Delia Locke


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Aug. 22. Saturday. A young man by the name of A. J. Atchinson came up from San Francisco through the recommendation of the State Superintendent, to teach our school, and took tea with us. This eve he has joined the Division. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 85.) Aug. 23. Sabbath. Mr. Atchinson breakfasted here. Dr. has been with Ada Luther and Howard to camp meeting today. Emma Holman has arrived here from the East. She is to keep house for her father. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 84.) Aug. 24. Monday. School has commenced today. The teacher will board here for this week, afterwards at Mr. Alexander. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 79.) Aug. 25. Tuesday. Mrs. Sabin called today. Her husband is at Sierra Valley and she expects to go there soon. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 81.) Aug. 26. Wednesday. Mrs. Rogers washed here today. Dr. and I have been up and called on Emma Holman. She is much as she used to be, only taller. She has a very quiet way. Two of Mrs. Benson's children board there and go to school. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 88.) Aug. 27. Thursday. Mrs. Rogers has been here at work. Susie called here this morning. Messrs. Meyers and Geo. Thomason were here to tea. Mr. Meyers has made a political speech this evening in the Hall. The weather is very warm. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 81.) Aug. 28. Friday. Col. Warren and daughter made a short call here, but Dr. was absent. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 74.) Aug. 29. Saturday. William Clark fell from his horse and broke his left arm, also displacing the elbow joint. He was riding at a rapid rate in the field, without a saddle when the horse made a sudden turn, and he fell. He was brought in here to have it bound up, and the Dr. administered Chloroform to him, as he would not be still without it. It was a painful operation. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 75.) Aug. 30. Sabbath. This afternoon, Mrs. Miner and Mrs. Alexander called. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 78.) Aug. 31. Monday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 80.) Sept. 1. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 75.) Sept. 2. Wednesday. Election day for choosing Governor. Emma Herr came to live with us and work a while. This afternoon Susie's little boy - Elmer - had a fit. He is ten months old. The fit was a severe one, but did not last long. Mary Misenhamer lives with Susie now. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 78.) Sept. 3. Thursday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 83.) Sept. 4. Friday. This afternoon, Mr. Bragg's baby went into convulsions - severe ones - from which it has not recovered. It is about a year and one-half old. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 74.) Sept. 5. Saturday. A cavalry company has today been found in Lockeford, to be known as the Moklumne Light Dragoons - Mr. Holman Captain, Mr. Robert Taylor, 1st Lieutenant. Roland is one of the Corporals. We have received letters from mother. All were well. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 64.) Sept. 6. Sabbath. Mr. Bragg's child died this morning. I have been with the Dr. to visit Susie's babe. He is better, but looks as if he had received a severe shock. I have also written to mother. The subjects of my letter were - Tract sent - Susie's baby sick. What I wrote about father's return - Safety- Doing much work. Fruit Military company Election. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 61.) Sept. 7. Monday. The weather is cloudy Mr. Bragg's child was buried at the church today. She is Irish, and the neighbors had to persuade her not to keep an Irish wake last night. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) Sept. 8. Tuesday. Mr. & Mrs. Stretch called. She had a tooth extracted (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 66.) Sept. 9. Wednesday. Mrs. Miner has been here making soft soap. I furnish grease and ashes and she has one-half the soap for doing the work. (T.S.R.45. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 73.) Sept. 10. Thursday. Emma Herr went home today. Ida is now seventeen months old. She is the smallest babe of all, weighing but twenty and one-half pounds. She has twelve teeth, the same number that Horace Mann had, but less than all the rest. But she is active, runs out of doors to play a great part of the time, and tries to say many words. She is next to Ada in this respect, but does not equal her. She is very shy and timid, afraid even of her own father.

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August 1863

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