Delia Locke


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1862, Jan. 2. Thursday. The weather has been cloudy today. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Jan. 3. Friday, I think this has been the coldest day I have ever know in Cal. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 36.) Jan. 4. Saturday. The morning was quite cold. In the Division this eve, the officers for the ensuing quarter have been installed. Mr. Holden is W. P. Mr. Hyer, W. A. etc. (T.S.R. 26. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 42.) Jan. 5. Sabbath. The weather has been rainy. Mr. Blakeslee has preached in the house, instead of going into the Hall, as the rain was so plenteous. The text was in Rev. 2.10. "That ye may be tried." Every organization, every community, every person's character, must be tried. Some will stand, and some will fail to stand the test. Mr. Blakeslee was here to dinner and supper and will remain overnight. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 45.) Jan. 6. Monday. A rainy day, Mr. Blakeslee has been here all day. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 42.) Jan. 7. Tuesday. Mr. Blakeslee has been here all day. Mr Brum back has also been here since breakfast, Dr. Mr. Brum back and Mr. Blakeslee has been surveying and marking out town lots in the "pretty village of Lockeford" as Mrs. Staples sneeringly calls it. Mr. Blakeslee is to have a lot near us. Mr. Holden took tea here. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.) Jan. 8. Wednesday. The weather has been very windy and rainy, Mr. Brum back has been here all day, and Mr. Blakeslee to dinner and breakfast. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 46.) Jan. 9. Thursday. Weather still very rainy. The ground has become so wet and soft that a large bank of dirt on the southwest side of our cellar caved in, demolishing sundry articles, such as, a nice glass jar of tomato preserves, a five gallon keg of vinegar in making, and some eggs, beside filling up the pork barrel with mud. The river is rising for the fourth time, and bids fair to be higher than ever before, Mr. Brum back is here sick, It is a dreadful rain, (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 59) Jan. 10. Friday. Still raining very hard. The rain has continued so long, now about six weeks with but little interruption, that the ground has become very soft indeed, and great loss is the consequence. The chimney to the small house fell today with a crash, also one side of over adobe barn, while before has stood through all the rains of six winters. The wells of Lokeford are caving in. The river is higher than has been known before by while settlers. The fields are vast lakes, the carrying of mails is suspended, and laborers on the ranches are mostly confined to the houses. Many, no doubt, are suffering for the massaries of life. We yet have a plenty. Let us be thankful Mr. Brum back has been here all day. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 59.) Jan. 11. Saturday, It has ceased to rain, but it is still cloudy. Aunt Hannah, uncle, Augusta and the children, came to see the high water. It is an interesting but sad sight to see such a vast expanse of rushing roaring water. Nearly every bridge on this and other rivers, has been carried away by the relentless flood. Athearn's bridge is gone, Wood's bridge is gone, even Wood bridge and the country for miles adjacent is under water. About six miles below here commences a sheet of water, which reaches for about twenty miles, to Stockton and beyond. There is no way now of reaching Stockton except in boats. O that those many importunate people who have lost their homes and their all by this great deluge, may be spared death from starvation. The Division meeting was interesting this eve, and two gentlemen were initiated. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Jan. 12. Sabbath. Mr, Blakeslee preached today from the text, "Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart", Mr. Blakeslee will spend the night here. Jusie was here to tea. The waters are subsiding. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 47.) Jan. 13. Monday. The weather is still cloudy, and we have had a little rain. Mr. Blakeslee was here to breakfast, and Mr. Brum back to dinner and tea. Susie is now twenty three years old. The night is rainy. When

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January 1862

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