Delia Locke


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1887. July 15. Friday. written to Eunice and received a letter from Horace. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 73.)

July 16. Saturday. Have written to Horace and received a letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 68.)

July 17. Sabbath. We have had a quiet Sabbath as usual. Received a letter from Mr. Pascoe. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 68.)

July 18. Monday. Have written to Ada and receieved a call from Mrs. Hale. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 64.)

July 19. Tuesday. Howard is today twentyeight years old. He is foreman of the Ranch now and finds more work than he can well attend to. Lou, who has been at Lathrop visiting her parents, returned home today with Chester. Have written to Mary and received letters from Horace and Ida, and photographs of herself and deceased husband from Mrs. Bates. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 67.)

July 20. Wednesday. A grain stack belonging to Shepherd Hendell took fire today and burned to the ground - wheat, not threshed. As these were two more staks in the same field, and in an adjoining field belonging to Mrs. Beakeman a header and more grain, and all connected with each other, they worked pretty lively to keep the fire confined to the one stack. The fire had already began to run in the stubble when first discovered. Theresa had gone to our field with Eddie to see the Combined Harvester work and she saw the fire and became quite excited over it. Eddie is helping a hired man of ours to cook for the men on the Harvester. They cook and eat at the Faulkner place (so called). Lou and her mother made me a call this afternoon. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 68.)

July 21. Thursday. Have written to Eunice and Ida and received a letter from Mary. The Ladies Aid Society met at Susie's today, and as Mrs. McCloud refuses to act as President any longer, they concluded to work on to the end of the year without any President. So today they marked all the articles on hand. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 87. S.S.71.)

July 22. Friday. Have written to Horace and received a letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 75.)

July 23. Saturday. Have received a letter from Horace. Amelia Daley

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1887. called this afternoon - also Aunt Susie. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 75.)

July 24. Sabbath. Meeting's seem very discouraging just now, as is usually the case in harvest time. Very few attend service at church, and the Band of Hope receives so little encouragement that they are talking of discontinuing meetings for awhile. When the Band of Hope was organized, the members of the Good Templar's Lodge promised to attend its meetings and help in its work and support. This they have signally failed to do - notably the Thomsons - who were loud in talk about how greatly a Band of Hope was needed here. Now they have left the work for just a few to do. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 75.)

July 25. Monday. A new church is to be organized at West Point (Cong.) by Dr. Warren and others assisted by the resident pastor - Rev. Crawford. Hannah was chosen a delegate from our church and as she wishes to visit Lilly Greve, she has decided to go. Lilla Locke, who has been greatly troubled with asthma of late, has decided to accompany her and try a change for the benefit of her health. So they went off together on the train today to Valley Spring, where they will take the stage to West Point. Rev. Mason will go up in his own buggy. Have written to Ada and received a letter from Bro. Franklin. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 79.)

July 26. Tuesday. Have written to Franklin and received letters from Eunice and Mr. Pascoe. They made a pleasant but brief trip to Pescadero, which Eunice enjoyed almost more than she could tell. She seems to be gaining in health and strength, but the sore on her back is not yet well, and is quite deep and troublesome. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 80.)

July 27. Wednesday. Rev. Mason called this A.M. with Rev. Cross of Saratoga. The latter is exchanging pulpits for two Sabbaths with Rev. Furman of Stockton and so came out for a ride to see the country. Rev. Mason has returned from West Point and reports a successful meeting there. Have written to Hannah and Mary and received a letter from Ida. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 65.)

Date Original

January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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