Delia Locke


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1890. hats made of very stiff brown paper, and they sang comic songs. Fanny McGary, one of the leaders, was most comical of all. Their parts were interspersed with other music. Eddie was in an instrumental quartette with the Farrington boys and Hannah. Eddie on the Cornet, John and Abe Farrington, flute and violin. Hannah on the organ. It was very fine. The audience was large and appreciative, and the receipts good. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.)

Nov. 28. Friday. Wrote to Oakland. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 58.)

Nov. 29. Saturday. Received letters from Boston. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 58.)

Nov. 30. Sabbath. We attended church as usual. Rev. Thomas preached his farewell sermon, he having resigned of his own accord. We have stuck to him through thick and thin, but he has not proved a good pastor. His text today was, "Lo, these are parts of his ways," &.c. referring to the power of God. He was very sarcastic in his remarks about the church - admitted that his pastorate here had been a failure, but said it was more the fault of the church than of the people. The were some of the members, he said, who wanted to lead everything. Well, we feel as if with him it has been necessary to go ahead and do, or things would not have been done. Also we feel that he have somewhat mistaken his calling. He seems more interested in poultry business than in pastoral work. So we have few regrets at saying goodbye. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.)

Dec. 1. Monday. Weather a little cloudy. Received a letter from Eunice and wrote to her. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.)

Dec. 2. Tuesday. A cloudy day, and very windy and rainy night. Received a letter from Ada. Uncle met Will Cooke at Lodi and brought him home. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.)

Dec. 3. Wednesday. A cloudy, windy and rainy day, followed by a very stormy night. Mr. Cooke has been here all day. They have bought lots in Oakland near the Golden Gate Church where he preaches, and intend soon to build a house of their own to live in. Received letter from Ida. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 52.)

Dec. 4. Thursday. Still cloudy. Mr. Cooke is still here. They have had what they call a Home Missionary Rally in our church today, and Rev. Sink of Stockton assisted in the services, and stayed here. They are holding these meetings all over the State, to interest the people in Home Mission work. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.)

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1890. Dec. 5. Friday. A foggy morning. Have written to Oakland and to Boston. We learn that Eunice (Wardrobe) Whale, granddaughter of Mr. Cobb of Stockton, died very suddenly yesterday. She was ailing, but was not thought to be seriously sick seemed to faint, and was dead. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 55.)

Dec. 6. Saturday. A cloudy morning. Mr. Cooke is still here. Received letters from our Eunice, and the boys in Boston. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.)

Dec. 7. Sabbath. We have attended meeting. Mr. Cooke preached a Home Missionary sermon from the text, "Thy kingdom come." It was very good indeed. Wilton and Ida mason dined with us. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 47.)

Dec. 8. Monday. Weather cloudy and chilly. Mr. Cooke left us. He is to preach at Ocean View - a suburb of San Francisco - tonight, and at Greene St. Church, San Francisco, tomorrow night. So he is driving about in the interest of Home Missions. Wrote to Eunice, to Bro. Josiah, and to Mrs. Cobb. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.)

Dec. 9. Tuesday. Forenoon cloudy. Have written to Horace Hammond and to Hannah Geffrey. I am inviting all the Hammond relatives to a re-union in Father's honor, to take place here Jan. 1st next. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 38.)

Dec. 10. Wednesday. Weather foggy and cloudy. Received letters from Ada and Ida. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 39. S.S. 37.)

Dec. 11. Thursday. Still foggy and cloudy. Wrote to the boys in Boston and to Ada and Ida. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 40. S.S. 38.)

Dec. 12. Friday. Still cloudy. (T.S.R. 33 2 P.M. 40. S.S. 37.)

Dec. 13. Saturday. Still cloudy. Hannah and I went driving around in the buggy to invite, Mother, Lucy and Rebecca with their families to attend our proposed re-union. They all have promised to come. Received a letter from Annie Holman, giving the circumstances of Eunice (Wardrobe) Whale's sudden death. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 39.)

Dec. 14. Sabbath. Weather foggy and cloudy. We went to S. school as usual - had no preaching. Received letters from Horace, Calvin and Willie. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 42. S.S. 42.)

Dec. 15. Monday. Still foggy and cloudy. Mrs. Flanders called. Received a letter from Eunice and wrote to her. ( T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 39.)

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January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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