Delia Locke


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1888. June 23. Saturday. Received letter from Ida, enclosing a fuchsia leaf, immense in size, which grew in her dooryard garden, there in Humboldt Co. Much fog and no burning sunshine is a climate conducive to the growth of that plant. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 73.)

June 24. Sabbath. The "cowboy" (B.F. Flunor) preached today for Mr. Mason to the disgust of many. Received letters from Ada, Willie, and Horace. Willie has just been passing seven examinations at the end of the school term, and is mentally weary. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 70.)

June 25. Monday. Mary (McMartin) Earle has a little daughter born today. Have received a letter from Mr. Pascoe and written to Ada and Hannah. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.)

June 26. Tuesday. A windy day. Have written to Willie and received a letter from Uncle. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 71.)

June 27. Wednesday. L.W. Elliott called and we settled his claim on the estate for $100. - paid him and took receipt in full. Considering he did no better for us in the Montgomery matter we do not feel very grateful to him. Have written to Uncle and Horace. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 62.)

June 28. Thursday. Weldon Cooke is today four years old. Have written to Ida and Emma Hurd and received letter from Uncle. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 64.)

June 29. Friday. Mrs. Russem left us today. Have been trying to get Mrs. Kelly for kitchen help, and she would come, only that Jennie, her daughter whom she usually leaves in charge, is sick. But Mrs. Russem was bound to go, and she went, and as Mrs. Kelly did not come, we were left without help in kitchen or dairy, but Mrs. Fogarle came and got dinner and supper for us. have written to Mrs. Bates and received letters from Ida and Uncle. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 69.)

June 30. Saturday. I went into the dairy this morning and Eunice and I together made butter. It seems pleasant to make butter again. I like to make it and think I shall take charge of it whenever I am able in future. Moore and Mary, who have been visiting at Linden, returned at noon, and will now take full charge of the cooking. Wrote to Hannah, and received letters from her and Ada. They are now out

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1888. camping in the redwoods of Sonoma Co. near Healdsburg, and enjoying themselves greatly. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.)

July 1. Sabbath. No preaching today. Received letters from Horace and Willie. They are having hot weather in the East. As a result of his school examinations closed for the term in Exeter Academy Willie stands No. 2 in a class of 90 scholars. Well done, Willie! (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 78.)

July 2. Monday. Wrote to Ada and Hannah. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 83.)

July 3. Tuesday. Wrote to Willie. (TS.R. 60. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 80.)

July 4. Wednesday. A quiet day in Lockeford - no celebration. Calvin and Eddie went to the chaparral to shoot rabbits and quails which abound there. William Young and Carrie Sherden were married at her home - only a very few friends invited. Wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 76.)

July 5. Thursday. Mrs. McGary entertained the Ladies Aid Society with ice cream today. The girls went, but I stayed at home with sick headache. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 76.)

July 6. Friday. Received letters from Hannah and Ada. They are still camping in Sonoma redwoods. Wrote to Horace. (T.S.R. 48. 2P .M. 89. S.S. 75.)

July 7. Saturday. Heading of grain finished today by John Montgomery. Threshing to begin next Mon. by William Simpson. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 62.)

July 8. Sabbath. No preaching. The Sunday school is always faithfully kept up by father and Susie. When shall I be able to help? Received letters from Willie, Horace and Hannah. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 62.)

July 9. Monday. Wrote to Ada. Hannah returned home with eyes and teeth fixed - had a pair of gold bowed spectacles made in San Francisco with the lens differing from each other, to fit her eyes expensive but useful. She brought a little book entitled "Better not" - a treatise by Vincent against wine, dancing, cards, and theatre going. I have read it - it well carries out its design - better not indulge in them. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 67.)

July 10. Tuesday. Received letters from Ida and Mr. Pascoe. Wrote to Willie. Afternoon cloudy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 67.)

Date Original

January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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