Delia Locke


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1886. Mar. 11. Thursday. Have written to Ida. This eve a man calling himself Prof. Owens, lectured to a large audience in our church on Phrenology and Mind Reading. He mesmerized several persons, among them a girl named Cora Crawford who lives at Mr. Waterman's. She was very impressible, but when he tried to waken her, she went in to fainting fits and spasms which continued at intervals all the night. She was taken home in this condition and the lecture and series of lectures which he had intended to give was broken up in a rather disorderly manner. But he received good pay for this lecture. Father sends me word that Uncle Roland E. Cotton, formerly of Plymouth, late of Chelsea. Mass. is dead. He was the husband of father's sister Hannah. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 51.)

Mar. 12. Friday. Wrote to Horace. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 55.)

Mar. 13. Saturday. Weather cloudy. Have written to Ada and received a postal from Mr. Cooke. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 46.)

Mar. 14. Sabbath. At the afternoon service today the infant son of (Scotty) McLean was baptized by Dr. Lane by the name of Stanley Ralph. Have received letters from Mr. Pascoe and Horace. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 47.)

Mar. 15. Monday. Dr. is selling his hops today at two cts. per pound. Some difference between this price and that of 1883, which ranged from 75 cts to one dollar per pound. This price does not pay expenses - that was a bonanza. People are now pulling up the hop vines they set out at the time of that craze. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 53.)

Mar. 16. Tuesday. Alice is today twentyfour years old - there being less than one month's difference between her age and Ida's. All have united in trying to make her happy, for she is a good and kindhearted girl. Theresa gave her a red silk handkerchief Eunice gave her a fan, I some linen collars, Hannah some nice fresh butter, and Luther's present to her I do not now remember. I have written to Mrs. Gray. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 55.)

Mar. 17. Wednesday. A cloudy and rainy day, yet in spite of the rain, the District Lodge, which met here, had a very good attendance

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1886. although it poured down the hardest just at the time for it to convince. Especially did the Ocampo Lodge send a large delegation, showing a large degree of interest. A lunch for tea was spread by our lodge members in our lower Hall, of which a goodly number partook, some twice the last time just before they started home. We have had our piano and organ tuned today by William Toaspern, also the church organ. Received letters from Ada and Ida. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 37.)

Mar. 18. Thursday. Have written to Ida. Willie has made out his first month's Roll of Honor for his school, and Nellie Jory stands No. 1 - in school. There is a remarkably good interest among his scholars. Yesterday, in the pouring rain, there were 45 out of 46 of his scholars present. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 45.)

Mar. 19. Friday. Chester is now three months old and weighs nineteen pounds. He is the champion of our family, for none of nine were so large. Have written to Horace. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 45.)

Mar. 20. Saturday. Howard and Lou are moving into their house which has been considerably changed and renovated, but Howard intends to have more done after awhile when funds are more plenty. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 54.)

Mar. 21. Sabbath. Services have been held as usual, Willie teaching my class in S. school. "A dear boy is he." Received letters from Mr. Pascoe and Horace. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.)

Mar. 22. Monday. Weather a little cloudy. Received a letter from Mrs. Whitney from Santa Barbara. Her daughter Annie continues very poorly, having a cough and pain in her side. The climate there, after all, does not seem to agree with her. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 65.)

Mar. 23. Tuesday. A cloudy morning. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 68.)

Mar. 24. Wednesday. O joy! joy!! the bridge across the first slough is completed, in the school space of two months from the day it was carried away. This is indeed good. Received a letter from Ida. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.)

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January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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