Delia Locke


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1882. Nov. 7. Tuesday. Election day in this State. Dr. arrived home before night. I had a very bad night last night much choked with asthma, and Ida was up making mustard poultries for me, which relieved me a little. Received a letter from Horace and a postal from Ada & Mr. Cooke. Horace hires a room in Boston (60 Allen St.) and goes to a restaurant for meals, and it costs him only 38 cents per day to live.

Nov. 8. Wednesday. A rainy day, so that there was no meeting of the Dist. Lodge, as was expected. Mr. Pascoe went up to Dr. Stamper's and married his daughter Rosa to Jefferson Giles.

Nov. 9. Thursday. Weather still a little cloudy. I have written to Horace. Ada and Mr. Cooke came from Oakland today. Ada will now pack up everything, move to her new home and go to housekeeping.

Nov. 10. Friday. Weather continues a little cloudy. Mr. Cooke is today thirty years old. I have written to Mary.

Nov. 11. Saturday. Received a letter from Willie.

Nov. 12. Sabbath. Am so feeble I could not attend meeting, but I went down stairs and lay on the lounge while the rest went. My breathing is not only labored but distressing, as I have a pain through my lungs. Have not been downstairs before for six days. Uncle has been here and gone to Stockton again.

Nov. 13. Monday. Luther took me riding in his fine, easy-going buggy. We went to Mackville and to Athearn's - the first time I have ever been to Mackville, since the building of the new bridge. I did not get out anywhere, but saw Mrs. Geo. Stacey and Grandma Athearn, Belle and the little ones. Fanny and Alice had gone to Lockeford and called on me afterward. I feel sure I have exerted myself too much today.

Nov. 14. Tuesday. Susie was siding out with her sick children - Lilla and Alma - and called to see me. Hannah Geffroy and Carrie also called with them. Alma is failing day

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1882. by day steadily, and Lilla is quite feeble with asthma. Have received letters from Horace and Mary.

Nov. 15. Wednesday. I have been in bed all day - too feeble to sit up. Besides the asthma, I have a heart trouble - pain and spells of fainting symptoms.

Nov. 16. Thursday. I have been in bed all day. Mrs. Clements and her little boy called to see me, also Mrs. Arthur Tretheway, and afterwards Mrs. Watson called with her boys and the little child of Indian Lucy. She is half white and is named Ida Antonia. The mother is dead and Mrs. Watson has undertaken the care of her for the present. She is a large child, and smart and bright. Lilla is very sick and Ada watched with her all night. She has congestion of the lungs. Dr. Sargent is in attendance on her and the baby, who is still failing. Mr. Pascoe has gone to Sacramento to attend the Valley Association of Cong. ministries.

Nov. 17. Friday. Mrs. Sandoz called to see me. I have been up and dressed, but am very poorly.

Nov. 18. Saturday. Dr. and I went in to Stockton to consult with Dr. Shurtleff about my health. We went in on the train and Ida went in the buggy, then Dr. took the buggy and went home while Ida stayed at the Central with me over night. Dr. Shurtleff says nothing will do for me better than to take a change of climate. He agrees with Dr. that I ought not to try the mountains in the winter, on account of the extreme cold, but thinks I should try Oakland, which has benefited many. He thinks there is no heart disease in my case, only a sympathy of the heart with the lungs, says I should move at once when troubled with asthma, and find some place where I can breathe, and not try to stay at home when so much troubled. So I think I must go to Oakland and stay with Ada awhile as soon as she gets to housekeeping. Ida went out and bought a heavy cloak for me and a plush turban for Eunice. We have a room with a fire in it - rather a suite of rooms.

Date Original

January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


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