Delia Locke


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1914. July 6. Mon. Received letter from Alma Cooke and wrote to Portland. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 77.)

July 7. Tues. Morning cloudy. Mrs. Budd Patton died, aged less than 22yrs. she was Lelma Bunds - only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. bunds of the livery stable and bakery here. Budd Patton and his brother Frank, who married Effie Tretheway, seems to be the only decent boys of that notoriously wicked father - Harry Patton. Mrs. Budd Patton, who died today, has been almost constantly ill since her marriage. Received letter from Theresa and wrote to Ada and to Alma Cooke. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 70.)

July 8. Wed. Weather still partly cloudy. Have written to Theresa. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 72.)

July 9. Thurs. Mrs. Budd Patton, after funeral services here, was taken to Lodi and buried. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 72.)

July 10. Fri. The State Christian Endeavor Convention is in session this week at Oakland, and Rev. Sahlstrom, with Ralph Parker and John Harrison of Hannah's Class, with Mr. Hamilton, one of our former S.S. teacher, are in attendance. Received letters from Will Cooke, Alma E. and Etta. The latter letter she wrote instead of Willie, he being at the camping ground in N.H. where Walter, with other boys are at present. Eunice and Louisa Locke are reported as better in health, but Mrs. Blanchard, mother of Eunice, has failing eyesight , and Eunice has first returned from helping her for a few days. Etta writes that Phillips Exeter Academy, where Will and Calvin were once students, burned to the ground last week, with many portraits and some statuary, which, some of them can never be replaced cause of fire unknown. Willie lately attended there the twenty fifth reunion of his class - he will be glad he saw it once more. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 65.)

July 11. Sat. Received letter from Eunice Webster and wrote to the children in the East. Alma Locke is still at Portland visiting. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 63.)

July 12. Sabbath. Weather mostly cloudy. Services as usual. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 65.)

July 13. Mon. Received letter from Theresa and wrote to Eureka. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 71.)

July 14. Tues. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 80.)

July 15. Wed. Lou came in this A.M. and Rev. Patterson this P.M. he has been here almost a week with Esther on vacation, but in playing ball with Leonard Bruml - they stop there - got his eye glasses broken. Seems same as usual. Have written to Theresa. Hottest day. (T.S.R. 84. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 82.)

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1914. July 16. Thurs. There is a decided change in the weather to cooler. Received a goodly number of letters - from Willie - Will, Ada and Alma Cooke, and Dr. Baker, with whom Alma works in the mission field at Kealakekua. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 75.)

July 17. July 17. Fri. Received letter from Adelaide. She has been having a term of enforced illness on account of weak eyes. Also she writes of extreme heat. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 72.)

July 18. Sat. Received letter from Eunice and wrote to the children in the East. Eunice is mourning because Alma Locke is so soon to leave them - wishes she could leave gradually and not all at once. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 72.)

July 19. Sabbath. Morning cloudy. Fifty five years ago our Howard came to us. He is already looking quite aged and worn. How I wish he could take life more easily, with trustful rest in the heavenly Father! He has quite large holdings and inclines to get more and more, and every added piece brings added cares and labours. How sad to have more than one can enjoy of there treasures that cannot abide, and are so apt to shut out the face of our tender, loving all Father! Rev. Patterson preached this A.M. in our church to a good house-ful of people, very acceptably, it is reported! (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 68.)

July 20. Mond. Have written to Portland. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 68.)

July 21. Tues. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 70.)

July 22. Wed. This P.M. between four and five o'clock, Jim Thorp came in his automobile, bringing John Willard for us to care for a few days. This means that Theresa is expecting, at anytime, an addition to her family. A letter from Willie tells of the most severe and remarkable hail storm ever remembered there. The hail stones were of immense size, some of them over an inch in diameter, and driven by high wind, came with such force as to kill chickens and ruin vegetable gardens, besides breaking down fruit trees and knocking off much fruit. One farm is reported to have had 500 chickens killed. Another vegetable garden was so blown away, they could not even find where they went to. Fortunately, Willie was not in the direct path of the storm, but lost some vegetables. Many houses had panes of glass broken - did not hear of loss of life. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 69.)

July 23. Thurs. This morning Theresa' s belated letter of last Mond. arrived telling that the nurse was there. D.C. then at 9:30 A.M. telephone message from the nurse- Miss O'Leary - announcing the birth of a "baby girl" at early morn - between midnight and one o'clock

Date Original

January 1911

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circa 1911-1915


Original dimensions: 23 x 36 cm.

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