Delia Locke


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1884. the practical knowledge of medicine he will gain there will be of more advantage to him than all book learning entirely. Have written to Willie, and received a call from Mrs. Ben Steacy, and afterwards from Miss Lou Clapp, our Primary School teacher.

Mar. 12. Wednesday. A cloudy day. My health is running down, down again steadily. Today I have not been dressed. What shall I do? Stay at home and suffer, or leave them all again? I am quite discouraged. Received letter from Ada.

Mar. 13. Thursday. Weather still cloudy and I am still in bed. Ida and baby came to stay with me while Mr. Pascoe, Uncle and Howard went to Stockton to attend the meeting of the Dist. Lodge.

Mar. 14. Friday. It has been showery day and very windy. The folks returned from Stockton bringing Frank Read, Augusta's only living son, with them. But he is almost William Read sight over again, in looks and, I fear, in disposition. I sat up most of the day and wrote to Horace and Ada. Ida went home with baby.

Mar. 15. Saturday. Uncle and Mary have gone to Sacramento. Uncle went on business and Mary to visit the Seminary. Weather very pleasant and springlike.

Mar. 16. Sabbath. I could not go to meeting, but I was comforted for the privation, because I could keep Ida's baby, so she could go and teach my class in S. school. She also attended the Band of Hope with the others. I received a long letter from Mrs. Gray in which she tells me of a terrible storm of wind and rain which visited them soon after I left. The roof of the piazza was much more broken up and a large piece of scantling driven by the wind upon the roof of the house with such violence, that it broke the roof completely through and came down into dining room with a crash, but did no farther damage. She also writes that her big cat - Tiger - ate up her favorite canary, a beautiful singer. He could almost repeat the words "Sweet Dick" after Mr. gray. It made me sad to hear of his death.

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1884. Mar. 17. Monday. Have received letters from Horace, Willie and Ada. Horace writes that Cousin Josiah P. Hammond's wife is dead. It was for her health he thought of coming to Cal. so now I suppose he may not come. But I cannot help feeling thankful, if her health to die. How much more comfortable they could make her than she could be here in a new home, and among strangers. He also writes that Aunt Olive is sick. I have written to Mrs. Gray.

Mar. 18. Tuesday. A showery day But not so but that we went out. Mr. Pascoe, Ida and I went to Father's, and they left the baby there with me while they went calling. Father is quite comfortable now, but does not yet go out of doors. He has now been confined to the house for five weeks, since he got hurt by the warehouse door falling upon him. Mother says he has been very patient and uncomplaining through his sickness, which we hardly expected he would be, seeing that this is the first time in his life that he has been confined to the house for any length of time. He seems just as jolly as ever, and praises mother for her good nursing. He has a good appetite, consequently enjoys his food. Lucy and bay Horace came in. They live in Father's small house. The little boy is very bright and smart.

Mar. 19. Wednesday. I have written to Ada. The Sewing Circle has again commenced its meetings. I took care of baby Susie while Ida attended.

Mar. 20. Thursday. I have written to Horace, Willie and Mrs. Jewett to the latter because we think of getting up some Missionary Concert to help the Woman's Board a little, and therefore want some exercises. Received a letter from Mrs. Gray. She writes that Mr. Stetson would like to trade with Mr. Steacy for a new buckboard. I have kept little Susie again today for Ida and Mr. Pascoe to go calling. Mrs. Flanders and Mrs. Geehan called to see me.

Mar. 21. Friday. Frank Read went back to Stockton today. He is working in the office of the Weekly Independent. Ida

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January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


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