Delia Locke


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1887. May 19. Thursday. A cloudy day. Mrs. Bruml made me a pleasant call this afternoon. Have written to Ida and received a letter from Ada. Ms. Cooke is making arrangements to go to Yo-Semite again the last of this month, and he wishes to get teams from here and to have Hannah and Calvin go with them. I should be delighted to have the children go, if they can be spared. We are going to see if Mrs. Kelly will come and take Hannah's place in the kitchen while they go. Dr. Lane has written an obituary notice of my husband, which today appears in the Pacific. I requested him to do this, but I am not well pleased with it. It is not very able or truthful. Ada's name is omitted entirely, and it represents our property as much larger than it really is. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 55.)

May 20. Friday. Still cloudy. I have written my acknowledgements to Dr. Lane. Also I have been sewing to help Hannah get ready to go to Yo-Semite, and Alice is making a dress for her for the same purpose. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 58.)

May 21. Saturday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 67.)

May 22. Sabbath. Received today a letter from Mrs. Kelley that it would be impossible for her to come. Now that Hannah has her sewing done all ready to start tomorrow, she will be quite disappointed if she cannot go. Received also letters from Ada and Mr. Pascoe. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 65.)

May 23. Monday. A cool and windy day. We started this morning to try and get some one in the kitchen so that Hannah could leave. She went to see Mrs. O'Neil, but she is helping Mrs. Holman clean house and cannot be spared. We then thought of sending for one of the Potter girls, and Eddie was kept at home from school for that purpose and was just hitching up a team, when Mrs. Russene came along and called in. She has just finished nursing at Mrs. McGary's and was on her way home. When she understood our circumstances and our need of help, she volunteered to remain and go into the kitchen to help us. But she said she must first go home, so Eddie took her home in the buggy and brought her back again, so she went to work tonight, Uncle in the mean time doing what he could. Calvin and Hannah left about 4 P.M. for Stockton, and the Oakland party are expected to come by boat to Stockton tonight.

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1887. They went with two teams of two horses each. One wagon (the Studebaker, with cover) and all the horses are ours - the other wagon belongs to Mr. Childs of Acampo. I am glad they can go to that wonderful valley. Who shall say that Mrs. Russem happened to come just then to our relief? Rather are not all these things ordered by our kind Father in Heaven? I believe they are so, and can plainly see His loving hand in it all. For we found out afterwards that the Miss Potter whom we thought of trying to get was not at home, and had we sent there, we should have had our trip all for naught. And where we did see her afterwards we found she would not come. I have written to Horace and received a letter from Mary. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 57.)

May 24. Tuesday. I have had a room full of company and am wearied out tonight. Sisters Susie and Hannah Geffroy, Bertha G. Fanny Weber, Alice and Lou with all the little ones have spent the afternoon here. Hannah G. wished to engage our picnic ground for the use of the Cong. S.S. of Lodi, some day soon. They can have it. Received letters from Ida and Hannah. The Oakland party arrived in Stockton by boat this morning and were preparing to start on their trip when Hannah wrote. Ida writes of a remark of Susie's. Ida got out her photograph album to see if the children remembered all the members of our family. When she opened to Dr.'s picture Susie called out joyfully, "Why there's Grandpa - he isn't dead, is he mamma?" and she kept repeating Grandpa's here - "he isn't dead." Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 60.)

May 25. Wednesday. Mr. Keniston came on Estate business this morn. Received letter from Mrs. Gray. She had not heard of our loss. Mary came at night. I find that George and Eunice have chicken pox. Mrs. Kelly wrote that Lizzie had it after she went from here, but it did not strike me that this concerned us till George one night this week called my attention to his back which he said was all broken out. The moment I looked at it I saw that he had chicken pox, but he has seemed about as well as usual, and has attended school

Date Original

January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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