Delia Locke


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1900. May 17. Thurs. The State Y.P.S.C.E. Convention is in session in Stockton. Luther and Mr. Peterson received letters from George yesterday, written from San Isidro. Poor boy! he had not heard a word from home since the letter of mine that he received in Honolulu. He must be homesick, although he wrote as if enjoying himself. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.)

May 18. Friday. Sat up four hours today and wrote a few words to Mother. Am gaining a little. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.)

May 19. Saturday. The north wind is blowing and I am weak and poorly. Received a letter from Calvin and wrote to the children in the East. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 77.)

May 20. Sabbath. Received letters from Mother and Edw. Webster. Father is quite poorly again. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.)

May 21. Monday. Received a letter from Bro. Horace. He is not as well as when he left here - has not gone again to work - but is still having his ear treated for the ringing trouble and hopes to be able to resume his duties as engineer on the first of June. Alice's pet mare - Ell Dell - died suddenly today from over-heating in the field - a great loss to her. Prima - George's pet mare - has another colt. O how it would please him to know it. Also the little donkey of Luther's has a foal - not bigger than a dog - and looking much like a huge jack - rabbit. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.)

May 22. Tuesday. Received letters from Ida and Theresa and wrote to the children in Humboldt Co. Am gaining a little in strength. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.)

May 23. Wednesday. Weather cloudy. Have written to Theresa. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 64.)

May 24. Thursday. Received a letter from Willie and wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 64.)

May 25. Friday. Have written to Mother. Mary (Wagner) Studebaker from Mendocino Co. is visiting in Lockeford with her three little children and called on Hannah today. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 67.)

May 26. Saturday. I was fonly with fainting spells this forenoon and not able to be out of bed. So Alice came in and stayed with me while Hannah was at the church for the Children's Day rehearsal. The exercises are to be tomorrow. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.)

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1900. May 27. Sabbath. north windy. This is "Children's Day" in our S. School, and the exercises, they say, passed off well. I have been in bed all day, but feeling better, and Alice stayed with me while the others were away. Received a letter from Ida. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 65.)

May 28. Monday. Still the north wind blows. I have been up for a little while. Received a letter from Calvin. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 72.)

May 29. Tuesday. Received letters from Ada and Mother and wrote to the children in Humboldt Co. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 74.)

May 30. Wednes. Our birthday - Calvin's and mine - he is thirtyone and I am sixtyfour years old. I am so thankful to be able to be up and dressed - really I am feeling considerably better. To help a little, I counted the "Children's Day" collection for Hannah. There were ten copper cents, fiftyone nickels, thirtyfour dimes, six quarters and one-half dollar - eight-dollars and five cents in all. This goes to the S.S. Society for needy S. Schools. I have received a number of presents today - a flower pot and sugar bowl and creamer (individual) from Alice and Nellie, Lou and Hannah gave me three handsome jardiniers, Ada a book (Traffic in Girls), Horace and Anna sent me by Exp. a black crocheted cape with purple border and ribbons. Alma Cooke a booklet, and I received a birthday letter and poem from Robert, a postal from Horace Hammond, and letters from Theresa and Willie and Hester, and wrote to Theresa. Brother Horace hopes to go to work again on his engine the first of June. It seems strange to me that the dear Lord has spared my life till now I am as many years old as was my husband. I can truly say, I did not expect it, and I often wonder what He has expected of me that He has kept me alive so long. Whatever He had reason to expect, I fear He has been disappointed, for truly I am worse than "an unprofitable servant," I have not even done that which was my duty to do. And I can make no promises for the future - it is only by His grace that I can do anything profitable. But I enjoy living here and will try to render some small service to Him while I stay. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 75.)

May 31. Thurs. We have had a very cool month of May. The highest temp, we have had has been 88 degrees and the lowest 44 degrees this month. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 75.):

June 1. Friday. I have felt more poorly today. Have written to Mother. Roland was re-elected School Trustee. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 70.)

Date Original

January 1898

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circa 1898-1902


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