Delia Locke


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1886. Sept. 10. Friday. Have written to Ida and Mary and received a letter from Ada containing a photo of Weldon at two years old - a good one. He is now quite well again. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 84.)

Sept. 11. Saturday. The weather is extremely sultry and close and the air so smoky and hazy it is hard to breathe it, especially so to me. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 80.)

Sept. 12. Sabbath. Mrs. Kelly's girls - Jennie and Lizzie - came to see her. She has three boys also - two of them men grown. We like Mrs. Kelly as a cook exceedingly well - she is neat, competent and industrious They, however, are Catholics. Received a letter from Mr. Pascoe. He had no trouble with his people as to his sickness (unfortunate) of last summer, and no trouble with the Association. All believe and trust in him. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.)

Sept. 13. Monday. The weather has turned a little cloudy. Have written to Ada and received a letter from Calvin. He goes out to spend Sabbath afternoons with Ada and has become interested in the Band of Hope under Mrs. Nieman's charge, and now teaches a class of fifteen small boys . I am glad he respects himself there so much, and is so manly. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.)

Sept. 14. Tuesday. Received letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 67.)

Sept. 15. Wednesday. Have written to Calvin and received letters from Ida and Mary. Mrs. Bates came to stay with us a few days, but in the evening Susie sent for her again to have her accompany them to the State Fair in Sacramento. It has been fortunate indeed for Susie that she has had a good cook this summer, so that she could leave home so much, yet she is not altogether pleased with her (Sarah Fox) as she is too independent, and goes about too much. I have just a jewel of a cook - we like her better and better. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.)

Sept. 16. Thursday. Lou went to Stockton today and I kept Chester for her. He loses in weight now instead of gaining. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 75.)

Sept. 17. Friday. I have been suffering with sick headache today. Lou came here visiting, expecting to see Mrs. Bates, but they have not returned from the Fair. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.)

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1886. Sept. 18. Saturday. Wrote to Ida and Mary. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.)

Sept. 19. Sabbath. They have had communion service in the church today. Received letters from Mr. Pascoe and Calvin. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 80.)

Sept. 20. Monday. Wrote to ada. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 80.)

Sept. 21. Tuesday. Mrs. Bates has come again to attempt to make another short stay with us. She was made sick by going to the State Fair, as it was too hard a drive for her in a carriage. But she is pretty well again. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 74.)

Sept. 22. Wednesday. Have received letters from Ida and Mary. I am so weak that I cannot sit up all day, and Mrs. Bates is such a constant talker - it seems strange to me some times how she has strength to talk so incessantly. But she is good and kind hearted. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 72.)

Sept. 23. Thursday. This morning, Horace and Uncle, with Hannah Mrs. Whitney and Mrs. Bates started for the Co. Fair in Stockton, and returned this eve, reporting a pleasant times. Have written to Calvin and received a letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.)

Sept. 24. Friday. I kept Chester today so that Howard and Lou could go to the Fair, and Georgie went with them. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.)

Sept. 25. Saturday. I have been in bed all day with sick headache But I don't have to use smoke for asthma, and I am thankful. Horace is giving me medicine which is helping me I think, but slowly. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 67.)

Sept. 26. Sabbath. Dr. Lane preached a farewell sermon today. As we expected, he is going to preach at the Green St. ch. San Francisco, where he was candidating during vacation. He would like to preach here and at Galt, receiving from each place seven hundred dollars, but there was not enthusiasm enough to raise so much for him, so he had go to. I am better today - up and dressed. A letter from Mr. Pascoe says he is intending to attend the meeting of the Geril Association in Woodland this coming week. Mr. Ross and family are going to move to Couralitos, Santa Cruz Co. None of them have entered this house during their entire stay. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.)

Date Original

January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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