Delia Locke


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1893. trial of Charles Dial, charged with keeping a disorderly house we hope it will be finished today as this is the third time they have taken the same trip for the same purpose, seemingly with no good results. Have written to Ida. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 60.)

May 16. Tuesday. Weather cloudy. Again the members of the W.C.T.W. were required to make the trip to Stockton, and this is not the last either, as the trial is not yet concluded. Have written to the children in Boston. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.)

May 17. Wednes. A rainy morning and a cloudy day. The trial of Dial was ended today. He was brought before the Court and publicly made to promise he would henceforth keep an orderly house. And so we hope our women have not had he trouble of five trips to Stockton all for nothing. Dial will surely know he cannot openly defy law, being himself. an officer of the law, as he has so often heretofore done. (T.S.R. 50 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 54.)

May 18. Thursday. Morning foggy. Have written to Eunice. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 57.)

May 19. Friday. Weather a little cloudy. Received letters from Ada and Ida and wrote to Ada. Eddie is laid up with a large boil on his leg. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 57.)

May 20. Saturday. Received a letter from Calvin, Sarah (Locke) Smith has been for weeks past visiting her friends here, with her two little girls - Ethel and Mildred. Today she visited us, She has a wornout, weary look, and her children are very mischievous and troublesome, almost bothering the life out of her. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 55.)

May 21. Sabbath. The north wind blew a gale, but we have attended meeting as usual. Rev, Stewart preached from the text, "this is the victory that overcometh the world, even your faith." Received a letter from Eunice. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 65.)

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1893. May 22. Monday. Have written to Ida. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 67.)

May 23. Tuesday. The north wind blew disagreeably today. Received a letter from Willie. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 73.)

May 24. Wednesday. The north wind is still blowing a gale, and it is discouraging to health and crops. It kept me from attending prayermeeting this P.M. Have written to Eunice. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 68.)

May 25. Thursday. Received letters from Ada and Horace and wrote to Ada and to the Boston children. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 65.)

May 26. Friday. Received a letter from Ida. The whooping cough is in school there where she is teaching, and is causing irregular attendance which troubles her. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.)

May 27.Saturday. The Lockeford and Harmony Grove schools enjoyed a joint picnic at Tretheway's Grove. It was a good picnic day for ice cream. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 71.)

May 28. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Rev. Stewart preached a restful sermon from the text, "Come unto me all ye that labor," D.c. Received letter from Willie and Calvin. Eddie is suffering from a painfully swollen neck. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 64.)

May 29. Monday. Eddie is better today. I spent two hours looking over my journal for church records with Mr. Stewart, who has been requested to furnish items for some history of Cal. churches. Received a letter from Eunice and wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 64.)

May 30. Tuesday. I have celebrated my birthday by having a distressing sick headache. I am now fifty seven and Calvin twenty four years old. I am not strong but very thankful for the strength I have. I have been able to attend most of the church services in the daytime, for a year or two, and this is a privilege I highly prize. Calvin is a student in Mass. Institute of Technology and doing well. Sarah Smith left for home today. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 74.)

Date Original

January 1892

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circa 1892-1897


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