Delia Locke


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Oct. 7. Sabbath. Have not felt well enough to attend church today. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) Oct. 8. Monday. Mr. Wallace has been here at work today building a patent fence, which can be removed from place to place at pleasure. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 63.) Oct. 9. Tuesday. Mrs. Sabin has been here and washed for me today. This evening. Mr. Gildersleeve has called, and Mr. Tyler, who has lectured on Republicanism at the Lockeford House. I have attended the lecture, and quite a number of other ladies were present. Was not as well pleased with the lecture as I had expected to be, as Mr. Tyler has been called one of the best speakers in the state. Col. Baker has been elected to the United States senate from Oragon. This is good news. We have today received letters from Eastern friends. They were all in good health. Mr. Wallace has been here at work today. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 67.) Oct. 10. Wednesday. Mr. Wallace is still at work here. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 75.) Oct. 11. Thursday. The weather is quite warm, and rather oppressive. Mr. Wallace is still here. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 80.) Oct. 12. Friday. Rev. Mr. Bateman has called this afternoon and remained to tea, also George Flood. Mr. Sabin is away from home, so Mrs. Sabin is to spend the night here and sleep with Miss White. Mr. Wallace has finished work here this eve. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 82.) Oct. 13. Saturday. George Flood took breakfast with us. Mr. Garrard called this morning. Susie and Geo. have gone to Dry-town on a visit. We have attended the Division this eve. Paul, who withdrew from the Division when he left here, has been drinking. He was brought in tonight when half drunk and re-instated. It seems to me not a good plan to bring men in as members when under the effects of liquor. Ought they not rather to wait until they are sober? The weather seems quite oppressively warm, as there is so much dampness in the air. Indeed, these days seem much like the summer days in New England. Howard is much stronger, but not well yet. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 85.) Oct. 14. Sabbath. I have attended church today, taking Luther and Ada with me, and leaving Howard at home. Mr. Bateman preached from Micah 3.10. Mr. Gildersleeve came up with us from church and was here to tea. This eve we have had a sing in the Hall, Mr. Gildersleeve, who is a fine singer, leading. Aunt and Uncle, Mr. & Mrs. Read, and Mr. & Mrs. Sabin were here also. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 83.) Oct. 15. Monday. Dr. started for Stockton this afternoon. A train of mules, packed with goods for Washoe, stopped here last night, and as they had trouble in packing some of the mules which were wild, they did not get ready to leave until nearly noon. I have made Aunt a short call tonight, and she is to wash for me tomorrow. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 82.) Oct. 16. Tuesday. Dr. has returned from Stockton. Luther is now four and one-half years old. As we were taking supper tonight, Mr. Hyer asked him if he could spell boy, to which Luther replied, "boy, boy." Mr. Hyer then said, "Can you spell girl?" "Yes," said Luther. "Spell it then," said Mr. Hyer. "A-d-a, girl," replied Luther. We thought this an easy way of spelling girl. Luther takes quite an interest in reading now, and would learn fast, were he attended to Ada is now two years and ten mos. old, very active and so full of life, that she cannot stop to learn much. Georgiana Shackford was married a week since to Mr. Allard, and has gone to Sacramento. The old Indian mare was found dead in the field this morn. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 66.) Oct. 17. Wednesday. Cooler weather. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 65.) Oct. 18. Thursday. We have visited the school this afternoon taking the children with us. Mrs. Clapp with two little ones, Mrs. Read and Aunt also went. The school is a good one, but not equal to the one Susie taught. Miss White is feverish tonight. Mr. Myers has lectured at Mr. Clapp's this eve, on Republicanism, I have attended and was much pleased.

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October 1860

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