Delia Locke


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1908. lawn party here this P.M. Received letters from the Cookes and from Willie and wrote to the children in the East. Mr. Cooke is poorly in health. Willie was later than usual in writing because he had been out collecting funds for Hospital there. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 64.)

Oct. 11. Sabbath. We had no preaching service- Now they are making plans to alter the meeting house so that they can have two S.S. Class rooms. Hannah is at the head of this. She has been using the little side room on the south corner for her class, but it has become too small. She has twenty names on her Class Roll, but never has them in attendance all at one time, but it is generally too crowded for good work. They are to move the partitions of that and the other side room out farther into the hall way, making the rooms larger and hall way smaller. The doors now opening into the side rooms will be put into the center of the hall just opposite the outside doors, to open into the auditorium and swing both ways, and the doors now on that side will open into the class rooms. Hannah has a new Chart to hang up. The classes are now organized, and any Sabbath when every member of a class is present, a golden star is put upon the chart opposite the name of the class and such classes are called Star Classes. Her class is named "Christian Soldiers", Mr. Fassett's is the "Faithful Band", Laura's the Daisy Circle, the Infant Class are "Little Lights", then there is only the Bible Class besides. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 64.)

Oct. 12. Monday. A cloudy morning. Have written to Eureka and a postal to Mother Allen. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 64.)

Oct. 13. Tuesday. Received letter from Theresa and wrote to Ada. Theresa is planning to come here this week. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 66.)

Oct. 14. Wednes. A cloudy day with rain in evening, the first hard rain of season. Have written to Lottie. The Ladies Aid met here to tie comforters for the Lockeford House. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.)

Oct. 15. Thurs. Cloudy. Theresa and Hannah exchanged places. Hannah went to French Camp to tune Theresa's piano and Theresa came here to stay with me. Received letters from Willie and Mother Allen and wrote to Rev. Wallace. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.)

Oct. 16. Friday. Received a letter from Ada and Will Cooke. Agnes came in with Donald. He is talking many words and sometimes puts two together. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.)

Oct. 17. Saturday. We had our first frost this morning, not a very hard one, followed by a cold north windy day. Hannah returned, bringing two beautiful bouquets, one of cosmos, the other nasturtiums from Theresa's flower garden, and Theresa went home. She has cosmos from six to eight feet high. Received a letter from Eunice and wrote to the children in the East. Eddie is having a similar experience

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1908. with his mare Anita, that Will Moore had with his. She was kicked upon a hind leg by another mare and the bone broken very badly. George advised she be killed at once, as he thinks she she will be of not much further use, but the children begged for he life, as she is the mare they drive in their light wagon, so she is slung up and is being treated. The other mare was shod, which made the wound worse. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.)

Oct. 18. Sabbath. Rev. Rathbone preached for us in the evening. He is on his way to Sacramento to attend the Annual Meeting of Cong'l Association. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.)

Oct. 19. Monday. Cloudy with a very little rain in morning. George is thirtyone years old today. He came to see to me - he looks rather thin and pale - is not in vigorous physical health. Would that I could say he is sound spiritually. Quite lately he has had an attack of his chronic trouble and suffered severe pain. His two little darling girls are pretty and smart, growing and learning very fast. And how fond he is of teaching them! He has a natural gift for training children, dogs & horses- I long that his little ones may lead him upward. And that Estelle may help him. Received letters from Ida and Delia and wrote to Portland. Ida writes that Benton is at home on a furlough, having an attack of malaria. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.)

Oct. 20. Tuesday. Marie enters her "teens" today. A north wind is blowing. Received a letter from Mrs. Smart of Dutch Flat and wrote to Ada. Mrs. Smart writes a very interesting letter, telling of her family. Addie, lately married, lives not very far from her, the husband being a ditch-tender, and she reports them a nicely fixed and happy - The cause of Addie's being for so many years an invalid was found. She had appendicitis, it seems, and having undergone treatment for the same, she is now well and of course, rejoicing. Mrs. Smart has four grandchildren, Eben's children; Eugene and Eben, Catharine and Dorothy, two now in High School and two in Grammar School- Joe is married, but has no children. Mrs. Smart still gives painting lessons, Emma, who lives with her, is a photographer. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 60. S.S 55.)

Oct. 21. Wednes. Robert Cooke is nineteen years old, and Sophomore in Berkeley University and very studious and industrious, the largest in their family in size. Laura and Julius Bruml started for Sacramento to attend the Cong'l Association. We are delighted that they had the interest to attend. Hannah was chosen Delegate but felt she could not have home. Received a postal from Mr. Cooke and letters from Alice and Myrtle Hammond and Willie. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.)

Oct. 22. Thurs. Received letter from Weldon and wrote to Chester. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.)

Date Original

January 1907

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circa 1907-1911


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