Delia Locke


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1880. soon - perhaps she will start tomorrow with me. That climate, I know, has benefited me, and with the advice and encouragement of my husband and children, I will try it again, if she will go. So Ida packed my trunk, and Howard went with me to Lodi. Mrs. Tabor says she will go with me tomorrow. I stood the trip to Lodi better than I expected. But O, the sufferings of the night were dreadful. From about two o'clock in the morning, I could not lie down or sleep - had to sit up in end of bed and struggle for breath. O how welcome the morning light is when one suffers so! (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 73.)

July 5. Monday. We rose this morning expecting to go by train to Dutch Flat. Mrs. Tabor has already written to a Mrs. Smart there to engage board for us. But soon Mrs. Cotton come - quite feeble and desired treatment from Mrs. Tabor for two days, and Mrs. Tabor, seeing how feeble she is, could not refuse her and so put off our starting till tomorrow. At first, I fell so disappointed and said, How can I live through another night like the last?, but Mrs. Tabor said she would take me under her especial care tonight, and think she can keep me more comfortable. So I wrote a card home of our change of programme and Dr. came down to see me, and says Howard will go tomorrow to Lathrop, meet Ada, and tell her about it, and that I wish her to go to Monterey without me, and Mr. Pascoe, who is going on business for Geo. Locke to Napa, will accompany us as far as Sacramento. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 88 S.S. 72.)

July 6. Tuesday. Ida sent down a card this morning by Mr. Pascoe telling that Howard has gone with horse and buggy to Lathrop to meet Ada. We started at a little past noon for Dutch Flat, and Mr. Pascoe accompanied us to Sac. I had a better night last night, slept more, and so feel a little stronger than I did yesterday. We had a good trip

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1880. though the weather is very debilitating, and arrived at Dutch Flat at a little past seven o'clock. I felt very sick while we stopped at Colfax, and did not know how to wait for the train to move on. I took my bed as soon as we reached our destination. Mrs. Smarts' two girls Addie and Emma were the only ones at the house where we arrived. Addie is sixteen and Emma thirteen years of age. Mr. Smart is postmaster, and his wife assists him always at night where the mail comes in. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 76.)

July 7. Wednesday. By great exertion, I managed to write a postal home, and I received letters from Ada and Ida. When Howard met Ada at Lathrop, and she knew I had given up going to Monterey, she would not go alone but returned immediatley with him. They went by way of Lodi hoping to see me before I left, but we had already left. It will be good thing that Ida has Ada to help her about the work and care at home, as they have made great plans of cleaning and fixing up my room, while I am gone. I am very weary, but can breathe much better in this mountain air-slept well last night and am sure I have already begin to improve. Mrs. Smart is very kind. The house is of good size & the rooms are very high. I'm early times it was used for a church. The Cong. church is just opposite, but they have no pastor at present, as Mr. Wales has just finished work here. Mrs. Tabor has been out visiting and calling on old friends this afternoon. Have seen Mrs. Louise Nott - who was formerly Louise Schmidt. She lives in this place and has one little baby - Viola. She looks a trifle older for her married experience. Mrs. Smart is an artist, and has regular scholars to learn to paint and draw. The girls attend to the housework & cooking mostly. They have two brothers, Eben and Joseph, seventeen and fifteen years of age. Eben is at Business College in San Francisco. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 78.)

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January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


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