Delia Locke


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1882. to the present time, and all through these years, through unnumbered sicknesses, she has taken charge of the household, so that I could get snatches of rest and change of climate, that now it seems as if my chief dependence was being taken away. And how shall we get along in the church work without her? Who shall we find as ready as she has been for every good word and work, for the good of church and Society? In the Lodge, in Band of Hope, in S. school and meetings, everywhere, she will be missed. If any one ever deserved a happy home of her own, she is the girl. For with all her naturally strong desires for a home of her own, she has waited on account of my health, and has always placed my good before her own pleasure. So, dear girl, I wish for thee abundant joy in your new home. Alice Andrew came to the wedding, and is here for the night. Eddie is today eleven years old, weighs seventyfive pounds and is four feet, seven and one-half inches tall. So he is smaller of his age than all his brothers except Johnnie, only that he is taller than Luther. But he is larger than all his sisters were, except that Ida was taller. He is very quiet in his ways and easily managed but not so enterprising as some of the children. Still he is very thoughtful, and we have been somewhat surprised to see how the impertuous Johnnie confides to him every plan, and depends upon his cooler judgment in many things. It is very pleasant to see how fond of each other those boys are, and a little strange, considering how very different their dispositions are. Eddie is very fond of reading, and Johnnie, though he likes to hear reading, has not the patience to sit down and read for himself. So Eddie sometimes reads aloud to him, by the hour, especially after they go to their room for the night. A letter has come from Willie saying that Prof. More has refused to hear him in special recitations as he hoped he would, because he has not the time. Willie is preparing for the West Point examinations, and he had

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1882. thought Prof. More just the one to help him, as he was an Officer in the Union Army during the war, so he feels disappointed that he cannot have his help. He will try and secure another teacher.

Oct. 31. Tuesday. Still a little cloudy. Susie came in today, saying she thought I must be feeling lonely, so came in to cheer me. I told her I was feeling lonely, almost as though there had been a funeral in the house. She is a dear, kind, thoughtful sister. I have written to Horace, telling him the news.

Nov. 1. Wednesday. Weather cloudy and rainy, unfavorable for Ada's wedding tour. A postal from them this afternoon says that Mr. C. is nearly sick with a bad cold. We have today sent for the "Youths' Companion Sewing Machine", which is offered for 25. to every subcriber to that paper.

Nov. 2. Thursday. A cloudy day and a rainy night. I have written to Willie.

Nov. 3. Friday. A rainy morning. Ada and Mr. Cooke came this P.M. from Sacramento. They will to Oakland tomorrow, as Mr. C. wishes to be at home for the communion season. I have hired a friend of Mrs. Sandoz - Mrs. Guilleman - a French woman - to do chamber work and sewing. She cannot speak plainly at all, but understands more English than she can talk, so I think I shall find her good help.

Nov. 4. Saturday. Ada and Mr. Cooke started for Oakland.

Nov. 5. Sabbath. I have been much troubled with asthma today and could not go to meeting. It was communion season and I longed to go. One of the Putnam girls and a daughter of Lucien Athearn had talked of coming down to join the church, but were prevented. Dr. has sold the hops and has gone to San Francisco to see about them, and will go to San Jose and help Willie about arranging for private instruction preparatory to examination for West Point, before he returns.

Nov. 6. Monday. A foggy morning and day a little cloudy. Have written to Willie and Dr. and received a letter from Willie. Health failing daily.

Date Original

January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


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