Delia Locke


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1917. He is today 57 years old - and of late there is a change in his attitude towards life in general - a happy change - bless the Lord! He now writes good letters often, and although rather broken in body - says he cannot stand erect or walk without a cane, he is stronger in mind - I am so thankful to be able to record this. Have written to Eureka. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 44.)

1918. Jan. 1. Tues. There is the shadow of the great world war over every thing as the New Year opens - this cruel war - growing more cruel as the days move on - If we were not sure that our Father is in charge, we might well despair. But we know He will over-rule all things for His own glory, and we pray daily that "for the elect's sake these days will be shortened. I am poorly in health. Howard came in - Weather is fog-rainy. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 46.)

Jan. 2. Wednes. Our Annual Church meeting was held here today. We close the year well financially as there is a balance in the Treasury on the good side. Nearly all the Church Officers more we elected, myself as Treasurer included Received letters from, Ida, Delia and Carolyn, with a Christmas pkg. containing writing tablet-ink, stand and wrought center-piece. We learn of the re-marriage of Will Allen to his former wife - Ernestine Smith - at the home of their daughter - Mrs. Nellie Henderson - in Eureka - after a separation of years - better so, we think. The weather is still fog-rainy - Freda Dustin to H.V. Cowder. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 44.)

Jan. 3. Thurs. Weather foggy and cloudy. I have been so poorly that I have had Dr. Barbour - have had great pain in breathing - threatened with bronchitis, perhaps or pleurisy - Eddie came in. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 45.)

Jan. 4. Friday. No change in the weather - still fog-rainy and cloudy. Nellie and Edw. Bergquest called. My pain is somewhat relieved. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.)

Jan. 5. Satur. Still foggy and cloudy. Received a letter from Ada and wrote to the children in the East - Ada writes that she has given up pastoral work in Sunol as the people there are so absorbed in Red Cross work that they gave little encouragement for her support. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 48.)

Jan. 6. Sabbath. Weather cloudy and a little rainy. Church services as usual. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 46.)

Jan. 7. Mond. Weather still cloudy. Received letters from Adelaide and Mrs. Ober and wrote to Portland - Rain is badly needed. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.)

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1918. Jan. 8. Tues. Weather still cloudy. The Red Cross Society held a meeting here. Laura came in. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.)

Jan. 9. Wed. For eleven days we have had no sunshine and now comes a north windy day. This is discouraging weather for farmers. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.)

Jan. 10. Thurs. Still north windy. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.)

Jan. 11. Fri. Received letters from Willie, Eunice, Ada and Alma Ambrose. It has been severely cold weather in the East. At one time the temp. was 13- below zero, and for a week ranging from 10- to 12- above zero (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.)

Jan. 12. Sat. Now we welcome a rainy day - But our helpers, Hannah and Theresa, are both sick The great Register is being made over for voters, and Joe Parker came and registered our names. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 44.)

Jan. 13. Sabbath. Morning cloudy. Rev. DeKay is here working in the interest of the Y.M.C.A. and very earnest in the cause. His health is much better. Olga Locke is today eleven years old. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.)

Jan. 14. Mon. The morning was rainy and the day cloudy. Rev. DeKay made a call - He tells us that Rev. Patterson has gone to France as a Y.M.C.A. worker, and he himself may go. Received a letter from Horace and wrote to Eureka. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.)

Jan. 15. Tues. Still cloudy - The Red Cross Society met here, and I was greatly pleased with a call from Mrs. Inglis, whom I have not seen before for years - enjoyed her little call - John Willard was so sick today that Theresa called Dr. Barbour for him. Received from Dean J. Locke a framed and enlarged picture of a view on "Lovers Lane" road - very fine, and wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.)

Jan. 16. Wed. Morning foggy. Miss Parsons, a returned missionary from Turkey, lectured in our Church in the evening. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.)

Jan. 17. Thurs. Weather partly Cloudy. Received letter from Ada, enclosing some from Hester. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.)

Jan. 18. Fri. Morning foggy. Had asthma so scarcely that Hannah wrote for me to Portland. Had Dr. Barbour at night. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.)

Jan. 19. Satur. The north wind blew again today, and my asthma increased so much that Dr. Barbour was again called at night. The weekly letter to the East was written by Hannah. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.)

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January 1916

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circa 1916-1918


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