she would have to go home because of her father’s illness, so that upset me for p.m.
Wed. Dec 14 1898
Up early mending trousers and making ready for the day. Quite discouraging to have my poor old back “kinked” again – especially this busy week of Christmas preparations. Stayed at home all the a.m. but as soon as possible after lunch the older children went out with me, and I found more books for Christmas. Mr. Sturgis surprised us pleasantly at noon – going right away, however, on 2 p.m. train. Mrs. Barlow and Martie called in late p.m.
Thurs. Dec 15 1898
The little tots were out yesterday during warm sunny part of day – but today it was dampish and raw – so because of colds, they did not get out. I seem to move at a snail’s pace about Christmas work – but I do not want to let the regular duties get neglected, and then in p.m. I looked up someone to take Maggie’s place and also went to hear Dr. Beach on the Norwegian system of prohibition. The discourse interested me very much. Anna Wood came to see us and we liked her appearance so much that we engaged her.
Fri. Dec 16 1898
Dear baby Margaret 9 months old today – glad of Aunt Caroline’s note saying she was coming next week. Mrs. Barney came to brush my hair. William slept till lunchtime. I felt almost too tired to go out to Mrs. Lunt’s “afternoon,” and afterwards I found there was reason for the special fatigue. I also called on Mrs. Adams and Miss Brinley, and then did a few Christmas errands before going home to my little coughing Margaret, she and little Edith are “whooping” most pronouncedly.
Sat. Dec 17 1898
Though I did not feel very spunky, I felt I must go down on a few errands with the children i.e. the older ones. Nellie had the three little ones at home and in the house because of sharp wind outside and whooping chough sounds indoors. William, Helen, Roland and Everett had their hair trimmed a little for Christmas. Hot baths as usual in p.m., though we gave them as lightly as possible. So far little Gardner has showed no signs of a return of the dreadful cough.
Sun. Dec 18 1898
I am having very broken nights with dear baby Margaret – and the darling seems very tired when daylight comes. I did not go to church – but sent a note to Mrs. Gregg by the older children, all four of whom were good enough to go by themselves. “Papa” helped Nellie with the children in p.m., so I took a good rest. It makes us feel lonely to have Maggie packing up to go home, and it is hard for Nellie again, to be away when her father is so ill.
Mon. Dec 19 1898
Pretty anxious about dear baby Margaret – so I told William that I should consult with Dr. Gilden after lunch, and after [?] hindrance, I did so and he prescribed mine of [?]. Mrs. Barlow and Martie called and I told them how poor little Margaret was coughing. Maggie left us today and Anne Wood came to us. Maggie quite broken up in leaving the little charges and of course we hate changes.
Tues. Dec 20 1898
Poor little Edith coughing very hard as well as baby Margaret, the latter seemed all tired out on waking – and yet did not seem exactly ill. William went to Denver for all day – too raw for the little ones to be out. Mrs. Barney here in the a.m. I made a little headway in Christmas preparations, but with forebodings, because of dear little Margaret – whose nights are getting more and more broken and hard for us both.
Wed. Dec 21 1898
Baby Margaret seems to be hard at work over her relapse of whooping cough – I am troubled about her and me together have pretty broken nights. I slipped out right after breakfast to talk with Dr. Gilden through telephone about baby Margaret and also [through telephone] to Denver with Caroline H. Nellie took a rest, but it was not long, for baby Margaret grew worse – so William Jr. went for Dr. Tucker who came soon and said the baby was pretty sick – [?] pneumonia! Oh, how the words frightened me. William telegraphed Caroline not to come till she hears from me.
Thurs. Dec 22 1898
Dear baby Margaret seemed better than I feared she would but of course we are still very anxious about her. Dr. Tucker said she was better – but the poor little girl was very restless all day – Nellie and I took turns in caring for her; she seemed unable to take any naps. Dr. Tucker did not come till late, because of his search for a nurse for our darling. He found Miss Clinton at last – she came to us about 7:30 and relieved us all.
Fri. Dec 23 1898
I felt much more rested than I have for a week past because of a good stretch of sleep last night, the first one away from baby Margaret! I relieved Miss Clinton at 6 a.m., so that she could have a good nap before breakfast. My baby girl glad to find her “Mamma” again for nursing. The day seemed a hard for my little darling – she looks so strained and sick – except her eyes which are as beautiful as ever in their blue and brightness.
Sat. Dec 24 1898
Dr. Tucker found out baby worse this morning so he ordered flax seed [?] at once – he said the trouble had spread a little; so my heart was pretty heavy when dear Aunt Caroline arrived at 11 a.m. The older children very good about doing the errands for me. Not as happy a “night before Christmas” as last year’s, but Caroline helped me very much in getting everything ready for the six dear well children. I did not get to bed till midnight.
Sun. Dec 25 1898
A beautiful Christmas day and we hope our darling baby Margaret is not any worse. Dr. Tucker thought not. He decided I must wean her – so I had my last cosy time with the precious sick baby about 9:30. It makes me sad to be left without that comfort. Aunt Caroline, William Jr., and Helen were the only ones to go to church. Miss Clinton had a little outing in p.m., while “Papa” and I took turns in staying with our little invalid – she had a bad time in early evening.
Mon. Dec 26 1898
Baby’s temperature much better this morning and she seemed so comfortable that I felt very much encouraged, though anxious all the time. Aunt Caroline made the older children very happy in her room after her drive with Miss Barlow. I had charge of baby while Miss Clinton was out, and Nellie and I felt dreadfully that she refused her food – she was very ill for two hours after Miss Clinton’s return. Dr. Tucker came in evening.
Tues. Dec 27 1898
“Papa” and I relieved Miss Clinton at 3 a.m. when we went into baby’s room. She looked much more comfortable then the last night – but Oh! what anxious times these are. Darling little Margaret looked very ill. Dr. Anderson came in consultation with Dr. Tucker and both prepared us for the worst. Miss Clinton did not leave the little pet’s bedside except for her meals. I rested all that was possible with such a heavy heart. I wrote short note to Aunt Margaret in p.m. when I rushed to darling baby’s side to find her going from us to the new [home?]. William Jr. went for dear Papa.
Wed. Dec 28 1898
I dressed baby Margaret for burial after we had selected her casket – and she stayed on my bed where she had suffered so until about 11 o’clock today when I carried the precious form down stairs and laid it [?] in the little white resting place. Mrs. Hugerman called and saw my Margaret. Dr. and Mrs. Gregg came at 2:15 and there was a short sweet burial service and just two carriages drove to Aunty’s grave at the front of which we put our baby daughter. Miss Henry kindly kept the older children [?] home, before they returned. Gardner’s first cough tonight.
Thurs. Dec 29 1898
Little Gardner almost startled me, he looked so pale at breakfast and throughout the day, and he seemed to have very little appetite. Of course we are rubbing him with [R--?]’s [lubrication?] and are watching every symptom that arises with the cough that has begun. Caroline a great comfort to the children as well as to me these first sad lonely days. I wrote to Aunt Mable for the first time of our sorrow. Our friends are most kind to us – and I have seen them as they called.
Fri. Dec 30 1898
What do childless mothers do! It is such a help, in my constant sense of loneliness without my baby girl, to have the other dear children to plan and cook for! Miss Brinley and Mabel called before “Aunt Caroline” left us for Denver on the p.m. train. William went to the station with her, we missed her sweet presence, but are grateful that we had it this hard, hard week. A very bright letter came from Aunt Edith who had not heard of our grief.
Sat. Dec 31 1898
The below zero weather came suddenly upon last night. William kept a good fire going, beside going from bed to bed to keep track of the different pulses. Little Gardner coughing a little – we cannot be sure for sometime to come whether he is to have the dread disease. Little Edith continues to do very well. We all had breakfast in playroom – the other part of house was so cold. Mrs. Donaldson and Mrs. Reed called; not able to accomplish much in p.m. No hot baths.