Delia Locke


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1896. Jan. 1. Wednesday. The New Year opens bright and beautiful. We have very frosty mornings but pleasant days. As we begin the year we have Mrs. Kelly as cook with her daughter Lizzie to help her, but as Lizzie attends school, she does not help much, not as much as she might if she was inclined, for being fifteen years old, she ought to be thoughtful and helpful. Our hired men are Jose Martinez as milkman and Albert Miner to work in the dairy, Mr. Rice, plowman, Mason of Lodi (colored), Joseph Guhan also dairyman, and J. Hardy a one-legged man, who is a carpenter. Received letters from Eunice and Ms. Webster, and wrote to Scotia. We learn that Mamie Matthewson and Will Jack were married today. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 44.)

Jan. 2. Thursday. Our Ladies' Aid held its annual meeting with Mrs. Hatch. The officers were all re-elected. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 46.)

Jan. 3 Friday. Utah was today admitted as a State to the Union. Eunice sent a box of presents to us. Among them was a pretty bookmark for me with three ends ornamented with silver cross, heart and anchor respectively. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.)

Jan. 4. Saturday. George and Aunt Susie's children - Mertice, John, Frank, and Nettie Ross left for their respective schools. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 48.)

Jan. 5. Sabbath. Was not able to attend meeting. Received letter from Ada, Alma, Ida, Susie and Benton Pascoe, Calvin, and Adele Sandoz. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 46.)

Jan. 6. Monday. Received a letter from George and wrote to the children in the East. George had eight teeth filled in Stockton on Sat. at a cost of twelve dollars. Our church held its Annual meeting this evening, and the members ate supper together at the church. The time for this annual meeting has

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1896. been changed from the first Monday in April to the first Mond. of January, because it seemed more fitting to some of the members. All the officer were re-elected. My time as Trustee had expired and I was re-elected for five years, and Aunt Susie was chosen to fill out the unexpired term of her husband. Mrs. Minner came after the meeting and spent the night here. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 49.)

Jan. 7. Tuesday. Have written to Eunice. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 46.)

Jan. 8. Wednesday. Weather cloudy. Have written to Ida, Susie and Benton Pascoe. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.)

Jan. 9. Thursday. Have written to Oakland. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.)

Jan. 10. Friday. Weather still a little cloudy. Received a letter from Willie and wrote to Eddie and Agnes. Willie also sent me a photo of his sweetheart - Etta Ober. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.)

Jan. 11. Saturday. Received a box from Ida, containing a dog's head she had painted for John and Hannah, also a handkerchief and silver stick pin for me from Ada, and a little painted jar from Susie. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.)

Jan. 12. Sabbath. Not able to attend meeting. The weather was cloudy and rain began quietly to fall at 2 P.M. Received letters from George and Calvin. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 47.)

Jan. 13. Monday. Rainy. Received letters from Ida and Miss Etta Ober and wrote to Horace, Calvin and Willie. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 49.)

Jan. 14. Tuesday. A rainy morning and cloudy day. Have written to Alma Cooke and Adele Sandoz. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.)

Jan. 15. Wednesday. Weather still cloudy, windy and rainy. Received a letter from George and wrote to Scotia. Susie, Sarah, and Lilla have visited us this afternoon. Sarah is intending to leave for home next Saturday. She looks nearly as old as her mother, and is quite deaf. She left all her five children at home. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 52.)

Date Original

January 1892

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circa 1892-1897


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