Delia Locke


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May 11. Monday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 79.) May 12. Tuesday. Mrs. Herrick has washed for me. Josiah was here to dinner and supper. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 74.) May 13. Wednesday. The weather today has been cloudy - Josiah has closed his school on the Calaveras. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 59.) May 14. Thursday. Mrs. Herrick has been here at work today. The weather is very cool. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 62.) May 15. Friday. Weather cloudy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 59.) May 16. Saturday. Weather still cloudy. Roland is now of age, as we say, twenty one years old. I have attended the Division this eve. Misses Flanders and Putuam were there. Lewis Meyerle and Mr. Brumbach read original poems, which were good. Also very good remarks were made by Messrs. Diddle, Hammond and others. The Division has less men less now than ever before, but the interest seems to be kept up. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 62.) May 17. Sabbath. In the meeting today, Josiah read the sermon. Mrs. Georgiana Allard and baby were here, and she with Juice and Geo. remained to dinner. Georgiana's has. band is in Washoe, and she lives alone with her babe, about three quarters of a mile from her father's house. Geo, and Susie have been there on a visit and she returned with them to remain a week or more. Her babe is eight mos. old, and is about the size of Ida. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 64.) May 18. Monday. The weather today has been cloudy and windy with a little rain. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 60.) May 19. Tuesday. Last night we had some very heavy showers, which will probably damage grass, hay, &c. considerably. The weather is now fair. Miss. Herrick washed for me. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) May 20. Wednesday. Today with the children I have been visiting at Susie's. Mrs. Allard is there. We had a pleasant time. Susie has been making a flower garden around Elmer's grave setting out rose two has geraniums honey suckles sweet peas cactuses prinks, &c. besides some small trees. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 66.) May 21. Thursday. Mrs. Eberrick could not come to work today, as Ellis has the measles. He was coming down with them on Tuesday when he was here with his mother. So I suppose our children have all been exposed. I should prefer they should not all be sick at once. (T.S.R. 47.2 P.M. 83. S.S. 73.) May 22. Friday. This afternoon have received a pleasant visit from Susie and Mrs. Allard with their children. George and Soher Hill were also here to tea. John Hill has enlisted and will soon be sent with the rest of the company to Southern California. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 69.) May 23. Saturday. About three o'clock this morning, Mr. Asher Read's oldest child a boy of three years, died. He took the measles on the steamer, and never recovered. I have been in to see him this afternoon. Poor boy! he suffered much, but his sufferings all are o'er. He sweetly sleeps, and nought on earth can wake him. His mother has laid one loved babe in the grave, and now another follows. "It is very hard to part with Charlie," she says. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 69.) May 24. Sabbath. Have been to the brick church to the funeral of Charlie Read. Mr. Bolden officiated. Augusta could not attend, because her children are all sick, so there were but three mourners present. I pity the poor mother. In less than a month after her arrival here, a stranger in a strange land, she must bury her oldest boy. Her heart seems well nigh breaking. I have been over to Mr. Read's this eve. The children are quite sick. I fear other graves will be day beside little Charlie's. Mrs. Farter has been here. She stopped on her way home from the funeral. She says Saml. Rolleys is very feeble, and seems to be near his end. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 62.) May 25. Monday. I have been to Mrs. Herrick's to see if she can come to work for me this week, but she thinks it is doubtful. Ellis is recovering fast. Mr. Elliott took tea here and will spend the night. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 57.) May 26. Tuesday. Mr. Elliott was here to breakfast. I have written to my mother. The subject of my letter were Grandma Shaw's death. Death of Charlie Read. Children exposed to the measles. No damage from overflow. Visit Georgiana Allard. About coming here. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 61.) May 27. Wednesday. Cloudy weather. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 65.) May 28. Thursday. Today. Mr. Wallace caught a young rattle snake non the granary door. It really does seem is of there was danger of the children being better. Father is sick with a sore in his head, which gives him great pain in his ear, and Josiah.

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May 1863

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