Delia Locke


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1883. it was a year ago. She has looked rather pale ever since she stopped teaching school. She is a great help and comfort to me, trying to take care of and manage the children, so that I shall have as little care as possible. I do enjoy her being at home with me very much, but I fear these happy days will soon be over, for she will soon be claimed as a bride, and I should be selfish indeed to retain her for my personal comforter. Have received today a letter from Mary.

Apr. 11. Wednesday. The weather is still cloudy. I so far exerted myself as to go to the Sewing Circle this P.M. and I know by my extreme weariness, that I shall suffer for it. There were fourteen ladies present, and much interest in the work was manifested.

Apr. 12. Thursday. The forenoon was cloudy and very heavy showers of rain and hail fell this afternoon. Perhaps now, the sky, which has been overcast so long, will clear. I have written to Willard and Mary.

Apr. 13. Friday. Mrs. Chadd, the milliner of this place, called today. She has sold out her business, and is going to San Francisco.

Apr. 14. Saturday. I am more than half sick. I feel that my health is failing all the time.

Apr. 15. Sabbath. I have been so much troubled with asthma today that I could not attend meeting.

Apr. 16. Monday. The double birthday again. Dr is now sixty years old and Luther twentyseven. Dr.'s health is pretty good, but his ability to superintend business and get the work accomplished, seems to be leaving him. I am pleased to see that he sleeps more and worries less. Luther is carrying on the meat business but he feels it rather discouraging work, as he has opposition. M.E. Bryant has a market also on Main St. but his book - keeper - Jim McGary - has proved false to him and cheated him, so there is a probability than Luther will soon have sole control of

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1883. the meat business of this place. He still lives with us. Received letters from Horace, Willard and Ada and have written to Ada. We have had ripe strawberries from our front yard today.

Apr. 17. Tuesday. Have written to Horace. A Chinaman, as he was drawing water from the well by the new store building for the purpose of making mortar, got the fingers of one hand caught in the well wheel, and so jammed that the ends of two of three had to be amputated. Dr. gave him chloroform and performed the operation, but he had a great deal of trouble, because the Chinaman resisted, and had to be held down by two or three men.

Apr. 18. Wednesday. I did not try to go to Sewing Circle today, knowing I was not able. There were eight ladies in attendance. I have written to Willard and Mary. A temperance lecturer, named Frank Storer, has lectured this evening.

Apr. 19. Thursday. The weather is again cloudy and rainy.

Apr. 20. Friday. Well, Ida's wedding day is fixed, and I have been with her to Stockton to select and buy articles for the same. We have pleased ourselves very well, and feel quite satisfied. We have met Lettie Sabin of Lodi, who by dodgings and blushes revealed, as we suspect, that she was in Stockton upon the same errand. The night we spend at the Grand Central Hotel.

Apr. 21. Saturday. After we arrived home from Stockton, we received a call from Rev. Drrismore. He is now one of the Grand Lecturers for the I.O.G.T. and his field is at present, Calaveras county. So he left us to fulfil an appointment at Dexter this evening. He is now the father of two children, the last but five days old, a boy, while the eldest is a girl. His family now reside in San Francisco. He seems as witty and trifling as ever.

Apr. 22. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Pascoe preached from the text, "Till heaven and earth pass away, one job or one tittle shall in no wise pass, till all be fulfilled."

Date Original

January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


Original dimensions: 22 x 34 cm.

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