Delia Locke


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1894. May 7. Monday. Theresa is not well - she had a chill and fever today. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 71.)

May 8. Tuesday. Theresa is no better. Eunice left us for Scotia. She will help Ida for the present and perhaps get a school to teach in that Country. Received letters from Horace and Mrs. Kelly. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 71.)

May 9. Wednesday. A north wind is blowing. Have written to the children in Massachusetts. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 74.)

May 10. Thursday. Theresa is better again. The Ladies Aid met at Wallace Locke's. Have written to Ada and Mrs. Smart. She is urgent in inviting me to come to Dutch Flat, and I need to go for my health, but do not see my way clear to leave the business here. (T.S.R 54. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 65.)

May 11. Friday. Received letters from Ida and Calvin. Ida is gaining nicely, and so is the baby. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 63.)

May 12. Saturday. Weather a little cloudy. Received letters from Ada and Willie. Ada has been to San Francisco to see Mrs. McCloud. Her friends think she is a little better, but it seems to me she must be failing in mind as well as in body, for she has discarded all medicine, and is trusting to what is called there the "Faith Cure" (falsely so called), which is not a faith cure at all, because they reject our Jesus - the only Saviour. As she is a member of our church, she would not thus be led into vagaries, if her mind remained strong. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 64.)

May 13. Sabbath. Weather still a little cloudy. I was not able to go to meeting am constantly losing flesh and strength. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 55.)

May 14. Monday. We have had a long and dry spell which has brought grain to perfection before its time in many places, so that it has to be cut for hay, and now, when it is estimated there are not less than 1500 tons of hay down in the County alone,

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1894 there has come a drenching rain to spoil it. Two and 17/100 inches of rain has fallen in the past twenty four hours. Now if our foresight were just as good as our hindsight, we should know how to calculate for just such weather as this, as to crops. But poor mortals don't know, and so we get caught and suffer loss. Received letters from Eunice and from Mrs. Smart. Eunice arrived safely in Scotia after a very rough ocean trip. Have written to her and to Ida. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 44.)

May 15. Tuesday. Have written to boys in the East. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 49.)

May 16. Wednesday. Received a letter from Mr. Cooke and Ada. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.)

May 17. Thursday. Received a letter from Ida and wrote to Ada. Ida is getting up well. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.)

May 18. Friday. Weather is a little cloudy. Mr. Perks has been to Corralitos and got his wife and they are to remain here, and, after Mr McLean's family move out, they are to live in Ida's house. For the present, they will keep house in the house formerly occupied by Rev. Stewart. Donations of food and of groceries and vegetables, were awaiting their arrival, so that they have enough to begin on. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 54.)

May 19. Saturday. Afternoon cloudy. Received letters from Horace, Calvin and Willie. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 59.)

May 20. Sabbath. Afternoon cloudy and night a little rainy. We have attended the "Children's Day" exercises in our church. They were very good indeed, and well attended - also the flowers were beautiful. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 59.)

May 21. Monday. Have written to Ida and Eunice. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 61.)

May 22. Tuesday. Received a letter from Annie Holman and wrote to the children in Massachusetts. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 64.)

May 23. Wednesday. Have attended prayermeeting this P.M. Received letters from Ada and Will Cooke and Mrs. Sandoz. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 59.)

Date Original

January 1892

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circa 1892-1897


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