Delia Locke


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1884. cooked. They brought me from Willie some medicine from Dr. Suell, for which I had written. Received letters from Howard and Ida and wrote to Ada and home. Mr. Gray reports the roads in a muddy condition.

Feb. 27. Wednesday. I have written to Horace, Ida and Hannah, and received letters from Mr. Cooke and Hannah.

Feb. 28. Thursday. The weather is indeed very fine. This afternoon Dr. arrived, having walked all the way up the hills, and he was in a fine state of perspiration when he arrived. I never expected to see him up here bait he had come to try and sell that buckboard for Mrs. Steacy. I was glad to see him at first, but when he told me he had come to accompany me home, I was not so glad. I am not ready to go. I feel quite weak and would like to try the effects of the medicine from Dr. Snell, here where it is quiet. I know I am not strong enough to go home and take charge of the household now. I wonder if I shall ever be! So I have said, 'I cannot go now', but Dr. is persistent and says he will wait over Sabbath for me. So I suppose I shall have to go. I have written to Ada, Willie and home and received letters from Mary, Ida, Ada and Uncle.

Feb. 29. Friday. Leap-year day. A day full of brightness out of doors. I went riding with Dr. in the new buckboard he is trying to sell. We went up to Prof. Norton's, did not alight there, but went to Prof. Allen's and made a short call. Prof. and Mrs. Allen are spending a few weeks here on account of his health. He has a bad cough and is quite feeble. He has over-worked in the school and has a leave of a month's absence. Dr. took him and Mrs. Allen into the carriage and we started for a ride but some surveyors came and took the Prof. off with them, to survey a tract of land which Prof. has lately purchased. We then rode to Mrs. Adams' and took her in, and took a short ride together. All like the new carriage and would like to purchase, but have

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1884. not the means. Came back to dinner and then Dr. took the carriage and got Judge Miller and Mrs. Maude Miller and went for a ride with them, down by Mr. Stetson's place and around. They are all favorably impressed with the new carriage. Have written to Howard, Ada and home.

Mar. 1. Saturday. Received a postal from Ida. The day was a bright and sunny one. The Fruit growers Association held a meeting in the school house here this P.M. Quite a number were present, and they held a lively discussion on the subject of pruning fruit-trees, in which most present participated, including Judge Miller and Prof. Allen. Dr. exhibited the new buckboard, endeavoring to get a purchase, and the Millers have decided to buy it.

Mar. 2. Sabbath. The weather today is cloudy. We have attended S. school as usual, and it has been a sad day to me, for I have been obliged to take leave of my class and all the kind people here, perhaps forever, as we have decided to go home tomorrow, if the state of the weather will permit. O I have enjoyed the S. school here more than I can tell! And now when I go home, perhaps I go to be shut up as usual in the house, I fear so, and when shall I again be permitted to go to S. school? But I will not indulge in gloomy forebodings, though I do think I need to stay here quietness a while longer.

Mar. 3. Monday. Still cloudy - but we started early to the Station to take the train. Mr. Gray took us in his new carriage. It was a pleasant but muddy ride, as the roads are in quite a bad condition. We proceeded slowly but comfortably, having a hot stone at my feet, and I always do enjoy a ride through the redwoods. The air was pure and bracing and we arrived at Wright's without accident, an hour too soon, and in due time took the train for San Jose

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January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


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