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Sunday Sept 1

At Lou’s all the A.M. reading, practising, etc. Spent the p.m. with Mrs. Egan in her room & we had a jolly time talking. She is very entertaining. Said she was hoping I’d come over. Said that Juliet had a row with Marion Power & gave it to him good. Seems she wrote him she was coming home & wanted him to plan to take her around & I guess he did not come to the snatch as expected. He was with a strange girl all yesterday eve. after taking Henrietta to the fair.

Monday Sept 2

At San de Fuca all day on acct. of the weather. Wrote a long letter to Col. Warren of Pasadena, and postals to John Hull & Irene, asking if they rec’d my letters. Had 3 invitations to supper this p.m. from Sibbie, Mrs. Egan & “Grandma” Benson. Accepted Sibbie’s as hers came first. Practised an hour or so with Mrs. E. & had a fine time. Was very much surprised to get a letter from Mr. Robinson wishing me all kinds of success & asking me to write.

Tuesday Sept 3

At San de Fuca all the A.M., but started for the ranch just before noon. Worked with Tony all the p.m. hauling compost for the field.

Wednesday Sept 4

Started for the woods & then changed my mind & decided to go with the bunch to Fort Casey. Am glad I did for I had a grand time. Mother, Tony, Mamie, Uncle Geo, Aunt Mary, Auntie Chris, Uncle Joe & Dr. McKee were in the party. Ma, Mamie, Tony & I had lunch alongside the road while waiting for Uncle Geo & Aunt Mary. We had a West Pointer show us the fort, big guns & mortars & it was very interesting. Had a jolly ride home. Saw Mrs. Egan & she is coming up to Tony’s beach to camp next week.

Thursday Sept 5

In the woods again, but do not feel much like working after loafing so long. Split a lot of fire wood. Ma starts for the East next Wednesday. Check for $30.00 from Neil for poles I have cut. More as soon as he hauls them out.

Friday Sept 6

In the woods all day and worked like a Turk. Had hard luck. Ma walked to San de Fuca and Sibbie & Nellie walked back with her. Letter from John Hull. He has the Seattle fever & is going to locate there. Guess I will too if Charlie does. Practised an hour. Picked a lot of plums to save them from the yellow jackets.

Saturday Sept 7

Staid at home to mend my boots & it took me so long that I didn’t go to the woods, and as I was starting off this p.m. Tony asked me if I wanted to go hunting Pheasants. He didn’t have to ask twice. Helped him pick some chickens & then we started. Killed nothing but time, but enjoyed ourselves. Went over the old Craney place and located some fine bark trees and some nice apples.

Ma's birthday 59 yrs. old

Sunday Sept 8

A big crowd of us went to Libby’s beach for the last picnic of the season and had a fine time, a swell feed and a good walk to Poudilla Lake, where I took some pictures and a big tumble, scraping off the epidermis on my right arm and shin. Ma was scared blue and I was mad. A big, dead sea lion on the beach made us move on to a new place to eat dinner The stink was too much for us. Listened to the old ladies and Ma singing hymns this eve. Ma’s last Sunday here.

Monday Sept 9

Working with Tony all day cutting down a bark tree and taking off the bark. Hard work. Went down to the Pot Latch House with Ma as she wanted to see it this eve. Wrote Mr. Larson about some Sept. expirations.

Tuesday Sept 10

At the ranch all the A.M. helping Tony in various ways. He took Ma, her baggage & me down to Fuca this p.m Put up at Nellie’s for the night. Ma’s last day on the island.

Wednesday Sept 11

After a very rainy & rough passage Ma & I arrived at Seattle at about 1 P.M. & put up at the Diller. Met my old friend & business associate, Sydnor of Pasadena who was with his brother-in-law, Dr. Jordan & made plans to see each other tomorrow & “do” the town. Took Ma to the “Star” & saw some vaudeville this eve.

Thursday Sept 12

Saw Mother off on the 9.20 train & left her weeping. She hated to go & I hated to have her, but glad that I was not going back. The West is good enough for me for a while yet. Met Sydnor at Dr. Jordan’s office 301 Oriental Block, together with his mother & sister (Mrs. Jordan) & we all went down to see the big Minnesota. S & I went all over her. Saw Secy. Taft & was surprised to note how very little enthusiasm he aroused. Almost none at all tho there was a big crowd present. Had lunch at Wood’s Cafe & then S & I went out to Woodland Park. Saw the animals etc. & then came back. Had dinner at Dr. Jordan’s & spent the night there. Mr. & Mrs. Harry Stokes called & we looked over the Dr’s Phillipine photos & played cards.

Friday Sept 13

Sydnor & I arose at about 8. Had a fine breakfast, and staid at the house until about 10.30 when we went down town & looked over the Stokes candy & ice cream factory in company with Harry Stokes & then took lunch with him at his fine restaurant on 2nd Ave. Left for Fuca at 2 p.m. & Sydnor came down to the boat with me. Introduced him to Harry Barrington. Had fine trip back and a dandy supper on board the Whidby. Arrived in time to take in the dance given by Mrs. Egan in honor to her mother. Sat at the spread with Mrs. E. at her invitation. Staid at Lou’s all night.

Saturday Sept 14

At San de Fuca all the A.M., at Lou’s. Came back with Chris. Fisher. Sent postal to Sydnor telling him to come on as everything is O.K. Worked with Tony all the p.m. hauling rails for a fence. Took Nellie home in the buggy this eve. & got the mail. Practised.

Sunday Sept 15

Arose at 8. Split some wood, ate brakfast, shaved. Practised a few minutes. I feel the loss of practise occasioned by having to go away. Wrote a very long letter to Mr. Robinson, and enc’d 5 souvenir postal cards (big fir, Seattle Spirit Spectacle Rocks, Skagit River, Mt. Baker) Helped Tony milk. Dull & rainy all day.

Monday Sept 16

Did a big wash this morning & then helped Tony build a rail fence. Went down to meet Sydnor, but he did not come. Letter from Mr. Puffer of Pasadena. Never expected to hear from him again. He has been a semi invalid all Summer. Says Jess & Efie always ask for me.

Tuesday Sept 17

Spent the morning splitting wood & making cider. Went down to Fuca to carry Mr. Carlton & meet Sydnor, who failed again to come. Sent me a postal saying he would come tomorrow or Thursday. Letters from Susie, Charlie Brown & Hull. Sue is having lots of trouble with the men in one way & another. Hull has decided to stay in Bellingham .Brought Edna Merrifield back with me. She is staying at Tony’s.

Wednesday Sept 18

Worked with Tony all day. Hauled a load of bark down from his woods. Quit at about 4.30 & made ready to go to Fuca to meet Sydnor. He didn’t come & I decided to stay over, which I did & put up at Lou’s.

Thursday Sept 19

At San de Fuca all day. Had a lovely walk with sister Egan this p.m. Took her up where I intend to have my fine colonial mansion on Grasser’s ranch some day. She admired the spot immensely. Sydnor came to night at 10.30 on the Fairhaven. We put up at Nellie’s. We were glad to see each other.

Friday Sept 20

Took Sydnor up to the ranch ofter we had called on Lou and Mrs. Egan, and presented him to all hands. The big threshing outfit happened to be here & we pitched in & helped the gang, also helped Mamie with the dinner. Staid here all the p.m. Lincoln Morse is with the machine & wants me to visit him as soon as he quits the job. Took several photos.

Saturday Sept 21

Sydnor & I worked with Tony all day hauling wheat, oats & oat hay & we worked like beavers. Tony drove us down to the hall where he danced, I played & Sydnor acted as guest of honor sitting on the platform with me. Quite a crowd came soon after we started. Made $1.75 out of the collection taken up. Mrs. E. wanted me to take $2.00 but I told her to hang onto the extra 2 bits. Staid at Nellie’s. Fine, short letter from Beth and one from Ma written at Chicago, also postal.

Sunday Sept 22

Sydnor & I arose at abt. 8.30 and after breakfast went up to Lou’s to see Uncle Geo. Helped get the old piano out of the hall and then Syd. & I walked out to Port Nugent where Mrs. Egan, Nell Benson, Henrietta & Minnie Bos joined us later. Had a pleasant time. Walked back with Sydnor & had dinner at the hotel at sister Egan’s invitation, & then spent bal. of eve. Put up at Nellie’s.

Monday Sept 23

Came to the ranch on Nellie’s wheel & drove back with the rig. Took Sydnor over to Coupeville where we had dinner, some beer, a hair cut & a good time. Drew my bank acct. & used a part of it in paying Sydnor the balance due on my lot. Drove out thro. Eby’s prairie to show him that country: the best on the island. Had supper at Nellie’s. Drove home & came back on the wheel. Sydnor left on the Fairhaven tonight at abt. 12.30.

Tuesday Sept 24

Came back to the ranch this A.M. Bought some stationery & brought one of my farm books for Tony to read. Saw sister Egan & had a Romeo & Juliet chat with her. Worked with Tony all the p.m. & a part of the A.M. hauling oat straw. Letter from Ma written at Percy’s & letter & photos from Perce. Wrote to Patrick. Will sic Ma onto him right quick.

Wednesday Sept 25

Arose at 8 A.M. Split a bunch of fire wood for the old ladies. Worked with Tony all day hauling rails for a fence around the oat straw stack, and bark from the Craney Place. Tony shot 2 teal this A.M., I cleaned them & we all had a taste of them at supper. Letters from Floss.

Thursday Sept 26

Had a shave after breakfast & felt like a new man. Went up to Blackiston’s with a load of wheat with Tony & we brot back a load of wood for Mr. Arnold at San de Fuca & took it to him. We met sister Egan, Minnie Benson & Rev. Bluett coming & going. Sister looked very sweet & pretty as usual. We got a big load of bark this P.M. on the Craney ranch.

Friday Sept 27

Hauled bark with Tony for the old ladies all the A.M. Went gunning with Tony & Fred Arnold in the P.M. Tony shot one pheasant and I skun him for Mamie to cook. We scared up plenty of game but couldn’t do much without a dog. Helped milk as usual. Started “Ramona” the book Beth sent me.

Saturday Sept 28

Worked with Tony getting bark on the Craney place. We felled on old whopper fir. Lamed my back pretty badly while sawing. Saw a big flock of sand hill cranes. Went hunting with Tony & Fred Arnold in p.m. Tony shot 1 pheasant & I cleaned it. We should have had a dog with us.

Sunday Sept 29

At the ranch all day reading, writing letters & eating. Wrote Col. Warren, Susie and Mr. Puffer. Had a fine dinner at Tony’s.

Monday Sept 30

Helped Tony pick up rocks in the upper meadow all the A.M. an haul wood from Gildow’s in the p.m. Nice note from sister Egan asking me how long I intend remaining on the island. She wants me to play at a ball in Coupeville. Fine letter from Mrs. Phillips & a paper from Mr. Robinson. He doesn’t seem to forget me. Had quite a time getting in the bull tonight, “the son of a b -” Wrote note to Mrs. Egan.

Tuesday Oct 1

Didn’t do much but read this A.M. on acct. of the rain. Went after bark this p.m. and we felled a mighty big tree: the biggest yet. Letters from Charlie Luther & Juliet O’Leary with her photo pasted on it. Wrote Charlie and began my letter with “Dearest Bitch.” To me he began “Hello, you old fat head.” John hasn’t paid him yet & Charlie sent the note to a bank for collection once. Was lucky to get my money.

Wednesday Oct 2

Tony & I felled another old soaked and got 2 big loads of bark from it. Saw a pheasant in the road and it was so tame the horses almost stepped on it. Saw a mink also and a crow with a broken wing. Am reading Ramona and enjoying it immensely.

Thursday Oct 3

Tony & I started on his cistern and got down about 3 feet. It is to be 10’x10’x10’. Worked at it all day and got pretty tired.

Friday Oct 4

Tony & I worked on the cistern all the A.M. & quit for the day at noon. Shaved, bathed ,dressed & started for Fuca at about 4 & put up at Nellie’s. Played for the much talked of Harvest Dance this eve. & had a swell time. Danced with Mrs. Egan, Juliet, Lou & Sibbie while Mick & others played. Frank Hastie spent most of the time on the stage piping me off I guess. Had a fine supper at the hotel & sat with sister Egan. Played taps at the end of the dance & it made a big hit, especially with the few soldiers there from Fort Casey, who yelled lustily.

Saturday Oct 5

At San de Fuca all day. Went after smelts with Hallie Benson & we had fine luck. Got 8 boxes or 1,200. lbs. Brought home a mess for Nellie & Lou. Mrs. Egan came down to the wharf & chatted with us when we landed. Was very much interested to know how I got over the hall etc.

Sunday Oct 6

At San de Fuca all day. Played on the cornet this A.M. & had the whole neighborhood listening, so Charlie said. Went after smelts with Hallie at 11 A.M. & we got 2 boxes, beating out Sam & Billie & the Hastie boys. Spent eve. at the hotel playing with Mrs. Egan to entertain the gang present. Tony came along as I was playing & I then went down to Nellie’s where he & Mamie are staying to night en route to Seattle & drove back with Gypsy. Hallie & I have caught 1,500 lbs. in the 2 days.

Monday Oct 7

Arose at 5.20. Did the milking & just as I finished Johnnie Van Dam showed up & together we did the rest of the chores. Had a good snooze this p.m. at Tony’s. My razor blades came this p.m. from Chemical Steel Co. Chicago. John & I turned in early.

Tuesday Oct 8

John & I got up at 6 and did the chores and had no trouble. Wrote to Juliet, John Hull & Salisbury. Practised some & played to Chris & Sibbie over the phone. Read in “Ramona.” Went up in the woods to get my spud & found one of my lodged trees on the ground so staid & peeled half of it & left the spud for the rest of it. Letter from Sydnor at Portland.

Wednesday Oct 9

John & I got up early and did all the chores O.K. He went home at about 10 & I took things easy till he came back. Tony came sailing in after we had gone to bed.

Thursday Oct 10

John staid & we all 3 worked in the cistern most all day.

Friday Oct 11

Tony had all his pigs killed today. Fred Arnold shot them with a 22 rifle. I kept the rocks hot, lugged water and entertained sister Egan who happened along.

Saturday Oct 12

Worked with Tony all A.M. digging in the cistern mostly. Went over to Coupeville with Tony & tried to get fitted with shoes, but could come nowhere’s near a fit. Stopped off at San de Fuca & put up at Lou’s for the night.

Sunday Oct 13

At San de Fuca all day. Put in 4 solid hours rehearsing with Mrs. Egan & we had a swell time surely. Also staid to dinner with her. She is certainly lovely to me. Went to bed quite early. Decided to go to Seattle tomorrow and do some shopping & perhaps run across Col. Warren. Lou went to Coupeville this A.M. to stay a few days & have some dentistry work done. Hallie Benson gave me $4.00 for fishing with him.

Monday Oct 14

The Whidby did not come in this A.M. so got up early for nothing. Spent the day at Lou’s with Mick, practising, reading, etc. Saw sister Egan a few minutes, but she was too busy to do any rehearsing. Left for Seattle on the Fairhaven at about 11 P.M. Nellie sat up with me: the good old soul! Slept in lower #6 as advised by sister Egan and found it O.K.

Tuesday Oct 15

Arose at 7.30 & went up town. Got busy with my shopping immediately and finished by noon. Attended to Sam’s gun stock, bought high top shoes, tooth powder, an eye shade for Nellie Dyer, called on Dr. Jordan, inspected the public market, called on Irene, wrote note for Col. Warren & left it at the Stevens, bought outing shirt, etc. etc. Saw Mrs. Hancock of Coupeville.

Wednesday Oct 16

At San de Fuca all day, reading, practising and writing letters. Wrote to Hancock Bros. of Lynchburg Va., Mr. Hancock of Coupeville, Dr. Jordan of Seattle & Ma. Cooked some smelts for dinner that Nell Benson gave me.

Thursday Oct 17

Sister Egan & I called off our dance for tomorrow on a/c of a recital & show at Coupeville by local talent. She gave me a novel to read: Sweet Danger. I wonder what that is? Came back to the ranch & helped Tony pick apples all p.m. Milked as usual.

Friday Oct 18

Dug spuds and picked apples all day with Tony. Letter from Mr. Hudson of Pasadena; he spoke of numerous failures, changes & removals in business firms there. Lee Powers has gone to L.A.

Saturday Oct 19

Digging spuds & picking apples all day ye know!

Sunday Oct 20

A cussed lonesome day! Read, snoozed and practised a little. Wrote Charlie Brown a long letter. Tony & family away all day at Joe Arnold’s. Uncle Geo. called & so did Geo. Izett & family. Helped Tony milk & staid to supper.

Monday Oct 21

Dug spuds all the A.M. Tony killed a calf in the p.m., after he (the calf) had pulled us up the hill on the dead run,Tony hanging onto a rope & I onto his tail. Nearly split laughing & Tony lost all his wind. Got all the sheep into the orchard today as T. is to sell 6 of the young “long tails.” Went to San de Fuca today to do some errands for Tony, myself & get the girls. Saw sister Egan & had a short chat.

Took Lou’s mail up to her & got a kiss for it.

Tuesday Oct 22

After having a deuce of a time catching 6 ”long tails” (sheep) Tony & I went to Oak Harbor with them and a veal for sale. Had dinner at Annie’s where Tony bought 2 pigs. Bought 2 more of Smith at O.H. I bought a shirt at Maylor’s.

Wednesday Oct 23

Digging spuds all day. Horrible job! It would be unendurable if I didn’t have Tony to work with me. Did a big wash this A.M. and put in the sweater.

Thursday Oct 24

Digging spuds all day. Rec’d cork soles & extra shoe strings from Chandler of Plymouth Shoe Co. Wrote to Ma this eve. and asked her to sic herself onto Tom Patrick & make him pay up. He never will until some one can tackle him personally and hang on like a bull dog.

Friday Oct 25

Dug spuds all the A.M. and helped haul & pit them this p.m. Nellie Dyer phoned to see if I cared to go to a dance at O.H. tonight, but I declined with thanks. Am having a little trouble with my lips in playing: can’t seem to reach the high notes easily. Guess I strained them last week Thurs. playing high C so much.

Saturday Oct 26

Digging spuds all day and telling Tony about my old office experiences & the people there. Took a warm sponge bath just before retiring. Started “Sweet Danger” loaned me by sister Egan.

Sunday Oct 27

Over to Tony’s all day reading “Sweet Danger.” Finished it this eve. Helped milk & separate.

Monday Oct 28

Digging spuds nearly all day. 2 Sirvashes are to start in on the balance this p.m. Am glad of it. Letter from Ed. F. Charlie Newcomb, Patrick & Hancock Bros. Patrick say I may expect to hear from his lawyer (W.E. Brownell) very shortly now.

Tuesday Oct 29

In the woods with Tony getting out fire wood for the old ladies. Tony now has 2 Sirvashes digging spuds so we quit. Fine long letter from Perce telling all about his N.Y. trip, also enclosing photo of his family, & muscular dev.

Wednesday Oct 30

Sawing firewood with Tony up in his woods. Quit at 3 and got ready for the big masquerade ball at Coupeville. Shaved, bathed, dressed & cleaned the cornet. Walked to Fuca where I put on my black suit. Rode over to C. with Fisher & family. Everything went off smoothly. Made $8.00. Sister cleared $12.00 & Will $15.00. The costumes were fine & Uncle Geo. was one of the judges. Quit playing at 3.00 A.M. Mr. Field is a fair violin player & a jolly fellow.

Thursday Oct 31

Laid abed rather late as I felt sort of “all in.” Arrived at Lou’s at about 5 A.M. having ridden back with Chris Fisher. Teddy came out & barked at me and I gave him a “hist” in the posterior at which he set up a great ki-yiing & made me mad as H -. I didn’t want to wake Mick up. Spent several hours with sister Egan & had a jolly time & a good talk; also lunch. She is a dear!

Friday Nov 1

Getting out mangles and hauling a few spuds today. Philistine from Beth, & a sample of Pompeian Massage Soap. Have quite a bad cold ye know!

Saturday Nov 2

Topping, pulling & hauling mangles all day. My cold is a little better today. Letter from Charlie Newcomb giving me Ed. Trott’s address. He is a student at Wash. University.

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