Delia Locke


image preview


1860. some wool in the sun shine, when an old sow came up, upset the barrel and taking the lamb by the head, dragged it off with the intention of eating it. But we rescued it at the point of death, though it died shortly after. Ada felt very sorry for the lamb and went about saying, "I sorry old hog bit the lamb." Addressing her father she said, "better papa kill that old hog." She is a darling little one, but is sometimes very obstinate, and has had many more whippings than I ever gave Luther. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 54.) Mar. 17. Saturday. Missouri Parker came this morning and had a tooth extracted. Her mother sent me some flower plants. I have today written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Children - Flowers - Sons of Temperance - Sending letters. Mr. White - Fresh Meat - Hannah's letter. A young man named Jerry Haynes came before tea and will commence work here next Monday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 62.) Mar. 18. Sabbath. Thomas Reynolds took breakfast with us. I have attended church. Mr. Russel preached, and offended our ears and sense of propriety much by his remarks, I do much dislike to hear preachers use common slang expressions in their discourses relative to Bible truths. Consequently I could not enjoy the preaching as well as I could wish. A Western man remarked to me after service, that he called that extra good preaching, but I think he only displayed his ignorance by the remark. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 63.) Mar. 19. Monday. Howard is now eight months old and weighs twenty two pounds, more than either of the others by one pound. He has but two teeth as yet. Much that I wrote about Ada at the same age well applies to him, viz. that he creeps all about, raises himself up by things and supports himself by one hand, stands in the corner, etc. He resembles Luther very much and is a very quiet child. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) 1860. Mar. 20. Tuesday. The two men who have been digging the well for Father's cabin left this morning. Two more men who said they wished to get work and would grub in the lowland, came and took dinner. But after working in the field a half hour or so, the left in a hurry, and nothing more was seen of them. Aunt has been here this afternoon, and staid for a short time. I have been busily engaged in finishing a copy of the Ladies' Ritual for the Division of the Sons of Temperance. I have not attended the meeting tonight. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 55.) Mar. 21. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 61.) Mar. 22. Thursday. The forenoon was cloudy and very windy and the afternoon is rainy. Dr. has gone to Stockton. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 50.) Mar. 23. Friday. Dr. has returned from Stockton this evening Father Locke is unwell again with a swelling on his neck, which threatens to be something serious. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 55.) Mar. 24. Saturday. Another man by the name of Williams commenced work here today. Our family now numbers ten. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Mar. 25. Sabbath. Mrs. T. B. Parker, with Joseph and Fanny came here and spent a part of the forenoon. Their object was to get medicine for Fanny. I have had so severe a headache that I did not feel like attending church, consequently did not go. Owing to some change in their arrangements Rev. Messrs. Russel and Nims were both in attendance. Mr. Russel preached. Mr. Nims is here to tea and will spend the night with us. Edgar Brakeman is very sick again. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 62.) Mar. 26. Monday. Robert has today found on the plains a young badger and brought it home. It is a pretty thing and gentle, will not bite like the old ones. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 65.)

Date Original

March 1860

Dates Covered



Original diary dimensions: 22 x 33 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