Delia Locke


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1890. Dec. 16. Tuesday. Still cloudy. Ada is thirtythree years old today, has three living children and a very busy life as pastor's wife in Oakland. Annie Holman came to visit us, to stay over night. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 40. S.S. 42.)

Dec. 17. Wednesday. Weather still cloudy. Annie Holman left us after dinner. Have written to the Boston boys and received letters from Ada and Ida. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 40. S.S. 40.)

Dec. 18. Thursday. Cloudy with a little rain in early morning and the night is rainy. Have attend the Ladies Aid at Alice's where they met to make candy bags for the coming Christmas tree. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.)

Dec. 19. Friday. Chester is today five years old - a very large boy of his age - but subject to severe spells of croup. He is rejoicing over a new pair of high-top rubber boots. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.)

Dec. 20. Saturday. Foggy forenoon. A telegram arrived telling of the very sudden death of Peter Clapp - Lou's uncle - last night. Ida and the children and Eunice came home from Oakland today. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 45.)

Dec. 21. Sabbath. Weather foggy and cloudy. We have attended S. school as usual. By vote the Easter offering, amounting to $10.05, was sent to help pay for the Missionary Steamer "Morning Star". There was no preaching. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 44.)

Dec. 22. Monday. Still foggy and cloudy. Received letters from Calvin, Willie and Horace's Eunice. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 42. S.S. 42.)

Dec. 23. Tuesday. Hannah Geffroy called. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 43.)

Dec. 24. Wednesday. The day was foggy and cloudy, but the evening - Christmas Eve - was clear and moonlit. We had our tree in our church and it was loaded with presents. All of us received a goodly number, and I myself nine. They were - silver teaspoons and forks from the children here - Japanese "Scratch-my-back" from Benton, pincushion from Susie P. black woollen stockings from Eunice, her own knitting - large silver spoons from Ada - purse from Georgie, souvenir book from Sister Susie - salt collar from Eunice and hanging baskets from the laundry Chinamen. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 43.)

Dec. 25. Christmas. Still foggy and cloudy. Ida and children dine with Aunt Susie. Howard and family dined here. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 41.)

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1890. Dec. 26. Friday. Weather foggy & cloudy. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 43.)

Dec. 27. Saturday. Still foggy and cloudy. The boys are just finishing getting in the barley - all sewed now. Have written to the Boston boys and Ada. Ida went to Stockton with Aunt Susie. She went to get dentist work done, but came home loaded with costly gifts from Aunt Susie, a sealette for herself, a suit of clothes for Benton, a hood for Susie. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 41. S.S. 40.)

Dec. 28. Sabbath. Still foggy and cloudy. The bell tolled for old Martin, the sheep herder, who died at Chas. Dial's hotel. This afternoon they buried him. He was an infidel and would not have a regular burial service, but the Good Templars sung three hymns over his grave. We attended S. school as usual and heard the reports of Secretary and Treasurer for the year. Received letters from the Boston boys. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 43.)

Dec. 29. Monday. Weather cloudy and rainy. Have written to Horace. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 41.)

Dec. 30. Tuesday. Forenoon showery. Fanny McGary called in the eve. She and Ida have much in common in painting work and love to get together. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 42.)

Dec. 31. Wednesday. Weather a little cloudy. Received a letter from Ada. She has decided not to come to our re-union, and has sent a photo of her family instead. I feel quite disappointed that she will not come as I wished to make it as near complete as possible. Horace Mann is today thirty years old, and is the first of our boys to merit the prize offered by their father to those who should entirely abstain from the use of all intoxicating liquors and tobacco until they were thirty years of age. I am happy to say he has earned it, and I shall use my best endeavours to see that their father's plan is carried out. Horace is established in a good practice as physician and surgeon, is City Physician of Brockton, has a good wife and little son, and so, except that he is not a member of the church, I rejoice in his record, and thank the dear Lord. The year closes in blessing to us. I have been able to earn almost $590. the past year with the butter, milk and eggs. We have all been unusually well and strong in health. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name! (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.)

Date Original

January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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