Delia Locke


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1905. and one man were struck by lightning, and near Placerville a man was struck and killed, and in some places there were showers. School opened this morning with Mr. Bowers from Berkeley as principal and Miss Louise Inglis in the primary room as usual. Mr. Bowers, with his young wife and baby, lives in John Hammond's little house. Have written to Ada. This afternoon there was a funeral at Fanny McGary's, of a cousin of hers. Earnest Bolling, aged 21, who died at the County Hospital of tuberculosis of the bone of a leg. He has had a hard time in his short life - was left motherless at four years old - and has had this painful leg for years, but went on and got an education and a good position in San Francisco as stenographer, but his disease and death ended his career. He once attended the school here. Hannah, Alice Hammond and others sang at the funeral, where Rev. DeKay officiated. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.)

Aug. 22. Tuesday. Wrote to Humboldt County. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 75.)

Aug. 23. Wednes. Received a postal and a letter from Theresa and wrote to her. The postal was a picture of the Royal Gorge, I think in Colorado and the letter was written near Kansas City. Mr. Bacon is here trying to kill the bees so that the other side of the house roof, which was not shingled two years ago on account of the bees, can now be shingled. There are four swarms of bees, and they were evidently planning to make one vast hive of the house, as they had stored honey under the attic floor, between it and the lower plastering, to a distance often feet or more, so that the men had to take up the boards of the floor to kill the bees and remove the honey. And O what a time we have had with the sulphur smoke used, as the rooms on this floor were filled with it, and the men themselves could hardly endure it. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 77.)

Aug. 24. Thurs. Received letters from Willie, also Ada and Will Cooke, and wrote to Cous. Calvin S. Locke of Westwood, Mass. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 77.)

Aug. 25. Friday. Received a picture postal card from Miss Cain from Mission San Jose. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 75.)

Aug. 26. Saturday. Have written to the children in the East. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 82.)

Aug. 27. Sabbath. Alice came in and brought a mountain trout for my dinner, that had been given Luther by some of his friends returning from a camping trip. Chester also came to say goodbye, as he and Lottie intend soon to return to the School of Commerce in Stockton. We learn of the burial today in

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1905. Pleasanton of Mrs. Edith Caroline (Miner) Ives, daughter of Mrs. Flanders. She died in a San Leandro Hospital after a capital operation, leaving a husband and four grown daughters. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 77.)

Aug. 28. Monday. Received a postal from Theresa at Chicago and a letter from Buffalo and wrote to Ada. She and John arrived at his home last Wednes. a day later than, schedule time were having a fine time, having been heartily welcomed. John's nephew took them all around the City to show them the sights and places of interest in his automobile and they were to go to Niagara Falls the day she wrote. Theresa says they insisted on washing all her soiled clothing for her while she stayed. Lottie came in to say goodbye, as they will soon leave for school, she and Chester. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 79.)

Aug. 29. Tuesday. Ethel McGary called and I heard for the first time of Will Chrisman's affliction. He is at home with what is feared to be tuberculosis of the bone of a leg, which has been amputated. Have written to the children in Humboldt Co. And now comes word that peace has been concluded between Japan and Russia in conference at Portsmouth, N.H. brought about principally through the influence of President Roosevelt. The treaty is now to be written out fully in duplicate and signed by the leading plenipotentiaries of Sept. 5th next. The ranking plenipotentiaries are Sergius Witte of the Russians and Baron Komura of the Japanese. They are nicknamed "David and Goliath" because Mr. Witte is almost a physical giant and Baron Komura a very small man. The whole world is applauding Pres. Roosevelt for his good offices in behalf of peace, and the Japanese have been very magnanimous. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 83.)

Aug. 30. Wednes. Received a letter from Calvin and wrote to Theresa. Calvin writes that she arrived there last Friday - he met here on the New Jersey side of the ferry at Weichawken. She is upset in her stomach from her trip, otherwise is pretty well and not too weary. Mrs. Clifford called. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 83.)

Aug. 31. Thursday. We hear that Mamie (Thorp) Fairchilds has her second child a boy, born yesterday. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 85.)

Sept. 1. Friday. Received letters from Will Cooke and Ada, and a picture postcard from Alma and Robert at Portland Exposition, representing the statue of the Indian woman, Sacajawea, who guided Lewis and Clark over the Rocky Mts. to the Pacific Ocean at Oregon. Alma and Robert are at the Exposition for a week. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 69.)

Sept. 2. Partly cloudy. Wrote to the children in the East. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.)

Date Original

January 1902

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circa 1902-1907


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