Delia Locke


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1890. July 4. Friday. This has been a very quiet day here. Howard, Lou and their children went to Stockton and George and Theresa went with them. The new Court house was beautifully decorated. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.)

July 5. Saturday. Received letters from Horace, Willie, Calvin and Uncle. Calvin is at "Little Boars Head". N.H. working at haying this vacation. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.)

July 6. Sabbath. We attended meeting as usual. This was Communion Day, and Mr. & Mrs. Cunningham, Scotch people, joined the church and brought their babe for baptism. It was christened "Alexandrine Wellesley Cunningham" - a name quite long enough for a baby. He is a painter by trade, and they live in a cabin in Geo. Locke's yard. Rev. Thomas preached from the text, "None can by any means redeem his own soul". (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 68.)

July 7. Monday. Wrote to Ida and Uncle and received a postal from Hannah, dated Milford. N.H. She, with some of the Nashua cousins and Cousin Calvin, were on a trip to Langdon, to visit the birthplace of their fathers. She was having a very interesting time, though caught in the rain there. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 66.)

July 8. Tuesday. Litle cloudy. Eunice left us again for Oakland High School, and Hattie Covert went in company with her to visit some friends there. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 64.)

July 9. Wednesday. Received a letter from Ada today. Will is quite poorly again, but heretofore has been steadily improving. I have written to Boston and our Eunice. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 71.)

July 10. Thursday. Headers began cutting our grain a little before noon. Received a letter from Uncle. He writes that the body of Mr. Hoffman of Rio Dell was found after many days and buried on the 4th. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 76.)

July 11. Friday. Mr. & Mrs. Cobb called in the forenoon. Warmer weather. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 79.)

July 12. Saturday. Letters from Horace and Willie. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 78.)

July 13. Sabbath. Did not attend meeting today, being too weary. They had small attendance, only ten being present in the evening. Received letter from Hannah written at Nashua. She reports a fine time on trip to Langdon, and they went over the river into the State of Vermont. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 74.)

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1890. July 14. Monday. Wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 71.)

July 15. Tuesday. Received letters from Horace and our Eunice. Oakland High School began yesterday in the new building, built from the ruins of the first house. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.)

July 16. Wednesday. Wm Simpson began threshing our grain at noon just as the headers finished their work. We learn that John C. Fremont died on the 13th inst at New York. Wrote to Boston and received letters from Ada and Hannah. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 71.)

July 17. Thursday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 74.)

July 18. Friday. Our heading and threshing are all complete. We had a very small crop all around - land too wet. Received letters from Ida and Uncle and they sent a package of plants - fuchsias - which grow very beautifully in Humboldt Co. I hope they will grow, but fear they will not in this hot climate. Wrote to Eunice. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 70.)

July 19. Saturday. Howard is today thirtyone years old. He and his family - wife and two little ones - are all in good health. Received a letter from Willie, he enjoys his work with the Nashua City Engineer. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M 92. S.S. 77.)

July 20. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Rev. Thomas preached from the text, "What evil thing is this that ye do, that ye profane the Sabbath day." Received letter from Calvin. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 80.)

July 21. Monday. Mrs. Fogarle, who has been in failing health for some months, died at one o'clock this morning, aged 80. She has been a great sufferer, and has now "entered into rest." Received a letter from Ida. She is packing up to move to Oakland. Wrote to her and Uncle. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 84.)

July 22. Tuesday. Mrs. Fogarle was buried from our church at 10 a.m. Have written to Horace and received a letter from Will Cooke. He and family started on a camping trip last Mond. to Guerneville, Sonoma Co. which is in the redwoods. Our bottom land is now being plowed where it has been overflowed for a crop of potatoes. The water has but just gone down so that this could be done. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 78.)

Date Original

January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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