Delia Locke


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1896. owned now and occupied by Mrs. Raymond, was partially burned. So of all the houses which took fire, only the one in which I was born - grandfather's house - and the one in which I passed my childhood days - were destroyed. But I am thankful that I have photos of both. Lilly Greve left today. (T.SR. 54. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 66.)

June 1. Monday. Kit Emerson was buried today at Galt, and Hannah rode that long distance in the heat and dust, in order to sing at his grave. Have written to the children in the East. Our lawyer, Frank H. Smith, came from Stockton and helped me to draw up my will, which was afterwards signed in my presence by Mr. Ambrose and Dr. Barbour. As I intend to leave home tomorrow, and may never be able to return alive, it is best for me to do this. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 62.)

June 2. Thursday. Cloudy. Hannah packed our valises today and she and I left here at 5 P.M. by train and arrived at Sac. at 8 P.M. having had a long wait in Lodi. Lizzie McLellan will take Hannah's place as housekeeper while she is absent, and Mrs. Kelly is still cook. We had the company of Mrs. Irvine through our long wait at Lodi. Arrived comfortably at Sacramento and went to Western Hotel for the night. The weather was so chilly that there was a fire burning in the grate in the waiting room for comfort. Had quite a comfortable night. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 56.)

June 3. Wednes. Having sent a postal home we left Sacramento at 11.40 and arrived at the Summit at 6 P.M. I think by staying here awhile I may get strength enough to proceed to Butte. But O we find it so cold here that we begin already to wish we had stopped at some Station lower down. The snow is from three to four feet on a level over the

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1896. ground and there are banks of snow from ten to fifteen feet high - some on the east side to the tops of the windows in the dining room. It doesn-t seem much like June here! I realized at once that I could not get along without - a fire and so they changed us from the room to which we first went, and put us in a room where a stove could be set up and then set up the stove at once. We are surprised to see such a fine hotel away up here- larger and well-furnished. The summer boarders have not come yet. They are waiting until the Soda Springs hotel, twelve miles from here, and owned and controlled by the same parties, can be opened. As yet, the snow is too deep for a stage travel. As we passed Blue Canon station, I saw someone walking up and down on the platform, who looked to me like Addie Smart, but I have supposed she was looking more like an invalid than this young person did. Now Mr. Bishop, the hotel clerk here tells us that Addie Smart is at Blue Canon, and is expected here in a day or two. She stopped and looked at me as if about to speak, hesitated, and went on again, so I think she half recognized me. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 58.)

June 4. Thursday. Woke this morning with severe sick headache from fatigue and have been in bed all day. Addie Smart came tonight says she recognized on but could not think she should see me there. She comes here to enjoy the cool weather. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 62.)

June 5. Friday. There was rain here this morning. I am better and have been up a little. Received letters from Agnes and Howard. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 60.)

June 6. Saturday. I had fever all night and have been in bed all day. Received letters from Brothers Josiah and Horace, and from Lizzie McLellan. Josiah wishes me to come to Butte, but he is going East with Hattie. Horace says father is quite well at Oakland. (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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