1908-09 Handwritten Diaries Kansas City Carrolton Missouri Sons Death Political
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1908-09 Handwritten Diaries Kansas City Carrolton Missouri Sons Death Political:
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“23rd, Spent the afternoon at Jeannie’s, Veva and I. J. is still talking of going to Oregon to live. Also Laura and Harold who may be married next summer or fall. Veva too is engaged but noting is said of marrying. Grace went down to see Howard who is still improving…..”
“13th, Another letter from Lily this morning to Grace saying they had give up hope and she had written for the Dr’s sister, Mrs. Remington, to come. Grace and I went down to E.B.L’s to lunch. Did a little shopping then took a car ride on the Rock Hill to the Northeast. Laura entertained two of her friends at luncheon. Papers from Minnie….27th, Went down town to see about ordering a black silk skirt. It was quite cold but don’t seem to have hurt me so far. Found letter from Lily on return. It seems only a matter of days for the poor dear Doctor. Lily too has been sick and the Dr.’s sister was called home. Grace enclosed the letter to Lily last night….”
“2nd, Grace and I went down to E.B.L.’s this morning for a peau de soie skirt. This P.M. a telegram came from Lily telling us the sad news that the Dr. passed away at 2:30 this morning. I have just written to Lily, also to Nannie….31st, The Democratic dinner was a big success. The “greatest enthusiasm prevailed.” A great crowd. Grace and Alice left before it was over but Laura and Howard stayed till the last. They were delighted with Mr. Bryan’s speech of which they heard every word but could not hear Judge Harmon. Wrote to Jack. Sent paper to Lily with notice of Dr. death. Carrolton Democrat….. ”
16th, Grace and I spent a very pleasant afternoon with Lily Featherstone and Mamie (Mills) Smith. We enjoyed the music of a very fine phonograph they have. Almost as good as being at the opera….”
“4th, I had rather a bad night. It stormed some and I stayed awake nearly all night. Don’t feel very bright this A.M. I had a nice letter from Jack. He has been promoted. Is now Commander or Captain as he is called. Vera and I played some duets today. I enjoyed them but had almost forgotten them. It rained nearly all day….26th,We all went downtown to Jeannie’s for lunch. Mrs. Miller also. We stopped on the way to J’s to see Mrs. Johns who has my old house. She took us all over and showed us the great improvements they have made and J and I are thinking seriously of taking the 3 upstairs rooms instead of going to Ky this summer….30th, Been busy all day. Cleaned up all my silver, hemmed a table cloth, packed away all my winter clothes and put up lots of things to move next week. If nothing happens. Our furniture will be out Monday. Tom Robert’s is here from Chicago where he too came to see Laura. They have all day a grand day at tennis. Splendid day and cool…..”
“3rd, 130 Linwood. Been fixing up all day, got trunks &c hauled over this A.M. and Grace’s things from Mrs. P.’s. Putting things in order. Am pretty tired. Took supper at Dick’s but slept over there tonight. Everything looks so nice. But Mrs. Johns has sold the house and we will have new people downstairs but G. says they will be just as nice so we’ll stay…..”
“7th, Grace went down to do some work for Bertha. Got home about 2 P.M. Laura is to entertain her club tomorrow. After an early dinner G. and I went up to Electric Park. Had to wait quite awhile for it to be dark enough to light up. L____ lead his band and it was amazing to see him. I enjoyed the music but it was very cold out there. Could have used a cloak…..10th, Mr. Bryan’s nomination was made at 3:45 this A.M. after an all night session with great enthusiasm and on the first ballot. It was unanimous! I had a nice letter from Cliff this A.M. telling me of his mother’s last sickness. It has been very hot all day. Mr. T. came out this evening. Kern of Indiana for vice president is absurd….”
“31st, My hay fever is very troublesome this A.M. Letter from Lily. Have just come from seeing Dick. He is much better and quite cheerful. Mrs. Featherstone and Mamie Millis were here this P.M. Greatly admired my little flat. Mr. Hogg came out after supper……”
“25th, Long letter full of news from Minnie this A.M. Also a card from Lily saying she was no better for her trip and was starting home. This P.M. I received letter from Dr. Lange, Nannie’s Dr., in regard to Dick. The Commerce came, also there’s trouble in Dem. Camp about Haskill of Oklahoma. Got ten up to try and impugn the Dem. By that Hearst and Roosevelt…”
“10th, A perfect autumn day. This P.M. we went over to see Dick. After we took the 15th street cars and went out to the Paseo to hear Mr. Bryan speak. There was an immense crowd and I enjoyed the whole thing tho Grace got nervous in the crowd. I had a good look at Mr. B. but could not hear what he said. There was so much confusion around us. Letter from Nannie…15th, Just such a day as yesterday but went down with Grace this A.M. Dick is a little better this morning. We got home about 1:30. I very tired. G. went over to see Dick and found him sleeping after a very restless day. The Dr. seemed to think he would pass away in his sleep. They sent for us about 6 P.M. We were all gathered in his room but he gradually recovered and was able to sit up in bed…..19th, My poor boy passed away at 12 today! Mr. Pena, the Dr. and the nurses were in the room. Grace did not tell me of it until I had had my rest. Lucerne and baby were with us all morning and for lunch. All are relieved that the end was peaceful and the suspense over. We knew for days there was no hope. Grace had the Dr. come in to breakfast. Had watched all night at his bed side…..”
3rd, Went up to Mrs. Wiler’s to try on new sacque she is making me. Went to town this P.M. to do some shopping. It is Election Day. The town is crowded, sort of holiday. The Post speaks very encouragingly of Mr. Bryan’s chances. Have heard N.Y. has gone for Taft. We stayed up till 11 P.M. getting returns. Heard nothing good. Taft has won….9th, Another fine day. We have been out twice today as usual. Think of going home tomorrow. The young colored man who is employed about the dinning room &c met with bad accident while washing windows in writing room. Fell against window and trying to save himself cut an artery in his wrist and bleed fearfully…..”
“31st, Tonight, 12 o’clock closes the old year. Mrs. John is sticking it out with Grace. I will go to bed and listen for the bells, whistles and shouting &c. Grace is writing to Minnie. Who will send me the first letter of the New Year!”
(Again, because of time I only took a few entries from the next diary)
“January 1st, The old year is dead and gone! I do not regret it. It brought me a great sorrow and a great disappointment. The day comes in bright. The first news that greeted us, Howard called up Grace and told her our old friend George Gilliam was married Monday last to Miss Donalson…January 6th, The gas was short today. Have done nothing but huddle over the tiny flame in my little gas heater. There is great discomfort about town. Are having zero weather. We are going to get a wood stove to keep from freezing. Everywhere people are going back to coal and candles for light…..February 26th, Went downtown this morning had lunch at tea room. Grace went over to Convention Hall to hear Gypsy Smith the great English evangelist. Mrs. John and Bertha Harman went with her. I stayed at E. B. T. until she returned. May came over after we got home. I had a postal from Minnie. Another flood is with them….June 6th, K. got here all right, did not stop in St. Louis. Grace, Laura and Iva met her at station and we all dined over at Mary’s. After dinner Laura showed us her pretty things. Later the girls went out to the ball game. Grace finished directing Lena’s wedding cards…G. went in an auto with Mr. T. to see some property below Independence…..June 16th, K. had letter and package from her mother is A.M. We are busy trying to get a dress done for her to wear to the dinner at Swan’s Saturday evening. She had to refuse 2 invitations to luncheon and card party to help finish it. I wrote to Minnie this P.M. Jeannie’s house was entered by a thief today. They got him and we saw the crowd go by headed by a policeman holding him by the arm….June 20th, (I scanned this page above which was the wedding day of her daughter or granddaughter)….July 8th, Lily and I went out to the afternoon concert at Electric Park. After we went down to the “Baltimore” and had dinner. Got home in time to rest and cool off before Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle and Lily Featherstone came. They spent the evening. We entertained them in our roof garden porch. Celeste and Kathleen were present….”
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