Delia Locke


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1883. July 9. Monday. Have exchanged letters with the home folks, Ada and Ida have gone today to San Rafael to visit Mr. & Mrs. Bunn, leaving Eunice, Theresa, Mr. Cooke and myself to keep house.

July 10. Tuesday. Have received letters from Luther, Howard and Hannah, and have written home and to Mr. Pascoe. Ada came back from San Rafael tonight leaving Ida to make a longer visit.

July 11. Wednesday. Have received letters from Horace, Hannah and Mr. Pascoe, and have written to Luther and Hannah. The Sutherland girls with their brother Adam called on us this evening.

July 12. Thursday. Have received letters from Hannah and Mr. Pascoe and written to Howard. Miss Beale came to call on us. Ida came from San Rafael today. The weather is cloudy.

July 13. Friday. Have written to Hannah and Mr. Pascoe. Ida and Theresa left us for home today. I shall be lonely without them. The weather is still cloudy. Mrs. Sutherland made us a call.

July 14. Saturday. Still cloudy. Have received letters from Mr. Pascoe and Hannah and written to Dr. and to Georgie, Rev. W. H. Tenney with son and daughter, called this afternoon. I have had a bad headache today.

July 15. Sabbath. My head still aches so that I could not go to meeting. Have written home.

July 16. Monday. Mr. Cooke took Eunice and myself to San Francisco. We went all the way in the buggy, as we drove right upon the ferry boat, and I did not alight until we had reached Rebecca's door. Found them all well and quite pleasantly situated. There is an open courtyard, all planked, where the children play, and round the sides of this, Rebecca has many rare and beautiful plants in boxes. There is a magnolia tree among them, probably five or six feet tall. She is so fond of flowers that she raises them under difficulties, for the sun scarcely ever shines

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1883. upon them. They live entirely upon the first floor now, so there is no going up and down stairs. This is better than where they formerly lived. Roland is now mail- carrier and is working very hard indeed, for he tramps all over his beat on foot. Still, he likes it better than when he was in the city R.R. Office, for then the Sabbath was his busiest day. Now he does not have to work much on Sunday. But he finds it hard to support his family on his wages, and he looks thin and care- worn. I feel sorry to see him look so. I wish he knew the more excellent way, not to carry such a burden of care, but to "look up" more. I carried my smoking apparatus over carefully, but when I went to use it, I found, to my surprise, that I had left my pastilles at home. Fortunately, Roland found some for me at a drugstore near by.

July 17. Tuesday. It is cold and cloudy here and we are not comfortable without a fire. We went up in Mrs. Stiege's room this afternoon, but Rebecca had such a severe sick headache that we had to come down and she went to bed. She is subject to these headaches. I have written a postal home.

July 18. Wednesday. We have come back to Oakland today and Edna Hammond has come with us, to stay a few days. Rebecca came with us to the ferry boat, on the street cars. Mr. Cooke met us at the steamboat landing with the not pleasing intelligence that before he left San Francisco the other day, his buggy collided with the curbing of the sidewalk and mashed one of the kind wheels all to pieces. As it is not yet repaired, we must go by train to Watts Station, and then walk the rest of the way home. It proved a long walk for me, so that I am very weary. Ada waited dinner till our arrival. Found letters awaiting me from Dr., from Howard, Ida and Mr. Pascoe. I have answered them all. Eunice and Edna anticipate fine times together. The climate is much warmer here.

Date Original

January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


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