Delia Locke


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1894. Feb.1.Thurs. We telegraphed this morning to the children in the East and to Eunice at San Jose. We have decided to have the funeral on Sat. P.M. so that Eunice can come home to attend it. Mary is a very beautiful corpse. Being so bloated, she is as fair and plump as if in perfect health and her limbs were always very shapely, feet and hands small, and she looks as if quietly sleeping. Poor child! she suffered so much in life, it is a comfort to feel she is at rest. I have written to Ida and Ada, who I know cannot come to the funeral and have received letters from them and from the Estate of Josiah Shaw - deceased - and a remittance of $4 25/100, which is 1/160 part of what remained to be divided among his heirs. he was my Grandfather Shaw's brother. Susie Pascoe is today ten years old. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.)

Feb.2.Friday. Eunice, Lilla and Mertice came by train. Eunice is in a state of nervous excitement. When the telegram announcing Mary's death arrived at the Normal yesterday, one of the teachers called Eunice and Mertice out and announced it to them as abruptly that Eunice went into hysterics and they called a carriage to take her to her boarding place. She has not recovered from the effects of it, laughing and crying all in one breath. School is not to resume again (the Normal) till next Wednes. so she will have time to recruit a little. She has now been promoted to Senior A, so will shortly graduate. Received a telegram from Ada and letter from Hannah Geffroy and wrote to Horace Hammond and to the children in Boston. I was greatly surprised to receive a call from G.C. Holman. He looks as if he had just risen from the dead. a walking corpse. He came to express his sympathy. I said, "You are not well," "No", He answered, "and I shall never be any better", He is stopping for a while on his ranch. says he is very weak, Nellie Locke is nine years old today. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.)

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1894. Feb.3. Saturday. We have laid away our Mary to sleep her last, long sleep. Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy came and dined with us. The funeral was at 2 P.M. in the church, which was well filled. Mr. Stewart officiated. The singing by Mrs. Grimsley and Mrs. McLean was beautiful. They sang, "There is no night in heaven, and "Morning Land", also "Forever with the Lord", in the church, and "Jesus, lover of my soul" at the grave. Only seven of the children could be present - viz: Luther, Howard, Eddie, George, Hannah and Eunice and Theresa. Lou was not able to be present, so I walked with Howard. The weather is cloudy. Received letters from Ada and Will Cooke. He is in Tulare and she could not come without him. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.)

Feb. 4. Sabbath. Cloudy P.M. Too weary to attend church today. Received a letter from Calvin. Chinese New Year festivities began last night with a great racket as usual. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.)

Feb. 5. Monday. The forenoon was rainy. Eunice, Mertice and Nettie Ross went back to San Jose Normal. Have written to Ida. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 44.)

Feb. 6. Tuesday. Morning foggy. Received a birthday letter from Susie Pascoe, and wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.)

Feb. 7. Wednesday. Weather cloudy and showery. Received a letter from Horace and wrote to them all in the East. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.)

Feb. 8. Thursday. Weather cloudy and a little rainy. Received a letter from Willie and wrote to Cousin Julia Stetson. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 44.)

Feb. 9. Friday. Still rainy. Have written to Dr. S.K. Towle of Virginia - a correspondent of Uncle's - the particulars of his last sickness and death. Received letters from Ida and Ada. Ida, for some reason, did not receive my letter telling of Mary's death, till after the funeral. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 44.)

Date Original

January 1892

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circa 1892-1897


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