Lennie, age 16, writes from Wakefield, Nebraska:
Thursday, January 20, 1898
Took examination algebra & rhetoric, civics, very poor.
C??? went to Omaha. (I surely wish Lennie had written more clearly. We'll never know who went to Omaha.)
Friday, January 21, 1898
Belknap was beauried. Died Wed.
Saturday, January 22, 1898
Sunday School convention at Emersons.
Jim Cooper, Earl Grant baptized.
Two years later, according to the 1900 census, Earl Grant lived with his father, David, and mother, Lottie, and siblings Walter, Arthur, Clinton, David and Bessie in the village of Wakefield. In 1898, when Lennie wrote of Earl's baptism, Earl would have been 13 years old.
Perusing the Omaha Daily Bee for January 19 we read that January white sales are on. Men can buy muslin and sateen night shirts, in sizes 14 and 15, only 59 cents, reduced from $1 and $1.50. Or if you were in need of men's heavy ribbed cotton shirts and drawers (underwear), the price was reduced from 85 cents to 50 cents.
As for the Viking in today's photo, the Omaha Bee (Omaha, Nebraska) advertised as follows:
Matinee - Creighton Theater
Eve. - First Methodist Church
The Arctic Viking
Eminent Scientist and Explorer
Dr. Fridjof Nansen
Will Lecture on His Thrilling Experiences
Across the Polar Regions
Prices 50c, 75c, $1.00, $1.50
Tickets at Kuhn's drug store, Friday, Jan. 21.