Delia Locke


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1900. Dec. 10. Monday. Still foggy and cloudy. Received a letter from Calvin and wrote to George. Mrs. E. C. Allen called. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 45.)

Dec. 11. Tuesday. Still cloudy. Received letters from Theresa and Mother and wrote to Humboldt Co. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.)

Dec. 12. Wednesday. Still cloudy. Received letters from Ada, Willie and Will Cooke and wrote to Theresa. Mr. Cooke is in Weaverville. He finds the weather very cold there and nothing very encouraging in his surroundings or outlook. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 46.)

Dec. 13. Thursday. Fog rainy and cloudy. The Ladies Aid met here this P.M. Received letters from Eunice and Ida and wrote to Ada. Beef Cattle and meats of all kinds are so high that it is said fortythree retail markets in San Francisco have lately closed up, as they cannot afford to pay the high prices. Luther is finding it a struggle to keep along. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 45.)

Dec. 14. Friday. Rainy and very windy A.M. In San Francisco, also in Woodbridge the wind was very high and did great damage. We also had hail and thunder. Have written to Mother. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 46.)

Dec. 15. Saturday. For a wonder we had a sunshiny day, the first one this month, and it did indeed seem pleasant. Lilla and Alfred came up from San Francisco on business. Have written to the children in the East. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 50.)

Dec. 16. Sabbath. A rainy forenoon, but there were thirteen at S. School and twice that number at church service. Ada is today fortythree years old. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 50.)

Dec. 17. Monday. Morning rain. Received letters from Calvin, Mother and George (date Oct. 31st). Father is quite sick with pain in an eyeball, very severe. George weighs 172 1/2 lbs. at twentythree years old, living on army fare. Have written to Sister Susie. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 50.)

Dec. 18. Tuesday. Weather cloudy. Hannah and John went to Stockton. Received letters from Ada and Theresa, and wrote to the children in Humboldt Co. and sent Christmas pkgs. East. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.)

Dec. 19. Wednesday. Still cloudy. Chester is fifteen years old, weighs 147 1/2 lbs. and is 5 ft. 8 inches tall. So he is the largest of the family as none of my boys weighed over 134 lbs. or measured over 5ft. 6 1/2 inches in height (George's size). Have written to Theresa

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1900. and sent Christmas pkgs. to the children in Humboldt Co. Mrs. B.P. Baird was buried today by the side of her husband - who was buried three weeks ago. She died in the Insane Asylum at Stockton where she has been for years, and probably did not realize the death of her husband. She was the mother of ten children - well educated and refined - the daughter of the late Rev. A.A. Guernsey. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.)

Dec. 20. Thursday. A cloudy day with a little rain in the night. Received a letter from Willie and wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.)

Dec. 21. Friday. Have written to Mother. Lucy called in the evening, as she came over with the children who are practising a song for the Christmas entertainment. I have never recorded what I heard a while ago about the Perks family. They are in Alturas, Modoc Co. but he has resigned as pastor and are just staying there "waiting for something to turn up", like Macanber. Last month he wrote to San Francisco Third Church, where Susie attends, that they were snowed in, and could not get out of there and were destitute. So the Third Church sent them a missionary box, worth over a hundred dollars, and Lilla says she and her mother sent them other things additional. Indeed, I suppose why they wrote to that church for help was because they know Susie attended there and she has always helped them liberally. But now they have three small children and Mrs. Perks a semi-invalid, how are they to live if he does not bestir himself and get work? He is not adapted to this country and should go back to England. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.)

Dec. 22. Saturday. Received a letter from Ida and wrote to the children in the East - also sent a Christmas pkg. to Lizzie McLellan. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.)

Dec. 23. Sabbath. We had a hard frost this morning followed by a foggy A.M. Received a Christmas pkg. from Ida and a photo from Willie of the interior decorations of their church at So. Framingham at the time of their Harvest Festival. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 45.)

Dec. 24. Monday. Forenoon foggy. The M.E.S. School united with ours in a Christmas entertainment and tree in our Hall this evening. Everything seemed to pass off well. Our folks were all well remembered as usual. I received fifteen gifts - four Calendars - one from each of Eunice, Susie Pascoe, Calvin and Agnes - and these from Susie P. and Calvin were exactly alike, and all very pretty. Also cushion and head rest for any rocking chair from Alice, a

Date Original

January 1898

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circa 1898-1902


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