Delia Locke


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1890. Sept. 1. Monday. Wrote to Ida and received letter from Horace. (T.S.R. 52. 2. P.M. 86. S.S. 75.)

Sept. 2. Tuesday. Wrote to Boston and received letter from Eunice. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 81.)

Sept. 3. Wednesday. Weather a little cloudy. Received a letter from Hannah from Little Falls, and wrote to Eunice. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.)

Sept. 4. Thursday. Received letters from Ada, Will Cooke and Ida, and wrote to Hannah. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 82.)

Sept. 5. Friday. The bell tolled this morning for Ada (McMartin) Ziegnefelder, who died in San Francisco, aged 30, from an overdose of morphine, taken, it is supposed with suicidal intent. She once tried to drown herself in one of the great lakes (Eric, I think) but was rescued when nearly dead. The body came up on the train this P.M. and was taken to our church, where Rev. Thomas held a short funeral service, and then she was interred at the Brick Church. Wrote to Oakland. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 77.)

Sept. 6. Saturday. Rosa Martell's husband, William Hannegan, aged 30 yrs. (the same age of her who was buried yesterday) was buried from our church today. Received letters from Horace and Willie. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 82.)

Sept. 7. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Rev. Thomas preached from the text, "What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." At a church meeting after service, he tendered his resignation to take effect Dec. 1. I think the members will not object to the resignation. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 79.)

Sept. 8. Monday. Theresa dear is eleven years old today and she made her own birthday cake. She is indeed smart in everything, sews on the machine, etches, sings, plays on piano and organ, and is the youngest in her class at school, though taking first rank, nevertheless. She weighs seventy four pounds, and is four ft. seven inches in height. So all her brothers except Calvin were heavier than she is, and Howard, Horace, Ida, Willard, Eddie and George were taller than she is, but she is heavier than Ada, Ida, Mary, Calvin and Eunice, taller than Luther, Mary, Calvin, Hannah and Eunice, and just as tall as Ada. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 73.)

Sept. 9. Tuesday. This is Admission Day. California has now been forty years in the Union of States, and they are having a big celebration

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1890. in San Francisco. Wrote to Josiah a birthday (tomorrow) letter and to Boston boys. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 71.)

Sept. 10. Wednesday. Wrote to Joan Bates and received a letter from Hannah from Little Falls, where she intends to stay till after the 25th. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.)

Sept. 11. Thursday. Uncle came home sick from Lizzie's. The weather was so extremely hot and dry down there he didn't enjoy his visit much. Wrote to Hannah and received letters from Ada and Ida. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 75.)

Sept. 12. Friday. Wrote to the Oakland girls. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 73.)

Sept. 13. Saturday. Have received letters from Horace, Eunice, Willie and Calvin. Little Dean, seven months old - is in short clothes and has one tooth. Calvin wrote from Nashua, where he was visiting. Wrote to Mrs. Simmons. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.)

Sept. 14. Sabbath. Had such a sick headache, I did not attend church. Received a letter from my Eunice. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 80.)

Sept. 15. Monday. Weather a little cloudy. Wrote to my Eunice. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M> 79. S.S. 65.)

Sept. 16. Tuesday. Still a little cloudy. Hon. Geo. Fitch spoke for Prohibition in our Hall and the Lockeford Band played. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 66.)

Sept. 17. Wednesday. The bell tolled this morning for Alice (Montgomery) Hamakee's baby - 14 months old. It is to be buried tomorrow on her father's place with her mother, brothers and sisters. Received a letter from Ada and wrote to the Eastern boys. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.)

Sept. 18. Thursday. Wrote to Oakland and received a letter from Hannah. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.)

Sept. 19. Friday. Wrote to Hannah. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 71.)

Sept. 20. Saturday. Received letters from Horace, Willard and Ida. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 76.)

Sept. 21. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today, but there was no preaching because Rev. Thomas went to San Francisco and did not provide a substitute. In the evening, the W.C.T.U. held a meeting in the church, which was well filled and very interesting. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.)

Sept. 22. Monday. Received a letter from Eunice and answered it. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 80 S.S. 67.)

Date Original

January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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