Delia Locke


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Oct. 18. Sabbath. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were. Bible left here. Lockeford news. Sickness of our families. Mr. Vanner dead - Weather - Preaching. Mrs. Bragg called here this afternoon. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 73.) Oct. 19. Monday. The wind has blown pretty hard today. Mrs. Norton has washed for me. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 71.) Oct. 20. Tuesday. Weather still windy. Mrs. Norton has been here at work. This afternoon Grandpa Locke was taken in some kind of fit. It commenced about two o'clock and lasted till nearly night. At first, he appeared to be dying. The neighbors assembled, soaked his feet in warm water and put mustard poultries on the bottom, gave him a little stimulant, and he gradually grew better. I was at the store with him most of the afternoon. Dr. had gone to Stockton, and we hesitated some time about sending for him to come home, but finally gave it up. The fit was probably caused by indigestion. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 61.) Oct. 21. Wednesday. Today has been a special election day, for the election of judges and justices. Susie called this forenoon. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) Oct. 22. Thursday. Susie's babe is/yr. old. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 62.) Oct. 23. Friday. We have had a hard frost which killed all the beans. Until this time they have been growing finely. Our loss in this respect will be considerable. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 65.) Oct. 24. Saturday. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 63.) Oct. 25. Sabbath. Cool weather. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) Oct. 26. Monday. Mr. Clark has had a "shucking", as they call it, this eve. In this way he has got all his corn hushed. After this, he gives all hands a supper at his house. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 63.) Oct. 27. Tuesday. Cool dry weather. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) Oct. 28. Wednesday. Dr. has started for San Francisco to attend the Annual Meeting of the Grand Division, S of T, also to purchase goods for the store. Mrs. Norton has washed today. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 62.) Oct. 29. Thursday. Mrs. Norton has been here at work. I have written a letter to the Dr. this evening. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) Oct. 30. Friday. Weather windy. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 59.) Oct. 31. Saturday. The wind blows very hard. Mrs. Lacock called this morning. They live in the Blakeslee house for the present. They have four children, and two that cannot walk. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) Nov. 1. Sabbath. Today we have had a family sing, Josiah playing the Eolian. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 55.) Nov. 2. Monday. Mrs. Norton has washed for me. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 58.) Nov. 3. Tuesday. Mrs. Rogers has been here at work today. This morning Dr. did not arrive, neither a letter from him, and as he thought when he left that he should be up to Stockton by boat tomorrow morning, we thought it best for Mr. Wallace to go in with a team tonight, which he has done. Our best milk cow choked to death with a potato today. The men did not succeed in getting it up or down, as it was large. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.) Nov. 4. Wednesday. Mr. Wallace has arrived home this evening, and says the Dr. did not come, neither a letter. I don't understand why. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 57.) Nov. 5. Thursday. This morn there letters from the Dr. came all at once. He is to be at home tomorrow. Mr. Herr has gone in to meet him. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) Nov. 6. Friday. Mrs. Rogers has been here at work today. Dr. has arrived home all safe, and has not been sick. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.) Nov. 7. Saturday. Dr. has brought one as presents from San Francisco a very handsome photographic album, and a beautiful bottle of cologne. Also he has had a dozen photographs of himself taken. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 63.) Nov. 8. Sabbath. Clara sister is now ten years old she was just beginning to walk, when I left home. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 64.) Nov. 9. Monday. Mrs. Rogers has washed for me. Weather warm. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.) Nov. 10. Tuesday. The weather today has been cloudy. Mrs. Rogers has been here, and I have been to the other to make purchases. Ida is today nineteen months old and weighs twenty two pounds the same that Horace Mann did, also she has the same number of teeth that they all had except Luther sixteen. She talks a great deal, will try to speak almost any word she hears, says no, and for yes she says "ma'am" This is because she hears the others say "yesma'am." When she hears any of them asking leave to do anything she wishes to do, she will say, "I too, mama." When she has anything

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October 1863

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