Delia Locke


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1888. Nov. 8. Thursday. This is Clara's birthday and I have written her a postal to remind her that I did not forget it - also to Ada and Ida. Mr. & Mrs. Cobb called to talk over the matter of line fence between us and her, so long unbuilt. It is hard for her to make up her mind to go to any expense about it, but think she will do it as it is a favorable time, and Walter Hoight will do it for her. We learn that Benj. Harrison (Repub.) is elected to be our next President - grandson of the former President, William Henry Harrison. Will Kessler died of pneumonia. a young blacksmith. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.)

Nov. 9. Friday. Wrote to John Tretheway, letting to him the use of our Hall for Thanksgiving dinner, to be used by the Methodists - also to Horace, and received letters from Ada and Ida. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.)

Nov. 10. Saturday. Mrs. Clifford and her mother, Mrs. Welch, called. Received a letter from Horace. Will Kessler buried from the Catholic church - thence to Stockton. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.)

Nov. 11. Sabbath. Lou called today with her mother. Received letters from Willie and Hannah. Willie has been chosen President of his class in Institute of Technology - class numbering 336. He stood 3% higher in French than any other member of his class, though on first examination he was conditioned in it. He went to work and mastered it. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.)

Nov. 12. Monday. Theresa is still puny - does not thrive well. Wrote to Horace and received letters from Calvin and Mr. Pascoe. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.)

Nov. 13. Tuesday. Forenoon cloudy. Mrs. McMartin is cleaning house for me. Wrote to Ada and received letter from Horace. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 59.)

Nov. 14. Wednesday. A foggy morning. Theresa was so poorly that I called Dr. Barbour to her. Have written to Hannah and Calvin. Lily Allen was married today to Augustus Corson of Lodi, in Stockton. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.)

Nov. 15. Thursday. A windy and rainy day. Theresa has a low fever with typhoid symptoms. Wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.)

Nov. 16. Friday. Cloudy, windy and rainy. Received a letter from Clara and wrote to Willie. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.)

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1888. Nov. 17. Saturday. Cloudy and very rainy. Theresa is still feverish. Dr. Barbour hoped he would be able to break it up but now fears she will have a run of typhoid fever. Received a letter from Ada - she write she is coming to spend Thanksgiving with us. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 57.)

Nov. 18. Sabbath. This is Rev. Mason's last day as preacher here - could not leave Theresa to hear him. He dined with us. Received letters from Hannah, Horace and Calvin. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 59.)

Nov. 19. Monday. The birthday of our Willard and Hannah. He is twentythree and she twentyone years old. They are celebrating the day by going together to Wellesley College to visit their cousin Anna Locke. Willard is a member of the Freshman class of Mass. Institute of Technology and stands high in his class, being chosen President thereof - the class of '92. Hannah is a student in N.E. Conservatory of Music, taking piano and vocal lessons, together with tuning, harmony, &c, fulfilling her long cherished desire to learn music. She is five feet, five and one-half inches in height, and probably weighs one hundred thirty pounds. It is a pleasure to think of these two children, trying to do the best they can. Wrote to Calvin and received letters from Mr. Pascoe, Ida and Willie. A foggy morning. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.)

Nov. 20. Tuesday. A cloudy and showery forenoon. Received a letter from Ada in which she writes that she cannot come today as she expected on account of the very serious illness of someone there who requires their attention. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.)

Nov. 21. Wednesday. A foggy morning. Wrote to Hannah. Theresa is pretty comfortable, and Dr. Barbour thinks I can now manage the case without him so he is dismissed. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.)

Nov. 22. Thursday. Cloudy and rainy. Still Ada and all her family came. The children are growing fast, and Alma is a busy, little meddler. Have written to Ida. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 53.)

Nov. 23. Friday. Have written to Horace and Willie, and received letter from Ida. Their house leaks badly and is literally flooded, and the children are both croupy and they are having a very uncomfortable time waiting for the new house, which is slow in building. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.)

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January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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