Delia Locke


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1881. see them. Her Post office address will be Valley Ford, Sonoma Co. The care of the family was left for two days with Hannah till Ada arrived. I do not feel satisfied at all to think I cannot meet Ida again for months. I am sure I could not have left her for this trip, had I not supposed I should get home again in time to help her get ready for her school and encourage her. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.)

Aug. 5. Friday. Have written to Ada, Hannah, Howard and Ida. Have felt sad most of the day, thinking of Ida gone and probably lonely and discouraged, trying to teach for the first time. Received letter from Dr. tonight. He wishes Mr. Greve to take us home when we are ready to go, if convenient, and as Mr. Greve says he is willing to do so, Mr. Pascoe has written a postal to Dr. tonight, informing him the same. Mary is much better. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.)

Aug. 6. Saturday. A little cloudy today. Mr. Pascoe and I have had a delightful walk through the woods. O how I do enjoy these delicious woods! How I shall miss them when we have to leave! Mr. Pascoe enjoys fishing in the brooks for trout, and gets a string of fish nearly every day. His health seems to be improving, and Mary is getting stronger. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 77.)

Aug. 7. Sabbath. We had planned to go to Mrs. Ham's this morning and have a little meeting, but callers came and we could not get away till after dinner. We went over in the big wagon. On our way we stopped at Mr. Swindlehurst's, who is living where Mr. William Steel used to. The mother is sick with some heart disease - quite an invalid. Arrived at Mr. Ham's quite late and found Belle Swindlehurst there. Made a pleasant call and had supper, after which we rode home in the big wagon through the woods, by the pleasant light of the moon - a very enjoyable ride. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.)

Aug. 8. Monday. This morning we started and walked to Mr. Ponge's ranch. They live in a secluded place in full view of Blue Mount air and other high hills. It is cooler and windies here than at Mr. Greve's. It is higher up, and from this house we could see

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1881. the road we ought to have taken from the Big Trees, which we did not find that unfortunate day, where we broke down twice. Mrs. Ponge lives there with her husband and brothers. she is much better in her mind now and cooks and makes butter. She went to work to get dinner for us, and prepared chicken, &.c. There is a fine grape arbor in front of the house, a mine cool place to sit in, through the heat of the day, but it must be very cold here in winter. About the middle of the afternoon we returned to Mr. Greve's, and found letters from Ada & Ida. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 76.)

Aug. 9. Thursday. Have written today to Ida. We have to go home soon and are loth to leave these cool shades and quiet retreats. So we ramble about in the cool of the day to enjoy them while we can. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.)

Aug. 10. Wednesday. We have talked of going up on Blue Mountain, but the men all discourage us from making the attempt, it is so rough and dangerous. So Mr. Greve and Mr. Pascoe have been part way up by themselves, and we have had a very quiet day at home. They had a fine time visiting and fishing with shepherd on the mountain's side. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 88 S.S. 78.)

Aug. 11. Thursday. This morning we had to bid goodbye to our kind friends and start for home. Mr. Greve is going with us and I am glad for I have full confidence in his driving. O how pleasant it was riding through these woods in the cool of the day! We went in a big wagon to Sandy Gulch, to Mr. Allen Harris', and there exchanged one big wagon for an open two-seated buggy, in which we continued our journey, after getting two boxes of fruit. We stopped and lunched at the bridge across the South Fork - a very secluded and romantic place. Mr. Sawyer - the toll-keeper - told us that for six weeks in the middle of winter, the sun did not shine at all his cabin, it being so buried by high hills, and at that season, the water rushes but at a fearful rate with a deafening roar. It cannot be a very pleasant place them to live in. We proceeded on to Rich Gulch and Mok. Hill thinking to stop here for the night. But the place where we halted did not look very inviting, and Mr. Greve told us there was a

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January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


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