Delia Locke


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1893. has a bad cough. and would like to come to Cal. by way of the Isthmus and steamers, thinking a sea voyage would benefit him. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.)

Nov. 12. Sabbath. At home with Uncle as usual. He is weak but pretty comfortable. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 58.)

Nov. 13. Monday. Times are harder and harder and tramps numerous. We feed them almost every day. We keep a woodpile and an ax handy, and when they ask for food we tell them they can have a meal if they are willing to chop an hour for it. Most of them work willingly, but we have them work an hour first and eat afterwards, otherwise some of them will skip out without working after they have eaten. Received letters from Willie and Eunice and wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.)

Nov. 14. Tuesday. We have beautifully frosty mornings and sunny days. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 57.)

Nov. 15. Wednes. Have written to the children in Boston. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 58.)

Nov. 16. Thursday. Have written to Eunice and received a letter from Will Cooke. In the night a very heavy wind blew from the north. It unroofed our barn at the Faulkner place and here it took off a part of the corn house roof and blew down the frame standing by the barn well and tank house used for raising water by horse power - also blew down a number of trees. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 54.)

Nov. 17. Friday. Still the north wind blows, but no so violently. Received letters from Calvin and Ida and wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 53.)

Nov. 18. Saturday. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 50.)

Nov. 19. Sabbath. Willie is today twentyeight and Hannah Twentysix years old. Willie is Assitant Sanitary Engineer for the Mass. State Board of Health - 13 Beacon St. Boston, and expects soon to be

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1893. promoted. Hannah lives here with John, her husband, and is still my house keeper, as before her marriage. Received a letter from Horace - he has given up coming to Cal. this winter. He has two or three thousand dollars charged on his books, which, on account of the hard times, he cannot collect in. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 48.)

Nov. 20. Monday. Little cloudy. Howard with others, has gone to Stockton to protest against the river's being used as a highway for the floating of logs. A Wisconsin Saw Mill Company has petitioned the Supervisors for the right of way to use the river for what purpose. They propose to cut the logs in the hills and float them down to a Mill to be erected near Lodi. The matter is coming before the Supervisors today, and the farmers will unite in protesting against it, for various reasons, but chiefly because the logs will injure the levers, banks, D.C. Received a letter from Willie and wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 50.)

Nov. 21. Tuesday. Weather a little cloudy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 48.)

Nov. 22. Wednesday. Still a little cloudy. Received a letter from Eunice. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.)

Nov. 23. Thursday. We had a little rain this morning and the day has been cloudy. Received a letter from Ada and wrote to Eunice. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 58.)

Nov. 24. Friday. A rainy day with thunder and lightning in the evening. Received a letter from Ida and wrote to the children in Boston. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.)

Nov. 25. Saturday. Weather still cloudy. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 53.)

Nov. 26. Sabbath. Weather cloudy and rainy. Received letters from Eunice and Willie. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.)

Nov. 27. Monday. The weather continues cloudy. Have written to Ida. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.)

Date Original

January 1892

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circa 1892-1897


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