Delia Locke


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1885. of something very sad. Florence Brakeman has gone crazy, so that her mother cannot be left with her alone. She talks incessantly and mostly on religious subjects. She has seemed of late to be tending towards insanity, but it did not develop so as to be alarming until last week. The immediate cause of it seemed to be a telegram received by them, announcing the death of Olive Davis' oldest daughter - Florence's niece - who was accidentally killed. They have sent for Henry, who I think is in W.T. to come and help his mother. Till he comes, the neighbors will be obliged to stay with her. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 70.)

July 8. Wednesday. I have exchanged letters with Ada. Mrs. Whitney called, also Amelia Daly. This is the first time I have seen Amelia since her marriage. She has a boy, called Thomas Henry, born last March. She came to see Ida. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 65.)

July 9. Thursday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 69.)

July 10. Friday. Wrote to Horace. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.)

July 11. Saturday. Dr. returned from San Francisco today. He went with Mary and Ada to the Cliff House, and to the panorama of "Battle of Waterloo", which the boys visited last May. It continues to be crowded with visitors. Huldah McMartin and Willie Thomas were married today at her father's. We learn that Elison Cahill has lately died of fever, leaving his wife (Mary Pygall) and a family of little ones, not unprovided for, because he has accumulated a little property by saloon keeping at Ripon. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 77.)

July 12. Sabbath. Ida went to S. school today and had charge of my class, also went to meeting this afternoon. The church was crowded, as usual, to hear Dr. Lane. Have received a letter from Horace. He has entered upon his duties as Intern at McLean Asylum, Somerville. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 77.)

July 13. Monday. Mrs. Whitney called. Received letters from Ada and Mary. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 80.)

July 14. Tuesday. Ida has named her little boy Joseph Benton - for

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1885. Dr. Benton of Oakland, who married them. He is today a month old and weighs eleven and one-fourth pounds. He is growing nicely. I have written to Mary and Ada together. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 77.)

July 15. Wednesday. I have not been able to sleep well of late on account of the heat, so feel nearly worn out. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 85.)

July 16. Thursday. This is the hottest day we have had so far, tho' the heat for a long time has been uncomfortably great. Alice has gone for a short trip to Oakland leaving Nellie in Lou's care. She visits an old time friend there, and she will also seek out a sister of hers who is living in San Francisco, whom she has not seen since she was a babe. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 80.)

July 17. Friday. Have written to Horace and Mary. Weather is cooler. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 72.)

July 18. Saturday. Have received letters from Ada and Mary. Rebecca and a lady friend from Oakland - Mrs. Emmel - called. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 71.)

July 19. Sabbath. Ida again took my class in S. school. Howard is today twentysix years old. He has made quite a start in life, for he has a good wife and a good business. He has change of the warehouse business, which this year will not pay much, as the crops around in this section are short. But he is the agent of two Insurance Companies, also has charge of his father's tenement houses, to collect the rent. Also he is again to teach the Grant school, when it re-opens. He has no house of his own - this is still in prospect - also the study of Law, which he still wishes to make a specialty. I wish I could record him a true Christian also, and a member of the church, as his wife is. This at present, I cannot do, but I am still praying especially for him and for Luther. Have received a letter from Horace. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 74.)

July 20. Monday. Mrs. Whitney called Mr. Preater has sold his property, situated eight next to Mrs. Ambrose's store and the Post office, to Ostrander, a saloon keeper.

Date Original

January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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