1897 J. BEAN DIARY, copied Nov. 10,1998

by Tom M. King of San Jose, CA. Quaker Meeting (College Park).


            Joel Bean (1825-1914) moved to San Jose, California, in 1882 and kept 36 “Engagement Calendars” from 1883 to 1913, 30 years.  A few years have  “extra” diaries and 1886 is missing. 

            This 1897 diary is typical of Joel’s  diaries, a  black leather bound volume about  5  X 3  inches cover, about an inch thick, with three dates pre-printed on each page .  The title of  the volume is  PACIFIC  COAST DIARY 1897, from Cambridgeport Diary Co.  The  first about 30 pages are useful references, charts, and a 1897 calendar, but no mention of place of publication..


            Only dates with hand written entries are listed. 


======================  1897  =============================


Jan. 1, 1897 Fri.:  We dined at C.E.C’s

Jan. 9, 1897 Sat:  I started for Pasadena.  Chas. & Catharine went to S. F.

Jan. 10, 1897 Sun:  I arrived at Los Angelos at 7:30 and at Pasadena to T. D. S. & Meeting.  Here to C. E. Tebbett's.   James Townsend & Mary Cooper called here in the p.m.

Jan. 11, 1897 Mon.: I called on Zeno Taber.  He is over 80.    Jas. Townsend was 85 the 13th of 9. Mo. Last.  Samuel & Rebecca Abbott near 79.  Martha Doland? 90 on 2 mo. 2. 97.

Jan. 12, 1897 Tues.:  Albert Tebbetts & I called at Saml Abbot’s and on Jas. Townsend (at J. R. T’s) & I called at Dr. Grennell’s.  A. & M. & I drove to Altadena & called at Danl. Lewis:

Jan. 13, 1897 Wed:  Very rainy at Pasadena.

Jan. 14, 1897 Thurs:  Rainy at Pasadena

Jan. 15. 1897 Fri.:  I called at Dr. Wm Nicholson’s & Albert & Mary & I drove out to Margaret Gregory’s to see Aunt Martha Dorland.  Took our dinner there & called at Lawson Hollingsworth on our return.  He is near 73.  {Pliney ? Gregory lives with his Mother}

Jan. 16, 1897 Sat:  Dr. Emlin Lewis called on me.  I attended the Conservative Friends’ Mo. Mtg. At Pasadena,   Dined at Dr. Lindley Williams’s     Took train in the Evening for Tulare.

Jan. 17, 1897 Sun:  Arrived at Tulare at 6:50 a.m.  Isaac & Cathie & the children met me at Meeting time.  Cathie & Anna & I staid to the Congregational Church.  Benja  & Ella & Alvin Cox called at Isaac’s in the p.m.

Jan. 20, 1897 Wed:  Isaac’s family & I dined at Benjamin Cox’s.

Jan. 21, 1897 Thurs:  Anna and   returned home from Tulare.

Jan. 23, 1897 Sat:  J. Burett Davy staid at Chas. E. Cox’s.

Jan. 24, 1897 Sun:  J. Burett Davy was at meeting and ministered with golden words.

Jan. 25, 1897 Mon.>  J. B. Davy took Breakfast with us.

Jan. 26, 1897 Tues.:  Sowed Beets & Carrots Seeds & onions.

Jan. 28, 1897  D. L. Stewart here building Fire Place in the Library.

Jan. 29, 1897 Fri.:  Martha Albright graduated at the Normal School.

Feb. 7, 1897 Sun:  Rainy.   James Dorland of Gilroy was at Meeting.

Feb. 9  1897 Tues.:  Planted corn.  Sweet Corn.

Feb. 16, Tues.:  Ole Tan  & Thos. Strand? Jr. here to dinner.

Levi Gregory & Benja  Coppock called here.

Feb. 22, 1897 Mon.:  Dr. Duncan of the Metlakahtla Mission in Alaska called with Dr. Wakefield.  He is on his way to Washington.

Feb. 24, 1897, Wed:  Aug. & Anna Taber called.

Feb. 25,  1897 Thurs:  We dined at Geo. Hammond’s

Mar 9, 1897 Tues.:   Cleaning house.  Took up Carpets in front chamber. Wm Oreutt??  Preutt??   helped us.

Mar 11, 1897 Thurs:  House Cleaning.  Took up Carpet in Mother’s room, etc.

Mar. 15, 1897 Mon.:  Children having measles.

Mar 16, 1897 Tues.:  New Carpet laid in Library by Rucker Bros.

Mar 21, 1897 Sun:  Pliny Goddard (on his way to the Hoopa Indian Mission) was at Mtg. And spoke. Thos. Scattergood & wife from Phili & Clarence G. Hoag were at Mtg. & here to dinner.

Mar 23, 1897, Tues.:  Pliny Goddard was here to dinner.

Heard of the death of Isaac Sharp on 1st day the 21st in his 91st year.

Mar 24, 1897 Wed:  We attended a Reception of the Indian Aid Assn. for Pliny Goddard & wife at Mrs. Crites. 220 So. 9th St.

Mar 26, 1897 Fri.:  The Funeral of Isaac Sharp today, at Elkington, England.

April 6, 1897 Tues.:  Cathie & children came here from Tulare.

April 13, 1897 Tues.:  Mother, H.E.B.  Cathie & her children went to lunch at Severt Shelley’s.

April 23, 1897 Fri.:  Cathie went to Berkeley & met Isaac who returned with her.

April 26, 1897 Mon.:  Isaac Cox returned to Tulare. I went to Pacific Grove.

April 30, 1897 Fri.:  I returned home from Pacific Grove.


May 1, 1897 Sat:  Semi Annual Meeting. Papers on Isaac Sharp by Murray & wife & others from Stanford.  Anna Sherman & Sister & Anna Fally? from Oakland.  Ransome Bransby & Carange?? G. Hoag from Belmont & others present.  Walter Hart & C. G. Hoag staid here.  Anna Sherman & sister took tea here.

May 2, 1897 Sun:  A full meeting.  Clarence G. Hoag & Ransome Bransby dined at C.E.C’s.

May 16, 1897 Sun:  Dr. R. E. Pierce here to open a carbuncle on my neck.

Mary Hammond called with Susan Roberts of Minnesota, in the Evening.

May 18, 1897 Tues.:  Mary H. Field & Eloise Davidson called here.

May 19, 1897 Wed.   Called on Dr. Pierce.

May 26, 1897 Wed:  H.E.B. went to Commencement at Stanford.

May 27, Thurs:  L. S. B. Cox went to San Francisco to hold the Bryn

Mawr Examination.

I attended Commencement at College Park.

June 2, 1897 Wed:  Had hay hauled.  L. S. B. Cox returned from S. F.

June 5, 1897 Sat:  Joseph Burtt Davey and Sarah & Alice Bolton came here.

Amos?? Hunnicut called with Wm. E. Ward.

June 6, 1897 Sun:  Joseph Burtt Davy and Alice Bolton were married at our Mtg.   The wedding Party dined at C. E. Cox’s (with us).  Sarah Bolton returned home.   Ransome Bransby & Thos. J. Allen & wife from S. F. were at the marriage & dined at P. Brun’s

June 7, 1897 Mon.:  J. B. Davy & wife left for the Foothills to spend a week at G. N. Jones’s Ranch.  Paul Brun took them.

June 8, 1897 Tues.:  Mother, H.E.B. & I went to P. Grove.

June 13, 1897 Sun: Attended Episcopal Meeting at P. Grove.

J. B. Davy & wife staid here.

June 20,  1897 Sun:  Attended Methodist Mtg. at P. Grove.  An Earthquake shook at little after 12.

June 26,  1897 Sat:  We came home from P. Grove.

Harriet Green from England & Sadie Carter from Kansas here.

June 27, 1897 Sun:  Harriet Green & Sadie Carter at Meeting.

H.E.B. & I took tea with them at Mary Hammond’s.   Jas. B & Cathie went with them to Stockton Ave. Mtg. in the Eveng.

June 28, 1897 Mon.  H. Green & S. Carter went with Elizabeth Shelley to spend a night.

June 29, 1897 Tues.:  H. Green & S. Carter came back having lunched at Jane Ledyard’s.

June 30, 1897 Wed:  H. Green & S. Carter at Meeting.  They dined at Felice Brun’s with Anna Valley etc.    And went to Florence Wright Mission in the Evening & to Wm Ward’s to stay.

July 1, 1897 Thurs:  Chas. & Imelda Tebbetts & Edith & Clara came.   C. E. T. went with James to Stockton Ave Mtg. in the Evening & brot H. Green & S. Carter.

July 2, 1897 Fri.:  H. Green & S. Carter left for the Big Trees, & then to Berkeley.   Lydia Oliphank & Ada Griswall came here.

July 3, 1897 Sat:   Taistram & Sarah & Alice Coggeshall came here.

L. Oliphant & A. G. staid at Mary Hammond’s.

July 4, 1897 Sun:  Chas. Tebbetts & family & the West Branch Frds  At Mtg. Also Rasome Bransby & Allen & wife from S. F. who are spending a week or two in the Foothills.   C. E. T. went to C End caron?? In the p.m. & to Stockton Ave in the Eveng.


Jul. 5, 1897 Mon.:  All the Friends here to dinner.  T. Coggeshall & family staid at M. Hammond’s.

July 6,  1897 Tues.:  H.E.B. & Jas. went with all the Visitors to Alum Rock.

Lena Lawrence arrived in the Eveng. & Morris Cox came to C’s

July 7, 1897 Wed:  C. E. Tebbetts & family left for the C. E.. Convention in S. F.   The West Branch Frds. Went after mtg. to a cousin in S. J.   Cathie & children & L. Lawrence & Morris Cox & Annie & Catharine M. went to P. Grove in the p.m.

July 9, 1897 Fri.:    L. S. B. Cox went to P. Grove.

July 10, 1897 Sat:  E. Morris Cox came from P. Grove to C. E. C’s.

July 11, 1897 Sun:  Jas. M. Woodhead from Liverpool, Eng. And David Crosbie from Oregon were at Meeting and here to dinner with Chas. & Morris Cox.

July 12, 1897 Mon.:  E. Morris Cox started  for Worcester, Mass. For a Summer School etc. The Christian Endeavor Convention in S. F. closed.

July 13, 1897 Tues.:  Pres.  Thos. Newlin of Pacific College, Newberg, Oregon, here to dinner & went to P  Grove in the p.m.

July 14, 1897 Wed:  We had a short call from Robt. B. Warder of Washington, D. C.   Pres. Newlin returned from P. Grove & staid here.

July 15, 1897 Thurs:  Mary Green from S. Islands, and Jennie Pogue & her Mother here to  tea.

July 18, 1897 Sun:  Harriet Green at Mtg. And some 20 Race St Friends from Vendome  Dr. Nicholson & wife, Palmiss?  Comforts’ etc.

July 19, 1897 Mon.:  Harriet Green came to Stay------.

July 20,1897 Tues.: ---------? and went with Chas. in the morning to Stanford Univ.   We went with James to S. Shelley’s to tea, with a party to meet H. Green.

July 21, 1897 Wed:  Harriet Green and Eliza H. Shelley started for Oregon.

July 23, 1897 Fri.:  Summer School at Stanford closed.

July 24, 1897 Sat:  Chas. E. Cox went to P. Grove.

July 28, 1897 Wed:  Chas. E. Cox returned from P. Grove.

July 31, 1897 Sat:  Cathie & children & Lena Lawrence came from P. Grove.


Aug. 2, 1897 Mon.:  Cathie & children went to Tulare.  Lena Lawrence left for San Francisco & -------

Aug. 3, 1897 Tues.:  H. E. B. went to P. Grove.

Aug.  5, 1897 Thurs:  Mary Hammond here to dinner

                        She went to the Foothill ranch to live.

Aug. 7, 1897 Sat:  Chas. E. Cox went to the Grove.

Aug. 9, 1897 Mon.:  C. E. Cox returned from P. Grove.

Aug. 21, 1897 Sat:  C. E. Cox went to P. Grove.

Aug. 23, 1897 Mon.:  C. E. Cox returned from the Grove.

Aug. 28, 1897 Sat:  Hattie H. Miles came here from Oregon.   Alvin Cox came to C. E. C’s to enter Stanford.

Aug. 29, 1897 Sun:   Elma Bean here to dinner with Hattie Miles & Chas. & Alvin Cox.

Aug. 31, 1897 Tues.:  I went to P. Grove.     Called in the Eveng with Lize on Aug. Tabor’s family at the Brown Cottage.


Sept. 1, 1897 Wed:  Augustus Taber’s family returned home from P. Grove.

Sept. 5, 1897 Sun:  Attended St. Mary’s by the Sea “ church at P. Grove with Lily and the children.

Sept. 7, 1897 Tues.:  Lily & Anna & Catharine M. returned home from P. Grove.

Sept. 12, 1897 Sun:  I attended meeting at the Christian Church (P. Grove)

Sept. 15, 1897 Wed:   The M. E. Conference opened at P. Grove.   Biship Newman presiding.

Sept. 17, 1897 Fri.:  Geo. & Mary Hammond went to P. Grove, & staid with me in our Cottage.

SEPT 16, 17, 18,  1897 THURS, FRI, SAT, written across outer edge of page. 

I attended the morning Sessions of the M. E. Conference at P. Grove.


Sept. 19, 1897 Sun: I attended the M. E. Church at P. Grove.   Sermon by Bishop Newman on Self Mastery.   Text “He that ruleth is Spirit is better than he that taketh a city.:

Sept. 20, 1897 Mon.:  Geo. &  Mary Hammond joined Frances Rogers in the Wise Cottage Sept. 22, Wed:  I closed our Cottage and returned home.   Dr. Tomlinson died in the Evening.

Sept. 24, 1897 Fri.:  Attended the Funeral of Dr. Tomlinson at 21/2 p.m.

Sept. 26  1897 Sun:  Elizabeth H. Shelley here to dinner.

Sept. 30, 1897 Thurs:  Elisa Bean ( of Benicia) here.

Oct. 3, 1897 Sun: Elisa Bean left. Elvira & Lucretia Tomlinson here to tea.

Oct. 9, 1897 Sat:  Lewis & Sallie Cowgill came on Bicycles from S. Francisco, and dined here (They came from San Mateo today).

Oct. 10, 1897 Sun:  Francis Clayton of Birmingham, England was at Meeting and here to dinner.

Oct. 15, 1897 Fri.:  H. E. B.  attended Indian Aid Assn. in San Jose.

Oct. 16, 1897 Sat:  Alvin & I went to E. San Jose and to Ozier’s Ranch etc. to look for a Cow.

Oct.  19, 1897 Tues.:  I went with James to Fontenosa.

Oct. 23, 1897 Sat:  Bot a Cow.

Oct. 27, 1897 Wed:  H. E. B. went with Stephen Griffin, from Mtg. To dinner & to Sewing Circle at Mary Coffin’s.

Nov. 5, 1897 Friday:  I attended Court in the morning on account of Guardianship of L. G. Tomlinson.     Hannah S. Neall came here.

Nov. 6, 1897 Sat:  Annual Meeting   Isabella C. De Velling, J. B. Davy, Prof.  Murray, Samuel Brun & wife, Mrs. McMillan (a daughter of Barnabas Hobbs) & other present, House well filled.   J. Burntt Davy staid here.

Nov. 7, 1897 Sun:  Isabella de Velling & J. B. Davy had service in meeting.   We dined at C. E. Cox’s with Aug. & Anna Taber & Cordelia, & H. L. Neall.   J. B. Davy returned home.

Nov. 8, 1897 Mon.:  Hannah L. Neall returned home.

Nov. 10, 1897 Wed:  Isabella De Velling and Dr. Mansfield & wife at Mtg.

Nov. 11, 1897 Thurs:  Isabella C. DeVelling took tea here & Geo. & W. B. Jones came in the Evening.

Nov. 14, 1897 Sun:  H. E. B. went in the p. m. with Geo. & W. B. Jones  to Agnews Asylum to see B. H. Jones.


NOV. 15 & 16,  1897 SIDEWISE ACROSS:    H. E. B. at the Vendome on the needle work guild distribution of garments 1000 or more, and the annual meeting.


Nov.  19, 1897 Fri.:  A company of Ladies here to afternoon tea – Sarah Severance & her sister Johnson. Isabella De Velling.  W. B. Jones, Louise Jones, Mrs. Beans, Mrs. Slaughter, Mrs. Fish, E. Davis, L. S. B. C.

Nov. 20, 1897 Sat:  Irene Hardy & Hedon MacGillivay? Came to C. E. C’s & lodged here --  from Palo Alto.

Nov. 21, 1897 Sun:  We dined at C. E. C’s with I. Hardy & H. MacGillivay. The ladies returned to Palo Alto.

Nov. 25, 1897 Thurs:  Thanksgiving Day   Mid week Mtg. Held today to  wh.  Stockton Ave. Frds were invited.  Benj. Coppock & Wm. Butler spoke.  C. E. C’s family & Geo. & W. B. Jones here to dinner.

Nov. 26, 1897 Fri.:  Lily had a company of Stanford boys & others to dinner.

Dec. 6, 1897 Mon.:  Attended the funeral of Milton & Bell Lawrence’s babe Isabella at 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 8, 1897 Wed:  H. E. B.  went to S. F. to meet Isaac & Cathie & children & to visit H. L. Neall.

Dec. 10, 1897 Friday:  H. E. B. returned from S. F. with Joel & Mary Cox.

Dec. 11, 1897 Sat:  Isaac & Cathie Cox came from S. F.

Dec. 24, 1897 Fri.:  E. Morris Cox came to C. E. C’s.

Dec. 25, 1897 Sat:  Benjamine Cox came to C. E. C’s  Charles family & his Father & Morris & Alvin here to diner.

Dec. 28, 1897 Tues.:  E. Morris Cox left in morning & Benj.  Cox in the afternoon for S. F.

Dec. 30, 1897 Thurs:   Chas’s family & Isaac & Cathie & Mary went to Severt Shelley’s to dinner.


======  LAST DAILY ENTRY IN JOEL BEAN’S 1897 DIARY.  ============




January:  4          Diary                                                                                   .25

                        4          Sent tax to Oregon                                                   $3.25

22        Expenses of Journey to Pasadena & Tulare:        $19.35

27        Pd Wm for Garden work                                       $1.85

29        Chimney Fire Place                                     $12.00


March:        2  Assessments:  Lots 2, 3, 4.                                        $1500

                                          Lot 12                                                                   $700

                                                Improvements                                             $2000

                                                Furniture                                                       $  150

April: 12                                            Dentist                                         $1.00

                        30        Exp. to P. Grove.                                                            $3.25


May:               2         Pd Silva for cutting hay 2 lots:                                     $.2.50

June:   26        Exp. at P. Grove (J.B.)                                                              $11.85


July:               6         Pd Dr. R. E. Pierce                                                         $15.00

                                                Medicine                                                              $   .75

August:          30        Pd J. E. Gwartney for wood                                        $21.80

                        27        Pd for Phaeton? & house(by H.E.B.,J.B.,& C.E.C.)           $80.

SEPT:             25  Exp. at P. Grove                                                      $11.40


Oct.                 15        Pd Taxes                                                                $48.76

19        Sent E. P. Alexander, Tax Collector Salinas          7.80

19        Sent E. B. Rich P. Grove city tax.            $  2.28

                        23        Pd for Cow                                                           $30.00

            Oct. 27, 1897Pd Chas. E. Cox for repair of Phaeton.              $10.00

                                     Pd of above by H.E.B. $5.00



            1          for Paint                                                       $4.20

            Pd for Mtg. House hinger for Blises??                 $.15

            Lock for shed door                                                  $.30

            Recd of G. N. J.                                                         $.45


                        Taxes 1897:    The home Property             $48.76

                                                            At P. Grove.   $7.80




Nov.:  9          Pd W. B. Jones for G. N. J. Mtg. Money 10 % of 45  = $4.50

Dec.:               Ministers’ Mtg. Tax                                     $ .50 c.


5 QUAKER PUBLICATIONS SUBSCRIBED TO:   Outlook, Am. Friend, Phila Friend, Australian Friend, B. Friend.



Joel Bean’s Cottage

117 Eighth St.

Pacific Grove


5 PAGES OF “LETTERS”  by name of sender and date, with date “Answered” for each letter - about 76 replies.


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Joel Bean’s 1897   Engagement Calendar was copied into the Mackintosh Computer on Microsoft Word 4.0. Nov. 10,1998 at Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library by


Tom M. King

393 Rutland Ave,

San Jose, CA 95128. 

PHONE (408) 286-7157

or E-Mail thomk@hotmail.com