Delia Locke


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1901. Sept. 8. Sabbath. Theresa is today twenty-two years old and has come to her third graduating day - this time it is to be as "Trained Nurse" from the Cal. Womans' Hospital. It seemed too bad she could not spend her birthday with us when she is so near. But she thought she could not have. In the churches all over the land and even in other lands people are praying that the life of McKinley may be spaced. The surgeons in attendance are hopeful, although the bullet passed through both walls of the stomach and they are not able to locate it. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 72.)

Sept. 9. Monday. At Dr. McGill's suggestion, I am trying to burn stramomiun leaves pure and simple, but they do not seem to relieve me much. I am still very poorly. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 71.)

Sept. 10. Tuesday. Received letters from Theresa and Miss Cain, Mother, Calvin and Lillian, and wrote to the children in Humboldt Co. and Hannah wrote for me to Theresa. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 66.)

Sept. 11. Wednesday. I still grow weaker and weaker and do so long to be at home. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 67.)

Sept. 12. Thursday. Received letters from Ida, Theresa and Willie, and Hannah wrote for me to Theresa and Mother. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 70.)

Sept. 13. Friday. The whole country is shocked today to hear that after all these days of seeming improvement President McKinley has been suddenly taken very much worse, and is in a very serious condition. The attendant surgeons are at a loss to account for the sudden and unexpected change. It is like a collapse. Hannah wrote to George for me. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 77.)

Sept. 14. Saturday. President McKinley died at 2 A.M. and the post mortem discloses the fact that gangrene had taken place in his wounds internally. Also they find that the fatal bullet passed through and shattered one kidney, but after working over an hour the surgeons did not locate the bullet. The assassin refuses to talk - says he expects to die for his crime, and that he had no accomplices - says he was influenced to do the died from hearing Emma Goldman lecture. O the sadness of it! For our country to lose such a man as McKinley in such a dreadful way! But he was brave in death as in life - sang "Nearer, my God, to thee", and his last words were. "Goodbye all! It is God's way! His will, not ours, be done." Theresa came to stay a few days between her written and oral examinations. Received a letter from Mother, and Hannah wrote to the children in the East. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 78.)

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1901. Sept. 15. Sabbath. Mr. Cooke held Memorial services for the President, and in deed, I suppose there were few pulpits in the country or even in Europe, where they did not do the same. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 72.)

Sept. 16. Monday. Received a letter from Eunice. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 69.)

Sept. 17. Tuesday. Hannah went to Oakland for her glasses and visited Aunt Susie in her new home in E. Oakland. Received letters from Geo. and from Alice and Theresa wrote to the children in Humboldt Co. for me. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 65.)

Sept. 18. Wednesday. President McKinley's funeral was held in Washington, after services in Buffalo earlier in the week. Received a letter from Calvin. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 62.)

Sept. 19. Thursday. The last funeral services over the remains of the President were held in Canton, Ohio, where he is to be buried among his relatives. It is said Mrs. McKinley is bearing the shock remarkably well, considering her feebleness. The weather is partly cloudy. Theresa has gone to San Francisco for her oral examination for her diploma of graduation. I slept last night naturally with out a sleeping powder, which I have not done before for many nights. Received a letter from Willie and wrote to Alice and Hannah wrote for me to Mother. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 60.)

Sept. 20. Friday. Weather still partly cloudy. Received two letters from George written a week apart. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 59.)

Sept. 21. Saturday. Still cloudy. Received a letter from Theresa, and Hannah wrote for the children in the East. Theresa graduated, but she is not jubilant over it because Miss Cain did not and must try again. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 60.)

Sept. 22. Sabbath. The McDiarmid's from Dublin, father and two children and a young lady friend came to services and were here to dinner. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.)

Sept. 23. Monday. Showery. Theresa came to stay with me while Hannah goes home to clean house preparatory to our all going together. Received a letter from Eunice. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 55.)

Sept. 24. Tuesday. Hannah and Celeste departed for Lockeford. Theresa wrote for me to the children in Humboldt Co. I am using a new food - "Liquid Peptonoids"- and am gaining a little in strength. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 52.)

Sept. 25. Wednesday. There was frost here last night. I find it hard to breathe this chilly night air, and am so glad when the morning comes. Received letters from Ida, Hannah, Calvin and Mother and wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 56.)

Date Original

January 1898

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circa 1898-1902


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