Delia Locke


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1888. July 11. Wednesday. Wrote to Ida and received a letter from Ada. She is still camping. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 75.) S.S. 61.)

July 12. Thursday. Eunice went to Stockton to get her teeth filled and cleaned. Horace had letter written to him by me. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 73.)

July 13. Friday. Our wheat is very fine and plump this year - weighs 63 lbs. to the bushel. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 76.)

July 14. Saturday. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 81.)

July 15. Sabbath. Received letters from Willie and Horace. Willie passed the examinations for Boston Institute of Technology, conditioned only in French. This after only one year at Exeter. Well done, Willie! He is now in Nashua to study French with his cousin, Anna Locke. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 87.)

July 16. Monday. This has been the hottest day of the season. Have written to Ada and Mr. Cooke. Received a letter from Mrs. Kelly. She would now come to cook for us, but I do not need her, as I have Mary and Will. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 83.)

July 17. Tuesday. Have written to Mrs. Kelly and to Willie. Towards eve we had clouds and a rainbow. Very unusual weather! (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 82.)

July 18. Wednesday. We learn that Simon P. Wagner and Lizzie Hansen were married on the 8th. They are working together in a restaurant in Oakland. They finished threshing our grain today. Our big dog Towzer was out in the grain field with the men, and lay down under the big wagon while they were loading it with sacks of wheat. It seems he lay between the wheels, and no one noticed him when they started up the team, and the kind wheel ran over him near the fore shoulders. There was over 3000 lbs. weight of grain on the wagon. The dog seemed to be nearly dead when taken up but they put him on the wagon and brought him home. He is still alive and may recover. Wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 72. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 79.)

July 19. Thursday. Howard is today twentynine years old. With wife and "just a pair" of children, he is very nicely fixed. "One thing thou lackest" might be said to him. O that he would seek and obtain the "pearl of great price." Wrote to Horace. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 77.)

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1888. July 20. Friday. Sick with headache again. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 77.)

July 21. Saturday. We had light showers of rain this morn. Received a letter from Mr. Pascoe. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 79.)

July 22. Sabbath. Received letters from Ada, Ida and Willie. This evening we have had a total eclipse of an almost full moon, and sat up longer than o our usual bedtime to watch it - a weird sight. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 77.)

July 23. Monday. We learn that Mrs. Clayton is visiting her brother in Lodi, so the girls went down, called on her, and invited her to visit us. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 76.)

July 24. Tuesday. Mrs. Clayton came with her three little girls - Ida, Laura and Jessie - and spent most of the day. Lou was here also. Received letters from Mr. Pascoe and Horace. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 75.)

July 25. Wednesday. A teachers' excursion has come to Cal. from the East and today they came to Stockton. Some of our folks went in to the reception, which was enthusiastic. Wrote to Willie. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 73.)

July 26. Thursday. Teachers' excursion came to Lodi today. Wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 69.)

July 27. Friday. Have written to Horace and received letters from Ada and Will Cooke. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 70.)

July 28. Saturday. Edwin Sutherland, who has been at work for us through the vacation, returned to Oakland today, and Calvin went with him to attend the High School. Theresa also went for a short visit to Ada. Received letter from Ida. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 67.)

July 29. Sabbath. Letter from Willie received. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 73.)

July 30. Monday. Howard went to Republican Convention as delegate in San Francisco and took Lou and Chester with him. Received letter from Horace. Carrie Geffroy is here for the night. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 64.)

July 31. Tuesday. Carrie G. is still here. Wrote to Willie. Hosea Stamper and Annie Sherden were married in Stockton yesterday, also Charlie Reasoner and Ada Megerle - daughter of Philip. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 64.)

Aug. 1. Wednesday. Wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 66.)

Date Original

January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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