Delia Locke


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Jan. 24. Friday. Mr. Blakeslee was here to breakfast. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 43.) Jan. 25. Saturday. We have attended the Division this eve. Weather cool & pleasant. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 43.) Jan. 26. Sabbath. Mr. Blakeslee preached this afternoon from 1 John. 4, 8. "God is love". It is a beautiful and expressive text and he preached a good sermon. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 39.) Jan. 27. Monday. I believe this has been the coldest day I have experienced in Cal., and the high wind has made it seem colder still, I have written to mother. The subjects of my letter were - Rain-flood-mails detained. Grandfather dead-age minister hired Children. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 36. S.S. 33.) Jan. 28. Tuesday. Mr. Brumback was here to dinner and tea and Geo. Locke was also here to supper. Morning very cold. (T.S.R. 25. 2 P.M. 38. S.S. 32.) Jan. 29. Wednesday. When we awoke this morning we beheld something we have never before seen in Cal. Snow entirely covered the ground to the depth of about an inch. So noiselessly had it fallen while we were sleeping, that we were not aware of it at all. It was quite a novel sight to the children. Soon it commenced to snow again but this did not continue long, for it shortly turned into rain, and the white covering all melted away. Mr. Shoemaker dined here. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 37. S.S. 37.) Jan. 30. Thursday. The forenoon was rainy. Mr. Shoemaker again dined here. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 41.) Jan. 31. Friday. Father Locke and Mr. Shoemaker were here to dinner today. Horace Mann is now thirteen months old. He seems quite well and is heavier than ever before, weighing twenty-one and one-half pounds. He is the second in size as Luther weighed twenty two pounds He has a less number of teeth than any of the others had, big, six. He creeps all over the house very fast is very little trouble. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 39.) Feb. 1. Saturday. Father Locke was here to dinner, supper, and will spend the night here. Mrs. Klouker passed a part of the afternoon here. We have attended the meeting of the Division this eve. Had an interesting time. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 41.) Feb. 2. Sabbath. The weather today has been cloudy and rainy Mr. Buckner (Baptist) preached at eleven o'clock in our Hall from John 5.28, 29. Father Locke has been here all day. I have today written to my mother. The subjects of my letter were - Cold weather - snow - No mails yet. Appearance of fields - Children - Preaching Division- Mr. Holden. W. P. Mr. Atkins has spent the evening here. Mr. Taylor - proprietor of the Lockeford House, will probably soon be his son in-law. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 44.) Feb. 3. Monday. A rainy day. Dr. and Mr. Atkins took our small boat and proceeded down the river to Woodbridge, for the purpose of seeing whether there were any obstructions to the passing of a small steamer up and down the same. They report the prospect favorable, and the river entirely navigable to this place. Mr. W. Blakeslee was here to dinner, supper and all night Mr. Shoemaker was also here to tea. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.) Feb. 4. Tuesday. This morning Dr. left us for San Francisco. He goes, if possible, to get a steamer from that place to Lockeford. The undertaking is a great one, hazardous and expensive. But his enterprising spirit is delighted to be engaged in something that requires effort. Some have long thought the enterprise feasible, but till now, no one has been found to undertake it. May he be blessed and prospered How lonely I shall be without him. Mr. Blakeslee has been here all day. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 45.) Feb. 5. Wednesday. Mr. Blakeslee was here to breakfast. This afternoon, E. C. Kerr called. We have received a letter from mother. She writes that Josiah is quite sick with the asthma, and under the Dr.'s care. She also writes particular's of Grandfather's death. His powers of mind never returned to him, so as to enable him to converse. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.)

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January 1862

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