Delia Locke


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1895. Apr. 11. Thursday. Received a letter from Willie and wrote to Ada. The widow of Capt. Weber of Stockton. Mrs. Helen Weber died today. Thus pass away, one by one, the pioneers! (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 57.)

Apr. 12. Friday. Received letter from Eunice. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.)

Apr. 13. Saturday. Weather cloudy and rainy. We have had a good and much-needed rain - three-fourths of an inch fell. Received letters from Ada and Calvin. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 50.)

Apr. 14. Sabbath. Easter - and a beautiful day-with good congregations at the services, but I was not able to go. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.)

Apr. 15. Monday. Received a letter from Ida and wrote to Ida and Eunice. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 58.)

Apr. 16. Tuesday. Luther is thirtynine years old today, and I went there and dined with them. Luther is fast losing his hair- has a bald spot about two inches in diameter on the top of his head. There is great excitement in San Francisco. The bodies of two young ladies - Blanche Lamont and Minnie Williams - have been found in Emanuel Baptist Church. Miss Williams' body was found first on Sat. last in a small closet room near the library, and as Blanche Lamont had been missing for eleven days, it led to the belief that her body also might be there. So the church was closed, except to the police, and searched, and Miss Lamont's body was found, entirely naked and laid out in regular form, in the belfry, and her school books and clothes were found hidden in various places among the rafters. Marks of the fingers of her murderer were on her throat, showing she was choked to death. Miss Williams' body was found while they were decorating the church for Easter service, which they could not have. Miss Williams had a case knife driven into her cheat and broken off. Suspicious

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1895. is fastened upon Theodore Durrant - a young medical student, in whose company they were last seen, and he has been arrested and placed in jail. As the girls were intimate friends, it is thought he murdered Miss Williams because he feared she knew too much about the disappearance of Miss Lamont. Dr. Warren came up from San Francisco and lectured this evening in our church on "Early Days in California" to a very small audience, for the benefit of the pastor's salary. It is a pity more people did not hear him. Mr. Perks will take him to the early train in Lodi tomorrow morning, after he stays with us over night. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 57.)

Apr. 17. Wednes. Wrote to the Eastern children - yesterday I received a letter from Mrs. Sandoz. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 58.)

Apr. 18. Thursday. Received a letter from Willie and wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.)

Apr. 19. Friday. Received a letter from Eunice and wrote to Mrs. Sandoz. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 66.)

Apr. 20. Saturday. Received a letter from Calvin telling of the Eastern service in Berkeley Temple, Boston, and how he sang in the choir. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.)

Apr. 21. Sabbath. I was quite poorly yesterday and better today, but not able to attend meeting. Received a letter from Ida. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.)

Apr. 22. Monday. It seems as if summer had arrived all at once. We made 58 lbs. of butter this morning. Received a letter from Horace's wife, who says she is packing up and preparing to move from Brockton to Sturbridge, and wrote to Ida and Eunice. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.)

Apr. 23. Tuesday. Have written to the Eastern children. Rev. Wm. Rader came and lectured - second in the course-on "Love, Courtship and Marriage." His little girl Catherine came with him and they stayed overnight with us. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.)

Date Original

January 1892

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circa 1892-1897


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