Delia Locke


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1896. July 5. Sabbath. It began to rain about midnight last night and continued to rain all the forenoon. Received letters from Ida, Eliza and Hannah. The latter tells of the Fourth of July celebration at Dutch Flat, which was elaborate. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 80.)

July 6. Monday. The snow near here is nearly all melted near here except the banks. But "the old man of the mountain" still has a snowy pillow and coverlet. Have written to Hannah. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 81.)

July 7. Tuesday. Received a letter from Calvin and wrote to Scotia. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 90.)

July 8. Wednesday. Received letters from Hannah and Willie and wrote to Hannah and Ada. Hannah is quite sick at Dutch Flat, and she says the heat there is almost unbearable, after she has been living in this cool climate. (T.S.R. 72. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 90.)

July 9. Thursday. Received letter from Eunice. (T.S.R. 74. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 92.)

July 10. Friday. Received letters from Ada. Hannah and Lizzie, and wrote to Hannah, Alice and Lou. Weldon is at Lockeford, spending his vacation. Sad news comes from there. Nellie is very sick with malarial-typhoid fever-so sick that Dr. Cross has been called in consultation. As Luther is in Nevada, this makes Alice's burden very heavy to bear. And a dreadful accident has happened to Lou. She had been canning fruit and took the wash-boiler of scalding water in which she had set the bottles, out of the screen back-door, to set it on the ground to cool. Just as she was about to go down the steps with this boiler in her hands, the screen came back against her and she could not drop it, because right there was her baby on the ground, so this hot water splashed over her own arms, neck, breast and chin, scolding her so severely, that a

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1896. doctor had to be called to dress the burns, and she is not able to be out of bed, and cannot wait upon herself. Since the accident to the harvester which broke through the Calaveras Bridge, wrecking both it and bridge the supervisors have been inspecting County bridges, and have pronounced various ones unsafe, among them the bridge nearest us in Lockeford, commonly called the first bridge, also the river bridge at Clements. They say if farmers cross them with harvesters, they must do it at their own risks. But what then shall the farmers do? This will make the third time they have built own first bridge. Obviously poor work has been done. (T.S.R. 76. 2 P.M 102. S.S. 90.)

July 11. Saturday. Received a letter from Hannah and wrote to Eunice and Ada. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M 100. S.S. 88.)

July 12. Sabbath. We have very quiet Sabbaths here. The food is very nice and I am beginning to enjoy it. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M 98. S.S. 84.)

July 13. Monday. Received letters from Ida and Hannah, and wrote to the children in the East and to Hannah. She writes she is going home tomorrow. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 80.)

July 14. Tuesday. Received letters from Willie, Calvin, Lizzie, Hannah and Ada, and wrote to Ida. Lizzie writes that Nellie is a little better but Lou is still in bed from her burns and has suffered intensely. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M 96. S.S. 78.)

July 15. Wednesday. The forenoon was a little cloudy here at Douner and at 4 P.M. we had a heavy tempest with rain, and the rain continued till night. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M 92. S.S. 76.)

July 16. Thursday. Received letters from LIzzie and Will Cooke and wrote to mother. She has been having chills. Nellie and Lou are slowly improving. Mr. Cooke is at work at Adin in Modoc Co. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M 90. S.S. 78.)

Date Original

January 1892

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circa 1892-1897


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