Delia Locke


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1902. Oct. 16. Thurs. Received letters from Willie and Ada and Will Cooke. Mrs. Hill came and gave me a treatment. This evening there has been a total eclipse of the moon. It began at 8:15 and lasted two or three hours before all was over. Jim Thorp and Stella Condy came out and with Theresa, Geo. and Mr. Hill there was quite a party to watch it, which did not break up till after midnight. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.)

Oct. 17. Friday. Have written to Mother. Theresa was called by telephone to go to Stockton to nurse Mamie Thorp Fairchild, who has a young babe and got up too soon. She went by late train. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 71.)

Oct. 18. Saturday. Have written to the children in the East. Mrs. Hill came and gave me a treatment. We learn that there was a "moonlight wedding" at Clements last evening, when Prince Allen Athearn and Alma Hansel were married. It was his birthday - 20 yrs old - she is 18. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 67.)

Oct. 19. Sabbath. Weather cloudy. George is today twentyfive years old. Bless the Lord that he is spared to see the day and to spend it with us. He has attended meeting this. P.M. for the first time in over three years. His health now is good and he is gaining. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.)

Oct. 20. Monday. Still cloudy. Received letters from Eunice and mother and wrote to Ada. George and Mr. Hill started to San Francisco. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.)

Oct. 21. Tuesday. Weather cloudy windy and rainy. Our new still bridge over the Mokelumne is finished and open for travel - cost $4000. It is said to be one of the finest in the country. Received letter from Theresa and wrote to the children in Humboldt Co. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 59.)

Oct. 22. Wednesday. A cloudy and windy day and rainy evening. Have written to Sister Susie. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 66.)

Oct. 23. Thursday. We have had clouds, wind, rain, thunder and lightning today. Mrs. Hill came by train to give me treatment. Received letters from Willie and the Cookes. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.)

Oct. 24. Friday. Still cloudy and rainy. Have written to Mother. Locke Webster is four years old. We learn that Daniel Gillies died in Stockton today, aged 76. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 58.)

Oct. 25. Saturday. Mother is 79 yrs. old today. She is very feeble - has to be waited on constantly now, but her vitality is wonderful. Have written to the children in the East. Mrs. Hill came and gave me treatment. Theresa came from Stockton. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 65.)

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1902. Oct. 26. Sabbath. Lovely weather. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.)

Oct. 27. Monday. Received a letter from Mother and wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.)

Oct. 28. Tuesday. A cloudy morning. Received a letter from Ida and wrote to the children in Humboldt Co. Mrs. Hill came and gave me a treatment, and brought her daughter with her. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 64.)

Oct. 29. Wednesday. Mrs. Cobb and Annie called, and while they were here Mrs. Patterson from Petaluma came here for the first time, but as I had company, she did not came upstairs. She is visiting friends here and in Lodi. Have written to Theresa. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 64.)

Oct. 30. Thursday. Weather partly cloudy. Father came in this morning. He seems quite well - better than he did the last time he was here - but Mother is quite feeble. Son Eddie is today thirty one years old. O how I wish that I could write that he has united with the church of Christ, and has joined himself unto the people of God! But this I cannot do. Still my faith looks forward to the time when I can so record him. The Lord has been very good to him and his the past year, healing him and his dear ones when very sick, but as yet "the goodness of God does not lead him to repentance." Rev. and Mrs. DeKay called this P.M. They have come up to attend the prayermeeting which this week is at Father Allen's. Mrs. Hill came and gave me a treatment. Received a letter from Willie. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 65.)

Oct. 31. Friday. Foggy A.M. George Ringer was buried today in Stockton, where he has lived for some years past. He died of cancer of the stomach - Received letters from Ada and Will C. and wrote to Mother. And now as I close this book I would record the loving kindness of the Lord, who all through the four years and ten months in which I have recorded our joys and sorrows, has spared our lives and been with us to bless us in sickness and in health. "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name." (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 58.)

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January 1898

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circa 1898-1902


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