Feb. 25. and proceeded to grope his way towardshome. Sometimes he would attemptto go through a pond whichwould prove too deep; then hewould turn about and go roundit. At last, he was fortunate enoughto reach Elmer's, where agun was fired to notify the peopleon the other side of the river, thathe had arrived safely. I knew nothingof his exposure, until he arrivedhome. Then our hearts werefilled with gratitude and joy, thathe had been thus preserved.Without the wonderful presence ofmind which he displayed, Isee not how he could have crossedsafely.Feb. 26. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 55.S.S. 52. Theday has been a cloudy one. Todaywe learn that Mr. & Mrs. Burthave a little baby daughter. Iam glad to hear it, for theynow have their desire. The MissesAthearn and a brother called andspent a few hours with me. AfterFeb. 26. they had gone, I sat down to writeto Cousin A. A. H. But I hadscarcely written two lives, whenMr. Hraeger and George andEmma called, and wished tohear me play on my Eolian. Idid so, and where they had retired,I finished my letter.Feb. 27. T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 66.S.S. 58. Showery.There is to be a Quarterly Conferencemeeting of the Methodists, whichis to commence tomorrow, to beheld in our new school house. Iwish to attend the meeting, andalso to entertain a share of theministers and strangers who mayassemble here. Therefore I havetoday been engaged in bakingpies, bread, chicken, beans, &. c.enough to prevent my being obligedto stay at home from meetingto cook. We hope the morrow willbe fair. We have had some veryheavy showers today.Feb. 28. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 58. Theday has been bright and pleasant.
Original diary dimensions: 15 x 22 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
To view additional information on copyright and related rights of this item, such as to purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish them, click here to view the Holt-Atherton Special Collections policies.
Delia Locke, diaries, women, diarist, California, Locke-Hammond Family Papers, Lockeford, CA, Dean Jewett Locke, rural life, rural California, 19th Century, church, temperance organizations, Mokelumne River Ladies' Sewing Circle, temperature recordings, journal