Delia Locke


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1885. Jan. 2. Friday. Still cloudy and a little rainy. I have written to Mrs. Gray and received a letter from Ida. She says it was raining in San Francisco while they were shopping. It was well they did not have Susie with them. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 46.)

Jan. 3. Saturday. Still cloudy. The bell tolled for Mrs. Earnest Megerle, who died last night. She has been failing for months, since the birth of her last little one, which was premature. Now she has left three very young children motherless, also three of his by a former wife, the eldest of all not being more than twelve or thirteen years old. It seems very sad. I have written to Ada and Ida. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.)

Jan. 4. Sabbath. The first of the new year. The Sabbath school turned out in full force, though we could have no preaching service. Sister Clara took my class and distributed the prizes which I had procured for those who have been punctual in attendance. Eddie received a Bible, and Calvin and Willie Wagner books. I also gave fringed cards to Wallace Locke and Aleck Inglis, who had of necessity, been absent too many times to receive books. This afternoon, the funeral of Mrs. Rosa Megerle was attended from our church, and Rev. Wolfe officiated. I have received letters from Ida and from Mr. Cooke and Horace. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 50.)

Jan. 5. Monday. Weather still foggy and cloudy. Have exchanged letters with Ida. She wrote of a reception that was given them on Friday evening at their new house in Redwood, also of the setting up of their furniture. I should have written that the reception was at the church parlors. I have also received a letter from the Philadelphia doctors, proprietors of the Comp. Oxygen, and have answered it. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.)

Jan. 6. Tuesday. Still cloudy. Have again exchanged letters with Ida. Eddie Shaw came in and stayed overnight. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.)

Jan. 7. Wednesday. Weather still foggy and a little cloudy. Have written to Ida and Bro. Josiah. The bell tolled for the

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1885. infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Knehl, fifteen days old. The Ladies Aid Society held its annual meeting and chose Mrs. N.H. Locke as President and re-elected Ms. Cuduce as Secretary. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.)

Jan. 8. Thursday. The weather continues foggy and cloudy. Willard left us today and went back to Normal School. I have written to Ida and Horace and received letters from Ida and Mr. Pascoe. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 54.)

Jan. 9. Friday. A cloudy day and a rainy night. Mother called and stayed to dinner. I have written a note to Mr. J. Harris of Washington Dist. also to Ida, and received letters from Ada, Ida, Mr. Pascoe and Willie. The latter left his spectacles in a coat pocket hanging up at home and did not discover his mistake until he arrived in San Jose. So he wishes me to send them to him at once. Ada writes that Mr. Cooke has the offer of a ministry in the Sandwich Islands at a salary of $1,000. a year. But, under the circumstances, I think it would be wrong for him to leave his present pastorate. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.)

Jan. 10. Saturday. The weather is windy and showery. Wrote to Ada and Ida. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.)

Jan. 11. Sabbath. The morning was rainy but the attendance at S. school was good. Clara took my class. Received letters from Mr. Pascoe and Horace. The latter has in contemplation the writing of a thesis on Asthma, and to that end, he is going to take all the asthma patients he can, among Hospital patients and otherwise. He has already taken seven patients, among them are Cousin Rebecca Whiting and son Willie, of North Abington. He wishes to make the treatment of asthma one of his specialties in medicine. I hope he will be able to throw some light upon the treatment of a disease which is so generally considered incurable. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 50.)

Jan. 12. Monday. We have had fine weather today, the first for a long time. Have written to Ida and Mr. Pascoe, and

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January 1885

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