Delia Locke


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1904. afflicted with asthma and during the past year especially has been a great sufferer from it [?] she could not withstand it. [?] motherless. Received letters [?] [?]

Dec. 9. Friday. A rainy morning, followed by Adelaide and wrote to Rev. [?] that Calvin is sick in bed [?] [?]

Dec. 10. Saturday. Weather partly cloudy an father has been in a stupor [?] roused for anything. I wrote [?] week ago when Susie visited [?] better that day and the next [?] he began to fail in every way a [?] when he went into the [?] put into his mouth and has [?] not rally. Have written to the [?] [?]

Dec. 11. Sabbath. Still cloudy [?]

Dec. 12. Monday. A foggy morning and cloudy [?] Worthy Patriarch of our family [?] aged 89 yrs. 5 mos. and 21 days. [?] the stupor into which he went last [?] away his life, and died without a [?] to suffer any pain. Indeed he has [?] months and we are so glad he departed [?] be the Lord he rests from his labors, [?] in peace. How much better for him than to [?] had become so weakened that he could not [?] was such a great and constant care! Received a [?] wrote to Ada. (T [?] 58. S.S. 56.)

Dec. 13. Tuesday. Weather still cloudy - John [?] Hannah Geffroy came in this morning. Father died on [?] - she is fiftyfive. John has telegraphed to Josiah at [?] and received answer that he cannot come to the funeral, so it is set for tomorrow P.M. and the others have been notified. Rev. Patterson called in the P.M. His wife's remains were cremated in Oakland last Sat. and with his little girl Esther he then came to Lodi and has not yet returned home. Now he will help officiate at father's funeral. I have written a little sketch of father's history for use at the services. Received a letters from Ada and Will Cooke and Eunice and wrote to the children in Humboldt County. (T.S.R. 53. 2P.M. 57. S.S. 55.)

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1904. Dec. 14. Wednes. Still cloudy. They have laid away our father to rest in the grave - the "Grand Worthy Patriarch" of our family - between his two wives. And what a record he has for descendants! He has had 120 direct descendants, of whom 96 are now living - 6 children, 42 grandchildren and 48 great - grandchildren. Only two of his children Clara and Roland, went before him. Rev. DeKay officiated at the funeral, assisted by Rev. Patterson. The text was very appropriate- "Thou shall come down to thy grave in a good old age like a shock of corn fully ripe." The S.S. children sung the hymn with Agnes playing the organ accompaniment, and they threw greens into the grave. The church was beautifully decorated and the flowers were lovely. Rest in peace, dear father! The pall-bearers were, Mr. Inglis, Sr., John Tretheway, George Condict, Mr. Metcalf, Joe Parker and Winfield Montgomery. After the funeral, three girls of Hannah Geffroy's, Mabel, Carrie and Bertha, called, also Horace and Anna Hammond. Have written to Cousin Sarah A. Hammond of Carver, of father's death. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.)

Dec. 15. Thurs. Still cloudy. Estelle Condy came to visit Theresa, and Lilla and her children, with Edna Jory called this P.M. Have written to Bro. Josiah. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 52.)

Dec. 16. Friday. The A.M. was cloudy. Ada is today fortyseven years old a true help meet to her husband in ministerial work. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.)

Dec. 17. Saturday. I omitted to record yesterday that in the morning, Horace, John, Susie and Nettie came in, and we agreed together to relinquish all our rights and titles to father's home place - house and lots - to John, when he pays Nettie $200. which we think she should have. I have written to the children in the East. The weather is foggy and cloudy. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.)

Dec. 18. Sabbath. Still cloudy. Estelle Condy went home. Received letter from Adelaide and Calvin. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.)

Dec. 19. Monday. Foggy and cloudy still. Chester is today nineteen years old - a student in the "Western School of Commerce" in Stockton and studying hard. If he studies as hard as he works, he will do well, for he is a famous worker. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 43.)

Dec. 20. Tuesday. Cloudy weather continues. Have written to the children in Humboldt Co. and sent Christmas pkgs. to Ida and Susie Pascoe. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 43.)

Dec. 21. Wednes. No change in weather. Have written to Mrs. Taylor of San Diego and sent Christmas pkgs. to Steilacoom. Received a letter from

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January 1902

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circa 1902-1907


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