1884. Apr. 20. Sabbath. I could not go to meeting - my asthma is increasing all the time. It is very bad. What shall I do?
Apr. 21. Monday. Have today received letters from Willie and Horace. Willie met with an accident last week which might have proved serious. He hired a livery team press in his herbarium. His horse, not easily managed, turned a sharp corner, overturned the buggy and threw him out. Fortunately, he escaped with only a black eye and some bruises. Wrote to Ada.
Apr. 22. Tuesday. A foggy morning and day a little cloudy. Received a letter from Mrs. Gray.
Apr. 23. Wednesday. Weather cloudy and little rainy. Cough and asthma are distressing with me and increasing I cannot make up my mind again to leave home and am undecided as to what to do. The Republicans of this precinct have held a Primary election today and chose Luther as one of the delegates to the County Convention to be held in Stockton soon. Have written to Willie and received a postal from Ada.
Apr. 24. Thursday. Have written to Horace.
Apr. 25. Friday. The Literary Society have held an entertainment in the new large hall this evening for the benefit of Mr. Wallace, who is trying to start a chicken ranch up near the Bragg place. It is called the Minard Wallace entertainment, and was very well attended. Received a letter from Ada, Theresa is much inclined to talk in rhymes. She is remarkably fond of poetry and learns to repeat it very readily. Last night when she jumped into bed, she surprised me by saying. "Two big pillows, side by side, One little head jumped in and made in spread out wide." This for a child but four and one-half years old, is I think, pretty good. She often sits and chatters to herself and makes every line come out at the end with a jingle. She never tires of hearing poetry repeated.
1884. Apr. 26. Saturday. A cloudy and rainy day unfavorable for the Odd Fellows' picnic at Lodi. I kept Susie and Mr. Pascoe and Ida went with Luther, Howard and their young ladies. They carried a nice lunch, intending to have a jolly time, but came home early and quite wet. Have written Ada.
Apr. 27. Sabbath. Still cloudy. My cough is indeed very distressing. I have sent for Compound Oxygen to the Repository for the Pacific Coast at San Francisco, and seeing many notices of wonderful cures of chronic diseases, I have decided to try it. If it will cure my asthma, it will indeed be wonderful. I kept Susie today, while Ida went to meeting. It is a good thing that Ida can take my class in S.S. while I am sick. Received a letter from Horace.
Apr. 28. Monday. A cloudy forenoon. I have been very poorly all day. Have written to Ada and received a letter from Willie.
Apr. 29. Tuesday. I have kept little Susie all day while Ida has been to Stockton to do some shopping for me. Mrs. Lizzie McLellan has come to visit Uncle, who is her grandfather, and us. She has brought her two little children, Gressie, four years old, and Edna, two years old. They have been living at San Jose, but are soon to move to Moneterey Co. The Comp. Oxygen has come and is to be inhaled while hot with the steam from hot water. I shall try it faithfully, hoping it will relieve me.
Apr. 30. Wednesday. I have written to Willie. Ida has been here arranging pressed flowers for his herbarium. She has kindly undertaken to help him out in his Botany arrangement. The children have gathered wild flowers here, because they can get them so much more easily here than he can. The wild flowers have not been for years so plentiful and beautiful as they are this year.
Original dimensions: 22 x 34 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
To view additional information on copyright and related rights of this item, such as to purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish them, click here to view the Holt-Atherton Special Collections policies.
Delia Locke, diaries, women, diarist, California, Locke-Hammond Family Papers, Lockeford, CA, Dean Jewett Locke, rural life, rural California, 19th Century, church, temperance organizations, Mokelumne River Ladies' Sewing Circle, temperature recordings, journal