Delia Locke


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1890. the tuning department of the Conservatory, she is now in North Abington tuning pianos and organs. Wrote to Boston. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 58.)

June 20. Friday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 64.)

June 21. Saturday. Went over and stayed with Susie again today. She is a little better, and her foot is doing well. Received letters from Horace, Calvin and Willie. Horace writes that Grandpa has visited them in Campello. Grandpa is today seventyfive years old - hale and hearty. Willie writes from Exeter where he was reviewing Calvin in his studies. Willie is to live at Nashua through the vacation. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 70.)

June 22. Sabbath. Have attended meeting as usual. Rev. Thomas preached from the text, "Fear not Abram - I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward." (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 60.)

June 23. Monday. A cloudy morning. Received letters from Ida and Uncle from Ferndale. Ida writes that her colt Senator has been stolen from Mr. Coomb's pasture - quite a loss - as Mr. Pascoe was offered $100. for him when he was but six months old. I have answered their letters. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 62.)

June 24. Tuesday. I have been to Susie's again today. She is slowly gaining strength. Julius Young died of consumption - aged 42. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 62.)

June 25. Wednesday. A historic landmark has disappeared. I heard the bell at Holman's place ringing in the middle of the forenoon, and looking up there, we saw the house in flames, and it burned to the ground in a few minutes, being entirely of wood. A brisk breeze was blowing at the time, and the adjoining out-buildings were saved with difficulty, but were all saved. The Chinese cook, who has lived with them for years, was busy ironing and had a hot fire in the kitchen stove, which set the roof on fire from the stove pipe. Mr. Holman was in a boat on the bottom when the alarm was sounded, and before he could reach the house, it was burned to the ground. Mrs. Holman, however, was a real heroine and rushed in and out, saving Mr. Holman's papers, her own gold watch and some portraits and other valuables from the fire. Nearly everything else

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1890. perished. They have a small house across the way, which they will now occupy. The house burned was almost forty years old. Received letters from Ada, Mr. Cooke and Calvin. We have bought Roland's crop of apricots and began drying them today. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 68.)

June 26. Thursday. Received a letter from Hannah and wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 75.)

June 27. Friday. Edward Houseman was buried in Lodi. He dropped dead in Stockton a day or two ago. He was the husband of Leila Smith, only daughter of William Smith, formerly of this place. Mr. Houseman was a musician, leader of Lodi Cornet Band. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 79.)

June 28. Saturday. Susie has gained in strength so fast that she rode out today. Weldon Cooke is six years old. William Van Gorder, for many years a clerk in Bruml's Store, died after a long illness. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 76.)

June 29. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Rev. Thomas preached on the folly and danger of backsliding, from the text, "Israel slideth back like a backsliding heifer". The funeral of William Van Gorder was held in our church at 4:30 P.M. and he was laid to rest by the Odd Fellows in the cemetery beside Uncle Geo. Thomason. Received letters from Horace, Willie and Uncle. Willie is hard at work in Nashua with the City Engineer, laying out streets, lots and cemetery plots, leveling for sewers, &.c. and enjoying the work very greatly. He is very enthusiastic over it. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 75.)

June 30. Monday. Received a letter from Annie Holman and wrote to Ida and Uncle. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 72.)

July 1. Tuesday. Susie came to visit me today and walked up stairs without assistance. Her toe is healing rapidly. Received letter from Ida. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 68.)

July 2. Wednesday. It seems strange that the water on the bottoms continues about as high as ever. Our poor orchard and alfalfa ground are, in large part, drowned out. It is sad to see it so. (T.S.R. 50 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 67.)

July 3. Thursday. Wrote to Boston and received letters from Hannah, Ada and Will Cooke. Hannah is visiting in Nashua, saying goodbye before starting for home. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 70.)

Date Original

January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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