Delia Locke


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1858. Oct. 8. Friday. Dr. has visited Mr. Littlefield's examination. I have been to visit Mrs. Holman, taking the children with me. Found her making preparations for a journey to New York. She thinks she shall start about the first of next month. She will take the children, but Mr. Holman will remain here. She finds her sewing machine very useful now. I have had a pleasant visit. Dr. extracted two teeth for her this morning. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 64.) Oct. 9. Saturday. Dr. has attended convention of Trustees and Teachers of Common School of San Joaquin Co. at Stockton, today, and reports a good attendance and a good degree of interest. Such meetings are indeed needed in this state, and I hope they will be held regularly, that the interest in the cause of education may increase, (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 62.) Oct. 10. Sabbath. Did not attend S. school today. There was quite an interest manifested at it, and a committee of two ladies were chosen to visit the people in our vicinity, endeavor to waken more chosen were Mrs. Staples and Susan. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 69.) Oct. 11. Monday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 81.) Oct. 12. Tuesday. Mrs. Klonker came and washed for me today, and ironed a part of the clothes, so that it will assist me greathy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 86.) Oct. 13. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 80.) Oct. 14. Thursday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 63.) Oct. 15. Friday. It has been cloudy and very windy today. Susan has closed her school in the Octagon school house. The examination took place this afternoon, and I attended it with Dr. and little Ada, leaving Luther at home with Geo. Lepee. Messrs. Little field, Davis and Alley dined here. The examination was well attend and did much credit to the teacher Mrs. McCarty was there with a child about two years old, who made so much disturbance by talking and crying, that it interfered somewhat with the recitations, and caused many unpleasant feelings. Ada behaved as well as a child could, and was very quiet, After the examination was over, I spoke to Mr. Staples, who was present, and told I thought it would not be convenient for me to have the Sewing Circle meet at our house, so long as we have workmen in the family. She replied, very shortly, "Its of us consequence." Whether she meant that it was of us consequence whether our society met at all, or whether it met here, I do not know: but she spoke as if she was irritated about some thing. I have not intended to give offence in any way, but I am at present too busy to exert myself in getting the ladies interested in meeting again, especially as I was much opposed to the discontinuance of the meetings. I am certain she wishes to have as little of the labor as possible, while she does not object to sharing in the credit, if any accrues. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.) Oct. 16. Saturday. The wind has been blowing very briskly and cold all day, Susie, Robert, Geo. Locke and S. L. Moore, with the Vincent girls attended Miss Shackford's examination of the school she has been teaching in the Williams' neighborhood. They report having a pleasant time. I have been writing letters. Have written to my parents – subjects - Bela Shaw goes to church and desires good society - A. A. and husband, Dr. saw them. What church Franklin and Sarah joined remember at the same time E. H. 's ranch will remain in the family - Ada - weight - age - creeps on hands & knees - Dress of people here - Susie's school has closed - Conversions at camp meeting. Letter to Mother Locke - subjects - Sorry for her fall - what Geo. says about writing, has no bad habits.

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October 1858

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