Delia Locke


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1858. that tree, and the place where it grows. He thinks children should be taught to love and rear flowers, and make little gardens of their own. They should not be treated harshly even though in doing so, they soil their neat clothes. Nov. 1. Monday. I have written to my parents today. Subjects of my letter were - Arrival of Aunt & Uncle H. Lecture - Weddings - Rain - Apples - Granary rice Ada - teeth stands alone - improves - Luther had sore throat - Raising wheat. Also to Mother Locke Subjects of my letter were - Mrs. Shackford & family - Health of all - Ride with Father - Geo. busy - We miss Elmer when we meet to sing. Dr. has been to Stockton and returned. He has bought Luther a set of small Alphabet blocks. We think they are too small for him to use at present. He has also brought a thermometer. Nov. 2. Tuesday. I have today written to Mrs. Cynthia Shepard, Denverton, Solano Co. The subjects of my letter were - Visited Mrs. Hitchcock - Mrs. Holman about to leave - Children - epidemic of putrid sore throat - extra work. Preaching - Granary. We have again been made to rejoice in the arrival of "letters from home." Our friends were well. Col. Warren has lectured again tonight on Agriculture, which the men attended. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.) Nov. 3. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.) Nov. 4. Thursday. Our little choir met to practise music at Mr. Staples' this evening, and we attended. Had a pleasant time, though there were but few there. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.) Nov. 5. Friday. We have had very pleasant weather indeed since the late rain. The rainy season is the most pleasant part of the year to me. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 64.) Nov. 6. Saturday. My parents have now been married twenty four years. 1858. I wrote to them in my last that they ought to have "silver wedding" when they have lived in wedlock one year laugh, after the fashion of the Germans. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 66.) Nov. 7. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today. Took both children, and they behaved very well. S. L. Moore took tea with us tonight. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.) Nov. 8. Monday. It is sister Clara's birthday. She is now five years old. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 66.) Nov. 9. Tuesday. Mr. Thomas Wiley made us a call this afternoon. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 68.) Nov. 10. Wednesday. The weather being very fine today, as it has bean for many days, Dr. and I started for a ride to Dry Creek. We first stopped at Mr. Camp Cell's, where we took dinner. We found them all interested in the new church which is being built near them by the Southern. Methodists. We next rode to Mr. Chaplin's, He has recently returned from the East with a bride. He was absent from home, but we had a pleasant conversation with Mrs. Chaplin, who is quite young. She formerly resided near Utica, in the state of New York. There is much unpleasant feeling on Dry Creek in regard to land claims, in which Mr. Chaplin participates. I hope it will not make his wife unhappy. We next called on Mrs. Lingo, and after stopping there for a short time, we rode to Mr. Haller's. Arrived at home about sunset. S. L. Moore took tea with us. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 63.) Nov. 11. Thursday. This afternoon, taking the children, Susie and I rode to Mr. Boody's, with George Lepee. We were invited these by Mrs. Heath to attend a business meeting of the Sewing Circle. When we had nearly arrived there, we met Mr. and Mrs. Gove who were returning home, We said, "You are going the wrong way, are you not?" "It seems not", said Mrs. Gove. She then went on to tell us that Mrs. Boody knew

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October 1858

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