Delia Locke


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1880. Mar. 30. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.)

Mar. 31. Wednesday. The weather is cloudy and a little rainy. O what a backward season this is. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.)

April. 1. Thursday A rainy day. Have written to Howard and received a letter from Luther. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.)

April. 2. Friday. Still rainy - a very heavy rain in the forenoon and the river is overflowing its banks and many fears are entertained for the levees, as it is probably also raining in the mountains, and the snow melting. We have received letters from Ada and Howard. He is now in the training school and thinks he has a pretty hard time, but is succeeding well, we have no doubt. Ada has gone to Delano to stop with Aunt G. awhile, and expects to teach the school there. Mrs. Grubs is dangerously sick. She fell over in a fainting fit, or something of the kind, a few days ago, and there has been a council of physicians on her case, and they seem to think she will not recover. She has something like epilepsy. They sent for Mrs. Tabor to treat her tonight, and have also sent for her daughter Sarah to come home. I have had a very sick head today, so I sent for Mrs. Tabor, to give me electricity also. She is now stationed at Lodi. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.)

Apr. 3. Saturday. Still cloudy and showery and the river still rising. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 52.)

Apr. 4. Sabbath. Weather same as yesterday - cloudy and showery. We are having the big rains of the season this spring. But we have been to meeting as usual. Mr. Pascoe preached from the text, "These remaineth therefore a rest for the people of God." (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.)

Apr. 5. Monday. Still cloudy. Received letters from Howard and Rebecca - all well. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 61.)

Apr. 6. Tuesday. Still cloudy and rainy. People are crying "too much wet" but I think not. Have written to Ada and received a letter from her. Mary is now sixteen years old.

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1880. She weighs but ninetyseven pounds and her height is just five feet, so she is the smallest of all the children thus far, and the most backward in her studies, but not in music. She is quick and natural to play on the organ, more so I think than any of the others, thus far, but she sings only with the organ, and but little with that. They depend on her to play for the Sunday school and prayer meeting, and whenever there is none other at service, and she does very well. She is pretty good as housework and sewing and crochets and knits well, but does not seem to progress well at school, as she does not keep up with a grade and needs particular instruction. Many days she has too much pain and soreness in her head to study. We need to watch her carefully, that evil minded persons, in the guise of friends, may not deceive her and lead her estray. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 60.)

Apr. 7. Wednesday. Have written to Howard and received a letter from Luther, saying that there have been three snow storms in Nevada since his father left there. The spring there is backward as well as here and they are hoping there will feed enough for stock this yr. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.)

Apr. 8. Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Osborne left us today, which will lighten our work a little, but I could not attend the Sewing Circle. Theresa is now seven months old and sits almost alone. Her weight is eighteen and one-half pounds and she is very bright and knowing - has blown the whistle at the end of her rattle herself for some time, and amuses herself well with her toys. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 70.)

Apr. 9. Friday. Cloudy and rainy again, but warm growing weather. Have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 60.)

Apr. 10. Saturday. Our dear Ida is now eighteen years old, and receives, through the kindness of sister Ada and her father - a handsome gold watch, which pleases her much.

Date Original

January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


Original dimensions: 22 x 34 cm.

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