Delia Locke


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1902. Jan. 28. Tuesday. Received a letter from Mother and wrote to the children in Humboldt County. Hannah, John and Celeste went today to San Andreas to get the abstract of title to her land in Cal. County - John Tretheway has for a year or more been proposing to buy it. (T.S.R. 23. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 42.)

Jan. 29. Wednesday. North windy and cold. Hannah and John arrived home early Miss Bessie Patton, a nurse friend of Theresa's, came from San Francisco to stay a while. Received a letter from Ada and wrote to Lazzie - a birthday letter. She is now 42 yrs. old. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 42.)

Jan. 30. Thursday. Cloudy. Received a letter from Willie and wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 45.)

Jan. 31. Friday. Received a letter from Ida and wrote to Mother. The small pox epidemic seems to be spreading. There are cases reported from Santa Rosa. Vallejo, Galt, Bakersfield, and country adjacent, and now we hear that it has appeared in a logging camp near Scotia, and been carried from there to Eureka. But they are all mild cases, and in all the epidemic we have heard of only one death, that of an infant of two months old in Stockton. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.)

Feb. 1. Saturday. A cloudy day and a rainy night. Have written to the children in the East. Susie Pascoe is today eighteen years old. One of my grand-children is of age! (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.)

Feb. 2. Sabbath. Rev. J. K. Harrison. Horne Miss. Supt., was here with Mr. DeKay at the church service and spoke in the interests of his Society - Nellie Locke is now seventeen years old. How fast the children are growing up! Eddie is quite sick. First Edna was sick from that dreadful north wind, and Agnes got pleurisy pains from waiting upon her nights. Then Eddie took cold from waiting upon them both. So they are a sick household. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 48.)

Feb. 3. Monday. Weather partly cloudy. Received a letter from Will Cooke. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 50.)

Feb. 4. Tuesday. Still partly cloudy. Received a letter from Calvin and wrote to the children in Humboldt Co. Eddie is no better. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.)

Feb. 5. Wednesday. Weather still cloudy. It happened that Luther, Howard and Eddie all came in at about the same time to talk business. Eddie looks very pale and poorly and coughs dreadfully - says it seems to him as it his lungs were filled with phlegm

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1902. from top to bottom. He will be obliged to go to bed and have a doctor. Received a letter from Calvin and Eunice and wrote to Ada (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.)

Feb. 6. Thursday. We had a little rain in the morning followed by a cloudy day. Received letters from Willie and Lizzie. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.)

Feb. 7. Friday. Weather cloudy and rainy. This is Chinese New Year's Day. Have written to Mother. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 54.)

Feb. 8. Saturday. Still cloudy and rainy. This section of the State is getting abundant moisture, but the West Side and So. Cal. are yet too dry. Have written to the children in the East. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.)

Feb. 9. Sabbath. Weather still partly cloudy. Received letters from George and Eunice and Mother. Eddie is still very sick. He is now in bed and Dr. Priestly says he has bronchitis. He needs a better doctor. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 62.)

Feb. 10. Monday. A foggy morning and day partly cloudy. Received a letter from Will Cooke. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.)

Feb. 11. Tuesday. Weather cloudy and rainy. Have written to the children in Humboldt County. Mr. Nichols of Dutch Flat, Grant Master of the I.O.O.F. of Cal. came here to visit the Lodge and Hannah entertained him here. He says Addie Smart is again an invalid We are very sorry to hear it. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 53.)

Feb. 12. Wednesday. Have written to George. We learn of the death of Dr. George A. Shurtleff in Stockton yesterday. He was born in Carver, Mass. in 1819, consequently was four years younger than father - has been in failing health five years. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.)

Feb. 13. Thursday. Weather partly cloudy. Received a letter from Willie and wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.)

Feb. 14. Friday. Windy and rainy. Have written to Mother. Sold to Howard today the Orchard Division of land, also a small fraction of Div. 23 and bargained to sell some upland to him. I have felt great satisfaction over this, as now I shall have cash to settle some debts, as I have greatly desired to do. There has been a funeral in one church. A man by the name of De Boid, the second husband of Lizzie Thomas Peters, was burried, the M.E. minister officiating. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.)

Feb. 15. Saturday. Partly cloudy. Received a letter from Ida and wrote to the children in the East. Stella Condy came to visit Theresa. Her mother has been quite sick with la grippe and still has the sore leg to trouble her. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 63.)

Date Original

January 1898

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circa 1898-1902


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