Delia Locke


image preview


Page 258

1906. His mother was a Locke. Her name is in our Locke Book, he is about fourth or fifth cousin to our children. Rev. Wallace came at night to stay with us the rest of the week. Received letters from Eunice and Locke Webster and Lizzie McLellan and wrote to the children in Humboldt Co. Grass and grain are now springing very fresh and green from the little rain we have had. Estelle is very sick, we fear she is threatened with typhoid fever. She has been in bed most of the time since Friday last. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 72.)

Nov. 14. Wednesday. Have written to Theresa and urged her of possible to come and nurse Estelle for a few days, at any rate, although I know she will find it hard to leave her work of getting her house ready to set up housekeeping. A small singing class has been organized here by a Mr. Tandy from Sacramento, and they most in our church at present. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.)

Nov. 15. Thurs. Weather cloudy with an occasional sprinkle of rain. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.)

Nov. 16. Friday. Received a letter from Alice Hammond. She is encourage in her work at Lane Hospital. Theresa answered the summons from George and came out to care for Estelle, who continues very sick, and has not been able to find the help she ought to have. This evening there has been an Entertainment in our Hall under the anspices of the Ladies Aid, with Cyrus B. Newton as chief performer the humorous elocutionist. There was a good attendance and the ladies served light refreshments afterward. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 56.)

Nov. 17. Saturday. Received letters from Willie and Ada and Will Cooke and wrote to the children in the East. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.)

Nov. 18. Sabbath. A dreadful day with north wind. Rev. Wallace preached to small congregations twice, for few ventured out in the storm. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 50.)

Nov. 19. Monday. The north wind blew for awhile this forenoon, but it became calm before night. Rev. Wallace left us for his home to make arrangements to move his family. Have written to Ada. Received a call from Mrs. Scott, a young bride from Kentucky, who lives in the house by the church with another family by the name of Smith, and the men work for Eddie. She seems bright and interesting. A family arrived from So. Dakota who are to settle on the old Dorsey place, having bought it, and they say twenty five more families are packing up to

Page 259

1906. come here from the same neighborhood in the near future intending to settle near here. This is the double birthday of Willie and Hannah - 41 and 39 - and as usual tge have exchanged llittle momentoes.Willie sent Hannah a pretty white apron and she sent him some postcards on which are photos of our house, Johhn and Celeste and John's team. Both Willie and Hannah are activeworkers in church and S. School and all Good things. Willie is consulted as an expert in sanitary matters, sometimes in the South States near home, as for instance, he has just told us of being called to Wellesley College, to abate a nuisance near the building. So he is very busy, and so is Hannah with her music scholars and tuning. May both be spared many years. (T.S.R. 38 2 P.M. 63 S.S. 53.)

Nov. 20. Tuesday. A cloudy day. John Demangcot and George Hartwell have hired my Hall, and tonight opened there a Skating Rink, with an attendance that filled the building. Have written to the children in Humboldt County. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 50.)

Nov. 21. Wednes. Still cloudy. Theresa has left Estelle, who is now better and today, with help of John and others, has packed her household goods for moving to French Camp. There is a two - horse load - her jeans, sewing machine, crated pictures, bed stead, marble-topped cheffonier, trunk, barrel and boxes of dishes, bed comforters and linen, x.c. She took the evening train for home. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 50.)

Nov. 22. Thurs. This has been a dreadful day with north wind, and John has been out in it all, taking Theresa's load of goods to French Camp, twenty two miles away. And now it really seems as if Theresa has left us. For many years, she has been here but little, a few days at a time, but her room and her things were here to remined us that soon we should see her again, but now her familiar things are gone, leaving us desolate and bereft. Now she will be mostly at her own home and we shall get only occasional glimpses of her for she and Jim are very busy people. But it is indeed a comfort to feel that she has good home and a good husband, and if they set up their housekeeping in the fear of God they will prosper and be happy. He has a salary of $100. per mo. and is one-third, owner in the Acme Dairy business, with from 60 to 90 cows, besides pigs and chickens. Received a letter from Willie and wrote to Lizzie. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 52.)

Date Original

January 1902

Dates Covered


Circa Date

circa 1902-1907


Original dimensions: 23 x 36 cm.

Resource Identifier



Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Rights Management

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