Delia Locke


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1897. Jan. 7. Thurs. Foggy. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 40. S.S. 39.)

Jan. 8. Friday. Foggy A.M. Have written to Eunice. We learn that Mamie Thorp and Fred Fairchild were married on the 4th inst. in San Francisco. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 42.)

Jan. 9. Saturday. Still foggy. Received letters from Willie and Calvin and wrote to the children in the East. George left for school again in San Francisco. He went with a load of wheat to be sold in Stockton. It brought $40.75 - there were seventeen sacks - and he will use the money to settle his board bill. Rebecca called to see me. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 42.)

Jan. 10. Sabbath. Weather still foggy and cloudy. Received a letter from George he arrived safely. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 43.)

Jan. 11. Monday. Still foggy. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 40. S.S. 39.)

Jan. 12. Tuesday. The long spell of fog and clouds, after lasting through this day also, ended in a rain at night. Have written to Ida. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 46.)

Jan. 13. Wednes. Weather cloudy and rainy. Susie is today fiftyeight years old, and I had planned to visit her, but could not on account of the weather. have written to Eddie and Agnes. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 45.)

Jan. 14. Thurs. North windy. Received a letter from George and wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.)

Jan. 15. Friday. Received letters from Ada and Ida and wrote to George. Ada writes sad news indeed. It seems that Weldon has developed a suicidal mania. I fear that the sight of John G. lying dead in the morgue, which he was allowed to see has had a dreadful influence upon his mind. One day lately he obtained some laudanum, and going from school on his bicycle, went to Blair Park and tried to commit suicide. He did not understand its use well enough to succeed, but came home late at night and confessed it, saying he was tired of life. So now they are very anxious

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1897. about him. They have had him examined by a council of physicians, and the decision is that his brain has been overworked. His brain, anyway, is too large for his body. And when he is not in school he is constantly reading or inventing. Of late, he has constantly been occupied when out of school, trying to make a flying machine, or air ship, as he calls it. He has not succeeded, and with the failure of this invention, he seemed to collapse physically, and in a measure, mentally also. The doctors advise that he be kept out of school and out of his workshop for two years at least. So it will be a problem, what to do with him. Ada also writes of the sudden death of Mrs. Barstow, her neighbor and nurse. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 43.)

Jan. 16. Saturday. Cloudy and rainy again. Received letters from Willie and Calvin, and wrote to the children in the East. Willie had been to Montreal on business for the Health Commission. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 42.)

Jan. 17. Sabbath. Morning rainy. Received a note from Will Cooke saying he is to pass here tomorrow on his way to Mokelumne Hill with Weldon. As he is going there to hold meetings, he takes Weldon with him for the benefit the change of climate may be to his health. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 44.)

Jan. 18. Monday. Received a letter from Eunice and wrote to Lilly Greve. Will Smith called this evening. He came from Humboldt alone to attend the funeral of John Gerould and has stayed until now. Tomorrow he is to start home and Aunt Susie is going with him. So he came to say goodbye. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.)

Jan. 19. Tuesday. Forenoon foggy. Received a letter from George and wrote to Ida and Eunice. Mr. Hamsher and family, who are to live at chaparral are here for the night. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 45.)

Date Original

January 1892

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circa 1892-1897


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