Delia Locke


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1896. May 12. Tuesday. Still in bed. We heard from Theresa. She is in too much pain from the abscess under her arm to attend school. Received letters from George and Ada. George says he is coming home next Friday, when the term is to close. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.)

May 13. Wednesday. North windy. Not very favorable for the A.P.A. picnic at Lodi. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 66.)

May 14. Thursday. Still north windy and I am still in bed. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 62.)

May 15. Friday. Still north windy. Luther left today for Nevada with C.S. Parker and another man. He has let out his meat business to Greggolz Bros. of Lodi, that is, the market and the wagons, but the slaughtering will not be done here. He goes principally for his health, to seek a change of climate. We suppose he has some liver trouble, as his tongue has had a white coat for months, and he has frequent spells of fever. He has been under a doctor's care for months with seemingly little benefit. He says he intends to stay until the snow compels him to come home. He would have gone before, but as he goes on horse back, he had to wait till the trails over the mountains were open, and even yet, it is doubtful as to the crossing with ease. George came home from school and a classmate J.O. Jacobs with him. Theresa also came home bringing Estelle Condy with her, so with Lilly Greve and Mrs. McLellan and Alice, we have quite a house full of young people. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 60.)

May 16. There was a Temperance Picnic in our grove, but it was rather poorly attended and dull. Unfortunately it was Field Day in Stockton for Athletic sports, and many attended there who would otherwise have been here. We received letters from Ida and Ed. Webster, announcing the

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1896. birth of a little son to Eunice and himself on the 14th inst. weighing eight pounds. Of course they are proud and happy. Mother and babe doing well. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 58.)

May 17. Sabbath. Am still in bed. Hannah sleeps on a lounge each night in my room and waits upon me. I take hot milk to keep me from coughing so hard. Received letters from Willie and Calvin. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 54.)

May 18. Monday. Afternoon cloudy with a sprinkle of rain. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.)

May 19. Tuesday. Cloudy P.M. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.)

May 20. Wednesday. Sat up a little today but find I am very, very weak. (T.S..R. 38. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 63.)

May 21. Thursday. Weather cloudy and rainy with a heavy rain tonight. Received letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 59.)

May 22. Friday. Again sat up a little. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 57.)

May 23. Saturday. Was not able to be up today, being too weak. County Lodge, I.D.G.T. met here and there was a public entertainment this evening. Received letters from Willie and Calvin. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.)

May 24. Sabbath. Received very loving letters again from Willie and Calvin, accompanied by ten dollars from each of them as a birthday gift, which they wish me to use in going into the bills for my health, as soon as I shall be able to travel. Roland came in to see me, also Susie and Lilla. Have heard a sad story of Mellie Mason - the dwarf. Several of the Lodi High School pupils, who belong to the highest grade, and were confidently expecting to graduate this month, fill below the required average and so are disappointed. They had been assured by their teacher that without doubt they would graduate, and is had even prepared their graduating suits, Mellie being one

Date Original

January 1892

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circa 1892-1897


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